Rancho Santa Fe News, December 6, 2019

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Family visit inspires RSF teen’s first patent By Alexander Wehrung


in the making THE 10-ACRE Bumann Ranch is one of the few— if not the only — preserved homestead ranches in San Diego County. The land was settled in 1886 under the Homestead Act, which granted migrants moving west 160 acres if they agreed to settle and improve the land. Photo by Lexy Brodt

Now a state landmark, Olivenhain homestead awaits national recognition

By Lexy Brodt

ENCINITAS — Rustic, spacious barns housing century-old plows and threshers, a crooked but lovable shanty, and a blacksmith shop still lined with slow-rusting tools and piles of leather. These structures are among the treasures found at the Bumann Ranch — a 10-acre property in Olivenhain that may soon find its place on the National Register of Historic Places. Essentially frozen in time, The Bumann property is the last remaining

piece of a late 19th-century homestead ranch, once a self-sustaining property that encompassed as many as 480 acres. It is likely among the few — if not the only — intact homesteads left in San Diego county. Step on the ranch and you’ll feel transported back to 1886, to a largely undeveloped Olivenhain with ranches and farmland as far as the eye can see. “When I was younger, there was a lot of these ranches around,” said Richard Bumann, who

maintains the ranch with his wife, Adeline. “But one by one, development, fires or whatever would destroy them … and it just so happened that this one here kind of survived.” Richard’s grandfather was the original owner of the homestead, which has now witnessed and been cared for by three generations of Bumanns. The property was designated a state landmark in early November by California’s Historical Re-

RANCHO SANTA FE — Canyon Crest Academy senior Avery Kay received her first United States patent from the Patent and Trademark Office on Oct. 8. Her invention is a cosmetic cover for Life Alert devices, featuring a hibiscus flower design. The process of obtaining the patent took approximately four years between creating the initial design and redesigning the product at the patent office’s behest. The office was particularly picky about the location of the hibiscus flowers on the device cover, which caused a years-long back and forth with Kay. Why a hibiscus? “I just wanted something that was pretty general and something most seniors would like,” Kay said. The idea for the cover sprouted when Kay, then 13, went to visit her Parkinson’s-afflicted grandmother in Florida, who had fallen and broken her hip while visiting a graveyard. Kay asked her grandmother why she didn’t have Life Alert, a device designed to easily inform emergency services that the user needs help — made (in) famous by the commercials featuring senior citizens exclaiming, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Kay’s grandmother said that she thought the device was too

“ugly and plain” to wear. When Kay noticed that there was no response to the demand for cosmetic addons to Life Alert — which has retained the same steelgray color for its devices for 30 years — she decided to fulfill the demand. Though she has a patent on the cover, Kay has not yet produced any copies of her invention, though she plans on that being her next step. Kay’s business knowledge was partially fostered by her formal education; the Rancho Santa Fe student took a business management class in her freshman year of Canyon Crest Academy, where her class was instructed to create a company or product with a team. “I thought that was really cool because it was firstand experience as a freshman that my school was offering. Which was really special and unique because I know a lot of high schools don’t offer business-related courses.” Kay will be taking an Advanced Business class next semester at Canyon Crest. But after taking a summer course related to her current interests, Kay realized that there is a substantial gender gap in the world of entrepreneurship. She said that in this class, TURN TO PATENT ON 11


Tackling loneliness through listening Group of North County residents freely offers a sympathetic ear By Hoa Quach

ENCINITAS — A group of North County residents hopes to reduce problems surrounding loneliness with one simple project: free listening. Since the summer, the group has gathered at Cardiff Kook for a few hours to offer “free” listening to anyone in the public. Passersby can stop and talk about any subject for up to 10 minutes. Shannon Gilbride, a local marriage and family therapist, said she

got the idea of the “Free Listening Project” after learning about “Sidewalk Talk” on CBS News earlier this year. The unaffiliated project has the same goal of solving the epidemic surrounding loneliness in the U.S., she said. “This past June, a small group of us created a ‘Free Listening Project’ to engage with our community and bring awareness to our country’s loneliness epidemic,” Gilbride said. “Sigmund Freud got it right over 100

years ago when he wrote, ‘Without love, we fall ill.’” Loneliness is felt by at least 47% of adults in the U.S. and contributes to other health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, depression and even suicide, according to Psychology Today. “Those feeling lonely at any age perceive others are not listening to them, taking them seriously, making TURN TO LISTENING ON 2

AVERY KAY, 17, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, holds her patent for a cosmetic cover for Life Alert devices. The patent was inspired by a visit to her grandmother, who thought the devices were too “ugly and plain” to wear. Courtesy photo


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RSF teen strengthens ties with Armenian heritage RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident Alex Balikian, 16, has always felt connected to his Armenian ancestry. His parents and grandparents came to the United States in 1976, but their Armenian influence has played a major role on Alex’s upbringing. Recently, the Pacific Ridge School junior has managed to strengthen that

and immediately looked for ways he could help the Armenian community. “I was initially drawn to GSC because I could create my own project. I wanted to be able to fundraise so that I could help the people in my community and give back to my own identity.” Toward the end of his freshman year, Alex was afforded just that oppor-

and school supplies. He spent the summer planning his project and launched it at the start of his sophomore year. After nine months of fundraising at Pacific Ridge and in the community, selling root beer floats among other goods, the GSC group purchased 216 backpacks for the Armenian students. AGBU’s Discover Armenia contributed all types of

ALEX BALIKIAN, 16, a junior at Pacific Ridge School, distributed backpacks this summer to students in Sarigyugh, Armenia. Alex’s parents and grandparents came to the United States from Armenia in 1976. Courtesy photo

connection in a meaningful way. As part of the school’s extensive service learning program, Alex participates in the student-led Global School Connections group (GSC), which supports students around the world primarily by providing classroom resources. Alex joined the group his freshman year

tunity. Working through the nonprofit Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Alex was able to connect with a small, underserved elementary school in the village of Sarigyugh, Armenia. Alex asked the AGBU about the school and learned that the students were in need of backpacks

school supplies to fill the backpacks. Discover Armenia runs summer programs that bring diasporan Armenian teenagers to the country to reconnect with their ancestral homeland. Alex joined the group in August for an unforgettable three-week trip that included a visit to Sarigyugh to deliver the


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loaded backpacks. “During my trip, I was able to visit the elementary school in Sarigyugh and give the backpacks to them personally. It was a very cool and rewarding experience,” he said. Alex was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the town's mayor while the residents gathered with their children to thank him and accept their backpacks. The certificate from the mayor stated their gratitude and hope that the students would see Alex as a role model, helping inspire them to give back to their community one day as well. During Alex’s trip, not only did he learn about his culture and country’s history, he learned about new issues facing the country and things he could do to help. He plans on continuing to help schools across Armenia and the country as a whole in any capacity that he can. “I have an obligation to my community and identity to help Armenia. Being the next generation that is a part of the rebuilding process is something that I must fulfill and it’s something that I’m looking forward to.” Alex is now the leader of GSC and plans on continuing many projects around the world. The group has connections in China, Morocco, Spain and throughout California. He is excited to continue his service work during his remaining two years at Pacific Ridge. “The great thing about service learning at our school is that finding or starting a group that sparks your interest is easy and you can really make a considerable difference in your community.” This year, in addition to leading GSC, Alex is designing a travel program to Armenia for fellow students. Roughly 90% of Pacific Ridge’s students travel the globe in the last two weeks of the school year for academic study, cultural exploration, language immersion and service. Alex wants other students to experience Armenia’s culture, heritage and history. If the group reaches Sarigyugh, he is sure to have plenty of hugs and handshakes awaiting him.

