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Redistricting won’t affect recall effort

Vista’s continued camp sweeps split officials, advocates

By Stephen Wyer

VISTA — The City of Vista is continuing to expand its cleanup of homeless encampments into 2022, even as city leaders and homeless advocates say that a more systemic approach is needed to combat the issue. For the past several months, city officials — in partnership with Caltrans — have been removing encampments from locations all across the city, including on Emerald Drive, Sycamore Avenue, Vista Village Drive, the Buena Vista Trail, and from on- and off-ramps as well as underpasses along State Route 78, according to city public information officer Andrea McCullough. The sweeps conducted by the city involve the removal of vast amounts of trash, debris and unlawful shelters such as tents from municipal property. Unhoused persons at these encampments are notified at least 72 hours in advance that the location is set to be cleared, and all of the homeless are offered either temporary or long-term housing along with a variety of other services provided by city social workers, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which assists the city in enforcing cleanup efforts. In September, the city’s Housing Program Manager reported

ESCONDIDO — The newly released county electoral maps will not impact a local group’s recently launched effort to recall Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, according to political and redistricting analysts. The county’s Independent Redistricting Commission approved new voting maps on Dec. 11, reshaping all five districts in San Diego County in accordance with regional demographic and population changes. And the changes to Lawson-Remer’s District 3 were fairly significant. Once encompassing Leucadia to Tierrasanta north-south and Escondido to Encinitas east-west, the district now runs from approximately Carlsbad to Coronado, retaining Encinitas but losing all of Escondido to the newly-formed District 5. But would Escondido residents, who have been drawn out of District 3 via the redistricting process, still be eligible to sign a petition to recall Lawson-Remer? According to Evan McLaughlin, a political data consultant for Redistricting Partners, the answer is yes. Per state guidelines, the new boundaries will not take effect until the 2024 election cycle, meaning that redistricting will likely have no impact on the current recall campaign that seeks to replace Lawson-Remer, McLaughlin said. “The recall election is related to the District that elected the supervisor in 2020 — the current district, that includes Escondido,” McLaughlin said. “Every time that there is a special election that is held before the end of a term, regardless of redistricting, it is still held within that previous district iteration.” But with the loss of TURN TO RECALL ON 5

By Stephen Wyer

MURDER SUSPECT KILLED IN SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE After a pursuit that lasted over three hours, Escondido police last month surrounded the truck of a man wanted in connection with a homicide in Vista. According to police, the suspect exited his disabled truck and exchanged gunfire with two Escondido police officers. The suspect, 39-year-old Ramona resident Roberto Cazares Salgado, died later at a hospital. Story on Page 13. Photo courtesy of Escondido Police Department


Tri-City Medical Center debuts workforce initiative By Tigist Layne

REGION — Tri-City Medical Center, in collaboration with several regional business groups and colleges, recently launched an online platform helping students and job seekers find professional opportunities that fit their specific interests and qualifications. The Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning, or SOCAL initiative — a joint effort by Tri-City and the San Diego North Economic Development Council, chambers of commerce in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista, and MiraCosta and Palomar colleges — is part of TriCity’s broader COASTAL Commitment community

A NEW online workforce development platform helps link students and job seekers with a variety of job opportunities based on a candidate’s interests and skills. Courtesy photo

outreach effort. Many of the jobs, internships and other opportunities highlighted on

SOCAL are middle-wage jobs that require less than a four-year college degree, in hopes of providing access to

people with a range of qualifications and backgrounds. According to Aaron Byzak, chief external affairs officer for Tri-City, COASTAL Commitment aims to target social and healthcare issues that disproportionately impact people's outcomes in life. “For us, it's about empowering young people to take hold of their lives and really pursue careers that are going to help them live a better life and have better health and social outcomes,” said Byzak, who is also the incoming chairman of the San Diego North Economic Development Council. The website allows visitors to browse through

dozens of different industries and occupations in North County including healthcare, manufacturing, communication technology, construction, software and more. Visitors can also watch videos and interviews of real people who are actually working in those positions. In the videos, professionals discuss their industry, job responsibilities, workplace environments and career advancement outlooks. Each video also includes a webpage with expected average wages and links to educational resources. More phases of the SOTURN TO WORKFORCE ON 8


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49th race gains new GOP entrant

Long lines, frustration at testing sites

By Stephen Wyer

REGION — Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett is dropping out of the race for state senator in District 38 due to the impacts of regional redistricting and is instead entering the race for the congressional seat in District 49 currently held by Democratic Rep. Mike Levin. In a statement released on Dec. 31, her campaign confirmed that Bartlett, who currently represents O r a n g e County’s 5th District on the Board of Supervisors, will be running to unseat Levin LISA BARTLETT in 2022. The release exis on the pressed that Orange Bartlett will County be centerBoard of ing her camSupervisors. paign around issues of public safety, quality of life, and the economy. “Never in my lifetime can I remember a point where Congress was this far out of touch with the everyday experience of working-class Americans and families,” Bartlett said in the statement. “Much like California, our country is headed in the wrong direction and in desperate need of new and common-sense leadership.” Bartlett joins an array of Republican candidates attempting to replace Levin, including former San Juan Capistrano mayor Brian Maryott, who previously ran for the congressional seat in 2018 and 2020, as well as Oceanside City Councilman and Marine veteran Christopher Rodriguez. Levin has held the office since 2018, when he defeated Republican Diane Harkey by nearly 13 percentage points in the general election. In the 2020 election, Levin retained the seat, defeating Maryott by six points. Bartlett’s campaign for the District 49 seat came just days after state redistricting maps were officially released by the California Citizens RedisTURN TO 49TH ON 7

By Stephen Wyer

THE MANAGER of Coomber Craft Wines in Oceanside said that the council’s decision means that Coomber will be opening a new location on Main Street in Vista in the coming months. Coomber’s Oceanside location offers live music six nights a week. Photo courtesy of Coomber Wines

Vista to expand live music downtown By Stephen Wyer

VISTA — The Vista City Council on Dec. 14 unanimously adopted an ordinance that will greatly expand the ability of local businesses to host live music and performances at their venues. While previously, live entertainment was only permitted in the city’s Industrial Park in semi-outdoor settings, the city’s municipal code was amended to extend permissions for live performances at businesses in historic downtown and Paseo Santa Fe districts, along with venues in the new Vista Village area, both in semi-outdoor and fully outdoor settings. The new ordinance specifies that only businesses with patio areas approved by the city planning department will be cleared for hosting live entertainment outdoors. “I’m really excited about what this means not only for entertainment but for making sure that we have a robust economy in our downtown, and live entertainment is crucial to

that,” said Councilwoman Corinna Contreras. “Vista is known as a climactic wonderland so having outdoor and semi-outdoor entertainment is a natural fit and it was a longtime coming,” she added. The city’s previous ordinance governing live entertainment had not been updated since the late 1990s, and failed to establish meaningful guidelines for businesses in areas outside of Industrial Park, Contreras said. Owners of bars, restaurants, breweries and other venues downtown, even those with large outdoor patios, had to ensure that live music was kept strictly indoors. “The previous ordinance on the books didn’t really allow for the type of entertainment environment that’s standard, you had businesses running into code violations and all that stuff, so we really wanted to make it easier for our businesses to thrive,” Contreras said. Under the new guidelines, establishments in the newly expanded zones can

host entertainment 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays. With businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic petitioning the City Council for more flexible guidelines and with the city already looking for ways to invest and strengthen the downtown economy, the councilwoman said that the code amendment came at the right time. “We’re updating our downtown area, we’re really putting a lot of investment into it being a destination not just for Vistans but for others as well. … If we’re not providing an environment where that ecosystem of entertainment can thrive, we’re really hindering our businesses,” Contreras said. A number of local business owners and community members spoke out in favor of the proposed code change at the Dec. 14 meeting, including Steve Thomas, owner of Barrel and Stave Pourhouse, and Will Burtner, manager of Oceanside’s

Coomber Wines. Burtner said that from the perspective of a business like his that seeks to bring in customers looking for nightlife options, being able to offer live entertainment can be a huge source of revenue and growth. “I’ve been in the food and beverage industry for 25 years and I can tell you that there’s very few things that get people out of their seat at their house or makes them make a stop somewhere when they’re leaving the workplace, and live music is one of those things that definitely does that,” Burtner said. “It just really elevates the entertainment experience and the experience of people looking to go out and have a good time.” Due to the council’s decision, Burtner said Coomber Wines will be opening a new location in a couple of months at 344 Main Street in Vista, where they will serve craft wines and offer live entertainment. “At (the Oceanside loTURN TO MUSIC ON 18

Man pleads guilty in ‘crack house’ indictment over Vista home By City News Service

VISTA — A man who maintained a “drug-involved premises” at his Vista property, which prosecutors said led to rampant crime in and around the North County home, pleaded guilty on Jan. 4 to federal charges. Sean Terrence Sheeter, 73, was arrested in March 2020 during a raid of his multi-acre Poinsettia Avenue property. Prosecutors charged Sheeter with a violation of

the federal “crack house statute,” which targets people who knowingly maintain a property where illegal drugs are manufactured, distributed and used. Prosecutors alleged Sheeter “allowed gang members, drug dealers and users to stay at the property,” resulting in a slate of arrests and calls to police. From 2017 until just before the raid occurred, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department received 53

separate calls regarding the home, including reports of stolen vehicles, thefts, disturbance calls, burglaries, grand thefts, armed suspicious persons, vandalism, and threats with a weapon, authorities said. During that time, 22 arrests were made — mostly for drug possession and stolen vehicles — and seven citations were issued at the property, which officials say is about 100 feet from an elementary school.

