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Synagogue shooter, 22, pleads guilty By City News Service

REGION — A young man who carried out a hate-motivated shooting at the Chabad of Poway that killed one woman and injured three other people pleaded guilty July 20 to murder and other state charges. In exchange for his pleas, 22-year-old John Earnest is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 30 to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 137 years to life, for the April 27, 2019, shooting. He also pleaded guilty to an arson charge for setting fire to the JOHN D a r- u l-A rEARNEST qam Mosque in Escondido on March 24, 2019. He previously admitted to both the shooting and the mosque fire in an online open letter in which he espoused flagrant anti-Semitic sentiments and a need to protect the “European race.” State prosecutors announced last year that they would seek the death penalty against Earnest, but capital punishment will no longer be pursued in light of his pleas to all charges and allegations filed against him, which include hate crime allegations specifying that the crimes were carried out because of the victims’ race. Last month, Earnest agreed to a conditional plea agreement on federal charges stemming from the shooting, though federal prosecutors said at a June hearing that the plea agreement still required approval from “the appropriate decision-makers,” who will determine whether to accept or reject it, meaning Earnest still could go to trial on more than 100 federal counts. Deputy District Attorney Leonard Trinh, one of the state’s prosecutors handling Earnest’s case, said TURN TO GUILTY ON 3

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Bicyclists roll through San Marcos on Sunday to compete in the Belgian Waffle Ride, which returned after a COVID-19 hiatus last year and marked the city’s largest event since the start of the pandemic. The race, which included worldclass riders and over 50 miles of off-road terrain, capped a three-day expo that featured vendors, a beer garden and, yes, plenty of Belgian waffles. In the race itself, American Peter Stetina successfully defended his 2019 title. Photo via

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, July 14, and voted to amend the city zoning ordinance so that existing hotels and motels may be converted to supportive housing, transitional housing, single-room occupancy or multi-family housing. The ordinance would provide one solution to the severe housing shortage in Escondido and throughout the state of California. “The rising housing costs and lack of affordable housing options have led to a rise in homelessness in the region, including within Escondido,” the staff report said. “Many cities, like Escondido, are attempting to increase housing production.” Partially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state established Project Homekey, which is a program that provides grant funding to public agencies and nonprofit corporations for the purchase and conversion of hotels and motels into permanent residential housing units. According to the staff report, units created under this program would be deed-restricted as affordable housing units and would assist cities in meeting their affordable housing goals. “With hotels and motels experiencing devastatingly low occupancy levels in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, industry experts are predicting an uncertain or grim future for their continued operations post-pandemic,” the staff report said. “Amending the Zoning Code to support conversions of hotels and motels to housing would provide more market-based choices for the current property owner and could TURN TO HOTELS ON 3

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Desmond blasts proposed SANDAG taxes, mileage tracking By Steve Puterski

REGION — The San Diego Association of Governments is pushing hard for new transportation taxes to build out its proposed “5 Big Moves.” The mostly transit-centric proposal was unveiled in 2019 and its budget was

revealed last year and its funding mechanisms have drawn the ire of numerous elected officials. In particular, Supervisor Jim Desmond is dismayed at SANDAG’s call for a tax-per-mile, potential “tax and track” and two ballot measures to fund the

estimated $163 billion project. The project proposes going all-in on transit, such as more trains, trolleys, buses and mobility hubs leveraging flexible fleets to address traffic congestion and greenhouse gases. SANDAG is tasked with

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Youth Symphony maestro steps down after 25 years Double Peak Challenge By Staff

ESCONDIDO — After 25 years leading the San Diego Youth Symphony and its music education programs for young people, Maestro Jeff Edmons has announced his retirement from the podium. Edmons, a longtime Escondido resident, is stepping down for personal and health reasons prior to the start of the 2021-2022 season in September. “I am so honored and fortunate to have been able to work with so many incredible and inspirational students over these 25 years,” said Edmons. “I am so proud of this organization and everything it does for young people across San Diego County and beyond. “After 25 incredible years with such incredible and inspirational students, families, and colleagues, I knew it was time for me to step down and to make way for a new music director who can lead this historic organization to new heights.” Plans to celebrate Ed-

SAN DIEGO YOUTH SYMPHONY Maestro Jeff Edmons, a longtime Escondido resident, puts down his baton after leading the program for 25 years. Courtesy photo

mons’ 25-year legacy at SDYS will be announced in the coming weeks. “Jeff has helped shape SDYS and was instrumental in its emergence as one of the leading youth arts organizations in the country,” Board Chair Sue Greenway said. “While we are all disappointed about Jeff’s departure, we understand and respect his decision.”

Edmons started at San Diego Youth Symphony in 1996 after a year-long, international search for a new music director. Under his leadership, the organization has expanded from two to 13 ensembles and serves as many as 700 students each year in the Balboa Park ensemble program. Other highlights include:

— Contributing to the creation of the Community Opus Project, a partnership with the Chula Vista Elementary School District, to expand access to music education to students who previously did not have the opportunity to study music; — Leading multiple international tours with SDYS students, including a historic tour to China for SDYS’ 70th anniversary season; — Co-founding the International Youth Symphony program, a one-of-akind collaboration with the Rotary Club’s International Youth Exchange; — Developing partnerships with other music organizations in San Diego including the La Jolla Music Society; and, — Leading SDYS’ Chamber Orchestra as the first orchestra to be featured on National Public Radio’s From The Top. “I have always focused on the students and strived to make sure that they have an unforgettable experience in music together,” Edmons said.

San Pasqual Academy contract extension OK’d By City News Service

ESCONDIDO — The county Board of Supervisors unanimously approved extending a contract July 13 that will allow the San Pasqual Academy to remain open through June 30, 2022. Located in Escondido, the academy is described by county officials as a first-inthe-nation residential educational campus designed specifically for foster youth. It was slated to close in October due to declining enrollment. State and federal law changes regarding foster care will also end funding. With its vote, the board also authorized the county Department of Purchasing and Contracting to negotiate with New Alternatives Inc. on a contract extension at a cost of $6.27 million. On May 18, supervisors approved a proposal to “re-imagine and restructure” SPA, which educates and houses foster youth, in a manner consistent with state and federal law. Helen Robbins Meyer, county chief administrative officer, was directed to work with stakeholders to ensure that SPA also serves young peo-

