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CSUSM professor reassigned after harassment probe

Help wanted: Sign of times in Escondido

By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — A Cal State University San Marcos professor who was investigated by the university over claims of sexual harassment and misconduct has been reassigned but will remain at the university. In May, Voice of San Diego first reported that CSUSM had investigated accusations that Dr. Chetan Kumar had sexually harassed his former teacher’s aide and acted unprofessionally with three other students during the 2019 fall semester. According to the report, Kumar complimented their looks, texted and emailed them to ask them out to coffee, dinner or beach walks, hugged them, pressured two of them into closed-door meetings in his office and asked two of them about their sex lives. “Four investigations concluded in June 2020 finding that Dr. Kumar engaged in unprofessional conduct in violation of Education Code Section 89535. One claim of sexual harassment was also substantiated,” said Margaret Chantung, CSUSM chief communications officer, via email. “CSUSM moved to terminate Dr. Kumar based on findings of unprofessional conduct and sexual harassment,” Chantung continued. However, Kumar managed to retain his position after his union, the California Faculty Association, filed an appeal, leading the school to halt plans to fire Kumar. “Termination requires due process, and the faculty member exercised his right to further appeal the decision to arbitration per the collective bargaining agreement with the California Faculty Association,” Chantung said. “The California Faculty Association (CFA) represented Dr. Kumar in these investigations and assisted in his appeal of TURN TO PROFESSOR ON 6

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ical wounds, including a traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and mental anguish related to his combat experiences. All of this made his readjustment to post-military civilian life more difficult. “Getting out of the Army, they don’t really set you up for success,” Wells said. “(You’re just) in one day and out the next.” According to a study by the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit think tank providing research to the Armed Forces, between 15% and 44% of veterans deployed since 9/11, have

ESCONDIDO — Businesses in Escondido are having a difficult time hiring employees, leaving some employers scrambling as the city starts shifting into a post-COVID mindset. The Escondido Chamber of Commerce hosted a job fair last week, allowing more than 22 local businesses to meet potential hires face to face and spread the word about their employment needs. James Rowten from the Chamber of Commerce said they are hoping to continue the job fair once a month. “It’s been really difficult,” Rowten said. “You’ve got people willing to pay more hourly now. Some companies are even looking at some creative bonus structures for just applying and showing up to appointments in person where they’re actually giving $50 bonuses.” Rowten explained that the service industry, particularly the restaurant industry, has been hit especially hard, as well as larger companies. For example, The Super Dentists, which has multiple locations in San Diego County, has also faced challenges when it comes to finding qualified staff. “They’ve talked about how difficult it is for them, not only to hire and train technicians because they actually have a school associated with their business, but it’s really been difficult for them as they continue to have expansion plans, but they can’t open up new businesses or new locations until they can get the employees,” Rowten said. CSL Staffing, an employment agency in Escondido, is also experiencing these same difficulties and has more than 350 open positions to fill. “I think that the unemployed, for probably some justifiable reasons, aren’t able to come back to work yet,” Rowten said. “They’re



ARMY VETERAN Colin Wells, 39, founded the nonprofit group Veterans Walk and Talk to provide an outlet that “empowers veterans to take control of their health journey” by exploring the powers of cannabis, psychedelics and community in a natural setting. Photo by Cuqui Huerta


Veterans group explores benefits of cannabis, outdoors By Jordan P. Ingram

VISTA — From midnight raids in central Helmand Province to pre-dawn group hikes to Potato Chip Rock, Army veteran Colin Wells has discovered a path to healing in his transition from soldier to civilian. Wells, 39, a recovering heroin addict, has come a long way since his days as an infantryman with the Stryker brigade combat team out of Joint Base Lewis–McChord near Tacoma, Washington. Today, the self-described “reformed stormtrooper” and father of four children — Bronson,

10, Grayson, 7, Sawyer, 8, and 6-month old baby girl Willow — has combined the psychological benefits of cannabis and other plant-based medicines with his love for the outdoors to establish a nonprofit, Veterans Walk and Talk. Veterans Walk and Talk invites veterans to enjoy the region’s natural beauty and partake in cannabis and other plantbased therapies in a safe community setting. The idea for the group came to Wells after he discovered the combined benefits of cannabis and spending time outdoors helped ease symptoms of

post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which he developed after a month of intense conflict in the Battle of Marjah. “When I was in Afghanistan, as an infantryman, (our mission was) to seek out and destroy enemies,” Wells told The Coast News. “We went looking for trouble, basically. We exploited over 100 IEDs (improvised explosive devices) during that time. We slept in the dirt. It was close to constant warfare as one can get in the current conflicts’ we are engaged in.” Eventually, Wells left Central Asia with both physical and psycholog-



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Rodriguez to challenge Levin in 49th By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside City Council's representative for District 2 has announced his bid for the 49th Congressional District. Councilmember Christopher Rodriguez, a Republican, officially announced his campaign for Congress on May 24. His campaign will likely set him against incumbent Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) and fellow Republican Brian Maryott in 2022, who lost to Levin in the 2020 election. Besides his role as a council member, Rodriguez is also a combat Marine veteran, businessman and father of seven. His campaign describes his life story as “the true American dream.” Rodriguez originally hails from Chicago, where his father was a member of a notorious street gang. His mother fled with her children from their abusive father and eventually remarried his stepfather, who first sparked Rodriguez’s interest in becoming a Marine. Rodriguez became a father early in his teenage years, which he said inspired him to work even harder. After 9/11, he decided to become a Marine. He served two combat tours in Iraq and was injured during his second tour in Fallujah by a rocket-propelled grenade that hit his platoon. He received a Purple Heart but was unable to return to combat. “The American Dream isn’t handed to anyone,” Rodriguez said in his campaign launch video. “You have to fight for it, no excuses.” According to Rodriguez, his incumbent opponent Levin has lied to his constituents about being a moderate problem-solver in Washington. Instead, Rodriguez claims, Levin is “one of the most reliable votes for Nancy Pelosi and AOC’s socialism in Congress.” “He wants us to believe he’s bipartisan but all he has done is obey Nancy Pelosi,” Rodriguez states in his campaign announcement. “I’m running for office because I know this district doesn’t want a spineless wimp in Congress.” Rodriguez intends to push back against “bad ideas like The Green New Deal, defunding the police and massive socialist spending policies that have already started an inflationary crisis.” The next election isn’t until 2022, but Rodriguez told KUSI News he wanted to get started early because of the amount of work and fundraising he has ahead. A few residents have questioned how Rodriguez will be able to continue representing Oceanside throughout his campaign. “We’ve gotten so much done over the past two years and I will continue to fight hard for Oceanside through my congressional campaign,” Rodriguez told The Coast News.

VISTA MUSEUM HONORS MEMORIAL DAY WITH GIANT FLAG The Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista honored military service members who lost their lives with a huge Memorial Day tribute — an 11,000-squarefoot American flag painted on the hillside above the museum. According to the museum, the flag is the largest American flag on the West Coast. This is the second year the museum has celebrated the holiday with its huge, patriotic tribute. Photo by Samantha Nelson

San Marcos council gives final OK to restrictions on picketing By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council met on Tuesday, May 25 and gave final approval, 4-1, to a controversial ordinance that will limit picketing and protesting in front of private residences and creating a 300-foot buffer zone. According to the staff report, the ordinance allows individuals to still protest in general residential areas or neighborhoods, but prohibits protestors from targeting a specific residential unit and coming within 300 feet

Man gets 17 years in wife’s death

of that unit. Violations of the ordinance would be categorized as an infraction and would result in a fine. Councilwoman Maria Nunez was the single no vote on the issue, with Councilmembers Randy Walton, Sharon Jenkins, Ed Musgrove and Mayor Rebecca Jones all voting yes on the ordinance. The ordinance was originally approved 4-1 at the council’s May 11 meeting, but the council was required to vote on a second TURN TO PICKETING ON 5

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VISTA — A man who shot and killed his wife in Vista in an attempted murder-suicide was sentenced June 2 to 17 years in state prison. Bouavang Thao, now 55, and his 51-year-old spouse, Xiongvang Thao, were found shot around 6:40 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2018, at a home in the 1800 block of Hartwright Road. Thao’s wife was pronounced dead at the scene, and Thao was hospitalized in serious condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A motive for the shooting has not been disclosed. Thao was initially charged with murder, but pleaded guilty in April to voluntary manslaughter and corporal injury to a spouse, along with an allegation of personally using a firearm.

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At last, Newsom attacks a cause of homelessness


State housing bills threaten North County coastal cities


By Judy Livingston

ur communities are under threat. The state is using its legislative power to shift development authority away from the public and our local cities to the state. Historically, such power has resided with cities for a reason. Local control allows residents a stronger voice on residential development through public comments, hearings and city review processes, which through Senate Bill 9 and Assembly Bill 500 will largely cease. Stripping away city oversight and local review and allowing developers a fast lane to expand the housing on one lot to up to four units will cause immeasurable and irreversible damage to our neighborhoods. There’s no mandate for affordability in SB 9. SB 9 is unlikely to create more affordable housing in coastal areas as any property will be sold at market rate and the developers must cover construction, demolition, re-landscaping costs, as well as the main goal of any business — their profit. This is a bonanza for developers but it comes at serious costs to the very fiber of our communities and our own lives. Studies of expensive areas increasing density indicate that the result is not more affordable housing but only more dense expensive housing.

