Rancho Santa Fe News, February 15, 2019

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Leucadia gets ‘barefoot luxury’ hotel


countywide CCE effort

By Jordan P. Ingram

ENCINITAS — A luxury hotel three decades in the making will soon replace the boarded-up Cabo Grill & Cantina on its bluff-top perch overlooking South Ponto Beach near the intersection of North Coast Highway and La Costa Ave in Leucadia. Fenway Capital Advisors and JMI Realty, which acquired the 4.3-acre site in 2017, began construction earlier this month of the $110-million project tentatively called the “Encinitas Beach Hotel.” The sprawling 226,000-square-foot boutique resort is scheduled for completion in 2021. The project is headed up by longtime North County residents, Fenway Managing Partner Larry Jackel and JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer, who have expressed their desire to create a luxury experience while preserving the feeling and funk of Leucadia. “When we thought of the theme and feeling of the hotel, what came to mind is ‘barefoot luxury,’” Jackel said. “It’s not stuffy, it’s laidback and relaxed — the feeling you get when you’re in the Leucadia area.” According to Jackel and Kratzer, research and development is ongoing. An important part of that process has been conversations with members of Leucadia 101 Main Street Association and longtime Leucadia business owners Paul Ecke III and Fred Caldwell. “We’ve met with a lot TURN TO HOTEL ON AX

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By Aaron Burgin

A SITE RENDERING reveals the full scope of One Paseo, the 1.18 million-square-foot, mixed-use project nearing completion in Carmel Valley. According to a Kilroy Realty Corp. official, the office, retail and residential portions of the project are “meant to almost be seamless and blend together.” Rendering courtesy of Kilroy Realty Corp.

One Paseo retail space aiming to open next month By Lexy Brodt

CARMEL VALLEY — After over two years of construction, the once controversial One Paseo is just a month from opening its doors. Located at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, the development’s retail space will be the first segment of the 1.18 million-squarefoot project to open on March 1. Residential units will follow suit in the summer of 2019, and office spaces in 2020. The project is helmed by developer Kilroy Realty Corp. In a tour of the emerging “urban village,” the project’s Vice President of Retail Nate Smith revealed the development’s black and white color scheme and “country mart” vibe. NATE SMITH, Kilroy Realty Corp.’s Vice President of Retail, called the One Paseo retail TURN TO ONE PASEO ON 7

section a “true curation.” The development will have 44 tenants within a 96,000-squarefoot retail space. “We’ve poured our heart and soul into it,” Smith said. Photo by Lexy Brodt

REGION — San Diego County is poised to become the next agency to move toward energy independence from San Diego Gas & Electric, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob announced during her State of the County Address. Jacob said that she and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher would bring a proposal for a countywide com mu n it y choice energy plan, becoming the ninth agency in the county to explore the DIANNE independent JACOB delivered energy mar- the State of ket. the County “It’s time Address on the County Feb. 6. of San Diego does the same,” Jacob said after naming the eight cities working on CCE plans — Encinitas, La Mesa, Santee, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Del Mar, Carlsbad and San Diego. Solana Beach became the first city in the county to successfully launch a CCE program late last year. CCEs, also known as community choice aggregation, refers to the process in which a jurisdiction forms an entity that buys power on the open market — as opposed to from a utility company — and chooses the source of power based on the community input. Jacob, a vocal critic of SDG&E, stated that the TURN TO CCE ON 7


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‘Back is against the wall’: City deals Hunger strike targets SeaWorld with new housing agency demands By Steve Puterski

By Carey Blakely

ENCINITAS — In order for Encinitas to comply with a court order to adopt a legally compliant Housing Element by April 11, the city must meet new demands from the state’s housing authority. In its Feb. 4 letter, the California Department of Housing and Community Development stated that Encinitas has to increase allowable building heights, modify other development standards, and “amend or invalidate” the citizens’ right to vote. The restrictions pertain to projects developed with the intent to fulfill state housing quotas. Housing Element law requires cities to provide sufficient housing to meet the needs of all its residents, from very-low income earners to above-moderate ones. Encinitas remains the only city in San Diego County lacking a state-certified plan and has been sued multiple times for its noncompliance. Mayor Catherine Blakespear said at the special Encinitas City Council housing meeting on Feb. 6, “Our back is against the wall.” Referring to the court order and impending April deadline, she continued, “I don’t feel that we really have any options at this point” other than complying with the letter’s orders. Blakespear said the city has spent $3.5 million since 2014 in legal fees, consultants and other costs incurred in the two attempts to secure voter approval for a housing plan, Measure T and Measure U, which failed at the ballot box in 2016 and 2018, respectively. “That is a lot of taxpay-

er money,” Blakespear said, insisting that it was time to get this Housing Element passed because preparation for the next cycle will start this summer. Proposition A — which gives Encinitas residents the right to vote on housing projects with substantial density increases and building heights greater than two

That is a lot of taxpayer money.” Mayor Catherine Blakespear on millions spent in court

stories — has hamstrung the council in getting a Housing Element approved. That’s why Superior Court Judge Ronald Frazier overturned Proposition A for the current housing cycle in his Dec. 12 ruling. But Housing and Community Development is pushing that a step further into the future, noting that “a local government may not adopt ordinances that conflict with the State Planning and Zoning Law.” The right to vote has led to failed measures that have led to Encinitas’ noncompliance with California law, a situation that the state does not appear willing to tolerate much longer. Under guidance from its legal counsel, the City Council agreed to have its staff and housing attorneys look into what amendments to the proposition the state would find acceptable. Councilman Tony Kranz suggested that the city explore the option of allowing a supermajority council vote to stand when a vote of the people fails.

The Feb. 4 letter does not challenge Encinitas’ insistence on capping building heights at three stories, but it does require that the maximum height of a flat roof be increased to 35 feet and a pitched roof to 39 feet. The city had suggested caps of 33 and 37 feet. Building heights need to be measured from the finished pad, not the natural or finished grade as put forward by Encinitas as an option. Furthermore, net-acreage calculations cannot omit driveways, parking lots or access roads. The idea is to maximize buildable space. The city’s insistence in its municipal code of upholding “community character” with new developments will also need to go back to the drawing board. Housing and Community Development finds language like the housing project “would tend to cause the surrounding neighborhood to depreciate materially in appearance or value” too subjective. Encinitas’ proposed plan must demonstrate that it has enough sites and amenable development standards to allow for the creation of 1,141 units of lower-income housing, the city’s current shortfall.

CARLSBAD — For the past three weeks one shaman is fulfilling her drive to free captive orcas. Rachel Grayner, 35, who goes by Kali Ren, is a Hermetic Kabbalah who began her quest on the shores of Carlsbad State Beach to fight until SeaWorld releases all orcas they have in captivity — either into the wild or by transferring them to seaside sanctuaries. She began the strike Jan. 17 and is also calling out Hollywood elites. Ren, 35, said the hypocrisy from celebrities is another motivating factor. She used to be the personal assistant to the late actress Brittany Murphy. “I’ve always had a really deep connection with the orcas,” said Ren, who was raised in Carlsbad. In 2013, CNN released “Blackfish,” a critically acclaimed documentary about the conditions and treatment of orcas at SeaWorld. The film moved Ren, who as a child had season passes to SeaWorld, leading her to become more proactive for social change. “I was painstakingly shook up,” she said after viewing the movie. “To me, the orcas are probably the most important species on the planet. If we can take

RACHEL GRAYNER, aka Kali Ren, began her hunger strike on Jan. 17. She wants SeaWorld to release all the orcas they have in captivity. Photo by Steve Puterski

care of them the right way, then we can get through this kind of apocalyptic atmosphere, the greed, the delusion and the collusion.” She has lost six to seven pounds, but she said she is strong physically and mentally, despite not eating for three weeks. Her routine consists of walking five to 10 miles per day, with periodic trips to get coffee. “The deeper you go into the shaman world, you begin to see things really clearly,” Ren said. “To sustain the level of magic or mastery, you really have to walk your talk. Otherwise, you are just a fake.”

She admits it’s a long shot SeaWorld releases all the orcas, which is another reason she is attempting to leverage Hollywood star power. She would allow for those celebrities to provide nutrition, thus creating a larger social awareness campaign. “Really, this was a ruse to get them to start using their power to push this forward,” Ren said. “They’ve really made lackluster attempts. These people … make miracles happen and they can’t find a way to get together and free these orcas? They’re not really standing up for anything.”

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Will San Onofre spur a Yucca Mountain revival?


Why can’t we elect our elected officials? By Robert Hemphill

Well, it happened again. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the San Marcos City Council decided that being dictators was more satisfying than being democrats (small “D”), and announced that by fiat they would fill their vacant city council seat, created when a sitting council member was elected mayor. They appointed Jay Petrek, a local city administrator in Escondido, to fill the vacant position. When Escondido appointed him as assistant city manager in 2016, the Mayor remarked, “Jay knows and loves our community (emphasis added). As the author of the City’s General Plan and work on various specific plans, he has attended over seventy community meetings, getting to know the residents, businesses and culture of Escondido.” How exactly this love for Escondido makes him a good council member for San Marcos, one cannot determine. There were 24 San Marcos residents who applied. And why not? If the council likes you, all you have to do is send in a bio, fill out a financial form, and get interviewed for half an hour. No need to raise money from all your friends, put out yard signs, go to neighborhood “meet and greets,” walk door to door to introduce yourself to your potential constituents, and participate in debates where you actually have to confront the other candidates. Hey, that’s real work. Right, it’s called “democracy.” It’s not just San Marcos that this authoritarian virus has infected. Oceanside had a similar vacancy in December. When they

called for candidates, 29 people threw their hats in the ring. Included were a former Oceanside mayor, a former councilman, the former city treasurer, a school board trustee, a former planning director and deputy city manager, and four previously unsuccessful City Council candidates. At least some of these people had participated in the electoral process before. And who did they select? A former Oceanside police officer with no electoral experience. The list goes on. Encinitas did the same thing when Tasha Boerner Horvath abandoned her council seat after less than half of her four-year term, running for and winning a California Assembly seat. As has happened two times before in Encinitas, no elections were held, but the City Council appointed someone from a field of eight, including two with electoral experience. The decision to forgo an election was based on the alleged cost of $400,000 to run a special election. So democratic principles aren’t necessary when they cost too much? In her newsletter just before the recent election, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear wrote: “When I worked as a news reporter at the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, the whole newsroom was abuzz on election night … Such diverse visions of the future. This excitement is why I still physically go to my local polling place to vote. I love the voting ritual! (emphasis added).” But she doesn’t love it enough to allow Encinitas to vote to fill a vacancy, when she can lead the

