Rancho Santa Fe News, February 28, 2020

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Last coronavirus patient discharged from UCSD

RSF Historical Society holds yearly meeting

By City News Service

REGION — The second patient in San Diego County confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus was discharged from UC San Diego Health’s care Feb. 24. Another person who had been diagnosed with the respiratory illness was discharged from UC San Diego Health on Feb. 19 after multiple tests came back with negative results

By Alexander Wehrung

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society held its annual meeting Feb. 18 at the La Flecha House. John Vreeburg, president of the society since 2009, presided over the meeting. It kicked off with the renomination of the 2019-2020 board members for 2020-2021, which passed. Vreeburg then presented a slideshow to the approximately 20 attendees, detailing the society’s accomplishments from last year and the state of its finances. The listed 2019 accomplishments were as follows: 72 third-graders visited the La Flecha House on field trips; the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club partnered with society for the 2019 Garden and Luxury home tour; the society launched Robert Lindland’s book “An RSF Sketchbook. An Artist’s View of Life in the Ranch” at the Rancho Santa Fe Library (Lindland himself attended the night’s meeting); the society hosted the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary “Angel Tree” Christmas party at the La Flecha House; and it participated in the RSF Rotary First Street Fair. After the accomplishments were presented, finances were discussed. The society — which is a 501c3 nonprofit — gains money through membership dues, donations, walking tours and book sales, amongst other methods. It reported a gross profit of $43,379. It was also reported that over the past five years, the society has seen a decline in membership from 224 people to 141, but an increase in lifetime members from 47 to 65. Other society members present were Vice President Peggy Brooks, board member Max Wuthrich and Administrator Sharon Alix, who gave this reporter a tour of the house and its artifacts after the meeting. TURN TO HISTORICAL ON 3

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Services and the CDC. “In all ways, at all times, their unified mission was — and remains — to keep patients and the public-at-large informed, protected and safe. It is not possible to express the depth of my gratitude for their efforts, professionalism and sacrifice,” Maysent said. After two weeks under quarantine for novel coronavirus, 63 people were

The last few weeks have presented numerous challenges. ... I am proud to say we met the challenges across the board.” Patty Maysent UC San Diego Health CEO


Cabanas line the pool area at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, which was ranked top hotel in three categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Hotel Rankings. MORE ON PAGE 7. Photo courtesy Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

and the person was cleared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The last few weeks have presented numerous challenges,” said Patty Maysent, CEO of UC San Diego Health. “Our skills, strengths and stamina have been tested, and I am proud to say we met the challenges across the board, throughout our health care system and across our broader communities.” Maysent said staff collaborated daily with San Diego County Public Health

released Feb. 20 from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. They were among 65 passengers who were flown into San Diego on Feb. 7 after evacuating Wuhan, China — epicenter of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. More than 200 people were quarantined at one time at the base, with 166 who initially arrived in San Diego on Feb. 5 released on Feb. 18. The County Board of Supervisors last week TURN TO CORONAVIRUS ON 3

CSUSM fires dean, wife for misusing school funds By Kirk Mattu

SAN MARCOS — On the eve of California State University, San Marcos’ audit on executive officials misappropriating university funds, the university severed ties with two officials in spotlight of review. CSUSM and the California State University Chancellor’s Office each released their independent internal reviews on Feb. 13 of business spending of Michael Schroder, the former dean of extended learning

and associate vice president for international programs. According to an investigation last year by the San Diego Union Tribune, Schroder exceeded university spending caps when staying at Ritz-Carlton hotels, upgraded airfare to business or first class, and bought $50 steak dinners at Vigilucci’s Seafood Steakhouse in Carlsbad. “We substantiated all of the allegations,” the chancellor’s 28-page independent report stated. “We

also found that the dean sought and received reimbursement for expenses that were personal in nature under the guise of university business.” The university announced that Michael Schroder and his wife Beth Schroder, the senior director of philanthropy, were no longer employed as of Feb. 12. CSUSM President Ellen Neufeldt stated on the release of the university’s independent report that,

“the independent investigation by the Chancellor’s Office revealed that a member of our community took advantage of their position and influence to fraudulently use university resources to their personal benefit. “Upon reading the report, I was in disbelief that someone would violate the sacred trust placed upon leaders of this university to such a degree,” she continued. Neufeldt received the complaint of Schroder’s

spending during her first month at the university last summer where she began an internal investigation and requested an independent investigation from the Audit and Advisory Services of the Chancellor’s Office. In the university’s eight-page comprehensive review of travel expenditures, 27 of the reviewed 253 transactions were found to be in violation of TURN TO CSUSM ON 3


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Cardiff business transforms into nonprofit offering scholarships By Hoa Quach

ENCINITAS — What began as a women’s athletic apparel company in North County has transformed into a national nonprofit with a mission to inspire and empower young, female athletes. Kate Nowlan is the woman behind the GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation, a nonprofit that plans to award its first scholarship recipient $5,000 this spring. The foundation is a spinoff of the GRACEDBYGRIT business that once sold women’s athletic apparel for five years before being sold to HYLETE, a similar company based in Solana Beach. Nowlan, the mother of two girls who lives in Cardiff, said she was inspired by her children to form a group that helped other young women. “The GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation recognizes young women who participate in athletics as an opportunity to discover and develop their grit while embracing their grace through the GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation Scholarship Fund,” Nowlan said. “We hope to inspire young women to stick with athletics as long as possible with the understanding that they will build valuable life skills such as confidence, teamwork, learning how to win and lose, and become confident, self-reliant women.” Nowlan said the new foundation has fundraised thousands of dollars with the support of the community. HYLETE is also contributing 1% of all of the women's product sales to the foundation to support the scholarship fund, she said. A committee will evaluate all the applicants with a winner selected and an-



university policy. These policy violations were found in lodging costs, upgraded airline seats and executive car services where more economical choices could have been made. The review also found duplicate travel reimbursements and as a result overpayment of said reimbursements. The chancellor’s report echoed the university’s findings and found that Schroder fraudulently requested duplicate reimbursements by claiming a meal under both a travel expense and a hospitality expense. The report also found that Schroder requested reimbursement of expenses totaling $36,675, of which 33 of the 182 expenditures reviewed were found to be fraudulent. “Examples of these expenses include trips to a concert and professional football and baseball games, as well as a cross-country road

KATE NOWLAN is the Cardiff resident behind the GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at empowering young female athletes. Courtesy photo

nounced on April 15. She said she hopes the funds will alleviate the financial burden many students face. “The purpose of the scholarship is that we know that the financial burden of continuing your education can be difficult especially if you are participating in athletics,” said Nowlan, who currently serves as the vice president of strategic initiatives and community for HYLETE. “We want to help alleviate that obstacle. trip, all taken with family and friends,” the report said. Schroder used university funds to see a National Football League game and a Guns N’ Roses concert in Philadelphia in October 2017 under the guise of reviewing an educational program at the University of Pennsylvania. The cross-country road trip occurred a few months prior from Virginia to California where Schroder could not verify the nature of this trip and the reimbursement for it from the university. Neufeldt has directed the university to create fiscal stewardship actions based off the recommendations from both reports to prevent future abuse of university funds. “Actions speak louder than words, so we are going to show through our deeds that we want to earn the trust of our students, our families, our faculty and staff and our community,” Neufeldt said.

