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Vista man gets five years for pandemic scam

VISTA — A Vista man who pleaded guilty to tak ing more than $300,000 in unemployment benefits in tended for those who’d lost work during the COVID-19 pandemic was sentenced Sept. 19 to nearly five years in federal prison.

Darris Cotton, 30, sub mitted at least 16 false appli cations for benefits by using other people’s names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Those applications led the California Employment Development Department to mail debit cards to Cot ton, which he used to buy money orders to obtain the funds, prosecutors say.

The U.S. Attorney’s Of fice says Cotton also submit ted fraudulent applications in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Arizona and used the stolen funds to buy “luxury items such as Gucci back packs.” As part of the plea deal, Cotton agreed to for feit over $112,000 in money orders and currency seized from him.

“This defendant ex ploited an unemployment insurance program that was intended to be a safety net for workers who suffered financial hardship during a global pandemic,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said. “Crimes like this took money away from those who truly needed it.”

A sentencing memoran dum submitted by Cotton’s defense attorney stated that he was “deeply remorseful” for the crime and was not aware at the time that the conduct would hurt ordi nary citizens.

Previewing North County’s congressional races

REGION — The na tional issues facing con gressional candidates this election cycle have cen tered on abortion, infla tion, cost of living, climate change and health care.

The Coast News looks at three congressional rac es impacting North Coun ty voters — the 48th, 49th and 50th Congressional District races — discussing with candidates their pro posed solutions to matters of regional and national importance.

This is a condensed

version of this story. For the full article, visit the Elections 2022 page at the coasstnews.com.

DISTRICT 48

In the 48th Congres sional District, Congress man Darrell Issa (R-Bon sall), who has held elected office since 2000, will face a new challenger in Demo crat Stephen Houlahan, a longtime nurse and former member of the Santee City Council.

“I’ve been an effec tive member of congress for the region and the na

tion, and I have a desire to serve,” Issa previously told The Coast News in 2020. “I don’t pretend to be a super visor or a mayor or a city councilman. I do the job

that you expect someone to do as a representative in Washington — work on national and global issues and make sure that, to the extent that there are fed eral programs available in your home district, that we get our fair share of it, and that’s what I’ve done for all of my time in Congress.”

Issa could not be reached for comment on this story, despite multiple attempts to contact his of fice.

Houlahan, who ran

Bill would ban camping around ‘sensitive’ areas

By City News Service ESCONDIDO — Sen. Brian Jones, R-Santee, joined local leaders Sept. 23 at a news conference to announce a bill that would make it illegal to camp within 1,000 feet of “sensi tive” areas where children gather.

The bill is intended to address the state’s home lessness situation, Jones said at Grape Day Park in Escondido alongside former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Escondido City Councilman Joe Gar cia, among others.

“We cannot simply con tinue allowing people to live in our parks and librar ies or in front of schools and day-care centers,” Jones said. “It’s inhumane and unhealthy for the homeless to do so, and it’s unfair and often dangerous for the neighbors, families, and children in these sensitive areas.

“Our measure, along with recent CARES legis lation sponsored by Gov. Newsom, will hopefully help end the public camp ing in these areas while also compassionately assisting the homeless get treatment for their mental and health needs and find a more suit able place to stay,” he said.

Jones said he will in troduce the bill in the State Senate on Dec. 5, the first day of the upcoming legisla tive session.

“Homelessness is soar ing in California and it’s soaring in San Diego,” Faul coner said. “It’s devastating for the people who are liv

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Matt Gunderson is proudly pro-choice

“I’m a lifelong Democrat, and I’m supporting Matt Gunderson for State Senate. Matt’s pro-choice and pro-environment.”

As Mayor of Encinitas, Blakespear awarded lucrative city contracts to companies whose employees donated to her campaign.1

As the Chair of SANDAG, Blakespear was caught spending “hundreds of thousands of dollars on lavish filet mignon dinners” with her taxpayerfunded credit card.2

Blakespear said that repealing the Gas Tax would be the “wrong move”3 and voted for a mileage tax for every mile we drive.4 Corrupt Catherine Blakespear: Lying about her opponent’s record to distract from hers

“[Gunderson has] been pro-choice for years...he’s an environmentalist and supporter of women’s rights.”
– The Coast News, 8/31/22
“Matt has been pro-choice all his life and will protect reproductive choice in California. (Of course he will – he has four daughters!)
– Sarah Lifton, Encinitas Resident and Lifelong Democrat – Colleen Mendelson, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Rancho Santa Margarita
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Screams, pumpkins back at Fairgrounds

DEL MAR — Fall fun for residents is returning to the Del Mar Fairgrounds this October, including the arrival of a kid-friendly theme park and pumpkin patch known as Pumpkin Station, haunted attraction

The Scream Zone and Har vest Festival arts and craft show.

Pumpkin Station is open from Oct. 1 to 31 and offers a pumpkin patch, pet ting zoo, two giant slides, a play center and rides for small children, including a ferris wheel, carousel, train ride and car ride.

Pumpkin Station is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and located in the east parking lot of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, at the corner of Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante Boule vard.

Entry is free, and indi vidual tickets for various rides cost $5 each and can be purchased at the event. Ticket packages are also available for packs of 12, 24 and 36.

Visit pumpkinstation. com for more information. There are also Pumpkin Station locations in Mission Valley and National City.

The Scream Zone opens at the Del Mar “Scare grounds” on Oct. 6 and runs on select days through Oct. 31. All kinds of nightmar ish characters await those who dare to enter in three

different “haunts,” includ ing the Haunted Hayride, Hell-Billy Hootenanny and walk-through haunted laby rinth, The Passage.

Tickets are available online and at the ticket booth for specific dates, and visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time. General admission to access all three haunts starts at $24.99, with other ticket deals available for specific time slots and fastpass entry.

Operating hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thurs day and 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Scream

Zone will also be open from 7 to 11 p.m. on the Oct. 6 opening day and on Oct. 30 and 31. Check thescream zone.com for more details.

The Scream Zone is not recommended for children under ten years old. Food vendors, photo opportuni ties and a Spirit Lounge bar will also be available out side the haunts.

Parking for The Scream Zone can be found through the Fairground’s main en trance, costing $10 per ve hicle.

Residents seeking nonscary fall activities can also head to the Fairgrounds

from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9 for the Harvest Festival, an arts and crafts show featuring handmade goods from over 100 vendors.

Along with browsing handmade wares, visitors can enjoy a concessions area, bar and performance stage.

The Harvest Festival is held in O’Brien Hall and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for those 62 and older or military members, $4 for those under 18 and free for those under 12.

Vista High forfeits game amid outrage over incident

VISTA — Vista High School canceled all af ter-school activities and planned football games over a two-day period this month amid ongoing community outrage over recent misconduct by members of the school’s football team.

School and communi ty members have demand ed justice after a video was shared showing students in the locker room forcibly carrying a 14-year-old into a separate area where he was forced to the ground and surrounded, with stu dents saying “rape him” in the background.

District officials are investigating the incident — which occurred just before Labor Day — and the football program as a whole. Officials have said they determined sexual assault did not happen, but several students have been disciplined, a fresh man coach was let go, and head coach David Bottom was placed on leave.

After student protests on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Thursday, Sept. 15, reportedly led to threaten ing language and actions, Superintendent Matthew Doyle announced Sept. 15 that all after-school activi ties for the next two days would be canceled “out of an abundance of caution,” including Vista’s Sept. 16 varsity football game

against Poway.

When asked about the game’s cancellation, which resulted in a forfeit victory for his team, Poway foot ball coach Kyle Williams said it resulted from the in cident in the locker room.

“Vista [High School] has forfeited the games at all three levels due to the ‘hazing’ incident, which involved football players, that is currently being investigated by both the Sheriff’s Department and an outside investigator,” Williams said.

The Vista football team (0-5) was off last week, and the Panthers are scheduled to play at Mt. Carmel tonight.

Vista Unified said Sept. 14 they were also investigating reports that one of the alleged per petrators of the incident had shared pictures of a gun and made statements about shooting people on social media.

Two days before, Doyle released a statement noti fying the community that investigations by the dis trict and law enforcement had concluded that no sex ual assault occurred.

In a Friday video mes sage, Doyle assured com munity members that the “physical and emotional assault” shown in the vid eo is being taken seriously, even if sexual assault was

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Proposition 1: Moving the line

Soon, California vot ers will begin to cast their ballots, includ ing a vote on Proposi tion 1, or Prop 1.

Although pitched as a constitutional guarantee of a woman’s right to choose, what Prop 1 really does is move the limit of legal abor tion from where it is now — at fetal viability — to the end of pregnancy.

Is this what voters real ly want?

The language Prop 1 would add to the California Constitution sounds righ teous enough:

“The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most inti mate decisions, which in cludes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their funda mental right to choose or refuse contraceptives….”

And yet, does this text not remove any and all re strictions on abortion, up to the moment of birth? Have voters looked at Prop 1 closely enough?

Consider first that Prop 1 is an extreme measure, new territory. No other state has yet voted on a con stitutional amendment to guarantee an unrestrained right to abortion.

Advocates for Prop 1 argue that elective late term abortion is rare now, and therefore not worth worrying about.

But it’s illegal now; what will happen if Prop 1 normalizes it?

Look no further than the recent surge of “smash and grab” robberies follow ing the decriminalization of theft.

Second, California presently protects a wom an’s right to choose. Abor tion is legal in California

up to fetal viability or when the mother’s health is in jeopardy.

The recent Dobbs de cision changed nothing in California.

Viability, generally thought to be around 22-24 weeks or six months, is a stage at which even now a botched legal abortion does occasionally result in a pre mature live birth.

What will happen when the line is moved several months later?

At the very least, pri or to voting, voters should educate themselves as to what “late term” or “partial birth” abortion means.

I looked into it.

In performing an abor tion late in pregnancy, there are two options: (1) if still small enough, the fetus is killed in utero and removed vaginally piece by piece; or (2) a delivery is induced during which the child is killed — hence the phrase “partial-birth” abor tion.

How exactly the child’s life is terminated is not readily discernable.

A Catholic website pro vides one description with drawings, whereby the ba by’s head emerges, then the baby is killed, optionally by inserting a pair of scissors

in the back of the skull, be fore pulling the now-lifeless body the rest of the way out.

This horrifying de scription aligns with a “Law and Order” episode that aired years ago. Per haps the show’s intent was to provoke a debate by the viewers.

But at the time, I never imagined that such things might actually occur.

There are cases where such a procedure is per formed because the baby is already dead or cannot be expected to live, or for some other medical reason.

