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3 arrested in Vista bombings

School district rescinds some layoff notices

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120-plus SMUSD teachers, staffers still face dismissal

VISTA — Two men and a woman were arrested Saturday in connection with a string of explosions on Wednesday, May 4, in Vista, authorities said. Valentin Castaneda, 25, was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing a destructive device near a church and on public streets, possessing material with intent to make explosives, exploding a device with intent to terrify, felony evading and child endangerment, said Lt. David Buether of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department's Bomb/Arson Unit. Juan Jose Castaneda Santiago, 23, and Caleigh Tabler, 21, were arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact and child endangerment. Deputies responded to three locations in three hours May 4 following reports of explosions at the following time and locations: • 11:30 a.m. in the 900 block of East Vista Way; • 1:24 p.m. in the 100 block of East Drive; • 2:41 p.m. in the 400 block of East Drive. A citizen who shared surveillance video from a security camera with sheriff’s detectives helped identify a black car seen in one of the locations of the blast, Buether said. Sheriff’s detectives spotted the car in the early hours Saturday in the 1200 block of North Santa Fe AvTURN TO BOMBINGS ON 16

By Laura Place


ERICA MARIE WEISZ brings her cabaret show, “I Can Cook, 2!” to Vista’s Broadway Theater this summer as the venue returns to a full schedule. The Broadway celebrated its reopening last month after curtailing operations during the pandemic. Story on 11. Photo by David Rumley

SAN MARCOS — Dozens of the nearly 200 San Marcos Unified School District staff who received layoff notices in March breathed a sigh of relief last week after being informed that their jobs were, in fact, safe. However, over 40 teachers and 80 school social workers, teaching aides, nurses and other crucial classified personnel still face unemployment next year as administrators seek to cut costs. The district community was rocked in March after officials released a list of 97 certificated staff and 93 classified staff who would be without a job in the 2022-23 school year — the largest projected cuts of any school district in San Diego County. Since then, administrators have worked with school sites to identify leaves of absence and retirements that would allow more staff to stay on, resulting in the rescission of notices for 41 certificated staff and 12 classified staff. While the district board TURN TO LAYOFFS ON 9

Longtime Vista city attorney Pieper stepping aside in June By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — For over a decade, the city’s legal matters have been handled by City Attorney Darold Pieper, someone with far-reaching talents whose tenure is coming to an end on June 3. Pieper has served Vista for 16-plus years, leading the charter charge and supporting major

changes in the city. Pieper “is a fine man, an excellent public servant, and it’s a true loss that we’re going to be losing him,” said Deputy Mayor John Franklin. From being a longtime Boy Scout to representing cities and public entities, PIEPER


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Pieper has seen it all. While he’s not finished practicing law just yet, he does feel it’s time to step away from city hall. “It’s time to let others take the helm,” Pieper said. Pieper grew up in China Lake where he attended Sherman E. Burroughs High

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San Marcos Unified unveils first of three Future Centers By Laura Place

SAN MARCOS — The dream of a “one-stop shop” where high school students can prepare for their futures became a reality in the San Marcos Unified School District on Thursday, April 28, as leaders officially cut the ribbon for the first of three district Future Center on the San Marcos High School campus. The Barbara J. Dolan Future Center, named for the beloved San Marcos High School educator of over 30 years, provides services for students to explore their career options and assist them in planning their post-graduate futures, whether it includes a fouror two-year university, trade school, enlistment in the armed forces, or taking over a family business. Future Centers will soon be open at all three of the district’s high schools, with unveiling ceremonies planned to take place in the coming weeks at Mission Hills and Twin Oaks high schools. Planning and fundraising of approximately $330,000 for the centers was managed by the San Marcos Promise, an educational foundation providing scholarships and other programs for local students. “What we hope the Future Centers say to you is that we believe in your futures and are committed to your long-term success,” said Lisa Stout, executive

SAN MARCOS HIGH SCHOOL students cut the ribbon to the new on-campus Barbara J. Dolan Future Center on April 28, alongside, from left, San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent Andy Johnsen, San Marcos Promise Executive Director Lisa Stout and San Marcos City Councilman Randy Walton. Photo by Laura Place

director of the San Marcos Promise, during a dedication ceremony at San Marcos High School. “We operate on the premise that while talent is universal, opportunity is not. Our goal for students is simple; know yourself, know your goals and know your options.” San Marcos city officials, school district board

members and loved ones of the late Dolan joined hundreds of students and staff in the outdoor quad on Thursday for the dedication of the center, located in what was formerly the Career Center in the school’s Student Union. Rather than the typical high school counseling operation focused on select-

ing classes and submitting college applications, the Future Center allows students to meet with education coordinators to prepare students for job interviews, speak with representatives from Palomar and other local colleges, and attend workshops focused on personal finance and other financial literacy skills.

With these systems of support, district officials hope to see an increase in the number of students who continue their education after high school, in the spirit of Dolan's generosity and commitment to students. “As we get ready to open these doors of the future center, it’s a symbolic opening of doors for our

students,” said San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent Andy Johnson. James Loweth, a junior Knight and digital media outreach ambassador for the Future Center, could be seen demonstrating the school’s online resume builder to visitors on Thursday and sharing how the center supports students. “If you ask a high schooler what they want to do after high school, they’re like I don’t know. For the high schoolers who do have a plan for what they want to do — for me, I knew I wanted to pursue engineering — coming here for advice has helped me figure out what programs I want to apply for,” Loweth said. “They’ve helped me a lot.” Funds were gathered for the Future Centers via private donors and grant funding, with some individuals donating to a specific center in honor of the individual it is named after. The Dr. Kevin Holt Future Center at Mission Hills High School honors the district’s former superintendent who died in 2021. While all three centers will be open by the end of May, fundraising is continuing in order to purchase additional items including more VR headsets, VR storage and a professional photo booth for headshots, according to district spokeswoman Amy Ventetuolo.

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How to avoid crypto scams


By Summer Stephan

cammers know that everyday people don’t want to miss out on making easy money on “the next big thing.” Today, that next big thing is cryptocurrency. You’ve likely heard the terms tossed around on social media or in the news: Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain and NFT. Stories related to cryptocurrency portray people making significant amounts of money in the blink of an eye. With all the excitement related to these newer technologies, it is easy to get caught up in the hype. Because most people are unfamiliar with how cryptocurrency works or its associated risks, the world of digital currency is a dream scenario for con artists. Here are some quick facts related to cryptocurrency: • Cryptocurrency, also known as crypto, is a digital currency designed to work as a medium of exchange through a computer network that is not reliant on a central authority, such as a government or bank, to uphold or maintain it. • Crypto is largely unregulated and not protected. • Crypto and its related transactions are hard to trace. • Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency widely considered the most popular. • There are more than 18,000 types of cryptocurrencies. • Crypto is typically held by an individual in a “crypto wallet.” • Cryptocurrency relies on a technology called blockchain. It is a sort of digital ledger that records transactions made across a decentralized network of computers that are linked together via the Internet. • NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token. Like crypto, these bits of data are stored on a blockchain and represent a unique digital “item.” NFTs can be bought or sold as unique, one-of-a kind, items. Getting scammed out

of your hard-earned money can happen with just a few clicks. Bad actors may pose as a friend or family member on social media, or the scammer may pretend to be an investment manager offering to help you invest in cryptocurrency. Since this is not a regulated currency, it is very easy to transfer a significant amount of money into cryptocurrency, which becomes almost instantly untraceable. At first a victim may be able to monitor their “investment.” But when it comes time to access those funds, the investor quickly finds out they cannot access their money. Protecting yourself and being aware of these scammers is your first line of defense. Here are some tips to help prevent falling prey to crypto-related scams: • Government agencies and utilities will never contact you asking to be paid via crypto or at a Bitcoin ATM. • Sending crypto, or any type of currency to someone you’ve never met or whose legitimacy is unconfirmed, is generally a bad idea. • Do not take information at face value. Instead, investigate any offers to invest. • Before clicking on links, check the URL multiple times to verify its legitimacy.

• Never provide sensitive or personal information to anyone who has made an unsolicited contact. • If you do have a crypto wallet, never share your private key or seed phrase with anyone. • The adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” still applies to these new technologies, so be wary of a get-richquick pitch. • If you think you have been contacted by a scammer, report the contact online via the Internet crimes complaint center ( Before you act, stop and think. Crypto scammers use urgency as a tool to trick their victims into making a bad decision. “You have to act now,” or “send crypto to this address” are hallmark signs that you are dealing with a scammer. If you fall victim to any of these types of scams, don’t be embarrassed. Report the scam to your law enforcement agency. These types of crimes often go unreported because people feel foolish that they were duped. As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and the public. I hope these consumer and public safety tips have been helpful. Summer Stephen is the district attorney for San Diego County.

ooking for leading beneficiaries of the draft U.S. Supreme Court abortion opinion leaked in early May, if it becomes reality? Try California and its current political leadership. For anyone who missed reports on the decision draft, it essentially would uphold a Mississippi law all but banning abortions and revoke the federal protections of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that made privacy a right, thus legalizing abortion everywhere in America. This leaves California an abortion haven, and women barred from the procedure in other states are already coming here to ensure their safety. For some, it’s “abortion tourism,” for others permanent moves. And there will be many more if and when the draft ruling becomes official. A few other states also will become abortion destinations, helping women not ready for motherhood. But no place else offers as many choices and price points as California. Among items the draft ruling did not consider: For millenia, whenever and wherever abortions have been banned, illicit ones proliferated, with women from 13 to 40-plus often using coat hangers, botanical potions and untrained, fly-by-night abortionists to get relief they desperately seek — and sometimes dying or being rendered infertile for life. By coincidence, the leaked ruling — later confirmed by Chief Justice John Roberts as authentic but not binding or necessarily permanent — came at the same moment new state figures showed a California population loss of 117,552 persons during 2021. That was half as many as in 2020, and did not measure the influx of immigrants, both domestic and foreign, last December and early this year. Still, it was not a happy number for this state. But the very likely decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, could be one antidote for California’s population losses, helping return the state to its accustomed position as a fast-growing place that attracts many of the persecuted from elsewhere. The California tradition of welcoming people in dire straits dates from before the Civil War, when hundreds of escaped slaves made their way here to get as far as possible from bondage. The trend continued after the Civil War, as many defeated former Confederate officers arrived. Still later, California became a haven for Jewish intellectuals persecuted by Nazi Germany, hosting the likes of Thomas Mann and

