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Sapporo buys Stone for $165M By City News Service

ESCONDIDO — Stone Brewing, San Diego County’s largest brewing company, has been acquired by Japanese beer giant Sapporo’s United States branch, it was announced last week. The deal is valued at around $165 million with potential for additional payments based on business performance and is expected to close in August. “This is the right next chapter for Stone Brewing,” said Greg Koch, co-founder and executive chairman of Stone Brewing. “To have the interest of a company like Sapporo in continuing the Stone story is a testament to the great beers we’ve created and will continue to create for our fans across the globe,” he said. Sapporo intends to produce its Sapporo-branded beers for distribution in Stone’s breweries in Escondido and Richmond, Virginia. A statement from Sapporo read that the company intends to brew 360,000 barrels in the U.S. by the end of 2024, essentially doubling Stone’s current production. The acquisition will bring “together the complementary strengths of Japanese artistry and innovation with the American craft brewing tradition in a fusion of cultures,” a statement from the Japanese company read. “We approached Stone Brewing seeking a partner for our growth plans in the U.S, and we quickly recognized they were an ideal partner with bi-coastal brewing capacity, loyal fans, superb management, shared cultural values and commitment to the highest quality standards,” said Kenny Sadai, chairman of Sapporo U.S.A. “This acquisition puts the resources and legTURN TO STONE ON 12

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Mission is aiding crime victims in North County By Laura Place

A YOUNGSTER takes advantage of the maker space at the new Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation Branch clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos during an opening ceremony June 28. The new facility is on Autumn Drive in the city’s Richmar neighborhood. Story on Page 9. Photo by Laura Place

SAN MARCOS — A new family justice center finally opened its doors in San Marcos this week, helping to fill a gap in crucial services for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and child abuse in North San Diego County. The 44,000-square-foot facility on Los Vallecitos Boulevard known as One Safe Place has been years in the making, spearheaded by San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan. The building was constructed and is managed by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. For many years, the county’s only family justice center was in downtown San Diego. When a 2019 report from the District Attorney’s Office found disproportionate levels of domestic abuse homicide in North County, the need for increased services in the area became more apparent than ever. Partnering with over 70 county organizations, One Safe Place provides acute crisis care, forensic medical exams, advocacy, counseling and therapy, legal services such as restraining orders, clothing and resources related to housing, jobs and educational opportunities. “What we are looking for in this place is to save a life,” Stephan said. “The data really showed that there is a disproportionate level of family violence that has led to TURN TO CENTER ON 10

Vista cannabis cultivation advances in tense meeting By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — Cannabis cultivation advanced after an hours-long and, at times, contentious public hearing late last month. At the June 28 Vista City Council meeting, an ordinance to adopt commercial cannabis cultivation within the Vista Business Park moved forward on a 3-2 motion, with Mayor Judy Ritter and Deputy Mayor John Franklin opposed. The item will be

brought before the council again this summer with added language that ensures protected classes — per state law — share in the business opportunity. The council also discussed the creation of a social equity account that cannabis monies would fund to offset the imbalance of impacts on marginalized communities. People in Black and brown communities “have been locked up, they’ve been jailed over cannabis,”

NAACP North County representative Yusef Miller told the council, “they’ve even been blocked out of … cannabis [business] equity. “But, at the same time, we have to be wise about cannabis and its spread in the community,” Miller said, adding concerns regarding environmental and social factors. A motion by Councilmember Corinna Contreras and second by Katie Melendez were made fairly

quickly during the public hearing. Several members of the public spoke out against the expansion of cannabis business in Vista. However, some agreed that if cultivation moves forward, it needs to do so with proper social equity measures in mind — a point of disagreement that turned a possible 4-1 vote into the final 3-2 vote. While Ritter is against the expansion of cannabis business overall — she was

opposed in February when the council asked for a staff proposal on cannabis cultivation — Franklin had issues with finer points in the permitting process. As written, the city manager is directed to establish the schedules, rules and procedures for submission of applications. While admitting it would be “cleaner” if council created a definition for “equity” TURN TO CANNABIS ON 7


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Costco coming to Escondido By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — A new Costco storefront is coming to Escondido. The Escondido City Council approved a new lease agreement in late June for the wholesale retailer to replace the former Sears store on Westfield North County property located at the intersection of Via Rancho Parkway and Interstate 15. The city owns seven of the eight parcels that make up the Westfield property. Six of those seven parcels are leased to tenants, including the Westfield North County Shopping Center, which rents Parcels 2, 5, 7, and 8. The former Sears store is located on Parcel 1, leased by parent company Transformco until the council approved Costco Wholesale Corporation’s lease takeover during a

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special meeting on June 27. The base rent for Costco will be $100,000 per year, which the company will have to start paying either in three years or once the store opens, whichever comes first. The three-year rent grace period is intended to ease the entitlement and construction process for the store. Deputy City Manager Chris McKinney noted that the City Council was only voting on an amendment to lease the parcel to Costco and not approving any applications or entitlements for the project at this time; however, those applications are expected to be turned in soon after the council’s approval of a lease amendment. If Costco moves through with the entitlement process and is approved, the city anticipates $35 million in capital in-

vestments made to the property. McKinney also noted that if a gas station is built, Costco would have to undergo environmental remediation of the property and remove the underground gas tanks if the lease is terminated. Costco’s lease term is 20 years with seven 5-year extension options not to exceed a total of 55 years. In addition to the lease amendment with Costco, the City Council also approved a 24-year lease extension of the Westfield North County Shopping Center ground lease to end concurrently with Costco’s lease if the company stays the entire 55 years. The city anticipates $1.5 million in sales tax revenue from Costco during the first year of stable operTURN TO COSTCO ON 6

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How to be a smart voter


By Lisa Shaffer

hy be a voter at all? It’s confusing. Does it make any difference anyway? Yes, voting matters. Do you want your school board to ban books or discussion of certain topics? Or do you want teachers to focus on teaching critical thinking skills by presenting controversial topics and helping kids think for themselves? Your vote in school board elections determines who decides. At every level of government, decisions are being made that impact your life. Fundamental rights are being defined and expanded or limited by Supreme Court justices appointed and approved by the president and Senate — all elected officials. The people making decisions about housing, transit and climate action are the people WE elect. If we choose different people, we get different outcomes. So, how do you become an educated voter? Step one: Register to vote. It’s easy. Go to Just to be sure, do it today! In general, there are three types of elections: primary, general and special. The primary election determines who the candidates will be in the general elections that are held every two years in November. Not every office has a primary — some are just in

the general election. Special elections can happen at any time to fill vacancies, for example, when an official dies or leaves office for another reason. Once you are a registered voter, you should receive information about specific elections that you are eligible to vote in. You will get lots of mailings and other communications about candidates and issues. Read and listen carefully.

The League never makes endorsements. Go to candidate forums and hear directly from the candidates. A challenger with no track record can easily promise to solve difficult problems but may not really understand the legalities and complexities that an incumbent must address. Look beyond specific issues to the candidate’s character, values and experience.

No candidate will be perfect. Choose the ones you think will take us in the general direction you want... Always look at the source, follow the money and consider what their agenda might be. Mailings must include “paid for by.” Look up any organization you don’t recognize to see who’s behind it. Fact check and talk to knowledgeable friends and colleagues. Consider setting up a potluck discussion group to share information and opinions. Nonpartisan organizations, like the League of Women Voters, offer objective information. The League studies issues and offers pros and cons for major ballot questions. They post candidate statements and studies on the website.

You don’t know what might arise in the future. Past actions speak louder than empty words. No candidate will be perfect. Choose the ones you think will take us in the general direction you want, or at least the one who isn’t going to take us in a direction you don’t want. “Confirmation bias” makes us inclined to accept information that matches existing beliefs and reject conflicting views. Think critically. Vote wisely. The health and well-being of our families, our communities, and our nation depend on it. Lisa Shaffer is a former Encinitas councilwoman.

