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‘Heroes Not Zeroes’



SMUSD teachers protest proposed 0% pay increase By Stephen Wyer

tions nearby, earthquake fault lines in the area, and national security risks associated with Camp Pendleton,” Levin told The Coast News via email. “With Reps. Issa, Peters, Steel, Porter, and Kim cosponsor-

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos teachers are protesting what they’re calling an “insulting” contract offer made by the school district that would see no salary increases for educators during the 2021-2022 academic year. On Feb. 15, roughly 300 members of the San Marcos Educators’ Association (SMEA) gathered in front of the San Marcos Unified School District office to hold a rally titled “Heroes Not Zeroes” to protest the lack of progress made in contract negotiations with the district. Because of the complications and restrictions imposed on schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers in San Marcos have been working throughout the school year without a formalized contract. In a meeting held between teachers and district officials on Feb. 2, however, SMEA President Dale Pluciennik says that educators were alarmed and outraged after administrators came to the table with an offer that would raise salaries by 0% for the current school year and by just 1.25% for the following academic year. “Educators have been the glue that’s held our schools together through two years of a global pandemic … so I’m just boggled by it. From what I’ve heard from our teachers, they’ve been insulted by this offer,” Pluciennik said. “They’ve already had to deal with so much, their morale is really low, it was low in December



CHEECH & CHONG comedians Cheech Marin, left, and Tommy Chong on Feb. 1 launched a new statewide cannabis delivery service, Cheech & Chong’s Takeout. Chong, a cannabis connoisseur and activist, spoke to The Coast News about his personal experience with the drug and his ongoing efforts to legalize marijuana nationwide. Photo courtesy of Cheech & Chong’s Takeout

Comedians launch cannabis delivery service in state By Samantha Nelson

REGION — In a celebration of today's statewide launch of Cheech & Chong’s Takeout cannabis delivery service, comedian, activist and cannabis connoisseur Tommy Chong told The Coast News about how cannabis saved his life, guiding his efforts to make nationwide marijuana le-

galization a reality. Chong became a big name in the cannabis industry by offering a lineup of hemp and cannabis-related products. And while he is also known for getting high for fun, particularly in the iconic “Cheech & Chong” movies, Chong also advocates for hemp and CBD

products that don’t contain the mind-altering THC component and help treat chronic pain and other ailments. For Chong, 83, cannabis is a miracle plant with several different components that can be used as both medicine and treatments for serious illnesses and pains as well as a way

to help people kick back and relax. He credits cannabis for helping him save his life from cancer twice. “I firmly believe in the power of cannabis as far as the healing of the body goes,” Chong told The Coast News. “Cannabis gives you an appetite, it gives you TURN TO CHEECH & CHONG ON 5

Levin, Issa push for spent nuclear fuel removal with new bill By Samantha Nelson

REGION — The push to remove spent nuclear fuel from Southern California’s coastline continues with renewed bipartisan from Reps. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) and Darrell Issa (R-Bonsall), who recently reintroduced the

Spent Fuel Prioritization Act. Levin, representing the state’s 49th congressional district, first introduced the bill in spring 2019 during his few months in office. Now he is joined by Issa, who represents the 50th district, along with a mix of

California Democrat Reps. Scott Peters and Katie Porter and Republican Reps. Michelle Steel and Young Kim. Bills must be reintroduced every congressional two-year session to be considered during that session. A bill from 2019 couldn’t be

voted on in the current session, which means it would need to be reintroduced either last year or this year. “I reintroduced this bill with Rep. Issa because we agree that we must prioritize moving nuclear waste from sites like San Onofre with large popula-


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VALLEY SENIOR VILLAGE in downtown Escondido will provide 50 units of housing for low-income seniors and those who are homeless. Courtesy rendering

Escondido affordable housing project underway By Stephen Wyer

ESCONDIDO — An affordable housing complex expected to provide 50 units of housing for low-income and homeless seniors in Escondido continues to make progress after breaking ground last month. The County of San Diego announced on Jan. 10 construction was officially underway for the Valley Senior Village project in downtown Escondido. The project, which will provide affordable housing for adults 62 and older, is a collaborative effort between the county, City of Escondido, National CORE and San Diego Community Housing Corporation. According to Ted Miyahara, president and CEO of San Diego Community Housing Corporation, construction efforts for the affordable housing complex have made significant progress in the last month. “We’ve done all of our grading already and a lot of the underground utility work, and we should be pouring the foundation within perhaps the next 30 days,” Miyahara said. “Things are going as planned.”

The Valley Senior Village complex is expected to be completed by May 2023. Of the project’s 50 units, 49 will be studios. Twenty-five apartments will be reserved for individuals who have been experiencing homelessness, 19 of the units will be reserved for seniors making 50% of area median income (AMI) and the other five units will be for residents at 60% AMI, according to Escondido Housing & Neighborhood Services Manager Holly Nelson. The San Diego-based public housing agency originally pitched the concept to the county and Escondido in 2019, based on the city’s growing homelessness crisis especially amongst senior citizens, Miyahara said. “Our bread and butter is affordable housing and as you know this region as a whole has been experiencing issues around homelessness,” Miyahara said. “At the time we saw that the city of Escondido didn’t have any housing specifically for the homeless individuals so we saw this as a huge need. “Then, paired with the silver tsunami that’s

coming with people starting to age and those people needing affordable housing, (we) came up with this project for seniors right in the downtown corridor of Escondido and saw this project as a great candidate.” While the project has been spearheaded by the county, the Valley Senior Village proposal specifically meets the needs of the Escondido community, which has the largest homeless population of the North County cities, according to Nelson. “When you look at the vulnerabilities of people falling into homelessness, you see our population is very vulnerable,” she said. “With our consolidated plan, which is done every five years, we wanted to help people who are rent-burdened and at risk, so the more housing we can add into communities the better that is for everybody.” Residents at Valley Senior Village will also be able to enjoy a variety of amenities offered by the complex. A community center put on by San Ysidro Health will offer outdoor gathering spaces and a va-

riety of services, including programs for those experiencing mental illness and on-site case management for seniors experiencing homelessness. Residents will also be within walking distance of a host of shops, stores, and services offered in downtown Escondido, while also having access to a variety of transportation options, Miyahara said. “This project was a great candidate because it’s transit-oriented right there on Valley Parkway with the main artery going straight to the transportation depot,” he said. “And it’s also within walking distance of a lot of amenities, like parks, libraries, grocery stores and the downtown strip.” The Village project will cost $24 million, and is being funded through a variety of sectors, including over $10 million from the county’s Innovative Housing Trust Fund and the No Place Like Home program, which provides capital and operating expense funds to developments providing housing for homeless and/or mentally ill residents. An additional $4 million for the development

is coming directly from the city of Escondido, and $9.825 million is being provided in the way of federal tax credits via the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. For construction purposes only, the project also received an $8.2 million loan from Chase bank, according to Miyahara. By partnering with the City and County, the project’s developers were able to secure loans at below-market mortgage fees as well as with more favorable retainment provisions, Miyahara said, which in turn allows Valley Senior Village to offer affordable rent prices to tenants. “The city and county measure this by looking at what public benefits are you getting in exchange for providing below market rate loans in exchange for provisions that are soft … like is the public getting a benefit from this project?” Miyahara said. “That’s really the measure.” The complex is deed-restricted to affordable housing units, meaning that the project’s apartments must remain affordable in Escondido for at least the next 99 years.



before all of this with omicron and now it’s so much lower because of this contract offer.” With salaries for teachers in the rest of San Diego County having gone up by an average of 3.62% between 2021 and 2022, the district’s current offer would make San Marcos last place in the county in terms of teacher pay, Pluciennik said. Recent surges in inflation, coupled with California’s already steep cost of living, make increasing salaries a must if teachers are to maintain a livable wage, said Brandon Maze, an AP US History teacher at San Marcos High School who attended the rally. Because the state’s cost of living is projected to increase by 6% in 2022, a 1.25% pay increase between the two

ABOUT 300 MEMBERS of the San Marcos Educators’ Association rallied at the San Marcos Unified School District offices on Feb. 15. Teachers are working this school year without a formal contract. Photo via Twitter/SMEA

school years is essentially a salary cut for teachers, he added. “There’s a COLA (cost of living adjustment) this year of 5.07% based on inflation…and the COLA for

next year is projected to be upwards of 6%, so that’s a total of 11% for two years and they’re offering us just 1.25% in that time frame,” Maze said. “That equates to a pay cut for teachers and

it’s going to result in hardship.” Maze said that the SMEA has been disappointed with the district’s intransigence in negotiations thus far, expressing that the 0%

offer reflects an administration that isn’t serious about accommodating its educators. “With these negotiations, the 0% number is a pretty strong message, par-

VISTA — Bub Williamson Park, one of Vista's oldest city parks, was reopened to the public Feb. 11 after an 18-month renovation. In July 2020, construction began on the park at 530 Grapevine Lane, built in the 1980s, and the fully restored park is planned to create more of an active use for the community. “We expect this space will become a place of community where children play, neighbors catch up and relax, and families can spend a sunny afternoon together,” said Mayor Judy Ritter. Public art was included in the park and Devon Harrah, who created and painted the “Yura Anura” mural along the 100-foot wall on the north side of the park said the mural “reflects the life cycles of frogs and small children wearing frog costumes.” Harrah created the artwork to display the qualities of youthful exploration and wonder. Later this year, a new Kites Over Vista sculpture will be installed. The city's Public Arts Commission currently has a call out to artists seeking design submittals for consideration. Both of these public art displays will add to the park’s identity and will create a sense of belonging to the community space. The finished improvements include a children's sensory playground, picnic areas with shade sails, remodeled restrooms, and a loop trail with fitness stations. New drought tolerant landscaping, irrigation, signage, and fencing were also installed. Tables, benches, water fountains and other park furnishings were installed in the northern park area. The park facilities and sidewalks were also upgraded to meet current Americans with Disability Act standards. ticularly when we’re the majority of the way through this school year without a contract,” he said. “Unfortunately, while the district has said that they value our work, they haven’t shown it, and that’s where we’re here. … We would like a fair contract now, we would appreciate a contract that reflects the realities of the situation we’re in.” Pluciennik agreed, expressing disappointment with what he called mixed messaging coming from district officials during negotiations. “We’re essentially being offered last place in the county per dollars, and at the same time they tell us that you guys are the best teachers in North County, the county, and the state, and then after all of that they come up with a 0 so it’s TURN TO PROTEST ON 8