They result in smaller spaces and crowded conditions but not smaller price tags. What will be the result of allowing four homes to replace one, and with no requirements that parking is required? Congestion, noise, pollution, lack of street parking availability, over-taxed schools, roads and infrastructure. This will destroy the quality of life for both owners and renters in the place where it matters most, our homes and their neighborhoods. We are honestly shocked that state legislators we have elected are willing and able to so misrepresent us, especially in such a permanently damaging way. We’ve written to our senator, Toni Atkins, who is the author of SB 9, and Assemblymember Chris Ward (Solana Beach and south), who we believe also currently supports both bills. But more voices are needed. One problem leading to laws that violate citizens’ wishes is representatives working in isolation, interpreting the voices of a few as the voices of all. As key bills are developed, citizens need to be informed clearly as to all impacts and then offer feedback. Where city governance is affected, our cities can undertake the important role of keeping us informed.

We were shocked to see Voice of San Diego using intensely personal attacks against one city that informed their residents — without bias — of pending bills. This inflammatory, biased VOSD article was a vendetta, not journalism, and discourages the transparency we need. SB 9 passed out of the California State Senate on May 26, with 28 of the 50 voting yes. If you will let your opinion be known quickly before these bills are passed through the Assembly, that could help. Just google the Assemblymember for your city, for example, “Assemblymember Encinitas contact” to reach the contact page and write a brief comment. And also contact the governor. This is our chance to have our voices heard about both SB 9 and AB 500. AB 500 also removes much local housing authority, subjecting housing development to the approval of the California Coastal Commission, an unelected appointed authority not directly answerable to the public. Shocking but true. If these bills, now on a fast track, become law, our lives will be permanently changed. And there will be no going back. Judy Livingston Solana Beach

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aybe it was because of the constant harping by Republican candidates to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election. Or maybe he would have done it anyway. But Newsom and the state government he heads are at long last moving to relieve one of the major causes of the homelessness that plagues almost all parts of California. People who canvass the homeless camps each year to get as accurate a count as possible have long reported that mental illness is one of the problem’s most important causes. Some semi-official estimates place the mentally ill component of the homeless at about 20%. Others have it as high as 40%. This is not a new phenomenon: Since the capacity of many state mental hospitals was reduced or eliminated by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan in the early 1970s, the mentally ill often have had nowhere to live but in tents, cardboard boxes or (for the lucky among them) covered pickup trucks or aged motor homes. What is new is that state government is about to throw significant money at mental health. Sure, it’s a relatively minor part of Newsom’s $100 billion big-spending pandemic recovery plan, also designed to help him fend off the ongoing campaign to recall him. But it’s still a total of about $6 billion, nearly half what Newsom proposes to spend on building new apartments and buying hotels and motels to create up to 46,000 homeless living units — if the targets are willing to participate. Half that housing will come with counseling services,

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too. It remains to be seen how many takers those programs will have. Meanwhile, if money can help solve problems, perhaps there will be a dent in the huge mental illness difficulties that have plagued marginal Californians for decades. Newsom’s plan includes $2.45 billion for new or renewed capacity in the public mental health system, some of which was diverted long ago to other uses, including a Cal State campus. It also includes $4 billion for behavioral health services for children and youth. Plus $950 million for school-based programs and $430 million for expansion of early psychosis treatment and youth drop-in wellness centers. Whatever its motivation, this is in part a response to a February Kaiser Family Foundation poll reporting 40% of American adults say they suffer from anxiety or depressive disorders, four times as many as reported before the pandemic. That makes the expanded mental health spending a response to COVID-19 and its accompanying isolated lifestyles in addition to homelessness. If there’s follow-through, this level of new spending and activity can’t help but reduce a serious cause of problems that send many previously solid citizens into street living. As might be expected, mental health officials and therapists at all levels ap-

pear thrilled at the new emphasis on their efforts. “(This) budget proposal shows our state understands how critical it is for us to invest in behavioral health in order for California to fully recover from the…past year and be prepared to meet the ongoing surge of need for mental health…services,” said Veronica Kelley, president of the statewide County Behavioral Health Directors Assn. and director of San Bernardino County’s mental health department. “Counties will be able to build brick-and-mortar capacity, combined with workforce investment, to address systemic gaps left by decades of underinvestment.” Before Newsom began traveling the state in midMay to publicize his recovery plan (also campaigning to keep his job), no one expected anything close to this level of investment in mental health. By itself, it will not end homelessness, because mental illness is only one cause, along with things like the lack of jobs for newly released convicts, the fact that some other states offer convicted “minor” criminals bus tickets here in lieu of jail time and economic conditions that can drive people from homes they can no longer afford. But if at least some of the current homeless or newly housed are willing to take advantage of the new resources coming their way, there’s a chance the money can reduce this seemingly intractable problem. And if a recall is what it takes to motivate politicians to attack problems at their sources, maybe we should have them regularly. Email Thomas Elias at

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No police oversight talks slated in Escondido By Tigist Layne

VISTA RESIDENTS Mark Loigman, above, and his wife Jannah set up a food pantry in their driveway for needy families during the pandemic. The city of Vista is shutting down the pantry due to code violations. Courtesy photo

Vista shuts down local food pantry By Anneliese Esparza

VISTA — A neighborhood food pantry is being shut down by the City of Vista for not adhering to a city zoning ordinance. Residents Mark and Jannah Loigman have been operating Angel’s Food Pantry and Community Cupboard out of their home’s driveway since March 2020, when the pandemic started. In addition to giving out shelf-stable food items, the Loigmans’ pantry also provided toys and books to families in need. All items were acquired through donations and were given to recipients free of charge. According to Assistant City Manager Amanda Lee, the city’s code enforcement department surveyed the property after receiving a complaint. It then issued a notice of violation for accumulating items in the front yard and “operating a distribution hub in a residential zone,” Lee said in an email to The Coast News. Jannah Loigman, who also goes by the nickname Angel, said that the pantry has been a crucial resource to families in need during the pandemic. “A lot of people were having a hard time having food, so we decided we would put a couple of cans of food out there, or pasta and sauce, that kind of thing, just to help,” Jannah Loigman said. “The neighbors started adding to it, and it just kind of grew into... a pretty helpful operation for folks in our community. “We had created a place where people could come in with dignity ... these are people that, because of COVID, lost their jobs ... people who had never even asked for food, and were embarrassed to do it.” Jannah Loigman herself experienced food insecurity as a young single mother, which inspired her to help others once she had the resources to. “I know what it’s like to struggle. We’re not wealthy people, but my husband is back at work now, and it was my time to give back,”

she said. She has been operating the food pantry seven days a week, nine hours a day or more and has formed a personal connection with many of the people who visited the pantry. “I really put my heart and soul into creating a space of warmth: feeding more than just people’s bodies, but actually becoming friends and listening to their stories and knowing their children,” Jannah Loigman said. “It just became a beautiful community.” At the Vista City Council’s May 25 meeting, several residents voiced their opinion that the pantry should remain open. One was Dan O’Donnell, a businessman and vice president of the Democratic Club of Vista. “When people go (to the pantry), they find friendship,” O’Donnell told the council. “They find mental health resources. They find individuals who share a common bond with them and know that they struggle together and know there is hope at the end of the tunnel.” Elissa Yassine, a Vista resident who has used the pantry herself, said that an advantage of Angel’s Food Pantry & Community Cupboard over a larger food bank is that you can take what you need instead of getting an entire box of food that recipients might not be able to eat, either because it is too much food or because they have dietary restrictions. “By utilizing the items that Angel’s Food Pantry & Community Cupboard has available to us, we are not only saving the county money, we are also preventing unnecessary food waste,” Yassine said. Yassine has also started a petition to keep the food pantry open, which has been signed by nearly 900 people. The Loigmans intend to comply with the city, but they are hopeful that their pantry can somehow remain open to help those in need.

