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Installation of automatic school locks underway By Christina Macone-Greene

of debt, transfer of stock and cash considerations. According to the release, operations will begin service with a 50 passenger Embraer-145 and a 70 passenger Embraer 170 and is estimated to phase in within six months, according to the release. CP Air plans to provide service to six western cities with five aircraft initially, including San Jose, Oakland, Reno, Sacramento, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Mr. Nisi, with airline

RANCHO SANTA FE — A new automatic system to lock classroom doors as well offer global lockdown capability is currently being installed in the Rancho Santa Fe School District. A 4-1 school board vote on March 14 approved the $424,000 system. The district's capital facilities fund will pay for the lock upgrades. The electronic access control system went out for public bid, and Accurate Security Pros, Inc. is doing the installation. According to Brad Johnson, chief business officer at the Rancho Santa Fe School District, a little over a year ago the district hired School Safety Operations to assist with a hazard and vulnerability assessment. Jeff Kaye of School Safety Operations “looked at various safety measures throughout campus, and we at the time, were starting to finalize some of our research on the electronic access control system and folded that into part of the recommendations,” Johnson said. “Since then, we’ve brought presentations to our board of trustees and also shared this information with our Safety Advisory Committee and finally got approval to procure the system through one of our contractors.” The electronic system chosen to manage the system is Identicard. While the total cost of the system is $424,000, Johnson said a couple of other modifications will be made to gates and a few minor hardware adjustments so the total project cost may be closer to about $435,000. Johnson said parental feedback was an essential part of the process, which included the Safety Advisory Committee.




More than a decade in the making, Solana Beach’s new skate park opened at La Colonia Park in late April. The park’s grand opening drew skaters of all ages and levels, including local professionals. The project also includes a small basketball court. Story on Page 5. Photo by Lexy Brodt

Fire District Foundation Sale of CP Air being negotiated to host debut fundraiser By Staff

By Christina Macone-Greene financial gap despite the

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Fire District Foundation is readying for its inaugural fundraiser on May 18 at the Cielo Village Square in Rancho Santa Fe. The goal of the recently formed 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization is to provide the district with resources and equipment needed to protect its community members and firefighters. Funds raised for the foundation help bridge the

taxation residents pay. According to the president of the foundation, Jim Depolo, one of the primary goals of the fundraiser is to let people know about the nonprofit and its mission. “Those who attend will learn that there is a foundation available in the community that supports our six fire stations within our 50 square mile district — it’s a lot bigger TURN TO FIRE DISTRICT ON 9

REGION — Paragon Partners, as NewCo, is currently in negotiations to acquire the majority ownership in California Pacific Airlines, according to a recent release by Paragon obtained by The Coast News. The acquisition group is chaired by Robert Nisi, a former securities attorney and active investment banker who was a part of the founding team, alongside Richard Branson, of Virgin American Airlines. Nisi served as Vir-


gin’s corporate director for several years before the company was sold to Alaska Airlines in 2016 for $2.6 bil-

lion. If the deal is completed, Nisi would be named Chairman of CP Air. “Our target is to close and get flight operations underway as soon as possible,” a Paragon associate said. The planned acquisition includes assumption


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Nonprofits partner for RSF home tour

Cardiff ‘quiet zone’ takes effect

By Christina Macone-Greene modern home.

Before guests embark RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe on the Architecture in Historical Society and The Bloom tour, they will first Rancho Santa Fe Garden gather at The Garden Club Club have joined forces property where they can for a one-of-a-kind home peruse an arts and crafts and garden tour on May 11. marketplace while visiting Open air trollies will take specific stations for foods guests on an adventure and and beverages. After visan inside peek into four iting each estate, patrons exclusive Rancho Santa Fe return to home base at The estates for its debut event, Garden Club and await another trolley for the next Architecture in Bloom. Co-chairing the event tour. Guthrie are Norma Nelsaid Architecson-Wiberg of ture in Bloom the Rancho Sanis a wonderful ta Fe Historiconcept because cal Society and The Garden Rancho Santa Club and HistorFe Garden Club ical Society are Executive Dicombining their rector Thora tours which has Guthrie. Funds never been done raised for the before. Each has day will benefit had its own spelocal nonprofits. cific tour, but Accordthe events have ing to Nelevolved in 2019 son-Wiberg, the uniting both. partnership be- RSF GARDEN CLUB “ T h e s e tween both non- Thora Guthrie is profits allows co-chair of the May homes on the visitors to tour 11 home and garden tour are gorboth the homes tour. Photo by Christina geous with extensive gardens. and gardens Macone-Greene The gardens are with interior and exterior docents to point theme based depending out the unique qualities of on the style of the home.” each home in the tour while Guthrie said. “This event is showcasing the diversity in going to be a fun-filled day with lots of things to do inRancho Santa Fe. “It’s wonderful to have cluding touring these luxthe ability to share the rich urious homes and visiting history we have in Rancho our array of vendors at the Santa Fe along with the marketplace.” Architecture in Bloom exquisite gardens that will delight all of our patrons will be held from 10 a.m. for a pleasurable day,” said to 3 p.m. Saturday, May Nelson-Wiberg, adding live 11. Ticket prices are $50 music will be performed at per person and can be purchased online at RSFeach home. Guthrie added that one GardenClub.org or the day of the estates on the tour of the event at The Garwas designed by renowned den Club located at 17025 architect Cliff May, which Avenida De Acacias in Ranhighlights a mid-century cho Santa Fe.

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A NEW STAMP series was unveiled at the Palomar College cactus and succulent garden, which has existed since 1964. Courtesy photo

USPS launches cactus stamp series at Palomar College succulent garden By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new succulent-themed stamp series on April 15 at a press event held at its succulent garden situated at Palomar College’s San Marcos campus. The USPS has printed the stamps as part of its Cactus Flowers Forever stamp series. Sold in books of 20, two of the species featured on the stamp set dwell in the succulent garden. At the press event, officials representing both USPS and Palomar College spoke about the new stamps. In her remarks, Lisa Baldwin, USPS San Diego

Postmaster and master of ceremonies for the unveiling, praised the beauty of the garden in introducing the stamp series. “Cacti in bloom have been described as ‘Mother Nature’s fireworks,’” Baldwin said. “We would like thank Palomar College for hosting this stamp unveiling within their celebrated cactus and succulent garden. The opportunity to showcase both the new Cactus Flowers stamps and the amazing horticulture found in these gardens was a perfect match.” Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake called the garden, open by ap-

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pointment only due to its possession of a host of rare and endangered species, a hidden gem in the area. “This small garden, less than one acre in size, may be the most unique spot on the San Marcos campus; certainly, it is the college’s best-kept secret,” she said. “In fact, this small garden may be the most unique sanctuary of its kind in San Diego County.” Ethel Kessler, art director for USPS, designed the stamps via existing photographs taken by John P. Schaefer. Schaefer, the president emeritus of University of Arizona, was a friend and colleague of the late naturalist photographer Ansel Adams. Kessler’s art, she explains on her website, aims to tell “America’s story.” "There is something extraordinarily fulfilling knowing that the talents, intuitions, and strategies you have nurtured over many years contribute to the success of your local and global community," says Kessler on her design firm’s website. "I wouldn't want it any other way." The Palomar College cactus and succulent garden has existed since 1964. Palomar College’s San Marcos campus at-large maintains the status of an arboretum, with plants and tree species lining the premises, as well as a standalone arboretum located within its epicenter. Only University of California-Davis shares an arboretum status with Palomar College among California higher education institutions. Dick Henderson, manager of the Palomar College succulent garden, maintains it on a voluntary basis and has done so for the past 20 years. He spends up to 20 hours per week working in the garden and offers tours by appointment.

ENCINITAS — A Coaster train zooms by the intersection of Chesterfield Drive and San Elijo Avenue and something is missing. Noise. Well, except for the “woosh” from passing vehicles, but gone are the bells and the ubiquitous, jarring sound of the train horn alerting passersby of its approach. The half-mile stretch of silent railway is the city’s first “quiet zone,” a federally designated area where train horns don’t have to sound because of enhanced safety measures installed at the train crossing. It quietly (no pun intended) went into effect at 12:01 a.m. April 28 and stays in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. City officials celebrated the milestone the morning of May 1, offering remarks at 10:05 a.m., 11 minutes after a Coaster train passed through the corridor without blowing its horn. “This quiet zone was established under federal rules so that train engineers are no longer required to sound their horn at this intersection,” said council member and North County Transit District chairman Tony Kranz. He added: “It should be noted that the rail engineer may still blow the train horn for any safety concerns he or she may have.” The quiet zone’s completion is part of a suite of projects along the Coastal rail corridor that runs through Encinitas, which includes double tracking a portion of the corridor, upgrading bridges and improved safety measures at crossings. It was developed and funded by Encinitas and involved a host of agencies, including the San Diego Association of Governments, North County Transit District, California Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration and the California Public Utilities Commission. SANDAG’s budget for the Chesterfield Grade Crossing was approximately $6 million and was supplemented by city funds of approximately $770,000 for the installation of crossing gates, lights and other safety measures required to implement the quiet zone, according to a release. The city completed the required safety measures earlier this year. City officials are currently working on a plan to create another quiet zone that would stretch over most of the rest of Encinitas, which will likely cost millions of dollars.