SETTING UP at the Cardiff Kook, the group conducts the “Free Listening Project” to address the loneliness epidemic. Photo courtesy Shannon Gilbride


eye contact, and either explicitly or implicitly dismissing them,” the magazine wrote in a February 2019 article. “This perception, whether or not reflective of reality, reinforces feeling disconnected, dismissed, and uncomfortably isolated.” Moreover, researchers with the University of Missouri found that the bulk of the public are "inefficient listeners," taking in only a quarter of what we actually hear. The researchers also found that listening worsens as one ages. With the statistics of loneliness in mind, Gilbride said she and five others decided to test out the “Free Listening Project” in front of the Cardiff Kook where they encountered walkers, runners and surfers along the beach. “Those who have stopped by have been curious and excited about what we’re doing. We get a lot of honks from drivers driving by,” Gilbride said. “A local college professor chatted with us and affirmed that loneliness is a major issue for many college students. Another person was just glad he could tell someone he was grateful for his girlfriend.” Gilbride said the public has been receptive because it reminds “folks that listening is a powerful and healing thing.” “Listening counts,” Gilbride said. “Listening is doing something.” Jennifer Jones, a Cardiff resident, said she decided to volunteer for the “Free Listening” project because she was interested in the public’s response to a group of people who

weren’t soliciting donations or asking for signatures to petitions. “This art project is reviving the ancient art of listening,” Jones said. “There's no advice, no fixing, and no judgement.” Although few passersby chose to talk to the volunteers for the full 10 minutes, Jones said she is hopeful they’ll receive more participants at a future event. “Maybe next time if the booth is familiar and people are informed, some will try it,” Jones said. “They may like it. If they say yes, we’ll be listening.” But the volunteers aren’t just listening to people. Gilbride said they also hope to inspire people. “We’re hoping to inspire people to lend out their listening ears to others in their lives,” Gilbride said. “We’re all just a bunch of little pebbles in a large pond with ripple effects. Maybe loneliness, gun violence and suicide rates would decrease if children, teens, and adults had people in their lives who really listen and care about them.” If enough people are inspired, perhaps a project such as “Free Listening” will no longer be needed, Gilbride said. “Hopefully our loneliness epidemic will be a thing of the past and we won’t have to be doing this project in five or 10 years,” Gilbride said. “We believe listening is an act of love. We all need someone who listens.” The next “Free Listening” project is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14 in front of the Cardiff Kook. Those who want to talk to a volunteer or learn more about the project can stop by then.


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State Sens. Patricia Bates (R-Oceanside) and John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) have sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson asking for their assistance to improve oversight of the addiction treatment industry. Their letter asks the federal government to clarify existing federal laws that would allow the state and local governments to address issues related to addiction treatment facilities while reducing the possibility of lengthy and expensive litigation. Federal law classifies people who are recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction as “disabled,” which, Bates said, complicates state and local efforts to regulate residential treatment facilities and sober living homes. For the text of the letter, visit https://bates.cssrc.us/ sites/default/files/191122_ BatesMoorlachLetterToHUD-DOJ.pdf.


The Cal State San Marcos women's basketball made history in November as it defeated No. 6 UC San Diego 69-63. The win was the Cougars' first over a ranked opponent as a member of the NCAA, and it was their first-ever victory against the Tritons. Top performers included Akayla Hackson, Stephanie Custodio, Kelsey Forrester, Emma Forel and Jon'Nae Vermillion.


The Cal State San Marcos men's cross country team placed 12th out of 34 teams in its first appearance at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Joshua Litwiller concluded his collegiate campaign with a 17thplace finish, landing him All-American honors.


Unity Church of Carlsbad welcome a new minister, Robyn Plante. An alumna of Carlsbad High School, Mira Costa College, and San Diego State, Rev. Plante returned to the area last year to be near family. For more than 25 years, Plante’s been a student of meditation, prayer, and evolving consciousness. Her background includes an M.A. in English, master of divinity and Unity ordination.

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Helen Woodward Animal Center plans holiday fun RANCHO SANTA FE — There is a chill in the air and a definite holiday cheer has settled in for the months ahead. Helen Woodward Animal Center is excited to offer a terrific assortment of winter-month activities and campaigns that will not only delight animal-lovers of all ages but will support the center’s orphan pets and programs. Check out the variety of ways to make critters a part of your plans and the recipients of your giving spirit. Pay a holiday visit to Frosty Farm and St. Nick at Night. Youngsters and their parents are invited to weekends at Helen Woodward Animal Center where hands-on animal encounters are combined with family-friendly activities guaranteed to create cheerful memories this holiday season. Best of all, all funds support the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. St. Nick at Night is on Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. or 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Dec. 6, Dec. 13, and Dec. 20, at the center’s Education Building, 6523 Helen Woodward. St. Nick at Night tickets are $5.49 per child and adults are free. This early evening family happening is a festive and relaxed event and is the perfect place to es-

MAKE A FURRY FRIEND this holiday season at Frosty Farm and St. Nick at Night at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Courtesy photo

cape the hectic holiday happenings. Holiday merriment includes beautiful lights, group story time with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, a fun craft and animal interactions. Frosty Farm is on Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 1, Dec. 7, Dec. 8,

Dec. 14 and Dec. 15. Winter daytime festivities on the weekend include an elf obstacle course, cookie decorating, face painting, hot chocolate, holiday music, holiday-themed craft-making, photo opportunities with fluffy, furry, feathery, and scaled friends, and a personal meet and greet with Santa Claus – bring your letters. Frosty Farm tickets are $10.99 per child and $20.99 per adult. For more information on HWAC’s Frosty Farm and St. Nick at Night, contact Santa’s Workshop (aka the Education Department) at education@animalcenter.org or (858) 756-4117 ext. 318. HWAC is also taking part in Pets Without Walls. The Center will join efforts to assist homeless families by keeping their furry companions fed and healthy. The center’s Pets Without Walls Program makes bi-weekly visits to shelters headed by Alpha Project, Father Joe’s, and Interfaith, providing health checks, microchipping, preventative medical care, important vaccinations, flea and tick medication, and pet food (through an extension of its AniMeals program), along with pet beds and toys.

