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NOV. 12, 2021

Vista council knocks SANDAG over mileage tax By Steve Puterski

interpreted by many as yet another attack on independent contractors and freelancers by unfairly conflating their need for emergency financial assistance with the state’s failure to protect against massive fraud. In 2019, the former Teamster boss targeted the same group of Californians during her push to pass Assembly Bill 5, a contentious state bill that upended the state’s $1 trillion gig economy and jeopardized the livelihoods of millions of independent contractors, freelancers and self-employed workers — many of whom are still reeling from the double

VISTA — A resolution opposing the San Diego Association of Governments vehicle-miles-traveled tax was approved by the City Council during its Nov. 9 meeting. The item was brought forward by Councilman John Franklin, who said he brought it to the council because he’s responded to numerous complaints from residents, in addition to concerns that the SANDAG Board of Directors has been vague regarding a number of questions. (The Escondido City Council also adopted a resolution opposing the plan. See story, Page 7.) SANDAG last year unveiled its 5 Big Moves, also known as the 2021 Regional Plan, and it calls for a massive $172 billion investment in public transit. The funding mechanisms, though, have come under fire as the plan proposes charging drivers per mile on top of gas taxes, adding managed lanes (toll roads), scrapping highway projects along state Route 78 and Interstate 5 and 15, plus calling for two voter-approved tax increases in 2022 and 2028, which were discussed during SANDAG’s Oct. 29 meeting. The VMT tax is proposed at 2 cents per mile, but the state is also studying a VMT tax, which would also be 2 cents per mile. In addition, the Biden administration, through the Build Back Better infrastructure bill, would also include a voluntary VMT program to study the issue. No cost is detailed in the bill. Some of the goals of the regional plan, meanwhile, are to increase ridership to 10% of residents and cut greenhouse emissions by 20% to meet state man-

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10-year-old lineman Lucas Obligado (99) and his teammates on the La Costa Canyon Mavericks 10U Pop Warner football are headed to the national championships in Orlando, Florida, next month after defeating the Oceanside Running Pirates, 30-0, on Oct. 30 in the West Coast Conference championship game. The Mavericks include players from Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside and San Marcos. Photo by Erin Margerum

Gonzalez comments on EDD fraud draws freelancer pushback By Jordan Ingram

REGION — A San Diego lawmaker’s recent statements on social media claiming a federal program designed to help independent contractors receive unemployment benefits was responsible for billions in stolen benefits while seemingly ignoring a host of well-documented problems within the state’s own unemployment agency have prompted backlash online. On her personal Twitter account, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) tweeted on Oct. 25 about rampant fraud perpetrated against the California Employment Development Department (EDD), which she

LORENA GONZALEZ represents San Diego in the Assembly. She was the author of the controversial AB 5, which upended the state’s gig economy. File photo

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blamed on a self-certification process on unemployment assistance forms: “Please don’t write about the EDD Fraud in CA without noting that this wasn’t the traditional unemployment insurance. This was largely a result of PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) — which was a taxpayer funded benefit for individuals who didn’t have an ‘employer’ that paid into UI (Unemployment Insurance) & needed a safety net. Without an employer record of payment, we had to let 1099 workers (independent contractors) and self-employed folks self-certify. That allowed for massive fraud.” But Gonzalez’s remarks were

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Holiday Express train ride returns this December By Staff

OCEANSIDE — The COASTER Holiday Express train ride is coming back to town this year for two weekends to allow more families to take part. This annual North County Transit District holiday tradition for families offers a 65-minute round trip ride from Oceanside to Solana Beach on a festively decorated COASTER train. During the ride, children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa Claus and his merry friends. Tickets are $20 and are available at GoNCTD. com/holiday-express-2021. NCTD is holding this event on two weekends, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 and Dec. 11 and Dec. 12, with trains departing at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Holiday Express runs rain or shine from the Oceanside Transit Center and takes passengers on a journey down the coastline, riding on the festive holiday COASTER train. During the event, riders will sing along with carolers, relay holiday wish lists to Santa Claus and his elves, and spend time with princesses. In keeping with state and federal orders, masks will be required on the train. Strollers and bikes are not permitted on board.

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Vista seeks options for possible homeless shelter By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The Vista City Council approved moving forward with a request for proposal to possibly build a homeless shelter during its Oct. 26 meeting. The council approved the recommendation for staff to create a request for proposal (or RFP) along with continuing regional discussions with other cities and the county regarding homelessness. The council said they want options for its shelter proposal to allow for flexibility and potential to reach scale for, perhaps, a less expensive cost to the city. According to Sylvia Solis Daniels, Vista’s housing program manager, Exodus Recovery conducted a count of homeless over the last four quarters from October 2020 through September 2021. The results were a total of 427 homeless with a majority being men and between ages 25-59, she said. Veterans accounted for 7% of the population. Another count by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless tallied 281 homeless in Vista in 2020. While the council did not give staff a timeline on the RFP, the issue is one of priority and will return to the council as soon as possible. One challenge for Vista has been those who decline housing, Daniels said. Those include a dorm-

VISTA CITY COUNCIL asked staff to create a request for proposal (RFP) to explore options for a possible homeless shelter in the city. File photo

like living environment, too many pets, unable to co-habitat in the same bed or a previous negative experience. “If we do this now, it’s going to be like drinking from a faucet instead of a fire hose,” Councilman Joe Green said, referring to the state possibly forcing cities to build shelters. “What we’ve been doing hasn’t been working. Our goal is to get our homeless population sheltered and back as productive members of society.” The shelter will be allowed in a commercial or

industrial-zoned area of the city. However, the cost came as a significant concern to Mayor Judy Ritter and Councilman John Franklin. City Manager Patrick Johnson said the cost is between $25,000 to $50,000 per bed per year to operate a shelter. Franklin also expressed concerns with the current contract of beds not being used and questioned whether the city should focus on getting those beds filled before moving forward with a shelter. Councilman Joe Green

said some smaller hotels and motels could be possible locations, noting they’re already built, have separate rooms and can allow for wraparound services. Ritter, meanwhile, said it’s a significant cost and one the city must bear for years to come. She also had concerns over where to build, those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol and who would manage those individuals. However, Ritter said, “the bottom line for me is where is all the money going to come from?” Councilwoman Katie

Melendez, who is a social worker, championed more personal spaces for homeless individuals at shelters, noting it allows them to compose themselves and take stock of their situation. Additionally, she said more entities are moving forward in a more innovative and compassionate way to handle the homeless, opposed to leaving it to law enforcement and the criminal justice system. She also hammered home the shelter must be low barrier, citing examples of other shelters where such barriers impede progress. And by creating more personal and safer spaces, the city can reach more individuals and help reduce recidivism, Melendez added. Councilwoman Corrina Contreras said transportation is a huge barrier for the homeless, noting it can take more than one hour for someone in Vista to reach a shelter in a neighboring city. “I don’t think we need to operate a massive operation,” she said. “I want us to produce a really effective shelter that will meet the need. We can have and operate a smaller shelter that’s more integrated into the community,” she said. “I want us to produce a really effective shelter that will meet the need. We can have and operate a smaller shelter that’s more integrated into the community.”

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att R. from Vista had an ache in his shoulder after a fall and was feeling frustration with the time it was taking to heal. “After nearly four months, I was beginning to think it would never get better.”

Chronic pain affects many people and can be difficult to deal with. Whether it’s shoulder, low back or knee pain, it can keep patients from doing the hobbies and activities they love. More than 25 percent of people in the United States experience some sort of debilitating, chronic problem. Chronic pain is defined as pain that is present for longer than three months. It can be consistent or come and go and can happen anywhere in the body. It can present in the form of arthritis, back or knee pain, cancer pain or neuralgia pain, etc. The most common symptoms are: •aching •burning •shooting •stiffness and throbbing

To make matter worse, chronic pain can lead to other issues such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. “It doesn’t matter what time I came home from work, I always love to shoot hoops with the kids, but my shoulder pain was keeping me from spending that time with them. I was so tired during the day because I wasn’t able to sleep well. Every time I move, the pain woke me up,” said Matt. Fortunately, Matt found Dr. Jennifer Antoine from Acupuncture Wellness in San Marcos, who is using the time-tested science of acupuncture along with technology originally developed by NASA that assists in increasing blood flow and expediting recovery and healing to treat this chronic problem. After treatments, Matt was back in the driveway with his kids. “I was shooting and blocking like I did in the past, and it felt good to be back out there with them creating memories and

hanging out! I even started keeping up with them again.” If you’re feeling the same frustration with chronic pain that Matt did, contact Dr. Jennifer Antoine at Acupuncture Wellness today to see how she and her team can help you. Dr. Antoine is now accepting new patients, and an initial consultation is required to determine whether you are a good candidate for her personalized and comprehensive treatments. Call (858) 312-9319 today to schedule!


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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle: How to do it the right way

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ov. 15 is National Recycling Day, a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling. Recycling has incredible benefits to our environment including reducing water pollution, saving energy, conserving natural resources, and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. You might think you know what should go into those blue bins but, unfortunately, around 20% of what gets put in recycling bins is not actually recyclable. When non-recyclable items are put in the blue bins, it can contaminate recyclables that can actually be recycled and creates a risk for workers and machinery at recycling centers. 3 rules to recycling the right way: 1. Empty: Make sure everything is completely cleaned out and empty meaning very little to no food residue should make it into the recycling bins. 2. Dry: Because you want everything clean and empty that means you are washing it but liquids in the recycling bin can ruin other items making them unrecyclable. 3. Loose: Since you have a trash bag in your trash can, you might think it makes sense to have one in your recycling collector as well, but all items should be placed in the blue bins loose and not collected in a bag. Now that you know the general rules to recycling, let’s review what is and is not recyclable. These 4 categories are recyclable: 1. Paper: This includes

newspaper, magazines, clean food cartons, junk mail and flattened cardboard. Remember that when paper is wet or soiled, it should not be recycled — instead compost it. 2. Plastic: The recycling symbol we are familiar with doesn’t necessarily mean it’s recyclable — that sign is just indicating what kind of plastic it is. To simplify, only recycle plastics that are larger than a credit card and are a bottle or a container. Always put the lid or cap back on. 3. Glass: This category is a little easier — only bottles and jars that are clear or colored. 4. Metal: Aluminum cans and bottles, clean foil and metal containers make up the recyclable metals.

needed space in landfills — they can only hold so much as our population grows. It also reduces the amount of litter in our neighborhoods and waterways! 2. Saves energy: When you recycle, you give a second life to materials that are no longer of use to you which also reduces that amount of air and water pollution that happens when new material is created. 3. Protects the environment: When we cut down on the amount of new materials and natural resources we need to extract from the earth, whether through farming, mining, logging, etc., we protect vulnerable ecosystems and wildlife from harm or eradication and allow them to exist for generations to come. 4. Creates jobs: When you recycle, you are also contributing to your local economy through jobs. These are just a few of the benefits of the simple act of putting the right thing in the blue bins. It’s more important than ever to ensure the right and non-contaminated items make it to the recycling centers. We all play a key role in protecting our environment and taking small actions can make a big difference.

