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School district layoffs leave many stunned By Stephen Wyer
SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES on March 7 responded to a report of a student carrying a gun on the campus of Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, but parents and students only learned of the threat an hour after it was reported. Photo via Twitter/News Flash Media
School officials criticized for threat response By Stephen Wyer
VISTA — Parents and students at Rancho Buena Vista High School are outraged over what they call a disorganized and ineffectual response by school and district officials to a report of a gun on campus that forced the school into a lockdown. At approximately 7:25 a.m. on Monday, March 7, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a parent at the high school who relayed their child had seen another stu-
dent carrying a firearm on campus, according to Principal Jose Villarreal. The school’s administration was immediately alerted, and sheriff’s deputies subsequently arrived and conducted a search of the campus until determining there was no credible threat to safety. However, some are expressing frustration that parents and students were only told of the threat an hour later, at 8:30 a.m. “They shouldn’t have allowed
the school to start at all,” said Tammy Solari, who has two sons who attend Rancho Buena Vista. Solari said she and other parents were also annoyed that school officials sent out an email, as opposed to a robocall or text message, to announce the lockdown. “They knew that there was a credible threat to safety, and they decided to have kids come to school anyways,” said Elana Price, whose son Christian is a junior at RBV. "It was handled
so poorly, I mean they sent all of us an email at 8:30 in the morning — an hour later— and it was an email instead of a phone call or text." According to Villarreal, deputies responding to the scene had informed the administration the threat did not appear to be credible, which is why the principal said he allowed the school to proceed as planned that morning despite the implementation of a TURN TO THREAT ON 7
As gas prices keep rising, board urges Newsom to act By City News Service
REGION — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Wednesday for the 22nd straight day, increasing 3.3 cents to a record $5.805. The average price has risen $1.061 during the streak, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. “It bears reminding
that the cost of oil accounts for about 50% of what drivers pay at the pump,” said Doug Shupe, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications manager. “This war (in Ukraine) is roiling an already tight global oil market and making it hard to determine if we are near a peak for pump prices, or if they keep grinding higher. It all
depends on the direction of oil prices.” The price of a barrel of Brent crude has dropped 21.9% on ICE Futures Europe since rising to $127.98 March 8, its highest amount since July 22, 2008, settling at $99.91 Tuesday, dropping $6.99 for the session. Brent crude is the global oil benchmark, accounting for about 80% of
the world's crude oil. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers to suspend the gas tax for one year to help offset rising fuel costs. Supervisors Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond released a board letter advocating the suspension. Desmond said the board's vote “sends a
strong message to Governor Newsom and Sacramento politicians that San Diegans are tired of paying record gas prices. “This money belongs to the taxpayers and we should be all we can to put it back in their pockets.” At the urging of board Chairman Nathan Fletcher, supervisors also supported Newsom's still-undefined plans for a tax rebate.
SAN MARCOS — Eightyear-old Brooklyn Houchin and her teacher at Double Peak elementary school, Jena Steinberger, may be many years apart in age, but Brooklyn’s mom, Ashley, says the pair are practically best friends. It’s not just what Steinberger does in the classroom, where she teaches kindergarten and first grade, that makes a difference, Ashley Houchin said. It’s the one-on-one time Steinberger devotes to students who can use the extra help, the level of care and attention she brings to the classroom, and the personal connection and rapport she builds with her kids beyond classes that make her one of a kind, Houchin said. “From the first day our daughter Brooklyn stepped onto campus as a scared little 4-yearold, Jena Steinberger became her rock. Brooklyn gets anxious with new situations and doesn’t always have the most self-confidence,” Houchin said. “Jena has done something for (Brooklyn) these past 3.5 years that are immeasurable and priceless. She has instilled so much confidence in her and invested so much time into my daughter, that I truly will forever be grateful for the impact she has had in shaping my daughter’s love for learning.” But Steinberger, along with 96 of her full-time colleagues, is slated to be laid off this month due to budgetary constraints, San Marcos Unified officials announced Monday. The district released the names of 97 certified staff and 50 temporary teaching staff who will be out of a job by the start of the upcoming school year, according to San Marcos Educators Association president Dale Pluciennek. While some layoffs had been expected due to SMUSD’s challenging budgetary situation, Pluciennek said that he and the other educators were stunned by the sheer number of teachers cut by the district. “‘Wow’ is the word I would use,” Pluciennek said. “You have 97 teachers plus 50 temporary staff that are losing their TURN TO LAYOFFS ON 9
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San Marcos adopts e-bike ordinance but concerns linger By Stephen Wyer
SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance allowing motorized bicycles, or e-bikes, onto local trails with certain restrictions and limitations. At a March 8 meeting, the council voted 5-0 in favor of a resolution to permit riders to operate e-bikes (classes 1 and 2) on city park trails, except in certain specified off-limit areas. Prohibited areas include equestrian trails at Walnut Grove Park and new trails on the city’s north side maintained by a land conservancy, according to Councilman Randy Walton. Class 1 e-bikes, also referred to as low-speed, electric-assisted vehicles, are defined as bikes equipped with a motor that provides assistance when peddling up to a speed of 20 miles per hour. Class 2 e-bikes, also known as low-speed, throttle-assisted electric bicycles, are equipped with a motor exclusively for propulsion purposes and do not provide any peddle assistance. Class 3 e-bikes, which allow for greater speeds up to nearly 30 mph, will not be allowed to operate on city trails under the new ordinance. “I’m a big proponent of more e-bike use, and not less,” Walton said. “These
A TRAIL at Double Peak Park in San Marcos. Only class 1 and 2 e-bikes will be allowed to operate on city trails. File photo
bikes encourage people to be outside, to have a healthier lifestyle, and as a city, we want to encourage all of that.” Walton said the decision to adopt the ordinance was reached after extensive careful consideration of staff research and public input. On the whole, San Marcos residents seemed largely supportive of allowing e-bikes on trails as long as there was education provided to riders and enforcement to ensure pedestrian safety. “We didn’t get a lot of
negative feedback on this issue, people generally agree that there’s a new set of rules needed for trails, especially with the explosive growth of trails and e-bikes, it’s a pretty new phenomenon,” Walton said. “We did a ton of outreach to communities that might be impacted, as well as the residents who live around trails, so the feedback I’ve received has been positive, not expecting much opposition if any.” Some residents at the meeting raised some concerns over the spillover
effects of allowing e-bikes onto trails, including potential hazards posed to walkers and pets. Resident Joanne Stephens said she’s concerned about the potential for highspeed collisions that could occur with the bikes at blind-curve sections of trail routes, particularly as many e-bike users tend to be adolescents who may not have prior experience operating a motorized vehicle. City code allows for e-bikes to travel to speeds of up to 20 mph and also requires users to wear hel-
mets. “Where there are blind turns, it’s just not a good idea,” Stephens said. “They come flying down the hills, you can’t catch them, so I don’t know how to enforce these things…it’s an accident waiting to happen and I don’t know what to do about it.” In response to these concerns, the city is planning on launching an outreach campaign at San Marcos Unified School District so teens and adolescents who ride e-bikes are aware of safety precautions and
dangers that come with using the e-bikes. Walton said he was confident in the city’s ability to monitor and enforce the rules governing e-bike safety through existing park rangers. Additionally, residents can specifically request enforcement along certain trail sections via complaints to the city. John Dubois, a five-year resident of San Marcos and a prominent figure in the city’s local equestrian community, said horse owners who frequent the trails are somewhat concerned by what the onset of e-bikes could mean for them. “Thinking of an e-bike going by me (on a trail) really bothered me…a spooked horse on a trail could cause a tremendous amount of injury as a result of an e-bike,” Dubois said. While horse riders remain wary of potentially problematic interactions with the motorized bikes, Dubois expressed optimism about the ordinance, which he says makes a serious effort to balance the rights of e-bike users with a focus on education and protections for pedestrians, such as the restricted equestrian trails written into the law. E-bikes are already commonly used on local trails, so the ordinance is more of an effort to establish the “rules of the road” TURN TO E-BIKES ON 10
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Food insecurity is a harsh reality for college students
By Chloe E. Spencer
ccording to a recent study, the California State University Office of the Chancellor Study of Student Basic Needs, students who reported food insecurity, homelessness or both experienced physical and mental health consequences that were associated with lower academic achievement. There’s a popular notion that broke college students live off instant ramen and fast food. All the changes and freedoms that come with college result in what we’ve coined “the freshman 15.” Something we tend to ignore are the conditions that cause students to fall into these habits. Some of these include having limited access to fresh food, not enough time to prepare food, lack of transportation, and inadequate funds to purchase groceries. These challenges are all working parts that contribute to the greater issue of food insecurity. Instead of looking at the individual college student and why they’re not getting proper nutrition, it’s important to look at this issue in a greater context. The study found that 41.6% of CSU students reported food insecurity, which is over three times the national household average of 12.3%. This puts college students at a far greater risk of food insecurity than the rest of the population, making them a new food-insecure population of concern. One Cal State Dominguez Hills student reported, “I would get bananas and I will cut it in half. I’d eat only half in the morning, and then I would wait five hours, then eat the
