Rancho Santa Fe News, August 16, 2019

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AUG. 16, 2019

New guidelines for wildfire protection By Lexy Brodt

BEST DRESSED GOES TO ‘WOOFSTOCK’ A 14-year-old Yorkie named Bailey won first place in the Best Dressed competition during the 14th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer at Encinitas Community Park on Aug. 11. The free event offered on-site adoptions from rescue groups and included a host of dog-related vendors and attractions. Photo by Abraham Jewett

RANCHO SANTA FE — With loose vegetation and weeds raising concerns about fire hazards, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is urging residents to stay on top of a newly tweaked set of defensible space guidelines. Defensible spaces around a home help prevent or ward off flames in an area particularly prone to sudden wildfires. When it comes to maintaining these spaces, the district is particularly weary of trees that have been dying off and subsequently becoming fuel sources. “We have our hands full this year when it comes to vegetation management,” District Fire Prevention Specialist and Forester Conor Lenehan said at an Aug. 8 Rancho Santa Fe Association board meeting. “Eucalyptus trees are a big concern for us this year … the trees are looking as bad as I’ve ever seen them.” The Rancho Santa Fe Association is responsi-

ble for taking care of dead trees and other vegetation in the county right-of-way through the Community Services District, according to Caitlin Kreutz, the association’s Parks & Recreation assistant manager. But because 95% of the area’s forest is on private property, there’s only so much the association can do to prevent fire hazards. The district is urging residents to mind their property — cutting down dead trees and stray palm fronds, and keeping grasses and weeds below 6 inches in height, for example. At the meeting, Kreutz advised that homeowners get rid of their red gum eucalyptus trees, which have become a favorite snack of the lerp psyllid insect. The pest’s defoliation of the trees can cause them to weaken and eventually die, becoming fuel for fire. “It could take 10 years for the tree to die, but it’s still a very big risk in terms TURN TO WILDFIRE ON 10

Association OKs pickleball membership By Lexy Brodt

RANCHO SANTA FE — Pickleball is finding its niche in Rancho Santa Fe. The Rancho Santa Fe Association board unanimously approved the long-awaited Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club’s new pickleball membership at its Aug. 8 meeting. The membership will allow covenant residents to participate regularly in what some have called one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Pickleball is a paddle-

ball sport that looks a whole lot like tennis, but on a much smaller court and with players using solid paddles. The club has had a pickleball program in addition to its tennis program for the last four years, and has seven pickleball courts structured within two of its tennis courts. Pickleball players in the covenant currently have the option to either have a private lesson, attend the club’s Saturday clinics,

pay the non-member fee or play as a guest of a tennis club member up to 12 times per year. But now, the club is hoping to step up its commitment to the sport. “The time has come, everybody in our local tennis world has a pickleball membership and we would like to have one,” Tennis Club President Courtney LeBeau said.


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Erosion blamed for bluff collapse that kills 3 family members By Abraham Jewett

ENCINITAS — A bluff collapse at Grandview Surf Beach killed three adult beachgoers and injured two others in the Leucadia neighborhood of Encinitas on Aug. 2. The collapse happened shortly before 3 p.m. and left a pile of dirt and rock up to 10 feet in height. Two of the victims were identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office on Aug. 3 as Encinitas residents Anne Clave, 35, and 65-year-old Julie Davis, Clave’s mother. Both victims died after being transported to local hospitals. The third victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was later identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as 62-year-old Elizabeth Charles, Clave’s aunt and Davis’ sister. Charles had previously been identified by multiple news outlets as Elizabeth Cox. Brad Hanson, who lives down the street from the incident, said a sudden swarm of emergency personnel raised an alarm that something was wrong. “We’ve only had activity like this two or three times in the last three or four years,” Hanson said. “The whole neighborhood was alerted to what was going on. It was pretty dramatic.” Down on the beach, a chaotic scene was unfolding,

BEACH CHAIRS and other items are left behind at the scene of a bluff collapse at Grandview Surf Beach in the Leucadia section of Encinitas on Aug. 2. Three people died in the collapse. Photo by Abraham Jewett

as five people were pulled from the pile of dirt and rock, according to Encinitas Fire Chief Mike Stein. Hanson said the area is in need of sand replenishment, the process of bringing in sand from an outside source to restore what has been lost through erosion. The city of Encinitas began a sand replenishment proj-

ect in February, but Hanson said the area where the collapse occurred had not received any. “I hate it … it’s tough … I don’t even go to my own beach anymore because it’s so dangerous,” Hanson said. Any new sand that ends up on Grandview Beach can only come from its natural southward flow, according to

Encinitas’ acting City Manager Jennifer Campbell, who released a statement to The Coast News which attributed the collapse to “the natural erosion process characteristic of California beaches,” and explained that Grandview Beach is “considered a sensitive marine habitat and is not a permitted area for direct sand

placement.” The city said it would need to get a permit from five different agencies, including the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the California State Coastal Commission, in order to place sand in an area designated as marine protected – something determined by the area’s vegetation, animal and plant life. Further, the city said it would not speculate on whether direct sand replenishment at the site of the incident could have prevented the collapse. Signs warning of unstable cliffs dot the area, including one visible from where the collapse occurred, and more signage has been added in wake of the accident. “Our coastline is a beautiful area, but the coastline is eroding,” Encinitas Lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles said. The city also highlights the potential for bluff failures on its website, which has a section dedicated to marine safety. “Please be aware that in most areas hiking near or directly on top of the bluffs is prohibited. It is also important for visitors to avoid standing or sitting directly underneath unstable bluffs, since they may collapse,” it reads. Emergency crews from multiple city fire departments — some armed with shovels — surrounded the

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site after the Aug. 2 collapse. A yellow tarp lay over a large chunk of rock, while left-behind towels, beach chairs and umbrellas sat close by. Onlookers surrounded the area, including Carlsbad resident Robert Rossbach, who said things like this shouldn’t occur during what is supposed to be a happy outing. “I feel bad and terrible for these people that were there, it’s just an awful thing to happen when you go to the beach to have fun,” Rossbach said. A service-dog team was brought in to aid in a search for additional victims potentially trapped under the pile — which measured approximately 25 by 30 feet — but no more bodies were found. “I’m surprised that more people didn’t get killed or hurt, because there were quite a bit of people in that area,” Rossbach said. Eventually, a skip loader truck came to help with the search, cleanup and removal of the debris. Officials closed the beach in both directions as a safety precaution. It was reopened the next day, however, the area of the collapse remains cordoned off and a lifeguard station located in the immediate area has since been moved further away.

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UCSD ranks 9th for value on Money list REGION — UC San Diego is the ninth-best “college for your money” in the country, according to annual rankings released Aug. 12 by Money magazine. Money magazine considered 744 universities for the list and ranked them based on more than 19,000 data points, including graduation rate, tuition cost, average student aid package and early career earnings for graduates. UCSD also ranked sixth among public colleges and fourth among UC schools. “Being recognized as a ‘top value’ confirms our longtime strategic efforts to increase access to higher education though affordability,” said UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. “UC San Diego is dedicated to opening doors for students of all backgrounds to pursue diverse fields of study and build careers that affect change.” According to Money, UCSD’s estimated instate tuition for the 20192020 school year with an average financial aid package sits at $15,600 and $33,600 without aid. Roughly 58% of UCSD students receive at least one grant. Former students graduate with an average of $17,500 of debt and earn an average of $61,300 three years after graduation. UCSD’s graduation rate of 85% was tied for second-lowest among schools in the top 10. UC Irvine ranked first on the list, followed by City University of New York, Baruch College; Princeton University; UCLA; UC Davis; Stanford University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and University of Michigan. After UCSD, University of Virginia rounds out the top 10. California schools comprised 10 of the top 25 schools on Money’s list. Among other San Diego County schools, Money ranked San Diego State University 74th, Cal State San Marcos 243rd, University of San Diego 354th and Point Loma Nazarene University 450th. ­— City News Service


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Concern rises over new mosquito species By Bradley Rollins

REGION — San Diego County ecologist Chris Conlan isn’t surprised that a particularly vicious genus of mosquitos has invaded Southern California. He’s surprised it took them so long to get here. “We’ve always had mosquitoes. What changed for us is, with the arrival of these new species, comes the possibility of new diseases that we didn’t think we had to think about,” Conlan said. “… Unfortunately, that has all changed. Now that risk is a more real possibility.” The invaders, primarily two species of the Aedes genus, are capable of transmitting viruses to humans that cause tropical diseases such as yellow fever, dengue and Zika fever. One of them, Aedes aegypti, first established populations in southern San Diego County in late 2014 and has been spreading northward ever since; another, Aedes notoscriptus, wasn’t recorded here in significant numbers until last year. A third related species commonly called the Asian tiger mosquito has been tormenting Los Angeles and Orange counties since arriving in shipments of bamboo plants in 2001 and being re-introduced in 2011, but so far is not well-established in San Diego County, Conlan said. Aedes mosquitos are tenacious travelers, in part, because their eggs can remain viable in a dry state for months, easing their spread. Various Aedes species had footholds in southern Arizona and northern Baja California for years before expanding their territory to Southern California. “With all the people and all the backyard water sources, it was only a matter of time” before Aedes mosquitos established population that made their local eradication impossible, Conlan said. “Once they get in, people don’t recognize that there’s anything different. By the time we find out that they’re here, they have to too broad a range and it’s a matter of managing them instead of eradicating them.” Unlike mosquitos of the Culex genus native to the state, Aedes mosquitos lay their eggs at the water’s edge where they can live dormant for months. Consequently, the county’s organized mosquito control efforts that involve treating larger bodies of fresh water with larvicide are ineffec-

NEWLY POPULATED species of Aedes mosquitos are beginning to raise concerns about the potential for spreading viruses that can cause tropical diseases such as yellow fever, dengue and Zika fever. File photo

tive against the invaders. Aedes mosquitos can reproduce in less than a quarter-inch of water making backyards, balconies and patios potentially fertile habitat in the form of bird baths, pet bowls or even tiny pools of rainwater collected in plant leaves or children’s toys. The county’s “Fight the Bite” education campaign emphasizes

the importance of public participation in efforts to keep mosquito populations under control. “Aedes is adapted to live with human habitation. … You can go into a neighborhood with public education and vector control and knock down or eliminate those Aedes, but if you have a single property owner in the neighborhood who

refuses to let in vector control or eliminate standing water, the mosquitos just proliferate,” said William Walton, a University of California entomology professor and a past president of the American Mosquito Control Association. In addition to public health risks posed by the invasive Aedes mosquitos, they are an irritating nui-

sance that appear to prefer feeding on humans; native Culex mosquitos, by comparison, prefer birds and other animals, Walton said. Aedes mosquitos also actively feed during the day whereas Culex mosquitos bite primarily at dusk and dawn. Not that Culex mosquitos are harmless: They are capable of spreading West Nile virus and other diseases. Culex mosquitos are the primary target of the county’s use of larvicide applied by helicopter to lagoons, lakes and ponds. North County locations regularly treated for mosquitos include San Elijo Lagoon, between Solano Beach and Encinitas; the Buena Vista Lagoon, between Carlsbad and Oceanside; Lake Hodges and the San Dieguito River, between Rancho Santa Fe and Escondido; and the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside. For that program, the Board of Supervisors last week approved a measure to designate two companies, Sanford, Florida-based ADAPCO and St. Charles, Illinois-based Clarke Mosquito Control Products, Inc. as the county’s sole vendors for larvicide. The authorization covers the annual purchase of up to $1 million of larvicide through 2024.