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It’s time to come together


By Jim Desmond

he COVID-19 twoyear anniversary is upon us, now what? With over 900,000 Americans and over 4,800 people locally who died with COVID, it brought tragedy and hopelessness that left a hole in our lives that will never be filled. We’ve seen challenges with child development as kids lag with two years of modified or hybrid school. Behavioral health issues increased dramatically while drug overdoses spiked. It’s very important we take a step back and learn from this historically difficult time. From this tragic, frontof-mind pandemic, there is a cumulative impact that touches so many of us. The responsible precautions we exercised, due to COVID, separated us. And for the better part of two years, families, friends and neighbors have been both physically and emotionally separated. Social media only exacerbates distancing. In many social online circles tensions were at an alltime high. If you spend five minutes on social media

you’ll see a chasm of divisiveness. Debates between former friends, colleagues, and fellow Americans spin out of control, further driving separation. Our San Diego County Board of Supervisors meetings have been quite the spectacle. At times they are comical (making late night shows throughout the world), and at other times, completely out of line with racial abuse and personal threats. Learning from the recent past, I propose we move forward with a healthy respect. A healthy respect for the virus and its variants; And, most importantly, a healthy respect for each other. As a blueprint for living with the virus evolves, it is time for us to put physical and emotional distances behind us and come together, on the path of civility. Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to request the State’s Department of Public Health for a “safe and responsible path'' toward phasing out pandemic-related mask requirements for school children from kindergarten through

12th grade. And while in the recent past we board members have not always seen eye to eye, this is a day and a goal we all wanted. As we reach across the divide, there will still be differing thoughts on the approach to our changed world. Vigorous, respectful discussion and debate is fundamental to the success of our region. Collaboration and compromise are too often lost in local, state, and federal politics. In San Diego County, as in America, we need to encourage and reinforce that civil discourse, and accept that others will not always agree are good things. At this point, the separation that has occurred these past two years is what concerns me more than anything. Vaccinated versus unvaccinated, masked versus maskless, widespread isolation — it’s time for common decency to prevail, and for us to come together, safely, responsibly and respectfully as Americans. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Heart Month: Knowledge saves lives


By Marie Waldron

ebruary is American Heart Month, and this year Feb. 4 was National Wear Red Day, encouraging people to wear red to help raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases. Cardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of death for men and women, accounting for approximately one out of every three deaths nationwide. Among women, cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 killer, with one death almost every 80 seconds. An estimated 44 million women in the United States are affected by cardiovascular disease each year. In California, nearly one-third of women’s deaths are also the result of cardiovascular disease,

with Hispanic and African-American women at higher-risk. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February National Heart Health Month, nine years after his own heart attack. Since then, National Wear Red Day, supported by the American Heart Association, has been commemorated throughout the United States to raise awareness about heart disease, strokes and their prevention. Fortunately, it is believed that 87% of all heart health-related issues are preventable. That’s why I was so happy to join the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement to motivate women to learn their family histories and

to meet with their health care providers to determine their risks for heart attack and stroke. Women are encouraged to take control of their heart health by knowing and managing their total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and other factors. So many deaths from heart attack and stroke are preventable. American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day are small attempts to raise awareness and save lives. Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R-Valley Center, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

he official results of more than a year of full- and part-time Zoom learning are in, and the practice that became almost universal for schoolchildren in 2020 has gotten its final grade: F for flop. Here are a few of the most salient facts that emerge from state data on student performance in the 2020-21 school year that ended last June: Less than 25% of California students took standardized tests in 2021, one result of the disengagement brought on by scarcity of in-person teaching. Graduation rates dropped by 1%, with Latinos almost doubling the overall drop and Black student graduation rates falling four times that much. By the end of the last school year, only 83.6% of students who started high school four years earlier were able to get diplomas. And the younger students were, the worse they fared with Zoom. Some realities of Zoom learning, mostly done via laptop computers passed

Pass rates fell by 12% in math and 6% in English language arts testing. out by schools, were obvious long before the figures were in. Students were less involved than when taught in person. They could simply walk away from their computers and not participate in classes, and in millions of cases there would be no one present to steer them back. Kids could eat all they wanted during class and phones would ring, too, distracting them further. The results of all this were seen in student performances on standardized tests. After five years of steady improvement, test scores declined for the least privileged groups of students, mainly Blacks and Latinos. These were the conclusions of the Smarter Balanced assessment test scores, even though so many fewer students actually took the tests in 2021. They were canceled in 2020. The small turnout for the tests probably indicates that only the most involved pupils were included — and scores dropped even for them. English language arts results fell by 4% from 2019 to 2021, with just 48% meeting or exceeding national standards (an-

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other term for passing the test), and by 5% in math, with just 33% meeting or exceeding standards, compared with 38% two years earlier — already a lousy performance. Pass rates fell by 12% in math and 6% in English language arts testing. The drops were much sharper for Latinos (22% in math, 10% in English) and almost as bad for Blacks (down 9% in math and 7% in English). In short, Zoom — or distance — learning proved disastrous to the students it was aimed to keep involved through the worst times of the pandemic. So California’s public schools, already considered a disgrace by many parents and others, grew far worse when students couldn’t attend them in person. And that was just for kids who can speak English proficiently. For the state’s approximately 1.1 million English learners, matters went from bad to worse. Their performance drops were even greater than the overall results for ethnic minorities overall. All this appalls adults who work to improve the futures of today’s schoolkids. “(This) has the potential to have life-altering impacts, especially for our youngest (students),” Samantha Tran, managing director for education policy for the Children Now advocacy group, told a reporter. State officials tried to downplay the disastrous results. The kids taking the tests, they said, might not have been representative of all California students. In a normal year, they pointed out, 95% of all students must take these tests, but only about one-fourth that number actually did last year. But this reality indicates the real scores, had the usual number of students been tested, would have been far worse than what was recorded. For by their very presence, those participating were selecting themselves as more interested than others. And the more interested kids are in school, the better they usually test. The bottom line is that despite legitimate worries about contagion, schools must stay open if at all possible, or the future of their students — and all California — will be seriously at risk. Email Thomas Elias at


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FEB. 18, 2022

Bill to outlaw ghost gun kits at Fairgrounds

3 in race to replace Franklin on council

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VISTA — Local businessman and longtime resident Vince Hinojosa III has announced his candidacy to replace John Franklin on the City Council. Hinojosa, who has been endorsed by both Franklin and Mayor Judy Ritter for the District 4 seat, says that he made the decision shortly after Franklin told him about his own campaign to run for mayor. Also running for office in District 4 are Armen Kurdian, a retired Navy captain and businessman, and Dan O’Donnell, a member of Vista’s Chamber of Commerce as well as the city’s Rotary club. Hinojosa, who is a medically retired U.S. Marine, has lived with his family in Vista since 1999 and has worked as an independent financial planner and analyst in the city for over 20 years. He also serves on a variety of public and private financial advisory boards, including the Finance Committee for the City of Vista, Frontwave Credit Union and the city’s Chamber of Commerce. “I got into finance because I like the service industry, I like helping people,” he said. “As I saw it, there’s a real need for financial advice because so many people do not know how to save for retirement,” Hinojosa said of his career. His experiences in business, in financial planning, and as an avid community volunteer have all helped shape him as someone capable of leading in a role on the City Council, Hinojosa said, comparing the dynamics of running a city to those of running a business. Like Franklin and another mayoral candidate, Vista Unified Trustee Cipriano Vargas, Hinojosa emphasized that policies surrounding homelessness and public safety will be central to his candidacy. “The safety of Vista is extremely important to me, and in my eyes that goes hand in hand with homelessness,” Hinojosa said. “We have a huge problem with homelessness and we need to start in our own backyard. Here in Vista, homelessness is a double-edged sword, because it’s both an addiction problem and a mental health issues problem.” Hinojosa also spoke of the need he sees for city policies to encourage an environment of growth and sustainability for small businesses. In particular, he said that he’s opposed to taxes that he said have a disproportionate impact on local businesses, such as the city’s gas tax. “The gas tax affects a lot of small business owners, it affects places that rely on Postmates, Uber Eats, delivery,” he said. “When it comes to things

DEL MAR — The state Assembly last week passed a bill by San Diego lawmaker Assembly member Chris Ward that would ban the sale of “ghost gun kits” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Assembly Bill 311 prohibits firearm precursor parts used to manufacture untraceable ghost guns. Ghost guns are firearms that are assembled from kits and do not carry serial numbers, making them untraceable. Since ghost guns are manufactured in parts, they can be assembled at home and are, therefore, not registered and buying them does not require a background check. Existing legislation prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This bill would go one step further and prohibit the sale of weapons parts or partially assembled ghost guns. Ward, who represents the 78th District said this legislation would close a very dangerous loophole that still exists. “Californians should have the ability to legally own firearms,” Ward said. “However, the proliferation and use of ghost guns bypass common sense policies created to protect our communities from senseless gun violence.” The City and County of San Diego have passed their own ghost gun laws, however, the Del Mar Fairgrounds are state lands operated by the 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA). “The 22nd District Agricultural Association operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and complies with all applicable local, state and federal laws, which would include this new legislation if adopted,” the DAA said in a statement via email. Ward’s bill comes at the same time as a new proposed legislation that would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition on all state property, which would prohibit gun shows at state fairgrounds. Legislation already exists that prohibits gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and the Orange County Fair. This new legislation, Senate Bill 915, introduced by Senator Dave Min, would apply to all 73 California state fairgrounds. Both bills are already drawing criticism from gun rights groups like the San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO) PAC, the same group that filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego for passing a similar ordinance last year that prohibits the sale of ghost gun parts. Assembly Bill 311 will now move to the state Senate.