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be an effective way to get housing online quickly for vulnerable populations.” The council heard several public comments including one from former Escondido City Councilman Ed Gallo, who urged the council to oppose the ordinance. “You’ll lose property tax because nonprofits don’t pay property tax. In addition, you’ll lose sales tax that would be spent by hotel guests,” Gallo said. “I don’t want to give up future revenue to this city — the revenue is what makes the services available to

back in-person in Sept. By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The Kaiser Permanente Double Peak Challenge is returning to San Marcos with a 10k competitive race, a 5k fun run and a .5k kids Trail Trot. Registration is now open for the event, which will be held in person. The 6th annual event will also feature a race expo and beer garden featuring local San Marcos breweries, as well as awards and custom medals for all race finishers. The event, which was held virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will contribute to parks, recreation, education and career opportunities. One of the most challenging races in San Diego County, the 10k will set out from San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park and begin their 1,176 foot gain up to Double Peak’s summit at 1,558 feet above sea level. The paths through San Elijo Hills/Double Peak offer runners the option of running on asphalt or decomposed granite. Though steep, the course rewards runners with panoramic views of the city and all of North County. “Double Peak Challenge is a trail run like no other. We challenge you to commit to train, work hard and go further and faster than you thought possible,” said the Friends of San Marcos Recreation Board in an announcement. While the 10K race will be a challenging, timed

event, Double Peak Challenge will also offer a shorter 5K untimed course at 8 am and a free kids trail trot at 9:30 am. All registered 10K and 5K participants will receive a commemorative Double Peak Challenge completion medal and awards will be given to the top 10K race finishers in each age category. Proceeds from the race will benefit the San Marcos community through two non-profit organizations: Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise. “The mission of the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation is to advocate for the health and happiness of the community and visitors to San Marcos by enhancing the city’s parks, recreation programs, and facilities,” the board statement reads. “The Friends of San Marcos are dedicated to responsible stewardship with an emphasis on collaboration, reaching out and working to realize shared goals.” The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities. Race Day check-in begins: 6:45 a.m. To register and find more information visit http://www.doublepeakchallenge.com/.

SAN PASQUAL ACADEMY in Escondido educates and houses foster youth. It had been slated to close this fall due to declining enrollment. Photo courtesy Davy Architecture

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ple with different needs, to look at ways to serve alumni, explore the possibility of transitional housing, and enter into an agreement with the state for an extension until June 2022 that also allows for a transition. During that May 18 meeting, board Chairman Nathan Fletcher suggested the changes, saying a restructure was necessary for San Pasqual to stay open. “Our commitment to the youth in our county compels us to find creative and new ways to best meet the needs of our most vulnera-

By City News Service

REGION — With players returning to the field for the first full high school football season in two years, referees are being sought to help officiate all levels of youth football in San Diego County. Openings are available to those who are least 18 years old in August to officiate every level from youth to varsity for the fall season, according to the San Diego County Football Officials Association. The organization said new officials can earn $60

or more per game and up to $2,500 per season depending on the official’s availability and which level of games they are assigned. New officials will receive a full instructional program to get them up to speed before the fall season begins, according to the SDCFOA, which says financial assistance is also offered to qualifying recruits to help pay for equipment. Additional information can be found at sdcfora.org or by contacting the recruitment chair at 619-431-0459 or recruiting@sdcfoa.org.

torney’s Office and possible plea in that case would prevent the state’s case from moving forward,” she said. “This plea ensures the defendant is held accountable for his crimes under California state law.” The former Rancho Penasquitos resident and Cal State San Marcos nursing student admitted to carrying out the shooting on the last day of Passover, fatally wounding 60-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye, who was shot twice in the synagogue’s foyer. Kaye, a longtime member of Chabad of Poway, was at the temple with her husband and daughter to honor her mother, who had recently died.

The congregation's rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, lost a finger in the shooting. Two other people — Almog Peretz and his then-8-yearold niece, Noya Dahan — were also injured. Prosecutors say 54 people were inside the synagogue when Earnest opened fire. Surveillance footage from the date of the crime appears to show the shooter’s rifle jam or malfunction after he entered the synagogue and began firing. He then fled the scene after being chased out by congregants, drove a short distance away, called police and directed them to his location, where he was arrested.

the people in this town.” Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez brought up the point that these conversions would mostly be in motels rather than hotels, so she doesn’t believe the city would lose many tourism opportunities. “It’s not perfect, but I think we need to do something about housing and get people into housing, so I’m supportive of this,” Mayor Paul McNamara said. The ordinance was approved 5-0. The council also voted to approve the rent increase application for Carefree Ranch Mobilehome Park.

ble,” Fletcher said. “While the model will change, our commitment to our youth and services at this location remains the same.” Fletcher said the board needed to look at all options under state and federal law. SPA can continue to be a place that serves county youth, he said, “but it’s going to be different. It cannot remain as-is. If we get focused on that, there’s gonna be a lot of good things we can do.” Supervisor Jim Desmond said that despite a difference of opinion over the

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the District Attorney’s Office moved to resolve the case in light of the federal plea, which could have triggered the state’s double jeopardy clause preventing state defendants from being prosecuted for the same offense in two different courts.. The clause does not prevent the federal prosecution, however, from potentially going forward. The U.S. Attorney’s Office may also seek the death penalty in its case, but has not yet made a decision on capital punishment. San Diego County Dis-

academy’s long-term future, the topic has “sparked a lot of passion and energy. We all agree we’ve got something really good here,” Desmond said. “This is a jewel of San Diego County. I hated giving up on it altogether.” Desmond said while he strongly supports SPA’s existing program, he also understands that the state won’t allow that. In March, supervisors had unanimously agreed to ask the state Department of Social Services to extend the academy’s operations. trict Attorney Summer Stephan said in a statement, “While we reserved the option of trying this as a death penalty case, life in prison without the possibility of parole for the defendant is an appropriate resolution to this violent hate crime and we hope it brings a measure of justice and closure to the victims, their families, friends and the wider community. “After consulting with the Kaye family and the many victims impacted by the shooting, the decision to accept a plea of life in prison was made in the interest of justice and with the knowledge that a parallel prosecution by the U.S. At-


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COVID-19 vaccination cards: Beware of fraud and scams

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alifornia has at long last reopened. Vaccines are available to the public, and many social distancing regulations have been relaxed or eliminated altogether. These steps toward a return to pre-pandemic normalcy are encouraging, but consumers still need to be cautious about COVID-19-related scams and other fraudulent activity. Although it appears that California will not be implementing a vaccination passport system, vaccination verification may be necessary to enter some businesses and large events. The government-issued COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards are now the official method of vaccine verification in California. And of course, that means vaccination verification has created a market for fraudulent and stolen vaccine cards nationwide. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and other offices across the state have reported incidents regarding the attempted sale of official blank vaccination cards. Scammers are also selling forged cards in person and online. In San Diego County, we’ve received reports of social media ads targeting consumers by selling fake vaccination cards. And, on various social media platforms, fraudsters have been stealing personal identifying information from photos of legitimate vaccination cards posted by users. It is illegal to fraudulently produce vaccination cards bearing official U.S. Government seals. In some cases, such actions could include charges, such as

identity theft and falsifying medical records and forgery. Currently, an estimated 35% of San Diegans have not been vaccinated, and there is a large population at risk of becoming a victim of any of these predatory schemes. Here are some tips to identify and avoid them: • Only official vaccine distributors can provide an official COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. You can find an official distributor at https://myturn.ca.gov. Official vaccination cards will always include the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccine provided, and dates of when the doses were administered. The COVID-19 vaccination and the accompanying record card are always free. Any request for money or compensation is a scam. • Photos of vaccinations cards are a valid form of vaccine verification in California as well as documentation from a health care provider. Sharing this information on social media puts your personal identifying information at risk of theft or fraud. Do not post images of your vaccination card or medical records on social media. • Be cautious about federal or state government imposters. Today, there is no official national or California vaccine verification app, certificate or passport. Any contact from the state or federal government asking for personal information or money to obtain these forms of verification are scams and can be reported to the Consumer Protection Unit of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