According to a search warrant affidavit, the investigation into Sheeter’s property stemmed from an investigation into drug sales in the North County area by local gang members who allegedly distributed narcotics like heroin and methamphetamine smuggled out of Mexico. Several suspects targeted in the investigation lived and operated out of Sheeter’s home, according to the document. Sheeter is set to be

sentenced in April. As part of his plea agreement, the home will be sold and proceeds from the sale will be forfeited to the federal government. “This property is no longer a drug-laden refuge for violent felons, gang members, drug dealers and drug users,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman in a statement. “We will continue to use every tool we have to bring safety to our community.”

SAN MARCOS — As COVID-19 cases soar across the region, North County residents trying to get tested for the virus are facing long lines and sometimes waiting several hours at local testing centers. County health officials announced the highest number of coronavirus cases reported all year on Wednesday, Dec. 28, with 3,653 people testing positive for the virus. Demand for testing has surged as well — between the second and third weeks of December, there was a 45% increase in testing at county sites, according to Sarah Sweeney, a spokesperson for the county Health & Human Services Agency. Testing centers representatives in North County cities like San Marcos told The Coast News their resources have been strained by the overwhelming increase in demand for testing. Some locations are reporting longer than ever lines, staff being stretched thin by the demand, and those forced to wait often lashing out in frustration over the delays. “People are getting really upset over testing. … I’ve definitely had multiple people who started screaming and yelling in my face, there’s just so much frustration over this,” said Rich Block, a customer service representative for Carbon Health, a primary and urgent health care provider that operates testing centers throughout San Diego, including one in San Marcos. The demand for testing is so high that the San Marcos location is entirely booked for urgent care appointments well into January, Block said — with virtually all of the clinic’s appointments being for coronavirus tests. Pam Orense, a San Marcos resident, said that she, her husband, and their two children waited for over three hours to get tested at California State University San Marcos’ on-campus testing location (the testing site is free and open to the public without appointment). “We got there 20 minutes before the site opened, but we were still there for almost 3½ hours. We were all shivering in the rain,” Orense said, adding that she doesn’t think that her experience is an isolated one. “Pretty much every testing site in our area has had over two-hour waits for the past week. … All of the athome COVID test kits are sold out too. It’s just unfortunate — I’m praying it doesn’t get even worse after New Year.” Long lines and waits TURN TO TESTING ON 8


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Getting back to basics


think we can all agree, I’m glad 2021 is in the rearview mirror. As we head into the new year, I don’t want to dwell on the past, I want to focus on the future, by getting back to basics. While there’s been a lot of media attention surrounding three new members joining the Board of Supervisors, my focus doesn’t change. When I ran for election in 2018, my top three priorities were, fiscal responsibility, public safety and making sure we had adequate behavioral health services, those issues haven’t changed! In 2020 and 2021, the County of San Diego dipped into its reserve for the first time in a very long time. I’m glad we had these reserves for the COVID-19 crisis, but

around the county jim desmond it’s important that we build it back up. We don’t know when the next pandemic, wildfire or catastrophe is around the corner. We must be prepared! San Diego County is one of the safest counties in the country. That is because of the great work from our Sheriff and Police Departments. We need to continue to provide adequate funding and resources in order to maintain safety throughout our region. When I came into office

two years ago, North County was facing a behavioral health crisis with the suspension of Tri-City Hospital’s behavioral health unit and losses of other facilities and resources. Law enforcement was having to take people in crisis from North County all of the way to our facility at Rosecrans in San Diego. I’m pleased to announce, we are making significant progress! Soon, North County will have the resources to tackle homelessness in our region. I think it’s vital as we say goodbye to a hectic 2021, we focus set our sight on 2022 and get back to basics! Supervisor Jim Desmond represents the 5th District, including SanMarcos and Vista.

My District Office is here to help By Marie Waldron

Helping people navigate the state’s massive bureaucracy is an important function of my District Office (DO). During 2021, we were able to help over 2,400 constituents resolve issues involving state and other governmental agencies. This included over 2,000 unemployment claims, resulting from the Employment Development Department’s inability to cope with the pandemic-related shutdown that struck in March, 2020. Unfortunately, EDD is still reeling, causing delays and problems for thousands of Californians, but our office is here to help! This number doesn’t include hundreds of cases that have re-opened again and again, due to ongoing glitches in the government agency. Our office has also as-

sisted EDD in identifying and stopping many fraudulent claims, including phony claims from people living in other states. In addition to helping constituents get their EDD benefits, last year we handled hundreds of other cases involving the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Franchise Tax Board, licensing delays for nurses, long delays for firearm background checks, and many more. Since government is so complex, we frequently get inquiries about non-state issues. Over the past year we’ve received inquiries about the border, Afghan immigration, federal spending policies, people stuck overseas with expired passports, county land use policies, city zoning and many other topics! Always feel free to contact us when you don’t know

where to turn — we’ll point you in the right direction. Another important DO responsibility involves updating me regarding the opinions of constituents. Emailing or calling the DO to register an opinion on an important issue or piece of legislation will help guide me as I review bills in Sacramento. To share your opinion, please visit my website at or call my DO at (760) 4807570. My staff and I take our responsibility to assist residents of the 75th Assembly District seriously. We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2022. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

ven before a proposed homeowner-inspired measure aiming to restore full zoning powers to local governments hit the streets looking to qualify for next fall’s ballot, the battle over who would control housing decisions in California began heating up. Proponents will need just short of 1 million valid voter signatures to put their plan on the ballot, but because many non-voters also sign petitions, they’ll likely need to gather almost 1.5 million names to be certain.. That should not be too hard, once most homeowners understand how fully state legislators attempted last year to usurp the most basic powers cities and counties have long exercised. As long as California has been a state, the most basic function of local governments has been to decide where housing will be placed, where it won’t go and how much to allow. Voters have passed countless ballot initiatives instructing their local governments in how to do that. But with two strokes of a pen wielded by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September, that all may have ended. When he signed new laws known as Senate Bills 9 and 10, most city council members might as well have gone back to being ordinary citizens. The two new laws allow at least six times as much building as before in areas formerly zoned for one home per lot. The ratio goes much higher for properties anywhere near rapid transit stops or “major transportation corridors.” All without any requirements for either new parking spaces, water, schools or even a single affordable housing unit. If ever there’s been a plot to let developers get rich quick, this is it. In fact, many of the liberal Democratic lawmakers who voted for these two bills see their election campaigns at least partly funded by developers. Homeowner groups view these new laws as a license for unbridled development at a time when almost everyone believes California has a massive housing shortage. This perception is furthered by the homeless encampments that abound in almost all parts of the state. When he ran for office in 2018, Newsom vowed to spur the building of 3.5 million new housing units by 2026, eight years later. But new home construction lags far behind that pace, and units that do get built often languish unsold for many months, even if they are supposedly affordable.

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One reason is cost. The average affordable housing unit now runs more than $450,000 to construct, and most families with income below California’s median of $75,200 per year (half the households in the state earn more than that yearly, the other half do not), can’t afford so-called affordable housing. There’s an illusion in the public consciousness that the unhoused will somehow benefit from new affordable housing. But almost none of them have the cash to buy in. Meanwhile, state officials do nothing to promote and speed conversion of vacant office space into residences, many of which would cost far less to create than today’s supposedly affordable units. Into this picture now come developers with large bankrolls offering to buy up existing one-home lots and build as many as six units on each, with no new amenities for the surrounding community. The same developers are behind another initiative that would completely counteract the one aiming to save single-family zoning. The way this one is written, whichever measure gets more votes will govern, period. No compromises here. Many homeowners now getting behind the initiative to cancel SB 9 and 10 and give land use decisions back to local officials appear unaware of the competing initiative, but both will almost certainly make the ballot. This promises to be a battle unlike anything since 1978, when Proposition 13 clashed with another measure known as Proposition 10, a softer version of 13’s property tax limits. Both passed, but 13 got more votes and has governed ever since. Meanwhile, websites and organizations are popping up regularly with names like “Our Neighborhood Voices” and “Liveable California.” The upcoming competition is vital because so much of California’s character would change if SB 9 and 10 were allowed to let developers proceed without concern for either anything aesthetic or the infrastructure they have traditionally had to provide when erecting new subdivisions. Email Thomas Elias at

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this wasteful recall.”



Escondido, a traditionally conservative stronghold, and a greater concentration of territory along the region’s coastline, which tends to lean blue, McLaughlin said it’s safe to say that redistricting has shifted the district toward Democrats. If she survives the recall effort, Lawson-Remer — who was elected in 2020 by more than 15 percentage points over Republican incumbent Kristin Gaspar — will likely be even more difficult to defeat due to the new district boundaries, according to McLaughlin. Local group airs grievances The recall, which was initiated in September, has gained approximately 2,500 signatures so far, according to Mike Johnson, who is president of the local political action committee, Undivided San Diego. The initiative needs to garner at least 40,240 signatures by May 12 in order to generate a special election to replace Lawson-Remer. Johnson said the recall arose out of concern over the supervisor’s close ties to Super PACS, labor unions, and other special interests that he said don’t necessarily share the interest of the district’s constituents. “You look at the last election, she received more money from out of state than any other candidate in the county, she got a lot of big union money, just a lot of money to fill that seat, and it wasn’t from in-


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dividual donors it was from organizations…and they’re already giving her money for 2024 trying to keep her in their pockets,” Johnson said. “Once she got into office, right away she just started repaying favors… the recall is to send a message to the entire board that she’s a corrupt politician… we want to replace her with a citizen who wants to serve the people.” Johnson added that the group also wants to unseat Lawson-Remer for various policy stances she has taken, such as her vote not to endorse Senate Bill 248, a recently passed state law

that makes legal proceedings involving sexual predators open to the public. The supervisor’s support for various regulations concerning COVID-19, including universal vaccine mandates and restrictions on businesses, has also alienated her constituents and demonstrated that she puts party interests ahead of those of District 3 residents, Johnson said. “This is not a partisan position…but her only purpose, and she’s made it very clear several times, is that she only thinks that she needs to serve the people that voted for her…I think

that San Diego County is tired of that mindset, we want to come together and make things better for everyone,” Johnson said. Lawson-Remer’s campaign declined to comment for this article but previously told The Coast News in a statement: “I am remaining focused on delivering services to my constituents to protect our quality of life, help families make a better living, support struggling renters and small businesses, and get more than two million residents vaccinated. I trust that reasonable San Diegans will unite to say enough is enough with

