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San Marcos to phase in plastics ban

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San Marcos pastry chef is US Chocolate Master, to compete for world title

By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS – The San Marcos City Council this week introduced an ordinance banning single-use plastic utensils and containers and Styrofoam products, becoming the latest in a string of San Diego County cities to implement such a ban. At its Oct. 12 meeting, the council unanimously supported the ordinance, which will be phased in over two years beginning next summer. The ordinance was adopted after a second reading was approved by consent on Tuesday. According to the staff report, the ordinance will “establish standards and procedures for the protection of the City’s environment, its economy, and the health of its residents and visitors by promoting environmentally sustainable practices throughout the City by controlling the use and distribution and disposal of certain non-recyclable single use plastic products by City departments, City contractors, food servicers, and grocery stores within the City of San Marcos.” The first phase, beginning next July, will ban the sale, distribution and use of plastic, disposable utensils such as straws, forks, spoons, knives, stir sticks or anything used to eat food. Food providers will be allowed to provide TURN TO PLASTICS ON 9

By Tigist Layne

CHRISTOPHE RULL of San Marcos recently won the U.S. Chocolate Master title in Chicago. Rull, who was born in France, will compete for the World Chocolate Master title next fall in Paris. Photo courtesy Christophe Rull

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos resident Christophe Rull won the U.S. Chocolate Master title this month, an achievement he says brings him one step closer to his dream, becoming the World Chocolate Master. The 36-year-old competed on Oct. 8 in the World Chocolate Masters’ American semifinals in Chicago. Next year, Rull will represent the United States and compete for the world title. “It's a lot of emotions; I've been looking at these competitions since the beginning of my career and being inspired by all these amazing pastry chefs who were competing, and when I was looking at them, I hoped that one day, I'd get to that level,” Rull said. “It was one of my dreams to compete in this high-levTURN TO CHOCOLATE ON 12

Escondido, San Marcos won’t budge on cannabis By Tigist Layne

REGION — The Cities of Escondido and San Marcos are two of only three North County cities that have decided against commercial marijuana activities. Elected officials in both cities have debated about the issue for the past several years, but without drastic changes in the landscape of both city governments, it may be a while before supporters of cannabis legaliza-

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tion see either city opt into recreational cannabis. In 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, which legalized recreational or “adult-use” cannabis for personal use and cultivation. This means that cities cannot ban indoor cultivation of cannabis for personal use; however, they can still choose to regulate or ban all other cultivation purposes and recreational businesses. In North County, Escondido, Carlsbad and San Mar-

cos have passed ordinances to outlaw commercial marijuana activities, despite the fact that the majority of voters supported the Prop 64 statewide measure in all three cities. In 2017, the San Marcos City Council voted to prohibit the sale and cultivation of cannabis in the city. That was a different council than the one that is seated now. The issue has not been on a regular City Council

agenda since then. In May 2021, Councilman Randy Walton brought up the issue at the council’s goal-setting workshop as a topic that should be discussed, but he told The Coast News that there has been no indication of it getting on the agenda. “It would take the City Council directing a staff to create the ordinance, and my sense is right now that there is not a majority of three that would do that,”

Walton said. “I think it's a conversation that we should have with the community, considering what we know looking at other cities, namely San Diego and Vista, and the experience that they've had with dispensaries,” Walton continued. “I mean, in many ways, it's inevitable, and like all things that are inevitable, I think we, as a city, should take the lead and not TURN TO CANNABIS ON 8

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Escondido barriers win statewide honor

THE CITY OF ESCONDIDO was honored by the League of California Cities with the Helen Putnam Award for the painted barriers that line Grand Avenue downtown. The barriers were part of the Beautify Escondido Mural Project that launched last November. Photo by Tigist Layne By Tigist Layne

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ESCONDIDO — The City of Escondido was recently awarded the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence for Economic Development through the Arts for the city’s Beautify Escondido project last year. Escondido is one of 11 recipients of this award out of 482 cities in California. The award, which is presented by the League of California Cities, recognizes outstanding achievements made by cities

throughout California. “These winning cities have made unique contributions to community residents and businesses, contributions which have resulted in lower costs or more effective delivery of services,” the website states. “The purpose of the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program is to promote innovative solutions by city governments. The Beautify Escondido project, which took place in November 2020, was a

mural project where local artists used the concrete barriers along Grand Avenue as their canvases. The city then used these barriers to allow for greater sidewalk space and on-street dining and retail. The initiative, led by the Escondido Art Association (EAA), brought increased traffic to the businesses in the area in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdowns. “What initiated as a temporary fix, turned into a

community movement that brings visitors to see the art and support businesses along the way,” the League of California Cities said. Under the leadership of artists Suzanne Nicolaisen, Escondido Art Association Gallery Manager Jinx Lennon, Carrie Foster, Brenda Townsend, Cindy Peters and Leslie Meyer, those roughly 100 concrete barriers, commonly known as the K-rails, were painted by 70 volunteers, including local artists, business owners and members of the community. “I got to know a lot of the folks out there, and I think, under such weird circumstances, it really has brightened people’s moods up a lot,” Foster, from the EAA, told The Coast News. “I’ve had so many people stop by just to thank us for making it more positive and more uplifting.” Foster added that the hundreds of hours it took to paint all 100 of those barriers were all on a volunteer basis. “It wasn’t about commercializing anything; it was about getting everyone involved. Everyone in the community came out and pulled together to make this uncertain situation 10 times better,” Foster said. This is the second Helen Putnam award for Escondido. The city won the first one last year for developing a groundbreaking collaborative program to eliminate graffiti.

San Marcos council tables controversial vendor rules By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council this month reversed an earlier decision to approve restrictions on sidewalk vendors and has decided to workshop the issue after facing backlash from some San Marcos residents. Last month, the council voted 3-2 to approve a set of regulations on sidewalk vendors. These regulations covered licenses and permits, operating conditions, prohibited ac-

tivities, hours of operation and more. The detailed set of restrictions included rules about how far away (in feet) vendors must be from the curb, from any buildings, from other vendors, from bus stops, from fire hydrants, from public restrooms, from a public trash can, etc. It also required that vendors obtain multiple licenses and said that venTURN TO VENDORS ON 6

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OCT. 29, 2021

Ransomware: To pay or not to pay?

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By Summer Stephan

ansomware is a massive problem that doesn’t just affect corporations. It’s also a danger to ordinary citizens and government entities. Ransomware locks out the rightful user of a computer or computer network and holds the information hostage until the victim pays a fee. Hackers are also known for threatening to leak sensitive information to get victims to meet their demands. You’ve heard these stories in the news recently, such as the Colonial Pipeline hack, which disrupted a major supply of fuel to the East Coast for about a week in May. The corporation admittedly paid more than $4 million in bitcoin to the criminal hacker group, much of which was recovered by the Department of Justice. When it comes to getting hacked, many people want to know: should you pay the ransom? There is no simple answer. But there are practical, ethical, and moral considerations argued by proponents of both sides of this debate. While the unique circum-

stances of each incident need to be considered by the victim, in most cases the answer is no, you should not pay the ransom. This is the position taken by federal and local law enforcement. Despite this answer, many high-profile victims of ransomware have chosen to pay the ransom, in the hopes of restoring their systems and operations, with ransom sums in the millions of dollars. These decisions were hopefully made by individuals in positions of power that conducted a cost-benefit analysis and found that it made financial or operational sense for their entity. While some organizations have made this decision, the practical reasons for not paying the ransom are compelling. Here are reasons we recommend against paying the ransom: • Often a system is not really compromised and if law enforcement is contacted, they can help a victim discover that their system isn’t being held for ransom — rather it’s an idle threat. • The bad actors may not unlock the victim’s computer even if the ransom is paid. There are no guarantees that criminal hackers

will keep their word, and there are documented instances where this has been the case. • Once a victim has paid the initial ransom demand, the hackers may request more money, either immediately or sometime in the future, creating a cycle of victimization. • If you pay the ransom, it could identify you as a target for future bad actors. • If everyone refuses to pay, there will be no incentive for criminals. Prevention and preparedness are the best strategies to combat ransomware. Technology is constantly evolving and our own reliance on that technology is intertwined on nearly every level of life. That’s why it’s vital to have good digital hygiene — which is cleaning up and maintaining your electronic information or assets and regularly updating them. If you fall victim to a ransomware attack, report the incident to your local law enforcement as quickly as possible. Summer Stephan is the district attorney of San Diego County.

