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VOL. 15, N0. 6
MARCH 15, 2019
Library turns to community for new roof
School board eyes electronic locks for Rowe
By Christina Macone-Greene
By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — For decades, the Rancho Santa Fe Library has undergone roof patching and repairs. Despite these efforts, the heavy rains have soaked through the roof damaging books and the library’s interior from water damage. The hardest hit has been the Children’s Library. The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild decided it was time to launch its Redo the Roof Campaign. “Our biggest concern we have right now, particularly with the amount of rain that we have had, is that our little 50-year-old roof is not holding up very well, and we have patched for years,” Sara Shafer, Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild executive director, said. In 2017, the Children’s Library, located on the upper level, lost hundreds of books with an estimated loss of more than $2,000 in picture books. “We lost more children’s books this year,” Susan Appleby, the guild’s associate director, said. “It seems like if there is a storm with a lot of water it creates new cracks into the repairs.” According to Appleby, the Children’s Library recently sustained about $3,500 worth of damage which included brand new books. Hundreds of books were damaged, and the county cannot replace those books due to budget constraints. Once books are water damaged they are deTURN TO ROOF ON 20
efforts, as well as certain land use decisions such as the environmental review of development projects. “You don’t have to be a professional botanist to find a new occurrence,” said Patten, as she led the group to a Rancho Santa Fe entrance of the Coast-to-Crest trail. The event, hosted by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, was meant to serve as a “training wheels” treasure hunt for participants looking to take their outdoorsmanship to a new level.
RANCHO SANTA FE — A special board meeting on Feb. 20 offered board members of the Rancho Santa Fe School District the opportunity to discuss the options of access control systems, electronic locks, and manual locks following a presentation by Jeff Kaye of School Safety Operations based in San Marcos. All board members were present for Kaye’s follow-up report on the school’s Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment. Kaye said his end goal is to bring the district into recommended best practices. At times, he referred to the After-Action Reports following the devastating school shootings at Sandy Hook and Stoneman Douglas for the purpose of recommendations. Kaye said that while R. Roger Rowe had a high baseline regarding “safety and security,” the proposed door security project would add to an already existing high level of campus safety. “The desired goal is to have every door be locked (from the inside) without the use of a key and without being able to open the door,” he said, adding how a teacher or other staff member could look at the door and determined its locked position. There are currently 71 doors at the R. Roger Rowe campus, which are all manual. Kaye also noted that it would be optimal to eliminate keys. In circumstances of an extreme stress incident, fine motor skills might
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ABOUT 15 plant enthusiasts from across San Diego County gathered March 8 to participate in a “treasure hunt,” an event hosted by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Photo by Lexy Brodt
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Plant enthusiasts hunt for treasures in Rancho Santa Fe By Lexy Brodt
RANCHO SANTA FE — Several plant enthusiasts meandered up a lush, off-trail hill in the Santa Fe Valley Open Space on a cool day in early March, their eyes peeled to the ground. To the untrained eye, the group seemed to be looking for something lost in the bushes. But the participants — led by California Native Plant Society Rare Plant Biologist Amy Patten — were actually “treasure hunting” for a plant called the Juncus Acutus Leopoldii. The plant, commonly called a spiny rush, is na-
tive to California. “What a rush!” said one participate as the group finished their count, adding to the morning’s panoply of plant puns. “Treasure hunting” is a method by which individuals can observe “occurrences” of a rare plant in certain locations and submit them to the California Natural Diversity Database, an inventory of the state’s rare plants and animals and their locations and statuses. Operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the database helps inform research and conservation
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New season at Moonlight Amphitheatre kicks off in April Special to The Coast News
VISTA — If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy new tunes, old tunes and an outdoor movie or two, you need to check out the upcoming city of Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre’s fourth season kicking off April 12. “We’ve got some fun exciting stuff happening as we’ve been able to get some bigger names this year,” Managing Director Colleen Kollar Smith said. She said entertainment acts tend to be surprised by the venue itself as they have an expectation in their mind before they perform. “ … then they are blown away by the venue itself when they get here,” she said. “Artists are often surprised by the venue because they are expecting something small.” The theater seats 2,000 including lawn chairs and general lawn seating — and each has different price levels depending on where you choose to sit, she said. The programming runs through December and combines a mixture of acts, performances and even outdoor movies. “I’m most excited about the diversity of the season ahead and the fact that we are going to be bringing in such different groups of audiences,” she said. “I love our family movie nights because we always provide preshow activities — our intention was to get young people and young families into the theater for the first time — not just to watch the movies but to get them into the theater to engage in the space. “We always have a communal art activity they can get involved in,” she continued. “When we played ‘Coco’ we made a community project where people could write their names on an archway. When we had a film about witches, we made a witch’s hat where they could draw and add their art to it. “I get particularly excited when I see young people engaging in the space,” she said. “I’m hopeful that we will bring in new audiences and I’m excited to see who is going to be in our space based on this wide variety of programming. This is our biggest season yet!” For its upcoming season of concerts and movie nights, Moonlight Presents will offer an expanded calendar of events at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, the picturesque outdoor venue located within Brengle Terrace Park. The season is sponsored by Vista-based Dr. Bronner’s, concert packages and single tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 9 by phone at (760) 724-2110, online at moonlightstage.com, and in person at VisTix, 200 Civic Center Drive. “Moonlight Presents was intended to expand the amphitheater’s offerings outside of our summer season of Broadway musicals,” Kollar Smith said. “Last year, we grew our audience
wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. With an all-star cast of Moonlight favorites and orchestra, this is an evening you won’t want to miss! This is a co-production between Moonlight Stage Productions and the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Please note tickets for this performance will go on sale on March 30. MOVIE NIGHT: ‘THE GOONIES’ Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 and $10 Bring the family to watch a group of misfit kids who set out to find a pirates’ THE MILLENNIAL FALCONS play before the May 4 showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakancient treasure in this great ens.” Courtesy photo 1980s classic. “Goonies” themed activities before the by more than 40 percent tina band, The Millennial JOHN WAITE movie! over the previous years’ at- Falcons, on stage before the Saturday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. tendance. We are thrilled movie. SWEET & TENDER Tickets: $22 to $57 that our community is emHOOLIGANS: THE ULTIMATE bracing The Moonlight as a ROGER CLYNE & 1970s and 1980s Rock TRIBUTE TO MORRISSEY year-round entertainment THE PEACEMAKERS icon John Waite and his AND THE SMITHS destination. With the gen- Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. band will perform his cata- Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. erous underwriting from Tickets: $15 to $40 logue of hits from his 40-year Tickets: $15 to $40 Dr. Bronner’s, we are able career as a solo artist and to offer an eclectic line-up Los Angeles-based Hailed as one of the his time as lead singer of the in 2019 which to date is our most exciting live acts on the bands The Babys and Bad Sweet and Tender Hoolilargest presenting season.” road today, Roger Clyne & English. His catalogue of gans, hailed as the ultimate Wondering what you The Peacemakers are musi- hits includes the No. 1 world- tribute to Morrissey and can look forward to? Here’s cal beacons of the Southwest wide hit “Missing You,” The Smiths, have delivered fueled by witty and insight- The Babys’ “Isn’t It Time,” for more than two decades the exciting line-up: ful lyrics, crunching guitar and Bad English’s “When I a finely crafted show that riffs, a dynamic rhythm sec- See You Smile,” which rank pays homage to the legendCLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE tion and tequila. Bridging amongst some of his biggest ary singer and British indie Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. The Eagles’ “Hotel California” the gap between rock ’n roll, international hits and are band. Performing to soldroadhouse Americana, and still heard on radio today. out crowds throughout the Tickets: $15 to $40 the sound of the southwest, Other songs include “Tears,” U.S., Mexico and the U.K., Roger Clyne & The Peace- “Change,” “These Times front man Jose Maldonado Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. makers have carved out Are Hard for Lovers,” “Ev- channels Morrissey so conFleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” their own path for more than ery Step of the Way,” and vincingly that Moz himself Classic Albums Live 15 years. They’ve traveled “If Anybody Had a Heart.” has even jokingly taken returns to The Moonlight the world, sent eight albums Waite’s talent for power bal- the stage with the openstage with two ultimate al- to the top of the Billboard In- lads and driving arena rock ing line: “Hello, we are the bums, The Eagles’ “Hotel ternet Sales Chart, launched occasionally touched on new Sweet and Tender Hooligans California” and Fleetwood an annual music festival in wave-styled power pop mak- and I’m Jose.” From their Mac’s “Rumours.” Go back Mexico, started their own ing him a fixture of the rock era-perfect style to Maldoin time with this perfect line of ultra-premium tequi- ’n roll scene. Waite contin- nado’s Morrissey-inspired recreation of these unfor- la, and built a global com- ues to forge his own singu- coif, the band never fails to gettable timeless albums. munity of music-lovers and larly personal path of cel- satisfy even the most rigorClassic Albums Live has peacemakers — all the while ebrating the present while ous Smiths purists. become the ultimate desti- remaining 100 percent inde- engaged by the promise of the future. The story is far THE DOO-WOP PROJECT nation for music lovers want- pendent. from over for the Lancast- Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. ing to hear the greatest aler, England-born Rock star/ Tickets: $15 to $40 bums performed live. Some THE PETTYBREAKERS balladeer/storyteller who of the world’s most skilled Saturday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. Back by popular dewas inspired onto his musimusicians and vocalists will Tickets: $15 to $40 cal path by blues, soul and mand at The Moonlight, The re-create “Hotel California” The PettyBreakers is country along with a deep Doo-Wop Project begins at and “Rumours” live, note for note, cut for cut, followed the nation’s premiere Tom connection to the Celtic folk the beginning: tracing the evolution of doo-wop from by a second act of Greatest Petty and the Heartbreak- music of his homeland. the classic sound of five guys Hits from each band. Fri- ers tribute band. The band singing tight harmonies on day night, enjoy hit Eagles’ accurately recreates the INTO THE WOODS a street corner to the bigtracks like the Grammy-win- sights, sounds, and concert IN CONCERT gest hits on the radio today. ning “New Kid in Town,” experience of a Tom Petty Saturday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. In this epic concert, go on a as well as deep cuts like concert. You will hear all Tickets: $10 to $45 musical journey from foun“Wasted Time.” You’ll want the classics that you know to return on Saturday to en- and love: “American Girl,” James Lapine and Ste- dational tunes of groups like joy the thrilling energy and “Breakdown,” “Free Fal- phen Sondheim take ev- The Crests, The Belmonts, genius of Fleetwood Mac’s lin’,” “Mary Jane’s Last eryone’s favorite storybook and The Flamingos through hits “Go Your Own Way,” Dance,” and more. If you are characters and bring them their influences on the “The Chain,” and “Dreams.” a Tom Petty fan, you will not together for a timeless, yet sounds of Smokey Robinson, “Hotel California” and “Ru- want to miss this evening relevant, piece. This one- The Temptations, and The mours” will play exactly as that honors the music of the night-only fundraising con- Four Seasons all the way you remember on the turn- legendary American musi- cert version of this modern to doo-wopified versions of cal icon. table. classic brings to life the sto- modern musicians like Miry of a baker and his wife, chael Jackson, Jason Mraz MOVIE NIGHT: MAY THE FOURTH BE who wish to have a child; and Maroon 5. Featuring ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ WITH YOU CELEBRATION! Cinderella, who wishes to at- stars of Broadway’s smash Friday, May 31, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4 tend the King’s Festival; and hits, “The Jersey Boys and Concert: 6:30 p.m. Jack, who wishes his cow Motown: The Musical, the Tickets: $5 and $10 Movie: 8 p.m. would give milk. When the Doo-Wop Project” brings Tickets: $10 and $15 Hop in your DeLorean baker and his wife learn that unparalleled authenticity of and enjoy the quintessential they cannot have a child be- sound and vocal excellence “Star Wars: The Force 1980s movie coming to The cause of a witch’s curse, the to recreate — and in some Awakens” on the big screen Moonlight! 1980s-themed two set off on a journey to cases entirely reimagine — along with the hottest can- pre-movie fun for the family. break the curse. Everyone’s some of the greatest music
in American pop and rock history! SIMON AND GARFUNKEL LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK REVISITED Saturday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $40 In 1981, more than 500,000 music fans gathered in Central Park to witness the legendary reunion of folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. Award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers re-create that magical night. With dulcet vocals harmonizing over lilting guitar, you will hear all the beloved poetic masterpieces that made Simon & Garfunkel famous: “Mrs. Robinson,” “Homeward Bound,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence,” and many more. MOVIE NIGHT: ‘ELF’ Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 and $15 Experience the adventures of Buddy the Elf in this modern Christmas classic on the big screen. Arrive early for a snow play area for the kids and other holiday-themed activities for the family. TOP OF THE WORLD: A CARPENTERS HOLIDAY CONCERT Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $40 This Carpenters tribute band brings the most authentic versions of the original duo’s music to the stage. No doubt you will be singing along as they perform holiday hits along with Carpenters favorites like “Close To You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Yesterday Once More,” “Top of the World,” “Superstar” and more. Lead singer Debbie Taylor captures the warm tones and contralto range that made Karen’s voice so unique. Sit back and enjoy as Debbie and her band take you on a nostalgic journey through the Carpenters Christmas album and other hits while sharing some of the backstories behind the music. The previously announced 39th summer season of Moonlight Stage Productions at the Moonlight Amphitheatre includes Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (June 12-29), Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical” (July 17 to Aug. 3), “West Side Story” (Aug. 14-31), “Victor’/ Victoria” (Sept. 11-28). Subscriptions go on sale March 9 followed by single tickets on March 30. For more information, visit moonlightstage.com or call (760) 724-2110.
