The Coast News INLAND EDITION
VISTA, SAN MARCOS, ESCONDIDO
VOL. 7, N0. 13
JUNE 24, 2022
Vista OKs traffic signal, all-way stops
Varso leaves Escondido for Menifee job By Samantha Nelson
ESCONDIDO — Police Chief Ed Varso is leaving Escondido for Menifee. Varso accepted a new position this month as the next police chief for the Riverside County city. His last day with the Escondido Police Department is Tuesday, June 28. He will be sworn in as the new Menifee police chief on June 30 and assume duty on July 5. Varso started his career in 1997 with the Los Angeles Police Department before he was hired as a police officer in Escondido in 2001. He worked for the police depa r t ment for 21 years, more than VARSO two of those as chief after being promoted in January 2020. Varso lived in Escondido until early 2022, according to Teresa Collins, the city’s deputy director of communications. He is now a resident of Menifee. “While I am excited for the opportunity to lead the Menifee Police Department, it is sad to say goodbye to Escondido,” Varso said in a statement provided from by city. In the statement, Varso praised the Escondido Police Department. “Day after day I witness a level of dedication and professionalism from all members of the Escondido Police Department that is second to none,” he said. “EPD is an outstanding police department and I know that it will continue to provide exceptional service for years to come.” Varso was unavailable to speak to The Coast News before his departure. City Manager Sean McGlynn will appoint an internal interim police chief from the department’s command staff. The city plans to conduct a nationwide search for a new chief. “No one has been chosen yet,” Collins told The Coast News via email.
By Jacqueline Covey
A family takes the plunge on the log flume at the San Diego County Fair on Father’s Day at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. For the first time in three years, the fair has a full carnival midway. The last day is Monday, July 4. Photo via Facebook/San Diego County Fair
VISTA — The public spoke and the city heard: New stops signs and a stoplight are coming to Vista. On June 14, the Vista City Council unanimously approved a traffic signal at Bobier Drive and Calle Jules, and all-way stop signs at Warmlands Avenue and Alessandro Trail and Hill Drive and Durian Street — the latter projects stemming from public petition. “This intersection is insane,” said resident Chris Felten about Hill Drive and Durian Street, adding that community markers/signs to slow down have failed. “People like to stop, pick it up and throw it on the sidewalk,” Felten added. “It’s insane through there.” Residents living near Warmlands Avenue and Alessandro Trail and Hill Drive and Durian Street encouraged staff to evaluate traffic in those intersections, complaining of unsafe speeds and other issues. Despite evaluations missing the quantitative requirements, petitions favoring the installation of stop signs prevailed. The all-way stop sign evaluations were on a 20-point grading system with 11 granted to Hill Drive and Warmlands Avenue scoring nine. “I just really want to thank the neighbors for getting together utilizing the petition process,” Councilmember Corinna Contreras said. Residents may submit a petition for a measure to slow the flow of traffic on city streets through the Vista Traffic Calming Program. Signatures in support of traffic-slowing enhancements must make up a majority of the TURN TO VISTA ON 9
San Marcos sees healthy 2022-23 financials amid US uncertainty By Laura Place
SAN MARCOS — San Marcos officials are approaching the city’s 202223 budget with cautious optimism as revenue starts to return to pre-pandemic levels, but the possibility of a nationwide recession looms on the horizon. The San Marcos City Council unanimously ap-
proved the operational budget for the upcoming year at its June 14 meeting, discussing the economic peaks and valleys over the last two years and how far the city has come since. Twelve months ago, the city began the 2021-22 fiscal year facing a nearly $2.7 million budget deficit, with the loss of rental reve-
nue largely contributing to the shortfall. It was patched over at the time using reserve funds, and fully eliminated shortly afterward with the arrival of federal relief funds. Going into this year, the city has a remaining $9.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
funds, infrastructure reserves are bolstered and revenue is projected to exceed pre-pandemic levels. However, city staff noted, the country is also seeing the highest inflation rates in decades and stock prices have been dropping. “We have to be nimble,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “We’re seeing
a continued rise in inflation, and we’re aware that the Federal Reserve has signaled toward additional interest rate increases potentially next quarter, and we’re uncertain of property and sales tax conditions. Currently, the forecast is positive, but if a recession TURN TO SAN MARCOS ON 7
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New tool boosts understanding of Escondido’s economic landscape By Samantha Nelson
ESCONDIDO — A new tool is helping businesses and city staff alike to better understand the city’s economic environment for future planning purposes and business opportunities. Escondido’s new data dashboard created through the data-curation tech company known as eIMPACT, provides several datasets that demonstrate how many jobs are being created, what industries lead and how many people live here in the city and its surrounding areas. According to Jennifer Schoeneck, deputy director of development services for Escondido, the data dashboard will help businesses understand the city’s economic landscape, serve as a business attraction tool and provide useful information for her team and other city departments for strategic planning purposes. “Data is a really foundational element to strategic and program planning, so the first thing to look at is where the city’s economy is and has been to help create a strategic plan and share data with other city staff and organizations,” Schoeneck said. Because the COVID-19 pandemic changed so much in terms of the local economy and how businesses operate, Schoeneck found it useful to explore the data and present it through a user-friendly platform like eIMPACT. The city has embedded the data dashboard into a webpage on the city website to make it even easier to access. The dashboard itself pulls data from sources like the U.S. census, American Community Survey and Zillow. “My favorite part of the dashboard is the section that shows job postings over the last 30 days,” Schoeneck said. “It’s a leading indica-
Vista district sets Level 2 restrictions By Staff
OCEANSIDE — The Vista Irrigation District board has enacted Level 2 Drought Reduction actions, in accordance with the State Water Board’s Emergency Drought Resolution No.2022-0018 that was approved on May 24. This drought regulation was in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March Executive Order N-7-22 that recommended new regulations requiring water suppliers to implement mandatory restrictions. Vista Irrigation District areas, including Vista, portions of San Marcos, Escondido, Oceanside, and unincorporated areas of San Diego County, now call for a Level 2 Water Conservation schedule of homes with even addresses (e.g., 1234 Main Street): Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and homes with odd addresses (e.g., 1231 Main Street): Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. For more information, visit vidwater.org.
A SCREENSHOT of the city’s new data dashboard. Courtesy photo
tor on how our local economy is performing.” Other interesting features of the dashboard include its breakdown of the
city’s current population, how many people it’s lost and how much the population is expected to grow. Currently the city’s popula-
tion sits at 178,742 people. Although the city lost 2,898 people over the last five years, it’s expected to grow by 2,676 over the next five
years. The dashboard also shows that Escondido has 70,978 jobs currently. The city lost 1,011 jobs over the last five years but is expected to gain 1,601 over the next five. The dashboard even breaks down which industries dominate in Escondido. Right now, health care and social assistance careers are at the top, with 11,718 jobs in 2021, and growing at one of the fastest rates, at 11% over the last five years. On the flip side, the dashboard also shows which industries have taken a hit — the food services and accommodation sector has decreased by 26% and the arts, entertainment and recreation sector is down by about 20% over the last five years. “This dashboard really helps me have a more in-
formed conversation with businesses to show how the local economy is doing compared to other areas in Southern California,” Schoeneck said. Schoeneck said the city will continue to focus on those top industries to attract more jobs and also to provide a talented workforce that will fuel those jobs. “I want to make sure the industry is supported with a strong, talented workforce pipeline,” Schoeneck said. Schoeneck and the city also continue to work with partners like Palomar College to ensure its workforce programs are providing workers who will fill those available jobs in the future. To check out the data dashboard, visit https://escondido.org/escondido-data-dashboard.
