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Vista to put safe lot at Civic Center

City to offer unhoused 25 parking spots nightly

VISTA — San Diego County’s next safe parking lot will launch in Vista, with officials eyeballing an August start date after settling on a location at their most recent City Council meeting.

The new lot at the Eucalyptus Avenue parking lot at the Vista Civic Center will provide a secure place for unsheltered residents living in their vehicles to park and sleep overnight. There will be space for up to 25 vehicles each evening.

Participants can also access bathrooms, handwashing stations, and case management services to help them secure housing. In addition, the City Council approved a contract in January with the nonprofit Jewish Family Services of San Diego, which operates five other safe parking lots throughout the county, to manage Vista’s lot.

Bullet strikes field during ballgame at San Marcos park

SAN MARCOS — A youth baseball game at Mission Sports Park was interrupted Monday evening by a bullet that bounced off the field and into the dugout, causing no injuries but leaving those in the area shaken.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department received multiple calls reporting the sound of several shots fired in the area of the park around 7:45 p.m. As a precaution, nearby Palomar

College entered lockdown from about 8:11 to 9:28 p.m.

In a statement on social media, San Marcos Youth Baseball President Dan Max said a bullet bounced on Field 5 between first and second base and landed in the dugout. A youth team was playing then, and about 200 people were in the park.

A video of the incident shared by KUSI from behind home plate during the game captures the sound of nearby gunshots followed

by dirt puffing into the air just feet from where a player was standing in the infield. After the dirt is seen flying into the air, people begin shouting and everyone runs from the field.

“I am so grateful to say that no one was physically harmed in this incident. The amazing youth umpires, coaches and families on the site reacted quickly and got everyone to a safe place,”

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The Vista City Council unanimously approved the new location at their April 25 meeting. Councilmember Katie Melendez, who originally proposed that the city enter into the program, said offering this resource is an important step in addressing homelessness locally.

“Twenty-five spots barely scratch the surface of the need,” Melendez said. “There are so many people who are sleeping in their vehicles in our parks and in our neighborhoods. These 25 spots will be meant to alleviate the improper use of residential neighborhoods because that is happening right now.”

The program is funded by a $250,000 city budget allocation,

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San Marcos combat veteran Robert O’Berg, a retired Marine, shares his fight against PTSD, overcoming fear and misconceptions on the road to recovery. Story on 5. Photo by Cpl. Alison Dostie The Escondido Renaissance Faire has moved on until the fall but not before connecting with locals over the past couple of weekends. STORY ON 9 Photo by Edward Saidro

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Locals mourn mother, daughter killed in crash

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a San Marcos woman and her young daughter killed in a suspected DUI crash in Fallbrook last month.

Courteney Taylor, 29, and her 4-year-old daughter Amaya were driving southbound on Interstate 15 on April 23 when they were struck head-on by a motorist who lost control of his truck and drove through a gate and into oncoming traffic.

The driver, 23-yearold Erick Arambula, also struck another car, causing minor injuries to three individuals, and he suffered significant injuries.

Arambula was fleeing a California Fish and Wildlife officer who attempted to pull him over for speeding just before the collision, according to NBC 7.

A GoFundMe created by Courteney’s family, which has raised over $40,000 for funeral costs, describes Courteney as “a

living angel” and Amaya as “our family’s guiding light.” Courteney and her family moved to San Marcos from Illinois as a young

teen. She attended local schools, including Woodland Park Middle School, High Tech High and Escondido Charter High School,

according to a social media post by her mother, Barbara Taylor. She earned her associate of arts degree from

Palomar College and was a few weeks from graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology when she died.

“We are shattered by the loss of our beautiful, funny, kind, and loving daughter Courteney and her smart, full of life and laughter, gentle, and beautiful 4-year-old daughter, Amaya,” Barbara said.

“There are so many people who have reached out that we didn’t know but were lives that she had touched in both small and big ways.

Courteney loved people, and she instilled that in Amaya.”

Arambula is facing seven felony charges: two counts each of gross vehicular manslaughter, evading a police officer causing death and reckless driving causing death, and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.

Arambula was arraigned from his hospital bed on April 26. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 9 at the Vista Courthouse.

Deputy shoots armed ‘suicidal' man, 77, outside Vista church

By City News Service VISTA — A sheriff's deputy shot and wounded an armed man threatening suicide outside a Vista church May 7.

Around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a disturbance at Iglesia Ni Cristo

Church of Christ at 1418 Calle Jules, near East Bobier Drive, officials said.

Deputies saw the man, described as a 77-year-old Asian, leaving the church and going into the parking lot, holding a gun in his right hand.

Witnesses said he had been holding the gun to

his head inside the church. Deputies ordered him to drop the weapon, the sheriff’s department claimed.

When he refused, Deputy Justin Williams, a threeyear veteran of the department, fired a shot, hitting the man in the legs, prompting him to drop the weapon.

The man, whose name

was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital for treatment. His wounds were not life-threatening, per the department.

Under a new protocol agreement between the sheriff’s and police departments, police investigators will take over the shooting investigation.

All 78 lanes open as work winds downs

By City News Service REGION — After weeks of emergency work on State Route 78, Caltrans officials May 8 announced all lanes on the North County highway would reopen.

Caltrans crews discovered a depression in the surfacing of the highway, and all westbound lanes were closed on March 15.

At least nine crews from local small business contractors worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week with some “putting their personal lives on hold to get the work done quickly,” according to a statement from the California Department of Transportation.

All but one of the lanes in the westbound direction was opened on April 5 when work switched to the eastbound lanes. Digging continued, sometimes at depths of 60 feet, to uncover and replace nine damaged culverts.

It was not immediately known if there were any congregants in the church at the time of the shooting, nor whether the gunman was a member of the church.

Anyone with information on this shooting was asked to call the SDPD at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

The last westbound lane opened Monday at 11 a.m. and all eastbound lanes later that day. Some night and shoulder closures may be in place for the next two weeks while the final details of the project are completed, the statement read. For real-time traffic information visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

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COURTENEY TAYLOR and her 4-year-old daughter Amaya were killed in a suspected DUI crash last month in Fallbrook. A 23-year-old man is facing seven felony charges in connection with the April 23 crash on Interstate 15. Courtesy photo

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The hard left behind retire-Feinstein drive california focus

Forget about both sexism and ageism as prime forces behind the highly vocal movement pressuring longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein to retire early from the seat she has held since 1990.

Sure, these factors are present in varying degrees. So is the fact that Feinstein was absent from the Senate more than two months this spring, recovering from a painfully severe case of shingles. She returned just this week.

But the actual root purpose of this months-long campaign is an effort by the relentlessly uncompromising hard left of the California Democratic Party to take over a key post it could not win at the ballot box.

Special election is right call

has let San Diego down. His actions have left a vacant seat and the Board of Supervisors were left with a decision of what to do to fill it.

We were faced with three options.

1. Hold a special election.

2. Start the appointment process.

3. Start the appointment process until a special election.

I was in favor of holding a special election, allowing for the residents of District 4 to decide who they want their representative to be.

I’m happy to report the

Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to support a special election to fill the District 4 seat.

Here’s how the process will work for replacing Mr. Fletcher:

June 6: Nomination Deadline

Aug. 15: Special Primary Election

Nov. 7: Special General Election (If no candidate gets over 50% in primary)

I'm glad we could all agree on the need for a special election. The people of San Diego County deserve a fair and democratic process that respects their rights and values their input.

Holding a special election ensures that San Diego County residents can

choose their representatives fairly and transparently.

It’s important for the 700,000 people who live in District 4 to decide directly who will represent them for the next three years. The people who live in this district deserve to have their voices heard.

A special election will ensure that the residents can evaluate and compare the candidates, their positions, and their qualifications rather than be decided by four politicians outside District 4.

Supervisor Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Relishing the royal treatment

If I were King Charles, I would have been so tempted, just once, to shout, “Off with their heads!” No, it wouldn’t be nice, but it would be pretty funny. I had a jolly good time joining friends at 1 a.m. last Saturday morning to watch a lovely bit of history unfold.

It was particularly delightful because our host is something of an expert in British history.

She shared information about the traditions of the coronation that stretch back into the centuries. That kind of thing just knocks me out.

She also shared delicious scones, clotted cream, a Victorian sponge and some wonderful English breakfast tea. Did I mention we wore our pajamas, our best jewels and our tiaras? Oh yes, we did.

It made for some good fun, and I am grateful to have friends who do silly stuff like that with me.

I still can’t get over the ornate chair that dated from the 1300s, and I savored the ancient Episcopal litur-

gy I grew up with. I always loved the “thee” and “thou” and “vouchsafe” in the high church service language.

Having been a member in good standing of the altar guild, I loved seeing the rich copes and chasubles, and the varied vestments of the choir members. We also had fun being the fashion police as we watched the crowd.

And those crowns, swords, orbs and scepters — I believe they take the “most bling in one place award,”

This real prime mover became obvious in an appeal the ultra-leftist California Courage Campaign emailed to all its members early this month, seeking to galvanize them against Feinstein.

That was because socalled “progressives” have long felt the moderate Feinstein deprived them of her seat when last reelected in 2018.

The hard left is dominant among this state’s Democrats because no other interest has lately turned out significant numbers for the 80 Assembly district caucuses where delegates to the party’s state conventions are chosen.

Back in 2018, ultra-leftist delegates led the party not to endorse Feinstein for a fifth full term, which she is about 18 months from finishing. Instead, they backed former Assembly Speaker Kevin de Leon.

He’s best known these days for his role in a secretly recorded racist conversation last fall with thenLos Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, then-Councilman Gil Cedillo and then-local labor federation chief Ron Herrera.

De Leon, unlike all others on the notorious tape, refuses to resign his prominent post, a high-paying city council seat he won after Feinstein beat him soundly. He insists he will serve out his term before leaving.

Now the left wants shingles to award it via an appointment what it could not win at the polls. Leftists for two years have ripped Feinstein for supposed mental lapses and for having friendly exchanges with — gasp! — Republican senators.

More recently, they accused her of letting her shingles-induced absence hold up confirmation of dozens of President Biden’s judicial appointees.

Days before her return to the Capitol, Feinstein shot back in a press release that, “The Senate continues to swiftly confirm highly qualified individuals to the…judiciary, including seven…this week.”

She noted eight judges were confirmed during her absence, while Republicans are holding up only “a few.”

With just a one-vote Judiciary Committee majority, Democrats need Feinstein’s vote to send those nominees to the Senate floor for final confirmation.

Who are the folks most active in trying to oust Feinstein, presumably in favor of the ultra-liberal Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee, who might be appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom if Feinstein leaves?

That could happen because Newsom promised two years ago he would name a Black woman to the next Senate vacancy, and the African-American Lee wants the job so badly she’s already running against the far-better-funded Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank and Rep. Katie Porter of Irvine.

A quick Feinstein departure could give her seat to Lee for more than a year, allowing her to campaign as an incumbent.

followed closely by some of the necklaces seen among the noteworthy women.

Despite our tomfoolery, I was impressed I had a chance to see a proper coronation up close — rather a once in a lifetime kind of thing.

God save the king.

Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who once had a crush on Prince Charles. Contact her at jeanhartg1@ gmail.com.

De Leon, shown by the audio to at least condone overt racism, was bitterly ageist in his run against Feinstein. He claimed her age (now 89) made her unfit for the job years before anyone noticed any problems with her health, physical or cognitive.