Tell Us Now As your County Supervisor, advancing government programs that promote efficiency and accessibility for the residents of North County is among my top priorities. If you have a problem that needs County assistance our Tell Us Now! phone app provides an efficient and convenient way to report issues directly to the County. Available to iPhone and Android users, the County’s Tell Us Now! app builds on the County’s commitment to customer service by making County systems more efficient. It is a user-friendly app where constituents can report non-emergency problems to the County. Through the app you can contact many County Departments to report a variety of issues, such as, County Code Compliance to report graffiti; and the County Department of Public Works to report road maintenance, signs and traffic issues. It’s easy to use—See a problem, take a photo, add some text and send! The app will alert someone to clean up the mess, repair the sign or fix that error! Be sure to download the app today and participate in making your neighborhood and our County a better place to live! As always, if we can be of assistance or answer any questions, my staff team and I can be reached at (619)531-5555 or via email at Jim.Desmond@sdcounty.ca.gov.

here can be few better examples of ideologically convinced politicians running head-on into reality than a new California law known in the Legislature as AB 1346. This bill, signed into law in September by Gov. Gavin Newsom, is the personification of today’s faddish hostility to everything fossil fuel by the Democrats who dominate California government. These ideologues want to ban natural gas appliances from new construction. They want new cars to be all electric before 2040, even if few have the range to travel from one end of California to another without long stops for recharging. And they are getting their way. Their latest step in this direction is so extreme that even the new law’s backers weren’t quite sure it could be accomplished in the two-year time frame they called for. So they included an almost unprecedented “out” for some of the gasoline- or natural gas-powered devices they seek to ban: If the technology doesn’t exist to replace the affected machines with all-electric ones by 2024, the old types can be used and sold until such technology appears. News reports on this bill said it bans new gas-fueled lawn mowers, leaf blowers, off-road engines, pressure washers, chain saws, weed trimmers and even golf carts. Few mentioned it also bans gas-powered generators. Some of that technology exists right now. Electric lawn mowers have been around for a generation or more. Electric leaf blowers exist in brands as well-known as Toro and Ace Hardware, for just two examples. They are not as powerful as their gasoline-powered counterparts, but make far less noise. So don’t expect lawn and garden shops to carry gasoline mowers or leaf blowers beyond the next two years. But do expect runs on them during the last few months of 2023, as homeowners and contractors seek to stock up before the ban takes effect. One form of irony here is that especially in times of electricity shortage, “peaker” power plants, most running on fossil fuel natural gas, will be producing much of the juice powering all the allegedly emission-free electric machines now mandated. But the biggest irony and lack of realism in this one-size-fits-all law comes with generators. These machines produce electric power that’s more vital today than ever before, in part because of unpredict-

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able, inevitable “public safety power shutoffs” in the state’s many fire-prone regions. While there are a few solar-powered generators on the market, they are not very useful after sundown. That’s one reason many hospitals, homes and businesses in potential wildfire areas have stocked up on gasoline-powered generators. Even if an electric-powered generator existed today, to be useful it would have to produce far more power than it burns. If there were such a machine on a large scale, it might be the solution to every energy shortage in the world. Meanwhile, gasoline-run generators are right on the list with the other banned items. It’s a pretty solid bet that the “until technology exists” exception in this law will have to apply to generators. The plain intent of the new law is to push technology to new horizons. California has done that before, establishing cleaner-car standards that produced the catalytic converter, electric cars and more even when manufacturers insisted it was impossible. Once they realized that if they didn’t produce these things, new companies would and existing brands would lose out on the California car market, companies like General Motors, Toyota and Honda came up with vehicles that met California standards in a timely way. But what about generators? One reader from Hanford, a contractor, noted in a letter that hotels, assisted living homes and other major facilities are required to maintain existing generators — gasoline or diesel — for fire safety and to survive power outages. Said the reader, “Somebody better look at the reliability of any new technology before jumping on this bandwagon. In these situations (and in public safety power shutoffs), you are dealing with someone’s life.” The reader is correct. This new law will clearly work for machines like lawn mowers and leaf blowers. But ideology drove its authors to make it too broad for public safety, and their convictions will soon collide with reality. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.


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PACIFIC COAST SPIRITS and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation erected one of two corn mazes at the strawberry fields as part of a fundraising collaboration.

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Corn maze speakeasy a hit at Carlsbad strawberry fields By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — Tucked away in a maze of corn lies the city’s latest secret. A speakeasy was erected in one of two corn mazes at the strawberry fields as part of a fundraising collaboration between Pacific Coast Spirits and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. Its popularity has exploded over the past several weeks and this week marks the last dance for its Halloween run, according to Nick Hammond, owner of Pacific Coast Spirits. Those who seek the

speakeasy must decipher a clue on the foundation’s Instagram page, get the password then ask an employee at the maze to direct them to the location, said Emily Bonds, the foundation’s director of educational programs. The speakeasy is open from 5-10 p.m. on Oct. 2930. “It’s a fun hidden bar hidden in the corn maze,” Hammond said. “It’s been wildly successful. We’ve been on the drawing board for a while. There have been a lot of lessons learned.”

Hammond said he and his team have been kicking around the idea for several years as they tried to figure out who partner with. He said the foundation was a natural fit and working with Jimmy Ukegawa, who owns the strawberry fields, would allow for a more sustainable and ongoing collaboration. Hammond and Ukegawa both said plans are in place to continue the speakeasy in the future. They’ve been kicking around other ideas, and times of year, but Ukegawa said the corn

maze may return in the spring and host the speakeasy. In the moment, though, Ukegawa said the popularity is due to the intense social media engagement and word of mouth. However, there have been some challenges for would-be patrons getting to the speakeasy. Ukegawa said there are two mazes — the corn and haunted — with some people getting lost in the corn maze (where the speakeasy is located) in their attempts to find the speakeasy. There is a separate entrance,

which is part of puzzle, in the corn maze and people are encouraged to ask employees for the starting point. “Because we’ve added so much fun stuff for the kids, we thought we better add something for the adults,” Ukegawa said, noting the fields include bounce houses, mazes, a pumpkin patch, apple cannons and other games. “We added the beer/spirit garden and the speakeasy. It’s really been cool.” As for the foundation, Bonds said their clues on In-

stagram and TikTok incorporate an image specific to the lagoon or foundation’s work. From there, people must find the password and then can head off to the maze. Additionally, funds from the speakeasy will be donated to support the foundation’s mission and programming, Bonds added. Those include field trips for elementary and middle school students, preschool programs and the newest program consisting of composting and a chicken courtyard.

Arts Center criticized Stone’s Wagner new chair of CSUSM Foundation Board for COVID-19 policies By Tigist Layne

By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) is receiving some backlash from community members and even City Council members for its COVID-19 policies, which include a mask mandate indoors, as well as proof of vaccination for entrance into any of the center’s theaters. During a City Council meeting last month, Councilman Mike Morasco was discussing a proposed project after the city had received federal COVID-19 relief funds, a project that includes updating and expanding the CCAE. Morasco said he supports the project, under one condition. “Here’s the controversial part. … I don’t want to give you guys a dime right now until we have a serious meeting about the overreaching mandates that you guys are placing on anyone who

utilizes that center as far as vaccines and masking,” Morasco said during the meeting. “I’m really upset about that. I’m not going to approve anything for you guys until we have a serious conversation about that.” The mandates Morasco was referring to are outlined on CCAE’s website and include a mask mandate for everyone over 2 years of age for all indoor events on the center’s campus, including the museum, conference center, courtyards, clubs, education studios and theater venues. It also requires that all guests over the age of 16 show proof of full vaccination and a photo ID to enter any indoor theater venues. Guests over the age of 6 and those who need a reasonable accommodation for medical conditions TURN TO ARTS CENTER ON 18

SAN MARCOS — The California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) Foundation Board welcomed two directors into leadership roles and three new directors earlier this month. The board is composed of leaders and philanthropists in the San Marcos community who encourage charitable investment in the community and encourage a culture of philanthropy. Steve Wagner, co-founder and president of Stone Brewing Co., will be the board’s new chair. Emilie Hersh, founder of management consulting firm Unbuttoned Innovation Inc. in Carlsbad, is the new vice chair. Wagner has been on the board for almost seven years and has been a longtime advocate for CSUSM. Stone Brewing was originally based in San Marcos and opened around the same time as the university. “We started about 25 years ago and the university, about 30 years ago.

