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Bill aims to ban gun sales at fairgrounds By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — After years of debate over whether gun shows should be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, state Assembly members Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) and Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) introduced a bill on Feb. 22 that seeks to ban the sale of guns and ammunition on the stateowned property. Gloria said the bill intends to clarify “where the people of California stand when it comes to gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.” If passed, Assembly Bill 893 would go into effect Jan. 1, 2021. Utah-based Crossroads of the West Gun Shows has been hosting a gun show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds five times a year for 30 years, with each event drawing thousands of people from across the county to shop for guns, ammunition and gun-related products. The 22nd District Agricultural Association board ASSEMBLYMAN TODD GLORIA (D-San Diego) introduced new potential legislation that would prohibit the sale of guns and of directors, a Governor-apammunitions at the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds. The bill is co-authored by Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath pointed body which operates the fairgrounds, opted (D-Encinitas). Photo by Lexy Brodt

RSF burglaries declined in 2018 By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Chief Matt Wellhouser of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol delivered the 2018 annual report at the Feb. 7 Rancho Santa Fe Association’s monthly board of directors meeting. The first item he addressed was how the total number of burglaries decreased from 26 in 2017 to 16 in 2018.

“I’m happy to report that burglaries dropped a little bit,” Wellhouser said. In 2018, there were 13 residential burglaries, two commercial burglaries — which fall under a business or construction site — and one vehicle break-in. Wellhouser compared this to 2017, in which 15 residential burglaries, four commercial break-ins and seven

vehicle burglaries were reported. Wellhouser said four of the residential burglaries in 2018 were attributed to an Inglewood family crime ring — the suspects were arrested in Poway last year and were believed to be responsible for other robberies in North County. TURN TO BURGLARIES ON 22

in September to set a yearlong moratorium on the gun shows until they could develop a policy regulating future gun shows. An ad-hoc committee of directors has

I believe that it is wrong for the state of California to profit or benefit from the sale of firearms or ammunition.” Assemblyman Todd Gloria

been meeting with stakeholders to consider the possibility of holding the event solely for educational purposes — they will be proposing a new policy no later than December 2019. TURN TO GUN SALES ON 14

RSFA board shares concerns with CDRC By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Association board President Ken Markstein read two letters for the record from the board to the Association’s Covenant Design Review Committee (CDRC) at its Feb. 7 monthly board meeting. The introduction to the first letter underscored how legal counsel notified the board that the

CDRC was subject to the board’s “oversight and supervision.” The letter then spelled out how it was the board’s responsibility to ensure that the CDRC was enforcing the requirements of the Protective Covenant, Residential Design Guidelines, and Regulatory Code on a “fair and consistent” basis. Markstein read how the Covenant's subdued

and rural character is what defined Rancho Santa Fe. To maintain this, the CDRC should continually implement designs which enhance and preserve natural landforms, architecture aimed at “restraint and simplicity,” and informal landscape highlighting natural and traditional foliage and materials. TURN TO BOARD ON 21


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Task force tackles Olivenhain stretch of Rancho Santa Fe Road

Country Friends unveils funded charities for 2019 By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Fairbanks Ranch Country Club was infused with a Cuban theme for The Country Friends’ second annual Giving Hearts Dinner and Dance named “Havana Night.” The Feb. 16 event not only was an evening filled with fine food and entertainment, but it was also platform for The Country Friends to announce the 59 local agencies it will fund in 2019 — the largest number of agencies in the Rancho Santa Fe nonprofit’s history. In 2019, The Country Friends will distribute a total of $225,855 in grants. “We are proud to say that this is our largest single-year distribution and the first year that we are able to advise our recipients upfront of the funds they can expect to receive in 2019. For budgeting purposes, this is key to those we support,” board President Suzanne Newman said. “Previously, while we committed to the grant, we could not guarantee the amount as we could only estimate what we would earn through our events, membership and Consignment shop throughout the year. Over the course of the past several years, we have been able to manage our finances so that this year we know, in advance, what we can fund and hopefully continue the pattern moving forward.” Newman went on to say that every year their nonprofit receives more than 100 grant applications which means that the needs of the community exceed the available resources, so the vetting process is one key to ensuring the best use of limited funds. She also pointed out that every year, The Country Friends searches for ways to increase the money it raises while ensuring every dollar raised is spent effectively and in line with the nonprofit’s goals to support those in need. As guests arrived at the evening soiree, they enjoyed a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres and a photo lounge opportunity. During the three-course dinner guests also enjoyed a dance performance by Omo Aché, who works to preserve Cuban culture. After dinner, guests salsa danced the night away. Co-chairing the event this year was Lauren Reynolds and Luis Carranza. Emcee for the evening was 10 News anchor Steve Atkinson. “Much of the success of this year’s event can be attributed to a dedicated com-


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mittee lead by Co-Chairs Lauren and Luis. For many of the participants on the committee, including the chairs, this was their first direct involvement in the planning of a The Country Friends event,” Newman said. “We hope it is not their last. They brought a new perspective, ideas, and energy to the process and introduced The Country Friends to an expanded audience of sponsors and attendees.” According to Newman, the Giving Hearts Dinner & Dance had 154 registered attendees, a 30 percent increase from last year’s debut event. “The Giving Hearts Gala was established in 2018 as the primary fundraiser in support of our Legacy Campaign. This is our capital campaign to raise funds in order for us to pay off our construction loan and establish an endowment to support our largest asset, our shop, and its related buildings,” Newman said. “By doing this we can ensure our longevity and increase the funds available to support the many human care agencies in San Diego. Since these organizations and those they provide for are our reason for being, we thought that this event would be our opportunity to introduce them to our supporters, acknowledge them for the work they do, and to say thank you.” Event sponsors included Annterese Toth and Jennifer Perkinson of Merrill Lynch, Les and Deborah Cross, and At Home Nursing Care. The 2019 agencies selected for funding include: A Step Beyond, Alzheimers San Diego, Assistance League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad, Boys to Men, Casa de Amparo, Center for Community Solutions, Champions for Health, Community Campership Council, Community Resource Center, ConnectMed International, Doors of Change, Elderhelp, Elizabeth Hospice, Friends of Vista Hill, Generate Hope, Girls Rising, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Hospice of the North Coast, Include Autism, Jacobs & Cushman SD Food Bank, Kids Turn, Kitchens for Good, Lightbridge Hospice, Mana de San Diego, Meals on Wheels of La Jolla, Miracle Babies, Mitchell Thorpe Foundation, Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center, Operation Hope Vista, Options for All, Palomar Family Counseling, Palomar Health Foundation, Reading Legacies, Reality Changers,

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STEVE ATKINSON, 10News anchor, emceed the Feb. 16 “Havana Night” event. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

REINS, Rite Care San Diego, San Diego Blood Bank, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, San Diego Burn Institute, Saving Horses, Say San Diego, SD Center for the Blind, Serving Seniors, Solutions for Change, Special Delivery, Special Olympics, Support the Enlisted Project, Tender Loving Canines, The Brother Benno’s Foundation, Think Dignity, UCSD EyeMobile for Children, USO Council on San Diego, Walden Family Services, Warriors Live On, Women’s Resource Center, YMCA Armed Services, and YWCA of San Diego. To learn more about The Country Friends, visit TheCountryFriends.org.

ENCINITAS — A group of Olivenhain residents has created a task force to address the numerous concerns about the town’s main drag, Rancho Santa Fe Road. Spearheaded by District 4 Councilman Joe Mosca and the Olivenhain Town Council, the group of 15 residents who live along or adjacent to the arterial will meet for the first time March 2. “We’re looking at trying to come up with innovative ways to improve safety and walkability and traffic flow on the road,” Mosca said. For years, residents have urged the city to address a number of issues along the street, from pedestrian, equestrian and cyclist safety to the six stop signs that snarl traffic during peak travel times. Mosca said the idea is by having the community find the solution, as opposed to it coming from the city, there will be more community ownership of the fixes. “When folks are engaged in a bottom-up approach, they are going to be more of an advocate for it, it will be something they want and own,” Mosca said. Mosca alluded to the

creation of the task force during the 2018 city council campaign. Shortly after that, he and members of the Olivenhain Town Council created a steering committee to identify Olivenhain residents to sit on the task force. At the Feb. 13 City Council meeting, Mosca asked Mosca — and the council OK’d for staff to send traffic engineer Abraham Bandegan to the task force’s first meeting to provide the group with historical information on the road, previous studies and data to assist with its recommendations. Mosca said he thinks there are areas where the task force will quickly be able to find consensus, but other areas where it will take work. “I do think people want the corridor much safer to walk on,” he said. “They feel it’s about time to be able to walk along Rancho Santa Fe and get to some of the stores and restaurants on Encinitas Boulevard, or walk to Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary and do it safely. They want to make sure the

crossings are safe. “I think people also agree that the traffic flow needs to be smoother, but how that happens I don’t believe there is consensus yet,” Mosca said. “We need to have that conversation, look at creative solutions, and maybe new solutions we haven’t thought about, and maybe there will be consensus.” The second-term councilman hopes the citizens group will have recommendations to present to the city’s Traffic and Public Safety Commission by the start of summer. Residents praised Mosca and the group for taking the initiative to think outside the box. “Rancho Santa Fe Road has been difficult ever since Encinitas was incorporated, and I think the stop signs were seen at the time to be an interim solution to the traffic problem, but not as a total solution,” longtime resident Glen Johnson said. “Clearly, something needs to be done here, and with any improvements, it’s important to have community involvement.” The March 2 meeting will be held at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road in Encinitas. The time is to be announced.

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Idealistic Newsom shows he’s still green as grass


Community Choice Energy: It’s time By James Wang

Most of us in San Diego County have only one choice about where to get electricity: SDG&E. But soon we may have a better option: Community Choice Energy or CCE. There are nineteen CCE programs in California. Eight cities in our county are considering it. Solana Beach already has CCE. And the Chair of our Board of Supervisors, Diane Jacob, may propose it for the county. Why is CCE (aka Community Choice Aggregation or CCA) so popular? Traditional utilities provide electricity in an imperialistic, my-way-or-the-highway manner. After all, they are beholden to their shareholders, not to their customers. In contrast, CCEs are non-profit agencies whose goals are embodied in its name: they serve communities by giving them choices about their energy. CCEs make decisions publicly and transparently, much like city councils. And like city councils, community input is encouraged (does your utility invite you to their meetings?). CCEs welcome their members to help them decide about: • Energy Choices: Do we

want the cheapest electricity? The cleanest? A mixture? • Finances: How should we set our prices? Is our operating budget sufficient? How do we minimize risk? • Community Re-investment: Should we provide rebates for electric vehicles? Subsidize solar for low-income residents? Lower our rates? Every California CCE offers its customers options for cleaner electricity than its local utility. With no shareholders to pay, they can offer competitive rates too. For example, a 2019 North County study found that a CCE can match SDG&E's electricity mix 2% cheaper. Or it could provide 100% clean electricity at the price SDG&E charges for its 57% "dirty" electricity. Clean energy is important because many cities include 100% renewable electricity as an essential component of their Climate Action Plans. For instance, Encinitas has a goal of 100% clean energy by 2030; it comprises 67% of its carbon reduction by that year. Since SDG&E may not meet these civic goals, cities must be proactive. CCE is the single quickest and simplest step a jurisdiction can take to significantly lower its carbon footprint.