We decided on athletes because statistically we know that women who participate in collegiate athletics have a greater chance of professional success.” Sarah Andersen, director of the foundation, said the group is vital as it provides support for aspiring student athletes. “The GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation is necessary because it provides scholarship opportunities for aspiring collegiate ath-


unanimously reaffirmed and extended a local health emergency declaration in response to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Despite the declaration, however, county officials stressed that the risk of contracting the virus lo-


La Flecha house is a refurbished Spanish-themed home that was designed by Lilian J. Rice in 1922. The house was originally designated as a potential residence of Santa Fe Land Improvement Company employees and was the first in Rancho Santa Fe to have been completely wired for electricity. One of the society’s objectives has been the continued maintenance

letes,” said Anderson, who has worked with Nowlan since 2015. “We believe our focus on grit is essential for creating the future generation of confident women.” But, the GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation isn’t just offering a yearly scholarship. The group also plans to host events for San Diego’s young athletes. “We hope to host events called ‘Get Gritty’ events where teens spend a day workshopping, hearing inspirational speakers and learning about the grit they have inside of themselves to empower them to use it,” Nowlan said. “We hosted a Get Gritty Cleveland event and sold out with 180 girls attending. The biggest takeaway for the young women who attended this event is that they learned that failure can be the best lesson in life, and it is what you do with that failure that can build your strength and confidence.” Active in the community, Nowlan has worked for the Boys & Girls Club in Solana Beach and volunteered for San Diego Sport Innovators and Junior League, prior to launching GRACEDBYGRIT. Through it all, she’s been motivated by her two daughters, 17-year-old Gwen and 19-year-old Maggi. “They have absolutely influenced every decision I have made the last 19 years and in particular, starting the foundation,” Nowlan said. “I am on a mission for young women to become strong and independent women and hope that when they join the workforce, they never face a glass ceiling and are treated equally.” For more information about the GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation or to apply for the scholarship, go to gracedbygrit.com/. cally remains extremely low. Worldwide, there have been more than 80,000 reported cases of the disease, with more than 2,600 deaths. There have been 53 confirmed cases of the disease in the United States, including one each in Los Angeles and Orange counties. of the house, as part of its mission statement to “preserve the history of Rancho Santa Fe in order to connect us to our Past, Present and Future.” All three buildings that make up the house were recently reroofed. The house itself is a valuable trove; some of the items stored in it include antique buttons, art pieces from 18th-century Dusseldorf, cast-iron toys, Navajo dolls, antique chairs. In the future, the society hopes to resurface La Flecha’s courtyard, erect

HWAC’S Pets Without Walls provides warmth to the pets of San Diego’s homeless. The donation of sweaters and blankets from Robby and Marca Alejandro of K9 Dimensions will help 100 pets in temporary homeless shelters, against winter temperatures. Courtesy photo

Homeless pets get sweaters, blankets RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pets Without Walls aims to provide literal warmth to the pets of San Diego’s homeless. For a second year, thanks to a donation from Robby and Marca Alejandro of K9 Dimensions, 100 pets, residing in temporary homeless shelters, will snuggle into new sweaters and toasty blankets to battle the winter temperatures. K9 Dimensions is not only donating 100 doggie sweaters, and 100 handmade blankets. They planned to be on-site for the distribution of the sweaters and blankets to measure any dog that needs a special size. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pets Without Walls program was on-site at Father Joe’s Neil Good Day Center Feb. 21 with cozy gifts for both people and pups. For the last three years, Helen Woodward Animal Center has joined efforts to assist homeless families by keeping their furry companions fed and healthy. Currently the Pets Without Walls Program makes bi-weekly visits to shelters headed by Alpha Project, Father Joe’s, Interfaith in Mission Valley and Family Health Center in San Diego, providing health checks, microchipping, preventive medical care, important vaccinations, flea and tick medication, and pet food (through an extension of its Ania wall emblazoned with the names of the society’s founders and donors, continue its speaker series — which brings in people to speak on topics from drought-tolerant plants to the Mills Act — continue the digitization and organization in its archives for ease of access and unveil a statue of Lilian J. Rice. If you are interested in taking a tour at the La Flecha House or learning more about Rancho Santa Fe’s history, or the society itself, go to ranchosantafehistoricalsociety.org.

Meals program), along with human clothing and blanket donations from the Center’s Orphaned Object resale store. The Center’s Pets Without Walls program repeated last year’s special donation event by partnering with K9 Dimensions, providing pet supplies specifically aimed at keeping these beloved pets protected from the elements. Helen Woodward Animal Center provided pet food, as well as toiletry kits and coats and blankets to human friends in need. K9 Dimensions first became involved with the Center in 2018 as a Surf Dog sponsor and has now become a dedicated friend to the Center. Its founders, Robby and Marca Alejandro, began their canine health supplement business after serving in the United States military. Robby served 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and Marca served in Desert Storm as a fighter jet quality assurance officer. Today Robby works for the Department of Homeland Security and Marca is employed as a professor and a business strategist, all while building their pet-focused business. “When presented with the privilege of helping the four-legged companions of the homeless we knew that is was the right thing to do,” Robby said, “because all dogs matter and we all need a little help sometimes.”

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Opinion & Editorial

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At all levels, the primary is about moderates, extremes

T San Diego County getting more jobs — but not enough homes By Matt Hall and Peter Weiss

As the regional economy thrives, housing production continues to drop, leaving the region unable to keep up with demand, and eventually limiting economic growth. This should come as no surprise, as we likely all know somebody affected by our housing crisis. As elected officials, we are tasked with finding solutions for our local workforce to obtain housing they can afford. Voting Yes on B this March is a solution guaranteed to do just that. Ideally located just a few miles from the cities of Escondido, San Marcos and Vista, Yes on B affirms the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous approval to create 2,135 homes attainable to many income levels, supporting our workforce and commuters who currently travel as far as Riverside County and beyond to San Diego County jobs. Instead of the current General Plan designation for this property that allows up to 2 million square feet of commercial space and 99 estate homes, voting Yes on Measure B — also called the Better Choice Measure — will approve development of 2,135 new homes, more than 60% of which will be afford-

ably priced for local working families, in addition to 1,209 acres of permanent open space, 36 acres of parks and 19 miles of trails. As North County Mayors, we know how critical affordably priced housing is for working families in this region. With more than 283,000 jobs along the Highway 78 corridor, a significant portion of this workforce is forced to commute from Riverside County every day because they cannot find affordable housing in San Diego County. Voting Yes on B would approve a project that is the first-of-its-kind in this region. With a legally binding covenant placed on the property, 1,331 of these homes are guaranteed to be affordably priced for working families. Home prices will start at the mid-$300,000s, which is a price point most San Diego working families can afford. More than 200 units of affordable housing, with rent starting around $1,440 per month, is also guaranteed to be priced for families earning less than 60% of the County’s Area Median Income. This covenant is enforceable, binding and cannot be amended. Additionally, 500 homes

will be prioritized for critical professions including police officers, firefighters, educators, veterans, active duty military and other first responders. Protecting and serving our communities shouldn’t require living outside San Diego County lines. Yes on B can provide a solution. As housing production in the County continues to decline and our workforce continues to climb, homes for working families are a priority. Yes on B has been endorsed by all five North County Mayors from Escondido, Vista, San Marcos, Oceanside and Carlsbad. Yes on B has also been endorsed by the North San Diego Business Chamber; the Escondido, Oceanside, Carlsbad San Marcos and Vista Chambers of Commerce; North San Diego Association of Realtors and the San Diego North Economic Development Council, among others. These organizations and more know that Yes on B can offer help to working families. We encourage you to vote Yes on B in the upcoming March election. Matt Hall is the mayor of Carlsbad, and Peter Weiss is the mayor of Oceanside

Homelessness tops state agenda By Marie Waldron

In his State of the State address, Gov. Newsom made homelessness a top priority. He also noted that California is the world’s fifth-largest economy, the richest state in the richest nation, but with massive poverty in our midst. The disgraceful evidence of that poverty can be seen in homeless people on our streets with encampments stretching from Mexico to Oregon. I applaud the Governor for taking on this issue. Over the years, I have fought for improved access to treatment for those with mental illness and substance use disorders, health care and shelter. And as the Governor stated, we need better legal tools to allow governments, health providers and law enforcement to more effectively help

people get treatment. Unfortunately, some individuals are incapable of accepting help to get off the streets. That’s why my legislation allowing local governments, loved ones and service providers to ask courts to compel those needing treatment into community-based outpatient care was signed into law in 2016. The Governor also mentioned that more housing is critical. Unfortunately, well-intentioned laws have been used by special interests, blocking new projects, while rent control has discouraged construction. Government mandates have driven costs through the roof, making some lowcost housing unaffordable. Unnecessary policies blocking new housing must be changed.

