Inland Edition, October 15, 2021

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OCT. 15, 2021

Supervisors pause SVP placements

Five years in, Prop. 64 sees slow progress

By City News Service

REGION — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Oct. 5 to oppose any further placements of sexually violent predators in the county until local jurisdictions are able to fully participate in the placement process, including having full veto authority. Supervisor Jim Desmond submitted the proposal in a board letter, which also directs Helen Robbins-Meyer, county chief administrative officer, to send a letter “communicating the county’s position to the state of California Department of State Hospitals and other relevant agencies.” “San Diegans should not live in fear of a sexually violent predator to be placed in their neighborhoods,” Desmond said. Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer said Tuesday's vote “is about giving our county new tools to keep our county safe and stand up for our families.” During an hour-long public hearing, 22 residents spoke in favor of Desmond’s proposal. Mary Taylor, a member of activist group Your Voice Has Power, said she was sexually assaulted over 30 years ago and is “still haunted by that terrible night,” saying she understands the fear communities have. There is no excuse for letting a sexually violent predator join any family community “and young lives will be forever traumatized, if not tragically ended” should that be allowed to happen, Taylor said. Kathleen Hedberg, a Mount Helix resident and former president of Grossmont Helix Improvement Association, said she and others spent eight months fighting the TURN TO SVP ON 5

By Steve Puterski


Thinking about making a scarecrow for the Oct. 16 Alta Vista Botanical Gardens Fall Fun Festival? Scarecrows must be made at home, but you can register and pick up scarecrow supplies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the botanical garden, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive. A deposit of $10 covers the scarecrow’s armature (sticks), a head, stuffing and clothing. $5 will be returned when the completed scarecrow is brought back to Alta Vista. Visit to register. Courtesy photo

REGION — Five years ago, California’s approval of Proposition 64 opened the door to recreational marijuana markets and budding new economies. The proposition was billed as a win for increased tax revenues, entrepreneurships, jobs and the hope of beating back marijuana’s long-established and vast black market. But the reality of legalization has been somewhat underwhelming, with retailers struggling to • For the full story break even and on Prop. 64, visit illegal markets still responsible for roughly • Vista plays large 80% of cannabis role in local cannat r a n s a c t io n s , bis economy. Page 3 according to industry publication MJBiz Daily. While many municipalities have been reluctant to join the multi-billion industry, several North County cities have legalized recreational cannabis, including Vista, Oceanside and Encinitas, allowing retail sales, distribution, manufacturing, testing, growing and delivery. But the barriers to entry — taxes, fees and other regulations — make it difficult for small business owners to garner a profit, according to cannabis store owners. “Prop. 64 leaves most of the power in the cities’ and counties’ hands,” said Jon Jesse, owner of Vista’s Dr. GreenRX. “There’s a ton of taxes in it and there’s a ton of revenue in it and there is a huge demand for it.”

How one child care provider stayed open amid COVID closures By Tigist Layne

REGION — Amid nationwide shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a North County preschool and infant center developed a one-of-a-kind operational system to combat the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in settings that care for children under 5 years old. Children’s Paradise Preschool and Infant Centers, an early childhood education provider, has five locations throughout North County, including in Vista and Escondido. As businesses began

STAFF MEMBERS at Children’s Paradise Preschool and Infant Centers, with locations including in Vista and Escondido, discuss the one-of-a-kind operational system they created to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while staying open during last year’s closures. Photo courtesy Children’s Paradise

closing their doors last year as a result of a statewide mandate issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Children’s Paradise created Sweet Teams and remained open. The Sweet Teams program is an extensive operational system of posters, signage and tags that outline step-by-step strategies to keep learning centers, play yards and common areas safe and clean. Julie Lowen, president and CEO of Children’s Paradise, told The Coast News that she saw a need to remain open because many

families were essential workers and desperately needed child care and preschool services. “So we thought, okay, if we’re going to be open during a pandemic, we’d better know how to do this with the highest level of health and safety,” Lowen said. “The first thing we did was we went to the World Health Organization (WHO) and took their training on COVID and we all became certified. And then we sat down as a team and TURN TO CHILD CARE ON 5


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Vista leads the way for cannabis in North County

DANIEL WISE is the owner of The Cake House, a retail cannabis store with locations in Vista and elsewhere in the state. Photo by Steve Puterski

By Steve Puterski

VISTA — It took two ballot measures, but residents in the city legalized recreational cannabis. Voters approved a statewide measure, Proposition 64, in 2016, although the Vista City Council did not vote to allow for marijuana-related businesses. So, in 2018, residents passed Measure Z, which opened the door for 11 medicinal cannabis dispensaries. The early success of medicinal, though, turned the tide among the council, which approved recreational marijuana on July 23 becoming the first city in North County to do so. Since then, Oceanside and

Encinitas, have followed suit, although Encinitas residents also needed to pass Measure H to force its City Council to act. Vista, though, has positioned itself as the industry leader for cannabis, although, Oceanside is looking to break through, especially since the tax rate in Oceanside is 5%, compared to 7% in Vista as established by Measure Z. “They have to maintain a medicinal permit and they can also do adult use,” Vista City Clerk Kathy Valdez said of the transition to adult use. “The state has adult or adult and medicinal license. They have to maintain both.”

FIRST TO MARKET Vista, though, was the first city in North County to allow recreational retail stores to operate, as they transitioned from medicinal use to adult use this year. Oceanside, though, approved delivery-only adult-use cannabis about two years ago, with MedLeaf being the first into the city. Oceanside is now moving forward with adult use and a 3% tax rate. Encinitas also needed a resident-led ballot measure to force its council to incorporate marijuana businesses into the city. Currently, the city is in the process of working out the legal hurdles, but some, such as Laura Wilkinson Sinton, said the city is slow walking the process. The Escondido City Council recently voted down a proposal to allow cannabis, while Carlsbad and San Marcos voted to keep cannabis illegal years ago. Every North County city voted in favor of Prop. 64, with Encinitas having the highest percentage at 65.2% and Escondido the lowest at 52.1%. “Essentially, we are looking at an epic failure of local elected officials to deploy their voter’s wishes and enact sound, data-based public policy,” Sinton said. “They are missing the astounding revenue, and inadvertently driving crime — the opposite of what they

are charged with protecting — their own law enforcement and public safety for their constituents.” VISTA’S PROCESSES Measure Z had specific requirements and timelines, thus forcing the city to act faster than it may have wanted. Valdez said once the businesses were identified, it was on those owners to open when they could with the first dispensary opening in October 2019, said Valdez, who heads the city’s Cannabis Management Program. The final dispensaries

opened this year for various reasons, but the city incorporated their potential tax revenues into its two-year city budget estimates. Valdez said the city took its lumps with the implementation of Measure Z but has now grow to have a deeper understanding of the industry. Councilman Joe Green was one of the biggest supporters of transitioning to adult use, especially after the revenue projections came in and how the city adapted to the concerns of the business owners. “We couldn’t modify or

add any conditions,” Valdez said. “I think if it was something that came from the city, there would’ve been other requirements on it. It was really just getting familiar with the state’s process.” She said the city had to adjust its tax revenue for Fiscal Year 2020-21 due to explosion of growth, increasing the projections from $1.3 million to $3 million. And in its next twoyear budget cycle, the city is budgeting $4 million in revenue for FY 2021-22 and TURN TO CANNABIS ON 8

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The oil spill is bad. So is deadly contamination you can’t see or smell