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Berthold Brecht. Immigrants once persecuted in Czarist Russia and later by the Soviet Union founded movie studios and high-tech companies. Undocumented arrivals escaping a variety of injustices in Latin America began coming in the last century. All these groups pushed California’s long era of massive growth. The next persecuted group seeking shelter in the Golden State may well be women desperately wanting abortions but unable to obtain them safely in the 26 states considered certain to ban the procedure if the Supreme Court decides as expected. Many will bring husbands and children. For sure, California’s current leaders will welcome them with open arms and, very likely, financial aid. Immediately after the draft decision leaked, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and state Senate President Toni Atkins proposed amending the state Constitution to protect abortion rights even beyond the current state law, signed in 1967 by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan. That measure protects privacy rights, but Atkins told a reporter she wants “to be very clear that the right to abortion is what we’re talking about.” Any such amendment must clear the Legislature by June 30 to appear on the November ballot, where it could form a centerpiece for Democratic campaigns. National Democrats also seized on the issue. Scores of Democratic-oriented PACs sent fund-raising emails within hours, plainly hoping suburban women who support abortion rights will stave off what has looked like a midterm Republican victory and takeover of the House of Representatives. For sure, many women of fertility age in states like Texas and Florida, which adopted strict anti-abortion laws in the last few months, have eyed moving here, even though housing costs are a common problem. Some have told hometown reporters their rights and safety trump high rents. The bottom line: This is the newest demonstration that real life and the courts can both intrude on politics and create change, sometimes very suddenly. Email Thomas Elias at


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No bids submitted to operate Vista homeless shelter VISTA — After a failed attempt to draw in an operator on a yet-to-be-determined site for a homeless shelter in Vista, the city is pivoting to look at a more permanent model to help unhoused individuals. In early February, a request for proposal, or RFP, for the development and operation of a year-round, low-barrier shelter opened for eight weeks. But at the April 26 meeting, the Vista City Council had no proposals to consider. Three local service organizations monitoring the RFP — Interfaith Community Services, Operation HOPE North County and Vista Community Clinic — reported that the lack of an identifiable location and funding source weakened the appeal to bid for the project. “Our current program is a high barrier,” said Cindy Taylor, board president of Operation HOPE. “We do have some dreams and plans to move into a low-barrier program, perhaps in the future. “We have some identified land that we’re interested in,” she said. “Right now, we just didn’t have the bandwidth to properly apply for the RFP or to understand what long-term proper funding would look like.” After further discussion with providers and other government agencies that offer shelter services, it was determined that Vista was not suited to take the lead in the development and operations of a shelter. “Staff recognized that the operation of a shelter our size is not compatible with local standards,” said Sylvia Solis Daniels, the city’s housing program manager. “Jurisdictions that are in the process of opening their own shelters have access to a larger funding pool to sustain these projects. In comparison, the cities of Chula Vista and Oceanside included a site location and sought a service provider only. Chula Vista is moving forward with 63 independent living spaces with a startup budget of $5 million on a city-owned parcel. Oceanside will rehabilitate a school district building and develop a 50bed navigation center and shelter for about $4 million. While Vista’s housing funds may not be adequate for a shelter, Solis Daniels said those city monies could support a permanent supportive housing proposal. The city would partner with a developer to create a funding plan that pulls from tax credits, affordable housing grants, county funds and vouchers. While the city does not have experience operating a shelter, it does have experience drawing in affordable developments. Developments may not need city funds, however, those monies will positively reflect in tie-breaker scores for tax credits. “That’s what you’re looking for when you’re

A TRIO OF local service organizations indicated that the lack of an identifiable location and funding source weakened the appeal of bidding on the project. File photo

talking to a developer,” Assistant City Manager Amanda Lee said. Now, city staff will work on a new RFP to bring before the council that will define city funding to assist in the permanent supportive housing project. The motion was passed unanimously. “We’re saying, ‘This is more direction on where to go, this is more direction on the funding source. Help us, help our community,’” said Councilmember Joe Green.

Permanent housing

Permanent supportive housing is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recognized intervention method that houses adults or children with a disability. These are standard living structures — like apartments — that people may live in for as long as they need or want. This type of housing

would serve the same population and provide longterm resources and is a federally recognized solution to combat homelessness and create a healthy life for the individual. It combines long-term housing assistance with support services to address chronic homelessness. San Diego County, Escondido and Oceanside have backed permanent supportive housing. Based on the latest We All Count Point-in-Time Count available, 547 permanent supportive housing rooms were available in the county — excluding the city of San Diego. Of those, 528 were occupied. “There is a less than 1% vacancy rate,” Lee said. According to the 2020 Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness, Vista saw 498 people placed in emergency shelters or transitional/permanent housing

in the first nine months of 2019. “As we see the expanded needs of people who are experiencing homelessness, we would just like to confirm that for us permanent supportive housing is a very important piece of the puzzle for people who have the opportunity to become independent long term,” Operation HOPE’s Taylor said. Of those 498 clients, there were 447 families, 40 singles and 11 unaccompanied minors. Forty people were considered chronically homeless. About 85% of the home-

less population in Vista would qualify for the permanent housing units. “This is serving the population that we need to service,” Green said. “The population that is rejecting services, now, because it is temporary.” However, Deputy Mayor John Franklin would like to see more evidence that city services are reaching more people, looking to the 59-unit Paseo Artist Village. “(That project) was completely full prior to occupancy,” Franklin said. “I feel this will be a much similar situation where the demand is much greater than the supply.” However, others on the council believe that a permanent supportive housing program is a key step to overcoming homelessness. “Yes, it will serve fewer individuals, but I am not as concerned about that,” Councilmember Katie Melendez said. “I know that it can entirely eliminate recidivism for many individuals and it allows an opportunity for people to regain their autonomy.” Councilmember Corinna Contreras and Melendez both urge that permanent supportive housing is the clear avenue forward. Local organizations expressed an eagerness for future partnerships and continued conversations to address housing needs.

Safe parking program? Earlier this year, the council also requested an exploration into a safe parking and safe camping program. While a camping program doesn’t fit with the needs of the city, the council motioned for staff to take the next steps for safe parking in Vista. Staff will also explore an RFP for a safe parking program with a $250,000 allocation for the establishment of the site. Council passed this motion 4 to 1, with Mayor Judy Ritter voting no. This request sparked the parallel shelter conversations with the council in January. Then, Ritter expressed previous experiences in Vista reflect it may not be appropriate for the city. “I understand they’ve made a lot of improvements to the way they run them and possibly there might be a way of doing it safely,” Ritter said. “But I am going to reserve that until I hear where the location is and what the neighborhood in that area feels like. If they’re willing to accept it, I might be willing to accept it.” There are two organizations in San Diego County that currently host safe parking programs, Dreams for Change and Jewish Family Services. Soon city outreach opportunities will be available to learn more about safe parking.


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The Vista Garden Club will host its 86th annual Standard Flower Show May 13 and May 14 at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace, Vista with floral designs, photography and educational and horticulture exhibits featured. For times and information, visit vistagardenclub. BATIQUITOS LAGOON is hosting “Pollinators,” a free family The Assistance League event presented by foundation docent Sue Irey at 10 a.m. of Rancho San Dieguito will May 14 at the Nature Center in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo SIDEWALK PLANT SALE


The Senior Anglers of Escondido will meet at 9:30 a.m. May 13 and the second Friday of each month at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. Guest speaker will be Park Ranger Bill Augustus, San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Santa Ysabel Nature Center. The group is open to

images or an $18 donation for five images. For additional information and to CLASSIC CAR SHOW The city of Carlsbad is submit entries by May 15, hosting the Hot Rods & Cool visit Treats carnival and an ‘80s contest. and older classic car show, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at Pine Avenue Community Park, 3333 Hard- STRAWBERRY FUN RUN ing St., Carlsbad. Carnival Register now for the game tickets and food will May 29 Vista Strawberry be available for purchase, Run, and take a tour of hisincluding hot dogs and root toric Downtown Vista on beer floats. Register a car foot by running or walking at on a newly designed, flat and vices/parks-recreation/pro- fast 5K (3.1-mile) track. Afgrams/special-events/hot- ter the race, spend the day rods-entry-form by May 12. at the Strawberry Festival, with treats, vendors, live entertainment, crafts, beer MAKERS MARKET The city of Escondido garden, and more. Register presents its May Makers at Market, held the second US /registration/2022-visSaturday of each month and t a - s t r a w b e r r y - r u n - v i s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 ta-may-818161. in the North Courtyard, Cardiff Town Center on Newcas- SUMMER CAMPS tle Avenue, Cardiff. Get ready for the city of Vista summer camps. Brengle Terrace Park Day Camps PUPPY PROM The Helen Woodward and Counselor-in-Training Animal Center Puppy Prom program run from June 13 to is back from 11 a.m. to 1 Aug. 16. Campers will enjoy p.m. May 14 at Original 40 arts and crafts, sports, sciBrewing Company, 3117 ence, hiking, water games, University Ave, San Diego. field trips and more. RegisThis event will feature mu- ter at sic, food, drinks, vendors, a prom costume contest, a corsage-making station, a photo station, special priz- MOONLIGHT MIXER es and the crowning of a Come by and enjoy the four-legged Prom King and ocean view at the May EnciQueen. Register at https:// nitas Chamber of Commerce / Moonlight Mixer at The puppy-prom/. Coast News offices at 5:30 p.m. May 17 at 315 S. Coast Highway 101, #W, Encinitas, MOVIE IN THE PARK Enjoy the Movie in the just above Leucadia Pizza. Park showing “Encanto” Register to attend at https:// with a 7:15 p.m. start May loca l.encinitaschamber. 14, at Glen Park, 2149 Orin- com/events /details /moonda Drive, Cardiff. Make it a light-mixer-may-2022-9324. family evening. Bring blankets and low-backed chairs. SUMMER IN DEL MAR Bring a picnic and drinks, Summer Solstice is but no glass containers. For coming. Get tickets now for more information, call the the Del Mar Summer SolParks, Recreation and Cul- stice celebration from 5 to 8 tural Arts Department at p.m. June 16 at Powerhouse (760) 633-2740 or encinitas- Park, Del Mar. The Del Mar Village Association with bites from Del Mar Village ESCO SCHOOL REUNION restaurants, craft cocktails, Make your reservations wine and beer, live mufor the Escondido Golden sic and a Commemorative Reunion from 11 a.m. to 3 tasting glass. Get tickets at p.m. May 14 at the Escon- High School Wilson village-summer-solsticeStadium. Tickets at ehs- 2022-tickets-314926392317. Follow on Instagram: ehsgoldenre- ADULT BALLET CLASSES union, Facebook: Escondido Ballet classes for age High Golden Reunion Picnic 18+ start at the Encinitas 2022 or Twitter @EHSGold- Community Center, 1140 enReunion. Oakcrest Park Drive, May 17. The beg-int level class will be from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Wear closely fitted danceVISTA SUMMER INTERNSHIPS wear and ballet slippers. For The Vista Chamber of more information visit EnCommerce Velocity Summer or call Student internship program (760) 943-2260. is open to all Vista incoming high school seniors, graduating class of 2023. The Chamber will cover intern’s CATHOLIC FRIENDS pay ($16/hr) for 100 hours. The Catholic Widows Internship hours need to be and Widowers of North completed between June 15 County support group for and Aug. 5 and the intern those who desire to foster schedule is subject to com- friendships through various pany's needs. Register at social activities will have lunch at Jay’s Gourmet Seafood and Pizza, Carlsbad AMATEUR PHOTO CONTEST May18 and go bowling at The Friends of the Bowlero, San Marcos with Oceanside Public Library a meal after, location to be are accepting submissions named, May 19. They will through May 15 for its Am- tour the Oceanside Museum ateur Photography Contest, of Art with lunch to follow open to San Diego County Swami’s Café, Oceanside residents with images tak- May 20 and see a play at en in Oceanside. The entry fee is a $10 donation for two TURN TO CALENDAR ON 15

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hold an outside sidewalk sale of plants 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 at 1542 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. The sale will offer creative pots, succulents, plant cuttings, starter plants, containers, bird feeders and one-of-akind garden art. Funds are returned to the community through philanthropic programs that serve children and adults. Visit

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all anglers age 50 and above. Members of the club enjoy fishing tournaments and charters, picnics, RV camping, and community service to help kids go fishing. Visit or Senior Anglers of Escondido on Facebook.


