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Millions pour into 49th race

School board alters times of meetings By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District wants to remind parents and stakeholders in the community that it has made a change to its regular monthly board meeting times. Previously, most regular school board open session meetings were held the first Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. Meetings have now been pushed to the second Thursday of the month with open session meetings alternating between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Meetings will continue to be held in the Performing Arts Center. According to Superintendent David Jaffe, the board chose to alternate meeting times between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to provide both morning and early evening option. There were two primary reasons for a shift to the second Thursday of each month. “The district is able to provide the board with the most recent monthly fiscal reports that are generated through the County Office of Education,” Jaffe said of the meeting date changes. “The county runs the monthly reports after the previous month has ended.” Jaffe added, “Depending on how close the board meeting was to the end of TURN TO SCHOOL BOARD ON 7

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describes curling as the fastest growing Olympic sport in the country right now. And this is why. “Curling is awesome,” Evans said. “It’s accessible, which means anybody can come in, do it and have fun. It’s one of those games where you don’t have to be good at it to have a good time.” People interested in giving it a go can take part in a one-hour “Learn to Curl” session, which takes

REGION — The 49th District race, which is expected to be one of the more competitive midterm races in 2018, was turned on its head when incumbent Darrell Issa announced last month that he would not seek re-election. According to the yearend filings, Sara Jacobs, the former international nonprofit director who recently entered the race to replace Darrell Issa (R-Vista), raised the most money of the candidates during 2017, raising $1,390,972. Of that amount, Jacobs contributed more than $1 million of her own money to jump- start financing of her campaign. The Coast News contacted Jacobs’ campaign and will update the story with the response. Orange County environmental attorney Mike Levin reported raising $1,239,889, the second highest amount. He also reported spending the most of any candidate, $753,665. Without the self-contributions, Levin actually raised the most of the candidates that have reported, $1,217,019. “We are very proud of the over 12,000 contributions we’ve received to date, with the average amount around $100,” Levin said. “Our campaign is powered



ROBOTICS CHAMPS Members of the Singularity and Intergalactic Dragons robotic teams from R. Roger Rowe School emerged as the top two teams in the League Championship in Vista. After a long day of judging and six rounds of competition, the two Rancho Santa Fe teams took top honors. Three Rowe teams will head for the San Diego Regional Championship, and all four Rowe teams won award. Singularity won the First Place Inspire Award, given to teams that most exemplify all-around excellence, are a strong ambassador and embody the true spirit of the U.S. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program. Courtesy photo

Curling is fun, but not as easy as it looks By Christina Macone-Greene

CARLSBAD — The 2018 Winter Olympics are here. While everyone cheers on their country’s teams, often a certain Olympic event triggers a natural curiosity in them to understand what it’s all about. For some, one of those winter sports is curling, which hails from Scotland and dates back to the 19th century. In teams of four, a handmade granite stone weighing from 42 to 44 pounds slides across the ice toward a target of circles. After the stone is thrown, two sweepers brush

frantically in front of the granite rock to guide its path to the target. The sport of curling is growing more in popularity here in the states, and there is even an organization named the United States Curling Association. That’s right, curling is happening right here in San Diego. According to Jenny Evans, president of Curl San Diego based out of Ice Town in Carlsbad, the sport of curling in the Olympics is relatively novel. This year, mixed doubles is a new entry to the Olympics. Evans

Library Guild welcomes New York Times bestselling author By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Fans of bestselling author Melanie Benjamin, regarded for her literary work in historical fiction, had the unique opportunity to meet the writer at a private luncheon at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The sold-out Jan. 30 event was hosted by The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, in partnership with Warwick's bookstore. Benjamin spoke about her newest novel, “The Girls in the Picture,” which had been released two weeks earlier.

The afternoon event was also a fundraiser to help support the Library Guild. “I am so happy to be able to help the Library Guild raise funds,” Benjamin said. “That is always important to me.” Benjamin said when she was growing up the library really exposed her to a variety of books. Now, on a national book tour, Benjamin is sharing how “The Girls in the Picture” is about the feminist friendship and collabo- Melanie Benjamin signs books at an event ration between film actress Mary to help support the RSF Library Guild. Pickford and Francis Marion, a Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

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famous screenwriter and Pickford’s best friend. “The two of them, I think, are still the most influential female partnership in Hollywood history,” Benjamin said. “It was 100 years ago that they were this powerful and influential. Today, we are still struggling to regain that lost ground. The book has turned out to be extremely timely.” Taking part in the event was guild President Art Yayanos, who described Benjamin as an interesting and significant author. What intrigued Yayanos about

the book was Pickford, who was once married to Douglas Fairbanks. Fairbanks owned property in the Rancho Santa Fe area, and the couple spent much time there. Rich with history, this locale is now known as Fairbanks Ranch. “Mary Pickford is a personality with local connections,” Yayanos said. Benjamin, who lives in Chicago, said the tour was timed with the book’s release. Following her TURN TO AUTHOR ON 7


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Pervasive financial scams discussed at Senior Center By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — While scams continue to target seniors, there are ways to spot and avoid them. On Jan. 24, Mark Walters, vice president and branch manager of OneWest Bank in Rancho Santa Fe, visited the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center to cover those topics. Walters shared that the

that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is — so walk away from it. “The problem with scams are that the people are usually very charismatic, and they work on your emotions,” he said. “That’s where you get into trouble because your logic doesn’t click in.” Walters said if someone is approached with some-

Mark Walters of OneWest Bank talks about protecting seniors from financial scams. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

reason for the visit was to give back to the community. In the past 40 years of working with clients in the banking industry, he said he has witnessed numerous scams. “We are here today to try and help people become less victims and more knowledgeable so that they can protect not only themselves but their loved ones and their family members,” Walters said. The biggest thing to remember, Walters said, is

thing, they should sit down and analyze the situation. “Most people go on the emotional side thinking that their ship has finally come in,” said Walters, adding that even his own father was a scam victim. Before moving forward with anything, Walters wants people to know how important it is to first speak with someone such as a relative, financial officer or even broker. “We’re all trying to

Pet of the Week Ron Swanson is a 4-month old, domestic short hair blend. Like his namesake, he’s a big fan of breakfast and he’s a big softy. This Ron Swanson prefers feather toys to woodworking, and snuggling to solitude. The center hasn’t heard him stop purring since he’s been with them, and he’s looking forward to sharing his purrs with his forever family. Ron Swanson is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. His adoption fee is $194 and he has been altered and is micro-chipped for identification and is up to date on all vaccinations. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sun-

day 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or visit animalcenter. org.

talk and help because we don’t want to destroy your dreams, but we do want to protect you because there’s a lot of bad people out there trying to scam you,” he said. “So, do talk to other people and don’t be embarrassed.” The goal is to double check on things and screen for legitimacy. Walter highlighted the top 10 areas subject to financial scams. They include Medicare and health insurance, prescription drugs, funeral and cemetery arrangements, anti-aging products, telemarketing, internet fraud, investment, reverse mortgage, sweepstakes and lotteries, and the grandparent scam. The latter scam is when someone who calls a senior impersonating a grandchild who needs financial help. In many instances, a person may not fall for the first scam attempt. It may take a few times. Walters said that scammers start feigning a personal interest in their potential victims. “They start taking an interest in your family, and they start becoming a friend,” Walters said. “That’s how you get sucked into it a lot of times. They are very talented at what they do — it’s very hard because they prey on people’s emotions and that’s just sad.” Walters said he hoped that people walked away from the discussion with new information and a willingness to talk to people if approached with something questionable in the future. “If you have a gut feeling that something isn’t right, talk to somebody,” he said. “Walk into any bank, they are all trained to help you about this.”

