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On homeless, city seeking regional ties

CSUSM gets $6M grant for student vets

By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — As the City of Escondido, and San Diego County as a whole, is seeing an increase of homeless individuals on the street, likely a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Escondido is increasing its homeless outreach efforts and seeking collaboration with other cities. According to the 2020 We All Count (Point-inTime) report, Escondido’s homeless population is 447 individuals, an increase from 350 in 2019. The annual point-intime count, a one-night event that usually occurs in January, was not taken this year because of concerns of spreading the coronavirus. Countywide, in a Homeless Crisis Response System report from 2020, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless found the number of first-time homeless people in the county increased from 2,326 in 2019 to 4,152 in 2020, a 79% jump. The previous year saw a 6% decrease from 2018. “More individuals and households received services than ever before. A total of 38,023 people received some form of housing and services from the homeless system that spans services such as homelessness prevention through permanent supportive housing,” the report said. “This is in contrast to the 7,658 people that were counted during the annual Point-in-Time count on a single night in January 2020, which only counts those living on the streets or in shelters.” Greg Anglea, CEO if Interfaith, which is headquartered in Escondido, told The Coast News that they are in the process of doubling their homeless outreach team and setting up a hotline for community members to use when TURN TO HOMELESS ON 7

By Tigist Layne

A CLASSIC CAR WEEKEND IN VISTA After a year off due to COVID-19, nearly 350 American Classic vehicles lined the streets of downtown Vista, drawing thousands of people on Labor Day weekend for the 31st Rod Run. More on Page 15. Courtesy photo

SAN MARCOS — California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) recently received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense that will help student veterans discover careers in sustainable energy. The university had previously received a Veterans to Energy Careers (VTEC) grant in the amount of $3 million from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2018, when the program was established at CSUSM. The original grant of $3 million required VTEC to place at least 30 student veterans into internships at any given time. Under the terms of the new grant, which began Aug. 1, that reach has increased to 50 internships. Established in 2012, VTEC has been helping veterans transition into sustainable careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). To address the shortage in the STEM workforce, VTEC established a workforce development program, funded by the Office of Naval Research, that provides paid internships, mentorship and TURN TO CSUSM ON 17

Escondido Creek Conservancy earns national accreditation By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Creek Conservancy recently achieved national recognition by being accredited by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). The conservancy is one of only two in San Diego County to have this accreditation from the LTA, which oversees land conservation nonprofits. Escondido Creek Conservancy now joins a network of over 450 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust. According to Ann Van Leer, the conservancy’s executive director, the organization went through a rigorous process to achieve

OVER THE PAST 30 years, Escondido Creek Conservancy has helped protect over 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat and currently manages 3,000 acres of wildlands in North County. Photo by Richard Murphy

this standard. “It was quite an onerous process, but really it's exciting because it's like a

gift to the future as we're setting our organization up for success, not just this year, but five years from

now, 10 years from now, 15 years from now, because it is sort of raising the bar on how we do work and how we

take care of our land,” Van Leer said. The Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission began awarding this accreditation seal back in 2008 to organizations that meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public’s trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. “We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. Our strength means special places–such as the LeoMar, Keithley, and Sardina preserves — will be protected forever, making the region an even greater place for us and our children,” said Rita Petrekova, director of the conservancy’s finance TURN TO CONSERVANCE ON 15


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On Sept. 11, volunteers help prepare homes for injured vets By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — A national nonprofit called Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) honored the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by holding a volunteer day to help landscape new specially adapted custom homes for two wounded Marine veterans. The organization began building the adapted homes for Marine First Sergeant Ben Holmes and Marine Corporal Kionte Storey back in April, at no cost to the veterans. Both homes are located in Escondido and are customized and adaptable to their injuries. Storey lost his right leg on Sep. 7, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. Holmes lost his right leg on April 20, 2011, while serving with the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Afghanistan. The homes built for Storey and Holmes feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pulldown shelving and lowered countertops. More than 250 volunteers showed up at both home sites on Saturday to landscape the homes by laying sod and planting trees and flowers in preparation for the Veterans’ homecomings. Between the two homes, they laid down about 6,000 square feet of sod and planted 600 to 800 plants, according to Bill Ivey, executive director of Homes for Our Troops and a veteran himself. “We scheduled it on Saturday, because it was the commemoration of the day that has become a

national day of remembrance to service,” Ivey said. “So we were able to both remember those who perished on 9/11 and those that came into the military because of 9/11 and subsequently those that made the ultimate sacrifice. “Many, like and Ben Holmes and Kionte Storey, were severely injured while defending our freedom.” Holmes, who will soon be moving into his new home, told The Coast News that he was overwhelmed with gratitude for the volunteers and the organization for giving him and his family something so special. “Thank you is not enough, you know, I can say thank you for the rest of my life, and it would never be enough,” Holmes said. “I simply, I don’t have the words to convey how meaningful and how overwhelming the sense of deep, deep gratitude that I’ll have forever to HOUSING VETERANS: Marine 1st Sgt. Ben Holmes, far right, and Marine Cpl. Kionte Storey, third from right, at these people that I’ve never met.” the Homes for Our Troops’ volunteer day on Sept. 11 in Escondido. The organization has built adapted homes Holmes expressed that it was for both Holmes and Storey, at no cost to them. Photos courtesy of Homes for Our Troops difficult to be there on 9/11 because it’s a day that holds a lot of weight and meaning for him. “9/11 obviously changed everybody’s lives, but for me, I went from 9/11 to Iraq and then Afghanistan, and it’s essentially my entire adult life intertwined with 9/11. I guess that’s 20 years of emotions running through anger, guilt – it’s so layered and complex for me,” Holmes said. Holmes and Storey will receive their homes at a joint key ceremony on Sept. 25. Homes for Our Troops has built 315 homes in 42 states since 2004, all at no cost to the veterans and paid for with donations and help from sponsors and partners. MORE THAN 250 volunteers turned out to help complete adapted homes for two wounded Marine veterans.

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Nuclear industry doesn’t deserve $50 billion subsidy

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By Bart Ziegler

hen the spigot opens for the $3 trillion infrastructure bill, the nuclear industry doesn’t deserve one dime. Unfortunately, the legislation sets aside up to $50 billion to keep clunky, old nuclear reactors running for the next decade. With each electron the inefficient plants generate, deadly nuclear waste continues to accumulate at locations across the country. At San Onofre, 3.6 million pounds of spent nuclear fuel are stored 100 feet from the ocean. None of the nation’s nuclear waste has a safe, permanent home. That’s just one reason why we’re vexed by the multi-billion bone the infrastructure bill tosses to the nuclear industry. While the bill purports to respond to the climate crisis, the colossal misdirection of funds to nuclear perpetuates climate problems, not solutions. Dollars directed to old nuclear power plants should instead be invested technologies that move us toward fully renewable, zero-emissions energy. Today, the cost of wind, solar, storage and smartand micro-grid systems already is less expensive than running nuclear plants, and as the new technologies transform our energy economy, their costs will ramp downward with the added benefit of creating new jobs. Keeping old nuclear plants operating produces no new jobs. The bailout for nuclear power plants runs roughshod over climate, envi-

AT SAN ONOFRE, spent nuclear fuel is stored 100 feet from the ocean. File photo

ronmental and economic justice. So says Timothy Judson, executive director of the Maryland-based Nuclear Information and Resource Service, in a letter to lawmakers endorsed by nearly 250 groups nationwide. “We cannot perpetuate false solutions that prolong our reliance on dirty energy industries and have any hope of ending the climate and environmental justice crises those industries create,” Judson says. Climate justice envisions investments in efficient, renewable and clean energy. Subsidizing nuclear reactors ignores those goals and does nothing to make a dangerous form of power generation safer amid the threats of climate change. Nuclear subsidies would expand uranium mining which, during the extraction and enrichment process, generates greenhouse gases as well as toxic, radioactive waste. Indigenous communities shoulder much of the exposure of

leakage into groundwater and exposure to toxic gases and dust. We scoff at any claim that nuclear power is clean. As taxpayers, we also cringe at the economic disparity of the subsidy, which in all likelihood would be directed to eight corporations located in eight states — all without creating a single job. At San Onofre, Southern California Edison is rolling in billions of ratepayer dollars held in an escrow account for decommissioning. Those are the funds the nuclear industry should use to shut down reactors, deal with the waste, clean up the sites and defray job losses. A $50 billion subsidy from taxpayers should have no place in that nuclear industry’s financial plans. Learn more at www. samuellawrencefoundation. org Bart Ziegler, PhD, is president of the Samuel Lawrence Foundation.

