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Club settles harassment suit for $125K By City News Service
SCUBA SANTA AT BIRCH AQUARIUM See Scuba Santa and his Scuba Elf bring Christmas underwater at the dive shows that are part of the Seas ‘n’ Greetings celebration at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, through Dec. 31. More information at aquarium.ucsd.edu. Courtesy photo
RANCHO SANTA FE — The Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit for $125,000, stemming from allegations that a restaurant manager at the club sexually harassed several young female servers, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Dec. 3. The lawsuit filed by the EEOC alleged the unnamed manager “routinely abused his position by requiring female servers to acquiesce in his sexual advances for job benefits,” leading some of the servers to resign, according to the EEOC. The manager's behavior encouraged other male employees to engage in sexual harassment too, the agency said. In addition to the $125,000, the country club agreed to retain an EEO monitor to review the club's policies and procedures regarding discrimination, harassment and retaliation. The club will also provide training to all employees, with particular emphasis on sexual harassment. Litigation against Bay Club Fairbanks Ranch, LLC, which the country club was sold to in 2016, remains ongoing. EEOC director Christopher Green said, “Supervisors and managers have a particular responsibility to ensure that workplaces are free of harassment and discrimination. I am encouraged that one party in this suit has agreed to take necessary steps to ensure a discrimination and harassment-free work environment for its employees.''
New Mexico airline, ski resort target North County weekenders By Steve Puterski
CARLSBAD — A new airline will soon be taking North County residents to the slopes. Taos Airlines will begin service Jan. 9, 2020, to ferry passengers on a 30seat, twin-engine jet to one of the top ski resorts in the country, the Taos Ski Valley. Three nonstop, roundtrip flights are scheduled to fly on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays as service will run through the end of March, according to Joe
Zvada, director of aviation for Taos Airlines. He said the airline is aware of the recent failures by two other airlines over the past two years, as California Pacific Airlines and Cal Jet by Elite Airlines both flew sparingly and with controversy, leaving a bad taste for customers. However, Zvada said, Taos Airlines’ model is more direct and focused on those looking for a weekend getaway. “We see Southern Cal-
ifornia as a great extension for Taos,” Zvada said. “We chose Carlsbad for a number of reasons, and we like its location … like its facilities and think it matches well with the experience both on the jet and the resort in Taos.” Last year the airline and resort banded to tackle its first markets in Dallas and Austin, Texas. He said it was a huge success, and is continuing this year, but the both parties wanted to expand.
So, they turned west to Southern California and fixated on McClellan-Palomar Airport as the ideal airport for its services. David Norden, chief operating officer of Taos Ski Valley, said each company analyzed market research, specifically within the skiing and snowboarding industry, and found many positives. One of those is the Ikon Pass, which is the second most popular skiing and snowboarding pass in Southern California. The pass,
which has two levels, features 12 or 14 mountains in California, Colorado, West Virginia, Utah and Canada. Taos, though, along with at least two dozen other resorts across the globe, is also part of the part of the access for the Ikon passes. While most skiers and boarders in the region may hit the slopes at Big Bear, Mammoth, Squaw Valley or June Mountain, Norden said this new venture now gives them easy access to another high-quality mountain.
The flight, he added, is about two hours and transportation from the Taos Airport is included with the airline ticket. Tickets will run between $170 to $250 each way. “We see this as an opportunity to get folks from Southern California to the Rockies in the easiest possible way,” Norden said. “It just seems like nobody has figured out how to create a convenient and easy way to TURN TO AIRLINE ON 8
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Spared euthanasia, 22 pups from N.M. arrive at Helen Woodward Take the train to holiday fun REGION — ’Tis the season for holiday events and attractions across Southern California, including parades, light displays, toy drives, and more. Travel to the festivities on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, and trade road trip hassles for scenic views, comfortable onboard amenities, and quality time with family and loved ones. Here are some festive holiday events near Pacific Surfliner stations that are perfect for a weekend getaway: • Holidays at The Disneyland Resort through Jan. 6. Both parks feature festive sights and events all season long, including special holiday foods, parades, entertainment, and decorations. Amtrak riders can unlock a 5% savings on Theme Park admission and the Disney MaxPass at PacificSurfliner.com/Disney. Ride the train to Anaheim and show your Pacific Surfliner ticket for a free shuttle ride to and from the resort area on Anaheim Resort Transportation Route 15. The bus drops off and picks up passengers at the Disneyland Main Trans-
portation Center. • Julefest in Solvang through Jan. 3. Considered one of the “10 most Christmassy towns in America,” the Danish village of Solvang brings Old World traditions to the holiday season with beautiful lights, popup shops, Santa’s Village, a parade, candlelight tours, and more. Book a Pacific Surfliner trip to Solvang (SLV). Riders connect to an Amtrak Thruway bus at the Santa Barbara Station for a 50-minute ride to downtown Solvang. • Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo, through Jan. 5. One of the top zoos in the world is transformed into a wild wonderland of twinkling lights, special performances, a “holiday forest” with reindeer, and festive foods. Ride to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego. From the station, catch MTS bus route 215 for a 15-minute ride to the zoo. Discounted one-day MTS transit passes can be purchased onboard the train in the Market Café (located on the lower level of Car 3). • San Diego Holiday Bowl Dec. 27. The USC
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RANCHO SANTA FE — An early Christmas miracle headed into town Dec. 12 and its delivery arrived via transport van, rather than Santa’s sleigh. Twenty-two canines avoided euthanasia thanks to the efforts of animal welfare workers at both Valencia County (N.M.) Animal Shelter and Helen Woodward Animal Center. The dogs, left homeless either by abandonment or owner surrender in central New Mexico, will find their holiday happy endings in San Diego. Helen Woodward Animal Center adoption staff departed by van Dec. 12 to meet the pups at a midway point in Peoria, Arizona, to continue their transport. The 22 New Mexico native pups arrived Dec. 13. Valencia County Animal Shelter is one of many open access facilities across the country that is flooded with neglected and unwanted animals. Each week, more than 100 homeless dogs and cats are dropped off there. Despite working tirelessly to find homes for these homeless pets, the shelter is overburdened, struggling to gain momentum on spay and neuter efforts, and was running out of options. With limited room and resources, the Facebook page was full of pleas for adopters, fosters and donations. With only limited re-
THE DOGS arriving at Helen Woodward Animal Center will be ready for adoption soon. Courtesy photo
sponses from the local public, animals are scheduled for euthanasia if they stay beyond a 72-hour time period. “We received a call from Valencia County the other day and it was just devastating,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Operations Director Jennifer Shorey. “The animal care technicians were desperate to get as many of those animals out of the shelter as possible. They called to let us know that VIVA! NM Rural Animal Rescue had pooled together money to pay for a van transporter to get a group of the dogs as far as Arizona, hoping that we would meet them halfway.”
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UC should not be intimidated, should keep the ACT and SAT
Money for more bike lanes a waste
sound like a broken record, but SANDAG is up to their usual tricks. The latest update comes from SANDAG’s staff and their proposal to use an extra $90 million on bike lanes. Time and time again, I’ve sat in our SANDAG meetings and heard how the road projects the voters were promised, can’t be fulfilled due to a lack of money. A few months ago, we passed an agreement at SANDAG that prioritized SR-52, SR-67 and SR-78, yet when it comes time, this new money is going to bikes. So far, SANDAG has spent $123 million on the Regional Bike Plan for San Diego County. They’ve only completed 8.8 miles, which breaks down to a little under $14 million per mile, FOR BIKE LANES! I am not anti-bikes, I even understand that in certain areas people can use them to and from work. But, less than 2% of the population uses bikes as their means of transportation. While about 96.5% of people use the highways and roads. Choosing to spend $90 million for bike lanes over roads and freeways is a decision for people to feel good about and not about
around the county Jim Desmond doing the right thing for San Diegans. Luckily, Chairman Steve Vaus was able to delay the vote on the bike lanes to a later date, but this will come back again. No matter when we vote on this matter, we need to continue to prioritize the 52, 67, 78 and reduce gridlock. Until then, I will not support any bike lanes.
Our last board meeting of 2019 Last week, we held our final Board Meeting for 2019. It seems like just yesterday I was being sworn into office and now the year is almost over! Despite it being our last meeting, it was very eventful. The first Board letter we passed was to help the businesses of Poway. Due to the Boil Water Order that was issued a few weeks ago,
businesses and restaurants were forced to temporarily close in Poway. However, 27 of those restaurants were able to receive temporary permits that cost $459. The Board voted unanimously to waive those fees relieving some of the burden for those businesses. Also, I partnered with Chairwomen Jacob to remove surcharges at our County airports. Currently, all aviation lease agreements included a surcharge for commercial subleases at our airports of 5%. After looking at similar airports, we decided to get rid of the unnecessary charge. By eliminating the surcharge, we hope to spur additional growth and business opportunities. Finally, the Board unanimously approved a new multidisciplinary team that will provide secondary reviews to calls coming to the Child Welfare Services Hotline. One kid falling through the cracks is one too many. This new team will provide the safety that’s needed for those in child welfare. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
The future of water in the county By Marie Waldron
With the recent heavy rains, our water supply may not be at the top of everyone’s worry list. Even so, last week the San Diego County Water Authority gave an update on the future of water in our region. The County Water Authority was created by the Legislature in 1944. Its 24 member agencies provide about 75% of our water and serve 3.3 million people. But only 17% of our water comes from local supplies, which include the nation’s largest desalination plant at Carlsbad; 11% originates in Northern California, and 72% from the Colorado River. This includes a water transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District that supplies about
35% of our water. We’ve spent billions on raising local dams, on lining the Coachella and All American Canals to eliminate seepage, on construction of the Carlsbad desalination plant, and on many other projects aimed at diversification and increased supply. While supplies are adequate for today, steps will be necessary to secure our water future. The County Water Authority does not have a pipeline that connects directly to the Colorado River – we have to pay the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) for those deliveries, which is costly and has led to litigation. Several alternative conveyance systems are now under review. Two alignments, one along the
Mexican border and another further north, would both end at the San Vicente Reservoir. A third through the Borrego area would end at the Twin Oaks Water Treatment Plant in San Marcos. Our past diversification efforts were successful. In 1991, 95% of our water was imported from the MWD, but through diversification, only 2% will be imported from MWD by 2035. San Diego’s water future is brighter than many parts of California that haven’t been as innovative, but we can’t rest on our laurels. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.