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Opinion & Editorial

Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not reflect the views of The Coast News

Gov. Newsom bringing huge health care changes


Helping wildlife is imperative By Marie Waldron

Caring for animals, including California’s native wildlife, is one of my passions. Last session my legislation setting up the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund was signed into law, allowing voluntary contributions when you file your tax return to support injured, orphaned or sick wildlife. Helping finance organizations that support native wildlife is important. If you've found an injured animal and need information on where to take it, please call: 619-225-WILD (9453) for Project Wildlife. Fortunately, we have a number of outstanding local wildlife organizations in this region that can help, including Project Wildlife's North County drop off locations:

Humane Society – Escondido Campus, 3500 Burnet Drive, Escondido, CA 92027, 619-299-7012, ext. 2737. Injured wild animals can also be dropped off at Oceanside Humane Society, 572 Airport Road or the Mission Animal Bird Hospital, located at 655 Benet Road, also in Oceanside. Other North San Diego County sites include Acacia Animal Hospital, at 755 W. Citracado Parkway, Escondido, and in Ramona, the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, focusing on rehabbing predators, including bobcats, coyotes and hawks. In the Temecula area, Animal Friends of the Valleys accepts wildlife and will transfer injured or sick animals to Project Wildlife. They are located at 33751 Mission Trail, in Wildomar. If you need assistance

containing a wild animal, call Wildlife Assist at 858278-2222. For emergency transport options, call the Humane Society at 619-2997012. Do not attempt to care for the animal yourself. Do not give it food or water because it could cause further injury. Please do keep the animal in a dark, quiet box or crate and bring it to a wildlife drop-off location. We Californians are blessed with amazing habitats and truly special native species. In so many ways, their well-being is up to us. These outstanding organizations can help us fulfill that responsibility.

Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature

Remembering Yaroslav Katkov


e often take many things for granted. The beautiful County we live in, the opportunities we are given and most importantly, the protection from our military, police and firefighters are things to be grateful for. Last week, we lost a young man named Yaroslav Katkov, an experienced CAL FIRE Firefighter from De Luz Station 16. Yaroslav proudly dedicated his life to serve and protect our community. Yaroslav was the definition of the American

around the county Jim Desmond

we’ve seen time and time again here in San Diego, when the Santa Ana winds pick up and the heat rises, the fire conditions become nearly impossible. Yet, our firefighters always rise to the challenge to defend lives and property in our County. I encourage everyone to take time this week and think about Yaroslav and all firefighters who put their lives on the line to serve and protect us.

Dream, having immigrated when he was a child from Russia, he graduated from Scripps Ranch High School in 2009. Then, he pursued his education at San Diego State University, before becoming a firefighter. We’ve already seen Jim Desmond represents several fires pop up across District 5 on the San Diego the County this summer. As County Board of Supervisors.

Letter to the Editor In reference to the Aug. 2 issue, page 6: “Residents speak out on reinstatement of Del Mar gun shows”: Solana Beach council member Harless is quoted as saying “You have the truth on your side, gun shows do harm our communities..” I am unaware of any facts, or any statistically

correct study, that demonstrates support or provides credence to Harless’ statement. Lacking any accurate support to the statement, I find it a baseless assertion that reflects a personal choice, a preferred morality, which should have no standing in government activity. It is not the role of gov-

e would be incremental on health care, Gov. Gavin Newsom said back when he was just a lieutenant governor seeking the Democratic nomination for the office he now holds. When he didn’t say, perhaps couldn’t know, was how large the increments would be. At heart, Newsom would like California to have a single-payer health care system operating much like Medicare does for senior citizens and some others who qualify by dint of certain conditions and ailments. But he realized then and still does that this is not possible with a Republican in the White House, especially one as hostile to California as President Trump. For a “Medicare for all” system would cost somewhere around $400 billion per year, far more than today’s entire state budget. Much of that money would have to come from shifting the monthly payments senior Californians now make to Medicare into state and not federal coffers. That will not happen while Trump is president, and very likely not under any other Republican, either. So Newsom the candidate called for other measures to bring California closer to his ultimate goal. Democratic dominance in both houses of the state Legislature will assure that he gets to sign off on many such changes this fall, when all the state Assembly and Senate votes are in. A sweeping package of laws moving California well along toward universal health care has advanced steadily through the Legislature during the spring and summer. Backers claim these measures will reduce health care prices and improve quality, both claims still unproven.

california focus thomas d. elias The most radical shift will be to provide health benefits to many more undocumented immigrants, something Trump’s 2020 campaign manager immediately derided as being paid for by “taxing legal residents who don’t have health insurance.” In fact, only a tiny percentage of the $100 million this will cost would come from Californians who lack health insurance of their own. And Newsom’s spokesman immediately responded that this spending will actually save money by providing care for Californians regardless of their immigration status before they become so seriously ill they must head for emergency rooms. That reasoning is similar to one of the arguments that was used against the 1994 Proposition 187 initiative which aimed to remove emergency room care and many other services from those here illegally – before it was struck down by federal courts. It goes like this: The more serious illnesses and injuries can be prevented, the less urgent care people will need to seek out. Urgent, emergency treatments are among the most expensive elements of modern medicine, costing far more than preventive care like vaccinations and regular checkups. Among other measures seemingly sure to pass during this session are bills to expand Medi-Cal (the California form of federal Medicaid) to almost all Californians, regardless of im-

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ernment to impose life style choices, particular philosophies, promote chosen behaviors or morals. It is the role of government to protect individual rights from threats of force and fraud, foreign and domestic, and stop there.

migration status. Another measure, this one authored by prime vaccination advocate Richard Pan, a Democratic state senator from Sacramento and the Legislature’s only pediatrician, would give state health care premium subsidies to middle-income Californians, funding them with a $695 yearly fine on those who fail to buy health insurance, whether from a private source or the state’s Covered California program. More innovative is a bill carried by Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino of La Canada-Flintridge that would mandate insurance companies assure fertility preservation (freezing of eggs and sperms) when a medical treatment might threaten infertility. Other bills aim to prevent the current phenomenon of many patients bouncing in and out of Medi-Cal eligibility as their job status changes in the gig economy and to make medically necessary prescription drugs available to everyone with health insurance, no matter where they buy those drugs. Said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California (a coalition of groups advocating expanded coverage and lower costs), “California is once again leading the nation to ensure our health care system works better for everyone, regardless of income, age or immigration status.” He is one who maintains the changes will lower costs while improving care. Those were precisely the aims Newsom spelled out a year ago, which removes virtually all doubt about whether these measures will actually become law via his signature after their final legislative passage.


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The Loftin Firm, P.C., a Carlsbad-based civil real estate and business law firm, has changed its name to Loftin|Bedell, P.C., effective July 26. The name change is in recognition of the many contributions of shareholder, Ariel Bedell, who has been associated with the firm since 1996 and has served as an attorney at the firm since 2003. Also effective July 26, the law firm relocated to new offices at 2540 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, in Bressi Ranch.


Samantha Miller, of Rancho Santa Fe, was named to the 2019 Dean's List at Union College. Miller is a member of the Class of 2019, majoring in Visual Arts.


The Sierra Club celebrated two environmental milestones for the city of Oceanside Aug. 7 at Buddy Todd Park in Oceanside. First, the Oceanside City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan unanimously with a unanimous vote; and second Community Choice Energy (CCE) was


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Palomar Health and Kindred Healthcare broke ground Aug. 16 on a new, 52-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility and hospital on the campus of Palomar Medical Center Escondido, 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido. When open, the 58,000 square-foot, two-story building will serve patients rehabilitating brain, spinal cord, amputations and other traumatic injuries requiring intensive treatment. The average length of stay is about two weeks per patient. GREY MUZZLE GETS GRANT

Older dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants — and FACE Foundation is among the winners. Grey Muzzle’s grant will provide emergency veterinary care to senior pets through our Save-A-Life Program, allowing them to continue living in loving homes.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside has been awarded $2,500 by Pacific Western Bank to support one of its cornerstone programs, Academic Achievement Hour. Academic Achievement Hour offers a variety of activities to ensure the academic success of Club members. During the first half of the program, BGCO provides tutoring and homework assistance, allowing youth to work in a quiet environment with support from staff.


The Inn at Moonlight Beach announced Aug. 2 that it has been awarded the environmental WELL Certification at the Platinum level by the International WELL Building Institute’s collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc.

Future of Winston School in the balance By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Wedged between the will of its neighbors and the city, the 31-year-old Winston School may be seeing some big changes in the coming years. The future of the school hinges on the outcome of a lease negotiation with the city now several years in the making, according to Winston Head of School and Executive Director Dena Harris. Winston, a small nonprofit school that serves children with learning disabilities from all over the county, leases a 1.8-acre portion of a 5.3-acre piece of city-owned parkland off of 9th Street. The school’s term is scheduled to expire in 2063. Starting in 2023, the city is requesting an annual rent in the amount of $266,910.31 — a number that might force the school to increase its enrollment and nearly double its square footage. So far, neighbors are not happy with this potential outcome — and neither is Harris. “I have two masters, and they’re not agreeing,” Harris said. “And I’m stuck in the middle.” Winston’s current lease negotiations with Del Mar hark back to the city’s purchase of what is commonly referred to as the Shores Park property — prized by locals as one of the last open green spaces in Del Mar. The journey to acquire the land was no simple feat — and Winston played a prominent role in making it a reality. The Del Mar School District owned the property since the 1940s, when one of the area’s earliest pioneers, William G. Kerckhoff, conveyed the property to the district with the deed restriction that it be used for school purposes only. As such, the property has housed a school since its early days, with Winston coming in as a tenant in 1988. However, in 2005, the district declared the property surplus and expressed an interest in selling it to a commercial developer, according to the city’s mayor at the time of purchase, Carl Hilliard. The Friends of Del Mar Parks, a community group led by Joe Sullivan and Laura DeMarco, decided to help raise the money to finance the city’s purchase of the property and preserve the park space. Their campaign generated approximately $2.5 million in the span of about two years. Sullivan estimates that about 600 community members contributed to the effort. “There had never been any fundraising campaign anywhere near this in Del Mar before,” he said. The Friends worked in conjunction with Winston to raise funds — not knowing at the time how much they would need to purchase the property. The city and the school district were in the midst of “contentious negotiations” over the final price