council in selecting someone the four of them want, not someone the 36,000 voters in Encinitas want. A person who has never run for any elected office, by the way. The $400,000 cost estimate is spurious. If Encinitas holds a mail-in ballot election — no polling places — and if you assume 9,000 voters per district, then the cost for a single district election should be well under $100,000. A dollar a ballot for printing, a dollar a ballot for postage, and it can’t cost more than $2 a ballot for mechanical counting and re-counting. Throw in a 20 percent contingency and you’re at $5 a voter, or less than $50,000. Surely we can afford that price for democracy. This problem can be easily fixed. You could simply change the law and bar using appointments to fill elected offices. Either run a special election, or leave the seat vacant until the next regular election. If the cost of the election is a real problem, then require any person elected to the Council to post a $50,000 bond. If he or she leaves before the term is up, other than due to death or disability, the bond is forfeited to the city and the money used for an election — NOT an appointment — to fill the vacancy. If the elected official serves out the full term, the bond is canceled. Either or both of these reforms would dramatically advance the cause of representative democracy in North County. If we really believe in electing our leaders, then let’s have elections. Robert Hemphill is an Encinitas resident

ne thing was very clear after a near-disastrous almost-accident last summer at the now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station beside the Orange-San Diego county line: Canisters of radioactive waste from the shuttered plant already placed for “temporary” storage on its grounds and new containers not yet placed must go somewhere else, as soon as possible. The problem is, there is no other place and virtually no one wants an atomic dump anywhere near their home. That’s why nuclear waste is now stored at more than six dozen active or decommissioned atomic power plants around the United States. The near-accident last year saw a 45-ton canister filled with spent fuel with a half-life in the hundreds of thousands of years somehow get stuck on the edge of a storage cavity about 18 feet above the floor of San Onofre’s “temporary” storage facility 108 feet from a state beach popular with surfers. Plant operator Southern California Edison Co. insisted the incident never posed a danger. It was kept quiet until an industrial safety worker spoke of it during a public meeting about a week later. Edison says there was no danger of escaped radiation even if the canister had fallen to the floor of the storage plant. Others saw it as a cause for action. “You need to quit tempting fate,” an official of the Union of Concerned Scientists told a reporter. But how, when no one wants this deadly stuff, which some experts say could harm everyone within a 50-mile radius if its radiation got loose?

debunked, geologists saying Yucca Mountain water drains west toward Death Valley, not east to the Colorado. Still, it had enough credibility to make retired California Democratic thomas d. elias Sen. Barbara Boxer a firm Yucca Mountain foe. Because all of AmerBut soon 73 huge ica’s existing storage facilities are at or beyond radioactive canisters will sit behind a 28-foot beachcapacity, the answer has to be a new dump to house front breakwater at San Onofre. The federal Nuclenot just San Onofre’s ar Regulatory Commission waste, but also residues has reported that a similar stored at other sites. container in a South AfOne candidate for rican beachfront storage years has been Yucca site failed after 17 years Mountain, near Mercury, from cracking triggered Nevada, about 90 miles by corrosive salt in the northwest of Las Vegas. marine environment, says Things have never been simple there, scientifically the website San Onofre Safety. or politically. That’s why Since some spent fuel the Yucca Mountain site, canisters at San Onofre first proposed by federal officials in the 1990s, nev- were loaded as early as 2003, that may mean er took off. leakage is possible withUsing it is complete in the next year. No one anathema to all Nevada knows how this might be politicians. For years, Democrat Harry Reid, the managed. It all creates pressure retired majority leader of the U.S. Senate, blocked it. for Yucca Mountain. Says Bill Alley, co-auNevada’s current senators thor of the nuclear waste are just as adamant. analysis book, “Too Hot to “I will be working Touch,” “Especially with to fight Yucca Mountain Diablo Canyon nearing every which way,” said newly minted Democratic shutdown in the early 2020s, this is a major CalSen. Jackie Rosen within ifornia problem and there days of her election last fall. Defeated Republican is no other site being studied.” Added Charles Langex-Sen. Dean Heller also ley, executive director of fought using the mounthe San Diego consumer tain’s cavernous interior group Public Watchdogs, for a dump. “Yucca Mountain (may Their opposition is be) the best in an array of based in part on a theory possible solutions ranging that radioactivity from from atrocious to absoluteYucca Mountain could ly horrible.” trickle into underground Plainly, a site safwater and eventually er than the San Onofre reach the Colorado River beachfront must be found, upstream from intakes to and Yucca Mountain may the aqueduct of the Metbe the best option, no ropolitan Water District matter how imperfect or of Southern California. locally unwelcome. Any threat to that supply would create massive presEmail Thomas Elias at sure to draw more water tdelias@aol.com. For more from Northern California Elias columns, visit www. streams. californiafocus.net This theory has been

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Expulsion overturned, student returns to Torrey Pines By Carey Blakely

REGION — After an expulsion, an expulsion reversal, and a lawsuit that lasted 202 days before being withdrawn, the student at the center of the controversy has been re-enrolled at Torrey Pines High School. His father — names have been withheld to protect the family’s privacy — wrote in a statement, “Our family feels relieved that San Dieguito Union High School District finally withdrew its meritless lawsuit against the San Diego County Office of Education. In

May 2018, the county found that the district unlawfully expelled our son and must reinstate him immediately. The county order in favor of our family stands today.” “We are grateful to our attorneys at the University of San Diego Legal Clinic and the public for their help, support and interest in justice. We also appreciate the administration and teachers of the district interim school our son attended during the litigation. Our son has returned to his neighborhood school to demonstrate his commitment to academic, athletic

and civic excellence for our school community.” The student was expelled from Torrey Pines last March for allegedly making “terroristic threats” on social media. His family challenged San Dieguito’s decision by appealing it to the San Diego County Board of Education. The county overturned the expulsion — deeming it unsupported by evidence — and ordered the expulsion record expunged and the boy reinstated. The district, however, refused to re-enroll the student at Torrey Pines at the

end of last school year and then filed a lawsuit against the county on June 29 to attempt to make the expulsion stand. After hiring two law firms to handle the case, with one replacing another, the district withdrew its suit from San Diego Superior Court on Jan. 16. John Salazar was the only San Dieguito board member to vote against the initial expulsion on March 16, 2018. He is no longer on the board and did not run for re-election in November. Salazar said in a written statement that he was

the decisions to expel and sue were made, explained that the amount paid to pursue an individual case is a matter of attorney-client privilege and can’t be publicly disclosed. Although the student had the legal right to re-enroll in Torrey Pines ever since the county issued its final and binding decision on May 31, the family and district struck an undisclosed agreement that the boy would attend a different district high school for the fall 2018 term. The student returned to Torrey Pines on Jan. 30.

Senior care facility goes to a vote in May



of locals who own shops and who’ve been around for generations,” Jackel said. “The thing we continue to hear from everybody is, ‘what can you do to make this authentic and vintage to Leucadia?’ We are open ears to all those things and excited to be able to do something luxurious and authentic.” The project’s opening phase will feature a massive sand replenishment program, returning an estimated 45,000 cubic yards of sand to the city’s beaches. The sand is anticipated to be excavated later this week and will continue through the end of February, according to Assistant City Manager Mark Delin. “The sand is a great match for Encinitas beaches,” Delin said. “(It’s) the same sandstone that has nourished the city’s beaches for years.” The proposal has overcome numerous regulatory hurdles over the years, receiving necessary approvals from the City Council, California Coastal Commission and California State Parks, according to the project website. Plans for the ambitious hotel, which were originally submitted in 1989 to the city of Encinitas as a companion development for La Costa Resort & Spa, include a main restaurant with a terrace and lounge, a bicycle-friendly café along North Coast Highway, an outdoor bar, a public spa, a fitness center for guests, meeting spaces, three wedding venues and a publicly accessible staircase from bluff to beach. As for its location on the Encinitas-Carlsbad border, one of the major selling points for future customers will be 124 rooms with unimpeded views of the Pacific Ocean and adjacent Batiquitos Lagoon. The goal is to provide a gorgeous view while blending in with the local landscape — authentic and dynamic, but subtle. “The way the hotel sits on the bluff, from an architectural perspective, we want it to look like the bluff grew up around it,” Kratzer said. “The exterior of the building is intended to reflect the colors that exist in the environment. The building materials themselves will be predominantly wood, rock and materials

pleased to discover that the district had “finally dropped the frivolous lawsuit.” He continued, “It seems that Superintendent Dr. Haley is providing the common sense leadership that our district and school board has lacked for many years. I bet the taxpayers of the area would like to know exactly how many tens of thousands of dollars were paid to the lawyers and not to programs that would have benefited our students.” Haley, who did not work for San Dieguito when

By Lexy Brodt


The Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Chapter VL in Rancho Santa Fe awarded, from left, Heather Hough, Rebecca Leach and Monica Ellis (not pictured: Amber Delapine) with scholarships for the Program for Continuing Education. All winners attend MiraCosta Community College. The P.E.O. Sisterhood has a goal of encouraging and supporting women to realize their potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose. Courtesy photo

that feel indigenous to the area.” The hotel will create an estimated 100-plus new staff jobs, another significant benefit to the local economy. As for the name, “Encinitas Beach Hotel,” well, it’s not set in stone. “We’ll take suggestions,” Kratzer said. “But to be honest, we want to go through the (immersion process) first before we name the hotel.” Here’s what neighboring Leucadia business owners and residents are saying about the project: “I think it’s a positive thing for business. As a resident I’m not a big fan. It was a great space for public use. It will bring more traffic to an already trafficked area.” — Ken Schulenvurg, owner Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream “Dumping mud and sewer pipes, asphalt and cement directly into the ocean for the currents to carry north to the South Carlsbad state beach is wrong. I hope this eco resort will take long term responsibility for what they have done and continually clean up the debris from the beaches.” — Robin Purcell, South Carlsbad Resident