These 4 categories are not recyclable: 1. Film plastics such as grocery bags, produce bags and other thin plastics can get caught in sorting equipment. Try using reusable bags instead! 2. Tangling items like clothing, hangers, rope, wire, etc. can really cause damage to recycling centers. 3. Organic waste like food should never go in the blue bins as it can make other items unrecyclable. Consider composting as an alternative. Project Clean Water 4. Household hazardis a county-wide initiative ous waste including batter- dedicated to protecting water ies, electronics, light bulbs quality in San Diego County and medical waste can be by encouraging greater dangerous to workers and awareness of everyday pollute the environment. actions people can take to Now that you have a reduce runoff and stormwabetter understanding of ter pollution. The initiative how to recycle it is also imis coordinated through 21 portant to know why you governmental agencies: the should recycle. County, Port of San Diego, San Diego International AirTop 4 benefits of recycling: port, and the 18 incorporated 1. Reduces landfill: cities within the county. Recycling preserves much www.projectcleanwater.org

alifornia Democrats often behave as if their domination of state government were a God-given right, theirs forevermore. They forget it wasn’t always so, and they sometimes forget who gave them that dominant status. This was a classic “purple” state through the latter half of the 20th century, with governors mostly Republicans named Reagan, Deukmejian, Knight, Knowland and Wilson, most of whom served two terms each. The only Democrats breaking up their hegemony were Pat and Jerry Brown from 1958 to ’66 and 1974 to ’82 and Gray Davis, elected in 1998 just after the state’s great leftward shift. That change occurred in 1994 and the two subsequent years, after Gov. Pete Wilson strongly backed the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187, causing more than 2.5 million non-citizen Latinos to file for citizenship, become politically conscious, and then register and vote. Almost all became loyal Democrats in an unprecedented mass backlash against Wilson, whose name quickly became anathema among almost all Latino groups and individuals. The direct result is that only one Republican has reached elected statewide here office in this century: the former movie muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger, elected in part because many younger Latinos thought it might be cool to have a “governator.” But California Latinos stuck with Democrats in every other modern election. Now comes a warning to this state’s Democrats that they had better pay far more attention to this key element of their electoral coalition or they could pay a heavy price. An inkling of this could be seen last year, when Latinos here voted against incumbent President Donald Trump by “only” about a 65%-35% margin, not enough to give him any chance of winning California, but still far better than any Republican running statewide since Reagan. Then, early this month, California Democrats who were looking should have seen another very big warning sign in the outcomes of by-election votes in Virginia and New Jersey. In Virginia, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe lost his bid for a return to the statehouse by about 2%. Detailed polling in Virginia was unreliable, both before the election and in exit surveys, but polling place observers clearly saw that Latino support for McAuliffe dipped after he advocated in a televised debate against allowing parents much control over school curriculum. “We probably don’t

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know who won the Hispanic vote or by how much, because of unreliable polling,” Eduardo Gammarra, professor of Latin American studies at Florida International University and a regular pollster among Latinos, told a reporter. “But…my research is that we are seeing a real message for the Democrats, who are not getting behind issues that speak strongly to Latinos. We’re seeing a shift.” What he says has direct application to California. Not only has President Biden been lukewarm in changing Donald Trump’s immigration policies that long offended Hispanics, like keeping asylum candidates in Mexico for indefinite periods, but California Democrats’ biggest issues these days don’t appear to have much appeal for most Latino voters. There is the state’s big push for more housing, despite uncertainty over who might build new units or buy them. This policy makes many in Latino neighborhoods fear gentrification, being forced out of their long-term homes to make way for more expensive new housing. There’s the new law calling for elimination of small gasoline- or natural gas-fueled machines like lawn mowers and leaf blowers, imposing a new expense on tens of thousands of independently contracting workers, many of them Latinos. There’s the thrice-attempted end to cash bail, which keeps thousands of predators off streets in the state’s many Latino residential areas. The list of Democratic moves with real or potential harm to Latinos is much longer, but those three examples demonstrate clearly that causes like climate change or liberal ideas of fairness trump the wishes of many Latino voters among priorities of today’s California Democrats. This tendency began causing attrition among Latinos voting in 2020, and could increase greatly over the next several years, if current trends in Latino voting behavior continue. That can be enough to throw close elections to Republicans, as it apparently did in Virginia and almost did in New Jersey this month. But the consequences of such a shift would be much larger if it became reality in California. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.


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Escondido council updated on redistricting By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council heard an update last week on the city and county’s redistricting process, which has been ongoing for several months. Every 10 years, after the federal census, city councils, school boards and other public agencies that use the district voting system redraw their boundaries to balance the district populations and reflect demographic changes. Councilmember Mike Morasco expressed his opposition to the draft maps that were proposed by the San Diego County Independent Redistricting Commission on Nov. 1 regarding San Diego County redistricting. “Some of the proposals align the City of Escondido with the City of Coronado and the City of La Jolla as part of the same district, and even though I love those areas, I don’t know how the City of Escondido has commonality with them,” Morasco said. He added that he will be sending a letter to the commission expressing his opinion of the draft map. Councilmember Consuelo Martinez indicated that she has already sent her own letter to the commission. “My thing was ensuring that the North County cities of the 78 Corridor stay together… that’s what I have lifted up in my testimony, so I invite the community to participate,” Martinez said. Councilmembers Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia also strongly encouraged Escondido residents to participate and share their input on the redistricting process. The city’s redistricting process is currently in its public outreach phase, which involves raising awareness about the process among the community. The commission has also received recently released census data and will soon share their first draft map. Census data show Escondido’s population has grown from about 144,000 to 152,000 over the past decade. Each redrawn council district, therefore, will have a population target of 37,879, said Jane Hood at the Oct. 27 meeting. According to Hood, District 1 has lost about 7% in population, District 2 has gained 7%, and Districts 3 and 4 have remained roughly the same. In January and February, the commission will hold a series of public hearings throughout the city to discuss potential redistricting maps, resulting in a final map that must be forwarded to the City Council for approval by April 15. Escondido residents are encouraged to provide input about their communities by attending one of the commission’s public hearings or by reaching out to the commission directly at https:// www.escondido.org /independent-districting.aspx.

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SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) food service program is exempt from the ordinance the city introduced last month banning single-use plastic utensils and containers and Styrofoam products. The single-use plastics ban was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and will be phased in over two years beginning next summer. Part of the ordinance reads that “prepared Food Casting director Lisa Zambetti is casting a feature film about a group of young female skaters provided by San Marcos with competition-level ability. There will be an open casting call for skaters 11 to 18 years old, Unified School District unfrom 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at Poods Park, 429 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. For information, visit der its official food service ryco.org/skaters/opencall. This film will shoot in North County. “I would much prefer to cast a program” would be an “exlocal girl for this local story ... a girl who is passionate about skateboarding and who has the emption” to the ordinance. talent to match, rather than an actress from LA, who we would have to ‘double’ to skateboard,” At the council meetshe said. Courtesy photo ing, 8.525” city management ana21SDG1093_Downed Power Line Print_Coast News + Inland Edition__Run Date: 11/12/21__Trim: x 10”

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lyst Sean Harris addressed Councilmember Sharon Jenkins’ concern about the exemption. “That was a jurisdictional decision, I wanted to let them make their own decision. … It was on staff’s determination,” Harris said. “In other cities, I saw that most of them waived it for their school districts, so I decided to do that as well.” City Manager Jack Griffin also indicated that the city would continue conversations with SMUSD as the ordinance develops. Naomi Shadwell, SMUSD’s director of nutrition services, told The Coast News that she and the program have already implemented several measures to TURN TO SMUSD ON 7

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CASTING FOR GIRL SKATERS

Casting Director Lisa Zambetti is currently casting a feature film about a group of young female skaters with competition-level ability. There will be an open casting call for skaters 11 to 18 years old, from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at Poods Park, 429 Santa Fe, Encinitas. For information, visit ryco. org/skaters/opencall. This film will shoot in San Diego DEMOCRATIC CLUB The Oak Tree Demo- North County. cratic Club meets via Zoom, at 3 p.m. Nov. 18, with Dave STAGECOACH RIDES The Save Our Heritage Myers, candidate for San Diego County Sheriff, as organization presents Wartheir guest, who will dis- ner-Carrillo Ranch House cuss the current state of stagecoach rides. The annuthe San Diego County's al fundraiser will be noon law enforcement agency to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Warand his plans for its future. ner-Carrillo Ranch House, Zoom link: https://us02web. 29181 San Felipe Road, zoom.us/meeting/register/ Warner Springs. Tickets are tZMlduCsrTovG9UVLAb- $35 at SOHOsandiego.org. b r q 9 L Us 2 B - Z s HJ Wm G . There is no cost to attend. FLU SHOTS For more information conVista Community Clintact info@oaktreedems.org ic is now offering the flu or visit oaktreedems.org. vaccine to all patients, 6 months and older, at Vale MAKE A DIFFERENCE Terrace, in Vista. Patients The Assistance League and community members, of Rancho San Dieguito 18 and older, can get a flu invites the community to shot via a drive-through set come learn about its philan- up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on thropic activities and how Nov. 13 and Nov. 20. The to get involved. A meet and flu vaccine will be free for greet reception will be held VCC patients; $15 for comThe Escondido Public Library will host a Virtual Author Chat and Women Sleuths Author Panel from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Nov. 12 via Facebook with mystery authors Olivia Blacke, Elle Cosimano and Mia P. Manansala.

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The community is invited to a candle-lighting ceremony to celebrate people and memories hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Light Up a Life blends inspirational messages, music, and a memorial ceremony. Register at https://elizabethhospice. ejoinme.org/Light2021. Admission, parking are free.

16. The Tea3 foundation has chosen Encinitas-based Coastal Roots Farm as beneficiary for the event. Tickets at tea3foundation. ejoinme.org/boutique.

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REPUBLICAN CLUB

The Republican Club of Ocean Hills welcomes keynote speaker, John Franklin, candidate for mayor of Vista at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. Cost is $25 to $30 per person depending on lunch choice. Cash or check only at the door (credit cards not accepted). E-mail lunch choices to RepublicanClubOfOceanHills@gmail. com or call John at (760) ALTERNATIVE MARKET The Village Church in 497-6117. Rancho Santa Fe offers an Alternative Christmas Market at villagechurch.org/ alternative-christmas-mar- FOOD, DIAPER DISTRIBUTION ket. Gifts purchased will The Rock Church is bring Christian teachings inviting families to particiin the Middle East and Afri- pate in a Thanksgiving food, ca, feed military families in diaper and clothes distribuSan Diego, protect vulner- tion in the parking lot at 4 able children in Kenya and p.m. Nov. 18, 1370 W. San help struggling farmers in Marcos Blvd, San Marcos. Thailand, Africa and Mexi- If you are unable to make co. Purchases can be made it at this time, they will set online. For more info: janf@ aside packages of food, divillagechurch.org. apers, and other goods that can be picked up after Nov. 18 at local schools. E-mail to cpahl@hightechhigh.org with family name, size of THANKSGIVING TEA The Tea3 Foundation in household, size of diapers Rancho Santa Fe will host needed, and any clothing its “2021 Thanksgiving Tea” sizes and a package will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. set aside for you.