By Bart Ziegler

n the topic of environmental disasters, could you imagine trying to deal with contamination from a far deadlier kind of waste that you can’t see or smell and that remains toxic for hundreds of thousands of years? As details of the Orange County oil spill continue to unfold, globs of tar are washing onto San Onofre State Beach beneath the shadow of a shuttered nuclear power plant where Southern California Edison is storing 3.6 million pounds of radioactive waste 100 feet from the ocean. Reporting on the oil spill has us drawing comparisons and thinking about the state of nuclear waste safety. Take corrosion, for instance. Investigators suspect a ship’s anchor damaged a pipeline serving the oil platform Elly off of Huntington Beach but blame corrosion for weakening the steel and contributing to the failure. About 40 miles to the

south, the waste stored at San Onofre is packed in 123 thin-walled, steel canisters. Some of the canisters suffered gouging when lowered into storage. The scratches will only hasten corrosion, cracking and leakage. In Orange County, investigators are blaming Houston-based Amplify Energy for waiting 15 hours to report the oil spill. Later, the company’s CEO was evasive and offered conflicting information to the press. At San Onofre in 2018, we will never forget the near-miss accident at the nuclear waste facility, which came to light only after a whistleblower reported it. Obfuscation by Southern California Edison and Amplify CEO Martyn Willsher comes from the same playbook, which puts profits ahead of people, ignores advances in renewable energy and refuses to acknowledge damage that mishaps from oil extraction and mismanagement of nuclear waste could inflict upon our environment and economy. At the Amplify facili-

ties in Orange County, years of emergency response planning failed to avert the catastrophic release of at least 126,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean. At Edison’s seaside nuclear waste dump, how can we trust that an emergency response plan — to the extent that one exists — will reliably protect the environment and people from a radiological release? Rep. Mike Levin, who has introduced a bill to ban new offshore drilling leases along the Southern California Coast, estimates that ocean-related industries in Orange and San Diego counties account for nearly $7.7 billion dollars in economic activity and support more than 140,000 jobs. Whether or not you can see or smell the contamination, it’s time to rethink oil drilling and nuclear waste storage on our coastline. Learn more at www. samuellawrencefoundation. org. Bart Ziegler, PhD, is president of the Samuel Lawrence Foundation.

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emo to all those Califor nians now thinking seriously of moving to another state, thus cashing out on their high-priced homes, avoiding high prices on their new homes, but risking higher property taxes and utility bills in those new locations, while avoiding many of California’s regulations on things like indoor smoking and plastic straws: Your new neighbors might not be so happy to see you move in. Sure, whoever you buy that next house or condo from will be delighted to greet you. But everyone else? Not by a long shot. Anti-California sentiment began as early as the 1980s, when migrants from this state began moving to neighboring Oregon, driving up real estate prices and creating traffic headaches as more and more arrived. Oregonians began putting up signs beside roads near their southern border. “Don’t Californicate Oregon,” they read — and still do in some places. Now that sentiment has spread to a significant number of other Western states. One candidate in 2020’s election for mayor of Boise even suggested building a wall around his city to keep newcomers out, stymied mainly by the fact it would have cost $26 billion. Some states would apparently be glad if the constitutional guarantee of free movement between the states were amended away. Some of the Republican politicians who govern Texas, for example, have suggested their domination could end if too many Californians migrate to that relatively affordable housing state and vote Democratic. Their rhetoric doesn’t quite match that of Wayne Richey, an auto-body repair man defeated last November in his run for Boise mayor. “It’s not just a California thing,” he told a reporter. “It’s new people. They’re driving up the price of housing here so much that people I know are moving away.” Actually, 21,272 Californians moved to Idaho between July 2017 and July 2018, the latest period for which U.S. Census information is available. During the same time, 5,262 persons left Idaho for California. So this state’s net

out-migration to Idaho was 16,010 during a single year. That’s just one state, helping account for California’s slowest-ever decade of growth during the last 10 years and for its net loss of 40,000 persons during 2018 to out-migration. Those Californians helped make Star, Idaho, 17 miles northwest of Boise, the fastest-growing city in both Idaho and America. Some California officials point out that the out-migration of Californians isn’t quite as unprecedented as it may seem. The state finance department, for example, noted that federal defense spending cuts in the mid1990s spurred an even larger exodus. Some of the California outflow making other states nervous stems from the efforts of those same states. Take Texas, whose former governor Rick Perry spent many years making radio and TV commercials touting the advantages for businesses that moved from California to the Lone Star state. The biggest fish to bite at this pitch, which included huge property tax exemptions and civic aid in building new plants and facilities, was Toyota, which relocated its U.S. headquarters from the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance to the Dallas suburb of Plano. Perry never figured that many of the Toyota executives and workers moving to Texas might vote Democratic. Some lean that way, and they contributed to a narrow electoral escape in 2018 for Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in a campaign that made Democratic rival Beto O’Rourke a national figure. The annual inflow of about 60,000 Californians to Texas shows few signs of abating. Combined with more political activity from the almost 3 million Latinos in Texas, they have given the Lone Star state a faintly purple hew. Similarly, an influx of Californians working for aerospace companies that opened facilities in Phoenix and Tucson over the last 15 years has been a major factor in changing Arizona from a solidly Republican state to an electoral tossup. So the change in California’s longtime pattern of fast growth may be as bad news for some of the emigrants’ new neighbors as it seems to politicians in the state they’ve left behind, which is about to lose one seat in Congress for the next decade. Email Thomas Elias at

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proposed placement of two sexual predators in their community. Desmond’s proposal followed a since-withdrawn proposal to release sexually violent predator Douglas Badger to a home in the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood, a move strongly opposed by area residents. Badger — whose victims were predominately male strangers, many of them hitchhikers — petitioned for release into the Conditional Release Program for sex offenders, which was granted earlier this year. According to Desmond’s board letter, between 1959 and 1991 Badger was convicted of several offenses, including child molestation and kidnapping. Badger was recently recommended for conditional release into a home at 17836 Frondoso Drive. On Friday, homeowners Bryan and Ming Zublin withdrew their offer to allow him to be placed at their property. In addition to opposing the placement, the Zublins said they were seeking to remove their home from consideration for sexually violent predators by terminating their agreement with Liberty Healthcare, which contracts with the state to supervise sexually violent predators on conditional release. A sexually violent predator is defined as an individual who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense against one or more victims and who has a diagnosed mental disorder that makes the person a danger to the health and safety of others. The SVPs placed or proposed to be placed in the San Diego region have committed crimes that include lewd acts upon children under 14 — as young as 4 years old — child molestation, forcible rape, and forcible sodomy, among others. Many of these were repeat crimes over the course of years. “It breaks my heart to read the stories about these unspeakable crimes,” Desmond said earlier in the week. “It’s time we act, it’s time we say no to SVPs in our neighborhoods.”


literally walked through step by step, in every single area of our center, what we would need to do to follow the guide based upon what we were being told by eight different agencies.” The agencies that they took guidance from include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Education, the County Office of Education and WHO. Within 100 hours of the pandemic’s start, the Chil-


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Judge denies restraining order in mask lawsuit By Tigist Layne

REGION — A San Diego-based group of parents that filed a lawsuit against the State of California in an effort to end the mask mandate for schools were denied a temporary restraining order by a San Diego judge. San Diego Superior Court Judge Cynthia Freeland on Sept. 30 denied the request for an emergency court order to temporarily block the state from enforcing mask mandates in its schools. The lawsuit names Gov. Gavin Newsom, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, state Public Health Officer Tomás

