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Walton looks to unseat Jones in San Marcos By Stephen Wyer
we won in style and in Stage 2 we had a mechanical failure that cost us about 10 hours. I really didn’t want to go through the race without any cause, so I just took it dayby-day and ended up breaking the record.” Quintero competes in two dif-
SAN MARCOS — Councilman Randy Walton announced last week that he’s running for mayor, seeking to unseat Mayor Rebecca Jones this November. Walton, who has represented District 2 on the San Marcos City Council since 2018, officially kickstarted his campaign Monday, Feb. 21, declaring that he’s running for mayor to create a “smart, safe, and sustainable San Marcos.” “San Marcos has seen tremendous growth in the last two decades, and we need the right leadership to translate that growth into an opportunity for our residents,” said Walton in a released statement. “As your RANDY next Mayor, I am WALTON ready to build a smart, safe, and sustainable San Marcos for generations to come.” Walton, a Democrat, will be running against Jones, a Republican, who successfully ran to replace former mayor Jim Desmond in 2018. Jones soundly defeated former council member Chris Orlando in that election, winning by more than 10 percentage points. Prior to his election to office in 2018, Walton was previously a member of the Governing Board of San Marcos Unified School District for 10 years and has also operated his own law firm for over 15 years as a wrongful injury attorney. He also has a record of community activism, includ-
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SETH QUINTERO, a graduate of Mission Hills High School, poses in November with his Red Bull OT3 Dakar racer built specially for the Saudi Arabia rally raid in January. The 19-year-old set a record by winning 12 stages at Rally Dakar. Photo by Marcin Kin/Red Bull Content Pool
IN THE DESERT, A RALLY TO REMEMBER San Marcos’ Quintero, 19, shakes off Dakar disappointment to set mark for stage wins By Steve Puterski
SAN MARCOS — In the middle of the desert, 19-year-old Seth Quintero had a choice to either quit racing or step on the gas. During the second stage of the Rally Dakar in Saudi Arabia in January, the San Marcos native led the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team before his Red Bull OT3
racer broke down after losing a pair of differential boxes, which cost him 10 hours and took him out of contention for the overall title. As hard as it was to accept defeat — Quintero and his co-driver Dennis Zenz finished ninth overall — the Mission Hills High School graduate still managed to
make international headlines and rally racing history after winning 12 of 13 stages at Rally Dakar, the most ever in a single rally. “This year I came in knowing that I had the confidence, the speed and I had the testing and training to win the race,” Quintero said. “That’s exactly what we tried to do. The first two days
State mask mandate for schools ends March 11; use still recommended By City News Service
REGION — California will lift its mask mandates for schools, which required students and staff to wear masks indoors, at 11:59 p.m. on March 11, making face coverings “strongly recommended” but not mandated, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday, Feb. 28. As of Tuesday, meanwhile, the state will also lift
its requirement that unvaccinated people wear masks in most indoor settings, but masks will be “strongly recommended” for everyone indoors. Masks will also continue to be required for everyone at settings including health care facilities, transit centers, airports, aboard public transit, in correctional facilities and at homeless
shelters and long-term care facilities. “California continues to adjust our policies based on the latest data and science, applying what we’ve learned over the past two years to guide our response to the pandemic,” Newsom said in a statement. “Masks are an effective tool to minimize spread of the virus and future vari-
ants, especially when transmission rates are high. We cannot predict the future of the virus, but we are better prepared for it and will continue to take measures rooted in science to keep California moving forward.” Under the timeline announced Monday, the state will no longer mandate indoor mask-wearing on school campuses beginning
March 12. Individual school districts or counties, however, will have the option of maintaining local requirements if they deem them necessary. The announcement comes following last Friday’s change in guidance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which adopted new stan-
dards that rely largely on COVID hospital numbers to govern whether masks should be worn. Those new standards — while resulting in mask recommendations being lifted for much of the country, still classified Los Angeles and San Diego counties as having “high” virus activity and urged that people continue to wear masks.
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Stargazing event bolsters conservancy’s mission By Samantha Nelson
ESCONDIDO — Local conservationists teamed up with area astronomers for a Monday night of stargazing, music and nature in an effort to promote an education program teaching children to appreciate and take care of the environment for future generations. On Feb. 28, the Escondido Creek Conservancy welcomed guests to the Sardina Preserve, a 282-acre piece of land previously home to Mr. Paintball before the conservancy acquired the property in 2019, for an evening of stargazing with the San Diego Astronomy Association. For both organizations, it was one of the first events in the area since before the COVID-19 pandemic that has limited social gatherings for the last two years. Because of the preserve’s location in the hills near Lake Wohlford just outside of Escondido, the sky was clear and dark enough for visitors to see the bright Orion Nebula, the Owl Cluster, Cigar Galaxy and several other constellations and extraterrestrial formations in the night sky through at least five telescopes brought by members of the astronomy group. The evening of stargazing was accompanied with live music from “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” and other popular songs played by violinist Bethany Grace, who lives in the area. Education was the
MEMBERS OF the San Diego Astronomy Association brought telescopes to Monday’s Escondido Creek Conservancy stargazing event near Lake Wohlford. Photo by Samantha Nelson
main driver behind Monday night’s event that served as a fundraiser for the conservancy’s “Seed the Future” campaign, which aims to raise at least $2 million in a four-year period to fund its educational program for students throughout Escondido and the region. Since it was founded in 1991, the Escondido Creek Conservancy has been working to acquire thousands of acres of land around the Escondido Creek watershed, which stretches 26 miles from Lake Wohlford through Escondido, past Elfin Forest and ending at the San Elijo Lagoon. Sardina Preserve was
part of its most recent “Save a Thousand Acres” campaign in an effort to preserve land for habitat and wildlife. The conservancy manages more than 3,000 acres of preserved land in and around the watershed, and has helped preserve more than 7,000 acres of land through partnerships with other regional organizations. Beyond acquiring land to protect it, the conservancy also focuses its efforts on educating students about the importance of protecting the local environment. “If the next generation doesn’t understand why
we’re doing this, it’s kind of a losing battle,” said Education Director Simon Breen. The conservancy works with students in Escondido’s elementary schools on projects like building bee hotels and data collecting and takes them on field trips to places like Elfin Forest and, hopefully soon, to its very own Sardina Preserve. Though the land is beautiful and great for educational purposes, it lacks necessary amenities like bathrooms and running water, which the conservancy hopes to acquire through its Seed the Future fundraiser. Last year, the conservancy raised just under $100,000. This year, they hope to raise about $222,000. “We’re hoping that this site can be a place where we can bring kids for real-world conservation science,” Breen said. For many of the children, a conservancy field trip is their first time stepping into nature. Some are nervous at first while others are thrilled. “It’s like a type of playground of which they never conceived,” Breen said. Besides working with children, the conservancy also aims to educate older generations about the environment through public events like stargazing. With pandemic restrictions lifting, the conservancy is now easing back into hosting more events like this in the
near future. “The main thing we’re trying to do is connect people with nature and get them to appreciate it,” Breen said. “You don’t want to advocate for something you don’t know exists.” Protecting the environment and preserving local habitat is also great for stargazers who need a clear night sky to see deep into the universe. The conservancy asked the San Diego Astronomy Association, a local nonprofit that also provides educational programming in schools and the community, to provide the necessary telescopes and knowledge for Monday’s event. “We love the idea that you’re saving the environment, saving the sky and keeping things natural for us,” said Dave Decker, the association’s outreach coordinator. Vice President Kin Searcy said the association is just now starting to get back into local schools following the pandemic. The group had six events planned in one week alone, starting with the conservancy event. “We’ve got over 800 members and we get enough volunteers who like to do outreach because it’s fun,” Searcy said. To donate to the Escondido Creek Conservancy’s Seed the Future fund and to learn about its other fundraising campaigns, visit escondidocreek.org.