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NOV. 12, 2021 COVER-LETTER WORKSHOP

The Escondido Public Library’s Virtual Career Services hosts a Cover Letter Writing Workshop from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 18 for teens and adults. Register at smartbooking.escondido. org/. MEMORY CARE EVENT

Silvergate San Marcos senior living community will host a Memory Care Lunch & Learn event Nov. 18 featuring guest speaker, Laura Barish, of Aging Planning, Inc. To RSVP, call (760) 744-4484 or online at SilvergateRR.com/ SM.

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GET READY TO MARCH

It’s time to jump aboard for the Dec. 4 Vista Christmas Parade. With the theme “Come Together.” Register to be part of the event at form.jotform. com/212937210008143.

a raffle and a silent auction. You must be 21+ to attend. No children and dogs allowed at this event. To purchase $30 tickets, go to novemberfest.eventbrite.com. ANTI-BLACK FRIDAY PARTY

Positive Phee X and Misadventure & Co Vodka unite their sustainable super powers to bring you an Anti-Black Friday gathering from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Misadventure Distillery, 2420 Grand Ave., Suite C, Vista. Join them for a curated clothing swap with sustainable cocktails. Sip on carbon negative cocktails guilt free. Tickets are $35 at tinyurl.com/positivepheemisadventure. FLAMENCO!

La Academia y la Compañía Flamenco Arana presents “Viva Flamenco,” an evening of Flamenco dancing and music at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Center Theater, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets: $30, $25 at (800) 988-4253 or at artcenter. NOVEMBER FEST Novemberfest in the org /event /f lamenco -araGardens is a lively, fun out- na-viva-el-flamenco/. door Beer, Mead and Wine Festival from noon to 4 pm. HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND Nov. 20 at Alta Vista BoSnowfall, twinkling tanical Gardens, 1270 Vale lights and holiday treats Terrace Drive, Vista, host- will be at Holidays at LEed by Alta Vista Botanical GOLAND California Resort Gardens and the Amigos De from Nov. 20 through Jan. Vista Lions Club. Live mu- 2, 1 LEGOLAND Drive, sic by The Chrome Domes, Carlsbad, with live enterdancing, food concessions, tainment, festive décor and vendor booths, games, plus a LEGO® Christmas tree.

NOV. 20

Where to recycle Safer surfing for seniors — internet safety tips just about anything M arketplace News

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Sixty-three percent of Cox customers ages 57 and older – Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation – say they worry about online security and privacy. To help protect yourself from fraud, hacking and scams, here are some tips to keep you and your personal information safe while surfing the web. STRENGTHEN P@ S$WORDS According to recent research from Forrester, about one-third of Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation use two-factor authentication to confirm their identify when logging into their accounts. And just over half use password or PIN code protection for their smartphones. STRONG PASSWORDS SHOULD CONTAIN: • At least seven characters; • Include numbers; • Include a special character like an exclamation point or asterisk. Don’t use the same password for different sites. A hacker can gain access to all your accounts if you only use one password. On your smartphone, be sure to set up a four- or six-digit PIN to protect your device. Consider using two-factor authentication when creating accounts online, which generates a

one-time code sent to your mobile device or email to confirm your identity. (AARP) OPT OUT OF POP-UPS Sometimes hackers disguise their malware as pop-up advertisements or “special offers” when you’re shopping or reading online. Clicking on these pop-ups can lead to viruses or data breaches. If you encounter a suspicious pop-up message, don’t click on anything in the window. Simply leave the site or close out of your web browser. You can also change your browser settings and block all popups. PHISHING FOR ANSWERS Sometimes online hackers will send you an email or text message and pretend to be someone they’re not in order to convince you to share valuable information with them, such as your social security number (SSN), address or credit card information. This is called phishing. (Age Safe America) If you receive a message from an unknown sender, do not respond or click on any links or attachments. Instead, ignore the message or have someone trustworthy see if it’s from a legitimate source. Your internet provider

likely has features to alert you if you’ve accidentally visited a malicious site or are a potential victim of a phishing attack. Cox, for example, offers information about the top five digital threat risks and how its technology adds an extra layer of security. OVERSHARING IS NOT CARING Hackers can easily gather information about you on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Update your privacy settings so that only people who follow you or are your Facebook friends can see your posts. Don’t post photos that give away your hometown or address, and avoid quizzes that ask you to enter your name, age, gender, or even what color your first car was. Consider disabling sharing on Facebook and other social media sites, which turns off the site’s ability to collect data about you. Learn more here. PUT THE ‘S’ IN SECURE Before you shop or access your bank online, look for an ‘s’ at the end of https: in the beginning of the web address. The ‘s’ stands for secure. If you don’t see it in the web address that you’re on, you should not trust that website with your

passwords, payment or banking information. Use mobile apps created specifically by your bank or other business. Go to their website and follow instructions to download the app. HAVE SOME BACKUP Anti-virus software protects your computer from a variety of malware and makes it easier for you to avoid threats while surfing the web. Two-thirds (66%) of Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation use security software to protect themselves online. Yet only 12% report that their internet service company provided it for them. Cox’s internet plans offer many online security features that detect potential fraud and scams before you ever see them. Cox Panoramic Wifi includes free Advanced Security to actively protect customers by preventing cyberattacks, blocking unknown connections, and routinely scanning your network for threats. Learn more about how Cox can help you can safeguard your network and devices at Cox.com

REGION — Need to clear things out before the holidays? Here are tips on where to recycle things. PAINT RECYCLING PaintCare is a nonprofit organization that operates the paint recycling program in California and ten other jurisdictions. Visit one of the more than 825 drop-off sites across the state (mainly at hardware and paint retail stores and household hazardous waste facilities) to finally unload all that unwanted paint you’ve been holding on to. Visit paintcare.org. SURFERS RERIP IT Not surprisingly, the surfboard recycling movement started here in San Diego with Rerip’s efforts to recycle surf, snow, and skate gear. The organization fixes and donates reusable board to groms and nonprofits and turns old sticks into art, furniture, and home décor. Don’t surf but still want to help? Encinitas-based Suga Mats is one of several companies that make new yoga mats out of recycled wetsuits. Visit rerip.org. ZERO WASTE SHOPPING What could be better than shopping and helping the planet? Refilling containers keeps single-use plastics out of landfills,

water, and energy-intensive recycling systems. Earthwell is a bulk retail store offering toxin-free household cleaners, personal care products, premium soaps, dental care, and more. Just bring your empty bottles to the Kensington boutique and fill up with eco-friendly products priced by the pound. Visit earthwellrefill.com. SPRING BACK Nearly 20 million mattresses end up in U.S. landfills each year. ByeByeMattress is a national nonprofit making it easy to recycle your old mattress and box springs. Up to 75 percent of the materials can be recycled and the agency has collected more than 5 million mattresses so far, which reduces the waste in landfills and provides jobs for recyclers. Visit www.byebyemattress.com. WASTE NOT, WANT NOT Got a weird item you don’t think you can recycle? Think again. WasteFreeSD.org provides recycling tips for almost any item you can think of. Bulbcycle will take care of old batteries, smoke detectors, mercury thermometers, or Exit Signs. ReStore would love your aquarium or old clawfoot bathtub—they’ll even pick it up. Visit wastefreesd.org.


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San Marcos seeks land use input as part of its General Plan update By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The City of San Marcos is asking the public for its input regarding the city’s Land Use Map. Part of the General Plan update, fine-tuning the Land Use Map aims to meet projected residential, commercial, industrial and recreational land needs throughout San Marcos. Each city in California is required to have a General Plan, which serves as a guiding document for the city’s long-term growth and development. San Marcos’ current general plan dates back to 2012. “The General Plan addresses a range of important community topics like land use, housing, economic development, transportation, parks and recreation, community health, public safety, environmental justice, and more,” the city says on its General Plan website. “City staff, elected and appointed officials, business owners, developers, and citizens can reference the General Plan for guidance on what our community’s values and priorities.” A Land Use Map shows the various land use categories specified in the General Plan and shows the locations where various land uses are allowed. Beth Herzog, the city’s administrative services manager, provided some examples of what a land use map change request could look like. “If somebody wanted to change from strictly residential to mixed use,

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so that they could have a commercial component as part of their property, or it could be that they are fully industrial at this point and they want to transition to mixed use or there could be single-family homes that want to be rezoned so they can get more density,” Herzog said. The city is currently gathering input from the public and providing property owners with an opportunity to request changes to the existing land use designations for their respective parcels using a Land Use Map change request form. “We're gathering all this information at this point like the public feedback and the individual requests to see how everything lines up with the frameworks and the goals for the city, Herzog said. “From there, everything will be researched and analyzed from a technical perspective to make sure it fits with the community’s goals and policies and values.” “Getting community engagement is a huge piece of the intent of the General Plan update in order to reflect the community's values and goals, so public input is key to that,” Herzog continued. Herzog added that any potential changes to land use would be presented before the Planning Commission and City Council for any type of adoption. The Land Use Map change request forms must be submitted by Dec. 23, 2021.