he conventional wisdom is that beating back the recall election that targeted him actually strengthened Gov. Gavin Newsom. There is talk of an easy reelection next year, possibly followed by a run for the Senate in 2024 or even a 2024 presidential run. But this election wasn’t as easy as the final numbers make it seem, and Newsom made myriad mistakes while eventually managing to thwart the attempt to fire him 14 months before the end of the term he won in 2018. What’s more, while Newsom figures to top the Democratic slate next year, he might face tough opposition in the June primary election. If the recall demonstrated anything, it was that Newsom has made many enemies since his 2018 election by a near-record 62%-38% margin over Republican John Cox. Partly that could be chalked up to the pandemic, in which he made public health-motivated moves like ordering the vast majority of the populace into lockdowns within their homes — if they had homes. He closed businesses and churches, shut down most public transit and generally disabled everyday life in California, all via executive orders enabled by a state of emergency he called without consent or input from the state Legislature. This brought accusations of dictatorial, onesize-fits-all behavior. Despite all this, Newsom managed to keep all previously well-known Democrats off the ballot’s replacement governor list. He may not do so well at disciplining his party next spring. Newsom could face challenges from the likes of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, his defeated 2018 primary opponent, and he might be challenged by newcomers like Kevin Paffrath of Ventura, the 29-year-old financial blogger who won more votes than any other Democrat among the corps of replacement candidates. There will surely be plenty of Republican opposition in the June vote, too. That election will run on the “Top Two” system sometimes called the “jungle primary,” where the two leading vote-getters face off again in the November general election even if one of them wins a

majority in the primary. Republicans who might run again next year certainly include talk show host Larry Elder, the leading replacement candidate who opposes virtually all government regulations as he is a GOP figure. In the recall, Elder promised to end all state restrictions on public gatherings and any government vaccination and masking mandates. He ran, in short, as the anti-Newsom from the day he forced his way onto the ballot over objections from the Newsom-appointed secretary of state, who noted some incomplete portions of tax records he was compelled to make public. Another Republican likely to show up for the primary is former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who ran a very conventional campaign this year and must get more imaginative to have a significant chance next spring. Faulconer also could use a charisma transplant. Cox, too, might take another shot despite his abysmal showing in the recall. The San Diego County businessman faced one humiliating moment during a debate when he was interrupted and served a subpoena in a legal case alleging he owes one firm about $100,000 from bills run up during his losing 2018 run. There’s also Kevin Kiley, a Republican state assemblyman from the Sacramento suburbs who ran during the recall as essentially the purest of the GOP possibilities. Kiley was given to purveying the occasional disprovable halftruth during his run. This didn’t get many votes in 2021, but things could be different in June, when the electorate may be far larger than this month’s. Any of these Republicans could also run for the U.S. Senate against appointed Democratic U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla. Newsom remains the central figure in all this. Just as in 2018, he overcame admitted moral failings in the recall election, but things like his toolarge and too-inside birthday dinner for a lobbyist pal may rise up again and strike him down if there are other major Democrats and not just Republicans in the June field. All of which means that even though we know who will serve as California governor for the next year, things remain unsettled beyond that. For Newsom most likely emerges from the recall somewhat weakened, rather than strengthened like most other politicians who survive recall elections. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.


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San Marcos councilman leads citywide cleanup, food drive By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Councilman Randy Walton led a citywide cleanup and food drive on Saturday, Sept. 4, to raise awareness about the damaging effects of single-use plastics as the City of San Marcos gets closer to considering a single-use plastics ordinance in October. The event, which was co-sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and Universidad Popular, drew more than 200 people. Volunteers and families were encouraged to bring nonperishable items to the cleanup, and Universidad Popular was able to deliver meals to 30 San Marcos families that day because of those donations. All participants were also given Sunny San Mar- MORE THAN 200 people volunteered at a citywide cleanup and food drive in San Marcos led by Councilman Randy Walton to raise awareness about the cos shirts, which was a city- damage caused by single-use plastics. The volunteers collected 950 pounds of trash. Photo courtesy of Randy Walton wide campaign launched by Walton last year in an effort to support local breweries and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of the cleanup, volunteers had cleaned 11 miles of roadway and brought back 950 pounds of trash. “There is this trillion-dollar worldwide industry that creates plastic products that are intended to be used for a very short period of time and then discarded, and then they end up living in landfills or rivers or oceans for hundreds of years, and that’s a recent problem,” Walton said. “There have been studies that show that really it's been the ’80s, ’90s to today where it really has become so deeply widespread in American life. So the purpose was just to let people see how this plastic waste is everywhere, and that we as a community should do something about it.” Walton has been outspoken about his support for a citywide single-use plastics ban or a dramatic reduction of single-use plastics. The City of San Marcos is expected to consider this ordinance in October. Mitch Silverstein, chapter manager of the Surfrider Foundation San Diego, told The Coast News that the group was excited to get involved because it was a good cause and a chance to raise awareness about the damages of single-use plastics. “The whole point of our cleanups is not to pick During wildfire season, you want to stay informed 24/7 — and we want to help. That’s why up trash, it’s to prevent that kind of trash from endour outage notifications constantly update you when the power is out. Take a minute today to ing up on our beaches and confirm your current contact information. Then no matter where you are, you’ll be in the know. in the first place,” Silverstein said. Update your contact info at sdge.com/notifications “We're known for doing beach cleanups, but what we'd rather do is not have to have them in the first place. So, really plastic pollution prevention and source reduction is what the true goal of our beach-cleaning program is.” © 2021 San Diego Gas & Electric Company. Trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. A single-use plastics ordinance will be considered at the City Council meeting on Oct. 12.


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Obituary Bob Baker, car dealership owner, philanthropist, dies at 89 Robert H. (Bob) Baker of Rancho Santa Fe, California, passed away peacefully in his home on September 5, 2021 at the age of 89. From homeless childhood to decorated soldier, family man, self-made iconic business man, founder of the Bob Baker Auto Group “Where it’s so nice to be nice”, devout Catholic and generous philanthropist. Bob was born on October 1, 1931, in Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles to parents Halem and Dori Baker and was the oldest of their four children. He grew up in Los Angeles during the difficult Depression years. To help his struggling family make ends meet, 8-year-old Bob sold magazines (purchased for 8 cents and sold for a dime), then took on a newspaper route. When he was 10, his parents divorced and Bob spent the rest of his childhood in foster homes, boardinghouses and on the streets. Grandmother Monnie assured that the grandchildren had a good Catholic education and in the back of Bob’s classroom at St. Agnes School hung a picture of St Therese whose eyes seemed to follow him around the room. After learning that her feast day was the same as his birthday, he came to adopt her as his patron saint. As a young teenager, his dream was to become a Catholic priest, however sons from divorced families weren’t allowed to enter the priesthood. Instead, in January of 1951, at the age of 19, Bob enlisted in the Army to fight in the Korean War. He eventually reached the front lines in February 1953. He fought in the battle for Outpost Harry, a strategic position on a tiny hilltop on the direct route to the South Korean capital of Seoul. The embattled troops were told to “hold at all costs.” Later in life Bob produced a documentary by that name, “Hold at All Costs,” to commemorate the heroes who fought and died or survived that battle. Bob participated in dozens of harrowing night patrols and once volunteered to go on a mission from which he was told he wouldn’t return. While preparing for the mission he prayed and made a pact that if he survived, he would return to California, marry his dear friend and wartime pen pal, Sherrill King, raise a family, become successful and serve God. Before he could complete his “suicide” mission, the Chinese attacked two hours earlier than expected. Bob had to retreat through the minefields,

BOB BAKER loved to fish in the Pacific Ocean and in streams and lakes of the High Sierra near Mammoth Lakes. He also donated millions of dollars to help Catholic schools and churches. Photo courtesy of Baker family

BOB BAKER, of Rancho Santa Fe, served in the Army during the Korean War and was awarded two Bronze Star medals for his actions in combat. After returning to civilian life, Bob eventually established Bob Baker Auto Group in San Diego County. Bob passed away on Sept. 5. Photos courtesy of Baker family

leading two squads safely back to the main bunker at Outpost Harry. He was on the front lines until a truce was declared and his Army service ended in December 1953. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, among others, for his actions in combat. When Bob returned to civilian life, the first thing he did after getting off the ship in San Francisco was call his future wife, Sherrill King, to ask if she was married yet. She broke off her engagement to her then fiancé and they were married 6 months later. With the aid of the GI Bill, Bob soon enrolled in business classes at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. Although his es-

tranged father was a used car wholesaler and his uncles were car salesmen, Bob had vowed not to enter the car business. However, with no income he reluctantly agreed to sell cars at a friend’s L.A. Ford dealership. Bob had intended for car sales to be a temporary bridge for a better career, but when Sherrill became pregnant with their first child, the need of a steady income induced him to stay. Bob was a natural salesman with a quick and sparkling smile, and he became an instant success. From sales he was promoted into sales management and eventually tasked with running auto dealerships. In 1965, he had an opportunity to buy his own dealership in the Midwest

by scraping together his life savings and a loan through his mother-in-law mortgaging her home, and moved his young family to Indiana. He established and grew Bob Baker Chevrolet in Indianapolis into a huge success, while dreaming of returning to his Southern California roots. He eventually sold his Indianapolis dealership and returned his family to San Diego, purchasing what was University Ford, next door to a dealership he used to manage. He steadily expanded and built up the Bob Baker Auto Group of dealerships through his commitment and appreciation to his customers and employees. By establishing numerous successful car dealer-

ships throughout San Diego County, his financial success allowed him the ability to live out his true passion of serving God by helping the less fortunate. Bob was passionate about giving back to his community and generously shared his financial success through millions of dollars of donations to help those that needed it most. Bob didn’t just give but became personally involved in programs to assist Catholic schools and churches, to support homeless families and veterans, and to fund scholarships for those that couldn’t afford the opportunity, among a vast array of other generous philanthropic endeavors. Bob and Sherrill raised a family of five children and despite having the demands of developing and running a start-up business from scratch, Bob would carve out the time to pile the young family into the station wagon and later motor home to take them on road trips down to Florida, out to Colorado dude ranches or to campground get-aways in order to create special family memories. When he wasn’t tending to his business, his family or his charitable causes, Bob loved to fish in the Pacific Ocean or in the lakes and streams of the High

Sierra around Mammoth Lakes. Bob eventually retired and sold some of his dealerships to various existing auto dealers. His youngest son purchased and expanded his Carlsbad, CA locations and is continuing the Bob Baker Auto Group legacy and family business model. Bob’s philanthropy continues and he will be remembered for his kindness and generosity and of course his million-dollar smile; a true embodiment of his business motto of “Where it’s so nice to be nice”. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife Sherrill, his brothers Dick and Ron Baker and his sister Peggy Stewart. He is survived by his children and their families; Michael, Bridget and Austin Baker, Elizabeth and Robert Treloar, Theresa, Sean and Eric Hertel, Mary and Mike Ross and Chris, Maria, Bryan, Cobi and Emily Baker, as well as his sisters Roseann Luth, Carol Soffer and Ronette Ward, among other extended family. Services will be held at St Therese of Carmel Catholic Church on September 18 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers please consider making an extra donation to your favorite charitable cause.