• Confirm any vaccine verification policies with all activity and event venues directly. Do not rely on information from third parties about whether vaccine verification is needed. • Review California’s official vaccination verification policy at https:// covid19.ca.gov/vaccines before you attend an activity or event. • Research before you buy or provide personal information for COVID-19-related goods and services. Always be sure you are dealing with a reputable business and official or authorized government entity. Check review sites and scam alerts before moving forward with purchases or providing personal information. • Monitor the FTC’s scam alerts at https://www. consumer.ftc.gov/features/ scam-alerts, as well as the San Diego County District Attorney’s news page at https://danewscenter.com/ news. As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and the public. I hope these consumer and public safety tips have been helpful. The Consumer Protection Unit is comprised of deputy district attorneys, investigators and paralegals dedicated to protecting consumers and law-abiding businesses from fraudulent or unfair business practices. To report a consumer complaint, you can call (619) 531-3507 or email consumer@sdcda.org. Summer Stephan is District Attorney for San Diego County.

n almost every aspect of the Sept. 14 recall election that is now mere weeks away, Gov. Gavin Newsom has had it his way. His most recent “victory” was in dissuading every other substantial (read: well-financed) Democrat in California to stay off the list of candidates to replace him if the ‘yes’ side of the recall should win a majority vote. This was Newsom’s aim from the moment it became clear recall advocates would gather enough signatures to put the notion to a statewide vote. The tactic is designed to let Newsom use his massive and thus far largely untapped war chest to convince voters this contest is really between him and ex-President Donald Trump. If he can do that, enthusiasm among California Democrats to vote ‘no’ seems likely to rise enormously. Right now, polls show almost all the registered Democrats who outnumber Republicans in this state by nearly a 2-1 margin oppose the recall, but essentially yawn as they say so. Associate the recall with Trump, whom they despise to the extent of twice giving his election opponents margins above 3 million votes, and their determination to vote stands a chance of approaching the enthusiasm displayed by recall backers, who salivate at the prospect of throwing out Newsom (known to many of them as “Gov. Nuisance”). Can Newsom make the recall synonymous with Trump? He shouldn’t have too hard a time, as the most prominent of the 33 Republicans in the replacement field all have ties to the defeated President. San Diego area businessman John Cox, for example, was strongly endorsed by Trump when he ran against Newsom in 2018 and lost in a 62%38% landslide. Ex-San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer proudly says he voted for Trump last year and can be seen in Oval Office photos fawning over him. Reality TV star Caitlin Jenner has had ex-Trump operatives in her so-far ineffective campaign. And so on. So Newsom has an

early election date and everything he said he wants and needs in order to defend himself, save one. A blunder attributed to his aides deprives him of the tag “Democrat” following his name in the recall question. But he has plenty of money and plenty of name recognition, with almost no Californian unaware that Newsom is in fact a Democrat, even if the ballot doesn’t say so. Among the funded, he has only Republican opponents. He has a state budget that will put significant COVID recovery checks in millions of mailboxes just before the vote. He has $5.2 billion to pay more than a year’s rent for almost all Californians who lost jobs to the pandemic. He has an electoral system that will furnish mail ballots to every registered voter, making it easier than ever for them to vote, even if they’re not feeling fired up about it. For most candidates, this looks like a dream world. And yet, no poll so far shows great enthusiasm for keeping Newsom around. So there remains plenty of work for the governor to do if he really wants to stay in office and maybe later move on to either the Senate or the White House – or both. It’s a situation very different from what faced ex-Gov. Gray Davis, who was recalled within months of getting reelected in 2002, the only American governor ever to lose his office so ignominiously. But Davis faced an electorate that blamed him for a major energy crunch and a series of rolling blackouts. Plus, he ran up against the Terminator, movie muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger, who emerged as the favorite to ignite the recall and replace Davis from the moment he declared himself a candidate. There is no one like that today. Newsom has been among the most effective governors in America at getting his state vaccinated and reducing pandemic damage. He has for the most part kept the lights on, even while he’s favored utility companies financially. So it would be a major upset if Newsom were to be dumped. But there’s still that huge enthusiasm advantage Republicans now have over Democrats. Which means we all must stay tuned. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.


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Local beauty spas see post-COVID business boom By Tigist Layne

REGION — Beauty lounges and medical spas in San Marcos and Escondido have reported a significant spike in the number of clients as mandates from the COVID-19 pandemic have started to ease, allowing residents to return to a sense of normalcy. Beauty Lounge Medical Spa, a medical spa in San Marcos, has recently seen double to triple the number of new patients booking cosmetic treatments like Botox, under-eye, lip filler and teeth whitening. “Everybody's getting ready for these vacations and you got to do all your treatments before you go. Just like you try and get your nails done, you also

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pay in transportation and gas taxes, SANDAG is proposing more, including a state mileage-based road user fee of 2.3 cents, local road user charge of 2 cents and two upcoming ballot measures — a local sales tax of 0.5 cents and a Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) sales tax of 0.5 cents. The state mileage-based road user fee would increase 2.7% annually until 2050, the local tax would be implemented in 2026 and would also increase at 2.7% annually until 2050. Residents already pay transportation taxes from gas, the DMV, Senate Bill 1 and TransNet, which collects 0.5 cents until 2048, Desmond said. The Oceanside City Council recently voted 4-1 to send a letter of opposition to the SANDAG Board of Directors regarding the new taxes. Desmond said the focus on old technology, such as buses and trains, should be left in the past and SAN-

make sure your Botox is done, and you’ve got to do your lips,” said Beauty Lounge owner Shawnda Dorantes. “And then we're just full straight into holidays next, and we missed out last year on all the holiday parties and everything, so that’s what we’re seeing. Spas in the area also report steady sales during the thick of the pandemic, as customers adjusted to being seen on Zoom calls every day. “You're seeing yourself on the screen while you're on Zoom and you get that glare, the shadows, the angles are unflattering, and you're really seeing yourself how everybody else sees you,” Dorantes said. “When you're on Face-

time, you just can't help but look at yourself when you're looking at the other person, and you’re like, ‘Oh my goodness, I didn't walk around like this whole time.’” Holden Timeless Beauty in San Marcos said their most popular services have been chemical peels and lip fillers as customers are focusing on their face and skin as they ease back into a no-mask society. Beauty Glimpse Skin Care in Escondido said they’ve seen a rise in facials and hydra facials in recent months. Many customers have even opted for the more aggressive treatments during the pandemic because they finally had time to do so, ac-

cording to Dorantes. While many other businesses have been struggling to stay afloat during these difficult times, Beauty Lounge Medical Spa said they’ve done so well that they’ve had to hire more employees and they’re moving into a larger space. The problem that they and so many other businesses are facing now is finding people to hire. “Normally during previous times, if I put a job posting, probably within two weeks I’d find somebody good to hire,” Dorantes said. “It’s probably taking more like a month and a half to find a qualified candidate and a candidate that will actually show up.”

