Inland Edition, June 7, 2024

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Vista tightens STR rules

VISTA — New regulations adopted by the Vista City Council last week seek to control the rampant issue of unregistered and untaxed shortterm rentals.

There are currently 36 registered shortterm rentals in Vista that brought in around $100,000 in transient occupancy tax, or TOT, revenue last year. However, the city’s code enforcement department knows of at least 100 more that are operating illegally and skipping out on taxes.

The new ordinance, adopted unanimously by the council on May 28, requires all operators of short-term rentals, also known as STRs or vacation rentals, to obtain a business license, TOT registration and a new shortterm rental permit. The ordinance also requires a two-night minimum stay for non-hosted rentals and sets quiet hours of 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., among other restrictions.

Vista officials said the regulations are needed to prevent disruptions in residential neighborhoods where STRs are located, including excess noise, parties and illegal parking. City staff said they know a handful of vacation rentals repeatedly used as party locations, causing a nuisance for neighbors.

“We really want to safeguard the peace, safety and general welfare of our neighborhoods,” said Community Development Director Joseph Vacca.

Under the ordinance, individual owners are limited to operating a maximum of five local short-term rentals, although there is no cap on the number or percentage of STRs allowed in the city overall. STRs cannot be operated out of accessory dwelling units.

The ordinance also

Easement for battery project denied

Palomar Health cites potential hospital impacts

— The Palomar Health administration recently denied a property easement that would have allowed a proposed battery storage facility to connect to an Escondido substation via hospital grounds.

Palomar Medical Center in Escondido is approximately 1,600 feet from 925 Country Club Drive, a 22-acre former horse ranch in the Eden Valley community where the proposed Seguro

the facility would connect to the local power grid through a new on-site substation, connecting to the nearby 30,000-kilowatt SDG&E Escondido Substation through an underground transmission line.

City shows interest in Green Oak

Vista site’s neighbors oppose county’s plan

VISTA — Neighbors of the Green Oak Ranch property in Vista are advocating for the city to purchase and preserve the land, which is also being pursued by the County of San Diego and homelessness nonprofit Solutions for Change.

At a packed City Council meeting on May 28, City Attorney Walter Chung announced that the council had agreed in closed session to move forward with an appraisal of the property. The announcement was met with cheers from those in attendance as the city’s first publicly acknowledged interest in purchasing the land.

Nearly a dozen residents, many from the Shadowridge neighborhood adjacent to the ranch, addressed the council to oppose the county’s plan for the Green Oak Ranch site. The plan involves a $280 million sober living and behavioral health facility intended to fill a critical mental health service gap in the region.

Several residents shared concerns about the lack of communication from the county about the planned facility, and others claimed that the individuals receiving treatment would pose safety risks for children and families.

Energy Storage project would be located if approved by the county.

The 320-megawatt facility would store enough energy from renewable sources like so-

lar and wind to power 240,000 homes for four hours.

According to AES Corporation, the energy company proposing to build and operate Seguro,

Residents of the Eden Valley, Harmony Grove and Elfin Forest communities are widely opposed to the project due to its proximity to hundreds of residential homes. Some fear that the lithium-ion batteries could start a fire and cause disruptive noise, air pollution and other environmental problems.

Jeff Griffith, chair-


“While the intention behind this project is noble, it brings with it considerable concerns for our local community, concerns that we as residents have the right to voice and address within our City Council,” said Denisse Barragan, a resident and City Council District 3 candidate.

“We cannot allow the county to decide on a project of this magnitude without our input and consent.”

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The 110-acre portion of the property that is up for sale currently houses a summer camp and retreat center, an RV park, and a residential men’s recovery program operated by Green Oak Ranch Ministries.

Karen Allison said she and her family of five are among 30 low-income families living in the TURN TO GREEN OAK ON 5

Workers put on the finishing touches as the San Diego County Fair prepares to open its gates Wednesday. STORY ON 5 Photo by Laura Place Officials and residents gathered this week at the Vista Civic Center for the raising of the pride flag.
A SIGN opposes a proposed battery storage facility in the Eden Valley community outside Escondido and San Marcos. File photo/Samantha Nelson
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Bidding Rancho Minerva farewell

VISTA — As K-12 schools are wrapping up the academic year, the community at Rancho Minerva Middle School is saying its final goodbyes ahead of the school’s closure.

Families and teachers learned last summer that 2023-24 would be the last school year at Rancho Minerva and Beaumont Elementary School after the Vista Unified School District board decided to consolidate both sites to address declining enrollment.

The district will also eventually make Rancho Minerva the new site of Vista Innovation and Design Academy, or VIDA, currently located on Olive Avenue. This process will not begin for at least another year. Next year, the school’s campus is planned to sit empty.

On May 28, families and teachers gathered at Rancho Minerva for a celebration, and a similar event took place at Beaumont earlier in the month.

Linda Rust, who has taught at Rancho Minerva since it opened in 2007, said the school’s closure is “bittersweet.” She will be following her students to Roosevelt next year and continue to teach seventh grade.

“The two other middle schools — Roosevelt and Madison — have been very welcoming to the teachers. I can’t tell you how wonderful they’ve been. I’ve never felt so welcomed, and that’s a great feeling, to feel like you’re wanted and needed somewhere,” Rust said.

Rancho Minerva PTA

President Amanda Remmen has sent all four of her children to Beaumont Elementary and currently has two kids at Rancho Minerva

who will be transferring to Roosevelt. Her youngest is a fifth-grader at Beaumont, who was also planning to attend Rancho Minerva.

She said she and many other parents are frustrated with the district’s decision-making around the consolidation and believe it would have been better to delay the closure of Rancho Minerva so as not to overwhelm the other middle schools. This frustration has spurred her and fellow parent Zulema Gomez to run for the school board this fall.

“I will say, it’s been a rough year, especially being close with the staff at both sites for so long,” Remmen said. “I’m a little nervous to see what next year looks like.”

The 64-year-old Beaumont campus will not continue to be used as a school in the long term due to its deteriorated condition from cracks, mold and water intrusion. However, the population of Bobier Elementary School will be temporarily relocated to Beaumont for the next two school years during the rebuild of their own campus, planned to begin in June.

Vista Unified will provide transportation for all relocated students to their new schools, including additional bus routes planned for Roosevelt and Madison middle schools, and new routes to transport Bobier students to Beaumont.

Following the allocation or spending of most of the $247 million Measure LL bond, Vista Unified leaders are facing a shortfall of funds. Therefore, they strongly consider placing another bond measure of around $364 million before voters this fall to fund future facility projects.

Palomar Health settles fentanyl case for $250K

By City News Service REGION — Palomar Health has agreed to pay

$250,000 to resolve allegations that fentanyl was diverted from one of its facilities in Escondido, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced June 3. After the health care system reported to the U.S.

Drug Enforcement Administration that one of its employees might have diverted controlled substances, a government investigation found that “numerous vials” of fentanyl were diverted from automated medication dispensing machines at Palomar’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab in Escondido over

the course of five months.

The probe further found unused fentanyl wasn’t properly disposed of, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

fice said the settlement was reached without any determination of liability.

Four arrested in jewelry store thefts

REGION — Four suspects who allegedly carried out a string of robberies and burglaries at high-end jewelry stores, resulting in more than $1.5 million in losses to the businesses, have been arrested and charged in San Diego County, it was announced May 31.

The alleged crimes happened in April and May at stores in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Kern counties, according to the California Attorney General’s Office.

At a news conference, California Attorney General Rob Bonta said there were 21 separate thefts, most of which occurred in San Diego County.

“These are not victimless crimes,” Bonta said. “These thefts hurt businesses, small and large alike, and they pose a danger to workers and to the public.”

Bonta said the thieves would often pose as customers, ask to see specific pieces of jewelry, then grab the items and run. Some stores were burglarized after hours.

Stores that were hit include Banter, KAY Jewelers, Zales, Marc Jacobs and JCPenney, among others.

Bonta did not speak to the specific store locations, but the case was investigated jointly by the San Diego Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department, Escondido Police Department, El Cajon Police Department, National City Police Department, Chula Vista Police Department, Bakersfield Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff's Department and California Department of Justice Organized Retail Crime Task Force.

Bonta said the four suspects arrested this week are believed to all the people involved in this particular operation. Charges filed this week include felony counts of organized retail theft, robbery, burglary and grand theft.


