Rancho Santa Fe News, May 24, 2019

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holds annual meeting RSF Connect Four vying update among for 3 seats the highlights on board By Christina Macone-Greene

IDYLLWILD LOOKS TO RISE AGAIN A summer moon hangs off Tahquitz Peak near Idyllwild, a town of 5,200 in the San Jacinto Mountains in southern Riverside County. Known as a mecca for artists and musicians, Idyllwild is trying to bounce back from a stretch of tough luck — a July 2018 fire and heavy rains in February that wiped out a road into town — that has “been pretty decimating for our businesses,” says a local. See more in Hit the Road on Page 10. Courtesy photo/Carlos Reynosa

Cathedral Catholic High bans skirts; students protest City News Service

CARMEL VALLEY — After issuing “thousands of hours of detention” to students modifying the length of uniform skirts, Cathedral Catholic High School in Carmel Valley has made the decision to ban skirts from its dress code, it was reported May 21. Students at Cathedral Catholic High School learned about the new rules in an email from Principal Kevin Calkins on Friday, NBC7 reported. In an email sent to parents and students, Calkins wrote that the dress code exists to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learn-

THE SCHOOL had allowed girls to wear skirts no shorter than 3 inches above the kneecap, but repeated violations prompted the school to make the change, Principal Kevin Calkins wrote to parents and students. Courtesy photo

ing and not outward appearances. “Male faculty feel uncomfortable addressing female students about the length of their skirts, even

female faculty have expressed frustration with the ongoing challenge of dress code,” Calkins wrote in the email. Female students will


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be allowed to wear pants, capri pants or Bermuda shorts. Male students have the option of wearing pants or shorts, according to the email. Before the ban, female students were allowed to wear skirts that were not excessively tight or form -fitting and that were no shorter than 3 inches from the top of the kneecap while standing upright, according to the school’s dress code. In response to the ban, the students created a petition on change.org and, as of May 21, 2,669 people have signed the petition. Students also held a peaceful protest May 21 in front of the school.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Covenant residents listened to the 2018 highlights as well as what to expect for the remainder of 2019 at the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s annual meeting at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on May 9. Leading the annual meeting highlights was board Vice President Allen Finkelson, whose threeyear term ends this year along with board Finkelson President Ken Markstein and Treasurer Janet Danola. Finkelson first discussed RSF Connect, the 1-gigabit high-speed fiber network which will deliver internet service in the Covenant. According to Finkelson, more than 50 miles of conduit have already been placed. “I’m happy to tell you that despite the five weeks of rain delay, we are on time,” he said, adding the project was on budget. “The network backbone is expected to be fully operational by the end of September 2019 — customer connections should begin in early summer and done by a

RANCHO SANTA FE — Four Covenant residents vying for three vacancies on the Rancho Santa Fe Association board spoke at the May 9 annual meeting, the same day ballots were mailed. Ballots are due back at the Association's office by 5 p.m. June 10 and will be tabulated by the inspector of elections at an open Whalen session board meeting on June 11 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Seeking to fill the outgoing board seats of President Kenneth Markstein, Vice President Allen Finkelson and Treasurer Janet Danola are Skip Atkins, Bill Strong, Bill Weber, and Laurel Lemarié. Association Manager Christy Whalen led the candidate portion of the meeting but first thanked the Covenant residents who volunteered their time on a committee or the board. “Thank you all for your work and dedication to our community,” Whalen said.



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Bullies Uncorked rescue benefit set for June 1 By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The 10th annual Bullies Uncorked fundraiser to benefit Southern California Bulldog Rescue on June 1 will have a unique twist. Its longstanding venue in San Juan Capistrano is changing this year with guests and their pets making a beeline to Rancho Santa Fe to the private estate of Holli Lienau, the founder of “Holli”day… Anyday!, who is hosting the afternoon soiree. “Holli”day…Anyday is underwriting Bullies Uncorked so that 100% of the proceeds will go to directly to Southern California Bulldog Rescue. Bullies Uncorked is considered one of the most significant fundraisers for the organization, a top-shelf adult community outreach program to help the San Diego bulldog community. According to Director Skip Van Der Marliere, the program was established in Orange County, but its bulldog rescue program has grown in the San Diego area which means there is an ongoing need for community education, outreach and fundraising activities. “Bullies Uncorked is being hosted by Holli and it’s a very special event as it shows that fundraisers can be many things at one time such as outreach, raising funds for charity, and most importantly a 'fun' environment for our guests,” he said, adding both silent and

HOLLI LIENAU, RSF resident and founder of “Holli”day… Anyday! brings the 10th annual Bullies Uncorked fundraiser to her residence on June 1. Courtesy photo

live auction items will be available. As part of the $50 ticket price per person and $10 per dog, guests will take part in wine, beer, and cider tastings. “Holli” day…Anyday handpicked local tequila and local vodka purveyors, each stirring up their own specialty drink. Appetizers pairings will also be available for guests. Lienau, who has her own YouTube cooking show, "Easy Breezy Kitchen," will be on hand mixing up food and cocktail demos throughout the day for show seg-

ments. An avid dog lover, Lienau admits that bulldogs hold a special place in her heart. “I have two bulldogs now and had two in the past — they are such a special breed, and it is amazing how many dogs end up in shelters and awful conditions,” Lienau said. “These are an expensive breed, and because of this, there are breeders not in good standing with the shortsighted goal of making money.” Lienau said bulldogs are sweet animals with