DAG must prioritize new technology through electric and autonomous vehicles. Most major auto manufacturers are ramping up zero-emission vehicle production and investing billions through 2035. At that point, according to Desmond, it is likely the county will have reached its greenhouse gas (GHG) goals as more people purchase electric vehicles. But the possibility of a “tax and track” gives Desmond pause. The plan doesn’t reveal how the county intends to track a vehicle’s mileage, but he said there is no need for the county to engage in such a practice. SANDAG has not yet released how potential tracking of miles would be calculated. “Basically, anytime you’re on the road in your own private vehicle … or any vehicle, you will be taxed for the number of miles you drive,” Desmond added. “You’re going to be taxed and tracked.” Proponents point to the success of Interstate 15 with its managed lanes, i.e.,

toll roads, as a way to generate revenue, especially for single-occupancy vehicles. Those, such as SANDAG Executive Director, have said the goal is to reduce vehicles miles traveled and increasing transit ridership from 3.5% to 10% by 2050. However, SANDAG has yet to review any trends as to how the pandemic is will alter the transportation and workforce landscape. Chief Economist Ray Major said in August 2020 SANDAG was projecting at least 33% of the county workforce to telecommute. Major said the plan is also a pathway to social and economic equity, noting minority, low income and seniors. “Only about a third of the jobs are really telecommutable,” Major said. “People will still need to run errands, take their kids to school, go to health appointments.” However, the 5 Big Moves already implemented a pilot program in Carlsbad, known as the Carlsbad Connector, which was suspended in July 2020 due to the pandemic. The connec-

tor was part of a mobility hub and flexible fleet at the Poinsettia Transit Station, where train riders used an app to connect with a shuttle to take them to work. Known as the “first and last mile,” another goal of the 5 Big Moves is to connect riders more easily with other transportation options to encourage transit use. In Carlsbad, the city reported more than 400 riders per week used the service and a 96% on-time rate. “The success of the Carlsbad Connector is a great example of how partnership and technology can enhance connectivity, increase sustainability and improve quality of life in the San Diego region,” Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear said last year prior to being named chair of SANDAG. “As SANDAG develops the blueprint for the future of transportation in our region, we are gaining insight by working alongside our partners, NCTD and the City of Carlsbad, to support similar flexible fleet pilot programs in the future.”

• Bucknell University dean’s list for the 2021 spring semester includes Ollie McClymonds of Carlsbad, Tatym Racz of Encinitas, Chris Phelan of Oceanside, Alex Burch of Rancho Santa Fe and Brendan Egan of Carmel Valley. • Rochester Institute of Technology’s spring 2021 dean’s list includes Nicholas Gardner of San Marcos, computer science; Busy Matthews of San Diego, biomedical engineering; Dennis Li of Carmel Valley, game design and development; and Lin Welsh of Encinitas, criminal justice. • The dean’s list at Miami University included Preston Buscher of Carlsbad, business; Matan Bar of 4S Ranch, political science; Daniel Renfield of San Diego, business; and Makena Kronemyer of Carmel Valley, games + simulation. • Matthew Anderson of Carmel Valley has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the spring 2021 semester. • Theresa Govoni of Oceanside, a molecular biology major, was named to Montclair State University’s spring 2021 dean’s list.

HELEN WOODWARD Animal Center this month is celebrating the second anniversary of its new pet adoptions building. Courtesy photo

communities to disassemble structural racism, systemic inequities and oppression through solidarity and service. ADOPTION CENTER TURNS 2

Two years ago July 17, Helen Woodward Animal Center opened a brand-new pet adoptions building to the public. In those two years, the Center has adopted out more than 7,000 orphan dogs and cats. Helen Woodward Animal Center has lifted previously required restrictions — returning to its regular seven-days-a-week business hours with no appointment necessary. NEW SENIOR LIVING

• Chih-Kun Chai of Carlsbad graduated in May from Shenandoah University in Virginia. • Hannah Edwards of Encinitas graduated from Hartwick College in New York in May.

Westmont Living, a senior-living provider, announces the opening of its in Encinitas in July, at 1920 S. El Camino Real. The 93,467-square foot, two-story, senior living community features 93 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes for independent and assisted living. To learn more, call (760) 452-6037 or visit westmontofencinitas. com

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The Cal Coast Cares Foundation has announced that the application period has opened for 2021 Educator Grants to help local teachers with classroom projects. This year, the Cal Coast Cares Foundation will award $40,000 in grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 per teacher. Applications are accepted until Aug. 16 at calcoastcu.org. NEW COACHES AT CSUSM

Cal State San Marcos Director of Athletics Jennifer Milo unveiled the department’s second wave of coaching hires for 2021-22, including Dario Frias as the assistant women’s basketball coach Adam Ellis rejoins the department as the assistant men’s basketball coach, and with CSUSM Cheer now considered a Spirit Squad within the department of athletics, Philip Carpio joins the department as the new cheer coach. RIBBON-CUTTING SET

Encinitas4Equality, a Multicultural Collective Shop, will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Aug. 6 at 1900 N Coast Highway, Encinitas. The space is now open Saturday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The mission of Encinitas4Equality is to educate, organize, and mobilize our

Jewish Family Service of San Diego has named Emily Jennewein as chair of the nonprofit’s board of directors. Jennewein will depart from her role as first vice chair to replace Adam Welland. Jennewein oversaw construction of the Melvin Garb Hillel Center at San Diego State University and the Beverly and Joseph Glickman Hillel Center at UC San Diego. GRANTS HELP SENIORS

The San Diego Foundation has $200,000 in grants are available to support local efforts focused on supporting quality of life for older San Diegans. The grant application window is open and ends at 5 p.m. PST, Aug. 13. To apply for the AFC grant, visit sdfoundation.org/grantseekers/apply-for-assistance. MASKS ON THE TRAIN

As the state of California has reopened and is moving forward to rebuild tourism and promote travel, Pacific Surfliner passengers are encouraged to follow safety measures and any important public health recommendations in place during their trip and at their destination. Per federal law and Amtrak policy, face coverings must still be worn while onboard trains and in stations.