VISTA — A man who stabbed his girlfriend over 20 times in front of her children in Escondido was sentenced May 29 to 50 years to life in state prison.

Arturo Ulloa, 43, was found guilty earlier this year for the Feb. 1, 2023, attack at the couple’s apartment on North Quince Street.

The victim awoke that morning to Ulloa strangling her, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. At some point, he stopped, but then began strangling her again, the DA’s Office said.

Ulloa then fled the scene and tried to carjack someone.

A Vista jury convicted Ulloa in January of attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, attempted carjacking and child endangerment.

The DA’s Office said Ulloa also has 11 prior convictions for armed robbery.


ESCONDIDO — A male juvenile has been stabbed to death in Escondido, police said June 4.

Police were called to the 2700 block of Wanek Road, south of El Norte Parkway, a little before 8 p.m. Monday about a stabbing, according to the Escondido Police Department.

Officers arrived and located the victim. Paramedics rushed him to Palomar Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Officers on the scene learned that a group of males were seen fighting in the middle of the street.

“All of the other subjects involved in the fight fled the scene before police arrived,” the department said. “There are no suspects in custody at this time.”

Anyone with information about the incident was encouraged to call the police at 760-839-4722, or Detective Therese Ruiz at 760-839-4790.


VISTA — A man who gunned down his fatherin-law and brother-in-law in Valley Center was sentenced May 31 to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 50 years.

Christian Bobila, 46, was convicted by a Vista jury earlier this year for the June 26, 2022, killings of Vicente Reyes, 79, and Vincent Reyes, 45.

Prosecutors say the killings stemmed from “a long-simmering family schism” over Bobila’s marriage to Vicente Reyes’ daughter, which happened without Vicente Reyes’ blessing.

On the day of the killings, Bobila drove from the Bay Area to the Reyes family home in Valley Center. He first shot his brother-in-law, Vincent Reyes, three times while the victim was speaking with someone on the phone, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Bobila then shot his father-in-law in the head and chest in an upstairs bedroom.

Representatives with Palomar Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the settlement. A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Of-

Along with the $250,000, Palomar Health has agreed to increase security and implement specialized training related to the proper handling of controlled substances, officials said.

As she attempted to flee, Ulloa stabbed her over 20 times with five knives, according to prosecutors, who said the victim’s children — ages 4 and 7 — witnessed the crime and ran to a neighbor for help.

Prosecutors say Bobila’s wife tried to intervene, but Bobila killed her father in her presence. He then drove off, but was arrested about a mile away. Bobila was found guilty in March of two counts of first-degree murder, firearm enhancements and a special-circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders.

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PLANTS FROM the Rancho Minerva Middle School campus in Vista are offered to students to take home on Tuesday ahead of the school’s closure next month. Photo by Laura Place CURRENT AND former Rancho Minerva students look at the school’s 2023-24 yearbook at a goodbye celebration for the school on Tuesday ahead of its closure next month. Photo by Laura Place LINDA RUST, who has taught at Rancho Minerva Middle School since it opened in 2007, talks to students at the May 28 celebration. Photo by Laura Place

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Pet-friendly California legislation’s hidden costs

San Diego is famous for its pet-friendly culture, with countless dog parks, beaches, and events for pets and their owners. But not everyone can be around animals.

Some people have allergies, immune system issues or trauma from past incidents. Others prefer peace and quiet, especially when working from home.

Even though some people prefer to live in animal-free homes, a new proposed law would force many people to live in communities where pets are allowed.

Sponsored by the Humane Society to ease overcrowded animal shelters, AB 2216 has good intentions but would have serious consequences. It would force any multi-family building of 16 or more homes to accept pets — disrupting the balance between pet lovers and those who need or prefer pet-free environments.

The charming neighborhoods of Southern California rely on landlords who provide diverse housing options. This legislation would prevent them from providing pet-free housing. This one-size-fitsall approach undermines property owners’ autonomy and creates significant challenges for both tenants and landlords.

Residents who need pet-free homes due to allergies, illnesses, trauma or noise sensitivity would suffer. Many Californians would lose the opportunity to live in a suitable environment.

This legislation would take away options for renters. For many, living in a pet-free environment is a necessity due to health concerns.

Pet allergies can lead to severe health issues, and individuals with traumatic

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The legislation would also create financial risks for landlords. It’s a fact that pets can damage homes.

experiences involving animals may suffer anxiety and stress around pets. Forcing these individuals to live with pets is deeply unfair and detrimental to their well-being.

Pets, especially dogs, can be noisy, disturbing other tenants. This is a major issue in urban areas where noise pollution is already a problem. Excessive noise can disrupt workfrom-home situations, leading to stress and decreased productivity.

The legislation would also create financial risks for landlords — especially the smaller, mom-and-pop owners.

From dogs and cats to gerbils and lizards, it’s a fact that pets can damage homes, from scratched walls and aquarium leak-

Pot lounges? Why expand the harm?

Since California voters legalized cannabis via a 2016 ballot initiative, the weed has evolved into something like a normal business.

It’s complete with webcasts on how to operate efficiently, disputes over where to place stores and gripes about black marketeers siphoning off too much of the multi-billion-dollar take.

Now the state Assembly has decided the marijuana trade, with retail outlets in almost every corner of the state, is not yet big enough.

The lower legislative house voted by a huge margin (49-4, with almost half its members not voting) to expand the business even further by allowing Amsterdam-style lounges that could serve food and drinks along with varieties of the weed.

they used) cannabis weekly or more frequently over the past year showed greater cognitive decline than those who never used cannabis.”

In short, if you want to avoid dementia as you age, forget the weed.

Now there’s even more bad news for frequent cannabis users, also tied to advancing age.

age to urine-soaked floors and ripped screens. It also makes it harder and more expensive to provide a clean unit for the next tenant.

While the current version of the bill would allow landlords to require tenants to have liability insurance, the fact remains that having pets in rental units also increases liability risks for property owners.

For example, if a pet injures someone, the landlord could be held liable. Pet-related incidents could lead to higher insurance premiums or loss of coverage — at a time when affordable insurance is already hard to find.

California law already provides guidelines for pets in rental units. Why impose a new, stricter regulation that removes more autonomy and flexibility from both landlords and tenants?

Supporters of AB 2216 argue that the bill promotes inclusivity for pet owners, but the real-world implications are more complex.

Instead of a blanket policy mandating landlords to accept pets, a more balanced approach would encourage tailored agreements between landlords and tenants.

As this bill moves closer to becoming law, it’s crucial to consider its wider implications. California thrives on diversity and choice; let's not strip away small landlords' ability to manage their properties or tenants’ rights to choose a living environment that suits their needs.

We should aim for solutions that respect and address the needs of all Californians — pet owners and non-pet owners alike.

Alan Pentico, CAE, is the Executive Director of the Southern California Rental Housing Association

The large number of non-voters (more than onethird of Assembly members) was a clear sign that many did not wish to make an enemy of the powerful pot lobby but also did not want to go on the record favoring expanded cannabis use.

Perhaps that was because polls taken as recently as last year indicate about one-third of voters here believe the pot industry has grown too large and ubiquitous.

The Assembly majority, however, wasn’t worried about that, nor is it likely the state Senate will pause very long, either. An almost identical bill passed both houses last year, only to be vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who cited state laws requiring smoke-free workplaces.

But there are stronger reasons than that for questioning expanded pot use in California.

For one thing, while laws control the purity of alcoholic beverages, nothing ensures the quality of marijuana.

The ill effects of cannabis use have been well known for generations: spaced-out behavior, impaired judgment, both clouded and heightened senses depending on your personal biology, a distorted sense of time, slower reactions, lower motor skills, reduced inhibitions, less mental focus and memory.

On the positive side, there’s pain reduction and better tolerance for some prescription medications and their side effects, especially among anti-cancer drugs.

But just last year, a peer-reviewed report in a journal of the American Psychiatric Association made it definite that if you want to be mentally sharp in middle age and beyond, don’t smoke pot regularly.

Concluded the report: “At age 45, people who (said

This time, it’s the Journal of the American Medical Association publishing a peer-reviewed Canadian study showing use of dried marijuana flowers and edible pot products by those aged 65 and up could lead to acute cannabis toxicity, causing coordination problems, muscle weakness and unsteady hands, lethargy, decreased concentration, slowed reaction time and slurred speech.

