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NOV. 26, 2021
San Marcos is latest city to join CEA By Tigist Layne
creasing costs including deferring infrastructure maintenance, outsourcing services, instituting pension reform, increasing employees’ share of benefit packages, reducing the city’s workforce by 126 full-time employees below pre-recession levels (while Escondido grew by 8,000 residents during this time), updating city fees, installing cost-saving technology and more. “As the local economy slowly recovers from the pandemic and yet no new revenue source has been identified for the upcoming fiscal year, the
SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council decided Tuesday, Nov. 9, to join the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), composed of other North County cities that have opted to buy energy directly from producers and sell it to residents and businesses. The council voted 5-0 to join the alliance, which currently includes Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Del Mar among its members. The City of Escondido also recently joined the CEA, with Oceanside and Vista considering joining the alliance, as well. The alliance is a Community Choice Energy (CCE) or Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, which is an alternative to traditional investor owned utilities such as San Diego Gas & Electric (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. The organization figures to be about 2% less expensive than SDG&E for average residential customers, according to a joint rate comparison conducted by CEA and SDG&E. “It gives residents and businesses a choice in their electricity provider, which they don’t currently have, so they have more choice with regards to how clean the energy is,” CEA chief executive Barbara Boswell said. “It also brings local control; the decision-making and rate-making is be-
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Escondido officer loses cancer battle By City News Service
ESCONDIDO — An Escondido police officer has died following a nearly two-year battle with cancer, the police department announced Tuesday. Brett Byler died Nov. 14 from glioblastoma. He was 32. After a brain tumor was discovered in February 2020, Byler underwent surgery and “numerous treatments, all while spending as much time as he possibly could with his family and loved ones,” according to an Escondido Police Department statement. He is survived by his wife, Mariah, and their three young daughters, Brynlee, Barrett and Bellamy. Prior to working for Escondido police, Byler served in the Marine Corps and as a police officer with the Department of Defense and the San Diego Police Department. Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso called Byler “an outstanding police officer” who “will always be remembered for his love of police work and his phenomenal sense of humor. In fact, during my last visit with Brett, he was still enjoying his time watching videos of vehicle pursuits. Brett LOVED being a cop!” The Byler family was featured on the “Today” show in April 2020, when friends and neighbors organized a drive-by parade at his Temecula home to celebrate Byler’s 31st birthday. Donations for the family can be made at www.gofundme.com/f/byler-family.
Jose Ocamdo, right, a Navy aviation boatswain’s mate airman from Escondido, and his partner practice using a Naval Fire Fighting Thermal Imager during a firefighting drill this month on the flight deck of the USS America off the coast of Japan. The USS America, lead ship of the America Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet to help maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific region. US Navy photo by Spec. 3rd Class Thomas B. Contant
Escondido’s potential new tax explained By Tigist Layne
ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council is considering putting a tax measure on the November 2022 ballot that would implement a 1% sales tax increase citywide. The current sales tax rate in Escondido is 7.75%, which is the base rate for San Diego County. This includes the statewide rate of 7.25%, plus a half-cent for San Diego County’s TransNet program. Of that amount, the city receives only 1%. The measure, if approved by voters, would implement a sales tax increase that would generate $25 million annually in
new revenue for maintaining city services. The council rejected a similar resolution in July 2020. According to City Clerk Zack MCNAMARA Beck, 291 of the state’s 482 cities (60%) and 36 of the state’s 58 counties (62%) have approved a transaction and use tax similar to the measure that Escondido is considering. Many of these cities have a tax rate that is at least 8.25%. These include
Del Mar, Ocea nside, Vista, El Cajon, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and La Mesa. Based on the city’s May 2021 MORASCO budget report, Escondido faces a budget deficit of $8 million in FY 2021/22, a $13 million deficit by FY 2023/24 and a structural budget deficit of more than $150 million in the next 20 years. Over the years, the city has continually had to find other ways of de-
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NOV. 26, 2021
MAZATLÁN CARNIVAL, which started in 1898, is the biggest event in Mazatlán. Similar to Mardi Gras, Carnaval de Mazatlán is a six-day event highlighted by two parades down the malecón, a boardwalk that runs the length of the city’s main bay. Photo courtesy of Pueblo Bonito Resorts
The magic of Mazatlán
By Dave McKibben
hen I first visited Mazatlán over 35 years ago, the journey — a 20-hour slog on a cramped train from the border town of Nogales through a slew of tiny Mexican villages — was the most memorable part of the trip. Since moving to San Diego in the late 1980s, I’ve been to dozens of Mexican cities, but Mazatlán never reentered the picture.
Earlier this month, I gave this colonial port city that sits on the northern Pacific Coast of the Sinaloa state a second chance. This time I made it to Mazatlán in just over two hours, flying nonstop out of Tijuana International Airport after parking my car at the Cross Border Xpress and taking a five-minute stroll across CBX’s enclosed pedestrian skybridge. Why the Cross Border Xpress? Flights to Mazat-
EL FARO Lighthouse is located at the top of Cerro del Creston, the city’s southernmost hill located at the Port of Mazatlán — the largest port between the U.S. and Panama Canal. The lighthouse, built in the early 1890s, is one of the highest in the world. Creston’s peak offers some of the best views of the city and also features a glass-bottomed lookout extending from the hilltop. Photo courtesy of Pueblo Bonito Resorts
lán out of San Diego were over $700 with two or three stops. My direct flight from Tijuana to Mazatlán was less than $200. When my wife and I arrived on a Monday night on the first day of November, the city was bubbling with anticipation for the week’s events. As it turns out, our timing was perfect — Mazatlán was celebrating Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, a two-day Mexican holiday
where families honor their relatives who’ve died. Many visit the graves of loved ones and build elaborate altars featuring bright flowers and decorations. The sacred holiday, which stems from pre-Hispanic traditions brings those who left Mexico back home, which may explain why our Monday afternoon flight was so packed. This year’s Day of the Dead celebration was especially poignant for the
nearly 600-year-old city, known for having one largest shrimping ports in the world and 17 miles of idyllic beaches. Last year’s festivities were canceled because of pandemic restrictions. The city’s first annual Day of the Dead parade through the cobblestone streets in Mazatlán’s Centro Histórico wasn’t green-lighted by the city’s mayor, Luis Guillermo Benitez Torres, until late October.
“Most people in Mazatlán are now vaccinated, so we’ve been opening up little by little,” Benitez Torres said. “This Day of the Dead celebration is the grand opening for these kind of activities.” The mayor looked on proudly as the streets overflowed on an 80-degree night with thousands of Mazatlán residents taking in the parade’s pageantry of TURN TO MAZATLÁN ON 14
Her treatments got me back out playing with the kids Local acupuncturist is helping patients overcome their chronic pain and joint issues and getting them back to enjoying the things they love!
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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Local student named STEM ambassador By Tigist Layne
ESCONDIDO — An Escondido High School student was recently named one of two Southern California ambassadors for Young Women in Bio. Nathalie Cedillo is one of only 24 high school student ambassadors nationally who were chosen. Cedillo, a junior at Escondido High School, will work alongside the other student ambassadors and with Young Women in Bio (YWIB) to share her enthusiasm for science, technology, engiCEDILLO neering and math (STEM) fields and to inspire and encourage other young women. Morgan Kavanaugh, Cedillo’s AP Environmental Science & Biology Teacher, shared her excitement about Cedillo’s accomplishment. “Nathalie has shown great perseverance and her passion for science is so clear,” Kavanaugh said. “Involvement with this program has provided the opportunity for her to share her unique perspective and experience with science education.” Ambassadors will attend nationally led virtual events and when possible, in-person events and programs hosted by their local YWIB chapters. They will also receive a scholarship. “We are excited to announce this diverse group of young women joining us for the 2021-2022 school year,” said Sarah Odeh, YWIB national chair. “As we continue to expand and grow the YWIB Ambassador Program, we want to ensure we engage with young women from a broad range of backgrounds, giving them the tools and support to grow their leadership skills and empower them to bring STEM initiatives to their communities and beyond.” The nonprofit has 14 chapters across the U.S. and partners with leading companies, universities, hospitals and other organizations to host educational and motivational programs for young girls interested in STEM. As a student ambassador, Cedillo will work with YWIB to raise awareness in STEM and encourage other young women in the field. The organization launched this initiative in 2020. In its first year, the organization welcomed 22 ambassadors who had the opportunity to interview experts in STEM, organize and lead YWIB events at their local chapters, launch YWIB clubs at their schools, establish a YWIB Ambassador Instagram page and support YWIB diversity and inclusion efforts.
