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Vista to consider parking, camping sites for homeless By Stephen Wyer


The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are primed to add a pop of color to the rolling hills of North County with more than 70 million flowers set to bloom beginning March 1. The fields feature nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus, a flower known for its large, double-petaled blooms that sit atop tall, straight stems. Photo by Marcie Gonzalez

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VISTA — The Vista City Council will consider establishing Safe Camping and Safe Parking sites for unhoused and homeless individuals within city limits, which would allow qualified persons to stay overnight in designated areas without being removed or ticketed by law enforcement. By a 4-1 vote at the council’s Jan. 25 meeting, city leaders gave the go-ahead for staff to conduct research investigating how Vista could set up a Safe Camping program for the unhoused. The vote doesn’t mean that these programs will be implemented but does direct the City Council to vote on such a proposal at a future meeting (the council did not specify a date for this vote). Council members Katie Melendez, Corinna Contreras, John Franklin and Joe Green all voted in favor of the resolution, while Mayor Judy Ritter voted against the proposal. In the coming months ahead, city staff will study whether safe camping will provide relief for the homeless, what impact such a plan would have on the communities nearby these zones, and in what areas of the city such a program could be successfully implemented, according to City Clerk Kathy Valdez. If the council enacts a simTURN TO HOMELESS ON 5


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San Marcos continues affordable housing push with Alora Project By Stephen Wyer

SAN MARCOS — A new affordable housing development will be coming to San Marcos next year that is expected to provide housing for 100 low-income residents and families. On Tuesday, developers, along with city and county personnel, held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Alora project located at 604 Richmar Avenue. The complex, which will cost $40 million to build and likely won’t be completed until the summer of 2023, is a collaborative partnership between San Diego County, the City of San Marcos and Affirmed Housing, a San Diego-based land developer that specializes in affordable housing. “The City of San Marcos has invested more than $160 million in the Richmar area alone to provide affordable housing, infrastructure and recreational facilities to this part of our community,” said Mayor Rebecca Jones. “With partners like Affirmed Housing, we’re committed to continuing the efforts that not only change the lives of individuals and hard-working families but also the entire community. I’d like to thank all of our Alora partners for helping people dream, strive and thrive — because without them, we wouldn’t be this successful.” The Alora project will replace the old Mariposa 71-unit affordable housing community that was previously at the Richmar Avenue location, and which was recently demolished to make way for the new development, according to San Marcos city manager Jack Griffin. The Mariposa complex, which was built in the

THE ALORA PROJECT, which broke ground this week at 604 Richmar Ave. in San Marcos, will feature 100 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. It is expected to open in summer 2023. Rendering courtesy County of San Diego

1990s, had reached the end of its life cycle and needed to be replaced, Griffin said, and in completely starting afresh the developers will have the opportunity to provide more housing than was possible before at the site, he added. The Alora complex will consist of four three-story buildings supplying a total of 100 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for families earning 30%80% of area median income, according to a press release on the project from the San Diego County Communications Office. The apartment project will also have laundry rooms, a pool, community room, tot lots, and 171 parking spaces. After this initial 100unit phase of the project is

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completed in 2023, Affirmed Housing will begin work on a second phase of the Alora complex, which will entail the construction of an additional 50 units of affordable housing at the site, according to Mellody Lock, the Director of Development at Af-

firmed Housing. The second phase is expected to be completed in 2025, Jones said. The Coast News was able to obtain data (see box, above) from the city illustrating the specific range of rent costs for the Alora units, with rents going up

for larger apartments and higher income levels. Rents will also fluctuate year to year based on changing economic conditions, Griffin said. According to David Estrella, a director at the County Health and Human Services Agency, the Alora project is part of a countywide push to meet the increasing needs of lower-income San Diegans, many of whom he said are being priced out of an increasingly costly rental market. “The loss of affordable units, coupled with the continuously rising rents, is creating housing instability for thousands of San Diegans across the region,” Estrella said. “It is very important, now more than ever, that the county take significant steps to preserve and create

affordable housing opportunities throughout the region. And Alora is a significant step in this effort.” According to the county’s press release, the new development will be strictly deed-restricted affordable housing for the next 99 years, meaning that the development cannot be repurposed for residential housing that isn’t tailored to low-income tenants. Jones said that the Alora development is a unique step forward in the city’s ongoing strategy to expand access to affordable housing. Since Jones joined the City Council in 2007, she said that San Marcos has been able to construct a total of 544 low-income housing units, not including the Alora project. “The fact that we have over 7% of our city’s housing as deed-restricted affordable housing stock is a really big deal,” Jones said. “It shows a commitment to a well-rounded community and well-rounded in terms of affordability. … This strategy is part of the reason why our city does not have a very large homeless population.” The Alora project was conceptualized in 2014 as part of ongoing discussions involving the city, county and Affirmed Housing, Griffin said. In 2020, the city issued a predevelopment loan to jump-start design work for the project, and in 2021 the development was approved for $6.25 million in funding from the county’s Innovative Housing Trust Fund. Additional funding for the project consists of $8.3 million in city money, a $10.7 million loan from Chase Bank and $14.58 million in federal tax credits, according to numbers provided by Affirmed Housing.

Franklin to leave City Council, to face Vargas for Vista mayor By Stephen Wyer

VISTA — Councilman John Franklin will be stepping down from his current seat on the Vista City Council to run for mayor against Vista Unified Trustee Cipriano Vargas. After serving as a council member representing District 4 in Vista for the last seven years, Franklin confirmed that he will be running this year to replace outgoing current Mayor Judy Ritter, who is retiring from the office. “The reason I’m running for mayor is that I truly believe that municipal leaders have to lead the way on a range of regional issues including homelessness and public safety…I’m looking for a clear mandate to speak up and be a voice for the people of Vista for a safer and cleaner community,” said Franklin. At the state and local level, Franklin expressed that political leaders have failed to provide meaningful solutions to problems of homelessness and crime

that he says are impacting the quality of life for Vista residents. As mayor, the councilman pledged to work closely with state and regional agencies to tackle the root causes of these issues while prioritizing transparency with his constituents. “Our system…is failing law-abiding citizens in our duty to protect them. It’s wrong and I’m asking you to join me in my fight to hold the right people accountable,” said Franklin. “I’m on a mission to educate the public, to change public opinion, and to solve these problems.” Elected to the City Council in 2014, and re-elected in 2018, Franklin has served as the city’s deputy mayor for three years during his time in office. Prior to his tenure on the city council, he served on the Vista Irrigation Board of Directors from 2012-2014 and was previously a congressional policy adviser and business owner in Vista.

Currently, Franklin sits on a variety of regional boards and committees, including the North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority, Encina Waterwaster Authority, and the city's Investment Advisory Committee. “Having done now almost eight years of service on the City Council…and with my colleagues having elected me for the third time to be the deputy mayor…I would say that my experience serving the community as a leader in the council has prepared me and given me a unique experiential advantage over other candidates who have never served on the council,” said Franklin. Ritter and Councilman Joe Green both endorsed Franklin’s candidacy. Ritter expressed that Franklin’s experience and leadership on the council make him the most qualified candidate to take over her position in November. “People need to have experience on the council

IN THE RACE to replace retiring Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, Vista City Councilman John Franklin, left, will face Vista Unified school board member Cipriano Vargas in the election this November. Courtesy photos/The Coast News graphic

before they just run for mayor, there’s a learning curve to being on a council and working with a group…I think that he’ll do what’s best for the whole city and not just for the district, I see him as being able to bring the council together and do what’s best for the entire city, so I support him for that reason,” Ritter said. The mayor also described Franklin as a council member deeply engaged

with the community and with the needs and concerns of Vista residents. “He truly cares about this city, he wants to make this his home. If people have issues…he follows through to make sure that issue gets taken care of, he brings it to fruition, and importantly he’s constantly listening to the public and to his constituents,” Ritter said. The only other candidate so far declared for

the city's mayoral race is Cipriano Vargas, president of the Governing Board of the Vista Unified School District. Vargas, who represents Trustee Area 4 in the school district, said that he’s running to lead the city in a new direction when it comes to issues of homelessness, housing affordability, and infrastructure. “I see an opportunity to move Vista in a new diTURN TO MAYOR ON 6


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wenty-eight offers and not even close! That is the number of offers on a home my wife and I recently looked at in Carlsbad. At the end of 2021, we decided this year was our year to move back to California. We want to live along the coast in San Diego. Like some millennial couples during Part 1 of the Covid-19 pandemic (I think we are living in Part 3 now), we relocated out of the costly Bay Area to Nevada. We had family we could be close to and luckily, we both would work remotely for our CA-based companies. We made a move, rented a spacious home in Summerlin, and my wife even got featured in the local newspaper for being a “remote worker.” Viva Las Vegas! But my wife and I grew up in SoCal, and after one year in Nevada, it just wasn’t a fit. We like to be close to the ocean, and that’s just not happening out there. So, we decided to make

the move back to Cali. At Christmas time, we began our Redfin and Zillow research of the two areas with great schools we love the most: Carlsbad and Encinitas. We got our loan pre-approval, interviewed local agents, and settled on a genuinely hands-on Carlsbad realtor who knows the town well. And we were off to the races! In the short time we’ve been actively looking in this market, we’ve learned that 1) homes are going significantly over the asking price, so be prepared to go there 2) it’s best to shorten the escrow period, and other contingency periods, 3) remove any asks such as requesting repairs or credits, 4) give the seller what they need, such as free rent back. And still no luck. What is causing this frenzy? A low supply of homes for sale and pentup high demand of buyers? Sure, I buy that. Is it a bunch of out-of-market folks like ourselves flooding the gorgeous San Diego market? Could be. But when homes are receiving offers significant-

ly over (10%-15%) the list price and the comps don’t support them, to borrow the title of Robert Shiller’s book, are we living in a moment of Irrational Exuberance? If you look at 2021, you see in some North County submarkets that homes have appreciated $100,000 every six months. When buying a house, should I offer the value of what I think it will be worth in six months rather than what it is worth today? Based on what someone paid for the house down the street yesterday? Tulip-mania indeed. Is this a short-term situation? Will this submarket change after March when the Fed is expected to raise interest rates? Or at the end of this year? I look at the submarkets and wonder, are we competing with 75 buyers or 30? If the latter, let’s all set up a meeting to organize around what neighborhood each of us wants to live in. The first round of beers at Pizza Port is on me. I guess until then, we’ll wait for the day we can get into our first home.