Large doses of cannabis extracts often produced confusion, amnesia, delusions, hallucinations, anxiety and agitation.

The good news is that most episodes reported by the Sinai Health and University Health Network in Toronto were short. But long-term pot users also experienced paranoia, panic disorder and generalized fear.

That’s what you’d risk by going to newly legalized pot lounges if they were authorized in California, as the majority of legislators appears to want.

Which leads to a logical question: What are those so-called state leaders on?

The same for union leaders who moved the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Western States Council (UFCW) to back this legislation, known as AB 1775, sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Matthew Haney of San Francisco.

Said John Frahm, president of UFCW’s Hayward-based Local 5, which covers most of Northern California, “We need to be doing all we can to strengthen California’s legal cannabis industry while it battles high taxation, restrictive regulations and competition from the illicit cannabis market.”

He did not explain why that’s needed, but it’s safe to say he’d like to unionize any new pot lounges legalized by AB 1775.

That might be good for the UFCW, but plainly not for the mental or physical health of pot users.


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‘Retro’ San Diego County Fair opens next week


— The San Diego County Fair will return to the Del Mar Fairgrounds next week, bringing rides, carnival games, exciting exhibits, livestock auctions and a full calendar of performances by national and local acts.

Featuring the theme “Let’s Go Retro!” with a focus on the nostalgia of past decades, this year’s fair will run from June 12 to July 7. Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Fairgrounds CEO Carlene Moore said the 20-day fair will include flashbacks to different eras within the theme exhibit, grandstand shows, and contests.

“There are just going to be these moments where people are going to enjoy sharing the story of their memory from something they see at the fair,” Moore said.

General fair admission

can be purchased at a discounted price online or dayof for a slightly higher price.

Advance tickets are $13 for youth/seniors and $16 for adults on weekdays, and $17 for youth/seniors and $20 for adults on weekends and July 4. Admission is always free for children ages five and younger.

Residents are encouraged to participate in the “Let’s Go Retro!” challenge by submitting photos from the 1950s through 1990s that capture the fads, trends and general vibes of the era or scenes from the retro days of the San Diego County Fair. The grand prize includes fair and Grandstand concert admission, food and ride credits, preferred parking and more.

Among the special events at this year’s fair are the annual Out at the Fair celebration on June 22 and the fair’s inaugural powwow on June 30, involving dancing, drum circles, singing, vendors, and educational


“It’s important that we get out there and promote the Indigenous ways, the Indigenous communities, and the different aspects

of the Indigenous peoples,” said Sam Bearpaw, who is White Mountain Apache and Membrano Apache and will serve as the Head Man during the powwow.

Thirteen grandstand shows are planned for the Toyota Summer Concert series, including performances by Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris on June 28 and

THE VISTA City Council chambers were packed on May 28 with residents opposed to the county’s planned sober living and behavioral health facility at Green Oak Ranch. Vista resident Tim Troncone, top left, who lives near Green Oak Ranch, speaks in opposition to the county’s plans. Councilmember Corinna Contreras, top right, listens to public comment during the meeting, at which the city publicly acknowledged interest in buying the property. Photos by Laura Place


RV park. She emphasized that the county’s proposal would cause them to be displaced. Moving into the RV park brought her family out of homelessness eight years ago.

“We find it unthinkable and unacceptable that we would all stand to be practically made homeless — in my family’s case, again — in an effort to provide homes for other homeless people. There’s a bitter irony there,” Allison said.

While city officials have not shared details about their potential plans for Green Oak Ranch, residents said they would like to see it used to provide more sports opportunities for youth, particularly Vista Little League, or to serve as a training facility for the Vista Fire Department.

Stacey Sills of Vista Little League said they had to turn away around 50 kids this past year because of their limited space and capacity.

“Our ball fields are at their limits. We’re maxed

on the number of teams, practices, and games that we can accommodate,” Sills said.

Others said they support Green Oak Ranch Ministries’ existing sober living program and noted that the ministry would lose 85% of its funding if the summer camp and retreat center were closed.

“Green Oak Ranch currently does it the right way,” said resident Tim Troncone.

Meanwhile, Solutions for Change is also negotiating with ranch owners, with plans to expand their Solu-

tions Academy programs with additional housing and workforce development training for homeless individuals and families.

Miles Himmel, a spokesperson for County Supervisor Jim Desmond, said the county has completed an initial appraisal of the land but will conduct a formal appraisal if the ranch owner agrees to negotiate.

The Coast News has contacted the real estate company managing the Green Oak Ranch sale for comment.

late-night comedy trio Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, and Arsenio Hall on June 21. Tickets to grandstand shows also include same-day fair admission.

Attendees can also find a variety of free concerts, dance performances, comedy and other entertainment at various stages throughout the fair, including the Paddock Concert Stage, Coors Light Avenue Stage, and Funville Stage.

Parking options at the fair include $20 general parking and $50 preferred parking onsite. Attendees can also park at the Del Mar Horsepark ($10) or Canyon Crest Academy (free) and then take a free shuttle to the fair entrance.

Attendees can also purchase Fair Tripper tickets, which cover a round trip on the NCTD Coaster, Sprinter, Breeze, MTS Trolley or bus, and entry to the fair. For tickets and a full list of events and activities, visit

Coalition gets sales tax on ballot

— A coalition of businesses, labor groups, public safety organizations and other community leaders submitted thousands of signatures to the city on May 31 in favor of putting a 1-cent sales tax initiative on the ballot this November.

The Escondido Citizens for Safety coalition began collecting signatures in January when the group was formed.

The coalition is led by the Escondido Police Officers Association and the Escondido Firefighters Association, and backed by former fire chief J. Neil Hobbs; Deanna Smith, board chair of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and owner of Deanna’s Gluten Free Bakery; and Rich Aeling, owner of Aelott Air Conditioning and member of various local civic and charitable organizations.

According to proponents, the city’s financial problems and lack of revenue necessitate a sales tax increase of 1 cent on the dollar.

The city expects a $10 million average operating budget deficit over the next five years and an $18 million average deficit over the next 20 years.

After closing a $11.3 million budget shortfall last year, staff warned the Escondido City Council that the city’s $59.6 million reserve funds will be gone by 2030 if nothing changes, forcing “deep cuts” if additional revenue isn’t found.

“From the very beginning, this has been a citizen-led effort to bring new investment to our community,” said Escondido Firefighters Association President Joe Portman in a recent announcement from the coalition. “With thousands of Escondido

residents joining our cause and signing the petition, this is a clear signal that voters are ready to fix the financial issues facing our City, fund critical services like public safety, and help our neighborhoods thrive."

The initiative comes a year after voters denied a ¾-cent sales tax increase put forward by the city in 2022.

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The number of signatures appears to be sufficient but must be verified by the Registrar of Voters.

Clerk’s office began counting the signatures on June 3. Approximately 11,898 signatures were submitted.

To qualify for the ballot, the sales tax initiative would need signatures from at least 7,748 people — at least 10% of Escondido’s registered voters — according to City Clerk Zack Beck.

Beck said his office has completed the prima facie count of the signatures and has deemed the number to be sufficient to make the ballot. The signatures have been delivered to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters for final verification.

“If the signatures are verified and deemed sufficient by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, the City Council shall submit the ordinance, without alteration, to the voters,” Beck said via email.

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GREEN OAK FALLBROOK HIGH School freshman FFA members Morgan Michalke, left, and Molly Schmierer stand with goats Cinnamon, left, and Woolly Wonka. Hundreds of FFA and 4-H students are involved in livestock competitions during the San Diego County Fair. Photo by Laura Place

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Melvin Walker of Oceanside was one of nearly 50 graduates from the Hofstra University Class of 2024 who were honored at the Grads of Color graduation celebration.


The following students made the dean’s list at their respective colleges and universities: William Schewe of Encinitas at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Josie Waite of Carlsbad at Elmhurst University, Angelina Schaber of Encinitas at Washington College, and Emily Groom of San Marcos at the University of Sioux Falls.


