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2-year-old’s E. coli death linked to fair
‘Overwhelmingly positive’: School surveys parents
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By Christina Macone-Greene
REGION — A 2-yearold boy died and three other children were sickened but not hospitalized after contracting E. coli linked to the San Diego County Fair, health officials said. The children, whose ages range from 2 to 13, reportedly visited the petting zoo or touched animals in other areas of the fair. According to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, a 13-yearold girl who visited the fair on June 8 became sick on June 10; an 11-year-old girl visited on June 8 and 12 and became sick on June 12; a 9-year-old boy visited on June 13 and was sickened on June 18, and a 2-year-old boy visited on June 15 and became sick on June 19. That last boy, identified as Jedidiah King Cabezuela, died on June 24. TURN TO DEATH ON 8
is currently holding community meetings across the city of San Diego on Elevate SD 2020, including one on June 11 at the Carmel Valley Community Center and another on the other end of the 56 at the Poway Library on June 26. Like the “5 Big Moves,” MTS says it supports the ballot initiative on the grounds of meeting state-mandated Climate Action Plan goals.
RANCHO SANTA FE — Parents whose children attend R. Roger Rowe took part in an online survey before the school year ended and provided their input on topics related to school climate, the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation, safety and education and more. This year, new Superintendent Donna Tripi streamlined the parent survey into one by combining elements of a few different previous parent surveys. Tripi described the overall response to the survey as positive and said many districts do this for parental input as well as placing particular program feedback into the Local Control and Accountability Plan. The survey was sent out to 375 families, and a total of 223 were completed and returned. On average, the online survey took about 15 minutes to complete 20 questions. “This (survey) was a good rate of return,” Tripi said. According to Tripi, questions pertained to school climate, the programs offered, parental thoughts on reading, writing, mathematics and science, safety and security, communications and the Education Foundation. Results of the survey were revealed at the district’s June monthly board meeting. “The results were overwhelmingly positive to me,” Tripi said. “Between 80 and 90%, overall, were very positive about all of the aspects of the school, learning environment, and the programs.” Parents had four answer categories to choose from in the survey, which included strongly agree, agree, disagree, and strongly disagree. Tripi wanted to steer clear of the middle-of-theroad answers.
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Helen Woodward Animal Center’s annual PAWmicon will be held July 7 at the new Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. The event, which features dog cosplay, highlights animals looking for forever homes. STORY ON PAGE 2. Courtesy photo
Highway 56 stakeholders join transit debate By Steve Horn
REGION — A new proposal in the works by the San Diego Association of Governments has spawned a fierce debate over the future of regional transit in North County. That debate has mostly centered around the use of SANDAG dollars to bolster mass transit under its new “5 Big Moves” proposal. That has been juxtaposed with highway expansions and improvements now part of a list under the
banner of a 2004 ballot initiative, Proposition A, which extended a half-cent sales tax to go into the TransNet fund through 2048. Yet, while the traffic-packed 78 — which runs in North County from Oceanside in the west to Escondido in the east — has gobbled up “5 Big Moves” headlines, another key, crowded North County east-to-west highway corridor has gotten less discussion so far. That highway, State Route 56 — which runs from Del Mar
and Carmel Valley in the west to Rancho Peñasquitos in the east — could potentially be impacted not only by the SANDAG proposal, but by another currently being floated by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Center (MTS). Calling itself Elevate SD 2020, the MTS proposal could potentially put another half-cent sales tax on the ballot as a referendum for the November 2020 election as a means to raise money to beef up public transit. MTS
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Looking for adoption ‘superheroes’ at annual PAWmicon By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — For the past six years, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s PAWmicon has embraced an ode to pop culture-themed dog cosplay for its takeoff on Comic-Con International. The theme for PAWmicon 2019, Cosplay for a Cause, will land on Sunday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the future home of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. According to Public Relations Director Jessica Gercke of Helen Woodward Animal Center, the PAWmi-
con concept emerged when she had several friends going down to Comic-Con years ago. “They were planning on lining up days in advance because they had a bunch of superheroes that they wanted to see down there,” she said. “At the same time, I had been running through the adoptions department, and we had a lineup of all these animals that had come into Helen Woodward. I was thinking about how they were all waiting to meet their forever families, and there was just a similar thing be-
tween them that touched my heart.” A thought raced through Gercke’s mind: These animals were also waiting to meet their superheroes to give them their forever homes. “Many of these animals probably waited even longer than my friends were going to wait — some have been waiting years to meet those perfect families,” she said. “I noticed the parallel there and thought that in the world of pet adoption people are who adopt are superheroes.” Over the years, PAW-
micon morphed from doing cute superhero photo shoots to an actual event. Gercke said the media loved the concept from the start. “It was a neat way to turn a cool event into focusing how we can do a superhero action of our own,” she said, adding the event just grew from there. “What we’re excited about this year is that Comic-Con gave us their blessing to have our event at the future home of the Comic-Con Museum.” Gercke pointed out the Comic-Con folks are doing
this entirely gratis. At the same time, Comic-Con is promoting PAWmicon to all of their thousands of followers who are part of the Comic-Con Museum. “They are helping us raise the visibility of our animals. This event will now turn into one of our major fundraisers,” she said. “Before, it was just a fun media event that we did and a way to get information out to the public about adopting.” PAWmicon ticket prices are $10 and pet contest categories include Super Heroes, Super Villains,
Cartoon Canines, Pop Culture Pups, and Dynamic Duos. Gercke said Comic-Con has become like a San Diego’s Mardi Gras. “The fact that we can take our orphan pets and now get the blessing of Comic-Con to shine a light on those pets with PAWmicon at the future home of the Comic-Con Museum adds legitimacy to our event,” she said. “It opens up our event to a much larger group of fans to animals and the Comic-Con world to help make our message louder and clearer.”
Therapeutic Riding students show skills Feds: Hunter used campaign funds for trysts RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Therapeutic Riding students showcased their horseback skills June 22 at the 2019 Therapeutic Riding Show. Every year, the program’s students demonstrate the skills they have learned over the past year. The inspiring riding show is also an opportunity for parents, family and friends to celebrate with riders as they receive well-deserved ribbons. The program helps riders get past some obstacles on the riding course. Since 1983, the Center’s Therapeutic Riding program has welcomed chil-
dren and adults with a variety of special needs from cerebral palsy, to Down syndrome and autism, to stroke recovery and learning disabilities. With certified instructors on hand, students ride specially-trained horses in weekly sessions to develop increased balance and muscle control, improve concentration and short-term memory, and enhance their confidence and self-esteem. This year, Helen Woodward Animal Center was honored to have the family of Daniel Gatto in attendance to celebrate the memorial fund created for the Therapeutic Riding
program in his name. “No matter what their daily struggles may be, our students regularly show us their heart for riding,” said riding instructor Gretchen Davis. “Saturday’s show is about celebrating them and giving them the spotlight in front of their family and friends. It’s truly a beautiful sight to witness.” For more information about the program, contact Therapeutic Riding Program Manager Courtney Mellor at 858-7564117, ext. 321; visit animalcenter.org; or stop by Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6523 Helen Woodward Way.
REGION — Federal prosecutors turned up the heat in their prosecution of Rep. Duncan Hunter, alleging in new court papers that he used campaign funds to pursue extramarital affairs with lobbyists and congressional aides, including one in his office. The U.S. Department of Justice filed more than a dozen motions June 24, among them a description of evidence allegedly showing that shortly after taking office in 2009, Hunter, R-Alpine, started using campaign funds “to pursue these romances wholly unrelated to either his congressional campaigns or his official duties as a member of Congress.” Hunter, who represents the 50th District, is accused of misusing $250,000 in campaign funds. He filed court papers June 24 asking to have the case dismissed, alleging that two assistant U.S. attorneys investigating his case attended a presidential campaign event for Democrat Hillary Clinton, creating a conflict of inter-
Hunter’s motion argues that his case is being prosecuted for political reasons because in AuHunter gust 2015, assistant U.S. attorneys Alana Robinson and Emily W. Allen attended a Clinton campaign fundraiser at a La Jolla residence. Hunter has repeatedly blasted the case against him as being politically motivated. Monday’s filings by the U.S. Department of Justice, however, painted a broader picture of alleged misuse of campaign funds by Hunter. Prosecutors claim he repeatedly used campaign credit cards or sought reimbursement for expenses that included resort hotel rooms, airfare, a skiing trip and Uber rides to and from the homes of five women with whom he had “intimate relationships,” according to court records. Prosecutors offered
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Hunter a deal that would have avoided disclosure of the alleged affairs, but he declined it, according to the filings. “This evidence is necessary to establish the personal nature of the expenditures to demonstrate Hunter’s knowledge and intent to break the law, and to establish his motive to embezzle from his campaign,” prosecutors wrote in one of the filings. Hunter's trial is scheduled to begin in September. Earlier this month, his wife Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. She faces up to five years in federal custody and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced Sept. 16. Hunter was reelected in November despite the much-publicized indictment. He was first elected to Congress in 2008, when he won the seat his father held for 14 terms.
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expand hours, service center ENCINITAS — To better serve the community, beginning July 1, the city of Encinitas will be offering new hours and a range of different services, including regulatory permits, planning, engineering, fire prevention, building and cashier located in its new One-Stop Shop Permit Center at the Development Services Counter at 505 S. Vulcan Ave. In addition, the OneStop Shop will be open five days per week to provide customers with these customer services on the alternate Fridays when the rest of City Hall is closed, including the ability to pay San Dieguito Water District bills. The new City Hall customer service hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Friday. Customers can access many of the city’s services online 24/7 using the Customer Self Service (CSS) portal found on the city's website.