VISTA POP WARNER CHEER, FOOTBALL SQUADS HOST FUNDRAISER Vista Pop Warner cheer and football squads are asking for your help. The Vista Pop Warner Junior Varsity Cheer squad, above, has made it to nationals in Florida and are set to leave Dec. 4. The Vista Pop Warner 12u Panthers and 14u Panthers will play in the Best of the West tournament in San Jose, featuring teams from California and Arizona. The teams will travel to San Jose from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5. You can donate through Paypal and Venmo or mail a check to Vista Pop Warner Football and Cheer, 1234 N. Santa Fe Ave., Box #100, Vista, CA 92083. Courtesy photo
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NOV. 26, 2021
Crypto markets primed to rise
By Thomas Carter
f crypto is music technology, we’re still in the phonograph phase. As it stands today, only 1% of the world’s investable assets are in crypto or digital assets of any kind. On Nov. 8 the global crypto market cap touched $3 trillion for the first time. Bitcoin, Ethereum and Binance Coin, as expected, led the way as the only currencies above a $100 billion market cap. FinTech pioneer and blockchain innovator, and author of this column, Thomas Carter of Carlsbad was the only public figure to accurately predict when crypto would reach its first trillion-dollar market cap in 2020 and he is back to predict trillions more will flow into digital assets as a whole in the very near future. At $3 trillion, crypto represents only 1% of the world’s $250 trillion investable assets. With the level of innovation going on in blockchain and how fast that will revolutionize entire industries, and with the growing adoption of other digital assets like NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and Security Tokens, it is not unrealistic that we see 5% to 7% of global investable assets move into these spaces in the coming two to three years. Now, we’re talking about $10, $15, $20 trillion in crypto and digital assets. I tell anyone who asks me that we’re just barely scratching the surface of what blockchain will do for countless industries, and to prepare for the tsunami of innovation that will inevitably bring digital assets along for the ride. Also, the adoption of other digital assets alongside crypto in 2020 ended with a total NFT trade volume of just under half a billion dollars, and so far through the third quarter of 2021 that number has skyrocketed to well over $10 billion. Leading companies in the space like Axie Infinity (NFT-based online video game) are raking in hundreds of millions in revenue each month.
NFTs bring an unprecedented efficiency and transparency to the art, collectibles and gaming world, creating verifiable digital scarcity for the first time in the history of the space. With an already existing $370 billion collectibles industry and an annual $50 billion spent on in-game purchases, many see NFTs as the new vehicle for these economies to thrive in. A recent Nasdaq article on NFTs boldly stated, “We firmly believe that this digital asset market will be as big as or even bigger than the physical asset market in the long run.”
It is hard to deny the success of what crypto has done since its inception but even from the beginning of 2021, it has managed to triple its market cap all the while traditional fund managers and advisors slowly enter the space. Just five weeks ago, the fifth-largest retail bank in the U.S. announced it would offer bitcoin services to fund managers and Goldman Sachs has just started supplying its institutional trading clients with cryptocurrency research reports. Security tokens, or STOs, stand out in this new digital asset class because of their SEC compliant status. A security token is a unique token issued on a blockchain, representing a stake in an external asset — a digital security. A company wishing to distribute shares to investors can use a security token that offers the same benefits one would expect from traditional securities like shares or dividends. Since these sit on the blockchain, the process of transfers and settlement is efficient and automated and their ability to be traded and liquidated is far simpler
by not having to be restricted by traditional market open and close times. Looking closer at my predictions, I see the future of blockchain so clearly because I am helping to build it. I founded and am chairman of DealBox, a security token issuance and investment packaging platform started in 2016. I’m also the co-founder and chief executive officer of Total Network Services (TNS), a blockchain technology company whose chief aim is to “make crypto easy” and enable the new blockchain economy. TNS is leading the way in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry with their innovation the Enhanced Mobile Equipment Identifier (E-MEID) allowing for all internet connected devices to be verified and secured by blockchain. We also are creating a next generation NFT marketplace “NFTys” and created Digital Names, the human-readable solution to complex crypto keys needed for transactions. There are many who are working to build the blockchain economy to full scale, however, the total investment has gone into the space so far in 2021. Over $20 billion of venture capital has been poured into blockchain and crypto related companies so far this year, five times more than what was invested in 2020. That is something you have to consider when looking at the future of digital assets. That $20 billion represents over a thousand new businesses looking to create new technologies that make crypto, digital assets, and blockchain more applicable and not to mention many of those companies will create their own cryptos, NFTs and STOs in the process. For those innovating and investing in this space, the next few years will be really exciting. Thomas Carter is a Carlsbad resident, founder of DealBox, Inc, and CEO of Total Network Services Corp.
f Californians didn’t already know about the wildfire crisis that’s been burning through the state for the last few years, pictures of low-hanging smoke from the Caldor fire blocking views of Lake Tahoe should have driven the new reality home more than ever this fall. But for many homeowners who live in unburned areas nevertheless deemed possibilities for future blazes, another crisis is hitting ever harder. That’s the availability of homeowners’ insurance and the fire coverage it provides, which has become increasingly scarce with each passing year. It’s high time to get creative and solve this thorny problem. Yes, some owners of intact houses not yet torched are still OK. That’s thanks to an edict from state Insurance Commissioner Richard Lara forbidding insurance companies from canceling or “non-renewing” fire coverage for homeowners on the fringes of this year’s two most destructive fires: the Dixie Fire that spread for weeks across many tens of thousands of acres in several Northern California counties and the Caldor blaze that seemed to follow U.S. Highway 50 from Placerville toward Lake Tahoe. But that’s a stopgap measure lasting only one year. Most affected property owners know their policies will be canceled the moment their insurance companies can dump them. No insurance firm wants to be bankrupted by California conflagrations the way Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was by the unprecedented damages from fires it sparked from 2017 to 2019, essentially an introductory period for today’s blazes that are hotter and faster-moving than the wildfires of just a few years ago. What’s developed is a situation akin to the boycott the insurance industry inflicted on California in the mid-1990s, after several companies were nearly bankrupted by earthquake payouts after the 1994 Northridge earthquake damaged heavily populated parts of Los Angeles. Every significant insurance company canceled almost all California property policies at that time, protesting a law that forced any firm issuing property insurance also to offer quake coverage. The industry wanted out of the earthquake insurance business. Legislators and then-Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush could have fought back by denying the lucrative right to sell car insurance to any company refusing to sell quake policies. But Quackenbush, whose election was largely funded by insur-
ance companies and brokers, instead caved to their demands. The result is the current California Earthquake Authority, which issues most quake policies in the state, separately from standard property insurance. In an era when many tens of thousands of homeowner policies have been canceled in and near past or prospective fire areas, maybe something like the CEA is needed to make sure property owners can get insurance at fairly reasonable rates. Where policies are canceled today, some homeowners go bare, but many wind up buying coverage from the state’s last-chance Fair Plan (FP), whose rates are astronomically higher than what insurance companies charge in non-fire areas. FP enrollment jumped from 140,000 to more than 200,000 in the last two years, even though a few companies returned to writing new policies when they were allowed astronomical rate increases. So it may be time for the Legislature to at least partially separate other property coverages like liability from fire insurance in wildfire circumstances. That way, homeowners could decide how much fire coverage to buy, rather than being forced to insure the entire value of their properties against fast-moving flames. They could be required to substantially fireproof their homes to qualify for such an arrangement, making one-time investments rather than large payments every year. One thing for sure: So far, no one has thought creatively enough about how to manage the wildfire insurance crisis in an era when it seems several highly damaging blazes will afflict this state every year. Simply ordering companies to leave policies in place for a year kicks the can down the road a short distance, but ultimately solves little, for homeowners in wildfire areas will eventually need new policies. Californians have found creative solutions to every major problem that’s ever confronted this state, from transporting water hundreds of miles to putting Covid vaccines in tens of millions of arms. Why not approach this major problem with the same style of resolute, outsidethe-box thinking? Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com.