By Stephen Wyer

COMEDY DUO Cheech Marin, left, and Tommy Chong formed the comedy group, “Cheech & Chong.” Chong, 83, is lobbying to legalize cannabis nationwide. Courtesy photo


a sense of humor… weed opens the mind.” Now, Chong and partner-in-comedy Cheech Marin have launched their own cannabis delivery service that will be available throughout the State of California on Feb. 1, including right here in San Diego County. The service offers more than 300 products to choose from, including Cheech & Chong’s own line, and free delivery with no minimum purchase requirement and a 60-minute express delivery option as well. “There are several distribution centers throughout the state with upwards of 100 drivers on the road at any given time, ensuring delivery to customers throughout California no matter where they are,” said Aaron Silverman, chief marketing officer of Cheech & Chong’s Takeout. The delivery service pledges to bring “the absolute highest quality lab-tested, pesticide-free medicinal and recreational products that California has to offer,” with a range in vapes, edibles, concentrates, and of course, flower, according to the company’s website. Chong said the delivery service was started partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has ultimately forced more delivery services forward for other industries like food and grocery over the last two years of social distancing practices. Customers of Cheech & Chong’s Takeout will be able to schedule their delivery time range and follow their order status.

“We’re following all protocols to ensure safe and efficient delivery to customers,” Silverman said. Besides his takeout gig, Chong has other plans to grow the future of cannabis. “We’re looking at a cannabis-based monetary system,” Chong said. “That’s on the horizon as a new thing you can do with cannabis.” Chong also wants to see the nation’s prisons and jails reformed too, adding he would like to team up with a cannabis company to create “rehab centers” for mental health needs. At the top of the list for Chong is lobbying President Joe Biden to legalize cannabis nationwide. While recreational cannabis is legal in 18 states, plus Washington D.C. and Guam, and is allowed for medical use in 36 states, the federal government still considers the drug illegal. The United State Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, classifies drugs into five different “schedules,” with the most restricted ones at the top and the least at the bottom. Cannabis, or marijuana, is currently listed as Schedule I, which means federal law deems it unacceptable for medical use and has a high potential for abuse— right alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy. In response, Chong wants to see cannabis moved to Schedule II, or a lower drug scheduling class. For example, although Schedule II drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl and oxycodone are also considered dangerous with a high potential for abuse, they can be used for medicinal purposes with DEA approv-

al, unlike Schedule I drugs. Chong is confident that the nation will see cannabis legalized nationwide soon. “It’s just a matter of time,” Chong said. According to the Pew Research Center, a 2021 survey found that an overwhelming majority (91%) of Americans believe cannabis should be legal both recreationally and medicinally. But local groups, such as North Coastal Prevention Coalition, are still pushing back against the legalization of recreational cannabis use in the cities of Oceanside and Vista, which have already moved forward with cannabis regulations and established businesses. Currently, the cities of Carlsbad, San Marcos and Escondido do not allow dispensaries or other cannabis-related businesses to set up shop there, but delivery services outside of those cities can still access customers there. For North Coastal Prevention Coalition members, cannabis is still a dangerous drug that they want to keep out of the hands of the community and particularly away from children. Many cannabis legalization advocates like Chong argue that cannabis is hardly dangerous, yet is considered more dangerous than cocaine, methamphetamine or fentanyl under federal law. “We’ve got to get away from the myth that it is somehow dangerous,” Chong said. “It’s been proven to be so harmless and so effective as a medicine, yet when you tell these things to some people it’s just so hard for them to believe.”

that the City Council will vote on I’m going to make sure that small business owners have a voice.” Kurdian expressed that his experience as a naval officer has uniquely prepared him for public office, as he has the experience needed in management as well as in a leadership role required for a role on the city council. “I’m running because I love serving and working for the betterment of my community, much as I did when I was in the Navy. Public office is about the citizens you will serve, not simply a title,” he said in a statement. Kurdian says that he’s running for office on a platform of lower taxes, less regulation for businesses and an increased focus on public safety. With crime increasing statewide, Kurdian vowed to tackle the problem head-on in Vista by bolstering local law enforcement agencies. “My number one priority is public safety. We have an internationally accredited fire department and have world-class service from our Sheriff’s Deputies. However, as our population has grown, the level of service has not kept up, and we need to increase it,” Kurdian said. “We cannot let the epidemic of crime occurring in so many parts of California take hold in our beautiful city.” O’Donnell said that he’s going to run a community-oriented campaign, focusing on listening to the specific needs and wants of Vista residents. “One of my campaign goals is to meet and speak with as many constituents as humanly possible; I look forward to hearing everyone’s perspective so we can work to meet everyone's needs and achieve our goals together,” he said. O’Donnell also emphasized his extensive background of volunteering in the community, which he said will inform his approach to city government. O’Donnell has co-founded or volunteered at a plethora of Vista nonprofits, including the James Ryan O’Donnell Memorial Fund, Make Shadowridge Sparkle, Angel’s Food Pantry, and the city’s Boys & Girls Club. O’Donnell also expressed that as an officeholder he’d work to tackle the long-term structural problems behind issues like homelessness, which he called “a community crisis.” “It’s important to step back and understand the root causes of addiction and mental illness — a lack of real connection with people who truly care about and love them, and a history of trauma and pain. “We’ve been operating in a system which has valued some over others, let some fall to the wayside.”


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The full-service reopening of the Palomar Community College main campus and education centers is delayed until Feb. 22, due to the regional impact of the Omicron variant. NATURE DISCOVERY

The Torrey Pines Docent Society will host a free lecture and walk for all ages on “Animals and Habitats,” as part of the monthly Nature Discovery Series at 3 p.m. Feb. 18. Meet at the pavilion area near the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve upper parking lot. For more information, visit BUSINESS CENTRAL

Want your business to be in the spotlight at the Business & Community Resource Expo 2022 March 22 at the Encinitas Community Center. For more information on our different sponsorship levels and to become a sponsor, contact Carol Knight, Membership & Community Relations, at (760) 753­6041 or via e-mail at


The Amigos De Vista Lions Club invites the community to its 41st annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at Brengle Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive to support youth basketball and other charities. Donation $5. Make check to Amigos De Vista Lions Club. TEEN MOVIE TIME

Escondido Public Library hosts Teens Go to the Movies for ages 13 to 18, featuring “Love and Monsters,” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Keep yourself awake with tasty treats, frothy beverages, and friends. DNA RESEARCH WEBINAR

A free live webinar, “Using Ethnicity Estimates and Locality Research to Shed Light on a DNA Research Project,” will be presented at the DNA Interest Group from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Registration is required at

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The San Diego Zoo Safari, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, invites guests ages 65 and older to visit for free throughout the entire month of February. During Seniors Free month, seniors may present their valid photo ID upon arrival and gain free admission to the Safari Park. For more information, visit

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February is Adopt a

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Rescued Rabbit month. Visit the Rabbitat at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society to meet rabbits who need homes, to learn how you can sponsor a rabbit, or become a volunteer to help care for the rabbits until they’re adopted. For more information visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, log on to, or call (760) 753-6413. The Rabbitat, Cattery, and Kennels are open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Monday, and Wednesday and Thursday by appointment.

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Oceanside native Chef William Eick, of Matsu, etched Feb. 22 on San Diego’s culinary calendar. Matsu will be hosting a Chef Collaboration Dinner, “Around the World in 10,000 Bites,” with five chefs, five dishes, and five wine pairings featuring Chefs Eick; David Duarte, Keith Lord, Jason Niederkorn and Brett Vibber. Reservations available at LEGACY USERS

DIANA ELDER, of Family Locket, will host a DNA research webinar, “Using Ethnicity Estimates and Locality Research to Shed Light on a DNA Project,” discussing how the estimation of one’s biological, ethnic and/or geographical origins based on DNA analysis can inform locality research, providing clues for ancestor origins as well as new places to explore. The Feb. 19 program is part of a special interest group of North San Diego County Genealogical Society. Courtesy graphic

at (760) 696-3502. The Legacy Users Group, sponsored by North San Diego County Genea- FEB. 24 logical Society, will meet COME AND BE COUNTED virtually 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. If you are a youth ex22. The meeting is free. periencing homelessness, E-mail legacyusersgroup@ North County Lifeline lieves you matter and deserve to be counted. Come CARLSBAD GOP WOMEN by for free food and drinks Carlsbad Republican at Lifeline’s House Drop-In Women welcome Mark Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meuser, 2022 California can- Feb. 24, at 200 Michigan didate for the U.S. Senate, Ave., Vista. Call (760) 726at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Hol- 4900 for more information. iday Inn, 2725 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Cost is $32 per person. RSVP and FEB. 26 pay online at CarlsbadRe- ROTARY FUNDRAISER by noon Feb. Escondido Rotary After 17. No payment at the door. 5 presents the Great Gatsby For more information, con- fundraising gala at 5 p.m. tact Kris at (760) 707-7777 or Feb. 26 at the Morgan Run Resort, Rancho Santa Fe. There will be dinner, dancing, and auctions as the club FEB. 23 honors Al Owens with the GAME ON ERA5 Spirit of the CommuJoin the Chess Group nity Award. ERA5 fundthat meets every Wednes- raising efforts go directly day from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at to local schools, veterans, Bushfire Kitchen, 2602 Del families in need and social Mar Heights Road, Del Mar. service organizations. For Bring a chess board if you tickets or sponsorship ophave one. They ask for a portunities please contact $20 donation once a year, to Carol (CJ) Szytel at cjszyhelp cover out meetup costs. Children 8 years old and up, plus a card table for Canas- LEAGUE HOSTS BOOK FAIR ta, Spite & Malice and want The Assistance League to learn Euker. Please come of North County will be if you can teach. Visit meet- holding a Book Fair in nership with Barnes and NoChess-Meetup/. ble, from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at 2615 Vista Way, OceansGENEALOGY PREP ide. The ALNC is dedicatNorth San Diego Coun- ed to the needs, primarily ty Genealogical Society of children, in Carlsbad, continues its series of “Salt Oceanside and Vista with Lake City Prep” classes at the goal of providing a pos10 a.m. Feb. 23 in GoToMeet- itive starting point for acaing format. Reservation not demic success. ALNC will required. Visit www. nsdcgs. receive a percentage of sales org for link. For more infor- if you mention ALNC at mation e-mail slc@nsdcgs. checkout. All proceeds from org. the donations will be used to purchase books to delivCATHOLIC FRIENDS er to schools during “Read The Catholic Widows Across America” during the and Widowers of North week of March 1. County support group for those who desire to foster OLDER & BOLDER EXPO friendships through various The Carlsbad Chamber social activities will gather of Commerce is planning for lunch at Luna Grill, The the first Older & Bolder Shoppes at Carlsbad Feb. 23. Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are required Feb. 26 at St. Elizabeth Se-

ton Catholic Church, 6628 Santa Isabel, Carlsbad. The free event will educate and raise awareness about the issues that can and do affect us as we age. The expo will feature health-related companies, nonprofits and senior service providers. For companies interested in becoming an exhibitor, contact Kathy Steffen at kathy@ SURF MUSEUM ELECTION

California Surf Museum’s Annual Election Meeting will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the California Surf Museum, 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, or possibly via Zoom. The election meeting is open to all California Surf Museum members in good standing. Call (760) 7216876 or visit surfmuseum. org or csm@surfmuseum. org.