SCOTUS ruling at odds with climate goals Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court curtailed the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. This alarming decision could have far-reaching devastating impacts and it is at odds with the majority of Americans who want climate change action. The ruling says that the EPA “must point to clear

congressional authorization for the power it claims.” This, however, presents a real opportunity as reducing emissions through EPA regulations is not the only or best solution. Legislation that puts a fee on carbon passed by Congress is more effective, efficient and has a better chance for bipartisan support. Contact your Representatives and ask them to

pass a budget reconciliation package with major climate policies. Demand legislation that moves us to a clean-energy economy including fees on carbon, tougher fuel efficiency standards for cars, increased tree planting and incentives for de-carbonization of U.S. households. Susan Kobara Carlsbad

alexit, the movement for California secession from the Union, has never gotten off the ground, despite the efforts of the so-called California Freedom Coalition, formerly Yes, California! which unsuccessfully tried running separatist ballot initiative drives in 2017 and 2020. Its reasoning then was that California pays far more into the federal government in taxes than it gets back in federal spending, unlike much smaller states like West Virginia and Mississippi, which get far more back than they pay in. Secessionists also held that this state is permanently underrepresented in the Senate and Electoral College compared with places like Alaska, Wyoming and Delaware. If there are ever to be causes that might spur this state and perhaps some of its neighbors to go it alone, the twin U.S. Supreme Court decisions this spring to cancel out laws like California’s restrictions on carrying firearms and the federal right to female bodily privacy and, thus, abortion, might do it. Right now, most voices opposing those decisions are exhorting their cohorts to “resist.” They don’t say how to do that effectively, even as the rulings are often compared to the Supreme Court’s infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision upholding the rights of slaveowners to pursue escaped slaves even in so-called “free” states. That 7-2 ruling, like the 5-4 anti-abortion decision, was voted in by justices with personal interests in the cause at hand, folks who under some standards ought to have recused themselves from voting. In the Dred Scott case, the court majority were slaveowners or former high officials of slave states from Maryland to Georgia. In the new anti-abortion ruling, all five justices voting to end the right are Roman Catholics taught since early childhood in church and/or school to oppose all abortions. Abortion and gun control adherents can resist all they like, but it’s not likely to change a thing. When that sinks in, it’s just possible some people might consider other courses of action. For sure, California often acts like a semi-independent country, and the abortion decision immediately set the state into action. Within hours, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a compact with two other states, Oregon and Washington, to pro-

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mote abortions in all three states to women in scores of Republican-controlled places where the procedures are now suddenly illegal or soon will be. No one now knows whether this will be the first step in a move toward secession by California and its neighbors, with like-minded places like Hawaii and the Canadian province of British Columbia possibly joining in. They might form a powerhouse country, perhaps called Pacifica, that could be a major world economic and military force. Already, in spring 2020, when ex-President Donald Trump first indicated he might try cheating to hold on to power, the nominal head of the Calexit movement, Marcus Ruiz Evans of Fresno, observed that, “People are saying, ‘Hey, I used to think Calexit is a fanciful idea and I still do, but I’m coming around; we need a government that works and I don’t believe America can anymore.’” That’s the same feeling a lot of Californians are voicing in the days after the Supreme Court’s two late-June decisions. Some lately have cited an 1860 editorial from the Dubuque, Iowa, Herald that argued, “It does not follow that because a state cannot secede constitutionally, it is obliged under all circumstances to remain in the Union. There is a natural right, which is reserved by all men, and which cannot be given to any government… to form a government for their mutual protection... and for such other purposes as they may deem most conducive to their mutual happiness and prosperity.” Those would be the very grounds toward which California and two of its neighbors now might be moving. Ironically, rather than resisting, what’s left of the Union might just say “good riddance,” since a California departure alone would all but assure indefinite Republican rule of the rest of America. So far, though, secession is a mere idea that has never had much support. Yet, history shows that borders, policies and governments are never permanent, no matter what any constitution may say. Email Thomas Elias at


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San Marcos Unified enrollment drop causes budget concerns By Laura Place

SAN MARCOS — A troubling downward trend in student enrollment will likely mean long-term decreases in state funding for the San Marcos Unified School District, officials warned during recent budget discussions. The district lost 1,100 students — around the equivalent of an entire school — in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by another 147 students over the past year. District leaders anticipate losing another 100 over the upcoming academic year, with enrollment expected to stabilize in 2023-24. State school funding is primarily calculated based on average daily attendance (ADA) using a three-year average. While San Marcos Unified’s funding has been stable over the past three years, thanks to an average based on pre-pandemic numbers, 2022-23 will mark the beginning of a new averaging period, at which point funding is expected to drop significantly and continue dropping over the subsequent two years. “We’re about to have a change,” said Erin Garcia, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services. “We’re going to have this gradual off-ramp that we’ve been talking about in our funding formulas. So, we’re going to drop down a little bit the next year, and a little more the next year, and then in the third year, by 2024-25, we’re going to be down to what our actual ADA is right now.” San Marcos Unified is not alone in its enrollment troubles. Public school districts and charter schools throughout California saw an attendance decline of 8% between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, according to a recent report from the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office. For public school districts, in particular, statewide ADA declined by about 468,600 students in the same time frame. Superintendent Andy Johnsen said the district is

spending budget over the next year, along with funds for books, supplies, services and operating expenses. The district is also planning to spend $1.1 million to obtain four new school buses equipped with cameras with money set aside in Fund 40, savings account for capital projects.

MISSION HILLS HIGH SCHOOL students celebrate their graduation on June 10. The San Marcos Unified School District has seen a significant drop in enrollment since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo

doing its best to rebuild attendance. During the major enrollment drop in the first year of the pandemic, officials determined through surveys that many families were moving out of the region and the state due to work challenges or opting to switch to private schools. “We are working as hard as we can to build up our enrollment, to draw students back into the district. If our enrollment declines again … the dollars coming in will be less,” Johnsen said. The district is also waiting to see if attendance relief will be available from the state to offset the loss in funds, creating further uncertainty, Johnsen said. While exiting the pandemic’s uncertainty is a good thing for schools, it also means the end of crucial COVID-19 aid funds from the federal and state governments, which many districts have come to rely on.

In San Marcos Unified, COVID-19 funds will expire two years from now in the 2024-25 academic year. Garcia warned the school board that while these funds are helpful now, the district should start planning how they will fare without them. “What also happens is all the COVID federal relief dollars expire in that year. If we are using some of those one-time COVID relief dollars to pay for staff, those costs have to come back into our regularly funded budget,” Garcia said. Staffing Dropping enrollment also had a severe impact on staffing. The district came under fire earlier this year after issuing layoff notices to nearly 200 classified and certificated staff to “rightsize” with the decreased number of students and create a positive budget. Officials issued many of the layoff notices as a

precaution against an unfavorable state education budget, with plans to rescind as many notices as possible as budget plans became clearer. Over half the notices, primarily for teachers, were rescinded over the following months, with the majority rescinded by late June. “The layoff notices that were issued to staff on March 15 have been rescinded with the exception of approximately 20 active layoff notices; however, in the weeks ahead, we anticipate this number will continue to decline,” district spokeswoman Amy Ventetuolo said on June 27. “The notices have been rescinded due to additional resignations, retirements, leaves of absences and improved financial outlook from the state.” While many were relieved to find out they would still have jobs for the upcoming year, the back and forth caused great stress and uncertainty.

Woman gets 25 years to life for 2020 crash that killed 4 By City News Service

ESCONDIDO — A motorist who struck and killed four people in Escondido, including two children, was sentenced June 30 to 25 years to life in state prison. Ashley Rene Williams, 30, pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the fatality crash on May 5, 2020, on San Pasqual Valley Road. Killed in the crash were Yovanny Felix, 10; Emmanuel Riva, 11; the boys’ grandmother, Carmela Camacho, 50; and Camacho’s boyfriend, Abel Valdez, 33. Deputy District Attorney Laurie Hauf said the victims were on their nightly walk at the time. Cama-

cho ensured the boys got regular exercise amid the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hauf said. While they were on their walk, Williams’ vehicle drifted onto the sidewalk at around 8:30 p.m., plowing into the victims and then into a tree. Valdez and the older child died at the scene. Medics took Camacho and Yovanny to Palomar Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead. Williams was hospitalized, She was arrested about a month after the crash. Hauf alleged that Williams used difluoroethane or DFE, a gas used in aerosol products, while driving, and had marijuana and methamphetamine in her system. According to the prose-

cutor, Williams was driving on a suspended license at the time due to a DUI drug conviction she received less than six months prior to the fatal crash. Williams did not make a statement at her sentencing hearing, but burst loudly into tears upon entering the courtroom. Norma Espinoza, mother to both boys and daughter to Camacho, said, “I think one day I might forgive her, but I don’t think I’m ready to do that now. It still hurts.” Espinoza said her sons “were my everything. They were my life.” She also described her mother as her “best friend,” to whom she could go to for guidance on any problems in her life. Elvia Valdez, Abel Valdez’s sister, said through

a Spanish-speaking interpreter that her brother was a “respectful and humble” man and that “there is nothing that can fill the emptiness that Abel has left.” Brandi Meron Krepps, who served both as Emmanuel’s teacher and Williams’ teacher decades ago, said, “As sad as I feel for the decisions Ashley made, justice has to be served.” In a statement released shortly after the sentencing, Escondido Interim Police Chief David Cramer said, “Although this resolution doesn’t erase the tragedy and loss of four members of our community, we hope that justice being served brings some degree of closure and peace to the families and our Escondido community.”