North City seeks increase of height limits By Stephen Wyer
SAN MARCOS — Developers of the North City project in San Marcos are asking the city for permission to make a series of project adjustments, including significantly increasing the allowable height of buildings permitted on the development. At a public workshop held Monday, the project’s developers, Sea Breeze Properties, formally requested an amendment to the regulatory document adopted in 2009 with the city that laid out the parameters for development concerning standards such as building height, architectural design, building orientation, and street design. The North City project is 195 acres in size and is located south of state Route 78, north of Barham Drive and overlapping Twin Oaks Valley Road to the east and west. North City’s entitlements will include 3,400 residential units (including mixed-family residences, student housing and affordable housing), 450 hotel rooms, 1,100,000 square feet of office space, and 345,000 square feet of retail. The proposed amendTURN TO NORTH CITY ON 8
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We need lower energy bills
By Jim Desmond
ast week, I sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Public Utilities Commission to immediately implement measures to alleviate rising energy costs. The State of California is expected to have at least a $45.7 billion budget surplus in 2022. These are taxpayer dollars that should be used to lower the energy bills for all San Diegans. Read the letter below and I will keep you updated on the progress. Dear Gov. Newsom: As Supervisor of the Fifth District representing North San Diego County, I am writing to request that the State of California immediately implement measures to alleviate rising energy costs, providing relief to the ratepayers of San Diego. My office has been contacted by residents concerned with the sudden rise in energy costs and increases in utility rates. My constituents are concerned with their ability to pay for recent increased energy bills, especially seniors who are on fixed incomes. With already out of control housing costs, gasoline prices, and the cost of goods due to inflation, many San Diegans struggle now more than ever to survive under
the weight of these rising costs. Considering the recent rise in rates, the State of California should review costly energy regulations under the State’s control and provide temporary relief to ratepayers. Drivers of the recent rate increases include the exorbitant cost of natural gas, renewable energy infrastructure to meet State mandated targets, the growth of public benefit programs which are offset by other ratepayers, and the cost of wildfire mitigation measures. California is expected to have a $45.7 billion budget surplus in 2022. Part of that surplus should be used for wildfire mitigation measures and renewable infrastructure to meet state goals, relieving ratepayers from the cost burden, and lowering energy bills. With wildfires now a year-round threat in California, it is imperative that the region continue to invest in infrastructure that reduces the risk of wildfires. On the backs of local ratepayers, SDG&E has spent $3 billion in the last 10 years to strengthen community resiliency, harden electric grids, and underground powerlines. Investment in infrastructure to
reduce the risk of wildfires are ongoing. However, these costs are funded by local ratepayers, included in monthly energy bills. The State of California should relieve ratepayers by offsetting these projects with state budget-surplus dollars. The State should also look to offset costs of utility-constructed clean power projects. Again, these also fall on the backs of San Diegans in every SDG&E bill. With more people working from home and increased adoption of personal electric vehicles, reliance on energy will grow. To many working San Diegans, and those such as seniors on fixed incomes, the recent 24.6% jump in gas rates and 7.8% increase in electricity rates are more than they can afford…in an already expensive California. The State’s budget surplus comes from taxpayers, many of whom have suffered mightily from a pandemic, losing their job and seeing gas prices rise dramatically. Let’s give it back to the taxpayers by lowering their energy bills. I urge you to act now to lower energy bills for San Diegans. Jim Desmond represents the 5th District on the County Board of Supervisors.
Letters to the Editor Your article on the San Marcos teacher contract negotiations promotes myths about teacher pay that I think need to be made clear to your readers. As is common in such media reports, it was implied the zero percent increase offered by the district means teachers would receive no raise. In reality, teachers are under defined salary schedules that offer periodic raises, often annually. Usually that increase rate exceeds inflation. What the union is asking for is a “bonus” raise, on top of their normal annual increases. From the district’s own pay records, we see in 2020 the median total compensation of a full
time San Marcos teacher was $121,748. Far from being “the lowest in the county,” San Marcos teachers rank 17th out of 43 districts — in the top half. If that is not a “livable wage,” what is? Certainly inflation is up recently. However, if we look at the last decade, inflation has averaged 2.12% per year in the county. In that same time, San Marcos teacher median total compensation has gone up 8.06% per year. That’s almost four times higher. When did we hear the union president clamoring to give some of that back because it was too much? Seems like picking a single year is very much cherry
picking data. Perhaps the district’s “intransigence” is just welcome financial responsibility. A deficit of almost $26 million next year means layoff announcements now. Adding more cost would mean more layoffs, cutting from the education of our kids. Isn’t that a bit like taking candy from babies? Are the union leaders putting their own interests ahead of our kids’ education and their co-workers’ jobs planning on apologizing to parents and laid-off workers for considering their own wallet more important than their concerns? Todd Maddison Oceanside
t was a gutsy call when Gov. Gavin Newsom in late February suggested a gas tax holiday. That kind of move has been anathema for California governors since the 2003 recall of Democrat Gray Davis in favor of movie muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger made hay on the false assertion that Davis added a new gas tax that year, even though all he really did was restore a levy he previously put on pause for more than a year. It became Schwarzenegger’s key issue during that campaign, and it worked. No one remembered that Davis saved millions of people hundreds of dollars each over the preceding year. All they noticed was that they were paying more at the pump. Now comes Newsom, not exactly calling for a tax reduction. He recommends putting in abeyance indefinitely a 51-cent gas tax increase scheduled to take effect this summer. He has to know there will come a time when the state will need that money and either he or a subsequent governor will have to let the tax hike take hold. He knows this could lead to a second recall against him even if his likely reelection this fall goes smoothly. While Newsom acts unfazed about that possible outcome, Sacramento’s other two top leaders hesitate to give Californians this little bit of inflation relief. In a joint appearance before the Sacramento Press Club, both state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and state Senate President Toni Atkins expressed misgivings. Both said they think not charging the new tax, mandated by a years-old law, could cost jobs by reducing funds for transit operations, road maintenance and highway construction. Said Rendon, “I think that’s something that could potentially jeopardize a tremendous amount of jobs…it could inhibit economic growth in certain sectors in this state.” He and Atkins showed most concern about effects on members of building trades unions, outfits among the leading backers of Democratic legislative campaigns. But there’s no reality to this worry, and they both know it. The approximately $500 million a oneyear gas tax holiday would cost can easily be made up by tapping California’s current huge budget surplus. Said Senate Republi-
can leader Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita, “Democrats are tone deaf if they think people don’t need a break at the pump.” In fact, California gas prices in late February averaged $4.82, highest in the nation. In some places, posted prices climbed well over the $5 landmark. Wilk is correct. There’s no doubt the state can afford to give drivers — most Californians — a break when it is spending billions of dollars on the homeless, a highly visible but actually tiny portion of the populace. This is especially true now, when some legislators are actively considering a proposed new tax on the stuff owned by — not the incomes of — persons with assets valued at more than $50 million. Even if they are not producing income, say these ultra-liberal Democratic lawmakers, those assets further the passing on of generational wealth and passively but steadily add value. Assets involved include homes and stocks that pay no dividends, but consistently gain market value. The measure is sponsored by Assemblyman Alex Lee of San Jose, who aims at the 15,000-plus wealthiest folks in California. He would tax anyone with a net worth over $50 million at 1% and apply a $1.5% levy on those with more than $1 billion in net assets. “We want the obscenely ultra-rich to be paying their fair share,” Lee told a reporter. This, he says, would add about $22 billion to the revenues of a state that already sports a budget surplus almost double that amount, with legislators unsure what to do with all the money at their fingertips. The asset taxation plan, novel except in the property tax realm, would need voter approval to be effective even in the unlikely event legislators pass it. This is but one example of the kind of funding source the state could tap to replace any gas taxes it forgives. Which is just one more reason why it’s a good idea to give average people a break right now at a very visible place, the gas pump. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com.
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ing being a co-founder of The San Marcos Promise, a non-profit that provides career guidance and support to San Marcos students. In an interview with The Coast News, Walton expressed that he’s running to help the city tackle major challenges including environmental sustainability, transit infrastructure, education, and affordable housing. On sustainability, Walton said that the city needs to do more to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, while also taking action to protect the city’s 2,500 acres in open spaces in preserves such as the Twin Oaks neighborhood. His policy record when it comes to the environment speaks for itself, Walton added. “I marshaled through a single-use plastics reduction ordinance in this council which passed, I urged the community to move to the Community Choice Aggregation program which we just did…and one of my first acts as a councilmember was to get the city to pass a resolution opposing future offshore oil drilling — a resolution that Rebecca Jones blocked, by the way,” Walton said. When it came to transit, Walton was critical of Jones, whom he called “resistant to regional solutions” and “for the status quo,” which Walton says is not sustainable. “Our housing has dramatically outpaced our infrastructure to support it in recent years…people are frustrated by the lack of transportation infrastructure, it’s a regional issue and we…need to take real action embracing real solutions,” Walton said. To this end, Walton expressed support for SANDAG’s recently passed Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a $162.5 billion project that entails development and improvements to the region’s transportation system and transit lines, and is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years. Jones has publicly criticized the project, which she says imposes heavy taxes on county residents while doing little to improve transit for North County residents. “With the RTP I think it was an incredible mistake that [Jones] voted against it, I’m happy that the leaders of our other cities were forward-thinking enough to pass it…North County is going to grow some more and I accept that but if we do we need to be aggressive in supporting infrastructure projects that will support growth, and frankly we have not, in fact as a region we’re decades behind, so I intend to push hard when it comes to regional transportation projects,” Walton said. Walton also said that he’s supportive of a variety of other transit solutions as well, including making improvements to the SR78 which runs through San Marcos and exploring flexible fleet options which reduce the need for personal vehicle ownership.
