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Legion post commander is removed
By City News Service
VISTA — The Vista Unified School District has reached an agreement to upgrade and improve its athletic facilities and resources for female student-athletes, resolving a Title IX dispute regarding gender equity at district campuses, it was announced May 25. The agreement with the California Women’s Law Center and Legal Aid at Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports project includes adding more athletic opportunities for girls, building upgraded softball dugouts, bullpens and a scoreboard, and replacing bleachers, among other changes. Construction on a new softball field has been completed at Rancho Buena Vista High School and completion of Vista High School’s new softball field is weeks away. VUSD will also conduct ongoing Title IX training for all district administrators and coaches “to make sure that gender equity is a common language and a continued commitment at all its high schools, supporting a systemic shift toward equity for girls,” according to a joint statement released by the California Women’s Law Center and Legal Aid at Work. The school district was initially contacted “on behalf of their clients regarding the inferior facilities, equipment, and treatment softball players were provided compared to many of the boys’ programs,” ac-
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ESCONDIDO — Michael “Mick” Sobczak was removed as the post commander of J.B. Clark American Legion Post 149 last week and has transferred out of the post after facing a “trial” by his fellow post members, the result of social media posts that surfaced showing his ties to the Proud Boys. In January, the Union-Tribune first reported that Sobczak was removed from two national leadership roles by the American Legion after photos shared on two social media accounts showed him wearing a SOBCZAK Proud Boys jacket and marching with other Proud Boys at a Dec. 12 pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C. The rally eventually turned violent. In a separate video shared on a Facebook account under the name “Mick Florio,” Sobczak bragged about a physical altercation with an anti-Trump activist during a protest in Yorba Linda in Orange County. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Proud Boys as a hate group, and the Anti-Defamation League describes the organization as a gang. Since Feb. 16, Sobczak had been the subject of a trial that would determine whether he would be re-
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Musician and O’side farmer Jason Mraz is elevating SoCal java
By Grant Kessler
REGION — Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Mraz’s passion for coffee first bloomed during his early days playing music in San Diego coffee shops. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the 43-yearold Oceanside artist in recent years has added a new outlet for his creative talents -- coffee agriculture — with hopes of putting California on the coffee-growing map. “I started my career working in coffee shops playing music in the corner of venues,” Mraz told The Coast News in a phone interview. “When I was 18
or 19 I would go hang out at a diner all night with my journal and write poetry and drink the crappiest coffee ever.” Mraz joins a host of other celebrities with an interest in coffee agriculture, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Jackman, and Ralph Lauren. The singer will return to the virtual stage on May 20 and 21 for a concert that was previously recorded at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern. The performance will feature old classics and new tracks from his 2020 album, “Look for the Good.” His newest release, however, is the highly
sought-after Geisha coffee, a variety of coffee arabica beans that’s helped put the 17-acre Mraz Family Farms in Oceanside on the map. “Traditionally you can only get (coffee) by importing it from other countries, so there was an opportunity in California to try to break ground on a new industry of a very old product,” Mraz said. Mraz Family Farms’ Geisha coffee boasts a wholly different blend than your usual cup of joe, advertising “qualities of peach pie, dried apricot, and jasmine,” according to Frinj Coffee, its Santa Barbara-based distributor. Attached to such a so-
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Escondido nixes cannabis sales By Tigist Layne
ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, May 19, and, after a lengthy discussion, directed staff not to take action toward legalizing the production and sale of cannabis in the city. The discussion on potentially commercializing cannabis in the city did not require a vote, but council did decide on a 3-2 vote to maintain the existing prohibition of cannabis production and sales. Councilmembers Mike Morasco, Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia were against pursuing cannabis sales; Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez and Mayor Paul McNamara were in favor. The issue was first on the council agenda on March 24, in addition to a resolution to accept up to $75,000 in Cannabis Equity Act Grant funding. The council, however, voted 3-2 to postpone the discussion to a later date. The discussion came one week after the deadline to accept the grant funds. At its March 24 meeting, the council received 131 public comments on the issue, with 110 voicing
support of legalization and 21 opposed. These were not read aloud at that meeting because the discussion was postponed. At the May 19 meeting, the council heard 18 public comments, the majority against legalizing cannabis sales. McNamara decided not to have the previous 131 comments read aloud, explaining that it wouldn’t be an efficient use of time. Martinez expressed her disappointment that the previous comments would not be read aloud and that the meeting was scheduled one week after the grant deadline, which she claimed was “done intentionally.” Martinez also brought up the concern that several organizations have already indicated that they would put the issue on the ballot if the council doesn’t address it soon. “There will be dispensaries in Escondido … more than half of the voters support legalizing cannabis,” Martinez said. “I see this as something that’s going to happen in our city, and I would much rather get ahead of it and us have control of where these dispen-
saries would go … and who is going to make these decisions.” City staff also highlighted this concern in the staff report. “Cannabis regulations adopted by voter initiative leave a city with little control over the form of regulation, and yet the city still bears responsibility for administering the same regulations,” the staff report said. “Moreover, regulations left to adoption by initiative offer no guarantee of a funding mechanism to cover the costs of administration.” This is what occurred in the City of Vista in 2018. Morasco said that if the issue were to go to a ballot, he believes Escondido residents would vote against it. “I don’t care about tax dollars from cannabis … just like I don’t care if we get one single tax dollar from prostitution or from gambling or anything else,” Morasco said. “If something were to come up … I have the faith that the citizens of Escondido would have the strength and the ability … to keep Escondido the city of choice for families, youth and everything else except for cannabis.”
Ex-CSUSM dean facing probe over expenses By Tigist Layne
SAN MARCOS — A former dean at California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) is being investigated by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for allegedly spending tens of thousands of dollars on improper travel expenditures. Michael Schroder, who was the dean of extended studies until February 2020, was dismissed by the university after the Union-Tribune reported at least $41,000 in unallowable expenses. Schroder is also being asked to make restitution for these expenses. Margaret Chantung, the school’s chief communications officer, said she could not disclose how much restitution is being sought or any further information provided to the District Attorney’s Office related to Schroder
MICHAEL SCHRODER is under criminal investigation for spending tens of thousands of dollars in unallowable expenses. Photo courtesy CSUSM
due to the ongoing criminal investigation. A spokesperson for District Attorney Summer Stephan said they do not comment on ongoing investigations.
According to the 2019 formal audit conducted by the CSU Chancellor’s Office into expenses incurred by Schroder between July 2017 and June 2019, these expenses included a Guns N’ Roses concert and an NFL game that he billed as official college business. “We found that the dean submitted fraudulent hospitality claims in at least 33 instances for the period from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019. Attendees the dean listed on many of his hospitality meal claims stated they were not at the meal. Further, the dean engaged in excessive spending by frequently staying at hotels that exceeded the allowable California State University hotel maximum and claiming reimbursement for business-class airfare with either inadequate
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Low-cost housing? The state keeps ignoring new realities
SONGS: Correcting the record
By Al Bates
ecently I had the opportunity to join my colleagues from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) at the May 13 Encinitas Environmental Commission meeting. We had asked to present at the meeting to correct the many erroneous claims made by the Del Mar-based Samuel Lawrence Foundation at the April 8 meeting of the Commission. This was important for us to do. As a nearly 40-year resident of Encinitas, I want my community to have the facts about SONGS and how spent nuclear fuel is safely stored there. This includes bodies such as the Environmental Commission (and city councils). Much of what they heard from the Foundation April 8 was just plain wrong. I speak from experience. Nuclear energy has been my career since leaving college with a degree in nuclear engineering. I started at SONGS in 1980 and have worked at other nuclear plants in this country and overseas. For instance, the commissioners were told that our canisters will crack, and nuclear material will leak into the ocean, land, and air. What was not explained was the science to support the assertion. Spent nuclear fuel is a solid, ceramic pellet. The canisters contain no liquid, only inert helium gas. Squeezing a solid pellet, itself sealed in a 14-foot-long zirconium-steel alloy fuel rod, through a microscopic crack would be physically impossible. Furthermore, the spent fuel canister itself is surrounded by a steel liner, which is then surrounded by 10-foot-thick concrete. This amount of concrete shielding, unaffected by any hypothetical canister cracking, effectively reduces the outgoing radiation to tiny fractions above natural background levels. Bot-
tom line: Nothing gets out. The commissioners also heard a claim that our canisters “cannot be adequately monitored, inspected, repaired, or replaced.” The U.S. has been storing spent nuclear fuel in welded-lid canisters since 1986 with no impacts to people or the environment. At SONGS, we have been doing so since 2003, with a similar record. The canisters have a service life of 100 years or more. At the Commission meeting, we provided links to hundreds of pages of peer-reviewed papers and documents from credible state and federal regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the California Coastal Commission to support our positions. The Foundation provides no technical data or studies to support their claims. As to repair, we helped develop an industry leading method using a metal coating that bonds to the canister surface, an application used by the Department of Defense for military applications. The Foundation dismissed it as “spray paint.” What is it? A process that takes heated metal particles suspended in helium and uses a de Laval nozzle to accelerate those particles to supersonic speed, which results in metallurgical bonding with the base
metal on impact. We don’t anticipate ever using it at SONGS, but we have it ready to go. Regarding inspections, again we undertook an industry leading effort using robots and a borescope that can see detail down to 0.001 of an inch and inspected eight canisters in 2019 with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission observing. Our inspection and maintenance program for the vertical storage system was reviewed by an independent engineering firm under the auspices of the Coastal Commission, which subsequently approved it. The inspections were performed consistent with ASME-approved Code Case N-860. The Samuel Lawrence Foundation believes the spent fuel at SONGS will be on our coastline forever. I don’t share that view. The Action for Spent Fuel Solutions Now coalition, made up of private and public sector entities, is actively working to ensure the federal government fulfills its obligations and removes this fuel from the Southern California coastline. I believe we have a choice: Do nothing or take action. I believe taking action is in our community’s best interest. Al Bates is a regulatory and oversight manager at Southern California Edison.