Aragón and the state’s Safe Schools for All team leader, Dr. Naomi Bardach as defendants. “Kids have been in school for months and protocols have been in place, and so I’m not seeing an emergency today that would warrant issuing a temporary restraining order,” Freeland said during the hearing. Freeland set a hearing for Nov. 8 where both sides will present their arguments ahead of a preliminary injunction that could temporarily halt the state mask mandate while the lawsuit is ongoing. Sharon McKeeman, a Carlsbad parent and found-

er of Let Them Breathe, said she remains hopeful and relieved that the hearing didn’t get pushed back to March, which she says the state had proposed. “We’re very thankful that we're going to have that full hearing here in a few weeks," McKeeman said. “Obviously, we are trying to establish masked choice as soon as possible because we know our kids are suffering, but we think that will be a productive, legal conversation. And we know that the law and the science are on our side.” According to court papers filed by the state, “schools remain free to im-

plement testing and quarantine protocols, regardless of the recommendations’ existence.” During a Vista Unified School District board meeting in July, several parents spoke out against the group and the lawsuit. “Kids under the age of 12 are vulnerable,” said Karie Winchester, according to a Fox 5 article. “I hate hearing, ‘Oh well it’s just going be easy for them to survive it — we don’t know the longterm effects.” McKeeman noted that Thursday’s hearing was not a total loss as state officials said in court papers that, when it comes to quaran-

tine and testing, schools don’t necessarily have to follow the state’s guidance. “We’re going to be putting out some advocacy resources for school districts that want to reside by a common-sense approach to testing and quarantining and help them understand that they can do that,” McKeeman said. “We will also put school districts on notice that are over-testing and over-quarantining and keeping the kids from their in-person education that they can’t just blame that on the state because it has been acknowledged that that is just a recommendation on the state’s part.”

Schools, parents prepare for state’s vaccine mandate By Tigist Layne


The first week of October officially marked the kickoff of the 23rd annual Helen Woodward Animal Center Home for the Holidays adopt-a-pet campaign. Get involved by posting a photo of your newly adopted best friend at, or sharing on Twitter or Instagram with #IChoseToRescue and tagging @hwac and @bluebuffalo. Courtesy photo

Commemorative bricks support Palomar Health By Staff

ESCONDIDO — The Palomar Health Foundation is offering community members the opportunity to honor family and friends by purchasing a permanent and personalized message-engraved brick to be placed in the Palomar Medical Center Escondido Jacobs and McCann Courtyard. Money raised from the brick fundraising campaign will go toward construction of the Physician Quarters

and Conference Center of the future. Foundation board members, joined Palomar Health District board members and the Palomar Health leadership team Sept. 20 for an official groundbreaking ceremony. The Physician Quarters and Conference Center project includes 14 physician sleeping rooms with access to bathrooms and showers for physicians working 24 hour-plus shifts.

Also included is a stateof-the-art conference center where training, education and collaboration between the region’s 22 hospitals can take place. These needs were highlighted during the pandemic. To learn more about purchasing a commemorative brick or become involved in the campaign in other ways, visit the Palomar Health Foundation website or call (760) 7392787.

dren’s Paradise staff created Sweet Teams. In doing so, Children’s Paradise never closed its doors during the pandemic, the only child care organization in San Diego County to do so. “Central to our leadership in the field was that we wanted to make sure that we shared these out, so early on, we were on the emergency task force for San Diego County for child care and we let everybody on the call know that we’re creating these … and we made sure that providers across the county know that we’re

willing to share these,” Lowen said. Since its creation, several districts, early childhood education providers and child care organizations have purchased the program to use in their own institutions. Proceeds from these sales are used for hazard pay and tuition support for the Children’s Paradise staff. “Our families, first and foremost, were very grateful that we remained open for them during this time because they didn’t know

where they were going to take their children,” said Nicole Steele, director of programs and education. “They’re also very grateful that we created a system where they could visually see that their child was safe, and it also helped educate the families to what they needed to do at home in order to keep their families safe.” Steele added that Children’s Paradise staff also provided other services for families including food drives, diaper drives and handmade masks.

REGION — Several North County school districts say they are trying to figure out how to navigate a new vaccine mandate that was recently announced by Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom made the major announcement last Friday that California will become the first in the nation to require the COVID-19 vaccine for staff and students. “Vaccines work,” Newsom said. “It’s why California leads the country in preventing school closures and has the lowest case rates. We encourage other states to follow our lead to keep our kids safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.” The state mandate will go into effect only once the federal Food and Drug Administration fully approves vaccines for those 12 and older. Upon FDA approval, students will have until the start of the following academic term, either Jan. 1 or July 1, to be fully vaccinated. “Are there exemptions? Yes, well-established exemptions: for medical reasons, personal and/or religious beliefs,” Newsom said during his announcement. Two days before Newsom’s announcement, San Marcos Unified School District released a statement reiterating that the board did not have any plans to mandate vaccines. On the day of the announcement, the district sent an email to families. “Earlier this week, our Board reiterated their stance on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and their united front on not mandating the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school in person,” the email said in part. “As with all of the COVID-19 health guidance we have received throughout the pandemic, we need time to assess and determine how to proceed with these coming requirements,” the email said. Communications representatives for Escondido Union and Escondido

Union High school districts had similar responses and said their respective districts were assessing the situation and determining how to move forward. “We have heard the announcement from the governor’s office about the vaccine mandate, and our district and board are still assessing the situation, said Paula Zamudio, EUHSD community relations officer. "We will provide an update as soon as we can.” Many parents took to social media to express their frustration or support for the new mandate, with many parents seemingly against creating a mandate, regardless of their own vaccination stance. “Remember the Tdap vaccinations? That was also a mandate… This isn’t an infringement on choice," wrote one SMUSD parent. "It’s just an addition to health and safety protocols for your kids and staff. Another San Marcos parent wrote: “I’m not opposed to the vaccine. I’m not opposed to those who decide to get the vaccine. I’m opposed to having my rights taken away. I’m opposed to my right as a parent to decide what is best for my children being taken away.” In the meantime, a San Diego-based parent group founded by Carlsbad parent Sharon McKeeman called Let Them Breathe recently launched an initiative called Let Them Choose to “protect students’ right to choice in the matter of the COVID-19 vaccine.” “Families need to be able to make these personal medical decisions themselves, and there is no reason to mandate a vaccine for children who are at low risk from serious complications from the virus,” said McKeeman in a statement. “Our legal team will be sending legal correspondence to the State, and we are planning our next steps in legal action. It is extremely unfortunate that we have to continue to take the State to court to protect our children.”


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How to shut down Baker family honored as Escondido Legends a (spider) web site By Staff

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K all you arachna-fanatics…just turn the page. This bit is about my latest victory over spiderwebs. I’m not sure how long this wonderful discovery will last, but for at least 24 hours my backyard patio remains spider- and webfree. Yeah, the magic potion I discovered reputedly discourages our little eight-legged chums from wanting to set up house here. There is plenty of backyard left for them to claim as their own and I leave it to them. I’m just looking for a border agreement for my chairs, table, bar and overhang. I’ve been searching for non-toxic yard care solutions for some time now, what with years of dogs and children and realizing store-bought remedies flow downstream and poison the world. I am quite tickled with my discoveries, like my vinegar and salt weed killer. It works pretty darned well and is easy to mix.