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I think probably within a couple of years of starting our company, my partner and I were partnering with the university in different ways, like giving opportunities to students and getting training for some of our staff at the university,” Wagner said. “Then as our company grew, we developed a great kind of symbiotic relationship with the university.” Hersh has more than 20 years of experience in consulting, technology startups and team leadership across

a number of industries. She has led sales, marketing, IT, finance, project management and operational excellence teams. “Steve and Emilie have been tremendous supporters of CSUSM for many years, and we’re excited to have them leading the Foundation Board as we continue building on our culture of philanthropy at the university,” said Jessica Berger, the vice president of University Advancement and the new executive director of the CSUSM Foundation. The foundation also welcomed three new directors: Berger, businessman and philanthropist Daniel J. Epstein and Simon Kuo, vice president of corporate quality at Viasat. “The Foundation Board is a group of volunteers that support the university and the president with philanthropic support, focusing on the university's fundraising priorities and connecting Cal State San Marcos to the external community through outreach and advocacy and fundraising and all those sorts of things,”

Wagner said. “And the board members also have a fiduciary responsibility for the foundation, the funds that are distributed as scholarships to the students, we need to take good financial care of that money and try to grow it and increase it to provide more money for the students in the university,” Wagner continued. According to the university, having members of the community as board leaders connects the university with the community in a unique way, creating opportunities for advocacy and fundraising on behalf of the university’s students. “Every year, more than 50% of their graduates are the first in their family to graduate from college – that’s an amazing statistic,” Wagner said. “A lot of the folks who graduate stay in the area and work for local companies, so there's a real advantage to getting the local business community and the wider community involved with the college to help support it and help it thrive.”


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BEST OF FALL

The San Diego Botanic Garden is launching its Fall Festival/Festival de Otoño through Nov. 1, celebrating all fall festivities from Halloween to Diá de los Muertos with live music, craft stations, fall-themed classes and more. Tickets at sdbgarden.org/fall-festival. htm. Admission is $18 and with purchase of one adult ticket, one youth ticket (age 17 and under) is free during the month of October. HAUNTED HOTEL IS BACK

Scout Troop 2000 will set up its traditional Haunted Hotel & Trail from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 at 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, the Historic Olivenhain Meeting Hall, with a fully outdoor Trail of Terror walking tour, suitable for all ages. Rumor has it grilled sausages and bratwurst may be part of the new menu, plus the usual goodies.

OCT. 31

TRICK OR TREAT AT STORES

Downtown Encinitas, S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas Bl. to K Street. The city of Encinitas offers a free “Safe Trick-or-Treat” event from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, with “Pumpkin Lane,” on South Coast Highway 101, from Encinitas Boulevard to K Street. HOWL-O-WEEN FUN

Animal-loving kids can embark on a journey to discover “spooky” and snuggly critters throughout October at Helen Woodward Animal

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dors may have to show proof of insurance. At the Sept. 28 meeting, Councilman Randy Walton expressed his hesitation for adopting the ordinance saying that he doesn’t actually know how it would impact vendors. “I don’t really have a clue how this law would

Center’s Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Festival, with animal encounters, seasonal crafts and a mini-pumpkin hay maze. Private adventures embark from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in October. HALLOWEEN AT SHOPPES

The Shoppes at Carlsbad will be handing out treats 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, with superheroes in costume ready for photos. Look for the orange Trick or Treat sign at the store/ restaurant entrance to see if they are participating.

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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. PARKINSON’S GROUP

The North County Inland Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the first Monday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Come meet other involved Parkinson’s perVISTA BUSINESS FAIR sons. Call (760) 749-8234 or The annual Vista Busi(760) 518-1963 if you have ness Expo is returning Nov. any questions. 10 and this year’s event will also include a hiring fair. Join the interest list by e-mailing info@vistachamber.org with subject line SENIOR SOFTBALL Join the North County “Business Expo Interest List.” Attendee registration Senior Softball League, with league games every Tuesday at vistachamber.org. and Thursday mornings and pick-up games every MonBE A MERRY MAKER MainStreet Oceans- day at Pine Park. The league ide would love to have you is looking for men and womparticipate in the Sixth An- en players, age 55 and older. nual Merry Makers Fair in No skill level required. ConDowntown Oceanside on tact ncseniorsoftball.net. Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 at Lot ONLINE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Friends of the Escon35 at Pier View Way and North Tremont Street For dido Public Library are more details and to apply sponsoring a virtual Día de for the Merry Makers Fair, los Muertos event at 3 p.m. visit shoplocaloceanside. Nov. 2 for all ages, honoring memories of loved ones. A com. public altar will be built and many fun activities will be TRUNK OR TREAT Village Church will offered. For more informafeature decorated cars with tion, call (760) 839-4684 or treats in the trunks follow- visit escondidolibrary.org. ing Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa LIBRARY SURVEY Fe. Church-friendly cosEscondido is planning tumes are welcome. More the future of its public liinformation at alycenn@vil- brary and wants input from lagechurch.org. its users. Planners are look-

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work as applied because I really don’t know how many street vendors we have, where they like to go and what kind of impact this law might have on them,” Walton said. “In my three years, I personally as a councilmember have received zero complaints from any source about a street vendor causing any problems.” “This is a pretty hefty law tonight and it’s highly

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particular in its regulation … there’s a lot of detail here, and I would prefer to submit to a workshop to see how this law would be applied in real terms to real people in San Marcos,” Walton continued. City Manager Jack Griffin said the city saw multiple politically motivated vendors pop up during the November 2020 elections that prompted a lot of complaints citywide. “We would have liked, last year when those popped up, because they came out of nowhere, to have had a little bit more ability to be more organized and managed about where they set up and how they set up,” Griffin said. “It’s more of a recent history issue, but I think it would be naïve to not see that again in the future.” “I don’t think there’s anything in here that any of those vendors would have found to be so onerous that they wouldn’t set up shop in San Marcos, and I think our fee structure is far less than most other cities that have attempted to regulate that,” Griffin added. The heated discussion ended with a 3-2 vote to approve the ordinance, with Councilmember Ed Musgrove, Deputy Mayor Sharon Jenkins and Mayor

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noon to 2 p.m. starting Nov. 6 and running through Nov. 20, outside at a family home in Fallbrook. Cost is $25 per family. Register at bit.ly/3AjT8U3. is for both youngsters and parents on the natural composting process.

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The San Diego County Farm Bureau is gearing up for the Farm & Nursery Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, including seminar speakers and vendors.

Reservations are due by Nov. 9 for the Community Resource Center virtual fundraiser Jingle & Mingle at 3:00 p.m. Nov. 13 with social mingling in breakout rooms, an engaging program and receive the materials to decorate cards for the households receiving food, blankets and gifts at CRC’s Holiday Baskets program. Purchase virtual tickets or virtual VIP tables by Nov. 9 or making a gift at crcncc. org/Jingle.