or months, the University of California has been beset by the threat of a lawsuit from parents of minority students and others supposedly looking out for their interests, who insist the UC system’s use of national standardized tests in its admission process is discriminatory. Really? The claim propounded by lawyers for the Compton Unified School District, several students and five nonprofits is that the SAT and ACT exams taken by millions of high schoolers across the nation are not fair to minorities and children of the poor. They assert that test performances closely correlate with family incomes, parent education levels and race. That’s undoubtedly correct: Higher-income families often seek classes and other educational opportunities for their children outside school programs and frequently arrange prep courses for their kids before they take the exams. Yes, the College Board, which runs the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Testing (ACT) program have changed their exams, making them less likely to favor the economically privileged and white or Asian-American kids. But nothing prevents mostly minority school districts like Compton from designing test preparation courses of their own, specially targeted to overcome whatever disadvantages they believe their students might have. These classes could be offered free to everyone expected to take either test within two years of the class’s opening date. So far, only a few such publicly funded classes exist, but where they do, student performances improved. Reality is that public
california focus thomas d. elias schools cannot force parents to take a greater than normal interest in their kids’ education. Numerous studies show that the more educated parents are, the more they participate in parent-teacher activities at their children’s schools and the more assiduous they are about making sure their children do homework and attend school reliably. For sure, kids who form bad study and attendance habits from an early age almost always fare worse than others on the SAT and ACT. And what about the claim that use of the tests as a factor in UC admissions amounts to racial and economic discrimination? It’s no more discriminatory than the university system’s concurrent use of grade point averages, essays and class rankings, where parental education and financial standing also usually correlate with better performance. None of this will satisfy the anti-test advocates. Their unspoken aim: They would essentially like to see UC dumbed down so that more people can enjoy the prestige and the privileged assumptions that go with a diploma from one of America’s preeminent public universities. One official of the Oakland-based Equal Justice Society told a reporter that “The SAT has built-in biases that ultimately derail the college aspirations of thousands of hardworking students of color who would thrive in college and make important contributions to the UC
community and beyond. The test serves no purpose other than to act as a barrier to higher education for historically disadvantaged students.” If there are some discriminatory aspects, they may include the fact that language dialects some students use at home do not jibe well with word usage on the test. This could be overcome by testprep courses if they were widely offered by public schools in disadvantaged areas. That could be one very constructive use of the extra money the state has sent to schools with large numbers of poor kids under programs begun by ex-Gov. Jerry Brown six years ago. But few districts have done this. And there is ample evidence that the SAT and ACT usually serve their stated purpose: Test results usually predict college performance by the test takers. At the same time, it does not seem to matter to opponents of standardized exams what the testing companies do to make their exams less sensitive to privilege and parental interest. Both firms have redesigned test questions with this factor in mind, but could not stem the complaints. The bottom line: In a climate where several UC chancellors and other top officials say they’re open to abandoning the tests, a UC committee is to report in early spring on what the elite system should do. Whatever it does, UC must take care to avoid anything that might undermine its high standing, which draws top faculty and students from around the world. Email Thomas Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Elias columns, visit www. californiafocus.net
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Sports Mickelson to play Farmers Insurance Open REGION — San Diego native and five-time major championship winner Phil Mickelson has committed to play the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open, scheduled for Jan. 22 through Jan. 26, 2020 at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mickelson has won 44 times on the PGA Tour throughout his three-decade professional career, and is a three-time winner of the Farmers Insurance Open (1993, 2000 and 2001). The 1993 victory at Torrey Pines was his first as a professional. The World Golf Hall of Famer did not play the Farmers Insurance Open last season, ending a streak SAN DIEGO NATIVE Phil Mickelson is a three-time winner of of 28 straight years entering the Farmers Insurance Open. He plans to play the Jan. 22-26 the event. In addition to his event at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Courtesy photo three victories in the tour-
nament, he has registered seven other top-10 finishes at Torrey Pines. “Phil has such a strong connection to San Diego and the people here, and has provided so many memorable moments over the years in his hometown tournament at Torrey Pines,” Century Club of San Diego CEO Marty Gorsich said. Mickelson joins a group of early commitments that includes World No. 9, San Diego native and 2016-17 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele; World No. 17 and 2019 U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland; two-time Masters champion and 2011 Farmers Insurance Open winner Bubba Watson; two-time Farmers Insurance Open winner Brandt Snedeker; and 18 of the top
30 players in the 2019-20 FedExCup points standings. The field is not final until the commitment deadline on Jan. 17 at the conclusion of play in that week’s tournament. Tickets for the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open are now on sale and can be purchased at farmersinsuranceopen.com/tickets-parking/. Adult grounds tickets start at $50, with upgraded VIP tickets starting at $90. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, veterans, and youth 13-17. Grounds tickets are complimentary for active duty military, reservists, retired military and their dependents. Under 12 are admitted free with a ticketed adult, with a maximum of four children per adult.
Morgan Run to host women’s pro tennis tournament RANCHO SANTA FE — The 2020 Shoebacca Women’s Open tennis tournament, celebrating its 10th Anniversary, will be played Feb. 24 through Feb. 29 at Morgan Run Club & Resort, 5690 Cancha de Golf. The $25,000 United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit event will showcase young, rising Americans among an international field of touring
professionals. The tournament will feature top local players as well. Admission for spectators and on-site parking will be free each day. “This tournament is a very important stop for the players on the USTA Pro Circuit. Many of the competitors will have played in Australia in January and are coming to Rancho Santa Fe to prepare for Women’s
Tennis Association events in Indian Wells and Miami,” said Tournament Director Sue Whiteside. Past tournament competitors include American stars Madison Keys, Sofia Kenin, Danielle Rose Collins, CiCi Bellis, defending singles champion Nicole Gibbs, and current Rancho Santa Fe resident CoCo Vandeweghe. Canada's Bianca Andreescu, the reign-
ing US Open champion, won the tournament singles title in Rancho Santa Fe in 2017. Qualifying matches begin Feb. 24 with Main Draw Singles and Doubles matches beginning Feb. 25. The tournament concludes Feb. 29 with the Women’s Singles and Doubles Championships. “Morgan Run Club & Resort is an incredible venue to watch the only
women’s professional tennis tournament in San Diego and we want fans to come and enjoy the event all week,” Whiteside added. “Spectators are going to have a great opportunity to watch these talented players and perhaps a future Grand Slam champion.” For additional information about the Shoebacca Women’s open, visit shoebaccawomensopen.com.
Horizon Prep’s girls varsity basketball team opened its season on the road Dec. 6 against Monarch School. The game was a season-opening win — however, there was more to celebrate as sophomore Emma Konsmo made history within the game. The reigning Player of the Year for the Frontier Conference’s Pioneer League became the San Diego Section record-holder with her 20 blocked shots. Konsmo also notched her third career triple-double after etching two in the record books as a freshman last season, including one that was part of a rare quadruple-double. The 6-foot-1-inch forward added 21 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the win. Courtesy photo
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Del Mar’s Brees makes NFL history with 540th touchdown pass sports talk
he touchdown pass landed in New Orleans but it started in San Diego. Drew Brees, a Del Mar resident, etched his name in the NFL record books with his 540th scoring pass on Monday night. He surpassed Peyton Manning’s all-time mark in a career which had its roots in America’s Finest City. Brees was part of the bounty the Chargers collected after their most dismal season in franchise history. In 2000 the only thing saving them from a winless season was a clutch field goal by Olivenhain’s John Carney. They went a nearly imperfect 1-15 but followed it with a nearly perfect draft. The Chargers selected
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San Diego Botanic Garden presents Botanic Wonderland: Holiday Nights in the Garden 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Dec. 30. there will be a beer and wine garden, musical light show, kids’ fun zone with nightly “snowfall,” visits with Santa, visits with the Snow Princess (Dec. 26 through Dec. 30), a twinkling light tunnel, holiday crafts, a scavenger hunt, a real snow play area, food truck court, holiday shopping bazaar plus hot chocolate, coffee and hot apple cider.
LONG WINTER’S NIGHT
There will be a free celebration of Winter Solstice from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. The North County Arts Network will explore Soyal, Yalda, St. Lucia, San Thomas, Dong Zhi and others. Come enjoy hot cider, cookie exchange and make holiday cards.
jay paris future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson at No. 5 and then snagged Brees in the second round. How the Chargers didn’t parlay that tandem into a Super Bowl or two is baffling. But Tomlinson and Brees did lead them to the 2004 AFC West title. Unfortunately, Brees was hurt in the 2005 season finale, in part because of a blitz by the Broncos’ John Lynch, the former Torrey Pines High star who’s now mane Society hosts a Holiday Mutt Mixer from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the SDHS Escondido Campus, 3500 Burnet Drive Escondido. Cost is $10. Have fun socializing with other dog lovers and their dogs while you practice teaching your dog how to be calm around distractions. There will also be photos with Santa available. ‘TIS THE SEA-SUN
Families are invited to stroll through Del Mar Highlands Town Center’s ‘Tis the Sea Sun displays. Take a photo in Santa’s red beach chair with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 21. There is also a 36-foot Christmas tree made of 44 surfboards and a 15-foot surfing Santa pulled by four of his reindeer on top of The Sky Deck roof, plus a concert by Hullabaloo.
The Chabad at La Costa will celebrate Hanukkah from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, games, crafts, music and prizes.