In January, to combat the dropping temperatures, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s campaign aims to provide actual warmth to the pets of San Diego’s homeless. Pets Without Walls spay and neuter vehicle will be on site Dec. 12 at Father Joe’s Villages, 3350 E St., San Diego, on with healthcare checks and cozy gifts. If you would like to be a part of this special holiday-themed event, the center is seeking, pet sweaters, blankets, cozy pet beds and scarves, hats, and gloves for human family members. To learn more about Pets Without Walls or make a donation to support the ongoing operational expenses, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center VP of Development Renee Resko at (858) 756-4117, ext. 347 or by e-mail at ReneeR@animalcenter.org. Of course, at the end of the day, the best way to help an orphan pet during the holiday season is to adopt. As one of the most successful pet adoption programs in the world, Home 4 the Holidays partners with thousands of animal organizations dedicated to finding forever homes for orphan pets. For more information, visit home4theholidays.org.


sources Commission. Richard expects there is a high chance it will gain the same label on a national level in the near future. Richard has been an avid recorder of the property’s historical assets for decades — collecting stories from family members and harnessing his own early memories of working the ranch as a youngster, during crop harvest. But it was only a couple of years ago that he and Adeline began the process of submitting a nomination application to the national register. Richard, 75, said the move will offer the property “considerable protection” from potential development interests down the road. “I wanted to make sure this place was going to be preserved,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to die, and then in a few years they bring a bulldozer in here, knock all of this down and build condominiums or something on it.” Richard and Adeline connected with Jennifer Mermilliod, a historian out of Riverside, to help draft the nomination application. Mermilliod spent almost two years researching and writing up the application with the Bumanns, “rounding out the story” of the Bumann Ranch and sending it off to the State Historic Resources Commission. Now, with the commission’s recommendation of approval secured, the Bumanns await an outcome with the National Register’s keeper. Mermilliod anticipates a final determination will be in by early 2020. Mermilliod, who specializes in these kinds of applications, said the Bumann Ranch is like “no other property I have listed in the national register.” “This is a property that really throws you back in time,” Mermilliod said. “There’s a quality of integri-

RICHARD BUMANN, 75, whose grandfather was the original owner of the homestead, demonstrates one of the ranch’s many old farming implements, used to separate grain from straw. Photo by Lexy Brodt

ty (in historic preservation) that is really hard to find — the integrity of feeling. And when you’re standing in the middle of the ranch yard, you feel like you’re on an 1880’s homestead ranch … it absolutely embodies that integrity of feeling.” The piece of land traces its roots back to the arrival of German immigrants in Encinitas, who formed the colony of Olivenhain — now the city’s easternmost neighborhood. Among those early colonists was one by the name of Herman Friedrich Wilhelm Bumann. Bumann, like many of his contemporaries, opted to take advantage of the Homestead Act of 1862 to stake his claim in a quickly developing region. Under the Homestead Act — a marker of manifest destiny — Americans could acquire a 160-acre parcel of government-owned land and be granted a patent on the land within five years if they could “prove that (they’d) work and improve it,” in the words of Richard. “Once you get a patent, then you own it,” Richard said. “You can sell it the

next day if you wanted to … but in fact (Herman) didn’t.” After pitching his shanty — the first building on the property — and building its first barn, Herman Friedrich dedicated his life to the ranch, where he raised his family and made income through a variety of means. Activity on the ranch was plentiful, but most of the income came from the livestock — cattle, poultry and pork. Herman Friedrich also planted a vineyard of Grenache grapes, and started a small beekeeping business, though beekeeping at the Bumann Ranch wasn’t particularly successful until his sons Emil and George (Richard’s father) took over the beekeeping in the 1920s. The property was expanded twice in the early 20th century, as the Bumanns opted to acquire the surrounding homesteads. When Herman Friedrich’s wife, Emma, passed away in 1936, the then 480acre ranch was split up amongst their 12 children. One of those children, Herman Charles, took over the ranch portion of the land and dedicated himself to its

upkeep. Aside from his travels and service during World War II, Herman Charles lived almost his whole life on the ranch, even as his siblings scattered and left the area. Herman Charles — Richard’s uncle — relied on old-school methods to till the land, using horses to pull the farming equipment long after it was fashionable. “My uncle kind of got into the 1930s and stayed there,” said Richard. “He farmed with horses and continued to farm with horses, he would not buy a tractor.” And because of this, as well as Herman Charles’ and Richard’s maintenance and preservation efforts, a collection of equipment that was commonplace in the 19th and early 20th century still resides in the ranch’s two barns in good condition — plows, seed drills, threshing machines, you name it. According to a pamphlet Richard wrote on the ranch’s history, Herman Charles sold most of the property from the late 1950s on, until only 10 acres remained in 1971. According to the nomi-

nation application, “Largescale” ranch activities had already come to a halt at that point, with the death of the ranch’s second to last horse, Mollie, in the 1960s. With only one horse, Herman Charles could no longer use many of the farming implements needed to plant crops. Although its days of self-sustaining production are a thing of the past, Richard and Adeline still work with constancy to preserve those remaining 10 acres. The pair moved to the ranch in 1985 to accompany Herman Charles in his final years and become the new, de facto caretakers of the property. The pair still use the old equipment — pulled by a tractor these days, rather than horses — to raise oat hay on the farm. They use the hay to feed their steer, Tex, and any other animals they might bring around from time to time, such as pigs. They also care for about 15 chickens and keep a few boxes of bees for their own use. Richard said he spends about 15 to 20 hours a week tending to the ranch. He is currently in the process of documenting and drawing the ranch’s buildings, so that in the event of a fire or any damage, he might be able to rebuild it just as it was. Although the ranch isn’t open to the public, the Bumanns occasionally welcome tours hosted by the Encinitas Preservation Association, as well as local artist groups looking for inspiration in the picturesque landscape. Current ranch activities may not generate any surplus income for the Bumanns, but their work helps to maintain the spirit of the ranch, which is still very much alive. And according to Richard, the ranch has continued to be a place of discovery, even in its old age. “The funny thing is, the deeper you dig, the older it gets,” said Richard.


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California mostly keeps its appeal as good place to retire


Understanding the powerful CPUC By Marie Waldron

California has many powerful state agencies that impact the lives of millions. One of the most powerful, but perhaps less known or understood, is the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC was created in 1911 after a constitutional amendment was approved by voters to reorganize the Railroad Commission, which was established decades earlier to regulate the state’s powerful railroad industry. In 1912, the Legislature passed the Public Utilities Act, expanding Railroad Commission authority to regulate utilities such as gas, electric and telephone companies. In 1946, voters approved renaming the Railroad Commission the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC has sole authority to establish rates charged by investor-owned utilities under its authority through its “revenue requirement,” based on the costs of maintaining, operating and financing utility operations. This requirement is the basis for determining rates paid by customers. CPUC responsibility extends beyond utility rates. For example, the Safety and Enforcement Division oversees safety requirements for rail crossings, private carriers including charter bus lines, limousines, and companies like Uber and Lyft. The CPUC’s five commissioners, who must be approved by the Senate, are appointed by the Governor

to staggered six-year terms. Currently, three of the five commissioners were appointed by Gov. Brown, and the remaining two, including President Marybel Batjer, were appointed by Gov. Newsom. CPUC authority does not extend to government-run utilities and common carriers. Many transit agencies, such as the North County Transit District or the Riverside Transit Agency are not regulated by the CPUC, though they must follow certain CPUC regulations. The CPUC also has authority over many state programs and initiatives including the California Solar Initiative, greenhouse gas emission standards, zero net energy goals for new construction, and many more. If you have questions or concerns about utility-related issues, visit the CPUC’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov.

remains one of my highest priorities in Sacramento. Earlier this year, I was honored that the National Federation of Independent Businesses recognized me as a “Guardian of Small Business” for my work supporting California’s entrepreneurs. California’s small businesses employ over 7 million people, and make up over 95% of all businesses in this region. Earlier this month, the California Chamber of Commerce issued its annual legislative report for the first half of the 2019-2020 legislative session. CalChamber identified 20 priority bills that would have a major positive or negative impact on our economy. I am very pleased to report that I joined just six other Assemblymembers who achieved a 100% score for our votes to support business and jobs in our state. The surest path to prosperity for anyone is through a secure, well-paying job. Our state has a lot going for it — after all, we’re the world’s fifth largest economy. On the other hand, we also have the highest poverty rate in the country, which means there’s a lot more we can be doing to encourage business formation and retention, and to attract more businesses to our state so those jobs will be available.