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here are greenhouses and then there are green houses. You’ll find the latter at the Sherman Library & Gardens in the Newport Beach neighborhood of Corona del Mar. This densely packed property, 2.2 acres of annuals, perennials, tropicals, cactus and succulents, shady old-growth trees and artistic hardscape, has a clever twist. Many of its displays are laid out to mimic the rooms of a house, and visitors learn how this works by following the map given at the entrance. Before entering any of the “rooms,” discover the Central Garden with its fountain and array of colorful annuals, some of them chosen to attract butterflies. In fact, all six gardens within are planted with various butterfly-friendly flowers, and many of the flowers are rotated several times a year.

hit the road e’louise ondash Following the room map, visitors pass through the parlor, study, music chamber, lavatory (bathroom), bedroom, formal dining room and finally, the solarium. Don’t be shy about sitting on the parlor’s grass-upholstered couch (it is “mowed” with scissors); playing (softly, please) on the music chamber’s moss-covered piano; and curling up in the study’s wing-backed, succulent chair. Note the elegant place settings (garden tools) on the table in the formal dining room, and don’t miss the table’s edible centerpiece — a healthy tomato vine.

Garden designers took the plunge with the bathroom and included a toilet (no invites here!) with the sink and bathtub. Each piece has been transformed into a fountain and is nestled among colorful flower beds. The bathtub, with lily pads and recirculating water, is home to guppies, goldfish and tiny frogs. If it’s inspiration for your drought-tolerant landscape you need, visiting the succulent and cactus exhibit is a must and a joy. Gardeners have created artworks with their use of plants, rocks, bricks and vividly colored glass and other hardscape materials. I have my long-time friend and Orange County resident Carole Courtney Adams to thank for taking me to explore this garden, which holds a surprise at every turn. We found ourselves lingering in each section because there is so much packed into each exhibit, and enjoying the

A GRASS-COVERED couch flanked by end table planters invites visitors to linger at Sherman Library & Gardens in Newport Beach. The gardens and library, which holds historic documents and collections related to the Southwest, was founded by businessman Arnold D. Haskell and named after his mentor, Moses H. Sherman. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

breeze from the nearby If you haven’t had your Newport Bay and Pacific fill of flora after this, visit Ocean. nearby Roger’s Gardens, a

Newport Beach institution and one-of-a-kind commercial nursery that earns the title Disneyland for Gardeners. “We’re a happy place,” says Nava Rezvan, marketing director. “We’ve seen a major resurgence in gardening (during the pandemic), especially for edibles.” You’ll need stamina and good walking shoes to take in the nursery’s 6 acres of themed gardens and boutiques. Nothing is left to chance by the more than 100 employees who care for the merchandise, organic and otherwise. The boutiques are singular, too — like the shop dedicated solely to fairy gardens and gnome homes. The store’s current theme is Hummingbird Summer; hence the 40 feeders scattered throughout. For more photos and discussion, visit www.facebook.com/elouise.ondash.

Our little angels Vista Unified joins call for mask choice small talk jean gillette Enjoy one from the archives

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n the interest of good manners and personal freedom, I stick with the classic rule suggesting you avoid discussing religion. Children, it seems, do not subscribe to such narrow conventions. My son’s foray into theological debate came up in the backseat of the car as we ran errands one afternoon. For reasons completely unknown to me, he and a friend were mulling over the biblical contention that Jesus sits at the right hand of God. That didn’t puzzle them, but it was obvious to these 9-year-olds that there seemed to be a vacancy on the left-hand side and it really ought to be filled. “It would take someone pretty powerful to sit at the left hand of God,” his pal pointed out. I wondered if they were envisioning Batman or some character in one of their computer games. Showing more religious knowledge than I expected, his friend suggested an archangel. My son agreed, but noted that it might need to be someone even more important than that. Right offhand, they couldn’t come up with any heavenly host with more clout than an archangel. Well, maybe someone still alive might eventually be good enough, they commented. The friend, with a wide grin, allowed as how he might like trying for that cool left-hand spot himself. They very briefly

pondered this possibility and then started laughing their heads off. “Oh man, forget it,” his pal howled. “I’d have to be soooo good, it would be worse than Christmas.” My daughter’s life has been more ecumenical. She was close friends with the child of a two-sets-ofplates, sundown-Fridaymarks-the-Sabbath Orthodox Jewish family. This child would make old money blush at the grace with which she made her way through the very un-Orthodox Southern California world around her. My child, being raised Church of England, is only a few notches from the absolute opposite end of the religious spectrum. Nevertheless, when at this friend’s home, she is quite comfortable with whatever is going on. She did confide that she thinks they have to follow way too many rules, but the girls never argue that one’s choice is superior to the others. They always keep the doors open between them and understand that each is welcome in the other’s domain, even though the furniture is arranged differently and they have no intention of staying. In spite of the differences in their lives, the girls’ focus is on what they share. They like the same games, music, movies, television shows and each other. I may drop a note to our secretary of state. Well, have they ever offered those fellows in the Middle East a Beach Sparkle Barbie, a top-10 CD or a Pixar movie? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who avoids too many subjects these days. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.

By Steve Puterski

REGION — Three North County school districts are calling for vaccinated students to have the option to wear masks during the upcoming school year. The Carlsbad Unified, Poway Unified and Vista Unified school districts sent a joint letter to the California Department of Public Health on July 14 urging the state health agency to permit the San Diego County public health officer to allow the three school districts to follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control. They sent the letter to Dr. Mark Ghaly, of the California Health and Human Services Agency, and Dr. Naomi Bardach, of the CDPH, and who came under fire for her denial of the Carlsbad Unified School District’s reopening plans in March. As a result, the Parents Association of North County filed a successful lawsuit, which resulted in schools reopening for in-person instruction. According to the letter, signed by superintendents Ben Churchill (Carlsbad),

Marian Phelps (Poway) and Matt Doyle (Vista), the CDC recommends schools collaborate with local public health officials to determine prevention strategies by monitoring community transmission and vaccine coverage. “To that end, our districts have worked tirelessly over the past 17 months to implement a layered approach to virus transmission mitigation and prevention,” the joint statement reads. “We’ve established safe reopening plans that adhere to statutory and other requirements. We’ve been meticulous about contact tracing and precise about quarantining.” The three superintendents said based on the county’s high levels of local vaccine coverage and low levels of transmission, the state health department should allow them to offer a choice for vaccinated students when it comes to wearing masks. Additionally, each district spent millions upgrading air filtration and ventilation systems, deploying cleaning protocols and addressing physical distancing requirements.

Perhaps the biggest incentive is promoting the vaccine to encourage those students who have not done so. The superintendents said it will encourage greater vaccination rates, especially when the vaccine is available to those students under 12 years old. The education administrators said California is one of the most restrictive states in the country and is just one of nine states requiring universal mask-wearing in schools. “The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority,” Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees President Claudine Jones said. “It is likely that we’ll see greater adherence to a policy that aligns with the current CDC guidance. It also offers a strong incentive for those eligible for vaccines to get vaccinated before the start of school.” However, the parent group Let Them Breathe said in a statement it agrees with the CDPH’s discrimination concerns by linking mask-wearing to vaccinations. The group said all students should be treated the same since students are

low risk and it “strongly” disagrees with masking all students. The group noted that students under the age of 12 are not eligible for the vaccine, preventing those children from choosing whether to wear a mask or not. Additionally, the group said many families will not vaccinate their children under the emergency use authorization and others won’t vaccinate them due to concerns of myocarditis (heart inflammation). The group will hold rallies at all three district offices and is preparing a lawsuit against the state to end mask mandates for all K-12 students statewide. “We strongly disagree with their stance of keeping all students masked,” the statement reads. “All students should be treated the same by being allowed to unmask since they are at low risk from COVID, and adults have been given the chance to get vaccinated. Especially our youngest students who are at least risk from COVID but are most damaged by the effects of masking on their mental, social, academic, and physical health and development.”