DEL MAR’S 31-year-old Winston School is currently in lease negotiations with the city, the outcome of which will determine whether the school will need to double in size to remain on the property. Photo by Lexy Brodt

tag of the property, said Hilliard. It was ultimately purchased for $8.5 million. Winston brought $3 million dollars to the table, which represented prepaid rent. The remainder of the purchase was paid off in 2010 when the city sold the Balboa reservoir property. In 2008, with the acquisition of the Shores property, Winston became the city’s tenant. And with the school’s prepaid rent set to run its course by 2023, Harris and community members are questioning some of the terms of the original lease, and hoping that the new lease might mend past discrepancies. Members of the community have asked the city to enter into “good faith negotiations” with the school, in light of unique circumstances surrounding its tenancy. Winston’s October lease proposal cited the school’s role as a clear competitor for the purchase of the property back in the mid-2000s; however, the school agreed not to compete with the city over the purchase “in the spirit of partnership.” Harris also said the school’s 2008 lease with the city was “miscalculated.” The city adopted the lease the school had maintained with the district. However, said lease had originally dictated that the district owned and was re-

sponsible for the buildings the school occupied, whereas at the time of the city’s purchase, Winston took on the financial burden of upkeeping the campus’s buildings. Harris said this shift in responsibility should have resulted in a land lease, which is what she is currently proposing — $147,000 annually. As the city and the school continue closed-door lease negotiations, the process has been compounded by a looming deadline for the school. As stipulated by its original lease with the city, Winston is required to submit an application for redevelopment by the end of 2019, and commence a complete reconstruction of the aging campus before the end of 2025. A remodel under Winston’s proposed land lease could yield a school with the same footprint as the current campus, at about 25,000 square feet. Harris said this rent will also allow the school to remain at its current enrollment size of 120 to 150 students. Or — if ultimately faced with the rent proposal recently set forth by the city of over $266,000 annually — Harris said she will move forward with a 47,000-square-foot campus, which would accommodate increased enrollment and

expanded programming. Harris said she would also push for a rezone in order to commercialize the property, and close off the school and parking lot from public use. “(Del Mar) wants a passive-use park,” Harris said. “They want access to the school, which they are closing the door on 100%.” So far, as the school undergoes the Citizens’ Participation Program process with its new potential design, Harris said neighbors on 9th Street and Stratford Court have not been pleased with the idea of an expanded campus. “They were very clear,” she said, adding that several neighbors described the designs as “unacceptable” and “monstrous.” Linda Castile, a Del Mar resident and former teacher at Winston for 20 years, said changing the size of the school would also impact the specialized education they offer to students from across the region. “The school would be different,” Castile said. “The size is part of what makes it the way it is. As a staff member I knew every kid — there was no kid whose name I didn’t know.” Harris said she believes the nonprofit school deserves a $1 annual lease “in principal,” the same lease incurred by Del Mar Community Connections, which also occupies a building on the Shores property. The $1 rent is what the school proposed for the new lease in October 2018 — a proposal that was rejected by the city. “We are simply not in a position to accept your proposal as submitted, as it would result in a significant transfer of value from the City to Winston constituting a gift of public funds,” reads the city’s Dec. 20 letter responding to Winston’s proposal. In the letter, the city offered three “optional tools” that Winston could use to discount the city’s proposed rent. One of the listed tools suggested the school “build and manage affordable housing units” for a discount of $36,000 per year. The suggestion proTURN TO WINSTON ON 10

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All are invited to the 43rd Annual World Bodysurfing Championships adjacent to the Oceanside Pier starting at 6:30 a.m. each morning Aug. 17 and Aug. 18. Bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The Men and Women’s Grand Champions will be crowned Aug. 18. Vendor booths will be set up along the Strand during the contest.


The MiraCosta Alumni Association will welcome alumni and friends back to the college at its inaugural event at 6 p.m. Aug.

16 at the MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Tickets at alumni.miracosta.edu. For more information, contact France Magtira at fmagtira@miracosta. edu or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6961. ALL COLLEGE DAY

or visit oplfriends.org. GRIEF WORKSHOP

A “Healing the Grieving Heart” workshop with Dr. Ken Druck and Alexandra Kennedy MA, MFT is offered 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 in Del Mar. All participants must be pre-registered. Make a $125 check payable to: Druck Enterprises, Inc. Location upon receipt of registration fee. For further information or to register, e-mail info@ kendruck.com or call (858) 863-7825.

If you are about to start classes at MiraCosta Community College, Mark your calendar for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16, and attend All College Day at the Oceanside Campus Concert Hall (Bldg. 2400), 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. GEOLOGY OF TORREY PINES Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve announces a “Geology in the Reserve” BIG BOOK SALE event 10:30 to noon Aug. 17 Friends of the Oceans- at the Pavillion, near the ide Public Library will hold parking lot for the Upper a Books and Media (BAM!) Trails. The event includes a Sale fundraiser from 10 short lecture by Ray Barger, a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17, be- and an easy nature discovhind the Civic Center Li- ery hike. Free with Reserve brary at 602 Civic Center entrance fee. See https:// Drive in Oceanside. For torreypine.org/ for direcmore, call (760) 435-5560, tions.

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There are still tickets left for the Culture Caravan Carlsbad Food & Wine Tour on Aug. 18, visiting historic, cultural, and architectural buildings, as well as eateries and wine tasting rooms in Carlsbad. The bus leaves the Gloria McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive in Vista, at 10:45 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $94. To reserve, call (760) 643-2828.


The Encinitas Elks Lodge is hosting a fundraiser for The Warrior Built Foundation, a local charity that offers vocational and recreational therapy as a hand-up instead of a handout for veterans. The event begins with appetizers for sale at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Road, Encinitas. A dance band, Funk Puppies will play from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10, at the door $13. For information and advance tickets, call Cynthia Beard at the Elks Lodge (760) 753-2243 and select #3.

school Storytime at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. Join Morgan for stories, songs and activities that build early literacy skills.

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All are welcome to attend the first meeting of a “Showing Up for Racial Justice” (SURJ) Chapter at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach. For further information, contact northcountysurj @gmail. com or visit our Facebook page@surjncsd.

Reservations are due Aug. 23 for the Carlsbad Republican Women meeting, as it welcomes Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform CA, at 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is $35. Check or cash only. For more information, contact Ann at (760) 415-7006 or annie13035@yahoo.com.



The Good Life Travel Series will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20, featuring “Online Travel Planning Made Easy” with Barbara Smith at Carlsbad City Library’s Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free.


DAYBREAK AT DEL MAR – Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, the Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant will welcome early risers from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Fans will be able to dine and watch morning workouts while learning behind-the-scenes details from horsewoman and racing broadcaster Michelle Yu. There is no charge for admission, but a $10 parking fee applies.

Have a hand in the Adult Bridge Club at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 and every Tuesday, at the Solana Beach Library, FOREST BATHING 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Learn the secret of Beach. Intermediate to adShinrin-Yoku/Forest Bathvanced skill level. ing from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at the San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gar- BONSAI AND BEYOND This bonsai club will dens Drive. Members: $32/ non-members: $40. More in- meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the formation at sdbgarden.org/ San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, classes.htm. Encinitas, “to share ideas to produce pleasing bonsai.” FINDING THE ONE Remember to bring your A mini workshop on plants, gloves, and imagina“How to Know if He/She tion. Call Cindy Read, (619) Is Right for You” will be 504-5591. from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18, taught by Dr. Jane Ilene Cohen. Suggested donation is $10 to $20. RSVP and get TOPS MEETS address at (760) 753-0733. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group, welcomes new members and FRIENDS AND FAITH meets at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22 The Catholic Widows and every Thursday at the and Widowers of North San Diego County Credit County support group, for Union, 501 N. El Camino those who desire to foster Real, Encinitas. For more friendships through variinformation, visit tops.org or ous social activities, will call (760) 529-3115. gather for Happy Hour and dinner at Coyote Bar and Grill, Carlsbad Aug. 19, take TEXAS HOLD ‘EM Tickets are now availdance classes at Ed Brown able for the upcoming Sept. Senior Center, Rancho Bernardo Aug. 21 and meet for 28 Soroptimist InternationHappy Hour and dinner at al of Vista and North County Sorrento’s Pizza, San Mar- Inland Casino Night fundcos Aug. 22. Reservations raiser. Guests can try their are necessary: (858) 674- hand at craps, roulette and blackjack or sign up for 4324. the Texas Hold’em Tournament with an additional TODDLER STORY TIME $25 buy-in. Tickets can be Join Toddler & Pre-

FAMILY WEEKENDS – Bring the whole family to the Infield for Family Weekends on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, to enjoy numerous attractions, including pony rides, a giant obstacle course, face painters, a game zone and more!


of Fun Continues at Del Mar Racetrack Del Mar Racetrack’s Biggest Events of the Season SoCal’s most celebrated racing day, BBQ championship, and more! CHASE RICE – This country crooner will take the stage on Friday, August 16, and is sure to have you kickin’ up your boots! The concert will begin shortly after the last race. Those looking to enhance their experience, can purchase a VIP spot in the exclusive South Terrace VIP area. The concert is presented by San Diego Country Toyota Dealers. Racetrack guests will receive free admission if they enter before the final race of the day. Concert admission will cost $30 after the last race. All concerts are 18+. SIP IN STYLE – Kick off your weekend at the Turf Club with Sip in Style. Every Friday, track-goers can enjoy a table at the exclusive Turf Club, a featured Drink of the Week and complimentary drink tastings from different beverage partners from 4-6 p.m. Sip in Style admission is $80 and includes Turf Club admission and a table reservation. The beverage partner for Friday, August 16, is Maker’s Mark. PACIFIC CLASSIC – Come to the biggest event of the season on Saturday, August 17! Dress to impress at the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic, Del Mar’s richest and most prestigious stakes race! Thousands of fans will take to the track to witness the nation’s top equine athletes and Thoroughbreds race to the finish in five stakes races with purses totaling more than $2 million! As part of the celebration, Diamond Club members can pick up a Del Mar beach blanket, while supplies last. Guests can receive frequent perks as a Diamond Club member by signing up on the Del Mar mobile app. TURF & SURF BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP – More than 40 top BBQ pit masters will compete for your taste buds as well as more than $15,000 in prizes in the Turf and Surf BBQ Championship on August 18. Receive unlimited samples of competition-ready brisket, pork, ribs, chicken and tri-tip, plus seafood and desserts from professional cooks and top local restaurants. Make sure to vote for the tastiest slow smoked meats in the coveted People’s Choice Award!

TASTE OF THE TURF CLUB – Sunday, August 18, fans can enjoy the mouthwatering menu of one of San Diego’s most celebrated chefs, Brian Malarkey, at the exclusive Turf Club. Seats are $100 per person and include Turf Club seating for the race day, Turf Club admission, choice of appetizer, entree, dessert and bottomless mimosas, Del Marys or Chandon. Tables are limited. FREE AND EASY WEDNESDAYS – Every Wednesday is Free & Easy Wednesday. Receive free Stretch Run admission, a free program and a free seat. We’re adding more surf to the turf with $3 fish or carnitas tacos served fresh from the Brigantine in the Plaza de Mexico, $6 pints of Coors Light and $3 hot dogs throughout the facility.

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Lifelong Learners, with LIFE, gather at 1 p.m. for “Through the Door of No Return” by Cynthia Rice. Following a refreshment break, at 2:30 p.m., there will be “World Wide Web Goes Public” by John Keyon, both in the Administration Bldg., 1 Barnard Drive. Oceanside. Pick up a $1 parking ticket permit in Lot 1A and park in 1A. Check us out at miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757 -2121.

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Join the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation for “The Lagoon that Loved Me” Discovery Gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24, at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa. Tickets online at aguahedionda.org or by calling (760) 804-1969. Proceeds will benefit the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s educational program. Enjoy a “James Bond” themed evening with an open casino, live band dance party, martini bar, and multicourse dinner.


Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting the 15th annual Beach Blanket Movie Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24 at Fletcher Cove Park, 111 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. This family-friendly event is free. The evening begins with live music by Rockademy, followed by the movie, “Surf’s Up.” There will be refreshments for sale (pizza, popcorn, ice cream, cookies and brownies) and a silent auction. Refreshments tickets will be available inside the park for $1 per ticket. All proceeds from BBMN will be used to benefit future Solana Beach Parks and Recreation projects or events. Bring a blanket and low back chair. No alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, or pets allowed.

