Rancho Santa Fe News, August 2, 2019

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Local shark sightings on the rise

Rowe K-8 principal steps down

By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Shark sightings have become increasingly common in recent weeks at several beaches in North County and beyond. Del Mar’s chief lifeguard, John Edelbrock, said the city has logged eight sightings since June 22. As of the time of publication, the most recent sighting in Del Mar was on July 26. He said most of the sharks the lifeguards have seen in Del Mar have been juvenile sharks, which are about 6 to 7 feet long. The sharks’ behavior has been docile — “not aggressive in any way,” he said. Del Mar is not the only city to report sharks along its beaches. Solana Beach, Encinitas and Carlsbad have confirmed sightings as well. A dead white shark also washed ashore in Carlsbad in mid-July. Sharks have also been spotted recently as far south as Coronado and as far north as San Clemente. “They’ve keyed into enjoying our coastal waters a little more in the past couple of years,” Edelbrock said. According to a press release issued by the city of Solana Beach, the sharks have been spotted approximately 300 yards off shore, and have not approached any swimmers or surfers. TURN TO SHARKS ON 6

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PROJECT THE NEW AND IMPROVED Helen Woodward Animal Center adoptions building also features three large play areas for the resident pups. The $14 million project kicked off in January 2018. Photo by Lexy Brodt

New adoption building opens at Helen Woodward By Lexy Brodt

RANCHO SANTA FE — The new and improved Helen Woodward Animal Center adoptions building opened up in mid-July to no shortage of smiles and happy tears from center volunteers and staff. “People were really excited,” said Jessica Gercke, the center’s public relations and communications director. The nonprofit, which provides adoptions for homeless animals as well as various educational and therapeutic programs, kicked off the $14 million project in January 2018. And after a year and a half of construction, the long-awaited building is on full display and open

for adoptions. The 31,000-square-foot facility includes two temperature-controlled kennel buildings, a newly designed and modern administrative space and shop, three play areas and a new and improved surgery center. Gercke said building a new adoptions area became a priority about three to four years ago, when the center surpassed 3,000 adoptions per year — putting the building nearly at capacity. So when animals would be transported to the center in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, for example, Gercke said 40 to 50 animals at a time would be lined up

in kennels along the walls of the old building while staff waited to check them into what was formerly a very snug surgery area. The space was actually converted from an old storage closet. “We had such a huge desire to help as many animals as we could, but the facility itself was starting to feel really cramped, and like we weren’t able to provide the type of growth that we wanted,” Gercke said. And now? The new building’s “state of the art” medical suites have two operating tables, a recovery ward, an TURN TO WOODWARD ON 3

RANCHO SANTA FE — After eight years of leadership at R. Roger Rowe School, Garrett Corduan stepped down in mid-July from his position as K-8 principal. Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Donna Tripi announced the news in a recent email to parents, lauding Corduan’s contributions to the school and announcing that Megan Loh, formerly a fifth-grade teacher, will be serving as K-8 assistant principal. Tripi told The Coast News that the district is in the process of interviewing candidates for the vacant principal position. Corduan is now starting a position as a K-6 principal at Mendoza Elementary School in the South Bay Union Elementary School District. “He was a wonderful principal here, we really enjoyed working with him” said Tripi. “It was just his desire to change up what he’s doing.” In the email, Tripi said Corduan is “looking forward to the challenge of helping a low performing school grow.” During his time at R. Roger Rowe, Corduan worked to start a tutorial period and helped increase the school’s elective offerings, among other accomplishments. The news comes on the heels of the district’s board making major changes to the school’s staffing and administration in May. “It’s a loss for the district,” said Tripi. “He was a really admired principal.”


Day trip to Skara Brae hit the road e’louise ondash


heard the interiors of these ancient village homes described as Neolithic Ikea, and looking into one of these stone houses wedged into the hillside, I can see it. There are tables, shelves and beds, a la Fred Flintstone, that could be precursors of the utilitarian, assembly-required, space-efficient Swedish furniture that we all know. But this abode is more than 5,000 years old. We arrived at the settlement by following a path lined with engraved stones, each marking off a millennium and putting into perspective just how old these dwellings are. Five thousand years … That would be 600 years before the Pyramids of Giza were built and 3,000 years before the birth of Christ. These are the well preserved ruins of Skara Brae, which sit on a rise above a crescent, white-sand beach on Mainland, the largest

island in the Orkney archipelago off Scotland’s west coast. Visiting the ancient settlement had not been on the original itinerary of our mid-June expedition cruise through the Sottish Isles with Adventure Canada. At an earlier stop, however, one of the 170 passengers on the Ocean Endeavor expressed disappointment about this to expedition leader Matthew Swan. Amazingly, within 48 hours, Swan, whose father co-founded Adventure Canada, arranged transportation for her and another 100 passengers who also wanted to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site. We knew little about Skara Brae before this discussion, but after talking with more knowledgeable passengers (no internet access in the North Atlantic), we hopped on the unscheduled bandwagon and were glad we did. Skara Brae sits closer to the beach than it did when first discovered in 1850. That year, a ferocious storm hit Mainland — not that unusual, but this time, the combination of high wind and water changed the landscape. When the storm cleared, the laird (landowner) discovered that the sands had shifted to partially re-

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VISITORS from around the world come to see Skara Brae, the 5,000-year-old village on Mainland, the largest island in the Orkney archipelago off Scotland’s west coast. The settlement was discovered in the mid-1800s when fierce winds blew away the sand covering it. Photo by Jerry Ondash

veal the stone houses and began excavating. Archeologists believe the settlement, which probably never numbered more than 50 people, was inhabited for 600 years sometime between 3200 B.C. to 2200 B.C. It’s not known why the residents of the eight clustered houses on the Bay of Skaill left Skara Brae, but some scientists believe that coastal erosion and the resulting encroachment of salt water made the area less

habitable. The other factor may have been changes that occurred in the structure of Neolithic society. It could have evolved from an egalitarian model in which everyone pitched in, to one that supported tribal leaders or some form of elite class. But once deserted, Skara Brae was covered by shifting sand for the next 4,000 years. This protected it from destruction and gave us the wonderfully preserved com-

munity. As we traverse the walkways that encompass and crisscross Skara Brae, we try to fathom life 5,000 years ago and how these Neolithic peoples survived daily life. Scientists believe they hunted and fished, fashioned tools from animal bones, and wore animal skins to keep from freezing through the Isle’s long, dark winters and ever-present winds. Later, we walk a few hundred yards on the same

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Amid safety concerns, protests at opening day By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — As opening day on July 17 drew thousands of festively dressed patrons to the Del Mar racetrack, a line of solemn protestors lined up at the fairgrounds entrance holding signs with ominous captions: “you bet, they die,” and “raced to death.” Many stood quietly, dressed in all black or gray. Erin Riley-Carrasco was likely the most outspoken of the approximately 30 protestors, intermittently repeating “get all dressed up in your finest to watch horses die,” to passing women dressed in ornate hats and dresses. She said people often look away. Others make joking or disparaging comments. But to many, the protestors were likely not a surprising sight. After 30 race horses died at the Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia from late December 2018 through June 2019, public attention has honed in on racetrack conditions across the country. Safety concerns have run the gamut, with media outlets and animal rights advocates drawing attention to the drugs administered to horses, the use of unfit horses in races and rigorous training schedules. In light of the growing controversy, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is implementing a broad swath of safety measures during its 80th summer season. These include steps such as medication reform — administering nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories no less than 48 hours before a race or workout, for example. Other changes include prohibiting the use of a riding crop during morning workouts, stationing veterinarians to oversee morning workouts, and putting all race horses through an entry review panel. The Del Mar racetrack had 17 deaths in 2016, five deaths in 2017 and six in 2018. According to a press release, the track had previously reduced its racing season from eight weeks to seven weeks to “(provide) additional time to prepare the racing surfaces and to allow horses to acclimate to new surroundings.” Other changes includ-

ed hiring a new director of racing surfaces maintenance in 2017, reducing the number of horses on the ground from 2,100 to 1,850, and employing additional veterinarians for pre-race inspections. Dan Smith, a senior media coordinator with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, told The Coast News that “everything that can be done is being done to ensure we have safe racing,” although he said he understood the concerns of many of the protestors. “Their heart is in the right place,” he said. “We lost quite a few horses at Santa Anita…that’s too many horses, that’s too many injuries.” Smith is confident the Thoroughbred Club “won’t have a situation like they had at Santa Anita.” “We’ve had no problems through the first week of the season,” Smith said. “The implementation of these checks and balances is so far working very well.” Two horses died the day after opening day during a training session in Del Mar, but Smith said the incident was a rare fluke, “like a head on collision on the freeway.” According to the most recent Jockey Club Equine Injury Database, Del Mar was ranked as one of the safest racetracks in the U.S. in 2018. The Database reported that Del Mar had a rate of 0.79 fatal injuries per 1,000 starts in 2018, with the national average amounting to 1.68. In a recent commentary, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Chief Executive Officer Joe Harper called the race track an “economic engine for the local community,” highlighting the 5,150 jobs create by the track per year. And some of those employees opted to support the track on opening day. About a dozen lined up across from the animal rights protestors, holding signs with captions such as “protect our horses and our jobs,” or “I love horses, I love my job.” Racetrack employee Marcus Semona said this is the first year employees have protested in support of the horse races, in order to “counter the PETA protestors,” he said. “My livelihood depends on the industry,” Semona said. The two groups stood at either side of the fairgrounds front entrance, as attendees rushed through, largely unperturbed. “I think the majority of people have no idea,” Riley-Carrasco said. “They’re here to drink and socialize.” Attendance at this year’s opening day was 31,276, down 1,836 from 2018. It is anticipated that the track will bring in more than 500,000 attendees over the course of the season. The summer season will run until Sept. 2, with a total of 36 race days.

A RENDERING shows a view looking northward at the proposed Marisol resort project. Developers recently came back with a redesign after the community opposed its original plan of 251 hotel rooms and 76 villas. Photo courtesy Zephyr Partners

Residents to weigh in on Del Mar Resort plan By Lexy Brodt

mum height of the project’s buildings will still approach 46 feet toward the middle of the property. The proposed height has been a major point of contention with residents. “The 46 feet is unacceptable,” Hayes said, adding that the resort still looks “as large as it ever was,” based on the renderings. Green said the quantity of three-story structures approaching the 46-foot height is “significantly less” than that of the original design. There are about 20 buildings incorporated in the new design — the hotel would sit toward the southern portion of the property. The villas would each have two to three lock-off units, creating the potential to convert villas to hotel rooms and generate a total of 146 hotel rooms (if all villas were converted). Just over 400 parking stalls will be on site, in an underground parking garage. The minimum setback from any part of the property is 40 feet. Green said developers have been working with California Coastal Commission staff and geologists to determine a proper setback — particularly from the area’s fragile bluffs. “At the end of the day, (Coastal Commission) is going to tell us what our setback is going to be,” he said. “ … we don’t want to have a situation where we have a failure on the bluff.” The developers would also construct 22 affordable housing units, fulfilling the number of low income and very low income units the state allocated to Del Mar for its current housing cycle. The new project would also generate $4.5 million each year in transient occupancy taxes for the city. The original project would have generated upwards of $8 million. According to Green, the new project would be catered to frequent individual travelers, rather than

larger groups — its original intent. He said the revised plans incorporate less meeting space, but would still be suitable for smaller events such as anniversaries or weddings. The developers’ aim is to attract not only hotel guests, but the community at large. “It’s a beautiful piece of property,” Green said. “It should be accessible to everyone.” The lot is currently zoned for single-family residences, and could accommodate roughly 18 homes at a maximum height of 26 feet. The developers are opting for a specific plan, which would up the zoning allowances of the property. But a specific plan also requires the developer provide certain public benefits. For example, the developers are proposing that a percentage of guests’ room rates will go toward sand replenishment — a major adaptation measure in Del Mar for dealing with sea-level rise. They are also proposing an eco-shuttle in order to transport visitors and community members between the resort and downtown Del Mar and Solana Beach. The developers will be putting the project’s specific plan to the community as a citizens initiative. The project’s specific plan — which has yet to be released — will be presented along with the initiative in the next few weeks. If the initiative gains the requisite number of signatures, Del Mar residents will be able to vote on the resort’s specific plan. “This comes down to a really, really simple choice for the voters in Del Mar,” Green said. “If we don’t build this project, then what we will build on this site is roughly 18 very large, private, gate-guarded custom homes … we think this is a much better alternative.” But for some residents,

having homes under the 26foot current height limit is preferable to a resort. Brian Feingold, a Solana Beach resident whose view looks down onto the vacant lot, said he would prefer large homes on the bluff over the density and bulk created by a resort. “Our whole thing is, just keep zoning as is,” he said. “ … It just means it’s another 14 to 16 families that come in, it’s not going to have any impact on traffic or our lifestyles.” Del Mar Mayor Dave Druker said he supports the project going to a public vote, but otherwise is waiting until the environmental impact report and specific plan come out in order to opine on the project. Green said he anticipates the project’s draft environmental impact report will come out in early fall. When the project’s story poles were first erected on the site in August 2018, citizens started community groups and petitions opposing the project, expressing concerns over height, bulk, congestion, and impacts to the bluff. Many Solana Beach residents worried about how a view onto the resort from their hillside homes would impact property values. Community feedback led the Solana Beach City Council to unanimously pass a resolution opposing re-zoning the site to a higher density, “that would negatively impact the city of Solana Beach and its residents.” Del Martians, particularly in the nearby beach colony area, were largely concerned about crowds and traffic generated by a large resort project, and how a resort might impact the neighboring North Beach Preserve. The developers will be opening up an informational center in Del Mar within the next two months to show renderings and help answer residents’ questions.


we were using the storage closet,” she said. “But now we’ve got all this gorgeous space.” Gercke said the new building was created in such a way to minimize stress — for visitors, staff and of course, the pets. For example, the layout of the kennels helps to minimize visibility and interaction between animals, particularly for canines that might be a

little more anxious. In the process of construction, the former adoptions building was completely razed — it had served the center since 1972. Animals were moved to temporary kennels situated in the property’s critter camp area during construction. In spite of construction, Gercke said the center didn’t stray too far off on its typical annual number of

adoptions last year, due to the help of the center’s approximately 600 active foster families. The projected was funded through the center’s Capital Campaign, which was kicked off in 2009. The campaign is meant to help fund infrastructure advancements at the center — the next step for the campaign will be fundraising for a new education center.

