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Petition removes new school trustee

By Christina Macone-Greene November 2018 as Ritto’s

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District’s next board member to fill Marti Ritto’s seat will be determined following a special election on April 24. Ritto resigned on Sept. 13. Five applicants were interviewed on Oct. 16. Seven days later, the Rancho Santa Fe School District unanimously named attorney Jon Yonemitsu in a provisional appointment. According to Superintendent David Jaffe, the appointment process that took place in October was authorized by the Education Code. Yonemitsu was recalled on Dec. 15 following a school petition which was declared valid by the county superintendent forcing a special election. Now with Yonemitsu leaving a vacant seat, the school board will continue to operate with four trustees until after the April election, which will be done as mail-in ballot collection to help reduce costs. Whoever is voted in will serve a term from May to

original seat will reopen during November’s general election. “All five of those people who applied were outstanding candidates and would have served in that capacity really well,” Jaffe said. He added that the person who is seated in May will go through the voting process again six months later, three of which are summer, in a normal election. “So, as a school district, we will spend upwards of $40,000 to $80,000 to elect someone into the position when we had five candidates already,” he said. Jaffe said a full election with a regular analytical voting booth could cost closer to $100,000 or more, which is why they chose a mail-in ballot collection. Jaffe said that to date, however, the full costs of the April special election are yet to be determined. In the same breath, Jaffe said that the parties had every right to petition. “Still, it’s really unfortuTURN TO PETITION ON 9

Frank chosen as RSF school board chief By Christina Macone-Greene made at an annual organi-

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District selected Todd Frank to serve another one-year term as board president. The decision was made at a rescheduled school board meeting on Dec. 14. The original meeting for Dec. 7 was canceled due to the Lilac fire. Superintendent David Jaffe explained that the board president, who lives in Elfin Forest, had to remain near home during the fire. Other items on the agenda involved presenters traveling from out of the area. Freeway driving was nearly impossible due to the congestion. A portion of the regular board meeting on Dec. 14 was dedicated to organization and appointments. Jaffe said appointments are

zational meeting at every school district. On Dec. 14, the board identified the president, vice president and clerk during the organization portion of the meeting. The body of the board can self-nominate, or the board can do the nomination. In a 5-0 vote, Frank was selected to continue as president for another consecutive year. Board member Scott Kahn was nominated as vice president. According to Jaffe, Kahn decided to serve on the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation as an ex-officio member. Instead, board member Tyler Seltzer was nominated and voted in at 5-0. Like Frank, Seltzer will also serve a secTURN TO PRESIDENT ON 9

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Jim Pathman, the chief operating officer of Team Hoyt San Diego, and his son, Riley, will run in the upcoming Tri-City Medical Center Half Marathon on Jan. 14. Courtesy photo

Team Hoyt San Diego readies for annual fund-raising run By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Team Hoyt San Diego is all about empowering disabled youth, not only in sports but in every area of their lives. While Team Hoyt San Diego readies for the 2018 Tri-City Medical Center Marathon and Half Marathon on Jan. 14, members are also preparing for their Team Hoyt San Diego fourth annual fundraiser dinner at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on Jan. 12. Proceeds from the event help fund the purchase, repairs and maintenance of specialty pushable racing wheelchairs. Money collected will also help with athletic grants and races. Roughly 200 attendees are expected to attend the event. Keynote speakers will include Mike DiDonato of Hoyt Running Chairs and Brogan Graham with a “yes you can” message. Silent auction items will be available for bidding opportunities.

Chairing the event is Sarah Sleeper of Rancho Santa Fe. “I’m honored that Team Hoyt San Diego trusts me to run this very special fundraiser,” Sleeper said. “It’s a night of inclusion and inspiration.” Team Hoyt San Diego was established four years ago. Jim Pathman, a resident of Del Mar, is the chief operating officer of Team Hoyt San Diego. Pathman, 53, runs with his son, Riley, 19, who was born with cerebral palsy. The duo plans to run in the Jan. 14 Tri-City Half Marathon. Pathman explained they are a branch of Team Hoyt, an organization that started around a father and son team living in Boston. Dick Hoyt’s son Rick was born with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. With a specialized wheelchair, the father and son started running in 1977. It all started one day when Rick Hoyt asked his

father if they could organize a charity run for an injured lacrosse player at his school. In addition to raising money, Rick Hoyt’s goal was to convey to his fellow student that life doesn’t end after you have an accident or end up in a wheelchair.

more than 1,100 races together, including 32 years of Boston Marathons and 11 Ironman distance races. They also started a foundation. “The foundation raised money for lots of different handicapped programs, and

There’s no other better way to spend three or four hours with your children than when you’re out together on a run.” JIM PATHMAN CEO, TEAM HOYT SAN DIEGO

“So, they did this run together,” Pathman said. “After the run, Rick told his dad that when he’s running, he feels free and doesn’t feel like he has a handicap. His dad told him they would do more of that and they started running together.” According to Pathman, the father-son team finished

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New manager reflects on 2017 By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — As 2017 came to a close, Rancho Santa Fe Association Assistant Manager Christy Whalen reflected on the organization’s many accomplishments. With the New Year only days away, Whalen was set to take the reins as association manager on Jan. 2. Whalen described 2017 as an exciting and productive year. “We were able to get approval on the fiber optic project,” she said, noting that more than 80 percent of the residents voted yes in the communitywide vote. The project, named RSF Connect, will deliver highspeed internet to Covenant residents and was a top priority for the Association. Whalen thanked a very dedicated board and engaged committee members for seeing RSF Connect through to its fruition. “We have been fortunate to see the benefit in the community from all of our volunteers,” she said. Another groundbreaking accomplishment in 2017 was The Gateway Project located at the current gas station in the Village on La Flecha. The 5,000-square-foot structure will have ample space for a grocery store. Additional space will be allotted for retail and offices. Part of The Gateway Project will concentrate on underground parking. Whalen also noted the

Association board approved a 4,400-square-foot pharmacy to be built on a vacant lot at El Tordo and La Granada. The location is across the street from the current pharmacy — the existing pharmacy will remain in operation until the new one opens. “The new pharmacy will have greater security, more room and 12 rooftop parking spots,” Whalen said. “The project is currently in the approval process with the county. After the Association receives the county-approved plans, the project will go to the CDRC and board for final approval.” Another accomplishment in 2017 was an uptick in parking spaces as part of increasing vibrancy in the Village, she shared. According to Whalen, 22 new parking spaces were added in the fall of 2017. In 2017, an ad-hoc Water Committee was

established to examine and assess the water rates for Covenant residents. Many are concerned about the inequities of these rates. “The current rates are higher for those with larger lots who use more water than for those on the west side of the district who don’t require as much water for smaller lots,” Whalen said. The advancements in 2017 are anticipated to pave the way for a more innovative 2018. “With so much to look forward to, we really look forward to RSF Connect, which will bring high-speed 1-gigabit internet service to our members in 2018 which promises to be a great ye a r,” Whal e n said.

We have been fortunate to see the benefit in the community from all of our volunteers.” CHRISTY WHALEN

Students of the RSF Hebrew School of the Arts sing Hanukkah songs. Courtesy photos

Hanukkah event inspires By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe welcomed more 300 guests for its special celebration named Miracles & Magic of Chanukah. The first night of Hanukkah took place at the Inn of Rancho Santa Fe on Dec. 18. People of all ages enjoyed the festivities. Delicious food was abundant including fresh Israeli donuts, potato latkes, Hanukkah s’mores and more. “The 11th annual Ranch Santa Fe Chanukah Celebration is always a favorite as the Rancho Santa Fe Jewish communi-

ty comes together in unity to celebrate the joyous holiday of Hanukkah and kindle the 9-foot Menorah together,” Rabbi Levi Raskin, director of Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe, said. The children had an especially memorable time creating unique menorah sand art necklaces and holiday greeting cards. Hanukkah face painting was also a hub of activity. At the Inn’s wintertime rink, families ice skated to the sounds of Hanukkah music. Raskin said they are fortunate to have such a special annual celebration

in the Ranch. He also expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to this year’s event sponsors, Dr. Bob and Mao Shillman, as well as the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. “We would like to thank the Inn’s General Manager Jerome Strack and the phenomenal staff at the Inn for all their assistance in making it a Chanukah to remember,” Raskin said. According to Raskin, the Rancho Santa Fe Jewish community was honored to have representatives from Congressman Darrell Issa’s office, Association TURN TO HANUKKAH ON 6


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Fire ruling has immediate effect on state’s utilities california focus thomas d. elias

U Will Issa side with Big Oil or the coast? By Dave Peiser


or 45 years, the United States has led the globe in protection o f marine mammals. We have a system under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) which has led to miraculous recoveries of our coast’s Eastern Pacific Gray Whale and Northern Elephant Seal, and the ongoing protection of many others. The H.R. 4239 energy bill, which recently reared its ugly head in congress, contains an extreme set of proposals that would provide shortsighted giveaways to the oil and gas industry at the expense of key protections for marine life such as the MMPA. This bill, which the oil industry has backed and is lobbying heavily for, would force our government to prioritize oil and gas companies ahead of the people and the economies that sustain our coastal regions. The bill is a blatant attack on an effective American wildlife protection law, introduced by Republican President Richard Nixon. This bill would weaken the MMPA to make it easier for seismic testing and oil companies to harm or kill marine mammals. This is because the outdated technology of seismic blasting