National blood shortage hits home


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he national blood shortage has reached our region, and the situation is critical for many local hospitals. While January has been designated National Blood Donor Month for over 50 years, people have not been stepping up to donate blood and maintain badly needed supplies as they have in the past. The San Diego Blood Bank has reported that donations have dropped significantly during the COVID crisis, even though donating blood is completely safe. One contributing factor involves treatments delayed in 2020 and 2021 that are now being scheduled, leading to an unprecedented increase in demand for

medical care — and more blood. Blood supplies at times have been so low that there is a real fear that lives will be lost. Severe increases in patient load, along with a reduction in staffing due in part to COVID, have not helped. The situation has become so serious that a mass casualty incident, even a four-car pile-up, could exhaust blood supplies. People with blood disorders are being seriously impacted, elective surgeries have been rescheduled/ delayed, one trauma center in Los Angeles had to shut down for hours because of blood shortages, and some hospitals here locally have been forced to contact neighboring hospitals for blood when treating multiple trauma cases.

At times, hospitals have been on the verge of deciding who to treat and who not to treat over lack of blood. There is a solution to this nationwide problem. People simply need to get back into the habit of donating blood — remember that just one donation can save up to three lives. To find a blood drive near you, please visit get-involved/covid-19/donate-blood. Let’s roll up our sleeves and start saving lives! Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Valley Center, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

look at the six national ZIP codes that contributed the most to the presidential campaign fund of President Biden through the summer and fall shows four were in California. Similarly, three California ZIP codes were among the top 10 in contributions to the 2020 reelection drive of President Trump. Contrast this to the total amount of time these candidates spent in the state that was most golden to them during the last two months of their hotly contested contest: three hours. That was how long Trump spent from the moment Air Force 1 — acting as a campaign plane for him — landed in Orange County for a fund-raiser where patrons paid $150,000 apiece. Biden never set foot here during that time. Both men totally ignored Californians without money to contribute. Of course, the sums Trump harvested at the Newport Beach home of a tech mogul didn’t go directly to his campaign, but rather to the national Republican Party, which quickly laundered almost all the cash and relayed it to Trump’s poverty-stricken operation, which had canceled several advertising buys in swing states like Iowa and Pennsylvania during the preceding week. So California continued as the ultimate campaign cash cow both in 2020 and through last fall. Californians also kicked in more money to U.S. Senate candidates in Arizona, Maine, Georgia and North Carolina than anyone but residents of those states themselves. Californians also did plenty of national volunteer work, not only for presidential candidates but also in races for the Senate and House. One common tactic: California volunteers bought and hand-wrote hundreds of postcards addressed to individual voters in states with key races. The parties then shipped those cards to the states involved, where they would be tossed in mailboxes and delivered, looking like personal appeals from neighbors or near-neighbors. No candidate who benefited from those infusions of Californians’ money and time ever said much to those who contributed. It’s a role the nation’s largest state became accustomed to after the anti-illegal immigrant 1994 Proposition 187 passed and spurred 2.5 million Latino immigrants to become citizens and register to vote. Almost all signed up as Democrats, and this onetime swing state quickly turned predictably blue. California has been so heavily Democratic since that Hispanic voter regis-

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tration flood that in 2016, it provided the entire 3 million-plus-vote margin by which Trump lost the national popular vote. That has also produced a political climate in Sacramento where the few elected Republican legislators have zero influence. They can’t stop tax increases that require twothirds majorities in both the Assembly and state Senate. And their situation figures to grow worse after this fall. This means the only real disputes among lawmakers are over how far to go with liberal policies like easing prison terms and trying to densify housing everywhere in California. It’s almost as if there are three parties in the Legislature, so-called progressive Democrats and moderate Democrats, with Republicans a distant third. It has also meant that California’s 40 million people are ignored by presidential candidates except in the spring primary, when this state’s votes are substantially diluted by the proportional representation rules imposed by national Democrats, which usually preclude clear primary winners. Presidential candidates make promises in Iowa on subjects like ethanol and farm subsidies, trying to win that state’s paltry six electoral votes. They promise continued fracking and coal mining in Pennsylvania, hoping to grab 20 electoral votes. But they need make no promises to get California’s 54 electoral votes because everyone knows those are going Democratic. Essentially, 100 million Americans are disenfranchised by the current system of voting by state, followed by the Electoral College. Smaller states don’t care about that. They correctly say they’d be ignored under a national popular vote system. But California, Illinois, New York and Massachusetts are ignored because they are considered Democratic property by both parties, while Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, the Dakotas, Missouri and most Southern states are similarly neglected as immovably Republican. This system makes some Americans more American than others and it must be changed, or someday, somehow, someone or some state or group of states will rebel or secede. Email Thomas Elias at


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Infrastructure funds seen as key to SR 78 interchange fixes By Steve Puterski

OCEANSIDE — For commuting residents, it’s no secret the interchange on state Route 78 and Vista Way to enter southbound Interstate 5 needs an upgrade. The issue has been a source of consternation and debate for motorists and politicians alike for decades, but relief could be on the horizon. Congressman Mike Levin (D-CA), County Supervisor Jim Desmond and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear held a joint press conference on Jan. 24 in Oceanside to announce a potential way to fund upgrades to the intersection at SR 78 and Vista Way. Levin, who described the interchange as a “nightmare” incapable of handling the high volume of cars currently utilizing the roadway, said he is working on securing funds from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to get design and engineering components for the interchange off the ground. The congressman, San Diego County and SANDAG all must work with Caltrans and press the priority of the project to help secure federal funds, Levin said. “Many of our roads and bridges are crumbling,” Levin said. “In some places, like the interchange … our highways are in desperate need of improvements. The bipartisan infrastructure law will address all that.” Desmond said the interchange has been neglected for far too long, noting the intersections’ stoplight serves as a chokepoint with a ripple effect down the highway, leaving motorists with long wait times to turn south onto I-5 from the westbound lane of SR 78. Additionally, Desmond, Levin and Blakespear said


ilar resolution at a future meeting, the city could establish campsites for the homeless that would include restrooms, trash cans, fencing and various services provided by social workers and local law enforcement. “The number of residents experiencing homelessness continues to increase…If you ask someone in Vista, ‘Do you know or have you recently seen someone sleeping in their car?' The answer is yes,” said Contreras. “The people of Vista really want solutions…What we want to establish in Vista is a structured approach to reducing and eliminating homelessness, which requires that we meet people where they’re at right now.” Given the number of homeless individuals who already sleep in their cars or camp out unlawfully on city property, Contreras expressed that it makes sense for Vista to condense such activity into designated living spaces that can be effectively supervised and enforced. Resident Peter Kuchin-

according to Coleen Clementson, director of regional planning for SANDAG. Levin said the early studies and work will cost

between $10 million to $15 million. The cost of construction is unknown at this point and there is no official timeline for the project, ac-

cording to Levin. As for what the potential new interchange may look like, Clementson said designs must be studied to

ensure a positive maximum impact for motorists. Desmond noted another chokepoint is the I-15 and SR 78 interchange, and while that interchange has not been addressed, the potential for the I-5 project is welcoming news. “This is exactly how things should be working,” Desmond said, echoing comments by Levin about bipartisanship. “Our parties working together to bring federal dollars to better the lives of San Diegans. Road projects have gotten the short end of the stick, in my opinion, with the new SANDAG plan.” Blakespear said SANDAG’s plan calls for connecting all managed lanes, while she also hopes the plan will lead to more carpooling to help reduce emissions. SANDAG identified transportation emissions as the biggest source of emissions and the regional plan estimates cutting those by 19% by 2035. “This supercharges the programs we have in our SANDAG regional plan,” Blakespear said, who also serves as chair of SANDAG. “The regional plan looks out 30 years to 2050 and says what transportation improvements do we want to have in this county, and this is one of them.” Levin has been active in his attempts to secure funds from the infrastructure bill, as he announced last week $30.5 million for the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project and $1.8 million for the Oceanside Special Shoreline Study, along with pledges for trenching the railroad tracks in Carlsbad Village, the Coastal Rail Trail Bridge and Pacific Terrace Bridge.

ing the site. Additionally, Blakespear noted that occupants of these sites have to pass background checks and must be drug- and alcohol-free before being allowed into the program. “We have meticulously followed the data on this and there have been no negative neighborhood consequences in Encinitas, we don’t have safety concerns… the bottom line is it’s helped people and hurt no one,” Blakespear said. Ritter, however, expressed strong opposition to Safe Camping sites, arguing that the implementation of such a plan would exacerbate Vista’s homelessness problem by making the city a magnet for unhoused persons coming in from other cities. “When you look at Encinitas, I read from reports that three-fourths of the people at these parking lots aren’t even from Encinitas, and the people there aren’t happy in those neighborhoods…I don’t see that bringing in people from other places and having a safe parking or safe camping area would be good for improving the image of our city,” Ritter said.