DEL MAR — The developers behind the controversial Del Mar Resort plan have come back to the table with a redesign — a project 40% smaller than what was originally proposed. Residents will soon have a chance to weigh in on whether the newly revised plan will move forward. Developers will circulate a petition in August to put the project to a vote. Local developers Zephyr Partners and Robert Green Company originally proposed a 251-room hotel and 76 villas for a 16.5-acre blufftop lot on the corner of Via de la Valle and Border Avenue — a plan that received heaping criticism from both Del Mar and Solana Beach residents. The large oceanfront property has long been vacant and gated off from public access. The developers currently have long-term options on the lot’s seven parcels. After months of gathering community feedback, the developers introduced a redesign in mid-July called “Marisol” — a project with 65 hotel rooms, 31 villas, a spa, café, restaurant, gardens, and a public 1.25-mile walking trail that connects to the North Beach Preserve trail. “We think we have responded to everybody’s concerns in a big, big way, not just token,” said developer Robert Green. However, many locals are still wary about the project. The new design has already generated over 100 comments on social media platform NextDoor, with residents debating the merits of the plan. The developers have held several small community meetings so far to present the redesign to locals. Del Mar resident Carla Hayes — who started a petition in the fall opposing the project — said she is dismayed that the maxi-


intensive care unit, and various treatment areas. Gercke said the new medical area is nearly four times the size of the original space — that improvement alone will give the center the tools to keep growing. “We literally could not do any more than what we were already doing while


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Opinion & Editorial

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

Wildfire insurance crisis hits California ever harder


Celebrating arts and culture By Marie Waldron

The California Arts Council has established 14 state-designated Cultural Districts, including three in San Diego County. These Cultural Districts are a direct result of passage of Assembly Bill 189 in 2016, a bill I co-authored with Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D–Santa Monica). San Diego’s three Cultural Districts include Balboa Park, home to 17 museums and the San Diego Zoo; Barrio Logan, which includes Chicano Park with 79 historic murals; and in North County, the Oceanside Cultural District., which celebrates the city’s Beach City heritage, museums and growing arts scene. The budget recently signed by Gov. Newsom included a $10 million in-

creased funding allocation for the California Arts Council (which also receives federal funding), for competitive grant programs that fund arts and cultural experiences across the state. Last month, the Council announced 1,243 grant awards totaling over $20 million for arts/cultural nonprofit organizations, the largest allocation in over two decades. The budget also provided one-time grants to a number of organizations including the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California, the Latino Theater Company, and the Korean American National Museum. The Arts Council’s mission, “Advancing California through the arts

and creativity,” not only enriches lives, it can spur new businesses, increase employment, attract more tourism and establish vibrant cultural economies throughout the state. It is my hope that other communities in this region, including North Inland San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties, will soon be able to take advantage of the state’s Cultural District program. Information on the California Arts Council and on the Council’s Cultural District program can be found at their websites: http://www.arts.ca.gov and https://www.caculturaldistricts.org Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.

Letter to the Editor Animals hurt by closure of Wildlife Center The Coast News recently published a piece on the closure of the San Diego Wildlife Center in Carlsbad. It noted that “Project Wildlife has a new stateof-the-art facility with increased capacity, and San Diego Humane Society has two North County campuses that serve as drop-off locations for wildlife.” Project Wildlife is located in San Diego. The “alternative wildlife care facilities” mentioned are the same resources that existed before the Wildlife Center opened last April. They do not actually care for wildlife, they hold the animals for transfer to

Project Wildlife. Animals may wait 12 hours or more before being transported, which results in them experiencing extreme stress, in addition to delaying necessary medical treatment. In the first six months of this year, the Wildlife Center helped 1,000 animals, many of which would have died if they'd had to wait 12 hours or more to be diagnosed and treated. North County needs and deserves a permanent facility dedicated to the care, treatment and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. San Diego Wildlife Center in Carlsbad was that facility until RCHS decided that

because the Wildlife Center had not become financially self-sustaining after its first year of operation, they were no longer willing to provide financial support. Nor were they willing to reach out to the community to increase awareness of the Center and let people know that monetary support was needed. As usual, the losers in this situation are the animals. If readers care, they should contact Rancho Coastal Humane Society and its board to let them know how they feel. Ann Quebedeaux Rancho Santa Fe

alifornians have heard plenty about the wildfire crisis that’s afflicted this state for the last few years, highlighted by a rash of huge blazes and evacuations of more than 1 million area residents. But as the height of the annual fire season approaches, there has been little attention paid to the ever-increasing expenses inflicted on property owners and renters in or near wildlands, who may not ever be burned out, but are certainly getting burned. For a fire insurance crisis of increasing magnitude is now upon California and the state has done nothing to prevent or mitigate it. While thousands of owners and occupants of properties fully or partially destroyed in fires from Redding to Paradise to Napa to Ventura and Malibu still wrestle with lawyers and insurance companies as they try for damage compensation, other thousands are getting hit now via their mailboxes. Increasing numbers of potential fire area residents from the Sierra Nevada Mountain foothills to plush residential areas in suburban San Diego County and the hills of the East Bay are receiving cancellation notices from their property insurance firms, forcing them to seek new policies just when most insurers want to rid themselves of potential liabilities in or near California’s forests and brushlands. Others are seeing their policy premiums doubled and tripled. One typical homeowner in Oakhurst near the southern approach road to Yosemite National Park saw his rate raised this spring from just over $2,000 a year to more than $6,000. But at least he can still buy insurance on the

california focus thomas d. elias general market. Thousands more are being forced onto the open market, trying to obtain coverage from reluctant insurers. It’s a situation reminiscent of the mid-1990s, when every large insurance company in America boycotted the California homeowners insurance market. They canceled or declined to renew virtually every homeowners insurance policy in the state after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and 1994’s Northridge temblor combined to inflict billions of dollars of expenses on them. Rather than insisting that insurance companies continue to offer quake insurance or be banned from selling other lucrative coverage — like car and truck policies — in California, then-Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush allowed the boycott to continue and proposed creation of a state-run system that evolved into the California Earthquake Authority (CEA). Insurance companies resumed selling homeowner policies, but are off the hook now in California quakes, and would love the same to apply in wildfires. But so far, state lawmakers — like their predecessors who were cowed during the 1990s — refuse to do much of anything. Among the biggest unresolved issues that legislators won’t directly confront this year is whether to limit liability of insurance companies with burned-out customers. All of which means

that what former Gov. Jerry Brown said last year about wildfires and climate change — “All hell is breaking loose” — applies now to more than actual fires. Former Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones foresaw some of this two years ago, observing that insurers must renew policies for a time in actual fire disaster areas, but they don’t have to renew policies in non-disaster areas when they expire. That’s the root of the current crisis. The insurance companies understand many so-far-unburned parts of California will inevitably become disaster areas and don’t want their own finances impacted when those disasters hit. There is a safety net of sorts for homeowners when their policies aren’t renewed. It’s called the Fair Plan, roughly equivalent to the CEA in that it must insure anyone who applies. But Fair Plan rates are much higher than other fire policies, even at their increased rates. Yes, by law they cannot be excessive, but no one is sure what that means. Before last year’s fires, the number of Fair Plan policies was rising by about 1,000 per year. That will likely climb substantially over the coming months and years, eventually making the fire insurance crisis less about scarce policies than it is about money. The bottom line: Even if their houses don’t ignite in any of the next few fire seasons, plenty of homeowners will see their wallets get seriously burned, with state government unable or unwilling to protect them. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, visit www. californiafocus.net

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Suit alleges sexual assault at Encinitas Massage Envy ENCINITAS — A lawsuit alleges that four women were sexually assaulted by therapists at four separate Massage Envy locations, including Encinitas, the plaintiffs’ attorneys announced on July 18. The suit, filed in San Mateo County Superior Court, accuses Massage Envy of negligently hiring and supervising five therapists accused by the plaintiffs, and ignoring the “known risk of assault they posed to customers” by allowing them to remain employed or transferring them to another franchise location. The plaintiffs also allege that Massage Envy has a policy of concealing sexual assault reports, does not require that sexual assaults be reported to law enforcement or state massage therapy boards, and did nothing more than internally investigate each reported incident. Massage Envy declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company adheres to established safety and best practice policies regarding sexual assault. “We cannot comment on pending litigation, but we believe we have established best-in-class practices to address the types of issues alleged in this lawsuit, with the help of the Massage Envy Safety Advi-

sory Council — made up of leading experts — and our work with RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S,” the statement reads. “These and other concrete actions underscore our commitment to promoting a safe environment for members, guests and service providers at each of our nearly 1,200 franchise locations, and we will never stop working to have industry-leading safety policies.” The lawsuit alleges the sexual assaults occurred at a Massage Envy location in Encinitas, as well as in Corona in Riverside County, Daly City, near San Francisco, and Cotati, a community in Sonoma County. “Employees who went to management were told not to complain, which sent a message to those speaking up that such conduct was acceptable,’’ plaintiffs’ attorney Elizabeth Graham alleged. “In at least one instance, male therapists shamed women clients, claiming they obviously wanted sex by seeking a massage, even though massage treatments are standard at virtually every spa and nail salon in the country. The misconduct itself is disturbing enough at franchise locations, but compounded by the parent company’s lack of reporting and rooting out of the abus-


Rancho Santa Fe equestrian Caroline Ingalls competes aboard Concerto, earning the Grand Champion honors at the Amateur Owner Hunter Challenge in Del Mar on July 21. The event featured amateurs in the rated divisions at 3’3”, and 3’6”, and also the 3’0” Amateur Owner Hunters. Courtesy photo

ers — not unlike the wider sex abuse scandals we’ve seen at the U.S. Gymnastics Association or even the Catholic Church. “It’s unconscionable that such brazen client abuse would take placein just one Massage Envy franchise — let alone multiple locations across California,’’ Graham said. “This is a by-product of a toxic work culture, where abuse persisted and was tolerated even after the problem was well recognized within the company, and yet customer complaints went smothered and unreported.”

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Community reacts to resumption of gun shows at Del Mar Fairgrounds By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — The 22nd District Agricultural Association Board room was filled with a few dozen impassioned community members at a July 16 meeting, with residents speaking against the temporary reinstatement of a longstanding gun show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Community members implored the 22nd DAA board of directors to “stay the course,” after the fairgrounds’ governing body voted in September 2018 to put a moratorium on the event for the duration of 2019. The move spurred show operator Crossroads of the West Gun Shows, as well as several gun advocacy groups and gun show merchants, to file suit in January. In mid-June, U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo issued a preliminary injunction to allow Crossroads to continue holding shows pending the final outcome of the lawsuit. For the past 30 years up until 2019, Crossroads has held five shows a year in Del Mar. In her memorandum opinion, the judge called the board’s ban on the event “presumptively unconstitutional. As of mid-July, the lawsuit’s discovery process is on hold as the parties begin settlement discussions, ac-

AR-15S and various semi-automatic assault rifle parts on sale at a fairgrounds gun show in 2018. File photo by Lexy Brodt

cording to Crossroads Attorney Tiffany Cheuvront. Cheuvront told The Coast News that if a settlement has not been reached by Sept. 10, the plaintiffs will once again pursue litigation. “I think everybody is trying to work towards a solution that will work for everyone,” Cheuvront said. At the somewhat atypical July meeting, residents lauded the board’s original decision to ban the event while studying the possibility of holding gun shows for solely educative purposes, and implored the state-appointed board of directors to “(do) the right thing” in light of the injunction. The only item in question was the lawsuit, and officials and residents were given a total of 30 minutes to address the board before closed session. The board did not make any comment

on the lawsuit. Most of the meeting’s attendees were members and supporters of NeverAgainCA, filling the room with orange in their signature anti-gun T-shirts. The Del Mar-based organization actively opposes the sale of firearms and ammunition at the state-owned property, and has done so since the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in early 2018. Despite recent outcomes favoring Crossroads, NeverAgainCA members and advocates remained optimistic. Rose Ann Sharp, the group’s founder, pointed to a bill by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that would ban the sale of guns and ammunitions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The bill could be passed by 2021. “The arc of history is bending in your direction,”

Sharp said. “It should now be clear to everyone how the story will end in Sacramento.” The meeting also drew public officials from the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas — all of which have passed resolutions opposing the sale of firearms and ammunition at the fairgrounds and are “foursquare against having gun shows at the fairgrounds,” said Del Mar Mayor Dave Druker. Solana Beach City Councilwoman Kelly Harless, who has frequently spoken against the gun shows, said she is “concerned about where you’ll go from here.” “You have the truth on your side, gun shows do harm our communities,” Harless said. “ … make no mistake about it, the cost of defending this lawsuit is nothing compared to the cost if something goes wrong in terms of liability and lives lost.” One speaker, Lance Pelky, spoke in support of the gun shows, citing second amendment rights. “Let’s educate about gun safety,” Pelky said. “But trying to ram rules down our throat and change the law is not the way to do it.” According to the Crossroads website, the gun show will return to the fairgrounds on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29.