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Board policy change raises free speech concerns By Steve Puterski
REGION — A public speaker's racist outburst during a recent county Board of Supervisors meeting has prompted county elected officials to change how the public can participate in open discussion, raising questions about whether these new guidelines infringe on residents' constitutionally protected rights to free speech. A new board policy prohibits "disruptive conduct" and public discussion on consent calendar items during meetings while limiting public comment to one minute per person if there are more than 10 individuals wishing to comment on issues not related to land use. The chairman, currently Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, also has the power to shut down any member of the public for speech they deem in violation of the new rules. Fletcher and Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas voted in favor of the change, while Supervisor Joel Anderson opposed it. Supervisor Jim Desmond, who was absent from the meeting, also opposed the board’s action with the new policy. The policy change was adopted after a man said he wanted several of the supervisors dead and directed a racial slur at county Public Health Director Dr. Wilma Wooten, who is Black, during a Nov. 2 board meeting. But the board’s attempt to restrict hate speech and inappropriate conduct in a public forum has been met with mixed reactions, with First Amendment advocates railing against the sweeping new changes. San Diego-based attorney Cory Briggs, who represents Project for Open
CORY BRIGGS, founder of San Diego’s Briggs Law Corp., has serious concerns the county’s new policy for public participation at meetings violates residents’ constitutional rights to speak freely. Photo courtesy of Briggs Law Corp.
Government, has requested the board reverse the new policy under threat of legal action. Briggs, along with numerous elected officials and community members, condemned the individual's words and actions in the strongest possible terms. However, while the man's speech was grotesque and unacceptable, it is protected speech under the First Amendment, Briggs said, who took particular issue with the vague and subjective language contained within the board's new policy. Briggs said there are two components of the policy change under scrutiny, namely proscribing public comment on consent calendar items and limiting what the public can discuss and how long they can speak. “One is a transparen-
cy issue and one is a First Amendment issue,” Briggs said. Under the new policy, the board now has the power to claim any speaker voicing legitimate dissent is exhibiting abusive behavior or language. According to Briggs, allowing the chairman to be the sole arbiter of acceptable speech or behavior likely wouldn’t hold up to constitutional scrutiny. Additionally, Briggs said these types of rules can allow corruption to seep into the board by preventing a more transparent process for residents to address their elected leaders. “Their definition empowers the chair to admonish anyone who makes such comments, and the definition says that such comments are legally protected speech that don’t constitute criminal activity or incite vi-
Escondido library seeks public input for Strategic Plan update By Tigist Layne
ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Public Library is seeking input from residents and the community to help plan the library’s future. Survey results will guide the development of the library’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The Escondido library updates its Strategic Plan every 5 years, and it will seek input from residents through Nov. 29. Feedback from the community indicates future improvements and patron needs that the library may consider. According to the library, “creating a strategic plan for the library with participation of community members helps define the library’s core direction, establish realistic goals and objectives, communicate these goals and objectives to the public and officials, reallocate resources to the highest service priorities and create measurement tools to establish progress and successes.” Library Director Dara Bradds said that in previous years, the library has re-
ceived feedback about less shelving on the first floor, more space for meeting rooms and study areas, increasing the library’s e-book and audio book collections and more. Most recently, the library eliminated overdue fines and late fees after receiving feedback about creating a more equitable library experience for low-income patrons. “The library belongs to the community, so it’s their resource, and it doesn’t make sense for us to have a resource for the community if we’re not providing the services and the programs and the materials that they want,” Bradds said. “It’s just about making sure we’re serving the community we belong to.” The library has created a committee made up of Escondido residents and city employees and other volunteers that will work on the Strategic Plan update from start to finish. After the public outreach phase of the process,
the library will begin conducting focus groups to figure out what feedback to implement and how. These focus groups will be made up of a variety of residents, from students to business owners, to city government employees and more. Following the focus groups, the Escondido Public Library will then create an implementation schedule to make those goals a reality for their patrons. The updated Strategic Plan is expected to be completed by July 2022. The Escondido library has been serving the community since 1894 and has been a public library since 1898. The library completed its first-ever Strategic Plan in 2018. “It is crucial for us and for the community, and it really helps us get feedback from people who want to see the library become the best it can be,” Bradds said. “We want to make sure we’re on track and providing the right services and programs for our patrons.”
olence,” Briggs said. “That’s exactly what is protected under the First Amendment. If you get up there and say something that is disliked, you’re going to get admonished.” The Coast News submitted questions to Vargas and Lawson-Remer but they were not returned. James Canning, communications director for Fletcher, said the supervisor has “moved on to the people’s business,” but replied with a previous statement. Neither Canning nor Fletcher addressed the
chairman's newfound ability to determine what constitutes acceptable behavior or speech. “Today we took action to reform our rules and procedures to ensure we can have a safe and healthy environment to conduct the people’s business while allowing full public participation,” Canning's statement reads. “San Diegans want to see progress on the challenges our region faces — affordable housing, homelessness, and ensuring safe and healthy communities. It is now time for us to get back to work on the real issues our region faces.” Also, dozens of local business and academic leaders applauded the board’s decision in a letter to the board, including San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, San Diego Democratic Party, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and Dr. Adela de la Torre, president of San Diego State University. “We all understand and support the constitutionally protected right to freedom of speech,” the letter reads. “It is a vital part of any government that espouses the virtues of freedom and democracy. However, it is not an open invitation for individuals to perpetuate racism or hate speech. We must do better. We must return civility and respect the process of governing.”
OMWD votes to offset hikes with refunds By Staff
ENCINITAS — Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors unanimously voted at its Nov. 17 meeting to refund $1.62 million to customers to reduce the impact of future water rate increases. The refund resulted from lawsuits filed by San Diego County Water Authority in 2010 and 2018, challenging the legality of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s water rates and charges and seeking payment for legal damages and interest. SDCWA won several critical issues in cases covering 2011 to 2014, and was deemed the prevailing party and awarded the payment of legal fees and charges in addition to damages and interest payments from Metropolitan. In March 2021, SDCWA issued OMWD a check for $2 million after receiving reimbursement from Metropolitan for 2011-2014 overcharges, which OMWD’s board voted in April to refund to customers. OMWD received a second $1.622 million refund check this month for overcharges between 2015-2017.