A tough road to recall The initiative to replace the supervisor is reflective of a recent statewide surge in campaigns aimed at recalling various elected officials, according to Dr. Thad Kousser, a political scientist at the University of California San Diego. Without strong financial backing and a clear campaign message for voters, however, a recall initiative will not get far, Kousser told The Coast News, noting that a large number of the current recall efforts are failing to even get on the ballot because they can’t get the required amount of signatures. “Many of these are falling short of the signature requirement because nearly all recalls require a significant paid operation — grassroots will only get you so far,” Kousser said. Over the past year, North County has seen a number of recall campaigns against local officials with mixed results. In May, a local teachers’ union successfully gathered enough signatures to force a special election following the appointment of Ty Humes to the San Dieguito Union High School District board, but months later failed to oust San Dieguito school board Trustee Michael Allman. In October, a citizen-led attempt to unseat Oceanside City Councilwoman Kori Jensen failed after coming 52 signatures short of the required amount. Republi-

can radio host Carl DeMaio launched a recall campaign against former Carlsbad City Councilwoman Cori Schumacher on April 5, but Schumacher resigned two months later. And then there are the associated costs of running a recall campaign, successful or not. Kousser estimated that it will cost between $100,000 to $200,000 to fund the recall campaign against Lawson-Remer. The researcher expressed that even if the recall gains the required number of signatures, he gives the initiative little chance of success, largely because voters typically prefer to vote “no” in a special election without a major scandal or singular event that galvanizes the electorate and rallies support for a replacement campaign. “Voters are looking for a real reason to recall someone, not just that we prefer another candidate. If the idea is that they haven’t been serving their constituents, well we have a fix for that and it’s called regular elections” Kousser said, adding that he’s taken polls that show voters prefer to limit recalls to cases of criminal acts or corruption on the part of the officeholder. “In order to get a majority of voters to change their minds, in a district that she [Lawson-Remer] won by 16%, they’re going to need to see some clear examples of malfeasance…so far I haven’t seen a major scandal like that affect her,” Kousser said.


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CVS Pharmacy joins network amid TRICARE program changes By Staff

REGION — Several new changes to TRICARE retail pharmacies took effect last month. Starting Dec. 15, CVS Pharmacy joined the TRICARE network while Walmart, Sam’s Club, and some community pharmacies left the network. TRICARE, formerly known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services, is a health care program of the United States Department of Defense Military Health System. Previously, the TRICARE retail pharmacy network offered access to more than 59,000 pharmacies. With this change, nearly 5,000 more retail pharmacy locations will be added and nearly 90% of beneficiaries will have access to a network pharmacy within five miles of their home.


CVS Pharmacy has nearly 10,000 pharmacy locations, including in Target stores. Beneficiaries who have a prescription at Walmart, Sam’s Club, or any other impacted pharmacy, should transfer it to a new network pharmacy to avoid having to pay the full cost of the prescription up front or having to file a claim for reimbursement. Beneficiaries who filled a prescription at one of the impacted pharmacies will receive a communication from the Department of Defense’s retail pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts, who will provide recommendations on filling prescriptions at a new network pharmacy. Lists of network pharmacies are also available on the Express Scripts website or by calling (877) 3631303. SPEAK ITALIANO

Beginning January 2022, you can improve your Know something that’s going Italian with classes both on? Send it to calendar@ online and in person for all levels, presented by the Italian Cultural Center in Encinitas at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum and in VISTA GARDEN CLUB “Growing Fruits and Little Italy. For more inforVegetables” will be the mation and to register, visit Vista Garden Club topic with Master Gardener Diab Hammond at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Azalea Room at the Gloria McClellan Senior KNOW YOUR WHALES Carlsbad’s Batiquitos Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Fingertip Lagoon will be hosting a lunch at noon followed by presentation at 10 a.m. Jan. business meeting at 12:30, 8, titled “Whales off our and program at 1:45 p.m. Coast.” This free, family Visit californiagarden- event is a fun way for adults and children to learn about or e-mail Vistagardenclub@ the whales that migrate south and north off our coast each winter. Meet at the picnic tables outside GET A GARDEN SPOT The Encinitas Commu- of the Nature Center, 7380 nity Garden now has a few Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. plots available to Encinitas For more information, visit residents. The garden is a nonprofit organization with an all-volunteer board, lo- BIKES 4 KIDZ In partnership with the cated on Farm Lab Property on Quail Gardens Drive, San Diego chapter of Free Encinitas. To apply, visit en- Bikes 4 Kidz, the San Diego cinitascommunitygarden. County Bicycle Coalition is hosting a donation drive org/GetaPlot.html. to gift gently used bikes to children across the region. GIVE BLOOD The San Diego Blood Donations of gently used Bank is hosting a blood bicycles will be accepted at drive at the Eppig Brewing Trek Bicycle stores at 1617 parking lot from noon to 5 Capalina Road, Unit B, San p.m. Jan. 7 at 1347 Keystone Marcos and 124 N. Rios Way, Vista. Anyone 17 and Ave., Solana Beach from older, weighing at least 114 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 and pounds, in good health may distributed by Outdoor Outbe eligible to donate blood. reach and Kiwanis Club. Call (800) 469-7322 or visit THE TOURNAMENT The Farmer’s Insurfor more information.
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A new year and bigger waistline

F LEARN ABOUT CALIFORNIA’S WHALES Carlsbad’s Batiquitos Lagoon will host a presentation at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, titled “Whales Off Our Coast.” This free, family event is a fun way for adults and children to learn about the whales, including the humpback, above, that migrate south and north off our coast each winter. Meet at the picnic tables outside of the Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. For more information, visit Courtesy photo

N. Coast Highway. In this 90-minute free workshop, Andrea Susan Glass will share strategies to build confidence and make connections. Handouts will be available and books will be for sale. Visit https:// to register for space and materials.


Be part of Cyclovia Encinitas 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 9, when South Coast Highway 101 will be closed to cars from D Street to J Street, just for bikes, on foot, or other means of self-powered transportation. There will be a bicycle safety rodeo, bike skills course, bike and helmet decorating station, informational booths, and more. Cyclovia Encinitas is a partnership effort between the city of Encinitas, the city’s environmental commission and traffic and public safety commission along with other partners. For more information visit


Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County will hold its General Meeting/Potluck at St. Margaret’s, Oceanside Jan. 9; a lunch at Chin’s in Vista Jan. 11 and walk Guajome Park, with a meal to follow at Las Pupusas Mama Lita, Vista Jan. 13. For additional information call (760) 6963502

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The Escondido Public Library invites all Escondido residents to participate in a focus group to develop a strategic plan that meets community needs about the library’s future at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at East Valley Community Center, 2245 E. Valley Parkway; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Park Avenue Commu-

nity Center, 210 E. Park Ave. and at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, or virtually at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 5 p.m. Jan. 19. To register for a focus group, visit For questions, contact Assistant Library Director Katy Duperry at (760) 839-4601 or

Widowers of North County will gather for lunch Jan. 18 at Bobby’s Hideaway Café, Carlsbad; go bowling at Bowlero, San Marcos Jan. 20; meet for happy hour and dinner at Brigantine, Escondido Jan. 26 and have lunch at the Corner Bakery, Carlsbad Jan. 31. For additional information call (760) 696-3502. JANUARY MIXER


North San Diego County Genealogical Society will present present a webinar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 11 on “Going Paperless “ by former genealogy librarian Mary Van Orsdol. The webinar is free, but registration is required at For questions e-mail

InnerOptimal ~ Peak Brain Performance Center will be the host of Encinitas Chamber of Commerce’s first Moonlight Mixer of 2022. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at 2210 Encinitas Blvd., Suite L, Encinitas. Dr. Danielle Chavalarais will lead a special Year-End Review and Goal Planning exercise positioning you for business success in 2022.

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Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12 including lunch, and will hear from Nicole Ketcher, director of Resource Development for Operation HOPE-North County. RSVP to wcv2ndvpmembership@ by Jan. 6. Meeting location will be shared with your RSVP.

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


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Your un-used stuff can save animal lives when you donate to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. Drop off furniture, clothing, housewares, computer equipment, electronics, sporting goods, and more or call (760) 753-0970.