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Salvation Army honors Ranch resident Del Mar latest to mull By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident and philanthropist Tamara Lafarga-Joseph will be among a group of women recognized for their community service and leadership this spring. Lafarga-Joseph will join 11 other women to be honored at the 54th annual Salvation Army Women of Dedication Luncheon on April 12 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina. The luncheon theme this year is “Women of Dedication All-Stars, Champions of Giving.” Chairing the event this year are Vicki Eddy, Judy Burer and Sandra Maas. The other women recognized on April 12 will be Mary Alice Brady, Diane Christensen, Doris Ellsworth, Laury Graves, Jane Klofkorn, Lynelle Lynch, Lydia McNeil, Mia Park, Marty Pendarvis, Louise Phipps and Marie Tuthill. “I feel honored to be in this group,” Lafarga-Joseph said. Philanthropy has always been paramount in Lafarga-Joseph's life. “I look at what a privilege and blessing it is to be involved in philanthropy. I really feel fortunate, and I consider this to be the renaissance of my life, and it brings me great joy,” she said. As far as Lafarga-Joseph is concerned, even the smallest acts of kindness go a long way.
TAMARA LAFARGA-JOSEPH will be honored at the Women of Dedication Luncheon on April 12. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
Lafarga-Joseph said the pulse of philanthropy is being a steward for causes that are underserved and underfunded with the goal of raising awareness. Her calling to help others began after college graduation. She served as a nutrition and health missionary with the Quiche Indians in Guatemala. Over the years, she continued to support other organizations while she pursued her entrepreneurial endeavors. Lafarga-Joseph was the gala chair in 2016 for Mira-
cle Babies and was named their honorary chair in 2017. The Rancho Santa Fe nonprofit offers emotional and financial support to families with critically ill newborns. She also penned a fundraising book titled, “Women’s Witticisms.” Additionally, Lafarga-Joseph served as gala chair with Foundation for Women, an international nonprofit that raises awareness and funds to end poverty. She also has strong ties to the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund and Visions
Global Empowerment. More recently in 2018, Lafarga-Joseph who is a board member of The Country Friends, co-chaired the Art of Fashion to help benefit the Rancho Santa Fe based nonprofit which funds local agencies. Lafarga-Joseph said she has met the most wonderful people in these organizations who are likeminded and want to contribute to others. “I go into these nonprofits thinking how I am going to help, but in turn, I’ve received so much back such as great friendships, memories, and life experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise,” she said. Lafarga-Joseph said that helping others was a cornerstone in her family. Her grandmother took care of those less fortunate by providing food and making quilts from scraps of fabric. During the Great Depression, her grandfather owned a dairy farm and gave families the food and necessities they needed. Lafarga-Joseph is quick to point out that people can help others even through the smallest of acts. “It can be done with a smile, a kind word, or showing gratitude. Focus on the little things but do it wholeheartedly and with love in your heart,” she said. To learn more about the Salvation Army Women of Dedication Luncheon on April 12, visit https://sdsawa.salvationarmy.org/.
DEL MAR — The county’s smallest city is hopping on the Community Choice Energy bandwagon, taking the early steps to push forward a potential program in North County. Community Choice Energy (CCE) is a means by which cities can procure energy on behalf of their residents, while maintaining local control over energy consumption. It often also allows cities to pursue more greenhouse gas free and renewable energy options. Del Mar, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside turned to EES Consulting, Inc. in early 2018 to draft a technical study to determine the feasibility of establishing a CCE (interchangeably referred to as Community Choice Aggre-
gation) in North County. Del Mar is the latest city to take up the recently released draft study as an item at its City Council meeting on March 4. The main takeaway from the study? A CCE is feasible among the four cities, and projected to yield sizable benefits. The council directed staff to continue their active participation in the CCE discussion, by participating in a public workshop in coordination with the other potential partner cities, soliciting community feedback and returning to City Council with the final study. Gary Saleba, the president/CEO of EES Consulting, anticipated the four TURN TO ENERGY ON 6
Ferrari driver flees after crash into power pole RANCHO SANTA FE — Authorities were searching for a driver who fled after crashing a Ferrari into a power pole last week in Rancho Santa Fe, knocking out electricity to 84 customers in the area. The crash, which involved a 2012 Ferrari, was reported shortly before 10:20 p.m. March 7 near the intersection of Avenida
de Acacias and La Granada, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said. The crash caused the 40-foot power pole to fall to the ground, leaving 84 San Diego Gas & Electric customers in the area in the dark, SDG&E spokesman Wes Jones said. — City News Service
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Latino voting dreams not coming true for big parties
Why I’m supporting Solana Beach Senior Care By Tom Golich
For 50 years, my family and I have called Solana Beach home. I am proud to have served for six of those years on the City Council and continue to take great pleasure in volunteering. I love my house and I love my little town. But today, at 81, I’m thinking about what happens next. My wife and I are talking about options that would allow us to stay here in Solana Beach. That’s why we are supporting the Solana Beach Senior Care proposal that is up for a vote of the people. Voters will receive mail-in ballots in April. The Solana Beach Senior Care project would provide assisted-living and memory care for up to 99 residents and offer housekeeping, meals, laundry, transportation and other forms of non-medical assistance. It would be the first residential center in town that is built for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The location on Genevieve Street is ideal for this kind of project. The 2.9-acre lot is bordered by Interstate 5 to the west
and a large office building to the north. Nearby, a Montessori school and church blend among the single-family homes. The Senior Care facility would be built in a Craftsman style of architecture and positioned to avoid blocking neighbors’ views. Plans include a generous amount of open space along the Marine View Avenue frontage. During community workshops, some neighbors said they worry about traffic. Traffic studies, however, show that the facility would not place an undue burden on neighborhood streets. A most-important consideration, from a traffic standpoint, is that nearly all of the residents would not drive. Solana Beach is home to an aging population. One government estimate shows that by 2035, the number of residents who are 80 or older will nearly double, from 660 to 1,271. That’s a 93 percent increase. Where are these folks going to go if they’re unable to remain at home? My wife and I are asking ourselves that hard question. We plan to stay at home as
long as we can, but what if one of us passes away or needs more care than the other can provide at home? We might need a place like this. Solana Beach is served by only one assisted-living community, which usually has a waiting list and is not equipped for memory care. Solana Beach clings dearly to its community character. I would never support a project that does not provide full transparency and allow for a complete public vetting. By voting to approve the Solana Beach Senior Care specific plan, voters would be giving their OK only to the land-use for the property. The project itself would still need to clear an environmental and design review process with approvals from the City Council and California Coastal Commission. The developer is bearing the full cost of the mailed-ballot election. Thank you for joining me in support of Solana Beach Senior Care. Tom Golich served on the Solana Beach City Council from 1998 to 2004
San Marcos should pass anti-drilling resolution and dangerous offshore drilling proposal when Councilmember Walton introduced the anti-drilling resolution for a vote. Please, San Marcos City Council, get with it and pass this resolution. The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of
california focus thomas d. elias where they’ve been since the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, when Ronald Reagan ran first for California governor and then for president. Reagan always won about 36 percent of Hispanic votes, peaking at 39 percent in 1984 after bottoming out at 33 percent in his last run for governor in 1972. Last year, after Trump repeatedly called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, seizing on occasional major crimes by undocumented immigrants, 32 percent of Latinos voted Republican, according to Associated Press VoteCast data collected by the University of Chicago. That’s not much of a change in percentage over the last half-century. Other surveys and exit polls had similar numbers for Latino voters. This disappointed Democrats and relieved Republicans, who have long feared they might face almost unanimous opposition from the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group. As usual, the Republican Latino vote came largely from evangelicals who made up one-fourth of all Hispanic voters last fall and from military veterans who comprised 13 percent of Latino votes. There was some overlap between the two categories, but the final numbers suggest Republican support among these two groups came in at about 90 percent. That’s slightly higher than the proportion by which African-American voters — the single most
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reliable part of the Democratic voting coalition — usually votes that way. Frustrated Democrats can’t understand why more Latinos are not offended by Trump’s frequent Twitter tirades against immigrant “caravans” and his family separation policies. Their puzzlement grows when they see polls showing immigration is by far the most important issue among Hispanic voters. Some suggest Democrats should expend as much effort and money to win over the one-third of Latinos who persistently go Republican as they did while winning four formerly Republican congressional seats in Orange County last year. But Democrats have long taken Latino voters for granted. Meanwhile, Republicans want to maximize whatever Hispanic votes might be available to them. Example: Steve Frank, a longtime Republican activist, blogger and campaign manager based in Ventura County, suggested while running for GOP state chairman this winter that his party should stage vote-harvesting parties in evangelical churches everywhere in California, making sure their conservative-leaning congregants vote and that their ballots are collected and filed. But both parties may find their frustration continues indefinitely, because no tactic yet tried has caused Latino voting preferences to change much over the last 50 years, even while the number of Latinos voting has vastly increased. It all suggests that only something dramatic can ever break these longstanding voting habits and preferences. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com.
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oth Democrats and Republicans have long harbored big dreams about Latino voters. Now, as California gets set for its first seemingly influential presidential primary in decades, the dreams of both parties may not be coming true. Here are their high hopes: Democrats in California and elsewhere want Latino voting rates to climb ever higher on the assumption those voters will always lean their way and guarantee victories next year and beyond. Republicans dream that Latinos will eventually shift their way as more Hispanics move from the Roman Catholic church into evangelical Christian denominations that emphasize what are loosely known as “family values,” including opposition to abortion and a stress on heavy punishment for crimes. If there was ever a year when Democrats figured to see the percentage of Latino votes move strongly in their direction, it was 2018. In fact, Latino voting numbers were up both in California and nationally last fall, with more than 40 percent of eligible Hispanics casting ballots. Their added numbers aided in the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, especially in California, where Democrats flipped seven formerly Republican congressional districts. That increased turnout was in part the result of President Trump’s immigration policies, which led to detention of many asylum seekers and separating more than 5,000 children from their parents, a tactic judges later ruled illegal. But the proportions of Latinos voting Democratic and Republican remained pretty static, right about
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REPUBLICAN HATS IN THE RING 2 arrests in Carlsbad 49th House District: San Juan Capistrano mayor announces challenge to Levin REGION — San Juan Capistrano Mayor Brian Maryott announced March 5 he will try to unseat firstterm Rep. Mike Levin, D-Oceanside, next year and return the 49th Congressional District to Republican control. Levin defeated former state Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey in the November mid-term election to flip the seat, which Republican Darrell Issa had held since 2002. Cook Political Report’s Partisan Voting Index currently rates the California’s 49th as a swing district, with the GOP eking out a 3 percent advantage in voter registration. Levin ran an unabashedly left campaign against Harkey to win the seat and has since endorsed priorities for the party’s progressive caucus like expanding Medicare and passing a so-called Green New Deal with the goal of mitigating the effects of climate change. Maryott lambasted Levin for his platform, calling him “too extreme” for the district that includes parts of southern Orange County and northern San Diego County, including Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and Encinitas, along with Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.
“His reckless Green New Deal would cost our country millions of jobs, tens of trillions of dollars in new national debt and inflict major financial damage on San Diego and Orange County families,” Maryott said. “Levin’s extreme irresponsibility on this and other issues show him to be out of touch with the vast majority of families in the 49th Congressional dis- Brian Maryott trict.” Mar yott framed himself as a fiscal conservative seeking to represent the district with policy ideas he said are common sense, like improving border safety, fostering stable economic growth and slashing government spending. He also pledged to avoid kowtowing to special interests and “fringe socialist interests.” Adam Berkowitz, the manager for Levin’s re-election campaign, dismissed Maryott as “another Trump acolyte resorting to name calling and personal attack rather than respectful debate.”
tract and Request for Proposals for the access control locks contract. Money for the project would be from the capital facilities fund. Also discussed were LED lights, which would indicate if a door was locked from the interior to prevent manually opening the door to check if it was in a locked position. For doors at the campus with glass panels, Kaye said it didn’t matter what type of
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be compromised so removing keys would be best. Following Kaye’s presentation, the school board reviewed various options such as the proposed bid project, which included the installation of electronic locks on every campus door along with ID card readers. The others included electronic control for classrooms
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THE 71 DOORS at the R. Roger Rowe School campus all have manual locks. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
only, new mechanical locks for classrooms only, and electronic control for perimeters and mechanical locks for classrooms only. While there was no official vote on Feb. 20, the board opted to move forward for the proposed access control bid project with a cost of around $424,000 and with an annual expense of a few thousand. The next steps would be a vote at a future meeting along with a con-
lock was on the door. “Some doors have glass, and the vulnerability is the glass door,” he said, adding how these targets needed to be hardened to prevent the glass from being smashed. “The district can look at shatterproof window coatings. It’s recommended to target harden the glass along with the end goal of having every door locked from the inside without the use of a key.”
