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Bills may hold future of housing

Vista debates how to divvy pot revenue

By Tigist Layne

By Steve Puterski

REGION — Debates over two California State Senate housing bills have been heating up in recent weeks as the two bills could decide the future of housing and zoning laws in the State of California. SB 9, by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would allow up to four units and a total of eight market-rate units on lots that are currently zoned for single-family housing. Developers would not be required to pay for any infrastructure improvements to those lots. If this bill passes, property owners could create a duplex or subdivide the property into two lots and build up to two units on each lot for a maximum of four units. SB 10, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would allow buildings with up to 10 market-rate units on lots that are currently zoned for single-family housing. The legislation would also allow local governments to override voter-approved restrictions on rezoning and allow local governments to upzone without going through a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review. A recent poll commissioned by Housing is a Human Right, the housing advocacy division of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, showed that more than 70% of California voters oppose both bills. The poll results showed that half of these voters are concerned about the bills’ lack of affordable housing requirements. Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner told The Coast News that these two bills fail to actually address the real housing shortage in California. “What they say is that there’s a housing shortage, TURN TO HOUSING ON 9

BLOWING BUBBLES IN THE GARDEN Youngsters got wet and had fun at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens’ monthly Kids in the Garden class, “Using and Saving Water,” in August. The next class, “Recycled Art and Sculpture,” is Saturday, Sept. 11. See Page 8. Courtesy photo

VISTA — A spirited and sometimes heated debate was front and center as the City Council approved how to disperse its excess cannabis revenue during its Aug. 24 meeting. The council capped its cannabis revenues within the General Fund at $4 million per year, with the excess being allocated to various city priorities. The city had $1.13 million from Fiscal Year 2020-21 and unanimously approved cannabis decoys, scholarship and youth prevention and early intervention programs, increased lighting in neighborhoods and park restroom maintenance. The battle, though, was over adding a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy to the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) team and two park rangers, or enforcers. The council approved, 3-2, adding the COPPS deputy and rangers, which were all recommended by staff and within the proposed $1.13 million budget. Councilwomen Corinna Contreras and Katie Melendez both opposed the hiring of a deputy. “These funds are specifically for special projects and I don’t TURN TO REVENUE ON 16

Awaken Church harvesting ballots ahead of recall By Tigist Layne

REGION — Awaken Church is collecting its congregations’ ballots for the upcoming governor recall elections at each of its five San Diego campuses, but none of the church’s locations are designated ballot drop-off spots. According to California law, voters can mail their ballot, return it in person to an election center, put it in an official drop box operated by their county or give it to someone else to return it for them. The law says people who return ballots for others must print on the ballot their name, state their relationship to the voter and sign it. And, they must re-

A PRACTICE known as ballot harvesting is legal but has caused controversy in recent elections. Courtesy photo

turn the ballot within three days of receiving it. However, the ballots will still be counted even

if the collector does not sign them or keeps them for longer than three days, as long as they are filled out

correctly and returned by Election Day. Awaken Church has outwardly encouraged members to “Vote yes to recall Gavin Newsom” during church events and on social media. The church, though not a designated ballot drop-off location according to the county Registrar of Voters, is encouraging their congregation to bring their ballots to any Awaken Church campus on Sept. 5 and Sept. 12. “Awaken Church is not a designated mail ballot drop off location,” said Cynthia Paes from the San Diego Registrar of Voters. “We advise voters to return their voted ballot to an official site, either at a US Post-

al Service Collection box or one of more than 130 official mail ballot drop off locations currently available around the County. These official options are the best way to keep voted mail ballots secure and ensure every legally cast ballot is counted.” The practice, known as ballot harvesting, is legal, but has caused controversy in recent elections. In a 2020 report by House Ranking Member Rodney Davis and the Republican staff of the Committee in the 116th Congress, the committee argues that “this behavior can result in undue influence TURN TO BALLOTS ON 9

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Deadly citrus tree disease detected in North County By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — A deadly citrus tree disease has been found in at least eight trees in North County, prompting state agricultural officials to declare quarantine on the area’s citrus trees. Called Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, the bacterial disease was first detected in two citrus trees on a residential property in Oceanside earlier this month during a routine risk survey for the disease in the area. This is the first time that HLB has been detected in San Diego County. The disease was first discovered in California in 2012 in Los Angeles County and has since been detected in Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino counties as well. San Diego has been at high risk for the disease since 2008 when the Asian citrus psyllid was first detected in the county. The Asian citrus psyllid is a type of invasive insect that feeds off citrus trees and can spread the disease from one tree to the next. HLB is incurable and will cause trees to produce bitter and misshaped fruit until eventually, they die. Since the first two infected trees were discovered, six more infected trees have been found. Two of the additional infected trees were on the same property as the first two,

SYMPTOMS OF citrus greening disease include leaving fruit BLOTCHY YELLOW leaves are another telltale symptom of the visibly misshapen and bitter tasting. Courtesy photo disease, known as Huanglongbing. Courtesy photo

and the others were found on neighboring properties. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) declared a mandatory 68-square mile quarantine area around the find site that restricts movement of citrus fruit, trees and related plant material. Stagecoach Road in Camp Pendleton borders the area to the north, Tamarack Road in Carlsbad to the south, North Santa Fe Avenue in Vista to the east and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. While in quarantine, all movement of citrus nursery stock or plant parts out of the area is prohibited with the exception of pro-

visions existing to allow commercially cleaned and packed citrus fruit to be moved. Fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit and kumquats that aren’t commercially cleaned can’t be taken off the property but can still be processed and consumed on the property. HLB is not deadly to humans or animals, only citrus trees and plants. “We want to make sure residents within the quarantined area don’t move the citrus plants or trees and materials either into or out of the area,” said San Diego County Agricultural Commissioner Ha Dang. CDFA staff and Dang’s

department are working together to remove the infected trees while also still surveying citrus trees within a 250-meter radius around the detection site. A treatment program for citrus trees for Asian citrus psyllid infestations will also occur in the same area. Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Division Director Victoria Hornbaker advised that residents with citrus trees look for signs of the Asian citrus psyllid. “We need to control the bug to keep it from spreading the bacteria,” Hornbaker said. Residents can also look for disease symptoms that include blotchy yellow

spots on leaves, asymmetrical leaves, hardened veins, fruit not properly ripening and tasting bitter or rancid, and fruit with unviable seeds. According to San Diego County Agricultural Commissioner Ha Dang, her office has been working with county residents to inform them about the threat of the disease and the insects. Dang’s department also regulates bulk citrus shipments and nursery stocks, conducts infestation treatments for residents and businesses, and is currently working to help remove infested trees. “Removing the tree is very effective to help pre-

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vent the spread of the disease,” Dang said. “It’s also free of charge for the impacted homeowners.” After removing an infected citrus tree, Dang’s department recommends that the property owners avoid planting another citrus tree in its place to avoid attracting the disease again. Citrus trees are a highly valuable crop in California. According to San Diego County’s 2020 Crop Statistics and Annual Report, the citrus industry is valued at $146 million in San Diego County alone and about $3.4 billion for the entire state. Not only are citrus trees a staple crop, but they are also commonly found on residential properties. According to Hornbaker, it is estimated that roughly 70% of homeowners in the state have at least one lemon or orange tree on their properties. “I always remind people that citrus is part of our California narrative,” Hornbaker said. “If we can’t protect our citrus, we’re taking away a nutritional food source.” To alert officials about potential signs of the Asian citrus psyllid or HLB, residents can call the state hotline at 1-800-491-1899 or the county’s agricultural commissioner’s office at 1-858-614-7770.

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rom fine dining to quick service, Oceanside’s restaurants are an important “third place” for people to gather away from their homes and workplaces. They serve as a kind of living room for families to celebrate special occasions, friends to hang out and businesses to meet up. Restaurants are an anchor in our community supporting many local civic groups and sports teams. On top of it all, they continue firmly forward even in the face of obstacles. Restaurants’ persistence is particularly remarkable considering the challenges presented by the pandemic. COVID-19 led to approximately 110,000 permanent restaurant closures in the U.S. (17% of all restaurants in the country) according to the National Restaurant Association. Through the COVID-19 crisis, the restaurant community in Oceanside has demonstrated remarkable resilience and leadership in protecting workers, while serving tens of thousands of residents and visitors. Through grit and determination many local restaurants have survived and succeeded. It is important to recognize and support the role of restaurants in our economy. Here are three reasons: First, restaurants are a local job-creating machine. Earlier this month, the California Employment Development Department released statewide unemployment figures. Though not as rosy as previous months, San Diego County’s June unemployment rate of 7% is nearly half of the 13.5% from one year ago. A key employment sector, Leisure & Hospitality, added 23,400 jobs over the past year, more than any other sector. Statewide, the sector represents 1.5 million eating-and-drinking-establishment jobs, which is roughly 11% of the state’s workforce. Second, restaurants serve as an on-ramp for many “first jobs.” According to the National Restaurant Association, nearly half of all adults have worked in the

restaurant industry at least once during their life and over 25% of adults worked their first job in a restaurant. These jobs provide individuals with work experience and transferrable skills. Working in a restaurant also provides flexibility. Many people seek jobs that are outside the conventional 9-5 schedule. Local residents attending MiraCosta College, for example, require employment that does not conflict with class schedules. Similarly, parents with young children or children who have not yet returned to in-person instruction also require employment opportunities with flexible hours. Scheduling flexibility is also a critical need for the many active-duty military families living in Oceanside. The restaurant community provides these large population cross-sections with options when few alternatives exist. Third, restaurants are diverse and inclusive workplaces. Restaurants offer an open door to people from all backgrounds the opportunity to open their own business, grow that business, and prosper. Restaurant franchises in particular are known to be overwhelmingly operated by and employ minorities. According to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), in California people of color represent nearly 70% of restaurant owners, 80% of chefs, nearly 70% of restaurant managers, nearly 64% of wait staff. In addition, 50% of California restaurants are owned or partially owned by women. And yet, despite the challenges the restaurant community has faced over the past 16 months, California’s state-level policy makers appear bent on putting forward a major obstacle: the so-called FAST Recovery Act. Sponsored by the Service Employees International Union, the FAST Recovery Act was introduced at the beginning of the 2021 Legislative Session by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzales (D-San Diego).

