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Escondido considers term limits By Samantha Nelson

IN 1969, the U.S. government closed down Project Blue Book, a research program run by the Air Force to investigate UFO sightings. Last year, Pentagon officials met with Congress to discuss “unidentified aerial phenomena” for the first time in 50 years and to “assess and mitigate any associated threats to safety of flight and national security.” Photos via National Archives/FBI

UFOs officially back on nation’s radar By Jacqueline Covey

OCEANSIDE — At approximately 4 a.m. in May 2014, Carlsbad photographer Ann Patterson’s intended subject was the moon, but her camera appeared to capture something unseen by her naked eye: a fluorescent bell-shaped object teetering over the Oceanside pier. While it remains unclear what exactly the photo portrays (lights, reflections, dust, glare or perhaps a UFO), Patterson, who

would not say she physically saw the object, is confident she captured something other-worldly at the iconic North County dock. “Strange things happen there,” Patterson said. The peculiar relationship between UFO sightings and the San Diego coast was limited to discussion in closed session on May 17 during a hearing of the U.S. House Intelligence subcommittee on counterterrorism, counterintelligence and counterproliferation.

While Pentagon officials said they were committed to determining the origins of credible UFO (also “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UAPs) reports, they also told lawmakers that UFOs are not aliens. “We have detected no emanations within the UAP Task Force that would suggest it is anything nonterrestrial in origin,” said Scott Bray, deputy director of Naval Intelligence. The congressional

hearing — the first in more than 50 years on the subject — unveiled a shadowy organization that quietly restarted the efforts of Project Blue Book, an Air Force program for the investigation of UFOs that concluded in 1969. According to Ronald Moultrie, undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, the role of the newly established Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group is “to facilitate

the identification of previously unknown or unidentified airborne objects in a methodical, logical and standardized manner.” The recently-formed group is the successor to the U.S. Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and was added to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, marking the first dollars allocated to UAPs in a decade. “Unidentified aerial TURN TO UFOS ON 15

San Marcos officials upbeat in State of the Community By Laura Place

SAN MARCOS — Expanding the San Marcos downtown core, a return to in-person schooling and new industries were among the completed and future developments highlighted by city government and school district leaders during the 2022 San Marcos State of the Community. The event drew dozens of residents and local officials to the San Marcos Community Center, where they heard an overview of the pos-

itive changes in the city and the San Marcos Unified School District over the past two years as well as ongoing projects. Following a resource fair with booths set up by local and city-level organizations, Mayor Rebecca Jones and San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent Andy Johnsen provided remarks, both praising the community for their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and coming out of it together.

“It’s apparent that San Marcos has emerged stronger than ever,” Jones said. “I'm proud of our residents, our businesses and our community advocates who have leaned in to help our city.” Jones outlined the growth of the new downtown core, referred to as North City, developed in partnership with Cal State San Marcos and Sea Breeze Properties, which earned recognition from the CaliTURN TO SAN MARCOS ON 7

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ESCONDIDO — City Council is considering asking voters in November if they would like to set term limits for city elected officials and potentially change the city treasurer from an elected to an appointed position. Councilmember Mike Morasco brought forward both potential ballot measures at the May 25 council meeting. Both term limits and the future of the treasurer position have been subjects that the city and the public have discussed for quite some time, he noted. According to Morasco, a recent city survey showed the majority of respondents want term limits for elected officials like the mayor, council members and the treasurer. He also agrees. “I don’t think it behooves us to have people in office that long to become institutions unto themselves,” Morasco said. “I’d like to see new blood, young blood, other ideas, other individuals having that opportunity to learn, to grow, to have greater input and greater say as to what’s happening in the city of Escondido.” Morasco is also the longest-serving council member currently on the dais. He was first appointed in 2010 and has been reelected three times since. “As you heard in letters to the city tonight, people are tired of my perspective, so maybe we need to have that opportunity for people to know that I will not be an institution unto myself,” he added. Of San Diego County’s 18 cities, only eight of them have term limits for their elected officials. Oceanside and San Marcos are currently the only two cities in North County that have term limits for TURN TO TERM LIMITS ON 3


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CEA sees surplus, challenges By Steve Puterski

REGION — The Clean Energy Alliance is expecting a budgetary surplus for the current fiscal year, although concerns remain high due to potential summer blackouts and the impacts of rising energy costs. CEA chief executive Barbara Boswell presented the agency’s preliminary budget during the May 26 meeting. The Fiscal Year 2021-22 projected revenues are $63.2 million with expenditures at $59.7 million, an estimated $1.2 million lower than the midyear adjusted expenditure budget, according to the staff report. As for the FY 22-23 proposed budget, revenues are estimated at $80.7 million, a $17.4 million increase over FY 2122 due to the expansion into Escondido and San Marcos, plus higher energy costs. Expenditures, meanwhile, total $78.3 million, leaving the CEA with a surplus of $2.4 million, which is earmarked to meet the board’s reserve fund policy of 5%. However, energy costs have been increasing due to several factors, and the state, along with the California Independent System Operator, which oversees the grid, are warning of potential blackouts this summer. Despite concerns over possible blackouts, Boswell said there are no anticipated increase or decrease in rates built into the budget. Board member Ed Musgrove of San Marcos asked how the possible energy shortage would impact the CEA’s operations. He said residents have asked if CEA can provide more reliable energy, but Boswell said it’s not the case because everyone is connected to the grid. Boswell said the agency will continue to monitor energy prices and the grid.


elected officials in place. There are a few ways the Escondido City Council could implement term limits on the ballot measure. The cities of La Mesa, National City and San Marcos allow three consecutive four-year terms while Oceanside sets their term limits at three four-year teams, consecutive or not. In Santee, council members are allowed three consecutive four-year terms while the mayor is only allowed two four-year terms. Chula Vista, Coronado, and the city of San Diego allow two consecutive four-year terms. At the May 25 meeting, the Escondido City Council appeared to favor a limit of

THE SCENE of the June 3 crash near Oceanside Municipal Airport. Media outlets at the scene reported that skydivers had already jumped out of the plane when the crash occurred. One of two people inside the plane died. The plane was operated by skydiving company GoJump America. Photo by Ryan Grothe

Fatal plane crash company’s 2nd wreck of year By Laura Place

OCEANSIDE — Last week’s fatal crash of a small aircraft in Oceanside marks the second accident involving a plane operated by skydiving company GoJump America in the past four months, Oceanside police officials have confirmed. Around 1:50 p.m. on June 3, the Cessna 208B Caravan was on its sixth flight of the day when it crashed while attempting to land at Bob Maxwell Field near Oceanside Municipal Airport, according to Oceanside Fire Department officials. Two individuals were inside the plane at the time of the crash, including a woman who was pronounced dead after being transported to Tri-City Medical Center, and a man who was in critical condi-

tion as of Friday. Media outlets at the scene reported that skydivers had already jumped out of the plane when the crash occurred. The cause of the fatal crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. Oceanside police and fire officials have not released any further information about the condition of the man, nor the identity of the woman who died. According to data from FlightAware, the Cessna was on its sixth flight of the day when it crashed, taking off at 1:31 p.m. from Bob Maxwell Field and crashing near the field just 16 minutes later. The day’s previous round-trip flights, presumably for skydiving, had all taken between 15 and 20

minutes. The National Transportation Safety Board is also continuing to investigate a separate crash involving a GoJump aircraft from just over three months ago on Feb. 24, also near Oceanside Municipal Airport. The February crash, also of a Cessna 208B Caravan, left two men injured with no fatalities as the aircraft attempted to land at the Oceanside airport. Unlike the most recent incident, the February GoJump flight was in the air for around 50 minutes before crashing. A preliminary report regarding the February crash stated that after the skydivers jumped from the plane, the pilot of the aircraft decided to use a steep beta descent described as a means to “race the sky-

divers to the ground,” as recounted by the passenger of the plane who was also a pilot observing the flight. The report states that after conducting the descent with the power idle, the pilot flying the aircraft attempted to stop the descent as they drew near the airport by engaging the power, but that the power lever, engine thrust and propeller speed lever were all unresponsive. The plane ultimately crashed after being unable to maintain altitude. According to the National Safety Transportation Board, full investigations into aviation incidents can typically take between one and two years to complete. While operated by GoJump, the aircrafts that

crashed in both the February and June were rented from other companies — Nevada-based Desert Sand Aircraft Leasing Co. and GoSky America 5 Inc., respectively, according to FlightAware. Oceanside is one of two locations where GoJump offers tandem skydiving with over 90,000 jumps completed, according to the GoJump website. The company also operates in Las Vegas. GoJump did not respond to inquiries about the incident. Skydiving aviation accidents are rare, with approximately 3 million jumps taking place per year and nine fatal accidents killing 26 people occurring between 2012 and 2021, according to the United States Parachute Association.

three consecutive four-year terms for council members with possibly only two fouryear terms for mayor. Council will again discuss the potential ballot measure at the June 22 meeting and provide direction to the city attorney to draft an ordinance. Only Councilmember Consuelo Martinez was hesitant to put a term limit measure on the November ballot. Though not opposed to the idea of term limits, her primary concern was its timing given the potential of two other ballot measures at the same time. Ballot measures are relatively pricey. The term limit ballot measure could cost the city between $48,000 and $78,000, which is a similar range for the other potential measures as well.

City Attorney Michael McGuinness said that if the measure is put on the ballot this year and approved by voters, it would affect terms beginning next year, which would include the mayor’s term as well as City Council districts 1 and 2, all three of which are up for election this year. McGuinness also noted that council will have to move “fairly quickly” on approving a term limit measure for this November’s ballot and could wait until the 2024 election. “I feel like we have some time for this, and being that we’re in the middle of budget discussions — we’re talking about money and the lack of — I feel like this is something that can wait,” Martinez said. “I don’t think it’s a good idea

to potentially put three ballot measures in the same year.” Martinez also noted it was “odd” that the current longest-serving council member brought the potential ballot measure up for discussion. The other two potential ballot measures include a sales tax measure and modification to the city treasurer position. As it currently stands, the city treasurer is an elected position. The treasurer balances a budget of about $238,000, most of which accounts for the treasurer’s and two staff members’ salaries. Escondido currently pays its treasurer, a parttime position, an annual salary of $106,000 due to city code, which declares

treasurer’s salary must be “annually at no less than one half the highest salary paid to a city department head other than the City Manager, unless a lower salary is requested by the city treasurer, with benefits equal to those provided such appointee.” According to City Treasurer Doug Schultz, that is 87.89% above San Diego County’s median treasurer salary of $12,840. Morasco noted that Schultz agrees a change needs to happen to bring that salary amount down. The ballot measure could potentially look at modifying the salary of the elected treasurer position, changing the position from elected to appointed, or even removing the treasurer position as a standalone

office altogether and absorb its duties into the city’s finance department. Council will further discuss the potential measure at the June 22 meeting as well. Martinez suggested looking at other nearby cities who have put similar measures on past ballots like Oceanside, which recently tried to make an elected-to-appointed switch. In March 2020, Oceanside voters decided to keep their city clerk and treasurer positions elected rather than appointed. They approved term limits for elected officials in November 2020. Escondido City Clerk Zack Beck said the council will likely discuss the potential sales tax measure in July.