CCE finances are completely isolated from city finances and they must be financially prudent. They typically take a few years to repay their startup costs and to build a safe operating reserve. After that, they return excess revenue (what utilities call profit) to their community. With returned revenue, California CCEs have supported local projects such as solar installations and home energy-efficiency improvements. No matter what, CCE revenue stays within the community rather than being dispatched to shareholders. Combined with customer savings, retained revenue boosts the local economy and creates neighborhood jobs. The North County study predicts that a CCE will increase local GDP by over $13M annually. If CCE comes to your community, it is by no means mandatory. If you don't like lower cost, more choices, cleaner energy, helping your community, or saving the planet, you can stay with your utility. But if you do like CCE, let your city and county officials know: tell them to make it happen! James Wang is an Encinitas resident

A state water tax ... really? By Marie Waldron

California lawmakers recognized water as a basic human right in 2012. Since then, voters have approved over $10 billion in bonds to fund statewide water projects, yet for some Californians, clean and safe drinking water is still unavailable. Why is this? And why are we being asked to pay a tax every time we turn on the faucet? According to a recent study, 360,000 people living in mostly rural and agricultural regions of the state are served by water systems that provide unsafe drinking water, and around 6 million have water providers that have violated state standards in recent years. Unfor-

tunately, many small water districts have been unable to provide the clean water that many take for granted. To provide the funding necessary to clean up unsafe and contaminated water systems, a water tax is again under consideration by the new governor. When the idea was first proposed last year it met with a lot of opposition, including the Association of California Water Agencies which represents over 400 water districts throughout the state. Though the idea died last session, it has now been revived. Fortunately, there is a bi-partisan alternative. Assembly Constitutional Amendment 3 (ACA 3) pays for clean water in the reg-

ular budget, providing a stable source of funding for projects to improve California’s water supply, quality and delivery systems — all without a new water tax. Access to clean, safe water is a fundamental human right, a fact that should be reflected in our budget priorities. Passage of ACA 3 will make water project funding a budget priority and an integral part of the state’s regular budgeting process. With a budget surplus estimated at $21 billion, there is simply no need to tax our water. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.

ight after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State speech, a major newspaper editorialized that perhaps he should become known as “Gov. Gaslight” because of the mind-bending way he announced a plan to switch the focus of California’s under-construction bullet train to the rather short run between Bakersfield and Merced, but then pulled back. The nickname referred to the plot of a 1940s-era movie of that name. Newsom, fast becoming the face of resistance to President Trump and his agenda, ironically sounded Trump-esque when he blasted the press for reporting what he said, rather than what he perhaps wished he had said. For this, color Newsom green as grass, inexperienced. Barely a month into his time as governor of the nation’s largest state, he seemed not to realize his words might be reported outside California. They were, and Trump seized on them. Soon after Newsom spoke, Trump announced he will cancel almost $1 billion of a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant that this state’s High Speed Rail Authority has counted on for about one-fourth of its known funding. The authority still hopes to find private backers and more state funds than the $9 billion in bonds authorized by voters in 2008, but little has materialized. Trump also threatened to claw back another $2.5 billion in federal funds already spent on the bullet train, an unprecedented action. And it was hard to quarrel with the justifying facts set out in the Trump

portend lasting hostility to the press, with which he has long enjoyed positive relations. This man is not a blackguard. Rather, Newsom looks like a green rookie. He demonstrated this elsethomas d. elias where during the same administration threat ongoing bullet train flap letter, signed by the FRA created by his speech. The administrator. new governor seemed to The letter said Calithink he can by himself fornia has not kicked in change the train’s scope matching funds it promised and route. He was quickly for final design work and reminded by the chairman adds that the state can’t of the state Senate Transcomplete even part of the portation Committee that originally proposed project he cannot. As Democratic by 2022, a key deadline in Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose the federal grant. told a reporter, “He has a Newsom called this right to say what he wants. “political retribution” for But there has to be a public California’s resistance to process.” That might inTrump policies, including clude legislative votes. his deep desire to build a This part of the kersolid wall along the Mexfluffle evoked a 1999 flap ican border. The Trump which saw the newly electmove surely is retribution, ed Gov. Gray Davis issue aimed at bringing Newsom an order to then Attorney to heel. General Bill Lockyer. Why be surprised? As Lockyer demurred, reMr. Dooley, the legendary, minding Davis the attorney fictitious bartender of the general works for the state, 1890s, once observed, “Pol- not the governor, and is itics ain’t beanbag.” independently elected by None of this had to the same constituents. happen. Newsom’s speech Davis, like Newsom, could have avoided the was a former lieutenant subject of high speed rail, governor who may have like most of ex-Gov. Jerry gotten magnified ideas Brown’s similar addresses. about gubernatorial powPerhaps a desire to avoid ers by watching up close as such pitfalls moved Brown a political veteran exerto make speeches quickly cised them skillfully, in his forgotten after their deliv- case ex-Gov. Pete Wilson. ery, just like most presiDavis never again dential State of the Union made a similar mistake. addresses. So maybe Newsom’s bullet But Newsom blithely train blunders won’t be stepped into a pothole, repeated, either. For if then acted surprised when Newsom has demonstrated he tripped. His shock at any quality besides idealhaving his words quickly ism as governor, it’s that and accurately reported he’s a fast learner. That does not render him less might mean the current idealistic than he’s been, “Gov. Green-as-grass” offering initiative after will soon turn into a savvy initiative to help poor operative, like the man he children, areas with foul succeeded. drinking water and places that need more housing. Email Thomas Elias Nor does it necessarily at tdelias@aol.com.

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Assemblywoman introduces ‘equal pay for equal play’ bill By Aaron Burgin

REGION — Former Encinitas Councilwoman Tasha Boerner Horvath has introduced a bill in the state legislature that would mandate female athletes receive equal prize money for athletic competitions held on state lands. On Feb. 11, State Assemblywoman Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) introduced Assembly Bill 467, which would require pay equity for female and male competitors as part of the permit and land lease requirements for contests held on state beaches, parks and other resources, potentially impacting hundreds of events statewide, she said. On Feb. 14, Boerner Horvath, fellow Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), and several pioneers in the field of gender pay equity in athletics — including Carlsbad Councilwoman Cori Schumacher— touted the bill in a news conference held in a restaurant across the street from Cardiff State Beach. “I really feel when we are on California public lands, I feel that our laws and our legislation has to reflect our values, and those values are equity, equality and inclusion,” Boerner Horvath said. Gonzalez, who chairs the state assembly’s select committee on women in the workplace, said that female athletes sometimes slip between the cracks of the discussion on gender pay equity because their workplace isn’t a traditional setting, where such discrimination would not be tolerated in today’s climate. “So often when we are doing that we think of traditional workplaces, and we don’t think outside of those lines,” Gonzalez said. “And so when we are talking about the sports industry, those are outside those lines, and ones that are easily dismissed, dismissed by our colleagues,

PATTI PANICCIA, law professor and co-founder of the International Professional Surfers’ women’s division, spoke in support of Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath’s “equal pay for equal play” bill during a Feb. 14 press conference in Cardiff. Behind Paniccia are Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez, left, and Boerner Horvath. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

dismissed by the media and by our notions of what equality means. So I think this opens that up to a whole new level of what a workplace is and what serves as equality.” The new bill would memorialize a decision made in 2018 by the California Coastal Commission and State Lands commission to require prize equity as part of their land lease and permit process. A group called the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing successfully lobbied both state agencies to require The Mavericks Challenge, held at Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay, to pay female prize winners the same as their male counterparts. The speakers on Feb.

14 evoked the legacy of Title IX, the landmark federal law that banned sex-based discrimination in school athletic participation, arguing that the bill was a natural extension of that legacy. “With Title IX, women felt empowered and started asking, ‘Hey, can I have one of those college scholarships too?’” said Patti Paniccia, a pioneer in women’s big-wave surfing who co-founded the women’s division of the International Professional Surfers organization, and is now a law professor. “But Title IX only applies to school-funded programs. But with Title IX setting the stage and Billie Jean (King) stepping out on the tennis court, we

were inspired everywhere, we protested, we met with potential corporate sponsors, we engaged contest promoters, we went to the media telling our story.” Female athletes have historically earned a fraction of what their male counterparts earn. In events like big-wave surfing, triathlons and cycling and skateboarding events — often held on public facilities — the discrimination went beyond pay, which was one-tenth of that of males, speakers said. Female surfers were granted opportunities based on their looks and sponsors often objectified the women. “Once in response to a newspaper article in which I desperately asked

for sponsorship money the only answer I got was from a company called Candy Pants, edible underwear,” Paniccia said. “I turned them down. “And I’ll never forget the very first question a reporter asked us on tour, ‘Have you ever surfed naked?’” Boerner Horvath said that she believed this bill would expand opportunities for female athletes because they would be assigned equal value to their male counterparts. “I think that what we are going to see is more women being involved in athletics, because ... how much money we assign something that’s what gives the value to it,” she

said. “When two athletes are paid the same amount, and are valued the same amount, then the sponsorships will come. When they are paid with the disparity that was spoken about today, then that reinforces that those sponsorships aren’t as valuable.” When asked if they expected opposition to the bill, Boerner Horvath and Gonzalez said they didn’t expect a public push back, but “behind the scenes,” maneuvering and questioning of the bill. “We see this often when there’s something that has broad public support, because quite frankly, people are afraid to piss off a bunch of women and they should be, because the reality is that corporations and sports conglomerates don’t want to upset a whole host of women who are consumers and are participants,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez said there might be questions as to whether this bill would serve as a springboard into broader discussions about pay in other athletic fields. “And Tasha and I would say absolutely,” she said. “We are starting with state lands because it makes the most sense, we want to start the conversation because, quite frankly, we would not put up (pay discrimination by gender) in any other field. We would be outraged, and I don’t know why we should accept it for any sport in this state.” Schumacher, a threetime world champion surfer who championed gender equity in pay and sponsorships in the World Surfing League, echoed the sentiments of her colleagues. “I am so deeply grateful to Assemblywomen Boerner Horvath and Gonzalez for believing in this bill, for believing that our stories matter, that gender equity in sports is a worthy cause with far-reaching social impacts,” Schumacher said.

DeMaio chides state party at meeting of Escondido Republicans By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — Carl DeMaio did not mince words in critiquing the California Republican Party’s lack of engagement in San Diego County during the 2018 election cycle. The former Republican Party San Diego city councilman represented District 5 from 2008- to 2012 and now runs the organization Reform California. Speaking in front of The Escondido Republican Club during its monthly lunch meeting at Cocina del Charro in Escondido, DeMaio said the party as it exists today does not have a message or policy platform which resonates with California voters, particularly young people. And he also slammed the GOP for what he described as lack of providing strategic funding and campaign help for close races during the 2018

election cycle within San Diego County. By prodding the Republicans, DeMaio juxtaposed the state GOP with the Democrats, who he lauded for getting its base involved in day-to-day civic affairs. “You've got to hustle. You've got to take the battle into the streets,” DeMaio said. “And we see the Democrats doing this. My hat is off to what they’re doing because they’re actually doing what they should be doing as a political party ... Point is, they are organizing … and so, we need to learn.” Further, DeMaio slammed the state Republican Party for what he described as poor spending habits in California during the 2018 election. He also said he has begun working on a solution to that problem.

“The Republ ican Party raised a lot of money, but a lot of that m o n e y went back east and it did not come back DeMaio to California,” explained DeMaio. “And so one of the things I'm involved in is, I contacted large donors in California and I've said, you need to set up your own Super-PAC called Save California and you need to only donate to that Super-PAC. So then, not a dime of that money goes anywhere but California because without those resources, we don't have voter registration. And without voter registration, we're not going to have that ability to go com-

municate and the turnout to vote on Election Day.” DeMaio said that he believes that one key avenue for the state Republican Party is to make inroads on college campuses, which he says have energetic students ready to interact with the political system in a rebellious manner. “(T)hese kids want to be rebels,” said DeMaio in pointing to focus groups results he has seen. “What’s more rebellious than being a conservative on a college campus? I want them to know, what does the left say? ‘We’re part of the resistance!’ Oh please, you’re part of the establishment. You control everything in the state. You’re not part of the resistance.” Rather than relying only on electoral politics, DeMaio said he believes that issue-focused ballot initiatives could serve as

a way to engage with prospective voters and reinvigorate a party which has largely become an afterthought in state politics. For his part, DeMaio has chosen to attempt to fend off the tax on drinking water in Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget. “They made a mistake with the water tax. Gavin Newsom put it in his budget, he tipped his hand,” said DeMaio. “And so right now we have ongoing ads on Facebook and we've got all these digital ads running for 12 targeted legislators throughout the State of California. We call them water tax weaklings. These 12 Democrat legislators have not come out against the water tax yet, but if they do come out against the water tax, it's dead. If we get three out of the four state senators that we’re

targeting flipped, he’ll stop it because they need a twothirds vote.” Housing and its high cost, too, is something DeMaio believes Republicans can champion as a cause in California. Normally thought of as a liberal project, DeMaio sees it as something Republicans can use as a means of pointing to a failure to act and produce results by Democrats in the state. “That is what I want all of us to hang our hat on. The cost of living crisis has hit California,” he said. “The Democratic supermajority has created it ... We've got to make cost of living a rallying cry in 2020. It is something that will allow us to win Democrat voters and independent voters.” DeMaio will speak next in San Marcos at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4 at the St. Mark Country Club.


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Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito and San Diego LabRats have partnered to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Creativity and Math (STEAM) learning experiences in an out-of-school-time environment at the San Dieguito Griset Clubhouse in Encinitas from April through June 2019. The LabRats STEAM Discovery Center will host two “free, first look” open houses on March 26 and March 30. To register, visit sandiegolabrats.org or contact LabRats at jrmerrill@ sandieolabrats.org or call (760) 450-4717. Children in grades five through eight, who have a knack for or basic interest in STEAM fields will love the out-of-schooltime learning Discovery Center


MiraCosta College LIFE Learning presentations begin at 1 p.m. March 1 with “Glenn Miller 1939-1944” and at 2:30 p.m. “World’s First National Park,” at the Oceanside College campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. For information, visit miracosta.edu/ life.


“Creating Pet Friendly Gardens” will be the topic of a presentation at 1:45 p.m. March 1 at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting, horticulture report at 1 and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit vistangardenclub.org or e-mail Vistagardenclub@ gmail.com.


Reservations are due no later than March 1 for Brother Benno’s Auxiliary Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 to 9:30 a.m. March 9 at Applebee’s Restaurant, 2146 Vista Way, Oceanside. Cost is $10. For more information, contact Susan at (206) 349-1371.