Supporting people, jobs My husband and I have owned our small retail business for over 25 years. The problems we encountered running that business were some of the primary reasons I first ran for public office. Since joining the Legislature, I have supported a wide range of legislation that would stimulate business formation and provide greater employment opportunities, more workAssembly Republican force training and greater Leader Marie Waldron, job growth. Reducing burR-Escondido, represents the densome regulations and 75th Assembly District in the needless bureaucracy also California Legislature.

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ll those folks who have been saying for years that California housing and taxes are too expensive for most Americans to move here, take note: The newest survey of Americans aged 45 or more, those who can be expected to retire in the next two decades, show the Golden State has lost little of its retirement allure. To be sure, California ranks only fifth among the 48 continental states as a desired retirement destination, but it’s well ahead of Texas, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, to name just a few of the popular destinations for Californians cashing out their high-value homes and moving. The only states ahead of California as desired retirement destinations are Florida, Arizona, Tennessee and South Carolina, with Tennessee the only surprise on the list. Florida, the clear leader as the preferred final home for 24% of those surveyed, has far more retirement communities and other facilities catering specifically to seniors than California. The allure of the other three states plainly is their lower housing prices. This becomes clear from a look at the savings and other assets held by a stratified random sample of 1,068 Americans over 45 sampled by the New York-based real estate data firm PropertyShark. com. The firm, using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk tool, found that three of every five persons in that age category possess less than $100,000 in savings and just 4% had more than $1 million available for use in retirement,

california focus thomas d. elias covering real estate and other expenses. It’s tough to contemplate buying California property with that kind of asset base. So, most likely, California isn’t in the top two in retirement desirability because most near- or middle-term retirees can’t buy into this state’s market. More than one-third of the study’s respondents also said they had experienced some difficulty meeting housing-related expenses in the last year. And yet, the study shows a significant 56% majority of middle-aged and older Americans want to stay put for the rest of their lives. Aging in place, said PropertyShark, remains the gold standard. That bodes well for California, the state providing the single largest share of respondents. It means most older Californians do not now plan to cash out and leave, despite the siren call of far lower living expenses in nearby states like Arizona, Nevada and Idaho. Still, many seniors who would like to stay put have felt a pinch. Among those with yearly incomes between $20,000 and $40,000, fully 42% reported struggling with housing costs. There was no breakout for California, but this state’s higher costs probably mean even more seniors had difficulty here. This was one reason one-third of those surveyed said they’d consider sharing a home like the women in the constantly rerunning Golden Girls

TV comedy. About 40% of those 45 or over would consider sharing space with younger housemates, with 35% preferring to share with folks about their own age. The better-vetted a potential houseguest is and the more of a financial contribution that person might make, the more popular the idea becomes. Simply helping with chores would not do it in most cases, while being a family member would increase the chance of acceptance for younger housemates. Policy makers need to consider these kinds of findings significantly as they plan neighborhoods or begin to make the kind of densifying housing changes now being pushed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and some state legislators. Most Americans in the over-45 category, the survey found, currently do not live in neighborhoods they consider senior-friendly. But with Baby Boomers aged 52 to 74 now controlling about 70% of all disposable income and 60% of those aged 65 or over living mortgage-free, more and more development will have to cater to them if it’s to be profitable. It adds up to a picture where California is a favored place, just as it long has been. These facts appear to contradict the pessimists about California that former Gov. Jerry Brown used to call “declinists.” At the same time, PropertyShark makes it clear life is not entirely simple for most of the soon-to-be elderly in California or anywhere else. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, visit www.californiafocus.net

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A rts &Entertainment Patio Playhouse stages show about Hanukkah, Las Posadas By Alexander Wehrung

ESCONDIDO — If Target is anything to go by, it’s never too early to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Succeeding their “Sense and Sensibility” show, Patio Playhouse’s next production is “Miracles of the Season,” a pair of one-act musicals written by local playwright Shari Lyon and Deborah Somuano. These pieces tell stories from the perspectives of people celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. “This whole production is about holiday time and family,” said producer Deborah Zimmer. “And inclusion and enjoying the traditions of the holidays.” Watching the cast of seven adults and seven youths of mixed backgrounds become a family, she says, gives her the chills. Bubbe and the Mensch on a Quest tells the story of a mensch (someone who embodies admirable traits) who tries to find their family’s lost menorah. While the mensch is on their quest, Bubbe tells the story of the origin of why Hanukkah lasts eight nights. This production will be the story’s inaugural one and will feature music such as the dreidel song and “Ocho Kandelikas,” a piece of Ladino music. In Las Posadas (making its San Diego premiere), a choir director falls ill just when their merry bunch of carolers are about to head out and sing. After a caroler volunteers to lead in the director’s stead, they encounter a family decorating their house for Christmas, and learn about the Latinx tradition of Las Posadas. This part of the play will feature original music. Las Posadas (roughly translating to “the lodging”) is a nine-day celebration that starts on Dec. 16

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The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, comprised of 40 local classical guitarists from amateur to professional level, will perform a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas. This year’s theme is “A Christmas Masquerade.” Cost is $12 donation at the door.

DEC. 7


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and ends on Christmas Eve. Often, celebrations include re-enactments of the Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem, Christmas carols are sung, piñatas are burst asunder, and merriment is had by all. “We like doing original shows,” said Zimmer. “In the spring, our youth production is going to be two original one-act plays, one by Shari Lyon and one by her husband.” As the producer, Zimmer frequently collaborates with director Victoria Silva-Davis and other members of the production staff to make sure everything is on track for premiere day. She says she also gets chills from seeing the progress in production. “You know, you start out OK, ‘Here’s your script, here’s your music, here’s your song, and we’ll get with the musical director and she’ll start to teach (the cast) the songs,” she said. “And then they practice and practice and then maybe a couple weeks down the road, we have a rehearsal and we hear it, and you hear the harmonies, and you just watch it get better and better over time. Opening night is magical, always.” Like previous Patio Playhouse shows, the house will ask attendees to donate to an associated charity upon the show’s conclusion: in this case, More Than Apples, Inc. The organization is an Escondido nonprofit that provides food to people in need. It’s a good fit, Zimmer says, since the holidays are “all about food.” The show will run from Dec. 6 to Dec. 22 at Patio Playhouse’s black box community theater on Kalmia Street in Escondido. Ticket prices range from $12 to $40.