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JUNE 24, 2022
FDA, heavy metals & baby food
By Jonathan Sharp
n 2019 the non-profit organization Healthy Baby Bright Futures released a study on the contents of infant nutritional products. The results were alarming, noting that out of the samples they tested, only 5% registered as clean. The other 95% of the tested products contained significant traces of one or more toxic heavy metals. These concerning figures were validated by a congressional report from the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy in February 2021. Dangerous amounts of lead, cadmium, mercury, and inorganic arsenic were identified in several products from leading baby food manufacturers across the US. These heavy metals have no safe level of exposure and are known neurotoxins that lead to decreased IQ and cognitive disabilities. The subcommittee’s investigation focused on seven major manufacturers, requesting internal data on testing policies and results. Hain, Nurture, BeechNut, and Gerber complied with the congressional inquiry. Sprout, Walmart and Campbell refused to cooperate, raising suspicions that they might be concealing evidence of higher toxic metal concentrations in their products. Their reluctance to share information isn’t surprising given the elevated levels of heavy metals found in products from the companies that made internal data available. Mercury was 5 times above safety levels in both ingredients and finished products, cadmium was 69 times higher, arsenic exceeded safety standards 91fold, and lead contents were a shocking 177 times greater. The subpar testing practices and standards employed by manufacturers likewise raise concerns. Beech-Nut used additives with high arsenic counts, Hain only tested ingredients, Nurture knowingly sold products despite heavy
metal test results, and most companies rarely, if ever, tested for mercury. These harmful elements in baby food pose a significant toxic exposure risk for vulnerable infants. Due to their higher nutrient intake and less developed filtering and immune systems, cadmium, lead, arsenic, and mercury accumulate in tissues and act as neurotoxins over time. Multiple studies have indicated a significant correlation between exposure to heavy metals and the development of autism spectrum disorders. After the public disclosure of these facts, the response from the industry was seen as tentative at best. While Beech-Nut decided to take an indefinite leave from the market and recalled some of their contaminated products, Gerber was hesitant to do the same. The lack of interest on the part of manufacturers to promptly address these issues attracted the attention of the FDA. Taking note of the subcommittee’s unsettling findings, the Food and Drug Administration initiated its Closer to Zero action plan in April 2021. The FDA’s four-stage strategy seeks to gradually mitigate heavy metal contents in baby food products, setting actionable plans for 2024 or even longer. While the plan’s intentions and goals are laudable, it has also been criticized for its lack of urgency and redundant steps. More precisely, the first two stages concerning data evaluation and drafting action levels are unnecessary given the available data provided by reputable sources. The final two stages focusing on the practicality and implementation of effective measures should be prioritized. Doing so would ensure faster performance, setting interim action levels for heavy metals that manufacturers must abide by sooner than 2024. In September 2021, the Subcommittee released an updated follow-up to their initial report. Regarding
the FDA’s plan, the report’s authors note the Agency should accelerate the process by setting definitive heavy metal standards sooner and mandating manufacturers to test their final products. The FDA has imposed only one limit targeting heavy metals in baby food, namely for arsenic in infant rice cereal at a contested 100 ppb (parts per billion). This barely regulates one harmful element out of four in a narrow subsection of the baby food market. The lack of regulation allows manufacturers to skip on relatively inexpensive testing that would ensure the safety of their products, seemingly placing profits before ethics. Seeking legislative resolution, the head of the subcommittee, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, proposed the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021. The bill would immediately impose interim safety levels for mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic. The FDA would also monitor manufacturers’ compliance with the new standards and periodically review their test results to gradually reduce toxic metal levels. Until effective measures are enforced, the baby food manufacturers’ responsibility is to ensure that their products are safe and don’t pose a toxic exposure risk to their intended consumers. Ingredients should be sourced from land with low heavy metal concentrations. Companies should improve their hiring standards to retain dependable professionals. Maintaining clean facilities should be a priority and requires the right staff to accomplish such a diligent task. Routinely testing product quality ensures that heavy metals are kept at permissible levels. Lastly, manufacturers should use clear labels that precisely indicate a product’s contents. Jonathan Sharp is CFO at at Environmental Litigation Group, PC, in Alabama.
he TV commercials and online ads are fast becoming ubiquitous: “We’ll buy your house as is,” they trumpet. “No need to spend any money fixing it up.” That’s commonly the message from housing speculators, often institutional investors including real estate investment trusts less interested in preserving or maintaining housing than cashing in as land values rise. It’s the land, not the houses, that interests them most. Says a Northern California citizens group called United Neighbors, “Nonwage capital, especially institutional and private equity, is entering the single-family market in unprecedented amounts.” That’s a big reason why, the group contends, “California housing costs have inflated at such a rate that housing costs have completely decoupled from their historical wage-based income basis.” That, they say, is the root cause of the affordability crisis. It is furthered by the fact that institutional investors, including pension funds like CalSTERS (the California State Teachers’ Retirement System) and CalPERS (the California Public Employees Retirement System) keep many purchases vacant while they await land value increases. This frees them from dealing with tenants and evictions when they decide to sell or to demolish existing homes and turn them into multi-unit properties. United Neighbors claims institutional buyers, including Wall Street investment banks, spent a record $77 billion on single-family California homes over the last six months of 2021. That makes them the ultimate house flippers, people or companies buying homes to hold for a while before they resell at a hefty profit. It creates large vacancy rates in some places at a time when California supposedly has a housing shortage. The actual shortage is in affordable housing, as 73% of houses permitted in 2020, for just one recent year, were affordable only to households with incomes well over $100,000. All this has also seen vacancy rates rise among housing units built since 1970 — more than 50 years’ worth. Statewide, the vacancy rate on these “newer” units was 12.4% in late spring. In Los Angeles County, it was 16.3%, while San Francisco had an overall vacancy rate of 8.7% and more than 40,000 vacant units. All of which suggests none of the controversial housing bills passed with
alacrity by the Legislature in recent years can be effective, including last year’s Senate Bills 9 and 10, which essentially did away with R-1 single-family zoning statewide and allow subdividing of almost all lots in those areas. The problem, it appears, is less a lack of housing — especially while California’s population is relatively stable and not growing fast, if at all — than the fact that wages and home prices have gotten out of the usual synch, partly because of institutional investments. This year, Democratic state Assemblyman Chris Ward of San Diego, which recently “won” the ranking as America’s least affordable city, proposed a bill to tax the profits of house flipping, especially by corporations and pension funds. It died in committee, but deserves resurrection. His bill, known as AB 1771, aimed to place a 25% levy on after-capital-gains-tax profits from reselling any house within three years after it’s bought. After that, the rate would have dropped to 20% and then declined steadily before disappearing after seven years. Taxes collected would have gone to cities, counties and affordable housing funds, said Ward, whose purpose, he told a press conference, was to create a disincentive for equity investors, thus opening more opportunities for people who plan to live in homes they buy. This would especially help mid-priced housing availability, because institutional buyers are more likely to buy that type of housing than high-end homes, whose appreciation rates are far less steady and predictable, often selling for millions less than their asking prices. The bill was opposed by building trades unions, whose workers don’t much care whether or when the places they build are occupied, so long as paychecks arrive on schedule. Those unions and the developers with whom they work have been the main drivers behind the Legislature’s recent spate of unwise, unneeded new housing laws. The bottom line: Yes, there is a housing crisis, but it’s at least as much a matter of hoarding and waiting for profit as it is of supply. Email Thomas Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Suspect still at large in fatal shooting of teacher By Samantha Nelson
NORTH COUNTY Palomar Health nurses and caregivers cast ballots on June 7 during a strike vote in front of Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. The one-day strike had been scheduled to begin Thursday morning. Photo by Ryan Grothe
Strike averted at Palomar hospitals By Laura Place
REGION — A one-day strike planned by nurses and caregivers at Palomar Health Medical Centers in Escondido and Poway has been called off after officials and union members reached a tentative agreement regarding their embattled four-year contract, the California Nurses Association said Tuesday. Union members announced their plans for the Thursday strike in mid-June as a last resort to bring officials to the negotiating table. Members say they have spent the last 14 months trying to finalize a fair contract for the 2021-2025 period, leaving approximately 3,000 personnel without agreements in place for the first year. Bargaining unit members must now vote to ratify the tentative agreement before they can have a finalized contract in place. “The agreements are
pending ratification; nurses and caregivers say they look forward to sharing details about the ways their new contracts address some of their most pressing patient care concerns, such as ensuring safe staffing for the benefit of both patients and workers, protecting the health and safety of employees, and recruiting and retaining RNs and caregivers,” the California Nurses Association said in a press release. Palomar Health officials confirmed Wednesday morning that their bargaining teams negotiated over the weekend and “for the last 34 hours straight” with California Nurses and the affiliated Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union, saying that both sides worked diligently to reach a fair agreement. “Palomar Health committed to returning to the bargaining table amid a strike notice from the
unions, which may have prevented the health district from offering the highest quality of care to their patients. The executive team at Palomar Health is at the bargaining table to ensure their best efforts to negotiate in good faith, come to an agreement, and avoid a strike and the detriments that come along with it,” Palomar Health spokeswoman Bianca Kasawdish said. Union members voted in favor of a strike on June 7 and 8, stating that officials were refusing to address concerns related to staffing and health and safety and engaging in bad faith bargaining and unfair labor practices. They provided a 10-day strike notice on June 13. At the time of the strike announcement, Palomar officials denied claims of staffing and cleanliness issues, and asserted they have made good faith efforts to
negotiate. On Wednesday, Palomar Health President and CEO Diane Hansen said leaders value their employees and “want to make sure they have every opportunity to be heard and voice their concerns.” “We also want to ensure our patients and their families that we are ready to serve them and provide excellent care to our community with no disruptions. As always, we remain focused on our primary mission, which is to provide San Diego County and the surrounding communities access to extraordinary healthcare and services,” Hansen said. The Palomar Health district is the largest public health district by area in California, serving over 500,000 people in the areas of Escondido, Poway, San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Ramona, Julian, Valley Center and Santa Ysabel.