The 26th edition of Ocean Week at R. Roger Rowe School was Feb. 5-9. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

It’s all about Ocean Week By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Ocean Week at R. Roger Rowe School inspires students to learn about marine science and the difference they can make to educate others to promote its vitality and health. Now marking its 26th year, Ocean Week has become a robust program with regarded guest speakers. This year, Ocean Week began on Feb. 5 and ended on Feb. 9. Leading Ocean Week at the R. Roger Rowe School was Roberta Dean, a co-founder of the M.A.R.E. Program (which stands for Marine Activities, Resources & Education) based at U.C. Berkeley in the Lawrence Hall of Science. Dean is also the ocean literary specialist for the Rancho Santa Fe School District. The week was comprehensive covering top-

ics such as the coral reefs, wetlands, ocean health, sea turtles and vaquita porpoise conservation, kelp forest fisheries and more. The Ocean Week model has a depth of research. “The whole school immersion model tends to unify a staff,” Dean said. “It creates something larger than itself because kids hear about their ocean topics in math and language arts. They are also reading about it, doing art and doing it in other activities,” Dean called the experience a well-integrated methodology. She also noted science is the core of the curriculum, so each grade level is studying a different marine habitat. “The content spirals up through the grade levels,” she said. “So, in kinder, we’re teaching about freshwater systems like ponds, creeks and land-

based water. In first grade, they learn about the rocky shore, in second grade the sandy beach, in third grade the wetlands, in fourth grade the kelp forest and in fifth grade the open ocean.” Dean explained how this information builds on itself and creates a very wealthy base of understanding on how the planet works. “The seventh and eighth grade haven’t attended the last few years so that they can do their habitat approach, but they still participate in Ocean Week on their own level,” she said. “This year they’re all looking at coral reefs.” She added that the sixth grade will learn the same topic. For Dean, it’s imperative that students understand how they all have a part in the watersheds that TURN TO OCEAN ON 5


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Opinion & Editorial

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Rebuke for PUC as state consumers get half a win


Ways to save water this winter By Mark Muir

The headline-grabbing storm during the second week of January not only broke a long dry spell across San Diego County but provided an important reminder that we need to make the most of our region’s limited natural water resources. Of California’s 10 largest cities, only Bakersfield gets less rain than San Diego. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento and other major metro areas get more rain – in some cases, significantly more – than we do. And many of those cities have additional local water resources such as groundwater that San Diego doesn’t have. So how do we do maintain our world-class economy and quality of life in this semi-arid landscape? A big part of the San Diego County Water Authority’s strategy is investing in diversified water supplies – from the Colorado River, seawater desalination, water recycling, potable reuse and other sources. But we all play another role as well. As residents, we can help by making the best use of the water supplies we have – and we are doing a great job of it. In the 31 months ending in December

2017, regional potable water use was 18 percent below the state’s baseline period in 2013. One easy way to maintain water-efficient lifestyles is to turn off irrigation systems for a week or more following soaking storms. Hopefully, we’ll have a few more of those this winter and we can collectively leave significant amounts of water in storage by shutting down the sprinklers. The Water Authority also offers many water-efficiency resources worth exploring. For instance, the Sustainable Landscapes Program has published a comprehensive, full-color guidebook for transforming turf-based urban landscapes to landscapes that provide multiple environmental benefits, such as increased water-use efficiency and improved stormwater management. In addition, incentive funds remain available for landscape upgrades. Check out the program and the incentive requirements at SustainableLandscapesSD.org. We also continue to offer free WaterSmart Checkups at commercial, multi-family, industrial, institutional and single-family properties. Our certified specialists provide site-spe-

cific advice for improving irrigation efficiency at large properties. Single-family home checkups include indoor and outdoor assessments. Participants decide on their own whether to act on the recommendations. Learn more and apply at watersmartcheckup.org. In addition, I encourage you to check out the regional WaterSmart Landscape Contest. It’s a great way to showcase your efforts to support water-use efficiency and neighborhood beautification. Plus, each winner will receive a $250 gift certificate and regional recognition. San Dieguito Water District, Olivenhain Water District, the City of Oceanside and several other water agencies are participating, so their customers are eligible. See the full list of participating agencies, along with the entry form and tips to improve your chances of winning, at WaterSmartSD. org. Click on the headline for the WaterSmart Landscape Contest to get the details. And thank you for a WaterSmart start to 2018. Mark Muir is chair of the Board of Directors of theSan Diego County Water Authority

*** percent are young and healthy, as confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These horses are then cruelly shipped thousands of miles across our borders to be We celebrate horses in America like inhumanely slaughtered for their meat in Seabiscuit, a small but powerful champion Canada and Mexico. The United States must pass legislaracehorse who won the hearts of our Nation to protect our horses from slaughter. tion during the Great Depression. Our country was founded with hors- The Safeguard American Food Exports es carrying the load. Pioneers, ranchers, Act (SAFE) Act, HR 113, would permaand farmers depended on horses for their nently ban horse slaughter in this country survival and prosperity. Don’t forget the and end the shipping of horses abroad for family horses and therapy horses that have that purpose. Some states, including California, enriched our lives. San Diego County has a long history of have already banned horse slaughter horse ownership. Horses are still an inte- largely due to its inherent cruel nature and gral part of our lives. The city of Encinitas unpopularity. Please contact our congressman, Rep. even has a Palomino horse on its Seal of the City to represent the horse enthusiasts Darrell Issa to co-sponsor this bill and in the Olivenhain community. We value do the right thing. These American icons horses in our country and we must not al- need to be honored, not inhumanely sent to slaughter. low the horrors of horse slaughter. Every year more than 100,000 healthy Gail Prizzi horses are purchased at auctions for the Vista foreign horse meat trade. More than 92

Stop horse slaughter, for the love of horses

he bottom line on the 2012 shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station was that by all sensible logic, consumers should never have had to pay anything for its eventual scrapping. And yet, customers of two of the three largest electric utilities in California have paid for its closure every month since early 2014, when the state Public Utilities Commission – without so much as a public hearing – assessed consumers almost 70 percent of the $4.7 billion costs. So far, customers of the Southern California Edison Co. and the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. have paid more than $2 billion. But the incident has ended up as the first time in modern memory where the scandal-ridden PUC essentially admitted a mistake of billion-dollar proportions. This one resulted from a well-documented secret meeting during a 2013 trade conference in Poland which saw Edison executives and former PUC President Michael Peevey agree on terms of the 2014 decision and evade public hearings. An ongoing criminal investigation has so far yielded no indictments. The monthly payments by consumers will now end, under terms of a new settlement agreed to early this month by Edison and several consumer groups. Customers will save about $873 million over the next four years, eliminating the “nuclear decommissioning charges” item on their monthly bills. The average customer will be spared paying a total of more than $100. The new deal should serve as a warning to both the PUC and other major California utilities like Pa-

california focus thomas d. elias cific Gas & Electric Co. and the Southern California Gas Co. that commission decisions are not necessarily final and can be altered if consumer interests are sufficiently persistent and if those decisions are not reached with integrity. Most persistent in pursuing cancellation of the secretive earlier settlement were former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre and his law partner Maria Severson, who endured frequent mistreatment from PUC commissioners as they represented a group called Citizens Oversight in pursuing the new deal. “Consumers should feel good about not paying for this anymore,” said Aguirre. “But we’re well aware that stopping future collections is not the same as recovering all the money that’s been collected.” In all, consumers who were assessed about 70 percent of the total shutdown costs in the original settlement now have paid about 53 percent of those expenses and won’t pay more. That doesn’t alter the moral reality that in a perfect world, consumers would have paid nothing beyond the approximately $500 million worth of replacement power the companies provided after San Onofre was disabled. This morality is clear because the plant had to be closed due to failure of a steam generator built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries whose design Edison knew could fail. In a 2004 letter to Mit-

subishi executives, Edison Vice President Dwight Nunn wrote that “I am concerned that there is the potential that design flaws could be inadvertently introduced into the steam generator design that will lead to unacceptable consequences (e.g. tube wear and eventual tube plugging). This would be a disastrous outcome…” Despite that foreknowledge, Edison installed a steam generator that produced precisely the “disastrous outcome” of which Nunn warned, leading to closure of San Onofre many years before its lifespan was expected to end. Edison later sued Mitsubishi for the full costs of the shutdown, but got only $125 million, a small fraction of what it sought. Since consumers had nothing to do with the conduct of either Edison or Mitsubishi, it made no sense for them to pay any of the decommissioning costs. But they will not be getting back what they’ve already paid. The new settlement thus represents a sort of compromise, with consumers ending up out only about two-thirds of what the first settlement called for. It also spells relief for Edison, whose corporate fortunes have been uncertain as long as the San Onofre case hung over it. But it’s a defeat for the PUC and its current president, Michael Picker, who voted for the 2014 deal and later pledged transparency, while steadfastly refusing to explain his reasoning, even to legislative committees demanding details. The PUC also faces the possibility of an FBI investigation of this entire fiasco. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