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Encinitas Ballet presents the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker” ballet at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets online at EncinitasBallet.com or VistixOnline.com or (760) 724-2110. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for children in need under the auspices of the North County Health Services.

Village Church hosts WWI choral tribute By Alexander Wehrung

RANCHO SANTA FE — Over a hundred years ago during World War I, soldiers on opposing sides of the conflict climbed out of their trenches to celebrate Christmas with the very men they’d been sent to kill. This miraculous event serves as the inspiration for “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” Peter Rothstein’s choral show. “All is Calm” intersperses the real-life correspondences of World War I soldiers to their loved ones with various Christmas traditional and folk songs from England, Scotland, France and Germany, such as “Christmas Day in the Cookhouse,” “Will Ye Go to Flanders?”, “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “O Tannenbaum.” Village Church, host of the Nov. 23 performance, was well-suited acoustically for a show such as this, with its cavernous interior and high, vaulted ceiling. Up on the church’s enormous stage, a series of crates, sandbags, faux vintage lanterns and prop rifles laid strategically about, setting the stage for the upcoming a capella performance. “We do three or four just music rehearsals,” said Music Director Juan Carlos Acosta on the choir’s preparation. “and then we start to weave things in, and then we hand it over to staging, and then it’s kind of a back and forth from there.” After senior pastor Rev. Dr. Jack Baca took to the stage to announce that the show would be a single, 75-minute piece without intermis-

sion, the lights went down and the show began. Acosta sat conducting in the front row as the choir marched onto the stage, costumed as soldiers. Though they always spoke English for the rest of the performance, they used various foreign accents to match their characters. Though it was difficult to hear

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Del Mar poet R.T. Sedgwick reads poems from his new collection of poems titled “Clipping the Wings of Chronos” from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, with an open mic for everyone on the sign-up board in the second hour of the afternoon. For more information, visit escondidoarts. org/poets-inc/.

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Alas, the peace does not last, as the soldiers are forced to return to their respective sides in “The Return to the Battle,” marked by the solemn piece “We’re Here Because We’re Here/War Cacophony.” At the show’s conclusion, the choir were treated to a standing ovation, with cries of “Bravo!” ringing out from the packed audience. The performance certainly deserved it, delivering raw emotion mixed with genuine human compassion aired through the singing of Christmas music. Proceeds from the production went to benefit the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, as well as the Village Church Community Theater.

BRITISH AND GERMAN soldiers pose for a photograph on Christmas Day 1914, as seen in the British newspaper The Daily Mirror the following month. Courtesy photo

some of the spoken monologues from the farright pew (and I was not alone in my difficulty to discern what was being said through the fog of a few impenetrable accents) the choir’s impeccable singing was considerably accentuated by their acting. Bass-baritone Christopher Stephens looked particularly choked-up as he read a letter from a soldier writing home. The performance was divided into a prologue, five parts and an epilogue to tell a sequential story through both song and the reading of letters. In the beginning, the trenchcoat-clad soldiers depart home optimistically, confident that the war will end quickly and afford them some martial glory.

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But then the grim reality of their situation sets in as the troops are exposed to the truth of trench warfare, singing of their woes in “Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag” and “The Old Barbed Wire.” Then, members of the choir who had only just been dressed as English troops entered from stage right, clad in the greys denoting the German infantry. Part III: Christmas then segues into Part IV: The Truce, at which point the choir sang more famous traditional Christmas pieces, such as “Silent Night” and “Angels We Have Heard on High,” as the soldiers meet one another and bond over Christmas cheer. A truly heartwarming sight, it was.

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Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore ofKnow something that’s going fers a chance to do all your on? Send it to calendar@ holiday shopping at its halfcoastnewsgroup.com price book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at 540 Cornish Drive. Encinitas. Most books from 50 cents to $1, HERITAGE TREE LIGHTING with CD’s for 25 cents and It’s the 25th anniversa- DVDs typically $1. To join ry of the Encinitas Heritage the group, visit encinitaslibTree Lighting Ceremony, friends.org. along with the Tree-Topper Design Contest. The tree BAKES AND BOOKS will be lit at 5:30 p.m. Dec. The Friends of the Car6 at Encinitas Heritage diff-by-the-Sea Library will Tree, 400 B St., Encinitas. hold a holiday half-price Last year marked a new book and bake sale from era in the ceremony with 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at construction of permanent 2081 Newcastle Ave., Carunderground power to light diff. up the tree through the holidays and the largest crowd LAGOON DISCOVERY in event history. Join the free Lagoon Discovery Tour from 10 to DIAPER DRIVE 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at San Elijo Miracle Babies pres- Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 ents its annual Play Date Manchester Ave., Encinitas. with a Purpose, a diaper Learn about your San Elijo drive benefitting families Lagoon with Nature Collecwith critically ill babies in tive, an experience where the neonatal intensive care fresh water and salt water unit. Join Miracle Babies meet and mix. from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the lower level of the Flower Hill Promenade, 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. MENORAH MAKING Bring a package of diapers. Join in the Hanukkah For more information, visit menorah building workshop miraclebabies.org/. for children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the EncinPARLA ITALIANO itas Home Depot, 1001 N. The Italian Cultur- El Camino Real, Encinitas. al Center offers language RSVP to jewishencinitas. classes in Encinitas at the com/rsvp for apron and reSan Dieguito Heritage Mu- freshments. seum, 450 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas. Register now HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR at icc-sd.org for the next sesThe Vista Communision starting Jan. 6. There ty Clinic annual Holiday are classes from beginning Homes Tour will be Dec. 8. to advanced in grammar This will mark the 33rd year and conversation, as well the event, a benefit for the as introductory classes for VCC Kare for Kids Fund to travelers and intermediate provide medical services to classes on the regions and underprivileged children. traditions of Italy. Tickets to the tour are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour. To purchase tickets, visit vcc.org or call HOLIDAY PARADE TIME (760) 631-5000 , ext. 1139. It’s time again for Encinitas’ favorite holiday CHRISTMAS IN DEL MAR tradition, the Encinitas St. Nicholas visits for Holiday Parade with floats, the annual Del Mar Santa on foot, in cars, and march- By The Sea and Christmas ing in bands, stepping off Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 along Dec. 8 at L’Auberge Del Coast Highway 101. Coast Mar. Holiday party goers Highway closes at 4 p.m. fol- are asked to bring a new, lowed by the tree lighting unwrapped toy to be gifted and Santa at 5 p.m. at the to children in need under Lumberyard shops court- the auspices of the North yard (near Starbucks). County Health Services.

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Community Resource Center’s Jingle & Mingle 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Help make spirits bright for families in need during our Season of Hope. Join CRC for this festive fundraiser featuring: Behind-the-scenes tours of Holiday Baskets, Music from DJ Darchon, Festive food & drink, Raffle with great prizes

DEC. 13


Take a storywalk on the wild side with “Stellaluna” at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School through the first week of December. Carlsbad author and illustrator Janell Cannon presents a story about a lost young fruit bat who finds plenty to be thankful for. StoryWalk is a delightful way for the whole family to enjoy reading and the outdoors. Laminated pages from the book are attached to Eagle Scout-created signs posted along the OPE Nature Trail. You read the book at stations as you stroll along. Access the OPE Nature Trail from Calle Acervo, downhill from the school’s parking lot. The Nature Trail is open even when the school is closed.