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ing done by local elected officials as opposed to the (California Public Utilities Commission), which is not local and not easy to participate in. “It also keeps the revenue local. The decision-making for any net funds that are available for programs, those decisions on how those funds are going to be spent are made by those same local officials based on the specific needs of the communities.” Boswell added that she has seen multiple examples of functioning CCAs during her career, including one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that she worked with previously, as well as throughout Southern California. However, in its fairly new conception, there have been a couple of CCA programs that didn’t work for their respective cities. One example is Western Community Energy (WCE) in Riverside County, which closed its doors for good after declaring bankruptcy in June. After about a year of operating, WCE, which was serving about 113,000 customers in Riverside County, became the first CCA in California that closed due to financial pressure. WCE said in June that the COVID-19 crisis was a large factor in its ultimate failure, but so were the high energy costs associated with an extreme heat wave. “In particular, WCE was impacted by the decision of energy generators to terminate contracts to provide electricity going into the summer months. Without this energy, WCE was forced to purchase energy at market prices that fluctuate daily and are currently high due to anticipated demand as temperatures swell over 100 degrees in the next few weeks,” WCE said in a press release. WCE’s demise highlighted concerns about the stability of CCAs when faced with unexpected costs. According to Boswell, however, WCE was an “outlier,” adding that there are now more than 30 operational and functioning CCAs in California. San Marcos joins the growing list of CCAs with its decision to join the CEA. The city will begin buying and selling electricity for its customers in early 2023 as a member of the alliance, according to city staff. Mayor Rebecca Jones said joining CEA is “the best option to protect our residents with their clean energy needs in the long term and to move us forward to meet climate action goals.” Customers who choose not to pursue Community Choice Energy can opt out and continue to be customers of SDG&E.
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I THE NEW food pantry is 1,200 square feet, six times larger than the previous space. It serves an average of 250-300 CSUSM students a week. Courtesy photo
CSUSM opens larger food pantry for students in need By Tigist Layne
SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its expanded Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Cougar Pantry on Thursday, Nov. 18. The food pantry serves students at the university who are experiencing food insecurity. The pantry was founded in 2017 after a campus survey revealed that more than half of CSUSM students are affected by food insecurity. Operated by Associated Students, Inc., the pantry has now moved into a 1,200-square-foot space, which is six times bigger than the original pantry. “Students had indicated some level of food insecurity, whether they were skipping meals to make their budget last or they were running out of money or they were eating less food in order to spread out the food resources that they had, so some level of food insecurity, whether it was high food insecurity or low food insecurity, and that gave us an indication that they were struggling in that capacity,” said Ashley
Fennell, associate director of government affairs and initiatives in ASI. According to the university, ASI Cougar Pantry serves an average of 250300 students per week and is run by a team of more than a dozen professional staff, students and interns. “We felt we needed to address that need on campus because it’s hard for students to graduate and focus on school, focus on their academics and be successful in that way if they’re struggling to meet their basic needs, which food is one of them,” Fennell said. The ASI Cougar Pantry offers a variety of food options, both nonperishable and refrigerated. The food is supplied by community partners like the San Diego Food Bank and Feeding San Diego, and the pantry also receives donations from local grocery stores such as Albertsons, Ralphs and Sprouts. Fennell added that the larger space will now allow them to expand their services to include a CalFresh enrollment office, more storage room, an office for
Airport Authority begins free shuttle service to Old Town By City News Service
REGION — The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Monday announced the launch of the San Diego Flyer, a free electric shuttle bus service between San Diego International Airport and Old Town Transit Center. The buses will operate every day, with an arrival every 20 to 30 minutes on average. Pick up and dropoffs are intended to meet the first and last trolley, Coasters, Amtrak trains and MTS buses with the first pick up at 4:45 a.m. and the last pick up/drop off at 12:30 a.m., according to Kimberly Becker,
airport authority president and CEO. The new shuttle buses are recognizable by a branded light orange wrap adorned with plane icons, the word “Flyer” across the side of the buses and the SAN logo. The buses stop at Old Town Transit Center, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Passengers can be picked up and dropped off at transportation islands at each terminal. More information about the San Diego Flyer is available at san.org/ to-from/Public-Transportation#1178347-old-townshuttle.
the coordinator and more. “We are also able to add in additional resources for students like additional toiletries, school supplies, parenting supplies, such as diapers, wipes and baby formula, which I think has been great to support our student parents on campus, which we didn’t really have the capacity for before, so I think that’s been a great addition with expanding the space,” Fennell said. Funding for the expanded ASI Cougar Pantry came via a grant from the California State University Basic Needs Initiative as well as ASI reserve funds. Shoppers must be currently enrolled CSUSM students and can visit the space once a week. “If students are worried about meeting their basic needs, then they most likely will not be able to focus on their studies and complete their path to graduation,” said Alondra Gutierrez, ASI Cougar Pantry coordinator. “We are here to help ease those concerns and support their holistic wellness so they can focus on just being a student and a human.”
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cost reductions to prepare and balance the budget for FY2021/22 would require a significant impact on city staff and the services the city provides. Compounding the issue is the increasing pressure for city services, particularly in the areas of traffic safety and homelessness,” the budget report said. “Until revenue is increased on an ongoing and structural basis, the city must continue to rely on short term, one-time resources to continue operations and avoid drastic cuts to city services.” Last year, the city conducted a community survey in which 71% of residents expressed support for the measure, which would ad-
’m writing this from behind a barricade of various cold-prevention treatments. I’m trying to keep my head down, as I am surrounded by hordes of vicious, neglected viruses scavenging endlessly for a purchase in our ears, nose, throat, stomach or lungs. As I write this letter from the battlefield, I want you to know that I am not only fighting this war for myself, but for all the folks back home. No matter who in the house has a cold or flu, the mom suffers. So far, we moms have pretty much held our ground, in spite of being short of ammunition. We’ve been told that if we take proper precautions, chances of taking a hit from a flu sniper are pretty low. We are all rather skeptical, though, since the precautions are to stop kissing our kids, wash our hands every 10 minutes and avoid breathing. I was working on that when I had to help a child who was vomiting get to the nurse’s office, and then run across town to the only drugstore that carries the gummy bear throat lozenges. I have been washing my hands like they suggested, and now they closely resemble the backside of a very old alligator. Cases of colds and flu are turning up more because we have been masked for so long. Now that the kids are weary of masking, the door is cracked open to swap viruses again. We are seriously outnumbered, about a zillion to one. Don’t worry about me, though. I stay masked and I have stocked my personal armory with one or two homeopathic remedies that make me almost bulletproof. I have battled back two direct attacks with my favorite concoction, which is an elderberry-flavored fizzy tablet that you put in
dress the budget deficit, as well as fund projects and programs in the community. A unanimous vote was needed to put the measure on the ballot last year, but the motion failed 3-1 with Mayor Paul McNamara, Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez and former Councilwoman Olga Diaz voting for the measure, while Councilman Mike Morasco voted against it. Morasco said during last year’s meeting that he was concerned that because of the COVID-19 crisis, it might not be the right time for an increased sales tax. He also added that with three council seats up for election and preparations underway for a new city manager and new assistant city manager, the council
small talk jean gillette water and drink every few hours, as soon as you realize you’ve been exposed. It is loaded with all those herbs I can scarcely pronounce, like forsythia and echinacea plus vitamins. While it still sort of seems like magic, it really helps. Back this up with some nighttime cold capsules, and I am good to go. This last attack was a close one, though. The virus had me pinned to my pillow all day Sunday, but after quarts of fizzy drink and a bag of zinc lozenges, I drove the invaders back past the DMZ. My nose is still a little drippy, but I’ve shaken that overall crummy feeling you get when the enemy first starts to set up camp. I love the smell of elderberry drink in the morning. Meanwhile, I am constantly checking out other items in the arsenal. There are some enormous echinacea tablets, but I’m not sure I could swallow them. I do love to load up on the vitamin C armor, though, which lets me rationalize spending $3.50 for a bottle of designer smoothie. Once I run out of money, I switch to cranberry juice. Well, I’d better get some shut-eye. Those viruses can spot sleep deprivation at 100 yards. Write when you can and thanks for that package of chicken soup. Sarge says it doesn’t do any good, but it sure makes us feel better. Love, Mom Jean Gillette is a freelance writer bobbing and weaving. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. should wait until after the November 2020 elections to consider it. “I’m not crazy about raising taxes, but there’s a reality staring us in the face. I think that if we don’t bring in other revenues, we’ll create a downward spiral,” McNamara said at last year’s meeting. The current resolution is being considered by an ad hoc subcommittee that the council created in October. The council agreed to have McNamara and Morasco serve on the subcommittee to review the city’s financial status and determine whether the tax measure should be put on the ballot. It is still unclear when the subcommittee will present its findings and recommendations to the council.
