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We encourage outdoor exercise as long as people maintain 6 feet of social distancing. It looks like people are not able to do that.” Dr. Wilma Wooten County public health



MOONLIGHT BEACH in Encinitas is now closed, as are North County beaches from Carlsbad to Del Mar. Courtesy photo

North County cities close beaches after weekend crowds alarm officials By City News Service

REGION — All city beaches from San Diego to Carlsbad remain closed as of March 24 as San Diego County officials urged residents to practice social distancing to limit the spread of the coronavirus. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer ordered the closure of all city-owned beaches, parks and trails on Monday, and said violators could face fines and jail time. Citing a lack of physical distance among city residents in public spaces over the weekend, Faulconer said the step was not one the city took lightly. “Things are changing by the day. We have to be flexible, but we have to be

firm,” he said. “This weekend we closed city-owned parking lots at beaches and parks. Now I am calling on the city to close all parks, beaches, boardwalks, bays and trails until further notice.” Also on Monday, Del Mar and Solana Beach closed their beaches, trails and most parks; Encinitas closed all beaches, access points to beaches and parking lots adjacent to beaches; Oceanside closed all beach parking lots and public playgrounds; and Carlsbad closed all beaches, parks and trails. Faulconer said that people should still get outside for exercise, but stay in their neighborhoods and maintain physical distance

of 6 feet from people who are not part of their household. “The actions of a few can take the lives of many,” Faulconer said. “The time for education has ended. The time for enforcement is here.” San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said there are two orders that officers can enforce — the governor’s stay-at-home order and a local ordinance pertaining to emergency closures. Both could result in a misdemeanor citation and leave violators facing up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months “confinement” or both, the chief said. Faulconer’s announceTURN TO BEACHES ON 6


Nick Hammond, owner of Pacific Coast Spirits in Oceanside, has adapted to the county’s mandatory closures of all bars and restaurants to dine-in customers in response to COVID-19 by producing FDA-approved hand sanitizer at his distillery. Hand sanitizer is available for purchase via curbside pickup, in addition to bottles of your favorite spirits and food. Story on thecoastnews.com. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

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HWAC helps pet owners with free food By Lexy Brodt

RANCHO SANTA FE — With the spread of COVID-19 leading to rampant job loss throughout San Diego County, many families and individuals are taking a hard financial hit. And for those families with pets, Helen Woodward Animal Shelter is making sure they have one less expense to worry about over the next few weeks. The nonprofit is now running food drives to give out two weeks’ worth of free pet food per pet (with a maximum at three pets) and cat litter to individuals who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the drive’s first day on Monday, March 23, center staff loaded the cars of 57 families with pet food and litter — of course, while maintaining social distancing and keeping both staff and visitors safe. “It was kind of beautiful, like clockwork, to see so many people working together for the common good,” said Jessica Gercke, the center’s PR & Communications Director. And starting this week, the center’s drives will not only offer animal food, but plenty of human food as well. Feeding San Diego has decided to chip in to the relief effort — the organization will provide two weeks’ worth of nonperishable food items to individuals who set up an appointment to pick up pet food. “Our organizations have something in common,” said Feeding San Diego CEO Vince Hall, in a statement to The Coast News. “We care about our community and their well-being. Feeding San Diego is thrilled to partner with Helen Woodward to provide nourishment to people in need during this challenging time" The drives are part of a longstanding Helen Woodward program called AniMeals, which strives to ensure that elderly, disabled and homeless folks have TURN TO PET FOOD ON 6


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Coronavirus crisis sparks compassion across the area By Hoa Quach

REGION — San Marcos resident Lauri Trunnell said she was devastated on March 13 when she found out her employer, the San Diego Safari Park, had to close its doors as a result of the growing coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 160,000 people and claimed the lives of thousands of others world-

ing up groceries to those in need. “I feel that we have been so blessed and even though my husband lost 100% of his business overnight in the past month — that in crisis times, we have to try to help others despite what we are going through,” Trunnell said. “We should all be here for each other.”

COASTAL ROOTS FARMS in Encinitas plans to continue to distribute food to those who need it most after sweeping county health restrictions have left many North County residents out of work and with little or no income. Courtesy photo

wide. “I felt extremely melancholy on my last day because I knew that I wouldn't be able to see them for quite a while as we are not allowed to visit,” said Trunnell, who has worked at Safari Park for more than a decade. “I intently listened to the roar of Izu, our lion, one last time, and watched the baby elephants playing in the mud. My hope is to get back to normal again and see these beautiful creatures as part of my regular day again.” Although March 13 was a somber day for Trunnell, she was surprised to find out she would still get her paycheck despite the weeks-long closure. From there Trunnell said she had to share her “blessing” with others by helping those who needed it. The 25-year resident of San Marcos went to Facebook to offer any help in running errands or pick-

Trunnell kept her word and even offered a neighbor the chance to pick fruit from her own yard. Trunnell isn’t the only one offering a helping hand. Tim Hoh in Oceanside took to NextDoor to offer any seniors help in picking up groceries. Hoh, who has lived in North County for about 10 years, said he knows firsthand what it’s like to need support from others. “I grew up in Crestline, California, where wildfires were present,” Hoh said. “I was evacuated in 2004 and 2007, and received a lot of help from the local community. I feel that during these hard times it is important to come together as a community. God has blessed my wife and I in these times so we feel if we are healthy and able, we should help.” In Vista, helping one another through the crisis has become a group effort.

Danielle Pickerill — who helps manage the Buy Nothing Group in Vista, a group of people who share and trade items at no charge — said she has seen many members share in unprecedented ways during the pandemic. For example, neighbors have been offering items such as cleaning products, diapers and cleaning wipes — all products that have been hardsought at grocers. Members have also offered babysitting services for parents who must work while their children’s schools are closed. While others are offering toys and activities to keep little ones busy during the next few weeks, Pickerill said. “The coronavirus is definitely stirring up the fear but we band together as neighbors,” said Pickerill, who herself has given out food. “We are brothers and sisters of this Earth on this journey together. We’re here to help one another.” Meanwhile, Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas, plans to continue to offer high-quality produce at its pay-what-you-can Farm Stand, which is open Thursday and Sunday. Kesha Dorsey Spoor, philanthropy manager for Coastal Roots Farm, said the nonprofit has had to make adjustments to its operation as a result of the pandemic but is still working to provide food to the community. “We will continue to get food into the hands of vulnerable members of our community,” Spoor said. “We have modified our protocols in order to participate in social distancing and in order to minimize contact, prioritizing safety for all involved.” More importantly, the members behind Coastal Roots Farm are determined to stay committed to its mission, Spoor said. “Our tradition offers guidance during the most trying times,” Spoor said. “While our programs may need to be modified for the foreseeable future, our commitment to a nourishing community is unwavering. We are proud to offer dignified, equitable access to organic, nutrient-dense food to community members who need it most, and are grateful to play a part in filling this critical need.”

Encinitas closes rec areas at parks ENCINITAS — In support of regional efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 19, the city of Encinitas has closed active recreation areas in all city parks. Activities which require hand contact with surfaces such as entrance gates and children’s play equipment, as well as balls used to play sports, have a high potential to spread the virus. Also, social distancing


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in these areas is difficult to achieve. Public restrooms will remain open. The following areas are closed: — All fields and courts (tennis, pickleball, basketball, and volleyball courts) — Playgrounds — Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park — Skate parks/features All community mem-

bers are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines, regarding handwashing, sanitizing and social distancing. Monitor Centers for Disease Control guidance at cdc.gov and local, state and federal updates daily. For the most up-to-date information, visit encinitasca.gov or contact the city of Encinitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department with any questions at (760) 633-2740.