A multi-tenant retail center in the heart of Carlsbad Village sold for $7,359,000 on October 25, 2021, Commercial Asset Advisors announced. The 13,000-square-foot center is located at 2805-2855 Roosevelt St. and 570-596 Grand Ave., Carlsbad. Mike Conger and Brian Jenkins of CAA served as listing agent for the seller, Benchmark

Like so many others, Ke’Anna Dodds found herself unemployed as a private chef when the pandemic hit. But some quick thinking by the graduate of the Johnson & Wales University of Culinary Arts soon focused on a solution — an original barbecue sauce she created when she was just 15 years old. Now based in Vista, Dodds’ Rue Kitchen line of sauces is available online. The city of Vista developed a Vista Made video series to feature innovative businesses and entrepreneurs to support local businesses recovering from the pandemic crisis. The latest video, featuring Dodds, debuted Nov. 2 at VistaIsOpen.com/VistaMade. Courtesy photo

Escondido council opposes road user fee By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 3, and opposed a proposed SANDAG road user fee that would have been used to fund highway improvements, maintenance and upkeep. The council also appointed two council members to the Clean Energy Alliance board. The council voted 3-2 in favor of a resolution that rejects the proposed road usage fee. The initiative is part of SANDAG’s proposed $160 billion transportation plan, which could include no-cost public transit and

a 200-mile, $43 billion regional rail network. Councilmembers Mike Morasco, Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia voted in favor of the resolution, while Mayor Paul McNamara and Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez opposed it. “Escondido residents, businesses, students and visitors pay sales taxes and other state and local taxes when purchasing fuel for their vehicles. These taxes are intended to defray the expenses to keep our local roadways in a good state of repair … (they) should not be unfairly burdened by additional taxes to use Es-

Pacific, Ltd. II. The buyer, A portion of the proceeds Department in its efforts to The Caine Group, Inc., was will aid relief efforts of in- reduce deaths and injuries represented by Joe Brady of dependent restaurants. on Carlsbad’s roadways. Urban Property Group. GIVE PLASMA

NEW BOOK achievements for North San Carlsbad author Maria Diego County. Send information Felicia Kelley has published via email to community@ the latest in her “Celebrate coastnewsgroup.com. the HoliDates” book series. The new book is “February PACK THE PANTRY For the Pack the Pantry Fourteen: 2/14.” A portion food drive, California Coast of the proceeds of each book Credit Union is partnering purchased will be donatwith local community col- ed to an organization that lege campuses and the San seeks to improve the lives Diego Food Bank to raise of children diagnosed with funds and fill local college Trisomy 21. pantries. During the month of November, you can do- SR. VOLUNTEERS WANTED nate online at calcoastcu. The Escondido Fire org/news-and-events/pack- Department Support Volthe-pantry-2021/. Donors unteer Program working can select which college to increase its volunteer food pantry they want their program staffing. It is lookdonation directed to. For ing for volunteers over 50 more information on the years old, for 16 to 20 hours Pack the Pantry virtual food a month. For more informadrive, visit calcoastcu.org or tion, visit fire.escondido. call (858) 495-1600 and ask org /senior-volunteer-profor Community Relations. gram or call (760) 839-5419. CARLSBAD PARCEL SOLD

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Miracle, the holiday pop-up bar, arrives at Roxy Encinitas, 517 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, Nov. 24 through Jan. 2. The holiday oasis offers over-the-top kitschy, festive décor and a themed cocktail menu. The venue will be participating in a nationwide ugly Christmas sweater contest Dec. 4 and offers live music Tuesday through Sunday nights.

BioLife Plasma Services is opening two new plasma donation centers in San Marcos Nov. 6 and in Vista Nov. 13. Donations received at the new centers will be used by Takeda to make established therapies that treat a range of rare and chronic complex conditions including immunodeficiency disorders, for which there are often no alternative treatments.

FOUNDATION AWARDS

The San Diego Foundation announced it has awarded $270,000 in grants to 13 local nonprofits to support federal Child Tax Credit application outreach. The 13 organizations are members of the San Diego County Community Health Worker Coalition created and coordinated through the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. WORK FOR VOTERS’ RIGHTS

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The Aspen Institute has named MiraCosta College as one of the 150 entities eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The colleges selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and improving levels of student success, as well as equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds. GRANT FOR POLICE

The California Office of Traffic Safety announced it has awarded the Carlsbad Police Department a $108,000 grant. The focus of the grant is roadway safety, and it will assist the Police

The Women’s March Foundation is looking for volunteers to keep voters engaged and register new voters. Become a Voter Squad Leader at womensmarchfoundation.org, with the necessary training by Zoom. Work in your own community or work remotely online to register voters in 10 states. DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the allocation of more than $2 billion in CDBG-Disaster Recovery and CDBG-Mitigation funds appropriated in the continuing resolution, the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Ac, signed into law Sept. 30.

condido’s local roads,” the resolution reads in part. Martinez and McNamara both said that the resolution is premature, with Martinez adding that it doesn’t offer any alternatives or data. “Taxes need to be voted on by the voters, and user fees are not a new concept,” Martinez said. “The language being used here, I don’t find it to be accurate language, I feel it’s emotionally charged and a resolution to kind of rile people up and I’m all about solutions.” “I understand that you’re trying to protect the

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increase sustainability. “When I started here about a year and a half ago, I removed all Styrofoam trays, and we have, wherever possible, been working on reducing our single-use plastic. So it is something that I’m very passionate about,” Shadwell said. “I also brought in share tables, which enables students, if they don’t want, say, a piece of fruit or bag of carrots, they’re able to put that item in the share table and then we can bring that back in to our operation. So it does reduce food waste, but in addition to that, it helps reduce single-use plastics from the bagged carotene as well,” Shadwell continued. The SMUSD food service program serves about 10,000 lunches every day, as well as breakfast and dinner. The district’s secondary level, middle and high school students, is where single-use plastics are used the most, according to Shadwell. “At each high school, we serve about 1,200 students within 30 minutes, and due to that impact and the quickness of service, it requires all of the entrees to be pre-packaged,” Shadwell said. “In addition, the health department code

citizens … but we don’t really know what the plan is. … There’s nine years of work that still needs to be done,” McNamara said. “We’re also trying to protect the future of our children and their children, and to do that you’ve got to reduce greenhouse gases and you’ve got to give them alternate means of transportation.” Morasco called the user fee unfair and an overreach by SANDAG. “We have paid for these roads with blood, sweat and tears,” Morasco said. “This TURN TO FEE ON 9

requires that all food that we serve outside is overwrapped or closed.” She added that the district is also required to serve fruits and vegetables, which are currently served in containers or baggies. Shadwell said it is unlikely the district will be able to completely eliminate single-use plastics within a short period of time. “Our goal is always to maximize and to provide and to look for ways where we can reduce our single-use plastics. So we’re always looking for innovative ways. We’re looking to partner, we’re looking for products in industry that would enable us to reduce single-use plastics,” Shadwell said. “At this time, I don’t foresee within a short period of time that we would be able to completely remove single-use plastics, but our goal is to continue to reduce them as much as possible.” According to Shadwell, decisions regarding single-use plastic reduction would be made by the Child Nutrition Services department, but may include direction from the SMUSD board of directors depending on the circumstance. SMUSD’s food service program is funded by federal and state reimbursement programs.


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whammy of Gonzalez’s legislation and the COVID-19 pandemic. Many pointed out the legislator’s comments fail to acknowledge that despite a laundry of list of problems at the EDD, such as outdated technology and security protocols, the agency did nothing prior to rolling out the largest unemployment benefits system in state history. “The EDD is an incompetent mess,” wrote Karen Anderson, founder of Freelancers Against AB 5. “Their computer systems are antiquated and couldn’t handle the influx. “They’ve known about the ineptitude in the department since the last audit 10 years ago and have done nothing to fix it.”

According to The Associated Press, Bank of America, which issues EDD benefit cards, told state lawmakers it had identified about 345,000 fraudulent claims worth about $2 billion. The State of California has paid $400 million to 21,000 California prison inmates, per the Los Angeles Times. Last month, state lawmakers admitted that California paid out $20 billion in fraudulent unemployment claims, but Julie Su, then California’s labor secretary, suggested that number could be much higher. “Of the 114 billion dollars in unemployment paid by California since March, approximately 10% has been confirmed as fraudulent,” Su said during an EDD conference call. “An additional 17% of the paid claims have been identified as potentially fraudulent.”

RIPE FOR FRAUD According to the EDD, from March 2020 to Jan. 2021, California processed 19.5 million claims and paid out $114 billion in unemployment benefits. But the massive influx of pandemic-related unemployment claims quickly overwhelmed the department, which had not implemented sufficient protections against fraudsters. Across the country, thousands of out-of-state prisoners, a handful of death row inmates, two Postal Service workers and even a former EDD employee, to name only a few, exploited the California unemployment system and fleeced the Golden State for billions.

PROBLEMS AT THE EDD The state auditor’s office released two reports after the legislature requested an emergency audit of the EDD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and fraud prevention protocols. A Jan. 28 report by California State Auditor Elaine Howle found that “EDD did not take substantive action to bolster its fraud protection efforts” to safeguard its unemployment insurance program, “resulting in payments of $11.4 billion for claims that it has since determined may be fraudulent because it cannot verify the claimants’ identities.” Additionally, the department’s “uninformed

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and disjointed techniques” to prevent fraud placed the agency at “higher risk” for criminal activity. A second audit report also found that “EDD’s inefficient processes and lack of advanced planning led to significant delays in its payments” and the agency’s “poor planning and ineffective management left it unprepared to assist Californians unemployed by COVID-19 shutdowns.” Further compounding the matter was the EDD’s attempt to speed up the claim process by suspending eligibility determinations for most applicants, “thereby compromising the integrity of the UI program,” the report says. The report also discovered that Su directed the department to pay certain individuals unemployment benefits “without making key eligibility determinations and to temporarily stop collecting biweekly eligibility certifications.” According to the auditor’s report, Su, who was appointed Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor in July, “further directed EDD to temporarily stop collecting the certifications claimants must regularly submit that assert they remain eligible for benefits.” While Su’s intentions were likely to expedite the benefit delivery process, these decisions “removed a barrier to fraud” and still require the department to process “delayed determinations and certifications of eligibility” with no plans

to “address this impending workload,” according to the auditor’s analysis. Since then, the EDD has signed $236 million in private contracts with consulting firms Deloitte, Accenture, Maximus, Thomson Reuters, EY and others to help with “track jobless claims, verify worker identities, analyze records for potential fraud, assist with customer service and more,” according to reporting by CalMatters. The state legislature has also twice delayed a hearing about the EDD and how it is responding to the audit and fraud due to the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom, CalMatters reported. “Lorena knows that independent contractors in all 50 states pay taxes and had to show proof of income to get pandemic unemployment,” said freelancer JoBeth McDaniel. “California officials had plenty of warning that EDD’s antiquated system was ripe for fraud — yet they failed to put in basic safeguards other states had. The state’s own reports show that organized crime took advantage of these failures, to the tune of $31 billion in losses to taxpayers. Even prisoners were able to steal money — while legitimate freelancers and businesses were often frozen out. I know freelancers who never had their claims resolved. Lorena’s attempts to blame freelancers is disgusting.” Steve Puterski contributed reporting for this article.

