Inland Edition, February 17, 2023

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Williams is choice to fill vacancy on EUHSD board

ESCONDIDO — Last month, the Escondido Union High School District board appointed a new trustee to represent the northeast portion of the district after the seat was left vacant when the previous member was elected the city’s new mayor.

Ryan Williams was unanimously appointed to Trustee Area No. 4 during the Escondido Union High School District board meeting on Jan. 24. Williams replaces Mayor Dane White, who stepped down from the board for his new role as mayor after he was


Razdan guilty of murder

VISTA — A jury found 21-year-old Kellon Razdan guilty of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the fatal stabbing of a San Marcos man, a former classmate, after roughly two hours of deliberation, concluding a weeklong trial at the Vista courthouse. Razdan was charged with the August 2021 killing of Aris Keshishian, 20, near the victim’s home in San Marcos. Evidence indicated that Razdan drove to Keshishian’s gated neighborhood, where he was walking his dog, and stabbed him 44 times in a driveway with a Toldadi folding knife.

Family and close friends of both Keshishian and Razdan were present for the reading of the verdict, which came just after 4:30 p.m. Razdan remained largely expressionless while his decision was read.

Sentencing has been scheduled for March 10 at 1:30 p.m. Razdan faces a possible sentence of 25 years to life.

Deputy District Attorney Helen Kim, who prosecuted the TURN TO GUILTY ON 19

Vista gymnastics school sends trio to D-I schools

elected in November.

Williams will serve the remaining two years of White’s previous term and plans to run for election in 2024.

The new board member has lived in Escondido for 12 years now with his wife, Michelle, and their four young children.

One of the big pulls for him to apply for the board vacancy is his interest in working and mentoring the youth. For years he has mentored teenagers and other young adults both at church and throughout his TURN TO BOARD ON 9

— Three of the region’s best gymnasts are training under one roof at Coastal Gymnastics Academy in Vista, preparing for their final stretch on the club circuit before hitting the collegiate mats.

Student-athletes Chloe

LaCoursiere, Takoda Berry and Jill Lastra will compete in NCAA Division I gymnastics programs next year at the University of Alabama, Clemson University and Sacramento State University, respectively.

Under the leadership of Coastal Gymnastics owner Ellie Gerber and coach Ryan Lipinski, this trio of female competitors has successfully navigated a jour-

ney filled with peaks and valleys, saltos and handsprings, devastating injuries and hard-fought victories.

Each of the girls has attributed their development and success to the atmosphere, leadership and coaching philosophy under Gerber, who previously coached at Seawind Gymnastics in Carlsbad.

LaCoursiere, 17, a Mount Carmel High School senior, discovered gymnastics 14 years ago while on a class field trip.

Since then, LaCoursiere has grown into one of the best all-around gymnasts in the region and naTURN TO GYMNASTICS ON 5

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ARIS KESHISHIAN, wearing sunglasses in bottom right photo, was stabbed to death in August 2021 while walking his dog near his home in San Marcos. Last week, a jury found Kellon Razdan, top right, guilty of first-degree murder in Keshishian’s death. Razdan, 21, and Keshishian, 20, attended elementary school and middle school together before graduating from San Marcos High School in 2019. Keshishian’s family said the two had not been friends since elementary school. Deputy DA Helen Kim, left, prosecuted the case. Courtesy photo (bottom right); Photos by Laura Place (left, top right) JILL LASTRA, 17, speaks with a coach during a recent practice at Coastal Gymnastics Academy in Vista. Lastra broke her back two years ago but has recovered and will compete at Sacramento State next year. Photo by Steve Puterski

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Free dental care for kids

By Staff VISTA — The San Diego County Dental Foundation will host the free Give Kids A Smile preventive dental treatment program for North County children in need at the Vista Community Clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 4.

Volunteer dentists will provide complimentary dental screenings, fluoride treatments and dental sealants for children ages birth to 18 years at the clinic, at 1000 Vale Terrace Drive. Appointments are recommended; call (760) 6315000, ext. 1011.

The annual initiative provides no-cost dental services to qualifying children from low-income families, while raising awareness of

San Marcos celebrating 60 years as city

SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and reflects back on six decades of service to the community.

To commemorate, the San Marcos City Council, residents and city staff gathered before its regularly scheduled council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to look back at how the city has grown while maintaining its community-centric values.

During the event, historical photos were displayed alongside current-day photos to showcase San Marcos’ evolution over the years.

Citrus quarantine expanded

By City News Service REGION — The California Department of Food and Agriculture declared a citrus quarantine in a 95-square-mile area of Rancho Bernardo on Tuesday after detecting a potentially threatening citrus tree disease during routine inspections.

The disease, known as Huanglongbing, is a major threat to San Diego’s $115 million annual citrus crop, county officials said.

Trees infected with the bacterial disease can produce misshapen, bitter fruit and the disease can eventually kill the tree.

The quarantine announced Tuesday comes after HLB was found in a residential lime tree in the area and is in addition to the existing HLB quarantine in the city of Oceanside.

It covers the area bordered on the north by the intersection of Interstate 15 and Auto Park Way; to the south by Poway Road; to the west by Via De Las Flores; and to the east by


Mayor Rebecca Jones provided brief remarks to lend her perspective on how the city has implemented its long-term vision for creating a city where businesses and families can flourish.

“I am exceptionally honored to serve as mayor while San Marcos marks this momentous occasion,” said Rebecca Jones, mayor of San Marcos.

“I’m looking forward to the chance to celebrate how our city has progressed while remaining true to what makes San Marcos so special — our people, our businesses and our history as a place where people can thrive together.”

Among the upcoming

projects that were mentioned at the event, focus was placed on the city’s current General Plan update that allows residents, businesses and city staff the chance to reevaluate and refine its plan for development and improvements throughout San Marcos.

The Creek Project was also mentioned as the largest capital improvement project in the city’s history that is nearing the end of construction in spring 2023.

Additionally, its recent ranking as one of the nation’s top cities for families by Forbes magazine was noted as an accolade worth sharing.

The city’s tagline, “Dis-

cover Life’s Possibilities,” was used as a unifying theme throughout the event as a reminder that the best for San Marcos is yet to come.

“Our tagline points out that San Marcos is proactive. We are always looking for new discoveries,” said Jones. “We don’t push for change just to be new or different in San Marcos. Instead, we have a keen eye for possibility, and aren’t afraid to try innovative things that can make our community better. Our best days are still ahead of us.”

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N. Escondido housing project OK’d

North Escondido will be home to a new 56-unit residential subdivision project along Stanley Avenue and Conway Drive that will include million-dollar homes in addition to duplexes reserved for affordable housing.

The Conway Residential Subdivision project will consist of 46 single-family lots at 916, 942 and 943 Stanley Avenue and 20052175 Conway Drive.

Two of those lots will contain existing homes while one multifamily lot

would house 10 units in the form of five duplexes.

As a density bonus project, developer Escondido North, LLC proposes to include 10 deed-restricted, affordable units that, per state law, allows them to build 18 additional units.

The developer is only proposing to add 16 units to the base 40-unit limit for a total of 56 units.

The project includes the annexation of a 2-acre lot from San Diego County.

To construct the project, 13 existing homes will be demolished. An agree -

ment between the developer and the current landowners will provide $3,000 to the renters being displaced.

The City Council approved the project Feb. 8 with the condition of bumping compensation to $5,000 and giving renters 90 days instead of 60 days to leave.

Deputy Mayor Joe Garcia and Councilmember Consuelo Martinez suggested raising that compensation amount considering the soaring costs of rent

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The clinic is put on in partnership with First 5 San Diego, San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, and American Dental Association.

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California resists bullying on Colorado

There’s one word for what six of the seven southwestern states that draw water from the Colorado River are trying to do to California: bullying.

The good news for Californians is Gov. Gavin Newsom isn’t standing for it.

No, Newsom hasn’t directly called out the other six states involved (Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada) for their tactics. He’s let his appointee Wade Crowfoot, California secretary of natural resources, do the talking.

did not resist when the Central Arizona Project aqueduct opened in 1993, taking billions of gallons daily from the river across hundreds of miles south to the Valley of the Sun, where it allowed huge growth in Phoenix, Tucson and their suburbs.

Will home prices drop?

As 2023 swings into full gear, San Diego’s real estate outlook is not as dire as some may believe.

Inflation, a recession and the economic downturn stemming from the pandemic are factors into why the market has cooled a bit, but it’s more of a market correction than real estate crash.

When analyzing the trends, there are several components to consider, such as the drop of the inflation rate from 9% to 7% and a recession not based on fraudulent mortgage loans.

That’s the big difference here. In 2008, the Great Recession was based on subprime mortgages, and we saw a global recession and economic devastation.

Now, there are many other factors contributing to a slowing economy and a decrease in real estate prices.

The war in Ukraine, supply chain issues, food shortages, and of course, interest rates at about 7%, although those will drop.

However, those factors will only contribute to a modest dip in the market as home prices correct to where they should be.

During 2020 and especially in 2021, the housing market went haywire. Prices soared and the movement was unsustainable as it was a seller’s market.

Our proprietary HomeDex market statistics for December 2022 show the median price for a home in San Diego County was still $849,500 but we are starting to see prices fall in some segments of the market.