ESCONDIDO — After an officer-involved shooting back in April that resulted in the death of Steven John Olson, a 59-year-old homeless man, the city of Escondido experienced a renewed push for police oversight from community activists. But that won’t be happening any time soon. Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso told The Coast News that there is no future agenda item planned for the Escondido City Council to consider a police oversight committee at this time. Varso added that with a new incoming city manager, it is possible the department and the council will revisit the issue at a later date. The last time the coun-


reading of the ordinance. The council received dozens of public comments at Tuesday’s meeting, with the majority of comments urging councilmembers not to approve the ordinance. Councilwoman Nunez, who opposed the motion both times, said at the last meeting that she feels the ordinance was created once it started affecting “decision makers and people of power, such as elected officials.” Back in February, when the San Diego Ten-

cil discussed police oversight was in October of 2020, but the issue was not up for a motion or a vote so the council did not reach a consensus on an approach to take. “You can support law enforcement, support public safety and support transparency,” Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez said at the October meeting. “Creating some type of board… is the right thing to do, it’s the transparent thing to do, it’s the timely thing to do.” The demand for a police oversight committee escalated in Escondido after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota last year, along with a push for stronger de-escalation policies and cuts to the police budget. ants Union was leading several protests on behalf of low-income tenants that were being evicted from the Villa Serena Apartments, the union posted on social media about protesting in front of Mayor Jones’ house. However, Jones told The Coast News that the ordinance has nothing to with that specific incident. “It’s not to protect people who are elected up here… it’s to protect the dozens of regular people who have been tasked with making controversial decisions in our society who find themselves having their front lawns filled with peo-

So far, only one of those demands has been met. In March, the Escondido Police Department created a standalone de-escalation policy. The policy calls for officers to gather all of the information they can before entering a potentially tense situation. It also says that officers should use tactics to lower the intensity during these encounters. Officers are called to stay calm, listen to the individual in question and use clear and concise language. If necessary, officers can even disengage, or walk away from a situation, as long as the person isn’t a threat to others. This is the first standalone de-escalation policy the department has creatple,” Councilman Walton said. “This is almost identical to the County of San Diego’s law.” The motion was approved 4-1. The council also discussed naming recommendations for the park that is within the San Marcos Creek Project. The options came down to either Paseo del Arroyo Park or Creekside Park. Councilmembers unanimously chose to name it Paseo del Arroyo Park, which means “Creek Walk” in Spanish, the second most spoken language in San Marcos.


When it comes to the city’s police budget, it has seen a steady increase over the past several years. The city’s budget for the fiscal year 2021/22 includes a $2.7 million increase in the city’s police budget from last year, bringing it to more than $49 million. The recent officer-involved shooting was one of several in the city over the past couple of decades. A review of public records by the Union-Tribune last year revealed that 217 people died at the hands of county-wide law enforcement over the last 20 years, and 12 of them were in Escondido. Nine of those deaths occurred between 2001 and 2011.


Former Escondido mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler has been named president and CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County. She replaces retiring CEO Borre Winckel, who led the BIA for 13 years. Holt Pfeiler starts July 6.


either fortified with their unemployment and unemployment benefits, which includes the additional government funding that they’ve gotten. Second, if everybody’s not back at work, then, you know, a lot of people are dependent on whether they can get child care, which is a big expense.” Don Romo, director of development for Erickson Hall Construction, said that they are struggling to hire people who have the right skill sets. “We hire superintendents, project managers, project engineers, project executives, staff, field staff, all of that, and those people are in short supply all throughout the industry right now,” Romo said. “You’re going to see it starting to impact job costs, and it’s also starting to impact delivery time because things just take longer to get built.” He added that the industry is looking for people with the right skill set and the desire to build. “It’s not a good thing, but it’s temporary. We’ve been around a long time, and this is temporary. We just need to keep doing the best we can to be positive and successful and the rest will work out,” Romo said.

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MiraCosta College and TrueCare will provide free COVID-19 vaccines to the North County community, ages 12 and older from 8 a.m. to noon June 12. Drive up to get a COVID-19 vaccine on the MiraCosta College campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, Parking Lot: 3C. No appointments

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The next Downtown Oceanside Makers Market is popping up on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 at Pier View Way and North Tremont Street and in Artist Alley, Oceanside. Shop SUMMER JOBS AT THE FAIR handcrafted and artisanal Del Mar Fairgrounds goods while enjoying live has numerous seasonal job music. opportunities available including parking atten- SUMMER AT THE LIBRARY dants, traffic controllers, The Escondido Public security guards, ticketing Library offers a Summer attendants, janitors and ad- Virtual Activity Challenge ministrative positions. Join 2021: Tails & Tales, for all the team this summer at ages, June 19 through Aug. TO START GROWING vegetables in your home garden, pick HOME*GROWN*FUN and 8. Sign up at escondidoliup free seeds (chives, cucumbers, radish and more) starting apply online at delmarfair- Read for June 21 at the Escondido Public Library. File photo fun. Earn prizes. Free virtual events. necessary. 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Register now for the The Escondido WritVista Strawberry Festival ers Group is sponsoring its JUNE 16 PRIDE FESTIVAL and Virtual 5K and then plan to join the in-person A Coastal Pride Festi- third annual Writing Com- PIRATES REUNION Oceanside High School Berry Sweet Market from 9 val will be held online at 2 petition for ages 12 and up. p.m. June 12, hosted by Am- Writers may submit fiction is ramping up for an All- a.m. until 1 p.m. June 20 in ber St. James with Butterfly or non-fiction (excluding Class Reunion from 9 a.m. downtown Vista. The Berry Luv Hugz, The day will in- poetry) writing entries un- to noon June 26 and from Sweet Market will continue clude an Equity Torch Re- til June 30. Competition 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 at until 5 p.m. lay and Virtual Drag Show. winners will be announced Heritage Park. There will Sign up to carry the torch in at the Escondido Writers be a $2 donation per person. your city and find out more Group meeting on July 20. 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role. “Prior to the hearing on arbitration, CSUSM and Dr. Kumar agreed to a 3-month unpaid suspension through the end of the spring 2021 semester. For the fall, he will be on an administrative assignment, which does not involve interacting with students. Furthermore, he is prohibited from ever contacting or attempting to contact the students involved in the investigations,” Chantung said. It is unclear what Kumar’s new role in the

university will be, but Chantung said that the university believes this is the best path forward. “For this case, based on recent arbitration opinions, there was deep concern that the arbitrator would overturn the termination at appeal. In this likely scenario, the faculty member would not have received any disciplinary action, nor would there have been official record of his misconduct,” Chantung said. Kumar could not be reached for comment.


the findings to the Office of the Chancellor, which denied his initial appeal.” Kumar, according to the school’s website, is an associate professor of information systems in CSUSM’s College of Business Administration. He had been set to teach two classes at the university this fall, but after facing some backlash, including an online petition, CSUSM reassigned Kumar to a non-teaching

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am trying to take the right attitude after my husband and son rolled in from a weekend south of Ensenada, Mexico, carrying their weight in yellowfin tuna. I waited anxiously for their return at midnight, secretly hoping they would report that they had a terrific time, but darn, the fish just weren’t biting. No such luck. They have apparently found the spot where all the fish, reportedly dwindling in other parts of the ocean, have gone to hide. It seems they come to dine on nutrients brought in a current from Alaska, yet somehow they can’t resist the fakey lures my family offers them. Try as I might, I have trouble getting enthusiastic over enormous quantities of any foodstuffs, except perhaps chocolate. My husband loves nothing more than a trip to the big box store where he can score 10-pound cans of sliced olives, 4 quarts of salad dressing, an industrial drum of dill pickle slices and a bag of rice that would sustain several Third World countries for a month. I see only two things when he struggles in with his terrific buys. I see my already limited pantry and refrigerator space vanishing, and I see me throwing out lots of mildewed olives, pickles, dressing and rice. Now I am seeing freezer shelves full of fish, daring me to hold a cookout for 500. At least they filleted it into tidy squares, but we will never consume all that fish even if we were to eat it every meal for several fortnights. Add to this equation the fact that neither of my children will eat fish at all. That leaves only one of the two fishermen and me to do the consuming. I suppose I can offer some to our friends and neighbors, but I fear that half of them will just take it to be polite and then all our garages will smell to high heaven until trash day. The cats in the neighborhood will go berserk. Our barbecue may well be working overtime. And think of the money we saved with all this free fish. Heck, all we really need are a few dozen baskets of cherry tomatoes, onions, peppers and squash to make a mountain of fish kebabs. Or several hundred dollars’ worth of shrimp, crab legs, clams and scallops to turn it all into a delicious cioppino. I wonder where I can find the number for the StarKist purchasing department.

