Rancho Santa Fe News, January 3, 2020

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Anti-Semitic vandalism at San Dieguito

Council delays red-light camera contract decision

School bathrooms defaced last month

physically and mentally? There’s no question,” he stressed. “Yes, I do want to play football.” While Rivers is on board, the Chargers have yet to tip their hand. It’s a complicated procedure in managing a star as the curtain closes on a decorated career. It’s also a tricky patch of landscape in which the Chargers struggle. Remember Hall of Famer Dan Fouts? His retirement after the 1987 season came at his home without the Chargers participating. Junior Seau was shown the door and finished with the Miami Dolphins. La-

ENCINITAS — Encinitas is one of only three places left in the county that still use red light cameras as a means of cutting down on red light runners and traffic collisions and the city council’s support for the program seems to be waning. At a council meeting last month, the council, instead of voting on whether to extend the city’s current 18-month contract with camera company Redflex, unanimously agreed to direct the city’s traffic engineer, Abraham Bandegan to look into whether the company, which it’s employed for the service for the past 15 years, remains the best choice to use. Council also directed staff to look into other camera providers the city could potentially use and whether there were alternatives other than the cameras that could reduce the incidence of motorists running red lights. “I’m a bit suspicious of the program,” Councilman Joe Mosca said. “Are there structural things that we can do to adjust these intersections that will make it less likely that people are going to be running red lights?” Red light cameras were installed in Encinitas in 2004 at El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard. More than a year later, another system was put in at the intersection where El Camino Real, Leucadia Boulevard and Olivenhain Road meet. According to a city report, during the past five years, 81% of the violations were issued to non-residents and 19% were issued to Encinitas residents. Additionally, 99% of the notices were issued to first-time violators and only 1% had multiple violations on their records. The report states that the lack of repeat violators may be considered a measure of the program’s effectiveness, meaning after being detected by the system and receiv-



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ENCINITAS — Serious acts of anti-Semitic and homophobic vandalism — including spray-painted slurs and swastikas — were reported at San Dieguito Academy last month. The graffiti was discovered in the student bathrooms and included foul language and anti-Semitic imagery, including photoshopped images of faculty members who are Jewish, or have Jewish surnames, superimposed on images of Nazi troops pasted on walls. Last week, the school sent out two emails informing parents of the situation. The second email, from school Principal Adam Camacho, included a copy of the statement teachers read to students that day during second period classes. “It is with great sadness and concern that we as a staff share with you that as of early this morning SDA’s community has suffered a recent rash of vandalism and destructive activities,” read the teacher’s statement to students. “Foul and homophobic language, disturbing anti-Semitic imagery, including swastikas, have been drawn on and photoshopped images taped to restroom walls. These images are being shared through text and social media. These symbols and language reflect intolerance and hate, and they have provoked TURN TO VANDALISM ON 5

CHARGERS QB Philip Rivers talks to the media after Sunday’s season-ending loss in Kansas City. Rivers, who has commuted to Los Angeles from his RSF-area home since the team left San Diego, has played 16 seasons for the franchise but may have to continue his career elsewhere. Photo courtesy Los Angeles Chargers

Rivers has drive to play on


t’s no snap judgement to speculate that center Scott Quessenberry would cheer Philip Rivers’ return to the Chargers in 2020. If so Quessenberry, a La Costa Canyon High product, would likely get more return trips home. Rivers and Quessenberry, both North County residents, occasionally carpool together south after Chargers games. Make that vanpool as Rivers’ custom ride is outfitted with video equipment so the quarterback can study rivals during his commute. While Quessenberry is expected back next season, the same can’t

sports talk jay paris be said for Rivers. After 13 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and three more with the Los Angeles Chargers, this longtime bolt just might jolt. After the Chargers chalked up their third losing season in five years, Rivers’ statistics drawing attention for all the wrong reasons and his contract at its end, might his days with the Chargers’ be numbered?

“I think it’s probably human nature, when you’re 38 and you throw some interceptions and games don’t go the way you want them to, (to think) that it can just become the norm,’’ Rivers said. “That’s just what people say — you can’t make the throws you used to make, you can’t do this, arm strength, all of that. None of that’s true.” What Rivers can confirm is that he wants another chance at sneaking a pass past Father Time. Rivers still has the desire to continue and he’s made that clear in this disappointing season’s final weeks. “Am I capable of it,

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HWAC waives fees for military families

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h yippee. Time to begin considering New Year’s resolutions. We’ve just barely regained consciousness from the lethal combination of eggnog and the seven-day, cookie-exchange diet, and yet it is time for introspection and reflection on how we might make ourselves oh-so-much better than during the past 12 months. Excuse me while I go get some ibuprofen. There are a thousand things that I really, really should try to accomplish as we begin a new year, but I have reached that age when good intentions are liberally laced with realism. There is rather a fine comfort in knowing your limitations and not expecting to exceed them too much. I am living proof that you can blend high ideals and, well, medium standards. That attitude will largely shape any resolutions I might make in the weak moments just before the clock strikes midnight Dec. 31. For instance, I should resolve to have my writing be ever so much more brilliant and get syndicated. I, however, will be happy if my current readers just wait until Monday before they line the birdcage with it. I should start that regimen that will have me healthy and a size 4. I will, though, be content to seek out really cute overblouses to camouflage my tummy.

jean gillette I should resolve to paint my house and refinish my kitchen cupboards. I will be smiling if I can just get them free of splatters and grease. Life would be grand if I could finally break the longtime habit of occasionally cursing like a crusty longshoreman. I will be satisfied if I can just remember to keep my windows up so the other drivers don’t hear me. I should plan to save my money and somehow afford a new car. There will be no complaints, however, if my 12-year-old Prius just holds together another year or two. I really think it might go the way of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ “Onehorse shay, that…ran for 100 years to a day” before it self-combusts into dust. For my readers, my New Year’s 2020 wish is “God’s blessing on your year, giving you time for the task, peace for the path, wisdom for the work, friends for the fireside and love to the last.” Jean Gillette is a freelance writer paving that well-known road with her good intentions. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup. com.

DEFENDING CHAMP TO PLAY World No. 8 ranked Justin Rose, the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open champion, has committed to defend his title at this year’s tournament, set for Jan. 23-26 at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Rose has played the Farmers Insurance Open 10 times in his career, with his three top-10 finishes all coming in the last three years. He was World No. 1 at the time of his victory last year at Torrey Pines. The 2013 U.S. Open champion joins a field that includes nine of the top 50 players in the world rankings, as well as the past six Farmers Insurance Open winners. To view the field, visit farmersinsuranceopen.com. Photo courtesy PGATour.com


Dainian Tomlinson was released and bad-mouthed by then-general manager A. J. Smith. There are other instances but the one that is in the forefront is Rivers, the ironman of the team


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and the heart-and-soul of the offense. What makes Rivers’ situations particularly challenging is the nuance of the team relocating to SoFi Stadium, with the L.A. Rams, in Inglewood next season. Are the Chargers, a product which is as about as popular as Sigalerts in the L.A. region, going to try and peddle their product minus a marquee player? Is a business which the consumers have stated has no business in L.A. going to introduce a new quarterback while attempting to lure new customers? L.A. fans are fickle in that they like a winner, embrace stars and want to be entertained. Rivers at least checks off the second box and if given the sufficient complementary parts, he can be a winner and entertaining, too. Has Rivers’ skills diminished? His numbers say so. But before saying “so long” just be sure what’s coming through the door to replace him isn't a considerable step down. After Fouts retired those trying to fill his cleats were challenged. Those that tracked the Chargers back then can remember, and not so fondly, the parade of Mark Malone, Babe Laufenberg, Mark Vlasic, Jim McMahon, Billy Joe Tolivar and John Friesz. The cold spell was snapped when Stan Humphries was acquired in 1992 and led the Chargers to their only Super Bowl to cap 1994. But those were some lean years between Fouts and Humphries and the Chargers could be on the verge of trying to cross another long bridge if Rivers is pushed aside. Rivers, in our eyes, still has something left in the tank. Rivers' return would also keep Quessenberry from having to gas-up to get home.