The median prices for an attached home (condo/ townhome) have dropped 8% to $600,000, which will be welcome news for those looking to get into the mar-


But now conditions have turned, and the market has corrected. I see this as a natural correction to the overreaction of 202021 as inflation and interest rates will go down over the next 12 to 18 months.

Inflation will keep the prices where they currently are, while interest rates will see prices drop a bit and that conflict is the bottom and I believe prices will rise over the course of this year.

If not, sure we can expect a drop in home values; however, there is such demand for housing in San Diego it’s unlikely the region experiences an event like 2008. With mandated housing goals and a rush to build housing, the market is still on solid footing.

I expect prices to increase, and we return to

“multiple offers” by March at the earliest.

Another factor is 99% of homeowners across the country have an interest rate at 5% or lower.

They will not sell unless they can get an interest rate to meet their budget, which will impact prices.

One common question, is what do you think your home is going to be worth 10 years from now, more or less? I’ve yet to hear a homeowner say less in my 20-plus-year career.

San Diego still has, and always will, one of the most desirable markets in the county, if not the world. So fear not, the value of your home is safe.

But Newsom has a record of standing up to bullies, as in his attack ads during the last campaign season against both Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Both insult California at every opportunity. Newsom fired back in mostly symbolic TV commercials, once calling DeSantis “Gov. DeathSantis” because his laissez faire COVID-19 polities probably resulted in tens of thousands more deaths from the pandemic than if he’d followed shutdown policies like Newsom’s.

The bullying this time comes from the other six Colorado River basin states, which want California to cut its use of the river’s water more than they would their own usage.

It’s a case of bullying, for sure, a matter of 6-1. With 12 U.S. senators to California’s two, the other six states have been louder. It’s also a case of several smallish tails trying to wag the big dog, California.

More than 20 million Californians depend directly on the Colorado, while the other six states total about that much population among them, not all using Colorado River water.

California usage impacts many more people than direct users of the river water, too, because it takes pressure off the state Water Project and cuts the threat of drawing water from wild Northern California rivers like the Trinity, Smith and Eel.

For sure, cuts are coming in water usage along the Colorado. That river’s two big reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, stand at levels not seen since they opened in the early and mid-20th century.

The other six states want usage cut in part in proportion to how much water disappears en route to a particular state via seepage and evaporation. That puts most of the onus on California, because it’s nearly the end point of the river.

But California is insisting on its rights under the 1920s-era compact that governs the Colorado. And California is being consistent.

For example, this state

Without that water, authorized under the compact, Arizona would be far shy of its current 7.2 million population.

California figuratively sucked up its gut and relied more on internal supplies, including Sierra Nevada Mountains snowpack and underground aquifers.

Now the other states essentially want to scrap the old compact, their main argument seeming to be that they agree mistreating Californians would be terrific.

But Newsom is not standing for it, insisting the law is on California’s side.

The dispute could eventually harm Newsom politically, as swing states like Nevada, Arizona and Colorado could be important for him in a future presidential bid.

That’s not intimidating him.The first referee of all this will likely be President Biden’s Interior Department, which demanded an agreement among the states by late January. That did not happen. Now Biden is caught in the middle as he looks to a possible reelection run next year.

Does he alienate some “purple” states by causing new water rationing there, or does he go after big cuts in California, source of his largest bloc of electoral votes? Any reduced use would especially hit the largely agricultural Imperial Valley, which grows most of America’s winter lettuce, broccoli, melons, onions, carrots and spinach.

Reality is there will be slashes in Colorado River usage, despite heavy snowpack at the system’s Rocky Mountain headwaters. Snowmelt will not nearly refill the big reservoirs.

Newsom’s administration has proposed substantial cuts. Said Democratic California Sen. Alex Padilla, “Six other Western states dictating (what) California must give up isn’t a genuine consensus decision, especially (when) they haven’t offered any new cuts” of their own.

A preliminary decision will likely come by mid-summer.

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tionwide, winning a national title in the all-around and uneven bars and taking third in the floor exercise at the 2022 USA Gymnastics Men’s and Women’s Development Program National Championships.

But years of intense competition started taking their toll on the young gymnast’s body. LaCoursiere said she was fighting through stress fractures in both knees, felt “broken down,” and was falling “out

of love” with the sport.

Upon arriving at Coastal Gymnastics, Gerber’s “athlete-first” ethos helped LaCoursiere quickly improve her confidence and rediscover her love of gymnastics. Now, she is preparing to compete for the Crimson Tide women’s gymnastics team.

“I just constantly want to get better,” LaCoursiere said. “As opposed to Junior Olympics, college gymnastics is all about the team. Alabama was not on my list, but once I visited, (the coaching staff and pro -

gram) felt like family.”

Berry, 16, of Newport Beach, another Coastal Gymnastics athlete, is taking 17 courses this year to graduate early and enroll at Clemson on a full athletic scholarship to join the college’s first-ever women’s gymnastics team.

“The first day of the visit was me, and I felt at home,” Berry said of Clemson. “I’ll be part of the first competing class, so that’s exciting.”

She was first drawn to the sport as a toddler after taking a gymnastics class

with her mother. Competing for the past 12 years, Berry persevered despite some rough patches and said she is more determined than ever to become a great gymnast.

Berry, a two-time national qualifier and twotime selection to the USA Gymnastics Development National Team, found the atmosphere at Coastal Gymnastics allowed her to have fun while performing at a high level.

Lastra, 17, a student at Classical Academy, started gymnastics 13 years ago

and quickly got hooked on the sport, focusing on the uneven bars and floor exercises.

Two years ago, Lastra broke her back, forcing her to miss a season to recuperate. While she felt compelled to hurry back into competition, the Valley Center gymnast took time to heal and assess her next steps.

That’s when Lastra found Coastal Gymnastics, where she has thrived under Gerber and the other coaches.

Due to her injury, Las-

tra said she wasn’t confident she’d be able to compete at the collegiate level. However, after Gerber made some inquiries on her behalf, Sacramento State started intensely recruiting Lastra, who has since committed to the Hornets gymnastics program.

“We came here, and I absolutely love it,” Lastra said of Coastal Gymnastics. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve had very little back pain. I don’t have to feel afraid to tell Ellie I’m hurting. She’s so supportive of everything.”

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There goes my diet!

“If there’s a group and one person buys, there’s a very good chance that others in the room will also buy,” she told me.

So big groups of hungry people egged on by peer pressure bought her product, with no competition in sight. Brilliant!

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You’ve probably noticed I’m all about finding ways to stand out of any crowd.

Given that it’s Girl Scout Cookie Season, hordes of young women are out hustling baked goods. When my daughter was younger, her friends were my preferred salespeople.

Today, lacking relationships with these youthful entrepreneurs, I’m fair game for anyone with a creative strategy.

Greeters at a Rotary meeting almost had the sale, but I lacked cash that night. I was in a rush, so skipped the table at the street corner.

And I debated between the promotional doorknob hanger and the sales team outside Vons with the sign, “Invest in your future leaders.”

The smartest cookie? The teenager selling Thin Mints after a show at Rancho Bernardo High School’s Performing Arts Center. Her initiative was refreshing, her location unique.

And her plan: go doorto-door at SDSU during the Super Bowl, looking for groups of munched-out football fans.

As Sir Francis Bacon advised: “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”

Her strategy was solid.

This year, 1.7 million Girl Scouts will raise $800 million selling 200 million boxes of cookies. Most girls will ask parents to bring them to the office.

But those who are serious will find ways to be like the 8 year-old in San Bernardino who sold a record-breaking 32,484 boxes of cookies in two months. Sweet!

Now examine your business. You’ve got competition and a noisy marketplace. Are you still doing things the way you’ve always done them? We adults should learn from these young women and look beyond stale business tactics. By approaching things differently, we’ll all increase opportunities for growing our revenues in both the short- and long-term. Call it thinking outside the cookie box. Or re-examining priorities. Call it what you will, but it all amounts to the same thing.

By knowing your product, understanding your marketplace and being willing to try a new idea, you’ll set yourself apart and create situations where none would otherwise exist.

With that said, I wish you a week of profitable marketing.

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Felicia Shaw is the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition’s new executive director. She was SDRACC board chair when she left that post to become the first executive director of the arts advocacy organization, founded in 1989.


During the 2023 Super Bowl, Petty Officer 1st Class Veronica Scott, a native of Oceanside, California, documented the Super Bowl from the Navy’s point of view. Scott created and shared content during game day with already-established audiences through personal social media accounts. The coverage is part of the first-ever Navy Social Media Ambassador initiative to increase Navy awareness and audience engagement. For additional content, visit the Navy’s Super Bowl LVII feature page at


The city of Encinitas was honored with the San Diego Green Building Council Sustainable Leadership Award for passing the first all-electric new construction building code in the San Diego region, making Encinitas the first in San Diego County. The ordinance, which eliminates installing natural gas infrastructure in new residential and commercial construction within the city limits, is a significant move towards creating cleaner and more sustainable communities.


The Velocity Summer Internship Program seeks to pair incoming Vista high school seniors, graduating class of 2024, with Vista companies based on the student's interests. The Vista Chamber will come the intern's pay for up to 100 hours. Visit vistachamber. org/velocity-summer-internship-program/.


Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary is enlarging its scholarship opportunities this year for high school seniors in Carlsbad. The club will provide scholarship funds to students interested in trade or technical schools and all seniors who live in Carlsbad or attend a high school in Carlsbad are eligible. Visit carlsbadhinoonrotary. org. A fund-raising raffle is being held. Tickets may be purchased from CHNR Rotarians and by mail to the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Foundation, PO Box 130175, Carlsbad, CA 92013. Tickets will be mailed to purchaser.