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unique personalities and it’s organizations like Southern California Bulldog Rescue which serves as their advocates. “SCBR does such a great job, and it is amazing how many bulldogs they rescue and prepare for adoption. I adopted my younger bulldog from SCBR,” she said. Van Der Marliere said it’s not uncommon for people to be surprised about the need for a bulldog rescue program. “These are very popular dogs and expensive purchases for the first-time owner — many are also shocked that there are so many bulldogs in need due to the lack of homes for them all,” he said. Lienau, who has hosted this event every year, said it’s a special time for pet parents to spend with their four-legged kiddos. She added it is essential to bring the event to San Diego because it raises awareness on the nonprofit’s newly formed San Diego Chapter. “My property in the Ranch is a perfect parklike setting that works great for having dogs attend — in the past, we had to limit the number of dogs due to space constraints at the venue in San Juan Capistrano, so Bullies Uncorked 2019 is expanding,” she said. In addition to hosting the event, “Holli”day… Anyday! is also tossing its auction hat into the ring by offering a “Harvest and Pizza Party” experience. The winner and their guests will harvest wine grapes at Lienau’s private Rancho Santa Fe vineyard. After a day of a Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Syrah grape harvest, Lienau said she will prepare a memorable gourmet pizza party. The winner will also have a complimentary one-night stay at the historic Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Van Der Marliere said the beauty of Lienau’s estate coupled with that fact that event goers can bring their pet with them is significant. “Holli does a wonderful job hosting this event with the selection of fine wines, artisanal beers and variety of food for the guests. Rescue volunteers also take a lot of pride in the collection of donation items made available for auction to benefit the rescue,” he said. “Holli has been a blessing to our rescue and deeply committed to making sure that we reach the goals of helping as many bulldogs as possible in the community. Her commitment to the bulldog breed isn't just limited to the bulldogs in San Diego but to bulldogs located throughout Southern California — she makes it a personal goal to help the neediest of bulldogs brought to her attention, and she’s an active cheerleader for all animals in need.” For more information and tickets for Bullies Uncorked on June 1 from 1 to 4 p.m., visit www.SoCalBullDogRescue.org/event/bullies-uncorked/. Advanced ticket sales are $50 per person, but ticket sales at the door will be available for $55.

DEL MAR, Solana Beach and Encinitas recently approved agreements with Gotcha Mobility to bring a bikeshare program to coastal North County. Courtesy photo

Bike sharing heads to coastal North County By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Plans are falling into place for North County’s pilot bike share program, with Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas all having approved operator agreements with bike share company Gotcha Ride to carry out the program. The three cities are planning to roll out the bikes in July, with Oceanside following suit at a later date. Carlsbad has opted not to pursue the program at this time. Termed a “shared mobility program,” the one-year pilot will bring hundreds of pedal-assist electric bicycles to the region. Cities are also looking into the possibility of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles — a shared transit option offered by Gotcha that would operate like an on-demand shuttle service. The program has involved several community partners — staff or representatives from the four North County coastal cities, Camp Pendleton, San Diego Association of Governments and North County Transit District have been discussing a potential bike share program since August 2017. The cities opted to hire a single operator for the program to foster “connectivity” among the cities. A user will be able to grab a bike in Del Mar and cruise all the way to Oceanside. The cities are aiming to avoid issues that have ailed other bike share programs in the region — such as the dockless scooters raising myriad safety concerns in downtown San Diego. In order to prevent bikes from being scattered around the county by users, Gotcha will be installing or designating mobility hubs at key locations around town, and charging users fees for leaving bikes outside out of those hubs. Gotcha uses geo-fencing in order to track a bike’s location and alert users when they’ve entered a “no-go zone” outside of the realm of service, or when they’re leaving the bike outside of a hub. Gotcha CEO and founder Sean Flood said the company is adamantly against free-roaming bikes. “We think transportation should be predictable and orderly,” he said at Del Mar’s May 6 council meeting. Come July, bike users will be able to approach any of the 11 hubs in Del Mar

and rent one of 75 bikes though Gotcha’s mobile app. The same goes for Solana Beach and Encinitas. In Solana Beach, there will be about 13 hubs and 100 bikes; in Encinitas, about 25 to 30 hubs and 200 bikes. Although the hub locations have yet to be precisely determined, Gotcha and the cities are working together to determine locations based both on logical destinations around town, and where there might already be existing racks. Staff have also been in discussions with California State Parks about adding a hub at Torrey Pines State Beach, as well as the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Prices for an average user are anticipated to be $2 to unlock, and $0.10 per minute thereafter. Users can opt to pay for monthly memberships, which will allow them to use the bikes without an added fee for an hour per day, or an annual membership that will allow them to ride the bike for 90 minutes each day. Gotcha will incur all the fees and expenses associated with the program, as well as managing it through a local team of staff. Stefan Winkler, regional director of mobility partnerships with Gotcha, said the program is largely tailored to the local community, rather than out-of-town visitors. “We’re focused on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from single occupancy trips,” he said. “We’re focused on connecting people with transit. That’s where our bread and butter is.” The bikes are available for users 18 and older — riders are required to scan their driver’s licenses before putting the app to use. Partner cities and agencies first started discussing a shared mobility program in 2017, taking note of the challenges other cities were facing and getting input from various city boards and committees. After approving a memorandum of understanding to pursue a bike share program in March 2018, the cities began vetting vendors. They received and evaluated proposals from six vendors before selecting Gotcha, largely due to their “clutter-free operation,” as described by an Encinitas city staff report. After a year, the partnering cities’ staff will evaluate the program based on both its popularity, and operational efficiency.

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Coastal Rail Trail opens to praise, criticism By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Two years ago, the California Coastal Commission’s decision to build the Cardiff section of the Coastal Rail Trail parallel to San Elijo Avenue was met with boos, jeers and shock from local officials. Today, an elderly woman and her friend walk north along the stained concrete path, crossing paths with a mother and her baby in a stroller headed south. And officials — some who opposed the project — and supporters celebrated the grand opening of the 1.3-mile stretch of the Coastal Rail Trail on May 10, absent the controversy and opposition that dogged the project through much of the planning process. “I’m thrilled with the rail trail,” said Mayor Catherine Blakespear, who in 2016 cast the decisive vote to withdraw the council’s support of the eastern alignment in favor of placing the rail trail west of Coast Highway 101. “It couldn’t be better, it’s beautifully designed, and it’s serving hundreds of people who want to go places outside of their car.” Blakespear said that early in the process, she was concerned with the artist renderings of the project, which were widely panned by residents in Cardiff as being a “concrete highway” paved atop one of the last few undeveloped areas in town along the rail corridor.