RANCHO SANTA FE — This year, Christmas came a little early for deserving military families at Helen Woodward Animal Center. With the support of Traci’s Paws, the center was able to surprise 11 families of service members with “Secret Santa” covering the cost of adoption fees. During the past few years, Helen Woodward Animal Center has been honored to be a part of special military adoption weekends. Traci’s Paws founder Traci Wilkerson Steckel teams up with local animal shelters to fulfill her organization’s mission of “Saving The World, One Animal at a Time,” by providing sponsored pet adoption fees for current, former/retired and/or immediate family members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard. Both organizations share a belief in the healing quality of animals and the ways they improve the lives of their human families. The unconditional love of a pet provides years of comfort, laughter, joy and devotion — crucial elements to assist military members and their families whose lives have been dedicated to dangerous careers and necessary bravery. The families, in turn, are

lifesavers to orphan pets longing to find their forever homes. The idea to request “Secret Santa”-covered adoption fees from Traci’s Paws came from HWAC Operations Director Jennifer Shorey. “The holiday season is emotional for so many reasons but probably doubly so for our military,” said Shorey. “In these weeks, many service men and women are celebrating right before an upcoming deployment or have just returned from a challenging mission. They are experiencing worry and fear and maybe some depression. The laughter and joy a new furry family member can provide is second-to-none.” With the blessing of Traci’s Paws, Helen Woodward Animal Center began surprising military families on Nov. 27. Adoption fees have been covered for 11 families with the “Secret Santa” surprise gift announced at the cash register as the adopters are pulling out their wallets to pay. For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or to adopt an available orphan pet, contact the Adoptions Department at (858) 756-4117 ext. 1, visit animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

WITH THE HELP OF Traci’s Paws, Helen Woodward Animal Center rewarded military families by waiving adoption fees at the center. Courtesy photo

Pet of the Week He’s cool, calm and collected and with just one look, Milo steals hearts. This big boy is mature, yet mesmerizing with his soft gray eyes. It’s hard to resist petting his fluffy winter-ocean colored coat. At 11 years old, he’s confident and can’t wait to find the perfect cuddle spot in your home. He can’t wait to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. His adoption fee is $109. All pets adopted from HWAC are vaccinated and micro-chipped for identification. Kennels are open daily Monday through Wednesday, 1-6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;

and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option #1 or visit animalcenter. org.

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RSF Fire Protection District receives ISO classification upgrade after survey

YOU HAVE MULTIPLE options when discarding a Christmas tree after the holiday season. These include composting and taking advantage of curbside pickup. Stock photo

Christmas tree recycling tips REGION — A living or fresh-cut Christmas tree is one of the best options in terms of the environment, according to I Love A Clean San Diego. Living trees can be planted after the holidays and can even be rented and returned to continue growing. If you choose a fresh-cut tree, try and support tree farms within your local area. After the holidays, remember to compost the tree and help close the loop, returning the tree to the earth as mulch. In addition, composting a tree soon after the holidays also prevents the fire danger associated with a dry tree. Prevent fire danger. After the holidays, county of San Diego residents are encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees as soon as possible to reduce fire danger and minimize the amount of holiday waste sent to the landfill. Driedout trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house, garage, or placed against any structure. The San Diego County Fire Authority also advises residents not put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove. Compost your tree. Beyond the fire danger dried-out trees pose, they can also contribute to the increase in waste sent to



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. CARDIFF KIDS HOST TOY INVENTION FAIR

During the past month, sixth-grade students at Ada Harris Elementary School in the Cardiff School District, have been working in design teams to develop prototypes, craft product proposals, and create materials to market their products. The toy fair, held Dec. 19, was the culminating event of Project Toy, an inquiry-based sixthgrade toy invention project which began with research into the latest trends in toys, case studies of the features and functions of toys that have been top sellers in the past, and opportunities to

landfills during the holiday season. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, organic materials like Christmas trees, food, and green waste are the number one material sent to landfills, composing twothirds of the solid waste stream. Composting these materials preserves space in local landfills, reduces greenhouse gas generation, creates beneficial compost and mulch and removes a potential fire hazard from your property. Many local waste haulers offer curbside pick-up of Christmas trees and wreaths, in addition to dozens of community drop-off sites. The Christmas trees are ground into mulch, which is then used to improve soil health at public parks, local farms, as well as home and garden landscapes. The partnership between I Love A Clean San Diego and the county of San Diego takes the hassle out of recycling your holiday tree by gathering all your tree-recycling options into one list. Most waste haulers pick up Christmas trees in their green waste bins during normal curbside collection days for a few weeks following the holiday. Visit WasteFreeSD. org or call (877) 713-2784, for more information or to

find a local company that offers pick-up. In addition to curbside pick-up, Christmas tree drop-off sites are located in Carlsbad, Del Mar, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Vista. A complete list of tree recycling locations is also available at WasteFreeSD.org. Christmas “tree-cycling” tips include: • For curbside recycling, trees taller than four feet should be cut in half. Most waste haulers will not accept tree pieces larger than four feet. • Trees do not need to be cut if recycled at an approved drop-off location. • Remove any tinsel, ornaments, garland, lights, nails, tree bags, and tree stands (metal or plastic) before recycling. • Check with your local hauler to see if they accept flocked trees (fake snow). Reuse or donate artificial trees that are in good condition. I Love A Clean San Diego operates San Diego County’s official recycling and household waste database, WasteFreeSD.org From Christmas trees to food donations and appliances to cooking oil, I Love A Clean San Diego makes waste diversion quick and convenient through this helpful database.

brainstorm and sketch ideas for a product of the students’ own design and invention of a toy. The sixth graders also developed a business and sales plan for their new toy.

Drive, Carlsbad. Unveiling a total redesign of the lobby and check-in areas and fully updated guest rooms with Pacific Ocean coastal views, the hotel originally opened as the Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel in 1999 and SMART COOKIES Rogelio Martin Estra- recently joined the Tapestry da of Rancho Santa Fe was Collection by Hilton portfoamong 1,404 graduates who lio. received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lin- CANDIDATE TOWN HALL coln during winter com50th district congressiomencement exercises Dec. nal candidate Ammar Cam20 and 21. Estrada earned pa-Najjar is hosting a Town a master of business admin- Hall from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. istration from the Office Jan. 12 at the San Marcos of Graduate Studies. Dyl- Community Center, 3 Civlon Mack of Oceanside, has ic Center Drive, San Marbeen named to the dean's cos. RSVP to http://bit.ly/ list for Graceland Universi- SMTH0112 or e-mail townty’s 2019 fall term. hall@campacampaign.com. HOTEL REDESIGNED

The Cassara Carlsbad, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hosted a grand opening Dec. 3. The 90-room, fully redesigned, full-service hotel is at 5805 Armada


MiraCosta Community College District has unveiled a new online dashboard that allows the public to access real-time information on the progress and status of

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District received an improved fire protection classification from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). ISO recently conducted a Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey of the RSFFPD and issued a classification of 2/2Y, an improvement from their previous score of 3/3X. The new classification goes into effect Feb. 1. “A lot of time and effort went into improving our score and we are proud of the results,” said Fire Chief Fred Cox. “Our goal now is to take the survey results and continue to improve upon them.” The PPC survey, conducted every five years, allows ISO to evaluate over 47,500 fire departments throughout the United States on all aspects of the fire service including emergency communications, fire

Man fatally shot after threatening his mom ENCINITAS — A 59-year-old man was shot to death by his stepfather when he threatened his mother with a knife in Encinitas on Christmas Eve, authorities said. The shooting occurred at a home in the 1200 block of Greenlake Drive, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Michael Blevins said. Robert Dean was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Blevins said. Barbara Miller, 80, called the sheriff’s department to report her adult son was threatening her, Blevins said. The stepfather, identified as 74-year-old William Miller, “armed himself with a gun and shot the son,” Blevins said. Barbara Miller was not injured. — City News Service the Capital Improvement Program, which includes Measure MM. The Capital Improvement Program Dashboard is accessible through the College website, miracosta.edu/MeasureMM, and is designed for the user’s specific experiences and needs. The dashboard is equipped with filters to provide macro or micro information about financial performance, project schedule performance and buildout details on each project covered by the Capital Improvement Program budget, including those funded under Measure MM. BOYS & GIRLS CLUB GRANT

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside announced it received a $20,000 grant from the Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation. Grant funds will be used to support the Club’s enrichment after school programs and out-of-school-time camps.

station locations, equipment and staffing, water supply systems, and community risk reduction efforts. ISO analyzes the data provided by the fire agency and assigns a classification number based on the fire department’s results. The ISO classification is a scale from 1 to 10. A Class 1 indicates a fire department that provides excellent property fire protection by scoring high on all requirements, while a Class 10 indicates a fire department does not meet any of ISO’s minimum standard of service. The classification system provides insurance companies with an objec-

tive, standard-based measurement they can use to set property insurance premiums and rates. Areas with a lower classification number typically have lower insurance rates than similar communities with a higher classification number. The RSFFPD’s new classification could result in lower insurance rates for property owners, at the insurance company’s discretion, and ease company concerns about insuring properties within the district. To learn how your insurance could be affected, please contact your insurance broker.