I believe I have mentioned before that my yard is truly spider central, as my husband keeps it entirely organic and pesticide free. I support this, but one day this summer, my face hit yet another spider web and I snapped. Scraping web out of my hair, I noticed the patio looked like a Halloween photo shoot. I don’t require that the spiders go toes up. I just need them to move to the suburbs, amid the trees and bushes. Finding a spider repellent made of sweet-smelling essential oils was glorious. You can also get results with vinegar. Your yard may smell like salad dressing, but it isn’t toxic. I also discovered you can use coconut oil, another fragrant option. For now, I’m going with 10 drops of lemon oil, 10 drops of lavender oil, 1/2-teaspoon of dish soap and a cup of water. Just put it in a spray bottle and take aim. I may eventually switch to vinegar, as it claims to keep the spiders away longer. Even an easy chore is still a time-consuming chore and those critters are relentless about squatting in the upscale patio neighborhood. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and spray-bottle sharp shooter. Contact her at

ESCONDIDO — In the sixth of eight 2021 Escondido Legend biographies, the Escondido History Center introduces the Baker family. The Center will present a $1,000 honorarium, in their name, to an outstanding senior from a high school in Escondido. The Baker family’s business has grown with San Diego County ever since LeRoy Baker moved here from Missoula, Montana, to join his wife’s family in 1936. LeRoy Baker purchased Dietrich Electric in 1938 and was joined by his son, Neville L. Baker, in 1942. This was the start of Baker Electric and the Baker family’s community charitable participation. After LeRoy Baker died in 1953, Neville Baker became president of Baker Electric and incorporated the company in 1955. In 1961, Kent Baker joined Baker Electric and in 1983, Kent succeeded Neville as president. In 1994, after gaining outside experience, Kent’s son, Ted Baker, joined the company and became president in 2000. Through Ted’s leadership, growth and diversity continued, and Baker Electric Home Energy was started in 2007. More than 80 years of growth has made Baker Electric’s numerous divisions, one of the largest private employers in Escondido. They attribute their success to the diversity,

has it grilled sausages and HOWL-O-WEEN FUN Animal-loving kids can bratwurst may be part of the new menu, plus the usual embark on a journey to disKnow something that’s going goodies. cover “spooky” and snuggly on? Send it to calendar@ critters throughout October at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Festival, with FALL FUN FESTIVAL HAUNTED HOTEL IS BACK The Fall Fun Festival animal encounters, seasonal Scout Troop 2000 will is being held from 10 a.m. crafts and a mini-pumpkin set up its traditional Haunt- to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Alta hay maze. Private advened Hotel & Trail from 6 to Vista Botanical Gardens, tures embark from 9 a.m. 9 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 and Oct. Vista. There will be a plant October. 29 and Oct. 30 at 423 Ran- sale, build-a-scarecrow concho Santa Fe Road, the His- test and vendors includ- BOWL FOR THE BLIND toric Olivenhain Meeting ing Amigos de Vista Lions The 35th annual Bowl Hall, with a fully outdoor barbecue lunch and an Ice for the Blind is being held Trail of Terror walking tour, Cream Social with the Vista from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 16, at suitable for all ages. Rumor Silver Star Foundation. the Surf Bowl, 1401 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. The Oceanside Sea Lions Club invites you to bowl and donate eyeglasses for needy students. Participants can bowl for $30 that day or pre-pay for $25 (includes shoes). Tickets at The Senior Volunteer Patrol of the VOLUNTEER DNA INTEREST GROUP San Marcos Sheriff’s Station performs home vacation security The DNA Interest checks, assists with traffic Group will present a webinar program from 1 to 2:30 control, enforces disabled parking p.m. Oct. 16. Genetic genealregulations, patrols neighborhoods, ogist Michelle Leonard will schools, parks and shopping discuss, “Combining DNA centers and visits homebound and Traditional Research: seniors who live alone for the communities Scottish Case Studies.” Free of San Marcos, Lake San Marcos, & portions but registration is required of the county’s unincorporated areas. Volunteers must be at at For questions least age 50, be in good health, pass a background check, contact have auto insurance, a valid California driver’s license, and be a US citizen. Training includes a mandatory two-week academy plus training patrols. The minimum commitment is 6 hours per week & attendance at a monthly meeting. NOT-SO-SCARY NIGHT Interested parties should contact Administrator Mike Discover creepy crawGardiner to arrange an information meeting. ly creatures at the Not So Scary Fall Festival from 10 (760) 510-5290 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17, San


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BAKER ELECTRIC started in the late 1930s when LeRoy Baker bought Dietrich Electric before joining forces with his son, Neville, a few years later. Courtesy photo

loyalty and stability of its employees. The Baker legacy does not end with successful businesses. The Baker family has four generations of community charitable involvement and philanthropy. Neville Baker was a founder of the Escondido Boys Club in Escondido, later to be known as the Boys and Girls Club. In 1992, and thanks to a leadership gift, the Boys and Girls Club on 15th Street in Escondido is named Neville and Helen Family Branch.

Neville also help create Little League baseball in Escondido. Boys and Girls Club of greater San Diego, Junior Achievement, Operation America Cares, Shaki Rising, Casa de Amparo, Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Susan G Koman, TERI, Ronald McDonald House Charities all have benefited from the Bakers’ altruism over the years. The Escondido History Center has had notable benefits from the Baker family. They have consistently provided support at the highest

Dieguito County Park, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Del Mar. Costumes are encouraged. Register at https:// / event/not-so-scary-fall-festival-10-17-2021/.

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The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter will present its 2021 Walk to Defeat ALS, the nonprofit’s 21st annual fundraising walk, on Oct. 17 as a virtual fundraiser. The fundraiser is free and open to the public. Registration is now open. Information is available at

1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, 2525 El Camino Real, a free family-friendly event features giveaways, live music, fall photo opportunities and DISABILITY FILM Oceanside Public Li- make your own Trick-orbrary will host free public Treat bags. screenings and guided discussion of the documentary GENEALOGY WEBINAR “Crip Camp: A Disability North San Diego CounRevolution” at 5 p.m. Oct. ty Genealogical Society will 19 at the Mission Branch present its annual Fall SemLibrary, 3861-B Mission inar with author and lecturAve., Oceanside at 5:00 er Tom Jones via Webinar, 9 p.m. Oct. 20, the screening a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct.23. Regiswill be online. Registration ter by e-mail to greeter@nsis required. For the Zoom by Oct. 22. Online link, visit https://tinyurl. registration fee is $15. For com/3357sjhc. questions, e-mail seminars@

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Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Fall Animal Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 through Oct. 22, 389 Requeza St. Cost is $220. Camp is appropriate for 6- to 12-year-olds. Call (760) 7536413 or visit or

The annual Vista Business Expo is returning Nov. 10 and this year’s event will also include a hiring fair. Join the interest list by e-mailing with subject line “Business Expo Interest List.” Attendee registration at


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levels during fund-raising drives and recently providing new track lighting for the Santa Fe Train Depot in Grape Day Park. Mark Baker said, “Most of what we have done is low profile, behind-the scenes. That’s the nature of how we prefer to do things. Most of our involvement is directed toward the Escondido community.” Because they have given to Escondido, the community where they were raised and do business, the Baker Family is a 2021 Escondido Forever Legend.



The Vista Chamber will be holding a Peanut Butter Drive during the month of October. Come drop off peanut butter jars from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 29 at the Chamber office, 170 Eucalyptus Ave., Ste. 115, Vista.

Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation will be holding its 15th Annual Kayak Fundraiser & Cleanup and Event Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. This event allows kayakers to enjoy a 2-hour outing on the lagoon that is normally closed to boating, The cost is $65 per person. First launch is at 7:30 a.m. and the last launch is at 1:30 p.m. on AUTUMN FEST "Fall For Autumn" Fest both days. Kayaks, safety

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A flu shot clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Library, 2 Civic Drive, San Marcos and 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 1 at the Palomar Health Lobby, 2185 Citracado, Escondido.

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The Vista Silver Star Foundation will host a Halloween Line Dance Party, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad Harding Auditorium, 3096 Harding St., Carlsbad. Pizza, activities, costume contest, prizes, and more. Donation tickets are $20 and are available at For information, visit contact (442) 224-3426.

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receive the California State Information Security Leader of The Year Award. Loftus was honored Oct. 6. The awards and event are preBusiness news and special sented by the California Deachievements for North San Diego County. Send information partment of Technology, the Governor’s Office of Emervia email to community@ gency Services, California Military Department, California Highway Patrol and BEST MENEHUNES Local winners in the Sacramento State UniversiWindansea Surf Club Me- ty. nehune surf contest Oct. 2 at La Jolla Shores, included BRING ON THE BOOKS The Friends of the Lars Willging of Encinitas in the Boys 7 to 9 category, Oceanside Public Library and Owen Rowe of Enci- are again accepting donanitas in the Boys 10 to 11 tions of books, magazines, Shortboard. The contest is DVDs and CDs. Smaller dofor boys and girls 17 years nations can be taken to the Mission Branch Library or of age. to the Civic Center Library. Larger donations can be taken to the Civic Center Library loading dock on Civic Center Drive Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donors may park in the loading dock area and ring the doorbell for assistance. Donations of more than eight boxes or bags are by appointment only at (760) 435-5564.