“We’re already looking at putting a new homeless shelter here in Vista, now you’re looking at putting a Safe Camping site…I don’t know if you’re trying to make Vista the homeless capital of North County or what but I would not be in support of this.” Melendez refuted the mayor’s comments, arguing that the safe camping proposal would be an effective way of organizing the homeless, particularly families, into safer and more serviceable areas. “These folks are already here, they’re already camping, people are already sleeping in their cars. There’s not a demand for this that we’re creating with this plan, the demand is already there,” Melendez said. Contreras took exception to the Ritter’s remarks, which she said were “based on misconceptions about homelessness and behavioral health.” “It is very sad to hear that by creating interventions that people need, that it’s suddenly going to make this a homeless capital, that’s heartbreaking,” she said.

Safe parking and camping programs are far from safe in practice, only exacerbate homelessness, and are a misuse of city resources, according to Chris Megison, president of Solutions for Change, a homeless services nonprofit that operates in the North County area. Megison criticized the council’s vote, which he said reflects a misguided focus on short-term solutions that look good to the public but do little to address the actual challenges faced by the unhoused. “The way I would respond to the city on this is that this is not the kind of intervention that’s going to lead to longer-term solutions…why are you spending time, money, and effort on this kind of intervention strategy when you could be doing something to address the real problems facing the homeless, namely rampant drug addiction and mental health? I’m just really disappointed by the leadership of Vista,” Megison said. Megison also disputed Blakespear’s claims that the Encinitas program has been a success, arguing that the city’s Safe Parking Program has only magnified the neg-

ative impacts of homelessness on the surrounding communities. “The Encinitas mayor is straight out lying or being lied to…the people staying in these places are suffering, they’re stuck there…I can’t imagine the numbers you’re looking at to call this a success — I mean what do you define as a success, people living in parking lots?” While Blakespear acknowledged the Safe Parking program isn’t a long-term fix to homelessness, she emphasized the importance of the program as a stop-gap measure that provides relief for the unhoused and alleviates some of the pressure that homelessness puts on communities. “Homelessness doesn’t just get better on its own… if we want change, we have to provide different options for people,” she said. “Vista already has this population in its city, so do we get in front of this or do we let it grow and grow and grow? Of course, there are structural problems to be addressed… but we need as city leaders to say what can we do as leaders to get in front of this problem — and I think that’s preferable to inaction.”

U.S. REP. MIKE LEVIN said he’s looking to secure federal funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to fund upgrades to the intersection at SR 78 and Vista Way. Photo by Steve Puterski

the upgrade will also help alleviate greenhouse gas emissions, bring a steadier flow of traffic and reduce congestion. Just last month, the much-needed upgrade was one of more than a dozen highway projects scrapped from SANDAG’s 2021 Regional Transportation Plan, which focuses on improvements to transit, installing managed lanes, otherwise known as toll roads, transit hubs and technology on the county’s freeway system. In a 2019 report, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave California a “C-” for its infrastructure, noting the “state’s infrastructure renewal and replacement programs have been significantly underfunded for a long time.” For the potential SR-78 interchange project, SANDAG and Caltrans must also conduct a study on the targeted intersection for environmental impacts, traffic, emissions and total cost, sky wrote in support of the program and suggested a parking lot alongside the Jim Porter Recreation Center at Brengle Terrace Park could serve as a possible test site. Council members also discussed modeling a safe camping/parking zone after a similar program that was enacted in Encinitas in 2020. Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear called into the meeting and spoke in favor of Vista implementing such a proposal, touting the “unqualified success” of Encinitas’s Safe Parking Program. “The Safe Parking Program has been a great step in a homelessness prevention program,” Blakespear said. “It’s a recognition of the reality that we don’t have enough actual housing, that there are people living in places where they need help, and we don’t want them to end up on the streets.” Jewish Family Service, a regional nonprofit that also runs two other such operations in San Diego, operates the Safe Parking Program in Encinitas and there is no direct financial cost to the city for maintain-

ENCINITAS MAYOR Catherine Blakespear, from left, U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) and County Supervisor Jim Desmond held a Jan. 24 press conference to discuss potential upgrades on Route 78 and Vista Way in Oceanside. Steve Photo by Steve Puterski


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rection, we have new challenges we need to tackle — as the school board president, I see issues of homelessness, housing instability that affects the families that make up our community — I want to make sure that we have a candidate to represent the dynamic needs of our community,” Vargas told The Coast News. Despite his previous lack of council experience, Vargas is confident in citing his experience on the school board as preparing him to take on a leadership role for the city. “I’m the president of the largest employer in the City of Vista with a budget of $290 million, an agency with a bigger budget and significantly more employ-

mitted in writing to or mailed to the attention of the city clerk’s office, Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista.

for four are available for reservations at $25 per table. Day-of event admission is free, but unreserved seating is based on first- come, first-served availability.

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Drop in for Paws For Reading from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. For ages 5 to 12. Read aloud to certified Love on a Leash pet therapy dogs for fun or to help improve reading skills.

The Kook Run 10K and 5K Race will be held Feb. 13 in Encinitas. Kick off Super Bowl Sunday by racing down the Coast Highway 101, with epic views of the Pacific Ocean. Register at



North San Diego County Genealogical Society will present a “Salt Lake City Prep Class“ virtually 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9 in GoToMeeting format. Free, reservation not required. TO FIND YOUR HEART in Carlsbad Village on Feb. 12-13, be Visit for link. on the lookout for hand-blown glass hearts hidden at iconic Information: e-mail slc@nslocations in the Village. Courtesy photo information, visit sdzsafar- 4S Ranch Commons Feb. 7; lunch at Bobby’s Hideaway Café, Carlsbad Feb. 9; Walk Guajome Park, Oceanside with meal at Coyote Vista Café, Vista Feb. 11 and SOUPER BOWL The Village Church in lunch at Tommy V’s Urban Rancho Santa Fe will de- Kitchen, Carlsbad Feb. 15. liver food to area missions Reservations are required as part of Souper Bowl at (760) 696-3502 Sunday. On Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, INLAND SUPPORT GROUP Rancho Santa Fe, soup will An inland Parkinson’s be collected after worship Support Group meets 10 services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 7 at San a.m. You can also donate by Rafael Church, 17252 Bermailing a check to Village nardo Center Drive, RanChurch, PO Box 704, Ran- cho Bernardo. Call 760-749cho Santa Fe, CA 92067 and 8234 or 760-518-1963 with mark Souper Bowl in the questions. check memo.

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Play chess with the Knights Realm Chess Club for ages 6-12 on Mondays 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. 65+ FREE AT SAFARI PARK Kalmia St., Escondido. All The San Diego Zoo Sa- levels welcome. fari, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, invites WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS guests ages 65 and older to The Catholic Widows visit for free throughout the and Widowers of North entire month of February. County support group for During Seniors Free month, those who desire to foster seniors may present their friendships through various valid photo ID upon arrival social activities will Hapand gain free admission to py Hour/Dinner, Capri Blu the Safari Park. For more Wine Bar and Italian Bistro,


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ees than the city council, and I’ve been engaging communities in this city on the budget…during the pandemic, putting safety on the forefront while partnering with the County Health and Human Services Agency, and in doing work with the county in supporting small businesses and nonprofits in this community,” Vargas said. Vargas also took aim at Franklin’s record on the council, expressing the councilman has had limited success when it comes to the most significant issues facing Vista. “I’m running because I see an opportunity to lead the city in a better direction, when you look at the city council on homelessness and housing, Franklin’s been there but what has he actually done to tackle these issues? I see

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In downtown Carlsbad Village, Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, be on the lookout for unique, hand-blown glass hearts, courtesy of Barrio Glassworks. The hearts will be hidden at iconic locations in the Village. Find one and you are done with the hunt, and it is all yours to keep. But be sure to register your heart, online, for a chance to win a private glassblowing experience courtesy of Barrio Glassworks.


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.

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The Hidden Valley Vista City Council of Beta Sigma Phi International will hold its Queens Court Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Sundance Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, Escondido. Reservations at (760) 743-3459 by Feb. 7.

Let yourself get swept away ... by reading a little romance. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22, discuss the book “Super Fake Love Song” by David Yoon, eat some food and more at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Register at and then pick up a copy of the book at the Youth Services Desk.

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North San Diego County Genealogical Society will hold a free live webinar 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8. Cynde Durnford-Branecki will present “Social Media for Genealogists.” Registration is required at For questions e-mail web- WATCH THE BIG GAME Pala Casino Spa Resort, off 1-5 and Highway REDISTRICTING HEARING 76, offers a free Big Game A public hearing re- watch party Feb. 13 at Luis garding city council redis- Rey’s Sports Bar on the 14’ tricting will be held at 6 HD jumbotron starting at p.m. Feb. 8 in the Vista Civic 2:30 p.m. For more informaCenter Council Chambers, tion, or to book a table call: 200 Civic Center Drive, Vis- (877) 725-2766 and mention ta. Comments may be sub- offer PalaMVP22. Tables that I need to step in and lead," Vargas said. Vargas’s campaign has been endorsed by council members Corinna Conteras and Katie Melendez. The two candidates offered differing perspectives when it came to tackling homelessness, with Vargas expressing that he sees homelessness in Vista as largely an issue of poverty and affordable housing. “The city has done a good job and needs to increase access to market-rate housing, to increase housing for middle-lower income level families. When people can’t get those opportunities, that’s when people either move away or end up homeless,” the school board president said. “How do we work and have a strategic plan beneficial to the entire region…

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

interconnected with good jobs and making sure that… people have a living wage, can pay for the resources they need to support a family, for housing and other things?” By contrast, Franklin emphasized that providing housing in itself is not enough, as those on the streets suffering from mental illness and/or drug addiction cannot successfully reintegrate into their communities without services that specifically address those underlying issues. During the homeless encampment sweeps in Vista that have been ongoing for several months, Franklin notes that while nearly 500 unhoused persons were offered housing and other services by city social workers, only around 50 of those individuals accepted assistance.