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Judge grants trainer’s injunction to resume horse racing at Del Mar DEL MAR — A San Diego judge granted a preliminary injunction July 26 sought by Hall of Fame horse trainer Jerry Hollendorfer against the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which banned Hollendorfer from participation in the wake of a spate of horse deaths. Hollendorfer, 73, was banned last month from Del Mar and sought legal intervention to allow him to participate at this summer's racing season. He argued that Del Mar officials did not provide an adequate reason for precluding him from racing. The complaint alleges that he was notified on June 28 that he wouldn't be assigned stalls because of “PR risks and considerations.” In his written ruling, Judge Ronald F. Frazier ruled that Del Mar “arbitrarily” denied Hollendofer’s stall application without providing him a hearing on the matter. In court, Frazier noted that there was no definitive link tying Hollendorfer to the horses' deaths. Thirty horses died at Santa Anita during its most recent meet that ended in late June. Four of the those horses were under Hollendorfer’s care. Hollendorfer also has been banned by the Stronach Group, which owns the Santa Anita racetrack, as well as the New York Racing Association. J. Christopher Jaczko, representing the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, argued

that whether or not Hollendorfer could be connected to the horses’ deaths, excluding him was a valid business decision based on the negative publicity Hollendorfer could bring. “Mr. Hollendorfer’s record over the past six months in California is problematic,” Jaczko said. He alleged that banning Hollendorfer was also in the interests of horse safety and not just to avoid bad publicity. However, had avoiding negative publicity been the sole reason for the ban, Jaczko contended that would be a rational business justification on Del Mar’s part, particularly with the heightened scrutiny the horse racing industry is currently facing. “We're not saying he did anything to kill those horses. We’re saying that in the best interest of our business, we don’t want the attention, we don’t want the clamor that we’re not doing everything we can to change business as usual,” Jaczko said. Jaczko also said the ban does not cause “irreparable harm” to Hollendorfer, as he has the ability to participate in other races, including several ongoing and upcoming races in California. Talking to reporters outside the courtroom, Hollendorfer said he was “very grateful” that Frazier ruled in his favor. He said he was not sure when he would begin participating in the Del Mar racing season. — City News Service

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Massachusetts. According to the terms of the plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of nine months in prison, a year of supervised release, a fine of $75,000 and restitution. Bizzack, the 51st person charged in the case, is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 30. According to court documents, Bizzack agreed

with William “Rick” Singer and others to pay the bribe to facilitate the admission of Bizzack’s son to USC as a purported athlete, when in fact he was not. Dozens of parents and college athletic coaches were implicated in the nationwide bribery scandal, in which wealthy parents paid Singer thousands of dollars to have their children’s entrance-exam scores doc-

tored. In other cases, students were falsely admitted to elite universities as athletic recruits, even though they never had any experience in the sports for which they were being recruited, prosecutors said. Singer pleaded guilty in March to charges including racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.


number of sightings to more people out in the water for the summer. But regardless, lifeguards along the coast are taking precautions, posting advisory signs on the beaches and remaining vigilant. Edelbrock said the Lifeguard Department has been

shifting its focus further out into the water, searching for certain behaviors and using a drone to scope out sharks. Beaches have not been closed, based on statewide protocol developed by the California Marine Safety Chiefs Association.

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The Board of Trustees of the MiraCosta Community College District is seeking qualified, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders, who will operate as the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for the implementation of the district’s Measure MM college facilities bond program. The District is seeking applications for the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, to fulfill a twoyear role for one member active in a MiraCosta College support organization and one member active in a taxpayers’ association. To review the committee bylaws, visit miracosta.edu/icboc. To apply, visit miracosta.edu/ governance /icboc /dow nloads/application.pdf. Completed applications should be sent to MiraCosta Community College District, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056, Attention: Melanie Haynie, Administrative Services.


EoS Fitness announced it has raised MORE than $20,000 in support of Les Mills and UNICEF’s international fundraiser Workout for Water. The donation was presented by EoS Fitness Vice President of Group Fitness Joella Hopkins to Les Mills Customer Experience Director Adrian Heffernan in a ceremony at EoS Fitness’ Oceanside location. The funds raised will support UNICEF’s work to help thousands of children in East Africa gain access to clean, safe sustainable water.


Chabad of Oceanside/ Vista is looking for volunteers, in preparation for its Gala Dinner, forming several committees to utilize the talent and skills of community members. If you would like to serve on the Auction Committee, contact Chelsea Natan at chelseaLcoles@ gmail.com. For the Dinner Host Committee, contact Jessica Korsunsky at jessiDID YOU SAY CHOCOLATE? cajewishoceanside@gmail. A grand opening rib- com. To work as a general bon-cutting ceremony was volunteer or for event spon-

sorships, reply to Rabbi drawing and other art meGreenberg at JewishOceans- diums. The summer classes ide@gmail.com. will culminate in a community-wide event, where the participants’ art work will NEW BUSINESS IN TOWN Publicly traded, global be displayed. real estate reviews platform RateMyAgent has opened SEANY FOUNDATION HONORS its first U.S. headquarters PHIL’S BBQ’S PACE in Carlsbad. Originating in The Seany Foundation Australia (and owning the awarded Phil Pace of Phil’s market as the No. 1 platform BBQ with the 2019 Commuthere), it brought its CTO nity Service Award for his and VP of sales and service support of Seany’s Camp over from Australia to helm Reach for the Sky over the the six-person team here in years. California. The platform is the most popular in Aus- COLLEGE GRADUATES tralia, where one in three — Sandy Plashkes, of agents use the platform to Rancho Santa Fe, with a reach clients. major in politics and minor in religious studies at Bates FUNDS FOR FIRST College in Lewiston, Maine. Plashkes, the child of Mr. RESPONDERS On July 25, the Solana and Mrs. Dan A. Plashkes of Beach Fire Department was Rancho Santa Fe, is a 2015 awarded more than $34,000 graduate of Torrey Pines worth of lifesaving equip- High School. — Miami University ment from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. awarded degrees to Eliese Local first responders were Haerle of Carlsbad, Brennan on hand, as will Firehouse Duff of Carlsbad, Allison Subs Public Safety Foun- Lovejoy of Encinitas and Sudation Executive Director Robin Peters, Area Representative Jim Sick, and franchisees Michele Baker and Victoria Holland. ART GRANT FOR THE CLUB

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside was awarded $5,877 from the California Arts Council as part of its Youth Arts Action program. As part of the grant, BGCO will offer 60 youth, three weeks of art education including photography, pastel

For SANDAG, congestion pricing a controversial topic By Steve Puterski

REGION — San Diego Association of Governments “5 Big Moves” has been the source of much discussion and debate, and SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata has proposed a full commitment to expanding the county’s transit system. He broke down his position on the strategies during a presentation at the July 23 Carlsbad City Council meeting. Part of the plan is to explore all options including congestion pricing, which many elected officials, on the SANDAG board and otherwise, are already discussing. Carlsbad Councilman Keith Blackburn said congestion pricing has taken on a life of its own, due to its name. He urged Ikhrata and the SANDAG staff to be detailed when discussing the matter. “Just be sensitive to the fact that it has been a huge distraction for what you’re trying to get done,” he said,” because of all the misperceptions of what it might be.” Several forms of congestion pricing are in operation throughout the world. London and Stockholm currently use a congestion charge in specific zones throughout those cities. New York will also implement congestion pricing in Manhattan in 2021, per the


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New York Times. San Diego County has another form, with managed lanes on Interstate 15, which allow single-occupant vehicles voluntarily paying to use HOV lanes with ExpressPass and FasTrack passes. However, Ikhrata said SANDAG does not have the authority to implement congestion pricing as it must be passed through the state legislature. “When we did I-15, we had to get the legislation,” he said. “The laws of the land just don’t allow us to arbitrarily approve it.” Ikhrata said a London or Stockholm-style of congestion pricing would not be used as part of SANDAG’s plan; however, he is favor of keeping all options open. Supervisor Jim Desmond said it could mean all cars on all roads could be charged for driving. Or vehicles on any lane on a highway, along major and secondary city and county arterial roadways could be charged. Then, there is the matter of tracking and residents already paying several transportation taxes. “It’s too broad, too vague and quite frankly, too early to consider another tax,” Desmond said. “You can only have so many lanes, but I think we should be investing in technology and autonomous vehicles and those types of things

that make the roads more efficient.” Ikhrata said SANDAG will research the potential for a managed system on highways and major arterials; although no decision regarding congestion pricing has been made. The goal is to take at least 5% to 10% of single-occupant vehicles off the highway system and redirect those motorists to transit options as part of the “5 Big Moves.” However, Ikhrata said SANDAG cannot expect people to take transit if takes two to three hours to reach work or home, which is why building a robust transit system is critical to the future of the region. “We don’t have a desire to start just charging,” he said. “We have to have an alternative first or else we are penalizing people.” Councilwoman Cori Schumacher is in favor of keeping congestion pricing on the table. A motion by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar to remove congestion pricing from the proposal failed during the SANDAG meeting. One pressing issue for supporters of congestion pricing is the flexibility to address state and federal mandates for greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, not meeting those goals could jeopardize future funding from those entities, Schumacher said.

san Moise of San Marcos. — At Hofstra University in New York, Aryana Noroozi of Solana Beach earned a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetorical Studies and Julia Catalina Gurrola of Oceanside earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics. — Hailey Matrone of Encinitas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Wooster during commencement exercises in May with a political science and Spanish double major. Matrone is a graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. — At the University of Utah, Mar Undag of Oceanside graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in modern dance; Samuel Brenner of Oceanside graduated with a Bachelor of Science in communication; Piper Dankworth of Carlsbad graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery; Connor Fahringer of Encinitas graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mining engineering; Miranda Leruth of Encinitas gradu-

ated with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology; Alexis May of Encinitas graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in psychology; and Chelsea Thompson of Carlsbad graduated as a Doctor of Medicine. STUDENT HONORS

— Carthage College student-athletes Mitchell Scarski and Nicole Bowman, both of Carlsbad, were recipients of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Academic All-Conference honors. — Lauren Redford of Oceanside was named to the Adelphi University (N.Y.) spring 2019 dean’s list. — Edward Movilla of Oceanside was named to the dean’s list at Ohio Christian University Adult & Graduate Studies Program for the fall 2018 semester. — Albion College women’s tennis player Marceline Redick of San Marcos was named to the 2018-19 MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

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of Fun Continues at Del Mar Racetrack The excitement continues with the Tacos & Beer Festival, live music, & exclusive access to the Turf Club: • TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE – On Friday, August 2, get moving to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue as they bring the French Quarter to the Seaside Stage shortly after the last race. 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 – New at the track this summer, kick off your weekend at the Turf Club with Sip in Style. 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 2, is Grey Goose. • TACOS & BEER FESTIVAL – What’s more “San Diego” than tacos and beer? On Saturday, August 3, for the first time at the track, guests can enjoy this match made in heaven with offerings from more than 100 local and regional breweries, as well as tacos prepared by more than 20 of SoCal’s top restaurants! Watch Luche Libre Mexican wrestling, take photos in the interactive photo booth and enjoy DJs, games and more! • IRATION – Move and sway to the sounds of award-winning reggae band, Iration, when they take the stage on August 3! Presented by Pacifico, their performance of rock and reggae is the perfect way to enjoy summer. 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+. • 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. • DAYBREAK AT DEL MAR – Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, 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 behindthe-scenes details from horsewoman and racing broadcaster Michelle Yu. There is no charge for admission, but a $10 parking fee applies. • FAMILY WEEKENDS – Bring the whole family to the Infield for Family Weekends on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, to enjoy numerous attractions, including pony rides, a giant obstacle course, face painters, a game zone and more! • TASTE OF THE TURF CLUB – Sunday, August 4, 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.


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Encinitas Library to honor Sister City at Japan Festival ENCINITAS — Celebrate the Sister City relationship between Encinitas and Amakusa, Japan at the Japan Festival 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Encinitas branch of the San Diego County Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The festival, planned and hosted by the Encinitas Library, in partnership with the city of Encinitas, has several events lined up. There will be a short reading and haiku prompt from poets Debbie Kolodji and Seretta Martin (representatives of Haiku San Diego, the Southern California PERFORMER Miyuki Matsunaga, left, and librarian Patricia Williams hold fans decorated in a Haiku Study Group and the traditional Japanese style. Encinitas Library will showcase a variety of traditional Japanese dis- Haiku Society of America). plays during the Japan Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 3. Photo courtesy Michael Fish Hear Japanese folktales

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The Life lecture series presents “A New Look at Morocco, its Culture and Cuisine” at 1 p.m. Aug. 2 and “Brooking Winery” at 2:30 p.m. in the Administration building at the Oceanside College Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Pick up a $1 parking permit in Lot 1 A and park in lA. Get a new

learning experience and check us out on miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 7572121, ext. 6972.

yatta D. Berry, host of KPBS Genealogy Roadshow, discussing her new book, “The Family Tree Toolkit” at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at Schumann Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. For more information, visit BARGAIN BOOKS Encinitas Friends of carlsbadlibrary.org or call the Library Bookstore holds (760) 434-2931. a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at 540 Cor- ‘SIT-DOWN’ WALKING TOUR nish Drive, Encinitas. Most The Oceanside Historbooks will be from 50 cents ical Society will present a to $2, with CD’s for 25 cents free historical program on and DVDs typically $2 Visit at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3 in the encinitaslibfriends.org. Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Join OceansFAMILY TREE ADVENTURE Join the Family Tree ide native John Daley as Adventure featuring Ken- he “walks” the audience

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The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will walk on the Oceanside Strand followed with dinner at Bagby’s Beer Company, Oceanside on Aug. 3; take a motor coach for a two-night stay at the Riverside Hotel, Laughlin, Nev. Aug. 4, and will also offer a day at the Del Mar Race Track, Del Mar Aug. 4. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.