In the initial attempt, it failed to muster the votes to move forward due to its many flaws. Namely, the legislation creates a joint liability making the national or international restaurant franchisor automatically and jointly liable for the neighborhood franchise. The liability provisions include hiring, firing, the payment of wages, and the provision of benefits. Essentially the national brands, instead of Oceanside-area franchise owners, would be responsible for business functions outside their control. This legislation would upend the franchise model and it is certain to discourage future franchise ownership. Another provision of the legislation targets both franchise and non-franchise restaurant concepts by putting outsized authority in the hands of an unelected state-level council and an unlimited number of local councils. These councils could adopt standards that apply to “subgroups” of the restaurant community resulting in a patchwork of different geographic worker and employer standards — further adding to the complexity and challenge restaurants already face in complying with inconsistent and contradictory regulations. With the ongoing pandemic, our state’s elected leaders should be seeking to help rather than harm our economy. The prospect of additional burdensome regulations such as those proposed by the FAST Recovery Act disincentivizes restaurateurs and franchisees from reentering the industry or expanding their business. For the sake of the leisure and hospitality employers that serve as critical components of communities throughout the state, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce opposes this legislation. Local residents who want our restaurant community to survive and thrive should too! Scott Ashton, CEO, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

ll it will take for Gavin Newsom to survive and serve the remaining year of his term as governor is for most people who have voted for him before either to go to California’s relatively few remaining polling places Sept. 14 or mark their ballots and stick them in a mailbox. That’s a simple formula, but it’s far from certain Democrat Newsom can pull it off. Some reports on polling have stated that Newsom has lost significant ground among likely voters over the last several months. That’s not exactly what the polls themselves show. An often-cited Emerson College survey out in late July showed that among likely voters over the previous two months, support for the “no” side on the recall question went from 42%-37% to 48%43%. That means previously undecided likely voters who made up their minds during those months broke about evenly between yes and no. But among all registered voters — where Democrats have almost a 2-1 margin — the no side retained the same 16-point lead it held even before the recall was certified for a special election vote. Newsom’s challenge has been twofold as the recall voting deadline approaches: He needs to retain all the likely voters who sided with keeping him in office, while motivating many registered voters who don’t always actually cast ballots to mark and mail the ones sent to them. All the evidence says he has not approached this in a convincing enough manner. Until very recently, Newsom’s main way of communicating with voters was via television commercials and frequent bill-signings and emergency proclamations conducted at points all around the state. He’s spent a considerable portion of the $50 million-plus raised for his defense on TV spots trying to label the vote a “Republican Recall,” using as evidence the fact that no major Democrats entered the replacement candidate field. There’s no question the recall was led by far-right Republicans from the beginning, but Newsom’s out-

right hypocrisy in last fall’s French Laundry restaurant incident and the way he’s been painted — falsely — as hypocritical in the more recent day camp incident where his son was photographed without a mask also have contributed. The day camp episode, where his son was verified to have removed a mask just before a photo was taken, and then put it back on afterward, may have been misreported, but it’s hurt Newsom, anti-maskers asking why Newsom’s kid was mask-free while their own children must cover up. Never mind that the boy was only mask free for moments. The hypocrisy and the series of lockdowns and seemingly endless changes in COVID-19 and delta variant rules imposed by Newsom’s administration took their toll among Democrats and no-party-preference voters, not just Republicans. Otherwise, the recall could not be running well ahead of Republican voter registration. Newsom’s best bet in defending himself was always to exploit the massive California unpopularity of ex-President Donald Trump and play up his links to leading GOP replacement candidates. There are plenty of photos, for example, of ex-San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer with Trump, plenty of documents showing Trump’s enthusiastic 2018 endorsement of San Diego area businessman John Cox and plenty of evidence linking talk show host Larry Elder with several former top aides to Trump. But Newsom’s campaign did not stress any of that until very recently, after many voters had made up their minds, some already having cast their ballots. In short, Newsom hasn’t exploited the major weaknesses of the recall and its backers, insufficiently playing up both replacement candidates’ links to Trump and the longtime extremist, anti-vaccination (of all types) records of many recall originators and early leaders. So, as noted by Mark DiCamillo, co-director of the UC Berkeley IGS poll, this election, like all others, will be decided by those motivated to vote, not those who merely register. We will very soon know whether Newsom has done enough to motoivate voters deemed by pollsters as unlikely to cast ballots, but the early signs are this will be a close call at best for the sitting governor. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.


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Remains of ‘fallen heroes’ from Camp Pendleton arrive in US By City News Service

CAMP PENDLETON — The remains of nine Marines and one sailor based at Camp Pendleton were draped in American flags Sunday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware as President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden met with some of the fallen troops’ families. The U.S. service members based in Camp Pendleton were among the 13 killed in a suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. They died supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel non-combative evacuations on Aug. 26 in Afghanistan. Assigned to Camp Pendleton were: Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio; Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Neb.; Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Ind.; Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Mo.; Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyo.; Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga; and Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui. 20, of Norco. Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, also was assigned to Camp Pendleton. The other three American military personnel who died in the bombing were Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss 23, of Corryton, Tenn. from Ft. Bragg; Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., from Naval Support Activity Bahrain; and Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Sunday, their remains arrived in Delaware on a C-17 plane that had traveled from Kabul to Qatar to Ramstein Air Base in Germany before its flight to Dover. “These fallen heroes answered the call to go into harm’s way to do the honorable work of helping others,” said Gen. David H. Berger, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corp. “We are proud of their service and deeply saddened by their loss.” Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of all the soldiers. Meanwhile, two more San Diego-area families that were trapped in the Kabul region of Afghanistan were evacuated from the country, a U.S. congressman said Friday. “Amidst the heartbreak of yesterday and the chaos that has gripped Afghanistan for weeks, we continue to make extraordinary progress in bringing our people home,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Bonsall, said in a statement. “It is an honor to help rescue and reunite families and loved ones, but we still have more work to do.” Issa said the two additional families evacuated Thursday night, Aug. 26, comprised seven people — three adults and four children. The latest families are

among of six El Cajon-area families who have been extracted from Afghanistan. The first four evacuated included seven adults and 16 children. “We believe that most of the 20 total children are enrolled in school within the Cajon Valley Union School District, although exact numbers are not known at this time,” according to a statement from Issa representative Jon Wilcox. Issa said, “This has been an around-the-clock operation, and individuals inside of government and outside of it deserve our deepest thanks. But more members of our community A U.S. MARINE CORPS carry team transfers the remains of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, of Rancho Cucamonstill need our help. The mis- ga, on Aug. 29 at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Merola was assigned to Camp Pendleton. Photo by Jason Minto sion is to bring our people home, and we will continue to do it.” Later in the day, Issa issued a statement saying, “We are actively working as of this hour to help more than a dozen members of our community unable to cross Taliban checkpoints or who are literally at the airport gates but cannot gain entry to safety. Those still in-country include children and seniors, and the situation grows more dire by the minute.” San Diego County made national news this week as several dozen students and parents from East County were reported as trapped Choosing an exceptional health care network for you and in Afghanistan after visityour loved ones is more important than ever. Palomar Health ing extended family in the is focused on the unique needs of our shared North County country this summer. The 20 students and 14 community and committed to providing the care you need, parents — who make up five when you need it most. families — requested assistance from the U.S. government to fly home. According to David Miyashiro, the Cajon Valley Union School District superintendent, the children range in age from preschool to high school. San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson wrote a letter to President Biden on Aug. 26 urging the State Department’s assistance in evacuating the families. “San Diego County is home to the most refugees in California, and I represent the large Middle Eastern community in the eastern part of the county,” he wrote. “I have heard from my constituents their anguish over family members and loved ones currently trapped in Afghanistan. “My constituents are rightfully concerned for the safety of these individuals and that they could be subjected to severe mistreatment, and potentially execution, by the Taliban now controlling that nation,” Anderson added. The Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan from Find a doctor today @ PalomarHealth.org/doctor | 760.849.1953 1996 until the U.S. invasion toppled the regime in 2001, continue to consolidate their hold over the country. The Taliban has worked with Al-Qaeda — planners of the Sept. 11 attacks — in the past, but has clashed with the Islamic State militants and terrorists known better as ISIS, who differ on the level of Islamic Fundamentalist law and how it should be enforced — and how those who break that law should be punished.

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Homelessness group talks next steps after reboot

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ESCONDIDO — Escondido’s newly restructured Community Advisory Group on Homelessness met on Tuesday, Aug. 24, to share ideas and information between city staff, service providers and community members regarding homelessness, as well as explain the city's efforts and plans moving forward. The group was originally formed about two years ago, along with four other Community Advisory Groups in the city. After having to restructure the group after a year of strict COVID-19 restrictions, community members and city staff met to discuss the background of the homelessness issue and the city’s role in addressing it. Mayor Paul McNamara, Councilwoman Tina Inscoe and City Manager Sean McGlynn were also present at the meeting, as well as Interfaith CEO Greg Anglea. “Our mission in the City of Escondido is to work with our partners to manage and reduce homelessness,” said the advisory group. “We will be utilizing resources, multiple disciplines, and cross-departmental teamwork to address the specific needs of the diverse groups suffering from homelessness while minimizing negative community impacts.” City staff reviewed data and statistics of homeless individuals in the city and county and provided resources to participants on learning materials, ways to get involved and volunteer opportunities. Anglea spoke to the group about the importance of being patient and persistent in this kind of work, because it comes with its challenges. “People have been traumatized. Individuals on the streets, their brains are often functioning differently. Don’t get confused and think it’s all mental health, addiction, personal choice — people have had things happen to them,” Anglea said. “When it comes to offering people help … we don’t just try to offer and throw things at people. … It’s tough and it takes a lot of time, which makes it all the more important that we do this work.” The group also discussed why this issue is important to address for the health of the city as a whole. According to the 2020 We All Count report, Escondido’s homeless population is 447, with 241 of those individuals unsheltered. The meeting concluded after a Q&A forum and an encouragement to community members to continue to get involved as the group moves forward.