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The Vista State of the Community report will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista. Join for a sitdown lunch and get updates from VUSD Superintendent Matt Doyle, Tri-City Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gene Ma; and Mayor Judy Ritter with her final State of the City address. Tickets at h t t p s : / / f o r m .j o t f o r m . com/213465065904052.

the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mission Branch Library Community Room, 3861B Mission Ave. Oceanside. The first meeting will be March 2. The Social Justice Book Club will explore social justice issues through literature and nonfiction, discussing “All About Love: New Visions” by Bell Hooks. Visit to register for this book club.


A demonstration of two floral design types, angular design and featured plant material design, plus flower show competition tips will discussed at the Vista Garden Club at 1:45 p.m. March 4, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m., horticulture report at 1:15 p.m. and program from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Visit or e-mail



Get tickets now for the Soroptimist International “Diamonds and Divas” fashion show and the “Live Your Dream” awards from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive , San Diego. Individual tickets are $100 each CHESS FOR KIDS Play chess with the at (619) 670-9880 or sisandKnights Realm Chess Club ages 6 to 12 on Mondays awards.html. from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. Feb. 28 at the Escondido CRITTER CAMP Helen Woodward AnPublic Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Learn imal Center will host a to play or challenge your Critter Camp for pre-K friends. All levels welcome. through sixth grade. Register at MARCH 2 february-critter-camp/. AdSOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB ditional Critter Camps will The public is invited to be held March 28 to April 1, join a new in-person and on- April 4 to April 8, April 11 line adult book club cover- to April 15 and April 18 to ing social justice topics, on April 22.

nybody over 60 can give you a dozen reasons why getting old is utterly annoying. I thought I knew them all, but I believe I have a new item to add to that list. No matter how hard I try, I can no longer pretend I could be an Olympic athlete. Oh come on. You can laugh, but admit it. For one or two decades, when you were a young thing, you had that thought tucked in the back of your mind. You didn’t share it with anyone, but it was there. Those were the years when I still secretly thought, “I could do that! Well, I could if I had started when I was 5 … maybe. Shoot. That doesn’t look so hard.” It was an easy and pleasant delusion. But this year, as I tuned in, the truth struck. Now it all looks really hard and really cold. One of the commentators summed it up nicely. These are “not my father’s Olympics.” If I had any doubt, it vanished as I tried to watch the snowboarding competition. I imagine snowboarding is a very, very exciting thing to do. Watching it is less so. They go up, they flip around, they come down. They go back up the other side, they flip around, they come down. The subtleties are completely lost on anyone who has never owned or ridden a skateboard. That would be me. I did love watching adorable Sean White gracefully give his best for the last time, But who will be the personality that makes me want to watch now? Ayumu Hirano is a phenom, but I haven’t heard anyone give him a goofy nickname yet. This is a bitter pill to swallow. The Olympic Games — winter or summer — used to keep me glued to the screen, cheering every event. Eamonn Coghlan running the mile. Torvill and Dean steaming up the ice, Dorothy Hamill, Tiffany Chin, Tanya and her two-by-four, and those tiny Slavic gymnasts with the spotlight smiles. And that American men’s gymnastics team in ’84 … they were so darned cute. Now it seems the intensity often kills the fun, with so much hype and drama. Hockey might get exciting, as the US is doing great, handily beating ROC early on. But I can’t TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 14


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Homeless in North County: Jake’s story By Stephen Wyer

OCEANSIDE — Deborah said she’ll never forget how she used to drive by an intersection at Vista and Jefferson in Oceanside and see the same young man standing at the corner, dirty and disheveled, holding a cardboard sign at the stoplight. “This was long before the homeless explosion, so it wasn’t as common a sight,” said Deborah, who requested not to use her last name citing privacy concerns. One time, she made eye contact with the man. “As we drove away, I said to my husband ‘How can that happen? Where’s his family?’” ‘WHO ARE YOU?’ Deborah’s oldest son Jake grew up “in paradise” along the sunny beaches of Oceanside. As a boy, he fell in love with science and excelled in his classes at Lincoln Middle School. At Oceanside High, Jake was an honors student and president of the school’s environmental club. Upon graduation, Jake went to Humboldt State, where he majored in environmental resource engineering. Jake was just one semester away from graduating college with honors when his illness started to take hold. At that point, Jake was an idealistic, smart, funny and successful 23-year-old, passionate about the environment, starting the first animal rights club on his campus and helping organize food giveaway events for charity. Two years later, Jake was on the streets of San Diego — homeless, hungry, cold and tormented by psychotic delusions. Jake’s drug addiction got him kicked out of his parents’ house, suspended from college and bouncing between homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation centers and psychiatric hospitals. Jake was obsessed with religious ideations, sometimes believing that friends or family members were actually spiritual figures reincarnated. What happened? Deborah thinks Jake’s marijuana use in college may have triggered psychosis that progressed into mental illness. Whatever it was, Deborah said that Jake’s condition worsened to the point where she couldn’t recognize her own son. “He was really, really angry and dark…we barely could recognize him…I remember asking him one day, ‘Who are you?’” Jakes’ case is far from unique. According to Dr. Susan Partovi, who works with the homeless on Los Angeles’s Skid Row, hard drugs, such as heroin, methamphetamine and LSD, frequently trigger psychosis in adults, oftentimes resulting in permanent brain damage and mental illness. At least half of the homeless population on California’s streets suffer from either drug addiction, mental illness, or a combination

AT LEAST HALF of the homeless population in California suffers from drug addiction, mental illness or both. Coast News graphic

of the two, Partovis said. “When you walk through a homeless encampment, the amount of people who are acting psychotically is astounding, it’s just unreal,” Partovi said. “What’s happening is that meth is causing schizophrenia in these people…we’re now seeing these illnesses, like bipolar, schizoaffective disorder, or schizophrenia in 30 or 40-year olds who were never psychotic before…it’s a whole new ballgame.” And once someone ends up on the streets, Partovi said that it’s highly likely that this individual will try more drugs, furthering whatever mental illness they had and making it less likely that such a person will seek help. “Over the past eight years, it went from people on the streets only using heroin to now everyone is doing heroin or meth, or meth with fentanyl…these users are the people that don’t trust you, that are too paranoid to accept resources, these are the people that are dying and getting incarcerated and going in and out and in and out of jail,” Partovi said. In Jake’s case, there were multiple attempts at treatment, both voluntary and court-ordered. Most were outpatient, one was residential, and none were intensive or long enough to really make a difference. Jake’s co-occurring illnesses required a much higher level of care than what his family could find in San Diego County. The underlying issue, Deborah said, is that Jake suffers from anosognosia — a symptom common to the mentally ill that makes the individual incapable of realizing that they’re sick. This lack of awareness is a neurological condition also exhibited by those who have suffered a stroke, those with dementia, major depressive disorder. “With anosognosia, someone can be bleeding and say ‘Oh, I’m fine, nothing’s wrong,’ they just can’t appreciate what’s wrong, they’re missing the chemicals in your body that tell you something’s wrong and you need help,” Par-

tovi said. “You think everything’s fine or you have delusions around it that explain your problems… your capacity for reasoning is either diminished or not there at all.” In California, no matter how severe someone’s condition, virtually every patient at a psychiatric hospital must consent to treatment. But because of Jake’s anosognosia, this meant it was impossible to get him any real help at all, Deborah said. “The thing is that you don’t know you’re sick if you’re paranoid or if the drugs give you false perceptions, you’re not even rational enough to know that you need help…my son doesn’t think that he’s seriously mentally ill,” Deborah said. And so Jake has ended up back on the streets again and again. Sometimes, Jake lived in his van, at other times he would spend weeks on end in dangerous encampments all over San Diego with the other homeless individuals. In the encampments, Jake tried even more drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and PCP. After one particularly bad experience with heroin, Jake sobered up for a time and consented to undergo psychiatric treatment at the Aurora Behavioral Health Care Center in Rancho Bernardo. As the family feared, doctors at Aurora confirmed that Jake’s drug use had progressed his preexisting mood disorder to schizophrenia. Jake’s doctor at Aurora broke the bad news to the family, saying something that Deborah will never forget. “I’m very sorry for your loss,” the doctor reportedly told Deborah. Jake left Aurora two days later, with no medication and no long-term treatment plan. The hospital told Deborah that they simply couldn’t hold him against his will. Inevitably, his drug use began to lead to arrests. He was sentenced to four months in jail after breaking a glass door at a