SCIENCE FICTION author and Vista resident Gideon Marcus recently published a new book, “Sirena,” which is available to buy on Amazon and elsewhere. Courtesy photo

The Violin Shop, 681 Encinitas Boulevard #311, Encinitas is the newest member of Cardiff 101. The shop rents, repairs, and sells violins, violas, and cellos to the string community of San Diego. Luthiers and staff are committed to providing high-quality instruments. For more information, call (858) 909-0319.



North County science fiction author Gideon Marcus (and former Coast News reporter) has followed his first book “Kitra” with a new novel, “Sirena.” The three-time Hugo Award finalist and winner of the Rod Serling Award, is wellknown for his Galactic Journey science fiction blog and fanzine. In his latest book, Marcus continues to weave engaging stories with accurate science and lovable characters. Illustrated by 17-year-old Lorelei, copies of “Sirena” (and “Kitra”) are available at your local bookstore, Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or straight from the author at Journey Press. Check out an online reading and interview with the Hugo award finalist at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 hosted by Space Cowboy Books. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom. us/j/83153311952. NEW FIRE STATION

The Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation’s Defense Community Infrastructure Program awarded a $3.5 million grant to the city of Oceanside, to support the construction of a new fire station to strengthen protection aboard Navy and Marine Corps installations against manmade and naturally occurring threats and hazards. The new station will be 1½ miles from the Del Mar and Main Gates, and will greatly enhance response times in emergency situations. LEADER OF THE YEAR

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The newest members of the Vista Chamber of Commerce include North County Veterans Stand Down, LOGO Expressions, BIPOC Support Foundation, Dimensional Fitness Concepts, Madera Kitchen of Mexico / JL Hospitality LLC, Babies in Bloom, The 2 Painters, Inc., The Mortgage Hub, Diane Hagen Accounting Services, Advanced Transit Solutions, Inc., Minuteman Press of Oceanside, Applied Spectral Imaging, Urbn Leaf Vista and CardConnect - Fiserv. ONE-OF-A-KIND

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New Village Arts Theater celebrates its 20th anniversary with two world premieres, with an upcoming residency at Oceanside Theatre Company, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, while renovating of its home theater. From Nov. 16 through Dec. 22, “1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas,” will premiere at NVA’s home, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. “Desert Rock Garden” debuting Jan. 21 will be at OCT. Subscriptions and tickets at

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OVER THE last six months, 78 homeless encampments were cleared in the city of Vista. In the past year, nearly 31 tons of trash were collected from campsites. Courtesy photo

Vista renews homeless service contracts By Steve Puterski

VISTA — A lengthy discussion led to the renewal of three contracts for homeless services and reviewed costs and funding options for a potential cityowned shelter during the Vista City Council’s Sept. 28 meeting. The council unanimously approved service contracts with Exodus Recovery for a full-time social worker and part-time housing navigator; Interfaith Community Services to provide shelter beds, and North County Lifeline for a homeless prevention pilot program. City leaders also discussed building a cityowned homeless shelter, although staff will return at a later date with more details on construction and operation costs, along with potential federal or state grants. “Many homeless people don’t qualify for resources,” said Councilwoman Katie Melendez. “It’s an extremely traumatizing experience. There are high amounts of recidivism. (We should look at) investing in shelter resources or solutions like tiny homes or micro-communities.” According to Syliva Solis Daniels, the city’s housing program manager, early results with Exodus have seen the social worker engage 270 unduplicated residents, while 48 are actively engaged with a shelter success rate of 11%. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors adopted a homeless pilot program earlier this year to provide North County cities with eight additional

social workers, although hiring is not yet completed, Daniels said. Vista will inquire about the county's timeline to hire a social worker, but may have to wait until the end of the year, City Manager Patrick Johnson said. The contract with Interfaith will bolster the city’s available beds, as the Escondido-based nonprofit recently purchased a 77-room motel for $8.6 million to turn into a housing resource. The city also contracts with the North County Alliance for Regional Solutions to secure shelter beds. In total, 45 individuals have spent 1,809 nights in shelter beds, which is short of the total available nights under the contract. The city has a 66% user rate of shelter beds, while the city has paid for more than 2,700 nights, according to Councilman John Franklin. One of the challenges, according to Interfaith CEO Greg Angela, is many homeless Vistans do not want to move, even temporarily, out of their community to neighboring Escondido. This spurred a council discussion into whether the city could fund a shelter of its own. “I would like to examine the possibility of a shelter,” Franklin said. “There are major financial hurdles. We would need to identify $5 million to $10 million and that’s before construction.” Franklin also noted municipalities are the least funded (per capita) level of government, so the city would need financial help to build a shelter.

The minimum cost would be between $5 million to $10 million to acquire the property, according to assistant City Manager Amanda Lee. Lee added that a conservative cost estimate to operate shelter per year costs between $25,000 to $50,000 per person with services provided. The Homeless Prevention Program, which is operated through North County Lifeline, has helped 32 families (107 people) with $105,000 in assistance and has $132,000 remaining that will roll over with the renewed contract. The city also contracts with Elder Help for its HomeShare program, Daniels said. Currently, 13 home seekers and two home providers are involved in the program, but the city is continuing public outreach efforts. Homeless encampment clean-up was another source of debate as some residents decried the city and law enforcement for sweeping those out. Over the last six months, 78 of 85 encampments have been cleared in the city, according to the Sheriff's Department. Over the past 12 months, nearly 31 tons of trash were collected from campsites. Additionally, Daniels said the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board requires the city to eliminate threats to water quality, noting laws in place to protect watersheds and the environment. “Clean-up process has been an area of concern,” Daniels said. “No two areas are alike.”

VISTA — The city is moving forward with its Climate Action Plan and joining the Clean Energy Alliance after the City Council approved both measures during its Oct. 12 meeting. The city must cut an additional 49,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide to reach its 2030 CAP goals, according to John Conley, Vista’s community development director. Current estimates show the city has reduced its emissions to 399,000 metric tons as municipalities are required to hit 1990 greenhouse gas levels. He said the largest factors where the city can make up the difference are in energy (28,500 metric tons), waste (13,900), transportation (6,500) and carbon sequestration (200). Additionally, the council also approved a full-time CAP coordinator and included a more robust social equity clause to include all protected classes. The CAP will cost about $2.5 million to implement over the next five years, Conley said, noting the funds will cover the Bicycle Master Plan, the coordinator and other costs. Since energy is the city’s biggest target, the council jumped on the Community Choice Aggregation train, with Conley saying self-imposed a mandate to offer CCAs to residents. “I’m very encouraged with staff’s research to find solutions,” Councilwoman Katie Melendez said. “What is the potential to join with CEA (Clean Energy Alliance). “I don’t want to jump into something that will fail.” Councilwomen Corrina Contreras and Melendez, along with Councilman Joe Green, said the CCA program is the best fit for the city and ratepayers. Contreras and Melendez said they preferred to join the Clean Energy Alliance, which consists of Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solana Beach and launched in May. They said it would be better for for North County cities to stick together, while also noting each city with the CEA gets an equal vote rather than the TURN TO COUNCIL ON 14

Escondido receives $38M in COVID relief funds By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Sept. 29 to approve the acceptance of $38.8 million in coronavirus recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The council also heard an update on its business recovery strategy. According to the city staff report, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided Escondido with

one-time funding of $38,808,509 to cover expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, make up for lost revenue and ease the overall economic impact from the pandemic. The council approved using $9.3 million be used to make investments in parks and other public outdoor recreation spaces, “such as the Kit Carson Amphitheater, to promote healthier living environ-

ments and socialization to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” according to the staff report. This includes putting $5.4 million toward Grape Day Park for park improvements and for the development of an aquatics center. More than $5.4 million will go toward supporting the public health response, including personal protective equipment, additional cleaning of municipal

parks and facilities, COVID testing and vaccination programs, public communication efforts, investments in public facilities to meet pandemic operational needs and staff-related payroll and leave costs. More than $7.7 million will go toward addressing negative economic impact, such as creating a community nonprofit grant program similar to the City of San Marcos.