Expertly trained service dogs and their new handlers graduated from Canine Companions Feb. 10. Eleven new matches are made, in-

cluding children and adults with disabilities and their new expertly trained service dogs. Volunteer puppy raisers, who raised the dogs for their first 18 months, formally hand the leash off to the recipient who will begin his or her journey toward a more independent life.


The Senior Volunteer Patrol of the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station is recruiting volunteers for patrol duties in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. The members perform home vacation security checks, assists with traffic control, enforces disabled parking regulations, patrols neighborhoods, schools, parks and shopping centers, and visits homebound seniors who live alone. Interested parties should contact Ed Baer (703) 268-8873 or the Senior Volunteer office (760) 966-3579 to arrange an information meeting.


Brad Hanson was named the new Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Board of Directors president. He is a member of many local nonprofits and serves on several boards including as a director and president of the Patrons of Encinitas Parks and a director of the Leucadia Arts and Cultural Foundation. He also serves as a commissioner on the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Commission.


Braeden Bourne of San Diego was named to the Hamline University College of Liberal Arts dean’s list for the fall 2022 term.


The San Diego Futures Foundation provide resources that assist individuals and communities navigate our digital world with repur-

posed computers and educational programs that promote digital literacy. Learn more about this organization and the programs they offer at


Vista hosted a ribbon-cutting for its newest Little Free Library, Feb. 9 at Bub Williamson Park, 530 Grapevine Lane. Bub Williamson Park's Little Free Library is provided by the San Diego County Library, and is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Vista.


California Volunteers

Office of the Governor wants champions of climate action to apply for the California Climate Action Corps paid service program. California Climate Action Corps Fellows mobilize their communities through climate volunteer engagement, climate action and education service projects focused on urban greening, wildfire resiliency, and organic waste and edible food recovery. Go to to learn more and apply.


Students at Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach are problem-solving on a global scale and collaborating with peers worldwide. SFC’s Upper School French class taught by Jenni Cattaneo, has a two-year partnership with a high school in western France. This year, her students are collaborating with their peers in France to create solutions to issues surrounding the fast fashion industry.


Cal State San Marcos' Madison Murr started the spring with a runner-up performance at The Valley Invitational to earn CCAA Women's Golfer of the Week award for Feb. 1-7.

Enjoy one from the archives.

As my neck cramped up midday Friday, a light came on in my aching head. I remembered I had a lovely spa gift card just waiting to be used.

I was able to schedule a massage for that evening and began to plot my endof-week bliss. I would arrive early and soak in the hot tub before my massage. Aaaaaaaah.

I drive up to the spa armed with bathing suit and card, but not sure where to park. The valets assured me they would happily take care of it gratis, but this required my madly rummaging through my overstuffed purse to find my plug-in car key for them.

In the process, my bathing suit was tossed aside and forgotten. I also knew I had no cash for a tip so I mentally began running through my options to obtain said cash before the night was over. So far, not relaxing.

Oblivious to my lost suit, I hiked the distance from valet kiosk to spa hop -

ing for the best, still in high good humor. This always gets me in trouble.

As I waited for the check-in clerk, I could hear she was on the phone with a very annoyed client.

“Yes,” she assured her for the third time. “We will absolutely refund that, but I can’t do it today as the offices are closed. Yes, we are so sorry. Yes, it was definitely our fault. Yes, yes, yes.”

In a very poorly planned effort to be amusing, I raised my finger and pretended I was going to push the phone button down. I meant to signal that I would take care of that annoying customer for her … ha, ha, ha.

The look of horror on the attendant’s face clearly indicated she actually thought I was going to do

it, that she was horrified at the prospect and that she did not see even a shred of humor in my action. Oops.

She interpreted it as me being impatient for her to get off the phone. Double oops.

So I’m off on two wrong feet before I ever get in the door. Good times.

Ah well. I finally proceed into the spa maze and get my things into a locker, realizing as I shed clothing that my bathing suit was on my car seat somewhere in a far parking lot.

Now the inner debate begins. Do I go ahead into the hot tub sans suit or skip it altogether and sit staring at my hands for an hour?

Not being the least bit modest, but fearing I might terrify others, I struggle briefly and then decide to channel my inner Scandinavian and go for it.

I slip into the tub as unobtrusively as possible, curl up in a corner and try to relax.

Fat chance. I’m just not able to flaunt it. I stick it out for about 10 minutes, laughing out loud at myself, then make a clumsy effort

to slip swiftly into my robe again, dragging it through several puddles in the process. Smooth.

At spa, just have to grin and bare it small talk

The massage was heaven and made up for all my silliness, but I walked out still chuckling.

How long do you think it will take before staff stops talking about the weird, rude, naked broad? I’d like to go back.

Jean Gillette is a freelance writer keeping a back-up swimsuit handy from now on. Contact her at jean@

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CHRISTIAN GARCIA left the Palomar College board after being appointed to the Escondido City Council.

Palomar board has seat to fill

SAN MARCOS — The Palomar College Governing Board has been left without an Area 2 representative after a trustee resigned in order to serve on the Escondido City Council.

Former trustee Christian Garcia was one of several individuals who applied to take over the Escondido City Council’s District 3 seat, left vacant in November by Deputy Mayor Joel Garcia, who now represents District 2.

The council officially appointed Garcia to the position on Jan. 30 in a 3-1 vote.

Garcia was elected to the board of trustees in 2020 and was partway through his four year-term when he resigned on Feb. 1. At the time of his resignation, Garcia was serving as board president.

During his interview with the city, Garcia said the decision to step away from the college was difficult.

“On behalf of the College, I want to thank Trustee Garcia for his steadfast leadership on the Governing Board, where he championed student success, provided great strategy and demonstrated a commitment to responsible fiscal stewardship,” said Palomar Superintendent/ President Dr. Star Rivera-Lacey. “His departure is a tremendous loss, and we wish him all of the best in his new role as a City Councilmember.”

Garcia’s departure marks the latest change to the makeup of the five-person board, which also saw the election of three new trustees in November.

Palomar officials said they planned to discuss the Area 2 vacancy at their Feb. 14 meeting, and will likely adopt a resolution either to appoint someone or to hold a special election to fill the vacancy through 2024.

Information about the process timeline and application materials will be released following the board’s determination.

The person who fills the vacancy must live within Area 2, which covers Escondido and the eastern third of the state Route 78 corridor.

Two arrested in double fatal shooting in San Marcos

SAN MARCOS — Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a early January shooting that left two young men dead along West Borden Road in San Marcos, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

The victims, identified as Jesus Garcia, 19, and Nicholas Tiefer, 20, were discovered on Jan. 4 with apparent gunshot wounds near the 1100 block of Borden Road, prompting authorities to launch a homicide investigation.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, a 17-year-old male suspect was arrested in Riverside on Jan. 31 with the assistance of local law enforcement.

The following morning, deputies arrested a 15-yearold suspect, also male, at his Oceanside residence.

Both suspects have been booked into the East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility on two counts of murder.

Investigators in the case said the motivation and circumstances are still under investigation, and that they believe the two suspects did not know the victims.

However, investigators said they believe “the reason for them meeting was for the illegal sale of vape products.”

When asked how investigators came to this conclusion, Lt. Chris Steffen said the department is not releasing any further details at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at 858-2856330 or the after-hours phone at 858-565-5200.

Individuals can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 888-580-8477.

FALSE BOMB THREAT AT SAN MARCOS ELEMENTARY SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Elementary School was evacuated Feb. 8 after the school received a false bomb threat.

Just after 1 p.m., a phone call was made about a bomb threat, which led to the evacuation of students and staff, the San Diego

SD gas prices continue to rise

By City News Service REGION — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Wednesday for the eighth straight day and 13th time in 15 days, increasing 1.2 cents to $4.718.

The average price has risen 13.6 cents over the past 15 days, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price is 6.3 cents more than a week ago and 18.2 cents higher than a month ago, but two-tenths of a cent less than a year ago.

It has dropped $1.717 since rising to a record $6.435 on Oct. 5.

The national average price rose four-tenths of a cent to $3.418.

County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies arrived and searched the campus with the help of Cal State San Marcos Police and bomb-sniffing dogs, but no threat was found, according to police. The search ended just before 4 p.m.

“The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the community for their cooperation and understanding during this incident,” the Sheriff’s Department said. “We also thank our partners at the San Marcos Unified School District, San Marcos Elementary School, as well as Cal State San Marcos Police and San Diego State University Police Departments for their assistance.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to call the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station at 760-5105200.

— City News Service MAN GETS 5 MONTHS FOR THREATENING SENATOR REGION — An Oceanside man who threatened to kill Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York in a voicemail message left at Schumer’s Washington, D.C. office was sentenced Feb. 10 to five months in prison.

Johnathan Ryan McGuire was charged with sending a profane message to the Senate majority leader in which he threatened to “blow your (expletive) head

off” and “send some bullets your way,” according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in San Diego federal court.

The caller, who included several antisemitic and homophobic slurs in his message, also stated, “Yeah, you guys are real upset huh? You can’t murder babies anymore.”

Schumer’s staff notified police of the message, which was received on May 3, 2022, and came from a phone number attributed to McGuire, according to court documents.