All levels of government must come together to address homelessness. Red tape should be cut, and using funding with intentionality is critical to achieving results. Accountability is a must, but arguing over past mistakes is pointless. It’s time we look forward to address the interrelated problems of homelessness, mental health and substance abuse, one person, one family at a time. We can agree on the problems, but solutions will be a subject of intense debate. This year, I’m looking forward to working with the Governor to address these critical issues. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature

he California primary election officially went to the voters’ hands early this month, when many began receiving mail-in ballots shortly before early-voting centers started opening all around the state. No registered voter should lose sight of what this election is about in both major parties: At several levels, the current vote will decide at least for awhile whether moderates are in effect drummed out of the two major parties, leaving extremists on both sides to rule for the next two or four years. For Democrats, this choice has been obvious on the presidential level since the party’s first televised debate last summer. The choice there for Democratic moderates is between former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttegieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and, possibly, late entrant Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York City. So-called progressives among Democrats will for the most part choose between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Democratic Party rules mandating proportional representation likely will see to it that at least four of these folks each wins some California delegates to the national nominating convention, but their specific vote totals will be telling. If any candidate fails to draw 15% of the statewide California Democratic vote, they can most likely kiss their presidential chances goodbye, even if they’ve done well in the primaries and caucuses of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — where results will be fi-

california focus thomas d. elias nalized while most Californians are still mulling their votes. Republican President Donald Trump, having just survived an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, will have only nominal opposition here, but if a significant number of moderate GOP voters cast protest ballots for former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld or one of several lesser-known candidates, it will signal big trouble ahead for Trump. The same kind of moderate vs. extremist contest will also occur in a few much more local votes, even though California’s new 12year legislative term limits give a huge advantage to incumbents both in the primary and the November runoff to follow. At least three key contests will shape November runoffs. The perpetually challenged Steve Glazer, a state senator from Orinda in the 7th Senate District, faces the labor-backed ultra-liberal Marisol Rubio in one race. In Orange County’s 72nd Assembly District, incumbent and fairly moderate Republican Tyler Diep faces strong intra-party opposition from conservative Janet Nguyen, who lost her former nearby state Senate seat two years ago to Democrat Tom Umberg. And in the 25th Congressional District, covering turf from the Simi Valley in Ventura County to Lancaster in Los Angeles County’s high desert area, multiple conservatives and moderates from both parties seek to replace lib-

eral Democrat Katie Hill, forced to resign by a sex scandal after only a few months in office. This field includes conservative former Republican Rep. Steve Knight, unseated by Hill in 2018, and Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith, the early-book favorites to make the runoff elections both for the fall election and the special election to fill the seat until then. The two hardest fought of these races may come in the East Bay and Orange County. With former county GOP chairman Scott Baugh backing Nguyen in part because of Diep’s voting with Democrats on some housing measures, the ex-state senator has a good shot. One mystery here is why Democrats, who saw Hillary Clinton carry this district in 2016 and then lost it to Diep by less than 3% two years later, have not run a well-funded candidate with deep local name recognition. The likelihood there is an all-GOP November runoff. Rubio, meanwhile, has gotten donations from three large labor unions and endorsements from a few local Democratic clubs in her bid to oust Glazer. “My life represents everything that is wrong about his voting record,” Rubio says. Neither Rubio nor Glazer won support from the state party. All of which means that while the California vote will say a lot about the future of both major parties nationally, it may do the same for the two California parties, even if the moderate vs. extreme battlegrounds are less numerous this time than in some past primaries. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com

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Store gift card to the teacher of the first-place winner. The 2021 water awareness calendar will feature OMWD’s top three winners, who Business news and special will each receive a prize and achievements for North San Diego County. Send information certificate of excellence. Winners will be notified by via email to community@ May 15. Additional inforcoastnewsgroup.com. mation and materials are available at olivenhain.com/ TAKE SOME BOWS The MiraCosta College school. Theatre Department posted finalists for the Irene Ryan TAKE PICS FOR NONPROFIT acting competition and got Volunteer photograboth teams into the final phers are needed to help group of 16 at the Kenne- at Casa de Amparo events. dy Center American Col- Casa de, in San Marcos, lege Theatre Festival. The works to support those afMiraCosa theater students, fected by and at risk of child Tracy Williams, Eric Bishop abuse and neglect, through and Gerilyn Brault, made a range of programs and serit through the pack of 64 vices that promote healing, teams. They had six minutes growth, and healthy relato perform two scenes and tionships. Help is needed one monologue. at the upcoming Meet the Chefs event, set for April 19. There is also the FORE the OMWD POSTER CONTEST Olivenhain Municipal Casa Kids Golf Tournament, Water District encourages to be held June 5. Interestfourth-grade students living ed photographers should or attending school with- contact nchandler@casadein its service area to enter amparo.org. the annual poster contest by April 6, hosted by North AUDOBON SOCIETY LEADER County water agencies. ParThe San Diego Auduticipants will illustrate ways bon Society announced they “Love Water, Save Wa- Travis Kemnitz will be the ter.” OMWD will present organization’s new execua $50 Lakeshore Learning tive director, concluding a


comprehensive recruitment process. Kemnitz takes over from long-time San Diego Audubon executive director Chris Redfern, who recently relocated with his family to Boston. While Kemnitz is new to San Diego Audubon, he's no stranger to San Diego, having served for over 17 years with the San Diego-based Ocean Discovery Institute. BRESSI RANCH CENTER OPENS

The community welcomed Carlsbad’s newest shopping and dining destination, The Square at Bressi Ranch, at 2622 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, with a grand opening celebration Feb. 22. The Square’s tenants include Bantam’s Roost, BevMo!, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Casero Taqueria, CVS Pharmacy, Ebullition Brew Works, F45 Training, KBS Golf Experience, Mango Mango, Mendocino Farms, Mission Federal Credit Union, Panini Kabob Grill, Richard Walker’s Pancake House, Smiles for Health Dentistry, Sprouts, Tabu Shabu, Wood Ranch BBQ and Yoga Six.

Association announced Roy Kerckhoffs as the 22nd annual Art in the Village Artist Ambassador. Kerckhoffs has been perfecting his photography and painting skills since the age of 10. PEACEMAKER HONOREE

National Conflict Resolution Center's (NCRC) Peacemaker Awards are set for April 18 and one of the honorees will be Sherrie L. Rubin, a resident of Escondido. Rubin is the founder of the Hope2gether Foundation, whose mission is to prevent opioid deaths, get help for those struggling with addiction and advocate for drug policy changes. Rubin has spent the last decade educating communities about the risks of opioid use and addiction.


Scripps Health has been named among the top employers in the nation by Fortune magazine. Fortune’s 23rd annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For ranked Scripps at No. 43. Scripps is the only San Diego-based company and the only California-based VILLAGE ART AMBASSADOR health system to make the The Carlsbad Village list.

Encinitas publishes climate action report ENCINITAS — The city of Encinitas published its first comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP) annual monitoring report Jan. 31. The annual report summarizes the city’s progress toward meeting the ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets set in the CAP and evaluates implementation progress on each of the 19 city actions called out in the CAP, adopted in January 2018. This 2019 report includes data tracked

In loving memory of

Charles David Nelson March 10, 1968 January 6, 2020

Charles David Nelson, 51, of Encinitas, California, passed away on January 6, 2020. Charlie was a loving son, a caring brother, and a devoted father. He was born on March 10, 1968, in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Robert Nelson and Sue Nelson. After attending Indiana University, Charlie lived in Oregon, Seattle, New York, Connecticut, Saint Paul, Pittsburgh, and Encinitas. He was keenly interested in politics and worked as a clerk in the Minnesota senate, where he served under Senator Paul Wellstone. He then earned a paralegal degree from Duquesne


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through 2018 and additional notable city actions that occurred last year. The 2018 CAP established seven greenhouse gas reducing strategies: building efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, clean and efficient transportation, off-road equipment, zero waste, and carbon sequestration. Staff began implementing many city actions in 2018; of the 19 actions specified in the CAP, four have been completed, University and moved into a career in law, most recently with Fisher and Philips in San Diego. Outside of work, Charlie loved good books, great music, and movies both hilarious and profound. He was a lifelong fan of dogs, fitness, and the Fighting Irish. No matter where he was, Charlie found a way to connect with the outdoors, whether on annual family canoe trips or regular weekend hikes. Charlie was a devoted father to each of his children, Cooper, Rowan, and Naomi, spending valuable time reading with his daughter, hiking with his sons, and throwing a football in the backyard with all three. Besides his children, Charlie is survived by his mother, Sue Nelson, his father and stepmother, Bob and Pat Nelson, his brothers and sisters, Cynthia Nelson, Mike Nelson, Laura Nelson (Steve Pearlman), and Matt Nelson (Erin), and 14 nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by all. The family requests any memorial gifts be sent to Autism Speaks or World Literacy Foundation.

14 are in progress, and one is awaiting resources. The city’s most notable achievement is the formation of a Community Choice Energy program, San Diego Community Power, with its regional partner cities: San Diego, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, and Chula Vista. The SDCP is on track to begin providing renewable electricity to customers in 2021. The city of Encinitas also introduced a citywide ban on gas-powered leaf

blowers to reduce air and noise pollution, and adopted an ordinance requiring electric vehicle charging stations on certain residential and commercial properties to encourage clean transportation. To view the PDF version of the CAP annual monitoring report, go to encinitasca.gov. To explore the city’s progress on the new interactive Climate Dashboard website, visit encinitasenvironment.org.