Creek Project bridges to be named for former councilmembers By Staff

SAN MARCOS — While the San Marcos Creek Project is gearing up for the next phase of construction, the San Marcos City Council unanimously voted at the June 8 council meeting to name the new Creek Project bridges after two notable San Marcos residents — Lionel “Doc” Burton and Pia Harris Ebert. The Bent Avenue bridge, which is currently under construction, will be named after Burton, who served as the first elected mayor of the city. His service continued

after his time as mayor when he developed programs and infrastructure, including the San Marcos Community Foundation, which still benefits the community today. Burton passed away June 25. The Via Vera Cruz bridge is expected to begin construction in early 2022, and it will be named the Pia Harris Ebert Bridge in honor of the first woman elected to the San Marcos City Council, a role she maintained for 24 years. During her time as a council member, she was instrumental in establishing

the city’s Redevelopment Agency that enabled the city to generate tax revenue and reinvest funds to help start the San Marcos Creek Project. The Creek Project is designed to revitalize the San Marcos Creek, reduce seasonal flooding and improve the community’s ability to safely travel throughout the area, as well as restore the creek’s habitat. Currently, construction efforts are focused on building the Lionel “Doc” Burton Bridge on Bent Avenue. Once completed, crews will begin work on the Pia Har-

ris Ebert Bridge, new Paseo del Arroyo Park and Discovery Street improvements. “The formal naming of the two bridges is an exciting milestone for the project because it officially integrates the community into the project,” said Lewis Clapp, project engineer for the city. “Construction comes with short-term inconveniences, but we are building this project for the long-term safety and vitality of the San Marcos community.” To learn more about the Creek Project, visit san-marcos.net/creek.


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Food &Wine At Five Suits, a touch of Vegas in Vista

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e’re back In the Moment with Vista’s Five Suits Brewing owner and head brewer Nick Corona. I’ve touched base a few times with Nick over the past year. Five Suits was opening simultaneously with the pandemic, putting years of planning on the back burner, but with breweries reopened for on-site consumption, and mask mandates (currently) in the rearview for vaccinated customers it felt like a good time to check in to see if their Vegas-themed vibe is finally coming to fruition. Cheers!: Hey Nick, thanks for catching me up on what's going on at Five Suits. We're more than halfway through 2021. What has the past year been like for you and your team? Nick: My pleasure Ryan. It’s been an unbelievable experience. As if launching a startup business wasn’t already going to be difficult,

NICK CORONA is owner/head brewer at Five Suits Brewing in Vista. Photo by Matt Furman

to do so during a worldwide pandemic was simply unfathomable. We had been working on this for years, and negotiations to purchase Barrel Harbor began before the pandemic began. We really didn't have a choice with the timing, but once we recognized what we were facing, we just decided that we would go to work with an operational plan to simply survive. We knew our chances of survival were slim, but we also felt that if we could, it would make one hell of a story. ... So we just kept moving forward with the support from our friends, family and some incredible regulars who loved our story (and) saw our vision and were immediate fans of our beers. With that support, it really didn't take long for us to realize that we were going to make it. Things got very real during the seven-week shutdown that began in December. That was the height of the pandemic and absolutely the most difficult part of our survival. But again, we saw this community come out and not just support us, but support one another through our little business. We implemented a “Beers 4 the ICU” program that allowed our guests to “buy” a beer for doctors and nursing staff at local hospital ICUs. We

music every weekend. People have really taken to the bands and entertainment. We wanted to provide the north feel of a Las Vegas nightclub county or lounge, and when we have a singer or two in there it really brings the entire room together. We're excited to ryan woldt continue with more live entook part in a wonderful tertainment as we grow. My free food pantry program wife has been dusting off called “In the Weeds.” her showgirl outfits, so who Mon-Fri 7-5 knows what's coming next? Sat. 7-3 Cheers!: For someone www.vistapaint.com who isn't familiar with the EDITOR’S NOTE: Five Suits brand, will you The full interview can ENCINITAS - 270-C N. El Camino Real 760.634.2088 explain the theme or vibe, be found online at www. ESCONDIDO - 602 N. Escondido Blvd. 760.839.9420 • VISTA - 611 Sycamore Ave.760.598.0040 and how that translates into thecoastnews.com. the beer? Nick: That’s a great question. We’re a local, family-run and owned independent brewery. My family has been here in San Diego since 1977, and it's always been a dream to open our own business. I had moved to Las Vegas in 1999, where I met my wife, who had moved there from Yakima, Washington. I was working as a casino manager and she was a Showgirl. We fell in love and moved back to San Diego to raise our family. As we began our business, we knew we wanted our family name and our Las Vegas story reflected in the business, but Choosing an exceptional health care network for you and as you might guess, opening your loved ones is more important than ever. Palomar Health a brewery with the name is focused on the unique needs of our shared North County "Corona" could come with some issues. community and committed to providing the care you need, As many people alwhen you need it most. ready know, Corona means Crown, so we decided to create a fifth suit in the deck of cards, and make it the Crown. And there you have Five Suits Brewing! ... Our location is off the beaten path, so it takes a bit to find us. We're in an unassuming industrial park, without much on the outside, so when people walk in and encounter vintage Vegas curtain-lined walls, a vintage piano bar, huge chandelier, gold throne chair, etc. ... they are very surprised to say the least. So how does that translate to beer? I've always had an affinity for craft beer, but one thing that I didn't like was some of the stigmas associated with beer when compared to wine. We wanted to elevate our guest's experience when they enjoy our beer, and we feel we do that with each visit. We're also starting to notice a bit of a trend, and while unintended, it has been pretty cute to see. With our location a little tucked away, the low lighting, tufted booths and fun music, our spot gives off a somewhat roFind a doctor today @ PalomarHealth.org/doctor | 760.849.1953 mantic feel that has caught the attention of lovebirds looking to get away for a lowkey, hidden dating spot.

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Cheers!: I know live music was something you were really building into the business when you were planning to open before Covid hit. Have you been able to have music at the brewery yet since restrictions have eased, and what sort of emotion did that evoke? Nick: Yes we have live

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JULY 23

PETS AND TEETH

Free veterinary dentistry webinar with Dr. Gerad Cantin, hosted by FACE Foundation, 4-5 p.m. July 23. Cantin, of Pacific Coast Veterinary Dentistry, will discuss dental care for pets. Register at bit.ly/3hPv1pr.

JULY 24

COVID VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

San Diego Blood Bank is partnering with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, on a new research study involving plasma from donors who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The intent of the study is to test antibodies raised by COVID-19 vaccines found in the plasma of participants against new variants of the COVID-19 virus as they emerge. Contact meet.sandiegobloodbank.org/vaccine-research.