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Summer pop-up museum celebrates the avocado By Steve Horn
SAN MARCOS — Though many mistake it for a vegetable, San Diego’s most profitable fruit — the avocado — will have an entire pop-up museum devoted to it in the heart of San Marcos this summer. Set up on the ground floor of the new apartment complex North City just blocks from Cal State University San Marcos, “The Cado” offers up a mix of history, science, culture and a chance for catchy Instagram photos all in one short visit. It opened on June 27 and will remain at North City until Sept. 22. Mary Carr, who conceptualized “The Cado” alongside her sister Anne Buehner, said she hopes visitors in San Diego County can have a taste of what is more the norm in a place like Los Angeles. “I, having just come back to San Diego (from working in Los Angeles), was really disappointed that not much was here in the way of experiences,” explained Carr, who co-owns the firm & boom Unlimited with Buehner. “Wonderspaces hadn’t come yet and really the only cities that were getting cool innovate experiences were L.A., New York and San Francisco. Either these types of experiences, but also other cutting edge art installations.” And so, during a lunch two years ago in which the sisters brainstormed cre-
ative professional collaboration ideas, they planted the intellectual seeds of what became “The Cado,” sponsored by The California Avocado Commission. San Diego County, and in particular North County, is the largest producer of avocados in California. But few realize that, said Carr, let alone the deeper backstory of the avocado. “I really wanted to see something here that wasn’t random, but was something that people rally around and brought people together and had lots of layer of story to tell,” said Carr. “Knowing it’s a trend on Instagram and will bring in the millennials, it was kind of exciting to think about ‘OK, we can bring them in, they’ll get their photos, but they can also learn why this is so cool and why it’s not just trendy.’ Like, there’s farmers who are growing this fruit and it matters and we need to support them.” The pop-up museum is truly an experience, from seeing it draped with green decorative awnings from the outside, an introduction on a Walkman cassette tape player by Jason Mraz, having a chance to learn what a truly ripe avocado feels like via a wall display, and getting a history lesson about the fruit’s entrance into the agricultural realm in Southern California. Indeed, part of the popup museum includes a stump on display from the very first
VISITORS at a preview walkthrough at “The Cado” listen to cassette narrations on Walkmans, featuring the voice of musician Jason Mraz. Photo by Steve Horn
avocado tree grown by Rudolph Hass, the namesake of Hass avocado variety. That tree began growing in La Habra Heights, California in 1926 and received a patent — a copy of which also hangs on display — in 1935. Situated in San Mar-
cos, not far from the Interstate Highway 15 “Avocado Highway” section between Escondido and Temecula, Buehner said that the popup museum has an ideal location to put the avocado and the farmers growing it on display.
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“One thing that really struck us was the shortage of farmers,” said Buehner. “In talking to the growers, really their passion is incredible for what they do. It’s really unique and we’ve heard from so many people that young people aren’t
growing up wanting to be farmers anymore the way they used to. So, something we’ve talked about is, I hope The Cado sparks an interest in how avocados are grown and maybe people getting a glimpse into that being a possible career path.” Buehner and Carr grew up in Encinitas, where they both still live today, and said they hope their company can bring more in-person public relations experiences into the forefront within the San Diego County business community. “With & boom, we think that real life moments still matter and we want to help facilitate those, so actually meeting outside the internet,” said Buehner. “It doesn’t mean the internet’s not involved because we know that’s a huge part of how people get here and how they experience while they’re here, so we include that understanding in our experiences. But it’s really like, how can we create that experience that matters, that helps people connect to one another?” Tickets to “The Cado” cost $19 for general admission and $17.50 for military veterans and students. Kids under 3 are free; for youth ages 3 to 12 the cost is $14. “The Cado” is located at 250 North City Drive in San Marcos and open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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When O.J. says, ‘I got a little getting even to do,’ listen
Prevent financial elder abuse By Summer Stephan
As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and you, the community. One way I hope to do that is through this new monthly column, where I’ll be providing information and tips on how you can stay safe. I’ll also keep you updated on current trends and topics in the criminal justice system. June was Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and I’d like to bring your attention to important tips we give to seniors so they don’t become the victim of financial abuse. Shame often prevents a senior citizen from reporting they have been a victim and we want to stop that mindset in its tracks.
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• Don’t send money to a love interest you have not met in person Romance scams are prolific and result in significant financial loss. It’s common for elderly victims to meet romantic interests online based on phony photos. Eventually the phony love interest will ask for money and describe an emergency situation. If you meet someone online, arrange a safe, public place to meet before becoming too invested in the relationship. Also, never send money.
• Choose a caregiver with caution Never assume that a caregiver has been through a criminal background check even if hired through a reputable agency. Ask the • Every phone should have agency directly or request that your caregiver submit • Your grandchild is not in caller I.D. Even with caller I.D., to a background check. jail in a foreign country scammers use fake phone One of the most popular numbers to make it appear • Protect mail and use a scams is the grandparent as if the call is local. If you shredder scam. This is when you get Never allow incoming a call that your grandchild don’t know the phone number calling, don’t answer. If or outgoing mail to sit in an is in peril. the call is important, they unsecured mailbox where If you receive a phone will leave a voicemail and the public has access. Shred call from someone saying you can return the call if discarded mail or financial your grandchild needs bail statements containing iden- money to get out of a jail in you determine it is safe. tifying information. a foreign country, hang up. • Government agencies or This is a scam. Call your utility companies do not • News that you won a loved one directly to concall with threats of fines or foreign lottery or sweep- firm. stakes is a scam jail I’m committed to holdDon’t be fooled by a ing accountable those who If you receive a call demanding payment from caller or email saying you would take advantage of our someone claiming to be have won a foreign lottery elders, but I also know that from Social Security, law or sweepstakes, but that to if we raise awareness in the enforcement, the court or claim the money you need community we can prevent the utility company, hang to pay taxes up front. These crime from happening in up. This is a common scam are scams. the first place. in which fraudsters will try If you have been the to convince you to pay or • Don’t give in to hard-tactic victim of elder abuse, resales pressures for a loan risk fines or jail time. port it to Adult Protective If you are offered ser- Services: (800) 339-4661. • Gift cards are for giving, vices, repairs or a solar system by a drop-in sales pernot making payments San Diego County Never purchase gift son, do not sign paperwork District Attorney Summer cards at the direction of the same day. Ask for a copy Stephan has dedicated nearly someone you don’t know. and take time to review it, 30 years to serving justice Scammers obtain money first. and victims of crime as Door-to-door sales peofrom elderly victims by askprosecutor.
he video seemed ordinary enough, until you saw who was talking in mid-June: O.J. Simpson, the last century’s most prominent might-havebeen-murderer. “Hey,” Simpson said. “This is yours truly.” It was indeed he, now 71 and looking far more than 25 years older than when he led police on a slow-speed chase along major Southern California freeways almost precisely a quarter century earlier. His video appeared on a new Twitter account two days after the anniversary of the stabbing deaths of his estranged wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. In it, a smiling Simpson says he plans to speak on “just about everything. I got a little getting even to do. So God bless, take care.” After which just about anyone connected to Simpson and his 1995 “Trial of the 20th Century” began taking care. It has never paid for those around him to ignore threats or potential threats from the onetime football hero, released from a Nevada prison in 2017 after doing nine years for armed robbery and kidnapping in a case unrelated to events of 1994 and 1995. Mrs. Simpson told a domestic violence hotline several times about earlier threats to her, the tapes of those calls never heard by the jury that acquitted Simpson because his wife could not be cross-examined about her frantic, panicky statements. They were played in open court outside the presence of the jury. Of course, there was a reason she could not be questioned: She was dead. Simpson also reacted rashly against at least one driver after he moved
killings. He has always since insisted this was strictly a hypothetical exercise, but some who saw the book said it seemed authentic. And a civil court jury in Santa Monica thomas d. elias found him liable in both to Florida following his murders during the year acquittal on the murafter his criminal trial der charges, a man who ended, awarding most of honked loudly at him after his earnings and assets being cut off in traffic by to Goldman’s family. This Simpson. prompted Simpson to leave But, as in the video, California, where he had Simpson often puts up a lived for many years in a genial demeanor. During Brentwood neighborhood one courtroom break at his among neighbors including murder trial, the former former Los Angeles Mayor Heisman Trophy winner Richard Riordan, current cracked a joke while grin- Boston Red Sox co-owner ning broadly. Tom Werner and A reporter obformer Los Angeles served that in County District Atthe moment, he torney Gil Garcetjust didn’t look ti, whose son Eric like a killer. is the current Los “Even murderAngeles mayor. ers can laugh,” He headed rejoined Joseph first for Florida Bosco, who and then to Newent on to vada, two states write a book on where local laws O.J. SIMPSON the trial. make it far easier joined Twitter (Full to shelter income two days after disclosure: and assets than in This columnist the 25th anniver- California. sary of the 1994 covered the The evidence stabbing deaths Simpson murin the civil trial of his estranged der trial for the wife Nicole and the civil court now-defunct jury’s judgment, Brown Simpson Scripps Howard and her friend along with SimpNews Service. Ronald Goldman. son’s intermittent He later co-aubehavior before thored the book and since the grue“The Simpson Trial in some knifings of Brown Black and White.”) Simpson and Goldman, Just about a year bemake it difficult for many fore he tried to steal back who shared the criminal some of his football memo- courtroom with him to rabilia in a Las Vegas hotel ignore or downplay Simproom in the incident that son’s latest comments. led to his Nevada convicWhich means no one tion, Simpson co-wrote the should be very surprised if never-distributed book “If America has not yet seen I Did It.” In that tome, of the last of O.J. Simpson, which 400,000 copies were criminal defendant. printed before the publisher pulled it back, Simpson Email Thomas Elias at allegedly detailed how he firstname.lastname@example.org. For more would have pulled off the Elias columns, go to www. Brown Simpson-Goldman californiafocus.net
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RSF Golf Club restaurant to split expenses with Association By Christina Macone-Greene
restaurant operations as well as possible restaurant renovations in the future. During the discussion, outgoing RSF Association board President Ken Markstein said the clubhouse restaurant was a community asset for every Covenant member. “Because the amenity is shared by all members of the Association, the board determined it would be forward thinking and fair to share the costs and supervision of the restaurant,” Markstein said. The president of the golf club board of directors (and new Association board member who will take his
seat in July 2019), Bill Weber, reminded Covenant residents the golf club was celebrating its 90th anniversary. Weber shared that current golf membership enrollments exceeded cancellations. Additionally, he said its reserves were healthy and financially stable. While there was an eye to the future with a possible restaurant redesign, Weber said that short-term priorities were focusing on improving both food and satisfaction for residents. Weber then acknowledged RSF Golf Club Manager Brad Shupe, whose goal is
to build a “solid team” including Food and Beverage Manager Chris Sarten and the arrival of Executive Chef Aaron Burns of Pebble Beach Golf Links following the close of the US Open in June. Board director Rick Sapp outlined the backstory on how the cost sharing concept surfaced from a committee that was initiated in December 2018. It consisted of six individuals. Three of those individuals were Association board directors while the remaining were from the board of the RSF Golf Club. Sapp explained that while net profits and losses
In the category of the school emphasizing character development, a total of 55 respondents said they strongly agree and 94 agreed that the school did achieve this, whereas 32 persons said they disagreed and the remaining four strongly disagreed. “In terms of the learning environment, we will be looking into the social, emotional support and what we are doing in character education and leadership — we will focus on these areas next year as
parents felt we could do more in that area,” Tripi said. As far as school programs, Tripi said survey feedback was resoundingly positive. Some parents revealed that they were happy that the math programs would change in the new school year. On the Education Foundation front, Tripi noted the survey aimed to find out how parents were perceiving it. “The Education Foundation is an impactful part
of the experience for students here — they raise $1 million a year, so it makes quite an impact,” she said. When asked if parents contributed to the RSF Education Foundation this school year, 87.04% said that they did. For those who did not participate, reasons ranged from financial constraints to not believing in private funding for a public school. Tripi said the annual survey plays a big part in putting together goals for the upcoming school year.