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Gov. Newsom’s first year: ‘Biggest problem’ unresolved


A busy first year on the board


he end of the year is a great time to look back and look ahead. While it’s been a whirlwind first year as a San Diego County Supervisor, I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together. One of my big focuses when taking over the District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors was fire safety. We all know fires are inevitable in San Diego, but we can make a difference by being prepared. We haven’t seen any major wildfires this year and that’s a credit to CALFIRE and all the technologies in place. Our new helitanker, which is positioned in North County during Red Flag Warnings, has been a huge help. Response time for wildfires has been under five minutes, which is simply amazing. Revitalization committees are underway in Borrego Springs, Fallbrook and Valley Center, and all have been successful thanks to our amazing community

around the county Jim Desmond members. Each sub-committee has spent hours working with County staff and community members to solve issues. I have been extremely pleased to see the progress throughout the year and look forward to what they achieve in 2020. Also, another effort I’m honored to have been a part of, is our Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) program. Started in 2013 by Sheriff Bill Gore, the VMF program is a veteran-only, incentive-based housing unit for male inmates who served in a branch of the United States military. This program provides a structured environment for veterans to draw on the positive aspects of their shared military cultures, creates a safe place

for healing and rehabilitation, and fosters positive peer connections. Earlier this year we expanded the program and partnered with Palomar College to bring training courses to the inmates and continued support when they leave prison. A few other items I’m proud of…We’ve been able to add an additional $28 million to road maintenance in the unincorporated areas. We’ve connected the east end of San Luis Rey Park from the 76 to I-15 and developed many other parks in District 5. None of this would be possible without you. Your help and willingness to reach out to my office has improved our community. Next time, I’ll give you an update on what some goals are until 2020. Until then, Happy New Year! Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

A new year means many new laws By Marie Waldron

Effective Jan. 1, hundreds of new laws went into effect. Some you may have heard about, but others possibly not. Several of the new laws impact veterans. Among these are legislation that makes honorably discharged veterans exempt from paying state or local business license fees for selling or providing services, if the veteran is sole proprietor. Another law exempts automotive adaptive equipment sold to veterans with service-connected disabilities from sales and use taxes. Pro bono civil legal assistance for veterans has been enhanced, and animal adoption fees at shelters for veterans adopting emotional support animals will now be waived.

Public safety will also be impacted. Human trafficking convictions are now included in the list of crimes that disqualify persons from driving for rideshare companies, and the statute of limitations for felony domestic violence has increased from three to five years. The statute of limitations to file a claim for employment sexual harassment was also extended from one to three years. On the other hand, earlier parole eligibility is now possible for murderers, rapists and other felons who were under 26 at the time of their crimes, and convicted felons may now serve on civil and criminal juries after completing their sentences. California’s gig economy will be heavily affected by the law prohibiting or se-

verely restricting independent contracting. A long list of exemptions for lawyers, accountants, engineers, some health professionals and many others was written into the law. Other, less well-connected occupations like rideshare drivers, independent truckers and newspaper freelancers did not get exemptions. New legislation to try to remedy all this is under consideration, and lawsuits and ballot initiatives are planned or underway. For better or worse, these are just a few of the new laws that we will be living with in 2020. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.

he utility company blackouts that accompanied the first severe blast of the fall fire season in October quickly became the signal events of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first year in office, triggering the most heated public response and causing more public inconvenience than any others. Those outages by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the Southern California Edison Co. among other things demonstrated how far Newsom still must go to solve the problem he identified as California’s largest back when he was a mere candidate — income inequality. Not that Newsom didn’t try to mitigate that problem. He spurred state legislators to pass widespread rent control, encouraged incentives to build more affordable housing, expanded Medi-Cal health care coverage and signed many more new laws aiming to benefit middle and lower income Californians more than the upper crust. But while he did that, financial inequality grew in California during Newsom’s first year, the rich gaining even more of an edge over their middle class and poor compatriots. The blackouts put those differences in bas relief. For the knowledge they were coming spurred thousands of Californians to buy solar panels and gasoline-powered electric generators that could keep their homes going — even if only sporadically in many cases — through the blackouts. Those became longer and more widespread than any outages during the energy crunch of the early 2000s, which put the first nails in the political coffin of recalled former Gov. Gray Davis. With millions of Californians unable to afford basic needs like rent, food

hundreds of new dwellings, they must deal with land prices far above those in desert or other inland areas, including the Central Valley. So “affordable” housing usually sells for at thomas d. elias least $350,000, well beyond and medicines, generators the reach of hundreds of that can cost thousands of thousands of first-time buyers. That price also dollars and solar panels excludes virtually all of the that often run $20,000 or homeless. more for a single home One constructive move were not on the radar of that could help with land most Californians outside prices, though, was creatthe upper income levels. ing a new register of vacant And yet, Newsom’s going along with the plans or available state-owned lands. If those properties of PG&E and Edison for those outages, even in plac- are sold off cheaply and developed, they could es where high, hot winds never occurred, exacerbat- help the housing shortage, even if they won’t alleviate ed the existing economic homelessness. differences he bemoans. Newsom also made His tolerating those constructive moves on gun plans — until they were actually carried out, when control, signing several laws previously vetoed by he pronounced them “inex-Gov. Jerry Brown, intolerable” — established cluding one Brown vetoed him as even more of a twice that allows increased utility company ally than use of gun restraining he was during July, when he helped arrange the new orders. Newsom signed a bill allowing child care state Wildfire Fund that workers to unionize and may eventually provide another banning smoking more than $20 billion to cover electric company lia- in state parks and on most bilities in future fires. The public beaches. He okayed a compromise making charmoney will come largely ter school finances more from a monthly charge to transparent, set public electric customers. school start times an hour So the blackouts, especially their extremely later and nixed a measure to end the practice of wide range in Northern California, could eventual- paying initiative petition ly cause political problems carriers for signatures they collect. for Newsom. He’s tried to But he greatly watered head this off by disapproving PG&E’s proposed $13.5 down a public health meabillion settlement with fire sure designed to prevent bogus medical waivers victims. from allowing parents to Meanwhile, actions exempt their children from Newsom spurred on housing probably won’t resolve getting vaccinations on false grounds. that problem, either. By All this made Newworking to force housing som’s first year a mixed expansion everywhere, bag, preventing a definNewsom assured that a itive reading on the new great share of any new governor. Which means units won’t be affordable Californians will have to to many first-time buyers, stay tuned. even if they carry the “affordable” label. Email Thomas Elias When cities like Newat tdelias@aol.com. port Beach work to create

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Irrigation District honors Hunter By Alexander Wehrung

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Irrigation District held a board of directors meeting on Dec. 19, which started by honoring the work of retiring Engineering Services Manager William G. “Bill” Hunter. General Manager Albert. C. Lau commended Hunter for his service, and Director Marlene King recounted a time she saw him wearing a traditional Scottish kilt. Apparently not one for breaking tradition when it comes to wearing choice dress, Hunter came to the meeting wearing a tie depicting Santa Claus. Hunter took to the presentation podium to accept his honors, saying that he was proud of having served the organization for a decade and citing the district’s fiscal decisions as a reason for his pride. The district gave him a small plaque for his service. Hunter officially retired on Dec. 24 after a 30year engineering career, 11 of which were spent at the Irrigation District. Afterward, item four — a resolution to cast a district vote for the 2019 LAFCO Special Districts Advisory Committee — was struck from the agenda. Then board of directors President Michael T. Hogan left the


heartbreak and disappointment in our community.” The statement went on to read: “SDA is an inclusive family, a welcoming place where each student should feel safe at all times. We have all worked diligently to create a culture of acceptance and tolerance. This graffiti is not representative of our school community and we condemn it in no uncertain terms.” The statement said administration is working closely with students, staff, campus supervisors, as well as external resources, including the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department, to identify the offender(s) and hold them accountable. The statement ended by urging anyone who knows anything to come forward, to share with a trusted adult, submit a tip to WeTip. com, or drop a note in the “Kids That Care” box in the Mustang Commons. “Do the right thing,” it read. “Do not allow hate and intolerance to supersede love and acceptance. One person of integrity can make a difference. We are here for you.” The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that school administrators have contacted them regarding vandalism at the school but didn’t comment further. Calls and emails to Camacho have not been returned. Tammy Gillies, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in San Diego, said her organization has been working both with the school and the sheriff’s department on how best to