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22-23; although the city is expecting at least $5 million for each year. The city also approved delivery, manufacturing, distribution and testing facilities, with the last three categories each allowed two businesses. Valdez said there have been several manufacturing and distribution applications, but none testing although there have been inquiries. “We heard from folks throughout the year as we were implementing the cannabis businesses,” she added. “There was particular interest in testing, so it’s interesting that we haven’t received any applications. I think it’s much more expensive than people think and I don’t know if it’s as profitable.” In a revenue context,

cannabis has been a boon for the city, even helping to pull it out of a deficit and creating a surplus during the COVID-19 pandemic when many municipal budgets are struggling. Valdez said the city also hired HdL Consultants to assist with inspections and processing licenses. Jesse said he’s been inspected twice via the city’s contract, but so far nothing from the state. As for HdL, the company has come under fire from numerous cities and marijuana businesses and is the subject of several lawsuits citing unfair license scoring practices and “pay to play” schemes, according to several media reports. The City of Fairfield canceled its contract with HdL, demanded its money back and suspended giving out licenses, according to the Daily Republic.

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Three cannabis businesses in Chula Vista each filed lawsuits over the past several years, citing the city and HdL didn’t follow the rules approved by the city, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. As for Vista, though, no retailer has filed a formal complaint with the city regarding its process or contract with HdL. COST OF BUSINESS John Jesse and Daniel Wise, who own Dr. GreenRx and The Cake House, respectively, said the application process was simple and easier than in other cities. However, Jesse said the tax rate of 7% is a cause for concern as retailers struggling to break even. However, the likelihood of changing the tax structure would be difficult, Jesse said, as it would take another ballot measure to overturn the rate set in Measure Z. Because of low margins and the cost of product, labor, security, rent and insurance, to name a few, most retailers make very little


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cannabis has an expiration date. It’s a perishable item, he said, and he cannot afford to buy 10 pounds of one strain because his customers may not like it, so it will sit and take up space. Since the industry is so competitive, and with restrictions on the number of retail stores allowed in a specific municipality and high taxes, it presents a challenge, Jesse said. He said it becomes a numbers game and volume is what keeps most businesses afloat. As for the end of the rainbow, Jesse said the asset, or the business, is what has the value and where store owners will make money if or when they de-

cide to sell. “When we first opened … 30-50 people walked out because they weren’t going to get a note and you’re talking about $50 per head,” Jesse said. “The competition is huge, and the margins are very small. It’s all about volume.” One victory for the industry, though, was earlier this year the City Council opted to recalculate its fee schedule for business with and without delivery. Originally, the city approved fees of more than $20,000 per business on a recommendation from HdL Consultants. However, the council reversed course and lowered the fees, which is an annual payment to operate.

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Violinists Sophia Stoyanovich and Derek Wang, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $20 at SOUND PROJECT

Echoes, a jazz collective, will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, as part of the Museum of Making Music’s new concert series: The San Diego Sound Project. Tickets are $20 at / events/sdsp-echoes.


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The Escondido Arts Partnership offers a hundred new artworks by regional artists in the popular group show "21st Century Realism" in the Municipal Gallery at 262 E. Grand SALSA AND MORE Have an afternoon of Ave., Escondido. Salsa and dancing with the SPECIAL DANCING Sabrosas Latin Orquesta Dance North County at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the offers a free, Improv The- Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Lux Artist-in-Residence atre for Teens and Young Del Norte, Carlsbad. CeleAdults with Autism, from brate the end of Hispanic Christine Howard Sandoval 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays thru Heritage Month. Tickets: is the first Institute for Contemporary Art, San Diego Nov. 7, 535 Encinitas Blvd., $20 at artist-in-residence with her Ste. 100. Young adults with exhibition “Coming Home” autism lead improvisational thru Oct. 31 at 1550 S. El theater activities designed Camino Real, Encinitas. to teach social and commu- SCULPTURE ON EXHIBIT nication skills. Call (760) Thru Nov. 9, see the 815-8512 or visit info@pact- free contemporary sculp- HARMONY AT BROADWAY The Broadway Theater or ture of Ernest Pick during The third and final phase of the Esco Alley Art project was open hours at the Encini- in Vista presents “The Pinunveiled Saturday in downtown Escondido. The mural project Ups,” with three-part harPUPPET SHOW tas Community and Senior features work by dozens of local artists. STORY ON PAGE 18. “A Funny Name Band” Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Photo courtesy of Esco Alley Art TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 18 puppet workshop and per-Living Drive. 811 Dig Room Print Ad - Coast News + Inland Edition - Run date 10/15/21 - 4C - 8.525” x 10”

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Enjoy Encinitas Art Night at the Off Track Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite C-103, Encinitas. It will be part of an evening of visual art as Encinitas civic and local art galleries swing open their doors to celebrate the city’s visual art scene at seven participating locations. Shuttle buses, live music and refreshments at all locations, including Encinitas Library, City Hall, Encinitas Community Center, Institute of Contemporary Art, Off Track Gallery, Art and Soul on the 101, and Bliss 101.





New Village Arts presents the Electric Waste Band, a Grateful Dead tribute band, on stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. Tickets $20-$25 at

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Resounding Joy, in collaboration with Encinitas Elks Lodge and UCSD Veterans Staff Association, presents Semper Sound’s benefit concert “Living Your Dreams,” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Encinitas Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Road, Cardiff. Tickets on sale until noon Oct. 16; all proceeds go to supporting Resounding Joy’s military music therapy program. Call (858) 475-2200 or e-mail

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es, visiting Northern Sonoma’s Wine Road is all about sampling and buying wine, but it’s also about the people who live and work in the American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) of Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russia River Valley and several other smaller ones. It’s about those who grow, harvest, crush and bottle the grapes, and who make the crucial decisions that transform ripe fruit into liquid magic. Meet Oded Shakked, a multilingual, Israeli surfer-turned-winemaker whose cavernous warehouse/ barrel-storage facility in Healdsburg is embellished with colorful longboards. Shakked established Longboard Vineyards in 1998, after working for other wineries. “This is my 37th harvest — the 24th for Longboard Vineyards,” says Shakked, who served in the Israeli army and discovered wine while on furlough on the European coast. “Some of the best wines are where the best waves are.” Winemaking is both art and science, believes Shakked, who has three degrees from the University of California, Davis, in various aspects of viticulture and winemaking, but “no one can teach you the artistic part.” Longboard produces 5,000 cases a year, and some customers have been loyal fans for 18 years, possibly because of the Longboard vibe. “We like Sonoma so much,” he says. “We make wines from prime fruit but we don’t like outstretched pinkies (when we drink it).” The casual theme continues at West Wines, where the Swedish-flag blue, 1932 Ford flatbed truck parked in the driveway is an immediate conversation starter. Originally a milk truck at a Petaluma dairy, West Wines co-owner Bengt Akerlind spent two years restoring it. Today it hauls the ceremonial first load of grapes at harvest. Akerlind and wife Katarina Bonde found their way from Sweden to Northern Sonoma via Seattle, where they worked in the IT

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San Diego nonprofit opens vocational center in San Marcos By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — A San Diego-based nonprofit recently celebrated the grand opening of a center designed to provide vocational training to individuals with developmental disabilities in San Marcos. TERI Campus of Life celebrated the Sept. 23 grand opening of the Tom & Mary Tomlinson Vocational Center, a first-of-its-kind hub that features professional training opportunities for special-needs individuals, a retail shop and café. The new inland center is the second completed project following TERI’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center in 2015. A total of eight buildings are planned for the site, including a health and wellness center, aquatics center, culinary institute and fine arts center. The retail shop, Sheri’s - A Unique Boutique, and Common Grounds Café and Coffee Bar, will open to the public in early October. Kim Jacklin, chief development officer at TERI, told The Coast News that those participating in the vocational training will have the opportunity to work in the boutique or the coffee shop, experiencing handson vocational training. “TERI has a 41-year history of working with people

CHERYL KILMER, founder and CEO of TERI, Inc., talks with guests during the grand opening of the organization’s new vocational center on Sept. 28 in San Marcos.