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Being overprepared is key


e truly are living through a historic time. Usually, our weekly op-eds are on the latest developments at the County of San Diego, or a helpful tip on solving a problem, but given this difficult time, none of that seemed appropriate. Giving an update on the coronavirus seems outdated the second I type the next word, however I wanted to speak generally on all that we are doing at the County of San Diego. The County of San Diego is the Health and Human Services provider for the entire region. The Board of Supervisors along with our medical experts are the ones making the calls for the over 3.3 million people in San Diego County. Along

around the county Jim Desmond with working with our state and federal partners, it’s up to the County on how to attack the coronavirus. While there have been some drastic measures over recent weeks, all of this was done out of abundance of caution. We’ve heard from many constituents, “Why close all of these institutions, when only a couple dozen people are sick?” The answer is simple, we must overprepare. None of these decisions have made lightly. We all under-

stand the gravity of the situation and the effect it will have on businesses moving forward. These decisions were made in accordance with our medical experts who have studied the viruses spread across the world. While the situation is very fluid, this much is clear. Those 65 and over, or with a compromised immune system are strongly urged to self-quarantine for the time being. In the meantime, follow my pages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest news regarding the coronavirus. Together, with everyone on board we can get through this! Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Coronavirus response in Sacramento By Marie Waldron

As Minority Leader, I have been working with the Governor to coordinate the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. A number of important steps are underway. In recent weeks we passed bipartisan legislation to provide $500 million in initial emergency funding expandable to $1 billion, to activate closed hospitals, increase equipment capacity for existing hospitals, provide hotel beds for the homeless, clean up child care facilities, fund In-Home Supportive Services addressing senior isolation, backfill schools for lost Average Daily Attendance, finance expanded family leave, reimburse for the cost of COVID-19 testing, and much more. Other steps include a DMV request that law enforcement use discretion

for 60 days regarding driver’s license and vehicle registrations that expired on or after March 16. This will protect the health of individuals over 70 who are required to visit a DMV to take written or vision tests. More information is available at: dmv.ca.gov. California’s Economic Development Department will allow employees unable to work due to COVID-19 exposure to file Disability claims, and employees caring for ill or quarantined persons can file for Paid Family Leave. Parents staying home with children due to school closures may be eligible for unemployment (UI) benefits, and a UI claim can also be filed if work hours have been reduced. Employers reducing hours of operation may apply for a UI work-sharing program aimed at avoid-

ing layoffs, and businesses faced with closure or layoffs can contact EDD Rapid Response teams to discuss their needs. Employers may request a 60-day extension to file payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes without penalties or added interest. More details are available at: edd.ca.gov. For the latest COVID-19 updates, please visit the California Department of Public Health at: cdph. ca.gov. Lastly, we passed ACR 189, (Rendon/Waldron) to put the Legislature in recess and allow some employees to telecommute. The work of the people will continue. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature

bore beneath the Delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers may not advance nearly as fast as expected. It means schools must prepare to spend far less in the 2021-2022 academic year than they have thomas d. elias lately. It could mean a big cut in state support for the nosedived, and quickly. In University of California 2007, for one example, the and the Cal State systems, state took in $11 billion both of which saw such worth of capital gains backing sliced dramatitaxes. The very next year, cally during the last fiscal capital gains tax receipts crisis. came to just $2.3 billion, a Many more programs drop of about 80%. and proposals will also be Capital gains taxes affected, but it’s hard to paid to the state were pinpoint Newsom’s prioriabout 50% higher in 2018 ties and the Legislature’s. and 2019 than in 2007. They probably don’t They will likely come to even know those prioriabout $15 billion this year. ties today, and will likely But they will certainly spend months hashing it drop in 2021, and by at out. If Newsom is wise, the least as much as in 2008, scheduled May revision barring a miracle stock of his proposed 2020-21 market recovery. budget will slash many categories even if the state begins to pull out of immediate crisis mode by then. That way, state government could spread the harm The from the coronarainy day Pervirus financial fund can sonal income crisis over at make up some taxes for 2020, least two or three of this, but not mostly to be paid years, rather than next year, will be much all. And that won’t imposing all the lower than this year’s and account for the anticineeded cuts at once last year’s unless the stock pated income and corpoa year from now. market rockets back up at rate tax dollars the state Yes, this would be the same extended record will not be getting. bitter medicine for a state All of which means pace it has lost ground already disrupted by the anyone or any program over the last two months. pandemic, but it would dependent on state budget be easier to take than the With most businesses shuttered and restaurants, support needs to get set kind of massive slashing right now for serious bars, sports teams and that would come next year belt-tightening on a scale if everything is left intact their arenas all idled to unseen in more than a de- in budget negotiations this avoid disease contagion, cade. The days of relative- spring and summer. corporate taxes will also skid. Income tax revenues ly easy money are over. All of which means This means the $2 will fall, too, because of that anyone who thought the layoffs and unemploy- billion Gov. Gavin Newthe far-reaching ripples som promised to contribment the closures have of the viral threat were ute toward housing the brought. already pretty bad now homeless probably will be needs to get ready for furThe last time anycut or will simply evapthing like this happened ther crises to come. to California, in the fiscal orate. It means plans for the massive tunnel the crisis of 2008-2011, these Email Thomas Elias same types of tax receipts governor would like to at tdelias@aol.com.

s of the end of last year, California’s budgetary rainy day fund amounted to about $20 billion. That sounds like a lot, and the last two governors both put more cash than legally required into the fund. Now the rainy day has arrived. Skies are dark, figurative rain clouds loom over the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges. It’s almost time to tap into the rainy day fund. But it would be unwise to take all the money at once, just as no family should exhaust all its savings in one fell swoop, if at all possible. For the coronavirus pandemic, now about six weeks old in California, brought with it enormous personal and corporate financial losses, which will soon translate into vastly lowered revenues for state government. That may last a while.

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small talk jean gillette

Trying to stay sane, and fed, in time of crisis


thought I had led a somewhat checkered life, but I surely did not see this madness coming. My heart is aching for so many reasons. There is such an enormous, bottomless chasm of unknown that seems to stretch out before us and it keeps my stomach in a knot, along with the rest of you. At least there has been a bit of good humor prompted by the quarantine — because you have to laugh to stay sane, no? My favorites are the ones about things to do while quarantined — like putting a drink in every room and calling it a pub crawl. And I want every mother out there with schoolage youngsters to know I think they deserve to wear their tiaras 24-7. Now the real tragedy at my house is that I am having to cook. I’ve made soup, chicken cacciatore and cornbread. As they are absent of hot sauce or peppers of any kind, my husband is less than enthusiastic. I have decided my Irish heritage makes me a fan of boring food like oatmeal, creamed anything and bread, always with mayonnaise or butter. He needs chorizo, onions, pickles, sausages, spices, Vietnamese fish sauce or ketchup, or it may not make it to his mouth. The thing I miss the most right now is the old, second refrigerator we used to have in the garage. It became such an energy suck, we decided to get rid of it. I plan to look for a cheap, new one because the kitchen fridge is about to burst at the seams. There are four people in my house, and none of them like anyone else’s cooking. Peculiar, I know. Generally, I will eat very nearly anything that someone else cooks for me, but I draw the line at boxed macaroni and cheese. Friends and readers, you are all on my minds. You are all in my heart. To the kids from my school, I deeply miss your faces, and your laughter and helping you find just the right book. Let’s all stay healthy and we should be back messing up the library shelves soon, soon, soon. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who really isn’t yet having a problem lying in bed reading for hours. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup. com.