meeting, necessitating that Marlene King be voted in as acting president for the meeting’s duration. Kenneth Pun, the managing partner of the Pun Group, then took to the podium to describe his organization’s process of auditing the Irrigation District. A packet was made available detailing the findings of the Pun Group’s audit, the numbers being current up to June 30, 2019. The audit found the total deferred outflows of resources at approximately $3.1 million, an operating loss of $473 thousand, an increase of $4 million in its net position, $2.5 million in net cash provided by operating activities and $2.74 million in net cash provided by noncapital financing activities, among other findings. The board of directors also authorized several handle this situation. She added that the school has been working with the ADL even before this incident, as it is one of 1,600 schools across the country that take part in the ADL’s No Place for Hate movement. “It is very disturbing and at this point we don’t know what the intention was of the perpetrator, so we don’t know if this was a hate crime or what it was, yet,” Gillies said Dec. 17 about the vandalism. “But it’s not so much about the intention, I think, as it is about the impact that it has on the community. Students and teachers feeling uncomfortable and unsafe going to school, because if you’re one of those groups that you hear has been targeted that’s not a safe school climate for you to want to go to.” Gillies said she believes that before the winter break SDA will be putting out a statement of some programming they plan to do when the students get back and “address this in a way that’s most helpful for everyone and creating that school environment that people want to be in.” Dan Kincade posted about the situation on Nextdoor, saying he heard about it from the parent of a student at the school. “As a community I believe we have a right to know when hate and bigotry raises its ugly head within our ranks,” Kincade, who is Jewish, wrote. “I hope we can get the honest facts surrounding this incident and that the forces that may be active to ‘sweep this under the rug’ don’t prevail.” As far as what punishment the culprits may face, the San Diego District At-

actions related to the construction of the fifth phase of its Automated Metering Program. The general manager was authorized to execute the construction contract for the Automated Metering Program Phase 5 with Aqua Metric — a water testing service in Riverside — finding said program project categorically exempt under the California Environmental Quality Act. The project was approved and the general manager was authorized to execute a purchase order with Armorcast Product Company for new meter box lids for the project. The Automated Metering Program began in 2016 with the goal of replacing customers’ readers, which require manual readings, with automated meters that send readings hourly through wireless technology. Implementation of the $5.5 million project is spread out across six phases that began in fall 2016; Phase 5 is expected to begin in February 2020, and the project will end in summer 2021. The board of directors also accepted the FY Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. No date was listed on the agenda for the next board of directors meeting. torney’s Office said for kids 18 and older, for regular vandalism the max punishment is anywhere from one to three years in county jail, depending on the damage. For a hate crime vandalism, the maximum punishment is six years. The DA’s office couldn’t comment on punishment for juveniles, since proceedings

VOLUNTEER Laurilyn Burson has been helping at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve for more than two years. Courtesy photo

Open house welcomes Reserve volunteers ESCONDIDO — The new year is bringing new opportunities to join a community of fellow nature lovers. Choose from hiking and monitoring Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve’s extensive trail system, assisting with outdoor field trips, or guiding visitors through the James Hubbell-designed Interpretive Center. A Volunteer Open House will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center, at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center, 8833 Harmony Grove Road, to in-

troduce the opportunities to interested volunteers. A brief presentation will begin at 10 a.m. and after, guests will be free to roam the creek trails, explore the Interpretive Center, and ask questions about volunteer programs to staff and experienced volunteers. The next Trail Patrol training is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Both events take place Escondido. Visit escondidocreek.org/events for more information or to register. “Little did I know that it would become a bright spot in my life,” said Laurilyn

Burson as she recalls first seeing the development of the center. Burson has been a volunteer for more than two years and continues to guide guests at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center honoring Susan J. Varty. The center was designed by local artist James T. Hubbell and contains several original works by Hubbell and other artists. The building also features green design elements such as recycled building materials, solar panels powered by photovoltaic cells, and a green “living” roof.

for minors are confidential. In his email last week to “Mustang Families,” Camacho wrote that he wanted to thank everyone who has reached out with their concern and support of the school community. “We are grateful for your response and for engaging with your students at home regarding the grav-

ity of this condemnable behavior,” Camacho wrote. “Without reservation, we are united in denouncing this type of behavior and expression.” Gillies said she commends the school and the sheriff’s department for taking this matter seriously. “The thing that scares me the most is the normal-

ization of hate that we’re seeing where big things hardly make the news anymore,” she said. “I applaud both the school and the sheriff’s department for not allowing this just to be swept under the rug or just normalizing it. I think it was really handled well and there’s obviously work to do in the school.”

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Local eighth-grade girls chosen to partner with Nike and the Lakers By Tawny McCray

ENCINITAS — Two local middle school girls are getting the opportunity of a lifetime to work with the Los Angeles Lakers organization to help encourage more girls to play sports. T h i r te e n -ye a r- old friends Sage Ligotti and Rachel Buczek, who are eighth-graders at Diegueño Middle School, applied for a new program called Game Growers, sponsored by Nike, and were selected as finalists. According to the Game Growers website, by the time girls reach eighth grade they are 50% more likely to drop out of sports than boys, creating barriers both physically and socially that can last a lifetime. The site says it’s time to change the game “and we believe it starts by listening to girls.” Game Growers gives eighth-grade girls the opportunity to share their ideas on how to get more girls to play sports. Girls team up and complete an online application and then participating WNBA and NBA teams select one team of girls who become their Game Growers. Rachel’s mom Kara Buczek said she stumbled across Game Growers on her Facebook feed and thought

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Join the Nature Collective Discovery Tour from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 4 at 2710 Manchester Ave., Encinitas. Discover the beauty of San Elijo Lagoon: where fresh water and salt water meet and mix, where migratory and resident birds share a sanctuary, where many animals find a home. The Nature Collective tour is led by naturalist Mike Blanco.


Encinitas Friends Bookstore holds a book sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 4. On this day the entire store, with more than 5,200 items, will

EIGHTH-GRADERS Rachel Buczek and Sage Ligotti, dressed in their Lakers swag, hold certificates welcoming them to the Nike Game Growers program. Courtesy photo

to get an email about whether they had been chosen by Dec. 15. “I was checking my email and I told my mom ‘Oh, we didn’t get an email, that’s alright.’ And then today they’re like, ‘You actually did make it’ and I was like, ‘What?’” “I was in complete shock, I didn’t know what to say,” Rachel said. “I was so excited because the Lakers are my favorite team.”

In their application, Sage and Rachel created a program called Caterpillar Course, which is for girls who have never really played sports to try them out. “The problem for girls, we think, is that the stigma of trying a new sport with people that are better than you is, like, really hard for some girls,” Sage said. “It can be kind of embarrassing to be practicing with some-

are sponsored by the Italian Cultural Center of San Diego at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, and students will be able to choose among eight courses from beginning to advanced levels. Register PARKINSON’S SUPPORT The free Rancho Ber- at https://icc-sd.org/. nardo monthly meeting of the North County Parkin- PARLA ITALIANO son’s Support Group will be The Italian Culturfrom 10 a.m. to noon Jan. al Center offers language 6 at San Rafael Church, classes in Encinitas at the 17252 Bernardo Center San Dieguito Heritage MuDrive. Sherrie Gould, seum, 450 Quail Gardens MSN, NP-C from Scripps Dr, Encinitas. Register now Clinic Center for Neu- at icc-sd.org for the next sesrorestoration will present sion starting Jan. 6. There “Duopa, A New Treatment are classes from beginning Option for Parkinson’s” to advanced in grammar (sponsored by Abbvie Inc.) and conversation, as well Call (858) 354-2498 or (760) as introductory classes for 749-8234. travelers and intermediate classes on the regions and traditions of Italy. MANGIARE New Italian cooking classes are starting up for ADULT BALLET CLASSES winter on Jan. 6. Classes Open Level Teen/Adult Ballet (for ages 13 up) will offer 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. classes starting Jan. 6 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Terminology, barre and center work are included as well floor movements. The instructor is Marti Neal. For additional information visit https:// encinitasca.gov/Residents/ Recreation-Programs or call (760) 943-2260.

for a research trip to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. North San Diego County Genealogical Society will offer the first of a four-part series of free workshops from 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 8 in the Community Room of Nina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad.

it was something the girls would be interested in doing. She and Sage’s mom Emily Ligotti surprised the girls on Dec. 19 with the news that the Lakers had selected them to work with — complete with a video from retired NBA great and former Laker Robert Horry, and Lakers swag. “Our parents kept it a secret from us,” Sage said, saying they were expecting be half-price. Most books will be from 25 cents to $1, with CDs being 25 cents and DVDs typically $1. Visit encinitaslibfriends.org.