Extended Garden Summer Hours! Thursdays Now – August 29 5 – 8 pm It’s a great time of year to enjoy being in the great outdoors in our 37-acre wonderland.

presented by Walter Ritter of Write Out Loud, using a Japanese kamishibai picture card theater. Experience “Flute-beatboxing” by G-Moto, and a demonstration of traditional Japanese tea ceremony by Soko Fosket and her students, representatives of Urasenke Tankokai San Diego Association. There will be “Asian Confusion Fusion” items will be available for purchase from Yo Yo Bento food truck from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, Encinitas, Carlsbad and San Diego Sister City representatives will be onsite with information tables, and Dude Vader and a group of manga-themed cosplayers will be

Come and learn the basics of cheese-making at a beginner hands-on workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Hawthorne Country Store, 675 W. Grand Ave., Escondido. The class is $20 and reservations are required at hawthornecoun-

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available for photo ops. There will also be kendama toy demonstrations, a spin-and-win game with small prizes, and Japanese-themed books, movies, and music available for checkout. Parking can be found at the library and at City Hall, as well as on-street. Encinitas is a member of Sister Cities International (http://www.sister-cities.org), an organization dedicated to advancing and promoting friendship and goodwill amongst the world’s nations by developing special relations between cities. Since 1988, Encinitas has been privileged to share a Sister City relationship with Amakusa.

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The Solana Beach Library offers Toddler & Pre‘RUMBLEFEST’ school Storytime at 10 a.m. The Vista Village Rod and Baby Storytime at 11 Run, with a classic cars a.m. every Monday at 157 “Rumblefest,” will roll into Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. historic Main Street in Vista from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 in Historic Downtown Vis- DRIVE FOR CANCER SOCIETY The American Cancer ta, plus lots of great raffles, Society needs more drivers live music and vendors. Online car/vendor registration to support the Road To Recan be found at vistarod- covery volunteer program, run.eventbrite.com. More which provides cancer painformation can be found at tients with free rides to VistaRodRun.com or info@ treatment. To learn more about volunteering for the VistaRodRun.com. Road To Recovery program, visit cancer.org/roadtoreFIREARM SAFETY CLASS covery. A monthly four-hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already owns, a TASTE OF ENCINITAS The Encinitas 101 handgun, from 10 a.m. to 2 Association p.m. Aug. 4 at the shooting MainStreet announces its 31st Annurange located east of Lake Wohlford, 16525 Guejito al Taste of Encinitas, from Road. Cost is $60. Register 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6, along South Coast Highway at (760) 746-2868 101 in downtown Encinitas. For a $45 ticket, participants can enjoy tastes from 20+ restaurants, sample wine and craft beer at 19 Sip Stops, and enjoy live music at nine venues. Tickets online at encinitas101. com and at 818 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. The $45/person advance ticket price includes all 40+ food and beverage choices. Same day tickets are $50/ person.

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The Oceanside Public Library invites all ages to the Franklin Haynes Marionettes bilingual show, “Las Marionetas en Desfile,” at 4 p.m. Aug. 6, at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside.


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A Networking Brunch & Food Drive for Wounded Warriors Homes will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 6 at the San Luis Rey Bakery, 490 N. El Camino Real, Oceanside. Bring two non-perishable food cans or boxes. RSVP to TFIBN. com.


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al WomenHeart Support Group welcomes women with interests and concerns about cardiac health to share information and sisterhood to its monthly meeting 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 at Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Road, Carlsbad, in the Executive Board Room.


Join the talk and Q&A session on “Wildfires: What You Need to Know” with Deputy Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Vista Library 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista, hosted by the North County Climate Change Alliance and the Vista Public Library.

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Mahjong games are being offered on Wednesdays from 10:15 a.m. to noon at the McClellan Adult Activity & Resource Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista.



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Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club’s 35th annual Surf Contest and Beach Festival is Aug. 9 through Aug. 11 at the Oceanside Pier. This year’s event celebrates Women in Surfing with a Pro Women’s Invitational with $5,000 in prize money. The coalition event will have a huge beer garden with Oceanside’s local Breweries, catered by Hunters Steakhouse and a Saturday night concert from the Surf Rockers performing a tribute to the late Dick Dale.

Carlsbad Newcomers will host a coffee and meeting at 9:45 a.m. followed by illusionist Jerry Langford at 10:15 a.m. Aug. 7 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. No-host lunch will follow. For more CIAO, BABY Italian classes began information, go to carlsbadin August in Encinitas, prenewcomers.org. sented by the Italian Cultural Center at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, EncinFLICKS AT THE FOUNTAIN Grab a blanket and a itas. For more information, low back chair and come visit http://icc-sd.org. watch “Incredibles 2” under the stars Aug. 8 at the corner of Grand Avenue and State Street at the foun- RANCHO AUTHOR TO SPEAK Rancho Santa Fe resitain in downtown Carlsbad. Seating starts at 6 p.m. and dent, Karna Small Bodman, the movie starts at 8 p.m. who served six years in the or when it’s dark enough to Reagan White House as Deputy Press Secretary and Sestart the projector. nior Director of the National Security Council will speak CARDIFF DOG DAYS COMING Become a vendor, spon- and sign copies of her fifth sor and/or volunteer at Car- novel, “Trust but Verify,” at diff Dog Days of Summer 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Mysteriset for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. ous Galaxy Book Store, 5943 11, presented by Cardiff 101 Balboa Ave., Suite 100, San Main Street and the city of Diego. For information, call Encinitas at Encinitas Com- (858) 268-4747. munity Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea. LIBRARY CAFÉ The official opening of Bring your reusable cups to help reduce waste and Chapters, a café at the Carlsstay hydrated throughout bad City Library entrance, the event thanks to MIZU is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 hydration stations and Palo- at 1775 Dove Lane, La Costa. The café will offer coffee, mar Water. espresso drinks, tea, smoothies, sandwiches and salads. SUMMER CRUISIN’ Roll into Encinitas Chapters is open Monday Cruise Nights from 5:30 to through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. along South Coast 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Highway 101 between D and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday K Streets. Hear live music 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The café is at several venues as you owned and operated by Lisa check out hot rods, Wood- Martel, a longtime North ies and other classic and County resident. vintage vehicles. For more information, visit https:// CLEAN UP THE LABYRINTH San Dieguito Interfaith bit.ly/2XGl8kC or call (760) Ministerial Association 943-1950. invites volunteers to help clean up the Labyrinth at WIDOWS, WIDOWERS MEET The North County Wid- Seaside Center for Spirituows and Widowers group al Learning from 9 a.m. to will meet for happy hour noon Aug. 10 at 1613 Lake at 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at King’s Drive, Encinitas, in preparaFish House, 5626 Paseo Del tion for a special event Aug. Norte, Carlsbad. RSVP to 14 during Interfaith Awareness Week. Come with garJohny at (760) 207-3387. dening tools and gloves to help beautify the Labyrinth. SUMMER BAR-B-Q The Gloria McClellan Sign up at https://tinyurl. Center will hold a “Summer com/yydo5wmo. Barbecue” at 11 a.m. Aug. 8, at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, WALK INTO HISTORY On second Saturday of Vista, with entertainment by Randy Renner. Suggest- each month, the Oceanside ed donation is $4 for those Historical Society offers 60 and older, and an $8 Downtown History Walks charge for those younger at 9 a.m. through Septemthan 60. Reservations are ber. The walk starts at the required by 1 p.m. one day Oceanside Civic Center Fountain at North Coast prior at (760) 643-5288. Highway and Pier View Way.

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Meet at the plaque commem- Steakhouse, Oceanside on wise Body Techniques for orating Oceanside's founder, Aug. 15. Reservations are Handling Conflict” from 6 necessary: (858) 674-4324. Andrew Jackson Myers. to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at Carlsbad City Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. For FOOD & WINE TOUR DANCE TO THE BIG BAND There are still tickets The Big Band Hall of more information, visit avileft for the Culture Caravan Fame will play from 5 to 8 arawomensclub.org. Carlsbad Food & Wine Tour p.m. Aug. 11 at El Corazon, on Aug. 18, visiting historic, 3302 Senior Center Drive, SINGLE TRAVELERS CLUB cultural, and architectural Oceanside. Tickets are $10 The Single Travelers buildings, as well as eater- at the door or at oceansid- Club will meet from 5 to ies and wine tasting rooms erec.com. 7 p.m. Aug.13 at Hunter in Carlsbad. The bus leaves Steakhouse, 1221 Vista Way, the Gloria McClellan Cen- WIDOWS, WIDOWERS MEET Oceanside. The discussion ter, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive The North County Wid- will be comparing ocean in Vista, at 10:45 a.m. and ows and Widowers group cruises versus river cruises. returns at 3:30 p.m. Cost is will meet 11:30 a.m. for Call Jackie (760) 438-1472 $94. To reserve, call (760) Champagne Brunch at The to RSVP. 643-2828. Crossings, 5800 The Crossing Drive, Carlsbad. Cost is $38.18. RSVP to MaryLou at INTERFAITH AWARENESS (760) 304-0015. CELEBRATE THE ‘DOG DAYS’ Interfaith Awareness Week is slated to bring toVisit the Rancho Coastgether community members al Humane Society booth of various faith traditions. and lots more at the Cardiff SPROUTS WILL BE HIRING Dog Days of Summer, and Sprouts Farmers Mar- The Seaside Center for Spirthe city of Encinitas Pet ket will finish construction itual Living will be the host Health Expo, from 10 a.m. on its new store in Vista, in from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at to 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at Encin- October and needs to fill 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. itas Community Park, 425 approximately 150 full- and Santa Fe Drive, Cardiff- part-time career opportuby-the-Sea. Enter your dog nities. Jobs include departin a contest for a chance to ment managers, assistant S.T.E.A.M. CAMPS take home a ribbon. Regis- department managers and Carlsbad City Library tration is day of the event clerks (produce, meat and is hosting a series of new from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. seafood, deli, grocery, bak- STEAM programs through with a $5 cash per entry or ery, vitamins and body care August to help kids and $6 for credit/debit. The free and more) cashiers, courte- tweens keep learning and event features more than sy clerks, backup receiver, having fun over the summer. 100 dog-related vendors, res- administrative coordinator Participation is free. Expecue groups, vendors and pet and scan coordinator. Ap- rience hands-on learning of adoption agencies Activities ply at sprouts.com/careers science, art and engineerinclude dog contests, photo or call (866) 925-2396 for ing with STEAMworks Lab, booth, live music, children’s non-managerial roles. including dedicated, free activities, beer & wine gartime for personal projects. den, food trucks, and more. For times and locations, visit carlsbadlibrary.org.

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The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will have a Aug. 11 meeting and potluck at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Carlsbad, have dinner at the American Legion, Vista on Aug. 13 and bowl at Surf Bowl and dinner to follow at Hunter


The Good Life Travel Series returns Tuesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 featuring Major Wine Regions of France with Eric Awes, at Carlsbad City Library’s Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free.

unteer drivers to join them. Volunteer drivers can set their own schedule and availability and will be reimbursed for mileage. Call transportation staff at (760) 435-5155. CHILD COMMUNICATION HELP

Sign up now for TERI Crimson Center for Speech & Language’s More than Words 12-week program for parents of children with social communication difficulties (ages 5 and younger). The program runs 6 to 8 p.m. from Aug. 27 through Nov. 19. To take part, contact Jessica Rush at (760) 712-8432 or Jessica.rush@teriinc.org.


Garden lovers of all ages are invited to take advantage of extended summer evening hours in the San Diego Botanic Garden from 5 to 8 p.m. at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Adults $14, seniors, students, active military $10, Children ages 3 to 12 $8.


Every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., join Miss Mary on the patio for free, fun make-and-take projects for the entire family, at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Check the website for information. More information at http:// bit.ly/28ZV8GX or (760) 6329711.


Are you a senior looking for reliable transportation? Check out Oceanside’s “Seniors on the Go” Transportation Program. “Seniors on the Go” services Oceanside residents aged 65 and older. The focus of the program is to help seniors get free rides to medical-related appointBE BRAIN-WISE The Aviara Women’s ments. The transportation Club presents “Three Brain- team is looking for new vol-

MiraCosta College English Language Institute (ELI) is looking for host families for six Japanese students while they are studying in the U.S. Aug. 17 to Dec. 16. The students are ages 19 to 21. For more information, contact Y.E.S. ESL International.com or Kento Takeichi at (209) 724-3671 or ktakeichi@yeseslinternational.com.