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Former Rep. Hunter sentenced to 11 months in prison By City News Service

REGION — Former Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in federal prison March 17 for misusing campaign funds to support years of personal expenditures. The former lawmaker admitted in last year’s guilty plea to a conspiracy charge for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars with campaign credit cards on family vacations, restaurant and bar tabs, clothes and other frivolous expenses over the course of several years, while falsely stating to his staff that the purchases were campaign-related. Hunter's wife and former campaign manager, Margaret, 44, also pleaded guilty last year to misusing campaign funds and is due to be sentenced next month. The couple were charged in 2018 in a 60-count indictment. Hunter, 43, must also go on three years of supervised



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release after his term is up. He was ordered to surrender to authorities on May 29. Prior to sentencing, Hunter addressed the court, saying he took “full responsibility for any dime spent on my campaign by me or anyone else.” He also asked U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan for leniency and sympathy when he sentences “the mother of my children,” asking the judge not to give Margaret Hunter custody “if it’s possible.” Prosecutors asked Whelan to impose a 14-month prison sentence, while Hunter’s attorneys asked for 11 months of home confinement, plus 1,000 hours of community service. Defense attorney Paul Pfingst argued that Whelan should take Hunter’s service in the Marines into account, as well his contributions in Congress, arguing that “on balance, Duncan Hunter has contributed much to his SANDAG UPDATE

With COVID-19, national and local institutions have changed plans limiting public gatherings. This has also affected SANDAG’s rollout of a “5 Big Moves” network plan. While at this point there is still expected to be a release some time in April, there will not be the SANDAG hosted workshops in the region, including North County; SANDAG's Vision Lab is also closed for now; and Alliance for Regional Solutions meetings may be canceled as well. For more information, contact Craig Jones at (858) 354-1785 or AllianceSANDAG@gmail.com.


A week prior to the order of closing down San Diego schools, the administration at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Carlsbad, began preparing their staff and students for a transition to distance learning. In addition to the normal school day, teachers stayed overtime to learn new ways to teach online. On the last Friday of school, March 13, students were trained to learn Google Classroom and Zoom, were told to take home all essential books and learning materials and were offered to take home school computers if needed. Soon after, an e-mail came out to parents from the Principal announcing the closure of all San Diego schools.

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country, his constituents and his children.” Pfingst reminded the court that “not a single dollar of taxpayer money” was taken by Hunter and also took umbrage with what he said was the prosecution’s assertion that Hunter “betrayed his office” or represented “a threat to democracy.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Halpern said that Hunter “abused his position from the very beginning” of his political career, noting that the misuse of campaign funds began in 2009. The prosecutor argued that Hunter “had every advantage that an American citizen can have,” yet chose to dip into campaign funds on a regular basis, with full knowledge of his wrongdoing. In the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum,

it states the Hunters were “virtually penniless” and amid dire financial straits, resorted to using campaign credit cards to support “a profligate lifestyle leading to continual debt and an ever-increasing need to find cash to pay bills.” Despite the family bank account not carrying a positive balance throughout any single month between 2009 and 2017, prosecutors say the family lived extravagantly, racking up thousands on expensive family trips and scores of other improper personal purchases, according to the memorandum. It was also alleged that Hunter used campaign funds to pursue extramarital affairs and repeatedly used campaign credit cards or sought reimbursement for expenses that included resort hotel rooms, airfare, a skiing trip and Uber rides to

and from the homes of five women with whom he had “intimate relationships.” He also gave his wife a campaign credit card despite her having no official role in the campaign, until he later hired her as campaign manager amid protests from members of his staff, according to the prosecution’s court filings. Hunter pleaded guilty Dec. 3, and in a brief statement to reporters, said “I failed to monitor and account for my campaign spending. I made mistakes and that was what today was all about.’’ The congressman said in a TV interview that he was taking the plea deal for the sake of his three children. Hunter, a Republican, represented the 50th congressional district from 2013 until his resignation from Congress in January.



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Happy wanderer spends free time on adventures hit the road e’louise ondash


ardly anyone is going anywhere during this Great COVID-19 Shutdown – even inveterate travelers like Kristen Bor. She, partner Ryan and her Charlie the Adventure Dog, a collie-shepherd mix who has his own Instagram account, live eight months a year on the road in her 100-square-foot van that “mostly serves to haul gear” for their outdoor adventures. Bor has created an online community/business called Bearfoot Theory for those who want to learn more about being a purposeful vagabond. “Ryan and I were supposed to leave for Hawaii tomorrow, but with the uncertainty around the coronavirus, we decided to cancel our trip,” Bor wrote in an e-mail recently. “With Ryan being a type 1 diabetic (an autoimmune disease), we decided it’s simply not worth getting on a plane at this exact moment, not at least un-



ment came not long after San Diego County health officials said that if cities cannot maintain safe social distancing procedures at their parks and beaches, the county will close them to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “We encourage outdoor exercise as long as people maintain 6 feet of social distancing,'' said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “It looks like people are not able to do that.” The county is amending its previous public health order to include the authority to close beaches and parks if municipalities are unable or unwilling to enforce the 6 feet of social distancing recommended by the Cen-

KRISTEN BOR traded the security of a Washington D.C. job in 2014 for life on the road in a customized van, shown here at Faria Beach between Ventura and Carpinteria. Courtesy photo

til we know more.” And so, the happy wanderers will remain a bit longer in their sometime-home in Salt Lake City and, like the rest of us, see how this thing plays out. Bor has been a purposeful vagabond since 2014 when, at 32, she left her Washington, D.C., job in sustainable marine policy to do

more of what she saw others doing – traveling, loving life and having a good time. “I grew up out West and found myself wanting to go on longer trips,” Bor said in a telephone interview. “Instagram was becoming popular and (it made me) want to travel more. I knew that, in my current line of work, I’d never get the time off to do

this.” Bor also wanted to be her own boss, so she took the leap and left the traditional workforce. “But leaving a job doesn’t mean the bills disappear,” she said. “There must be a plan.” Hers included moving to more-affordable Las Vegas, working for REI (flexi-

ters for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. The county confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total to 230, a jump from 205 cases on Sunday, minus the 11 people heading home from MCAS Miramar after completing a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Of the 230 people in the county with positive diagnoses, health officials said 213 are county residents and 17 are not. Men testing positive outnumbered women 145-84. Of the 37 patients who have been hospitalized, 34 are county residents. Seventeen of those hospitalized were in intensive care units, as was one non-county resident. The first COVID-19 death of a San Diego resident was reported Sunday by San Diego County Health

Department officials. The man, who was in his early 70s, died in Santa Clara County, Wooten said. She said he had recently returned from a trip to Hawaii, but no further information was released. That individual remains the only death from COVID-19 from San Diego County. A San Diego Fire-Rescue Department firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, Faulconer announced Monday. And another 29 firefighters and three lifeguards are in quarantine awaiting test results, according to SDFD Chief Colin Stowell. UC San Diego announced Monday that an unidentified student who has been living in campus housing has tested positive for the coronavirus. “The student resident has self-isolated while receiving care,” UCSD officials said in a campus alert. “We are working closely with San Diego County Public Health officials and are following their guidance on notification to individuals with recent close contact. Navy officials announced Monday that four staffers at Naval Medical Center San Diego have tested positive for COVID-19 along with one sailor aboard an unnamed San Diego-based ship. U.S. Pacific Fleet officials announced Sunday that seven sailors who were aboard San Diego-based ships have tested positive for COVID-19. Two sailors tested positive Friday, March 20, and five more tested positive the following day, according to a statement released Sunday from U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs office, which said the sev-

en are isolated off ship and restricted in movement in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. “Personnel who were immediately identified as having close contact with these sailors have been notified, placed in a restriction of movement status at their residences off the ship and are being monitored,’’ the statement said. The Navy didn’t say which ships the sailors who tested positive were on, but the ships involved are screening all personnel coming aboard and undergoing deep cleaning with bleach twice a day. A sailor from Naval Base Coronado reported symptoms of COVID-19 to his supervisor last Tuesday, according to officials from the base. He tested positive on March 20 and is now restricted to his residence, receiving medical care, and personnel who had close contact with him were notified and were self-quarantined at their homes. Three Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar have also tested positive for the virus, leading to new health protections on that base. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore on Monday called on residents to strictly heed state and local stay-athome and social-distancing mandates issued last week as key strategies in reducing the dire public-health threats posed by the coronavirus pandemic. “It is imperative we all comply with these orders,'' Gore said in a prepared statement. ``They were not created to follow when convenient. Not following these orders puts everyone's lives at risk.”