Despite the party endorsing against her in both the primary and the general elections that year, voters twice gave Feinstein huge margins.

That thwarted leftist ambitions to take over her seat as they strive for full political control of California.

The Courage Campaign lists just one Californian among the most prominent leftists attacking Feinstein: Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna, by odd coincidence Lee’s campaign co-chair.

Others include most of the congressional “squad”: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. These, with Lee, are among the least compromising leftists in the current House.

Which means this is at root not about age or inability or absenteeism; it’s about ideology, just like it was in 2018, when the leftists lost badly.

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Teachers sue EUSD over trans policy

Rules on sharing gender identity info challenged

ESCONDIDO — Two teachers from Rincon Middle School in Escondido filed a lawsuit April 27 challenging school district policies regarding what information can be shared with parents of transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

The lawsuit filed in San Diego federal court alleges the Escondido Union School District's policies prohibiting teachers from discussing students’ gender identities with their parents are unconstitutional.

The complaint states teachers are required to use “any pronouns or a gender-specific name requested by the student during school, while reverting to biological pronouns and legal names when speaking with parents in order to actively hide information about their child's gender identity from them.”

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Elizabeth Mirabelli and Lori Ann West names various officials from the Escondido Union School District and California State Board of Education as defendants.

Representatives with the Escondido Union School District’s Superintendent’s Office declined to comment on the lawsuit, which seeks a court order finding that the district's policies violate the First Amendment.

The complaint alleges district representatives told the teachers that the policies’ tenets might be required by state and federal law and referenced a page on the California Department of Education website referencing Assembly Bill 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law in 2013.

The website states, “The right of transgender students to keep their transgender status private is grounded in California’s antidiscrimination laws as well as federal and state laws. Disclosing that a student is transgender without the student’s permission may violate California’s antidiscrimination law by increasing the student’s vulnerability to harassment and may violate the student’s right to privacy.”

The teachers’ attorneys are also seeking a declaration finding the conclusions on the DOE’s webpage are unconstitutional and that the district is not required to enforce or implement its “Parental Exclusion Policies.”

Earlier this year, a new bill sought to force California school districts to notify parents should a school employee learn a student

Vista Fire Dept. getting new ambulances, staff

City Council last month approved a $2.7 million expense to update its ambulance fleet and add 12 staffers to the Vista Fire Department.

At its April 25 meeting, the council approved $363,455 to replace an older ambulance and $2.4 million to add two new basic life support (BLS) ambulances and 12 positions to staff the ambulances and perform administrative and other duties within the fire department.

The city expects to recoup at least $1.2 million of the cost over the next year or several years from transport revenues.

Interim Fire Chief Roy Palmer said the department’s calls for service have increased by 5% in three of the past four years and the trend is expected to continue.

Local combat veteran confronts PTSD stigmas

matic stress disorder is a highly misunderstood illness that approximately 6% of the United States population experiences at least once in their lifetimes.

For the many service members and veterans who struggle with PTSD, asking for help can be a challenge due to the stigmas often associated with the illness and its debilitating symptoms.

“You don’t have control over your own biological functions and it starts to snowball,” said retired Marine Corps Maj. Robert O’Berg, who was diagnosed with PTSD a few years ago. “I’d get between four and five hours of sleep with sleeping meds, and it creates this cycle where the following day you’re groggy, irritable, and not pleasant to be around.”

Post-traumatic stress disorder typically occurs following a shocking, often life-threatening event. While anyone can be diagnosed with PTSD, the Department of Veteran Affairs states that veterans, especially those who have experienced combat, are more likely to suffer from the disorder than the average civilian due to their frequent exposure to potentially traumatic events.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, most people who experience traumatic events don’t develop chronic PTSD, but those who do experience a variety of symptoms such as flashbacks, bad dreams, insomnia, frightening thoughts, self-isolation, avoiding reminders of the event, being easily startled, feeling on edge, angry outbursts, loss of interest in things, nega-

tive thoughts about oneself and memory loss about the event.

Overcoming fear

Serving on multiple deployments during his nearly 20-year military career, O’Berg said he sustained several physical and mental injuries before his retirement with Wounded Warrior Battalion West in January.

While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, O’Berg, largely isolated from his family during 40 straight days of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, began to experience “hidden wounds,” like sleep disturbances and nightmares.

“My situation made healing more difficult,” he said.

O’Berg eventually sought emergency medical help for his illness after realizing he could no longer connect with his family in the present moment. The Marine Corps then transferred O'Berg to Wounded Warrior Battalion West, where he started a treatment plan at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

O’Berg was placed with a recovery care team, a recovery care coordinator, a licensed clinical social worker and Harvest, a psychiatric service dog trained to help people with anxiety disorders, depression or PTSD.

For O’Berg, Harvest’s presence releases dopamine and serotonin, boosting these neurotransmitters often depleted in individuals suffering from major depressive disorders. Harvest can also read O’Berg’s emotions, comfort him when he is down and force him out of bed when necessary. According to O’Berg, Harvest was one of the best things that happened to him.

But even after starting his long road to recovery, O’Berg said it took him some time to overcome the fears so many veterans and service members experience when contemplating their own mental health. The fear of appearing weak, fear of others finding out, and fear of losing a military career often prevent veterans and active-duty soldiers

gency medical technicians (EMTs) and others and will still provide patients with advanced life support care. Currently, the city has four ALS ambulances at fire stations 1, 3, 4 and 6, while the two new ambulances will be deployed elsewhere.

While the council supported the new equipment and staff, Councilwomen Corinna Contreras and Katie Melendez had questions about new administrative positions, including division chief and human resources officer.

The two councilwomen stressed they wanted more updates to the current condition of equipment and staffing levels to budget and not run up against potential roadblocks if, for example, city revenues hit a downturn.

The department’s ambulances are well above the national standard for the percentage of time a unit is responding, providing care or at the hospital, also known as unit hour utilization.

In the first three months of 2023, only one ambulance was below 25% of the standard for a single month.

“If we add two more units, we will immediately drop below 25%,” Palmer said.

The interim chief also presented a heat map of Vista’s coverage, noting several areas in the city are well above the 25% standard. He said the addition of the new ambulances and the new hires will make an impact on service calls.

The BLS ambulances will be staffed with emer-

“It’s so frustrating … then it’s like we need 12 more personnel,” Contreras said. “We need another captain, another division chief. I hope this never happens again … rather than this is an emergency, and we need this right now.”

Battalion Chief Bret Davidson said the division chief and human resources officer will streamline the department and offload work currently being done by training officers and others. The division chief, he said, will focus on administrative work, recruitment, retention and quality assurance to mitigate risk to the department and city, among other responsibilities.

Currently a training officer handles much of those duties, in addition to working on specific trainings required for the department.

Gun advocates sue over state’s 10-day waiting period to buy

REGION — Firearms advocates filed a lawsuit in San Diego federal court last week challenging California's 10-day waiting period for gun purchases.

The lawsuit filed May 1 joins a number of others filed in San Diego in recent years challenging the state’s laws governing firearm and ammunition purchases and possession.

It alleges the state’s waiting period law “prevents law-abiding people from taking possession of lawfully acquired firearms for immediate self- defense and other lawful purposes.”

The complaint alleges the law is unconstitutional as it prevents law-abiding people from receiving firearms they purchased after they pass background checks confirming they are not prohibited from doing

so.

The suit was filed on behalf of several San Diego County residents who are gun owners, as well as firearms advocacy groups such as San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, California Gun Rights Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition and the Second Amendment Foundation.

In a statement, Firearms Policy Coalition director of legal operations Bill Sack said, “Arbitrarily delaying access of life-saving and constitutionally protected tools to peaceable people is immoral and unsupported by the text, history and tradition of the second amendment in this country. This law must be struck down."

A representative from California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office said the lawsuit was being reviewed.

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RETIRED MARINE Corps Maj. Robert O’Berg with his service dog Harvest last month at Camp Pendleton. Psychiatric service animals like Harvest are trained to help people suffering from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo by Cpl. Alison Dostie ROBERT O’BERG talks to the media during his retirement ceremony in January at Camp Pendleton Photo by Cpl. Alison Dostie
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AnnMarie Walker of Oceanside was selected to present during the second annual Academic Symposium at McDaniel College.

RIBBON CUTTING

The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony for TrueCare’s new Pediatric Dental Clinic in Oceanside, located at 2210 Mesa Drive, Suite 100, in Oceanside on April 19.

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BIKE TO WORK IS NOW BIKE EVERYWHERE DAY

Last day … really!

bottles left, these ads and their sense of urgency aren’t working. And if those free samples are already gone (or don’t exist), then they’re lying.

Either way, there’s obviously something else going on here. I smelled a rat.

CNN calls Oprah Winfrey “arguably the world’s most powerful woman.” “She has more credibility than the president,” says columnist Maureen Dowd. She’s been mentioned as a presidential candidate herself.

So why would entertainment’s most powerful woman be involved with a slipshod marketing campaign selling weight loss gummies? Short answer: She isn’t!

I play Words with Friends daily, watching commercials to collect bonus points and access various game functions.

Today I saw an ad for Oprah’s Weight Loss Gummies, promising I’d lose 40 pounds in 21 days. It burns fat instantly, has no side effects and no exercise is needed.

“Expert approved. Last Day!!! Get your free bottle,” the ad shouted.

Yet I remained unmoved. Mom taught me if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. My desire to lose weight notwithstanding, I’m not ordering my free sample.

I’ve seen this ad every day for the past two weeks. The efficacy of this product aside, I’m casting a jaundiced eye because they seem (how can I put this politely?) dishonest.

Common sense insists if there are still only two

Research turned up a CNN story where Oprah is warning fans against falling victim to companies selling weight loss products using her name and image.

Says the Weight Watchers partner on her Instagram feed: “Fraud alert! Please don’t buy any weight loss gummies with my picture or name on them.”

I believe her but am reminded of Voltaire’s observation: “Common sense is not so common.” And were I not so cynical, I might have taken these ads at face value.

But seeing the hysterical tone of the messaging, one should be wondering about the claims.

Unfortunately, the days of reasoning, logic and fact-checking may be a thing of the past. Politicians, monied interests and scammers all appear intent on defrauding us.

It’s our individual responsibility to follow our (sometimes oversized) gut, do some research and come to an intelligent conclusion.

Because if you’re responding to an ad like this, the only thing getting thinner will be your wallet.

With that said, I wish you a week of profitable marketing.

Get good advice anytime. www.askmrmarketing.com.

CHERYL GODDARD, executive director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, which was recently named by State Sen. Catherine Blakespear as the 38th Senate District’s nonprofit of the year. Courtesy photo

San Dieguito River nonprofit honored

By Staff REGION — The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has been selected as the 38th Senate District's nonprofit of the year.

The conservancy has worked for more than 30 years to preserve, protect and enhance the San Dieguito River Valley, which is considered the most intact watershed remaining in San Diego County.

The watershed runs 55 miles from Volcan Mountain north of Julian through conifer and oak woodlands, grasslands and chaparral to the San Dieguito Lagoon between Del Mar and Solana Beach.

“The San Dieguito River Valley is a tremendous natural resource enjoyed, and appreciated, by thousands of Southern Californians each year,” said Sen. Catherine Blakespear (D-Encinitas). “We have the

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy to thank for its bold vision and many years of work to preserve the valley and educate others about it.”

The conservancy has supported the river valley by organizing efforts to acquire lands, complete trails and restore habitats. It has also established educational programs, created interpretive centers and encouraged recreation.