Thoughtful discourse vital for our future It was comforting to read that the “flag flap” among the Traffic and Public Safety Commissioners (see story, Page 14) was not only cordial and respectful but enlightening. Patriotism is a complex concept, necessary for the public and especially those in the military during wartime. Then, broad support is needed among the population and unquestioning obedience to orders is vital among those who must coordinate actions against the enemy. Alas, this same patriotism is a standard tool of demagogues --who want nothing more than to foment war, real or imaginary,

that must be done to locate oil and gas beneath the seafloor has been known to disrupt vital functions of marine mammals, who depend on hearing for survival. It’s short sighted and dangerous. It’s clear cut for us Californians and always has been. Drilling leads to spilling, and spilling is bad for business. Our booming tourism and recreation economy needs a clean and healthy ocean to thrive. Unless we’re talking about creating jobs in oil spill cleanup efforts, new drilling would only cripple our already spectacular economy. Keep in mind, California has the world’s 6th largest economy, behind the U.S., Japan, Germany, the U.K., and France. So, with Trump’s executive order threatening to open the Pacific coast for new drilling and extreme bills like the “SECURE American Energy Act” being proposed, where will Congressman Issa stand? Right now, we must hold him accountable for his votes on bills like this which threaten our coastal recreation and tourism economy, as well as 45 years of our nation exhibiting the best federal protections of marine mammals on Earth. Seismic testing, or “blast••• against those enemies he congers up to unite the people under his charismatic leadership. The Pledge of Allegiance was controversial even before the words, “under God” were added in 1954, combining patriotism and religion into one “sacred” oath. In the early 1940s, the Supreme Court first approved mandating this for students; three years later, in a memorable decision, this was reversed.. Subsequent courts chose to dismiss this reference to God as nothing more than “ceremonial deism” the words being virtually meaningless. Demagogues depict this differently, as a sacred oath that defines one’s loyalty to his country, ignoring the oxymoron that anything said under the very duress they create is inherently

ing” is a direct threat to our nation’s marine mammals, that rely on sound for survival, reproduction, and building social connections. What’s concerning is that parts of this bill resemble language we’ve heard before from the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), the group that represents the seismic industry. Passing this bill would make it easier for the companies involved to get permits for activities that would injure, kill, or disrupt marine mammals’ vital functions. So my question is this: Will Congressman Issa stand with coastal communities to protect all that we love about our coast? Or will he hold hands with international interests and Big Oil on this one? Either way, we must keep the spotlight on him. Please call Congressman Issa to make sure that he is prepared to vote against HR4239, the “SECURE American Energy Act” and all legislation aimed at the destruction of wildlife protections in the interest of the oil industry. Dave Peiser is executive director of San Diego Climate Action Network and a former challenger to Issa meaningless. Encinitas at least avoids the divisiveness of many city councils which have an opening prayer. When I was on this committee several years ago, I regularly stood silently with my hands at my side; Once I refused even this, my remaining seated in support of a man in Florida who was removed from his city council audience for not standing for the pledge --my explaining this reason at the time. Over the last year our nation has become more divisive, getting closer to a flash point that we all want to avoid. This is no time for escalation, but rather the kind of reasoned discourse that I was proud to read occurred at city hall last week. Al Rodbell Encinitas

nder intense political pressure at the same time bone-dry Santa Ana and Sundowner winds propelled unchecked wildfires across Southern California in early December, the California Public Utilities Commission handed down perhaps its most consumer-friendly decision in several decades. Unanimously, the five commissioners forced the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. — not its customers — to pay more than $379 million in uninsured costs from the 2007 Witch, Guejito and Rice fires that devastated large parts of San Diego County, destroying more than 1,300 homes and killing two persons. SDG&E had tried to fob those costs off on consumers, including some whose homes burned in the same fires. The commissioners also were unanimous in imposing new, stricter rules for utilities to help stem future wildfire risks. Investigators found SDG&E failed before the 2007 fires to properly maintain its equipment, failing to trim tree branches and chaparral growing near power lines, which arced and sparked as those infernos began. The company and its insurers paid more than $2 billion in claims, but it wanted customers to foot almost all the remaining bills. The PUC previously went along with similar utility company requests, but this time, for once, commissioners stood by consumers. Multiple results were immediate: While the Lilac Fire raged in late fall in north San Diego County,

SDG&E turned off power to as many as 170,000 persons when winds propelling the new blaze picked up. So arcing power lines could not contribute to this fire disaster. A lot of folks living in areas around Boulder Creek and Palomar Mountain were inconvenienced, but this time the fire destroyed “only” 157 structures, not 10 times that many. Knowing it might actually have to pay very steep costs if it kept the power on, the utility played it safe. No one can be certain whether that action or lessened wind was the main factor that kept the Lilac Fire much smaller than some previous ones. But cutting the power certainly didn’t hurt, counter though it is to hallowed utility company practices that aim to keep the juice flowing no matter what. The PUC’s landmark decision was also felt in other areas of California, where fires both in December and earlier in the fall devastated hundreds of thousands of acres in places like Napa,

fire blitzed through Ventura County and on toward Santa Barbara, the stock value of Edison’s parent company, Edison International, fell as much as 15 percent. There is no official finding yet on the cause of that fire, which has consumed more than 700 homes and spurred at least two fatalities. But investors and stock analysts fear Edison, like SDG&E, might have to pay not only billions of dollars for damage, but also might never see its own repair and service restoration costs returned. The same for PG&E, whose customer lawsuits stem from reports of PG&E lines sparking into nearby vegetation just as devastating October blazes got underway in the Wine Country. PG&E’s dividend decision shows management feels the same fears as investors. The PUC’s decision was key to much of the stock market response to the fires, just as it probably spurred SDG&E to

A lot of folks were inconvenienced, but this time the fire destroyed ‘only’ 157 structures, not 10 times that many. Sonoma, Orange and Ventura counties, Santa Clarita, Montecito and the Bel-Air, Sylmar and Tujunga Canyon sections of Los Angeles. No, neither Pacific Gas & Electric Co. nor Southern California Edison Co. nor the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power made prophylactic power shutdowns like those near San Diego, but both PG&E and Edison were sorely affected. PG&E suspended dividends while watching its stock tank by 9 percent in December, largely because of potential liability from the many fire-related lawsuits it faces. And while the Thomas

shut down its power, even though the company never copped to that. For if these utilities are now to be held more responsible than before for their errors and neglect, their financial futures will be affected. And yet, no one knows what the PUC might do years from now when utilities inevitably demand that customers pay most of their costs from this year. That’s one reason for paying close attention to the next governor’s appointments to this vital, but scandal-compromised, commission. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com

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Housing crisis tops local news stories in 2017

on alleged false claims for overtime and personal purchases on a city credit card submitted by Rogers and allowed a part-time employee to be paid twice for the same work. In Encinitas, the City Council appointed Joe Mosca to the dais, replacing Catherine Blakespear, who was elected to the mayor position. Mosca, a former parks and recreation commissioner and City Councilman in the city of Sierra Madre, becomes the first openly gay City Council member in Encinitas’ 30year history.

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REGION — North County is not immune to the housing crisis. In almost each community, city officials have grappled with various housing-related issues. The struggle with housing-related issues is the top storyline in The Coast News’ coverage area and headlines the Top 10 stories of 2017, as decided by a panel of The Coast News editors and reporters. Here are some of the highlights of the region’s housing struggles: • Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe took steps to limit the exponential growth of short-term vacation rentals, an issue gripping even larger cities like San Diego. Del Mar officials voted to require guests to stay at the homes for no less than a week and for a maximum of 28 days per year for rentals of less than 30 days. Property owners pleaded with the city to adopt less strict standards, while opponents of vacation rentals hailed the city’s actions. • Encinitas’ well-known struggles to develop a state-mandated affordable housing plan have spilled into the courts, where the city faces three lawsuits asking the courts to compel the city to adopt a plan without a vote of the public. The council’s plans to bring another affordable housing plan to voters after the 2016 failure of Measure T was hit with another obstacle, as a slate of new housing laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2018, forced the city to change course on its plan. • In Escondido, the City Council decided the fate of the abandoned Escondido Country Club, which has been the center of a years-long battle between residents and the property owner. The council narrowly approved plans for a 380unit project on the 109-acre property, despite outcry from residents who felt the project was too dense for the area. In 2013, a citizens group successfully got the city to declare the property could only be used for open space, but a judge ruled that the property owner’s rights were violated by the council’s action because when he bought the land he did so knowing it was zoned for residential development and had the reasonable expectation of being able to build on the property, which led to a settlement that ultimately led to the Nov. 15 vote. In a twist, the country club burned down on Nov 22. The citizens group filed a lawsuit against the city on Dec. 14 alleging several violations for approving the development. • In San Marcos, the city faces a lawsuit looking to overturn the city’s approval of a 189-unit project in the city’s foothills, which critics say is an example of “spot zoning” that will harm wildlife, place new homes in high-danger ar-