The American Legion hosts its Centennial Cele-

T he R ancho S anta F e News bration at 11 a.m. March 2 at 210 West F St., Encinitas. The American Legion is turning 100, and San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 will present ”A Salute to the Greatest Generation,” featuring 97-year-old, WWII paratrooper, Tom Rice. Rice parachuted into Normandy on D-Day as part of the 101st Airborne Division. Lunch tickets may be purchased at https://calegionpost416.org. AMTRAK CLOSURES

To facilitate infrastructure improvements along the coastal rail corridor, there will be no Coaster or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service in San Diego County on the weekends of March 2 and March 3, and March 9 and March 10. Replacement bus service connecting COASTER stations will not be available. For trip planning assistance, contact NCTD Customer Service at (760) 966-6500, or visit GoNCTD.com.


The Mira Costa Horticulture Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. March 2 at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Bldg. 3400, Azatlan Rooms A and B on 2nd floor, Oceanside. There will be a workshop on orchid repotting and a presentation by Robert Gore and Phil Vergara from the Home Grown Garden Supply in San Marcos on compost tea, beneficial bacteria and fungus. For more information call (760) 721-3281 or visit MCHClub.org. HALF-PRICE BOOK SALE

Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore holds a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2 at the library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Most books will be from 25 cents to $1.


The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will walk a trail at Batiquitos Lagoon and lunch at Tip Top Market, Carlsbad March 2. They will meet for Happy Hour and Dinner at the Brigantine Restaurant and “Opera Express” Concert at California Center for the Arts, Escondido March 6 and attend a Lenten fish dinner at St. Mark Catholic Church, San Marcos, March 8 and hold a meeting and potluck at St. Margaret Catholic church, Oceanside March 10. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.


Register for the Carlsbad nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts Celebrity Golf Classic on March 3 and March 4 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe. The event will be hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Fresh Start’s goal is to raise $200,000 and 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the Fresh Start Medical Program.



North County Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon March 4 at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive. The first hour features a presentation by Matt Ignacio of Tremble Clefs who will present “Voice Exercises and Singing Therapy for the Parkinson’s Community.” The presentation will be followed by breakout groups of Parkinson’s patients in one area and caregivers in another. Call (858) 3542498 or (760) 749-8234 for more information.

Sign up for the city of Carlsbad’s Spring camps offered April 1 through April 5 and Summer camps from June 17 through Aug. 23. Registration begins March 6. To register , visit carlsbadconnect.org.



The San Marcos Republican Women will meet for lunch, hosting radio host Carl Demaio at 11 a.m. March 4 at St. Mark Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos. Reservations and payment of $30 to Susie Glass by Feb. 28, 1164 Sunrise Way, San Marcos 92078 or call (760) 473-6855.




You can learn how to access the Oceanside Public Library collection of digital eBooks and eAudiobooks on your eReader, tablet, smartphone 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 8 at the Oceanside Public Library, Civic Center, second floor Foundation Room, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside or from 1 to 2 p.m. March 15 at the Oceanside Public Library, Mission Branch Community Room, 3861-B Mission Ave., Oceanside.






The Elizabeth Hospice invites individuals interested in helping at hospice to a free volunteer orientation session from 1 to 3 p.m. March 5 at The Elizabeth Hospice, 500 La Terraza Blvd., Suite 130, Escondido. Learn about serving as a patient companion, providing caregiver respite, performing aromatherapy, sewing Cuddle Bears and more. Register at (800) 7972050 or e-mail volunteer@ ehospice.org.


Carlsbad Newcomers Coffee Meeting will host Philip Goscienski, M.D. at 9:45 a.m. March 6 on “Sleep, Light, and Health,” at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. For more Information, WILDLIFE BABY SHOWER visit carlsbadnewcomers. Babies need presents… org. even if they’re wildlife babies. Reserve March 9 for the first San Diego Wildlife Center Baby Shower. To CHARITY FOOD SAMPLING support local wildlife or for The fourth annual Cui- more information, visit sdsine for Kids event will be wildlife.org, or drop by the held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. San Diego Wildlife Center March 7 at the Boys & at 2380 Camino Vida RoGirls Clubs of Oceanside, ble, Unit G, Carlsbad or call 401 Country Club Lane, (760) 621-6888. Oceanside. Tickets are $50 (includes food sampling TASTE OF BRESSI and two drinks) for ages Taste of Bressi, with 21 and over at https://theb- adult beverages, bites, gcoceanside.ejoinme.org/ and beats from 2 to 6 p.m. MyEve nt s / C u i s i neforK- March 9 at the Boys & Girls id s 2 019 / t abid / 10 2 2 9 0 8 / Club’s Bressi Ranch ClubDefault.aspx. $25 “All-You- house, 2730 Bressi Ranch Can-Sample” wine and Way, Carlsbad. All probeer glasses will also be ceeds benefit the Boys & available. There will also Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. be music by Johnny V Ver- This Festival is exclusively nazza Band and Emanuela for those 21+ years old. For Bellezza. All proceeds go more information or to purto support after- and out-of- chase tickets securely onschool time programs. line, visit bgccarlsbad.org and or call (760) 444-4893.

Ballet classes for teens 13+ and adults will start March 4 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Level I (beginning) will be on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Level II (Intermediate) from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. For more information visit EncinitasRecReg.com or phone (760) 943-2260. The WINE-PAIRING DINNER instructor is former profesMasters Kitchen and sional dancer Marti Neal. Cocktail, is hosting a winepaired dinner with seatings GET HEALTHY at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. March Palomar Health will 7 at 208 S. Coast Highway, host a variety of health-ed- Oceanside. The five-course ucation classes during the Long Meadow Ranch and March, with No-Nonsense Masters Wine Dinner will Weight Management, a have a set menu and each two-week series, from course is paired with a glass 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 4 of Long Meadow Ranch and March 11 at Palomar wine. Cost is $85 dollars per Health San Marcos, second person. Reservations are floor,120 Craven Road, San required at (760) 231-6278 Marcos. Registration re- or visit mastersoceanside. quired at PalomarHealth. com. org/Classes or (800) 6282880. CULTURE CARAVAN Vista’s Culture Caravan still has seats available for “Canines, Casting Calls, WOMENHEART and Local Cuisine,” at San Diego North Coast- Moonlight Amphitheatre. al WomenHeart Support Go behind the scenes and Group welcomes women meet the dogs who provide with interests and con- assistance for disabled incerns about cardiac health dividuals. The caravan deto share information and parts at 9:45 a.m. March 7 sisterhood at our month- from the Gloria McClellan ly meeting 10 a.m. to noon Center, 1400 Vale Terrace March 5 at Tri-City Well- Drive, Vista, and returns ness Center, 6250 El Cami- at 3:45 p.m. Cost is $57 and no Road, Carlsbad in the includes lunch. To reserve, Executive Board Room. For call (760) 643-2828. more information, contact Betty at (760) 803-2762 or Sandra at (760) 436-6695. VOLUNTEER AT HOSPICE

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Life lectures at Mira Costa College meet for its first speaker at 1 p.m. March 8 with Robin Douglas of the Oceanside Museum of Art and at 2:30 p.m., welcome Martin Buncher, volunteer from the Natural Resource Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For information, visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121 Ext. 6972. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A and park in Lots 1A or 1B.



St. Thomas More Catholic Church will host Sr. Carol Quinlivan, CJS, as she presents a Lenten retreat entitled “Entering the Heart of God” beginning with a box lunch at noon March 9 and ending with Mass at 5 p.m. at 1450 South Melrose Drive, Oceanside. Cost is $15 per person. Register in the parish office Mondays through Thursdays. For more information, contact Judy Smith at (442) 273-7896.


Kids in the Garden “Soil, Composting, and Planting” will be from 10 a.m. to noon March 9 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Pre-registration required at farmerjonesavbg@gmail.com or call (760) 822-6824.



Hands of Peace organizers are looking for teenagers to take part and host families to welcome Middle East participants for 19 days during the summer. Contact Sarah Heirendt at sheirendt@handsofpeace. org.



The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will have dinner at the American Legion, Vista, March 12, and gather for Happy Hour and dinner at the Oceanside Broiler Restaurant, Oceanside March 14. Reservations are necessary: (858) 6744324.

Reservations are due by March 9 for the Blue Wave Kiwanis of North San Diego County Bunco 4 Bucks Fun Fest at 12:30 p.m. March 16 at the Woman’s Club of Oceanside, 1606 Missouri, Oceanside. Tickets $20 per person, includes prizes, drawing and refreshments. Don’t know how to play? They’ll teach you. All proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund. RSVP to Janet Russell at BE A SMART DRIVER (760) 583-3319. Carlsbad Parks and Recreation offers the SUPER STEM SATURDAY AARP Smart Driver course Sign up now to build on third and fourth Thursand launch a rocket, play days, emphasizing how parFrisbee with a robot, climb ticipants can adjust driving aboard a flight simulator in response to aging. Each or view the surface of the two-class session costs $15/ sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. AARP members, $20/nonMarch 9 at the free science AARP members. Call (760) festival Super STEM Sat- 602-4650 for a reservation. urday at California State University San Marcos, 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. Children of all ages are invited. The event EL CAMINO QUILTERS will close the nine-day San El Camino Quilt Guild Diego Festival of Science meets at 9:30 a.m. March and Engineering. 14 at QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, SCRABBLE CHAMPS Oceanside. Parking is limEscondido Public Li- ited, so carpool if you can. brary will host a Scrab- Guest fee for the meeting ble-Thon Tournament is $10. Lynne Pillus is the fundraiser, 8 a.m. to 1:30 March speaker. She has dep.m. March 9 in the Park veloped a method of making Avenue Community Center, patterns from photographs, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. and turning them into art Players must pre-register quilts. Her workshop March by March 5 at escondidoli- 15 is Mechanical Quilt, usbrary.org/scrabblethon, by ing one of her patterns. Vismail, or in person at the Lit- it elcaminoquilters.com or eracy Services office, at 239 e-mail info@elcaminoquilS. Kalmia St., Escondido. ters.com for more information. Adults $25; students $15.



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Lomas Santa Fe Corridor revitalization moves forward By Lexy Brodt

SOLANA BEACH — The city is moving forward with a plan to revitalize the Lomas Santa Fe Corridor, this time with a baseline parameter of no roundabouts and four lanes. The project — intended to improve the bike- and walk-ability of the two-mile corridor — entered the limelight in August after a barrage of opposition from residents ended all early discussions of installing four roundabouts along the eastern portion of the corridor. On Feb. 13, the City Council gave staff the green light to move forward with Phase III of the project, approving a professional services agreement with Michael Baker International as design consultants on the project and appropriating a $616,050 SANDAG grant to be spent on said phase. Michael Baker International has been the city’s consultant for the first two phases of the project, which kicked off in 2017. A number of potential design elements have been proposed for the project, such as buffered bike lanes, raised medians, a pocket park along Stevens Avenue, and a multi-use trail on the

A PROJECT to revitalize Lomas Santa Fe Drive initially proposed two plans — a striping option and a roundabout option — the latter of which has been removed from future consideration. The striping option would involve installing medians and restriping the roadway. Visual courtesy of City of Solana Beach

north side of the corridor. Early project plans offered two options: a restriped roadway with medians that would maintain all four lanes, or a roundabout option which would install four, one-lane roundabouts along a portion of Lomas Santa Fe Drive, east of the I-5. However, the roundabout option drew fierce ire when it was presented in the summer of 2018, with hundreds of residents send-

ing in comments to the city opposing the plan. Dozens attended the City Council meetings in August and September holding “No Roundabout” signs, and some formed a group called Residents Opposed to All Roundabouts (ROAR) — complete with customized T-shirts and hats. In response, council passed a resolution in September to eliminate the roundabout option from

Encinitas chooses court over ballot to break housing stalemate By Carey Blakely

ENCINITAS — Caught between the will of the people and the power of the state, Encinitas has chosen to let the court play the role of referee. At issue is how Encinitas becomes compliant with state housing laws while also honoring city residents’ right to vote on high-density housing developments taller than two stories. By a 4-1 vote on Feb. 20, the City Council decided to seek “declaratory relief” in court and let a judge decide whether to nullify or amend Proposition A for future Housing Element cycles — a demand recently issued by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. State Housing Element law requires cities to provide sufficient housing to meet the needs of all its residents, from very-low income earners to above-mod-

erate ones. Encinitas remains the only city in San Diego County lacking a state-certified plan and is under a court order to enact one by April 11. Superior Court Judge Ronald Frazier already overturned Proposition A for the current housing cycle, 2013 to 2021, after two successive attempts in 2016 and 2018 to pass a Housing Element failed at the ballot box and landed Encinitas back in court. While Frazier found the people’s right to vote an impediment to Encinitas’ current ability to meet state housing targets, he held off on applying that ruling to the future. California’s housing authority, however, wants assurances that Proposition A will not continue to pose problems down the line. In its Feb. 4 letter to Encinitas, Housing and Community Development clarified that “a local government may not adopt ordinances that conflict with the State Planning and Zoning Law.” Mayor Catherine Blakespear said at the Feb. 20 council meeting, “I think we need to rip off this Band-Aid and march into court and seek declaratory relief.” Referring to legal counsel’s explanation that Proposition A could only be amended through a court order or a vote of the people, Blakespear said if a new ballot measure failed, the city would end up in court asking for declaratory relief anyway. She saw attempting a vote first as a

waste of time and taxpayer money. Councilman Tony Kranz found Blakespear’s Band-Aid remark offensive. Kranz voted against seeking declaratory relief in court, which he called a “shortcut,” and voiced his preference to educate voters on what’s at stake rather than circumvent them. “To not even make the effort to amend the law in the way the government code requires is a failure on our part,” Kranz concluded. Councilman Joe Mosca expressed that since “state law trumps local law,” asking the people to vote on whether to amend Proposition A seemed like a non-starter to him because the residents would have no real power or choice should the vote fail. Encinitas’ proposed Housing Element must demonstrate that it has enough sites and amenable development standards to allow for the creation of 1,141 units of lower-income housing, the city’s current shortfall. Kellie Shay Hinze, the newest and youngest council member, addressed the long view of changing Proposition A. “I run with a lot of renters, and I also have a lot of friends who are seniors who will not be able to stay in Encinitas if we do not change something,” she said. Hinze shared her hopes for the city’s future, stating, “In my vision for Encinitas, it’s inclusive. It’s diverse. And we’re able to keep generations of us living here.”