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JULY 27

GENEALOGY SOCIETY

North San Diego County Genealogical Society will hear Christine Cohen present a live webinar entitled, “Cousin Baiting and Cousin Stalking” 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 27, as she suggests strategies to get elusive distant cousins to assist in your genealogical research. Free but registration is required at nsdcgs.org/webinars. For information or help e-mail webmaster@nsdcgs.

Club: Zoom Edition for ages 13 to 18 at 3:30 p.m. July 30. They are reading “I Killed Zoe Spanos” by Kit Frick. Register to attend and then stop by the library to pick up a free copy of the book and craft kit. Read it, work GRUB BOOK CLUB The Escondido Public on the craft, and then join Library hosts the Grub Book the Zoom chat using the

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VETS’ GOLF CHALLENGE

OperationGameOn encourages you to register now for its 15th annual Cup Challenge on the driving range at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 16; plenty of chances to make a hole-in-one, food, beverages, live music and a chance to meet veterans.

link sent prior to the event. One attendee will win a $25 food-related gift card. Register at escondidolibrary. org/grubbookclub.

Space Museum will host a One-and-Only Apollo 15 50th Anniversary Celebration July 31. Apollo 15 Commander Col. David R. Scott (USAF Ret.) and Flight Director Gerry Griffin highlight an all-star panel. Tickets at sandiegoairandspace. APOLLO 15 50TH YEAR The San Diego Air & org/apollo15.

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Carlsbad Vilage Faire will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25, the Carlsbad Village Street Faire, offers 750 unique vendors with arts & crafts, antiques, clothing, global items, children’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast. Shuttles run to and from the faire every 15 minutes from the northwest corner of Sears at Shoppes at Carlsbad Plaza Camino Real and the Poinsettia Coaster Station.

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The Escondido Public Library offers its Summer Virtual Activity Challenge 2021: “Tails & Tales” through Aug. 8 for all ages. Read for fun. Earn prizes. Free virtual events. Sign up and log your activities at es-

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Escondido resident helps Cox Conserve in California Cox Communications is helping its parent company, Cox Enterprises, reach some ambitious goals through its national sustainability program. And Escondido resident, and Cox Communications employee, Eddy Morano is at the heart of those efforts. Through the Cox Conserves program, the company aims to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and be carbon and water neutral by 2034. Cox is confident it can achieve these goals with the help of employees like Morano who are passionate about environmental health. Morano is the facilities manager for Cox Communications in San Diego and a board member for Cox Conserves’ California chapter. Morano, who joined Cox in 2012 after a 24-year career in the Air Force that included multiple tours in Qatar, Iraq and Afghanistan, is focused on the sustainable operations “pillar” of Cox Conserves. The California Cox Conserves Council works with other Cox Conserves chapters across the company’s national footprint to make an environmental difference. “We collaborate on ideas to find ways to meet the waste, carbon and wa-

and become better stewards of the resources that are under our care,” Morano said. “Cox’s focal point isn’t just our business, but our community and environment. That’s one thing I believe we do very well at Cox.” Interested in a job at Cox? Visit https://jobs.coxenterprises.com

EDDY MORANO is an Escondido resident and a Cox Communications employee. Courtesy photo

ter goals,” Morano said. “On a bi-weekly basis, we brainstorm and develop ideas for what we can do better in the future. Then we take those ideas and do an analysis on what needs to be done to achieve them. Then it’s just a matter of aligning ourselves with other committee members, and getting direction and funding if needed, to make sure that whatever we do has a positive outcome.” Morano’s position as facilities manager – overseeing 700,000 square feet of property in California – gives him special per-

spective into how to make progress toward Cox’s sustainability goals. Some specific projects that are currently underway: • Implementing water efficiency projects to reduce water consumption • Installing Cox’s first integrated battery storage and solar system, which will reduce enough annual carbon emissions to power 93 homes (equivalent to the emissions of 121 cars) • Installing energy-efficient LED lighting “It’s important to find better ways of doing things

Computer/E-waste Drive – Cox Store in Escondido To help keep harmful electronic waste out of the landfills and help local students and families in need of computers, Cox Communications and the California Cox Conserves Council are partnering with Computers 2 Kids for a “Backto-School Computer and E-Waste Drive.” The weeklong drive kicks off Saturday, July 31 with a drive-through dropoff from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cox Communications main campus, 5159 Federal Blvd. in San Diego. The public can also drop off their unused computers and e-waste from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday Aug. 2 through Friday, Aug. 6. at the Cox Solutions Store in Escondido, 1264-A Auto Park Way. For a list of accepted e-waste, visit https:// w w w. c 2 s d k .o r g / r e c y cling-events/.

JULY 23, 2021

San Marcos council allocates first half of COVID relief funds By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council met on Tuesday, July 13, to decide how the first half of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be allocated to city services and to serve budget needs. The city will receive a total of $18.3 as part of the federal COVID relief program. San Marcos received the first half on May 19 and will receive the second half in May 2022. The council decided to appropriate the $9.1 million to address the Fiscal Year 21/22 budget deficit, assistance to the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos for tenant improvements, the previously planned Climate Action Plan (CAP) Electric Vehicle Charger Grant Program, the conversion of the remaining balance of Business Sustainability Program (BSP) loans into grants, and the creation of the COVID-19 Non-Profit Community Grant Program. The parameters for ARPA explain that cities can use the funds to help businesses that were negatively impacted by the pandemic, to provide premium pay for essential workers, to make provisions of government services or to make investments in infrastructure. “The City of San Marcos has found creative ways to utilize the ARPA funds that we hope will positively

impact our community and especially those people and organizations that were disproportionally impacted by the pandemic” City Manager Jack Griffin said. “We see this is a way to lift our community up after an incredibly challenging time.” According to the staff report, $2.5 million will go toward the city’s budget deficit, $1.2 million will be allocated to the Boys & Girls Club, $1.2 million will go toward the Electric Vehicle Charger Grant Program, $1.1 million will be used to convert the remaining Business Sustainability Program loans into grants and $3 million will be allocated to the COVID-19 Non-Profit Community Grant Program. The Non-Profit Community Grant Program, a new grant program for San Marcos residents administered by the North County COVID Relief Fund Foundation, will be implemented in the near future. “The goal with these funds … was to deal with our own internal issues … but also to push the money out into the community, because that seems clearly what the federal government’s goal was,” Griffin said. The council also adopted the 2021-2029 6th cycle housing element, which will update the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the city.