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Bags & Baubles draws hundreds, raises thousands By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 400 guests attended the ninth annual Bags & Baubles fundraiser benefiting the Face Foundation at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe. While the numbers are still being tallied, it’s expected that the April 28 fundraiser will reach its $130,000 goal to help pets receive life-saving veterinary care. According to FACE Foundation Executive Director Danae Davis, Bags & Baubles is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year alongside its dog-friendly Golf Tournament which lands every November. “Our events make up over 25% of our annual income and provide us a huge opportunity to share our work with the community,” Davis said. “When people bring their friends and families to our events, they are spreading the word about FACE and the issue we are trying to solve — economic euthanasia. Our events provide an opportunity for those to get involved through volunteerism, and for everyone involved to have a great time while saving lives.” Davis described the event day as spectacular due to the perfect weather, high attendance numbers, and top-shelf items. There was something for everyone at Bags & Baubles. “The first item to sell was a Van Cleef 18k Tiger's Eye Ten Motif Alahambra Necklace that was generously donated to us — it was beautiful,” Davis said. “Most of our high-end brands like Judith Leiber, Prada and Nancy Gonzalez sold really well, but our vegan brands and accessories did really

THE NINTH ANNUAL Bags & Baubles fundraising event for the FACE Foundation attracted more than 400 shoppers, and it’s expected that the event hit its target of raising $130,000. At right, FACE Foundation recipient Pinky received a grant for surgery to repair two ACL tears. Courtesy photos

well, too.” Davis gave special thanks to the fabulous shoppers who helped FACE raise the necessary funds for pets in need. Just this year, FACE has saved more than one pet every single day from economic euthanasia. Hosting Bags & Baubles is a team effort. Donors provided shoppers this year with more than 400 handbags, nearly 100 pieces of fine jewelry, over 60 pairs of designer sunglasses, and an over-

Patisserie. Opportunity drawings were also abundant during the day such as a Tory Burch packages, Kate Spade package, and Padres tickets. Davis said while everyone had a great time, it was even more meaningful that at the very core, people were there to help FACE save pets and support families. “Every day, we get contacted by distressed pet parents trying to save the lives of their beloved pets facing emergency medical

flowing amount of accessories. In addition to the generosity of donors, Davis noted how 100 volunteers helped make Bags & Baubles a success. “We couldn’t have pulled this event off without them and our wonderful sponsors who underwrote everything from food to event supplies,” she said. In addition to a shopping extravaganza, patrons enjoyed complimentary food and beverages donated by Hooters and Opera

situations who deserve a second chance at life,” she said. “These pets deserve to stay with their families that are fighting hard to care for them, but simply do not have the funds needed for a sudden, emergency treatment. We aim to save lives and keep families whole by avoiding economic euthanasia.” For more information on the FACE Foundation including future events, visit www.face4pets. org.




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Opinion & Editorial

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

Similar causes for plagues of measles, anti-Semitism


Should we be allowed to love our natural lands to death? By Diane Nygaard

The recent controversy over mountain biking at the Carlsbad Highlands Ecological Reserve is not a new issue, and is not one that can be easily resolved. Some would argue that these are public lands. Our tax dollars paid for them so we should be allowed to use them. But these lands were acquired in many ways — including donations and exaction from developers to mitigate for land that has already been lost for more housing or strip malls. Ecological Reserves, like the Carlsbad Highlands, are lands that are specifically set aside to protect plants and wildlife that are at risk of becoming extinct. Can we use these lands and not harm the plants and wildlife they are intended to protect? That answer depends upon the land, and the kind of use that is proposed. Some areas can’t tolerate any use — nesting birds could abandon their eggs if disturbed by an inquisitive dog, or soil compaction from walking can destroy dormant plants in a vernal pool that might not even be visible most of the time. But sawing down mature plants, digging holes

and building jumps is vandalism, not “use.” No one has the right to vandalize these lands that have been set aside for all of us. In other areas, low impact public use can coexist with native plants and wildlife. But that determination must be made at the time the land is set aside. That ensures sufficient funds are committed to manage the land so that all allowed uses will not cause damage, or if they do, that damage can be reversed. Legally, public use of these lands is a privilege, not a right. And it is a privilege that we all want to protect. But whether we have “use” of the lands or not, we all benefit from having natural lands incorporated into the fabric of our communities. Our air is cleaner. Our watersheds are less polluted. Our spirits are enriched by views that don’t include cars and houses, by the sound of the gnatcatcher or the smell of artemesia in the spring. We all see how our communities are changing as growth occurs, and we know that much of that change is inevitable. More houses are built, so we have less open space land. Those houses bring more people who now

have less land to recreate on. And we all love our natural lands and want to spend time there. Houses, and mountain bikers, and people and native plants and wildlife can’t all exist on the exact same piece of land. But we all need to support ways that allow these, sometimes competing, interests to coexist. That means providing places for healthy outdoor recreation like mountain biking that doesn’t damage sensitive areas like Carlsbad Highlands, adequately funding the California Department of Fish and Wildlife so they can protect our native plants and wildlife, and supporting sound planning that reduces sprawl development and provides for growth while still protecting natural open space. We can recognize these conflicts, and commit the funding, and effort to do better than we have been doing. Or, we can ignore these conflicts at Carlsbad Highlands and elsewhere, and allow ourselves to love these lands to death.

t first glance, there appears to be no relation between two plagues now affecting California and much of America, the return of measles and a rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric, vandalism and violence. But a closer look reveals both are based on misinformation transmitted via the internet and social media, which then becomes widely believed. Both also employ scapegoating. Neither plague originated in California, or even in America. But Californians and their government can move to stem the spread of both within this state. With the measles, there’s a grossly overblown autism claim. Vaccinations, goes the frequently repeated trope, often cause autism. This great exaggeration has lurked in the minds of some non-scientists for many years. Its best-known proponent is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. He leads anti-vaxxers who — lacking proof — charge vaccinations increase the incidence of autism, a problem some doctors believe is overdiagnosed. Lacking anything else to blame, some parents make vaccinations the scapegoat. So far, there are several dozen cases of measles in California this year, and no deaths. Nationally, more than 700 cases are reported, the most in this century – and the year is still young. Lies and scapegoating are also behind the anti-Semitism plague that most recently manifested as murderous gunfire in the Chabad of Poway synagogue. Some of those lies are perpetrated by a movement seeking a worldwide boycott of everything to do with Israel, the world’s only Jewish country, along with divestment from invest-

california focus thomas d. elias ments there and sanctions against anything Israeli. It’s called BDS – boycott, divest, sanction. This drive is most vocal on college campuses, including Stanford University and UC campuses like Davis and UCLA. Hotly contested California student government votes for and against pushing university administrations toward BDS show the efficacy of widespread anti-Israel propaganda, which many times bleeds over into outright anti-Semitism. They also show how ill-informed students can be. One lie is that Israel is an apartheid state, despite taking in and making full citizens of many thousands of black Ethiopians, not to mention millions of ethnic-Arab Jews expropriated and exiled from several Arab countries at the time of Israel’s founding. Plus, the more than 1 million Arab Palestinians living in Israel have citizenship and full voting rights. It was likely no accident that the 19-year-old Poway synagogue shooting suspect was a Cal State San Marcos student exposed to BDS rhetoric on campus. Just as it was no accident when another white American fired on worshippers in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last fall after seeing Nazi-like ideas on social media. Is it reasonable to expect impressionable young people to disbelieve what they see or read when similar tropes are purveyed in the New York Times, arguably America’s most

influential mass medium? Especially when the editors who print them go unpunished despite the newspaper’s apologies? When the President of the United States says there were “good people” among white supremacists who chanted “Jews will not replace us” — a slogan based on another lie — during their infamous 2017 Charlottesville demonstration/riot, is it reasonable to expect no one will act on it? The notion that Jews seek to replace white Protestant Americans is immediately disproven by the fact that Jews have fought and died in every American war and have lived here as long as anyone other than Native Americans. How can Jews replace white Americans when almost all of them are themselves white Americans? But here, as elsewhere, when economic times get tough, Jews get blamed. Such scapegoating spans two millennia. Of course, anti-Semitism has a far longer, more complex history than anti-vaccination ideology. But anti-vaxxers refusing to inoculate as many as 30 percent of pupils in some schools make California children vulnerable to contagion, where formerly they were not. Falsehoods like those slandering Jews and vaccinations can only take root among folks willing to believe almost any conspiracy theory about people and things of which they know little. The sad reality is that the rhetoric of anti-vaxxers and anti-Semites will never stop. It can only be combated by education, which means public school curriculum must change or these very contemporary plagues will never end. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

Diane Nygaard is president of Preserve Calavera, a local nonprofit conservation organization.

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Tackling mental health and addiction


By Marie Waldron

Mental health and drug addiction are often co-occurring disorders, with a big impact. I have been working on commonsense, bi-partisan solutions to these problems since my days on the city council. As a member of the Mental Health Caucus, I serve on several committees that deal directly with these issues, including Assembly Health Committee and the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery & Universal Coverage. I am also a member of the Stanford 5 Year

Initiative on Neuroscience, a working group that fosters communications between policymakers and researchers regarding mental health and opioid addiction. This session I introduced legislation to strengthen the voice of local mental health boards to help meet the needs of the mentally ill and a bill to allow payment to substance use providers in every county. In addition, I have joined with Assembly Republicans to support expanding current programs providing loan repayment for physicians and mental

health providers who practice in underserved areas, including rural parts of this region. Those suffering with mental illness and substance abuse can turn their lives around. There is a lot of work to do. By making access to treatment available and affordable while reducing stigma, we can restore lives. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.

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Solana Beach skate park opens Supervisor Gaspar to seek reelection By Lexy Brodt

SOLANA BEACH — “This is pretty sick,” said Alec Beck with the Tony Hawk Foundation, as over four dozen skaters of all ages grabbed their boards to break in Solana Beach’s brand new La Colonia skate park. Lingo and all, few words could have better captured the feeling in the air at the park’s grand opening on April 27. Parents watched as their young kids cautiously navigated the park’s various dips and slopes, while local professional skaters whizzed past to negotiate a rail or “Hubba” ledge. In addition to the skate park, the city also unveiled a small basketball court and free-standing nanogrid — called EnergiPlant — providing WiFi and ports for phone-charging. The park’s design takes the look of the ocean, with a donor wall in the shape of a wave revealing the names of individuals and businesses that contributed $500 or more to the project. The project’s construction has quickly unfolded over last 10 months, a chain link fence around the perimeter giving away sneak peaks of the design to come. But efforts to make the skate park a reality started over a decade ago. In 2007, the city came up with a Master Plan for the whole of La Colonia Park, envisioning elements such as the skate park, an expanded tot lot and a courtyard honoring veterans — which was completed in 2016. But after the city’s anticipated funding source was shut down at the state level, the city had to approach the Master Plan “piecemeal,” said former Councilwoman Lesa Heebner, who was on the council during much of the project’s timeline. The skate park remained a city priority, with residents hoping a it would give area kids “something positive to occupy their time,” Heebner told The Coast News. In 2016, the Parks and Recreation Commission started looking ways to chip