consideration, instructing staff to move forward with a project that would maintain all four lanes on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The intent of Phase III is to realize the project’s final engineering plans and specifications, yielding a “shovel-ready project,” according to City Engineer Mo Sammak. Phase II of the project involved a feasibility analysis, the development of design options through

community outreach and feedback, as well as the collection of comment cards from residents. Phase III will send consultants back to the drawing board, intuiting additional council recommendations to consider extending the potential multi-use trail along the north side of the corridor further west, introducing more landscaping, and allowing Homeowners Associations to connect with the recycled water line that

runs down the road, according to the city’s staff report. Council also instructed staff to improve project outreach efforts. Phase III of the project will include four community workshops, two council meetings and two additional stakeholder meetings organized by the design team. “Council was very clear about the outreach program, so we took it to heart and we will definitely follow through,” Sammak said. Council and staff reiterated their intent to begin with a baseline of no roundabouts and four lanes of traffic. Councilwoman Kelly Harless expressed concern that the city’s website still made reference to the initial roundabout option. “I can understand someone in the public having concerns with what is the starting point,” she said, proposing that staff make the early parameters of the project “very clear.” Phase III’s scope of work will also include right of way mapping, utility coordination and obtaining outside agency permits. The city will be providing a matching $68,450 for the third phase, out of its TransNet funds.

California Pacific Airlines maps its return to the skies By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — California Pacific Airlines returns to the skies. CP Air founder Ted Vallas, 97, told The Coast News the airline will restructure its executive team and inject millions of dollars in capital to relaunch service. The company will resume flights from Carlsbad’s Palomar-McClellan Airport to Phoenix-Gateway, Denver, San Jose, Reno, Tucson, Las Vegas and Sacramento, according to Vallas. “We’ll actually be flying in less than three months,” said TG Vallas, Ted Vallas’ nephew and secretary of the Board of Directors. “We’re going to do it with a fleet of aircraft, so if there’s any mechanical issues we’ll have spare aircraft to put online to accommodate the routes.” The company expects up to a $38 million infusion with a $12 million line of credit. Also, TG Vallas said the company will purchase two factory refurbished 50seat Embraer 145 jets and lease at least two others — one 50-seater and a 30-seat Embraer 135. CP Air is also expected to remain out of the charter and government services businesses. In addition, Ted Vallas said the company will pay off all its debts, which are at least $10 million before resuming service. According to a letter to Vallas from the U.S. De-

CALIFORNIA PACIFIC AIRLINES will resume service to seven cities including Phoenix-Gateway, Denver, San Jose, Reno, Tucson, Las Vegas and Sacramento. Photo by Steve Puterski

partment of Transportation, CP Air will be able to retain its FAA certificate through Jan 16, 2020 because CP Air voluntarily suspended operations on Jan. 16, 2019. “There will be a combination of several of the furloughed employees coming back on board as well as new executives,” Vallas said. Ted Vallas purchased Aerodynamics, Inc. (ADI) one year ago due to difficulties obtaining proper FAA certification and other approvals from San Diego County and the federal government. ADI was a regional airline with a government contract for Essential Air Services (EAS) from Denver to Pierre and Watertown, S.D. CP Air suspended its EAS

contract in December. In mid-January, CP Air furloughed all remaining employees in Carlsbad and other locations including Denver and Kennesaw, Ga., the former headquarters of ADI. The ticketing system in Denver was compromised after the collapse of Great Lakes airline, which shared its system with CP Air. According to four former employees, an investor took over processing credit cards for CP Air flights in the Denver system in mid-December. It is not clear if any money was siphoned away from CP Air’s accounts from those transactions, and customer credit card statements reveals their transactions were processed by El Paso Oil.


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Study: Influenza linked to increased heart attack risk Ask the Doctors

Dr. Elizabeth Ko Dr. Eve Glazier

DEAR DOCTOR: Last year, my best friend, who was home in bed with a bad case of the flu, died of a heart attack. He was fit, strong and relatively young -- only 42 years old -- and his death was a shock. But now research suggests having the flu actually increases the risk of a heart attack. Can we protect ourselves? DEAR READER: We're very sorry for your loss and understand why it would be shocking. When we think of the complications that arise from the flu, it's usually something like an ear or sinus infection. When things get more serious, flu can lead to pneumonia. However, inflammation caused by the influenza virus can affect the body in even more severe and unexpected ways. This includes developing encephalitis or myocarditis, which are inflammation of the brain and the heart respectively, or sepsis, a full-body inflammatory response that can lead to multiple-organ failure and death. Individuals with the flu can also sometimes experience a worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or heart disease. Now, as you mention, researchers have uncovered what they believe is a surprisingly strong connection between influenza infection and heart attack. In a study published last year in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto reported that in the seven days following a lab-confirmed diagnosis of influenza, heart attacks were six more times as likely as they were either a year prior to or following the diagnosis. The researchers arrived at

this conclusion using details from hospital admissions in Ontario between 2008 and 2015. They analyzed data from individuals with confirmed cases of influenza, as well as 364 heart attacks. According to the data, the hospital saw 3.3 heart attack admissions per week in the year before and after a flu diagnosis. But during the week of a flu diagnosis, the heart attack rate rose to 20 admissions per week. Of the 332 people in the study who had a heart attack during the seven-day window following a flu diagnosis, 69 percent had not received a flu shot that year. The data also suggested that individuals older than 65 were at a slightly higher risk than younger people of suffering a post-flu heart attack. Other acute respiratory infections can also increase heart attack risk, although not as sharply as influenza, according to the study. Previous studies have tied influenza infection to a three-fold increase in the risk of stroke. This range of extreme complications is believed to arise in response to the sudden and systemic inflammation that accompanies an acute respiratory infection. The best way to protect yourself against the flu is by getting your annual flu shot. Research has shown that hospitalizations and deaths are markedly lower among people who get a flu vaccine when compared with those who do not. People who get the flu despite being vaccinated tend to have milder and shorter illnesses. Anyone who experiences heart attack symptoms during or shortly after an acute respiratory illness, including chest pain, arrhythmia, shortness of breath, exhaustion or edema, should seek immediate medical care.


Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health.


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A CERT MEMBER attends to a building failure victim during a mock drill during the February CERT Academy.

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CERT Academy hosts residents of 3 cities By Staff

REGION — Three local-resident Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) from Encinitas, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe were combined for one of the largest CERT Academy training sessions in three years. The CERT Academy is available free to residents twice a year, and includes training by the fire depart-

ments of all three communities. The February Academy final drill included the rapid and correct assessment of a three-story building failure, locating more than 18 injured victims, triaging injuries and exiting victims safely to emergency medical aid zones. Participation totaled 50 people. The Academy serves to better prepare members for disasters or

emergencys, wherever they may be, and possibly assist in support of first responders. CERTs are provided with basic safety gear in a backpack. The training is hands-on, classroom and online, including disaster prep, search and rescue, medical, psychology, terrorism, fire suppression and home/business safety. For further information and Academy sign-up, visit enccert.org.

Report: CCE an option for North County cities

Exotic animal sanctuary hit hard by rains

ego County, although several other cities including San Diego are exploring the option. Other than Solana Beach residents, residents and businesses must purchase their electricity from San Diego Gas & Electric. CCE advocates consistently champion adding competition to the energy market, which results in financial savings for CCE customers and more local control over power supply sources and rate levels. The report for the four cities shows an overall 2 percent bill reduction, while also building reserves for local programs or additional rate reductions, according to the study. The study measured various issues such as exit fees (known as the Power Charge Indifferent Adjustment), renewable energy sources and future generation, non-renewable energy costs, capacity, reserves and operating, administrative and start-up costs. The latest ruling from the California Public Utilities Commission on exit fees has led to decreased revenue in Solana Beach, The Coast News reported in December. Additionally, the study found start-up costs could be “fully” recovered in the first three years and would help in cities meeting their Climate Action Plan and state goals of reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. For projected costs,

ALPINE — An exotic animal sanctuary and educational facility, just 50 miles east of San Diego, on 93 acres outside of Alpine, Lions Tigers & Bears is home to more than 60 rescued big cats, bears and other exotic animals who have been neglected and abused in captivity. “The powerful storm system that has swept across our region, has taken a toll on our sanctuary grounds — and left a huge mess in its wake,” said Bobbi Brink, founder and director of Lions Tigers & Bears. “Fortunately, all of our animals are safely contained in their lockdowns and safety ‘bedrooms.’ However, the rest of the property is not so fortunate.” Every habitat pool on the property has flooded, and has mixed with mud, meaning the pool filters and pumps are clogged, and cannot be used. The high levels of sediment in the pools will ruin them. In addition, muddy rivers have been carved throughout the property and the barn, which includes a gift shop and surgery room, has flooded along with the downstairs office and volunteer area. A major clean-up effort is going to be needed. The sanctuary includes tigers, lions, leopards, mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, grizzly bears and more.

By Steve Puterski

REGION — A draft technical feasibility study released on Feb. 15 reveals Community Choice Energy is financially possible and could yield considerable benefits. Four cities — Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar and Oceanside — partnered in the study to determine whether an alternative power provider was an option. The Encinitas City Council received the report on Feb. 13, while Carlsbad, Oceanside and Del Mar city councils will receive it in the next week and in early March, respectively. The report was conducted by EES Consulting, Inc., in Kirkland, Washington. Each of the four cities contributed to the costs of the report, which totaled $104,515.20. Currently, there are 19 CCEs throughout the state covering dozens of cities and counties, according to the Clean Power Exchange website. The study also looked each city individually, and whether they could provide a stand-alone CCE, also known as Community Choice Aggregation, to its residents. Only Del Mar, due to its small population, was found not to be feasible. If all four cities were to band together, the start-up cost would be roughly $16 million. Currently, only Solana Beach has a CCE in San Di-

the study looked at market purchases over a 20-year period at $0.0471 cents per megawatt per hour, assuming a 4 percent discount rate. Renewable costs, however, vary from $0.035 cents to $0.06 cents per megawatt per hour for wind and solar, while geothermal power costs between $0.07 and $0.10. Geothermal, though, holds a higher capacity, thus can bring additional value to a CCE for base load resources. According to Jason Haber, Carlsbad’s assistant to the city manager, each City Council has several options. In Carlsbad, the council is expected to act on an agenda item regarding governance, which will be another report detailing those options, such as forming a joint-powers agreement, joining an existing JPA and how voting structures and other dynamics may work. The final technical study is expected to be released in April, Haber said. He added these early reports and actions do not constitute any city approving a CCA. Much more information is needed, he stressed. Of the four cities, Carlsbad consumes the most power per year, at 735 gigawatts, followed by Oceanside (703), Encinitas (258) and Del Mar (30). A multi-city public workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 14 in Carlsbad.

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Sober living homes put city, residents in tight spot By Steve Puterski

CARDIFF LIVING Shoreline Project will create sand dunes on Cardiff State Beach to provide habitat and protect against coastal flooding. The project is expected to be complete by the end of April. Courtesy photo

Living Shoreline faces delays, constraints By Carey Blakely

ENCINITAS — The Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline Project is running about two months behind schedule, due in part to weather delays, and is now slated to wrap up at the end of April. Protecting habitat for the western snowy plover and California grunions could lead to additional delays, should the plovers choose to nest or the grunions to spawn on Cardiff State Beach in March. The Living Shoreline, which aims to protect Cardiff State Beach and Highway 101 from coastal flooding while fostering dune habitat for native plants and animals, has been the product of various partnerships between federal, state and local agencies. It is hoped that the newly created dunes — built of 2-ton rocks covered with sand — will act as a buffer against storm surges and the impacts of potential sea-level rise. Highway 101 in that area varies in elevation from about 15 to 20 feet above sea level, which has made it particularly vulnerable to coastal flooding during large storms. In fact, the combination of a king tide — an exceptionally high tide caused by natural gravitational forces — and storm swell this winter caused the ocean to breach Highway 101 along the Living Shoreline’s stretch. “It’s ironic that we had a rare surge and flooding during construction, as that’s what the project is intended to protect against,” Pete Milligan, project engineer for the city of Encinitas, said. Milligan explained that the project’s coordinators will focus first on completing work in the sensitive dune areas with habitat constraints.