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Sports Torrey Pines’ Sim a natural-born baseball player


A PAIR OF San Diego County baseball players, including Kevin Sim of Torrey Pines High School, right, will participate in the Perfect Game at Petco Park on Aug. 11, an event for the nation’s top prep players. At left is Jordan Thompson of Helix High. Courtesy photo

evin Sim will flex his muscles in the Perfect Game, which brings a smile to “Hercules.” “I was expecting him to be a ballplayer,” said Jongsoo Shim, Sim’s father. Sim, a Torrey Pines High School senior, is among the nation’s top prep athletes participating in the Aug. 11 event at Petco Park. Thirty-one players were selected, with two being from San Diego County: Sim and Jordan Thompson of Helix. But Sim is the first South Korean native in the Perfect Game’s 17-year history. That his father was one of the most prolific power hitters in the Korean Baseball Organization adds to Sim’s story line. “It will be an unforgettable experience for his baseball career,” Shim said. Shim had quite the run in Korea’s top league. He swatted 328 homers in 1,450 games and was known as “Hercules” for his long flies, thanks to his dedication to weight lifting and a

sports talk jay paris diet which included 30 eggs a day. “I don’t remember much of him playing,” Sim said. “But I’ve see clips of him here and there. When we go back there he gets a lot of media and press attention. He doesn’t like all that.” Shim is as strong as he is modest. He’d rather chat about his son squaring up a baseball than talking in circles about his glory days. “It’s a great honor for him,” Shim said. It was a grand decision Shim made for his family when Sim was 7 years old. Shim decided to leave the country where he was a sports icon after 15 seasons and relocate to San Diego. The choice led to Sim being a star at Torrey Pines, where he batted .271 with

four home runs and 23 RBIs last season. Sim has already committed to the University of San Diego. It was Shim’s love for his children that made the move easy. “It was mostly because of baseball and education for the kids,” he said. “It’s a pretty tough and different environment in South Korea after you decide to play baseball at 11 or 12. They tend to focus on baseball too much.” How much? “My dad used to practice from 9 in the morning until 9 at night,” Sim said. Sim’s affection for baseball is 24/7. But he’s also into studying history, playing video games and spending warm days at the beach. On the hot corner and with his bat, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Sim shines. He’s rated as the state’s No. 1 prep third baseman. “Whenever Kevin comes up to the plate all the outfielders have to scoot back,” Thompson said. “Because he is going to hit it to

the fence or 50 feet over the fence.” The over-and-under of grins coming from Shim next week is hard to gauge. What’s not is the pride in his son, one he’s worked tirelessly with to perfect a swing which earned Sim a Perfect Game invitation. “When it comes to hitting we are pretty similar,” Shim said. “We have spent countless hours hitting together.” Sim can rewind the time machine by watching his father swat homers. But he prefers being on the diamond, where the clock stands still. “There is no time limit in baseball so you just get to go out there and play your game,” he said. “On the field there is no one to really tell you what to do. It’s like my little place to have fun.” Shim’s glow of satisfaction proves that enjoyment leaks into the stands. Sim isn’t “Hercules,” but his strong bond with his father is as evident as his baseball skills.

San Clemente teen becomes Super Girl Surf Pro’s youngest champ By Samantha Taylor

OCEANSIDE — The Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro wrapped up last weekend with a stunning win from rising star surfer Samantha Sibley, now the competition’s youngest champion. The 17-year-old from San Clemente beat several top-ranked professional surfers, bumping her from No. 52 to No. 6 on the World Qualifying Series (QS) rankings. The win also gives her a strong shot at making it into next season of the World Championship Tour, the major league of professional surfing. Sibley beat previous Super Girl champion Tatiana Weston-Webb, QSranked No. 8, who finished second. Last year’s runner-up Caroline Marks and Bronte Macaulay both finished third. Sibley became the competition’s super hero when she stood at the top of the podium wearing the coveted Super Girl Cape. “I've been coming to this event ever since I was little, standing on this beach, taking pictures with all my heroes, and now to be the Super Girl … I'm at a loss for words,” Sibley said about her win. Throughout the festival, which ran from July 26 to July 28, many children — boys and girls — wore smaller versions of the cape as they watched multiple women dominate the waves that crashed against the Oceanside Pier. According to its organizers, the festival is about empowering women both in the water, with its surfers, and out of the water with its entertainment series and with its other competition, the Super Girl Gamer

SAMANTHA SIBLEY, 17, is the youngest champion of the Super Girl Surf Pro, which drew large crowds to the beach in Oceanside for the world’s largest all-women surf event. Photos by Abraham Jewett


Super Girl Gamer Pro is the only all-women, multi-title esports tournament in the United States. This was its third year as a competition, which was set up with all the essentials — computers, headphones and microphones, gaming chairs and a live stream of the competition — right on the beach. Elizabeth Torres won the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate contest and Team Bot Difference took first place in the League of Legends showdown. Anna Damir took first in the Hearthstone challenge with Becky Booth in second, and Team CLG RED won the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition. Even the festival’s concert series aimed to empower women with featured headliner Natasha Bedingfield and an all-women DJ

competition. The surf competition also featured a celebrity surf invitational. Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman and Super Girl competitor Chelsea Roett narrowly won the invitational against the team of decorated, professional snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis and Carlsbad native Alyssa Spencer, a local rising surfer who currently sits at No. 12 on the QS rankings. Fellow surfers, gamers and enthusiasts of the two sports attended the festival along with vacationing families looking to have a good time on the beach. The Methvins from Upland in San Bernardino County were one of those families. Kim Methvin said she along with her husband and two kids were on their way to Carlsbad when they decided to stop by Oceanside. That’s when they stumbled

upon the Super Girl Surf Pro. “We thought, ‘Let’s stop and enjoy this,’” she said. The family of four watched from rocks on the beach underneath the Pier as Sibley and Kirra Pinkerton faced off against each other in Round 2 of the competition on Friday. Luke Methvin, 12, recorded a video with his phone of the surfers in the water as Pinkerton won that particular heat with Sibley coming in second. The young Methvin was able to get footage of Pinkerton tearing through a rather large wave. “The waves are big so it’s pretty tricky to figure out the lineup,” 16-year-old Pinkerton later told The Coast News after her win. According to Methvin, her son first thought the competition in Oceanside

was the US Open. When he found out that it was Super Girl, featuring all women surfers, he was still excited to check it out. Luke Methvin and his father are both surfers and had plans to hit up San Elijo State Beach in Encinitas that weekend. Methvin said her son doesn’t care if its men or women out in the water. “Just to see a solid, good surfer — that’s what he loves,” she said. Luke said the competition was “cool” and doesn’t think gender matters when it comes to the sport he loves. “I think it’s so cool that they’re able to do this, making it just as good as the guys can, sometimes even better,” he said about the competition’s surfers. “I mean think of Bethany Hamilton, she’s got to be one of the greatest surfers

alive.” Luke didn’t get to see Hamilton surf while he was there on Friday. The famous professional surfer who lost an arm from a shark attack when she was 13 faced off against last year’s champion Carissa Moore on Saturday. Moore beat Hamilton on Sunday, defending her title until Sibley later took the cape. Hamilton also provided commentary during the Adaptive Surf Competition, which was won by 16-year-old Olivia Stone, a congenital bilateral above the elbow amputee. The festival may have been about empowering women, but it showed that even boys like Luke can look up to the women of surfing as well. “They work so hard to be able to do this,” he said. “They deserve all of this. It’s super cool.”

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Car wash klutz


ny time I want to feel particularly inept, I just go to the drive-through car wash. One can always use a slap to their ego and you will get it there, making it clear to the world that you are a not car-wash regular. I wash my car every Molly-be-Good Day, which is perhaps, quarterly. I have no excuse for my slovenly habit, except time and money. I could be a redneck. I also have trouble with efforts that only remain visible for about 45 minutes. I also have never been car-proud, and have little patience with those who are. I like to be presentable, but my car is more of a workhorse than a showpiece. All I ask is that it get me from A to B without stopping or requiring my attention. From the minute I get in line at the carwash, I go clumsy. I can’t find my money or free car-wash card, can’t decide which wash to get, can’t seem to stop where they say, can’t remember to put it in neutral or how to put it in neutral and I never ever line up properly with those annoying wheel tracks. It is, for about 60 seconds, completely humiliating. Somehow I get over it. And, of course, I could (and occasionally do) use the unmanned car wash. That, of course, makes things a bit more shiny and spot-free, but the result doesn’t really last much longer. Did I mention my Prius is 12 years old? Yeah, that right there pretty much clarifies my “pretty car” requirements. It has dings I do not plan to fix. They will just be replaced with other dings. I have enjoyed sending other drivers happily on their way, after they collide with me, pointing out that another small bump isn’t really going to turn my car into a pumpkin. I refuse to get crazy-eyed and take pictures and call the police, as if my child has been kidnapped. Life is just too short; don’t you think? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer enjoying a comfortable car. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.


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Encinitas camps teach life skills through tech games By Samantha Taylor

help students learn to build ENCINITAS — Coding friendships — or in some and video game design may cases, business partnernot be the first two subjects ships. that come to mind when “We didn’t anticipate the term “summer camp” students networking with is used, but those skills are each other,” Suhr said, reexactly what some young calling two campers who minds in town are learning met at a tech camp and during summer break. later started a web design Throughout the seabusiness together. son, the Encinitas Library Suhr noted that techhas hosted several “technology is a tool that can nology camps” in its comboth connect and isolate puter lab. The camps are people. one week long each and “Tech has the ability offer lessons in coding, vidto bring us together and eo game design, animation to separate us,” he said. and application design. “We’re hoping to bridge These tech camps are TECH CAMPERS in the Encinitas Library computer lab. Photo courtesy Encinitas Parks and Recreation the gap by providing opjust some of 39 different portunities to bring kids camps the city’s Parks and “technology is at the center going to have jobs that ha- novators … reinventing the together but also teach ven’t been created yet,” world.” Recreation Department cu- of everything.” them to look up from their “Eventually they’re Suhr said. “They’ll be inThe tech camps also phones.” rates throughout the summer. The department contracts with Youth Tech Inc., a company based in the Kansas City area, to provide the tech camps’ curricula. Executive Director Kevin Suhr first founded the company out of a computer camp he put together in 2001 while teaching at North Iowa Community College. Today, the company provides summer technology camps in 17 different states. The company has worked with the city since the library opened in 2008, and also offers camps next door in Carlsbad and in nearby Poway. According to Suhr, the company aims to provide high quality “enrichment opportunities” through the camps while also keeping them under $200 per week. Youth Tech hires and trains local residents to teach the camps, something Suhr said wouldn’t be possible without the internet, another tech creation. According to Recreation Supervisor Ken Rundle, many of those camp inTHINGS THAT MAKE YOU SAY AAHHHH! We’ve got structors are local teachhundreds of new and exciting slots, daily live entertainment, ers who are working for the camp during summer national concert acts and a world-class day spa! Not to mention break. car giveaways every Friday! Can you say aahhhh!? Though based several states away, the company uses BuildFire, a mobile application design platform based in San Diego, to teach its campers how to create mobile apps. “We also try to formulate classes around anything kids have an interest in,” Suhr said. The company has incorporated one such interest, Roblox, into their courses. Roblox is a massive, multiplayer online and game creation platform on which users can design their own games and play games made by others. There is also growing interest in robotics. Suhr said he hopes to introduce two robotics courses in Encinitas next year. According to Senior Citizen Manager Christie Goodsell, the tech campers Discover your moment! are developing skills that they can use later on as adults. 11154 HWY 76, PALA, CA 92059 “As kids get older, it 1-877-WIN-PALA palacasino.com can help them in the workforce later in life,” she said. Suhr called the lesPlease Gamble Responsibly. Gambling Hotline 1-800-522-4700 sons campers can learn in his tech camps “real life skills” in a society where


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A new view of Paso Robles wines taste of wine frank mangio


here was a time when, if you were a wine lover from Southern California and you wanted to visit some of the finest wineries in the state, Paso Robles was a Central Coast pit stop along the way to Napa Valley, producing the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in America. In the last two columns, we have made our case, the result of a recent press tour, that Paso Robles has developed into a deservedly fine wine country with a historic downtown, excellent restaurants, many within the wineries themselves, and most recently in our latest Top Ten Tastes. Four wines from Paso were honored with a Top Ten designation. In Part one and two, we have explored Allegretto, DAOU, Hidden Oak and Turley. This third and final edition, we’ll pass the wineglass to Justin, Opolo, Niner, Cass and Riboli, a circle of wineries starting from the west end and winding up at the northeast of Paso … the Central Coast Wine Country of California. Justin Vineyards & Winery was the first Paso winery I wrote about, shortly after I began this column in 2005. Isocsceles ($70), a pioneer Bordeaux blend

wine had been in launch mode since the ‘80s. Founder Justin Baldwin had the reputation of making wines of bold and charismatic character. His foundation Cabernet Sauvignon ($25) replicated his admiration for the Cab side of French Bordeaux blend wine making. Justin was a “doubleheader” day for Rico, my tech director, and I the third day out. We had dinner at the Restaurant at Justin, a gentile dining room with an exquisite five course Prix Fixe dinner highlighting Premium Reserve Isosceles, meriting Justin with an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. An earlier stop at Justin in the morning had us learning the winery’s story from Wine Educator Jim Gerakaris. He emphasized that Justin prides itself on every berry being handpicked, hand-sorted and going through “small batch fermentation” to bring out the best character in the wines. Gerakaris emphasized that the recent Fiji water purchase of Justin was “a great acquisition that has strengthened the brand, especially in the area of environmental responsibility.” Learn more at justinwine.com. Opolo Vineyards has been a frequent name to readers of this column due to its legendary Mountain Zinfandel ($29), one of the most “zinful” of them all. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 15