Newsom to withdraw troops REGION — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans on Monday, Feb. 11 to remove more than 250 U.S. National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border, a decision quickly applauded by some San Diego lawmakers. According to Newsom’s office, only 100 of the 360 National Guard troops stationed at the border will remain there after March 31, when the state’s deployment agreement with the federal government ends. The other 260 will be reassigned around the state, with 110 supporting fire-prevention efforts and 150 moving to the state’s Counterdrug Task Force. “The border ‘emergency’ is nothing more than a manufactured crisis,” Newsom wrote on his Twitter page Monday morning. “And (California’s) National Guard will not be part of this political theater.” Newsom is the second governor to remove National Guard troops from the border, joining New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham, who withdrew that state’s troops last week. Grisham publicly rebuked the Trump administration’s immigration policies when she announced

the withdrawal, something Newsom echoed. Some local lawmakers quickly backed the plan. “The only emergency at the border is the one created by the federal government’s refusal to fulfill its responsibility to assist vulnerable families seeking asylum, and California is working with officials and organizations in San Diego to address that situation,” said Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. “California’s National Guard troops are needed elsewhere in the state, and I stand by Gov. Newsom’s decision to redeploy them from the border to places where they will be of far more value to our residents.” President Donald Trump requested the deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard troops last April in California, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. More than 5,000 U.S. military troops are also stationed at the border across the four states. With California and New Mexico scaling back their National Guard deployments, 1,725 troops will remain across Texas and Arizona, according to NBC News. — City News Service

SOLANA BEACH — Come May, Solana Beach voters will have a chance to choose whether the city will have a second senior care facility. After embarking on a brief signature-gathering campaign in mid-January, the project’s developers amassed 1,399 signatures to qualify the project’s specific plan for a special election. Only 901 signatures were required. The City Council voted 5-0 at a Jan. 30 special meeting to send the ordinance to a vote. The initiative petition and potential ordinance aim to allow a state-licensed facility with up to 99 beds for seniors, amending the lot’s zoning to permit a specific plan overlay. The developers have been scouting out the empty, 2.9-acre lot at the corner of Genevieve Street and Marine View Avenue for years — it is currently vacant and covered in overgrown foliage. The facility would be the first in the city to provide memory care services for its residents. If the specific plan is approved by voters, the project’s final design will then need to be approved by the City Council and the California Coastal Commission. No residents spoke during public comment at the meeting; however, past workshops have yielded concerns about traffic impacts and emergency response times. Resident Tom Golich submitted a letter to the editor in support of the project, highlighting the city’s need for more housing options for its growing elderly population. “Older citizens have only one facility locally to consider if they require assisted living and it usually has a wait list,” he said. The developers have frequently cited statistics anticipating a sharp increase in the number of elderly residents in the city in the coming years — nearly 2,200 by 2020 and about 3,500 by 2035. The project requires a public vote to move forward due to Proposition T, a vot-

er-approved ordinance that requires alterations in zoning — particularly those that call for an increase in density — to be put to a vote of the people. The special meeting was brief and to the point; council members had to choose between ordering a 30-day report on the project and delaying the vote, putting the measure on the general election ballot in 2020, or putting it to a special election. They voted unanimously for the latter option. The developer will foot the special election cost — the city would be responsible for the cost if it were to go to a general election. Due to a tight deadline to file with the San Diego Registrar of Voters, council opted to skip the option of a 30-day report. Instead, it checked with city staff to make sure the project’s draft environmental impact report would be published before the election, so residents would have information to analyze before making their vote. Staff confirmed the report would be out within 30 to 45 days. Initial arguments for or against the project are due to the city clerk by Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. with the due date for rebuttals to follow 10 days later. The special election by all-mail ballot is slated to occur on May 7, 2019. For more information on the project, visit: https:// www.solanabeachseniorcare. com/


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FEB. 15, 2019

Super Bowl party turns into a fundraiser The Country Friends names By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — While the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams battled it out during Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, a charitable twist was championed by “Holli”day… Anyday! to benefit San Diego-based charity Shelter to Soldier. Rancho Santa Fe resident and “Holli”day… Anyday! founder Holli Lienau said the idea for her annual Super Bowl parties to support Shelter to Soldier surfaced a couple of years ago. Lienau has hosted Super Bowl parties for years but decided she wanted the day to evolve into a charity-driven event to raise awareness by asking her guests to bring donations instead of hostess gifts. “I chose Shelter to Soldier to be that charity,” Lienau said. “I reached out to them to ask what they might need, so they sent me a wish list that I forwarded to my guests.” She said she had roughly 50 guests in attendance. “Some even brought monetary donations, and everyone learned about the great work that Shelter to Soldier does,” she added. Including $700 raised, guests arrived to Lienau’s private home with armfuls of in-kind donations including two dozen large white towels, bags of dental chews and bully sticks, dog cots and much more. Lienau said she hoped her Super Bowl party could inspire others to do the same. “It’s just a no-brainer opportunity to spread awareness, raise donations and funds,” Lienau said. The co-founder of Shelter to Soldier, Graham Bloem, was there for the day and said the aim of Shelter to Soldier is to save lives, two at a time. “At Shelter to Soldier, we are ultimately training

GRAHAM BLOEM, co-founder of the nonprofit Shelter to Soldier, with soon-to-be service dog Moose and “Holli”day… Anyday! founder Holli Lienau. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

rescue dogs to become service dogs, and we’re placing those dogs with post 9/11 combat veterans that are suffering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury or other surrounding diagnosis and issues,” Bloem said. “What makes our program so special is we’re taking a dog from a local rescue shelter that is lost, doesn’t have a permanent home and needs a purpose. And then we’re working with a veteran who also feels lost, who is also seeking a newfound purpose — then this magical team happens where they understand each other.” No stranger to shelter dogs, Bloem started his career as a dog trainer 18

years ago in the San Diego area beginning at a local shelter where he worked with homeless dogs. It was his job to create comfort and prepare them for adoption. One day, he received a call from a gentleman, who is now Bloem’s friend, who needed help rehabilitating and training a stray wild street dog from Iraq. Bloem volunteered his time to help the scared animal. At some point along the way, Bloem earned the moniker of The Iraqi Dog Trainer. Bloem eventually trained 11 dogs brought to the states by Marines who were stationed in Iraq. During training sessions, Bloem learned what the

conflict in Iraq was like to live through. “A little while after those experiences, I lost my good friend to suicide and losing him was really tough, but what it did on a positive side is that it opened up my mind and heart to something I wasn’t aware of which was the deep mental struggles of mental illness and suicide,” he said. “While I forced myself to try and understand why, in that same process, I learned how the largest populations affected were United States veterans and active duty — we were losing 20 veterans a day and one active duty.” Bloem was so troubled by the numbers, he knew he had to do something. So, he and his wife, Kyrié, founded Shelter to Soldier six years ago and have accomplished a lot in a relatively short amount of time. Bloem credits his team of dedicated people which include staff, volunteers, friends, family and donors. “It takes a village, and we’ve got an awesome village, and that is why we are here today at Holli’s home,” Bloem said. In 2019, Bloem has plans to place 12 trained shelter dogs with veterans. Next year, he’d like to do 15. The presence of Shelter to Soldier at the party initiated dialogue about veterans, suicide and dog rescue — which was the ultimate goal. “It’s these topics that need to be at the forefront of our conversations and in our everyday lives because they’re that important that they deserve our time and attention,” Bloem said. “And really, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing on Super Bowl Sunday.” For more information on Shelter to Soldier as well how to support the nonprofit, visit https://www.sheltertosoldier.org/

Oceanside recognizes upcoming World Spay Day By Samantha Taylor

OCEANSIDE — Have you spayed or neutered your pets this year? That’s what Monique Martin, the reigning Ms. Greater California, also known as “Krazy Kiara Dillon,” wants to know. Both Martin and the city of Oceanside are urging pet owners to spay or neu-

ter their pets or to sponsor a pet in need of one in observance of World Spay Day. World Spay Day is observed on the last Tuesday in February each year, which means it takes place this year on Feb. 26. Mayor Peter Weiss issued a proclamation during the Feb. 6 City Council meeting recognizing the day in Oceanside. As Ms. Greater California, Martin said her main platform is animal rescue with a focus on raising awareness for spaying, neutering and adopting pets from animal shelters. Martin volunteers for the San Diego Humane Society at its Oceanside campus and with Project Wildlife, a wildlife rehabilitation program. “When I’m not saving animals, I am a professional wrestler,” Martin told The Coast News. “Yes the stuff you see on TV.” “Krazy Kiara Dillon” is Martin’s wrestling character, known as the “The

Evil Queen” of the ring. That character is very different from who Martin really is, she said. Martin said promoting spaying and neutering pets is something “very dear” to her. “I am very passionate about this because it’s still estimated that about 1.5 million animals are being euthanized in shelters in the United States,” she said at the council meeting. “Spaying and neutering helps bring those numbers down and prevents over-population.” Spaying and neutering also helps to prevent certain types of cancers and behavioral issues in pets, according to Martin. Martin also discussed the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition’s “Getting to Zero” campaign, which set a goal to reach zero euthanasia of healthy or treatable animals in San Diego County. The campaign has been in the works since 2012, and on July 1, 2015, the coalition’s

shelters reached their goal of zero and have since stayed at that number, according to the San Diego Humane Society’s website. “Any animal that is treatable or healthy animal brought into the San Diego Humane Society will be safe,” Martin said. “Other counties can’t say that, so we really want to focus on spaying and neutering and keeping that number down to zero here.” The San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition’s shelters include: - San Diego Humane Society (campuses in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside) - Chula Vista Animal Care Facility - Coronado Animal Care Facility - El Cajon Animal Shelter - Friends of Cats - Rancho Coastal Humane Society - County of San Diego Department of Animal Services