Vista again recognizes June as Pride Month By Jacqueline Covey
VISTA — The city again recognized LGBTQIA+ residents during the month of June — joining the nation in commemorating the trials and strengths of the community. While it’s at least the third consecutive year the city has nodded to LGBT rights — this year it had the unique opportunity of a couple doing the honors. On June 14, the city of Vista declared June 2022 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month. “Whereas the city council urges all Vistans to respect and honor our diverse community and to celebrate and build a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance,” Mayor Judy
Ritter read from the proclamation, adding a sweet, “congratulations” Council member Corinna Contreras, District 3, first proposed the monthlong declaration in 2019. “Being gay can be very lonely for a lot of people, but we are lucky to have a great community here,” Councilmember Katie Melendez told The Coast News when asked about the importance of representation on the council. Pride is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in Manhattan. In June 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn — a gay bar in the Greenwich Village — protested against violent police raids and discriminatory laws. The pro-
testors took to the streets in a movement now seen as the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement. In 1994, President Bill Clinton declared the first Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, which was later adapted by President Barack Obama to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. “Corinna first brought forward the pride proclamation in 2019 in order to make our city more inclusive to people in the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Melendez. Melendez recently showed the public a little of her affection toward Contreras on social media in recognition of national Pride Month. The two have been dating since last year.
However, Melendez said her relationship will have no effect on her duties as a council member. “Regardless of their relation to each other outside of a public meeting, all council members must comply with the Brown Act,” Melendez said. “I will continue to uphold the Brown Act, because I believe the work I do on Vista City Council is the people's work and all discussions and decisions should happen within the public view.” The city of Vista has a five-member council, including the mayor. Per the Brown Act, no combination of two or more of the elected officials in Vista may meet to discuss agenda items prior to a meeting.
OCEANSIDE — Family and friends are grieving and a suspect remains at large for the shooting death of a beloved pre-school teacher in the Eastside Capistrano neighborhood earlier this month. Just before noon on June 4, 22-year-old Chelsea Pacheco was riding in a car with some male friends when they became involved in an argument with a male pedestrian, according to police. When they tried to drive away, the pedestrian, an Oceanside gang member identified as 25-year-old Vicente Huerta, shot at the vehicle. One of the rounds went through the rear of the car and struck Pacheco. Police officers responded to a medical aid call for Pacheco at the intersection of Bush and Archer streets around 11:44 a.m. Law enforcement officers provided emergency aid to the victim until medics arrived to transport Pacheco to Tri-City Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Known as Ms. Chelsea by her colleagues and students at KinderCare in Oceanside, nearly everyone around her treasured the young daycare teacher. Pacheco is remembered as always having a smile on her face and loving every student and family she reached as a teacher. Pacheco’s coworkers even set up a fundraiser to help Pacheco’s family raise funds to pay for funeral expenses, where they so far raised just over $20,000, almost reaching their goal of $25,000. “If you know her, she
was the sweetest, most lovable person you could ever meet with a big heart,” said coworker Melissa Ruiz on the GoFundMe website. “No one who met her could forget her smile. Her love and kindness were infused in everything she did for the kids.” Cynthia Cyncar, Pacheco’s mother, said her daughter was full of life, which h e l p e d her to create many unique relationships with the people around CHELSEA her. PACHECO Photo via “ S h e Facebook was always true to herself and genuine, which led her to have multiple friendships,” Cyncar said in a Facebook post following her daughter’s death earlier this month. “My princess was energetic, positive, and full of love.” Pacheco’s viewing and funeral are on June 28 and 29 at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Oceanside. “She will be deeply missed, forever loved and never forgotten,” Ruiz said. Huerta, the suspected shooter, remains at large. Police describe Huerta as a Hispanic male with a shaved head, approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall and between 200 and 230 pounds. Huerta has a tattoo over his right eyebrow and a large “3” tattoo on the top of his head. Police ask that anyone with information on Huerta’s whereabouts contact Detective Dave Estrada at 760-435-4698.
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JUNE 24, 2022
The sweet smells of summer
E THE OCEANSIDE Independence Parade is June 25 along Coast Highway starting at 10 a.m. Courtesy photo
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GIANT RUMMAGE SALE
St. Mary Star of the Sea Altar Society is having its annual Giant Rummage Sale, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 25 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 at the Star of the Sea Center, corner of Pier View Way and Freeman Street, Oceanside. Society members are also taking donations of clean, gently used, not heavy items from 4 to 8 p.m. June 24 at the Star of the Sea Center. VISTA VEGAN POP UP
The inaugural Vista Vegan Food Popup will from 5 to 9 p.m. June 24 and return every other Friday at Local Roots Kombucha, 1430 Vantage Court, Vista. The event includes vegan-friendly products including apparel, jewelry, beauty, wellness and home goods as well as services such as body work, reiki and henna. More information available at http://veganfoodpopup.com. BE A HOST FAMILY
Offer your home and heart with Hands of Peace Summer Program through Pacific Ridge School, Carlsbad July 6 to July 25. Visit h a nd s of p e ac e .org / s u m mer-program or email Melanie Stanek at mstanek@ handsofpeace.org.
MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE
The San Dieguito Heritage Museum invites the community to an Open House noon to 4 p.m. June 25 at Heritage Ranch, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Lots of volunteer opportunities are available. Visit https://sdheritage. org/. HEROES PARADE
The Oceanside Independence Parade will return June 25 marching along North Coast Highway with a new theme: “Oceanside Strong, Honoring Our Hometown Heroes.” The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the intersection of North Coast Highway and Wisconsin Avenue and travel north on Coast Highway to Civic Center Drive. If you want to be part of the parade, visit mainstreetoceanside.com/
volunteer-for-the-parade or mainstreetoceanside.com/ FREE LUNCH FOR KIDS independence-parade. Throughout the summer, the Oceanside Civic EXPLORE BY BIKE Center Library offers stoNorth County Cycle ry times and book clubs, Club rides every Saturday and free lunch meals to all morning starting at 8 a.m. children from 11 a.m. to and also 8:30 a.m., usually 11:45 a.m. Monday through from the car park of Old Friday at the Civic Center California Restaurant Row, Library, 330 N. Coast High1020-1080 W. San Marcos way, Oceanside. Blvd., San Marcos. Several rides of varying distance and pace explore different parts of San Diego North County each week. See OCEAN VOICES The Civic Center Linorthcountycycleclub.com brary will host “Voices in for details. the Sea” at 3:30 p.m. June 28 at 330 N. Coast Highway, ZERO WASTE FAIR Oceanside. Explore the The seventh annual sounds marine mammals Zero Waste Fair, hosted by I make with a variety of acLove A Clean San Diego and tivities to demonstrate the the city of Encinitas, will be science of sound. This proheld from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. gram is free and registraJune 25 at the EUSD Farm tion is not required. Tween Lab, 441 Quail Gardens and teen events are for ages Drive, Encinitas to help 8 to 18. gain a low-waste lifestyle. Free online registration is open now at zerowastefair. KRVARIC TO SPEAK The Carlsbad Republiorg for the in-person event. Booths, speakers, hands-on can Women welcome Tony low waste DIYs, activities Krvaric, past chairman, for all ages and a Swap & Republican Party of San Diego County, at 5:30 p.m. Shop booth. June 28 at the Holiday Inn, 2725 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Cost is $40. RSVP and pay online at SKILLS FOR GIRLS CarlsbadRepublicans.com Athena Racing hosts by June 21. No payment three STEM Summer accepted at the door. For Camps to Teach Essential more information or quesSkills to #GirlsinSTEM. tions, email CRWFEvents@ Register at https://athegmail.com. naracing.org. FABcamp, Wednesdays starting July 6, is an online STEM-educa- LEGACY USERS The Legacy Users tion maker camp for middle school and high school girls. Group, sponsored by North Career Development Camp, San Diego County GeneaJuly 25 to July 29 is for logical Society, will meet high school girls who want virtually, 1 to 2 p.m. June to excel in their careers. 28. The class is free. RegLand+Sea+Air Transporta- ister at legacyusersgroup@ tion Camp, Aug. 1 to Aug. nsdcgs.org. 5, takes a look into all of the sectors of the transpor- GENEALOGY Jennifer Warner will tation industry. Register at present “Using Fold 3 to athenaracing.org. Find Your Military Ancestors” to North San Diego LOW FEES AT GARDEN San Diego Botanic Gar- Genealogical Society, from den announce it has joined 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 28 Museums for All, that will at Carlsbad City Council allow those receiving food Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad assistance benefits admis- Village Drive, Carlsbad. sion to SDBG for only $1 The speaker will present per person, for group’s up virtually to in-person atto four people, with the tendees, but online attenpresentation of either a dance is available if desired state-issued SNAP Elec- by registration at nsdcgs. tronic Benefits Transfer org. Free. For information card or a Women, Infants, contact programs@nsdcgs. & Children card and a valid org. photo ID. The Garden does not process cash transac- ADULT BALLET Register now for Adult tions. For more information about Museums for All, Ballet class, age 18+ from visit https://sdbgarden.org/ TURN TO CALENDAR ON 18 specials.htm.
very time I take a deep breath, I get a little giddy. No, I’m not hyperventilating. It’s just that summer is here and I know this by the wonderful scents in the air. Never mind the lavender, patchouli, and ylangylang. For me, summertime is always rife with unbottled, free, endorphin-producing aromatherapy. It struck me as I drove down Coast Highway 101 with my windows down. I expected the glorious smell of the ocean, but I got the summer bonus of salt air mingled with a hint of campfire and roasting hot dogs. Nirvana. I think the perfume makers are missing a real moneymaker. That night, I also breathed deeply of my blooming honeysuckle and was reminded again that much of the best memories of summer come to me from happy sniffs. There are other things that can bring summers past to mind, but they seriously lack the same euphoria. A painful sunburn, sand in my pants, a gallon of saltwater up my nose and the buzz of a mosquito or the itch of 12 bites on each leg are all solid summer memory joggers, but not the ones I seek to relive. On the good list, I have
Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. RED LOTUS OPENS
Celebrating diversity in business in Carlsbad, Yvonne K. Scarlett cut the ribbon in early June, launching the Red Lotus Wellness Center, 2890 Pio Pico Drive, Ste 104, Carlsbad. The center is owned by Scarlett, doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, functional medicine practitioner, California board-certified acupuncturist and licensed herbalist. It was applauded as a minority woman-owned business in integrative medicine. LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito recently awarded $30,000 in college scholarships to 20 students from the San Dieguito Union High School District. Twelve students are entering college freshmen and eight are ongoing students from last year’s awards now entering their college sophomore year. First-year awards were awarded to Lucas Amberg, Isaac Arana, David Castro, Pamela Deshayes, Avalon Fraser, Brett Jensen, Jesse Manfredi, Jenna Nelson, Diego Padilla, Evan Pauley, Jasmine Perez and Monique Sandoval. Second-year awards went to Brandon Eng, Jessica Gilbert, Malia
small talk jean gillette to add the smell of that particular old-school suntan lotion, Sea & Ski, that never fails to take me to my happy place. I think it may have been the only sunscreen in 1955. The scent I refer to is of the original product, but I think, bless them, that it still smells the same today. I need to buy some and dab it behind my ears. My nose was equally tickled when my new gardenia bush actually popped out two flowers. If I’m not careful, it could remind me of boys who scarcely spoke and the sweaty, goodnight handshakes from most of my high school formals. But somehow it has transcended that and instead smells like rustling taffeta and being young. Another summertime feel-good smell is ripe peaches. I’m actually a nectarine fan for eating, but I will buy peaches to scent up the kitchen. I see my grandmother peeling a peach in one continuous ribbon, in preparation for Guillory, Brian Hall, Devon Hollingsworth, Kayla Hultgren, Dalia Salgado and Venkata Putta. The ALRSD Scholarship Committee is chaired by Penny Hauser. SMART COOKIES
• Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, welcomed Sabrina Pajarillo and Mackenzie Trask, both of San Marcos, and Antonio Chavez of Oceanside, initiated at University of Saint Katherine. • Victoria Dondanville, Forest Fisher, Sidney Hart, Sophia Imparato, Ella Stichler and Kyle Wada of Carlsbad; Abigail Roy of Encinitas; Mitchell Walden of Oceanside; Elijah Armendariz of Rancho Santa Fe; Erik Beer, Alison Byron, Blake Jarrett, Marisa Mitchell, Mia Weisman of San Diego; Brooke Willoughby of Carmel Valley; and Daphne Tenuto, Camryn Wick and May Crotty of San Marcos all were named to the dean’s list spring semester 2022 at the University of Alabama. • Skyla Nelson of Carlsbad, Rachel Wang of Carmel Valley and Erik Woolsey of Encinitas were named to the dean’s list for the 2022 spring semester at University of Iowa. On the president’s list were Kayla Cleland of San Marcos and Evita Woolsey of Encinitas. • University of Delaware dean’s list for the spring 2022 semester included Neve Brown of Del Mar and Morgan Adams of San Marcos. • Brittany Tate of Carmel Valley and Haley Johnson of Oceanside made the
the best-of-all pies. Moving inland, I love the smell of the desert on a warm evening. It contains sage and mesquite and no doubt, a dozen other things, but it has an absolutely tranquilizing effect on me. Along those same lines is the smell of warm tent canvas mingled with pine. If you branch out into man-made scents, add the smell of bacon cooking as you wake up in the chill of a mountain morning. Some, I suspect, might substitute coffee. It all qualifies. Most of my happy smells come from summer, but not all. As years passed, I added the smell of a baby just out of the bath and the aroma of just about any meal someone besides me is cooking. The oddest bit is that all this scent-memory comes from someone allergic, all her life, to way too many inhaled things. My schnoz was slammed shut as often as not, but somehow, the good stuff still seeped through. All right, everyone. Deep cleansing breaths. Say aaaaah, sssuuummmerrrrr. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer sniffing her way through summer. Contact her at email@example.com. dean’s list at Harding University for the spring 2022 semester. TOP GRADS
• Natalia Sarram of Carlsbad graduated summa cum laude in English and Adria Gorsuch of Oceanside graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in children’s literature at Hollins University. • Trent Arden Nyberg of Carlsbad, with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, and Ryan Andrew Camarata of 4S Ranch, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in finance, graduated from Elmhurst University. NUSKIN APPOINTED
The San Dieguito Union High School District appointed Mary Anne Nuskin as its new Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, pending contract approval June 23. Nuskin will transition into the role after serving as the first and only principal at Pacific Trails Middle School since it opened in fall 2015. NEW HERO
Kathy Kinane of the Move Your Feet Before You Eat® Foundation was named a Community Hero as part of the San Diego County Fair Salute to Heroes. GOODBYE COACH
Cal State San Marcos head baseball coach Matt Guiliano has resigned from his position effective June 30. Guiliano has stepped down to pursue another professional opportunity.