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State mileage tax pilot program stirs controversy

By Steve Puterski

drivers transition to electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles. But not every elected official is on board with the legislation, with some opponents viewing it as a step toward instituting a permanent — and more expensive — replacement for the state’s gas tax. State Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), whose 36th Senate District covers parts of North County, voted against the extension. “California has the highest gas tax and gas prices in the country, so the last thing the Legislature should be doing is laying the groundwork for charging drivers with a new mileage tax,” said Bates, who sits on the Senate transportation committee. “Such a tax will hurt Californians with middle and lower incomes, who tend to drive less efficient cars and live farther away from their jobs. California does not have a revenue prob-

lem as evidenced by the state’s $75.7 billion budget surplus this year. The state needs better spending priorities, not more taxes.” SB 339 requires the California Transportation Commission to create an RUC Technical Advisory Committee in consultation with the state’s Secretary of Transportation. The law also requires the committee to study RUC alternatives and gather public comment. The committee must make its recommendations to the transportation agency regarding the program’s design program and revenue collection by July 1, 2023. The program is voluntary to non-state-owned vehicles, according to the law’s language. One group will be subject to a fee per mile traveled, while the other will be subject to an individually calculated fee per mile traveled equal to the state per-gallon fuel tax divided

by the Environmental Protection Agency’s estimated fuel economy rating based on the manufacturer, model and year of the vehicle. Those who participate would receive a credit or a refund for fuel taxes or electric vehicle fees, according to the statute. The law, though, does not reveal how the state will collect the necessary information to track mileage. “I’m authoring a bill (#SB339) to evaluate a road charge based on vehicle miles traveled, to eventually replace (sic) gas tax,” Wiener said on Sept. 4 on Twitter. “We gave final approval to the bill and sent it to the Governor. We need this transition to fund our roads and transit systems.” According to Bates’ office, the state has had RUC and VMT pilot programs in place since 2014. SB 1077, authored by former state senator and current Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), and SB 1328, which was authored by State Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) and passed in 2018, both established a mileage-based road usage fee. California Senate Republican leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) also raised his objections on social media, noting many of his constituents commute and would be negatively impacted if a VMT tax replaced the state’s current gas tax. “Commuting is a necessity in my district and a per-mile tax would be a huge blow to middle-class families,” Wilk said on Twitter. “I voted no on #SB339, a bad bill pursuing a statewide per mile gas tax. Californians already pay the highest gas prices in the US, why make life more unbearable?” But in San Diego County, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), which oversees the county’s transportation system, has also called for new taxes on drivers, including adding ballot measures in November 2022, as part of the agency’s controversial “5 Big Moves,” which estimated to cost $163 billion. However, the collec-

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one of its shelters as the group eliminates physical distancing, and it will also help individuals pay their first six months’ rent and their security deposit to help them get off the streets and moved into an apartment of their own. He noted that this is thanks to increased funding from the City of Escondido, which is a result of federal COVID relief funds. As the numbers continue to increase, Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara told The Coast News that he wants to see more countywide collaboration and that addressing the city’s high homeless population should be a regional effort. “What people care about here, right now, is homelessness,” McNamara said. “The question be-

comes, and I think this is a legitimate question. If we don't treat this as a regional problem, is it fair that Escondido — because we have Interfaith here and a few other things — are we the go-to location? Because now, it's tapping into our local resources. Or should this be a county issue?” Steps have recently been taken countywide to address homelessness: The county Board of Supervisors recently voted to fund 10 outreach workers in North County and created a Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities. The San Diego Rescue Mission is also looking at opening shelters in North County. “There’s a lot more collaboration than there was

even just a couple of years ago,” Anglea said. “And the county, in particular, is really stepping up to identify where they can bring in resources to help people overcome homelessness and to address homelessness, and they’re very interested to work with each of our North County cities. “I would just say though; we do still have work to do when it comes to creating a fully coordinated strategy for homelessness in North County,” Anglea continued. “In North County, the service providers who are addressing homelessness work very closely in partnership together. … The North County cities have made some progress in working together, but there’s still a need for a much higher level of coordination.”

THE RECENTLY enacted pilot program is volunteer-based and ultimately aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by getting more cars off the road. But critics have raised issues with the bill, such as increased driving costs negatively impacting low-income and middle-class working families and privacy concerns over how the mileage tracking data is gathered and stored. Courtesy photo

REGION — Vehicle miles traveled and road usage charges are gaining popularity among some elected officials drafting public policies aimed at helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In California, the legislature recently passed Senate Bill 339, authored by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), extending a road usage charge pilot program until Jan. 1, 2027. Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and road usage charges (RUC) are methods of tracking drivers and taxing them for using cars in an effort to push residents into alternative modes of transit, such as buses and trains. According to a 2017 report on a previous statewide pilot program (Senate Bill 1077), the program is a way to find alternative revenue sources to combat shrinking gasoline taxes as

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asking Interfaith to engage with a homeless individual. “I think at this phase in the COVID pandemic we are definitely seeing more individuals on the streets of our communities and that’s true throughout the North County communities that we serve,” Anglea said. “I think that COVID has been difficult on everybody, and that is certainly true of individuals who are unsheltered and individuals with health conditions and mental health issues and addiction issues. And a lot of those people are unfortunately living on our streets, so the needs are definitely greater.” Anglea added that Interfaith is also expanding

tion methods proposed have faced backlash, especially by local and state republicans. Supervisor Jim Desmond said in a previous interview the county is currently looking at “track and tax” and using an odometer update to register a vehicle through the DMV. Desmond also noted SANDAG’s broken promises over the years to include more HOV lanes along Interstate 5 and state Route 78 and pointed to the growing number of electric vehicles helping to reduce the county’s greenhouse gas emissions. At the federal level, U.S. Transportation Sec-

retary Pete Buttigieg told CNBC that taxing driver per mile “shows a lot of promise.” “If you believe in that so-called ‘user pays’ principle, the idea that part of how we pay for roads is you pay based on how much you drive. The gas tax used to be the obvious way to do it, it’s not anymore. So a socalled ‘vehicle miles traveled’ tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it.” Weiner responded to Buttigieg’s statements on Twitter, “I agree! That’s why I’m authoring #SB339 to authorize a full pilot program for road pricing in California.”


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SMUSD offers COVID testing at four sites By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) launched four on-campus COVID-19 testing sites this week in an effort to minimize the spread of the contagious disease among students. The test sites opened Sept. 15 at Mission Hills High School, San Marcos High School, La Mirada Academy and the SMUSD Office. “Our team has been working extremely hard to get these testing locations operational beginning next week,” said SMUSD Superintendent Andy Johnsen. “We realize testing is a key piece in the fight against COVID and the right thing to do for our staff, students and families.” Families were notified about the new testing sites in a district email along with a reminder about updated quarantine protocols from the California Department of Public Health. The updated guidelines emphasize “vaccination for all eligible individuals to get COVID-19 rates down throughout the community; universal masking in schools, which enables no minimum physical distancing, allowing all students access to full in-person learning, and more targeted quarantine practices, keeping students in school; and access to a robust COVID-19 testing program as an available additional safety layer,” the website says. The new guidelines eliminate physical distancing, encourage vaccinations and frequent testing, as well as reduce, and in some cases eliminate, days away from in-person instruction due to quarantine. “I realize the extraordinary burden COVID-19 has placed on the shoulders of our families and staff members. We are working closely with the San Diego County Office of Education and HHSA to ensure we are following the most up-to-date guidance, and our top priority will always be the health, safety, and well-being of all members of the SMUSD community,” Johnsen said in the district email. According to the SMUSD COVID-19 dashboard, there are 28 active COVID-19 cases among students and staff districtwide. The dashboard does not reflect how many total cases have been reported in the district since the return to in-person instruction on Aug. 17. The district is also hosting a free vaccination clinic at San Marcos Elementary School on Oct. 2. The vaccination clinic, in partnership with CAL FIRE and Universidad Popular, is open to individuals 12 years and up. According to the district public information officer Amy Ventetuolo, SMUSD will keep the COVID-19 testing locations up and running “as long as there is a need among students and staff.”

By City News Service

COYOTE SNUGGLY

After a long day of exploring the Escondido Creek watershed, you might be as tuckered out as this coyote pup seen napping at the base of a tree. Photo courtesy Escondido Creek Conservancy/Renee Owens

CALENDAR Know something that’s going on? Send it to calendar@ coastnewsgroup.com

SEPT. 17

BEST OF WOMEN SURF

The free, three-day Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro will feature surf contests, the Celebrity Surf invitational, live concerts, a festival village and more Sept. 17 through Sept. 19 at the Oceanside pier. The nationally-televised event runs live Sept. 17 to Sept. 19. Check supergirlsurfpro.com for schedule updates. WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Escondido Chapter CA. 0116 is looking for members who want support to lose unnecessary weight. It meets at 9 a.m. every Friday morning, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 845 Chestnut St., Escondido. Chapter dues are $5 a month. Interested in joining? Contact: wceichler@hotmail.com VISTA BUSINESS FAIR

The annual Vista Business Expo is returning Nov. 10 and this year’s event will also include a hiring fair. Vendor registration began Sept. 13. Join the interest list by e-mailing info@vistachamber.org with subject line “Business Expo Interest List.” Attendee registration also began Sept. 13 at vistachamber.org. DOUBLE PEAK CHALLENGE