Urban Corps is recruiting 18- to 26-year-old adults who need a second chance at earning a high school diploma and a pay check. Applicants will attend an on-site charter school one day a week and receive paid work training/experience four days a week. Tuition is free, transportation is provided to and from the work site, free trainings, staff will help with driver’s training and breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Apply at or call CATHOLIC FRIENDS Catholic Widows and (619) 235-6884

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eeling a wee bit full, are we? I want to offer a salute of solidarity to all who may have overindulged just a tad during the last few weeks. I have a sign I hang up every December that reads “Christmas calories don’t count.” I need one made saying “During the holidays, all nutritional requirements are suspended.” Once a year, we deserve to reward ourselves with a clear conscience. And after 2021, we all know we have earned it. A friend recounted the New Year’s Eve menu of dishes each guest brought. A charcuterie board that included M&Ms was the highlight. One guest offered up a vegetable plate. Everyone gave it a sideeye, like they weren’t entirely sure just what those odd green things were. I have no problem leaning in to this surfeit of holiday goodies, but this delicious binge wasn’t my idea and I take no responsibility for it. Everyone I talk to is feeling a bit over-sugared just now. It’s the American way. Most of you only indulge at holiday parties. My parents threw parties, but my mother used to whip up two types of candy, six different types of cookies, and pies that lasted through the holidays, party or no party. The closest thing to a vegetable served was a cheese dip with salsa in it. Despite my questionable kitchen skills, I managed to bake four types of cookies and a chocolate mousse. Along with that, we received gracious gifts of cookies, holiday breads and boxes of See’s candy. Somehow we managed to polish them all off. This week, it will be salads and protein, although I plan to introduce these things slowly in small doses. You need to avoid any sudden crashes of blood sugar level. We don’t want anyone fainting in the kitchen or doubled over from sudden roughage overload. If you should stumble on a last leftover treat in the corner of the refrigerator, eat it swiftly and without compunction. You’re just doing a New Year’s cleaning of the fridge, right? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who may have some cookie dough stashed in the freezer. Contact her at

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Some O’side residents pushing for a dog beach

SAN DIEGO is among the 13 worst regions in the United States for human trafficking, according to the FBI, with as many as 8,000 victims each year. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Courtesy photo

Walkathon helps victims of human trafficking By Staff

VISTA — January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. According to the FBI, San Diego is ranked among the 13 worst regions in the United States for human trafficking, with as many 8,000 victims each year. Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland invites the public to sign up now for the “30 Miles in 30 Days to Fight Human Trafficking” virtual Walkathon fundraiser. The walkathon began Jan. 1 and ends on Jan. 30. Participants can register online at Proceeds raised from the Walkathon will be given out as Soroptimist Live



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ SUNSHINE GARDENS ADIEU

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce noted that Dec. 31 will be the final day of business for Sunshine Gardens, at 155 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Sunshine Gardens has been in that location since 1968, but is moving to make room for an apartment complex planned for the corner of Encinitas Boulevard and Quail Gardens Drive.


The California State University at San Marcos college of business administration is seeking sponsors. Business owners interested in getting an updated business plan, marketing plan or economic impact study, can consider CSU San Marcos and its Senior Experience Program. Chamber members receive a 20% dis-

Your Dream Education and Training awards to one or more victims of Human Trafficking, depending on the amount raised. Recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation. “We give out several of these awards each year, and some of our past Live Your Dream Awards recipients have been victims of trafficking, so we decided to dedicate at least one award specifically to a trafficking survivor,” said Walkathon co-chair Jackie Huyck. “The more money we raise this January, the more survivors we’ll be able to help.”

“We’re asking our supporters locally and nationwide to pledge online to walk, run or bike a total of 30 miles in January, and to pledge $1 per mile. They can also choose to just donate without walking,” said Huyck, the Vista club’s Director of Public Awareness. Participants can pledge individually, join an existing team, or form their own team. “People can get in shape, at a time and place of their own choosing during the month of January, while helping a worthy cause at the same time,” said Huyck. In addition to the Walkathon, the club will be hosting its 16th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk and Event from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 29 at Unit-

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Western Sierra Law School, in the Ocean Ranch area of Oceanside, is offering a free information session via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Register at STAR STUDENTS Students named to the or wslawdean’s list for the fall term at University of Maryland Global Campus include: LOCKO JOINS FIRM Hahn Loeser & Parks Alexander Akimov Tylor Arnett, Esteban Arroyo, LLP announced the addiJohnathon Barnes, Hugo tion of Encinitas native Concha, Kyle Dougherty, Trevor Locko, who joined Mariah Ellison, David the firm’s San Diego office Nero, Jeffrey Ocheskey, as an associate attorney in Francisco Ortega, Calvin the firm’s growing LitigaLockhart, Roberto Pena- tion Practice Area. Locko herrera Reyes, Matthew is experienced in litigating Petrowski, Dasani Rolle, securities and shareholder Marcus Schrade, Larisa rights cases, along with conJames, Kianna Smith, Dom- sumer fraud and antitrust inic Mikel, Emily Stew- class actions. art, Mariah Tariske and Taffarol Wedderburn, of NEW AUTHORS Oceanside; Katie PoznansJeannette Caruth of Eski, Stacey Martin-Kuo, condido and her son, QuintWilliam Jackson and Mar- en Caruth, have published a tin Michel, of San Diego; book of original poetry and Joseph Arruda and Efren wisdom from many years Espinoza Hernandez of San of combined soul seeking. Marcos; Lauren Brower and “Conversations from the Ethan Knowles of Carlsbad; Soul: A Unique Exchange Ashtyn Lamb of Vista; and Between Mother and Son.” Christopher Desamours, A sample chapter is availTyler Marino and Cameron able at caruthconversaMiller of Camp Pendleton.

ed Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista, with guest speaker San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan. Stephan will speak at around 10:30 a.m. and participants will walk down Melrose Drive about a mile and a half round-trip from the church. Information tables, water and Stop Trafficking signs will be provided and the event is free to the public. Masks will be required for the indoor portion. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and similar events are being held throughout the county. For more information, visit or email soroptimistinternationalvista@gmail. com or call 760-683-9427.



tricting Commission. The new maps — which significantly reshaped California’s Senate, Assembly, and congressional districts in accordance with regional population and demographic changes — had a considerable impact on a number of state and local races, including the state senate seat in District 38 (currently District 36, held by Republican Pat Bates). Bartlett, who lives in Dana Point, was essentially drawn out of the newly formed district (District 38 now runs from San Onofre in the north to Mission Beach in the south). Candidates for the state Senate must live within the district lines of the region they’re running to represent, and Dana Point, which had been a part of the old District 36, was excluded by the new boundaries. The 49th Congressional District — which runs all the way from San Juan Capistrano down to Del Mar, includes Vista and ex-

By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — A growing number of residents say it’s time the city has a dog beach of its own, while other residents don’t want dogs on the beach at all. Over the last few weeks, an online petition has been gathering signatures in support of creating a seasonal dog beach in the northern part of the city. Resident Paul Perkins, who made the petition, has so far attracted more than 2,200 signatures. Currently, the only other cities with dog beaches in San Diego County are in Del Mar, Ocean Beach and Coronado, which means Oceanside residents who want to let their dogs off their leashes on the beach must drive 20 or more miles away to do so. The petition proposes to put a dog beach in North Oceanside between the two jetties stretching from the entrance to the harbor to the San Luis Rey River. The proposed dog beach would allow dogs off-leash and would be open during seasonal hours similar to the schedule at Del Mar’s North Beach, nicknamed "Dog Beach." Those in favor of the North Oceanside beach location believe the spot is ideal due to its location to bathrooms, parking and playground. The goal for supporters is to make Oceanside a “premier city” for offering a dog beach in the region. With a dog beach, they say, the city could help keep visitors in Oceanside rather than send them further down south to experience another city’s dog beach. “When we bring our dog to the beach in Del Mar, we spend a good part of the day there going shopping

and eating,” said resident Kevin Jacobs. “I’d much rather spend my money in Oceanside.” Councilmembers Kori Jensen and Christopher Rodriguez brought the item to Council for consideration on Dec. 16. The two council members proposed having staff study the possibility of implementing a dog beach along with its effort to explore more dog park options throughout Oceanside. “I’ve had a lot of emails from people wanting to have a dog beach,” Jensen said. “I think it’s something we need to look into.” Not everyone is sold on the idea of having a dog beach, however. Mark Warr, who manages vacation rentals near the proposed north beach location, believes a dog beach would create less demand for his rentals and harm property value. Warr also believes having a dog beach would harm the water quality and increase bacterial levels due to more dog waste being left behind. Fellow resident Carolyn Kramer agreed with Warr, noting that the cities of San Clemente and Newport Beach recently voted down dog beaches. Others who were opposed to the dog beach proposal, like Mayor Esther Sanchez, noted Oceanside’s dwindling beaches as another reason not to have one. “Our beaches are disappearing,” Sanchez said. “We don’t even have enough beaches for our residents and visitors.” Council narrowly approved its direction for staff to look into the possibility of a dog beach with a 3-2 vote. Sanchez and Deputy Mayor Ryan Keim were opposed.

tends as east as Fallbrook — was not as substantially affected by redistricting, and the voter demographics in the district remain significantly favorable for Levin, according to Evan McLaughlin, a political data consultant for Redistricting Partners. While the party affiliation of the district’s registered voters is close to a 5050 split (35.7% of CA-49’s voters are registered Democrats, vs. 33.8% Republican, according to Politcal Data Inc.), McLaughlin expressed that Bartlett and the other Republicans will face a steep uphill battle to unseat Levin, whom the consultant said has not only already won the district twice by decisive margins but is also particularly focused on issues such as environmental conservation that CA-49’s heavily coastal communities are deeply concerned about. “These voters are worried about water quality by the beaches, the oil spill that happened last year, what’s happening with the San Onofre nuclear power plant, and other quality of

life issues,” McLaughlin said. “These communities are familiar with Levin’s casework and the issues he’s handled in the community, and they’ve reelected him because of that work.” McLaughlin added that in being from Orange County, Bartlett faces an additional disadvantage in the race because she isn’t a familiar face to voters, as the district is mostly within San Diego County lines. Bartlett’s entrance into the race has also already stimulated some jostling between the Republican candidates, with both Maryott and Rodriguez speaking out against the supervisor’s entrance into the race when reached for comment by The Coast News. In contrast to a regular partisan election, the race for CA-49 is a “jungle primary”— meaning that all candidates regardless of party compete in an initial primary round, with the two primary candidates receiving the most votes then advancing to compete in the general election.