other half, just so I have something in my stomach consistently. ... I would struggle to concentrate for sure, because sometimes that’s all I could think about was where was my next meal going to come from. “At the same time, I would always push myself to just keep going, just keep going, just keep going.” Yet, this issue doesn’t impact all college students in the same way. Students who identified as Black/African-American and first-generation college students experienced the highest rates of
options for students. Second, to target strategies to address the student populations that reported the highest level of food insecurity. Next, identify and institute creative campaigns to develop a campus culture of awareness and response to support students who experience significant material hardships. Lastly, to utilize campus-based CalFresh enrollment and other strategies as a preventive measure for food insecurity. One of the biggest challenges facing food
Every college student deserves the right to have their basic needs met. food insecurity, at 65.9%, revealing that this issue is having negative implications on already vulnerable groups of people. There is also a strong link between food insecurity and educational attainment. Many students experiencing food insecurity, homelessness or both had lower GPAs and higher academic concerns than students who reported being food secure. On top of academic struggles, food insecurity also impacted students’ mental and physical health. Students faced feelings of anxiety, fear, irritability and depression when their basic needs weren’t met. Oftentimes, physical health issues due to lack of nutrition led to mental health problems and personal concerns. The Study of Student Basic Needs offered many solutions for this growing issue. First, to develop affordable food and housing
insecurity among college students is the stigma attached to the issue. Many students feel ashamed and are unaware of the programs that can help them. It’s crucial to make students aware that they’re not alone in this fight and these challenges aren’t their fault. By making our community more aware of this issue we will be able to help those who are disproportionately affected by this. It’s important to educate the privileged about food insecurity and bring this issue to light. Every college student deserves the right to have their basic needs met. These students are the next generation of workers and educators and it’s our responsibility as a community to ensure they have the resources and support in accessing healthy and affordable food. Chloe Spencer is a senior at Cal State San Marcos.
arely has a major group of Californians suffered a less deserved rash of insults and attacks than the myriad homeowners often described as “NIMBYs” — an acronym for folks who may favor new developments, but “not in my backyard.” NIMBYs have killed liquefied natural gas projects pushed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Gas, thus saving California consumers billions of dollars in rates they otherwise would have paid for generations for unneeded and dangerous gas imports. They’ve prevented building prisons in urban areas, thus sending murderers, rapists, burglars and more to isolated areas where escapees are less likely to harm anyone than if they make off into crowded neighborhoods. They kept freeways from running through the greenest (and most expensive) residential parts of the state. Now they often fight placement of permanent supportive housing for the previously homeless in their areas, because those developments sometimes bring crime increases with them. They also have pushed cities and counties to clean up or wipe away encampments of the unhoused, often placed beneath freeway bridges. Their moves, whether flawed or beneficial for all law-abiding Californians, mostly drew invective and eventually spawned creation of a opposing group called California YIMBY (yes in my backyard), largely funded by developers who essentially want a license to build what they want, where they want, and never mind the cost to the mental or financial health of anyone living in the area. Nowhere have supposed NIMBYs taken more heat than in Berkeley today. In the wake of a court decision won by a homeowners group called “Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods,” the academically choice UC campus there claimed it would have to accept more than 3,000 fewer students for the next academic year than planned. In this dramatic town vs. gown dispute, the homeowner group won a ruling that some say will force the onetime flagship campus of UC (these days, UCLA is higher ranked and gets more applicants) to lower its planned enrollment. The residents essentially complained that adding thousands of enrollees could produce a new corps of homeless students or drive up rents in the area so high that current occupants might be forced out. They also griped that introducing thousands of new student residents into
off-campus housing would create nightly noise problems for other residents. And, using a sometimes maligned law called the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), they won in California courts at every level. For this, they were labelled “reactionaries” and “backward” and “selfish” by some of the state’s largest newspapers and television stations. Meanwhile, after taking a closer look, something that perhaps should have been done before the neighborhood group went to court, the Berkeley campus concluded things would not be so drastic after all: It turns out a thousand or so of the new enrollees can take classes online wherever they live, others can wait six months and then enroll, and no one need be deprived of an education, as critics of the so-called NIMBYs all the way up to a dissenting state Supreme Court justice, had claimed. In fact, the folks labeled NIMBYs previously accepted many campus expansions, but resisted this one primarily because UC did not build new quarters for its new students. Yes, that was proposed, but the campus conveniently did not examine all the effects of its putative expansion on the area, and no construction was imminent in any case. The neighbors, then, are really being lambasted for a failure by campus officials to take care of needed business and preparation. But blasting NIMBYs is politically correct in this era, when YIMBY has claimed SB 9, a new law it helped push through the Legislature last year, would simply allow homeowners to make duplexes of their single-family homes. That’s untrue: The 2021 law actually allows at least six new units on virtually every current single-family lot in California. Politicians also find it convenient to blast what they call NIMBYism whenever their proposals are exposed as harmful to many Californians. Not surprisingly, dozens of today’s legislators, and the governor, have been major beneficiaries of campaign donations from developers and building trade unions who want to build anywhere they can. All of which means the current anti-NIMBY fashion is often hooey. Informed Californians must learn to see through it. Email Thomas Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Interview with Vista’s Judy Ritter By Stephen Wyer
VISTA — In a sit-down interview with The Coast News, longtime Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, who has served as the city’s mayor since 2010 and has been on the Vista City Council since 1998, shared her thoughts on her retirement and issues facing the city. The following is an excerpt. For the full interview, see thecoastnews.com. Homelessness Ritter said while she’s proud of the city’s efforts in recent years to tackle the issue, she also acknowledges the need to do more to address underlying issues of drug addiction and mental illness that she says are the root causes of homelessness. “Homelessness has gotten worse, and it’s worse now than it was years ago in Vista,” she said. While recognizing the need to expand access to affordable housing, the mayor says that she’s become more convinced over time that the solution to keeping people off the streets has to go beyond just housing. “I don’t know if providing housing for everyone is the answer because that’s not going to tackle the underlying problems,” she said. “There are those who are homeless because they’ve been hit with bad times or those who choose to live that way but a lot of these people are on drugs and there’s those who are mentally ill, and we’re not doing enough as a society for those people.” Ritter says the city will continue to support joint efforts with Caltrans to clean up homeless encampments throughout Vista that she believes pose a threat to public health and safety while emphasizing that the cleanups don’t represent a long-term solution to the issue. SANDAG As she’s done in the past, Ritter heavily criticized SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan, arguing that the plan imposes unnecessarily heavy taxes upon residents while doing little to improve transit in North County. “I don’t really see any improvements that Vista will see from this plan… they’re not widening the 78, they’re adding managed lanes so that people will have to pay in both of those lanes…I see them looking at the transition from the 78 to (Interstate) 5, those things would be an improvement of Vista residents traveling that way…I’m still looking for an advantage for our people from this plan,” she said. Marijuana When it came to the cannabis industry, Ritter admitted she had not been in favor of Measure Z, the voter-approved initiative that passed in 2018 allow-
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ing the operation of up to 11 licensed marijuana sales shops. In the last nearly four years, however, Ritter acknowledged the introduction of approved cannabis dispensaries into the city hasn’t resulted in any major negative effects on the youth or overall crime levels. “We thought we’d hear a big pushback, but I don’t really hear from the sheriff about crime with these places, I don’t get a lot of calls about the dispensaries, they’re doing pretty well,” she said. Public Safety Ritter optimistically noted that crime has gradually declined in the city since 2008. She credited proactive efforts by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department — including an increase in recent years in the number of “targeted patrols” that proactively police areas designated as high-risk for crime — as being key in crime reduction. However, Ritter expressed that Vista continues to experience issues when it comes to gang crimes, as well as a steady level of petty “quality of life” crimes (such as theft, loitering, trespassing, etc). “I know our state has released a lot of people from prison, a lot of our gang members being released from prison and people that do the petty crimes,” she said. “It just doesn’t make our city safer, and then, of course, we still have gang issues. These are things that we really have no control over, I mean it’s just crazy these state laws, you’ve got to have accountability with the state and the rule of law.” Retirement Ritter said that she’s known that she wasn’t going to run for a fourth term for quite some time. “I’m 79 now and it’s just time to go,” she said with a laugh. “It’s time for younger people than me to take over, and hopefully they’ll continue to keep the city in good shape and not change it too much because I think that the people who live here like the way it’s run and they like the way it is.” Interviews with San Marcos’ Rebecca Jones and Escondido’s Paul McNamara will appear in future editions.