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Local nonprofit San Diego Oasis and the county of San Diego will host “Get Connected: Technology Fair for Adults 50+” from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. online Nov. 4 and Nov. 5, and an “Ask the Experts” series from 10 a.m. STAGECOACH RIDES to 1 p.m. Nov. 6. RegistraThe Save Our Heritage tion for the event is required organization presents Warat SanDiegoOasis.org. ner-Carrillo Ranch House stagecoach rides. The annual fundraiser is noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the WarBEST IN VETTES ner-Carrillo Ranch House, It’s time for the Vettes 29181 San Felipe Road, for Veteran’s car show, host- Warner Springs. Tickets are ed by North County Vets $35 at SOHOsandiego.org. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, LIGHT UP A LIFE 2525 El Camino Real, CarlsThe community is inbad. Net proceeds go to Par- vited to a candle-lighting alyzed Veterans of America, ceremony to celebrate peoCal-Diego Chapter, and the ple and memories hosted by Semper Fi America’s Fund, The Elizabeth Hospice from San Diego. For information, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at contact JD Duncan, (858) the California Center for 733-1017, or go to north- the Arts, 340 N. Escondido coastvettes.org. Blvd., Escondido. Light Up a Life blends inspirational MAKE MOST OF COMPOST messages, music, and a meComposting Course morial ceremony. RegistraSolana Center for Environ- tion is required by Nov. 5 mental Innovation is offer- at https://elizabethhospice. ing an in-person three-week ejoinme.org/Light2021. Adcourse on Family Compost- mission and parking are ing, weekly on Saturdays free.

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Rebecca Jones in favor, and Councilmembers Walton and Maria Nuñez opposed. The council revisited the issue on Oct. 12 due to a number of speakers who wanted to make public comments, as well as Walton’s renewed request to table the issue and workshop it. The council heard multiple public comments, all against the ordinance, including one from Patricia Mondragon from Alliance San Diego. “This ordinance would disproportionately impact immigrants and people of color and further penalize individuals for being low income,” Mondragon said. “Sidewalk vending is a culturally significant means of income for immigrant families and an accessible entry into entrepreneurship for low-income individuals.” Mondragon also took issue with the ordinance’s space and location restrictions. “If vendors are not allowed within 20 feet of an exit or entrance of a door, 100 feet of a major intersection, 100 feet of another street vendor, within a certain amount of feet of a bench, a fire hydrant, a public trash can — I ask the council exactly where will sidewalk vendors be permitted to operate?” Mondragon

said. “One hundred feet is the length of a Boeing 737 aircraft … what is the data behind the 100-foot decision?” Ian Seruelo from the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance urged that the ordinance should be data driven and should consider input from actual street vendors. He also suggested streamlining the permitting process and giving warnings instead of citations. “We believe this ordinance is very punitive and prohibitive and is not consistent with the objective and the aims of the state law,” Seruelo said. “Many of these vendors are low-income families, they want to spend their time selling in the streets, not trying to process permits.” The council took a second vote on the ordinance in which Jenkins changed her previous vote and opposed the ordinance, so that the council could table it and workshop it further. “I think this needs to move forward, I’d like it to move forward quickly, but I do think after listening to the people that it might be helpful to hear what they have to say,” Jenkins said. “While I was for this previously, I think that there have been some compelling comments.”

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ometimes an idea has to percolate for years before it becomes a must-do, right now, right now. When it does, you’d best stand back. If you remain in the vicinity, I am bound to ask you to lift, push, vacuum or unscrew something. If you hang around and try to offer advice, I will get embarrassingly cranky. You see, I have thought this thing through for so long (you know, at 3 a.m.), I know exactly what I want to accomplish, and shall have it no other way. I call it my Queen mode. Because I can’t continue to change residences every few years, as I did as an Air Force child, I settle for rearranging the furniture. This weekend, as winter approaches, I finally decided the L-shaped couch in the TV/fireplace room must be reconfigured. Up until that moment, I thought it had to remain attached at the corner, hence seriously limiting where one could put it. One side was way too long for one wall, so it either had its back to the fireplace, or it cut the room in half. This was no longer acceptable to the Queen. So I got a hammer and my biggest screwdrivers out, planning to employ brute force, if needed, to switch the darned couch around to suit me. Bonus! It was much easier than anticipated. I pried out one large staple, and had my sweet son-in-law (who foolishly hung around) unscrew two nuts from bolts. Voila! The couch arm that was in the way came right off, and the two parts of the couch slid apart. I spent 10 minutes doing my happy dance (while vacuuming). No surprise, we found six dog balls and assorted flotsam behind the couch, including a dead bird. Well, the bird was a surprise. Previous dog’s gifts have been inanimate objects. My OCD got a delightful blast as I removed impressive clumps of dog hair, dust and cobwebs from the wee corners. I then rounded it out by vacuuming under the cushions, etc. Again, a short happy dance. Now I am ready for the winter chill and coming rainstorms. We have wood for the fire and don’t (to my great relief) have to rehang the television. Bring on the Halloween movie marathon. My slippers and I are ready. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who now realizes the floor needs cleaning. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.


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Escondido to take new look at sales tax measure By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Oct. 13, and created an ad hoc subcommittee to review the city’s financial status and determine whether a tax measure should be put on the November 2022 ballot. It’s similar to a tax measure that the council failed to put on the ballot last year. The council agreed to have Mayor Paul McNamara and Deputy Mayor Mike Morasco serve on the subcommittee to review the city’s financial status and determine whether the tax measure should be put on the ballot.

The measure, which the council rejected in July 2020, would implement a 1% sales tax increase that would generate $25 million annually in new revenue for maintaining city services. According to the city staff report, Escondido is facing a structural budget deficit of more than $150 million in the next 20 years. In recent years, the city has implemented multiple cost saving measures, including instituting pension reform, increasing employees’ share of benefit packages, reducing the city’s workforce by 126 full-time employees below pre-recession levels (while Escondi-

do grew by 8,000 residents during this time), updating city fees, installing cost-saving technology, establishing a citywide Community Facilities District, deferring maintenance on projects and more, the staff report says. “Over the past decade, the City of Escondido’s revenues have not kept pace with the growing costs associated with providing municipal services and facilities,” the report continues, “As a result, it is becoming increasingly challenging to maintain the quality of City Services such as crime prevention, 911 response, pothole repair, street and park

maintenance, graffiti eradication, homelessness issues and other core services.” According to City Clerk Zack Beck, 60% of cities and 62% of counties in California have approved a transaction and use tax similar to the measure that the city is considering. These cities include Del Mar, Oceanside, Vista, El Cajon, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and La Mesa. The council unanimously approved the creation of a subcommittee that will review the budget and anticipated deficit, gather community input, engage consultants if needed and ultimately bring

their recommendations to council. Last year, the city conducted a community survey in which 71% of residents expressed support for the measure, which would address 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, former Councilwoman Olga Diaz and Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez voting for the measure, while Morasco voted against it. Morasco said during

last year’s meeting amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that 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 should wait until after the November 2020 elections to consider it. The current sales tax rate in Escondido is 7.75%, which includes the statewide rate of 7.25%, plus a half-cent for San Diego County’s TransNet program. Of that amount, the city receives 1%.

Health care nonprofit offers rental assistance By Staff

HOSPITAL SOON TO BE HISTORY

Demolition work continues in downtown Escondido on the former Palomar Hospital, which is being torn down to make way for the Palomar Heights project. The project includes 510 residential units and about 10,000 square feet of commercial and office space. The site, once home to Escondido City Hall, had been a hospital since 1953. Photo by Samantha Nelson

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gy Club at the University of Findlay for the 2021-2022 academic year. • Omicamy Myers of Oceanside has been named to the chancellor’s list at Troy University for the first term of the 2021-2022 academic year. • The Georgia Institute of Technology awarded degrees to Carolyn Burch of Rancho Santa Fe, master’s in sustainable energy and environmental management, and Anita Rao of Del Mar, master of science in computer science.

