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MARCH 29, 2019

Admissions scandal hits North County

Edison: ‘We could have done a better job’

2 residents indicted in FBI college sting

By Jordan P. Ingram

By Steve Puterski

REGION — Two San Diego County residents have been indicted in the massive FBI investigation into parents securing their children admission to some of the best universities in the nation. Named “Operation Varsity Blues,” the scandal has implicated at least 50 people including Elisabeth Kimmel, 54, of La Jolla (who also owns a home in Las Vegas) and Toby MacFarlane, 56, of Del Mar. Early headlines described how actresses Lori Laughlin (“Full House”) and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) were also charged in the scheme. Kimmel owned KMFB News8 in San Diego before selling the station in 2018. She was arrested March 12 at her La Jolla home and is accused of a conspiracy to get her daughter into Georgetown and son into the USC. According to reports, Kimmel’s daughter’s application said she was a tennis recruit, although no there is no record of her daughter’s participation with the U.S. Tennis Association. Her daughter never played at Georgetown and graduated in 2017, according to NBC 7 in San Diego. Kimmel allegedly bribed officials at both schools through a fixer, William Rick Singer, who operated the Key WorldTURN TO SCANDAL ON 7

REGION — Nearly eight months after a “nearmiss” canister incident delayed storage operations at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the message from Southern California Edison’s management team was clear: The company is committed to regaining the public’s trust. Edison officials spoke directly to several local reporters about the company’s new safety and oversight program during a March 18 walking tour of the facility. “Quite frankly, we didn’t do our job here,” said Ron Pontes, Edison’s environmental decommissioning manager. “Believe me, we’ve taken a lot of heat, not only from the community, but from senior executives in this company, that are not happy with what happened here. We could have done a better job.” Dry storage efforts were interrupted on Aug. 3 after a stainless steel canister containing 50 tons of JIM PEATTIE, General Manager of Decommissioning Oversight at SCE, describes how the spent nuclear fuel rods becask transporter loads canisters into long-term storage. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram came wedged on a shield

ring as it was being lowered into an 18-foot concrete cask. The canister hung precariously and went unnoticed for roughly 45 minutes before employees realized what happened. After walking through the incident step-by-step, Edison identified five areas of improvement including better training programs and re-training crews, installation of new load-monitoring cameras and alarms, more detailed procedures and specific oversight of operations. “We took away a big lesson from that (canister) event,” Pontes said. “The lesson is we need to be more intrusive and we will be more intrusive going forward with all of our contractors.” Jim Peattie, General Manager of Decommissioning Oversight, was brought in to help revamp and improve the current system. Since December, Peattie has implemented a TURN TO SAN ONOFRE ON 3

Bestselling author Winslow talks trilogy at RSF Library By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — It was a sold-out event for The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild’s March Author Talk with New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow. The March 11 function held at the Rancho Santa Fe Library highlighted Winslow’s final chapter to his trilogy with his last work titled “The Border.” Before diving into his DON WINSLOW reads from “The Border,” the last installment of his trilogy about the drug war in Mexico, at the RSF Library crime fiction work, he talkGuild’s March Author Talk. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene ed about his penchant for

libraries. His deep-rooted fondness for libraries stems from his mother who was a librarian. “The other day, I was thinking how libraries were a revolutionary concept and how essential libraries were to the creation of democracy,” he said, adding how people had access to all the world’s available knowledge. And this was centuries before the internet. Winslow doesn’t think the rise of Western democ-

racies around the creation of free lending libraries was coincidental. With libraries, people had access to information, news, and different opinions, he shared. He also noted that libraries welcome all despite their economic status, class, or gender. “I’m always happy when I’m asked to speak at libraries, so it’s very nice to be here today,” he said. TURN TO AUTHOR ON 5


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Senior Center readies for Healthy Aging Conference By Christina Macone-Greene

CALIFORNIA POPPIES blanket the hillsides at Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve in Southwest Riverside County near Hemet. Experts say the blooms should last through April. Courtesy photo

A bevy of blooms just a car ride away hit the road e’louise ondash


eople from all over the world come to see the thousands of Tecolote ranunculus blooming at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, says our guide, Gary, who has offered to take us on a golf-cart ride around the ranch’s 50 acres. But North County residents have only to drive a few minutes to view this amazing sight of wide ribbons of eye-popping colors blanketing the hillsides at Interstate 5 and Palomar Airport Road. The fields are planted on a staggered schedule to effect a rolling bloom from north to south between early March and the end of May. The peak bloom will probably occur this week. (meaning the week that this story runs) “One of our main jobs is to keep the visitors from walking into the fields,” Gary explains. “There are plenty of places to take photos without going into the fields. You see everything out here — people with babies, brides, parties. It’s a great place to take a picture.” The Flower Fields also offers visitors other floral exhibits. The history of the cultivation of the poinsettia by the Ecke family, who owned this land at one time, is told at one end of the promenade. The exhibit includes unique strains of poinsettias that are rarely seen. At the other end of the promenade is a collection of cymbidium orchids of multiple colors. Visitors also can stroll through the rose and snapdragon gardens, and there are abundant benches throughout to rest and take in the colorful spring scene. For the kids, there is a playground, the Sweet Pea Maze and sluice mining, and classes are available in art, basket-making and gardening are available for adults. The Flower Fields is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 1 to May 12.

Call (760) 431-0352 or visit www.TheFlowerFields. com. If you are unable to drive two hours to see Anza Borrego Desert’s “super bloom,” there’s a spectacularly colorful show going on about an hour from coastal North County in southern Riverside County. It’s happening at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet, in the Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve. The protected area is awash in Red Indian paintbrush; yellow sunflowers; deep pink red-maids; orange California poppies; blue arroyo lupines; purple Canterbury bells; and white forget-me-nots. The flowers should last through April, say local naturalists. To get an up-close-and-personal view, take the 1.3-mile Wildflower Trail loop, accessible from the Diamond Valley Lake Marina. The trail is considered to be easy to moderate. Diamond Valley Lake, a reservoir created to be an emergency water supply for Southern California (it is strategically situated away from fault lines), is at the highest level in years. After enjoying the wildflowers, visit the Western Science Center (2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet; (951) 791-0033; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; www.westerncentermuseum.org). It features exhibits of the bones of mastodons, mammoths and other Ice Age behemoths unearthed while digging the reservoir in 1995, and of thousands of artifacts from the Luiseno and Cahuilla peoples’ civilizations and the more recent European settlers. Other films and exhibits demonstrate how Southern Riverside Country was once a tropical rainforest, and how the intricate system of canals delivers water to Southern California’s millions. For more photos and commentary, visit www. facebook.com/elouise.ondash. Share your adventures with readers. Email eondash@coastnewsgroup. net.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center is celebrating its fifth annual Healthy Aging Conference with a regarded lineup of female speakers at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. On April 26, guests will take part in an informative day of health and wellness topics. Emcee for the day is bestselling author and San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Richard Lederer, Ph.D. “We’ve got a number of wonderful speakers,” Lizabeth Weiss, assistant director at the senior center, said. “Livia Walsh, who is a registered nurse, is going to start us off with her talk on mindful aging — how we can approach aging more mindfully by giving us practical tools and tips on how to this.” Walsh also teaches at the University of California, San Diego. Next up will be Alexandra Bunyak, MD, a lead specialist in regenerative medicine. She will speak explicitly about non-surgical methodology while addressing myths versus facts about the topic. Mary Walshok, Ph.D. will also be there for the day. She serves as the associate vice chancellor for public programs and dean of extension at the University of California, San Diego. “Dr. Walshok’s program talk is The Brain Grows, Even as The Body Goes which means that we’re beyond just our physical body. We are capable of a lot of knowledge and can utilize that no matter what age we are,” Weiss said. Closing the speaker series is the modern-day doyen Deborah Szekely, who is the founder of Golden Door

TERRIE LITWIN and Lizabeth Weiss of the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center prepare for a dynamic group of female speakers at the fifth annual Healthy Aging Conference next month. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

and Rancho La Puerta, speaking on how to live a longer, happier and healthier life. Weiss described Szekely, now in her 90s, as dynamic. “She’s just such an inspiration, and she is the epitome of living a longer, happier and healthier life,” Weiss said. Weiss went on to say that the Healthy Aging Conference is an event for people of ages and not just seniors. The conference offers an opportunity to learn from others who have more experience in life which empowers guests to take their lives to the next level with this newfound knowledge. “It’s about finding the inspiration in our lives as we age — and we are aging, and there’s no getting around it,” she said. “I think there’s wisdom to be said in terms of learning from these speakers who are older than myself, so I

just want to encourage everyone to attend and learn something new.” Weiss has attended the Healthy Aging Conference for four years and always takes away tools she learned and then implements them into her own life. Sponsors for the day include Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, Seacrest at Home, ActivCare at Bressi Ranch, Belmont Village Cardiff-bythe-Sea, Brookdale Carmel Valley, Coastal Hearing Aid Center, La Costa Glen, La Vida Del Mar, Lennar, One West Bank, Rancho Santa Fe Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, The Elizabeth Hospice, The Estate Planning and Legacy Law Center, The Meridian at Lake San Marcos and Vista Gardens Memory Care Community. According to senior center Executive Director Terrie Litwin, there are a few more sponsorship opportunities available.

“This is a wonderful occasion for our sponsors to support a local community agency as well as get their product or their service in front of a great group of seniors at the Healthy Aging Conference,” Litwin said. “The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center is open to any senior that’s interested in programs, classes, or needs resource information. We’re always available to help seniors’ problem solve if they’re running into issues — we can help point them in the right direction.” The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center helps community members as well as those living throughout San Diego County. Space is limited for the Healthy Aging Conference with a ticket price of $30, which also includes lunch. Advanced registration closes on April 19. For more information on the Healthy Aging Conference, call (858) 756-3041 or visit RSFSeniors.org.

Shelter to Soldier thanks sponsors at 2nd annual soiree By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Some extraordinary dogs received spotlight attention at the second annual Red Star Sponsor Thank You Soirée! hosted by Rancho Santa Fe’s “Holli”day… Anyday! The March 16 private event was dedicated to thanking Shelter to Soldier’s Red Star Sponsors who bigheartedly support the nonprofit’s mission of saving two lives at a time. What that means is Shelter to Soldier, headquartered in Oceanside, adopts shelter dogs with the goal of training them as service dogs for a variety of tasks to assist post 9/11 combat veterans. At the soiree, some of the Red Star Sponsors had the opportunity to meet the dogs they were sponsoring. “Our Red Star Sponsors are those who have donated $15,000 or more to be able to sponsor a dog and veteran through the program or that have been community sponsors for a period of time that have shown an extreme amount of generosity and time,” said Graham Bloem, co-Founder of Shelter to Soldier. “The goal of this evening is to be able to thank all of them.” Graham also pointed out how the soiree is an excellent event for sponsors to mingle and to become acquainted with fellow likeminded supporters who love helping homeless dogs and love supporting veterans. “There’s a nice level of connection with our Red Star Sponsors be-

GRAHAM AND KYRIÉ BLOEM of Shelter to Soldier adopted a future dog in training, Kiki, in honor of Holli Lienau, center. Once trained, Kiki will be paired with a combat veteran. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

cause they get to stay fluid through the process, so there’s that gratitude that trickles down amongst the entire team or an individual with their friends and family,” he said. “And we can’t thank Holli Lienau of “Holliday…Anyday! enough for hosting this event a second year in a row.” Graham thanked his wife, Kyrié,

the co-founder of Shelter to Soldier and organizer of the entire event. She shared that the time of adoption to the graduation of their dogs can be up to 18 months. “This soiree is a nice opportunity to check back in with our sponsors TURN TO SOIREE ON 12

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Progress of fairgrounds Encinitas adopts housing element gun show policy halted By Aaron Burgin