aseball is back and with it rode in the realization that all is not swell with the San Diego Padres. But the big picture shows the Padres are in training camp after a prolonged labor dispute and we can’t wait to see the local nine, either. Although we recently learned that the Padres’ biggest star, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., will cool his jets for likely the season’s first half while his teammates deliver what they hope is a successful year. “I’m a believer,” Padres owner Peter Seidler said. “I’m an optimist.” Seidler’s faith is only matched by his desire to lead the Padres to their first World Series title. But Seidler’s world, and the Padres fans’ orbit, was rocked when Tatis reported with a fractured left wrist. What we discovered after Tatis had his camp physical is that his compromised wrist is connected to the region’s ticker. Countless Padres boosters were heartbroken when Tatis’ health status was revealed, his season debut derailed by an offseason mishap. Maybe Tatis was hurt in what the club described as a minor motorcycle mishap during his down time. Or maybe Tatis absorbed the injury in some other incident — he’s not sure. What we know is base-
FERNANDO TATIS JR. and the Padres haven’t had much to smile about since the middle of last season. Now, the team’s biggest star will miss a chunk of this one with a fractured left wrist. Photo via Twitter/MLB
ball waits for no player and yes Tatis will be missed when the Padres open the season April 7 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Padres are eager to lift the curtain on 2022 and it’s easy to see why. Last season started with such promise and pizzazz that a playoff berth seemed well within grasp. As keen as the Padres played in the first half, they were equally bad in the second. From contending for first place in the National League West to needing binoculars to spot the firstplace San Francisco Giants
at the finish line, it was a face-plant of epic proportions. “If you’re going to fall off the cliff the way we did last year, you might as well make it dramatic,” Seidler said. But what’s left unsaid is what is general manager A.J. Preller up to? Preller, of Encinitas, not only has to piece together a plan at shortstop, but might he lure star first baseman Freddie Freeman to San Diego, too? Freeman, the former Atlanta Braves star, is a free agent who’ll be expensive. But might Seidler
green-light another big contract while recalling the Padres’ payroll was larger than the New York Yankees last year. “We’re constantly trying to improve and that is what we are doing right now,” Seidler said. Seidler’s statement could also translate as addition by subtraction if Preller can peddle first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielder Wil Myers. All of this lands on the desk of new manager Bob Melvin, and yeah, welcome to San Diego. It’s a charming place that hungers for a squad to produce a playoff run, something Padres watchers expected after Seidler scribbled checks for a franchise-record $216 million payroll. The payoff was negligible as the Padres won 12 of their final 36 games, with their $340 million shortstop having a shouting match in the dugout with Manny Machado, their $300 million third baseman. Can the Padres dig from their deep grave of last year? Not only do Seidler and Melvin think so, but so do the paying customers. For the first time ever, the Padres have sold more than 19,000 season tickets. What will this season bring? Highs, lows and everything in between once the man in blue yells, “Play ball.” “It's a fresh year,” Seidler said. “And we expect to be a force, in the race for the World Series trophy this year.” Contact Jay Paris at email@example.com and follow him @jparis_sports
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Book gathers letters between WWI correspondent, daughter By Tigist Layne
DEL MAR — Del Mar local James Larrimore has released a book filled with World War I letters between a war correspondent and his beloved daughter. The collection of letters, written during the time the U.S. entered WWI, shows an intimate look at life during the war and the loving relationship between a father and his daughter. “In their Own Words,” the book features letters between Don Martin, the author's grandfather and a war correspondent for the New York Herald in 1918, and his 11-year-old daughter Dorothy, Larrimore's mother. Martin was a widower, so Dorothy lived with his
mother in Silver Creek, New York, while Martin lived in New York City to work on the paper. Around 1918, Martin’s work took him to France where he documented his experiences with his daughter in great detail. “I recognized that having this rather extensive set of hundred-year-old letters was quite unusual,” Larrimore said. “Don Martin, her father and my grandfather, was a very well-known journalist at the time, but, because he died of Spanish influenza in France, his name sort of disappeared into history.” The book also includes diary entries and other writings by Martin that documented the day-to-day
triumphs and struggles of being a war correspondent during such a crucial time in history. Larrimore told The Coast News that he’s received an extremely positive response about the book. One high school history teacher in the community even said she plans to use it in one of her classes as one of the resources that will teach students about WWI. “This is a very interesting book in terms of understanding the life of the American war journalist in France during that time, what they were doing day by day and how they lived out there,” Larrimore said. “It was a difficult job during the war and not to mention fac-
ing heavy censorship from the government consistently.” Martin gave detailed accounts in his letter of the battles he was near, his travels associated with visiting troops and more, all while reporting consistently for the Herald. He died in Paris in 1918 from pneumonia and Spanish influenza. “In Their Own Words: Writings of war correspondent Don Martin and his 11-year-old daughter Dorothy. An intimate view of WWI” is available on Amazon and at the Del Mar Library. Larrimore and his family moved to Del Mar in 1969. This is his first published work.
DON MARTIN, left, covered the war in France in 1918 for the New York Herald, during which time he wrote letters to his daughter, Dorothy Larrimore, 11, right. James Larrimore of Del Mar, who collected the letters into a book, is the grandson of Martin and son of Dorothy Larrimore. Courtesy photos
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The Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Vista Education Foundation present the 11th annual Heroes of Vista gala at 4 p.m. March 18 at The Vistonian, 306 S. ON CESAR CHAVEZ DAY, March 31, author Marco Lopez Quezada will be at the Escondido Santa Fe Ave., Vista. For Public Library to discuss his memoir, “My March with Cesar,” about the labor activist, shown more details, visit Tickets at above in 1975. Courtesy photo vistachamber.org/56020-2/. required at nsdcgs.org. For 696-3502. DOWNTOWN ORCHIDS more information contact CRITTER CAMP San Diego County Or- email@example.com. Helen Woodward Anchid Society will host its imal Center will host a spring show and sale from 3 HONORING VIETNAM VETS Critter Camp for pre-K to 7 p.m. March 18, 9 a.m. to Register by March 23 through sixth grade. Regis6 p.m. March 19 and 10 a.m. AUCTION FUNDRAISER for the Hospice of the North ter at animalcenter.org/proto 4 p.m. March 20 at San DiSoroptimist Interna- Coast celebration of Veterego’s Scottish Rite Center, tional of Vista and North ans of the Vietnam War for grams-services/education/ 1895 Camino Del Rio South, County Inland will host a their service and sacrifice february-critter-camp/. Additional Critter Camps will Mission Valley. Admission is QuarterMania fundrais- on March 30 at the Veterans $10 for one day, $12 for the er on from noon to 3 p.m. Association of North County, be held March 28 to April 1, weekend, visit sdorchids. March 20 at the Vista Op- 1617 Mission Ave., Oceans- April 4 to April 8, April 11 com / Sp r i n g Show_ 2 0 2 2 . timist Club, 600 Optimist ide. Register at https://im- to April 15 and April 18 to April 22. html. Way, Vista. Each guest gets pact.hospicenorthcoast.org/ a numbered paddle and a event/welcome-home-vietcorrespondingly numbered nam-veterans-day-celebrapoker chip. Doors open at tion-2022 /e390468?utm _ REMEMBERING CESAR BUTTERFLY JUNGLE noon for check-in, lunch and source=website. Hear “My March with The San Diego Zoo Safa- viewing the vendor booths. César” a presentation by ri Park invites guests to cel- The auction starts at 1 p.m. LIBRARY TEEN TIME ebrate in full color, with an Tickets $30 online at SoropTeenTasticFunTime for Marco López Quezada from escape into nature. Spring timistVista.org or by call- ages 12 to 18 at the Escon- 6 to 7 p.m. March 31 at the Safari will feature Butter- ing Pat Origlieri at (760) dido Public Library from 4 Escondido Public Library, fly Jungle, allowing guests 724-9674 or e-mailing her at to 6 p.m. March 23, at 239 S. 