Board president Stacy Carlson called this practice of issuing and rescinding layoff notices a “systemic problem” and expressed concerns about always having to project major layoffs while awaiting the actual financial forecast from the state. “The past several years I’ve been on the board, we’ve had these layoff notices, and then the state comes in last minute, and we get to rescind all these notices. And it’s really painful, and it really messes with people’s heads,” Carlson said. “We really need to be careful with what we’re doing with the money we have right now. It’s unusual for me to be this concerned about the budget in terms of what’s going to happen in the next year or two and where we’re going to be.” Following this rightsizing, employee salaries and benefits are projected to make up nearly 86% of the district’s $271 million

Addressing the deficit With an active budget deficit since even before the COVID-19 pandemic, San Marcos Unified has been on the state’s watch list for potential financial insolvency for some time. However, district leaders say major cost cuts via staff layoffs and other budget restructuring have improved the situation. The district finished the school year with a General Fund deficit of $1.1 million, and staff is projecting a surplus over the next three years, including an unrestricted surplus of $5.7 million at the end of 202223 and $7.3 million the following year. This is a significant improvement from a couple of years ago when the district faced a total budget deficit of $15 million in the summer of 2020 that was projected to grow to $30 million by 2022. The deficit has been knocked down significantly due to costof-living adjustments and other funding boosts in subsequent state budgets and district efforts. “Our finances are now in a much better place than they were,” Johnsen said. “Even though it was a little bit painful to get here, we’re entering next year with a much better fiscal standing than we did coming into the year.” However, Garcia warned the district’s projected surplus is still likely to drop to $1.5 million in 2024-25 with the new ADA average and loss of COVID-19 dollars. “We’re going to need to do a lot of very strategic planning together to make sure that we don’t start to see significant troubles in our budget that year,” Garcia said.



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The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will attend Happy Hour/ Dinner BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse, Escondido July 20; go bowling, Bowlero, San Marcos with meal after July 21; attend Mass, St. Patrick’s, Carlsbad with meal to follow Coyote Grill, Carlsbad July 24 and have lunch, Windmill Food Hall, Carlsbad July 26. Reservations are required (760) PAWMICON, a canine salute to Comic-Con hosted by Helen 696-3502. Woodward Animal Center, is July 17 at Town & Country Resort in San Diego. Courtesy photo

The 2022 Kids in the Garden classes offer Cooking and Nutrition - Corn on the cob and ways we cook and eat corn from 10 a.m. to noon July 9 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Cost is $5 each child or adult. Pre-registration requested at (760) 822-6824 or

canto” July 20 and “Sing 2” July 27, beginning at 6 p.m. with movie at 8 p.m. at 3810 Valley Centre Drive, Carmel Valley, with face painter, balloon artist and caricaturist, popcorn, churros and cotton candy. No reservations are needed. Piazza Carmel provides seating, or you can bring your own lawn chair.



Batiquitos Lagoon will host a presentation at 10 a.m. July 9 at the picnic tables next to the Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad, titled “Shells of the World”, presented by BLF Docent, Paula Barton. Learn about local mollusks and the shells they inhabit, plus shells from far away. For more information, visit FIRE SAFETY PLAN

An Olivenhain Evacuation community meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 9 at the Olivenhain meeting hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas, with an overview of the updated Olivenhain Evacuation Plan, what to pack in a “go” bag and making defensible space. RSVP to EXPLORE BY BIKE

North County Cycle Club rides every Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. and also 8:30 a.m., usually from the car park of Old California Restaurant Row, 1020-1080 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos. Several rides of varying distance and pace explore different parts of San Diego North County each week. See for details.

The city of Oceanside Planning Division will host a community forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 13 at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, to discuss farmland conservation strategies, with a focus on farmland conservation easements. BUSINESS BREAKFAST

The Encinitas Business Exchange is a non-profit group of successful small local business owners and managers. It meets from 6:45 to 8 a.m. every Wednesday at the Casa de Bandini, 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. Interested fellow business owners are invited to network while enjoying a free hearty breakfast.



The Innovate78 Collaborative, the joint economic development partnership among the five North County cities along the SR78 corridor, will be holding a networking and educational event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 14 at the Wagner Aquatic and Events Center, 3303 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. With five speakers it will focus on talent recruitment and retention. CATHOLIC FRIENDS



Throughout the summer, the Oceanside Civic Center Library offers story times and book clubs, and free lunch meals to all children from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside.

The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will walk the Hubbs North Trail, Carlsbad, July 14 and attend TGIF Concert in the Park, Poinsettia Park, Carlsbad July 15. Reservations are required (760) 696-3502. JOIN THE FLEA MART



Bring the family to the free Piazza Carmel Movie Nights every Wednesday with “Cruella” July 13, “En-

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Encinitas Friends of the Arts Flea & Art Market, contact Cheryl at artbuzz1@gmail. com. The event will be at the Pacific View Elementary

school site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23. Vendor application is available at Encinitas Flea Market. Applications must be submitted no later than July 14. If you do not have seller’s permit, they are available at KIDS CRAFTS

Escondido Public Library offers Summer Reading Challenge Kids Crafts for ages 5 to 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, July 14 and Aug. 4, at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Create cool sea creatures, explore the ocean zones and get slimy with these Thursday craft events.



Swing Fore Hope Golf Classic will have a Shotgun Start at 1 pm. July 15, at Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos, Proceeds fund children’s bereavement services free of charge. In addition to 18 holes of golf course, lunch, on-course games, and an awards dinner. Registration for Swing Fore Hope Golf Classic is now open at



Escondido Public Library is hosting a Miyazaki Movie Marathon for ages 12 to 18 on Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m. July 16 and July 23 and noon to 2 p.m. July 30. The films of Hayao Miyazaki are amazing anime explorations of different worlds and complex characters. NEW SHOW AT GARDEN



The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association announces the lineup for Encinitas Cruise Nights, beginning from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 21. The display of vintage cars is held on the third Thursday every month through September with live music at F Street, at G Street, H Street, the Main Stage at F Street and the E101 office. DIGITAL EDITOR SKILLS

San Diego Professional Editors Network presents “Digital Skills for Editors at 6:45 p.m. July 21 on Zoom. The cost is $7.50 for nonmembers. RSVP to https:// to RSVP by July 20.



Encinitas Flea & Art Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 at Pacific View Elementary School Site In partnership with the City of Encinitas, Encinitas Friends of the Arts is pleased to hold this year. All proceeds will go to support the renovation of the Pacific View site as an art center.


The 17th annual Pupologie’s Cardiff Dog Days of Summer presented by Cardiff 101 Main Street and the city of Encinitas will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea. This free one-day event for dogs and dog lovers features pet-related vendors, rescue groups, pet adoption agencies, dog contests, live music, food trucks, a libation lounge, and opportunity drawings. For more information or to volunteer at the event, visit

San Diego Botanic Garden will be debuting its Summer exhibition, World of Houseplants, July 16 through Sept. 5. SDBG’s collection of plants will incorporate hundreds more houseplants, from everyday plants to rare species. Admissions range from $12 to $18. Entrance to the exhibition includes access to the ALL FOR THE KIDS rest of the Garden. Sleep In Heavenly Peace provides beds for children in need, believing COMICON FOR DOGS that having a bed is an esHelen Woodward An- sential and basic need for imal Center hosts its 10th a child’s well-being. Its San annual PAWmicon, a canine Diego North County addisalute to Comicon, from 10 tion will have its ribbon cuta.m. to 2 p.m. July 17 at The ting with the Vista Chamber Town & Country Resort, 500 of Commerce Aug. 27. Visit Hotel Circle North, San Di-



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all me Grandma! I joined this lovely club last week and it has already been filled with amazing moments. My new grandbaby is a quite perfect little girl and I fell utterly in love at first sight. My son is delightfully besotted with her, and that is a joy like no other to see. I had to wait a bit longer than most women, because I had my kids quite late. While they are both married, neither chose to procreate in a hurry. I fear my creaking joints won’t lend themselves to being the kind of a grandma I want to be, but I plan to relish every minute. I am still awed at the creation of this precious little human. I find all normal pregnancies and births to be a complete, unexplainable miracle. When everything goes as it should, I stand astonished, because there are so many things that can go awry. But I was given the gift of beautiful children and it was, without question, the best thing I have ever done. I am also so deeply touched by the singular, extraordinary feeling of watching my baby produce a baby and become a parent. It makes me shake my head in happy wonder. Meeting my grandbaby, just three days old, flooded me with the happiest memories. I had forgotten when they are so new, they don’t do much but eat, sleep and look adorable. And that is enough. My son lives 2 ½ hours away, which is too, too far,



ation, 314 additional jobs and even more potential investment into the Westfield property. “I think it will be very helpful for the mall,” said Councilmember Consuelo Martinez. “I still shop at the mall, and even though there are some empty spaces there, there’s still a lot to visit, and I think Costco will help bring more people and more business to the mall.” Councilmember Joe Garcia said the response from residents about Costco coming to Escondido has been mostly positive. However, a few residents have mentioned concerns about traffic and competition

small talk jean gillette of course, but better, I know, than grandmas who live states or countries away. I will be happily making that drive, as often as they will have me. When your daughterin-law is the mom, it puts a different spin on things. My DIL is wonderful, but I must practice restraint I probably wouldn’t if it was my daughter. Anyone who knows me, knows that takes some real effort. I want to snuggle that little girl and smother her with kisses from head to toe. I want to talk to her, feed her and burp her and rock her and take her for walks. This will all probably come in time, but I ache to do it right now, right now. In the meantime, I am content to be the scullery maid, ready to clean house, do dishes and fix meals, so they can ease into being mom and dad and maybe get a little sleep. My mom did it for me and it’s an absolute labor of love. All in all, I’m not too shy to say I am feeling pretty darned special about something I had very little to do with. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and grinning grandma. Contact her at with Target at the mall. Deputy Mayor Tina Inscoe said she shops at Target and Costco and preferred to have the two in one place rather than driving to multiple locations. “Having an anchor like Costco come in will make it more attractive,” Inscoe said. “I’m grateful that Costco came to us to look at our community and chose to begin this process.” Councilmember Michael Morasco also welcomed Costco to the city’s District 4, which he represents. He noted that he and Mayor Paul McNamara live close enough to walk to Costco once it opens. Morasco said Costco is “very good for us, very good for the property, very good for the city.”