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Besides the music, the track has evolved into a destination for eaters and drinkers with events happening weekly during the season. Taste of the Turf Club is a big one happening on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. One of San Diego’s most celebrated chefs, Chef Brian Malarkey, will create fabulous meals for guests to enjoy at the exclusive Turf Club every Sunday of the season. The $100 per person price includes a prestigious Turf Club table for the race day, Turf Club admission,

choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert and bottomless mimosas, Del Marys or Chandon. That’s actually quite a good price for all they include. So get your fancy on one Sunday this summer and get to the Turf Club for this. I may even break out my seersucker summer suit! If you want to keep it a bit more casual, Happy Hour Fridays at the track may be your thing. It happens on Fridays from 2


or me, the horse racing at Del Mar has always been a secondary attraction behind the eclectic mix of big name and local bands they have brought in over the years. Of course I would bet a couple races, but I never really knew what I was doing enough to spend any serious money on it. My son Quinn’s first concert was Ziggy Marley at what they called Four O’ Clock Fridays. One of my favorite live music memories at the track was The B-52s, the perfect party band for the venue. The music is now all under the umbrella of the Del Mar Concert Series as they have shows on Saturdays and Sundays on occasion.

to 6 p.m. It’s a great way to start your weekend off with Saint Archer’s Party in the Plaza at Del Mar! Enjoy half-off all of Del Mar’s crafty signature cocktails — unique to Del Mar during Happy Hour Fridays. Then, stay for live musical performances throughout the evening, ending with the Friday headliner performance starring some of the music industry’s biggest artists. Welcome the weekend with a delicious Del Margarita, a cool ocean breeze and of course you should bet a few races. Keeping it on the lower brow side of the food spectrum lets talk about Donuts Day next. It happens from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 10. Come down to where the turf meets the surf for free coffee, orange juice and decadent donuts to kick start your day. You can’t beat that! Plus while you enjoy your delicious treats you can listen to Q&A sessions led by track announcer Trevor Denman with world-


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class jockeys and watch the beautiful horses during their morning workouts. This is a great family event and kids will love all the free activities being offered including face painting, entertainers, free prizes and a meet and greet with Del Mar Mascot, Pony Boy! I feel like I need to meet this Pony Boy! Back to the more refined events at the track we have Sip in Style that happens on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. New this year, Sip in Style gives non-Turf Club members the opportunity to enjoy a reserved table, the Turf Club’s legendary view, as well as a free drink and complimentary beverage sampling from different beverage partners each week. This year, the Turf Club is partnering with Veuve Clicquot, Stags’ Leap, Grey Goose, Patron, Maker’s Mark, Bacardi and Ballast Point. Complimentary beverage sampling is from 4 to 6 p.m., and all attendees must abide by the Turf Club Dress code but getting dressed up is half the fun. The Tacos & Beer Festival is happening this Saturday, Aug. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. And what’s more “San Diego” than tacos and beer? For the first time at the track, come enjoy this match made in heaven with offerings from more than 100 local and regional breweries, as well as tacos prepared by more than 20 of SoCal’s top restaurants! Watch Luche Libre Mexican wrestling, take photos in the interactive photo booth and get your ins ins ins on with DJs providing the backbeat. Your ticket includes track admission, five beer tasters and two tacos, souvenir beer mug and an exclusive trackside viewing TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 15

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Black Plague teams with skate legend for latest batch craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh


ceanside’s Black Plague Brewing (2550 Jason Court) released a new beer last weekend. It is an IPA. Neither of those things is especially unusual in San Diego. It comes with a celebrity endorsement. Even that isn’t so unusual: Escondido’s Stone Brewing and the band Metallica did a beer together earlier this year, for example. What is unusual is that the celebrity is professional skateboarder and San Diego native Tony Hawk. I grew up in Canada, where skateboarding isn’t so much of a thing (snowboarding, now we’re talking). But even I know the name Tony Hawk. He has been famous as a skateboarder and entrepreneur for almost four decades. Hawk turned professional at age 14 and won his first pro skating contest a year later. It wasn’t beginner’s luck: he went on to win at least 63 pro skateboard competitions between 1983 and 2002, an unbelievably

BLACK PLAGUE BREWING has had a skateboarding connection since it opened in 2017. The Oceanside brewery’s president is Jordan Hoffart, a pro skater and friend of Tony Hawk, above, the inspiration for the brewery’s latest offering, the Tony Hawps IPA. Courtesy photo

long career for such a physically demanding sport. Hawk has been the name behind — and sometimes the main character in — a series of 18 skateboarding video games since 1999. He has had amusement park rides named after him at Six Flags, and a waterpark ride. He has been in movies, television shows, and music videos. Hawk was the first skater to successfully land a 900-degree spin trick. He


Sandy Montgomery, tasting room manager for Opolo, and Wine Educator Stefan Hoggins, introduced us to the new release 2017. If you go for “bigger is better” with your Zin, you’re in with this one. A full dose of black cherry, plum and spice, surrounds bold tannins and balanced acidity. Make sure you plan for lunch at Opolo. Their pizzas are heavenly, baked in a high quality outdoor oven with fresh dough and fire-roasted cheeses. Visit opolo.com. Niner Wine Estates is totally committed to sustainability and environmental practices for the long term health of the vineyards. Most of its properties are Sustainability in Practice certified, and also LEED Certified in Energy and Environmental Design by the Green Building Council for high performance green buildings. Both winemakers Patrick Muran and Molly Bohlman share their talents for varietal superiority. Patrick’s skills are in Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Red blends. Molly makes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc from the Edna Valley, south of Paso. It’s this teamwork and communication, with wine grapes responsibly grown and processed, that are the marks of a champion at Niner Wine Estates. Learn more at ninerwine.com.

JIM GERAKARIS, Justin Vineyard and Winery’s sommelier and wine educator, tells the Justin story and what made it so famous with its world-renowned Isosceles wine. Photo by Rico Cassoni

release wines at Cass is like being in the middle of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade of flavors with celebrity MC, partner and co-owner, Ted Plemons. Ted’s a dear friend from his Paso Robles and Family Winemaker trade show days, and he’s the face of the Vintage Ted and Rockin’ Ted Cass labels. He went through the entire lineup of nine wines plus some very cool vintage library wines that only a chosen few get to taste. Cass only does estate wines. Rhone style French is their signature. Greats Cass Vineyards & Winery Tasting through the new like Viognier, Grenache,

has even skated in the halls of the White House. The fact that Hawk is friends with Black Plague president, fellow pro skater Jordan Hoffart, and is willing to attach himself to this beer project is a sign that he believes in the brewery and the beer. As Hoffart said in a press release, “Tony Hawk’s level of dedication to his craft is unmatched and that is something that unites us in our journey

as well. The beer needed to be light and crushable after a skate session while also having enough heft to be your go-to when you are ready to party.” Black Plague has had a skateboarding connection since it opened in 2017, and it has a stable of “brand ambassadors” from the skating world. The video on the Black Plague website landing page shows a character called Plague Doctor,

Mourvedre, and the ever so medal-winner, the 2015 Backbone Syrah, which hit double gold again this year! And the beat goes on as Cass has broken ground on a Plemons designed B&B guest project called Geneseo Inn. At the newly constructed Barrel Room Events Center, guests can experience Cass farm and food education, leisure and events involvement. Executive Chef Mike Learned, take a bow, for preparation of a delicious three course dinner exclusive to our group at the center. Keep up with the further adventures of Ted and Cass at casswines.com. Riboli Family Wines concluded our A-rated tour of Paso Robles, located next door to the Allegretto resort. Riboli recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, having founded its first winery, San Antonio, in downtown Los Angeles. Paso is a wine tasting, bistro and events center. All labels are offered including: Riboli Family, San Antonio, San Simeon, Maddelena, Stella Rosa, Opaque and Windstream. The food on the bistro side is traditional, homemade style Italian food, like luscious four layer Maddalena Lasagna and a hearty meatball sandwich. Our Grand Slam wine choice was the San Simeon Stormwatch, a true expression of Paso Robles wine blends ($70). For more on Riboli, visit riboliwines.com. Grazie, to the entire entourage of wineries and personalities that make up the

Paso Robles experience. It was one we will never forget. For the latest news on Paso Robles wineries, learn more at pasowine.com and pasoroblescab.com. Wine Bytes • Ranch 45, the new café/butchery in Solana Beach is hosting a Wines of Oregon dinner on from 6:30 to 9:30 Aug. 6. Cost is $95 per person for three courses of menu specialties and wines such as Pinot Gris, Rose’ and Estate Cuvee. Call (858) 461-0092 for details. • Gianni Buonomo in the Ocean Beach District of San Diego is having a Blaufrankisch Appreciation Party from 6:30 to 9:30 Aug. 10. “Blau” as locals call the Austrian red varietal, will be celebrating the 2015 vintage. A special sit-down party menu is planned for $55, $45 for club members. Includes one glass of wine and optional bottles of “Blau” for $25 each. Details at gbvintners.com. • The MED in the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla has two wine dinners in August. Ridge Vineyards will be featured at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 with new Executive Chef Timothy Ralphs creating a fivecourse tasting menu paired with top wines from Ridge. Price is $125 per person. Details at LaValencia.com. • At 6 p.m. Aug. 15, A Taste of Italy at Giardino will include five top Italian wines and original courses by Giardino. The multi course dinner with wine is just $60 per person Details at giardinosd.com.

dressed head-to-toe in black leather with a big hat and a beaked mask worn by some doctors who attempted to treat plague victims in the middle ages. The video hits a lot of themes connected to the brand, including skateboarding, motorcycling, tattoos, and music. The tasting room at Black Plague’s brewery is large and open with plenty of seating. The long bar includes a copper strip down the middle that is cooled by glycol so you can keep your glass of beer cold. The space is kid- and dog-friendly, and they host a variety of events to draw in customers. There is live music on the weekends, plus Taco Tuesdays, Beer & Beats Wednesdays, and Trivia Thursdays every week. They also host sometimes host other oneoff events, including skateboarding demonstrations and movie nights. If it sounds like Black Plague is working hard to earn your business, you are right. One of the ways Black Plague tries to earn your business is that they have much more extensive opening hours than many other breweries. They are open every day, for one thing, whereas a lot of breweries close on Mondays and Tuesdays. And they are open later than most breweries, too:


area for live horse racing. You can upgrade to VIP and receive a third taco and early event entry at 1 p.m. for $39. Next on the calendar is the Gourmet Food Truck Festival coming up on Aug. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. The food truck scene is still going strong in San Diego and this is a perfect gathering of some of the best of them in one spot. Summer means BBQ and the Turf and Surf BBQ Championship is happening Sunday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the track. The biggest BBQ event in SoCal will feature more than 40 top BBQ pitmasters competing for more than $15,000 in prizes in the Turf and Surf BBQ Championship. I’m thinking the track is going to be smelling amazing that day! And as a bonus you will receive unlimited samples of competition-ready brisket, pork, ribs, chicken and tri-tip, plus seafood and desserts from professional cooks and top local restaurants. Your BBQ voice can also be heard by voting for the tastiest low and slow smoked meats in the People’s Choice Award. The Country Beer Jam is from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 24 and is one event that beer aficionados and country fans won’t want to miss. Enjoy award-winning beers, rare and unique specialty crafts and favorites from

until 10 p.m. most nights, 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 p.m. on Sundays. The most important way that Black Plague tries to earn your business is by making excellent beer. Black Plague won gold at the 2019 San Diego International Beer Competition for its Hazy Scandal Hazy IPA — an intensely competitive category. I’ve had eight or 10 different Black Plague beers since they opened a couple of years ago, and they have all been good to very good. I’m particularly a fan of their Samoa Cookie milk stout (brewed with coconut, cocoa nibs, maple syrup, and graham crackers), their Day Walker red ale, and their flagship 1347 IPA (crisp, citrusy, moderately bitter, and refreshing). The new Tony Hawps IPA (I see what they did there!) is billed as “a unique IPA brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops for a resinous pine foundation, dry-hopped with a massive amount of Citra and Centennial hops for an outstanding aroma of orange citrus with hints of fresh grapefruit.” It is available now in cans and on draft at select bars and retail outlets in Southern California. And, naturally, at the brewery. our thriving local brewing scene. All that while getting your country music thing on with artists playing live all day. And to round out this fabulous foodie summer at the track they have the Taste of New Orleans from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 1. This first time event has the south meeting the west where the turf meets the surf. Celebrate New Orleans culture at the inaugural Taste of New Orleans Food & Music Festival. Live Cajun music with headliner Cowboy Mouth and two stages featuring live brands throughout the day. Enjoy the tastes of Bourbon Street with gumbo, shrimp po’boys, beignets, crawfish etoufee, New Orleans themed drink samplers and more. Besides all the events, there are many restaurants to enjoy throughout the season. Corona Beach House, Stretch Run Grill, Don Julio Veranda Café, Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant, First Turn Restaurant, Café del Sol Restaurant, Il Palio, Blue Moon Celebrity Grill, 17 Hands Brew Pub, Paddock Tavern, Ballast Point Jockey Box to name a few. On top of that they have a plethora of cocktails created specifically for race season. 
 So there you have it. Food, music, cocktails, horse racing and fabulous people watching in an iconic location. Learn more at www.dmtc.com/ calendar.


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A rts &Entertainment Private trove of French impressionist comes to Center for the Arts By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — A new exhibit at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido displays the private collection of the French impressionist Edgar Degas. Called “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle,” the exhibit offers a rare glimpse at the private work of the artist, a pioneer of the impressionism artistic genre. Additionally, it features the work of “his circle,” or art collected by Degas from his peers in the mid-1800s. This particular exhibit has traveled across the U.S. since 2011, co-curated by Oklahoma State University art history professor Louise Siddons and Robert Flynn Johnson, curator emeritus of

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The Carlsbad Music Festival will run Aug. 2 through Aug. 4. Get performance schedules and locations at CarlsbadMusicFestival.org. Perks include VIP lounge access, reserved seating at indoor venues, free food and drinks, artist meet-and-greets and indoor restrooms (instead of portable toilets). VIP pre-sales are available now for $230. Concerts at the Festival will be free (with a suggested donation), with the option of purchasing VIP passes.