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Vista seeks Hall of Fame nominations By Staff

VISTA — It is time again to find new members to the Vista Hall of Fame. The hall of fame celebrates Vista’s history by highlighting individual accomplishments in support of Vista. A minimum of two members will be elected to the hall of fame each year. One of these members will be from the regular division and one from the early residents division. The regular division nominee can be living or dead and must meet the first three criteria listed below. The early residents division nominee must also meet the first three criteria and must also meet the

fourth criteria that he or she must have been dead for 20 years or more. The reason for the difference in the divisions is to ensure that early residents who made significant contributions to Vista are remembered. The criteria for election to the of the hall of fame are as follows: 1. Each nominee must have lived in Vista at least 20 years. 2. Each nominee must have made significant contributions to the betterment of the community. The accomplishments must be verified to the committee’s satisfaction. 3. Married couples who both meet the criteria may be nominated together as

one nominee. 4. An early residents division nominee must have died in or before 2001. The Vista Historical Society board of directors will appoint a committee to review nominations that are received from the public, generated by the committee itself, or others, for the board's consideration. The board of directors will make the final decision. If you have any candidates who meet the above criteria, contact the museum by phone at (760) 630-0444, e-mail or mail to P.O. Box 1032 Vista, CA 92085. Nominations from the public must be received no later than Feb. 11, 2022. All nominations must include substantial evidence of the candidates’ qualifications to be considered as well as a photo of the candidate. The Vista Hall of Fame was created in 1989, as part of Vista Heritage Week, to honor significant people and their achievements that have enriched Vista’s vibrant history. Inductions were made in each of the next three years, ceasing in 1992, and beginning again in 1995. The Vista Historical Society then received custody of the photographs. Beginning in 1994, upon completion of the first Vista Historical Museum, the historical society began to display the hall of fame members’ photographic portraits and to choose new members of the hall of fame. The new members are inducted into the hall of fame at the society’s annual meeting.



upwards of three hours at Kaiser Permanente’s San Marcos testing location have become the norm, according to Jennifer Dailard, a media spokesperson for Kaiser. The testing center has increased its staffing and expanded its hours of operations in response, but the sheer volume of local residents seeking tests has still strained the site’s capacity, Dailard said. “We’ve really been experiencing uncommonly high demand for testing around this holiday season,” she said. “We’ve adjusted our hours and tried to adjust staffing best we can, but we’re sadly not an exception to what’s become the rule throughout the county, which is longer waits.” She added that she thinks that the holidays have further exacerbated what was already a huge regional surge in case numbers. “I think that especially this week with the holiday ending, you have people getting back to work and trying to figure out if they’re safe, you have companies and schools getting their people tested, and then there’s those getting tested to see if they’re safe for travel as well.”

MORE PHASES of the newly launched SOCAL initiative are expected to be rolled out in the coming months, including internships and job shadowing opportunities. Photo by World Image


CAL initiative are expected to be rolled out in the coming months, including an ongoing career-day speakers’ bureau, shadowing experiences, internships and other workforce development resources. “Our effort is to become a centralized hub of various workforce development programs that are around and about North County and hopefully create a critical mass of activity under the Ashley Miller and her husband drove 45 minutes from their home in Fallbrook to get tested at a drive-through clinic set up at The Shoppes shopping center in Carlsbad. Once they arrived, they waited over two hours to get tested, and Miller said that it was obvious that the site’s testing capacity was strained by the sheer volume of people who showed up. “There were about 60 cars ahead of us when we got there so we had to wait two hours to get tested. It was run pretty smoothly overall but there were just more cars than there were staff to test. The long waits … are frustrating but the staff are really doing their best given the circumstances,” Miller said. Miller added that she knows some people who ended up paying hundreds of dollars for rapid tests at private health clinics in order to skip the long lines. The demand for testing has been so high that some of Carbon Health’s clinics have run out of rapid tests entirely, and some locations are starting to have to shut down walk-in tests during the day due to a shortage of testing supplies, Block said. “We’re facing huge staffing and supply challenges, especially with a

SOCAL banner,” said Erik Bruvold, chief executive officer for the SDNEDC. “One of the things we know about this space is that it’s disjointed and there are lots of resources, but it’s hard to navigate. So if we can help become kind of a one-stop-shop in this particular area that would be a great achievement.” Job explorers, interested businesses and the community can learn more about the SOCAL initiative and experience SOCAL’s interactive website by vis-

iting www.socalworkforce. org. “We believe supporting the SOCAL initiative not only helps support our future workforce but also strengthens the health and prosperity of our region by advancing economic empowerment,” Byzak said. “By integrating education and workforce development through a platform that everyone can take advantage of, we hope to make economic advancement more equitable in North County.”

shortage of tests … we can’t even guarantee rapid tests for our patients now, we have to save them for heavily symptomatic patients and people are getting mad at us. Some days there’s just such an influx of people at the site that we just can’t take any more walk-ins for the day at all,” Block said. Those coming to the San Marcos location should expect to wait at least a couple of hours to get tested, he added. Escondido resident Lily Yates said that she had a test appointment at Total Testing Solutions in Rancho Bernardo, but when she and her family arrived to get tested, site staff told them that the center was closed for the day after they had run out of test kits. “It’s upsetting,” Yates said. “I drove all the way from Escondido and the two guys at the site said sorry we don’t have any tests, and our other location in Santee is closed down as well. … I just think that’s silly, like we need more sites open — this really hasn’t been an easy experience.” Having to devote increasingly more resources to meet the increasing need for testing has also had a ripple effect on health care providers’ ability to offer patients other services, ac-

cording to Block. “Where I really see the impact to this is in how hard it is now to get urgent care appointments … like if someone has a UTI or a broken ankle or any other malady, I just literally don’t have the appointments to get them in and treated, the appointments are pretty much all for COVID testing now,” Block said. It’s not just testing centers that are overwhelmed — at home COVID-19 tests are also becoming increasingly hard to come by, with locals often finding store shelves that were full of test kits now empty. Orense, Miller, and Yates all said that they went to testing sites in-person only after being unable to find a single test kit available at surrounding locations or online. “They’re just nowhere to be found,” Miller said of the at-home tests. “I tried to order one online since we are sick, and I had a friend go to a bunch of different stores for me, and there were just none available.” In Carlsbad, city libraries distributing thousands of at-home COVID-19 test kits supplied by the county ran out in just a couple of days, according to the city’s communications director, Kristina Ray.

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North County woman relishes role as advocate for foster youth

ENCINITAS RESIDENT Kate Gibson became a court-appointed special advocate, or CASA, to help abused and neglected children in San Diego County’s foster care system receive the necessary level of care and assistance. Courtesy photo By Bill Slane

ENCINITAS — Shortly after moving to Encinitas 30 years ago, Kate Gibson received a visit from a neighbor looking for help. During a short walk to her new acquaintance's home, Gibson learned her neighbors were a foster family who had just taken in a nine-year-old boy the previous night. The boy was set to start school that morning but had locked himself in a closet. Gibson had previous experience working with children but nothing to the extent of raising foster youth. “He was just the sweetest boy that had the look of terror on his face,” Gibson told The Coast News. “There was just something about that moment. I always

think that once your heart is touched by something, you can’t turn that off.” Gibson said that what she saw that day led her to become a direct advocate for foster children. However, it wasn’t until years later when Gibson became a court-appointed special advocate, or CASA, through the organization Voices for Children. “Years later I heard about them and kept telling myself this is the year, I’m going to become a CASA this year,” Gibson said. “And every time I thought I chickened out or thought I was too busy or whatever the case was, but that moment with that boy is what kept me coming back.” Gibson finally took the leap about four years ago to

become a special advocate. Just recently, Gibson saw the first child she worked with find a forever home. According to the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, 38,653 referrals were made to the child abuse hotline concerning the safety and well-being of 44,500 children in San Diego County in the fiscal year 2019-20. Of those children, approximately 1,200 entered the foster care system, with 62% of children in foster care in San Diego County being five years old or younger. Currently, there are roughly 3,530 children and youth in the county are receiving some kind of child welfare service, whether extended foster care or other kinds of social services. Gibson said her work as an advocate can help to keep some of those children from falling through the cracks of the system. “Like most systems that are large, nothing happens quickly. It’s a slow process,” Gibson said. “And I think the more professionals on one of our kids’ cases, the more time put in, the more energy and hard work that is put into it, it speaks to the foundation of what CASAs try to do.” Gibson said the work of a court-appointed special advocate is to build relationships with abused and neglected children. For many kids in the system, an advocate is the one person

that sticks with children through a variety of difficult moves, ranging from homes to schools. A CASA works with other caseworkers, teachers and school administrators, lawyers and others attached to a child’s welfare case to make sure they are getting the care they need. “A CASA has a very unique view when it comes to advocacy. We can look at their school records and say what’s this pattern going on here, then we connect it with the fact they haven’t been to therapy in three months. There’s just a nice consistency there,” Gibson said.

Even after her experience helping the young boy with her neighbor 30 years ago, Gibson had a lot of doubts about her ability to become an advocate for children. But once her heart was touched during that interaction with a scared little boy, her heart has never stopped caring for foster children. Kelly Capen Douglas, president and CEO of Voices for Children, said the organization is grateful for local advocates such as Gibson who help thousands of foster youth children every year. “It is an honor for us at Voices for Children to support Kate and more than

1,000 community members who stepped up this year to serve as CASA volunteers for children in foster care in San Diego County,” said Douglas. And for those considering joining the profession, Gibson believes that anyone can be a strong advocate for a child struggling in the system. “I truly believe that if someone has the tiniest doubt about looking into becoming a CASA, they should follow through with it,” Gibson said. “Because it will take you places that you never could have imagined and I can say that for myself.”