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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. STUDENT PANTRY OPEN
The Cal State University San Marcos hosted a grand opening of its expanded ASI Cougar Pantry Nov. 18 in the University Commons building, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. Shoppers must be currently enrolled CSUSM students and can visit the space once a week. GIVE THE GIFT OF CARLSBAD
Visit Carlsbad has partnered with ResortPass, to announce the “Carlsbad+” pass, a program that allows guests who book a day pass at any Carlsbad partner hotel to unlock a series of deals to local attractions such as electric bike rentals and surfing classes. Visit Carlsbad, the city of Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the Carlsbad Village Association have also teamed up to promote the “Gift Carlsbad” card, at giftcarlsbad.com. NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP
La Jolla Country Day School announced Carlsbad resident Carson Walker was selected from a nationwide pool of competitors to be one of 10 student fellows for the Bill of Rights Institute Student Fellowship. This inaugural program helps students develop their skills in building a civil society. The fellows will meet virtually throughout the school year, then engage in a weekend capstone experience in Washington, D.C., in June 2022. DEAN’S LIST
Caitlin Walker of Oceanside has been named to the summer 2021 trimester dean’s list at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s main campus in Davenport, Iowa. FINANCIAL EXCELLENCE
T he C oast News - I nland E dition to act as part-time, paid Intern STEM instructors. The jobs are open to high school juniors or seniors and college students. Application deadline is Dec. 1. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to JRMerrill@ SDLabRats.org. Interns will aid students in instructor-led labs, assist students in the use of the Makerlab equipment, and have input in the development and implementation of future curriculum. NEW ART
Sons Studio Encinitas is an on-line art studio offering prints and commissions by Tait Hawes. For the last 20 years, Tait has been providing art and creative direction to known brands such as Capitol Records, Vans, Judith, Burton Snowboards and Reef. See and buy the art at https://sonsstudioart.com/. MIRACOSTA REPORTS
The MiraCosta College 2020-21 Annual Report themed “Behind Every Mask is a Face of Resilience” is ready to view online at https://online.pubhtml5.com/wswy/lyqy. MILLER JOINS MWD
Vista Irrigation District division 1 director, Marty Miller, has been appointed as a delegate to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern C a l i fo r n i a . The San DiMILLER ego County Water Authority board approved the appointment of Miller to replace Mike Hogan as a director to the Metropolitan board. COUNTY GOES GREEN
County Supervisors held a public hearing Nov. 17 to discuss the first draft of a plan to shrink harmful carbon emissions and create green jobs throughout the San Diego region. The plan, called the Regional Decarbonization Framework, is being developed in partnership with local universities following a vote led by Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas in January to make San Diego the largest region in the U.S. to move toward zero carbon emissions by 2035.
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A CSUSM NURSING student works with a manikin in the simulation lab. The university has received a $200,000 gift to improve its existing nursing technology and equipment. Photo by Andrew Reed
CSUSM gets $200K to expand nursing By Tigist Layne
SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos recently received a $200,000 gift from the Henry L. Guenther Foundation, which the university is putting toward its nursing simulation and skills labs in San Marcos and Temecula. The funding will be used 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. According to Dr. Wendy Hansbrough, director of the university’s School of Nursing, the program utilized the funds where they saw the most need. This includes updated IV infusion pumps and syringe pumps, new vital signs machines, simulation pads, simulation capture audio/visual system for simulation rooms, equipment that will help students learn better ways to do health assessments on newborns and more. “We also have been moving toward a more reflective education for our
IN 2018, CSUSM’s nursing program was ranked 13th in California by RegisteredNursing. org, which ranked 131 university programs statewide by assessing factors that represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond. Photo courtesy of CSUSM
students. We always do some of that, but we wanted to advance that capability in our laboratory,” Hansbrough said. “To do this, we want to be able to capture and easily distribute to each student their own videos, so they can open up those videos on their own laptop and they can then look at a rubric that describes what the learning outcomes would be for that scenario and they would be able to watch
themselves and reflect on their own performance and then make adjustments.” Each year, CSUSM graduates about 230 nursing students from its School of Nursing program, according to Hansbrough. This funding aims to increase the quality of these students’ learning experiences and better prepare them for their careers. “We know there’s a critical need for nurses in
California,” said Susanne Sundberg, chairman of the Guenther Foundation Board of Directors. “The Board of Directors is confident that the simulation and skills lab as funded by the Henry L. Guenther Foundation will help increase a qualified nursing workforce in the state.” The Henry L. Guenther Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization based in Seal Beach.
Interfaith planning new family homeless shelter By Tigist Layne
ESCONDIDO — Interfaith Community Services recently announced plans to open a 10-room shelter in Escondido for homeless families, a need that the organization says has continued to increase amid the COVID-19 crisis. The shelter is expected to open next year at the Hawthorne Veteran and Family Resource Center on North Ash Street, and it will serve 10 to 14 families at a time, according to Interfaith CEO Greg Anglea. “We unfortunately have a lot of families already that are experiencing homelessness, a lot of it COVID related, but a lot of it is multifaceted, and we
expect that, unfortunately, the need is only going to increase,” Anglea said. The Hawthorne Center is currently being used as a recuperative care center for homeless people who are recovering after being discharged from a hospital and have no place to go. Those individuals will be moved to the Abraham and Lillian Turk Recuperative Care Center at 555 N. Centre City Parkway, formerly an America’s Best Value Inn & Suites, once work is completed on the building. After minor renovations on the Hawthorne Center, it will be used as Interfaith’s new family shelter. In the meantime, Interfaith has been oper-
ating a family shelter program since August, using area hotel rooms to serve 10 families. “Until this shelter was created, there was hardly anywhere else for them to go,” Anglea said. “There’s one other family shelter in North County, it’s run by a group called Operation Hope North County. They do great work, but they have a very long waiting list for entry into their shelter. So it’s a matter of, there are families with children who don’t have a place to sleep, and we have a building that we think is going to be a good place for it.” Anglea added that they also have more than 75 programs and services that
can help families with employment, counseling, tutoring, education and finding permanent housing. “Our goal is to get families out of our shelter and into housing of their own within 30 to 90 days, so it’s a very short-term system to stabilize them and get them access to resources,” Anglea said. “Now it can take longer, but our goal is for it to be a short-term resource.” The new shelter will be funded partly by a $1.8 million operational and capital grant from the County of San Diego, but it will rely primarily on donors and community partners to help fund the shelter long term.