rom Sacramento comes word that the median price for a single-family home in California skyrocketed by 24% over less than one year, topping $810,000 in May, a rise of almost 30% from the previous year. At the same time, one developer of “affordable” housing in Southern California revealed that the average cost of a two-bedroom unit in a new four-story, 48-unit building that will target low-income families, comes to $729,265. Much of that tab will be picked up by local taxpayers, and the building is pretty typical of so-called affordable housing all around California. Such buildings, the developer said, will likely “increase affordable housing opportunities for families who often have difficulty finding appropriately sized housing” in the region. Even if thousands of buildings like this one were constructed around the state over the next six years, they wouldn’t come close to solving California’s housing shortage, which some experts say is the main reason median prices keep rising steeply. Gov. Gavin Newsom plumped during his 2018 campaign for building 3 million new units by 2025, a total that won’t even be approached. Rather than focusing on ways to really resolve the state’s housing problem — and thereby deal simultaneously with the homeless crisis which now sees more than 160,000 individuals sleeping outdoors or in mass shelters every night, winter or summer — state and local officials persist in trying to build ever more expensive new structures. That’s happening, unreasonably, while the potential solution involving very little new construction stares these same local and
state “experts” in the face. The answer is simple, and will resolve problems for many disparate interests. It’s also inevitable, even if many state legislators and developer interests refuse to see it. That solution has been obvious since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, when thousands of businesses sent their white collar workers home to do their jobs at the same time the businesses themselves started campaigning to get out of long-term leases. Because many of those companies are delighted to let employees stay home post-pandemic, thus cutting their real estate costs, billions of square feet of former office space are now vacant, most of it likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Law firms, stock brokerages, insurance companies, internet firms — essentially office-based businesses of all types — are dumping their leases, moving to smaller quarters and enjoying the fact their employees appear to be just as efficient away from the office. Polls indicate about two-thirds of onetime office workers prefer to stay home, where they can set their schedules more independently and save money on both child care and commuting costs. That leaves building owners holding the bag. Many are real estate investment trusts whose shares are sold as investments to folks expecting regular div-
idend payments. The main way for them to recover their investments in office towers and other buildings will be to turn them at last partly into residences, as this column first suggested in April 2020, when the trend became obvious to anyone looking. The current office vacancies do not exist just in California. The New York Times the other day headlined a long-ish story on the office-conversion scene there “Eerie Emptiness in New York.” Quite a contrast to the many previous tales of overcrowded Manhattan. Once buildings are converted either wholly or in part to residential units, much of the housing shortage will disappear. It’s a far cheaper and easier task than building billions of new square feet, often in places where existing residents don’t want them. That means fewer lawsuits, less disruption of established neighborhoods, more convenience for most residents. It also means fewer construction jobs, although there will still be plenty of work involved in drywall, carpentry, electricity and plumbing shifts, plus construction of new elevators. But the buildings’ profiles and footprints will not change, giving neighbors little to gripe about. The real question here is why legislators and local city council and county board members keep pushing more and more new construction, which is obsolete and hard to sell even before it’s built. The answer most likely lies in campaign donations from developers and building trade unions. So once again, it’s money interfering with inevitable progress and problem solving. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com.
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Issa introduces military health care bill San Marcos mayor gives State of the City address By Tigist Layne
REGION — Congressman Darrell Issa, who represents the 50th Congressional District, introduced a bill last week that aims to protect military retiree health care by extending the deadline for military veterans to transition into new health care policy changes. Since Jan. 1, 2021, certain TRICARE retirees (who entered the military before Jan. 1, 2018) have 180 days to establish a payment plan for new enrollment fees. The TRICARE Retiree Protection Act would extend the 180-day grace period to one year, to prevent these veterans from losing their health coverage. According to the bill, covered beneficiaries that have not received covered notice, can also, at any time during 2021, re-enroll in TRICARE Select. “When it comes to our veterans, promises made must be promises kept. “The TRICARE Retiree Protection Act is common-sense reform to extend a transition period so military retirees don’t lose health care coverage for themselves and their families,” Issa said. “I am proud to work with Senators Daines and Manchin to ensure that this consensus solution goes forward and protects those who served
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REP. DARRELL ISSA’S bill would protect military retirees’ health care by extending the deadline for policy changes. Photo via Facebook
our country.” TRICARE is the federal health care program for uniformed service members, retirees, and their families around the world and is managed by the Defense Health Agency under the Assistant Secretary of Defense. U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced the companion legislation in February 2021. Issa, an Army veteran himself, has spoken about veterans and the military as one of his key platforms. “Service members and veterans come from all it or Ticket” seat belt campaign. During the campaign, which runs through June 6, officers will enhance enforcement of seatbelt laws.
Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information NEW CITY OFFICIAL IN VISTA via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Amanda Lee has been appointed to the position of KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE Vista Assistant City ManagThe North Coastal er by City Manager Patrick Sheriff’s Station would like Johnson. Lee, who recently to help you keep your home served as assistant to the safe whether you are taking city manager, will fill the a long vacation or a day trip. position left vacant by Aly They are doing this by offer- Zimmermann, who left to ing a free home security con- become a city manager in sultation. During a Home northern California. Lee Security consultation, a has been with the city since Sheriff’s Crime Prevention 2013. Specialist will review your home entry points (i.e. win- ROTARY BACKS LA POSADA dows and doors), lighting, Rotary Club of Carlslandscaping and security in bad has earmarked a sizable order to make recommen- donation for The Friends of dations on how to properly La Posada Homeless Men's secure your home. Contact Shelter on June 10. The fathe North Coastal Sheriff’s cility helps men get off the station Crime Specialists street for approximately 60 Gary Rivers at gary.rivers@ days while they work with sdsheriff.org or Jonathon counselors and professionSimon at jonathan.simon@ als to get a job and housing. sdsheriff.org to set up your free consultation. NEW CANNABIS OUTLET STIIIZY cannabis TOP AWARD FOR NEW VET brand has expanded its reSolana Beach resi- tail footprint with the opendent Alyson Fitzgerald was ing of its new store at 415 awarded the Dr. William F. La Tortuga Drive, Vista on and Helen R. Irwin Memo- May 22.. The brand’s new rial Award from the Kansas store of 1,680 square feet State University College of will be managed by Nadya Veterinary Medicine. Fitz- Guiterrez and is projected gerald also earned her Doc- to create 40+ new jobs for tor of Veterinary Medicine local residents. in May. BUCKLE UP
The City of Carlsbad Police Department joins forces with the California Office of Traffic Safety to promote the annual “Click
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• Southern New Hampshire University named to its Winter 2021 dean's list Gregory Olwynne and Shaila Mehta of San Diego; Christina Pimentel, Rachel Mills, Arianne Arnold, Roshanda Pierre, Emilee McEachon, Raul Barcenas, Kimberly Isla and Alexandria Weeden, all of Oceanside. • University of Mississippi Spring 2021 honor roll named Alexandra Shea Friedman, Ryan Howell, Anna Brooks Reed and Bailey J. Thompson of San Diego; Sofia Arline King and Naomi Michele Ryder of Solana Beach; and Braden Brooks Zegras of Carlsbad. GREAT GRADUATES
At the University of Maryland Global Campus, from San Marcos, Renatta Foston earned her Associate of Arts; Micah Joshua McRae earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology,; Joseph Manuel Arruda earned an Associate of Arts; amd Patrick Ray earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration From Oceanside, Zachary Price earned an Associate of Arts; Sylvia Madison earned an Associate of Arts; Timoteo Camacho Barrientez earned a Bachelor of Arts in History; Nina Ridgley earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Humanities; Andre Augustus Tyree earned a Bache-
lor of Science in Criminal Justice; Jovan Rojas Aguilar earned a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity; Michael Anthony Jackson earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity; Kimberly Lynn Schultz earned a Master of Business Administration; and Christopher James Houston earned a Master of Business Administration. From Vista, Ashtyn Rybecca Lamb earned an Associate of Arts and Alexis Russell earned an Associate of Arts. Lance Catanach of Camp Pendleton earned an Associate of Arts. CSUSM NAMES VP
Jessica Berger was appointed Cal State San Marcos University’s next vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the CSUSM Foundation. Berger currently serves as assistant vice president for development at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, where she oversees the Office of College Advancement. GRAND OPENINGS
The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce will welcome three new businesses to Encinitas with ribbon-cutting ceremonies for JD Legal at 3 p.m. June 1 at 322 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 210, Encinitas; then Broad Street Dough Co. at 8 a.m. June 4 (“National Donut Day”) at 967 S. Coast Hwy 101, Suite 109-B, Encinitas and Drybar Encinitas hair blowout facility, 10 a.m. June 4
SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones delivered the 2021 State of the City address on Wednesday, May 19, hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. The virtual event highlighted themes of resilience and innovation while paying a special tribute to frontline workers. The event started with messages from sponsors followed by a tribute to local healthcare workers who were on the frontlines of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Councilwoman Maria Nuñez then highlighted Kaiser Permanente, which is set to open a new 7-story hospital in San Marcos by 2023. Councilman Randy Walton highlighted San Marcos’ North City neighborhood, which is the new downtown district that is still only 25% developed. Once completed, it will include new housing, restaurants and businesses with an emphasis on sustainability. This was followed by a message from Councilman Ed Musgrove paying tribute to Palomar Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the county, and an overview of the Discovery Village Development Proj-
SAN MARCOS Mayor Rebecca Jones. Courtesy photo
ect by Chamber CEO Rick Rungaitis. During her address, Mayor Jones highlighted some of the city’s programs that helped residents navigate through a COVID-19 year, including the business sustainability program, the rental assistance program and the various virtual solutions the city implemented in place of city services. “Our city has taken an innovative approach at every bend in the road, charting our course for recovery. There is certainly renewed hope on our horizon, and it's important to reflect on what this community has accomplished in the past year,” Jones said. Jones highlighted local TURN TO STATE OF THE CITY ON 8
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Man guilty of bicyclist's death, other charges Buried in ‘treasure’ By City News Service
REGION — A man who fatally struck a bicyclist in Escondido, then fled the scene, faces at least 30 years in state prison when he is sentenced next month. Jamison Connor, 42, was convicted by a Vista jury on May 20 of seven felony and misdemeanor counts that include child endangerment and various counts related to drug possession and being a felon in
possession of a firearm. Connor was also set to go to trial last week on gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run counts related to the Nov. 23, 2019, death of Vista resident Kevin Lentz, 36, but pleaded guilty to both of those counts the day his trial began, according to Deputy District Attorney Drew Garrison. Lentz was riding on La Honda Drive when he
was struck head-on by a dark-colored Toyota sedan just before noon. The car involved in the crash was found ditched by its driver a short distance away, police said. Lentz died at the scene. He is survived by his wife and young son. Connor was arrested five days later during a traffic stop, at which time officers found methamphetamine in the vehi-
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The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) invites bird lovers to sign up for the Parrot Education and Adoption Center webinar 4 to 5 p.m. May 28, with Beth Lipski educating current and potential bird owners on the proper care of companion parrots. Register at https://face4pets.org/.
The La Costa chapter of the North County Parkinson's Support Group will meet via Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. June 2, Speaker will be Roberta Robinson, attorney, discussing “Estate Planning For People With Parkinson's And Their Care Partners.” For a Zoom Invite, contact email@example.com.
Camp Invention, a nonprofit summer enrichment program, is coming to San Marcos Elementary the week of June 14 through June 18. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention is for grades K to 6. Find camps and pricing at invent.org/programs/
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or no justification,” the audit said. Schroder sought and received reimbursement for 182 hospitality expenditures totaling $36,675, according to the audit report. “When we questioned
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moved from his position or from the post altogether. John Smartt, the post’s former 1st vice commander, directly under Sobczak in the chain of command, told The Coast News via email that the trial concluded on Saturday, May 22: “Michael Sobczak is no longer Commander of American Legion Post 149. Additionally, he appeared at the Evidentiary Hearing that was scheduled on May 22nd
cle and a gun in the glove compartment, which he is not allowed to have due to a felony conviction for assault. Connor was also driving under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine on Nov. 28, prosecutors alleged, and with his son in the vehicle, prompting the child endangerment charge. Sentencing is scheduled for June 21.
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Emaline Kennedy’s first-place poster (above) in the 2021 Vista Irrigation District contest. Kennedy, a fourth-grade student from Grapevine Elementary, received first-place honors from the district for her entry in the 2021 Water Awareness Poster Contest. She received a $100 award and her poster will appear in the 2022 Water Awareness Calendar, available free of charge at the district’s office in November 2021. Courtesy photo
The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library will hold a ‘Huge Book Sale’ fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5, at 602 Civic Center Drive in Oceanside. The Friends are relocating and need to reduce inventory. Fill up a bag of books for $5 or buy any single book for $1. All money raised will fund Library programs. Call (760) 435-5560, or visit oplfriends.org.
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Del Mar Fairgrounds has numerous seasonal job opportunities available including parking attendants, traffic controllers, security guards, ticketing attendants, janitors and administrative positions. Join the team this summer at HOME*GROWN*FUN and apply online at delmarfairgrounds.com.
A 40-Hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training is being offered from experts presenting on the dynamics, danger and effects of intimate partner violence in
our society and how to support and empower survivors in their healing. The lessons combine self-directed online study with live virtual sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25. Register FAIR TICKETS ON SALE by June 1 at surveymonkey. Tickets for com/r/40hr2021. HOME*GROWN*FUN presented by the San Diego County Fair are now on sale at sdfair.com. For the safety EQUINE PHOTO SHOOT of our patrons, tickets must Bring your family or be purchased prior to the whomever you like and your event. All admission tickfavorite horse. Ivey Ranch ets are $10 and children is hosting a photo session, 5 and younger are free of offering photos taken from 2 charge; parking is $12 per to 4 p.m. June 5 at 110 Ran- vehicle. Guests must select cho del Oro Drive, Oceans- a preferred arrival time ide. Requested donation is at the time of purchase. $100. Make an appointment HOME*GROWN*FUN will at iveyranch@yahoo. The open each day at 11 a.m., photos will be received dig- close at 9 p.m.
the dean about his trips and the related reimbursement claims, he repeatedly responded to our questions by saying that he could not recall or did not remember pertinent pieces of information,” the report said. For two years, the final approval of the dean’s fraudulent travel and hospi-
tality claims were reviewed and approved by his supervisors, the provost for academic affairs and the vice provost. However, both said in 2019 that they did not review the dean’s claims very carefully, as they trusted others to do so. According to the uni-
versity, Schroder is the only current or former CSUSM official under criminal investigation by local prosecutors. Schroder is also the first administrator in the university’s 32-year history who has been subjected to a restitution demand. Schroder could not be reached for comment.
at the Post and through his attorney, provided a copy of his transfer out of Post 149 effective May 20, 2021. The post’s board, which consists of three officers — Smartt, a judge advocate and a disinterested party — conducted Sobczak’s trial. Smartt said that the post had completed its elections and that a new commander would be installed on June 5. Smartt said that he would serve as acting commander until then. According to the post’s election announcement via
Facebook, the new commander will be Mike Frank. Sobczak was also up for re-election. In the post’s May 2021 newsletter, released April 28, a message from “Commander Mick Sobczak” urged members to vote. “Over the past few months, you have been sent numerous emails discussing me due to a newspaper article written and published on January 3, 2021,” Sobczak wrote. “During this time, an effort was made to embarrass me publicly and
usurp the power of the Post Commander.” He goes on to condemn the post for violating bylaws and talking to the media. Sobczak has a right to appeal the verdict, according to the post’s bylaws, but it is unclear if he will do so. He did not respond to requests for comment and has previously declined multiple requests from The Coast News. The members “look forward to putting this difficult time behind us,” Smartt said in his email.