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue hit the Seaside Stage at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club after the last race Aug. 2 at the Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Concerts are 18 & up only and begin shortly after the last race; check program for specific race times. Concert area is standing room only, no seating available. More information at dmtc.com/calendar/concert-basics.


Concerts in the Park welcomes the ska, reggae blend Unsteady from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad. Parking and free shuttle: Sage Creek High School, 3900 Cannon Road. The free outdoor concert series run every Friday through Aug. 16.


First Friday Art Walk Oceanside will be held at Artist Alley in downtown Oceanside from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 between Mission Avenue and Pier View Way,

the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The two formerly worked together at the San Francisco museum. Siddons said the exhibit is a way to reimagine Degas, a titanic figure of his time who lived from 1834 to 1917, as well as the people he surrounded himself with. “I think the significance of the exhibition is not simply that it was Degas’ collection, although as a superlative artist himself he had a wonderful eye, but the way in which looking at a wellknown artist’s collection reminds us that any individual artist is part of a broad and sometimes surprising network,” Siddons said. “Museums and academics have historically given short shrift to

artists who they have considered marginal, or who don’t fit neatly into innovative movements. When we look at social networks rather than individuals, however, those margins — and their overlaps — often become the most interesting part of the story.” The over 100 pieces on display include drawings and prints, photographs, sculpture and more. It includes a mix of art which shows some Japanese influence, as well as imagery paying homage to the classic Egyptian, Roman, Greek, and Assyrian civilizations. The images on include portraits, impressionistic paintings and drawings of horses, and a fixation on brothels. In an essay introducing the exhibit, Johnson

unpacked the contrarian collection approach he has taken over a span of four decades to obtain the rare art of a legend in the field. “Collecting has always carried an undercurrent of one-upsmanship, social status, and investment, but in recent decades the activity has escalated into a degree of shrillness and excess that would make even the robber baron collectors of the turn of the last century blush,” wrote Johnson. “In its purest form, however, collecting is a way of attempting to understand the work of art in question, the artist who fashioned it, and in turn, oneself as the collector ponders what qualities the work possesses that make one want to own it.” On Aug. 17, Johnson will

bordered by North Freeman Street and Coast Highway, Oceanside. More than 50 local artists, food vendors and musicians will be on hand this month. As part of the Oceanside Art Walk, The Mercedes Moore Band will provide Music At The Museum at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Free admission, cash bar. Explore the exhibitions and stay for the free concert as Art Walk extends into the night. Reserved tables are available at https://oma-online.org/.


bert Siguenza, from Aug. 9 to Aug. 25 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Tickets: $25 to $36 online at newvillagearts.org, or via phone at (760) 433-3245. Showtimes: Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; Fridays 8 p.m.; Saturdays 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.



TROMBONE SHORTY is at Del Mar tonight for a concert after the last race. Courtesy photo

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show and sell at the traditional C-Note Sale from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the New DMAC Gallery, 1101-AA Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Many of the participating artists will be on hand to discuss methods and mediums. Select paintings are priced in increments of $100.

Friends of the Encinitas Library’s First Sunday Music Series presents Watson, Beldock, & Beach with guest percussionist Roger Friend from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Encinitas Library Community Room,
540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. More information at (760) MEET THE ARTISTS The public is invited 753-7376 or encinitaslibto an artists’ reception at friends.org SIP & PAINT FOR BR. BENNO the Off Track Gallery from Produce a watercolor 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 at 937 S. COFFEE AND ART color painting at the “Sip Join Coffee And Con- and Paint” fundraiser to Coast Highway 101, Suite C-103, Encinitas, featur- versation with the OMA benefit the Brother Benno’s ing the jewelry of Cindy Artist Alliance from noon Foundation from 1 to 4 pm. Alcoset and the artworks to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at 704 Pier Aug. 5 1327 Broken Hitch of three MiraCosta art stu- View Way, Oceanside. So- Road, Oceanside Cost is dents: Jermaine Morales, cialize with fellow artists, $60, materials included. Andy Brandon Portillo, and enjoy drinks and snacks, RSVP by Aug. 1 by texting Joshua San Nicolas. More learn more about Artist Al- to (619) 218-1172 or call information at pr@sand- liance, and explore exhibi- (760) 434-1050. ieguitoartguild.com, Off- tions at OMA for free. TrackGallery.com.

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conservatism and really radical openness, because he didn't have models. And so his responses to people are really unexpected.” Beyond Degas, the new exhibit also features a long wall of paintings and drawings of area K-12 school students, who completed projects inspired by Degas’ impressionism. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., admission to the Center for the Arts is $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The Degas exhibit is on display until Sept. 15. A book by the namesake of the exhibit, published in 2012 and cataloguing all of the work on display, is available for check out at the University of San Diego.

The Del Mar music and art festival, KABOO, will celebrate its fifth anniversary in San Diego this Sept. 13 through Sept. 15. All passes to KAABOO Del Mar, including single day passes, are now on sale at kaaboodelmar.com.


Encinitas-based Ovation Theatre presents “Footloose” with performances at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 and Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 at Howard Brubeck Theatre at Palomar College, 1140 W Mission Road, San Marcos. Tickets are $20 online at ovationtheatre.brownpapertickets. com; $22 at door.

give a lecture titled, “Chasing Degas: My Four Decades Collecting this Artist and his Circle.” Though celebrated for his role in spearheading impressionism, Siddons called Degas a “person of his time,” influenced by the world around him in mid-19th century France. This included art and a worldview that some have described as misogynistic. And toward the latter part of the 19th century, he also conveyed a strong sense of anti-Semitism in both public life and in his art. “He was from an aristocratic family and he was coming from a context where people had very prescribed social roles,” Siddons said. “I think that he had this kind of strange combination of

New Village Arts Theater presents the classic horror-comedy-rock-musical “Little Shop Of Horrors,” Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 4 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. For tickets and information, call (760) 433-3245.

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The city of Carlsbad is Oceanside Museum Of hosting “Light and Space: Art offers a two-day PaperContemporary Continuamaking workshop, Tuestions“ Tuesday through Satday and Thursday, from 1 urday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and Aug. Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. through 8 at 704 Pier View Way, Aug. 25 at William D. CanOceanside. Cost is $90. Manon Art Gallery, 1775 Dove terials will be provided but Lane, Carlsbad. Admission students are encouraged is free. For more informa- C-NOTE ART SALE to bring in papers, fibers, tion, visit carlsbadca.gov/ The Artists of Del Mar plants, and flowers to crearts. Art Center Gallery will ate unique paper pulp.

The city of Carlsbad is hosting “Light and Space: Contemporary Continuations” Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. through Aug. 25 at William D. Cannon Art Gallery, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free. For more information, visit carlsbadca.gov/ arts.

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Concerts in the Parks welcomes the soul, folk, electronic and funk of Gene Evaro Jr. from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad. Parking and free shuttle at 5815 El Camino Real. The free outdoor concert series run every Friday through Aug. 16.


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 FUSED GLASS Deborrah Henry pres- through Saturday 10 a.m. ents “Sea to Desert – Ex- to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 pressions in Glass” on dis- p.m., closed Monday. play through Sept. 9 at the Civic Center Gallery, City ART ON THE GREEN Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Every Saturday and Encinitas. Sunday (weather permitting), COAL Gallery member artists display their artwork for sale on the lawn in front of the Carlsbad Inn ‘FISH AROUND THE CORNER’ See the ocean life art Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsof Susan Harris with “Fish bad Blvd., Carlsbad. Around the Corner” ceramic sculptures through Sept. LOCAL PLAYRIGHTS 10 at the Encinitas Library “Mr. Roboto — An UnGallery, 540 Cornish Drive. official Styx Musical,” is More information at (760) being staged at 7 p.m. Aug. 753-7376. 9 through Aug. 11, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, written by Izaiah and Wyatt Rhinehart of Fallbrook. All shows ‘WEEKEND WITH PICASSO’ New Village Arts The- will be held at the Califoratre announces the pro- nia Center for the Arts, duction of “A Weekend Studio 1, 340 N Escondido With Pablo Picasso,” writ- Blvd., Escondido. Seats can ten and performed by CulTURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 17 ture Clash co-founder HerThe Friends of the Cardiff Library will be hosting a free concert 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7, featuring Gerry and Friends with an hour of ukulele musicians and hula dancers at the Cardiff Library Community room, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff.

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Moonlight Amphitheatre preps for 40th anniversary By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Over the past 39 years, the Moonlight Amphitheater has become a regional destination for the performing arts. From plays and musicals to concerts, the iconic spot has brought the house down to thousands of fans. But as the days pass, the nonprofit arm of Moonlight Amphitheatre is working hard and fast to ramp up its 40th anniversary celebrations next year. Jeff Pashby, president of the board of directors for the nonprofit Moonlight Cultural Foundation, said the one highlight for the ruby anniversary will be the addition of a fifth play. Traditionally, only four shows, minus the concerts and one-time performances, run during the summer for several weeks each. “We had to set aside certain monies, do fundraisers and do different campaigns with different donors to put ourselves in a position to do something extraordinary for the 40th,” Pashby said. “The biggest accomplishment will probably be the fifth show, and people have been asking for that for some time.” Constructed in 1980, the amphitheater has steadily grown over the past four decades. Owned by the city of Vista, the Moonlight has become a destination for actors, musicians and stage performers.

MOONLIGHT AMPHITHEATRE in Vista is preparing for its 40th anniversary next year through fundraisers and improvement projects. The theater will host a fifth show next year for the first time ever. Photo by Steve Puterski

Additionally, the quality and audience experience has lured fans from all over Southern California and beyond, Pashby said. But now, the foundation is hard at work raising funds to also improve the experience by replacing seating

and renovating an older building, he said. Pashby added several other ideas and potential plans are in place, but he was not able to discuss them. Colleen Kollar Smith, managing director for Moonlight Staging Productions,


be reserved for a minimum $15 donation at paradisetheatreproductions@gmail. com.

which is the city-owned entity, said the ruby anniversary stage productions will kick off in May, compared to the traditional June start. Smith and Pashby said new lawn chairs have been installed and other projects around the venue are being

tended to venue. Smith also said they will replace its microphone system, which includes body mics for the performers. “We’re taking a look around and going, what needs a little TLC?” Smith said. “We’ll be doing some

finite Boundaries” mixed media art through Sept. 11 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.


Taste Of Art: California Impressionism And Landscapes“ is open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Oceanside Muse-

extra special events with the foundation as we approach the 40th.” As for the entertainment, the theater will also continue its fall run of concerts and movie nights, which has widened Moonlight’s reach with different audiences, Smith said. “The big thing is preparing for that fifth show,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of things the foundation is able to do this year. Also, the Moonlight will continue it cabaret performances from January 2020 through March 2020. Dubbed the “Supper Club,” Smith said the theater hosts former performers who’ve moved on to the stages of Broadway in New York, but return for more intimate shows at Club M. In addition, the City Council approved naming the stage after Kathy Brombacher, who founded the Moonlight Amphitheatre. The five shows will be “An American in Paris,” “Something Rotten,” “Cinderella,” “Ragtime” and “Kinky Boots.” Currently, “Matilda” is running through Aug. 3, followed by “West Side Story” from Aug. 14 to Aug. 31 and “Victor-Victoria” to close out the stage season from Sept. 11 to Sept. 28. Family movie nights include “The Goonies” on Oct. 25 and “Elf” on Dec. 7.

um Of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $50. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with a brief presentation by Robin Douglas. All materials provided.

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An artist reception and watercolor art exhibition will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, by Escondido artist Ranka Vukmanic. The show runs through Aug. 31 at Carlsbad Senior Center. 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad.


Multiple artists from the North County area that will be showcasing their work at ArtWalk @ Liberty Station happening Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 in the Arts District at Liberty Station.