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondito experience wildlife up firstname.lastname@example.org. Kalmia St., Escondido. The do. Author Quezada discussclose daily from 9 a.m. to 6 monthly event features an es his memoir in celebrap.m. March 19 through May escape room game, a craft tion of César Chavez Day. 8. For adults looking to upproject, tasty treats and a Register at https://smartb o ok i ng .e s cond ido.org / grade their seasonal expe- CATHOLIC FRIENDS giveaway. Events / EventI nfo?Evenrience, a Mimosa Wildlife The Catholic Widows t I D = 8 4 6 & m c _ c id = 0 a e Safari will be available on and Widowers of North c9493e8 & mc _eid =1fSaturdays and Sundays. Vis- County support group for c57f17f5. it https://sdzsafaripark.org/ those who desire to foster READ, EAT AND TALK spring-safari. friendships through various The Tween Bookclub social activities will meet for R.E.A.D, ages 8 to 12, will STRAWBERRY FEST DNA WEBINAR Interested in particidinner at the Cheesecake meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A free webinar, “Using Factory, Carlsbad March 21; March 24 at the Escondi- pating in the May 29 Vista DNA Tools on GED Match- visit the San Diego Botanic do Public Library, 239 S. Strawberry Festival? You es,” will be presented by Garden, Encinitas March Kalmia St., Escondido. The can become a vendor, parAndy Lee to the DNA in- 23; gather for a fish dinner Read, Eat, and Discuss Book ticipate in the run, volunterest Group, sponsored by at St. Thomas More Church, Club will explore “Wild Riv- teer for contest committee, North San Diego County Oceanside March 25 and er” by Rodman Philbrick. volunteer the day of the fesGenealogical Society from 1 have lunch at PF Chang’s, The book discussion will be tival or enter the poster conto 2 p.m. March 19. The we- Carlsbad March 30. Reser- followed by a craft based on binar is free; registration is vations are required at (760) the book. TURN TO CALENDAR ON 8
lainte! In the wake of St. Paddy’s Day, I am always moved to reminisce about my Irish heritage. It has regularly been called into question when I admit that I don’t fancy either beer or straight whiskey and don’t really look that good in green. Nonetheless, my daddy is a straight descendent of Irish immigrants, with names like O’Hart, O’Brien and Kelly, Francis and Jackie-boy. He wisely married a woman of German-Dutch heritage. He claims they fell in love, but I suspect he was so amazed by a woman who didn’t immediately unleash a verbal buzz saw when upset, he married her just to see what made her tick. He may not have even realized that he needed a sweet, even-tempered woman to bring a little balance to the generations of over-feisty Irish temperament. At the very least, it was good to have someone around who was slow to anger and actually preferred to avoid an argument. She also provided the gene pool with some badly needed melanin so we could live in Southern California without a constant sunburn. I had a high school English teacher who gave an annual lesson in world events by wearing an orange tie and nothing green every St. Patrick’s Day. Nobody pinched him. I took a stab at that attitude by wearing an orange and green tartan tie for several years, but I got weary of explaining it. To the uninformed, Orangemen are the Protestants (known here as Episcopalians) and the green represents the Roman Catholics. My family history contains both, because when the Roman Catholic church refused to bless his marriage to my Protestant grandmother, my grandfather changed sides. The only time I regret-
small talk jean gillette ted his decision was when I longed to send my daughter to spend her teen years in a Catholic convent somewhere far away. I might have managed it, had I an Irish nun or two as relatives. I have always had a fascination with Gaelic, but Mary, Joseph and all the saints, it’s tricky. I avoided French because it was never pronounced the way it was spelled. Gaelic takes that to another level altogether. History claims that the English quashed all speaking of Gaelic as another way to homogenize the people. I’m thinking they heard one sentence and knew they’d never master it. For example, “Lá Fhéile Pádraig,” pronounced “law ae leh pawrig,” means St. Patrick’s Day. “Ca’ as duit,” pronounced “caw oss dith,” asks where you came from. “Go raibh maith agat,” pronounced “guhrv mah a-gut,” is a terrific mouthful for thank you. I love to hear Gaelic spoken and I especially love hearing it sung, but I can’t imagine what conjugating a verb must be like. But then, I couldn’t conjugate verbs in German either, so apparently that failing spans all nationalities. As we roll through the 21st century, I just enjoy St. Patrick’s Day for the party it has become. Even if you’re an atheist blend of 10 ethnic groups, it’s a grand and glorious good reason to laugh, share a bit of corned beef and maybe give someone who deserves it a really good pinch. Jean O’Hart Gillette is a feisty freelance writer. Contact her at jean@ coastnewsgroup.com.
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NEW SCHOOL HEADS
The San Dieguito Union High School District appointed new leadership at two school sites for the 2022-23 school year. Justin Conn will serve as the principal of La Costa Canyon High School, and Reno Medina will serve as principal of Earl Warren Middle School. Conn has been with the district for 16 years, coming from four years as principal at Earl Warren Middle School. Medina has been with the district for 18 years and will return to serve as principal of Earl Warren Middle School, a site that he previously led from 2017-18. TRAUTH PROMOTION
The Vista Chamber of Commerce highlights grand openings at: • Trade Mark Hemp/ Aqualeaf Industries with a ribbon-cutting March 10 at 170 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. • City Gates Events & True Identity Life Coaching, March 16 at 170 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. • Little Bears Tender Care, at 10 a.m. March 18 at 1111 Highland Drive, Vista. • San Diego PACE Vista, at 10 a.m. March 19 at 1840 West Drive, Vista. • NuSpine Chiropractic at noon March 24, 1330 E. Vista Way, Ste. 5, Vista.
• Katherine Potz of Carlsbad has been named to the dean’s list at Purchase College for the fall 2021 semester. • Kayla Rhoads, a nursing major from Oceanside, was named to the dean’s list at Saint Francis (Pa.) for the fall 2021 semester. CSUSM GETS NEW BUILDING
Cal State San Marcos hosted a ribbon-cutting March 11 for the opening of the university’s Viasat Engineering Pavilion. The pavilion is named in honor of the Carlsbad-based company that provided a $1.5 million gift to become the founding partner of CSUSM’s electrical and software engineering programs. Viasat’s gift helped the university renovate classroom and lab space, purchase new equipment and instrumentation, and support the work of students and faculty.
SPIRIT ADDS NEW FLIGHT
Spirit Airlines has announced addition of nonstop service between Oakland via Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and San Diego International Airport beginning May 25. This is the first new route Spirit Airlines has added at SAN since 2017. For schedule and tickets, visit spirit. com.
Encinitas resident Patricia M. Trauth has been promoted to principal at RICK Engineering Co. a multidisciplinary planning, design and engineering firm. Trauth, who joined RICK in 2016 as associate principal, is responsible for NEW OFFICES managing the landscape arInsights Media Soluchitectural practice for the tions celebrated its new of10 Western offices. fice space with an official ribbon-cutting March 10, CELEBRATING WOMEN sponsored by the Escondido The Oceanside Cham- Chamber of Commerce. Inber celebrated Women’s sights Media Solutions is a
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year anniversary. It will celebrate this milestone with live music, giveaway raffles and light snacks noon to 4 p.m. April 2 at 1040 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Cruise by to see great gift ideas and home decor inspi-
Rancho Santa Fe author C.R. Stewart announced that his novel “Britfield & the Lost Crown” will become a theatrical play, adapted specifically for elementary and middle schools, with a fall 2022 premiere. The “Britfield” play is scheduled to become a Broadway musical in 2025.
adequately prepared for the event of a real active shooter situation. During the lockdown, Villarreal made the announcement that students should proceed to the football stadium and await further instructions while teachers should remain in classrooms. At this point, it was not made clear to students there was a possible threat involving a firearm on campus, Solari said. Solari and Camacho both said students on the stadium grounds received virtually no assistance or instructions from staff, who were noticeably absent throughout the lockdown procedure. The decision to send students to the football stadium also received heavy criticism. Parents and students both argue that funneling the students into the concentrated area inside the stadium — which was apparently locked from the outside with only one viable route of egress — would have made students easy targets if there had been an active shooter in the area. “They shouldn’t be announcing, ‘All students go to the stadium,’” said Molly, a senior at RBV who asked that her last name not be used. “I mean, if there was a gunman we would have all been sitting ducks, all targets in one place.” Molly and Andreozzi both described a scene of absolute chaos inside the stadium as the morning unfolded and students panicked after rumors circulated that the student carrying the firearm was also on the field.