By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — A plan to come up with a policy regarding gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds by the end of 2019 has been halted, due to a lawsuit filed against the fairground’s board by the show’s operator. The gun shows have become the center of a regional debate over the sale of firearms and ammunition on state-owned property. Utah-based Crossroads of the West Gun Shows has operated the event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds five times a year for the past 30 years. In September, an adhoc committee of two 22nd District Agricultural Association board members was tasked with coming up with a policy that would consider holding the gun shows for educational and safety training purposes only. The committee — comprised of board directors Frederick Schenk and Lee Haydu — was to present a policy to the Board by its December 2019 meeting. In the interim, the board set a yearlong moratorium on the gun shows. The move prompted Crossroads to file a lawsuit against the Board in January, citing a violation of its first amendment rights to free speech. Schenk announced at a March 12 22nd DAA board meeting that the committee will not be able to bring forward a new policy by the end of the year, due to the lawsuit. “What we intended to do, what we spoke of our intentions to do, will be delayed,” Schenk said at the meeting. “ … It is so very clear to me that whatev-


series of corrective actions required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, demanding more integrated training between employees and contractors and increasing the number of oversight attendants. Peattie brought in a full-time staff of 16 experienced employees dedicated

er process we go through, until there is some resolution with two of our board members being personally served in this lawsuit, there’s an inherent problem with having a vote on anything.” At a Jan. 9 22nd DAA board meeting, Schenk outlined the committee’s prior plans to conduct a “large tent” discussion, meeting with city officials, legislative leaders and both advocates and critics of the gun shows. Because the lawsuit is currently in the discovery phase, the board is now limited in its ability to communicate with the plaintiffs on the lawsuit — which include not only Crossroads, but several frequent gun show merchants and advocacy groups such as the Second Amendment Foundation and the California Rifle & Pistole Association. Schenk said the committee will “do our best in gathering what we can outside of the limitations that are now placed on us because of this lawsuit.” About a month after the lawsuit was filed, California State Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced a new bill that — if passed — would ban the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. According to a representative with Gloria’ office who spoke at the March 12 meeting, the bill has been referred to the Assembly Public Safety Committee and is awaiting a hearing date. If it passes through the senate and is signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, it stands to go into effect in 2021. to overseeing the independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) and dry cask loading process. “Now, we have more people in oversight that have done dry fuel transfer activities before,” Peattie said. “These people know what they are looking at right away.” In order to resume dry storage operations, Peattie said Edison is waiting for the NRC’s final report which is expected to be released next week. But Charles Langley, executive director of Public Watchdogs, said he remains very skeptical that the safety culture has changed at San Onofre. “We think it stinks like a Bolivian fish barrel,” Langley said, executive director Public Watchdogs. “(Edison) violated federal law twice when they didn’t immediately report the unsecured load incidents on July 22 and Aug. 3. Frankly, somebody ought to go to jail.” Langley said Public Watchdogs was not invited to the Monday’s media event. Peattie acknowledged

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a housing plan that it hopes will end its well-documented status as an affordable housing scofflaw just weeks before a judge’s deadline to adopt a plan. State Housing Element law requires cities to provide enough housing to meet the needs of all its residents, from very-low income earners to above-moderate ones. Encinitas is the only city in San Diego County that lacks a state-certified plan, known as a housing element, and is under a court order to enact one by April 11 With much less public comment than at previous meetings, the City Council voted 5-0 in favor of the plan, which included several controversial recommendations from state housing department officials, including: • Raising the maximum building heights from 33 feet for a flat roof and 37 feet for a pitched roof to 35 feet and 39 feet, respectively. • Changing where building heights are measured from. • The inclusion of parking lots, driveways and drive aisles in calculating the project’s density - which could result in additional “bonus” housing. • Eliminating sections from the city code aimed at requiring developers who propose super-dense projects to conform to the surrounding neighborhood and provide public benefits beyond the statutory requirements. • The elimination of any subjective language from the update. “HCD directed that all standards

that while Edison did receive criticism for failing to immediately report the Aug. 3 canister incident to the NRC, they fully communicated with the agency about the issue and have taken ownership of their cited violations. Peattie also said while the July 22 canister event never posed any danger of falling, the NRC considered it an unexpected condition and should have gone into the corrective action program for analysis. “Maybe that could have helped us put better barriers in place before the August 3rd event,” Peattie said. But members at Public Watchdogs believe that if the July 22 event had been reported as required by federal law, there never would have been an August 3 event. “(Edison) violated federal law,” Langley said. “They have a disastrously bad design, deeply flawed engineering problem and they are trying to blame it on worker training. The problem is that the system is defective and you can’t fix that with training.”

must be objective in nature, containing no subjectivity,” according to the staff report. Mayor Catherine Blakespear said the city has no option but to comply with the state recommendations under the truncated time frame and need for state officials to OK any

Superior Court Judge Ronald Frazier in December 2018 gave the city 120 days to adopt a housing element and overturned Proposition A for the current eight-year housing element cycle, which ends in 2021. But the City Council, as part of the proposed housing plan, will go back to the

We don’t need the state of California in our back pockets, we just don’t need it.” Sheila Cameron former mayor of Encinitas

plan brought back before a judge. “We are under court order to adopt a housing plan in 120 days, and if we don’t we could be held in contempt,” Blakespear said. “We have no bargaining ability, no leverage, and we are having to make changes that we may or may not like because HCD is requiring them. We can’t say no because we have to have HCD’s approval before we go back to court.” A divided Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the plan on Feb. 21, the penultimate step in a yearslong process during which time voters have rejected two attempts at adopting an update, and several entities sued the city for its lack of one and to overturn a 2013 law that they say has empowered voters to block those attempts. That law, Proposition A, requires a public vote on major zoning and landuse changes, such as the housing element update. Voters in 2016 and again in 2018 rejected the city’s attempts, Measure T and Measure U.

courts to seek declaratory relief to allow it to pursue future housing element updates without a vote of the people. Several residents at the meeting called on the city to not pass the element, which they said went against the will of the voters who rejected much of the plan when they rejected Measure U, which they said doesn’t provide affordable housing as much as it is a giveaway to developers and select land owners. “We don’t need the state of California in our back pockets, we just don’t need it,” former mayor Sheila Cameron said. ‘The majority of voters shot this down and all you’ve done is bobble headed this back into existence.” Donna Westbrook, who frequently opines on municipal issues at council meetings, said the city’s inclusion of the elimination of midrange density requirements came without a full public vetting at workshops and should be removed from the plan. “These detrimental changes haven’t been discussed in community work-

shops,” Westbrook said. “Now it will effect neighborhoods.” Westbrook said that the argument that declaratory relief from Proposition A would only apply to housing elements is misleading because the housing element updates comprise most of the city’s major zoning changes. Westbrook and others also pointed out that the city appears to have a disproportionate housing requirement than other similar cities, such as Newport Beach, which only had to plan for two affordable housing units in the current cycle. Blakespear, speaking to the public before the vote, said that she believed, despite the criticism of the plan, that the city could absorb any new housing and make it compatible with the city’s suburban character. “To me, we can add little bit of that housing and maintain our community character, so it’s not a zero-sum game,” Blakespear said. “To me, we don’t have any options here.” Councilman Tony Kranz said he agreed with Westbrook that the public “has a legitimate beef” regarding the inclusion of the 11th hour requirements by HCD, but said he would support Wednesday’s vote because it would likely be challenged by residents in court. “It seems like we have a formula in place that the other parts of the update can move forward while we litigate that issue,” Kranz said. Kranz, who in February disagreed with the decision to ask the judge for declaratory relief from Measure A, said that he feels that a judge won’t grant it, and the question will have to go before voters.

Fire at Escondido mosque may be arson; graffiti references New Zealand attacks ESCONDIDO — Police believe an early morning fire at an Escondid mosque may have been caused by arson, an officer said. The fire was reported around 3 a.m. March 24 at the Islamic Center of Escondido, according to Escondido Police Lt. Scott Walters. The mosque is on West Sixth Avenue near South Escondido Boulevard. Seven people were inside the building when

they noticed a fire had been set to the outside of the mosque, Escondido Police Lt. Chris Lick said. They were able to get the blaze out with a fire extinguisher and called 911. None of the seven saw who set the fire. No one was injured, and the fire only caused minor exterior damage. Graffiti was left on the building making reference to the terrorist attacks that killed 50 people at two

mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this month, Lick said. Detectives were investigating the incident as an arson and a possible hate crime. “Our message to community is to make sure they keep a watchful eye out,” Lick said. “If they see something suspicious, especially around a house of worship, they should call police.” — City News Service

Colorful ‘treescape’ coming to downtown Encinitas By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Downtown Encinitas streets could see a vibrant splash of color in coming years, as the City Council unanimously approved a tree-planting program on March 20. The plan calls for 170 trees to be planted throughout downtown to fill in the empty planter locations that dot the city’s core. Once mature, the

drought-tolerant trees — Chinese pistache, silk trees, Marina madrone, crape myrtle, golden trumpet and yellow jacaranda — will bloom in brilliant colors along the east-west streets, a different color on each street that will serve as sort of a legend for the visitors and tourists. “Looking at this makes me happy,” Vice Mayor Jody Hubbard said. And along downtown’s

north-south streets, evergreen or semi-deciduous trees will help recreate the tree canopy without the ficus trees that dominate the current landscape, yet have been a source of ire for business owners. The plan will cost an estimated $125,450, including $42,500 to plant the 170 trees, an estimated watering, tree care and monitoring cost of $78,700 and a $4,250 contingency budget.


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Opinion & Editorial

Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not reflect the views of The Coast News

Should 17-year-olds have the right to vote?


Honoring local hero Cory Iverson By Marie Waldron

On March 16, a solemn ceremony took place in Escondido unveiling the big green signs to designate a portion of I-15 in Escondido, as “CAL FIRE Firefighter Cory Iverson Memorial Highway.” It was an honor and privilege to carry ACR 205, to create this designation recognizing, along with firefighters and other first responders from across California, a hometown hero who made the supreme sacrifice. Cory Iverson, an Escondido native, was just 32 years old when he died fighting on the front lines of Ventura County’s devastating Thomas Fire in 2017. An eightyear Cal Fire veteran, he

had worked seven years with the Harmony Grove Fire Department before joining Cal Fire in 2009. He was brave, steadfast, and committed to being the best firefighter he could be, always striving to learn and do more. He even became one of those frontline fire fighters dropping from helicopters onto the edge of the surging flames. Also, he was a man of faith. He devoted his life to sharing the love of Jesus. He was a great friend to many, inspiring others to always strive for something greater. He led by example. Cory Iverson leaves behind his amazing wife, a young daughter, and another daughter born after his death. While we have lost a local hero, they have lost a

huge part of themselves that won’t be replaced. During his career he received many awards, including recognition as 2010 Cal Fire Firefighter of the Year. He exemplified professionalism, work ethic, dedication, and of course, love of family. So when you drive along I-15 from the 78 Interchange to Via Rancho Parkway, remember and pray for Cal Fire Firefighter Cory Iverson and his young family, and for all our first responders who are out there each and every day protecting all of us. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.