“We are truly honored to be named nonprofit of the year by Senator Blakespear,” said Cheryl Goddard, executive director of the conservancy. “This recognition reflects our commitment to not only conserving land and protecting water quality within the San Dieguito River Watershed but also sharing its natural and cultural resources with the community through educational and recreational pro-

grams.”

Goddard said the conservancy has a 37-year record of moving the vision of a 71-mile Coast-to-Crest Trail from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain north of Julian closer to reality.

“We look forward to meeting you out on the trail or at one of our many programs and events,” Goddard said.

The conservancy collaborates with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority as well as other nonprofit organizations, citizens, landowners, area governments and stakeholders to accomplish its mission. The conservancy also works to build public support for the river valley by offering educational opportunities for children and adults and recreational opportunities throughout the watershed.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated California $62 million from the Housing Trust Fund, an affordable housing production program that complements existing federal, state and local efforts to increase and preserve the supply of affordable housing for extremely low- and very low-income households, including families experiencing homelessness.

BLOOD CONCERT

Throughout the month of May, blood donors at San Diego Blood Bank will automatically be entered to win a Blink-182 concert package that includes two tickets to see Blink-182 at Pechanga Arena on June 20 along with limo service, dinner, a one-night stay at Pendry San Diego and San Diego Blood Bank swag.

BIKE ANYWHERE DAY SANDAG Bike to Work Day is now Bike Anywhere Day, and the 2023 SANDAG Bike Anywhere Day Pit Stop Map is available to help participants map their ride ahead of the annual event on May 18, from 6 to 9 a.m.

WORKFORCE DIVERSITY

Palomar College is one of 17 community colleges in the nation selected to participate in a program to develop strategies that offer equitable employment opportunities for all students.

PEARLY WHITES

Drs. Neelab Anwar and Cyrus Aghdam purchased Baker Orthodontics in Escondido. Dr. Aghdam currently practices at Baker Orthodontics and plans to continue to provide his services together with his wife, Dr. Anwar, under the new name Happier Smiles Orthodontics.

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Golden Door gift to aid child victims

REGION — A San Marcos-based spa and wellness center has donated $100,000 to fund a new interview room at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office’s family justice center for children who are victims or witnesses of crimes.

The room, slated to open this summer, will be located at Your Safe Place, a family justice center located in East Village that provides resources and services for victims of domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse, sexual assault or sex trafficking.

Golden Door’s donation will fund what the San Diego City Attorney’s Office says is a “state-of-theart” facility and safe environment for young crime victims.

The new room will include:

— Child-sized furniture in a dollhouse-like environment.

— Toys, games, books and coloring pages representing diverse backgrounds and cultures.

—Two-way computer monitors, allowing professionals who may investigate and prosecute cases against alleged perpetrators to observe in a non-threatening way.

“Your Safe Place has needed a children’s space for a long time,” San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said. “Our most helpless, youngest victims are now going to get the attention they deserve in a room that feels welcoming and safe.”

Dutch Bros plans 2 Escondido locations

continues its expansion into San Diego County with plans to open two Escondido locations by the year’s end.

The popular Oregon-based drive-thru coffee company has been spreading its reach southwards over the last few years, having recently opened the county’s first location in Oceanside last year.

Escondido is lined up for the county’s next two Dutch Bros locations, one on the east side of town at 2365 East Valley Parkway, where a former dental office was located and the other at 507 West Washington Ave-

nue, which is currently home to the Rancho Las Palmas Mexican Grill.

While the city’s Planning Commission has already approved both locations, construction has only begun at the East Valley location after building permits were received on April 28. As a result, the previously existing building has already been demolished.

According to Dutch Bros spokesperson Madison Fahey, the East Valley location is expected to open by summer’s end.

Although the West Washington location has yet to receive its building permits, Fahey said the company expects it to open by the

end of 2023. The Mexican restaurant’s current building will be demolished to make way for the new drive-thru coffee shop.

“Escondido is a very welcoming community and has all the factors our teams look for,” Fahey said via email. “We’re excited to introduce Dutch Bros and show Escondido what we’re all about!”

Dutch Bros opened in 1992 as a pushcart in downtown Grants Pass, Oregon, by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma. Since then, the brand has taken off, spreading to at least 15 different states. California now has the second-highest locations at 150, just shy of Oregon’s 1sitesons.

Report: Violent crime in region increased in ’22

The coffee company recently announced plans for its first-ever Orange County locations to the north.

“We’re excited to have new development and two new restaurants here in town that provide what I hear is good coffee,” said Escondido City Planner Adam Finestone.

Dutch Bros is known for its employees’ friendly attitudes and loyal fanbase. Though their drive-thru lines tend to grow long, the company has followed suit with other fast-food restaurants that station employees outside with tablets ready to take orders ahead of the speaker to help keep the line moving quickly.

largely from cannabis tax revenue, as well as a $65,000 grant from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities for material startup costs for the program.

Staff originally recommended operating the program at the Civic Center’s larger lot on Alta Vista Drive. However, the council opted to move it to the neighboring lot near the Vista Library, saying it would be a better fit.

Jewish Family Services

Chief of Staff Chris Olsen said around 300 people use Safe Parking Programs throughout the county each night. There are four other safe parking sites in San Diego, including one that opened April 26 in Clairemont and one in Encinitas.

Of all the participants, 57% end up no longer having to live in their vehicle, and 33% enter permanent housing, Olsen said.

“We know the need is great and that this public-private partnership has proven effective in other areas, including the city of San Diego and North County,” he said. “We are grateful for your support of this critical service in Vista.”

Now that a site has been selected, Jewish Family Services will start the 12-week preparation process to hopefully open the site this summer. This includes recruiting staff, securing equipment like portable restrooms and a staff trailer, and beginning outreach to partner agencies.

The nonprofit will depend on referrals from these Vista-based organizations, including the Vista Homelessness Working Group, Exodus, ElderHelp of San Diego and the Vista Unified School District, Olsen said.

Some community members and nearby business owners expressed concerns about the program, claiming it would lead to safety risks and more unsheltered people in the area.

“No one is opposed to helping people, but once you open up a lot, you won’t be able to get these cars out. If you misbehave, you get kicked out, and where are they gonna go? They’re gonna go to our neighborhoods and our parks, and they’re already there,” said resident Julia Shriver.

Mayor John Franklin

also shared concerns about cleanliness in the bathrooms at the site and said the city would commit to keeping the area looking beautiful. Overall, he recognizes the concerns community members have.

“I want to make a nod to the fact that the community is divided, and very concerned about what this might be. I want the community to know that I’m personally dedicated to overseeing it,” Franklin said.

Councilmember Corinna Contreras emphasized that many folks are already

sleeping in their cars in other areas of the city, and encouraged empathy for participants.

“Right now we don’t have a safe parking program, but we have plenty of unsafe parking situations,” Contreras said. “These are human beings that have had a really hard time, and they are so close to having zero shelter … it is oftentimes the last little bit of shelter folks have before they become unhoused.”

According to Olsen, individuals using the safe parking sites include young families, people fleeing domestic abuse, and folks on fixed incomes. Over half of program participants are over the age of 50, and 14% are under the age of 20, according to Olsen.

“Since we launched in other locations in the county in 2018, the program has provided a welcoming environment and dignified support to help vulnerable San Diegans transition back into permanent housing,” Olsen said.

Those interested in entering the program will need to undergo a full assessment with program staff prior to acceptance. Registered sex offenders and those with outstanding arrest warrants are not eligible.

Vista’s Safe Parking Program hours will be from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

REGION

— Violent crime rates rose and property crime decreased in the San Diego region in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to a report published May 9 by the San Diego Association of Governments.

“Despite the increase, the surge in violent crime was relatively low compared to other metropolitan cities in the U.S. The San Diego region is still among the safest in the country,” SANDAG Principal Criminal Justice Researcher Octavio Rodriguez Ferreira said in a statement.

“That is why it’s important we continue to work together collaboratively and creatively with communities to prevent and address crime.”

The report — 43 Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1980 Through 2022 — also found a 9% decrease in homicides in the San Diego region.

According to the findings, 84 of the 107 homicides had an identifiable motive, the most common being an argument, found in 51% of the cases, followed by gang-related activity at 15%. The most common weapon used in violent crimes was a firearm, cited in 60% of the cases.

Property crime rates were 5% lower in 2022, compared to the prior year, reaching the second-lowest level in the past 43 years, according to the report. In terms of financial value, more than $304 million worth of property was stolen in the San Diego region in 2022, which is an average of about $833,000 per day.

The SANDAG report also found a 9% jump in hate crime reports, a 10% jump in robberies and a 2% rise in motor vehicle theft. Violent crimes against senior citizens increased by 8%.

In North County, the majority of cities had lower violent crime rates while several had higher property crime rates compared to the regional average.

Escondido

Escondido had a slightly lower violent crime rate than the regional average but a higher property crime rate.

There were only two homicides but a 25% increase in rapes, a 5% decrease in robberies and an 11% decrease in aggravated assaults.

Burglaries were up by 26%, larceny was down by 2% and motor vehicle theft increased by 1%. About $38,000 worth of property was stolen per day.

There were 1,027 domestic violence incidents, 43 violent crimes against seniors, 19 arsons and one

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THE SITE of a Safe Parking Program seen May 1 at the Encinitas Community Center. The city of Vista will implement its own safe parking lot this summer. Photo by Laura Place
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Ecke family, Koch donate to CSUSM collection

— A Stone Brewing co-founder and a prominent North County family have donated to the special collections expansion project at California State University San Marcos.

Stone co-founder Greg Koch and the Ecke family, famous for its legacy of floriculture in the region, are the lead funders for a plan to build a new public services area on the fifth floor of Kel-

logg Library. The donations kick off the fundraising for a project expected to cost $2.5 million.

The Special Collections Department, which houses collections that are irreplaceable or rare, has existed for about five years in a space on the first floor of the library.

The vision of the 8,200-square-foot renovation project, designed by San Diego architecture firm LPA, is to broaden the foot-

print of Special Collections and create a permanent and accessible center on the library’s fifth floor.

The new space will open with a grand entrance from the fifth-floor elevator. Off the main entrance will be the exhibit gallery, where physical and digital collection elements will be on display. The gallery will flank a central event space that can be set up for seminars, presentations or community gather-

ings and celebrations.

Since its inception, the department has grown to include major archives like the Brewchive, a comprehensive archive of San Diego’s “third wave” craft brewing history from 1980 to the present; the Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc. Business Records and Family Papers, which features three generations of materials documenting the influence of the Ecke family on North County, and more.

Vista Irrigation District announces student winners

By Staff

VISTA — Vista Irrigation District has awarded college scholarships to six high school seniors and selected three fourth-grade student winners of two separate district-sponsored contests.

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Naia Riggenbach from Pacific Ridge High School and Riley Robbins from Rancho Buena Vista High School received $2,000 scholarships while Monica Lozada from San Marcos High School and Colin Gastauer, Sarai Rojas and

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from seeking help.

Kirsten White, associate director of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Oceanside, said many of her clients hesitate to seek the clinic’s help for their PTSD symptoms.

“People tend to be afraid of seeking help or admitting there is an issue or problem when it might make them look weak,” White said. “This is why we often refer to PTSD symptoms as ‘invisible wounds’ – people don’t see them the way you see physical wounds, and when there are others who went through similar events but don’t have diagnosed PTSD, those who do often wonder, ‘What’s wrong with me,’ which may keep them from going and asking for help.”