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the 49ers general manager. The Chargers GM, A.J. Smith, decided to let a mending Brees flee that offseason as a free agent, knowing he had a gold nugget in Philip Rivers. Rivers would shine while Brees landed with the Saints. It was a fortuitous turn of events for Brees and the Saints, as both were rebounding. Brees was eager to prove his career wasn’t kaput after a serious shoulder injury. That he threw a reeling city which was recently battered by Hurricane Katrina on those broad shoulders during his amazing resurrection only solidified his legendary status in Louisiana. While Brees would direct the Saints to a Super Bowl win he never depart-
ed North County. He maintained a Del Mar residence and for years was the host of a charity golf tournament in Rancho Santa Fe. So, as Brees waved to the crowd and blew kisses to his wife, Brittany, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, after his historic completion just maybe he was acknowledging his San Diego boosters, too. “It just kind of makes your whole life and career flash before your eyes, because I never thought I’d have a chance to be part of something like this,” Brees said afterward. This reporter’s life flashed — in jest — before his eyes once when approached by Brees years ago. He wanted to speak with me privately, which is seldom a positive
2 p.m. Dec. 22 at L’Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del PARLA ITALIANO Mar, Del Mar. The Italian Cultural Center offers language CARMEL VALLEY FOOD DRIVE classes in Encinitas at the Saddleback San Diego San Dieguito Heritage MuChurch of Carmel Valley, seum, 450 Quail Gardens is collecting canned and Dr, Encinitas. Register now nonperishable food donaat icc-sd.org for the next sestions in support of students sion starting Jan. 6. There living in Carmel Valley, are classes from beginning Del Mar, Encinitas and to advanced in grammar Carlsbad who attend Canand conversation, as well yon Crest Academy (CCA), as introductory classes for where the church meets. travelers and intermediate Donated items, including classes on the regions and canned meats, vegetables traditions of Italy. and fruits, peanut butter, pasta, rice, cereal, oatmeal, powered milk and infant formula, may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to noon, Dec. LIGHT THE LIGHTS A Hanukkah Menorah 21 or Dec. 29, at CCA, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, Lighting celebration will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 San Diego. p.m. Dec. 28 at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12925 El Camino Real, Del CHRISTMAS SING-ALONG Mar Highlands. Wrap yourself in the holiday spirit, with the sound of Roger Anderson Chorale, performing in MANGIARE downtown Encinitas with New Italian cooking a Dickensian Christmas classes are starting up for Carol sing-along from 4 to winter on Jan. 6. Classes 6 p.m. Dec. 23. Come join are sponsored by the Italthe Chorale as they stroll ian Cultural Center of San Highway 101 from D Street Diego at the San Dieguito J Street, Encinitas. Local to Heritage Museum, 450 merchants will warm up Quail Gardens Drive, Encishoppers and carolers alike nitas, and students will be with hot apple cider. able to choose among eight courses from beginning to MOVIE NIGHT advanced levels. Register A free, family movie, at https://icc-sd.org/. “The Santa Clause” will be shown from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at L’Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar. NEW YEAR’S SALUTE
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Christmas eve services will be held at 3 p.m. Dec 24 and at noon Dec 25 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St., Del Mar.
A New Year’s Eve Senior Social Dance will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Encinitas Community/Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $10. Tickets on sale at the Senior Center while supplies last. (maximum of 8 tickets per person).
Chabad of Oceanside/ Vista is holding a Hanukkah Candle workshop and more on Dec. 25 at the Chabad, 1930 Sunset Drive, Vista. For schedules and times, call (760) 806-7765. Learn the powerful message of light overcoming darkness, and then make that come to life by creating candles in the shape of doughnuts, dreidels and more.
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Encinitas Friends Bookstore holds a book sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 4. On this day the entire store, with more than 5,200 items, will be half-price. Most books will be from 25 cents to $1, with CDs being 25 cents and DVDs typically $1. Visit encinitaslibfriends.org.
for a writer not shy about telling the truth. Brees, like any player, had his ups and downs. But he was always fair and accessible to the media. So, when he requested a chat by his locker, I didn’t know what to expect. Then I recalled being on a Southwest flight to a Chargers game which also had Brittany aboard. I had become friendly with her when doing a story about the couple being college sweethearts from Purdue. That day at 35,000 feet I had a stack of soon-to-be expired drink tickets. I ordered a refreshment and walked a few rows up and asked Brittany if she would like a complimentary social sparkler, too. She politely declined,
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her smile and the tone of her voice relaying how appreciative she was with the offer. But the Brees who threw footballs for a living? Not so much. “Hey, what’s this I hear about you trying to get my wife drunk,” Brees said. Brees presented the question with his famous game-day stare. But he couldn’t hold it and he broke into a smile, accompanied by a playful punch to my gut. I laughed, Brees laughed and so did Brittany when the story reached her. So, when Brees connected with tight end John Hill on Monday, it was a milestone pass which came with a memory. If those drink tickets weren’t expired, I would salute Brees with a toast. of Social Services. SD FOUNDATION SCHOLARS
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The city of Solana Beach is seeking volunteers to fill 17 vacancies among its five local Citizen Commissions. The council will appoint Solana Beach residents to serve on local Citizen Commissions, including Budget & Finance, Climate Action, Parks & Recreation and Public Arts View Assessment. Volunteers serve in an advisory capacity as official members of these appointed bodies. Applications are being accepted until 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14. More information, applications, and contacts are available OMWD: BUSINESS OF YEAR at cityofsolanabeach.org or Representatives from at City Hall, 635 S. High- the Escondido Creek Conway 101, Solana Beach. servancy presented Olivenhain Municipal Water PET PARADE BENEFITS PUPS District’s Board of DirecThe Carlsbad Village tors with the “Business of Association, in partner- the Year” award Dec. 11. ship with the Village Faire OMWD received the award Shopping Center, hosted for its support of the ConserPets on Parade Dec. 7, to vancy’s education program. benefit Carlsbad-based OMWD began partnerWagging Dog Rescue. All ing with the Conservancy proceeds from the photos on its education program with Santa and three raf- more than a decade ago — fles donated by the event's OMWD secured grant fundnine vendors benefitted ing, and the Conservancy the rescue organization. accepted donations to fund Santa was sponsored by the construction of Elfin Forest Glass and Mirror Shoppe, Interpretive Center. with photography provided free of charge by FlyBy COMET AWARD FOR CAHILL Photography. Vendors inThe second annual cluded the Carlsbad Cookie Palomar College CommuniCompany, Hot Mama Jamz, ty Showcase was held Dec. Camp Bow Wow, Tigertail 12. Brian Cahill, the CaliPet Foods, Cannimal, Amy fornia Division President & Mollie, Merry Jane & of Balfour Beatty ConstrucThor, and the Carlsbad Ani- tion, was honored with the mal Hospital. 2019 Comet Award, and college officials presentIMMIGRATION LEGAL HELP ed the annual Report to MiraCosta College, the Community, this year along with seven others in entitled “Building Our FuSan Diego and Imperial ture.” Accepting the Comet Counties, has been select- Award, Cahill reflected on ed to participate in a pilot the importance of higher program offering free im- education, and thanked the migration-related legal ser- volunteers who under his vices through a statewide leadership have organized project involving the Cali- one of the most successful fornia Community Colleges annual charity golf events Chancellor’s Office, the in San Diego—the InvitaFoundation for California tional Go lf Classic, which Community Colleges and brings in roughly $225,000 the California Department for the Foundation.
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How to avoid the flu bug this winter
Badger plant finances, board top agenda
REGION – As the holiday rush kicks into high gear, so does flu season. Right now, doctors are seeing more patients test positive for the illness that landed a half million people in the hospital in 2018. While the No. 1 way to protect yourself from catching the bug is to get a flu vaccine, local physicians with American Family Care are spreading the word about ways you can avoid flu germs throughout the holiday season. Steps include: • Knuckle it. When using a debit card machine while shopping for holiday gifts, get into the habit of punching in your card pin with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. This way if you rub your eye or mouth with your fingertip, you’re not transferring germs. • Taking a flight to grandmas? Pack sanitizing wipes. Our nation’s airports are covered in germs over the holidays. A study by a microbiologist with travelmath.com found the plane seatbelt buckle, seat tray table and the toilet flush button among the top spots coated with germs on a plane. Your best defense, wipe down your space with a “flu-germ killing” sanitizing wipe before you sit down for take-off. • Stop vaping. You have heard the stories about the hundreds of respiratory illnesses related to vaping this year. New research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reveals puffing on an e-cigarette also disrupts your normal immune response to viral infections, like flu. • Play it safe at the pump. Drivers must get gas for their vehicles no matter what, sick or not. Grab a paper towel before picking up the gas nozzle. You can also use the paper towel as a barrier when punching in your debit/credit card info. • Hang up your Superman or Supergirl cape. If you are starting to feel sick, don't try to be a superhero and do it all anyway. No one wants to be exposed to your germs. Stay home from either work or school and don’t even run errands. When you have a fever, you should always stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. The docs also suggest you consider: • Harvard University researchers say 20%-30% of people carrying the flu virus do not have symptoms and they can spread flu germs to others up to six feet away. • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the flu sickened 37 million people during the 2018 -2019 flu season and is blamed for at least 36 thousand deaths. • It’s never too late to get a flu shot. It will not make you sick, it is a booster that helps your body fight off possible infection. The flu vaccine prevents death.
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patcher he committed the shooting because Jewish people were destroying the white race. “They’re destroying our people. I'm trying to show them that we’re not going to go down without a fight,” Earnest is heard saying on the recording. “... I’m defending my nation against the Jewish people, who are trying to destroy all white people.” Earnest, who was waiting in his parked car for officers to arrive and arrest him, told a dispatcher he was armed but would not use his weapon on officers.
RANCHO SANTA FE — The R.E. Badger Water Facilities Financing Authority met on Dec. 12 at the Santa Fe Irrigation District office to elect new officers to its board of directors and listen to a presentation from a CPA regarding the financing authority’s finances. Santa Fe Irrigation District board member Marlene King said that the meeting’s purpose was for the San Dieguito Water District and the Santa Fe Irrigation District to demonstrate that they have the finances to pay back the loan both organizations took out together in order to make improvements to the R.E. Badger Treatment plant. “What we’re paying back right now is a refinancing of the original debt that was taken out, I believe, in 1999,” King said. “And this refinancing occurred in 2007 to reduce the interest rates.” This year marks the last in which the irrigation district will pay off the loan, while the San Dieguito district will continue paying it off for the next five years. As the meeting began, the board members approved the minutes from the authority’s last meeting on Feb. 14. Afterward, they discussed appointing new officers to the board of directors. As of the Dec. 12 meeting, the board included king as Chair, Joe Mosca as vice chair, Andy Menshek as secretary/treasurer, and Albert C. Lau as executive director. King nominated Menshek as the president of the committee. Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear was nominated as vice-chair. Blakespear was not present at the meeting. Mosca was nominated as secretary/treasurer. It was decided that Lau would remain as executive director. Coley Delaney, CPA for The Pun Group Accountants and Advisors, made a presentation regarding an independent audit of the Authority’s finances. The audit covered the finances of the authority up until June 30, 2019. In the presenta-
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MAX SAXTON, from TeamEnough, speaks during the seventh annual Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting remembrance ceremony on Dec. 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito. Photo courtesy of UUFSD
Remembering Sandy Hook in Solana Beach By Bethany Nash
SOLANA BEACH — Of the 1,316 school shootings that have occurred in the United States since 1970, 18% occurred after the mass shooting that took place in December 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. This year, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito (UUFSD), located in Solana Beach, hosted their seventh annual remembrance ceremony on Dec. 8 in honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. This is one of over 50 other Unitarian Universalist Fellowships that participate in this event of remembering the victims from the 2012 elementary school. The people behind the Solana Beach vigil wanted it to be an event of hope with a message that a single individual can #End-
GunViolence. Stephan Bartram, the acting gun violence prevention coordinator for the UUFSD, has planned the Sandy Hook Vigil in Solana Beach for the last six years. Bartram got involved in gun violence prevention after losing his nephew to gun violence. “There is a sense that vigils by themselves tend to be reflective of memories … they bring voices to the sadness,” Bartram said. “My intent is to be more locally generated and locally focused. (This year), we want to move from a position of remembering sadness to a position of remembering ‘what have we done.’ We want to acknowledge the grassroot efforts that have brought forth change.” Nikki Faddick, a mother of three boys, a Carlsbad resident and leader of North County MOMS, was
one of the many speakers at the vigil held on Dec. 8. at UUFSD. Faddick said she has always had strong convictions when it came to gun violence in the United States; however, after the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas she joined the local San Diego movement. “That was the moment I finally said enough, I am going to give my time to this,” Faddick stated. Faddick’s overall goal is to raise awareness by reflecting on the statistics that show 100 lives are claimed by gun violence each day. She hopes this will compel people to take action. “The call to action, to urge folks to contact their lawmakers, to get involved with us, the need for safe storage of firearms … I think the real takeaway is that anyone can get involved,” Faddick said. Additionally, RoseAnn
Sharp, Founder of NeverAgainCA, whose mission is to stop the ability to sell firearms and ammunition at gun shows hosted on state fairgrounds in California, also spoke at the remembrance. “I am a mother, grandmother, wife and believe we have a right to life,” Sharp said. “When I asked our 11- year-old grandson this year at the start of the school what were his interests, he responded, ‘trains, computers and trying to stay alive.’ Gun violence has brought ‘war’ to their lives every day.” Sharp said she feels that it is important to participate in events such as the Sandy Hook Vigil because it encourages people to take action. “We now know the signs of gun violence, and each person needs to act when they see these signs,” Sharp said.