Funding increase needed to fight gun violence in state Dear Editor, On Monday, March 18, I was fortunate to have participated in the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Advocacy Day. This year, hundreds of volunteers descended on the Capitol in Sacramento to advocate for increased funding of the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) grant program. This program funds grants to community-based organizations to implement violence intervention programs in our state’s hard-

est-hit cities. Programs and grant awards vary by city, but their success rate is undeniable: Oakland Ceasefire, implemented in 2012 and a CalVIP grant recipient, helped drop that city’s homicide rate by 43%. Operation Peacemaker in Richmond, also a recipient, similarly saw a 56% drop in homicide rates. But California’s per capita spending on this program, at 23 cents, lags behind similar programs in other states. For example, New York spends $1 per cap-

ita, and their gun homicide rate is two times lower than California’s. Our delegation of local Moms Demand Action members met with both state Sen. Pat Bates and Asm. Tasha Boerner Horvath during our Advocacy Day. We appreciated each of them taking the time to hear from us about this program, and hope to see our requested budget increase reflected in this year’s budget. Nikki Faddick Carlsbad


Kudos to council for endorsing House climate change bill Dear Editor, During a relatively quiet council meeting on Wednesday, March 20, the Encinitas City Council took action against climate change by endorsing HR 763 — the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. This legislation proposes a fee on fossil fuels and returns the revenue to all Americans. This policy, supported by economists and scientists, is expected to reduce America's carbon

emissions by at least 40 percent in the first 12 years (energyinnovationact.org). The City Council's endorsement makes Encinitas the first city in California and one of top 10 cities in the country to endorse this bipartisan, congressional bill. I want to give a big shout-out to thank Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Councilmembers Jody Hubbard, Tony Kranz, Joe Mosca and Kellie Hinze for

speaking up for our community. By endorsing this national bill, the Encinitas City Council is exerting their political will, which tells other cities, counties, congressional representatives, and other political leaders that the people of Encinitas want our government to do something to find solution to global warming. Carol Parker Encinitas

o one protested back in the 1970s, when first Congress and then every state granted 18-year-old citizens the right to vote. If they were old enough to die for their country, went the reasoning, they were also old enough to help make its decisions. Now a top-ranking Democratic state legislator wants to expand the franchise to let 17-year-old Californians vote in primary elections if they will turn 18 before the next general election. “If a voter is going to be eligible to vote in a general election, why wouldn’t we want to allow them also to have a say in who they will be voting for in that election?” said Assembly Speaker pro tem Kevin Mullin of San Mateo. He wants the Legislature to put a proposed state constitutional amendment allowing this new right on the March 3, 2020, primary ballot. This is not exactly a new idea: 23 other states already allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries. And it’s been proposed before in California: Just last year, Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low of Campbell introduced another amendment lowering the voting age to 17 in all elections. That one died in an Assembly committee. It’s easy to see this idea as a ploy by Democrats to assure they stay in power indefinitely. After all, it would be yet another way to expand the electorate, and a political truism says that the more voters turn out in any election, the better Democrats will do. The effort is part of a series of moves by California Democrats since 2015 to get ballots into the

california focus thomas d. elias hands of more and more voters. They enacted Election Day voter registration – used by more than 40,000 new voters last fall. They legalized “ballot harvesting,” where operatives of all parties can help voters fill out ballots, show them how to sign the ballots and then assist them in mailing those ballots or otherwise turning them in. Democrats also passed “motor voter,” making voter registration automatic for anyone getting a driver’s license unless they decline. Despite management problems that saw some voters registered to parties they didn’t want, this also produced tens of thousands of new votes. It all contrasted sharply with simultaneous Republican moves to restrict voting rights in states where they controlled both governor’s offices and legislatures. Some of those rules may be loosened considerably soon, as Democrats took over eight governor’s posts and six legislatures last fall, still leaving the GOP with 21 states where it controls the entire state capital. Although Republicans lately have tried to suppress voting numbers while Democrats do all they can to open ballots for virtually everyone, this has only been a partisan issue for about the last eight years. Before then, voting was a matter of civics, almost all Americans agreeing that the more voters turn out, the better for the nation’s social and political fabric.

That’s still the rhetoric Democrats use, while Republicans maintain all the Democrats’ vote-expansion moves are aimed at groups more likely to vote Democratic, including undocumented immigrants. California Republicans have had little to say about the state’s recent voting expansions, but they were the first to take advantage when mail voting opened to all in the late 1970s, after previously being available only to those who could not get to the polls. For one example, many analysts attributed ex-Gov. George Deukmejian’s 1982 upset win over Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to the GOP’s skillful use of newly legalized unlimited absentee votes. Now some Republicans blame the new rules for their big losses last year, saying they must do what Democrats did in the ’80s: master the new tactics. Democrats today use the old-fashioned civic rhetoric to plump for their voter-expansion efforts, including 17-year-old primary voting. “I’m a strong supporter of civic engagement,” says Mullin. “This is about getting more Californians involved in the political process regardless of their political affiliation.” And who knows? If this state’s Republicans ever manage to expand their appeal beyond their current conservative base, they also might find ways to turn 17-year-olds and other new voters their way, rather than letting them go lemming-like to the Democrats. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, go to www. californiafocus.net

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MARCH 29, 2019


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Frequently eating fast food not at all healthy


ily and Hunter Industries ensured the maintenance of the arboretum with a $500,000 donation to the Palomar College FoundaBusiness news and tion. The project is anticspecial achievements for ipated to take six to eight North San Diego County. months to complete, with Send information via the improved arboretum email to community@ reopening late this year coastnewsgroup.com. or in early 2020. For more HOPE FOR A CURE GIFTS information, visit palomar. Rancho Santa Fe do- edu/pages/arboretum/. nors, with Hope for a Cure, provided Dr. Andrew Shar- E101 WELCOMES F45 abi, director of the RadiaOpening on March tion Medicine Core Facil- 30, F45 Training at 967 S. ity at the UCSD Moores Coast Highway 101, Suite Cancer Center, received 108, provides a blend of several remarkable equip- Circuit, HIIT and funcment donations and gifts tional training in a 45-minhis lab from the Hope for ute session in a controlled a Cure Foundation. Donors group environment. You'll included David Bienstock, get a personal training Juliana Hastings, Hunter feel in a group fitness setHastings and Adria and Ira ting and the programs are Cammeyer. For more infor- designed so members can mation, visit hopeforacure- work out every day of the foundation.org. week focusing on different types of training and SCHOLAR-ATHLETE KUDOS muscle groups. For more The Cal State Uni- information, visit https:// versity San Marcos Schol- f45training.com/encinitasar-Athlete Luncheon, 240 central/. CSUSM student-athletes were honored for their ded- OLIVENHAIN MWD AWARD ication in the classroom The WaterReuse Assoand academic achieve- ciation of California today ments during the Spring recognized Olivenhain Mu2018 and Fall 2018 semes- nicipal Water District as ters with a GPA of 3.0 or its 2019 Agency of the Year higher. Seventy-four stu- (Medium). The Agency of dent-athletes were named the Year award honors OMand 28 student-athletes WD’s development of local earned the CSUSM Ath- and regional recycled waletics Mangrum Award for ter resources that conserve Academic Excellence after potable water, as well as its achieving a 4.0 GPA. Bai- leadership and its outreach ley Cockrill (women's soc- to legislators, regulators, cer), Sarah Garcia (wom- and large irrigators. en's golf), Joshua Litwiller (men's cross country/track NEW VEGAN RESTAURANT & field), Kylene Shuler Encinitas’ vegan craft (women's track & field), food restaurant – EVE EnCarly Slack (softball) and cinitas - is opening its secSara Whelehon (softball) ond location in Oceanside each earned a 4.0 in both in April 2019, in the forthe spring and fall of 2018. mer space of the Surfside Tap Room, 507 N. Coast FLASKA IN ENCINITAS Highway, Oceanside. Eve Bridget Flaska has as- promises to bring the same sociated with the Encinitas high quality vegan faire office of Coldwell Bank- and community work and er Residential Brokerage hangout space to Oceansas an affiliate agent. She ide as it has to Encinitas comes to the office with 17 since 2016. years of real estate experience. Prior to affiliating OUTDOOR TERI CLASSROOM with Coldwell Banker ResiInc., a nonprofit servdential Brokerage, she was ing adults and children an agent with Sea Coast with developmental and Exclusive Properties. intellectual disabilities, has teamed up with San GROUNDBREAKING Diego’s nonprofit CaliforPalomar, officials and nia Landscape Contracguests of the college gath- tors Association (CLCA) ered March 15 to break to develop a one-of-a kind ground on a project to outdoor classroom for transform the 45-year-old TERI students. March 22, arboretum on campus. The CLCA members put finish10-acre Edwin & Frances ing touches on the outdoor Hunter Arboretum con- classroom that has been tains more than 600 spe- eight years in the making cies of trees and shrubs, and was originally conincluding numerous threat- ceived of by TERI’s direcened and endangered tor of culinary and agriculspecies. The Hunter fam- ture, Jana McMahon.



“Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More” Grant Committee announced the Oceanside Public Library was one of two grant recipients this year. The Oceanside Public Library will receive $4,000 to support the “Autism-Friendly Lending Library and Family Events” program. This grant is sponsored by Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected and funded by the grant’s creator, retired librarian Barbara Klipper.

Ask the Doctors

Dr. Elizabeth Ko

Dr. Eve Glazier

DEAR DOCTOR: Unless I'm cooking, my boyfriend eats only junk food and fast food. He says it's no big deal because he's not overweight and doesn't have high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Is he right?

National Walking Day celebration is free and open to the public. The expo will wrap up by 1 p.m. National Walking Day seeks to address the rising trend of physical inactivity among the nation’s workforce. Americans are working 164 more hours per year than 20 years ago. More of the nation’s workforce is in sedentary occupations, which leads to physical inactivity, which leads to greater risk for heart disease and stroke. National Walking Day also challenges corporations and their workforce to promote physical fitness and break down the obstacles that keep Americans from being active. The movement focuses on walking as an activity because it’s accessible, free and has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise.

DEAR READER: There's something important missing in your boyfriend's theory regarding his lessthan-stellar eating habits, and that's the word "yet." He isn't overweight and he doesn't have high cholesterol or high blood pressure — yet. But decades of research point to the hard truth that a diet that regularly includes what we refer to as junk food is associated with a wide range of unhealthful, even dangerous consequences. A survey of this research published a few years ago found that eating fast food more than twice a week increased the risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which top the list of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. It also paved the way for insulin resistance, diabetes, certain cancers, intestinal issues, an increased incidence of obesity and even depression. Scientists in France looked at how a diet of junk/ fast food (the researchers refer to these as "ultraprocessed foods") may affect a person's life span. The study, published in February in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, examined eight years of dietary data collected from middle-aged volunteers in an ongoing nutritional study in France. Among the findings was a correlation between early death and regularly eating ultraprocessed foods. New information is also emerging about the negative effect of these foods on the gut micro-

“I thought the story was over factually — it’s funny how you can lack perspective on something by being so close to it,” Winslow said. “Things changed — Mexico entered its most violent years in the past two years and the chaos following the demise of the Sinaloa Cartel. The heroin epidemic exploded here in the United States, immigration became an issue again, and we experienced a rather drastic political change.” Winslow said he realized that the story had not ended. He still needed to resolve Keller’s conflicts since the character was still a deeply divided man. Winslow said he needed to bring the story home, just as he needed to bring Keller home. “I needed to write about the heroin epidemic. I needed to write about im-

migration. I needed to write about things going on in this country, and that was the only way that I was going to resolve this either for myself or for this fictional guy, Keller,” he said. Winslow said it was recently pointed out to him that he has spent a third of his life with Keller. “I’ve spent more time with Art Keller than I’ve spent with any other real human being in my life. That’s about to come to an end,” he said. Winslow said that he originally was going to title his last piece as “The Wall.” On his eighth draft, he made the switch. “I changed my mind because I wanted to talk about not only a physical border between countries. While a border separates two countries it’s also some-

ON APRIL 3, join the American Heart Association, North County Life and Tri-City Medical Center for National Walking Day at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista. Courtesy photo

On National Walking Day, take a healthy step By Staff

VISTA — North County Life along with The American Heart Association and Tri-City Medical Center, invite the community to the National Walking Day celebration to commit to living a healthier life, April 3 at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive. The goal is to get people active and moving more often. Staying active is one of the best ways to keep a body healthy, and to feel better, look better and improve the overall quality of life. Attendees will also learn how to give Hands-Only CPR, take a quick health screening, enjoy fun photo opportunities, heart healthy snacks, vendors and more. The celebration expo begins at 11 a.m. while the walk begins at noon. The



Winslow described “The Border” as the third of the completing volume in a drug-war trilogy. Winslow pointed out that it was never intended to be a trilogy. It first began with “The Power of the Dog” followed by the “The Cartel” published in 2015. “After each of those books, I said I was done with the topic of drug trafficking. I promised myself and promised other people including my wife that I was done with this topic. I wasn’t lying — I was simply wrong,” he said. It was the character of Art Keller that made Winslow rethink things. At the end of “The Cartel,” Winslow thought that he resolved Keller’s major conflicts rather decisively.