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SAN DIEGO SENIORS Community Foundation presented a No Senior Alone Holiday Grant to the Escondido Senior Center for a catered holiday meal and decorations party. From left, San Diego Seniors Community Foundation President and CEO Rich Israel, Director of Partnerships Kristoffer Kelly, and Chief Program and Community Engagement Officer Joe Gavin, along with Escondido Supervisor III Jillaine Hernandez, client Maria Gonzalez, and Program Coordinator for Senior Nutrition Mary Rodelo. Photo courtesy San Diego Seniors Community Foundation
Brightening holidays for isolated seniors By Staff
REGION — The San Diego Seniors Community Foundation (SDSCF) has awarded grants to 26 local nonprofit organizations to brighten the holidays for socially isolated seniors. The grant program partners with nonprofits to support 4,000 older adults. The grants are funded through SDSCF’s No Senior Alone Matching Holiday Challenge, an ongoing fundraising campaign that hopes to double the amount raised in 2021 to $100,000. The matching campaign is anchored by a $50,000 grant from the Sahm Family Foundation, and runs through Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30. Donations can be made at sdscf. org/givingtuesday. The grants, currently totaling $85,000, are tailored to help senior centers and nonprofit agencies create holiday-themed events and programming. “Social isolation among seniors was already a public health crisis before COVID-19, and it's worse than ever. Many
of our oldest community members are homebound and alone during the holidays.,” said Founder Bob Kelly. “This grant program brings holiday comfort, company and celebrations to San Diego's older adults throughout the county thanks to a strong network of nonprofits that support this population. We are proud to No Senior Alone grants assisted about 2,000 older adults through holiday drive-through parties, gift bags, poinsettias, technology to connect with loved ones, meals and more. This year’s efforts will double those of 2020. The 2021 grantees and events in North County include: — Del Mar Community Connections – A holiday party with a cookie exchange and live entertainment serving 100 older adults, and handmade plant arrangements and stocking stuffers delivered to 60 homebound seniors. — Encinitas Senior Center – A holiday cele-
bration for 40 participants in the center’s daily congregate meals program, including handwritten holiday cards from local Girl Scouts. — Escondido Senior Center – A catered holiday meal for socially isolated seniors and a decorations party will benefit a total of 300 seniors. — Interfaith Community Services – Adopt a Family Holiday program for 50 isolated seniors to receive gift bags and gift cards. — Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center – A Hanukkah Intergenerational Celebration and gift bags for 130 older adults. JCC’s preschoolers will sing holiday songs, and 100 seniors will receive care bags with traditional Hanukkah items — Oceanside Country Club Senior Center – An Intergenerational Holiday Party that will serve 100 seniors and feature performances by local school choirs, refreshments and a craft project. — San Marcos Senior
Center – Gift baskets for 100 seniors attending the center’s Holiday Gala luncheon — Vista Senior Center – A Holiday Spirit week and a Winter Solstice party for 125 older adults, including bingo, crazy hat day, stuffed sock prize giveaways and a White Elephant gift exchange.
SEE HOMES FROM HOME
Get tickets now for the Vista Community Clinic Holiday Homes Tour from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19, this year marking 35 years since the North County tradition began. The tour will be held virtually this year, allowing everyone to see inside some of San Diego’s most impressive homes. The tour will also include a silent auction filled with holiday baskets and one-of-a-kind items. Everyone who purchases a virtual ticket to the tour will be automatically entered to win a special vacation gift. Tickets available at SupportVCC.org. Courtesy photo
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Tickets for the COASTER Holiday Express train are on sale now for trains departing at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 and Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. The 65-minute round trip from Oceanside to Solana Beach offers visits with Santa and more. Tickets $20 at GoNCTD. com/holidayexpress. 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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TIME TO SHOP LOCAL
All of North County will be celebrating Small Business Saturday on Nov. 27. Kick off your holiday shopping and support your local businesses.
Chabad of Oceanside/ Vista’s Hanukkah celebration schedule begins with a Hanukkah Mommy & Me from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Chabad, 1930 Sunset Drive, Vista. Tickets $15, family reservation required at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 806-7765.
WINTER HOURS FOR MARKET
With the end of daylight savings time, the Carlsbad State Street Farmers’ Market will close one hour earlier. New hours, until March 16, 2022, will be 2:30 to 6 p.m.
ADOPT A FAMILY
Registration is open to sponsor a Boys & Girls Club family for the holidays. Sponsors will be matched with a family and given a wish list of items. Visit interland3.donorperfect. net/weblink/weblink.aspxDISCOUNT SEA WORLD TIX SeaWorld San Diego’s ?name=E10926&id=21 for Christmas Celebration is details and to register. open now and runs through Jan. 2 with a Christmas VILLAGE CHRISTMAS cirque show, meet Santa, The Village CommuRudolph and Sesame Street nity Presbyterian Church friends. Feel snow falling presents “A Village Family plus holiday fireworks. Tick- Christmas” at 4 p.m. Nov. 28 ets $69.99. For bargains, Sea- at 6225 Paseo Delicias, RanWorld offers a Black Friday cho Santa Fe, as the church Sale, including Buy One, Get patio is lit for the Advent
unteering at the museum. BREAKFAST IN BETHLEHEM Start the Christmas RSVP by Nov. 24 by calling (760) 630-0444 or e-mail season at the Rancho Sanvistahistorical@gmail.com. ta Fe Village Presbyterian Church with “Breakfast in Bethlehem” at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Families SPARKLING TREE Mainstreet Oceanside will gather 'round to see hosts the Holiday Tree-light- and hear the Christmas ing Ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. story read by Pastor Jack 2 at Regal Cinema Plaza, Baca and a few of his Bible 401 Mission Ave., Oceans- character friends. Children ide, with bounce houses, can make ornaments and Christmas crafts while evslides crafts and Santa. eryone enjoys a picnic-style breakfast. Reservations are DEEP LOOK AT COVID Join UC San Diego required at villagechurch. experts for a virtual sem- org/breakfast-in-bethlehem. inar, “A Deep Look into COVID-19: Adapting to a COVID World” at 11 a.m. Dec. 2. Register at HOLIDAY CHEER Join The Country eventbrite.com /e /a-deepFriends, the Rancho Sanlook-into-covid-19 -adapting-to-a-covid-world-reg- ta Fe-based nonprofit, for a ist rat ion-211274245957. festive luncheon, complete Scientists will discuss the with holiday cheer, boutique latest research on interfer- shopping and an opportunions and hear from biologists ty drawing, from 10:30 a.m. about what we’ve learned to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Santaabout disease transmission, luz Club, 8170 Caminito Sanchanges from the initial Wu- taluz East. Tickets are $125 han strain and what these at thecountryfriends.org or by calling (858) 756-1192. musician Yishai Lapidot at variants could mean for the 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Hum- future of this pandemic. phrey's by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San CATHOLICS GATHER Diego. The Catholic Widows LANDSCAPE ADVICE and Widowers of North Small and large residen- County support group for tial landscape design will be those who desire to foster LIGHT THE MENORAH the topic at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 3 friendships through various Chabad of Oceanside/ at the Gloria McClellan Se- social activities, will gather Vista will host a local Ha- nior Center, 1400 Vale Ter- for lunch at Urban Plates, nukkah community cele- race Drive. The speaker is Carlsbad Dec. 9; host a bration and lighting of the Matt Cornforth of Second Christmas Party lunch Dec. Menorah plus a fire show, Nature Landscapes. Plant 12 at El Camino Country chocolate gelt drop, hot co- materials will be available Club, Oceanside and meet coa, latkes, donuts and live for purchase. Fingertip for lunch at Chin’s in Vista music at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at lunch at noon. Visit cali- Dec. 14. For additional inforthe Regal Cinema, 401 Mis- forniagardenclubs.com/vi- mation, call (760) 696-3502 stagardenclub or e-mail Vision Ave., Oceanside. email@example.com.
Season. Christmas cookies, cocoa and coffee and traditional carols. Make Christmas ornaments and wreaths Reservations required at v i l lagechu rch.org / a-v i llage-family-christmas.
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HOLIDAYS AT BIRCH
From Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography will host “Seas ‘n’ Greetings” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). Enjoy festive photo opportunities throughout the aquarium, holiday music and an interactive scavenger hunt.
The Village Church hosts a special Blue Christmas Service of Remembrance at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, for those who grieve during the holidays.
CHRISTMAS PARADE MUSEUM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
The Vista Historical Museum is holding a meeting at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at 2317 Old Foothill Dr, Vista, for anyone interested in vol-
The annual Vista Christmas Parade is gearing up and will step off at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 in downtown Vista. More information at vistachamber.org.
HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
The Vista Community Clinic Holiday Homes Tour runs from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19, this year marking 35 years. The tour will be held virtually, allowing everyone to see inside some of San Diego’s most impressive homes. The tour will also include a silent auction filled with holiday baskets and one-of-a-kind items. Everyone who purchases a virtual ticket to the tour will be automatically entered to win a special vacation gift. Tickets at SupportVCC.org.
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TERI — empowering individuals with special needs TERI, Inc., Oceanside, California, has opened its new café, Common Grounds Café & Coffee Bar, and retail boutique, Sheri’s – A Unique Boutique, at its Tom & Mary Tomlinson Vocational Center. Located north of San Marcos in Twin Oaks Valley at 555 Deer Springs Road, the café and boutique are open to the public Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop by and enjoy homemade foods, fresh brewed coffee, and handcrafted arts and merchandise, created by TERI’s staff and its Adult Arts and Education clients. Menu items are prepared at the Vocational Center by Executive Chef Dan Cannon’s team and TERI clients and may be ordered to go or enjoyed there. The unique menu features healthy, farm to table choices, and a variety of smoothies, beverages, tea, and coffee options. The Tom & Mary Tomlinson Vocational Center is designed to provide vocational training to individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, learning disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. The social enterprises facilitated out of the Center will be training grounds for real life, hands on experience in a multitude of programs as TERI’s education team designs and implements its workforce training curricula. Retail, café, and culinary training programs are already in place. Once clients have graduated from the training programs, TERI has plans for the placement of these individuals with local businesses in need of skilled labor. TERI operates twenty plus programs which support individuals with disabilities across their lifespans. It operates 12 residential homes in the North
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TERI, INC. has opened its new café, Common Grounds Café & Coffee Bar, and retail boutique, Sheri’s – A Unique Boutique, at its Tomlinson Vocational Center in San Marcos. Stop by and enjoy homemade foods, fresh brewed coffee, and handcrafted arts and merchanCOMMON GROUNDS CAFÉ & COFFEE BAR dise, created by TERI staff and its Adult Arts and Education clients. Courtesy photos
County area, two nonpublic special education schools in Oceanside, respite, speech language therapy, day programs, life plans, and therapeutic equestrian, to name a few. While the café and boutique are new enterprises, social enterprises are not new to TERI. For several years, TERI has grown and sold custom blend microgreens to many North County restaurants. Clients who are employed in the microgreens program learn the cycle of growing, harvesting, packaging, and delivering the microgreens to the restaurants. TERI understands the needs of individuals with disabilities and provides every client with the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to their communities. As the Campus expands, additional opportunities will
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‘Fresh, bold & soulful’: Peruvian-Cali fusion at Coya lick the plate david boylan
n certain culinary circles the term fusion is scoffed at, and I’ve never understood that. If someone can enhance a cuisine by adding certain ingredients or flavors, what’s wrong with that? An example could be the California Burrito, as I’m pretty sure they are not putting french fries in burritos in Mexico. Anyway, you get my point. Piotr Wolny and Maria Leon, owners of Coya Peruvian Secret, along with chef Cornelio Mondragon, took over the restaurant in February 2019. Prior to that, it was a Peruvian restaurant for 10 years, but they added their own flair to it, creating a fusion they call Peruvian Cali fusion food that incorporates Peruvian ingredients over traditional ones. For example, in their hollandaise sauce, they use the traditional French technique and add aji amarillo, which is the most popular Peruvian chili pepper. The term fusion could also apply to the owners Pi-
BRAISED OCTOPUS at Coya on Camino Del Mar in Del Mar. Photo courtesy of Coya
otr and Maria. Maria was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and came to the United States 20 years ago. She worked her way up starting in the kitchen in Miami and then at some of the best restaurants, with award-winning chefs like Yannis Jansens. Other notable stops included Karu & Y,
Setai Hotel. Then in Los Angeles, she worked at Peruvian restaurants Picca, Paichi, Mochica, and in Santa Barbara she open Blue Tavern. Maria’s love for desserts evolved over the years and she has since made that her focus, which is evident in the desserts at Coya. More
on those fabulous desserts later. Piotr was born and raised in Poland, coming to the U.S. in 2003. He always loved the hospitality industry’s energy, vibe, connection and craziness and decided early on it was going to be his professional path. Similar to Maria, he worked
his way up at some of the best restaurants and clubs in Miami. An opportunity presented itself in California in 2013 and he made the move. So there you have that fusion again, two like-minded people coming together over a shared passion and making a go of it. I think “Peruvian-Cali Fusion” suits them perfectly. The menu is described by Piotr as “fresh, bold and soulful” with sizable portions. They do have some traditional Peruvian dishes like lomo saltado, ceviche and lamb stew, with the rest being a fusion of flavors and ingredients. The hominy choclo tamales are a mix of Peruvian corn choclo and Mexican hominy. Their pork belly is dry roasted with aji panca and chicha de jora. Tuna tartare with aji amarijo, short rib aji panca and squid ink risotto are some more examples. I tried the risotto, and it was delicious. The arborio rice was cooked perfectly al dente and was rich and creamy. We also tried the seafood ceviche, which came highly recommended by our server and that was spot on as well. It has that perfect mix of acidity, texture and refreshing zest that comes with a properly prepared ceviche. Empanadas are a Pe-
ruvian staple so I had to give those a try. The order was presented as one large empanada that was sizable enough to split and had a rich, flaky crust with a flavorful savory meat filling. I could make a whole meal of empanadas and might just do that next time. The desserts by Maria were one of the highlights of my visit. The lucuma flan is made with lucuma, a Peruvian superfruit, and it’s light and amazing. The cuatro leches was my favorite though and their take on tres leches … it’s a must-try! It was denser than traditional tres leches I’ve had in the past but that seemed to make it even better. Beer and wine are available including a Peruvian beer called Cuzquena from the Andes. Cuzquena is a lager that is smooth but full-bodied, a perfect accompaniment to Peruvian fusion cuisine. And while I’ve never been to Peru, the rustic yet elegant sidewalk setting on Camino Del Mar blocks from the beach felt like it had that vibe. Service is spot on and it’s a fun way to enjoy great people-watching in Del Mar. Find Coya at www. coyaperuviansecretdelmar. com or 1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar; 858-2906014Mar, Del Mar; 858-2906014.
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Escondido council tables discussion of budget increase for IRC outreach By Tigist Layne
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ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 17, to hear an update on the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) and decided to revisit a discussion about allocating $50,000 for enhanced public outreach after questions arose about the commission’s spending. Since its creation, “the commission has hired Dr. Karin MacDonald (Q2 Data) to serve as the demographer; finalized the times and locations of the nine map-drawing Public Hearings that will take place in January and February of 2022; and formalized an outreach plan that will be carried out by the City of Escondido Communications Department,” said the staff report. In January, the City Council unanimously approved a budget of $200,000 for the Escondido Independent Redistricting Commission. Due to the pandemic, however, the commission will hold its required nine public hearings in-person and online. To ensure “maximum public access to its proceedings,” the commission is hoping to offer real-time translation services to those attending hearings online. The cost to provide
translation services online is approximately $23,100. Furthermore, the commission requested an increase to its marketing budget, bringing the total budget adjustment request to $50,000. The funding would be taken from the city’s leftover 2020 election budget, according to City Clerk Zack Beck, who was speaking on behalf of the commission. The commission’s outreach plan includes citywide bi-lingual mailers, social media marketing, posters and magnets at city facilities and on city vehicles, print media advertising and more. “It’s important for the community to know that these efforts are happening and that they participate because we need that testimony for this process to work,” Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez said, supporting the allocation. Councilman Mike Morasco and Mayor Paul McNamara, however, expressed concerns about the amount of money that was being requested after an already significant budget was allocated to the commission. “Your public outreach budget went from $20,000 to $70,000, and you’re asking us to give you the money and trust that you’ll spend
it wisely,” McNamara said. “I feel we owe the public a little more detail on that.” After a heated discussion, the council decided to table the issue and ask the chair of the Independent Redistricting Commission to come to the next meeting and formalize the request with a more detailed outline of the budget. Martinez urged that the council revisit the discussion as soon as possible so as not to sacrifice translation services in upcoming meetings just to “save money.” Redistricting occurs every 10 years, after the federal census, wherein 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. In addition to MacDonald, the seven-member commission includes Robert Case, Carolyn Clemens, Amy Dao Doan, Kristy Jurgensen, Xochitl Reyes and Mariela Saldana. Escondido’s map drawing will take place in January and February, followed by City Council revisions and approval of the map in March. The deadline for the final redistricting map is April 17.