SEPT. 3, 2021

LABOR DAY PIER SWIM

The annual Labor Day Pier Swim on Sept. 6 gathers some of the most hardcore swimmers in the United States, and even Canada, at the Oceanside Pier, North Side to compete to raise funds for the Oceanside Swim Club, a nonprofit organization and competitive swim team for children ages 5 to 18 years. The 1-mile swim runs from 7 to 11:30 a.m. and allows swimmers above age 12 to participate. Courtesy photo

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TASTE OCEANSIDE

rade, carnival rides, street vendors, family tents, craft beer garden and live music. Booth fees start at $150 for Artisan 10-feet-by-10-feet, with no application fee. Visit encinitasoktoberfest.com and click booth registration.

Get tickets now for the MainStreet Oceanside 7th annual Taste of Oceanside from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 at tasteofoceanside.com and the MainStreet Oceanside office, 701 Mission Ave. Tasting tickets are $45, food & beverage tickets, $60, for attendees who are 21 and over.

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HUMANE SOCIETY HIRING

LABOR DAY SWIM

San Diego Humane Society is hiring in a variety of fields. The private nonprofit animal welfare organization is looking for candidates who will support its mission to Inspire Compassion and create a more humane San Diego for animals and the people who love them. To apply, visit sdhumane.org/ careers.

SEPT. 4

HOSPICE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The Elizabeth Hospice invites individuals to a free volunteer orientation session via Zoom, if you are interested in helping adults and children facing the challenges associated with a life-limiting illness and those grieving the death of a loved one. Training sessions will be noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 21, 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 7, noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 4, and noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 17. To sign up, contact the Volunteer Department at (800) 797-2050 or e-mail volunteer@ehospice.org.

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ARTISAN/VENDOR CALL

Soroptimists of Vista & North County Inland are raffling off a 4-day Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico. Tickets are $20 at soroptimistinternationalvista@ gmail.com or call (760) 6839427. Drawing is Sept. 23.

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The annual Labor Day Pier Swim invites swimmers from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6 to the Oceanside Pier, North Side, to compete to raise funds for the Oceanside Swim Club, a non-profit organization and competitive swim team for children 5 to 18 years of age. The 1-mile swim and allows swimmers above age 12 to participate.

e don’t need to worry about power plants or even those big windmills. We have a bottomless source of energy under our noses. It’s children under 10. We just have to figure out how to harness it. I know putting them on treadmills would work, but their parents might get cranky. One of our current geniuses needs to design a fun playground where every step and scream feeds a generator. We could certainly lower the school district’s energy bill, if not the nation’s. If Jeff Bezos can fly up and send the rocket back … come on. I pitched in as ringmaster of the kindergarten and first-grade lunchtime circus for a few days last week. As rugby scrums of children teetered atop the slide set, I expected disaster, but there was none … no blood, no broken bones. There was the chocolate milk waterfall, and one kid spitting Cheerios into a spiderweb and one swiftly

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A free monthly ParkinBooth spaces are avail- son’s Support Group will able for the Encinitas Okto- meet 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 berfest Oct. 3. Join the pa- at San Rafael Church, 17252

snuffed session of “if I catch you, you have to kiss me.” Other than that, it was just sweaty. When did kids start needing to offer up full-throated, blood-curdling screams so often? I do believe some kids flew by me so fast, they got blurry. In their defense, they are confined to a too-small play area because of COVID guidelines, and, yes, these same children have been deprived of normal running with the pack for more than a year. In the end, they are still cute enough to get away with a lot of hijinks, and life goes on. A real problem is the school playground is technically a city park, and in spite of posted signs, people

docents are needed to welcome visitors on additional days, guide visitors and answer questions. Contact the Escondido History Center MAINSTREET FIRST TUESDAYS at (760) 743-8207 or escondiMainStreet Oceanside dohistory.org. invites all to join them on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to learn about projects CALL FOR VENDORS and what's new in DownAlta Vista Botanical town Oceanside. The Sep- Gardens has put out a call tember meeting welcomes for vendors for its Oct. 16 guest speaker County Su- Fall Fun Festival. This pervisor Jim Desmond. Sign family day is a free event. up for meeting reminders They welcome crafts, jeweland updates at mainstreet- ry, food and business sales oceanside.com/subscription booths. Vendor booth space is $40. Apply at altavistabotanicalgardens.org.

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PARKINSON’S SUPPORT

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Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo. For questions, call (760) 749-8234 or (760) 518-1963.

Silvergate Rancho Bernardo is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at 16061 Avenida Venusto, Rancho Bernardo. It needs licensed nurses, medical technicians, caregivers, restaurant wait staff, cooks and dishwashers, culinary staff, housekeeping and maintenance. Call (858) 451-1100 or visit Silvergaterr.com/careers/ for more ROSH HASHANAH SERVICES Rosh Hashanah High details. Holiday Services, at the Chabad Oceanside and Vis- DRUM IT OUT ta, 1930 Sunset Drive, VisA veteran-focused, ta, will have indoor and out- free, healing drum circle door options. Register for is offered every Wednesservices at jewishoceans- day from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at ide.com/. Services include Resounding Joy Inc., 10455 a Community Toast to the Sorrento Valley Road, Suite New Year 7 p.m. Sept. 6; a 208, San Diego. All equip9:30 a.m. service, followed ment is provided and it is by Kiddush Luncheon and a open to veterans, their famiRosh Hashanah Community ly and caregivers. The event Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. is made possible by Hospice There will be a special Sho- of the North Coast, VA San far service for higher-risk Diego, Elks of Oceanside members of the communi- and Resounding Joy Inc. ty at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 and the Family Service with Shofar Sounding at 5 p.m. Sept. 8.

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The Escondido History Center’s Santa Fe Train Depot and Pullman passenger train car museum in Grape Day Park is currently open, free to the public, on Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. Additional

SEPT. 11

MARINE RETIREMENT HELP

Retiring Marines can attend the Camp Pendleton Retiree Expo 2021, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Pacific Views Event Center, San Jacinto Road, Oceanside. Register at bit.ly/3jdOAZc. LIFE AT LAGOON

Batiquitos Lagoon docents will be giving a free public walk for all ages at 10 a.m. Sept. 11, titled “Life and Death Along the Lagoon.” BLF Docent Don Rideout will be discussing the drama of survival in the water and on land at the lagoon. Meet at the Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. For more information, visit Batiquitoslagoon.org.

SEPT. 12 SURF DOGS

It’s time to ride the waves in the 16th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon Sept. 12 at Del Mar Dog Beach, 3902 29th St, Del Mar. Dogs compete for Best in Surf, while raising funds for orphan pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Find more at https://animalcenter.org/surf-dog-surf-a-thon.

bring their dogs there in the evening. This week, on the partially enclosed kindergarten playground, there were two enormous piles of dog hair, where someone had decided to groom their mutts. I hope no student was allergic to dogs. And worse, of course, the custodians clean up dog poop every day on the asphalt area and in the kinder grass. It’s got to be breaking some health regulations. But for some reason, the Carlsbad Parks & Recreation department, which answers to the City Council, refuses to let the school close off the kinder playground. How can the vision of little ones playing in dog-poop-contaminated areas not be reason enough to put up just one more small, gated fence? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer still puzzling over the world around her. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.

Gilberts honored as Legends By Staff

ESCONDIDO — Announcing the second of eight Legends, the Escondido History Center will present a $1,000 honorarium, in the names of Marv and Carilyn Gilbert to an outstanding senior from a high school in Escondido. The Gilberts were dedicated to serving youth and the community of their adopted city, Escondido. The Gilbert family moved to Escondido in 1970 and Carilyn taught first grade at Oak Hill School and kindergarten at Juniper before retiring in 1999. Students, parents and fellow educators admired and adored her. Her teaching awards included the Chamber of Commerce “Teacher of the Year” award in 1984. Wishing to continue her service to Escondido, education and students, Carilyn was elected to the Escondido Union School District Board of Education in November 2000. Carilyn died in September 2005, and the Escondido Union School District Administration Center was named in her honor. Marv was appointed by the EUSD Board of Education to fill out Carilyn’s term. Marv ran for that seat on the school board in 2006, receiving nearly 78% of the vote. He served on the Board of Education for seven years. In 2011, Marv, who worked in insurance, was honored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce as the Business Leader of the Year.