Get registered for the Kaiser Permanente Double Peak Challenge 10k/5k event, being held in person Sept. 25 at San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park. Reg-

ister at csalazar@san-mar- San Diego County Geneacos.net. logical Society, will present a webinar program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Genetic genealogist Carol Rolnick will discuss, WINE & FOOD FEST Make it a party at the “An Investigative Genetic 18th annual Encinitas Ro- Genealogy Case Study.” tary Wine & Food Festi- The webinar is free. Regisval from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. ter at nsdcgs.org. 18 at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, 1275 Quail ACCENT ON OLDER Gardens Drive, Encinitas. The Carlsbad Chamber Tickets at encinitaswinef- of Commerce is planning estival.com/. Masks re- the first Older & Bolder quired for non-vaccinated Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. attendees. on Sept. 18 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 6628 Santa Isabel, CarlsLOAD UP THE WOODIE The San Diego Wood- bad. Dozens of exhibitors ies Car Club wraps up sum- will offer the latest informer with its free, 42nd an- mation on aging well. nual Wavecrest Car Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. VEGAN POP-UP 18 at the Moonlight Beach The Encinitas Vegan parking lot, at 4th and C Food Popup is back from Streets, Encinitas. No ad- noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, vance registration is neces- and every third Saturday sary for participants. at the e101 Marketplace at 459 S, Coast Highway, Encinitas. The Encinitas VegLOW-TIDE WALK Torrey Pines Docent an Food Popup is family Society restarts its free, and dog-friendly with free monthly Nature Discov- parking available in the ery Series with a public nearby Coaster lot. low-tide geology walk at 3 p.m. Sept. 18, led by Norrie Robbins. Meet at the picnic table area in the Torrey SUKKOT FESTIVAL Pines State Natural ReCoastal Roots Farm serve south beach parking hosts its 9th annual Sukkot lot. More information at Harvest Festival from 11 https://torreypine.org/. a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 19 at 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas. Register at coastalMORNING MOVIE Haul yourself out of rootsfarm.org/event/sukbed, throw on some sweats kot-harvest-festival-2021/. and head to the library for The family-friendly fesa movie screening for ages tival is inspired by the 13 to 18 at Teens Go to the Jewish tradition of giving Movies, showing “Cruella,” thanks for the harvest. from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Escondido SPEAK ITALIAN Public Library, 239 S. KalItalian classes, begin mia St., Escondido. in October, both online and in-person for all levels presented by the Italian GENEALOGY GROUP The DNA Interest Cultural Center. Classes Group, sponsored by North are in-person in Little Italy

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Solana Beach-based Pathways to Citizenship will hold a free legal immigration forum, “Earned Pathways to Citizenship” at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carlsbad. Bilingual legal representatives will be available to answer questions, More information at pathwayssd.org or call (858) 509-2589. Masks are required.

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OKTOBERFEST SEASON

The 25th Encinitas Oktoberfest will be held Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas. Get a spot for your booth or sign up to volunteer at the event at https://encinitasoktoberfest.com/. KNOW YOUR POISON

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MOONLIGHT MIXER

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REGION — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week is expected to consider beginning the process of allowing microenterprise home kitchen operations throughout the county. The kitchens, known as “MEHKOs,” can be authorized on a county-by-county basis. State law established MEHKOs as a new type of retail food facility operated by a resident in a private home. To date, seven of California’s counties have authorized MEHKOs, including Riverside. “Adopting the MEHKOS program will help lift non-traditional food entrepreneurs who are usually women, immigrants, people of color, and others, and who have historically faced barriers breaking in as entrepreneurs,” said Board of Supervisors’ Vice Chair Nora Vargas, who is co-heading the effort with Supervisor Joel Anderson. “I'm confident that through this program, the County of San Diego can make true transformational change by uplifting people’s entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to enrich their community through their talents.” Anderson’s office received more than 30 letters of support from local community groups and organizations. Two of those supporters, Foodnome and the San Diego MEHKO Coalition, had representatives speak with the supervisors at a news conference last week. “Foodnome, the first legal marketplace for home-cooked food in the U.S., has actively supported over 150 home cooks, the majority of whom are women and people of color, to obtain legal MEHKO permits across California,” said Roya Bagheri, the Foodnome representative. “In over two years of operation, with more than 100,000 meals sold, there have been zero food safety complaints. We’ve seen the incredible impacts of the MEHKO program on inclusion, incubation, and innovation in local communities and urge San Diego County to provide this opportunity for residents,” Bagheri said. Supervisors Anderson and Vargas’ board letter being considered Wednesday would direct county staff to return to the board in 90 days with an ordinance authorizing MEHKO operations in San Diego County. Opportunities for public input will be given during the drafting of the MEHKO ordinance. “MEHKOs bring talented chefs into our local food economy and create opportunities for economic growth,” Anderson said.


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Super Girl Surf Pro returns to Oceanside Pier By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — After two years away, some of the world’s top professional female surfers are set to return to Oceanside Pier for the 14th annual Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro, a threeday surfing festival and competition. Among the 90 women surfing in the festival’s main competition, a World Surf League Women’s Qualifying Series event, are several top professional surfers including Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore and fellow USA Olympic Surf Team member Caroline Marks, as well as Sage Erickson, Tatiana WestonWebb, Tia Blanco and local champion Caitlin Simmers of Oceanside and the 2019 Super Girl Surf Pro champion, Samantha Sibley of San Clemente. The competition begins Friday, Sept. 17, with the first two rounds of surfing. The competition continues Saturday, Sept. 18, and ends with the finals on Sunday, Sept. 19. It’s been two years since the entire Super Girl Surf Pro festival was held at the pier due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Last year we had to pivot with COVID going on,” said CEO Rick Bratman of ASA Entertainment,

CARISSA MOORE, fresh off a gold medal in surfing at the Tokyo Olympics, will compete at the 14th annual Super Girl Surf Pro event, Sept. 17-19, as well as participate in a mentorship activity for girls ages 10-16. Courtesy photo

the company that owns the Super Girl Pro Series. Though there was no festival in 2020, the series hosted a team challenge event between Team California surfers and Team US, which included profes-

sional surfers from Hawaii and Florida. Last year’s team challenge event was Simmers’ first year competing in a Super Girl Surf Pro event, so this will be the first year she competes in the main

annual event. “I’m pretty excited because I’ve always watched the Super Girl series since I was 8,” Simmers said. “I would always go and watch it.” Now 15, Simmers grew

up in Oceanside surfing for the last nine years, with her favorite spots including the harbor and the pier. She’s been competing for the last five years. Simmers is looking forward to going up against — and hopefully beating — Moore in the competition. Sibley said she’s excited to be back in the water with all the other surfers. “I just want to have fun,” Sibley said. “It’s going to be nice to get back in the jersey.” Bratman and many others were impressed by Sibley’s win in 2019. “She came out of nowhere, then beat four of the top 15 surfers in the world,” he said. Besides the main competition, the free festival will include 20 live concerts, including performances from Sofia Carson and Plain White T’s, a festival village, a celebrity surf invitational, an extended adaptive surfing event, the annual Super Girl Gamer Pro esports tournament, Super Girl Skate Pro skateboarding contest, women’s beach soccer, and several free classes and panel discussions promoting female empowerment. There are also some new things this year, including the event’s first women’s

longboard surf competition and a mentorship program with Moore that will gather girls ages 10-16 to spend a day with the Olympic gold medalist. This will also be the first the year the competition added a surf venue north of the pier in addition to its classic position south of the pier. The festival also added a second stage where it will host free classes with local and regional instructors in yoga, Zumba, Pilates, self-defense, fitness and general health and wellness. The stage will also host three panel discussions on sustainability, diversity and women in gaming. Bratman said the festival, which is free to the public, has a little something for everyone, whether it’s a family with young children or adults looking to check out the festival’s beer garden. At the center of everything is the goal of championing women. “It’s such an inspirational environment,” Bratman said. “We want to build something that attracts all different walks of life to come out and see how badass everybody is.” Visit www.supergirlsurfpro.com for a full event schedule and more information.

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ceanside’s Justin Robinson got on the Chargers bandwagon years ago. Now he boards their bus. “Junior Seau was a hometown hero in Oceanside and that got me loving the Bolts,” Robinson said. “Then when they got LaDainian Tomlinson, that was icing on the cake.” Robinson’s Sundays often have him on the 5 North Bolt bus. The 53-person coach aims for SoFi Stadium each Chargers home game, and Robinson is usually among its seat covers. “The vibe on the bus is just like the Chargers — lots of electricity,” he said. “There are many Chargers fans and we all feed off each other and get pumped up. We get to reconnect with each other.”

Here’s where the disconnect comes with many readers and we get it. They wouldn’t cross the street to see the Chargers, and after 56 years of rooting for them in San Diego, that is a fair position. Others can separate the greed from the gridiron and they’re in it for the entertainment. Some, like Robinson, have gone hip, hip, hooray for the Chargers since childhood. “That split from San Diego was hard and I respect people with their decisions not to root for the Chargers,” Robinson said. “But all I know is what type of fan I am. I grew up watching this team and my dad got me hooked on them.” Hanging out with Patty Gutierrez is addictive as well. Gutierrez is the energetic entrepreneur behind 5 North Bolt and if only the Chargers could match her get-up-and-go. When the Chargers fled San Diego, Gutierrez saw an opportunity. After the pandemic flattened everyone’s tires last year, the bus is back and rolling with a $5

WHEN THE 5 NORTH BOLT heads for Chargers home games, sometimes there is a familiar face on board. Organizer Patty Gutierrez, far left, is next to former Chargers center Nick Hardwick. The bus has an Oceanside stop. Courtesy photo

billion venue as its destina- way 78 interchange. tion. The Oceanside pickup “I became a Charpoint is at the northwest gers fan because of Junior corner of the I-5 and High- Seau,” Gutierrez said.