SOLANA BEACH sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders hold up their winning designs for a skate park pre-opening challenge offered by the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society. Students were encouraged to submit deck designs conveying the “importance of our new skate park to our community,” or documentaries describing the history of the park. The challenge attracted about 50 entries. Photo by Lexy Brodt

away at the Master Plan. Fueled by the momentum and enthusiasm of the local skating community, the commission opted to focus on “what resonated,” Commissioner Linda Swindell said. And what resonated was the skate park. The approximately $1.1 million project was largely paid for out of the city’s Capital Improvement Program Fund, but it was also able to garner various financial support from local entities and community members. A $5,000 donation from the Tony Hawk Foundation “kicked off” the project, said Mayor Dave Zito during the park’s grand opening. From there, the city received a $100,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant from the county, as well as donations from the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society and the Coastal Communities Foundation. The Parks and Recreation Commission raised money through fundraisers at Culture Brewing, and the

Fire Department hosted a pancake breakfast. As the city secured funding for the skate park, the project’s consulting architects — Van Dyke Landscape Architects — gathered input from local skaters and community members to come up with a design. The final product was constructed by California Skateparks. And the feedback so far? “It’s been great,” Swindell said. “The consensus is: people think it’s fun, it’s well-designed for the space.” Local resident Dan Soderberg was one of a couple hundred residents and family members watching from the park’s grassy area during the grand opening, as his young son tried out the skate park. Soderberg, who also skates, said he looks forward to having a place where he can do something fun with his kids. “I think it was well-needed,” he said. Prior to the skate park, skateboarding was not allowed on any public property in the city. Zito, who cut the open-

ing ribbon as a large group of eager young skaters looked on, said he’s “very happy” about the progress being made to the park. “While I admit these facilities will not be used by everybody, I think if you look at the park as a whole, it’s turning into a very wonderful location for our entire community and the entire neighborhood to come and gather,” he said.

up to run against Gaspar, a Republican, for the technically nonpartisan board. Terra Lawson-Remer, a former U.S. Treasury Department adviser during the Obama administration, Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz and fire captain and Palomar Health Board member Jeff Griffith are all running against Gaspar. In response to Gaspar's announcement, the San Diego County Democratic Party referred to her as a “Trump Republican.” “Kristin Gaspar can try to make voters forget that she’s spent the last two years supporting Trump’s outrageous border wall and racist, anti-immigrant agenda,” said party Chairman Will Rodriguez-Kennedy. “San Diegans rejected Trump in 2016, and we will make sure that voters know that Kristin Gaspar shares Donald Trump’s values, not ours.” — City News Service

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The San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association invites you to brighten the day of someone in need by sharing your friendship, talents and/or your pets with residents receiving Alzheimer’s care at Somerford Place Encinitas. All are welcome, bring your whole family. Sign up to help at signupgenius.com/go/ 70a0b44a8aa23a2fe3-sdima.


Seafood chef, Yanni Hassir, will be sharing his knowledge of the kitchen and recipes at the May 10 meeting of the Senior Anglers of Escondido at 9:30 a.m. at the Escondido City Hall in the Mitchell Room, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido. Focusing on food borne illnesses that can come from bacteria and parasites due to improper fish handling, Hassir created FishermansBelly.com. Open to all anglers age 50 and above.


Hear John Wixted, of UCSD, speak on the reliability of eyewitness memory at the LIFE Club San Elijo from 1 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Student Conference Room.

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Treat your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Admission, adults $14, seniors, students, active military $10, children ages 3 to 12 $8. Tasting tickets will be sold inside the gardens.


Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation docents will host a free focus on butterflies event from 9 to 11 a.m. May 11, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. Pat Flanagan will speak about the local butterflies and how to attract them. Afterward, go on the trail to find butterflies, moths and caterpillars. Visit batiquitosfoundation.org/.


Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club invites you to sign up for its fifth annual Golf Ball Drop held May 11 at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, 1275 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Grand prize is $2,000. Register at encinitascoastalrotary.org.


For those experiencing grief from loss of a loved one, join Expressive Arts Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11, UCSD Cancer Center, 1200 Garden View Road, Encinitas. Suggested donation $20. E-mail Alessandra@AlessandraColfi.

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LIVE MUSIC, food and rides, such as the Frog Hopper, will be featured at the 40th annual Fiesta del Sol the weekend of May 18-19 in Solana Beach. Courtesy photos

BEACH BASH 40th annual Fiesta del Sol hits Solana Beach this month

Special to The Coast News

SOLANA BEACH — In 1979, gasoline was 86 cents a gallon, Michael Jackson released his breakthrough album “Off the Wall” and the average national rent was $280. It was also the first year for Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach. Now 40 years later, Fiesta del Sol, presented by the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Belly Up and the city of Solana Beach, will be grooving by the beach with another exciting beachside festival the weekend of May 18 and May 19. Fiesta del Sol opens each morning at 9 a.m. with the arts and crafts fair and closes each evening at 9 p.m. after the conclusion of the last musical performance. The Fiesta del Sol takes place adjacent to Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach within the area bordered by South Sierra Avenue and Acacia Avenue. “Being the longest running event in Solana Beach, we are going to go big this year,” said Maryam Hintzen, chief executive officer Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau. “The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce has hosted this free two-day event for 40 years as a kick-off to summer in Solana Beach and to give back to our amazing community!” The two-day event encompasses at least nine blocks and six parking lots in the city and will offer up everything from food to concerts for kids, adults and everyone in between. “We looked back at the 39 years that this festival has been going on and continue to be amazed how

much it has grown from a tiny beach party to attracting more than 55,000 people last year,” she said. Fiesta del Sol truly has something for everyone this year: food trucks, specialty food vendors, and an arts and crafts area showcasing an eclectic array of arts and crafts exhibits with original paintings, locally handcrafted jewelry, pottery, clothing, one-of-akind items, etc. Also on hand will be a children’s entertainment area just for kids with rides, games and hands-on activities, bounce houses, arts and crafts and other fun activities designed especially for children. The main stage showcases children’s dance groups, musicians and martial arts exhibitions in the mornings. There will be a sponsor VIP lounge, fireman and lifeguard dunk tank, Solana Beach Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, wine and beer gardens, rides, hundreds of vendors and much more — all free! Hintzen said she and her small team have been planning for the event since January and are all “excited to share our gorgeous city with the community once again during this amazing event.” And according to Hintzen “with a brand-new interactive website and the best performers of any Fiesta del Sol, 2019’s party is shaping up to be legendary!” “Once again, the Belly Up is providing an exceptional lineup of musicians to perform over the twoday event; which also includes our local community talent,” she said. “Just like last year, TURN TO FIESTA DEL SOL ON


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Local dentist, an RSF resident, faces new allegations of fraud By Jordan P. Ingram

ENCINITAS — After a string of criminal and professional violations spanning four decades and three states, a Rancho Santa Fe dentist faces new allegations of fraud by a former patient of Correct Choice Dental Group in Encinitas. Gerry Simoni, 62, of Escondido, filed a civil complaint on April 24 in San Diego Superior Court’s smallclaims division against James Charles LaJevic, accusing the dentist of fraudulently billing $2,750 for dental services that were never performed. Simoni further alleges that LaJevic, 71, charged him for procedures not included in his original treatment plan. The complaint is the third claim filed in Superior Court against the embattled practitioner by a patient or professional associate in the past six months. “I did what I could to come to a mutual agreement, but he has ignored all my requests,” Simoni said. “It’s clear to me that he has no concern for his patients, especially those who he has damaged.” According to Simoni, LaJevic offered him a “great price for procedures” if he paid him $4,500 upfront for four crowns, Invisalign treatment and scaling and

root planning on all four quadrants. When Simoni received an itemized bill after months of treatment, he said LaJevic had charged him for services that never occurred, including scaling and root planning (SRP) on all four quadrants. According to Simoni, LaJevic called him on April 2 to inform him that he would not provide any more treatment and to “never step foot inside of his office again.” “I was in shock to say the least and felt sick to my stomach because I knew he had just stolen a good part of my money,” Simoni said. Simoni said several more attempts to contact LaJevic were ignored.

Ongoing legal woes

The legal action comes just four months after Simoni’s daughter, Christiana, filed a Jan. 22 lawsuit against LaJevic alleging professional negligence after a wisdom tooth extraction resulted in paresthesia. After filing suit, Christiana said she advised her father to see a different dentist but learned that Simoni had already paid LaJevic upfront for treatment. “I feel like he got off lucky considering what happened to me,” Christiana

his dentistry is questionable.” These incidents are the latest in LaJevic’s tumultuous dental career that includes a series of well-documented professional and personal misconduct ranging from gross negligence and fraud to felony-tax evasion.

History of violations

James LaJevic

said. “My dad got scammed but the quality of my life got taken away.” In November 2018, Dr. Gary Braunstein, of Encinitas Dental Care, filed a complaint in small claims court after LaJevic refused to reimburse him $4,750 for a patient’s treatment. The patient, Christine Praefice, had received a refund from Care Credit, a health care financing company, based on her claim of assault and malpractice by LaJevic, according to court documents. “(LaJevic) just abuses people,” Braunstein told The Coast News in January. “He is not honest with people, billing fraudulently and

As previously reported by The Coast News, in 1994, the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry found “sufficient evidence” to sustain 12 of 47 allegations levied against LaJevic, including gross negligence, practicing dentistry with an expired license, taking office drugs for personal use and abandoning a patient mid-treatment. At the time, the board noted that “Dr. LaJevic’s continued practice of dentistry in the Commonwealth was an immediate and clear danger to the public health or safety,” according to court documents. Pennsylvania law enforcement agents also learned that the dentist was filling prescriptions for Valium and a narcotic cough syrup for “office use” with an expired Drug Enforcement Agency Certificate of Registration. Following the state’s investigation, the Pennsylva-

nia Dental Board suspended LaJevic’s dental license indefinitely in 2001 after discovering that he had falsified renewal applications for his expired DEA certificate. The Pennsylvania Dental Board later granted a full reinstatement of LaJevic’s dental license after he completed a clinical re-examination and passed a specified ethics exam. LaJevic left his Pennsylvania practice in good standing and moved with his wife and office assistant Lori Werder to Nevada. According to a verified complaint filed in District Court by the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners, LaJevic and Werder were practicing dentistry without a state-issued license. The longtime couple reached a stipulation agreement with the court, admitting no wrongdoing and paying a $7,000 fine. LaJevic and Werder then moved to California where LaJevic was granted a probationary license on Oct. 16, 2015.