SAN MARCOS MAYOR Rebecca Jones, who was elected in 2018, faces a challenge this year from City Council member Randy Walton, who has represented District 2 since 2018. Courtesy photos
“We need to start thinking as a city about where we want to be 10, 20 years down the road—are we going to just be the suburb of somewhere else or are we going to be a true destination for education, leisure activities, and recreation? San Marcos should become a place where people want to go and not just drive through,” Walton said. On education, Walton touted his record on the school board district, pointing to a successful rebuild of San Marcos High School that happened during his tenure. He said that as mayor he would work to further advance the city’s reputation as a major educational hub in the region and hopefully establish even more academic institutions in San Marcos. Perhaps the most pressing issue facing the city, however, according to Walton, is what he called a “crisis of affordable housing” that is affecting cities across California. Closely tied in with issues of infrastructure and transit, Walton pledged to focus on the affordable housing problem, which he argued has slowed San Marcos’s population growth as a city in recent years. “North County is experiencing a net loss in people under the age of 40 during the last five years, it’s not good for businesses and it’s not good for families—we need to be smarter about the housing we’re going to build in the future and we need to find more affordable options for people period, it’s actually critical,” Walton said. In December, the San Marcos City Council voted 3-2 in favor of the “Bra nd-Hua ng-Mendoza Tripartisan Land Use Initiative” — an initiative that would amend California’s constitution to allow local jurisdictions to override state housing laws. Walton voted against the resolution. The tripartisan initiative was seen as a symbolic rebuke of Senate Bills 9 and 10, signed into law in September by Gov. Gavin Newsom. SB 9 allows for homeowners to build a second unit on their lot or split their property and develop up to eight market-rate units on lots previously zoned for single-family residences, while SB 10 allows local developers to build up to 10 livable
units on virtually any residential lot. Jones, and several other North County leaders have publicly expressed opposition to both bills, arguing that such laws curb the ability of municipalities to make independent housing and zoning decisions that will can shape the character of their neighborhoods. But in the debate over state vs local housing control, Walton made it clear that he’s not opposed to laws like SB 9 and SB 10 as long as the goal of such regulation is to foster more affordable housing developments. California’s current housing crisis is “not the result of the state of California doing too much but instead, it’s the result of cities not doing their part,” the councilman said. Jones, who has been on the San Marcos City Council since 2007, said that she’s immensely proud of her record both as a mayor and as a council member, and wants to build on “a long list of accomplishments” in her 16 years as a public servant. “I do a lot behind the scenes and I’m very proud
of all that’s happened in the past 16 years…people love living in San Marcos because we have a high quality of life,” Jones said. Jones heavily emphasized the reduction in city crime during her tenure, which she said is currently the lowest in San Marcos’ history. She credited such success to strong collaboration between city agencies, as well as a series of preventative initiatives that she’s led the way in. Jones was also instrumental in getting the city to pass the Tobacco License Ordinance and another ordinance banning synthetic drugs in San Marcos. She was also recognized by the Red Ribbon Commission in 2016 with the Excellence in Prevention Advocacy award for her work on drug prevention over the years. “I don’t take all the credit, but having the lowest crime rate in the city’s history these past few years — I’ll take that all day or night…I’ve been doing this a long long time, I’ve been very intentional about this personally, and this council
has always maintained safety as a top priority…I really believe in our prevention efforts, in our values and who we are as a city, and it’s part of the reason why I’ve always invested in this,” Jones said. Perhaps most of all, Jones highlighted the city’s favorable budgetary situation as evidence of economic prosperity under her leadership. Since her election to the council, the city has been able to maintain a minimum 40% reserve for the budget every year — an extraordinarily rare feat for any municipality, Jones said. Such a position of financial strength has allowed the city to be generous when it’s come to social services and supporting local businesses, particularly during times of hardship such as during the pandemic. On transit and housing, Jones said that she and Walton agree about the need for more solutions but that the two heavily disagree about what those solutions should look like at a city and regional level. She reemphasized her
opposition to SANDAG’s RTP, which she said will heighten transit costs for road users through the plan’s controversial mileage tax as well as through the implementation of managed lanes (toll roads) on the SR78, Interstate 5, and Interstate 15. The RTP imposes hugely disproportionate costs on lower-income and middle-income residents who are more likely to drive, and reflects a broader pattern of SANDAG making North County residents pay for transit improvements that largely ignore North County, Jones said. She also refuted Walton’s claim that she’s for the “status quo,” when it comes to transportation. “In my opinion, the RTP is not an improvement for our community…it’s not the ‘status quo,’ I’m never a proponent of just keeping things the way they are today, I understand change has to happen…but you can’t come up with a plan that you can’t afford that doesn’t serve everyone,” Jones said. When it came to housing, Jones criticized Walton’s opposition to the tripartisan initiative, which she says is a justified reaction on the part of regional leaders frustrated by continued state interference in local housing control efforts. “Probably the biggest difference between us that I can say off the bat is that I will fight for local control over state control every time…he [Walton] doesn’t support that, he voted against the tripartisan initiative and that’s a big deal,” Jones said. “We should always push back against the state if they’re trying to change our community, it’s important to keep our communities character. Our citizens want to keep San Marcos special and we can’t do this if the state is getting into our business and trying to impose mandates on us as a city.”
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walk the Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad March 10 and meet for dinner at Miguel's OPERATION GAME ON! Combat-injured troops Cocina, 4S Ranch March 15. return home with life-alReservations are required tering injuries and many at (760) 696-3502. with PTSD. Register now for the annual OGO Golf Classic April 4 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 KIDS’ STEM CLASSES San Dieguito Road, Rancho The Escondido PubSanta Fe with a shotgun belic Library offers Califorginning at 11:30 a.m.. OGO nia State University San focuses on introducing Marcos STEM classes for these heroes to the game of fourth- to sixth-grade stugolf. Help in the mission to dents from 4 to 5:30 p.m. heal our heroes and register March 11, March 16, April or sponsor at https://opera6, April 8 and April 12 at tiongameon.org/. 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Join students from CSUSM in a S.T.E.M. challenge to learn about designing Tinkercad and coding PURIM Celebrate “Purim in with Lego Mindstorms to address real-world prob- the ’80s” at 5:30 p.m. March lems. Pre-registration is 17 with the Chabad Jewish required at https://library. Center Oceanside/Vista, at escondido.org/view-upcom- 1930 Sunset Drive, Vista. ing-events.aspx. For ques- The event includes a Megiltions about the sessions and lah reading, dinner, hamanregistration, e-mail ssiyah- tashen & graggers, music & dancing and costume firstname.lastname@example.org. es. More information at jewishoceanside.com/holidays/ purim/default_cdo/jewish/ Purim.htm. LOCAL REPTILES Batiquitos Lagoon will be hosting “All About Local Reptiles (Herps)” at 10 a.m. March 12 with Jeff Nor- DOWNTOWN ORCHIDS dland. Learn about local San Diego County Orsnakes, lizards, other rep- chid Society will host its tiles and amphibians, plus spring show and sale from 3 live specimens. Meet at the to 7 p.m. March 18, 9 a.m. picnic tables next to the Na- to 6 p.m. March 19 and 10 ture Center, 7380 Gabbiano a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20 at Lane, Carlsbad. More info: San Diego’s Scottish Rite Batiquitoslagoon.org. Center, 1895 Camino Del Rio South, Mission Valley. STEM SATURDAY Admission is $10 for one The science festival day, $12 for the weekend, Super STEM Saturday re- visit sdorchids.com/Springturns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show_2022.html. March 12 at Cal State University San Marcos. This rain-or-shine event is free and open to the public. SOROPTIMIST FUNDRAISER Children of all ages are inSoroptimist Internavited to attend. For more tional of Vista and North details about Super STEM County Inland will host a Saturday, visit csusm.edu/ QuarterMania fundraissuperstem. er on from noon to 3 p.m. March 20 at the Vista Optimist Club, 600 Optimist Way, Vista. Each guest gets MEET YOUR HEROES a numbered paddle and a The Vista Chamber correspondingly numbered of Commerce and the Vis- poker chip. Doors open at ta Education Foundation noon for check-in, lunch present the 11th annual He- and viewing the vendor roes of Vista gala at 4 p.m. booths. The auction starts March 18 at The Vistonian, at 1 p.m. Tickets $30 online 306 S. Santa Fe Ave., Vis- at SoroptimistVista.org or ta. For more details, visit by calling Pat Origlieri at Tickets at vistachamber. (760) 724-9674 or e-mailing her at email@example.com. org/56020-2/.
The Carlsbad Garden Club will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. March 4, and the first Friday of each month, at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Speaker will be “Plants for Shade, Slopes & Different Places” with Linda Bresler.
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A demonstration of two floral design types, angular design and featured plant material design, plus flower show competition tips will discussed at the Vista Garden Club at 1:45 p.m. March 4, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m., horticulture report at 1:15 p.m. and program from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Visit californiagardenclubs.com/ vistagardenclub or e-mail Vistagardenclub @gmail. com.
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SKATE RISING youth program resumes free skateboarding events for girls on March 12 at the Encinitas Community Park. More at exposureskate.org. Photo courtesy of Skate Rising
LIBRARY WANTS TEEN HELP
ty Inland will meet from 10 a.m. to noon March 7 at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Call (760) 749-8234 or (760) 518-1963 with questions.