Pet of the Week She shines bright like the sun, hence her name, Goldie. This sweet girl is a 15-month-old terrier Dachshund blend. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with a friend and receiving lots of belly rubs. Her small stature doesn’t hold her back from leaping into your arms and giving lots of love. Goldie is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Her adoption fee is $375. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center are vaccinated and micro-chipped for identification. Kennels are open by appointment only due to

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ble schedule and discounts), and learning everything she could about outdoor gear and blogging about it. A savings account also helped survival. “I started taking road trips to southern Utah and not doing anything that cost a lot of money – things like hiking and camping,” she explained. Eventually, Bor hiked the 214-mile John Muir Trail and wrote about it. This brought lots of people to the blog and it took off.” Next: Build an online community of those who had similar views about lifestyle and caring for the environment. “I did everything I could to learn about building a website,” Bor explained. “There is so much computer work behind the scenes. I was working 80 hours a week. I saw (my new way of life) as a business from the beginning – not as a hobby. The growth took about two years before I started feeling comfortable.” She named her website/blog Bearfoot Theory (bearfoottheory.com), after the Grateful Dead’s dancing-bear icon, tattooed on her right foot. “Bearfoot Theory is an outdoor travel blog with a mission … to empower out-

door enthusiasts who thrive off information and put the planet first - the kind of things the average person can do if they put the energy into it,” Bor said. One outgrowth of the Bearfoot community is the annual Open Roads Fest (openroadsfest.com) June 25-28 in McCall, Idaho. “This is for anyone interested in the van-life lifestyle. We hold workshops about van living and converting a van. (People who attend) may already have a van or want to meet people and learn about it. About 80 (of the 400 who attended last year) came to learn.” The event also includes yoga, live music, mountain biking, paddle boarding on the ranch’s private reservoir and sponsored happy hours. Soon to launch: a revised website and a free online course on van life – how to choose one, convert it, deal with insurance, find campsites and more. Connect with Bearfoot Theory Instagram (instagram.com/ bearfoottheory/). For Bor’s advice on starting a business that supports a life on the road, visit facebook. com/elouiseondash. Want to share your travels? E-mail eondash@coastnewsgroup. com.

HELEN WOODWARD Animal Center volunteers help run a “drive-through” pet food distribution, giving out pet food and litter at no cost to San Diegans who have been impacted by COVID-19-related job loss. Photo courtesy HWAC



access to pet food for their furry companions. When COVID-19 hit San Diego, the AniMeals staff were looking at how to help those hit hardest by the crisis — and a food drive seemed like the obvious next step. “We’ve expanded the (AniMeals program) in different directions, so it really seemed like a natural fit when we heard about the number of families losing their jobs,” said Gercke. As soon as the center put the word out, “tons of people” started writing in, said Gercke. Many had lost their jobs and were looking for support, but plenty were also looking to help. Companies Blue Buffalo and Naturally Fresh helped contribute food and cat litter, respectively; Naturally Fresh will be supplying the first 200 people with a 6-pound bag of cat litter per cat. The rest of the food is being funded by generous individual donors. For San Diegans who are interested in picking

up food, the center requests that individuals fill out an online form in advance, after which they will be assigned an “appointment” time within the time frame of the drive. Gercke said this process ensures the center can personalize food packages based on the specific families and the dietary needs of their pets. The online form can be found at animalcenter.org — click the “AniMeals” link under the “Programs” tab. Although AniMeals has not set a drive schedule for the weeks to come, Gercke said the center is planning to keep the drives going as needed. For now, they are hoping to help as many individuals as possible, but are considering giving out food to those who have already utilized the drive as the next few weeks unfold. “Of course with COVID-19, nobody knows what’s going to happen week to week,” she said. “But I know everyone (at the center) is willing to help as long as it’s needed, for as long as we can.”

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San Dieguito Academy students, staff call for return of Surf PE Editor’s note: This story was reported before area schools were closed this month due to the coronavirus outbreak. By Tawny McCray

ENCINITAS — A class that has become a huge part of San Dieguito High School Academy’s culture was canceled for the spring semester, leaving students, faculty and the community with tons of questions. Surf PE, which began at the school back in the 1970s, was canceled due to low enrollment. However, current Surf PE teacher Robin Etheridge expressed her surprise with the decision, noting that 29 students had enrolled for the spring term. “The cancellation of Surf PE this spring blindsided me,” Etheridge, who’s taught the course at the school for eight years, said. “I never thought that our district would support shutting (it) down. In my opinion, enrollment was not low. On paper, from an office, perhaps enrollment looked low.” Etheridge said enrollment in the class varies from year to year and some students choose to take the class year after year. She said because of their involvement in the class, some students decide to major in ocean studies in college and some become junior lifeguards or teach surf lessons in the summer to encourage younger kids to surf. Etheridge emphasized that she loves teaching the class and sees how deeply unique and important it is to, and for, the students. “Student athletes enrolled in this class have genuine respect for our ocean/ beach environment,” she said. “They process the challenge of the ocean’s dynamic conditions and apply civil surf etiquette with our community surfers. They support each other and the kinship is raw and vulnerable. There's no other class like this.” She added that the school’s other PE course offerings are limited “because of our small and very outdated facilities.” Bob Teisher, a history teacher who previously taught Surf PE at San Dieguito for about a decade, said he and a lot of the students are upset the class was canceled this semester and hope it comes back. “I was really bummed when I heard about no Surf PE this semester because it felt like the end of an era,” he said. “But I’ve been told it will be revived next year. Its cancellation did create a pretty vigorous movement to bring it back and that was good to see.” Teisher said the class is important because surfing is probably better exercise than many standard PE classes and it’s also a hit with students. “(The class) was basically created to pull surfers back into school rather than ditch when waves were good,” he said. “I loved be-

program is a rich history of lum. “This last semester has SDA! In a world where we been a temporary compli- are trying to keep students cation but the issue will be engaged, connected and resolved,” Naimark said. “I interested in school, you know some students were are taking away a program upset because the way Surf that students love!!! Shame, PE was canceled was a bit shame on you!” Another signer, Julie unclear at first and very surprising. However, school Garrido, wrote: “Surf P.E. faculty members did an- was the only thing that got nounce that the class will my son through high school. run if there are enough Without it, there would sign-ups next year, so stu- have been no reason for him dents who are truly passion- to want to attend school. It's ate about the class should an SDA tradition and the make signs and advertise right of every surf kid in the school.” it.” Cara Dolnik, principal San Dieguito Academy SURF PE was canceled this semester at San Dieguito Academy due to low enrollment. The senior Kyle Roy started an at Diegueño Middle School, class has been offered at the school since the 1970s and many have signed a petition to online petition at change. said her school has been bring the class back next school year. Courtesy photo org to bring the class back. doing Surf PE for the past As of March 23, it had near- three years and has seen an San Dieguito student Mustang, said students and ly 2,000 signatures. ing in the water with kids increase in enrollment — and it was one of the few Matthew Naimark, who re- staff are devoted to keep“Bad move SDA Ad- from 35 students in the first educational experiences cently co-wrote an article ing the program and it is ministration!” one signer, two years to 73 students where both students and with Ethan Davis about the highly unlikely this course A Garcia, wrote on the pe- this year. She said there has teacher really wanted to be cancellation of Surf PE for will ever be permanently tition website. “Encinitas TO SURF PE ON 11 the school’s The removed there.” IS A SURF5cTOWN! This fromNews__RUN: the curricu- 03_27_20__ 20SDG16324_Pipeline Safety newspaper Print Ad__Coast News & RSF x 10” 4C__TRIM: 8.525”TURN x 10”