Wheels of justice?

In granting LaJevic’s license, the California Dental Board acknowledged LaJevic’s past violations but approved his license anyway. Carlos Alvarez, enforcement chief with the California State Dental Board, said

that dental licenses in the state can’t be denied solely on past convictions or violations. “We have to look at (the applicants’) entire history,” Alvarez said. “Do they have any proof of certificate or rehabilitation from other states? Did they meet the conditions of any other administrative actions? Everything is taken into consideration before we issue a license.” Alvarez said that every complaint submitted to the board is reviewed by dental consultants to see if the dentist fell below the “standard of care” which is determined on a case-by-case basis. The most egregious cases are sent to the attorney general’s office for further investigation and prosecution. But other than filing complaints, only criminal allegations, such as fraudulent billing and sexual misconduct, offer the possibility for repeat offenders to have their license permanently removed. “This dentist needs to be investigated immediately,” Simoni said. “There is no doubt in my mind that he should have his license revoked in California so he cannot do any more damage to other people.” LaJevic could not be reached for comment.

Streetscape project still on schedule By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Although the long-awaited Streetscape project is well underway, it has not been without its fair share of obstacles. After withstanding an especially rainy winter and failed storm drain pipes,

ager Scott Huth initially anticipated the project’s completion would possibly be delayed to the end of summer. “We are behind schedule,” he said. The $7.2 million project aims to beautify the city’s

work effort and fund the replacement of damaged and corroded pipes found at 10th and 11th streets. The damaged pipes weren’t the only thing the city uncovered during the course of construction — Huth said that wet material

THE CITY’S long-awaited Streetscape Project has experienced some setbacks, mostly due to inclement weather and the discovery of failed storm drains. In the meantime, city staffers are working with area businesses to reduce construction impacts, according to Deputy Director of Public Works Mohsen Maali. Photo by Lexy Brodt

the city is expanding its construction schedule to include some evenings and Saturdays. Mohsen Maali, the city’s deputy public works director, said the new schedule will help the city recover time lost due to unforeseen site conditions. He anticipates the project’s final touches will still be completed on schedule — in July, in time for race season. At an April 15 City Council meeting, City Man-

downtown stretch from 9th Street to the Del Mar Plaza, bringing in new sidewalks, paving, bike lanes, landscaping, street lighting and furnishing. The project is largely funded by Measure Q — a voter-approved 1% sales tax hike. At the April meeting, council approved the allocation of an additional $424,000 — out of the city’s AB 939 fund and Measure Q monies — to expand Spurlock Landscape Architect’s

underneath the sidewalks required staff to bring in new materials, and the discovery of unmapped utilities required design changes. The city has also been working with local businesses to lessen the impact of the construction — and some have been taking a hit. Mary Arabatzis, the co-owner of Camino Del Mar restaurant Beeside Balcony, presented at a March City Council meeting with concerns about how the in-

clement weather and construction were negatively affecting sales. “The clouds have parted, and the construction has started,” Arabatzis said, calling the noise pollution and dust “horrible for customers.” She also said customers were having a hard time finding parking due to construction-related street closures. The city has been working with the Business Support Advisory Committee and the Del Mar Village Association to respond to requests, “scheduling noisy and dusty work during the least-disruptive times,” Maali said. Councilman Dwight Worden, a liaison to the Business Support Advisory Committee, compared the current negative impacts on local businesses to the pain of getting a shot at the doctor’s office. “The upside of that is, it’s temporary,” he said. For now, the city has been hanging “business open” and “pardon our dust” signs and banners around town, to lessen the blow. “We understand that heavy construction is not good for business, but we are confident that a finished project will greatly beautify downtown Del Mar and turn it into an even greater destination,” Maali said in an email to The Coast News. “That will pay great dividends to our business community for decades to come.”


Olympic equestrian gold medalist Will Simpson, left, donated a rib dinner for 20 for auction as part of the April 26 U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Spring Soirée, a fundraising event that took place at the Pomponio Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe. The event, which raised more than $200,000, served as a benefit for U.S. Equestrian high performance programs, including developmental and elite, to ensure athletes and teams representing the U.S. have the necessary support to compete at the highest level of the sport. Courtesy photo


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Little ones require a big voice small talk jean gillette Jean Gillette hopes you will enjoy one of her earlier columns, in a sympathetic salute to all young moms today. have suddenly pinpointed my strongest weapon and tool possessed as a mother of young children. It is not a certain look. It is not hugs and kisses, the world-famous “timeout” or a spanking. It is my voice. Without a good, strong voice that carries well, I don’t know how you manage motherhood. I crashed into this revelation this week when a virus turned my throat into a sand pit. It is a child’s dream and a mother’s nightmare. Suddenly, I could not

I THE FIRE DISTRICT FOUNDATION is holding a fundraiser May 18 at Cielo Village Square in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo


than people realize,” Depolo said. “We are working together for the good of our community and our fire department.” Depolo said the general population is surprised to learn that the fire department needs additional funding and thinks it is all is covered through taxes. “The ability to have these extra funds to do more is in everyone’s best interest,” he said. Bonita Baumgartner, who serves as secretary of the foundation, said she is looking forward to getting the word out that the foundation is up and running and supporting the brave men and women in the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. Baumgartner said the district serves more than just Rancho Santa Fe. Its other areas include 4S Ranch, Santa Fe Valley, Bernardo Lake Estates, Bernardo Pt., The Summit of Rancho Bernardo, Fairbanks Ranch, Whispering Palms, Del Mar Country Club, Rancho Santa Fe Farms, Rancho Santa Fe Lakes, Santa Fe Sur, Rancho Farms Estates, Del Rayo Estates, Montecito Rancho Santa Fe, Sun Val-


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ley, The Bridges, The Crosby, Cielo, Harmony Grove Village, Elfin Forest and more. Baumgartner said the foundation was created to raise funds for firefighters to be better prepared to protect the community during wildfires. “We have already granted monies for a drone to assess fire situations better and get personnel in and out of areas with a greater degree of safety, a detox sauna for firefighters after they have been exposed to toxic smoke inhalation, and a new septic system in Station 6,” she said. “We are hoping to raise funds for solar on station roofs so they can be more efficient, provide new, better equipment for firefighter protection and safety, fire engines where needed, individual station improvements, and increased educational tools.” In addition to raising funds, Depolo said the fundraiser is a chance for residents to meet while learning more about the foundation and what it does. “This event is to spread the world that we exist, and we are here to help,” he said. Sage Bleu Catering will provide the hors d'oeuvres for the event, and there will also be musical entertainment. “This event is an opportunity to make a difference in your community while providing support for our brave men and women that support us in medical emergencies and fire suppression,” Baumgartner said. “We hope to see you there.” The Rancho Santa Fe Fire District Foundation fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. May 18 at the Cielo Village Square, 18029 Calle Ambiente in Rancho Santa Fe. To learn more about the event, or to RSVP, call (760) 703-3994 or visit https://www.rsffirefoundation.org/

respond to the 1,001 questions and requests that my youngsters fire over their shoulder in a constant stream from the minute their eyes open until they drop off to sleep. I truly was amazed at how often my kids needed a verbal response. This steady stream of chatter had become second nature to me until I found I could not be heard. With no voice, you cannot get your children to look at you, or even slow down long enough to be caught. For better or worse, my voice has always been a major part of my persona. I achieve a volume, especially with my children, that is the bane of my neighbors and the envy of every fishwife and drill sergeant. I use it often and with excellent success in the discipline of my children. It also allows me to respond to their every beck and call from upstairs or down. They don’t exactly stop in their tracks when I bellow, but it gets their attention more quickly than

In loving memory of

Alex Nava

April 5, 2019

It is with immeasurable sadness that we share with our community the passing of our enigmatic and charismatic son, Alex Nava. He lost his eightmonth long battle with opioid addiction on Friday, April 5, 2019. He had called the Village Park area his home for all of his 24 years. Alex’s smile is what we will remember. He was a light in the world. He was authentic and genuine, with a greeting full of affection,

Ruthanne Gaertner, 83 Oceanside April 27, 2019 John Lee Walters, 70 Oceanside April 30, 2019

and his smile and goofiness will remain with us. It is our hope that Alex’s light will help someone find their way through the disease of addiction and stay alive. Some of us will forever remember Alex as he stood outside of his childhood home wearing his favorite boots and Magic Girl costume. And then there were the days he wore nothing at all, except those boots. Alex leaves behind his mother Lisa, father Antonio, brother Andrew, and sisters Angela Morgan and Ariana. His Nava and Morgan families extend across the U.S. and Mexico. In lieu of flowers, the family is graciously accepting donations to contribute to continued expenses, and there will be a one-time donation in Alex’s name to a program to be determined.

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anything else I have tried. I have never felt so powerless as when I let fly a shriek at my son, who was blithely ignoring me about something, and managed nothing more than a fine imitation of a strangling bullfrog. My sprinting speed has increased since physical contact has become critical for getting any message across. My hands are blistered from clapping, and I have remastered the fine art of the two-finger whistle I learned as a kid. Finally, I sat both children down, and reminded them that mom’s throat was sore and that I had no voice. They must not stand upstairs and holler at me, expecting the usual audible response. They must watch me more closely when we are out to know if I need their attention. It feels like pearls before piglets, but I have to keep trying or I will never recover. The really strange moments came during the weekend away with a close friend and her

children. Fortunately, she too is a mom who knows how to express herself, so she got to express herself for both of us. Then I kept turning and whispering. “Tell my son to stop splashing his sister, please. Ask my daughter to stop running near the pool, please,” and so on. It was like a bad ventriloquism act. They would hear her, turn, look at me, see my scowl or furious hand motions, and finally, obey. Instead, I have let some transgressions, usually noted, just go by. The kids love it, but I’m not sure they realize it is temporary. They may be in for a cold shock when I heal. For now, I’m gargling frequently, picking my fights carefully and wishing I had made my children fluent in sign language. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who rarely needs a megaphone. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.