77th Assembly District: Attorney, businesswoman eyes Maienschein seat REGION — Attorney and businesswoman June Yang Cutter announced her 2020 candidacy March 11 for Assembly District 77. Cutter is currently the president of her local parent-teacher association and sits on the board of the California Wome n's Leadership Association. In her June Yang announce ment, CutCutter ter framed herself as a fiscal conservative trying to increase the lifespan of the state's economy and keep it healthy for “our children, and future generations.” “I believe that wasteful spending backed by out-of-touch politicians in Sacramento threatens the fiscal security that generations of Californians have worked to achieve,” Cutter said. “It is time to roll up our sleeves and find viable, long-term solutions to California's economic problems.” Cutter, who launched her campaign as a Republican, is aiming to flip an
Target hardening the glass was estimated to run about $15 a square foot. Superintendent Donna Tripi said the district is in the process of getting quotes for target hardening. She also brought up the solid wood front entry office doors. “Visitors are not visible,” she said, referring to the doors. Ideas Tripi mentioned regarding the entry doors included items in Kaye’s report such as installing a video camera for the staff to monitor. Tripi also noted other solutions such as shatterproof glass and having visitors being “buzzed in” since the entry doors would remain locked. Rancho Santa Fe School Board President Sarah Neal said the district will continue discussion on the issue. She also said the reason the project was being considered was that the district now had the funds. She said she wanted to be careful of the long-term costs and not have the district commit to, “something that we can’t potentially maintain.” Neal requested that the district meet with the vendor once more at an upcoming monthly board meeting, hopefully in March, for additional clarification of the bid. “The funds are significant,” board Vice President Tyler Seltzer said, referring to the project cost. “They are available, and I did not hear a compelling reason today that would stop that process.”
Assembly seat that a Republican actually won in 2018. Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, D-San Diego, ran and narrowly won as a Republican in 2018 but re- registered as a Democrat in January, citing a change of heart. With Maienschein re-registering as a Democrat, Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, and Randy Voepel, R-Santee, are the only Republicans left representing parts of San Diego County. Waldron, the Assembly Republican leader, and the county's Republican Party called Maienschein a turncoat and “the absolute worst kind of politician” after he announced his defection. Waldron, state Sen. Brian Jones, R-San Diego, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate have already endorsed Cutter in the race. The district includes sections of northeastern San Diego County, including Poway and Rancho Santa Fe as well as San Diego communities like Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Miramar and Scripps Ranch. — City News Service
home-invasion slaying CARLSBAD — A 37-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were behind bars March 12 on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 64-year-old woman during a predawn home invasion in Carlsbad, police said. Ian Forrester Bushee and Malissa James were arrested late Monday morning, March 11, in the 4800 block of Park Drive in connection with the fatal stabbing, Carlsbad police Lt. Greg Koran said. The victim called 911 around 12:30 a.m. Monday to report that she had been stabbed at her home in the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane, according to police. Officers arrived to find the 64-year-old woman suffering from multiple stab wounds, Lt. Jason Jackowski said. Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 1:30 a.m Monday. The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification but neighbors told Fox 5 that the victim was Marj Gawitt. Investigators believe a man and a woman broke into the woman’s home and attacked her, then fled in the victim’s vehicle, Jackowski said. Officers searched for the burglars by ground and aboard a law enforcement helicopter throughout Monday morning.
Deputies found the victim’s vehicle abandoned in the 800 block of Grand Avenue in San Marcos shortly after 5:30 a.m., San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. David Buether said. Later that morning, the pair were arrested near the site of the home invasion on suspicion of homicide, burglary, criminal conspiracy and auto theft, Koran said. It was unclear why the suspects returned to the area near the home invasion after allegedly taking the victim’s vehicle to San Marcos. Carlsbad police described Bushee and James as transients who are both on probation for residential burglary in San Bernardino County. Bushee and James were arrested last April after a homeowner in Upland walked in on them burglarizing a home, according to The Press-Enterprise in Riverside. The pair allegedly fled with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics, including $70,000 worth of valuable coins in a sock that Bushee allegedly tried to get rid of. Bushee and James were both being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for March 13, according to jail records. — City News Service
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Now through the end of March, the 7-11 stores at 105 West D St., Encinitas and at 2211 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff, will be hosting a fundraiser for Community Leader Roberta Walker. Roberta suffered an extremely serious bicycle accident in December. Stop in to either store to donate toward her recovery.
Adult Skate Clinic, planned for March 2, was cancelled due to weather and rescheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. March 16 at the Encinitas Skate Plaza, The skatepark gets slick and can be very dangerous during and after rainfall. There will be professional coaches on deck to help improve any area you need, as well as a free yoga session to unwind, featuring Yoga for Skateboarders. This event is free, but participants are asked to bring can of healthy food for the Community Resource Center. Loaner skateboards, pads, and helmets will be available.
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The LIFE lecture series continues 1 p.m. March 15 with “Astronomy News/ Views” and at 2:30 p.m. “Interfaith Community Service,” in the administration Building 1000, Room 1068 at the Oceanside College Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Visitors may purchase a parking permit in Lot 1A and park in Lots 1A or 1C. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972.
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Casa de Amparo is fundraising with a Wine Drop-Off Party from 4:30 to 8 p.m. March 15 at Vista Valley Country Club, 29354 Vista Valley Drive, Vista, hosted by Forrest Reardon. To RSVP, visit kdusenbury@ casadeamparo.org or call Kate Dusenbury at (760) 566-3560.
Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos, will break ground at 2 p.m. March 15 on a project to improve the Edwin & Frances Hunter Arboretum, a public nature preserve. Improvements will include a new entrance, irrigation upgrades and renovation, and trails conversion for ADA compliance.
TIP TOP LEPRECHAUN RUN
Register now for the Tip Top “Leprechaun Dash & Bash,” a 5k/10k walk and run to benefit the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, set for March 16. The event includes a 5k/10k walk and fun run, lunch from Tip Top Meats, and a “be seen wearing green” costume contest. To register, visit aguahedionda.org or call (760) 8041969.
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cities would have to contribute between $500,000 and $1 million up front in startup costs and $14 million to $15 million in cash working capital in order to get a joint CCE started. Del Mar would have to contribute 2 percent of those start-up costs, in proportion with its energy consumption. In 2017, Del Mar consumed about 30 Gigawatt hours (GWh), while all four cities consumed a total of 1,731 GWh.
ations, are hosting a pet-portrait painting class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 at its Oceanside Campus, 572 Airport Road, Oceanside. Cost is for $60. Step-bystep instructions, supplies and a pre-drawn portrait of your pet will be provided. Register at http://lovejoycreations.com/sign-up-forclasses/oceanside. Pet photos should be e-mailed to http://lovejoycreations.com/ prior to the event. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. LOOKING BACKWARD
The DNA Interest Group will meet at 1 p.m. March 16 at Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. For more information, call 951567-3322 or e-mail president@nsdcgs.
You can tour the Teten Farm House between 12:30 and 4 p.m. every Saturday in March. One of the first homesteads in Olivenhain is now restored by architect and museum docent David Oakley. The home features BE ONE WITH THE GARDEN original furniture as well as Try some Forest/Naobjects from the period. ture Bathing - Shinrin-yoku 9 to 11 a.m. March 17 at the FRIENDS AND FAITH San Diego Botanic Garden. The Catholic Widows 230 Quail Gardens Drive, and Widowers of North Encinitas. Cost is $40. For County support group for more information, visit sdbthose who desire to foster garden.org/classes.htm. friendships through various social activities will attend “Pirates of Penzance” at MiraCosta College Theater RSF GARDEN CLUB and dinner at Mimi’s Cafe, The RSF Garden Club Oceanside March 16, gather invites the public to join for Happy Hour and Din- their members on a tour to ner at Cucina Del Charro the Getty Villa on the MalRestaurant, San Marcos ibu Coast from 8 a.m. to March 19 and go bowling 6 p.m. March 18. Pick up/ at Surf Bowl and dinner drop off will be at the Garat Hunter Steakhouse, den Club parking lot, 17025 Oceanside March 21. Res- Avenida de Acacias, Ranervations are necessary at cho Santa Fe. Tour the prop(858) 674-4324. erty gardens before lunch, followed by a guided tour. AUTHOR’S VISIT Cost is $95. Reservations at Oceanside Public Li- rsfgardenclub.org/upcombrary hosts an author talk ing-events/. and book-signing with North County local, Michelle Gable, author of “A Paris Apartment,” ”I’ll See GOLF IN RANCHO SANTA FE You in Paris,” and “The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Book of Summer” at 3 p.m. Club, 5827 Via De La CumMarch 16 in the Civic Cen- bre, Rancho Santa Fe, will ter Library, 330 N. Coast hold a sectional qualifier for Highway, Oceanside. the 74th U.S. Women Open April 29. The U.S. Women’s STORYTELLER FESTIVAL Open Championship is open Storytellers of San to female professionals and Diego and the Encinitas amateurs with a Handicap Branch of the San Diego Index not exceeding 2.4. County Library will present Online entry applications the San Diego Storytelling are available now and conFestival, “Stories, Stories tinue through April 17, at 5 Everywhere,” from 10 a.m. p.m. EDT at champs.usga. to 6 p.m. March 16 at the org. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The FORUM ON SOCIAL MEDIA event is free and open to the San Dieguito High public. School Academy invites the community to a Family FoPAINT YOUR PET’S PORTRAIT rum, “The Truth about SoThe San Diego Humane cial Media - Love it? Hate Society with Lovejoy Cre- it? Can’t Live Without it?”
The study posits that the cities could pay up their initial costs within two to three years. The study stated that it would be “likely infeasible” for Del Mar to form a CCE on its own. It was concluded that if Del Mar were to offer a 1 percent discount to San Diego Gas & Electric rates, it “would not be able to collect sufficient reserves.” Don Mosier, a Climate Action Plan volunteer facilitator and former Del Mar City Council member, said Del Mar likely couldn’t tackle a CCE alone due to the low
number of energy meters in the city. As a director on the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board that operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Mosier also pointed to the possibility of the fairgrounds joining in on a North County CCE. Although the Del Mar Fairgrounds falls within Del Mar’s jurisdiction, it currently procures its energy independently of the city. In a phone call with The Coast News, Mosier said the fair board would have to vote on such an item at which time
6:30 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the San Dieguito High School Academy, Mustang Commons, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. RSVP’s are recommended at sss. email@example.com. FILM SCREENING
San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association is hosting Pax Christi San Diego, with a screening of “And Then They Came for Us” about the Japanese internment during World War II, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 20 at St. James Catholic Church, 625 S. Nardo Ave., Solana Beach. After the film will be guest speaker, Professor Lorraine Bannai. RSVP to Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 652-4035.
MARCH 15, 2019 will include a treasure hunt, pirate ship slide, a tropical bounce house and photo opportunities. At dusk, see “Peter Pan” (1953) rated G, on the outdoor movie screen. Cost is $10 per person. More information at carlsbadconnect.org.
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Support Casa de Amparo at its Wine Drop-Off Party from 4 to 8 p.m. March 23, at the home of Mark and Lieu Hill, 3905 Arroyo Sorrento Road, San Diego. RSVP by e-mail to lzhang@ pac-divorce.com.