Newman as board president By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Country Friends recently announced that Suzanne Newman was named board president for the nonprofit. Her position became official on Jan. 17. Newman served the roles of vice president in 2013 and 2014, and then again in 2017 to 2018. She also served as consignment shop liaison from 2011 to 2012. Newman didn’t just stumble upon the Rancho Santa Fe-based nonprofit. She learned about it through her mother, the late Jean Newman, who became a highly involved and passionate member not after moving to North County in 1980. “Although I lived and worked in Orange County, being an only child, my mother and I were very close, and I frequently attended events, such as the Art of Fashion with her,” Newman said. “Through her involvement with The Country Friends she taught me the value of the exceptional life I’ve been given and the importance of sharing as well as giving back to the community.” Newman became a member of The Country Friends when she relocated to San Diego in 2010 to help her mother care for her father following a stroke. When the opportunity to become board president was presented to Newman, it was an opportunity to give back to the organization and the funded agencies it supports even more. “There were many reasons for becoming president, not the least of which is to continue the legacy of my mother who loved the organization, what it stands for, and the good it has done for 65 years,” Newman said. “Those beliefs in this organization have been passed on to me.” Newman said she was in a time and place in her life to be given the opportunity to use the skills she gained in her professional career to help others while continuing to learn and grow personally. It was a win-win situation. Former two-term The Country Friends board president, and now First President Deborah Cross, said she has known Newman for many years. “Suzanne is hardworking and dedicated to The Country Friends,” Cross said. “I am looking forward to working with her as a member of the board of directors.” Newman has spent more than 40 years in the travel industry in positions such as division director of airline corporate sales, vice president of operations for a large national travel management company, and president of a travel technology start-up business. In each position, she walked away with new-

SUZANNE NEWMAN will serve a two-year term as board president of The Country Friends. Photo courtesy Jody Flowers Pinchin

found knowledge and skill. However, Newman is quick to point out that she’s learned not to define herself by who she works for but rather for what she has contributed over the years. As board president, Newman said that her goals are to continue to grow so that The Country Friends can expand its contributions to those in need in addition to supporting the contributions of her predecessor Cross, who established the Legacy Campaign. According to Newman, the Legacy Campaign aims to clear the nonprofit’s construction loan debt and create an endowment to ensure the organization can continue to fund agencies for the next 65 years. “To that end, my initial focus is on expanding our name recognition across San Diego County and increasing our membership numbers,” she said. Established in 1954, The Country Friends has contributed nearly $14 million to San Diego-based charities. Its two-story consignment shop is also part of the fundraising process. Newman described The Country Friends’ board of directors as dedicated, driven, supportive, and positive — they understand the value of a common cause and are willing to do the work required to achieve those goals. Newman wants people to know that The Country Friends is more than just the events they host. While shopping and fashion are a great vehicle to raise money, she said, the core of what they do is to learn about and support the small human care agencies in San Diego County needing financial assistance. “Our funds are raised through our events, membership and consignment/ donation sales through our shop,” Newman said. “We are a group that comes together from all areas of the county to work, network and contribute. Volunteers are an integral part of our success, and there are never too many.” To learn more about The Country Friends, visit TheCountryFriends.org.

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2 days in jail for false accusation By Aaron Burgin

ONE PASEO’S retail component is set to open March 1. The long-disputed project will bring a variety of retailers and restaurateurs to the Carmel Valley area, such as Blackbook Bikini, Mizukiyama Sushi and International Smoke. Photo by Lexy Brodt


He compared the aesthetic to something straight out of Malibu or Brentwood, “country meets the coast” with a “brand explosion inside.” There will be 44 retail tenants — four of which are yet to be determined. Of the announced retailers that will occupy the 96,000-square-foot retail area, the offerings are diverse: exercise options such as Soul Cycle, sweet tooth go-to’s like Shake Shack, as well as a variety of clothing options. Culinary and beverage choices run the gamut from the quick bite to the celebrity-infused. Curious, Instagram-savvy foodies can hit International Smoke, a restaurant collaboration between celebrity cook Ayesha Curry and renowned chef Michael Mina. For your typical beer lover, the co-founder of San Diego’s own Saint Archer Brewing Company will open up another location of his separate company, Harland Brewing Co., at the western portion of the retail site.



county would be looking to work with all of the cities to potentially work on a regional CCE network. She previously tried to bring forth a CCE proposal to the county, but none of her colleagues at the time seconded the motion. The announcement was one of several major proposals outlined by Jacob in the address, her seventh and likely final one of her 26year career on the board. She terms out of office in 2020. Jacob’s address outlined initiatives aimed at addressing wildfire preparedness, affordable housing creation, behavioral health, elder care and energy independence, calling it a “new era” for the county. “We’ve got fresh voic-

Smith called the layout a “true curation,” selling One Paseo’s new tenants as the next generation of retailers, clicks-to-bricks “media darlings” with a strong online presence. He boasted that the site’s retailers may bring in a combined 250,000-person following on Instagram. Smith said the offerings include a “good mix” of both well-known national brands and local companies, such as Blackbook Bikini out of Encinitas and Parakeet Café out of La Jolla. A few of the site’s offerings are split into “collections,” clusters of shops offering women’s services (Drybar, Color Counter) or health food options (Joe & the Juice, Tender Greens). When asked how the site’s retail options would offer something new from what already exists across the street at the Del Mar Highlands, Smith responded that the client base is the same, but the experience is “significantly different.” He mentioned the smaller size of the project inhibits any talk of a large grocer or theater — the latter of which was actually part of

the project’s original design. “I would say this is a little more experiential, and a bit more elevated food and beverage experience,” he said. The retail area is accompanied by a three-story parking structure with 570 spaces. The site will also offer valet parking and a shuttle connecting One Paseo to five different stops, including one at the Solana Beach transit center. The retail section relies heavily on large outdoor spaces — with several sizeable patios hugging the area’s soon-to-be restaurants. A large eucalyptus tree trunk rests on its side in the center of the project, renovated by a Bay Area woodworker and intended as both an art piece and a “play element” for the destination’s younger visitors. The project’s team is planning to host a variety of outdoor events, including farmers markets and musical performances. Nelson Ackerly, senior vice president with Kilroy, said he thinks the project will turn out to be something the community “is absolutely going to love,”

he said. “(Carmel Valley) just doesn’t seem to have that place where you can park your car and hang out for long periods of time,” Ackerly said. “It seems like the one missing piece to make this a world-class community.” The project has seen its fair share of obstacles, surviving disgruntled citizen groups, a few potential lawsuits, and a referendum campaign. After significantly scaling down the project — twice — One Paseo finally got a green light from the San Diego City Council in June 2016. Its original plan called for a 1.8 million-grosssquare-foot, mixed-use development on the formerly vacant 23.6-acre lot. It has since been scaled down to 1.18 million square feet. The planned building height previously reached as high as 10 stories — it is now scaled down to a maximum of six stories, with 30-foot minimum setbacks from neighboring streets. The project will have 608 residential units, 61 of which will be affordable. They range in size from studios to three-bedrooms.

es, fresh perspectives and for the first time in a generation the new faces outnumber the old,” Jacob said. “This opens the window to the new and novel, to bold ideas and opportunities.” The senior supervisor announced she would team up with Supervisor Jim Desmond on several fire safety initiatives, including strengthening the building code for construction in high-risk fire areas and a new grant program to encourage existing homeowners to install fire-resistant materials. In affordable housing, she and Supervisor Greg Cox are bringing forth a proposal to double the county’s $25 million affordable housing trust fund, which she said could lead to the creation of 1,000 homes countywide, including strengthening the building

code for construction in high-risk fire areas and a new grant program to encourage existing homeowners to install fire-resistant materials. In addition to the county’s recent launch of a program waiving permit fees for the construction of accessory dwelling units, Jacob said that the county is exploring a plan to create pre-approved accessory dwelling units plans akin to the program launched in Encinitas in January. “We have 172,000 housing units on existing lots in our unincorporated areas,” Jacob said. “If only 10 percent added an additional dwelling unit, that would go a long way to filling our affordable housing gap.” Jacob also announced several behavioral health initiatives, including working with Sheriff Bill Gore

and District Attorney Summer Stephan to bolster the county’s psychiatric emergency response teams, known as PERT, and the possible creation of crisis stabilization centers that would allow for drop off by law enforcement, detox and care coordination. “These people don’t belong behind bars, these people need treatment,” Jacob said. “We need to focus on the individual, not on programs, and come up with a coordinated system of care.” In the area of senior care and dementia care, Jacob announced that the county would be expanding a recently created Alzheimer’s response team as well as touting a $1 million voucher program to help caregivers of family members who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia.

ENCINITAS — A judge has sentenced a North County woman who falsely accused former State Assembly candidate Phil Graham of sexual misconduct to two days in county jail and three years probation, after the woman pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to criminal charges stemming from her claims. Superior Court Judge Sim Von Kalinowski rendered his sentence Burgan Tuesday afternoon after Graham, who lost in the June primary, called on the judge to render a harsher sentence. Von Kalinowski ruled that Nichole Burgan, the woman who falsely accused Graham of forcibly kissing her in May 2018, should receive a more lenient sentence — which included a 90-day jail term that was stayed pending completion of her probation, $655 fine, 10 days public works service and a mental health evaluation — because she did not have a criminal record. “I know it’s not the penalty you’d hope to see,” Von Kalinowski said to Graham. “But I have to weigh the crime against the fact she doesn’t have a criminal record.” The sentencing came after Burgan’s attorney withdrew her not-guilty plea the day the case was supposed to go to trial. Graham, in his five-minute victim impact statement, said he believes the accusation cost him the election. “The false accusations by Ms. Burgan had a devastating impact on my reputation and my life,” Graham said. “And I believe, more consequentially, interfered with and corrupted an election. In a free and democratic society, this is a reprehensible crime.” Graham was running for the 76th Assembly District seat left vacant when Republican Rocky Chavez announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. Graham, a Republican and the stepson of former California Gov. Pete Wilson, received the County Republican Party’s endorsement as well as the endorsement and a number of high-ranking elected officials, and raised more money than his opponents combined. He unsuccessfully ran for Encinitas City Council in 2016. But just weeks before the election, Burgan told the media that Graham forcibly kissed her during the early morning hours of