LOCAL OFFICIALS and supporters celebrated the grand opening of the 1.3-mile stretch of the Coastal Rail Trail on May 10 in Encinitas. Courtesy photo/SANDAG

“I couldn’t visualize it from looking at the engineering drawings, the plans did not make it look like it would fit in,” she said. “It looked like a Soviet air strip, and not fitting into the natural environment at all.” Opponents of the eastern alignment mounted a furious campaign in 2016 after learning that the council had endorsed it a year before. The “No Rail Trail” campaign peppered the inboxes of government offi-

cials and media members with petitions and erected signs throughout Cardiff. The City Council in March 2016 reversed course, withdrawing its support of the eastern alignment, which began a sometimes contentious reconciliation process with the San Diego Association of Governments, the planning agency behind the project, which ultimately also recommended support for a western alignment.

But in May 2017, the Coastal Commission voted 7-5 in favor of keeping the alignment east of the rail corridor. Blakespear, who after that May hearing said she was “shocked,” by the outcome, said this week that project turned out much better than anyone could have anticipated. “The way it turned out, it’s not straight, and it winds with the natural terrain, and it has the feeling

of being connected to the nature that you’re in, not just plopped down on top of it. “It gives me confidence in the professionals at the agencies with which we work and their ability to understand the aesthetic sensibility when it comes to building in our city.” The project still has its detractors, though not as vocal in the past. Julie Thunder, who co-founded the “No Rail

Trail” campaign, said she could understand why people like the path, but laments the loss of natural terrain, and the imminent loss of the ability to cross the tracks and directly walk to the beach, a chief concern among opponents. “I can certainly see why others like it — it’s really is a nice walk or bike ride,” Thunder said. “But, like others who live nearby, I will deeply miss being able to walk to the beach — as of today, they have left some of the maintenance gates unlocked, but it’s just a matter of days until they close that access off to us.” “Also, I miss the wild meandering trail that was there for many decades,” she said. “Now there are three parallel roads down that corridor: Highway 101, the Rail Trail, and San Elijo Avenue.” Thunder and others point out that while technically illegal, train crossings haven’t led to an accidental fatality along Cardiff’s stretch of the rail corridor in over 50 years. “But we are all NIMBYs about our homes and hometown and people in Cardiff pay a lot to live here and to be able to walk to the beach,” she said. “I would have liked to have our city representatives stand up for our historical beach access or force SANDAG to build the undercrossing with the rail trail.”




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MAY 24, 2019

Opinion & Editorial

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Lying lawyers in business while state bar investigates


We need freeways, roads


e are at a crucial point in the future of San Diego County. There seems to be a growing trend of pushing people out their cars and making them take public transportation, as if driving vehicles is somehow evil. SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) is in charge of appropriating transportation dollars in our region. It’s made up of the region’s 18 cities and the county. In 2004, San Diegans voted to extend a half-cent sales tax for 40 years. That tax would generate $14 billion dollars, which SANDAG promised to relieve traffic congestion, improve safety and match state/federal funds by improving, I-5, I-8, I-15, SR 52, SR 54, SR 56, SR 67, SR 76, SR 78, SR 94, SR 125, I-805. Voters passed this under the impression their commute home would be made faster and easier.

around the county Jim Desmond This has not happened. Instead, SANDAG staff front-loaded the public transit projects while leaving 14 of the highway projects unfunded. Now, they’ve announced that they want to implement a new transportation vision. One that doesn’t include roads and freeways, but focuses on transit, even though the current tax San Diegans are paying for promised improvements to roads and freeways. Mass transit works in the urban core, but freeways and roads are critical to our transportation system. A functioning road network is an essential element of our economy. It’s common sense to

know that for the foreseeable future we must have freeways, highways and roads. Currently, 3.5% of San Diegans ride public transit, which means the rest of the 96.5% of people need their cars and most importantly need their roads. Children need to get to school, parents need to get to their jobs, this can’t be done strictly using mass transit. SANDAG must keep faith with promises to voters. The TransNet tax was adopted because the voters were persuaded that the road projects to be funded were critical and going to be funded. To now break those promises, barely one-fourth of the way into a 40-year plan, would be a massive bait and switch. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He is the former mayor of San Marcos.

Let’s honor — and help — our veterans By Marie Waldron

May is National Military Appreciation Month, and includes several national observances honoring our veterans and their families. These include Victory in Europe (VE) Day on May 8, Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 10, Armed Forces Day on May 18 and Memorial Day on May 27. But supporting our veterans involves more than holidays or national commemorations. This session I have joined with Assemblyman William Brough (R–Dana Point) to co-author Assembly Bill 427. The bill would exclude military retirement pay from the state’s income tax. Twenty states do not tax military benefits at all

and 13 only tax a portion. States excluding military retirement pay from the income tax include Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In fact, California is one of only eight states that fully taxes military retirement pay! California is home to 1.8 million veterans, 8% of all veterans living in the United States. Since many service members are able to retire after 20 years, they have decades of their working lives ahead of them. Veterans who were stationed at places like Camp Pendleton often fall in love with our state and would prefer to live here after retirement. We should do all

we can to help them do just that by joining other states that don’t tax military retirement pay. Our veterans have never failed us, and we shouldn’t fail them. The men and women who have worn the uniform, often at great risk and sacrifice, have protected and defended all of us. Eliminating the state income tax on the benefits they have earned is something we should be proud to do for them. Making California more affordable for our veterans will benefit everyone. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.