ART IN BLOOM
Enjoy Art In Bloom, with work of 24 local artists of the San Dieguito Art Guild from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through March 31, San Diego Botanic Garden, Ecke Building. 230 Quail GarWIDOWS & WIDOWERS MEET dens Drive, Encinitas. Free The North County Wid- with paid admission. ows & Widowers Club will be meeting at 3 p.m. March 21 for Happy Hour at Green Dragon Tavern, 6115 Paseo PURIM CARNIVAL Del Norte, Carlsbad. RSVP Temple Solel celebrates to (760) 207-3387. with a Purim Carnival, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24 at TAKE A TRIP TO HOLLYWOOD 3575 Manchester Ave., CarCulture Caravan still diff. For more information has seats available for “Hip call (760) 436-0654 or visit Hip Hooray for Hollywood.” templesolel.net. Tour Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Art Park, the first home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and visit the CARDIFF SCHOLARSHIPS official museum of HollyThe Friends of the Carwood. The caravan departs diff-by-the-Sea Library are at 7 a.m. March 21 from the offering four $1,500 scholGloria McClellan Center, arships to graduating high 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, school seniors. The deadVista, and returns at 7:30 line to apply is May 1, by 6 p.m. Cost is $82. To reserve, p.m. Applicants must reside call (760) 643-2828. in zip code 92007 or 92024, must currently be completing their high school senior year, must be planning to THANKING THE VETS attend a college, university, Reservations are re- or trade school in 2019, and quired by March 22 to join have their own valid San the Hospice of North Coast Diego County Library card. in thanking and honoring Applications and requireveterans of the Vietnam ments at friendscardiffliWar for their service and brary.org/scholarship/, or sacrifice, and their fami- pick one up at the Cardifflies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by-the-Sea Library, 2081 March 30 at the Army and Newcastle Ave., Cardiff-byNavy Academy, 2605 Carls- the-Sea. bad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Tickets at https://hospicenorthcoast.org/.
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Join Carlsbad’s annual Pirate Plunge event at 5 p.m. March 23 at Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad. Come dressed in a swimsuit and enjoy swashbuckling activities, diving for treasure, cannonball crush, hook it, ship-raider race in the heated pool. activities on land
The Encinitas State of the City address will feature a keynote address by Mayor Catherine Blakespear, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 26 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Food and beverage presented by local restaurants, craft breweries, and California wineries. Tickets are $30 at http://soc. encinitaschamber.com /or call (760) 753-6041.
the fairground’s current Direct Access contract expires. “It’s not going to be ready to roll out for the fair board to consider for at least a couple of years,” he said. Del Mar has been considering a CCE at least as far back as June of 2016, when the city adopted its current Climate Action Plan (CAP). The plan lists one of its priorities as exploring the possibility of a CCE, with the ultimate aim to increase its renewable energy use to 100 percent by 2035. Ann Feehey, chair of the city’s sustainability advisory
board, spoke in support of CCEs at the meeting. “(A CCE) is the single most important thing that we can do to reduce our greenhouse gas inventory and try to achieve our CAP goals,” she said. In addition to pushing more public outreach efforts through the sustainability advisory board, the city will also be moving forward with a joint evaluation of potential CCE governance options, with Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside. Many cities in San Diego County are engaged in
MARCH 23 PIRATE PLUNGE
Grauer arts center nears completion ENCINITAS — The Grauer School will celebrate the opening of its new Justice Center for the Performing Arts on April 9 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. The celebration marks the completion of the school’s physical campus on El Camino Real. The building provides space for classes in dance, music and theatre as well as other indoor exercise and activities. It also adds offices for Grauer’s athletics and theater programs. The center includes a landscaped, roofed outdoor classroom, as well as a pavilion with an outdoor lanai with grills for lunch and celebrations. The building’s bell tower features a replica of the California cast bells that were featured in the missions. The central performance hall in the building was named following a gift to the school on behalf of Justice Schiappa, a 2017 graduate of The Grauer School. The building was designed by Brian Darnell of MasterWork Definitive Architecture, San Diego, and completes a harmonious California style throughout the campus. “Encinitas has been a dream city in which to complete this campus, 28 years in the making,” said head of school Stuart Grauer. “In an age of institutionalized education, our complete campus set in a natural bowl, right on San Elijo Lagoon and around the corner from Cardiff surf, provides the setting for the joyful education teens need to develop the peaceful, purposeful, inspired aspirations the world needs from them. “Every year, more families from all over the world move to our area, drawn here by our vision and the natural beauty and warmth of our campus. I can’t possibly express how much this site, this city, this part of the world has meant to our families through the years.”
discussions regarding a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) — a governing structure that would allow participating cities to push down some of the costs through scale and control the CCE jointly. Mayor Dave Druker said he would hesitate to join a JPA with the city of San Diego or the county at large. He warned the council against increasing a CCE’s scale to the point where “we lose our voice.” “I would strongly suggest we figure out a middle path here if possible,” he said.
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Several Santa Fe Drive mosaics to reflect councilmembers’ ideas By Aaron Burgin
ENCINITAS — The wavy-haired brunette mermaid is wearing a sky blue polo, sitting under a wreath of roses. She flashes a broad, warm grin. The woman is Susan Fesler. In 1979, she was driving home during the early morning hours and fell asleep at the wheel, crashing in an underpass of Interstate 5 at Santa Fe Drive. Some 40 years later, Fesler’s face is the inspiration for one of the 53 mosaics that will hang under that same underpass as part of a city-administered, state-funded overhaul to make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. City Councilman Tony Kranz, whose sister was best friends with Fesler and the families were close friends, came up with the idea for the mosaic, one of four that will be installed along the walls of the underpass that members of the council are involved in creating. The Arts Commission approved the four mosaics at the March 5 meeting, filling in the four of the five remaining spaces left after the council approved the first 48 pieces of artwork in February. “I feel really fortunate to be able to have this opportunity because artistically I wouldn’t be able to do it on my own,” Kranz said. “Jere-
my Wright and his team are really picking me up here.” Wright, an arts teacher at San Dieguito Academy, is assisting Kranz and Mayor Catherine Blakespear on transforming their ideas into artwork with the help of student artists. Wright said that after the council approved the first round of mosaics, Blakespear and Kranz approached him and said they wanted to participate in some way. They had ideas, but didn’t have the artistic background. Enter his students, some of whom have been involved with other mosaics in the underpass project. “The whole process has been a bit organic,” Wright said. “At one point in the process both Tony and Catherine said we want to do a panel, and so I said, ‘Let’s do it.’“ Blakespear said she has enjoyed the process of working with the students. “I am thrilled to be a part of creating art that will be on the underpass that will allow for better biking and walking,” she said. “The fact is that the council has the commitment of the artistic heart of the community and wants to beautify it, and personally being able to contribute to it is really satisfying.” After Kranz and Blakespear got involved, council members Joe Mosca and
Kellie Shay Hinze also approached local artists with their mosaic concepts. Mosca’s features the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, while Hinze’s features a man on a bicycle hauling a surfboard to the beach. But Kranz said he had the idea of honoring Fesler for a long time. Local resident Kathleen Lees came up with the suggestion of portraying her as a mermaid, Kranz said. “When this opportunity for the art under the bridge came up, I was working towards a way to remember her, so this worked out pretty well,” he said. “I got a talented young lady student at SDA who has made a nice piece, and Kathleen thought the image we were using would look good as a mermaid, and it really is looking good so far.” The City Council in June 2018 approved the $192,567 budget addition to pay for the project, which included $37,100 — or $700 per each mosaic — at Santa Fe and $155,46 for professionally made mosaics along four so-called “ground anchor walls,” placed at the on- and off-ramps of Encinitas Boulevard. Caltrans’ overhaul of the two underpasses is expected to be completed by late 2019, and will include the creation of space for bike lanes and sidewalks at both freeway intersections.
Solutions for Change welcomed 32 working and rent-paying families to their new apartment homes in Oceanside, during an Open House and Ribbon Cutting ceremony March 7. The families are all graduates of Solutions University, a 1,000-day personal transformation academy offered by Solutions for Change.
AMY PATTEN, California Native Plant Society rare plant biologist, instructs a group of area residents and plant enthusiasts in treasure hunting – which is a method of compiling information to the California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB). The database is an inventory of the rare plants and animals in California. Photo by Lexy Brodt
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“We hike a lot, and this’ll be an opportunity when we’re out walking to participate,” said Karen Robertson, from Rancho Peñasquitos. Armed with template forms to help gather information needed to upload an occurrence to the database, the group headed out onto the trail to learn the ropes. This meant learning how to note and describe things such as phenology (plant life cycle events, in short), topography, sun exposure, and site conditions. Jim Smith, a Del Mar resident and conservancy
board member, said encouraging and training “budding citizen scientists” in treasure hunting is an efficient way to build the database without breaking the budget. “The more people that are doing this, the more data gets into the database to inform development,” he said. The event is just one of many linked to the Conservancy’s citizen science programs, which kicked off in 2014. The programs take on a “focal site” every year, and this year the conservancy and its volunteers will be honing in on the Santa Fe Valley Open Space, also referred to as Crosby Estates
Habitat Management Area. The conservancy’s volunteers contributed a total of 120 hours to the programs in 2018, and so far, 27 total volunteers have contributed 95 hours in 2019. The conservancy’s programs extend far beyond documenting plant life — volunteers also conduct quarterly bird surveys, wildlife camera trapping and herpetological surveys (focusing on reptile and amphibian populations), to name a few. For more information on San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy programs and future events, contact Conservation Manager Jonathan Appelbaum at email@example.com.
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mal sanctuary, Lions, Tigers and Bears, in Alpine. There are Volunteer Coordinator or Facilities Attendant positions. The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the volunteer program at Lions Tigers and Bears. The Facilities Attendant is responsible for the keeping and maintaining of nearly all aspects of the facility, including as a day porter and housekeeping attendant for our on-site retreat. For questions or to apply, e-mail Tina at admin@ lionstigersandbears.org. KUDOS FOR OMWD
The Association of California Water Agencies recognized Olivenhain Municipal Water District today with its “Most Effective Agency on Federal Issues” award, presented to OMWD General Manager Kimberly Thorner.
CLUB GETS GRANT
Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos has been awarded a $30,000 KidCents Regional Grant to further its mission to provide members with the tools for success, especially the most under-resourced youth.
COLDWELL ADDS KRICHBAUM
Scott Krichbaum has associated with the Carlsbad office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. He comes to the office with 15 years of real estate experience. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, he was an agent with Hometown Advantage.
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Experience Camp gives kids a positive outlet for grief
eve nte e n -ye a r- old Quintin Hartman was only 8 years old when his older brother, Earl Glover, died of complications from cancer. “He was a big mentor in my life,” Quintin said in a phone interview from his Redondo Beach home. Luckily, his mother found a flier for Experience Camp, a weeklong getaway for kids like him who have suffered the loss of a parent, sibling or caregiver — kids who are trying to cope with the same feelings he had. “I went the first year and fell in love with it,” said Quintin, who has attended Experience Camp for five summers. “I like the community. Everyone is so supportive. We are like brothers.” Campers who attend KIDS who have lost family members or caregivers can learn how to manage their feelings of grief at one of five Experience Camps in the country. This enthusiastic group attended the Experience Camp do all camp in Vista in 2018. Donations and grants allow campers to attend for free. Courtesy photo the “regular camp things — TOU TeaserPhase1_Coast News RSF News_RUN: 03_15_19__TRIM: 8.525 x 10
hit the road e’louise ondash swimming, games, arts and crafts,” explains Cara Allen, a licensed clinical social worker in San Diego who heads the teams of specialists that counsel children during their camp stay. The difference is that “one period a day is for bereavement activity. The kids can share their stories with other kids in their (cabin), and there are activities that help kids process.” The rest of the time, “we keep kids busy and running around having a good time.” Experience Camps are located in Maine, Pennsyl-
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vania, Michigan, Georgia and Vista. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 1.5 million children are living in a single-family household because of the death of one parent. These children are at higher risk than their non-grieving peers for depression; anxiety; poor school attendance or dropping out; isolation; behavior problems; lowered academic achievement; drug and/or alcohol abuse; incarceration; or suicide. After losing a parent, Allen says, 85 percent of children exhibit such symptoms as difficulty sleeping, angry outbursts, worry, depression, bed-wetting and thumb-sucking. After a year, more regressive behaviors may fade, but other problems, such as lack of confidence and preoccupation with illness, are likely to continue. “Every kid at camp is different,” Allen says. “For some, it’s a fresh loss. Some were infants when the person died. For most, it’s living life without that person. The children can feel isolated and feel as though they are the only one who has gone through this. Coming to camp, they realize it’s not just me. It’s a place where they feel safe and understood and express whatever they are feeling.” Quintin agrees. “Camp helped organize my feelings,” he explained. “I miss my brother and love him, but I won’t let it control my life. Camp is responsible for my forward momentum.” What would he say to others considering a week at Experience Camp? “Just do it,” said Quintin, who wants to be a school counselor. “I hated camping and was scared to go, but in three days, I got over my fears. I want to emphasize that it’s an amazing place. When I’m down, I think about camp. It’s been an amazing force in my life.” Camp Experience in Vista is looking for “energetic” volunteers (minimum age 19) to work during the boys’ session. Experience Camp offers a free week’s stay for children 9 to 17 years old. Girls and boys have separate sessions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org; call 619-2617035; or visit http://www. experience.camp. Want to share a travel experience? Email email@example.com.