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A lot of history in one day in Arizona


isiting central Arizona can be a lesson in contrasting civilizations, both in time and culture. On one hand, there are Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot national monuments, both providing glimpses into Southwestern civilizations that thrived between the 11th and 15th centuries. The inhabitants of these communities lived off the land and local rivers and had few personal possessions, creating virtually no waste and leaving nothing behind but the walls and windows of their homes. e’louise ondash On the other hand, there are historic Jerome and its little suburb, Haynes, both re-populated, re-purposed mining towns of the 19th and 20th centuries that are packed with paraphernalia of the past and present. Seeing all four in one-day makes for an interesting, educational and fun-filled road trip.

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MASSIVE QUANTITIES of rusted farming and mining equipment, auto and machine parts, household items and anything ever made of metal have found a home at the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town, formerly Haynes, Arizona. In the late 1800s, a mining company dug a shaft hoping to find copper; instead it discovered gold. The mine, still visible, is 1,270 feet deep. It closed in 1914. More at goldkingmineghosttown.com.

THE HISTORIC MINING town of Jerome sits on the side of Cleopatra Hill at 5,200 feet in central Arizona. It was copper that drew fortune seekers to the area in 1876, and organized mining began in 1883. Mining ceased in 1918 when an uncontrolled fire burned through the 88 miles of tunnels under the town. Open-pit mining followed; these mines finally closed in 1953. Most of Jerome’s 15,000 people left, and squatters and artists found a home there in the ’60s and ’70s. Thanks to the Jerome Historical Society, many of the buildings have been preserved. Today Jerome is bustling with visitors who can spend the day learning about the town’s history at the society’s mining museum; perusing the many boutiques; enjoying everything from cowboy grub to fine dining; and taking in the view. More at azjerome.com/jerome. Photo by Jerry Ondash

WALLS BUILT between 1000 and 1400 by the Southern Sinagua, early inhabitants of Arizona’s aptly named Verde Valley, still stand high on a ridge in central Arizona. Called Tuzigoot, which in the Apache language means “crooked water,” the village housed up to 200 people in up to 87 rooms. Tuzigoot has been designated a national monument. More at nps.gov/tuzi/index.htm Photo by Jerry Ondash

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Helen Woodward hosts celebration for animal alums RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center invites adopted alumni and all furry princes and princesses to a royal celebration of animal rescue. The center’s annual Puppy Prom calls on four-legged friends to reunite since finding their happily-ever-after and rejoice … on the dance floor. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s seventh annual Puppy Prom is 10 a.m. to noon May 18 at Casa Sol y Mar, 12865 El Camino Real. Dressed in fairytale attire for the storybook ball, pups and their parents are invited to enjoy corsage and bowtie making-stations, opportunity drawings, photos with prom-themed backdrops and treats for all. Once again, Casa Sol y Mar will host the happy event and provide free light appetizers for the humans,

with 20 percent of all additional food/beverage sales from the event going back to HWAC. The festivities will culminate in the crowning of Best Dressed Prom King and Queen. Enter with a $10 fee, which supports the center. Helen Woodward Animal Center loves its kitty alumni too and will honor them with a Best Dressed Kitty King and Queen Contest. To enter your rescue kitty, go online to submit a photo of your cat (dressed in their prom finery). Photos will be shared on our social media sites and voted on at the Puppy Prom by attending prom-goers with prizes awarded to the Best Dressed Kitty Prom King and Queen. For more information, to RSVP and to register your cat or pup for the Best Dressed contest, head to animalcenter.org/puppyprom.

Pet of the Week With star-like qualities, Spot has a special gift for being in front of the camera, although it helps when you have no “bad side.” Spot is a 10-month-old, domestic short hair who is curious, friendly and loves showing off his fluff. One look at his cute round face is enough to quickly become his greatest fan. He weighs about 8 pounds. He’s waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. His adoption fee is $126. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center are vaccinated and micro-chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6523 Helen Woodward Way, Rancho Santa Fe.

SDUHSD selects top teacher, classified employee REGION — Matt Cunningham was named 2019 Teacher of the Year and Debbie Johnson was awarded the 2019 Classified Employee of the Year title for the San Dieguito Union High School District. Cunningham began teaching in 1989 at San Dieguito High School and remained for 10 years before transferring to La Costa Canyon High School where he has been teaching for the last 21 years. Cunningham has taught English at all levels of high school. He is known for his total dedication to the success of his students, and his unwillingness to never give up on them.

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Cunningham has always shown a commitment to teaching the whole child, as opposed to simply delivering the curriculum. When his students are writing in class, Cunning-

ham leads by example and does the same. He shares his passion for the written word with his students, and it is “simply contagious” his supporters said.

Johnson, administrative assistant for Technology Services, has been with the SDUHS district since 1993 and in her current role for more than 18 years. Those who nominated her highlighted Johnson’s “can do” attitude, patience, problem-solving skills, and student-focused service as some of the reasons she is an outstanding representative of classified employees. As the district winners, Cunningham and Johnson will now advance to the San Diego County Employee of the Year Program administered by the San Diego County Office of Education.

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A superbloom of craft breweries across North County craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh


ixty of San Diego’s 158 breweries and 46 satellite tasting rooms are in The Coast News’ coverage area. The newest is Guadalupe Brewing’s tasting room in downtown Vista, which just opened on April 20. (You can see the full list of breweries and tasting rooms at my blog, CraftBeerInSanDiego.com.) Thirteen additional breweries and tasting rooms are in planning for North County, too. Chances seem good that about 10 of them will open before the end of 2019, bringing the total to 70. That might seem like a lot of craft beer locations, but it is equivalent to one location for about every 11,700 inhabitants in The Coast News coverage area. (By the end of 2019, it will be closer

to one for every 9,700 residents.) That per capita rate doesn’t take into account all the visitors to the region who also help us drink our beer. Consider Stone Brewing — the largest brewery in San Diego County and the ninth largest craft brewery in the country, according to the Brewers Association’s most recent ranking of breweries based on volume of production in 2018. Stone draws a huge number of beer tourists from around the globe to its World Bistro and Gardens at its Escondido headquarters. Other old favorites of beer aficionados, such as Lost Abbey (in San Marcos) and Pizza Port (founded in Solana Beach and now with five locations, three of which are in North County), have been joined by newer ventures that are also drawing a lot of attention, such as Burgeon (Carlsbad), Bagby (Oceanside), and Wild Barrel (San Marcos). Together, the concentration of high-quality craft breweries in San Diego fully justifies the moniker “The Capital of Craft.” The rep-

THE BEER OFFERINGS at the new Guadalupe Brewery tasting room in Vista, which opened April 20. Courtesy photo

utation of San Diego breweries draws tourists from around the world. Beer vacations — or “beer-cations” as they are sometimes known — help add to our local economy. The craft beer industry had an economic value of over $1.1 billion to the San Diego region in 2017, according to a 2018 report authored by the Office of Business Research and Analysis at

California State University, San Marcos. The number of breweries and the total volume of beer produced has only increased since 2017, so the current value of craft beer to the region is undoubtedly higher now. Differences in local policies have a significant impact on where breweries and tasting rooms are located. While San Marcos has nine breweries, Encinitas

has just three tasting rooms and no breweries. Encinitas has 70% of the population of San Marcos but only 30% as many beer locations per capita. Vista has 20 breweries and tasting rooms, or one for every 4,701 people, making it about four times more brewery-dense than Encinitas and more than seven times more brewery-dense than Escondido. That means Escondido is missing out on economic benefits, not to mention making it harder for its residents and visitors to enjoy a very popular pastime. Some people worry that the craft beer market is oversaturated. It is true that there is more competition than before, but the rate of closures among breweries and tasting rooms in San Diego is still far lower than that for bars and restaurants. Nationally, only 13.2% of the beer consumed is craft beer, with most of the rest still being “American adjunct light lager” produced by international conglomerates. Given that fact, there is still plenty of room for craft breweries who make quality beer and

have a smart plan for reaching new customers. A recent report from the Brewers Association, a trade group that represents small independent brewers, shows that nationally craft beer sales grew by 4% by volume in 2018, despite the overall beer sector being down 1%. Small and independent breweries now account for 13.2% of the volume of beer sold in the U.S. In dollar figures, however, since craft beer is normally sold at higher prices than mass-produced beer, these small independent breweries now own a 24.1% market share. The number of craft breweries in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2018: 1,049 new craft breweries opened and 219 closed, bring the total to 7,346 on a net growth rate of 13.2%. San Diego, a more mature craft beer market than most other parts of the country, experienced a more modest net growth rate of 2% in 2018: 22 breweries closed and 25 opened. However, there was a 40% increase in the number of satellite tasting rooms.

Belching Beaver builds beer and wine togetherness


elching Beaver is one of the leading craft beers in San Diego County. Sure I know, the area is loaded with crazy stories from the over 130 breweries in this region, some beer is garage made, others are billion dollar businesses. At least 115 wineries operate in the county. Neither wine or beer are treated equally at drinking and eating establishments … until now. Belching Beaver has been a little different in its fast-growing history. Their motto … DAM GOOD TIMES! Hospitality Director and Wine Sommelier Ralph Lizarraga and I talked about how the name Belching Beaver came to be. “Well, I wasn’t there but the owners had a marathon drinking meeting over a name for this incredibly

taste of wine frank mangio good beer,” he recalled. My guess is they chewed on it for hours, finally said they felt like belching beavers, and it was a done deal. They are now in nine states and five countries, and locally they have five tasting locations and a production brew house in Oceanside. Lizarraga went on that “the beaver shows up in just about everything we do and offer, from small bites to large dinners and he’s always grinnin’ and laughin’ like he’s havin’ a good time.” The beer list never stops flowing from digi-

tized taps that change daily. There are 66 taps in the Tavern & Grill, including 34 “Beavers” and the rest other brands. Beaver names you’ll want to try include Peanut Butter Milk Stout, Here Comes Mango and Phantom Bride. From burgers and Belching Beaver beer in the bar area, to comfy booths, decorative flame décor, and an executive chef with upscale entrees and lots of quality wine to pair, the grill side of Belching Beer Tavern & Grill will impress you. Chef Romiro Guerra gave us a quick tour of the menu. His top rated appetizer is the Fried Cauliflower, locally grown and organic. His Chef’s Special was the Bone-in Ribeye, fire gilled with potato and vegetable, blue cheese crust and house-made steak sauce. I


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paired it with one of their Cab beauties from Sonoma, a 2014 Stonestreet, on a commanding elevation in the Alexander Valley. Thanks to Lizarraga, his quality wine selections have earned the restaurant a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. One more kudo… on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, guitarist Jimmy Patton, none better in the area, plays guitar for diners inside and on the outside patio. See more at BelchingBeaver.com. Ramona wines score well at 8th annual competition