local recreation center to get to the water fountain inside, while under the influence of PCP. After his release, Deborah recalled that it seemed for a short time like they had gotten “our old Jake back”—he was lucid, with the psychosis dramatically diminished, and he was even able to get a job with DoorDash. “He was doing ok… and then he wasn’t,” Deborah said. Just a few months later, Jake got into a fight with another homeless man at a local park and was charged with making criminal threats and brandishing a deadly weapon. Jake’s attorney was able to get a plea deal avoiding jail time under the condition that Jake had to go to rehab. He walked out after two days. LANTERMANPETRIS-SHORT ACT Jake’s family meanwhile, looked into getting him conserved under state law. Under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, or LPS, individuals requiring extensive mental health care can be placed under a conservatorship through an adult guardian, meaning that they can receive involuntary treatment. But Deborah said the family’s investigations into conservatorships ultimately proved fruitless. “It’s virtually impossible to meet the threshold for grave disability,” Deborah said. “I’ve had authority with the county tell me that in order to meet the grave disability requirement they can’t feed or clothe themselves…I asked him, ‘Do you mean to tell me that if my loved one is eating out of garbage cans and living in cardboard boxes he will not meet the requirements for a conservatorship?’ And he said, ‘You are correct.’” According to Partovi, it’s usually impossible for even the most determined family to get a conservatorship for their loved one, as California courts require an extremely high burden of proof to demonstrate that an individual is “gravely disabled” as required under the LPS law. The results

have been catastrophic for families like Deborah’s trying to keep their loved ones off the streets, she said. “Under the laws of California, if you have a loved one with schizophrenia, for instance, he basically can’t get help until you can definitively prove that he’s a danger to himself or others, or until he won’t take food or exposes himself or something like that…you’re out of luck, your loved one will end up homeless and in and out of jail, and that cycle might continue for 20 years,” Partovi said. Even in cases of extreme mental illness, Partovi said that a conservatorship judge will generally err on the side of declining a case if the individual does not consent to be treated. “In the medical world, if I have to hospitalize my mother or father who has dementia, no one will listen to them and say, ‘Well we don’t have your consent so we’ll let you go wander the streets,’ it’s just common sense…but then when someone is suffering from a mental illness like schizophrenia, for some reason it’s different, we let them make decisions for themselves.” For those eligible under the state’s strict criteria for conservatorships, LPS cases are still often denied simply because there are no residential care centers with beds available to take a new patient, which stems from an underlying lack of state and federal funding for such facilities, Partovi said. “At the end of the day, LPS laws are not being followed in California because there is simply nowhere to put people…like if we had a funding stream for places where people could stay while they’re getting stabilized, trust me, people would be using LPS to the nth degree, but as it is, LPS is just not being used,” Partovi said. ‘FAILED HIM REPEATEDLY’ After five years of fruitlessly seeking long-term care for Jake, the family’s luck seemed to change when Jake was ordered into substance use disorder treatment after spending three months in jail for another

felony vandalism charge. Here, Jake was going to finally be given access to a stable team made up of therapists, psychiatrists, and caseworkers, as part of the county’s volunteer psychiatric program known as Assertive Community Treatment. But after several months of being on the waitlist for the program, Jake relapsed, started using again and went back to the streets. Deborah now visits his camp now and again with care packages. “We’ll still celebrate birthdays and holidays with him if he chooses to join us. His illness is difficult, but he’s still family and we love him,” Deborah said. Despite his painful journey, Deborah said she still considers Jake as one of the lucky ones. She often thinks of families in similar situations that lack the resources, knowledge or just sheer determination necessary to fight against a system that works against the mentally ill. “What about a majority of people who don’t have my resources or know they exist, or maybe they don’t even speak the language? The barriers are insurmountable, they really are. The only reason my son got any [help] at all is that he’s been in jail so many times, but why did it have to come to that?” Partovi said that the underlying culprits for cases like Jake’s are laws at the federal, state, and county levels that undermine families of the homeless by prioritizing personal liberty at the expense of human life. “Is it really the ‘free will’ of these people to live on the streets, eat from garbage cans, to not take care of health issues like diabetes, hyperextension, and heart failure? People like me say it’s not their free will that’s at stake here — they literally lack the capacity to make these decisions…It all comes down to our laws, federal, state and local all intersecting together and worsening the problem.” “Voluntary treatment has failed Jake repeatedly,” Deborah said. “[The problem] is laws that give the person with delusions, with hallucinations, with a severe brain impairment — the decision-making power over whether or not to get help…How does our society, our leaders, stand by and let the notion of personal rights to remain sick supersede the right to care? Or society’s right to be safe?” Deborah said she often thinks back to the young man at the corner of Jefferson and Vista whom she used to see holding up his cardboard sign. She didn’t understand then how that could happen to someone. “Now I think back to that young man panhandling, and I know exactly how he could end up there, and how his family probably tried to help. And I understand their heartbreak,” Deborah said.


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Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary is enlarging its scholarship opportunities this year to include trade or technical schools as well as colleges. To raise funds, the club organized a Scholarship Raffle that kicked off Feb. 14. First prize is $5,000. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100. Tickets may be purchased from CHNR Rotarians and by mail to the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Foundation, PO Box 130175, Carlsbad, CA 92013. Those tickets will be mailed back to the purchaser. No online sales are possible. Further information is available at

awarded to Ryan Craig of San Marcos and Christian Gunter of San Diego at The Citadel for 3.7 grade point averages or higher in the fall 2021 semester • University of Nebraska-Lincoln students named to the deans’ list for the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year included Jeremiah Saguin of Carlsbad, Catie Anne Pentlarge of Oceanside and Noah Martin Garcia and Lucas Rowden of Solana Beach. • Faith Fitzsimmons of San Marcos was named to the dean’s list at Millikin University for the fall 2021 semester. • The University of Utah named to the fall 2021 dean’s List: Annie Pugmire, Olivia Ford, Jake Locken, Cole Hanson, Jon Ulrich, Jenna Anderson, Colleen Haggerty, Drew Green, Charlotte Mungovan, Nina Okawa, Brooke Garvin, Jake Curran, Patricio Rojas, Harper Hughes, Kendall Mariano, Raja Caruso, Jaden Ferguson, Aaron Delgrande, Connor Brem, Cristian Haymes, Julia Durkin, Kai Stoffels and Alia Manuel of Carlsbad; Katie Prince, Ciro Valdez Garcia, Cole Dean, Billy Ohara, Trevor Hagen, Garrett Feldman and August Barnes of Encinitas; Ritu Shah, Mikayla Gagne, Kellen Bassler and Maximilian Heiskell of San Marcos; Clinton Alden and Griffin Alden of Del Mar; Sterling Snodgrass and Cameron Nelson of Solana Beach and Buffy Howe, Jon Locke and Zoey Haug of Oceanside.





Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ ECKERT REMEMBERED

There will be a ceremony to commemorate the life of longtime Vista resident and North County businessman Paul Eckert, at 4 p.m. March 3 hosted at The Vista Historical Society, 2317 Foothill Drive Vista. Bring memories and stories to share. Dinner will be served. In lieu of gifts or flowers, consider contributing to one of his favorite non-profits: New Haven Youth & Family Services, Vista Boys & Girls Club or the Vista Historical Society. ROTARY RAFFLE

• Beau Bender of Carlsbad has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester. • Presley Wollan of Rancho Santa Fe, a Trine University student, earned dean’s list recognition for the fall 2021 term. • Madison Scherner of Carlsbad and Ryan Ramirez of San Diego have been named to the Bryant University deans’ list for the fall 2021 semester. • Gold stars were

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like, ‘OK what was all that?’” In a statement provided to The Coast News, the district defended its actions, asserting that the low salary offer was necessitated by the need to make drastic budgetary cuts as a result of declining student enrollment and a lack of state funding. “The district is currently experiencing the need for budget reductions for the 2022-23 school year, due to several factors,” said Amy Ventetuolo, a spokesperson for SMUSD superintendent Andy Johnsen, who has been in the job since last spring. “Like nearly every other school district in the state, SMUSD has experienced declining enrollment,” Ventetuolo said. “In our case our enrollment has dropped approximately 1,200 students over the last two years. Additionally,

on Wheels San Diego County, North County Services 930 Boardwalk Street, Unit C, San Marcos. SMUSD ENROLLMENT OPEN

A MEMORIAL for longtime Vista resident Paul Eckert is set for March 3 at the Vista Historical Society. Courtesy photo

The San Marcos Unified School District has opened school enrollment for all grades, including Transitional Kindergarten, or TK. The goal is to allow all 4-year-olds the opportunity to attend TK by the 2025-26 school year. This coming 2022-23 school year, TK is available to children who will have his or her fifth birthday between Sept. 2, 2022 and Feb. 2, 2023. SMUSD will offer half-day TK, with a morning option or afternoon option, at every elementary school. For more information on enrollment, visit

automobiles, classic cars and woodies line South Coast Highway 101 from D Street to K Street. There are sponsorship opportunities including stage and street sponsorship as well as booth rentals. E-mail if MFCU AIDS FOOD BANK interested. Mission Fed Credit Union presented $20,000 PLAYER OF WEEK After a weekend in to the Jacobs & Cushman which she posted back- San Diego Food Bank, earto-back double-doubles marked for the North Counwhile averaging more than ty Food Bank. The total 20 points per game, Cal includes a $10,000 end-ofState San Marcos’ Jordan year donation in 2021 from Vasquez has been selected Mission Fed, plus $10,000 as the D2CIDA Women's in a matching grant from Basketball National Player Federal Home Loan Bank San Francisco. of the Week for Feb. 6. FOR CASA KIDS

The Golden Door wellness resort in San Marcos donated $50,000 Jan. 19 to Casa de Amparo to help provide shelter, residential services, trauma-informed therapy services, and transportation for youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. The Country Store features a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables grown on the Golden Door property, as well as artisanal foods. All net proceeds are donated to charity.