White said one of the common misconceptions about PTSD is that most combat veterans fall somewhere on the disorder’s spectrum. But according to a Cohen Veteran Clinic study, PTSD impacts between 11% and 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, 12% of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans and

Samantha Harris from Vista High School received $1,500 scholarships through the Vista Irrigation District 2023 scholarship contest.

The purpose of the scholarship contest, open to high school seniors living or attending school within the district’s service area, is to increase the knowledge and awareness of water related issues affecting Vista Irrigation District. The district received 12 applications this year.

Belinda Chacon, a fourth-grade student from

Grapevine Elementary, received first place honors from the district for her entry in the 2023 Water Awareness Poster Contest. She received a $100 award.

Olivia Rye from St. Francis School received a second place award of $50 and Caroline Noesgaard from Casita Center received a third place award of $25 for their entries in the contest.

The poster contest is designed to promote understanding of water issues in elementary schools. This

year’s theme was “Love Water, Save Water.”

The three winning posters were selected from 189 entries based upon their depiction of the theme, artwork, originality and poster design.

Vista Irrigation District is a public agency governed by an elected five-member board. The district provides water service to roughly 134,000 people in Vista and portions of San Marcos, Escondido, Oceanside and unincorporated areas of the county.

ary, O’Berg said he continued to experience thoughts that his military service was all for nothing, a notion that still bothers him.

Ultimately, O’Berg believes serving his country was an honorable decision but acknowledged the struggles facing combat veterans returning home need more attention.

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE animals, such as Harvest, can be integral parts of PTSD treatment plans for service members and veterans.

about 15% of Vietnam veterans. The Cohen Veteran Clinic study also showed roughly one in four Americans believe most people with PTSD are violent and dangerous, another false stigma associated with the disorder.

“The vast majority (of veterans with PTSD) aren’t violent or dangerous,” White said. What is true, but also widely unknown, is that PTSD is entirely treatable. In general, the VA estimates about 6 out of every 100 people (or 6% of the U.S. adult population) will have

PTSD at some point in their lives. In 2020, about 13 million Americans had PTSD, and most will likely recover with treatment.

“(PTSD’s) not a life sentence,” White said.

O’Berg said he also deals with moral injuries, which he called “soul wounds.” In 2003, the Brooklyn native joined the Marines to honor the lives of his cousins, Dennis Patrick O’Berg and Christopher Mozzilo, New York City firefighters killed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

But following his retirement from the Wounded Warrior Regiment in Janu-

Today, O’Berg lives with his wife and children in San Marcos, and he is pursuing his doctorate in leadership at the University of San Diego this fall.

In addition to understanding the need for support for veterans, O’Berg also pointed out the need to understand the struggles of military caregivers. The weight that many veterans and service members carry while experiencing PTSD and moral injury is often partly shared by their loved ones or caregivers who look after them.

Veterans needing immediate help can call the Veterans Crisis Line by dialing 988 and pressing 1 for 24/7 support.

For local assistance, contact the Oceanside Cohen Clinic by calling 760418-4611 or oceanside@cohenvvsd.org.

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Photo by Cpl. Alison Dostie SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS, from left, Monica Lozada (San Marcos High School), Naia Riggenbach (Pacific Ridge High School), Sarai Rojas (Vista High School), Samantha Harris (Vista High School) and Colin Gastauer (Vista High School). Not pictured: Riley Robbins (Rancho Buena Vista High School). Courtesy photo

Spring Renaissance Faire is history, to return in fall

Max said.

Lt. Gavin Lanning said sheriff’s officials canvassed the area and searched for evidence via helicopter and a K-9 unit but found no victims. He said deputies collected evidence, but he did not know if it was bullet casings or something else.

Law enforcement has not tracked down a shooter, but witnesses said the shots seemed to come from southeast of the fields near the Los Vallecitos Water District building.

“My read on it is that someone east of the ball fields fired rounds into the air ,and one landed on the field. It doesn’t read that someone was necessarily shooting at the people in the park,” Lanning said.

All San Marcos Youth Baseball operations were canceled Tuesday to allow

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hate crime.

San Marcos

In San Marcos, both violent and property crimes were lower than the regional average.

The city had zero homicides, 14 rape cases, a 45% increase in robberies and a 6% decrease in aggravated assault.

Burglaries were up by 14%, larceny up by 12% and motor vehicle theft decreased by 2%. Approximately $11,000 worth of property was stolen per day.

There were 313 domestic violence incidents, 20 violent crimes against seniors, six arsons and one

law enforcement and the city to determine “the best safety precautions we can provide for the remainder of the season,” according to Max.

Palomar College officials said campus police placed the school into lockdown after receiving reports that shots were fired “at a nearby sports complex.” After it was lifted, campus police remained onsite to assist those leaving the campus.

“While we remained on lockdown until 9:28 p.m., we did not have any activity on campus related to the situation at the nearby sports complex,” Palomar spokesperson Julie Lanthier Bandy said.

A representative for the city did not reply to a request for comment.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Call the anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

hate crime event.

Vista Vista had slightly lower violent crime and property crime rates than the regional average.

The city had only two homicides, 21 rape cases and a 11% decrease in robberies with a 13% increase in aggravated assaults.

Burglaries increased by 27%, larceny by 14% and motor vehicle theft by 15%.

Around $17,000 worth of property was stolen per day.

Vista had 606 domestic violence incidents, 30 violent crimes against seniors, eight arsons and one hate crime event.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Pacific KLN Infusions recently joined the San Marcos Chamber. Co-owner Rob Knipper talks about infusion therapy and the services they have been providing since starting the company in 2020.

What does your business do?

We provide infusion therapy for psychiatric and mood disorders along with IV therapy for chronic neuropathic pain. We also promote health and wellness with our IV nutritional and hydration services.

What services and/or specialty products do you provide?

We have many products but the most common includes intravenous ketamine and lidocaine. Some examples include ketamine infusions for refractory depression, anxiety, PTSD, complex regional pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Lidocaine infusions are reserved for chronic pain states and are sometimes combined with ketamine. Other products include IV hydration/nutri-

Thousands flocked to Felicita Park over the last few weekends to see knights, pirates, queens, fairies and more magical wonders at the biannual Escondido Renaissance Faire.

The fair wrapped up another successful spring season as attendance continues to grow each year following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns a few years ago.

Produced by Olde Tyme Productions Inc., the Escondido Renaissance Faire has been taking visitors back to medieval times for more than 20 years.

The fair returns to Escondido twice each year for two weekends in the spring and two more weekends in the fall. This recently completed fair was at Felicita Park the last weekend of April and first weekend of May.

The multiple guilds of volunteer entertainers that make up the festival helped transport guests back to the 16th century Elizabethan Era and beyond. Described as a Renaissance Faire with a pirate flair, guilds of swashbucklers and buccaneers also joined the fun, offering clever pirate names to anyone who wanted to join.

Guests could participate in treasure hunts and archery lessons, enjoy turkey legs and mead, shop for handcrafted weapons, clothing and other trinkets, and watch as knights clashed in jousting tournaments.

“It’s a really nice event,” promoter Richard Pavia said. “It’s worth it to see the kids’ smiles when they see a knight in shining armor or a queen for the first time — you can’t beat it.”

According to Pavia, the fair brings in $60,000 annually for the San Diego County Parks and Recreation division and hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city of Escondido in terms of visitor spending at local restaurants and shops. Organizers also donate thousands of dollars to the Escondido Chamber of Commerce each year as well.

The fair will return this fall for another two weekends of magical, medieval festivities.

In addition to the Escondido Renaissance Faire, Old Tyme Productions runs the High Desert Pirate Faire with a Renaissance flair in Hesperia. The company purchased that fair last year and has big plans for it going forward.

Pacific KLN Infusions Providing Infusion Therapy

mental health. As anesthesia providers with decades of experience we are qualified and well trained in providing ketamine and lidocaine. This along with wellness optimization through our IV nutrition makes us unique. We provide support for multiple states from athletic endurance to depression to chronic pain and we see a lot of different types of clientele.

PTSD. One that comes to mind is a recent patient who is on disability for uncontrolled discomfort. After a small series of lidocaine and IV nutritional supplementation that person was able to hike Torrey Pines. However, that’s just one example and the greatest joy is when you can prevent self-harm and promote positive changes in life overall.

tion services with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and NAD therapy. We even offer oral supplements with a full online store.

What sets you apart from others in your industry?

A lot of clinics that are similar in structure to our clinic only offer ketamine for

What question are you asked most frequently by clients / prospective buyers? The most common inquiries we get are related to ketamine and its response rate for mental health. Ketamine is very effective with a 70-80% response rate when administered with our evidence based protocol.

What is your favorite business success story?

It’s hard to pick just one. We have had multiple patients with significant improvements in their quality of life and significant gains when treating symptomology related to depression, suicidal ideation, pain, and

What motivated you to join The San Marcos Chamber?

As a small business that was started by 2 healthcare professionals we struggle for exposure. We are constantly working to perfect online optimization and support. We joined the San Marcos Chamber for local exposure, networking opportunities, and as a learning opportunity.

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When not outdoors, Scottsdale museums worth a visit

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Arizona’s big draw in the spring is undoubtedly the great outdoors, but when it’s time to take refuge from the sun, three Scottsdale-area museums will make you glad you spend a bit of time indoors.

Wonderspaces: I score low on the creativity index, so confronted with an entire wall of whiteboard that demands some imagination to contribute, I am feeling less than.

This ginormous, create-your-own-artwork canvas, called “Rules” by Mexico City artist Paola Ibarra Llano, is just one of the immersive, interactive exhibits that visitors encounter at the museum, situated in Scottsdale’s Fashion Square.

A greeter explains that there will be no explanation as to the artists’ purposes or messages; these will be left up to the eyes and brains of the beholders. (The museum’s full bar may help with this.)

I eventually get friendly with a cartful of colorful masking tape and make a statement on the whiteboard.

It’s difficult to be a pas-

sive observer when many of the exhibits are humorous, intriguing and so much fun.

Don’t miss “Portraits in Pink, Blue, and Silver,” an interactive, kinetic artwork that uses magnets and magic to capture, record and play back all your crazy moves.

Musical Instrument Museum: This unexpectedly grand space, opened in 2010, puts strange and wonderful instruments from the world and ancient

cultures under the same roof as the artifacts of contemporary artists.

On display: A grand piano that belonged to France’s King Louis XIV (1638-1715), and Prince’s purple baby grand; a guitarra española made in Portugal (c. 1590), the oldest full-sized guitar in existence, and the guitars of Elvis, Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix; and an Iranian “zendegi” kamancheh (bowed spike

lute) made in the mid1700s, and a barrel organ from the late 1800s.

“Music speaks to every person around the world in a different way and we strive to represent that,” says Sydney Rich, the museum’s media relations specialist. “Beyond the geographical representation, any art, history, music, craftsmanship, or global culture aficionado will find something remarkable about MIM.”

Kids and adults will

love the Experience Gallery, where visitors can strum, bang and beat familiar and unfamiliar instruments.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Architects and builders masterfully connected concrete, galvanized metal and textured glass to transform a former movie theater into a stunning 18,500 square feet of exhibit space.

Opened in 1999, the museum works with both established and emerging artists, according to Director Jennifer McCabe, and exhibitions “focus on diversity, equity, cross-cultural dialogue and inclusion.”

Our visit was enhanced by volunteer docents who

complemented the information on the artwork’s signage. The spaciousness of the four galleries makes it easy to fully take in the large-scale installations and appreciate the building itself.