June 2 trial set for synagogue shooting suspect REGION — A June 2 trial date was set Dec. 5 for a 20-year-old nursing student accused of opening fire at a Poway synagogue, killing one congregant and injuring several others, and setting a fire at a mosque about a month earlier. John T. Earnest of Rancho Penasquitos is charged with murder, attempted murder, arson and hate crime allegations for the April 27 shooting at Chabad of Poway and the March 24 blaze at the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque, also known as the Islamic Center of Escondido. The June trial date
could shift depending on a pending death penalty decision by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. A March 5 status conference date may shed more light on the prosecution's decision regarding capital punishment. Earnest also faces more than 100 hate crime-related counts filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and could also potentially face the death penalty in the federal case. The Cal State San Marcos student is accused of carrying out the shooting on the last day of Passover, fatally wounding 60-yearold Lori Gilbert Kaye, who
was shot twice in the synagogue's foyer. Kaye, a longtime member of Chabad of Poway, was at the temple with her husband and daughter to honor her mother, who had recently died. The congregation's rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, 57, lost a finger in the shooting. Two other people — Almog Peretz, 34, and his 8-year-old niece, Noya Dahan — were also injured. During a September preliminary hearing, the court heard a recording of a 911 call Earnest made minutes after fleeing the scene of the synagogue shooting. On the call, he tells a dis-
Grauer to get first endowed academic chair thanks to STEM grant ENCINITAS — A $250,000 grant from the Loewy Family Foundation, a New York-based philanthropic organization focused on technology education, will enable The Grauer School to establish its first endowed academic chair, to support and guide the school’s offerings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The grant award was finalized in the summer of
2019, and the first person to hold the chair will be Morgan Brown, current head of the school’s STEM program center. Brown teaches courses in physics, algebra and philosophy, as well as coaching soccer and robotics teams. The grant will be paid out over three years, allowing the school to establish a permanent endowment that will fund the Loewy-Linz Endowed Chair in STEM In-
novation in perpetuity. School officials said the chair will help attract and retain STEM educators, as well as honor and reward faculty for efforts to provide a quality science education for Grauer students. “A strong STEM chair spearheads innovations in the study of science and technology, including robotics and computer science, as well as the study of mathematics and physics-relat-
ed topics at Grauer. All of these fields of study offer students career preparatory experiences as well as creating community-wide attractions,” said Stuart Grauer, head of school and founder of The Grauer School. The Loewy Family Foundation has supported STEM education at Grauer since 2006. A 2015 gift from the foundation funded the creation of the Loewy-Linz Innovation Lab, where stu-
dents take engineering design classes, practice handson robotics construction and programming, receive physics instruction and work on art projects. Additional grants from the foundation will support and expand the school’s robotics program and other STEM offerings, and provide funding for scientific equipment, such as tools for the genetics lab and upgrades to the chemistry lab.
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Arizona home to architects’ groundbreaking creative universes hit the road e’louise ondash
wo of the most famous names in Arizona are neither Hispanic nor Native American. They are Taliesin, a Welch word that means “shining brow,” and Cosanti, a manufactured term that means “the thing before.” Both words were coined by two forward-thinking artists, architects and dreamers who made Scottsdale, Arizona, the center of their creative universes. When we planned our visit to Taliesin West (https:// www.taliesinpreservation. org), the home and school founded by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), and Cosanti (https://arcosanti. org/visit/cosanti), home and studio of Paolo Soleri (19192013), we didn’t know that the latter had been a student of the former. In some ways they were similar; in other ways, not so much. Both Wright and Soleri lived into their 90s and broke the rules of current thinking in their fields. Both were artists who excelled in several media. Both believed that buildings should be constructed with local materials, and that they should be integrated into the surrounding desert.
MARY HOADLEY, an emeritus board member of the Cosanti Foundation, has been involved with Cosanti and Arcosanti TALIESIN WEST in Scottsdale, Arizona, was the home and school of famed architect Frank for almost 50 years. She stands in an apse at Cosanti, the Lloyd Wright. He believed in building with local materials and that architecture should reflect home and workshop of Paolo Soleri. The futuristic architect and blend in with the environment. Photos by Jerry Ondash believed urban environments could be sustainable.
Wright’s construction, however, took shape with many straight lines and sharp angles, while Soleri’s were all about curves and domes. Our day of comparing and contrasting at Taliesin West (Taliesin East is in Wisconsin) and Cosanti was aided by excellent guides at both locations — people who had worked with the architects or had studied their lives extensively. We began with Taliesin, situated on the southern slope of the McDowell Range overlooking the valley. Today, it is home to 5 million, but I tried to imagine what this piece of desert looked like in 1935 when Wright first arrived. His wood, stone and
cement buildings turned the architectural approach of the Victorian era on its head, making clean lines and utility the priority. In contrast to his architecture, Wright’s life was complicated. There were three marriages, scandals, unconventional business arrangements — even a tragic death — and the 90-minute tour touches on some of these. We also learned about Wright’s peculiarities and the student experience at Taliesin West. A few miles to the west is Cosanti, where Paolo Soleri seems to have taken the architecture-in-harmony-with-nature philosophy to another level. Soleri and his wife lived at Cosanti from
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1955 until his death in 2013. Our guide, Mary Hoadley, escorted us around the five acres of concrete domes and apses (half domes). In one sense, Cosanti resembles a hobbit community; in another, it’s clearly the vision of an optimistic futurist. “Soleri was totally focused, both a narcissist and a humble, shy man, so clear in the need to find a more equitable way to house and serve people while respecting the planet,” said Hoadley, who has been with the Soleri and worked with the foundation since 1970. “I came to visit but never left. (I was) drawn in (at Arcosanti) by the effort to build a walk-through demonstration of a prototype-alternative to
(suburban) sprawl.” Visitors at Cosanti and Arcosanti, the experimental community about 70 miles north of Phoenix, find them “visually and spatially surprising and intriguing,” Hoadley said. “They appreciate Soleri’s creativity, resourcefulness, improvisation and curved lines and what beauty emerged from just playing in the dirt.” During our visit, we headquartered at Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Bungalows (www.andazscottsdale.com), a new 23-acre property at the base of Camelback Mountain that oozes a sense that all is right with the world. The clean, mid-century modern motif tends to de-clutter the mind,
and the wide expanses of lawn dotted with oversized hammocks and the sparkling pool and cabanas command guests to slow down. The Weft & Warp Art Bar and Kitchen features an exhibition kitchen with a plancha (a super-hot grill) and serves contemporary Sonoran cuisine on small, sharable plates. Artwork throughout the guesthouse, bar and restaurant illustrates the hotel’s relationship with and promotion of local artists. Visit https://www.experiencescottsdale.com. Want to share your travels? Email eondash@coastsnewsgroup. com. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook.com/elouise.ondash.
aware of the trouble previous carriers had sustaining operations. Still, Norden said the ease of McClellan-Palomar Airport, rather than San Diego International Airport, a short flight, free baggage on the plane and transportation
to and from the resort provide a seamless experience for travelers. “It resonated so well in Texas we decided to expand,” he said. “The reason we went to Southern California, is we already have a pretty good population of people that visit Taos. We think there is a little bit of a spiritual connection between San Diego and Taos, between the mountains and the ocean, but also we are now on the Ikon Pass.” Taos Ski Valley opened in 1955, features 100 runs with a 3,000-vertical-foot drop with a 9,000-foot base, averaging 300 inches per year, Norden said. Also, the resort is undergoing a major “revitalization” project, he said, which includes new ski lifts, snow-making equipment and hotel. As for the flights, the schedule will also include a holiday option for Martin Luther King, Jr. and President’s Day, so the Sunday flights will move to those Mondays, Zvada said. The flights are a public charter, while the schedule was created to align with the more popular check-in and checkout days for hotels and car rentals, should the latter be an option, he added. “We feel what we’re building is a completely different offering than what has been tried in Carlsbad in the past, especially recently,” Zvada said. “The experience on the flight is different than what was offered in the past. This is more of a VIP experience.”