Oceanside Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Oceanside Parks will be hosting Heritage Park Day as a fundraiser for the Summer Concerts in the Park series from noon to 3 p.m. May 14 at Heritage Park, 220 Peyri Road, Oceanside. The day will feature music, food, entertainment, and items for sale. For more informaRANCHO FIESTA The Fiesta at the Ran- tion, call (760) 533-6161. cho fundraiser returns to Leo Carrillo Ranch Histor- BEST BIRDS AND BEES Batiquitos Lagoon will ic Park at 5:30 p.m. May 14 at 6200 Flying Leo Carril- be hosting a free, family lo Lane, with a dinner and event, “Pollinators,” presilent auction to support sented by BLF Docent, Sue the park’s fourth-grade Irey at 10 a.m. May 14. Learn California History and about butterflies, bees and Art Program. Tickets $100 other pollinators. Meet at at the picnic tables next to the ments/parks-recreation/pro- Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiagrams/special-events/fies- no Lane, Carlsbad. For more information, visit Batiquitota-at-the-rancho.

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was stumbling around in the attic this week and was delighted to find an old card catalogue stuffed with my mother’s recipes. I knew it was there somewhere, but had lost track of it. It was like having a visit with my mom when I started sifting through it. The recipes reminded me that she fixed something different for dinner every single night, plus dessert. Every time I came home, I was likely to find her in the kitchen. She truly loved to cook and bake and was flawless at both. I blithely gobbled down everything she made, having no idea, until I tried to replicate her recipes, how nuanced and labor intensive her cooking was. Fudge? We had it every Christmas. I threw away three attempted batches before giving up. Spare ribs? Hers required four stages, from marinating to oven baking. And I still cannot make a decent pie crust. Hers were legend. But just flipping through the recipes was a sweet trip back to the good days of my youth. They run from cioppino to her cream cheese caviar dip, from the sukiyaki recipe she got from my dad’s Japanese co-workers to what was known as Squadron Casserole. It was a hearty mix of ground beef, noodles, sour cream, tomato sauce, scallions and cheese that every Air Force officer’s wife worth her salt knew how to prepare. And, it being the era of cocktail parties, there are any number of recipes involving alcohol. One card had five recipes that were better with brandy added. There were rumbased luau drinks and the recipe for my dad’s whiskey-based party punch that would bring you to your knees. I swear, the day I retire I am going to start trying to cook up every single recipe. It should keep me busy for several years. Until then, I will continue to make the most of my microwave, knowing my mother is looking down with loving disapproval. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer salivating and missing her mom. Contact her at


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Vista educators advocate for more resources in contract talks By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — Rounding out Teachers Appreciation Week, educators in Vista defended their ask in ongoing contract negotiations. Following an extended closed session on May 5, the Vista Unified School District Board of Education listened as Vista Teachers Association members emotionally advocated for support resources and those needed to hire teachers. The board left with a stack of letters responding to its proposal — which bumps up the special education caseload and does not include a cost of living adjustment. Under the collective bargaining agreement between the teacher’s union and school district, each is allowed to bring forward two contract points in addition to salary and benefits before April 15 each year. Union members (representing teachers, nurses, librarians, counselors and psychologists) and the district will have the opportunity to address the letters at the May 18 negotiation meeting. “It’s still early in the process,” Board President Cipriano Vargas told The Coast News. Negotiation sessions started earlier this year after the district made its contract points public during a board meeting on April 7. The district listed revisions to stipend schedules and mitigation efforts to any changes those may have on benefits; changes to regular teacher substitute compensation and language regarding a teacher’s discretion to reject the assignment and total number of teaching periods; propose adjustments to junior and high



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school student contacts with faculty; negotiations for the process of special education caseloads that are signed at the discretion of an administrator. The Vista Teachers Association is wary of the district’s proposal, reporting the proposal removes educators’ ability to refuse subbing during prep periods, to take on extra students and the ability to decline signing waivers to go over caseload in the special education program. “Unfortunately, we can see the narrative,” stated an April bargaining update from the Vista Teachers Association to its members. “Educators need to give more, help more, take on more students, sub if there isn’t coverage, [and] with no salary increase...No additional prep time and no increase to benefits. It is a one-way street. We give, and they take.” The Vista Teachers Association proposal includes removing Monday morning meetings, a spruced benefits package and a 6% salary increase for teachers. This proposal would also shift salary schedules to reach the highest earnings at 25 years rather than 30. Supporting students in the classroom While salary is a big-ticket item, the balance on the table this year is teacher time and student opportunity to learn from a qualified instructor. The district said its proposal reflects “innovative ways” to provide equitable education despite declining enrollment, according to a May 6 media release from Superintendent Matt Doyle’s office. However, educators

trict release. Cairns said that hiring qualified teachers to replace retiring teachers is crucial for students to make a genuine connection with the material. “Overall, the proposal you’ve given to the teachers of Vista is nothing short of a slap in the face,” Cairns said.

VISTA UNIFIED and the teachers group are negotiating against a backdrop of declining enrollment. Courtesy photo

argue that the district proposal isn’t strong enough to attract new, qualified teachers to stay in Vista schools — which could inhibit learning altogether. There are currently 57 faculty and staff retiring from the district, with a few more trickling in, according to Assistant Superintendent Rachel D’Ambroso. She said this is not an above-average nor an abnormal number of retirees in one year. However, Jill Frank-Aldrich, the science chair at Rancho Buena Vista High School, said her department alone was losing 33% of her staff, or four teachers. She is concerned about the quality of learning for her students. Frank-Aldrich needs something from the district to fill these positions, she said, even posting job openings sooner than what’s currently allowed. “Is there a commitment by Vista Unified to attract and retain teachers? Because the zero percent offer is not going to do it,” Frank-Aldrich asked, “the increasing class size is not going to do it, imposing on planning time is limited re-

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sources will not do it. “So, when I’m trying to interview and hire new teachers, I need something from Vista Unified to help me hire new people.” Other educators expressed their concerns about filling positions but also asked the student-to-teacher ratio be reconsidered. “How is adding more students to our rooms going to be beneficial for students learning,” asked Jessica Cairns, a teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School. “In fact, we should be doing the opposite.” Others expressed that the district’s proposal was harmful to students because it affected their class time. Teachers would substitute for a substitute teacher in that proposition, as Vista Unified is short on these contracted employees. “The district feels it is important to ensure that our certificated teaching staff is the first available for students that might not have a staff member present due to absences to support teaching and learning,” according to the disTOP STUDENTS

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Competitive salaries despite no increase The district is proud of that “financial health and stability” to prioritize all its employees, the release from the superintendent’s office stated. Last year, Vista Unified passed a 3.5% salary increase with additional benefits. “The District is also mindful of maintaining fiscal stability with enrollment declining and additional COVID money expiring,” according to a Vista Unified School District public release on April 12. “Therefore, the District does not plan to present a salary or benefits proposal at this time.” A chemistry teacher at Mission Vista High School decided to research school district salaries on her own. Stacy McGuire compared 30 salary metrics (including pensions and daily earnings) from school districts in San Marcos, Escondido, Oceanside, Poway and Carlsbad — she found eight instances where Vista paid more to its teachers. She fears that Vista’s salaries may not be as competitive as they appear. “Vista Unified teachers are being paid significantly fewer lifetime earnings than the other districts,” she said. “On average, Oceanside teachers earn 10% more in a awarded a $10,000 grant in May to the Encinitas company HyperKelp, Inc., which designs solar-powered buoys that can be equipped with sensors that gather all manner of data from the ocean, the air, lagoons, harbors or any other body of water. The Foundation’s grant focuses on improving the tracking of “sea surface heights” — the elevation of the ocean once “noise” from the tides, waves, and atmospheric pressure is removed. HOTEL GOES NON-SMOKING

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lifetime, Carlsbad teachers earn 18% more in a lifetime and San Marcos earns 16% more than Vista teachers in a lifetime.” She continued, calling out “egregious differences” in the teacher pay scale. When comparing wage step increases for teachers with a bachelor’s to those with 15 additional semester hours, McGuire found other districts paid anywhere from 18% to 45% more. The board argues teachers and students are at the forefront of the budget — and that previous salary increases have been more than fair. Between 2019 and 2022, staff and faculty received a 7.57% salary increase. The district also claims it offered the highest total salary increases among all the school districts in San Diego County — totaling 30% since 2012. Superintendent’s new contract The Vista school board briskly approved a different salary during last week’s meeting. Doyle extended his contract one year to 2024, tacking on a salary restoration package. The board of education amended his salary from $260,000 to $300,000 base annual pay. This would be the first raise that Doyle would receive since taking office three years ago. “Since starting as superintendent, he has taken on more work without any discussion of an increase to his compensation,” Vargas said. “And during that time, our employees did earn significant salary increases.” For the full story, see of the state fire marshal, to assist local communities in preparing for wildfires. To learn more, visit Osfm. /community-wildfire-preparedness-and-mitigation/. CSUSM CELEBRATES