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dates in 2030 and beyond. Currently, ridership from the North County Transit District and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is between 2%-3%. Franklin, along with Mayor Judy Ritter, Vista’s SANDAG representative, and Councilman Joe Green, supported the resolution and railed against the lack of disclosure from SANDAG regarding a number of questions. Those include: Will the gas tax be repealed or altered so electric vehicle motorists pay a VMT and those in traditional vehicles continue with the gas tax? Is it worth it to have 90% of residents subsidizing just 10% of transit riders? And how will the plan impact low-income residents who often have to drive long distances to work? All the council members recognize electric vehicle owners must pay “their fair share” to maintain roads and highways. Saddling non-EV drivers, though, with an additional tax is what Ritter, Franklin and Green don’t support. Green called it “an undue burden,” especially for lower-income residents. As for how the miles driven would be tracked, Green, who sits on a SANDAG committee, said it is likely SANDAG could use Bluetooth capabilities, license plate readers or odometer readings submitted to the DMV. Additionally, he and Ritter also railed against managed lanes on

SR 78, which would include tolls for an HOV lane — requiring three passengers instead of two — congestion pricing and having just one of the three lanes free of charge. They also questioned how SANDAG would determine the total mileage out of the county, such as those who travel to Mexico, out of the county or out of state. Councilwoman Corrina Contreras, who voted against the resolution, said she could not have a discussion because the council couldn’t answer her questions, no expert from SANDAG was present to comment and she hasn’t read the full plan. Contreras also said the issue is centered on a difference in political ideology and that has no place in the discussion. She also said the VMT tax could be a relief to some motorists, but without more information she wouldn’t support the resolution. However, Ritter told Contreras those concerns have been brought to the SANDAG board, which refuses to answer, which is why the council is formally opposing the plan. “My email is blowing up against it,” Ritter added. “I got one in support. I had so many emails I gave up responding. I worry the VMT is going to hurt people who have to drive the most. People who don’t have money will be hurt the most by this.” Councilwoman Katie Melendez abstained from the vote, but mostly agreed with Contreras’ positions.

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North County health care provider wins grant for low-income patients By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — TrueCare, a health care provider with multiple locations throughout North County, recently received more than $1.2 million in federal funding as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The health care organization will use the funds to modernize health centers and support underserved communities. TrueCare, formerly called North County Health Services, has a total of 11 locations throughout North County and serves about 60,000 patients. The money, courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will also help TrueCare provide treatment for urgent care, behavioral health, women’s health, dental services, chronic and long-term conditions, high-risk pregnancy, maternal health conditions, infectious disease and opioid dependency. The FCC said TrueCare was THE SAN MARCOS location of TrueCare, a North County health care proselected because of “its focus on vider that recently received more than $1.2 million federal funding for increasing access to comprehen- underserved patients. Photo courtesy of TrueCare

Escondido votes to join North County cities in CEA By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The City of Escondido will soon join the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), a group composed of North County cities that buys energy directly from producers and sells it to residents and businesses. The Escondido City Council last week voted 5-0 to join the alliance, which currently includes Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Del Mar among its members. The cities of Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos are also considering joining the alliance. The alliance is a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program, which is an alternative to traditional investor-owned utilities such as SDG&E. CCEs purchase power on behalf of its customers with the goal to lower costs, allow consumers greater control of their energy mix and offer a cleaner power supply to satisfy community priorities. The CEA was formed in November 2019 as a Joint Powers Authority with the primary aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through providing alternative energy resources and programs to electricity customers, according to the city staff report. “We are the city of choice and this is giving us choice, we’ll be living up to our city motto and slogan,” said Councilmember Consuelo Martinez. “Meeting the goals of Climate Action Plan, that is very important and we’re legally obligated to have that plan and implement it. For me, it’s a winwin. I don’t see any drawbacks.” The council received more than two dozen public comments at its Oct. 27 meeting, all in favor of Escondido joining CEA, including comments from the Sierra Club North County Group, the North San Diego County NAACP and the Cli-

mate Action Campaign. “There are many benefits. It’s real control and real choice for residents and businesses in terms of their energy, local reinvestment, local job creation and local control,” said Laura Hunter from the Sierra Club. “Your yes vote tonight would be a great way to celebrate Escondido’s commitment to a clean energy future.” “A CCE saves money on electricity and delivers a higher percentage of renewables. It gives Escondido (greenhouse gas) reductions and a cost-effective way to reach (Climate Action Plan) goals. … Escondido will gain also revenue from a CCE that can be reinvested in the local economy and create jobs,” said Barbara Collins in a written comment. The alliance must first update its Implementation Plan with the State of California before Escondido residents can start purchasing energy through CEA, and the alliance’s board must vote to formally accept Escondido as its newest member Once completed, Escondido will begin buying and selling electricity for its customers in early 2023 as a member of the alliance, according to city staff. According to the staff report, each member city in the alliance gets one vote on its board of directors. Each city also appoints an alternate member of the board of directors to serve when the primary director is unable to attend the meetings. Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara was expected to appoint a member and alternate member at the City Council meeting on Nov. 3. CEA is one of two CCE programs in San Diego County, the other being San Diego Community Power (SDCP), which includes the city and county of San Diego, Imperial Beach, La Mesa and Encinitas.

sive healthcare for low-income and underserved individuals.” Briana Cardoza, chief business development officer for TrueCare, told The Coast News that 90% of its patients self-disclose as low-income. “That is kind of the core to who we are as a health center. We’re the lifeline for serving many of our vulnerable families in the community and underserved. And we’ve been doing that for over 50 years,” Cardoza said. “Specifically, TrueCare will be utilizing that funding to open up a new pediatric dental location in Oceanside,” Cardoza continued. “We’ll have additional access for dental services specifically for this community with an eye towards advancing equity, to ensure that anyone in the community has equal access to the services that they need and deserve.” TrueCare is a part of Health Center Partners (HCP) of Southern California, an organization of

is not fair representation for our citizens because they have no say of how these funds are going to be expended… whether you want to call it a user fee or a tax, it still means the same thing to the bottom line of the families, their wallets and their bank accounts.” Inscoe said that this user fee would only add to an already high cost of living. “There’s already a

high cost of living … cost of housing makes it impossible for people to move closer to their jobs in this environment, and many drive 60, 70, maybe even more miles a day to their places of work. Those that would be impacted are the ones who can sustain the cost the least,” Inscoe said. The council heard several public comments both for and against the resolution, including one from Laura Hunter from the Sierra Club North County. “This is a very complex and important issue … the

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health care providers. In total, 13 HCP members received $14.9 million in funding, along with Quality of Care recognitions. TrueCare specifically was recognized as a Health Center Quality Leader for performing “best overall” in clinical quality performance — among all health centers in the United States, as well as for Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality; and for sustaining its designation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. “Quality, value-based care continues to be a top priority for HCP members,” said Lori N. Holeman, HCP board chair. “Both the awards and financial investment will allow us to further strengthen our offerings to patients in safety-net populations, closing quality gaps and raising care standards to enhance patient outcomes.” The new pediatric dental location is expected to be open in early 2023.

bottom line is if you want an economy, you have got to have a transportation system, and it needs to be built, it needs to be operated and it needs to be maintained,” Hunter said. “We have got to electrify and clean up our transportation system. … When you have a user fee, you can also tailor it where maybe low-income people may not pay as much.” Hunter added that the user fee would create more equity because, currently, those who own electric vehicles don’t pay a gas tax

that fund highway and road improvements. SANDAG’s final 2021 Regional Plan and Environmental Impact Report are scheduled to be released on Nov. 30. Following its release, the SANDAG board is scheduled to vote on the plan adoption at its meeting on Dec. 10. Also at the Nov. 3 meeting, Inscoe was appointed to the board of directors of the Clean Energy Alliance to represent the city. Morasco was appointed as an alternate director.

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et there be light — and there it was. It actually happened a bit more slowly than that, but anticipation is part of the experience at Field of Light, an exhibit at Sensorio, an outdoor arts venue in Paso Robles. British artist Bruce Munro, who specializes in large installations, has turned an otherwise barren, rolling countryside in San Luis Obispo County into a unique, immersive visual experience. The exhibit continues through Jan 2, but check the Sensorio website for a possible extension. Field of Light is an other-worldly, walk-through experience created using 58,000 small glass spheres lit by fiber optics and planted throughout 15 acres. The lights are solar-powered and always on; the reveal comes gradually with growing darkness. On a brisk, breezy October evening, we traversed well-graded, mostly accessible paths to watch the transformation. The illumination intensified and eventually our patience was rewarded with a sea of pinpoints of light that continuously morphed into waves of changing

AT SENSORIO, an outdoor arts venue in Paso Robles, 58,000 small glass spheres lit by solar-powered fiber optics are planted throughout 15 acres. The exhibit, Field of Light, was created by British artist Bruce Munro. Photo by Jerry Ondash

colors. Not to be satisfied with this, artist Munro recently added 69, 9-foot Light Towers constructed of 17,000 wine bottles stuffed with fiber optic filaments — an ode to Palo Robles Wine Country. The filaments changed colors synchronized with the haunting, harmonious songs of South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Soweto Gospel Choir. Experiencing Field of Light was a fitting finale to our five-day, off-season visit to San Luis Obispo County; the winter months here are unhurried and uncrowded. We headquartered in the town of San Luis Obispo, an excellent hub for branching

out to explore the scenic, easygoing mid-portion of the Central Coast. A 45-minute drive north is Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, so named for the thousands of corpulent squatters that have taken possession of two beaches along Highway 101. This seaside real estate is always populated, but the numbers swell in the off-seasons of late January, early May and late October. Less than 6 miles south on Highway 101 is the village of Cambria, where 6,000 residents go all out for the holidays, and where the shops and galleries are hard to resist. Dozens of life-sized scarecrows – both fright-

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ening and hilarious and designed by business owners — populated the main street the day we visited. Continue south on scenic Highway 1 for another 29 miles and you’ll arrive in the town of Morro Bay. The surrounding parks and beaches offer plenty of space to walk, wander and watch. Visitors can get up close and personal with the 23 million-year-old Morro Rock, a massive, protected land feature that is the plug of a long-extinct volcano. It is one of 13 similar monoliths along the coast, but the only one above water. Another 25 miles south of Morro Bay sits Pismo Beach, where the unpop-

ulated sand and surf calls visitors to linger. And great news at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. The numbers of butterflies, continually diminishing in recent years, is again on the increase. As of Oct 31, Monarch counters had recorded more than 14,000 butterflies “fluttering in the trees.” This off-season special is best seen in November and December. San Luis Obispo County has a lot to offer inland, too. At last count, Paso Robles Wine Country boasts about 300 wineries, but you don’t have to be an oenophile to enjoy all that Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden offers. Its world-

class sculpture collection — think multi-million-dollar artworks — is scattered throughout the bucolic property. Animals and fantasy are prominent themes. The grounds also feature a huge story board that unfolds the history of the region. A bocce ball court, giant kaleidoscope, several shaded patios and tables beckon guests to stay. Lodging: San Luis Creek Lodge, a boutique hotel with English Tudor architecture, surprises guests with its recently renovated rooms done in a sleek, airy, contemporary motif. The rooms are spacious, some with my favorite kind of fireplace – the kind activated with a wall switch. Lodge guests receive coffee and pastries at their door each morning (gluten-free pastries available; request when making reservations). The staff is friendly, helpful and informative. Petit Soleil (Little Sunshine) is a family-owned “bed et breakfast” a 10-minute walk from downtown and the historic Mission San Luis Obispo. In 2002, innkeepers John and Dianne Connor bought what was then the Adobe Inn and transformed it into a little bit of French countryside. The property features delightfully quaint patios and café — perfect spots for savoring the gourmet breakfasts, enjoying the nightly wine-and-cheese tastings, and, if you must, working.