t turns out the weary old joke about how other people can tell when lawyers are lying (when their lips are moving) might be in need of a new punchline: For some lawyers, it’s when they fill out their State Bar Association membership and renewal applications. That’s the stunning takeaway from a new California rule requiring lawyers to be fingerprinted not only when they apply for bar membership, but also when they apply for renewal. Just days before the April 30 fingerprinting deadline, 158,000 attorneys had submitted fingerprints, 83 percent of active California lawyers. Using those fingerprints, the state Department of Justice and the bar association — licensing and regulatory authority for all California attorneys — turned up 2,699 members who had committed crimes they did not report on their applications, either when first applying or when renewing, or when the crimes were actually committed. Of those, 40 were felonies, most before 2005, and 2,659 were misdemeanors. Another 140 FBI records (which include federal offenses from other states and state offenses committed outside California) were still unclear as to whether they involved felonies or misdemeanors. With misdemeanors, attorneys are only required to report those involving “moral turpitude” and ones committed in their practice, or in which clients were victims. The bar doesn’t yet know how many of the unreported crimes fit those categories. The upshot: As many as 1.7 percent of all California lawyers apparently tried to hide past crimes. If client recruiting were about equal among all lawyers, that would mean almost two

california focus thomas d. elias of every 100 Californians seeking legal work on subjects from wills to criminal defense and personal injuries might be hiring a documentable liar. Said one San Francisco attorney, “This shows what a very good thing it was to put in the new fingerprint rule.” But so far, the bar association has not suspended or disbarred anyone. Nor has it published names of any member-liars. “There’s a process we have to go through, so they’re still practicing law,” said a bar association spokeswoman. “These things have just been transferred to state bar investigators. The entire (fingerprinting) process is new…so we have a backlog.” She added that investigators’ emphasis is on serious crimes, especially those committed after the documented liars became lawyers. The bar has strong rules about who can join and attorneys can be disbarred for criminal convictions involving moral turpitude or for “other misconduct involving discipline.” The lawyer group’s list of crimes demonstrating moral turpitude (defined as “an act of baseness, vileness or depravity…”) includes murder, rape, solicitation to commit assault, perjury, mail fraud, security violations and grand theft. Other misconduct warranting discipline includes drunk driving, domestic violence and failure to file federal tax returns. Suspension of a

lawyer’s license is the “presumed sanction” for felonies not involving moral turpitude, but bar applicants can also be denied for lack of positive moral character. A criminal history is one way to demonstrate this. At a spring meeting of the agency’s Regulation and Discipline Committee, a member asked whether lawyers putting off or avoiding fingerprinting are “likely to be the worst offenders.” Bar staff essentially said “maybe.” Today’s reality, then, is that while the bar investigates its corps of liars, potential clients cannot know when they’re dealing with one. They will only learn lawyers are certified liars or worse after those attorneys are suspended and all appeals exhausted. At that point, suspended or disbarred lawyers must notify all clients in writing. One question here is why the preponderance of lawyers who are honest have not yet raised objections to the delay in sanctioning those whose fingerprints reveal them as past criminals, especially felons. When so many active lawyers are known to be miscreants, all lawyers can be suspect, since clients and potential clients can’t tell who’s who. One reason may be that lawyers make their livings on the constitutional principle of due process, so many may be reluctant to limit that right for their colleagues. Which leaves potential clients at risk of hiring dishonest lawyers for an as-yet undefined period. So far, neither the state bar nor any of its members has offered solutions for this obvious problem. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

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Controversial cannabis event debuts at fairgrounds By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — After about two years of community opposition and hesitation by the fairground’s governing board, an event geared at educating the public on the medical uses of cannabis attracted a broad demographic to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “Look, it’s not a bunch of pot heads, these are people with real problems,” said Brian Davis, co-founder of Mozen, a local company that makes cannabis vaporizer pens. The one-day, May 11 event — termed the Goodlife Seminar Series — was co-sponsored by San Diego dispensary Torrey Holistics and featured nine vendor booths, a cooking with cannabis demonstration, and seminars with titles such as “treating pets with cannabis,” and “ask a neuroscientist.” Lawrence Bame, the president of the series, said the event’s planners were expecting an older demographic — which is exactly what they got. A large portion of the attendees were seniors. “They want to try this, that, or the other thing, or they’ve been to a dispensary and they did not get the answers to their questions,” Bame said. “ … this

THE 22ND AGRICULTURAL Association established a policy in August 2018 prohibiting the possession, use, consumption, distribution or sale of cannabis on fairgrounds property in preparation for the Goodlife Seminar Series. Photo by Lexy Brodt

isn’t hippy stuff.” Solana Beach resident Joe Gordon attended the event with his wife, who has chronic back and hip pain. He said she is curious about trying cannabis products for pain management. “She is in the education process,” Gordon said, as his wife spoke to a representative from a local wellness center. There were plenty of samples for visitors to try: High Style Brewing Co. was handing out tastes of their

(typically) cannabis-infused brew beverages, and other vendors distributed candies so attendees could sample the flavor before trying the actual cannabis product at a dispensary. However, every product was deliberately cannabis-free. The use, possession, consumption, distribution and sale of cannabis was barred from the event. “We’re not allowed to have rolling papers, anything but pictures, all of

these product displays are empty,” Bame said, gesturing to the various booths lined with branded merchandise such as sunglasses and baseball caps. Bame — who has been hosting various food, home and gardening shows at the fairgrounds for over three decades — has been looking to host the Goodlife Seminar Series for several years. An early iteration of the event set to take place in 2017 was cancelled over concerns that potential

cannabis possession or use onsite would violate federal law. In August 2018, the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors came up with a cannabis interim event policy — largely in response to Bame’s continued efforts to hold the Goodlife Seminar Series on the state-owned property. The policy reads that the board may only contract an interim event “with the purpose of education, advocacy, and promotion only of medical uses of cannabis,” while disallowing the use, consumption, distribution or sale of cannabis on the property. In November, the board approved a revised event contract, which aligned with the board’s policy. However, the event reignited controversy in March after fine print on the event’s promotional pamphlet raised eyebrows and prompted a long-winded dialogue on hemp’s legality (it is), as well as the legality of advertising certain cannabis products as having unsubstantiated health benefits (it’s not). “No products containing greater than 0.3% THC can be purchased, sampled, or consumed during the event,” the pamphlet read. A federal farm bill went