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Building robots and building up students By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — San Pasqual High School math teacher Yun Lutgen has always encouraged her students to “fail forward” in everything they do — from taking a test to building robots. “For me, failing forward is about embracing your mistakes in the classroom,” Lutgen said. “We continuously learn from our mistakes.” For 18 years, Lutgen has embraced her students’ mistakes at San Pasqual High. She has also applied this concept in her role as advisor for the SuperNurds First Robotics Team. “Traditionally many students have a mental block or are afraid of making mistakes or sounding dumb, so they are resistant to make that attempt to solve a problem on their own,” Lutgen said. “Adopting this model that says, ‘Hey, we’re only learning when we’re making mistakes,’ means you’re learning how to problem-solve, and that’s a huge component in learning math or really anything.” Even Lutgen, who wanted to work with young adults, struggled to learn the education system when she was going through school. Lutgen had immigrated to the United States from Korea at the young age of 8 without knowing any word — even “hi” — in English, so the language barrier created a challenge for her as she grew up. She knew pursuing a career in teaching English grammar might not work out, but math was something she enjoyed. Though math was easier to learn, it still had its challenges with the language barrier, but all of Lutgen’s hard work eventually paid off. “Yun is an impact-

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T YUN LUTGEN is a math teacher at San Pasqual High School, where she helped start the school’s robotics team. Lutgen was recently spotlighted by the Escondido Union High School District for her achievements over the past 18 years. Courtesy photo

ful teacher because of the amazing qualities she brings to our campus every day,” said Principal Cory Gregory. “She’s extremely intelligent, has a great sense of humor, a strong work ethic, and she’s forward-thinking. Most importantly — she absolutely loves her students.” Lutgen was first hired as a teacher at San Pasqual High School and has remained there for nearly two decades, finding her teaching home among her students and the community. In 2009, she became an advisor to the school’s SuperNurds First Robotics Team after a student approached her about wanting to start a robotics group. She started the team with her husband, Phil Lutgen, who was previously a math teacher at Del Dios




LUTGEN HELPED launch SuperNurds First Robotics Team at San Pasqual. Photo via Facebook/SuperNurds First Robotics Team

Middle School in Escondido and is now the principal of North County Trade Tech High School in Vista, where he runs his own student robotics team. Students on the robotics team must design, build and program robots to compete for awards. Through it all, students learn valuable lessons in teamwork, appreciation for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields and also, as Lutgen teaches, learning how to problem solve from their own mistakes. Though robotics teams do compete against each

other, the teams in the San Diego County region help each other out whenever possible. Escondido alone has three robotics teams: the one at San Pasqual High School, another at Classical Academy and a third that is homeschool-based. “We all support each other, oddly enough,” Lutgen said. “It’s a competition, but you have to cooperate to win the game.” In its first year, Lutgen’s team started off with just four people, but that eventually grew to 13 by the end of the school year. The group’s roster jumped to 55 people

after the team went to the world championship in 2012, and now the team’s membership fluctuates between 25 and 35 students. “I’m happy to see the students dig in and really find a passion for it,” Lutgen said. Two years ago, Lutgen stepped back from her role as lead mentor and now works as a volunteer. The robotics team has about 11 volunteers total, several of whom are alumni of the robotics team. Now, leading the team is alumni Taylor Uva, who has a degree in computer science from California State University San Marcos and works for SDG&E as a software developer and data analyst. Lutgen is grateful for her time spent with the robotics team and the administration who gave her permission to go forward with it all those years ago. “I just really appreciate the support the administration has given me in basically creating a program,” she said. “They just trusted me in all the things I was doing — and I was asking for kind of crazy things — but in the end, we’re in it for our students.”

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he NFL draft has come and gone and the same will soon be said about several North County athletes. While there’s no longer an NFL team in town, that doesn’t mean we can’t stock those in other cities. Once again North County prep football produced the talent that doesn’t go unnoticed at the game’s highest level. The top pick hailing from our parts was wide receiver Chris Olave of San Marcos’ Mission Hills High. Olave, who went on to star at Ohio State, was selected 11th in the first round by the New Orleans Saints. Others who were drafted for the chance to punch an NFL clock are San Diego State defensive lineman Cameron Thomas and his brother, offensive lineman Zach, both from Carlsbad High, wide receiver Kyle Phillips (San Marcos) and punter Matt Araiza (Rancho Bernardo). Offensive lineman Jake Stetz (Mission Hills) and wide receiver Rashid Shaheed (Mt. Carmel) were signed as undrafted free agents by the Denver Broncos and Saints, respectively. The Saints were so set on Olave, a three-year starter with the Buckeyes, that they marched up the draft board to secure him via a trade with the Washington Commanders. It marked the first time since 2014 that New Orleans acquired a wide receiver in the first round. Olave’s senior year saw him produce 65 receptions for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns, which tied for the sixth-most nationally. He leaves Columbus, Ohio, as the school’s alltime leader in touchdown receptions with 35 and the second-most 100-yard receiving games with 11. “New Orleans can’t wait to get to work,” Olave posted on Twitter. Saints coach Dennis Allen was ecstatic the player he long had his eye on is coming aboard. “He’s the only guy I felt like I knew exactly what we’d get,” Allen said. “(He’s) the best, most well-rounded receiver in the draft.” Cameron Thomas was the next North Countian to leave the board, landing with the Arizona Cardinals in the third round. He’s the reigning Mountain West Conference deTURN TO SPORTS TALK ON 22



took final action to dismiss the remaining 125 employees on May 3, administrators said there is still the potential for more notices to be rescinded depending on how the state education budget shakes out when finalized in June. “The district is making budget decisions in March based on a budget that, as we sit here today, is not yet known,” said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Henry Voros, explaining that the district is awaiting the governor’s May revision of the proposed budget to see if more jobs can be saved. “I’m hopeful that many of the notices will be rescinded in the coming week.” The majority of staff who received notices requested to have their cases heard by the Office of Administrative Hearings, according to Voros. However, district leadership was able to reach an agreement with certificated staff to continue providing benefits through Dec. 2022 for those whose notices are not rescinded and don’t find other employment. District leaders have defended the massive cuts as a means of achieving budget stability, with the goal of reducing budget costs for the 2022-23 school year by $15.5 million to prevent worsening deficits in the following years. After filing a “qualified” budget certification in December 2021 indicating a risk of not meeting financial obligations over the next two years, San Marcos Unified was placed on the fiscal watch lists of the county Office of Education and state Department of Education, according to district spokeswoman Amy Ventetuolo. “SMUSD has been con-



cists, chemists, mathematicians,” Pieper said. . “It was an impactful environment, and the schools leveraged it.” During his junior and senior years of high school, through an outreach program, Pieper was able to clerk for the Weapons Planning Group at the Naval facility. He was soon recruited as a weapons research analyst, where he completed more complex tasks until 1969. In 1970, Pieper joined Richards, Watson and Gershon, a law firm that focused on the general and special counsel to public entities in California. He would become a senior counsel and partner in 1975. Pieper left the firm in 2005 after “a recruiter came to call” with a position in a city in North County. Pieper had grown up coming to the area and had always admired it from his Los Angeles offices. “So I came,” Pieper said with a smile. The Vista City Council appointed Pieper in 2005. Then, he got busy, namely helping form a city charter.


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SAN MARCOS UNIFIED School District confirmed the dismissal of over 100 classified and certificated staff last week as Teacher Appreciation Week was underway at district sites such as Mission Hills High School. Courtesy photo

tending with deficit spending primarily due to rising costs, including employee pension increases, expanded services, and increases to utility, supply, and healthcare costs," Ventetuolo said last month. "SMUSD must close a number of positions in order to address this issue, but again, as we receive retirements or leaves, we are able to then rescind notices. San Marcos Unified must address the structural deficit to ensure the long-term fiscal health of the district.” Dozens of district staff have spoken up in protest of the “draconian” layoffs, with confusion setting in as nearly half the certificated layoffs were eventually rescinded. Despite the recognition and gratitude expressed to San Marcos Unified School District staff during Teacher Appreciation Week, the irony of looming layoffs overshadowed much of the celebration.

“We have had conversations with teachers that have had to put their houses on the market for fear of not having employment, teachers who may have to change careers if their RIF is not rescinded because they have to pay their bills,” said Dale Pluciennik, president of the San Marcos Educators Association. “Why put them through this process if we don't have to? It's not fair to them or their families.” Nearly all the notices for in-classroom elementary school teachers have been rescinded in an effort to keep cuts as far from the classroom as possible, with the exception of physical education teachers, according to Pluciennik. Six PE teachers are still planned to be cut and six will be moved to part-time roles. When it comes to certificated staff specifically, Voros said the district selected which layoff notices to rescind based on seniority

and number of credentials. There is also the opportunity for at-risk teachers to be assigned to new roles if their credentials allow, he said.

The Vista City Charter went to a public vote on June 5, 2007. The ballot explained to voters that moving from a general law city to a charter city expanded Vista’s control over municipal affairs — namely prevailing wage on construction projects. The State Building Trades Council then sued the City of Vista, claiming certain contracts demanded prevailing wages per state law. The conflict was appealed twice by the State Building Trades Council and brought before the California Supreme Court in 2012. “I was very proud of the fact that we had a charter city issue that went to the California Supreme Court and we won it,” Pieper said. Pieper loves the people of Vista, and he’s grateful to have seen its rapid growth in the last few years. He had a hard time pinning standout moments because he cherished them all. “There have been so many projects because the city has transformed so much in the last 16 years,” Pieper said. “When I came here, I worked in a trailer that had things that lived under

it and now we’ve moved on from that,” Pieper said from the four-story, modernized Vista Civic Center, which was built about 10 years ago. Although he lives in Carlsbad, Pieper is a Vistan at heart, who loves Old Town and exploring Brengle Terrace Park. During the summers, Pieper’s a ticket holder to the Moonlight Amphitheatre. “Vista is a very multi-

cultural community that is filled with warm and friendly people,” Pieper said. “I have had a wonderful time in Vista. I have never for a moment regretted coming here to be the city attorney and I am exceptionally proud of all that we were able to accomplish during my tenure.” The Vista City Council appoints two positions, the city manager and the

Classified staff cuts Despite nearly half of certificated staff notices being rescinded, 81 classified staff still face termination in June. Yvonne Britt, president of the San Marcos chapter of the California School Employees Association, advocated last week for classified staff to be prioritized in the same way. “I know all these people would have loved to come up here and plead for their job, but they’re not gonna have the chance to do that,” Britt said, gesturing to the classified staff present in the boardroom. “If there’s gonna be any you can rescind, cut us in half, take us down from 80 to 40.” Of particular concern to many was the district’s

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decision to cut six of the 13 current social workers. Paloma Elementary School teacher Samantha Webb fought through tears to ask the board to rescind these layoff notices, describing the invaluable services they provide to students to support their emotional, social and mental wellbeing. “Consider the students who have thought that they themselves have no purpose in this world. Teachers are not equipped or educated in properly caring for students with these social, emotional and mental needs,” Webb said. Paloma school psychologist Sagi Mesa shared similar fears, describing her existing workload of conducting suicide assessments, working with Child Protective Services and tracking down students missing school due to mental health issues. The devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have only exacerbated the need for social workers, she said. “As school psychologists, we will not be able to provide the necessary mental health supports that are provided by our social workers. I understand the need to make cuts … but cutting the area of greatest need after a pandemic seems counterintuitive,” Mesa said. District staff recognized the uncertain future still faced by the classified pool, noting that there is the potential for personnel like teacher aides to be displaced to other schools or assigned to similar roles. “I’m very hopeful that soon we can show some additional movement on the classified side,” Voros said.

million state budget surplus for the upcoming year. In a presentation to the board last week, Kevin Gordon of Capitol Advisors Group LLC explained that much of the allocation to districts is expected to be one-time funds that cannot be used for ongoing expenses, along with other restricted funds. “I expect we’re gonna get a lot of money that is one-time,” he said. District superintendent Andy Johnson also noted that the state provides additional concentration funding for districts with 55% or more unduplicated pupils — this includes English learners, foster and homeless youth — but that San Marcos Unified does not qualify with 40%. “Four out of 10 students in our district have these needs, and we don't get a dime for them,” Johnson said.