tax burden for the next 40 years in exchange for much needed highway improvements. Fast forward to 2019, SANDAG has a new idea on how they want to spend that money.” Republican City Councilman Chris Cate — who represents a chunk of the 56 corridor in Sorrento Valley for District 6 — said activist Sonya Solinsky, who sits on the Carmel Valley Planning Board’s Public Transit Subcommittee, has sparked dialogue in the area on public transit. Solinsky has also created a group called Reinstating Transit to North West San Diego. Solinsky’s plan would be a pilot busing program along the 56 corridor to connect to the new MidCoast Corridor trolley line currently under construction in the University Town Center (UTC) area of San Diego. “So the idea would be to have these routes that offset and come off the MidCoast into some of these workforce areas along the 56 corridor,” said Cate. “And her proposal, thus, is to have MTS fund this pilot proposal beginning in 2021 to see whether or not there is that demand once the Mid-Coast comes online.” Cate said he would not support a SANDAG or MTS proposal if it only focused on transit. But he does support more public transit options in an area, the west side of the 56, which currently has none. “I think any proposal that is reviewed by SANDAG as a whole needs to include some of these projects that have been promised that are of critical importance to these neighborhoods,” stated Cate. “I mean, whether it’s the 78,
the 56, the 52, the 67, these are I think pretty priority projects that have been on the books for some time now.” Ultimately, said Cate, he does not think one — highway expansion — comes “at the expense of the other.” And so he has written a letter supporting Solinsky’s efforts, published on May 8 and provided to The Coast News. “We are interested in having some kind of pilot program to see how it would do,” said Cate. “We don’t know what we don’t know.” Solinsky has published a survey and taken it and her proposal on a road-show of sorts, attempting to garner support from city of San Diego Community Planning Boards across the 56 corridor. Some of them, such as the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board, have taken her up on the offer by writing her a letter of support. Others, such as the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board, have viewed her the plan with greater skepticism, opting instead to pave their own path on the issue of public transit advocacy. “It’s definitely a politically driven ideal, lots of mass transportation and removing cars on the road,” said Geoffrey Patrick, a member of the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning, which chose not to write a letter in support of the Solinsky proposal. “When it comes to things like that, I don’t really think it has a place in the Community Planning Board. We’re more like a jury. You hear the evidence of a plan, a building plan or something like that, and the community can voice their opinion.”
Mark Kersey, an independent who represents District 5 on the east end of the 56 corridor which includes Rancho Peñasquitos, carefully couched his words as applied to the Solinsky proposal in an emailed statement. “In May and June of this year, the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board agenda included items regarding the Carmel Valley transit subcommittee,” said Nikki Matosian, a spokeswoman for Kersey, who is considering a run for mayor of San Diego. “After discussion, the planning board did not approve signing onto a letter with Carmel Valley transit subcommittee but expressed support for gathering more data and ensuring the feedback of Rancho Peñasquitos residents were included in the survey. Councilman Mark Kersey has met with Sonya Solinsky of the Carmel Valley Planning Group Transit subcommittee and continues to receive updates about her efforts.” Gaspar, much of whose District 3 sits within the 56 corridor, echoed Cate in saying she does not believe in an either-or approach. But she remained steadfast in pointing back to Proposition A. “I am in favor of providing a balanced transportation plan for our region,” said Gaspar via email. “This balance should include meeting GHG reductions required by the State, improving mass transit options, incorporating environmental protections, and funding much needed highway and road improvements. I believe SANDAG can meet our GHG reduction targets and keep the promises it made to voters.”
RANCHO SANTA FE — The same day ballots were counted to fill three vacant board seats for the Rancho Santa Fe Association on June 11, a new agreement was formed outlining how the cost to operate the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club restaurant would now be divided by both the club and the Association. Before this agreement, the golf club was exclusively responsible for these costs even though all Covenant residents could dine there regardless of having a golf membership. Also decided was having a joint committee to direct those
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“L.A. has $0.02 for transit. We have half a cent that SANDAG manages, but we have half a cent of half a cent, or one-eighth of a cent to deal with transit” due to all of the other menu items such as road expansion that TransNet dollars fund, explained Georgette Gomez. Gomez serves as the chair of MTS, as well as president of the San Diego City Council representing District 9. “In the city of San Diego, one of the areas that is the highest contributor to our climate impacts are vehicles,” said Gomez. “And the city has created goals and we are supposed to be shifting how people move. The way I see it, in order for us to do that, we need a real choice on transit to at least give them the option.” Critics of the “5 Big Moves,” still in its planning phase, say that voters living along roads such as State Route 78 and State Route 56 should receive improvements before SANDAG spends any additional cash on mass transit projects. One of the most fierce critics of the “5 Big Moves” has been San Diego County District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, a Republican up for re-election in 2020, who has called for the organization for which she also sits on the board to carry out its promises it made to voters. “San Diegans have lost faith in SANDAG. They can’t be trusted to follow through with their promises to voters,” Gaspar said at a May 6 press conference addressing the plan. “In 2004, 67% of voters said they were collectively willing to take on a higher
would be shared between the Association and the golf club, the Association’s exposure would be limited to a fixed amount of $300,000 for the 2019 to 2020 budget. Sapp went on to say that while the club would manage the daily operations of the golf club, it was recommended that a newly evolved joint committee would oversee the operations of the restaurant. This would consist of two Association board directors, one member appointed by the board, a total of two board members of the golf club, and a member appointed by the board of the golf club, the Association
manager and the golf club manager. A couple of Covenant residents in attendance at the board meeting said while they were in support of the agreement, there should be a member of the oversight committee who isn’t a golf club member since more than 70% of the community were not golf club members. Board director Mike Gallagher agreed with the suggestion for both transparency and inclusion. “The best efforts should be taken to ensure two members of the committee are non-golf club members,” Gallagher said.
Carlsbad gives the green light to Tesla By Steve Puterski
CARLSBAD — Auto giant Tesla is coming to town. The City Council granted approval June 25 for the Carlsbad Raceway Specific Plan allowing the Carlsbad Industrial Park a conditional use permit for Tesla, an electric vehicle company, to develop a dealership and repair shop at 3248 Lionshead Ave. The site is 125 acres and includes all 28 lots with a 54,00-square-foot building, which includes 35,000 square feet for an electric vehicle repair shop. As part of the specific plan, only electric vehicle sales are permitted. Sales of hybrid vehicles are not allowed. Carlsbad will be the fifth location for Tesla in San Diego County, according to the company’s website. There are two service centers, one in Oceanside and the other in Kearny Mesa, while there are two stores and galleries at San Diego UTC and Mission Valley. The Carlsbad location will be part showroom and service center. Angie Prowse, Tesla’s lead architectural manager in North America, said the showroom will consist of all Tesla models, although customers have the option of ordering their vehicles either on site or through the company’s website. Delivery of the vehicles will take place at the Carlsbad location. As for the city, she said the company, which was founded by Elon Musk in 2003 and is based Palo Alto, has been attempting to break into Carlsbad for some time. The company has pulled its permits and is expected to open in September. “Carlsbad is a very large market for us and
we’ve been trying to get into this city,” Prowse said. “We are extremely excited to open this location and serve our customers who are currently having to travel further distances to get their services.” Tesla did look at potential spaces at Car Country, however, nothing fit the needs of the company. Car Country is an anchor for the city’s sales taxes and a popular destination among many living throughout the county. “The spaces that were available at the time we were performing our real estate search did not align with our needs,” Prowse said. “The property we are leasing out is in line with what we are hoping to move forward with and not extremely different from any other location around the globe.” While Tesla will be several miles away, the council also asked about the collection of sales taxes, especially since many Tesla customers order online. Prowse said it depends on the city where the car is registered as to who collects those taxes. Regardless, Bill Hofman of Hofman Engineering and Planning, who is working with Tesla on the specific plan, said the company is an ideal fit for the city. “Tesla is the epitome of a clean and environmentally sensitive use and will have a very low ecological footprint,” he said. “It’s in perfect harmony with the city’s and state’s goal of lowering carbon emissions into the air.” According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Tesla is could set a company record for vehicles delivered in the second quarter, with estimates between 90,000 to 100,000.
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North County Climate Change Alliance and Charlie Q. Johnson present: “What to know about plugin vehicles learn about EVs and plug-in hybrids,” at 5:30 p.m. July 11 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista.
The La Costa chapter of the North County Parkinson’s Support group meets at Christ Presbyterian Church, 7807 Centella St., Carlsbad. Call 760-519-9588 or visit ncpsg.org/ for more information.
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Tickets can be gotten now for the Hands of Peace community gathering July 28 at the culmination of the Summer Program, La Costa Canyon High School, 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad. Hear moving reflections, view powerful short films, and learn firsthand from Israeli, Palestinian and American participants what they learned about leadership and conflict resolution.
FREE FISHING DAY
July 6 is the first of two 2019 Free Fishing Days in California, when anyone can try their hand at angling - no fishing license required. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Anglers can review the sport fishing regulations online at wildlife.ca.gov/ regulations.
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Grab your paddle and join the fun, Del Mar offers Pong at the Plaza from noon to 4 p.m. July 6 at Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar.
BIG FAT DONKEY WEDDING is July 7 at Laughing Pony headquarters in Rancho Santa Fe. See details below. FUN AT HERITAGE MUSEUM
cue invites all to its Big Fat Donkey Wedding fundraiser for Daisy Mayhem and DynOmite from noon to 3 p.m. July 7 at the Laughing Pony headquarters, 7143 Via del Charro, Rancho Santa Fe. Along with the wedding, the event will include tea-cup painting, drawings and hat and cookie decorating. Secure a seat for your child for a $50 donation. Additional children are $10. Adults are free. Register through PayTEEN TALENT SHOW SIGNUPS Pal: laughingponyrescue@ Participants must sign gmail.com. up by the Sunday prior to the first of Carlsbad City BASIC HANDGUN CLASS Library Teen Talent Shows, A four-hour familiarfor grades seven to 12. The ization and safety class is Singing Talent Show will be offered for anyone anticifrom 7 to 8 p.m. July 11 at pating the purchase of, or 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. who owns, a handgun. The To register, contact Ash- class will be 10 a.m. to 2 leigh Hvinden at ashleigh. p.m. July 7 at the shooting firstname.lastname@example.org or range east of Lake Wohl(760) 434-2866. ford, 16525 Guejito Road, Escondido. Cost is $60. Register at (760) 746-2868. BIG FAT DONKEY WEDDING Laughing Pony Res- Handguns and ammunition Every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., join Miss Mary on the patio for free, fun make-and-take projects for the entire family, at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Check the website for information. More information at http:// bit.ly/28ZV8GX or (760) 632-9711.