Such cases are tragic for all involved. But these cases are already legal.

They are not part of the Prop 1 decision.

Prop 1 is being sold as a response to Dobbs, a res toration of Roe, a guaran tee that a woman’s right to choose can never be denied in California.

This conclusion is mis leading. Prop 1 is actually an unconditional guarantee of the right to an elective late-term abortion.

Dobbs shifted the de bate over where the line should be from the Supreme Court to the voters.

The debate can’t be avoided, nor can the line. At some point, if you keep moving it, doesn’t it become something else?

An overreaction to Dobbs, or trends in red states, isn’t necessary or helpful. It will open the door to unanticipated trag edies. It will divide people further and invite a count er-reaction toward the oth er extreme.

I urge all readers to research, debate, and con clude with me: NO on Prop 1.

Dovoters want more teachers liv ing in their com munities, even if it means a little more traf fic and perhaps a few less parking spaces for others?

Excess school lands for teacher housing? california focus tom elias

That’s a major ques tion soon to face California school districts, cities and voters as the state deals with a big teacher short age, seeing 72% of school districts unable to find enough applicants to fill their available teaching jobs this year.

“This shortage is caused mainly by housing prices,” claims Matthew Lewis, an official of Cal ifornia YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard), the Oak land-based group dedicat ed to creating hundreds of thousands of new housing units very soon.

YIMBY has lobbied long and hard for all the housing density laws passed by state legislators over the last several years, most notably the 2021 mea sures known as Senate Bills 9 and 10, which ef fectively ended R-1 single family zoning throughout the state.

Voters have not yet had a chance to decide the ultimate fate of those measures, but opponents hope to place referenda to kill them on the 2024 bal lot and restore R-1 zoning where it was before.

But some local vot ers will decide long be fore then on proposals from schools to help ease their teacher shortage by providing subsidized affordable housing for school employees on sur plus school property. With enrollments dropping in many school districts since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, one seemingly reasonable estimate says school districts now own about 75,000 acres of sur plus land.

One such property is the 2.5-acre site of the shut-down James Flood Elementary School in the eastern portion of Menlo Park on the San Francisco Peninsula, near the High way 101 Bayshore Freeway. The land is owned by the Ravenswood School Dis trict, which serves both East Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

Ravenswood officials plan to sign a developer and build approximately 80 to 90 affordable units on the land, beside a city park. The Flood school was closed in 2012 and later de molished, leaving the land vacant with a park beside it.

The site is designated as a housing “opportunity” by Menlo Park’s planned housing element for the years 2023 to 2031.

Ravenswood officials say teachers and other school employees would have the first right to apply for new housing there.

At the same time, the prospective develop ment could provide about $500,000 yearly for the Ra venswood budget. Per-pu pil spending in that district is well below levels in the neighboring Menlo Park City School District.

“This is important because teachers are not applying for jobs because they cannot afford housing locally, and don’t want to commute for several hours daily to jobs in cities like Menlo Park from distant cities where housing is cheaper,” said Lewis.

Already, thousands of San Francisco Bay area workers who cannot oper ate from home are forced to commute from places like Tracy and Modesto, while their Los Angeles and Orange County coun terparts commute from points including Santa Clarita, Bakersfield and Moreno Valley, piling up many hundreds of freeway miles each week.

But no sooner had the James Flood development been announced than neighbors began complain ing. Now a local initiative designed to block it or re duce it considerably will appear on next month’s ballot. When Menlo Park’s city council and citizen groups failed to work out a compromise, that initiative remained intact.

Strong sentiment against the project by many area residents emerged in a public meeting last spring.

“I’m very much in fa vor of affordable housing,” declared one longtime homeowner quoted in news reports. “But not to the detriment of the neighbor hoods we love.”

Added another, “There is a need for affordable housing, but just not here.”

It’s rare for NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) sen timents to be expressed so frankly and openly.

But the local initiative will be voted on citywide, and the location essential ly means most of Menlo Park would not be directly affected by the project. So its fate is uncertain.

This all may be a har binger of what’s coming across California over the next decade or so.

With all that vacant land and school salaries too low to allow many teachers to buy or rent homes near their jobs, be certain that similar projects will be planned in more and more places.

Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

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Escondido plans to join National League of Cities

ESCONDIDO — The city is joining the Na tional League of Cities, an advocacy group that supports thousands of communities across the country.

City, town and vil lage leaders from more than 2,400 municipalities nationwide make up the non-partisan organiza tion, which focuses on im proving the overall quali ty of life for its more than 200 million constituents. The league provides lead ers education, research, training and idea sharing.

Escondido is already a member of the San Di ego County Division of the League of California Cities (also known as Cal Cities), a similar advoca cy group that focuses on expanding and protect ing local control for cit ies while also enhancing quality of life.

Cal Cities works as a partner to the National League of Cities.

City Councilmember Joe Garcia pitched the idea to join the national organization, inspired to do so after attending a few Cal Cities confer ences and learning about the potential access to grants and other benefits from beyond the state.

“I began to realize that as funds were being approved by the feder al government, I believe it would be a great idea to participate in the Na tional League of Cities because we would be at the front end of these (federal) grants and in formation as Cal Cities provides for the state,” Garcia said.

Other council mem bers agreed with Garcia about joining.

“I think this is a great idea, Joe,” Mayor Paul McNamara said.

Councilmember Con suelo Martinez noted she had asked for more city funding to go toward the city’s conference and training during previous budget discussions.

“I think it’s an invest ment in our city that we will be able to learn and have the time to commit to bring back that infor mation,” Martinez said.

Joining the Nation al League of Cities will cost the city $12,000. City Manager Sean McGlynn said staff would work the rest of this year on setting up the city’s membership and start planning to attend conferences and workshops next year.

Escondido changing golf course operators

ESCONDIDO — Reidy Creek Golf Course has a new management company in charge.

Earlier this month, the Escondido City Council approved a new five-year management and conces sion agreement with Cour seCo, Inc., a company that specializes in managing municipal golf courses, to assume operations at the golf course located on North Broadway.

California-based Cour seCo manages nearly 40 golf courses between six states. Of those golf cours es, the vast majority are owned by a public agency.

Council has discussed changing the management agreement for Reidy Creek over the past four years leading up to this year when the current contract with JC Resorts is set to expire.

JC Resorts has man aged the inland golf course since opening in 2002, and currently manages several courses across North Coun ty San Diego, including Encinitas Ranch and The Crossings at Carlsbad.

The council approved two 10-year contracts with JC Resorts, making them responsible for operations, upkeep and maintenance.

In return, the city paid the company $86,066 annu ally, which increased by 3% each year. The compa ny also collected 0.75% in gross revenues, which was nearly $7,500 last year.

concluded the conduct was not sexual assault,” Doyle said.

Staff took note of the council’s concerns about the length of the 10-year agreement and fees. The new agreement with Cour seCo is only five years with only one chance to extend for four years. The fee has dropped to $75,000 with a 2.5% increase annually.

Once the golf course’s debt services are paid, the new company can also col lect 10% of the net profit. The city will receive 10% of the food and beverage rev enue.

Additionally, the new agreement will have more city oversight and an annu al capital funding reserve with 5% of gross profit for future capital improve ments.

“This is a new model that we’re implementing in order to have a better mech anism for funding current and future capital needs,” said Real Property Manag er Vince McCaw.

The city is responsible for the tax-exempt lease revenue bonds that were issued to construct the golf course in 2001. The plan was to pay those bonds back with revenue from the golf course but that level of in come was never achieved, so the city has to pay back about $361,000 of debt ser vice per year from the gen eral fund.

The current outstand ing principal and interest on the bonds is about $3.3 million which is to be paid by October 2030.

CSUSM gets nearly $3M for stem cell mentoring

SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos has been awarded a nearly $3 mil lion, five-year grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to invest in its new COMPASS training program, it was announced Sept. 16.

COMPASS — or Creat ing Opportunities through Mentorship and Partner ship Across Stem Cell Sci ence — is intended to work to prepare a diverse group of undergraduate students for careers in regenerative medicine by combining re search opportunities with mentorship experiences.

COMPASS at CSUSM recruits local high school students to the university to train them in stem cells and life sciences.

and inclusion training for research mentors, a state ment from CSU San Marcos reads.

The program will re cruit first-year CSUSM bio technology undergraduate students as well as students from the high schools.

“We are excited to partner with CSUSM to provide our high school stu dents with this introduction to life sciences,” said San Marcos Unified School Dis trict Superintendent Andy Johnsen. “This work aligns perfectly with our vision to ensure all SMUSD students are ‘future ready’ by pro viding opportunities to ex plore future career fields.”

determined not to have oc curred.

“It is very clear from the disturbing video that a student was physically and emotionally assaulted. In vestigations conducted by our district and a separate review by law enforcement

“I understand how vio lating the conduct was and how people concluded sex ual assault occurred based on the images and language used.”

Doyle also asserted that the district is continu ing to investigate whether

this was an isolated inci dent or part of a larger problem in the football pro gram.

He asked that, in the meantime, everyone helps to keep the campus envi ronment calm and not jump to conclusions about who on the football team was in volved.

He added that while

Reidy Creek is a 2,582yard course with 18 holes of golf, disc golf and foot golf; a pro shop with golf and disc golf merchandise; and a newly renovated clubhouse and Creekside Tavern that serves as a venue for meet ings and special events.

CourseCo has also promised to replace the nearly 20-year-old golf carts and other deficiencies with equipment from its other golf courses until the city can afford to replace them with new equipment.

“That was one of the compelling reasons why we thought CourseCo would be a good fit,” McCaw said.

According to Tom Bug bee, a representative of CourseCo, the company wants to increase oppor tunities for the communi ty at Reidy Creek beyond just golf, such as increased food and beverage, small concerts, a disc golf tour nament and cross country runs.

“There’s a lot of oppor tunity to not only bring the community out but also cre ate new revenue streams as well,” Bugbee said.

Overall, the council was pleased with the new agreement.

“I think this manage ment agreement is much better than what we’ve had in the past,” said Coun cilmember Joe Garcia. “I’m thinking of at least one or two other golf courses that need your type of leader ship.”

students have the right to protest, threatening lan guage or actions are unac ceptable.

“Please have patience as we manage this complex and emotionally charged situation. And as we do our work, please help us to keep the campus calm and safe for all students and staff,” Doyle said.

“This new program highlights our growing commitment to creating a diverse workforce, one that taps into communities that have been historically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences,” said Dr. Maria T. Millan, presi dent and CEO of California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. “The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that the benefits of scientif ic discovery are not always accessible to communities that most need them.