Nearly half of the 157 buildings destroyed by the Lilac Fire were homes in the Rancho Monserate Country Club trailer park, seen here on Dec. 10 during an aerial survey of damage. Photo by Jeff Hall/Cal Fire

eas for fires and strain precious water resources, among other things. The city also continues to retool its planned creek district to de-emphasize the retail and office space component and place more of an emphasis on housing. • And in the hills north of San Marcos, a developer has proposed a 2,100-home project that essentially replaces a project the County Board of Supervisors narrowly rejected nearly a decade ago. Residents have criticized the Newland Sierra project as another example of spot zoning that voters rejected in 2016 with the failed Lilac Hills Ranch proposal. Caltrans has also disputed the Newland Ranch draft environmental report as insufficient and misleading regarding freeway interchange improvements and traffic mitigation. Here are the rest of the Top 10 stories and storylines of 2017 2. North County cities — under duress — change election systems For years, voters in almost every city, school district and special district in North County have been able to vote for each of their elected representatives in what are known as “atlarge” elections. Beginning in 2016, however, a Malibu-based attorney began to send letters to cities across the region, with a simple message: your at-large elections disenfranchise Latinos. Change them, or be sued. One by one, cities began to reluctantly make the change from at-large systems to those where the cities are split into voting districts, with voters only being able to vote for a representative from their district. Why did they make the change? Because no city had ever successfully challenged a lawsuit filed under the California Voting Rights Act. Some cities, like San Marcos, quickly made the change with little push

question to voters in November 2018. In the meantime, Encinitas has banned all commercial cannabis operations, as have all other North County cities. Vista residents will also vote on whether to allow medical marijuana businesses in town next November, as proponents collected enough signatures to place an item on the Novem3. Marijuana debate rag- ber 2018 ballot on whether es throughout North County to allow medical marijuana On Nov. 8, 2016, Cali- dispensaries. fornia voters approved the legalization of cannabis for 4. Lilac fire burns 4,100 recreational use with the acres as firefighters thwart overwhelming passage of blaze’s march to the Pacific Ocean Proposition 64. While the proposition Just before noon on Dec. created the legal frame- 7, firefighters responded to work for a state licensing a report of a brush fire just and taxation system for west of Interstate 15 near cannabis, it deferred to cit- the town of Bonsall. ies on questions of whether Fanned by strong Santa to allow commercial can- Ana winds, the fire erupted nabis activities, which has into a blaze that would at sent a number of jurisdic- its height char 4,1000 acres, tions scrambling to craft destroy 157 structures, new rules before the Jan. damage 64 others, injure six 1, 2018, deadline. The people and killed dozens of result has been a series of horses, many of the animals protracted and emotional unable to escape the blaze battles over cannabis› place at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center. in North County cities. The fire forced school Nowhere did the battle play itself out more prom- closures in a dozen districts inently than in Encinitas, and displaced thousands of where the city considered residents due to mandatory whether to allow farmers to evacuations. Before nightfall of the grow cannabis commercially on agriculturally zoned first day of the blaze, fire property, a move endorsed officials spoke ominously by the city’s last large-scale about the fire’s rapid spread, flower grower, Bob Echter. and said if gale-force winds For months, speakers did not die down overnight, flooded Encinitas City the blaze could reach the Council meetings during Pacific Ocean. the public comment section, Fortunately, Mother staking their positions for Nature gave fire crews a and against cannabis pro- reprieve, and firefighters duction, prompting the city used a strong aerial and to shorten public comment ground offensive to stop the and ask residents to wave fire’s forward spread. their hands rather than apStill, homeowners, horse plaud after each comment. owners and others are still Encinitas created a sub- coming to grips with the committee to craft a set of devastation of a blaze that rules to regulate cannabis occurred near the 10-year cultivation, but the sub- anniversary of the councommittee could not reach ty’s last spate of devastata consensus and punted the ing wildfires. The Rancho issue to the City Council. Monserate Country Club, a Then, after a marathon senior mobile home commuhearing on Oct. 20 where nity, bore the brunt of the more than 300 people at- devastation, as nearly half tended and more than 100 of the 157 homes destroyed signed up to speak, the City by the blaze were in the Council voted to put the community. back from residents or elected officials. In other cases, like Encinitas, residents implored their elected officials to fight the legal threat in court, but ultimately fell in line. Beginning in 2018, San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside and Encinitas will all hold their first by-district elections.

5. Longtime Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood resigns; Del Mar fires longtime community services director; Encinitas appoints first openly gay councilman On Dec. 6, longtime Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood made a dramatic return to the City Council dais to lead his first council meeting in six months after suffering a stroke on May 16. A week later, the 69-yearold mayor announced his resignation, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Wood’s resignation was one of several stories involving elected or appointed officials to make headlines this year. The announcement rocked Oceanside City Hall, where Wood had presided as the city’s elected mayor since 2004, two years after being elected to the City Council. Wood’s resignation came after the City Council had granted him two extended leaves of absence to recover from his most recent stroke, one of several he has had since 2011. State law specifies that the council has 60 days after receiving the resignation to appoint someone or schedule an election. The council has until Feb. 7, 2018, to place the vacancy on the June ballot. Wood has recommended the council appoint current City Clerk Zack Beck or former City Manager Jim Weiss to replace him for the remainder of his four-year term. In Del Mar, the city fired Pat Vergne, its longtime chief lifeguard and community services director, after a months-long investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct and misuse of public funds. He filed a $5 million claim against the city in December. The city claims that Vergne and his administrative assistant cost the city a little more than $200,000 during a three-year period, mostly by reducing or waiving facility rental fees. Additionally, the report states, Vergne signed off

6. Groups gird up to defeat embattled Congressman Darrell Issa After a protracted 2016 election that saw U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-Vista) barely survive his toughest election test, groups opposing the congressman have turned up the heat in advance of the 2018 midterms. Groups began protesting outside of Issa’s Vista field office shortly after the election to protest the agenda of then President-elect Donald Trump. Every Tuesday, hundreds gather on Thibodo Road, waving signs, chanting, cheering, booing and singing for an hour. The protests reached a crescendo in May when nearly 800 people protested the House vote — including Issa’s — to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. A smaller group of counter protesters also gathers on the opposite side of the street in support of Issa. In February, nearly 1,500 people flooded Jim Porter Recreation Center in Vista for a town-hall meeting, looking to question Issa about his support of the Republican majority’s attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Issa was a no show. The city of Vista, citing public safety concerns, placed new restrictions on the protest permit — including where and how they could protest. The American Civil Liberties Union said in a letter to Vista officials in June that the new restrictions infringe on the First Amendment rights of protesters. Meanwhile, a trio of candidates have emerged as Democratic challengers to Issa, including retired Col. Doug Applegate, who nearly defeated Issa in 2016. Rancho Santa Fe businessman Paul Kerr and Orange County environmental attorney Mike Levin have also announced their candidacies. 7. Escondido votes to outsource library services On Oct. 18, the Escondido City Council voted 4-1 to outsource operation of its public library to a private company based in Maryland. Supporters of the library filed a lawsuit in November to challenge the City Council’s decision and TURN TO TOP STORIES ON 6


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10-year agreement with Library Systems & Services, which begins operations on Jan. 15, 2018. LS&S operates nine libraries systems in the state and 36 branches in Riverside County. The council based its decision on the growing pension debt owed by the city to its employees and potential savings of $400,000 per year. Escondido officials said savings from the library’s operational budget will help the city meet its burgeoning obligations to the California Public Employee Retirement System, which are projected to increase from $20.8 million this fiscal year to $36.8 million in five years. A budget adopted by the council in June anticipates pension deficits of $1.8 million next year and $6.5 million in 2018 without new revenue or reduced expenses. Since the council’s decision, a senior researcher quit in protest and the director of library and community services position was eliminated in next year’s budget. The other library employees, according to the council, will can remain with the library, transfer to another city department or be fired. The library board of trustees will be involved with the management of the library and decisions about what books are purchased. Councilwoman Olga Diaz told her colleagues that ignoring their constituents’ opposition will jeopardize prospects for winning voter approval next year to build a new library building in Grape Day Park. 8. North Coastal Corridor projects commence Last December, a series of long anticipated rail, freeway, pedestrian and bicycle projects in the Interstate 5 corridor kicked off, as Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments held a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the start of the projects. But the impacts of “Build NCC,” the name of the first package of improvements that are part of the 40-year North Coast Corridor program, became evident this year. Build NCC is a $700 million slate of projects that includes the widening of I-5 with the addition of a single express lane in each direction between State Route 78 and Lomas Santa Fe Drive, double tracking the rail line across the San Elijo and Batiquitos lagoons and the construction of bicycle and pedestrian bridges and connected trails, as well as a wide range of wetlands and lagoon restoration projects.

Officials gathered in late November to kick off the $102 million San Elijo lagoon restoration, a project that officials said was two decades in the making. And in December, a Caltrans officials told the Encinitas City Council that double tracking of the rail line is halfway complete. Among the most controversial elements of the project has turned out to be the Cardiff segment of the bridge and trail network, known as the Coastal Rail Trail. After years of debate over whether to place the segment east of the railroad tracks along San Elijo Avenue or west of Coast Highway 101 on a popular existing biking and walking path, the California Coastal Commission weighed in and said that the trail will run on the east side. The Coastal Commission’s decision ran counter to the wishes of Encinitas, the regional planning agency, SANDAG, and hundreds of residents who protested the east side alignment. A smaller group of residents hailed the Coastal Commission’s decision as the right call. The first phase of Build NCC is expected to be completed by 2020. Ultimately, the $6.5 billion North Coast Corridor Program will stretch 27 miles from La Jolla to Oceanside. 9. Encinitas bucks North County cities to support AB 805 State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher’s crusade for sweeping changes at the embattled regional planning agency got a boost from an unlikely source — the city of Encinitas. In September, the Encinitas City Council broke ranks from the rest of its North County agencies to support Gonzalez’s Assembly Bill 805, a suite of measures aimed at reforming San Diego Association of Governments, better known as SANDAG. According to a news release from Gonzalez Fletcher’s office, the bill would, among other things, “change the voting structures of SANDAG, the Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District to better reflect the populations they serve; create an Audit Committee that includes members of the public that oversees an independent auditor; require that SANDAG provide annual reports to the state about the region’s transit issues; permit MTS and NCTD to approach voters to raise revenue for better transit; require skilled and trained workers are employed on local transportation projects; and insist

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that regional transportation plans address greenhouse gas reduction rules and the needs of disadvantaged communities.” SANDAG has been mired in controversy over reports that its officials made major discrepancies in revenue projections associated with a failed 2016 sales tax measure and hid or deleted emails to avoid public scrutiny. SANDAG’s longtime Executive Director Gary Gallegos resigned in August amid the mounting controversy. The four council members who supported the bill — Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz and council members Tasha Boerner Horvath and Joe Mosca — said they supported the bill because it would allow for NCTD to put a taxing measure on the ballot independent of SANDAG. Mark Muir voted against supporting the bill. The longtime Republican sided with his colleagues, who argued that the bill siphoned away power from smaller cities and gave it to San Diego and Chula Vista. Gov. Jerry Brown ultimately signed the controversial bill into law. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. 10. North County cities mull split from SDG&E with community choice North coastal cities are considering a move toward energy independence from San Diego Gas & Electric Co., with Solana Beach leading the way. Solana Beach in October became the first in the county to begin the implementation of a community choice aggregation program that allows the city to buy and sell energy and gives residents an energy option other than SDG&E CCAs, which are also referred to as community choice energy, are entities formed by public agencies that buy power on the open market, choosing the source of the power based on the community’s choice. CCA is considered an effective way to reach state-mandated greenhouse gas emission reductions and provide customers with potentially lower rates than investor-owned utilities such as SDG&E. The city won’t own power poles or utility lines, nor would it deliver the energy. Transmission and distribution services will remain the responsibility of San Diego Gas & Electric. Solana Beach, with its October vote, became the 14th CCA in the state. Since 2011 Solana Beach has been discussing CCA, which allows cities — either on their own as Solana Beach is doing or as part of a group or agency such as a joint powers authority — to buy or generate renewable electricity for their jurisdiction. Meanwhile, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside and Del Mar voted in July to draft a request for proposals for a joint technical study that would assess the feasibility of a community choice aggregate in Encinitas and partnering cities.