The affidavit also alleges that U.S. Capitol Police have documented “numerous threats by McGuire to various members of U.S. Congress and a USCP officer” between 2019 and 2021, which were allegedly sent by phone and email.

McGuire pleaded guilty last year in San Diego federal court to one count of threats in interstate commerce.

At McGuire’s sentencing hearing last week, defense attorney Marc Kohnen sought a time-served sentence for 18 days McGuire had already spent in custody, arguing that mental health and substance use issues played a large role in the offense.

The attorney described McGuire’s behavior at the time as “screaming into the void in perhaps the most unhealthy way possible” and “a cry for help.”

Kohnen also argued

that when looking at other cases involving threats to public officials, defendants in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol breach received 45-day sentences on average.

McGuire told U.S. District Judge Todd W. Robinson that he took “full responsibility for my vulgar and despicable actions.”

While Robinson credited McGuire for making strides through treatment and counseling since the incident, the judge said he was troubled by the prolonged conduct that included not just Schumer, but other elected officials.

“You can have a robust disagreement with public officials, but the fact of the matter remains that those individuals are entitled to go about their daily business without receiving unwarranted threats from constituents or any other members of the public,” Robinson said prior to imposing the prison sentence.


REGION — The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego announced last week that it may file for bankruptcy to pay settlements for victims of alleged sexual abuse.

In a Thursday, Feb. 9, letter to parishioners, Cardinal Robert McElroy wrote that the diocese “must face the staggering legal costs” in response to lawsuits alleging abuse dating back as far as 1945.

The diocese says it has received more than 400 claims alleging the sexual abuse of a minor by a priest, though none of them claim abuse by any priest who is currently part of the ministry.

In 2007, it settled 144 claims for $198 million and said in a statement that settling cases now at the same rate would cost more than $550 million, “which is why bankruptcy is under consideration.”

McElroy’s letter states, “Bankruptcy would provide a pathway for ensuring that the assets of the diocese will be used equitably to compensate all victims of sexual abuse, while continuing the ministries of the Church for faith formation, pastoral life and outreach to the poor and the marginalized.”

John Manly, an attorney whose law firm has represented accusers in San Diego and elsewhere, argued the church should not be allowed to pursue bankruptcy.

“The Diocese of San Diego has a well-documented history of lying about its financial assets in order to dodge liability for their knowing concealment of child molesting priests. We intend to contest any attempt to file bankruptcy,” Manly said.

“The mafia is not allowed to file bankruptcy, and neither should the Catholic Hierarchy when they have knowingly allowed the rape of boys and girls by priests like the Diocese of San Diego.”

— City News Service

VISTA SEES RECORD LOW ON VALENTINE’S DAY REGION — Record low temperatures were recorded in parts of San Diego County on Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported.

It was 54 in Vista, 50 in Ramona and 34 in Idyllwild, all record low temperatures for Valentine’s Day in those areas.

— City News Service


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— The city is replacing segments of a major sewer main that make up nearly a mile of sewage pipeline.

The City Council approved an $8.4 million contract with Escondido-based Southland Paving, Inc. for the Trunk Sewer Replacement project at the Feb. 8 council meeting.

Escondido’s trunk sewer main system was first built in 1959 and serves as an integral part of the city’s sewer infrastructure.

Consisting of 24-inch and 27-inch reinforced concrete pipe with short sections of asbestos cement pipe, the trunk sewer main transports raw sewage from 40% of the city to the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF).

Over the last several years, extreme rain events have further degraded the already aging pipeline, requiring emergency action to replace sections at risk of imminent failure.

The project will replace, upsize and realign

5,000 linear feet of existing pipeline through mostly open trench construction.

The five segments to be replaced are between HARRF and the intersection at Quince Street and Norlak Avenue, said Angela Morrow, deputy director of Utilities/Construction and Engineering for the city.

The first two sections to be replaced include 1,100 linear feet along Norlak Avenue and through the existing public works yard and 2,300 linear feet along North Hale Avenue between the intersections with Industrial Avenue and South Auto Park Way.

Work on the second section includes rerouting the new pipeline so it no longer goes through the Acura and GMC dealership parking lots.

The third section includes replacing 820 linear feet along South Hale Avenue and within the Casa Grande Mobile Estates, with the fourth section replacing 700 feet of pipeline from the same mobile home

park across Harmony Grove Road and on the Escondido Church of God property.

A portion of the fourth section will also be rerouted so that a large chunk of the pipeline no longer goes through Casa Grande and instead goes through adjacent roads.

Portions of the pipeline in the fourth section were compromised during the severe rainstorms in mid-January, an emergency situation that required the city to forgo normal bidding procedures to allow Southland Paving to start construction work in that area.

The fifth section will replace 90 feet of pipeline from the Green Tree Mobile Estates to the connection point at HARRF.

The project includes two additional consulting agreements, a $1.4 million contract with Arcadis U.S., Inc. for construction management services and a $155,560 contract with Infrastructure Engineering Corporation for engineering services.

Bed Bath & Beyond closing Carlsbad, San Marcos stores

By City News Service

REGION — Retailer

Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close an additional 87 stores across the United States, including three in San Diego County, as the company faces likely bankruptcy proceedings.

The following San Diego County locations are slated for closure:

— Carlsbad, 1905 Calle Barcelona, suite 100;

— San Diego, 10537 4S Commons Drive, suite 170; and

— San Marcos, 165 S.




“I really enjoy being able to mentor the youth of every generation in terms of understanding how to start their lives off with a good trajectory,” Williams said. “When it comes to career development, there are different paths they can take whether it’s college, technical school, starting their own business or however that looks for them.”

With a dual masters in business administration and engineering technology, Williams currently holds a senior role at Hunter Industries, a San Marcos-based company that specializes in irrigation equipment and manufacturing.

Williams has a soft spot for the district’s career and technical education (CTE) programs and hopes to see those tracks continue to flourish.

“There’s a track for everybody,” he said.

In his application, Williams committed himself to helping create a pipeline for students to careers.

“As someone who works for one of the largest local employers, I would be committed to working with lo -

Las Posas Road.

The latest round of closings — announced by the company on Jan. 30 — comes on the heels of last August’s announcement of 150 store closings.

“As we work with our advisers to consider multiple paths, we are implementing actions to manage our business as efficiently as possible,” the company said in a statement provided to City News Service last week.

Bed Bath & Beyond reported last month that it received a notice of de-

fault from lender JPMorgan Chase.

“At this time, the company does not have sufficient resources to repay the amounts under the credit facilities and this will lead the company to consider all strategic alternatives, including restructuring its debt under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code,” the New Jersey-based company said, CNN reported.

The latest 87 closings include five buybuy Baby locations and the last 49 Harmon Face Value stores, which sold cosmetics.


RYAN WILLIAMS will serve out the term of Dane White, who vacated his EUHSD board seat when he was elected mayor of Escondido in November. Williams says he plans to run for a full term in 2024. Courtesy photo

cal employers and the CTE programs at the district to ensure we are creating a pipeline to real, high-paying local job opportunities,” Williams said in his application.

Williams also noted in his application that he is a strong believer in school choice and believes the district has succeeded in making school choice a district value. He also added that he has experience in budget balancing and fiscal respon-


Williams also emphasized putting a focus on improving mental health resources for students in his application.

“The district is doing some innovative work with regards to the wellness centers on our campuses, and I would like to see that continue to grow upon this work to ensure we are meeting the social-emotional needs of our students,” he said.

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‘Big John’ Haedrich, founder, owner of Tip Top Meats


“Big John” Hans Haedrich, a distinguished businessman, butcher, and community servant, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and loved ones on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

He spent his final weeks under the care of his beloved family.

John was born on January 3, 1929, to Herman Haedrich and Martha Pohland in Germany. He grew up in Ekartsberga and Bad Bibra, Germany before moving to Berlin, Germany in 1949.

John completed his secondary education in 1943. Upon graduation, he worked as an apprentice in his parents’ butcher shop. He also attended trade school in Koelleda, Germany for 3 years and became a journeyman butcher.

In 1948, he completed college in Naumburg. John later graduated with his master’s degree in Fleischer Handwerk in 1953 in Berlin. In 1959, he emigrated to the United States by way of Los Angeles to establish himself as a German craft butcher and achieve the American dream.

John was the founder and owner of Tip Top Meats & European Delicatessen, Inc. He opened Tip Top Meats in Glendale, CA in 1967. He later moved the

business to Carlsbad, CA in 1979. His life’s work was the successful operation of his business for over 50 years. John shared that

success with his family and his community. He loved his work, and he showcased that love in the quality of his products.

One of his proudest accomplishments was his donation of two new church bells and repair of the existing bell of his home

church, Maria Magdalena Church, in Bad Bibra, Germany in 2000. The bells were named Frieden, Freiheit, and Familie.

Frieden, in honor of the people of Bad Bibra. Freiheit, in honor of his mother, father, brother, and sister. Familie, in honor of the loves of his life Diane, Amanda, Megan, and Matthew.

He also donated to replace a stained-glass window, donated to have a new playground built for the local Kindergarten, and supported restoration of the church organ as part of an ongoing refurbishment project.

with the Optimist Club Save a Boy program, Del Mar Fair Junior Livestock Auction, St. Patrick’s Church and School, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and Fun Run, Boys and Girls Club, TriCity Christian School, Carlsbad Rotary Club and Oktoberfest, Encinitas Oktoberfest, North Coast Repertory Theatre, youth sports, senior programs, and more.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Jutta, his father, Herman, his mother, Martha, and his brother, Wolfgang.