Congratulations to 10 of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association members on their award winning wines, in competition in nearby San Diego’s Toast of the Coast County Fair competition. I was one of the founding judges in the first year of this event. Ramona is one of the few districts in Southern California where there is a trail of over 40 wineries for a day’s worth of premium wine tasting. Significant victories went to Woof’nRose for Best Cabernet Franc and Best of Ramona Valley AVA. The judges tasted 820 wines from the 135 wineries including wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Paso Robles. Other Gold winners from Ramona included Eagles Nest Winery for its Picpoul Blanc white dessert wine and Speckle Creek for their 2017 Falanghina. For more about the competition and the 2019 County Fair, go to thetoastofthecoast.com. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 23

THE FABULOUS Steak Frites at Valentina, served at a perfect medium rare. Photo by David Boylan

Valentina blossoms in heart of Leucadia

birth of Valentina. Owner Mario Warman and chef/partner Alex Carballo have transformed the space into an elegant yet casual restaurant that feels like a more mature,

yet still playful Moto Deli. It should be noted that many of the amazing Moto Deli sandwiches are still available on the lunch menu. That was good to hear, as they are still some of my favorites anywhere. The Valentina menu is eclectic, influenced by the styles of Mexico, France and Italy as interpreted

by Chef Alex Carballo. If that name sounds famil-


s much as I loved the Moto Deli concept of scratchmade, chef-driven sandwiches, it never really made the transition into dinner and evening hours. Given its killer location in the heart of Leucadia, and the now bustling nighttime dining scene, a fresh concept to cater to that crowd was inevitable and happened recently with the


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The Hutchins Consort , featuring Kunia Galdiera and Matt Akiona, perform “Hawaiiana” at 8 p.m. May Know something that’s going 17 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 890 Balour Drive, on? Send it to calendar@ Encinitas. in a musical voycoastnewsgroup.com age celebrating the people and culture of Hawaii. For more information, visit hutchinsconsort.org or call INTERNATIONAL DANCE Encinitas Friends of (858) 366-2423. the Arts host a celebration of international dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. May 11 at the Encinitas Community ‘OPERATIC ODYSSEY’ The North Coast SymCenter, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, with an phony Orchestra presents artisan marketplace and “An Operatic Odyssey” feadrawings. Performances by turing soprano Katie Polit, Blue Ming Chinese Dance, at 2:30 p.m. May 18, at the Flamenco Arana, Malone San Dieguito United MethAcademy of Irish Dance, odist Church, 170 Calle Ni Wayan Ekarini Bali- Magdalena, Encinitas. Ticknese and LITVAKdance ets available at the door: Company. Tickets $20-$35. $10 general, $8 seniors/stuFor more information, call dents/military, $25/family max. For more information, (760) 298-1706. visit northcoastsymphony. MUSIC WITHOUT BOUNDARIES com. A benefit concert will be held for the 2019 San Diego International Piano Competition for Outstand- JEWISH MEN’S CHOIR Hear the San Diego ing Amateurs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 11 at the Encinitas Jewish Men’s Choir, will ofLibrary, 540 Cornish Drive, fer a performance at 3:30 Encinitas. Suggested dona- p.m. May 19 at the First tion $20. More information United Methodist Church of Escondido, 341 S. Kalmia at (949) 945-3570. St., A free-will offering will be accepted.

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An exhibition of photography by Jeff Maysent, “Seaside Reef in the Rain, and Other Images” will be at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.

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We d n e s d a y s @ N o o n presents a free concert by Young Artists Competition winners, Eden Tremayne, soprano, Tzytle Steinman, mezzo-soprano and Laynee ‘SHE KILLS MONSTERS’ Dell Woodward, soprano at North Coast Repertory noon, May 22 at the EnciTheatre offers a comedic nitas Library, 540 Cornish romp into the world of fan- Drive, Encinitas. tasy role-playing games, with “She Kills Monsters, Young Adventurers Edition” by Qui Nguyen at 6 HEART OF ENCINITAS p.m. May 16 and May 17, 2 Barbara Murray presp.m. and 6 p.m. May 18 and ents “My Town” photogra2 p.m. May 19 at 987 Lo- phy, reflecting the residencmas Santa Fe Drive, Suite es, back alleys, and small D, Solana Beach. Tickets out-of-the-way streets in Enat northcoastrep.org. Enjoy cinitas, through July 17, with appetizers and drinks with a reception at 6 p.m. June 1 a brief presentation before at Encinitas Community creating an original work of Center Gallery, 1140 Oakart as crest Park Drive.

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Music by the Sea presents Azer Damirov on violin with Adelya Shagidullina on viola at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $14 at encinitas.tix.com, (800) 595-4849 or at the door. $15-$35

A group of 35 classical guitarists, the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, performs at 7:30pm. May 24, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive. $12, at the door. Peter Pupping, director. More information at encinitasguitarorchestra.com/.



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‘Face of Humanity’ exhibit turns lens on Tibet ca art news Bob Coletti


or over 40 years Michael Orenich has been involved in the world of photog-

raphy. Orenich started with a small darkroom in his garage and blossomed into a fine-art photographer with impressionable skills and an accomplished eye for composition. There are very few spots on our planet that Orenich, his camera, and his passion for creating compelling images have not traveled. Elements of nature, common to our lives can be transformed to creative imagery. Orenich’s latest exhibit, “Face of Humanity,” is a view into the people, the culture and country of Tibet. In this amazing exhibition, you will find a photographic journey of a culture on the brink of extinction. Its breathtaking vistas, monasteries, and spiritual culture being sub-


we have two stages to celebrate with more than 20 bands and concerts for kids over the weekend,” she added. “We are also having kids concerts which should be a lot of fun; there really is something for everyone who attends.” Parking is free and op-

‘FACE OF HUMANITY’ by Michael Orenich. His photos of Tibet will be on display May 29June 16 at The Gallery 21, Spanish Village Art Center in San Diego. Photo by Michael Orenich

ject to 60 years of occupation. Orenich traveled to the end of world, endured outlandish conditions, along with unimaginable situations in order to give us the scenery of a century. Enduring altitudes to over 19,000 feet and sub-zero temperatures gave a real

appreciation to the resilience of the Tibetan people. “I can say it was a life experience to be with these people, how they live, the welcoming of their culture”. “This should not be a forgotten land.” This kind of humanity is the reason why Orenich continues to explore and

uncover the secrets of remote destinations in our world. “Having traveled the world for most of my life, I've come to appreciate the fact we are more alike than different,” Orenich said. See more of Michael's work at orenich-lifeimages. com.

tions for parking have been expanded, making it easier to park and catch one of the frequently scheduled shuttles. Don’t forget buses including Amtrak and Coaster transportation drops off right across the street from the Fiesta del Sol main entrance. Other parking info: Free parking with free shuttle service is always

available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow the parking signs and you will find plenty of parking just off Lomas Santa Fe on Stevens Avenue and at the dirt parking lot just south of the entrance to Pelly’s Golf Center across from the Del Mar racetrack. Also, hundreds of free parking spaces in lots along Highway 101 and South Sierra Ave-

nue are available. Organizers ask attendees to please not park on Cedros Avenue. The event planners respect local businesses who will remain open during Fiesta Del Sol and it is important to allow parking for their customers who are conducting business during Fiesta Del Sol, they said. Want to know more: visit www.FiestaDelSol.net

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Short documentary earns Vista students a trip to New York City By Steve Puterski



VISTA HIGH SCHOOL sophomores Zahlia Alcala, from left, and Odalis Ramirez and Vista Visions Academy sophomore Melissa Ramirez won the Panasonic KWN New Vision Award and a trip to New York City for the ceremony. Photo courtesy Lisa Contreras/Vista Unified School District

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was taking over the town, brides and bridesmaids celebrating bachelorette parties were confounded by the crowds. WZTV reported on April 25 that the influx of crazed football fans was cramping the style of several groups: “We come here to listen to country music, not hang out with football boys,” pouted a bride named Cara. “I’ll tell you who’s going to pay for this. My husband. No football next season,” threatened a bridesmaid named Cyndi. But a bride named Savannah was more Zen about the situation: “We’re gonna make the best of it. It is what it is.” [WZTV, 4/26/2019]

Running Out of Time Lukas Bates, 30, of southeastern England, dreamed big while running the London Marathon on April 28, according to Fox News. In addition to finishing, Bates hoped to secure a Guinness world record as the fastest runner dressed as an iconic building. His costume, the tower known as Big Ben in London, rose several feet above his head -- and that, it turns out, is what tripped him up. As The Way the World Works Bates approached the finIn Nashville, Ten- ish line, his costume got nessee, as the NFL Draft caught on the scoreboard

tals of playing a musical instrument in a fun and interactive group environment. Songs are chosen to build a strong foundation on a respective student’s musical instrument. Our Summer, Winter and Spring Break Camps are designed for musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Honing music performance and ensemble skills in a fun environment, students work in a hands on atmosphere that includes learning the nuts and bolts of live performance, interacting with other musicians, Rock and Roll music appreciation, and a LIVE rock show! structure overhead. Finally a sympathetic race steward helped Bates free himself and make it over the finish line in three hours, 54 minutes and 21 seconds -- missing by only 20 seconds the record held by Richard Mietz, who ran last year’s Berlin Marathon dressed as Germany’s Holstentor gate. [Fox News, 4/28/2019] You’ve Thought of It, Too United Press International reported on April 25 that the Arizona Department of Public Safety arrested yet another driver using a dummy in the passenger seat to cruise in the HOV lane along State Route 202. “Don’t let this be you,” the department’s Twitter feed warned. The mannequin in this case was dressed as a woman. [UPI, 4/25/2019] Least Competent Criminal One way to assure a negative response to a job application is to lift a few items from your prospective employer on the way out. So it went for an unnamed 36-year-old man in Gillette, Wyoming, who visited a Sportsman’s Warehouse on April 24, where he paid for some items with a rewards card but also left

the store with some bullets and a pair of sunglasses. Two days later, the Gillette News Record reported, the man returned and asked to fill out a job application, then walked out with two more pairs of sunglasses worth $85. This time, workers called police, who arrested the man and recovered all the stolen items. [Gillette News Record, 4/28/2019] Inexplicable The Lankenau Medical Center in suburban Philadelphia was the site of a break-in on the morning of April 20, but it was the stolen loot that leaves us scratching our heads. Two men and a woman stuffed several colonoscopes worth $450,000 into three backpacks. The scopes are used to examine colons during colonoscopies. “This is not something that a typical pawn shop might accept,” said Lower Merion Police Det. Sgt. Michael Vice. “My feeling would be that it was some type of black market sales.” He also told WCAU that it’s not yet clear whether it was an inside job. [WCAU, 4/25/2019]

when you can just fake a trip to an iconic destination? That’s the service offered by Fake a Vacation, a Nebraska company that offers to superimpose you in a photo from a popular vacation spot, such as Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon, for posting on your social media pages. According to United Press International, they’ll even offer you some fun facts about the place you choose to help you make your trip stories more legit. Packages start at $19.99; no word on what it costs to get your dignity back. [UPI, 4/25/2019]