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U.S. Navy Sea Chanters to perform in RSF RANCHO SANTA FE — America’s Navy is coming to Rancho Santa Fe, one of 12 cities in three states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2018 tour. The United States Navy Band Sea Chanters performance is scheduled for at 7 p.m. March 3 at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Deli-

cias. The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters is the official chorus of America’s Navy. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway and contemporary music. The Sea Chanters chorus is frequently found at the center of high-profile

national events. At home in Washington, D.C., the group performs for the president, vice president, and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas

of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy's premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy. All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.


referred to the SBA after applying for disaster assistance with FEMA. If you are contacted and asked to submit an application for a low-interest SBA disaster loan, don’t hesitate to apply. Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https:// disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 from SBA to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. They may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@ sba.gov for more information.

picture book “Jorge and the Lost Cookie Jar,” Dayton’s entry is “Rabbits and Rats, Birds and Seeds, Cactus and Trees,” and Maxey-Allison was honored for the “Edelweiss” book, with sales benefitting the Del Mar Historical Society.

ty, speed and reliability for Metrolink and Amtrak trains. Metrolink will use SRA funds for the replacement of aging mechanical signals with modern electric units, new switches, crossovers, upgraded track infrastructure and other improvements near Union Station. The total project cost is $16,252,000 funded by the state and Metrolink funding. For additional details, visit metrolinktrains. com.


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Stacey Halboth, founder of Ocean Week at R. Roger Rowe, continues to assist in the program with Roberta Dean, a co-founder of the M.A.R.E. Program, who took over in 2010. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene



feed into the ocean and its habitats. Schoolteachers are also interested in this and Dean considers them experts in their areas, too. “They (teachers) know a lot about what’s going on with their habitat, and they like that it (Ocean Week) is project-based and very cooperative learning-based,” Dean said. “It has a lot of the elements actually that really resonate with the new science standards.” Over the years, Ocean Week has evolved and is no longer a textbook-driven program. Being hands-on has now taken the lead. Dean explained how the program allows kids to think about things and create models of what happens in the world. While the curriculum still has elements from the U.C. Berkeley days, teachers have also implemented their own lessons. The founder of Ocean Week at R. Roger Rowe is Stacey Halboth, who has been with the school for 27 years. In the summer of 1992, Dr. R. Roger Rowe sent Halboth to U.C. Santa Cruz at the Institute for M.A.R.E. Program training for the Ocean Week school



by the grassroots, and that’s what it will take to win in November. This is the people’s seat, and it’s not for sale.” Rancho Santa Fe businessman Paul Kerr also reported raising $1,013,489, and spending $493,448.22 during the calendar year. Like Jacobs, Kerr’s biggest contributor was himself: he contributed more than $712,000 of his own money to his campaign. Doug Applegate, who nearly defeated Issa in 2016, reported raising $682,845, fourth among the

DEL MAR LOOKS FOR WATER BOARD VOL The Del Mar City Council is currently recruiting for a resident volunteer to serve as the Del Mar Representative to the San Diego County Water Authority board of directors. The application period closes Feb. 23. Interested applicants can apply at delmar.ca.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=380. If sufficient applications are received, applicants will be interviewed at the March 5 City Council meeting starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Temporary City Council Chambers, 2010 Jimmy Durante., Blvd. Suite 100, Del Mar. For more information, visit sdcwa.org/board-directors.

pilot program. She is still honored thinking back to that memory. Halboth was a new teacher at the time, and Dean was her instructor for the M.A.R.E. Program. She described it as an innovative program. Halboth championed the program for more than a decade. Now, she serves as the school librarian and assists Dean during Ocean Week ever since Dean was hired on by the district in 2010. For Halboth, Ocean Week allows people to focus on one thing together. And for the kids, it offers a solution approach. “I call it to be solution thinkers,” she said. “If there’s a problem, we can figure out some kind of solution.” She added that this can be through recycling or another method. It’s helping children realize how they can empower themselves to make a difference, Halboth said. For Ocean Week’s 26 years at R. Roger Rowe, Halboth shared how children go home and talk to their parents about what they are learning. “The kids are the educators,” Halboth said. “They are the ones who are the stewards.”


four major Democratic candidates. The Coast News also contacted Kerr and Applegate’s campaigns for comments and will update the story when it receives them. Since Issa’s announcement, five Republican and an additional Democrat have announced election bids. Those candidates are Republicans Kristin Gaspar, Diane Harkey, Rocky Chavez, Brian Maryott and Joshua Schoonover and Democrat Christina Prejean. Since they filed for election after Dec. 31, no campaign financial information is available for them.

place in curling clubs all over the country. “You get in there and learn some of the basics,” Evans said. “You need zero physical conditioning for that.” She added that people just need to wear warm clothing. But for those who take the sport seriously, like elite athletes, strength, flexibility and strong cardio are a must. Why? Because there are intense periods of power and cardiac output, Evans said. “From when the stone is released to when it hits the house (circle targets), it’s only 25 or 30 seconds — but if the stone is too light, those brushes are going

LOANS FOR FIRE VICTIMS Californians in San Diego County who were affected by the December wildfires and recent mudslides and flooding may be

AREA AUTHORS ON DISPLAY Books by North County authors Marta Arroyo of Oceanside, Paul Dayton of Solana Beach and Juliana Maxey-Allison of Del Mar, are being featured in the San Diego Public Library’s San Diego Local Author Showcase. The books will be on display throughout the month of February at the Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego. Arroyo’s entry is the children’s

TECHNICAL TRAINING ON PENDLETON BMW of North America has opened an automotive technician training facility on a U.S. military base in partnership with Universal Technical Institute. Camp Pendleton will host the pilot program for service members transitioning from military service beginning Feb. 26. The 16-week, BMW-specific technical education program features a specialized on-base curriculum and hours of handson technical training in a workshop setting, opening the door for service members to a promising future with the BMW brand. BIG GRANT FOR METROLINK The California State Transportation Agency awarded $10.5 million to Metrolink for signal and track modernization intended to improve safe-

FREEMAN JOINS COLDWELL Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced Brian Freeman as the new branch manager of its Encinitas and La Costa office. Freeman comes to the office with more than 13 years of real estate experience. “Brian joined Coldwell Banker in November 2017 as the assistant branch manager for our Yorba Linda and Tustin/Anaheim Hills offices and quickly proved his branch office leadership skills,” said Jamie Duran, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Orange County, Riverside County and San Diego Companies.

Owen McLachlan, far left, vice president of Curl San Diego, leading a recent “Learn to Curl” at Ice Town in Carlsbad. Photo by Jenny Evans


to be sweeping hard the whole way down the ice for 150 feet,” she said. “They (sweepers) are huffing, puffing and brushing like crazy — it’s a lot of fun.” Evans is quick to point out that that the granite stones are handmade in Scotland. The ice also needs to be prepped before playing. Water is sprinkled on the ice and pebbles are formed which allows the granite stone to curl. Evans began curling last year in the Midwest where a friend introduced her to the sport. She got hooked the very first time. After moving back to San Diego and working as a pediatric psychologist, she wanted to continue the sport of curling. “Curling is the best

sport ever,” she said, adding that in Southern California, players have the luxury of playing yearround. Evans said there are a variety of reasons she is a fan of the sport. Aside from the athletic component of it all, curling is a game of skill and strategy. Some call it chess on ice, she said. Evans also likes the team camaraderie. “Even if you have mobility limitations, you can still have a ton of fun with curling — but people are always surprised that it can be an actual workout,” she said. “And one of the coolest things about curling is the curling culture going back to its Scottish roots. It’s welcoming, social, with a very open group of peo-

ple.” Evans wants people to know that curling is adaptable based on someone’s physical needs. Players can deliver the stone either in the traditional form using a hack (foothold in the ice and a sliding position) or standing using a stick to push the stone. “You can also curl from a wheelchair,” she said, adding that everyone plays together. Players have their own curling learning curve. The most important thing to remember is to have a good time, she said. To learn more about Curl San Diego, visit curlsandiego.org and visit the organizations’ social media pages for “Learn to Curl” dates.