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California’s stop-as-yield bill for cyclists splits safety advocates By Tigist Layne

REGION — Assembly Bill 122, also known as the Bicycle Safety Stop bill, has passed all committees and could be coming up for a vote on the Senate floor as early as this week. If passed and subsequently signed into law, the statewide pilot program would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs until Jan. 1, 2028. Currently, California state law states cyclists are “subject to all laws applicable to drivers of motor vehicles, including stopping at stoplights and stop signs.” AB 122, introduced by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas), would align California law with that of seven other states by removing the requirement that a bike rider has to come to a complete stop at a stop sign if there is no other traffic present at the intersection. The proposed legislation would still require cyclists to come to a complete stop at red-light traffic signals and cyclists must always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. “AB 122 is an important step to increase safety for all road users. We know from other states that when cyclists are allowed to yield at stop signs, they choose safer streets and will spend less time in dangerous intersections. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the data backs up this critical public policy,” said Horvath

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At the 2021 State of the Community presentation Aug. 20, the Carlsbad Village Association was presented with the Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance Emergency Preparedness Award. CVA Executive Director Christine Davis accepted the award for the work the organization did on behalf of the businesses in Carlsbad Village during the pandemic throughout 2020. CODERSCHOOL OPENS

Marcel Brunello, of the CoderSchool, 207 S El Camino Real, Suite C, Encinitas, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its grand opening Aug. 24. The after-school coding program for ages 7 to 18 can equip your child with critical skills like logic, breaking complex problems into manageable chunks, working with others toward an end goal and confidence. TOP NURSING STUDENTS

MiraCosta College students Kari Brayall and Tiffany Reece, were each

CYCLISTS RIDE northbound along Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Assembly Bill 122 would allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs until Jan. 1, 2028. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

in an email interview. Horvath has previously used a Delaware law adopted in 2017, known as the “Delaware yield,” which made it lawful for cyclists to yield at stop signs. According to data collected by the Delaware State Police, crashes involving bicycles at stop-sign controlled intersections fell by 23% in the 30 months after the state made the change, contributing to an 11% overall decrease in bicycle-involved crashes. “Changes in rules can be scary, but other states

that have implemented this policy noticed decreases in bike-car collisions,” Horvath said. “In fact, since I introduced AB 122 earlier this year, three additional states have passed similar laws.” Idaho legislators first adopted the “Idaho stop” law in 1982, allowing cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign and a red light as a stop sign. In 2019, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Act 650, permitting cyclists to slow down as they approach a stop sign and yield

awarded a $3,000 grant through the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education. Both were sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter VL in Rancho Santa Fe. Brayall will graduate from MiraCosta College this December with an associate degree in nursing, having received an Associate Degree in Science and Mathematics from MiraCosta in 2019. Reece will graduate from MiraCosta College in December with an associate degree in nursing.

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In celebration of Promises2Kids’ 40th anniversary of providing hope, support and opportunities for San Diego foster children, 23 local restaurants partnered up to help support the 3,000 children in foster care. Foodies 4 Foster Kids ran throughout the month of May and raised more than $35,000 for Promises2Kids. UPWARD BOUND

• Summer 2021 North County graduates from the University of Alabama include Carmel Valley residents Lauren Baldwin, bachelor of arts; Stacey Jacobson, doctor of philosophy; and Callaway McKinnon, bachelor of science in human environmental sciences. • Fariba Attarnezhad of Carlsbad graduated with a master of science in pharmacogenomics from Manchester University on May 22.

The Heisman Trophy Trust opened applications in August for the 2021 Heisman High School Scholarship program. The program honors hundreds of the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes each year. This year, the college scholarship amounts have been doubled, increasing support for each student-athlete’s education. Community-minded scholar-athletes can apply at https://heismanscholar- AWARD AT CSUSM ship.com. Cal State San Marcos has received national recFUNDRAISER FOR HOSPICE ognition for the innovative The Hospice Of North student coaching program County is working to raise that it launched last year, $8,000 for new medical partly in response to the equipment. To donate mon- coronavirus pandemic. ey for a bladder scanner, CSUSM has been selected visit https://impact.hospi- to receive the 2021 AASCU cenorthcoast.org/campaign/ Excellence and Innovation medical-equipment-pacifi- Award for Student Success.

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to right-of-way pedestrians and other traffic before moving through an intersection without stopping. In March, Utah and North Dakota became the latest states to adopt stopas-yield laws, joining Washington state and Oregon. Virginia is also considering adopting similar allowances for cyclists. “AB 122 increases the predictability of cyclists for drivers, reducing bike-car collisions,” Horvath continued. “It also decreases the time cyclists spend in stopsign-controlled intersections. This policy assures law-abiding cyclists come to a full and complete stop when another person or vehicle is present at an intersection. “It is illegal now for cyclists to ‘blow through’ a stop sign, and it will continue to be illegal under AB 122. Yielding is defined in our current code, and AB 122 specifies how a cyclist yielding should interact with pedestrians and cars to increase safety of all road users.” Supporters of the bill have also argued that many riders already yield at stop signs in California but are at risk of receiving a traffic violation if they do so. A review of public data from three major U.S. cities (Oakland, New Orleans and Washington D.C.) by Bicycling.com shows that Black and Hispanic riders are disproportionately stopped and fined for these types of

violations. “Everyone agrees that bicycling is good for our communities,” said Dave Snyder, executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition, the bill’s sponsor. “Yet we’re not doing enough to encourage people to ride bicycles and to make it safer. By removing unfair laws that turn otherwise law-abiding bike riders into lawbreakers and legalizing what most people on bikes are already doing, AB 122 moves us in that direction.” Steve Barrow, program director for the California Coalition for Children’s Health and Safety, told The Coast News that they are strongly opposed to the bill and are urging voters against it. “We have 500 people killed on bicycle crashes every year in California and we have several thousand that end up in the hospital with severe head injuries,” Barrow said. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Injury Center, they’ve all done studies on what happened when those people died in a bicycle crash, and a third of them literally were killed when the bicycle rider failed to yield at an intersection.” Barrow added that for children, the risk is higher because portions of their brains that control their decision-making and impulse control are not yet fully de-

veloped. “For an adult rider, it takes about four to five seconds to go across the average-sized intersection on a bicycle when you already have some momentum. It takes a child five to 10 seconds to ride across the intersection when they already have momentum,” Barrow said. “A car that's a quarter of a block away from a child only takes three seconds to travel a quarter of a block before they’re in the intersection, even at 35 miles an hour. And so, if they’re driving distracted or they’re not paying attention, that’s a recipe for disaster right there.” Additionally, a recent surge in e-bike popularity in Encinitas and across North County, particularly amongst younger riders, has raised concerns that less experienced riders may become confused by changing the meaning of long-established traffic signs. “When you get a bill coming through that says, ‘Oh, we should change the meaning of stop signs and people can learn how to roll through a stop sign and vehicle drivers can learn how to pay attention and look down the road for a bicycle rider and realize that if there’s a stop sign the cyclist can just ride through’ – that’s not the way it works,” Barrow said. “Traffic safety laws and the bicycle signs are put into intersections because it’s a dangerous setting.”


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FALLING IN LOVE WITH FIGS I was a young art student studying at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and happened upon the classic Italian deli with a storefront vegetable stand bursting with local produce. As I stood in front of a box of green and purple fruit, the owner picked one up and said, “Want a taste?” “ It’s a FIG! What, you never had one before?” “I’m from Wisconsin, we don’t have them there!” Just like a first kiss, as I bit into this odd, round fruit, the sensuous texture was indescribable and like nothing else I had ever seen or tasted before. “Oh my God!” I remarked as the green juice slid off my lips. Slightly embarrassed at my response, I just said, “Yes, I’ll take two boxes!” And now that I live in Southern California, figs seem to be everywhere, but no one is really quite as im-

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jano nightingale pressed as I was 30 years ago with this luxurious fruit. Instead, gardeners bemoan the fact that the fruit ripens all at once, and lasts for just a few days. I located fancy fig jam at one of the local health food stores, but resisted the $10 price tag, determined to find an easy recipe of my own. This recipe is from the Foodal blog, and gives a quick jam recipe you can make in less than an hour. Be sure to purchase figs when soft to the touch, but don’t leave them on the counter too long — they over-ripen in less than two days! Don’t forget to ask

your gardening friends who might have mature fig trees in the yard. Yes, there is such a thing as too many figs, and they will be happy to pass them on to you! Check the Oceanside Crop Swap Facebook and Next Door Digest for listings of gardeners who are willing to share or swap the fruit and vegetables from their gardens. Here is that recipe for your fresh figs, from the Foodal Blog. BLACK FIG JAM • 1 lb. black figs • 3/4 cup granulated sugar • 1/4 cup water • 2 tsp. lemon juice (juice of 1/2 small lemon) • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract Instructions 1. Pull the stems off the figs, and then puree them in a food processor until mostly smooth (a few chunks are okay to give it some texture).

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2. Transfer the fig paste to a medium-sized heavy-bottomed (but not cast iron) pot. Stir in the sugar, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce heat to medium. 3. Boil, stirring nearly constantly, until it becomes jam-like in consistency. At this point will look kind of shiny and will fall off a spoon in bigger clumps or sheets, as opposed to small drips. If you are unsure, turn off the heat and place a bit of the jam on a cold plate (stuck in the freezer before you begin), let it sit for a minute or so, then check the consistency to see if it is jam-like. If needed, return to the heat for a few more minutes. 4. Once it is finished cooking, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. 5. Carefully transfer the jam to a clean jar. Screw the lid on a bit, but don’t tighten it. Let it cool for an hour or so, then transfer to the fridge (still with a semi-loose lid). After it has cooled completely you can tighten the lid. 6. Store in the refrigerator for one week. *** Figs are also extremely versatile and can be served as a dessert or appetizer. • Pair them with Gorgonzola cheese mixed with cream cheese and stuff into individual figs on a dessert platter. • Wow your summer guests with an appetizer tray filled with figs wrapped in prosciutto and fig crostini. The crostini can be any variety of combination of figs with goat cheese or Gorgonzola spread on a hearty baguette. Enjoy your summer barbeques and late night

IF YOU FIND yourself with too many figs, make Black Fig Jam. Photo courtesy Foodal

fruit snacks. And scour the of apple recipes to share. farmer’s markets and local Jano Nightingale is a health food stores for the horticulturist who lives in freshest varieties of this Vista where she cooks and heavenly fruit. gardens with her son. She But don’t wait too long, teaches gardening at the the season only lasts, like Carlsbad Pine Street Senior all good fruit, a few weeks! Center Community Garden Please contact me with and is available to teach your recipes and local fruit adult and children’s garand vegetable finds. In the den classes. Contact her at near future, we are planjanosgarden@gmail.com or ning a trip to Julian during apple picking season, and, the Carlsbad Senior Center at (760) 602-4650. yes, I have a recipe box full

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VISTA — Kids in the Garden Class at Vista’s Alta Vista Botanical Gardens hosted families for the Kids in the Garden class “Using and Saving Water” in August. Children and parents delved into a variety of activities to encourage water conservation and enjoyed using water in many different forms — blowing bubbles with strawberry baskets, testing what will float and sink, and constructing boats, discovering evaporation, painting with water and watercolors, working with worms and digging in the mud. Farmer Jones provided directions and materials for the class, with help from volunteers Donna Weber, Kim Kaur, Lily Rodriguez, and Nina Kokami. The Sept. 11 class will be “Recycled Art and Sculpture” — encouraging creative re-use of materials instead of throwing them in the trash. A little tape and a little ingenuity make

THE NEXT CLASS is Saturday, Sept. 11. Courtesy photo

fun projects. Sessions will start at 10 a.m. and 11 am. Pre-registration is required at farmerjonesavbg@gmail. com or call (760) 822-6824. The Kids in the Garden Class Schedule is posted at altavistabotanicalgardens. org Family membership in Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is $60 per year. The class is now in its 13th year and is included free with AVBG family membership. The class is also open to the public for $5 per person.