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For his personal and financial commitment to his hometown, John was awarded the prestigious Verdienstmedaille des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the Medal of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2002.

He served as the TriCity Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees President and helped found the Diamond Society. The TriCity Hospital Foundation honored John with the 2013 Legacy Award for his many years of leadership and philanthropy in the community.

A long-standing member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and endearingly known as “Mr. Carlsbad,” John was active in city and community events and causes, serving on the Board of Directors and earning the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and the Lifetime Achievement in Business Award, among others, for his accomplishments in business. Other notable accomplishments include his involvement

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Diane, his stepdaughter, Jennifer, his grandchildren, Amanda, Megan, Matthew John, and Michelle, and his great grandchildren, Liam John, James Samuel, and Leland Joachim.

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Exploring Amalfi Cucina Italiana on Lake San Marcos

While I had been somewhat familiar with Italy’s Amalfi coast, it was not until after watching CNN’s “Searching for Italy” with the brilliant Stanley Tucci that I fully appreciated this fantastic place known for its beautiful coastline.

It is definitely on my short list of places to visit.

So, when I was reminded there was a restaurant on Lake San Marcos called Amalfi Cucina Italiana, run by a team of four Italian friends and former leaders of the Buona Forchetta group, including chef Marcello Avitabile, a five-time world champion pizza maker, my interest was piqued.

And while Lake San Marcos is not quite the Amalfi coast — it’s a manufactured body of water with a fountain, pontoon boats and gondola rides — let’s focus on the world-class team, sizable and stylish restaurant, and delicious food.

A quick Google search will pull up its fascinating history for those interested in the history of this “lake” and the surrounding community.

lick the plate

I wrote about Buona Forchetta when it opened in Leucadia, and Amalfi feels like its sizable, multi-level cousin scaled up to feed a much larger crowd.

It even has one of its signature pizza ovens, a custom Stefano Ferrara (sometimes referred to as the Ferrari of pizza ovens) built in Naples.

The wood-burning oven, covered in unmistakable golden tile, is designed to quickly cook a perfect pizza with temperatures ranging from 700 to 1,000 degrees.

It’s thin-crusted, lightly charred, and offered with ingredients imported from places in Italy that only restaurateurs of this higher caliber know to source from.

Let’s segue into the team behind this high-performance, smooth-running

Italian machine.

Let’s start with the former executive chef of the Buona Forchetta group, chef Marcello Avitabile. Marcello’s longtime friend Joseph Serra is also a renowned pizza chef and part of the culinary team. Finally, general manager Giuseppe Annunziata and partner Emiliano Muslija round out this culinary dream team.

As mentioned, the space is enormous, with two levels, each with its distinctive feel and offering a full bar in addition to the dining options.

The first level is a casual, covered outdoor dining area that can fit 200 who can enjoy the closeness of the lake. The menu in the lower outdoor space, in addition to the pizzas, includes sandwiches, burgers, and daily specials from Marcello.

The second floor offers a more elegant, fine-dining atmosphere with 100 seats overlooking the lake. Again, the gold Stefano Ferrara oven is the focus, and the chef curates a more

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Ground broken for San Diego AIDS memorial

By City News Service REGION — Groundbreaking was held Friday, Feb. 10, for Olive Street Park in Bankers Hill, which will feature a memorial honoring and remembering San Diegans who died from AIDS.

Mayor Todd Gloria was joined by Assemblyman Chris Ward, D-San Diego, and San Diego City Councilmember Stephen Whitburn to break ground on the more than half-acre park.

“What has long been nothing but an empty, unused lot will soon be Olive Street Park, a beautiful place for members of the Bankers Hill community to relax and enjoy the view, and its AIDS Memorial will finally give San Diegans a place to remember, honor and grieve for loved ones taken from us by AIDS,” Gloria said.

The project is budgeted at $2.3 million to transform an empty lot into a community space that will include the AIDS memorial, a playground, fitness equipment, an open lawn area and Americans With DA-compliant pathways, along with an overlook deck to enjoy Maple Canyon below.

Nearly 8,000 San Diegans have died from AIDS.

“This memorial will serve as a permanent testament to the resilience, courage and compassion of those affected by AIDS in our community and to the tireless work of those who have dedicated their lives to ending this epidemic,” said Whitburn, whose district includes Bankers Hill.

Memorial boulders and interpretive panels will be placed throughout the park, containing the history of the AIDS crisis in San Diego and honoring the people and organizations who have served those living with AIDS.

The idea to build an AIDS memorial in San Diego has been around since at least 1994 and the creation of the memorial is the culmination of nearly 30 years of work and community activism, proponents said.

The project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2024.

AN ORANGE showing infestation of Huanglongbing (HLB) or Yellow Dragon Disease. Courtesy photo/Getty



Lake Ramona.

“Unfortunately, Huanglongbing is fatal to citrus,” San Diego Agricultural Commissioner Ha Dang said. “Our goal is to prevent this disease from spreading any further. By working together, we can all protect our food supply, local agriculture, and environment from this devastating disease.”

The quarantine is intended to protect the region’s food supply and agriculture by restricting people and businesses from moving citrus nursery stock, plant parts and fruit outside the quarantine boundaries and off their properties.

According to a county statement, the only exception is for agricultural businesses that must adhere to specific requirements for treatment, cleaning, and packing

commercial fruit prior to movement.

HLB is not harmful to people or animals and is spread by the Asian citrus psyllids, tiny insects who can carry the bacterium when they feed on citrus trees.

The county Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures is partnering with state and federal regulators to limit the impact on the public and help prevent the spread of the disease.

County officials are also proactively notifying local citrus growers, plant nurseries and other related businesses.

Samples from trees on the affected property and the surrounding area are undergoing tests for HLB.

If it is detected in additional citrus trees in the quarantine area, state agricultural officials will follow up with treatment and removal of the infected trees.



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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe of San Diego celebrates its 25th anniversary as a cutting edge funk band. The group is led by saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Karl Denson, co-founder of the Greyboy Allstars and permanent fixture in the Rolling Stones. 9 p.m. on Feb. 17-18 at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra’s Chamber Ensemble in concert for “A Romantic Journey with Antonio Vivaldi & the Spanish Guitar,” directed by Peter Pupping. The concert program includes music of Renaissance composer Michael Praetorius and Baroque composers George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann and three concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Tickets at the door. $18, 7:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Dr, Encinitas.


Clever comedy and a smart audience make this Carlsbad tradition one-of-akind. $15, 7 p.m. at Harding Community Center, 3096 Harding St, Carlsbad.


Live Entertainment. 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Feb. 17 at Mr. Peabody’s Bar and Grill, 136 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas.


Music inspired by folk traditions, with Irish Fiddle Master Winifred Horan. $20-$35, 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Dr, Encinitas.

FEB. 18


The O’side Mardi Gras Block Party will have a Mardi Gras Market, giveaways, a shrimp boil, live music and more. 12 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at Beer Town, 507 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.


The Encinitas Historical Society is pleased to announce our next free guided outdoor Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Encinitas. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 18 at Encinitas Historical Society, 390 W F St, Encinitas.


A series of photography classes is offered for adults. Experiment with new techniques and hone your image-making skills. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, San Diego.


Live Entertainment. 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Feb. 18 at Mr. Peabody’s Bar and Grill, 136

Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas.


San Diego Rocket Con is coming up on it’s 4th annual show, Feb. 18 and 19. This two-day show is full of various vendors with all kinds of collectibles, comics, toys, and other items fans love. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 18 and Feb 19 at Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio S, San Diego.


Imagine some of the biggest legends in rock and roll coming together in concert. The Six String Society is an exciting musical theater production celebrating the guitar. The 27 Club will feature the music and stories of the infamous club that shares one thing in common — Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and Amy Winehouse all died tragically at the age of 27. $30-$100, 4 p.m. at Oceanside Theatre Company, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

FEB. 20


Ace Frehley brings hard rock heavy metal guitar, with Eric Steckel playing blues metal. 8 p.m. at Belly Up Tavern, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


Black comics, books, video games, STEM and pop culture. 5 p.m. at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr, Oceanside.

FEB. 21


Adult ballet classes, for age 18-plus. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Feb. 21 at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas.


The Oceanside International Film Festival kicks off its 12th annual event. 5

p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


A look at history and designs of the Escondido Public Library and neigh boring buildings. 6-7 p.m. at Escondido Public Library, 239 S Kalmia St, Escondido.


Ages 9-12, develop theater skills, gain confidence and develop social skills through collaboration and performance. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St, Carlsbad.


p.m. at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

FEB. 22


American singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson plays soulful pop music. 8

Roma,” a sublime romantic comedy with an international flavor. $16, 7 p.m. at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.

companying adult. 9 a.m. at Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego.

FEB. 24



Escondido Arts

Partnership presents “A Furniture Show XIII.” 5 p.m. at Escondido Arts Partnership , 100 E Grand Ave, Escondido.


Play chess, cards and backgammon (bring your boards and sets, some chess boards available). 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at Sammy’s Del Mar, 12925 El Camino Real, San Diego.

FEB. 23


“Lasciarsi un Giorno a


The paintings in the Vatican by Michelangelo and Raphael are considered by most scholars to represent the culmination of High Renaissance style. These masterpieces and others will be discussed. Free, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 23 at Online, San Diego.