The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will gather for lunch at Luna Grill, The Shoppes at Carlsbad Feb. 23. Reservations are required at (760) 696-3502. “The approach we’re taking right now is not working…what do you do with people who won’t accept help voluntarily, who suffer from real diseases that are mentally and physically destroying their bodies?” Franklin advocated investing more in drug rehabilitation services and mental health treatment programs, arguing that treating these conditions is a prerequisite to getting unhoused persons off the streets. “It’s critical that I as an elected leader can look into the eyes of citizens and say that we offered not just housing but drug rehab, mental health services, physical health, transportation…we have to look at what makes the total difference for the majority of the homeless population.”

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Year of the Tiger could be wild one


ong xi fa cai! I want to wish you all a bountiful Lunar New Year of the Tiger, 4720. We get to celebrate for 16 days and wear my favorite color — red. I really like that in a holiday. Chinese New Year starts on the day after the first New Moon that falls between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 — this year, that’s Feb. 1. I love a chance to fill the coming year with luck. I especially like an alternative to the always-disappointing St. Valentine’s Day. Now, don’t call me bitter. It’s a great day if you’re 12 or under. Otherwise, men see it as a plot to make them say and do nice things against their will, and women just expect too much. Let’s get back to the holiday that provides parties and really wonderful food. Get out your fireworks, and watch for money in pretty, red envelopes. I am, of course, looking for anyone willing to invite me over for some pork dumplings, spring rolls, fish soup, savory noodles and tangerines. Not only are they delicious, but as you slurp, you fill your new year with good fortune. The Year of the Tiger is pretty glamorous, and is for those born after Feb. 1 in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and 2022. Legend holds that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on New Year’s Day and named a year after each of the 12 animals that came. (See! Sometimes all you have to do is show up.) The animals in the Chinese calendar are Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey and Rooster. The four signs are Water, Fire, Wood and Earth. I swallowed hard as I read that 4720 might be a something of a wild ride. Tiger signs are said to be powerful, rebellious, dynamic, adventurous, fiery, impulsive and unpredictable. I was relieved to hear, though, that tigers typically have strong ethics and are known to be an animal that expels all evil. And according to Chinese astrology reports, the water tiger — the animal being ushered in with this Lunar New Year — is also less aggressive and more open-minded than TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 14


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Candidates line up to challenge Assembly incumbents By Stephen Wyer

REGION — The campaigns for Assembly district races in North County are heating up, with a plethora of candidates lining up to unseat incumbent Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) and Assemblywoman Laurie Davies (R-Laguna Niguel) in this year’s elections. Maienschein represents California’s 76th District, which was redrawn by redistricting maps unveiled in December. The new district runs from San Marcos as far south as Poway and includes communities such as Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe and Rancho Bernardo. So far, candidates that have declared their intent to run against Maienschein include June Cutter, an attorney and small business owner who unsuccessfully ran against Maienschein in 2020, and Kristie BruceLane, Olivenhain Municipal Water District official and outspoken activist on homelessness. Cutter and BruceLane are Republicans. Laurie Davies, who formerly represented Assembly District 73, now represents the newly formed District 74, which extends from San Juan Capistrano as far south as Oceanside and Vista. Candidates that have declared their intent to run against Davies so far include Laurie Girand, a business owner and author, and San Clemente Mayor Pro Tem Chris Duncan, a former Homeland Security attorney who ran against Davies in 2020 (both Girand and Duncan are Democrats). In what is now Assembly District 77, extending from Carlsbad all the way down to Imperial Beach, the current field of candidates appears to be clear for incumbent Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas). Republican Melanie Burkholder, who failed to unseat Horvath in the 2020 election, recently announced that she suspended her 2022 campaign due to the unfavorable effects that redistricting had on Republican prospects in the district. In 2020, Burkholder lost to Boerner Horvath by more than 27,000 votes, a 10-point difference. Political analysts have previously said that the newly formed District 77 favors Democrats, as the district is heavily coastal, encompassing communities such as Pacific Beach, La Jolla and Point Loma, all traditionally left-leaning areas. Similarly, redistricting had favorable effects for Democratic prospects in District 74, which was previously reliable for Republicans but is now competitive, according to Carl Luna, a political scientist at the University of San Diego. “[Laurie] Davies was very safe in the old District 73, now she’s not very safe at all because of the changes in voter demographics brought about by redistricting,” Luna said. By contrast, Maien-

NORTH COUNTY candidates for California State Assembly seats, from left, Kristie Bruce-Lane, Tasha Boerner Horvath, Chris Duncan, June Cutter, Brian Maienschein, Laurie Davies and Laurie Girand. Courtesy photos/The Coast News graphic

schein’s seat in District 76 (formerly District 77) has become more competitive for Republicans than it was in 2020, Luna said, as the new district now takes in inland areas that tend to lean more conservatively, such as San Marcos, Escondido, and Rancho Santa Fe. AD 74 Presently, it appears Girand and Duncan are leading the way for Democrats in their attempt to unseat Davies this November.Girand, a political newcomer, has a varied background as a candidate that includes a career as a computer programmer, owning her own consulting business, and serving as a school board member. Girand originally got involved in political activism when her three-year-old daughter was poisoned in an E. coli outbreak from unpasteurized juice. In running for office in District 74, Girand said that she’s going to continue her fight for social reform at the state level, specifically when it comes to issues of homelessness, California’s high cost of living, and climate change. “We’re on the cusp of some very important problems that have the potential to devastate California, including the unaffordability of housing, healthcare, and climate change,” Girand said. Conversely, Davies maintains that she’s proud of her record as a policymaker. “Just because I’m in the minority party doesn’t mean I can’t get things done…I’ve made a difference, I’ve worked across the aisle to get things done, I’ve found moderate Democrats and people with the same mentality to work together on getting bills passed,” Davies said. Davies said that six bills she initiated in the state legislature have been signed into law since she took office in 2021. Duncan submitted the following statement to The Coast News: “As a homeland security attorney, federal prosecutor and now as Mayor Pro Tem of San Clemente, I have a long record

of bringing people together, regardless of party, to keep our country and community safe and prosperous with honesty and integrity. “As we emerge from the pandemic, our area needs representatives who understand the issues that local families face and have the commitment to work hard and get results. This fight isn’t new to me – it’s what I’ve always done - focus on independent, common-sense solutions.” AD 76 In District 76, Cutter and Bruce-Lane are vying to unseat Maienschein, who has held the Assembly seat since 2014. Cutter, who ran against Maienschein in 2020, said she thinks that redistricting has helped Republican chances of winning the district, and expressed that her

increased name recognition will give her a better chance of defeating Maienschein than in the last election. A 20-year litigator in business and employment law, Cutter has owned two businesses and served as a representative on a number of regional bodies, including a local parent-teacher association and the California Women’s Leadership Association. Cutter expressed strong opposition to the SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan — a robust and controversial transportation plan aimed at helping San Diego reduce emissions and improve public transit — in particular criticizing the plan for raising taxes on county residents whom she said are overtaxed already (the plan is estimated to cost​​ $162.5 billion). “Before we impose

something like this, we need to consider the impact that it’s going to have on middle and working-class families,” she said. In contrast to Cutter, Bruce-Lane emphasized her political experience, having served as an elected member on San Diego’s Water Board. Bruce-Lane, who has a corporate background in agricultural health care, has held a number of positions both in the San Diego community and in the nonprofit sector; she’s a member of the county’s Regional Task Force on Homelessness, serves on the Homeless Services Subcommittee for the Salvation Army, and is the founder and president of The Thumbprint Project Foundation—a nonprofit that assists homeless children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

Bruce-Lane lambasted the “dysfunction” of the current state legislature in Sacramento, arguing the state’s policies have worsened problems of homelessness, crime and high taxes. “We’ve seen the damage that bad policies create in our communities, we need to keep our kids safe, our families safe, and our communities safe…I have the background politically and the professional experience to go to Sacramento and enact legislation that works…implementing common-sense policies that work.” Like Cutter, BruceLane leveled heavy criticism at Maienschein, whom she called the “poster boy for Sacramento dysfunction.” “He’s the invisible Brian Maienschein, he’s not even present in his community…I’m visible in the community, people see me,” Bruce-Lane said. “He has voted for every policy that is driving our friends and neighbors out of the state… He’s failed miserably on public safety, he’s done nothing to address the growing homeless problem, yet supports a liberal agenda that raises the cost of living.” Maienschein could not be reached for comment. Bruce-Lane emphasized that she’s the more viable candidate for Republicans aiming to unseat Maienschein. “For me, I’m already an elected official, I know how to run and win a race, I’ve demonstrated an ability to govern already, I’ve already served my community for so many years working on important issues prior to putting my name on the ballot, and that’s important.”