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Upcoming social opportunities with the North County Widows and Widowers Club include a Book Club with luncheon Jan. 8. For times and location, contact Dottie at (760) 4385491.


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JAN. 9


The Escondido Amateur Radios Society (EARS) will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Pacific Western Bank, 900 Canterbury Place, Escondido. An emergency coordinator specialist will speak about how to be prepared for a natural disaster like hurricanes, wild fires, and earthquakes. EARS is an IRS 501 (c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization of educational benefit to amateur radio operators, and others interested amateur radio within Escondido and surrounding areas. If interested in more information, visit earsclub.org.


one you know is way better than you and it really discourages girls from trying sports.” Sage said the way Caterpillar Course works is to bring girls together in a non-competitive way to learn the rules and how to play a number of different sports. In other words, it’s the athletic transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly. “It erases the stigma of having other levels or people trying out with you because all these people are at the same level,” she said. “It’s kind of just like a sample of sports for girls to inspire themselves into trying it and so it makes the bridge from being a beginner to a skilled player a lot easier to get through.” Emily Ligotti said Sage experienced firsthand what it feels like to be new to a sport that others around her were more skilled at when she encouraged her to start playing lacrosse. “It was very intimidating, very scary, and she wanted to not go, she wanted to quit because she had to learn with a bunch of kids that already knew (how to play),” Emily said. “She had this experience that really highlighted the issue that

eighth-grade girls are dropping out of sports at a record rate.” The next step for Sage, who also plays basketball and runs cross-country, and Rachel, who plays basketball, is to be flown out to visit Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, next month and work with Nike and the Lakers to create a game plan for their idea. The selected game plans will be shared during the Game Growers Showcase at the 2020 WNBA Draft in April. “It’s quite an honor and I feel Rachel and Sage will definitely do a good job representing the Lakers,” Kara Buczek said. “We’re very proud of them.” Sage said she’s super excited to go to Oregon and work on their idea, saying she likes “to plan stuff, that’s one of my personality traits.” She’s hoping their game plan will help make a difference. “I can relate to this problem on a really personal level and knowing that I’m helping other people out there with the same problem is really reassuring to me and, like, awesome that I get like a chance to kind of change the world.”

of the club’s Trout challenges, Catfish derby, Surf fishing tournaments, saltwater charters, picnics, and RV camping trips around the state. The club’s meetings are held the second Friday of each month, open to all anglers age 50 and above.

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A Gem Faire will be held noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Admission $7 weekend pass.

JAN. 11


Soroptimist International of Vista and North County, along with its sister club in Oceanside-Carlsbad, will hold an Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Event and Walk from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 11, rain or shine, at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.,Vista. A $10 donation is requested but not required. Register at event or online at http://bit.ly/37hfKGA. For more information see soroptimistvista. org or e-mail kgvn@cox. net.

On Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., practice your English at the English Café News For You at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Read newspaper articles and participate in group dis- CYCLOVIA cussions with other English The city of Encinitas learners. is hosting Cyclovia, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12, along South Coast Highway 101 between D Street and SENIOR ANGLERS J Street. It is a free, open, The Senior Anglers of street event where streets Escondido will present, the are temporarily closed to club’s annual Year in Re- cars and open to allow cyview Show at 9:30 a.m. Jan. clists, skaters and pedestri10 at the Park Avenue Com- ans access to local businessmunity Center, 210 Park es on open streets. Explore Ave., Escondido. The pro- local businesses and the gram will highlight photos neighborhood in a new way.

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The Bonsai Club meets at 11 a.m. Jan. 13, at the San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Remember to bring your plants, gloves, and imagination. For more information, call Cindy Read at (619) 504-5591.

JAN. 15


The city of Encinitas, in partnership with California Coast Credit Union, offers a free financial workshop on Cyber Security from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas,. Learn to spot social engineering attempts, safer ways to interact through social media, and how to minimize your online risk both at work and at home.

JAN. 17


Improve your Spanish fluency with weekly conversational practice at the Spanish Conversation (intermediate and advanced) group, which meets Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m. at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

JAN. 18


Come to the Solana Beach Library at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, and discover the wonders of the night sky in an astronomy-themed workshop led by Canyon Crest Academy students. Children aged 8-12 years will learn about stars and make their own constellation lamp. Call (858) 7551404 for questions.

JAN. 3, 2020


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Critter Camp lets kids interact with animals SDUHSD receives $25K

grant for CTE programs

By Alexander Wehrung

RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center might be best known for taking care of dogs and cats while they wait for their forever homes, but it also keeps a series of animal “ambassadors” for both children and adults to see and appreciate. Their Critter Camp is a program that lets kids interact and learn about these unique animals. Neighboring the center’s main building is a play area for children, and by that is their Education Program building. And right behind that building is a pen where some alpacas and sheep share space, nibbling at bells of straw suspended from their pen’s ceiling. A couple of these alpacas are named Kuzco and Kronk, after characters from “The Emperor’s New Groove.” These animals are just a few of the 30 different species Helen Woodward keeps for the educational programs; they also have chinchillas, goats, frogs, box turtles, rabbits and more. These animals have been privately donated, surrendered, or been obtained from outside rescue groups. After having run these programs for 40 years, the center has determined which specific animals — on both a species and individual basis — would be most comfortable with human interaction. Education Manager Haylee Blake said that the Critter Camp is an educational endeavor. “It’s not school though, because it is camp, so it is still a lot of fun,” she said. “But we try and hit certain objectives each day, and we give the parents some questions ahead of time so that they can come and ask the kids those questions and hopefully get some good answers.” At Critter Camp, children not only get to interact with these animals — under the supervision of both camp staff and high-schoolers earning

signing and implementing makeup design for a spectrum of genres ranging from zombies and monsters to Elizabethan theatre and period plays,” Brad Golden, professional theatre teacher at La Costa Canyon, said in a news release. “The students are bound for a fascinating learning experience that will be both engaging and practical for their transition to college and professional life.” Jayme Cambra, instructional specialist and CTE counselor with SDUHSD, said SDUHSD CTE is a growing, innovative program that allows students to experience hands on skill-based learning to prepare for post-secondary options. About 95% of the CTE pathway courses are UC Approved and 20 courses articulate with MiraCosta and Palomar College. Articulated courses allow students to earn high school credit and college credit for the CTE course. The mission of the EdVentures Fund is to support hands-on, interactive, educational programs in one or more of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Music, and Math) curricular areas. The funds are intended to spark students’ curiosity, encourage creativity and perhaps even lead to future careers.

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CRITTER CAMP is held at Helen Woodward Animal Center whenever area children are out of school. Courtesy photo

college credits — but get to learn various topics, depending on the camp’s theme of the day. Some of these topics include specific animal diets, making adaptations to environments and living in individual habitats. Children can also participate in games like tag, parachute games and something Blake called “mindful adventure.” Craft activities are available depending on age level, such as making a penguin out of a toilet paper roll, fake snow, and a snow globe. Blake said that the most rewarding part of her job is the opportunity to see the children learn and grow. “So many come here maybe scared of certain animals, or unsure, maybe not thinking that they really want to interact with them at all, and then seeing that those kids have a newfound appreciation for them or (are) excited, and then we often see kids return time and time again. While the core elements of each camp are the same, Blake said they do try to make the camps “We don’t get

brand-new animals every camp, but the kids are so excited, either to see an animal they already met before, because they’re building a connection with that animal, or they just have so much fun here,” she said. “I’m just so grateful that we offer this to the community, because I know that I would have really enjoyed this as a kid, and I definitely didn’t get these sort of experiences,” Blake said. “Even if you don’t have an animal lover, sending kids here, they’re going to enjoy the experience and they might find that they do care for animals a lot more than they originally realized, and just that animals enrich the lives of all of us, so I think that it’s worth giving back to them,” she said. The Critter Camp opens up whenever San Diego children are out of school. Recently, the center held its Winter Critter Camp, which lasted from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3, with some breaks in between. Parents can register their children for the camp online at animalcenter.org.