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Effort launched to end plastic straw use REGION — From now until Earth Day, April 22, the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter is hosting the launch of a no-plastic-straws campaign. The Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics & Ocean Friendly Restaurants program are moving to pass an ordinance mandating “straws by request only” and eventually a “plastic straw ban” in service establishments. The group is calling consumers to take the No Straw pledge at https://docs.google.com/ forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNfxZjrytBA8tLyLZy12wdGONfiXnMT6ple3MZOP9Q_XiRcQ/viewform and enroll organization’s service establishments to only offer


straws by request or better yet, only offer paper straws if at all. Current Ocean Friendly Restaurants will take the pledge to offer straws by request only and remove plastic straws from their restaurant. Surfrider has negotiated 50 percent off paper straws, which equalizes the cost of plastic straws and paper. 
 New Ocean Friendly Restaurants will be registered into the program. The 2018 goal of total Ocean Friendly Restaurants is to have 200 strong ocean-friendly restaurants. A movie screening of “Straws,” a documentary, will be held April at Bird’s Surf Shed, 1091 W. Morena Boulevard, San Diego, plus beer, music with a

who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at the Veterans Association of North County 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside. For details, contact sdew@hospicenorthcoast.org. Reservations needed. For tickets, visit https://impact.hospicenorthcoast.org/oceanside/ events/welcome-home-vietnam-veterans/e163051.

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MAKING FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will meet for a Lenten Fish Dinner at St. Mark Catholic Church, San Marcos Feb. 16 and for happy hour and dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Del Mar Feb. 20. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324. JEWEL SHOW EXTENDED The Gemological Institute of America Museum’s “Jewels of India” exhibit has been extended until Oct. 10 at the GIA, 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. Visitors can schedule a tour by e-mailing guestservices@gia.edu or calling (800) 421-7250, ext. 4116. HONORING VIET NAM VETS Join in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans, including personnel

FEB. 17

TAX ASSISTANCE Oceanside Public Library, in partnership with the Computer and Communication Industry Association and Intuit Freedom Foundation, is hosting a one-day free taxpayer assistance event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway. RSVP to (866) 331-6833, and mention that you are calling to reserve your spot for the California Free Tax Events. PARTY IN THE PARK The city of Carlsbad presents “Epic Tween Nights:

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 The program is in response to increased plastic waste on beaches and in oceans. Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics & Ocean Friendly Restaurants programs will continue the policy campaign until either a “Straws Upon Request” ordinance or a “Plastic Straw Ban” is passed in the city of San Diego Straws are single use plastic made from petroleum and 500 million straws are used every day in the U.S. Straw recycling is unavailable but straws are one of the most common items found during beach cleanups. For more information, visit http://surfridersd.org/ or OFR@ surfridersd.org.

Party at the Park” from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 17 at Calavera Hills Community Center, 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad for sixth grade or higher, ages 10 to 14. Activities include a black-light dance room, a game truck with a Rock Band stage, Zorb ball races, a movie and laser tag. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Tickets are $10 at the door or at carlsbadconnect.org under special events. For details, call (760) 434-2843 or visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec. BLOCK PARTY Downtown Encinitas is holding a Retail Sidewalk Sale & Block Party Feb. 17 and Feb. 18 along South Coast Highway 101. There will be sales and special activities including music, refreshments and raffles. Participating Stores include Art N Soul on 101, Divinity Salon, Eve Encinitas, Earths Elements, Bliss 101, Detour Salon, Queen Eileen’s, Coast Hwy Traders and Book Tales. PAWS IN THE PARK Join the “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 17 at the San Diego Botanic Garden in sponsorship with Rancho Coastal Humane Society. You don’t need a dog to participate. Register at http://5kpawwalk.org/. Day of event registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and paws cross the starting line at 9 a.m. BUNCO FOR BUCKS Blue Wave Kiwanis will host a “Bunco for Bucks” fundraiser at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Oceanside Women's Club. All proceeds from this event will support its “Scholarship Fund” for local high school students. Tickets are $20 which includes a light lunch, bunco with prizes and a raffle ticket, sold at bluewavekiwanis. org. GENEALOGY GROUP The DNA Interest Group will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Community Room of Nina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. For information, email infoseeker1980@gmail.com or call (760) 542-8112.

FEB. 18

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Women’s Fund invites new members RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund welcomes Ilene Schaffer as its guest speaker for the Feb. 27 membership meeting at the Fairbanks Ranch Golf club from 10 a.m. to noon for $20, including continental breakfast. Contact womensfund@rsffoundation.org to register This event is open to women in the community who have an interest in learning about The Rancho Santa Fe Women's Fund. Founded in 2004, this nonprofit philanthropic organization of dynamic, charitable women have pooled their resources to make an impact on the lives of those in need in the San Diego community Schaffer's sweet spot is helping women in transition thrive

program. Drivers are reimbursed for mileage and receive supplemental insurance. Flexible hours are based on your availability and choose rides via a convenient web-based scheduling system. For more information or to volunteer, call (760) 639-6161. JOIN VISTA SENIOR PATROL Are you retired? Looking for something to do? Call (760) 940-4434 to be part of the Sheriff’s Senior Patrol. You need to be at least 50 years old, an American citizen and want to make a difference in our community. A candidate needs to be available for an interview, then pass a basic background check. You become the eyes and ears of the Sheriff’s Department. THEY DELIVER Oceanside Public Library’s Homebound Service is now providing free home delivery of library materials to Oceanside residents who are unable to visit one of the city’s library locations due to illness or disability. If you are interested in either signing up to receive the service, or volunteering to deliver books, contact Hilary Holley at (760) 435-5577 for more information.

FEB. 20

BONSAI AND BEYOND Bonsai & Beyond will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at San Diego Botanic Garden‬, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Create a new bonsai or tray landscape, or sprucing up an old one, for the San Diego Botanic Garden's April SDBG Arts Festival. Bring your trees, gloves, and imagination. Extra plants are appreciated. BETA SIGMA PHI HOLD COURT Make reservations by Feb. 20 for the Hidden Valley Vista City Council of Beta Sigma Phi International’s Queen’s Court luncheon, at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at Sundance Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 2250 N. Board, Escondido. Call Bev at (8580 692-0222. Cost is $5 per guest. Beta Sigma Phi is a social, cultural, and philanthropic International Sorority, headquartered in Kansa City, Missouri, with chapters throughout the world. FOOD ADDICTS ANONYMOUS If you are a person who has struggled for years to eat healthy foods and maintain a healthy weight,

personally and professionally throughout their various life stages. For more than a decade, Schaffer has inspired women to move from a life “on autopilot into one that feels more meaningful and vibrant.” For those needing a positivity boost or attitude adjustment, Schaffer also created Mindful Stepping, a deck of positive psychology-inspired activity cards to do while walking. To learn more, visit IleneSchaffer. com. The mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund is to educate, inspire and increase the number of women committed to philanthropy in order to strengthen the community and impact lives through informed, focused, collective giving.

Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA) meets at 10:30 a.m. every Monday at Pilgrim Church, Carlsbad. Call (619) 813-4383.