Not a golfer, but still want to join in? Just come for dinner and an auction at the FORE the Casa Kids Golf Tournament at 4:30 p.m. June 4 at the Vista Valley Country Club. Dinner will be served in the clubhouse with outdoor options on the terraces available. Visit casadeamparo.org/ FORE-the-Casa-Kids. STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
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ne man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Anyone’s trash is my daughter’s treasure. All I can say is, it doesn’t come from my side of the gene pool. Too quick to blame? Am I? Let me just say that no car of ours has ever seen the inside of a garage. Let me add that you cannot walk a straight line through my husband’s home office. Let me introduce Exhibit C, my husband’s car. He rarely ferried children anywhere because his back seat was filled with stuff. Jackets, hats, maps, books, newspapers, tools. I didn’t dig below the first layer. I was afraid I’d lose a finger to something that had made its home there. After decades of marriage, I have given up the fight. I might have held strong but I had children. One of them snatched up every strand of pack-rat DNA. The other one is a boy. Now I’m basically outnumbered. If you want my daughter’s eyes to absolutely shine, give her $3 and point her toward a garage sale. My worst memory is when the garage sale was right across the street, and by the time we got over there, everything had been marked free for the taking. If my then-12-year-old could have backed up a truck, she would have done it in a New York minute. As it was, she nearly came to blows with another woman who was matching her grab
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cording to the statement. Amy Poyer, senior staff attorney at CWLC and Title IX co-counsel, said, “We are pleased that Vista Unified has agreed to take the steps needed to ensure girls have the same opportunities, treatment and benefits as boys. “This resolution shows that even in challenging times, during a pandemic, schools can and must prioritize providing an equitable educational environment for female and male students alike.” The changes VUSD instituted will make the district “a leader in sports equity among CIF San Diego Section schools,” which according to the organizations must add a total of 47 participation activities for girls in order to comply with Title IX, the federal law that requires all schools receiving any amount of federal financial assistance to maintain gender equity in their athletic programs. “Vista Unified is
for grab. My sweet, generally shy child started stuffing boxes like she hadn’t a toy to her name. Within 10 minutes, you could no longer find my living room floor. You could find a slot-car set with no cars, several sheets of leftover tile, an old dish drainer, a dirty rug, a broken basket made of pine cones sprayed gold, a really swell plastic Halloween bowl, half a travel game, a red tulle dress that might actually add to our costume box and a miniature spa that squirted water all over. There was more, but those are the highlights. When asked to pick up her newly acquired pile of stuff and find a place to put it all, she turned to me without the smallest twinge of conscience and said, “But there’s no room left in my bedroom.” The space in the playroom attic and beneath her bed is filled with brimming Rubbermaid containers. Her closet floor is covered with plastic baskets, also brimming with every cheap party favor ever given her, every comic book, 100 dried-up marker pens, one-eyed stuffed animals and assorted game pieces. I have quit hoping to win the lottery. I just want the “Antiques Roadshow” to roll through town. Something in that tacky pile must be worth something. But I know, with the words “No, don’t throw that out!” ringing in my ears, the item that would have caught us a spot on that show and an appraisal in the thousands was that one absolutely hideous, useless thing I gave to the thrift shop, just last week. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer still cornered by clutter. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. committed to implementing our value of equity throughout the district,” said VUSD Superintendent Matthew Doyle. “Athletics is a key aspect of our instructional program, and we are working diligently to ensure that female athletes have the support and resources they need to reach their full potential. “Our two new multimillion-dollar softball fields at Rancho Buena Vista High and Vista High are a testament to our commitment to equity for our female athletes.” Kim Turner, director of legal aid at the Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports project at LAAW, and Title IX co-counsel, said, “Having equal opportunities to play sports is so important for girls, starting at a young age and continuing throughout their life. “Girls who play sports get higher grades, have better physical and mental health, and make higher wages as adults. 95% of female executives of Fortune 500 companies played sports growing up.”
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Epiphany Prep appeal for renewal fails By Tigist Layne
ESCONDIDO — The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) unanimously denied an appeal from Epiphany Prep Charter School on May 12 in which the school asked for a two-year renewal. The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) board unanimously rejected a five-year renewal for Epiphany Prep Charter School in February, after the state deemed the school “low performing.” Epiphany Prep is in the process of challenging the decision with county and state officials in a lawsuit that claims the district and the California Department of Education is not accounting for growth in student learning. The charter school, which opened in 2016, serves over 750 primarily low-income students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. More than half of the school’s students are English learners, at least 91% are from low-income families, 98% are Hispanic and 100% of students receive either free or reduced lunch. The board heard a presentation from Epiphany Prep President Daniel Rivera and the school’s principal Anna Lozano-Partida on why the school should be renewed. The board received 24 public comments on the issue, with the majority of in support of renewing the charter school. EUSD Superintendent Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra shared a public comment promising a smooth transition for Epiphany Prep’s students, families and staff if the appeal is denied. “I want to remind the board to let the data speak for itself… our board made the determination that [Epiphany Prep]’s petition for renewal did not meet the requirements for renewal,” Rankins-Ibarra said. “Please keep in mind that the decision here tonight starts with the presumptive denial of a 2 and 5-year renewal… the staff report is quite compelling and mirrors the concerns we found in our review.” Gregg Robinson, District 1 board member, raised concerns that portions of the performance data that Epiphany Prep presented seemed to contradict the SDCOE staff’s data and EUSD’s data. Board Vice President Rick Shea proposed a motion to deny the renewal. “I have grave concerns of its ability to remain fiscally sustainable and serious concerns about the academic performance and progress, particularly of children with disabilities. I find our staff report complete and compelling,” Shea said. The board unanimously supported Shea’s motion.
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Senior living residents commit to volunteering By Tigist Layne
ESCONDIDO — May is Older Americans Month, and Redwood Terrace Senior Living in Escondido is highlighting two of its residents that, for years, have dedicated their time and energy to serving their communities. For more than 4 years, 80-year-old Michiko Rice has participated in the RARE Bear program, which provides custom, handmade teddy bears to children with rare diseases. A lifelong quilter, Michiko uses leftover cotton fabric to make the intricate teddy bear “skins” from scratch. After they’re stuffed, she and other volunteers sew them together and embroider eyes, nose and other features. After Michiko’s husband retired from his work as a dentist in the Navy, they started volunteering in the community together. “We used to help with Meals on Wheels… and help volunteer at the community clinic, taking care of children and we also used to drive cancer patients to chemotherapy,” Michiko said. “I don't know, I just like to help people and make people happy.” Michiko said that she probable makes more than 30 bears each year, but her favorite part about it is seeing photos of how happy the children are with their bears.
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VISTA — Vista Irrigation District has awarded college scholarships to eight high school seniors and selected three fourthgrade students as winners of two separate district‑sponsored contests. Kulpreet Chhoker from Mission Vista High School, Kylie Konyn from St. Joseph Academy and Delanee Haskins from North County Trade Tech High School each received $2,000 as winners of the Vista Irrigation District 2021 scholarship contest. Izak Bunda from Guajome Park Academy, Anthony Jones and Malia Leonard from Rancho Buena Vista High School, and Colby Rafail and Juan Ramirez from Vista High School each received $500 as runners-up in the scholarship contest. Emaline Kennedy, a fourth-grade student from Grapevine Elementary, received $100 and a first-place honor from the district for her entry in the 2021 Water Awareness Poster Contest (see Page 6). Paul Gomez from Empresa Elementary received a second place award of $50 and Matthew Potter from Alamosa Park Elementary received a third place award of $25.