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Food &Wine

A new year, time for ‘beeresolutions’ the first resolution on this list considering this is a pro-beer column, so let me rephrase.

cheers! north county

ryan woldt


heers! and Happy New Year! How has it been for you so far? I spent my New Year’s — stranded by weather for an extra day — in an Airbnb in the mountains. I went for a hike by a snow-covered river, drank good beer, watched some football and stared into the fireplace. It was fairly idyllic, actually. While the flames wrapped themselves around log after log, I fell into a Zen-like meditation as I drank a fine local can of beer. It was the beer that my brain decided to focus on. Dang, this is good! I kept thinking. Then, I want more of this in my life. More good beer. More moments like this one. At some point I decided to make a commitment to beer in 2022 in the form of some resolutions, nay, beeresolutions. • Drink Less Beer: This might sound odd as

• Drink Less Beer, but Drink Better Beer: That’s better. I drink a lot of beer and, frankly, I don’t always really enjoy it. Sometimes I drink beer just because it is there. Sometimes I drink it while doing other things. I crack the can. Enjoy that first sip and then all of a sudden it is gone. In 2022, I plan to make time to appreciate more than just that first sip. Brewers are craftspeople and I resolve to treat their creations with the respect they deserve from start to finish. I may end up drinking less beer as I take more time to appreciate the good stuff* and that’s okay. * “Good stuff” is an arbitrary term. What you think is good beer and what I do doesn’t have to be the same thing! • Repeat: In what feels like a never-ending effort to try every new beer, I rarely repeat a purchase. Beer FOMO is real and I’ve fallen prey to it. I often give up the known great pint for the unknown liqTURN TO CHEERS! ON 14

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Toasting the best wines of 2021


parade of wines for our annual “Top 10 Wines” list was positioned around my computer on Christmas eve. But after several days, my partner Rico Cassoni and I cultivated our final list for Taste of Wine’s Top 10 Wines for 2021.

FRANK’S TOP 5 PICKS Chateau Buena Vista Chardonnay, Carneros Napa Valley, 2019. $25. Founded in 1857, Buena Vista is California’s first premium winery. This Chardonnay offers hints of rich apple, pear and pineapple with crisp acidity on the finish. buenavistawinery. com.

taste of wine frank mangio their best wine from this vineyard, and we wholeheartedly agree.

Poggi Amarone della Valpolicella, Verona Veneto Italia, 2017. $22. Amarone, in the Veneto district of Italy, uses a centuries-old process called “appassimento,” dehydration of grapes for more concentrated wine flavors, color and aromas. Also, the Daou Solomon Hills Pi- Poggi selection has 16% alnot Noir, Paso Robles, 2019. cohol content, so you may want to drink it sitting $90. This limited-edition pi- down. not noir is exclusively from Prisoner Wine Company the famed Solomon Hills Vineyard, the westernmost SALDO Zinfandel, Oakville vineyard in the Santa Ma- Napa Valley, 2019. $32. A blend of zinfandel, ria Valley, just 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean. petite Sirah and syrah, this Winemaker Daniel Daou dark ruby red wine emits believes that favorable con- bold aromas of black licoditions in 2019 produced rice, black pepper, cherry

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appy New Year. Since this is my first column of 2022, I feel as though I should talk about grand plans to visit faraway places, but I’m a bit gun-shy when it comes to the word “plan.” On my New Year’s Day walk with my longtime friend Wanda, we agreed that we need to keep plans and expectations for this year in check — partly to protect from disappointment and partly to protect our wallets. We’ve both heard too many tales about people who booked vacations and lost large sums when plans

THIS IS ONE of four species of dolphin that can be seen off North County’s coast by passengers aboard Oceanside Adventure’s 50-foot catamaran, which leaves regularly from Oceanside Harbor. Photo by Carla Mitroff

couraging, either. On Dec. 30, the CDC advised avoiding cruise ships. Period. I feel some sympathy for the cruise industry — it lost $10 billion last year because it was forced to a standstill by the pandemic, but cruising

COMING THIS SUMMER to Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla: Little Blue Penguins, which measure 13-17 inches high and weigh about 3 pounds. Visitors will be able to watch them socialize and build nests. Courtesy photo

were canceled because of coronavirus. Recent announcements regarding cruises from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention are not en-

is the antithesis of safe travel now. And the daily news of thousands of canceled airline flights does nothing to encourage making travel

plans. What to do? Perhaps for the foreseeable future we should stick close to home and explore San Diego County. Here are a few ideas from the San Diego Tourism Authority, a few recent emails and my photo library, and don’t forget your masks: • Sesame Place San Diego — The former site of Aquatica Water Park in Chula Vista has been transformed into a “Sesame Street” theme park that opens in March. It will still include water attractions as well as themed rides, popular-puppet parades and a stage production. It is operated by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and Sesame Workshop. • Birch Aquarium at Scripps — Little Blue Penguins (that’s really their name) are coming this summer to the 2,900-square-foot exhibit designed just for them. Their habitat includes an 18,000-gallon pool and an amphitheater and “discovery cave” where guests can watch the penguins socialize and build nests. Also at the aquarium: behind-the-scenes tours of the caring, breeding and feeding of the seahorse collection. • San Diego Zoo’s Explorers Basecamp — Coming in February: 4 acres of “wildlife adventure” where kids can climb, scramble and jump in areas designed to teach about habitats around the world. It also promises “one-of-a-kind ex-

periences with animals” to • Whale watching — help connect young visitors See four types of dolphins with the natural world and and whales — grays, humpunderstand the importance of conserving wildlife. Also: Africa Rocks, six habitats of Africa, and Monkey Trails and Forest Tales, a multilevel forest with plenty of creatures. • Iipay-Tipai Kumeyaay Mut Niihepok Exhibit (Land of the First People), Old Town San Diego State Historic Park — There’s something new in Old Town. Learn about indigenous people and the environment in San Diego before Europeans arrived. Because the project was finished during the pandemic, a digital and photo tour also are available. To add to the day’s fun, take the Coaster right to Old Town’s front door.

backs, fins, minkes and even the ginormous blues — right off our coast by catching a ride on a 49-passenger catamaran with Oceanside Adventures. This month is peak season for the whale migration. • Mission Trails Regional Park — Expand your horizons and visit this East County park that is less than an hour’s drive from any point in North County. This 8,000-acre open space offers 60 miles of trails and a sense of what San Diego County was like before the arrival of Juan Cabrillo in 1542. Visit the state-of-theart Visitor and Interpretive Center and see why Mission Trails is often referred to as San Diego’s Third Jewel, after Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park.


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Motive in slaying sought after suspect killed in shootout with police By Stephen Wyer

REGION — Law enforcement officials are still investigating a homicide after the primary suspect was killed in a shootout with police last month that resulted in an officer suffering injuries. Escondido Police Department initiated a vehicle pursuit on Sunday, Dec. 26, of 39-year-old Roberto Cazares Salgado of Ramona. Following a lengthy pursuit that ended in Escondido, Salgado got out of his car and allegedly exchanged gunfire with police officers before being shot multiple times. Salgado was later declared dead at a nearby hospital, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. One Escondido police officer was grazed by a bul-

let in the chest during the firefight and hospitalized but was later released. Salgado is the primary suspect in the homicide of 42-year-old Florencio Rodriguez, whom authorities found dead at the dead man’s residence on the 1300 block of Teelin Avenue in Vista at around 5 p.m. Dec. 26. Based on the statements of witnesses who had seen Salgado’s vehicle leaving Rodriguez’s home earlier that day, investigators identified Salgado as a suspect, sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Seiver said. According to Seiver, authorities believe they have identified a motive for the homicide, but are not releasing any information while police are still interviewing witnesses and family members.

Rodriguez was the husband of Salgado’s ex-girlfriend’s sister, Seiver said, but it is not clear how well the two knew each other or what transpired leading up to the incident. Just several hours after Rodriguez’s body was discovered, a law enforcement officer spotted Salgado in a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup with a female passenger. Police had previously been alerted that the suspect might be in the area, as Salgado’s mother lives in Escondido, according to Escondido police Lt. Bode Berreth. The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but Salgado sped away, beginning what turned into a 3½ hour vehicle chase, with police following the suspect through Vista and Oceans-

ide before the pursuit ended back in Escondido just before 3 a.m. Monday morning, Dec. 27. While the female passenger with Salgado was initially thought to be a hostage taken by the suspect, police later determined that the woman was in fact Salgado’s cousin, and investigators no longer believe that she was a hostage, according to Berreth. During the vehicle pursuit, police were able to successfully deploy spike strips against the suspect’s vehicle, which made three of his tires go flat, Berreth said. After that, Salgado’s vehicle slowed down significantly and the pursuit continued at low speeds for a short time. Authorities were subsequently able to remotely disable the Silverado pickup using OnStar, a type of

software attached to certain vehicles that police can remotely access if a vehicle is classified as stolen or wanted, according to Berreth. After the vehicle was disabled near Mission Avenue and Gamble Street, Salgado exited his vehicle and began exchanging gunfire with police. Escondido police were able to successfully utilize two Lenco BearCats — a type of heavily armored personnel carrier typically used by military or SWAT forces — to establish a perimeter around the suspect and protect both officers and nearby civilians from the gunfire, Berreth said. Salgado was known to police prior to the incident and had an extensive criminal history both in California and at the federal level, according to Seiver.



that 78 encampments across the city had been cleared, with hundreds of encampment residents having been offered housing and other services. More than 30 tons of trash had also been disposed of during the cleanups, the report added. Vista City Councilman John Franklin said that concerns over the environmental impacts of the encampments, public safety issues, and the quality of life of the homeless themselves have necessitated the city’s cleanup efforts. “I’ve received more complaints from constituents on this issue in my seven years on the city council than on any other issue,” Franklin said. “It’s clear that these encampments have been a major interruption of public safety … there’s crime being committed associated with these places, and it’s had a major impact on quality of life.” The councilman added that he’s been pushing for even more sweeps in the city in recent months. “My present position is that we should be doing nonstop cleanup efforts. The economic costs to our city resulting from (encampments) have been enormous. … It’s time to be proactive and prevent more encampments from being established.” Both residents and businesses have been vocal with their frustrations over the spread of homeless encampments all over Vista in the past several years, and the majority of locals seem largely supportive of the cleanup efforts being conducted, said Sgt. Al Gathings with the Sheriff’s Department. “Our businesses and citizens are frustrated by the amount of trash that gets left on private property because then they have to take on the financial burden of removing that trash themselves. … With the cleanup efforts I’ve seen the citizens and business owners be very appreciative of us coming in and removing trash, waste, and

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The Escondido Art Association announces its Open Show “It’s a New Day,” through Feb. 4, at the Artists Gallery, 121 W. Grand Ave., Escondido. The Artists Gallery will host a public reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15. For information and entry fees, visit, e-mail, or call the Artists Gallery (442) 317-0980. Take-in will from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8.