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Kick off the school year at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 with giveaways, entertainment and a chance to meet Nickelodeon star, Sean Ryan Fox, of “Henry Danger,” at the “Back to School Bash” at 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, The Shoppes at Carlsbad, lower level, Dave & Buster’s court area. TURN TO CALENDAR ON 7

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Bluff stabilization efforts to get underway in Del Mar By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — With bluff collapses in coastal North County increasing, North County Transit District and the city of Del Mar are gearing up for another round of bluff stabilization efforts. Such efforts are meant to safeguard the railroad corridor in Del Mar, which runs directly through the city’s 1.6-mile stretch of beachside bluffs. Set to break ground in early September and be completed in May of 2020, the project — termed DMB4 — will involve repairing three seawalls on the beach below the tracks, removing concrete debris from aging infrastructure, stabilizing areas where bluffs are failing and repairing stormwater drainage facilities. The City Council approved an encroachment permit on Aug. 5 that will allow NCTD and the San Diego Association of Governments to conduct a por-

tion of its efforts in the city’s right of way, specifically across the beach and south bluff from 6th to 17th street. Repairing retaining structures and storm drains is meant to “help mitigate surface irrigation and stormwater runoff away from the bluffs,” and further divert it to the ocean, wrote NCTD Communications Officer Kimy Wall in an email to The Coast News. Existing hydroaugers will also be adjusted, and damaged ones will be removed. Hydroaugers are pipes meant to pull water out of the sandstone bluff and lessen the impact of irrigation. Uphill irrigation, along with sea-level rise, has often been pinpointed by experts as a major cause of bluff instability and erosion. NCTD, which owns and operates the corridor, has been implementing stabilization efforts in Del Mar since the late 1990s. It has

meet for Happy Hour and dinner at Miguel’s RestauCONTINUED FROM 6 rant, 4S Ranch on Aug. 29. Reservations are necessary: FAITH AND FRIENDS The Catholic Widows (858) 674-4324. and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various BALLET CLASSES FOR ADULTS social activities, will attend Ballet classes for youth, Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton teen and adults will start Catholic Church and lunch Aug. 26 at the Encinitas at Ignite Restaurant, Carls- Community Center, 1140 bad on Aug. 25, play Bocce Oakcrest Park Drive, EncinBall and dine at the Elk’s itas. Youth Ballet, for ages 9 Lodge, Vista on Aug. 27 and to 12 from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.,


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Judge David B. Moon, Jr., Retired June 20, 1941 - July 23, 2019

David (Dave) Moon passed away peacefully with family at his bedside on July 23, 2019. He did not survive complications arising from a spinal injury sustained boogie boarding at his favorite beach in Del Mar. Dave lived a remarkable life. Born June 20, 1941 to David and Suzanne Moon of Toledo Ohio, Dave spent his formative years in La Jolla after his family relocated from the Midwest. He attended La Jolla High School for two years, then completed high school at Phillips Academy, Andover. Dave earned

his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1964 and his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1967. Shortly after taking the California Bar exam, he reconnected with a former high school classmate, Lynn Loughrey. They married in 1968. Dave’s successful legal career included over 23 years as a trial judge, before he retired from his position on the San Diego Superior Court in 2001. After his retirement from the bench, he went on to lead a thriving independent mediation and arbitration practice. He later joined the firm of Judicate West and was instrumental in helping set up their San Diego office. He was a mentor to many in the San Diego legal community. An avid fly fisherman, Dave’s line was cast in mountain streams across the western U.S., Chile, Argentina, Ireland, and the Czech Republic. Dave’s first love was the guitar, singing with friends and anyone who would join in. The sound

This is not instead of getting the tracks off the bluff and moving them inland, this is in addition to.” Dwight Worden Del Mar City Councilman

installed upwards of 200 soldier piles in the bluff in order to protect the tracks from erosion. This is the fourth effort in the series of projects, with DMB5 and DMB6 coming down the pike. No soldier piles will be installed as part of the most current stabilization effort — which will largely focus on securing existing structures and implementing drainage imTeen Ballet for ages 13-17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Adult Level I (Beginning) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Adult Level II (Intermediate) from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The instructor is former professional dancer Marti Neal. For more information visit EncinitasRecReg or call (760) 943-2260.

provements. But after a spate of sizeable bluff collapses in Del Mar over the past year and a recent fatal bluff collapse in Encinitas, residents and officials alike are looking closely at potential longterm solutions. SANDAG — which works with NCTD to implement bluff stabilization projects — gave a presentation to the city in February outlining several options to move the train tracks to an inland route by 2050. Regardless of the option, the cost of relocating the tracks would fall between $2.5 billion and $3.5 billion. Many are hoping the shift will come sooner than 2050. “I think it’s urgent that the bluffs are stabilized now, and also very urgent that the train is moved off the bluffs as soon as possible and well before 2050,” said resident Udo Wahn, at the Aug. 5 council meeting. Kaily Wakefield, a pol-

icy coordinator with the Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego chapter, also urged moving the tracks, and said officials should be weary of allowing temporary fixes such as seawall repairs to “end up being a long-term fix.” Councilman Dwight Worden said near-term projects like these are “absolutely essential” to keep the railroad safe and secure for the time being. “This is not instead of getting the tracks off the bluff and moving them inland, this is in addition to,” he said. “We need to do this now so the train doesn’t fall off (the bluff) in the near future.” SANDAG has estimated the cost of the current stabilization project to be $3.1 million. But according to Kimy Wall, SANDAG and NCTD are still in the process of reviewing construction bids. The project will be funded through the State

Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). SANDAG is planning to host a workshop with residents in September to address more specific details of the project, according to SANDAG Principal Engineer Bruce Smith. Bluff stabilization projects recently received a boost from the state — Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) announced in June that $6.1 million of the state’s budget will be allocated to bluff stabilization projects. According to Wall, such funds will help SANDAG and NCTD complete designs for future projects — DMB5 and DMB6 — and partially fund construction. She said the design process for DMB5 is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2019. The total cost estimates for stabilization projects DMB4, DMB5, and DMB6 is approximately $80 million to $90 million.

munity Senior Center celebrates the ‘50s, as it hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28 on the campus of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach.

Escondido Creek and the Escondido Creek watershed, at an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido. Visit natureiscalling.eventbrite.com for more info or to register.

Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos to raise money for the North County Stand Down. Register at ncstanddown.org. North County Veterans Stand Down is an annual four-day event in Vista, that enables homeless veterans to receive much-needed services in a safe, friendly, drug-free and secure environment. For questions, e-mail assaultthegreen@gmail.com or call Carrie Everts, Everts Events, at (760) 522-0862.

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of his guitar made people smile everywhere he went. First and foremost, Dave was an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife Lynn of 51 years, daughters: Courtney (Eric) Keppler and Whitney Moon (Filip Tejchman, partner); grandchildren: Lucas and Noah Keppler and Vivian Tejchman; sister: Florence Enau; sister and brotherin-law: Becky (Paul) Douglass; brother and sister-inlaw: Dickie (Cindy) Moon; nieces: Suzanne Culbertson and Caitlin Moon; brother-in-law and sisterin-law: Paul (Dorothy) Loughrey; and other family members and friends he deeply cared about. Memorial services will be held at The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10am. If you wish to honor Dave, donations may be sent in memory of Judge David Moon to KPBS, the University of San Diego Law School, or any charity of your choice.


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Amid hardships, Escondido farm community forges ahead By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — Frank Konyn has lived his entire life on his family-owned dairy farm in the San Pasqual Valley, land officially owned by the city of San Diego as an agricultural preserve, but which many may confuse as the eastern edge of Escondido. Owner of Frank Konyn Dairy, an 800-cow operation which produces milk as part of the second largest dairy cooperative in the U.S., Konyn says the dairy industry has seen better economic days in San Diego County, the state and nationwide. He attributes his farm’s hardships, which employs 35 workers, to a double whammy of market forces: expensive state regulations and the international trade war currently being waged by President Donald Trump. In the past two decades, Konyn said, there has been a major “exodus” of dairy farmers out of the business. He said that 20 years ago there were 14 dairy farms in San Diego County and now only two remain. “California is not necessarily a business friendly climate,” Konyn said. “You know, whether you produce milk in Colorado or Kansas or South Dakota, or you produce it in California, the price of milk that you sell is generic product and the price that you sell is going to be very similar. Yet, in California we have a lot more environmental regulations, a lot more air regulation. And I think that that explains a lot of the exodus.” While he said he believes President Trump’s trade war is well-intentioned on behalf of segments of the U.S. labor force, he also sees it as hav-

COWS FEED at the Frank Konyn Dairy Farm in the San Pasqual Valley.

ing had negative repercussions so far in the agribusiness sector. “That’s whether it’s dairy farmers not being able to export powder to China, or cheese to Mexico, or it’s the corn farmers and the soybean farmers not being able to sell their products,” he lamented. “And so it has extended our downturn that we’ve been in and as you look around, for dairymen it’s become very emotionally taxing on them.” Within Escondido, Konyn’s travails are far from unique. Instead, they embody an industry with a long legacy in the city but one currently adjusting to changing times as land which was once agricultural shifts increasingly to “sprawl” style housing de-

velopment. Shrinking availability of agricultural land, albeit, is not the chief concern of agribusiness these days, according to the Escondido-based San Diego County Farm Bureau Executive Director Eric Larson. He said little flat agricultural land is left to protect to begin with. Instead, he pointed to the increasingly high price of water as a shared concern among the Farm Bureau’s members. That high price of water stems mostly from a regional water shortage, with much of the state still recovering from a years-long drought, Larson said. “We benefit from being in a metropolitan area because of the security of the water supply,” Larson said. “But we don’t get a benefit

Photo via Frank Konyn Dairy Facebook page

because that water supply is very, very expensive,” Larson said the Escondido City Council’s recent vote to approve a new location for the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF), a facility which will bring treated wastewater to the city’s agricultural community, will help that cause. Larson said that within Escondido, avocado farms still reign supreme as the crop with the highest amount of yield produced, which he called “historically the crop of choice in Escondido.” Those farms growing them sit mostly on the most eastern and northern edges of the city. Nurseries, too, have expanded within the city, Larson said. Beyond water, Larson cited a shrinking fleet

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of skilled farmworkers as a central concern for the farming community in Escondido. He said a comprehensive federal immigration reform policy would get to the root of the problem. “We’d like a work visa program that could be used by workers who are already in the United States to create some permanence for them, so they can continue to work,” Larson said. “The second part is we’d like some kind of a guest worker program that would allow a defined number of workers to move back and forth across the border each year.” As large-scale agriculture production has down-scaled, Larson said that some niche operations have arisen. One of them is Mountain Meadow Mush-

room Farms, which sits in the far northern edges of Escondido. “We produce approximately 6 million pounds of your typical white button mushroom,” said Roberto Ramirez, the owner of the mushroom farm, who employers about 100 workers on 17 acres of land. “However, we also produce close to 1 million pounds in other varieties: cremini mushrooms, portobello, shiitake, oyster and king oyster mushrooms.” Ramirez also boasts a worldly workforce at Mountain Meadow. “Our workforce is about 30% to 40% refugees from Burma (Myanmar), Congo, Kenya, Egypt, Somalia, and other small countries,” he said. “What we enjoy the most about growing mushrooms is the fact that we can offer a product that is not only sustainable, but nutritious and it has great value. Our mushrooms are the freshest in the market and are certified organic, plus pesticide free. Something that not even some organic farmers can say.” Konyn said that for him, the dairy business amounts to more than just a profession or career and that’s what keeps him going during tough times. It is a way of paying homage to his past, too. With an aging mother and deceased father, he would like his mother’s last days to be spent where she raised him and he grew up. “You know, typically people don’t come out of college and say, I’m going to go out I’m going to become a dairy farmer. This is tradition … family tradition,” said Konyn. “You grew up into it. So because you grew up into it, you keep trying and you keep trying.”