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CBD’s, THC & other initials: A physician’s approach to medicinal cannabis This is part 1 in a series of three. If you were to attend a recent local cannabis educational fair, you’d be surprised by the absence of “pot heads;” instead, you’d find many seniors looking for alternative ways to address pain and other medical conditions. Alas, while there are some excellent books on the subject, it can still be difficult to find information from a medical professional on the subject for various reasons. Many simply are not knowledgeable about the subject and hence are unable to provide guidance to their patients. Others fear legal ramifications of recommending a product that, although “legal” in California, remains illegal on a federal level. This is intended to be an introductory guide for
CANNABIS IS THE scientific name for the plant commonly known as marijuana.
patients interested in the use of cannabis and related products for medicinal purposes; it is NOT a guide to getting high. Nor should this
be misconstrued as medical advice. Rather, its purpose is to provide a very basic introduction for those unfamiliar with this relatively
new area of medicine that has become a viable treatment option for so many. Cannabis is the scientific name for the plant common-
ly known as marijuana. It originated in central Asia, but is now found worldwide, and has been employed for medicinal benefits for thousands of years. There has been debate regarding the species and subspecies of the plant, but nowadays most will make the distinction between two: cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. Historically, one could discern between the two types by the shape of the leaf, but with the advent of hybrid types, this can be difficult. However, in general, indica plants tend to be somewhat short, bushy with wider leaves, whereas sativa plants tend to grow tall with leaves that are more narrow. Cannabis has also been widely referred to as hemp and has been bred over the years to yield high fiber con-
tent for industrial uses such as the manufacture of clothing, rope, etc. What is commonly sold as “hemp” in stores has been bred to have very low THC content, the main psychoactive constituent that induces the “high.” Hemp has gained new life with the popularization of CBD oils. In 1971, an arbitrary line was drawn that limited hemp to a 0.3% THC ceiling and this has remained the standard since. One cannot get “high” from this form of hemp, but it is possible that one might see other benefits. Dr. Pearson is a board-certified Family and Sports Medicine physician who has been practicing in North County since 1988. His office is located in Carlsbad Village. Feel free to contact him with any questions at www.medicine-in-motion.com.
Unwrapping holiday entertainment with Contour If the holidays are hectic and stressful as you shop for the perfect gift for family and friends or prepare your house for guests, give yourself a gift and unwrap all of the holiday entertainment available on Cox Contour – whether it’s unwinding to traditional Christmas music or watching a beloved classic holiday movie that conjures heartwarming memories of your childhood. Holiday Movies. Whether it’s watching a favorite classic like “It’s a Wonderful Life” or a modern-day favorite like “Elf,” you’re sure to find a movie that warms the heart, generates a Santa belly laugh, or inspires you to volunteer at a homeless shelter on Christmas day. Peruse Contour’s On De-
Odd Files Wait, What? Joe Rwamirama, 48, of Kampala, Uganda, has an unusually practical superpower: “He is known all over the city as the man who can kill mosquitoes with his farts,” local barber James Yoweri told The Sun on Dec. 10. Rwamirama said no one in his home village has ever contracted malaria because his gaseous ejections knock out insects over a 6-mile radius. “He is respectful of people around him and will only fart when there are mosquitoes around,” Yoweri continued. Rwamirama hopes to market his gas and claims that insect repellant companies have been looking into its chemical secrets, but The Sun couldn’t verify those claims. [The Sun, 12/10/2019] Undignified Death When a Shelby, Ohio, police officer responded to a call on Nov. 13 about a sick or rabid raccoon on a
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residential street, he had a tough decision to make. The raccoon did seem either injured or ill, and according to WJW, the officer decided it needed to be destroyed. However, there is no area animal control department, and police officers don’t have the “training or equipment to capture a potentially rabid animal,” officials said. And the officer was hesitant to use his firearm because of the time of day and because some residents were outside their homes. So he decided to use his vehicle to eliminate the raccoon, running over it several times to finish the job. Unfortunately, a bystander was recording the incident, and people on social media are calling for the officer’s removal. The Shelby police chief responded: “The video is disturbing to watch. ... We are having an independent group, with a prosecutor, to determine if any criminal charges are appropriate (but) ... this incident doesn’t violate any wildlife laws.” [WJW, 11/15/2019]
Just Weird — It’s very cold and very dark, in an existential sort of way, in Minneapolis at this time of year. To wit: Cianna Violet, 24, passes by a certain spot, near a Broadway Pizza location, as she commutes to work. In November, she noticed a yellow traffic pylon with an extra something clinging to the top and pulled over to check it out. It was a rat — dead, frozen, sad. Until Dec. 3, when Violet noticed something about the rat had changed. Sure enough, someone had dressed the chilly little rodent and even remembered accessories, like a tiny silver backpack and fur-trimmed boots. The outfit is “100 percent seasonably appropriate,” Violet told CityPages. “I’m sorry it had to die, but in death it has brought a reason to smile to hundreds.” [CityPages, 12/4/2019] — Meanwhile, it’s warm and sunny in Las Vegas, and the pigeons are wearing cowboy hats.
What? On Dec. 9, KVVU reported that pigeons have been spotted with tiny red cowboy hats on their heads. Mariah Hillman, who runs an animal rescue, at first thought the little headwear was cute, but then began to worry about how the hats had been affixed to the birds’ heads. “Did they glue them? ... Is it something that’s going to impede their flight or attract predators?” she wondered. Hillman and her agency have been handing out business cards and asking people who see the little urban cowbirds to “just feed them until I get here. I’m only 3 miles away and I’ll come trap them.” [KVVU, 12/9/2019]
kids on our watch.” [Fox News, 12/9/2019] — The Bosch’s Country View Nursery in Allendale, Michigan, is a longtime favorite destination for Christmas tree shoppers. But sometime in early December, the Grinch visited, lopping the top halves off more than a dozen trees, according to WZZM13. It takes a fir tree between six and 10 years to grow to Christmas tree height, explained owner Brian Bosch. “Somebody had a bad day, I’m assuming,” he said. “I don’t know why somebody would do that.” Bosch did say that the trees might recover, although it would take a few years. [WZZM, 12/10/2019]
Bright Idea The Raleigh (North Carolina) News & Observer reported on Dec. 9 that a 14-year-old runaway made a logical choice when deciding where to hide. Around 8:30 that morning, as workers at Bed Bath & Beyond opened the store in Greenville, they discovered
someone hidden in the store and called police. Officers responded for a “breaking and entering in progress,” but found only a teenage boy who had “camped out” in the store overnight. He was returned to his home. [Raleigh News & Observer, 12/9/2019] Bah, Humbug! — Marie Bennett, 40, and Joseph Betancourt, 24, of Woodland, California, would have made the Grinch proud, but police in Red Bluff weren’t having it. On Dec. 5, the two allegedly broke into the Children First Foster Family Agency, where they stole “(a) large amount of toys that were being held there for children for Christmas presents,” police told Fox News. Surveillance video showed the burglars coming and going from the home next door; officers arrested Bennett and Betancourt for burglary, theft and breaking and entering, and they recovered the stolen toys, declaring, “These ‘Grinches’ will not be stealing Christmas from
Great Art! In Miami Beach, Florida, you don’t even have to leave the oceanfront to get caught in a traffic nightmare. For Miami’s Art Basel, Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich unveiled on Dec. 3 a masterpiece three TURN TO ODD FILES ON 15
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Lick the Plate good things from 2019 lick the plate david boylan
t was a fun year of Lick the Plate in The Coast News and celebrating 10 years writing this column was right up there at the top of good things that happened in 2019. There is so much going on in the North County culinary scene that it can be difficult sometimes to cover all the latest and greatest while showing some love to establishments that have stood the test of time and deserve another look, but I do my best. With that, I’m going to start in Del Mar and work my way up the coast with good things that stuck out this year. Rediscovering Milton’s Deli in Del Mar and their amazing corned beef sandwich and sizable menu full of goodness was a reminder that we can get real, big city quality deli food close to home. There is a lot to love about Milton’s and this is just a gentle reminder to folks that deli food done right is something that should be included in your restaurant mix. I’ll move up the coast now to Encinitas, which had an explosion of high-quality new restaurants but I’m going to start with another old school favorite I revisited in the Encinitas Café. It’s diner food done right and provides a very healthy balance to all the trendy joints that are now surrounding
THE HANGOVER BOWL is Hawaiian-style ramen goodness at Kai Ola. Photo by David Boylan
it on Coast Highway. The headline on this column was “Why the Encinitas Café matters more than ever.” Give it a read and you will get what I’m talking about. Speaking of trendy places next door, Death by Tequila screams trendy and if it was not so freaking good it would be easy to mock … starting with the name. But alas, chef-owner Angelo Sosa has created a menu that is a reflection of his world-class resume and skill. Go early or be ready for a loud, raucous scene but the food is so good who cares if you can’t hear your dining companions? Not even a block away is the new Puffer Malarkey Collective venture called Herb & Sea headed up by executive chef/partner Sara
Harris. Ironically, both Angelo Sosa and Brian Malarkey will be back on “Top Chef” this season. Bravo announced recently that the 17th season of the show will debut March 19 with “Top Chef: All Stars LA” with 15 finalists, front-runners and fan favorites competing again. But back to my good things list and Herb & Sea is one of them. It’s stylish and delicious with service to match. Up Coast Highway just a bit are two very good things from the past year including Chiko and Buona Forchetta. Chiko is not packing them in like Buona Forchetta but they should be. Asian fusion sometimes draws shrugs from uniformed foodies who have not had it done right and I’m not sure why, it’s a great way to eat and Chiko does it right. Get to this place please, it’s a treat and has something for everyone. And as far as Buona Forchetta well OMG, is the place never not busy? I don’t even think about going there between 6 and 9 p.m. most nights but alas, I will agree with the masses, it’s a very good thing that happened in my 2019 — yes, I know it was open in 2018. Up the road just a bit
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uests enjoyed an unforgettable evening with DAOU Winemaker & Proprietor, Daniel Daou. DAOU wines were paired with the authentic Italian cuisine of Il Fornaio in Del Mar. The five-course menu progression was created by Executive Chef Roberto Gerbino with wine curated by Daniel. Il Fornaio GM Vittorio Homberger and his team ensured that guests had a memorable experience. Before the dinner, DAOU wine admirers were able to partake in a wine tasting at the Del Mar Pavilion’s led by Director of Liquor Phil Markert. For Daniel, winemaking is a labor of love fusing art and science. “To do this”, Daniel said, “it takes quality and teamwork.” First, it was important to find the best terroir. Daniel and co-proprietor/brother Georges explored the world to find the perfect spot. When they discovered, in Paso Robles, the rich calcareous soils of France’s right bank and the perfect Napa Valley climate with the elevation of a mountain and diurnal temperature swings, the brothers knew they discovered gold. Daniel shared that it takes up to nine years before a bottle of DAOU wine is ready for purchase. This includes five