Cal State San Marcos has joined a nationwide peer support program that has helped thousands of student veterans across the country. CSUSM has become one of 49 partner campuses for Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE), which connects incoming student veterans with those already on campus to help them navigate college life and ease the transition from the military to academia. POETRY PUBLISHED


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SMUSD is not funded the same as other neighboring districts, resulting in millions of dollars of less revenue each year. “With this in mind, SMUSD has been working diligently to provide a salary increase while also looking at making approximately $10 million-15 million in budget reductions for the 2022-23 budget.” Pluciennik refuted the district’s claims, arguing that funding for school districts including San Marcos actually increased during 2021 and is expected to increase again for the following school year. “The state of California has … given billions in additional funding to our schools than ever before,” he said. “So they have the money for this, it’s in the budget, in fact they’ve gotten more money than ever before.” The 2021-2022 state Budget Act increased state support for schools overall, with per-pupil spending going up from from $16,881

the prior year to $23,089 in the new budget, according to the California Department of Education. For the 2022-2023 school year, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has proposed an additional influx of funding for school districts, based on a $102 billion education budget that the governor plans to send to the state Legislature this June. Declining enrollment also isn’t a valid reason to avoid a salary increase, as such a problem isn’t unique to SMUSD or the present time frame, Pluciennik added. “This is not unique to San Marcos, every school district has experienced student losses because of the pandemic,” he said. “And even in the years past when enrollment was growing, they still said, ‘Oh we don’t have the money’ — whether times are good or bad, they always say they don’t have the money.” The stresses and pressure of the COVID-19 pan-

demic in the past two years have been felt heavily by teachers, who have had to adapt to remote and hybrid methods of learning, while having to work extra to provide the same level of quality in education that schoolchildren had enjoyed pre-pandemic, the SMEA president said. “We consider our job noble and professional, we put in all of our efforts, and we’re always there for the kids and I think that’s a big thing for us,” Pluciennik said. “It’s like, hey we’re working our butts off, we’re working overtime and not getting paid for that obviously, we’re putting in the hours to get these kids to the best they can be and that’s something unique about this job.” Pluciennik added that he’s still optimistic that administrators will come back to the table with a more favorable offer for educators at the next round of negotiations, which is scheduled to take place on Feb. 18.


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Water officials advance new labor negotiations By Steve Puterski

REGION — The San Diego County Water Authority board of directors recently voted to lower the cost threshold for construction projects to be considered for collective bargaining agreements, significantly changing how the regional water agency awards contract bids. In a union-friendly decision, the regional water board voted on Jan. 27 to lower the current limit for construction projects from $100 million to just $1 million, ensuring most, if not all, future construction plans will be considered for a project labor agreement, or PLA, which is essentially a pro-union construction deal. “This is just authorizing staff and our general manager to negotiate, and it will come back to the board,” said Gary Croucher, board president of the San Diego County Water Authority. The negotiated project labor agreement is expected to return to the board for approval later this year. In 2010, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors banned PLAs on county construction projects, which proponents argued would “produce a fair and open competitive bidding process for all contractors and employees, regardless of their union affiliation.” Two years later, San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved a ban on a citywide ban project labor agreements for construction projects, “except where required by state or federal law, or as a condition of the receipt of state or federal funds,” according to the ballot language. However, the San Diego City Council’s Rules Committee recently approved a ballot measure seeking to overturn the city’s PLA ban. But the decision sparked a contentious debate centered on union control over future projects. County water officials sparred with Supervisor Jim Desmond, who questioned the validity of PLAs, despite an attempt by Encinitas Deputy Mayor Joe Mosca, a representative of the San Dieguito Water District, to shut down the supervisor's line of questioning and comments. Desmond said prounion deals run against the board’s calls for equitable and fair treatment of all workers. While non-union shops are permitted to bid on projects, they are only allowed to use “core” workers, or individuals from management, architects or engineers, while the remaining employees must come from a labor union pool. Desmond and other PLA opponents said the number of non-union core

workers is low, usually around five employees. Desmond also pointed to the county’s union workforce at less than 20%, compared with non-union workers at 80% or greater. With those numbers and the unlikely opportunities for non-union workers to secure work, Desmond said the project labor agreement will require the unions to shuttle in other union workers from out of the county. “No one group, especially in this day and age, should be excluded from working on projects,” Desmond said. “We talk about equity all the time. It’s a travesty and I’m appalled. Eventually, on a big project, they’ll have to go outside the county to get union workers.” Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said PLAs lead to higher water rates, less competition driving down costs, fewer local workers and allow for wage theft, as non-union workers must pay union benefits without anything in return. Proponents of PLAs, such as Jerry Butkiewicz, of San Diego, and Nick Serrano, chief of staff for San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, said project labor agreements lower costs, utilize a better-trained workforce, don’t exclude non-union workers, deliver a prevailing wage and hire local workers. However, a prevailing wage must be paid to all workers on a public project, according to state law. Proponents also cited how projects come in under budget, invest in apprenticeship programs, workforce development and provide workers with stability. Hall drew fierce blowback from Serrano after suggesting the Water Authority’s project labor agreement was already negotiated with union leadership prior to the official negotiation period, which has yet to begin. “How long will we allow this misinformation to go on?" Serrano said. “I’m appalled. No, nothing has been negotiated. I’m taking deep offense that this PLA workgroup didn’t do our work and is shooting from the hip.” Desmond requested the National Black Contractors Association, which has an apprenticeship program, be included in negotiations after the SANDAG board carved them from the out last year. Croucher said they would be included. Also, the board battled over what constitutes projects coming in “under budget.” Proponents of the PLA said projects cost less than first projected, but opponents claimed otherwise, arguing unions can include an additional 10% to 30% increase, or whatever was negotiated, to the total cost, pushing the total cost over budget.


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from places like San Onofre. Still, Southern California politicians at both the federal and state level have been pushing for the spent fuel to be removed from its shores as soon as possible. Southern California Edison, the utility company that owns San Onofre, is permitted to keep the spent fuel installations there until 2035. “Federal action on spent fuel storage at the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is

long overdue, and disposal of power plant waste continues to be needlessly delayed by a process that lacks a commitment to a workable solution,” Issa said in a statement provided to The Coast News. “That’s why our bipartisan legislation should serve as a model in Congress and demonstrate that consensus is possible.” The bill does not favor a permanent repository or consolidated interim storage facility, nor does it allow for the transfer of fuel to any non-consenting state.

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Levin has stayed involved in San Onofre matters since he first took office in 2019. Besides the Spent Fuel Prioritization Act, he also launched a task force of local stakeholders and experts to address safety challenges at San Onofre following a 2018 incident where a spent fuel canister became stuck while being deposited into the storage facility. The congressman also formed a Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Caucus in Congress.


At this year’s Boys & Girls Club of Vista Diamond Gala on March 5, the club will celebrate Grace Taylor, above, its Youth of the Year. This year, the club has added new ways to celebrate from home, in person with a cocktail-only ticket, or spend the entire evening to raise $160,000 for the “Grow Their Great Futures” campaign. Get tickets at https://bgcvista. Courtesy photo

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Boutique Senior Living: An Ideal Alternative To Aging In Place At Home For Seniors SAN MARCOS – February 3, 2022 As seniors emerge from isolation at home and look for new opportunities to be more active and involved with others again, many are considering a move to a unique brand of a senior living community where socializing can be easier and the dayto-day lifestyle advantages far outweigh the perceived benefits of aging in place at home. Today’s boutique-sized senior living communities offer all the amenities and services of a larger retirement facility while simultaneously ensuring the intimacy needed to easily form new friendships. Studies find that seniors often equate aging in place to independence at home, but ironically, they can become even more isolated – especially after the passing of a spouse or close friends, a growing number of physical challenges, a desire to drive less frequently and the current state of the pandemic. In many cases, seniors are leaving home less often, not participating in activities they once did and cooking with less variety. When asked what it would take to consider a move to senior living, seniors cite more opportunities to socialize, better food choices and relief from maintaining a house and property that is also aging with time. The boutique-sized community of Silvergate San Marcos – a premier retirement community that has been serving seniors with award-winning care for more than 25 years – offers seniors and their families a retirement living environment with a rich array of activities, amenities and services along with the added benefit of

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Food &Wine County OKs home mini-restaurants By Staff

ing to make ends meet. “I want to make sure that families and businesses in our region are thriving, not just surviving, and this opens the door for home cooks to do just that,” Vargas said. Anderson said MEHKOS also provide a service to communities “because people are getting quality food from their neighbors. On every level I just believe this is a terrific program.” County staff said comments collected in public meetings and hearings stated that microenterprise kitchens can give aspiring restaurateurs a way to earn a living and way to test their skills and ideas for an overall startup cost of about $740, rather than spending the estimated $275,000 average cost of opening a storefront restaurant. The state law allows microenterprise kitchens with some restrictions. Some of those include:

• They must be operated by a resident living in the home or apartment. • They cannot have more than one full-time employee, excluding family members. • Food must be prepared and served on the same day and sold directly to consumers. • They’re limited to $50,000 in sales a year. • They cannot operate as caterers, temporary event vendors, mobile event vendors or cottage food operators that prepare and sell packaged foods. • Home cooks who want to operate a microenterprise kitchen would be required to submit an application, earn a food safety manager certificate from an approved school, pass an initial inspection, and undergo annual inspections. • Kitchens that rely upon well water would have to conduct private well tests to ensure the water is safe.


zinfandel was a 93pt Wine Advocate awardee. The tasting concluded with one of my favorite and affordable petite sirahs, the 2019 Runquist “R.” On the nose, the Runquist had cassis, berry, chocolate, and hints of mocha. On the palate, there were blackberry, blueberry and nuances of vanilla. Runquist did a great job of softening the edgy tannins associated with the

petite sirah fruit creating a creamy mouthfeel finish. Besides a great wine hangout, NCWC has a wide selection of wine representing all parts of the world with a killer California and Pacific Northwest selection. NCWC has fair and reasonable prices, competing with big box stores, many times with specials coming in less than market prices. Details at