She’s not alone and also not adverse to keeping Seau’s name relevant. Gutierrez has joined forces with Seau’s sister and the Mary Seau CTE Foundation to educate athletes, young and old, about concussions and their ramifications. Tests on Seau’s brain after he committed suicide in 2012 revealed he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) following his 20-year NFL career. “The foundation isn’t anti-football or anything like that,” Gutierrez said. “You can get a concussion from falling off your scooter. We just want people to be aware of the safety measures and how to avoid getting hurt.” The bus bunch kicked off the season with a recent fundraiser at The Draft in Oceanside. Burt Grossman, a former Chargers teammate of Seau’s, was the master of ceremonies and we’re still not sure if he’s done telling stories. It was a fun night, dough was raised for a good cause and now it’s time for a type of football that leaves

the driving to someone else. For Robinson, even catching the Chargers’ opener last Sunday was a capitol idea. “If they had a bus going to Washington D.C.,” he said. “I would be on it.” Instead Robinson and others filling the two buses will cool their jets. The Chargers’ home opener is this Sunday, Sept. 19, featuring the Dallas Cowboys and some North County Chargers fans ignoring the city in front of their favorite NFL team’s name. It costs $125 for a round-trip fare on 5 North Bolt, which includes unlimited drinks, snacks and a raffle. If you’ve peeked at the SoFi parking prices, that’s a steal. Just don’t depart early and deprive Robinson of seeing his Chargers defeat the Cowboys, 38-34 — his prediction, not mine. “Even if we happen to lose,” Robinson said, “there’s always a party on the bus.” Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him @jparis_sports

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community with the finest quality products at the best prices.” Drop in over the next several weeks for an Oktoberfest meal of epic proportions that you can’t find anywhere else in North County! Dive in to a stack (3) of large sausages, Bratwurst, Knackwurst and Polish Sausage along with all the sides including sauerkraut, German potato salad and a roll, EXTREMELY LARGE PORTIONS all for $9.98 + tax. If you are up for a lighter meal, check out their

everyday special of a Brat and a Beer for $5 bucks + tax. Compliment your delicious Oktoberfest meal with a choice of over 20 German Beers to select from. If you are having an Oktoberfest celebration, let the professional staff at Tip Top Meats do all of the work with their culinary mastery of German cuisine and efficient staff. Please be sure to book early as they fill up fast! Join the Carlsbad Rotary on October 2, for the

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Pacific Coast Spirits displays award-winning perseverance cheers! north county

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aying that Pacific Coast Spirits (PCS) is award-winning doesn’t quite seem to properly describe the Oceanside distillery's success. In August, PCS won eight medals from the American Distilling Institute, including Best in Class for their California Dry Gin along with various silver and bronze medals for the rest of their line-up of bourbons and Agave spirits. Nick Hammond, founder and head distiller of Pacific Coast Spirits, has created a well-regarded community hub along South Coast Highway, despite the company's entire existence being dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. I reached out to Nick to get a better idea of how things at the distillery are coming along in the moment. Cheers! Hey Nick, thanks for getting me up to speed with what's going on at PCS. We've been in a pandemic for ... seemingly forever. What has the past

OCEANSIDE’S Pacific Coast Spirits has launched “crowlers,” or canned growlers, with the equivalent of five drinks per crowler. Photo courtesy of Pacific Coast Spirits

16 months been like for you, the PCS team, and how are you as an owner feeling now? Nick: The last 16 months have been a roller coaster and the only way I can describe it is that we are just riding it as best we can. We, like many, have had a lot of transitions. We pivoted to hand sanitizer to support our community but also support our small business. We have turned over staff, and in the process made en-

hancements to the organizational structure to support our people and customers. We have launched a new menu with a new chef that elevates our cuisine to the level of our cock-tails and brings a synergy to utilizing the spirits in our farm-to-table recipes. We have expanded production, and taken on contract distilling for brands that represent similar vision and values. One word that contin-

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t’s been a triumphant 12th year for Liz Edwards, founder and director of San Diego Spirits Festival, which was bigger and better than ever before. This two-day festival Sept. 11-12 ranked as one of the biggest “happy hours” in San Diego, with unlimited cocktails and entertainment. Some of the most creative mixologists known to cocktail aficionados were part of the 60+ exhibitors that set up a feast for your senses offering sips of the highest quality brands, like Johnnie Walker, Ketel One, Tinta Negra, Rico and a host of other eager top-shelf cocktail brands and their reps. The entertainment was a perfect complement to this event with a sassy burlesque tone to it. Guests were screaming for more of the delightful lineup of belly and samba dancers and Groove Kitty 80’s live fivepiece band on the “Wonder Bus,” and rare and beautiful tequilas dominated the showroom at the festival, and none better than the Rico group. This lineup of highend “extra anejo” tequila borrows from the quality production wine techniques made famous by Napa Valley standards. The desert plant for making tequila is blue agave. The first press offers the best and purest flavor. Pure water and time bring

taste of wine frank mangio fantastic “anejo” flavor. I was blown away by the richness of Rico tequila, a fouryear product aged in red wine barrels and producing a deep red mahogany color. Chris Ibrahim and Samantha Hanlon took me through the lineup of Rico Tequila and told me that the only way to obtain these high-end bottles is through the website: RareTequilas. com. Caveman Spirits Company’s Steve Olsen, or “Chief Caveman,” found a diet that worked when he lost pounds with the paleo diet but still loved to drink his vodka. After years of research, he found what he was looking for that would be paleo-friendly. Olsen blended wines sourced from Monterey: chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon, with pure Sierra alpine water from Lake Tahoe that would be gluten-free and paleo-friendly. Along with wine grapes, he creates Caveman Vodka Mules with vodka and ginger beer. More at CavemanVodka.com.

sort and Spa in Temecula is in the middle of a country music series for September called Rhythm on the Vine, to celebrate the winery’s 20th Anniversary. Coming up on this month’s series is Dylan Scott on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and Cassadee Pope on Thursday, Sept. 23. The concerts will be held outdoors in the South Coast courtyard with a variety of food trucks offering options for pre and during-concert eating. Beverages will be available at bar setups throughout the concerts, and the winery will be launching its new 20th-anniversary Rhone-style blend. Tickets and more info are available at southcoastwinery.com/concerts.

Wine dinner at North County Wine Company Goldschmidt Vineyards of Sonoma will be the winery in a five-course dinner with Chef Erin Sealy at North County Wine Company San Marcos, Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. Goldschmidt makes exceptional wines from various high-quality vineyards, including Napa, Sonoma and the Barossa Valley in Australia. This five-course dinner is $90 per person all-inclusive. It takes place outside in NCWC’s back patio. Sweaters are suggested. Country music series For tickets, go to wineat South Coast Winery pairsevents.com/calendar, South Coast Winery Re- or call 619-823-3541.

ues to come to mind: “grit.” We have worked hard to elevate all aspects of the business through one of the hardest times for the hospitality industry, and we have persevered! Oh, and we are winning accolades and awards for our spirits. ... This isn’t the norm in the first two years [of a distillery], and something we are all proud of for the community as well as PCS. Cheers! It seems that

one key to surviving COVID is the ability and willingness to adjust and pivot quickly. How has PCS adapted, and are any of those adaptations going to stick around for the long haul (for example, cocktails to go or in a can)? Nick: Yes, yes and yes, Pivot is the name of the game. In addition to launching hand sanitiz-er which is FDA approved and sticking around, we have launched Crowlers, which are canned growlers (5 drinks in a can), for on the go and we will be looking to launch additional canned cocktails like our draft paloma, gin and tonic and whiskey ginger. Overall we are supporting the “to-go” environment as it feels that element of life will not be going away. We are adding a market to our tasting room. “The market” will include offerings such as packaged meals, snacks, canned cocktails and locally made products. This is an opportunity to not only expand our offerings but showcase local products of the community. We also want to support our patrons that want a night out in person in a safe and comfortable envi-ronment. So we will continue to maintain and enhance as needed our safety protocols to ensure an enjoyable experience.

Cheers! You have a new chef (Daniel Elliot) and a new menu. What does that mean for the restaurant, and what's the direction of the new menu? Nick: Oh man, exciting times for us as a restaurant and our food. Chef Daniel’s passion for food and creativity is really shining through. At PCS, we promote creativity and collaboration. I know everyone has enjoyed this process of creating a new menu as well as incorporating our spir-its and not to mention their opportunity for feedback and “testing the products.” ... Overall, I appreciate the range of menu options we have without straying from our vision of farm to table and grain to glass. Cheers! For someone who isn't familiar with the PCS brand, will you explain the theme or vibe, and what inspired you to pursue that style? Nick: PCS is a lifestyle spirits brand. We like to say, “The adventure is in the craft.” From the mountains to the ocean, imagining enjoying a glass of whiskey in mountains or craft cocktail at the beach. It’s a lifestyle of enjoying the finer things in life. Check out the full interview on thecoastnews.com


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NUMBER 4: DECIDE TO MAKE MUSIC A PRIORITY Music lessons are extremely beneficial to social and motor development, self-esteem, mental and social growth, and can open up many opportunities. With the help of a great music school and a little bit of time management, keeping music in your life is possible. NOW OPEN FOR ONLINE OR IN STUDIO LESSONS! For pricing and scheduling call: Encinitas: 760-753-7002, San Marcos: 760-815-0307

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a Moonlight Mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at E4E’s Cultural Center. 1900 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas. Bring cash for $5 raffle tickets and $5 glasses of wine/beer. HOSPICE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The Elizabeth Hospice offers free volunteer orientation sessions via Zoom, if you are interested in helping adults and children facing the challenges associated with a life-limiting

illness and those grieving the death of a loved one. Training sessions will be 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 7, noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 4, and noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 17. To sign up, contact the Volunteer Department at (800) 797-2050 or e-mail volunteer@ehospice.org. AGE CREATIVELY

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chuckle a lot this time of year. It is the time of the new kindergartners. In my library job, nothing is more hilarious and adorable than the new crop of little guys. They don’t come into the library for a few weeks after school begins, because, of course, they are already stunned by a powerful lot of really strange, new things they have to do, learn and remember. It is fascinating to watch the ones whose parents never used the words “no” or “now” with their child. I’ll be darned if I know how any parent survives the first five years without this, but every new school year sports a few kids surprised by the concept. Anyway, after the astoundingly patient and good-hearted kindergarten teachers get these cuties acclimated, they file into the media center, eyes big as saucers. Without fail, when I tell them the books must come back in a week, one will ask how long a week is. When you are 4 feet tall and every day lasts forever, a week might as well be a year. As the school year progresses, I always