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Leaders urge max sentence for man arrested 10 times in 2 years By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — County and city officials are urging for the maximum sentence for a man arrested 10 times in the past two years. Craig Blas, 32, was arrested in May after police found on him a handgun magazine, 235 fentanyl pills, 3.56 grams of powder fentanyl, 36 grams of methamphetamine, three fake oxycodone pills that tested positive for fentanyl, a loaded magazine, a digital scale, small bags that appear to be used for selling drugs, a red dot sight for a pistol and $738 in cash. It marked the 10th arrest for Blas since he



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ RELIEF FOR NONPROFITS

The city of Escondido Nonprofit Relief Fund is now accepting online applications at grant-for-escondido-nonprofits. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Aug. 11. To apply, nonprofits must be located in or serve the city of Escondido. For application assistance and/or additional details about eligibility and required documents, visit grant-for-escondido-nonprofits. POWER SAVINGS

Hydroelectric generators at Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant have qualified for the California Energy Commission’s Renewables Portfolio Standard Program and will now generate Renewable Energy Certificates that contribute to the state goal of achieving 60% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Hydroelectricity generation at the water treatment plant is just one way that OMWD is achieving its mission of sustainability. COMMUNITY SPACE

Perspectives Space, run by Jonathan Hanwit on 2nd street between D and E in Encinitas for more than 10 years, is being used for art shows, poster contests, workshops, pop-up shops, photo shoots, yoga/ breathwork/sound healing classes and more. Starting June 1, it has been officially committed as a fulltime dedicated community space. Visit TOP OF THE HEAP

• Annmarie Walker, of Oceanside, has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College spring 2022 dean’s list with high honors. • Earning undergraduate academic honors at Miami University were

was released from prison in 2019. In 2020, Blas was arrested seven times for similar drugs and weapons possessions. He was again arrested in 2021 for drugs, weapons and the suspected sale of narcotics. Prior to that, he was arrested in 2017 for possession of an assault rifle and again in 2018 for possession of a short-barreled shotgun. Blas has a sentencing hearing scheduled for July 12, according to court records. County Supervisor Jim Desmond said more than 200 letters were sent to the District Attorney’s

Austyn Overman, Pietro Lanza di Scalea and Preston Buscher of Carlsbad; Mila Spengler of San Marcos; Ella Chambers of Solana Beach and Makena Kronemyer of San Diego. • University of Nebraska-Lincoln students named to the dean’s list for spring 2022 include: Jeremiah Saguin of Carlsbad, Catie Anne Pentlarge of Oceanside, Abram Harris of San Diego and Noah Martin Garcia and Lucas Rowden of Solana Beach. • Ryan Camarata of San Diego was named to Elmhurst University’s spring 2022 dean’s list. PROUD GRADUATES

• Vanessa Oeien of Carlsbad graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Williams College. • Dashiell Gregory of Encinitas, a graduate of San Dieguito High School Academy, graduated cum laude from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. • Marilyn Long of Oceanside graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and secondary major ALL-REGION ATHLETES

The Cal State San Marcos men's and women's track & field teams saw five of its student-athletes earn NCAA Division II All-Region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Jonathan Burton, Justice Chima, Joshua Litwiller and Isaac Muanza earned the honor for the men’s team while Devin Yarbrough was the honoree for the women’s team. ALL-AMERICAN

Cal State San Marcos golfer Matt Pennington of Carlsbad, a La Costa Canyon HS grad, has been named to the 2022 NCAA Division II PING All-America third team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced. Pennington had a standout year for the Cougars as he won the NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional Championship, took home the CCAA Championship, was named the CCAA Golfer of the Year and competed at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

Office and the judge urging Blas be sentenced to prison for a long time. Desmond joined Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara, Deputy Mayor Tina Inscoe, Interim Police Chief David Cramer and Escondido Union High School Board President Christi Knight for a press conference at the police department headquarters on June 21 to push for Blas’ sentencing and urge the laws that allowed him to walk free so many times to change. “Ten arrests in the last two years is just way too many,” Desmond said. Desmond said Blas has

been released so many times due to the “unintended consequences” of Proposition 47 and Assembly Bill 109. Proposition 47 was a ballot measure approved by voters in 2014 that turned some nonviolent property crimes where the value does not exceed $950 and simple drug possession offenses into misdemeanors. Assembly Bill 109 allows for some nonviolent offenders to be supervised at the county level after they are released from state prison. Desmond said AB 109 brought felons who should be in state prison back into the county jails, which over-

crowded them and forced many inmates to be released. He also said Proposition 47 has led to no jail time or rehabilitation services for criminals. The supervisor also brought up the case of Justin Flores, who killed two police officers in El Monte last month. After shooting the two officers in the head, Flores exchanged fire with other officers who arrived on scene before killing himself. Flores, like Blas, also had been arrested several times prior. Desmond said he will work with local law enforce-

ment as well as District Attorney Summer Stephan over the next month to figure out ways to close the loopholes in the justice system that allow criminals like Blas to walk free. McNamara said it was time for the community to stand up and take action against the loopholes as well. “Criminals need to have consequences, and right now they don’t,” the mayor said. “It’s time for us to start talking to our elected officials not just here but in Sacramento and say we need to have consequences.”


an underlying historical context that may not be understood across the council, adding that state rules and court cases could help define an equitable permitting process in Vista. Before roll call, Franklin directed the city manager to agendize the equity directive for the next meeting. “You know denying me a vote has accomplished nothing because we’re going to have a discussion,” he said. Contreras, who was admittedly encouraged by the length of an equity conversation, said no one was denying anyone their right to vote as a council member and called on her colleague to stick to facts. “Anybody on this coun-

cil has the ability to bring anything up as a discussion or presentation on any agenda, so it is a little bit of Kabuki theater,” she said. “It is a little bit unnecessary.” She continued, circling back to the city manager’s ability to define “equity.” “The state of California, other cities have the framework — which I understand that the city attorney and the city manager and our city clerk can go by that framework — and that there’s a legal justification for that,” she said. The ordinance advanced would establish a lottery system in which three applicants receive the opportunity for a special-use permit for a yearly cannabis cultivation license. The ini-

tial application for a special permit is more than $4,000; a renewal application is $329. Once approved for operation, the businesses are subject to a regulatory and financial audit, a bill of nearly $20,000. Cultivators may be in facilities ranging from 500 square feet to 22,000 square feet for individual licenses. Multiple cultivations could operate on a single lot for an additional 22,000 square feet, under separate licenses. Facilities must not be within 600 feet of businesses and facilities geared toward children, among other stipulations. The Vista Planning Commission recommended denying cannabis cultivation in a 4-2 vote on June 7.


within its cannabis business licenses, City Manager Patrick Johnson said that he would be able to create a process to ensure applicants who fall under the term “protected classes” are represented. Franklin disagreed, adding that the city’s attorney and manager could not interpret the council’s goals and adequately define who falls in the “protected classes” in Vista. While not against an application process that ensures at least one permit is awarded to a protected class, Franklin doesn’t want to sign a “blank check” — or adopt the ordinance at its public hearing phase — without clear definitions. Councilmembers Contreras, Melendez and Joe Green are confident that the special-use permit application process that city staff brings forward would ensure there’s an equitable piece among marginalized operators. Franklin questioned his colleagues, particularly Melendez, asking: “Don’t you feel that as a council member that you should be involved in development of this policy if it’s as important as you claim that it is? Don’t you want to do that in public in front of the voters and stand up for what you believe?” “It’s important for me to advocate for equity. It’s less important for me to make sure that the details of that are comfortable for me as an individual, and these are things that people elected me for,” Melendez said in response to Franklin. Contreras agreed that bringing indoor cannabis cultivation ordinances back before the council is unnecessary, as staff would be directed to develop a definition alongside the application process. “Just as a question, I’m legally an indigenous person. I’m one-128th Oklahoma Choctaw, my spouse is American Cherokee, would I qualify under your definition of the equity component?” Franklin asked Contreras. “There are some questions to be answered here. I am just surprised that you wouldn’t want to have a say.” Melendez said there’s


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Levin seeks $50M to fund local projects By City News Service

OCEANSIDE — Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, announced Tuesday that he has taken the first step in securing $50 million in federal funding for 15 projects in north San Diego County and south Orange County. That total includes $7 million to help the North County Transit District improve SPRINTER train service, $7 million to improve infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists on Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach and $4.48 million to enhance the Mobile Crisis Response Team program in San Diego County. The approval by a House Appropriations subcommittee is only the first step in securing the funds. Levin said he will continue to fight for the funding as the bill moves to the full Appropriations Committee, possible consideration on the House floor and negotiations with the U.S. Senate. “This funding will allow our region to invest in safer roads and highways, local water supply, public safety, fighting wildfires, higher education, and much more,” Levin said. If the funding is approved as it stands, other San Diego County projects to be funded include $4 million for Encinitas drainage improvements in the Leucadia neighborhood, $3.45 million for Loma Alta Creek sewer relocation in Oceanside, $3.75 million for a county twin-engine firefighting helicopter project, $2.23 million for Vista sidewalk and street lighting improvements and $3 million for the Veterans Memorial Park project in Carlsbad. According to Levin’s office, during the appropriations process for the last fiscal year, he secured $21 million for eight local projects in addition to two others that were funded through the bipartisan infrastructure law.