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Possible ways to solve Escondido’s budget deficit


By Douglas W. Schultz

he Escondido City Council is considering putting a revenue measure or sales tax increase on the ballot this November. This information is an impartial, non-partisan presentation of the facts as they are today. It is intended to lay out these facts on what could be proposed, their impacts and lay out a few ideas I have spoken to staff and council about as possible solutions. This is an attempt to honor my campaign promise of full transparency. First, a brief background. The reason we have a massive deficit in Escondido is due to the city’s obligations to CalPERS due to the discount rate being lowered. The discount rate is the assumed rate of return CalPERS will earn on their investment portfolio on an annual basis. Back in the 1990s, CalPERS modeled what the rate of return would be using the portfolio returns at the time. While hindsight is always 20/20, it’s clear these figures were over-estimated. With the reality of what we see in the world today, CalPERS lowered this assumed rate of return down to 6.8% per year from 7.5% per year, thereby creating this debt obligation. Our deficit comes from being forced to pay the CalPERS pension obligations because the estimations first used in the ’90s were too high (Visit article online to view graphic representation from city finance department). I am a “numbers guy.” When I look at issues, regardless of politics, and see where we can generate revenue, I feel it is one of my responsibilities as your City Treasurer, to present possible solutions to a problem when I see a problem exists. I have heard various solutions on the CalPERS

issue, but upon closer examination, I feel only two of these possible solutions could come close to being able to make up a deficit this large. One possible solution that has been discussed is a sales tax increase or expanding cannabis sales, which is a politically charged topic. Roughly two or three years ago, I approached city staff and the mayor about this issue. While staff was doing their own research. I also put together a different model for cannabis sales. At that time, I proposed doing a trial run of allowing cannabis sales within Escondido using four cannabis companies. I was able to find four potential candidates that would each pay a flat fee of $500,000 for a one-year period of time. After year one, it was estimated that these operations could have generated a net revenue for the city of approximately $1.3 million to $1.5 million and over time, possibly ramp up to $4 million-$6 million/year in revenue. At the time, no one wanted to consider this. While I still believe cannabis could be a viable solution from a numbers perspective. The council considers cannabis sales a moot point in solving the deficit. Which leads us to the next question, what other possible solutions exist? I have heard and looked at other possibilities from: • annexing all available property parcels within the city limits but are currently outside the city property rolls (which could possibly bring in an additional $500,000/year, with a possible cost upwards of $3 million dollars to accomplish) • issuance of various types of obligation bonds. This is a complicated process and only helps the issue but does not solve it. In examining these options, one can see why the

City Council is debating a revenue measure that would increase the sales tax anywhere from 7.75% to 8.25% to 8.75%. What does a “yes” vote on a possible measure mean? It would mean Escondido would receive the additional increase of sales tax annually to be used to meet obligations, assist in operations of the city, and allow the city to make some improvements in municipal infrastructure projects. Here’s how it would directly affect you; for every $100 you might spend within Escondido limits an additional $1 would be added that would go to the City. (This example is purely illustrative.) What does a “no” vote on a possible measure mean? The City of Escondido is legally obligated to pay CalPERS pension obligations. If a possible sales tax measure does not pass, the City Council could be forced to make drastic cuts to police, fire, and other services to meet these obligations over the coming years. For a possible sales tax measure to even be considered, I believe some critical components would need to be a part of the measure. The possible measure would need to be: • endorsed and examined by the San Diego Taxpayer’s Association • endorsed by multiple bi-partisan groups and organizations • have a sunset clause • contain provisions as to how the funds are to be used • I believe at minimum, 25% of all funds generated would need to be placed in the reserve account. I hope this has shed some light on what our City Council is currently deliberating and the challenges we face as a city. Douglas W. Shultz is the treasure for the City of Escondido.

t may not seem this way on the surface, but there’s a growing awareness that the most important bill California legislators will consider this year is not about housing or homelessness or abortion or wildfires or taxes. Rather, it’s one that might force gigantic electronic firms to lay off our teenage kids and stop trying to addict them for profit. If most adults were not yet aware of the potential mind-changing effects of kids looking at screens for hours, a year or more of watching schoolchildren struggle to learn while working on computers programmed to help them, not exploit them, probably provided some understanding. But even as computer programs and sessions devoted to learning had difficulty holding kids’ attention, there was no reduction in youthful addiction to more glitzy screen programs like TikTok and Instagram, designed not to help them learn, but rather to manipulate them in myriad other ways. In his landmark 2015 book, “The Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age,” the Harvard-trained, Walnut Creek-based Ph.D. psychologist Richard Freed asserted that “We need to stop accepting on faith the gadget-dominated life thrust upon our kids. “… The push to give our kids so many playtime devices is based on inaccurate notions.” Widespread emphasis on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) rather than subjects like history or English composition contributes to parental acceptance of myriad screens in their children’s lives. That has made social media a vital part of many — maybe most — childhoods. But big technology companies led by Facebook, owner of Instagram, use algorithms to mine information about users, selling that information to advertisers who then send out personalized content and ads. Enter the current Assembly Bill 2408, sponsored by Assembly members Jordan Cunningham, a San Luis Obispo Republican, and Democrat Buffy Wicks of Oakland. The bill’s preamble cites internal Facebook research showing the company is aware that “severe harm is happening to children,” who are decreasing-

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ly connected to family and school the more addicted they become to Instagram and similar media. This is done via targeted videos and notifications that pop up 24 hours a day and never-ending scrolling designed to keep users on a particular site. The preamble adds that girls have a higher prevalence of screen addiction than boys and that girls admitting to excessive social media use are 2-3 times more likely than boys to be depressed, a condition that can lead to suicide. And it says an internal Facebook message board reported that 66% of teen girls on Instagram experience “negative social comparison,” often leading to low self-esteem, which can precede depression. The bill’s solution is to prohibit social media platforms with parent companies whose annual revenues exceed $100 million from addicting any child user via use or sale of personal data. It would allow parents and guardians to sue for up to $25,000 per violation, with no ceiling on total liability. Lawmakers are usually loath to create new grounds for lawsuits aimed at California companies, but this bill passed the Assembly on a 51-0 vote, with no explanation why that house’s other 29 members did not vote. Psychologist Freed, who testified in favor of the bill in a committee hearing, said it could reduce what he called “an epidemic of depression and suicidality in girls.” That’s because, as the bill preamble notes, “Numerous studies show that reducing social media use (has great) mental health benefits.” The state Senate will now get its shot at making a contribution to mental health in California by following the Assembly and approving the bill, with Gov. Gavin Newsom — parent of four preteen children — likely to sign it without hesitation. And if California passes this, expect other states to follow, as they often have on unrelated measures like the Proposition 13 property tax cuts and this state’s smog rules. Email Thomas Elias at


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STEVE WOOD and Juliana Musheyev during a press conference at the West El Norte Parkway property in May. The residents face eviction and were offended by recent media coverage labeling them “squatters.” Photo by Joe Orellana

City sues property, residents face eviction By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — Tenants facing eviction from a West El Norte Parkway property are appealing a lawsuit filed by the city that accuses them of turning the property into a public nuisance. The lawsuit filed in April follows several violation citations of city code regarding large amounts of “trash, junk, debris, inoperable vehicles” as well as tenants living in RVs connected to public utilities at 2130 W El Norte Pkwy. Several people who live on the property, some for more than a year while others only a few months, dispute the claims made in the lawsuit about them. Steve Wood said much of the “junk” on the property is recycled material that he uses to create teardrop camper trailers and rebuild larger trailer coaches. Wood, an Escondido native, has lived there for about three years. “We’re not squatters,” he said.

While some neighbors have complained about the property, others have come to know some of its residents, like Wood. He works on one of the neighbor’s cars occasionally and another neighbor has provided him lumber to craft his trailers. According to the city’s lawsuit, city code prohibits residents from using, allowing, maintaining or depositing construction materials such as lumber, wood, scrap metal, concrete and asphalt on their properties. While the lawsuit alleges that the residents haven’t corrected their violations, the residents say that they have been trying to get rid of everything for some time now. The lawsuit also notes that code enforcement witnessed a “noticeable amount” of the property’s debris had been removed at one point, but some still remained. The residents recently held a yard sale as a fundTURN TO EVICTION ON 10

SAN MARCOS — To comply with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order, the Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors voted to move to a Level 2 drought alert at its regular meeting on April 20. Now that the calendar has moved to June, Vallecitos customers can irrigate three times per week on a schedule of their own choosing through the end of October. The drought alert also serves as a good reminder of wasteful practices you shouldn’t do, such as: • Irrigating between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. • Irrigating within 48 hours of a measurable rain event • Visible signs of runoff when irrigating landscapes • Hosing down hardscapes (patios, driveways, sidewalks, etc.)

• Not using a shut-off nozzle when washing cars • Not fixing leaks within 48 hours of discovery Commercial customers must also comply with the following requirements: • Restaurants only serve water on request • Hotels provide the option of not laundering linens and towels daily Vallecitos has sufficient water supplies for its customers, even if drought conditions persist. This is due to the fact that Vallecitos now receives a portion of its water directly from the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, which is a local, d r ou g ht- r e s i l ie nt supply.

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s summer approaches I face the usual horrible truths. I need to shop for a bathing suit and for summer-weight pants. This is most women’s finest nightmare. All winter, I can successfully remain in denial about my thick waist, poochy gut, love handles and backside that has continued to creep south until I can now sit without bending my knees. In winter, I drape myself in forgiving wool and baggy sweaters. Then the weather begins to warm up and things get ugly. I’m not even overweight. But in one of life’s greatest injustices, that doesn’t seem to really matter when it comes to wrapping my nether portions in something that has to button or is made of nylon and spandex. Sure, I exercise, but I have no trouble replacing every calorie I might burn in my aerobics class. Hence, my body shape has remained “tres anjou.”

You can’t go around shouting, “I had kids and it was worth it!” all the time. Sometimes you just want to look firm. I’m also trying to decide, this summer, if it is worth the investment of time and money to just have my entire body waxed from the neck down. It’s not what you think. My biggest issue is my forearms. In my youth, the hair on my arms was very blond and laid nicely flat. Somehow, somewhere between then and now, my follicles went berserk. One day, I glanced over and, to my horror, I found I have the arm hair of a swarthy, curly-haired man. And I am still looking for the bathing suit that meets my “body type” needs. It will have to reach at least to my knees and have an industrial-strength tummy-control panel — and maybe a hood to cover up bad hair and completely block the sun’s rays. OK designers. I’m waiting. And trust me, I’m not alone. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer thinking of having her legs tattooed to replicate a road map of Southern California. Contact her at

Pellet gun at school leads to arrest By City News Service

VISTA — A Rancho Buena Vista High student was arrested June 1 for bringing a pellet gun to school, authorities said. Deputies went to the campus in the 1600 block of Longhorn Drive in Vista at about 10:30 a.m. on a report of a student with a weapon on school grounds, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. By the time the patrol personnel arrived, campus administrators had identified and detained a 14-year-

old suspect, Lt. Jeffrey Ford said. “A pellet handgun was recovered from the student's backpack,” Ford said. “There were no pellets in the handgun, and none were found during the investigation. Upon further investigation, it was determined no threats were made during the incident.” The teen was arrested on suspicion of bringing a weapon onto school grounds and released to parental custody. The suspect's name and gender were not released.