into effect in 2019 that removed hemp from the government’s list of controlled substances. Hemp contains much lower concentrations of THC than marijuana — 0.3% or less. However, the board reasserted its position that there were to be no cannabis products sold at the event. For as long as the event has been a topic of conversation, parents and community members have opposed it on the grounds that it sends the wrong message to area youth about drug use. Becky Rapp, a San Diego resident who has spoken in opposition to the event at several 22nd DAA board meetings, attended the series and said she was concerned about the qualifications of some vendors when it came to common questions such as appropriate dosage. She also worried about certain booths suggesting their products provide health benefits. Bame, however, argues that the fairgrounds has a “historical mandate” to educate people — even if the topic at hand may stir the pot. “They’re violating it a little bit,” he said. Bame said he is starting to consider private venues at which to hold future iterations of the event.

Encinitas Union School District hires from within for new superintendent By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Union School District didn't have to look far for its new superintendent, hiring from within its ranks. District trustees unanimously voted to appoint Andree Grey, the district's assistant superintendent of educational services, to a four-year contract to replace Tim Baird, who retires this summer. The contract comes with an automatic one-year renewal if she does not receive a negative performance review. Grey, who has been with the district since 2016, will receive a $225,000 base salary plus a $2,000 cafeteria stipend, a $2,000

Andree Grey stipend to help her cover the cost of her doctoral degree (she is working on her education doctorate from UCSD), 25 paid vacation and 12 paid sick days per year in addition to health and retirement benefits. Grey’s pay and fringe benefits total more than $290,000. The board voted at its May 7 meeting to approve the hire, but heard from district employees and principals who endorsed her hiring at the April 30 meeting. Before being hired in Encinitas, Gray worked for the Temecula Valley Unified School District for nearly 21 years, starting as a teacher before being promoted to an elementary school principal at Temecula Luiseno Elementary and Pauba Valley Elementary for a combined 11 years and to the director of curriculum and instruction for the final five years with the dis-

trict. Grey's contract calls for her to receive a 2.5% raise at the end of year one and three of her employment and a 5% raise after years two and four. `By her fifth year, her base contract will be $260,620.66, per a district staff report. The board will evaluate her performance every year before May 31. Her predecessor, Baird, is retiring after 10 years with the district following being hired from the Ojai Unified School District in 2009. During his tenure, the district expanded its reach to include a farm lab on property on Quail Gardens Drive that serves both an educational and nutritional purpose for the district. But Baird also had his critics, especially as it pertained to the district's health and wellness program, which features yoga. An Encinitas parent unsuccessfully sued the district over the yoga program, arguing that it indoctrinated students with Hindu religious beliefs. Parents in 2016 protested a budget proposal to pay $800,000 to keep the program alive after losing the grant funding that had sustained it for years. Most of the district's parents, teachers and administrators, however, have praised Baird for his innovation and progressive leadership style.


Last to go proved best when Keri Potter, of Tres Palomas in Rancho Santa Fe, and Melanie Brooks’ 8-year-old Westphalian gelding, Jiminy Cricket, went double clean and fast to earn their first Grand Prix win at the FEI CSI2*, the $75,000 1.45m Gold Tour Grand Prix, this month at the Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic in Del Mar. Courtesy photo

Winslow II rape trial underway REGION — Ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II raped three victims and exposed himself to two others, a prosecutor alleged May 20, while a defense attorney told jurors that his client had consensual sex with the women, who he accused of pouncing upon his client’s fame to make false accusations. Winslow faces life imprisonment if convicted of a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges, including rape and kidnapping. The 35-year-old son of San Diego Chargers legend

Kellen Winslow was initially charged with raping two women in Encinitas in early 2018, as well as exposing himself to another woman as she was gardening in her front yard. Another woman subsequently came forward to allege that he raped her in 2003 at a home in Scripps Ranch, when she was 17 and he was 19. Then earlier this year, while Winslow was out on bail, he was arrested again for allegedly exposing himself to a 77-year-old woman at a Carlsbad gym. Bail was revoked following his ar-

rest in that case, in which he faces misdemeanor charges of lewd conduct, elder abuse and battery of an elder. The felony charges against him include rape, kidnapping, forcible oral copulation and sodomy by force. Winslow II grew up in San Diego and attended Patrick Henry and Scripps Ranch high schools before heading to the University of Miami. He played for four NFL teams between 2004 and 2013. — City News Service


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Get some fuzz therapy as Rancho Coastal Humane Society hosts Happy Tales reading program 4 to 5 p.m. May 24 at 389 Requeza St., Encinitas. Cost is $5. Children ranging from ages 6 to 12 will have the opportunity to read to adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits. Space is limited and registration is required at sdpets.org or education@sdpets.org or call (760) 753-6413.


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Through Labor Day, Sept. 2, the San Diego Botanic Garden at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, offers free admission for active-duty U.S. military and up to five immediate family members.


“Music at the Shoppes” returns to the Shoppes at Carlsbad every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, throughout the summer. Guests can enjoy live performances of jazz, country and pop artists on the outdoor patio near Yard House and Wokcano. Complete artist lineup and schedule available at theshoppesatcarlsbad.com/salesevents/music-at-the-shoppes.