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The Catholic Widow and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire friendships through various social activities will gather for a steak dinner at the American Legion, Vista on July 9. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324
The Catholic Widow and Widowers of North County support group will attend the July 12 Concert in the Park at Poinsettia Park, Carlsbad; Walk a trail at Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad July 13 and hold a meeting and potluck at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Oceanside July 14. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324. NEW FRIENDS
North County Widows and Widowers invite you to join them for a Twilight Dinner Dance at 5 p.m. July 12 at the Vista Elks, 1947 E. Vista Way, Vista.
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Council decides members should not vote on appointment of spouses By Lexy Brodt
DEL MAR — “This is over for tonight,” said Del Mar Mayor Dave Druker at a June 17 City Council meeting, putting a cap on a months-long conversation regarding the ethics of significant others serving simultaneously on the council and one of the city’s two other quasi-judicial bodies. Council voted unanimously to modify its policy when it comes to the committee, board and commission appointment process. The modification mandates that a council member must recuse him or herself from voting on the
appointment of an applicant to a committee, commission or board seat if their significant other is among the applicants. The resolution was the culmination of a long, contentious dialogue that started in March — as Design Review Board Chair Tim Haviland neared the end of his four-year term and faced potential reappointment to the Board. Haviland is the husband of City Councilwoman Ellie Haviland. In response, Druker and Councilwoman Terry Gaasterland suggested in March that the council consider a policy to bar signif-
icant others of city council members from serving concurrently on either the Design Review Board or the Planning Commission. Both bodies make decisions that are occasionally appealed to the City Council. The item prompted a complex and lengthy dialogue on nepotism, bias and conflict of interest — the city has received dozens, if not hundreds of red dots on the topic over the past several months. Residents came out in droves to speak to the issue in March and beyond, many in support of such a policy on the grounds that it would
Earl Warren middle schoolers draft resolution to ban plastic straw wattles By Lexy Brodt
SOLANA BEACH — Of all the people you expect to run into at Solana Beach’s city hall, teenagers are not the first demographic to come to mind. But on June 12 — a school night, no less — a dedicated group of Earl Warren Middle School students packed into city hall chambers ready to impress. Prepared with months of research, the students asked the city to adopt a resolution prohibiting the city’s use of plastic straw wattles. The council unanimously and enthusiastically passed the resolution, which was drafted by the students with help from city staff. The approximately 40 students are participants in Earl Warren’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program, a program that empowers local students to study stormwater runoff on their campuses. The program first started in 2013, at schools in the Encinitas Union School District, and has since expanded to over a dozen schools in the area. Earl Warren is the first middle school to implement the program, after the city allocated a used oil payment program grant
from CalRecycle to fund it. The students met on five different occasions to learn the ups and downs of watersheds and stormwater runoff, all on late-start days when your typical student might opt to get some extra shut-eye. Students collected stormwater samples in the rain and sent them off to a certified lab to test for pollutants. After discovering that oil, grease and trash were entering the school’s storm drains, students worked to promote environmentally-sound car maintenance by working with local businesses, and conducted educational outreach among their peers. After noticing the amount of total suspended solids (“a fancy way to say dirt,” as one student put it) flowing into drains, they proposed using straw wattles to help block such substances. Straw wattles are tubes of straw meant to trap dirt and slow water flow, typically within a construction site. However, students noticed that the plastic wrapped around the wattles was deteriorating and flowing into the storm drains. So the students took action,
recommending their school make the switch to straw wattles wrapped in biodegradable burlap netting. The students decided to go the extra step and ask the city to do the same. In February, the students presented their findings, and at the instruction of council, continued to research the topic. Students reported that the city purchased 400 linear feet of straw wattles in the past fiscal year, about half of which was plastic-wrapped. The students concluded that if the city were to switch completely to biodegradable straw wattles, the financial impact would be about $160 more. In June, the students came back with a resolution mandating the use of biodegradable straw wattles for all non-emergency city projects. The room gleefully applauded the students after their resolution was passed. “It is powerful to think that because of our young voices, before you is a resolution to ban plastic-wrapped straw wattles,” said student Shawn Barnes. “With the help of your staff, we have learned a lot about straw wattles and the civic process.”
The slippery plight of bananas
t appears that I owe bananas an apology. I have indeed taken them for granted, but now I hear they are under attack and could go extinct Apparently this has been news since last year, but I only just stumbled upon an article about a nasty fungus killing off banana crops worldwide. It was first found in Malaysia in 1990 and has spread to a dozen banana-growing countries, but not yet to South America. If it gets there before we find a solution, banana chips will no longer grace your trail mix. It turns out the banana is the world's most popular fruit, with more than 100 million metric tons produced annually in 130 tropical and subtropical countries. I also did not know that today’s edible bananas are the result of a genetic accident in nature. You’ll
small talk jean gillette need to Google this for all the details. The cold truth is, I don’t eat bananas regularly, but they are one of many things in this world I just expect to be there when the mood strikes me. And the mood struck last week. On a whim, I brought home a bunch and found them a perfect mid-morning snack. It is rare for me to opt for something healthy and when I actually do, and it tastes good, I temporarily glow with self-righteous joy. Chances are good I’ll be back to chocolate-chip cookies soon enough. I am throwing all in
with the agronomists and plant physiologists of the world, who are our only chance to save our smoothies and banana splits. I would buy them all lunch or fetch them coffee if I could. Say what you like about crazy botanists who create things like the pluot and the tangelo. The best answer appears to be cross breeding to create a new hybrid banana. The well-known and loved Cavendish banana needs to cozy up to a “Madagascar species of banana that is inedible, with large seeds, but is somehow immune to the deadly fungus." Come on, Cavendish. I bet Madagascar has a great personality. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who promises to never be nonchalant about that funny, yellow fruit again. Contact her at jean@ coastnewsgroup.com.
protect the city from liability, in the case of perception of bias or actual bias. Others saw such a policy as an unnecessary deterrent to service in a small city. Because the suggested policy has been and still is opposed by the majority of the council, the discussion has largely stagnated. “I believe all of us have made up our minds,” Druker said. However, all parties were able to agree that a council member should not be voting on the potential appointment of a spouse to any of the city’s bodies — which would include Design Review Board and
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Palomar College PCTV staff and Media Studies students fielded nine Emmy Awards during a ceremony hosted by the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The documentary, “Shattered Dreams,” won the Emmy in four out of the five categories. In addition, PCTV was honored in the following categories for the documentary Shattered Dream: Sex Trafficking in America: — Director, Non-Live – Bill Wisneski — Writer, Program – Bill Wisneski, Mona Urban, Ashley Olson and Chad Richmond — Editor, Program – Chad Richmond — Best Documentary – Bill Wisneski and Mona Urban Students who took home Emmy Awards from the June 15 ceremony included: — Antonio Flores – Student Programming, Short Form, for La Despedida — Angy Moran – Student Programming, Public Service (PSAs), for We Will Listen — Joseph Jauregui – Student Craft, Animation/ Graphics/Special Effects, for PCTV LEGO Station ID — Angy Moran and
the Planning Commission. Councilwoman Haviland recused herself from the Design Review Board appointment process in April — which ended in a tie between Tim Haviland and another applicant. Haviland did not resubmit an application when the city revisited the reappointment about a month later. The June 17 discussion on the item was brief and council members aimed to avoid a lengthy back-and-forth — there was no public comment, as it was a continuation of an item raised at the city’s May 20 council meeting.
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The Oceanside Senior Anglers adopted the fishing programs for three scout camps in San Diego County. Having formed a fundraising non-profit foundation last year, on June 17, the club’s Anglers 4 Scouts program delivered 25 new rod and reel combos to Mataguay Boy Scout Ranch in Warner Springs. The fishing club has also adopted the fishing programs of Boy Scout Camp Fiesta Island in Mission Bay and Girl Scout Camp Winacka in Julian.
OFF TO PARAGUAY
Lindsey Gorman of Carlsbad, a current master’s student in the Global Field Program from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, will travel to Paraguay. Gorman will study co-develop an Eco-Leadership program with our partner, Para La Tierra.
ELEMENTS ON STAGE
Indie rock band The Elements is honored to announce they will be performing for the first time at the San Diego Cal State Summer Games July 12 at the SDCCU Stadium. The Elements perform locally in San Diego and attend Encinitas schools. For more information on The Elements, visit TheElements.band or follow on Instagram @theelements.band.
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Marcos graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration. Ben Fredricks of Carlsbad, Megan Scherer of Encinitas, and Madison Vice of Encinitas were named to the University of Hartford dean’s list for spring 2019. The University of Alabama named Kasie Coogan of Carlsbad, Kelsey McMullen of Del Mar and Gordon Brandt and Daphne Tenuto of San Marcos to the president’s list. Adam Cooper, Isabella Samietz and Kyle Wada of Carlsbad, Sarah Norton of Del Mar, Ally Doyle of Encinitas and Reese Billington of Solana Beach earned a place on the dean’s list. Park University Kansas City graduated Stephanie L. Bergwerff of Oceanside, Master of Business Administration, Finance, of and Mario A. Lucas of Escondido, Business Administration/Management. Encinitas residents Michael Hendrick, Eden McColl, Emma Noble and Lucy Stowe were named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the spring semester along with Erica Anne M. Luancing of San Marcos. University of Delaware’s dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester included Griffin Baker and Brandan Hall of Carlsbad and Gavin Dill of Encinitas. Jade Yasuko Phillips of Carlsbad, a graduate of Sage Creek High studying engineering, has been named to the 2019 spring quarter dean’s list at the University of California Irvine.