Twenty-four Carlsbad High School seniors were awarded $1,300 scholarships from the Aron Gunner Memorial Scholarship Foundation: Mason Walsh, Makayla Mazzulla, Ben Redfield, Quinn Churchill, Kevin Nair, Keala Geary, Kara Brooks, Javier Garcia, Viviana Granados, Griffin Rosenbloom, Haylie Bonner, Chloe Norton, Caroline Jethmal, Olivia Yarchever,

nounced its addition of primary healthcare services at the Vista Way Health Campus in Oceanside.


Four North County nonprofits each received $10,000 in grants from Cox Charities: TERI Inc., the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Healthy Day Partners and Experience Nature Unplugged.


Sheen Eslampour, Yessenia de la Mora, Lina Dicus, Karen Hernandez Merino, Jennifer Gonzales, Emma Soto, Gabriela Fowler, Maylee Madsen, Ayla Ashbury and Lennox Li.


Oceanside resident and MiraCosta College sociology professor Thao Ha is one of two people to receive this year’s Nancy Jamison Award of $50,000 for her work in social justice and racial equity.


Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chris McCloskey of Oceanside participated in a Memorial Day 5K run on the flight deck of amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA 7) in the Pacific Ocean.


The Carlsbad HiNoon Rotary Club award-

ed $42,000 in scholarships to students attending Carlsbad High School and Sage Creek High School: Dylan Bowman, Ethan Fairclouch, Tosh Carr, Ella Clancy, Romie Coffler, Jennifer Gonzalez, Ronaldo Gonzalez Godinez, Viviana Granados, Yasmin Hernandez, Caroline Jethmal, Maylee Madsen, Delanie Meyers, Nevaeha Montanez Gonzalez, Ben Redfield, Sofia Tamayo, Sarahi Torres and Varun Venkatesh.


San Diego County recently received $526,750 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program to implement an Equitable Solar Installation Program, which aims to cover upfront costs for 24 low- and moderate-income households.


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Pilgrim Children’s Center, a non-profit preschool in Carlsbad, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 22. Since 1974, the preschool has provided early childhood education, serving children aged 2 to 5 with a focus on fostering self-esteem, personal responsibility, cultural diversity and justice.


Boys to Men Mentoring was awarded a multi-year grant of $50,000 from the Players Coalition to support its mission to turn underserved middle and high school boys into responsible, self-sufficient men.


Santa Rosa-based Poppy Bank has opened its new Carlsbad branch location at 6985 El Camino Real, Suite A104. The bank was recently named the best business bank and recognized as one of the strongest financial institutions in the U.S. with assets nearly $6 billion.

Remembering James Hubbell

EPima Medical Institute: Shaping the future of healthcare education in San Marcos

Since its founding in 1972, Pima Medical Institute (PMI) has established itself as a leader in providing career-focused education in the healthcare sector.

With the opening of their San Marcos campus in 2017, PMI continues to uphold its mission of delivering high-quality, post-secondary education to aspiring healthcare professionals.

How long have you been in business? Pima Medical Institute was founded in 1972. The San Marcos campus opened in 2017.

What does your business do? Provide career focused education in various healthcare fields.

What services and/or specialty products do you provide? Post-secondary Education

How long have you been in business at your current location? Since Q4 of 2017 (over six years)

What sets you apart from others in your industry? We are trusted, respected, and preferred by

healthcare employers. We are also employee owned.

What question are you asked most frequently by clients / prospective buyers? Do you provide career placement assistance? Yes—for both current students and alumni.

What is your favorite business success story? Our partnership with the San Marcos Promise (now Project Next). We were instrumental in helping launch the San Marcos Promise by paying the salaries of their first two career counselors for over four years—and even today, we currently pay the salary of the career counselor at Mission Hills High School and Twin Oaks High School.

What motivated you to join The San Marcos Chamber? We wanted to

engage with the community.

In San Marcos, what are you looking forward to accomplishing with the Chamber? I look forward to helping others understand what our mission is and how we might help others achieve theirs as well.

What’s your best piece of business advice? Treat your customers with the care and concern you would a beloved family member.


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ach year, over 3,000 elementary school students and thousands of Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve visitors are inspired and connected to nature by the amazing Elfin Forest Interpretive Center. Its creation and design was the vision of San Diego’s renowned artist James Hubbell and his son, architect Drew Hubbell, and the result of a unique partnership that brought together The Escondido Creek Conservancy and a water district, the Olivenhain Municipal Water District.

It is recognized as one of the finest interpretive centers in the county, if not the country.

With the recent passing of James Hubbell at age 92, the Conservancy is so honored to have had the opportunity to spend time with James. His legacy is so much a part of us.

He once said, “Seeing nature through the eyes of an artist evokes an emotional response.” The Interpretive Center is a celebration of that connection, created with the works of five gifted artists under James’ direction.

As you enter, you are drawn inside by a remarkable handmade tile representation of the Escondido Creek watershed. The ceiling is covered with a colorful mural representing the four seasons of our native chaparral environment.

James thought it was important that we always focus on children. He wanted the entry patio of the Interpretive Center to be a gathering place for groups.

Over the years an end-

less number of young visitors have been warmly welcomed there by the Conservancy’s education staff and OMWD rangers. The center is filled wall-to-wall with inquiry-based activities for kids of all ages to explore.

The Science Lab is always active with children and adults gathered, exploring the micro world through its powerful video microscope. Exhibits frequently include art and photography.

Over the years, James continued being a presence at the Interpretive Center, attending events. The Conservancy commemorated his 80th birthday by asking him to give us a quote.

This quote is in our entry: “Here is a place, a creek, a valley that offers us quiet and the sense that we belong.”

James also added one of his works on the path leading to the center, a large beautiful 150-pound cast bronze representation of the Kumeyaay creation story. The Conservancy and the Interpretive Center will always honor the connection of nature and art that he showed us. We will always focus on providing inspiring experiences for the children of North County.

The Interpretive Center is located at 8833 Harmony Grove Road. Please visit and appreciate James’ enduring legacy. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

Jeff Swenerton is a retired elementary school principal and former Board Member of The Escondido Creek Conservancy.

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ARTIST JAMES HUBBELL, who died this month at age 92, was instrumental in the design of the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center and contributed one of his works on the path leading to the center. Courtesy photo
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Vista Strawberry Festival a fruitful affair

VISTA — Downtown Vista was jam-packed on May 26 as the city celebrated the 2024 Strawberry Festival with strawberry-themed contests, races, treats, vendors, games and more.

The 13th annual festival, organized by the Vista Chamber of Commerce, shut down Broadway and Indiana avenues between South Santa Fe and Citrus avenues to accommodate thousands of pedestrians who came to enjoy the fun.

“Overall, we had close to 100,000 attendees enjoying a jam-packed day of fun in the sun in downtown Vista for the fest,” said Rachel Beld, CEO of Vista’s Chamber of Commerce. “It turned out to be one of our ‘berry’ best fests ever.”

Festivities kicked off at 7:30 a.m. with a sea of runners dressed in red for the Strawberry Run 5K and kids’ half-mile and mile runs at Vista Magnet Middle School. Beld said the run set an attendance record with 2,600 participants.

As music played on the main stage, costume contests, including the Little Miss Strawberry Shortcake contest, also took place throughout the day to give awards to those dressed in their strawberry best. The Strawberry Court, including this year’s Strawberry Queen, Yvon Nguyen, oversaw the festivities.

nity outreach efforts,” said Frazier Farms spokesperson Jazmin Zapata. “Our involvement in the Vista Strawberry Festival underscores our commitment to community engagement and support, and we look forward to continuing this tradition in the years to come.”

Beld thanked the community and event sponsors for supporting this year’s festival.


North County natural grocer Frazier Farms also returned this year as the official supplier of strawberries for the festival, selling over 11,500 pounds of strawberries along with

tons of berry-based baked goods and lemonade.

Frazier Farms also provided berries for the 5K runners and the pie-eating contest and donated 70 flats of berries to local nonprofits,

including Vista Pop Warner, the North County African American Women's Association, Feeding Freedom, and Solutions for Change.

“The Vista Strawberry Fest represents a key op-

portunity for us to engage with and support the Vista community, a place we hold dear. We've been proud participants in the festival for many years, seeing it as a cornerstone of our commu-

“The only way to bring a festival of this size to fruition is to collaborate with amazing partners. We greatly appreciate the support of the City of Vista, the Vista School District, as well as our partnership with In Motion Events and City Gates Events. We’re already looking forward to 2025,” Beld said.