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and operations, who led the multi-year accreditation effort. Over the past 30 years, the conservancy has helped protect over 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat and currently manages 3,000 acres of wildlands in North San Diego County. The nonprofit also annually implements outdoor educational programs to more than 5,000 students. Looking ahead, Van Leer said, this accreditation means that the Conservancy must keep this standard and level of excellence forever, despite any obstacles the organization may face in its future. “Climate change is a big question mark that’s out there and then the ongoing

small talk jean gillette find a handful of parents who still struggle with this same concept. Next I explain that these books belong to every student. That one is always a stumper. How can they possibly belong to everyone? It’s either yours or it’s not, right? Oh man, more of that tiresome sharing business. There is usually some eye-rolling on this. While they ponder this abstraction, we move on swiftly to care of the books, stressing the dangers of puppy teeth and half-empty juice boxes in their backpacks. When I remind them that liquid in any form is not good for books, I find it a little hard to tell them no reading in the tub, since it happens to be one of my favorite pastimes, but like any good vice, it’s just too risky for minors. As I hold up a “book stick,” I immediately get the undivided attention search for funding is also a big question mark. We don't know what the problems of the future are, but also there’s opportunities that we don’t know either,” Van Leer said. “We want to set these preserves up to have the greatest chance of success. And for us, this generation of Land Trust staff and board, that’s the best we can do. “And that’s where the Land Trust accreditation process really helps because there’s just so many creative, interesting things that are being done in Land Trusts across the country.” The conservancy also recognizes the importance of preparing its future leaders, according to Van Leer. “A big priority of our organization has been outdoor education and really training the next genera-

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of every boy in the class. These are rulers used to mark where the book goes back, if he/she chooses not to select it. It is a lovely theory and actually works — sometimes. But as any parent knows, anything that is longer than it is wide has enormous potential as a weapon. Their little faces fall when I sternly point out that anyone who wields a book stick as a sword, or poke-’em, smack-’em stick, will feel my wrath. They will do it anyway, sooner or later. It is simply too tempting. Finally, I explain lining up to check out their books, stamping each book with the return date and right about then, their sweet little eyes just glaze over. I have to cover it all, but I know it will need repeating. For a few of those ingenuous grins and unabashed hugs, I’m prepared to make the sacrifice. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who loves to meet new readers. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com. tion of land stewards, but not just to work on our land, but to work all over the world,” Van Leer said. “And that’s a very exciting component of our work is getting young people excited about the outdoors and science and wanting to go on in their professional lives so that they can be a part of these questions about climate change and what the world looks like in 20, 30,

After year off, Vista welcomes back Rod Run By Staff

NAME THAT PARK The city of Vista is asking for community input on the naming of its newest park — now under construction — through Sept. 19. The 1-acre lot is at 234 Pala Vista Drive on the corner of Civic Center Drive and Pala Vista. Submit your suggestions at CityofVista.com/newpark. Residents are asked to review a list of previously recommended names that align with the city’s public park and recreation facility naming policy and vote on their preferred choice or submit their own. The project will be completed in the summer of 2022. Courtesy photo

40, 50 years.” Recent conservation efforts include the Missing Lynx campaign, which includes the creation of a new preserve in Olivenhain called LeoMar. The Conservancy is also promoting the Park in the Park to create new park space for Escondido residents and improve water quality in the creek and ocean.

VISTA — After a year off due to COVID-19, 347 American Classic vehicles lined the streets of downtown Vista, drawing thousands on Labor Day weekend for the 31st Rod Run. The winner of Best of Show was Raymond Farmer’s 1970 Ford Mustang Mach I. The Camp Pendleton USO was the benefactor of over $1,000 for the 50/50 raffle. For the sixth year, TJ Crossman of TJ Crossman’s Auto Repair donated a car to a deserving family or individual needing a break in their life. This year, Elena Lopez of Vists and her 18and 2-year-old received a ’04 Jeep Cherokee. Other winners included Rex and Marcia Hackelton’s 1965 Chevy Chevelle 1965 for Best Muscle Car and Joey Hunter’s 1966 Chevy C-10 for Best Young Guns. Another Chevy C-10, Rodney Nielsen’s 1972, won Best Original Truck. The 32nd Vista Rod Run is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

Fall Fun Festival set for Oct. 16 By Staff

VISTA — Come join the 13th Fall Fun Festival in Vista on Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. This community tradition is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty and diverse features of Alta Vista, located at the top of the

hill inside Brengle Terrace Park. The event is free for all visitors. Vendors can sign up on the website. For more information, email info@altavistabotanicalgardens.org or visit www.altavistabotanicalgardens.org or fb.com/ vistaavbg.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Decisions involving your finances might seem to be foolproof. But they could have underlying risks you should know about. Don’t act on anything until all the facts are in. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Keep that keen Bovine mind focused on your financial situation as it begins to undergo some changes. Consider your money moves carefully. Avoid impulsive investments. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You’ll need to adjust some of your financial plans now that things are changing more quickly than you expected. All the facts you need haven’t yet emerged, so move cautiously. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Personal and professional relationships dominate this period. Try to keep things uncomplicated to avoid misunderstandings that can cause problems down the line. LEO (July 23 to August 22) That elusive goal you’d been hoping to claim is still just out of reach. But something else has come along that could prove just as desirable, if only you would take the time to check it out. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time to get away for some much-needed rest and relaxation. You’ll return refreshed and ready to take on the workplace challenge that awaits you.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Confidence grows as you work your way through some knotty situations. Watch out for distractions from well-meaning supporters that could slow things down. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Consider spending more time contemplating the possibilities of an offer before opting to accept or reject it. But once you make a decision, act on it. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You’re in a very strong position this week to tie up loose ends in as many areas as possible. Someone close to you has advice you might want to heed. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Congratulations. This is the week you’ve been waiting for: After a period of sudden stops and fitful starts, your plans can now move ahead with no significant disruptions. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You’re in an exceptionally strong position this week to make decisions on many still-unresolved matters, especially those involving close personal relationships. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The new moon starts this week off with some positive movement in several areas. A special person becomes a partner in at least one of the major plans you’ll be working on. BORN THIS WEEK: You work hard and get things done. You also inspire others to do their best. You would do well heading up a major corporation. © 2021 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Escondido council discusses middle-income housing By Tigist Layne

vices, administrative support and protective services. “There are few units restricted to the top of the low-income scale. Planning efforts have been made to help encourage additional housing to help stabilize rents, but there’s been little done to make additional housing available for middle-income households,” said Karen Youel, housing and neighborhood services manager. The council considered two models for creating middle-income housing. The first, known as the Bond Model, includes the issuance of middle-income bonds. The joint powers authority (JPA) would issue the bonds and rental rates would be income-restricted for moderate-income individuals throughout the life of the bond. Once bonds are repaid in-full (by the JPA), ownership of the properties would

be transferred to the city. The second, called the Loan Model, includes a loan from the city to a developer for the acquisition of a property. A developer would purchase an existing Class B or C property and request a small, below-market rate loan from the city. The council decided on the Bond Model in moving forward with middle-income housing. Councilman Joe Garcia emphasized the importance of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) numbers. “RHNA qualifications is, I believe, something that should be taken into consideration when we’re looking at these proposals,” he said. “It’s a long-term investment that we’re doing as a city by giving up revenue, and I think that is something that will be very helpful to us.” Councilman Mike Morasco disagreed, saying that

RHNA numbers are important, but should not be a priority. “One could say that RHNA numbers are asinine and aren’t based on anything realistic. … RHNA numbers for the City of Escondido are so out of whack and out of proportion. I understand it’s important … but there’s no way in the world we’re going to ever get to 9,600 units so that’s not a priority to me, it doesn’t concern me,” Morasco said. Morasco recommended that the highest priorities should be providing the highest quality possible when it comes to housing and limiting the loss of property taxes. “This is, in my mind, innovative in terms of how to get people into houses. I think it’s a good thing, but I also know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, so we have to be careful,” Mayor Paul McNamara said.

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With the help of this grant, student veterans have the opportunity to participate in efforts ranging from cutting-edge research to new product development, increasing their chances for full-time employment in sustainable energy. “There was a desire to bridge what veterans are doing in their academic courses with their military experience and put them on a trajectory to a career,” Tontz said. “That’s why the ONR is such a fan of this grant, because it really taps into that previous military experience.” VTEC has also expanded its connections from the West Coast to include the Eastern Seaboard, creating more opportunities for more student veterans. “This unique program merges academia, naval commands and industry to

advance energy technologies and develop the nation’s STEM workforce by leveraging the resources of the triad,” said VTEC Founder Patricia Reily on

the program’s website. CSUSM is home to 478 student veterans and serves almost 2,000 military-connected students; that is 12% of the campus population.

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and discussed what the city should consider when reviewing and making recommendations on middle-income housing proposals. Amid a statewide housing shortage, developers and financing authorities have been asking the city about buying multi-family projects to use as income-restricted housing for people of moderate income. City staff asked the council for input on what factors they should be looking for when considering these proposals. According to the staff report, middle-income housing is defined as housing that is attainable to 80%-120% of the Area Median Income (AMI). These are teachers, construction workers, maintenance and repair workers, community and social ser-

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career development, leading to careers in the Department of Defense as well as the private sector and defense industries. “One of the things that’s really beautiful about this grant is that we will be able to help that many more student veterans capitalize on their prior enlisted skill sets and put them to use with their academic major choice and future career,” said Paul Tontz, the principal investigator for VTEC and the director of Veteran Services at CSUSM. “Another benefit is that this funding really highlights Cal State San Marcos’ role in helping student veterans and military-connected students prepare for a life of giving back in meaningful ways.”