biome, including reducing the numbers and diversity of beneficial bacteria. So what are ultraprocessed foods? They're premade and prepackaged foods whose original ingredients have been transformed with flavorings, additives and preservatives. Quite often, ultraprocessed foods achieve their final form via industrial methods like extrusion, molding and milling. The end result is that they're flavor bombs that are high in salt, fat, sugar and calories, and low on fiber and nutrients. Not only are these foods inexpensive and readily available, the balance of salt, sugar, fat and added flavorings has been purposely engineered by food scientists to be irresistible. There's even a term for it — the "bliss point." Small wonder that the bag of cheese puffs or side of french fries is so easy to crave and so hard to put down. Research shows that the potential ill effects of this type of eating reach the brain as well. Not only are the connections between the neurons in our brains adversely affected by unhealthy diets, so are several molecules related to learning and memory. All of which brings us back to our original point. If your boyfriend doesn't shift to healthier eating, it's just a matter of time before his body begins to pay the price. But he doesn't have to go cold turkey. When it comes to sweets and "treat" foods, we generally advise our patients to limit them to 20 percent of their total intake. For those with health issues such as hypertension or diabetes, we advise limiting splurges to 10 percent. Change can be hard. If he approaches healthy eating gradually but steadily, it will be easier to succeed. 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. thing that the two countries have in common — we share a border,” he said. “But I also wanted to write about internal borders. There are borders of ethics, borders of morals and psychological borders.” Winslow said he knew he was finished with the trilogy when he dealt with these various types of “border” questions and dilemmas. For Winslow, there were three core questions he wanted to target. How do you live decently in an indecent world? Do we cross these borders? And lastly, if one crosses these borders, can they ever cross back? “The last question is for both Art Keller and for myself. Now, I’m in the process of crossing back from this border of having written about this world for 22 years now,” Winslow said.


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“A Pirate’s Life For Me” will run through March 31 at the Rancho Santa Fe Village Church Community Theater, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, at villagechurchcommunitytheater.org. Performances are at 7 p.m. March 29, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 30 and at 2 p.m. March 31. For tickets and information, contact amyz@villagechurch.org.

T he R ancho S anta F e News gmail.com or facebook.com/ do April 3; Walk a trail at ThePajamaProject. Lake Hodges and lunch at Hernandez' Hideaway, EsREFRESH GENEALOGY SKILLS condido. April 6; Dance at North San Diego Coun- Elk's Club and Happy Hour ty Genealogical Society will at Brigantine Restaurant, offer a free Beginning and Escondido April 7 and meet Refresher Genealogy class for Happy Hour and Dinner from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Tommy V's Urban KitchMarch 30 at the Georgina en, Carlsbad April 9. ResCole Library, 1250 Carlsbad ervations are necessary at Village Drive, Carlsbad. (858) 674-4324. Call (760) 434-2931 to sign up. For questions, e-mail education1@nsdcgs.




Enjoy Art In Bloom, with work of 24 local artists of the San Dieguito Art Guild from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through March 31, San Diego Botanic Garden, Ecke GET TICKETS NOW Building. 230 Quail GarYour RSVP is required dens Drive, Encinitas. Free by March 29 for the Home with paid admission. Start, Inc. (a non-profit child abuse prevention and treatment agency) Blue Ribbon Gala from 5:30 to 11 p.m. SHOW OFF GARDEN GLORIES April 6 at the Hilton San Entries are open to Diego Resort and Spa. The show off your plant creativigala will feature a three- ty and win cash awards, specourse meal, silent and cial recognition and ribbons live auction, photo booth, at the 2019 San Diego Counand live entertainment. ty Fair. Exhibit entries are Tickets $250, VIP tickets open to all California resi$350 at blueribbongala.com dents including amateurs, or contact Mark Lagace, non-profit organizations, mlagace@home-start.org or businesses, associations and (619) 692-0727 ext. 144. garden clubs in the horticultural, agricultural or floricultural industry. Youth categories are open to ages MARCHING BAND 9 to 19 within 4H, FFA, The Concert Band of youth groups and individuLuther College will perform al students. Award-winning free at 7 p.m. March 30 at exhibitors will be invited to Calvary Lutheran Church, a private awards ceremony 424 Via de la Valle, Solana during the Fair. Register Beach, on its 2019 South- at https://sdfair.com/exhibwest Tour. The concert is its/flower-show-blooms/ by free and open to the public. May 3. Fees range from $5 to $350 per entry.




From 10 a.m. to noon March 30, the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego, under the auspices of the San Diego City Attorney's Office, will hold the second informative presentation in its series on "Guns in Our Communities" at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. Chief Deputy City Attorney Nicole Crosby, with the Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Unit, will discuss Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO), a new tool in combating gun use by unstable persons in our communities.


You can tour the Teten Farm House between 12:30 and 4 p.m. every Saturday in March. One of the first homesteads in Olivenhain is now restored by architect and museum docent David Oakley. The home features original furniture as well as objects from the period.


The Pajama Project of Encinitas is having an open house from 10 to 11 a.m. March 30 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas. Come by and see what takes place at a Pajama Project Work Day creating warm, flannel pajamas for those in need. Visitors are welcome to stay and take part in the work day. Treats and coffee will be served. For more information, pjproject92024@

Leucadia 101 MainStreet invites all to its Taste of Leucadia from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 4, all along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia, including 15 breweries and wineries, local retailers and musicians. Tickets at leucadia101.com.

Fe Drive, Encinitas. Register at exposureskate.org. The clinics are created for women age 18 and older, and is inclusive for all. Clinics pair professional skate instruction with a yoga session and help women build confidence and community plus collecting donations for the Community Resource Center.



Get tickets now for the 23rd annual Meet The Chefs event from 1:30 to 4 p.m., with a VIP entry and reception from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 14 at the Hilton San Diego, Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Tickets are $150 at casadeamparo.org/event/22nd-annual-meet-the-chefs/. The event will support Casa de Amparo, to treat and preBLUEGRASS AND MORE Community Concerts of vent child abuse and neRancho Santa Fe showcases glect. bluegrass, country and folkrock group, The Abrams at BALLET CLASSES 7 p.m. April 5, at the Village Youth, Teen and Adult Church, 6225 Paseo Deli- Ballet classes for ages 9 to cias, Rancho Santa Fe. Indi- adult start April 8 at the Envidual tickets for each con- cinitas Community Center, cert are $75 for adults and 1130 Oakcrest Park Drive. $15 for youth ages 13 to 18, For more information, visat ccrsf.org or by mail to PO it EncinitasRecReg.com or Box 2781, Rancho Santa Fe, call (760) 943-2260. CA 92067. More information at info@ccrsf.org.




Goodguys 19th Meguiar’s Del Mar three-day American hot-rodding festival will be held April 5 through April 7 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, featuring hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars and trick trucks through 1987 vintage. General Admission (Friday and PARKINSON’S SUPPORT Saturday) $25. Del Mar North County Parkin- Fairgrounds parking fee son’s Support Group meets $15. from 10 a.m. to noon April 1 at San Rafael Church, 17252 MOVIE UNDER THE STARS Bernardo Center Drive, Enjoy a free movie unRancho Bernardo. There der the stars every Friday will be a feature a presen- night from 7:30 to 9:30 tation, followed by break- p.m. at the L’Auberge Del out groups of People with Mar Amphitheater, on the Parkinson’s and caregivers. northwest corner of 15th Call (858) 354-2498 or (760) Street and Camino Del Mar. 749-8234. Snacks and blankets are encouraged. March 22 will be “Moana,” March 29 – “Lilo and Stitch,” April 5 – “Soul PARKINSON’S SUPPORT Surfer,” April 12 – “Finding The La Costa chapter Nemo,” April 19 – “Surf’s of the North County Par- Up” and April 26 – “Aquakinson's Support group man.” For more informameets from 1 to 3 p.m. April tion, go to destinationho3 at Christ Presbyterian tels.com/lauberge-del-mar/ Church, 7807 Centella St, things-to-do/events-calenCarlsbad. The featured dar. speaker is Sherrie Gould, NP, discussing a medication used to treat major fluctuations in advanced Parkin- CARLSBAD 5000 COMING son's disease. The presenUnder new ownership tation will be followed by headlined by Meb Keseparate breakout groups flezighi and a team of local of Parkinson's patients and runners, the Carlsbad 5000 caregivers. Reservations will take place the weekend not required. Call (760) 519- of April 6 and April 7. Visit 9588 or visit ncpsg.org/ for https://carlsbad5000.com to more information. register. The “Party by the Sea” starts after runners FRIENDS AND FAITH cross the finish line and celThe Catholic Widows ebrate with a beer garden and Widowers of North with local craft brews, live County support group, for music, and high fives all those who desire to foster around. friendships through various social activities, will attend WOMEN’S SKATE CLINIC the "DorKnob Collective" Exposure Skate ofconcert at California Cen- fers its next Adult Women ter for the Arts, following Skate Clinic from 9 to 11 dinner at Dominic Ital- a.m. April 6 at the Enciniian Restaurant, Escondi- tas Skate Plaza, 429 Santa




Good Life lectures continue with “Regain Your Youthful Memory,” (Philip J. Goscienski, M.D.) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 9 at Carlsbad City Library’s Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Admission is free; seating is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (760) 602-2055.



Tickets are available now for The Assistance League Rancho San Dieguito’s annual “April Affair, An Evening of Magic and Illusion” April 13 at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. Tickets are available at the thrift shop at 1542 Encinitas Blvd. or by contacting us at (919) 475-4436.


The Del Mar National Horse Show is back April 16 through May 5 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, offering three distinct disciplines: Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper. New this year: Hunter/Jumper Week will feature Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) classes. Much of the three-eek show is free. The featured Saturday evening events require a paid admission, and general admission tickets and dinner box seats are now available at (858) 792-4288; or delmarnational.com.


Cardiff 101 Main Street presents the 10th annual Taste of Cardiff from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 2. For more information and to buy tickets, visit cardiff101.com. Taste tickets are $30. Taste & Sip tickets are $40.

MARCH 29, 2019

The art of allowances small talk jean gillette Jean Gillette hopes you will enjoy some of her earlier columns, in a sympathetic salute to all young moms today.


nce again, I am attempting to do some permanent molding of my children’s character and life attitude. We’ll get to sex and drugs later. For now, the concern is money. We have finally instituted weekly allowances, chores and predictable opportunities to earn additional money. The children are excited about our newest regime. No one was more delirious than I when my daughter actually offered to clear a path through her room, or when my son walked up to the kitchen sink and handed me his dinner plate. I was overcome with a feeling like that of a death-row inmate suddenly hearing he can go free in a couple of years. I didn’t realize I had blotted out the possibility that someone other than me might someday lift a finger around this place. The concept, suddenly surfacing amid the usual debris of dirty clothes, scattered toys, tippy cups, day-old socks and who-knows-how-old hot dog bites, made me downright light-headed. I will admit to my fellow parents that I struggled through a few, perhaps premature, attempts to set up a reward-for-cooperation system. First we tried stickers on a chart. I read about it in every darned parents’ magazine, but somehow my little chips off the old block did not find stickers were worth knocking themselves out for. Then we earned or lost seasonal reward stickers that led to candy or small prizes at the end of a week. In October we had pumpkins, in December candy canes and so on, which the kids enjoyed. I, however, drew some odd looks after saying loudly, at the super-

market, “If you don’t stop that, you are going to lose a pumpkin.” In addition, I kept sort of losing track of when it was time for rewards and just how many pumpkins you needed to rate the Batman Cave or the latest Barbie. Finally, my procrastination paid off. Public radio had a fabulous program one morning on children and money. The expert of the day very graciously spelled out the system that seems custom-made for us. Each child is guaranteed a basic allowance each week. It is part of belonging to a stable family, where they can always rely on love and a weekly stipend. They get it whether they are wonderful or terrible, do chores or skip them. My children get 50 cents. This is, I suspect, embarrassingly low wages in these parts, but what better training for real life? Along with the allowance, we established that each child has a chore that they must do without fail. For this, they get no money and if they fail to do their chore, they lose privileges, not allowance. Finally they can earn additional money for doing undetermined chores or exceptionally terrific behavior. I offer dimes for wonderfulness and so far, it is working too well to be trusted. I suspect that the modest level of their earning ability will become a subject of hot debate right about the time my daughter discovers a hard week of work and savings will not buy her the entire contents of aisle 13 at Toys R Us. Surely this builds character. To this day I have trouble meshing my gut instinct that I really should be able to buy all my clothes at Saks rather than the thrift store, with my rational self who realizes I live in Southern California, have a house to maintain, two children to raise and the luxury of staying at home. Maybe my daughter will let me play with her Barbie. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who misses her allowance. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.