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al Ercolano, the owner at Seasalt and now West End in the next block on Carmel Valley Rd. in Del Mar, knows what wine is the right time for a full house. Take the Napa Valley Markham 2016 Merlot ($25) that spotlighted the most recent wine dinner at Seasalt. I have always enjoyed Markham’s style on this misunderstood wine. Like all Merlots, sales plunged right after “Sideways” the movie skewered the varietal back in 2008. Well I’m here to tell you that Merlot is back and on the lips of more and more wine lovers. Markham Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls was the presenter of the six Markham wines that embellished Chef Hilario’s memorable sixcourse dinner. “Merlot is our best seller at Markham,” she proclaimed. “We are the fourth-largest producer in Napa Valley and are looking to boost it in the future. It has a delicious flavor of raspberry, red current and cherry, providing classic Merlot fruit to add to distinctive minerals, rose petals, vanilla and baking spice aromas throughout this wine.” When pressed, she revealed that in her Merlot, she adds small amounts of Cab Franc and Petite Verdot for a unique edge. Nicholls is one of the increasing number of female winemakers, making it in Napa Valley. She’s been doing it for more than 20 years at Markham, but she says, “I’m a better cook than a winemaker.” Food memories at a dinner party she puts together for friends, is her biggest joy, and brings her wines to life. I asked her what her most important part of winemaking was and the
answer was simple and to the point, “my goal is to produce a balanced wine, aged well.” Other wines presented included: Sauvignon Blanc, Cellar 1879 Blend, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2013 Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet. Visit markhamvineyards.com. I just got off the phone with Sal Ercolano and his West End Bar and Kitchen just sold out of the next Prisoner Wine Dinner. He was very excited to tell me that a third night has been scheduled for this fabulous wine and it’s at 6 p.m. Saturday March 23. Same great menu, same great price, $70 per person for this world renowned wine and others from the Prisoner Wine Company, plus a five-course gourmet dinner. Call (858) 259-5878 for your place ASAP!
Solare in San Diego introduces new chef Solare Ristorante Italiano Bar & Lounge in Liberty Station San Diego, owned by Randy Smerik, has earned all the accolades and awards of last year. He has a passion and commitment to all things Italian. “I’ve been very privileged to have been to Italy some 150 plus times,” he said. “When I began going back in the ‘80s, Italy was just a spot on the map, but I saw a passion for the good life like nowhere else. Food and wine are their first love. “With the sauces and pastas, they have their own spin on fun and flavorful food. We had over six years with our award winning chef Occursio Lota who we bid farewell to recently. “We now have our new Executive Chef Filippo Piccini, who I met two years ago as a chef in La Jolla. He has great skills with Italian food. What sold me on him was his leadership in the kitchen, training and teaching his style of cooking.” Piccini was happy the “opportunity” came up in December. “You enter Solare and you feel like you’re in an Italian village with very comfortable surroundings. Tuscany was my home in Italy,” Piccini said. “I will be making some refinements to the menu that was developed so nicely by Chef Occursio.” For the full menu, extensive Italian wine list and cooking classes schedule, go to solarelounge.com or call the restaurant at (619) 270-9670.
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Saint Archer nods to surf culture at Leucadia tasting room By Carey Blakely
VETERAN SURFBOARD shaper John Carper poses at the surfboard workshop located at the former Waialua Sugar Mill in Oahu, Hawaii. This photo is part of an exhibit on display through March at the Saint Archer tasting room in Leucadia. Photo by Jeff Johnson
ENCINITAS — As a way of honoring the surf and skateboard culture at the root of its brand, Saint Archer Brewing Co. debuted its latest short film, “Craftsman’s Paradise,” at its Leucadia tasting room on Feb. 28. The film chronicles the transition of the former Waialua Sugar Mill in Oahu, Hawaii, into a workshop producing some of the best surfboards in the world, according to Adam Warren, Saint Archer’s director of marketing. “Craftsman’s Paradise” is the third short film produced by Saint Archer in an ongoing series intended to “shine light on people doing interesting things,” Warren said. After Saint Archer launched in San Diego in 2013, MillerCoors acquired the craft-beer company in 2015 but allowed it to maintain its brewing autonomy. The second tasting room, at 978 N. Coast Hwy 101 in Encinitas, opened its doors in May 2018. When asked why Saint Archer chose the Leucadia
neighborhood, Warren explained, “Leucadia reflects exactly what our brand is about: California coastal, a little funky, and with a rich surf and skate history.” On display for the “Craftsman’s Paradise” debut were photographs by Jeff Johnson, a photographer, writer and Saint Archer brand ambassador. Johnson took still shots of the Waialua workshop during the film shoot. “I was just trying to get a clear and intimate glimpse into an era, a culture, a place that will soon be gone,” Johnson stated of his work, which will be on display at the tasting room through March. The photos capture the surf workshop’s creators, clad in bright colors and covered in dust and paint, against the decrepit background of the now defunct sugar mill on the North Shore of Oahu. These surfboard craftsmen, including John Carper, Eric Arakawa and Jon Pyzel, forge their brands in what’s essentially an underTURN TO SAINT ARCHER ON 16
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WARS Public Watchdogs calls San Onofre a ‘ticking time bomb.’ Is it really unsafe?
By Jordan P. Ingram
REGION — A 15-second video released on Monday, Feb. 25, by San Diego nonprofit Public Watchdogs entitled “The San Onofre Timebomb” shows the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s trademark twin reactor domes transform into bombs with lit fuses. The video is the latest flare in an ongoing cannonade between oversight groups and Southern California Edison over storage of spent nuclear fuel. But the spirited debate has failed to inspire action on a federal level that would permanently remove the nuclear waste from the Southern California coastline to a safe storage repository. Charles Langley, executive director of Public Watchdogs, said the nonprofit group is creating videos to help raise the level of public engagement when it comes to conditions at San Onofre. “Most of the people within the 50-mile plume radius don’t even know nuclear waste is being stored on a public beach,” Langley said. “Anybody with a lick of common sense can look at this and see it’s absolute madness.” Langley criticized Edison’s “cavalier” attitude
towards safety, citing the company’s careless behavior after installing defective Mitsubishi replacement steam generators that led to the plant’s decommissioning in 2013. “These are the same scientists that purchased replacement steam generators, lied to regulators, installed them recklessly and the generators shook apart after 11 months,” Langley said. “So far, the only side of the story is Edison’s side, that it’s safe and anyone who criticizes it doesn’t know the science.” Today, roughly 3.6 million pounds of spent fuel rods are stored in approximately 50 canisters buried 108 feet from San Onofre State Beach, with another 75 containers on the way. The most dangerous by-products of spent fuel are Strontium-90, Plutonium-239 and Cesium-137. Edison public information officer John Dobken denounced the nonprofit’s recent “ticking time bomb” campaign, noting that the plant has safely stored spent nuclear fuel since 1970, with no impact on the environment or public health. “I don’t understand the benefit of trying to scare people in order to make your point using information that’s factually incorrect,”
WORKERS at decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) load spent fuel rods from pools, or “wet storage,” into on-site dry casks after developing an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI). Courtesy photo/Southern California Edison
Dobken said. “The energy that they put into misleading the public would be so much better utilized by putting pressure on elected officials to get the federal government to fulfill its obligation.” In 1982, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, requiring the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy to locate and develop
permanent geological repositories. But after nearly 40 years of political handwringing, a lack of federal funding and a steady litigation stream, more than 80,000 metric tons of high-level radioactive waste have accumulated across the U.S. “There is absolutely no reason to keep this fuel here at San Onofre,” Dobken said.
“We at Edison don’t want it here and the people in this community don’t want it here. But they don’t have anything to worry about because the fuel is safely stored.” Langley said there is a factual gap between what Edison says publicly and reality. “If it’s perfectly safe, what’s the urgency? The reason is it’s completely unsafe,” Langley said.
‘Chernobyl in a can’ In November 2018, a retired systems analyst silently held up a fistful of lemons during a Community Engagement Panel discussion with officials from Southern California Edison and the Nuclear regulatory Commission regarding a near-miss canister incident on Aug. 3 at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Donna Gilmore, who spent her career designing and analyzing IT systems at Caltrans and the state Controller’s Office, had a clear message: the “Holtec nuclear waste dry storage system is a lemon and poses a risk to Californians.” When Gilmore, 71, discovered that Edison was using thin-walled Holtec canisters to store tons of nuclear waste at decommissioning SONGS, she saw a potential for error with an incalculable cost. “My whole career was making sure we had redundancies and protections in place to avoid costly errors,” Gilmore said. “Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought Edison was doing the opposite.”
Since her retirement, Gilmore has become a de facto expert on nuclear waste storage, advising Congressman Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, and 2020 presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris, D-CA. In January, she was appointed by Rep. Levin to a congressional task force addressing “ongoing safety challenges” at San Onofre. For Gilmore, those challenges center on the quality of the canisters. According to Gilmore, each of the canisters currently stored at San Onofre holds roughly the same amount of Cesium-137 that was released after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. “You basically have a Chernobyl disaster in each can,” Gilmore said. Stephen Waters, a retired electrical engineer for Dillingham Construction during large hydroelectric projects such as PG&E’s Kerckhoff No. 2 and Edison’s Balsam Meadows, agreed with Gilmore’s assessment. In an email correspondence with Gilmore, Waters wrote: “The bottom line is these tables confirm your ‘Chernobyl in a can’ claim. Each can would contain approximately 35 times the amount of Plutonium, the same amount of Cesium-137 and roughly six times as much Strontium-90 as released at Chernobyl.” But according to NRC senior public affairs officer Victor Dricks, the nuclear waste at San Onofre has the solubility of rock and has “no credible accident mechanism exists for radioactive material to leave the San Onofre site, given how much the fuel has cooled off since the reactors were shut down.” As for the canisters themselves, the thin-walled stainless steel Holtec canisters used at San Onofre are between ½ to 5/8 inches thick, or roughly the cross-section of a dime. Gilmore said there are much safer canisters available, including a German cast-iron canister up to 20 inches thick that is currently housing nuclear waste abroad. Reports released earlier this year by Samuel Lawrence Foundation further supports Gilmore’s claims, finding that the damage, or “gouging,” caused to the “thin-walled” steel canisters as they are lowered into the vaults is the most serious issue facing the storage facility. In a 2017 report by the Electric Power Research Institute, steel canisters were found to be susceptible to chloride-induced stress corrosion cracking, chloride-rich salts combined with moisture that eats holes through the metal over time. Several cases of through-wall cracks due to chloride-induced corrosion were reported at nuclear power stations, including Koeberg, Turkey Point, St. Lucie and San Onofre, according to a report by the NRC. In 2009, three examples of chloride-induced cracks were discovered in steel pipes at SONGS. TURN TO STORAGE ON A11
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Dobken said Edison has mitigated this risk by using low-carbon stainless steel which helps protect against corrosion. “The other thing in play, in order to have corrosion, is the presence of moisture,” Dobken said. “’But the canisters themselves are warm enough they don’t have condensation and are protected from moisture.” But according to both
Physicist Michio Kaku claimed one of the reactor pressure vessels had been installed backwards, calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to shut the plant down.
Southern California Edison installs steam generators that would last for three decades.
Emergency Planning, said that the NRC was responsible for modeling potential disaster scenarios while SONGS was fully operational. The NRC established a 10-mile radius around the plant as an area susceptible to radiological fallout in the event of a disaster. The cities and counties within that zone — Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Camp Pendleton and Orange and San Diego counties – as well
If it’s perfectly safe, then what’s the urgency? The reason is it’s completely unsafe.” Charles Langley Executive Director of Public Watchdogs
Gilmore and Waters, there is no approved method to deal with a failed canister. During an Oct. 11, 2018, meeting on spent fuel storage, NRC Commissioner David A. Wright asked engineer Christian Araguas about the ability to inspect and repair canisters. Araguas responded that the NRC and DOE are “trying to develop techniques to be able to inspect, you know, casks in service” and hopes that “they’re going to be able to inspect these in the future,” according to the meeting transcript. Even more damning is the admission by Holtec President Kris Singh that it is “not practical to repair a canister if it were damaged” and that “all it takes is a microscopic crack” to get a release of millions of curies of radiation. However, Singh added that once a damaged canister is isolated within its concrete cask, it has entered its “next confinement boundary” and is a safe and practical way of dealing with a compromised container. “Why don’t they make containers that can be inspected and monitored in a manner that they don’t leak or explode,” Gilmore said. “Even the cheapest automobile can be inspected, maintained and repaired before something goes wrong.”