FEB. 21

BREAKFAST MIXER Join the Vista Chamber of Commerce at noon Feb. 21 at Breakfast Mug, 923 E. Vista Way, Vista for a networking lunch mob. Each attendee must pay for their own food. JOB FAIR J.I.V.E. Job, Internship, Volunteer, Education (J.I.V.E.) expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Sage Creek High School, 3900 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Vendors can sign up at sagecreekhs. carlsbadusd.net/jive. YOUTH GRANT WEBINAR Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is offering a free webinar on how to apply for a $500 or $1,000 Game On Grant, from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 21. Learn more about Game On grants that support physical activity and nutrition programming. Register at actionforhealthykids.org/events/ webinars/event/597. GET CREATIVE The Escondido Public Library hosts Create It @ Your Library, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for teens and tweens ages 12 to 18 years old, on Feb. 21 and March and April on the third Wednesday of each month at 239 Kalmia St., Escondido. GU BER NAT OR I A L CANDIDATE HOSTED Join the Republican Club of Ocean Hills at noon Feb. 21 to meet David Hernandez, 2018 Candidate for California Lieutenant Governor, at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside. There is no charge to attend. RSVP by contacting Colleen at (760) 842-8735.

FEB. 22

GU BER NAT OR I A L DEBATE The San Diego County Democratic Party is hosting a gubernatorial debate from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation,404 Euclid Ave, San Diego. All four leading Democrats running for governor of California are confirmed to participate. Tickets $10 at sdcdp.ngpvanhost.com/ form/30118922019667968 FAMILY HISTORY Vista Family History Center

invites the community to its monthly African-American Roots search at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 and on the fourth Thursday of each month, at 1310 Foothill Drive, Vista, offering free genealogy training and research. It offers a volunteer library with 12 computers, a volunteer staff and access to several search portals free of charge including Ancestry.com. For details, call (760) 945-6053. CONNECTION SYMPOSIUM Montecatini’s Transformative Power of Connection Symposium is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, with speakers Connie Sobczack and Elizabeth Scott, founders of The Body Positive, and Rebecca Scritchfield, author of “Body Kindness.” Registration is $20 at the door.

FEB. 23

BLACK HISTORY MUSIC A North County Black History Month celebration will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, 5301 Mare Road,
Oceanside, featuring music scholar and historian Kimberly Hawkins, with “Music of Black Protest.” At 6 p.m. Heritage Market, at 6:30 p.m., Taste of Soul Buffet, and at 8 p.m., Music of Black Protest lecture and sing-along HAVE A HULLABALOO Hullabaloo is coming to the Oceanside Public Library at 1 p.m. Feb. at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway. This event is free for children through age 5, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. For information, visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600. BOOK SALE Friends of the Escondido Public Library host its monthly HalfPrice Sale on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 at 239 Kalmia St., Escondido. For. More information, call (760) 489-4832. WORKSHOP ON INTERVIEWING The Fellowship Center presents a Motivational Interviewing Training workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at 737 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. Cost is $50.Participant will earn continuing education units for attending. Register at ljj@thefellowshipcenter. org.

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Happy Lunar New Year! (oxen beware)


ishes to all for a lucky and bountiful lunar new year 4715, Year of the Dog. I may have already mentioned that I love the Lunar New Year, and it officially started yesterday. The best part of this holiday is it’s traditionally celebrated for at least two weeks. I really like that in a holiday. The Chinese regard the dog as an auspicious animal. Apparently, one god of Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters. We could all use one of those, eh? So I checked the horoscopes, and it’s a great year for sign of the Rabbit, but things look a bit dicey for the sign of the Ox. That’s me. Moo. Last year was the year of the high-energy fire rooster and we may all have gotten a bit singed. In contrast, it says the slower pace of the Earth Dog may be an adjustment. The overall message is — “slow down a little. Learn to relax and enjoy life.” So I’m thinking that means my motto for the year can be “Oh, pool boy!” But it seems I am destined to knock heads with Tai Sui, the legendary god in charge of people’s fortune. As an ox, I am in for some serious ill luck unless I host some parties and keep handy a mythical animal named Pi Xui or some Fu dogs. Everybody grab your party hats. Pi Xui and my Fu dogs will be rocking the house. I believe I’ll go put on something red, order some take-out Chinese and pop open a bottle of Tsingtao beer. To paraphrase Dirty Harry, “Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who may need to sharpen her bovine horns. Contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.


the month, there were times when the fiscal reports were not available, thus the board would be reviewing fiscal information from the previous month.” Jaffe also noted that moving the meetings to the second week allows the district the time necessary to prepare and publicly report the budget information with the most timely and accurate information. “The second week of the month will ensure board members are provided the most upto-date fiscal information,” Jaffe said. Jaffe said he believed that rotating times could be beneficial as well.

A promotion at O’Brien Mobil in Encinitas on Feb. 5 brought out motorists looking for $2.49-a-gallon gas as well as protesters seeking repeal of a state tax that caused prices to jump when it took effect in November. Staff photo

Gas promotions call out state’s tax By Steve Puterski

REGION — In a scene reminiscent of the oil embargo in 1973 when American cars piled up for miles as drivers tried to buy gas, a political statement was made at two North County gas stations on Feb. 5. A gallon of unleaded gas at the Shell station at 2509 Palomar Airport Road went for just $1.99, while gas at the O’Brien Mobil in Encinitas, 310 Encinitas Blvd., went for $2.49 per gallon. In Carlsbad, cars were stacked up on eastbound Palomar Airport Road and even down Yarrow Drive, about one-half mile west. The Lowe’s parking lot, meanwhile, was congested and chaotic until employees were able to control the overflow. Both stations participated in the protest after gas prices exploded in November when the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 was implemented by the state of California.

“Moving to alternating times does provide options for the public to attend the meeting with the thinking being that morning meetings may be more convenient for many of our parents who might choose to attend right after the start of school,” he said. According to Jaffe, the idea to make the open session monthly board meeting changes started when the district presented a proposed calendar in November 2017 for the board to discuss. Jaffe said that it was through this discussion that the board requested the district present an alternating times option. “Both options were presented at the December

“It is everybody’s responsibility to make a statement,” said Shell station manager Mark Vader. “Just don’t let things happen.” Under what is known as the “gas tax,” unleaded gas jumped 12 cents and diesel 20 cents per gallon, which is why former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio spearheaded the protest. A message left with DeMaio was not returned. DeMaio, who is chairman of Reform California, a conservative political action committee and radio host on KOGO: 600 AM, is working to place the tax on this year’s ballot in hopes of repealing the measure. The effort had numerous volunteers lobbying for signatures to put his petition on this year’s ballot. Many customers gladly put pen to paper in hopes voters will repeal the tax, which is estimated to raise $52 billion for road repairs, new highway lanes and other infrastructure projects throughout the state.

“We did it for the sole purpose of bringing awareness to the repeal of the gas tax,” Vader said. “Nobody had a chance to vote on it, and it was pretty much shoved down our throats. The money was directed to the (state’s) General Fund.” However, the cost being added to residents is becoming overwhelming, he added. He said the station lost money with the promotion, but it was worth it due to the media coverage and signatures gathered to certify the petition. In addition, he said another promotion is likely to happen later this year. Vader said people from all over the county waited up to two hours to buy gas. Admittedly, he said, many people came just for cheap gas. “There are a lot of people that are passionate about this but couldn’t participate yesterday,” Vader said. “We were already one of the highest gas-taxed states in the country. Now,

meeting where they ultimately voted to approve calendar with alternating times,” Jaffe said. To confirm future meet-

ing times, call the Rancho Santa Fe School District at (858) 756-1141 or visit the district website at http:// rsfschool.net/.



visit in the Ranch, she was headed to the Los Angeles area and then to Bellingham, Washington, for a radio show. Benjamin said she hopes that readers enjoy “The Girls in the Picture” because it’s centered around an incredible friendship between two pioneering legends of Hollywood. “It is about these sup-

portive women, supporting each other through their careers, through their lives and sticking by each other in the end,” Benjamin said. “I don't know that we read too much about really close supportive female friendships. That is the heart of this novel.” Benjamin was on hand for book signings before her presentation. She also fielded questions from guests who wanted to learn more about her novel and her as a writer.