Two pandas to leave San Diego Zoo for China REGION —A pair of giant pandas living at the San Diego Zoo as part of a conservation loan agreement with China will return home next month, zoo officials said March 25. Bai Yun, 27, and her 6-year-old son Xiao Liwu, will remain at the zoo's Panda Canyon until April 27. A public celebration taking place over the course of “a couple of weeks” is scheduled for next month, according to the zoo. The pandas' departure marks the last pandas the

zoo has on loan from the Chinese government. Zoo officials say that panda conservation efforts will continue, though in exactly what form was uncertain. “Although we are sad to see these pandas go, we have great hopes for the future,” said Shawn Dixon, the zoo’s chief operating officer. “Working with our colleagues in China, San Diego Zoo Global is ready to make a commitment for the next stage of our panda program.” — City News Service

MARCH 29, 2019


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Padres: More promise than pitfalls Best of the best back for 10th Kia Classic sports


t’s March Madness alright and how did the Padres squeeze into it? The local nine has a shine and that has many looking forward to this season and, maybe, a new era of Padres baseball. And after eight straight losing seasons, everyone can shout, “Hallelujah!” But before singing the Padres’ praises, don’t forget the real locals rounding the bases and tracking grounders. Baseball and softball is blooming in every direction, with youth players filling fields. The area schools are again among the top teams in their divisions and a tip of the cap to La Costa Canyon High baseball coach Justin Machado after recently securing his 500th career victory. Imagine the triumph it would be if the Padres had a competitive team. That would be a godsend to the Padres faithful, whose patience has been challenged. The trick is determining which Padre to focus on. That there is more than one is news in itself. A moth would find the brightest light and that’s third baseman Manny


jay paris Machado, and nope, he’s not related to Justin. We also know the Padres didn’t deliver a $300 million contract for someone to find the shadows. Machado is expected to deliver 30-plus homers, 100-plus RBIs, another Gold Glove in over 150 games and, more importantly, a pulse to a squad which was flat-lined for too long. Machado is winning over Padres backers but he’ll be front-and-center as a San Diego villain. He’ll be booed on the road, cast as bad apple for his lack of hustle in the World Series after trying to injure a Brewers first baseman earlier in the playoffs. But Machado will take the jeers and it says here he’ll produce an All-Star season. Machado, though, takes a back seat to some in deference to a 20-year-old.

Fernando Tatis Jr., who’s rated by major league baseball as its No. 2 prospect, has shown he’s ready. Whether the Padres will start his service clock in the majors is another matter. It’s clear Tatis wasn’t overmatched in spring training and that could have him with the Padres when they lift the curtain against the Giants at Petco Park. Tatis got a loud bark of approval from Machado. “Hopefully he breaks camp with us and is our shortstop,” Machado said. “He’s a baller.” So is Wil Myers and remember the former American League rookie of the year? The one-time face of the franchise could benefit from this new-look, well-balanced lineup. Eric Hosmer was the Padres’ big splash last year but his performance was the equivalent of a ripple across the pond. The second year in the National League for the first baseman will likely reveal better results. There’s Hunter Renfroe, the beefy slugger trying to make his mark in a crowded outfield. While manager Andy Green has options, finding a regular

spot for Renfroe is a key. Luis Urias is an exciting talent at second base and he could be the shortstop if the Padres slow-walk Tatis’ debut. Austin Hedges returns at catcher, but he has company in switch-hitter Francisco Mejia. He makes the team’s heart skip a beat with his rocket arm and lively bat. While Mejia has played left field and third base, the Padres don’t anticipate removing his tools of ignorance. They could move Hedges, or a surplus outfielder, for starting pitching. There is a boatload of talented arms in the Padres’ system, but most aren’t ready for the bigs. So the Padres will offer holdovers in Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer, Robbie Erlin and Matt Strahm. Rookie Chris Paddack is making a push, while Bryan Mitchell (ineffective) and Jacob Nix (sore elbow) were pushed aside. We’ll shove off now, looking forward for what should be an entertaining Padres season to do the same. Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him @jparis_sports

Ex-USD men’s hoops coach implicated in admissions scandal REGION — The University of San Diego confirmed March 20 that former head men's basketball coach Lamont Smith and two others connected to the school were implicated in what authorities have described as the largest-ever college admissions cheating scandal. USD released the information after the U.S. Department of Justice modified its gag order on the school. The university did not release the names of the two other people involved in the scandal, but said one is a current student and the other a prospective student who was denied admission. Smith left the university under fire in March 2018 after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. The case was subsequently dropped, and Smith left

USD to join the University of Texas-El Paso men's basketball team as an assistant coach. Smith resigned from his UTEP position on March 20. USD did not disclose the extent to which Smith was allegedly involved in the scandal, which came to light March 12 with the filing of a 50-defendant federal indictment unsealed in Boston, pointing inquiries to the Department of Justice. “We continue to have no reason to believe that any other employees, students or applicants were involved in or aware of any wrongdoing,” the university said in a statement. “Certainly, if different or new information comes to our attention, either through the results of the investigation or otherwise, we will take appropri-

ate action to respond.” University officials added that students who falsify or misrepresent themselves on an application can face sanctions of various levels, “up to and including expulsion.” But USD did not disclose what will happen to the current student implicated in the scandal, which has ensnared numerous wealthy and powerful residents of California and a half-dozen other states, including two Hollywood actresses, a fashion designer, a best-selling self-help author and the former CEO of a global investment firm The scheme, which began in 2011, centered on a Newport Beach college placement firm run by William ``Rick'' Singer, who has pleaded guilty to federal


Kimmel reportedly paid $200,000 to the foundation in February 2018 and a charity she controlled also paid $50,000 to the USC Women’s Athletic Board. However, according to court documents, Kimmel was reportedly captured on a recording saying she had paid two-and-a-half times the $200,000 amount to a USC official. MacFarlane, an insurance company executive, allegedly bribed the way for his son and daughter to be admitted to USC as athletic recruits, according to media reports. His 5-foot-5 son withdrew from USC in May 2018 without playing basketball. In total, MacFarlane is alleged to have paid $450,000 for both his chil-

dren to attend USC. Also, two Stanford students, including San Marcos High School graduate Kalea Woods, filed a federal class-action lawsuit on March 13, according to 10 News in San Diego. The fallout has been swift as dozens of coaches at USC, Georgetown, UCLA and other schools have been fired or placed on leave. School officials have also been terminated and dozens have been arrested and arraigned. Other schools named in the indictment include the University of San Diego, Yale, Texas, Stanford and Wake Forest. Many are being arraigned in a Boston federal court, where the original investigation began.


wide Foundation. He is alleged to be the mastermind behind the $25 million scheme, in which university coaches, administrators and athletic department officials were paid off. In many cases, the students of the accused parents were presented to schools as athletic recruits, which would allow them to be able to enroll without meeting academic requirements. Additionally, it is alleged Singer bribed proctors for the SAT and ACT tests, which are benchmarks for university admissions. Those on Singer’s payroll allegedly received thousands of dollars to correct a student’s answers to earn a higher score.

charges. The Justice Department investigation revealed a network of wealthy parents who funneled millions of dollars to Singer, who promised them that he could get their children into elite colleges and universities, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, by bribing test proctors and athletic coaches and fudging test scores. The initial investigation report included charges against dozens of people, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Reports have suggested that the investigation remains in progress and federal investigators aim to expand it to further snuff out those attempting to game the college admissions system. — City News Service

By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — Ten years ago, the LPGA began a new tournament in the country’s hot spots for golf. First held at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in 2010, the Kia Classic has found its home at Park Hyatt Aviara and hosts the world’s best women golfers. Sponsorships have grown and the $1.8 million purse is one of the largest on tour. Lindsay Allen, tournament director for the Kia Classic, said the tournament could not have a better location, timing and support. The Kia Classic runs March 28-31 and features returning champion Eun-Hee Ji, plus other stars such as Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Sung Hyun Park, to name a few. In total, 75 of the top 80 players will compete, Allen said. The tournament tees off at 7:15 a.m. on March 28 and March 29 and 8:45 a.m. on March 30 and March 31. And for a local touch, Carlsbad High School grad Alana Uriell will make her Kia Classic debut. “I have very fond memories of watching the Kia as a kid and looking up to these girls and thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, these people are amazing celebrities,’ ” she said. “To be here on the 10th anniversary in my hometown on my home course and to have the support of my family and friends, is just an amazing opportunity.” One of the big draws, at least for viewers, Allen said, is how the course appears on TV. With its scenery, lush and green fairways and greens, the course is an idyllic setting for viewers and the players, she added. As for the players, Allen said what makes the


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tournament such a powerhouse is the field. Year after year, the world’s best line up to play at the Kia Classic. She noted the field is the toughest on tour outside a major tournament. “That never happens anywhere on tour,” she said. “It really shows how much they like the golf course and the San Diego-Carlsbad area. We have a stellar field.” As for the tournament, she said it suffered growing pains in its first three years. The Kia Classic started at Omni La Costa, went up to Los Angeles for a year then returned to Omni La Costa. By the fourth year, the LPGA found its home at Park Hyatt Aviara and the tournament has flourished ever since. However, Allen said the challenge was keeping fans updated as to where the tournament would be held. But once the stability came into play, fans knew every year the event would remain in one location and around the same time of year. The tournament is one of the more challenging on tour, especially the walk due to the hills, Allen said. The course and greens are also a challenge and provide a nice tune-up for the players preparing for the season’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, the following week. “It’s a great tune up,” Allen said. “The challenge, the greens, the grass all really set the players up to have a great first major of the year.” As for the fans, Allen said the Kia Classic is family friendly, noting anyone under 17 is admitted for free, along with military members and their families. There are also activities throughout the weekend, including a junior clinic on March 30.