What’s the plan, man? “The first step in emergency planning is prevention,” Gilmore said. “We have to focus on prevention and not get distracted with anything else. This idea that there’s an evacuation plan is giving false hope.” Holly Porter, director of San Diego County’s Office of
as multiple agencies including Edison, California State Parks, American Red Cross and California Highway Patrol, formed the SONGS Interjurisdictional Planning Committee (IPC). The group’s stated purpose is “to promote nuclear power preparedness and preserve nuclear emergency response capability through inter-agency coordination” and communicates on a regular basis. “It is our position that while there is radiological material on site, while the plant is being dismantled and there is dry cask storage there, we believe we need to maintain our capabilities,” Porter said. “If something does happen, a security issue or elevated readings that need to be independently verified, we want to be prepared to do that.” A couple of months ago, the IPC responded to rumors of elevated radiological readings on plant grounds, sending a nuclear physicist to conduct an independent investigation. “We used professional equipment and were able to independently verify that there were no elevated readings,” Porter said. But instead of responding to rumors or allegations of heightened radiation levels, Langley and Barbiaz said tax dollars would be better spent investing in real-time radiation monitoring at the site. “We feel planning is woefully inadequate,” Langley said. “The last time we talked with the county, we were encouraging them to actually put radiation monitors in place to monitor radiation in real time. Right now, they check it once a week.”
San Onofre plant received multiple citations for failed emergency generators, improperly wired batteries and falsified fire safety data.
On Sept. 26, operators shut down the northern reactor, Unit 2, for a planned outage to refuel and replace two 65-foot-tall steam generators.
Looking ahead A world-leading expert, nuclear physicist and Forbes magazine weekly contributor James Conca has publicly disagreed with the Samuel Lawrence reports and many of Gilmore’s claims, stating there is virtually no risk of waste getting outside of the plant’s boundaries. “Scientists hate to say ‘zero,’ so a better term is ‘vanishingly small,’” Conca said, regarding the level of risk associated with the spent nuclear fuel at SONGS. “Getting up in the morning and having a cup of coffee is riskier than this waste. You can’t even measure the risk, it’s so small.” A risk assessment of dry cask storage conducted by the NRC, entitled NUREG-1864, examined a number of possible events — everything from earthquakes to cask failures — with 10-year old spent fuel and the possible risk to humans of radiation contamination. The study found no risk of immediate fatality and a nearly one-quadrillionth probability of latent cancer fatality. “Just because you can imagine something, doesn’t mean it’s going to happen,” Conca said. According to Conca, active nuclear reactors pose the greatest risk of a disaster and SONGS critics have incorrectly applied the data
Mitsubishi designs and provides replacement generators to Southern California Edison for the $680 million steam generator replacement project.
Design flaws in hundreds of tubes built to drive hot steam through massive turbines lead to a breakdown. On June 7, 2013, the plant permanently ceased operations and begins the decommissioning process.
from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster to a deactivated plant and the storage of spent fuel. The real problem, Conca said, is our collective inability to find a permanent, longterm storage site for nuclear waste. “Science has been killed by politics,” Conca said. “We can’t fix anything because we are paralyzed with fear. This irrational fear about nuclear waste has made us catatonic in terms of doing anything. My fear is every-
Whistle blower comes forward to report a nearmiss incident after a canister holding 37 spent fuel rod assemblies nearly fell 18 feet into a steel-lined concrete silo. NRC issued a “notice of violation” after Edison failed to report incident within 24 hours.
Samuel Lawrence Foundation published two reports claiming SONGS is “fatally flawed” and poses a risk to millions of Southern Californians. David Victor called SLF reports “fundamentally wrong.”
thing stays right where it is.” In May 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation to renew license applications for Yucca Mountain, a process still pending with the NRC. But science and opinions have changed since Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was originally proposed in 1987. “It turns out Yucca Mountain is lousy rock,” Conca said. “It’s above the water table so the water oxi-
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dizes and corrodes the canisters overnight.” Conca said there are scientists, including himself, that are trying to resurrect the idea of long-term waste storage in underground salt caverns. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, salt deposits along the Gulf Coast are stable enough for a repository. Sites at Big Hill and Bryan Mound in Texas have been used for storing millions of barrels of crude oil since the mid-1970s. “Salt deposits are the best place to put something that you want gone forever and ever,” Conca said. According to Conca, there are plans are in the works for a permanent burial site in the Delaware basin in New Mexico and Texas. The final decision, however, will come down to whether federal lawmakers pass legislation to fund and develop one of these locations. “This country needs to make a decision based on science, not fear and politics,” Conca said. “It’s very safe, but you have to do it.”
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fillment,” she said. “My favorite aria that I have sung thus far is ‘Der Holle Rache Kocht’ in meinem Herzen,” a German piece from ‘The Magic Flute.’ This aria requires tremendous emotion and coloratura vocal agility. I look forward to revisiting this piece of music once I have more vocal training and hopefully performing it better the next time.”
Student, too Dovsky, 20, is a UCSD student working toward a B.S. in cognitive science and is no stranger to the stage. She produced several concerts for Holocaust survivors while she was in Israel, and she is planning to return there after she graduates probably to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. One of the youngest actors ever nominated for an Aubrey Award, she was also a first-place winner of the Rancho Bernardo Chorale and has performed many times as a professional vocal soloist at local retirement communities. Dovsky said her mom supported her all throughout her life to find opportunities to grow as a performer. Hilah, Dovsky’s older sister, is her mentor and an expert in the field of human-centered design, inspiring her to set large goals for herself. “She has supported me through every major decision I have needed to make in my life, and I am so grateful to have her,” she said. Why opera? Dovsky chose opera as her genre because she believes it allows her to cultivate and utilize the fullest potential of her voice. “It can often take several months to truly learn a new piece of music and even then, there is always room for improvement,” she said. “It is as much an intellectual endeavor as it is a creative one, requiring the ability to sing in different languages, implement proper breath support, and an understanding of vocal anatomy. In addition, the voice continues to develop well into adulthood, lending itself to great longevity in classical music performance.” The fascination for opera she said began when she was 16 years old. “I began the transition into classical vocal repertoire/opera,” she said. “This is when I began voice lessons. My voice teacher suggested that I try out classical singing for several reasons: the technique for singing classical music is fundamental in supporting a long, healthy musical
career. It is the basis for singing any other type of music.”
Excited for Pirates She can’t wait to play Mable in “The Pirates of Penzance,” considered a light opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. “This role is exciting because it challenges me as a coloratura soprano,” she said. “‘Poor Wandering One,’ Mabel’s aria in the show, includes beautiful cadenzas, lovely melody, and even culminates on a high E flat.” “The Pirates of Penzance” tells the story of Frederick, who has spent his formative years as a junior pirate. Frederick plans to mark his 21st birthday by breaking free from the Pirate King and beginning his courtship of Mabel. “You’ll meet a band of fool-hardy pirates, timid policeman, and a quicktongued major general along the way,” Dovsky said. Return to Israel In terms of her experiences in Israel she explained after graduating from San Dieguito Academy in 2016, she had the incredible opportunity to spend a year there. “I participated in a women’s learning program that emphasized biblical studies and artistic training,” she said. “I received piano, voice, and choir lessons during my time living in Jerusalem. I learned of a group of Holocaust survivors who met once a week in a local community center. “I coordinated a group of girls from my school to go and perform for them on several occasions. Each time, I created a program of music ranging from classic Broadway to Hebrew folk to opera. It was such a joy to share my love of music with this brave, resilient group of people.” Other activities In her spare time, Dovsky enjoys weight training and calisthenics-based work outs. “It is amazing how much you can learn on the internet,” she said. “At first, I turned to YouTube to learn how to work out with proper movements, form, etc. I have also found that staying active helps me as a singer.” ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ March 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. March 16, 17 at 2 p.m. Box Office: 760-795-6815
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ngela Jackson is a mixed media artist and art educator who has exhibited in many group and solo shows throughout the United States. She is inspired by the beauty and therapeutic aspects of the ocean, which are expressed in her paintings. Originally from Pennsylvania, Angela grew up two blocks from the Susquehanna River and she has felt the need to live close in proximity to water ever since. Her understanding of our attraction to bodies of water was reinforced reading Wallace J. Nichols’ book, “Blue Mind,” in which he discusses the neuroscience behind our connection to all things water. Now living in Cardiff, Angela enjoys daily walks on the beach and absorbing all the sights, sounds and smells of the Pacific Ocean. Angela creates art out of her studio in Cardiff and teaches Visual Art at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas. She is a board member of the Encinitas Friends of the Arts and is also the Gallery Director at the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach. Visit angela jacksonartist.com
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ESCONDIDO — Ringling Brothers made waves when it shuttered its roving circus operations after 146 years in business. But the “greatest show on Earth” had a lesser known companion, which, in the aftermath the Ringling’s decision to close shop, has gone all in on the circus circuit. That is, the Circus Vargas, which will play 21 times at the Westfield North County Mall in Escondido from March 7 to March 18. Though newer than Ringling, Circus Vargas is no spring chicken, touring in what is now its 50th year since 1969. Circus Vargas has the namesake of its founder, Clifford Vargas, who hailed from Hollywood Hills. According to his 1989 obituary in The New York Times, Vargas began his circus business with only three trucks and eight animals, eventually growing to 150 animals and up to 300 employees. “Having been a lifelong circus spectator and fan, Mr. Vargas believed he could bring back the glamour, thrills and heart-pounding excitement of the authentic old-time circus,” explains the Circus Vargas website of the business’ history. “He was adamant that a circus wasn’t a circus if it wasn’t under the big top and wanted to make sure that every generation would have the opportunity to experience its magic first hand.” Acrobatic acts, clowns, trapeze swingers, music and colorful light displays are all mainstays of the Circus Vargas. Animals, though, are no longer part of the
CIRCUS VARGAS is playing Westfield North County Mall through March 18.
show, the use of which initially came under fire when used by Ringling. Today, Circus Vargas is owned by Tabares Entertainment, a company situated in Ontario, California in east Los Angeles County and named after its owner, Nelson Quiroga-Tabares. Quiroga-Tabares’ wife Katya Quiroga, is a seventh-generation circus performer herself. Doing the circus in the traditional big tent style, Circus Vargas events can
seat up to 1,500 spectators, according to its website. It takes some seven hours to set up, the website added. “The tent consists of 90,000 square feet of fabric and is supported by 500 individually placed stakes and over four miles of rope and cable weighing over 17 tons,” the website further details. Among other performances, the world’s fastest ball juggler Michael Fererri will perform his craft in front of the Escondido audi-
ence. Children who arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the show will receive a complimentary pre-show event, in which circus cast will teach juggling, balancing and other circus-centric skills. The show, according to the Circus Vargas website, will last about two hours and 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at circusvargas.com/tickets or for a discounted rate at the website goldstar.com.
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Here are a few spring cleaning tips for technology With spring approaching, now is the time everyone starts thinking about spring cleaning their home – windows, closets, refrigerators – but they shouldn’t forget about their technology. Here are some tips to ensure your laptops, TVs, smartphones and other devices are clean and secure, and ready to optimize and enjoy.
and delete any pictures, videos, emails or files that you don’t need. This will free up space and make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for the next time you’re putting together that birthday video. BACK UP DATA What you don’t want to get rid of are the precious photos, videos and other important files you do need. Whether you use a cloud service, hard drive or a USB flash drive, the important thing is to back up your data, and not just during spring cleaning. You might even decide to use a few different backup options in case you lose that flash drive or won’t have access to the cloud while on the road.
TAKE INVENTORY First and foremost, take inventory of all the technology in your home. You may have a gaming system or TV in the guest room that isn’t used every day but may need a good cleaning. Go from room to room and identify the devices that need your attention. Put aside anything you no longer use or that aren’t working - old computers, printers, modems, cell SECURE YOUR IN-HOME WIFI phones, TVs, cords. Make sure your in-home WiFi is password protected DO AN ELECTRONIC so that strangers down the SWEEP Go through your devices street aren’t able to access it
WIPE THAT KEYBOARD AND SCREEN Smartphones, laptops and tablets are used on a daily basis in most households, so it’s a good idea to sanitize them to help keep the germs away and get rid of the crumbs that fell into the crevices of your keyboard. For your screens, use a micro-fiber cleaning cloth with a little water and wipe in one direction. For your keyboard, use a can of compressed air to blow away the debris in between keys. You SMARTPHONES, LAPTOPS and tablets are used on a daily can also purchase a cleaning basis in most households, so it’s a good idea to sanitize kit from your local office supthem to help keep the germs away and get rid of the crumbs ply or computer store. that fall into the crevices of your keyboard.
or add to your data usage. It’s also a good idea to regularly change your wifi password if you’re giving it to family and friends when they visit. SECURE YOUR DEVICES Protect yourself and your devices when you’re online by using a security software package that includes
features such as virus, spyware and spam protection. Cox High Speed Internet customers can download a free security package powered by McAfee for up to five devices including computers, tablets and smartphones, so be sure to check with your internet provider to see if they have a similar option.