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Sometimes plan B makes for grade A adventure hit the road e’louise ondash


hen you’ve met Hollie Shaw, you’ve met about 2% of the population of Fair Isle. This 3-square-mile, Scottish island in the North Sea supports 55 residents, and we meet a goodly number of them in their community center on this unusually sunny June day. Shaw is manning the Made in Fair Isle booth where she sells the Shetland wool clothing that has made the island famous. Scarves, hats and leg warmers feature intricate, unique patterns designed by Shaw and six other Fair Isle women. From creating the patterns to the finished product, the women expend dozens of hours on each item. Shaw, the mother of four (ages 26 to 15) started the business in 2011 after leaving her job at the local bird observatory. “At first it was just me and my neighbor, Triona, who taught me to knit, and we just made small things to sell to cruise ships,” she said. “Then it got busier and more folks joined. We are an eclectic mix of women —

some very good friends. We all work different amounts on the knitting, as we fit it around all our other jobs.” For Shaw, that includes working 10 hours a week for both the local school (three students) and a nature-tour company. She and husband Deryk also are crofters (farmers) who care for “70 breeding ewes, two rams, 20 hill sheep, 20 hens, two dogs and a cat.” The Shaws’ farm land is owned by the National Trust for Scotland which, since 1955, has worked to keep the remote island occupied and productive. One way to do that is to provide a full-time nurse practitioner, who also happens to be a knitter. “If we need more medical care — like when my son broke his arm and needed surgery,” Shaw said “they fly us north to Lerwick (on Mainland, the Shetlands’ largest island; population 7,000).” Kids also leave Fair Isle after seventh grade (age 11 or 12) for boarding school in Lerwick. Shaw’s 15-year-old is there and comes home every third weekend. Except for having to send her kids off the island for school, Fair Isle “must be one of the best places in the world to raise children,” Shaw says. “It’s safe, secure … and has a real connection with the land, nature, weather and the sea.” Shaw, raised mostly in

NORTH ATLANTIC puffins can be seen by the thousands throughout the Scottish Isles. These birds reside on Fair Isle and take tourists in stride; they allow visitors to come close. Photo by Jerry Ondash

South England, and her husband, who is from southwest Scotland, moved to Fair Isle to run the bird observatory in 1999. Besides caring for the farm, his jobs include deck hand on the island ferry, firefighter, member of the coast guard and lighthouse keeper. Fair Isle was not on our original itinerary, but changes happen when you

travel with Adventure Canada, a family-owned tour business based in Toronto. When it was apparent that the weather was not going to cooperate, the expedition leader went to Plan B, and that meant that Fair Isle residents had to hustle. “I was away for one night in Lerwick when Matthew (Swan, the expedition leader) called,” Shaw said,


“so I had to phone round the catering team, drivers, museum guide and all the stall holders to check they were all on board. Everyone was happy to help. Drivers (for those who couldn’t walk distances) were in short supply, but luckily two of the Fair Isle ferry crew (including my husband) agreed to drive once they finished their 10hour shift.”

So thanks to the behindthe-scenes scramble, the 170 passengers of the Ocean Endeavour were able to invade this speck-of-an-island and enjoy the expansive verdant scenery, curious land forms, dramatic coastal cliffs, friendly people, 5,000 years of history, and thousands of birds, including our favorites — puffins. The residents welcomed us at the community center with arts, crafts and a long table of pastries and tea. Then, on our return hike to the beach to board the Zodiacs that will return us to the Ocean Endeavour, we pass what looks like a sizable chunk of metal in a far-off field. We learn from a nearby sign that the metal is the remains of a World War II airplane. In January 1941, a German Heinkel 111 was shot down by allied aircraft. Three crew members survived and were arrested by Fair Isle citizens. After several delays, a boat finally arrived to take the crew into custody. It happened to be the 21st birthday of the pilot, Karl Heinz Thurz. In 1981, Thurz revisited Fair Isle to meet those who had arrested him. He made several return visits and made lifelong friends. Visit www.adventurecanada.com. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook.com/elouise. ondash.



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Welcome to Camp Wacky small talk jean gillette Enjoy this column from the summer archives.


t’s been a swell summer here at Camp Wacky. My husband is the head counselor, sports coordinator and activities director. Falling nicely into the category of “a case of arrested development,” he is an endless source of strange and amazing enterprises that lead him and my children on somewhat unorthodox adventures. I am the supply sergeant, clean-up crew and censor. Lest I be tagged the camp poop-out, I tend to keep my protests limited to anything that threatens life or



voked a vocal response from community members — particularly those who worked to raise money to help the city purchase the property for park and school uses, a use for which it is deed restricted. Robert Hajek, a local resident and attorney who

limb. Over the past few weeks, Counselor Dad has outfitted Camp Wacky with a tetherball, basketball hoop, dartboard, swing and portable volleyball net. They march off for nature hikes, bicycle rides and loosely structured games of tennis. These are almost always impromptu, starting in the early evening, as I am about to launch dinner or baths. The big event of the summer was the “driveway overnight.” I had a rare midweek night out with the girls. As I rolled up to my house, my parents’ pop-top VW camper (on temporary loan) was, indeed, popped, and a camp lantern was happily aglow inside. The whole van was sort of jiggling merrily. Beside it was the barbecue, still smoking, amid all the remnants of a glorious late-evening cookout. It was a front yard camp out. The three of

them giggled and yakked for another full hour until I threatened them with a notice from the homeowners association. The head counselor is happiest if the Camp Wacky nature program can be held right in our back yard. We are, I believe, the only family in our neighborhood with a raccoon feeding station. It might look like a small garden pond, but to a raccoon it looks like a late supper. It all began when Counselor Dad smuggled eight bullfrog tadpoles back from his parents’ farm in Oregon. He decided to dig a small pond for them, with water hyacinths, mosquito fish and goldfish, as well. Eventually we realized the stock in the pond was disappearing. Dad thought it was natural selection. I suspected cats. Undaunted, Dad spent much of the camp budget

donated to the Friends’ campaign, sent a letter demanding the city to “immediately cease and desist any further discussions with anyone concerning development of housing on the Shores’ site.” In a phone call with The Coast News, Hajek said he hopes the suggestion was “just a mistake.” “It never should have

been presented,” he said. The letter came days after the city made a decision to exclude Shores Park from being considered along with several other parcels for a zoning amendment — a move meant to increase capacity for affordable housing in Del Mar. Councilman Dwight Worden said the units the city suggested in its letter would be for faculty members and staff — and therefore would still fall under the category of a school use. They would also qualify as part of the city’s state-mandated affordable housing allocations. “To some extent it’s been misconstrued, that somehow the city was backing up and asking Winston

restocking the pond with fish and finally, a crayfish. The very next morning, there were crayfish shells scattered across the yard. Then as the Head Counselor arrived home from a business trip at 2 a.m., he stumbled upon a large raccoon circling the pond. The head of the cleanup committee suggested we fill in the pond and go weed the garden, but Counselor Dad would have none of it. The pond was relocated, deepened, restocked, and filled with rocks for the critters to hide beneath. About every third night, the raccoon drops by to scatter water plants, fishing around for a snack. It’s hard to tell if it has caught anything, so the sport continues. If Camp Wacky had T-shirts, theirs would say, “Adventure at any price.” Mine would say, “School starts Monday!” Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who is accustomed to playing the heavy. Contact her at jean@ coastnewsgroup.com. for affordable housing,” Worden said, adding that what the city suggested would not require a rezone. “That’s not what’s happening.” The council discussed the lease negotiations in closed session on Aug. 5, with City Attorney Leslie Devaney reporting that the city will not comment until negotiations are complete. City staff have declined to comment. Worden told The Coast News the city is “being very careful to make sure the process proceeds as it’s supposed to, which so far it is.” Worden said he does not know when the lease negotiations will be addressed in open session.

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of fire because it still has all the combustible oils,” she said, adding that homeowners should opt for a different species of eucalyptus. But for healthy trees, Lenehan said it’s better to thin out vegetation, and avoid a dense understory — which might cause fire to spread through a tree. “If the fire is on the ground it’s a lot easier for us to manage than when it’s up in the air,” he said. During his presentation, Lenehan outlined the district-enforced guidelines for different areas depending on their distance from the property in question. He said the district is currently in the process of changing its defensible space requirements. They currently are guided by two zones — the first 50 feet from the perimeter of a home and the following 50 feet. Now they are adopting a National Fire Protection Association standard of three zones: the first 5 feet, the 5-to-50-foot range, and the 50-to-100-foot range. Within a 5-foot distance of the home, residents must keep the space “ignition resistant” by removing all combustible vegetation,


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Representatives of the club told the board that people have been regularly expressing an interest, and there are viable candidates to join the new membership. The club is hoping to attract 25 covenant residents to the pickleball membership. “We figured it was just a way to reach out to the community that is not being included with our activities,” LeBeau said. The annual dues for pickleball members would be $600.The enrollment fee for the membership would be $500, or $250 for covenant members who are already part of the Golf Club. The club’s staff are also hoping to bring in 10 sponsored memberships —

clearing rain gutters and roofs of combustible debris, and avoiding mulch within the 5-foot-wide stretch — a new item the district will start enforcing in January. Within 5-to-50 feet, the district is requiring that homeowners remove any dead vegetation, limit planting to drought-tolerant and fire-resistive vegetation, trim back tree branches at least 10 feet from rooftops, and keep propane tanks a minimum of ten feet away from structures, vegetation and combustible materials. Lenehan urged that trash cans should be placed at a minimum of 10 feet away from homes, mentioning that houses have been lost because of trash cans catching fire up against a house. Further from the home, within the 50-to-100-foot range, the district requires homeowners to also remove any dead vegetation, and thin out native vegetation “by 50% or more,” according to Lenehan’s presentation. Lenehan also stressed the importance of residents having an evacuation plan. “Wildfires can strike at any day now, and it’s important to have that kind of action plan ready to go,” he said. which would be charged at $800 annually. Sponsored memberships would be for pickleball players outside of the covenant community. Board member Sharon Ruhnau, who has expressed opposition in the past to sponsored memberships in the tennis club, was hesitant to approve a service that would “embrace people who don’t live here.” “ … My concern is the continual creep of non-covenant members in the tennis club,” she said. The board opted to approve the membership for covenant residents, and come back in December to gauge demand for the sport within the community. At that point, the board will consider whether to approve sponsored members within the pickleball membership.

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Leo Carrillo Ranch Park restoration earns design award By Steve Puterski

been repurposed into restrooms, are available for the public. “We know it was used in many different ways over the years,” Mick Calarco, historic sites manager at Leo Carrillo Ranch said of the stable. “Like the other buildings, it’s constructed of adobe bricks that comprise the front and back wall.” Carrillo purchased the land in 1937 and the city took control in 1977 with the city opening the park to the public in 2003. Carrillo, though, built the property up including the stable, which housed six horses and several cowboys.