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Through June 1, Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary invites the community to StoryWalk, on the corner of Rancho Santa Fe Road and Calle Acervo, with access from Calle Acervo, downhill from Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary, featuring “A Seed Is Sleepy” by Dianna Hutts Aston. StoryWalk combines the pleasures of reading children’s books aloud with the benefits of walking together outdoors


San Diego Humane Society is offering free microchipping at upcoming vaccine clinics Sundays in May from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Escondido Campus, 3500 Burnet Drive and Wednesdays in May from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oceanside

330 N. Coast Oceanside.

Campus, 572 Airport Road, Oceanside. Microchips will be available while supplies last. Microchipping is always available at all SDHS campuses (no appointment necessary) for $15.

Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore invites all to its book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Most books from 25 cents to $1. Community members can become members of the Friends group at the door. Visit encinitaslibfriends.org.

The Escondido Genealogy Society will help you find that lost relative at 10 a.m. May 25 at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 E Park Ave, Escondido.

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The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will attend Mass at Mary Star of the Sea and lunch at Macaroni Grill, Oceanside May 26 and gather for Bocce Ball and dinner at Elks Club, Vista May 28. Reservations are necessary at (858) 674-4324.


The Vista Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Vista Strawberry Festival, sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 26 on Main Street near North Santa Fe Avenue. There will be Little Ms. Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Costume, Strawberry Jam, Beer Stein-Holding and Pie-Eating contests. The Vista Strawberry Run begins at 6:45 a.m. May 26 with races starting Every runner receives a performance T-shirt, custom medal and fresh fruit finish line. Runners over 21 receive a coupon for a free beer in the craft beer garden. To register, visit https:// events.com/r/en_US/registration/2019-vista-strawberry-run-vista-may-747862.



North County Widows and Widowers Club invites you to its annual Luau Dinner Dance 5 to 8:30 p.m. June 2 at Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista, with music by “Billie’s Band featuring FRESH, LOCALLY GROWN strawberries, plus activities and entertainment, will be plentiful on Janet Hammer.” Cost is $39. May 26 at the Vista Strawberry Festival. Courtesy photo RSVP to (760) 757-2029. noon May 27 at the La Colonia Park Veterans Honor Courtyard, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach. The Veteran’s Memorial wall, which honors the service of all Solana Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be available for viewing. Docents from the Civic and Historical Society will be on hand to conduct tours of the Historical Museum. The event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call (858) 720-2453. TIME FOR PARENTS

The North County Lifeline offers Parent Support Services every Monday and Tuesday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The child activity service is for children between 2 and 12 to allow parents/ guardians to meet with Lifeline staff confidentially. For more information, contact jkren@nclifeline.org.

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Good Life Lectures continue at 6:30 p.m. May 28, with “Avoid the Annoyances of Aging” with Philip J. Goscienski, M.D. at the Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Admission is free; seating is first come, first served. For more information, call (760) 602-2055.


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Walk just blocks from the Pacific Ocean along rural streets of Old Encinitas in remembrance of servicemen and servicewomen. The American Legion Post 416 invites all to a Walk for the Fallen at 10 a.m. May 27, celebrating its 100th anniversary. The half-mile or 2-mile course starts and finishes at Post 416, 210 West F St., Encinitas. 100 percent of net proceeds will go to constructing Post 416. After the walk, enjoy barbecue, beer and music. To register, visit https:// excelarace.com/catalog/category/view/s/2019walkforthefallen/id/11109/.


The city of Solana Beach and Solana Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431 will co-host a Memorial Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to




The North County Widows and Widowers Club will host a Twilight Dinner Dance at 5 p.m. May 24 at the Oceanside Elks, 444 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Prime Rib - $15. RSVP to (760) 438-5491. LITERACY VOLUNTEERS The Vista branch of the RSVP NOW FOR GOP WOMEN San Diego County Library Reservations are need- offers training for Adult Lited by May 24 to join the eracy Tutor volunteer tutors Carlsbad Republican Wom- to teach adult learners how en Federated in hosting Dr. to read and write, from noon Mike Schmitt at 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26 at the VisMay 28 at the Green Dragon ta Library, 700 Eucalyptus Tavern and Museum, 6115 Ave. Vista. There is currentPaseo del Norte, Carlsbad. ly a high need for volunteers Cost is $35. Check or cash in the communities of 4S only. For more information, Ranch and Poway. Registracontact Ann at (760) 415- tion at sdcl.org/adulteslan7006 or annie13035@yahoo. dliteracy. com. GARDENS FREE FOR MILITARY

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The Carlsbad/North County Travel Club will meet at 4 p.m. May 28 in Swami’s Restaurant, 1506 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. The program will include a presentation on the difference between River Boat and Ocean Cruising. For reservations or information, call (760) 603-8030.

School Staff Appreciation Days offer dollar admission vouchers, valid on Fridays in June. Take your proof of employment to Mission Federal Credit Union to get up to four $1 vouchers. You can save $5 on Pay-One-Price Ride Days with an Aquafina purchase at 7-Eleven stores. Ride wristbands allow you to ride carnival rides for eight straight hours any WedesSUMMER SOLSTICE COMING Tickets are selling now day or Thursday in June. for the Del Mar Summer Solstice event planned from LIFE LECTURES 5 to 8 p.m. June 20 at PowLife Lectures will beerhouse Park, Del Mar. Get gin at 1 p.m. May 31 in the tickets at https://visitdel- administration building marvillage.com. at the Oceanside College Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Learn about the “Blue Zones and Longevity” with John Keyon, gerontologist. At FORE THE CASA Join the fun at the 2:30 p.m., hear “The AmerFORE the Casa Kids Golf ican Electorate” by speaker Tournament noon to 8 p.m. Pippan Getchell. Pick up a June 7 at Vista Valley Coun- $1 parking permit in Lot 1A try Club, 29354 Vista Valley and park in Lot 1A. More inDrive, Vista. The day will formation at miracosta.edu/ raise money for Casa de life. Amparo and include a golf tournament, course drinks, FUN AT HERITAGE MUSEUM lunch and adult beverages. Every Saturday and Once the tournament is com- Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., join plete, enjoy a live auction Miss Mary on the patio for and dinner. To register, visit free, fun make-and-take casadeamparo.org/event/ca- projects for the entire famisa-kids-golf-tournament/. ly, at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Check the WIDOWS & WIDOWERS The North County Wid- website for information. ows and Widowers Club will More information at http:// host Happy Hour at 5 p.m. bit.ly/28ZV8GX or (760) 632May 30 at Shadow Ridge 9711. Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. RSVP to (760) 207-3387

tion 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.