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Assembly bill targets state’s solar industry By Bill Slane

DRIVE-THROUGH graduation at Palomar College on May 28. Courtesy photo



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ BETANCOURT ON 1ST TEAM

Yesenia Betancourt of the Cal State San Marcos women's soccer team was named to the 2020-21 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District first team. Majoring in kinesiology with a grade-point average of 3.89, Betancourt was one of 15 student-athletes to earn the honor from District 8. TOP STUDENTS

• DePauw University congratulates Carl Ash of Encinitas, who graduated summa cum laude graduate with a BA in Neuroscience May 23. Ash was also named to the spring 2021 dean’s list. • Alexander Harris Kupin of Carlsbad, a senior majoring in computer science, was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

versity of Southern California. • Ariela Mitrani, of Carmel Valley, Canyon Crest Academy, for Texas A&M University. • Kate Wang of Carmel Valley, Canyon Crest Academy, for Vanderbilt University. SERIES STAR

Alexandria Rohrbaugh of Carlsbad was part of the three-episode web series “Unstable Connections,” which explored the comedy of Zooms gone wrong and Zooms gone right. Created for Muhlenberg College’s Mnemonic Theatre Festival, the weekly series premiered April 15. Visit academics/theatre-dance/ onstage /unstableconnections/. PALOMAR GRADUATION

More than 400 vehicles filled with graduates and their cheering families rolled through the main Palomar College campus May 28, in a drivethrough commencement ceremony. The ceremony was streamed live online for those who could not attend, with a pre-recorded program. Meanwhile, KKSM, Palomar’s FM radio station, was taking requests and live call-ins RESEARCH COMPLETED Erik Herrera, of San throughout the day to honDiego, a member of the or this year’s graduates. class of 2022, majoring in Mechanical Engineering MIRACOSTA GRADUATION MiraCosta College celat Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was a member of ebrated the Class of 2021 a student team that recent- with a virtual commencely completed an intense re- ment ceremony May 28. search project titled “Uti- Graduate Emanuel Prince this year’s lizing Volunteers to Save delivered the Vacareti Wetlands commencement address. with Bucharest, Romania.” Prince received his AS degree in Administration of Justice and is on the dean’s PHI KAPPA PHI Named to the Honor and president’s lists. GradSociety of Phi Kappa Phi, uates ranging from ages 17 spring 2021 were Francine to 73 earned degrees and Prather of Carlsbad, Iwala- certificates including 28 ni Jensen of Rancho Santa students who received a Fe and Marianna Amato Bachelor’s Degree in Bioof San Diego, at San Jose manufacturing. State University and Kate Weis of Encinitas at Boise NEW MODEL FOR NCTD The North County State University. Transit District Board of NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS Directors, voted April 22 to North County recipi- support staff’s recommenents of 2021 National Merit dations for a new rail operations and facilities mainScholarships include: • Daniel Geva of Carls- tenance business model bad, San Dieguito Acade- aimed at improving acmy, for Purdue University. countability, performance, • Tyler J. Costello of and efficiency. Under the Solana Beach, Canyon new model, NCTD will diCrest Academy, for Santa rectly hire and manage COASTER engineers, conClara University. • Michaela W. Chang ductors, and maintenance of Carmel Valley, Canyon of equipment personnel, Crest Academy, for Uni- SPRINTER train operaversity of Southern Cali- tors, train attendants, and maintenance of equipment fornia. • Alexander L. Chen personnel, and certain faof Carmel Valley, Canyon cilities maintenance staffCrest Academy, for Uni- ing.

REGION — Assembly Bill 1139, introduced to the California State Assembly by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), will have significant impacts on the solar industry statewide and has left some feeling like they are being made out to be the enemy. The bill, which was read for the third time Wednesday on the Assembly floor, received just 28 votes in support — not enough for passage, but more amendments are expected. The bill focuses on net energy metering (NEM) rates paid to solar customers as credit for any extra energy their system produces and eliminates other benefits, such as recouping the customer’s original investment, that potential customers look for when choosing to install solar panels on their homes. Michael Powers, co-founder of San Diego-based Stellar Solar, was there at the very beginning of consumer solar energy. “At that time it was taking about 12 years to get a return on your investment because solar was still pretty expensive,” Powers said. “So if you bought a solar system, you could save enough on your electric bill through net metering within 12 years to recoup your investment. Now it only takes 5-6 years to recoup your investment.” Essentially, the bill is purported to fix equity concerns. According to Gonzalez, non-solar customers, many of whom cannot afford solar panels on their home, pay upwards of $200 a year to their utility company to subsidize homeowners with rooftop solar. Severin Borenstein, professor of business administration and public policy at the Haas School of Business and faculty director of the Energy Institute at Cal Berkeley, recently made public comments in agreement with Gonzalez’s analysis regarding the current state of solar. “It has been well documented – and surprises no one – that households with solar are disproportionately wealthy, as well as disproportionately White,” Borenstein wrote in a blog post. “So, when a customer installs solar, their share of the fixed costs are shifted to other ratepayers who are poorer on average. Net energy metering hurts the poor. It’s that simple.” But according to Powers, the biggest draw to households choosing to install solar, which is widely applauded as a way for individuals to fight climate change by reducing their carbon footprint, is the ability to recover their investment in a relatively short amount of time. AB 1139 would make it much more difficult for homeowners to recover those costs in a timely manner. “What they’re proposing with AB 1139 is to make it a 20-50 year payback because there are going to

IF PASSED, AB 1139 would force the California Public Utilities Commission to reform net energy metering, which was designed to provide rooftop solar customers with a credit for extra energy their systems produce. File photo

be these fixed charges,” Powers said. “That’s why we keep saying that these rules as they’re proposed would literally kill the solar industry as we know it.” The solar industry, and Stellar Solar specifically, has been growing in recent years but Powers is concerned about what the passage of AB 1139 could mean

to his business and the industry as a whole. “We were really on a very good path for continued stable growth and then this bill seemingly came out of nowhere it seemed to us,” Powers said. Bill Walton, former NBA star and “solar evangelist” for Stellar Solar, recently announced he is

teaming up with California Solar Storage Association, solar consumers and environmentalists to actively oppose AB 1139, according to a recent release. “The terrific, upward and dynamic trajectory of the solar, battery storage and electric vehicle industries has been the realization of a long time dream,” Walton said in a statement. “And now this potential reversal — from the state that leads the nation in solar? This is a travesty. “This is my personal appeal to the California State Assembly, Senate, and Governor Newsom. Don’t be bullied by the utilities. This bill is not about the people, it’s about corporate greed and a profit grab.” Another concern for the solar industry will come even if the bill is ultimately unsuccessful — there will still be fighting with the investor-owned utility companies who have proposed very similar rule changes to the California Public Utilities Commission. “Even though we’re fighting this battle in Sacramento now, we’re going to have to fight the same battle with the Public Utility Commission,” Powers said. “The proposed rules are still awful whether they happen at the commission or the State Assembly.” Representatives for Gonzalez did not respond to questions or interview requests for this story.

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Escondido City Council to allow Vista budget back in black online, in-person public comments By Steve Puterski

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ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, May 26, and adopted a policy that gives people the option to address the council in person at meetings or to submit comments online and have them read aloud during the meeting. At last month’s meeting, Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez requested that an item be placed on the agenda to discuss the public comment policy during council meetings. Her request came after Mayor Paul McNamara decided not to have 131 comments from the preceding council meeting read aloud, explaining that it wouldn’t be an efficient use of time. “I have decided I have the authority to do this and I don’t think we need to spend another two hours hearing essentially the same comments for and against,” McNamara said at the May 19 meeting. After a tense exchange between the mayor and Martinez, Martinez requested that the council update their public comment policy. At the May 26 meeting, the council heard five in-person public comments, all in favor of allowing online and in-person public comments. “The truth is that hav-

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It’s important to hear the public and the public wants to participate in these meetings.” Consuelo Martinez Escondido City Council

ing these comments sitting in your emails is not enough. How do we know that you will read them, how do we know that you will even glance them? The answer is that we don’t know. The only way to assure that these comments are being looked at is if you read them out loud here, during these meetings,” Escondido resident Carla

Aguilar said. Other comments spoke about how having only an in-person option for public comments excludes the voices of people with disabilities who may not be able to come to the meetings, low-income residents without access to transportation and working class residents who don’t get off work until after 5 p.m. “I do think that we didn’t give proper notice to our residents… that public comments would no longer be read,” Martinez said. “It’s important to hear the public and the public wants to participate in these meetings.” All of the councilmembers said that, though the online model was created for COVID-19, they support implementing the hybrid model until the end of the year, at which point they will adjust it or improve it, if necessary. The motion was approved 5-0. The council approved rent increases at two mobile home parks and gave final approval to plans and exemptions for the development of 120 condominium units at West Second Avenue and South Pine Street. An item to designate city-owned parcels as surplus land was continued until the new city manager can give input.