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ing to end terrorism.” Flight attendants and passengers restrained the man until the plane could land, then Puerto Rico police took him into custody. The cockpit remained secure during the fracas. [Reuters, 7/3/2019] — In southwest London, as an unidentified man sunbathed in his backyard on June 30, he was startled by the body of another man that apparently fell from an airplane, landing just three feet away in his garden. Police believe the body was that of a stowaway on a Kenya Airways flight, who fell out as the plane lowered its wheels on the approach to Heathrow Airport, some 10 miles away. The resident “didn’t even realize what it was to begin with. He was asleep and then there was a huge impact,” a neighbor told Reuters. A Kenya Airways spokesperson said the 4,250-mile flight from Nairobi takes about nine hours, and upon arrival at Heathrow, workers found a bag, water and food in the plane’s landing gear compartment. The stowaway has not been identified. [Reuters, 7/2/2019]

CARLSBAD — Preserving its oldest park has been a priority for the city since it took ownership. The efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as the Leo Carrillo Ranch Park was recently awarded a 2019 preservation design award for rehabilitation by the California Preservation Foundation. The city contracted with Tovey Shultz Construction and Page & Turnbull, Inc. (architect) for the project, which took nearly two years to complete. Now, the stable — once belonging to Leo Carrillo, an actor in the 1930s — and a chicken coop, which has

Least Competent Criminals If you’re trying to smuggle a half-kilo of cocaine through airport security, you might want to try harder than an unnamed middle-aged man from Colombia, who was detained in late June at Barcelona-El Prat airport in Spain, according to Spanish police. The man arrived at the airport on a flight from Bogota and seemed nervous — and no wonder, what with a comically “oversized toupee” under his hat, Reuters reported. Spanish police searched him and found a bundle of cocaine, worth about $34,000, taped to his head. [Reuters via The Telegraph, 7/16/2019] Precocious Four Australian kids took running away from home to a new level on July 13 when they wrote a goodbye note and absconded with cash, fishing gear and an SUV belonging to one of their parents. The three boys and one girl, aged 10 to 14, left Rockhampton in Queensland and headed south to Grafton, a trip of more than 600 miles. Along the way, they twice bought gas without paying and survived a short police chase in New South Wales, which was terminated by the highway patrol “due to age of the driver and road conditions,” Acting Police Inspector Darren Williams told Fox News. Around 10:30 p.m. on July 14, police finally caught up with the kids, who locked the doors and refused to exit the car. An officer broke a window with a baton to gain entry. The young thieves will be charged, but they couldn’t be questioned until their parents showed up. [Fox News, 7/14/2019] The Not-So-Friendly Skies — A Delta Airlines flight from Puerto Rico to New York was forced to return to San Juan on July 3 after Carlos Ramirez, 30, “became unruly,” Reuters reported. “I am God!” Ramirez shouted, according to Puerto Rican police. “San Juan is going to disappear tomorrow. I came to save the world, and I am go-

Crime Report — Police in Seguin, Texas, arrested Delissa Navonne Crayton, 47, on July 10 in her home after finding her mother’s skeletal remains lying on the floor in one of the home’s bedrooms, CNN reported. Investigators believe that Jacqueline Louise Crayton died in 2016 a few days after falling in her room and hitting her head. She would have been about 71 years old at the time of the fall, and officials charge her daughter did not “provide adequate assistance,” resulting in the woman’s death. The younger Crayton and her daughter, who at the time was under 15 years old, lived in other rooms of the house for about three years while the mother’s body deteriorated. Crayton was charged with “injury to a child under 15 through recklessly, by omission, causing a serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury.” Seguin police and Texas Rangers expect other charges to be filed. [CNN, 7/15/2019] TURN TO ODD FILES ON 14

The chicken coop was discovered in an old photo, so the city opted to include it in the restoration; albeit with a twist as a restroom to accommodate the needs of the public. The stable, Calarco said, was mostly built around the slope of the natural terrain out of adobe, thus making the renovation project challenging. Drew Gorski, an architect with Page & Turnbull who worked on the project, said the building was retrofitted to ensure it was up to code, allowing the public inside for the first time since the city took control. Gorksi said his firm almost exclusively works on

historic preservation projects, which present several challenges including updating those structures to current codes, manipulating the old material with steel or metal and wood reinforcements, to name a few. “It’s always little bit tricky because you’re dealing with the construction type and how they built things,” Gorski said. “I would call it cowboy construction. They threw rubble against a slope and called it a retaining wall. One of the big challenges with the stable was the way it was constructed on the site.” Another obstacle is

that when Carrillo built the stable in 1937, San Diego County had no building codes. It’s one reason Carrillo moved to Carlsbad and purchased the property, Calarco said. A ramp was installed to accommodate disable persons, while other upgrades included the cowboys’ bunkroom, an office for Carrillo, walls, the ceiling, wireless internet, a projector and audio system and the foundation. Over the years, though, Calarco said the city had been doing some restoration work, but more was needed. The City Council approved the $2.5 million project in 2015, but some

delays pushed back the work. Construction began in November 2017 and finished one year later. “We weren’t doing anything in there,” Calarco said. “The restoration was much more than a fresh coat of paint. It really brought the building to life for the public.” Now, the stable is being used for children’s camps, exhibits, weddings and other activities such as the 15th annual Leo Carrillo Film Festival, which begins Aug. 23. The festival shows the movies from the 1930s starring Carrillo with a showing of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” on Sept. 6.

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Raising the bar for beach concessions at Moonlight

1920s, land prospector J.S. Pitcher, who owned much of Encinitas, built a bathhouse, playground, boardwalk and the dance hall where Moonlight Beach. Horse racing on the beach was not uncommon. So yes,

this place has a lot of history. Another highlight of Moonlight is the worldclass volleyball happening there. It’s hard not to notice the tall, talented volleyball players on beach courts at the north end of Moonlight. They all look like they have played at least in high school

and many of them at a much higher level. Since the early 1950s, two-man volleyball has been played at Moonlight Beach and many players from the Pro Tour frequent the courts. And, of course, the annual Switchfoot Bro-Am happens every summer along with regular live music events. There is always a wide range of music coming from speakers at the pop-up tents that reflect the diversity of people at Moonlight on any given summer day. The aromas wafting from Moonlight are always a treat with the smell of campfires and people grilling the standard beach cookout fare of hot dogs, hamburgers and more. More frequently these days I see


ne of my favorite weekend activities is to get on my bike and ride into Encinitas to run some errands. My route always takes me through Moonlight Beach and in the summer I will make a pit stop at the concession stand called the Café Aqua and enjoy lunch or a shave ice and some great people watching. Folks flock from all over San Diego County and beyond to enjoy the fabulous amenities at Moonlight. Several I talked to came from Escondido, Vista, Valley Center, Rancho Bernardo and as far away as Temecula. All shapes, sizes and ethnicities are represented and it’s a nice melting pot of people beating the high temperatures where they live and enjoying mild beach temperatures and the refreshing ocean. Did you know the two boat houses on Third Street in Encinitas were built in 1929 with wood from the burned-down dance hall at Moonlight Beach? In the

SIBLINGS Cambria and Gage Escribano and Ashton Lassig came from Temecula for the shave ice and Moonlight Beach. Photo by David Boylan

local restaurants delivering to the beach, which is a convenient service for beachgoers. My last time through I saw Phil’s BBQ making a huge delivery to a large family gathering. Leucadia Pizzeria is another common local restaurant seen delivering to the beach. Speaking of hot dogs, the beach and a baseball game are my favorite places to eat one and the Aqua Café at Moonlight serves up a delicious 100% beef

Nathan’s famous with a bag of chips and a Coke that hits the spot every time. I’ve made it a point over several visits this summer to eat my way through the rest of the menu at Aqua Café and was quite impressed. The “hand-crafted” sandwiches, as they call them, are really nice, though I’m not quite sure what hand-crafted means, but hey it sounds good. The North Shore has roasted turkey breast,

mozzarella, basil, sprouts, arugula and red onion on squaw bread. The Lanai Wrap is another favorite with Black Angus roast beef, smoked turkey breast, Havarti cheese, red onion, sprouts, cucumber and organic mixed greens in a spinach wrap served with garlic ranch. There is also a really good Veggie sandwich and a PBJ with cashew butter and strawberry jam. All are a very good value at $6. Chicken, roast beef and

veggie paninis are also solid and only $7. The Hawaiian Shave Ice and Premium Shave Dessert are what the kids are lining up for though, and they are a perfectly refreshing treat and so fun to eat. It’s fun hearing the kids debate what combo they prefer as they stand in line. The Build-A-Bowl lets you pick any three flavors of shave dessert topped with honey graham crackers and white cap. The beverage selection is extensive as well with a nice variety going on including their Aqua Drinks that have alkaline water infused with fruit and electrolytes, perfect to hydrate during a day at the beach. Specialty drinks include a Shirley Temple, Blue Cream Soda, Cherry Vanilla Soda and M Kombucha on tap. I’d say Aqua Café raises the bar on beach concessions and is another reason to visit this fine slice of Encinitas. I’d also like to give a big shout-out to the Encinitas Lifeguards who do a fine job of keeping the large crowds of beachgoers safe and following the rules they put in place to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. Check out Aqua Café at www.aquapurenutrition. com.

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in North County

Bill Vanderburgh

Craft beer schools are all around


ith August almost half over, many people are thinking of the start of the new school year. Did you know there are beer schools, too? San Diego County is home to four well-regarded beer education programs, each of which meets a different set of interests and career goals. Since San Diego now has over 160 breweries with a collective annual economic impact of over $1 billion, there are a lot of employment opportunities in this sector. The right education might be the key to securing your dream job in beer. At California State University, San Marcos, the EngiBeering Certificate Program (which has to be great just because of the name) allows students to take a few introductory courses, complete a 12-unit certificate in Basic Engibeering that focuses on production and marketing, or continue on to take an additional 16-units for the Brewing Science certificate which includes an internship at a San Diego craft brewery. Instructors include professionals who currently work in the San Diego craft beer industry. Fall classes start Aug. 26. Register online or call (760) 750-4004. MiraCosta College graduated its first class in its Craft Brewing Technician Certificate program in spring 2019. The program aims to provide hand-on training for those interested in doing the real work in breweries: brewing, cellaring, and packaging. It is offered twice per year and can be completed in two evenings and one Saturday each week for 15 weeks. The first cohort had a 90% employment rate within a few months of graduating. Best of all, tuition is free through a grant: students pay just a $350 registration fee. The Craft Brewing Technician program is headed up by Mike Stevenson, owner and brewer at Culver Beer Co. I had the opportunity to attend the graduation celebration, and Stevenson's expertise in recipe design and technical processes really came through in the TURN TO CRAFT BEER ON 18

PAON earns Wine Spectator excellence award


he long awaited 2019 Wine Spectator Magazine Restaurant Awards have been unveiled. The list includes 3,791 dining establishments recognized as having superior wine lists with three levels of awards based on with strengths, selections, pricing, corkage, cuisine and wine director professionalism. All are listed in the issue of Aug. 31. It is literally a guide to restaurants all over the country that have concentrated on high quality wine content with the accent on value. I thought you might like to get a read on the San Diego group of restaurants that were awarded the “Best of Award of Excellence,” on the verge of greatness and hopefully joining the only restaurant in San Diego County to be honored with the top “Grand Award,” the Addison, at the Fairmont Hotel in Del Mar. Here is the group that captured the “Best Of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Greystone the Steakhouse, Island Prime, Marina Kitchen, Mille Fleurs, Mister A’s, Stake Chophouse and Bar, The Winery (I will review this one next week), The Winesellar and Brasserie and PAON. PAON in Carlsbad has held a fascination for me for some time now. Managing Partner Steve Barr and President Mayur Pavagadhi have navigated this premier value priced dinner house into a restaurant of many colors. This is the