MICHIKO RICE, 80, a resident at Redwood Terrace Senior Living in Escondido, holds teddy bears that she made for the RARE Bear Program. Michiko has been volunteering with the organization for more than four years. Photo courtesy of Redwood Terrace
“I think I have about eight pictures of kids with some of the bears I’ve made. You don't get that picture every time, but once in a while you get one, and it’s a very special gift,” Michiko said.
Pat Kellenbarger, one of Michiko’s neighbors at Redwood Terrace, has dedicated much of her life to volunteering. The 84-year-old has worked with countless organizations and causes
throughout her life including making helmet coolers for troops overseas, collecting bras and bags for local homeless women, maintaining Little Free library stations near the community with children’s books,
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advocating for the welfare of thousands of junior enlisted military families and making trauma pillows for kids in emotional crisis. I am either blessed or cursed within an ordinary amount of energy for my, for my age,” Pat said. “And I have been blessed by God with DNA, with a caring heart and a history of caring hearts in my family to help other people.” Pat, a Marine Corps widow and former social worker, was the director of a nonprofit organization for 14 years responsible for helping junior military enlisted families in trouble. “I have a heart for helping other people. I always have,” Pat said. “I serve on several boards of directors. I am also a very active hands-on volunteer and I work with three or four agencies in the San Diego area. This year with COVID, I have also been helping my neighbors and friends here at Redwood Terrace, those that can't get to the grocery store and the pharmacy and things like that.” Pat said she has no plans to stop her volunteer work any time soon and that she can’t wait for what is to come. “I’m 84 — or as my husband said, ‘39 and holding,’” Pat said. “I’m so grateful for all that I’ve gotten to be involved in, and I’m so excited to keep it going.”
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Seniors return to Adult Day Health Center at West PACE After more than 420 days of limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit Gary and Mary West PACE are resuming in-person recreational programming at their state-of-the-art center in San Marcos. “Our Adult Day Health Center provides the much needed in-person socialization our participants have desperately needed after a long year of stress and isolation,” says Rena Smith, executive director, West PACE. “We have taken the highest safety measures to bring participants back WEST PACE is resuming in-person recreational programand look forward to finally ming at its San Marcos facility. Photo courtesy of West PACE seeing their smiling faces again.” opened their doors to the their physical and mental community in October well-being,” says Dr. Ross West PACE has always put 2019. To continue serving Colt, medical director, seniors first, especially seniors who currently live West PACE. “Bringing our during COVID-19 in their own homes in a safe participants back to the Established with a manner, West PACE quick- Adult Day Health Center grant from the Gary and ly transitioned most of allows us to provide the fiMary West Foundation, the their services to telemedi- nal pieces of holistic medinonprofit West PACE is an cine and home visits. cal services for seniors that innovative model of perIf there was an urgent we are known for and alleson-centered healthcare medical matter, then par- viate the stress of long-term which improves the lives ticipants were transported isolation.” of North County San Diego to their clinic co-located in The center, located at seniors age 55+ who may the day center. But the so- 1760 Descanso Ave. in San lack extensive caregiving cial engagement activities Marcos, will operate at a reand healthcare resources at they offered at the center duced operational capacity home. were pushed to the wayside to start, and will re-evaluThe onset of the pan- for safety reasons. ate as necessary. demic occurred just six They will adjust the “No one knows the true months from when the extent of this pandemic – daily attendance at the nonprofit held their grand especially the damage it Center per Federal and opening and officially has done to our seniors and State guidelines. West
PACE has safety protocols in place to help seniors and family caregivers feel at ease. All staff at West PACE have been fully vaccinated and will continue to wear PPE. COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates PACE model of care is a way of the future PACE is a program providing all the care and services for older adults who otherwise need nursing home level of care as covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal and as authorized by the interdisciplinary team. Services offered include medical care, transportation, nutritional assistance, dental care, in-home assistance, pharmacy services, social engagement, caregiver training and support groups, and more. Over 90 percent of PACE participants are able to successfully remain in their homes and communities. There is also a reduction in ER visits and hospital admissions among seniors. West PACE also accepts people enrolled only in Medi-Cal and people who want to pay privately. To request an in-person tour of the West PACE Adult Day Center, please visit www.westpace.org or call 760-280-2230.
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Vista council takes first step toward adult use marijuana By Steve Puterski
VISTA — After a discussion on adult-use cannabis, the City Council at its May 25 meeting unanimously consented to give the green light for city staff to draft an ordinance. Additionally, the council also unanimously approved adjusting its permit fees under the Cannabis Management Program as it significantly cut fees for businesses with and without delivery. As of July 1, medicinal marijuana dispensaries with delivery will pay a total of $19,967, while businesses without delivery must pay $11,128.
Those fees are $8,000 and $11,800 less, respectively, than what was approved last June, according to Vista City Clerk Kathy Valdez. In 2018, Vista voters approved Measure Z to allow medicinal use and since then, the council has approved allowing testing, manufacturing and distribution in the city. Additionally, tax revenue jumped from $1.3 million in 2019 to $4 million this past year and is estimated at $4 million for the next two fiscal years; although city staff expects more than $5 million, according to Council-
man Joe Green. “All dispensaries have proved to be good players,” Green said. “We can cut down on outside businesses that are unregulated.” In the run-up to last year’s election, he said he wanted to pursue expanding the city’s marijuana industry. His proposal also includes a 7% tax rate, same as medicinal, which would add between $780,000 to $1,000,040 in revenue for the city. Additionally, he said the city could then use the money to fund programs around youth drug prevention. Also, he, along with others on the council, said it would help alleviate the illegal shops popping up, saying those are like playing “whack-a-mole” when it comes to law enforcement. Mayor Judy Ritter expressed concerns with adult use, mostly around advertising and marketing toward kids. Several residents and those associated with the North Coastal Prevention Coalition opposed the city’s pursuit of recreational use for adults. They said the businesses lack enforcement from regulators, send the wrong message to kids and invite crime to the city. However, proponents said with a fully legal mar-
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CONSERVANCY HONORS SOCAL LILY In honor of the recent National Endangered Species Day, Escondido Creek Conservancy wanted to highlight the Orcutt’s Brodiaea (Brodiaea orcuttii). This cluster-lily is native to Southern California and primarily San Diego County. Each flower has six purple petals and is found in moist meadow areas. There is a long-term countywide effort to monitor populations of this flower and other rare plants. Conservancy Conservation Manager Juan Troncoso took this photo in the watershed region of a conservancy preserve. Photo by Juan Troncoso
ket, it would reduce the illegal shops and those customers as there would be no need to secure a medicinal identification card. Councilwoman Corinna Contreras said it succinctly. “Prohibition does not work,” she said. “It did not work for alcohol and it’s not working for cannabis.” The council, through staff drafting an ordinance, will make compliance and decoy operations a priority. Also, Contreras said moving to adult use will al-
low only those people 21 or older to access marijuana, compared to 18 with a medical card. Councilwoman Katie Melendez said it is also important for the city to ensure equity for those marginalized communities and people of color who are more likely to be “victimized” by enforcement. The council agreed to include her concern in a later discussion as staff reviews those city-specific ordinances. Councilman John
Franklin said the city will look at enforcement tactics and strategies to build the ordinance around. Additionally, he said it is important for the city to protect the businesses and those jobs. He also noted how Oceanside recently approved modifying the city ordinance to allow recreational use, while Vista may or could allow its medicinal dispensaries a path to adult use. Meanwhile, Escondido recently declined to approve recreational use.
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able from the insurance service organization,” Jones said. “Only 37 fire departments in the state of California and 348 fire departments nationwide have earned this distinction.” As well as the city’s sheriff’s department, as the city’s crime rate has dropped 40% in the last 5 years. Jones briefly touched on the city’s Climate Action Plan update and the Housing Element update that the public can stay informed on through the city’s website. She also promised a summer of activities, events
and even the return of 4th of July fireworks on the horizon. “As we move back towards what was once business as usual, we will never forget the integration and resilience of our city and local businesses to weather the storm and continue dreaming big,” Jones said. “The city of San Marcos is a diverse, vibrant community that we can all be proud to call home. We know that it takes a collective effort from all of us to dream big, move our city forward and achieve great things into our future.”