Oceanside author and book coach, Andrea Susan Glass, has published a new book “My Fabulous First Book: A Workbook Companion to Your Fabulous First Book.” Glass will be signing books at the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair Nov. 20. Her ELECTRIC VEHICLE REBATES books are available on AmaThe Metropolitan zon. Area Advisory Committee (MAAC) Electric Vehicle CLEVER KIDS Access Program, head• Ashley Allen of quartered in Vista, is proOceanside has been elected viding the opportunity for president of the Herpetolo- low-to-moderate income

residents to purchase an electric vehicle, improve their credit score and save money. Anyone in San Diego County is welcome to apply. MAAC has partnered with BQuest Foundation to offer almost $2 million in low interest rate loans for the purchase of electric vehicles. Income-eligible San Diego County residents who apply could receive up to $11,000 in grants and rebates. FLYING PIG

Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen is now open daily for lunch and dinner at their new location at 509 Mission Ave., this fresh, farm to table, scratch house restaurant - and Oceanside hot spot - is back to serve up Southern-inspired favorites, owners Roddy and Aaron Browning stick by their philosophy

SAN MARCOS — Renters within San Diego County whose income has been impacted because of COVID-19 restrictions, may now receive financial help from a new program for rental assistance. TrueCare, a nonprofit health care provider for the diverse communities in North San Diego and South Riverside Counties, has joined the county of San Diego’s efforts to help families apply for COVID-19 emergency rent and past-due utility payment assistance. This is made possible through the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program (ERAP). Renters do not need to be TrueCare patients to obtain TrueCare’s help in applying for rental assistance. However, to qualify, applicants must show an inability to pay their rent by documenting a loss of income and lack of assets because of COVID. To be eligible, a single renter’s income must be $67,900 a year or less; a couple’s combined income no more than $77,600, and a family of four, no more than $97,000 a year. As of Sept. 3, renters who are relocating and meet income level limits may ob-

of "fresh food, not fast food." rental assistance for small landlords will financially assist landlords who own fewer TIME FOR BRUNCH Encinitas restaurant than five rental units that Herb & Sea, 131 D St., En- have unpaid rent for three cinitas, is launching Sunday months or longer. For more brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. information, renters should starting Nov. 7. For reserva- call or text (760) 736-6734 or tions, visit herbandsea.com/. e-mail PatientRetentionandEngagement@truecare.org RENTAL ASSISTANCE

TrueCare, a nonprofit health care provider, in North County San Diego, announced Oct. 18, a new program for rental assistance. To qualify, applicants must show an inability to pay their rent by documenting a loss of income and lack of assets because of COVID. The program, in partnership with the county of San Diego, provides renters up to two months’ rent, including a security deposit, for a maximum of $7,000. In addition,

MORE FOOD DONATIONS

Feeding San Diego, a hunger relief and food rescue organization, is preparing for an increase in food donations starting in the new year, as local businesses begin to comply with Senate Bill 1383. As outlined by the new law, starting on Jan. 1, 2022, certain businesses that generate food waste will be required to start donating the maximum amount of surplus edible food fit for human con-

tain up to two months’ rent, including a security deposit, for a maximum of $7,000.00. Rental assistance is available to residents who live within the jurisdiction of the San Diego County Housing Authority, including the unincorporated areas of San Diego and the cities throughout San Diego County, including Escondido, San Marcos and Vista. TrueCare’s enrollment team will assist qualified individuals in applying for the ERAP program over the phone or in person Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at TrueCare’s various locations, including Oceanside’s Mission Mesa Pediatrics and San Marcos. “Just when we thought the worst was over, we’re recognizing the longer term impact the pandemic has had in the community, creating more health and financial hardship across San Diego County, particularly for low-income families,” said Briana Cardoza, TrueCare’s Chief Business Development Officer. “This program allows us to support our community in getting the help they need.” For more information, renters should call or text (760) 736-6734 or e-mail PatientRetentionandEngagement@truecare.org sumption to hunger relief organizations like Feeding San Diego. The bill creates two tiers of businesses that must comply, with the first tier including supermarkets, grocery stores, food service distributors, and wholesale food markets. According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), landfills are the third largest source of methane in California, and organic waste in landfills emits 20% of the state’s methane. FUTURE OF LIBRARY

Escondido Public Library invites you to help plan the future of its public library by participating in an online survey available through Nov. 17. Visit escondidolibrary.org/strategicplan to participate.


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FRY’S OUT, COSTCO IN

Tech retailer Fry’s Electronics closed its doors this year, including its San Marcos location, which will become a Costco Business Center. Costco Business Centers stock items not found at a traditional Costco Warehouse, although membership is not limited to businesses. Photo by Ivonne Kydd

have somebody else impose it on us.” The San Marcos council currently has a conservative majority with Republican Councilmembers Sharon Jenkins, Ed Musgrove, along with Mayor Rebecca Jones holding the majority of the seats. Walton and Councilwoman Maria Nuñez hold the liberal minority. Despite the council officially being a nonpartisan office, members’ political leanings and philosophies tend to play a part in the council’s agendas and voting patterns. Jones and the remaining San Marcos Councilmembers could not be reached for comment. Jones has previously been vocal about her opposition to cannabis legalization with San Marcos. At a 2017 council meeting, then Vice Mayor Jones expressed her concerns regarding marijuana use, especially among the youth. “California state law does allow marijuana dispensaries, but I personally don’t agree with that because it’s still federally illegal…Marijuana is a gateway drug, there’s a lot of data out there that proves that,” Jones said in 2017. “I want to keep the community as safe as possible.” Similarly, in 2018, the Escondido City Council unanimously voted to prohibit the sale and cultivation of cannabis in the city. That was also a different council than the one that is

seated now. The current council held a vote back in May and decided 3-2 to not pursue cannabis legalization and to maintain the existing prohibition of cannabis production and sales. Councilmembers Mike Morasco, Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia were the 3 members who were against pursuing cannabis legalization, while Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez and Mayor Paul McNamara were in favor of pursuing cannabis legalization. The Escondido council currently has a conservative majority with Republicans Morasco, Inscoe and Garcia holding the majority of the seats. During the meeting, Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez brought up the concern that several organizations have already indicated that they would put the issue on the ballot if the council doesn’t address it soon. “There will be dispensaries in Escondido… more than half of the voters support legalizing cannabis,” Martinez said. “I see this as something that’s going to happen in our city and I would much rather get ahead of it and us have control of where these dispensaries would go… and who is going to make these decisions.” City staff also highlighted this concern in the staff report. “Cannabis regulations adopted by voter initiative leave a city with little control over the form of regulation, and yet the city still bears

OCT. 29, 2021 responsibility for administering the same regulations. Moreover, regulations left to adoption by initiative offer no guarantee of a funding mechanism to cover the costs of administration,” the staff report said. This is what occurred in the City of Vista in 2018. Councilman Mike Morasco said during the meeting that if the issue were to go to a ballot, he believes

AN ILLEGAL marijuana dispensary in San Marcos was raided by the Sheriff’s Department in June, yielding cash in addition to processed cannabis and fireararms. Sheriff’s Department photo

Escondido residents would vote against it. “I don’t care about tax dollars from cannabis… just like I don’t care if we get one single tax dollar from prostitution or from gambling or anything else,” Morasco said. “If something were to come up… I have the faith that the citizens of Escondido would have the strength and the ability… to keep Escondido the city of choice for

families, youth and everything else except for cannabis.” The City of Escondido is currently facing a more than $150 million budget deficit over the next 20 years. Supporters of cannabis legalization say allowing dispensaries will bring in more tax revenue for the city. Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara told The Coast News he can see how some wouldn’t think the economic impact would be worth all of the other concerns. “From what we’ve been able to research and the numbers that we’ve seen, yeah, you make some money. I think the numbers we were looking at were maybe a million a year, maybe two, something like that,” McNamara said. “One of the questions you ask yourself as a policymaker is whether or not getting that extra $2 million is worth it if we have evidence that says it doesn’t help the community or it ruins our youth or some of the other points of contention that are out there.” Escondido Deputy City Manager Chris McKinney told The Coast News that there is no indication that the current City Council wants to put the issue back on the agenda or on the ballot. “Their direction to us was simple: don’t pursue these regulations any further at all. So if it ends up on the ballot – there’s always the possibility that, as it’s happened in other cities, it could be put on the ballot through a citizens’ initiative,” McKinney said.