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but we say there’s an affordable housing shortage because, in California, people simply can’t afford to live in certain areas or they’re spending a far higher percentage of their income on their housing so that they’re overburdened,” Heebner said. “That’s the issue: their strange thought is that if you increase the supply of housing, it will eventually trickle down into becoming affordable, but we know a few things,” Heebner continues. “Number one, trickle-down theories don’t work. And number two, when will it become affordable in Solana Beach, Del Mar, Coronado, Newport Beach? Thirty years from now when they’re dilapidated? I think we can do better.” Heebner also took issue with the fact that developers would not be required to pay for any infrastructure improvements to this influx of units. “Neighborhoods will be disrupted,” Heebner said. “All the good planning that has gone into creating a general plan and kind of good zoning throughout all of our cities will just be thrown to the wind because these bills do not come with any infrastructure money for water, extra money for schools, extra money for stormwater cleanup.” When it comes to both SB 9 and SB 10, Heebner said it will only benefit developers, not residents. “If you upzone, if you

in the voting process and destroys the secret ballot, a long-held essential principle of American elections intended to protect voters.” Before the passage of AB 1921, voters could designate a close relative or other person living in the same household to return their ballot. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, who authored AB 1921, called the previous policy a “well-meaning attempt at defining those who would be trusted by the voter.” But, she added, the restrictions previously in place provided “yet another obstacle for individuals attempting to vote, without any evidence-based justification against voter fraud.” Critics also worry voters will confuse the boxes with the official ballot drop boxes operated by county election officials. Others argue that ballot harvesting can be safe and ethical as long as voters are aware that these third-party drop off locations are not designated by the county. It is unclear whether Awaken Church is clearly disclosing to its members that their drop-off sites are not designated by the County of San Diego. A recent Instagram post from the church does not indicate this. Awaken Church could not be reached for comment.

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SENATE BILLS 9 and 10 would allow local governments to override voter-approved restrictions on rezoning and allow a total of eight market-rate units on parcels currently zoned for single-family housing. File photo

increase the potential development on a lot, it is going to increase the cost of that lot. So the resulting units are all going to be more expensive, not less expensive,” Heebner said. Critics have also pointed out that Atkins’ wife, Jennifer LeSar, founder and CEO of LeSar Development Consultants, stands to benefit significantly from this type of legislation. According to the Los Angeles Times, LeSar’s clientele for her “two affordable housing and economic development firms has grown nearly fourfold since 2013,” and she is “now in a position to potentially garner even more business as Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders, includ-

ing her spouse, propose increasingly bold responses to the state’s housing affordability crisis.” Matthew Lewis, director of communications for California Yes in My Back Yard (YIMBY), told The Coast News that they support these two bills because it is a step in the right direction of addressing the housing shortage. “Our overall policy agenda is to make it legal to build all of the different types of housing that Californians need in order to make it affordable,” Lewis said. “And by all the different types, I mean there’s many different kinds of homes. That includes things like duplexes and fourplexes, it includes small apart-

ment buildings of up to 10 units like SB 10 would make. It also includes larger buildings that can start to integrate affordability requirements for lower-income tenants. “We need a lot of all of the above because we’re so far behind in housing production based on population growth over the last three or four decades.” When it comes to the bills’ lack of affordable housing requirements, Lewis said city leaders who are actually concerned about affordable housing must first pursue it within their own cities. “Every city in the state of California, the city council and the mayor have the power right now to start

putting a measure on the local ballot to raise bonds and property taxes that would fund the affordable housing I’m talking about. In fact, in most cities, that is one of the primary sources of affordable housing finance,” Lewis said. “If [city leaders] are not aggressively pursuing affordable housing bonds in their city, I don’t believe them when they say they’re concerned about affordable housing because they know that is the only way to build affordable housing,” Lewis said. “They’re sort of like demanding something that they wouldn’t actually do themselves, and that says a lot to me about where their hearts really are on this question.”

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val Juried Exhibition are on display through Oct. 10 and are available via auction. Visit https://oma-online. org/pleinair2021/ to view the art.

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

Join in the First Friday Art Walk with music at the Oceanside Museum of Art, with the blues-rock guitar Anthony Cullins Trio at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Explore the exhibitions for free starting at 5 p.m. GRAB YOUR BOOTS

Cowboy Jack brings live vintage country music from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Arrowood Golf Course, 5201-A Village Drive, Oceanside. No cover charge.

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BLUES ROCK guitarist Anthony Cullins and his group will perform live on Sept. 3 at the Oceanside Museum of Art as part TALKBACK WITH CAST of the city’s First Friday Art Walk. Courtesy photo North Coast Repertory

sideration for a temporary, one-year exhibition at selected sites around the city. Application deadline is Oct. SEPT. 4 15. For more information, SOLANA BEACH WANTS ART contact Kayla Moshki at The city of Solana kmoshki@cosb.org. Beach has put out a Call for Submissions for a new rotation of its Temporary Public SEPT. 5 Arts Program. Artists, pri- ART IN ESCONDIDO On display now at the vate collectors, galleries, and museums/non-profit Escondido Arts Partnerinstitutions are invited to ship Expressions Galleries submit sculptures for con- at 262 E. Grand Ave., Es-

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condido, is a group show, “SoCal’s Best: Upstarts and Innovators.” The PhotoArts Group is exhibiting “Black and White” and a trio of talent in Gallery Too includes Linda Doll, Virginia Cole and Carol Mansfield.

Theatre presents a Talkback with the cast & director of its latest production, “Dancing Lessons,” at 8 p.m. Sept. 10. The play runs through Oct. 3 on Wednesdays 7 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m. at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

Diego Art Institute becoming the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Join the live Auction, Dinner, Dancing at 6 pm with an After Party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets $450 include dinner, dancing and after party. Tickets at luxartinstitute.org/events/.

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REMEMBERING

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Oceanside is presenting “Moments of Silence and Music, Remembering a Historic American Day: Sept. 11, 2001,” at 1 p.m. Sept. 11, 1450 S. Melrose Drive. It will feature the Concordia Wind Orchestra, a presentation of colors by the Oceanside Fire Department and more. A free will offering of $10 is suggested. FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

The San Diego Festival of the Arts invites all to “Follow Your Art,” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at SEPT. 6 the San Diego Surf Sports Park, 14989 Via De La ValCELEBRATE NEW ART HUB PLEIN-AIR ART AUCTION Lux is throwing a par- le, Del Mar. Experience 150 The artworks selected from the Oceanside Muse- ty Sept. 10 to celebrate Lux fine artists, live entertainum of Art’s Plein Air Festi- Art Institute and the San ment, food, wine, spirits

and craft beer at its new North San Diego location. The 21+ outdoor art festival supports San Diegans with disabilities. BRANFORD MARSALIS LIVE

Get tickets now for saxophone legend, Branford Marsalis, performing “A Path Forward” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park, 14989 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. The Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra September Festival opens with this benefit concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Tickets at mainlymozart. org/. ‘BURNED AND DYED’

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&Entertainment ‘A Chorus Line’ shines at Moonlight Amphitheatre A rts

By E’Louise Ondash

VISTA — If you look at the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “A Chorus Line” through the numbers, here’s what you’ll find: 6,137 – the number of performances on Broadway, making the musical the longest-running production until 24 – the number of dancers in the story who attend the original audition.it was surpassed by “Cats” in 1997. 17 – the number of dancers who make it to the second round. 9 – the number of Tony Awards it won in 1976. 8 – the number of dancers who make the final cut. One – singular sensation… OK, a little play on words, but you can see the actual play at Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre through Sept. 5. The cast of “A Chorus Line” is sizable, talented and the actors give it their all, just like the characters they embody. Casting the show was a challenge because of the need for not only “triple-threat” actors — those who can sing, dance and act — but those who fit the physical and racial profile of the characters, said Director and Choreographer Hector Guerrero. “For instance, the role

MULTI-TALENTED actor, dancer and singer Xavier J. Bush plays character Richie Walters, a talented dancer who nearly became a kindergarten teacher in Moonlight Amphitheatre’s production of the award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line.” The show runs through Sept. 5. Photo by Ken Jacques Photography

of Richie was challenging to cast," Guerrero said. "We had to find a Black actor, singer and dancer, because there’s intense choreography, and we needed a high tenor – someone who was able to hit the high notes. We were fortunate when Xavier Bush walked into the audition.” (The only problem with Bush’s Richie is that we don’t see enough

of him. He’s got the moves.) Critics and theater historians have written that “A Chorus Line” has broad appeal because the characters’ stories resonate with everyone, not just dancers. “I think the takeaway from this,” Guerrero said, “is that we might be different in the way we look, but we all still have the need to be loved and accepted.