TERI CAMPUS of Life celebrated the grand opening of the Tom & Mary Tomlinson Vocational Center last week in San Marcos. Photos by Dana Magnus

with disabilities. I’m a parent myself, and I think their gifts are often overlooked, and people see the disability rather than the individual,” Jacklin said. “We want the community at large to see their gifts and how they can integrate into the community and serve a useful purpose.” TERI’s Campus of Life is set on 20 acres in San Marcos and was created with sustainability in mind, said Jacklin. The campus has incorporated more than 40 features that will minimize

its ecological footprint. Once the campus is completed, it will include 6.5 acres of certified organic farming to cultivate fruits, herbs and produce to be used in its training programs. Upon the campus’ completion, current facilities in Oceanside in San Marcos will relocate to the campus. “To create a facility that is unique in the world and meets the holistic needs of developmentally disabled children and adults is humbling and exciting, to say

the least,” said CEO and Founder Cheryl Kilmer in a statement. “TERI’S Campus of Life outreach will extend far beyond those whose own lives are directly enriched with its creation. Those individuals will then, in turn, share that impact with others, and those with others still, shining a light on abilities awareness, cultivating kindness, and believing in the individual potential within each of us.” The new vocational cen- TOM & MARY TOMLINSON Vocational Center includes a cofter will be open for enroll- fee shop and retail store for hands-on professional training ment in mid-October. for individuals with disabilities.

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ly and the wines are too tannic. My husband couldn’t believe I wanted to take us through six years before we had a cash flow.” West Wines’ moment in the worldwide spotlight came in December 2010 in Stockholm at the annual Nobel Banquet for the Nobel Prize laureates. The affair is attended by the Swedish royal family and 1,300 guests. West Wines’ 2005 West Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was chosen, by a blind tasting, to be served with the main course. In contrast to these relative newbies is Alexander Valley Vineyards on the property of historic homesteader Cyrus Alexander. Harry Wetzel Jr. bought the land sight-unseen in 1962, and three generations later, Harry Wetzel IV escorts us around the bucolic property: a historic adobe and homes; colorful, unpretentious gardens; towering redwoods; aged oak trees; a relaxed tasting room; 13,000- to 16,000-gallon stainless steel aging tanks; and a 25,000-square-foot wine cave that is being expanded. As we walk, Wetzel IV explains the winemaking process; introduces us to his father “Hank” (Wetzel III), who says he’s retired but grows a ton of produce and makes olive oil to sell at local markets; then takes us through the cool, dim-

ly lit wine cave and shares some family lore. During his college years, Wetzel IV and his roommates shared “a couple of bottles of wine,” then played hide-and-seek in the cave. “(It’s) a unique experience with the lights off because with no light, your eyes never adjust to the dark, so we played based only on sound. One of my roommates, now a college professor, walked into a barrel and cut his forehead. I always joke that he can’t explain that scar to his students.” There also are stories about real survival. At one point during the October 2019 Kincade Fire, the family thought it had lost everything. Fortunately, it was only a few buildings, but the grape crop was another matter. “We had 200 tons left to pick,” Wetzel IV says. “Power was out for 13 days and we didn’t have a generator large enough to power all of the equipment. We purchased one and got it running about the eighth day. We brought in a few tons, but quickly realized that between the smoke and the fact that the fruit was now overripe, we wouldn’t be able to make a finished wine that would be acceptable.” It was a $600,000 loss, he added, and “insurance doesn’t cover much. It just keeps you from losing your shirt.” For photos, visit

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efore we go any further, I need to disclose two things. First, I am not participating in Sober Oc-tober. Second, I was wrong about non-alcoholic craft beer. Let’s rewind. Sober October, as the name implies, is an unofficial social activity in which people who drink alcohol regularly, don’t for the entire month. It’s basically Dry January, but…in Octo-ber. According to Healthline, Sober October began as a fundraising campaign for the U.K.-based charity Macmillan Cancer Support. The idea being that people would donate money to the charity if people could manage to stay sober for approximately 30 days. There is probably a lesson to be learned about society in there, but I’m not going to dig too deep. I have to admit challenging drinkers to go alcohol-free during Octoberfest — the world’s biggest beer festival — is pretty bold. This brings us to the “Why” of it all. Why go sober for a month, any month? For starters (per Healthline), you may see some improvements in your general health. Reducing alcohol in our diets has been shown to improve sleep, lower cholesterol, reduce anxiety, and increase energy. Those changes can lead to a strengthened immune

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system. In addition, by creating a goal or setting a challenge for ourselves, we are intentionally engaging with the reasons we drink in the first place. Do we drink because enjoy the taste? Or to raise money for charity? For the feeling that comes with reduced inhibitions? Or the social experiences? Is it a habit or compulsion? Is it based on rela-tionships or peer pressure or simply to relax after a long day? Is it all of the above? In 2014, a lack of tasty non-alcoholic choices made it more of a challenge to abstain. But in 2021, Sober October is a bit easier. I counted more than 30 non-alcoholic beer flavors available at the lo-cal liquor store. Blake Lively just dropped a new non-alcoholic spirits brand (Note: I just

or because there is a game on, and drinking during the game is tradition. The value of Sober October or Dry January or even just a sober week to me is the awareness that comes with it. I’ve become much more intentional about my drinking, and in turn, that drinking has been more enjoyable. I’d argue it has been a bit healthier too. Last February, I interviewed Ryan Brown, of Athletic Brewing Company, about why there was space in the market for a non-alcoholic craft brand. Afterward, I gave my unsolicited feedback. “If it came in a case, [craft NA] is the kind of thing I’d keep on hand more regularly, but at the craft six-pack price it is harder to justify over just a light craft beer unless I’m actively trying to avoid alcohol,” I told him.

learned that Lively doesn’t drink at all, which is pretty interesting considering her husband, Ryan Reynolds, is the owner and face of Aviation Gin). And as referenced in Adweek, there are an estimated 71 different beer, wine, and spirits NA brands currently on the market. I’m not entirely sure what separates a non-alcoholic spirit or wine from just being juice or soda be-sides the shape of the bottle and the branding, but I’m willing to embrace the concept. I’m not participating in Sober October, but not because I don’t think it is a good idea. I just love the experience of drinking a really good whiskey or discovering a brewery is innovating something new. I also admit that sometimes I fall into the habit of cracking a can open at the end of a long day just because it’s the self-proclaimed happy hour



Brown politely thanked me for the feedback, and probably thought to himself, “Agree to disagree.” Fast forward one month later to the quote from a follow-up email I sent to Brown: “Okay. I’m not too big to admit when I’m mistaken. I ordered three 6-packs yesterday, and was happy to pay the craft beer price.” I was happy to pay because the experience was what I was really after. Not the alcohol. Local NA brands, scuch as Athletic Brewing and Two Roots Brewing (2021 Great American Beer Fest Gold Medal NA Lager winner), are creating communities the same way breweries always have, by creat-ing experiences around a high-quality product and shared interests. Just check out their social media feeds! As I type this, I’m listening to a baseball game on the radio. At first pitch, I opened the fridge. I reached past the Oktoberfest, past the IPAs and sour ales, past the hard kombucha and hard selt-zer, and past the bloody mary mix to grab a non-alcoholic beer. I’m Situationally Sober — every-thing in moderation. Don’t miss the return of the Roast! West Coast coffee podcast, with all-new episodes on Oct. 6 on the Coast News Podcast page.