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Introduction and anniversary craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh Welcome to Craft Beer in North County, The Coast News’ biweekly column on the local craft beer scene. Send news, tips and announcements about North County beer happenings to bill@ craftbeerinsandiego. com.


ear Roots Brewing Co. celebrated their third anniversary on March 16. Located at 1213 S Santa Fe Ave. in Vista, Bear Roots is a combination home brewing supply store and brewery. It was a gorgeous day, hinting of summer beers to come. The crowd was relaxed and happy, loving the beer and the event. Bear Roots has attracted a strong local following because of their diverse menu of uniformly excellent beer and family-like atmosphere. I hadn’t been in for several months but all the staff working recognized me and even remembered my usual order. The special anniversary beer was very good, a Brut India Pale Ale with apple. Brut IPAs are brewed to be especially dry and more highly carbonated than usual IPAs — kind of like champagne with hops. The addition of apple really worked in this example, and the hops gave it a bright citrus-pine finish. The big hits of the day, though, were Imperial Orange Double IPA and the

AT BEAR ROOTS BREWING CO. in Vista, Joe Devlin and Lauren “Lu” D’Hondt create community and pour excellent beer. Bear Roots is celebrating its third anniversary this month. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh

signature Bear Cookie Peanut Butter Stout. Imperial Orange reminds me a lot of Orange Crush soda, minus the cloying sweetness. The prominent orange flavor is complemented by a slight bitterness from orange pith and hops; the piney hop background is fairly faint, so even non-IPA drinkers will like this, too. I heard several customers and the bartenders raving about it. And Bear Cookie is, in my estimation, the best peanut butter stout in San Diego County, which probably means the world. And, yes, I am including the iconic North County gems Belch-

ing Beaver Peanut Butter Stout and Mother Earth Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout. The parking lot was partly blocked off to set up some communal tables. Good thing, because the anniversary event drew a large crowd: At least 200 people flowed through in the ninety minutes I was there. A bluegrass duo entertained the crowd inside, and Pure Burger Catering had a food tent outside. Their burgers are generously sized sliders — quicker to cook and easier to eat than your typical burger. I had the “OG” burger combo,

two classic beef sliders with a side of excellent fries. They offer several other intriguing options, too, from buffalo patties to the vegetarian “impossible burger.” Bear Roots started small, on a tiny brewing system. Last year, though, their popularity inspired them to open a new tasting room in downtown Vista, and to purchase a larger brewing system. Slow and steady growth is a wise strategy in San Diego’s crowded craft beer market, where more than 200 breweries and tasting rooms compete for beer lovers’ attentions; 59 of those locations are in The Coast News coverage area. The new tasting room in downtown Vista, at 135 E Broadway, does not sell brewing supplies and it has a somewhat smaller selection of beers available. It is a very comfortable and well-designed room. They have arrangements with neighboring restaurants so that you can order and pay at Bear Roots and have your food delivered to you at the bar. It is a good spot to include if you are doing a beer tour of downtown Vista, where you’ll also find Mother Earth, Belching Beaver, Wavelength Brewing, Backstreet Brewing and (soon) Guadalupe Brewing’s new tasting room. Bill Vanderburgh is originally from Montreal. He teaches philosophy for a living and moved to San Diego three years ago to learn to sail. His blog, CraftBeerInSanDiego.com, won the 2018 BrewDog Beer Blogger award. He has been to over 200 breweries and tasting rooms in San Diego County.

THE 7TH ANNUAL Vin Diego. a wine, food and music festival, comes to Waterfront Park at the Embarcadero downtown on Saturday, April 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. Courtesy photo

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f you really enjoy comparing and tasting wines, you have to be at Vin Diego, the one allwine festival in Southern California, Saturday April 13, at its all-new location at Waterfront Park, Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero in San Diego, starting at 3 p.m. This is the seventh Vin Diego staged by producer Dave Fraschetti, who attracts the best wineries and area name brand chefs, for his magical events with a flair for fun. Enjoy wine tasting, food sampling and lots of dance music with jazz and flamenco guitarists Jimmy and Enrique. It is an outdoor wine fest so let’s all be thinking sunshine, with reds, whites and everything in between. Fraschetti had come off his second year of the wine and food-fest in the desert at Rancho Mirage recently and he was breathing easier due to rainy weather there. “Rancho Mirage is our latest venue and I love it out there,” he said. “The rains came but we were ready for it with a 160-foot rented tent. With the wine, food and entertainment, we were very happy and will have it again next year. Rancho Mirage even awarded our event the new business of the year,” he exclaimed. Getting back to Vin Diego, I asked him why the change from the cozy confines of Liberty Station. “I’ve been looking at a chance to go to Waterfront Park for a few years now. The ocean and Star of India historic museum is across the street. From the north you can take the Coaster train, and elsewhere you can take a trolley for a super convenient way to come and go. It’s just a few blocks from Little Italy and all those restaurants, beautiful green belts and awesome

fountains. For a lot of reasons, we’re calling it San Diego’s classiest wine festival.” A convenient feature of this wine event is the ability to purchase wines at the event, some at event-only prices. So mark that date, Saturday afternoon April 13 at Waterfront Park, and mark it in red wine to make sure it’s on your to-do list. Several price ranges and features are optional, but I would really recommend you buy the “Early Admission Ticket” to get the chance to tour and taste with great wineries and restaurants 3 to 7 p.m., plus your own souvenir crystal wine glass. Only a limited number will be allowed in an hour earlier than most. Cost for this bargain is $105 each. Buy 10 or more as a group and the price discounts to $95 each. Visit vindiego.com and look for the grand tasting event for ticket selections. Carruth is San Diego’s largest urban winery

Adam Carruth is taking his Carruth Cellars Urban Winery on the right track, offering a wine experience unlike any other in the San Diego region. In a short time, he now offers Gold Medal award-winning wines from the most prestigious and respected competitions. This year, his 2016 Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Napa Knights Valley Malbec, won at the San Francisco Chronicle show. The Cabernet and other equally fine wines were available in a special 9th annual Barrel Tasting Party. This was a rare chance to taste wines direct from the barrels. Guests could then purchase “futures,” wines that are not yet bottled, but will be in the Fall of this year. Discounts go from 10 percent off retail for guests, to 30 percent for wine club members. Carruth Cellars’ original location is the Solana Beach Design District TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 19

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A fabulous evening along Coast Highway 101 at Taste of Leucadia Taste of Leucadia


s “taste of� events go, Taste of Leucadia is by far my favorite. The stroll from Encinitas Boulevard almost to La Costa Avenue along Coast Highway 101 with the eclectic array of eateries makes for a perfect evening. A word of warn ing if you want to make it through the entire list of participating restaurants, don’t get hung up at one spot as that’s very easy to do. I had a similar incident a few years back when our stop at Captain Keno’s went long and next thing I knew we had very little time to make it through the rest of the event. That said, and before I get into some of the highlights of this year’s event, I’d like to introduce the new staff at Leucadia 101 Mainstreet who work so hard to make this event so amazing. Annika Walden is the new executive director and is a local’s local who is a perfect fit for the job. She is the former business development director at the very cool Surfhouse Boutique Hotel in Lecuadia and

When: April 4 Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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in Southern California. Leucadia 101 Main Street also promotes the area as destination full of culture and activities for residents, businesses and visitors alike. One of their big events is the sixth annual Taste of Leucadia happening April 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. It’s an evening to celebrate our beloved restaurants, retailers, craft brewers, local vintners and small production kombucha makers. Twenty-five of Leucadia’s amazing restaurants will be serving samples for ticket holders highlighting their tasty menus, including exciting new restaurants like ChiKo and The Cantine along with past Platinum Plate Award Winners Umi, Birdseye Kitchen and Pandora’s Pizza. Thirteen Sip Stop locations (the most ever!) will be open after hours for attendees to enjoy local libations at their unique locations on Highway 101 and Vulcan Avenue. Sip Stops are a chance for attendees to explore some of Leucadia’s best retail, spa, and service locations, including newcomers Corah Workspace (new co-working spot) and Three Sisters Jewelry. One of my favorite new restaurants ChiKo will have a pop-up location at Priority Public House right in the heart of the event.

prior to that worked as executive director at Cardiff by the Sea Foundation and Cardiff Mainstreet. She is an avid surfer and attend

ed the University of Lund, Sweden. Zanni Miranda is the assistant director and started out working with former director and current City Councilwoman Kellie Shay Hinze last year. She has extensive event planning experience and a degree in anthropology from University of Arizona. She plans the fabulous events Leucadia 101 Mainstreet is known for and works to add new community Memberships to the L101 roster. Running Leucadia 101 Mainstreet, Annika and Zanni are dedicated to the historic preservation and revitalization of Leucadia’s North Coast Highway 101 Corridor and recognizing Leucadia’s historical value as one of the last remaining old-fashioned beach towns

Other fun attractions like free photos for guests by Camera Camper vintage trailer photo booth, and a new mobile bar service called KombiKeg who will be serving up nonalcoholic sips of Superfood & Company Kefir Soda and Coffee. Another one of my favorite newcomers is Live Culture CafĂŠ that you may have read about in a recent column. I love what Michael Zonfrilli and Patrick Otterson are doing there and it is MILLIE THE PUPPY helps promote the April 4 Taste of LeucaTURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 19

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MAIZY celebrated her “Gotcha Day,” the anniversary of her adoption, with first-grade classmates at an Interactive Animal Encounter at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Courtesy photos

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RANCHO SANTA FE — On March 17, a beloved daughter, named Maizy, celebrated her “Gotcha Day” surrounded by family, fuzzy faces and new friends, hosted by Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Humane Education Program. The curriculum, created to form a bond between young people and animals, became an even more important bridge between Maizy and her first-grade class, as they celebrated her special day. Lise Flocken, mother of Maizy, wrote to the Center’s Humane Education Program to request a unique party for the daughter she had adopted from China (“Gotcha Day” celebrates the day she was adopted). In her young life, Maizy had already experienced seven life-saving surgeries with four more scheduled. Oxygen deprivation had resulted in damage to Maizy’s brain stem leading to struggles with academics and trouble connecting socially. In an effort to connect Maizy with her first-grade classmates,

THE PROGRAM allowed Maizy, a special-needs student, a chance to bond with her classmates over interaction with animals such as Tasha the parrot.

Flocken had requested a special Interactive Animal Encounter. She planned to invite the other children to meet Maizy in a more relaxed arena, surrounded by cuddly creatures for the children to bond over. President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center Mike

Arms, and the entire Humane Education team, set out to provide Maizy an extraordinary “Gotcha Day” celebration. In addition to providing the entire event at no cost, a gorgeous animal-themed cake was ordered from Sugar and Scribe Bakery in La Jolla. Along with Maizy and her family, 12 of Maizy’s classmates attended the celebration with Tasha the parrot, alpacas Kuzco and Kronk, Fable the mini horse, Friar Cluck the chicken, and Pancake the rabbit. Party-goers enjoyed special activities and made toys for adoptable dogs — a project Maizy’s mom specifically requested as a reminder that orphan pets are also waiting for loving forever families. “Humane education has been a part of the Center since its founding in 1972,” said Arms. “Helen knew that animals had incredible abilities to connect with mankind. “Creating new friendships between Maizy and her classmates is a beautiful example of the magic they can do.”

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have any experience at all, in fact, no experience is needed, she said. “This is not a contest — it’s just for fun.” If you don’t have a kite already and don’t want to purchase one, there will be the chance to make your own at the event, Brow n said. “We will have all materials to make a kite and fly it,” she said. “However, we may have to limit kites to no more than two per family. Kite construction will take place inside Heritage Park, and kite flying will take place in the south l a w n area of the park.” This is the third activity the historical society has hosted; in January it offered “Celebrating Fa m i ly Histories,” focused around charting family trees. “We had our genealogy teacher on hand along with samples of family tree templates,” she said. “In February we had a ‘Pioneer History’ day with woodcarving demonstrations, old-fashioned games and crafts, home tours, butter making, and apple peel snacks.” No April activity is planned other than an Easter Egg Hunt, she said. “Celebration of Kites is a day to get creative, try something new, and have some fun in the park,” she said. “Pray for perfect wind conditions.”


just to our mission, but with a dog and a veteran specifically,” Graham said. “We made the move to have that sponsorship go directly towards Kiki, a rescue from Mexico who is a one-yearold chocolate Labrador/pit bull mix." According to Kyrié, Kiki was in the care of Labs and More Rescue after her rescue. “Kiki is amazing,” she said. “She’s good with other dogs, good with kids and Kiki has a bright future with our program.” Lienau said the thoughtfulness of Shelter to Soldier touched her when learning that Kiki was adopted in her name. However, what moves her even more are the type of dogs in the program. “They are not buying from a breeder or a breeder donating them,” she said. “This is a dog that truly needs a home — we will do whatever we can to support Shelter to Soldier in saving two lives at a time.” To learn more about Shelter to Soldier, sponsorship opportunities and their upcoming gala, visit ShelterToSoldier.org.