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Leucadia way is the super sexy Valentina. It’s like Moto Deli’s beautiful older sister took over the main house and bumped little brother up the road to the smaller guesthouse — Moto Deli’s new home just north of Leucadia Boulevard. It was a solid move by owner Mario Warman and now we have the best of both worlds. Both are very good things that have made me happy this year. Jumping up to Carlsbad and in the not so new but new to me category was Taste of the Himalaya’s that exposed me to some fabulous new flavors. The new Carlsbad Ranch Market in Vista is a really cool combo market and restaurant that I wish I had daily access to for killer lunches. Wood Ranch BBQ in Bressi Ranch was another unexpected treat. It has really solid barbecue in an unexpected location. The end of the road northbound had me enjoying several good things in Oceanside in 2019 including Blade 1936 which I absolutely adore. I also had the opportunity to participate in an Oceanside Wine Society event at Privateer which was as much fun as I’ve had at a wine dinner. I’ll leave you with a very good thing that I’ve had over and over in 2019 and have officially added it to my area repeat soup list. It’s the Hangover Bowl at Kai Ola in Leucadia and it is healing. I’ve only been hung over for it on one of several occasions and yes, it does the trick for that for sure, but it’s also just like comfort food with a twist should you be fighting a cold or there is a chill in the air. It’s Hawaiian-style ramen served in a rich shrimp broth with shrimp tempura, poached egg, shrimp and veggie won tons, cha shu fish cake, bok choy and green onion and I’m pretty sure there was some pork belly in there. So yes, it’s been another very good year of Licking the Plate in The Coast News. Here is to a fabulous
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taste of wine frank mangio years to create a barrel (compared to two to three years for other wineries), one year to grow in the vineyard, two years to age in the barrel, and one-plus years laid down in the bottle before release. The time it takes to create a barrel and the quality of the wood (100% new French oak) results in softer wood for perfectly balanced approachable tannins DAOU is famous for. Additionally, DAOU estate fruit is handpicked and sorted with only free-run juice, yielding 80 gallons per ton versus 165 gallons per ton making it into the bottle. At harvest, phenolics are checked up to three times per day ensuring perfect ripeness. Also, a DAOU bottle is a work of art with heavy black glass, foil embossed labels, and ornate, stenciled corks. Part of the team and teamwork that Daniel and Georges created includes three of Daniel’s children in study to be future winemakers and oldest child Katherine Daou who leads DAOUs Social Media and Marketing team. We can personally speak of our tour last summer at DAOU Mountain. All employees we met raved about the great work environment at DAOU and how happy they were to be part of the Team DAOU. By now, one has probably guessed that the wine was exceptional and was easily matched by Exec Chef Roberto Gerbino and Souse Chef Gianlucca’s delicious courses that included Swordfish carpaccio, Ravioli Di Magro, and Aragosta Al Vino Rosso-Lobster tail over spinach in a red wine reduction sauce or Filetto in Millefoglie of Roasted whole beef tenderloin wrapped with puff pastry and Strudel Con Gelato Al Caramello. These were paired with DAOU SauviTURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 11
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rewing legend Tomme Arthur, COO of Lost Abbey Brewing, gave the keynote address at Brewbound Live in Santa Monica on Dec. 4. Brewbound is an online publication devoted to the business of beer; their Live event is an opportunity for breweries to exchange information about business trends. Arthur’s keynote address had two themes. One was that competition and diversification across the beverage alcohol market as a whole, not to mention the fact that there are now almost 9,000 breweries in the U.S., have made it more difficult than ever for independent breweries to thrive. The second was that the craft beer movement “has entered a seriously awkward phase” that he likened to the era of hair metal in rock music. While it is charting new paths, craft beer needs to look in the mirror to remember where it came from. A key, he argued, is to figure out who the enemy is, so that craft can define itself
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gnon Blanc, Reserve Chardonnay, Bodyguard, Soul of a Lion, and DAOU dessert wine. Thank you to Technical Director Rico Cassoni for writing up this article. Details at daouvineyards. com and ilfornaio.com/delmar. Fly Alaska Airlines nonstop to Central Coast Alaska Airlines starts nonstop flight service from San Diego to San Luis Obispo on Jan. 7, 2020. This is great news for San Diego Wine Lovers looking to get to Paso Robles Wine Country for quick trips vs multihop flights or driving. The Paso Robles wineries were elated when Alaska Airlines made this announcement in September. This is sure to increase current and new customer presence at Paso Robles and Central Coast wineries. Wine Bytes • Gianni Buonomo Vintners invites you to a full-service, sit-down Italian Holiday Dinner in their barrel room for the release of their 2015 Reserve wines at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29. The event is limited to 42 guests and will feature four single varietal 2015 Reserve wines (Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Aglianico, and Cabernet Franc) paired with an exquisite dining experience created by Chef Max Farina. Details at gbvintners.com/events or
as “not that.” Arthur listed several possible enemies: marijuana, hard seltzer, social media, the industry being too collegial/not cutthroat enough, ubiquity now that there are almost 9,000 breweries, and “innovating the craft drinker into constipation.” “We are running out of middle-aged white dudes with beards to sell our beer to,” Arthur quipped as he encouraged craft brewers to think about what craft beer would look like if it had gotten started now rather than 30 years ago. Craft brewers are making the best liquid they’ve ever made, but the headwinds are strong. To combat them, Arthur recommended brewers ask themselves what their “authentic alternative” is to current practices. The timing of the conference was fortuitous: The previous day, the biggest brewery sale news of the year was announced. That’s saying something, since as the editor of Brewbound, Justin Kendal, remarked in his welcome announcement, 20 million barrels of brewing capacity changed hands in 2019. As reported in this paper, the stunning news was that Constellation Brands, owners of San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing since 2015, agreed to sell (619) 991-9911. • Both A.R. Valentien and The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines have Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner Celebrations. A.R. Valentien dinners created by Executive Chef Jeff Jack-
TOMME ARTHUR, COO of San Marcos’s Lost Abbey Brewing, gave the keynote address at Brewbound Live in Santa Monica on Dec. 4. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh
Ballast Point to Kings & Convicts Brewing of Illinois. This was shocking not just because Constellation clearly took a huge loss on the $1 billion they had paid for Ballast Point, not just because Ballast Point is an iconic brand fallen on hard times, but also because while Ballast Point is going to produce more than 200,000 barrels of beer in 2019, King’s & Convicts will produce barely 600 barrels. On that last point, the original press release and early reporting turned out to be somewhat misleading. In fact, an investor group of six individuals, including the two principals of Kings & Convicts, used that company as the vehicle through which to purchase Ballast Point. Details have since emerged that Kings & Convicts CEO,
Brendan Watters, has a good deal of private wealth thanks to developing and selling off the Boomerang chain of hotels. They have been reluctant to share the names of the other investors, but it has come to light that one is Richard Mahoney, chairman of the board of The Wine Group, which owns over 60 brands including Beziger and Franzia. Even with these details filled in, as the Chicago Union-Tribune’s beer reporter Josh Noel put it on his blog, Kings & Convicts’ acquisition of Ballast Point isn’t just the most surprising beer news this year, it is the most surprising thing that has ever happened in brewery acquisitions. For one thing, this sale represents something almost entirely new. We have seen
big beer conglomerates buy craft breweries before. Just last month, in what would have been the biggest beer news of the year, craft beer darling New Belgium Brewing sold to a subsidiary of Japan’s Kirin beer brand. We have seen craft breweries working together, as in the seven craft breweries that teamed up in the CANarchy craft brewing collective. We have even seen “craft on craft” acquisitions, as when earlier this year — in what would have been the biggest news before New Belgium’s sale — Dogfish Head sold to Boston Brewing. What we haven’t seen till now is a small, independent brewery acquiring a brewery from big beer. When the challenge is keeping the lights on — or keeping loyal workers employed and their families fed — it is difficult to find fault with any business moves that help. Many people who identify with “craft” as an ethos lament when craft breweries are sold to international conglomerates, who seem to exist to make money rather than to make good beer. Arthur said that he begrudges no one any of their business decisions, since he hasn’t walked in their shoes. Creative solutions are a necessity. In Lost Abbey’s case,
Arthur announced at Brewbound Live, their latest innovation is a new brand, Tiny Bubbles, a gose-style beer finished with Brettanomyces. This slightly sour, crisp and bubbly canned libation is aimed at consumers interested in hard kombucha and hard seltzer, while staying true to Lost Abbey’s roots in producing excellent Belgian-inspired beers. Other North County breweries are innovating, too. Vista’s Latitude 33 Brewing Company last week announced the sale of all their brewing equipment to Local Roots, a hard kombucha manufacturer. Latitude 33 will keep their Vista tasting room, and they have entered into an alternating proprietorship arrangement with Green Flash Brewing to brew there. In a welcome surprise, Vista’s Barrel Harbor Brewing is back from the dead. They were shut down for unpaid taxes and were toiling under heavy debts. They have found a solution in selling some of their equipment and leasing enough of it back to continue operating. The National Beer Wholesalers Beer Purchasers Index indicates that the craft beer segment grew slightly in 2019, despite beer sales overall being down considerably.
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‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ goes out on a powerful note By Alexander Wehrung
RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church Community Theater put on its last show of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” on Dec. 15 at the Village Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe. The show was directed by Twyla Arant and dedicated to Amy Zajac, the drama ministries administrator who will be retiring in 2020. Zajac was invited to receive a bouquet of flowers in front of the audience. “I was shocked, and I’m very grateful, because I love working here,” Zajac said. She has worked as a member of the Village Church staff since 2014 and plans to spend more time writing in retire-
ment; she has already written a novel. As for the production itself, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a faith-based play by Deborah CraigClaar with music by Mark Hayes, which focuses on a family in 1941 San Francisco who collectively spend their time arguing about what to listen to on the radio, what God has in store for them, and whether or not a male member of the family in the army will be able to make it home for Christmas. What set the play apart from usual stage fare was that it divided its attention between the plot, semi-offstage segments dedicated to re-enacting radio broad-
casts of the day, and choral performances of Christmas music. Sometimes, all these elements played in tandem together, other times they were completely separate. The re-enacted radio segments were far and away the highlight of the production. From Rick Farley emulating a typical radio announcer, to the entire audience jumping as John Chalmers fired blanks into the air during the Lone Ranger segment and Bradley Pei brushing a tree branch back and forth to create live foley sound ef-
fects, the radio segments added an old-timey charm to the show, especially with the use of retro microphones. “In my opinion, (the radio) helps take you back to that time period,” Arant said in an interview after the show. “All of the entertainment at the time was done live at the radio station. It was frequently done live, very few recordings were used.” The choir and the big band worked with harmonious unity, playing classics like “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “I’ll Be
Home for Christmas.” Many members of the choir got the opportunity to shine with their own solo and duo performances. The actual story of the play is relatively light, with the heaviest and most serious scene revolving around patriarch Howard (Gary Tallaksen) mourning his long-deceased wife in a genuine moment of pathos. Even though the story left slim pickings drama-wise, the entire production as a whole was nothing short of a tour-de-force. “I feel like we had four
successful shows, a cooperative audience, an engaged audience and an awesome band, so a lot to be thankful for,” Arant said. Arant also said she was most proud of her cast over trusting what they had learned and studied in preparation for their performances, such as not worrying about potential mistakes in their performances. “I’d like to thank (The Coast News readers) for supporting theater around San Diego County and hope to see them at VCCT,” she said.