A quick walk northeast will bring you to the pop-culture, iconic “LOVE” sculpture by Robert Indiana.

Made of polychromed aluminum (the original was steel and lives in an Indianapolis museum), Scottsdale purchased its sculpture (one of 50) in 2002.

Impossible not to take a selfie at this landmark.

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Encinitas resident has rebuilt many damaged homes

— April was California’s Earthquake Awareness Month, and Encinitas contractor John Arendsen took advantage to bring attention to the ongoing natural disaster threat facing homeowners and residents of the Golden State.

Arendsen, a general and manufactured home contractor, has for many years worked closely with earthquake assessment and rebuilding efforts in California.

Going back to 1987, Arendsen was involved with rebuilding efforts after the Whittier Narrows earthquake in the southern San Gabriel Valley, witnessing firsthand an earthquake’s violent destruction of family homes and businesses.

As a disaster response contractor, Arendsen did this independently with his company for several years. Then, after more significant earthquakes, Arendsen met prime contractors, individuals working directly under FEMA, who wanted his company to become subcontractors for the federal agency.

In 1994, the Northridge blind-thrust earthquake struck with a 6.7 magnitude, causing incredible damage in Los Angeles. Once again, Arendsen was able to help with the disaster response with damage up to roughly 85 miles away. At one point, he had over 1,000 homes and 125 people working under him to tend to the wreckage.

Arendsen was posted in nearby Simi Valley for almost two-and-a-half years for that project, raising and resetting collapsed homes.

After all the destruction he has witnessed and helped rebuild, Arendsen hopes to educate and prepare people for what can happen in another colossal earthquake.

“Since the ’94 event, folks have become more complacent and removed from the moment’s intensity,” Arendsen said. “We’re almost a generation from that event; many younger folks don’t even remember it. Too many folks won’t or don’t take preventative measures and end up becoming victims.”

For several years after the Northridge earthquake, Arendsen was involved as a contributor and a participant at the Southern California Earthquake Center, which studies earthquakes and their effects, to diversify the wealth of firsthand knowledge he now has related to destruction.

This month, he is using that knowledge to share daily tidbits of information to the social networking site, Nextdoor.

“I can see it by the number of views I’m getting back from Nextdoor with every post it is reaching,” Arendsen said. “So far, folks have been highly appreciative of

receiving this information. There’s more information than I can ever impart, even in a month.

“I did this every year until I became immersed in our ADU business. However, it’s been so long since we’ve had a big event

April 6 post entitled, “How to prepare your home before an earthquake strikes,” suggesting homeowners decrease their risks of earthquake damage and injury by identifying possible hazards before colliding tectonic plates turn their world upside down:

1. Tall, heavy furniture that could topple, such as bookcases, china cabinets, or modular wall units;

2. Water heaters that are not up to code by being strapped could rupture;

3. Stoves and appliances that could move enough to rupture gas or electrical lines;

4. Hanging plants in heavy pots that could swing free of hooks;

5. Heavy picture frames or mirrors over a bed;

6. Latches on kitchen cabinets or other cabinets that will not hold the door closed during shaking;

9. Flammable liquids like painting or cleaning products would be safer in a garage or outside shed.

If your home was built before 1950, consider a seismic retrofit to strengthen your home’s foundation to make it more resistant to shaking, Arendsen said.

“If your home is built on a cripple wall, you should install a shear panel to help prevent lateral displacement and possible failure,” Arendsen wrote. “Should your home be shifted off of its foundation, you could end up with a total loss.”

Arendsen also suggests only hiring a licensed, bonded and insured foundation retrofit specialist with lots of references and speaking with your insurance company about possible discounts and grants for retrofit homes.

I thought it should be revisited. Plus, that little jolt in Palomar (in late March) seemed so alarming to folks that I felt I should circle back.”

Arendsen wrote an

7. Breakables or heavy objects that are kept on high or open shelves;

8. A masonry chimney that could crumble and fall through an unsupported roof;

When Arendsen is not helping repair earthquake damage, he runs the family business, On the Level General Contractors Inc., known as Crest Backyard Homes, in Encinitas with his wife, daughter, and youngest son.

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Hunt for North County’s top brewery patio begins

The North County Brewery Patio-Off Bracket (NCBPOB) challenge is underway! I’ve been out and about on various patios around town, and I can say two things for sure.

First, there are some strong patios out there. I’ve already been to places that induce buzzy good vibes and the desire to kick back, relax, and down a pint — or two.

Secondly, breweries aren’t open as much as they used to be. I wasn’t expecting a 24/7 free for all, but I was surprised at how many tasting rooms don’t open until late in the afternoon.

So, it can be a bit of a challenge to visit a new brewery on a Monday afternoon.

I realize that wouldn’t bother most readers, but I’ve committed to visiting 24 different brewery patios in a relatively short amount of time! This is my job!

Discovering O’side’s La Perla Tapatia

How did I learn about La Perla Tapatia? Well, most of us that work in an office environment have, at some point, had a vendor bring in breakfast as a show of appreciation. It’s usually bagels or doughnuts, and it’s a welcome gesture. This occurred recently at my office/warehouse in Oceanside, and to my surprise and delight, the offering was a pile of the most enormous breakfast burritos I’ve ever seen.

I was in breakfast burrito heaven, and when I grabbed one labeled ham, potato, beans, eggs and rice, I was stunned by its weight. It was sizable in length and girth — a hefty burrito that weighed so much I could have pumped up my arms doing curls with it!

And as a bonus, this monster was one of the most delicious I’ve ever had.

The house-made tortilla was not only soft and pliable with a slight char, but it was also solid enough to keep the ingredients intact, an essential attribute of tortillas…as I’ve had many that tasted good but exploded everywhere after a few bites.

First, I had to find out where these beauties came from. I was quickly informed they were from La Perla Tapatia on Mission, very close to our workplace! Further exploration was in order.

I stopped by after work shortly after the breakfast burrito experience with two solid eaters in tow, co-workers Brooks Venters and Alec Maskiewicz. These guys have both proven them-

selves before on Lick the Plate eating adventures that required a big appetite, which was going to be a requirement with this one. I should note they did not disappoint me and are still Lick the Plate worthy!

Before diving into the eating adventure, I was curious about the meaning behind the restaurant’s name. It loosely translates into being an habitant of or from Guadalajara. La Perla is a reasonably obvious translation into “the pearl.” Owner Reggie Gaeta is a Guadalajara native and paid tribute to his hometown by naming his restaurant after it.

La Perla Tapatia is a combination bakery, meat market, convenience store, and indoor taco stand all in one, unlike any other Mexican joint you’ll find on the coast in North County. They offer a wide selection of baked goods, including some of the best pies and cakes, such as their famous Tres Leches. You can also purchase their homemade flour or corn tortillas to create homemade Mexican-inspired dishes for friends and family.

Your taco or burrito or whatever you order is assembled in front of you, providing an opportunity for easy customization. At this point, you realize the sheer

magnitude of the ingredients being piled into the giant tortilla…in the case of a burrito. We each ordered our own giant burrito but also tried trying their Birria tacos and ceviche tostada to mix it up a bit.

All were quite fabulous, and as mentioned, we ended the meal with the best Tres Leches I’ve had in a long time. For those unfamiliar, Tres Leches is a sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and whole. It’s a perfect dessert after a hearty meal as it is on the lighter side and is simply delightful.

Given the ample servings at La Perla Tapatia, it was a perfect opportunity to put my new eating mantra of portion control to its first real test. And seriously, if I were to devour one of those breakfast burritos in one sitting, I would be unable to do much of anything productive. But, of course, sometimes that’s OK, but not on a workday.

That said that mongo burrito ended up being both breakfast and dinner. The California Burrito I had for dinner was also my lunch the next day. And believe me, it takes a lot of willpower not to devour such savory goodness in one sitting. I can’t do it anymore and feel much better knowing I can stop. Huge portions provide great value if you can stretch them out, and La Perla Tapatia is an excellent spot to make that happen.

I’m just stoked I discovered a new Mexican restaurant that does things differently enough to make

me want to add it to my mix. We live in a land of Mexican food delights with so many great options it’s easy to take them for granted.

I can’t wait to explore the bakery and meat counter more at La Perla Tapatia, as they both looked fabulous. I only scratched the surface of their savory and sweet menu items, all of which look worth exploring.

La Perla Tapatia is at 1910 Mission Avenue and 625 N. Redondo Drive in Oceanside.

Reflecting on that last sentence… I’ll stop whining about it. So far, the breweries I’ve visited have proven to be worthy challengers for the NCBPOB crown. Check back next week for the first breakdown of head-tohead competition. Also, learn more about the rules and guidelines for the challenge in last week’s column (online at thecoastnews. com/category/columns/ cheers-north-county).

Until then, a local beverage roundup.

• The enigmatic brewery Horus Aged Ales is holding its next beer lottery for Crowned Eagle to Sky God and sign-ups

begin May 10. Details will be shared that morning. Follow @horusagedales on Instagram for more information.

• You might remember an interview we did with acclaimed surf filmmaker and the entrepreneur behind Solento Tequila Taylor Steele for the Cheers! North County podcast in October 2020. If not, check it out on your favorite podcast platform. If so, you’ll be pumped to hear they’ve launched gift packs featuring all three of their tequilas — Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo.

You can also hear the story directly from Tony Hawk on how he joined Solento in this interview he did with Benji Weatherley. Shout-out to Pannikin for providing the backdrop to the deal getting down.

• N/A beer juggernaut Athletic Brewing Company is going sky high, literally. Beginning this month, JetBlue is offering Athletic’s N/A beers to travelers inflight. According to JetBlue (as reported by Alexander Soule), they are the first airline to offer N/A beers.

• Every spring, I release my Top 10 Beer Happy Places. These are the

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Scripps doctor brings awareness to skin cancer prevention

REGION — As doctors report an uptick in advanced-stage melanoma diagnoses, Dr. Hugh Greenway, a dermatologic surgeon with Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, is ramping up his message of prevention and treatment for Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May.

Since COVID-19, many patients later diagnosed with advanced-stage melanoma, the most serious of skin cancers, weren’t conducting frequent check-ups with healthcare providers.

“We have had a number of patients who just didn’t go see their doctor and thus didn’t get checked early, so we’re seeing a rebound and an increased incidence of melanoma in many patients,” Greenway said.

“Unfortunately, this

Esco offers job skills workshops

— The Escondido Public Library is partnering with the San Diego Workforce Partnership to host job readiness workshops and a career fair in May and June.

The Job Readiness series, which started on May 10, is designed to help community members develop strategies and skills for potential employment opportunities. The remaining workshops cover all aspects of job hunting.

All the workshops will be held in the Mathes Center Classroom building next to the Main Library at 247 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, and will include:

Job interview preparation - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 24

Resume reviews & mock interviews - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 31

Career Fair - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6

Participants are required to register for all workshops at escondidolibrary.org/register.

For more information on other library programs for adults, visit the library’s website at escondidolibrary.org or contact Principal Librarian of Adult Services Azar Katouzian at (760) 839-48214 or azar.katouzian@escondidolibrary. org.

The Mathes center also offers adult ballet and Pilates classes and can be contacted at (760) 839-4691.

Library programs are free, open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

means there was also an increase in the melanomas that perhaps are a little more advanced because the patient couldn't be seen for a couple of years for various reasons, including COVID-19. If you’re going to live here in San Diego, I tell all our people that you need to have your skin checked at least once a year, either by your dermatologist or your family physician.”