Explore topics like engineering, physics and more in four-week sessions designed for ages 3–5 with ac-

Clever comedy and a smart audience make this Carlsbad tradition one-of-akind. $15, 7 p.m. at Harding Community Center, 3096 Harding St, Carlsbad.


Live Entertainment. 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Feb. 24 at Mr. Peabody’s Bar and Grill, 136 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas.


Join us onsite for Fun Animal Friday with Zovargo, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


San Marcos Chamber

Meet GM Brian Fried with Stone Distributing

Stone Brewing has its roots in San Marcos and recently Stone Distributing moved back to San Marcos. Today we meet General Manager Brian Fried to talk about an iconic craft brewing company and distributor.

Stone Distributing is among the largest independent distributors of premium beverages in the country. We’re known for growing brands within our diverse portfolio including beer, hard kombucha, hard seltzers, hard coffee and more.

What services and/or specialty products do you provide? We distribute premium beverages to bars, restaurants, and retailers across Southern California.

How long have you been in business at your current location? Stone Brewing was founded in San Marcos on Mata Way in 1996, 26 years ago. Stone Distributing was founded in 1999. The business has had a few different locations throughout North County over the years and we moved into our current location on S. Pacific in 2021.

What sets you apart from others in your industry? A history rooted in craft beer, founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner of Stone Brewing. Stone Distributing was founded in the spirit of craft beer camaraderie.

When no distributor in the late 90’s would accept Stone Brewing’s hop-forward beers, the co-founders self-distributed and brough along other specialty and craft brands as


What motivated you to join The San Marcos Chamber? As someone doing business being part of a thriving community is important to Stone Distributing Company. The San Marcos Chamber not only advocates for local businesses but prioritizes connecting with the local community. When the local businesses and community support one another,

both flourish.

What are you looking forward to accomplishing with the Chamber? Stone has deep roots in San Marcos. This is where the company got its start and with the support of organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Stone now has a global reach, distributing its beers to 40+ countries and all 50 states.

Stone Distributing is a much more local operation (Southern California only) and is thrilled to carry on Stone’s legacy on in San Marcos. We’re looking forward to being a part of the growth of fellow San Marcos businesses who help this city thrive.

What’s your best piece of business advice? The best piece of advice I can give is to be agile. Listen to what your customers are saying, be aware of what is going on in the marketplace, understand what is affecting your business and adjust accordingly.

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Bolsa Chica coastal wetland’s luxuriant wildlife, hiking trails

Birds in mud.

That’s how one

Yelp reviewer describes Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach. And it’s true. There are a lot of birds in a lot of mud, but there is plenty more to this coastal wetland, one of the few remaining on the Pacific Coast.

The reserve’s marvelous mudflats and the rest of its 1,400 acres are home to a huge variety of fish, insects, reptiles, and mammals. And the 186 species of birds make the reserve a magnet for birders who come to see the two distinct populations that flock here in winter and summer.

We are standing in the reserve on one of the trail’s small mesas; we need only a few feet of elevation to take in the 360-degree vista.

To the west, beyond our dense, post-rain landscape of coast sunflowers and protected coastal sage scrub are those mudflats, with egrets or ibises (or maybe both) stepping through the muck, a dozen ducks paddling and bobbing for their meals; pelicans doing touchand-goes on the lagoon’s surface; and plenty of other fowl that we can’t name.

(Confession: we are not schooled birdwatchers, but we love to watch birds.)

Further out is Pacific Coast Highway, separating the reserve from the 10 miles of uninterrupted, north-stretching sand and boardwalk that is Huntington State Beach, Huntington City Beach, Huntington Dog Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach and Sunset Beach.

Beyond that, the waters of the Pacific, and today, the

sharp silhouette of Catalina. The island looks so clear and close that we wonder why someone hasn’t just built a bridge to connect it with the mainland.

As tranquil and copacetic as the terrain looks now, it wasn’t always this way.

The blasts of shotguns belonging to the Huntington Gun Club once rang out in the early 20th century. The club constructed a dam

to keep out the ocean water and create a freshwater pond. Thus, the many ducks attracted to this pond ended up on the wrong end of the hunting rifles.

The dam also played havoc with the ecological balance of the wetland, which needs the twice-a-day exchange of salt and fresh water to maintain its plants, animals and fish.

The land eventually passed through several

owners and bankruptcy, and during World War II, it served as part of the Coastal Defense System. The military built underground bunkers, an observation tower and gun emplacements. The bases for these guns are still present.

In the 1970s, the private owners of Bolsa Chica tried to build a marina and housing tracts, but thanks to the dedication and persistence of some passionate conservationists, this wetland was spared from becoming suburban sprawl.

Today, multiple public and private entities and their volunteers work to keep Bolsa Chica safe from development and ecological harm so that many species, including homo sapiens, can

enjoy it. A small-but-well-presented interpretive center on the north end of the reserve tells the history of the area and its first residents who arrived about 9000 B.C.E. There are a few live-animal exhibits and displays on the wetland’s plants and animals.

Bolsa Chica’s five miles of trails have ample signage explaining the reserve's history, ecology and environmental issues. Except for a few small elevations, the trails are flat. Bring binoculars and water (no water fountains), and wear a hat and sunscreen. Entry is free.

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SNOWY EGRETS that live in coastal wetlands like Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, one of only a few left on the California coast, wade in shallow water to spear fish and other small aquatic animals. Photo by E’Louise Ondash VISITORS CAN check out this kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus) at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Interpretive Center in Huntington Beach. Kelp bass feed off smaller fish, crustaceans and squid, and can grow to 29 inches long. Photo by E’Louise Ondash


A Przewalski’s horse was born recently at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the first such birth at the Escondido park since 2014. The Przewalski’s horse is a critically endangered species of wild horse that was categorized as extinct in the wild until 1996. The foal was born as part of a breeding program overseen by conservationists nationwide. “Every birth is a tremendous moment, so we are elated by this new foal,” said Kristi Burtis, wildlife care director at the Safari Park. Courtesy photo



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EDITORS: These horoscopes are for use the week of Feb. 20, 2023.

1. TELEVISION: What was the name of the saloon in the 1960s series “Gunsmoke”?

2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: To date, how many people have walked on the moon?

3. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of the Canadian province Nova Scotia?

4. MOVIES: How many “Police Academy” movies have been produced?

5. U.S. STATES: Why is Indiana known as “The Hoosier State”?

6. FOOD & DRINK: What percentage of a cucumber is water?

7. HISTORY: Which company published its first mail-order catalog in 1872?

8. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What does the armadillo’s name mean in English?

9. LITERATURE: What is author Mark Twain’s real name?

10. CELEBRITIES: What is one of singer/actor Frank Sinatra’s famous nicknames, based on a physical attribute?

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The changes you’ve waited to see in your work situation might not be happening quite as quickly as you hoped. Although the pace is slow, it’s ongoing. Expect to hear news soon.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)

You should be feeling very proud of the fine effort you’ve made to get that important project done. Now take some time out to celebrate with family and friends. You’ve earned it.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20)

You’re close to reaching your objectives. That’s the good news. But be careful: Your aspects show lots of potential distractions looming. Stay focused and keep your eyes fixed on your goals.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Be careful not to let that suspicious Cancerian mind create a problem where none exists. What you might believe is an act of betrayal could be nothing more than a misunderstanding.

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your Lion’s heart overflows with selfconfidence. All you need to do is tap into it, and you’ll be able to handle any change that must be made regarding that recent surprise development.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) The need to watch what you say becomes increasingly crucial this week. Be as temperate as you can with your comments and avoid arguments for the sake of controversy.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A longtime family problem presents new demands. But this time, you won’t have to go it alone: Someone else is asking to help share your responsibilities. Let it happen.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A period of feeling vulnerable is about to give way to a stronger, more-self-confident aspect. Use this new strength to reaffirm promises you’ve made to others and yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A creative dilemma stalls your progress. Instead of letting it raise your ire, use the time to reexamine your aims and perhaps come up with a new target.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your nimble will might find a way for you to work out those newly emerged problems plaguing your new project. Stay with it. The results will be well worth your efforts.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might feel overwhelmed with having to decide which new opportunity you should follow. Best advice: Check them all out and see which offers what you really want.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Continue to tread water before you even consider plunging into something that never seemed quite right. Some facts will emerge soon that can help you make a decision.

BORN THIS WEEK: You are a natural-born peacemaker. You value truth and have little patience with those who lie to you for their own purposes.

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DON CORYELL, right, went 69-56 as Chargers coach from 1978 to 1986. Courtesy photo

Coryell, innovative Chargers coach, elected to Hall of Fame

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REGION — Former San Diego Chargers head coach Don Coryell has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced last week.

Coryell, credited with creating the Air Coryell offense, was the first head coach to win more than 100 games at the collegiate and professional level. He was one of nine people elected to the Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Canton, Ohio this summer.

Coryell was the coach of the Chargers from 1978 to 1986 compiling a 69-56 record over nine seasons. He led the Chargers to two AFC championships games, losing to the Oakland Raiders in 1980 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 1981.

He won three AFC West Division championships in a row from 1979 to 1981 and had a 3-4 record in the NFL playoffs as coach of the Chargers.

Prior to coaching the Chargers, Coryell was the



case, declined to comment on the outcome until after sentencing.