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Advocacy groups becoming key players in cannabis issue By Tigist Layne

REGION — For several years, city leaders throughout North County have debated about regulations surrounding the legalization of cannabis. Meanwhile, advocacy groups, both for and against cannabis legalization, have been key players in the world of cannabis policy, pushing the conversation along, one way or the other. In 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, which legalized recreational or “adultuse” cannabis for personal use and cultivation. This means that cities cannot ban indoor cultivation of cannabis for personal use; however, they can still choose to regulate or ban all other cultivation purposes and recreational businesses. In North County, Escondido, Carlsbad and San Marcos have passed ordinances to outlaw commercial marijuana activities. The City of Vista approved a ballot measure in 2018 allowing up to 11 dispensaries to open in the city, becoming the first in North County to allow storefront marijuana sales. Both Oceanside and Encinitas also allow medical and recreational cannabis use. In every North County city, the majority of voters supported the Prop 64 statewide measure, and as city governments continue to grapple with the issue, advocacy groups on either side are also making their voices heard. The Coalition for a Drug Free Escondido, which was started in 2003, aims to prevent youth substance abuse in Escondido, including alcohol and marijuana, through awareness, prevention, advocacy and action. Members of the Coalition have previously met with elected

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disposable utensils that are non-plastic and either recyclable or compostable. These can be provided upon request or at self-serve stations. Sean Harris, the city’s management analyst, said the July date was picked because research found that businesses would need about six months to exhaust their supplies of products that will be banned and to find alternative products either from a new supplier or their current one. The second phase, starting July 2023, will ban the sale, distribution and use of plastic, disposable food service ware such as plates, cups, bowls, wrappers or anything used to carry or hold food. The third and final phase will begin January 2024 and will prohibit materials made with expanded polystyrene, often referred to as EPS or Styrofoam. Harris added that the third phase will most likely cause the highest strain on businesses financially, as the Styrofoam products currently on the market are very cheap. Harris said that the city will provide technical assistance to businesses including an alternative products list that will be widely available to local businesses. Several speakers, in-

officials and spoken at City Council meetings advocating for their cause. Alicia Espinoza, program coordinator, explained that they hope Escondido maintains the prohibition on marijuana dispensaries. “Based on the data that we’ve seen, youth and adults already have access to marijuana. It’s not an issue of access,” Espinoza said. “For Escondido specifically, we have an excess of alcohol retailers. Obviously we are a largely minority community, and in these communities that have large minority populations, there's usually a high number of liquor outlets, a high number of fast food restaurants,

cluding representatives of the Surfrider Foundation and the Sierra Club, gave public comments at the Oct. 12 meeting in favor of the ordinance. There were no public comments against the ordinance. Rick Rungaitis, CEO and president of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, said that the chamber would not be taking a position on the issue, but said the chamber would take on an educational role to help businesses in their transition. Alan Geraci from the Sierra Club voiced the group’s support for the ordi-

and we don’t want now to have that same problem with dispensaries.” Espinoza added that youth substance abuse is continually rising, as well as crime rates, and the legalization of dispensaries in Escondido would only worsen those problems. Dallin Young, chair of San Diego’s Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, told The Coast News that he regularly meets with city leaders and elected officials throughout North County hoping to stop the spread of “misinformation” surrounding cannabis. “I don’t think that we have seen any of the negative impacts that people have prophesied of

nance and urged the council to pass it. “These single-use plastics come with a very steep environmental price. One that we’ll be paying for millennia. Our plastic addiction is having a devastating impact in our oceans, wildlife and our health,” Geraci said. “Thank you for this ordinance. It’s a smart ordinance. It’s a needed ordinance. And it’s time.” Councilman Randy Walton, who has been a proponent of the ordinance for almost two years, said he received around 100 emails all in support of the ordinance.

when we talked about cannabis legalization years ago,” Young said. “Our streets are not crime infested around all these facilities. In fact, we've actually seen that when these cannabis facilities do pop up, they actually create even safer neighborhoods because of all of the different security measures in place.” “I think that’s a big misconception,” Young continued. “I think a lot of the people that are opposed to legalization focus on crime and youth use, and those are all of the things that we find in the illicit marketplace, we are not finding any of those problems around the legal, licensed operators.” Young added that legal dispensaries are also contributing significant amounts of tax revenue to their jurisdictions, as well as increasing property values. The North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) is also a key advocacy group that aims to reduce the harm of substances in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista, according to their mission statement. Erica Leary, program manager, said there’s not enough emphasis on the health risks associated with marijuana use. “The people that are supportive of the regulated market, they see expanding the regulated market with little to no limits as the answer to eliminating the illicit market, and we don't have any evidence that that would be true,” Leary said. “There has to be some kind of balance… There’s too much focus on the money and profit and very little focus on public health.” Leary added that NCPC members often attend City Council meetings to urge caution and share public health research.

“Single-use plastic is a scourge to this planet,” Walton said. “I want to thank the businesses and the stores that are going to be most impacted by this ordinance. … I want to say to them thank you in advance for your important role in keeping our community beautiful. I recognize that sometimes change can be challenging, but I can assure you that you are doing something valuable for your community.” Enforcement of the ordinance would begin with a fine of up to $100 for the first violation, a fine up to $200 for a second violation

They also facilitate youth leadership and youth coalition work in local high schools and partner with other programs like the County Office of Education. “When we look at marijuana policy, we’re discouraged that we're not seeing much public health attention given to what we know works in alcohol and tobacco,” Leary said. “So when we see movements to crack down on flavored nicotine products and e-cigarettes to minors, we’re not seeing the same concern about flavored marijuana products or high-potency fun-looking marijuana products.” Ed Wicker, a marijuana business attorney, has also had his hand in local advocacy surrounding cannabis legalization throughout San Diego County and the state. Wicker said he has met with many elected officials throughout California in the hopes of creating policies that he says aligns with what the majority of voters want. “There’s no good policy reason to continue to frustrate the legalization of cannabis,” Wicker said. “The state of California is fully committed and has even deemed cannabis to be an essential business, so for local governments, such as Escondido to hamstring the state is an irrational policy.” Wicker added that he frequently receives inquiries from individuals wanting to start a cannabis business, but he has to tell them that it’s extremely difficult. “This is a situation that’s not tenable, and the local government and the federal government really need to follow cannabis policy that’s based on science and based upon respecting the will of the people,” Wicker said.

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PROFESSIONAL SNOWBOARDERS Ryan Hudson, Jeremy Jones and Rafael Pease star in the film “Mountain Revelations,” which premiered Oct. 27. The movie follows each of them as they explore how their varied backgrounds led them to the sport. Hudson, left, a San Diego native, spent most of his formative years in homeless shelters. Photos by Eric Henderson By E’Louise Ondash

ENCINITAS — Adversity, redemption, passion and support. These are the pillars that define San Diego native Ryan Hudson’s life. The professional snowboarder’s journey from homelessness to the top of his sport is laid forth in the upcoming film, “Mountain Revelations.” The film premiered on Oct. 27 at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. “Snowboarding was the first thing that called to me to live a life that was better,” said Hudson in a phone interview from his home in Salt Lake City. “I decided I wanted to make it a part of my life. The only reason I

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“Ben Butler” will be onstage at North Coast Repertory Theatre through Nov. 14. Gen. Benjamin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma on what to do with an escaped slave. There will be a Talkback with cast and director Oct. 29, 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. Tickets, $54-$65 at northcoastrep.org. HUTCHINS CONSORT

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have a story to tell is snowboarding.” The film follows Hudson and fellow pro-snowboarders Jeremy Jones and Rafael Pease on a “human-powered” 10-day mission in a remote corner of Alaska’s Chugach Mountain Range. Amid the beyond-breathtaking mountainous terrain, they examine how their varied backgrounds shaped their lives and brought them to snowboarding. Hudson has anything but a typical story. The 33-year-old African American athlete spent much of his formative years in downtown San Diego’s Father Joe’s Villages for homeless families. “Early on, we were a

pretty struggling family,” said Hudson, the youngest of five siblings. “We bounced in and out of shelters.” After high school graduation, he transitioned to housing for homeless young adults and connected with Outdoor Outreach. The nonprofit provides kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn how to surf, ski, rock climb, snowboard, hike and bike. Still, Hudson said, “I didn’t prioritize. I ignored my responsibilities. The program kicked me out so I was out on the streets again on my own. One day I hit rock bottom and realized I could do so much more with my life. I turned to the director of Outdoor Outreach