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Vista in US top 10 for craft breweries By Steve Puterski
VISTA RANKS SIXTH in the United States for most craft breweries per capita. Of the city’s 19 craft breweries, Indian Joe Brewing is the most popular, based on internet search volume. Another four breweries are expected to open later this year in Vista. Photo by Steve Puterski
VISTA — It is no secret North County is a hub for craft breweries. Their popularity has exploded over the past decade as San Diego County has become one of the premier destinations for beer connoisseurs and brewers. Sitting along State Route 78, known as the Hops Highway, Vista was recently ranked sixth in the country for most craft breweries per capita in the country, according to an analysis from C + R Research. The firm analyzed data from more than 500 cities. “Since 2007, the number of breweries and brewpubs across the country has seen
an average yearly growth of 15.9%,” said Matt Zajechowski, a spokesman for C + R. “Within the last four years, the average growth has been 20.5%. One interesting note is that the greatest year-over-year growth happened in 2013-2014 when the number of breweries grew by 29%, which was the highest YoY increase within the 2007–2018 timeframe.” Vista’s journey into craft breweries started years ago and were approached with a different angle, said Kevin Ham, the city’s director of economic development. Instead of focusing on the alcohol aspect, Ham said he and city staff looked at
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breweries as manufacturers, another area of industry important to the city’s economy and tax base. In the early 2000s, he and others in the city began building relationships with Green Flash and Backstreet breweries, where Ham would help them navigate the city application and permitting process. The city looks at the main brewery as the manufacturing site, with the ability to dedicate a small tasting room. Other businesses, such as Dr. Bronner’s soap, are allowed to sell some product from their manufacturing facility, so the city figured a brewery should be able to do the same. “We started to understand that industry,” he said. “They understood the customer service we provided. We saw them as a manufacturer with an ancillary component that was a tasting room. We started working with them and put in place some structures (so) that as we worked with them we weren’t permitting a bar.” From there, others, such as Belching Beaver, approached the city and soon enough, the Vista Brewers
Guild was formed to address issues and ideas from the brewers and whether they were permissible by the city. As a result, the city of 101,987 residents as of Jan. 1, boasts 19 breweries with another four expected to open later this year. Of the 19, five have additional permits for tasting rooms at their main facilities. The newest breweries include Eppig, Dogleg and West Brewing, Ham said. “We wanted to work with them as a whole,” he said of the guild. “For the first five to seven years, we met every month because issues were coming up.” Vista has 10 breweries per 50,000 residents with Indian Joe Brewing as the most popular brewery based on internet search volume, according to C + R. Portland, Maine, ranked first with 18, followed by Asheville, North Carolina (17), Bend, Oregone (16), Boulder, Colorado (14) and Kalamazoo, Michigan (10). The only other California city to crack the top 25 is Santa Cruz, coming in at 14th with seven breweries per 50,000 residents.
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ADDICTION IS USUALLY the reaction and not the cause. Courtesy photo
OCEANSIDE — Those seeking treatment who are suffering from substance abuse and mental health often spend time in multiple facilities in their quest for recovery. According to Jacqueline Ortega, CEO of Mindful Rejuvenation, many traditional treatment centers aren’t focusing on the underlying causes of a patient’s addiction. Without determining and treating those issues for each patient and preparing them for life beyond treatment, they often exit programs ill-equipped to maintain recovery and forward with their lives. Mindful Rejuvenation was born out what Ortega, and her partners, Lily Munroe, LVN, Sanjai Thankachen, MD and Clint Salo Do, saw as a deficit in treatment. “Lily and I, along with our other two partners, worked at numerous treatment centers,” she said. “We continued to see the same things happening, as patients were cycled
through the treatment center system with little to no success. We decided to start our own facility, where we could treat as we see fit — true individualized treatment.”
Mindful Rejuvenation include music therapy, Qigong, Pilates and NAD treatment among others. Ortega said the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “We believe that there are other methods to Mindful Rejuvenation maintain sobriety besides looks at the whole person a 12step method,” Ortega and services are provided said. based on the needs of that Mindful Rejuvenation person, so that the addicis a full-service integrated tion and its causes can both facility. “We be treated. “Addiction is treatment usually the reaction and have psychiatrists on staff not the cause,” Ortega said. who can evaluate and “So we start by identifying prescribe,” Ortega said.“We the root of patients’ have licensed therapists, substance abuse. We also We decided to treat pure mental health such as schizoaffective start our own facility, disorder, bipolar disorder, where we could depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, panic disorders, treat as we see fit — and grief and loss. We true individualized provide our patients with tools to cope with what treatment.. they are feeling and get them ready to function Jacqueline Ortega CEO of again in society.” Mindful Rejuvenation The outpatient facility uses a combination of therapy, holistic approaches and ancillary services in its treatment. Ancillary services provided at
system for the patient. Patient programs can vary from 30 to 90 days and possibly longer based on an individual’s treatment plan and transition to an alumni program that includes check-ins. “We foster longterm relationships and value continuity of care,” Ortega said. “Our patients can come back and get help, from speaking to a therapist to career help and more.” A goal of the team at the facility, since it is in such close proximity to Camp Pendleton, is expanding its work with veterans. “My partner Lily worked in the psychiatric department at the VA for nine years and has great compassion to help veterans,” Ortega said.
Mindful Rejuvenation’s mission is to revitalize client care. Mindful Rejuvenation registered case managers is located at 717 Pier and offer individual, View Way in Oceanside. group and family therapy.” For more information, call Family interaction is highly (760) 994-8846 or visit https:// encouraged, providing for the family a safe support mindfulrejuvenationinc.com
REGION — On July 6, the first of two 2019 Free Fishing Days in California, anyone can try their hand at angling — no fishing license required. If you would like to fish the rest of the year, you can purchase a license online from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A basic annual resident sport fishing license in California currently costs $49.94, while a one-day sport fishing license costs $16.20.
The second Free Fishing Days is Aug. 31. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Anglers can review the sport fishing regulations online at wildlife.ca.gov/regulations or use https://map. dfg.ca.gov/sportfishingregs, CDFW’s mobile web site to view limits and regulations specific to a body of water.
are located throughout the fair, particularly in the livestock areas. Fennell said it was the first such occurrence he knew of at the fair. “The fair is open, it’s safe and secure, and we would like people to come out,” he added. Most people with an E. coli infection start feeling sick three to four days after eating or drinking something containing the bacteria. But illnesses can start between one to 10 days after exposure. Symptoms can include severe stomach cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms can occur with or without a fever. People are encouraged to contact their doctor if they have experienced these symptoms on or after June 8, especially if they have had diarrhea for more than three days or diarrhea accompanied with a fever higher than 102 degrees or blood in the stool or so much vomiting that they cannot keep liquids down. Though the source of the bacteria has not been officially determined, fair officials have closed public access to all animal areas, including the petting zoo The family of the 2-year-old victim has set up a GoFundMe page.
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“Our sympathies go out to the family of the child that died from this illness,” said Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public health officer. She said that while most people recover from the illness, between 5% to 10% of people diagnosed with E. coli develop a life-threatening kidney infection. Health officials inspected food facilities the children visited and found no link to the cases. San Diego County Fair CEO Tim Fennell said he was heartbroken over the boy’s death. “We are devastated by this news,” he said. “But we are moving forward and taking any precaution; the fair will continue until the Fourth of July.” Fennell said that with animals at an event like a county fair, there is always “potential inherent risk.” “Animals do relieve themselves; E. coli is in the feces,” Fennell said. “Small children unfortunately can step in it, walk in it, and unfortunately, they don’t always wash their hands. I’m not suggesting that is the case here, but it is a possibility.” Hand-washing stations
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Five North County skaters on first-ever USA Skateboarding team By Jacob Aere
REGION — North County residents Nicole Hause, Brighton Zeuner, Bryce Wettstein, Jordyn Barratt and Tom Schaar have all made the first-ever USA Skateboarding Team and are fighting for a spot to represent their country at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. USA Skateboarding announced its introductory national team of eight men and eight women at the CA Training Facility in Vista during late March 2019. “Growing up I never thought ... that I would be a pro skater,” Barratt said. “To have it be on an Olympic scale, it’s pretty nuts.” Barratt hails from Haleiwa, Hawaii, but lives in Encinitas. She is one of four women skateboarders who reside in North County who are part of the inaugural USA Skateboarding team. Oceanside’s Nicole Hause and Encinitas residents Bryce Wettstein and 14-year-old phenom Brighton Zeuner join Barratt as her park teammates. “It's a huge honor to be on Team USA,” said Barratt who is the 11th overall ranked skateboarder in the world according to Boardr Global Ranks. She recently placed fourth at the 2019 Sao Paulo Pro Tour Finals in Brazil with a score of 79.20. Barratt is a 2017 San Dieguito High School Academy graduate who made the transition to skateboarding at 11 years old after surfing the waves in her home state of Hawaii. “I moved to Encinitas because of my skating. It’s really like the mecca of skating,” said Barratt. “There are so many pros that live here and so many insanely good parks in such a short distance.” Schaar has a similar story of relocation to Encinitas as he and his family came down from Malibu. Schaar made history at just 12 years old when he landed the first ever 1080, a full three-revolution aerial spin performed on a ramp. He shortly after became the youngest person to
JORDYN BARRATT is a 2017 San Dieguito Academy graduate TOM SCHAAR, who moved to Encinitas with his family from Malibu, made history when he who made the transition to skateboarding when she was 11 was just 12 years old when he landed the first ever 1080, a full three-revolution aerial spin after learning to surf in her native Hawaii. Photo by Dave Swift performed on a ramp. Courtesy photo
ever win an X-Games Gold Medal after pulling off his signature 1080 at the 2012 Asia X Games in Shanghai. Currently he is the sixth ranked skateboarder in the world at just 19 years old. Schaar will join men’s skateboard park teammates Tristan Rennie, Zion Wright and Alex Sorgenete on USA Men’s Skateboard Park team. “It’s actually pretty crazy, I can’t believe that it had never made a place at the Olympics,” said Schaar about the recent introduction of skateboarding into the world’s most recognizable sporting stage. Although Schaar used to focus his efforts on big air skating, where he became famous for his 900 and 1080 spins, he has skated more park style in the last couple of years. Park skateboarding takes place in a set of combined concrete bowls that have different featured obstacles and provide a mixture of vert skateboarding and street obstacles. The other skateboarding event that the Olympics will host is street skateboarding, which involves urban obstacles like stairs and benches.