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Worcester native and Californian-ever-after Brian Andrew Rice died Saturday, 9/11/21 from a sudden and devastating stroke surrounded by family and his partner Astrid Haenebalcke. He was 50 years old. Brian was a fiercely independent adventurer and entrepreneur who was an expert in developing & manufacturing products and then figured out how to get them from point A to point B across the globe. He was born in Tatnuck Square to Maureen A. (Rice, Lynch) Lockman and the late James F. Rice and graduated from

St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury. Mr. Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was the president of the UMass Ski Club, and he was scheduled to graduate in 2022 with a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. Brian had a do-anything and entrepreneurial spirit that initially led him to northern California first as an EMT and then into a successful international career in the scuba dive and water sports industry. He led the design and development of new and innovative products and oversaw large-scale textile manufacturing operations in Thailand and Mexico. Having spent significant time overseas, he was part of a vibrant ex-pat community, particularly in Southeast Asia. More recently, Brian imported decommissioned military Land Rovers from Asia, restored them to pristine condition himself, and sold them to specialty collectors.

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AMERICANA DUO Berkley Hart will perform outdoors at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Vista Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Courtesy photo

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which is for those 18 years and older. Purchase at www.SunsetSounds.LIVE. Concert proceeds will benefit local youth advancement and leadership programs. For over 20 years Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart have been entertaining audiences with their master-crafted songs and natural, down-home humor. They celebrated their 20th anniversary with a live performance of their debut album, “Wrek ‘N Show,” which was released in 2000 and won the San Diego Music Award for Best Local Re-


Strand, Oct. 20 thru Nov. 14, with shows Wed. at 7 p.m., Thurs. to Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

VISTA — Award-winning, San Diego-based Americana duo Berkley Hart will perform an outdoor benefit concert on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Vista Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. The 6 p.m. performance is part of the museum’s “Sunset Sounds at the Museum” series and is sponsored by the nonprofit Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Foundation. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert will start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the event,


mony from the ’40s, thru Oct. 30 at 340 E. Broadway, Vista. Tickets by calling (760) 806-7905 or at /adult-shows. html.

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cording and helped Berkley Hart take home the Best New Artist trophy. Since that first effort, their 10 studio albums have won almost as many SDMA awards. Their latest effort, “While the Night is Still Young,” came out in 2018. Berkely Hart performances can be seen on YouTube. Those attending are encouraged to bring low-back lawn chairs, picnic dinners and beverages. For more information on the Sunrise Vista Kiwanis Club, visit or the club’s Facebook page. AFTER-SCHOOL ART

After-School Art in the Garden drop-in workshops for ages 7 to 14 years, will be held every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday thru November at the Encinitas House of Art, 155 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. NOON TUNES Join the free Wednes- Reservations at encinitasdays@Noon concert with piano virtuosos, the Latsos fall-youth-programs. Piano Duo, Anna Fedorova-Latso and Giorgi Latso, from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 20, Encinitas Library, 540 Cor- DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Make your own free Día nish Drive, Encinitas.

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ESCONDIDO — Local artists from Escondido unveiled the final phase of the Esco Alley Art project on Saturday, featuring 10 more murals for a total of 33 murals that are now lining a historic 350-foot brick wall in downtown Escondido. The mural project, located off Grand Avenue, is presented by the Escondido Arts Association and the Escondido Downtown Business Association. The concept for the project started with Heather Moe of Design Moe Kitchen and Bath, who collaborated with several local business owners, many of whom are Escondido-based artists, to launch the project. “We're all very much art-oriented and we have this great city that has a lot of artists in it that are sort of all hiding everywhere,” Moe said. “So this alley is just a really cool alley because it has a brick building that runs the whole length of it, so it's sort of like a canvas. “There's been a lot of trouble over the years with graffiti on it and it’s been painted out and everything, but we thought it’d be nice to have some graffiti that was a little bit nicer to look at,” Moe continued. The alley sits south de los Muertos altar with local artist Luis Murguia from 5 to 7:50 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 27 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. All materials provided. Participants must attend both workshops. Register at (760) 753-7376.

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ESCO ALLEY ART can be found off Grand Avenue in Escondido, between Broadway and Maple. Photo courtesy Esco Alley Art

of Grand Avenue between Broadway and Maple, and each painting is set up with a QR code with access to the story behind it and information about the artist. Dozens of local artists contributed to the project and, according to Moe, they had total freedom to paint what they wanted. “I heard a lot from the artists that they appreciated having their own choice on what they wanted to paint,” Moe said. “And then, with the funds we raised, we gave the artists a stipend to cover the cost of painting their work.” Hundreds of Escondido residents visited the alley and the Art Walk, which

took place on the same day, and many expressed their excitement for more projects like these ones. “I'm a firm believer in bringing art to the people. It introduces people to art who might never walk into an art gallery and it allows people to enjoy art without being intimidated by a museum environment, or feeling pressured by a gallery environment,” said Carol Rogers, co-owner of Stone & Glass and one of the project sponsors. According to Moe, the committee is looking into other alleys in Escondido that they can start a new project on, hopefully by spring of 2022.

duo, at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Madonna Oceans Project. Vista Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. Tickets, $40 at sunsetsounds. HALLOWEEN ORGAN RECITAL Mark your calendar now for the Halloween-themed organ recital by Michael OCEAN ART Munson from 3:30 to 4:30 Make plans to see the p.m. Oct. 31 at the First “Save the Ocean” art show United Methodist Church thru Nov. 30 at the Escon- of Escondido, 341 S. Kalmia dido Municipal Gallery, 262 St. The concert will include E. Grand Ave., Escondido, to selections by J.S. Bach, Cainspire artists to create art mille Saint-Saens, and Vic and bring attention to the Mizzy, with some pieces acocean, sponsored by Surfing companying movie clips.

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STEP 1. Download and print the Sheet Music from our website: STEP 2. Listen to the Song "Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors. STEP 3. Count the Beats and the Rhythm. STEP 4. Learn the two chords, D & G.

STEP 5. Sing and Play with our interactive instructional video: /bestdayofmylifeinstructionalvideo STEPS 1- 3 Once you have downloaded the sheet music from our website, listen to the song and count the rhythm. You will notice each line of the song is four counts. (4/4) Count one, two, three, four, and start over again, one, two, three, four. STEP 4. Learn the two chords, D & G. For the D chord, you will play three notes, D, F sharp, and A. For the G chord, you

will play three notes, G, B, and D. Those two chords are played throughout the song, back and forth. Look at the sheet music. It's that simple. STEP 5. Sing and Play with our Interactive Video! We have the entire song on video on our website which you can watch for free:

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Proudly serving our community since 1961.

Celebrating 60 years of quality service to our community As a full-service, acute care hospital with over 500 physicians practicing in over 60 specialties, Tri-City is vital to the well-being of our community and serves as a healthcare safety net for many of our citizens. Tri-City prides itself on being the home to leading orthopedic, spine and cardiovascular health services while also specializing in world-class women’s health, robotic surgery, cancer and emergency care.

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