The Escondido Library is looking for enthusiastic teens ages 14 to 18 who can volunteer June 1through Aug. 8 to earn community service hours, gain work experience and enjoy food and prizes. Applications GENEALOGY WEBINAR will be available beginning A live webinar, “ UtiMarch 7 at the Youth Serlizing the Genealogy Print TIP TOP RACE vices Desk or library.esconCollection in the Cole LiRegister now for the dido.org. brary,” presented by the March 12 annual Tip Top Cole Library Genealogy Di5k/10k walk and fun run ‘DIAMONDS AND DIVAS’ vision Librarians for North starts at 8:30 a.m. March 12 Get tickets now for the San Diego County Geneato benefit the Agua Hedi- Soroptimist Internationonda Lagoon Foundation’s al “Diamonds and Divas” logical Society, is set for 10 Academy of Environmental fashion show and the “Live to 11:30 a.m. March 8. The Stewardship. Registration Your Dream” awards from webinar is free; registration and start are at the dead 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 is required at nsdcgs.org. end of Garfield Street. To at the Sheraton San Diego register, visit aguahedi- Hotel & Marina, 1380 Haronda.org/tip-top-run-2022 bor Island Drive, San Diego. or call (760) 804-1969. Get Individual tickets are $100 MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER The Aron Gunner Melunch from Tip Top Meats; each at (619) 670-9880 or T-shirt, medal, family fun sisandiego.org / live-your- morial Scholarship Foundation's only restaurant fundactivities, World Water Day dream-awards.html. raiser for 2022 is at Senor Festival entry, St. Patrick’s Grubby's from 6 to 8 p.m. Day costume contest and a CRITTER CAMP beer garden sponsored by Helen Woodward An- March 9 at 377 Carlsbad VilCulver Beer. imal Center will host a lage Drive, Carlsbad. 20% Critter Camp for pre-K of all proceeds (take-out or through sixth grade. Regis- dine-in) will be donated to ter at animalcenter.org/pro- our CHS scholarship fund ABOUT WHALES grams-services/education/ for this year's seniors. Torrey Pines Docent february-critter-camp/. AdSociety’s monthly Nature ditional Critter Camps will Discovery Series will be be held March 28 to April 1, “Grey Whales” by Jane April 4 to April 8, April 11 CATHOLIC FRIENDS Barger at 3 p.m. March 5, to April 15 and April 18 to The Catholic Widows free and suitable for all April 22. and Widowers of North ages. Meet at the pavilion County support group for area near the Torrey Pines PARKINSON’S SUPPORT those who desire to foster State Natural Reserve upThe Parkinson’s Sup- friendships through varper parking lot. port Group for North Coun- ious social activities will
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The Senior Volunteer Patrol of the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station performs home vacation security checks, assists with traffic control, enforces disabled parking regulations, patrols neighborhoods, schools, parks and shopping centers and visits homebound seniors who live alone for the community of San Marcos & portions of the county’s unincorporated areas. Volunteers must be at least age 50, be in good health, pass a background check, have auto insurance, a valid California driver’s license, and be a US citizen. Training includes a mandatory two-week academy plus training patrols. The minimum commitment is 6 hours per week & attendance at a monthly meeting.
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City installs hydration stations in parks By Staff
SAN MARCOS — The the city of San Marcos and the Vallecitos Water District are committed to the reduction of single-use plastics in our community. To accomplish that, they teamed up to offer new hydration stations in local parks to encourage refilling reusable bottles during outdoor activities instead of reaching for bottled water. On Feb. 22, the San Marcos City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the ongoing partnership between the Vallecitos Water District and the city. A city ordinance adopted last October restricts the use of single-use plastic food-service ware. The Vallecitos board approved a resolution in
support of the ordinance. Five new hydration stations feature a quick-fill mechanism to encourage reusable water bottle use, a regular water fountain spout and a dog bowl. Vallecitos worked with the city’s Public Works Department to install hydration stations at Mission Sports Field Park, Woodland Park, Bradley Park, Connors Park and Buelow Park. The hydration stations were made possible by the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provided $25,000 in grant funding to cover the cost of the stations and signage. The educational signage installed on the sta-
tions highlights the benefits of tap water over bottled water while also informing the public of simple steps they can take to conserve our most precious resource. “Adding hydration stations throughout the community has been a longtime goal for Vallecitos and is a step in the right direction to increase access to clean drinking water and reduce single use plastic waste for environmental sustainability,” said Vallecitos Board Member Mike Sannella, who attended the council meeting and accepted the proclamation. Learn more about single use plastics requirements at san-marcos.net/ d ep a r t me nt s / c it y- m a n ager/trash-recycling /single-use-plastics.
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Raindrops keep messin’ with my head
ell, fine. I can’t complain about blizzards and hours of shoveling out the car, but I have my own West Coast whine. Once we got that badly needed rain, my yard is got way too full of itself. The yard has gone spring green, it’s true, but the majority of that foliage is weeds. These require removal, on my hands and knees, while getting the back of my neck sunburned. I realize yardwork is to be expected by late February in SoCal, but I find I’m not quite ready to give up my book by the fire yet. Thanks to the rain, my habitual garden neglect has been overruled and all my plants are overflowing their charming, carefully selected pots. I know it may sound peculiar, but, in truth, I am always rather pleased when plants just stay about the size at which I purchased them. For instance, I planted these cute, 18-inch ponytail palms a few years ago in my front yard (yes, it does seem like it was just last week). They were to replace the far-toohigh-maintenance rose bushes I killed. I stepped back yesterday and noticed the palms are now nearly 5 feet. I’m told they are slow-growing, but I got a little queasy when I learned they might reach 20 feet. What? Do some research before I plant? Tsk. So it’s come to that annoying crossroad — find another dozen, somewhat larger but still charming pots, multiple bags of potting soil and appropriate fertilizers, schlep them home and get busy repotting … or prune and have a garden that looks like it was hit by a recruit barber. Let’s see. I seem to lack time, a quaint potting shed like Martha Stewart or even a fetching potting apron or sun hat. Get my weed wacker. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who’s relieved you can recycle your yard clippings. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THINK GREEN If every person takes one small step toward being more conscientious of the environment, the collective effort will change the planet.
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Homeless in North County: Luke’s battle with anosognosia The second in a threepart series profiling homeless individuals and their families in North County. By Stephen Wyer
REGION — Luke’s struggles began in college when he started exhibiting strange behaviors, suffering from confused thinking and expressing increasingly irrational beliefs. “He was doing great, and then over time it was obvious that something was very wrong,” said Janna, Luke’s mother and a North County resident. “I watched as my smart, funny, loving, top-of-his-class child was slowly hijacked by one of the most debilitating diseases on the planet." The family quickly got Luke in front of a psychiatrist, but since the doctor was unsure of a diagnosis at the time, he ultimately didn’t receive any meaningful treatment. After college, Luke’s condition worsened considerably. He was forced to leave his job due to his erratic behavior and his mother worried he might harm himself. But there was very little she could do because Luke simply wouldn’t accept help. Luke suffered from anosognosia, also called “lack of insight” — a symptom of certain mental illnesses that prevents an individual from recognizing they’re sick and need help. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, around 50% of individuals with schizophrenia and 40% of those with bipolar disorder also suffer from anosognosia. The condition is so severe that a sick person can be malnourished and physically deteriorating to near death but will still refuse assistance, according to Dr. Susan Partovi, who works with homeless patients on Los Angeles’s Skid Row. “Somebody with anosognosia…they’ll just ignore what’s wrong, even if they’re bleeding or having heart failure, they think everything’s fine, they’ll even tell you nothing’s wrong… but really they lack the capacity to make these decisions,” Partovi said. “Luke kept refusing to go to the doctor or when he did he’d refuse help and say nothing was wrong with him..with anosognosia, you have this inability to even recognize that you are ill, and that’s a huge barrier to getting care because they won’t voluntarily get help,” Janna said. CONSERVATORSHIPS As the months dragged on and Luke grew sicker, his family tried to get him into care through the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Conservatorship Act, a state law that allows individuals suffering from severe mental illness to be involuntarily committed to a long-term care facility until they are well enough to return to the community. Despite the severity of Luke’s condition, state conservatorship officials de-
COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS suffering from mental illness are prematurely discharged from hospitals and treatment facilities, pushing them to live on the streets. In addition to mental illness, some may also suffer from symptoms of anosognosia, which prevents sick individuals from realizing they’re sick and need assistance. Courtesy photo