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Team USA Women’s Skateboard Street members include Lacey Baker, Mariah Duran, Alexis Sablone and Jenn Soto. In Men’s Skateboard Street, Jagger Eaton, Nyjah Huston, Chris Joslin and Louie Lopez will represent the United States. Barratt is excited for what opportunities the exposure of the Olympics will provide for women in sport. “Being a woman, what I like about it most is that it makes everything be equal,” said Barratt. “For (skateboarding) to come all the way to being the same amount of prize money and pretty much the same amount of contest and sponsorships, it’s pretty cool.” Looking forward, both Barratt and Schaar have busy schedules before the Olympics. The results from the World Skateboard Championships this coming September and the totals from a range of profession-
al skateboarding events between May 2019 and June 2020 will determine if they earn a spot on the Olympic stage. Barratt just finished fourth at the Vans Park Series event in Sao Paulo and now she is on the move again. “I’m going to Germany for another event, (then I go) back home for three days, then I’m off to Canada. From Canada I go to China and it just keeps going forever,” she said. Schaar, however, has to pause his busy schedule to recover from an injury. “I’m hurt right now. I’m just trying to rehab. I should probably start skating in a couple of weeks,” said Schaar, who fractured his hip in three places, and had to get two screws to help the healing process. Josh Friedberg, CEO of USA Skateboarding said, “Skateboarding grew up outside of the Olympic
structure. It’s a lifestyle, it’s a culture, it’s about finding freedom of expression,” when speaking with the AP as the national team was introduced at the CA Training Facility in March. “All these things are why the IOC wanted skateboarding in the Olympic Games in the first place,” Friedberg added. In total, the Olympic Games in Tokyo will have 40 spots for skaters of each gender, with 20 skaters in
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Gideon Marcus transports sci-fi fans back to the Space Age and beyond
By Jacob Aere
VISTA — An avid science fiction reader travels into the past to document world events and pop culture moments throughout the Space Age and beyond with his online sci-fi blog, Galactic Journey. And for Gideon Marcus, the blog’s creator, his adventures in time have forged his alter ego — The Traveler. Marcus, a Vista resident, manages a 20-person team who contributes to his award-winning blog, which focuses on the science fiction and fantasy from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The Galactic Journey covers topics including news, fashion, music, sci-fi short story magazines, novels, movies and television shows, noting important political events such as elections, protests, and the wars of the time. Marcus said the concept of reliving each day (starting in the 1950s) began in 2009 after discovering his dad’s
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science fiction stash. “I wanted to read my dad’s collection of science fiction magazines,” Marcus said. “(The collection) became complete around the early ‘50s.” Marcus devoured his father’s postwar era magazine collection in an ordered manner by setting a pace for himself that seemed impossible to finish. “I’ll just read them once a month, as they come out — 55 years ago,” Marcus recalled. With his wealth of Space Age knowledge, The Traveler set the journey 55 years ago because that distance of time “is the razor that divides today from yesterday,” according to Marcus. “If you go beyond 55 years the world looks unfamiliar … but 55 years ago looks like today.” After several years, his wife Janice suggested he recommend the best stories that he had read and share them on a blog.
GIDEON MARCUS of Vista spends his time reliving history and sharing daily observations on his award-winning blog and science fiction fanzine, Galactic Journey. Courtesy photo
Thus, Galactic Journey was born and published its first entry on Oct. 21, 2013. Since its inception, the blog has been nominated for the Best Fanzine at the Hugo Awards last year and was nominated again this year for the same award. The Galactic Journey also won The Serling Award in 2016, an honor given to those that best continue the tradition of former Twilight Zone producer, Rod Serling. As Marcus began to delve deeper into the science-fiction magazines, he says the different media, “refer to each other, they talk about the same books — you start to get into the feel of the time.” At first, he thought his blog may only have a couple
of fans. All of that changed when the Science Fiction & Fantasy News website caught wind that Marcus had been talking about the ‘50s as if it were modern day. Marcus said that the “nerd site” published an article which helped the Galactic Journey gain popularity. Outside of his time traveling role, Marcus is 45 years old (or as he often tells people, “celebrating the sixth anniversary of his 39th birthday”) and somewhat of a renaissance man. Over the years, Marcus has studied everything from computers and technology to music and Japanese before finally settling on law and writing. From 2007 to 2009, Marcus covered the cities of Vista and San Marcos as a freelance journalist for The Coast News. He is also a space historian and volunteers as a member of the American Astronautical Society’s History Committee after a college teacher told him he could “never be a historian.” “After that, I became
a professional writer on the side,” Marcus said. On the back of his fanbase, Marcus travels to conventions under his alias to display his acute knowledge of the late ‘50s man-space program and the culture of the time. “It was always a hobby,” said the star of Galactic Journey. The Traveler enjoys performing what he calls standup education. At conventions, he tells stories from the “current” time and fields questions from the audience — often times the fan inquiries are intended to confuse. Marcus, who spends a third of his active time working on the science-fiction blog, notes that this project is not meant to be too serious. He often jokes while performing, “What’s the point of me going up there and being boring?” The space historian says that this time-shifting project doesn’t affect him as much as some people may think, yet he can recall moments from two separate timelines in his life. “I remember 10 years ago when rock n’ roll replaced the schmaltzy swing music,” said Marcus. “The overripe music of World War II suddenly got swept aside, just the way the British Invasion is (now) sweeping aside that genre of music.” He also admits that he often mixes his tenses as the time travel can take its toll on his grammar. To add to the authenticity of the project, Marcus has a room in his house which is themed to 55 years ago. The living space also evolves as time passes. Marcus used his computer knowledge to code a radio station that plays the music “of exactly 55 years ago, to within a few months,” around his house. Better yet, he has coded an analog TV to play shows from 55 years ago — fittingly, he can’t record programs
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or fast forward through commercials. He even carries with him a hard cover world almanac from 1965 to keep up with “current” events. Natalie Devitt has covered the Twilight Zone and Outer Limits for the Galactic Journey since early 2018 said that Gideon is “a link between the present and the past ... but he’s also very technologically savvy.” One way that Marcus blends the two time periods is through social media. “The reason why I have the Twitter feed is because it’s actually a newsfeed. Every day there’s at least three posts that talks about something that happened that day,” said Marcus. Besides the time traveling, Marcus is a fiction writer, contributing the story “Andy and Trina” in “Tales from Alternate Earths 2: Eleven new broadcasts from parallel dimensions,” which was published last year. He also started a publishing house called Journey Press. The publishing entity was used for his recent work called “Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women (19581963)” where he merges sci-fi stories from women during the early Space Age. “I didn’t set out for the Journey to be a feminist project,” said Marcus. “It just sort of happened.” Marcus said that he was intrigued by women scifi authors as there is often “something fundamentally different,” when compared to similar literature from male counterparts. After Marcus recently gave a talk at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, Executive Director Andrea Decker said, “He is a historian with a huge passion for America’s (mostly) and the world’s space programs. It is clear he has done extensive research, and because he has done so, has gained access to legends and information in the space program field that not everyone has access to.” One of the longest tenured writers on the Galactic Journey staff is Rosemary Benton. She has reviewed U.S. films for Galactic Journey since 2013 and believes the blog has found success because, “The people who really enjoy that era of pop culture, as well as the history that inspired it, are gaining momentum online.” Marcus says that the best part of the Galactic Journey is that its content is able to connect with people regardless of age: “With older people I gets to reminisce with them, with young people it’s an introduction.” For the future, one thing that Marcus is looking forward to is the unveiling of “Star Trek.” However, he did mention that he should technically know nothing more than the fact that they are filming a pilot for the show as of The Traveler’s current place in time: June 1964. The end goal for Galactic Journey is for Marcus to do this so long that in 2013 he can bring the 55-year trip full-circle. Marcus said he wants to be able to document the beginnings of his own project to say “there’s a new blog coming out called Galactic Journey.”
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Blind Stokers Club helps cyclists connect By Lucia Viti
REGION — The Blind Stokers Club is more than a cycling club. Membership in this unique organization transforms lives through the alliance of its members — sighted, blind and visually impaired — as they share the joy of recreational tandem cycling. Teamwork, mentoring and adventure underscore the simple pleasure of cycling with those who can’t see well enough to do so alone. All ages and athletic levels are welcome. Equipment is provided and membership is free. Founded by Dave White in 2007, the Blind Stokers Club teams tandem cyclists and coordinates rides throughout San Diego’s cycling hot spots, including track cycling at the San Diego Velodrome and North Island’s Naval Air Station. Sighted captains/pilots are paired “accordingly” to visually impaired or blind stokers. Tandem bikes are donated. Stokers receive clothing, equipment and transportation to and from all rides and social activities. The club even loans home-training systems for riders to spin independently. The club no overhead, paid staff, or brick-andmortar facility. Everything is done via volunteers, although the club chooses to sidestep the “v” word. “We don’t use the ‘v’ word because we don’t feel like volunteers,” White said. “We’re an equal give and take of a two-person team. We collaborate to ride efficiently while having fun and sharing social activities.” Seasoned cyclists become captains after completing the League of American Cyclists Smart Cycling Course followed by a training program with a sighted stoker to learn the special skills associated with pulling a heavier load. “As a captain, I’m an extension of the athlete who rides without fear of repercussions,” said pilot Greg Smeltzer. “I can’t trip, crash, or run my stoker into the ground. I’m a tool just like the bike is a tool.” Smeltzer described guiding as a win-win that “gives back while doing something that I love.” “We befriend the ath-
JEFF GEMAR, tandem pilot, and stoker Lex Gillette, a Paralympic Games medalist, ride across the Coronado Bay Bridge during the Blind Stokers Club’s Bike the Bay. The club was founded in 2007. Photo courtesy of Dave White/BSC
letes,” he continued. “We banter, laugh, chat, joke and groove into a rhythm. Pilots learn the stoker’s benchmark to establish and achieve goals. We empower each other, building on the good to promote ability rather than disability.” Upon the loss of his vision 10 years ago, 65-year old Rocky Camp, a former veterinarian and triathlete, isolated himself into a depression. “Disability makes a difference,” he said. “It’s hard.” Camp moved to Southern California after learning about the Blind Stokers Club to become a more active member. “The BSC enabled me to return outdoors to do things I love,” he said. “Captains are trusted without question. It’s wonder-
fully freeing. I pinch myself every time we ride. Members are generous, kind and eager to help. I’ve made lifelong friends.” Today, Camp describes the challenges associated with his vision loss as opportunities for personal growth. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and the world around me,” he continued. “I no longer take things for granted. The positive experiences I’ve shared with my family because of my vision loss has brought us closer together.” Legally blind since birth, stoker Terry Meehan lauds the club as an “amazing and brave” endeavor whose real genius lays in its ability to solve the obvious obstacle. “The Blind Stokers Club elegantly solved the
fundamental problem stokers face — getting from point A to point B,” he said. “The simplicity of transportation created opportunities that we wouldn’t have if not for the planning and coordination of family and friends.” The Kentucky native rides “fearlessly,” enhanced by a freedom to move his legs that sighted people wouldn’t think twice about.” “The freedom to cruise downhill at 45 miles per
hour is crazy, amazing and empowering,” Meehan said. “To pursue athletics for the sake of athletics allows you to grow physically and emotionally and discover what you can do.” “Blindness is an agency, an independence one has to take back,” he continued. “Athletics supports an inherent dignity for doing your best without competition. Captains ride with pride — sharing what they love with a friend. The BSC is a familial community where the blind and sighted partner-up as equals.” Meehan commended the valuable experiences made possible by the Blind Stokers Club. “Participating in a team sport, that is working with someone towards a common goal, is a gift made possible for the unsighted — like me — because of the club,” he said. “Blindness can isolate. Tandem riding is a partnered activity that connects me with the rest of the world.” White describes the efficient, unincorporated club’s philanthropic path as “unconventional.” “The BSC uses a lean, no-frills approach that captures in-kind contributions with little cash,” he said. “We’re a true community service, modeled through the simplicity of team work.” The Blind Stokers Club is a nonprofit organization
that partners with the San Diego Center for the Blind as its 501 3 (c) partner. “These partnerships transform strangers into friends,” White said. Vista’s Carol Corcoran discovered the club from Vista’s San Diego Center for the Blind. The former swimmer and “never before” cyclist, was paired with Sabine, a “a terrific cyclist and a beautiful person.” “We immediately became a pair,” Corcoran said. “We had a great time. I learned so much about the aspects of cycling, endurance and nutrition. To this day, I’m very active in the club not only for the cycling events but for the social events. The Blind Stokers Club has become family.” The club has received multiple requests to open satellite chapters globally. White’s polite denial is accompanied by encouragement. “We encourage others to use our simple, homegrown and no overhead approach to create a network of clubs tailored to suit local needs, resources and lifestyles,” he said. Although the year’s bi-monthly rides are scheduled in January, many members conduct rides outside of the club’s orbit. “The BSC is amazing a diverse group across generations and cultures sharing their love of biking,” Meehan said.