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am having approach-avoidance syndrome with my new sewing machine. I am thrilled to have finally gotten it, but I really wish my mom was here to show me the ins and out. We all know I will never sew a fine seam. I would have made a lousy member of the queen’s entourage back when ladies-in-waiting had precious little to do but stitch and mend. I blame it on my poor eyesight from the age of 3, but it’s probably because I’m shamefully impatient. The whole story is that more than a decade ago, I inherited my mother’s pride-and-joy, her Husqvarna Viking do-everything-but-tie-your-shoes sewing machine. She bought it in Germany in 1960 and it was top-of-theline. It is seriously vintage now but she made that puppy sing. She created gorgeous couture for me on it. But it was a one-man dog. The minute I touched it, things went pearshaped — needles broke, the bobbin wouldn’t stay in and my seams were anything but straight. Repeatedly I would take it to the sewing machine expert, who would tidy it up and tell me what a wonderful machine it was. Then without changing any settings, or even breathing on it, he or she would sew a perfect seam to show me how well it worked. I would then take it home, set it up and try to duplicate that seam. Without fail, it refused. It might tease me by working for a week or two, but then, only needing it for occasional mending or costume making, I

small talk jean gillette would ignore it for months. I didn’t so much as replace the thread color, but when I went to use it again, disaster followed. I would scour the manual trying to find the right combination of tension, stitch-length and such to make it just sew a simple seam. It apparently spoke another language … the language of women who sew. It would not respond to my sewing-impaired pleadings, and I swear I could hear it laughing. So, while I am sad to part with something that was such a part of my mom, I finally admitted it needed a good home. It needed to live with someone who has the gift and would love tinkering with this 60-year-old beauty. I dragged it into work and to my delight, the first teacher I shared it with was a seamstress, and fell in love with it. It made my heart happy, and I know it made my mother smile, knowing it would again be used with skill and joy. Meanwhile, I am about to sit down with my most basic of Singer sewing machines and see if we can be friends. Since I am its first owner, I’m feeling optimistic. Do you train a sewing machine, or does it train you? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer looking for serenity in her sewing. Contact her a jean@coastnewsgroup.com

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ello fellow gardeners and welcome to Jano’s Garden. This bi-weekly column will be based on my 15 years’ experience as a master gardener and as the director of the Master Gardener Program at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Cooperstown, New York. I built my first successful vegetable garden 35 years ago in the backyard of my Victorian house in a small town on the Hudson River. I filled the old-fashioned wrap around porch with window boxes festooned with purple and white petunias, which created a lively entrance to our new home. My house was just 20 feet from my elderly neighbor’s, and I often saw him working in his backyard. One day he sauntered over,

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The LIFE lecture series continues 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at Mira Costa College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. The first speaker is Dorothy Patent discussing “The Amazing Journey of Lewis and Clark.” After intermission with refreshments, Greg Patent will speak on “Growing up in Shanghai during WWII.” A $1 parking permit is available at Lot 1A. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121.


Aramaic, a semitic language essential to understanding the sacred texts of Judaism, Islam and Christianity is nearing extinction. Aramaic scholar, Roy Gessford, will a free lecture 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Seaside Center For Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. The lecture will discuss the relevance and basic structure

“Howdy, Ma’am. Name’s Johnny. I live right next door, and I noticed all those pretty flowers on your front porch. But, ya’ know what? You can’t eat those pretty posies! So, I brought you one of my San Maranzano tomatoes. I brought these seeds all the way from Italy 50 years ago and have been growing them ever since. In my Italian family we always have at least six of these in the backyard. When my wife was alive, she would have made her own tomato sauce. Sure do miss that sauce.” He of Aramaic. Participants will receive a free copy of “Read and Write Aramaic,” by Cuyamaca College Aramaic professor Michael Bazzi. RSVP a complimentary ticket on EventBrite at Encinitas, CA Ry Gessford Events | Eventbrite.

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California State Parks and the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society offer an Archaeology Weekend 2020, Feb. 29 and March 1 at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center and the nearby Begole Archaeology Research Center in Borrego Springs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 29 and 9 a.m. to noon March 1. For more information, visit anzaborregoarchaeo. org/archaeology-weekend. Activities will include craft projects for youngsters, hands-on pottery making, tours of the Archaeology Lab, educational displays and a lecture series on current research being conducted in the Park. Attendees may sign up for one of three guided field trips to local archaeological sites. (Fee required).

Pet of the Week Ramona is the kind of girl who knows what she wants. She’s confident and graceful at 5 years of age. Like her personality, her orange tabby coat is bright and elegant. She enjoys long naps in what some would consider unusual positions, but Ramona knows what she wants. She’s waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Her adoption fee is $122. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center are vaccinated and micro-chipped for identification. Kennels are open daily Monday through Wednesday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11

proceeded lead me back to his “back forty” which was a small 100-foot lot. His two raised beds were filled with tomato plants, supported by slightly rusty tomato cages. Scraps of brown ladies’ stockings were tied to the tomato stems for support, and metal pie plates attached to the top of the cages “kept the crows away.” Johnny convinced me to build my first raised bed in my yard that summer and 35 years later my 34-yearold son and I have two small raised beds on our 20-foot patio in Vista. I have spent the past three years experimenting and learning the ins and outs of gardening in North County. This week we will look at planning a small raised bed for vegetables, and in future columns we will explore how to create vegetable and flower gardens in

containers. Whether you have an apartment patio or small back yard the first thing you must do is assess your site. Take a walk on your “back forty!” Whether your space is just a 10-foot patio or a half-acre backyard, the planning stages are still the same. Try to wake up early, just after sunrise and take pictures of where you would like your garden to be. At this time of day, you can get a very clear idea of not only the intensity of the sun but also whether or not there will be shade overshadowing your efforts. Shade can come from overhanging trees, a neighbor’s fence or a building adjacent to your property. It is useful to take pictures at noon and later afternoon as well, since most vegetables need six to eight hours of full sun to grow most vegetables.

Once you have determined the available sunlight of your space, you will begin to plan your raised bed in either a north/south direction or east/west, not on a diagonal. Stake out the beds with garden twine to establish the outer dimensions of the beds and the paths between them. After deciding where you would like to put the beds, remove all grass and weeds. Lay down black landscape fabric before adding the wood planks. Most people use 4-by-8-by-8 foot hardwood planks, and for complete instructions about constructing the raised beds go to www.cce.cornell. edu/chemung. The local San Diego Master Gardener’s website which provides free information regarding planting vegetables can be found at www.mastergardenrssandiego.org.

Considering the poor quality of most soil in the North County area, raised beds provide a way to control not only the soil type but also the height and width of the project. They can also be constructed to accommodate a more comfortable stance by stacking two or three planks on top of each other. While working with school groups and community organizations over the past 15 years as a master gardener, I have learned that teaching others how to grow food is the most important educational tool I can pass on to others. In the following columns we will discuss soil, fertilizer and most importantly how to choose the right vegetables for every season. And, yes, we will talk about how to grow the best tomatoes in San Diego!

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you? All materials supplied. TOASTMASTERS MEET Felicita Humor Toastmasters Club will be holdWIDOWS AND WIDOWERS The North County Wid- ing its annual Open House ows And Widowers Club at 6:45 p.m. March 3 at Cywill gather from 11:30 a.m. press Court, 1255 N. Broadto 2:30 p.m. March 1 for way, Escondido. There will champagne brunch at The be speaker Norm Numora Crossings, 5800 Carlsbad. and demonstrations. Cost $38 plus tax and tip. RSVP to Marylou at (760) WOMANHEART San Diego North Coast304-0015. They will also attend “Opera Exposed” at 4 al WomenHeart Support p.m. March 4 at the Califor- Group welcomes women connia Center for the Arts Meet with interests and at 4 p.m. at Shakey’s Pizza, cerns about cardiac health 355 N. Escondido Blvd., Es- to share information and condido. Concert at 6 p.m. sisterhood 10 a.m. to noon RSVP to Shirley (760) 741- March 3 at Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Cami8004. no Rd, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Sandra at (760) 436-6695.

and run to benefit the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, will be held March 7. To register, visit aguahedionda.org or call (760) 8041969. The event is a dual celebration of the Foundation’s 30th anniversary and the eradication of Caulerpa taxifolia 14 years ago on the lagoon. The event includes lunch from Tip Top Meats, T-shirt, swag bag, medal, family fun activities, World Water Day exhibitors/vendors and a complimentary beer garden sponsored by Pizza Port. Ten free registrations are available for active duty military and their families. Contact samantha@aguahedionda.org for more information.