During closing statements, Kim showed a photo of the sunset that Keshishian had taken on his phone just moments before Razdan arrived and attacked him in August 2021.

“It was a pleasant evening,” Kim said. “He had just finished eating dinner with his dad, Henrik. It was a gorgeous sunset, so he took a photo with his iPhone. The very same moment, the defendant was outside the Stone Canyon community, plotting … to kill Aris. There was nothing Aris could have done.”

Kim also emphasized that, despite the arguments made by Razdan’s attorneys, this was not a self-defense case, as evidenced by the stab wounds on Keshishian’s back and shoulders, and that Razdan showed up unannounced with an “arsenal” of weapons in the trunk of his car.

Kim further addressed Razdan’s testimony that Keshishan had started a fight with him and that he allegedly feared for his life during the incident.

The prosecutor noted how a witness described Razdan as calmly leaving the scene, how the defendant told deputies and doctors that the injuries on his hands were from a bicycle chain, and how he never

head coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1973 to 1977. He was 42-27 as coach of the Cardinals and won two NFC East Division championships.

He was the head coach for San Diego State from 1961 to 1972 and had a 10419-2 record over 12 seasons.

He was the head coach for Whittier College, taking over for legendary coach George Allen in 1957. He spent three seasons at Whittier College and went 22-5-1.

He won 111 games in the NFL and 126 games as a college head coach.

In 1960, he was an assistant coach at USC for head coach John McKay and help introduce the I-formation to the Trojans offense.

Coryell died at age 85 at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa on July 1, 2010.

He was inducted to the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1986 and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

You can help improve transportation in North County! SANDAG and Caltrans are looking for your feedback on the newly released Draft Plan for the North County Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (CMCP). You can read the Draft Plan and leave a comment by March 12, 2023 for consideration in the Final Plan at

The North County CMCP includes around 700,000 residents and 300,000 jobs in the cities of Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, and Oceanside, and parts of the County of San Diego, which constitutes about 20% of the region.

The North County CMCP Draft Plan proposes $8.5 billion of balanced and integrated transportation infrastructure and service improvements. The improvements are expected to reduce transportation related fatalities, decrease daily travel time by an average of 15 minutes, and increase transit ridership from 35,000 to more than 140,000 while meeting regional and state policy goals. It’s a 30-year blueprint, but the CMCP aims to deliver the following improvements over the next 5-10 years:

• Deploy transportation technology to make the system more efficient

• Add a 1-mile extension to the Inland Rail Trail

• Conduct interchange improvements at I-15/SR 78 and I-5/SR 78

• Increase transit ser-

vice frequencies

The North County CMCP is just one of the many strategies used to carry out SANDAG’s 2021 Regional Transportation

be his friend through high school, despite speaking infrequently or beyond their graduation from San Marcos High School in 2019.

The defense did not produce proof of Keshishian contacting Razdan over Snapchat or any other messaging platform, aside from a screenshot of a text conversation in a group chat between Keshishian and other friends.

In describing the day of the attack, Razdan said he showed up at Keshishian’s gated community in hopes of confronting him about the activity on his phone. Razdan said he intended to go to the Keshishian’s home but saw Keshishian walking his dog upon arriving in the neighborhood and stopped the car.

Plan – a blueprint already in effect that enhances the region’s quality of life through equitable, sustainable, and active transportation.

During cross-examination, Kim questioned Razdan about several parts of his testimony that appeared to conflict with his statements to law enforcement shortly after the attack.

Specifically, Kim noted during his interview with detectives the morning after the attack, Razdan never mentioned the frightening content on Snapchat or how Keshishian had supposedly started a fight with him.

mentioned this version of events until the trial.

Kerry Steigerwalt, Razdan’s defense attorney, urged the jury in his closing statement to consider a lower charge of manslaughter. He said Razdan’s wounds on his hands and small holes in his sweatshirt indicated that Keshishian had the knife at some point.

“You have to vote not guilty of first degree if you think there was self defense,” Steigerwalt said, adding that they needed to put aside any sympathy they might feel for the victim.

Razdan had testified last week that in the spring of 2021, he began seeing dis-

turbing content on his Snapchat discovery page, where users can find suggested content channels based on their interests.

The defendant said the content started as images of war, torture and beheadings and then progressed to content about police brutality toward minorities.

According to Razdan, this content did not align with his interests in sports, music and sneakers, and he could not stop it from showing up, despite reporting it to Snapchat and attempting to block or unsubscribe from channels.

As spring turned to summer, Razdan said he

grew increasingly afraid for his safety and paranoid that someone was out to get him.

Razdan claimed he opened Snapchat one day, and the content had “changed from English to some Middle Eastern language.”

Razdan said he began thinking Keshishian, who is Armenian, may be responsible.

The two young men attended elementary, middle and high school together and were in the same grade, but according to Keshishian’s family, they were not friends past elementary school.

Razdan claimed that he believed Keshishian to still

Razdan said he put a Toldadi folding knife, which he would later use to stab Keshishian, into his pocket out of fear for his safety. Then, after making small talk, he mentioned what was happening with his phone and said Keshishian started getting aggressive and “lunging” toward him.

Razdan said the two then started pushing each other. When he showed Keshishian his still-closed knife as a warning, Razdan claimed a struggle ensued to gain control of the knife. At some point, Razdan said the knife blade opened and his hand was cut, and he realized he was “fighting for his life” and began to hit Keshishian repeatedly.

Razdan claimed that he misunderstood some of the detectives’ questions and was on pain medication after being in the hospital to treat his hands, which involved stitches and amputating part of his right pinky. Razdan also left the tip of his left pinky at the scene.

When Kim asked him to confirm that he had left Keshishian bloody and dying on the ground, Razdan said, “I was bloody and dying as well.”

Razdan also denied that he stabbed Keshishian when he was running away, despite stab wounds and drag marks on Keshishian’s back.

San Diego County Medical Examiner Greg Pizarro testified that some of Keshishian’s injuries, including one on his back, were over 7 inches deep, while the blade was just over 3 inches.

“This was also one of the few autopsies with [over] 40 sharp force injuries,” Pizarro said.

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DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY Helen Kim, shown last week during the trial at the Vista courhouse, challenged the defendant’s claim that he acted in self-defense. Photo by Laura Place

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Feb. 24 at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N Broadway, Escondido.

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The Senior Expo is for people who will be retiring soon, those that are retired, and children of aging individuals that are looking for options for their parents. 9

a.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas.


Explore topics like engineering, physics and more in four-week sessions designed for ages 3–5 with accompanying adult. 9 a.m. at Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego.

THE TAYLOR PARTY Taylor Swift Night. 21 and older. 8 p.m. at Music

Box, 1137 India Street, San Diego.


Black comics, books, video games, STEM and pop culture. 5 p.m. at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr, Oceanside.


A painting & sculpture exhibition featuring Austrian contemporary master, Markus Bacher, and rising star sculptor Claire Cham-

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step.”

Happy New Year!

Bringing in the New Year comes with excitement and anticipation!

You may be ready to try and experience something great for yourself - Body, Mind, and Soul.

One of the most common things musicians share is that being a musician is highly physical.

Coordination and agility are essential for music

bless of CalArts. 5 p.m. at Oolong Gallery, 349 US-101, Solana Beach.


Join the Globetrotters as they go head-to-head against the Washington Generals. 7 p.m. at Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego.


Learn how to make probiotic-rich, gut healthy fermented vegetables. In-

Five movies to watch during Black History Month

Black History Month is a time to pay tribute to the triumphs, struggles, contributions, and resiliency of Black Americans and recognize their crucial role in U.S. history.

Cox has an extraordinary lineup of movies, documentaries, and educational programs to celebrate and honor the legacy and impact of Black Americans.

Hit films like “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “King Richard” and “Hidden Figures” are available on Cox Contour, but there are five lesser known but equally riveting films available via on demand and streaming apps on Cox Contour including Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ among others:

‘SUMMER OF SOUL’ Everyone knows about Woodstock, but not so much about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which took place over the course of six Sundays between June 29 and Aug. 24. This award-winning documentary, produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, features interviews with attendees and original footage of the concerts featuring performers like Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson and Sly and the Family Stone. Music lovers (and history buffs) will get out their concert lighters for this one.


Based on a play of the

same name, this film is a fictionalized account of a real-life event. Actress Regina King made her directorial debut with this story of what might have gone down during a February 1964 meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, singer Sam Cooke and Pro Football Hall of Famer and actor Jim Brown as the men celebrated Ali's surprise heavyweight boxing title win over Sonny Liston.


This film stars funnyman Eddie Murphy as real-life (but largely unknown) legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who rose to fame during the Blaxploitation era of the 1970s. Hilarious and brash, the film is a wild ride and Murphy delivers.


Attention horror film buffs: Chills and thrills await in this 83-minute documentary that traces the untold story of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to horror films. “Horror Noire” features both the living and the (un) dead through new and archival interviews with scholars and creators. Weighing in are modern scare king Jordan Peele, horror writer Tananarive Due and actor Tony Todd (aka The Candyman). Just reading that last sentence gave you chills, didn’t it?


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patterns, and controlling the song’s output is very physical.

You will feel like you have worked your entire body at the end of an hour!

When you learn to play an instrument, you will learn to observe a song’s duration, pattern, sequence, and rhythmic parts that makeup music. You are playing something extraordinary and beautiful and improving your logical and mathematical skills by stimulating essential elements within your brain and mind.