If you’ve ever been told to “go fly a kite,” and not acted on it, consider attending the San Marcos Historical Society’s sponsored “Celebration of Kites” on March 30. The event, also sponsored by the San Marcos Communit y Foundation, will be in Heritage Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and everyone is welcome from young to old. The family-oriented event for the North County community is free of charge. Please note the event will be rescheduled if it is raining on March 30. It’s a good time to fly a kite, too, since National Kite Flying Month runs April 1 to April 30. According to Tanis Brown of the San Marcos Historical Society, this is the first kite event for the San Marcos Historical Society, and it hopes to attract many from the community. “The board decided to host a themed activity once a month on a Saturday, and someone suggested a kite flying day as one of the activities,” she said. “We thought it might be fun for kids and families to construct a kite and take it out and fly it. “We are close enough to a big open area in the park. And, it seemed that no one else locally was doing anything similar.” Brown said this is a perfect event for someone to come and “try something new or to enjoy a day in the park.” And you don’t have to


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INTRIGUE Despite its charm, income for Del Mar Plaza continues decline

By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR – “The Plaza’s in trouble.” Such were the words of Del Mar Plaza consultant Adam Birnbaum, when he and part-owner Patty Brutten presented sobering numbers reflecting the downtown fixture’s financial state at a March 4 City Council meeting. Despite continued investment on the part of the owners, the Plaza experienced a net operating income decline of about 10 percent in 2018, with owners projecting an additional drop of over 13 percent in 2019. As of 2017, the Plaza is operated and owned by Brixton Capital, a Solana Beach real estate investment firm founded by Marc Brutten — Patty’s husband. The Del Mar Plaza has been a centerpiece of Del Mar’s quaint downtown for 30 years — few can resist the European charm of its maze-like corridors and staircases, or the unforgettable sunsets off the plaza-level deck. Longtime Del Mar resident Jim Watkins called the Plaza of the 1990s “magic.” “It was ‘the’ gathering spot in town, and it was really a jewel,” he said. To those who have visited the Del Mar Plaza in the past few years, its somber financial situation may come as no surprise: the commercial center’s once flourishing plaza-level esplanade is often quiet. Four rental spaces are currently vacant and the quasi-public spaces are seldom if ever used — an activ-

ity log gathered in January showed that even on sunny days, the Plaza’s large ocean view deck is frequently empty. Patty Brutten, who works as a consultant on the project, revealed that on top of the four tenants that have left since Brixton Capital took over in 2017 — an additional three “are threatening to leave.” Now the Bruttens are taking steps on the city end to revive the beloved Plaza. Or as one meeting attendee put it — perform a “code blue” on the ailing property.

The Plaza of old The Plaza faced no small resistance from Del Martians when it was first proposed. Then Cardiff residents David Winkler and Ivan Gayler purchased the property in 1983 when it was a strip mall, and underwent four years of extensive public feedback and hearings to get the project approved. The Plaza was one of the only projects to face off with Measure B — a now defunct initiative that required projects of a certain magnitude to go to a vote of the people. But after gaining approval and undergoing two years of construction, the project quickly became a community icon and a point of pride — a stairway plaque leading up to the plaza level reads: “with gratitude to the voters of the city of Del Mar for embracing the vision and the men and women who labored to make it a reality.” Anchored by four restaurants with 35 shops to-

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PLAZA OWNERS are hoping to activate the Plaza’s quasi-public spaces — such as its ocean view deck — by allowing for outdoor cafes or coffee carts. The spaces now are frequently underutilized: An activity log submitted to the city revealed that few if any people were occupying the spaces at any given time during the months of January and February. Photo by Lexy Brodt

tal — including the ever-enduring tenants Il Fornaio and Pacifica Del Mar — the Plaza was the place to be for local residents and visitors to the county’s smallest city. “It was artistic, it was creative, it was incredibly well-designed and built … it was new,” Brutten said. But even then, the Plaza was hardly a budding enterprise. “There was not one day of positive cash flow in 15 years,” former Plaza owner David Winkler told The Coast News. “ … I think because we spent way too much money to build it.” Winkler called the Plaza a “remodel that got out of control” — the project cost over $400 per square foot in 1987 dollars.

Changing hands Since Winkler and Gayler sold the Plaza in 1998, the city’s commercial centerpiece has not been able

to revive the popularity of its glory days. The Plaza passed through a couple of different hands before ending up with Brixton Capital — none of which were locally based. Councilman Dwight Worden — who drafted Measure B in the 1980s — recalled attempting to communicate with the German ownership that presided over the Plaza before it was purchased by the Bruttens in 2017 for $45.4 million. “They were just holding the property hoping it would appreciate in value and someday they’d resell it,” he said. “They just weren’t interested in keeping the Plaza vital and alive.” In contrast, Worden described ownership under the Bruttens as “a breath of fresh air.” “For them it’s not just a business investment, it’s a labor of love in their hometown.”

Obstacles, new and old When asked what made the Del Mar Plaza of the 1990s successful, Brutten said that “at the time there was nothing else happening in North County.” But now, almost 30 years later, The Plaza faces competition from all sides: Flowerhill Mall to the north, Del Mar Highlands and the soon-to-be One Paseo to the east — in addition to the advent of online shopping. Due to competition, the Bruttens have had difficulty leasing the Plaza’s spaces — not to mention keeping their current tenants. “We didn’t anticipate we were going to be losing tenants,” Brutten said. She pointed out that the Plaza’s rental rates are “below market.” The Plaza also lost its longstanding marketplace, Harvest Ranch Market, in 2014 — a boon for a city

with a plentiful base of restaurants but no grocery store. A condition of the Plaza’s approval in the 1980s was that it would provide a market for 25 years. According to Winkler, rent was discounted to the point that the owners “basically received no rent off the market space.” “Twenty-five years came and went,” said Brutten. When asked about the current challenges of the property, Winkler said the Plaza must also contest with the detriment of its size. The project was scaled down by 30 percent in an effort to gain voter approval in the 1980s, and at about 75,000 square feet, is “way too small,” said Winkler. “It just isn’t a critical mass of retail to provide a destination,” Winkler said. “Basically the only things that work now are restaurants and service uses.”


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Charles Eric Kingston March 5, 1969 March 12, 2019

Eric loved to drive fast on his many off-road motorcycles. He was only constrained when broken bones prevented him from enjoying his favorite sport. Family lore has Eric involved in many scrapes, close calls and disasters. After one dirt bike crash he drove himself to the hospital, and was concerned only that the nurse didn’t cut off his new riding pants, and that she take care of his dog still in his parked truck. He started racing offroad when he was 10, and he died 40 years later in a freak solo ride. Eric was celebrating his 50th birthday, sharing the week-end in the desert with his sons Camron, 19, and Chase, for Chase’s 15th birthday with their many friends. After Eric crashed he was helicoptered to Palomar Medical Center, where doctors were unable to save him due to his irreversible brain injury. Charles Eric Kingston was born March 5, 1969 and died March 12, 2019. Eric was the youngest of the four children of Patti and Allan

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Kingston, but he never let birth order get in the way of joining his older siblings in adventures. With his enormous, sweet smile and intense green eyes, Eric charmed his way into many hearts. He lived all his adult life in the San Diego area. His “family” included many biking and boating friends who joined him and the boys on his trips to the desert and to the Colorado River. There were many happy times in the desert riding dirt bikes, quads and dune buggies. Camron and Chase have memories of the care, concern, and laughter with those Eric loved. He was always available to assist others solving problems and was there to help a friend. He had a big heart. Not really with an academic bent, Eric after high school graduation started as an apprentice learning the plumbing trade. He eventually focused on the water purification system industry, where he had many friends and associates. His colleagues considered him the “best of the best” in designing and installing clean water systems. He was a numbers guy with a bent toward the mechanical, and always worked at warp speed. Eric married Casey Zalpis and they had two sons, Camron and Chase. Eric loved being a father and the boys meant everything to him. He was deeply proud of the fine young men that his sons were becoming. It was natural that as soon as each was big enough they would have their

own motorcycles. He was adamant about safety equipment and insisted that they wear it or “they could not ride”. In 2003 the quick spreading Cedar Fire destroyed the Family’s Harbison Canyon home. Eric was assertive in working with insurance adjusters, assessors, politicians, and local officials and became one of the first owners to rebuild. Similarly, when his new pickup truck was flattened by a stolen National Guard tank, his persistence with the State of California paid off, and he was quickly reimbursed. Eric rehabbed a house in Palo Verde on the Colorado River. Friends often gathered at the river to share in water adventures as he introduced his sons to jet boats, jet skis, and other river toys. Survivors include his sons, Chase and Camron; his ex-wife Casey Kingston; his parents, Patti and Allan Kingston; siblings Brad Kingston, Jennifer (Missy) Kingston, and Blythe Peelor (Stephen); uncle Charles Kingston (Jeannette); nieces Allegra Peelor and Emelia Beldon Kingston. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday April 14 at 11 am at the Ostrander/Watson residence, 898 Vale View Drive, Vista, CA, 92081. Please text your RSVP to 760-978-9538 In lieu of other remembrances, the family requests donations to a GoFundMe account established for the higher education of his sons at: www.gofundme.com/erics-boys-education-fund

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Clement “Smokey” Kaopua Kanehailua September 14, 1933 March 8, 2019

Clement “Smokey” Kaopua Kanehailua went to be with his Lord on March 8, 2019 at age 85 surrounded by his family after battling heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease. Smokey was born September 14, 1933 in N. Kohala, HI to parents Clement Kanehailua and Jeanette (Chang) (Kanehailua) Perez. At age 14, he worked as a cowboy and bulldozer operator at Kahua Ranch. He served in the Hawaii National Guard and was a US Marine Corps veteran. While stationed on the mainland, he found a passion in racing. He was a pioneer in the golden days of West Coast

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drag racing, and in the sport of hydroplane racing attempted to break the 200-mph record. Following his military service, Smokey worked as a mechanic at Dragmaster, Carlsbad, CA and moved on to open Smokey’s Service Center in 1969. He and his wife, Pat, moved the business to Oceanside to expand and add a high-performance parts store and machine shop. Smokey will be remembered by many for his hard work, honesty and professionalism; kind and welcoming attitude; and dedication and care for his craft which allowed Smokey’s Auto Parts Speed & Machine to have been in business for 50 years. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia Kanehailua; siblings, Bertha (Donald) Walls, DaveyAnn Hao, Dorothy (Benjamin) Badua, Gertrude (Joseph Sr. (deceased)) Glory, Rocky (Melva) Perez, Earline (Theodore) Miller, John Pua Kanehailua, Lawrence Kiha (Janice) Kanehailua, Nona Kanehailua, Arlene (Marlon) Ramones; sons, Milton (Christine) Kanehailua, Raymond (Mari-

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Palomar College breaks ground on arboretum upgrades By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — One of the biggest botanical gardens in San Diego, which also happens to be a large community college campus, broke ground on enhancements it will soon undergo at a March 15 ceremony. Palomar College’s Edwin and Frances Hunter Arboretum, a 10-acre size formation, encompasses much of the San Marcos campus itself. It has served as a mainstay there for 45 years and will soon provide access to disabled individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improve its irrigation system and install a water well to decrease reliance on the San Marcos municipal water system. “For nearly 50 years this very special part of the campus has provided students and visitors with a quiet, serene space to relax,” Joi Lin Blake, President of Palomar College, said in her speech given at the groundbreaking ceremony. “In addition, a number of classes conduct field studies in the arboretum, and the ability for students to have field experience in this beautiful setting has been invaluable. We are so fortunate to have a corner of the campus dedicated to preserving nature, and through the upcoming upgrades even more students and visitors will have access to the beauty offered in this unique environment.” Guests of the Palomar College San Marcos campus would have a hard time getting to classroom space without first crossing through the Arboretum. The shortest route from the guest parking lot to campus, in fact, cuts straight through the Arboretum’s trails. The Palomar College arboretum sits only behind the Encinitas-based San Diego Botanic Garden and the San Diego Zoo as the largest collection of exotic trees and plants in the entire county. The bounty includes a catalogue of plants representing every major continent on the planet and consists of 600 different species. “If you consider all the species in the Arboretum (over 600), main campus