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The next meeting of the Senior Anglers of Escondido will at 9:30 a.m. June 10 at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido, with dermatologist Dr. Jay Grossman on the danger of UV light exposure in the angler community. The group meets the second Friday of each month, open to all anglers age 50 and above. Members of the club enjoy fishing tournaments and charters, picnics, RV camping, and community service to help kids go fishing. Visit http:// senioranglersofescondido. net/.


A live webinar, “At Last: The 1950 United States Census,” will be presented by Dorothy Miller to North San Diego County Genealogical Society 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 14 at the Faraday Administration CRUISE NIGHT is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 16 in Encinitas. The Building, 1635 Faraday display of vintage cars is held on the third Thursday every Ave., Carlsbad. The event month through September with live music at locations along is free. For registration if Coast Highway 101. Courtesy photo attending online, visit ifornia Marine Protected including golf at The CrossART OF FASHION Get tickets now for the Areas,” that will focus on ings at Carlsbad June 13 to annual fashion show show- the 124 marine protected June 15, cycling at Escon- TWILIGHT MARKET cased Sept. 15 when The areas in California. Meet dido City Hall June 11to The Vista Twilight Country Friends and South at the picnic tables next to 15 and mountain biking at Coast Plaza present the the Nature Center, 7380 Lake Hodges Boat Ramp Market, a night food and lo2022 Art of Fashion at The Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. June 16. For more informa- cal market, will be held at the Antique Gas & Steam Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, For more information, visit tion, visit Engine Museum from 5 to 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Ran9 p.m. June 17 at 2040 N. cho Santa Fe. Event chairs Santa Fe Ave., Vista. Food EXPLORE BY BIKE are Keilene Hayward, Metrucks, food vendors, crafts North County Cycle ORCHIDS GALORE lissa Wilkins. For more inand a live DJ. Club rides every Saturday San Diego Botanic Garformation, or to become an Art of Fashion sponsor, con- morning at 8 a.m., starting den will be hosting its sectact: The Country Friends in the car park of Old Cal- ond annual spring orchid POKER RUN PLANNED Ivey Ranch Park has at (858) 756-1192, ext. 4, or ifornia Restaurant Row. showcase, World of Orchids, Several rides of varying disthrough June 12 at 300 a new fundraiser, a 5-stop admin@thecountryfriends. tance and pace explore dif- Quail Gardens Drive, En- Motorcycle Poker Run to org. ferent parts of San Diego’s cinitas. It features sales of Julian July 17 and are lookNorth County each week. plants, potting materials, ing for participants. You Visit northcountycycleclub. reference guides, conserva- can register to ride at flipcom for details. Guests are tion organizations and local /secure /cause_ PRIDE BY THE BEACH orchid societies. Admission pdetails/MTQwMDc3. Or Julie A. Vitale, super- welcome. to the Garden is $18. To re- you can take part as a venintendent for Oceanside serve an entrance date and dor or event sponsor at flipUnified School District, TERI AND TERRARIUMS will be keynote speaker for Enjoy a hands-on work- time, call Ashley Grable at /secure /cause_ pdetails/MTQxNDcy. Ivy Pride by the Beach 2022 shop at the TERI Campus (760) 688-8350. Ranch provides equestrian from noon to 6 p.m. June of Life where you’ll create activities for individuals 11 at The Main Stage in a one-of-a-kind terrarium FUN RUN AND WALK North County San Di- with and without special downtown Oceanside. Pride in an 8-inch glass containby the Beach, held at Civic er to bring the outdoors ego-based Vista Commu- needs. Central Plaza, is hosted by from 10 a.m. to noon at nity Clinic is holding its North County LGBTQ Re- 555 Deer Springs Road, fourth annual 5K Fun Run source Center. The festival San Marcos. Cost is $50 and Walk on June 12 at a includes an education zone, + $3.55 fee at eventbrite. new location — Brengle BRO AM TIME The Switchfoot BROresources for LGBTQIA+ in- c o m / e / s u c c u l e n t - t e r - Terrace Park, 1200 Vale dividuals, a youth zone that r a r i u m - w o r k s h o p - t i c k- Terrace Drive, Vista. Regis- AM is back this year from centers on mental health et s - 32 0 377817677?bl m _ tration is now open and can 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 at be accessed by visiting the Moonlight Beach, 400 B services, recovery and aid=37247. 5K page on VCC’s website St., Encinitas. The famiharm-reduction resources, at vistacommunityclinic. ly-friendly community-givHIV/AIDS testing, youth POLICE VS. FIREFIGHTERS and leadership developWatch for the 55th org/vcc5k/. The registration ing movement offers a day of surf contests, live conment and the North County annual US Police & Fire fee is $12 per participant. certs on the beach, a conLGBTQ Resource Center’s Championships June 11 cert by Switchfoot and speUnicorn Homes program. through June 19, includcial guests, vendor booths, ing some North County green initiatives, and more. LOCAL SEA CREATURES locations. The games will STITCH IN TIME El Camino Quilters For more information, visit Batiquitos Lagoon will feature athletes competing be hosting a presentation at in over 40 sports across 30 Guild meets at 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. June 11 titled “Cal- venues in San Diego County June 14 at its new location, Faith Community Church, READING CHALLENGE 2700 Rancho Pancho, The Summer Reading Carlsbad. Guest speaker Program Kick-Off celebrais Yvonne Phenicie, quilt tion will be from 11 a.m. to maker, teacher and design- 1 p.m. June 18 at the Esconer. Sept. 13 will be the si- dido Public Library, with its SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS lent auction and mega sale. traditional Summer Reading Challenge. Sign up at PARENT FORUM https://library.escondido. Join TERI and its CEO org/summer.aspx or visit and founder Cheryl Kilmer 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondifor an interactive forum for do. parents, families, and caregivers caring for loved ones DADS AND HOT DOG with special needs from 10 TERI Campus of Life a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 14 invites all to Dads & Hot at TERI Campus of Life, Dogs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 555 Deer Springs Road, June 18 at the TERI ComSan Marcos. 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Vista tries again for Emerald Drive corridor improvement funding By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — The Emerald Drive corridor is getting its third try at a multimillion-dollar grant to slow cut-through traffic and protect pedestrians and bicyclists. A workshop was held in the council chambers on Wednesday, May 25, ahead of a June 15 application deadline for an Active Transportation Program grant administered through the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to enhance traffic flow on Emerald Drive. If granted, the construction project would add six roundabouts, bike lanes and expanded curbs on the Vista side of Emerald Drive between Date Street and Olive Avenue. The project would cost an estimated $6 million. The city is asking the CTC for about $4.8 million — with a $1.2 million city match tacked on — to make the total $6 million to rehabilitate the street. With both Oceanside and Vista residents in attendance, the tone was generally positive toward the roadway changes presented at the community workshop. The 20 attendees were hopeful the plan will slow traffic on a road where, they say, drivers are consistently speeding. Emerald Drive is the main vein for neighborhood homes in both Vista and Oceanside. It is also a route for Tri-City Christian School, Bella Mente

OLIVE: This rendering shows the buildout of a roundabout, high-visibility crosswalk, median, and other conceptual improvements proposed for Emerald Drive between Olive Avenue and Silver Fox Lane. The city is applying for a grant administered by the California Transportation Commission for the bulk of a roughly $6 million project. Courtesy image

JONATHAN: This rendering shows the buildout of a roundabout, curb extension, transition striping and other conceptual improvements proposed for Emerald Drive between Jonathan Place and Thomas Street. The city is trying for a third time to secure grant funding for the project from the California Transportation Commission. Courtesy image

Montessori Academy, both located on Emerald Drive, and nearby Grapevine and Casita elementary schools. Currently, the shared

close to traffic due to a protuberance in the road. There are places where there is no sidewalk at all. “It doesn’t feel com-

space for pedestrians, drivers and bikers is tight on the Vista side. There is a point at Jonathan Street that forces pedestrians

pletely safe to walk on the Vista side right now,” said Kurt Haider, an Oceanside resident. “For some people, it’s scary.”


fornia Association for Local Economic Development in 2020. The reimagined downtown within the city’s University District Specific Plan area has sought to create an urban living atmosphere, with several new eateries and breweries, student housing and a climbing gym. The area has become a large cycling hub, serving as the base for the California Belgian Waffle Ride in late April, and hosts a farmers market each week. In the coming weeks and months, the San Marcos Planning Commission and City Council will consider approving further changes to North City, including increasing the maximum building height in the area and approving plans for a 484-unit apartment building with commercial uses. “It’s rare to have the opportunity to create a new downtown,” Jones said. “The North City area … is the eclectic crown jewel of San Marcos.” The San Marcos Creek Project, the city’s largest capital improvement project to date, which seeks to reduce flooding, improve traffic and revitalize the creek, recently reached a new milestone with the opening of the Bent Avenue Bridge, according to Jones. Lane broadening is also underway on the Via Vera

SAN MARCOS MAYOR Rebecca Jones speaks to city residents and officials at the city Community Center during the State of the Community event on June 2. Of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones said, “It’s apparent that San Marcos has emerged stronger than ever.” Courtesy photo

Cruz Bridge and Via Vera Cruz itself as part of its project, with new bike lanes planned for Via Vera Cruz. “We are also building a new neighborhood park, and a 1.2-mile nature trail with a scenic creek overlook. The entire creek project is expected to be completed in 2023,” Jones said. “We know when the creek project is done, it will definitely be worth the wait.” The mayor also highlighted recent and forthcoming developments in the

health care sphere. The opening of Scripps Coastal Medical Center along Campus Way in June 2021 brought additional primary care and radiology and laboratory services to North County, and the new Kaiser Permanente Hospital is expected to open in the summer of 2023. “San Marcos is home to more than 4,000 businesses and more than 46,000 jobs. Five hundred more [jobs] are coming with Kaiser Permanente,” Jones said.

New developments are also underway in the San Marcos Unified School District, in the form of the new 44-classroom Richland Elementary School campus, planned to hold around 850 students. Construction is scheduled to finish in the fall, with students able to enter the campus over winter break, according to Superintendent Johnsen. Health was a large focus of the past year in the San Marcos Unified School

District, as students returned for a full year of in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. “When we opened the school year, we made three commitments to our families — we were going to keep schools open, keep kids in class, and keep students and staff safe,” Johnsen said, describing how the district held 25 COVID-19 and flu vaccination events in coordination with the city to support this mission. The superintendent

Haider is confident that the road will keep up with development, as both cities continue to grow. “I like it,” he said. “I hope that the increase in bike lanes will help decrease the car traffic. (The proposed plan) is better than it is now.” In the last five years, there have been 61 accidents in the proposed project area on Emerald Drive — one of them fatal. That number “is really a lot for a segment of street like that,” said the city’s Principal Engineer, Sam Hasenin, who led the May 25 workshop. “It’s really almost impossible in certain times of the day to make a turn out of those side streets. I’ve tried it myself,” Hasenin said. “It’s just not possible.” In 2018, Hasenin led two community workshops and worked with a consultant on the best methods to reconstruct the area. At that time, the city was not chosen by the CTC for the Active Transportation Program grant. So, in 2020, Hasenin submitted the proposal again — with some tweaks. “Unfortunately, we were not successful,” he said. “We were really close.” So the team went back and reworked the application project one more time. “We are optimistic that we should be able to get that funding,” Hasenin said. also described the district’s work to support students in their learning goals, which proved to be difficult particularly for younger children who had been forced to learn solely via a computer. However, thanks to the work of staff and students, test scores remain in the top 20% of the state’s districts. “Coming into this year, our students had some significant gaps. But our teachers worked really hard, staff worked hard, and students are very resilient,” Johnsen said. The district also invested in additional counselors and social workers to ensure wraparound support for students, as the need began to outpace the resources available. Johnsen announced that to meet this need, the district has also received a $1.25 million grant that will support the implementation of “wellness units” in schools next year. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the district was able to make headway on new educational programs including career technical education (CTE), which involved a woodshop class building a residential dwelling unit for organization Wounded Warriors, and a new veterinary technology program at Twin Oaks High School. “This is the kind of work we are doing with our students; they are doing real-world work that makes a difference,” Johnsen said.