State budget questions Teachers and classified staff pushed the district to explain why so many cuts were necessary amid recent predictions of a nearly $68

SMEA agreement reached Against the backdrop of layoff notices, San Marcos Unified and the San Marcos Educators Association recently finalized the terms of their 2021 master agreement for the current school year, which involves a 3.5% salary schedule increase for the current year. The agreement came after months of back-andforth negotiations that at times grew contentious. Back in February, teachers protested the district’s “insulting” proposal for no salary increase during the current year and an increase of just 1.25% in the upcoming year. Finalized in mid-April, the master agreement also outlines increased salaries for beginning certificated staff, increased daily rates of $226 and hourly rates of $44.61, new coaching stipends and scheduling of teacher preparation days within the contract.

city attorney. While no one has been named outside of closed session, Franklin said the process is underway. “This council is going to act carefully and thoughtfully to make the decision,” Franklin said. The Vista City Council is expected to name Deputy City Attorney Walter Chung

in the interim before June 3 and will reconvene later this summer after researching the hiring process and recruitment costs. “We are planning to officially address the position and a timeframe for an official hire after the July break,” said Councilmember Joe Green.



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Revamped Escondido Street Festival returns after COVID-19 hiatus By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Street Festival on Sunday, May 22, is trumpeting its return to the newly renovated downtown streets after three years with more live music than ever before. It was 2019 when Escondido last held its annual spring street festival. Before that, attendance numbers had been declining, so the Escondido Downtown Business Association wanted to spruce up the festival to make it more modern and appealing to visitors and locals. The COVID-19 pandemic put that plan on hold for two years. After receiving a $35,000 grant from the Escondido Community Foundation, the business association’s plan was to showcase the newly improved festival with much more live music and local craft vendors. Alex MacLachlan, president of the Downtown Business Association, said that change in focus came from residents who an-

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Bach Collegium San Diego Presents “Apotheosis of the Dance” at 7 p.m. May 13 and May 14 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. It will feature Mozart’s “Symphony in A Minor” and “Pi-

THE ESCONDIDO Street Festival was last held in 2019. When it returns to Grand Avenue on Sunday, May 22, there will be a new emphasis on live music. Photo via Facebook

swered surveys asking what they would like to see at the 33-year-old festival. “We thought our most successful attempt to modernize our street fair would be to model the Adams Ave-

nue Street Fair,” MacLachlan said. Organized by the Adams Avenue Business Association, the Adams Avenue Street Fair takes place over two days in September

every year in San Diego’s Normal Heights community. The fair is largely successful and touts itself as Southern California’s largest, free, two-day music festival.

ano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor,” as well as Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A Major.” For more information, visit


php?ID=9734. If you need to reach someone directly, email the Art in the Village event manager at The Carlsbad Village Association has hosted Art in the Village, a free, one-day, open-air fine art show every summer since 1998, with oil, watercolor, mixed media, digital, photography, glasswork, woodworking, jewelry, pottery, and more on display and for purchase.


The 2022 Congressional Art Competition, celebrating high school artists from throughout California’s 49th Congressional District, runs through May 22 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. First place went to La Costa Canyon sophomore Clementine Thomson’s “California Cars.”

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With the grant, the Escondido Downtown Business Association was able to secure bands that they normally couldn’t afford. On top of that, visitors to the street festival will get to watch all of these bands for free, which includes acts like the Atomic 44s, The Sleepwalkers and Daring Greatly. Members of the business association, which took over management of the street festival after subcontracting management services out to Kennedy and Associates in past years, have been visiting street fairs and farmers markets like the Oceanside Sunset Market to get a feel for what kind of vendors people want. “When we see someone unique and exciting, we’ll ask them to be a vendor,” MacLachlan said. “We’ve taken a more proactive role in hand-selecting who we want to be at our event.” Downtown businesses are also preparing for the street festival.

“Everybody is cleaning up their places to get ready,” said Louisa Magoon, owner of The Grand Tea Room and board member of the business association. “We’re encouraging businesses to stay open and visible on Sunday.” The festival is set to kick off right after the first phase of the downtown improvement project wraps up. Already, several sidewalks have been widened and parking has been converted to diagonal spots to allow for more spaces and easier access. The final touch will be stringing up street lights before the festival. The improvements will continue to move eastward down Grand Avenue in the next two phases of the project. The street festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, on Grand Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Juniper Street. More information at

sort presents BETAMAXX performing authentic ‘80s music, May 14 at 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, as part of its Summer Concert Series. The concerts are performed on the Lakeside Lawn. Bring a blanket or low-back chair. Tickets are $45 at eventbrite. com/e/yachtley-crew-lakehouse-summer-concert-series-tickets-258300201857.

Book,” highlighting pieces of art created from or inspired by books, through May 14 at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free. SECOND SATURDAY

Enjoy blues, jazz, classical and Spanish guitar by Claude Bourbon at the free 2nd Saturday Concert from HOT PSTROMI 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 14 at the Yale Strom & Hot Escondido Public Library, Pstromi will perform with 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondispecial guests at 7:30 p.m. do. May 14 at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. General Tickets are $25 FORBIDDEN BROADWAY at or at the North Coast Repertory door. The concert is pre- brings “Forbidden Broadsented by the nonprofit San way’s Greatest Hits” to the Diego Folk Heritage. stage through May 15 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, SoARTIST IN RESIDENCE lana Beach. Tickets at (858) The Carlsbad Cul- 481-1055 or northcoastrep. tural Arts Office hosts lo- org. cal painter, sculptor and mixed-media artist Betsy CLEAN THEATER K. Schulz as the city’s latNorth Coast Repertoest Guest Artist in Resi- ry Theatre will no longer dence, with her series of require patrons to provide “Watch and Learn” pop-up proof of vaccination or to art events from 4 to 6 p.m. wear masks while attending May 14, noon to 2 p.m. May shows or events. However, 15, and noon to 2 p.m. May the theater still strongly 21 at the Batiquitos Lagoon recommends mask-wearNature Center, 7380 Gabbi- ing and urges patrons to be ano Lane, Carlsbad. vaccinated. It has upgraded its HVAC system to include WESTERN BY JACK MERV-13 Hepa filters and Country Western sing- staff disinfects the entire er ‘Cowboy Jack’ is per- theatre after each performing from 11 a.m. to 1 formance with a Victory p.m. May 14 at the Ranch at Portable Battery-powered Bandy Canyon, 16251 Ban- Electrostatic Disinfectant dy Canyon Road, Escondi- Sprayer. All staff, performdo, and from 2 to 3 p.m. May ers, ushers, crew and volun14 at Heritage Village Park, teers are fully vaccinated. 220 Peyri Drive, Oceanside, singing vintage country mu- ART OF MUSIC sic with acoustic guitar and The Oceanside Culturharmonica. al Arts Foundation hosts the Art of Music scholarART FROM BOOKS ship fundraiser, featuring The exhibition “ReTURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 16 imagined: The Artist’s

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Vista’s Broadway Theater is back in a big way  After two years, venue returns to full operations By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — After two years of stops and starts, theatergoers are back in their seats with fresh season tickets and new ways to experience performances. “It’s so good to be seen,” Randall Hickman jokingly responds as he greets patrons during the first week back. Vista’s Broadway Theater’s comeback season is in full swing, with a “grand” reopening show two years after the theater, which opened in 2004, shut its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The first time back, post-pandemic, felt both terrifying and amazing all at once,” said Erica Weisz, a performer familiar with the theater. “It’s cool seeing the audience that is coming back, too. They appreciate you so much, because they didn’t have live entertainment for so long.” Owners Hickman and Douglas Davis had no option but to idle — and try to keep the lights on after going into hiatus on March 12, 2020.

BROADWAY THEATER co-owner Randall Hickman, left, asked the audience on opening night, April 13, to take a selfie with him to commemmorate the theater’s full reopening. The show that night, “Malt Shop Memories: Let the Music Play,” was the first musical the theater had put on since 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Randall Hickman

The community around the 49-seat playhouse at 340 Broadway — billed as the county’s “biggest little theater” — was going to make sure that happened. More than $20,000 was raised from more than 250 donors in 2020, according to one Facebook fundraising campaign. Last year, 125 donations totaled $8,725 — from a $5,000 ask — toward keep-

ing the theater in business. Then, on April 4, the theater reopened with a four-performance gala. Performers volunteered their talents to celebrate their community and the theater’s resilience. Weisz, a performer in the theater’s new cabaret series, even sold her famous rosemary almonds to pitch in what she could. “It was fun being able

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to make something for the theater and help a little bit,” she said. “I really think that the environment that Randy and Douglas create is so positive and encouraging.” The first show of the welcome-back season, “Malt Shop Memories: Let the Music Play,” sold out each weekend through its run. Hickman said that

when auditions opened, actors and performers from San Diego County and beyond were “jumping at the bit,” ready to work. And the audiences were just as excited on opening night. “Everyone was pumped,” Hickman said, reflecting on a 50-person selfie with himself and the full house on April 13. “It was a really great night.”

The series continues with musician Daniel Newheiser, who gives his version of “the standards” in his show, “I’m Old Fashioned,” running through May 29. Newheiser was introduced to local theatergoers in 2015’s “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” at the Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido — a production Weisz also starred in. “I was doing musical theater because I was having physical problems which prevented me from playing guitar,” said Newheiser, 33, who has rheumatoid arthritis. The summer cabaret series began last year as a way to bring local performance back to Vista. It’s proved to be a successful showcase. “We sent out a notice,” Hickman said, “come and we will look at your act and we will put it on stage. … The finest performers I’ve seen came out of the woodwork. So, we brought it back.” Weisz is one of those return performances, except she’s revamped her act. From July 8 to July 10, Erica Marie (Weisz) will be on stage debuting, “I Can Cook, 2!” “We’re very excited about being up and running again,” Hickman said.