$35, $20. Call (858) 366- itage. General admission 2423. $18 at TicketWeb.com and at the door. Concert attendees are required to be fully CONCERT SERIES Hear saxophonist, pi- vaccinated. anist, composer, and arranger Chaz Cabrera at 7 BELLY UP p.m. Oct. 29 at 5790 ArmaRock with “Inspired da Drive, Carlsbad, as part and the Sleep,” “Trouble in of the Museum of Making the Wind,” and “Imagery Music’s new concert series, Machine” Oct. 30 and celeThe San Diego Sound Proj- brate Halloween with “Halect. Tickets are $20 at mu- loween Heat” featuring seumofmakingmusic.org / the Bella Lux Dancers at events/sdsp-chaz-cabrera. the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, ‘DUNE’ IN THE DOME See “Dune” in the visit http://bellyup.com/ or IMAX dome theater in the call (858) 481-9022. Fleet Science Center | 1875 El Prado, San Diego. Tick- WESTERN TUNES ets are $18 at fleetscience. Cowboy Jack brings org/shows/dune. classic Western music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays thru Oct. 31, at the Mellano Farm Stand, 5750 N. River Road, ACOUSTIC FOLK CONCERT Peggy Watson and Da- Oceanside. vid Beldock, supported by Paul Beach, with original HARMONY AT BROADWAY acoustic folk, blues and The Broadway Theater jazz, will be in concert at in Vista presents “The Pin7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, at Pilgrim Ups,” with three-part harUnited Church of Christ, mony from the ‘40s, thru 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carls- Oct. 30 at 340 E. Broadway, bad, presented by the non- Vista. Tickets by calling profit San Diego Folk Her- (760) 806-7905 or at broad-

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and asked him to help me. I realized I loved the outdoors and snowboarding. He encouraged me to get a job in Utah ski lodge.” Hudson followed the advice. “(The director) bought me a plane ticket, got me a job and gave me $100 in cash,” Hudson told The Coast News. “On November 7, 2008, I flew out of San Diego. I had just turned 20.” By night Hudson washed dishes; by day, he was on the slopes. “It was a good place for me to be in my thoughts,” Hudson said. “The night job (meant) I could snowboard in the day. I could dive into the culture.” It was through Jones, an

internationally acclaimed snowboarder and climate activist, that Hudson had the opportunity to be a part of “Mountain Revelations.” “You rarely see people like me of color on snowboards,” Hudson said. “There has been a long history of lack of representation. What we are touching on in the film is the experience I’ve had because of the history of people not being accepting (of people of color).” The process of filming with the three snowboarders and five crew was arduous, he explained. “Every other day we were out hiking and climbing,” Hudson said. “We carried tons of food and tons

of gear. The crew is just as great athletes as we are.” The film’s extraordinary cinematography often provides viewers with a bird’s-eye view of the rugged, glacial landscape that dwarfs the trio who seem to have no fear. “Overall, this trip was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in the mountains,” Hudson said. “The mountains are so massive and majestic. The emotions that I went through were like a roller coaster. I experienced a lot of personal internal growth, and to be out there with the most amazing mentor (Jones). We come from different worlds but…we stand at the top of the same mountain.”

wayvista.biz /adult-shows. Nov. 7, 535 Encinitas Blvd., html. Ste. 100. Young adults with autism lead improvisational theater activities designed to teach social and commuHALLOWEEN ORGAN RECITAL nication skills. Call (760) Mark your calen- 815-8512 or visit info@pactdar now for the Hallow- house.org or pacthouse.org. een-themed organ recital by Michael Munson from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the First United Methodist AFTER-SCHOOL ART Church of Escondido, 341 S. After-School Art in the Kalmia St. The concert will Garden drop-in workshops include selections by J.S. for ages 7 to 14 years, will Bach, Camille Saint-Saens, be held every Wednesday, and Vic Mizzy, with some Thursday and Friday thru pieces accompanying movie November at the Encinitas clips. House of Art, 155 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Reservations at encinitasARTIST IN RESIDENCE Lux Artist-in-Resi- houseofart.com/collections/ dence Christine Howard fall-youth-programs. Sandoval is the first Institute for Contemporary Art, ADULT ART CLASSES San Diego artist-in-resiThe Oceanside Musedence with her exhibition um of Art offers a two-day “Coming Home” running workshop on “Masters of thru Oct. 31 at 1550 S. El Multimedia” from 1 to 4 Camino Real, Encinitas. p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $90. Register at DANCE ON Dance North County oma-online.org/events/masoffers a free, Improv The- ters-of-multimedia/. atre for Teens and Young Adults with Autism, from SEASON TICKETS 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays thru Get a season subscrip-

tion to North Coast Repertory Theatre at tickets. northcoastrep.org, and have your seats ready for Tuesday Night Comics Nov. 2, “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only,” Nov. 8 and Nov. 9; Marilu Henner: Music and Memories” Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 and “Always…Patsy Cline” Dec. 8 to Jan. 2, and more.

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ow many times have I said, “Things are changing quickly…” when talking about the local beer and brewing scene this past year? A half-dozen in the Cheers! column alone. As we head into the 20th (20th!) month of the COVID-19 pandemic, it feels like, at least here in San Diego, we’ve taken a step down off the razor’s edge, and can assume that there won’t be a change in the hospitality rules overnight. I’m guessing that is a relief for many of the breweries that at one point really didn’t know if they would be open day-to-day. Some, like Bagby Beer in Oceanside, decided to close down for an extended period, some opened their doors in protest, and still others navigated the roller-coaster — checking the

news and county health websites each morning to figure out how to adapt. As a beer columnist, I’ve been fairly focused on interviewing brewery and distillery teams to see how they were adapting to the changing landscape. Those that know me in real life know I’ve been as locked down as anyone, maybe more so, as I tried to avoid the coronavirus both for myself and to prevent spread, and then because I just got used to drinking my beer at home on the patio. A few weeks ago, I stopped by Burgeon Beer in Carlsbad to pick up a few four-packs for my beer drinking virtual book club but instead of grabbing and going, I stopped to chat with a few members of the team. Around me brewery life was happening. Kegs were being tapped. Beer-tenders were cleaning the bar. Customers were wandering in and ordering a pint. The bakery smell of beer being made filled my nose, and I was happy. It was a nice moment TURN TO CHEERS! ON 14

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sway in a light breeze. At the next socially distanced table, three young women in summer dresses and their patient dogs enjoy the al fresco experience. Tasting host Madeline Camp, a recent college grad and Ohio transplant, explains that the estate grows Rhone-style varietals — grenache, syrah and mourvèdre – and how the bubbles get into the bottle. And there is more. “The owners (Vicky and Mike Farrow) also grow herbs, tomatoes, cut flowers and kale,” Camp adds, “and Vicky also gives walking tours through the vineyard.” Absent the owners, we take the free, self-guided tour through Morningsong Vineyard, so named because on her morning inspection walks, Vicky

and started his career at the age of 15 as a pastry apprentice at a Michelin-starred el competition, and here I restaurant. After attending culiam.” Rull was born in France nary school and getting experience as a pastry chef and cook, Rull took his skills to Las Vegas, where he made his way to assistant executive pastry chef at the MGM Grand. He then moved to San Marcos and, in July, stepped down from his job at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, where he had worked for five years as the executive pastry chef, so

he could train full-time for next year’s competition. “I decided to focus on my passion, which was my dream to be the World Chocolate Master, and I had been selected to represent the country,” Rull said. “It was definitely the right decision because a big part of this coming year will be spent preparing for the competition. Rull’s impressive list of accomplishments also include winning Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” in 2017 and Food Network’s “Holiday Wars” in 2018. He’s

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“There’s Geyser Peak and sometimes you can see Mount St. Helena.” The pandemic has forced Lopez to orchestrate wine tastings differently and, he believes, for the better. Trattore guests now get a small tray covered by a template indicating which wines, olive oils (from the farm’s 7,000 trees) and vinegar they’ll sample. Our trays arrive with shot glasses and tiny ramekins, accompanied by bread cubes (gluten-free bread available). “I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner,” Lopez jokes. Later, a few miles south, we discover the estate-grown sparkling wines of Amista Vineyards. We sit at a vineyard-side table shaded by a sizable mulberry tree whose branches