“CIRM is committed to tackling these challeng es by creating a diverse and dedicated workforce that can meet the technical demands of taking novel treatment ideas and mak ing them a reality,” she said.

The $2,877,200 grant will fund stem cell educa tional outreach at three North County high schools: High Tech High North County, Mission Hills High School and San Marcos High School. It will also support 30 students for two years of training and provide diversity, equity

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ing it and of course it’s dev astating for the commu nities and neighborhoods that are experiencing it. A street is not a home, period. This is commonsense and this bill will put common sense into California law.”

According to Jones, the legislation is designed after a recent city of Los Angeles measure, aimed at preventing homeless encampments from being near sensitive areas where children are often present or gather.

Under Jones’ bill, law enforcement would first issue verbal and written warnings to those living in the encampments within 1,000 feet of those “sensi tive” areas that they need to leave the area within 72 hours or face removal and possible misdemeanor prosecution.

Some homeless advo cates are wary of the bill as they said it will force the homeless to go to other areas in those jurisdictions and provides no resources.

As part of the mento ring program, CSUSM is partnering with La Jolla In stitute for Immunology and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery. The in stitutions will present tours and instruction on the dif ferent components of each organization’s research and development pipelines.

At La Jolla Institute for Immunology, Drs. Mitchell Kronenberg and Sujan Shresta will serve as mentors for COMPASS trainees. Kronenberg is focused on learning more about immune cell roles in the airways, lungs and gut. Shresta is dedicated to shedding light on how immune cells interact with viruses such as Zika, SARS-CoV-2 and dengue. Her lab also specializes in the development of mouse models for immune-system research.

One of the first events under the grant, Stem Cell Awareness Day, will kick off Oct. 11 as CSUSM biol ogy professor Bianca Romi na Mothe, the director of the grant program, takes undergraduate students to the partner high schools to introduce the COMPASS program to high school se niors.

Greg Anglea of Inter faith Community Services in Escondido, said there 99 shelter beds in North Coun ty, but all are full. Addi tionally, all of Interfaith’s recovery beds are full, so those on the streets have nowhere to seek help or shelter.

While he said the non profit is “interested” in the bill, it doesn’t support it with its current language. Anglea said the bill must have funding or resources tied to it for it have an im pact.

The needed resources, he said, include funding for shelters, housing and treatment and day centers so homeless people have a place to go.

“We would support prohibiting people from sensitive places if they had a place to go,” Anglea said. “There are not shelter beds, there are not treat ment programs that are open and accessible and there is not housing that in dividuals can afford.”

A CALIFORNIA-BASED firm, CourseCo, is set to take over management at Reidy Creek Golf Course in Escondido. JC Resorts has managed the municipal course since it opened in 2002. Photo by Samantha Nelson
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SEPT. 30

CAREERS IN JEWELRY

Gemological Institute of America (GIA) hosts a ca reer fair in the gem and jew elry industry from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at GIA’s World Headquarters, 5355 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. For more information and to register, visit GIA.edu/ca reer-fair. Follow @GIANews on Twitter for updates. A list of recruiters and ca reer openings at gia.edu/ career-fair-carlsbad-compa nies-attending.

ARTS PARTNERSHIP

Escondido Arts Part nership presents “Art of the Real” through Sept. 30 at 262 E. Grand Ave., Es condido. The Innerspace Gallery features PhotoArts Group's “Interior/Exterior” and in the Expressions Gal leries, local plein air artists

with ”The Inland Painters Group.”

HOUSE OF BLUES

Heaven 17 takes the stage from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 30 at House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego. Tick ets at eventbrite.com.

MARSTON HOUSE CONCERTS

Music at the Marston presents Concerts for His toric Preservation with Jeff Berkley Sept. 30 at 3525 7th Ave., San Diego. Tickets $12 at brownpapertickets.com/ event/5525742.

SPARKLY THINGS

Drop in to the Vista Gem and Mineral Society’s October Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Antique Gas and Steam En gine Museum, 2040 N. Santa

Fe Ave., Vista.

OCT. 1

OKTOBERFEST

Carlsbad Rotary Clubs present Oktoberfest, Fam ily Fall Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Carls bad Strawberry Company, 1050 Cannon Road, Carls bad. Tickets at eventbrite. com/e/40th-annual-okto berfest-fall-festival-tick ets-291590664527

SAX CONCERT

Classical Sax joins the MiraCosta Symphony Orchestra for Alexander Glazunov’s concerto for sax ophone at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Oceanside Campus, Concert Hall (OC2406), featuring professor Steve Torok.

STREET ART

“Burner,” a group ex hibition of international street artists, with artist Shane Goudreau in person from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1 and 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at EC Gallery 212 S. Cedros Ave., #104, So lana Beach.

FUR BALL

San Diego Humane So ciety’s Fur Ball gala will return Oct. 1, a dog-friendly evening to raise money for the services the nonprofit

Humane Society provides. Tickets at sdhumane.org/ furball.

CALL FOR ART

The Escondido Art As sociation has put out a call for artists for its October show at the Artists Gallery, 121 W. Grand Ave., Escondi do. The Theme for the show is “Fall Splendor.” Take-in of art will be from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at 121 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido. Visit es condidoartassociation.com/.

FOLK SONGS

San Diego Folk Heri tage presents Peter Bolland and Rupert Wates at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Pilgrim Unit ed Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. Tickets $18 at sdfolkheri tage.org and at the door.

FOR THE MENEHUNES

Windansea Surf Club hosts The Menehune surf event Oct. 1 at La Jolla Shores. For more informa tion or to register visit win danseasurfclub.org.

GRAB A BANNED BOOK

In honor of banned book week, the Women’s Museum of California has opened

the Free Feminist Library at 1649 El Prado, San Diego. Stop by the Women’s Muse um’s Education Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 to check out a book from the library.

OCT. 2

OLIVENHAIN FEST

The Olivenhain Okto berfest will feature local beer and food with live mu sic by Jim Gleason’s Oom pah Band from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas. Tickets at olivenhain.org/ pages/2022-olivenhain-ok toberfest.

JUST LIKE BILLY

Billy Nation will per form a Billy Joel tribute con cert at to the Music Box on at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at 1337 India St., San Diego. Tickets are $17 to $29 at (619)795-1337, at the venue box office or online at musicboxsd.com.

PADDLE FOR CLEAN WATER

Participants will pad dle surfboards, SUPs, kay aks and other paddle craft from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 around the 1,971 foot Ocean

Beach Pier to raise aware ness and funds to protect clean water and healthy beaches in San Diego Coun ty. More information at sandiego.surfrider.org/pad dle-for-clean-water/.

CATHOLIC FRIENDS

The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County will attend “Native Gardens” and have dinner Oct. 2 at Mira Costa The atre, Oceanside. Reserva tions are required at (760) 696-3502. More informa tion at cwwnc.com.

SUPERHERO RACE

Dress up like a super hero and join in the Super Hero 2K Obstacle Course Race from 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at Alga Norte Commu nity Park, 6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad. Parents and children will run to gether. Register at active. com/carlsbad-ca/running/ distance-running-rac es/super-hero-obsta cle-race-2022.

OCT. 3

3D SCULPTURE

The Oceanside Muse um of Art is offering a twoday sculpture workshop, “Making the Ordinary Ex traordinary,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 and Oct. 5. Cost is $100. Register at oma-on line.org.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT

The Inland North Coun ty Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 at San Rafa el Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive. Call (760) 749-8234 or (760) 518-1963.

OCT. 4

THE MIDNIGHT

The Midnight present their new album at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., San Diego. Tickets at livenation.com.

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Touring and toasting Norway, a land of contrasts

Weare at 4,100 feet, consider ably above the tree line some where between Lofthus, Norway, and the country’s capital city, Oslo. An icy rain pelts the back of my Gore-Tex jacket as our tour director and guide, Chris tiaan Dahl, pulls a large bottle of aquavit from a plastic bag.

She distributes 18 plas tic shot glasses and doles out the apricot-colored liquid that is the national drink of Norway.

“Skol!” we say, toasting our guide, Norway and one another.

The aquavit warms us from the inside as we pile back onto the bus and settle in to watch the spectacular ly rugged countryside roll by.

We are nearing the end of our 12-day visit to south ern Norway and three-day visit to Denmark with Od ysseys Unlimited, a smallgroup tour company based in Newton, Massachusetts. Dahl and our itinerary have left us with many impres sions, the most indelible that Norway is a land of contrasts.

It’s a country of hightech commerce, yet shep herds still tend flocks of sheep and goats high in mountainous meadows.

It’s a country of ancient stave churches and soaring, contemporary glass and marble edifices.

It’s a country with lit tle arable land and a short growing season but produc es an abundance of sweet berries, tree fruits and vegetables every summer. (You’ll never taste carrots like those grown in Nor way.)

It’s a country whose people consume lots of meat and dairy but appear to have few problems with obesity.

It’s a country with a violent Viking history but today prides itself on being a social democracy “that looks out for everyone,” says Dahl. And yet … this nation of less than 5.5 mil lion still supports and main tains its royal family.

It’s a country of ample bicycles and public trans portation, but still must spend an average of $8,000 a foot to build roads that will survive harsh winters and copious rain. (Bergen sees rain 239 days a year.) These amazing byways — sometimes a single lane wide that runs high above the fjords — hug mountain sides and plunge deep in side them via a nationwide system of well-lighted tun nels.

And oh, those tunnels.

Somehow Norwegian engineers have managed to punch more than 1,350 tunnels (200 more under construction) through solid

granite mountains, and to construct 25% of them hun dreds of feet below the sea. Some tunnels are mileslong and so complex that they require roundabouts.

And finally, in a sepa rate column marked “Spec tacularly Impressive,” are Norway’s roaring rivers, trickling streams, thunder ous waterfalls, panoramic

fjords, crystalline glaciers, moss-covered landscapes and magic-like rainforests where you might spot a troll or two if you look carefully

Do not think Billy

Goats Gruff-type trolls. Norway’s trolls can be big, small, scary or friendly and be immortalized in rock faces and tree trunks. The ones put forward by sou venir shops are likely to resemble one of the Seven Dwarfs with a sizable nose and bad teeth, but nonethe less, sporting a welcoming smile.

Throughout the trip, Dahl, a native Norwegian whose grandfather was Sami (Norway’s indigenous people) and who has a doc torate in early Viking histo ry, maintained a continuous narrative on the country’s history and culture.

Salaries in Norway are high (average $62,000), but so are the cost of living and taxes (up to 60%). But Norwegians feel they get a lot in return: medical care, a year’s maternity leave at 80% of salary, paid pater

nity leave, subsidized day care, college educations and superior public trans portation.