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Escondido seeks funding for roadway safety improvements By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — A new local roadway safety plan may help the city receive funding to make driving around town safer. Staff presented its new local roadway safety plan (LRSP) to the City Council on May 25. The plan identifies “hot spots” for crashes throughout the city and ranks locations based on crash severity costs, then suggests countermeasures that could be added to improve traffic safety and prevent crashes from occurring in those areas. Caltrans requires municipalities to develop LRSPs to provide grant funding for its Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). Grant applications are due in September for the next grant cycle. Staff noted Escondido has a history of successfully acquiring HSIP funding,



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ CONSTRUCTION AT AIRPORT

Visitors to Terminal 1 at San Diego International Airport should expect major construction and changes in front of Terminal 1 through the end of 2024. Passengers are urged to plan ahead for getting to and from Terminal 1. Parking will be significantly reduced this summer. The Terminal 1 lot is closed to incoming traffic and all cars remaining in the lot need to exit by June 14. On June 15, the pedestrian bridge in front of Terminal 1 that takes pedestrians to the T1 parking lot and to the ground transportation island, will close permanently and be replaced by a new crosswalk in front of Terminal 1. BEST BEERS

The San Diego Beer News awards recognized standout Vista breweries, brewers and staffers. Pure Project took gold in the “Best Brewery, North region,” “Best Expansion Project,” and “Best Pilsner,” for its Rain beer. Eppig Brewing won the most total awards in the competition with nine awards in a variety of categories, including its first place-winning German Festbier. Five Suits Brewing took second place in the customer service and Hazy IPA categories. MERIT SCHOLARS

THE ESCONDIDO arch hangs above Grand Avenue, one of several roadways in the city with intersections that need safety improvements. The city plans to seek project funding from the state Highway Safety Improvement Program. Courtesy photo

including $1 million in city- munications. Construction Escondido plans to matched funds to improve of that project is expected submit three grant applicitywide traffic signal com- to begin next year. cations this year for projPhillip of Rancho Santa Fe Beach is launching an and Horizon Prep. Age-Friendly Solana Beach Survey to gather input from Solana Beach resiTOP STUDENTS • Amy Luna-Beltran dents through June 17 at of Oceanside was recently initiated into The Honor form/SV_dmVzupaS16dxzSociety of Phi Kappa Phi, at Cu. The city is partnering California State University, with AARP California, The San Diego Foundation, and Los Angeles. • Alexandra Galinsky San Diego State Universiof San Diego was named ty Social Policy Institute, on the honor roll of the ac- to engage and mobilize ademic dean at Mars Hill community organizations University at the end of the and residents in support of joining the AARP Network spring 2022 semester. • Abriana Schwartz of Age-Friendly States and and Makenna Waite, of San Communities. The survey Marcos, were named to the will focus on outdoor spacHiram College dean’s list es and public places, transfor the spring 2022 semes- portation, housing, social participation, respect and ter. • Noah Berkebile, from social inclusion, work and San Diego, a biology/health civic engagement, commumajor at Grove City Col- nications and information lege, has been named to the and community and health dean's list with distinction for the spring 2022 semester. • Hannah Burke of Oceanside was named to the University of Sioux Falls’ spring 2022 dean’s list. GREAT GRADS

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MainStreet Oceanside, Visit Oceanside and city of Oceanside Economic Development launched its volunteer-driven Downtown Ambassador Program May 31. Ambassadors will staff the information booth at the west end of the underpass on Pier View Way and North Myers Street to welcome visitors and locals to Downtown Oceanside and to provide them with any information, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sept. 3.

North County students named National Merit Scholars include Alex Y. Zhang of Carlsbad and San Dieguito Academy; Yumei Shi of Del Mar and The Bishop’s School; Madeleine Boedeker of San Diego and Del Norte High School; Kimberly Ann Maynard of Carmel Valley and Canyon AGE-FRIENDLY SURVEY Crest Academy; Amanda L. The city of Solana


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North County pitches in to fight ALS ‘Clean and Safe’ program

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teve Fisher’s first pitch, and his message, landed for strikes at Monday’s Padres game. “It’s great that baseball is jumping in and getting behind this,” said Fisher, the retired San Diego State basketball coach. “We need money and awareness and this creates both.” Fisher was tipping his cap to Major League Baseball for its second Lou Gehrig Day, which not only celebrates the former New York Yankee great, but takes aim at the disease that struck him: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. “He is intertwined with ALS,” said Fisher, a Rancho Santa Fe resident. Fisher is as well. Escondido’s Mark Fisher, his son and an assistant SDSU basketball coach, has fought ALS since 2011. The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and leaves patients struggling with their muscle control. So MLB decided to turn Lou Gehrig Day into a giant fundraiser. That had Fisher climbing atop the Petco Park mound, where he all but shouted from the mountaintop. “There are a combination of things you need money for,” he said. “You need it for research, No. 1, so we can find a cure. Then you need it for patient

SOME OF North County’ most famous sports figures were on hand as the Padres celebrated Lou Gehrig Day on Monday at Petco Park and raised funds to fight ALS. From left: Carlsbad’s Rod Laver and Fred Lynn and Rancho Santa Fe’s Steve Fisher. Fisher threw out the first pitch. Photo by Jay Paris

care.” Steve Becvar agreed. Becvar, of Valley Center, is with the ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter and he rattles off where his organization provides aid. “Getting them equipment is the biggest thing,” he said. “Whether that is a wheelchair ramp at home, a walking cane, a power wheelchair or whatever they need. It doesn’t cost the family a penny as we support them through their journey.” Pennies from heaven would be nice, but Becvar’s group pounds the pavement to raise dough. It’s estimated that an ALS patient’s medical cost can approach $250,000 annually, so the need for funds is real. Among Becvar’s endeavors is pairing those loving golf and hating ALS. He connects donors with exMLB players and they play golf at an exclusive club. The contributor gets

to be a member for a day while creating a memory of a lifetime. Solana Beach’s Charles Nagy, who pitched for 14 seasons, is hosting someone with a big heart at the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club. “ALS has touched my life a few times so I jumped at the chance,” Nagy said. “I’m grateful that baseball is getting behind this to raise funds.” Raise your right hand if you want to master the medical mystery that is ALS, which doesn’t have a known cause and, yet, a cure. That has Fisher pitching in, Nagy pitching for greens with a new friend and everyone thinking of Lou Gehrig’s iconic speech. The indestructible Gehrig, who played in 2,130 consecutive games, was forced to retire because of ALS but not before reminding a grieving nation that he was the “luckiest guy on the face of the earth.”

Fate has dealt those with ALS a bum hand. But that doesn’t mean it will always be this way. “Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone loses their battle to this fatal disease,” Becvar said. “Together and by teaming up, we’re going to create a world without ALS.” That has Fisher winding up his right arm and he looks to punch out ALS. It’s a tall task, but Fisher has been in tight spots before. “I’m a former high school driver’s education teacher,” Fisher said, with a grin. “So I know what it’s like to change lanes in heavy traffic.” For those with ALS and in a jam, Monday’s event made their path that much smoother. Contact Jay Paris at and follow him @jparis_sports

VISTA — The goal of Vista’s new “Clean and Safe” program is to provide services that continually improve and safeguard the vitality of Vista Village, Paseo Santa Fe and Downtown Vista. Launched in May 2022, the program’s two big areas of focus are business support and community hospitality, and the intent is to complement more traditional public safety activities. “We are not here to replace public safety officers, but we are here to help safeguard this area in Vista by being consistent and engaged eyes and ears in the community,” said David Aguilar, regional vice president for Block by Block, the company contracted to provide safety and light cleaning services for Vista’s downtown district. “We protect the welfare of cities and businesses in a way that allows public safety officers to focus on bigger, more pressing issues.” Block By Block’s team of ambassadors can be seen in the city’s downtown district, and some of their initial activities include connecting with local businesses, cleaning the area of litter, logging maintenance requests that require Public Works attention, and learning the needs of the community. Block by Block Division Vice President Daniela Vasile explains by consistently addressing the “broken window syndrome,” Vista’s team of four ambassadors will be available to the community Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The program is current-



raiser to rent a dumpster, but they were put on a long waitlist and decided the money would be better used elsewhere. A hearing was scheduled for June 10, but the residents could be out of a home by then. In early May, a county judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in an unlawful detainer case, which gave the agency permission to evict the residents from the property. HUD has owned the property since it fell into foreclosure in September. Its previous owner, Robert E. Donelson, died in 2019; his stepdaughter, Terry Bearer, still lives in the house. Richard Zindler, another resident on the property, said Bearer was never given an opportunity to try to buy the property. The residents were working together to save enough money to buy it. More recently, the water was turned off at the property as well. Several of the residents are elderly and disabled and require water for their daily health routines. Though they pooled together enough money to pay the bill, the Vista Irri-

STEVE WOOD explains how he makes teardrop trailers out of recycled materials. He is one of several people facing eviction from a West El Norte Parkway property. Photo by Joe Orellana

gation District won’t turn it back on without a deed to the property or HUD’s permission to turn it back on. The city has ordered the residents to vacate the premises if they cannot turn

the water back on by June 10. Juliana Musheyev, an organizer in a local chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, has been trying to get in contact with

HUD for the residents. Musheyev and another organizer, Kwame X., have been bringing water for the residents to use a few times a week since the water was shut off last month. They

also set up a fundraiser to help raise money for the residents as they face eviction. The organizers heard about what was happening to the residents through recent media coverage. Feel-

ly funded for two years. To receive more information about the program, visit / economic-development. The launch of the program comes as Paseo Santa Fe celebrates one year of being open to the public and as Vista Village marks 20 years of anchoring the community. “It is important that we continue our efforts to revitalize our downtown area that is so critical to the economic health of our community,” said City of Vista Mayor Judy Ritter. “We’ve been thoughtful and diligent in how Paseo Santa Fe, Vista Village and the downtown corridor connect to one another together, and this program helps make sure that residents can comfortably and safely patronize our great businesses, shops and restaurants.” In addition to being a visible, daily presence, Vista’s team of ambassadors is syncing with the City of Vista’s Public Works department, homeless outreach team and code violation team to facilitate efficient resolutions of problems that need city assistance. From aggressive panhandling to loitering and trespassing to outreach for the unhoused, Clean and Safe ambassadors are prepared to be the first line of engagement. “We are here to be the first call for businesses, so when they see something outside their storefront, they can get a quick response and connected with city services, if necessary,” said Walter Rekoski, the manager of Vista’s Block by Block team of ambassadors. ing there was more to the story, they reached out to help. “Housing is a human right,” Musheyev said. Residents are hoping to buy some time so that they can better prepare for the move, which will likely send several of them back into homelessness. According to Mike Thorne, communications officer for the city, multiple outreach teams including Interfaith Community Services and the county have visited the property since April to help the residents at risk of becoming homeless once they are evicted. “The outreach teams have been visiting the property two to three times a week to assist these occupants in getting connected to benefits, housing, and programs that offer a higher level of care,” Thorne said in an email. Musheyev, who has frequently visited the property for the last month, said that wasn’t true. Recently things have been tense for the property’s residents, who have bonded as a family looking after each other. For now, they hope to have some more time to stay on the property together and get things in order before they face the uncertain future.