Awesome! Idahoans embraced the Big Idaho Potato, a 28-foot-long steel-and-plaster potato constructed in 2012 to mark the Idaho Potato Commission’s 75th anniversary. It’s been traveling the country ever since, promoting Idaho’s biggest crop, and the plan was for it to be retired this year, when Big Idaho Potato 2.0 arrives. But Kristie Wolfe had better idea. The tiny house builder has converted the sculpture into a single-room hotel (aptly called the Big Idaho Potato Hotel), reported USA Today. It Lame Why spend all that features a queen bed, two money on a real vacation chairs and a bathroom with

a whirlpool and skylight for stargazing; Wolfe lists it on Airbnb for $200 per night. “It’s a way of inviting people to experience Idaho in a unique way,” remarked Frank Muir, CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission. [USA Today, 4/24/2019] The High Price of Vanity A “vampire facial” is a procedure during which blood is drawn with a needle and then “spun” to separate the plasma, which is then injected into the face. For customers of a spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, though, the most lasting effects may come after a blood test. The state’s Department of Health is urging customers of VIP Spa, which closed in September 2018, to undergo HIV testing after two people were infected following treatment there. Dr. Dean Bair of the Bair Medical Spa said people should always make sure they’re going to a licensed facility for such procedures. “This is just the worst example of what can go wrong,” he told KOAT. The spa closed after inspectors found the spa’s practices could potentially spread blood-borne infections, including hepatitis B and C as well as HIV. [KOAT, 4/30/2019]

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Hormone Replacement Therapy: Looking at it with fresh eyes By Jeffrey Pearson, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M.

For decades, physicians and patients alike have been fearful of HRT, the logic being that – “if hormones are safe, then why do our bodies stop producing them? Clearly, they must turn evil after a certain age.” Alas, that is not true and enlightened physicians do their patients a service by recommending them for their patients at the appropriate time. HRT is a means of replacing something necessary that gets lost. Best example would be an automobile – while it requires fuel to run, it also requires oil in the engine in order to prevent it from breaking down. Oil doesn’t suddenly “turn bad” after the first 100,000 miles. Neither do our hormones turn bad after a certain age. While we run on food for fuel, our bodies require hormones to keep parts in repair. What is a hormone? It’s a chemical messenger wherein a gland tells another part of the body to do something. Most people are familiar with insulin (which regulates sugars and fat) and thyroid hormone (which regulates metabolism). Likewise, estrogen and testosterone

perform important functions in our bodies (and incidentally, men and women produce BOTH of these). Yes, our bodies do stop making these latter two hormones usually in our early 50’s (some earlier, some later). However, it is NOT because they suddenly “turn evil.” Rather, it’s due to the simple fact that 100 years ago, we were dead. Think about it. A white female baby born in 1910 had a life expectancy of 52 years of age, a white male baby lived an average of 49 years. Blacks fared much worse. Remember: they did not have antibiotics nor any good treatments for high blood pressure or cancer. People died early and often, hence we didn’t see cataract, joint replacements or other surgeries because our bodies weren’t around long enough to wear out. Thanks to science – the discoveries of antibiotics and treatments for other diseases, we’ve extended the lifespan for both men and women by 30 years. However, this is artificial life extension and not due to natural evolution. So, while we have the ability to prolong life into the 80’s, 90’s and even

WITHOUT HORMONES, our bodies continue to break down after a certain age.

100’s, without a body’s hormones, our bodies continue to break down. Look around and you can see the result of this – elderly men and women with spine changes causing them to hunch forward, among other things. And, it’s totally preventable. Everyone is familiar with the more common complaints of women going through “the change” – hot flashes, sleep problems, mood changes, for example. These are generally transient lasting months to a few years. The old doctor’s advice was “Don’t worry, dearie, you’ll get

over them.” However, the primary benefit to HRT is longterm protection against the body’s eventual breakdown. In women, hormones keep the “soft and squishy parts” soft and squishy. Without estrogen, women’s bodies do not absorb calcium from the gut leading to osteoporosis (leading to fractures of spine, hips and wrists most commonly). Estrogen, when started at menopause, helps protect women from heart disease and some studies suggest that they might help stave off Alzheimer’s. Testosterone has re-

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that, let’s say, if we were to smear estrogen onto a breast or testosterone onto a prostate that they would induce cancerous changes. For example, it’s well established that the men with the highest levels of testosterone never develop prostate cancer at the time – those, of course are teenage boys. And, furthermore, it’s the men with the lowest levels of testosterone who fare far poorer if they do develop prostate cancer. However, if a breast or prostate were to develop a mutation that went on to become cancer, then HRT probably is not a good idea for those people. That’s an important distinction. In other words, hormones most likely do not cause cancer, but if a cancer were already to be present, they may feed them. (end of part 1 of article series)

sponsibilities for energy and endurance in men. In both men and women, it regulates sex drive (libido), brain function, muscle and bone mass, strength, and fat distribution. “But surely [Copyright, Jeffrey Pearthere must be a downside to son, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M.] HRT, right?” That’s what Dr. Pearson is a Board-cerwas commonly believed, but recent studies have de- tified Family Physician and a past recipient of the national bunked many of the fears. “Patient Care Award for ExLet’s look at the fear that HRT can cause cancer. cellence in Patient Education,’ sponsored by the Academy But first, SPOILER ALERT of Family Practice and the – WE ALL DIE! The longer Society of Teachers of Family that we live on this planet, Medicine. He is the medical the greater the chance that a cell in our bodies will mu- director of Medicine in Motion, in Carlsbad, CA. tate into something bad. medicine-in-motion.com Not many of us truly believe

Smart home tech helps older Americans age in place May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme of connecting, creating and contributing is made easier with smart home technology that helps our aging population connect with family and friends wherever they are in the world, create a safe and healthy home environment, and continue contributing their invaluable knowledge and life experiences in their community. Smart home technology also makes it easier to “age in place,” which is important considering 90% of adults age 65 and older say they prefer growing older in their current home rather than uprooting and moving to an assisted-living facility. Not only does technology empower seniors to live independently longer, it is often a less expensive option than moving. And it can be less intimidating than people think. Technology is made “smart” by connecting devices to a high-speed Internet connection. Through a national smart home tour of

“Connected Independence” homes that had its origins in San Diego, Cox Communications has been demonstrating to communities across the country how smart-home technology gives seniors the ability to live independently at home, while providing adult children and caretakers peace of mind that their loved one is safe. The connections technology can also combat the feelings of isolation common in older adults, as it’s easier to connect with friends, family and caregivers without leaving the home. A connected home allows seniors to get the things they need in their daily routine while maintaining the quality of life at home. Here are some technology highlights from Cox’s “Connected Independence” smart home tour: Telehealth allows patients to have live, personal interaction with their doctors via video conferencing while at home. This technology relieves patients from having to find transporta-

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tion or physically traveling to a medical facility for every consultation; Home automation and security featureS, including the ability to see who is at the front door and lock and unlock doors remotely through Cox Homelife, make it easier for seniors to let visitors and caregivers in

and out of the home safely; “Smart” pill dispensers provide audible and visual alerts up to 30 minutes when pills are scheduled to be taken. Automatic pet feeders can be controlled through an app, making it easier to care for a pet; Smart toothbrushes re-

port brushing habits and provide oral health advice through an app; Smart forks help track eating habits, which help older Americans with their nutrition; Smart kitchen appliances make it easier to cook for one; Voice-activated TV re-

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motes such as those available through Cox Contour gives users the ability to find their favorite shows without pressing buttons or navigating through on-screen menus; Life-like pets that have built-in sensors such as a cat that meows when being petted. These pets provide comfort and relaxation, and are used with Alzheimer’s patients, but don’t require the stress of physically caring for a real pet. To maximize the power of a smart home and all the potentially life-changing devices and services in it, you’ll need a fast and reliable highspeed Internet connection and in-home wi-fi. Cox Communications now offers gigabit internet speeds to homes throughout its service area in San Diego County, as well as Panoramic Wi-Fi, making it easy to run 50 connected devices simultaneously. For more information on what kind of internet is right for your smart home to help you or a loved one age in place, go to www.cox.com.


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81% of consumers are not satisfied with their healthcare experience A person’s health and wellbeing should be the most important thing they focus on. Yet many people feel helpless when it comes to finding the right physician, keeping up with their regular check-ups and fitting ‘staying healthy’ into their business schedules. Most of all, many people are left dissatisfied when they engage with the healthcare system.

doctors post-appointment. For several years, concierge medicine — think personalized, on-demand service from your doctor — has been on the rise. More consumers are electing to pay a fee for a better experience and more timely access to their primary care doctor. But the challenge with this model is that it stops and starts at the primary care physician’s door and

You tell us your healthcare goals and we coordinate everything. They consistently run up against roadblocks like who takes my insurance, waiting weeks or even months to see a top doctor or lack of follow up from

most healthcare consumers see 5 to 7 different types of specialties every year and the benefits don’t extend. Also, most concierge memberships don’t include care

company entering into the space to change all of this. AccessElite is the first comprehensive concierge healthcare experience. Imagine having your own concierge team of top specialists on demand to meet your healthcare needs with the added benefit of a member experience expert to coordinate everything around your schedule. AccessElite is the first company to deliver the ease, access, and convenience consumers are looking for so they can prioritize their health and wellbeing. With AccessElite, you can easily book same-day or next-day appointments with elite doctors in your community, and gone are the Courtesy photo days of waiting for hours in coordination or the option This gives way to a com- the waiting room. AccessElite’s fully-vetfor wellness benefits. pletely new and exciting

ted network includes even the most sought after physicians who typically have 6-month appointment wait periods. In other words, these are the “doctor’s doctors.” AccessElite is healthcare that focuses on you, your needs and wants, and fits your life better. There are a limited number of memberships available; if you are interested please visit GoAccessElite.com or call 833.755.0402.