The California Surf Museum hosts “Surf ‘Til 100 - Champions Building the Champion Within,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 29 at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, with a presentation with Jeff Hakman and Felipe Pomar. Tickets $15 now on sale at surfmuseum.org and at the California Surf Museum.


Join Author Russell N. Low as he presents the story of his family and their arrival from China to the United States, at 10 a.m. Feb. 29 in the Civic Center Library, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. Local historian Kristi Hawthorne will also speak about Sam Wing, a local Chinese immigrant. For more information, visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600.




Join the free Basic Computer Help class Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Get assistance with basic computer skills such as e-mail account set up, Internet searching, Overdrive and Libby support, using Facebook and Microsoft Office applications, or whatever questions you may have. For all ages, all levels. Visit sdcl.org or call (760) 753-7376.

A one-day beginning and refresher class, presented by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 29, at Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Call the Genealogy Desk at (760) 434-2931 to sign up. For information contact ed- INLAND PARKINSON’S GROUP ucation1@nsdcgs.org. The North County inland Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. March 2 at San Rafael BRIDAL SHOW Church, 17252 Bernardo Drop by the Bridal Center Drive. Dr. Adam Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burdick, Scripps Clinic March 1 at Westin Carlsbad Neurosurgeon, will present Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand “Deep Brain Stimulation Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. Surgery for People with ParAttendees can enter for a kinson’s.” Call (858) 354chance to win an exclusive 2498 or (760) 749-8234. Westin Carlsbad Bridal Show package by visiting https://grandpacificcarlsbadresorts.com / big-wed- BARGAIN AT SURF MUSEUM ding-package. The winner Don’t forget Dollar will be announced at the Days at the California Surf conclusion of the event. Museum March 3 and every first Tuesday at 312 Pier SUNDAYS AT THE RANCH View Way, Oceanside. For Spend Sunday after- only $1 admission from 10 noons from noon to 4 p.m. a.m. to 4 p.m., you can enjoy at The Heritage Ranch, 450 the collection of artifacts Quail Gardens Drive, En- chronicling the history of cinitas, for family arts and surfboards and wave-riding. crafts. February celebrates Check out rare photos and love and kindness. Use significant treasures like imagination, paint a rock, surfboards, trophies, magacreate a card, what inspires zines and more.



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The La Costa chapter of the North County Parkinson's Support group meets at 1 p.m. March 4 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 7807 Centella St., La Costa. Speaker will be Carly Bonnell, on “Apathy and Depression Issues in Parkinson’s disease.” Reservations not required. Visit ncpsg. org/ for more information.



Hands of Peace is an interfaith organization looking for host families and participants for its Summer Program July 8-27. Hands of Peace empowers young people to raise their voices as leaders of change. Through the power of dialogue, Palestinians, Israelis and Americans partner to pursue peace, equality, freedom and justice. Do you know a teen age 15 to 17? Or a family that would be willing to host a teen from the Middle East for 19 days? Apply online at handsofpeace. org. For more information, contact Site Director Sarah Heirendt at sheirendt@ handsofpeace.org.


Join the third annual North County Heart & Stroke Walk March 7 at the Carlsbad Flower Fields, to raise funds for lifesaving science and to celebrate survivors of heart attack and stroke. Interested walkers can sign up at tricitywellnes s .com / nor t h - cou nt yheart-walk-2020/.


Get tickets now for the English Tea, a benefit fundraiser for Community Resource Center, 1:30 to 4 p.m. April 4 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $100 at crcncc. org/englishtea. Proceeds provide funding for CRC’s domestic violence program and all wraparound services that provide food, housing, counseling and legal advocacy to those who are hungry, homeless and hurting in our community.



The Sons & Daughters of Italy invite all to embrace your Italian heritage at its March dinner meeting, 7 p.m. March 11 at St. John Parish Center, 1001 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. TIP TOP DASH & BASH For more information, conThe annual Tip Top Run tact Salvatore Provenza at Dash & Bash, a 5k/10k walk sprovenza@aol.com.


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Honors roll in for Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in RSF 1 of 4 in county to earn AAA’s Five Diamonds REGION — Four San Diego County hotels again earned the AAA's coveted Five Diamond rating, putting them on a list that includes just 119 hotels nationwide, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced Feb. 19. Nearly two dozen other hotels in the county earned Four Diamond ratings. The local hotels earning the Five Diamond rating were Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad; The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla; Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe; and Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego. The list is unchanged from last year. Across Southern California, 14 hotels earned the Five Diamond rating. The others making the list were: • The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows • The Peninsula Beverly Hills • Hotel Bel-Air • Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel • Montage Laguna Beach • The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach • Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village • Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in Montecito • Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Meanwhile, the Addison restaurant at Fairmont Grand Del Mar maintained its Five Diamond rating for eateries, one of only three in Southern California to earn the ranking. The others are The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills and Providence in Hollywood. Fifteen restaurants in San Diego County earned Four Diamond ratings, including Mille Fleurs and Veladora in Rancho Santa Fe. Veladora is located at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa.

Named top resort, hotel in state, and top relais & chateaux in world RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, a world-class, Forbes Five-Star Resort, Forbes Five-Star Spa, and Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property, has been named the No. 1 Best Resort and No. 1 Best Hotel in California, and No. 4 Best Resort in the U.S. in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Hotel Rankings. The resort was also awarded No. 1 Best Relais & Châteaux Hotel in the world. “We are thrilled to have been named the number one resort and hotel in California for the second year in a row along with the number one Relais & Châteaux hotel in the world,” said Rancho Valencia General Manager Coni Thornburg. “This is such a prestigious ranking in our industry and we take tremendous pride in nurTHE VIEW AT NIGHT from one of the casita patios at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho turing a luxury experience Santa Fe. “We are thrilled to have been named the number one resort and hotel in California that exceeds expectations for the second year in a row,” said Rancho Valencia General Manager Coni Thornburg. Photo through our dedication of courtesy Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa understanding and being

truly passionate about the art of hospitality.” Rancho Valencia is a hospitality leader and trendsetter with globally recognized spa, wellness and culinary programming. Recently the property introduced a Bentley Experience program, which allows guests complimentary use of a fleet of Bentleys during their stay, and a Pinarello Test Ride Program, the first U.S. hotel partnership with Cicli Pinarello. The Pinarello Test Ride allows Rancho Valencia guests of all cycling levels an opportunity to ride complimentary Pinarello bikes. The property has also enhanced its award-winning tennis program led by two-time U.S. Open Champion Robin White with the addition of two new red European ClayTech tennis courtS. For more information on the Best Hotels of 2020, please visit travel.usnews. com/Hotels.

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Food &Wine

Discover new wines — we’ll tell you how and name a few taste of wine frank mangio


was just about to sit down in front of my computer and launch my latest idea on a column urging you to take a break from the same labels that you’ve coveted for years, and reach out for something new, different and intriguing. I have for some time subscribed to the idea that for every four familiar wine names, change your instincts and reach for something different. Just before reaching for

my keyboard, I speed read today’s Wall Street Journal and what do you know, there was a pitch for their “Top 12 Wines You Need to Try.” Not only that, the latest Wine Spectator had their strategies to get the new wine you want. So, I was in good company and in a celebratory mood, as I poured into my email messages for the latest blasts from my favorite San Diego (and elsewhere) wine shops. What kept coming up was LUKE. Located in the gigantic AVA of the Columbia Valley on the Eastern side of Washington at the Wahluke Slope, LUKE makes some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots you would ever want to spend the night with, but

the one you’ll want to marry is their Syrah, with the new vintage 2017 ($18). This is a full-bodied red, packed with full color and a constellation of flavors with dark chocolate competing with notes of pepper and candied fruits. Once you unlock the value of this newcomer, you’ll want to try them all. Visit winesbyluke.com. I love the hunt when it comes to finding a treasure, so here’s what I have to find your next dream wine. You should taste before you buy so if possible, visit some wineries. Wine “flights” at wine shops, restaurants and wine shows are abundant and fun to compare with others. You may be able to quiz the winemakers or reps who show up

to promote. Take notes and crosscheck with other sources online with its wine websites and an enormous inventory of detailed info. Get on as many email lists as you can handle. Be aware of current vintage years. Was it a great year or a bad year? How did it do in the various ratings published by wine authorities in the media? Talk to a wine sommelier (certified wine director) in shops and restaurants and get up to speed on what varietal is in the lead on the current wine scene. Here’s a few more arrivals to the party that you may want to follow up on: The Four Graces Pinot