DEC. 14


Volunteer to be part of the historic restoration of Harbaugh Seaside Trails from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at the Harbaugh Seaside Trails, 2965 Highway 101, Solana Beach. For more information, call (760) 4363944 or e-mail info@thenaturecollective.org.


San Dieguito Art Guild will host a Holiday Bazaar offering hand-made items and one-of-a-kind artworks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 942-3636

DEC. 15


There will be a Hanukkah Happening at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 at 4126 Executive

Drive, La Jolla. For information and tickets, visit lfjcc. org.

DEC. 19


Join the free event from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Sunshine Gardens, 155 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, to meet the Christmas Pony, a mini-pony used to deliver gifts to families at Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego. There will be refreshments and a photo booth and Santa will be there. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. All donations benefit RMHSD families. Using the Christmas Pony was Encinitas seventh-grader, Avila Colanter’s idea back in 2016.

DEC. 20


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.

DEC. 22


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.

DEC. 23


Wrap yourself in the holiday spirit, with the sound of Roger Anderson Chorale, performing in downtown Encinitas with a Dickensian Christmas Carol sing-along from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 23. Come join the Chorale as they stroll Highway 101 from D Street to J Street, Encinitas. Local merchants will warm up shoppers and carolers alike with hot apple cider.

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Tea’s on, pinkies out


y mother announced some time ago she intended to celebrate my daughter’s ninth birthday with a “real” tea party. I grinned on the outside and cringed on the inside. I feared it ranked right up there with sewing a fine seam for most of today’s pre-teens. A fancy tea party was not something even my daughter, the unofficial party maven of the third grade, would have thought to request. It would require some serious social skills that my often-shy child might have trouble drumming up on cue. I decided to just stand back and let the petit fours fall where they may. Grandma invited a handful of her closest friends and their granddaughters. The invitations went out, in an elegant script, with two important yet rarely used phrases at the bottom. One was “respondez s’il vous plait,” and the other read “party dress.” Now even my mom knows that in Southern California both of those suggestions are generally considered stuffy and irrelevant. No problem. My mother knew her audience. She knew these invitations were going to women who grew up in a time when formal dances were held several times a year and people “dressed for the occasion.” They were delighted to have an opportunity to put their granddaughters into something other than blue jeans. Ranging in age from 2 to 11, every child arrived happily bedecked in lace and chiffon, bows and party shoes. My amazement grew during the next two hours, as each child daintily behaved like a chapter from a Victorian novel. Each filled her plate with finger sandwiches, scones and miniature sweets. No one pushed, shoved, grabbed all the doughnut holes, shouted “yuck” or got upset because she wasn’t the first in line. Punch was poured from a breakable miniature teapot into breakable miniature tea cups. I waited, with dish

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small talk jean gillette towels cleverly hidden behind me, for the first major spill or breakage. It never came. The whole event began to seem slightly surreal as these young ladies, all strangers until that day, sat calmly around a table and chatted without self-consciousness. Then just when I truly began to suspect that all the grandmothers had slipped these children some “Stepford Wives” drug, it happened. They tore pages right out of “Cinderella” and “Little Women.” It took one small, almost inaudible signal from my daughter to make that clock strike midnight. The girls sidled swiftly to the door and burst outside in a flurry of noise and activity, party dresses be darned. If a fairy godmother could have been summoned, every fancy frock would have been happily traded for some comfy rags. Shiny shoes would have been left behind for some foolish prince to pick up, and scuffed tennies would have popped up in their place. They went shrieking around the house several times, bows unraveling and socks drooping. An impromptu race down the driveway threatened permanent damage to lace hems and patent leather, but it was tough to be disapproving, even for the grandmas. These girls had done their job. They had shown us all that they could handle those timeless social graces, so dear to their grandmas’ hearts. As the grandmothers whisked them away in their modern-day pumpkins, I had to give my mom and daughter their due. The day was a wonderful tribute to both generations — a perfect blend of lovely times gone by and liberated times today. May the twain regularly meet. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer fondly remembering the last time her daughter wore a dress. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com

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his year, the calendar was not kind to retailers; Thanksgiving came late, and that means the traditional window of holiday shopping is shorter than usual. Of course, online shopping has changed traditions in oh-somany ways, but what hasn’t changed is our penchant for procrastination and our anxiety over finding the perfect gift. If there are travelers on your list, perhaps these suggestions will help. Overnight Bag by Urban Originals The bag is the thing for travelers, even for those heading out for an overnight. Urban Originals offers this easily cleanable version in waxed canvas (“vegan leather”) that has three internal and three external pockets to hold all those essentials. Has both a handle and detachable shoulder strap. $128. https://uobags. com/collections/travel-bags. Also available: the Moon Overnighter, slightly smaller and made of soft nylon material with vegan leather trim. $108 https://uobags. com/search?q=moon+nylon (Courtesy photo)

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San Diego Urban Wineries’ inaugural Sip by the Sea sets sail


an Diego Urban Wineries held their Inaugural Sip by the Sea at Del Mar Plaza overlooking the Pacific from up high. It was a perfect location and venue for local urban wineries to celebrate Harvest 209 and to showcase their wines. Before we get too far into the story, a few might be wondering what defines an urban winery. These are wineries working closely with suppliers in the county and beyond to source 100% of their exceptional fruit. Once the fruit (grapes) is received, these urban wineries crush, ferment, age in WYATT OAKS WINERY winemaker Gavin McClain and his oak, stainless steel, etc., and mother, Karen, holding a bottle of 2012 Syrah. Wyatt Oaks lay down to complete the aging just as estate wineries Winery is located in La Mesa. Photo by Rico Cassoni

taste of wine frank mangio would. What we find interestingly strategic in today’s competitive world is how much these wineries are cooperative versus competitive. It is one big family with some wineries sharing equipment and barrel rooms. A great example of this is the La Mesa COOP shared by San Pasqual Winery and Wyatt Oaks winey. “The mission of San Diego Urban Wineries is to in-

crease awareness of locally crafted, artisanal wine while creating a collaborative community for our skilled city winemakers.” The event showcased 12 wineries throughout the county including larger wineries such as Gianni Buonomo and Carruth Cellars with three locations, along coastal San Diego, to wineries such as BK Cellars and San Pasqual Wineries in North East County. One of Tech Director Rico Cassoni’s favorite wines at the show was up and comer Wyatt Oaks Winery 2012 Syrah, $30. The Syrah had a nose of strawberry and cherry with a great balance of acid and tannins with light spice on