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Lab Collaborative in O’side an American-style bistro lick the plate david boylan


early every visit to downtown Oceanside adjacent to the pier has revealed a new hotel or condo project and yet another fabulous dining option. The hotel discovery this time around was Mission Pacific (More on that in a future column, but in the meantime, check out the rooftop bar). But my focus this week is on the Lab Collaborative, an American-style bistro with craft cocktails and an eclectic, seasonal menu with a test kitchen for area chefs and bartenders. A fun coffee shop called Jet Fuel Roasters and Coffee is attached to the restaurant for an additional bonus. It’s a great-looking space with an outside patio area perfect for the “people watching” part of the Oceanside experience. The menu is the work of executive chef Ramiro Guerra and is served in a 4,300-square-foot, full-service restaurant with an open kitchen showcasing his culinary team while also

RAMIRO GUERRA is executive chef at the Lab Collaborative in Oceanside. Courtesy photo

functioning as a kitchen for area chefs and bartenders to produce quarterly menus. In addition to Guerra, the management team is comprised of Ivan Castillo, Eddie Navarro, Mikayla Torres, Jack Everett and Raschelle Everett, most of whom are Oceanside locals with a combined 120 years

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of experience working together in San Diego area restaurants. Guerra’s style is the culmination of years of eclectic culinary experiences starting with fine-tuning his culinary skills at the Western Culinary Institute in Oregon. The road to Guerra’s current position includes a stint as corporate executive chef at Genentech, culinary teacher at Palomar College and executive kitchen manager at BJ’s Restaurants. Most recently, Guerra was executive chef and brand builder at Belching Beaver, where he was re-

sponsible for everything on the menu, introducing diners to Picanha, a Brazilian steak experience typically found in traditional churrascarias. Guerra’s diverse background combined with the freedom to source local food when possible is the foundation of his menu at Lab Collaborative where the path from farm to table is direct and uncomplicated — better food, chosen with care, fresh and local and supporting the passion and livelihoods of regional vendors. For the radio portion of Lick the Plate (visit The

Coast News “Podcast” tab on the home page), I had the opportunity to sit down with Guerra and managing owner Jack Everett and got to know much more about these two passionate culinary professionals and what makes them tick. It’s so cool to see guys like this, and their entire management team that has been in the business so long working for others, come together in collaboration like this that reflects their combined influences and unique skill sets that they bring to the table. The bar program at Lab Collaborative also features the same high level of execution. The artisan bartenders are as inventive as every other member of their team and their cocktail list and an inviting bar area might be a good place to work up an appetite with a drink. I also found the wine list to be quite nice and included Pinot Gris, a versatile dry white wine that has become one of my favorites. The menu, which is broken up into sections that play into the “lab” concept includes an “Experimental” section offering appetizers, “Clinical Trials” for lighter fare, “Case Studies” with fabulous burgers and sandwiches and “TLC Approved” for main courses. I’m a sucker for a soft pretzel, especially when paired with artisanal sausage, beer cheese and onions so that’s what we started with. It was a huge plate and provided for some splendid late-night munchies the following night. We also tried the Bourbon Maple Brussels Sprouts

with blue cheese and bacon and wow, so good. The offerings on the lighter side included a classic wedge salad, steak salad and a very nice-looking Curry Spice Chicken Salad, to name a few. We also split a Birria Sandwich, a first for me, as I’ve only had it served in a burrito or taco. I will admit that serving this slowcooked beefy goodness with grilled peppers, onions and Swiss cheese on a hoagie roll with a side of consommé for dipping was sandwich perfection. The burger, fried chicken sandwich and Philly cheesesteak all looked like future visit choices. Main courses looked equally appealing, such as Red Wine Braised Beef Cheeks, Achiote Pork Shank, 18oz Ribeye, Fried Chicken and Citrus Cilantro Halibut. We finished the meal with the best piece of carrot cake I’ve had in a long time. The Lab Collaborative menu is mid-range in price with most dishes in the $15 to $30 range. And given the new, post-pandemic reality for restaurants, high cost of ingredients and a tight labor market, please take that into consideration when dining out these days. It’s a tough, low-margin business and given all those factors and the quality of the ingredients here, those prices are not out of line. The Lab Collaborative is now open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at 201 N. Cleveland St. in Pierside North, Oceanside. Find them at www.thelabcollaborative. com

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he world of wine is breaking down new barriers and charging into the summer with new wines, wineries, wine shops and special events like never before. Celebrities are in the wine business big time. Pop music star Katy Perry launched a sparkling aperitif and NBA basketball stars Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, JJ Redick and Lebron “King” James have all made moves in the industry. And every one of them has contributed to the new wine culture, with rosé in most instances being the “go-to” wine. Cass Winery’s Plemons wows crowd at Vittorio’s Ted Plemons, co-owner at Cass in Paso Robles, recently came to San Diego and conquered his audience at Vittorio’s in Carmel Valley. Ted is one guy who brings some fabulous wines to the table including his own “Rockin Ted” wine, a blend of Rhone French-style

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dard for excellence amongst California wineries, earning more than 3,000 awards since its inception in 2003. The winery offers a portfolio of 45 wine labels. The 10th annual Toast of the Coast Wine Festival will be on June 11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the Garden Show area where guests can enjoy unlimited wine tastings from more than 100 award-winning wines. Tickets at

Temecula wineries Carter, South Coast win medals This combination just posted 16 winning medals in the prestigious Toast of the Coast wine competition produced by the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. “South Coast Winery’s Double Gold placements for Meritage 2017 and Grenache Blanc 2020, and Carter Estate Winery’s Double Gold for its Daybreak 2022, are accomplishments we are especially proud of achieving,” said Jeff Carter, president of Carter Hospitality. South Coast Winery and Spa set the gold stan-

Jordan Winery makes rare appearance in San Diego Inspired by the Chateaus of Bordeaux, Jordan brought their best wines to Sal Ercolano’s Flora Bar and Kitchen to celebrate its 50th year as a leading French-style Sonoma winery. Jordan’s lovely wines at Flora included Cellar library’s special vintage cabernet sauvignons. Jordan has a range of special 50th birthday events at the winery and elsewhere. Having experienced their event hospitality, this is a must for the wine lover.

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Top 10 (revised) ‘Beer Happy Places’ cheers! north county

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oday, we revisit, revise, and improve my Top 10 Beer Happy Places list. 1. Around a campfire: Campfires have retained their No.1 spot this year. Camping is more popular than ever and an activity that can be enjoyed solo or with friends. Nowhere else is the shadowy line between reality and fantasy blurred. Light beers, IPAs, big and bold bourbon-barrels — every beer makes sense as the crackle and pop of the campfire takes you from dusk into twilight. As the stars begin to pop out between the treetops and you smile across the fire at whatever is in the darkness on the other side, your beer will always seem perfect. Last year’s rank: 1. 2. On a brewery patio: Jumping from off the list into the number two spot is a big deal. I struggled to make the call, but drinking beer on the patio of your favorite local brewery is an experience not to be forgotten. There is something comforting about hearing the buzz of conversation, the clinking of glasses, and the laughter of strangers. North County San Diego has an abundance of excellent patios to choose from — looking at you, New English Brewery. Last year’s rank: Off-list. 3. On the porch: Moving up one position is the porch (or the patio). Another year being hyper-aware of our surroundings reminds us that home is where we can be the most relaxed version of ourselves. The beer is always cold, and the prices are relatively cheap. I know I’ll always love what’s on the menu (currently the Karl Strauss and Burgeon Beer cold IPA collab), and if it gets cool late in the day, it is near the propane campfire we invested in during the early days of the pandemic.

ON THE ROCKS: A cold can of Northern Pine Brewing is best enjoyed while overlooking the ocean or on a mountaintop. Photo via Facebook/ Northern Pine Brewing

The porch is your friend that always shows up with a six-pack. It’s home. Last year’s rank: 4. 4. Overlooking the ocean, lake or river: The big lake, as I have taken to calling the Pacific, creates its own moments. Pulling up to an overlook, cracking a can of beer, and waiting for the green flash is San Diego tradition. A large portion of beer is water, and when you take a moment to appreciate the places from whence it came, you’ll find your beer tastes better. This beer happy place only dropped due to the strength of competition and not because it was lacking in any way. Last year’s rank: 2. 5. On top of a mountain: However you get to the top — bike, foot, chairlift — you’ll be struck by the desire for a beer at the top, if for no other reason than to toast to the majesty of the range you find yourself looking out over. These moments are perfect for pale ales that have enough flavor to chew on but not so much kick that you’ll find yourself unintentionally off the beaten path. A Trail-Thoughts Pale Ale from Northern Pine Brewing is just about perfect for the moment, and with a crowler, you’ll be able to share. Plus, you’ll lighten your load for the trip down. Last year’s rank: 3. 6. In the garage or

workshop or general work area outside the home:* According to my father, the best garage to have a beer in is his neighbor’s because “they have a beer refrigerator, and I don’t!” That is as good a reason as any, but more than that, the garage combines the feeling of going out with the comfort of the porch. Crack a beer and noodle the afternoon away on a project that may or may not ever get done. Last year’s rank: 6. 7. *This is San Diego. We can’t all have garages. My work station is the concrete pad behind the apartment, where I set up a folding table and drag my bin of power tools. 8. In a bath (but not in a jacuzzi tub): You’re not going anywhere. You’re practicing self-care with a pint of beer and maybe some bubbles. That project you were working on in your workspace, it was a bathtub table that stretches across in front of you with enough space for your favorite glass and maybe a candle for atmosphere. Keep the jets off in the tub unless you want some of that lavender bath gel to get splashed in your Bagby Beer Continental Cream Ale. Last year’s rank: Off-list. 9. At the Beach or on a Boat: Canoes, kayaks, pontoons, and sailboats will inspire your taste buds more than a speedboat or cruise ship, but in the end, if the sun is on your face and the salty air lingers on your lips, you’re in a prime beer-drinking happy place. Pick up a case of WestBrew Liquid Sol and live the good life. Boat beers should be ice cold. Last year’s rank: 5. 10. At the game night:

With vaccines and quick tests, it has gotten much, much easier to hang out with family and friends even if you have differing perspectives on the world. Game nights are back. Arguing over trivia or bemoaning the river card, or enthusiastically shaking the die is all the more fun with fine beer. If you’re into multiplayer role-playing games (and even if you’re not), check out Battlemage Brewery in Vista. They’ll take you on a beer-drinking quest ending in greatness. Last year’s rank: Off-list. This year’s Beer Happy Places list reflects the trend towards realizing the need to care for oneself. For me, self-care begins with great beer. Thankfully, I find myself with an abundance of riches here in North County.