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Noir, Willamette Valley Oregon, 2017, $25. Delicate and polished like most Pinots. Cinnamon accents the bold richness and refined tannins. Visit thefourgraces. com. Triumph by 1848 Wine Company, Sonoma CA, 2017. $45. A complex and bold red wine. Plenty of “fruit forward” on the palate, with dark, inky wine revealing flavors of raspberry, blackberry and plum. You’ll be saluting the wine and the U.S. flag resemblance artwork on the label. See 1849 wine. com. Frescobaldi Tenuta PERANO Chianti Classicco, Tuscany, 2016, $25. This wine holds the highest standard award from the Italian

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e should go for a hike,” someone said. “We should!” agreed everyone else, but where? We checked out the Google machine for the best North County hikes, and an hour later found ourselves pulling into a parking lot at the entrance to Daley Ranch in Escondido. The trail map showed more than 20 miles of trails leading off in every direction. On the advice of someone coming down Ranch House road we turned left at the second Boulder Loop Trail entrance and began working our way upwards. It is a leisurely climb. A pair of red-tailed hawks kept us company, and there were lovely views out over the rolling hills of Escondido. At the top of the loop our knees were just wobbly enough to merit a tangerine on a bench in the shade where Cougar Ridge Trail heads off to the northeast. We continued on the loop through a monster boulder garden, and then downhill on the green side of the mountain. At the bottom we kept going down a path out of the conservation area to a viewpoint over a cool blue Dixon Lake. Back at the car we all seemed to have the same thought, “You know what would be good right now? Some hops, water, grain and yeast.” I typed “Brewery” into our GPS. Escondido Brewing Co. came up as the closest. None of us had been, so we hit the Go Now button. A dozen minutes later we found ourselves looking for an Escondido Brewing ComTURN TO CHEERS ON 15

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Sustainable, seasonal seafood rules at Bluewater Grill in Carlsbad Village lick the plate david boylan


y dad had a saying that has stuck with me through the years that went, “Well that’s a highclass problem to have.” I used it recently myself when I was describing to a friend that I have a problem buying seafood at the grocery store or some restaurants because of my relationship with Captain Mark Mihelich and Boundless Boat Charters and the freezer full of amazing halibut, tuna, yellowtail, mahi-mahi and more that I have as a regular basis as a result. There are certain characteristics that a seafood focused restaurant has to have for me to even consider eating there and Bluewater Grill in Carlsbad met all those going in, so I was looking forward to the experience. I also had Captain Mark join me for this Lick the Plate dinner as who better to give an educated opinion than a man of the sea who makes his living catching many of the fish on their menu. So let’s start off with a bit about Bluewater Grill and their philosophy. Bluewater is known for serving up to 40 kinds of seasonal and sustainable seafood, with lunch and dinner menus that change frequently to highlight the day’s fresh catch. And the really cool part is that they operate their own swordfish harpoon boat, the Pilikia, and serve the finest quality locally harpooned swordfish when it’s in season. They have relationships with and purchase directly from fisherman, in season, at the peak of quality and freshness. Like some other favorite seafood-centric restaurants in the area, having fisher-

BLUEWATER GRILL in Carlsbad is the latest location for the restaurant company founded 20 years ago in Newport Beach. Courtesy photo

men and watermen running the show is a big plus. They get it and that knowledge and respect for the ocean and fish populations shows in how they operate and today’s consumers respect that and reward it with their patronage. The Carlsbad Village location is the latest location for a restaurant company founded 20 years ago in Newport Beach by longtime friends and fishermen Richard Staunton and Jimmy Ulcickas. Bluewater Grill in Carlsbad also has a full-service seafood market with quarts of their award-winning clam chowder, ready-to-eat side dishes and house-made sauces to take out with your order. The chowder to go sounds like something I may take them up on as I started my meal with a bowl of it and it was splendid. Speaking of the space, the Bluewater team spent nearly a year renovating the Carlsbad location, which was the former home of the Fish House Vera Cruz that I never made it to so really had nothing to compare. The fully remodeled interior is crisp and clean with the feel of an East Coast beachfront seafood joint but with some West Coast style.

We started with oysters and ceviche as our server said they were medium size, which I prefer, and we were presented with a dozen of the largest oysters I’ve had in a while. A “high-class problem” as dad would say but next time, I will ask for a definition of medium. We slurped them down and the flavor was fabulous as was the ceviche. Oyster Shooters and Oysters Rockefeller are also part of an extensive shellfish section of the menu. The seasonal special pairs France against Italy in a fun seafood culinary competition that has France’s Bouillabaisse against Italy’s Cioppino. These are both filled with a similar mix of seafood with the Bouillabaisse having a saffron infused broth and the Cioppino a zesty marinara sauce. I have a big thing for a classic shrimp cocktail and the Jumbo Prawn Cocktail at Bluewater did not disappoint. From there we moved on to entrees and decided to mix it up a bit and create our own surf and turf by ordering up an Angus New York Steak with blue cheese butter, wilted spinach and scalloped potatoes. For the surf portion we went with the Scottish Salmon over green rice and an extra side of fingerling potatoes with Applewood bacon and Italian parsley. The steak was cooked perfect medium rare and the salmon had a crispy crust and moist and delicious inside. I was also really appreciative of the extensive, but not overwhelming, wine list and the fact that they list a suggested glass next to the specials. There is also a full cocktail bar full of a list of delicious sounding options. I had early travel the next day so was not able to indulge in my usual Lick the Plate style. And being in San Diego where craft beer is king, of course they have a relation-


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‘The Outsider’ opens at North Coast Rep By Alexander Wehrung

SOLANA BEACH — Politics. A favorite target amongst the comedy world since the Romans, and now, realized upon the stage of North Coast Repertory. Paul Slade’s nonpartisan satire “The Outsider,” made its debut on the West Coast at the Solana Beach venue last weekend. The plot of “The Outsider” concerns Ned Newley, a lieutenant governor who essentially runs his state from behind the scenes within the safety of his basement office. When the actual governor is toppled by a scandal, the quiet and low-key Newley finds himself in the unenviable position of state governor. North Coast Rep Assistant Artistic Director Christopher Williams plays Dave Riley, Newley’s high-strung, idealistic and knowledgeable chief of staff. Riley believes in Newley wholeheartedly and devotes himself to keeping Newley in government. “But there is absolutely no staff, it is literally just him,” said Williams, who researched what a chief of staff’s duties entail, to prepare for the role. He de-



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The Encinitas Friends of the Library present the Sundanese gamelan degung ensemble from West Java, Indonesia from 2 to 3 p.m. March 1 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The instruments consist primarily of tuned bronze idiophones and gongs. More information at (760) 753-7376.

The Village Community Presbyterian Church hosts an Open Mic Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Student Lounge, 6225 Paseo Delicia, Rancho Santa Fe. This is a free event with food, but all attendees, whether performing or not, must RSVP to NealP@vil- ‘CHURCHILL’ lagechurch.org or call (858) Randy Otto portrays a 756-2441. humorous and witty Winston Churchill. From birth A NIGHT OF PIANOS to death and beyond at 7:30 The international pi- p.m. March 2 and March 3 ano festival and competi- at the North Coast Repertotion will include several ry Theatre, 987 Lomas Sanconcerts at the Encinitas ta Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Library. The first is the free Beach. Tickets at northcoasOpening Ceremony and trep.org. Concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 28, featuring performances by past winners. This is followed by the Young NIGHT OF BLUEGRASS Artists Recital at 4 p.m. The Friends of the Feb. 29. Tickets are $50 at Cardiff Library will be eventbrite.com/e/glissan- hosting a free concert at 7 do-international-piano-fes- p.m. March 4, evening of tiva l-2020 -festiva l- con- bluegrass with Drought Tolcerts-tickets-85934284759. erant at the Cardiff Library Meet the artists at the Pia- Community Room, 2081 no Cake Party at 6 p.m. Feb. Newcastle Ave., Cardiff-by29. Finally, a Glissando Art- the-Sea. ists Recital will be at 7 p.m. featuring festival faculty and guest artists.