REGION — The San Diego Board of Supervisors in January unanimously approved a two-year temporary authorization of an ordinance that will ultimately allow people to legally operate “mini-restaurants” out of their homes. They could serve as many as 30 in-person, takeout or delivery meals a day, with a maximum of 60 meals a week. Operators will be required to get a health permit, and home kitchens must pass food safety inspections. Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Supervisor Joel Anderson, who brought a request to draft an ordinance for Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations, or MEHKOs, to the Board in September, said that the home kitchens wouldn’t compete with established restaurants, but would help local communities, the economy and people with cooking skills try-


acquaintances. Tobin had an all-star lineup with a white and two reds. The tasting kicked off with 2018 Davis Estate Hungry Blonde Chardonnay. This was a “classic California” oaky, buttery chardonnay resembling powerhouses like Rombauer and Frank Family. It had aroma and flavors of butterscotch, apricot, and a hint of toast, like a crème brulee. The full flavor and long finish will have you coming back for more. Next up was a 2019 Turley Old Vine Zinfandel. A fun fact on the Turley is that it was sourced from 26 different sites. “This zin offers inviting notes of black cherry, plum, and blueberry fruit accented with hints of spice, licorice, and dried flowers. On the palate, it is silky, soft, fresh, and approachable,” Jim mentioned in the tasting handout. I always love Tobin’s down-to-earth descriptions and tasting notes. Also, the


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Commission drafts preliminary electoral map for Escondido By Stephen Wyer

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Independent Redistricting Commission has drafted a preliminary electoral map for the city as part of the redistricting process and will finalize the proposed map by Feb. 23. During a Feb. 2 Escondido City Council meeting, City Clerk Zach Beck presented the commission's preliminary map to the city's elected officials. The map has not been finalized, as the city will hold several public hearings before sending the final proposal to a council vote on Feb. 23, according to Beck. The new map makes some adjustments to Escondido’s four districts based on factors required by federal law, including keeping the district population sizes reasonably equal, keeping communities contiguous and compact with one another, protecting communities with shared interests, and protecting the voting power of racial/ethnic minorities, particularly Escondido’s Latino voting-age population. Per federal voting rights laws, Escondido is required to maintain at least one district whose majority population is a racial/ ethnic minority. While the city’s District 1 currently meets that requirement with a population that is 53.64% Latino, the district as it is mapped fails to meet the equal population re-

quirement, as the district’s overall population is significantly smaller than the other three districts (the ideal population size for each district is 37,879). To solve this problem and ensure Escondido’s compliance with voting rights legislation, the Redistricting Commission’s preliminary map expands the overall population of District 1 from 35,159 to 38.833, which will give Escondido a population that is 53.12% Latino and keep the district’s population in line with equal voting age population standards. District 1 would extend further north and east than it does currently, taking in a sizeable area running along Escondido Creek including Montemar Avenue and Glen View Elementary school. In coming up with the preliminary map, the Redistricting Commission also considered connecting communities with shared interests, Beck said. City residents, through public comments, indicated that they were favorably inclined towards creating two somewhat more urban regions — districts 1 and 3 — and two slightly more rural districts 2 and 4. The newly formed District 2 would be wider and broader than before, taking in a significant chunk of territory in the city’s southeast corridor, including neighborhoods near Orange

A PRELIMINARY MAP from the Escondido Independent Redistricing Commission was presented Feb. 2, and it will be finalized on Feb. 23. Photo courtesy city of Escondido

Grove Place, Timber Creek Lane, and Vistamonte Glen. “With the map for district 2, the commission listened to a lot of concerns that residents in these communities had regarding fire issues and the concerns of suburban and rural communities, so to that end District 2 is definitely the most expansive out of the districts that we have right now with this map, reflecting the shared interests of those rural residents,” Beck said. Conversely, District 3 would become more centralized and urban, losing some of its southeastern

sprawl to District 2 while moving further southwest along Escondido Creek. District 4 would move slightly northwest, expanding up to West El Norte Parkway at its most northern point while also moving west along Interstate 78 all the way to Hidden Valley Drive. While the majority of the city council members refrained from making any qualitative remarks as to the new boundaries, Councilman Michael Morasco leveled heavy criticism towards the preliminary map, in particular expressing concerns over the way that

the new District 2 was constructed. “District 2 isn’t close to being compact in this new map, it’s barely contiguous, and there are no commonalities at all between the people in the northeast and southeast portion of this district, so they just really missed the mark on that,” Morasco said. He also refuted the notion that the new district’s rural residents would have much in common with each other. “The District 2 proposal, the borders and the small islands of properties that it creates just don’t sync well…the commonalities stated by the commission as far as environmental and fire concerns just don’t hold water within the context of what we’ve seen historically in Escondido in the last six decades or more.” Morasco, who is Latino himself, also said that he’s concerned that in the effort to strengthen the power of the Latino voting constituency in District 1 and District 3, the commission went too far in giving these voters a disproportionate amount of power. “In the follow-up meetings with the commission, there have been statements made that this map was somewhat motivated by trying to create two predominantly Latino districts, but the actuality that we have to consider here is that the Latino community

represents 35% of the voting-age population in the city of Escondido…in their attempt to try and create two predominantly Latino districts, it almost creates issues regarding racial representation in the opposite direction,” Morasco said. Under the draft map, District 3 would go from being a region with a Latino voting-age population of 39.26% to a district that would now be 46.78% Latino. Mayor Paul McNamara disagreed with Morasco’s comments, expressing that the map’s heavy emphasis on prioritizing the voting power of the Latino community seemed entirely appropriate in his eyes. “My reaction to his comments is that I know the commission well, I’ve met with them several times… they’re trying to comply with everything, all of the guidance as far as including communities of interest as well as ethnic diversity… that’s what the focus should be, is on those demographics of ethnicity and communities of interests,” McNamara said. “From what I understand of our population and where people live I think that so far they [the commission] has done a pretty decent job, I’m not totally sure of what councilman Morasco’s concerns are but I’m anxious to move forward with this process nonetheless.”


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aos is too quiet. Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the dead of winter, this historic Northern New Mexico town of about 6,000 seems to be asleep. It is not the active town square that we remember from former visits, which were mostly in spring and fall. Surrounded by boutiques, restaurants and art galleries that, in warmer weather, are usually buzzing with shoppers and diners, the plaza draws both locals and tourists who gather under towering cottonwoods to chat, listen to live music and eat ice cream. But this is January and the temperature hovers around 30 degrees. Nevertheless, that ever-present, intense New Mexico sun forces us to zip-open our down jackets while we sip rich, South American hot chocolate from Chokola. There are other knots of people gathered around small tables just outside the shop, which boasts of “bean to bar” chocolate used in making full-bodied drinks, baked goods and candy. We arrived at the Taos Plaza via the free, on-demand shuttle offered to guests who stay at The Blake, a boutique hotel 30 minutes north in Taos Ski Valley. Though we’ve never lived in Taos (elevation 7,000 feet), I always feel like I’m home when we visit. Many of the area’s transplants will tell you some-


THE COURTYARD of Kit and Josefa Carson’s Taos, N.M., home, now a museum, was the center of family and social life in the mid-1800s. It served as the family’s kitchen and laundry, and the place where they processed wool and leather, forged iron implements and carried on with other activities that sustained the household. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

thing similar. “You don’t choose Taos,” one resident told us. “Taos chooses you.” Despite the slower-than-usual pace and a bit of pandemic hangover, Taos still gives us options. We wander around the square, window shop, then find the Kit Carson House & Museum, about a three-minute walk from the plaza. It’s a draw for us partly because of Carson’s North County connection. A famous frontiersman, fur trapper, cattle and sheep rancher, diplomat, guide and U.S. Army officer who vehemently denied his legendary status, Christopher Houston Carson (18091868) was a key figure in the

1846 Battle of San Pasqual. This battle of the Mexican-American War took place just south of the Escondido city line. Although there is controversy about who was victorious, the battle was a turning point and opened California to settlers. Carson first arrived in Taos in 1826. At age 33, he married Josefa Jaramillo, the 14-year-old daughter of a prominent Taos family. They moved into this house that is now the museum and resided here for 25 years. From all accounts, the couple had a strong marriage. Josefa died in 1868, at the age of 40, after giving birth to their eighth child. (They also adopted several

KIT CARSON died not long after this photo was taken in 1868. Courtesy photo

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DOUGLAS M. HEALY SAN MARCOS Douglas Healy, 46, died December 28, 2021, of natural causes. He was born December 9, 1975, in Orlando, Florida. Moving to California in 1984, he attended schools in Diamond Bar. Moving to San Marcos 20 years ago, he worked in the construction industry. Mr. Healy is survived by his mother, Patricia, of San Marcos, brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Kimberli Healy of Glendora, sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Dale Miller of Long Beach along with 3 nephews and a niece. A private inurnment was held. Robert Judson Mellott, 65 Carlsbad Jan. 22, 2022

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graves are in nearby leafy Kit Carson Park. Walking through the home gives a sense of the simple, rudimentary life of Taos residents in the mid-1800s. Rifles and an army uniform belonging to Carson are on display, and multiple photos of Carson and his immediate and extended family hang on the whitewashed adobe walls. Most rooms were heated by wood-burning, adobe fireplaces, a feature you’ll find in countless current-day New Mexico homes. Carson’s sturdy, simple wooden desk that he used during his service as a U.S. Indian Agent sits in the corner of one room. I am drawn to a delicate, amazingly small, hand-sewn silk dress and jacket displayed in a glass case. It belonged to Carson’s youngest daughter, Josefa, namedCROP after her mother. An.93 orphan at 6 weeks old, she.93 lived only to age 34. The ages at death of Carson, 4.17 two of 4.28 his three wives and several of his children are reminders of how difficult and fleeting life could be in 19th century New Mexico. If you visit, don’t miss the 20-minute video on Carson’s life, in which Carson’s great grandson, John Carson, plays the part of his acclaimed ancestor. For more photos and discussion, visit


get too excited about a Canada vs. US playoff. No real villain there, despite the rivalry. I’m always sad, too, that we don’t have the humor of the first Jamaican bobsled team story. I’ll catch a few events as I wander through the family room between dishes and housework, but I fear it will never be the same. I can’t picture myself on those slopes anymore. I can’t see myself in that cun-

An opening reception and artist talk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18 at The Institute of Contemporary Art, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, introducing its third Artist-in-Residence exhibition, from Feb. 19 to May 1. The residency exhibition, titled “Black Matter,” will feature interdisciplinary artist Minerva Cuevas, marking her first solo exhibition in San Diego. Cuevas will be in residence until March 6. COSMIC ART

The art of local artist Nathan Schwartz, including photos and textures, is currently being featured at Culture Brewing Company, 629 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, through the end of February. MUSIC BY THE SEA

This month's Music by the Sea will present two short concerts - guitarist alexander Milovanov and pianist Christopher Goodpasture - with a brief intermission between starting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets are $20 at tix. com /ticket-sales / MusicByTheSea/4736?subCategoryIdList=198.