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Sign up now for the fourth annual Kids’ Camp from June 24 through June 28 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way Oceanside. Davin Waite from Wrench & Rodent is returning to camp, bringing more fun in the kitchen, as ‘MILLION-LETTER PROJECT’ he helps prepare a localNorth San Diego Coun- ly sourced meal with zero ty Genealogical Society waste. will hear Andrew Carroll present "The Million-Letter Project” at 9:30 a.m. May 28 in Carlsbad City Council FAIR BARGAINS Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Come to the Fair June Village Drive. Reservations 1 or June 5, and pay just $6 not required. For questions for your admission ticket. call (760) 390-4600 or e-mail These deeply discounted programs@nsdcgs.org. tickets are only available at Albertsons or Vons with a $10 minimum purchase. This year’s Fair opens May VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 31 and runs through July The San Dieguito Inter- 4. The Fair is closed Monfaith Ministerial Associa- days and Tuesdays in June.

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June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Encinitas/La Costa office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is inviting community members to its free Shredding Event at its office parking lot, 740 Garden View Court, Encinitas.


All entries must be received by 5 p.m. June 1, for the Oceanside Public Write On, Oceanside! Literary Festival set for June 22. Writers may enter as a teen (ages 12 to 17) or adult (18+). One submission per author in the genre of poetry, fiction (short story), or creative nonfiction. Official submission guidelines are available at oceansidepubliclibrary.org. Entries may be submitted electronically to hholley@ oceansideca.org or in-person at Oceanside Public Library,


The city of Encinitas and local advocacy group Rider Safety Visibility will promote bicycle and rider safety with bike safety tips and demonstrations of safety equipment at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market on June 2, 185 Union St., Encinitas.



Republican Women Of California – San Marcos will host a luncheon at 11 a.m. June 3 at St. Mark Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos, with guest speaker Rebecca Jones, mayor of San Marcos. Mail or deliver a check for $30, made payable to RWC-SM to Susie Glass, 1164 Sunrise Way, San Marcos, CA 92078.


Ballet classes will start June 3 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Level I (Beginning) will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Level II (Intermediate) will be from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The instructor is former professional dancer Marti Neal. For more information visit EncinitasRecReg.com or call (760) 943-2260.



Carlsbad Newcomers will meet at 10:15 a.m. June 5 at Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad to learn about the Produce Good organization which retrieves fresh produce for food pantries and other nonprofit groups to serve food-insecure children and adults in San Diego County. No-host lunch will follow. For more information, go to carlsbadnewcomers.org.



The San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. military and their families (card carrier plus five immediate family members), to say ‘thank you’ to the U.S. military. More information at sdbgarden.org/military-specials.htm.

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District 3 supervisor challengers hold first forum By Steve Horn

REGION — On May 9, the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club played host to the first candidate forum for the three candidates aiming to unseat Republican San Diego County District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar. Hosted at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, the candidates discussed issues ranging from public transportation, housing, mental health treatment and climate change. And the three of them — Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz, University of California-San Diego Research Fellow Terra Lawson-Remer and Palomar Health board of directors member Jeff Griffith — spoke about how they would defeat Gaspar and why there were the choice for the job. In her opening remarks, Diaz emphasized that she cut her teeth working in a contentious political atmosphere in Escondido under former Mayor Sam Abed, sticking around to see a changing of the political tide during the 2018 election cycle. During more of her three-term tenure on the City Council, said Diaz, she was outnumbered, until recently by “Trump conservatives before he was even running for office.” “I’ve been in office 10 years in arguably the most toxic political environment

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in this county,” said Diaz. “So you’ll have to understand, if I don’t hate Kristin Gaspar, my benchmark is Sam Abed and I spent all of my emotional rage on that man. Everybody else doesn’t bother me the same way.” Diaz, the first ever Latina female elected to Escondido City Council, now works full time at Palomar College as its director of student success and student equity. Lawson-Remer, by juxtaposition, pitched herself as a lifelong fighter on social activism issues. Discussing her educational background — both a law degree and PhD — she said she believes she is more qualified than the other candidates. She also discussed her recent career background, most recently heading up the Flip the 49th federal

congressional district organizing efforts, which led to the retirement of Republican U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa and eventual victory for Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Levin. Before that, Lawson-Remer worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury under President Barack Obama. She now works as a Research Fellow focusing on political economy at University of California-San Diego. “It’s not enough to have good intentions to build a better world,” said Lawson-Remer. “But we also need the skills and experience to forge real solutions to complicated problems.” For his part, Griffith emphasized the connections he has made with union members working as a firefighter, as well as his broader familial ties to labor unions. He said those connections have given him

a ground-level view of concerns expressed by working class people and serve as a major motive for his political engagement. All three candidates slammed Gaspar for her stance on the San Diego Association of Government’s “5 Big Moves” sweeping public transportation proposal, in response to a question asked by The Coast News during the question-and-answer portion of the forum. Gaspar, elected to the seat by a narrow margin in 2016, has said she opposes further action on the transit plan until SANDAG fulfills the promise it owed to voters via a 2004 ballot measure. That initiative, Proposition A, gave SANDAG authorization to pay for improvements to the state highway system in North County and East County. Lawson-Remer called