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New comedy club opens in North County By Hoa Quach
ESCONDIDO — A new business hopes to bring laughter and cheer to North County in a way that’s never been done before. San Diego County native Adam Wasserman opened the long-awaited Grand Comedy Club in Escondido last month. Featuring star-studded, comedic talent, including comedians Chris Franjola, Billy Bonnell and Escondido native Josh Nelson, Wasserman’s club has already gained hundreds of followers on social media and five-star reviews. Wasserman, a comedian himself, said the Grand Comedy Club is an entertainment venue that’s long been needed in North County. Prior to his business, residents would drive to La Jolla or downtown San Diego to watch live, stand-up comedy, Wasserman said. “I grew up here and always thought it was strange to have to drive all the way down to (the city of) San Diego to see a good comedy show,” Wasserman said. “There are no clubs in North County.” Wasserman, who previously co-owned ACES Comedy Club in Murrieta, said he searched North County for quite some time before setting his sights on the upand-coming Grand Avenue in Escondido. “I was trying to find the
right location and space that was not going to break the bank when it came to rent, and boom, I found it,” Wasserman said. “The space is amazing. The sound is great. The room is perfect. The patio is amazing. The audiences have been awesome.” Thus far, attendees have been pleased with what the Grand Comedy Club has brought to North County, Wasserman said. “Customers have been very happy when leaving the club and thanking me for bringing the club to Escondido and North County,” Wasserman said. “People from the coast are buying tickets too, which excites me. I see addresses on ticket sales from Del Mar, Carlsbad and Oceanside.” Nelson, a North County native who performed at the new comedy club several times since its opening, echoed Wasserman that the public response has been overwhelmingly positive. Many of the attendees are thrilled to have a comedy Club in Escondido, he said. “I think a comedy club in North County is amazing,” said Nelson, a longtime comedian. “Before this club there wasn't anything close by for comedy. I feel like this is a huge untapped market. North County has tons and tons of people. I’d assume TURN TO COMEDY ON 14
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Artist’s new installation is a comment on the lack of art spaces by selling our almost trash at discount prices.” Bell, who for the past three years has also served as president of the Encinitas Educational Foundation, said he graduated from art school in the mid-‘90s and has been making artwork since then. In the past few years, he said he has been focusing on getting his work out in the world. He currently has another installation up in Los Angeles, at the headquarters for the LA Conservation Corps, a youth training program that focuses on careers in conservation. He said for that installation he activated the lobby with paintings from his “Promised Land” series. The installation raises awareness for the corps through a series of events, including a live silk screening of recycled tote bags that he designed and were printed by corps members. Bell said all the money raised from the bag and art sales will be contributed to the silk-screening program. Bell, who said his favorite artists are German artists Joseph Bueys and Gerard Richter, and 94-year-old Lebanese-American poet, essayist and visual artist Ethel Adnan, said he has ideas for more installations, including one that he has been trying to figure out for six months. “An installation requires coordination,” he said, noting that whenever
he has an idea he approaches whoever controls the space and asks if he can work with them. “This is an interesting challenge, because the people who control the spaces often do not think about the spaces for art.” Alyssa Laird, 24, who’s worked at Coffee Coffee for over a year, said she likes the simplicity of Bell’s bathroom installation. “Jay Bell brings out his inner child and helps to appreciate the simple things through his art,” she said. Laird, who is an artist herself, said she recently had a customer come in who was interested in Bell’s art and she gave her Bell’s Instagram handle — jaybellart — so she could purchase one of his paintings. Bell said people have told him that they look at things differently after they see his work, which he said is the highest compliment. “Specifically, they say that they are more aware of how the hills touch the sky, which is a common part of my work,” he said. Bell said he’s always looking for new spaces and people should keep an eye out for his next project. “Collaborations are welcome,” he said. Bell’s installation at Coffee Coffee, at 970 N Coast Highway 101, will be up through Feb. 1. After that another artist will have a chance to install their work there.
perform in his hometown familiar faces can watch him perform. “I can’t wait for the they like to laugh.” Nelson said he’s also word to get out even more excited to just be able to and the shows can even be
better,” Nelson said. “It’s going to be a good time.” Wasserman said he hopes to continue to bring top-level, national talent to Escondido while also giving guests the opportunity to have a taste-worthy meal and drink. In the coming weeks, Wasserman said attendees can expect to see headliners such as John Caponera, who is popular for his 1990s television series with Drew Carey; Tamer Kattan, the winner of the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas last year; and Morgan Jay, who was a finalist on NBC’s “Bring the Funny.” Other acts throughout the country have also contacted him for a spot to perform in Escondido, Wasserman said. Wasserman said he hopes the Grand Comedy Club will continue to thrive in the next five or 10 years while helping to introduce new customers to downtown Escondido and its other offerings. He might even open another comedy club in San Diego County. “I hope people enjoy themselves, laugh, drink and eat, so they can forget about life for a while and want to come back and support live comedy and our club,” Wasserman said. “I hope we are known as the place to go for stand up.” For more information about the Grand Comedy Club, go to grandcomedyclub.com.
By Tawny McCray
ENCINITAS — Local artist Jay Bell feels strongly that there needs to be more spaces for artists to display their work in their communities and his latest installation — in a coffee shop bathroom — is his way of helping to create that space. Bell said the installation, displayed at Coffee Coffee in Encinitas, came about when he was in there one day admiring the art on the walls and started talking to the woman who curates the space. “She mentioned that there was a six-month wait list to show work, which I found disturbing and a reflection on the lack of art spaces in our community,” Bell said. “I asked if I could create an installation in the bathroom to activate that space as an art space and to create more space for local artists.” Bell said he feels that bathrooms are actually a rather appropriate place for art since, just like art galleries or museums, they are intimate spaces that present opportunities for reflection and self-discovery. “The prioritization of spaces in our society causes all sorts of troubles, I thought my installation could flatten some of the distance between hierarchical spaces,” he said.
BULLETIN BOARDS featuring oil paintings by artist Jay Bell show mirror images of the ever-crumbling path to Beacon’s Beach. The installation — located in a bathroom inside Encinitas’ Coffee Coffee — frames an existing bulletin board for announcements, creating a juxtaposition between the paintings and the written notes and cards. Courtesy photo
Bell’s installation is composed of two elements. In the first element, Bell created two mirror images based on the ever-crumbling dirt path to Beacons Beach, the local surf spot near Coffee Coffee. The oil paintings on paper are mounted to bulletin boards with a series of small watercolor studies placed below. The two bulletin boards frame an exist-
ing bulletin board used for announcements, creating a juxtaposition between the written notes and cards on one bulletin board and the graphic, mildly abstract paintings on the other. In the second element on an adjacent wall, Bell installed a series of mirrors and reflective materials purchased at local thrift stores that support not-for-
profits. “These not-for-profits provide needed social services in our communities, care for elderly, hospice services and outreach for homeless,” Bell said. “The not-for-profits, mostly with volunteer labor, raise money through thrift stores, taking unwanted items and selling them at a severe discount. I find it ironic and an interesting reflection of our society that the way we provide for the neediest in our society is
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Acupuncture is gaining popularity in treating menopause By Lucia Viti
Menopause naturally occurs in women between the ages 45 and 55. During perimenopause, the initial stage of menopause, a woman’s ovaries diminish in both function and in its production of estrogen, a hormone essential to a woman’s health. Waning estrogen levels instigate a myriad of adverse fluctuations in a woman’s overall function. Hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, weight gain, palpitations, vaginal dryness, depression, dry skin, headaches, insomnia, irritability, low libido, osteoporosis, and changes in a woman’s menstrual cycle are among the hormonal shifts noted in varying degrees. Symptoms are like snowflakes – every woman is affected differently and discomfort can sometimes last for years. Acupuncture, a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is gaining popularity in treating
perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. Proven to promote healing while reducing the discomfort caused by hormonal fluctuations, this natural alternative treatment is both safe and effective. Acupuncture 4U, spearheaded by Dr. Qin and his wife and fellow therapist, Yueling Chen, remains at the forefront of custom-tailored, menopausal treatments. The lovely Encinitas facility combines acupuncture treatments, herbal remedies, and gua sha, a scraping technique that reduces inflammation and increases circulation, to rebalance the adverse symptoms induced by the onset of a woman’s aging body. “Our individualized acupuncture and gua sha treatments alleviate menopausal discomfort so women can focus on maintaining a healthy, pain-free lifestyle,” said Dr. Qin. “Acupuncture balances and rebalances energy, increas-
SYMPTOMS ARE like snowflakes — every woman is affected differently. Courtesy photo
es circulation, and decreases inflammation through areas affected by and often depleted of its normal function because of the aging process. “Scientific studies indicate that acupuncture re-
duces bothersome hot flushes and stress,” he continued. “Our female patients know that our natural treatments serve as a healthy, drug free alternative to improving their quality of lives.” Dr. Qin, a third-gener-
ation acupuncture practitioner, has devoted his life to transforming the health and well-being of women through “to alleviate the discomfort of menopause, pain many have previously accepted as a part of their lives.” According to Dr. Qin, acupuncture treats components of “qi” stunted by the onset of menopause. “One’s overall health is directly related to the body’s flow of energy known as qi,” he said. “If the qi becomes blocked, as it happens with perimenopause and menopause, the body reacts with symptoms of discomfort. Once the qi flows smoothly again through our specialized treatments, the body rebalances and re-energizes to heal itself. Women do not need to accept the discomfort associated with menopause as normal.” For those afraid of acupuncture needles – no larger in diameter than a strand of hair – Dr. Qin prescribes gua sha, Also known as
scraping, gua sha removes blood stagnation to increase circulation while decreasing inflammation. “We help people get rid of pain every day with gua sha,” added Yueling. “And women are no strangers to pain. Acupuncture, guasha, even cupping treatments help to alleviate the uncomfortable consequences of menopause. Our treatments give women healthy options in dealing with the negative aspects of aging.” Dr. Qin and his team at Acupuncture 4U assist women suffering from perimenopause and menopause through healthy, natural and beneficial treatments. “Women are in a constant state of change,” concluded Dr. Qin. “From puberty to menopause, hormonal and emotional imbalances occur. Acupuncture can restore balance and overall vitality to women through every stage of their life journey. Our patients know that we will help them heal naturally.”