clined to take his case, saying that he did not meet the necessary criteria required for a conservatorship. Janna was outraged. “All of a sudden when your child turns 18 it’s like you no longer have the right to help your kid,” Janna said. “This LPS act has caused so many deaths in our state because you can’t get people into care, and that’s because the bar is just too high. We want our children to have the civil right to live over the civil right to die, right now people are just deteriorating to the point of where they’re out on the streets…it’s just wrong.” The LPS law and the way it has been interpreted have exacerbated California’s homelessness crisis, according to Paul Webster, founder and director of the Hope Street Coalition, a homelessness advocacy group based in San Diego. Webster said that civil liberties groups like the ACLU have been successful in pushing for a more extreme interpretation of conservatorship law that prioritizes the personal freedom of the mentally ill homeless at the expense of their wellbeing. “With LPS law there’s a battle occurring, and it’s a battle that has been won by civil liberties advocates… they’ve taken a very uncompromising position which says that all treatment has to be voluntary, the legal threshold is so very high… the way the law is now is that your son or daughter can die on the streets as long as their ‘civil liberties’ are wholly intact,” Webster said. “Is the way this law is being interpreted helping the most vulnerable? Not necessarily…the question is will lawmakers do what’s right and calibrate this law so that there’s a balance between people’s civil liberties and their needs to get the help that they need — sometimes without their consent.” The notion that individuals suffering from mental illness must consent to treatment ignores how brain diseases like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder work,
Janna said. “When someone has a brain disease, it’s like they’ve been hijacked,” she said. “Most of these people like my son will never get care voluntarily, and it just ends up leading to more deaths and more problems… you’re watching your beloved child disintegrate in front of your eyes and your hands are tied.” NOT ENOUGH BEDS Luke eventually moved back home, but Janna had to call the police on several occasions when Luke’s behavior deteriorated. Eventually, Luke was taken by the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, or PERT, to a county psychiatric hospital. But Luke was almost immediately discharged without being stabilized or treated with any kind of medication. Janna believes that by releasing people like Luke to the streets before they’re stabilized, San Diego’s hospitals are worsening the homelessness crisis. “These hospitals are letting people go without stabilizing them…if you had Parkinson's or Alzheimer's they wouldn’t kick you out into the street until you’re stabilized, they would provide supportive services once you got home…why is this any different?” According to Partovi, hospitals and psychiatric facilities have an incentive to get patients out the door quickly because of federal limits when it comes to insurance coverage. Patients admitted for psychiatric hospitalization are only covered by Medicaid for three days after admission. After that, the hospital has to foot the bill if the patient doesn’t have private insurance. “After three days of hospitalization, psych patients are the state’s responsibility, but the state has just given up and says it’s the individual counties responsibilities…the bottom line is that the state is not giving hospitals enough money to take care of people who need a long term treatment facility,” Partovi said. Countless patients like Luke are discharged due to limits on insurance coverage, and others are rejected
by psychiatric care centers simply because there is no space at these facilities, Partovi said. “Where are people supposed to go? There are simply not enough beds in acute and sub-acute facilities in San Diego County,” Janna said. On several occasions, Janna distinctly remembers conversations that she had with county representatives. The officials told her that her family’s best bet was to kick Luke out of their house, making him homeless, and then hopefully he’d get picked up and taken to jail, where he might receive treatment. “Does that make sense to you?” ARCHAIC LAWS Around the time that he turned 27, Luke became homeless. After spending six months on the streets, Janna says that Luke was arrested for a nonviolent crime. Despite his observably deteriorated mental state, Luke was allowed to defend himself at his jury trial—and was predictably found guilty. “That trial was such a sham…even the judge admitted it later and told us that Luke should never have been allowed to stand trial,” Janna said. “By the time that he got into court, he was so ill it was horrible… how was this trial allowed to happen?" Luke sat in jail for nearly a year with no medication or treatment, even though his family had given the court his medical history. Luke was declared incompetent to stand trial, and a few months later he started involuntarily receiving medication. Less than a week later, Janna sobbed as she recalls getting a phone call from Luke who she hadn’t spoken to in over a year. “I get a call and he said, 'Mom, I realize how much I love you, I’m sorry, please come down and visit me'…it was heartbreaking.” Just before Luke was sent to jail, Janna says that she tried to get her son into San Diego’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment, or AOT— a court-ordered community
treatment program for individuals suffering from severe psychiatric disorders to get the treatment they need before they land in the criminal justice system. The program was established under Assembly Bill 1421, also called Laura’s Law. But after several months, In-Home Outpatient Treatment, or IHOT, a team that screens people for admission to the AOT program, dropped his case because Luke wasn’t voluntarily consenting to treatment. Janna has spoken with other families with desperately sick adult children who have shared similar outcomes with IHOT. “In our county…they’re dropping these cases because these people wouldn’t accept help…the problem is that for 50% of people that suffer from these kinds of brain diseases, they don’t recognize that they’re ill and that’s part of the problem…it makes no sense that our county isn’t using best practices for AOT, they’ve just really let us all down," Jana said. “This isn’t what AOT is supposed to be about…If this were any other medical disease, this whole situation would be malpractice a billion times over…you’re applying archaic laws to medical conditions that should be in the domain of doctors, not lawyers, judges, and officers.” Eventually, Luke’s family was able to convince a judge to send him into a residential care facility in San Diego, which Janna says they were able to cover through the family’s private insurance. And it was here that Luke’s life turned around, starting to recover from his illness with a combination of proper medication and long-term treatment. Luke has made tremendous progress with the right care and treatment. Through working with an attorney, he is getting his criminal record expunged, and is working on getting his master’s degree online. But Janna says she’s angry at all the years of his life that were wasted because of
systems that failed her son. “I just think why couldn’t this have happened eight years ago while he was getting sick, there’s been all the wasted years, all the trauma to him and our family.” Janna isn’t waiting around for someone else to find solutions — in early 2021 she took on a leadership role in a national selfhelp nonprofit/think tank that studies mental illness and provides services for those suffering from brain diseases like that experienced by Luke. She also does a significant amount of advocacy online through social media, sharing her expertise and experience with mental illness with other mothers and families going through the same experience. However, Janna admits that the social stigma surrounding mental illnesses and homelessness has made her hesitant to share her story publicly. Even for this article, Janna asked The Coast News to use pseudonyms for herself and her son so as to protect the family from any negative attention. Janna said she’s friends with a family whose son recently lost his job because his employer found out about his bipolar disorder, and expressed that she wants to protect Luke from undergoing a similar experience. “There’s still so much bigotry and discrimination around this…the public has the completely wrong idea about these illnesses, that these people are psychos and they’re going to kill people, it just isn’t true,” she said. “It’s maddening that I feel like I can’t talk publicly about this because it could hurt my son’s job prospects …these attitudes just put a terrible load on somebody with a treatable brain illness even once they get better.” SOCIAL INJUSTICE According to Janna, a lack of county and state resources, laws like LPS, ineffectively implemented AOT programs and a systemic misunderstanding of mental illness are keeping thousands of people like Luke on the streets of San Diego. “The LPS law needs to be wholly eradicated, it’s just not based in reason,” Janna said. “It’s so hard to get a conservatorship for your adult children in this state to get them back on their feet, and there’s just no accountability built into the behavioral health system…and then there’s also no coordination at the state and local level for the people that are in charge of our kids’ health. These are medical conditions, brain diseases that only doctors should be responsible for.” “I will never give up on this, this is a social injustice, it’s a humanitarian crisis, it’s one of the last frontiers that is so egregious in terms of what our country is doing to people who have treatable medical illnesses.”
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STEM Saturday returns to CSUSM By Staff
tend. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all of the exhibits will be staged outside. All attendees are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendation of San Diego County and the California Department of Public Health to be fully vaccinated and/or have a negative COVID test within two days before attending any large events or gatherings. “Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, ‘We should not teach children the sciences, but give them a taste
for them,’ ” said Cameron Curry, executive director for the Classical Academies. “I am so pleased that we provide the community of North County a day and festival focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).” Held in partnership by the Classical Academies and CSUSM, Super STEM Saturday has grown into a popular North County event that draws thousands of science enthusiasts each year to the university campus. “What we take away from our childhood is really
meaningful to what we decide to do as adults,” said Simon Kuo, vice president of corporate quality at Viasat, one of the lead sponsors of Super STEM Saturday. “That’s why we believe it’s really important to expose youngsters to science and technology so that it can help them better appreciate it and perhaps even choose a career in STEM.” In addition to Viasat, the other title sponsors of Super STEM Saturday are Hologic and Thermo Fisher. For more details about Super STEM Saturday, visit www.csusm.edu/superstem.