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Vista magnet school makes growing a part of learning jano’s garden jano nightingale


oung students in Melanie Master’s third-grade science class have not only found a way to enjoy looking at insects, but also how to grow their lunch! The Casita Center for Technology, Science & Math in Vista, a Vista Unified School District magnet school, not only has a fullfledged outdoor raised bed garden project going strong, but also has initiated the Kitchen Lab that produces healthy vegetable lunches once a week. According to principal Jenny Chien, “We are introducing our students to international foods and food preparation right here in our garden.” One week, she said, students prepared “salad from all the greens in our plots, and our teachers have created recipes for salad dressings that originate in three different countries.” The Casita Center is an International Baccalaureate World School with a STEM focus, “whose aim is to develop internationally mind-



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Head of Encinitas Ballet, owner Sayat Asatryan, applauds student Elisa Schroeder of Encinitas for being accepted to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy for its 2022 Summer Intensive program. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS

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ed people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful planet.” Although this mission has a large and far-reaching format, Chien and her talented staff have taken on the yeoman task of not only developing indoor and outdoor gardens, but a garden-based curriculum and the Kitchen Lab as well. The students became so interested in finding Monarch butterflies on the school grounds that they set up a fund-raising project to purchase milkweed and Pink Lady caterpillars. Josie, one of Ms. Master’s students, raised $600 by selling cookies she and her mother baked themselves. They later visited a native plant nursery to purchase the milkweed that the female Monarchs need for producing caterpillars. The Butterfly Garden is now one of the favorite workplaces for all the students in the science classes, and is also supervised by a garden consultant from the Sage Program. Caroline, one of the students visiting the Butterfly Garden with Therisa Cash’s class, summed all up, “I like how peaceful it is out here just watching the wildlife and working with the plants.

FOOD STEWARDS Many other schools are investing in garden projects such as those at the Casita Center, and one of the stewards of the school garden movement in San Diego is Mim Michelove. Mim Michelove is the co-founder and director of Healthy Day, an organization that is responsible for creating two certified-organic, school district-owned farms in Encinitas — the first of their kind in the country. She is currently at work in National City, helping local school districts create farm-to-school garden programs that give all 6,000 elementary students access to a healthy, locally sourced school lunches. For more information about volunteering or fundSTUDENTS at Casita Center for Technology, Science & Math are caretakers of the Monarch ing this project, visit the Butterfly Garden at the Vista school. Photo by Jano Nightingale Healthy Day website at We get to see not only the fe- dren who are interested in month, “As the coronavirus male Monarchs landing on starting their own backyard surges and winter storms START A GARDEN! the milkweed, but we watch garden, visit the Master snarl traffic, shoppers are For more information the caterpillars turn into Gardener Association of desperately looking for di- about starting a garden, or butterflies as well!” San Diego County website etary staples that are usual- spreading the word about at ly easy to access.” your school or community BRING YOUR And check out my preThe article goes on to garden, contact me at janosGARDEN HOME vious columns on The Coast suggest that shoppers re- It is the hope of the News website, such as the search local food delivery principal and staff at Casi- recent “Create a Window services through CommuJano Nightingale is ta Center that some of the Box Salad Garden.” nity Supported Agriculture a Master Gardener and students’ interest in grow(CSA) at Horticulturist and teaches ing their own food can be FOOD SHORTAGES? san-diego-ca/csa or visit gardening classes at the Carlscarried out at their homes EXPLORE LOCAL OPTIONS weekly farmers markets bad Senior Center. Contact as well. According to a San Di- that are held in most North her for class information @ For parents and chil- ego Union-Tribune story last County cities.

Annika Salz of Torrey Pines High School were named as candidates in the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. A panel of educators will review these submissions and select approximately 600 semifinalists in early April. The most recent SDUHSD student to progress from candidate to semifinalist to official U.S. Presidential Scholar was Christina Wooden from Canyon Crest Academy in 2020.

San Diego, Jordan Dubroy of San Marcos and Alexis Friedman of Oceanside were named to the Hofstra University fall 2021 dean’s list. • Elliha Baker and Leilani Baker of San Diego were named to the Freed-Hardeman University president’s list. • Melanie Goetz and Melody Vega of Oceanside and Kennedy Olsen, Lauryn Ward and Megan Ward of San Marcos earned Dixie State University dean’s list recognition for the fall 2021 semester. • Lucas Luwa of Rancho Santa Fe earned the distinction of faculty honors for fall 2021 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. • Adrien Cao and Steffanie Yeung of San Marcos and Andy Yu of Encinitas earned the distinction of dean’s list at the Georgia Institute of Technology for fall 2021.

Ayesha Zantt, Leticia Mora Vargas, Sylvia Madison, Athena Altman, Tre Davis, Steven Lee, Mya Foster, Taffarol Wedderburn, Alfred Negron, Elizabeth Abebe, Maria Martinez, Aaron Alcorn, Johnathon Hardy and Brian Moran, all of Oceanside; Wyatt Ogle and Nicholas Romero of Carlsbad; Sean Miosek, Naveen Gill and Kyle Sitarsk of San Marcos and Katie Poznanski of San Diego earned degrees from University of Maryland Global Campus in fall 2021. • Isabel Smith of Rancho Santa Fe graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic on Dec. 17. • Dylan Cummiford, business administration, and Akina Shanie Goodson, human resource management, both of Oceanside, earned degrees from Park University in fall 2021.




• Cade Windham of Oceanside has been named to the Knox College dean’s list of distinguished students for the 2021 fall term. • Carthage College has named Danielle Aiello from Carlsbad to its dean’s list for academic excellence during the fall 2021 semester. • Annmarie Walker of Oceanside has been named to the McDaniel College fall 2021 dean’s list with highest honors. • Elizabeth R. Bruch of Del Mar was named to the dean’s list at the University of Alaska Southeast. • Matthew Anderson of San Diego has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the 2021 fall semester. • Ryan Camarata of San Diego was named to Elmhurst University’s fall 2021 dean’s list. • Trevor Dalton of San Marcos and Caitlin Sullivan of Solana Beach were named to the University of Rhode Island fall 2021 dean’s list. • Leilah Abelman of

• Graduates from the University of Alabama included Taraneh Barjesteh of Encinitas, bachelor of science in chemistry; Ryan Culp of Encinitas, master of science; Kaley Duff of San Diego, bachelor of arts in communication & information sciences; Lauren Kostuke of Carlsbad, master of business administration; Selina Martinez of Carlsbad, bachelor of science in human environmental sciences and Maxwell Parker of Solana Beach, bachelor of science in commerce & business administration. • David Poblano,

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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 day-to-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

Silvergate San Marcos resident, Dolores Graham.

added benefit of a close-knit community. For seniors questioning when to make a move, boutique senior living could be the solution to living more independently. “Many seniors have themselves convinced that remaining in their home gives them independence,” said Joan Rink-Carroll, who serves as the Executive Director at Silvergate San Marcos. “In reality, they often become less social, more isolated and more dependent on outside help, especially from family. Our boutique community encourages involvement in day-to-day activities, and lets seniors enjoy their own time again. Of course, if they need support, award-winning care is here if and when they ever need it.” The Answer to Isolation at Home The planned social activities and regularly scheduled events at Silvergate offer the opportunities for camaraderie many seniors are looking for. Because being socially engaged and staying physically active are key to remaining healthy, Silvergate’s Activities Team works diligently to provide fun-filled

activities year-round, including: group fitness classes such as yoga, tai chi, and strength training as well as social clubs and exciting offsite excursions, like trips to the Del Mar Race Track, the Old Globe Theater and the Hotel Del Coronado. “I moved to Silvergate because I wanted more of a connected community of neighbors and friends,” said Dolores Graham, who visited Silvergate several times on her journey to selecting a senior living community. She found the size of Silvergate’s campus and the number of residents more appealing than a large retirement community environment. “I have everything I need here. There’s a hair salon here…great activities and events…and all the amazing food I could want. I’m happy to have found the right community for me.” Other boutique services at Silvergate include maintenance-free living, chef-prepared cuisine, extended ducation classes, private transportation services, weekly housekeeping, and the scheduling of doctors’ appointments – all taken care of by Silvergate’s professional staff. About Silvergate San Marcos Come experience what a boutique community looks and feels like firsthand. Book a private tour of Silvergate San Marcos today and enjoy lunch on us. For details, call David Nelson at (760) 744-4484. General information at Silvergate can be found at Silvergate is located at 1550 Security Place, San Marcos, CA 92078.

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The amazing Shake Shack lands in Carlsbad lick the plate david boylan


here was a time a few years back when decent burgers in the area were few and far between. And I’m not referring to the gastro public house trendy burgers with fancy Australian beef and an egg and so many other toppings on top it was difficult to tell it was a burger. I’m talking about a simple, classic burger with minimal toppings cooked on a flattop that’s reasonably sized. The past couple of years have brought an influx of solid burger options to North County, including Hamburger Hut, Five Guys, Habit. Now with the addition of probably the most hyped burger chain ever in Shake Shack, we have officially become a burger lovers paradise. The original Shack opened in 2004 in New York City’s Madison Square Park and has expanded to more than 350 locations in 27 states and more than 100 international locations. Our local spot is in Carlsbad at The Beacon at La Costa and marks Shake Shack's sixth San Diego location along with Little Italy, Downtown, Mission Valley, Westfield UTC and Del Mar. Speaking of The Beacon, if you are not familiar it’s that somewhat hidden

A BURGER, fries and shake are the way to go at the new Shake Shack at The Beacon La Costa, at La Costa Avenue and El Camino Real in Carlsbad. Photo courtesy Katalyst Public Relations

shopping center up on the hill on El Camino Real and La Costa Avenue that is poised for a comeback, and given the huge appeal of Shake Shack and the throngs of people already packing it, the surrounding businesses are sure to be discovered by those folks. It is home to a collection of restaurants and shops that include Equinox Luxury Fitness Club and Spa, Lofty Coffee Co., Wise Ox, Glow Theory, One Medical, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and the fabulous La Costa Wine Co. One thing I will say up front about Shake Shack, especially a new one, is that it’s going to be busy, all the time. Don’t go if you’re in a hurry, and I would advise