Video footage taken at the scene shows masses of students climbing and jumping over the stadium fence while staff stood by helplessly and watched, according to Camacho. “You could see the terrified looks on kids’ faces jumping over the fence, not caring if they got cut or hurt … pushing everybody out to the football field, telling everybody to stay in place there, I just mean that makes zero sense,” Camacho said. “The administration sent these kids into a possible shooting situation, I mean it was ridiculous putting them on the football field, they’re sitting ducks and then they locked the kids in there,” said Solari. Villarreal defended his decision to direct students to the stadium but acknowledged there could have been better communication between staff and students as the situation escalated and students started jumping over the fence. "This was not a part of the lockdown procedure but this decision was based on information I received from the Sheriff’s Department," Villarreal said. "We didn't believe that students being targeted on the football field would be a credible concern. I think looking back we would have coordinated it better, I don't know, it’s something we’re learning to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.” Monday’s incident also sparked criticism of the district for not providing the school with resource officers who could have protected students and pro-
vided critical information during the lockdown procedure. One of those critics was Councilman John Franklin, who argued the situation reflects poorly on the district, which cut funding for the school’s two SROs back in 2019. While the district said that the dismissal of the SROs was due to budgetary cuts, Franklin said the decision was purely political, as he opined that administrators are afraid of intimidating students through maintaining a visible law enforcement presence on campus. “I’ve asked the board to restore the school deputies, well they claim it’s a funding issue but it’s not a funding issue, they have the money,” Franklin said. “The truth is that they don’t want SROs in there for political reasons, they don’t want students being arrested and the optics that come with that.” In particular, Franklin criticized fellow mayoral candidate Trustee Cipriano Vargas, president of the Vista Unified School District, who voted in 2019 (as part of a 3-2 majority) to remove SROs from schools, arguing the policy results from an anti-law enforcement attitude that jeopardizes student safety. “(Vargas) and others have a virulent anti-law enforcement point of view that threatens the safety of our kids and of our community, and it’s worth thinking about whether we want people with those views in higher office,” Franklin said.
Vargas is running against Franklin this year to replace outgoing Mayor Judy Ritter. Vargas did not respond to a request for comment for this story. Camacho said that he and other parents see the lack of officers on campus as unacceptable from a student safety standpoint. “When a student sees an officer, they see a person of authority who they can get directions and guidance from,” Camacho said. “Not having an officer or deputy on the premises is detrimental to the safety of the school itself.” Andreozzi agreed. “My petition is to raise awareness that we need our SROs back on campus, we need those resources at all
times…we need people on campus who can be there for something like this,” Andreozzi said. Villareal declined to take a stance on whether SROs should come back to RBV, instead emphasizing the need for greater communication, awareness and ability to execute procedures on the part of the existing school staff. “My concern is making sure that we as a school are being trained in the very complex world that we’re in now,” Villareal said. “I know I’m a reflective as a leader, I don’t take these decisions lightly, and as a dad and as a leader of this school it hurts me that students were upset — that’s not the goal ever.”
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precautionary “modified lockdown.” But the lockdown procedure itself also came under fire, as parents and students say the lockdown, which ended around 9:20 a.m., was poorly organized. Staff and teachers were confused about what was transpiring and students did not receive clear direction throughout the process. “It was embarrassing… nobody was taking it that seriously, the administrators weren’t serious with their communication to students,” said Makenna Andreozzi, a freshman, who criticized the school for not following proper lockdown procedures Monday. “All of the lights were on, the doors weren’t barricaded, and people were confused as to why the teachers were not taking this seriously. The principal needs to be held accountable, there needs to be more training.” To that end, Andreozzi has launched a petition on change.org calling for greater transparency and accountability from the RBV administration. Juan Camacho is a parent of twins who both attend high school and he’s also a retired police officer who worked as a school resource officer, or SRO, in Chula Vista. Camacho said that from a communication perspective with both staff and students, Monday’s lockdown was a “clown show” and should prompt questions about whether the school is
CAN YOU TOP THIS?
At a traditional topping out ceremony on Feb. 28, the final beam is hoisted to the top of a new building under construction at Richland Elementary School in San Marcos. The beam was signed by crew members. Courtesy photo
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ay “vegan restaurant” and watch my husband, Jerry, do a 180 faster than you can say “broccoli pasta bowl.” But here we are at Sage Plant Based Bistro & Brewery in Agoura Hills (slogan: Feast Without the Beast), considering a menu that features Polenta Tots, Avocado Hash, Zucchini Croquettes and Asian Kelp Noodle Salad. Most ingredients for menu items come from the restaurant’s 18-acre organic farm in Fillmore, about 30 miles north. Also grown: hops for their beer and ingredients for kombucha. Floor manager Joaquin Garcia steps in with a suggestion. “Try the Cauliflower Wings,” he coaches. “It’s one of our most popular items.” Before Jerry can object, a plate piled high with tempura cauliflower tossed in spicy Buffalo sauce arrives. With some help from me, the vegan “wings” disappear with a mostly-positive review from Jerry. I give five stars to the fried artichoke hearts and the scrumptious coconut ice
THIS AIR FORCE ONE, a Boeing 707, on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, transported seven presidents from 1973 to 2001. The plane is on loan from the Air Force. The pavilion also showcases President Lyndon Johnson’s helicopter, Marine One. Photo by Jerry Ondash
cream that tops off our culinary adventure. Sage’s “share plates” come with huge portions and the menu is extensive. It was one of several restaurants we explored during our 44-hour stay in Conejo Valley (pronounced CoNAY-ho), which offers visitors lots of open space, hiking and biking trails, a free botanical garden, theaters,
shops and eateries. Additional recommendations: • The Original Pizza Cookery in Thousand Oaks. On the menu: excellent chicken pesto pasta (gluten-free), a towering antipasto salad, fabulous Fettucine Alfredo, and a wide selection of pizzas (including gluten-free and vegan). Menu nicely marked with
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these options. • Jinky’s Café in Thousand Oaks. Extensive menu with generous number of offerings for vegans and the gluten-free crowd, but plenty for meat-lovers, too. Multiple takes on egg dishes, pancakes, waffles and French toast. We headquartered at Best Western Plus Thousand Oaks, which gave us easy access to Conejo Valley attractions, like the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. We visited on a busy day; it was the last day of an exhibit on the history of the FBI. When the line through the exhibit came to a standstill, we headed for the Air Force One Pavilion. Regardless of your politics, it’s pretty impressive to see the enormous Boeing 707 encased in a massive exhibit hall with its 60-foot ceiling and glass wall that
showcases the vast valley below and beyond. The immensity of the customized aircraft is overwhelming, but the experience gets more intimate when you walk through it. Several compartments have jars of gourmet jellybeans, President Reagan’s favorite snack. The tour also provides insight into how the 40th president and his team operated. For instance, what looks like small laptop computers in the communication center of the plane “are really just fancy typewriters,” explained the docent. “It was the ’80s, after all.” The plane, on loan from the Air Force, actually served seven presidents from 1973 to 2001. The pavilion also houses the presidential limousine known as The Beast for its protective capacity; Secret Service vehicles; and a
vintage Los Angeles Police Department squad car and motorcycles. Visitors also can climb aboard Marine One, the Sikorsky VH3A helicopter that transported presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford on short hops. Clever displays in the pavilion’s mezzanine tally up the miles that President Reagan flew on the many diplomatic missions to meet with world leaders, and a mural depicts the 22 aircraft that, through the years, carried all US presidents. The next special exhibit, “The Secrets of World War II,” runs April 2 to Oct. 9. Have adventures you want to share: Email email@example.com. For more photos and conversation, visit www. facebook.com /elouise.ondash.