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Reset your brain, and then you’ll regain your life CARLSBAD — If your brain could take a look in the mirror, what would it see? For many of us, it would be stress. “Our brains get stuck in a stress state,” Donna Johnson, owner of Cereset Carlsbad, said. “Our fascinating brains do everything so well, but they don’t realize when they are stuck.” Stress affects us in areas that are vital to our overall well-being. Cereset helps your brain reset itself, restoring your brain’s rhythm naturally, enabling it to manage stress more effectively. The process begins with an evaluation, which includes a baseline measurement of your brainwave frequencies. Before sessions start, clients rate specific areas, including energy, mood, sleep, ability to cope with stress, and cognitive abilities. “After completing the sessions, we have clients rate these areas again, and
Odd Files Alabama Is the New Florida The Limestone County (Alabama) Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for Mickey Paulk, 35, after executing a search warrant at an Athens apartment where he was believed to be living on June 17. While Paulk was not at the apartment at the time, officers did find meth, drug paraphernalia, ammunition and body armor, along with DeezNutz, Paulk’s “attack squirrel,” in a cage in the apartment. Sheriff’s deputy Stephen Young told The News Courier officers were told Paulk feeds the squirrel meth to keep it aggressive, which Paulk denied in a Facebook video. Officers released the squirrel into the wild, but Paulk (still on the run) later told news outlets he went back to the apartment and whistled, and DeezNutz returned to him. A GoFundMe page established to help Paulk pay his legal fees includes a post saying the squirrel has been “safely gotten ... out of Alabama and it is being boarded until his owner’s legal issues can be settled.” The Limestone sheriff’s office took to Twitter to warn locals to be wary of Paulk:
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typically see life-changing improvements!” she added. Although it’s highly scientific, the process is simple. “We measure brainwaves through sensors on the scalp, and they are converted to digital engineered tones played back to the client through ear buds,” Donna said. “The brain can then see the imbalances and the lobes start to communicate
better. Sessions take place in a zero-gravity chair and clients find it highly relaxing.” For Donna and her husband, Keith, the decision to open a Cereset in North County was personal. “We got involved through a son who was dealing with a lot of difficulties after several concussions,” she said. “He was greatly affected by the
time he was in his 30s. He was depressed and couldn’t think clearly. I heard about Cereset and he had a series of sessions. The light came back in his eyes. He had hope for the future again.” A similar situation arose with the Johnsons’ grandson, David. “He had suddenly become nearly bedridden after a concussion six months earlier,” Donna
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“Mickey Paulk is a fleeing felon with felony warrants unrelated to his squirrel.” (UPDATE: Shortly before press time, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter that Paulk had been arrested Thursday night, June 27.) [News Courier, 6/21/2019]
nesting herring gulls terrorized them each time they emerged from their home. “If I try to go out of the door, the two adult birds are right there, and I’ve got no chance,” Roy told the Mirror. At one point, Roy was attacked so viciously on the back of the head that he had to go to the hospital for treatment. Roy contacted animal organizations, but they offered no remedies for the violent birds: It’s breeding season, and herring gulls are protected when nesting. “The whole thing has been terrible,” Roy lamented. [Mirror, 6/21/2019]
guan Hospital, where an X-ray revealed the missing house keys lodged deep in his esophagus. Doctors first thought emergency surgery would be necessary to retrieve the keys, but with the help of a muscle-relaxing drug, a gastroenterologist was able to pull them out through his mouth. [OddityCentral, 6/13/2019]
The woman had made noise during her confinement, but Glass explained that the jail is a noisy place, and the staff couldn’t figure out where the noise was coming from as she moved from floor to floor. Paramedics were called and the woman was offered hospital care, but she declined, saying, “No, I just want to go home.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/19/2019]
The Continuing Crisis Early-bird travelers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport got a rude awakening on June 21 when an unnamed man tried to pass through a TSA checkpoint entirely naked. According to WXYZ, the man approached the checkpoint and removed all his clothing, then removed a barrier and approached a metal detector. Officers didn’t allow him through the metal detector, so he ran around it, where he was caught and covered with plastic trash bags. A bystander said he was calm and compliant while being detained. Law enforcement determined he was not a threat and took him to a local hospital. [WXYZ, 6/21/2019] Hitchcockian Roy and Brenda Pickard of Knotts End, Lancashire, England, lived in a 1960s horror film for a week in June as a pair of
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News You Can Use Equality got a boost in Argentina in June when that country’s National Appeal Court ordered a man to pay his ex-wife 8 million pesos (about $178,000) for 27 years of housework. Newsweek reported Judge Victoria Fama reasoned that the wife, who holds a degree in economics, put her career aside for the entirety of their marriage to keep house and raise children, and by the time her husband left her in 2009, she was too old to compete in the job market. “The economic dependence of wives on their husbands is one of the central mechanisms through which women are subordinated in society,” the judge stated. Meanwhile, the husband was living “a good life.” [Newsweek, 6/11/2019] Awesome! A 26-year-old man identified only as Chang from Guangdong, China, went out for a Friday night of drinking with friends on June 7 and returned home to find that his keys were missing. Someone inside let him in, and he went to bed to sleep it off. The next morning, the Chinese news site Sohu reported, Chang awoke with a sharp pain in his chest and went to Dong-
Compelling Explanation The Behney House Hotel in Myerstown, Pennsylvania, was evacuated after police responded to a reported bomb threat there on June 23, reported WPMT. When officers arrived, they found David Oxenreider, 28, who lives at the hotel, and the homemade bomb he claimed to have made next to a dumpster outside the building. Oxenreider told police he made the bomb to get their attention because he was frustrated that his attempts to warn officials about aliens hadn’t been taken seriously. According to the criminal complaint, Oxenreider said he encountered a UFO and aliens in 2014, who told him “humans need to start being good people, or else they were going to destroy the Earth with a nuclear laser beam.” Police disarmed the device and arrested Oxenreider. [WPMT, 6/24/2019] Least Competent Criminal An unnamed woman arrested earlier was released from the St. Louis Justice Center on the morning of June 5 — sort of. Jail staff gave her clear instructions about how to get out of the building, according to corrections commissioner Dale Glass, but instead she got on the elevator, pushed all the buttons, and got off at the fifth floor, where she exited through a fire door into a stairwell, locking herself in, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Two and a half days later, staff finally saw her peering through a window in one of the doors.