There’s a chance that western snowy plovers, a threatened species, might attempt to nest in the dune areas in March, which would shut down construction. To minimize disruption to the birds’ habitat as well as the construction plan, the aim is to finish the dune building as soon as possible. About 100 feet of dune construction remains. A monitor from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on hand each day to ensure that the plovers are not being disturbed. Milligan said he’s been told that about 60 to 70 plovers have been congregating in the southern part of Cardiff State Beach. To provide the plovers with space to forage, the dune habitat was intentionally built one-third at a time rather than all at once. A potential California grunion run could also pose a problem should these unique fish choose to spawn on Cardiff State Beach, which would temporarily halt the project. To allow construction to proceed with minimal interruption from road traffic, one southbound lane of Highway 101 will be closed from south of Restaurant Row to South Cardiff State Beach. The closure will remain in effect until the project finishes in April. The bike lane and one southbound vehicle lane will remain open along the entire stretch of the construction site. The closure will not affect any existing street parking. The San Elijo Conservancy recently planted the tops of the dunes along the northern part of the Living Shoreline with native plants like sand verbenas, beach evening primrose and Orcutt’s pincushion. Sand for the project’s dunes came from the annual excavation of the San

Elijo Lagoon inlet, a process intended to cleanse the lagoon of stagnant water and to maintain a healthy ecosystem. At project completion, six lateral entryways, delineated by timber posts with rope handrails, will provide access through the 60-footwide dunes to the beach. In addition, a pedestrian pathway will run parallel to Highway 101 and connect with the sidewalk at the southern end of the beach. Grant funding from the California Ocean Protection Council financed

the majority of the project, while SANDAG provided grant money for the pedestrian pathway. The city’s matching grant contributions have come in the form of employees’ labor. The Cardiff Living Shoreline Project is a collaborative effort by California Ocean Protection Council, State Coastal Conservancy, California Coastal Conservancy, California State Parks, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SANDAG, University of California Los Angeles and the city of Encinitas.

CARLSBAD — Sober living facilities throughout the state have become growing concerns, especially for residents who live nearby. Carlsbad is no exception as residents in Olde Carlsbad, specifically on Pine and Oak avenues and Camino Del Sol Circle, railed against such facilities describing how residents don’t act as good neighbors and property owners exploiting the protected class of residents for massive profits. However, cities and counties have few options in dealing with such residences as there are numerous state and federal laws protecting addicts, which are also considered disabled by the federal Fair Housing Act. Regardless, the City Council approved the formation of a resident ad hoc committee and for staff to return at a later date with a work plan on how to move forward. “A sober living facility snuck in without notice,” said Rosemary Eshleman, who lives on Camino Del Sol Circle. “How can the city protect itself? We need to regulate the businesses.” Debbie Fountain, director of Housing and Neighborhood Services, told the council the city is keeping a close eye on possible legislation and legal

cases throughout the state. In addition, the sober living homes are classified as single-family homes if six or fewer people reside there. Also, no license or permits are required to operate those facilities. Notably, the city of Costa Mesa is currently engaged in a lawsuit over its attempt to add regulations to its city code regarding sober living homes. The city won a federal jury trial, but the case is being appeal and will eventually be heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. However, there is no specific timeframe for a ruling from the appellate court, thus pushing Carlsbad to avoid a wait-andsee approach. To date, Fountain said, Costa Mesa has spent about $2 million on the case. Other cities, such as Encinitas, are in a holding pattern. The legal option is not only expensive — Newport Beach spent $10 million fighting its case and lost — but also requires cities to cover the legal expenses of the plaintiffs. “This will only continue to grow,” Fountain said. “Legal options are costly and likely to fail.” Since 1998, 22 pieces of legislation have been introduced to the California State Legislature, with only one bill being signed into law.

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rior to Gov. Jerry Brown and now Gavin Newsom, the action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California. In addition to a craving for expensive cigars, the “governator” as he was affectionately called, enjoyed his Napa and Sonoma Zinfandel. “Zin,” as some like to call it, was at one time the most popular wine sold in California. Possibly at one of his star-studded parties, the idea got embellished that California should have a wine to call its own. It had a state flower and a bear, so why not proclaim Zinfandel as the wine born and raised in the golden state. Thankfully, just before he signed the declaration, wine experts revealed to Arnold that Zinfandel, like other varietals, gained fame in California but did not originate here. There is evidence to indicate that Zinfandel was traced back to about 6000 BC.

Ancestors of the wine grape were shown to live in Puglia Italy and Croatia, across from the Adriatic Sea in Europe. A pioneer of Napa Valley wines, Mike Grgich, who at 95 is still making great Zinfandel at his vineyard in Calistoga and growing up tending the family winery in Croatia, recognized that California Zin was the same as the Plavic Mali grape in his home country. He persuaded the University of California at Davis, with the finest reputation for advanced studies on wine with DNA analysis, to research the relationship with California’s Zinfandel. The name came when in the 1840s, California’s growers starting using cuttings from a Massachusetts nursery with Austrian roots, advertising “Zinfandel” vines for sale. It grew vigorously and provided grapes for a very pleasant beverage. The wave of “blush” wines in the 1970s brought new popularity to “white Zinfandel.” Up to the late ‘90s, Zinfandel was the most produced red wine grape in California, replaced eventually by Cabernet Sauvignon. Grown in the right places such as Sonoma, Napa

ied blend in California. For more, visit zinfandel.org. BV Wines of Napa Valley

This French-style Beaulieu Vineyard with a Napa history since 1900, recently presented its portfolio at Vittorio’s Trattoria with a four-course dinner. Founded by George de Latour in the Rutherford district, BV gained fame with the help of winemaker and hall-of-famer Andre’ Tchelistchef, a revered maker of Cabernet Sauvignon. Under the guiding genius of Tchelistchef, one of only five winemakers ever for BV, European-style winemaking was popularized, with cold-soaking fermentation done for extraction of color, flavor and tannins. Longer aging in oak brought out the complexity and personality of the wines. The 2015 is the latest vintage ($33) and went well with the grilled filet mignon. Visit bvwines.com.

GNARLY VINES of Zinfandel, once thought to be discovered in California, are now proven Wine Bytes through DNA testing to originate from Croatia and southern Italy. Courtesy photo

Most Zin wines are 15 Valley, Lodi and the Central Coast, it has a bright, percent or more alcohol, strong–bodied berry flavor which can be a unique wine with Mediterranean spice. experience. Zinfandel appears now to be coming back. Leading Zin grower Rombauer of Napa Valley purchased 20 acres of Renwood Zinfandel wines in Amador County near Napa, bringing a total of 690 acres of vines into the Rombauer name, with five different Zinfandel brands. Zinfandel is rarely

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• The Family Winemakers of California are presenting a major trade wine tasting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 17. From 2 to 5 p.m., the public is invited to get to taste over 80 all-California wineries pouring over 350 wines, paired with great cheeses and other bites. Most wineries are low production, and crafted for quality. Many of the owners will be in attendance. Tickets are priced from $60. A premium all-access guest can enter from 12 to 5 p.m., with perks, for $80. Find out more at familywinemakers.org. • The Med restaurant at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla continues their string of superior wine dinners with Miner Winery from Napa Valley, presented by Winemaker Stacy Vogel, Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. The cost is an all-inclusive $165. To reserve, call 858-454-0771. • The 10th Annual Orange County Food & Wine Festival is Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin, with top Orange County restaurants and California wineries. Silent and live auctions benefit charities. Tickets start at $100. each. For more information, go to ocfoodandwine.com or call 714-3211467. • The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo presents a Rombauer Wine Dinner, Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. Special guest will be Mike Otto from Rombauer. Five wines will be presented in this 5 course dinner. $85. per guest. Reserve your spot by going to tbrsd.com. Reach him at frank@ tasteofwineandfood.com

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love lists. They can be fun, surprising and they cut to the heart of the issue. Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t send me at least one travel-related list. Some are definitely subjective; others just the facts. Thought I’d share a few:

miles); Liechtenstein ( 62 square miles); San Marino (23.6 square miles); Tuvalu (South Pacific island; 10 square miles); Nauru (island near Australia; 8.5 square miles); Monaco (0.77 square miles); and Vatican City (0.2 square miles and about 800 residents). FROM COMPARE THE MARKET (www.comparethemarket.com) — The best countries for introverts, based upon the country’s lack of density, the number of boutique hotels, cost of meals and “quiet pockets of interest:” Russia (only nine people per square kilometer); Argentina (less people than Russia, 258 parks and cheap eats); Canada (four people per square kilometer and oh, those Canadian Rockies); Australia (there’s all that Outback); Namibia (87 percent of lodging are B&Bs and guesthouses); and Finland (where everyone’s an introvert).

FROM THE DISCOVERER BLOG (https://blog.thediscoverer.com) — Seven destinations to see before they disappear due to climate change, poaching, warming oceans, ever-larger cruise ships, industrial fishing and just too many tourists: China’s Great Wall; Venice, Italy; Machu Picchu in Peru; Cape Town, South Africa; Australia’s Great BarAnd in other news … rier Reef; Antarctica; and our own Yosemite National CALIFORNIA’S MOUNPark. TAINS — both in the north, south and central parts of FROM TRAVEL TRIVIA the state — have record (https://blog.traveltrivia. amounts of snow and weathcom) — The world’s seven er forecasts promise more smallest countries: Mar- to come. Conditions at ski shall Islands (70 square resorts change with the

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN in the Sierra Nevada claims to have the greatest accumulation of snow in the country — 446 inches on the summit. The resort says it will be open through July 4. Courtesy photo

storms — South Lake Tahoe is begging visitors NOT to come — but when the skies stabilize, there will be plenty of skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor activities in all areas. Word from Mammoth Mountain: More than 446 inches of snow has fallen on the summit, and the current base depth is 210 inches (highest in the country, they claim). With this amount of the white stuff, the resort predicts that it will be open through the Fourth of July. For an armchair peak at Mammoth’s current landscape, visit www.facebook.

com/humankindstories/videos/290519918266654/. Closer to home, Bear Mountain in the San Bernardino Mountains boasts more than 10 feet of snow. And if you don’t ski, there’s plenty of snow-tubing happening at Big Bear Snow Play. Visit www.BigBearSnowPlay.com. AND AT THE OPPOSITE END OF THE COUNTRY, city commissioners in Key West, Florida, voted 6-1 in February to ban the sale or distribution of any sunscreen product containing oxybenzone and/or octinoxate.

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San Diego Tech Hub filling gaps in local tech community REGION — San Diego’s tech sector is booming as more and more talent and businesses set up in the county. But for Claude Jones, the community was lacking in connecting talent, business, organizations and other like-minded individuals. So, last month he launched the San Diego Tech Hub, while recruiting 11 others to form the leadership team. Jones, along with Michael Roberts Jr., Yashar Ahmadpour, Nick Parisi and Connie Quach said the hub drive connectivity and collaboration through its five pillars — community, education, inclusion, innovation and talent. Since launching, more than 300 people from throughout the county have joined the hub, including high school students, to take advantage of the all-volunteer network of tech professionals. “We had a grand opening event at Walmart Labs and the whole purpose of the event was to showcase to my executive leadership team that San Diego was a place for tech talent,” said Jones, the senior director of engineering. “I started asking questions and they started listing these pain points. Organizations, companies and even individuals are working in silos.” He said another goal is to showcase the talent in San Diego. The hub has focused efforts on group gatherings once a month and leveraging its website and social media platforms to drive interested parties to its Slack channel to connect. Quach, who co-founded

Codati, said another challenge the leadership team identified early was the region’s demographics, which is made up of transplants. As such, those individuals lack the resources to connect with others, so the San Diego Tech Hub fills the gap. Breaking down the silos and biased opinions, Jones said, is another challenge for the group. Additionally, the group is challenging the status quo, such as the idea that potential employees must have graduated from a traditional four-year university. “San Diego, because of its geographic location, has a bit of a challenge,” said Ahmadpour, who works for Analytics Ventures. “San Diego Tech Hub is here to fill that challenge. How do we give people the opportunity to connect?” Another positive for the tech hub, he said, is the human connection through events and meeting a variety of people. Jones said another goal is to redefine what a tech hub means for San Diego. Cloning such efforts from San Francisco or Austin, he said, is not a priority. As a conduit for change, the group can share ideas, open-sourced material and increase connections. “We want to create an inclusive environment and provide that connective tissue within the tech community San Diego,” said Parisi of Parisi Consulting. “Even how we use our Slack channel … it’s amazing how fast it’s grown. The types of help we’ve provided … is a mentorship program. People come to our channel for help.”