Whether it be to a family member, a job, a relationship or a school application.” The character of Connie, played by Emma Park, was another role that called for a specific ethnicity. “It was important to cast an Asian because there are not that many roles for Asians,” Guerrero said. “I keep looking until I find

what I need.” Luckily, the director/ choreographer had an ample turnout for auditions. “We began with 200 submitted photos and resumes and brought it down to 70 people. There were so many probably because people have not been able to work in the last year-anda-half.” Guerrero, who choreo-

graphed “West Side Story” in 2019 at the Moonlight, was a likely pick for “A Chorus Line,” as the production has been an integral part of his career. “I did the show as a performer for many, many years, and assisted directors and choreographers, and am close friends with Kay Cole who played the original Maggie (in “A Chorus Line”) on Broadway,” he said. For this production, Guerrero also has managed to duplicate the exact choreography that was created for the Broadway production, thanks to his dance “bible.” “I have all the steps and formations written down,” he said. “It took years to build the book. I remember a lot of it, but there’s only so much my brain can retain.” Kudos to the production’s: Lighting Designer and Technical Director Jennifer Edwards for keeping up with the frequent need for that single spotlight; Jennifer Knox for her portrayal of Cassie and the fluid, swan-like dance solo; and the entire cast for the perfectly executed, iconic ensemble-number “One.” It definitely scores a 10. Visit www.moonlightstage.com or call 760-7242110.

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Small, tasty batches at 117° West Spirits distillery in Vista cheers! north county

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an Diego is known for its beer scene, for hopped-up IPA monsters, hop highway and beer inno-vation, but we’re a community of diverse tastes. I recently went looking for a locally distilled whiskey and was shocked to see how many distilleries now call San Diego County their home. Welcome to the Cheers! In The Moment Distiller’s Series, and my first guest Justin McCabe, head distiller and co-founder of 117° West Spirits in Vista. Cheers! Hey Justin, thanks for getting me caught up with on what's going on at 117° West. We've been in a pandemic for...seemingly forever. What has the past 16 months been like for you, (and your partners), and what are you envisioning for the rest of 2021 and beyond? Justin: It’s been a real challenge, but we have had a few opportunities to utilize regu-latory changes to benefit our business. Most importantly, the ability to ship direct to consumers throughout California has been crucial to our existence. Once our tasting room closed what looked like a possible ending turned into a new beginning. The support of our small group of customers throughout the

117° WEST SPIRITS offers a variety of craft spirits, including rye, bourbon and “cherya,” which is short for cherry-wood smoked rye IPA. Photo via Facebook/117° West Spirits

state really allowed us to continue produc-tion and stock up on product even though we were selling less. A couple of great reviews of our products by guys at the Whiskey Tribe even gained us a few new customers. We also did our own YouTube cocktail tutorials trying to bring the tasting room into the homes of our customers who couldn’t visit us. Of course, we also made hand sanitizer for a short time at the beginning of the pandemic but that was more about supporting the needs

of the community than anything else. Most of our production was donated to local food banks, first responders, senior living centers and homeless shelters. Now that the tasting room is open JUSTIN again, the MCCABE ability to use outdoor spaces has been a tremendous benefit, especially in our small Vista tasting room. And looking ahead we are

focusing on trying to make ourselves known in the community–so thank you for this opportunity–and bring more deli-cious craft spirits to the people beyond our tasting room. Cheers! For someone who isn’t familiar with 117° West, will you explain the theme or vibe, and what inspired you to start distilling whiskey? Justin: 117 West Spirits is inspired by creating big ideas in small batches. Really it boils down to a passion for the value of craft. Nothing is more important to us

than producing innovative and fla-vorful, high-quality spirits. We do this by producing everything from scratch by hand using only quality ingredients on-site in our distillery. The products include rum, gin and whiskey, and are produced on a one-of-akind Alexandria Still with a Gatling Column built by hand in Coleville, Washington. This is our secret weapon in the fight for more flavorful spirits. Cheers! I can’t forget to ask about the spirits. You have some interesting

bottles. I was drawn to the cherya. Is there anything exciting or interesting coming out of R&D right now? Justin: Yes, cherya is probably our craziest product but super tasty. I like to say it has a cult fol-lowing because nobody really knows what it is until they try it, and we have a small group of loyal followers. Basically, it is a hopped whiskey. The name is short for Cherrywood smoked Rye IPA. We add hops using a gin basket during distillation to extract the flavor compounds and oils with the hot ethanol vapor. Our latest new release was a Port Cask finish Rye, where we took [distilled] a Rye that was aged at least one year in small New American Oak barrels and aged for an additional two months in a Port Cask we obtained from a local winery, Grafted Cellars. According to my Dad, it makes the best old-fashioned he’s ever tasted, but it’s great neat too. Rich fruit on the nose and finish with subtle spiciness and hazelnut. As far as R&D, we are considering alternative whiskey grains. [The] typical grains for distillation include barley, wheat, rye and corn, and could be malted or raw. Alternative grains are things like oats, spelt, triticale or other ancient grains. We haven’t settled on a recipe for that, but we did also release our own bitters and are excited about the re-release of our Yolo Gold TURN TO CHEERS! ON 15

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Annual Harvest for Hope event helps kids with cancer taste of wine frank mangio

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he Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) of San Diego County presents its 18th annual Harvest for Hope Food and Wine Tasting Event at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, in the beautiful Coasterra Restaurant on Harbor Island in San Diego. The mission of ENF is to ensure that no child misses cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. The foundation helps families navigate through the child’s journey with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Founders Diane and Richard Nares created this commitment to underprivileged families of children with this affliction, offering free transportation, a “Ride with Emilio,” named after the loss of their only son Emilio to cancer. Since 2003 the foundation has raised over $3 million in San Diego and other communities in Southern California. ENF’s prime service to the needy, “Ride with Emilio” with its four

vans, have reached a milestone of driving cancer-related patients over a million miles, serving over 6,000 families and 4,000 children, getting them to their cancer treatments. Every child served by ENF comes from a low-income household where reaching life-support appointments would be next to impossible. This year’s Harvest for Hope benefit event on Sunday, Sept. 12, has brought out the best in restaurant and wine partners, to ensure a special time for guests and sponsors. At least 15 gourmet food stations will be serving delicious entrees including Coasterra with its Paella Station, Crust Pizzeria with mac and cheese; Great Maple with smoked pork belly and polenta; Ranch 45 with Brandt Beef; Solare with butternut squash; Sushi on a Roll; Ratcliffe Catering with a burrata salad and stone fruit; Tavola Nostra with meatballs and tomato sauce, caponata eggplant and Sicilian pinsa bread; Sweet Cheeks Baking Company with a pumpkin dessert; Venissimo Cheese with its Gouda wheel; Lazy Acres' cookie and wellness latte, and King and Queen Cantina's Mexican cuisine in San Diego’s Little Italy Wine partners include Castello Banfi, Chambers

SINCE 2003, the Emilio Nares Foundation has helped children with cancer and their families in Southern California. Courtesy photo

and Chambers, Daou Family Estates, Niner Winery, Torrey Wines, Transcendent, Kobrand and Regal. The beer partner is Thorn Brewing. General Admission tickets are $160. per person. Partnerships are still available. To learn more about the foundation and to RSVP for tickets to the Sept. 12 benefit event, visit enfhope.org, or contact Katie Khasim at 858-571-3328. ‘Pinot Picks’ for National Pinot Noir Day What makes pinot noir so irresistible to a growing body of wine lovers despite being a finicky grape, its thin skin demanding pre-

cise locations along coastal climates for maximum cultivation? Andres Tchelistcheff, considered the leading winemaker in the development of Napa Valley wines, once declared that “God made cabernet sauvignon, whereas the devil made pinot noir.” However, Joel Fleishman of Vanity Fair magazine described pinot noir as “the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, it makes the blood run hot and the soul wax poetic.” Pinot Noir’s home is France’s Burgundy region, especially the Cote-d’-Or district. By volume, most pinot noir is planted in Cal-

ifornia’s Sonoma with its Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. Other well regarded California pinot does well in the Anderson Valley, Carneros in the Napa Valley, the Santa Lucia Highlands south of Monterey and the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. Oregon is the second-most productive region in the U.S. for pinot noir led by the Willamette Valley. Dundee Hills is next followed by the Eola-Amity Hills. The Willamette Valley is at the same latitude as the Burgundy region of France and has a similar climate in which the finicky grapes thrive. Being lighter in style, pinot noir has benefited from a trend toward more restrained, less alcoholic wines. “There are hundreds of outstanding wines to go around from 2018 and 2019,” Wine Spectator said. “Both are excellent vintages for pinot noir characterized by moderate temperatures throughout the growing season, with replenishing winter rains and no damaging heat spikes.” The recent National Pinot Noir Day saw several new attractive wines that fit the Spectator mold: • 2019 Penner-Ash Wil-

lamette Valley Pinot Noir, $55: Reflects the region’s distinct textures, flavors and terroir with elegance and balance. Winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash has drawn on longstanding relationships with grower friends and neighbors to source fruit from the most distinguished vineyards (pennerash.com). • 2018 Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir, $45: This estate wine is sourced from 3 vineyard sites spanning the Anderson Valley. The soils are light clay mixed with alluvial loam and sand. The wine is a beautiful dark translucent garnet red. A firm structure with graceful tannins provides the frame for this well-built wine (domaineanderson. com). • 2018 Landmark Hop Kiln Pinot Noir Russian River Sonoma, $45: A symbol of the Russian River Valley’s rich agricultural heritage, Hop Kiln’s Vineyards grow some of the region’s finest pinot noir grapes. Made from fruit grown on the estate, this wine is a brilliant example of how complex yet smooth a pinot noir can be (landmarkwine.com). Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. Reach him at frank@tasteofwineandfood.com.