VISTA — The City Council approved its Fiscal Year 2021-22 and 2022-23 operating budgets during its June 8 meeting and is still on track to secure surpluses both years. However, those surpluses are likely to increase thanks to cautious projection of medicinal marijuana tax revenue. The city capped the revenue estimates at $4 million each year, but is expecting about $5.2 million each year, thus giving the city a sizable boost in its year-end balances. Additionally, Sara Taylor, the city’s budget manager, said there are some fee increases for the Recreation and Community Services Program due to a $1 increase in the minimum wage, which was effective on Jan. 1. “Staff annually reviews the fees to enable the city to provide valuable services,” she added. “They continue to be impacted by the minimum wage increase.” The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Moonlight Amphitheatre, AVO Playhouse, Wave Waterpark and the senior center will also see increases, Taylor said. Effective June 9, fees will increase at Moonlight as reserved lawn seat prices are set to rise by $11, while all other ticket prices will experience a rise of $2 for summer, Taylor said. Summer subscriptions remain

at 25% off the single ticket price. The waterpark will see an increase of $1 for daily admission and season passes, Taylor said, and private party rentals. Vista residents, though, receive a discount to the Moonlight Amphitheatre and Wave Waterpark. As for the operating budget the city is projecting a $161.9 million for FY 2021-22 and $166.6 million for FY 2022-23, Taylor said. The General Fund, which is the primary funding source for services, has estimated revenues for FY 2021-22 of $87.1 million plus $7.7 million in other financing sources, for a total of $94.8 million, she added. The estimated General Fund expenditures for the operation budget totals $82.4 million plus $11.7 million from transfers out to Proposition L debt service, subsidies, and transfers out, for a total of $94.2 million. Taylor said given these projections, the General Fund is expected to have a surplus of $657,505 for FY 2021-22. As for FY 2022-23, the General Fund estimated revenues of $90.1 million plus $7.1 million in other financing sources, for a total of $97.2 million. The estimated General Fund expenditures are projected at $85.4 million plus $11.5 million, which is also comprised of transfers out to

Proposition L debt service, subsidies, and transfers out, for a total of $96.9 million, Taylor reported. Vista is expecting a slightly lower surplus of $274,616 for FY 2022-23. As noted at the May 25 council meeting, the 202021 budget came in at $77.4 million due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the city’s sales, transient occupancy and Proposition L taxes, to name a few. As such, Taylor said the city will receive more than $26 million in state and federal funds for COVID-19 recovery efforts. However, the $26 million is not included in the budget as staff will return to the council with to a spending plan in line with the council’s goals and to make sure how the money can be spent under the American Rescue Plan Act guidelines. “Often times when we buy new things, they come with additional responsibilities and obligations,” Councilman John Franklin said, cautioning the council about the windfall. “There are maintenance costs we didn’t expect, replacement parts we didn’t expect. Just want to make sure we come out of it better than when we went into it.” Tax revenue is estimated to increase compared to 2020-21 as economic recovery from the pandemic is underway.

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ESCONDIDO — The Conservancy expands their summer youth experiences with their first Escondido Creek Adventure Camp program, designed to enable Escondido youth to engage with the outdoors. The Escondido Creek Conservancy is launching its first-ever summer day camp – Escondido Creek Adventure Camp. Youth campers will spend five days exploring the enchanting Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. The Conservancy’s Education Team has developed an engaging program for kids enabling them to discover the natural world by hiking, exploring through play, and conducting handson science in small groups. Each of the five days at camp will have a different theme, including Exploration and Discovery, Plants and Pollinators, Amazing Animal Adaptations, Water-

shed Wonders, and Pollution and the Solution. Children will learn about the local environment, the challenges nature faces, and what they can do to help, while being immersed in the natural beauty found in the flora and fauna of the Elfin Forest. Adventure Camp is being provided at no cost to youth ages 7-10 from Title 1 schools in the Escondido Union School District. The Conservancy will provide transportation from Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and back each day. Campers will also receive lunch, water, and other necessary supplies in an effort to eliminate financial and transportation barriers to participation. This program was made possible thanks to the Opening the Outdoors grant, which is provided by The San Diego Foundation.

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of charitable giving by mobilizing philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. Who: This program will serve children ages 7-10 from Title 1 schools in the Escondido Union School District. Each camp cohort will contain 8-13 students. Spaces are limited. Where: The participants will meet at Grape Day Park (a central, easily accessible location in Escondido) at 8:00am and a van will transport campers to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve (EFRR), where most programming will take place. When: Eight camps, each spanning five days total, Monday-Friday, 8:001:45. The first day of the first camp starts on June 21. The eighth and final camp ends on Aug. 13.

Car fire in Escondido leads deputies to body in San Marcos By City News Service

REGION — A vehicle fire that left a man gravely injured in Escondido led deputies to find a woman dead inside a San Marcos home, and homicide detectives were investigating, authorities said June 9. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Escondido police responded to the 1800 block of Foothill View Place after receiving reports of a vehicle on fire with a man inside, said San Diego County

Sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Seiver. Officers pulled the man from the burning vehicle and paramedics took him to a hospital for treatment of severe injuries, Seiver said. As of Wednesday morning, the man's condition was “grave,” the lieutenant said. The man’s age was not immediately available. Investigators found the vehicle was related to a residence in the 800 block of El Toro Lane in San Marcos, Seiver said. Authorities

then went to the home to perform a welfare check on the woman who lives there. They found her dead inside the home with “trauma indicative of homicide,” Seiver said. The woman’s name and age were not immediately available. Homicide detectives were investigating the circumstances leading up to the vehicle fire and the woman's death, but no suspects were believed to be outstanding, Seiver said.

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San Marcos Artisans State honors husband-wife officers killed in I-5 crash Market set for Sunday By City News Service

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SAN MARCOS — A special edition of the San Marcos Farmers Market is scheduled for this Sunday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 251 North City Drive in San Marcos. The Artisans Market will include amazing goodies from the weekly market with the addition of artisans, crafters, specialty packaged food items,

clothing and jewelry, natural bath and beauty products, pottery, custom home decor items, spring gifts and decorations. Guests will also enjoy delicious food options and live music. Family friendly. Free parking. The event site on North City Drive is off Highway 78 and Twin Oaks Valley Road, near Cal State San Marcos.

ESCONDIDO — Gov. Gavin Newsom said June 9 that state Capitol flags were being flown at half-staff in honor of married San Diego Police Department detectives killed last week in a wrong-way freeway crash in San Ysidro. Funeral services are scheduled June 15 for Escondido residents Ryan Park, 32, and Jamie Huntley-Park, 33, who were killed Friday, June 4, in a fiery head-on collision caused by a speeding motorist going the wrong way on I-5 near

the U.S.-Mexico border. The errant driver’s Honda Civic was traveling as fast as 90 mph to the north on the southbound side of the freeway before smashing into an oncoming Ford sedan occupied by the SDPD detectives near Dairy Mart Road in San Ysidro shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Park, Huntley-Park and the as-of-yet unidentified Honda Civic driver died at the scene. On Sunday night, a vigil to honor the two detec-


developed a dependence to alcohol; 44% have difficulty with civilian life; 48% experience strains in family life, and 47% feel sudden outbursts of anger. To find some help, Wells entered Salvation Army Haven Program located at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The program was basically a 30-day veterans’ homeless shelter with four guys to a room, according to Wells. “There was never a moment when it came flooding out and I got better,” Wells said. “It was just eat your food, go to group therapy, wash, rinse and repeat.” But after months of sobriety, Wells was removed from the program following an argument with his roommate. And suddenly, just like thousands of veterans across the country, Wells had nowhere to go. Into the Mountains Nowhere to go, Wells grabbed his old camping gear out of storage and retreated into the Santa Monica mountains, roaming vacant campgrounds looking for places to sleep. It was during this time that Wells started using cannabis more intentionally. “Looking back, I’m super grateful (I got kicked out of the VA program) because it sent me on the path toward cannabis and plant medicines,” Wells said. “From that point on, I said enough is enough, my first born was a baby at the time, I rallied around myself and started to get better.” In six months, Wells weaned himself off pharmaceuticals, including methadone and blood pressure medications, and started feeling healthy again. By then, Wells was healthy enough to start working as a cashier at REI, which eventually led him to a position as a camp specialist for the popular outdoor retail company. In late 2016, Wells started contacting other veterans on social media to join him on hikes around San Diego County. The Vista resident started visiting area VA shelters, talking to veterans during their smoke breaks. “I would say, ‘Hey, on Sunday morning at 4 a.m., we will go to the woods, smoke cannabis and talk

GROWING NUMBERS of veterans have benefited from cannabis and other psychedlics, hiking and a sense of community through Veterans Walk and Talk. Photo by Cuqui Huerta

about our problems. Some of the most amazing veterans have showed up and continued to show up for that.” As the groups grew in size and Wells continued to talk about his cannabis use, the organization attracted the attention of Bill and Jeff Levers, founders of cannabis company Beard Bros Pharms. Wells told them he wanted to provide veterans with free cannabis when they hike. The Levers brothers responded by meeting Wells at a Ralph’s grocery store parking lot in Reseda, California, and donating a stash of assorted cannabis products — flower, shatter, wax, infused ranch dressing powder — to hand out to veterans, free of charge. Veterans Walk and Talk soon attracted other sponsors, including Dear Cannabis, MedLeaf Delivery (Oceanside), A Future for Vets Foundation, Cali Blaise, Cannabis Scapes, VETality Corp (Escondido) and many others. Wells started travelling across the country, sharing his message in Arkansas, West Virginia, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Since 2016, Veterans Walk and Talk has opened up chapters in 12 cities across the country, including Chicago, Sacramento and Dallas. Helping Others Eventually, Wells had upwards of 30 veterans attending the morning hikes, including triple amputee veteran and Team USA adaptive surfer, Jose Martinez. Martinez, who lost both of his legs and right arm af-

ter stepping on an IED in Afghanistan, accompanied Wells and other vets on the group’s trek to Potato Chip Rock in unincorporated San Diego County. “(Martinez) is an absolute force,” Wells said. Johann Marie “JM” Balbuena, 37, has also experienced therapeutic benefits

by participating in Veterans Walk and Talk. Balbuena, a Navy veteran specializing in aviation technology, served two deployments on the USS John C. Stennis for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. During her time in the Navy, Balbuena suffered a

tives was held at a park in the Harmony Grove Village neighborhood of Escondido. SDPD and Escondido Police Department representatives, along with the detectives’ neighbors, attend the “blue light vigil” at Fourth of July Community Park. On Sunday morning, the couple’s neighbors wrapped the park in blue ribbons and made signs for the vigil. The vigil participants used flashlights instead of candles because of the fire danger, organizers said. Park and Huntley-Park

married in 2016 after having met at the SDPD police academy in April 2012, said SDPD Chief David Nisleit. They eventually rose to the rank of detective together in July 2018. “You couldn’t have met two nicer kids,'' Nisleit said. “Both their lives and their careers were definitely on a very, very rapid trend upwards.” “We are one huge family here in the city of San Diego, and so when the San Diego Police Department loses two members, it hurts,” Nisleit added.