To encourage people to use that transportation, which keeps the country’s air clean, the purchase of a gas-powered car comes with a 100% tax, and gas runs about $10 a gallon. Electric cars and charging stations are abundant.

But like people every where, Dahl says, “some Norwegians tend to be neg ative. They are resistant to change. They’ll say, ‘I don’t recognize my city anymore.’ But I like the way Norway takes care of people. It’s a wealthy country and it dis tributes the wealth.”

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Palomar Planetarium gets upgrade, shows night skies again

SAN MARCOS — The last time anyone watched a simulation of the night sky inside the Palomar College Planetarium was March 13, 2020, days before the world wide COVID-19 pandemic arrived in North County.

Astronomy professor Scott Kardel was in the “console” that night — the term for the control booth in the rear of the theater where the show is produced and narrated by a rotating staff of three Palomar sci entists.

Fast forward nearly two years, to January 2022, and the same team was back on campus and preparing to re open the planetarium. “A lot of things didn’t work when we turned them back on,” Kardel said.

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RISING STARS

Congratulations to the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce September’s Rising Stars, Lenice Ba jorge Sanchez from Surf side Educational Academy, Christian Lee from Coastal Academy High School, Ema Chang from Oceanside High School and Amietta Lolo go from El Camino High School. These 12th-grade students are honored for working hard to rise above difficult circumstances.

TOP STUDENTS

• Ryan Sweeney of San Diego, a graduate of Canyon

The planetarium is once again hosting two shows ev ery Friday, at 7 p.m., “The Sky Tonight,” a live-narrat ed tour of the visible sky over North County, followed at 8:15 p.m. by “Fulldome

Crest Academy majoring in musical theater, earned a $21,000 President’s Schol arship at Baldwin Wallace University, based on out standing academic achieve ments in high school.

• Max Mullen of Carls bad and Charlotte Sears of San Diego were honored in September for their high grade-point averages at University of Iowa.

• Kevin Salus of Oceanside was recently named to the fall 2021 chan cellor’s list at the Universi ty of Alaska Fairbanks.

COASTAL ROOTS FILLS POST

Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas announced that Cantor Rebecca Joy Fletch er has joined the farm team as its first director of Jew ish Life, effective Aug. 1. Fletcher is an ordained cantor, Jewish educator, professional actor, climate activist and coach.

Presentation,” one of a handful of rotating pre-re corded films made especial ly for planetarium domes.

When the weather co operates, Lane said, Palo mar College staff also set

KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIP

The Kiwanis Club of San Diego and the San Di ego Kiwanis Club Foun dation awarded a $25,000 grant to Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas, which plans to use the funding to support its Environmental STEM & Nutrition Programs.

SAFE PLACE

One Safe Place, the North County Family Jus tice Center, opened in July in San Marcos to provide free support services to people in the community who have been victimized by violence, abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, or oth er crimes. As a multi-ser vice center, children and adults are welcomed into a judgement-free space, where they can more easi ly access the services they need. To learn more about One Safe Place, visit One SafePlace.org.

up telescopes on the patio in front of the planetarium for free viewing. Parking is available directly across from the facility off of Com et Circle.

Tickets are sold sepa rately for each of the two weekly shows, and are available by visiting palo mar.edu/planetarium/pub lic-shows.

“Instead of repairing our 10-year-old equipment, we made the decision to just buy all new computers and projection software,” said astronomy professor and Planetarium Director Mark Lane. “It used to take eight computers to make the dis play, now we can do it with two, because the computers have gotten so much better.”

The district was able to use Higher Emergency

ICOC NEEDS ONE MEMBER

Palomar College is seeking to fill the remain ing vacancy on its Indepen dent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, which reviews the expenditure of Proposi tion M funds. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28. More informa tion at palomar.edu/icoc/ or by contacting Heather Sutton at hsutton@palomar. edu or (760) 744-1150 ext. 2116.

GRAND OPENING

Mesa Rim North City opened during the pandem ic in October 2020 and is finally able to have a grand opening, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at 285 Industrial St., San Marcos. Free climbing (including equipment), ven dors, food, drinks and a live DJ. Test your skills during speed climbing challeng es. Visit @mesarim_nc and follow along for updates @

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Education Relief Funds (HEERF) on a one-time basis to replenish lost reve nues due to the temporary closure of the planetarium from the COVID-19 pan demic. This allowed the replacement of the legacy system.

“We’re looking forward to serving students and our community once again through the Planetarium, which is an incredible re source both for learning and inspiration,” said Dr. Star Rivera-Lacey, Superinten dent/President of Palomar College. “Throughout the years, our middle and el ementary school students have enjoyed countless field trips to the planetarium and it will be great to have them back studying astronomy with us.”

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LOTS OF LITTER

I Love A Clean San Di ego (ILACSD) for the 38th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Reported over 35,000 pounds of litter and debris was collected. I Love A Clean San Diego is hosting Creek to Bay, a countywide cleanup effort on Earth Day, on Saturday, April 22, 2023. visit CleanSD.org.

BOARD ADDITION

Palomar College Super intendent/President Star Rivera-Lacey joined the board of directors of the Na tional Community College Hispanic Council during an installation ceremony Sept. 16.

NO STREET RACING

On Sept. 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2000, which will prohibit street racing and sideshows from occurring in parking lots across the state. The bipartisan mea sure, was authored by As semblymember Jesse Ga briel (D-Woodland Hills)

CANNABIS SUPPORT

The signing of nearly a dozen cannabis-related bills by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September will contin ue to strengthen Califor nia’s cannabis industry by expanding access to the licensed market. Newsom also reiterated calls on legislators and other pol icymakers to redouble ef forts to remove regulatory bureaucracy stifling opera tors and address challenges presented by local prohibi tions.

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House a ghost of its former self

Igazed in fascinated horror at the heirloom pumpkins on display this season. Part of me loved the unexpected col or combinations and tex tures, but part of me wants to rush them to the closest dermatologist with a laser.

I am about to bust out my autumn and Hallow een décor. It is my favorite season and color scheme. I have been known to deco rate like mad, right down to the traditional pump kins on my porch.

I haven’t emotionally moved over to the Cinder ella pumpkins and their strange, bumpy friends. I expect I will, right about the time they go out of style.

Speaking of style, I may, one day soon, simply seize up and carry every piece of furniture I own out to the curb. Next, I will go into hock turning my house into an airy, breezy, beach-themed creature filled with wicker.

Do you sense a theme here? Yep. Our house has hit that age when every thing, and I do mean ev erything, needs refurbish ing and replacing. I have begun to linger over de sign magazines, and even my updated kitchen and bathrooms are looking a little worn.

I could redo the drive way and back patio. Or maybe clean the backyard slopes of detritus, and xeriscape. Or maybe get new windows, screens and French doors. Or simply paint, inside and out. And the fence is leaning. My tummy hurts.

What I really want is a team from “Flip This House,” or some other HGTV show, to drop by, because I want it all done right now, right now, right now. But I’ll settle for soon.

If I stagger around looking a bit dazed in the near future, it will be from home improvement sen sory overload, trying to choose a couch.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” — Irish proverb

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California air regu lators voted Sept. 22 to approve the nation’s first commitment to phasing out the sale of gas furnaces and water heaters by 2030 – a step in the transition off of fossil fuel heat in homes and buildings delivering cleaner air to communities across the state, cut climate pollution and increase ac cess to cooling. The com mitment was included in the California Air Resource Board’s State Implementa tion Plan for meeting feder al air quality targets.

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Dutch Bros. Coffee coming to Escondido

By Samantha Nelson ESCONDIDO — The city will soon be home to the county’s second location of Dutch Bros. Coffee, a popu lar Oregon-based chain that is expanding throughout Southern California.

The Escondido Plan ning Commission officially approved Dutch Bros. at its Sept. 27 meeting.

The new coffee shop will be a 950-square-foot, dual-lane, drive-thru-only restaurant at 507 W. Wash ington Avenue. The site is currently home to a vacant restaurant that formerly housed the Rancho Las Pal mas Mexican Grill, which will be demolished to make way for Dutch Bros.

The coffee shop will provide 19 parking spaces and can accommodate up to 19 vehicles in its drive-th ru lanes. Landscaping will screen the drive-thru lanes and be maintained up to 3 feet to help police by not blocking views from Centre City Parkway.

With a small restau rant, Dutch Bros. will have three or four employees working inside the building and two to four outside tak ing orders to help facilitate business flow.

“Based on the sur rounding land uses and the compatibility with adjacent land uses we don’t foresee there being an issue with on-site circulation,” said Ivan Flores, the city plan ner overseeing the project. “They have enough queu ing in their drive-thrus to accommodate the type of use and type of circulation

that’s expected on the site.”

Dutch Bros. is often de scribed as a “cult favorite” coffee shop. The chain was started in 1992 by brothers Travis and Dane Boersma as a double-head espresso machine on a push cart in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Now, the coffee chain has 500 drive-thru stores in multiple states with plans

to expand to 4,000 in the next few years. San Diego County’s first Dutch Bros. location opened this year in Oceanside.

Dutch Bros. offers a wide variety of beverag es including customizable coffees, hot and iced tea, energy drinks, smoothies, hot cocoa, freezes, soda and lemonade.

Vista council OKs change to how city manager hires

By Jacqueline Covey VISTA — In a policy set to sunset in six months, a council majority will take part in hiring depart ment heads.

The Vista City Coun cil voted 4-1 on Sept. 13 to include a code change that requires the city manager to be in “consultation and agreement with a majority of the City Council” before hiring a department lead.

There are currently no vacancies for depart ment leaders in the city of Vista.

The decision came af ter a previous 3-2 council vote on Aug. 30 after the resolution’s first reading. The sunset clause means the temporary policy will revert to its original lan guage — without council input — after 180 days. During that time, staff will develop a policy that includes a hiring panel to advise the city manager on qualified applicants.

Councilmember Joe Green said including the council in the hiring process for the next six months helps avoid feeling caught off guard by new hires, as he’s felt in the past.

munity wellbeing.”

A workshop is planned for Oct. 27 to develop a policy with staff and pub lic input on the city man ager’s inclusion of inter ested parties during his hiring process.

Several members of the public spoke against the amendment, believing the council is overstepping its duties and changing the city’s form of government.

“Our City Manager Patrick Johnson holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration op erating outside the realm of political influence,” Janice Effron told the council, emphasizing “op

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unsuccessfully for mayor of Santee in 2020, said that he fully embraces his underdog role in the race but said that he thinks that this year’s midterm election will see an unprecedented groundswell of support for Democratic challengers such as himself in the aftermath of the Su preme Court’s reversal of Roe vs. Wade.