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Vista council backs CARE Court effort on mental health, homelessness

A HOMELESS MAN walks with his items in a shopping cart down Civic Center Drive at Eucalyptus Avenue on June 7. The Vista City Council supports a framework being considered by the state Assembly that aims to provide services to those with severe mental illnesses, who often are also homeless. Photo by Jacqueline Covey By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — After a testy exchange between a council member and a resident, the Vista City Council took a stand in support of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s policy framework that aims to help individuals with mental health disorders. Having passed out of the state Senate and into Assembly committee talks, the Community Assistance Recover and Empowerment (CARE) Court legislation is gaining momentum in San Diego County. The Vista City Council is one of several government bodies to officially stand behind the effort. Vista passed its resolution of support unanimously at its May 24 meeting on the same night it heard an update on its plan to eradicate homelessness. The CARE Court Program, or Senate Bill 1338, is a court-ordered proposal geared toward residents suffering untreated schizophrenia or psychotic disorders “that too often lead to homelessness, incarcera-

tion, institutionalization or premature death,” according to a release from the governor’s office. The CARE Court program is the state’s latest attempt to curb homelessness and provide critical services to those who may need them most. It subscribes an appointee into an involuntary program — i.e. a “CARE plan” — for two years. The individual is connected with a team of professionals versed in areas such as clinical interventions, mental health management, housing, legal aid and/or other support. If after the 24-month period the person is unable to follow the CARE plan, they may be referred for hospitalization or conservatorship. Earlier in the evening, city Housing Program Manager Sylvia Solis Daniels and Assistant City Manager Amanda Lee presented an update on the city’s Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness. During that report, the council learned

that its mental health and substance abuse services were at the top of resources refused by those suffering homelessness — a trend not unique to Vista. “Half of the offers to link those with mental illness to services and potential treatment were refused,” said Paul Webster of Hope Street Coalition. “That is exactly the population that we're talking about" for the CARE Court program. Webster has a long history in advocating for mental health and against homelessness; he was a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He found that the city needs help connecting some with humanitarian services, which is what brought him out on May 24 in favor of the CARE Court program. “The current system in the state makes it easy to get sicker and sicker and harder to get treatment,” he said, “CARE Court is a step to reverse that, so

treatment and pathways to stabilize will become easier, becomes easier to access.” However, some members of the public were not impressed by the CARE Court framework, which was introduced by Newsom in March — and even less so by the public view of homeless residents by some of their neighbors. Some, like resident Jim Riggenbach, want to see a dedicated funding stream, a reasonable timeline and answers to fill clear gaps in the bill. “When there's holes in a bill that involves voluntarily or involuntarily committed people we should be concerned, especially at the local level,” Riggenbach said. He’d rather see the city dedicate more resources to mental health services and housing programs before the consideration of a CARE Court framework. “I've talked to professionals in the field who told me that they can’t connect willing participants with the services and housing they need to succeed because there's not enough,” Riggenbach told the council, “but instead of immediately funding robust wraparound services and housing, there's this focus on conservatorships. “The ironic thing is that if there were adequate services and housing, the need to involuntarily commit people would be much,

much less.” However, Deputy Mayor John Franklin, who actively supports the framework, said that it’s not that simple. “Many of them are not at a place where they are going to be ready to change their circumstances because ultimately, it doesn't matter how many services we offer,” Franklin said, “We can offer a room at the Ritz and a personal concierge, and there's some individuals who are not ready …. I don't know why you're shaking your head …” “You’re being sarcastic,” Riggenbach said. Riggenbach, who was no longer participating in public comment and was seated in the crowd, said that wasn’t a genuine, nor full-view, outlook on the


crises nor the services that are actually provided. “I listen respectfully to you, and your behavior is disrespectful,” Franklin said, later questioning the assumptions why people tend to be negative. During deliberations, Councilmember Corinna Contreras, pushed for language that clearly spelled out housing goals, in response to gaps obvious to her in the resolution originally presented to the council. The resolution adopted on May 24 identifies the viability CARE Court could have for specific individuals in Vista — with some focal changes. The City Council called for clearly defined eligibility criteria TURN TO CARE COURT ON 20


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County spots again star as ‘Top Gun’ returns “Top Gun” or no, this historic aircraft carrier, with its history and collection of planes and other artifacts, is one of the best museums anywhere. Plan at least three hours to explore this 4,000crew ship where, in May, Tom Cruise arrived via helicopter for a premiere event of “Top Gun: Maverick.” Visitors gain a sense of what carrier life is like as they explore with audio devices galleys, sleeping quarters, control tower, engine room and four-acre flight deck. Volunteer docents who served on the ship are often present.

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ith the price of gas hovering at or above $6 a gallon, a staycation might be in your summer plans. Or perhaps you’ll be hosting out-oftowners because, after all, where better to come in the summer than San Diego? Combine these reasons with the popularity of the recently released “Top Gun: Maverick,” and there’s good reason to check out some of the county’s sites where this blockbuster movie was shot:

New Point Loma Lighthouse — Cabrillo National Monument . Many visitors

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Known locally as the Top Gun House, this historic Victorian built by Dr. Henry Graves in 1887 is now home to the recently opened High Pie, which sells mini-gluten-free pies with dipping sauces. The 500-square-foot cottage was the site of the love scene in the 1986 “Top Gun” between Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Charlie (Kelly McGillis). Accounts say that McGillis loved the house so much that she stayed there during filming. Originally built a few blocks away as a vacation home, the beautifully ren-

POINT LOMA’S New Lighthouse, built in 1889 to replace the Old Lighthouse atop the peninsula, served as the home of “Top Gun” commander Viper (Tom Skerritt) in the original “Top Gun” movie, from 1986. Courtesy photo

ovated abode sits on the property of the Mission Pacific Resort. The cottage is painted to look as it did in the mov-

ie, and on the inside: Top Gun memorabilia, including a refurbished Yamaha Kawasaki Ninja ZX900 Motorcycle like the one Mav-

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USS Midway Museum — Embarcadero, San Diego.

who come to the monument at the end of the Point Loma peninsula fail to look westward over the side of the cliff and see the new lighthouse. Built in 1889 on what is called Pelican Point, the house was used in the first “Top Gun” as home of commanding officer, Viper, played by Tom Skerritt. The monument is also the best place to view Naval Air Station North Island, at the northern end of Coronado Island (not open to the public). Multiple scenes were filmed here. The Point Loma perch undoubtedly offers the best views of San Diego and the harbor, too. Aircraft maneuvers

from North Island can be seen fairly up close at the northern end of Coronado Beach. And while the bar at the naval air station is iconic, it was too small to accommodate all the filming equipment, so the studio built another on the base, using some of the real bar’s memorabilia. Marine Corps Station Miramar — San Diego. For-

merly Naval Air Station Miramar, the base is closed to the public, but attend the Miramar Air Show Sept. 23 to 25, and you’ll get a good feeling for the environment where the real Top Gun pilots once trained. The Navy Fighter Weapons School has since moved to Nevada, but “Top Gun: Maverick” producers wanted to go with Miramar a second time. *** A little closer to the ground … A huge stage in Temecula’s Old Town will be the site of the second annual Old Town Music Festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment includes Jamey Johnson, Nelly, LoCash, Tyler Rich and more. There’ll be line dancing, full bars, food trucks, mechanical bulls and more. Promoters say the festival is an all-ages event. The first act appears on stage at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Food &Wine

What to drink in the morning cheers! north county

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MORE THAN 10,000 pounds of live crawfish was brought in from Louisiana for the Gator by the Bay festival last month in San Diego. Courtesy photo/Gator by the Bay

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he Bon Temps Social Club’s Gator by the Bay Festival from May 5 to May 8 brought Bourbon Street to San Diego. With Blues music blaring, the smell of crawfish in the air, people dancing and a parade with beads being hurled into a crowd, participants at Spanish Landing Park experienced Mardi Gras as if it was Fat Tuesday. Taste of Wine was excited to attend and were even recruited to be help fling beads in the parade. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, attendees had three years of festivities to make up for. Music played across seven stages with over 100 performances of non-stop music including blues, jazz, cajun, swing, salsa, country and zydeco. After showing up, we headed over to the Bourbon Street Stage to check out Euphoria Brass Band (EBB). The band is an award-winning San Diego musical collective of seven members serving up a contemporary mix of old school New Orleans traditional brass band jazz, funky street beats and new school edginess with a West Coast feeling. During their set, they played a touching Second Line funeral dance piece to celebrate and remember those who are no longer with us. After basking in EBB, we strolled through the festival taking in the sites and all the food choices. There was no shortage of Creole and Cajon style cuisine, over 10,000 pounds of live crawfish was brought in from Louisiana. Other food choices included alligator bites, frog legs, shrimp, catfish, jambalaya, and other southern favorites. Those looking beyond the borders of Loui-

siana Parishes, could experience Thai and Jamaican cuisine, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, tri-tip and pulled pork. There was something for everyone. Next up for our listening pleasure was local world-class band, Big Time Operator. The 16-piece orchestra was busting out big band and swing tunes led by Kevin Esposito and featured vocals from Draeh Jirnae, Andy Salmonsen and Niko Lovell. Jirnae had pipes and moves to get the crowd dancing in front of the band. Those not wanting to wait until next year’s festival can check out Big Time Operator every second Tuesday at Tio Leos Lounge on Napa Street in San Diego. They are also available for hire for private events. More at *** World-class pizzaiola and proprietor of Oceanside’s Mangia e Bevi, Tore Trupiano, is hosting a Caymus Wine Dinner on Thursday, June 23, 7 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy an evening of cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Phillip Sanchez paired with wines from the Wagner Family of Wine for each course. Cost is $99 per person, plus tax/ tip. Great raffle prizes. RSVP at 760-231-1225.