concussion that changed her life. The symptoms included disrupted sleeping and eating habits, which in turn created additional tension in her life. “Working on the flight deck, I developed tinnitus and coupled with no sleep, it created a low quality of life (for me),” Balbuena said. The South Bay resident, born in the Dominican Republic, was introduced to cannabis and she noticed her quality of life start to improve. In addition to cannabis, Balbuena also sought help from a therapist and participated in various studies and programs at the VA. “Before cannabis, when I was living with a lack of sleep, I thought about suicide on a daily basis,” Balbuena said. “In my mind, it was always like, life should not be like this. Nobody should live like this. The first time I consumed cannabis with my friend, I saw the light. It helped me think clearly.” Balbuena went on to form Cannabis Synergy, a company focused on cannabis education, entertainment, consultancy and content creation.

She also wrote a bestselling book on Amazon, “The Successful Canna-preneur,” and formed a clothing brand, “Boycott Shitty Weed,” which emphasizes the importance of quality cannabis, supports businesses that uplift LGBTQ rights, social equity and justice, and propagates a “culture of community, education and advocacy” through fashion. After more than seven years working in the cannabis industry, Balbuena eventually crossed paths with Wells and his organization. Since learning more about Veterans Walk and Talk, Balbuena got involved and has been helping the nonprofit for the past two years. “(Veterans Walk and Talk) is for every veteran,” Balbuena said. “Whether you want to participate in using cannabis or psilocybin, you also have access to a community that understands you and we understand what you go through. For those spending 20 years in the military, Veterans Walk and Talk can provide that sense of security through community if you’re open to it. That’s what it did for me.”

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Titanium Valley a crown jewel in world’s 5th-largest economy getting deals done patrick a. howell


ince its beginning, California has been a symbol of preternaturally golden opportunities. In 1848, the California Gold Rush enchanted nearly 300,000 prospectors from around the world — ax picks in calloused hand, dreams haloed on crowns. Before that, it was Native Californians — 70 distinct ethnic groups and chiefdoms, such as the Chumash, Pomo and Salinan tribes, fostering their own

Tri-City area that includes Vista and Oceanside. Carlsbad is the 5th of the 5th. The “Flower Capital” boasts a GDP of nearly a quarter of a billion, enjoys a future job growth index ahead of the national median, income tax double that of America’s, median household income of just over $100K and routinely shows up on lists of America's best or most affluent neighborhoods. In a state that features global power centers as Silicon Valley, the trillion-dollar Hollywood entertainment industry, San Diego’s multi-billion dollar biotech industry, the Central Valley's agricultural industry (the crops and “black gold” cannabis of Bakersfield and Fresno as well as wine orchards of Napa Valley), Or-

A TYPICAL golden sunset in Carlsbad. File photo

economies and the most diverse cultural mosaic in pre-Columbian North America. Now with over 39.5 million residents, California enjoys the world’s largest and most diverse population. California’s economy has a gross state product of $3.2 trillion and is the largest sub-national economy in the world. If it was a nation, California would be the 5th largest economy in the world. That bears repeating: larger than Russia, Brazil or the United Kingdom, California is the world's 5th largest economy. In the California cosmopolitan, Carlsbad is the 5th richest city; a jewel of the

ange County’s world-class investment banking region, and a wealth of national leadership from President Ronald Reagan to Vice President Kamala Harris... that is saying something profound about Carlsbad. The Beat’s (The Coast News) extraordinary podcaster Kellie Kyle asked me a question during our interview: "What were the inspiration and big picture for 'Getting Deals Done’?” My reasons for starting “Getting Deals Done” is simple — I enjoy a surreal passion for deal-making, as well as a business acumen curated by decades spent on Wall Street, OC banking and Market Street San Francisco investment bank-

ing sectors, some schooling from the University of Hard Knocks, and a tenured entrepreneur with ventures such as the San Diego Investment Conference in my back pocket. Every molecule in my being is attuned to the incredible business environment in a seaside town bordered by crescendoing beaches, rolling hills, lush valleys and the dreaming impresario’s oasis. Carlsbad is eclectic but tethered boasting four core industries: biotechnology (medical devices and life sciences) anchored by Life Technologies, tourism (Legoland, Flower Fields and beach town) and technology (gaming, robotics and information technology). As a matter of fact, in 2013, Google awarded the city of Carlsbad as the digital capital of California with the strongest online e-business community in the state. Perhaps, however, Carlsbad’s most distinct “micro-macro” is as “Titanium Valley," a center of the golfing universe with Callaway Golf Company, Taylor Made Adidas Golf Company, Titleist and Odyssey Golf. Coupled with Carlsbad’s 56 golf courses including my favorites at The Crossing, Aviara Golf Club and Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad is tailor-made (pun intended) for the international and aspirational business fluent. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall recognizes Carlsbad’s bounty, reflecting that “since the mid-1980s, the city has been known for its thoughtful vision which is reflected in the growth management plan.” Astute conglomerates have cosigned with over 25 international brands as Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, Jenny Craig, Rubio's Restaurant and Viasat Satellite Communications headquartered in coastal Carlsbad. “Now, 25 years later, we

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In Vista, BattleMage conjures a wicked beer cheers! north county

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fter a brief “In the Moment” hiatus to reexamine the top 10 Beer Happy Places, we’re back this week with an interview with Ryan Sather, the co-owner of BattleMage Brewing Company in Vista. BattleMage is a nano-brewery with a unique theme. I’ll let Ryan tell you all about it. Cheers: Hey Ryan, thanks for catching me up on what's going on at BattleMage. More than a year into this wild pandemic, what is the physical and emotional status of your company and team? Ryan Sather: A year into the pandemic, I would say our status is optimistic. We have weathered the storm and adapted our business to not only survive the shift in trends but actually be better positioned for the future. We have looked for the silver linings in this tumultuous last year, and I think the changes we made will benefit us for years to come. I will touch on the changes in a bit more detail later, but overall, we are excited for a return to normalcy, and we are happy to be a bastion where friends can once again come together and share some human experiences.

Covid? Perhaps an Invulnerability spell during visits to the grocery store? Ryan: We cast every protection spell in the old spellbook. My wife and I had our first kid in the middle of the pandemic, so we were being extra cautious as the events unfolded. The brewery definitely took every precaution and for several months we were just doing to-go stuff three days a week. As things progressed, we introduced a patio space dubbed “The Battlements,” and—as cases fell and vaccinations rose—we have just recently lowered the draw-

first employee Maddy, who was absolutely amazing moved to Idaho, instead of replacing her with another tasting room member we decided to shift and bring on a sales rep. Our new employee, Ryan Sutton, is out in the field expanding our empire beyond the walls of our castle. This shift made sense since the tasting room was still closed several days a week, and distribution has been a big category for us in 2021. It also leaves us well-positioned to grow as things return to normal.