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San Marcos Boys & Girls Club opens new space By Laura Place

SAN MARCOS — What sat as an empty retail space in the Richmar neighborhood of San Marcos just a year ago has been transformed into a buzzing clubhouse offering daily recreation, education and support programs for dozens of local youth. The new 6,000-squarefoot clubhouse on Autumn Drive, known as the Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation Boys & Girls Club, is a branch of the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos located less than half a mile from the main site on Positive Place that they have outgrown in recent years. On June 28, club leaders, city officials and community members gathered to officially celebrate the opening of the brand-new space equipped with game rooms, a community connections center, learning and technology centers, an arts room and a demonstration kitchen. “At the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, it’s our job to make sure that all young people can achieve their full potential. This new facility has endless possibilities for just that,” said Cathy Baur, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos. “This building is designed from the front to the back to equip youth with the tools they need to build a great future.” Construction on the clubhouse began last year after the city of San Marcos offered the Boys & Girls Club a rare opportunity — a 30-year renewable lease at the cost of $1 per year and $1.2 million in funding via American Rescue Plan Act funds to make the space a reality. Additional funds were raised through the Building Great Futures Capital Campaign, with the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation selected as the clubhouse namesake after providing a $200,000 gift and agreeing to match all donations up to $125,000 dollar for dollar. “Many of you were here a year ago. We began the goal to raise $2 million to transform what was an empty concrete shell into this warm, inviting clubhouse,”

AT THE NEW Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation clubhouse, youth show off their homebaked cookies in the demonstration kitchen alongside Steve South, president and CEO of EDCO, one of the donors to the clubhouse, during the opening ceremony on June 28. The new Boys & Girls Club facility is in San Marcos’ Richmar neighborhood. Photo by Laura Place

Baur said. “I am so thankful to report that just 364 days later, we’re already serving [over] 125 kids every single day out of this clubhouse.” Participating youth at the clubhouse include students from San Marcos Elementary School as well as residents of the nearby Westlake Villages affordable housing complex. City officials recognized the clubhouse as a much-needed asset in the revitalized Richmar neighborhood, where over 500 youth live in affordable housing complexes and the average yearly income is around $30,000. “When the city was looking for the perfect community-focused tenant to occupy this vacant space where it stands today, we presented the Boys & Girls Club a great offer because we knew investing in our kids is something we should do and want to do,” San

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main area, where kids can enjoy air hockey, an interactive Exergames T-wall, an eight-person foosball table and Legos.

Off of the games room is the demonstration kitchen, where youth could be seen baking and decorating cookies to share with attendees at the opening ceremony, and the makers space for drawing, painting and other artistic endeavors. Further down the hall, the Alexander & Eva Nemeth Learning Lab is intended to promote academic success, offering homework help and tutoring for students and set up with desks and Chromebooks. The North City Tech Center offers access to computers, coding programs, virtual reality goggles and robotics. “Especially with this space, I’ve had a lot of kids saying, ‘Oh, I’ve never been able to try this before,’” site director Chelsea Piedras said of the technology center. “They’re getting the opportunity to apply new skills.” A former San Marcos “club kid” herself, Piedras said the opening of the clubhouse is particularly meaningful to her. She understands that for these kids, having a space that is just theirs creates a sense of pride and responsibility. “The principal at San Marcos Elementary said it best, that when the kids can take pride in the space, it impacts how they act in the space,” she said. “It’s really cool to see it come full circle, to see it grow from being a concrete box to having kids in it.”


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homicide in North County. When we ask the question of, ‘Why does this happen?’ the answer was that there’s not enough prevention services.” On July 2, just three days before the center officially opened, over 100 residents and local officials attended a welcome event where they were able to tour the facility and connect with dozens of the partnering organizations, including Palomar Health, Sharia’s Closet, San Diego Humane Society and others. Oceanside resident Jessica Garcia explored the facility with her family and her kids delighted at the brand-new amenities, vibrant children’s area and variety of comfortable areas to relax. “I really like it. It’s homey, it’s comfortable, it feels open, and it does feel safe,” Garcia said. “It’s kind of exciting, to have a place to feel like I can hide here. That’s the reason I brought my kids too, so they can know that if you need to, you have resources.” While nondescript on the outside, situated among a sea of large, gray retail stores, the interior of One Safe Place is anything but. Wood paneling, calm lighting and a variety of comfortable seating options replace any sense of sterility, even in the medical examination areas, court office where individuals can seek a restraining

THE DRESS FOR HOPE shop operated by nonprofit Sharia’s Closet is one of many “thriver” services offered at One Safe Place in San Marcos, providing clothes to help guests dress their best for court appearances and job interviews. Photo by Laura Place

order, and law enforcement hub on the second floor where survivors can choose to meet with detectives. Tree branch imagery, bamboo and a large pyramid structure in the Welcome Hub — a favorite symbol in the District Attorney’s Office as a solid structure that survives centuries — are intended to communicate the center’s mission for resiliency and healing.

Along with the children’s room, a clothing boutique, hair salon, interfaith space and kitchen await guests to help meet their needs. “We wanted this place to feel like family, and if people came from violence and didn’t feel safe at home, they will feel safe here,” Stephan said. The Dress for Hope clothing boutique, operated by nonprofit Sharia’s

Closet, is the first thing guests see when they enter the main service area of the building. Here, guests can pick out polished outfits for job interviews, court appearances and other events for free, as well as find emergency clothing for men, women and children. “I believe that every community needs the type of service that we provide,” said founder and CEO Shamine Linton. “It’s real-

ly honoring people where they are, if they want gender neutral clothing, if you like light colors, if you don’t want polka dots … we say, we can do that. Those are actions behind those words — loving people.” The center is open to residents from all over the county but will be focused on assisting residents in North County. The center partners specifically with the San Diego County

Sheriff’s Department and the police departments in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Escondido. One Safe Place is open and available for walk-ins Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents can also contact One Safe Place to make an appointment for services at or 760-2903690.

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THE CITY COUNCIL instructed staff to identify budget cuts in May, but most of the cuts were restored in the final budget approved in late June. Courtesy photo

Escondido balances budget using COVID-19 relief funds By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — The City Council approved a balanced budget in late June using COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government. The budget included restored funding to the California Center for the Arts and other deferred maintenance needs that were lined up for budget cuts just last month. The city faced an $8.5 million deficit in May, prompting the council to direct staff to cut items from the budget that would not impact the city’s health and safety services, which includes police, fire and public works and makes up 75% of the operating budget. Staff returned to the council in early June with a budget reduction totaling $7.1 million. While some items were reclassified to city funds outside of the general fund, more than $4 million in cuts were proposed. The remaining budget gap was filled with more revenue to the city than originally proposed in May. Those proposed cuts included $2.2 million for city vehicle replacements, $550,000 for roof repairs to city buildings and its annual $1.9 million in financial support to the California Center for the Arts, which pays for a management fee for the center’s operation, gas and electric bills, and building maintenance and network administration. The council asked staff to come back at the end of