we are the second highest.” Carlsbad resident Eva Polome waited 90 minutes to fill up and said it was worth the wait. She also signed the petition and said legislators in Sacramento must find new ways to fund projects without raising taxes. Polome works as a nanny and said her paycheck is being gouged by taxes, making it more difficult for her to afford rent and other necessities. “It’s too much,” she said. “We pay taxes for everything. It’s getting so hard. We cannot live that way. I work so hard, six days a week and I struggle to pay my bills. It’s becoming so hard to make a living here.” Car registration is also included in the act, with costs increasing between $25 and $175 based on value. In addition, “zero-emission” vehicles after 2020 will cost an extra $100 to register.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rescue Express animal transport is turning three years old. Retired software entrepreneur Mike McCarthy, president and founder, relocated his home and nonprofit headquarters from Oregon last year to a 6-acre horse property in Rancho Santa Fe. He has been working with rescue groups to save the lives of animals for more than 20 years and is growing his fleet of buses to a total of four, plus a new semi-trailer truck. Rescue Express initially transported 5,000 homeless animals annually, primarily from shelters in Southern California to rescue groups along the I-5 corridor to the Northwest where they were adopted out to new forever homes through the hard work of the rescue partner groups who collaborate in the effort. Due to the increased demand for his services, McCarthy has added a fourth bus and a new semi rig which will potentially double the capacity of animals transported each year. McCarthy will be setting up a permanent station to run transports out of Houston this year that will transport animals as far north as Michigan and west to Colorado. Since the inaugural run in February 2015, Rescue Express has saved the lives of more than 13,646 homeless animals via transport. The red school buses with the sponsored pictures of pets painted in the windows run every weekend from Rancho Santa Fe, transporting up to 200 animals per bus at no cost to the sender or receiver. The actual cost to Rescue Express averages $25 per animal, Los Angeles to Seattle. For more information, visit rescueexpress. org.


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Local airline seeking investors as it preps for take-off CARLSBAD — Ted Vallas has a sky-high vision for North County. The 96-year-old businessman and owner of California Pacific Airlines is calling out to the community to take part. As his airline prepares for take-off out of Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport, he is seeking local investors for early boarding, so to speak. It is paramount to Vallas that the community participates in CP Air. “I want this to be a North County owned and operated airline,” he said. “I am a great believer in the community being behind this operation and getting involved.” For Phase 1 of operations, CP Air looks to offer commercial flights to San Jose, Sacramento, Oakland, Phoenix, Tucson, Reno and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Phase 2 will include service to Utah,

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Houston and various other cities. “We are looking to start operations in early summer,” Paul Hook, COO and executive vice president, said. “We will be starting with Embraer 145 aircraft, which will give us quick turnarounds. We

can make several flights a day.” Currently the airline is awaiting county approval before flights can begin, which Vallas anticipates will happen soon. “We are fully certificated for full scheduled service

and charter authorization,” Vallas said. “So we will start even if we are still waiting for the county. We are available and ready to fly today if we are called to do so.” “The county is still doing its required due diligence, checking the environmental status,” Hook said. “We understand that really is the controlling factor as to when we can start scheduled service.” Vallas’ call to the community to be a part of CP Air did not go unheeded. John Barkley, the new CFO of CP Air, read about the investment opportunity and jumped at the chance to be a part of local history. “My father was one of the last presidents of the old PSA airline,” Barkley said. He wrote Vallas a letter, and soon he came on board utilizing his experience as an attorney with a background in tax and accounting. “I

grew up in the airline industry. I never thought we would have another hometown airline in San Diego. The people in our region are fiercely loyal. Now that the Chargers have left, it feels like we have a hole in the community, we all want something to root for. CP Air gives North County a hometown team to be proud of.” Along with pride, CP Air is poised to have plenty of benefits to the area. “We are looking forward to bringing additional employment, tax revenues and airport recognition,” Hook said. CP Air will bring an estimated 150 jobs to North County in its first year, which could multiply to 1,000 local jobs by year four. “Our market area is about 50 percent business people up and down and all throughout the West Coast,” Vallas added. “We will be bringing tourism

into North County. The hotels, the restaurants will all benefit. Two local bank executives also advised me that they agree with me wanting to bring the community in as partners. Both Silvergate and FNBSocal banks asked ‘What can we do to help?’” With business bound to be booming, Vallas is reaching out to bring more local investors into the fold. “At present time I own 92 percent of the company,” he said. “I have about $15 million of my family’s and my own money invested. And now we’ve been authorized by the SEC to sell stock locally, and we’d like to keep it a definite low number of investors, primarily in North County.” For more information and specifics about this investing in California Pacific Airlines, please contact Ted Vallas at vallas1@cox.net or call (760) 436 -8919.

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Books invite readers to join educational hunt for Bigfoot hit the road e’louise ondash


ushtaka. Skunk Ape. Mogollon Monster. Yeti. Sasquatch. Countries and cultures worldwide have their own names for what in this country we call Bigfoot, the elusive, mythical creature who allegedly roams remote areas of the globe. While we have studied, stalked, discussed, analyzed and purportedly photographed this nearly-9foot-tall hairy beast, no one has actually proved its existence. But we keep hoping that someone will. Author/artist David Miller has done the next best thing. He’s given us the Bigfoot seek-and-find book series which follows this otherwise elusive monster as he explores the world’s famous cities, landmarks and vacation destinations. He even travels back in time. The first two books, “Bigfoot Visits the Big Cities of the World” and “Bigfoot Goes on Vacation,” (Fox

Chapel Publishing; $14.95) are out this month. Yes, they are for children, but adults will find them fascinating, too. Miller’s illustrations and the accompanying challenge to find Bigfoot and other related items (think “Where’s Waldo”) are just too much fun. Trying to nail down Miller for an interview is somewhat akin to tracking Bigfoot. The author is a busy man these days. Until recently, he spent most of working hours as the marketing director of Fox Chapel Publishing in sout heaster Pe n n s y l v a nia. But when Miller finally showed his Bigfoot illustrations (several years in the making) to the publisher, “he loved them right out of the gate.” Now, as word about his book series has spread, Miller finds that his time is consumed by all things Bigfoot. My first question, of course, is, “Do you believe in Bigfoot?” “Not necessarily,” Miller confesses, “but he’s still a part of my imagination. I’ve always been fascinated by Bigfoot. As a kid I spent a lot of time with my brothers in the woods of western Maryland, and I like to think there’s something out there. Maybe Bigfoot is traveling

Kids and adults alike will have fun learning geography, history and fun facts by searching for Bigfoot and city-related objects in the pages of David Miller’s seek-and-find series. This page challenges readers to find the hairy beast among the sights of Paris. Courtesy photos

the world and exploring. That’s part of what inspired me.” Miller also has filled his books with lots of fun facts about the places he illustrates. For instance, did you know that 320 baguettes are consumed every second in France? Or that there are more than 25,000 wires in the cables that support the Golden Gate Bridge? Or that the first passengers to ride in a hot air balloon were a rooster, a duck and a sheep? “I want to share fun facts about these places because I still see kids struggling to learn geography and history,” Miller says. “I try to make the illustrations as

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Encinitas’ go-to cocktails


’ve always been a fan of a well-made cocktail. Be it an old-school classic with no frills or maybe an updated twist on a classic or something craftier with a name and ingredient combination that is straight out of the hipster bar playbook. If it tastes good, fits nicely with the season, and goes down easy I’m a happy guy. I always enjoy asking, during the appropriate time of year of course, to have my barkeep mix me something “Autumnal.� It just sounds so elegant. As with restaurants, I like to keep a nice lowbrow/ highbrow mix going when I go out for drinks. I kept that in mind when I came up with the idea for this column along with where I would feed the cocktail-fueled appetite brought on by imbibing in a few of these at each location. I’ll put out

Clockwise from left, Encinitas bartenders Scarlett Hannon, Luke Barger, Rosie Harrison, Liz Trujillo, Ryan House and Amber Munnelly. Photos by David Boylan

one big disclaimer here before we get into the goods of this column. There is absolutely no excuse in this day and age with the convenience of Uber and Lyftt or a good old-fashioned cab

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That said and speaking of hipsters, the concept for this cocktail piece came to me at The Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas where they have a drink called the Hipster Cowboy. While I’m

not sure that such a cowboy actually exists, it was a clever play on words and it sucked me right in. Well it worked as this delicious concoction had me coming back on a regular basis.