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KIDS OF all ages participated in the Little Miss Strawberry Shortcake Contest on May 26 at the Vista Strawberry Festival. The 2024 Vista Strawberry Queen, Yvon Nguyen, right, crowned in April, oversees activities. Frazier Farms sold 11,500 pounds of fresh strawberries over the weekend. Photos by Laura Place GOLDEN RETRIEVERS Tater and Boon are dressed in their Strawberry Best at the 2024 Vista Strawberry Festival. According to the Vista Chamber of Commerce, more than 100,000 visitors enjoyed the annual festival. Photos by Laura Place

Tree doctor awarded 2 years in a row

Since 1985, Russell Bowman has been delighting residents of San Diego County with his plant and tree expertise.

So, it’s no wonder Bowman Plant & Tree Care Specialists have been named the San Diego Union-Tribune Community Press’ “Best of North County” voters’ poll for tree and plant care for a 2nd year in a row!

He is lovingly referred to as the San Diego “tree doctor extraordinaire” by his clients, Bowman is known for transforming sickly trees and gardens into Disneyesque wonderlands.

Using his own proprietary blend of organic biological nutrition, Bowman feeds plants at night — a technique he picked up during his time as a horticulturist at Disneyland.

“When you feed plants at night, they have enough time to absorb the nutrition, before it is degraded by the sun’s rays,” he said. “That’s why, when most people are winding down their days, eating dinner, and going to bed, we are out feeding plants and trees.”

He’s done more than just care for sick plants and trees, he’s revolutionized both residential and commercial properties by the use of his organic fertilizer tanks that inject his magical formula through your irrigation systems.

In a very short time, this program pays back through reduced water bills.

“When you give your body proper nutrition, it affects your overall health and boosts your immunity, so you don’t get sick. The same is true for plants and trees.”

Bowman feeds complete “nutrition delivery biology” derived from earthworm castings to replenish the missing healthy soil biology.

This works with a client’s current irrigation system so that each time the landscap-

ing is watered, the needed soil biology is replenished.

“This is the secret to keeping your property looking like a five-star resort.”

Russell is quick to point out that healthy plants and trees are also environmentally friendly. A healthy plant will be more efficient at photosynthesizing sunlight into oxygen and the healthy soil/ compost helps bring down uses far less water.

He donates his time and expertise for the trees for the Point Loma Association and gardens at the Rock Church

in Point Loma, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, the YMCA, Barnes Tennis Center, Chili’s Restaurants, Stone Brewery in Escondido, and San Diego Botanic Garden.

He also served with the San Diego Rose Society in Balboa Park for 12 years.

“My calling is to beautify the earth, making trees and plants healthy,” The Master Gardener taught me everything I know. I’ve learned that when you love something, it’s not something you have to do; it’s something you want to do.”

To learn more about Bowman and his services, please contact Russell at 858499-9417. He provides tree and plant nutritional care as well as ongoing routine garden maintenance.

Russell Bowman abides by all applicable state laws and requirements and does not perform any services that require a licensed contractor.

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Belly Up Tavern celebrates 50 years

— The San Diego region’s most iconic music venue is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a series of 50 special shows beginning in July.

David Hodges opened The Belly Up Tavern in 1974 as a small nightclub that featured reggae, roots, and blues music. Most of its patrons were college students who resided in the Del Mar area. The name was famously inspired by jokes from Hodge’s friends at the time, that the venue would fail and go “belly up.”

Over the years, the venue has become not only the focal point of Solana

Beach’s Cedros Avenue Design District but a choice venue for touring artists in the pop, rock, country and indie genres, as well as music lovers of all ages in North County and beyond.

Belly Up Entertainment President Chris Goldsmith, himself a seven-time Grammy winner, said the anniversary is even more special when considering the challenges the venue faced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I would say it's even more poignant, considering how three years ago, we didn't know if we would ever reopen for a minute



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Memorial Day ‘hoist’ honors fallen


For 18 years, veterans and civilians have gathered on Memorial Day at Churchill’s Pub & Grille to raise a glass in honor of fallen American service members.

Friends Kevin Hopkins and Steve Cates first came up with the idea to start the annual event known as The Hoist after a 2005 hiking trip in the Jacumba Hot Springs area.

When they returned for drinks at the family hotel where they were staying, other guests kept buying them more rounds of beer. Little did the two know they had forgotten it was Veterans Day.

Hopkins and Cates, who served in the Air Force and Navy, respectively, realized the beers were honoring them for their service. At the time, the two also realized they had never really talked with each other about their time in the service.

That day inspired the two to start an event that would bridge the gap between veterans, civilians and other veterans, regardless of what branch they served in, what rank they held, or whether or not they experienced combat.

The two Hoist found-

ers approached Churchill’s owner, Ivan Derezin, about hosting the first Hoist at the pub on Memorial Day 2006, nearly six months after that fateful hike.

Since then, The Hoist has become a popular event, attracting a crowd of people to listen to its speakers and raise or “hoist” a glass to those who are gone but not forgotten.

The Hoist is now held four times a year at Churchill’s: on Memorial Day, Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7 and Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29. In 2018, the organization also commissioned a local artist to paint a mural on Churchill’s patio honoring all branches of the


“Although we’re honoring veterans, our mission is really geared toward civilians,” Hopkins said.

Approximately 6.5% of the United States population has served in the military. While Hopkins noted this is good news, it also means a large portion of the population may not regularly interact with veterans or active duty military personnel.

By bringing the two groups together, civilians can learn from veterans and listen to stories about their time served while honoring lost friends and loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The event also aims to

EUHSD offering summer meals at Washington Park

Union High School District will offer free meals throughout the summer to children and teenagers at Washington Park.

Meals will be available June 10 to Aug. 9 (with the exception of July 4) to children 18 years of age and younger regardless of student status with no application or registration necessary.

Breakfast will be available from 8 to 9 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meals also will be provided to summer school students only at Orange Glen High School, Valley High School and Del Lago Academy. Breakfast and lunch will be available daily while students are on campus.

gram, a free recreational program for community youth, to run the summer meal program at Grove Park.

The program is typically funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) rather than the general fund. Although the city applied for funding, the program was not selected for a grant this year.

“We plan to resubmit for funding this application cycle for summer 2025,” Thorne said via email.

City staff notified EUHSD of the change in services in March.


make every veteran feel welcome, regardless of their experience.

“This allows everyone to be equal,” Hopkins said.

For Derezin, it’s important for fellow civilians to remember why the nation celebrates Memorial Day.

“It’s not just another holiday that we get off work,” Derezin said. “It’s important to remember that a lot of people lost their lives for us. We take this day off to remember their sacrifice is why we live the way we live.”

The district is able to provide these free meals through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

In previous years, the school has also provided meals at Grove Park; however, that location isn't a part of this year’s summer meal program.

According to Mike Thorne, communications director for the city, the school district partnered with the city’s POWER Mobile Recreation Pro-

While nothing is keeping the school district from providing lunch services at Grove Park this summer, Thorne said, the district would prefer to have a dedicated participant base through a program like the POWER Mobile Recreation Program.

“We will continue to serve summer meals at our school sites; however, those are closed to the public and will only serve students,” said Rita Alatorre, community relations officer for the school district, via email.

For more information about the summer meal program, contact Christina Cazares with EUHSD Nutrition Services at 760291-3240 or ccazares@

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Vista officials, residents welcome Pride Month

VISTA — Vista officials and residents welcomed the arrival of Pride Month by raising the intersectional pride flag outside the Vista Civic Center on Monday morning.

Council members Katie Melendez and Corinna Contreras, as well as other city officials and dozens of locals, attended the event.

The intersectional pride flag, also known as the progress flag, includes the recognizable colors of the rainbow in addition to black and brown stripes to recognize LGBTQ communities of color and the transgender pride colors of pink, light blue and white.

“Individuals, organizations, and our own governments have attempted to eradicate homosexual and transgender people from society due to faulty notions of difference,” said Melendez.

“As we raise the Pride Flag for the month of June, may we acknowledge the

courage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who have led in the fight for equal rights. May

all citizens feel inspired by our fight for freedom.”

Contreras said she recognizes that Vista has made

great strides in its recognition and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and that it’s important to keep


“Every year it is critically important, every day it is critically important, that we

Celebrating Vegas’ iconic art, architecture

Breeze block. Butterfly rooflines. Weeping mortar. Precast concrete.