June with a new budget using no more than $5 million from the city’s Section 115 pension trust fund and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The ARPA dispersed $8 billion in federal dollars to cities throughout the country for relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 22, staff returned for the budget’s final approval using $3.7 million in one-time funding from ARPA funds to restore those proposed cuts to the budget with some reductions. Vehicle replacements will receive $1.2 million from ARPA money, $1 million less than originally proposed; the full $550,000 was restored for needed roof repairs. “The roofs of many city buildings are at the end of their lives,” Director of Finance Christina Holmes said. The Center for the Arts is also getting back slightly less funding at $1.5 million. The management fee was reduced by $133,000 with plans for the city and the arts center to renegotiate a new management agreement in the coming months. Sara Matta, board chair of the arts center, thanked city staff at the June 22 council meeting for working with the board to restore its funding. “The restored funding in the current staff report allows the California Center for the Arts to continTURN TO BUDGET ON 15


s I write, I’m about to get on an airplane and head to the Midwest. During our visit, we’ll stay in a modestly priced chain hotel that offers an inroom fridge and microwave, and a free buffet breakfast. All good. What the hotel won’t offer are towel racks. I know, who cares about towel racks? Whoever even thinks about towel racks? I don’t — except when I need one and it isn’t there. I realize the absence of towel racks in hotels is not a problem that will tip the balance of world power or lose a war, but the lack of them does affect the environment. Long ago and far away, when the daily change of linens and towels was de rigueur and the scarcity of water was not on our radar, there was no need for an extra rack or two where guests could dry their towels. We used them and tossed them. Times and awareness have changed. Now hotel guests often find little tent signs placed in bathrooms or on desks or beds asking to help conserve water by forgoing daily linen changes and reusing towels. Just hang the towels you intend to reuse, the signs say, and put the ones you want replaced on the floor. Glad to oblige, but there’s one problem: There is nowhere to hang those wet towels. And don’t tell me to use that hook on the back of the door. Towels do not dry on a hook. I’m not a physics genius, but I know that if most of a towel’s surface area is not exposed to the air, it remains soggy. I’ve spent hundreds of nights in hundreds of various types of lodging — some of them five- star — and I have yet to find a bathroom suitably equipped with towel racks.

HOTELS and motels need more towel racks to allow guests to dry their towels so they can be used for more than one day. This environmentally friendly move will reduce the use of detergents and save millions of gallons of water. Stock photo

I have resorted to hanging wet towels on hangers, which I then hang in a closet or from the lamp shade wires. Once in a while, if I can reach it, I’ll hang a towel over a shower rod. But be forewarned: If you resort to this, check the top surface of the rod. It can be quite dirty and you’ll have a dry towel with a black line across the middle. I know I’m fortunate to deal with this aggravation; it means that I am travel-






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ing. But I’d also like to do my part in leaving a smaller footprint as I go. When we remodeled our bathroom several years ago, I made sure that we installed ample towel racks so we can use our towels for several days. Doing likewise in hotels will go a long way in reducing the amount of water and detergent needed by the hotel/motel industry. I searched long and hard to find statistics on how much detergent the hotel industry uses and came up

with nothing. There were, however, stats on just about everything else, which I’ll save for another time. Before I leave this gripe session, I want to give equal time to slippery showers and tubs. Nothing good about either of those, of course, so I’d like to implore hotel and motel designers to choose materials that are not slippery when wet. Seems like common sense, but I too often find that taking a shower is risking a fall. In today’s litigious society, spending a few extra dollars in the name of safety seems like the smart thing to do — for all parties concerned. Wouldn’t hurt to throw in safety bars in the tubs and showers, too. Hotels/motels do get positive points for some things. I’m seeing more and more wastebaskets for recyclables in hotel rooms, and kudos to those establishments that have replaced those tiny, personal bottles of soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion with larger, multi-use bottles. I know the tiny bottles are cute and fun to take home (I donate mine to a mission that provides services to the homeless), but all that plastic has deadly consequences for the environment. Telling hotels that you like the environmentally friendly changes might help spread the trends.

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A taste of Hawaii at a Catamaran Resort luau lick the plate david boylan


ince my loose local connection to Hawaiian food, Kealani’s, closed in 2016, I’ve not expanded my horizons to explore similar offerings in the area. Maybe I never got over the emotional attachment I had to it and Manhattan Giant Pizza and the perfect fit they were for downtown Encinitas, but I never sought out a substitute. Recently, I was made aware of the Sunset Luaus at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in Pacific Beach and thought it the perfect opportunity to revisit some of my favorite food and attend my first luau. And while I’m sure everyone has a general idea of what goes on at a luau, here is a brief refresher. A luau is basically a Hawaiian party and cultural experience, an act of hospitality and one of the most memorable things you can do while visiting Hawaii, but one that I missed on my only visit there years ago. They date back to the early 1800s, so there is plenty of history involved. It has been a few years since I’d been down to the Catamaran for a trade show and my memories were fuzzy at best. I had forgotten that it is in the heart of Pacific Beach (PB) and

KAHLUA ROAST pig at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in Pacific Beach. Courtesy photo/Catamaran

right on Mission Bay, the man-made body of water completed in the 1960s. The density and youthful party vibe of PB is a bit of a shocker coming from mellow Leucadia, but once at the Catamaran on Mission Bay things become a bit more tranquil and island-like. The waterfall in the lobby and lush foliage that connects the rooms give it a somewhat tropical feel and its location on Mission Bay, which reminds me of a glassy inland lake in Michigan, feels a world away from the bustle of PB. I had no idea what to expect as far as crowd size for the luau so was blown

away to see what I would estimate to be 400+ people already seated and milling about when we arrived around 6 p.m. Evidently this is a hot ticket. One thing I thought was very cool about those in attendance was the melting pot of ethnicities represented. It was like a United Nations of luaus, with the common thread of gathering to celebrate good food in huge quantities and some fun Hawaiian entertainment. It was also a mix of tourists and locals. Our table had a family from Houston in town for a family reunion on one side and some older parents with their grown kids from Ocean Beach on the other. As we arrived, we were presented with the traditional lei, though made of paper instead of flowers, and a complimentary mai tai that seems to be the semiofficial drink of a luau. It’s a delicious blend of rum, orange curacao, almond syrup, sugar cane juice, lime juice, vanilla-infused simple syrup, pine-

HAWAIIAN DANCERS are part of the luau experience at Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay. Courtesy photo

apple juice and a sprig of mint and slice of pineapple to garnish. It’s a tasty cocktail and perfectly suited for the occasion. One side note, though: After the complimentary drink, it’s a cash bar that accepts only cash, which I found to be kind of random and a bit inconvenient. While folks eager-

ly await their table to be called for the feast that awaits, there is entertainment that includes the Pride of Polynesia show of island music, hula dancers and fiery-torch performers and, of course, the volcano that erupts confetti. Given the quantity of people to feed, we were a bit concerned about the wait and lines, but that

proved to be unfounded. This is a smooth-running operation and in no time, we were up at one of the long buffet tables loading our plates to full capacity. Highlights included the Tossed Kula Greens with Poppy Seed Dressing, Ginger Curry Chicken Salad with Macadamia nuts, Spicy Bay Shrimp and Grilled Pineapple Salad, Island Pineapple Coleslaw, Traditional Macaroni Salad, Huli Huli Chicken with Grilled Pineapple and Shredded Coconut, Kalua Pulled Pork and Roasted Pork Loin, Kalua Roast Pig Display, Roast Salmon with Ginger Lime Cream Sauce, Pineapple Fried Rice and an assortment of Hawaiian sweet rolls. I tried everything I just mentioned and was really blown away by the quality given the quantities involved. There is also a kids menu and dessert menu that one must save room for. It was a feast for the ages and all-in-all a delightful experience. My suggestion would be to make a staycation out of it and eat yourself into a food coma without having to drive home. The luaus happen twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays, through Sept. 2. Other related activities around the weekly luaus include the poolside Keiki Klub happening daily, 1-3 p.m., that features complimentary Hawaiian-inspired arts and crafts. Guests of all ages can take complimentary hula lessons and fresh flower lei making, which take place bayside, 3-5 p.m. Prices for the luau range from $49-$109 per person, depending on where you are seated, and include all-you-can-eat food and non-alcoholic drinks. If you are driving from North County, give yourself plenty of time and arrive early. More information and tickets at catamaranresort. com/sunset-luaus




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Making the perfect summer cocktail Top 10 wine picks cheers! north county

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he official summer solstice is in the rear view mirror, and fireworks are peeking over the tree line in the distance, which means it is time to start thinking about what cocktail will make the rest of summer perfect. The perfect summer cocktail should be lightly sweet. Not so sweet you get a stomach ache, but just enough to substitute for a dessert. It should be refreshing and cold. No coffee cocktails here. It should feel just a touch exotic, so you can imagine you're on vacation even if the only sand you’re dipping your toes in is in your mind. It should reflect that iconic American summer night you’ve seen on the big screen — hot days, humid nights. The threat of dry lightning dissipates into red and purple streaked skies just after sunset. A key component to the perfect summer cocktail is the ease of creation. You’ll want to be able to make one for yourself or whip up a batch for an impromptu patio party at a moment's notice. I try to work within the three-ingredient guideline with some flexibility to improvise. Luckily for you, the loyal readers of the Cheers! North County column, I’ve been doing some research. I’ve drunk more funky mojitos than I know what to do with, but that isn’t it. Too many ingredients and they tend to make a mess. I’ve sampled vodkas with fancy seltzer. I’ve considered the oldfashioned. I’ve gone off the beaten path to ask wizened old-timers what has kept them going year after year. In the case of my