Consignment Classics — a better way to buy and sell home furnishings ENCINITAS — It’s Friday afternoon, and plenty of activity is happening inside Consignment Classics. Families, friends and couples of all ages are perusing the aisles of the showroom. And with an expansive 20,000 square feet, there is indeed the space to hold something for everyone. Consignment Classics has been an Encinitas staple for nearly 15 years, and it’s easy to see why. Those looking to fill their homes or even just find that perfect missing piece are likely to find what they are looking for at a price point they can afford. In addition to their main storefront, they also have a 4000 square foot décor showroom located right across the driveway that’s filled with a constantly changing selection

of unique items. On some days, they bring in more than 500 new pieces, so you’re always sure to find something that fits your style. Furniture for every room, from new to vintage and mid-century is just the beginning. The showroom is also adorned with rugs, sconces, art and jewelry. Customers can, and often do, spend hours treasure hunting with friends. Items range from new to gently used, and the staff takes great care to ensure that every item is chosen and inspected carefully. For those looking to downsize, the back of Consignment Classics is the place to go. Customers can bring their consignments in daily between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., no appointment is neces-


tor, said the existing lock system is Schlage, so they looked at the Schlage suite of electronic locks to preserve the same manufacturer for all the locks on the site, both electronic or mechanical, such as closets. New system features will include global lockdown capability, lockout capability, ID card readers, perimeter gate controls, and door monitoring by way of electronic locks with a LED light “lock” indicator on the school’s 71 classroom doors. Holbert went on to say that the system’s zone control will allow individuals

into certain areas and not others. “There was also a desire to get away from a physical key that when the master is locked, you have to rekey the entire site,” Holbert said. Another safety enhancement will be a camera system outside of the school’s solid wood front doors with a large interior monitor for viewing. According to Superintendent Donna Tripi, the work for the electronic access control system began during spring break and is continuing with work that can be done while school

is still in session. However, when the students leave in June, the rest of the installation will be completed along with lock testing. Tripi said the new system will afford a safer environment. “The teachers especially will have the proximity cards and won’t have to worry about whether their classroom doors are locked or not. Because right now they can’t tell, and they have to go completely outside of the door to lock the doors at this point,” she said. “There will be a much easier and safer way to conduct business day to day.”


ing year providing for full flight operations with five aircraft, ground support and terminal facilities. Paragon’s planned acquisition of CP Air is also seeking to recapitalize the airline with an additional $35 million, but details of the negotiations between Paragon and CP Air ownership remain confidential, as are the details of the

capital raise. In February, CP Air engaged Glidepath Capital Partners, an aviation/aerospace investment banker, to manage the acquisition and capital raise process, which includes the transfer of ownership and control. Current CP Air owner Ted Vallas could not be reached for comment.


“We wanted to make sure that any parents and community members that were involved with the school had a chance to participate and provide feedback. This was one of many things we discussed, but we did receive positive feedback,” Johnson said. “We also had a workshop recently after the Parkland shooting in 2018 where additional security measures were discussed with community members.” Ben Holbert, the district’s technology direc-



If every person takes one small step toward being more conscientious of the environment, the collective effort will change the planet.

experience and chairmanto-be of the revised CP Air, will partake in review and approving the airline executive team. The company projects first-year operating revenues to be around the $70 million range and over $100 million the follow-

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sary. They also accept full and partial estates. If you want to save yourself a trip, you can send photos of your items for consideration to

encinitas @ consignmentclassics.net. Many Rancho Santa Fe residents choose Consignment Classics as an altern-

tiave to estate sales that are prohibitted in their community. The decision is easy given the convenient location, as well as the ability

to consign everything from furniture to fine jewelry. So how does consignment work? Once your item has been accepted, you sign a contract that earns you 50% of the consigned selling price. If your item doesn’t sell after 30 days, the sale price may be discounted. It’s a simple way to unload unneeded items without any hassle, let the staff at Consignment Classics do the work for you! As one employee said, “Once people realize it’s here, they ask ‘why would you shop anywhere else?’” Consignment Classics is located at 201-D S. El Camino Real in Encinitas. For more information and other San Diego locations, call (760) 635-0730 or visit consignmentclassics. net.

2 Canyon Crest Academy seniors named U.S. Presidential Scholars REGION — A pair of San Diego County students were named Presidential Scholars on May 7 by the U.S. Department of Education. Canyon Crest Academy seniors Anne Liu and Michael Chen are among 10 California students to be honored as national scholars for academic excellence. The Department of Education named a total of 161 high school seniors to the 55th class of Presidential Scholars. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars chooses each annual class based on their academic achievements as well as their demonstrated community service and leadership. More than 5,200 students qualified for this year’s class, according to the Department of Education.

Candidates either qualified through their SAT and ACT scores or were nominated by each state’s education officials. The Department of Education and the White House will honor the Presidential Scholar class next month in Washington, D.C. Each student will receive a U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion during the ceremony. “I want to congratulate this year's class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement both inside of the classroom and out,” said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “Their hard work and commitment to excellence, no matter what challenge they are tackling, will serve them well throughout their lifelong learning journeys.” — City News Service

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iar it’s because Alex pops up in Lick the Plate often bringing his culinary prowess to help launch some of my favorite places to eat in the area including Clara in Carlsbad. The menu is simple yet obviously chef-driven with a focus on fresh ingredients and a playful mix of offerings. It has three sections, 1.0, 1.2, and 2.0 with prices ranging from $4 to $23, which is very reasonable given the quality of the food and the skill creating it in the kitchen. The 1.0 section includes some of the best values on the menu including some of the best frites I’ve had anywhere. These are obviously hand-cut and they are amazing. The Pulpo & Papas (octopus and potatoes) is charred with a Piquillo Pepper and is a simple delight. The Albondigas & Marinara (meatballs in a red sauce) comes with ricotta and fired basil and is a very hearty starter that could almost be an entrée for one and it’s very good. Heirloom Tomato & Burrata was another standout drizzled with a high quality Balsamic. Gazpacho rounded out our samples of starters and their version of chilled tomato soup had pickled cucumber and was light and refreshing. Our 1.2 adventure started with the Mussels al Vino in a shallot-wine broth with herbs and some perfectly toasted bread for soaking up that delightful broth. I could eat their Yellow Tail Crudo with curry-pickled strawberries every single day and it would never get old. It’s that good. And while Mac & Cheese is nothing new on menus, they do it right, serving it in a mini cast iron skillet with pancetta and grantine. Grantine is the crusty top layer that elevates a common mac and cheese to


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another level and the pancetta was a nice touch. Moving on to the 2.0 portion of the menu I was thrilled to see a simple Steak & Frites with Chimichurri as it is one of my favorite dishes ever. The steak came out sliced at a perfect medium rare and those spectacular frites I mentioned earlier are there to soak up the juice. Valentina is my new local go-to joint for steak frites and I’m quite happy about that. Pescado del Dia is the daily fish option and on separate occasions I’ve had a really nice Grouper and Sea Bass. Preparations will vary on this but rest assured they will do it right. Gnocchi with a mushroom confit, ricotta and a brown-butter sauce was perfect rich and creamy

yet not too heavy. Some dishes I will be back for include the Chicken Palliard and Cochinita Pibil, a slow roasted pork dish with origins in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The wine list curated by one of my favorite wine guys Derry Van Nortwick who I met at Clara and is always introducing me to fun new wines. This time it was the Silvaner Wasem which is described as an “Old Vine” Rheinhessen from Germany. It’s a bright, citrus-laden style that is totally different than most garden-variety white wines and pairs nicely with asparagus which can be difficult to pair with wine. Very accessible sparklings, rosé, and reds are all represented with five solid options of Pinot Noir including Klee

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from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Local beer and hard kombucha is available on tap along with a variety of nonalcoholic options The Churros are quite good and Mamey ice cream was a new and delightful new discovery for me. This exotic silky ice cream with Latin origins has hints of tropical fruit with a creamy texture and orange color similar to sweet potato or pumpkin. So yeah, Moto Deli grew up yet it was a graceful transformation worth checking out. The menu will change with what’s in season and you can check it out online at www.restaurantvalentina.com . Valentina is located at 810 N Coast Hwy 101 in Leucadia.

• WineSellar and Brasserie in Sorrento Valley San Diego presents a Famille Perrin Wine Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. May 11. This is a nice Mother’s Day family celebration with wine from France’s Chateau Beaucastel from the Rhone Valley. Cost is $109 each. Club members pay $99. Call today at (858) 450-9557. • Country Line Dancing and wine sipping highlights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 11 at La Fleur’s Winery in San Marcos. No cover charge. Wine, cheese and crackers available for sale. Info at (760) 3158053. • A spectacular Brunch is being served for Mother’s Day on May 12 at 20/ Twenty Grill in Carlsbad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start out with a chilled glass of rosé then the made-toorder omelet station and much more, all prepared by Executive Chef Julian Quinones. Pricing is $85 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. RSVP today at (760) 827-2500 or by visiting 20twentygrill. com#reservation. • PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar in Carlsbad has a Scott Palazzo Napa Valley wine dinner, from 5:45 to 9 p.m. May 22. The food selections will be perfectly matched to the wines. Cost is $150, with club members will paying a discounted $120. Call for more info at (760) 729-7377 or check it out at eventbrite.com. • The San Diego County Vintners Association is holding its annual Wine Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. May 18 at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead in Escondido. Dozens of San Diego County’s finest wines will be poured with unlimit-

BELCHING BEAVER Hospitality Director and Sommelier Ralph Lizarraga in the wine vault at the Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill in Vista. Photo by Frank Mangio

ed tasting. Also enjoy a silent auction, live music and exhibits. Many of these wineries have lately been award winners in international competitions. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased through www. Brownpapertickets.com.


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