ENCINITAS — A program in the San Dieguito Union High School District that offers students skillbased courses aligned with local industry and labor market need was recently awarded a grant for more than $25,000. The grant, for the district’s Career and Technical Education, or CTE, programs was awarded by the EdVentures Fund at Coastal Community Foundation. The district’s CTE program began in 2012 and is offered at Canyon Crest Academy, La Costa Canyon High School, San Dieguito Academy and Torrey Pines High School. The programs give student’s opportunities in 18 CTE pathway courses including: engineering, culinary arts, advanced manufacturing, arts, media and entertainment, professional music and theater, automotive technology, software and systems development (computer science), and wood technology. About 5,500 students take part each year. CTE courses feature high-quality elements such as student certifications, leadership opportunities and workbased learning experiences. “Thanks to the Coastal Community Foundation, La Costa Canyon High School’s technical theatre students will soon be de-


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CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, 2016, $110. This 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot blend creates a potpourri of aromas exploding from the glass with notes of black cherry, cocoa and a hint of floral lavender and rose. The palette is full bodied with ripe black fruit featuring red cherry and plums, hints of tobacco and earth and deep rich color. Visit cadewinery.com.

Duckhorn Merlot Atlas Peak Napa Valley, 2016, $78. Dan Duckhorn is considered to be the premier Merlot winemaker in Napa Valley after a life-changing visit to Bordeaux’s right bank in France. With notable depth and structure, the top wine in the world in 2017 as reported by Wine Spectator was the Duckhorn Merlot. We pass the baton to 2019. Visit duckhorn.com.

Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder Napa Valley, 2016, $100. This Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (87.5%) with accents of Merlot (5%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1.5%) benefits from Mt. Veeder’s elevation typically 10 to 15 degrees cooler Napa Valley. The nose has black and blue fruits with floral notes along with ripe structured tannins working in harmony for a long, balanced finish. Visit mtbraveDAOU VINEYARDS’ newest wines.com.

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irst off, a bit about this newish One Paseo thing happening Carmel Valley. It’s a 23.6-acre mixeduse development at the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. It’s across the street from the Cinepolis I frequent when I’m in the mood for a luxury movie experience. Its soft opening was in March 2019 and when done will have a total of 96,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 280,000 square feet of office space and 608 luxury apartments and it looked like all that was close to being completed on my visit recently. Tocaya Organica is one of several restaurants in the booming fast-casual segment and their differentiator is modern, organic Mexican food with many vegan and vegetarian options though there is meat to be found on the menu. Tocaya Organica features tacos, salads, bowls, and burritos made with organic produce, hormone-free meat and sustainable seafood. Let’s start with the breakfast burrito, a lowcarb, gluten-free tortilla stuffed with organic cagefree eggs, black bean puree, tricolor peppers, caramelized onions, poblano peppers and tomatillo salsa. It’s a healthier, yet just as delicious way to do a breakfast burrito and that

is their angle here, all the flavor of your favorite Mexican joint with none of the guilt. There is a selection of salads but we started with the bowls for something a bit more substantial. The bowls offer something light without being a salad, packed with fresh vegetables and beans or street corn. The Keto Bowl includes Spanish-style cauliflower rice, sautéed peppers, jalapeño cabbage, avocado, black olives and salsa. I added some carne asada, which of course is high-quality grass-fed skirt steak grilled with a cilantro jalapeno marinade, coriander and cumin. It’s very tasty. I should probably back up here and explain the ordering process. First you pick your salad, taco, burrito, bowl or quesadilla, of which there is a plethora of options. Next pick your protein and queso (cheese). Proteins include Diablo Chicken, Chicken Tinga, Achiote Chicken, Carne Asada, Beef Chorizo, Turkey Picante, Catch of the Day fish, Tomatillo Shrimp, Cilantro Lime Vegan Chick’n, Adobo Tofu or Vegan Picadillo. Queso options include Fresco, Oaxaca, Cotija, Jack and Vegan Mozzarella and Jack. You’ve seen this formula before at other fast casual joints so it’s easy to navigate and there are a lot of delicious combinations to create. The side dishes are equally impressive with a fabulous guacamole that comes sprinkled with pomegranate and lime pepita seeds and a combination of TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 9

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Happy New Beer! Looking back at 2019, ahead to 2020 craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh


s is traditional for these sorts of columns, here is a year-in-review piece to put 2019 in perspective and look ahead to how the North County craft beer sector is shaping up for 2020. North County saw nine new craft beer locations open in 2019: four breweries and five satellite tasting rooms. Two breweries closed. There are currently 67 craft beer locations in North County: 55 breweries plus 12 tasting rooms. Compared to the 60 locations open a year ago, 2019’s net growth of seven locations represents an 11.7% increase. The first brewery to open in North County in 2019 was Stave & Nail Brewing, in May. They take the doubly interesting approach of focusing on barrel-aged sours made from wort produced next door at Rip Current Brewing, and of only being open one weekend per month. It is a business model that, while unusual, seems to be working. They are busy whenever they are open. My Yard Live opened its outdoorsy games-andmusic “backyard” themed brewery/restaurant in July. The family-friendly nature of the place means it is regularly busy —another un-


tortilla and plantain chips. Street Corn with cotija cheese and chipotle powder is another solid pick. Other options here include Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Spanish Cauliflower Rice, Tortilla Soup and the vegan friendly Spicy Chick’n Soup. While they don’t have a full liquor license yet, the bar also serves up margaritas and wine. The alcohol base of the margaritas is Sabe Blanco sake and is 6% ABV. I’ve been seeing this happening more often in restaurants without full liquor and it’s a nice option. Sabe Blanco originates in Jalisco, Mexico, where a master distiller heightens the crisp, clean flavors of slow cooked agave. This blanco tequila is blended into craft produced saké and then finished with natural flavors. Margarita flavors include Prickly Pear, Passion Fruit, Tamarind, Spicy and Strawberry. We sampled a few and they were all quite tasty. Non-alcoholic beverages include Mexican Coke, which is the cane sugar

SOLANA BEACH’S Culture Brewing Co. is one of 67 craft beer locations in North County as of the end of 2019. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh

usual business model that seems to have taken off. Eppig Brewing opened their huge new brewing facility and tasting room in Vista in October. And next door to Eppig, golf-themed Dogleg Brewing opened in early November. The tasting rooms newly opened in North County in 2019 were: • Guadalupe Brewing Tap House (Vista, April) • Carlsbad Brewing Company (Carlsbad, May — the tasting room and kitchen are operating but the

brewery is still being set up) • Kilowatt Brewing Taproom and Provisions (Oceanside, July) • Little Miss Brewing (Escondido, September) • Lost Abbey The Sanctuary (San Elijo Hills, November). The growth in the number of North County craft beer locations in 2019 is the same as in 2018, which saw five breweries and four tasting rooms open, and two breweries close. 2017 seems to have been the peak year, with 12 breweries and one

tasting room opening that year — although five locations also closed down in 2017. 2020 looks to be very active year in North County craft beer again. In total, I’m aware of 17 locations planned for North County. Among the 17, however, are five very non-specific (and therefore somewhat doubtful) plans: A Brewery Igniter with spaces for two breweries is set to open in Oceanside in 2020, provided that tenants are interested in occupying the al-

version and, in my opinion, the superior Coke. Watermelon, Cucumber Mint and Strawberry Basil Aquas Frescas are happening along with Iced Teas and Horchata. Please save room for dessert as it is definitely worth it. The Churro Waffle Bites with a choice of vegan Callebaut chocolate or

strawberry dipping sauce are amazing and addictive. The Barrio Fruit Bowl tossed in lime and Tajin is really good as well. My favorite though was the Sweet Corn Tamale served with roasted tomato salsa. It was like a super moist cornbread and I could have eaten a few of those. Tocaya Organica has a

“bohemian and Tulum-inspired design aesthetic” as they put it, with plenty of natural wood and materials, green plants and succulents. It’s kid-friendly and the space also features a large outdoor patio with fire pits. For more information and the full menu, visit tocayaorganica.com.



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most-turnkey facilities. And a venture calling itself “CoLab” plans to open a single venue with three breweries, a winery and a restaurant in Vista. Much more certain are the two tasting rooms planned for Del Mar’s new Skydeck development, from Northern Pine Brewing and Rough Draft Brewing. Soonest to open are likely the Pure Project tasting room under construction in Carlsbad, Ebullition Brew Works’ tasting room and restaurant coming soon

in Bressi Ranch, and Booze Brothers’ Oceanside tasting room. Of course, not every plan comes to fruition. My guess is that just nine of the 17 projects in planning are strong bets. But there could be other, additional projects that are currently not public which manage to get open in the coming twelve months. For a full run-down on all the craft beer openings and closings in San Diego County in 2019, see my blog, CraftBeerInSanDiego.com.