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o…did you see the beer news? There has been a lot of it. Green Flash and Alpine Brewing was purchased by a cannabis conglomerate. According to San Diego Beer News, Rouleur Brewing is expanding again. And, oh, by the way, Molson Coors is shutting down the Saint Archer brand entirely, and selling the brewery and tasting room facilities to Kings & Convicts Brewing Company. Umm, what? Are these guys on some sort of Craigslist for breweries I don’t know about? You probably know the (originally) Chicago-based Kings & Convicts name as they made a huge splash in San Diego when they purchased the iconic Ballast Point brand and brewing operations from Constellation Brands just a few years after they bought them for a

billion dollars. That isn’t a typo. Constellation Brands gave up on the brand less than half a decade after paying $1,000,000,000. According to a joint release from Molson Coors and Kings & Convicts, the Saint Archer brand will no longer be produced and Kings & Convicts will be moving all of their production operations to San Diego after originally planning a 50,0000 square foot brewery in Wisconsin and even breaking ground there in 2019. The purchase includes the former Saint Archer brewery and tasting room in Miramar and the tasting room in Leucadia. According to the press release, they plan to retain all the current operations and tasting room team members at both locations. “We are excited for the acquisition of the brewing facility and taprooms, as well as the talented production and taproom staff,” said Brendan Watters, Kings & Convicts co-owner and CEO. Check out the full column on

eating it on premise on their nice patio as this food just seems so much better coming right out of the kitchen. OK, let’s talk about those burgers, those glorious burgers, made from 100% custom Angus beef blend, never frozen, no hormones or antibiotics ever and humanely raised and grazed in the USA. That’s good stuff folks and I’m assuming based on the flavor it’s a nice fatty blend of happy beef. There are a few options on the menu, and while they are worth exploring, stick with the basics first. The ShackBurger is the way to go, and it is all that and then some. It’s a simple cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and ShakeSauce and that’s really all you need. I could

power down two of these no problem with some crinkle cut fries, Shack-made lemonade and, of course, a shake for after. They could just offer this mix on their menu, and I would be fine with that. The burger, fries and shake are best in class and the lemonade is a nice non-soda option to wash it down. While I’m on the simple-is-good part of the menu, I should note there is a basic hamburger and cheeseburger with your choice of toppings and a delightful looking grilled cheese with American cheese on a potato bun. I will also admit to trying and loving the Chick’n Shack and the Flat-Top Hot Dog that is split and grilled to perfection.

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Then, of course, they have their more elaborate options like the SmokeShack, a cheeseburger with Niman Ranch applewood-smoked bacon, chopped cherry peppers and ShakeSauce. In the “I’ll leave this to the vegetarians” category, there is a ‘Shroom Burger with a crisp fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheese with lettuce, tomato and ShakeSauce. The Shak-

eStack is a variation of that with a cheeseburger topped with a ‘Shroom Burger. It could be argued that the sweet side of the Shake Shack menu is as delectable as the savory. I went with a simple chocolate shake to share, which made my very happy lunch even happier. The chocolate pie with chocolate ganache toasted oat pie is hand spun (as is all their shake-like concoctions) with chocolate frozen custard topped with croissant cookie crumbles. Even more outrageous in the best possible way is the Wake & Shake with Red Bay coffee and vanilla frozen custard, maple syrup, orange zest topped with whipped cream and orange candies. I really want to work in their test kitchen, I mean how much fun would that be? Oh yeah, don’t forget the floats that offer root beer, purple cow and creamsicle. Adult beverages include Shack-canned wine, Shackmeister Ale and local beers including Stone Delicious IPA, Cali Creamin’, Alesmith .394 and Modern Times Orderville. Guests can also place orders to-go at the Shack or preorder for pickup or delivery via the Shack App or Find them at 7740 El Camino Real Suite K, Carlsbad.

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Catching up with Orfila Vineyards’ newish wine guy


rank and I were excited to meet Orfila Vineyards’ new winemaker, Andrew Wisniewski, who has been on board at the winery since April 2021. However, in terms of winemaking, Wisniewski just finished last year’s cycle of overseeing the viticulture of the estate along with sourcing fruit and is still in the process of finishing the 2021 wines making him “new.” Wisniewski shared he was grateful and appreciative for the solid framework of Orfila’s former winemaker and general manager

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Justin Mund. When asked how Wisniewski got into the wine business, he said, “After attending the Univ. of Central Florida for Biochemistry, I was at a crossroads of being a chemist or (?) ... influenced by my mom who was a manager at a fine wine shop in my youth and completion of a wine intern-

ship, I was hooked on wine and chose the winemaker route.” In between Florida and Escondido’s Orfila, Wisniewski traveled the world building his career in Australia, New Zealand, Oregon (Dundee Hills), Washington (Columbia Valley) and California (Central Coast). He also attended Chemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center for Enology & Viticulture training. During the interview, Wisniewski appreciated hearing Mangio’s history of walking the Orfila vineyard fields with original winemaker Leon Santoro. Santoro is largely credited for putting San Diego County on the international wine map and the first in the region to recognize the potential for Rhone style wines. Currently, more than 40 acres of the Orfila’s estate is planted with the following Rhone varietals — syrah, sangiovese, merlot, montepulciano, viognier, marsanne and roussanne. To date, Orfila has been recognized with over 1,300 awards including international competitions where Santoro represented Orfila. Based on Wisniewski’s winemaking methodology with a minimalistic style of letting the vines express

ANDREW WISNIEWSKI took over as winemaker at Escondido’s Orfila Vineyards and Winery in April 2021. Courtesy photo

themselves, I suspect that Orfila will continue to rack up awards under his leadership. “I intentionally make wines to work with food,” he said. “Wine must have soul, characteristics, texture, and aromatics that make the bouquet and palate memorable as well as authentic to the vineyard.” Part of Wisniewski’s transparent approach is the use of native yeast, a process where a small number of grapes are picked,

crushed and allowed to grow into yeast for inoculation into the same varietals for the fermentation process. Wisniewski likes to use native yeasts for Rhone varietals that have a cooler, longer fermentation versus Bordeaux varietals, such as cabernet sauvignon, where he typically uses commercial yeast strains for a warmer, shorter inoculation to create more structure and tannins. His goal is to be “atten-

tive to the consumer market making wines that are accessible young, but structured such that aficionados and collectors can keep cellared for years.” When I asked what is new and upcoming at Orfila, Wisniewski shared that he was excited about the new water sensing system. Using probes in each block with depth sensors at various depths, they will be able to use less water and TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 13

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LIFT NO. 1 at Taos Ski Valley in Northern New Mexico takes skiers to the top of the treacherous Al’s Run, named after a physician who was instrumental in establishing Taos Ski Valley in the mid-1950s. The ski resort offers many other less-challenging runs. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

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’ve always wanted to do this — immerse myself in an outdoor hot tub in the middle of winter and gaze at snow-covered mountains. Today is the day. The temperature here in Taos Ski Valley in Northern New Mexico is a crisp 25 (up from 6 degrees earlier); the water is a perfect 101. A fickle mid-January breeze sends the steam rising from the warm water this way and that, and from my perch on the second-story deck of The Blake hotel, I can see the frosted Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southern end of the majestic Rockies. Around the corner, experienced and novice skaters test out The Blake’s new skating rink. Below the deck, the Rio Hondo, a tributary of the Rio Grande, looks like a black ribbon, cutting through the snowy landscape on its way to the Rio Grande Gorge. My husband, Jerry, is working a whole lot harder than I. He’s on the slopes somewhere at 10,000 feet with philosopher-instructor David Gardner, an amazingly fit 77-year-old, retired doctor of physics who dispenses life lessons with his expert advice that helps Jerry find his ski legs after a five-year hiatus. It’s a challenge, for sure, especially here in Taos Ski Valley. The resort has a reputation for extra-steep runs, verified by the sign near Lift No. 1: “DON’T


have more control over the vines, especially at the end of the season when stressing the vines can lead to better results for sugars and physiological ripeness. The other was the release of library wines to Or-

PANIC! You’re looking at only 1/30 of Taos Ski Valley. We have many easy runs, too.” There’s something else that’s easy — getting to ski valley from San Diego County, which once took a whole lot of effort until the genesis of Taos Air two years ago. Prior to that, it took two very long days to drive from San Diego County to Northern New Mexico’s ski territory. Or you could fly from San Diego (parking $13 to $25/day) to Albuquerque, rent a car, then drive 3.5 hours to Taos Ski Valley. Now, with thrice-weekly, two-hour, nonstop flights on Taos Air from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport, the trip for North County residents is about 3.5 hours door to door. A ticket ($195 one-way) includes free shuttle to and from the ski resort and free ski equipment rental. Parking at Carlsbad’s airport is usually $5 a day, but for an unknown reason, was free when we traveled in mid-January. And the flying experience? “Like the old days,” said one passenger of the hassle-free experience. That means no long security lines or two-hour waiting times prior to boarding. Passengers walk the tarmac to board the clean, 30-passenger Dornier 328 jet, and the crew seems genuinely happy to see them. “It’s like having your own private jet,” says Carolyn Long, who with her husband commutes between Taos and Oceanside every few months because of business and to visit family in Carlsbad. “You avoid all the hassles of large airlines. This is our fourth roundtrip. fila Wine Lovers, or OWLs, as they like to call their club members. This will include some 2000 and 2008 vintages. Like most winemakers, Wisniewski was grateful and appreciative of his team including cellarmaster, Christian Eckar. This is in line with Wisniewski’s flat

A BAGGAGE HANDLER unloads the Taos Air Dornier 328 jet at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. The airline, owned by Taos Ski Valley, Inc., provides a no-hassle, two-hour flight to Taos, New Mexico, three times a week. Free ski rentals at Taos Ski Valley are included with the price of a ticket. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