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&Entertainment Escondido author to release third book in ‘Mourning Dove’ series A rts

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ESCONDIDO — Once homeless, Mikel Wilson is now a best-selling author making a name for himself with his series of murder novels. Wilson, 55, of Escondido, published his first book 10 years ago and then moved into his series, “The Mourning Dove Mysteries.” Wilson's third book in the series, “A Light to Kill By,” will be released Aug. 3. Wilson will hold a book signing from 2 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7 at La Fleur’s Winery in San Marcos. Wilson's first novel, “Sedona: The Lost Vortex,” turns 10 on Sept. 28 and will be celebrated

anniversary, Wilson said “crystals for eight of the novel’s characters will be hidden throughout Sedona at sites they visited in the book.” In his latest book, a bottle of wine from La Fleur’s Winery in San Marcos plays a key role. The Mourning Dove series is based in the Great Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee, an ode to Wilson’s roots; he was raised in the city of Lebanon, Tennessee. MIKEL WILSON’S latest book will be Although his books are dark released Aug. 3. Courtesy photo in tone and nature, Wilson has a no guns and no knives policy to with a special new edition with a his writing. “I always loved mysteries,” new cover and audiobook. Additionally, to celebrate the Wilson said. “I like murders that

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en plein air artwork created for “A Breath of Fresh Air” at Brooks Theatre Gallery, 217 N Coast Highway, Oceanside. Submissions Know something that’s going close Aug. 5 with an Artist Reception Sept. 3. Artists on? Send it to calendar@ are encouraged to submit coastnewsgroup.com work created during OMA’s Plein Air Festival, taking place July 24 through BROADWAY CABARET July 30. Visit onlinejuriedVista’s Broadway The- shows.com/Default.aspx?Oater presents “Double JSID=51318 for details. Divas” with Melissa Fernandes and Sandy Campbell July 23-25. The cabaret shows play Friday-Saturday UPCOMING EXHIBITS at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at Lux Art Institute (soon 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and changing its name to Instican be purchased by calling tute of Contemporary Art, the box office at (760) 8906- San Diego) hosts an exhi7905 or at broadwayvista. bition by Regional Artist biz/order-tickets.html. Omar Pimienta through Aug. 7 at 1550 S. El CamiSIP, PAINT AND GAZE no Real, Encinitas, with an Join Cynthia’s Artistic interdisciplinary art show Expressions July 23 on the confronting issues of social, rooftop of the Mission Pacif- political, and economic inic Resort Hotel, 201 N. My- justice in border cultures. ers St., Oceanside, overlook- Lux Art Institute's galleries ing the ocean as you paint are open Thursday through the Oceanside Pier. Cost Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. by is $55, all art supplies, in- reservation only. Lux will structions, and three hours also be part of a free SD of validated parking are in- Practice Opening Reception cluded along with a compli- at SDAI in Balboa Park July mentary glass of wine. Visit 10. For more information, cynthiasartisticexpressions. visit luxartinstitute.org. com/events/sip-paint-andgaze/ to register.

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Coastal Music Studios and the Coastal Music & Arts Foundation invite you to Artist Alley Oceanside, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 23 in Oceanside’s Artist Alley, between North Tremont and North Freeman streets, from Pier View Way to Mission Avenue, to see the art of its summer camp students. During camp, students created music and art projects.

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Find Panels Comics + Coffee for all comic book lovers, anime fans, local artists, cosplayers, toy/card collectors and video game fanatics from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24, at the corner of Mission Avenue and Nevada Street. The market will feature comics, local artists, cosplayers, contests, coffee, food and desserts.

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NOON CONCERT

The Encinitas Library hosts a free concert by Peter Sprague, Rendezvous in Realtime at noon July 28 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Playing his twin neck guitar, Sprague leads the group featuring Bridget Dolkas on violin, Lars Hoefs on cello, Duncan Moore on percussion.

seem supernatural. I like to focus on how done it as much as who done it. I compare them to the ‘X-Files’ and if Dana Scully was right and not Fox Mulder.” Before Wilson was a best-selling author, he had his sights set on becoming a screenwriter in Los Angeles. So, he moved to L.A. when he was 19 but was homeless for two months. Wilson panhandled to survive and was able to secure a hodgepodge of jobs, including stints as a pharmacy technician, bartender and even a position in marketing. However, in 1999 his life

JULY 29

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The Belly Up Tavern presents a summer full of Thursday night concerts, 6 to 7:45 p.m. through Aug. 26 at Fletcher Cove Park, 140 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. July 29 features Salty Papa. Bring beach chairs, blankets, picnics. No alcohol, pets, tobacco or BBQs/grills. For more information and the complete calendar, call (858) 720-2453 or cityofsolanabeach.org. NEW EXHIBIT

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Through Aug. 6, the Escondido Municipal Gallery is turning visual reality upside down with shapes, color and gestural marks in Ideally Abstract, a juried exhibition. 2nd Saturday ArtWalks are also in full swing on Grand Avenue, again on Aug. 14. Come support the EAP and local pop up artists along Grand Avenue.

Oceanside Museum Of Art Oceanside invites you to its new exhibit, “Consumption Capital,” open Thursdays-Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. “Consumption Capital” is a painting-based installation that mimics the brick and mortar space of the grocery store through a puckish critique of American consumer culture.

JULY 26

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North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Dr. Glas,” a psychological thriller by Jeffrey Hatcher and featuring Daniel Gerroll, through Aug. 15, as the finale to its streaming season. Tickets at showtix4u.com/event-details/52194.

JULY 27

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Visit the Escondido Municipal Gallery corner of creativity at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. EMG offers multiple galleries with ongoing art displays. Gallery hours: Tues. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs. to Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FLIX AT FOUNTAIN

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would change on a trip to Sedona, Arizona. Always a fan of the supernatural, Wilson took a vacation to reconnect and soon found himself inspired by the trip, so he wrote a screenplay. The screenplay would become his first novel. Wilson also drew inspiration from several famed mystery authors, including Agatha Christie. Wilson took several years off prior to finishing his latest work in the series to battle cancer. After recovering, Wilson teamed up with La Fleur’s Winery to collaborate on a wine, Coyote Red, to be paired with the book.

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Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, will be 10% off all day from 10 a.m. The Broadway Theater to 9 p.m. presents “Icons Through the Ages” with Aman- ‘HAIR’ AT GLOBE da Blair and Kylie Young The Old Globe Theater through July 30 through presents the American tribAug. 1 at 340 E Broadway, al love-rock musical “Hair,” Vista. The show will take Aug. 10 through Sept. 26 you on a musical theater Tickets by phone at (619) journey, with tunes by your 234-5623. Regular tickets favorite female stars. Tickprices start at $37. et are $15. All shows play Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets at broadwayvista. DO SOME POP ART biz/order-tickets.html. Join the Oceanside Museum Of Art two-day workshop: Contemporary ART NIGHT Pop Art Painting from 1 It’s time for Art Night to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 and Aug. Encinitas from 6 to 9 p.m. 4, at OMA, 704 Pier View July 31. Enjoy an evening Way, Oceanside. Cost is of visual art as Encinitas $90. Meet guest artist Taycivic and local art galler- lor Chapin and hear about ies swing open their doors the intent and inspiration at Art Night Encinitas. En- behind her exhibition, joy live music and refresh- “Consumption Capital.” All ments at several locations. supplies for artwork will be All artwork in the Off Track provided. MUSICAL THEATER’S BEST

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