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SOLANA BEACH — There is a festival in Ireland called Bloomsday, a celebration of the life and work of Irish writer James Joyce, who wrote the seminal modernist novel “Ulysses.” The celebration takes place on June 16, the date in which the novel takes place, and involves such activities as pub crawling, reading from the book and dressing up in Edwardian fashion. “Bloomsday” the play was written by Steven Dietz, and its story centers around a middle-aged couple — an American man and an Irish woman — who somehow end up going back in time and encountering their 20-something-year-old selves. North Coast Repertory has billed the play as a “sweet and engaging” show that delves into the idea of rewriting the past, perhaps literally so in this case. Andrew Barnicle di-

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Bloomsday tour. In addition, some elements of Ulysses will be relevant to the story, though Barnicle stressed that prior knowledge of the book is not required to appreciate the play. “It’s a romance and a fantasy and a love story,” he said. “And it’s really interesting.” The show will play from Jan. 8 to Feb. 2, Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Previews will be $46; week nights, Wednesday and Saturday matinees will be $52; Saturday evening and Sunday matinees will be $57; Sunday nights will be $49. There will be a preview matinee on Friday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m., and a special talkback show will play the next week on Jan. 17 as well as a $52 Wednesday matinee on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets at northcoastrep.org.

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CBDs, THC & other initials: A physician’s approach to medicinal cannabis This is part 2 in a series of three. Cannabis contains well over 400 different chemicals, of which at least 60 are cannabinoid compounds. That means that they effect changes in our bodies through, conveniently named, cannabinoid receptors. Think of this as a lock and key theory: a cannabinoid chemical (such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, most commonly referred to as plain old THC) will attach itself to a receptor that is shaped specifically for it to fit in the brain (or elsewhere in the body) where it elicits a particular effect, such as euphoria. If the chemical doesn’t fit the receptor, it will not produce an effect. Let’s address THC for a moment; if one were to consume a salad made up of potent cannabis plants, he or she would not get high. The reason for this is that THC does not exist in a usable form in the plant. This is because it is bound to an acid group and is called THC- A. Exposure to heat, however, induces the acid group to fall off (called decarboxyl

Odd Files Unclear on the Concept WJAR reported that an unnamed substitute teacher was fired on Dec. 16 for smoking marijuana in a classroom at North Attleborough High School in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Peter Haviland, principal at the school, said students reported the incident and the teacher was removed from the school premises. Haviland also said the teacher not only used the drug, but led a discussion in class about marijuana. Campuses in the district are drug-free. Well, they were. [WJAR, 12/17/2019] Update Last year during the holiday season, former NASA engineer Mark Rober of Santa Clarita, California, created a glitter bomb exploding package in response to having a package stolen from his front porch. This year, Rober has a new and improved version: When it is touched, the BBC reported on Dec. 17, the box explodes in glitter and emits an unpleasant odor along with a soundtrack of police chatter. As a coup de grace, it also takes a video of the thief and uploads it to the cloud. One of the sponsors for Rober’s project is “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin. Rober calls it a labor of love: “I have literally spent the last 10 months designing, building and testing a new and improved design for 2019,” he said. [BBC, 12/17/2019]

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ation) rendering the THC psychoactive. So, the THC compound in cannabis must be heated at some point in order to exert certain effects in the body. [Note that smoking a “joint” or using a “bong”/waterpipe is not the most efficient process; it is estimated that lighting a joint (marijuana cigarette) only converts about 30 per-

cent of the THC-A to THC. Hence, what some producers do in order to boost the percentage of THC concentration in cannabis is to “decarboxylate” (i.e. subject to low heat for a period of time) their products after it is harvested. This is often done for “edible” products.] Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the

body and are part of the endocannabinoid system. The effects for which they are most widely known involve pain control, appetite, mood and memory. There are subtypes: CB1 (found mainly in the brain) and CB2 (found in the immune system, in nerve endings, and elsewhere). Other receptors are suspected, but as of yet have

uneaten, but it could be the most beloved. The Detroit News reported that the Ford family of Tecumseh, Michigan, has been cherishing Fidelia Ford’s fruitcake since 1878 — over five generations. Julie Ruttinger, great-great-granddaughter to Fidelia, inherited the confection from her father, Morgan Ford, who kept it in an antique glass compote dish in his china cabinet until his death in 2013. It doesn’t much look, or smell, like a fruitcake anymore (“Smells like old people,” Morgan once said), but Ruttinger is determined to keep Fidelia’s legacy alive. Each year, Fidelia made a cake that was meant to age until the next Christmas season. But in 1878, she died before her cake could be enjoyed. When Morgan was buried, the family tucked a piece of the cake into his jacket pocket. “He took care of it to the day he left the Earth,” Ruttinger said. “We knew it meant a lot to him.” [Detroit News, 12/13/2019]

No Good Deed Virginia Saavedra, 37, ran to a home in Sophia, North Carolina, on Dec. 11, telling the resident she had just escaped being kidnapped by a stranger. When the man let her sit in his truck to warm up while he called 911, Saavedra allegedly stole the truck, according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. Officers responding to the 911 call spotted the truck and engaged in a 26-mile high-speed chase before trapping the truck. The Associated Press reported Saavedra then rammed a patrol car before trying to flee on foot. She was eventually charged with more than a dozen crimes, including felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. [Associated Press, 12/13/2019]

user spotted an unexpected country on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Tariff Tracker list: Wakanda. The fictional country from the “Black Panther” film made the list of free trade agreement partners. USDA spokesperson Mike Illenberg told NBC News on Dec. 18 the agency had used Wakanda to test the tracking system and had forgotten to remove it from the list. “The Wakanda information should have been removed after testing and has now been taken down.” [NBC News, 12/18/2019]

Bright Idea Around 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 18, an unnamed 17-year-old girl jumped a fence at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in Fresno, California, and climbed into the cockpit of a private airplane parked there. She put the pilot’s headset on and was able to start one of the engines of the small plane, but instead of flying away, she steered the plane into a chain-link fence, causing substantial damage to the aircraft, the Fresno Bee reported. Airport officials said she appeared disoriented when officers reached the plane, but no others were endangered in the incident. She was booked into juvenile hall on charges of theft of an aircraft. [Fresno Bee, 12/18/2019]

Irony Two workers with the Chicago Park District were spreading salt on an icy lakefront bike path on Dec. 11 when their pickup truck hit a slick spot and slipped into Lake Michigan, the Associated Press reported. It was halfway into the water before it got stuck on a breakwall. The workers were able to escape the truck and move to the shore uninjured. Park District spokesperson Michelle Lemons reminded Chicago residents that the path slopes toward the water and lake levels are high. “It might not look like it’s danFamily Values gerous, but it could still be a It may not be the old- sheet of glass,” she said. [As- Government in Action est fruitcake still (mostly) sociated Press, 12/11/2019] A sharp-eyed Twitter

Compelling Explanation Police in Tooele, Utah, conducting a welfare check on 75-year-old Jeanne Souron-Mathers on Nov. 22, found the woman dead of natural causes in her apartment, but as they searched further, they came upon the body of her husband, Paul Edward Mathers, in a freezer chest. With his body was a notarized letter, signed by Mathers and dated Dec. 2, 2008, stating that his wife didn’t kill him. “We believe he had a terminal illness,” police Sgt. Jeremy Hansen told Fox13. Paul was last seen alive on Feb. 4, 2009, at a doctor’s appointment at the Veterans Affairs hospital. Investigators are probing whether the couple made the plan so that Jeanne would continue to receive her husband’s government benefits. A neighbor, Evan Kline, said: “The story ... was her husband walked out on her. ... It was probably the plan for her to keep the money because it was her only source of income.” Officials believe she received at least $177,000 in benefits over 10 years. [Fox13, 12/16/2019]

not been identified. With the current surge in popularity of cannabis products and the demand for information, research has stepped up so we will hopefully know more in the near future. Contrary to common belief, the benefits of cannabis are not all attributable to either the THC or the CBD content of a particular product. There is another large group of chemicals referred to as terpenes which are volatile hydrocarbons that contribute to the odor and taste of the plants, for example. While not inherently psychoactive themselves, they can mediate the effects of the chemicals that affect how a user perceives its highs. It should be noted that cannabis is most effective when the combination of all of these are ingested together. This is referred to as an entourage effect. Marinol (dronabinol) is a synthetic-derived THC pill that was developed for cancer and AIDS-related nausea and vomiting. However, it does not work nearly as well as a product that also contains

CBD and terpenes. The two species of cannabis, sativa and indica, have different effect profiles. Per Weedmaps.com: sativas have been considered “cerebral,” “heady,”, “uplifting”, “energizing,” whereas indicas have been described as “relaxing,” “sedating,” “full-bodied,” “couchlock,” or “stony”. So, if one needs to remain fairly alert and energetic, a sativa strain would seem to be appropriate. Can’t sleep? An indica might be helpful (slang for indica is “in da couch!”). As caution, however, be aware that there are some hybrids that contain elements of both, but have different terpene profiles. These are generally advertised as having “sativa-like” or “indica-like” effects.