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the palate. Details at wyattoakswinery.com. We look forward to enjoying San Diego Urban Wineries over the next year as well as next year’s Sip by the Sea. Visit sdurbanwineries.com West End hosts Huneeus Family Wine Dinner We were fortunate to enjoy the great wines of Huneeus Family at West End Bar & Kitchen. Agustin Huneeus and wife Valerie are proprietors and founders of Quintessa, one of the Napa Valley’s most highly regarded wineries. Their winery benefits from 50 years of Agustin’s experience in the wine industry that started in 1960 in Santiago, Chile. Agustin and Valerie started Quintessa in Napa Valley’s Rutherford district in 1990. Since then, the Huneeus’ have grown to a total of fix brands and labels that include Faust (Napa Valley), Illumination, Flowers (Sonoma Coast), Leviathan, and Benton-Lane (Willamette Valley, Oregon). All wines except Leviathan were paired throughout the dinner. Highlights included jumbo diver scallop with a beurre rouge reduction over saffron risotto paired with Benton Lane Pinot Noir, Short Ribs with Faust Cabernet Sauvignon, and Quintessa with a dessert cheese platter. Visit huneeuswines.com. Viewers will want to consider attending the Seasalt Far Niente Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 19. This five-course dinner includes a champagne reception to kick off the holidays and features short ribs with root vegetables on a bed of polenta as the main entrée paired with sister Nickel & Nickel wines. Cost is $115 per person. RSVP at (858) 755-7100. Wine Bytes • Join Violet Grgich, daughter of Master Winemaker Mike Grgich and president of Grgich Hill Estates, for a Bottle Signing & Wine Tasting at Pavilions (Carmel Valley) from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Dec 7. • DAOU Wine Tasting at Pavilions (Carmel Valley), from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Pavilions in Carmel Valley. DAOU will be pouring the Reserve Chardonnay, Bodyguard, and Soul of a Lion. • DAOU Wine Dinner with Winemaker Daniel Daou at Il Fornaio (6:30 p.m.). This will be an unforgettable evening with DAOU Winemaker & Proprietor, Daniel Daou. Savor DAOU wines paired with the authentic Italian cuisine of Il Fornaio in Del Mar. Enjoy a memorable five-course menu progression created by Executive Chef Roberto Gerbino with wine curated by Daniel. Cost is $99 per person. RSVP at (858) 7558876.

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Herb & Sea dazzles on D Street in Encinitas


’ve always been impressed by businesses, teams, bands and restaurants that are at the top of their game … firing on all cylinders like a finely tuned engine so to speak. Restaurants that pull this off given the nature of the business today are even more impressive, especially within the first month of opening. Such is the case with the new Herb & Sea in downtown Encinitas. There is a lot to like about this place, but what struck me off the bat was the way the kitchen and staff were in sync, like they had been at it for years together. That’s a direct reflection on the extensive experience of the ownership, management and culinary teams. In this case all three of those elements have been through this a few times and that experience shines on many levels at Herb & Sea. As a refresher for those unaware, the Puffer Malarkey Collective consists of celebrity chef Brian Malarky and partner Chris Puffer who have opened over 15 restaurants. It would be safe to say that Malarkey is the highest profile chef/ restaurateur we have in San Diego. Of some note, part of the partnership group on Herb & Sea includes local skateboarding icon Tony Hawk. The kitchen at Herb & Sea is headed up by the talented Executive Chef and partner Sara Harris. I will revisit Sara in an upcoming Lick the Plate The Coast

lick the plate david boylan News interview as this place and her culinary talent deserve a double dose. She is also my guest the week of Dec. 9 on Lick the Plate on 100.7 KFMB. OK, enough of the high level stuff, let’s get to the goods here. As anyone who lives in or frequents Encinitas knows, the historic building that houses Herb & Sea was the home of two local favorites in Manhattan Giant Pizza and Kealani’s. Rather than lament that loss and the slice of old school Encinitas that went with it, let’s embrace the change and acknowledge the fact that Encinitas is different now, and Herb & Sea is a fabulous restaurant that reflects that change in a good way. The building was in bad shape, which led to delays that are all too common with such projects. The original ornamental art-deco roof line was preserved and that looks great with a neon sign that looks somewhat out of 1980s Miami Vice, an odd but whimsical touch. Don’t let that fool you though as the interior is quite fabulous. Both the seafood and the decor at Herb & Sea have what they are calling an “East Coast meets West Coast upscale seaside resort” vibe that reflects its owners’ heritage

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Stone Brewing: Touring the 9th largest craft brewery in US craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh


tone Brewing isn’t just the largest brewery in San Diego County by production volume. It was the ninth-largest craft brewery in the USA in 2018 according to Brewers Association data. Stone opened in 1996, founded by friends Steve Wagner and Greg Koch. After years of growth fueled by the aggressively hopped ales for which they are now world-famous, they left their original location on Mata Way in San Marcos (now home to Lost Abbey) and built a huge new facility in Escondido which they moved into in December 2005. In late 2006, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido) opened adjacent to the brewery. The goal was to elevate the food served with craft beer beyond typical bar food and to accompany it with gorgeous surroundings. Given that many craft breweries, then as now, operate out of warehouse spaces, this was a significant departure from the norm. The investment paid off, and today both locals and beer tourists from all over the world flock to Stone for the beer, the food, and the ambience. If you plan to visit Stone, a fun idea is to take a tour of the brewery before you eat. Public tours are available at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. on

THE BOTTLING LINE at Stone Brewing in Escondido can fill 750 bottles per minute. Photos by Bill Vanderburgh

Mondays through Fridays, and on the hour from noon through 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Private tours can be arranged for groups. Some tickets are sold online, and some are available on a first-come-first-served basis in the store at the front of the building. Tickets are $8 and provide not just the tour of the brewery but also samples of four beers and a branded taster glass to take home. One dollar of the ticket price goes to charity (which is why the tickets for designated drivers and kids over 12 are $1; kids under 12 are free). Since 1996, Stone has raised over $3 million for various local charities. Tours meet in the gift shop, where you can browse apparel, memorabilia and plan your after-tour tasting.



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es are then palletized by a robotic system and prepared for loading onto Stone’s own trucks for distribution. Stone self-distributes its product, which helps to get the beer to consumers fresher and ensures that they have complete control over how the product is handled from packaging to sales point. For anyone interested in engineering, machinery or large manufacturing businesses, the Stone tour is worth doing even independent of the fact that great beer awaits you at the end. The food in the Bistro is a real treat. I had a chicken schnitzel that was very good, and it came with what I am pretty sure was the best potato salad I’ve ever eaten. Whether you dine inside or on the large patio, complete with koi ponds, be sure to take a lap of the whole grounds. It feels like a world apart, a secret garden, with a variety of different trees, ponds, waterfalls and rock features. There are various seating areas, some lawn chairs, and on busy days a beer cart so you don’t have to go all the way back inside for your next refill. Stone didn’t need to make such a lovely space, nor such a good restaurant. They could have simply let the beer do the talking, and they still would have been successful. The fact that they chose to go the extra mile shows why they are such a good company making such good beer and is something beer lovers can be grateful for. For more information or to book a tour see https:// tours.stonebrewing.com/.