One of the most significant benefits of learning

cludes your own take-home jar of sauerkraut. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Young Medicine, 4403 Manchester Ave, Encinitas.


A walk to raise money for the San Diego Humane Society. 7 a.m. at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy S, Escondido.

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Navigating California Proposition 19: The pros, cons and benefits for those 55 and older. Free, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas.


1930, Gordon Parks saw photographs of migrant workers in a magazine and so found his weapon: He bought his first camera for $12.50 at a pawn shop in Seattle and taught himself how to shoot photography. Parks used his camera to express his own feelings and examine some of the ugliest parts of America. Known widely as the director of the 1971 classic film “Shaft,” Parks was much more. A photographer, composer, author and poet, he inspired a new generation of young Black photographers. Social justice activists and fans of history will be enthralled with this moving film.

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Performance-based acting class offers students an advanced approach at mastering the works of William Shakespeare. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St, Carlsbad.


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Head to Lakehouse on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11am for a 45 minute workout and meditation class led by MUV Meditations, followed by mimosas by the pool lunch at The Grill. 11 a.m. at Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort, 1025 La Bonita Dr, San Marcos.


A genre-busting play shaped entirely from da Vinci’s own notebooks. 5 p.m. at Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego.


A blend of jazz rooted in the context of Anglican meditation and prayer. 4 p.m. at St. Michael’s-by-theSea Episcopal Church, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad.


Eleanor shares bittersweet memories of romance politics, and infidelity. 7:30 p.m. at Vista Broadway Theater, 340 E Broadway, Vista.

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gourmet menu of homemade pasta and entrees.

As a huge fan and one-time grower of artichokes, they were the first thing that jumped off the menu at me. Carciofi All Romana is Amalfi’s panfried version and I loved it.

Artichoke stalks, hearts and tender leaves are lightly pan-fried in olive oil and served on a bed of arugula and shards of Grana Padano, and the entire artichoke is edible.

The dish is so simple, but it’s incredibly delicious. Amalfi imports the artichokes from Civitavecchia, Rome, where artichokes are highly regarded.

Next was the Ragu Napoletano with ground beef and pork sausage with a San Marzano sauce. I loved this hearty and flavorful dish, which was suggested to be served with pappardelle. At Amalfi, eight pasta varieties are available to pair with 10 sauces.

It’s good to know that the culinary team grinds the beef in-house for the restaurant’s polpette (meatballs) before immersing them in a San Marzano sauce for hours resulting in heavenly balls of meat.

And speaking of preparation, Amalfi takes two days to create its Bolognese, and we all know the best sauces take time.

The ribeye was offered on the Amalfi’s special menu, and we needed to offset our past carb load with my favorite cut of meat.

The Ribeye Tagliata was 16oz and sliced to medium rare perfection, served with arugula salad, shaved parmesan cheese and lemon-marinated fresh artichokes. It was a flavorful piece of juicy protein and accomplished our goal of not overindulging in pasta, which would be easy to do at Amalfi… in the best possible way.

A serious bar also features cocktails, Italian wines and beer of all stripes. The Amalfi Spritz (Aperol, Solerno blood orange liqueur, Prosecco, soda water) was suggested for our next visit. I kept it simple with an Italian white by the glass.

We rounded out the memorable evening with a decadent dessert of Tiramisu that melted in our mouths.

Besides the fabulous food, the people-watching at Amalfi is also first-rate. There is a bar scene with a younger crowd and a restaurant that attracts folks of all ages.

Unfortunately, it was packed on a recent Tuesday night, so I’m thinking weekends at Amalfi completely go off.

Either way, it’s worth a trip to this slice of coastal Italy in San Marcos.

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Iconic Skateshop moving to new Encinitas location

ENCINITAS — After 27 years of providing the community with skateboards along Coast Highway 101, McGill’s Skateshop is moving to a new location in Encinitas.

The iconic business is moving from its previous location at 335 South Coast Highway, where it was for nearly three decades, to 140 South Encinitas Boulevard next to Lazy Acres at Moonlight Marketplace.

McGill's will remain available to customers at its original location until the new storefront opens in late February or early March,

The shop is owned by skateboarder Mike McGill, inventor of the McTwist (a 540-degree aerial rotation grabbing mute style) and longtime member of the Bones Brigade.

McGill told The Coast News the move was made due to increasing rents along Coast Highway 101.

Also, since the skate shop doesn’t rely on walkins, McGill said relocating made financial sense.

“My new shop will be almost the same size as the retail space I have now, but




across the county and city.

“The rents they pay now don’t exist anywhere in the county anymore,” Martinez said. “These families will probably have to pay $1,000 more a month in order to move.”

The City Council approved the project with the additional condition of raising the compensation costs in a 4-1 vote with Mayor Dane White opposed. The mayor questioned the council’s authority to dictate such a change instead of leaving it to the landowners and the developer.

Habitat for Humanity San Diego is also partnering with the developer to construct the project’s 10 af-

I don’t need all the office space as I did before when I distributed stuff,” McGill said. “We’re looking forward to modernizing the store and making all the skate-related displays. With the help of some of my skate friends in the trade industry, they’ve been helping me the last month design-

ing and building stuff.

“It’s really exciting, and I’m looking forward to the new store opening at the end of February with a grand opening in midMarch.”

McGill said he loves Encinitas and looks forward to continuing to serve the community by promoting the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA Skate Park and other free skate parks worldwide.

McGill’s Skate Shop offers roughly 600 boards, including minis, longboards, street, vert, pool and vintage boards, including 10-inch-by-30-inch Powell Peralta boards McGill used to ride in the ’80s.

The shop also stocks all the necessary equipment and gear, such as bearings, wheels, trucks, helmets, pads, shoes and clothing.

The Bones Brigade, arguably the most influential group of skateboarders in the world, consisted of Encinitas residents McGill and Tony Hawk, along with Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero and Stacy Peralta.

For 10 years, the industry-changing cohort broke new ground with tricks and skateboard movies, including one of their most popular videos, “The Search for Animal Chin.”

The group’s success even led to Hollywood, including many of them playing the roles of skateboarders in the “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol.”

In 1989, McGill and Mullen were both stunt doubles for Christian Slater in the skateboarding film, “Gleaming the Cube.”

County water board welcomes new members

REGION — The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors welcomed seven new members from across the region at its first regular meeting Jan. 26.

Each of the Water Authority’s 24 retail member agencies are represented by at least one member of the 36-member board of directors, which sets the Water Authority’s strategic direction.

New members include four from North County:

• Teresa Acosta, Carlsbad City Council, representing Carlsbad Municipal Water District;

• Clint Baze, Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District general manager, representing Rincon Del Diablo MWD;

• Lindsay Leahy, Oceanside Water Utilities director, representing city of Oceanside;

• Joy Lyndes, Encinitas City Council and deputy mayor, representing San Dieguito Water District.

More at about-us/board-of-directors.

fordable units. The agency plans to work with existing residents who will be displaced to house them in the new units if their income qualifies.

Those who move into the affordable units will own the deed-restricted homes.

“This will be the first affordable for sale product that we’ve seen in our city,” said David Ferguson, an attorney representing the developer. “The partnership with Habitat is groundbreaking.”

Ferguson said the rest of the homes in the project will be market-rate million-dollar homes.

Several of the project’s neighbors are concerned that its grading is too high relative to the adjacent

properties. Ferguson noted that of the several housing projects the developer has been behind, including the nearby residential neighborhood of Pradera, the Conway project has the least amount of grading.

Residents were also concerned about the lack of an environmental impact report, noting that the document could help analyze and answer many of the questions and concerns about grading and other potential impacts the project could have. According to City Planner Adam Finestone, the project has sufficiently proposed mitigations addressing potentially significant impacts that an EIR document is not required.

“Staff is confident that the analysis done is appro-

priate and that there are no significant impacts that have not been mitigated,” Finestone said.

To mitigate traffic concerns, the project calls for high-visibility crosswalks and pedestrian signals at the intersections of North Ash Street and Vista Avenue and North Broadway and Rincon Avenue; high-visibility crosswalks and curb ramps at the intersections of Stanley Avenue and Conway Drive and Lehner Avenue and Conway Drive; and over 2,100 linear feet of new sidewalk.

Though he ultimately approved the project, Garcia noted that he struggled with the ethics behind grouping all of the affordable units together in a corner of the project.

“To me it’s segregation,” Garcia said.

Councilmember Mike Morasco, however, said the project was proposing “almost reverse segregation” by including the affordable units in that area of the city.

“Everything in regards to low-income housing has been in the city core,” Morasco said. “This is an opportunity for home ownership in an affordable way through a great process and agency in the less urban portions of our city.”

Morasco was also pleased to have Habitat for Humanity on board with the project.

As part of Habitat’s process, the future homeowners of the affordable units will work alongside volunteers to construct their new homes.

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A Monday landslide in the 300 block of W Los Angeles Drive in Vista brought down trees that fell onto cars and into the street. At 1:20 p.m., reports came into 911 and first responders arrived to find several trees down and an area of collapsed soil. As a precautionary measure, one building in an apartment complex was evacuated. City officials and firefighters are investigating the cause of the slope failure. Photo by Gilbert Gonzalez MCGILL’S SKATE Shop is relocating to a storefront next to Lazy Acres on Encinitas Boulevard. Photo by Steve Puterski


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