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Hard Seltzer: Are we really doing this? Cheers! North County

Ryan Woldt


had heard of hard seltzer before I saw it, or even tried it. Memes were flying around declaring it to be White Claw Summer. When I found out they were talking about alcoholic seltzer water, I blew it off. Likely a fad like Smirnoff Ice or the Jersey Shore, I thought. However, I realized it was more than a flash in the pan while traveling last year. A burly Oregonian brewery owner offered me a Lime Truly Hard Seltzer to cool off after we toasted a triple IPA. Since then, hard seltzers have appeared in the fridge at a relative’s place in Wisconsin, and it was in every cooler at San Diego barbecues. In fact, it was in our cooler at MLB spring training just a few weeks ago. In 2019, U.S. drinkers purchased more hard seltzer than vodka, and growing demand for Truly Hard Seltzer boosted Boston Beer Company’s annual revenue to $1.25 billion, a 25% jump from the previous year. Overall, hard seltzer sales increased by 226.4%, and now commands an estimated 5% of the entire alcohol market in the U.S. By comparison, beer growth was approximately 1%, with wine sales accounting for about 11% of the alcohol market. ABInBev made hard seltzer one of their five

IN 2019, demand for Truly Hard Seltzer boosted Boston Beer Company’s annual revenue to $1.25 billion, a 25% jump from the previous year. Photo by Ryan Woldt

key components for growth worldwide, backing it up with a Super Bowl ad campaign for Bud Light Seltzer. Most of your favorite teams

American and JetBlue exclusively serve Truly Hard Seltzer. Today, every major domestic beer brand has released a comparable drink

previously sold Saint Archer Brewing and Harland Brewing. Ashland is produced at Mission Brewery in downtown San Diego. Landan has credited the universal appeal and ease of drinking as part of hard seltzer’s recent success. It is clear that touting the health and wellness aspect when compared to beer is a key component to the success of hard seltzer. Most hard seltzers contain between 90-110 calories and claim some sort of infused fruit flavoring with low sugar and carbs. The branding on a mixed 12-pack of Ashland Hard Seltzer says it was “CRAFTED WITH ALKALINE WATER,” and is organic, gluten-free and contains no sugar. That doesn’t mean it is healthy, but it is easy to drink. When I tried that first fizzy lime hard seltzer it tasted fine. I didn’t savor it. I didn’t text anyone about how great it was or consider the flavor profile. I just opened my lips and poured it down. I didn’t have anoth-

I’m 40 now and ... the days of me drinking multiple IPAs after work are long gone. This is what my wife and I and my friends have gravitated toward, drinking the hard seltzers because you can still have fun ... and not really feel it in the morning.” Josh Landan Ashland Hard Seltzer founder in an interview with brewbound.com

in all sports have some sort into the market. While hard seltzer has of hard seltzer sponsorship. Even airlines have gotten been booming in popularity behind the drink. Both across the country primarily due to the efforts of major brands, it has also been growing in the craft sector here in San Diego County. An unofficial count has at least 18 local breweries now producing a hard seltzer. Belching Beaver is canning two different versions, and hard seltzer is on draft at each Culture Brewing location. I also recently tried Rouleur Brewing’s Sunday Spin Spike Seltzer Mango Pineapple at 7 Mile Kitchen in Carlsbad. My nearest local liquor store is currently carrying 11 different brands with 38 different flavors. While stocking up for some social distancing at Sprouts, I noticed a tower of Ashland Hard Seltzer near the register, which eventually made its way into my cart. Ashland was started by serial entrepreneur Josh Landan, who co-founded



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er that day, but it has become a staple in our fridge. It’s is drinkable to most of the people visiting the house, and the light flavors make it enjoyable for most palates. There is one on my desk right now. At more than one summer party, I’ve reached for a hard seltzer as a refreshing treat between pilsners or IPAs. Now would be a good time to note that college kids have been icing each other with Smirnoff Ice since 1999, and the Jersey Shore had eight spinoff shows after it’s run, and versions of it are still running across the globe. Hard seltzer has gone viral. It has big money and branding, and local, craft breweries are experimenting with their own versions. The rapid growth of craft beer over the past few decades has provided a template for hard seltzer makers to hone and improve upon. The market has spoken. We may not be passionate about a hard seltzer the way we are our favorite craft beer, but when it comes to hard seltzer, the answer is, “Yes, we are doing this.” Social Distancing ProTip: Check out the North County-based ThreeBzine. com for continually updated lists of which local breweries are selling to-go or online so you can keep your fridge full while responsibly staying home. Be safe.

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estaurants are in a world of hurt since the Pandemic Coronavirus closed all restaurants and other establishments that serve food on-site in California and other states. From Master Chef Thomas Keller with his 13 world renowned restaurants from Napa Valley to Miami, to the corner pizza place, restaurants can no longer serve diners at their tables on-site. The California government guidelines that were received March 16 are explicit. “All restaurants and other establishments that serve food shall close on-site dining. Food service shall be by delivery, pick-up or drive-through.” As far as I can research it, wine shops, wineries and restaurants that did so prior to this directive, cannot offer wine tastings. A good many have chosen to shut down. Today I placed an order for take-out food for the evening of this writing with a local, recently opened “fast casual” American style food restaurant, that specialized in take-out. I was told to stay in my car and not enter the restaurant. I was to call the restaurant phone and a server would come to the car, a small inconvenience compared to all that this restaurant was faced with. What’s the big national picture? No less a figure than master chef Thomas Keller, who started the super successful French Laundry in Yountville, Napa Valley, and blossomed into 13 highly recommended fine dining locations like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami, went on CNBC Business News for the Restaurant Association

taste of wine frank mangio of America. He lamented, “Five to 7 million restaurant and supplier workers may be out of work, from an estimated 15.5 million nationally. Since March 1, business has gone from normal to near zero.” Local San Diego chef/ celebrity Brian Malarky, a “Top Chef” finalist and owner of Herb & Sea in Encinitas, reportedly closed all 9 of his restaurants in San Diego county and one in nearby Irvine, affecting several hundred workers. We can help. Call your favorite restaurant, ask about specials or your goto menu entrée for pickup when you arrive. Most will bring you your order curbside, or deliver your choices to your home. For instance, Il Fornaio Italian restaurants are offering a “Family Feast,” a four course dinner for four people, ready for take-out or delivery for $70. Morton’s the Steakhouse discounts its entrees 10 percent when you bring it home. Vittorio’s in Carmel Valley San Diego is offering a family & friends discount of 30 percent on all menu items, take out or delivery. For all our restaurant, hotels & winery friends, please send us your take out/delivery information and we’ll do our best to publicize it during this shut-down. Send to info@ tasteofwineandfood.com. As my friend, owner Randy Smerik at Solare Italian Restaurante in Point Loma TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 11