RID YOUR HOUSE OF DEAD ZONES To get the most from your in-home WiFi, check with your internet provider to see if you have any dead zones that can be turned into live zones. With Cox’s Panoramic WiFi, technicians will walk wall-to-wall in every room to identify hard-toreach dead zones. For more
information about Panoramic WiFi, visit cox.com. GO GREEN – RECYCLE, DONATE E-WASTE Don’t just box up your unused devices and put them in the garage or the trash. E-waste needs to be recycled. Help the environment and a family in need by recycling and donating your old equipment. Computers 2 Kids, San Diego, a nonprofit founded by North County’s Larry and Tammy Hershfield, refurbishes donated computers, monitors, and other electronic waste then distributes them to low-income families and students. Cox partners with the nonprofit through the Connect2Compete program to help bring computers and internet to K-12 families in need. With these tips, you and your technology will be ready for the spring. Happy cleaning!
Medicine in Motion: Making health care affordable and fun! “Funny Doctor, Serious Medicine” best describes Family and Sports Medicine physician Dr. Jeffrey Pearson. In practice for over 35 years, Dr. Pearson has a very loyal following owing to the fact that he believes in spending quality time with patients and really working with them to achieve optimum health. He was recognized for his exceptional work along these lines as far back as 1992 when he was the national recipient of the “Patient Care Award for Excellence in Patient Education” sponsored by the American Academy of Family Practice and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Incorporating magic and humor in his practice, his patients feels relaxed — rather than scared — to be in a doctor’s office (so much so that last year, his unique practice style was featured on Fox 5 San Diego). Tired and upset with the way insurance companies were treating both patients
and physicians, and the onerous amount of work involved in order to participate with them, he decided to walk away from a large group practice and return to his roots and the basics — he has reopened as a much smaller practice, Medicine in Motion, in the heart of Carlsbad Village, sharing space with Carlsbad Chiropractic, in the Roosevelt Center. Together with his wife, Laurie, they’ve done away with insurance companies in order to offer quality care at affordable prices. “There are so many people who either do not have insurance, or have insurance with insanely high deductibles, that they must pay cash for all of their care. By keeping our overhead low, we’re able to charge as little as $110 and $150 for (20 and 30 minute, respectively) new patient visits, whereas most other offices and urgent cares would charge $200 and $285 for the same services. This is a significant saving for these
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top winemakers then and now, March 15 and March 16. For times and cost, call (760) 653-9032. • Vigilucci’s Gourmet Market in Carlsbad Village will be offering food sampling on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m., during the weekly Farmer’s Market on State Street in front of their market. For details, call (760) 720-0188. • Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo has its Summer Nights starting from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 15 and March 16, and every weekend through the season. No admission fee. Wine and shareable plates available for purchase. Live music. Kitchen open for Sicil-
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DR. JEFFREY PEARSON and his wife, Laurie, can often be seen riding their brightly lit Burning Man bikes along the 101 after hours. Cour-
cash patients. And, patients with insurance are able to submit their bills to their companies for reimbursement, should they so choose .” Dr. Pearson’s training as an Osteopathic family physician makes him very much sought after. In addition to his medical and surgical skills, he is adept at manipulative therapy — very useful for his patients with muscu-
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ground co-op where custom boards have been made for the famous likes of John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Andy Irons and many more. Johnson wrote of the workshop via email, “These are some of the unsung heroes of the surfing industry — glassers, sanders, fin makers, shapers. Thankless work, but without them, surfing wouldn’t exist. Plus, I’ve looked up to a lot of these guys over the years. Some of them are my personal heroes.” The 1,200-square-foot Saint Archer tasting room in Leucadia occupies the former site of Roy’s Market, a general store in the
loskeletal conditions. Besides treating patients in his office, he has provided care for local high school and collegiate sports medicine programs, the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and served as the Medical Consultant to the world-renowned Golden Door spa for 25 years. A runner for many years, Dr. Pearson provides medical 1930s where you could buy food and beer as well as train tickets, Warren said. With high ceilings, white walls and wood accents, the space feels simultaneously roomy and cozy. Asked how the brewing company got its name Saint Archer, Warren laughed. “One of the founders wanted to name his child Saint Archer, but his wife said no. So he named the company that instead.” Saint Archer produces about 40,000 barrels of beer annually and distributes its beers to seven states. Its offerings include Mosaic IPA, Blonde Ale, Citra Session IPA, Coco Stout and the newly released Mexican Lager. Noting that he’ll only support companies he be-
coverage for the local Carlsbad 5000 and the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon races. Dr. Pearson likes to focus on promoting and maintaining health whereby forestalling disease and our bodies’ breakdown. For that reason, he is a proponent of natural hormone replacement therapy for both men and women. “Everyone was afraid to take hormones for many years,” he notes. “They figured that the reason for why our bodies stopped making them was because they suddenly turned “evil” and caused cancer. That’s not the case, however. The reason for why our bodies stopped making estrogen and testosterone is the simple fact that — 100 years ago, we were dead! A female born in 1910 had a life expectancy of 52 years of age, a male averaged 49 years. Remember that they didn’t have antibiotics, decent blood pressure or cancer treatment. One didn’t
get cataracts fixed or hips and knees replaced because people didn’t live long enough to wear out their parts. However, thanks to science, we’re now able to keep people alive much longer. But, if they don’t have the hormones to keep their bodies in repair, they fall apart. Bones get weak and break, soft squishy parts dry out, etc. Hormone replacement has been a godsend to so many. We prefer to prescribe topical bio-identical hormone compounds that are easily massaged into the skin once a day. Life becomes good again.” To maintain their own sanity, the Pearsons can often be seen riding their brightly lit Burning Man bikes along the 101 after hours. You can also find the Magic Doc entertaining patrons with fun bar magic at the Grand Avenue Bar & Grill most Tuesday nights. Learn more about them at www.medicine-in-motion.com.
lieves in, Johnson shared that it was “paramount” to him that the beer be exceptional if he was going to represent Saint Archer as an ambassador. And to him it was, particularly the IPAs. “When the brand changed ownership,” Johnson stated, “the beer was my first concern. And the quality of the brewing hasn’t changed; there are just more flavors to choose from. The new ownership understood the uniqueness of this brand, so they didn’t mess with it, just supported it. They understood the culture behind it all.” The original Saint Archer founders and investors, many of whom are no longer with the company, mainly consisted of pro
skateboarders and surfers and an action-sports filmmaker. Warren and Johnson say the new guard represents those same industries and cultures — as Saint Archer continues to craft its brews and root its brand in action sports. The Leucadia tasting room is open daily from noon to 9 p.m.
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A day in the mom life Jean Gillette hopes you will enjoy some of her earlier columns, in a sympathetic salute to all young moms today.
i, hon. What did you do today?” A simple question, with no malice intended, asked by a husband fresh from his organized, one-taskat-a-time, hour-for-lunch, coffee-breaks, conversation-with-adults place of business. Why then does the question make me bristle with frustration and draw a complete blank? I know I have been going nonstop. I feel like I have been cheekby-jowl with negotiators in the Mideast. But I know that any trace of those efforts is lost in a house and children once again sticky, spattered, cranky, matted and streaked. Not exactly a glossy-bound, year-end report with three-color graphics. I wince to remember that I had once been a childless working person who sincerely posed the classic question, “What does she do all day?” Well … nothing, of course. Eat bonbons, watch soap operas … oh, and respond promptly to every whim of those enormously whim-filled creatures in her charge. Let’s begin our day between 5 a.m. with the highpitched sound of “Mommy!” (Never “Daddy!” Researchers remain baffled.) This noise does not abate until all other siblings also are awakened. Cartoons must be swiftly tuned in, with the full debate renewed over what they may and may not watch. That settled, you give them a cocoa fix and try to grab a shower.
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small talk jean gillette Midway through your hair gel and underarm deodorant, you are questioned as to why you cannot stop and do a puzzle, read a book and where is their waffle with syrup, no butter, lightly toasted? Then comes the hunt for clean clothes that match and the trick of getting on shoes and socks. Civilization comes hard to preschoolers. The morning is filled with brief encounters with crayons, paints, puzzles, Legos, hide-and-seek, popcorn, juice, emptying the linen closet and every toy in their toy box, then on to the park. By midmorning, my son has used his clothes to wipe hands and nose of everything from peanut butter to Playdoh, missed his potty aim a time or two, and has rolled through the park. Things have begun to stick to him. Once home, he leaves a trail of sand and clothes beginning at the door. My daughter has gotten her button-down-the-back dress turned completely around in an attempt to undo it herself, nearly hanging herself in the process. She is clean but has decided this dress is unacceptable for midday wear. I head into my son’s room for fresh clothes but must move his play table away from the closet door (all things migrate in a random pattern in children’s rooms … deadly in the dark). As I grab it, my fingers stick to it. As I move
the table, I step into an unidentified wet spot. I don’t ask for details. My concentration is now fully derailed. Blot the wet spot, wipe the table and … now what the blazes did I come in his room for anyway? My son jogs my memory as he races by, buck naked. Finally, everybody is dressed again and I have a minute of peace as they begin playing. I limp off to put the dirty clothes and wet rags downstairs and face the ever-present dinner-breakfast dishes. No sooner have I donned my rubber gloves then my daughter comes in shrieking, with a toy her
brother broke. I sprint upstairs to referee and plug in the hot glue gun for repairs. I will probably forget about it, though, until it has melted a hole in my desk … again. Back downstairs, the troops now chant for lunch, lunch, lunch. The balance of the day is filled with variations on this theme including the post-bath towel races, the jammy debates (too hot, too cold, too scratchy), dinner and (gasp) bedtime story, and there you have it. I’m now petitioning Funk & Wagnall to add a second accepted meaning to the definition of “nothing.” Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who is a big fan of nannies, and can she have one, please.
Speed limit drops to 55 on stretch of I-5 In North County ENCINITAS — Motorists have to drive a little slower on a section of Interstate 5 on the North County coastline for the next three years, a change that took effect this week. Officials from Caltrans, SANDAG and the California Highway Patrol on March 8 announced a temporary speed limit reduction on a stretch of I-5 where carpool lanes are currently under construction. The speed limit dropped from 65 mph to 55 mph on March 11 for both directions of I-5 between Manchester Av-
enue in Encinitas and Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad, according to SANDAG. The lower speed limit will remain in place until the carpool lane project is complete, which is expected to happen in 2022. “The speed limit reduction within the highway work zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public, and construction and maintenance professionals as they work to construct the new I-5 carpool lanes,” SANDAG said. — City News Service
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Encinitas Post celebrates Legion’s 100th anniversary in the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the Gulf War and in the Middle East post-9/11. The American Legion is a national organization aimed at supporting veterans, service members and their communities. It was federally chartered in September of 1919 — and locally, the San Diegiuto Post has been in operation since the early 193’s. The post is one of 29 in San Diego County, with over 500 active members. Deputy Mayor of Encinitas Jody Hubbard noted that Post 416 is Encinitas’s second oldest business — “a notable accomplishment by itself.” “But when you consider a broad range of its services and
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ENCINITAS — In spite of the rain and chill, about a hundred people gathered in front of American Legion Post 416 in Encinitas on March 2 to celebrate the American Legion’s 100th year. “This is Normandy weather, we’ll survive it, no problem,” said Tom Rice, the event’s guest speaker and a World War II Paratrooper who leapt into Normandy on D-Day. The event drew veterans of all ages and branches of service, with the aim of saluting “the greatest generation” — particularly those of Rice’s ilk. At least five attendees served in World War II — and they were joined by many more who served
JODY HUBBARD, deputy mayor of Encinitas, presents the mayor’s certificate of recognition to San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 Commander Matt Schillingburg. Photo by Lexy Brodt
large membership, the tenure of Post 416 in Encinitas is nothing short of impressive,” Hubbard said. Hubbard — as well as representatives from the San Diego County Supervisor Office and from 76th California State Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath’s office — presented the Legion with certificates of recognition for the organization’s “historic anniversary.” The crowd was silent for the presentation of colors and Katleen Dugas’s rendition of the national anthem — which was followed by the French national anthem as well. Post Commander Matt Schillingburg said the gesture was meant to recognize France for
sponsoring Tom Rice’s jump into Normandy again this year. Rice, a 97-year-old Coronado native, has now jumped from airplanes a number of times in order to commemorate Operation Overlord, a historic military campaign undertaken during World War II. This year he will jump again in France, for the second year in a row, although he has jumped many times locally as well. The event also hosted words of humor and wisdom from actor and comedian Hank Garrett — who starred in “Three Days of the Condor” and was an entertainer on the front line during the Vietnam War — as well as a performance by a local nostalgia band called the Mar Dels.