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Former renter suing property management group, alleging fraud By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — A San Marcos resident is taking a property management group to small claims court after he claims the company unfairly withheld his security deposit, deferred maintenance requests and broke California tenant laws. Lance Klug and his family moved from the state’s Central Valley to San Diego in Sept. 2020 and decided to rent a house in Oceanside while preparing to buy a new home. The house, which Klug found listed on Trulia, is managed by California Realty Group (CRG), a property management group based in Temecula that manages homes throughout Southern California. Klug and his husband had to put down a $5,100 security deposit to secure the home, and, because it was during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, they couldn’t physically tour the house beforehand. “The pictures that we saw of the property were a little older, but they said that the renter was going to be moving out and they were going to be cleaning the place and repainting the place… they also said [they] can replace the carpet, so we were all set to move in on Sept. 11th, 2020,” Klug said. Once moved in, Klug’s family found that the property was not clean and was run down with years of deferred maintenance. The home was in need of numerous repairs, and the move-in report failed to mention any of it, according to Klug. In an email correspondence with the CRG, Klug wrote:" I’m just going through the move-in report now and I’m a bit confused by all of the stuff that was missed. Lights that don’t (work) we’re marked good. Broken vanity lights in two of the three bathrooms are obviously broken and hanging — marked good. The fridge — which includes a side bun that was glued and taped and fell off once we put condiments on it — was marked good. Screens that had half-inch gaps on the side because they’re too small for the window we’re marked good. Blinds falling off and caked with dirt — marked good. The list goes on, and nothing is marked as “needs repair” — even when your inspector noted there were holes in the screen." Klug documented and took photos of the broken appliances and items in the house and immediately contacted CRG, but the group continued to postpone maintenance for 6 or 7 months, said Klug. “My primary concern was about how this was going to be handled in the move out because by this time, I kind of figured… that they were going to try to have us pay for updating this house, which is eventually what happened,” Klug said. In September 2021, Klug and his husband moved into their newly purchased home in San Marcos. “We talked to our neighbors around the rental prop-

erty… and they all said this homeowner and this company is notorious for nickel and diming people on the move-out,” Klug said. “We spent days and hours cleaning the property and we took pictures of every single inch of the property after we cleaned.” “They had like 21 days from move out to give our security deposit back… and about 20 days after move out, they sent us an invoice saying that they were going to be keeping roughly half, $2,500, of the security deposit,” Klug continued. This amount included $2,000 to replace a more than a 20-year-old stove that was already run-down and damaged before they moved in, which Klug had documented with photos that he sent to CRG early on. According to California’s tenant law, “the landlord can withhold from the security deposit those amounts that are necessary and reasonable… And the landlord cannot use the tenant’s security deposit to repair problems that existed in the unit before the tenant moved in.”

A PHOTO taken by renter Lance Klug documents the condition of his former rental home in Oceanside, a property managed by Temecula-based California Realty Group. Courtesy photo

Klug also provided email correspondence to The Coast News, in which he reached out to B&B Appliance to confirm the invoice that CRG provided regarding the stove, but B&B said the invoice did not come from them. “I contacted CRG and sent them this email confirmation that they provided

me with a fraudulent invoice,” Klug said. “Their deal is they just don't get back or don't respond to questions about anything and just kind of ignore any proof or evidence… they finally emailed a week or so later, and said ‘it turns out that the stove repairs are only going to cost $550,’ never addressing the fraudulent invoice that they

provided to keep two grand instead of $550.” Yelp reviews about CRG show dozens of similar stories of people throughout Southern California who were previous tenants of the company. “They will keep your money and refuse to negotiate, and they break California tenant laws, happened

to us on more than one occasion,” said Kasie from Murrieta in a Yelp review. “Proceed with caution if your desired rental property is managed by this company. They will price gouge you and try to keep as much of your security deposit as possible,” said Adam B. in a Yelp review. “They have poor communication, slow repair times, but worst of all they will steal your deposit.” Klug has since been reaching out to city leaders, the Better Business Bureau and local news outlets to try to spread the word about CRG’s practices, including State Sen. Brian Jones (R-Santee), whose district office has offered resources to Klug. Klug eventually decided to take the matter to a small claims court. “We don’t necessarily need the money to survive, I’m just thinking of all the people who do, and I'm a little outraged that this company kind of keeps getting away with it,” Klug said. California Realty Group could not be reached for comment after multiple attempts by The Coast News.

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came home for lunch this week to find a strange man in the garage. He was covered with black smudges and had dark hair, a dark beard and mustache. It turned out to be my very blond, fair-skinned husband. He had just finished playing chimney sweep, cleaning out the creosote that had built up last winter. Creosote is a highly flammable black or dark brown residue that is a by-product of combustion — or so the dictionary says. It builds up inside the chimney and can block the chimney and/or catch fire later. Hence the longstanding horror of sending small children down chimneys with large brushes once chimneys began to be used in the 13th century. By 1803, a mechanical sweeper was invented. Again, we give thanks for modern tools and technology. Meanwhile, my tall husband needs only to use a long metal brush to scrape out our not-so-tall chimney annually. He does, however, have to stick his head inside the fireplace to see what he’s doing and I think it turns him into a 10-year-old boy. The soot rained down on his head and he wore it all day long, I think, as something of a badge of honor. Even the dog didn’t recognize him and flew into a barking frenzy. I am grateful he is willing to take on the task. Although I occasionally fantasize that my old house burns to the ground, and I get to build a shiny new one, I suspect the reality isn’t much fun. I’m grateful, too, to the professional chimney sweeps out there who continue the trade. We have hired them from time to time, when my husband lacked the time. One year, the sweep gently pointed out that the entire back of the fireplace was shot, wasn’t protecting the wall from the heat and needed replacing. Good to know. I do love fireplace weather when I actually have a fireplace. I am ready to ignore my list of things to do, grab my latest book and light things up. I think I’ll have tea today, and cocoa tomorrow. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who will probably singe her eyebrows sometime in mid-January. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.

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CSUSM professor named rising life scientist By Staff

SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos biology professor Elinne Becket has been honored by a state organization recognizing upand-coming professionals in the life science industry. Becket is one of 10 winners of the sixth annual Life Science Catalyst Awards from Biocom California, a group representing the state life science industry. The awards “celebrate the accomplished and upand-coming academics, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders and business advisers who are making their mark on the California life science industry before reaching their 40th birthday.” Becket was chosen from a pool of nominees representing all facets of the life science industry, including pharma, diagnostics, venture funding, industrial biotech and digital health. The nominees were vetted by a statewide committee that considered factors including innovation, leadership and vision. The award winners will be highlighted on the cover of Biocom California’s on-

ELINNE BECKET teaches biology at CSUSM. Courtesy photo

line magazine LifeLines and celebrated at Biocom California’s annual Celebration of Life gala in San Diego on Nov. 18. Becket is in her fourth year as an assistant professor at CSUSM. Her research focuses on microbial genomics, specifically how urban waste affects coastal ecosystems and exacerbates the effects of climate change. She returned to academia in 2018 after four years in the biotechnology industry because she missed working with students. Through her lab, she has mentored 25 research

students, who have given 35 research presentations at regional and international conferences. “Winning the Catalyst Award is such an honor, but mostly it validates the importance of training a diverse next generation of achievers in the life science industry,” Becket said. Last spring, Becket was awarded a three-year, $447,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study antibiotic resistant bacteria in urban water runoff along the Pacific coast. This month, she was among 78 California State

University faculty who received COVID-19 Research Recovery Microgrant Program awards from the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology. Becket organized a workshop in February 2020 to assemble the genomes of spacecraft-associated microbes at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Through this initiative, seven CSUSM undergraduate students wrote a publication with collaborators from JPL, NASA Ames Research Center and undergrads from other institutions. She also co-organized two international microbial genomics conferences, which bring together people from around the world at all career stages. Becket’s a founding member of the Climate Change Faculty Working Group at CSUSM and the university’s faculty director of innovation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in molecular biology, both from UCLA. She was a postdoctoral scholar at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

CSUSM to grow nursing program with $200K gift By City News Service

SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos has received a gift of $200,000 from the Henry L. Guenther Foundation to further develop the university’s nursing simulation and skills labs in San Marcos and Temecula, it was announced Nov. 8. Funding is intended to equip three lab complexes with advanced technology and equipment, including virtual reality, simulation manikins and industry-standard instruments that will mirror real health care settings. CSUSM last renovated its on-campus nursing facility in 2014, resulting in a 12,000-square-foot space with 11 beds, a simulation theater and four mock exam rooms. The university also added several body-accurate manikins that allow students to engage in realistic patient-care scenarios. The Guenther Foundation is a nonprofit based in Seal Beach.

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Silvergate San Marcos Begins $800,000 Memory Care Renovations SAN MARCOS, CA – October 26, 2021 Silvergate San Marcos, one of coastal North County’s leading boutique-style retirement communities, announced the start of major renovations in their dedicated Memory Care Suites building. New color renderings have been released and will be on full display at Silvergate’s upcoming Memory Care Lunch & Learn event scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. With more than $800,000 in renovations taking place, planned interior upgrades include: all new flooring, furniture, artwork, wall coverings, window treatments, resurfaced fireplaces with new decorative wall tiles, all new lighting throughout, new fixtures, new accessories for activities, games and crafts and enhanced directional signage.

Unique to Silvergate, the dedicated Memory Care Suites building was designed specifically for seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The building houses six distinct “neighborhoods,” each made up of private and shared rooms oriented towards a common living and dining room spaces, along with a Private Family Dining Room and an on-site Hair Salon. This neighborhood design takes a more personalized, home-like approach to care and provides residents with an easy-to-navigate community floorplan. “Silvergate was among the first to bring a specialized memory care neighborhood design to the marketplace for seniors living with memory loss and we’re proud of that,” said Matt Petree, Vice President of Development for the Silvergate com-

The renovations to the Memory Care Suites at Silvergate San Marcos will feature this new, elegant Living Room space.

munities. “We’re continually working to improve our properties for the benefit of our residents and these newly renovated memory care neighborhoods provide a new, contemporary feel in a safe and secure environment.”

Each neighborhood has an adjacent, themed Activity Room currently being renovated as well which include an arts and craft room, a music room, a quiet reading room and a sun room. These spaces help provide residents with an opportunity to connect with others and engage in regular activities every day such as music therapy, wellness classes, brain teasers and group conversation. When completed, these upgraded Activity Rooms will come on line with an all-new roster of therapeutic and inspiring activities for residents

who are living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss.