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Carrying on by carrying out: Licking the Plate in a new reality lick the plate david boylan


his began as a column that listed all the restaurants in our area that are offering carryout and delivery options but that list very quickly swelled to an amount that would have filled the column and omitted many worthy options. There is one thing to consider here, and that is that most of the restaurants that offered carry out and delivery as a big part of their business are more than likely still doing it. I know several pizza-focused restaurants whose business has actually increased during the shutdown. The Mexican and Chinese joints in my neighborhood seem busier than ever. Those are the exceptions, though, as the there are a lot of restaurants out there that are not in a strong enough position to weather this storm. Others, like the Puffer Malarkey Group who run Herb & Sea in Encinitas, have made what is probably a tough but smart financial decision to close down completely until this madness ends. Some restaurants are just not designed for delivery or takeout and there is a good chance that trying to pull that off without much time to prepare for it would have been a disastrous move. There are some in that category, though, who have made the dramatic shift and retooled quickly

One of my favorite Leucadia spots, and one that I will be featuring in an upcoming Lick the Plate column, is Fulano’s Mexican Cafe. Yes, it’s a bit of a mystery spot to many and there are all kinds of conspiracy theories floating around about it, but they make some solid Mexican food and have it available for carryout. On the beverage side of things, there are a lot of North County breweries that are offering growlers to go and those with food are offering up that option. While out on an evening walk in Leucadia last weekend, I passed by at least a dozen restaurants that I could have popped into and grabbed something delicious to go. I ended up at an old favorite, Chinatown, which also has an Italian menu (Google “Lick the Plate Chinatown” for that random story). My big point here is that we all can play a part in helping these restaurant survive during this time COLUMNIST David Boylan about to indulge in some carryout from Chinatown, in Leucadia, which also has an Italian menu. and still enjoy the variety Photo courtesy Ian R Meyers Photography we have become so spoiled by around these parts. Stay sane and safe all enough that they just might delivering deliciousness to crave their Italian goodness along with purchase options you plate lickers, we will for gift cards online. be able to pull it off. The you” as they said in a recent that much. For folks farther down power through this! And although The Plot proliferation of delivery email. From suggesting services like Door Dash online orders to ensuring may have temporarily (I the coast seeking that and the like has made that everyone's safety to very love that optimism) closed healthy plant-based goodeffort a bit easier but then specific delivery guidelines for dine-in service, they ness, EVE Vegan Eats in cuts even further into slim that ask you to have a have will be offering an express downtown Encinitas is ofa small stand or chair out- version of their menu so you fering carryout orders and restaurant margins. Two of my favorites, side your door for them to can continue to enjoy “nour- this week has a killer speBlade 1936 and The Plot in leave your order, to their ishing, locally-sourced + ba- cial going that offers up a Oceanside, reacted quick- staff wearing the appropri- dass plant food” as they put free entrée with the purchase of three. ly and are not only making ate protective gear to en- it so convincingly. They will be offering this new business model sure the maximum safety, Q’ero across the street, work, but I’m thinking they they have it covered. The take-out meals 7 days a which I revisited in last Dr. Kim Bell, DPT will probably continue on only bummer is that Leu- week from noon to 8 p.m. week’s column, already had BetterBalanceInLife.com when all this passes, and it cadia was outside of their and orders can be placed on- a very busy carryout busi760-652-9993 delivery range so I guess I’ll line and by phone. Curbside ness going so they were well is going to pass. Blade 1936 is “safely have to pick it up should I pickup is also available, prepared.

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You don’t need a large yard to create an herb collection place the pot collection in morning sun, so the afternoon heat will not overwhelm your herb collection. Plant the shade-loving herbs in an area that does not receive full sun, or under an overhanging balcony or eave.


reating a small collection of herbs for your patio or porch is a bit like creating a stamp collection. I was always fascinated with stamp collecting when I was younger; now I collect herbs and vegetables. It is not necessary to have a large yard when you can simply arrange attractive pots, galvanized tins, window boxes or woven baskets into an arrangement that will enliven your porch or patio and provide culinary delights to add to all your dishes.

LOCATION: When planning any new garden, large or small, it is important to find the right location. If you will be harvesting herbs mostly for culinary use, choose an area close to the kitchen with full or partial sun. In either case, most herbs prefer at least six hours of direct sun, but there are a few exceptions. If your yard or patio is in a very hot summer location, it would be best to

SELECTION: Remember that Mediterranean-style herbs (rosemary, tarragon, sage, oregano, thyme and lavender) are happy in hot, dry conditions, so group them together in large pots or window boxes. Plant the shade-loving herbs such as parsley, coriander, sorrel and chives in an area that does not receive full sun. Most newbie gardeners can be overwhelmed by the huge selection of herbs on the market, so I advise starting with a few containers with four or five of my favorites including a Mediterranean medley of basil (all kinds!), parsley, cilantro and rosemary. However, the possibilities are endless, so if you prefer an Asian style of cooking, go for Thai basil, lemongrass and hot peppers. If you like Mexican cooking, OLD TERRA COTTA pots create a perfect vessel for an herb look for coriander, chili pep- collection. Photo by Jano Nightingale pers and eposote. The ideal soil will proging up soil from your yard! SOIL: All herbs grow Ask lots of questions of the vide the right balance bebest in good quality potting nurserymen regarding pot- tween holding water and soil purchased from a nurs- ting soil because there will providing good drainage. ery or garden center. Do not be far too many varieties Purchase an extra bag of try to save money by dig- from which to choose. vermiculite, which can add

needed aeration to the mix WATER AND FERTILIZwhen filling the pot. ER: Once established, check pots on a daily basis for waHOW TO PLANT: To tering needs. Leafy green begin your pot collection, herbs such as parsley and choose containers of varying basil may need water each heights. Start off with three day, whereas drought-tolerceramic vessels — tall, me- ant aromatics such as rosedium and short — with the mary, thyme and sage may colors you use in your yard need water only every few décor. Be certain that they days. all have holes in the bottom Use a liquid fertilizer for drainage. If not, you will every few weeks once the need to drill some. Add a containers are established. few pieces of broken pottery to the bottom, so that the PICK AND ENJOY! Resoil will not leak out. member to pick your herbs Then add potting soil on a weekly basis and check about one-third full, and your favorite cookbooks pour in a few cups of ver- for ideas. “The Complete miculite and mix together. Illustrated Book of Herbs” Alternate potting soil and (Reader’s Digest, 2009) has vermiculite until pot is two- lots of great herbal recipes. For further gardening thirds full. Then, with herbs still in original plastic pots, information, check out webplace them on top of the soil. sites such as www.farmerPlace the tallest herb salmanac.com and www.nain the center, and trailing tionalgardeningassociation. herbs (such as oregano or org. Future articles in Jano’s thyme) on the edges. When the container looks full, Garden will include contain take the herbs out of their more herbal culinary and original plastic pots. Dig a medicinal ideas. hole big enough for the herb QUESTIONS? I would and press into the soil. Top off with more soil if needed. be happy to answer your Water thoroughly until wa- gardening questions — just ter comes out of the bottom email me at: janosgarden@ of container. Add small peb- hotmail.com. bles or shells to complete Jano Nightingale the design. is a Master Gardener Raise the container off and horticulturist and the ground to ensure good works on community drainage, using bricks or cegardens in North County. ramic pot feet.

Mother-daughter duo’s new album teaches kids to care for planet By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — Escondido woman Ruth Weber and her daughter, Emilia Lopez-Yañez, will release their latest music album this month with the goal of teaching children and their families about the environment.