Guests who stay at The Blake hotel in the ski valley also can ride the free shuttle to visit the town of Taos or several other destinations in the area. The ski village offers numerous dining options. Guests who want to dine inside must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. ART IN TAOS SKI VALLEY Come for the skiing; stay for the art. Book a room at The Blake and you’ll get a bonus: A museum-caliber art collection that immerses guests into the cultures and history of the Land of Enchantment. The hotel’s hundreds of works of art — paintings, lithographs, historic photos, block prints, pottery, collages, textiles, early iconic ski memorabilia, animal relics, furniture, Navajo rugs and Native American tools

and artifacts — blanket the corridor walls, guest rooms, lobby, restaurant, spa and yes, even the bathrooms. Make a trip to the lobby loo and you’ll find photos of actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper taken during the 1968 filming of “Easy Rider.” Yup. There’s Fonda on Captain America, the heavily modified, custom-built, 1952 Harley Davidson, cruising through Taos Pueblo. And the corridor leading to these bathrooms showcases 14 exquisite polychrome woodblock prints by German-born Gustave Baumann (1881-1971). The prints reflect pueblo life, landscapes and the architecture of New Mexico. Baumann lived and worked in New Mexico for nearly 50 years, having fallen in love, as so many artists have, with Northern New Mexico while passing through in 1918.

organization philosophy: “It is not me, it is us. This avoids winemaker fixation and being too close to the wines.” Eckar had several positions at Orfila before a short hiatus at a Temecula Valley winery where he conducted an internship. He returned in May 2021 as Wisniewski’s right-hand person and was

busy the day of our visit in the clarification stage for the 2021 vintage, consisting of racking and siphoning from tanks and barrels to leave unwanted precipitates at the bottom before barreling. Soon last year’s vintage will be going into French and American oak for ag-

During our four-day stay at The Blake, Lauryn Mangat, director of hospitality who has a background in art history, led a tour throughout the five-yearold property and provided narration on many of the artworks. The Blake’s collection represents artists and artifacts from the early 20th century through recent years, she told us. “When they built the hotel, the owners wanted the interior to reflect the culture of the area.” Hence, among the collection are works by members of the Taos Society of Artists (1915–1927), which helped established then-tiny Taos as an internationally known center for the arts. New Mexico’s most famous artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, also is represented. O’Keeffe arrived in Taos in 1929 to heal from a broken relationship and fell in love with the land and people. She explored the area’s rugged mountains and desert, and her painting of the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Rancho de Taos has become an icon for Taos. The hotel’s third-floor corridor exhibits rare historic photographs showing life on Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest communities in the United States, in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Fourth-floor photos show “Illustrious Personages” – mostly artists – who frequented Taos in the early 20th century when the town began attracting those seeking a new environment for their creativity. For more photos and discussion about Taos, New Mexico, and Taos Ski Valley, visit www.facebook. com/elouise.ondash. ing. Mangio and I look forward to future visits to barrel sample Wisniewski and Eckar’s 2021 wines! More information at Frank and Rico are two of the leading commentators on the web. Reach them at info@

The Oceanside Museum Of Art hosts “Around the Campfire: A Spoken Word Gathering,” free from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4, at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. In association with the exhibition of Neil Kendricks’ “Temple of Story,” join local writers, poets, and storytellers for an immersive experience of reflection and renewal. Register at https:// /events / around-the-campfire/

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Ovation Theatre performances of “Curtains” is postponed as Palomar College is indefinitely suspending performances at the Brubeck Theatre. For more information, visit /curtains. LBM AT BELLY UP

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 or (858) 481-9022. JAZZ AT BELLY UP

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe jazz at 9 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets $30 in advance at or (858) 481-9022.

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The Friends of the Encinitas Library has canceled the Feb. 6 Besos de Coco concert due to the COVID surge. ‘A CHOICE OF WEAPONS’

Oceanside Museum Of Art hosts a film screening of “A Choice of Weapons,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 6, at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, inspired by photographer Gordon Parks. From the 1940s through the 2000s, Parks' bold and revealing body of work documented civil rights and social justice. TRIPLE COMEDY

The North Coast Repertory Theatre plans three musical comedies in its spring line-up, with “Desperate Measures,” through Feb. 6, “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits” April 20 through May 15 and “The Remarkable Mister Holmes” July 20 through Aug. 14. Tickets at or call (858) 481-1055. WEEKLY JAZZ

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Toyon trees spreading winter cheer By Aida Rodriguez

ESCONDIDO — As winter spirit floats through the air the Toyon tree’s magical red fruit ripen on its reaching branches. If you look close enough as you hike or stroll along our San Diego chaparral communities, you will see bunches of bright red fruit and evergreen leaves. Toyon trees (Heteromeles arbutifolia) are the state shrub of California and can be found in our local San Diego Coastal Sage Scrub all along the California coast. Their beauty and prevalence in the Los Angeles Hills inspired the name of the American cinema hub, Hollywood. These trees are also commonly known as Christmas Berry and California Holly due to their bright red fruit and deep green leaves that resemble the iconic romantic Christmas decorating tradition. Around this chilly time of year, they can be spotted while hiking along chaparral or oak woodland communities. These trees prefer sandy soils and full to partial sun ranges along the coast of California. They are very easy to care for and take on a rounded form. Toyons blossom in the summer months and produce white rounded five-petal flowers and fruit

A CEDAR WAXWING enjoys the fruit of the Toyon, a culturally significant tree to Native Americans in California that also played a role in the naming of Hollywood. Photo by Krisztina Scheeff/ KS Nature Photography

in the late fall and winter. Toyon are relatively drought resistant, fire resistant and are less flammable than other shrubs in their neighboring chaparral community. Their berries are botanically similar to tiny apples and are a part of the rose family, which contains other fruits like stone fruit, strawberries, and black berries.

If you happen to catch a glimpse of their flowers during the springtime you will notice that these tiny blooms resemble miniature roses. Their fruit are popular among many bird species such as mockingbirds, cedar waxwings, and American robins. Larger mammals such as coyotes and bears are also attracted to their

fruits. The trees themselves can reach nearly 18 feet, providing great cover for nesting and native wildlife. They have also been known to grow very quickly and can extend up to 10 feet in three years given the right conditions. Toyon roots are sturdy and wide branched, making them excellent soil stabilizers. Toyon trees also have huge cultural significance as they were eaten by most Native American groups in Southern California. Their berries were collected when ripe and eaten raw as well as dried and made into jellies, cooked into cakes, or simmered into porridges. Toyon berries also contain medicinal properties that were used by many tribes to treat infected wounds and other ailments! Infusions were commonly made from Toyon bark and leaves to alleviate upset stomachs and wash festering abrasions. Due to its cultural significance, Toyon is considered an indigenous tree and is a protected species in many cities in California under the Native Tree Protection Ordinances. Aida Rodriguez is an outreach associate at the Escondido Creek Conservancy.

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The primary goal of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is to empower older adults to properly care for and maintain their oral health. Through education and preventive dental services, the Senior Dental Center aims to mitigate progression of disease before it becomes more painful, complicated, and costly. The Senior Dental Center’s team specializes in geriatric dental services, offering minimally invasive, age-specific oral healthcare. To support the highest quality of life for older adults, they pride themselves in offering premium treatment of the problems that impact seniors most: dental crowns, extractions, and dentures. The center is proud to offer same-day turnaround for dental crowns, which can traditionally require two or more appointments and more than two weeks. CEREC technology not only speeds up the treatment process, but also protects the tooth as the ceramic crowns require less cutting. Dentures are offered with options catered specifically to the patient. Whether missing all or a few teeth, the center provides complete or partial dentures to ensure that patients can chew and speak, pain-free and with confidence. Overall health is severely impacted by oral health for all ages, but spe-

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storage is 28-feet high, and even if water breached the wall, the storage system is designed to be inundated with 50-feet of water and still perform its safety functions. Plus, Dobken said other geological conditions help further protect San Onofre from tsunamis. “First, there is no historical evidence of underwater landslides that would generate a large near-field tsunami,” Dobken wrote in a recent post. “The second is the baffling effect created by the California Borderlands, the offshore seafloor topography of canyons and peaks which would muffle any far-field tsunamis.” Much of this information comes from research conducted by Dr. Neal Driscoll of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2017. According to Driscoll’s data, the San Onofre-area coastline is not as vulnerable to tsunamis as other parts of the West Coast. Based on maps of underwater peaks and canyons, Driscoll said the geology offshore would likely slow a tsunami down. “Our research shows that the risk or geo-hazard of the faults offshore when we first started this study are less than what we had predicted before,” Driscoll previously told KPBS. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, the maximum flood height at San Onofre is 27 feet, including run-up from a tsunami and wind-driven waves. The NRC responded to several of Public Watchdogs’ concerns, including about flooding and tsunamis, that were listed in a petition the group formed in 2020. The petition sought to halt the decommissioning process on the grounds that the ISFSIs were operating under an “unanalyzed condition.” “The NRC provided a lengthy response to the flooding concerns of Public Watchdogs last year,” Dobken told The Coast News. “Public Watchdogs has chosen to simply ignore this information without providing any new analysis or data.”