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I get that. You won’t find cliché Hollywood glitz, shallow sincerity or egocentrism in this neck of the Los Angeles woods. The history of San Pedro, its own city until it was incorporated into Los Angeles in 1909, is about people whose livelihoods depended on a thriving harbor and waterfront. That’s still true today, plus San Pedro offers numerous attractions in and around the port, as well as excellent casual dining, eclectic neighborhoods, arts and crafts galleries and workshops, museums, and city parks with spectacular ocean and city views. We spent the remainder at several bluff-side parks, including Angels Gate Park, with the 17-ton bronze Korean Friendship Bell that hangs within a stunningly crafted stone pavilion; Point Fermin Park, with the historic, Victorian-style Point Fermin Lighthouse, a playground, a concert venue, picnic tables and ample shade under the giant Moreton Bay fig trees; and White Point Nature Preserve, near the site of the White Point Landslide. This revenge of Mother Nature’s decimated a portion of Paseo Del Mar in 2011, and it’s not likely be restored, according to Swanson. We stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton San Pedro, which offers both ideal location and ambiance. Located on the Cabrillo Marina, the pet-friendly hotel is a 10-minute walk to the white sands of Cabrillo Beach and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Walk 10 minutes in the other direction and you’ll find the 22nd Street Landing Restaurant, where a window table gives a view of the marina and boats loading and unloading scuba divers. And perhaps best of all, right outside the hotel’s back door is a waterfront walkway that hugs the Cabrillo Marina. You can walk in either direction for a good long while with nothing but a serene view of the harbor to keep you company. The Doubletree also is on the route of the free, hop-on hop-off San Pedro Trolley, which stops every 30 minutes and makes a loop that takes in the waterfront/port attractions, downtown and Cabrillo Beach. It operates first Thursdays and weekends, so park the car (free) and don’t get in it again until departure. Our 48 hours in San Pedro only scratched the surface. We’re eager to return to see the waterfront transformation, a $36 million project that will cover more than 400 acres. It will feature a central public gathering space and a promenade connecting attractions, points of interest along the harbor, retail and restaurants. For more photos and commentary, visit www. facebook.com /elouise.ondash.


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American Association of University Women is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 Fellowships and Grants for women pursuing academic work or leading innovative community projects to empower women and girls. See the fellowships or grants at aauw. org/resources/programs/ fellowships-grants/. The applications are due Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, depending on the type of fellowship or grant requested. NEW BODY SPA

Set to open, Body Spa Salons will debut in Carlsbad with a new location, in a 5,200-square-foot location on Oct. 1, and is now leasing spaces with no long-term contracts for professionals specializing in hair, nails, skin, massage, and medical/wellness like weight-reducing services, med-spas, vitamin infusions, and acupuncture. Professionals interested in leasing space at Body Spa Carlsbad can visit www.bodyspasalons.com. KIDS FOR PEACE

Carlsbad-based Kids for Peace is looking for volunteers to make “Love Links” paper chains. Visit https://kidsforpeaceglobal.org/linkedbylove/ for more information.

Odd Files THAT’S ONE WAY TO DO IT When Hurricane Ida swept through New York, the heavy rain and flooding did an estimated $50 million in damage. But in the Big Apple, there’s a silver lining: The storm may have cleared out a significant portion of the rat population that lived in the sewers and subway system. Experts believe hundreds of thousands of rats may have died as sewer systems were overwhelmed and dumped into local bays and estuaries, where the rodents later washed up on beaches. Bobby Corrigan, longtime pest control expert, told Gothamist, “I can’t imagine they would’ve survived.” Conversely, those that did weather the storm appear to be seeking shelter on higher ground, as exterminators report a spike in complaints. [Gothamist, 9/8/2021]

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Quade, Atilanos join the ranks of Escondido Legends By Staff

ESCONDIDO — In the third of eight 2021 Escondido Legend biographies, meet Guilford “Bud” Quade. The Escondido History Center will present a $1,000 honorarium, in Quade’s name, to an outstanding senior from a high school in Escondido. Quade was born in 1921. He graduated from San Diego State University, served in WW II and later took a position at Escondido High School as a coach and business teacher. He is best known for his tenure as superintendent of Escondido High School District from 1955 through 1978. According to many former board members, community members, staff and former students, he was the most effective and most popular superintendent in the district’s long history. Quade was instrumental in supporting the School Bond measure that provided funding for the new campus of Escondido High School on North Broadway. Previously, Escondido High School was on the hill at Fourth Avenue and Hickory. The former campus had been deemed unsafe by the state of California, no longer meeting California state earthquake standards and needed to be demolished. He gained the necessary support for the bond measure that funded the new campus. Quade guided the district through the negotiations of three school areas breaking off to form their own unified school districts, and guided a growing diswho lives nearby, started documenting the wayward dough blob on Sept. 1, posting updates on Facebook. The dough spilled over onto the pavement, but Amstutz reported on Sept. 4 that it had fallen and boxes were placed on top of it. The general manager of the Domino’s store did not respond to an interview request. [nola. com, 9/4/2021]

LONG LIVE THE KING Elvis has left ... the barber shop. Elvis Presley’s personal barber, Homer Gilleland, scooped up snippings of the King’s hair over multiple haircuts and kept the baseball-sized ball of tresses in a plastic bag, which he then gifted to Thomas Morgan, a friend of both men. United Press International reported on Sept. 8 that the hair, now in a sealed jar and backed up by “extensive documentation,” sold at auction for $72,500. A Los Angeles auction house offered the hair alongside one of Presley’s concert jumpCREEPY suits and other items. [UPI, As Hurricane Ida made 9/8/2021] its way up the East Coast and Louisiana started to THE (LITERAL) clean up, a Covington Domi- PASSING PARADE no’s Pizza store tossed some At midnight on Sept. of its leftover dough into a 9, North Korea held a milidumpster out back, nola. tary parade in the capital, com reported. Tempera- Pyongyang, to celebrate the tures in the area climbed country’s 73rd anniversary, into the 90s, and the dough CNN reported. Kim Jong Un climbed ... out of the waste appeared on a platform and container. Nicole Amstutz, waved, but reportedly did

southern part of the Escondido High School Campus “Bud Quade Way” to honor the former, popular district superintendent.

ESCONDIDO LEGEND Guilford “Bud” Quade served in World War II, eventually serving as superintendent of Escondido High School District for 23 years. Courtesy photos

trict through the construction of three more traditional high schools. He oversaw the development and construction of the new Escondido High School and Orange Glen High School, which opened in 1962, along with San Marcos and Poway High Schools both of which formed their own school districts. He also played an early role in the planning of San Pasqual High School which opened in July 1980. Quade was a strong believer and supporter of community access to our high school facilities. In the late 1950s, he partnered with the city of Escondido Parks and Recreation Director, Jack Powell, to develop the first joint facilities agreement between the Escondido High School District and the city of Escondido. He was also very innot speak. Perhaps the late hour was thought to be more dramatic than a daytime spectacle, especially for the dropping of paratroopers from military planes and firing of flares. Observers noted that Kim appeared to have lost a significant amount of weight. [CNN, 9/9/2021] SUSPICIONS CONFIRMED Oddity Central reported on Sept. 3 that Li Zhanying of Henan, China, is known in her community for having gone more than 40 years without sleeping at all. Her husband and neighbors confirmed her claims, saying that she stayed up all night to do chores and didn’t ever nap. But recently, Li visited a Beijing medical center, where doctors used sensors to monitor her and discovered that Li does sleep — with her eyes open and while talking to her husband. Doctors called it “sleep when awake,” which is similar to sleepwalking. They said Li sometimes had “slow eyeballs and hollow eyes,” indicating that she was resting. [Oddity Central, 9/3/2021] RUDE Doug Simmons, 44, and Debra McGee, 43, of Chicago, planned a destination wedding in Jamaica, to which they invited 109 guests. “Four times we asked, ‘Are you available

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volved in the San Diego Section of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), and participated in negotiations regarding the placement of Escondido High School teams in the various athletic leagues. Quade retired in 1978 and passed away in 1996. In the early 2000s, the city and Escondido High School District, named and dedicated the entry road to the to come, can you make it?’ and they kept saying yes,” Simmons explained to the New York Post in late August. But when the big day arrived, the couple realized not everyone had shown up. So Simmons, a small-business owner, sent invoices for $120 per person to all the no-shows. “This amount is what you owe us for paying for your seat(s) in advance. You can pay via Zelle or PayPal.” Simmons said he and his wife were hurt that people didn’t show up: “I took that personally.” No word on whether they’ve collected on any of the invoices. [New York Post, 8/27/2021] COMPELLING EXPLANATION On Aug. 20, officers in St. Augustine Beach, Florida, responded to a call that a woman on the beach was behaving erratically and needed CPR, The Smoking Gun reported. But when first responders tried to escort her to an ambulance, Kailani Jo Kroll, 39, began running back and forth on the street. Because she hadn’t committed a crime, officers and rescue workers started to pack up to leave, and that’s when Kroll jumped into the cab of a firetruck and tried to drive away. Kroll was pulled from the truck and later told police, “I’m sorry for trying to take the truck, I lost my marbles.” When asked if she was under the influence

Max and Viola Atilano In the fourth of eight 2021 Escondido Legend biographies, meet Maximino “Max” Limon and Viola Atilano. The Escondido History Center will present a $1,000 honorarium, in their name, to an outstanding senior from a high school in Escondido. From the time “Max” Atilano arrived in Escondido as an immigrant to the United States in the early twentieth century he and Viola worked toward forging bonds in the community and are now recognized as 2021 Escondido Forever Legends. Born in 1900 in Jalisco, Mexico, Max came to Escondido at the age of 16. He had worked in Texas picking oranges and lemons before coming to this area. Eventually, Max became a field foreman for the Escondido Lemon Association where he was respected as a liaison between management and field workers. On March 17, 1926, Max married Viola Pacheco of Oceanside. Viola worked at the lemon-packing house for 38 years. They had four children, three sons and one daughter - Pete, Robert, Raulie and Rosalia. Through the Mexican American Association of Escondido, Max and Viola were pivotal in bringing the Mexican-American community together by celebrating both countries’ indepenof anything, she told them she had taken the “elixir of life.” Kroll was charged with grand theft auto and resisting law enforcement officers. [The Smoking Gun, 9/10/2021] GREAT ART Remember the self-shredding Banksy artwork that sold for $1.4 million in October 2018? Originally called “Girl With Balloon,” the piece, now known as “Love Is in the Bin,” will be up for auction again in October, the Associated Press reported, and is expected to fetch between $5 million and $9 million. Alex Branczik, chairman of modern and contemporary art at Sotheby’s, calls the piece “the ultimate Banksy artwork and a true icon of recent art history.” Before the auction, the piece will be on display in London, Hong Kong, Taipei and New York. [Associated Press, 9/3/2021] OOPS NBC News New York reported on Sept. 10 that a subway power outage on Aug. 29, which resulted in more than 80 trains coming to a stop, was caused by someone just pressing a power switch that should have had a protective cover. The governor’s office said things deteriorated after the button was pushed, citing five trains in the Bronx that got stranded