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New captain at San Marcos Sheriff’s Station no stranger to city By Staff

SAN MARCOS —The city of San Marcos announced that Amy BrownLisk, has taken over as captain of the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station beginning Aug. 18. Brown-Lisk is a 26-year veteran of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. She replaces Capt. Jason Vickery, who recently retired from the Sheriff’s Station. The city of San Marcos contracts with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to provide law enforcement services. Brown-Lisk’s roots in San Marcos run deep — she was assigned to San Marcos Patrol in 2002 and became the first female training of-

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Wheat Whiskey produced using malted wheat from Yolo County in Northern California and malted by Admiral Maltings in Alameda, CA. Cheers! If you could only drink one of your own spirits for the rest of your life, which one do you choose, and why? Justin: When you have twelve products, it’s hard to decide but my personal favorite is our Cali-fornia Single Malt. It’s our concept of a California Whiskey. Produced by grain grown and malted entirely within our home state of California. The inspiration is Scotch Whiskey where the terroir influences the flavor of the product. To feature the flavors of the fresh and ridiculously high-quality malt from Admiral Maltings, we age this spirit in used American Oak barrels that previously housed some of our other whiskies. This way the new oak tannins are not as prom-

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ficer in patrol in the history of the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station. She was also the first female corporal in patrol at the station. She said she’s thrilled to be back in San inent, and the beautiful fruit and nut tones can be fea-tured. I could definitely drink this and only this the rest of my life. That’s why I make it. Cheers! What is the best way for North County residents to get their hands on some 117° West if they can’t make it to the tasting room? Justin: Go to our online shop www.117westspirits. com/shop. We have very limited distribution right now, but we’re working on that ,and if any retailers out there are interested in having some of the best local whiskey on their shelves or in the bars and restaurants, please contact us on our web-site. Cheers! What did we miss? Anything else you want readers to know about 117 West Spirits right now? Justin: Our tasting room in Vista is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday or by appointment on Sunday, and really the best way to learn about who we are and what we do is to stop by for a visit. But thank you, Ryan

Marcos. “There is something about San Marcos that I hold near and dear to my heart,” Brown-Lisk said. “I was relentless to get back here. I love that this is a family community, that people take pride in their schools, and that there is so much community engagement — people here really seem to care. It’s a place where you drive down the street and people actually wave at you.” In August 2005, during her previous service in San Marcos, Capt. Brown-Lisk was selected to be a school detective. She was responsible for San Marcos High School, San Elijo Middle School and San Marcos Mid-

dle School. During her time at the high school, she spearheaded a program designed to deter youth from joining gangs. “It makes such an impact to visit with kids and interact with them in a positive way,” Brown-Lisk said of her time spent in the schools. “And educating parents on the signs of gang-related activity, what to watch out for, and to give them resources to help steer their kids away from joining a gang – it brings me pride to make a difference.” She recalls patrolling the streets of the Richmar neighborhood, which was one of the oldest and poorest communities in San

for your interest in our company and for sharing this with our community. We are excited to get the word out, and if people want to learn more about the amazing craft spirits in San Diego they should check out the San Diego Distillers’ Guild Fest on October 30th down-town. As a specialty distillery, 117° West Spirits has

limited hours so be sure to check their website be-fore you go. They currently have whiskey, bourbon, brandy, rum, gin and specialty bitters availa-ble in the tasting room and online, and if you go to the tasting room, you can try a flight or a cocktail before taking a bottle home. Follow their story on Instagram or Facebook, @117westspirits.

Marcos plagued by crime, drug and gang activity. To see the revitalization of this neighborhood today, which now features modern affordable housing units, mixed-use buildings and a walkable and safe community, is a testament to a city that invests in the community in meaningful ways, she said. During her tenure with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Brown-Lisk has been assigned to various areas including detention, patrol, background investigations, inspectional services and special investigations. She has served as a deputy, sergeant, lieutenant and now captain. In July 2018, she was

promoted to the rank of captain and assigned to the Office of the Sheriff as Sheriff Gore's special assistant. In October 2019, she was assigned to the Communications Center and oversaw 150 dispatchers, 15 supervisors and three communication coordinators. Most recently, Captain Brown-Lisk served in the Human Resources Bureau where she oversaw the Regional Academy, the Weapons Training Unit and the Medical Liaison Unit. “Captain Brown-Lisk is a well-respected leader in the Sheriff’s Department, and we are fortunate to have her return to the city of San Marcos,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

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REGION — It is no secret community newspapers are struggling financially, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there may be some relief coming from the federal government through the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (H.R. 3940), sponsored by Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) and San Newhouse (R-Wash.). The two legislators introduced the bill to the U.S. House of Representatives on June 16 and would establish three tax credits for local journalism. “The Local Journalism Sustainability Act is a lifeline for community newspapers like the Coast News Group,” Coast News Associate Publisher Chris Kydd said. “Its very existence should remind voters how important community newspapers are to our democracy. The $250 tax credit for subscriptions is nice to incentivize readership, but the $50,000 annually for reporters, and the tax credit for business are the real game-changers for our business model.” According to America’s Newspapers, a journalism advocacy organization, the first credit incentivizes annual subscriptions to local papers who primarily produce content related to local news and current events. It can also be used for non-profit publications. The subscription credit would offer up to $250 per year covering 80% of the cost in the first year and 50% of the cost in the remaining four years, accord-

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SOLANA BEACH - Mary Mercedes Arballo Magana passed away peacefully at home on August 9, 2021, at the age of 98. Mary was born in Nestor, CA on Sept. 24, 1922 on the family’s small ranch. Her mother died when Mary was only 7 years old. Her mother, who had been a teacher, made her husband promise that Mary would receive an education. During the depression, the family moved to North County where her father found work at the area farms and ranches. The family settled

ing to the bill. To receive the credit, a subscriber must spend at least $312.50 in the first year and $500 in the following four years. The second is a five-year credit for local newspapers to employ and adequately compensate journalists. This credit offers newspapers up to $25,000 in the first year and $15,000 in the subsequent years. It would cover 50% of compensation in the first year and 30% thereafter. Also, journalists must work a minimum of 100 hours per quarter. The third credit is also a five-year tax credit to incentivize small businesses to advertise with local newspapers, as well as local radio and television stations, per America’s Newspapers. According to the bill, it would cover up to $5,000 in the first year and $2,500 over the next four years. “When this bill passes, and we are fighting to make sure that it does, our job will be to educate our customers about the program,” Kydd added. “We are confident that if we show the small businesses in our community how to get the $5,000 tax credit, they will feel compelled to spend it with our publications and invest in both their business and independent journalism in their community. Equally as important is that this bill will allow us to pay better wages to our journalists.” The bill currently has 41 co-sponsors including California Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, Ro Khanna, Jimmy Panetta, Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell. in Del Mar in 1936. Their house is now the Del Mar Historical Society Museum located on the fairgrounds. Mary graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1940. She recalls working at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas on Dec. 7, 1941 when the local Sheriff rode up on his horse to inform the audience of the attack on Pearl Harbor and all military personnel where to report to duty immediately. In 1947 Mary married childhood friend Angel Magana. She attended San Diego State Teachers College, now San Diego State, graduating in 1948, at the time one of the few Hispanic women to do so. She returned to San Dieguito High School as the first certified teacher, where she taught for 3 years. She then went to work for San Diego Unified School District in 1951 as a teacher at Dana Jr. High in Pt. Loma and retired as the Acting Principal of Marston Jr. High in Clairemont in 1977. After retirement, she worked at Rady’s Chil-

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Council hears update on Escondido Public Library By Tigist Layne

Escondido Public Library Director Dara Bradds and Deputy City Manager Joanna Axelrod presented these updates to the City Council and reiterated their weeding policy, which was brought into question in May. “Collection management is an important part of maintaining a healthy collection for the community,” Axelrod said. “This process was discussed and vetted by the board … and a few of the board members even took the opportunity to tour the library and meet with the staff to learn

about their professional expertise. … After learning the details of the workflow and reviewing the documentation, the board fully supports the process and the staff that are providing it.” The library has also removed media borrowing fees and overdue fines, implemented automatic renewals and extended its hours of operation. “One of the biggest things I’m proud of is the fact that we are going finefree, I think that is a huge mark for equity in our community and it encourages

people who haven’t been to the library due to fear of fines to come back in,” said Carolyn Clemens, president of the Library Board of Trustees. A mural donated by the Escondido Library Foundation will soon be added to the library, as well as a pocket park outside of the library and a future fitness court as part of the National Fitness Campaign. The City Council also gave final approval to an amendment to the Downtown Specific Plan on ground-floor retail requirements.

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cil could not justify the cost and a lack of evidence for the need either from staff or the Sheriff’s Department. One resident, Nash Brown, told the council of an incident with her mother and her mother’s husband where they were pulled over and in fear of being arrested or shot in a case of mistaken identity stemming from a report of a stolen car. Contreras asked for more investment into the community and through the scholarship and prevention programs, saying the city must tackle the root cause. The two women also noted another two to three deputies and a ranking officer are set to join the Vista station in the coming weeks and another COPPS deputy is not needed. “We need to put more into prevention and early intervention,” Contreras said. “We need to put in prevention or the scholarship program. We need to get to the root problem and a deputy doesn’t solve that.” The COPPS unit is responsible for graffiti, home-

lessness, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and human trafficking, to name a few. Councilman John Franklin said another deputy is needed, citing the city is under the state average for coverage from law enforcement with 0.9 deputies per thousand residents. Currently, the city has about 90 individuals from the Sheriff’s Department stationed in Vista, which has a population of about 102,000. Franklin acknowledged there are issues with policing in the country and locally, but added the city is in need, especially to address the homeless and drugs in public parks. Councilman Joe Green, meanwhile, said he preferred two park rangers to help alleviate issues in the parks and was on the fence about the deputy. However, he and Franklin compromised to adding the rangers, with different responsibilities than the Blight Reduction Team recommended by staff, along with one deputy. “I think the mission

of the COPPS team is very important,” Franklin said. “It needs to be seven-daysa-week and we need seven days. There are issues with policing. In some respects, we have work to do. If we are not adding sheriff’s deputy, we are supporting a policy of de-policing.” Kathy Valdez, the city clerk who spearheads the city’s cannabis ordinance, said the cost of the prevention and intervention programs is $100,000, while lighting costs $27,000 per streetlight and $470 per year for electricity. “It would allow for about three blocks of lighting,” she added. “For the average residential streets, it is three light per block.” Valdez also noted the county will assign either a full-time or part-time social worker to the city as part of a pilot program. The decoy program will run $20,000 and $140,000 was allocated for scholarships, which will help lower-income children afford youth sports or other extra-curricular activities, according to Valdez.