Oops A driver in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, caused an “enormous bang,” according to witnesses, on Dec. 14 when he lighted a cigarette in his closed car after spraying air freshener. Nearby buildings shook from the impact, and the car’s windshield was blown out, along with windows of nearby businesses, the Manchester Evening News reported. The driver sustained only minor injuries. West Yorkshire Police said the situation could have been worse and implored people to open their windows when using aerosol cans and open flames.

a 45-year-old, stabbed the other, 22, in the leg. Neither of the men was dressed as Santa, but the Santas on the train subdued the suspect until the train reached Queens. The victim was taken to a hospital, and the MTA arrested the stabber. [NY Daily News, 12/14/2019]

Holiday Shenanigans — A group of Santas participating in SantaCon — a bar-hopping tradition in New York City — brought muscle along with Christmas cheer to a Long Island Railroad train on Dec. 14. According to the New York Daily News, two men were fighting on the train around 6 p.m. when one of them,

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— Security officers at Vilnius Airport in Lithuania got in the holiday spirit with confiscated items seized during the screening process, reported United Press International on Dec. 12. Apparently having a lot of time on their hands, the officers built a Christmas tree using items such as scissors, knives, lighters and other goods. Lithuanian Airports called the tree an “educational masterpiece” and warned: “If you don’t want your personal, yet prohibited, belongings to land on our next year’s Christmas tree — better check out the baggage requirements before you pack for your next flight.” [UPI, 12/12/2019]


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appy New Year. I like typing 2020. Much easier than 2019, and 2020 holds a certain verbal rhythm. It’s also a year that I’m hoping to focus on the road-less-traveled. Much has been written recently about tourist destinations that have been loved to death — Venice, Machu Pichu, Amsterdam, Angkor Wat, Iceland and Barcelona among others. Climbers on Mount Everest are navigating fields of litter and dying, for Pete’s sake, because of the crowds on the mountain. Closer to home, our most popular national parks — Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce and Zion — are under siege. Visitors must cope with traffic jams, crowded trails and lines at the gift shop. And remember the photos of the lookyloos trampling Southern California’s blooming poppy fields and daffodil hills? It’s enough to make you want to stay home — but don’t! There are plenty of other terrific, uncrowded places to visit that are wonderfully interesting and fun,

and very possibly less expensive. I’ve visited some, others I hope to. Some are ideal bases of operations for venturing out each day to nearby attractions. Other places may stand on their own or be part of a low-mileage road trip. I start with Ann Arbor, Michigan (www.annarbor. org), which I visited recently and thoroughly enjoyed. Two previous columns highlighted the town’s winter festival, University of Michigan’s famed football stadium and nearby Yankee Air Museum. Downtown Ann Arbor (45 minutes west of Detroit) has a glow of its own — a welcoming energy with residents who are proud of what they have and what they do. Their lack of superlatives about their really, really cold weather is, well — refreshing. Life goes on in the dead of winter and much of it moves indoors. They put away the patio furniture but keep the good food — like the fare served at Detroit Street Filling Station (https://thelunchrooma2. c o m / d et r oit- s t re et- f i l l ing-station-1) in the Kerrytown neighborhood. Co-owners Phillis Englebert and Joel Panozzo prove vegan and vegetarian does not mean bland nor boring, truly serve local and seasonal foods, and gladly alter selections to fit other dietary needs. The restaurant



ing their first notice, most have not repeated the violation at these locations. The last time this issue was debated at council was in August 2018. Bandegan said at that time council directed staff to compare the red-light intersections to similar intersections that don’t have cameras. He said they chose El Camino Real and La Costa, and El Camino Real and Palomar Airport Road. Bandegan said the data “doesn’t clearly show that these intersections under camera are way safer than others without camera.” Along with Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach still utilize their red-light cameras. Cities that have terminated their red-light camera programs include Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, Poway, El Cajon and San Diego. Three members of the public spoke on the cameras at the meeting, two opposed to keeping them and one in favor of them staying put. Peter Kohl, chairman of the city’s Traffic and Public Safety Commission, who said he was speaking not as a commissioner but as an individual, said he has been in favor of the cameras since the beginning and has not changed his mind. “The cameras are the most effective way to discourage red light running,” he said. “Enforcement is the best way to get people to comply with any law.”

A RED-LIGHT CAMERA overlooks the intersection at Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Real in Encinitas. Photo by Abraham Jewett

Cardiff resident George Hejduk said he’s spent 15 years “fighting this fiasco” and wants to see the cameras — and their associated hefty ticket fines — done away with. “Encinitas is one of the three remaining cities in this county continuing to operate the outrageous public price gauging $490 plus a ticket — red light camera theft,” Hejduk said. “You should rid us of this partnership that you have entered with the Redflex company when almost every other city in this county has found some reason to eliminate these dreadful cameras.” Mayor Catherine Blakespear said she also had concerns about the high cost of the tickets, arguing that she doesn’t support the camera program partly because it’s “fundamentally unfair to

GRAFFITI ALLEY off Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. It has morphed from a 1999 commissioned painting to a crazy collection of art, cartoons, political statements and poetry. It continues to evolve. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

serves as a happy home for Englebert’s plant collection (see the succulents in the window), provides employment for those in recovery and on probation, and pays a living wage with benefits. “We are a family,” Englebert says. Ann Arbor, rightfully so, has gained a reputation as a Midwest foodie haven, often thanks to immigrant chefs who have brought their native foods to this college town of 121,000 (plus 45,000 college students). Ji Hye Kim opened her Miss the poor.” “To me there’s a real proportionality problem with sending someone a $500 ticket for rolling through a red light in the middle of the night on a right-hand turn,” Blakespear said. The mayor pointed out that the program is costing the city $200,000 a year, and they’re making about that, or slightly more than that, a year from it, which “doesn’t seem to me like it’s a net positive.” She added that leaving the cameras in Encinitas when many other cities have removed theirs sends a message to the mostly out-of-towner offenders that the city is an “unfriendly” place. Both Deputy Mayor Jody Hubbard and Councilwoman Kellie Shay Hinze said they have concerns with the program, but say they would support it due to the fact that the majority of the Traffic and Public Safety Commission recently backed it. Councilman Tony Kranz said he was in support of the red-light camera program, saying “it’s an important part of our public safety” program. Kranz said having the cameras are as good as having a traffic officer doing the same job. “I get that the fine is expensive, but the reality is that it’s the same amount, whether a human issues the ticket or the camera (does),” Kranz said. The city’s current contract with Redflex expires in May.

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uniquely creamy. At least three-fourths of the dishes are gluten-free. Space considerations dictate that I end here but know that Ann Arbor also has a wealth of craft breweries and warm, up-scale restaurants to keep you plenty snug during Michigan’s long winter nights. For more photos and commentary on Ann Arbor, visit www.facebook.com/ elouise.ondash. Want to share your travels? Email eondash@coastsnewsgroup. com.


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66Years/72,000 Years/72,000Miles Miles Transferable Transferable Bumper-to-Bumper Bumper-to-Bumper Limited LimitedWarranty Warranty

per month lease +tax 39 Months

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On all at MSRP of $21, 010 or less. Example VIN : 3VWC57BU7KM247276 : Lease a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S Automatic for $239* a month. 39-month lease. $0 Down Paymnet. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit. *Closed end lease financing available through Jan 3, 2020 for a new, unused 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S Automatic on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $21,010 and destination charges and a Selling Price of $18034..Monthly payments total $8588 Your payment will vary based on dealer contribution and the final negotiated price. Lessee responsible for insurance, maintenance and repairs. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $350, $0.20/mile over for miles driven in excess of 24,375 miles and excessive wear and use. Excludes taxes, title and other government fees.



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* 6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2018 and newer VW vehicles, excluding e-Golf. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 1-3-2020.

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