entry in this year’s flower show will be the Vista Garden Club topic at 1:45 p.m. April 1 in the Azalea Room at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Fingertip lunch at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m., and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit californiagardenclubs.com/vistagardenclub/
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jobs, that’s around 147 teachers and that’s roughly 10% of our total SMEA membership. “It’s hard for me in my position seeing this, but I don’t want to minimize what it’s like for the people who are experiencing this, it’s brutal. …I know what those people are going through and it’s horrible. That’s what drives me to fight for every one of them to get their jobs back.” According to a statement from SMUSD spokesperson Amy Ventetuolo, the layoffs were a part of a $10 million package in cuts aimed at addressing “structural” problems within the district’s budget, including issues with employee pension cost increases, expanded services and health care costs. The district also said that a large number of the positions being cut had been previously funded by COVID-era relief dollars from the state and federal government, funding that has now expired. However, Pluciennek said that even with the current budget shortfall and the pressure put on the district’s finances by declining student enrollment, the layoffs were too much and will invariably impact the quality of education that students receive in classrooms moving forward. “Part of this is budget and we’re down students, we can’t deny that,” he said. “But I think this is overkill
BROOKLYN HOUCHIN, 8, with her Double Peak School teacher Jena Steinberger, who was among the 97 full-time teachers — and 147 staffers overall — facing layoffs. Courtesy photo
by a long shot. It’s astonishing because you have every other district in our region that’s also going through declining enrollment, right, but I don’t know why ours is doing these layoffs and the other districts aren’t.” Pluciennek concluded: “It’s draconian, it’s insane just how many they’re laying off.” Lauren Holman is a San Marcos resident with two children, both of whom attend Twin Oaks Elementary School. Holman says that while she and other parents understand the need for the district to make tough decisions, many feel that the layoffs went too far and will
adversely impact learning. “I don’t find it surprising at all that they have to do this…but this was really on the high side in terms of the cuts,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of teachers that already left or retired, so it’s a fact that we don’t even have enough teachers in the first place and now you’re going to be cutting a hundred more — yeah, it’s surprising, “It’s gonna be a really negative impact as far as learning. These kids have already lost so much in the last couple of years because of the pandemic and not having that traditional learning experience. The classroom sizes are getting larger already…I think that we’re
going to find so many more students falling through the cracks simply because teachers are overwhelmed.” Tyler Eytchison, who teaches a 4th/5th combo class at San Marcos Elementary, said that the loss of so many teachers at one time is extraordinarily harmful to the continuity and stability of students’ education, especially given the already significant staff turnover that happened during the pandemic. “For our kids it’s extremely disheartening, we know that having students come into a school where they can see more than one friendly face, that’s huge,” he said. “Kids get close to their teachers and to have that kind of continuity taken away from them, I mean it’s just devastating.” At San Marcos Elementary, Eytchison said that only 12 of 34 of the school’s teachers have been guaranteed to retain their jobs past this round of layoffs. The news is also crushing to the morale of the district’s remaining teachers, Pluciennek said, who have already been overwhelmed by the stresses of the pandemic as well as by the recent failed contract negotiations with district officials. “They can’t believe this is happening, their morale was already so low for other reasons, and this is just another step in that direction.” Gabrielle Lieberg, whose son goes to Mission Hills High School, said that the layoffs are just another blow to a group that has already suffered dispropor-
tionately during the past two years of the pandemic. “My opinion is that after three years of horribleness, we’re adding more horribleness to them,” she said. “It just realy feels like teachers don’t deserve what we’re heaping on them, that we need to find better way to show appreciation for all they’ve been through than more layoffs… I think in general that teachers and health care workers had it really tough and we’re adding to an already heavy burden.” Pluciennik said that he’s now been put in the difficult place of having to tell some of the laid-off educators that their best bet may be to take a job somewhere else rather than waiting to get rehired by the district. “The worst part about all of this is I’m having to tell people that if you get offered a contract somewhere else, take the contract, there’s no guarantee you’ll get your job back. I don’t like to lose teachers but I’m telling them if you get a job offer take it — and that’s really not what our profession is about, it’s about building a family long-term.” Given that the school districts surrounding San Marcos seem to have avoided making similar cuts, parents expressed skepticism in regards to whether SMUSD administrators are appropriately allocating district resources. “It would seem to me that if the other districts aren’t having to do this, then some of the people in charge of our budget need to have
a conversation about what they’re doing to avoid layoffs, that certainly seems in order,” Lieberg said. Ventetuolo emphasized that the district only looks at staffing reductions as a last resort when it comes to fiscal decision-making. In a statement, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones said that while the news from the district is devastating, it would be a mistake to put all of the blame for the layoffs on the current district administration. “I’m heartbroken that so many teachers are slated to be laid off, many teachers in our district are also residents and I don’t like to hear of anyone being laid off in our community,” she said. “It is important to note that the majority of the board and the superintendent have not been serving the district for a long period of time, these budget struggles did not just begin during the pandemic.” Ashley Houchin wrote an impassioned letter to Andy Johnsen on Tuesday, begging the superintendent to reconsider the layoffs. “Brooklyn wants to be a teacher when she grows up, and it is 100% attributable to Jena Steinberger,” Houchin wrote. “SMUSD cannot afford to let the most highly-regarded, most-loved, and highest-performing teachers go…If we start to let go of our absolute best, who will be gladly snatched up by neighboring districts, SMUSD will go downhill fast, losing its reputation!”
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Superblooms bring landscapes to life By Aida Rodriguez
ESCONDIDO — California deserts are known for their hot and dry climate, but every once in a while, they burst to life with vibrant blooms of yellow, purple, and pink. Even on hills of chaparral, shades of monochrome green and tan come to life, transforming into a vibrant landscape of lush, colorful blossoms. This magnificent, yet uncommon occurrence, is known as a superbloom. Superblooms only happen when the right combination of rain and warm tempera-
tures transpire, usually in the early springtime during years when we have received more rain than the annual average. It is projected that super blooms only happen once every ten years, but in 2019 the unusually wet winter and warm temperatures produced an unexpected super bloom for all to enjoy prior to the looming COVID-19 pandemic. Wildflowers are responsible for the picturesque landscapes of vibrant colors. Wildflowers are native to the regions in which they occur and are not purposely
planted or seeded. Wildflowers adapt easily to different soils and a variety of environments. They can be found anywhere in nature, from the driest deserts to the darkest forests. In addition, they are extremely beneficial topollinators such as birds, bees, insects, and butterflies. Here in San Diego County, chaparral and coastal sage scrub come to life with different varieties of shrubs and wildflowers blooming at similar times. Powder purples and blues emerge from the blossoms of California lilac
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(Ceanothus cyaneus) in the rolling hills of local San Diego County chaparral, reminding us of the splendors of springtime. Brilliant white blooms also come into view thanks to wart-stemmed ceanothus (Ceanothus verrucosus). On Conservancy preserves, these unexpected super blooms are especially spectacular, reminding us that the preservation of habitat and habitat restoration efforts can help to preserve these rare events for generations to come. Although it is unclear whether we will witness a
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to create a safer environment for everyone, said Walton. Councilwoman María Nuñez said that while she voted in favor of the ordinance, she remains concerned about safety issues the motorized bicycles could pose, noting it was crucial for the council to work towards educating ridership while rigorously enforcing applicable regulations. “Obviously we have to have e-bikes, they’re here to stay, and we do have to regulate but I also think about the public safety issues, especially on our trails,” Nuñez said. While Nuñez acknowledged e-bikes can better
CALIFORNIA LILAC (Ceanothus cyaneus) comes to life in the spring and can be found in the rolling hills of San Diego County. Photo by Tom Meaker
super bloom in 2022, we the ceanothus this month! can hold out hope that with enough rain and a little luck, Aida Rodriguez is outwe will be able to experience reach associate at The Esconthis once again. Watch for dido Creek Conservancy. connect residents with different parts of the city, she is also concerned about equal access to the bikes across all of the city’s districts, especially for the less affluent in her own District 1, who might have more trouble procuring these vehicles. “I agree (with Walton) about the benefits these things offer,” Nuñez said. “But this will also look different depending on what part of the city you’re in. We probably could use a lot of these in the district I represent but I suspect that a lot of kids in District 1 won’t have the means and access to these bikes. “It’s an equity issue that needs to be contemplated. If we wanted to promote this kind of mobility, to me that’s a conversation
we have to have.” Mayor Rebecca Jones released the following statement regarding the e-bike ordinance. “I’m happy that we now have an ordinance passed that will provide the use of our amazing trail system that will now provide use opportunities for Class 1 and 2 e-bike use on certain trails,” Jones’ statement reads. “We will be providing signage and maps on our trail maps.” Jones added: “This ordinance only covers our trail usage, e-bikes are (still) required to follow the California Vehicle Code on streets. We will be coordinating with San Marcos Unified School District in outreach efforts to educate our community about ebike safety.”