Tijuana to host June beer fest By Steve Puterski

REGION — Beer lovers from Mexico and the United States announced the inaugural Tijuana International Beer Festival during an April 26 press conference in San Diego. The event, which showcases independent craft brewers, will take place on June 11 and June 12 at Caliente Stadium (Estacionamiento Caliente). Organizer Enrique Jimenez said he expects about 3,000 attendees each day, with a capacity of 5,000 daily visitors. The festival will include 60 breweries from Mexico and the U.S. along with food, music and transportation for Americans parking in the U.S. and crossing the border, according to Mexico Consul General Carlos González-Gutiérrez.

“There is a vibrant craft beer production movement that has developed in recent years, both in Tijuana and Mexicali and, in general, Baja California,” said González-Gutiérrez. “San Diego has always stood out in its role of production and marketing for craft beers. “The festival … seeks to be a meeting point, a dialogue point between the community of brewers and businessmen on both sides of the border.” Tijuana has become the central figure in Mexico’s bubbling craft brewery industry growing in the shadow of San Diego, one of the top craft brewery cities in the U.S. and the world. For event and ticket information, visit

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students as full qualified entry-level accounting clerks and bookkeepers. The school’s mission is to provide adults with the knowledge and confidence required to become a valuable asset to an employer, or to offer excellent service to a client if they decide to become a freelancer. Bill spent several years developing the curriculum. The students learn hardcore basic skills by completing numerous exercises, and the school’s secret sauce: multiple realistic manual and QuickBooks practice sets. “The program is very real-world and hands-on” says Bill. “It’s like they’re working in an accounting office and learning on-thejob.” Although the training center is celebrating its fifteenth year of operation, Bill says the true measure of the school’s success is in the accomplishments of its graduates; many of whom have started new careers or have started their own bookkeeping business. One of his students recently said it best: “It’s a life-changing experience. Thank you Bill for coming up with this amazing program.” Graduates can expect a bright employment outlook, good earnings potential, upward mobility and job security. Their training program builds your career skills to a high level of proficiency. You’ll graduate prepared

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Laurie Davies and Jim Desmond, Republican incumbents running for re-election, at noon May 18 at El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. Cost is $30 per person. Cash or check only at the door (credit cards not accepted). For more information and lunch choices, call or text Barbara at (760) 212-9995.

Pass, Valley Center. The event includes a poolside cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and donation opportunities. Emcee is broadcaster Ted Leitner.

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Artist Michael J. Leya is on exhibit at the Cardiffby-the-Sea Library through July 30 at 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. The Friends of the Cardiff Library are proud to sponsor a rotating exhibit of works by local artists.


Carlsbad-based Ionis, a pharmaceutical company, is the presenting sponsor of the ALS Association’s 2022 ALS Fiesta, an in-person MEET THE CANDIDATES fundraiser starting at 5 p.m. The Republican Club May 18, at Valley View Caof North County welcomes sino & Hotel, 16300 Nyemii

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At 11 a.m. May 24, the Carlsbad Republican Women Federated club welcomes Jordan Gascon, executive director, Republican Party of San Diego County, and Jordan Gurnett, campaign manager, Reform California, held at the Holiday Inn, 2725 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Cost is $37. RSVP by May 18 to No payment accepted at the

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The city of Encinitas and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition offer free bicycle safety classes with a guided road ride to put new skills into action. Classes are open to cyclists of all ages. Monthly “City Cycling” class content applies to both regular and e-bikes. E-bike specific classes are also held monthly. The three-hour classes are divided into three parts: lecture,

skills drills and road rid- Main Stage at F Street and ing. Register at https://en- the Sea Monks will be forming at the E101 office. Departments/Public-Safety/Law-Enforcement/Electric-Bikes.

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The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association announces the lineup for Encinitas Cruise Nights, beginning from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 19. The series is held on the third Thursday from May through September. May 19 will include North County Cruisers at F Street, the Broncos Club at G Street and JEJ Customs Inc. Car Club at H Street. Cadillac Fringe will be rocking the

The Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Tees Fore Tails annual golf tournament will be held June 23 at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration includes lunch, swag bags, a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $350 for individual golfers. To register, visit sdpets. org or call (760) 753-6413.


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MAY 13, 2022 EMA shops gallery. All proceeds go to the artist. Email the ARK jazz trio, from 4 to for more information. 6 p.m. May 15 at the Bunker House Café, 322 N. Cleveland St., Suite B, Oceanside. Tickets are $45 at SUMMER DRAMA CAMPS art-of-music. Register for the Broadway Theater’s Summer Drama Camps at The camps feature ART IN THE VILLAGE “Annie” June 13 to June The Carlsbad Village 24, “Alice in Wonderland” Association Art in the Vil- June 27 to July 8, “Mary lage is coming back this Poppins” July 11 to July 22, summer, June 26. The sec- “Wizard of Oz” July 25 to ond round of applications Aug. 5. can now be submitted to be juried, as the event venue can accommodate additional artists this year. Access MUSIC BY THE SEA Music By The Sea presan online application at ents Isaac López on saxophone with Andrés Jaramilphp?ID=9734. lo on piano at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at the Encinitas Library, TODD SNIDER ON STAGE Todd Snider will be in 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets concert at 8 p.m. May 16 at $20 at Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. certs. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, STAGED READING The Broadway Theater visit or (858) 481-9022. Tickets $28 will do a staged reading of a new play, “Love or Best to $49. Offer” at 7:30 p.m. June 3 and June 4, at 340 E. Broadway, Vista. Tickets are $15 at ESCONDIDO ARTS The Escondido Arts order-tickets.html or call Partnership presents (760) 806-7905. "Saved and Salvaged" in the Municipal Gallery, “Mask-O-Rama” in the Golden Gallery with masks PUMPKINS AND PRINCES The Encinitas Ballet from around the world and an Escondido High Schools Company will bring the Student Art Showcase in classic fairy tale “Cinderthe Expressions Galleries ella” to the stage at 1 p.m. through June 3 at 262 E. and 5 p.m. May 21 at the Ritz Theatre, 301 E Grand Grand Ave., Escondido. Ave., Escondido. The performance will also include GUILD ON DISPLAY Eight members of the dance excerpts from “La San Dieguito Art Guild in- Bayadere.” Tickets $15 and stalled their artwork in the $20 at Encinitas Community Cen- encinitasballet/4250. ter lighted case, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas DINNER THEATER The Broadway Theatre through June 30. The Community Center is open Mon- Dinner Theater presents day to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 “My Life Through Music” p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. starring Valerie “Mz. Val” Gleason with lunch shows at 1 p.m. May 21, May 22, May 28 and May 29 and a dinner CROP ALMOST FAIR TIME show at 6 p.m. May 21 and .93 San Diego County May 28 at Wildwood CrossThe .93 Fair, beginning June 8, has ing Restaurant, Tickets $50 announced 4.17 its concert line- at (760) 806-7905. up. Visit 4.28 https://seatgeek. com/san-diego-county-fair- NEW AT OMA summer-concert-series-tickCelebrate the openets. ing of four new exhibitions from 5 to 7 p.m. May 21 at SHOW YOUR ART Oceanside Museum of Art, The Encinitas Main- 704 Pier View Way, Oceansstreet Association is calling ide. Register at https:// local artists who would like promote their art in the hibition-celebration-5-21/.


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In loving memory of

Anne Ingebretsen Schmitt Johnston December 30, 1929 April 26, 2022

Anne Ingebretsen Schmitt Johnston passed away peacefully on April 26, 2022 at her home in Vista, California, surrounded by her loving family. Anne lived an extraordinary life in her 92 years, and was loved by so many. She, and her twin sister Hilda, were born on December 30, 1929, in Yonkers, New York. Anne graduated from Gorton High School and the University of Rochester. In 1952, she married Joseph Schmitt and together they had three children, Linda, Rick and Lauren. Anne was a born teacher. In her youth she and her twin sister taught dance to children in Yonkers. Later, she taught elementary school in the Bronx and earned a Mas-

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ter’s Degree in counseling from Hunter College. During the summers, Anne taught swimming at camps in New England, offering her own children the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and beautiful surroundings. In 1968, Anne moved her family to Vista, California, continuing her teaching career at Crestview Elementary and Lincoln Middle School. During summer breaks, she taught driver’s training and swimming for the Vista Unified School District. After retirement, Anne continued teaching, tutoring students in Vista’s Home Hospital program and at the Sylvan Learning Center. Her keen intellect, boundless energy, and passion for education benefitted countless students and families over the years. Anne’s life revolved around her family and she was fiercely devoted to them. She never missed a birthday or family event, and loved hosting holiday meals at her warm and welcoming home. Her recipes are legendary, and will be treasured and passed down through the generations. In 1978, our family was blessed when Anne married Warren Johnston, “Johnny” to all who knew him and “Grandpa” to nine grandchildren.

Patricia is survived by her husband of 32 years, Paul Robusto. Daughter, Cheryl Miller Hulslander; two sons Michael Miller and Keith Miller and stepdaughter Annalisa Robusto. Patricia was a loving wife and mother. She worked at La Costa spa for 20 years, before retiring. There will be a Mass at the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside on Monday, May 9. Sea Burial on Wednesday, May 11th We will all miss her dearly.

Patricia Marie Miller Robusto November 13, 1933 April 13, 2022

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Together, Anne and Johnny attended swim meets, water polo tournaments, ballet recitals, volleyball games, and graduations. Anne could be seen around town, proudly sporting gear from UCLA, UCSC, USC, UCSB and the University of Redlands, and bragging about her amazing grandkids! Anne leaves her family with a legacy of love that will be passed along to future generations. She is our hero. Her work ethic, loyalty to family, and indomitable spirit will continue to inspire us in the years to come. By living her life, she taught us all so much. We will never forget. Anne was preceded in death by her twin sister Hilda and her beloved husband Johnny. She is survived by her brother, Carl Ingebretsen, her children, Linda Edwards, Rick (Lyssa) Schmitt, and Lauren Lemieux, her grandchildren, Anne Cordero-Rabe (Cory), Kelsey Edwards (David Urzua), Brian Edwards, Eric Schmitt, Jessie (Neal) Kennedy, Katie Lemieux, Robin Burket (Jon), John Lemieux (Kristin), and Claire Lemieux, and great-grandchildren Johnny and Laney Cordero-Rabe and Knox Kennedy. A celebration of life will be held over the summer.

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enue. Deputies with the Vista Patrol Station tried to pull the car over, but the driver took off. During the two-mile pursuit, passengers started throwing explosive devices out of the car’s window, Buether said. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Bomb/ Arson Unit collected two explosive devices along the pursuit route and rendered them safe, he added. The car stopped in the 1800 block of Queens Way in an unincorporated area of Vista. A search warrant was served for the car and at a house in the 1200 block of North Santa Fe Avenue.