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Half-cent sales tax initiative fails to gather enough signatures By Steve Puterski
REGION — A halfcent sales tax initiative floated by a coalition of special interests to help fund the San Diego Association of Governments’ “5 Big Moves” failed to gather enough signatures for the November ballot. According to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, the measure fell short by more than 15,000 signatures. Let’s Go! San Diego, a group consisting of labor unions, environmental
groups and construction firms, submitted 141,326 signatures and needed 109,999 valid signatures to get on the ballot. The Registrar of Voters projected just 94,787 based on its random 3% sample. However, union officials are questioning the Registrar of Voters’ projected count, claiming the county department had missed 22,990 signatures, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Registrar of Vot-
ers said it “carefully conducted the count according to appropriate procedures” and is committed to a fair and secure election process. “There’s a big discrepancy between what we turned in and what they counted,” said Dan Rottenstreich, spokesman for the campaign, told the UT. “The question is, what’s going on here? Is there a clerical issue with the registrar, or did our petition gathering firm have some issue on their end?”
SANDAG’s own tax proposal, independent of the special interest initiative, outlined three taxes that projected $21.6 billion in earnings. The agency’s plan estimates at least $172 billion (using 2020 dollar estimates) to be spent on transit projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the region’s transit network. Due to the ballot intiative’s apparent failure, the SANDAG board has until mid-August to approve a
you will, and apparently, they didn’t get it across the finish line,” Hall said. “I’m not sure where we go from here.” For several public officials, it remains unclear if the board will discuss the organization’s tax proposals anytime soon. Over the past seven months, board leadership, including Chairwoman Catherine Blakespear, have refused to discuss or take a vote on the matter despite several requests from board members.
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comes our way, that may affect our overall budget.” This year’s budget was increased by 3% to account for inflated operational expenses and still-high construction costs, according to a staff report. Staff propose using the $9.1 million in ARPA funds to replace lost revenue as well as fund mental health and wellness programs for students and families recovering from the pandemic, in partnership with the San Marcos Unified School District. The city’s General Fund, used for public safety services, parks, public works and general government services, is balanced going into the new fiscal year at $89.3 million, according to city staff. Revenue from sales tax and property tax, both of which appear to be returning to pre-pandemic levels, contribute to around half of the total General Fund. Administrators boasted a much lower apportionment of General Fund spending on public safety than the majority of other cities, with fire services receiving 22.5% of the General Fund and law enforcement receiving 26.1%. “While law enforcement is the biggest part of the budget — it’s the biggest part of every city’s budget — in our city, police and fire make up less than 50%. I don’t think there’s any city that has public safety making up less than 50% of their General Fund budget,” Griffin said. “I think our law enforcement costs are in a really great, solid place and we get great service.” Rather than having its own police department, San Marcos is one of nine cities contracting with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for local police services. The five-year contract with the department approved earlier this year features a 1% cost increase in the first two years and 3.5% increases in each of the following three years. The city will also continue to provide funding, split with the school district, for four full-time School Resource Officers, according to a staff report. After being unable to contribute money into reserves such as the infra-
tax proposal for the November ballot. Any tax measure from SANDAG would require two-thirds approval from voters (a citizen’s initiative only requires a simple majority). Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, who has been against the plan for myriad reasons, believes the matter is likely not finished as the unions may officially challenge the Registrar’s count. “(The SANDAG board) relied on a third party, if
By Samantha Nelson
THE 2022-23 budget for the city of San Marcos allocates millions of dollars toward street improvement projects to be completed over the next year. Photo by Laura Place
structure fund during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is resuming its contributions to these funds during 202223, allocating $1.26 million from the General Fund for a total of $3.9 million set aside for future projects. “Having that $3.9 million in reserves in the infrastructure fund certainly gives us flexibility, if the economy does sort of turn in a negative direction and we start to see these revenues not grow as much as we’d hoped, or even turn the other way,” Griffin said. The 2022-23 budget also includes $14.1 million in new appropriations for capital improvement projects, with the overall Capital Improvement Project (CIP) fund totaling $236 million through 2026. Revenue for the CIP fund comes mainly from the half-cent TransNet tax. Over a third of CIP funding goes toward street projects, with around a quarter going toward San Marcos Creek improvements and another quarter to city facilities. According to Griffin, there are 50 projects on the
docket for the upcoming year, including the ongoing San Marcos Creek Project, which recently reached a major milestone with the reopening of the Bent Avenue bridge. The list also includes improvements to Rancho Coronado and South Lake Community parks, and various street improvement projects such as a $10 million annual surface seal, improvements to the San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street intersection, the Woodland Parkway SR 78 Interchange and Barham Road widening project and San Marcos Boulevard reconstruction. The budget also sets aside around $250,000 for the city to conduct a feasibility study for a new fire station, according to Griffin. Mayor Rebecca Jones thanked the city’s various departments for their work in developing their individual budget projections and for being willing to keep costs low. “Thank you for all of your hard work and not coming in with a wish list that’s a mile long and un-
derstanding that we are going to have some tougher times in the next couple of years, depending on what happens. We just need to be very careful, and that’s the San Marcos way,” Jones said. After keeping several positions vacant in various departments to cut costs, the city is also planning to fill eight positions in human resources, GIS, administration, public works, parks and recreation, development services, traffic, and planning over the next year, according to Community and Economic Development Director Tess Sangster. While the city appears to be in the clear going into 2022-23, the following fiscal year is likely to present more challenges with the lack of one-time relief funds that have assisted the city since the beginning of the pandemic, city leaders say. “We’ll have a pretty good drop in one-time revenue. It’s going to be a bit more of a challenge budgeting in 2023-24. We think we’ve set that up to be manageable once we get there,” Griffin said.