ou’ve decided to enjoy some socially acceptable morning cocktails, but you’re not sure what to drink. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. And I have recipes, too! Wedding Day: Champagne might be the stereotype, but drink a radler (aka shandy) instead. It is going to be a long day, and you don’t want to be the bride or groomsman the guests remember for all the wrong reasons. The traditional radler is beer mixed 50/50 with a lemonade-style beverage and reached peak popularity during the early 1900s. The drink has seen a renaissance in recent years as more craft breweries put their spin on this classic beer. The light, sweet taste combined with a lower than normal percentage of alcohol makes it the perfect drink on the morning of the wedding. It will keep you refreshed, add a bit of oldworld charm to the festivities and save you from the kind of champagne-inspired intoxication that makes people famous on Tik-Tok. Rouleur Brewing has made excellent seasonal radlers. If you see it on the draft list, be sure to order it. Two Pitchers Brewing in the Bay Area exclusively offers radler-inspired beers in cans year-round. I’m partial to the Grapefruit Blood Orange Radler. Golf course: Early morning tee times call for a Bloody Mary bar. The Bloody Mary is perfect for the golf course because it is breakfast with a kick. It fills up the stomach without weighing you down and leaves you with a mid-round

TWO PITCHERS Brewing Company’s version of a traditional radler is a lager mixed with grapefruit and blood orange. Photo courtesy of Two Pitchers Brewing

snack. There are some great pre-mixed bloody mixes making preparation easy. I keep cans of Zing Zang in the home bar when I don’t feel like mixing all the spices into the tomato juice myself. What makes the Bloody special is what goes in it. At a minimum, garnish with a celery stick and a toothpick of stuffed olives. Take it up a notch with a season and celery salt-spiced rim, a hunk of cheddar, a beef stick or crispy bacon (optional for veggie-friendly lifestyles), and a lemon and lime wedge. Take it to the next level with a shrimp tail, grilled asparagus stick, and a splash (or two) of Sriracha sauce. THE CHEERS! BLOODY MARY

Ingredients: — 2 oz Locals Only vodka (Oceanside) — 4 to 6 oz Bloody Mary mix (Tomato juice, Worcestershire Sauce, onion salt, celery salt, garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, a squeeze of lime, a splash of hot sauce) Rub your lime wedge along the rim of the glass and rim with a blend of sea-

son and celery salt. Fill with ice. Add vodka and Bloody mix to a shaker with ice. Give it a light shake and strain it into the glass. Let the garnishing begin. If you add a slice of pizza, you’ve gone too far. Tailgating: The grills are going. The sun is out and it gets hot on the blacktop. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but you need a hard seltzer. We’re doing this. Some holidays: More

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Tri-City Medical Center enjoys award-winning May By Samantha Nelson


The celebration of Bob Fosse’s iconic choreography, “Dancin’,” was attended May 25 by 60 seniors from Silvergate San Marcos, including Carmen Frapwell, above. “We’re delighted that Silvergate chose the Old Globe as one of its springtime destinations,” said Sam Abney of the Old Globe. “For seniors who want to get out and enjoy a spectacular production at the theater, Silvergate picked the ideal show.” Courtesy photo

OCEANSIDE — TriCity Medical Center earned more than two dozen local and regional awards and honors last month for its work in robotic surgery, COVID-19 pandemic response and community outreach. Most recently, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce named the hospital Business of the Year in the large company category at the 2022 CBAD Awards — the hospitals' second CBAD award in three years. Tri-City Medical Center was recognized for its innovations in robotic surgery, a department which

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TRI-CITY MEDICAL Center won the Business of the Year at the 2022 CBAD Awards last month. Tri-City representatives, from left, are Dr. Gene Ma, Roger Cortez, George Coulter, Aaron Byzak and Jennifer E. Paroly. Courtesy photo

earned 23 trophies including the Best in Show Award at the Health Care Communicators of Southern California’s Finest Awards. Of those trophies, eight were gold, nine were silver and five were bronze awards, all of which were centered around the hospital’s brand campaigns and communication and design projects. “Best in Show is the highest scoring submission in the whole competition,” explained Aaron Byzak, chief external affairs officer at Tri-City. The hospital earned that particular award for its Heroes Live Here campaign, which highlights the people who work in the hospital

saving lives every day. As part of the campaign, Byzak and his communication team took photos of hospital staff and turned them into posters highlighting who they are and what vital roles they serve in the hospital. “The whole point of the campaign was to lean into the amazing people who call Tri-City home,” Byzak said. “The truth is that we’re one, big family and we spend a healthy portion of our lives here.” The Finest Awards is an annual event held by the Health Care Communicators of Southern California organization. Last year, TriCity took home 19 awards, including Best in Show.


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phenomena are a potential national security threat, and they need to be treated that way,” Chairman André Carson (D-Indiana) told fellow committee members. “For too long, the stigma associated with UAPs has gotten in the way of good intelligence analysis. Pilots avoided reporting or were laughed at when they did. “Today, we know better. UAPs are unexplained, it’s true, but they are real. They need to be investigated, and any threats they pose need to be mitigated.” However, not everyone is convinced these strange encounters are a national threat. THE C3 HEARING Despite Project Blue Book’s earlier finding that “no UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security,” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a whitepaper last year concluding UAPs pose a flight safety issue for pilots and “may pose a challenge to U.S. national security.” “Our aviators train as they would fight,” Bray told lawmakers. “So any intrusions that may compromise the security of our operations by revealing our capabilities, our tactics, techniques, or procedures are of great concern to the Navy and the Department of Defense.” The nine-page document, “Preliminary Assessment on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” reflects unexplained occurrences between November 2004 to March 2021. (Since sightings of UAPs date back to the 1940s and were not consistently reported, this was the tailored dataset used to analyze these events.) In 2021, there were 144 unexplained sightings recorded — one object was conclusively identified as a large, deflated balloon. But this past year, UAP encounters nearly doubled due to streamlining reports and destigmatization. Pentagon officials told lawmakers there are now 400 (and counting) unexplained incidents sitting in the UAP database. The U.S. military has never made an attempt to contact a UAP, nor were any collisions reported between these objects and aviators. However, Bray said there have been 11



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A NAVY F/A-18 Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. In November 2004, the USS Princeton and USS Nimitz, of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, both detected multiple “unidentified aerial phenomena” on several occasions. A U.S. Navy spokeperson later confirmed the video from these encounters, “FLIR1,” includes footage of UAP. U.S. Navy photo

“near misses” involving pilots and UAPs between 2004 and 2021. Subcommittee members encouraged the intelligence agencies to diversify the data pool, as the Federal Aviation Administration was the only non-military agency that Pentagon officials confirmed collected UAP data. “I think standardized reporting without a doubt is key to helping us ascertain what some of these are,” Bray said, concerning adopting a citizen-based reporting system. However, there may be added caution when welcoming public insight. “This isn’t just happening to members of the military, let’s be honest,” said Katie Howland, a humanitarian and UAP advocate based in San Diego. “I think the biggest thing we need to do is destigmatize the conversation and not label people who say they’ve seen something strange as weird or crazy.” Howland said that science is built on the unknown and the government should welcome some input from outside the military. “Every bit of scientific knowledge started off as something that was impossible or weird, so I think we just have to treat it as exactly that,” Howland said, referring to public,

unofficial reports as “data with odd encounters report- ber of days where there points.” ed by the USS Nimitz and were anomalous sightings, USS Princeton. the UAP Task Force acNIMITZ GROUP In November 2004, oc- tually brought up this enPatterson said she set casions of multiple UAPs counter in their hearing as were detected several being still unexplained and her alarm for 4 a.m. “My intent was to get times within the training one of the most remarkable the moon over the pier,” zone of the Nimitz Carrier cases,” Howland said. While preparing for Patterson said about the Strike Group off the coast strange image she captured of San Diego — the “gen- deployment to the Arabian esis of modern conversa- Sea, four naval aviators in in 2014. two fighter jets witnessed “I thought what the tion,” Howland said. “[The USS Nimitz and “an elongated egg or Tic hell?” and headed out to USS Princeton] had a num- Tac” the size of a fighter the Oceanside pier. The Carlsbad resident said she was shocked to see the obscure, bell-shaped light — which appeared to dance across the frame. “But I couldn’t see it with my naked eye,” she explained. The photo’s metadata confirms the picture was created on May 14, 2014, and indicated the image was modified two days later. Patterson explained she enhanced the photos and inserted her company watermark but did not alter the images beyond that. The Coast News was not able to independently verify the object seen in the photo. Patterson isn’t the only one who has seen odd things off the coast near Camp Pendleton. Other County Airports While sightings of unidentified flying objects • Agua Caliente date back decades, the Pen• Borrego Valley tagon directed two staff members to shuffle through • Fallbrook Airport 20 years of data, starting

Add tequila and Kahlua into a mug. Pour in hot coffee. Stir. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. This also works as an iced coffee. I recommend a flash-chilled coffee. Add the booze to a tall glass with ice. Then brew a hot cup of coffee, and chill it by quickly pouring it into the glass. Garnish, and serve with a metal straw.

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jet hovering over a “disturbance” under the ocean’s surface. Witnesses described the object as “solid white” and “smooth with no edges.” Reports of that incident reflect clear skies and calm waters that day. “There was something churning underneath the water that it seemed to be interacting with intelligently,” Howland said about the event. Retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Alex Dietrich and Officer David Fravor, each piloting fighter jets with backseaters, were sent to investigate the object hovering just above the water. “It’s pointing northsouth and it’s just going forward, back, left, right,” Fravor said in an interview with NBC in April 2021. While Dietrich stayed high, Fravor dove lower to get a closer look at the object. “And then it starts coming up at us,” Fravor said. The wingless object then began to mimic Fravor’s flight patterns. “So, it’s literally aware that we’re there, there’s no doubt,” Fravor said in the interview. “It mirrored me.” Then, the strange vessel disappeared. The military later confirmed the USS Princeton had been detecting “multiple anomalous aerial vehicles” operating in the vicinity of the Nimitz training group and TURN TO UFOS ON 16

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descending “very rapidly from approximately 60,000 feet down to approximately 50 feet in a matter of seconds,” according to an official document of the encounter. In 2019, the U.S. Navy also confirmed three videos circulating the web — FLIR1, Gimbal and Go Fast — “show incursions into our military training ranges by unidentified aerial phenomena.” In FLIR1, a 2004 video depicting the “Nimitz incident,” shows an oblong-shaped object darting away from military sensors. There are the “five observables,” or traits most commonly associated with UAPs: no visible sign of propulsion, sudden/instantaneous acceleration, no signatures following hypersonic velocities, low observability and trans-medium travel (i.e. interacting with the air and sea). When asked about unidentified submersible (underwater) objects, subcommittee members were once again deferred to a closed session with Pentagon officials. And while the reasons behind certain locations of a majority of military UFO sightings remains unclear, California is the top reporting spot for civilian sightings. When asked about the connection between trans-medium travel and coastal towns, Howland speculates there’s more to

A SCREENSHOT from “FLIR1,” the only official video released THIS PHOTO is from a report of a UFO sighting on November from the “2004 Nimitz Incident” involving several reports of 23, 1951, in neighboring Riverside. Photo courtesy of National ArUAP off the San Diego coast. Screenshot/U.S. Navy video chives, Records of Headquarters U.S. Air Force (Air Staff)

the story of interest to the public. “There’s a lot of questions about this,” Howland said. “One of the members of Congress explicitly asked about unidentified submersible objects [during the hearing], and they relegated that conversation to the classified briefing. When I hear that something’s being relegated, that typically means there’s something to it that they want to discuss. So, there’s definitely a tie there.” According to the National UFO Reporting Center, California and Florida have, in some cases, more than 10 times the number of reported sightings than

other states. California has more than 15,000 cases, and Florida has 7,612. Other states, for example, range between 265 sightings (North Dakota) and 4,000 in Pennsylvania. The UFO Reporting Center was founded in 1974 by noted UFO investigator Robert J. Gribble. In 1996, it began as an online public database. According to its website, federal law enforcement entities routinely directed UAP calls to the center. WHAT ARE UAP? Juan Flores Mendez was a child when he was given his first telescope. Mendez, who is now in his 40s, has lived near San