I knew nothing of these mid-century modern architectural features until I spent an April weekend with folks of the Nevada Preservation Foundation and attended its ninth annual event, History + Home Las Vegas.

Yes, I know.

Say Las Vegas and it’s unlikely you’ll think first of art, architecture and historic neighborhoods, but the foundation aims to change that. (To clarify, the Las Vegas Strip is not part of the City of Las Vegas, although their histories overlap.)

The nonprofit foundation, founded in 2015, wants you to know that the city also has a rich and interesting story to tell and plenty worth preserving.

“Home + History is the city’s largest heritage tourism festival,” explains Paige Figanbaum, the foundation’s program manager, historian and researcher. “It celebrates Southern Nevada’s

captivating and iconic history by fostering an appreciation of our cultural heritage and important architecture.”

To that end, Home + History is both a fundraiser and fun.

This year’s activities included mural tours via double-decker bus, walking tours through historic neighborhoods, workshops, and a Saturday evening gala at the iconic 1970s showroom in the recently renovated Plaza Hotel & Casino.

“When the aficionados of Las Vegas history told me about the Home + History event, we wanted to be a part of it,” explained Jonathan Jossel, the Plaza’s CEO for a decade.

The hotel, built in 1971 on the site of the city’s orig-

inal train depot at Main and Fremont streets, is just steps away from downtown’s Ground Zero: the fantastical Fremont Street Experience, where the art of people-watching reaches an unimagined pinnacle.

The audacious exterior of The Plaza begs explanation, too.

In 2017, Jossel gave the go-ahead to create three 18-story, 155-foot-high murals designed and executed by famous street artists

D Face, Faile and Shepard Fairey.

The latter and three assistants spent six days swaying on window-washing scaffolding while applying 200 cans of spray paint to produce the red, black and white graphic “Cultivate Harmony.”

“People ask why I put my art on a casino hotel,” Fairey said in a telephone interview from his Los Angeles home. “I want to put my work in front of people wherever they are. If I can engage them with art with my ideas in it, that’s good. I’m grateful for places like The Plaza that offer me such a large canvas.”

On Sunday, Home + History’s grand finale and the hottest ticket in town was the nine-home tour, when hundreds of visitorsturned-looky-loos were allowed to explore unique residential interiors and exteriors. Each home was lovingly and painstakingly restored and preserved to reflect the decades of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

“We are always on the lookout for vintage homes,” Figanbaum said. “In Las Vegas, there is a strong community of vintage-home lovers that continues to grow... and they are passionate about Las Vegas’ and dedicated to preserving its history. We

show not only Vistans, but the rest of San Diego County, the rest of North County, that here in Vista you belong, that you’re included, that we’re thinking of you,” said Contreras.

Max Disposti, executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, said the pride flag is a visible reminder to LGBTQ+ residents and families that they belong in Vista.

“It gives hope to the young LGBT students on their way to school that being gay should not just be tolerated but celebrated. They can grow up to be celebrated leaders in our community,” Disposti said.

This is the city’s third year raising the pride flag during Pride Month, but the first with a ceremony. Melendez suggested the ceremony at the City Council’s May 28 meeting after Mayor John Franklin stated that he did not believe the city should fly the Pride flag but only the American flag.

have cultivated a wonderful community of amazing vintage homeowners.”

The dedication of these mid-century modern devotees for restoring, renovating and augmenting with some personal touches was evident in the use of seamless integration of the indoors and outdoors; “Howard Johnson’s” colors (orange and turquoise); sunken living rooms and fireplace pits; space-age starburst

terns; gold-veined mirrors; amber-glass swag lamps; central atriums; green and pink tile with black accents; and vintage kitchens and appliances.

“We’ve come every year for five years for this,” gushed a woman who, with her husband, lives in Michigan. “We love it. Eat your heart out, Palm Springs.” For additional photos, visit elouise.ondash.

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NORTH COUNTY residents attend a ceremony at the Vista Civic Center on Monday morning for the raising of the intersectional pride flag in honor of Pride Month. This is the third year the city has flown the flag. Photos by Laura Place
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RSF’s Anna Buffini primed to make history

US equestrian on shortlist for Olympic team

Anna Buffini is riding high as she draws closer to achieving her Olympic dreams and making history in her sport.

Buffini, 29, of Rancho Santa Fe, competes in Europe this week for one of three coveted spots on the U.S. dressage team aboard mare Fiontini. She has already made history as the first Black rider to make the shortlist for the U.S. team, and if she advances, she will be the first Black equestrian athlete to represent the United States at the Olympics.

“It would be my biggest dream fulfilled since I was two years old,” Buffini said. “It’s all I think about all day; I wake up thinking about it, and I go to bed thinking about it.”

Buffini comes from Olympic stock as the daughter of a Team U.S. volleyball player and has been immersed in competition from a young age, competing in gymnastics before switching to riding at age 10.

Since then, she has been on a meteoric rise in the dressage circuit for several years, competing in two Dressage World Cup finals and as a member of the U.S. team at the 2022 Nations Cup. Dressage is sometimes known as horse dancing or horse ballet,

there. We also came out of that stronger than ever in a lot of ways,” Goldsmith said. “We all realized how much we really like what we do.”

In recognition of its anniversary, Belly Up has announced 33 specialty shows in a 50-show series, with more to be announced soon. The festivities begin July 3 with an 80s Heat show with Bella Lux and end with The Wallflowers on Sept. 30.

During the series, attendees can also catch performances from Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Pine Mountain Logs, Kishi Bashi, Shakey Graves, Alejandro Escovedo, Cracker, WAR and more.

A full list of shows and tickets is available online at

50 years of history

Even in its early days, Belly Up has been able to draw top blues and jazz talent such as Etta James and BB King, and in the years since, it has hosted some of the best-known names in music, including Blink-182, Green Day, Maroon 5, No Doubt, and the Black-Eyed Peas.

The 600-person venue has also made history by hosting the Red Hot Chili

and involves extremely technical movements that are performed to appear seamless and graceful.

While Buffini has had Olympic ambitions for years, that goal became more of a reality in 2022 after purchasing 14-year-old World Champion mare Fiontini. The duo began competing together in January, making their international debut at the reopened Del Mar

Peppers (twice, with the first being to a crowd of 200 in 1985), the Rolling Stones in 2015, and Willie Nelson.

For Goldsmith, who worked at the tavern and nightclub for nearly two decades before becoming president, one of the most memorable performances was by Curtis Mayfield in 1990.

“To have him play the Belly Up at that time, as someone who was so inspiring to me, it was one of the best shows of my life. And just to be able to host him at our venue, it was amazing,” he recalled.

In many ways, Belly Up has been known as a place where many rising artists get their start. It has earned a reputation as an intimate venue with great audiences, quality sound and thoughtful hospitality from staff.

“I think they're always surprised at the level of hospitality we provide artists. We know how hard it is on the road,” Goldsmith said. “It has all the accommodations and hospitality of a larger venue, but it's a more intimate experience.”

Belly Up Entertainment continues to host shows at the Solana Beach venue most nights of the month while also managing their new 1,900-person venue, The Sound at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Horsepark, now known as HITS Del Mar, and earning two second-place Grand Prix wins.

Buffini said she and Fiontini had a very short amount of time to get to know each other while also competing for the shortlist, but the two were able to make a strong connection. Being able to compete at the Horsepark, just a short drive from her home in Rancho Santa Fe, also

made all the difference.

“This was a very firehose season, where you got to learn a lot in a really short amount of time. It really takes a year to get to know a horse while competing with them, and I had only three months to compete, get to know her and make a shortlist. It was a big feat,” Buffini said. “She’s just so special in that she’s a generational talent, and I don’t know if I’ll ever

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ride a better horse than her, so I appreciate every moment.”

Buffini also credits renowned Olympian dressage rider Guenter Seidel, her trainer for nearly the past decade, with helping her chase her Olympic goals. Seidel said Buffini is a “super athlete” who has excelled at creating her own style.

“I knew she had the talent and the desire to do something great. She’s very dedicated. I knew she could go very far — I kind of imagine she could go wherever she wanted to go,” Seidel said. “The last year has been very intense working toward this goal.”

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Despite the high stakes and tough competition, Buffini said she is no stranger to high-pressure situations.