THE OWNERS of BattleMage Brewing Company in Vista on “Casual Friday.” Photo courtesy of BattleMage Brewing

bridge and allowed customers back inside. Our staff is fully vaccinated, so we feel protected for this transition back to Cheers: For someone normal. who isn't familiar with D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) or Cheers: As much as anyfantasy-style gaming, will one can plan after last year, you explain the theme or what does the near future vibe of BattleMage, and how (2021) for Battlemage look that translates into the beer? like? Ryan: The theme of BatRyan: The future looks tleMage is medieval mod- bright for us at BattleMage. ern. We pull from all genres The silver lining of the panof fantasy and pretty much demic was it forced us to get anything nerdy. into canning to stay viable. The other founder, This was something we Chris Barry, and I have been always wanted to do down best friends since we were the line, but the nano canlittle kids, and we are total ners that fit our size brewery nerds. We wanted that pas- didn’t actually exist until sion to resonate with the ex- the pandemic. perience at BattleMage. We purchased a nano We also wanted to cre- canner from American Canate a community that shared ning Company that does like-minded interests bring- about eight cans a minute ing beer and fantasy to- and is named “Canthulu.” gether. When you walk into Now we have a wide vaBattleMage, it's like you are riety of 16oz cans with some embarking on a beer ad- amazing artwork and lore venture. We have a diverse fitting of our brand. Each selection of beers for pretty beer has a unique story on much every taste, so as long the side of the cans that deas you like beer you will love scribe that BattleMage’s latBattleMage. est adventures. The theme, friendly We build on that by acstaff, and awesome commu- tually having a local author nity are just the icing on the write more in-depth lore cake. Come for a pint, stay which can be found in the for the experience. lore section of our website (See Author’s Note below). Cheers: I have to ask, Another change we did you cast a protection made during the pandemic spell over yourselves during was a shift in staffing. Our

Cheers:Let’s talk beer. Is there anything coming out that your team is particularly excited about or proud of? Ryan: We try to brew a lot of diverse beers so that we have something for everyone. As the seasons shift, we will have some fan favorites returning like Chocobo Hef. We just tapped a new batch of Copper Dragon, our ESB which has an amazing malt character of baked bread and layered caramel, balanced with a hint of earthy hops. We will also be bringing back Heroes Feast, our newest West Coast IPA. We just recently brewed this one and it quickly became popular amongst our patrons. It has a more reserved bitterness than a traditional west coast IPA, and we cut out the crystal malt so that the hops can shine on a nice subtle bready-biscuity malt backbone. It’s 6.6%, so pretty crushable and is bursting with classic west coast hop character of citrus, pine and fruit. We are also participating in the Homebrew Summer where we scale up a local home brewer’s recipes to brew commercially. We have selected Mana Potion, by Derek Springer, TURN TO CHEERS! ON 16

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RINCON RESERVATION Road Brewery, also known as 3R Brewery, is the first and only Native American owned and operated brewery on tribal land in Southern California. The brewery is next to the Harrah’s Resort in Valley Center. Photo courtesy 3R Brewery

Local tribal brewery offers culture along with its beer By Tigist Layne

VALLEY CENTER — Rincon Reservation Road Brewery, also known as 3R Brewery, is the first and only Native American owned and operated brewery on tribal land in Southern California, offering thousands of years of history with every serving of craft beer. 3R Brewery, which sits next to Harrah’s Resort in Valley Center, first opened in late 2016 as SR76 Beerworks. SR76 was named for State Route 76, which parallels the trail Rincon Luiseños historically traveled from their summer fishing spots in what’s now Oceanside, to Palomar Mountain, where they would harvest acorns. In 2019, tribal leaders of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians decided to change the name and rebrand in a way that better highlights the tribe’s rich culture and history. The tribe has a history that dates back more than 14,000 years. The newly renamed 3R Brewery reopened its doors Jan. 30, 2020. Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, told The Coast News that the brewery has grown quickly in popularity because it’s a way to educate the surrounding communities over a pint of quality beer. “That’s how we are. We like to share, it’s sort of our culture,” Mazzetti said. “So we appreciate making something that people like us want to share, as well as sharing our culture with surrounding communities.”

We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we hope people will come see and learn for themselves.” Bo Mazzetti Chairman, Rincon Band

In the past year, 3R Brewery has served a regular, canned lineup and distributes locally to several North County Costco stores, restaurants, casinos and tribal stores. Each brew highlights different aspects of the Rincon tribe’s rich culture, language, story and land-

marks. The brewery’s offerings have included a hefeweizen, blonde ale, amber ale, West Coast IPA, hazy IPA and, most recently, a blueberry saison. The Oasis Blonde Ale is a tribute to the oasis of the reservation. Tuupash Blueberry Saison is an ode to the Luiseño, or sky. The dragonfly design on the cans references the tribe’s history with the San Luis Rey River. The Rez Dog Hefeweizen is named after the social and playful reservation dogs. “It’s evolved. It’s extremely, extremely popular, and the beers we make — people really, really like it,” Mazzetti said. “We’re a pretty progressive tribe in terms of looking at trying new things to learn and we’re open to develop. We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we hope people will come see and learn for themselves.”

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hen we decided to take our 6-year-old grandson to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista, we were relatively ignorant about the 14-acre mini-park nestled within Brengle Terrace Park. It had been several years since our last visit, and we were delighted to find the gardens expanded and enriched. Largely the work of Vistans Todd Cure’ (landscape architect), Ron Holloway (civil engineer) and Bryan Morse (environmental artist), who has donated four of his sculptures to the grounds, the gardens are ideal for exploration by all ages. A dedicated Children’s Garden and Discovery Trail features a Music Garden with oversized instruments and plenty of natural and man-made elements for jumping, climbing and

crawling. A massive, mythical sea serpent and more than a dozen scarecrows challenge young imaginations. Multiple themed gardens (Jungle, Mediterranean, California Native, South African, Medicinal and more) take visitors through various climate zones, and about 30 sculptures spark wonder and conversation. Among these: eight metal animal sculptures by Ricardo Breceda, known for the dozens of welded sculptures that populate the acres around Borrego Springs. A waterfall, lily pad pond, lots of shade trees and several resident turtles will hold youngsters’ interest and provide a bit of cool serenity. Plenty of rest spots and tables invite picnics and encourage visitors to just sit and contemplate. The gardens are certified by the North American Butterfly Association and the National Wildlife Federation, which means it is committed to being chemical- and pesticide-free, and also is the ideal place to maintain social-distancing.

THIS RECENT SCENE from the 14-acre Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista illustrates the mission of the gardens: to be a living, changing and interactive environment that brings together people, nature and art. The gardens are maintained by two part-time employees and dedicated volunteers. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

‘TOTALLY TUBULAR TUNNELS’ (giant cement pipes) are one of many elements in the Children’s Garden. Kids can also challenge the Stepping Stumps, Wobbly Bridge, a Balance Beam and the Hurdles, and discover Alice’s Hidden Tea room among the foliage. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

LANDON BARNHART, 6, of Carlsbad is a bit hesitant when it comes to getting friendly with a bigger-than-life scorpion, created by sculptor Ricardo Breceda. His works, including a giant serpent in the Children’s Garden, can be found throughout Alta Vista. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

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Inland students claim Conservancy adds 79 acres, new preserve Don Diego scholarships By Staff

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DEL MAR — Don Diego Scholarship Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary year by awarding $74,500 in college scholarships to 19 high-achieving, altruistic, deserving students who the Don Diego Foundation believe represent the very best in our region and in humanity. Scholarships in the categories of FFA, Zable Foundation 4-H, Employee, Exhibitor/Participant and Junior Livestock Auction were offered to students who reside in the San Diego area and participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Top winners included Edwin Vargas Navarro of Vista and Kylie Konyn of Escondido. Navarro was the unanimous choice to win the onetime $20,000 Liss Family Scholarship covering four years of college. Navarro was the top FFA recipient and also received a $1,000 Junior Livestock Auction scholarship for a total of $21,000, which he will use to major in mathematics at what he calls “my dream school,” UC Berkeley. Navarro’s accomplishments include major FFA accolades, leadership roles in volunteer organizations, active participation in AFJROTC, a 4.5 GPA and Track & Field Scholar-Athlete award. “I am deeply appreciative of my immigrant parents’ sacrifices raising nine children, and want to show that the long hours my father worked in the strawberry fields were not



in vain,” Navarro said. Konyn won three competitive scholarships: the $5,000 Zable Foundation 4-H; $3,500 William & Betty Ann Tulloch Junior Livestock Auction; and $5,000 Spanjian Family award. This self-described “lifetime 4-H member” and agriculture ambassador who has attained numerous awards and honors, is mulling her university choices; she plans to major in Animal Science on her way to earning an advanced degree in the veterinary or dairy science field. “Dairy farming is in my blood, my desire and my future,” Konyn said. “I am a third-generation dairy farmer on one of the two remaining dairy farms in San Diego.” Other recipients include: — Leila Perko, Vista, $1,500, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Animal Science — Morgan Robinson, San Marcos, $1,000, Cal State San Marcos, Business Administration — Areli De Casas. Escondido, $1,000 Zable Foundation Junior Livestock Auction, UC Riverside, Psychology — Alyssa Partner, Escondido, $1,000 Junior Livestock Auction, Modesto Junior College, Large Animal Veterinary Science More information at

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Creek Conservancy has continued its commitment to creating wildlife corridors in North San Diego County as part of its on-going Missing Lynx campaign. The recent purchase of 79 acres of land adjacent to the Gaty reservoir in Olivenhain will serve as the centerpiece of the Conservancy’s newest wildlife sanctuary, called LeoMar Preserve, named to honor Leonard Wittwer and Martha Blane, two Conservancy founders instrumental in the success of the now 30-year-old land trust. The purchase price was $2,054,000, consisting of a grant awarded to the Conservancy from the State of California Wildlife Conservation Board and a subgrant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s section 6 of the Federal Endangered Species Act. The acquisition and conservation is a result of state, federal, and local collaboration. “Leonard and Martha understand the intrinsic value of the native coastal SoCal sage scrub and chaparral habitats that once covered most of southern California. They have committed a great part of their lives to ensuring that as



which will be a hop-forward pale ale with some unique color-changing properties. Look for this beer in early August. We will be doing a limited canning run, and have a release party for it. Cheers:What



ESCONDIDO CREEK Conservancy recently purchased land adjacent to the Gaty reservoir in Olivenhain, which will serve as the centerpiece of a new wildlife sanctuary. Courtesy photo

much as possible continues to thrive. “It is an honor for the Escondido Creek Conservancy to be able to name a preserve after them,” said Betsy Keithley, a member of the Escondido Creek Conservancy Board of Directors. Leonard Wittwer has been on the Board since 1991. He has been central

to the growth of the Conservancy’s land protection program, and currently serves as board president. Martha served as the first board president, at a time when it was uncommon to see women in non-profit leadership roles. Both Leonard and Martha have devoted thousands of volunteer hours to the Conservancy over the past three decades.