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Farrow always hears the singing birds. The half-mile trail with signage takes us through the sustainably grown vines, past an immense 200-plus-year-old oak tree, and back to the patio with a nearby “living wall” fully packed with succulents. The sustainable farm draws its power from solar panels atop the patio. Because of pandemic regulations, many tasting rooms in downtown Healdsburg have migrated to the sidewalk. We spend a post-lunch hour in Portalupi Wines’ airy “parklet,” outside its regular indoor tasting room, sampling “Cal-Ital” wines, including their bold Barbera. At this point, my capacity is limited, so I sip from my husband’s glass and thoroughly enjoy the passing parade of oenophiles. Clearly, being relegated to the outdoors is not a hardship. For our five-day, fournight stay in Wine Road territory, we headquartered in the recently renovated Hotel Trio, a mile from downtown Healdsburg (free shuttle available). Centrally located for wine-country forays, the hotel features a full kitchen in every room ($249 and up) and full hot breakfasts (including gluten-free oatmeal). And then there’s Rosé, the R2D2-like robot who brings to your door fresh towels, extra toiletries, wine — anything that fits into her flip-top compartment. I admit, I was skeptical. But in the end, darn it, I was taken. Rosé “converses” and does a happy dance if you give her five stars. That’s tough not to like. For more photos and discussion, visit www.facebook.com/elouise.ondash. also featured on the Netflix series “Bake Squad,” where he won the most challenges of the four contestants. “When it comes to your passion, I always tell others to not think about money, and that's the first thing that, unfortunately, some of the system is going to teach the kids right now is to pick something that makes a good living, and I don’t believe in that,” Rull said. “You need to make a living, but the money, especially at the beginning, when you start a career, should not be your drive,” Rull continued. “l say find your passion, which takes time, love what you do, and if you are fully focused on your passion, you can be really successful.” The 2021-22 World Chocolate Masters event will be held in Paris in October 2022. Competitors from 21 other countries will compete for the title. If Rull wins, he will be the first U.S. champion in the competition’s history.


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in time. One where I wasn’t beset by the usual anxiety that has crept up when going out into the world. Then today, truly for the first time, it dawned on me. I can see the other side. I can see a future, hopefully soon, where I don’t come up with a COVID plan before leaving the house. I can see popping into brewery without a care, sitting inside at the bar, and not worrying if the person next to me is vaccinated or not. Doesn’t that sound nice? Shoutout to all of San Diego County for getting right to the edge of 90%. Today, I’m going to drink a beer in celebration of my epiphany. It’s going to be a locally sourced Oktoberfest. I have no doubt it will be delicious, and I’m going to start planning my near future beer drinking adventures. Cheers everyone. I hope to see you soon. Beer things on tap: • Visit Wavelength Brewing Co., ASAP: Unfortunately, Vista’s Wavelength is shutting the doors to the Main Street taproom at the end of October. Their announcement referenced the impact of COVID-19 and negotiating a new lease as part of the reason. They’re currently trying to empty all kegs of beer and need your help. • The Bushwood Bash at Dogleg Brewing Co., Oct. 29: A Caddyshack-themed costume party. • 13th San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 5-11: 10 days of events, beer releases, tastings and celebra-tions of

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ico and I want to share with you ten of our best discoveries in the world of wine during the last few months. From a local San Diego Urban winery to the far reaches of Italy and Argentina, these wines are not that well known, but once tasted, your palate will want to re-visit these names again and again. My five begin, followed by Rico’s picks. • BK Cellars The Experiment Red Blend, South Coast AVA 2018 ($35). This wine, a

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or sincerely held religious beliefs must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering a venue. A statement on the center’s website says that vaccines are required because “the majority of artists and performers are requesting that audience members be vaccinated to allow shows to continue while keeping us all safe.” The Pacific Lyric Association is an independent opera company that is holding performances of “Die Fledermaus” this month at CCAE. Justin Gray, executive director of the Pacific Lyric Association, told The Coast News that part of its Opera Education Program involves inviting local youth to the production’s dress rehearsal next week at no cost. However, after being notified of CCAE’s COVID-19 policy, families are dropping out. At the show’s opening night Oct. 15, one of the company’s major donors, who is not vaccinated due to a medical condition, was turned away at the door because they didn’t have a

AMONG OTHER RULES, California Center for the Arts, Escondido requires proof of vaccination for those over the age of 16 to enter its theaters. Courtesy photo

PCR test to show, according to Gray. “We have spoken with a number of City Council members about our frustration about these kids being turned away from what could be their first opera experience, and what we feel are draconian measures being taken,” Gray said. The center says on its

website that it is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara acknowledged that some members of the council have been receiving multiple complaints from the community about CCAE’s policies, which he says they are working on addressing.

“I have received numerous concerns about the policy as well as the operation of the center for the arts in Escondido. As a consequence, our city manager is holding a meeting to review these concerns and establish a path forward to address them and to make sure that the center is being used in a fair and equitable way,” McNamara said. The CCAE is owned by the City of Escondido; voters approved the $73 million art center in 1985. “The Center for the Arts Foundation Board of Trustees and staff are committed to managing the Center for the Arts on behalf of the City of Escondido with good stewardship practices. Our revenues are derived from rental revenue, grants, memberships, sponsorships, fees for services and from the City of Escondido,” a statement on the CCAE website says. It would be within the city’s power to make a change in CCAE leadership if the city deems it necessary. It is unclear at this time if that is under consideration. CCAE officials could not be reached for comment.

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to 18, to theater arts during a 9-week, after-school program, with shows Nov. 5 to Nov. 7 and Nov. 12 to Nov. 14 at the Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For information, visit oceansidetheatre.org.

SCULPTURE ON EXHIBIT

Thru Nov. 9, see the free contemporary sculpture of Ernest Pick during open hours at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.

NOV. 5

MUSIC AT ART WALK DRAMA CAMP

Register now for Vista’s Broadway Theater’s drama activities camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 thru Nov. 26 at 340 E. Broadway, Vista. Register at broadwayvista.biz/drama-camps.html.

NOV. 4

ESCONDIDO ART

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 Ave., Escondido. DAYDREAM ART

Visit the mixed media exhibition, “Find Your Daydream,” by Michelle Rose Gilman thru Nov. 9 during open hours at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.

The First Friday Art Walk in Oceanside brings Music at the Museum with The Sea Monks from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5. Explore free exhibitions starting at 5 p.m. and stay for rockabilly and blues music of The Sea Monks. Free advance tickets at oceansideartwalk. org/. VIP tables of four for $50 or call (760) 435-3721. BEATLES VS. STONES

Get tickets now for The “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” production at the Belly Up at 9 p.m. Nov. 5, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit http://bellyup.com/ or call (858) 481-9022. The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Jumping Jack Flash against rival Brit boys Abbey Road.

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See the paintings and drawings of artist Michael Colletta thru Nov. 9 during open hours at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. TEENY TINY ART MART

Submissions are being accepted for the Oceanside Museum Of Art World’s Largest Teeny Tiny Art Mart now thru Nov. 18. Download a submission form at oma-+online.org/ tiny/.

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Oceanside Museum Of Art presents a Plein Air Paint-Out at the Lagoon from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 6. Open to artists at any level, join OMA’s Artist Alliance for this non-instructed opportunity to paint en plein air at the intersection of Jefferson Street and the Highway 78 on-ramp in Oceanside. For more information, Call (760) 435-3721 or visit oma-online.org.

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Make plans to see the “Save the Ocean” art show thru Nov. 30 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, to inspire artists to create art and bring attention to the ocean, sponsored by Surfing Madonna Oceans Project.

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HOLIDAY CONCERT

Bodhi Tree Concerts celebrate the holidays by bringing back its holiday performance, “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” to the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe Nov. 19 and Nov. 20. All performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets $30, $15 for students and military at bodhitreeconcerts.org.


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