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The grueling path from CSUSM to Navy officer By Stephen Wyer
SAN MARCOS — For many, it's not much fun to wake up at 5 a.m. every day and work out for two hours before a full day of drills and classes designed to test an individual's physical, mental and emotional limits for 13 consecutive weeks. But for 26-year-old Cory Andrew Devlin of San Diego, this is what took to become a surface warfare officer for the U.S. Navy. And on March 11, Devlin realized his dream and officially graduated from Officer Candidate School, or OCS, at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island to become a commissioned ensign and join the ranks of Navy leadership. “I’ve always wanted to contribute to something bigger than myself,” Devlin said in an interview prior to his graduation. “I’m excited about March 11, it means that all of my hard work and struggle has paid off, and I can go into the fleet and lead and assist in what the Navy needs me to be.” Born and raised in San Diego, Devlin comes from an extensive military lineage. Both of his grandfathers served in the Navy, as did Devlin’s father, Shawn, who served for 30 years with five overseas deployments, including a tour in Iraq during the Gulf War in the 1990s. The family's strong tradition of public service, particularly in the Navy, is what propelled Devlin straight into OCS training upon graduating college at Cal State San Marcos, or CSUSM. “From a young age, coming from a military family, I had the drive instilled in me to serve my community, my country…ultimately I decided to carry on the tradition of serving in the Navy,” Devlin said. “I knew that the military would give me a good foundation for my future and give me the structure I needed to go off on in any future endeavors of my life.” After living in San Diego as a child with his parents at various military bases, Devlin ended up moving to Hemet for several years
CSUSM GRAD Cory Andrew Devlin is shown during physical training at Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. Devlin graduated on March 11 and received his commission to serve on the USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee in San Diego. Photo courtesy of US Navy
where he attended West Valley High School, playing football and baseball competitively. After high school, Devlin studied criminology at CSUSM for four years, with the hope of landing a career in law enforcement after finishing his military tenure. Since starting OCS last year, Devlin said the lessons he’s learned about the world and about himself have made him stronger physically, mentally and emotionally, and he’s been able to forge strong friendships with his fellow candidates going through the same training process. “When you first get here, everyone’s a little wide-eyed and not knowing what’s going on in the trenches…then you go through militarization, you go through PT (physical training) and the different aspects of training, and it SAN DIEGO’S Cory Andrew Devlin, above, endured hours builds camaraderie, just go- of physical training every day as part of Officer Candidate ing through those same ex- School in Newport, Rhode Island. Photo courtesy of US Navy
periences with each other,” Devlin said. “It’s ultimately so rewarding though — learning the camaraderie, the friendships I’ve made, and becoming so confident in your decision making… it really prepares you to become a naval officer and go out into the fleet and be able to make those decisions successfully.” OCS is undeniably grueling. Every morning, Devlin was greeted with a physical test that pushed candidates to their limits, including long sustenance runs, core workouts, upper body programs and other similarly intense exercise regimens. “The most challenging part is the mental aspect, just pushing through the weariness, the tiredness, pushing past what you think your body can take and overcoming those obstacles that you didn’t think you could,” Devlin said. But even to his own surprise, Devlin said he had
grown fond of the structure and ritual that makes up OCS training on a regular basis. “I didn’t expect that I would enjoy it as much as I did…it’s difficult but I would say that in overcoming those challenges and obstacles, that makes it so rewarding and makes you realize why you’re doing this in the first place,” Devlin said. Shawn Devlin said he couldn’t be more proud of his son as he approached his OCS graduation. From the time he was a boy, Shawn said, Devlin was both adventurous and altruistic, always looking for a way to help out others and serve the community. “(Devlin’s) doing something for the greater good — protecting our country while serving in the armed forces, there’s that pride of being able to give back to your nation and go out there,” Shawn said. “I’m very proud of him…he’s always been the kind of person who is looking for the next adventure or next challenge. “He’s very kind and friendly, always willing to get involved if you need a hand he’s willing to help, he’s just that type of a person.” It’s the support of his family back home that’s made the difference and pushed Devlin through the challenges of OCS training, as well as a desire to honor the tradition of Navy service passed down from his grandparents. “The support from my family has been everything,” Devlin said. “Getting a letter from them brightens my day here, it keeps me moving forward. I know they’re rooting for me back home and that they’re proud of me, that kind of stuff has been in the back of my mind and I don’t want to let them down either as well as myself.” Now graduated, Devlin has received his commission to return to San Diego where he will serve on the USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee, a pre-commissioned battleship, where he will train to become a surface warfare officer.
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‘Cocktail’ to canned margaritas
he movie title is, “Cocktail,” not, Cocktails. Don’t worry. I’ve been saying it wrong for 35 years, too. The 1988 box office smash released a young, ambitious, arrogant, still morally flexible but soon to find his way, recently discharged Tom Cruise, err, Brian Flanagan into the world. The main character wants to be a businessman, but like so many entrepreneurs before him, he finds himself on one side of a three-foot slab bartending for thirsty New Yorkers. It isn’t long before a bartending mentor, Coughlin, starts teaching him the tricks of the trade. Flair bartending takes center stage for long montages of bottles being flipped, fresh fruits being squeezed, hips shaking, and more longing looks across the bar than my Grandpa could shake a stick at. I was most certainly too young to have watched the movie, but when I did, I was pretty certain bartending like Tom was likely in my future. That movie, which has many, many faults upon rewatching in 2022, still made a point to showcase an unlikely hero — the craft cocktail. It is important to note here that Tom Cruise’s character is a terrible bartender. I watch that movie now, after decades in hospitality, and see so much waste. Flair bartending is the worst! I hate seeing the booze being spilled, fruit being thrown, and customers being ignored so the bartenders can preen and dance. It hurts my heart, and the poetry, oh my, the poetry. What he (and Coughlin) did have was charisma, style, and the ability to mix a drink. Add a little bit of this, a splash of that, squeeze in a little of this, and out of it comes some sort of magical elixir that made people. The first known cocktail recipe book was published in 1862, and ever since, home bartending enthusiasts have been trying to re-create their favorite drinks at home — until now. Now we have RTDs or Ready to Drink TURN TO CHEERS! ON 14
PHILIPPE’S the Original French Dipped Sandwiches near Union Station in Los Angeles offers classic roast beef French dipped sandwiches with an assortment of side dishes, including potato salad, colelsaw, hard-boiled eggs pickled in beet juice and spices, large Kosher-style pickles, black olives and hot yellow chili peppers. Photo by David Boylan (Philippe’s exterior); courtesy photo (roast beef sandwich)
For the love of trains and Philippe’s
or most of my life, I’ve lived within earshot of train tracks, a scenario that has continued at my current home in Leucadia where the Coaster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and BSN&F freight trains roll by regularly. At times, it sounds as if they are roaring through my bungalow when the winds are blowing offshore. And yes, some of the train engineers maybe a little aggressive in their honking — I’ve noticed there seems to be a serious anti-train honking movement on Nextdoor. I made the mistake of chiming in with something to the effect of “That’s a high-class coastal problem, folks,” and boy, did I feel the wrath. I’m also a huge fan of riding the trains as a mode of transportation whenever possible. Locally, I've taken the Coaster down to a Padres game or to enjoy a restaurant or museum downtown. I also had the opportunity recently to take the Amtrak to Los Angeles for a solar rally and thought that would be the perfect opportunity to include a culinary exploration in my trip. Taking the train to LA is a completely different experience and a fabulous one at that. Just snag a west-facing seat and you are in for a visual treat. I always hop on in Solana Beach as I like to feast my eyes on the coastal delights as it rolls along the North County coastline before veering inland. The seats are comfy and there is always a nice mix of humanity represented. Prior to this recent trip, I reached out to a handful of friends to get the scoop on what the culinary options are surround-
lick the plate david boylan ing Los Angeles Union Station as the rally was a short walk from there. They were abundant, to say the least, but one grabbed my attention immediately: “Philippe the Original” or “Philippe’s French Dip Sandwich,” depending on the source. I’m just going with “Phillippe’s.” Besides being a huge fan of beef and bread dipped in au jus as they do with Chicago-style Italian Beef, it was the history of the place that drew me in. Philippe’s was established in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu, who claimed the distinction of having created the “French Dipped Sandwich.” As the story goes, while making a sandwich Mathieu dropped the sliced French roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven. The customer said he would take the sandwich anyway and returned the next day with some friends asking for more dipped sandwiches. And so was born the “French Dipped Sandwich,” named either because of Mathieu’s French heritage or that the French roll the sandwich is made on, the story varies. Regardless, it became the specialty of the house and is offered with either roast beef, roast pork, leg of lamb, turkey or ham served on a freshly baked French roll which has been dipped in the natural gravy of the roasts (au jus) either
once or twice. My advice is to keep it simple and go with just roast beef, a single dip of the top bun, with some of their hot French mustard to give it just a little kick and a side of au jus for additional dipping. It’s become a lust-worthy, top five sandwich in my highly competitive favorite sandwich category. The sides are also as good as I’ve had…I’m speaking specifically of the potato salad, macaroni salad and coleslaw. I went with potato salad, slaw, pickles and a Mexican Coke. Hard-boiled eggs pickled in beet juice and spices, large Kosher style, sour dill or sweet pickles, black olives and hot yellow chili peppers are also noteworthy. And randomly, Philippe’s still serves close to 300 pounds of pig’s feet every week. Service is quick and efficient and definitely part of the experience. There is a long display counter with 10 carvers. You get into one of the 10 lines, and when you reach your carver, they can take care of your whole meal; make your sandwich or fix your hot dish, serve salads or soup, give you a soda, beer or a glass of wine, add it all up and take your money. And despite my rookie status, my carver was friendly and helpful. The place was full of an eclectic mix of patrons with community-style seating and the sense that every single person in the joint was grateful to be there. I usually keep lunch on the light side, but that rule was out the window on that glorious day in downtown LA and I had a relaxing train ride to look forward to back to Encinitas, not the stress of rush hour traffic.