“I’m so looking forward to it. I’m really chomping at the bit, and I’ve trained for this for so long,” she said. “There’s nobody who wants it more than me.”

Buffini is used to being called a trailblazer and acknowledges that she had to push forward in her career without seeing equestrian athletes who looked like her (Black riders make up less than 1% of the United States Equestrian Federation membership.)

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“Now that I’ve helped blaze a trail, I hope it inspires a lot of people who can also pursue it because it is for everyone,” she said.

The final team selection will be announced by June 25 after riders compete in a series of competitions in Germany beginning this week. Buffini is the youngest person on this year’s shortlist and will compete against six other riders for a ticket to Paris, including five-time Olympian Steffen Peters, who also resides in the San Diego area.


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The Vista Garden Club will review and present awards from its 2024 Flower Show in the Azalea Room. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by the business meeting at 12:30 p.m. at Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista.


Cool down on a summer evening and come to North City, located at 251 North City Drive in San Marcos, for a free movie night showcasing Disney’s Frozen. Free, 5 p.m. at North City, 250 North City Dr, San Marcos.


Jack Larimer of the Vista Historical Society will present on the city’s origins and how it grew from farms to a city due to water availability. 1 p.m. at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr, Oceanside.


Clinton Davis is an expert in old-time American folk music, and has the roots and musical mastery that allows him to bring it alive, along with the other members of the Clinton Davis Stringband. $15-$18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 7 at Templar’s Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway


Don Bartletti has focused his camera on the border throughout his journalism career. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 at The Photographer’s Eye Gallery, 326 E Grand Ave, Escondido.



The Batiquitos Lagoon will present “Cultural Resources of Batiquitos” by Dennis Gallegos, author of “First A Revised Chronology for San Diego County,” and archaeologist for local studies. 10 a.m. at Batiquitos Lagoon, 7380 Gabbiano Ln, Carlsbad.


Front Porch Gallery is excited to announce “Finding Your Adaptation Ability,” an invitational exhibit that delves into the fascinating realm of sensory perception from June 5 to July 31. Free, 5 p.m. at Front Porch Gallery, 2903 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad.


JPCatholic welcomes the public to tour the campus and see how its upcoming Creative Arts Complex will help transform Escondido into a Creative Arts industry cluster. Free, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at John Paul the Great Catholic University, 200 W Grand Ave, Escondido.


The Solana Beach Community Connections present a workshop series that assists aspiring writers how to better tell their own stories. $20, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 8 at Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, 931 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach.


The 23rd Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration is set to be larger than ever before. Attendees can enjoy an afternoon full of Philippine folk dancing and music, colorful costumes, special performances from local Filipino-American talents, and delicious food. Free, 12 to 6 p.m. June 8 at Oceanside Civic Center Library, 330 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.


This mind-blending juried exhibit explores the dynamic shifts in representational art that has been disrupted by abstraction, web-based imagery and socio-political concerns. Members free, $15 for visitors at Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside.


Join San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for an exciting family jamboree filled with live performances, food trucks, crafts, and beer and wine for adults. $10-$15, 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 8 at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N Broadway, Escondido.


A juried art exhibition featuring abstract artists in all mediums from across San Diego County. Free, 10 a.m. at 262 East Grand Avenue, Escondido.


Whitney Shay is a five-time San Diego Music Award winner and Blues Music Award nominee, best known for her electric energy, soulful style and powerhouse pipes. $150 for cabana reservation. 6 to 9 p.m. June 8 at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand del Mar Ct, San Diego.


Front Porch Gallery is excited to announce “Finding Your Adaptation Ability,” an invitational exhibit that delves into the fascinating realm of sensory perception from June 5 to July 31. Free, 5 p.m. at Front Porch Gallery, 2903 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad.


The Helen Woodward Animal Center’s annual Spring Fling Gala returns with a country theme, with dancing, dining and live music from Nashville’s Runaway June. $300$750, 5 p.m. at La Valle

Coastal Club, 5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe.


A family-friendly bilingual event with over 120 exhibitors, 25 authors, and author, health and career workshops. Get free books! Free, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr, Oceanside.



La Jolla and Solana Beach Presbyterian Churches will join forces to present two performances of “Let Us Sing Praise” concerts. Free, 4 p.m. at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach.


Jazz Evensong presents a blend of Anglican prayer and American jazz in the heart of Carlsbad Village at St. Michael’s by the Sea Episcopal Church. 4 p.m. at St. Michael’s-bythe-Sea Episcopal Church, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad.




The Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside is offering a summer meal program for free to children 18 years old and younger. Meals must be eaten at the club. Free, 7-8:30 a.m. June 10 at Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, 401 Country Club Ln, Oceanside.



The Routine is a funk rock band that surfaced onto the West Coast music scene in 2013. Rooted in San Diego, they pack funk, rock, soul, afro-beat and psychedelia into an infectious groove. $12, 7:30 p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


June’s guest speaker is

Dora Gary of Orange Dot Quilts who will present a lecture called, “From the Iron Curtain to Cotton Quilts.” $10, 9:30 a.m. at El Corazon Senior Center , 3302 Senior Center Dr, Oceanside.


Jennifer Anklesaria will present “Showcase Your Heirlooms,” providing ideas on how to get heirlooms out of their boxes to be enjoyed. Free, 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 11 at Faraday Center, Faraday Ave, Carlsbad.




Ambrosia is a five-time Grammy nominated ensemble from the 1970s that is exploring new musical territory and bringing an exceptional musical performance to stages everywhere. $38, 8 p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


The Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside is offering a summer meal program for free to children 18 years old and younger. Meals must be eaten at the club. 11:30 a.m. at Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, 401 Country Club Ln, Oceanside.



The San Diego Italian Film Festival will screen “Siccità (Dry)” at the La Paloma Theatre. Set in Rome, “Dry” follows a constellation of self-absorbed characters as a drought takes its toll. $7-$16, 7 p.m. at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.


The city of Solana Beach and the Belly Up Tavern are partnering to bring back the summer “Concerts at the Cove” series. The opening show on

drifting, industry vendors, model lounge, games, giveaways and camping. $20, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 15 at Barona Drags, 1750 Wildcat Canyon Rd, Lakeside.


Wayward Sons is a nostalgia-fueled, power chord-packed rock show featuring the greatest songs of the ’80s. $22, 9 p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


Pickleball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in Vista Community Clinic’s “Drinks & Dinks Tournament” fundraiser that will benefit VCC’s healthcare programs and services. 5 to 8 p.m. June 15 at Bobby Riggs Racket & Paddle, 875 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas.

June 13 features tribute band Fleetwood Max. Free, 6-7:45 p.m. Concert series runs from June 13 to Aug. 8 at Fletcher Cove Park, 111 S Sierra Ave, Solana Beach.


Solana Beach Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Solana Beach Community Connections is hosting Bilingual Games Day. Free, 12 to 2 p.m. June 13 at La Colonia Community Park, 715 Valley Ave, Solana Beach.


Sip and draw with live model and instructor Charlotte “Charcee” Colosia. All supplies are provided. $25, 5-7 p.m. June 13 at North Coastal Art Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad.



W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend To Cause Havoc) were the biggest rock band in Zambia in the 1970s. $32.50, 9 p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


California Center for the Arts, Escondido Foundation Presents Old Crow Medicine Show. $35-$95, 8 to 9:30 p.m. June 14 at California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido.



The annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show will feature dozens of antique engines and tractors, each with their own unique story. Visitors can browse through the various exhibits, meet owners and more. Tickets start at $9. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 at Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista.


Drag racing, car show, food trucks, concert, RC


The Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside is offering a summer meal program for free to children 18 years old and younger. Meals must be eaten at the club. 7 to 8:30 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. June 15 at Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, 401 Country Club Ln, Oceanside.


Volo Sports is teaming up with the Cardiff Farmer’s Market to host a free pickleball pop-up event at the market. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 at Cardiff Farmer’s Market, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff by the Sea.


The City of Encinitas, in partnership with the North Coast Symphony Orchestra, presents the inaugural 2024 Youth Piano Concerto Competition Concert. $15-$25, 2:30 p.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas.


Fairmont Grand Del Mar, the award-winning resort in the coastal canyons of San Diego, is thrilled to bring Grand Cinema Under the Stars presented by Fatboy. Free-$20, 8 p.m. at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand del Mar Ct, San Diego.