Their service is being acknowledged by the Board of Directors with the creation of this beautiful preserve in Olivenhain. Visit to learn more about the Conservancy. More information about the Missing Lynx campaign can be found at: special-projects.

best way for North County residents to get their hands on your beer? Ryan: The best experience at BattleMage will be to come to visit our tasting room. Located at 2870 Scott Street, Suite #102 in Vista. It’s an experience that’s best enjoyed in person. Outside of that, we have been expanding dis-

tribution quite a bit. We can ship cases across California now which can be ordered from our website. If you notice an ax tap handle wrapped with hop vines out on your adventures, that’s one of our beers, and there are about 100-or-so of those handles out around San Diego now. Our cans are also marching into battle, and we have a couple of big accounts we hope to be on the shelves of soon. If there’s a specific account, you want to see us at email, and ask that account if they have BattleMage! He will ride in on Kegasus, our trusty steed with samples of our magical elixir, and we can bring BattleMage to your favorite location.

now? Ryan:: Currently we are open Thursday and Friday from 4-9, Saturday from 1-9, and Sunday from 1-6. Starting in early July we are hoping to expand our hours and open Tuesday and Wednesday also. As restrictions loosen, we will be resuming gaming events like DnD and Magic drafts that we have held in the past. It has been a crazy year, but we look forward to bringing people together once again to slay pints and create new friendships. Cheers!!


lisher of The Coast News, noted in our initial conversation at Encinitas' Everest Himalayan restaurant while vibing our vision for the region: “Patrick, there is gold in these hills and beach towns," Kydd said. "There are pockets of pure gold everywhere.” It’s not that hard to fathom. Puissantly breathe the ocean seaside air. Smell that? Carlsbad’s golden.


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Patrick A. Howell is an award-winning financier, tenured entrepreneur and author of “Dispatches from the Vanguard.” He lives in Carlsbad.

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Sale of Baldessari endows Palomar College art gallery By Staff

SAN MARCOS — The Palomar College Foundation is establishing a sizable endowment fund after the Boehm Gallery at Palomar College sold a long-held work, “Painting and Drawing,” in a private sale last fall. Created in the late 1960s and considered an important example of Post-War Conceptual Art, the work by John Baldessari was purchased for less than $2,000. The artist, it seems, was a friend of the Boehm’s first director, Russell Baldwin. Justin Smiley, Dean of Arts, Media and Business Administration at Palomar, said that in selling the work, the college followed a strict “deaccession” policy — “a very specific process for removing a piece of art from your collection.”

The Palomar College Governing Board approved the sale last summer, and the funds were transferred to Palomar in two installments, with the final payment received recently. The Board also approved the arrangement of an endowment fund, managed by the nonprofit Palomar College Foundation, which will ensure significant annual funding in perpetuity for the Boehm Gallery. “It will allow the gallery to expand the permanent collection, to develop programs, to provide academic support for students, and more,” said Stacy Rungaitis, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “We have many, many endowments, including scholarships, and one of the Foundation’s roles is to support and manage

not-for-profit art space in 1966 and named after Dwight Boehm, former Palomar College dean of humanities. The gallery has steadily gained in stature locally, nationally and internationally, and typically features six exhibitions every year. The work was sold via private sale by Sotheby’s in New York in late October 2020 for an undisclosed price. According to pre-established deaccession policy, the proceeds must stay with the Boehm Gallery and cannot be used for operating costs. “It’s obviously going to change the direction of the ‘PAINTING AND DRAWING,’ by John Baldessari, sold at auction last fall for Boehm Gallery and provide them an undisclosed sum. Courtesy photo with a sustained income to diversify and improve the collection,” the institution’s endowments. gallery.” said Smiley. That now includes supporting the Baldessari died in January The Boehm Gallery at Palolong-term sustainability of the mar College was dedicated as a 2020.

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REGION — This year’s Switchfoot Bro-Am is gearing up for its second consecutive virtual event. The annual tradition, now in its 17th year, kicks off at 5 p.m. on June 19, while also raising funds for six beneficiaries through its three-day online auction. The musical lineup consists of Switchfoot, Andrew McMahon, Phantom Planet (acoustic), Madison Cunningham and 91X radio’s local Battle of the Bands winner, State to State. Next year, the event will likely return to its in-person location at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. “The community is excited that there will be a virtual 2021 Bro-Am giving movement until we can all gather safely in person

again,” said Tiffany Melone, event director. “We have made event adjustments to safely feature and bring awareness to our beneficiaries, to include other musicians and special guests.” In 2005 after traveling the world, Grammy award-winning band Switchfoot came up with an idea to give back to their hometown that supported them as surfers and musicians. They wanted to rally the community, encouraging everyone to “Play Your Part” by investing in local kids who need a hand up,” Melone said. Seventeen years later, their idea has grown into two iconic San Diego events — the Bro-Am benefit party and Bro-Am beach fest — with more than 17,000 annual attendees from all over the world.

The past year has brought challenges, especially as at-risk kids have been impacted more than anyone, Melone said. Last year’s Bro-Am livestream raised more than $70,000 to meet the unique moment of need, she added. “This year, even though we see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, we still have work to do,” Melone said. “Switchfoot invites friends all over the world to join our annual giving movement, the Bro-Am 2021 live stream.” The livestream includes live commentary by Switchfoot guitarist Drew Shirley and Chris Cote (World Surf League), plus the aforementioned bands and artists. San Diego alternative rock radio station 91X also hosted a “Battle for Bro-Am” contest in April with State to State

coming out as the winner. Last year an estimated 20,000 viewers tuned in from 114 different countries, Melone said. The online auction runs Friday, June 18, through Sunday, June 20, at, with proceeds benefiting A Step Beyond, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Feeding America, Feeding San Diego, Monarch Schools and Save The Music Foundation. “We’re excited to show off our beneficiaries and hear how the funds raised by Bro-Am have helped change their lives,” Melone said. Tickets are on sale at Bro-Am merchandise is on sale at and to bid on items in the online auction or to donate, visit


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JON FOREMAN, lead singer of Switchfoot, performs during last year’s livestream Switchfoot Bro-AM concert. This year, the band will kick off its second straight virtual event on June 19 to raise funds for several beneficiaries through its threeday online auction. Courtesy photo

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Library group commissions mural By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Library Foundation has commissioned a mural on the west exterior wall of the Kalmia Street library building by local artist Julia Anthony. Two designs were up for consideration, and Escondido residents were able to share their input. In a poll that was active from May 26 to June 7, community members could express their opinions on which of the two designs they want to see at the library. The final decision was to be revealed on Tuesday. Anthony previously created the “Wild Beauty of the Savannas” mural in the Escondido Library’s children’s area in May 2010, as well as a fresh and salt water ocean mural at Oceanside Public Library in April 2011. “I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to give a piece of art to the people, you know, so that they can enjoy it,” Anthony said. “Also, it puts the Escondido Public Library on the map as a destination place to visit, so I feel that it brings people in who aren’t even from Escondido, but because they’ve heard

SAVE TWICE AS MANY LIVES ESCONDIDO ARTIST Julia Anthony has been commissioned to create a mural on an exterior wall of the Kalmia Street library building in Escondido. Courtesy photo

of the wonderful Escondido library and murals, they want to enjoy it, too.” Jack Anderson, the president of the Escondido Library Foundation, said that the poll is not necessarily a vote, but the results will be considered by the board as they make the final decision. “We feel like this will bring attention in the form of a mural,” Anderson said. “It’s not a sign that says Escondido Library, but it will represent those things that the library means to the community and, in that regard, we think it’s going to be a landmark for the library.” Both pieces being considered highlight Escondido’s outdoors, the city’s

greenery and its community members. “A lot of my work has become an emphasis on the environment and nature and the animals that are within each environment, and it’s a way to connect with people and to show them that, we’re the guardians of this planet, so to speak. We’re guardians over our environment, and it’s important to take care of it,” Anthony said. Anthony expects to begin working on the mural this week and hopes to have it completed in the next 3 to 4 months. “Our library serves not just Escondido, but the surrounding area, as well,” Anderson said. “So this project will really be for everyone.”

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