Additional explosive devices, bomb-making materials, rifles, handguns and ammunition were seized, authorities said. Three children, a 14-year-old boy, a 7-year-old girl and a baby were found unhurt in the house. San Diego County Child Protective Services was notified and relatives took custody of the children. The investigation was continuing, but authorities said there appeared to be no specific target for the explosions. No one was hurt and no property was damaged in the incidents. All three suspects were booked at the Vista Detention Facility.


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If you like to talk (and taste) wine, take this road lessons of French vintners “beyond organic.” Flamboyant owner Jean-Charles Boisset “gets in touch with the earth and looks for energy in the field.” Wander the bucolic grounds and generous signage explains the DeLoach philosophy and cultivation methods.

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on’t use the word “experience” when you’re talking about wine tasting with Teri Rolleri, chief “hospitalian” at Orsi Family Vineyards in Healdsburg. “It’s about the difference between service and hospitality,” says the former financial industry consultant (among other careers) and a 15-year wine industry veteran. “Service is doing something for you, and a hospitalian — I made up that word — is concerned with how we make you feel.” And we’re feeling pretty good right about now. We’re parked in one of Orsi’s roomy cabanas sampling a few of its 11 Italian wines, soaking in the bit of Italy that has come to Northern Sonoma County. Earlier, Rolleri escorted us about Orsi’s expansive grounds — dotted with 200-year-old, recently transplanted olive trees — where visitors gather for annual summer concert series. There’s plenty of Italian in the gift shop and a newly painted passenger wagon painted in the colors of the Italian flag.

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THE ARCHITECTURE at Russian River Vineyards provides an Old World feel for visitors who want relaxed, al fresco dining in Northern Sonoma County’s wine country. Photo by Jerry Ondash

“We are unapologetically Italian here,” Rolleri declares. Orsi is one of more than 200 vineyards and wineries on Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road, and one of eight we visited in late March. Over time, we’ve developed a preference for the smaller enterprises be-

cause owners, family and staff never fail to be dedicated, passionate and engaging teachers. They are genuinely happy to talk about the wines of the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys, and even answer the same ol’ questions innumerable times about growing grapes, producing wines

and putting out the product. I’ve never attained expert status, but I’ve learned my preferences and met many interesting people in the process. You’ll find these wineries, as well as area lodging and restaurants, along the Wine Road: DeLoach Vineyards — This winery takes biodynamic agriculture and the

the end of the day. Once seated near the millpond under the redwoods with a view of the vineyards complemented by the music of the nearby water wheel, your motivation to move will be gone. Host/owner Yvonne Kreck can recount her family’s journey in the wine business, how and why it owns the trademark to the “blush” name and the particulars of each wine. Moshin Vineyards — Surprisingly, math teacher-turned-winemaker Rick Moshin says he doesn’t use numbers when it comes to making decisions about the winemaking process. “It’s more of a creative process,” he says, “(and) the vineyards are where the wines are made. If the grapes have no flavor, the wines have no flavor.” Enjoy his wines in the comfortable, renovated tasting room, thanks to Moshin’s carpentry skills. Don’t miss the colorful hummingbird sculpture out front.

vineyard and winery, which somehow cultivates some of its grapes on extremely steep patches of a nearby hillside. Unassuming owner Alex Davis, who studied viticulture and oenology in France and South Africa, clearly loves this work and the setting, which includes “the last stand of redwoods in Sonoma County.” The experience here is heavy on hospitality and light on pretense. Russian River Vineyards — Time your visit to

this winery in Forestville (Northern Sonoma County) so you can enjoy lunch (fresh food, locally sourced) and wine in this spacious, outdoor, Old World setting. An animated Giovanni “Gio” Balistrere, a founding partner, often makes the rounds to chat with guests, spread his infectious enthusiasm and tell the tale of RRV’s resurrection — “it was a dive” — after buying it in 2008. Williamson Wines — An Australian making French wine in California. That’s how former tech company owner Bill Williamson describes himself. Whatever the mix, it works. Throw in a gourmet food pairing when you visit the wine tasting room in downtown Healdsburg, and you have the full experience plus dinner. Porter Creek Vineyards For more photos and — Paco the dog greets vis- discussion, visit www.faceitors who arrive at this

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Odd Files They’re Lovin’ It Rob and Grace Jones wanted to replace a built-in toilet paper holder in their home in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on April 16, which required them to cut into the wall of their bathroom, NBC New York reported. That’s when they came across a most unusual find: a towel containing two McDonald’s hamburger wrappers and a full order of french fries inside. Vintage 1959. “We were expecting the worst,” Grace said. “I was shielding my kids in case there was any dried blood.” More like dried ketchup. “Not a cold case, just some cold fries,” she said. “They were very well preserved.” Must not be many mice in Crystal Lake. [NBC New York, 4/27/2022] Questionable Judgment An American family returning to the United States from a trip to Israel on April 28 set off a chaotic bomb scare at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv when they tried to take an unexploded artillery shell through a security check, the BBC reported. They had found the shell in the Golan Heights and picked it up as a souvenir; at the airport, a family member pulled it from a backpack and asked if it could be put in a suitcase. The security official called for her immediate area to be cleared, but someone

misheard her, and panic ensued. The family members were later questioned and allowed to board their flight. [BBC, 4/29/2022] That’s One Way to Do It As his United Airlines flight taxied to its gate at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on May 5, one passenger apparently couldn’t wait to deplane, WLS-TV reported. So he opened the emergency exit and walked onto the wing, then slid down the wing and onto the runway. The ground crew stopped the man, and he was turned over to law enforcement officers. [WLS, 5/5/2022] Seeing Double ... and More The Mansfield Independent School District in Texas will celebrate an unusual graduation this year, feting 35 pairs of twins in its senior class, along with one set of triplets. Anthony and Angela Morka are among the twins who will graduate at the end of May, CBS News reported. “Knowing that it’s almost over is exciting, but it’s also kind of sad,” Angela said. “It will definitely be a change because we’re not going to be together like we’ve always been,” Anthony added. The district held a special event for the multiples on April 29 at Vernon Newsom Stadium. [CBS News, 4/29/2022] Bright Ideas — Five students at Ponte Vedra High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, have been accused in

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over Robin Diffenderfer, a 23-year-old woman sunbathing on her back in the sand, reported. He struck her right side and mid- to upper back area. She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, and an investigation is ongoing. [, 5/5/2022] Recent Alarming Headline During a funeral in Lambayeque, Peru, on April 26, pallbearers were stunned to hear knocking coming from within the coffin of Rosa Isabel Cespedes Callaca as they carried it, Metro News reported. They lowered the box to the ground and opened the lid to find that Callaca was weak, but alive, following a serious car accident. Cemetery caretaker Juan Segundo Cajo said that Callaca “opened her eyes and was sweating.” She was rushed to a hospital, where she was shown to have faint signs of life, but sadly, she expired a few hours later. Her family members suspect she may have been in a coma following the accident, rather than deceased. Police are now investigating the incident. [Metro News, 5/2/2022]

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1. GEOGRAPHY: Dubai is the largest city of which country? 2. U.S. PRESIDENTS: What was President Richard Nixon’s Secret Service code name? 3. TELEVISION: In which year did the first episode of the animated comedy “South Park” air? 4. HISTORY: What was the former name of the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River? 5. MUSIC: Which instrument is Pablo Cassals famous for playing? 6. LITERATURE: What are the names of Harry Potter’s deceased parents in the book series? 7. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin phrase “bona fide” mean? 8. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a baby fish called? 9. ACRONYMS: What does BMW stand for? 10. MOVIES: What is the song playing in the famous twist scene of “Pulp Fiction”?

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Momma mountain lions and wildlife corridors By Carrie Alidaee & Aida Rodriguez

REGION — Picture this: A mother stretches luxuriously in the warm sunshine while her three children play rambunctiously nearby. Sounds like a typical day here in San Diego, except this is no typical mother. She’s a mountain lion! As San Diegans, we are fortunate to live in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, sharing our spaces with thousands of native plants and animals. Mountain lions are just one of the many fascinating creatures that live in our vibrant San Diego County ecosystem. Like human mothers, a mountain lion mother takes care of her young until they can look after themselves, for lions, ranging from 1.5 to 2 years. Mountain lion mothers only nurse their kittens for the first seven weeks and dedicate the rest of their time teaching their young how to survive independently. Female mountain lions are known to be extremely devoted moms, spending nearly 75% of their lives pregnant or raising dependent kittens. She teaches them how to live in the wild and hunt for their food. Once the children have grown, they will leave their

A MOUNTAIN LION and her cub in Sardina Preserve, part of the Escondido Creek Conservancy. Photo by Roy Toft (Toft Photo Safaris)

childhood home to find a place of their own. Her daughters will stay closer to their birthplace, with a range of around 60 square miles. Her sons, however, are more territorial and will dominate ranges as large as 150 miles. For San Diego populations of mountain lions to remain healthy, they must have enough room to live and move safely to other natural areas to establish

their own territories and find mates ( If you encounter a lion, do not approach them. Make yourself appear larger and more aggressive by raising and waving your arms. Keeping eye contact, slowly walk backward, continuing to exhibit this behavior. Pick up any young children. Wave raised arms slowly. Make noise. Speak firmly and loudly to disrupt their predatory behavior.

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Never run from a lion or crouch down. Most cougars want to avoid humans. Give a lion the time and space to steer clear of you. In San Diego County, human development has fragmented native landscapes preventing the free movement of wildlife across the region. Wildlife corridors are essential in providing wildlife safe access to various habitat resources across varying

landscapes that may change with climate and seasons. Wildlife corridors connect populations of wildlife that human activities might otherwise separate. To address this issue in the Escondido Creek watershed, The Escondido Creek Conservancy launched The Missing Lynx campaign that prioritizes land acquisition in areas contiguous to other preserved lands or which will otherwise help

create wildlife corridors to connect wildlife preserves from Encinitas to Valley Center and Bear Valley. Wildlife corridors should be large enough to accommodate the needs of the mule deer that need a steady supply of vegetation for browsing and for the mountain lions that follow them. Habitat size is important because the larger an area of natural habitat, the more species it can support. All species — including birds, reptiles, and plants — benefit from this natural “freeway,” allowing them to migrate and find new places to live when their habitat changes unfavorably. In the face of climate change, where habitat conditions are changing in response to warmer and drier temperatures, wildlife corridors and mountain lions are especially important in maintaining a healthy balance of plant and animal populations. This natural community is also our community, and it's one that we hope to be able to share with future generations to come. Carrie Alidaee is a longtime volunteer and Aida Rodriguez is an Outreach Associate at The Escondido Creek Conservancy.

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