“I can’t imagine the campaign going much bet ter than it has up to this point,” Houlahan said. “Be tween what’s happened lo cally and nationally, it’s put our campaign into a very strong position, especially with what’s happened with the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.

“I’m a pro-choice can didate, and I think this will lead to a much larger turn out this election than you’d typically get. My opponent is not a pro-choice candi date, which will dramatical ly alter this election’s envi ronment.”

Shortly after the Su pereme Court’s reversal of the landmark and contro versial Roe v. Wade deci sion, Issa praised the court’s decision to overturn long standing precedent.

“Today is a great day for the cause and the princi ple of life,” Issa said.

Issa voted alongide fel low Republicans against against the Women’s Health Protection Act (codifying a right to abortion at the fed eral level), and the Ensur ing Access to Abortion Act, which would protect women who cross state lines to ob tain an abortion.

District 49

Rep. Mike Levin (DSan Juan Capistrano), who has held the seat since 2018, is squaring off for the third

time with Republican chal lenger Brian Maryott, a business owner and former mayor of San Juan Capist rano. Maryott ran unsuc cessfully against Levin in the 2018 and 2020 elections but insists the results will be different this time.

In the June primary, Maryott held off numerous Republican challengers such as Councilman Chris Rodriguez (Oceanside) and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett (Orange County), winning 19% of the primary vote. Levin, largely unchallenged on the Democratic side, won 49% of the vote.

“I don’t think any of us imagined the myriad of cri ses that have impacted the nation in the last two years,” Maryott told The Coast News. “From skyrocketing inflation, watching the war in Ukraine, the baby for mula shortage, record high crime, and the botched with drawal from Afghanistan, our district has seen that Mike Levin and Joe Biden are not the right leaders for the time.

“We consistently hear from voters that they are ready for a change and are very concerned about our country’s direction. I’m ready to hit the ground running and start getting much-needed results for our community.”

With statewide redis tricting somewhat shifting the lines of the 49th Dis trict, Maryott expressed optimism about his chanc es, noting that many of the district’s voters were new to both political candidates.

The new district runs from its northernmost point in Laguna Beach south to Del Mar (including Oceans ide, Carlsbad, Encinitas) and extends east toward Fallbrook and Vista. Voter registration for each party is close to a dead heat: Repub

licans at 34.53% and 34.83% as registered Democrats.

For his part, Levin said he’d focused this year’s cam paign on ideological issues, such as abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, and climate change in a political environment where the Democrat says he’s concerned that progress in such matters is at risk of reversal from GOP lawmak ers.

“Stakes are incredibly high, there’s an unprece dented amount of threats to democracy itself, to the rule of law, to institutions, to checks and balances, and even to rights that I thought were settled, such as re productive rights, LGBTQ rights, right to contracep tion — the Supreme Court is really looking at those things,” said Levin. “The stakes are huge, and we must decide the collective future we want together. We’ve made incredible prog ress with our local priorities and how we’ve stood up for our district’s values and done things in a bipartisan way wherever it’s been pos sible.”

Levin described Mary ott as a “decent guy” with whom he “fundamentally disagrees on the issues, par ticularly on abortion.

Levin also said he’s con cerned about Maryott’s po sitions on issues of climate change and energy conser vation, two issues he thinks ought to be at the forefront of the election heading into November.

District 50

California’s newly drawn 50th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego), is a heavily coastal region extending from San Marcos south to Imperial Beach and covering major coastal cities such as La Jol la, Coronado, and San Diego.

Peters, who has held the congressional seat since 2012, acknowledged that the new boundaries look sig nificantly different from the old 52nd District he former ly represented.

“The unique challenge for this race is that about 43% of our district are new voters — you have areas up in San Marcos and Escondi do where we have to get the word out about our approach and our record, so that’s been work, but it’s been fun,” Peters told The Coast News.

Peters is campaigning heavily on his record, par ticularly regarding the issue of lowering health care costs for Americans.

Republican business owner and political science lecturer Corey Gustafson acknowledged he’s an un derdog against Peters and pointed out that redistrict ing had probably swung the district more to the left than previously.

A San Diego native, Gustafson co-founded a brewery in Vista and has been the director of the Oxford Study Abroad Inter national Relations program since 2014.

Gustafson has also worked as a lecturer at Cal ifornia State University San Bernadino. The Republican candidate acknowledges his lack of experience but in sists that voters in the 50th are eagerly looking for new faces.

“Yes, we’re the under dog, there’s no doubt about that, but you have a politi cian like Scott Peters who hasn’t held positions in the private industry,” Gustafson said. “(Peters’) held office for the last eight years, and he’s going for a fifth term when the country is saying we’re going in the wrong direction because of leader ship like Scott Peters.”

But Mayor Judy Rit ter said she could not sup port the resolution. In a previous meeting, Ritter cautioned tampering with the 20-year civil worker’s hiring authority by plac ing it into the “hands of three council members… who are coincidentally the ones attempting to change the code.”

“I trust (City Man ager Patrick Johnson’s) judgment,” Ritter told the council last week. “City Council, in the past, has not really gotten involved in personnel issues. We are always involved in pol icy issues. So, I’m going to not support that.”

Deputy Mayor John Franklin, who original ly voted “no” due to the seemingly hastened place ment of the change at the special council meeting, supported the amendment change.

Franklin said he doesn’t agree with the pro cess in which the change is being made to the city manager’s chapter, but “I don’t have an objection to the vision.”

“Let’s have a really good conversation about the city and how we will continue to have a well run city and promote diversity, equity inclusion, and pro mote transparency,” said Councilmember Corinna Contreras, encouraging the public to partake in a future workshop on policy creation.

“So we can reach out to as many qualified can didates as possible and ensure that our internal candidates have a good process where they can enter at an entry level and have a career trajec tory that is going to make a world of difference for them and their family and ultimately, promote com

erating outside the realm of political influence.”

“This proposed ac tion appears, to me, to be a highly irresponsible grab for power by some city council members, and if passed may not bode very well for the effective management of our city of Vista,” Effron said. “The development of this or dinance, along with the other surrounding circum stances regarding its at tempted passage, will not stand close scrutiny and people are watching.”

However, not all were against the inclusion of a hiring panel to help the city manager along the hiring process.

Miles Sweeney, an 18year veteran of the Vista Fire Department and cur rent president of the Vis ta Fire Association, said there is no power shift.

“If anything its en hancing is power,” Swee ney said. “This move by the council will give a seat at the table to the team members that the new di rectors will be hiring. This policy will ensure a panel of experts and stakehold ers recommend the most qualified candidates to the city manager for hire.“

Johnson did not pro vide comment. However, council told the public during the first reading that, upon inquiry, the city manager was not interest ed in drafting a policy outside the public sphere that would change his op erations.

City Council, in the past, has not really gotten involved in personnel issues. We are always involved in policy issues. So, I’m not going to support that.”
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house Hokkaido Milk Bread, which is another Eick side business supplying a grow ing number of restaurants throughout San Diego.

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keep track of chef appearances in Lick the Plate, but I’d venture to guess that William Eick is near the top of the list.

And for good reason, he continues to evolve as a chef and now restaurateur, and everything he’s done has been more than worthy of putting out there via this platform.

First, a quick refresh er as Eick is still a young guy with his culinary road beginning 13 years ago at Tomiko in Encinitas, whose Japanese/Sushi menu had an impact. What the heck is up with that long-shuttered restaurant anyway?

As William told me in our last feature, Tomiko is where he fell in love with the flavor profiles of Japa nese food.

Bistro West, Georges at the Cove, Real Bar and Bistro were next on his cu linary path, followed by his first foray as a restaurateur in 608, then moving to Mis sion Ave Bar and Grill be fore opening his critically

acclaimed Matsu, which is still the pinnacle of fine din ing in Oceanside.

At Matsu, the concept of Naegi was born and be gan as a pop-up and popular food truck, evolving into the sit-down restaurant that opened on Sept. 7 in South Oceanside.

Eick managed to make Naegi happen with help from investors and a crowd fund with restaurant team members and staff.

Naegi’s primary menu remains with its focus on karaage sandwiches, and all of the tasty recipes on the menu are original and creat ed by Eick.

The menu features three delicious signature sandos available yearround: Karaage Sando

(karaage chicken, Toga rashi mayo, cabbage), Tofu Karaage (mustard, BBQ sauce, cabbage) and the fab ulous Ebi Filet-O (Thousand Island dressing, cabbage).

In case you were won dering (as was I) what karaage is, the difference between fried chicken and karaage comes down to whether you season the flour or the meat. If the chicken meat is seasoned first, then coated with flour, it’s karaage, and if the chicken is coated with sea soned flour, it’s fried chick en. And, of course, the sea sonings vary wildly as well.

Eick uses a butterflied chicken thigh as the foun dation of his Karaage Sando with Togarashi Mayo and cabbage on his also made in-

I’ll save the details on that for another column, as I could see his bread business taking on a life of its own and securing some serious regional or possibly national distribution. I’ve mentioned before that thighs are my favorite part of the chick en, and I love that’s what he chose for this masterpiece of a sandwich…or “sando,” as the Japanese call it.

A close second is the Ebi Filet-O sando, featur ing a panko-crusted shrimp patty with Thousand Island, cabbage and, again, served on the fantastic milk bread. This is truly a fish sandwich for the ages!

I also tried the Egg Sal ad sando, and well, maybe the bar had been elevated to high from the Karaage and Ebi Fillet, but it did not take me to the higher level I was expecting. Not that there was anything wrong with it as it was a satisfying lunch, it just didn’t blow me away.

I’ve not made my way through the entire sando offerings, but as mentioned, they offer a Tofu Karaage, Kanikama (imitation crab) and a rotating daily special.

Naegi also offers some solid sides to complement

their outstanding roster of sandwiches. The Japa nese-style potato salad is substantial and a hearty helping. I loved the vine gar Cucumber Salad, and the Green Bean Shirae with sesame tofu dressing was healthy and flavorful.

The Japanese fried chicken and sandos are crafted from ingredients purchased locally or import ed directly from Japan. Im ported ingredients include Shio Koji, Okinawan brown sugar, Shichimi Togarashi, and more. And, of course, all the sandos are made with milk bread spun in-house daily by Eick’s local milk

bread company, Hokkaido. Fresh and delicious milk bread is available in loaves or buns at the restaurant.

Naegi features indoor seating with a clean, mod ern feel and an outdoor pa tio. It’s a one-of-a-kind din ing experience in the area and worth the trip to South Oceanside.