THE CRAFTSMAN in Encinitas recently presented Two Shepherds wines from Sonoma. From left, Craftsman Manager Mike Cusey, wine rep Bryan Taylor and winemaker William Allen. Photo by Frank Mangio

vironment in the bar area, upgraded for an extensive menu, events and entertainment, surrounded by wine racks. Ever-changing weekly wine tastings enliven the atmosphere that’s frank mangio set for success. See more at paoncarlsbad.com, and for a fourth year of their listing complete list of restaurant of a Wine Spectator Best of wine awards, visit RestauAward of Excellence. Su- rants.WineSpectator.com. perior wine offerings have been in the restaurant’s DNA since opening 10 years ago. Recently, Wine Director Kate Edgecombe has placed her hands on a wine list that has grown exponentially to some 650 bottles and over 30 wines by the glass in a new Bistro en-

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his grapes from grapevine to barrel and on to bottle. Allen is the president of the Northern California “Rhone Ranger Association.” They’re a wine group that fervently believes that winemaking is an art, not a science, that guidance is the process that works, and education to the Rhone Valley French style will bring more visibility to the domestic Rhones. His wines are all from Sonoma. Allen teamed up with The Craftsman and Manager Mike Cusey, who came up with an extraordinary menu crafted by Chef Sergio Serrano. After the first three courses, Cusey brought in a Red Wine & Dijon Marinated Tri Tip with Charred Corn, Potato Puree, Beef Jus and Blue Cheese Butter. It matched beautifully with the Two Shepherds 2014 Pastoral Rouge Blend. Inside the bottle was a Red Rhone Blend of 40% Grenache, 27% Mourvedre and 33% Syrah. The result was bright red Rhone style fruit and savory notes, with no oak characteristics. The website is twoshepherds. com.

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Back to school means back to internet safety basics Kids are going back to school, and a new year brings new friends, independence and curiosity, especially when it comes to social media, gaming, and other online activity. Many older children are likely using tablets for their school work and have smartphones to stay connected to family and friends. But even elementary aged kids may be using a smartphone for safety purposes and to give their parents and guardians peace of mind. Back to school is a good time to get back to internet basics with your children, regardless of how old, or young, they are – or whether they think they already know the rules of the online road. A recent Pew Research Center study found that only 39% of parents are using some kind of parental controls at home, on mobile devices or on their children’s social media accounts. However, internet service providers such as Cox Communications offer parental control features that

BACK TO SCHOOL is a good time to get back to internet basics with your children, regardless of how old, or young, they are – or whether they think they already know the rules of the online road. Courtesy photo

are free for Cox High Speed Internet customers that parents and guardians can easily access. Parental control features allow parents and guardians to control the amount of time each child is allowed on spend online, restrict access to certain websites, and block websites by category such as dating and gambling. Cox Communications offers the following internet

safety tips to help parents get started: Know what parental controls can and can’t do. Parental controls can control or block the video games your child can access, filter web browsers so that your children can only access pre-approved websites on their devices, prevent children from using certain devices, manage search engines to limit what children can search for online, and

manage the types of videos that are searchable online. Parental controls cannot control who reaches out to your children on their own social media channels, or what photos children view on their own social media channels if those websites are not blocked or you don’t have access to their accounts. Take inventory of the ways your child accesses the Internet. Long gone are

the days when using the internet meant waiting to log on to the family computer. Take inventory of how your child can access the internet (laptop, tablet, smartphone, video gaming system), then set the parental controls to block inappropriate websites. Create a list for ages five and under. It’s 2019 and some children ages five and under know enough to click on an app to access a children’s game or website online. Make sure they don’t accidentally click on something inappropriate for their age. By choosing a handful of sites you’re comfortable with, and plugging them into the device your child uses, you can easily monitor where and what he or she is visiting each day. Give older kids more freedom but restrict potentially dangerous sites. As your child gets older, simply add more sites to any list you’ve created, or give older children access to most of the internet while still blocking specific websites or general categories such as gambling, social networks

or dating. Make controls on YouTube a priority. More kids watch YouTube videos than broadcast TV. To ensure your kids are watching age-appropriate videos, go to YouTube’s parental controls to set your account to “Restricted Mode.” Don’t forget their email or social media accounts. Make sure you have access to your minor child’s email and social media accounts (usernames and passwords), and regularly monitor their interactions. Otherwise, consider blocking a social media site or deleting an email account. If parents take advantage of all that parental controls have to offer for every age group (while also talking to their kids about common sense internet safety), their kids can have an educational and entertaining online experience while staying safe. For more information and step-by-step instructions on how to initialize parental controls, visit https:// www.cox.com/aboutus/takecharge/internet-safety.html

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To address the need for more evidence-based mental health treatment, Rogers Behavioral Health is on a mission to increase access to care throughout the country with one of its newest clinic openings located in San Diego. Rogers’ San Diego location, 17140 Bernardo Center Dr., Suite 300, is part of Rogers Behavioral Health—one of the largest not-for-profit behavioral healthcare providers in the U.S. since 1907, headquartered in Wisconsin. Rogers opened its first California location in Walnut Creek in March 2018, and will soon open a third in Los

Angeles. “With this expansion in San Diego we’re able to bring our specialized behavioral health services to more people in need of mental health treatment in southern California,” says Pat Hammer, CEO and president of Rogers Behavioral Health. “Our continued growth speaks to the increased demand from our local communities for treatment that’s proven to work.” With admissions occurring within hours, patients at Rogers receive direct access to board-certified psychiatrists and specialized treatment from a multidis-

ciplinary team of mental health experts. Together they work with children and families to provide necessary medications and compassionate care. Nader Amir, PhD, serves as clinical director in San Diego. Medical leadership also includes psychiatrists Sanjaya Saxena, MD, Brett Johnson, MD, and clinical supervisor Demet Çek, PhD. “At Rogers, the emphasis is always on the patient and the family,” says Dr. Brett Johnson. “We work to address the mental health AT ITS NEW San Diego location, Rogers Behavioral Health challenges as one part of the offers some of the most comprehensive programs for OCD, person but making sure they anxiety and depression treatment in the country. Courtesy photo

OCD and depression treatment leader Rogers offers some of the most comprehensive programs for OCD, anxiety, and depression treatment in the country. Rogers treats more patients daily for OCD than any other behavioral health provider, and its Focus programs offer clinically effective treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders. Free screenings are the first step in the admissions process. Call 833-783-7411 or visit rogersbh.org.


in Claverham, Somerset, England, are watching their backs as they walk at night, thanks to a man wearing a rubbery “gimp suit” who has been approaching and chasing people, according to the BBC. On July 11, an unnamed woman in her 20s was “walking along with my torch and looked up to see someone charging at me in a full black rubbery suit,” she told the news service. “He kept coming toward me and was touching his groin, grunting and breathing heavy.” She pushed and screamed at the man, who turned and ran in the other direction. Avon and Somerset police have increased patrols in the area in order to identify the man responsible. [BBC, 7/14/2019]

willingly had microchips implanted in their hands to replace credit cards and cash. The chips also help people monitor their health and can be programmed to allow access into buildings. Jowan Osterlund, a former body piercer who pioneered the chips, says the technology is safe. But British scientist Ben Libberton, based in Sweden, said he worries that people aren’t considering the potential dangers, including the unwitting dissemination of data about a person. “Do I get a letter from my insurance company saying premiums are going up before I know I’m ill?” he wondered. [New York Post, 7/14/2019]

lanta, Georgia, on July 10 after allegedly throwing multiple kilograms of suspected methamphetamine off a high-rise balcony onto a street below. In a press release titled “It’s Raining Meth,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said its agents were searching the property as part of a smuggling investigation when the drugs went overboard. Agents were able to recover the drugs, valued at an estimated $250,000, and also found two semi-automatic rifles, a handgun, marijuana valued at $60,000 and a “substantial” amount of cash, AL.com reported. Dark and 33-year-old Tiffany Peterson of Atlanta were arrested for trafficking Bright Idea meth and marijuana, among Rapper, sports agent other charges. [AL.com, and self-proclaimed “Mr. 7/14/2019] Alabama” Kelvin James Dark, 37, of Talladega, Al- Ewwwww abama, was arrested in AtThis summer’s “who’s

pooping in the pool?” mystery is taking place in the Buckingham Woods neighborhood pool in Macomb Township near Detroit. The serial offender has caused the pool to close several times, and the neighborhood association is taking action — and taking names. “We are reviewing attendance logs and recorded video,” a July 12 statement read, according to the Detroit Free Press. And the Macomb County Health Department is working with the pool to keep the water free of pathogens such as E. coli. Further, the association has hired a pool attendant to be on-site through the end of summer. (UPDATE: On July 18, the association announced the offending swimmer had been identified and banned, saying it is now “looking at the various options for restitution.”) [Detroit Free Press, 7/16/2019]


— When Flagler County (Florida) Sheriff’s officers pulled over Derick McKay, 36, for speeding on July 11, they noticed he seemed ... uncomfortable, and although the deputies smelled marijuana, he denied having anything illegal. But when McKay got to the police station (having been arrested for driving on a suspended license), he admitted that he did have some narcotics hidden between his buttocks. Indeed, Fox 43 reported, McKay produced more than a dozen small baggies, including: a baggie of crack, eight baggies of heroin, two baggies of Molly, a baggie of marijuana, 12 Lortab pills and 12 Oxycodone pills. [Fox 43, 7/15/2019] Techno-Weird The New York Post reCreepy Creepers ported on July 14 that more Women — and men — than 4,000 Swedes have

Really, If You’re Going to Get Drunk, Just Stay Home Roger Bridenolph, 49, of Springdale, Arkansas, was arrested on July 15 after a puzzling series of events.