pact the unique residential character of the area. “People in San Marcos want a residential feel to this community,” Erickson said. “We don’t want to live in downtown San Diego or Mission Valley, we don’t want to have to live in the shadow of buildings — the notion of seeing a 16-story building takes away the residential feel and gives the area more of an urban feel.” But Levitt argued the expanded building height was necessary to accommodate more housing, including more units for lower-income families in a region already strapped for affordable housing. “The additional height issue is controversial only here in Southern California where we’re used to building like the status quo, just more
suburban single-family developments, but ask anyone in this state and they’ll tell you that there’s a shortage of housing,” Levitt said. “San Marcos wants more housing but where do we build? There’s no room to keep going further and further out to build the homes that we need in this community. “This is the right place for that density to exist… we’re asking just to use the entitlements granted in 2009 to build a better way forward for the future… how do we use these entitlements to create the most sustainable, environmentally friendly way? Building vertically is a lot more green than building horizontally.” The proposed project amendment would also remove the future construction of two planned bridges that were included in the initial project design. One of those bridges was supposed to be a pedestrian bridge running west of Twin Oaks Valley Road to the area south of Barham Drive over Discovery Street. The other bridge was going to be a flyover structure running over SR 78 connecting north to Johnston Way. Levitt said the fly-over bridge will no longer be necessary since the amount of traffic generated by the North City development will be significantly less than originally predicted by models in 2009. Those models were based on the assumption that a much larger proportion of the acreage on the development would be dedicated
toward retail, an assumption that changed over time as retail became increasingly based on online shopping instead of foot traffic at big box stores, Levitt said. As a result, Sea Breeze Properties is now asking for just 345,000 square ft. of retail space in North City —about a third of what was originally requested in 2009. Much of that space is now being reconfigured towards residential housing and commercial space, Levitt said. However, the removal of the proposed bridges has some residents concerned about how developers will accommodate for the inevitable increase in traffic in the community that will come as more housing units are built. “There’s nothing put into the design development now to mitigate that increase in traffic…you’re bringing in at least 3400 new vehicles… those housing units are going to have such an impact on traffic going through the Twin Oaks street and now there’s no additional bridge to allow people to access the 78,” Erickson said. “By building housing units but to not do anything to lessen the impact in my mind is ludicrous.” Levitt acknowledged that some of the residents had expressed concerns over potential traffic impacts. However, he expressed that even with the removal of the bridge over SR 78, the amount of traffic generated by the project was still almost 50% less than the pre-
vious models predicted for the development’s original design, as most of the traffic was going to be driven by retail space that will no longer be utilized. Levitt said Sea Breeze Properties has been working closely with engineers from the city and CalTrans to ensure that Twin Oaks Valley Road can accommodate the additional influx of vehicles that will stem from the project’s completion. “We’re at a pretty significant reduction in traffic from where we were in 2009…both our engineers and the city’s engineers have confirmed that building this bridge would make no sense…traffic generally speaking is a science, and we’re not skirting around our responsibilities with this project,” Levitt said. At this point in time, the North City project is about 10%-15% completed, and has seen the development so far of 60,000 square ft. in medical offices, a 28,000 square ft. climbing facility, 20,000 square ft. for Draft Republic brewery, and 35,000-square feet in ground-floor retail space. Developers have also built 266 units of market-rate, multi-family housing and 866 beds of student housing for individuals living near the Cal State San Marcos campus. The project’s costs are already in the “hundreds of millions of dollars,” and the development is not expected to be fully completed for another 10-20 years depending on market conditions.
SAN MARCOS — Build and launch a rocket, view the surface of the sun, or discover how chemistry is better than magic. These are just a few of the more than 60 handson, interactive activities and demonstrations that will engage visitors March 12, as the science festival Super STEM Saturday returns. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cal State University San Marcos, this rain-orSUPER STEM Saturday draws thousands of science enthu- shine event is free and open siasts each year to the Cal State San Marcos campus. This to the public. Children of year’s event is set for March 12. Courtesy photo all ages are invited to at-
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ment would allow Sea Breeze properties to build structures on the site up to 16 stories in height, vastly exceeding the current vertical limit of eight stories allowed under the project. The expansion in height will permit developers to build a 12-story complex located at the intersection of North City Drive and Campus Way that will allow for significantly more mixed-family residences without taking up more space by building horizontally, according to Sea Breeze vice president Darren Levitt. The height expansion will also allow for more creative outdoor open spaces in the complex that wouldn’t be
possible with a shorter structure, according to Levitt “Going vertical allows us to create a better ground plain environment — if we can use the specific entitlements in a vertical manner you can create outdoor public spaces where you can have community gatherings, farmers markets, etc…the height flexibility just would add a lot of character and benefits to the region long term,” Levitt said. However, the developer acknowledged some residents are vigorously opposed to the new amendment, speaking out against the height expansion proposal at Monday’s workshop. One of those residents, Kirk Erickson, said that he and others in the community are concerned about how a taller structure could im-
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Sheriff: Violent crime rises slightly in Escondido in ’21 By Stephen Wyer
ESCONDIDO — Homicides, rapes, and thefts in Escondido declined in 2021 while some violent crimes such as robberies and assaults rose during the same period, per crime data released in February by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. In total, crimes classified as in the violent category rose slightly — from 569 to 604 — between 2020 and 2021, while acts classified as property crimes declined from 2,697 recorded violations to 2,625 between the two years (overall crime fell from 3,266 to 3,229). In 2020, the Sheriff’s Department recorded five homicides and 51 rapes, whereas the 2021 data reflects just two homicides and 48 rapes by comparison. However, crimes categorized as armed robberies (robberies committed with the use of a weapon) rose from 43 to 64, strongarmed robberies (robberies involving force with or without a weapon) rose from 75 to 89, and aggravated assaults rose slightly from 395 to 400 in 2021. Both the 2020 and 2021 numbers, however, well exceeded the city’s crime statistics in 2019, where Escondido saw 2,905 crimes committed (including both violent and property crimes). One category of crime not included in the Sheriff’s Department data was acts related to illegal narcotics use/possession/sale. The Escondido Police Department has been beset in both 2020 and 2021 by a steady rise in crimes related to drugs, especially methamphetamine and fentanyl, according to Lt. Bode Barreth, the department's public information officer. “We’ve been working a lot these last couple of years on street-level drug use, working on those types of enforcements and putting resources towards that specific issue,” Barreth said. “With drug-related crime, it’s hard to track — there’s a noticeable drug component to be sure in Escondido that we’ve been actually addressing, especially in the city’s motel corridor area.” Drug overdoses from methamphetamine and fentanyl have also risen significantly in the past two years, Barreth added. In addition to ongoing issues with narcotics usage, the lieutenant said that the Police Department saw a steep climb in catalytic convert thefts from vehicles during 2021. “One of the main things that came up this year was a rise in catalytic converter thefts, and we’re working with the District Attorney’s Office and our regional task force partners to combat this,” Barreth said. Converter thefts are on the rise not only in Es-
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condido but statewide, as the market value of the converters has risen to around $200. In addition, the part is relatively easy to remove, making it a juicy target for thieves, Barreth added. Gang-related crimes also made an unfortunate reappearance in 2021, as an apparent truce between gangs during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have evaporated, the lieutenant said. “We have seen some activity picking back up with these gangs… with robberies and burglaries going up, it lends some value to that evidence we’re seeing with the gang activity,” Barreth said. While some of the discrepancies between 2020 and 2021 are more attributable to expected annual fluctuations in crime data more than anything else, Barreth did say that some of the shifts in the data have undeniably been impacted by the pressure that the pandemic put on the criminal justice system. During much of 2020, county courts were largely closed, and jails had certain limits on how many inmates they could house due to concerns about the coronavirus. Additionally, police were restricted more than usual in the offenses that they could book suspects for — for instance, an individual caught in the possession of narcotics was no longer automatically taken to jail, but instead issued a citation, Barreth said. Combined with other factors such as criminal justice reforms at the state level, the lieutenant said that Escondido saw a considerable increase in recidivism — suspects reoffending repeatedly — during 2020 as compared to 2021, when many of these pandemic-era measures were eased. “Yeah, we definitely observed a higher rate of recidivism during the pandemic, you’d have people who we caught repeatedly that we issued citations for instead of booking them into county jail, I was personally a part of some of those situations,” said Barreth.
vice to meet the needs of disadvantaged children in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista. Each Friday afternoon, about 500 children in North County stop by the school office on their way home, to have their backpacks filled with kid-friendly food to ensure they will have something nutritious to eat during the weekend.
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Palomar College reopened its main campus in San Marcos and education centers in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook Feb. 22, as part of a plan to safely transition face-to-face courses that were temporarily taught online, back to the classroom. The spring semester began Jan. 31 with most classes in a virtual format due to the regional impact of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The transition to in-person learning and student services also included the college’s faculty and staff resuming on-site work.
A North County program, HERE Now, designed to combat teen suicide was honored Feb. 24 with the eighth annual Peacemaker Award from the Rotary Club of Carlsbad. The Peacemaker Award was established by the Rotary Club of Carlsbad in 2015 and is given annually to a local organization that promotes peace and understanding by improving people’s lives and empowering them to succeed.
• Melissa Thomas of Solana Beach was named to the College of Charleston fall 2021 dean's list. Thomas is majoring in communication. • Sarah Crane of Oceanside was named to the University of Mississippi's fall 2021 honor roll. • Kayla Rhoads, a nursing major from Oceanside, was named to the dean's list at Saint Francis University. • Amanda Lien of Vista graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock during the fall 2021 semester.