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TODD GLORIA, D-San Diego, who represents the 78th Assembly District, which includes the Del Mar Fairgrounds, introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale of guns and ammunition at the state-owned fairgrounds. The bill is co-authored by Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, right. Del Mar City Councilman Dwight Worden, back right, also spoke in support of the bill. Photo by Lexy Brodt


In response to the moratorium, Crossroads and several of its frequent vendors filed a lawsuit against the 22nd DAA board in January, on the grounds that the move violated its First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly, and its rights to equal protection and due process. In September, Gloria voiced his support for “limiting or eliminating” the gun shows, expressing his willingness to pursue legislation “should the 22nd DAA board be unable to take meaningful action.” “Fundamentally I believe that it is wrong for the state of California to profit or to benefit from the sale of firearms or ammunition,” Gloria said at a Feb. 22 press conference. “Without question I acknowledge that gun ownership is a constitutional right in the United States,

and I know that there are plenty of responsible gun owners out there. However, the fact remains that widespread accessibility to these deadly weapons produces a public safety threat that we must address.” Gloria referenced the wave of gun violence that has traversed the country, pointing out a recent local incident in which a gunman fired multiple shots into a restaurant in Hillcrest. “What is evident to me is it is undeniable the link between the amount of gun violence we see today and the number of guns in our communities,” he said. If the bill passes through the assembly and senate, it will come in front of Gov. Gavin Newsom for a final signature of approval. Newsom has vocally opposed the Del Mar gun show, as well as other gun shows in the state. The introduction of AB 893 follows close behind

Senate Bill 281, a bill introduced in mid-February that would ban the sale of firearms and ammunitions at a Bay Area venue called the Cow Palace, where Crossroads also hosts gun shows. North County communities have expressed their opposition to the event for the years, with neighboring Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas passing resolutions against it. Del Mar was at the helm of city-level efforts to oppose the shows — the fairgrounds is located within the city’s jurisdiction. Councilman Dwight Worden said Del Mar’s City Council is “unanimously on the same page with this and very much behind the effort to discontinue the sale of guns and ammo” at the fairgrounds. “For decades in Del Mar, we felt that the promotion and glorification of guns at the gun show are not consistent with our commu-

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nity values,” Worden said. NeverAgainCA, an anti-gun violence activist group based in Del Mar, has been at the forefront of local efforts to ban the sale of firearms and ammunition on state-owned property. At the conference, NeverAgainCA founder Rose Ann Sharp said the group will continue seeking similar legislation at every stateowned fairground. “This legislation might seem small in the face of this national health epidemic,” Sharp said. “Yet the importance of this legislation is large. Because it lays down the marker for all elected officials: it’s time to listen to their communities.” In a phone call with The Coast News, Crossroads President Tracy Olcott said that those with legislative authority in the state are “not speaking for the state of California, they’re speaking for themselves or the minority of people who are vocal about it.” “We have a 30-year history at the fairgrounds, and the uptick in violence in recent years has nothing to do with the gun shows,” Olcott said. “ … if that was the case, the uptick would have been 30 years ago. Gun shows have nothing to do with gun violence.” When asked whether Crossroads would consider holding an event for educational purposes, Olcott said “that’s not a gun show.” “We’ll always continue to be in favor of the educational aspect of it, but that’s not what people go to the gun shows for,” she said. Olcott said the company will continue to look for venue options in San Diego pending the outcome of its lawsuit against the 22nd DAA board.

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Pop-up museum in North County puts love on display By Carey Blakely

ENCINITAS — What’s love got to do with it? Everything, if you’re visiting the first-ever pop-up museum to hit North County. The Museum of What “Love Tour” launched on Valentine’s Day, a fitting starting point for an experience that’s all about the contemplation of — and interaction with — love. From love locks in faux Paris, scented cherry blossoms beckoning participants to a picnic, a kissing booth and more, guests have opportunities to get creative and take lots of Instagram-worthy photos. But it’s not just romantic love on display at the 16,000-square-foot space at 220 North El Camino Real in Encinitas. The pop-up’s 21 sensory exhibits provide entertainment appropriate for the whole family, including fake flamingos that can go for a walk and the Love Nest with its pit of pink balls perfect for plunging into. The museum’s founders, married couple Ann Delaney and Kyle Hill, tapped their experiences as wedding and event planners for inspiration in creating the museum. Delaney and Hill are La Costa residents with two young children who wanted the exhibits to be interactive, sensory and family-friendly. In launching the popup, Delaney said she was motivated by the idea that “people don’t want tangible things as much as they want experiences,” she said. She’s been pleasantly surprised by guests’ interactions with the exhibits, noting how some attendees have re-enacted scenes from “Bird Box,” the Sandra Bullock movie on Netflix that’s received much buzz. “As they say, art is in the eye of the beholder,” Delaney remarked about the role-playing. She and Hill sketched everything out with pen and paper as they envisioned how to incorporate features from weddings, like a wish tree, and design other exhibits that would evoke love, happiness, kindness and gratitude. In addition to their own handiwork, they hired a muralist to paint the sets and an artist to build a sand castle.

The sand castle got toppled over, however, demonstrating the pitfalls of an interactive museum. All was certainly not lost, though. As Delaney pointed out, guests can still play in the sand at the beach of sorts and build their own castles together. On Presidents’ Day, Billy Gonzalez and Clair Zimmermann posed in the Paris exhibit, with its paper lanterns and Eiffel Tower. When asked if they were on a date, Gonzalez said with a smile, “We’re always on a date.” The Rancho Bernardo couple have been together for three years and found out about the pop-up on social media. As for the meaning of love, Zimmermann told The Coast News, “It’s the bliss of being able to enjoy life with someone else.” Over at the love letters wall, notes can be written or read. One tucked into a heart-adorned envelope stated, “Dear Baby C — We can’t wait to meet you in October! XOXO, Mom + Dad.” Another message addressed to a future husband warned, “Don’t get on my nerves and wash the dishes, please. Love you.” Nine-year-old Ava Mendoza strolled around the museum with her mother, who heard about the pop-up from a friend. Ava shared that her favorite exhibit was the Love Nest ball pit, which she returned to for a second splash of pink fun. The pop-up will be available at least through March 15, with the possibility of extending a short while beyond that. More than 3,000 people visited the museum during its opening weekend, a turnout that pleased Delaney. The museum might go A POP-UP MUSEUM devoted to love opened on Valentine’s Day in Encinitas, providing sensory and interactive exhibits suitable for on tour, with Orange County the whole family. Above, 9-month-old Nolan Rosete enjoys the view through a heart-shaped balloon. The museum is scheduled tentatively targeted as the to remain open at least until mid-March. Photo by Carey Blakely second stop. Perhaps next year the founders will try a different theme, Delaney shared. Tickets for the Museum of What “Love Tour” are sold online for time slots every half hour, but guests can stay as long as they want. Adult fares are $24 each, while children ages 4 to 12 are $15. Children under age 3 enter for free. To get more information or purchase tickets, visit www.museumofwhat.com.

AT THE LOVE LETTERS wall, notes can be written or read. Museum organizers said more than 3,000 people visited during the opening weekend. Photo by Carey Blakely


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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas, has awarded a Choral Scholarship to a local student, Jack Deane. The scholarship covers a portion of tuition and books, as well as funding Deane’s role as primary tenor in the St. Andrew’s choir. Deane is currently a sophomore at Palomar College and will transfer to Cal State San Marcos in the fall of 2019. He can be heard singing his tenor role in the St. Andrew’s choir each Sunday at the 10 a.m. service.

reducing interest expense for taxpayers. The total debt service for the combined Measure GG bonds is approximately $4.3 million lower than the original projection provided to voters at the time of the election. NEW BRANCH MANAGER

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, announced that Joyce Novak has been named branch manager of its Carlsbad office at 2386 Faraday Ave. Novak has more than 20 years of experience in the home mortgage industry. She joined Fairway in Carlsbad in 2018.


Cal State San Marcos baseball student-athlete, outfielder Austin Ott, has earned California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week honors. Ott hit .438 and he became just the seventh Cougar in proBEST BOND SALE gram history to post two In a competitive sale, triples in a single game. six underwriters submitted bids for Cardiff School OUTSTANDING STUDENTS District bonds. Mary Jo Addy, of EnThe winning under- cinitas, 92024, was named writer was R.W. Baird, to the fall 2018 dean’s list which led a syndicate of at the University of Find20 separate underwrit- lay in Ohio. ing firms. The winning North County stutrue interest cost for the dents who earned a spot bonds was 3.586170 per- on the academic deans’ cent, which was lower list at Azusa Pacific Unithan originally projected versity, include Rachel and provided to voters in Berry, Noah Castillero, November 2016. Cardiff Rachel Davis, Trevor School District success- Todd, Olivia Nash and fully priced $8 million in Joshua Olave of San Margeneral obligation bonds cos; Diana BuDoff, Bailee through a competitive State, Keely McMillen and sale process on Jan. 16, Ryleigh Smith of Oceans2019. The bonds were the ide; Rachel Cain, Adyson second series of general Waite, Kierra DeShon, obligation bonds under Jessica Smith and Ashlea Measure GG, a $22 million Houston of Carlsbad; and bond authorization that Ashley Sayers of Enciniwas approved by voters in tas. November 2016. Georgia Institute of Lower than expected Technology named Courtborrowing rates will al- ney Wolpov of San Marcos low the District to repay to the dean's list for fall principal earlier, further 2018.

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Zen TV painter Bob Ross has been gone for 24 years, but his inspiration lives on -- at least at Madison Middle School in Abilene, Texas, where on Feb. 7, students in Brady Sloane's art class donned curly brown wigs, blue shirts and paint palettes for a "Flash Bob Flash Mob." Sloane's pre-Advanced Placement students were stressed about grades and projects, and she "wanted to find a way to reward them," she told the Abilene Reporter News. The students used music stands as makeshift easels, where they painted "happy little trees" and projected an episode of "The Joy of Painting" as parents memorialized the special day with photos and videos. [Abilene Reporter News, 2/7/2019]


return the favor on White Day, March 14.) But according to Japan Today, Japanese women are rebelling against giri choco; 40 percent of workers see the custom "as a form of power harassment," and some companies have banned the practice. Women find giving chocolates to associates stressful: "Before the office ban, we had to worry about things like how much is appropriate to spend on each chocolate and where we draw the line in who we give the chocolates to," said one worker. [Japan Today, 2/5/2019] People Different From Us

Looking for a new home? A newly listed suburban Philadelphia home offers something a little sideways from your typical basement rumpus room. The five-bedroom, 2 1/2bath brick colonial in Maple Glen has three fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen -- and a sex basement. The finished lower level includes a bed-in-acage, complete with straps, whips and other accouterment for any buyer's "50 Shades of Grey" fantasies. Realtor Melissa Leonard stresses, however, that the basement "can be converted back to a typical suburban basement." Neighbors are shocked to find out what's been going on in their 'hood, but "I know it's a way of life for people," Leonard told Slate magazine. [Slate, 2/8/2019]

Asalene Branch, 29, was only defending her spot in a McDonald's drive-thru lane on Feb. 18 when she stabbed another woman in the head. Fox News reported that Branch and the other woman were waiting at a Memphis restaurant when a physical fight broke out over their places in the line; Branch took out a knife and assaulted the alleged victim, resulting in injuries that were not life-threatening. Branch was tracked down by police and charged Government in Action with aggravated assault. You think things are [Fox News, 2/19/2019] wild in the U.S. Congress? In Albania, Edi Paloka, an The Foreign Press opposition lawmaker, was Valentine's Day is asked to leave the parliacomplicated in Japan. On ment hall on Feb. 14 and Feb. 14, women tradition- suspended for 10 days after ally give men chocolates: throwing ink at Socialist "giri choco," or "obligation Prime Minister Edi Rama. chocolates," to their male It all started when Rama colleagues, and "honmei scolded a fellow lawmakchoco," or "true feelings er for making accusations chocolate," to their boy- of corruption against the friends or husbands. (Men leftist government, accord-

MARCH 1, 2019 ing to Xinhua. A statement from the center-right Democratic party explained, "The action of ink-throwing is a rejection of the bullying exerted by the PM, which is witnessed by the public opinion." Apparently, Rama had repeatedly mocked Paloka during previous sessions of parliament. [Xinhua, 2/14/2019] Weirdo-American Community

A dispute over a box of Cheez-Its provoked a DeKalb County, Georgia, man to do the unthinkable on Feb. 12. As Jeremy Lamar Wyatt, 32, his brother and 61-year-old mother argued over the salty snacks, Wyatt went outside, locked his family inside the home, poured gasoline on the front steps and started a fire, according to WGCL-TV. Wyatt's brother was able to lower the mother down from a second-story window, and both escaped without injury. Wyatt, who had reportedly been enjoying some adult beverages with his Cheez-Its, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with arson and criminal damage to property. [WGCL, 2/13/2019]

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At Towson University in Maryland, an unidentified woman was reported wandering around campus just before Valentine's Day, showing coeds a photo of her son and asking if they'd like to go on a date with him. Awkward! The woman, thought to be in her 50s, staked out the Cook Library and the Center for the Arts in hopes of securing a love connection for her son, reported the Baltimore Sun. Towson police are hoping to identify her, not so they can arrest her, but to ask her to stop. [Baltimore Sun, 2/10/2019]