‘THE OUTSIDER’ cast, front, from left, John Seibert, Jacque Wilke, and Natalie Storrs, and back, from left, Louis Lotorto, Christopher M. Williams, Shana Wride and Max Macke. The show formally opens on Feb. 22. Photo by Aaron Rumley

scribes Riley as the guy who really ought to be in charge of things. “(Riley) is trying to keep everyone together and trying to keep his guy in office,” he said. “And he’s running around trying to solve everything. He’s highstrung, he doesn’t really know what he is doing, completely, and so he hires a pollster that he worked with in a previous campaign, who’s this really brilliant pollster … to help him out. And he also hires one temp, and he thinks, somehow, that’s a good thing.” Williams described the play as a fast-paced “higher comedy,” relying on the tried-and-true method of sight gags and subtle wordplay to earn its chuckles. The play (which was first published in 2018) is

also topical, despite that it makes a point not to allude, at least explicitly, to the current U.S. political climate. The cast was initially given an older version of the script to use for rehearsals, and they retained aspects of it when they were given a new script about a week in, with Slade’s permission. Director David Ellenstein has also allowed the cast to “explore” the comedy in their rehearsals. Williams said that playwright Slade (whose “Unnecessary Farce” was also performed at North Coast Rep) is a talented writer who created a hilarious concept that is easy to buy into. “We do need to laugh about what’s going on right now, I think, politically, in some way,” Williams said.

“Mostly about ourselves and how we elect our leaders.” While he asserts the play is, at its core, a silly comedy, Williams said that it does have some real moments. “It’s based in a real kind of context ... which lifts the humor even more, I think,” he said. The play runs until March 22. Tickets are $52 for weeknights and Saturday matinees; $57 for Saturday nights and Sunday matinees; and $52 for the March 11 matinee. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. The March 11 matinees will play at 2 p.m., and there will be a special talkback with the cast and director on Feb. 28.






The Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. March 1 at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Tickets: $35 adult, $20 age 12 and under at

Students of San Dieguito High School Academy will be performing “Every Brilliant Thing.” Performances are at 7 p.m. March 5, through March 7 in the Clayton E. Liggett Theater, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, on the SDA campus. TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 11

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rtist John Baldessari, who died Jan. 5, 2020 at age 88, was a Conceptualist artist who inspired countless others to take up new modes of art-making, whether in the form of absurd performances or photo-based works about the pictures themselves. Notably, Baldessari’s influence owes the most to his career as an Art Professor. Starting in the early 1970s, Baldessari became one of the first professors at the California Institute of Arts in Santa Clarita that became the home of artistic experimentation on the West Coast. Baldessari was born in 1931 in National City. He studied art history at San Diego State College and set his sites on becoming a social worker. He took a studio art class in 1957 that re-directed him to the possi-

bility of studying to become an artist, but put it off while working a job at the California Youth Authority. He was asked to start a craft art program and this put him back on track with an art career. While studying at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, he was introduced to a landmark 1963 retrospective for Marcel Duchamp at the Pasadena Art Museum and this is what sent him down a less traditional route. Baldesarri’s work was noted for its dry puns and arty jokes about art. But Baldessari never considered humor as being his primary mode of expression. “I’m not trying to be funny. It’s just that I feel the world is a little bit absurd and off-kilter and I’m sort of reporting.” Using visual humor to get across a serious idea was a frequent ploy. In 1967, Baldessari produced one of his most memorable photographs titled “Wrong” (1967). In this photo, He positioned his 6-foot 7-inchtall body in front of a palm tree where his head does not even come close to approaching its fronds. He

‘GOD NOSE’ is a 1965 art piece by John Baldessari. Courtesy photo

had thought of how photography manuals frequently urged people not to shoot each other in front of trees and how it could look like a plant was growing from the subjects head. Baldessari set out to deliberately produce a bad image, and so he did. It was reproduced on a blank canvas, and at the bottom of the image, there is one word: “WRONG.” As for the photo itself, it was deliberately amateurish and low-quality, a terrible image. Everything about it was wrong. Early in his career,

Baldessari, was a painter, crafting strange semi-figurative works that were based partially on photographs (still a taboo during the early ’60s). Only a few works from his early period remain, due to the fact that Baldessari burned all of the work he made between 1953 and 1966 for a conceptual piece called “Cremation Project” (1970). Among the only remaining works from that period is God Nose (1965), a visual pun on the phrase “God knows” that features a disembodied nose floating in the sky. The reason it exists is because it was in Baldessari’s sister’s possession at the time. Baldessari was frequently asked where his ideas came from. He often stated that they came from art history. He was a great admirer of art from all periods of art history, and he even named his dogs Goya and Giotto. In an interview with the New York Times in 2016, he fantasized about an alternate life in which he became a historian who could be called Dr. Baldessari, adding . . . “I do believe that art comes from art.”

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A rts &Entertainment Inspired by dad, Encinitas guitarist becomes hit By Hoa Quach

NORTH COUNTY singer/songwriter Jess Wright composes music to express the sounds, silence and nature of the human experience. Photo courtesy Jess Wright

Singer finds a home in local music scene By Bethany Nash

SOLANA BEACH — Local artist Jess Wright found a new home in the North County music scene after moving to California two years ago. She was born and raised in Maine until moving to Tennessee at 18 to attend Vanderbilt University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a minor in Human Organizational Leadership and a minor in General Music. After graduating, Jess Wright was looking for employment when her grandfather passed away. She decided to take a job in the San Diego area moving in with her grandmother who resides in Solana Beach. Jess Wright said Tennessee spoiled her with musicians playing on every corner. It was not until she had to go out and find the music that she discovered her passion. “I didn’t actually figure out I wanted to be a musician until I moved out here,” she said. “I found out working to do music only made me want to work harder to do music. It grew organically.” Jess Wright’s childhood was filled with music. Her family made music a part of everything, she said. Her mother, Candice Wright, said summer vacations included picking an album anywhere from The Spinners to Broadway’s Rent to learn and sing together. “Somewhere along the line I made the rule that if you were going to ride in my car you had to sing,” Candice Wright said. “Jess always sounded great, so often times we would just let Jess sing a little bit louder than us.” Candice Wright said she could not recall a time when her daughter did not sing. Now at age 23, Jess Wright has built a repertoire from local theater to talent shows to open mic nights and recently her first benefit concert. Jess Wright said that

music has always been her way to connect with herself and the world around her. “Music has always been a language I can understand,” she said. “It’s been a source of peace and connection … it’s my favorite way to share the world with people.” Aside from singing, Jess Wright also plays guitar, piano and writes her own songs. She keeps a list of places across the country she aspires to play at one day, this includes Belly Up located in Solana Beach. Jess Wright first performed her own music at an open mic night hosted by Jay Cain at Mr. Peabody’s in February 2019. Cain said that he was in awe of her talent from the first time he saw her perform. “When she started singing, I couldn’t move,” Cain said. “My jaw just dropped and I was in love from there.” “Acoustic and stripped” are the two words Jess Wright used to describe her style of music. She said that she is heavily influenced by jazz, Sting, Chris Stapleton, Norah Jones and many of the local artists she has met over the last two years. “I have learned so much from musicians,” Jess Wright said. “I honestly think that has been one of the biggest influences on me.” When it comes to writing her own music, Jess Wright finds her songs in a feeling. “I’ll take a feeling I have about a situation and I will construct a story around that feeling,” she said. The North County music community is filled with lots of supportive, encouraging people Jess Wright said. It has been a group of people who have pushed her to move forward in pursuing a career in the music industry. “When I found the music community, that is when this started to feel like home,” she said.

ENCINITAS — Growing up in Newton, Iowa, Cody Carter was surrounded by music thanks to his parents, especially his father. He said his late father played music often on their record player, passing on the vinyl records to him. Today, Carter, who lives in Encinitas with his wife and two young children, is bringing the Iowa upbringing to the beach. Playing those same vinyl records passed on from his dad, Carter is instilling a love and appreciation for music in his own children. But he’s also sharing his passion outside of his own home. Carter, who has become a regular act at Le Papagayo, the beloved eatery on Coast Highway, has developed a local fanbase with his contemporary twist on country music. “When I play music, I hope the songs take people back to a memory or a place in time and adds to their night out,” said Carter, who works full-time in product management. “I'm not trying to take away from their experience while they're spending their money on dinner or drinks.” For himself, playing music takes Carter back to his hometown of 15,000 in Iowa. He recalls fond memories of going to concerts with his parents. After venturing off to college, he said he was motivated to teach himself how to play the guitar. “I picked up the gui-