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Aug. 25, to hear an update on the Escondido Public Library, which included information about a redesign of the first floor, the ending of overdue fines and the addition of a pocket park and a fitness court that would replace part of the parking area. The library reopened Feb. 1 after limiting access to patrons due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Friends of the Escondido Public Library Book Shop reopened in July after 15 months.

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think a sheriff deputy is appropriate,” Melendez said. “Lighting is more important. Take the funds away from adding a deputy and add more lighting. The number of deputies per residents doesn’t correlate to better safety, where we know lighting does.” Contreras and Melendez said that more lighting in neighborhoods would be a better use of the money and would help reduce crime and that the funds are meant for special community projects, not law enforcement. The deputy will cost $275,000 in the first year, while the rangers will cost $277,000, although those costs are expected to be reduced after the first year, City Manager Patrick Johnson said. He said the initial start-up costs, such as purchasing a vehicle and supplies, increased the firstyear cost. Several residents also spoke against hiring another deputy, saying the coundren’s Hospital and the San Diego County Fair Flower & Garden Show. She was active in the San Dieguito High School Academy Alumni Committee and participated in many Fallen Alumni Service events to represent her classmates and students who passed away in WWII and the Korean War. She retired again to help care for her great-grandchildren. Mary had a strong faith in God and a positive attitude, often saying that despite many ups and downs in life she was blessed. Her wish to everyone was to know that “From nothing we can be someone and to always pay it forward.” She is survived by her two children Luana Gonzales (Alfonso) and Charles Magana (Carole), five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and loved ones. Mary was predeceased by her husband Angel, sister Helen Ebert and brothers William and Robert Arballo. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sept. 27 at p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Solana Beach.

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Chef’s book chronicles history of California food chains hit the road e’louise ondash

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y husband and I make it a ritual, during our road trips to Arizona, to stop in Quartzsite on Interstate 10, about 10 minutes past the California-Arizona border. Three reasons: to stretch our legs, fill our tank with cheaper Arizona gas and buy a Sugar-Free French Vanilla Iced Coffee at McDonald’s. After my first brain freeze, I sip the drink slowly so it lasts ‘til Tonopah. I’ll be honest: I’m not a fan of the McDonald’s menu, but I do have at least one reason to keep the Golden Arches in my nostalgia basket. As a kid, I once rode the train from New York to Indiana with my grandmother. When we arrived in Elkhart, she bought me and my brother a McDonald’s milkshake — then 50 cents and made with real ice cream. After a hot and sticky ride in an un-air-conditioned train car in July, we thought we’d died and gone to heaven. I’m guessing there are many such memories that involve eateries and traveling, but probably less thought to the origins of our favorite pit stops like McDonald’s, Del Taco, Sizzler, In-N-Out, Winchell’s Donuts and A&W Root Beer. But all of these and more have one thing in common: They were founded in California. A serendipitous encounter got food historian, California native and chef George Geary thinking about this. “I was in Wilmington (a neighborhood near the Port of Los Angeles) and I drove by a strange Wienerschnit-

LAWRY’S RESTAURANT, founded in 1938 in Beverly Hills, had servers dressed not unlike nurses. The current-day eating experience includes prime rib served in huge Airstream-like serving carts and elaborate meat-carving shows put on by carvers who train for six months. Courtesy photo FAMOUS MASCOT “Big Boy” was first created for Bob’s Pantry in 1936 by Bob Wian in Glendale, California. The restaurant, which eventually became known as Bob’s Big Boy, is one founders, their early days, Geary holds dear a of several popular franchises founded in California, including McDonald’s, Del Taco, Sizzler, and snapshots of American memory of rare visits to FosIn-N-Out, Winchell’s Donuts and A&W Root Beer. Courtesy photo

zel,” he said during a phone interview from his Los Angeles home. “I noticed a plaque that said it was their first location. I didn’t know that Wienerschnitzel had started here.” Sometime later, while teaching in Lafayette, Indiana, Geary noticed a sign on the interstate that listed 24 places to eat at the next exit. “Twenty-two of them had their start in the Golden State”, he writes. Thus “Made in California: The California-Born Burger Joints, Diners, Fast Food & Restaurants That Changed America,” was

born. The 250-page, oversized hardcover is chock-full of the history of 50 familiar, favorite and not-so-favorite restaurants. The chapters, organized by the year these uniquely American establishments were founded, can be read in no particular order, but check the table of contents and find your faves first. There are the ultra-familiar like those listed above, and the not-so-familiar like NORMS Restaurants and Hinky Dinks. There also are those with unfamiliar beginnings

that have morphed into the well-known, like Snack Shop (Coco’s Restaurant and Bakery); The Blimp (Carl’s Jr.); Party Puffs (Hot Dog on a Stick); and Burt’s/Snowbird Ice Cream (Baskin-Robbins). Each chapter contains sidebars with particulars pertinent to that chain: founding date and name; original location and whether it has survived; milestones; most popular and original menu items; items that failed; and slogans. The book also holds voluminous historic photos that document the eateries’

Educational Opportunities Making time for music in your schedule “You only need to prac- NUMBER 2: tice on the days that you eat.” QUALITY OVER ~Anonymous QUANTITY The amount of time is So, how do you make nowhere nearly as signifitime for practicing music cant as the quality of the when your schedule al- practice session. Shorter, ready seems filled? high-quality practice sesMany parents and stu- sions will add up and make dents ask me this question a big difference. nearly every day. Here are my top 4 tips! NUMBER 3: LET MUSIC FILL YOUR NUMBER 1: DAILY LIFE. PUT IT IN YOUR DAILY If the people in your ROUTINE. life are the reason your Five minutes every schedule is so full, see if day, during your bedtime there’s a way you can share routine. music with them. Learn Bath time, pj’s, brush to play a simple duet with teeth, play a song and read your child, pick a concert a book. Make it a “part” as your next date night desof your daily routine. Easy tination, or trade playlists peasy! with your co-workers.

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culture, which has permeated the world as well as the lives of the rich and famous. “A n t h o n y Bourdain loved In-NOut burgers and Julia Child loved Costco hot dogs and McDonald’s fries,” Geary said. “They gave me permission to come out of the kitchen and into the drive-thru.”

ters Freeze (began in 1946 as Foster’s Old Fashion Freeze) with his accountant father, who died while Geary was writing the book and to whom the book is dedicated. “He taught me how to eat a chocol at e - d ip p e d cone without dripping it all over myself.” For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook.com/elouise.com.

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1. MOVIES: What is the name of the trouble-making fraternity in “National Lampoon’s Animal House”? 2. LITERATURE: What kind of pet does Neville have in the Harry Potter book series? 3. MUSIC: Which singer/songwriter is nicknamed the Queen of Soul? 4. GAMES: In the NFL, how long is the halftime? 5. TELEVISION: What is the name of Mork’s planet on “Mork & Mindy”? 6. GEOGRAPHY: Tokyo is located on which of Japan’s four main islands? 7. MEDICAL: What is the common name for deglutition? 8. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of tigers called? 9. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What word represents the letter “U” in the NATO phonetic alphabet code?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) As tensions ease on the home front, you can once more focus on changes in the workplace. Early difficulties are soon worked out. Stability returns as adjustments are made. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new romance tests the unattached Bovine’s patience to the limit. But Venus still rules the Taurean heart, so expect to find yourself trying hard to make this relationship work. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) It’s a good time to consider home-related purchases. But shop around carefully for the best price — whether it’s a new house for the family or a new hose for the garden. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A contentious family member seems intent on creating problems. Best advice: Avoid stepping in until you know more about the origins of this domestic disagreement. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A recent job-related move proves far more successful than you could have imagined. Look for continued beneficial fallout. Even your critics have something nice to say. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Ease up and stop driving yourself to finish that project on a deadline that is no longer realistic. Your superiors will be open to requests for an extension. Ask for it.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You should soon be hearing some positive feedback on that recent business move. An old family problem recurs, but this time you’ll know how to handle it better. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Some surprising statements shed light on the problem that caused that once-warm relationship to cool off. Use this newly won knowledge to help turn things around. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your spiritual side is especially strong at this time. Let it guide you into deeper contemplation of aspects about yourself that you’d like to understand better. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your merrier aspect continues to dominate and to attract folks who rarely see this side of you. Some serious new romancing could develop out of all this cheeriness. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You’re always concerned about the well-being of others. It’s time you put some of that concern into your own health situation, especially where it involves nutrition. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Just when you thought your life had finally stabilized, along comes another change that needs to be addressed. Someone you trust can help you deal with it successfully. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a sixth sense when it comes to finding people who need help long before they think of asking for it. And you’re right there to provide it. © 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.

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CSUSM receives grant to create speech therapy video games By City News Service

SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos is the co-recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation through which it will work with an industry partner on games that could improve outcomes for children in speech therapy. Through the one-year, $250,293 grant from Small Business Innovation Research arm of the NSF, CSUSM will collaborate with Verboso, a Chicago-based company that creates therapy video games with automated feedback. The principal investigator for the grant from CSUSM is Alison ScheerCohen, an associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology who will conduct the research along with two student assistants. In partnership with San Diego Unified School District and Capistrano Unified School District, school-age students will be able to use automated technology to practice their speech at home. Scheer-Cohen and her team will collect participant recordings to produce a larger pediatric data set and refine the automated technology. “I’m excited to be a part

AROUND 5% of children have a speech sound disorder, according to CSUSM researchers. Children with speech sound disorders have trouble saying certain sounds and words. Courtesy photo

of a project that is building automatic technology for speech sound production practice,” Scheer-Cohen said. “Ultimately, this will provide resources for children and families to practice their speech pro-

duction at home and potentially have an impact on treatment outcome.” Children with speech sound disorders have trouble saying certain sounds and words. According to CSUSM researchers,

around 5% of children have an SSD, which places them at risk for reading difficulties and processing challenges into adulthood. However, fewer than 70% of affected children receive needed speech

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