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businesses owners in her address, Steve Munsen, owner of dos Desperados brewery, and David Susuga, owner of Umami Japanese, for their perseverance in carrying their businesses through a difficult year. Jones then paid tribute to the city’s fire department. “I commend our worldclass fire department for achieving the prestigious class one public protection classification, the highest level of recognition avail-
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Supervisors OK plan to ‘reimagine and restructure’ foster youth school By City News Service
ESCONDIDO — San Diego County supervisors last week unanimously approved a proposal to “reimagine and restructure” the Escondido-based San Pasqual Academy, which educates and houses foster youth, in a manner consistent with state and federal law. Supervisors also directed Helen Robbins Meyer, county chief administrative officer, to work with stakeholders to ensure that SPA also serves young people with different needs, to look at ways to serve alumni and explore the possibility of transitional housing, and enter into agreement with the state for an extension until June 2022 that also allows for a transition. The academy is slated to close in October due to declining enrollment. State and federal law changes regarding foster care will also end funding to SPA, described by county officials as a first-in-the-nation residential educational campus designed specifically for foster youth. Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher suggested the changes, saying a restructure was necessary for San Pasqual to stay open. “Our commitment to the youth in our county compels us to find creative and new ways to best meet the
SAN PASQUAL educates and houses foster youth. File photo
needs of our most vulnerable,” Fletcher said after the meeting adjourned. “While the model will change, our commitment to our youth and services at this location remains the same.” Fletcher said the board needed to look at all options under state and federal law. SPA can continue to be a place that serves our youth, he said, “but it’s going to be different. It cannot remain as is. If we get focused on that, there's gonna be a lot of good things we can do.” Supervisor Jim Desmond originally proposed requesting an extension for the academy, but withdrew that after Fletcher put his suggestion forward. Despite a difference of opinion over the academy’s long-term future, the topic has “sparked a lot of passion and energy,” Desmond added. “We all agree we’ve got something really good here. This is a jewel of San Diego County. I hated giving up on it altogether.”
Desmond said while he strongly supports SPA's existing program, he also understands that the state won’t allow that. In March, supervisors had unanimously agreed to ask the state Department of Social Services to extend the academy’s operations. Before the supervisors voted May 18, they heard from academy supporters. Andrea Reynolds, a member of Friends of San Pasqual Academy, reminded supervisors that by the time a foster child comes to SPA, he or she has “been through horrific circumstances,” including homelessness. Many are traumatized, angry and in pain, and need more care than a typical foster family can provide, she said. “At SPA, the teens can heal among their peers,” Reynolds added. “You cannot re-create this sense of community.” The meeting was the first in over a year that featured limited in-person attendance. Previously, board meetings were closed due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Along with high-level county staffers, Fletcher and fellow Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas were seated in the chambers of the county Administration Building, located on Pacific Highway.
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Bagby Beer owner talks big changes, surviving pandemic beginning, they were one of the breweries that understood the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic and north all the possible what-if’s county that came with it. I reached out to Dande Bagby, co-owner of Bagby Beer with her husband Jeff, ryan woldt to see how they are doing s anyone else bummed at this moment, and if, like about the May Grey, me, they are starting to reand impending June engage with the world. Gloom? If only there was some-thing that could Cheers: Hey Dande, cheer me up. Oh wait, there thanks for catching me up is! Beer! Beer and for the on what's going on at Bagfirst time in a long, long by. You've been very honest time going out into the with your customers about world. the impact of Covid-19 There are certainly throughout the past 13 challenges to re-engaging, months. At this moment, and old social skills need to what is the physical and be relearned, but there are emotional status of your plenty of beers to try along company and team? the path. Dande: Of course! Like Bagby Beer has, like everyone, the COVID-19 me, also been in a state pandemic had a massive of hibernation. From the impact on our business and
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on us as individuals. It is changed, and also that we not hyperbole to say that are so tired! we are forever changed, It has been an emotionour business is forever ally and physically exhausting endeavor that is really tough to put into words. One of the realities of owning a business is that to at least some degree, you have a say over the direction things go, and some influence over that. This situation upended that paradigm in some ways, as the ability to steer the outcome was out of our hands, or so it felt at the beginning. Convenient Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm It was clear that there Sat., Sun. 9am-7pm was some diversity in how www.SanMarcos.Care both people and businesses were handling the pandemic, how it was affecting them, and of course, we know now how polarizing and political the entire subject became. We knew that our business and personal values would come into play, and as individuals, we are quite principled. This meant that we’d take a clear unwaver-
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ing stance, and hold steady. So that is what we did, and continue to do! But, this isn’t without consequence. Due to our delayed reopening, we have lost virtually all of our previous employees, save our Lead Brewer Brandon and our Executive Chef Robert. The original core of our team is quite small but is even more galvanized than ever because of everything we’ve been through together. We have a new (much smaller) team, lead by our new and uber-experienced Operations Manager. Training started last Monday for the crew and is progressing. These are really great people who seem to really embrace the Bagby vision of committed hospitality and teamwork and we are thrilled to have them. It has allowed us to start at zero, and introduce them to us, our place, our goals and values, and that has been a fun and rewarding piece so far. Cheers: What does the near future hold for Bagby Brewing? How difficult is planning now com-pared to say, six months ago? Dande: Bagby Beer will be different! We are affectionately referring to us as “Bagby 3.0” and much like a new software release, there are some new features. The structure and foundation re-main intact and stronger than ever, but some of what our guests will experience will be unique. Our food
menu, for example, is 100% new. There is no single dish that existed before. We did so much reflection over the past year and realized that the food component was largely tied to what we offered when we opened, which was generally a reflection of our Chef at the time, and who we were then. We have changed, our Chef has been with us for coming up to 5 years, and we believe strongly in him and his talent. We needed him to reimagine the kitchen entirely, the staff, the food, the plating, everything. Our menu is awesome. Every single dish has a story, some connection to an inspiration he or one of us has had. In general, the food is far more thoughtful, with depth, interesting ingredients and developed flavors. Oh, and nearly every dish will have a plant-based version—not a version that can be made plant-based—an actual designed and dedicated plantbased plate. We’re pumped to share these dishes with everyone. We also know that there are tons of our guests who we love and have missed, that are really connected to our former menu. This is a big reason we didn’t make this shift before. But, the time is now. We have to uncouple ourselves so we can find a truer reflection of who we are now. We’d love for folks to come back with an open mind. Ordering will be from the table, using our online ordering platform. This system has been upgrad-ed nicely over the past 6 months or so, and we think it is working well. We will also offer coun-ter/bar service for those who’d prefer to order in person. Reservations, large party and group events will start booking in July. As far as planning, it is so much easier than it was three, four or five months ago when there were so many unknowns. All indications are that the pandemic is ebbing and we can reasonably antiTURN TO CHEERS ON 11
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Frinj Coffee, an agricultural cooperative for continental America’s first coffee farms. Since then, Ruskey has partnered with about 50 California farmers, including Mraz. Ruskey, CEO of Frinj Coffee, first met Mraz six years ago at the avocado farm the artist had recently acquired. Ruskey told Mraz that avocado and coffee are companion crops that require nearly the same care above and below ground. Yet avocados don’t cover the cost of organic farming so Mraz added coffee crops, excited by the Geisha’s scarcity in the region and its sentimental value in his early career. Geisha is “such a unique tree, such a unique taste. It also has a story, it’s one of the most sought-after coffees in the world. So already there’s a bit of romance around this character,” Mraz said. “The fact that Geisha can be grown here and still reach the same sort of grading and scoring quality that it does in other countries and in other (coffee) contests … it was a pleasant surprise.” Ruskey said that Geisha coffee’s distinct floral and tea-like taste is shared by no other bean in the world. It’s comparable to a fine wine to be enjoyed among friends and family, say Mraz and Ruskey. When asked about its steep price point, both Mraz and Ruskey cited the difficulties in growing a crop that requires high altitude and precise timing and often produces just half the yield of some of its peers. Best grown in tropical regions like Ethiopia and Colombia, the bean is hand-picked from the ripest coffee cherries. The price tag is also influenced by the organic certification process and the fair and livable wages that Mraz is committed to providing his team. Mraz takes a different approach than the average celebrity with their name attached to a product. For the singer, farming has become a counterweight to his day job, a calming juxtaposition to the frenzied life as a touring musician — both passions lend to each other. “I would come home from tour and I would put my hands in the earth and watch something grow. It kind of introduced me to the patience of a long project … you have to surrender to earth pace,” Mraz said. “It helped me do that in my creative art as well. … I’ve got a lot of musical ideas, album ideas, show ideas, but they don’t need to be done today. I can just nurture those ideas and when the right season comes then that song or that album will be the right fit for that time.” Both Mraz and Ruskey hope their model for agriculture inspires existing farmers and newcomers to the field. The company now partners with a number of