CDDY CARTER brings his passion for music to life at Le Papagayo every Thursday. Photo courtesy Andrew Middleton

tar in college after realizing how much I liked live music,” Carter said. “My mom and dad bought me a few nicer guitars when they knew how passionate I was about playing music. Those guitars from my parents lit another fire to keep learning, playing and branching out to play in front of people.” After moving to Southern California, Carter pursued his music career by playing tunes at the beach before picking up gigs. Today, San Diego County residents can catch Carter throughout the region where he sings songs inspired by his own life story. “Most of my songs are about the struggles in life

and how we take those moments and try and creative positivity out of the situation,” Carter said. “Our son was born in July of 2014 and my dad passed away the same year about two months later after a fiveyear battle with esophageal cancer. One day I sat down during the grieving process and was able to write a song in about 30 minutes. It was therapy.” But he also shares happier moments through his music — such as meeting his wife in Encinitas. Cathy Carter, Carter’s mother, said she’s proud of the musician her son has become. “To watch him grow from playing shows in the

basement of our family home in Newton, Iowa to being the lead vocals with the Country Fried Band playing in the amazing Renegade Bar is a dream come true. His dad would have been so proud. I hope more people around the area will get the opportunity to experience his talent and the love for music he has.” Rand Anderson, another local musician, said Carter has gained a following because of the unique music he brings to the stage. “Cody has a wonderful knowledge of the old school and classic country music,” Anderson said. “He is also able to connect with the younger generations with more contemporary material. We have started work on recording some of Cody's originals and he is able to pull all of these various influences into one song. It works and it just sounds good.” As Carter continues his career while raising his young family in Encinitas, he’s thankful to share his stories through his music. More importantly, said Cathy Carter, it keeps him connected to the life he had back in Iowa. “His playing music keeps his connection with his dad, who passed away a little over five years ago. He was and always will be Cody’s biggest fan,” Cathy Carter said. “And I don’t think, for that reason, that he will ever stop playing when he can. His job and his family keep him busy — but music is his passion.”


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Country Music award winner Lee Brice performs at 7:30 p.m. March 5 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido in the Concert Hall, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets for Lee Brice are $35 to $125 at artcenter.org or at the Center ticket office or by calling (800) 988-4253. Rancho Santa Fe Village Community Presbyterian Church choir members, from left, tenor Myl-



Classically trained string players, Black Violin, return for one night only at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in the Concert Hall, led by Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Tickets are $25 to $60 at artcenter.org or at the Center ticket office at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, or by calling (800) 988-4253.

es Mayfield, mezzo soprano Danielle Perrault, soprano Katie Colleen Hickey, alto Elly Roseberry and bass Aaron Bullard, accompanied by church pianist Susie Shick, will take center stage at a benefit concert in the Village Church sanctuary, 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 1 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. They will perform a mix of Portuguese and American classics as the choir heads to Brazil to partner with Hope Unlimited, a charity that helps at-risk teens in two of Brazil’s poorest communities. The longtime mission partner of the Village Church, Hope Unlimited helps girls and boys who have nowhere to turn after escaping sex trafficking, drug running, incarceration and life on the streets. A free-will offering will be taken to defray the cost of the singers’ trip. For more information, visit villagechurch.org or call (858) 756-2441. Courtesy photo

local professional and amateur guitarists, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas. The Advanced Ensemble of the Encinitas GUITAR ORCHESTRA Guitar Orchestra will feaThe Advanced Ensem- ture music by Ennio Morble of the Encinitas Guitar ricone, Gustav Holtz, Bach, Orchestra, a group of 18 Mozart and others. For more

information, visit encini- Rep Board Member Martin tasguitarorchestra.com. Davis serving as co-chairs. Tickets start at $350 each. GALA FOR NCRT For more information about Get tickets now for the the event, call Rick Ochocki North Coast Repertory The- at (858) 481-2155, ext. 224 atre Spotlight Gala March or email him at rick@north22 at the Fairmont Grand coastrep.org. Actor Richard Del Mar. Laura Applegate is Dreyfuss and his wife Svetchair of the gala, with Sar- lana will be the Honorary ah King and North Coast Chairs at the Gala.


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1. HISTORY: When was the United Nations organization formed? 2. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Who was the first president to reside in the White House? 3. ASTRONOMY: Which planet has the largest moon in our solar system? 4. TELEVISION: Which TV series featured a character named Walter White? 5. LITERATURE: Which character appears in three of William Shakespeare’s plays? 6. MUSIC: What was the original name of the rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers? 7. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of giraffes called? 8. SCIENCE: How many main body sections does an insect have? 9. MOVIES: Which famous 1960s movie features the theme song “Everybody’s Talkin’”? 10. MYTHOLOGY: In Arthurian legend, what was Merlin’s profession?

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Heritage Ranch seeks volunteers ENCINITAS — The Heritage Ranch, home of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, is recruiting volunteers to lend a hand with a number of tasks. Training will be provided. The Ranch needs people to conduct third-grade school tours, to promote museum events and activities on the web and social media and to guide visitors through museum exhibits. The Ranch also needs help with gardening and landscaping and to recruit, train, and schedule volunteers for all areas of the museum. For more details, go to the San Dieguito Heritage Museum website at sdheritage.org. San Dieguito Heritage Museum is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1988 to collect, preserve and interpret the local history of the San Dieguito River area (Leucadia, Enci-

nitas, Olivenhain, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe). The Heritage Ranch at SDHM, at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, is comprised of an exhibit hall depicting the area’s history of the Native American, Rancho, Pioneer, and 20th century periods and five Living History areas: a Native American grass hut, the Teten House, a restored early settler’s homestead, an 1880s general store, a 1930s workers’ bunkhouse, and a 1950s main street scene. The newest exhibit, Planting Paradise, depicts the history of the flower growers, farms, and families of San Dieguito from 1920 to 2020. The Story Station Video Recorder is available by appointment to record your family history. The Heritage Ranch is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.



ship with local brewer Dan Selis who has created High Spot beer, which is exclusively brewed for them. At the risk of overindulging we skipped dessert though that list that included Mud Pie, Key Lime Pie, Crème Brulee and Chocolate Lava Cake — all would have worked for me. I should mention that the experience was given a big thumbs up by Captain Mark for not only the quality of our food, but the sheer volume of dinners being served on a bustling Wednesday night. Bluewater Grill is located at 417 Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad. Reach them at (760) 7303474 or www.bluewatergrill.com.

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The entire venue is outside which wasn’t a problem on this blue sky day. Directly behind the bar was the beer cooler. Ten tap handles projected towards us presumably ready to pour beer. Co-owner Evan Smith was behind the bar with bartender Morgan Monsanto. It was her first day, but she did a fantastic job responding to the beer needs of some dirty hikers. We tried the Hopcondido IPA , a 7.5% ABV West Coast IPA, and 6.0% ABV Hidden City Hef. Escondido is Spanish for “hidden”

hence the name of the beer. It had just the right amount of sweetness and grain. I could feel it refueling me after the effort I put in on the trail. The IPA had a big, juicy flavor that you could roll around on your tongue, and in no time our sore hiking muscles were only a memory. I learned from Evan that the brewery is the smallest operating brewery in San Diego County at 300 square feet. It is certainly one of the smallest I’ve ever seen, but they were still pouring

some big beers. Head Brewer Ketchen Smith focuses on small batches of beer on their one-barrel system including some interesting experimental brews. On draft during our visit was an IPA made with Muscat grapes, a whiskey barrel-aged stout, a coffee brown and a golden ale alongside the more traditional styles. We sat in the sun enjoying our beer, resting our legs, and recovering in the company of continuous stream of customers arriving on an early Saturday afternoon. It

wasn’t long before the patio was filled with families, dogs, couples on bicycles, and plenty of laughter. Escondido Brewing Company has that local’s favorite vibe and feels like the kind of place worth going out of the way for. Escondido Brewing Company is at 649 Rock Springs Road in Escondido. They are open on Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m., but expanded hours may be in their near future. Check escobrewco.com for scheduled food trucks.

Desert Zinfandel blend. Cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. RSVP at (858) 259-5878. • Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas will re-charge its Friday Night Tastings starting the first week in March. A new schedule of events will be revealed plus

classes to enjoy on premises. For details call (760) 4792500. • Bazille Restaurant, inside Nordstrom UTC is staging its first wine dinner, with an Italian theme, Thursday March 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $50 per person for a three-course dinner plus

“Amuse” and Italian paired wines. To secure a place, call (858) 812-3582. • Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe presents the next in its series of winemaker dinner series, with a DAOU Vineyards event Wednesday March 4 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Join owners

Georges and Daniel Daou as they introduce award-winning Bordeaux-style red wines with a stylish, exquisite al fresco five-course dinner on the fountain patio. Please call (858) 759-6246 or email veldorareservations@ ranchovalencia.com. Cost is $155 each.

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