Even when the drink was not on the menu, bartender Luke Barger whipped one up for me. I finally found out what goes into this ohTURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 13

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emecula wineries have finally turned the corner, not that there ever was a corner. It’s just that it took this long to discover the evolution of the image to that of a Mediterranean-themed wine country that can deliver beautifully crafted varietals originating from parts of the world like Italy, France and Spain. The wineries themselves are a potpourri of early country cowboy alongside glitzy glamour. For those of you who may ask about location, it is a centrally located valley in Southern California, surrounded by some 20 million population in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. To the west are the Pacific Ocean breezes that moderate the hot seasonal temperatures. The soil is decomposed granite and clay that drains well, retaining moisture reserves below the root system. Occasionally the wine association features a countrywide event where guests can choose to tour and taste from the selection of Temecula wineries as they did recently at the annual 2018 Barrel Tasting. Most

Lorimar Winery is a standout Temecula Valley winery producing many Mediterranean varietals that have been award winners, such as the 2014 Tuscan style Sangiovese. Courtesy photo

wineries poured their next releases direct from the barrels they were aging in. Wine glasses were provided, along with a map and a passport to each winery on each of two days. Each winery also provided gourmet food samplings that paired with their wine tastings. This is a benchmark 50th year for Temecula Valley winegrowers and the Barrel Tasting celebration was the first of many more to come this year. The first modern commercial winery was planted in 1968 and is now up to 40 wineries and growing, producing 500,000 cases annu-


It’s not unusual to see several limousines parked at each winery during these soirees. Large groups from big cities come together, thirsty to taste the next big varietal and compare palate reactions. A trend that is increasing as wine lovers get together at homes, wine bars, shops and wineries is to form groups into a club, establish a name, produce gear like hats and T-shirts and get out together and have some fun at the wineries. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 13

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I like to hang out with San Diego’s “Grapeheads, “an informal group of fun-loving wine drinkers, always on the lookout for events to gather, socialize and compare tasting notes for the greater good of the group. Their choices this day were Cougar, Lorimar, Carter Estates, Avensole and Hart. Lorimar’s Sommelier is Penny Delgado, with a wealth of knowledge about the many wines offered at Lorimar, which opened its winery in 2012. Its current winning wines are the re-


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sult of winemaker Marshall Stuart with his perfectly balanced soft tannins and medium acidity, especially evident in the 2014 Sangiovese, a Best of Class winner at the recent San Francisco wine competition ($42). This is a “new world” Sangiovese, styled similar to the Tuscany Italy grape, yet bursting with California fruit forward flavor. This wine is perfect for Italian pasta dishes, lamb and other lighter meats. You’ll want to mark your calendar for the next winery event in the Temecula Valley, the Big Red Fest with a group of nine wineries located in the De Portola

WINE BYTES • The Rancho Mirage Wine & Food Festival is happening from noon to 4 p.m. Feb.17. Fifty wineries from the West Coast will be pouring, plus 16 chefs from

stick. I’ll wrap this one up with the true old school classic Old Fashioned at O’Hurley’s from bartender Ryan House. It’s the perfect drink to fuel my Touch Tunes app-driven dance party then wake up to a juke box bill that could be classified as a symptom of a music disorder. I’m in denial of that being a thing so it’s all-good. But since we are on the topic

my preferred three-song set list with my Old Fashioned would include Ray Charles circa 1965 with a big band, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons “Who Loves You” and for good measure some Dave Brubeck “Take Five.” Food after O’Hurley’s could go many directions but the magnet on Juanita’s pulls me the hardest. It’s a good thing. As always, enjoy re-

At the recent Temecula Valley Barrel Tasting, a segment of San Diego’s “Grapeheads” compared tastings at Hart Winery and enjoyed their Italian-style Barbera red. Photo by Frank Mangio

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Stick to the people and pursuits you trust. Don’t let your beliefs be shattered by someone trying to persuade you to be a follower instead of a leader. Anger is a warning to walk away from people and situations that are detrimental to your emotional and physical well-being. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Use your intelligence to bring about positive change. Look back at what you have excelled at in the past to discover a new way to use your skills to advance.

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MiraCosta pilot program offers 4-year bachelor’s degree OCEANSIDE — A group of local students will graduate in spring 2019 with bachelor’s degrees, but that isn’t what makes this class unique. It’s the degree they will receive and the institution they are earning it from that sets these students apart. The group of 23 are the first cohort of students in a pilot program in which they will earn bachelor’s degrees in biomanufacturing from MiraCosta College. It’s the first program of its kind in the state or anywhere in the U.S. “It all started in the fall of 2014 when the governor approved Senate Bill 850,” Michael Fino, Dean of Mathematics and Sciences at MiraCosta said. “We were one of 15 community colleges in the state chosen for a 10-year pilot program offering bachelor’s degree programs. There were two key requirements — it couldn’t duplicate anything at a CSU or UC school, and

there had to be a need that the program addressed.” Fino spearheaded efforts to bring biomanufacturing to MiraCosta. “We proposed a degree in biomanufacturing,” he said. “Most programs focus on the research side. We wanted to offer a degree in the production side as it didn’t exist anywhere else, and locally there is a need in the industry.” In 2015 Fino said they found out MiraCosta was selected, but that was just the beginning. “We spent two years buying equipment, hiring faculty and developing curriculum,” he said. “We had to spend time preparing for it because it didn’t exist before.” Courses cost $46 a unit for lower division classes and an additional $84 a unit for upper division classes. The four-year program is expected to cost a total of about $10,000, not including books, materials and fees for health services, parking

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been named the culprit. The Washington Post reported the team studied birds in the Rattlesnake Canyon Habitat Management Area in New Mexico, which is uninhabited by humans but does contain natural gas wells and compression stations that constantly emit a low-frequency hum. The steady noise was linked to abnormal levels of stress hormones, and the usually hardy western bluebirds in the area were found to be smaller and displayed bedraggled feathers. "The body is just starting to break down," explained stress physiologist Christopher Lowry. [The Washington Post, 1/9/2018]

Something to Sing About The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland has a new course of study for scholars to pursue: a bachelor's or master's in yodeling. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, students will be able to major in the traditional form of singing, which was used by Swiss herdsmen to communicate with each other in the mountains. The BBC reported that prize-winning yodeler Nadja Rass will lead the courses, which will also include musical theory and history. "We have long dreamed of offering yodeling at the university," gushed Michael Kaufmann, head of the school's music department. [BBC, 1/30/18] Names in the News Police in Logansport, Indiana, finally caught up with the thief who had been targeting churches in the area since Jan. 16: Christian J. Alter, 22, of Kewanna, was charged with breaking into five houses of worship and stealing cash, according to the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. Alter was apprehended Jan. 23 just moments before the fifth burglary, at Rehoboth Christian Church, was discovered by police. He was being held in the Cass County Jail. [Pharos-Tribune, 1/24/2018] The Continuing Crisis Birds nesting near natural gas compressors have been found to suffer symptoms similar to PTSD in humans, according to researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and noise pollution has