Southern California farmers looking to diversify their crops. The two farmers’ partnership is helping to solidify an industry still in its bloom. While sustainable coffee agriculture in the region was previously thought impossible, Mraz and Ruskey are inviting the world to indulge in their dream of California coffee. “We do want other farmers to take that chance because the more people that get on board, the more mills there will be and the more coffee there will be for Californians to enjoy,” Mraz said. “The price will eventually go down because it won’t be as rare. There will be more of it for all of us to enjoy and hopefully, young people will GEISHA VARIETAL cherries at Mraz Family Farms in want to move into agricul- Oceanside. Once roasted, the beans fetch up to $800 per ture.” pound. Photo courtesy of Bird Rock
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cipate that trend to continue, and that is a huge relief. There is still a lot of confusion though, and many regulations to navigate, so it will be great when we can just get back to normal operations. Cheers: You just launched a new canned beer program. Congratulations! What has the response been, and how did you choose which of your beers to make available in cans? Are there plans to distribute outside the brewery? Dande: Cans are fun! It has been great fun to see our beers in this format—the ease of grabbing a 4-pack or case is so cool (versus hand-filling crowl-
ers). So far the beers we have canned are those we had just brewed, so that has been the deciding factor. We really would love to see folks take a 4-pack home with them after their time at the brewery, or swing through on their way to a barbecue to stock up. We have ordered a new 3-door reach-in [cooler] that we are installing in our main bar for this retail aspect. *** Order beer for pickup (limited hours) at www. bagbybeer.com, and follow their Instagram @BagbyBeer for updates on their reopening. Read the full interview at www.thecoastnews.com
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Banking while surfing the American recovery’s wild economic tides getting deals done patrick a. howell
ince the onset of the pandemic in February 2020, the coronavirus has dictated economic outcomes. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the American economy experienced an unprecedented and historic expansive growth from 2009 until the pandemic struck in 2020. In fact, according to the same IMF blog, the “Great Lockdown” has been the worse economic downturn since the Great Depression, including 2007’s Great Recession. Enter A.J. Moyer, CEO of C3bank, a seasoned financier at the top of his game riding a declining COVID-19 tsunami in the global economy's vast ocean. And just like a surfer taking down gnarly waves in Fiji, Costa Rica and Western Samoa, or closer to home in Southern California, Moyer is focused on the market’s ebbs and flows to make a lasting footprint in North County and the region. No doubt Moyer’s experience as a globe-trotting surfer (Moyer is a former team captain of the University of San Diego’s surf team) contributes to his clear-eyed appreciation of capricious market conditions. “That’s how we operate our business, with cautious optimism. So, we are prepared for any type of scenario,” said Moyer. “The economy continues to move forward, but in banking,
we’re always looking at different scenarios as well.” A class valedictorian with years of experience as a senior auditor and C-level accounting executive, Moyer effortlessly alternates from a macroeconomist's mindset to a regional banking manager intimately familiar with the pulse of a fickle local economy and unpredictable macro-conditions. Specifically, Moyer and his team at C3bank are focused on three key ideas: small business survival, growth and positive cash flow exceptionalism. “With our diverse (ent repreneu rial) background on our board (of directors), from an optometrist to an engineer who holds A.J. MOYER many patents nationw ide, the common denominator is they have all been familiar with different forms of business forecasts and have run multiple companies in their careers,” Moyer said. That is serendipitous for North County, if not a positive local business omen — a team of tenured small business owners, with nearly 200 years in relevant experience, running a bank that seeks to partner with small businesses. For example, C3bank originated over $175 million in payroll protection program (PPP) loans to support local business owners throughout the pandemic. And Moyer’s cautious optimism is aligned with leading national economic indicators. In the first quarter of 2021, national unemployment statistics are down and jobs are up; average hourly earnings are up, and real gross do-
mestic product (GDP) has increased. All indicators including consumption, investment and interest rate indicators point to an ongoing recovering market as well as economy. There is an inverse correlation between diminishing COVID-19 statistics and the collective economic fortunes of all. Weekend and weekday eye tests show entertainment venues reopening, vaccinated people coming together without masks per CDC guidelines, increasingly congested commutes to the workplace and car lines outside the schools. GDP increased at an annual rate of 6.4% in this year's first quarter. Many economists are bullish on their 2nd and 3rd quarter 2021 forecasts. Moyer also has some strong ideas about coming out of a once-in-a-century pandemic. “And so, what we are doing is re-engaging with customers as much as we can and reassessing their strategic plans with them,” Moyer said. “Some companies have struggled very mightily with the COVID impact. Some have actually done really well and maybe sitting on a surplus of cash. “So, from our perspective, our goal is to reconvene with these local business owners, understand what they're trying to achieve going forward, how their businesses have developed over the past year and how we can best assist them looking forward.” There it is again — the effortless balancing of a regional manager mindset with a C-level executive toolbox that has made C3bank a local bedrock providing small business super fuel. Established in 2014, C3bank (formerly First Na-
tional Bank of Southern California) has branch locations in Encinitas, San Marcos and Riverside. The bank enjoys a unique economic niche — just three locations occupy nearly 10% of the local market, according to the Federal Depository Insurance Company (FDIC.gov). As a company, C3bank competes with Wells Fargo, JP Chase and Bank of America, outflanking any number of small independent local institutions. In 2014, C3bank’s assets were $140 million. Today, the financial institution’s assets total nearly $625 million.
C3bank is ranked as one of the fastest-growing banks in California and continues to be rated as one of the healthiest banks in the nation (depositaccounts. com). Two national rating services, Bankrate.com and Bauer Financial, have both given C3bank their highest five-star rating. Indeed, Moyer knows a thing or two about the balance sheet, income statements and putting a deal together. And he and C3 Bank seem intent on getting small business deals done in North County San Diego.
II, I will focus on Moyer, C3bank and PPP relief. Forthcoming columns will feature Carlsbad’s True Diagnostics and also take a look at Carlsbad as a national and international economy.
Patrick A. Howell is an award-winning financier, tenured entrepreneur and author of “Dispatches from the Vanguard” (Repeater Books and Penguin Random House, 2020). He is co-founder and president of Victory & Noble, a storytelling and media company, as well as host of the show “Getting Deals Done.” AUTHOR’S NOTE: In Part
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CARLSBAD — After several years of planning and a recently completed remodel and transformation of its physical space, the Museum of Making Music will celebrate its grand reopening to the public on June 15. Upon reopening, the MoMM’s special exhibition area will feature a new display, “A Moment to Reflect.” The limited-time exhibition will center on the intrinsic experience of making music through instruments found throughout nature and in the world-at-large. The re-envisioned Carlsbad-based cultural institution will offer four new galleries and a multimedia-rich
approach on the ecosystem of music products, their history, and cultural impact. “In the years since our opening, we've seen enormous changes in music, society, technology, and, by extension, in the many industries involved with musical instruments and products,” said Carolyn Grant, executive director of the MoMM. “This new musical landscape, coupled with our growing and shifting audiences, made it clear to us that the time had come to modernize the MoMM with new technologies and innovative storytelling. We’re excited to offer a new look at MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC in Carlsbad will reopen to the the people and products that public on June 15 with a new display entitled, “A Moment to bring music to our world.” Reflect.” Photo courtesy of Museum of Making Music
As the only museum of its kind in the world, the new MoMM welcomes visitors on a journey of musical exploration and discovery as told through instruments, artifacts, and multimedia displays featuring video stories, photographs, performance clips, and interviews from the instrument creators, artists, and industry innovators. Across the MoMM’s four new galleries, guests will experience key themes of “Making the Instruments,” “Providing the Instruments,” “Using the Instruments,” and “Beyond the Instruments.” The MoMM’s hands-on opportunities also under-
went a redesign at “Sit & Play” stations throughout the galleries. In the Interactive Gallery, there will be a suite of instruments for solo exploration and collaborative performances. Available instruments a banjo and a MOOG synthesizer. With a focus on the youngest music makers, the Interactive Gallery also includes a dedicated area featuring hand drums, ukuleles and more to encourage hands-on instrument access. Admission to the MoMM is $15; $10 for seniors, students, and active military. Additional information is available at museumofmakingmusic.org / reopening.