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pleby said. While the main building is 50 years old, over the years, other parts of the building were added on such as the Children’s Library. Even though the roof is inspected every year and repairs have been made, water always finds a way in. “I would say there are several people holding their breath every time it rains,” Appleby said. There have instances when a guild volunteer makes a beeline to the library after hours during a rainstorm to place towels down to absorb some of the water leaking in the interior. While the guild is in the process of receiving more roof repair estimates, the first one rolled in at $105,000. “We sent out a letter to all of our guild members at the end of January telling them what the problem was and asking them to come alongside us and make a donation for a new roof. We have received a very strong response and so far we’ve raised to date about $65,000,” Shafer said. Appleby said one person gave a generous gift of $40,000. “The gift was in memory of her husband who loved this library,” said Appleby, adding that other donations have ranged from $3 and more. “We had another generous donation for $5,000 — we really have been pretty overwhelmed by the response.” Appleby explained
that around 10 percent of the guild membership has already participated in the Redo the Roof Giving Campaign. “We have a participation goal, but we believe that the library is a community resource, and it’s in every community member’s best interest to support this library in whatever way is appropriate for them,” Appleby said. Shafer was quick to point out that they welcome all donations no matter the amount. “Our donations come in all shapes and sizes, and every dollar helps,” Shafer said. “We will not stop fundraising until we get to our new roof goal.” To learn more about the Redo the Roof Campaign, visit RSFLibraryGuild.org or call (858) 756-4780.
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THATABABY by Paul Trap
to see happen if you intend to make progress. If you pay attention to a loved one, the response you get will be rewarding.
By Eugenia Last FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019
FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves
THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom
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How you relate to others will encourage support and the necessary backup to get things done. Domestic and personal changes will affect how others treat you and the kinds of opportunities that come your way. You can make a difference.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Try something new. Connect with people who share your interests, but don’t feel compelled to buy others’ friendship. Offer your fair share, nothing more.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You’ll have a revelation that will lead to a big decision. Someone you meet will show you the ropes and get you started on a new adventure.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Don’t mix business with pleasure. Do your job to the best of your ability and make plans PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Invite to spend time with a loved one. Don’t friends over or plan an evening with take on responsibilities that don’t bea loved one. Sticking close to home long to you. will lead to simple changes that will SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Taking improve your surroundings and add to a short trip, attending a meeting or your comfort. learning something new will push you ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Look for in an unexpected direction. If you go the good in everyone and everything. with the ﬂow, you’ll discover a hidden Having a positive attitude and refusing skill or talent. to let your emotions cause a ruckus SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) will help eliminate drama from your life. -- Stick to the facts, or someone will TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Consid- question your assertions. You’ll do er all avenues, but don’t take the one best if you work alone and spend time that will cause distress. You’ll gain the on self-improvement, instead of trying most in the long term by keeping the to change others. peace and working alongside others CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Line instead of causing disruption and cha- things up and get started. Don’t stop os. until you are satisﬁed with the results GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Consider you get. A change at home will give what makes you angry or upset, and you the space you need to start somedistance yourself from situations and thing new. people that have that effect on you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- IgSpend more time with whoever brings nore what’s going on around you and out the best in you. focus on being your very best mentalCANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Convey ly, physically and ﬁnancially. Set goals the way you feel and what you want and get started.
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Coast News All-North County Basketball PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bryce Pope, Torrey Pines Ever since he and his identical twin brother started to play basketball, Bryce Pope dreamed of being a Torrey Pines Falcon. He wanted to be one of the guys that played inside of the Falcons iconic gymnasium, affectionately dubbed the “Olive Garden” after longtime head coach John Olive. He wanted to win league titles, a CIF championship and become the player of the year. In his final year in a Falcons jersey, he accomplished all of those goals. Pope led his team to a 25-7 overall record, the Avocado West League champiBRYCE POPE led the Falcons to the school’s first CIF Open onship and the school’s first Division championship. He is headed to UC San Diego on a CIF Open Division Champibasketball scholarship. Courtesy photo onship, and he was recently
named the San Diego Section Player of the Year. For those reasons, Pope is The Coast News’ North County Player of the Year. “What an honor for Bryce,” Olive said. “You’re not going to find a harder worker than he or his brother, and everything Bryce has received, he earned through hours of hard work.” Bryce, a 6-3 guard, averaged 19.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds, while shooting 53 percent from the field, 41 percent from three-point range and 86 percent from the free throw line. He is headed to UC San Diego on a basketball scholarship. He is the third straight Falcon to win the honor. Finn Sullivan and Jake Gilliam, who are teammates at
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the University of San Diego, 17.2 points per game en won it in 2018 and 2017, re- route to his first All Avocaspectively. do East first team selection. Chris Howell, 6-6 So. G, San Marcos — Making COACH OF THE YEAR: his second straight allSam Eshelman, Carlsbad league first team appearWhen Sam Eshelman ance, Howell averaged 12.3 got the job at Carlsbad High points, 7 rebounds and 4 asSchool in 2017, he inherited sists per game and was the a program that had gone team’s best defender. 9-45 over the previous two Graham Cook, 6-3 Sr. — seasons. The All Avocado West First In his first two seasons, team selection (for a second the team was 30-32, but straight season) averaged a did make it to the Division team high 19.3 points per 3 championship game in game. 2018, losing in a triple overtime thriller to Carlsbad. This year, however, SECOND TEAM Keatten Smith, 6-1 So. Eshelman and the Lancers put it all together. The team G, Santa Fe Christian — went 28-7, and dominated The All Coastal League its way to the CIF Division second-team selection was 2 championship, emphati- arguably one of the Top 5 cally defeating top-seeded shooters in San Diego this Rancho Buena Vista 72-54. season. Keavie Love, 6-2 So. G, Eshelman was also named the San Diego Sec- El Camino — Love led the tion Coach of the Year for Wildcats in scoring en route his accomplishments. He to his first All Avocado East is the clear choice for The First Team selection. Noah Fields, 6-6 Jr. Coast News North County F, Rancho Buena Vista — Coach of the Year. Fields broke out in a big way his junior year, averagFIRST TEAM ing 15.3 points and 8.2 reMichael Pope, 6-3 Sr. bounds per game on his way G, Torrey Pines — The Fal- to his first All Avocado East cons second leading scor- First Team appearance. er at 17.2 points per game Elijah Randall, 6-4 behind his brother Bryce. Jr. G, San Marcos — The Pope was named to the All Knights leading scorer (15.1 Avocado West First Team. points) and rebounder (7.4 Jordan Hilstock, 6-3 rebounds) was an All Avo Sr. G, Vista — The Player West second-team selecof the Year in the Avocado tion. East League led the team Brandon Angel, 6-7 Jr. in scoring and rebounds at W, Torrey Pines — The All 18.2 points and 7 rebounds Avocado West second team per game. selection averaged 10.4 Jailen Nelson, 5-10 Jr. points and a team-high 7.3 PG, Carlsbad — Nelson rebounds per game for the transformed the Lancers CIF Open Division Chamoffense after the 30-day sit pions. out period, averaging 12.8 Devon Arlington, 6-2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.1 Fr. G, San Marcos — All assists per game to lead the Avo West second team seLancers to the Division 2 lection as a freshman was championship. the Knights second leading Patrick McLachlan, 6-2 scorer. Sr. G, Rancho Buena VisCaleb Nelson, 6-5 So. ta — The Longhorns senior WF, Carlsbad — The Lancaveraged 17.8 points, 7.2 ers’ All League 2nd teamrebounds and 2.2 assists er averaged 12 points per per game to lead the team game and knocked down to the most wins in school crucial shots. history and a CIF Division 2 Noah Viera, 6-9 Sr. C, runner up appearance. Torrey Pines — All Avo Chase Pagon, 6-3 Sr. West honorable mention G, Santa Fe Christian — had a huge game in the CIF The Virginia transfer cata- title game. pulted the Eagles into the Albert Pichardo, 6-3 Jr. Open Division and Coast- F, Army Navy Academy — al League title discussion The heart and soul of the and made the All Coastal Warriors was named to the League first team in his All Coastal League second only season. team. Obinna Anyanwu, 6-7 Alex Wade, 5-11 So. So. F, Cathedral Catholic PG, Cathedral Catholic — — Anyanwu, who scored Led the Dons in assists and the game-winning layup in helped guide the team to the Division 1 title game, the CIF Division 1 champiaveraged 17 points and 11 onship. rebounds for the Dons in his Trevan Martin, 6-3 So. second season. All Western G, Santa Fe Christian — AvLeague first-team selection. eraged in double figures for Thomas Notarainni, the Open Division contend6-4 So. SG, Cathedral Cath- ers. olic — The Dons leading Tyson Robinson, 5-11 scorer averaged 19 points PG, El Camino — Made All per game and eclipsed the Avocado East second team 1,000-point mark in only his in first season as a varsity second varsity season. starter, and was named to Makiah Morris, 6-2 Sr. the Torrey Pines All-TourG, Vista — Morris doubled nament team. his scoring average in his senior season, averaging — Aaron Burgin
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Dr. John’s pitch is for a well-rounded athlete
omeone tipped their cap to Dr. Tommy John and he wasn’t sure if to smile or
frown. John, an Encinitas resident with a famous moniker, has an insatiable drive to save the world. “It’s getting harder and harder,” he said. “It really is out of control.” John’s father was an illustration of balance in a big-league career in which he won 288 games. But his name made its mark as a surgical procedure to repair shredded elbow ligaments after undergoing the first one in 1974. Countless professional pitchers had the Tommy John operation to resurrect careers. That goes for hurlers in college, high school and, really, youth baseball? “The frustrating part is that the solution is in the parents’ hands,” John said. “They are being misled by a youth sports industry that makes them believe that their kids are better than they are.” John, a chiropractor and director of a performance and healing center, goes a million miles a minute and that’s tapping the brakes. But he’s seeing more, and younger athletes, and their parents, seeking answers
sports talk jay paris on why this hurts, why that aches and why is it always go-go-go. It’s overuse, John screams, and it says so in his book, “Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance: A Sports Parent’s Survival Guide.” “If parents ever say their kid might not make a team, I tell them they just got a free pass,” John said. “It’s not the worst thing to take a season off.” It’s what usually happens that drives patients to John’s Sorrento Valley office. A Little League team blends into a travel ball squad and then that morphs into fall ball and then there’s a spring league ... “It’s about understanding that regardless of how this baseball season goes, whether you played or didn’t play enough, baseball is over with summer. Don’t play winter baseball, don’t play fall baseball, instead find something else to do. Explore other sports, anything.”
John knows that’s a tough sell. “It falls upon deaf ears,” he said. “People don’t want to do less and that leads to some very difficult conversations. I’ve talked to 10-, 11-, 12-year-old kids and their arms hurt and they are exhausted. Sometimes when the parents don’t listen we have another talk and it’s about anxiety and pediatric surgery.” John isn’t out to sting baseball. He said it’s all sports with players being a pawn in a $15 billion youth
sports industry. “It convinces the parents the kids are elite and to compete they have to be a specialist in one sport and sign up for all this stuff,” he said. John recalled a star softball pitcher’s mom inquiring about her daughter’s sore right knee. “That pain was a warning,” John said. “Your body always gives you a whisper that something is wrong. You need to take care of it then, not when it yells at you if you don’t.”
John said rest was the
“A month later it’s feeling a little better, she plays, she tears the meniscus in her knee and has to have surgery,” he said. “Game over.” But it’s spring with a game on in every direction and John stresses there’s nothing askew there. Just make sure moderation is stocked at every youth sports snack bar. DR. TOMMY JOHN, son of the
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Winslow II faces new charges; held without bail ENCINITAS — Ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II, who is awaiting trial on charges of raping two women in Encinitas and raping an unconscious teenage girl, is being held without bail on newly filed misdemeanor charges related to alleged lewd conduct with a 77-year-old woman at a Carlsbad gym. Winslow, who had been out of custody on $2 million Winslow II bail in connection with his felony case, is accused of touching himself and asking the woman if she liked it on Feb. 13, then groping her while she was in a hot tub at the same gym on Feb. 22, according to police and prosecutors. The 35-year-old son of former San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow, who’s being held at the Vista Detention Facility, pleaded not guilty March 4 to a pair of lewd conduct counts and one count each of elder abuse and battery of an elder. He faces life in prison if convicted in the felony case,
which involves allegations that he raped a 17-yearold girl in 2003 at a home in Scripps Ranch; lured a 54-year-old transient — who was hitchhiking — into his Hummer for a ride, then raped her on March 17, 2018; and that he raped a 59-yearold homeless woman on May 13, 2018, then threatened to kill her if she told anyone. He appeared in a Vista courtroom March 5 on a defense motion to dismiss the felony complaint, in which he’s charged with kidnapping, forcible rape and rape of an unconscious person. A judge denied the request with the exception of one kidnapping count, finding insufficient evidence that the victim was transported under force or fear prior to the alleged rape. Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens said that he will seek to have the misdemeanor counts consolidated into the main case during Winslow’s next court hearing on March 29. Winslow II grew up in San Diego and attended the University of Miami. He played for four NFL teams between 2004 and 2013. — City News Service
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