May 14, 2018, after a night of drinking at the 1st Street Bar in Encinitas. She later filed a police report, which prompted a San Diego Sheriff’s Department investigation of her claims. But variations in her story to different media outlets and a series of restraining orders filed against Burgan in the past that accused her of filing false reports raised doubts about the veracity of her claims. T h e Graham Sheriff’s Department investigated and disproved the claims after reviewing video surveillance inside and outside of the bar and interviewing several witnesses. Graham vociferously denied the allegations, but Democratic activists quickly launched attack ads against Graham based on the allegations. An unknown party issued an illegal robocall alluding to the allegations but concealed the identity of the source of the robocall, which violates campaign finance laws. The Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating the robocalls. Graham alluded to these attacks in his statement, in which he said that Burgan’s actions adversely effected his supporters, campaign volunteers and wallet. “A business was illegally, electronically hijacked to disseminate Ms. Burgan’s false charges,” Graham said referring to the robocall. “I hope state and federal authorities get to the bottom of those activities as well and that justice is served.” Several of the groups pulled their ads once Graham was cleared of the charges, but Graham said that the damage had already been done. “Sadly, I have also learned that the mere allegations were enough to deeply damage my reputation in the eyes of many people who did not know me well,” he said. “I learned that a mere allegation, in this era of social media and viral transmission of news, has lasting effects.” Graham finished third in the primary behind Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Tasha Boerner Horvath, who went on to win the seat in November, the first time a Democrat had ever claimed the Coastal North County Assembly seat. Prosecutors on June 14, 2018, filed a single misdemeanor charge against Burgan for filing a false poTURN TO ACCUSATION ON 16

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Oceanside Public Library will hold a Books and Media (BAM!) Sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, behind the Civic Center Library at 602 Civic Center Drive, Oceanside. For more information, call (760) 4355560, or visit oplfriends.org.

The Friends of the Rancho and the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution offer a “Washday at the Adobe” exhibit through Feb. 23 at the Adobe Galley, 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista. It features laundry implements your great grandmother used in times past. Hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.



FEB. 17

A ”Love Your Library” exhibit will be shown in the Pioneer Room Gallery through Feb. 28 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

FEB. 16

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve’s free Nature Discovery series will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the new pavilion, next to the Lodge Museum. February's topic will be "The Incredible Journey of the Grey Whales" by Jane Barger. A short hike will follow the lecture. Bring binoculars. OCEANSIDE TALKS COAST The Oceanside PlanReserve a spot at https://torning Division will hold a reypine.org/. second community workshop on its Local Coastal Program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the City CIAO, BELLA Join the Italian conver- Council Chambers, 300 N. sation class at 1 p.m. Feb. Coast Highway, Oceanside, 17 at the Encinitas Senior to introduce and discuss Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park possible coastal hazards adDrive, Encinitas. Register at aptation strategies. EncinitasParksandRec.com.

FEB. 19


San Diego Botanic Garden annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Day of event registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and paws cross the starting line at 9 a.m. Register yourself, your team, or for a virtual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden online, visit https://rchumanesociety.org/events/5kpaw-walk-in-the-garden/.

Seaside Center for Spiritual Living campus will be host to an Open House Extravaganza and “New Thought-A-Thon,” from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. For further information, contact Susan Sullivan at 760-2083382 e-mail: sully4realestate@gmail.com.

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The Oceanside Public Library invites families to enjoy international folktales with Michael D. McCarty at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information, visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600. The


Register now for the Carlsbad nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts Celebrity Golf Classic on March 3 and March 4 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe. The event will be hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Fresh Start’s goal is to raise $200,000 and 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the Fresh Start Medical Program.






A Social Dance will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Register at EncinitasParksandRec.com.


meets at the Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 602-4650. REPUBLICAN CLUB

Republican Club of Ocean Hills will welcome Christopher Rodriguez, newly elected Councilman representing District 2 of Oceanside at noon Feb. 20 at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside. Lunch is $15 per person. Cash or check only at the door (sorry, no credit cards accepted). RSVP Colleen at (760) 842-8735.


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7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Education Outreach Specialist, Skie Bender, from Wolf Haven International will discuss the biology, behavior, social structure, historical and current ranges and ecosystem roles between wolf, coyote and dog. For more information, visit aguahedionda. org or call (760) 804-1969. SUPER STEM SIGNUPS

Sign up now to build and launch a rocket, play Frisbee with a robot, climb aboard a flight simulator or view the surface of the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 at the free science festival Super STEM Saturday at California State University San Marcos. Children of all ages are invited. The event will close the nine-day San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering.

Enjoy the Buena Vista Audubon Speaker Series with “Swainson’s Hawks by the Thousands” with retired marine biologist Hal Cohen at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information: LIFE LECTURES (760) 439-2473. Mira Costa College's LIFE lectures will host two lectures, at 1 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at 1 with WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS North County Widows theatre attractions for "Piand Widowers Club will rates of the Penzance” and gather for lively conversa- "The Life and Legacy of Leo tion, food and beverage at Carrillo" on the Oceanside 3 p.m. Feb 21 at Fratelli’s Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Italian Kitchen, 3915 Mis- Oceanside. Buy parking sion Ave., Oceanside, and permit in parking Lot A. again at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at For more information, visit PF Chang’s, 5621 Paseo Del miracosta.edu/life or (760) Norte, Carlsbad. RSVP to 757-2121 ext. 6972. (760) 729-3387.

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The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will meet for happy hour and dinner Feb. 19 at Black Angus Restaurant, Escondido. On Feb. 21, they will go bowling at Surf Bowl with dinner at Hunter Steakhouse, Oceanside. YES MEETING Youth Enrichment SerBUILD A BONSAI vices (YES) presents Jon Bonsai and Beyond will Moffat Cyber Educator meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at on “Bridging the Digital the San Diego Botanic Gar- Knowledge Gap from 8:30 dens, 230 Quail Gardens to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Pine Drive, Encinitas. Bring your Community Center 3209 plants, gloves, and imagi- Harding St., Carlsbad. nation. Extra plants are appreciated. Call Cindy Read, (619) 504-5591.

Sign up now for San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals – North County, 7 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at Kit CARLSBAD NEWCOMERS The Carlsbad NewcomCarson Park, 3333 Bear Valers Club for age 50 and up the ley Parkway, Escondido.

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FEB. 22


The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation invites the public to “Wolves of the West,” a 2019 Nights at the Museum series, from 5:30 to

FEB. 23


Drop off your tween from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 at Pine Ave. Community Center & Park, 3300 Harding St., Carlsbad, for a night with giant inflatables, Zorb balls, laser tag, virtual reality, video games, photo booth, competitions, and more. Ages 10 to 14 years old are allowed to attend. For more information, call (760) 602-7519. City staff as well as Marine Corps volunteers and security will chaperone the event. All activities are included with admission. Food and beverages are available for purchase.


Join the Pajama Project from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Dr., Encinitas, to cut, sew and assemble pajama kits. Whether you sew or not, have half an hour or five hours, there will be something for you to do. Volunteers will assemble pajama sewing kits, wash eight-yard-long bolts of flannel, sew, donate or provide lunch for about 15-20 volunteers, donate funds for flannel and PJ kit supplies. For more about the Pajama Project, e-mail pjproje c t 9 2 0 2 4 @ g m a i l . com or visit facebook.com/ ThePajamaProject/.


The Sons and Daughters of Italy are sponsoring a free Italian genealogy workshop, complete with antipasto and drinks, from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Valley Club, 2280 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Salvatore Provenza at sprovenza@aol. com or call (760) 845-3279.


Friendship Gardeners Of Del Mar will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 to discuss varieties of poppies. Call (858) 755-6570 for Del Mar meeting location.

FEB. 24


The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend Mass at St. Margaret Catholic Church and lunch at Jolly Roger Restaurant, Oceanside, on Feb. 24. The group will also take a docent tour at Oceanside Museum of Art and lunch at Honey's Bistro, Oceanside Feb. 26 and have lunch and Bocce Ball at the Vista Elks Club, Vista Feb. 28. Reservations are required at (858) 674-4324.

FEB. 25


Enjoy an evening of “Language and Laughter” with linguist Richard Lederer at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D Solana Beach. Tickets are $25 at tickets.northcoastrep.org.

FEB. 26


A “Wiggles and Waggles” fashion show luncheon, benefiting Rancho Coastal Humane Society, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Country Club Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets are $125. For more information or tickets, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call (760) 7536413, or visit sdpets.org.

The Carlsbad Republican Women Federated (CRWF) club welcomes Tony Krvaric, chairman, Republican Party of San Diego County, at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. RSVP to Ann at (760) 4157006 or annie13035@yahoo. com by Feb. 20. Cost is $30. Check us out on Facebook as Carlsbad Republican Women Federated.

FEB. 28


The city of Carlsbad’s Mindful Living Workshops continue with Mindful Volunteering at 6 p.m. Feb. 28, in the Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 6022038.


A “Seuss-eriffic” Reader's Theater for all ages will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Escondido Library, 239 South Kalmia St., Escondido. Wish Dr. Seuss a happy birthday with a storytime featuring whimsical tales, silly songs, and positively Seuss-ical crafts.