Enjoy an exciting street food tour in Tijuana with 7 stops. $69, 12 to 4 p.m. June 15 at Meeting spot: McDonald’s San Ysidro Trolley Station, 727 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego.


Photographer Don Bartletti has focused his camera on the US-Mexico border throughout his journalism career. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15 at The Photographer’s Eye Gallery , 326 E Grand Ave, Escondido.

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Vista Chamber awards record number of Rising Stars

VISTA — The Vista Chamber of Commerce proudly awarded 30 college scholarships to graduating high school students valuing $25,000 in total at its annual Rising Stars Scholarship Ceremony on May 10.

The students hailing from seven of Vista’s high schools who received scholarships represent the most ever awarded in the Vista Chamber’s Rising Star Program’s 10-year history.

Parents, guests and local and state governmental representatives attended the early morning breakfast along with the students who were honored.

Vista Mayor John Franklin and state Assemblymember Laurie Davies attended the event as well as Sally Meyers, the woman who developed The Rising Star of the Month program in 1992 with the Temecula School District.

The Rising Star program’s mission statement is to recognize students who are “demonstrating character, integrity, love of learning, involvement in school and community activities and/or the ability to overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education.”

The core of the program is to recognize students who “make a difference in their home, school, and community with sincerity and passion.”

The Vista Chamber honored a total of 48 high school students during monthly breakfast ceremo-


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To make it easier to contact owners with complaints, each STR must display a contact phone number at the front of the home that neighbors can contact in case of an issue.

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man of the elected Palomar Health Board of Directors, applauded CEO Diane Hansen and her staff’s decision to deny the easement.

Griffith, who spent 33 years as a firefighter, said he has been against the project from its beginning due to his experience and concerns regarding how it could impact public safety.

According to Griffith, AES even offered compensation for the easement.

“They really looked toward us to grant that easement,” Griffith said. “For me, the safety of the community is more important than anything financial.”

Griffith said in a statement that the Palomar Health administration’s

nies this school year. The scholarship winners are selected by a separate panel of judges who evaluated applications and essays submitted by the monthly Rising Star winners who choose to apply.

• The following students were named Rising Stars of the Year, receiving $1,500 scholarships each:

Akari Atempa – Guajome Park Academy – San Diego State University –Business

Mekhi Harris – Trade Tech High School – Grand Canyon University – Undeclared

owners $500 per violation, followed by $1,000 per violation for the second citation and $1,500 per violation for the third citation. An STR permit will be revoked for a 12-month period after the third strike unless there is a change in ownership.

Over a dozen residents spoke in favor of the regulations, with several describing negative experiences with unruly STR guests in their neighborhoods or owners they were never able to contact about concerns.

“Since out-of-town people who have never lived in the house next door bought it

decision to deny the easement stems from anxieties over the risk of a hazardous materials incident occurring on the project site that would impact the nearby hospital’s operations.

Griffith and residents long opposed to the Seguro facility have cited the recent Otay Mesa lithium-ion battery storage fire that burned for nearly two weeks in May.

“As a healthcare facility, we have only two options in a scenario like that: either evacuation or shelter-inplace,” Griffith said. “Neither really works for us.”

JP Theberge, chair of the Harmony Grove/Elfin Forest Town Council and opponent of the Seguro project, was pleased with Palomar Health’s decision, citing the Otay Mesa fire as an example of what could

Brandon Jaimes – Alta Vista High School – Palomar College – Kinesiology

Belinda Lopez – Vista Visions Academy – Palomar College – Business Administration

Kayleen Speller – Mission Vista High School –University of California, Los Angeles – Engineering

Joaquin Verduzco –Rancho Buena Vista High School – Palomar College –Pre-Law

Malena Zendejas – Vista High School – University of California, Los Angeles –Pre-Med

• The following stu-

to rent it out as a short-term rental, we have, every three days, new unvetted transients [and] guests, constant loud partying and screaming inside and outside in the front yard and backyard, cars speeding down our private dead-end street… a party house next door that has continued to up the ante when it comes to disturbing our neighborhood.” said resident Andrew Stess.

Several residents and council members also shared concerns about the city’s ability to enforce the rules.

Local STR owner Timothy Crowder claimed that

happen in a residential community close to the hospital.

“The community watched in horror as the Otay Mesa lithium-ion battery fire burned for weeks,” Theberge said via email. “The prospect of a facility that would be five times larger, squeezed into a single-family home neighborhood surrounded by homes and 1,600 feet from a hospital is unfathomable.”

The closest home would be 130 feet from the facility.

“We’re encouraged that the hospital has seen the facility for the threat that it poses to public health, hospital operations and the wellbeing of Escondido and unincorporated county residents,” Theberge continued.

Theberge hopes other North County elected offi-

dents who received the Nicolas Ljubic Scholarship earned $1,000 each:

Adam Draves – Vista High School – University of California, Los Angeles –Biochemistry

Maleia Pato – Vista High School – Pt. Loma Nazarene College – Child Psychology

Racer Simmonds – Vista High School – Mira Costa College – Horticulture

Ruby Villanueva from Mission Vista High School received the PEO Distinguished Female Student award, earning a $1,000 scholarship to study engineering at San Diego State

Vista’s code enforcement department already struggles to properly enforce existing regulations and is worried about how they would fare once more short-term rentals are registered.

“It’s obvious to me that short-term rentals are not the problem. The real issue here is that the city has not enforced the regulations that are currently in place,” Crowder said.

City staff said they are currently focused on implementing the ordinance and registering the unregistered STRs. They will then iron out details regarding the en-

cials like Griffith will feel the same.

“Every jurisdiction should develop clear guidelines for the placement of these facilities in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of communities who are often at the mercy of private, for-profit entities,” Theberge said.

AES responded to The Coast News’ request for comment.

“AES is continuing to evaluate all viable options for development of the Seguro Project, including a transmission line easement through Palomar Hospital property,” stated Corinne Lytle Bonine, permitting director for the project.

“We are eager to continue our efforts to work with community members and stakeholders as we advance

University of California, Los Angeles

Salvatore Palizzolo –Mission Vista High School – Princeton University

Carlos Rosa – Mission Vista High School – San Diego State University

Eleanor Diaz – Mission Vista High School – University of California, San Diego

Donovan Fanella –Mission Vista High School – University of California, Berkeley

Belen Sanchez – Mission Vista High School –San Diego Mesa College

Emmanuel Bejarano –Rancho Buena Vista High School – Mira Costa College

Oscar Villegas – Rancho Buena Vista High School – University of California, San Diego

Samantha Valdez –Rancho Buena Vista High School – University of San Francisco


• The following Award of Merit winners received a $500 scholarship to be used at their respective higher education institutions:

Cailey Fernandez – Alta Vista High School – Palomar Institute of Cosmetology

Emanuel Yanez – Guajome Park Academy – California State University San Marcos

Jazmine Hernandez – Guajome Park Academy – University of California, Berkeley

Valerie Perez Martinez – Guajome Park Academy –

forcement and collection of TOT.

City Council members discussed the possibility of using TOT revenue to hire more code enforcement officers and changing hours to ensure greater coverage in the evenings and on weekends.

“I would like to see increased personnel in code enforcement. I would like to see the modification of hours. This is to enforce our laws — these are often very weakly enforced,” said Councilmember Katie Melendez.

“This ordinance does not necessarily answer all of our

the design and permitting for this important project, which will contribute to the decarbonization goals of the

Ahtziri Jimenez –Rancho Buena Vista High School – University of California, Davis

Rebekah Brisby –North County Trade Tech – Grand Canyon University

Michael Cooley – North County Trade Tech – Palomar College

Ilona Medina – Vista High School – University of Oregon

Zachary Schmid – Vista High School – University of California, San Diego

Melody Hernandez Solorio – Vista High School – University of California, San Diego

Dulce Mercado – Vista High School – Palomar College

questions around enforcement.”

Council members said they would be open to adding more regulations in the future, such as setting a local cap. They also instructed city staff to look at the option of collecting TOT through Airbnb and other hosting platforms, which can charge guests automatically on behalf of the city.

“I think it’s imperative for us to make sure we can collect those as quickly as possible,” said City Councilmember Dan O’Donnell. The ordinance goes into effect on June 29.

County of San Diego and State of California while bringing additional benefits to the community.”


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