Keep an eye on the menu, as I’m sure the cre ative and innovative chef Eick will be fine-tuning it and offering up some seasonal surprises as the restaurant evolves.

Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 1902 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside. eatatnaegi.com.

Time to get cozy with a cider cocktail cheers! north county

Inthe fall, I’m partial to hot cider cocktails. I’m going to recommend one of my favorites and a true classic: A Hot Apple Toddy.

I buy my cider already prepared. To the east, you’ll find Julian Hard Cider right in the heart of apple coun try. Be sure to pick some. Work your way back toward the coast, and you’ll find Turquoise Barn Cider, New topia, Raging Cider and Mead, and Twisted Horn.

Hot Apple Toddy Ingredients:

• 2 ounces whiskey or apple brandy (required)

• 5 ounces apple cider

• 1 tsp. local honey

• Cinnamon stick

• Whipped cream

• Apple (garnish)

• Lemon (garnish)

Heat up a cup of apple cider. You could use a mi crowave, but it will taste better if you warm it slowly in a saucepan. Stir it slowly to get an even heat.

Use a splash of the hot cider to preheat a coffee mug. Dump and then coat the bottom of the mug — preferably one that isn’t of ten used for coffee — with the honey.

Add whiskey or apple brandy. Top with hot cider. Drop in a cinnamon stick. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg and clove. Then garnish with a slice of apple. I prefer Gala or Golden Delicious.

Your cocktail is ready to drink. Find a comfy lounge chair. Cover your self with a blanket. Watch a video of a crackling fire and try to forget that it was 90 degrees recently.

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STATE & PROPS

A preview of California Legislature races and ballot propositions

The

Coast News looks at state Senate and Assembly races impacting North County San Diego voters, discussing with candidates their proposed solutions to matters of regional and lo cal importance.

Additionally, over the past two months, The Coast News sent electronic ques tionnaires in four batches to North County candidates at different levels of gov ernment, including federal, state, municipal/county and school boards.

The information con tained herein is directly from nine candidates in the 38th and 40th State Senate districts and 75th, 76th, 77th State Assembly districts (Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath did not respond to repeated at tempts to reach her office and did not participate in the questionnaire).

As a local newspaper, The Coast News wanted to share this information before mail-in ballots are received so voters can de cide for themselves who is best suited to represent their interests in public of fic based on the candidates’ own words.

State Senate

Republican candidate

Matt Gunderson and En cinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, a Democrat, are facing off for the 38th State Senate District seat currently held by a termedout State Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).

Redistricting shifted what was a slightly Repub lican-leaning region to the newly drawn 38th District that now holds a Democrat ic majority, according to po litical data consultants.

District 38 will now run from roughly San Onofre in the north to Mission Beach in the south, adding more coastal North County cities, including Del Mar, La Jol la, and Pacific Beach, while losing some of the Orange County territory held by the old District 36, such as Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills and Dana Point.

“As a three-term may or, I have balanced budgets in my city, I have listened to constituents across a wide range of different political viewpoints, I have a pulse on the things people care about and that unquestion ably helps me be stronger elected at the state level,” Blakespear told The Coast News. “I think we need people at the state level delivering real results, find ing common ground that people can believe in, and

I’ve done that as mayor, and my record as local official demonstrates that I’m that person.”

For Gunderson, any real change in California on issues such as homeless ness, crime or cost of living has to start with the un raveling of the Democrats’ stronghold in both legisla tive branches.

“We don’t need more Democrats in Sacramento,” Gunderson previously told The Coast News. “One-par ty rule is destroying this state, so sending another Democrat to replace a Re publican will not be mak ing meaningful progress towards solving the state’s problems.

“At the end of the day, my motivation for running is that California is no lon

ger the Golden State. In fact, it’s tarnished — it’s tarnished with excessive homelessness, rampant crime, and a cost of living that is forcing our children and grandchildren to leave the state because they can’t afford to live here.

Blakespear has re ceived a number of en dorsements at the state and regional level, including the California Democratic Party, San Diego County Democratic Party, Orange County Democratic Party, California Teachers Asso ciation, California Nurses Association, Laborer’s In ternational Union of North America, AFSCME Califor nia, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas), Rep. Mike

Levin (CA-49) and Assem blyman Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego).

Gunderson has re ceived endorsements from the California Republican Party, Howard Jarvis Tax payer Association, North San Diego County Associa tion of Realtors, Oceanside Police Officers Association, San Diego Police Officers Association, Republican Party of Orange County, Republican Party of San Diego, Supervisor Jim Desmond, Supervisor Joel Anderson, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, Carls bad Mayor Matt Hall, Del Mar Councilmember Dan Quirk, and former Encini tas mayors Sheila Cameron, Kristin Gaspar and Pam Slater-Price.

Blakespear, who also serves as the chairperson of SANDAG, has faced a rocky summer campaign after losing the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board’s endorsement to fel low Democrat Joe Kerr in the leadup to the June pri mary.

The board cited sever al issues, including Blake spear blocking residents with opposing viewpoints from participating on her mayoral Facebook page, a SANDAG auditor’s report revealing the agency’s staff

spent hundreds of thou sands of dollars on purchas es deemed “improper” and “questionable,” and the city of Encinitas running afoul with the state Attorney General after the council initially denied a 277-unit apartment complex in Ol ivenhain.

In recent weeks, Blake spear has refused to public ly debate Gunderson and has focused her campaign on reproductive freedom, supporting a statewide bal lot proposition that would codify a woman’s right to abortion into the state con stitution (Reproductive rights, including abortion, are already protected un der state law).

In a series of newslet ters, television commer cials and campaign mailers, Blakespear has claimed to be “the only pro-choice can didate” in the race for the 38th District seat, despite Gunderson’s platform as a pro-choice Republican.

“Catherine Blakespear is outright lying about Matt Gunderson — he’s been on the record as pro-choice for 30 years,” said Gunderson consultant Duane Dichiara. “She’s lying because she doesn’t want to talk about her support for the gas tax

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or that she voted for four tax increases last Decem ber, including the mileage tax that taxes every mile we drive. She’s lying be cause she doesn’t want to talk about the scandals at SANDAG or her history of corruption — rewarding big campaign contributors with taxpayer money. She’s lying because she doesn’t want to talk about the 74% increase in homeless and 31% in crease in crime in her own city. She clearly thinks she has to lie about Gunderson because she can’t stand on her own record.”

40th District

Facing a nine-point loss in the June primary, Dem ocratic State Senate candi date Joseph Rocha believes he can make up ground to unseat Republican incum bent State Sen. Brian Jones (R-Santee).

Both are running for the 40th State Senate Dis trict formerly represented by State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego).

The newly drawn dis trict now covers from just north of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Escondido, Poway, much of Sorrento Valley, Ramona, Santee and Mount Laguna.

In the primary, Jones secured a 54-45 primary win and looks to continue his momentum through the Nov. 8 general election.

Jones also rolled out a draft bill on Sept. 23 re garding homelessness, a pressing issue for both can didates.

Jones said his cam paign is running smooth and is targeting four issues — cost of living, homeless ness, rising crime and ed ucation. He said one of the easiest ways to tackle cost of living, and immediately, is to suspend the gas tax, citing fuel is still over $5 per gallon and the impacts other states have seen when suspending their gas taxes.

His new bill on home lessness is similar to an ordinance in Los Angeles that allows municipalities to identify “sensitive ar eas” and give the homeless 72 hours written notice to relocate.

As for Rocha, a veter an, he said he is confident the district will turn in his favor and has been hard at work with canvassing to close the gap. His priorities include homelessness, cost of living, jobs, veterans is sues and protecting abor tion rights.

Rocha said the cost of prescription drugs is out of control and legislation is needed, like the state did with insulin, to ensure res idents can afford medica tions and not have to choose between rent, food or med icine.

State Assembly

74th District

Republican incumbent Assemblywoman Laurie Davies (R-Laguna Niguel), who currently represents the 73rd District, will face off against Democratic challenger Chris Duncan in the newly drawn 74th Dis trict.

The cities of Oceans ide and Vista along with a small portion of Fallbrook now fall under the 74th district, which also covers much of Camp Pendleton as well as the South Orange County cities of San Clem ente, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point and San Juan Capist rano.

Oceanside, Vista and Camp Pendleton were pre viously grouped under the 76th district represented by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encin itas).

Davies was first elect ed to the California State Assembly in 2020 following her time serving as mayor of Laguna Niguel. Duncan currently serves as the mayor pro tem of San Cle mente.

While both candidates are based in Orange Coun ty, they feel strong connec tions to the North San Di ego County cities they aim to represent.

Duncan previously lived in Carlsbad for sever al years and has spent time campaigning in the area, opening an office in Oceans ide and connecting with lo cal leaders like Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez and Vista Councilmembers Joe Green, Corinna Contreras and Katie Melendez.

“I think the people of this district are looking for a pragmatic leader,” Dun can said.

Davies has also estab lished herself in the region, joining both Oceanside and Vista Chambers of Com

merce. As a business owner, Davies sees the importance of small local businesses.

“Small businesses make up a lot of revenue for cities,” she said. “I want to get to know them and see what concerns they have.”

Duncan has so far raised $347,343 through 531 contributions; mean while Davies has outpaced him with $610,598 through 347 contributions. Dun can noted that despite the amount in contributions she has received, his have come from more “grassroots” ef forts through individuals and smaller organizations.

76th District

Voters in California’s new 76th State Assembly District are faced with a choice between Democrat ic incumbent Brian Maien schein and Republican challenger Kristie BruceLane in the Nov. 8 election.

The most recent re districting process moved many residents into the 76th district who previously voted in the 77th and 75th districts, with the addition of inland areas such as San Marcos and Escondido as well as the areas of San Pasqual, Rancho Penasqui tos, Fairbanks Ranch and parts of Carmel Valley and elimination of Mira Mesa and Poway to the south.

Maienschein has held his seat as a 77th district representative since 2012, and is now running to rep resent the new 76th. He has recently championed legislature increasing

post-release restrictions on sexually violent predators and establishing a state Officer Wellness and Men tal Health Grant program along with various gun vio lence prevention bills.

Bruce-Lane is the cur rent Division 4 Director for the Olivenhain Munici pal Water District and has served in leadership roles for various committees and organizations related to homelessness. She is the founder of the Thumbprint Project Foundation, which seeks to support homeless children who have experi enced domestic violence.

Political analysts say the addition of more con servative inland cities has transformed the 76th into a much more competitive arena for Republicans, as demonstrated by the June 7 primary, where just over half of voters opted for a Republican candidate over Maienschein.