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North Coast Repertory Theatre opens ”Tenderly – The Rosemary Clooney Musical,” at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, at artbuzz1@gmail,com or 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, (760) 519-1551. Suite D, Solana Beach, with performances through Aug. 25. Tickets, $49, and show times at https://northcoasNEW ARTISTS trep.org/. Susan Brooks show “In-

OVATION THEATRE’S production of “Footloose” opens toLeading Note Studio night at the Brubeck Theatre at Palomar College in San will host a Summer Block Marcos. Reece Ryden, above, stars as new kid in town Ren Rock Recital from 3:30 to McCormack. Courtesy photo

6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at 2146 Encinitas Blvd., #105, Encinitas, with student recitals, pizza and dessert, a musical instrument petting zoo, recording studio demonstration and more.

other Roll Of The Dice” through Aug. 11 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Performances will be Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. ART IN THE VILLAGE The Carlsbad Village and 7 p.m. Association’s Art in the Village will return from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11, bringing local and regional fine art- EXPLORE THE ABSTRACT ists together for a one-day, Rancho Santa Fe Art open-air art show near Guild presents “Exploring Carlsbad State Beach, along the Abstract,” a new exhibit State Street and Grand Av- exploring abstract painting enue. through Oct. 21 at Rancho Santa Fe Library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho NORTH COAST REP North Coast Reperto- Santa Fe. For more informary Theatre presents “An- tion, contact Cheryl Ehlers

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Skate Rising lends a helping hand to Rady Children’s Hospital By Jacob Aere

ENCINITAS — Encinitas’ non-profit Skate Rising delivered boxes of fun activity kits, made by 75 young skater girls, to Rady Children’s Hospital patients on July 13. Calli Kelsay is the founder and program director of Skate Rising, which has a mission to teach compassion through service, empowerment and skateboarding to girls between the ages of 4-18. “We use skateboarding as a conduit to teach self-confidence,” Kelsay said. The charitable organization is the youth arm of Exposure Skate, a non-profit that brings opportunity and visibility to women who embody courage and strength through skateboarding. For the third time in four years, Skate Rising delivered fun activity kits for a mixture of ages to Rady Children’s Hospital. The activity kits delivery this year was kickstarted by Kelsay’s daughter Aubrey and her friend. “They wanted to raise money and did it through bake sales in the community,” Kelsay said. Paige Colburn-Hargis is the founder of the skateboarding helmet safety non-profit My Grey Matterz. Her organization helped facilitate the delivery of activity kits to Rady’s. “These type of kits make an enormous impact on the children that are hospitalized there,” Calburn-Hargis said. Skate Rising benefits an average of 250 individuals every month and participants are active in philanthropy around their communities. Girls in the program have supported refugees, children’s hospital patients, underprivileged youth, veterans, foster children,

CALLI KELSAY’S DAUGHTER, Aubrey, skates her family’s Ohana bowl in a backyard that has hosted friends, professional skateboarders, bmx riders and roller skaters. Photos by Jacob Aere

and pediatric cancer patients though the program’s philanthropy events. Erin Wiedemann is a parent of a skater in the program and said receiving the care package was also a learning opportunity. “Watching my daughter fill her bag with activities, books, puzzles, and craft materials gave us the chance to talk about why helping others is so important and that we can do our part to make sure people know we care,” Wiedemann said. Skate Rising hosts monthly skate events for girls in Encinitas and Phoenix and has seen its program SKATE RISING founder Calli Kelsay holds activity kits that participation grow 300 per- she makes for children at Rady Children’s Hospital with the cent in less than two years. help of her family and friends.

At each Skate Rising event the girls have an opportunity to take part in a service project that helps fill a need in their community, while also getting to have fun on a skateboard. The roots of Skate Rising began in 2015 after Kelsay saw the positive impact for her own daughters from skateboarding. “Pushing through fear, falling and getting back up… along with the confidence building and how major that was for these little girls,” Kelsay said. The non-profit’s parent organization, Exposure Skate, also focuses its efforts on female empowerment and charity work. Every year, Exposure Skate gathers over 170 female skaters from around the world to come to the YMCA in Encinitas for the

opportunity to share their skateboarding skills on a global stage. The event also serves as a benefit for survivors of domestic violence. While Exposure Skate hosts one of the largest women’s skateboarding events in the world, Kelsay hopes to see her youth program expand its influence in the future. “Skate Rising is that special place where (the girls) know that they can skate but they choose to help someone else instead,” Kelsay said. On Aug. 10, Skate Rising will be partnering with non-profit Rollin’ From The Heart to host a backpack and school supplies drive at the Encinitas Skate Plaza. They will later deliver the donated items for children at Lifeline, an Oceanside after school program.

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Odd Files One of Those Days Sometimes a routine traffic stop (in this case, for an expired license plate) is the most interesting incident in a cop’s day. So it was on July 10 for Guthrie, Oklahoma, police officers. Around 11 a.m., they stopped a car driven by Stephen Jennings, 40, who had a friend, Rachael Rivera, 30, in the front seat, and a timber rattlesnake in a terrarium on the back seat. Jennings told police he had a gun in the car at about the same time they identified the car as stolen, reported KFOR. Upon further search, officers found an open bottle of whiskey (next to the gun) and a container of “yellowish powder” labeled “uranium.” “The uranium is the wild card in that situation,” Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs explained. Jennings told police he was trying to create a “super snake” with the radioactive uranium. Charges for Jennings included possession of a stolen vehicle and transporting an open bottle of liquor. Because it was rattlesnake season, his valid hunting and fishing license absolved him of any charges related to the snake. Police are still trying to figure out what charges might be brought regarding the uranium. [KFOR, 7/11/2019]

T he R ancho S anta F e News dozens of cannabis plants growing in the flower beds along a walkway at the Statehouse on July 8. Police Chief Matthew Romei told NBC5 that it was unclear whether the more than 30 plants were marijuana or hemp, and they don’t know who planted them. But since there is no criminal case, officials don’t plan to have the plants tested. “It’s legal to cultivate, but there are limits on where you can do it, and the Statehouse flower beds certainly aren’t one of those permissible sites,” Romei said. “If there is a typical Vermont story, this is probably it.” [NBC5, 7/11/2019]

Secondhand High Dr. Scott Dolginow, owner of Valley Emergency Pet Care in Basalt, Colorado, has noticed a new trend among his dog patients. He told The Aspen Times on July 11 that he’s seeing three to 10 dogs a week in his veterinary office with marijuana toxicity. No, they’re not toking alongside their owners around the fire pit. Dolginow’s theory is the dogs are eating human feces while on trails or camping with their owners and getting a secondhand buzz. Pet owner Rebecca Cole said her dog, Marty, started staggering, vomiting and urinating on the floor after hiking with her on a trail last spring. Cole took Marty to the vet, where “they said he was high. I couldn’t believe it because I don’t have anything in my house.” Right Under Their Noses Capitol Police in Mont- Dolginow said, “Most dogs pelier, Vermont, discovered will eat human feces given

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the opportunity.” [Aspen Scientists will compare the Times, 7/11/2019] skeleton’s DNA with living descendants of Gudin’s to Awesome! confirm their suspicions. — When not just any [Reuters, 7/9/2019] old Motel 6 will do, check into The Haneda Excel Ho- That’s Not the Way It Works tel Tokyu, near Tokyo’s airIn Turkey’s new Istanport, and ask for the “Supe- bul Airport, a first-time flyrior Cockpit Room.” Along er had to be rescued on July with two beds, a bathroom 10 after she assumed the and a table, the room fea- conveyor belt carrying lugtures a full Boeing 737-800 gage to the baggage sorting flight simulator that offers room was her path to the guests the experience of plane. The unnamed wompiloting a full-size jet. Ac- an, juggling a carry-on and cording to United Press In- a shopping bag, stepped ternational, the room rents carefully up to the moving for $234 per night, but for a belt at the airport check-in 90-minute simulator session and tried to climb on, but with an expert, guests will lost her balance and took a have to cough up another tumble. The Sun reported $277. (The simulator can’t that airport personnel were be used without supervi- quick to stop the conveyor sion.) The room became belt and help her off. [The available for booking on Sun, 7/11/2019] July 18. [UPI, 7/11/2019] — Gen. Charles Eti- Questionable Judgment A. Janus Yeager, 49, of enne Gudin, one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s “favorite Dixon, Illinois, was arrested generals,” was killed by on July 9 as she motored toa cannonball on Aug. 22, ward home with an inflated 1812, during the failed kiddie pool on the roof of French invasion of Russia. her SUV. CBS2 Chicago rePosthumously, he got the ported that Dixon police ofstar treatment — a street ficers pulled Yeager over afnamed after him in Paris, ter being alerted that there his name carved on the Arc were two children in the de Triomphe, and his heart pool. Yeager told police she removed and brought home took the pool to a friend’s to be placed in a Paris cem- house to inflate it, then had etery chapel. But on July 6, her daughters ride inside Reuters reported, a team it “to hold it down on their of archaeologists found drive home.” Yeager was what they believe are his charged with two counts remains buried (ironically) of endangering the health beneath the foundation of or life of a child and two a dance floor in Smolensk, counts of reckless conduct. Russia. Their first clue? [CBS Chicago, 7/10/2019] Gudin had lost one of his legs below the knee in bat- Bright Idea People in the Unittle, and indeed the skeleton was missing its left leg. ed Arab Emirates depend

heavily on expensive desalination for drinking water. But an Emirati businessman has a novel idea for providing fresh water to the Arabian gulf. Abdulla Alshehi wants to borrow an iceberg from Antarctica, EuroNews reported in May. For six years, Alshehi has been working on a plan to tow an iceberg, as much as 1.25 miles long and a third of a mile wide, the entire 5,500 miles to the UAE coast. He estimates the journey will take 10 months and the iceberg may lose about 30% of its mass, but Alshehi believes its presence could provide drinking water to about 1 million people for about five years. And that’s not all. “It’s expected that the presence of these icebergs may cause a weather pattern change (and) attract more rain to the region,” he said. A trial run this year will move a smaller iceberg, at a cost of $60 million to $80 million. Alshehi believes the cost of the larger project will be between $100 million and $150 million. [EuroNews, 5/7/2019] Mr. Guo in the Kitchen With a Ladle Nearly a year after chef Xiu Bin Wang, 33, was found dead in his room above China Chef carryout restaurant in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England, police are still trying to figure out how he died, Metro News reported. He apparently suffered a “forceful blow” to the head, and officials first fingered Zhu Long Guo, a colleague at

the restaurant who admitted to striking Wang with a ladle during an altercation. “A ladle was seized, and there was a thorough investigation,” Detective Constable Brad Wanless reported at an inquest on July 11. But the coroner could not make a definite determination: “I do not accept that there is a clear causal link between the admitted blow with the ladle and the death of Mr. Wang,” senior coroner Grahame Short concluded. [Metro News, 7/12/2019] Armed and Ordained When the alarm went off at 12:40 a.m. on July 11 at the Seminole Heights Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida, Pastor Brant Adams, 40, was alerted and grabbed his handgun. He arrived at the scene just minutes later, spying a man rifling through a desk in a food pantry in the church. The intruder noticed Adams and started approaching him, so Adams drew his gun and ordered him to hit the floor, which he did. “I said, ‘Dude, what are you doing?’“ Adams told the Tampa Bay Times. Adams held the man, Miguel Otero-Rivera, 49, at gunpoint until police arrived, who arrested him and charged him with burglary. When police led Otero-Rivera out, he told the pastor, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” For his part, Adams was just glad no one was hurt. “I never thought I’d pull a gun on someone,” he said. “Hope the gentleman gets the help that he needs.” [Tampa Bay Times, 7/11/2019]

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Local firefighter gives back By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — An adventurous spirit and a career spent aiding people led one local firefighter and paramedic to one of his most memorable journeys. Brandon Willis, 30, of the Carlsbad Fire Department spent one week at a small, rural medical clinic in Honduras tending to people without access to some of the most basic health-related treatments. During his time, he said he saw poverty unlike he’s ever seen, yet some of the friendliest people he’s come across throughout his travels to 13 countries. But this time, he wanted to give back by using the skills and knowledge accrued through a career of saving lives and delivering treatment to the sick and injured. “I wanted to do something a little more meaningful and do a medic trip,” Willis said. “It’s just a really small, humble town. Everyone was super nice.” Willis left on May 18, his birthday, after connecting with Paramedics for Children, a Rock Hill, South Caroline-based nonprofit founded in 1997 by Rodger Harrison and Roz Morton, dedicated to providing medical care and school supplies for kids in Central America. Willis found the nonprofit through an article in the Journal for Emergency Medical Services, submitted his application and it was approved. He was given permission by Carlsbad Fire Department to bring expired nonnarcotic medications to the mountainous Honduran village of Copán Ruinas, which sits in among the Mayan ruins near the border of Guatemala. The nearest hospitals are several hours away, Willis said, and many residents live in huts constructed of mud. Still, Harrison, a former paramedic, said Willis was one of the most skilled paramedics to come through Clinica la Esperanza, which treats 800 to 1,000 patients per month, Morton and Harrison said. Harrison said the organization has about 100 volunteers per year.


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Residents evacuate after Solana Beach apartment fire SOLANA BEACH — A fire at a Solana Beach apartment complex forced residents to evacuate their homes early July 19. Authorities responded to a report of the fire at the Solana Highlands Apartment Complex at 701 South Nardo Ave. around 2

a.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Residents heard a loud explosion before evacuating the building, 10News reported. One resident said she saw the flames approaching her patio. Authorities say 10 units were evacuated and the

fire destroyed at least one second story unit. Four residents were unable to return to their homes, according to the Sheriff’s Department. There were no reported injuries or fatalities. The cause of the fire is under investigation. — City News Service



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CARLSBAD FIREFIGHTER and paramedic Brandon Willis, 30, spent one week in May volunteering for Paramedics for Children in Honduras to help people without access to medical care. Photo courtesy of Brandon Willis

“He was a great kid and a great volunteer,” he said of Willis. “It’s a great program. We’ve been doing it so long; we go to every village.” Willis’ days started at 5 a.m. with a trip to the mountains to provide medical care and deliver school supplies, typically with Harrison. The two would return, have breakfast around 6:30 a.m. and be in the clinic at 7 a.m., where Willis would work until 3 p.m. with Dr. Freddie Miranda, Harrison’s stepson. During his downtime, Willis said he visited the Mayan ruins, Macaw Mountain bird park and mingle with the locals. And although the area is notorious as a route for narcotics traffickers, Willis said he did not see any or experience any sort of violence. In fact, Willis said one of his biggest takeaways from his experience was the kindness and hospitality afforded to him by many people. “It’s the only clinic of its kind in Honduras,” he said.

“It definitely gave me an appreciation for what we do here. They truly don’t have any aid down there. The services we provide here are just insanely better and we’re just so grateful to have those here.” The clinic is funded through donors, Harrison said. Most are former volunteers and even he and Morton do not get paid. Miranda and his assistant are the only employees on the payroll, which comes from donations. Another source of revenue, though, is the Hacienda la Esperanza, which is a bed and breakfast in Copán Ruinas. All proceeds from the hacienda are put into the clinic, Harrison added.

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