WHISKEY LEMONADE with a few muddled mint leaves is the perfect summer cocktail. Photo by Ryan Woldt

99-year-old grandfather, Melvin, it has been a weekly can of ice-cold Busch Light, but that isn’t the destination we’re seeking. I’m writing this on July 4th. America seems to be in the throes of an identity crisis — wavering between extreme self-confidence and teenage angst over whether it wants to sit at the table with the jocks or goths or stoners or preps. Perhaps it is merely coincidental that I came upon the perfect summer cocktail while considering the whole of America amid a 4000-mile cross-country road trip. The perfect summer cocktail doesn’t have a fancy name. Whiskey, lemonade, and a few muddled mint leaves in a glass with ice. It’s perfect. I prefer a solid but not too fancy American straight whiskey, but you could make it with rye, wheat, corn, or bourbon whiskey. They sell a pre-made

organic lemonade at the grocery I like, but any fresh-squeezed lemonade will do. Big, fat mint leaves are best. I suggest avoiding the pre-packaged ones from the store and asking around the neighborhood. Someone has to have a mint plant gone wild nearby. If not, maybe it’s time for you to invest in one.* Make yourself a whiskey lemonade. Find a patio — preferably with a sunset view — and kick the flipflops off to the side. Take a small sip. Feel time slow down around you. Summer is only around for so long. Make it last. Summer cocktail recipe • 2 ounces whiskey (or roughly two fingers high if you wrap your hand around the glass) • four big mint leaves (or 10. Up to you.) • 4-6 ounces lemonade • ice Step 1: Toss a few mint leaves into a glass with a splash of lemonade. Mud-

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beets, dark plums and chocolate. Pair it best with slowbraised meat dishes. Booker Syrah is 100% estate fruit and a true reflection of the calcareous shale hillsides from their Westside Paso Robles vineyard. Chamisal Pinot Noir, Edna Valley San Luis Obispo, 2017. $45: This pinot meets every checklist for a classic wine of character, with its cool climate, soil composition and what’s known as signature “Chamisal Spice.” This first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley has long produced wines of great character and expression. ChamisalVineyards. com. Grgich Hills Zinfandel, Rutherford Napa Valley, 2016. $38: Zinfandel pioneer Mike Grgich has long been the source of lifetime achievements since he outscored the best French Chardonnays in the 1976 Paris Tasting. Grich’s zinfandels, grown on his 30-acre personal property, has classic notes of strawberries, raspberries, black pepper and spiced plums. Grgich’s roots are from Croatia, proven to be the source for zinfandel. ( Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, 2019.

agents escorted him off the plane. A Southwest Airlines spokesperson confirmed that the “unfortunate incident” occurred and that the airline “maintains zero tolerance for this obscene and unacceptable behavior.” [NY Post, 6/27/2022] Someone’s Sleeping on the Couch Colombian cyclist Luis Carlos Chia won a stage of the Vuelta a Colombia race on June 5 and threw his arms out wide to celebrate after crossing the finish line, Canadian Cycling reported. But he was immediately forced to grab the handlebars again in an attempt to avoid hitting a group of photographers — among whom was his wife, Claudia Roncancio. Chia struck his wife with his bike, knocking her to the ground, where she lay unconscious as medical staff attended to her. “I don’t understand why she didn’t get out of the way,” Chia said after the accident. Roncancio needed four stitches and was kept under observation in a local hospital, but she is reportedly recovering. [Canadian Cycling, 6/7/2022] News That Sounds Like a Joke Feel like you’re forgetting something? That must have been how tennis pro Ugo Humbert of France felt when he turned up at Number Two Court at Wimbledon on June 29 without a key piece of equipment for his match against Norway’s Casper Ruud — his rackets. Reuters reported that Humbert, 24, had to tell the umpire, “I don’t have any rackets — sorry for that.” Fortunately for him, someone turned up with three $26: Climate and soil are the riches that make Justin wines great. This entry-level Justin cab could be the highest level varietal in other wineries, but at Justin, it’s the highest level value of their group. The secret here is that Justin employs artisanal techniques typically reserved for its most revered labels like hand harvesting, sorting and small barrel aging. At this price point, this Justin is the “best bang for the buck.” (JUSTINwine. com) Daou Family Estates Sequentis Merlot, Paso Robles, 2019. $52: This New Generation Reserve Merlot from winemaker Daniel Daou creates a new direction for this venerable and up-to-now misdirected varietal. Daou has produced a bold and assertive Merlot with focused flavors of plum and cherry that conclude with firm tannins that drive a clean finish of exceptional length. The 50% new French oak promises outstanding age-worthiness. ( RICO’S PICKS Great list of wines, Frank! As usual, it was a tough call picking out five from the great ones that we enjoyed many times together over the first half of 2022. Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2017.

JULY 8, 2022 rackets in just a few minutes, and after losing his first set, Humbert won the match. [Reuters, 6/29/2022] Compelling Explanation When Thanh Ha, 54, allegedly set fire to his boss’s house in early May, he had a perfectly understandable reason: “Spirits” told him to do so, he told deputies. According to WFLA-TV, Ha was arrested on June 29 in Pinellas County, Florida, on second-degree arson charges. Authorities say surveillance cameras caught him riding a bike to his boss’s new St. Petersburg home, securing his bike to a nearby stop sign and approaching the home on foot while trying to cover his face with his shirt. Five minutes later, he can be seen running back to his bike and riding away. Ha also told deputies he was not upset with his (presumably former) employer. [WFLA, 6/30/2022]

children and his wife works at the church. Everything he earned, she brought to temple,” a Russian newspaper reported. “Because of this, they had a conflict.” The man admitted his guilt but was allowed to await sentencing at home. [Oddity Central, 6/30/2022]

The Tech Revolution On the evening of June 28, at the intersection of Gough and Fulton streets in San Francisco, more than a half-dozen Cruise robotaxis stopped operating as they should and stalled, blocking the intersection for several hours, Tech Crunch reported. The Cruise vehicles were launched just the week before in the city, operating between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. “The first thing I say to my co-worker is that they’re getting together to murder us,” one online poster joked. “They even made it so the street sweeper couldn’t hit an entire block.” The errant cars were retrieved with the People with Issues help of some humans. [Tech When fire erupted on Crunch, 6/30/2022] June 26 at the Church of St. Basil the Great in Pargolovo, Irony Russia, parishioners first asAh, the thrill of the sumed it was faulty wiring open road, the miles rolling that had sparked the blaze, by under your boots, the Oddity Central reported. wind blowing through your Damage to the outside was mullet ... or not. According considerable, and some to Newscenter1-TV, Rapid thought it was a divine mes- City (South Dakota) Regionsage that they should build al Airport has announced a a bigger, more beautiful partnership with the world’s church. As it turns out, how- largest motorcycle rentever, neither of those expla- al company to offer rental nations was valid. Instead, bikes for the upcoming Stura 36-year-old local man who gis Motorcycle Rally in Auwas tired of his wife donat- gust. Now you can fly in, don ing all their money to the your leathers and roar into church allegedly splashed Sturgis fresh as a daisy. “We the walls of the church with believe this added amengasoline and, checking to ity will be convenient for make sure no one was in- guests,” said Patrick Dame, side, lit the match. “He airport executive director. worked 24/7, they have four [Newscenter1, 6/30/2022] $60: I am leading off with a cab sauv from Acre’s top portfolio tier. The 2017 comes from Yountville, specifically from an organically farmed, choice block of Mill Race Vineyard. I loved the reddish-brown brick color with black fruit and plum on the nose followed by black cherry, blueberry and spice on the palate with a nice long-lasting, smooth finish. Perfect with meat. ( Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2020. $50: Our soul white wine comes from Beringer’s Private Reserve Collection. The brand was initially created in 1977 to make Napa Valley’s finest Cab Sauv and was expanded in 1978 for chardonnay. This James Suckling 93pt awardee has floral notes of jasmine and pineapple. The pineapple extends to the palate along with peach and nectarine with a creamy texture. ( Campagnola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto Italia, 2017. $22: The Corvina/Corvinone Veronese (75%) and Rondinella (25%) fruit is picked in September and dried like raisins for about 100 days losing about 35% of its weight. The result is deep ruby color with intense cherry, plum, and vanilla aromas flowing into the full-bodied palate. This

wine pairs well with any rich marinara sauce dish! ( Howell Mountain Vineyards, Reserve Cab Sauv, Napa County, 2017. $100: At 1,800 feet elevation on volcanic soil, Howell Mountain Vineyards is home to some of the oldest zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon vines, starting in the 1870s. The 2017 vintage had smaller berries, intense color, blackberry and cherry on the palate with an earthy finish and firm tannins. ( Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2020. $82: As always, one of Napa Valley’s influential winemakers, Chuck Wagner, hit another home run with 2020, as he has done so since 1972. While the exact percentages are never published, 2020 is farmed from eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations providing a diverse makeup and possibly one of his best to date. Any Caymus enophile will recognize the dark color with ripe fruit, cocoa and a hint of cassis on the nose and palate. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. Frank and Rico are two of the leading commentators on the web. Reach them at info@