“I think this makes it a very competitive district. Incumbents always have an edge, but the primary results indicate that this is gonna be a battleground,” said Thad Kousser, a polit ical science professor at the UC San Diego.

As of the most re cent contribution report ing period ending June 30, Maienschein’s cam paign had raised a total of $629,801.57 since the beginning of the calendar year, with the largest con tributions coming from the California Democratic Par ty in the form of $30,641.22

in non-monetary donations. Maienschein also re ceived several $9,700 dona tions from political action committees including the California Nurses Associ ation, California Teachers Association and American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees.

Bruce-Lane’s campaign fundraising trails behind Maienschein’s, having raised a total of $204,978.16 so far this calendar year. Top contributors include the Gallagher for Assembly campaign and Friends of Frank Bigelow for Assem bly, each giving a total of $9,800 between two sepa rate contributions.

77th District

For several months prior to the June prima ry, Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Enci nitas) appeared to be head ing into her third term un opposed after Republican challenger Melanie Burk holder dropped out of the race in January.

But the lawmaker is facing a new Republican opponent in the race, Point Loma business owner, en trepreneur and financial advisor, Dan Downey.

“The number one issue we need to tackle in this state is the cost of living, and specifically, the high est taxes in California,” Downey said. “During this time with unprecedented inflation, it’s even more ur gent to take a look at the level of taxation in this state…and then you can fo

cus on the electric bills and fees” — all of which add up “to the highest cost of liv ing in the country.”

“The second thing I’ve noticed in this district is our problem with home lessness,” Downey contin ued. “I’ve also lived in San Francisco and other cities that have a problem with homelessness, and I think that it has to do with a state that’s under one-party rule. We’ve seen how the Demo crats are going to approach this issue. It’s time for a new approach.”

While Boerner Hor vath did not respond to multiple requests for inter views and participation in the questionnaire, she pre viously told The Coast News that her campaign will cen ter on the issue of climate change, which she says is presently the most pressing policy matter facing dis trict residents.

Boerner Horvath also touted her work on advanc ing such policies in the state legislature and pledged to continue to press for mean ingful solutions on the is sue.

“Climate change is a pressing challenge for our world, but its effects will be more keenly and quickly felt in coastal communities like ours in the 77th Assem bly District,” Boerner Hor vath said in a statement. “I have worked since my first year in the Assembly to advance policies that help move us away from fossil fuels, support the develop ment of clean energy sourc es, create high-paying jobs in our communities, and build the distribution in frastructure necessary to sustain a clean energy fu ture. As the Assemblymem ber for the 77th District, I would continue that work.

“In addition to the work I have done to ad dress climate change, I was proud to help bring the fight to save Trestles to a successful conclusion by authoring legislation that permanently protects San Onofre State Beach and the land surrounding it. I have also created policies that advance gender equi ty in sports as well as our local boards and commis sions, and helped pass laws protecting sexual assault survivors and witnesses to those crimes.”

But Downey expressed that he feels strongly that Boerner Horvath is not fo cused enough on the specif ic policy issues that matter the most to District 77 vot ers.

For example, Downey pointed to a bill Boerner Horvath authored in Sac ramento that would have allowed bicyclists to treat stop signs as “yield” mark ers (they would have to decelerate but not entire ly stop before a crossing if there was no oncoming traf fic). Gov. Gavin Newsom ultimately vetoed the bill, and the Los Angeles Times called Boerner Horvath’s measure “nutty” and mis guided.

“She’s just focused on the wrong things,” Downey said. “When the LA Times is calling you nutty — and that’s not a conservative publication — that’s not a good sign for you.

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State voters to decide two sports betting measures

REGION — The future of legal sports betting in California is being placed before voters in two vastly different measures this No vember, as Proposition 27 aims to open up online gam bling throughout the state and Prop. 26 seeks to allow it only in person at race tracks and tribal casinos.

The two measures have made California the latest sports betting battleground in the United States, where 32 states have already legal ized sports betting in some capacity, either online or at in-person sportsbooks or tribal casinos.

Few issues on the Nov. 8 ballot spell out such ma jor local impacts for San Di ego County, which is home to the Del Mar Racetrack, where an existing horse race betting operation could expand to include lucrative onsite sports betting under Prop 26, as well as home to 18 Native American reser vations represented by 17 tribal governments — the highest concentration of reservations in the United States — and 10 tribal casi nos.

Spending on Prop 26 and 27 campaigns has exceeded $300 million, making it one of the most expensive ballot issues in California history. Voters have been assailed with television ads for and against both propositions.

If neither proposition passes, sports betting would remain illegal in California. There is also the possibility of both measures passing, which could become compli cated — in a situation where two measures are passed that conflict with one anoth er, the California Constitu tion states that the measure with the highest margin of votes will prevail.

Here are the main dif ferences between the two measures:

Prop. 26

Proposition 26 would allow in-person sports bet ting specifically at Califor nia’s four racetracks and tribal casinos, which would pay a share of bets made to the state. In-person sports betting as well as roulette and dice games would be allowed at tribal casinos, which would shoulder some of the state’s regulatory costs.

Racetracks would be re quired to contribute 10% of bets made to the state, while individual tribes offering sports betting would decide the terms in their compact with the state regarding how much revenue to contribute.

Revenue from Prop. 26, anticipated to be in the tens of millions of dollars annually, would be placed into a California Sports Wagering Fund. Around 40% of this money would go toward state spending on K-12 schools and community colleges, and the remaining 60% for related costs and other state spending priori ties.

The measure is official ly supported by 31 Califor nia tribes and tribal orga nizations, including eight tribal governments in San

Diego County. Proponents say it not only supports trib al sovereignty, but also of fers a well-regulated avenue for sports betting.

“Prop 26 continues the promise that California vot ers made to tribes to give them the exclusive rights to casino gambling,” said campaign spokeswoman Kathy Fairbanks. “If you’re looking between 26 and 27, we believe 26 is hands down the better approach, the more responsible approach, and the more regulated approach to establishing sports betting in Califor nia.”

The 22nd District Agri cultural Association, which manages the Del Mar Race track, is all but banking on the proposition being passed. The district is cur rently in the process of se lecting an operator to devel op a first-class sportsbook at the track where residents could place sports bets in addition to continuing to bet on horse races.

Opponents to Prop. 26 allege that the measure gives tribal governments offering in-person sports gambling more leeway to sue smaller cardrooms not operated on tribal lands, po tentially limiting a crucial revenue source to many ju risdictions.

Prop. 27

Backed by out-of-state gaming companies like DraftKings and FanDuel, Proposition 27 would allow licensed gambling compa nies and tribes to offer on line and mobile sports bet ting to Californians 21 and older outside of tribal lands.

The measure would allo cate 10% of bets made after subtracting certain expens es to a California Online Sports Betting Trust Fund, with proponents expecting these revenues to be in the hundreds of millions of dol lars annually. Eighty-five percent of the fund would go towards homelessness, mental health and addiction programs and 15% toward underprivileged tribes.

Prop. 27 also requires the creation of a new unit to regulate online sports betting and set licensing re quirements within the Cal ifornia Department of Jus tice, costs for which would

be supported by revenue from the measure.

Supporters of the mea sure include various home lessness organizations and a handful of small, rural Native American tribal gov ernments.

“The passage of Prop 27 will create the ongoing investment that will provide permanent solutions for our homelessness epidemic,” said Tamera Kohler, CEO of the San Diego Regional Task Force on Homeless ness. “We need to create a permanent source of reve nue for homelessness and af fordable housing programs that is specific to state and local needs if we are ever going to implement perma nent solutions to the degree necessary to solve this cri sis.”

Those in opposition include over 50 California tribal governments and or ganizations, including eight tribal governments in San Diego County, who allege it will harm the sovereignty of tribes that rely on having sole operation of gambling operations and make little difference in addressing homelessness.

Gambling companies would be required to part ner with a local tribal gov ernment and pay $100 mil lion to obtain a five-year license to offer online gam bling, with an additional $10 million required to renew the license.

Tribes seeking to offer online gambling under their name would be required to pay $10 million to obtain a five-year license and $1 mil lion for each license renew al.

In both measures, sports betting on high school games would be prohibited.

Prop. 1

Following the U.S. Su preme Court’s decision ear lier this year to overturn Roe v. Wade after nearly 50 years, California’s Proposi tion 1 seeks to permanent ly enshrine abortion pro tections and reproductive rights into the state consti tution.

While reproductive rights are already protected under California law, this amendment would take a step further by including language that protects the

fundamental right to opt for an abortion and to use (or refuse) contraceptives. The proposition would not nar row or limit existing rights to privacy and equal protec tion under state law.

The proposition is championed by State Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) in partnership with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and NARAL ProChoice California.

Supporters of the prop osition argue it would pro tect reproductive care and the right to abortions while keeping medical decisions safe between patients and their providers. Meanwhile, those against the proposi tion call Prop 1 an “extreme and costly proposal” allow ing late-term abortions “up to the moment of birth” at the expense of taxpayers.

According to the state’s voter information guide, Prop. 1 would have no direct fiscal impact as reproduc tive rights are already pro tected under state law.

Prop. 28

This proposition would provide an additional $1 billion annually for arts and music education in all of California’s K-12 public schools, including public charter schools.

According to arguments in favor of Prop 28, barely one in five of the state’s pub lic schools even have a fulltime arts or music program – but that would change with the additional funding and without raising addi tional taxes.

Supporters also argue that arts education supports cognitive development and improves math and reading skills.

Nearly $9.9 million has been donated in support of Prop. 28. An argument against the proposal has yet to be submitted for the bal lot.

Prop. 29

Proposition 29 lays out requirements for dialysis centers in the state that would be administered by the CDPH. These require ments to dialysis clinics are:

A physician, nurse prac

titioner or physician’s assis tant with at least six months of experience providing care to kidney patients must be onsite during treatment hours. A clinic may request an exception if there are not enough certified personnel in the clinic’s area.

Report infection-re lated data to the state — if no report is submitted the CDPH could issue a penal ty of up to $100,000 to the clinic.

Disclose physician’s ownership stake in the cen ter if the physical owns at least 5%.

Notify and get content from the CDPH before clos ing or “substantially reduc ing services”

Prop. 29 would also prohibit dialysis clinics from refusing care based on payment of the services — meaning the patient, a private entity, the patient’s health insurer, Medi-Cal, or Medicare could pay for the services.

A YES vote would be in support of implementing the above stated requirements and a NO vote would mean no change to dialysis center oversight.