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Gas tax repeal proponents say they are halfway home By Promise Yee

REGION — Supporters of a repeal to the increased state gas and car tax are about halfway to gathering the 584,400 needed California voter signatures to put a measure on the November ballot. Carl DeMaio, San Diego city councilman and chair of Reform California, wants to stop the gas tax that went into effect in November 2017, and halt the roll-in car tax that will impact vehicle owners when they renew their registration this year. The gas tax increase of 12 cents takes the tax from 29.7 cents per gallon to 41.7 cents per gallon. The diesel fuel tax increase of 20 cents raises the tax from 16 cents per gallon to 36 cents per gallon. Vehicle fee increases in the new year will range from an additional $25 to $175 for nonelectric cars. DeMaio said cost increases for an average family of four with two cars will add up to $779 more a year in gas, car and food expenses. “It adds up real quickly,” DeMaio said. “The gas tax needs to stop, it hurts working families.” DeMaio has concerns about how the tax money will be spent. The state increases cannot go toward freeway expansion, and there is no guarantee funds will be used to improve local roads. “The law says money will go into the general fund and can be spent on anything,” DeMaio said.

DeMaio said millions from gas tax revenues have been spent on park maintenance and light rails, not roadways. He also has concerns SANDAG might not get the money if it is diverted to cover the state deficit. A number of North County mayors and council members are in agreement with DeMaio. San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond and Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern, both of whom are running for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, recently held a rally to repeal the gas tax. Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, also a SANDAG board member, said Escondido will only see a small increase in funds from the state gas tax. “We are not going to refuse it, but we’ll pay a lot more in (state) debt,” Abed said. Abed said there is a lack of trust in the state using the tax money wisely. “We have the worse roads in the nation,” Abed said. “They’re (state representatives) are not using it properly as promised.” He said raising taxes should be voted on at a city level, and allocation of funds decided on locally. “People are fed up,” Abed said. “We need to reprioritize. The state is at a breaking point. Let’s find local solutions.” DeMaio said polls show 74 percent of county voters support a tax repeal. Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery disagrees

with repeal efforts. Lowery serves on the SANDAG and North County Transit District boards. He said the increase is needed to fund ongoing roadwork and pay for updated equipment. “Both of them (SANDAG and NCTD) are planning on sending the money,” Lowery said. “There’s a definite maintenance issue, that’s what this is about. We need money for our infrastructure and don’t have very many choices.” Matt Tucker, NCTD executive director, confirmed that extra tax funds are anticipated in the transit district’s budget. “As it relates to NCTD, SB 1 makes a significant contribution towards (but does not fully fund) state of good repair needs,” Tucker said. Extra funds will purchase seven new locomotives that cost more than $49 million, and 98 new buses at a price of about $51 million. DeMaio said he sees the tax increase as unnecessary. He said he plans to launch an initiative to earmark current gas tax funds for that purpose. He said that simple change will ensure enough money to repair roads without a tax increase. He and others are working to have an initiative ready in 2018. As of Dec. 29, 2017, 250,000 signatures have been collected to put a gas and car tax repeal on the ballot. The deadline to gather needed signatures is March 2018.

Home prices continue rise From wire reports

year. A total of 19,569 new and resale houses and condos changed hands in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties last month, according to CoreLogic. That was down 5.7 percent from 20,751 in October, and 11 fewer sales than November 2016. The median price of a Southern California home was $505,000 in November, up 2 percent from $495,000 in October and up 8.6 percent from $465,000 in November 2016. “Total home sales this

November were roughly flat compared with a year ago, but that masks the relatively steep 14 percent gain in sales of $500,000 or more and the nearly 12 percent decline in the number of sales below $500,000,” said Andrew LePage, research analyst with CoreLogic. “Even though the lower price ranges have strong demand driven by economic and demographic factors, inventory tends to be tightest in the more affordable areas and new-home construction has been focused on the middle and high end of the market.”


an inspiring message about Hanukkah — celebrating the miracles of then and now — and in solitude to all those who recently were affected by the Lilac fires,” Raskin said. Participants also looked forward to Raskin’s unique and powerful message. Afterward, each person received a candle in unity for the menorah lighting ceremony. “We each have the power to kindle the spark in another, through kindness, charity and good deeds, we

can illuminate the world one good deed-mitzvah-at a time,” Raskin explained. While Bob Shillman recited the menorah blessings, everyone recited the blessing for the new holiday. Toward the end of the evening, guests were mesmerized by Ilan Smith, a world-renowned illusionist from South Africa. Raskin described the entire celebration as a moving experience, with the Jewish community uniting as one to celebrate the start of Hanukkah.

REGION — The median price of a home in San Diego County rose 9.1 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, while the number of homes sold dipped by 4.3 percent, a real estate information service announced this week. According to CoreLogic, the median price of a San Diego County home was $540,000 last month, up from $495,000 in November 2016. A total of 3,287 homes were sold in the county, down from 3,431 during the same month the previous


President Fred Wasserman and director and spiritual leader Rabbi Yonah Fradkin of the Chabad of San Diego County in attendance. Raskin said guests were welcomed by the RSF Hebrew School of the Arts, which started the event by entertaining everyone with their latke recipe music video and dreidel songs. “We then had Aron Wellman, of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, who shared

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ENCINITAS — The qualities Dr. Georgine Nanos has that likely make her an excellent friend also make her an exceptional doctor. She is warm, compassionate and sincere. And her enthusiasm for what she does is undeniable. “I love practicing medicine with every fiber of my being,” Nanos said, a phrase she uses often. “It’s a privilege to walk through all aspects of people’s lives with them and connect with them and help them with their health challenges.” Nanos is a family doctor who has been practicing in San Diego for the last 15 years, and in Encinitas for the last 12 of those. She recently opened the doors to the Kind Health Group, “a modern medical practice created for those wanting more from their medical experience.” “For the last decade or so I’ve been working in a traditional family practice with a large prominent and wonderful group,” she said. While she has always loved

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her work, she found challenges in the current health care system. “The nature of health care today is very reactive,” Nanos said. “You only go to the doctor if you are sick or something is wrong. You might wait an hour or more

for a 10-minute visit. They are brief encounters.” Nanos and Kind Health Group are offering an alternative to what she calls the “reactive” model with the launch of Kind Connected Care. “As doctors in traditional practices we try to

make an impact, but it’s hard,” she said. “The system doesn’t allow us to help people be proactive when it comes to their health. What Kind Connected Care does is focuses on prevention and overall health.” Kind Connected Care is a subscription-based model that centers on a connection between patient and health care provider. “We take a very comprehensive health history and do extensive lab and genetic testing,” Nanos said. “Whether you’re fortunate enough to have great health or have a long, complicated history of disease we want to help you enjoy a long healthy life.” The team at Kind Health Group works together to educate and treat patients about their health from the inside out. “We teach our patients about living a better lifestyle, about nutrition and better habits,” Nanos said. “We are able to fill the spaces in between what our current system addresses. We go beyond annual exams and place a high value on the time spent

with our patients.” Nanos believes more time forging relationships with patients allows for better opportunities to solve complex medical problems. “We have fewer patients than a traditional practice so

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it’s easier to get an appointment, the appointments are longer and they are more comprehensive,” she said. “In addition, we offer a variety of ways to communicate with our staff and practitioners, including text messaging and video conferencing.” While there are other membership model practices in the area, Kind Health Group offers aes-

thetic and cosmetic services which is something you won’t find anywhere else. “For some people, looking good is as important as feeling good,” Nanos said. “And there is nothing wrong with that. I strongly believe that if people choose to get those services, I want them to be in the highest quality setting. We have a highly experienced and talented team and the most advanced technology in the market today. We’ve brought it all together under one roof.” The Kind Health Group team is happy to be serving North County, and Nanos loves practicing in Encinitas. “I love it here,” she said. “There are so many different kinds of people. The vibe is laidback and people don’t take themselves too seriously. I like to laugh, and we always have a good time here.” Kind Health Group is located at 351 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 220 in Encinitas. For more information and to learn more about Kind Connected Care, visit www.kindhealthgroup.com or call (760) 701-KIND (5362).