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Student PSA honored at high school film festival in NYC By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — After traveling to New York City in early October to claim a first-place award at a national film festival, students in El Camino High School’s broadcast journalism class left inspired and motivated to explore new storytelling projects. The broadcast journalism class is still very new to the school, having just started last year right in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teacher Sharon Strong recalled her concerns about how to teach a new, mostly hands-on class virtually, but they pivoted to make it work. Strong’s class ended up making a short film that would later win first place in the public service announcement (PSA) category at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City almost a year later. The film was one of more than 40 other submissions in the category, and one out of 1,500 total submissions to the festival contest from around the country. Early last school year,

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Oceanside Theatre Company and Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside will produce “Shrek, The Musical,” with a cast of local youth with shows Nov. 12 to Nov. 14 at the Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For information, visit oceansidetheatre.org. ESCONDIDO ART

EL CAMINO High School broadcast journalism students filming a scene at Rawhide Ranch kids camp in Bonsall for a short movie. The film won first place in the public service announcement category at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City last month. Photo by Stephanie Wohlfiel/Creative Photography Inc.

students brainstormed together and came up with the film, “The Masked Robber,” a short PSA film about

COVID-19 mask-wearing et“We were trying to en- said Anna Velazquez, a curiquette told through a par- tertain our students and rent senior who worked on ody of an old, country-west- staff during quarantine the film last year. ern movie. while also informing them,” The class had to re-

tage presents Lisa Sanders and Ashley Norton at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. General admission $20 at ticketweb.com or at the door. Concert attendees are required to be fully vaccinated. Masks are required at all times.

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ceive special permission and agree to social distancing restrictions in order to physically meet on set at Rawhide Ranch kids camp in Bonsall to film their movie. For most of the students, it was their first time meeting each other. “It was nice to finally be able to meet in person,” Velazquez said. The movie was student-made with Strong as an advisor and another alumni student, Aaron Sal daña Cisneros, who directed and edited the movie. Each student rotated roles on set, jumping from audio production to shooting the film to acting on camera. When students arrived at the festival in early October of this year, they were told the event would be both a humbling and inspiring experience. “I didn’t really think about it at first, but then after I saw all of the other movies made by students I felt so humbled and so inspired,” Velazquez said. Many of the locations where students were able to film alone impressed Strong. She noted that the TURN TO FILM FESTIVAL ON 22

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Experience a culinary masterpiece at Matsu in Oceanside Masochist, a margarita-inspired drink with togarashi spice on the rim of the glass and my favorite, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, that is his take on a dirty martini with olive oil-washed vodka, fino sherry and Maldon. I could write an entire column on the cocktail menu and maybe I’ll come back and do just that as there are so many ingredients on it I am unfamiliar with. The dirty martini was fabulous by the way. There’s also a mix of Japanese sakes, California and French wines and San Diego craft beers.

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n February, chef-partner William Eick in the early stages of putting together his dream restaurant in Oceanside. William’s concept came to fruition recently when Matsu opened its doors to early rave reviews. First let’s talk about the name Matsu, which comes from matsutake mushrooms that are native to Japan but grow wild in California forests, perfect to represent William’s cuisine — Japanese and California ingredients prepared in the Japanese style. Don’t expect sushi or nigiri. Look for dishes along the lines of tempura-fried and cooked freshwater eel, sablefish, shellfish and even fermented fish along with beef, duck, pork belly and vegetarian proteins. SERVICE & SPACE The space at Matsu is easy to miss at night as it is understated from the outside. The interior is a direct reflection of William’s style as he designed and handbuilt the elegant restau-

FIRST COURSES

CHEF WILLIAM EICK’S new Matsu restaurant in Oceanside The menu has two opcombines Japanese and California ingredients prepared in tions, four or eight courses the Japanese style. Photo courtesy of Swell Creative with or without wine. It’s

rant/bar in grays and blacks with wood accents and dim lighting. Bonsai trees are a nice touch and local Chapman Cochran built the chairs and tables. Something that stood out immediately was the sophistication and knowledge of the staff. William has put together a world-class team of talent and, given the sophistication of the cuisine, it almost had to happen. We were immediately presented with a warm moist towel, similar to what was a staple of flying first

class pre-pandemic. It’s a nice touch and a sign of the attention to detail that followed. Service was a group effort, led by our knowledgeable server/captain Joseph Devlin. COCKTAILS We started with cocktails from one of the most creative menus I’ve encountered, courtesy of bar manager Aaron Lara, formerly of Vaga in Leucadia. The seven cocktails offered a Japanese twist on the classics, like the Benign

panion went with the Cabbage Dashi. Dashi is a family of stocks used in Japanese cuisine that was new to me. Our second courses included Rock Crab with carrot and sansho and Unagi served tempura style with kumquat. MAIN COURSE Next up was the main and I went with the A5 Wagyu with mustards and black garlic. This was a first-time A5 Wagyu experience for me, and its marbled goodness literally melted in my mouth. For those unfamiliar, Wagyu means “Japanese Cow” and is the name given to cattle breeds developed over centuries in Japan. A5 is the highest possible quality rating awarded by the Japanese government. This one specifically was A5 BMS 12 from Miyazaki, Japan. I should also note that a beautiful box of locally made steak knives was presented for me to select for use on the Wagyu dish. Our second main selection was the Sablefish with Alliums, Kosho, and Matsuyaki. Due to space constraints, I urge you to look up those ingredients as they are worth knowing.

my opinion that including wine is essential to experience the full essence of Matsu as the wine pairings are as well thought out and creative as the food. We went with the fourcourse option with wine and, rest assured, the courses and wine are described and romanced in detail, which is part of the experience at Matsu and what elevates it high above most other dining experiences in North County. Our two selections from the first course included Artichokes with Negi, Chicken DESSERT Dashi and Sudachi. My comThe fourth course was

desert, the realm of executive pastry chef Felipe Orozco, formerly of Market in Del Mar and another essential player on this allstar culinary team. We went with the Matcha with pine and Masago Arare and the Honey with chocolate and sesame. They were the perfect ending to a world-class dining experience. Talk of a Michelin star is already being kicked around for Matsu and based on my experience that is a legitimate conversation. Matsu is not cheap — the four courses with wine is around $135 and the eightcourse Omakase style with wine will run over $200. I was fine with the four courses and given the level of skill and knowledge in the kitchen and the dining room, combined with the quality of ingredients, innovative cuisine, and artistry of the presentation, it was money well spent. This is world-class cuisine on a side street in Oceanside and I love that mix. I should also mention that William also operates a Japanese fried chicken sandwich food truck called Naegi that should be up and running as of this writing. Stay tuned for more on that. Find Matsu at 626 S. Tremont Street, Oceanside, 760-231-6331 or www.eatatmatsu.com

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won’t forget the first time I stepped into the Tasting Room of a San Diego winery some 15 years ago and saw some 1,200 awards hanging from the ceiling and wrapped around bottles at various displays. An Italian winemaker named Leon Santoro, who with arms expanded, shouted with a smile, “Welcome to Orfila.” Leon is no longer with us, but Orfila is still making excellent wine. Rico will be reporting on the new and improved Orfila in our next edition. Recently a festive wine tasting was held by the San Diego County Vintners Association attended by many wine lovers on a beautiful balmy day, with Bernardo Winery providing the perfect setting with its 100-year-old wine farming equipment as a backdrop. 17 wineries provided tastings, from cab sauvignon to Aglianico reds. All were enthusiastic about their wines, which over the years have morphed from estate-grown cabs and chardonnays which turned

out to be dull and unexciting, to exquisite Mediterranean style reds and whites grown at the wineries. These old-world wines made in San Diego County got their start in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany. San Diego’s attraction to viticulture actually began in the 18th century when Franciscan monks from Spain found favorable climate and soil conditions for vines. California’s first mission, San Diego de Alcalá was known for winemaking. After a number of setbacks that stunted its growth, San Diego wineries enjoyed a resurgence beginning in the early ’90s with the move to Mediterranean-style grape growing. Many growers began to replace water-thirsty crops with grapevines which require only about 3% of the water that mature avocados demand. There are about 140 wineries in San Diego County. I want to share a couple that caught my eye at the recent festival. Principe Di Tiracase and its winemaker, Alberto Sepe, brought a love of Italy into the San Diego wine group that was unmatched. Aglianico was their go-to grape. It’s a dark, full-bodied, strong wine, rich with high tannin levels and high acidity. The grape dates back to

BURTECH FAMILY Vineyard in the coastal hills of Encinitas. Photo courtesy of Burtech Family Vineyard

ancient Greece. Winemakers colonized the Campania and Basilicata regions of Italy some 2,500 years ago. The red Nebbiolo grape originates from Piedmont located in the northwest of Italy, in the districts of Barolo and Barbaresco. As the grape ripens, it takes on a hazy, foggy appearance. As it ages, the color changes to an almost burnt brick red shade. Visit their site at pineandwine. com. Burtech Family Vineyard on Manchester Drive in Encinitas has eleven pristine acres of vineyards on the family’s Caballos Del Mar horse farm. It’s there that the Burtech family built a wine culture rooted in the enjoy-

ment of fine wine with good friends. The founder, Dominic Burtech set out to build a winery in 2019. Over 2,000 vines were planted alongside his home and horse ranch offering free wine tasting and a vineyard tour to a willing public. Some of the more popular fine wine varietals include a 2019 rosé ($36), 2017 cabernet sauvignon ($57), 2018 syrah ($50) and 2019 petite sirah ($95). Get the full story at burtechfamilyvineyard.com. The San Diego County Vintners Association site is sandiegowineries.org.

bring together family and friends to enjoy special wine, food, and desserts. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Kary Favish, owner of The Crosby Baker, at a wine dinner. Favish creates made-to-order desserts in North County San Diego using only the finest ingredients. Anyone who knows me knows that I love desserts and appreciate high-quality baked goods. After showing me some pictures that were so decadent I could almost taste them, Favish invited me to a formal tasting at her beautiful home on a cozy evening. The tasting started with HOLIDAY TREATS vibrant platters of biscotti BY THE CROSBY BAKER and macarons each boastI love that the holidays ing 6 different flavors. Some

biscotti were traditionally crunchy and some were delightfully soft on the inside with a crunchy exterior. The macarons were colorful and flavorful with some festive holiday favorites such as pumpkin, peppermint bark, and cranberry orange. Next, she served a crustless Basque Burnt cheesecake. As a cheesecake connoisseur, I believe that Favish has redefined what cheesecake can be. With its light and creamy texture complemented by a black cherry glaze, this was easily the best cheesecake I have ever had. “My menu is filled with a variety of simple yet delectable homemade bakery items prepared on request, Favish said during the tasting. “I am always in a creative mood, so you will have something new to choose from that is made with love with every purchase.” Those looking to save time during the holiday frenzy, who are not confident with baking, or want to elevate their dessert course to the gourmet level call on The Crosby Baker. To ensure that she creates client favorites per their distinct style and flavor, Favish requests that customers provide a 72-hour notice. Full details at thecrosbybaker.com. — Story by Tech Director/Writer Rico Cassoni