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months in the making: sand sculptures of 66 actual-size cars and trucks locked in a traffic jam, which he calls “Order of Importance.” His artwork is meant to bring attention to the climate crisis, Dezeen reported. The work includes several lanes of traffic split by a traffic divider. Most of the vehicles are partially submerged in a nod to rising sea levels created by global warming. “As an artist, I am in a constant struggle to make people aware of this reality,” Erlich said. It is his largest project to date. [DeZeen, 12/4/2019] Police Report — In Turlock, California, mothers became alarmed when a man
turned up at their doors, asking for “five strands” of hair and fingerprints from their children in order to collect their DNA. “He said he was with Amber Alert,” Lauren Hassett told KTXL on Dec. 4, and “that he needed to finish a DNA file” on her daughter. She also said the man asked for her daughter using a name the 13-year-old girl only uses online. Hassett ordered the man off her property and called police, who were later able to catch up with him. Officers said the man’s business was legitimate, but “the manner in which the information was relayed led to some misunderstanding. ... The involved adult male was passing out child DNA kits, which would be retained by the family, in the event it was ever needed for future
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ego will perform G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Cardiff and Know something that’s going at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Bakon? Send it to calendar@ er-Baum Concert Hall, The coastnewsgroup.com Conrad Performing Arts Center, La Jolla. Tickets and information at bachcollegi‘CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’ umsd.org. The Theatre School at North Coast Repertory NATHAN & JESSE Theatre presents “A CharNathan & Jessie perlie Brown Christmas” by form a Holiday Special with Charles M. Schulz at 10 a.m. piano, accordion and vocal and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20; at harmonies at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. at the Encinitas Library, 540 21 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Cornish Drive, Encinitas. North Coast Rep, 987 Lo- Cost is $14. A portion of promas Santa Fe Drive, Solana ceeds go to local music nonBeach. Tickets $16. profit, Banding Together. NORTH COAST REP in Solana Beach presents “A Charlie
Artist Karin Keller’s exhibit of 16 original oil paintings will remain on view through Dec. 31 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff.
Adults are invited to drop in for the Fan Favorite Film at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Escondido Library, at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. This week will feature “Hobbs & Shaw” with Dwayne Johnson and Jason CASH AND WAYLON Hear Cash’d Out Christ- Statham, part of the “Fast & mas — Tribute to Johnny Furious” series. Cash and The Outlaw: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings Road Noise at 9 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Belly Up Tavern, REGGAE AT BELLY UP 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Winner of France’s disBeach. For tickets and Infor- tinguished award for Best mation, visit http://bellyup. Roots Reggae, the band com/ or call (858) 481-9022 Groundation will play at the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickHANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’ ets, visit http://bellyup.com/ Bach Collegium San Di- or call (858) 481-9022.
Brown Christmas,” with five shows this weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 20. Courtesy photo
ern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets, visit STREETSIDE SING-ALONG http://bellyup.com/ or call Wrap yourself in the (858) 481-9022 holiday spirit, with the sound of Roger Anderson Chorale, performing in downtown Encinitas with ’80s BATTLE THE ’90s a Dickensian Christmas It’s ‘80s vs. ‘90s Night Carol sing-along from 4 to with Lies N’ Roses, Rock6 p.m. Dec. 23. Come join garden and Way Cool Jr. at the Chorale as they stroll 8 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Belly Highway 101 from D Street Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros to J Street, Encinitas. Lo- Ave., Solana Beach. For cal merchants will warm up tickets and Information, visshoppers and carolers alike it http://bellyup.com/ or call with hot apple cider. (858) 481-9022.
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it of Mixed Media on view through Jan. 8 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.
TUNES AND HAPPY HOUR
Tide Society Happy Hour starts up at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and Information, visit http:// bellyup.com/ or call (858) 481-9022.
Dec. 30 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and Information, visit http:// bellyup.com/ or call (858) 481-9022.
ROCK IN THE NEW YEAR
Atomic Groove Happy Hour rocks New Year’s Eve starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and Information, visit http://bellyup. com/ or call (858) 481-9022.
BEACH VIEW OILS
Cathy Wessels presents her oil paintings, ‘Images of North County,” on view, through Jan. 8 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Armed with a backpack and a big sun hat, Wessels can be seen painting all along the 101.High
‘FLORA AND FAUNA’
Jill Campbell exhibits her photography “Flora and Fauna,” on view through Jan. 8 at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.
TRAVELING ART EXHIBIT
The Radical Inclusion Traveling Art Exhibit that pairs San Diego-based artists with artists with autism, will stop at Culture Brewing, Encinitas 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 3; The Foundry, Carlsbad Feb. 28 and Lux Art Institute Encinitas May 29. Local author Andrea Moriarty launched the exhibition with support from Synergy Arts Foundation and Revision Creative Arts Program.
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BEST OF BIRDS Donavon FrankenreitHear The “Abbey Road Artist Max Roemer, er, The Record Player Tour Christmas Show” at 8 p.m. presents “I Like Birds and and Tom Curren take the Dec. 23 at the Belly Up Tav- Birds Like Me,” an exhib- stage at 8 p.m. Dec. 29 and
Friends of the Encinitas Library host the free 1st Sunday Concert featuring the Mark Lessman band from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 5 at 530 Cornish St., Encinitas.
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Finding real joy in a fake Christmas tree small talk jean gillette
think stories from their grandmother may have given my children a false sense of the joys of a live Christmas tree. I don’t think my children even remember the years we went out and bought a live tree. They never wanted to help decorate it, and certainly didn’t want to help undecorate it. Yet, when I succumbed to an artificial tree, when they were about 8, they began to sulk and have not yet forgiven me. It was something I thought I would never do. It was one of the best things
I have ever done. One year in October, I examined the assembled, decorated artificial trees closely several times, checked the price tag, held my breath and bought one. Somehow it had always seemed too expensive. Then December would roll around, and I would set out to find a tree. It meant chasing the children around several different tree lots, while I tried to picture various bound-up Christmas trees upright in my living room. I always came home scratched and sticky with sap and exhausted from wrestling with 25 different trees. It’s rather like that joke about how everyone looks just before the bar closes. After three lots and 42 trees, they all start looking lovely and $50 sounds cheap. I would schlep it home and somehow get it into the
stand. It always had a flat side. Then I would drag in bricks, to make certain it was adequately stable. In a couple of days, the oncefirm boughs dropped low and before Christmas Day even arrived, it would begin to shed like a mange-stricken dog in August. When Jan. 6 finally arrived, I was the last man standing to eject and recycle this parched creature amid a storm of needles. In July, I was still finding the last of the needles hidden behind the drapes. Even with all this negative motivation, I hung on tightly to my fake-tree receipt, fearing I might lose my nerve. I was one of those people, who, in my youth had sneered at people with artificial trees. Didn’t they have any holiday spirit? Didn’t they love the smell of fresh pine? Now I was that
person. It’s amazing how little importance the smell of fresh pine holds after you have cleaned weekly with pine-scented Lysol and had to unclog a lump of pine needles from your vacuum hose. The reaction of friends was fascinating, as I confessed my purchase. There was scathing disapproval from a few. It was clear that the family hunt for the perfect tree was quite a different experience for them than for me, and they have my envy and blessing. Others applauded my long-term thrift, saving a tree and my effort to simplify the Advent season. The final bonus came when I decorated it. Did you know that you can bend those fake branches any way you want? It was heaven to not be at the mercy of nature’s decision on branch distribution and
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strength. I threw away my receipt. I realize now that the Christmas tree was my father’s annual creative outlet. He did it all, from purchase to take down and his now-illegal lead tinsel hung so straight it truly looked like ice. But somehow I ended up with an artificial tree with lights already attached and covered enthusiastically with goofy, kid-proof ornaments. Yet it glows brightly, reflecting joy and warming the winter nights — and then it will slide neatly back into its box. That sounds like a merry Christmas to me. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who has had the audacity to graduate to an even smaller fake tree, with a big smile on her face. Contact her at jean@ coastnewsgroup.com.
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Repairs done on Del Mar bluffs near tracks DEL MAR — In response to the closure of rail lines Nov. 30 from bluff failure, after recent heavy rains, the coastal rail line from Solana Beach to Sorrento Valley was shut Dec. 14 through Dec. 16. The shut-down allowed SANDAG and North County Transit District (NCTD) crews to work on critical repairs along the Del Mar bluffs. The closure of the rail line in this area was necessary to allow crews to complete this work efficiently and safely, according to NCTD. SANDAG and NCTD installed approximately 80 feet of concrete lagging along the rail line between Sea Grove Park and 15th Street in Del Mar. Concrete lagging serves a similar function to a retaining wall. This section of the Del Mar bluffs was reinforced with concrete support columns
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during previous stabilization projects. In late January 2020, a new $5.8 million stabilization project to install localized support piles and replace and rehabilitate drainage and bluff protections is expected to begin. The Del Mar bluffs stabilization efforts have been funded by a combination of federal, state, and local sources. Per design, as the columns become exposed due to erosion, concrete lagging
is constructed to provide support for the railroad. The rail closure affected three rail services operating on the San Diego segment of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor: NCTD Coaster, Amtrak, and freight carrier BNSF. Since 2003, SANDAG and NCTD have completed three stabilization projects along the 1.7 miles of coastal bluffs, installed more than 200 support columns, replaced aging drainage infrastructure, and constructed dozens of sea walls to reinforce and protect the bluffs. Currently, SANDAG and NCTD are exploring opportunities to secure approximately $100 million in funding to advance design and construction for future planned stabilization projects. For more information, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving. com/DelMarBluffs.
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VISTA — Vista resident Terry Chamberlin said she had to create a way to stay connected to three of her grandchildren when they moved to Seattle a few years ago. The grandmother, who has lived in Vista for 46 years, said she began sending her grandkids holiday-themed cookies that they would then decorate via video-chat Skype. The idea worked out so well that Chamberlin decided to turn it into a business. Gramma in a Box, which was created in 2018, is a monthly subscription service that provides subscribers fresh-baked cookies
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As is our annual tradition, we invite you, our neighbors and friends, to visit our nativity scenes on display at 1315 S. Santa Fe Avenue in Vista and at 435 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos.
Our entire staff takes great pleasure in setting up these displays and is gratified to know that our nativity scenes are enjoyed by multiple generations in our community. Our life-size nativity scenes will be on display from December 20th to January 2nd. To celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, we hope you will bring the entire family to enjoy our 55th annual nativity display.
Merry Christmas to all! ALLEN BROTHERS MORTUARY, INC. VISTA CHAPEL FD-1120
1315 S. Santa Fe Ave Vista, CA 92083
SAN MARCOS CHAPEL FD-1378 435 N. Twin Oaks Valley Rd San Marcos, CA 92069
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