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hose bumpy, unsightly, painful veins in your legs can now be treated quickly and safely with non-surgical, office-based procedures at Oceana Vein Specialists in Oceanside. Gone are the days of out-dated, painful “vein stripping” procedures, Oceana Vein Specialists offer leading-edge minimally invasive treatment options. Oceana Vein Specialists, located in Oceanside, is a medical practice dedicated solely to the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of varicose veins and spider veins. The experts at Dr. Adam Isadore, Owner and Medical Director of Oceana Vein Specialists. Courtesy photo Oceana Vein Specialists perform the latest and most effective treatSpecialists are able is a fellowship trained Vasments for painful and unto help more patients cular and Interventional sightly varicose veins, spiRadiologist. Dr. Isadore than ever. der veins and venous ulcers. Dr. Adam Isadore, Own- has dedicated his career to With highly trained staff ocean er and Medical Director of vein care, ensuring optimal and a new, state-of-the-art view facility, Oceana Vein Oceana Vein Specialists, results and happy patients.

“Early in my career I decided to focus exclusively on venous disease of the legs. Our mission at Oceana Vein Specialists is to offer the most advanced vein care available, to make your legs look and feel fantastic“ says Dr. Isadore. Some of the leading-edge, minimally invasive treatments that Oceana Vein Specialists provide include Endovenous Radiofrequency and Laser Ablation for Varicose Veins, VenaSeal Closure System, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, Spider Vein Sclerotherapy, VeinGogh Spider Vein Treatment and Compression Stocking Therapy. A common misconception is that vein procedures are not covered by insurance. In fact, most treatments for symptomatic varicose veins are covered by insurance, as long as certain requirements are met. Oceana Vein Specialists are

experts in obtaining insurance pre-authorization and accept all major insurances, Medicare and Medi-Cal. Oceana Vein Specialists also provide third-party financing options through Care-

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Abandoned dogs safe at Helen Woodward shelter SANDAG grants offered for bike and growth plans RANCHO SANTA FE — With December nights dropping to freezing temperatures, three expectant mother dogs hunkered together in their yard in a Southern California desert town. What had once been the backyard of their home had become a deadly situation, as their owners had moved away and left the trio of young mothers exposed to the elements, and without anyone to feed or care for them. A concerned neighbor found them and brought them to a local shelter. Already overwhelmed with animals to care for, they were

able to send them to Helen Woodward Animal Center. In no time at all, the staff at Helen Woodward Animal Center had rounded up a team to drive to the desert facility to retrieve the dogs. They arrived at the center early Dec. 22, and were swiftly settled into loving foster homes after receiving clean bills of health. All three canines are Chihuahua/pug blends between the ages of 10 months and 18 months old and have been named Mary, Noel and Bethlehem in honor of the Christmastime miracle. All three were also due to give birth within days.

“Not all shelters can take in pregnant mothers,” said center spokeswoman Mindy Wright. “It takes a lot more resources from our medical team, our foster network and our staff to care for moms and their puppies than it would to take a single dog, but, we know the miracle of saving those mothers is that every rescued litter of puppies multiplies the love that exists in the world. It’s extra-special to be able to give these expectant mothers during Christmastime. It’s the kind of miracle we work year-round to make possible.”

REGION — To incentivize projects that promote smart growth, as well as increase walking, biking and transit usage, SANDAG is calling on local jurisdictions to submit applications for more than $30 million in competitive grants available under its TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program and TransNet Active Transportation Grant Program. Approximately $27 million in smart growth funds and $3.6 million in active transportation funds are available. Up to $1 million from the smart growth funds will be made avail-

able for local jurisdictions to complete Climate Action Plans and Complete Streets Policies. Grant applications for both programs are due by 4 p.m. March 15. SANDAG will hold a pre-proposal workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 11 in the SANDAG Board Room at 401 B St., 7th floor. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. The money for the grant programs comes from two sources: TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation approved by San Diego County voters, which sets aside 2

percent of annual revenues for each grant program; and funds distributed by the state under the California Transportation Development Act. Only local cities and the county of San Diego can apply for the grant funds. Nonprofit and community-based organizations may collaborate to apply for funding in conjunction with the cities or the county, but cannot apply directly for the funds. For details about the evaluation criteria for the current funding cycle, visit sandag.org/cycle4grants.


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JAN. 5

OWLS VS. RATS “Barn Owls = Organic Rodent Control” and “Costuming, Part of Her Character” will be the topics at the lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, starting at 1 p.m. Jan. 5, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Ivey Ranch Park Association, 110 Rancho del Oro Drive, Oceanside has a new volunteer sign-up at signupgenius.com/go/60b0c45afac2ea0f58-volunteer. In January, it will provide training opportunities begin in January on the second Sunday and fourth Thursday of every month. GARDEN CLUB Vista Garden Club will be meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Jan 5, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace in Vista.

JAN. 6

HISTORY OF SAN ONOFRE Join Milford Wayne Donaldson for a presentation on the history of San Onofre, the birthplace of California surf culture, at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in the Oceanside Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information about library programs, visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600. FRIENDS AND FUN The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County sup-

port group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will walk at the El Corazon Compost Facility and lunch at Shakey’s Pizza, Oceanside Jan. 6, dance at Elk’s Club with happy hour to follow at Brigantine Restaurant, Escondido Jan. 7 and have happy hour and dinner at Pizza Nova, Solana Beach Jan. 11. Reservations are necessary, at (858) 674-4324. MAKING HISTORY Make plans now for the Woman’s Club of Oceanside 100th birthday celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at 1606 Missouri Ave., Oceanside. Founded in January 1917, the clubs’ efforts continue in the arts, education, library, health, public affairs, veterans, military, and international programs. From scholarships to providing volunteers at local hospitals, the club has remained involved in the community. TIME FOR LITTLE LEAGUE The Oceanside American Little League spring registration is now open for the Little League Baseball spring season. Boys and girls ages 4 to 14, are eligible to participate, as are umpires ages 12 and up. Carlsbad residents north of Palomar Airport Road are eligible for this league. Register online at oall.org or from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 13 at Ron Ortega Park (snack bar) 222 N. Brooks St., Oceanside. For more information, visit oall.org. JEWISH LEARNING The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center will host “Tapestry: A Community Celebration of Jewish Learning” at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. For information and tickets, visit sdcjc.org/tap or call (858) 362-1348.

p.m. Jan. 8 at the home of Susie and Mike Glass, 1164 Sunrise Way, Lake San Marcos. The cost of attendance is your membership $35. Reservations not necessary. Call (760) 744-0953 for information.

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JAN. 7

LIFEGUARD SCHOLARSHIPS The city of Oceanside Lifeguard Academy will be awarding full-ride scholarships to five individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 to jumpstart a career in lifeguarding and aquatics. Recipients must work for the city of Oceanside Lifeguards for at least one year following their successful course completion. The submission deadline for the application and pre-course swim test will be Jan. 7. The course dates are Jan. 9 through Feb. 24. For more information, visit ci.oceanside .c a .u s / gov / n s / pa rk s / pools.asp; or call (760) 4355225. GUIDE YOUR CITY The city of Solana Beach is currently seeking volunteers to fill 18 vacancies among its five local Citizen Commissions, offering an opportunity for Solana Beach residents to participate in their local government. The application deadline is 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 for commissions including Budget

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JAN. 8

CITY NEEDS INSTRUCTORS The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is seeking qualified instructors to provide recreation and arts programs. If you would like to teach a class at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, or offer a program through the city, visit encinitasca.gov/bids to obtain information on the proposal submittal process. For more information, call (760) 6332740. SCHOOL TOURS Pacific Ridge Middle School will host an information session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8 and an Upper School information session 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at Pacific Ridge Campus, 6269 El Fuerte, Carlsbad. Contact Admissions Assistant Jennifer Contreras at jcontreras@ pacificridge.org or call (760) 448-9841. REPUBLICAN WOMEN Lake San Marcos Republican Women Federated hosts cocktails from 3 to 6


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achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. NEW YOU FOR NEW YEAR Former Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner has launched Lesa Heebner & Associates, to work with entrepreneurial and cause-driven individuals who wish to reignite their original spark, improve their health and wellness and enhance their effectiveness. Her common thread of intention has been to help people and communities to achieve their best. As a culinary entrepreneur for 21 years, she helped people eat healthy foods and now turns her attention to mentoring individuals to align their lives with what truly matters to them. Contact her at P.O. Box 282, Solana Beach, CA 92075 or call (858) 922-3434.

CIVITAN MEETS The Oceanside Civitan Group meets noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 at the Jolly Roger Restaurant, 1900 North Harbor Drive, Oceanside. Lunch is served at the cost of $14. Newcomers are welcome. Contact Anita Romaine at 760-4397766. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Hospice of North Coast is looking for volunteers to work in its Resale Shop at 278-B N. El Camino Real (Homegoods Center). Required is one four-hour shift per week. Interested applicants call (760) 943-9921. GENEALOGY GROUP North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 9 in Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive. Reservations not necessary. For information email membership@nsdcgs. org or phone 760-476-9289.

JAN. 10

WILDLIFE PROTECTION LECTURE Oceanside Museum Of Art presents a lecture: Wildlife Protection, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Cost is $10. A speaker from Big Life Foundation will explore the plight of animals threatened by poaching and illegal ivory trade and artist Wendy Maruyama's efforts to promote wildlife preservation. NORTH TRAIL CLEANUP Reserve a spot by Jan. 11 to join Preserve Calavera for its Village H North Trail Cleanup from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13. Help maintain a monthly endeavor to cleanup and restore North County open space. For more information visit http://preservecalavera.org/. Parking available at Victoria Ave. For more information, con-

tact Sami Collins at sami@ sdcanyonlands.org. STORY TIME Escondido Public Library’s storytime schedule begins Jan. 10 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido and includes Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11 a.m. for children ages 3-5; Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers; Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old and P.J Storytime, a monthly evening storytime on select Tuesdays at 6 p.m. for ages 4-12.