(at least 1000), Palomar Cactus & Succulent Garden (at least 3,000), and native coastal sage scrub north and east of campus (approximately 400), the total number of different species is nearly 5,000,” explains Palomar College on its website. “This is one of the greatest concentrations of plant diversity within a relatively small area in San Diego County.” The plants on display include a myriad of bamboo and palm tree varieties from different parts of the world, an area focused on Native American botany, another one focused on Australian plants, among many others. Hundreds of the plants have labels and some history too, meaning a trip to the Palomar College Arboretum also equates to a biology lesson and a museum-like experience. For these attributes, Palomar College — the campus at-large, due to having rare plants dotting the entire campus and having a massive succulent garden on a seperate part of campus land — enjoys a Level II arboretum distinction via ArbNet, a global accreditation network for tree-focused professionals. Getting that distinction entails having at least 100 different labeled trees or woody plant species, paid management staff, a clear and spelled out arboretum plan, both public access and educational programs, as well as keeping an onthe-books collections policy Tony Rangel, the supervisor for grounds services at Palomar College who heads up efforts for the maintenance and bolstering of the arboretum, said it has taken and will continue to take a legion of volunteers and staff dedicated to make what sits within the five acres of land possible. “Places like this can’t be maintained and sustained without the community’s involvement,” said Rangel, a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. “And that ranges from volunteers, to donors, to just people walking through.” He added that it excites him that, with the looming renovations, even more of the public will have soon enjoy access to it. “Each semester, I see countless students, staff, faculty and community members walking the trails of our unique arboretum,” said Rangel at the groundbreaking ceremony. “The new trails will at last allow everyone to be an ambassador ... to the arboretum, by providing those with disabilities a safe path that they can traverse at their leisure. Something that has been lacking since the arboretum was conceived in the early 1970s.” In closing the groundbreaking ceremony, Blake said that the existence of the campus arboretum served as a major draw for her to take the job at Palo-

mar College. “You know, when I interviewed for the job here, I did some research on the college and I looked at the arboretum,” she said. “It spoke to the spirit of who Palomar is. It spoke to its commitment to preserving the environment. It spoke to the vision that the college has and its role in society and supporting sustainability. And so, I really appreciated that.” Guests can visit the Palomar College arboretum free of charge. But with the revamping expected to take six to eight months to complete, the arboretum will shutter during that time period, reopening lat- A SEGMENT of the Palomar College Arboretum trails, which will soon be made handier this year or early next. capped-accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo by Steve Horn

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against injury, exhaustion or a confrontation with someone eager to make you look bad. Honor your promises and learn from your mistakes.

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FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

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Rethink your strategy and spend time contemplating your options. This is a year of transition and preparation for what lies ahead. The more you learn and position yourself for future opportunities, the better off you’ll be when the time comes to make a personal or professional move.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Get involved in events and activities that will bring you closer to someone you enjoy spending time with. A change in attitude will result if you look at situations from someone else’s perspective.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Responsibilities should be taken care of. Once you’ve completed what needs to be done, you can have some fun. Consider doing something that will enhance your intelligence or appearance.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- You’ll learn a lot about others through observation. Sit back and enjoy the show. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Sit tight, There will be telltale signs leading to observe and keep your thoughts to romance and new beginnings. Let yourself. You’ll benefit if you are sub- your intuition guide you. tle and learn from others’ mistakes. An inevitable situation will be a blessing SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Think twice before you share personal in disguise. information, or you’ll be taken advanTAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Put tage of. Spend time at home or with more energy into getting ahead and trustworthy people who look out for benefiting your surroundings. Making your best interests. a commitment will encourage you to pitch in and contribute. Romance is on CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -Change can be good if you know what the rise. you want, what you are doing and how GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Be care- to best realize your plans. Home imful how you treat others. Someone will provements and romance are favored. be eager to make you look bad if given the chance. If you act responsibly, you AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Make reasonable plans. If you take on too will rise above a personal affront. much, you will fall short of your expecCANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You’ve tations. If someone else wants to take got more going for you than you re- a risk, don’t follow along. Play it safe. alize. Follow your instincts and give PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Share it your all. If you want something, go only with someone you know you can after it. count on. Trust will be an issue with LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Take on someone you must deal with regardwhat’s doable and protect yourself ing medical, financial or legal issues.

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where they’ve expanded from their first location. Recently, a Tasting Room was built in Carlsbad Village, then most recently Carruth Cellars Wine Garden opened that serves visitors in Little Italy, in downtown San Diego. All locations are open daily. Wine grapes are sourced from Northern and Central California, then brought in to be produced and bottled in the Solana Beach location. A release party will be held at Solana Beach on Friday April 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the latest Gold Medal winner, the 2016 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2018 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc, just in time for Summer. Check it out at carruthcellars.com. Wine Bytes

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definitely worth a stop. Electra Bicycle Company is back again this year, providing a bike valet at the Priority Public House lot, so you can ride your bike to the event and forget about parking. That is my preferred way to get to this event for sure. The event would not be complete without live music all along N. Coast Highway 101. Crowd favorites Buena Vista SoCal Club will be at Coffee Coffee again this year and there is a new music location at Moonlight Lofts! Check out leucadia101.com for the full line up and set times. All Access tickets (Food and 21+ Sip Stop) are $40 in advance ($45 the day of), Taste Only tickets are $25 in advance ($30 the day of, if they last!), and Sip


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cis Ford Coppola wine dinner at 6 p.m. April 3. Winery favorites served include: Director’s Cut Cabernet and Cinema Red Blend. Four-course dinner included in the cost of $65 each. Call (858) 673-5100. • THE MED in La Jolla continues its premium wine dinner series at 6 p.m. April 11 with Domaine Carneros from Napa Valley, hosted by Assistant Winemaker Zak Miller. This multi-course dinner is $165 per person. RSVP at (858) 454-0771. • Il Fornaio Del Mar’s next Festa Carnivale dates are April 1 to April 14 when they spotlight the Italian Island of Sardegna. Choose from several selections of an island menu of local flavors, plus a flight of wines or a local favorite. Phone (858) 755-8876 for an RSVP. Reach him at Frank@ tasteofwineandfood.com Only tickets (21+ only) are $20 ($25 the day of). Each 21+ ticket holder with Sip Stops will receive a commemorative taster glass for their beer, wine and elixir tasting. Tickets sell out well in advance each year so make sure to buy yours as soon as possible. Close to 1,200 people attend this event and 1,000 tickets are sold. I would suggest parking remotely and utilizing the two shuttles sponsored by Le Papagayo that will transport attendees from the upper parking lot at City Hall (505 S. Vulcan) to Leucadia and will drop off riders in the heart of the event. The shuttle will be running throughout the night to bring guests back to City Hall. The last pick up will be 8:55 from HapiFish so plan accordingly. For complete event details visit www.leucadia101.com.

People Different From Us Researchers at St. Mary’s Hospital in London had been stumped how 10 British men had contracted a rare virus called human T-cell leukemia virus type 1. The men weren’t intravenous drug users and hadn’t had transfusions; none of them displayed any symptoms, but doctors had identified the virus through bloodwork. Dr. Divya Dhasmana, co-author of a study published March 13 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was eventually tipped off to the source of the infections when she saw scars on one of the men’s back: The men participate in blood-shedding religious rituals, such as cutting or whipping themselves. The rituals the men reported include striking the forehead with a knife, then passing the knife to other men; or striking the back with a chain of blades. Dr. Dhasmana told the Associated Press that one infected man told her the blades were soaked in a bucket of antiseptic solution between uses, but that didn’t prevent the virus’ spread. “Our message is not ‘Don’t do it,’ ” said Dr. Dhasmana. “Our message is, ‘If you do it, don’t share equipment.’ ” [Associated Press, 3/13/2019]

ences, along with the fear of walking in open fields. “I will never go back there again,” Cullen said. “Getting sucked into your parents’ grave ... it’s terrifying and traumatizing,” Perrini added. [New York Post, 3/16/2019] Criminal Ingenuity Outside the North Fork Correctional Unit in Sayre, Oklahoma, Kerri Jo Hickman was arrested on March 10 for delivering contraband to prison inmates, reported the Associated Press. Hickman’s clever delivery method was a T-shirt gun, used by sports team mascots to shoot promotional shirts at fans. Hickman, however, launched methamphetamines, cellphones, ear buds, phone chargers, digital scales, marijuana and tobacco to some lucky con on the other side, but police discovered the gun and another package in her car, and she was booked on charges of introducing contraband into a penal institution, conspiracy and drug trafficking in Beckham County. [Associated Press, 3/15/2019]

Oh, the Drama Dog walker Michele Bilsland has become accustomed to strangers’ alarm when her charge, Begbie, throws himself to the ground as they start out on their constitutional. Begbie, who lives with Roz Niblock and Matt Kennedy in Muthill, Perthshire, Lucky! Scotland, stages his protest A 43-year-old man in when Bilsland leads him on Nimbin, Australia, has the what he knows is the shortproliferation of modern technology to thank for his life. Reuters reported that on March 13, the unnamed man arrived home only to find a 39-year-old man “who was known to him,” waiting outside with a bow and arrow. As Man A raised his mobile phone to take a picture of Man B, Man B “engaged the bow and was ready to fire,” according to a police report. Man B “fired the arrow at the resident, which pierced through the man’s mobile phone, causing the phone to hit (Man A) in the chin. It left a small laceration that didn’t require medical treatment.” Man B was arrested at the scene, police reported. [Reuters, 3/14/2019]

er route around the block, rather than his usual hourlong jaunt through fields. On March 15, two workmen stopped to see if Bilsland needed help: “I told them he was fine and just having a tantrum and sulking,” she told Metro News. Begbie, a 4-year-old Old English bulldog, continued his charade for at least a minute before getting up and getting on with his walk. “Begbie just has a very strong personality,” Bilsland noted. [Metro News, 3/19/2019] Florida Arby’s manager Le’Terria Akins, 21, was arrested in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, for aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief on March 16 after an altercation with Ernst Point Du Jour, an employee. FOX 35 reported that trouble started after Akins asked Point Du Jour if he could work late that evening, according to police. When he refused, the two began arguing, and witnesses reported that as Point Du Jour got very close to Akins, she pepper-sprayed him. Point Du Jour ran out of the building with Akins in hot pursuit, wielding a long kitchen knife. Police said Akins did not stab Du Jour but did scratch his car with the knife. [FOX 35, 3/19/2019] Bright Idea Topeka, Kansas, police took the joy out of “joyride” on March 16 for Nicholas Hodgden, 40, who climbed into a forklift outside a Dillons grocery store that

evening and set off down the road. The forklift, valued at $1,500, had been left outside the store with the keys in the ignition, The Topeka Capitol-Journal reported. A spokesperson for the police department said bystanders saw what happened and called police, who apprehended Hodgden as he drove along, holding an open can of beer. He also had a six-pack in the back. Hodgden was booked into the Shawnee County Jail on one count of felony theft and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and transporting an open alcoholic beverage container. [Topeka Capitol-Journal, 3/18/2019] Government in Action Ah, the winds of politics blow fickly. Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II, 27, watched his fortunes both fall and rise, all on one ballot, when residents of Fall River, Massachusetts, voted to recall him. Correia was charged last year with 13 counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns, which he has denied, and on March 12, 7,829 citizens voted to kick him out of office, The New York Times reported. But of the five people vying for the mayor’s job on the same ballot, Correia won a plurality — about 35 percent of the vote. Looks like he can unpack his banker’s boxes and hang his pictures back up — at least until September, when a mayoral primary will give other candidates another chance. [The New York Times, 3/13/2019]



The Litigious Society Joanne Cullen, 64, of North Bellmore, Long Island, wants to make administrators of St. Charles Resurrection Cemetery in Farmingdale pay for the horror she experienced in December 2016 as she visited her parents’ graves. On that day, Cullen was reaching down to straighten a bow on a wreath when the ground opened up beneath her and a sinkhole “caused her to fall forward and smash her head on the tombstone,” cracking a tooth, her attorney, Joseph Perrini, told the New York Post. As Cullen sank, she grabbed the sides of the tombstone and yelled for help, but no one heard her. Cullen filed suit in March in Queens Supreme Court, asking for $5 million to overcome the nightmares and headaches she experi-

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