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A HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT is cleared last year in Vista, one of 78 such camps cleared in the city in a six-month stretch in 2021. People at the encampments are given 72 hours’ notice that their camp will be cleared. File photo

things on that nature from their properties,” Gathings said. While cleanups are an important step in protecting the quality of life of the city’s residents, Vista still needs to do more work in trying to solve issues that underlie homelessness, especially drug abuse and mental illness, said Franklin. “(Homelessness) is continuing to get worse in our city,” the councilman said. “Homelessness is the number one problem in Vista and at the local and state government level. … The urgency and imperative as a moral society to step in and help these people is tremendous.” Persons who are addicted to drugs or are mentally ill are particularly likely to refuse the assistance offered during cleanups and instead continue to live on the streets, creating a huge challenge for authorities, Franklin added. “When it comes to homelessness, we continue to be hamstrung when we try to bring people help who need help but won’t voluntarily accept it,” the councilman said. “These people are suffering from real diseases that are mentally and physically destroying their bodies. … What we need

are meaningful solutions to get help for people who are addicted to drugs and many of whom are suffering from severe but treatable mental illnesses.” While the encampment sweeps may appease frustrated locals, such action does little to alleviate the problems behind homelessness that have continued to worsen in spite of the city’s efforts, said Chris Megison, president of Solutions for Change, a homeless services organization that operates in North County. “It’s an optics thing,” Megison said of the encampment cleanups. “In almost every scenario, the end result will be that they move people out, clean up the encampments, doing all the optics of, ‘Hey, we’re here to help and we’ve taken X amount of people off the streets,’ but the reality is that very few people will actually end up getting help and taking help.” Vista’s unhoused population has rapidly risen in the last couple of years going back before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Megison said that city leadership bears some of the blame for the worsening crisis. Instead of just offering encampment residents temporary housing, Megison said that the

focus needs to be on connecting the homeless with longer-term services that address systemic issues of drug abuse, mental illness, and poverty. “The reality is that the leadership of this city is messing up big time when it comes to organizing and applying resources,” he said. “The right intent is there but they’re executing a failed design on this issue.” “They’re trying to solve this with housing resources when the real problem is addiction in most cases,” Megison added. “Instead of spending millions of dollars on containing the impacts of homelessness, they would spend significantly less money shifting their design and addressing the root causes. … Wiping out encampments and moving people around is really just a band-aid to the problem.” John Van Cleef, CEO of the Community Resource Center, said that instead of encampment sweeps the city should be prioritizing permanent housing solutions, long-term employment opportunities, and mental health care for the homeless. “Clearing an encampment might address an immediate concern, but it more clearly highlights the greater human concern and

need for comprehensive solutions to help people experiencing homelessness,” Van Cleef said. Franklin defended the city’s actions, pointing out that social workers who go out and work with the Sheriff’s Department during encampment clearings connect the unhoused with assistance that goes beyond housing, including medical services, mental health treatment programs and drug rehabilitation programs. “There’s opportunity and services for everyone who wants them,” the councilman said, while expressing that the severity of the threat posed by encampments to the community had left the city with little choice other than to take drastic action. “The answer to the homelessness crisis is for government to continue to provide shelter and the necessary wraparound services for those seeking housing while simultaneously pursuing enforcement,” he added. “Government should proactively assist citizens in solving problems as well as using enforcement of the law to compel the use of that assistance.” Caltrans did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Presented by the nonprofit San Diego Folk Heritage, the Java Joe Reunion Show will play at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. General Admission $30 at The concert features Berkley Hart, Billy Galewood, Tim Flannery, Gregory Page and Lisa Sanders. For more information, visit Concert attendees must be vaccinated and wear face masks indoors.


Start with some theater as “All News Radio” a one-act play written by Emma Caroline Lias is staged at 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Oceanside Theatre Company at the Sunshine Brooks, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Tickets at https://newvillagearts. org/. You can also join a Monologue Workshop taught by Farah Dinga at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8, at the Oceanside Theatre Company at the Sunshine Brooks, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Register at https://newvillagearts. org/.


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of times during the past 55 years, including this year on Dec. 17. Police arrested a suspect in his 40s Wait, What? who had soot on his hands Ever watched a cook- and matched a description ing show and wished you from witnesses. [Associated could sample the finished Press, 12/17/2021] product? A professor in Japan has created a prototype Scrooge Is Real TV screen that you can lick — Gina Sheldon of to taste a particular food. It Portsmouth, New Hampworks by spraying flavors shire, arrived home from on a film that rolls over Europe and opened her lugthe TV screen, Reuters re- gage to find $3,000 of gifts ported. While such a prod- gone, WMUR-TV reported uct might seem misguided on Dec. 24. The items were during a global pandemic, “replaced with dog food, an Meiji University professor old T-shirt, a shaving cream Homei Miyashita sees it bottle,” Sheldon said; she differently: “The goal is to believes those items were make it possible for people used because they look like to have the experience of a “real luggage product” something like eating at a when scanned. She had restaurant on the other side spent 11 days in Italy and of the world, even while a few in Paris and believes staying at home,” he said. the switcheroo happened in Miyashita said a commer- the baggage area of Charles cial version could be made DeGaulle Airport in Parfor about $875. [Reuters, is. Sheldon had bought a 12/23/2021] leather jacket for her teenager and “these really cute Weird Christmas Tradition leather wristlet band pursSince 1966, the city of es” for other family and Gavle, Sweden, has erect- friends. Delta Airlines and ed a huge straw goat in its their partner Air France downtown square at Christ- are looking into the incimastime. The goats are pa- dent. [WMUR, 12/24/2021] gan symbols that preceded — In this story, Scrooge Santa Claus as a bringer of is a hyperactive rodent with gifts, the Associated Press a bushy tail: The vendor reported. But in what has who usually installs holibecome an adjunct to the day lighting at Mears Park town’s tradition, the goats in St. Paul, Minnesota, dehave been torched dozens clined to take the job this



uid that has the potential to be the next best thing. The Pandemic (the capital P feels right) has been helping me by limiting the number of draft lists I look at on a regular basis. I pay attention to the beer scene and I still feel out of the loop as to what is out there right now. In 2022, I resolve to re-

peat-drink the beers I find the most enjoyable, creating my own core beer list to enjoy time after time. Of course, I’ll also be working to reduce the anxiety I currently feel that I might be missing out by not trying something new. • Leave My Beer Stereotypes Behind: Let me tell you a story. I’ve always been against the hazy beer trend.*

year after squirrels chewed through the wires in 2020, Lee Ann LaBore, co-chair of the Friends of Mears Park, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Our vendor reuses the lights, and they can’t afford to ... have the squirrels destroy them again,” she said. Instead, this year organizers used a projector with kaleidoscopelike moving images of snowflakes. People “want to see the twinkly lights,” LaBore said. “Well, we can’t have twinkly lights. It was probably this or nothing.” [Pioneer Press, 12/21/2021]

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Virtual Reality Pinellas County (Florida) sheriff’s deputies stopped a car at 4 a.m. on Dec. 18 for driving without its lights on, The Smoking Gun reported. They arrested the driver, Darius Owens, 27, for DUI and marijuana possession, but the real payoff came when they searched the car and passenger, Patrick Florence, 34. Under the Florence’s seat, they found a gun; wrapped around his penis, they discovered baggies holding methamphetamine and cocaine. Florence, who has many felony convictions, denied that the drugs were his, but he wouldn’t say who they belonged to. So many questions. [Smok-

The Continuing Crisis — On Dec. 26, as bad weather kept Kristin Livdahl and her 10-yearold daughter inside, they looked for some fun challenges to do: “... laying down and rolling over holding a shoe on your foot,” for example, Livdahl explained on Twitter. But when the child asked Amazon’s Alexa for a challenge, Fox News reported, it suggested she plug a charger cord about halfway into a wall, then hold a penny against the exposed prongs. Fortunately, Livdahl was there with her and yelled, “‘No, Alexa, no!’ like it was a dog,” she said. Later, Livdahl received an email from Amazon, apologizing

In the beginning, all hazy beers tasted the same to me. They lacked that hop forward bitterness I craved, and there was a mad rush to put hazy IPAs on the market, which led to a proliferation of not-so-good products available. Plus, everyone else seemed to love them and the rebellious side of me decided that I didn’t. Fast-forward to New Year’s. That beer I was sipping by the fireplace, I had

picked it at random from the singles shelf at a nearby liquor emporium. I didn’t read the label particularly closely. If you remember, I found myself thinking, Dang! This is good. I’ll break the suspense. It was a hazy pale ale. This isn’t the first time in the past year that has happened. In 2022, I resolve to put my beer stereotypes behind me and be more open-mind-

Lovin’ It McDonald’s locations in Guangdong and Shanghai, China, are testing new in-store seating: exercise bikes. A spokesperson said the bikes are part of McDonald’s Upcycle for Good initiative, which promotes sustainability, United Press International reported. They generate electricity, which customers can use to charge their devices. Oh, and they help customers stay healthier while gobbling a Big Mac and fries. [UPI, 12/28/2021]