My advice would be to make a day of it and take a morning train that gets you into LA around noon, enjoy nearby Chinatown for lunch where Yang Chow and their Slippery Shrimp dish have been suggested. Walk your meal off
throughout the afternoon then indulge in an early dinner at Philippe’s before cathcing a sunset train home. Philippe’s is at 1001 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles. For more info, visit www.philippes.com
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County home prices up 16% from ’21 By City News Service
REGION — The median price of an existing, single-family home in San Diego County was $888,000 in February, up from $875,000 in January and from $765,000 one year ago, the California Association of Realtors reported Tuesday. Statewide, the average median home price rose to $771,270, up from $765,610 in January and $699,000 in January 2021. Total sales of existing, single-family houses in California were down 4.5% from January and 8.2% from February 2021, to a total of 424,640 in February. Southern California saw a 9.9% decrease in total house sales over Febru-
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cocktails. They are primarily canned. Premixed cocktails are not new, but craft, mainstream canned cocktails have only recently taken off. Locally-founded Cutwater Spirits led the way. Cutwater Spirits was spun out of Ballast Point Brewing when the brewery was sold to Constellation Brands in 2015. The premixed cocktail brand was later sold to Anheuser-Busch (2019). A relaxing of liquor laws during the pandemic’s
ary 2021. The median number of days it took to sell a California single-family home was nine in February, down from 10 days in February 2021. “Despite higher mortgage rates, California’s housing market is holding up remarkably strong, with home prices re-accelerating, market competition growing and signs that the listings crunch is thawing,’’ CAR President Otto Catrina said in a statement. “Prospective buyers are taking advantage of still-low rates before they move higher and getting a jump on competition before the start of the spring home-buying season.’’ The leader in home prices continues to be the earliest days also enabled the sale of premade cocktails to go by any licensed bar or restaurant and offered consumers the experience of taking their favorite bartender-made drinks home or to the beach with them. The growth of RTDs has been more than exponential. The current RTD market estimates put sales at more than 19 billion dollars annually, with 11.6% growth anticipated for the next ten years. That is a lot of cocktails. I have a fairly extensive liquor cabinet and plenty of shakers and shot glasses at
San Francisco Bay area, where the median price was $1.335 million, with a high of $2.1 million in San Mateo County, $1.9 million in San Francisco, $1.82 million in Santa Clara County and $1.58 million in Marin County. The stronger-than-expected growth in the statewide median price was attributed partly to a change in the mix of sales toward homes in the million-dollar price range, as sales jumped in higher-priced regions such as the Central Coast and the San Francisco Bay Area, according to CAR. The cheapest houses in California can be found in Lassen County in the far north with a median price of $239,000. home, yet the most complicated drink I ever really make is bourbon Manhattan or a Screwdriver. Even margaritas seem like a real pain to make at home. Luckily, now, I can just go and buy one, crack the can, and take a sip. JuneShine Hard Kombucha recently added “And Spirits” to their website’s banner and a new line-up of canned, premixed cocktails to their product line. Earlier this week, the Margarita Fairy left a few cans of JuneShine’s Classical Tequila Margarita in my refrigerator. Each can include two
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The Hidden Valley Vista City Council of Beta Sigma Phi International announced and crowned their chapter queens, from left, Deb Dyson from Epsilon Nu Master, Peggy Williams from Preceptor Omicron Tau, Patty Cline from Gamma Rho Master, Pat Kohles and Geneva Hinners from Laureate Alpha Kappa, and not shown, Eileen Mertes from Xi Chi Chi, at its Queens Court Luncheon Feb. 12 in Escondido. Courtesy photo
shots of tequila (it doesn’t say what kind), sparkling water, orange, lime, and sea salt. There is very little sugar, and it is less than 100 calories, but it packs a punch at 10% ABV. On a recent sunny day, I took the kayak down to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon for a paddle and a cocktail. I shoved off and let the tide push me towards the salt marsh and a waiting pelican. Pelicans are huge up close. I opened the canned margarita. No bartender flipped any bottles spraying the crowd with tequila. No handsome bartenders
with the rolled-up sleeves on their loose-fitting button-downs made overtly sensual eye contact with me while they squeezed a full lime into a shaker. Nobody screamed a drink order over a thumping soundtrack of ’80’s bangers. There was just a light breezed, the sun on my neck, the sound of lapping waves and the white noise of the highway, and a cocktail in a can in my hand. I took a sip. Well, I’ll be. That tastes just like a vacation margarita. It was more alcoholic than I might make.
The orange juice is a nice touch. I leaned back in the kayak and closed my eyes, letting myself be transported to a beach bar cabana in Jamaica. Brian Flanagan is behind the bar. I take another drink. The illusion is almost complete, but something is missing. I tap a few buttons on my phone until I find what I’m looking for—the Cocktail Soundtrack. I press play. “Here’s a little song I wrote. You might want to sing it note for note. Don’t worry, be happy…” Perfect.
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Inside: 2016 Spring Section Home & Garden
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VOL. 3, N0. 7
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New Village Arts has some new volunteer opportunities available. Grab a paint brush and bring the world of “Into The Woods” to life March 18 on the Oceanside Theatre Company Stage, or work with Keira McGee, the costume designer for “Into The Woods,” helping
MARCH 30 STRINGDUSTERS
The Infamous Stringdusters bluegrass band with Dustbowl Revival perform March 30 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit bellyup.com/ or (858) 481-9022.
Artsy Adults Craft: Rock Painting will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 22 at the Escondido Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Celebrate the arrival of spring and paint some rocks to keep or give away as gifts. Try paint pouring or dot art. Supplies ART FROM BOOKS will be provided and are The exhibition “Relimited. imagined: The Artist's Book,” highlighting pieces of art created from or inspired by books, runs TRY ROUSSEAU through May 14 at the WilThe Oceanside Muse- liam D. Cannon Art Gallery um of Art offers Taste of at the Dove Library, 1775 Art: Lush Landscapes from Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Free 6 to 8 p.m. March 24, at 704 admission. Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $65. As part of our WEDNESDAY MUSIC Refresh and React series, The Encinitas Library join Robin Douglas to tap Wednesdays@Noon free into your artistic senses by concert series features the exploring the lush jungle Cracow Duo performing
Watkins Family Hour plays the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. April 3 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and Information, visit http://bellyup. com/ or call (858) 481-9022.
NATIVE AMERICAN ART
Exclusive Collections Gallery (EC Gallery), will host a free Native American Art show, “This Is Indian Country, with Native American artists Randy Barton, Nocona Burgess, Joe Hopkins, Lx Lewis, George Rivera, Jeremy Salazar and Cody Sanderson from 1 to 5 p.m. daily April 8 To April 10 At 212 S. Cedros Ave., #104 Solana Beach, in the Cedros Design District. RSVP to ecgallery.com.
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