ESCONDIDO — The city is receiving less funding for homelessness and affordable housing resources from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this year than it has in previous years. HUD allocates funding to cities and jurisdictions through three sources: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG). This year, the city’s CDBG allocation was about $1.55 million, which is a 10% reduction from last year’s funds. CDBG funding serves low- and moderate-income residents and areas with improved living environments, homeless resources, economic opportunity and suitable housing. Additionally, the city isn’t receiving any ESG funding this year after just barely missing the threshold that determines if a city receives ESG funding, which is done through a formula adding up a city’s needs, poverty, overcrowding, population growth and age of housing. ESG funding is used to help individuals and families who are at-risk or are experiencing homeless-
ness, through prevention, street outreach, emergency shelter and rapid re-housing resources. Housing and Neighborhood Services Manager Holly Nelson told the City Council on June 15 that data from the 2020 census may have influenced why the city isn’t receiving ESG funds. “We understand that homelessness is one of our greatest needs here in Escondido and we want to make sure that we are still securing funding so we will be applying for future funding opportunities for homeless services such as state ESG and other sources,” Nelson said. On the flip side, the city is set to receive $706,529 in HOME funds, which is a 13% increase from last year. This type of funding is used to increase the availability, quality and access to affordable and decent housing for low-income residents. Every five years, the city approves a plan that identifies areas where these HUD funding sources can be used. Each year, staff provide an annual “action plan” for council approval that details where funding is going that year. This year’s action TURN TO HUD ON 18
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North County represented at CWS By Steve Puterski
EL DORADO II development, at 304 W. Mission Road, celebrated its grand opening June 14.
San Marcos adds affordable housing By Staff
SAN M ARCOS — The city of San Marcos’ innovative approach to affordable housing seems to be working. Like all cities in California, San Marcos is required to provide for housing needs across the socioeconomic spectrum. On June 14 , the new El Dorado II development celebrated its grand opening. El Dorado II, at 304 W. Mission Road, demolished three aging buildings to create a community of 72 affordable apartment units and 1,970 square feet of commercial space. An existing 12-unit apartment building was also remodeled as part of the project, and a new halfacre park featuring playground equipment, a picnic area and a basketball court were added for residents of the entire community to
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petition, which is verified through the city’s engineering department. “This is a process that has been utilized to the extent that, I think, we're seeing some progress being made, especially when it comes to reducing the speed of vehicles in residential areas,” Contreras said. The stoplight at Bobier Drive and Calle Jules is 10th of 24 on the Traffic Signal Priority List, which
enjoy. The development is now accepting waitlist applicants. Cities work with developers to offer affordable housing, for households that earn 80% or less than the San Diego County area median income (AMI). The median income was $106,900 in April 2022. For nearly two decades, San Marcos has made careful investments in affordable housing solutions that have empowered the city to be a leader in meeting California requirements. This year, 7.79% of San Marcos’ housing stock is affordable and the city is currently working on four additional projects that will bring up to an additional 200 affordable housing units to the city. San Marcos’ positive statistics are backed by a sustainable growth strategy. The city frequently collaborates
with developers, local businesses and internal city departments. In addition to the new El Dorado II development, the upcoming Mariposa development, at 604 W. Richmar Ave., features one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable housing units. Mariposa is an 8.14 acre site that will be subdivided into two parcels, utilizing a Multi-Family Site Development Plan and Density Bonus to efficiently use the space. Phase I of Mariposa will make the most of the area by adding a community center and pool while replacing 40 units with 100 units. Phase II will replace 30 units with 97 units to complete the new living spaces. Another upcoming affordable housing community, Villa Serena Phase I and II at 340 Marcos St.,
was created in 2017 and updated last year with crash priority ratings. Based on state standards and traffic evaluations, the list was condensed to 19 intersections that met criteria for a stoplight installation in the city of Vista. While the Bobier project is mid-range in the priority list, other projects would require other enhancements. City staff also indicated that two pedestrians were fatally struck near the Bobier/Calle Jules intersection in the last five years.
The stop signs will be installed within the next six weeks and the traffic signal is expected to be constructed by the end of summer 2023. The cost to install four stop signs is about $300, which is available through a maintenance account in the 2021-22 Operating Budget. A proposed traffic signal is estimated to cost $550,000 and would be appropriated out of the Capital Improvement Projects budget for fiscal years 202223 and 2023-24.
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REGION — A trio of North County players appeared in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Notre Dame senior shortstop Zack Prajzner (Carlsbad/San Marcos HS) started three games for the Fighting Irish, with his best game coming in the opener of the double-elimination baseball tournament, a 7-3 victory over Texas on July 17. Prajzner went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in the victory. Longhorns senior second baseman Murphy Stehly (Carlsbad/Santa Fe Christian) was 1-for4 in the game with a run scored. Prajzner went 0-for4 in both of the next two games, losses to Oklahoma
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his column starts Taste of Wine’s series on its recent press tour of Paso Robles. We were able to enjoy seven wineries and start with potentially one of Paso’s most influential wineries, Daou Family Estates. Proprietors Georges and Daniel Daou, the head winemaker, purchased Daou Mountain (2,200 feet) in 2007 with its limestone and clay soil like France and perfect weather like Napa Valley to grow Bordeaux varietals. They were pioneers with most of the Paso AVA producing Rhone-style wines. Today, Daou Winery runs like a choreographed production with majestic, breathtaking views and orchestrated bustling of the most kind, helpful, and accommodating employees in the tasting room, fields, etc. Each employee is an extension of the brothers who believe in the 3 P’s (place, product and people). Daou has expanded to two other vineyards, Peachy Canyon on a neighboring hill from the mountain and Patrimony Estates a few miles away from the mountain for 650 acres. Patrimony Estates, which will be a destination experience, is estimated to
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open in 2025. It will have 360-degree views at the top of 350 acres with 200 acres planted. Eight suites will connect to a Michelin-star restaurant and tasting room via underground wine caves. As with any business, succession plans are always on the owners’ minds. In the case of Daou, the apple did not fall from the tree. After Anna shared with her father, Daniel, that she did not want to continue her Montana State agricultural business degree virtually during COVID, Daniel asked her to take over viticultural operations of the new Patrimony Estates vineyard. The 25-year-old accepted the challenge with no hesitation. Within the past year, her vineyard grew to 200 planted acres and ten employees. Daniel’s youngest child, Joseph, starting his senior year at Washington State University majoring in viticulture and enology, is having the internship of his life this summer. He will be helping older
sis Anna oversee planting an impressive 400,000 new vines at Patrimony Estates. Master Winemaker Daniel was beaming, seeing his children take charge during our visit. Seeing the trust and confidence, he has put in his children managing multi-million dollar vineyards was endearing. “Anna does not miss a thing in the vineyard; she would know if an ant were walking in the vineyard,” Daniel said. “Joseph is a mini-me with his interests and prowess in both viticulture and winemaking.” Like many Paso vineyards, Daou incorporates sustainable practices being a certified organic vineyard, such as using cleared walnut trees as decor for Patrimony Estates and native shrubs and trees to promote bugs to kill pests. Additionally, Daou tests all new plantings ensuring no viruses are brought into the AVA. Daniel stated, “Our goal is to have the purest expression of what grows in the vineyard with minimal impact.” Daniel has also planted two native Lebanese varietals, Merwah and Obaideh, representing his native land as the first-ever viticulturist TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 13
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A bold new American spin on traditional Nordic aquavit cheers! north county
atch 22? I admit I was skeptical. A new American twist on a traditional Scandinavian spirit loaded with various herbs and spices and created by an actor during the pandemic? Call me “Skeptical Steve.” Then, for the purposes of serving this column only, I poured some Batch 22 into an old jelly jar* and tip it back. The liquid just wet my lips. The confused look on my face made the dog laugh. I shoved my nose in the jar and took a deep whiff. The aroma was subtle and only slightly herbal. I took another sip, bigger this time. I don’t even have time to swish the liquid around my mouth before there is an explosion of mint and soft anise, and… something else I just can’t identify that early in the morning. Later that afternoon, I pour a real cocktail — two ounces over a single square ice cube — to confirm the morning’s discovery. The first sip offers that same pleasant explosion but without the harshness of more commonly known big brand herbal spirits. The melting ice cube only serves to smooth the flavors out even more. I have to know more, so I reach out to Batch 22 co-founder Matthew Arkin to learn more. Cheers!: What made you decide to put your focus into the effort to create a new spirit now? Matthew: There’s a clue to the whole story in the name of our company: Downtime Cocktails. Although the genesis of the idea was an event in the ‘70s on a film set in Europe with my dad, I started play-
AQUAVIT, a traditional Scandinavian distilled spirit dating to the 15th century, served as the inspiration for Downtime Cocktail Company’s Batch 22, an intriguing liquor infused with citrus, herbs and spices. Courtesy photo/Batch 22
ing around with the recipe shortly after a phone call from him in the fall of 2019. It was really a lark and nothing that I intended to pursue. When my friend Marc Marosi tasted the first batch, he realized I was on to something special and said we should think about marketing it. We brought in another friend, Bruce Glassman, with whom I went to college. We began testing different versions of the recipe, but we each have other jobs, so we were really doing it on the side. Then the pandemic hit and, like so many others, we found ourselves with a lot of time on our hands. We all like to keep busy, so that’s when our work began in earnest. Cheers!: Batch 22’s inspiration (Akvavit) has been a Scandinavian favorite since the 1500s. Are
Americans, specifically, southern Californians, ready for such a distinctively flavored cocktail? Why? Matthew: There’s definitely a space for Batch 22 on the shelf in bars and homes. The market is flooded with what I call the big 5: bourbon, scotch, gin, vodka, and tequila. Mezcal has had a rise in popularity lately, but as much as I love it, it has a distinctive smokiness that limits its appeal as well as its application. Batch 22 gives people an opportunity to try something new, which is always exciting. Cheers!: I just tasted this cocktail for the first time. The aroma was very subtle, but the flavor exploded in my mouth. How do you describe the taste to someone who has never tried it? Matthew: The best way to describe Batch 22 is to
have someone taste it. Until they do . . . well, how would you describe a newly discovered color? What’s fun is that the blend of citrus, spices, and botanicals in Batch 22 are balanced in such a way that they all mask each other, so the specific components are difficult to identify. The most common reaction we get is “I’ve never tasted anything like that,” followed immediately by “It’s really good,” or “I want more.” Then people try to guess what’s in it, but they’re almost always wrong. We’ve heard all kinds of guesses, even far out ones like watermelon rind. Cheers!: You would have been a young gentleman in Europe in your late teens when you first tried the cocktail. Why did the memory of this drink, that experience, stick with you all this time?