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der or scaling the side with a decent drop below,” she said. She and her dog were trapped in the apartment for about four hours, during which the dog almost had an accident. While Crump doesn’t plan any legal action, she did note that the absence of stairs could be a fire hazard, and she hopes the management company will compensate tenants for putting them in a dangerous situation. [Daily Mail, 12/29/2021] Short Fuse Alvis Parrish, 54, of Jacksonville, Florida, got tired of hearing her boyfriend, William Carter, talk on Dec. 7, so she gave him “just enough” poison in his lemonade to shut him up. Then she called police “so he wouldn’t die,” reported. When officers arrived, Parrish was on her front porch, where she was handcuffed. “Do whatever you want,” she told them. “If you don’t take me, I will kill him.” A deputy who spoke to Carter, 61, said he was difficult to interview because he was so tired. Carter said the lemonade tasted funny, then collapsed on the floor. Parrish is facing a charge of poisoning food or water with intent to kill or injure a person. [clickorlando. com, 12/15/2021] that note, I’ll close out this list of 2022 Beeresolutions by pledging to go make more of an effort to cut out the middle man. There is nothing wrong with picking up your favorite six-pack at the grocery or liquor store. In fact, it tells those stores that your favorite brand has supporters willing to buy their product, and I’ve been doing more of that than ever this past year. However, in a world where margins are thin and Covid has burned out hospitality workers, I’m going to get back to going to the brewery to buy my beer. The extra few bucks a small brewery makes on every direct sale add up. Starting with a four-pack of Rain Unfiltered Pilsner I pulled out of the cooler at the Pure Project in Carlsbad. While I’m there, I’ll make a point to engage, smile with my eyes — because, you know, the mask — and be the type of customer I always appreciated when I was behind the bar. Those are my beeresolutions for 2022. I encourage you to make some of your own. At the very least, take an extra moment while drinking every beer to appreciate that somewhere along the line, someone decided to mix hops, water, malt, and yeast together in a boil, and then put it in their mouth. What a hero. *** Stream the classic episodes of the Roast! West Coast coffee podcast on the Coast News Podcast page, and be sure to follow Cheers! North County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Got an interesting story about your drinking adventures? Reach out, I want to hear it.


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Get seats for “Weirdo” at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 or consider “The Somalis & The Semper Fi” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9, both at the Oceanside Theatre Company at the Sunshine Brooks, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside.

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The Oceanside Museum of Art presents a two-day workshop, “Masterful Drawing Techniques,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 and Jan. 12 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $100. To register, visit https://oma-online. org/events /two-day-workshop-masterful-drawing/.



cation) we offer live music six nights a week and comedy night one day a week, and that helps provide an environment that’s attractive and keeps people entertained. … If we didn’t have live music that takes away about 50% of the things that we can do — we’d prob-

THE MUSIC OF Shen Yun emphasizes spirituality, which is the side of our health spectrum that we often neglect. Photo courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts

aware that mental health affects physical health and immunity, as mental health experts have reminded us since the onset of lockdowns. “Meaningful spiritual entertainment is able to empower your mind, body, spirit—your whole being—to be able to protect yourself,” Liu said. “Through the arts, through performance, we help people overcome fear and depression and anxiety.” This is held as truth in medical science, in positive psychology, and the wisdom of the ancients, since back before the Greeks built the Epid-

aurus theater in 400 B.C. as a place to honor Asclepius, the god of medicine, a place for the weary to cleanse their souls with therapeutic waters and theater. But what is special about Shen Yun Performing Arts in particular? “They’re bringing hope to the world, to the people, to every individual,” Liu said. Many years ago, Liu saw a performance by New York-based Shen Yun, the premier classical Chinese dance company, and he has been recommending it to his clients ever since. Beyond the healing

power of the arts in general, Liu points out that Shen Yun’s music blends ancient Chinese musical principles with the sound of the full classical orchestra audiences are most familiar with. “I found the music of the Shen Yun performance to be very special. Because I am a music therapy doctor myself, I feel that although most of Shen Yun‘s ensemble is Western instruments, the style of composition is actually in line with yin and yang and the five elements; it is music that expresses the harmony between heaven and earth,” Liu said. The ancient Chinese

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its newest exhibition, “Impermanence,” 2633 State St., Carlsbad, through Feb. 13. The show highlights the work of four featured artists; landscape artist Andres Amador, glass sculptor Michelle Kurtis Cole, woodworker and designer Wendy Maruyama and printmaker, illustrator Kathi McCord. PHES Gallery is open Thursday - Saturday, 2 to 7 p.m.


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.


New Village Arts Theater debuts “Desert Rock Garden” Jan. 21 at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Subscriptions and tickets at


Artist Don Henley announces the exhibition of 13 sculptural pizza cutters, entitled “The Alternative Slice,” in a solo showing through Feb. 28 at the Encinitas Library Gallery 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

The piano duo of Jacopo Giacopuzzi and Konstantin Soukhovetski will perform for the Wednesdays at Noon concert series from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

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Vuori Presents “The Rise. The Shine,” A concert to benefit mental health, featuring Tristan Prettyman, Yovee and DJ Flo at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach Tickets $25 at

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The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will again perform the “Eroica” as well as Carlos Chavez’s Piano Concerto No. 1, at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6611 University Ave., San Diego. The rehearsal, set NEXT AT NCRT for Jan. 13, is family-friendThe North Coast Reper- ly (children are encouraged tory Theatre’s next offering to attend) and is free to the will be the musical “Desper- public. ate Measures,” a West Coast premiere, running through Feb. 6. Tickets at or call (858) 481- ‘IMPERMANENCE’ 1055. PHES Gallery offers

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ably sell our building if we couldn’t have live music,” Burtner said. In addition to being an immense benefit to the downtown businesses and residents, the new entertainment guidelines will also be a huge boost to bands and solo artists trying to make it locally, Contreras said. “One side of this coin is

those providing the entertainment. They need to be connected to opportunities locally where they don’t have to go out so far, so this is going to provide an opportunity for businesses to connect with local talent, so that they can synergize and highlight each other,” she said. “On the flip side you get fans from that local

also believed music had the power to heal; the Chinese character for “music” is actually the root of the Chinese character for “medicine.” This music system is pentatonic, based on five tones, which are attuned to the body’s five main internal organs, and the five elements of the exterior world. The first note, “gong,” is connected to the earth element and the digestive system, and music based on this note puts the listener in a state of serenity. The “jue” note is vigorous and connected to the wood element and liver health; “shang” is connected to metal, the lungs, and sorrow; “yu” is melodious and quiet, transparent like water, and connected to the kidneys; “zhi” is joyous, connected to fire, and the heart. Liu’s explanation matches that of Shen Yun’s closely, as this was common knowledge in traditional Chinese culture, before communism destroyed traditional culture in China. For 5,000 years, Chinese culture was believed to be divinely inspired, and the deeply spiritual civilization was centered around the idea of harmony

between heaven, earth, and humankind. It was only the last century when the Communist Party, atheist and anti-China in nature, took power and control of the nation. “The yin and yang and five elements in the show are able to activate your energy circulation system, which in acupuncture we call meridians,” Liu said. “This energy really activates your whole mind, body, spirit.” “Our body needs energy. When you don’t have good energy, you don’t sleep well, you worry, and then you make mistakes, because your mind is not clear,” Liu said. “This is very common: people lose their spiritual strength, their mental clarity, and then they make mistakes. And they then so easily get sick, because they become weak.” “Body, mind, and spirit—don’t forget this. This is how our whole being came from the universe, from God,” Liu said. And Shen Yun, a performance filled with spirit, with ancient wisdom, and the healing power of art, jump-starts that for that audience.

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Hear Mônica Pedrosa, soprano, and Fernando Araújo, guitar, with Aline Alves, piano, and Lars Hoefs, cello, with Songs Of Love: Brazilian Duos from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Wednesdays at Noon concert series at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

Richard Dreyfuss will host a benefit reading of “The Soap Myth” by Jeff Cohen for North Coast Repertory Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24-25 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D Solana Beach. There will be talkbacks after each performance. The Jan. 24 features a talkback with Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum. Tickets $100 at



Get tickets for the 11th annual Beat Farmers Hootenanny with the Farmers and friends Dave Alvin, Deke Dickerson, Joey Harris and the Mentals, Sara Petite and Chloe Lou at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach Tickets $23 to $41 at

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Taste of Art: The Power of Color will be on exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Oceanside Museum Of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $65. Register at https://oma-online. org/events/taste-of-art-thepower-of-color/.

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The Oceanside Museum Of Art offers “Brimming with Joy,” a wearable art workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Join artists Saki and MartyO to create a unique crown or headpiece that incorporates a combination of materials and personal mementos. The workshop is free with $10 museum admission


band and maybe they’ve never been to one of these venues and they go just because that band is playing … so you can have kind of a magnification of dollars by connecting local talent to businesses, and that way both can be prosperous.” The new law stipulates that outdoor music at approved venues cannot exceed a volume of 75 decibels

(dba) when measured at the property line. The city will enforce a progressive complaint strategy when dealing with businesses in violation of the ordinance; a first complaint is a warning to the establishment, a second complaint means that the business must install a sound measuring device on its property, and a third complaint allows the

Music By The Sea will feature the Borisevich Duo with violinist Nikita Borisevich and pianist Margarita Loukachkina at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets at The Season Pass for all nine concerts offers a savings of $40 off single-ticket prices.



Singer, songwriter, and interpreter of music Joan Osborne performs at The Belly Up Tavern Jan. 24, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, with support from The Weepies. This is Osborne’s first tour since the release of 2020’s “Trouble and Strife” and coincides with the release of her new album “Radio Waves” Feb. 22. Tickets at

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Hear Brazilian tango tempo with Lars Hoefs on cello and Victor Santiago Asuncion on piano as part of the Wednesdays@Noon concert series noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. city to work with the business to set up a sound control plan to prevent further violations. After the third complaint, the city will suspend a venue’s live entertainment permit, with a fourth violation resulting in a three-month suspension and a fifth violation leading to a six-month suspension.

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