Least Competent Criminals

-— The moral of the story? If you're going to rob a bank in February, target Florida or Texas. Jason Mackenrodt, 37, was making his getaway after robbing the Bangor Savings Bank in Waterville, Maine, on Feb. 12. He scrambled across four lanes of traffic and into a restaurant parking lot -- where he slipped on the ice and sprawled on the ground, right in front of Maine State Police Special Agent Glenn Lang, who was sitting in his parked car. Lang didn't know the bank had been robbed, but he became suspicious when "the money and the gun he had stashed in his jacket pocket spilled onto the parking lot," Police Chief Joseph Massey told the Morning Sentinel. (The weapon turned out to be a BB gun.) Lang tackled Mackenrodt and took him into custody as police were responding at the bank. Mackenrodt was charged with robbery and terrorizing. [Morning Sentinel, 2/12/2019] — On Jan. 31, Julian R. Mitchell, 20, tried to use a debit card from a wallet he had stolen at a Nashville, Tennessee, bar, according to WZTV. But a fraud alert tipped off bar employees that the card had been lost

or stolen, so they asked for photo ID. Mitchell fished out the Tennessee driver's license from the wallet, which, according to the Davidson County arrest affidavit, made it "plainly obvious" that the photo was not of him because of the difference in height. Mitchell, who strangely resembles a Ken doll, with blond hair, a red beard and black eyebrows, was charged with identity theft; officers found several other cards belonging to the same victim in the wallet. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/2/2019] The Continuing Crisis

Passengers on an 12hour Air France flight on Feb. 18 became alarmed when a man seated in the bulkhead row boarded the plane, then removed his pants and socks, settling into his seat in just his boxers and a T-shirt. Sitting across the aisle from him, passenger Lizzie Thompson took photos and posted on Twitter throughout the flight, reported The Sun. "Alerted the flight attendant. He offered to move me ... but just shrugged when I suggested he ask the man to put his pants back on," she wrote. Thompson also wrote that six hours into the flight from Paris to Los Angeles, the scantily clad passenger got cold, "so PUT ON HIS PUFFY JACKET." The man put his pants and socks back on after landing, much to Thompson's relief. "Nothing bonds a group of passengers like a man half naked in your section," Thompson wrote. [The Sun, 2/19/2019]

The Meth Made Me Do It

In Seattle, Douglas Braden Smyser, 21, boarded a plane on Feb. 13 on his way to Los Angeles and a drug rehab center in Malibu, but his behavior during the flight finally caused the pilot to land in Portland and have him removed from the plane. Smyser, from Bonney Lake, Washington, would not stay in his seat, tried to sit in first class and threw his backpack in the aisle. Passengers helped contain him until the plane could land safely. Smyser admitted later that he had eaten meth before boarding, which made him "suspicious and paranoid," reported KIRO TV. He also claimed to have a gun. He was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and menacing, along with a federal charge of interference with a flight crew. [KIRO, 2/19/2019]

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Local officials discuss tunnel options, bluff stability By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — The discussion on how and where to move the 100-plus-year-old train tracks on the Del Mar bluffs inched forward at a recent City Council meeting, as bluff collapses continue to become a daunting norm in the city. The San Diego Association of Governments gave a presentation at a Feb. 11 City Council meeting on the transportation agency’s most up-to-date plan for negotiating bluff stability and the future of the train tracks. SANDAG’s long-term plan for removing the tracks from the bluff anticipates a $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion price tag, depending on the tunnel’s type and location. The tunnel project is the last phase of the agency’s regional transportation plan — slated for 2050. Linda Culp, principal planner with SANDAG, presented five options to the city for a potential tunnel between the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Sorrento Valley: an option for below Camino Del Mar, options for a high-speed tunnel or regular tunnel under Crest Canyon, and two options either just beneath or east of Interstate 5. Aside from the option of a cut-and-cover tunnel at Camino Del Mar, all of the options are for twin bored tunnels — which would be created using a tunnel bor-

ing machine. As outlined by Culp, every option has its caveats. The cut-and-cover option at Camino Del Mar is the least expensive, yet it might pose significant disruption to local businesses as well as traffic during construction. The high-speed tunnel option through Crest Canyon is the speediest, yet would require SANDAG acquiring “significant properties” for the passage’s graded segments. An option underneath I-5 would be the costliest as well as the longest — at 5.3 miles. Culp said the positioning helps minimize the amount of property that would be needed to establish a right of way. According to Culp, the next step in pursuing the long-term tunnel plan would be to conduct a comparative analysis of the options and keep an eye out for funding sources. So far, plans for diverting the tracks have taken a back-seat to more immediate bluff stabilization efforts — which are now in their fourth phase since SANDAG’s first stabilization project in 2003. SANDAG’s mid-term plan involves stabilizing the bluffs until 2050, through the replacement of drainage structures, seawall repairs, bluff toe protection and additional soldier piles. Currently unfunded, the project is anticipated to

THE DEL MAR BLUFFS have been home to train tracks for over a hundred years. SANDAG has been conducting stabilization efforts on the bluff since the early 2000s, and its latest effort will involve repairing existing drainage structures and using soldier piles to continue stabilizing portions of the bluff. Photo by Lexy Brodt

cost $70 to $90 million in 2018 dollars. Councilman Dwight Worden, who is on the SANDAG board of directors, is hoping to push forward the tunnel plan by narrowing down options. “Can we as a community come to grips with which of these alternatives we really think we prefer and want to study further,” he said, hoping that SANDAG and the city can be “shovel-ready” when federal or state money becomes available. Worden said although the project is expensive, SANDAG has embarked on

other costly projects such as extending San Diego’s blue line trolley service from the Santa Fe Depot downtown to University City — a $2.1 billion endeavor. “So you look at it in context and all of a sudden $3 billion doesn’t maybe look quite so daunting,” Worden said. Local demand for a tunnel has only increased as of late, as bluff collapses continue to take marked chunks away from the cliff and even put a halt to train services. Residents started speaking up en masse in early fall, shortly after the

North County Transit District announced a plan to erect fencing on both sides of the track in order to deter trespassers and help protect vegetation conducive to bluff stability. There have been over a dozen trespasser strikes in Del Mar since January of 2014. NCTD has since put the brakes on this plan, though discussions are moving forward on how to ensure safe access. Resident Frank Stonebanks, an active local voice on the topic, urged the city and SANDAG to seek out creative solutions to fund

tunnel plans. “All of (the options) are a huge improvement on where we are,” he said. “ … I think we can tackle it maybe sooner than 2050. That’s my ask.” Stonebanks is one of many citizens and council members alike who envision the blufftop eventually becoming a public park. Stonebanks asserted that SANDAG could “double their throughput” by moving the tracks. SANDAG is currently embarking on a project to double track the LOSSAN rail corridor from Orange County to downtown San Diego. According to an NCTD engineer, double tracking is not feasible on the Del Mar bluffs. Just over 50 trains per day travel along the rail corridor’s North County segment. The 20-year SANDAG double tracking project aims to double that number, but Culp said Del Mar could still accommodate the traffic with a single track. For now, Del Mar faces the more immediate challenge of establishing safe and legal train track crossings on the bluff. The city is currently pursuing a feasibility study in partnership with SANDAG to study the possibility of establishing safe and legal rail crossings. There is presently only one legal train track crossing in Del Mar, at 15th Street.

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THATABABY by Paul Trap

important partnership will grow stronger.

By Eugenia Last FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

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LOVE Love 15 Tennis organization helps others, shares the love

Special to The Coast News

DEL MAR — When tennis and helping others collide it equals a lot of love If you asked Daniella Benitez if tennis and “love” really do go together, she’d probably say yes. Daniella, 14, was part of a Del Mar fundraising event Feb. 10 called Love Fifteen Tennis to build miracles for families in need, with tennis star James Blake making a surprise appearance and playing “Battle the Pro” with the kids attending. With the help of her longtime tennis coach, April Bisharat, founder of Love 15 Tennis, she was able to raise $2,000 which will go toward helping to build a home for a family in Tijuana in April. “We raised $2,000,” Bisharat said. “Double our goal! Now, I can support not only Daniella’s home but also for her brother Gabriel’s.”

Call it love Daniella has been involved in Build a Miracle since 2017 and continues to be a force when helping to raise money for those in need. That year, San Diego-based Notre Dame Academy had sponsored the building of a home in Tijuana, through the nonprofit organization Build a Miracle, founded by Chris and Julianne North. According to her mom GG Benitez: “Our family, friends



Next, Markstein covered the responsibility of staff members at the Association’s building department. In addition to making sure that an applicant remained in “good standing” before filing plans to the CDRC, the board also requested that staff help navigate CDRC members on the interpretation and “fair and consistent” enforcement of the Protective Covenant, Code, and Guidelines. The letter also indicated a preliminary check request. “Conduct a preliminary check of plans submitted for review to ascertain that those plans conform with the Covenant, Code and Guidelines,” Markstein read. “If plans are noncompliant, it is the role of the staff to communicate with the applicant and the architect and try to correct the matter before the plans are forwarded to the CDRC.”

and I went down to help physically build that home. After returning from that trip, my then 12-year-old daughter, Daniella was so moved, that she told me she wanted to commit to heading up the building of one home a year, herself.” She is currently raising money for her third Build a Miracle project. The proceeds from the tennis fundraiser will benefit her team's next build, as well as one for her 12-yearold brother, Gabriel, a seventh-grader at Notre Dame Academy, who is heading up his second home. “It was such a fun event and I’m always so grateful to have my friends and family there for support for something I really love and believe in,” Daniella said. She’s also been playing tennis since she was 9 and considers Bisharat a “mentor.”

APRIL BISHARAT, center, pictured alongside student Daniella and tennis star James Blake, joined forces for a Feb. 10 fundraising event in Del Mar to help raise money for families in need. Bisharat is the founder of Love 15 Tennis based in San Diego. Courtesy photo

Top tennis Bisharat’s Love 15 Tennis is a San Diego-based children’s and adult tennis program, with seven locations in the area with more than 150 enrolled annually. She also runs the official junior tennis camp of the San Diego Aviators (Pro Tennis Team), is the head varsity coach for girls, boys, and co-ed tennis at Cathedral Catholic High School, where Daniella is a student, and is on the tennis team and directs 25 USTA tournaments per year.

In 2018, Bisharat launched Love 15’s “First Ace: Finding A Way TO WIN” give-back initiative, which provides tennis clinic fundraisers for locally based charitable organizations such as Build a Miracle and Make Schools Safe Again. To date, 70-plus kids and adults have participated, and the clinics have raised more than $4,000. “I have known Daniella since she was born; her mom and my aunt were best friends growing up,” Bisharat said. “When I was ready to transition from playing tennis competitively to coaching, her mom asked me if I would be willing to coach her two young children. Shortly after is when I launched my tennis program, Love 15 Tennis.

While the board was aware that Covenant, Code and Guidelines would at times be subject to the CDRC’s discretion, the Feb. 7 letter raised another issue. “ … there are concerns within our community about the interpretation and enforcement of those guidelines and the overall deliberative process of the CDRC,” the board wrote. “Specifically, members of the board and our community have noted excessive grading projects with unrestrained mass and scale and buildings that are inconsistent with the Latin-style design. The CDRC should give great care when considering grading, mass, scale, and type of design.” The board wanted the CDRC to take “great care” when considering grading, mass, scale, and design because these decisions would leave a “lasting mark” in the Covenant. The board letter went on to cite how it didn’t want the CDRC to be influenced by the number of times an

application was resubmitted. The letter also addressed how the board did not want decisions to be, “ … influenced by a relationship a member of the CDRC may have with an applicant, architect, designer or other party involved or interested in the deliberative process. Such independence enables the CDRC to make decisions and issue requirements on a fair and consistent basis. A member of the CDRC, as does each board member, needs to be alert to even the appearance of a conflict of interest and should consider recusal in appropriate circumstances.” Markstein then read a second letter asking the CDRC to refrain in approving any faux materials. He then reiterated that while the board appreciates the contributions of the CDRC, it was not the intent nor the responsibility of the board to regulate the CDRC, but rather to oversee that the rules and guidelines were applied.