Matthew: What sticks with me from that night is not so much the specific spirit in that unlabeled bottle (although it was fantastic) but rather the memory of the effect it had on the film crew. It renewed their energy and their joy. The late night shoot wasn’t work anymore. It was fun! Cheers!: If you were to make a drink or a cocktail for someone who had never tried your spirits? What would it be and why? Matthew: The first thing I do when introducing someone to Batch 22 is to give them a small taste, neat, so they can appreciate how unique it is. Then I ask them what’s their cocktail of choice. The two cocktails I’ll most often mix for people are the B&T, which is our version of a gin and tonic, using Batch 22 and elderflower tonic water, or the M22, which is our take on a Manhattan, named after a bus route through the lower east side, Chinatown, and the court district, all neighborhoods that have significance for me. Both of these cocktails illustrate how Batch 22 is subtle enough that it can be substituted into classics in a way that will bring new character and depth without overpowering the underlying idea. Cheers!: What did we
miss? Anything else you want readers to know about Batch 22 right now? Matthew: I’d like to encourage people to let Batch 22 inspire their creativity. That’s why we exist, to give people a reason to come together and celebrate each other with something unique and delicious. Cheers!: What is the best way for SoCal residents to try or buy Batch 22? Matthew: Batch 22 is available nationwide for purchase online through our website at drinkbatch22.com and available at select distributors across Southern California. Batch 22 is currently on the cocktail menu at Starlite Lounge on India Street and, beginning July 8, will be available in San Diego at Clem’s Bottle House in Kensington and Quality Liquor in University Heights. More retail locations will be added in July, please visit the website and follow the (@drinkbatch22) Instagram for updates on where Batch 22 will be available. *I use old Bonne Maman preserve jars. Check back next week for some Fourth of July cocktails recipes. Stream the Roast! West Coast coffee podcast on the Coast News Podcast page.
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Odd Files Read Between the Lines “Forever in our hearts until we meet again, cherished memories, known as our son, brother, father, papa, uncle, friend, & cousin.” The message on Steven Paul Owens’ tombstone at the Warren-Powers Cemetery in Polk County, Iowa, reflects the sentiments of the family the 59-year-old left behind when he died in September 2021, but the message within the message has the community in an uproar, WHO-13 reported. That’s because if one reads the first letter of each line vertically, the phrase “F--- OFF” can be found. Owens’ daughter said not only was the message intentional, but her dad would have loved it: “It was a term of endearment. If he said that to you, it meant he liked you. If he didn’t like you, he didn’t talk to you.” A statement from the board of trustees that oversees the cemetery says community members are organizing a legal response and “will not stop until the headstone is removed.” [WHO13, 6/15/2022] What a Catch? When Richard Kaser of Shelbyville, Indiana, took his friend Jon Hoop out fishing in the Ohio River on June 5, the hope was that Hoop would catch his first blue catfish, Fox 59 News reported. And Hoop succeeded with the first
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JUNE 24, 2022 fish he hauled in, though the fish’s stomach seemed unusually lumpy. Expecting to discover upon cutting it open that the catfish had swallowed another fish or perhaps a turtle, Kaser instead found a foam ball, part of a fish and ... a rather large sex toy. “When it came out, Jon, my wife and I started laughing,” Kaser recalled in a Facebook post. “My wife immediately covered my daughter’s eyes and turned her away from it.” No word on when Hoop’s next fishing outing will be, but it will be hard to top his first. [Fox59, 6/9/2022] Lost and Found Daniel Hughes was kayaking recently in the Ohio River in Maysville, Kentucky, when a bright yellow object tangled in debris on the riverbank caught his eye, KDKA-TV reported. Upon closer inspection, Hughes discovered that the object was a helmet — specifically a firefighter helmet with markings identifying it as property of the Franklin Park Fire Department in Pennsylvania, some 422 miles away. The helmet had an ID card still attached, and when Hughes shared photos to the Franklin Park FD Facebook page, Chief Bill Chicots got in touch and shared the whole story. “The helmet belonged to Dave Vodarick, he’s been a member of our fire department since 1974; he lost the helmet during a water rescue in October 2019,” Chicots said.