First, Bridenolph verbally assaulted a cashier at a Dollar Tree store, then stole a box of Ore-Ida Bagel Bites, pushing a manager out of the way to get out of the store, according to an arrest report. When the manager followed him, KFSM reported, Bridenolph hit him in the head with the box of frozen snacks. Taking his show on the road, Bridenolph headed next door to a Wendy’s restaurant, where he slapped a woman. When police arrived, they struggled to handcuff Bridenolph, but ultimately arrested him for robbery, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. [KFSM, 7/15/2019]


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SAN MARCOS — The famed HBO show “Game of Thrones” will make its way to California State University-San Marcos as part of the university’s fall Arts and Lectures series. Kristian Nairn, the Irish actor and DJ, will be on campus Oct. 15 for a moderated question and answer session, followed by audience questions. The show completed its eighth and final season in May. The “Game of Thrones” star is one of nine people to come to the university between Sept. 16 and Nov. 12. Others include a poet slated to speak about indigenous rights and immigration, military veterans to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder, a journalist who reports on the

U.S.-Mexico border and an academic who will discuss poor students’ experience at elite universities. Arts and Lectures’ Sept. 16 kickoff will feature a one-woman theatrical production, titled “Intrusion,” which focuses on the issue of rape culture. It is directed, written and performed by actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani, who in a single hour plays eight different characters. Kadwani said she wrote “Intrusion” prior to the dawn of the #MeToo movement. “I started writing it in 2015, well before the #MeToo movement started,” she said. “In fact, I finished the script two months before the Weinstein scandal. I was initially going to write about India's rape culture

KRISTIAN NAIRN, who played Hodor on “Game of Thrones,” will appear on campus Oct. 15. Courtesy photo

but after researching, I realized that the U.S. is the 10th most sexually violent country in the world. I felt I had a responsibility to show audiences how important it

is that we move swiftly to find solutions for sexual violence.” And though it has been performed outside of the campus context, including at the 2018 San Diego Fringe Festival, Kadwani said she wrote it “with the intention of performing it at colleges.” “Students are the new voters. I feel I can play my part in society through theater and entertainment by creating art that presents our social woes with accuracy, logic, and impetus so that students can be changemakers,” Kadwani said. “I strive to give students a voice, to speak up if they have been assaulted, and to speak out against injustice.” Later in the season on Nov. 4, San Diego’s Alex

Montoya will have the spotlight on his own motivational message, as well. Montoya only has one leg and is reliant on prosthetics for mobility and functionality. The author of six books, Montoya formerly worked as the manager of Latino affairs for the San Diego Padres and as director of communications for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has penned books including “Swinging for the Fences,” “See the Good” and others. “My story is about the power of education enabling me to overcome being an immigrant and triple amputee,” said Montoya, adding that he gives about four talks per month, with one usually taking place on a college campus. “What better setting than

CSUSM, known for being progressive, innovative, and a beacon of hope for all people?” In previous years, Arts & Lectures has brought in guests such as the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke; Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza; CNN correspondent Lisa Ling; and African-American public intellectual Cornel West. “We have a very exciting and diverse lineup coming up this fall, with big names, topical and important conversations happening in word and performance, and multiple authors and motivators,” Gina Jones, Arts & Lectures program planner, said. “There are certainly many must-see events this semester.”


house management. Classes start in September. Enroll online. The University of California, San Diego, offers a Professional Certificate in Brewing that focuses on the science and technical aspects of brewing. The program consists of 26 quarter units, and it costs between $5,500 and $5,800 depending on which electives a student chooses. There are some significant prerequisites for this program (including a C- or better in pre-calculus and two courses in science or engineering) even though, like the others mentioned above, it is offered through the extended learning part of the university rather than through regular enrollment. Classes start in September. Apply online. There are other places to get beer education, too. For example, the San Diego Brewers Guild offers Tap into Knowledge seminars. You don't earn credits with these courses, but you do gain expertise from some of the best in the industry. Similarly, Miramar's White Labs, yeast supplier to the brewing industry, offers beer education classes throughout the year. Homebrew clubs like QUAFF also help people improve their brewing knowledge.

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beers his students brewed for their final projects. All of them were commercial quality. Classes start Aug. 20. Register online. The largest beer program in the county, San Diego State University’s Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer, serves approximately 600 students per year. Level 1 can be completed in six months for about $2,400; Level 2 can be completed in about a year for roughly $3,500. The focus is on preparing people to work on the business side, rather than the production side, of the craft beer industry. It covers everything from brewery start up to beer styles, food pairings, distribution, draught system maintenance, and front of


ket in Encinitas is offering an educational class, “Exploring the Wines of Piedmont,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Gain a deeper understanding of Italian wine by learning about Piedmont in Meritage’s private Cellar Room with educator Michele Graber. Learn about the killer Bs — Barolo and Barbaresco. One sparkling, two white and three reds will be tasted along with regional cheeses and meats. Cost is $49 each. Call (760) 479-2500.

*** Happy 23rd anniversary to Stone Brewing! In addition to being one of the breweries that made San Diego famous for craft beer, in 2018, Escondido-based Stone was the USA’s ninth-largest craft brewery by production volume. In celebration of the anniversary Stone is hosting parties at each of its locations. On Friday, Aug. 16, each of the Stone tap rooms will host specialty beer release parties (in Oceanside, on Kettner in downtown San Diego, and on J Street next to Petco Park). On the Aug. 17, Stone’s Escondido World Bistro & Gardens hosts a rare-beer festival with 50 guest breweries. On the Aug. 18, Liberty Station in Point Loma will host the grand celebration, again with 50 guest breweries. For details and tickets, see https://stonebrewing.com/. A new beer, 23rd Anniversary Uncanny Anni Double IPA, highly hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Cascade varietals, has just been released in 22-ounce bottles, too. from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17. Enjoy your favorite wines like Justin and J Lohr and gourmet bites of chef-made food, with activities like grape stomping, blind tasting and much more. Tickets are $40 per person advance, and $50 at the door. Call for details at (760) 745-7777.

• San Diego’s “wildest” tasting event is the San Diego’s Zoo’s Food, Wine & Brew, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 21. This celebration showcases the best in beer, wine and food from over 160 vendors while enjoying the adventure of the zoo. Live music and danc• Vintana Restau- ing. Tickets available now rant in Escondido is pre- at (619) 718-3000 or visit senting Wine on the Lanai zoofoodandwine.com.

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KAABOO mural celebrates a healthy ocean By Kelli Kyle

DEL MAR — Anyone who’s attended KAABOO Del Mar, the three-day music festival held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds each September, knows there is plenty to take in. Popular music acts are always a huge part of the appeal — this year has several big names on the books, including Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon and Mumford & Sons. Still, there is another major piece of this festival aside from the music: the art. “The owner, Bryan Gordon, wanted to create an event where the art was as important as the music,” Amanda Lynn, art director for KAABOO, said. “He has always been very art forward and art centric, engaging people in a visual manner as well as musical.” Because of this initiative, festival-goers at KAABOO Del Mar are surrounded by art on stages, in galleries and at other locations throughout the fairgrounds. This year, one of the featured works tackles another KAABOO priority — sustainability. In a project sponsored by the environmental nonprofit PangeaSeed Foundation and its program, SeaWalls: Artists for Oceans, an artist will live-paint a 30-foot mural to highlight the importance of a healthy ocean. “For us to be able to engage with a whole new audience — especially one that is so captive, like people at a music festival — is really exciting,” Akira Biondo, director of operations for PangeaSeed, said. KAABOO has partnered with PangeaSeed since the festival started five years ago. The partner-


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The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Center Museum announces the inaugural exhibition of “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle” through Sept. 15 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido. Admission is $12 for adults. Military and children under 12 are free. Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m., closed Monday. PAINTED BY Australian artist George Rose, last year’s mural at KAABOO Del Mar from the PangeaSeed Foundation SeaWalls program had festival-goers lining up to take photos. Photo courtesy of PangeaSeed

ship goes beyond just the art — this year, PangeaSeed and a few other organizations are assisting with efforts to reduce plastic waste at the festival. The SeaWalls: Artist for Oceans program commissions artists to paint murals around the world that advocate for ocean conservation. So far, they have about 350 murals in 15 different countries. Art is a universal language, Biondo explains, which has led to the SeaWalls program’s impact across the globe. “We can engage with these communities on these very important issues through beautiful storytelling,” Biondo said. This year, Santa Cruzbased artist Caia Koopman has been selected to bring the piece to life. Several of her works contain subtle

messages on the environment, and she says she is looking forward to creating something crowds will want to stop and see. “My goal is to create something beautiful to look at that has an ocean theme, a great message, plus a lot of color, a lot of eye candy, and maybe even a spaceship, just for good measure,” Koopman said. According to Lynn, the live-painting aspect of this mural adds another layer of engagement, especially because PangeaSeed’s outreach booth will be stationed next to the work. “The message will mean more, because crowds were able to be a part of it, watch the process, talk with PangeaSeed,” Lynn said. Last year, Biondo said people were lining up to take selfies with the com-

pleted mural, which featured the phrase “Be Kind, Sunshine” on a backdrop of flora, fish and marine debris. This year, Biondo says she hopes the mural will have the same effect while also educating passersby. “We will be right on the ocean, which most people kind of forget once they’re on the ground and enjoying themselves,” Biondo said. “I hope that people will do a sort of double take and start thinking about their own impact.” This year, 1% of festival ticket proceeds will go toward PangeaSeed, as well as other organizations. KAABOO Del Mar takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, and attendees can catch the finished mural for SeaWalls and PangeaSeed on the final day of the event.

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world traveler for over 40 years, Ursula Heintz has seen more of the world than most. Her work is fresh and alive with hints of pure genius in design, format and style. In her artist’s statement, Heintz says: “The beauty and wonder of nature interest me the most. My work not only shows beaut y, but evokes a sense of wonder and Bob Coletti mystery. My photographs uncover a hidden world that is rarely seen. Nature offers so much beauty, and it's all waiting to be found. The secret to my success lies in my travels. Great photographs waiting to be found are everywhere. I travel, I see, and then my camera becomes the tool that I use to compose and create my art." Her "Wings on Feet, Story in Hand" image was recently chosen to be displayed in the Oceanside Museum of Art and the Front Porch Gallery Six Word Story Exhibit. Exhibit dates: Aug. 25 to Oct. 7. See more of Ursula’s work at: www.ursulaheintz.com ‘WINGS ON FEET, STORY IN HAND’ by photographer Ursula Heintz.


Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild presents “Exploring the Abstract,” a new exhibit exploring abstract painting through Oct. 21 at Rancho Santa Fe Library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, contact Cheryl Ehlers at artbuzz1@gmail,com or (760) 519-1551.

The abstract artwork of Susan Brook,” Infinite boundaries” will run through Sept. 11 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

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The LeucadiART Walk is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 along N. Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia. The event covers a one-mile stretch with more than 80 artist booths of original art, jewelry, ceramic, glass and more in private parking lots, plus a Craft Beer Garden. Park at City Hall and ride the open air trolley. More information at https://bit.ly/2MDBVPk or call (760) 436-2320.


North Coast Repertory Theatre opens ”Tenderly – The Rosemary Clooney Musical,” at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach, with performances through Aug. 25. FAMILY DAY AT LUX Lux Art Institute opens Tickets, $49, and show times its doors to the public for a at https://northcoastrep.org/. free Family Day Art Show,
1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Hundreds of art pieces from ‘GROWING WILD’ Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. its Summer Art Camp, live music, robot demonstration, through Sept. 27, visit the “Growing Wild” Art Show at face painting and dance. San Diego Botanic Garden, a botanical-themed exhibition GARDEN SCULPTURE Sculpture in the Garden at 230 Quail Gardens Drive. X showcases 10 sculptures For more information, visit from nine talented artists 9 sdbgarden.org/events.htm. a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 30 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. All sculp- MIXED MEDIA Artist Bethany Kelley, tures are for sale. Naomi Nussbaum, curator. $18, $12, present mixed-media paint$10. More information at sd- ings, “Dwelling Apart Tobgarden.org/sculpture.htm. gether” through Sept. 11 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.

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Buzz Blodgett’s blown glass show, “Sea Foam” runs through Sept. 11 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.

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Ceramic artist Geeta Chinai presents Sea-Odes through Sept. 11 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Inspired by geodes, these clay bowls reflect textures and colors of the ocean.


See the ocean life art of Susan Harris with “Fish Around the Corner” ceramic sculptures through Sept. 10 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. More info at (760) 753-7376.

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Kerry Campbell’s “Metaphorical Relationships” acrylic paintings will be on display through Sept. 9 at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas.


Through September, San Diego North Coast Singers are hosting auditions for grades 2 through 12 at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. To schedule a 15-minute audition with Artistic Director Melissa Keylock, e-mail info@ SITAR CONCERT Soul of Yoga welcomes northcoastsingers.com. Deborrah Henry presents “Sea to Desert – Expressions in Glass” on through Sept. 9 at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas.

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