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ning little ice-skating costume with the ripply skirt. I can’t even see myself sitting on hard bleachers long enough to watch any of it. It looks like I’m past my prime. It’s been a great run, but I believe it is time to hang up my TV schedule and call it a day. I don’t think Nike is ever going to call. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and pathetic competitor. You can contact her at


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os Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle’s compromised chest muscle tendon will be surgically repaired after it ruptured in Super Bowl 56. His broken heart after the way he was treated by the San Diego Chargers? That’ll take time to heal and more is required. Weddle, a longtime North County resident, became a world champion Sunday when the Rams disposed of the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20, in thrilling fashion at SoFi Stadium. After coming out of retirement some five weeks ago, Weddle played an instrumental role in the Rams’ second Super Bowl title in franchise history. He participated in all 61 defensive snaps and called the plays despite an injury that would have others tapping out. Remember when the Chargers played taps on Weddle’s career? They pointed him toward the exit

after the 2015 season, speculating he wasn’t worth retaining. Maybe you forgot, but Weddle didn’t as he put Chargers general manager Tom Telesco in his crosshairs. “Want to thank Tom Telesco for the (way) things ended there,” Weddle said. “And showing me the light and giving me the motivation and that fire. ... I appreciate that.” Weddle’s career was far from done as he went to the Baltimore Ravens for three years, where he was named a Pro Bowler each season. Then there was a year with the Rams before Weddle stepped away following the 2020 season. He returned when the Rams gave him the first call after they suffered a series of injuries in their secondary. Weddle was familiar with the Rams’ scheme and the Rams were well-versed on Weddle’s potential contributions as a player and a leader. Their phone conversation wasn’t very long and soon Weddle was backing out of his Poway driveway for the Rams’ facility north of L.A. But Weddle’s mind was always on that team that was once down south, and the way it treated him

Jerry's Middle Finger, a Jerry Garcia Band Tribute at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the BelDJ's play every Friday and ly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Saturday Night from 9 p.m. Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit or BEYOND VAN GOGH Beyond Van Gogh: The (858) 481-9022. Immersive Experience, is coming to the Wyland Cen- SUNSHINE BROOKS THEATRE The play, “Desert ter at Del Mar Fairgrounds through March 6, 2260 Jim- Rock Garden,” and the Fimy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. nal Draft New Play FestiTickets available at van- val, will both take place at NVA’s home theater, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. The company has informed curOMA EXHIBITS Oceanside Museum Of rent ticket holders that they Art offers three exhibitions, will be contacted directly including the “2022 Artist by the box office to arrange Alliance Biennial” through exchanges as needed. “DesMay 1; “Don Bartletti: Elu- ert Rock Garden” through sive Moments–Enduring March 13. The Final Draft Stories,” through May 1 and New Play Festival will take “Oceanside Unfiltered,” place April 1 to April 3. through May 29 at 704 Pier Subscriptions and tickets at View Way, Oceanside.



Historic photographs by educator/photographer, Major Morris, from the 1960s US northeast will be on display through March 5 at the Coronado Public Library, Lobby Area, 640 Orange Ave., Coronado. Morris (1921-2016) was a native of Escondido.


See the exhibition, “Zen Explored,” by contemporary Zen painter Rosemary KimBal, through April 29 at the Cardiff by the Sea Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. JERRY GARCIA TRIBUTE

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Get tickets now for an evening with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a seated show at the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets $37 in advance, $65 for loft at http://bellyup. com/ or (858) 481-9022. SHOW NEEDS ARTISTS

The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is looking for jewelry, fiber, all painting mediums, photography, sculpture and mixed media artists for its April “Inspirations” juried art show to be held at the La Playa Gallery in La Jolla. Apply by March 13 to

RAMS SAFETY Eric Weddle, a onetime Escondido resident and a former San Diego Charger, talks to the media after the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56. Photo via Twitter/

Weddle’s memory is as keen as his reflexes on the field, even at age 37, as he produced four tackles in the Super Bowl, including a critical one during the Bengals’ final drive. Maybe the Chargers should get an assist for giving Weddle the want-to to show them the errors of their ways. “I always said Eric Weddle would get the last laugh and I’m a world champion now,” said Weddle, who resided for years in Escondido. “Funny thing how things come right back around. I’ve always tried to treat people with respect, love and kindness and you should be able to get that in return. When that does (happen), good things happen to good people. “So thank you to the Ravens for giving me that second chance and obviously the Rams all the way down the organization for believing in me and taking this old man out of retirement.” Weddle, the NFL’s most senior player — after Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady left — performed as if the years had been peeled away. Weddle’s challenge, though, was trying to wrap up ball carriers with minimum strength from the right side of his upper body.

But his mind, angles and the ability to be in the right place at the right time was spot-on. Weddle exits, again, after being named All-Pro twice, to the Pro Bowl six times and to the NFL’s all-decade squad of 2010. Super, right? Weddle thinks so and maybe it was good he got his Chargers rant off his injured chest, too. Just realize his target was the Chargers, and not their onetime fans in these parts. “I love San Diego,” Weddle stressed. “I literally felt the support like never before.” He wasn’t the only one with area roots lending a hand. Safety Terrell Burgess (San Marcos High) played on all 16 special-teams reps. But never before had a retired player been asked to jump in in such a crucial situation. Then again, not many people are Eric Weddle. “How about Weddle?” Rams coach Sean McVay shouted to the heavens. Weddle smiled, after completing an unlikely journey that can only be described as super.

in his last season. First Weddle, who was among the Chargers most popular players with teammates and fans, was fined $10,000 for watching his daughter perform in a

dance routine during halftime. Then he was delegated to the injured reserve list against his wishes and denied the opportunity to travel with the team for its last game.

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to 12th-grade students? or contact (760) 815-5616 or are scheduled to play at 8 E-mail joy@newvillagearts. p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 at org. the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets $55. For tickets and SHARE YOUR ART information, visit http:// The Friends of the CUTTING EDGE CELLO Cardiff-by-the-Sea Libary Dirty Cello, an eclectic or (858) 481are proud to sponsor a ro- Bay Area will be in concert 9022. tating exhibit of works by at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the local artists. The works Pilgrim United Church of are displayed in the li- Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., brary and are available for Carlsbad, presented by the CONCORDIA CHOIR purchase through the art- San Diego Folk Heritage. Concordia Choir of Conists. Through April 30, the Tickets $20 at ticketweb. cordia College in Minnesota Friends are featuring Rose- com, and at the door. For will perform at the Village mary KimBal. If you are additional information: JT Church at 7 p.m. March 1, a local artist interested in Moring, jtmoring@gmail. 6225 Paseo Delicias, Ranexhibiting your work, con- com, (760) 443-1790 or Dick cho Santa Fe, under the tact Susan Hays at artists@ Jay,, (858) direction of Michael 414-6796. ton. General admission $25 adults, $5 students at the door or at ConcordiaTickets. TWILIGHT GALA The Oceanside Muse- com. Masks are required. JOHN MAYALL IN TOWN um Of Art celebrates with For more information, conSpend an evening with a 25th Anniversary Gala tact blues legend John Mayall at Twilight event from 8:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Belly 11 p.m. Feb. 26 at The SeaUp Tavern, 143 S. Cedros bird Resort in Oceanside. Ave., Solana Beach. For Tickets $60 at oma-online. PLAY BY PINTER tickets and information, org/gala/.See the wearable The North Coast Repvisit or art by local artists Saki, ertory Theatre presents (858) 481-9022. MartyO, and Melissa Mei- Harold Pinter’s “The Homeer under a display of atmo- coming” March 2 through spheric light projections by March 27 at 987 Lomas SanJoe Wheaton. ta Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets at northcoastrep. GUITAR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE com or call (858) 481-1055 The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra’s Chamber Ensemble will perform a pro- MORE AT BELLY UP gram titled “Bossa Nova Sierra Ferrell and her and more Latin Influences” Long Time Coming Tour OVATION THEATRE 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Bethle- 2022 will play the Belly Up The curtain rises again hem Lutheran Church, 925 Tavern at 8 p.m. Feb. 27, for North County commuBalour Drive, Encinitas. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana nity theater as the Ovation Suggested donation $18 at Beach. For tickets and in- Theatre presents the musithe door. The Encinitas Gui- formation, visit http://bel- cal mystery comedy “Curtar Orchestra’s Chamber or (858) 481-9022. tains” 7 p.m. March 4 and Ensemble includes 17 guiMarch 5 and 2 p.m. March tarists and one bass player 5 and March 6 at the Star from the 40 member EnciTheatre, 402 N Coast Hwy, nitas Guitar Orchestra. For GINGER ROOTS Oceanside. Ticket prices Tribal Seeds and Gin- are $25 at ovationtheatre. more information, visit ger Roots & The Protectors org/curtains.


Escondido Arts Partnership Escondido presents "Your True Colors," a juried group art show through March 18 in the Expressions Galleries, in the InnerSpace Gallery at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. SONGS IN THE NUDE

J Roddy Walston will perform solo with his “Songs In The Nude Tour,” at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit or (858) 481-9022. ART WANTED

Oceanside Museum Of Art invites artists to be a part of its 25th Anniversary Gala by submitting artwork to be considered for inclusion in the silent auction, one of the evening’s key fundraising elements. All selected artists will receive a year-long Patron Level membership with the Artist Alliance add-on. Information on submissions at

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New Village Arts is offering a 2 p.m. $25 Student Matinee for its production of “Desert Rock Garden” Wednesdays Feb. 23, March 2 and March 9 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. It includes a post-show talkback with Japanese American community leaders Interested in bringing your eighth-

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