JAN. 11

WEED REMOVAL Register by Jan. 11 for the monthly El Corazon Nature Trail work session, to remove invasive fennel from the slopes along the Garrison Creek Nature Trail from 11 to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at El Corazon Nature Trail, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. Please bring water, gloves and a hat. Wear long sleeves and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Tools, supplies, and additional water will be provided. RSVP by Jan. 11 to Sami Collins sami@sdcanyonlands.org or call (760) 724-3887. HELP FOR FIRE VICTIMS In response to the recent North County fires, the MiraCosta College Foundation has created an Emergency Relief Fund at https:// giving.miracosta.edu/campaigns/emergency-relief, to provide aid and assistance to members of the MiraCosta community whose lives have been turned upside down by this crisis. In the past week, the Emergency Relief Fund assisted a staff member and a student who lost their homes, thanks in large part to the timely and pivotal support of our community partner Balfour Beatty. The district is ready to assist students and their families who are in need. If you, or someone you know, needs support, contact Cynthia Rice Carroll at (760) 795-6775.

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Parka is a Labrador/ shepherd blend, and true to his breed, he loves being active. He would love to find a family who loves the great outdoors as much as he does. At 10 months old and 47 pounds, he is young and still has some growing to do. So how about it, are you ready for all the walks, hikes, and dog beach trips? Parka is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. His adoption fee is $311 and he has been altered and is micro-chipped for identification and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday from

their annual toy drive for the children of deployed Marines and Wounded Warriors from Camp Pendleton. La Costa Glen residents Laurie and Jean Davis presented a check for more than $20,000 and delivered GIVING FROM THE GLEN 10 boxes of new toys donatThe residents of La Cos- ed by residents of the retireta Glen have wrapped up ment community to families

noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or visit animalcenter.org.

at Camp Pendleton, joined by Linda Sundram, president of the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton. The drive is held each year in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton, which distributes the toys and uses the cash donations to buy gifts on the children’s personal wish list.

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SDUHSD chooses election map By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — The San Dieguito Union High School District has selected its future electoral districts, and the map is a nod to the district’s southern edge. The school board unanimously chose “Cranberry 1” as the future electoral map, along with the companion sequence of elections. The final map carves the three southern districts into east-west strips and keeps Carmel Valley and Pacific Highlands Ranch in their own districts. One of the final maps created during the process, Cranberry 1 was created based on feedback from residents who said they wanted to see those two communities in their own districts, Superintendent Eric Dill said. Dill said that the bulk of the feedback the district received after its first few public meetings was from the school district’s southern communities. Several came to the meeting to voice support for the map.

Jon Yonemitsu, who was appointed as a Rancho Santa Fe School Board member and sworn in by Superintendent David Jaffe on Oct. 16, has been removed due to a petition. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene



nate,” Jaffe said. “They claimed that the appointment was a way to get like-minded people on the board — and it was a claim that would have circumvented the voting process, which I don’t agree with.” Jaffe said that the five candidates who stepped forward in the provisional appointment were all outstanding. Yonemitsu isn’t the only


long-distance running races, triathlons and the like.” Now, Dick Hoyt is 77 and his son is 54. They completed their last marathon in 2014. It was time to start thinking about retirement and a desire to leave a legacy through Team Hoyt Chapters both nationally and internationally. Pathman said the Team Hoyt San Diego dinner takes place in conjunction with the Carlsbad marathon — the Friday before the big day. This year, there are nine committed athletes from Team Hoyt San Diego. More Team Hoyt athletes are also expected to arrive for the marathon.

person with a provisional appointment to the school board. In 2016, Scott Kahn was voted in under a provisional appointment and officially elected in last November’s general election. Also appointed in the same manner was Tyler Seltzer, who has been re-elected for two terms. According to Jaffe, there were two school petitions from private citizens that were filed in November calling for a special election. The petitions were presentPathman and Riley have clocked in 21 full marathons, hundreds of half marathons and 67 triathlons together. Riley’s twin brother Shane, who also has cerebral palsy, retired from running races and now does shot put. Pathman said his wife, Lisa, is a runner and helps with Team Hoyt San Diego. Sleeper said she was drawn to chairing this event for many reasons. “I am in awe of Dick and Rick Hoyt, the Pathman family, and all the amazing wheelchair athletes,” Sleeper said. “They prove anything is possible.” For Pathman and his family, running has been a bonding experience. “There’s no other better way to spend three or four hours with your children

ed to the San Diego County superintendent of schools. The first petition was rejected on a formatting technicality. “It was the second petition that was approved,” Jaffe said. Following Yonemitsu’s recall on Dec. 15, Jaffe issued a letter that same day to parents and guardians regarding the upcoming special election to fill the vacancy on the Rancho Santa Fe School District governing board. than when you’re out together on a run,” Pathman said. “It has been a gift that has allowed us to continue to stay connected as a family.” And with the Team Hoyt chapters, it’s about educating the community on including everyone and supporting those opportunities. “We are trying to change the culture,” Pathman said. “Not only the running community and the sporting community but also in the special needs community so that it’s changing their culture as well. We want them to see that these opportunities are available.” To learn more about Team Hoyt, visit TeamHoyt. com. To purchase tickets to the fundraiser, log onto https://www.facebook.com/ events/739847342891684/


ond consecutive year in this position. Also in a 5-0 vote, Sarah Neal will serve as clerk to the Rancho Santa Fe School Board. Appointments were also divvied up. “Sarah is assigned to be representative attending the Annual School Board Association Meeting in San Diego,” Jaffe said. “Sarah was also nominated to represent this district on the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education as a board representative. And I will be the leader on that.” Jaffe reiterated that these were annual appointments.

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“In the other maps, there was some overlap between the two neighborhoods, and the people said they wanted to see those communities preserved to the extent possible,” Dill said. In Cranberry 1, District 1 includes Leucadia, New Encinitas and Old Encinitas, District 2 includes Olivenhain and the southern edge of Carlsbad around La Costa Canyon High School, District 3 includes Cardiffby-the-Sea, Solana Beach and northern Rancho Santa Fe, District 4 includes Del Mar, Carmel Valley and Fairbanks Ranch and District 5 includes the Pacific Highlands Ranch and Torrey Highlands communities. The map keeps all five

current board members in separate districts: Maureen Muir lives in District 1, Beth Hergesheimer in District 2, John Salazar in District 3, Joyce Dallesandro in District 4 and Amy Herman in District 5. Muir, Salazar and Herman’s districts would be up for election in 2018, while Hergesheimer and Dallesandro’s would be up for re-election in 2020. The region’s largest high school district chose to pre-emptively move forward with the transition from atlarge elections to ones where voters choose a trustee based on their region after several cities in North County faced the threat of litigation if they didn’t make the switch.


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Food &Wine

Kai Ola — LTP’s new go-to for sushi and Hawaiian favorites

And speaking of his chefs, Ryan has brought on two of the best, Head Chef Lane and his Sous Chef Dave. Lane has run Kaisen in Oceanside then expanded internationally opening a sushi restaurant in Russia of all places. His vast experience also includes private chef gigs for some notable celebrities. Sous Chef Dave grew up around sushi as both his parents were chefs. He also trained for several years under the renowned Iron Chef Morimoto. Together they present a formidable team in this intimate space

on Coast Highway in Leucadia. They occupy the space next door to Solterra Winery & Kitchen and it was Chris Van Alyea, the owner of Solterra, who was heaping the praise on Kai Ola during a recent conversation as he eats there on a regular basis. It was formerly occupied by Taste & Sea Cakery and while they are missed in the neighborhood, this is a fine addition. Ryan and his team did a complete build-out of the space themselves and it fits in perfectly while adding a touch of its own style. It’s intimate and friendly with several booths, seats at the sushi bar and a table in the front for larger parties. I’ve eaten at Kai Ola four times now and started


here is a lot to love about Kai Ola, so I’ll start with the name that translates into Hawaiian for “ocean life.” Given the mantra of sourcing the freshest seafood available that owner Ryan Aston adheres to and its location the heart of coast in al Leucadia, Kai Ola is an appropriate name. It should be noted that Ryan is also a big time fisherman who understands the product he sources for his chefs and has established relationships with both local and international purveyors and brings in only the freshest, high-quality seafood. Their goal is to bring locals together to enjoy cuisine influenced by their Japanese and Hawaiian roots. They call it “an original West Coast Izakaya,” which translates into a type of Japanese bar that serves a variety of small, inexpensive dishes and snacks. In the case of Kai Ola, it’s a combination of sushi and Hawaiian favorites.

A sampling of the stellar nigiri, sashimi and rolls at Kai Ola in Encinitas. Photo by David Boylan

with the Hawaiian-influenced plates that are served with hapa rice, potato salad and a green salad. The potato salad is unique in that it looks like it is shaped in an oversized thimble for plating and it has a different consistency than typical potato salad. Besides all that it’s delicious and a bit on the lighter side, a refreshing change. I’ve had the Chicken Katsu and the Ahi Poke and they were both solid dishes. The Chicken Katsu comes

in sandwich form also. Ryan informed me that his chefs use higher quality tuna in their poke salads and bowls than most places serving poke these days. The plate’s section offers up Chicken and Beef Teriyaki, Tempura and Salmon. The salads look tasty too with a standard Green Salad, Tuna Avocado Salad and a Rainbow Sashimi Salad. Of course Poke bowls are on the menu and they include your choice of Tuna, Salmon, Hamachi or Rain-

bow. I had the Tuna Poke bowl and it’s as good as I’ve had locally and there a lot of poke options out there right now. Noodles are next up to try as they have Saimin, Won Ton Min and a Hangover bowl that sounds intriguing. All the Nigiri and Sashimi I sampled was super fresh as I expected after my conversation with Ryan. Every piece of Sashimi I tried was melt-in-my-mouth delicious. If you are a sea

urchin fan he has a special supplier for that and evidently the word is out. I sampled a bunch of rolls and while I tend to shy away from the over-the-top loaded with ingredients rolls, even those at Kai Ola were nicely balanced. The one that stands out is in the photo and is called the Moonlight Roll. It is comprised of Kani Kama, avocado, Kanpachi (Hawaiian yellowtail) lemon, jalapeño and sea salt. The sea salt is sprinkled on top so no dipping necessary and it’s fabulous. There are a lot of solid sushi options in North County but if you are looking for one that combines the freshest sushi with Hawaiian in a killer location, with an experienced fisherman owner and talented, creative chefs, Kai Ola is worth checking out. Find them at 918 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas. Call (760) 452-2493 or visit www.kai-ola.com. Lick the Plate has interviewed over 700 chefs, restaurateurs, growers, brewers and culinary personalities over the past 10 years as a column in The Coast News and in Edible San Diego. He can be heard on KSON, FM94/9 and Sunny98.1. More at www. lick-the-plate.com