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REGION — Despite scientific research indicating a low risk of tsunami danger to the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the region’s recent low-grade tsunami has prompted renewed concerns from a local activist group about the possible impact of a bigger, similar natural disaster on the nuclear plant and its spent fuel. Following a Jan. 15 tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption off the coast of Tonga, local activist group Public Watchdogs raised concerns over what a more catastrophic tsunami could do to the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, or SONGS, and its fuel storage. “Our worst-case fear is that a tsunami would breach the seawall and clog the passive-air cooling system at the beachfront San Onofre nuclear waste with mud and debris,” said Charles Langley, executive director of Public Watchdogs. “A second concern is that the analyses do not consider the possibility of partial flooding of the silos that hold the canisters. Because of the design of the cooling system, a partial flood would be far riskier than a complete flood.” According to the SONGS Community website, larger, more destructive tsunamis like the one that the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan in 2011 typically generate from earthquakes in subduction zones. Tonga, more than 5,000 miles away, is also located near a subduction zone. The decommissioned nuclear site, located on the shoreline of Camp Pendleton near San Onofre State Beach between Oceanside and San Clemente, is next to a strike-slip fault system, which is only known to create between 10 to 15% of earthquake-induced tsunamis as opposed to subduction zones. John Dobken, a spokesperson for Southern California Edison, also noted that the seawall protecting the spent fuel


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Broadway Theater teams with restaurant for live dinner shows By Stephen Wyer

VISTA — A new live dinner theatre will take place on the weekends starting March 4 at the Wildwood Crossing restaurant in Vista. The performance will function as a partnership between Wildwood Crossing and Vista’s Broadway Theater, with entertainment on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, according to John Bagley, a managing partner at Wildwood. With tickets being sold for $50 each, guests will have access to a full-course gourmet meal plus one hour of live entertainment (after guests are finished eating), which will consist of both musical performances and comedic acts. The musical acts will include song reviews, jukebox musicals, and tributes to musical eras gone, according to Randall Hickman, who co-owns the Broadway Theatre along with partner Douglas David. While Wildwood already focuses heavily on supporting the arts, with the restaurant featuring paintings from local artists on its walls and hosting live music at the venue on selected weeknights, Bagley expressed that the live dinner theater is a major step forward for both businesses. “This venture follows our tradition here at Wildwood of supporting the arts…what we want to do is

VISTA’S BROADWAY Theater and Wildwood Crossing restaurant recently announced they will offer live dinner theater performances consisting of jukebox musicals, song reviews and comedy acts. Photo via Facebook/Vista Broadway Theater

25 years of theater experience is hopefully going to bring fresh, new meaning to, 'a night out'. Dinne and a show! We would be the only game in town. A tried and true idea re-imagined right here in Vista” “We’re really excited about this…the restaurant business has been tough with COVID and Omicron has not been helping matters, we’re struggling like every other restaurant,” said Bagley. “This is how we separate ourselves…we make Wildwood an entertainment destination in this community.” Live dinner theaters generally appeal to a slightly older clientele, and Vista’s steady demographic of retired affluent residents makes the city a perfect fit for something like this to be successfully introduced, Bagley added. “In Vista there’s definitely a lot of upper-middle class retired people with disposable income and we’re trying to tap into that… we’re definitely slanted towards an older clientele… we want those people to come in and have a good date night, a good meal, and just to really appreciate the experience,” he said. “I’m very confident that this older group of customers can really bring the business in…[Broadway Theater] is convinced that there’s a lot of demand in

their current clientele. The dinner theater used to be more of a thing way back in the day, now people stay at home and watch Netflix but we’re really trying to bring that dinner and a show kind of date back so we’ll see what happens.” In addition to appealing to Vista’s retired demographic, the new entertainment program will also bring brand new customers into Wildwood who normally enjoy viewing Broadway Theater, and vice versa, giving Wildwood regulars an opportunity to see what’s going on in the theater world, Bagley added. “We’ve been here three years now and we’re hoping that this will introduce a lot of new people to Wildwood, and likewise we’re hoping to introduce some of our clientele to the Broadway theater, creating that symbiotic beneficial relationship,” he said. Hickman agreed, calling the dinner theater concept something that will bring new business to both entities while creating an enjoyable downtown atmosphere for visiting patrons. “We have a loyal following at our theater, and John has a loyal following at the restaurant. By combining the two we will hopefully be serving up great food, great entertainment, and hopefully, we will garner new patrons for both our venues.” Tavern Feb. 16 in support of his latest album “Quietly Blowing It” (Merge Records). For tickets and information, visit or (858) 481-9022.

to make Wildwood an event destination as much as a restaurant…we want to have the kind of stuff you don’t get anywhere else in North County,” he said. The concept for having a live dinner theater at Wildwood originally came from a conversation between Clay McCarthy, one of the restau-

rant’s managing partners and Hickman. The two entities had plans to jumpstart the entertainment in early 2020, but had to temporarily suspend the project due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Hickman. Now, Hickman says the partners are excited to finally have the chance to unveil the

new entertainment program which he thinks Vista residents will be eager to take advantage of. “Getting restaurant and theater loving patrons back in the doors after almost two years is very important to John and I,” he said. “By combining his [John’s] amazing restaurant with our

through the artists. This month the Friends are featuring our Cardiff 101 memMr. Peabody’s, 136 Encini- ber, Christina Zellar. If you are a local artist interested tas Blvd., Encinitas. in having your work exhibited, contact Susan Hays ‘HEDWIG’ ON STAGE Performances of “Hed- at artists@friendscardiffliwig and the Angry Inch” continue through Feb. 6 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 COLOR CLASS Don’t miss the two-day p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Patio Playhouse Theater, workshop “All About Col116 S. Kalmia, Escondido. or,” 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 7 and Tickets are $20 for adults, Feb. 9 at Oceanside Muse$18 for seniors, military, um Of Art, 704 Pier View and students, and $12 for Way, Oceanside. Join Robin youth 16 and under. Group Douglas for a two-day workrates are available for shop to take a fresh look groups of 10 or more. For at your work by revisiting reservations, contact the Pa- the basics and experiment tio Playhouse box office at with vibrant, glowing colors (760) 746-6669, via e-mail, and unique combinations inspired by the color palor at ette of many masterpieces throughout the ages. All POET ON STAGE Elizabeth Yahn Wil- supplies for your original liams will be the featured artwork will be provided poet for Poets Inland North and artists of all levels are County at the Escondido welcome. Cost is $100. RegMunicipal Gallery at 1 p.m. ister at https://oma-online. Feb. 6. With her partner-in- org/events/all-about-color/. rhyme, Bob Lundy, she will read from her new book “Flourishing / Florescence.” FEB. 8 For more information, CUTTING ART Artist Don Henley ane-mail ElizabethYahn@ and visit www. nounces the exhibition of 13 sculptural pizza cutters, entitled “The Alternative Slice,” in a solo showing FEB. 7 through Feb. 28 at the Encinitas Library Gallery 540 LOCAL ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Friends of the Cardiff- Cornish Drive, Encinitas. by-the-Sea Libary sponsor a rotating exhibit of works by local artists. The works are FEB. 9 displayed in the library and NEW AGE, FLAMENCO Ottmar Liebert & Luna are available for purchase

Negra (seated show) new age, flamenco will perform at the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets $35 in advance at or (858) 481-9022.

May 1; “Don Bartletti: Elu- FEB. 13 sive Moments–Enduring Stories,” through May 1 and ‘IMPERMANENCE’ The PHES Gallery of“Oceanside Unfiltered,” through May 29 at 704 Pier fers its newest exhibition, “Impermanence,” at 2633 View Way, Oceanside. State St., Carlsbad, through Feb. 13. The show highlights the work of four featured FEB. 11 artists; landscape artist AnSUNSHINE BROOKS THEATRE dres Amador, glass sculptor The play, “Desert Michelle Kurtis Cole, woodRock Garden,” and the Fi- worker and designer Wendy nal Draft New Play Festi- Maruyama and printmakval, will both take place at er, illustrator Kathi McNVA’s home theater, 2787 Cord. PHES Gallery is open State St., Carlsbad. The Thursday through Saturcompany has informed day, 2 to 7 p.m. current ticket holders that they will be contacted directly by the box office to FEB. 14 arrange exchanges as needHAPPY HOUR AND MORE ed. “Desert Rock Garden” Join the Atomic Groove previews Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, with opening night on Feb. Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m. fol19 through March 13. The lowed by Houndmouth and Final Draft New Play Festi- Buffalo Nichols at the Belval will take place April 1 to ly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. Feb. April 3. Subscriptions and 14 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., tickets at newvillagearts. Solana Beach. Tickets in advance at http://bellyup. org. com/ or (858) 481-9022.



Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, is coming to the Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds through March 6, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Tickets available at ART BIENNIAL

The Oceanside Museum of Art is celebrating the best work from OMA’s Artist Alliance with its 2022 Artist Alliance Biennial, on display at the museum through May 1. This exhibition features 61 pieces of art from more than 60 different artists.

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Six String Society presents The 27 Club, featuring Whitney Shay, Lauren Leigh, Robin Henkel and Anthony Johnson at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets $22 in advance at http://bellyup. com/ or (858) 481-9022. OMA EXHIBITS

Oceanside Museum Of Art offers three exhibitions, including the “2022 Artist Alliance Biennial” through

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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. For more information on submissions, visit https://oma-online. org/.

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Ty Segall and the Freedom Band rock at the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets $30 in advance at http://bellyup. com/ or (858) 481-9022.

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The Theatre School @ North Coast Rep presents a modern retelling of one of the oldest tales in the English language, “Beowulf (and the Bard)” a comedy about friendship, duty and what it means to be a hero. Performances will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and Feb. 20. Tickets $25 at (858) 481-1055 or at ITALIAN FILM FEST

The San Diego Italian Film Festival will start its 2022 film series online due to health and safety considerations. Information at TASTE OF ART

Oceanside Museum Of Art’s Taste of Art presents a Drawing With Expression class 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $65. Join Robin Douglas for drawing techniques perfected in the FEB. 16 tradition of Chinese landHEAR HISS scape painting. Register Grammy nominee Hiss at Golden Messenger is set taste-of-art-drawing-withto perform at the Belly Up expression/.


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