The professional musicians gained a fanbase in recent years by telling the story of a young girl named Emilia as she encounters aliens. Lopez-Yañez plays the young girl while Weber plays an alien from the Planet Goopda. Their previous album, “The Spaceship That



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Fell in My Backyard,” was honored with 11 awards. The duo have been performing live music together since Lopez-Yañez was just 3 years old. Together, they have performed and recorded several award-winning, Billboard-charting albums in a variety of genres, including classical, new age and world music. Lopez-Yañez and Weber’s latest album, titled “Kokowanda Bay,” tells the story of the duo reuniting as they encounter challenges facing the planet. The duo said they hope their 11 new songs teach families and their children about the importance of caring for the planet, and how each person can do that. “Fans can expect a very upbeat album with positive messages taking care of our environment, and lots of new fun adventures for Emilia and her alien friend URR,” said Weber, a professional musician and teacher who said she has always enjoyed playing music with her children. “Our goal is to make the world a better place, and what better way to do that than inspiring the next generation with positive messages.” The mother-daughter team unveil songs such as “We’re Goin’ Green,” “The Food Chain” and “Turn It into Something New” to encourage listeners to recycle, reduce and reuse products. Other songs such as “With My Snorkel On” and “Soaring Through the Galaxy” inspire adventure.

RUTH WEBER, left, and her daughter Emilia Lopez-Yañez plan to release their latest album, “Kokowanda Bay,” this month. The pair gained a following with their previous album, the award-winning “The Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard.” Courtesy photo

The album is complete with a rich production of saxophone, brass, drums, guitars, harmonica, trumpet, oboe and piano, according to the band. While Weber recruited the help of her son, Enrico Lopez-Yañez, who is always a professional musician, to help write the album. Weber is the recipient of multiple awards for song-writing. Her work has also been performed by symphonies, choirs, solo artists and appear in print music and choral music collections and in award-winning films. Her song “We’re Gonna Be Legendary” is the San Diego Unified School District’s theme song for 2020. Together, the family band has created an assort-

ment of songs that cater to children. “Parents said their children really liked dancing to our uptempo songs around the house, so we tried to include lots of catchy tunes that would get everyone movin’ and groovin’ on this album,” Weber said. “My very favorite song is ‘Like Magic’ because it really showcases the beauty and sensitivity of Emilia’s voice while teaching about the life cycles of plants, insects and animals. I also really like ‘Goin’ Green’ because it makes me want to be a pollution detective.” Lopez-Yañez said she’s excited to share her passion for caring for the environment with her new album. “With this new album I

am so excited to be able to go into more depth about how we can use the four Rs — recycling, reducing, reusing and refusing — to get our hands dirty and make the world a better place,” Lopez-Yañez said. “I hope that this album gives grown-ups and children easy ways to improve the environment.” The band hopes to tour the West Coast this year to promote their latest album. “We hope to introduce the live show version of this album to lots more kids and families,” Weber said. Kokowanda Bay is available at retail nationwide and online and at ruthandemilia.com. For more information about Ruth and Emilia, go to www.ruthandemilia.com.

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Cox helping families stay connected amid closures Relief support includes relaxing data usage overage charges and new internet offer for low-income households. As communities around the country continue to see schools and offices close temporarily amid the coronavirus pandemic, Cox Communications has announced some relief support efforts to help customers stay connected as they move to working and learning from home. “As we are all adapting in these uncertain times, Cox is continuing to focus on our customers with the greatest need to ensure they have the tools to work and learn from home,” said Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications. “We remain committed to keeping our customers con-

nected and supporting the communities we serve.” Cox is offering the following through May 15: • Eliminating data usage overages as of March 16 to meet the higher bandwidth demands of households with family members working from home and learning online. Customers with a 500 GB or Unlimited data usage add-on plan will receive credits. • A $19.99 offer for new Starter internet customers with a temporary boost up to 50 Mbps download speeds, no annual contract or qualifications to help low income households and those impacted from the coronavirus challenges such as seniors and college students. In addition, Cox has increased internet speeds for select residential packages

COX IS CONTINUING to focus on our customers with the greatest need to ensure they have the tools to work and learn from home. Courtesy photo

and implemented a variety tomers and communities in of other changes to provide greatest need. Those changsupport and relief for cus- es include: Monday to Saturday 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 6 p.m. Please support Adam, his employees, and their food partners in these challenging times as my colleague Frank mentions above. Visit carruthcellars.com. — Story by Tech Director/Writer Rico Cassoni


likes to say, “Food is the power that brings us together.” Carruth Cellars’ 10th annual Barrel Tasting It is amazing how different the world was before Covid-19 emerged. For example, just a few weeks ago, Senior Editor Frank and I were enjoying Carruth Cellars’ 10th annual Barrel Tasting with sold out crowds for two sessions each on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 before social distancing was part of our vocabulary. A baker’s dozen (13) of barreled wine samples were served from a wine thief. Samples were pulled from barrels where the wine is currently aging before being bottled and then further aged. Attendees were greeted with a Sauvignon Blanc and then had 12 reds to choose from at one of San Diego’s first urban wineries. These are wineries that buy fruit from suppliers and then take over to both make the wine and get into the hands of consumers. Proprietor and Head Winemaker Adam Carruth was kind enough to walk us around the stations. We were even able to create and try some blends with



been some confusion in the community that the class was also canceled at the middle school and she wanted to help dispel that myth. She said she also understood why the decision was made to cancel the class at the high school. “High school students only need two years of PE in order to earn a high school diploma,” she said. “My understanding is there was another PE class that was running with high enrollment, so by collapsing Surf PE, which had very low enrollment numbers and

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Carruth including a tasty 40 open with limited hours percent Zinfandel, 30 per- of operation and offering cent Syrah, and 30 percent pick up service via partners Cabernet Sauvignon (Cab Sauv) blend. The 2018 Pine Mountain Cab Sauv was delicious along with the BDX Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv, Petite Verdot, and Cab Franc. The Pine Mountain Cab Sauv and BDX blend were Tyrone Paul Brockman, 72 our two favs of the day, beEscondido ing served by assistant wineMarch 6, 2020 maker Steve Michaliszyn. Congrats to Adam Carruth John Raymond Allen, 61 and the team on this hugely successful event. Along Escondido with delicious wines, guests March 13, 2020 were able to purchase Neapolitan pizzas with perfect leoparding. Carruth Cellars is still only a handful of students who needed it for their graduation requirement, they could create another General PE class to lessen the numbers overall.” She said decisions like that have to be made at schools all the time “this just happened to be a class a few were passionate about.” Regardless of why it was canceled the consensus is people just want the class back at San Dieguito Academy. “Surf PE is really a vital part of who we are in Encinitas,” Teisher said. “So I hope our real Encinitas surf community backs our efforts to bring (it) back.”