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Gun show owner files lawsuit against fairgrounds To take a few people who are anti-gun and let them be the opinion of the whole county is pretty far-reaching.” Crossroads President Tracy Olcott on debate over gun shows at Del Mar Fairgrounds By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — The courts may have the final word on whether gun shows will resume at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Utah-based company Crossroads of the West filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court against the fairgrounds’ 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors on Jan. 21, after the board imposed a yearlong moratorium on the long-disputed event in September. The company is seeking injunctive and declaratory relief for a decision it views as a violation of its first amendment rights to free speech and assembly, as well its rights to equal protection and due process. It is also seeking damages for lost profits, among other costs to their business. Crossroads has held a gun show on the fairgrounds’ property five times a year for the past 30 years. In early September, the board moved to cancel the event for the duration of 2019, until staff could develop a new policy regarding gun show events. The board’s Contracts Committee recommended the moratorium, further advising the board to put in place a policy that considers holding gun shows for only educational and safety training, banning the possession of guns on state property. In an email to The Coast News, the fairground’s Public Information Officer Annie Pierce reiterated that the board’s intent at the September meeting was not to permanently ban gun shows. The board has no further comment at this time. However, Crossroads President Tracy Olcott sees the board’s action as a “foregone conclusion,” a view shared by local pro-gun advocates. “I really have no faith that they’re going to come back next year and say, ‘oh hey, we’ve decided to continue on with the gun show,’” said Michael Schwartz, the executive director of the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC. “No matter what they call it, a moratorium or not, there was supposed to be a gun show in February and it’s not here … that’s a ban. The rest is semantics.” The latest of the Crossroads of the West gun shows occurred in mid-December, drawing about 6,000 people — many of whom showed up to witness “the last one.” The gun shows attract vendors from across the region, selling everything from artwork and crystal balls to ammunition and

semi-automatic assault rifles. Crossroads runs several such shows in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. A handful of frequent vendors and attendees are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including South Bay Rod and Gun Club, a shooting club based out of Dulzura, California. Don Gussler, the club’s president, said South Bay has been attending the event for about six years, where the members hand out informational pamphlets and fliers. Gussler said the event is the club’s main venue for advertising and promotion. Gussler calls the event “a very educational thing,” and said he believes the board isn’t “looking at the actual facts.” Other plaintiffs include the California Rifle & Pistol Association and the Second Amendment Foundation. The lawsuit asserts that the board is discriminating against Crossroads and gun show vendors “based on irrational public policies that are based on flawed reasoning and dubious conclusions related to gun show operations and gun shows’ impact on public safety.” Olcott said the board is bringing its own opinions into the mix in deciding the fate of the event, and representing only the views of the immediately surrounding communities in making its decisions. “To take a few people who are anti-gun and let them be the opinion of the whole county is pretty far-reaching,” Olcott said, stating that the events are “highly regulated” and promote “100 percent legal” gun-related activities. The agricultural district’s statutory authority allows that the board, “without prior approval from the department, may arrange for and conduct, or cause to be conducted, or by contract permit to be conducted, any activity by any individual, institution, corporation, or association upon its property at a time as may be deemed advisable.” In keeping with its aim to present a new policy at the board’s December 2019 meeting, the board has appointed an ad-hoc committee to study the event. At the board’s Jan. 9 meeting, Committee Chair Frederick Schenk reported that the committee was beginning to meet with interested parties — legislative leaders, city officials and activists on both sides of the gun debate. He also pointed out the possibility of new legislation that might impact

KIRK REDMAN, with firearm supply store Ammo Brothers, displays an array of guns at the Del Mar Fairgrounds gun show in December. Photo by Lexy Brodt

the viability of gun shows across the state. Gavin Newsom, California’s newly elected governor, has voiced his opposition to the possession and sale of guns on public land. The board is governor-appointed. “If there’s going to be some legislative direction, we’re going to have to be consistent with whatever that will be,” Schenk said. Area residents have been protesting the event for years. Opposition started gaining traction in early 2018, after a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, sparked far-reaching outcries against gun violence. Locally, it spurred the formation of NeverAgainCA, a Del Mar orga-

nization aiming to end gun violence. NeverAgainCA objects to gun show operators profiting from the proliferation of guns and ammunition sold on state-owned property, according to its founder, Del Mar resident Rose Ann Sharp. And NeverAgainCA is not alone in opposing the event — Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas have all passed resolutions opposing the sale and possession of firearms on publicly-owned property. “I think people do see this as a public health risk,” Sharp said. “My belief is that they don’t want more guns in their community.” Del Mar Mayor Dwight

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Worden has been at the helm of local opposition at the city level — drafting Del Mar’s resolution in March and urging its neighbors to the north to do the same. Given the Parkland shooting and rising concerns over gun violence, Worden said local residents felt gun shows were “part of the problem.” Going forward, Worden hopes the board will “develop a policy that reflects community value and not be intimidated by a lawsuit that doesn’t have much merit.” Crossroads has been looking for a new venue to host the event, but according to the complaint, “the government has a monopoly

on venues of this size and type in the area.” Schwartz, an outspoken advocate of the gun show, has been helping Crossroads look at different venues in the area. “It’s turned out to be really difficult,” Schwartz said. “The reality is they need about 50,000 square feet of useable space and about 12,000 parking spots. There’s not many places like that.” With few legal precedents paving the way for Crossroads, Schwartz said this lawsuit could be a determining point for gun shows in the state — which have so far eluded local as well as state legislative efforts to put them to an end. “I think that if they lose this lawsuit, you probably won’t see a gun show on public property five years from now … on any state property,” he said. In a similar case that dragged on for over 10 years, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ authority to ban the possession and sale of guns in “sensitive places,” i.e. public property, after a gun show operator sued the board over its action. However, the case’s appeals process abruptly came to an end when the board reversed its policy, and allowed gun shows to commence as long as firearms were secured to tables or fixtures via a “sturdy cable.” Crossroad’s complaint follows close on the heels of a case out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in which a gun show operator is suing the city for opting to end the event’s 30-year operation at a popular public park.

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e’d been to the “eagle tree” earlier in the day, but it had been

empty. Now we’ve returned to the stately cottonwood, a white skeleton against a brilliantly blue January sky, and we’ve lucked out. It’s populated with seven — no, eight — roosting eagles, perched on the naked branches, scanning the fields below for their next meals. Normally, we groundbound creatures are lucky if we see one bald eagle soaring far overhead. But here in Carson Valley, Nevada, something special happens every January and February that, like a magnet, draws a few hundred eagles to a bounteous bird buffet. It’s during these first weeks of the year that hundreds of cattle in the area give birth, leaving the afterbirth in the fields. It’s this rich source of protein in the valley that brings eagles from as far away as Alaska and predictably, hundreds of birders who want to see the majestic raptors. About 18 years ago, Carson Valley decided to capitalize on this annual natural phenomenon and created

HUNDREDS OF bald eagles roost in the cottonwoods in Carson Valley, Nevada, every winter. The birds mate for life and during mating and roosting season, can command a territory of a 25-mile radius. Photo by Jerry Ondash

AWARD-WINNING photographer and naturalist Dwayne Hicks takes visitors on photo tours to capture wildlife, especially the bald eagles that arrive each winter. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

Eagles & Agriculture. Eagles & Ag is a fourday program that includes tours of area ranches and historic properties; exhibits featuring the works of local artists whose photos, paintings and drawings portray area wildlife and the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains; up-close-and-personal encounters with working raptors and their owners; and photography tours. On this frosty January morning, we are paired with award-winning wildlife photographer Dwayne Hicks, a longtime Carson Valley resident whose expertise lies not

only with his 600-millimeter lens, but in raptor psychology and habitat. He knows all the fence posts, fields and favorite trees frequented by bald eagles and other raptors, and all the tricks for bringing home some amazing images. Hicks takes us down muddy paths and across soggy fields, admonishing us to dodge puddles and cow pies. “Walk closely in single file so that the eagles think we are only one person,” he instructs us. Seeing many eagles in a defined area is unusual because “mated and especial-

ly nested eagles of all types can be very territorial,” Hicks explains. “A pair will cover a 25-mile radius. Luckily for the visiting eagles, the calving season is not during mating or nesting season, so the local eagles are more tolerant of the visitors.” A resident of Mission Viejo until age 14, Hicks developed his love of the outdoors while “hiking the mountains and trails of Southern California and the Rockies of New Mexico. I spent summers in the June Lake area and came to Carson Valley and Tahoe for winter sports and getaways.”

His love affair with Carson Valley is strong. “With the mountains all around us, everyone has a million-dollar view. We are a true four-season year, Lake Tahoe is just on the other side of the mountain, and Reno is only an hour away. We are still small enough that most people know most people, and our wildlife population is among the best in the United States.” Hicks also spent 30 years working in and for the military, which sent him all over the globe. He’s photographed wildlife in most Western states, Alaska and the Yukon Territory. “My favorite animal is the American bald eagle,” he says. “I would say it has to do with my service in the army and a love for this country, but I also have very

vivid memories of seeing birds of prey here as a child and always wanted to see more of them.” Three years ago, Hicks, 53, suffered a stroke that severely disabled him for months. He used this time to learn even more about raptors, and he shares this information throughout the tour. “When a tour ends, I want my guests to experience something unlike anything they’ll find back home,” he says. “I want them to take a piece of this place with them so they’ll always want to come back.” To see Hicks’ photos: www.dwaynesworld.com. For tour info: (775) 781-8808. For info on Carson Valley: www.visitcarsonvalley.org. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook.com/elouise.ondash.









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Trio wants you to be wild about their waffles By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Angelia Daugirda said it’s hard to take her, her boyfriend Brian Togubat and their business partner Martin Roesch seriously. “We think we are the funniest freaking people we know,” said Daugirda, who lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. “We want to be serious and grown up, but we really love to have fun, live life and surf like we’re 12 years old.” But there is one thing that the trio is serious about: waffles. And they want you to eat theirs. Literally. The three entrepreneurs are the minds behind Eat My Waffles, a grain-free, gluten-free, no-sugar-added waffle and pancake mix that is poised to be the next big thing in the waffle industry. It’s not perfectly square or round, but rather a rustic version of a waffle, which they want you to be wild about, to eat both sweet and savory, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Much like their motto — which is emblazoned inside their logo — they want you to “expect the unexpected” when it comes to their waffles. “Our original EMW mix is a wonderful foundation to creating endless possibilities in your own kitchen,”

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jelly waffles and we would take them to the beach and eat waffles at the beach, and that is really how we met, down at the beach,” Togubat said. “Yeah, I asked him to eat my waffles, and then he wouldn’t go away and I got stuck with him,” Daugirda said. “I fed him, and he’s like a feral cat, he never left.” They each brought two children into the relationship. “We’re like the Brady Bunch,” she said. Togubat, who comes from the hospitality and gaming industry with a background in business and finance, and Daugirda, linked up with Roesch — the mind behind Eat My Waffles’ unique branding (the mix’s tear strip even reads, “tear at either edge to unlock inner awesomeness”) — when the trio was cast for The Food Network’s The Great Truck Challenge” in 2018. They didn’t make the final cut, but in the three weeks they were on the

show, they came up with a brand, marketing material and formed a limited liability company — BAM Foods, LLC. “We all said to ourselves, if we can do that in three weeks, what could we do in a year or two years,” Daugirda said. “We didn’t want to waste it.” Togubat said their passion for the recipe they created kept them going. “We were so stoked about how good it tasted,” he said. “And as much as we know it’s going to be a hit in Cardiff, we think everyone east of Encinitas would enjoy our waffles as well, regardless of what their health and activity levels are. Our kids are stoked to eat them, and we want your kids to eat them as well, so bringing that to the rest of the world was something was really exciting for us.” March’s expo will give them that opportunity, as it brings 400,000 people — including buyers from across the grocery and hospitality industries — under one roof. “It’s the most amount of people in any opportunity available in the world at one time,” Togubat said. “From there the possibilities open up for different distribution outlets, such as hotels and resorts, and all sorts of people who show up to find new things because the health food industry is so huge right now,” Daugirda said. Following the expo, the company is planning a crowdfunding party in Cardiff, possibly at Lost Abbey in Cardiff Town Center. And, of course, they will continue to look for new and revolutionary ways to present their favorite food to the world. “There are plans for new flavors, we are definitely going to be taking the pancake and waffle mix to the next level,” Daugirda said. As for other food ventures, who knows, Daugirda said. “We are definitely looking for opportunities to expand,” she said. “With the love we have for food and cooking, it’s what we do, so we are always going to keep our eyes open to new opportunities.” For more information, visit eatmywaffles.com.