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Sports Hometown honors Super Bowl champ By Steve Puterski
SAN MARCOS HIGH junior Ava Bynes controls the ball for the Knights during their 2-0 CIF playoff victory over Westview High last week. Photo by Christine Franey
San Marcos girls soccer team wins first Open Division title By Stephen Wyer
SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos High School varsity girls soccer team entered its rematch Thursday night against Point Loma one win away from the CIF SoCal Division 1 championship game this weekend. But win or lose, Knights coach Daniel McKell has said this is the most successful team he’s had in his seven seasons coaching the team. (Thursday’s semifinal game was played after this edition of The Coast News went to press.) On Feb. 25, San Marcos (17-5-3) defeated Point Loma in a shootout to win the CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship for the first time in team history. After losing 14 players from the previous season, including 12 seniors, McKell said the coaching staff initially viewed this season as a rebuilding year, making the team’s success this season all the more impressive. “This year we deemed as a rebuilding year, but it turned out to be much more than that,” McKell said. “We became galvanized and together as a team, and it really clicked with the addition of some new freshman players just in bringing a different level of sensation and energy, sparking that excitement that’s propelled us forward.” Even before the playoffs, there were signs that this could be a special season, as the Knights posted varsity victories over schools they had never beaten before, including Steele Canyon and Torrey Pines. On Feb. 22, San Marcos notched a 2-0 victory over the Westview Wolverines — a team the Knights had lost to earlier in the season — to make the Open Division championship match. The team’s ability to learn from tough losses has helped make this year’s team so successful, McKell said. “It’s strange because while no one likes to lose, it’s been abnormal in that in some of our losses this year we’ve really grown,”
he said. “With every disappointment, every loss, we’ve found a way to bounce back … these girls have clenched their fists and gone back out there 10 times better. That’s been the difference for this team is just that ability to recalibrate and go out and conquer.” Madison Paolini, a senior and team captain, shared her coach’s sentiments, expressing that the team has proved to be remarkably resilient even through challenging stretches of the season. “The team has definitely gone through a lot together, we’ve experienced a lot, had losses and wins for a time, very up and down,” Paolini said. “We did go through a period where we had a really hard time, a four-game slump … but in the end, we were able to pull it off by working really hard for our coaches and everyone who has supported us.” Preston Bynes, whose daughter Ava is a junior middle forward for the Knights, said the parents are watching with amazement and excitement as San Marcos has made a postseason run. “These girls are exciting to watch, this really is a huge accomplishment,” said Bynes, who added this year’s team has been particularly close-knit, with many of the girls living in the same neighborhood and having known each other since middle school. The high level of camaraderie on the squad has extended to the parents, who have developed a community of their own in cheering on the Knights this season, Bynes added. “You definitely feel the community with this team … you have parents meeting up together before the games, parents getting into it during the games and it’s just pretty special that way,” Bynes said. “Everybody hangs out and talks before and after the game.” Leading the Knights’ offense is Paolini, team captain Taylor Rzewuski and junior Gabrielle Prych, who
has been the team’s leading scorer this season. Prych’s goal, her 16th of the season, was the lone score in San Marcos’ 1-0 victory Tuesday over Villa Park in the opener of the SoCal Division 1 tournament. Prych “has been a steady rock for us, scoring and giving assists … just an amazing teammate that everyone loves, and it’s been really fun to have her and see her excel this year,” the coach said. McKell added the team has received an unexpected boost from several freshman players, including Madison Paolini’s younger sister, Ava, who has earned a starting spot as a center back on the varsity this year.
SAN MARCOS — Six years after he left the halls of San Marcos High School, Terrell Burgess came back as a Super Bowl champion. The 6-foot, 200-pound safety lifted the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 13 after his Los Angeles Rams slipped past Cincinnati, 23-20, at SoFi Stadium in L.A. Burgess returned to his hometown to be honored at SMHS and with a proclamation from Mayor Rebecca Jones and the City Council on Feb. 22. “We moved here to San Marcos in 2005, me with four children,” Burgess’ mother, Ingrid, said at the meeting. “You guys have embraced us from the beginning, and we thank you for the support.” As for Burgess, he spent his childhood playing baseball, basketball and football, excelling in the latter and earning a scholarship to the University of Utah, where he broke out during his senior season. He started all 14 games at strong safety, where he racked up 81 tackles and one interception as he helped lead the Utes to the Pac-12 title game against Oregon. He was selected in the third round of the 2020
RAMS SAFETY Terrell Burgess, a San Marcos High graduate, was honored by the City Council on Feb. 22. Photo by Steve Puterski
draft by the Rams. His rookie season was cut short when he suffered a season-ending broken ankle in a Monday night game against Chicago. Burgess, though, was relentless in his recovery and regained his spot on special teams and as the backup strong safety. This year, though, the Rams made several big moves and navigated the playoffs to reach the Super Bowl, a sort-of “home”
game for Burgess. He said his family was able to be there. “It was pretty cool, especially being close to home,” Burgess said of the Super Bowl win. “My family was able to come see me play and I’m just glad we were able to come out with a win. No one expected us to get there and it was a true testament to how our team worked all season.” On the season, he recorded 10 tackles, including five in a 27-24 loss against rival San Francisco in the last week of the regular season. The Rams avenged the loss with a 2017 win in the NFC Championship game. In the playoffs, Burgess tallied six tackles, including five against Arizona in the Wild Card round, his best performance as a pro. As for the being recognized by the city, Burgess said he was grateful and thankful. “It really means a lot, especially because I love San Marcos,” Burgess said. “It means a lot that they would take the time to recognize me and the achievements. “It took a lot to get to this point. Not just me, but my family, teammates and I’m just really appreciative.”
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SETH QUINTERO, left, during testing in November in Dubai. In January, the Mission Hills High graduate was back in San Marcos where he posed with the medals from each of his 12 stage wins at Rally Dakar in Saudi Arabia earlier in the month. Quintero’s 12 stage victories are a new rally racing record. Photos by Marcin Kin (left) and Daniel Schenkelberg/Red Bull Content Pool
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ferent racing styles — desert off-road and rally raid — the latter of which is an international circuit with stops in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Morocco and Spain. Quintero is third overall in the T3 rankings, 10 points behind fellow Red Bull OffRoad Junior Team driver Cristina Gutiérrez, according to Red Bull.
Quintero's racing journey into the desert started at an early age. When he was 4 years old, Quintero started riding dirt bikes and quads in the desert with his family. As the years went by, Quintero eventually started competitively racing UTVs (utility task vehicles) at age 10 and quickly rose through the worldwide ranks. Although he wanted to race dirt bikes, Quintero
was put in the car after his father was injured in a bike accident. “I grew up riding dirt bikes my whole life,” he said. “I wanted to be a professional dirt bike rider. My parents pulled me off the bike and they didn’t want me to get hurt. They put me in an off-road car when I turned 11 years old and I never turned back.” Quintero was a prodigy. At age 12, he won the youth
class at the UTV World Championships. He blasted his way through other circuits before signing with Red Bull at 16 years old. In 2018, Quintero added desert racing in the United States to his résumé, with second-place finishes in the MINT 400 and Pro UTV Vegas to Reno race when he was just 15. However, he wasn’t allowed to race internationally until he was 18.
By his 18th birthday, Quintero was the youngest-ever stage winner at Rally Dakar in 2021. “Desert races in the states are one-day races between 150 to 500 miles,” Quintero said of the different styles. “They’re a lot rougher of terrain and don’t see a lot of sand dunes.” Currently, Quintero is focused on the World Rally-Raid Championship at the Abu Dhabi Desert Chal-
lenge, where stages run from 217 kilometers (134 miles) to 318 (197 miles). Quintero said the rally races can run anywhere from four to 12 days, driving up to 12 hours per day. Quintero was recently honored by Mayor Rebecca Jones and the San Marcos City Council during a Feb. 22 ceremony at City Hall alongside Super Bowl LVI champion and San Marcos High grad Terrell Burgess.