I’m so proud to claim Daniella was my first student.” Bisharat said she got involved after Daniella asked if she would be willing to be on her team to build a home. “She told me she needed 16 families to donate $1,000,” Bisharat said. “She had 14 and needed two more. I have always wanted to use tennis as a vehicle to raise money. I told her rather than just giving her $1,000 I will run a tennis clinic and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to her cause; and if we don’t raise $1,000, I will contribute the difference. That day we raised $1,020. Ever since then I have seen her success with BAM just explode and I’m humbled to be a part of it.” When Bisharat went with the Benitez family for

the first time to help the build in Tijuana she was blown away. “After financially contributing in the past, I finally went down end of 2018,” she said. “Let me tell you, it was life changing. I just wanted to hug the kids, I felt happy I was able to be a part in changing a family’s life, but more so I felt powerful that I could truly impact someone’s life. After that life changing day, I’m committed to supporting this foundation.” She said because of that visit she felt she wanted to get more even more involved with Build a Miracle. “Considering how life changing the day was, it inspired me to take my fundraising efforts to another level,” she said. “A spin off of my Love 15 Tennis pro-

gram is called ‘First Ace.’ First Ace is the program I use to raise money through tennis, and we have raised $14,000 to date. I have run four fundraisers and this last one was a beaming success, not only because we doubled our previous year, but the energy set the event was unreal. I’m still on a high from that day.” Of course, raising the funds was No. 1, but it was also amazing for Bisharat to meet one of her sports heroes like Blake. “We were not 100 percent sure if he was going to be able to make it,” she said. “We were about halfway through and when I saw him walk down the L’Auberge tennis court stairs I was so excited. I have always looked up to him for being such an amazing tennis player, but he is so much more than that. He was so compassionate and great with the kids, he played against each child there, he is truly a class act and I hope to continue to have him come to our First Ace fundraising events.” Bisharat said in terms of her own goals for her charitable arm of her tennis brand she wants to run bi-annual fundraisers. “One, I am committing to BAM and the other will be another cause that maybe another student feels passionately about,” she said. “I want to involve my students especially. My goal is exposing my students to more than just tennis. We are so blessed to get to play a sport like tennis, it truly is a luxury. Tennis is an international sport and I would love to make my students more aware of what’s happening outside of our little bubble!” The whole experience for everyone was everlasting, Bisharat added. “I have gained the gift of giving, which is more than anything else,” she said. “Being able to help, how big or small it may be, is still changing lives. I’ve gained knowledge on how to run fundraisers and I will only improve my events from here on out.”

San Diego golfing legend Gene Littler dies at 88 REGION — San Diego golfing legend Gene Littler died Feb. 15 at 88. Littler, a World Golf Hall of Famer, was born in San Diego in 1930 and died in his hometown, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Littler graduated from San Diego State University — then known as San Diego State College — and served in the U.S. Navy before winning the United States Amateur in 1953. He turned professional one week after winning the San Diego Open as an amateur in 1954. “Gene the Machine,” so named because of his efficient and stylish golf swing, would go on to win the 1961 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills in Michigan, along with 29 other PGA Tour events. “His swing was metronome-like. No ques-

GENE LITTLER won 29 PGA Tour events and the 1961 U.S. Open. He turned pro a week after winning the San Diego Open in 1954. Courtesy photo

tion,” Chuck Courtney, the pro emeritus at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club who

played alongside Littler on the PGA Tour, told the Union-Tribune. Littler, contemporary of fellow pro golfer and San Diegan Billy Casper, survived cancer of his lymph nodes after undergoing surgery in 1972. He would win five more titles after that. Littler was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990. As the oldest surviving U.S. Open winner, Littler and his family had been preparing for a possible appearance at the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach in June, according to the Union-Tribune. He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 68 years, and his two children, Curt and Suzanne. — City News Service


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Local doctor uses naturopathic treatments for skin issues ENCINITAS — Beauty is not only skin deep, in fact it goes much deeper. North County Natural Medicine takes a naturopathic approach to skin care, helping patients treat their skin issues from the inside out. “Our skin reflects our overall health,” Dr. Ari Calhoun said. “So many factors affect our skin. We work to address the root cause rather than treat the symptoms.” Aging skin, acne scarring, fine lines and sun damage are all treatable using a naturopathic approach. North County Natural Medicine uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat patients’ skin issues combined with a comprehensive analysis of what caused those issues in the first place. It all falls in line with Calhoun’s belief in the power of the body’s ability to heal itself. Calhoun knows firsthand how effective a naturopathic approach to skin care can be. “I became interested in aesthetics during my own struggles with acne,” she


Wellhouser described the burglaries in the Ranch as opportunistic in nature, such as being committed by people who had worked at the residence they stole from. He also said no one region was more susceptible to robberies. “There really isn’t a clump of burglaries that is a hot spot,” said Wellhouser, adding that no area in the Ranch was deemed a higher target. Overall, grand theft and petty theft decreased in 2018. Last year, there were


said. “I worked with a lead regenerative specialist and she took me under her wing. Not only did I receive treatment from her but I was able to train under her. I found such a tremendous improvement in my skin through PRP therapy.” “From a naturopathic perspective, treating the skin goes far beyond surface level. The health of the skin is influenced by other factors within the body, including the gut microbiome, hormones, stress levels, liver

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4,448 calls for service, which Wellhouser cited as a 12 percent increase from calls in 2017. “Our patrol initiated 14 percent of the calls,” he said. “Calls also went up for suspicious people and vehicles.” Wellhouser still encouraged Covenant residents to call the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol if something looks out of place despite the decline in burglaries. Wellhouser said he didn't want to give members a false sense of security since there is always an ebb and flow in crime. That said, he wanted residents to stay diligent by locking their doors and windows and setting residential alarms.

On the traffic front, there were 27 injury collisions in 2018 as compared to a total of 40 in 2017. There were also 79 non-injury collisions, six more than in 2017. Wellhouser attributed most of the accidents to excessive speed, while 20 were caused by distractions and 15 due to driving under the influence. In 2018, the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol motored more than 122,000 miles and conducted 39,000 security checks for Covenant residents who were either away on business or vacation. Wellhouser commended his staff for the fantastic work that they do and their ongoing ability to stay visible in the community.

PRP therapy has been around for years but gained popularity recently when Kim Kardashian West posted a picture of her getting the treatment called the Vampire Facial. The treatment has two phases. First, a small amount of blood is drawn and the platelet-rich plasma is extracted. Second, the skin is cleaned and numbed and a microneedling device is used to create many tiny porous channels in the skin. The PRP is then applied to the skin where it is delivered into the dermal layer of the skin. “This activates your body’s own healing mechanisms to lay down new healthy collagen and elastin,” Calhoun said. PRP therapy can benefit anyone ranging from a teenager with acne to a 65-year-old looking to reduce their fine lines and wrinkles. “PRP therapy can also help even out the complexion, target hyperpigmentation and shrink pores,” Calhoun said. “Beyond the treatment of skin imperfections, PRP fa-

cials can be used in a preventative capacity as well. PRP microneedling is an effective way to prevent against natural collagen loss with age, while PRP filler can be used as a safe and natural alternative to synthetic fillers and Botox or in conjunction with these treatments to allow patients to go longer between sessions.” Results take place quickly, beginning within the first week and continuing to build over three months as your body lays down new tissue. “My recommended treatment is three facials spaced four to six weeks apart,” Calhoun said. “And if you’re looking taking a proactive approach, I would say at least one facial annually.” Another benefit to PRP therapy is that there is minimal downtime. “Patients leave looking as if they have a slight sunburn and experience minor peeling after two to three days,” Calhoun said. “Most people find they can resume their normal skincare routine after about

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Video and poster contest for students By Staff

ENCINITAS — The Olivenhain Municipal Water District is partnering with local agencies to hold two contests to promote efficient water use and raise awareness about special districts. OMWD encourages students living or attending school within OMWD’s service area to enter the North County Water Agencies’ fourth-grade poster contest, or the California Special Districts Association-San Diego Chapter’s high school video contest. Deadline for entries is April 1. Three prizes of up to $1,500 will be awarded to students with the winning entries. Winners also earn $250 for their school. More information at sandiegocsda.weebly.com. Participants will use their imaginations to illustrate ways to “Be Water Smart” at home or school by conserving

water, reducing pollution, treating water in a futuristic setting, or depicting water-wise methods used by local ancestors. The 2020 NCWA water awareness calendar will feature OMWD’s top three winners. For more information, visit olivenhain.com/schools. The video contest theme, “What’s So Special About Special Districts?” challenges entrants to create a 1- to 2-minute video highlighting the community benefits special districts provide. OMWD is a special district that provides water, wastewater services, recycled water, hydroelectricity, and the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. OMWD asks that students submit footage shot within San Diego County that reflects the importance of water to communities, the value of water in daily life, the efforts involved to ensure a safe and reliable water supply, or careers in the water industry.

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Let it snow, I’ll stay home Jean Gillette hopes you will enjoy some of her earlier columns, in a sympathetic salute to all young moms today.


ecause I am an older mother, I often perilously pride myself on being a wiser mother. During spring break from school, I slipped beyond smugness. I entered the realm of hubris, that overweening pride that makes the gods smack their lips in anticipation of the humility they will rain down. In my case, the revenge did not rain down. It snowed down. I had decided some weeks earlier that come heck or bankruptcy, I was

going to take my children up to “experience” snow this year. Not just a lame drive-up-for-the-day experience. No. We were going to get an adorable, quaint cabin with a roaring fire and a kitchen for cocoa, and we were going to spend our days throwing snowballs, building snowmen, making snow angels and maybe doing a little sledding. In early January, I made dozens of phone calls lining up a cabin. Then we crammed five children and two adults plus the enormously bulky winter wear required for this trip, into my thankfully long-suffering friend’s station wagon and hit the road. From the

‘Giant step forward’ for fairgrounds venue By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Construction should soon be underway on the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Surfside Race Place, a currently underutilized, 90,000-square-foot satellite wagering facility and soon-to-be entertainment destination. At a Feb. 12 meeting, fairgrounds staff announced construction bid results for a project aimed at turning about 65 percent of the facility into a “multipurpose entertainment venue.” The four bids ranged from $11.2 million to $13.1 million and put the project within financial reach after several years of planning. “This is a giant step forward for us,” said Steve Shewmaker, president of the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board, which governs the fairgrounds. The board and fairgrounds staff have been seeking out a revenue-generating use for the building since 2013 — eventually landing on the idea of a concert venue with an approximately 1,900-person capacity. The venue will have a balcony area and VIP sections. The project will also yield a beer tasting and exhibit area. The building will still maintain its offsite betting purposes, though to a smaller degree. Although conceptualized as a concert venue, the


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site will host entertainment “of all types,” including seminars, weddings or business meetings, according to Gary Reist, the fairgrounds’ now former deputy general manager. The project was delayed in May 2018 after bids came in higher than anticipated — staff went back to the drawing board and eliminated several elements from the original plan, such as a space highlighting San Diego’s history, a beer garden and a slate of heating and ventilation upgrades. The current, pareddown project now awaits approval of a $15 million, 20-year loan from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (“IBank”), to cover the costs of “entitling, permitting, designing, engineering and constructing” the venue, according to the resolution approved 8-0 at the 22nd DAA board’s meeting, with Director Pierre Sleiman absent. The loan is also contingent on the Department of General Service’s approval of the project, which Shewmaker anticipates should go through, with “no controversy.” Shewmaker presented the idea for a concert venue at Surfside Race Place in the summer of 2015, after the 22nd DAA had been exploring options for the venue for over two years. Early ideas for a bowling alley or movie theater were scrapped in 2014. The 22nd DAA has spent about $1.5 million on the project thus far, by way of architectural, engineering and project management services from California Construction Authority. In an email to The Coast News, Reist said he anticipates construction will begin in late March, with the new facility’s grand opening to take place in March 2020. “I’m very pleased with where we’re at, and finally after I don’t know how many years, we’re finally going to get this thing going,” Shewmaker said.

to go and would we please take him home right now, while another screamed that he itched and couldn’t scratch while strapped in his booster seat. Everyone had to go to the bathroom at regular, but entirely separate, intervals. No amount of fun music, food munchies and, finally, threats of eternal timeouts, had any impact whatsoever. By the time we rolled up in front of a pathetically shabby row of clapboard shacks, vainly dubbed “cabins,” surrounded by sticky mud and stiffly crusted snow, I felt disaster settle firmly on my shoulders. Despite our namebrand ski wear, 30-something degrees with a wind off the lake is a kind of cold for which we coast-dwellers are not spiritually prepared. My children hated

small talk jean gillette minute the car door closed, I should have heeded the clear warnings. By the next day, I had my credit card poised, ready to hire a helicopter, if necessary, just to get home. During the three-hour, 100-mile drive, each of the five children took turns, in pure tag-team style throwing a fit or baiting each other into a fit. Mixed in with this were howls from one child that he did not want

it, demanding to go into the “cabin” immediately. It was, I believe, 10 degrees colder inside and smelled rather like a public bathroom. A tiny fireplace was located in a windowless room. The kids immediately turned on the television. Our big expedition to a “snow play area” the next day found us paying dearly to use three very steep slopes that mothers of under-9-year-olds got to walk up after every run, dragging an immense inner tube and a reluctant child behind her. The infuriating yet saving grace was that, once there, none of our children wanted any part of these steep slopes and were soon wet, cold and cranky from trying to dig snowballs out of rock-hard snow banks. Telling ourselves we were avoiding an incoming snow-

storm, we headed down the mountain a day sooner than planned, heaving a collective sigh of relief. It was screamingly bad timing on several levels. We were 10 days into our spring break. The kids were bored and already getting on each other’s nerves. What we didn’t need was to confine ourselves to a collection of tinier spaces and freezing, wet snow play. Once home, my ears rang with the memory of listening distractedly to my friend in Minnesota laughing about tedious, snowbound winters with small children. She now has my admiration as never before. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who was eventually able to redeem herself in Mammoth. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.

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