The rushing water failed to sweep Vodarick away three years ago, but it succeeded in ripping off his helmet, and efforts to find it had come up empty. The well-traveled helmet is set to return to Franklin Park, where it will be displayed in the fire department’s trophy case. [KDKA-TV, 6/15/2022] One Person’s Trash The ’80s ruled recently in a batch of auctions that may send folks into their attics on the hunt for forgotten treasure. The Houston Chronicle reported that a shrink-wrapped, near-mint condition 1986 “Back to the Future” VHS tape sold for an astounding $75,000 in a Heritage Auction on June 9, the highest price ever fetched at auction for a sealed and graded VHS cassette. It didn’t hurt that the item came from the personal collection of actor Tom Wilson, who portrayed Biff Tannen in the movie trilogy, and that Wilson added a handwritten note and offered to sign the container for the winner. Wilson also sold sealed and graded VHS copies of “Back to the Future II” ($16,250), “Back to the Future III” ($13,750) and a ’90s-era “Back to the Future Trilogy” boxed set ($10,000). Other highlights of the ’80s-era VHS auctions included copies of blockbusters “Goonies” ($50,000), “Jaws” ($32,500), “Ghostbusters” ($23,750) and “Top Gun” ($17,500). [Houston Chronicle, 6/17/2022]
Let Me Off Here A bus driver from Boston learned the hard way that in areas where cannabis is legal, it pays to read every label. As AP News reported, on March 13, police found Jinhuan Chen, a 10-year veteran driver for Go Go Sun Tour with an exemplary record, unconscious at the wheel of a bus pulled over on the side of Interstate 95 in Stratford, Connecticut. Chen, who, according to his manager, “doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, but he has a sweet tooth and likes candy,” had been transporting 38 passengers and munching on a package of gummy candies when he blacked out. Turns out the gummies were Smokies Edibles Cannabis Infused Fruit Chews, and toxicology reports revealed a high level of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, in Chen’s bloodstream. “This would never have happened a couple of years ago,” Go Go Sun Tour manager Victor Chen said, “but now there’s marijuana everywhere here.” Jinhuan Chen will face 38 counts of reckless endangerment at his court date in August. [AP News, 6/15/2022]
Sur” by Richard Brautigan, a book that had last been checked out in 1974 — making it approximately 48 years and 107 days overdue. Efforts to track down and thank the borrower were successful, and Tony Spence, 72, a retired judge living in British Columbia, will be spared the late fees — not only the $7,618.10 that would be charged if the fines weren’t capped, but also the $10.50 maximum fine. “We’re pleased to have the book back in a condition good enough to return to the shelves, if we wanted, and under the circumstances we’re waiving the fines,” a statement from the library said. “We thank Mr. Spence for returning it and hope he enjoyed it.” [CBC News, 6/11/2022] Public Notice — When you gotta go, you gotta go, and apparently people gotta go quite often in Boston elevators. So much so, in fact, that AP News reports that the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority is incorporating new technology in four downtown elevators to help solve the problem of public urination. The new sensors, which use a fan to draw in odors and detect if urine is present, will alert transit ambassadors, who will send cleaning crews to deal with the situation. [AP News, 6/12/2022]
Better Late Than Never It’s not unheard of for a library to receive a late book return in the mail, but the package the Tooting Library in London received from Canada recently won’t be forgotten anytime — The Carter Counsoon. CBC News reported that the package contained ty Sheriff’s Office in Tena copy of the book “A Con- nessee has requested the federate General From Big public’s help in finding
the owner of a pig at large — and when we say “at large,” we mean large. The animal weighs an estimated 300 pounds, and it has helped itself to homeowners’ plants and destroyed property during its wandering, reported WJHLTV. “We have nowhere to put a 300-pound pig ... safely,” said Shannon Posada, director of the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter. “We have no way of transportation for that large of an animal.” Posada said local farmers may be called upon to help if the owner isn’t found. [WJHLTV, 6/13/2022] Gas Prices on the Rise New Zealand’s Ministry for Environment recently proposed a plan to help curb the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, Reuters reported on June 8. The gist: charging farmers for cow burps. The country is home to 5 million people, but twice that many cattle — and 26 million sheep, to boot — and almost half of its greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. Even so, agricultural gases have so far been exempted from the country’s emissions trading program. Well, your free ride could soon be over, Bessie: Starting in 2025, farmers would have to pay for their livestock’s emissions by volume. The proposal includes incentives for farmers to reduce gases through feed additives, and to use on-farm forestry to offset emissions. [Reuters, 6/8/2022]
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into what they are calling an International Food Court. Come for dinner and 6:30 to 7:45 pm. starting for fresh produce. July 5 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 READING CHALLENGE Oakcrest Park Drive, EnThe Escondido Library cinitas. For more informa- offers a Teen Summer tion visit EncinitasRecReg Reading Challenge: “Anior call (760) 943-2260. The manga Kurabu” for ages 13 deadline for registration is to 18, from 4 to 6 p.m., June June 28. 29 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Take part in anime-themed activities such as bingo, screen printing, SUMMER NIGHTS trivia and a prize. The State Street Farmers’ Market, for seven con- CATHOLIC FRIENDS secutive Wednesday eveThe Catholic Widows nings, from 2:30 p.m. from and Widowers of North June 29 through Aug. 10, County support group for will move its hot food ven- those who desire to foster dors from State Street to friendships through varthe fountain parking lot, ious social activities will just across Grand Avenue, meet tour Museum of MakCONTINUED FROM 6
ing Music with lunch to follow at Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Carlsbad June 29. Reservations are required (760) 696-3502. CAREER DAY
The Boys & Girls Club of Vista is sponsoring a “Road to Great Futures” Career Day from 4 to 6 p.m. July 1 at 410 W. California Ave., Vista.
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ship service in the church sanctuary. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy an all-American sing along. All ages are welcome to this Fourth of July celebration. For more information: https://villagechurch.org/ JOIN THE ART MART If you are interested in family-summer-bbq. being a vendor at the Encinitas Friends of the Arts Flea & Art Market, contact Cheryl at artbuzz1@gmail. KEEP PETS SAFE com. The event will be at San Diego Humane Sothe Pacific View Elementa- ciety is asking pet parents ry school site from 10 a.m. to plan to keep their furry to 3 p.m. July 23. Vendor family members safe this application is available at July Fourth holiday. Ensure Encinitas Flea Market. Ap- your pet is microchipped plications must be submit- and the information conted no later than July 14. nected to the chip is up to If you do not have seller’s date. The July Fourth holpermit, they are available iday can be especially terat taxes.ca.gov. rifying for pets due to the loud noises associated with fireworks and revelry. Visit sdhumane.org/.
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The Village Church is inviting everyone to a free Family Summer Barbecue party from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 3 at 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. Enjoy a barbecue lunch, family games, crafts, a bouncy house for kids and more. The event will follow a 10 a.m. wor-
The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will lunch at The Landings, Carlsbad July 5; walk,
The 2022 Kids in the Garden classes offer Cooking and Nutrition - Corn on the cob and ways we cook and eat corn from 10 a.m. to noon July 9 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Cost is $5 each child or adult. Pre-registration requested at (760) 8226824 or farmerjonesavbg@ gmail.com.
preservation of affordable housing. “We know that overpayment and overcrowding is a widespread problem in Escondido, especially among our low-income renters,” Nelson said. “The city currently has over 3,000 people on its Section 8 waitlist.” Under this year’s allocated budget, $490,495 will go toward housing development funds and $50,000 to the city’s first-time homebuyer program. The city plans to soon release requests for proposals for an affordable housing development that serves households at 30% of the area median income (AMI), which Nelson said is “extremely low income.” Though the city’s firsttime homebuyer program is popular and residents often inquire about it, few have benefited from the program over the last several years. No households in 2021 were served by the program, which provides a down payment or closing cost assistance for households at 80% AMI. Councilmember Con-
suelo Martinez questioned how the city aims to preserve affordable housing while some tenants continue to be pushed out due to high rent prices and other factors. She noted that some older apartment complexes along Mission Avenue have been bought out by investment companies and that residents have been evicted without justification. “Our top two goals are the creation and preservation of affordable housing, but I don’t see a policy for that,” Martinez said. Martinez also believes that a lack of participation in the 2020 census skewed Escondido’s population numbers, which may have influenced the reduction in HUD funding this year. “I know for a fact that our city grew, it was just that people didn’t participate in the census,” she said. “It’s just a reminder to the public that the census is so important because we just saw right now how we missed ESG funding. … Every person who gets counted is money for your community.”
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plan, which council approved unanimously at its June 15 meeting, breaks down which capital improvement projects will receive CDBG and HOME funding this year. The proposed CDBG capital improvement projects include $115,000 to code enforcement; $284,600 for the Escondido Education COMPACT Success Center, a youth workforce development program; and $213,956 for its homeless resource center purchase and conversion project, which will provide a central hub for people experiencing homelessness to access resources outside of regular business hours. It also includes $18,000 for water bottle filling stations in city parks and $200,345 for graffiti removal. The HOME funds prioritize helping rental and buyer housing developments, homebuyer assistance programs, homeowner rehabilitation projects, tenantbased rental assistance and
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