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o a Google Maps search for Horus Aged Ales, and it will be there on the map, tucked away in the back of a mixed-used building in Oceanside. If you drive over there, as I have, you’ll notice there are no picnic tables outside, no hours posted and no garage door open with a welcoming bartender waving from behind the bar. Horus Aged Ales has neither a tasting room, retail store nor does it have an online shop. Yet, search for the top-rated breweries in the country on the Untappd app (a popular craft beer tracking app), and there is Horus Aged Ales — the best-rated San Diego-area brewery. Go on Facebook and you’ll find a Horus Aged Ales Fans page with more than 1,500 members. Owner and founder Kyle Harrop has a full-time job in the aerospace industry. He has a family. He is the sole employee of his brewery. He isn’t the easiest guy to get ahold of, but recently, he took a few moments to answer some questions over e-mail. Cheers!: First, are you an accountant first or brewer first? Do they require complementary skills? Kyle: Brewer first now...there is some crossover with doing inventory, ordering and financials,
THE LABEL for Horus Aged Ales’ Osprey’s Fresh Catch IPA KYLE HARROP, who works full-time in the aerospace industry, features the vivid artwork of Jersey Shore artist Spring is the lone brewer at Horus Aged Ales in Oceanside. Despite Whitaker, whose art can be found at springwhitaker.com. having no tasting room or online shop, Horus Aged Ales is a Photo courtesy of Spring Whitaker top-rated brewery with a loyal following. Courtesy photo
but not many other skills that complement the other career. Cheers!: You don't have a brewery or tasting room that is open to the public. Was that ever something you entertained when brainstorming the opening? And follow up, as we come to the end of the 2nd full year of Covid, how if at all, has your brewing efforts been impacted, or not impacted by the pandemic? Kyle: I could not have had a tasting room because I was still working 40-60 hours per week and I am still the only Horus employee. Covid has continued to evolve and change my business. The consistent change has been packaging everything in bottles and not kegging anything. Some ingredients have been hard to get, but I would say the
most difficult thing to obtain consistently is glass bottles and when I do, they have gone up [in price] substantially. Cheers!: Horus Aged Ales is a 100% barrel-aged brewery. What is it about barrel-aging beer that appeals to you? Your beer is aged in oak barrels. Why oak, and how do you go about selecting the right barrel for the beer you're aging? Is there a skill to that process (i.e. previous use of the barrel or other)? Kyle: I actually make a lot of non-barrel-aged beer too. I treat oak barrels like adjuncts. They add complexity and flavor to a base beer. I use Bourbon barrels the most but am always experimenting. I prefer freshly dumped spirit or wine barrels and only use them once for beer and they be-
come somebody’s backyard decorations. Cheers!: You do a lot of collaborations. What is the appeal of doing a collaboration beer and do you have a favorite? Kyle: Collaborations have taught me an incredible amount of brewing processes and I get to travel to see my friends across the industry. Cheers!: What's the near future (2022) look like for you? Kyle: Year five of my club, The Convocation, begins in June and this will be hands down the most insane year yet with all the crazy barrel-aged releases I have lined up using a variety of the rarest barrels I have ever used. Cheers!: What is something unexpected you’ve learned about brewing beer
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since beginning the Horus project? Kyle: Cleaning and sanitizing is about 90% of time spent with homebrewing and [with] professional brewing is at about 98%. Cheers!: What is the best way for North County beer drinkers to get their hands on Horus beer, and how can those of us that love barrel-aged beers stay apprised of your new releases? Kyle: Try to get into the bottle membership club
this May and watch my Instagram for any public releases. Cheers!: Anything else you want readers to know about Horus Aged Ales right now? Kyle: My new “Run The Jewels” collaboration that will come out in the next few months is the first Chartreuse* barrel-aged beer in existence that I am aware of. It is a Belgian-Style Sour Ale that aged in barrels for over two years and was finished on lime zest. It will release for Coachella in April! Be sure to follow @ horusagedales on Instagram for beer releases and club announcements. Be sure to set notifications to on because his ticketed beer sales often sell out in minutes. Membership in his beer club, The Convocation, is limited and previously has been awarded by lottery. *Chartreuse is a French herbal liqueur that has been brewed by Carthusian Monks in the Grenoble, France region — with periodic interruptions when the order of monks was expelled from France — since the early 1700s. The liqueur is brewed with herbs, plants, and flowers and was originally thought to be an elixir of long life.
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Wishful thinking? Bullet trains and brown bears
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The curtain rises again for North County community theater as the Ovation Theatre presents the musical mystery comedy “Curtains” 7 p.m. March 4 and March 5 and 2 p.m. March 5 and March 6 at the Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. Ticket prices are $25 at ovationtheatre.org /curtains.
’m dreaming of a bullet train and Bear Camp. Imagine … getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2.5 hours without getting on an airplane and all that this entails these days. It’s a dream envisioned by many (count me in), but the story of California’s bullet train is long, complicated, controversial, costly and still far from finished. In fact, it may never be. According to a recent story from the nonpartisan CalMatters online news organization, the estimated cost of the high-speed train has gone from $33 billion to about $100 billion. The first leg was supposed to be a 171-mile starter line — double-tracked and electrified — between Merced and Bakersfield. Some criticize this decision. After all, they ask, how many people travel from Merced to Bakersfield and back? Also, “construction crews have only begun to build roadbed for the San Joaquin Valley segment and no track has been laid,” writes veteran journalist Dan Walters. “Optimistically, it will be almost a decade before passengers can ride on it.” The grand bullet train plan also calls for feeder lines that would connect with the main line. Some exist now; some don’t, and there have been many changes along the way.
A CONCEPTUAL RENDERING of the proposed bullet train that is supposed to take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Although a Merced-to-Bakersfield link was supposed to be completed in the next couple of years, the construction has barely begun. Photo courtesy hsr.ca.gov
Additionally, there’s both a fight for funding and lack of agreement on how the money should be spent. Dreamers (count me in) are wondering whether the bullet train will ever happen. Circumstances are confusing and disappointing. I would love to hop aboard the Metrolink or Amtrak out of Oceanside and connect with the bullet train in Los Angeles. The entire trip to the Bay Area could be convenient and restful. No TSA hassles, long lines, tight seating or middle seats. If similar to Amtrak, there would be room to work, room to snooze, a view from every seat and free Wi-Fi. Perhaps even a dining car. Imagine … Another dream: A few years ago, my husband and I were planning a trip to Alaska, which we hoped would include a side trip to see brown bears in the wild. (Alaska is home to 95% of
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North Coast Repertory Theatre presents language master Richard Lederer’s “Dr. Grammar Guy” at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $25 at northcoastrep.org or call the Box Office at (858) 481-1055.
MARCH 14 SHARE YOUR ART
The Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Libary sponsor a rotating exhibit of works by local artists. The works are displayed in the library and are available for purchase through the artists. Through April 30, the Friends are featuring Rosemary KimBal. If you are a local artist interested in exhibiting your work, contact Susan Hays at artists@ friendscardifflibrary.org.
MARCH 8 OMA EXHIBITS
Oceanside Museum Of Art offers three exhibitions, including the “2022 Artist Alliance Biennial” through May 1; “Don Bartletti: Elusive Moments–Enduring Stories,” through May 1 and “Oceanside Unfiltered,” through May 29 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. SHOW NEEDS ARTISTS
The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is looking for jewelry, fiber, all painting mediums, photography, sculpture and mixed media artists for its April “Inspirations” juried art show to be held at the La Playa Gallery in La Jolla. Apply by March 13 to https://surfingmadonna-inspirations.artcall.org. TRUE COLORS
Escondido Arts Partnership Escondido presents "Your True Colors," a juried group art show through March 18 in the Expressions Galleries, in the InnerSpace Gallery at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido.
MARCH 15 COMEDY NIGHT
North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Tuesday Night Comics hosted by Paul Ogata at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT in Ovation Theatre’s production of the musical mystery “Curtains,” which opens tonight at 7 p.m. Beach. Tickets at (858) 481at the Star Theatre in Oceanside, the first of four shows this weekend. Pictured are Lexi Hoffman, Evi Anderson, Ben Garon, 1055 or northcoastrep.org. Garrett Lee, Quinlan King, Sean Sullivan and Reese Taylor. Photo courtesy Ovation Theatre Happy Hour is held at 6:30 p.m. with $3 beers. grade students? E-mail selected artists will receive email@example.com. a year-long Patron Level STUDENT MATINEE membership with the Art- OFF TRACK RECEPTION New Village Arts is ofThe public is invitist Alliance add-on. InforJAZZ BY THE SEA fering a 2 p.m., $25 student ART WANTED mation on submissions at ed to an Art Night at the Music by the Sea Conmatinee March 9 for its proOff Track Gallery recepOceanside Museum Of https://oma-online.org/. duction of “Desert Rock Art invites artists to be a tion from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. certs include the Tandru Garden” at 2787 State St., part of its 25th Anniversary March 12, featuring the art- Trio with clarinet, cello and Carlsbad. It includes a post- Gala by submitting artwork work of Charlene Meeker, piano at 7:30 p.m. March 18 show talkback with Japa- to be considered for inclu- ‘INTO THE WOODS’ the whimsical ceramics of at the Encinitas Library, nese American community sion in the silent auction, Sue DeWulf, and the fused 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets New Village Arts anleaders Interested in bring- one of the evening’s key glass of Jonathan Rosen- $20 at com/ticket-sales/Munounces a co-production ing your eighth- to 12th- fundraising elements. All berg, at 937 S. Coast High- sicByTheSea/4736?subCatof Stephen Sondheim’s way 101, Suite C-103, Enci- egoryIdList=198 “Into The Woods,” with nitas. the Oceanside Theatre CHATTING WITH EDITH Company, with previews DENNIS QUAID ON STAGE North Coast Repertory March 18 through March Theatre brings “A ConverDennis Quaid will play 25, opening night March sation with Edith Head” a sit-down show at 8 p.m. 26 running through May to the stage, at 7:30 p.m. 1 at the Sunshine Brooks May 12 at the Belly Up Tav- March 21 and March 22. It ern 143 S. Cedros Ave., SoTheatre, 217 N. Coast stars Susan Claassen. porHighway, Oceanside. Tick- lana Beach. For tickets and traying costume designer, information, visit http:// ets at newvillagearts.org/ Edith Head who dressed the events /?dm_i= 4S2L,FOY- bellyup.com/ or (858) 481- greatest stars of Hollywood. 9022. W,6FEM84,1O2HN,1.
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MARCH 11 CIRCUS IN TOWN
Circus Vargas will be in town March 11 through March 28 at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido, with tickets from $28 to $70 VIP at showclix.com/ events/18207.
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The play, “Desert Rock Garden,” and the Final Draft New Play Festival, will both take place at NVA’s home theater, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. The company has informed current ticket holders that they will be contacted directly
The Infamous Stringdusters bluegrass band with Dustbowl Revival are playing March 30 at the Belly Up Tavern , 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit http://bellyup.com/ or (858) 481-9022.
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