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Special needs cat joins HWAC therapy program RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pet Encounter Therapy program recently welcomed its newest animal to its therapy roster. Like every pet in the program, 3-year-old Dan Walker has intuitive therapy skills. Not only is he one of the few felines to make the program, but he’s a special needs animal who was born without his two back paws. Since the beginning of the center’s Pet Encounter Therapy in the 1980s, only six cats have been a part of the program. “Dan Walker is one of the best therapy cats we have ever had, and his special needs does not slow him down at all,” Public Relations Director Jessica Gercke said. According to Gercke, Dan Walker was found on the streets of Tijuana and needed medical help to treat his wounds. After he was all healed, his adoptive mom noticed how Dan Walker had a connection to humans and thought he’d make a great therapy cat. And it turns out that she was right and the cat also enjoys greeting people. Gercke said the most common therapy animals are dogs and finding a cat with these unique therapy skill sets is rare — not to mention how Dan Walker also enjoys car rides.

His canine brother, Pilot, is also a therapy dog and they sometimes go on visits together. Dan Walker, along with the Pet Encounter Therapy gang, visits a variety of places such as skilled nursing facilities, schools, hospitals, shelters and more. “Dan Walker is like this little magical creature and people just love him,” Gercke said. “Because he’s special needs himself, when he goes to facilities where there are people also with special needs, there’s this bonding that takes place because Dan Walker is so affectionate.” Gercke went on to say that people relate to Dan Walker because he lives his life with such openness, love, and acceptance that it helps so many individuals experiencing their own challenges. “We’re really excited to have Dan Walker as part of our program because we have seen all the incredible love he gives and how he puts smiles on people’s faces,” she said. Over the years, the center’s Pet Encounter Therapy program has witnessed firsthand the numerous health benefits of human-animal interaction such as lowered blood pressure and positive energy. Pet therapy has also made a positive response impact on those who have been nonresponsive due to

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unnamed 34-year-old male resident who went on a spree of destruction when he thought his wife had destroyed his prized collection of action figures. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval wrote in his blog that officers arrived to find an ax buried in the windshield of a car. The man explained to them he had overreacted and used the log-splitting ax to chop up a TV, TV stand, laptop computer and other items in the house before going outside to attack his car, chopping off both side mirrors and breaking out the windshield, reported WMTV. He admitted to officers that he had also been drinking too much, and he was charged with disorderly conduct and felony damage to property. [WMTV, 1/21/2019]

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In a whole new twist on stomach pumping, doctors in Quang Tri, Vietnam, saved 48-year-old Nguyen Van Nhat's life in January by transfusing 15 cans of beer INTO his stomach. As Dr. Le Van Lam explained to the Daily Mail, alcohol contains both methanol and ethanol, and the liver breaks down ethanol first. But after a person stops drinking, the stomach and intestines continue to release alcohol into the bloodstream -- even if the drinker has lost consciousness -- and alcohol levels continue to rise. In Nhat's case, upon arrival at the hospital, his blood methanol level was 1,119 times higher than the appropriate limit. Doctors administered one can of beer every hour to slow down his metabolizing of methanol, which gave them time to perform dialysis. Nhat spent three weeks in the hospital before returning home. [Daily Mail, 1/16/2019]

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Your giggle for the week: During a Jan. 17 special program on ITV Westcountry in the United Kingdom about how police forces are suffering under budget cuts, a certain officer interviewed for the show got more attention for his name than for his opinions about the budget. PC Rob Banks has undoubtedly heard clever remarks about his name all his life, reported Plymouth Live, but Twitter users from as far away as Australia found it newly hilarious. [Plymouth Live, 1/18/2019]

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A 19-year-old man from Nice, France, has received a four-month (suspended) sentence for a clever plot he hatched in September. The man, known only as Adel, removed a PlayStation 4 from a supermarket shelf on Sept. 17 and took it to the produce aisle, where he weighed it and printed out a price sticker for fruit. Then he used the self-checkout line to pay and left the store with a $389 piece of electronics for about $10. Adel sold the PlayStation for $114 to buy a train ticket. The next day, he tried the same scheme, but police caught him in the act. He will only have to serve his Inexplicable sentence if he re-offends, -- For UNC-Greensboro reported Kotaku.com. [Ko- student Maddie (no last taku.com, 1/29/2019] name provided), there really was a monster in the closet. Or at least a guy named Least Competent Criminals -- Oh, those pesky sur- Drew. After returning to veillance cameras. Alex- her apartment on Feb. 2, ander Goldinsky, 57, had a Maddie heard strange noisbright idea for collecting es coming from her closet. The Way the World Works Residents of the small some cash, but it was just She put her hand on the so 1990s. While working door and said, "Who's in town of Hilgermissen in Germany as an independent contrac- there?" "My name's Drew," northwestern

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A BP gas station in Swansea, South Carolina, was the setting for a reprise of at least one iconic moment from 1984's "The Karate Kid," according to Fox News. On Jan. 26, as surveillance cameras looked on, an unidentified man struck Mr. Miyagi's signature Crane Technique pose -- twice -- before stealing a purse from a parked car nearby. The Swansea Police Department posted the video to its Facebook page, and with the public's help, officers were able to identify the man and issue warrants for his arrest. [Fox News, 2/2/2019]

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The joys of raising boys Jean Gillette hopes you will enjoy some of her earlier columns, in a sympathetic salute to all young moms today.


he inspiration for this column was a loud ringing in my ears, prompted by an afternoon with my 3-year-old son and his best 3-year-old buddy. Ah … (sigh) … little boys. This phrase is always said with eyes rolled up, a large sigh, a half-smile and a small shake of the head. It means you love them desperately, but please Lord, help me find a way to see that he reaches his next birthday. • Without maiming or being maimed, • With just one T-shirt front that stays unstained past 9 a.m. of the first day he wears it , • Without leaping to his possible death from the highest piece of furniture within a 100-yard radius, • With at least one pair of shoes not left behind at the park, • With at least one clock in the house he has not disassembled, • Without his figuring out where I have most recently hidden the matches, knives, sharp scissors, my sewing kit or his sister’s best Barbie doll • And without his somehow managing to trim off one of his sister’s braids with


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small talk jean gillette those dull, won’t-cut-anything-but-paper scissors. We know behavior can be somewhat modified. He is potty trained after all … mostly. All the books say you can civilize them, but parents of (sigh) little boys tends to lose faith when he still picks up the fork before each meal and sort of turns it over and over as if this was truly the first time he had ever laid eyes on it. The same despair creeps up when he calmly pulls the carefully purchased no-spill lid off of his grape juice (what on earth possessed you to buy grape juice?) and tips the cup to see if the juice will still only dribble out. (Refer back to the remarks about unstained T-shirts.). It surfaces again when he insists on dressing himself, refusing to wear shoes at all and turns up in the same “favorite” shirt, fresh from the dirty-clothes basket, to be worn backward and inside out. You would think that I would have been somewhat prepared for all this, having been through these stages with my first child. Silly you — my first was a demure girl. A cautious

and fastidious little creature who never in her finest fits reached the decibel level of her brother. Who never in her most furious or high-spirited moments ever dented furniture — or tried to. And who never, upon spotting something longer that it was wide, immediately assumed it to be some sort of weapon. I am a progressive mom. My son would be refined. My son would have no need of guns. I would make him understand that guns and knives only hurt people. I would steer him away from excessive violence. Having just passed his third birthday, he has still rarely seen any television except “Sesame Street.” After watching for about 15 minutes, he generally wanders off to find something to do that involves throwing, jumping or banging things together. Still, the no-gun plan succeeded pretty well until he went out to play with someone besides his sister. Twenty-four hours at preschool and my two years of conscientious objections were for naught. Each time his best pal (the proud owner of a 7-year-old brother and every weapon of destruction known to toydom) arrived at our house, the toy screwdriver, sand shovels, even the attachments to my vacuum cleaner became a weapon. I stopped them mid-mayhem and announced firmly, “No — no guns allowed in my house. You can be fire-

fighters, lumberjacks, race car drivers, doctors, dentists, tree trimmers, pipe fitters, lifeguards, mountain climbers, space explorers, ballet dancers, mailmen, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers (well, not butchers maybe), but NO GUNS. Use your imaginations! So they did, until somehow the firefighters, lumberjacks, race car drivers, or space explorers, were suddenly attacked by evil, hairy, giant, horrible badguy monsters, and it was on their shoulders to drive said same from the premises — with whatever weapon was handy. Was I daunted? Oh no. My new litany became, “We never shoot people. We only shoot targets.” That worked fine for about an hour, until my son announced that his sister and that bird out the window were both targets. And what the heck was a target anyway? My only solace now is to remind myself that every man I know played shoot-emup when they were (sigh) little boys. Most of them, to the best of my knowledge, somehow turned out civilized. I’m convinced now that the primal drive to go out and hunt something for supper is just too deeply imbedded in the male DNA. So, OK, OK, I’ll buy him a toy sword. Maybe even some cap pistols. But he is still going to learn to put the seat down. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer remembering when. Contact her at jean@ coastnewsgroup.com.