When getting accessed, Greenway and his team of dermatologists look for the three types of skin cancers in patients when they come into the office.

“There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma," Greenway said.

Melanoma, the biggest threat to patients' lives, is

closely looked for when getting an exam.

“We pay significant attention to it because melanoma's the type of skin cancer that can spread and metastasize and can lead to killing people,” Greenway said.

“However, if you catch

it early, we can easily cure it with surgical excision. We have somewhere between 7,500 to 8,000 people who die of melanoma each year, but we’re doing better in terms of our cure rates and things for advanced melanoma.”

Several reasons, including genetics, prolonged sun exposure and a history of sunburns, can cause melanoma. Greenway and his office of 25 other dermatologists see around three to four new melanoma cases each week.

When it comes to a treatment plan, catching melanoma in an early stage makes it easier to cure. But if it is further along, immunotherapies are used to combat cancer.

“The mainstay for treatment of melanoma is to remove it surgically, and

we do that in my clinic in Scripps. We do a Mohs surgery on some melanomas and a wide excision on others, depending on the case,” Greenway said.

“If they’re a little more advanced, then the patient may have their lymph node removed. If the melanoma has spread beyond that, perhaps to the liver, brain, or other organs, we’re much better today in treating advanced melanoma patients with immunotherapies.”

Even with treatment, there is a chance that melanoma may come back in the patient's lifetime at about a 10% chance once it is removed.

“Now, one out of ten is a fairly low risk, but it’s much higher than that of somebody in the average population who’s never had a melanoma,” Greenway said.

“So, if you’ve had a melanoma, we want you to be seen more often. We usually say three months for every three years, then six months for a couple of years, but after that, at least once a year to be checked.” According to Greenway, there are numerous steps for prevention to avoid getting any of the three types of skin cancer.

“We understand, as doctors, you’re going to be out in the sun. But you need to avoid getting sunburnt, which falls into the area of needing to wear sunscreen,” Greenway said. “You need sunscreen on the exposed skin of at least a UV 30.” Greenway also recommends scheduling activities when the sun is not at its highest point, either in the morning, later afternoon or night. and wearing a hat.

Nexstar Media Group buying KUSI for $35M

REGION — Tex-

as-based Nexstar Media Group, which already owns Fox5 in San Diego, announced May 8 it will acquire KUSI-TV for $35 million.

Nexstar will purchase the independent station from McKinnon Broadcasting Co.

Uber-like lawn care app GreenPal expands with Escondido launch

Uber-like app for lawn care services is striving to make the search for landscapers much easier for area homeowners.

GreenPal, an app that connects homeowners with local lawn care services, recently launched in Escondido, joining fellow North County cities of San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Poway, which also offer the app’s services.

Nashville-based GreenPal enables homeowners to find pre-screened lawn professionals vetted through the app.

“They have to be 18 years or older, they have to have a valid driver’s license, a valid Social Security card, a valid bank account and pictures of their commercial grade equipment,” said GreenPal co-founder Gene Caballero.

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was identifying as a gender that doesn’t align with their birth certificate or other official records.

LGBTQ activists railed

To find a lawn care professional on the app, homeowners enter the services they want. Then, often within minutes, professionals start bidding on the property based on Google satellite images without having to meet face-to-face first. Homeowners can then choose the right bid for them based on ratings and costs.

Although landscaping is historically a cash enterprise, GreenPal eliminates that need by allowing homeowners to pay for services through the app, making it a contactless transaction. Caballero said this is particularly useful for the 30% of GreenPal’s customers who are over 60 and more susceptible to contract illnesses like COVID-19.

Caballero also noted that the app doesn’t contain hidden fees like other similar apps for homeowners.

“What you’re quoted for

against the bill, AB 1314, stating it could endanger LGBTQ+ youths.

The Assembly Education Committee’s chair, Al Muratsuchi, announced last month that no hearing date would be set for

is what you pay,” he said, explaining that GreenPal takes 5% from its landscape vendors to pay for its services.

Since launching in 2015, the app is operating in 48 states and over 250 markets with 45,000 lawn care professionals and more than 1 million homeowners across the nation.

Caballero got the idea to launch the app after spending years working in landscape services.

“I’ve been landscaping almost my whole life, starting in middle school, working in college and even post-college,” he said.

“I was always privy to newer technologies, like Lyft, Uber and Airbnb, and realized if someone is willing to summon a stranger to come pick them up or let them stay in their home, at some point home services like landscaping are going to be the same way.”

the bill, stating, “This bill would require educators to ‘out’ a student to their parents, even when the student does not feel comfortable coming out, potentially forcing them into an unwelcoming or abusive home.”

“KUSI-TV's established local news operations serving viewers and advertisers across the San Diego community is a perfect fit with our station group and existing San Diego operations at KSWB-TV (Fox5),” Tom Carter, Nexstar’s president and chief operating officer, said in a statement.

“Their mission of serving the community by delivering the most local news in the market is consistent with Nexstar's commitment to providing consumers expansive local content on linear and digital platforms.

“In addition, Nexstar's platform reach, expanding digital media revenue, commitment to unbiased news and reporting across the enterprise, the return of political advertising revenue in 2024, and our focus on our balance sheet and shareholder returns will enable us to extend our

record of enhancing shareholder value on a near- and long-term basis.”

The acquisition is still subject to regulatory approvals, but Nexstar officials said the deal should close later this year. The move would open the door for KUSI to become an affiliate of The CW Network, which is also owned by Nexstar.

“I have known Perry Sook, Nexstar’s chairman and chief executive officer, for more than 30 years,” current KUSI owner Mike McKinnon said in a statement.

“He is a great broadcaster who has built a tremendous organization. We have a great team of news people at KUSI-TV, and joining these two companies will create one of the most dynamic news organizations in all of Southern California.”

The sale of KUSI-TV comes roughly two months after McKinnon Broadcasting Company was ordered to pay former anchor Sandra Maas more than $1.5 million, including nearly $1.3 million in lost past and future wages, after a civil jury ruled KUSI had violated the Equal Pay Act and the Whistleblower Protections Act.

County gas prices continue to fall

— The average price of a gallon of selfserve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped May 10 for the 16th consecutive day and 21st time in 22 days, decreasing a halfcent to $4.841, its lowest amount since Feb. 24.

The average price has decreased 9.9 cents over the past 22 days, including two-tenths of a cent May 9, according to figures from the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.

It is 3.7 cents less than one week ago, 8.8 cents lower than one month ago and $1.007 below what it was one year ago.

The average price has dropped $1.594 since rising to a record $6.435 on Oct. 5.

A 19-day streak of decreases to the national average price totaling 16 cents ended with an increase of a half-cent to $3.531.

The streak of decreases followed a 23-day streak of increases totaling 25.1 cents.

The national average price is 5.5 cents less than one week ago, 7.3 cents lower than one month ago and 84.3 cents below what it was one year ago.

It has dropped $1.485 since rising to a record $5.016 on June 14.

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Padres not getting bang for owner’s bucks so far

Austin Nola, center fielder Trent Grisham, first baseman Jake Cronenworth all sport averages that have little bark or bite. The steep decline in the lineup after the big four — Xander Bogaerts, Machado, Tatis, Soto — is dramatic.

The Padres ride into Los Angeles this weekend where they look to continue their dominance of the Dodgers, and the entire National League, one month into the season.

This super team funded by owner Peter Seidler and built by his trusty and bold general manager, Encinitas’ A.J. Preller, is shredding the competition as many baseball insiders predicted after an offseason of splashy acquisitions that gave the Padres four of the game’s top position players, a wealth of starting pitching and crafty relievers who are the envy of their penny-pinching rivals.

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That was supposed to be the narrative with the Padres tangling with the Dodgers for the second time this season.

Instead, with baseball being, well, baseball, the Padres are nowhere near where most everyone, me included, anticipated. They have muddled through a season that is no longer fresh, although it still has miles to go.

What are the mitigating circumstances for the Padres’ break from the gate that has been anything but fulfilling?

There are countless ones, but are those reasons justified or just convenient off-ramps on the expressway of excuses?

The local nine did start with a demanding schedule, facing many of baseball’s top teams from the get-go.

Outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. missed the first 20 contests as he paid his debt for cheating.

Starters Yu Darvish (World Baseball Classic) and Joe Musgrove (injuries) were compromised when the curtain lifted for the season.

All-everything outfielder Juan Soto, billed as a generational player by his agent seeking a contract north of the $450 million, has been Juan So-so. His ailments aren’t physical, instead his shortcomings are tied to — take a deep breath — getting comfortable in San Diego, the new pitch clock, place in the batting order and the bed he was sleeping in.

Third baseman Manny Machado? The finalist for last year’s NL MVP award hasn’t found his groove, with many pointing to his balky back.

Second baseman Ha-Seong Kim, catcher

“We’re still above .500,” Bogaerts said. “That’s not the baseball we want to play, but we started off pretty bad.”

Bogaerts is a joy, beginning the season in a manner that one expects from a superstar. But his bat has cooled and just when does this barrage of offense show its teeth?

It wasn’t last weekend, when the Padres attempted to win their first home series against the Dodgers since 2021. They triumphed in the scoreboard competition when trolling L.A. ace Clayton Kershaw after beating him in the opener, but the final two games were a downer.

Then again, does any of this matter?

The Padres finished 22 games behind the first-place Dodgers in 2022 and then eliminated them from the playoffs. Shouldn’t those rockin’ brown-and-yellow exude some San Diego chill as the regular season and the postseason are horses of a different color?

Good advice, but Seidler didn’t spend roughly $250 million to hopefully get in as a wild-card team and play another series on its way to its first World Series title. This roster was built to bash the Dodgers, winners of the NL West every year but one — when they won 106 games — in the last decade.

Those following baseball know that money can’t buy you love or punch your ticket to greatness. If so, the big-spending New York Yankees would have more than 27 titles after more than a century of digging into their pockets.

That the Padres’ obligations to those in uniform exceeds the Yankees’ outlay is a sentence few thought would ever be written.

Then again, a minority expected the Padres to be around .500, sending their fans into a May gray that has nothing to do with our persistent marine layer.

We realize the season is a long-distance run rather than a fast-twitch sprint. But the Padres need to prove they’re not paper tigers.

L.A. is known as “Shaky Town,” and just maybe, that’s where the mediocre Padres finally find their footing.

Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com and fol-

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Meet the Chefs raises funds for foster youth

San Marcos-based Casa de Amparo holds annual event

DEL MAR — More than a dozen of the region’s finest chefs gathered on April 30 at the Del Mar Hilton for the 20th annual Meet the Chefs fundraiser event to support Casa de Amparo's work benefiting foster youth. The 14 chefs each prepared food dishes, while others served wine, beer and dessert for more than 100 people attending the event

and auction to raise money for the nonprofit. The event also had a VIP area with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by live music during the main event.

“Every child deserves a safe and nurturing home free from abuse and neglect. Meet the Chefs is a powerful demonstration of how our community can unite to create a positive impact in the lives of children who have suffered through unimaginable trauma,” said Mike Barnett, CEO of Casa de Amparo. “Through the remarkable efforts of local chefs, community members,

volunteers, and staff, we can make a meaningful difference and give these children the hope and support they need to heal and thrive.”

Based in San Marcos, Casa de Amparo provides support to individuals impacted by and at risk of child abuse, neglect and prevention. The nonprofit was founded in 1978 in Oceanside and relocated to San Marcos in 2012.