Oops! Holmes Beach (Florida) police posted a query on their Facebook page on June 15 regarding an unusual item that had washed up on the shore and was turned in by a local resident: a prosthetic ear. Social media did its magic, and the ear and its owner were reunited five days later. The Associated Press reported that a Beaufort, South Carolina, couple had been vacationing in the Tampa Bay area, and the man was putting the rubber ear in his pocket for safekeeping when a wave knocked it out of his hand. Police Sgt. Brian Hall said he would mail the ear back to its owner, as prosthetic ears can be very pricey. [Associated Press, 6/20/2019] Inexplicable Do you ever wish you hadn’t invested in a Ring doorbell? On June 22, while Wilton Thomas of North Lauderdale, Florida, was at work, his doorbell camera captured a man in a green car pull into his driveway, exit the car, remove his shirt and crouch down to relieve himself. He used the shirt to clean himself up, then left the mess behind and drove away. Thomas told WPLG he would have understood if the man had knocked and said, “Man, you know what, I had an emergency. I had nowhere to go, and this is where I had to do what I had to do.” The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. [WPLG, 6/24/2019]
all-day hike with his friends and has been on the go ever since!” A series of sessions includes four close-together visits. “With these sessions, the brain starts making new pathways that enable better communication in the different lobes of the brain. Over the following three weeks, the client’s brain will continue working on making these new pathways stronger,” Donna said. Following the series, clients continue with daily in-home unit sessions using a headband that take just a few minutes. Gradually the in-home sessions can be decreased to a few times a month. “It is so rewarding to be able to help people,” Keith said. Cereset Carlsbad is located at 3141 Tiger Run Court, Suite 113. For more information, call (442) 2041063 or visit www.cereset. com
Man dies after scooter crash REGION — Authorities on June 27 publicly identified a 48-year-old man who was killed the previous weekend in a collision between two electric scooters on the Mission Beach Boardwalk. Brian Witzeman of Mesa, Arizona, and a female friend, 22, were riding the two-wheelers next to each other in the 3300 block of Ocean Front Walk when they collided and fell onto the concrete pedestrian path about 1:30 p.m. June 23, according to San Diego police. Both suffered scrapes and bruises, and Witzeman complained of chest pains. Medics took him to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he was pronounced dead, police Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said. A preliminary autopsy report concluded that Witzeman died of blunt- force trauma to his torso. It was the second fatal accident involving a motorized scooter in the city. Since Jan. 1, there have been at least 15 reported serious crashes involving the popular single-person rental conveyances in San Diego, according to Takeuchi. “The injuries range from serious fractures to significant head injuries,” Takeuchi said. “Scooter riders should be aware of their surroundings and yield to pedestrians when appropriate.” The city is implementing new regulations on dockless devices, including motorized scooters, Takeuchi said. Starting July 1, operators of the machines will be required to reduce speeds in specific areas, including beacharea boardwalks. — City News Service
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Carlsbad’s Rouleur Brewing — a craft beer tour de force craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh
ou don’t need to ride bikes, speak French, or drink Belgian-style beers to enjoy Rouleur Brewing in Carlsbad. The name of the brewery and most of the names of the individual beers are derived from French terms related to road cycling. Think Tour de France. Though in this case, it is a brewing tour de force. Rawley Macias, sole owner and brewer, says he doesn’t mind how you pronounce “Rouleur.” I grew up in Canada, however, and my exposure to French means that when people say it as “ruler,” it nearly kills me. If a French accent isn’t your strong suit, just make sure you emphasize the second syllable: roo-LER. Macias himself exemplifies the concept of “un rouleur” (literally, “one who rolls”) from competitive road cycling: a generalist who can step up to do any job his team needs him to do. Although Rouleur Brewing makes a big im-
pression in North County and in San Diego in general, they are in fact quite a small operation. Macias does most everything himself. He has just three employees: two part-time beertenders and a full-time sales rep. That means that in addition to the brewing, Macias also does the marketing, the social media, all the cycling and charity events Rouleur puts on and participates in, not to mention taking care of the business side of things. Needless to say, Macias is eager to add a marketing position and an assistant brewer position soon, so he won’t have to work long hours every day anymore. His current profession is a big change from a few years ago, when he was working as a mechanical engineer. Even then, however, he was passionate about home brewing, which he did for 12 years before “turning pro” when Rouleur opened in early 2017. In the tasting room, the photos and other art are all cycling-themed. The most prominent is a kinetic sculpture made of bicycle wheels and chains. Rouleur sponsors several local cycling groups: an elite women’s competitive team, a triathlon team, and two local cycling clubs. Rouleur has made such a name
in the local cycling community that they are involved in every local cycling event in one way or another. Rouleur hosts weekly Thursday night group rides that typically involve about 40 riders. On the holiday rides, as many as 250 riders come out. The rides range from 20 to 80 miles in length. Macias himself didn’t start cycling seriously until he turned 30; he just turned 36 a couple of weeks ago. The next iteration of Rouleur, which Macias is planning now, will be more generally themed around an active lifestyle. Exactly when the next step will take place is somewhat up in the air. Rouleur’s lease in their current Brewery Ignitor space ends in about half a year. Before then, Macias and Rouleur will be making some decisions about future directions and timelines. Building another brewery in North County seems likely. Their current space just isn’t big enough to meet demand for their multi-awardwinning beers. In their first nine months, Rouleur produced about 450 barrels of beer. (A barrel contains 248 pints.) In 2018, production increased to 700 barrels; in 2019, they are on track to produce about 1,000 barrels, which is close to
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maximum capacity in their current configuration. The fermenting tanks are nearly always full, Macias says, which is why he is installing two new fermenters soon. After that there is no more space in the location, which would mean expanding into nearby warehouse space in the same complex, or looking for new digs altogether. The advantage of Rouleur’s current location is that it is a Brewery Ignitor, an HG Fenton concept that includes the tasting room and brewing system as well as the space itself. The idea is that a new brewery can move in quickly, do a proof of concept, establish a brand, build a customer base, and then move out within a year or two to establish their own location. The first Brewery Ignitor opened in Mira Mesa, and is home to Amplified Ale Works and Pure Project. The second Brewery Ignitor, in North Park, is home
to Eppig Brewing, Pariah Brewing and JuneShine Hard Kombucha. While a Brewery Ignitor location helps a brewery get open quickly without having to do a buildout or raise a lot of capital to buy equipment, there are some disadvantages, too. Among these is the fact that the rent is about four times higher than it would be for an empty space. The locations were designed without input from brewers, so there are various little issues that make things difficult (inadequate drains, cramped systems, insufficient cold storage, and so on). Most problematic, however, is the fact that the brewing systems installed are not big enough, even brewing flat out, to allow breweries to cover rent and other costs while saving up enough to move on to their own spaces. Rouleur is doing everything they can to grow,
though. The two new fermenters, taking advantage of mobile canning services to get their products out to local bottle shops, developing new beers that appeal to hot trends, and making the very best beer that they can. “We don’t release a beer unless we are happy with it,” Macias says. That last part in particular is working incredibly well. Macias is proud of the fact that brewers at other breweries regularly come by his spot to drink his beer. Another measure of that brewing quality is the fact that Rouleur has been winning a lot of medals in important beer competitions. In 2018, Rouleur won a bronze at the World Beer Cup — the Olympics of the beer world — for Domestique, a Belgian-style blonde ale. Rouleur won a San Diego International Beer Competition bronze medal in 2018 for Puncheur, a pale ale; that same beer won a Gold at the 2019 Los Angeles International Beer Festival (LAIBF) and another bronze at the 2019 San Diego International Beer Competition (SDIBC). In total, Rouleur won four medals at the 2019 SDIBC (one gold, two silvers, one bronze), and four awards at the 2019 LAIBF (one gold, one bronze, one bronze for a collaboration beer with next door neighbor Papa Marce’s Cerveceria, plus an honorable mention). That makes Rouleur one of the most-awarded breweries at the two most important California beer competitions of 2019. Although when Rouleur first opened they had a focus on Belgian-style beers, today only three of their 14 taps are Belgians. The rest are the usual mix for a San Diego brewery — pale ales, IPAs, a stout, and so on. New releases in the last few weeks include a raspberry-lime hard seltzer and a Japanese-style lager called Raida, Japanese for “rider.” With its combination of skill, passion and discipline, I expect Rouleur to go far.
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A rts &Entertainment Solana Beach unveils ‘fire wall’ art piece By Lexy Brodt
TIM BESSELL is a shaper who designs boards using graphics from famous artists such as Andy Warhol. Courtesy photo
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t an early age, Tim Bessell was exposed to the world of art by his mother. As a result, he gained an interest and appreciation for the subculture that would shape his future to come. By the age of 13, Bessell was making a name for himself as a surfer and as a shaper in his hometown in La Jolla. Later on, he opened Bessell Surfboards, and by 1987, the company had grown into one of the largest surfboard manufac-
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turers in Southern California. Tim Bessell also made a name for himself as an artist, with exhibitions as far away as Japan. In the Artist Series, he created surfboards that combine graphics inspired by famous artists and Bessell’s most popular board shapes. His first Artist Series were released in limited editions in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, having been on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Tim’s surfboards will be on display at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad through Aug. 17. See more of Tim's work at www.bessellsurf.com. More at www.bobcoletti. com/CAArtNews
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The iPalpiti Music Festival kicks off with Virtuosi I, featuring Samuel Nebyu, violin, and Agnieszka Podlucka, viola, at 7:30 p.m. July 10 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $35 at encinitas.tix. com for concerts July 10-13.
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North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Another Roll Of The Dice” through Aug. 4 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Performances Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Talkback with cast and director July 19.
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Solana Beach Concerts at the Cove brings Ginger Cowgirl to the Fletcher Cove Park stage, 6 to 7:45 p.m. July 11 at Fletcher Cove, 111 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. Bring low-back beach chairs, ground cover and picnics. No alcohol, tobacco, pets or personal barbecues allowed.
SOLANA BEACH — As the sun sets over the city, a luminescent wall of flaming colors lights up at the peak of Lomas Santa Fe Drive. On June 13, city officials and locals gathered in front of the city’s fire station to welcome what Mayor Dave Zito described as the “beautiful piece of art we have as a new member of our community.” The permanent public art piece is an approximately 11-foot-tall sculpture, a caged wall filled with chunk glass meant to resemble the embers of a burning fire. The wall is partly surrounded by painted glass panels, which match the colors of the chunk glass. The piece, created by Del Mar artist Betsy Schultz, has been in the making for quite some time. But according to Schultz, the chunk glass that composes the majority of the sculpture’s substance was deposited in about eight days. At the city’s June “dedication” event, Schultz discussed the process of carefully placing the red, yellow and orange pieces in the cage. “It’s not just like we dropped (them) in,” Schultz said, recalling how she and several collaborators worked “rain or shine” to complete the elaborate sculpture. The piece is just one segment of a larger project, which renovated the entire, approximately 3,000-square-foot space in front of the fire station. Through the collaboration between Schultz, Van Dyke Landscape Architects, the city’s Civic and Historical Society and a local garden club called the
DEL MAR ARTIST Betsy Schultz poses with the “fire wall,” now a permanent public art piece in Solana Beach. The 11-foot-tall structure houses chunk glass that changes color throughout the day. Photo by Lexy Brodt
SeaWeeders, the area now hosts an educational native plant garden, a seating area and an arrangement of drought-resistant plants. Mitch Phillippe, a principal with Van Dyke, said the firewall represents the ever-present threat of fires in the region, with the surrounding garden area representing a “defensible landscape” of adaptable plants that could survive or even discourage the event of a fire. “(The city) wanted this garden to represent an appropriate coastal landscape for Solana Beach,” Phillippe explained. “So that’s why the plants that you see are very adaptable to this climate and this area.” But it also serves as a representation of the city’s
efforts to prioritize public art. The city’s public art program was established in 2008, after which the Public Arts Commission suggested sites around the city that would be suitable for public art. The lawn in front of the fire station was added to the program in 2012, and like many of the city’s public art efforts, was initially envisioned as a temporary project. However, the commission recommended the city council approve the fire station location for a permanent installation. The area was previously a grass lawn that required consistent irrigation — the city was hoping to make the space more drought-tolerant.
After requesting submissions, the city received nine proposals for the project, which was eventually narrowed down to Schultz and Phillippe’s proposal. Attendees of the community “dedication” celebrated the culmination of years of effort — both on the part of the artists and landscapers that brought it to life, and the city commissioners who put the idea into motion. “All these projects take a lot of people to get done and it seems like it should be simple but it’s always a big production,” said Schultz. The big production had its desired effect, with happy residents attending to appreciate the glowing piece as night came on. “I love it, I like the way it changes according to the time of day,” said Solana Beach resident Halle Shilling. Shilling, a 13-year-resident, said she hopes her kids will stop to admire the piece on their walks home from school, describing it as “something we can appreciate for years and years.” The “dedication” took place in the Fire Station’s front lot — with several of the city’s firefighters looking on. Although the department was not a major participant in the piece’s progression, Battalion Chief Robert Ford is happy with the station’s new neighbor. Ford grew up across the street from the site, and was wowed by the complete transformation of the area — as well as the impact of the sculpture on the site, particularly at nighttime. “When it’s lit up, you definitely notice,” Ford said.
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