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Brothers behind newly opened Blue Fire Brewing in San Marcos cheers! north county

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an Marcos has a new brewery. Brothers Tommy and Charlie Gordon recently opened Blue Fire Brewing off Santa Fe Avenue. The fraternal co-owners share in the duties of running their brewery and tasting room, so I reached out to learn more about how they got here and where they are going. Cheers! You just passed your one-month anniversary since the grand opening in late September. What has the first month been like for you and the team? The Gordons: Things have been going well. So far the response from customers has been really positive, which is awesome. We've met a lot of great folks who are very supportive of what we're doing. We are learning a lot and look forward to continuing the process of improvement. Cheers! Blue Fire Brewing is a family business. How did you get your start in beer, and what is it like to work with family? Gordons: The start was drinking craft beer! We are fortunate to have grown up in the microcosm of craft brews that is North County San Diego. Both Charlie and I started homebrewing in college. As any homebrewer knows, the hobby can take over your life, and we fully embraced it. We soaked up as much knowledge as we could through books and online blogs, educational sessions from White Labs, and when the opportunity arose to take a structured course aimed at training SD residents for a career in brewery/cellar work, we jumped on it. Mira Costa TCI’s Craft Brewing Technician is the program, taught by Mike Stevenson of Culver Beer. The class was excellent and I wholeheartedly recommend it for those interested in getting into the brewing industry. As far as working with family, being just two of us for the majority of brewery tasks, it helps having the connection that Charlie and I have. We certainly don't agree on everything, but we both have the same goal of making and serving quality fermented beverages. Cheers! How long have you been working towards opening, and how did the pandemic impact your plans over the past 18 months? Gordons: Though the idea was hatched many

CHARLIE GORDON, left, removes spent grain from the mash tun, while Tommy Gordon, right, prepares to enjoy the finished product. The brothers are co-owners of Blue Fire Brewing in San Marcos. Photos courtesy of Blue Fire Brewing

years ago, we finally decided to purchase equipment and start the work of opening a brewery in 2018. Our brewhouse, cellar tanks and miscellaneous parts were purchased from Chuck McLaughlin of the former Fallbrook Brewing Company. Purchasing locally whenever possible was top of mind throughout the build-out process, and we knew from the start we wanted to be on a Premier Stainless System. We were happy to find quality equipment close to home that we could give a second life to. With a lot of help from family and friends, we were able to oversee and/or perform everything from the design of the architectural plans all the way to the end of construction. That was a huge learning process for us. Not only did we learn useful skills, but we now know the integral parts of our brewery. The pandemic certainly created difficulties, but our plan never changed. At

first (think March 2020), the uncertainty of the situation led to a period of inaction in construction, which soon gave way to a flurry of home improvement projects taking up the time of local tradespeople. Without a design [or] build firm or general contractor to bring in specific trades, it was left up to us to find someone or do it ourselves. I would like to mention Damon and Chris of Kellogg Plumbing for sticking with us during the entirety of our project. They did a great job on many items of construction that we

weren’t qualified for. The same goes for Todd Davis Electric. Our friends at the soon-to-be brewery and kitchen in San Clemente, Los Molinos Beer Co, were instrumental in the concrete excavation and repour in our back brewing space. Thanks, y’all. The pandemic also led to a strain on supply chains, meaning certain items became unavailable or exponentially more expensive. This definitely made it hard to put the final touches on our build-out, but overall we are grateful for where we are and happy to be moving forward within

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a wonderful community. Cheers! Your current tap list spans the gamut of styles from IPA to Brown Ales. Which style best represents Blue Fire Brewing and why? Gordons: That’s a tough one because we really do appreciate so many different beer styles. I’d say that we are, first and foremost, a brewery for the

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Music presents singer-songwriter Shua at 7 p.m. Nov. 20, as part of its San Diego Sound Project. General Seating is $20 at museumofmakingmusic.org/events/sdsp-shua. Each concert will be streamed free online. When you RSVP, a link to access the live stream will be sent via e-mail.

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Craigie, who will perform Nov. 17 at the Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and Information, visit http:// bellyup.com/ or https://johncraigiemusic.com/shows. GRACEBAND

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Cowboy Jack brings his country & western tunes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Music Festival, in the Oceana Clubhouse, 550 Vista Bella Drive, Oceanside.

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Oceanside Museum Of Art invites you to be part of “Taste of Art: Art, Music, Fashion,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov.18 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $50. Experience the intersection of three art forms - art, music and fashion – and create your own work of art in a variety of media. Register at oma-online.org/events/ taste-of-art-art-music-fashion/. ARTISTS WANTED

The San Dieguito Art Guild is looking for artists to participate in the December Small Image Show at the Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Open to all San Diego artists, the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Nov. 18. Take-in

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‘ALL IS CALM: The Christmas Truce of 1914” will be performed Friday-Saturday, Nov. 19-20, at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

for artwork is from 2 to 4:30 1914,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 p.m. Nov. 23. and Nov. 20 at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho SanTEENY TINY ART MART Submissions are being ta Fe. Conducted by Sacra/ accepted for the Oceans- Profana’s Juan Carlos Acoside Museum Of Art World’s ta. All performances begin Largest Teeny Tiny Art Mart at 7 p.m. Tickets $30, $15 now thru Nov. 18. Down- for students and military at load a submission form at bodhitreeconcerts.org. oma-+online.org/tiny/.

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Be part of the Exhibition Celebration at Oceanside Museum Of Art from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Immerse yourself in artwork and meet fellow art lovers as the museum celebrates the opening of five exhibitions. Cost is $10. More details at oma-online.org/events/exhibition-reception-1120/. OPEN HOUSE

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Spring registration is now open for the San Diego Children’s Choir. If you are between 4–18 years old, enjoy singing, and are eager to learn more about music and want to perform in exciting places, then come sing with the San Diego Children’s Choir. Classes begin the week of Jan. 30, 2022. Visit sdcchoir.org.

Koniakowsky Ocean Art Gallery hosts an openhouse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. JAZZ TIME The Carlsbad High Nov. 20 at 1889 High Ridge School Jazz Ensemble will Ave., Carlsbad. be debuting its holiday musical program Nov. 27, with MOVIE MATINEE The Escondido Public a concert outside the CarlsLibrary presents a Movie bad Village Music store as Matinée: showing “Here To- part of the Small Business day,” starring Billy Crystal Saturday celebration in and Tiffany Haddish from 3 Carlsbad Village.

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1. LITERATURE: What is the name of Ron Weasley’s house in the “Harry Potter” novel series? 2. TELEVISION: The sitcom “Petticoat Junction” spawned which other popular spinoff series? 3. LANGUAGE: What is the meaning of the Latin phrase, “littera scripta manet”? 4. MOVIES: What is the name of cartoon character Porky Pig’s girlfriend? 5. U.S. STATES: What is the capital of Wyoming? 6. GEOGRAPHY: Which U.S. interstate highway is the longest in the nation? 7. AD SLOGANS: What product’s TV ad sparked the catchphrase “Mikey likes it!”? 8. GEOMETRY: How many straight lines can be drawn through two given points? 9. FOOD & DRINK: What is the hottest chili pepper in the world? 10. MUSIC: Which iconic rock band was once named The Detours?

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Brooks Theater’s youth program returns with ‘Shrek’ By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — Opening night sold out for “Shrek The Musical,” the first musical to return to the historic Brooks Theater stage after 18 long months. Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident theater company at the Brooks, resumed their youth outreach program in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside just over nine weeks ago when work on Shrek first began. Over the past two months, 36 young, local cast members between the ages of 8 and 18 have spent long hours learning their parts and how theater production works. While some of the cast members have had past experience with theater, this show is the very first for many of them.

PINOCCHIO (Charlie Schuler) at rehearsal for “Shrek The Musical,” on stage this weekend. Photo by Samantha Nelson

“Probably half of them have never done this before,” said director Sharon Duchi. Many of the cast mem-

bers also participated in OTC’s theater summer camp earlier this year, which introduced kids to the stage in a Broadway showcase production but not a full musical like Shrek, which requires much more work involving sets, costumes and other moving parts. Parents new to the theater world with this show have also been learning how a musical production works, like the meaning behind “tech week” and its longer rehearsal times during the week leading up to opening night. Based on the Dreamworks Animation film, “Shrek The Musical” is a Tony-award winning production that retells the film’s story including all of the classic characters from the first film. The OTC pro-

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duction has more than 100 costumes, Duchi said. Sharon Duchi and co-director and choreographer Anna Duchi, who is Sharon’s daughter, chose Shrek as this season’s show because of its funny, entertaining story. “We just really needed a fun, lighthearted show to do with these kids,” Anna Duchi said. “We were already familiar with it so we knew it would be easier to jump into.” Many of the experienced cast members are also happy to get back to the stage. Before closing a recent show in Carlsbad a few weeks ago, Palomar College student Brenna Farris, who plays Fiona, hadn’t been on stage in over a year and a half. “I love working with kids, which is always a highlight of it for me, and I also just love performing and getting to interact with people,” Farris said. “It’s so great to have a theater family again.” Many of the cast members are also members of the Boys & Girls Club due to its partnership with OTC, which helps expand the theater’s reach to students who maybe didn’t know they were even interested in theater before. Earlier this year, 60 Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside members got to tour the theater to help expose them to the arts. “A lot of them have never even stepped foot into a theater before,” said OTC board member Leann Garms. According to Garms, many of the kids are incredibly shy when they first start, but after a few weeks they start to open up and completely change when they’re on stage. “Shrek The Musical” is set to run its last weekend starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 14. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students ages 5-17 and can be purchased at oceansidetheatre. org/youthoutreach.

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someone there who maybe knows some cool spots and locations,” Rosales said. According to Strong, nothing would have been possible without Career Technical Education, a department of the school district that provides several educational pathways like broadcast journalism through hands-on training and mentoring. Going forward, the class hopes to make another film — or a few films — that they could submit to different competitions including the All American film festival so they can go back to New York next year. They also want to master all of the new equipment that went unused last year in their studio on El Camino’s campus, clean up and improve their regular “ECTV” shows and ultimately set a high standard that will carry on with future broadcast journalism classes. “Our emphasis is on storytelling,” Strong said. “We want to be storytellers.”

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AARON YUNG, MD Interventional Cardiology

SIXTY YEARS OF TREATING EV E RY CAS E L I K E IT ’S TH E

F I G H T O F YO U R L I F E .

BECAUSE TO US, IT IS. IT ALL STARTED WITH CARING. Medicine may have changed dramatically since we opened our doors in 1961, but our commitment to excellent patient outcomes has not. Over the years we have evolved into a regional healthcare leader while staying true to our mission of advancing the health and wellness of our community. Our work calls for us to care for the thousands of people who make up our community. But we never forget the individual lives we touch in the process.

QUALITY COMPASSIONATE CARE CLOSE TO HOME.

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