Armed and Naked In Texas, game wardens came across an arresting sight in Gregg County last November: an unnamed Upshur County man hunting in the nude along a state highway. The Houston Chronicle reported that the hunter, who is a well-known nudist and activist in the area, contested his arrest on charges including hunting without a license, but one look in court at the warden's body cam footage undermined his case. The man then dropped his appeals and settled the citations. [Houston Chronicle, 11/22/2017] You Have the Right to Remain Silent Vincente Rodrigues-Ortiz, 22, was arrested on Jan. 24 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the assault and murder of Andre Hawkins, 17, the day before. But when Rodrigues-Ortiz appeared in court on Jan. 25 for arraignment, he questioned the judge about his "other murder case." WWMT TV reported that his query led prosecutors to interview and then swiftly charge him with the March 2017 homi-

in biomanufacturing will help fulfill an unmet workforce need for the greater San Diego region,” explains Dr. David Broad, president of the MiraCosta College board of trustees and retired General Manager of Genetech’s large scale biomanufacturing facility in Oceanside. “We have a strong connection to the industry,” Fino added. An industry advisory board has worked closely with MiraCosta throughout the creation of the biomanufacturing program. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Fino said. “Our program is structured a bit differently than a typical degree. It is a lab-based curriculum. And that’s where science lives — in the lab. It makes it very engaging and fun for the students. They learn by doing instead of just sitting in a classroom.” So far, the program has attracted a diverse group of students. “We hope to

attract nontraditional students,” Fino said. “We have a nearly equal number of male and female students and about 20 percent of them are veterans. Almost half of them are of an underrepresented ethnicity.” The current cohort has a number of former students who had graduated from MiraCosta and were already working in the industry. “We make a commitment to offer upper division courses at times that allow students to keep their jobs while they get their degrees.” MiraCosta is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 to begin the upper division coursework. Students that have completed all of the lower division prerequisite coursework are eligible to apply. “We can take up to 30 students,” Fino said. For more information about the program and how to apply, visit miracosta. edu/biotech.

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he ride south to work would always pull alongside the Highway 101 curb like clockwork. Bobby Beathard would pop out of the SUV, his head still wet from an early surfing session at Beacon’s. “You ready?” Beathard would always ask. “What a great day!” It was the beginning of another one of those memorable mornings more than two decades ago when hanging with Beathard, the Chargers’ former general manager. In an example of just how far in the past that was, Beathard carpooled with a media member: me. Beathard, a longtime Leucadia resident now living in Franklin, Tennessee, was

sports talk jay paris selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this month. He’ll be inducted into the hallowed grounds at Canton, Ohio, in August, an appropriate time of the year for someone always chasing the endless summer. “The waves were pretty good today,” Beathard would say, still plucking seaweed from his disheveled swath of blonde/white hair. That was the exceedingly enthusiastic Beathard and

ing the Chargers in 1992 for the Oceanside Blade Citizen Tribune, I didn’t know a soul connected with San Diego’s NFL squad. Then two soul brothers quickly emerged in Oceanside’s Junior Seau and Beathard. Seau, who was drafted by Beathard in 1990, told me to never hesitate to reach out if I needed something. And Beathard never quit letting me stick out my thumb for a much-needed ride. It was those commutes with Beathard that anyone would cherish, an opportunity to pick one of the NFL’s smartest brains. Beathard directed the Chargers to their lone Super Bowl to cap the 1994 season, and in a career that spanned three decades,

that was what made him special — and unique. In today’s NFL, a team’s GM seldom interacts with the press. Current Chargers GM Tom Telesco, once of Rancho Santa Fe, is polite but is not known for returning calls. Let along collecting a sportswriter outside Surfdog’s Java Hut in Cardiff for a lift. A.J. Smith, the GM preceding Telesco, was notoriously sour and once hung up on a media member: me. Then there was Beathard, who understood the press’ mission. He was always willing to help with a sly grin, a pat on the back and by offering his passenger seat — albeit after a wet towel had graced it — to a sportswriter. When I started cover-




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But he never sold a fresh sportswriter short and for that I’m grateful — if I was a tad naive. Maybe Beathard just wanted a passenger to use the I-5 car pool on-ramp at Via de la Valle in Del Mar. Maybe he just wanted some company. Maybe he was just a good guy helping a young guy get his feet under him in a new city while writing about a team which was new to him. Secretly, I would root for a traffic jam at the I-5 and I-805 merge. The result was more stories from Beathard, which made any morning commute a pleasant ride.


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he took three organizations to seven Super Bowls. Remember the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season? That bunch had a young director of player personnel in one Robert Beathard. His credentials were unmatched, which makes his inclusion among the game’s greats past due. So when word came that Beathard was honored, it became a super weekend before the Eagles upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl extravaganza. Just don’t expect Beathard, 81, to be long-winded with his induction remarks. Shy and modest, Beathard won’t ramble like others. “It will be the shortest speech in history,” Beathard promised.

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Government in Action -- Saugatuck, Michigan, attorney Michael Haddock's dog, Ryder, probably gave the mail carrier a day off after receiving an unexpected letter on Jan. 27 from the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. According to WZZM TV, Haddock opened the envelope addressed to Ryder and found a letter saying that Ryder is eligible for $360 per week in unemployment benefits. "I knew he was clever," Haddock said of Ryder, "but he surprised me this time." The UIA admitted that its computer did send the notice to Ryder, but it was later flagged as suspicious, and the German shepherd won't receive any benefits after all. [WZZM, 1/31/2018] -- In New Hampshire, the state legislature is considering a bill that would hold owners of poultry responsible for the birds' trespassing. According to the proposal, reported by the Associated Press, "anyone who knowingly, recklessly or negligently allows their domestic fowl to enter someone else's property without permission" can be convicted if the birds damage crops or property. Rep. Michael Moffett, a Loudon Republican, told a committee on Jan. 30 that one man told him his neighbor was using chickens as a "form of harassment and provocation." But Earl Tuson, a local vegetable farmer, opposed the bill, noting, "Everyone loves eating bacon

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Smooth Reaction A Missouri State University freshman identified only as Hayden may have set the perfect stage for a romantic story he'll tell into old age. In January, as he trolled Tinder, he spotted Claudia, also a student at MSU in Springfield. But, as the Springfield News-Leader reported, Hayden accidentally swiped left, rejecting her, so he decided on a bold move to find her. On Jan. 20, he searched the MSU website for every person named Claudia and emailed them all, asking "the" Claudia to email him back. He offered a doughnut date for "the one that got away." Claudia Alley, a freshman from Jefferson City, got Hayden's email and knew she was his target because he referenced a joke she made in her Tinder bio. Alley emailed Hayden, and the two planned to get doughnuts -- and perhaps make history -- later that week. [Springfield News-Leader, 1/20/2018] Awesome! Rookie metal detectors Andy Sampson and Paul Adams were out looking for treasure along the Suffolk/ Essex border in England when they came across more than 50 gold coins and pottery. Sampson said Adams started "shouting and jumping around and dancing." As for himself, Sampson immediately started figuring out how he would spend the money, which the pair thought might amount to 250,000 pounds or more. Alas, when Sampson showed the coins to his neighbor, he said, "They're not real -- there's something wrong with them." Sure enough, when the treasure hunters made inquiries, they found that the coins and pottery were props for a BBC TV show, "Detectorists." Sampson and Adams told the BBC on Jan. 31 that they have "got over" their huge disappointment and will continue to metal detect. [BBC, 1/31/2018]

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Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe presents Two for Tap, from 6 to 9 p.m. March 2 at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano take you to the days when dancing couples filled the screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony and precision tap dancing. Tickets are available at ccrsf.org. For more information, email info@ccrsf.org. Courtesy photo

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OPENING NIGHT Ovation Theatre presents “Anything Goes,” with music by Cole Porter, at the La Costa Canyon Performing Arts Center. Feb 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets available online (http://bit. ly/2ryDup4) or at the door. For more information, www. ovationtheatre.org or (760) 487-8568. HUTCHINS CONSORT The Hutchins Consort will perform “All’s Fair in Love and War,” at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas. Tickets at hutchinsconsort.org. MOVIE IN THE AFTERNOON The Gloria McClellan Center screens a new movie release the third Friday of every month, 1 p.m. at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive in Vista. Free movie and refreshments. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. For movie title, call (760) 643-5282. SEEKING PERFORMANCE ART This year’s Oceanside Days of Art is collaborating with the Oceanside Public Library’s BIG READ, and are looking for artists to create performances that support our theme — anything from Elizabethan scenes, dances and music to post-apocalyptic art and Steam Punk to share their talents on one of several stages. They are looking for quality solos, ensembles, actors, singers,

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