The founders were a group of women, with the aid of local police, who pushed for a safe home for abused children. Its current facility resides on 11 acres with cottages and play ar-

eas. The event proceeds will benefit foster youth ages 1218 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Casa de Amparo’s programs support these youth by providing them access to critical services, including housing, healthcare, and mental health support.

Casa de Amparo hopes to empower their residents to heal and thrive by giving them the tools and resources they need to build a brighter future for themselves. For more information on Casa de Amparo, visit casadeamparo.org.

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DRIED FLOWER WREATHS

MAY 12

LECTURE SERIES

Give your life a little zest and join us for interesting topics and people. Free, 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 12 at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr, Oceanside.

‘CALIFORNIA SENTIMENT’

The artwork chosen for this exhibition is centered on four California based artists exhibiting their own unique take on the emotional quality and temperament of the region. 6 to 8 p.m. May 12 at Perspectives Space, 555 2nd St, Encinitas.

JIMBO'S GARDEN: SUN CAKES

Enjoy a special garden workshop in the Trudy Bronner Discovery Garden with Jimbo’s Naturally Escondido. 11 to 11:30 a.m. May 12 at San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido.

MAY 13

AUTHOR STORYTIME

Joan Colvin, creator of “Character Bear” hosts a storytime. 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 1040 N El Camino Real, Encinitas.

VILLAGE CLEAN-UP

Join the Carlsbad Vil-

lage Association as it continues its bi-monthly cleanup efforts. 9 to 11 a.m. May 13 at Carlsbad Village, 2825 State St, Carlsbad.

CATALYTIC CONVERTERS The Oceanside Police Department is hosting a free catalytic converter etching and theft prevention event. This event is part of a strategy to address catalytic converter thefts occurring nationwide. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 13 at Crash Champions, 510 Jones Rd,

Oceanside.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER SKATE

Skate Rising is hosting free learn-to-skate lessons on May 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr., Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas.

MOTHER'S DAY TOUR

Old Escondido Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour 2023. $30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 at Escondido Historic District, 329 E 7th Ave, Escondido.

ART, GARDEN & STUDIO TOUR

The San Dieguito Art Guild hosts its 26th annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden & Studio Tour. The San Dieguito Art Guild, a non-profit group, hosts their 26th annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden & Studio Tour. This is a self-guided, driving tour on Mother’s Day weekend. Tickets are good for both days and homes may be re-visited. $35, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 and May 14 in Encinitas.

FIESTA AT THE RANCHO

Enjoy the warm spirit of hospitality that Leo Carrillo made famous at his ranch!. $125-$175, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 13 at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying LC, Carlsbad.

INSPIRE-A-YOUTH EXHIBIT

Inspire youth with art, and you develop a creative mind for the future. 3 to 5 p.m. May 13 at North Coastal Art Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad.

ROTATING ART EXHIBIT

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Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad.

MUSEUM PATRON PARTY

OMA’s Patron, President’s Circle, Founder's Circle, Millennium Club and Director's Circle members are invited to enjoy a BBQ with refreshments. RSVP required. 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 13 at Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside.

‘GOOD PEOPLE’

Middle-aged Margie Walsh is a nice woman from a poor neighborhood. Some of her friends might even say she’s TOO nice. $20-$45, 8 p.m. at Oceanside Theatre Company, 217 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

THE TARNISHED NOBLES

Improv at the Brooks hosts The Tarnished Nobles, a team made up of seasoned improvisers from Irreverent Improv and American Improv Theatre. $10-$15, 7:30 p.m. at OTC Studio 219, 219 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

HOT RODS & COOL TREATS

The City of Carlsbad is bringing back the past at the Hot Rods & Cool Treats carnival and classic car show. 12 to 5 p.m. May 13 at Pine Avenue Community Park, 3333 Harding St, Carlsbad.

Create a dried flower wreath with flower preservationist and artist Lora Calcara. All materials provided including dried flowers in a variety of colors and shades. $77, 2 to 4 p.m. May 13 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 300 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas.

MOTHER’S DAY FAIR

100 makers of art, food, drink and music May 13 and May 14. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 13 at San Diego Made Factdory, 2031 Commercial St, San Diego.

VISTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Reservations required. $50 per person, by phoning (760) 630-0444, or e-mail at vistahistorical@gmail. com. 11 a.m. at Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Dr, Vista.

LOYAL SC VS. RIO GRANDE

San Diego Loyal hosts Rio Grande Valley at 7 p.m. on May 13. Tickets on sale now from $15 to $70.Torero Stadium, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego.

ART GLASS SHOW, SALE

This show is the largest Art Glass show in Southern California and is all about

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Odd Files

Bright Idea

Eco-activist Rob Greenfield has stopped using toilet paper, and he wants you to, too. People reported on May 4 that Greenfield is touring the country as part of his Grow Your Own Toilet Paper Initiative, introducing people to the blue spur flower plant. The leaves are “soft as can be,” he said. “They’re durable. I call them the Charmin of the garden.” Greenfield sets up a compost toilet in a busy area and gives his spiel: “Hey, did you know you can grow your own toilet paper? I want to show people that another way is possible. We just buy (toilet paper) at the store and we never think twice about it.” Each leaf is about the size of a piece of toilet paper, and the plant supplies an abundance of them. They can’t be flushed, but they can be thrown in the trash or buried in the yard. Passersby who get sucked in will also hear Greenfield’s views on composting human waste rather than using flush toilets.

[People, 5/4/2023]

Field Report Nina Jochnowitz was alerted on April 26 by a fellow citizen in Old Bridge, New Jersey, about an odd deposit near a stream, NJ.com reported. When Jochnowitz investigated, she found 500 pounds of cooked pasta — spaghetti, ziti and elbow macaroni — dumped along a 25-foot-wide area. She posted photos on Facebook and alerted the town administrator and public works department, and two days later, the carb-y mess had been cleaned up. Jochnowitz pointedly remarked that Old Bridge is the only town in the county without bulk garbage pickup. Days later, the mystery of the pasta’s origin was solved: A man moving out of his mother’s home after her

death discovered a stockpile of dry noodles and allegedly dumped them there. A weekend’s worth of heavy rains softened the pasta, making it look as if it had been cooked. Old Bridge’s mayor declared no harm, no foul, and the few stray noodles left on the ground are the only sign of the great pasta caper. [NJ. com, 5/4/2023]

Fine Points of the Law

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on May 3 that a man who was serving eight to 12 years in prison did not, after all, commit a burglary. In September 2020, Donald Bertram approached the home of Timothy Huff as Huff was working in his yard, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Bertram walked into Huff’s open garage, picked up a $500 leaf blower, got in his car and drove away. But the court said that because Bertram committed the act without “force, stealth or deception,” it wasn’t a burglary. Instead, justices told Scioto County Common Pleas Court that he could be charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. Sentences for misdemeanors typically result in less than a year in jail. [Columbus Dispatch, 5/3/2023]

Recurring Theme

It’s happened again. Minnesota state Sen. Calvin Bahr of East Bethel garnered some unwanted attention on May 1 after he cast a vote via Zoom — camera on, lying shirtless in bed with, inexplicably, an “I’m Just a Bill” character from “Schoolhouse Rock!” on the wall behind him. The Associated Press reported that immediately after casting his vote, Bahr switched off his camera. [Associated Press, 5/2/2023]

Suspicions Confirmed

On April 29 in Groningen, the Netherlands, police pulled over a driver who had mowed down a post on

a sidewalk, Oddity Central reported. The unnamed 35-year-old man refused a breath test, but he did produce a Ukrainian driver’s license with a familiar name and photo: Boris Johnson, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom. The license had Johnson’s correct date of birth but had an expiration date of 3000. Apparently, such fake licenses are popular at Ukrainian souvenir shops. [Oddity Central, 5/2/2023]

Unclear on the Concept

Jerry Martin had what he thought was a winning idea for a retail shop: The Drug Store, where people could buy cocaine, heroin, meth and MDMA that had been tested for fentanyl. Vice reported that Martin’s mobile shop, in Vancouver, Canada, was open less than 24 hours when he was arrested for drug trafficking. The store, housed in a mobile trailer that Martin parked next to a police van, featured bright yellow boards with prices listed for all the drugs. Martin wore a stab-proof vest as he sold the items from behind a plexiglass window. According to him, his plan included getting arrested so that he could challenge “laws that prevent a safe supply and result in death by poisoning” in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

[Vice, 5/4/2023]

Incompetent Criminals

The BBC reported on May 4 that three burglars broke into a shoe store in Huancayo, Peru, in the middle of the night and made off with 200 shoes. Unfortunately for them, they were all right shoes. Surveillance video captured them using a tricycle to remove the boxed shoes. The shop owner estimated the value at more than $13,000, although the thieves may have trouble selling the shoes for only one foot. The local po-

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places where beer tastes better by these locations’ inherent loveliness. The revised list for 2023 has a few surprises.

Here is the previous ranking from 2022:

1) Around the campfire

2) On a brewery patio

3) On the porch

4) Overlooking the ocean, lake or river

5) On top of a mountain

6) In the garage, workshop, or at your desk

7) In a bath, but not a jacuzzi tub

8) At the beach or on a boat

9) At game night

10) At the park

Here are the updated 2023 Top 10 BHPs:

1. On the porch (at home). The porch is the king of comfort, sun, and accessibility. No one cares what you wear, the beer is always affordable, and the music is always good.

2. In the bathtub (but not a jacuzzi). Up five spots, drinking a beer in the bathtub is a true luxury. The water is warm, and the beer is cold. There are often can-

lice chief was confident that they would be caught. [BBC, 5/4/2023]

News Sounds Like a Joke Akron (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge Ron Cable made a couple’s dreams come true on May 4 as he officiated a “Star Wars”-themed wedding, the Associated Press reported. Julia and Robert Jones said when they heard about the special ceremonies, “There was no other right decision. That was it.” They joined six other couples in 15-minute wedding ceremonies at the Highland Universal Gathering Spot in Akron. Julia and Robert took the theme to the next level, wearing Sith and Jedi robes and carrying lightsabers. “By the joining of the lightsabers,” Cable intoned, “and by the giving and receiving of rings,” he pronounced them husband and wife. “May the Force be with you.” [AP, 5/4/2023]

Family Values

An unnamed 67-yearold woman in Russia was charged with hiring the murder of her 48-year-old daughter just so she could inherit the younger woman’s Krasnoyarsk apartment, Oddity Central reported. The murderous mom told an acquaintance about her plan, and that person said they knew someone who could pull it off. The would-be assassin and the mom met in a park, where she offered about $1,040 for the job. But the hit man went to police, who helped him stage the murder and engaged the help of the victim. On May 3, the hit man contacted the mom and told her he had repeatedly stabbed her daughter with a knife, then provided her daughter’s bag as evidence. She then transferred the money to his account, and police swooped in. Her new home won’t be the apartment she was hoping for. [Oddity Central, 5/5/2023]

Carlsbad-based Jenny Craig closes, employees file lawsuit

bad-based Jenny Craig is closing its doors after four decades as one of the country’s leading weight loss companies.

Jenny Craig, with more than 700 centers worldwide, announced its decision last week to close its North American locations (500 in U.S. and Canada) after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The company has since stopped all auto-delivery subscriptions, coaching sessions, food orders and merchandise sales online and at corporate centers.

About 1,000 employees will be out of work, according to media reports.