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Leitner’s lane change put him on road to Padres Hall of Fame sports talk jay paris


ed Leitner is the warm and fuzzy friend of all, so much that he answers to “Uncle Teddy.” It wasn’t always that way for one of the newest members of the Padres Hall of Fame. “Early in my career I was this brash, Howard Cosell-type,” Leitner said. “I would give opinions, be bombastic and arrogant.” Leitner, the local CBS affiliate sports anchor from 1978 to 2002, had an epiphany when he was hired as a radio broadcaster for LEITNER the Padres in 1980. He got what he thought was a one-year trial when Jerry Coleman left the booth to manage the Padres. Coleman lasted but one year in the dugout, with his best coaching job coming when returning to call games with Leitner. When the Colonel told Leitner, a Carmel Valley resident, to tap the brakes on being pompous, Leitner did something rare — he listened. “The idea that I could be different and last through all these different owners over the years to ultimately go into the team’s hall of fame is icing on the cake,” he said, with a chuckle. “It really is a big deal.” Leitner was on the dial whenever the Padres played until 2020. While stepping aside from his baseball duties, Leitner remains the voice of San Diego State football and basketball. “Ted made the games



ue its mission of bringing people together to discover, create, celebrate the visual and performing parts, which is a critical component of a strong and vibrant community,” Matta said. Staff also originally reduced the budget by $1 million to account for the full cost of an operating budget despite employee vacancies. With the final approved budget, staff added back $400,000 using ARPA. Overall, the council was pleased with staff’s work on the budget over the last two months as well as the final product. “This was the most robust discussion we’ve ever had for a budget since I’ve been on council,” said Councilmember Consuelo Martinez. “I really appreciate the process that we went through together — staff did just a phenomenal job.”

TED LEITNER, right, says longtime broadcast partner Jerry Coleman, left, was like a second father. “I didn’t have a close relationship with my father, so Jerry became that,” Leitner says. He credits Coleman, too, with advice about broadcasting that helped launch Leitner on a career path that has landed him in the Padres Hall of Fame. Courtesy photo

entertaining when we weren’t very good,” said Peter Seidler, the Padres owner who notified Leitner of his induction. “He is a treasure.” Now he’s enshrined with the likes of Ted Williams, Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman and how exactly did this former blowhard blow past his detractors? Again, it was all because of Coleman, the gentle man with grace and class whom Leitner refers to as his second father.

“I didn’t have a close relationship with my father so Jerry became that,” said Leitner, who turns 75 on July 9. “He was also my mentor, friend and career adviser. He would always tell me when I would start to berate someone or question why (manager) Bruce Bochy did something, that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. He told me that I had never played the game and it was a tough game.’’ I always thought Leitner did his best work when

Padres fans were experiencing tough times. He supplied the right tone and approach when speaking at the heartbreaking memorials for Coleman and Gwynn. When Padres fans were grieving, Uncle Teddy’s shoulder always seemed like a good destination. That the Padres advanced to the 1998 World Series against the New York Yankees, was special for Leitner. As a Bronx teenager, he hawked everything from sodas to peanuts in the

original Yankee Stadium. Just don’t ask about the days when he peddled hot chocolate during those humid summers. “I had to wear this big tank on my back and it felt like a flame-thrower,” Leitner said, and here comes his signature cackle again. “I was walking the aisles and sweating my (tail) off. “But then I would look to my left and there was Mickey Mantle and then I would look to my right and there was Roger Maris. In

the press box there were Hall of Famers like Mel Allen, Red Barber and Jerry Coleman.” Ah yes, the Colonel, Leitner’s reliable, and ultra-popular half of their radio combination. They were smoother than most of the teams they were yapping about. “Just one more time,” Leitner said. “I’d like to say, ‘So Jer, what did you do today?’” That inquiry would unleash a tsunami of stories that the audience cherished. That they came to love Leitner so much that he now stands in the Padres Hall of Fame was a bet Leitner would have lost. “It’s the greatest thing that has ever happened to me professionally,” Leitner said. “I tell you one thing, I wasn’t turning it down.” Padres honks seldom lowered the volume when Leitner cleared his throat. That he’s choked up over being honored isn’t a surprise. Same goes for him making sure Coleman gets his due. “It was Teddy and Jerry for 35 years and people just go so comfortable with us,” Leitner said. “In writing my book (“Ted Talks”) it reminded me that, my God, there was always somebody there to help and no one more so than the Colonel.” Agree, but now it’s time to salute Leitner. Contact Jay Paris at and follow him @jparis_sports

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Carlsbad-based artist Kate Joiner, a member of the San Dieguito Art Guild, and planning committee member of the Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance hosts a solo show, “The Land We Love,” at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, through Aug. 31. There will be an artist reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 23. LIBRARY EXHIBIT

Artist Michael J. Leya is on exhibit at the Cardiffby-the-Sea Library through July 30 at 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. The Friends of the Cardiff Library are proud to sponsor a rotating exhibit of works by local artists.



The “Summer Fun on the 101” music festival is set from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 9 at Leucadia Roadside Park, 860 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Local acts include Jack Tempchin and Mrs. Henry, Monkey Jam


The 2022 New Village Arts Gala will commemorate its 20th anniversary from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 17 with dinner, drinks by several of Carlsbad's well‘SUMMER FUN on the 101’ music festival is Saturday at Leucadia Roadside Park, 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Courtesy photo known eateries (and drinkeries) and dancing under CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE and Mattson 2. For more 10 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe the stars. Tickets at newvilShakespeare’s hilar- Drive, Solana Beach. Tick- information, email _info@ ious battle of the sexes, ets online at,, or visit SHE CAN COOK The “I can cook, 2!” “The Taming of the Shrew,” by phone at (858) 481-8140 THE BARD IS BACK The Old Globe is concert with songstress and directed by Shana Cooper or at the venue box office. thrilled to announce the reSYMPHONY POPS cooking queen Erica Marie runs through July 10. Tickturn and in-person presenC.O.A.L. SHOW “Dancing with Dia- returns July 8 through July ets at monds” is the theme of 10 at the Vista Broadway C a rlsbad- Ocea nside tation of Thinking Shakethe North Coast Sympho- Theatre, 340 E Broadway, Art League / North Coastal speare Live! its popular ny Orchestra’s concert at Vista. Tickets at broadwayArt Gallery 70th Open An- annual event. Directed by 2:30 p.m. July 9 at the En- or (760) 806-7905. ARTIST RECEPTION nual Show entry deadline the Globe’s Erna Finci VitMeet artists Joan Grine is noon July 10. Prospectus erbi Artistic Director Barry cinitas Community Center, and Bob Hernandez at a and information at north- Edelstein, Thinking Shake1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, FLEA & ART MART Encinitas. $10 general, $8 If you are interested in free Double Featured-Art- The speare Live! will be held seniors/students/military, being a vendor at the En- ist's Reception at the North show runs Aug. 2 to Sept. 4. at 11 a.m. July 17 on the $25/family max. For more cinitas Friends of the Arts Coastal Art Gallery, 3 to 5 For more information and Donald and Darlene Shiinformation, visit north- Flea & Art Market, contact p.m. July 10, 300 Carlsbad contact Karen Crowell at ley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Cheryl at artbuzz1@gmail. Village Drive, Ste. 101, Conrad Prebys Theatre com. The event will be at Carlsbad. For more inforCenter. Tickets at TheOldGPETER PUPPING BAND the Pacific View Elementa- mation contact or call ry school site from 10 a.m. San Diego Folk HeriTASTE OF ART tage presents The Peter Pup- to 3 p.m. July 23. Vendor ap- (760) 519-1551. ping Band at 7:30 p.m. July plication is available at EnThe Oceanside Mu9, with Jeff Basile (bass), cinitas Flea Market. Appli- BILLY NATION seum of Art offers Taste MISTER HOLMES Spend an evening with of Art: Metamorphosis 6 Sidd Basile (trumpet) and cations must be submitted “The Remarkable MisRoy Gonzales (percussion), no later than July 14. If you Billy Nation, a seated-show to 8 p.m. July 11 and July ter Holmes” opens at the at Pilgrim United Church of do not have seller’s permit, tribute to Billy Joel on stage 13. Register at https:// North Coast Repertory The Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., they are available at taxes. at 8 p.m. July 10 at the Bel- om a - on l i / event s / atre with a previews July ly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. June taste-of-art-metamorphoCarlsbad. Tickets: https:// 20, and runs through Aug. sis/. 21 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe




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Coastal Roots Farm – a nonprofit Jewish community farm and education center in Encinitas, will host a five-part Farm Film & Music Series including documentary films, local musicians and meaningful conversations about equitable food systems, environmental justice, and caring for the planet. On July 21, it will screen “A Plastic Ocean.” Doors will open at 7 p.m. with live music, and conversation. The film screening will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets at https:// ‘DIAL M FOR MURDER’

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