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he most celebrated winery in Tuscany’s Montalcino, Castello Banfi, made an occasional and eventful appearance at Del Mar’s Seasalt Seafood Bistro at the onset of the holiday season, and played to a full house of guests thirsty for this world-renowned, award-winning lineup of wines. The Banfi wine dinner inspired owner Sal Ercolano to offer a third and fourth course of entrees including spinach and cheese ravioli with tossed duck ragu with the Chianti Reserva; then a lamb loin with smoked prosciutto and caramelized onion root vegetables, paired with the Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 ($79). This was the wine I was waiting for. The lovely Diane Cappetta Nares, district manager for Banfi wines, presented the history of Castello Banfi, founded in 1977 in Montalcino, Italy, and dedicated to a finer wine world and spotlighting Brunello. The

Sharing in the Banfi new release festivities at Seasalt in Del Mar were Seasalt owner Sal Ercolano and Banfi District Manager Diane Cappetta Nares. Photo by Frank Mangio

company, under the direction of the owners John and Harry Mariani, invested in the best talent and research to elevate and improve Brunello’s standing in the wine world, using the highest premium vines from the Sangiovese grape, generic to the Tuscany district. It is released five years after harvest, including four

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Educational Opportunities

Educational Philosophy 101 A lot has happened in the field of education in recent generations. There are a lot of theories! Often these theories come in and out of favor, or are recycled under new monikers. This gives the educational “consumer” a lot of choices in an already overly-complex world. How is a family going to pick a school amidst so many choices? Is Montessori the way to go? Socratic? Expe-

ophy. It’s ironic in a way, because all these greats held first and foremost a philosophy of openness. None of the enduring greats would ever stop listening to a student, or assume one path fits all students. Enlightenment, clear thought, strong values, and broad academic skill sets are the educational mountaintop. To get to the top, every single student

Come hear about our philosophies for yourself! Join us for a “Discover Grauer Day” tour in January or February. ditionary/Discovery-based learning? Harkness Method? Who was Rudolph Steiner? What’s Waldorf? There’s so much to digest, and as soon as you think you know the “state of the art,” the landscape changes. Expert educators are always evaluating new trends, and then integrating them into their basic programs and philosophy. Great educators are lifetime researchers. As soon as an educator becomes too enraptured with any one idea, however, whether it is Montessori, Socrates, Steiner, Dewey, or any of the greats, that educator has parted ways with that great educator’s philos-

must find their own way. Openness is the ultimate philosophy, but it takes an expert to practice this and no human, however expert, practices this perfectly. At Grauer, students spend their days in a Socratic environment on our natural, green, campus. We integrate the best of Waldorf education, which is why you will find “arts across the curriculum” and so much nature and experiential learning working their way into our days. We treasure what Maria Montessori believed about giving students “choices” and clear “voices”. The Harkness method ensures that most classes

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the Birmingham Mail that he should be reinstated. "Is it really that bad? I wouldn't have cared if he did it to me. The man saved my life." [The Guardian, 12/13/2017] Inept Santa Moves Jesse Berube, 32, of Rocklin, California, tried using a favorite trick of Old St. Nick -- but he got stuck in the chimney of a Citrus Heights business he was trying to rob on Dec. 13 and had to call police for help. ABC News reported that Sacramento firefighters responded and used special equipment to free Berube, who now faces one count of burglary. Citrus Heights police said Berube "does not have the same skills as the real deal." [ABC News, 12/16/2017]

All-American Weirdos Two American tourists, Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, of San Diego, were arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 28 and detained in an immigration detention center after they posted a "butt-selfie" on Instagram, taken in front of the Buddhist temple Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn. The pair's Instagram account, traveling_butts, showcased their hindquarters at tourist sites around the world, but it was deleted shortly after the arrests. District police chief Jaruphat Thongkomol told Reuters that the two would also be fined for a similar photo at a different temple. [Reuters, 11/29/2017] But Why? In Birmingham, England, renowned 53-yearold surgeon Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty on Dec. 13 to branding his initials onto human livers using an argon beam during transplant surgeries. A colleague first noticed the initials "S.B." in 2013 on an organ during a follow-up surgery, which sparked an investigation, the Guardian reported. Bramhall resigned in 2014 and acknowledged that marking his patients' livers had been a mistake. But former patient Tracy Scriven of Dyrham, Wiltshire, told

The Check's in the Mail Lorette Taylor of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, responsible for meting out her family's inheritance after her father's death sent a bank draft last February to her brother, Louis Paul Hebert, for $846,648.46 via UPS. Hebert waited at his local UPS store for the check to arrive -- but nothing came in. "I came back in the evening. Nothing shows up," he told the CBC. UPS could trace the package only to its distribution center north of Toronto, so along with an apology for Hebert's inconvenience, UPS refunded the $32 shipping fee. Taylor's bank, TD Canada Trust, initially assured her the check would be canceled, but two days later refused to issue a new

take place around a table where everyone is eye to eye and in those classes our teachers attempt to use a Socratic Method, they believe their role as “teacher” is to engage students in cooperative conversations encouraging questioning and critical thinking. Grauer students come of age understanding how they can make a difference in the wider world. We integrate best practices including service learning, self-directed education, technological and hybrid education, free schooling, and our acclaimed expeditionary philosophy. We want our students and teachers to try classes for fun, run wild ideas up the flagpole, make mistakes, follow a passion— then reject the passion in favor of another. We want everyone at our school to do enough things that they are drawn to do rather than essentially plotting out a preordained path. Ultimately, they arrive at their own philosophies this way. Come hear about our philosophies for yourself! Join us for a “Discover Grauer Day” tour in January or February. Tours available every week — January 4, January 10, January 18, January 26, January 31, and February 8. Visit www. grauerschool.com to RSVP today. draft until Taylor signed an indemnity agreement making her and her heirs liable for life should the original check be cashed. Not only that, the bank then asked her to put up collateral against the new bank draft, but that request was later recalled. Finally, 10 months after the whole ordeal began, the bank released the money, and Hebert, at press time in December, was making the 273-mile drive to pick up the check in person. [CBC, 12/14/2017]

driving in traffic in London. Metro News reports that Hammond responded by parking her Audi TT and then "came out of nowhere" toward Holloway, kicking her in the stomach, grabbing Holloway's hair and biting off a piece of her ear. Holloway, bloodied and disturbed, didn't realize part of her ear was missing until someone "picked it up off the floor." In October, Hammond was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent in Southwark Crown Court, and on Dec. 18, a judge sentenced her Awesome! An unnamed newborn to five years in jail. [Metro boy underwent surgery at News, 12/18/2017] the Scientific Research Institute of Pediatrics in Inexplicable Don't you ever just Baku, Azerbaijan, to remove a small remainder of want to get away? An una parasitic twin that had named man in Catherine attached itself to the baby's Way, Batheaston, England, back: a penis. Gunduz Aga- started digging a "very yev, head of the institute's deep" hole in his yard weeks neonatology department, ago, but caused a neighborreported to Metro News in hood disruption when he December that the baby climbed into the hole on "has a normal sexual or- Dec. 12 and refused to come gan where it is supposed to out. Neighbor Dominic Denbe" and "the penis on the ny told the Bath Chronicle back ... has been surgical- that "it started at about 4 ly removed." The newborn a.m. ... when there was a lot was not traumatized by the of shouting and screaming surgery and is already at coming from the house ophome with his parents, the posite me. The young man's doctor said. [Metro News, family was outside trying to get him back in the house." 12/18/2017] Emergency responders from a variety of services conChanneling Mike Tyson British model Chloe verged on the scene, even Hammond, 27, also known bringing a crane to lower as Chloe Rebelle, suc- into the hole to retrieve cumbed to a fit of road rage the man. A spokesperson on March 19 when Julie for Avon and Somerset poHolloway, 56, tapped on her lice later reported that the car window to ask her to incident was resolved and stop using her phone while "the man got out of the hole

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Flag salute flap hits traffic commission

Hot, not or don’t care?