dence days. For several decades, Max was also instrumental in organizing events at the Eagle’s Hall and Grape Day Park, as well as parades on Grand Avenue. Music was a passion in Max’s life and playing an instrument was part of the family legacy, as each of his children became life-long musicians. In addition, he was the band leader of two well-known music groups in North County — the “Nighthawks” and the “Troubadours.” He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 70 years. After Max’s death, Viola was the matriarch of the family with included 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Viola was very active at St. Mary’s Church, the Ladies of Resurrection, Grandmother’s Club, Escondido Blind Club, senior volunteer with North County Centro and VFW Women’s Auxiliary. Max and Viola encouraged members of their church to volunteer to make Escondido a better place to live. Volunteering was one of Max and Viola’s enduring efforts as an ideal way of giving back to the community. Through their deeds, words, and music Maximino Limon and Viola Atilano led their family and community to build inclusiveness and well-being in Escondido for the better part of a century. Now they are honored as 2021 Escondido Forever Legends. between stations, where 300 people had to be helped off the trains. “New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in a fully functioning subway system, and it is our job to restore that confidence,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul. [NBC New York, 9/10/2021] AWESOME! — Financial advice website FinanceBuzz is offering the gig of a lifetime for horror movie fans: They want to pay someone $1,300 to watch 13 classics and monitor their heartbeat while doing so, with the goal of comparing the fear factors of films with different budgets. United Press International reported that the chosen candidate will get a FitBit to monitor their heartbeat and $50 to cover movie rental costs. Applications are open through Sept. 26, and a winner will be selected on Oct. 1. [UPI, 9/9/2021] — In Medford, New Jersey, 14-year-old Sammy Salvano had a busy summer. The teenager, who hopes to be an engineer, fashioned a prosthetic hand for his friend, Ewan Kirby, who is missing multiple fingers on one hand, United Press International reported. Salvano used a 3D printer to create the prosthetic, which Kirby said allowed him to pick up his mother’s car keys for the first time. [UPI, 9/7/2021]


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Reconnect with nature in photo contest By Staff

ENCINITAS — Olivenhain Municipal Water District kicked off its 15th annual Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve amateur photo contest on Sept. 6. Photo contest categories include Water Scenery, Scenic View, Plants, Animals and Youth Photographer (ages 15 and under). In addition, there are also Best in Show and People’s Choice awards. Select winning submissions will be displayed in 2022 at Elfin Forest Interpretive Center honoring Susan J. Varty. Entries into this year’s contest will be accepted through Dec. 31. For official rules and to upload an entry, visit olivenhain.com/photo. The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve offers 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails with views of the Pacific Ocean, Olivenhain Reservoir, Escondido Creek and natural backcountry. It was designed in 2006 to be a fun and educational way to showcase EFRR’s beauty. Winning photographers are eligible for prizes, including $100 cash from the Escondido Creek Con-

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erandersonchorale.com/auditions-membership/. Rehearsals are 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays starting Oct. 5.

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Make plans to see the “Save the Ocean” Art Show Oct. 1 through 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.

Zagö Studio Gallery will host a solo exhibition public show from 5 to 8 pm. Sept. 17 at 415 S. Cedros Ave., Suite 140, Solana Beach, for the Pop Fusion art of Rancho Santa Fe artist Jay Johansen. More information at zagostudio- PLEIN-AIR ART AUCTION gallery.com The artworks selected from the Oceanside MuseQUARTET CONCERT um of Art’s Plein Air FesHear the Zelos Quartet tival Juried Exhibition are featuring saxophones and on display through Oct. 10 vocals, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, and are available via aucat the Encinitas Library, tion. Visit https://oma-on540 Cornish Drive, Encini- line.org/pleinair2021/ to tas. Tickets at https://enci- view the art. nitasca.gov. MUSIC AT WILDWOOD

A 2019 ENTRY in the annual Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve amateur photo contest. Entries for this year’s contest will be accepted through Dec. 31. Courtesy photo

servancy, Zoo/Safari Park passes, a canvas print from PC Photo, gear from REI and more. “The natural beauty of EFRR includes such native plant communities as oak

riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral,” said OMWD Board Vice President Kristie Bruce-Lane. “Our contest provides OMWD with powerful imagery to help

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eptember is National Preparedness Month and a good reminder for everyone to have a plan in the event of a natural disaster. For California residents, that also means preparing and protecting your home or business in the event of a wildfire. A top priority for Cox during a wildfire or other natural disaster is to keep customers connected so they can stay informed, check in with family and friends, and even access their shows and movies if they’re evacuated. Cox also works hard to keep business customers, including hospitals and offices of Emergency Services, connected so they can continue to serve their customers and the public. Wildfire season typically occurs from May through October. However, wildfires can occur at any time. Some of the most destructive and deadliest wildfires in California have occurred in November (Camp Fire in Northern California in 2018) and December (Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara in 2017). Cox prepares all year long for natural disasters, including wildfires, by reviewing its business continuity plan and running through simulated events such as a wildfire or earthquake so that employees in all facets of its operations will be prepared and know their role and responsibilities during a natural disaster. When weather condi-

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stream favorites to their mobile devices. GENERATORS MAY HELP KEEP YOU CONNECTED If your power goes out, a generator may prolong your services if your Cox service location still has power. Check your generator owner’s manual for details on power capacity and safe operation.

tions increase the risk for wildfires, the local power company may notify you and Cox that they’re implementing a PSPS. If you’re in a neighborhood where power is shut off, your Cox services may be interrupted. You need power to run your devices and we need commercial power for our network. We’ll work closely with the power company and public safety agencies to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of our network and facilities to continue to serve our customers. Here are some tips to help better prepare for an unexpected event or Public Safety Power Shutoff. HAVE A CHARGED BACKUP BATTERY FOR YOUR LANDLINE PHONE We recommend that Cox Voice customers keep corded landline phones and

HOMELIFE SECURITY FUNCTIONALITY Your Cox Homelife Security will continue to work with limited function. Go to cox.com/residential/ support/cellular-backup-capabilities for more information.

a fully charged backup battery for phone modems in case of an emergency. You can purchase a backup battery by calling 855-324-7700 or visiting your local Cox CONSUMER DISASTER PROTECTIONS store. Customers whose residential telephone service is FOLLOW COX ON impacted during a state of TWITTER FOR UPDATES emergency declared by the AND INFO During a Public Safety California Governor’s OfPower Shutoff or natural di- fice or the President of the saster, Cox will post service United States may be eligioutage updates and other ble to receive disaster relief important information on protections For information Twitter. Follow Cox at @cox- about these consumer disaster protections, visit cox. california. com. For more helpful inforDOWNLOAD COX APPS BEFORE A WILDFIRE OR mation and tips, visit cox. com/CaliforniaAssist. PSPS OCCURS • Cox app – Check on outages, stay up to date with text alerts and manage your account. • Cox Contour app – Meet your portable TV. Cox TV customers can access the latest news and weather, and

Wildwood Crossing, 116 Civic Center Drive, Vista has live music scheduled throughout September, with Soul Seduction, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17; Jackson Patrick 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., then Ed Burnette and Wild Rose 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18. Quinn McCarthy 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., then Patrick Quillin 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 and Ron Orden 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21. Quinn McCarthy on stage 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23; Jackson Patrick 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Lester Abrams 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24. Danny DiCarlo plays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 with Mike McGill from 5 to 8 p.m.

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ICA San Diego's North campus offers adult classes & workshops including Press Mold Tile Workshop Sept. 23 and Sept. 30, and All Fired Up! Unlimited Kiln Firing and All Fired Up! All Access Ceramics Studio Mondays and Wednesdays, onsite at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Register at https:// classes.luxartinstitute.org/.

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‘WEISENTHAL’ AT NCRT

Get tickets now for The North Coast Repertory Theatre staging of “Wiesenthal,” written and performed by Tom Dugan, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and MAINLY MOZART Sept. 28, 987 Lomas Santa The Mainly Mozart Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana All-Star Orchestra Festival Beach. Tickets at northwill be at 7:30 p.m. at the coastrep.org. Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park. Sept. 18. Tickets at ART IN LA JOLLA mainlymozart.org/. La Playa Gallery, La Jolla will open an exhibit by artist Cathy Carey, with a wine & cheese reception ON STAGE AT NCRT from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 “Dancing Lessons,” is The show, “Vibrant Exonstage with 2 p.m. and 8 pressions,” represents a p.m. shows at North Coast collection of oil on linen Repertory Theatre through paintings. Free tickets Oct. 3 at 987 Lomas Santa are available online at bit. Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana ly/38OZQpd. Beach. Tickets at northcoastrep.org.

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Lux Artist-in-Residence Christine Howard Sandoval will be the first ICA San Diego Artist-in-Residence with her exhibition ”Coming Home” running at Lux Art Institute through Oct. 31, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas.

The Cal State San Marcos Department of Athletics has partnered with HomeTown Ticketing to offer digital ticketing for CSUSM home athletic events. Fans can secure tickets ahead of the game online at CSUSMCougars. com/tickets. ART IN ESCONDIDO On display now at the Escondido Arts Partnership Expressions Galleries CHORALE AUDITIONS at 262 E. Grand Ave., EsRoger Anderson Cho- condido, is a group show, rale Auditions will be held “SoCal’s Best: Upstarts and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21 Innovators.” The PhotoArts and Sept. 28 at St. Andrews Group is exhibiting “Black Episcopal Church, 890 Ba- and White” and a trio of lour Drive, Encinitas. The talent in Gallery Too inchorale is starting its fifth cludes Linda Doll, Virginia season. Register at rog- Cole and Carol Mansfield.

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