Bernardino in rural areas most of his life. He currently lives in Fulton, a census-designated town with a population of 413. Mendez said he has seen hundreds of UFOs in his lifetime, attributing the persistent sightings to his rural life. There’s no light pollution, Mendez said, so he’s able to freely examine the night sky. When asked about the intelligence hearing, Mendez said he was happy there was official evidence to confirm his belief. However, he’s concerned with any investigation being too military-focused. “I think they’re just observing,” Mendez said. Patterson, too, believes

that UAP are something off-world; however, her only evidence was seemingly caught through a lens during these odd hours of the morning. Patterson’s image could resemble the shape of a UAP that was videoed going 120 knots against the wind by a U.S. Navy pilot in 2015. Or it could simply be refracted light from the night sky and lights on the pier. These unknown entities in the 2004-2021 dataset were registered across multiple sensors, including radar, infrared and weapon-seeking observations — all measurements that confirm UAP are physical objects. UAP investigation

“usually” results in one of several categorizations, according to officials. • Airborne clutter • Natural atmospheric phenomena • U.S. government or industry developments • Foreign adversary systems • Unexplained sightings that merit further investigation The term “UAP” is used when all other explanations can be ruled out — sightings that lead to further investigations. While officials are unsure the exact threat posed by UAP, they’re sure these mysterious aerial vessels clutter the air, creating a risky environment for servicemen. The assessment states UAP would represent a national security challenge “if they are foreign adversary collection platforms or provide evidence a potential adversary has developed either a breakthrough or disruptive technology,” Bray confirmed on May 17 that the United States is not aware of any foreign adversary capable of moving objects without any discernible means of propulsion. It’s also highly unlikely that UAPs are domestic experiments as well, considering the consistency of reports over decades and the seemingly-advanced technology. “We have black technologies and capabilities that are not publicly TURN TO UFOS ON 17


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known,” Howland said, “But if you look at what these [UAP] are known to do, these crafts can go up to 13,000 miles per hour.” Some unidentified crafts have been clocked just more than six times the speed of the fastest jet aircraft in the world. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reaches Mach 3.3, more than 2,500 miles per hour, and the follow-up SR-72 is currently in development. “I believe it’s supposed to go about 4,500 miles per hour,” Howland said. “So to say this is next-generation technology doesn’t cover it. It’s so far beyond what we are even currently developing that I think it just becomes kind of mind boggling, frankly.” Bray and Moultrie told lawmakers that they can generally categorize UAPs as unmanned aircraft and physical objects. FRIEND OR FOE? FACT OR FICTION? The Pentagon tasked itself to confirm the unknown and unknowns, Moultrie said. Of those unknowns, however, is the consideration of civilian reports in official UAP analysis. “There are fakers and there are people who are trying to make money off this,” Howland said. “There are people who don’t have good intentions.” Of the 15,000 people in California that have recorded their experiences with the UFO Reporting Center, many are convinced they spotted something unexplainable and spectacular. Mendez is the administrator of Southern California UFOs and Aliens Facebook page. While he admittedly said he’s one to listen to conspiracy theories, which is evident on the social media page, Mendez told the Coast News he knew these inexplicable flying objects were real before the government confirmed it in 2017, and again in 2020. Mendez does believe that UAP do not pose a threat to human life and stem from a source off-planet, but also agrees there’s harmful information too readily available that only muddies the already murky

CARLSBAD PHOTOGRAPHER Ann Patterson’s 2014 photo that appears to show a strange object (left side of photo, just below the moon) near Oceanside Pier. Patterson, who believes in UFOs, said she did not see anything in the sky when she took the photo, but what was pictured appeared on her screen afterward. Photo by Ann Patterson

waters of this unexplained phenomena. Others have argued that UAP indeed pose a direct threat to those who have crossed paths with these bizarre entities. A 2017-leak of information from Luis Elizondo, a former intelligence agent, found that researchers had studied people for any physiological changes after some claimed to experience physical effects following their UAP encounters. “One of their precursor programs that looked at UAP does show that there were some pretty remarkable, essentially radiation poisoning effects on people who have had close encounters,” Howland said. While Howland agrees UAP are a threat to aviators, she looks forward to more experts entering the conversation. “We’re going to need to bring in minds that have a diverse view, people who are able to look at the epidemiology of these encounters, the human health impacts and as well as the philosophical questions it brings up, and the religious questions,” Howland

said. “It could potentially, Howland’s current role depending on the answer, as a UAP advocate was not have a big impact on our so- something she planned. ciety as a whole.” While volunteering for Joe Biden’s presidential ADVOCATING campaign, Howland and a FOR THE TRUTH cohort young professionals Whether a “truther” or attended a series of speakone advocating for govern- ers, one being former White ment transparency, UAPs House Chief of Staff John have become a bridging is- Podesta, who penned the sue in the evolving conver- prologue to Leslie Kean’s sation. Regardless of what “UFOs: Generals, Pilots, UAP are, or the threat they and Government Officials pose, they are “real,” a fact that Howland anguished over when trying speak on the topic with young intelligence professionals. “It could be U.S. black tech, it could be a foreign adversary, it could be this weird other category, it doesn’t matter,” Howland said. “Because the bottom line is our airspace was unsafe for our military aviators, and so I was really frustrated that people weren’t taking this seriously.” Howland is the monitoring and evaluation manager and disaster response team lead at the Free Wheelchair Mission and she has a master’s of public health with a focus in epidemiology.

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word. “To be a UAP transparency activist is really just committing to follow the evidence, wherever that leads,” Howland said. “Not coming up with any preconceived notions about what the phenomenon is or isn’t, but making sure that the government is following up appropriately and is protecting our citizens and our service members.”



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with nearly $8.8 million in crashes between 2016 and 2020. The third project would improve signal visibility, install protected left-turn phasing and install pedestrian crossings at the intersections of Quince and Ninth, Valley and Fig, Mission and Metcalf Street, Centre City and Iris Lane, Mission and Rock Springs Road, and Escondido Boulevard and Grand Avenue. This project’s cost is estimated at nearly $2 million. Williams said those

three projects have a good chance of receiving HSIP funding; for two other potential traffic projects, meanwhile, the city may need to pursue funding elsewhere. One of those projects would include improving signal visibility, leading pedestrian intervals and pedestrian crossings at El Norte Parkway and Ash Street and Morning View Drive. Another would install a traffic signal at the intersection of Centre City, Escondido Boulevard and Brotherton Road.

Overall, the council was pleased with staff’s presentation on the LSRP. “We all have our own areas of concern, and you guys hit on all of them,” said Councilmember Mike Morasco. Councilmember Joe Garcia noted that he would like staff to look into improving the crosswalk in front of the senior center on Broadway. Although the crosswalk has lights that show when someone is crossing, seniors are often “dodging cars” there.


ness with services. The city is in its second year with an Exodus-contracted social worker who connects with Vista’s unsheltered community. This year, a part -time housing navigator was added to the team to conduct outreach and housing placement services. Part of the strategic update included quarterly reports from this program from October 2021 to December 2021 and January 2022 to March 2022. In both quarters, mental health and substance abuse services were the top referrals denied. According to a report from that program, for a period ending in December 2021, a majority of the people surveyed listed lack of adequate or available housing as the top contributing reason for becoming homeless. A lack of support system and legal issues were the next top identifiable reasons. Third on the list was substance abuse with seven respondents. Two of those who responded to the survey reported mental health as a contributing factor to their homelessness. During that period, from October 2021 to December 2021, the program referred 126 people to emergency shelters — 3% were declined due to vaccination status and 1% was

declined due to bed availability. The social worker noted an openness by clients to obtain services during this time. Also in that period, 13 people declined mental health services, 16 declined those geared toward substance abuse. There were also 33 applications for housing voucher programs; eight individuals obtained that assistance. For the quarter ending in March, the social worker program saw an increase in willingness. “These individuals have become more willing and open to accepting services as they have seen established clients succeed in some of their goals,” the report noted. In the second quarter report, lack of adequate housing was tied with the support system for top contributing factor to homelessness, while substance abuse and income were tied for second. Reasons marked “other/declined to state” was also a top response indicating how the individual became homeless. In the second quarter there were 42 applications for either Section 8 emergency housing through Clarity, North County Lifeline Homeless Prevention program or other permanent housing sources. There were eight clients connected with services.


and a guaranteed housing plan. City staff and council members were also directed to advocate for ongoing funding and reasonable implementation timelines, as the bill requires heavy lifting at the local level. NOTES FROM THE STRATEGIC UPDATE The council heard concerns regarding public safety and encampments in particular neighborhoods. Benita Cooper, visibly ashamed of the public comments, said her tax dollars pay for every resident to live where they want. “These are the true core of the community,” Cooper said. “This is our community. My tax dollars paid for them to live in any encampment. I don't want to see anyone removing anyone from any encampment as long as I'm paying tax dollars here. “I serve this country in the Marine Corps,” she continued. “There's plenty of Marines, ex-Marines and veterans out there on the street.” Cooper asked the council about the funding and services that are available to this population. Like other cities, Vista has struggled to connect those suffering homeless-


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1. GEOGRAPHY: Which country owns the Canary Islands? 2. MOVIES: Which movie features the song “Moon River”? 3. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin phrase “non ducor, duco” mean in English? 4. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of ducks called? 5. LITERATURE: Which 20th-century novel features a character called Sethe? 6. TELEVISION: What drive-in diner is featured in the 1970s TV sitcom “Happy Days”? 7. MUSIC: When did Lynyrd Skynyrd’s anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” chart in the Top 10? 8. U.S. STATES: Which state’s motto is “Eureka”? 9. HISTORY: When did Wyoming give women the right to vote, hold public office and own property? 10. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which president had an estate called The Hermitage?

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Recently obtained information could open a new opportunity for a career change. But temper that Arian impatience and act on it only when all the facts are made available. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’re moving into a more active cycle. So put your ideas back on the table, where they’ll be given the attention they deserve. Expect a favorable change in your love life. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A friend might ask for a favor that you feel would compromise your values. Best advice: Confront him or her and explain why you must say no. A true friend will understand. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A relationship continues to develop along positive lines. Meanwhile, a job situation is brewing that could create complications for one of your pet projects. Look into it right away. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your interest in a co-worker’s project could lead to a profitable experience for you both. But before you agree to anything, be sure to get all your legal I’s dotted and T’s crossed. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Be careful whose counsel you take about a possible long-distance move. Some advice might not necessarily be in your best interest. Stay focused on your goals.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Someone might try to complicate efforts in an attempt to work out that confusing job situation. But don’t let that keep you from sticking with your decision to push for a resolution. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A disagreement on how to handle a family problem could create more trouble for all concerned. Look for ways to cool things down before they boil over. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) An unexpected change in long-standing workplace procedure and policy could provide a new career target for the Archer to aim at. Start making inquiries. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You’re finally able to get back into the swing of things, as those temporary doldrums begin to lift. Expect some surprising disclosures from a new colleague. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Rely on your innate sense of justice to see you through a dilemma involving a family member. Other relatives who’ve stood back soon will come forward as well. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A new friend seems to be pushing you to take risks — financial or otherwise. Best advice: Don’t do it. They might have a hidden agenda that hasn’t surfaced yet. BORN THIS WEEK: You love to see new places and meet new people. Have you considered working for an airline or cruise-ship company? © 2022 King Features Synd., Inc.