“It’s with a heavy heart we’re announcing the close of our business,” according to a company statement. “The last 40 years would not have been possible without you.”

Per Bloomberg, the company has about $250 million in debt and struggled to find a buyer as other companies in the weight loss industry have gathered market share.

Jenny Craig was launched in the early 1980s in Melbourne, Australia, when the company’s namesake, Jenny Craig, struggled to lose weight after giving birth to her second child

with husband Sidney Craig. The business centered on a structured diet plan based on prepackaged foods to manage calorie intake and portion sizes to promote healthy eating.

Even though Craig retired and sold her stake in the company 21 years ago, she told the San Diego Union-Tribune she was devastated to learn of the company’s debt, which never occurred under her direction.

The business was run by Nestlé Nutrition from 2006 to 2013 and then sold to private equity firms. In 2019, H.I.G. Capital bought the company despite no experience in the weight loss industry.

In the wake of the closure, some former employees are seeking to join a class-action lawsuit alleging the company violated federal and state WARN Acts, requiring companies to give a 60-notice ahead of layoffs or facility closures, according to NBC.

The suit was filed on May 4 in New Jersey, two days after the company emailed all employees about the impending closure. State and federal law requires companies with 100 full-time employees or more to notify governments and employees 60 days before the layoffs.

ocean, lake or river. An epic view and an epic beer make for a really good time.

8. On top of a mountain (or at least a hill). See No. 6.

9. In the garage, workshop or at your desk. Wherever work is being done, the beer will taste better because you’ve earned it.

10. At the ball game. (New!) You might join a pre-game tailgate, celebrate a big hit or goal, or give a cheers for a job well done. There are infinite reasons to enjoy a pint at the ball game.

dles, and all the same benefits as drinking on the porch apply.

3. At the brewery. The beer is fresh, your questions will be answered, and often there are games, and as we’re proving with the NCBPOB challenge, the patios are top-notch.

4. At a BBQ or FishFry. (New!) From out of nowhere! The classic friends-gathering wasn’t on last year’s list due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, 2023’s biggest mover leaped up the list. Regaining our communities has been challenging, but a beer

with friends always tastes better.

5. On a boat. Preferably, you’ll be on a kayak, canoe, or pontoon for max relaxation and focus. “Boat beer” is a term for a reason. The (sometimes) salty spray combined with a refreshing can of beer in the hot sun is a good reminder of why we’re alive.

6. Around the campfire. Campfire beers dropped several spots this year partly because rain has gotten in the way of our campouts. Recency bias is real.

7. Overlooking the

Falling off the list for 2023 are at game night and at the park, but don’t fret. Both can be combined with other Beer Happy Places.

Don’t forget to buy Mom a beer this weekend! Cheers!

Follow the @cheersnorthcounty Instagram for occasional story updates live from the patios of the NCBPOB challengers. Did I miss a patio? Send a message to @CheersNorthCounty on Facebook or Instagram, or e-mail me at ryan@coastnewsgroup. com.

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DOGLEG BREWING in Vista is one of the North County patios in the author’s bracket challenge. File photo THE WEIGHT LOSS company’s namesake sold her stake 21 years ago. Courtesy photo

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3. GEOGRAPHY: What is the largest country geographically in Africa?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19)

Aspects indicate a potential for confusion or misunderstanding. Keep those lines of communication open between you and your mate or significant other.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)

Romantic aspects are strong, but confusing. Be alert. Use your good Bovine sense to avoid charging into something that isn’t quite what it seems to be.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20)

Working out problems with family members or others close to you should be your priority. Travel aspects are strong, especially in job-related situations.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Cancerian Crab likes to take charge of things. But be careful you don’t pinch off more than you can hold, or you might find it all slipping out of your grasp.

LEO (July 23 to August 22) A new opportunity beckons Leos and Leonas who are ready to take on some tough challenges. Family matters continue to improve, but still need close attention.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) What seems to be a disappointment could be a blessing in disguise. Use that good Virgin mind to analyze the situation and learn some valuable lessons.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) There are some conflicting considerations that will need careful sorting out. Remember: You do best when you’re able to balance sense and sentiment.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Aspects show conflicting signs around friendships. Be careful about taking advice from someone who might have an agenda that is not in your best interests.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Relationships are supposed to be about give-and-take, but you might find that you’ve been doing all the giving while getting little in return.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Sometimes indecision can be a positive factor in helping to resolve doubts about a potential commitment. Don’t be rushed into acting before you feel ready to do so.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Take off those rose-colored glasses and see this new situation for what it is — and for what it isn’t.

Remember: You haven’t been told the whole truth yet.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Watch that you don’t drain your energy reserves as you dive into a new and increasingly demanding project. Take time out for rest and relaxation.

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However, now that you are a parent, you may have mixed feelings about this season. How will we manage childcare?

The best answers to these questions can be summed up in three words: SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS!

Not only is summer camp fun, but did you know that there are a wide range of benefits of summer music camps for children?

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San Diego Top Tech Awards

Tickets are now on sale

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MAY 14

MOTHER’S DAY TEA

Mark your calendar because the 2023 Top Tech Awards returns this fall and will once again be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Presented by Cox Business, the Top Tech Awards event recognizes and celebrates San Diego’s technology leaders and innovators for their many contributions locally, regionally and beyond. This not-to-bemissed event will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at San Diego’s newest mid-size venue, THE SOUND at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

“We couldn’t be more excited to be presenting the 16th Annual Top Tech Awards,” said Jodi Duva, California Vice President for Cox Business. “I look forward to this event every year. We’re rising to the occasion once again this year and are planning some surprises to honor our innovators and their endless impact on the industry, our region, and the world.”

Community members are invited to join the annual awards ceremony and celebration, which will include tacos, craft beer, music, dancing, and more. It will also provide opportunities to meet and network with San Diego’s most innovative leaders in technology.

Since 2008, Cox Business, the commercial division of Cox Communications, has lauded the incredible information technology innovators in San Diego. The event pays homage to the abundance of talent in the San Diego community, celebrating the change-makers and visionaries who take risks and implement new cut-

ting-edge technologies, all in the name of making their organizations and the communities they serve more connected and successful.

The Top Tech Awards, held in both San Diego and Las Vegas, has honored more than 2,000 tech leaders and hosted more than 20,000 attendees. A Top Tech Award is regarded as a mark of superlative creativity, planning, and execution in technology.

Each ticket will include

EVENT DETAILS

16th Annual Top Tech Awards

Wednesday, Sept. 13

4-7 p.m. THE SOUND at Del Mar Fairgrounds,

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admission to network with San Diego tech leaders, hosted beer, wine, and soft drinks, hosted appetizers and desserts, entertainment, and viewing of the awards program.

ABOUT COX BUSINESS

The commercial division of Cox Communications, Cox Business provides voice, data, and video services for more than 355,000 small and regional businesses nationwide, including health care providers; K−12 and higher education; financial institutions; and federal, state, and local government organizations. The organization also serves most of the top-tier wireless and wireline telecommunications carriers in the U.S. through its wholesale division.

For more information, please visit www.coxbusiness.com.

Here are our Top 3

Benefits:

1. Personal Growth, Learning and Development

Music camps are a great way to keep your child learning music and retaining what they learned throughout the year.

2. Positive Role Models

Camps give an opportunity to interact with positive adult role models who are musicians.

Forming these role model relationships can help kids develop the con-

MAY 18

FARM FILM & MUSIC SERIES

Offering new ways for the community to learn about the environment. 7 to 10 p.m. May 18 at Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas.

ENCINITAS CRUISE NIGHTS

Spend the afternoon sipping tea with an array of tea selections paired with finger sandwiches and pastries. Make a succulent gift for mom. $125, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 at Fairmont Grand Lobby, 5300 Grand del Mar Ct, San Diego.

MILITARY MATINEE

Join Oceanside Theatre Company for our Military Matinee on at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, as we honor our local veterans and members of the military. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing arts and culture to North County, we are proud to offer two free tickets per military ID for this special performance. Prices range from Free to $45, Oceanside Theatre Company, 217 N.Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

JAZZ EVENSONG

Traditional Anglican Evensong with American Jazz at its finest, in the heart of Carlsbad Village. 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 14 at St. Michael’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad.

MAY 16

VINYASA YOGA CLASSES

New classes are available at OTC Studio 219!. $15, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. May. 16 at OTC Studio 219, 219 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

CATHOLIC WIDOWS DINNER

We love to get together to share our love for food, drink and company. Why not join us for some casual Italian fare in Torrey Highlands. 5 p.m. at Vittorio’s Italian Trattoria, 7875 Highland Village Pl, San Diego.

fidence, self-esteem, and skills they need to succeed in school and life.

3. Socializing and Friendship Building

A summer camp program provides a safe environment for children to develop social skills, decision-making skills, and even experience the many different ways to learn music!

Music Camps offer an exciting, inspiring week within a safe, welcoming environment that will help them grow as musicians and individuals.

Dr, Encinitas.

NERD COMEDY NIGHT

Clever comedy and a smart audience make this Carlsbad tradition one-ofa-kind. $15, 7 p.m. at Harding Community Center, 3096 Harding St, Carlsbad.

‘DESTINY OF DESIRE’

The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association announces its 24th annual Encinitas Cruise Nights. The series is held on the third Thursday of May through September. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 18 at Downtown Encinitas, S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.

ENCINITAS BOOK LAUNCH

Encinitas resident Laing Rikkers launches “Morning Leaves,” a poetry book to help navigate grief following the loss of her sister who suffered from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 6 to 8 p.m. May 18 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas.

SENIOR DANCE CLASSES

Get your body moving and grooving! Classes are $15 per session and are available every Thursday from 9:20 am - 10 am. $15, 9:15 to 10 a.m. May 18 at OTC Studio 219, 219 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

VINYASA YOGA CLASSES

New classes are available at OTC Studio 219!. $15, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. May 18 at OTC Studio 219, 219 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

SUCCULENT WREATH CLASS

Create your own decoration with a variety of succulent cuttings from the garden. All materials are provided but bring small clippers or scissors. Register by May 11. $56, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 18 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 300 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas.

MAY 19

BRIGHTFEATHER DUO

Brightfeather Duo with Benjamin Hoffman, violin and Irene Kim, piano. $20, 7:30 p.m. at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish

“Destiny of Desire,” an unapologetic telenovela for the stage, through June 25. Showtimes at TheOldGlobe.org. Old Globe Theater, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego.

SPRING BALLET

A zany, wild, and melodious ballet journey down the rabbit hole. $27.50, 2 p.m. at Performing Arts Workshop, 1465 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas.

‘ROSE & WALSH’

Neil Simon’s last play. A touch of Mr Simon’s heartfelt humor is just what is needed in this time of recovering from COVID.. There is romance, fantasy, love and loss but a way forward. $18-$22, 8 p.m. at Point Loma Playhouse, 3035 Talbot St, San Diego.

AAPI HERITAGE DINNER

The Cottage La Jolla is set to host a pop-up dining event on Friday, May 19, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. $85, 6 to 9 p.m. May 19 at The Cottage, 7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla.

MAY 20

PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT

Vista Community Clinic is hosting its Inaugural Pickleball Tournament

“Dinks and Drinks” Fundraiser. To sign up, contact Betsy Heightman at betsy@vcc.org. 5 to 8 p.m. May 20 at Bobby Riggs Racket & Paddle, 875 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas.

ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

Join the fun and educational activities at this year’s Endangered Species Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at Buena Vista Nature Center, 2202 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

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