Challenging times require creative solutions During these unimaginable times resembling sci-fi movies, it is key for societies to maintain human interaction, and comply with stay at home mandates. The wine industry has stepped up to provide creative opportunities via virtual wine tastings and social sessions to add levity. Here are a

• Pledging to support the FCC’s Keep America Connected initiatives by: • Not terminating service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. • Waiving any late fees that residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. • Opening Cox Wifi outdoor hotspots to help keep the public connected in this time of need. • Providing temporary increases for residential customers in the company’s Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete packages to speeds of 50 Mbps. • Offering the first

month free to new customers of Connect2Compete, Cox’s low-cost internet product for K-12 families enrolled in low-income assistance programs. Schools are being asked to contact connectnow@cox.com with a list of eligible low-income students that currently do not have an internet connection. Cox partners with the nonprofit Computers2Kids, San Diego to help low income families that need computers. Families can visit www.c2k.org. • Increasing the speeds for Essential tier customers from 30 Mbps to 50 Mbps, which was originally planned for later in the year. For more information about Cox’s relief support offerings, visit www.cox. com.

few examples that we have heard of and even participated in. • Enriquez Wines, a small, family-owned Napa Valley vineyard is providing virtual wine tastings with owner and winemaker Cecilia Enriquez. Just purchase any six mixed bottles or more, and receive $1 shipping on your order along with your virtual tour. • Solare Ristorante Italiano started a “Solare LIVE" online streaming channel. Folks can hang out at home and interact with Proprietor Randy Smerik and the Solare Team. On March 20, Sommelier/Event Coordinator Petra Belliti led a LIVE interactive session on Italian wines. On March

21, Chef Filippo was on LIVE, showing how to make their famous Solare Lasagna (epic - rare opportunity). On March 24, Tommy had a session on making cocktails and Italian spritzes. Check out future Solare LIVE sessions via Instagram (@solaresandiego). • DAOU Vineyards also held LIVE Instagram sessions. This included a March 20 session with Co-Proprietor and Master Winemaker Daniel Daou, along with Social Media Manager & Brand Ambassador Kat Daou. Another session was held March 22 with Co-Proprietor Georges Daou. Check out future Instagram LIVE sessions (@ daouvineyards).

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1. TELEVISION: Which show was a spinoff of the 1970s show “The Six Million Dollar Man”? 2. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which president had a personal retreat at Warm Springs, Georgia? 3. GEOGRAPHY: Which river runs through the city of Paris, France? 4. MOVIES: Who was the young female star of the movie “Firestarter”? 5. SCIENCE: What is the largest living structure on Earth? 6. FIRSTS: Who is the first (and only so far) football player to win the Heisman Trophy twice? 7. HISTORY: How many people were officially executed in the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution? 8. BIBLE: How many proverbs did King Solomon compose? 9. BUSINESS: What is the unit of currency used in South Africa? 10. U.S. STATES: Which three states have four-letter names?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) An unexpected problem should be handled as quickly as possible so that it doesn’t cause too much of a delay. Someone who knows what you’re facing could provide needed advice. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An unsettling situation seems to be taking forever to be resolved. Fortunately, your Bovine aptitude for patience is strong this week, so you’ll be more than able to wait it out. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Taking a stand against an uncalled-for situation involving a friend or co-worker isn’t easy, but somehow you’ll rise to the challenge and do it. Rely on advice from someone you trust. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) There are still some questions on all sides that need to be dealt with in order to allow hurt feelings to heal. Get your workplace tasks done early so that you can devote more time to loved ones. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Consider a new spring makeover that will show all you Leos and Leonas in your best light. A new hairdo and some fashionable new clothes can help put a fresh glow on your image. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Some stormy, emotional weather can blow up in the workplace when an irate co-worker has strong words for you. But if you believe right is on your side, you’ll be able to ride it out.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Creating more balance in your life is especially important now so that you’re not distracted when you get into projects that will make demands on both your physical and mental energies. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) As much as you enjoy being right when others are not, show your generous side by offering to use what you know to everyone’s benefit. This way, you gain admirers and avoid resentment. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) This is a good week for the Archer to aim at healing relationships. Whether it’s at home, at work or among your friends, get everyone to set things straight and make a fresh start. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Although you like things done your way, this is a good time to listen to ideas from others. You might even find yourself agreeing with one or more of their suggestions. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Aspects favor positive action to reclaim your ideas from someone who might want the glory without doing any of the work. Expect to find many people rallying to support you. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You might feel uneasy about taking that step forward at work or in your private life. But who knows better than you that while treading water keeps you afloat, it doesn’t get you anywhere. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of creating positive attitudes and making people feel good about themselves. © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

TRIVIA TEST ANSWERS 1. “The Bionic Woman” 2. Franklin Roosevelt 3. The Seine River 4. Drew Barrymore 5. The Great Barrier Reef 6. Archie Griffin, Ohio State 7. Almost 17,000 8. 3,000 9. The rand 10. Ohio, Iowa and Utah


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The health and safety of our patients and staff are of our utmost concern. With COVID-19 at the forefront of everyone’s mind, we are offering private, concierge appointments and taking extra precautions to clean and sanitize our offices between each visit.

Sara L. Mattson, Au.D., CCC-A

Trinity Azevedo Blitt, Au.D.

David K. Woodruff, Au.D., CCC-A

Rancho Santa Fe Audiology has provided hearing healthcare for the Rancho Santa Fe community for more than 25 years! Our doctors of audiology offer exceptionally specialized and technologically advanced treatments for children and adults who suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus and other ear-related problems. Rancho Santa Fe Audiology is highly trusted by both physicians and patients to provide unparalleled excellence in hearing healthcare. Healthy hearing is crucial to your well-being. If you are committed to taking care of your hearing health, contact Rancho Santa Fe Audiology today for a complimentary hearing screening and consultation.

Call 858.227.3186 to schedule your complimentary hearing screening and consultation today! More than 48 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. While this condition is often viewed as an inevitable part of aging, more than half of all patients are otherwise healthy adults under the age of 65. Regular hearing screenings are an invaluable tool in identifying problems early and taking steps to prevent further hearing damage before it is too late. Fortunately, nearly all types of hearing loss are treatable by a doctor of audiology. We encourage you to schedule an appointment for a hearing screening at Rancho Santa Fe Audiology. Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors including noise exposure, trauma, diseases of the inner and middle ear, ear infections, excess earwax and certain medications. It can happen so gradually you may not be aware of a problem until it has reached an advanced stage. Signs and symptoms of hearing loss include difficulty understanding others

when they speak (speech may sound muffled or garbled), asking speakers to frequently repeat what they have said, struggling to distinguish speech from distracting background sounds, turning up the volume to levels that others find too loud and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Audiologists are licensed and certified professionals with advanced education and training in hearing and balance sciences. They evaluate, diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders in children and adults including prescribing, fitting and dispensing hearing devices. They also provide hearing rehabilitation training and counseling to patients and their families. They may also treat individuals of all ages with tinnitus and central auditory processing disorders and are often involved in developing hearing conservation programs and performing newborn hearing screenings.

6037 La Granada, Suite D, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 RSFaudiology.com


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1 at this payment L3177238 MSRP $31,715 (incl. $975 freight charge). (Premium CVT model, code LDD). $2,995 due at lease signing plus tax, title, lic & registration fees. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes 1st payment, tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance $0 security deposit. Lease end purchase option is $19,346. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 10,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property and ad valorem taxes (where applies) & insurance. Model not shown. Expires 3/31/2020

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Car Country Carlsbad

Car Country Drive

760-438-2200 5500 Paseo Del Norte

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2020 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.


** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 3/31/2020.

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S

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

per month lease +tax 39 Months

$0 Due at Signing ar Country Drive

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Example VIN: 3VV1B7AX5LM079316 Stock: VL1035 *Closed end lease financing available through Volkswagen Credit through Mar 31, 2020 for a new, unused 2020 Tiguan S with automatic transmission, on approved credit to highly qualified customers by Volkswagen Credit. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $26,285 and destination charges less a suggested dealer contribution resulting in a capitalized cost of $22,677. Excludes tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. Amount due at signing excludes first month’s payment, customer down payment of $0, and acquisition fee of $675. Monthly payments total $9906. Your payment will vary based on final negotiated price. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $395, $0.20/mile over 24,375 miles and excessive wear and use. See your Bob Baker Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW.



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All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 3-31-2020. CoastNews_3_27_20.indd 1

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