North County sends bullish contingent to playoffs By Aaron Burgin

REGION — North County basketball will again have an excellent opportunity to hoist basketball championships in each of the six divisions up for grabs in the CIF Playoffs — including the crown jewel, the Open Division championship. Four of the eight teams that comprise the Open Division field hail from The Coast News coverage area — Torrey Pines, Vista, San Marcos, and for the first time in the school’s history, Santa Fe Christian. The tiny parochial school in Solana Beach has won the last two CIF Division 1 titles, the next bracket below the open division. But a strong regular season, capped off with wins over Foothills Christian, Poway, La Jolla Country Day, Francis Parker and Salpointe Catholic of Arizona — one of the state’s top teams — finds the Eagles in uncharted territory as a program. And that’s fine, members of the program said. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to compete against the county’s top teams,” sophomore guard Trevan Martin said. “We feel like we earned this opportunity.” The No. 4 seed Eagles will face No. 5 seed Vista on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

at Santa Fe Christian. That same night, the No. 3 seed Falcons of Torrey Pines will face No. 6 Poway at Torrey Pines. San Marcos, the eighth seed, will travel to Cuyamaca College to face top-seeded Foothills Christian. St. Augustine will host Mission Bay in the 2-7 matchup to round out the Open Division field. In Division 1, Cathedral Catholic earns the top seed of the 16-team bracket that features six teams from the coverage area — No. 5 seed El Camino, No. 7 seed La Costa Canyon, No. No. 13 seed Orange Glen, No. 14 seed Mission Hills and No. 16 seed Canyon Crest Academy are the others. Rancho Buena Vista, which finished in second place in the Avocado East League behind Vista, headlines the Division 2 field in the top seed. Carlsbad, the No. 3 seed, is also expected to compete for the D2 title, which includes coverage area teams Escondido (No. 7 seed), Army Navy Academy (No. 9 seed) and Oceanside (No. 13 seed). Sage Creek (No. 7 seed), Tri-City Christian (No. 8 seed) San Dieguito Academy (No. 11 seed) comprise the local teams in the Division 3 field. In Division 4, Mission Vista is the top-seeded local team as the No. 3 seed.

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REGION — Filming interesting people around the world is nothing new for Oceanside resident Jonah Gercke, 20, a student at UC Berkeley and a graduate of Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School. The founder and CEO of Alternate Productions has already made two documentary films and is working on a third. Gercke’s first documentary “China Ridge” covered the experiences of classmates on a 2014 trip to urban and rural China. A second documentary followed in 2017 about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seen through the lens of youth culture and activism in Israel and Palestine called “Borders.” A sophomore studying film, Gercke’s most recent project, the documentary “Malandros” tackles a challenging situation in another corner of the world: the economic, political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. “It focuses on the perspectives of two artists in Caracas and the individual narratives of other people affected by the escalating crisis,” Gercke said. “Street marches, violent protests and military unrest are currently racking the country, and its economy is in freefall. Over 3 million Venezuelans have fled to other parts of the continent and the United States.”

Bright ideas

Gercke said the idea for the film came after studying abroad in Chile and Argentina last fall. They (Gercke is nonbinary and normally uses “they” or “them” pronouns) were traveling to Venezuela for three weeks to interview residents and gather footage. The visit,

JONAH GERCKE, of Oceanside, said of their latest film, “Malandros,” below: “Watching the documentary helps sets the stakes as to why Venezuela has become a dysfunctional state and incredibly intense place to live.” Courtesy photo

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however, wasn’t without risk. “We have footage that no other outlet has ever gotten regarding the Venezuelan crisis because I had less people around me and less large equipment, so I was able to get into situations that people haven’t seen before,” Gercke said. And the name of the film also holds special

meaning: “’Malandros’ (at least the in the Venezuelan context) roughly translates to criminal or delinquent; in English we might use the word thug, as well,” Gercke said. “However, within the Venezuelan barrio, the word malandro has become a source of pride.” As one interviewee says in the film, “Malandro” has come to signify someone

persevering against difficult odds or learning from their mistakes and producing positive change in their community, Gercke explained. “The film juxtaposes this idea of malandro with the true malandros of the film — the politicians and entrenched elites who exTURN TO VENEZUELA ON 23

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ploit the barrio and working people of Venezuela for political and economic gains,” Gercke said. “Essentially, it’s a verbal illustration of the changing nature of definitions and contexts within Venezuela; event though the dominant or historical narrative might suggest one idea, it doesn’t mean it’s the most accurate or true.” Gercke said after making the documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they wanted to make a new film “understanding how people adapt and survive in a state where all the institutions designed to protect you collapse.” “Venezuela seemed to illustrate that concept quite clearly, as it is going through one of the most intense periods of institutional fragmentation in the entire world,” Gercke said. “Understanding what life is like in a situation like this, beyond sensationalized headlines and five-minute news reports, captured my attention and motivated me to reach out and see whether traveling to Venezuela and engaging with people in an intimate manner was possible.” Considering the recent protests moving through Venezuela, Gercke said “Malandros” shows how and why people (especially from the barrio) are calling for some type of political change. “My film was made last summer, about six months before the recent political turmoil, and details a number of stories about people surviving in a situation of crisis,” Gercke said. “Watching the documentary helps sets the stakes as to why Venezuela has become a dysfunctional state and incredibly intense place to live.” A risky venture

Gercke said they looked forward to the challenge of making the documentary in the controversial country even though it could be dangerous. “People originally told me that there was no way I was going to be able to get into Venezuela and do it safely,” Gercke said. “So, I was going to focus on the Venezuelan diaspora for the documentary. But the more research I did, the more it seemed possible to get on the ground, though we’d have to keep safe and would have to take some risks.” The risk paid off for Gercke, who was able to connect with Venezuelans in neighborhoods across Caracas. “I never really feel afraid when going to a place where there is turmoil, I primarily focus on risk factors,” Gercke said. “I recognize areas of potential danger of high-risk zones, and then I see whether it is possible to mitigate or eliminate said risk.” “In terms of staying safe, I always work with well-recommended professionals, typically producers, who know the lay of the land and have made connections with the people who can keep us safe in each community,” Gercke said. “As of this moment, I have only


T he R ancho S anta F e News ever traveled with a producer. In the case of Venezuela, I came to the country alone and met my producer on the ground. “ To get access to that story, Gercke had to be bold. There were certain situations that were heightened in terms of intensity and potential danger, including interviewing gang leaders in Caracas and going into hospitals and other places that are typically not the most statistically safe. “Because of my youth and lack of a crew, I was able to get incredibly intimate access to various parts of Venezuelan society,” Gercke said. These included an extensive amount of time spent throughout the various barrios of Caracas, providing an in-depth look at a community that reporters rarely go to because they are told it’s too dangerous; an in-depth interview with gang leaders from West Caracas, which delves far deeper into the orchestration of their criminal activities and the background experiences that pushed them into said criminal activity than any other outlet who has been to the city; eyewitness testimony from the late-July assassination attempt against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro; victims of extrajudicial police killings; former prisoners readjusting to civilian life; the wealthy clubbing and DJ scene still permeating the more affluent areas of Caracas; and the story of a rapper producing his next album, trying to gain more money and fame for his family. “All of these stories have rarely (if ever) been reported on in Caracas and create a compellingly complex portrait of life in a situation of great intensity,” Gercke said. Gercke was also impressed by the resiliency of the Venezuelan people, especially those in the most extreme circumstances. “For the people in extreme poverty, it was ‘how do I get food for this day, how do I get water? How do I get medicine?’” Gercke said. “That’s a really big one. But people were always able to survive. I think to U.S. audiences, sometimes these people in crisis seem helpless, but it’s very far from the truth.” “What impressed me most was that, despite a relative lack of comfort and security compared to life in the United States, the goals and aspirations of people living in Caracas were largely like our own,” Gercke said. “People generally want to provide a solid foundation and bright future for their children, to realize their professional goals, to fulfill themselves emotionally and spiritually, to positively impact the communities they come from and build a better world for anyone who looks up to them.” Early interest

Gercke became interested in making documentaries growing up in a family of actors and artistic directors at San Diego theaters and being surrounded by the arts at an early age. “I first wanted to pur-

A SCENE from “Malandros,” a documentary film that looks at survival in Venezuelan neighborhoods, or barrios, during a time of political unrest and humanitarian crisis. Courtesy photo

sue acting at 5, then film acting around 8, and knew I wanted to pursue film direction about the age of 10 or so (after seeing “2001: A Space Odyssey” for the first time),” Gercke said. “However, I found that it was easi-

er to make documentaries at a young age because I needed no crew — just myself, a camera, and something to record sound with.” “What has drawn me to this medium is the ability to connect with people and

begin to understand worldviews and experiences very different from your own,” Gercke said. “The more you expand your bubble of experience, the greater of an understanding you develop not only of the world around

you, but also yourself.” Gercke’ s documentary, “Malandros,” received a first screening at Carlsbad’s New Village Arts Theatre on Jan. 15. “I held a family and friends test screening in Carlsbad to get a sense of how people would respond to the film, and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive,” Gercke said. “People felt incredibly moved by the film and were surprised by the intimate access into various communities portrayed in the film. It made me excited to share it with a wider audience, which is my hope moving forward.” Gercke is currently seeking financing to distribute the film and is hopeful that it will get picked up soon. They are also working on a yet-to-be-named third documentary.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta S

6 Years/72,000 Miles Transferable Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty


1 at this payment VK1009 KM004026 MSRP of $19,845. Lease a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S for $132* a month. 36-month lease. $1995 Customer Cash due at signing. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit. *Closed end lease financing available through Feb 17th, 2019 for a new, unused 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S, on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $19,845 and destination charges. Amount due at signing includes first month’s payment, capitalized cost reduction, and acquisition fee of $350. Monthly payments total $4772.16 Your payment will vary based on dealer contribution and the final negotiated price. Lessee responsible for insurance, maintenance and repairs. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $350, $0.20/mile over for miles driven in excess of 22,500 miles and excessive wear and use. Excludes taxes, title and other government fees. Offer expires 2/17/19

760-438-2200 VOLKSWAGEN

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad


* 6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2018 and newer VW vehicles, excluding e-Golf. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 2-17-2019.

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