TRIVIA TEST ANSWERS 1. Spain 2. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” 3. “I am not led, I lead” 4. A raft 5. “Beloved” 6. Arnold’s 7. 1974 8. California 9. 1869 10. Andrew Jackson

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Escondido Creek Conservancy summer camps showcase Elfin Forest By Staff

ESCONDIDO — Summer will definitely not be a bummer for children participating in The Escondido Creek Conservancy's Adventure Camp. This summer day camp program launched last summer and returns for more fun and excitement on June 20. The Escondido Creek Adventure Camp is a wildly engaging five-day outdoor day camp, where, campers ages 7-10 will explore the enchanting Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, andwhere they will discover the natural world by hiking, playing, and conducting hands-on science. The camp starts June

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CAMP SPOTS are available for the weeks of June 27, July 11, July 25 and Aug. 1. Courtesy photo

20 with openings for the weeks of June 27, July 11, July 25 and Aug. 1. The wide variety of ac-

tivities includes guided exploration, crafts, games, science experiments, stories, visits from special live ani-

June 11 at the Green Oak Ranch, 1237 Green Oak Road, Vista, a free to the public community art experience for all ages.



2022 Kids in the Garden Class offers Nature Drawing and Watercolors - take a close look at a tree, a flower, or a plant and draw it and color it 10 a.m. to noon June 11 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Cost is $5 each child or adult. Pre-registration requested at (760) 8226824 or farmerjonesavbg@

Off Track Gallery Bi-Annual Small Image Show is open to all artists living in San Diego County. Entry deadline is noon June 18. Every piece of art must be no larger than 12-inches square. Apply at sdagmonthlyshownews.blogspot. com. Cost, up to 2 entries $13 each. For more informa- MAINLY MOZART tion, call (760) 519-1551. Mainly Mozart’s opening night of classical conGET TICKETS NOW certs will be at 7:30 p.m. The well-know 70s June 10, with additional band, Three Dog Night, has concerts on June 11, June offered San Diego a special 14, June 17 and closing Concert of Hope for Home- night June 18 at Surf Cup less Youth 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sports Park 14989 Via De June 30 at the Moonlight La Valle, Del Mar. Tickets Amphitheater, 1200 Vale at Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets $49 to $159 at (760) 724- SUMMER BALLET CAMP 2110 or my.moonlightstage. Sign up now for sumcom/events. Since 2001, mer ballet camps at EnciDoors of Change has been nitas Ballet, from July 11 transforming the lives of through July 29, for ages 4 homeless youth, one young and up at 701 Garden View person at a time. COVID Court, Encinitas. To regisRequirements: Proof of vac- ter call (760) 632-4947 or cination or proof of testing visit within 48 hours is required and masks must be worn. MARLEY, MON Stephen Marley with CREW COVERS special guest, Hirie, will Cover band Yachtley play the Belly Up Tavern Crew will play the Belly Up at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at 987 Tavern at 9 p.m. June 10 at Lomas Santa Fe Drive, So987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, lana Beach. Tickets online Solana Beach. Tickets on- at, by phone at line at, by (858) 481-8140 or at the venphone at (858) 481-8140 or ue box office. at the venue box office. NORTH COAST REP

The North Coast Repertory Theater stages “The Outgoing Tide,” through July 3 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Shows Wednesdays and Sunday 7 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., June 10 and June 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets at


Alley Art Festival, Backfence Society and The Vista Art Foundation invite you to the Alley Art Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Running through Aug. 21, curated by Michael Pearce. “A Kind of Heaven” is an exhibition of recent paintings by Southern Californian visionary artists at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Tickets at open/Oceanside.

formed into scientists and will engage in nature-based activities, all of which are intended to introduce the campers to the fun and the wonder of the outdoors. At the end of each day, the campers return to Grape Day Park where they are given time to enjoy supervised free play and socialize with their fellow campers until their parents/guardians pick them up. The cost is $275 and each day runs from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. with pick-up at Grape Day Park between 1-1:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit https://


The Encinitas Mainstreet Association is calling local artists who would like to promote their art in the EMA shops gallery. All proceeds go to the artist. Email for more information.

ta. Music performances by JD Priest at 2:30 p.m. and North County All Stars at 4 p.m. Bring blankets, umbrellas and beach chairs for this outdoor event. Tickets at music-festival/. First Step House and Doors of Change offers services for homeless youth.

mer Season outdoors at The Flower Fields features pop performers, The Morning Room and My Name is Chapel as part of its music season at 7 p.m. June 23 at 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Tickets at https:// /flower-fields/.







Register for the Broadway Theater’s Summer Drama Camps at The camps feature “Annie” June 13 to June 24, “Alice in Wonderland” June 27 to July 8, “Mary Poppins” July 11 to July 22, “Wizard of Oz” July 25 to Aug. 5. AT THE TAVERN

Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs are booked at the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. June 7 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets online at, by phone at (858) 481-8140 or at the venue box office.

The Downtown Oceanside monthly Open Mic & Art Show by Kizzy Presents at 6:30 p.m. June 11 at Oceanside Alternative Medicine & CBD Store, 401 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Enjoy performances by artists, poets and comedians with snacks and CBD tea.




Visit the featured Artist Reception with Joan Yap from 3 to 5 p.m. June 12 at the North Coastal Art Gallery/COAL at 300 Village Drive, Ste 101, Carlsbad.

The reserve makes the perfect backdrop for youth to engage with nature and participate in hands-on learning. Campers get to play, learn, and explore the natural beauty of the reserve and its many native plant communities of oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. Most importantly, they get the opportunity to learn about the importance of preserving habitats like these for many years to come. Campers will be picked up from Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido and transported to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, where they are trans-

The San Diego County Fair, has announced its concert lineup. Visit https:// ‘REMEMBERING OLYMPIA ‘ This one-act play is a /san-diegotribute and a celebration county-fair-summer-conof the life and career of cert-series-tickets. the late Olympia Dukakis at 7:30 p.m. June 13 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, created by her brother MAGIC AND DINNER Enjoy dinner and a Apollo. Tickets at https:// t i c k e t s . n o r t h c o a s t r e p . magic show starting at 5:30 org / T he at re M a nager / 1 / p.m. June 16 with Illusions online?event=1401. The by Magician Anthony Herbrother and sister will be nandez at Wildwood Crossperformed by Kandis Chap- ing & Cantina, 116 Civic pell and Apollo Dukakis. Center Dr, Vista. Tickets The evening concludes with are $20 at (760) 758-1513. a Q@A with the audience.



mal ambassadors and more. Each of the five days at camp will have a different theme, including Exploration & Discovery, Plants & Pollinators, Amazing Animal Adaptations, Watershed Wonders, and Pollution & the Solution. Our camp counselors will engage the kids through the natural beauty of the Elfin Forest, where many species of native plants and animals reside. The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is a spectacular 784-acre open space park and recreational area, offering approximately 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, equestrian trails, picnic areas, and scenic mountain viewing points.


See Rodgers + Hammerstein's “Cinderella” at 8 p.m. through June 25 at the Moonlight Theater in Brengle Park, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets $13 to $61 at shows-tickets/cinderella. The Belly Up Tavern presents Mike Love & The Full Circle at 8 p.m. June 14 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets online at, by phone at (858) 481-8140 or at the venue box office.


Tickets go on sale June 18 for the iPalpiti Festival, with three soloist concerts July 14 through July 17 at the Encinitas Library. Standard pass is $115 at ticket-sales/iPalpiti/4736/ event/1274562?subCategoryIdList=200.



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. June 23, it will screen “Gather,” telling about Indian resilience and Native food systems. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with live music, and conversation. The film screening will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Juneteenth at 7 p.m. June 19 at 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, with the inspirational voices of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir TASTE OF ART and uplifting Black HistoThe Oceanside Muse- ry. Tickets at https://newvilum of Art hosts Taste of Art: SOUL MAN Collage A La Matisse from 6 The Official Blues to 8 p.m. June 16 at 704 Pier TUESDAY NIGHT COMICS Brothers Revue will be View Way, Oceanside. RegNorth Coast Reperto- at the Moonlight Theater ister at https://oma-online. ry Theatre presents “Tues- at 7:30 p.m. June 28, in org/events/taste-of-art-col- day Night Comics, hosted Brengle Park, 1250 Vale lage-matisse/. by Mark Christopher Law- Terrace Drive, Vista, at rence at 7:30 p.m. June 28 at as part of the Moonlight’s the North Coast Repertory Summer Jam. Tickets orTheatre, 987 Lomas Santa chestra: $42, reserved & NEW MURAL Fe Drive, Solana Beach. $3 reserved lawn: $32, genMainStreet Oceans- beers. Tickets at (858) 481- eral admission lawn: $22 ide is prepping the site of 1055 or at Downtown Oceanside's s h o w s - t ic ke t s / t h e - o f f i fourth public art mural, cial-blues-brothers-revue. will depict a sea life that ART FOR THE ARTWALK? resides below the surface The Leucadia 101 TUESDAY NIGHT COMICS of the Pacific Ocean. The fiThe North Coast Repnal mural name will be an- Mainstreet Association has ertory Theatre presents put out a Call for Artists nounced at the installation “Tuesday Night Comics,” of the mural this summer for its LeucadiART Walk hosted by Mark Christoset for Aug. 28 along North on the corner of Mission pher Lawrence at 7:30 p.m. Avenue and Ditmar Street. Coast Highway 101. The June 28 at 987 Lomas Sandeadline to apply is July 15. Residents and businesses ta Fe Drive, Solana Beach. still have the opportunity to Tickets at (858) 481-1055 or honor a loved one by soring a sea animal or plant GUILD ON DISPLAY starting at $200. To sponsor, Eight members of the visit mainstreetoceanside. San Dieguito Art Guild incom/artthatexcites. stalled their artwork in the REMEMBER ABBA Encinitas Community CenAbba-Mania will perter lighted case, 1140 Oak- form at the Moonlight Thecrest Park Drive, Encinitas ater at 7:30 p.m. June 29, HELPING HOMELESS KIDS First Step House of through June 30. The Com- in Brengle Park, 1250 Vale North County is hosting an munity Center is open Mon- Terrace Drive, Vista, at alcohol-free evening of live day to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 as part of the Moonlight’s music, raffle drawing, food p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Summer Jam. Tickets orchestra: $42, reserved & for purchase, entertainreserved lawn: $32, genment for children and more eral admission lawn: $22 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. June at 18 at Green Oak Ranch, MUSIC IN THE FIELDS New VillageArts Sum- shows-tickets/abba-mania. 1237 Green Oak Road, Vis-









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