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That’s no snake: Introducing the woodland alligator lizard
WOODLAND ALLIGATOR LIZARDS grow to about 16 inches long, with their tail making up the majority of their length. They can be found in the Escondido Creek Watershed. Courtesy photo
By Aida Rodriguez
REGION — North County’s Escondido Creek Watershed is home to a beautiful, natural landscape. The vibrant surrounding chaparral and oak woodland habitats host a variety of flowers, trees, and shrubbery. The wildlife that inhabits the watershed is just as amazing. A wide variety of creatures great and small have made their homes here among the watershed and are simply wonderful to observe. Join us this week as we learn about an often-mistaken little reptile that could be your nextdoor neighbor, or at least next door to your neighborhood. At first glance, you may think that the woodland alligator lizard, also known as Elgaria multicarniata webbii, is a short snake, but you would be wrong! The woodland alligator lizard (also known as the San Diego alligator lizard) is a
the lizards their common name. These lizards move with a snake-like motion which causes many people to misidentify them as small snakes. It may detach its tail deliberately as a defensive tactic. When the tail detaches, it will writhe around for several minutes, long enough to distract a hungry predator away from the lizard. The lizards consume insects, and in turn, are great at keeping the pest population in check. Woodland alligator lizards are most active during the day, but you will not catch these creatures laying out like other lizards. They prefer a sunny spot near a great hiding place. Adult woodland alligator lizards mate in the spring months, typically April and May. Their eggs are then laid between the summertime and early fall. These lizards lay anywhere from 5 to 20 eggs per clutch in decaying wood, vegetation, and fallen leaves so their eggs can keep warm. Mother woodland alligator lizards will defend their nests and stand guard until their eggs hatch. Currently, these lizards are considered a “Least Concern” species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species, but population numbers have been declining in recent years due to habitat loss.
long brown or grey lizard with speckled red, white, and black blotches along its back and tail. The lizards have large heads and short limbs on an elongated body with an extra-long tail. Adult woodland alligator lizards can grow to approximately 16 inches long, with their tail making up the majority of their length. Woodland alligator lizards are West Coast reptiles, ranging from Baja California to Washington state. They are known to live in a variety of habitats including grassland, forest, chaparral, oak woodland, and even in suburban neighborhoods. Look for them in San Diego County on hiking trails, in backyards, and around rocks and shrubs. Woodland alligator lizards are known to be spunky reptiles, often fighting off larger predators Aida Rodriguez is an such as birds or snakes. outreach associate for the EsTheir powerful jaws give condido Creek Conservancy.
NATIVE DANCERS perform dinner shows featuring traditional dancing in Mazatlán, a Nahuatl word meaning “place of the deer.” The Totorame tribe occupied the coast of Sinaloa from Mazatlán and the Piaxtla River southward. The Totorame were farmers, cultivating corn, beans, squash, chili and cotton. Photo courtesy of Pueblo Bonito Resorts
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elaborate floats, dancing pirates, marching bands and fire jugglers. The parade was preceded by a mesmerizing performance by a local theater troupe at the Angela Peralta Theater, a stunning 19th century opera house named for Mexico’s diva of the day. The narrow streets of Old Mazatlán after dark have a Paris or New Orleans French Quarter vibe with lively outdoor cafes, street vendors, murals, boutique hotels and renovated buildings with elaborate railings and ornate facades. Benitez Torres, who became Mazatlán’s first mayor to win reelection, seems intent on turning his city into a tourist destination that rivals Puerto Vallarta, which
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Things to do For dramatic panoramic views of the city, the hike up to the lighthouse, Faro Mazatlán, is a must. The hike itself is relatively easy, CROPtaking about 20 minutes, and is paved with .93 over 300 steps. .93 you climb to the Once 4.17 an impressive top, there’s 4.28 which happens glass bridge, to be a spectacular spot for a picture. The recently opened Observatory is an excellent way to experience the history and culture of Mazatlán. Visitors are treated to a 40-minute guided tour of the building that dates to 1873. A bird sanctuary housing mostly rescued parrots, macaws and toucans allows visitors to interact and even feed the birds a snack. And for those interested in tequila and mezcal, part of the tour includes the history of how these agave-based spirits are made. If you’re thirsty after the tour, stop at the bar for a cold Pacifico, founded and brewed in Mazatlán. For baseball fans who can’t wait until next February for the start of spring training, first pitch for Mazatlán Venados of the Mexican Pacific League began in November and continues through February. The Venados’ stadium was recently remodeled, dou-
bling in size from 8,000 to 16,000 seats. The soccer 27,000-seat soccer stadium, home to Mazatlán F.C., opened last year and is one of the jewels of the Liga, Mex, Mexico’s renowned professional soccer league. In the spring, the city will unveil a $70 million aquarium in the Parque Central. The public-private project will include 19 exhibit rooms, four million liters of waters in its tanks and 260 species.
Places to stay, eat Fresh off a $27-million makeover, the original Pueblo Bonito beachfront resort is a perfect spot for romantic getaways or family vacations. Located along the city’s Golden Zone, the lush tropical resort offers 248 guest suites, most with ocean views, two pools and four restaurants, including a new oceanfront bar. The all-inclusive brand’s other Mazatlán hotel, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, is a 414-room property overlooking a breathtaking crescent beach in an exclusive area known as New Mazatlán. After a hike or a round of golf at Marina Mazatlán or Estrella de Mar golf courses, resort guests can unwind with a dip in the 80-degree Pacific Ocean or a pair of oceanfront pools with swim-up bars. Still not relaxed? A soothing massage, body scrub, detoxifying body wrap or facial at the Armonia Spa isn’t a bad way to end the day. Mazatlán is all about seafood and there’s no better place to enjoy it than Casa 46, which has a spectacular view of Plaza Machado. The elegant restaurant is a transformed museum offering cuisine influenced by French, Spanish, German, Asian and American culture. It’s hard to go wrong ordering fresh, locally caught shrimp anywhere in Mazatlán—the wrapped shrimp almond tartare appetizer and shrimp confit in lobster butter with bacon, butter broccoli and passion fruit mole are to die for.
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San Dieguito Art Guild installed their artwork in the Encinitas Library for a show that will run through Jan. 3. The title of this show is “Not Just Surviving - We Are Thriving in the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The Library is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, except for the “Art Night” reception, from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11.
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The Oceanside Artist Alliance hosts a Plein Air Paint Out at the Harbor from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 4 at the Oceanside Harbor. Free admission open to artists at any level with a non-instructed opportunity to paint en plein air with peers. Painters will meet outside of the Oceanside Harbor Department, 1540 N. Harbor Drive, Oceanside.
the lighted case in the Encinitas Community Center now through Jan. 5 at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. There will also be an “Art Night” reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Community Center. Community Center hours are Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. AVEC MATISSE Sign up for a two-day workshop on “The Painted Figures of Matisse,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 at Oceanside Museum Of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $90. Register at oma-online.org/events/ painted-figures-of-matisse/.
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