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Way, Oceanside. Cost: $90. All supplies for your original artwork will be provided. Register at oma-online. org. Drawing inspiration from Van Gogh, O’Keeffe, and Hockney, join Robin Douglas to explore their distinct styles and shared love for outdoor landscapes.
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The Carlsbad Oceanside Art League is sending out a call for artists to be part of its 69th annual Open Show Aug. 4 through Sept. 5. Prizes include $2,300. The deadline to enter is July 10. Enter through onlinejuriedshows.com. MOVIE THEATER REOPENS
Regal Oceanside, at 401 Mission Ave., Oceanside, reopened May 21. Lionsgate’s “Spiral” will headline including “Those Who Wish Me Dead” and
The Oceanside Theatre Company is reopening The Brooks Theater for twoweek Youth Theater Camps in June and July. “Broadway By the Beach” will focus on theater skills such as singing, dancing, acting, and even poetry and choral reading for youth ages 7 to 17. Pre-registration at https://oceansidetheatre. org/2021camp.
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Oceanside’s Channel, KOCT Television is kicking off its 40th year by hosting the KOCT Live Virtual Tour and Annual Fundraiser on June 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. The KOCT Fundraiser will take viewers on an MUSIC ON THE GRASS Get tickets now for the in-depth tour of the local Carlsbad Music Festival community television stalive music with “Eclectic tion and more. Viewers can
tune in live on Cox Channels 18 and 19 or view online at KOCT.org. To donate NEW AT THE EAP Escondido Arts Partor for the latest updates, go nership invites all to visit to KOCT.org its corner of creativity at Juniper Street and Grand Avenue, Escondido. May Art Exhibitions at the EsPAINTING PLEIN AIR condido Arts Partnership Grab your brush, start with “Re-envisioned, paints, and sense of adven“through June 4, shows ture to join the Oceanside more than 30 local artists Museum of Art and local reworking found objects, artist Kate Joiner to “Paint art mediums and processes Plein Air Sunset At The Lain the Municipal Gallery. goon” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 2, at the end of South Pacific Street, Oceanside. Cost is $15. Participants must provide their WILD AT THE ROXY North County musician own materials. Register at Hailey Wild will be playing https: // 90085.blackbaudhosting.com / 90085 / Lets- the keyboard, guitar, and Paint-Plein-Air-Sunset-At- singing live from noon to The-Lagoon. The event is 3 p.m. June 5 at The Roxy, in connection with OMA’s 517 S. Coast Highway 101, upcoming Plein Air Festi- Encinitas. Wild plays a mix of jazz, pop, classic rock, val July 24 to July 31. and her own original music. For more information visit haileywild.com.
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The Oceanside Museum of Art is hosting an online lecture: The Essence Of Nature (An Art Journey) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 10. Cost is $5. Join Robin Douglas for an exploration of nature as an artistic muse. Sign up at oma-online.org.
Shows at the Escondido Arts Partnership at Juniper Street and Grand Avenue, Escondido, includes, in the Expressions Galleries, “Everyday People,” a group show. The PhotoArts Group has “Captured Moments” and a trio of talent in Gallery Too with Linda Doll, Virginia Cole and MAINLY MOZART Enjoy the magic of live Carol Mansfield. classical music under the stars at 7 p.m. June 11 and June 12 as Mainly Mozart ART OF NATURE brings Mozart, Beethoven The Oceanside Muse- and more, under the baton um of Art hosts a two-day of Maestro Michael Franworkshop, The Joy Of Na- cis, to the Del Mar Surf ture, 1-4 p.m. June 7 and Cup Sports Park. Tickets at June 9, at 704 Pier View mainlymozart.org.
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hope I don’t jinx things by saying that it appears that we are coming out of this pandemic. Lots of people are more than ready to head for destinations that provide a change of scene, allow for social distancing and aren’t further than a half-day’s drive. The towns in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County check all those boxes. Solvang, Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez are nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south and the San Rafael Mountains to the north — unique because these mountain ranges run eastwest, unlike most ranges that run north-south. This makes for ideal grape-growing and hence the reason the valley is popular with anyone who enjoys wine. However, this wine region flew beneath the radar until the 2004 film “Sideways” hit the theaters. The story revolves around a pre-wedding, bachelor-buddy road trip. Nearly the entire film was shot in this region, showcasing the charming countryside and family-owned restaurants and wineries. Fifteen years later, it’s good to discover that the film’s popularity did not spoil all that the valley has to offer. Its towns and 60 wineries are still lowkey, scenic, welcoming and beautiful. If you go: Stay: Vinland Hotel and Lounge is located just as you enter Solvang from the west and only a few minutes’ walk to the heart of the activity. Updated rooms are spacious and reasonably priced. Top suites come with a partnership with three nearby wineries, offering
THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY Botanic Garden, just west of Highway 101 in Buellton, is serene and instructive. Its 2.5 acres within RiverView Park highlight local flora and fauna and provide plenty of elements to hold children’s interest. Photo by Jerry Ondash
YOU CAN FIND fresh aebleskivers, a traditional Danish sweet treat, any time of day at the Solvang Restaurant, which also serves up generous breakfasts and traditional Danish foods. The interior features extensive wood carving by Danish artist Ferd Sorensen. Photo by Jerry Ondash
THE VINLAND HOTEL and Lounge is the gateway to Solvang’s vibrant downtown. It’s a couple minutes’ walk to restaurants, the Elverhoj museum, boutiques, galleries and bakeries where visitors get a taste of Denmark in the Santa Ynez Valley. Danish immigrants settled here in the early 20th century. Courtesy photo
guests exclusive perks and experiences with the vineyards. The V Lounge opens to a patio and offers savory tapas. Not-to-miss: shrimp and quinoa lettuce wraps
and the spanakopita. The lounge offers reduced-price happy hour drinks and even specialty cocktails. Breakfast: Solvang Restaurant is the place to
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syrup or a combination of the three. Owner Jeff Paaske promises fresh aebleskivers all day because the restaurant has a dedicated, full-time aebleskiver-maker. The menu features generous breakfasts and traditional Danish foods. Bonus: The restaurant’s authentic, colorful, intricate woodwork created by Danish artist Ferd Sorensen, considered the father of Solvang’s architecture. Lunch: Industrial Eats
in Buellton prides itself in creating tasty, seasonal dishes from locally sourced sustainable farms. Sit out under the trees or at communal tables at the repurposed warehouse and enjoy pizza from wood-fired ovens or other menu items that offer plenty for both meat-lovers and vegetarians. Herbs and spices are used liberally and the menu makes for interesting reading. Dinner: Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez is everything you want in a traditional Italian restaurant and more. You’ll see plenty of local patrons, so you know the fare is worthy. The menu also offers gluten-free and vegan choices. Especially tempting: Melanzane alla Parmigiana (eggplant, tomato and parmesan cheese) and Faroe Island salmon cooked in the pizza oven. Seating inside and out leaves plenty of room between patrons. Anytime: Santa Ynez Sausage Co. in Buellton is new to the Santa Ynez Valley food scene, and these are not your father’s sausages. The offerings mix it up with ingredients — pork, chicken, lamb and artful blends of cheeses, vegetables, and herbs and spices. A vegetarian sausage is also available. All of this served up from a vintage Airstream trailer on the property, adjacent to the Sideways Inn, featured in the 2004 film. See and do: Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden, in Buellton’s RiverView Park, is a 2.5-acre natural retreat that offers both shady serenity and a place for kids to play and learn about the local environment — the Santa Ynez River watershed. The butterfly garden, willow maze, play elements, artwork, good signage and covered picnic tables will keep everyone’s attention. Thank the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden Foundation for this gem. For more photos and commentary, visit www. facebook.com /elouise.ondash.
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