Two members of Encinitas panel protest standing item on agenda By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — A polarizing debate over protests involving the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance that gripped the nation this past year recently made its way to Encinitas in one of the most unlikely places — the Traffic and Public Safety Commission. Commissioners clashed in recent meetings when two members of the seven-commissioner board refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and one of the members asked the board to eliminate the pledge as a standing item on the board’s agenda. The act of protest has divided the commission, as some members said they support the stance taken by Commissioners Christina Simokat and Darius Degher, while others said they were offended by it. The debate first started in October, when Simokat, a college professor who had recently been appointed to the board, declined to lead the pledge and sat during its recital. At the Dec. 11 meeting, Simokat was joined by Degher, who had declined to recite the pledge at previous meetings since his appointment but chose to sit with Simokat. “My first meeting I asked them to not ask me to lead the pledge, and I would stand for it and not say it,” Degher said. “But when she sat, I felt like, ‘she just did the right thing and I hadn’t. I had been weak on it, so when the following meeting came up, I decided I had to sit for it.” Simokat, reached this week, said her reasons for

sitting were personal and she did not want to disclose them. Degher said in an interview that his reasons for declining to participate in the pledge were twofold. First, he said, the origins of the pledge are rooted in nationalism, which he said paralleled what he called a “feverish nationalistic climate” in the country, which was his second issue with the pledge. Degher asked the rest of the commission during the “commissioner corner” segment of the meeting if they would be interested in removing the standing agenda item dedicated to the pledge and do it “every six months, or not at all.” “It’s an absurdity if you ask me,” Degher said about the pledge at the meeting. “And feeling compelled to do it is problematic.” Chairman Charles Lisherness said he wouldn’t agree with eliminating the pledge, but said he would change his introduction of the pledge to invite people to stand, rather than saying “please rise.” “I would feel uncomfortable making a decision to dispense with it,” Lisherness said. Co-Chairman Peter Kohl, who immigrated to the United States from Germany and served in the military before becoming a citizen, was the most vocal opponent of Simokat and Degher’s act. He said that the two showed no respect by sitting (and Degher keeping his hat on) during the pledge. “My feeling is that anyone is entitled to a protest, but the least thing



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JAN. 5, 2018

Travel tips for the new year and beyond hit the road

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ooking back and looking forward. This is the time of year when we do both — examine where we’ve been both physically and metaphorically, and where we might want to go in the coming year. The past 12 months have taken me to some wonderful and unusual destinations: Scottsdale and Cornville, Arizona; Catalina Island; Redondo Beach; Anza Borrego Desert State Park; Austin and Houston, Texas; Bear Lake, Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah; Lodi Wine Country; St. Louis and Missouri Wine Country; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; northeast Ohio; and the Arctic — Nunavut, Canada, and Greenland. Excluding unforeseen events, this year I hope to visit Chile and Argentina (Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Cape Horn); coastal Oregon; Pennsylvania; Ohio; and Southeast Arizona. A big maybe is a road trip through the South, and I’ve left room on the calendar for some as-yet unplanned trips. Bottom line, though, is that, in addition to the de-

sire and some cash, traveling anywhere depends upon health, fate, luck, timing, finances and whether the sky will fall. (As I write this, friends are cancelling their three-week trip to China and Southeast Asia due to flu, which this season seems to know no bounds.) So if you are in the planning mode, here are a few bits of information that might peak your interest:

Stretch your travel dollar

Encountering this mother polar bear and her teenaged cub was one of the highlights of a July 2017 trip to the Arctic with Adventure Canada. Photos by Jerry Ondash

Most of us have a budget and want to know how to stretch our travel dollar. Thrillist.com has compiled a list of “18 Unforgettable Countries You Can Roll Big on Less Than $50 a Day.” The list includes Bosnia and Herzegovina; Spain; Laos; Belize; Wales; and Albania. One country listed that should probably be avoided for the time being because of political turmoil and violence is Turkey. Such a shame. I visited in 2000, and found the country fascinating and beautiful, and the people welcoming. Visit https://www.thrillist.com/ travel/nation/travel-for-50- Living in North County means that we don’t have to go far to enjoy West Coast jewels such as Avalon Harbor a-day-the-best-budget-trav- on Catalina Island. el-vacation. during the spring, summer World between November — Kachina, Thunderbird or fall and you’ll likely con- and February and enjoy a and Maswik. Special packtend with waits, crowds, quieter pace and discounts ages are available. Visit Grand Canyon’s traffic and pricey accom- on rooms at the South Rim’s grandcanyonlodges.com or secret season modations. But come to historic El Tovar hotel and call (888) 297-2757. Visit the Grand Canyon this Natural Wonder of the the Grand Canyon Lodges

No snow? No problem.

Ski season? Hard to think about it when the weather remains so dry, dry, dry. But San Diego County’s nearest ski area — Mountain High at Wrightwood (http://www.mthigh. com) — claims to have three times the normal amount of water available for snowmaking this year, so skiing, snowboarding and tubing will be offered throughout its three-mountain resort (East, West and North). Daily early-bird prices available. To learn how snow is made, visit http : / /w w w.mthigh.com / site/trails-and-conditions/ other/snowmaking.html.) For non-skiers or a change of pace, try the North Pole Tubing Park (http://www. mt h ig h .c om / s ite / mou n tain/events-and-activities/ nor t h-pole -t ubi ng-pa rk. htm). Southern California’s ski season typically runs through mid-April.

Checkin’ the list — twice

To put it politely, the Transportation Security

Administration is always keeping us on our toes (and off-balance, some might say) by adjusting the list of items that we are allowed or not to take aboard a plane. A recent study by Stratos Jets, a private jet-chartering company, found that the “number-one tip to breeze through airport security is to dress appropriately. Avoid wearing belts, jewelry, accessories or excessive layers.” One recent change: tighter regulations regarding carry-on electronics. Officials want to see the devices more clearly as they believe that terrorists have figured out more ingenious ways to disguise explosives. If you are willing to spend $85 to get on the TSA Precheck list, you can avoid having to remove belts and shoes and take out liquids and laptops. Although it seems as if the TSA Precheck line is getting longer these days, 93 percent of those with pre-check passes made it through security in five minutes or less this past year, according to the TSA. For the latest, visit https:// www.tsa.gov/. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com

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Local investors sought to help North County airline take to the skies CARLSBAD — The long-awaited California Pacific Airlines is poised to take to the skies on April 1, and while Ted Vallas is all smiles, this is no April Fool’s joke. Flying out of Carlsbad’s McClellan- Palomar Airport, Vallas’ dream will soon be a reality and he invites North County residents to be a part of it — and not just as passengers. Vallas, 96, is currently seeking local investors as part of his vision of having CP Air be a true North County airline. “Not just in conversation, but in ownership as well,” Vallas said. “I want this to be a North San Diego County owned and operated airline. I am a great believer in the community being behind this operation and getting involved.” The road leading up to this point has had a few twists and turns, but the airline is at last ready to roll out phase 1. As of April 1, 2018, subject to county airports, CP Air will service five U.S. cities — Sacramento, Phoenix, Tucson,

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Oakland, San Jose — as well as Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “Things are moving forward very quickly, it’s looking very exciting,” Paul Hook, director of operations and operations advisor for California Pacific Airlines said. “We are starting with six aircraft and we will be expanding to 25.” Phase 2 will include service to Utah, Houston and various other cities. While Vallas has lofty goals for CP

Air, he’s had a lifetime of experience with success. “I promised myself I’d stay alive until this becomes the best airline in the country,” he said. Vallas has run more than 40 businesses in his 95 years following a stint with the Navy. Included in his varied career is the manufacturing and remanufacturing of aircraft. He was also the developer of many local landmarks, including what is now known as Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. He also spent 19 years as the sole owner of a flag and domestic airline that operated primarily from Lindberg Field. Of major importance at CP Air is quality of service. To maximize passenger comfort, CP Air will fly EJ 145 jets that have been modified from 50 seats to 44 seats as well as EJ 170 jets that have been modified from 80 seats to 64 seats. “Our aircraft will have a lot of leg room and extra space,” Vallas said. “Our planes will be superior to anything

that the larger airlines have.” The CP Air experience will harken back to the golden age of air travel, when flying was considered a special event. “The quality of service you will get with us is different than what other airlines are offering these days,” Guillermo Velarde, CP Air board member and financial and business consultant, said. “We want to offer a completely different experience and the best service possible.” “We are not a low-cost airline and that’s not how we’ve structured ourselves,” Vallas said. “However, we are able to price our flights comparably to Lindbergh Field. But with what we offer and the convenience of McClellan- Palomar Airport, there really is no comparison.” Beyond comfort, service and accessibility, CP Air has plenty to bring to North County. “We are looking forward to bringing additional employment, tax revenues and airport recognition,” Hook

said. CP Air will bring an estimated 150 jobs to North County in its first year, which could multiply to 1,000 local jobs by year four. “Because of the demographics of the area, we have 1.3 million in North County alone, and a catchment area in excess of 3 million, who we can service who will not have to travel to San Diego, Orange County or Los Angeles,” Vallas said. He pointed out that this is a savings in time and in dollars. “It gets people off of the freeways,” he said. “Our market area is about 50 percent business people up and down and all throughout the West Coast,” Vallas added. “We will be bringing tourism into North County from five U.S. cities to start. The hotels, the restaurants will all benefit.” With business bound to be booming, Vallas is reaching out to bring more local investors into the fold. “At present time I own 92 percent of the company,” he said. “I

have about $15 million of my family’s and my own money invested. And now we’ve been authorized by the SEC to sell stock locally, and we’d like to keep it a definite low number of investors, primarily in North County.” Vallas promises full transparency to all his investors. “We disclose every possible risk that there could be to the business,” he said.“An airline is not an everyday business. But it’s very rewarding when it’s successful. And there is no reason to it not to be successful. The demand and demographics indicated that there is more demand for seats in North County than we can produce in the next three years.” Corporate strategic partnerships available. For more information and specifics about this unique investment opportunity, please contact Ted Vallas at vallas1@ cox.net or call Phone: (760) 814-2052 Fax 760-814-2085. We are now FAA 121 Scheduled Airline subject to FAA approval.

ATTENTION SOPHISTICATED INVESTORS CALL 760.436.8919 or email: VALLAS1@cox.net YES, I want to be an Investor. Thank you for believing in a Better Way and for your support of California Pacific Airlines! (Please note that these offerings are made pursuant to Rule 506(c) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, and the JOBS Act.)

Take Flight With Us CP Air is raising $20 million to help launch a better way to travel to North County San Diego, delivering on our vision to offer convenient jet service, increase local commerce and create new jobs for our community. Now you can help make it happen.

Email: VALLAS1@cox.net FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 760.436.8919 • Office: 760-814-2052 FAX: 760-814-2085 Airline acquired by California Pacific Airlines is DOT & FAA-121 Scheduled Certified.. A

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