This is the third attempt by SEIU United Healthcare Workers West to pass simi lar language in a state mea sure. Proposition 8 failed in 2018 and Proposition 23 failed in 2020.

Prop. 30

In an effort to reach global warming numbers, Proposition 30 would re quire those earning more than $2 million per year to pay an additional 1.75 tax on the income that surpass es $2 million from Janu ary 2023 to January 2043. The revenue collected by the state would go toward zero-emission vehicle pro grams and wildfire response efforts.

The timeline could be moved up if the state reach es its GHG capture goals.

Zero-emission vehicle programs would get 80% of the millionaire tax, and 20% would go toward wild fire response and preven tion activities.

Some of the Green car programs include payments to help residents purchase

ZEVs and new charging stations. In each program, at least half of the money will be dedicated to those who live in or near heavily polluted areas and in low in come communities.

The fire fighting funds would help train and retain state firefighters, and other state agency activities to ad dress wildfire prevention.

The fiscal impact of the prop is expected to generate $3.5 billion to $5 billion.

A YES vote would mean supporting the implementa tion of an additional 1.75 percent personal income tax on income over $2 million annually, and using those funds for ZEVs and wildfire prevention measures.

A NO vote means sup porting no change on per sonal income tax.

Prop. 31

Two years after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed leg islation banning the sale of certain flavored tobacco products in California, vot ers will have the final say on whether the law can move forward.

Proposition 31 prohib its in-person retailers and vending machines from selling flavored tobacco products, particularly e-cig arettes such as vape pens, tanks and mods, as well as flavor enhancers such as vape pods and menthol cig arettes. Hookah, cigars and loose-leaf tobacco are ex empt from the ban.

The law originally signed in 2020 sought to lim it youth tobacco use by ban ning the statewide sale of enticing flavors which crit ics say are geared towards kids, such as fruit and candy flavors, as well as menthol.

E-cigarettes have be come the product of choice among most youth tobacco users, with a 2021 Nation al Youth Tobacco Survey finding that around 85% of youth e-cigarette users used flavored products.

Implementation of the law has been placed on hold since tobacco companies qualified the law for a refer endum on the ballot. Since then, companies like Phil ip Morris USA and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company have contributed around $15.1 million towards fight ing the measure, according to state campaign data.

Those in opposition to Prop. 31 say the mea sure pushes the market for flavored products under ground, harms adults aim ing to reduce their tobacco use with e-cigarettes, and targets products used at higher rates by Black com munities such as menthol cigarettes.

Around one-third of California jurisdictions currently have a flavored tobacco ban in place, and statewide, tobacco sales to those under 21 are already prohibited. Proponents of the bill say youth are still finding ways to access these products, which is why they should be taken off the shelves entirely.

AT DEL MAR Racetrack, an existing horse race betting operation could expand if Prop. 26 passes. File photo
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munity Resource Center, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and Nov. 3 and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1, at 650 2nd St., Enci nitas. Register at eventcre ate.com/e/community-re source-center-i.

ADULT BALLET

Adult Ballet for ages 18+ will start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Encinitas Com munity Center, 1140 Oak crest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more information visit EncintasRecReg or call (760) 943-2260.

OCT. 5

NEWCOMERS CLUB

The Carlsbad Newcom ers Club presents “Your Medicare Options” at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 5 at Carlsbad Se nior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad.

INDIE STYLE

Julia Jacklin’s indie music is coming to the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and infor mation, visit bellyup.com.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT

The La Costa chapter of the North County Par kinson’s Support Group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Christ Presbyteri an Church, 7807 Centella, Carlsbad.

OCT. 6

‘FRANKENSTEIN’

The Theatre School @ North Coast Rep presents “Frankenstein” as its next student production at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sat urday and Sunday Oct. 6 through Oct. 9 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets at (858) 481-1055 or northcoas treptheatreschool.org.

BEST OF BOWIE

Celebrate David Bow ie with Todd Rundgren, Adrian Belew, Spacehog’s Royston Langdon and Fish bone’s Angelo Moore at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego. Tickets at ticket master.com.

NAS & WU-TANG CLAN

Nas & Wu-Tang Clan are in town at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego. Tickets at eventticketscenter.com/naswu-tang-clan-san-diego-1006-2022/5326507/t.

CANDIDATE REVIEW

An opportunity to meet North County political can didates is being offered at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Mariscos el Pacifico, 111 N. Vine St., Fallbrook, sponsored by North County Patriots and the Fallbrook Freedom Fighters.

A Walking Through Grief session will be held along Batiquitos Trail on Oct. 6. Register at hospi cenorthcoast.org/walkingthrough-grief.

OCT. 7

HARVEST FEST

The Harvest Festival, Del Mar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Del Mar Fair grounds, 2260 Jimmy Du rante Blvd., Del Mar.

PALOMAR RECITAL

Hear a free recital by Palomar College Applied Music classes from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the How ard Brubeck Theatre, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Mar cos. Tickets at evenbrite. com or Allevent.in.

BIG RUMMAGE SALE

The San Dieguito Unit ed Methodist Church is holding a Rummage & Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at San Dieguito UMC, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas.

SENIOR CENTER TALKS

Raptors, Rehab, and Education will be the top ic at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Visit californi agardenclubs.com/vistagar denclub or email Vistagar

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Embrace the middle school journey

By Luke Michel

At a recent school event, I heard a common phrase from a parent: “when I was in middle school, I hated it!”

It’s no wonder mid dle school gets a bad rap. In early adolescence, children undergo physi cal, emotional and social changes that can be chal lenging for them to man age.

Middle schools, which are charged with bridging the gap between elemen tary and high school, of ten introduce increased expectations and larger class sizes, mixing togeth er children at widely vary ing stages of development. It’s a vulnerable time that many adults recall with distaste.

It doesn’t have to be that way! With the right environment and program, middle school can be fun, engaging and inspiring, laying the groundwork for confidence and success in high school and beyond.

OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

At Pacific Ridge, stu dents in grades 6 through 8 learn new ways to think, communicate, and collabo ratively address real-world issues.

We offer students op portunities to challenge themselves and develop new interests and passions – in the classroom, on the field, in the studio and out

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OCT. 8

BUSY IN OLIVENHAIN

Olivenhain Town Coun cil will host a Candidates’ Forum on Oct. 5 and an Oktoberfest, presented by Debbie and Lauren McCau ley, Oct. 8 at 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas. For more information, email membership@olivenhain. org

VILLAGE CLEAN-UP

Another Carlsbad Vil lage Clean-up is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at 2825 State St., Carlsbad, hosted by Carlsbad Village Association members Pure Project and Handel’s Ice Cream. Bring drinking wa ter in a reusable bottle and reusable gloves. We will have buckets and bags avail able, but best to bring your own reusable gloves.

ALL ABOUT THE H2O

Olivenhain Municipal Water District will hold an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at 1966 Olivenhain Road, Encini tas. The event will feature children’s activities and a water-wise landscape work shop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register at olivenhain. com/events.

MUSIC AT WINERY

Hear the rock ‘ n’ roll of Richard Elliot & Rick Braun

serving the community.

Students deepen their knowledge of who they are as learners, communi ty members, artists, team members, travelers, and friends.

RELATIONSHIPS AND PERSONAL GROWTH

At the heart of our middle school are the con nections students build with each other and their teachers.

Given the right sup port from caring and ex perienced educators, stu dents can get comfortable with themselves, take risks, develop their voice, make authentic connec tions, and build key aca demic, social, and emo tional skills needed for high school and beyond, all while celebrating who they are and who they’re becoming.

THE MIDDLE SCHOOL JOURNEY AT PACIFIC RIDGE

Our academic program introduces 6th graders to seminar-style learning called Harkness; prob lem-based learning in En glish, history, math, and science; multiple arts dis ciplines; and three world languages.

Beyond the classroom, students can join clubs, try new sports, and participate in weekly service work.

Seventh graders con tinue to build abstract and critical thinking skills,

at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Thorn ton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Teme cula. Tickets at tix.com/ ticket-sales/ThorntonWin ery/4672/event/1265494.

ART GLASS

The Art Glass Guild presents a glass show and patio sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 at Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Studio 25 in Balboa Park.

AUTHOR READING

Author Nolan Knight hosts a reading and signing book release event for “Be neath the Black Palms” at Artifact Books at 3 p.m. Oct. 8, 603 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. More info at arti factrarebooks.com.

OCT. 9

ON STAGE

MiraCosta College The ater presents a comedy, “Na tive Gardens” at 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 9 on campus at One Barnard Drive, Oceans ide, Theater OC2001. Tick ets at boxofficecashier@ miracosta.edu.

GOP DINNER AND BINGO

Republican Women of California-San Marcos host a dinner and bingo fund raiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the St. Mark Golf Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos. The proceeds go to “Solutions for Change.

delving into real-world is sues.

Across subjects, stu dents gain more choice in their projects, select a world language to pursue, and continue to experi ence a range of artistic media. Skills classes help students strengthen aca demic performance while promoting self-awareness, social-emotional skills, and wellness.

Soon to become high school students, 8th grad ers take on increased challenge. They refine aca demic and life skills while continuing to build confi dence and assert their in dependence.

Leaders of the middle school, they mentor young er students throughout the year and practice being positive influencers.

At Pacific Ridge, we believe that middle school should be a vibrant, inspir ing, and happy place. To learn more about our mid dle and upper school pro grams, please attend our Open House, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon.

You’ll have the op portunity to hear from administrators, meet fac ulty, students, and cur rent families, and find out what makes Pacific Ridge unique. To register, visit pacificridge.org/admis sions/openhouse.

Luke Michel is head of middle school at Pacific Ridge School.

Reservations $50/person (checks to RWC-SM) to Su sie Glass, 1164 Sunrise Way, San Marcos. Questions, call (760) 744-0953.

1980 SOUNDS

Air Supply comes to Humphreys By The Bay at 7:30 p.m. Oct 9 at 2241 Shel ter Island Drive, San Diego. Tickets at eventticketscen ter.com/air-supply-san-di ego-10-09-2022/5072647/t.

CATHOLIC FRIENDS

The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County will have a gener al meeting and potluck, St. Margaret’s Church, Oceans ide. Reservations are re quired at (760) 696-3502. More information at cwwnc. com.

OCT. 10

WTA TENNIS

Tickets for the Oct. 1016 San Diego Open WTA 500, at Barnes Tennis Cen ter, 4490 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, are on sale at barnessdopen.com.

OCT. 11

WAR ON DRUGS

The War On Drugs plays the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. Tickets at eventticketscenter.com/ the-war-on-drugs-san-diego10-11-2022/5046703/t.

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