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North Coast Corridor Program focuses on three primary areas As part of TransNet’s “Keep San Diego Moving” project, the North Coast Corridor (NCC) looks to improve the regional mobility and coastal access for county residents. Highway capacity improvements include facilities that move more people, not just by car. This will also improve reliability and capacity along the rail corridor for intercity, commuters and freight rail services while protecting and enhancing the environment. A video overview of the project can be viewed at https:// socalworks.wistia.com/medias/64a21lchm6. TransNet is the voter approved half-cent sales tax for San Diego region transportation projects. It is administered by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). During the 60year life of the program, funds have been generated and distributed among highway, transit and local road projects in approximately equal thirds. Partnering with NCC project is the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ). SCPFJ is a true partnership between organized labor and construction management that represents


THE CORRIDOR CONSTRUCTION when completed will connect 27 miles of highway through Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and San Diego. Courtesy photo

more than 2,750 construction firms who employ more than 90,000 union workers in the twelve counties of Southern California. With a primary focus on Southern California projects, the Partnership advocates responsible investment in public infrastructure projects to help fix our aging transportation networks, water, sewer and storm drain systems, while building for our future needs and economic growth. The Corridor construction started in December 2017 and when completed will connect 12 miles of highway through Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and San Diego. This expansion

brary, 540 Cornish Drive, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Encinitas. Holiday sale includes 35 artists. Treats and sweets, silent auction and a raffle.

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Artist Max Roemer presents “I Like Birds and Birds Like Me,” an exhibit of Mixed Media on view through Jan. 8 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.

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there was one girl for every 10 boys. “I thought that was really interesting, and I’ve noticed also, in high school and just in general, that it’s a mainly male-dominated industry and the gender divide is really large,” she said. The US Patent and Trademark Office released a report in February that only 4% of patents named women-only inventors over the

project in North San Diego County has been made possible through funds from SB1. Through this funding, more than $250 million has been allocated to preserve and enhance sensitive coastal habitats and improve coastal access. “Working in the heavy civil construction industry, you work on a lot of projects that receive opposition from the public,” said Mike Spain, Vice President of Skanska USA Civil. “The North Coast project has been a pleasure to work on since it is so community linked and is improving the quality of life so dramatically.” NCC’s goal is to offer a balanced transportation



Join poet and teacher Ron Salisbury from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, for an event to highlight the 2019 “One Book, One San Diego” selection, “The Crossover,” by Kwame Alexander. For more information, visit sdcl.org or call (760) 7537376.


The North Coast Symphony Orchestra presents “A Symphony of Carols” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Cost $10 at northcoastsymphony.com.

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The San Dieguito Art Guild hosts a Holiday Art Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Encinitas Community Center, past decade. The disparity, Kay says, is due to girls her age not being given the opportunities to delve into business, and the endurance of the stereotype that it’s a strictly male profession. Kay said she believes the solution is to encourage girls to take business classes in school, like she does. In addition to her patent, Kay also owns six federally registered trademarks, which include the products she has developed for a yoga and athletic apparel

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North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Impro Theatre’s “Dickens UnScripted” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D Solana Beach. Get tickets at https://tickets.northcoastrep.org. Comic portrayals, cruel melodrama and heartbreaking tenderness explode onto the teeming streets of Victorian London. business that she started with her father and brother. “That’s where my interest in designing first started,” she said, adding that she paid special attention to the designs and materials in her products while producing them. When it comes to her future, Kay is currently looking at large universities with football teams and that have curriculums that will allow her to continue her entrepreneurial efforts. Career-wise, she hopes to be able to get a job related to real estate, en-

system to provide travelers choices for the future while enhancing the quality of life for residents. This program brings together three primary focus areas – the Interstate 5 (I-5) Express lanes Project, coastal rail and transit enhancements and environmental protection. Part of improving Coastal Access is to expand the Regional Bike Network through Interstate 5 and the coastal rail line to reduce barriers to the coastline for bicyclists and pedestrians. The LOSSAN rail corridor is the second busiest intercity rail corridor in the nation supporting commuter, intercity and freight rail services. LOSSAN is a 351-mile


plate was the Wood Fired Eye of Rib with Pink Peppercorn Chimichurri, Celery Root and Arugula and that was melt-in-yourmouth tender. I’ve come across this “eye of rib” cut several times recently and tapped a butcher friend to learn more. He described it as “the heart/eye of a deconstructed ribeye that has all the tenderness of a filet mignon but the flavor of a ribeye.” That is a great way to put it and it was amazing. I feel like we should have tried a pasta dish rather than the pizza as they seem to be everywhere these days but I can understand the move as a chef and restaurateur trying to keep a variety of offerings on the menu. The Fennel Sausage pie with broccolini, garlic, lemon and ricotta was a solid choice and a nice offering to have if you are just popping in for a quick one at the bar. Our wine of choice with this variety of entrées was a nice Albarino from Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi, California, that was tertainment or sports. Her ultimate goal, she said, is to end up as a ‘shark’ on the ABC series “Shark Tank,” her favorite show. The show involves business entrepreneurs making pitches to a panel of investors; Kay cites shark Lori Greiner as a personal influence. “I just really admire all her hard work and what she does,” she said. If Kay were to give any advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, it would be, “It can be done. You just have to put in the effort and the time.”

rail corridor that stretches from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, connecting major metropolitan areas of Southern California and the Central Coast. Train operations on the line include Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner; the Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s Metrolink and the North County Transit District’s COASTER and SPRINTER passenger rail services, along with Union Pacific and BNSF Railway freight rail services. As a finished project, which is estimated to be completed by December 2021, it will increase the capacity of the highway and improve traffic. Double-tracks will reduce travel times via rail. There will be a large environmental enhancement to San Elijo lagoon and coastal access is improved through the addition of pedestrian and bike paths in the coastal zones. During the next 20 years, SANDAG plans to construct nearly $1 billion in improvements in the San Diego segment, including a primary effort to double track the corridor from Orange County to Downtown San Diego. The project is also implementing ways to minimize the impact

on the area’s coastal lagoons. As aging rail and highway bridges are replaced with modern structures, the new designs will feature longer spans with fewer piers in the water. The smaller footprint of these bridges will help to improve tidal flow in many of the lagoons, resulting in healthier coastal environments. The Project is working with Caltrans and SANDAG North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program to balance transportation, environmental areas and coastal access projects to improve the quality of life for residents, create a stronger local and regional economy for the future, and enhance the coastal environment. For more than a decade, Caltrans, SANDAG, local cities, resource agencies, and community members have been working together to identify, refine, and implement projects to comprehensively address the needs of the North Coast Corridor. For more information on the North Coast Corridor Project please visit the TransNet website at www. keepsandiegomoving.com or the Rebuild SoCal website at www.rebuildsocal.org.

splendid even if it did have the song “Stuck in Lodi Again” stuck in my head for several days after. The Small Plates and Vegetable sections of the menu should not be overlooked as they could easily be combined to occupy an evening of shared plates. Pastry chef Adrian Mendoza offers up some serious goodness with the likes of Butterscotch Budino, Honey and Rosemary Creme Brulee, Lemon Meringue Pie, Fruit Crumble and Lava Cake with a Truffle center. We indulged in the budino and crème brulee and proceeded to take a long, post dinner walk around Encinitas with big smiles and silent nods of approval.

Prices start at $12 in the raw section and small plates range from $13 to $24, pasta entrees are $16 to $24, wood-fired pizzas are $15 to $19 and large plates range from $23 to $35. It’s not cheap eats by any means but when you take into consideration the quality of ingredients and talent in the kitchen, it’s a solid value. The restaurant and cocktail bar is open for nightly for dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. with a daily happy hour offered from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Weekend brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., should launch soon but check www.herbandsea.com for details.

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