Gaspar’s stance “political grandstanding” with an aim to generate b-roll coverage for her campaign as a means to “divide and deceive” the electorate. “There’s no reason that we need to pit freeways against transit,” said Lawson-Remer. “We’re going to have solutions that invest in what we need today, but really invest in what we need for the long term and where we need to go tomorrow in investing in mass transit.” Diaz, similarly, said she believes Gaspar is being politically “opportunistic” because many voters do not follow the arcane details of SANDAG budgeting. Griffith also criticized the ethos that expanding highways will lessen traffic. “I know Kristin Gaspar wants freeway expansion. You can’t build your way out of traffic. It’s impossible,” said Griffith. “It’s a shame, especially when the county Climate Action Plan failed twice and she’s going back to the same old tired stories about increasing freeways.” In their closing remarks, the candidates exhibited differing visions for how to get votes for the March 3, 2020, primary election. Lawson-Remer said her focus will be on swing voters, which she said make up about one-third of the District 3 electorate as independents, most of whom

she believes have an anti-Trump sentiment. A key part of her campaign strategy then, she said, will be to tie Gaspar to President Donald Trump, who she has twice visited at the White House during her time as a District 3 County Supervisor. But Diaz went so far to say she hopes the contest does not advance that far, calling for the local Democratic Party to “galvanize around a candidate as early as possible.” “At the end of the day, when we’ve got three Democrats up here working really hard to beat each other,” said Diaz. “We’re going to make it to that March primary and we’ll probably be tired and we’ll probably be a little bit broke. And Kristin will be fresh as a daisy. So, I think it’s an important strategy for us to pick soon.” Griffith said he will focus on a message of “public safety,” aiming to get endorsements of his fire agencies brethren, as well as from law enforcement. “(W)hen it comes down to it, that ballot that comes out in March has three words to describe yourself,” said Griffith. “And the three words that I use to describe myself are ‘fire captain, paramedic.’ I think that (message) will make a good impact on some of these nonpartisan voters, independent voters and even conservative voters.”


zone by zone basis.” Finkelson added that he didn’t know which zones would be first, but said Covenant residents can get those details when they are posted on the Association’s website. He was also hopeful that any resident wanting RSF Connect would be able to have it by the end of the calendar year. Finkelson then said just this year, the Association board acted in ensuring that any development in the Covenant is consistent with the character of the Protective Covenant. “This board began for the very first time to exercise supervisory authority over the CDRC (Covenant Design Review Committee),” he said. Finkelson said the board provided guidance to the CDRC about the adherence to the Covenant, Regulatory Code, and architectural guidelines, which include building styles and materials. Next Finkelson addressed the Association’s position on violations in the Covenant, which included “stop work orders” in instances of unauthorized grading and building. Property maintenance was also discussed. The Association’s Code Enforcement officer helped with these issues, however, Finkelson noted the individual had since left their position. This segued into the next topic — staffing chal-

ALLEN FINKELSON, vice president of the RSF Association board, discusses issues such as the progress of RSF Connect as well staffing challenges during the May 9 annual meeting at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

lenges of recruitment and retention. In the Association’s building and administrative departments, staffing is down by 31% equating to six vacancies, Finkelson said. One of those vacancies is a building commissioner. Finkelson wanted members to know that the board recently adopted a new employee harassment rule in an effort to improve employee retention. Finkelson noted that this was a big issue in the Ranch. “We don’t behave the way we should behave toward our employees,” said Finkelson, adding how this behavior makes it very difficult to retain employees. Finkelson also said the

Association is working with the RSF Golf Club board on a possible remodel of the clubhouse coupled with moving toward getting a conceptualized idea of rebranding the restaurant. So far there has been no commitment. The restaurant’s mission is to make itself a destination for all Covenant residents. Finkelson said a new chef and food and beverage manager will begin working at the club in June. “There is no point in building a beautiful building, unless you can serve good food on a consistent basis,” said Finkelson. Finkelson then talked about the high cost of water and unfair water rates. The Association is currently working with Santa Fe

Irrigation District making certain it is being heard on a new rate structure. “We will not stop until we get a satisfactory answer,” he said. Finkelson ended the 2019-2020 preview discussing the litigation regarding a group of homeowners challenging the method by which the Association calculates its assessments. The lawsuit is proceeding to the courts, he said. Covenant homeowners are assessed on the value reflected by the San Diego County Tax Assessor and not fair market value. The plaintiffs of the lawsuit (50 homeowners whose names have not been revealed) believe that the Association’s current way of assessing is

unfair. Finkelson said that this lawsuit will get more activity in the coming year and the board will have to decide in how to deal with it. In the

days ahead, Finkelson said, the Association intends to file a motion to dismiss and find out who the plaintiffs are by way of a discovery motion.

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On April 26, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation hosted its highly anticipated Spring Soirée, a fundraising event that took place at the Pomponio Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe. The 2019 Spring Soirée raised more than $200,000, to benefit for US Equestrian (USEF) high performance programs, including developmental and elite. This funding helps ensure athletes and teams representing the United States have the necessary support for international competition and training opportunities, horse transportation, world-class veterinarians, farriers and physiotherapists.


know. This really shouldn’t be a big surprise to me, or anyone who knows me, but it has become very clear lately that my getting wired on caffeine is every bit as hazardous as my getting liquored up. The good news is I am truly horrified at the epiphany. The bad news is that I still really love the occasional latte. But I am going to have to start being very careful where I go and who is around to talk to, after I slurp a shot of espresso. What happens is that I speak first, and think later … much later. Opinions just start leaping out of my mouth as if everyone is hanging on my every word. Yes, I do know better. I will be the first to admit that while some of my chatter might be amusing, the bulk of it is just annoying. No applause, please. I suspect things might have escalated recently, because I stopped drinking caffeine for a while. Now it takes far less to give me a buzz. Aside from suddenly giving me the solutions to all the world’s problems, coffee doesn’t really agree with me in general. But I am weak. Sometimes, when that afternoon slump hits, that latte starts to sound like, and will taste like, ambrosia.

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STAR SCHOLARSHIP The P.E.O. $2,500 Star Scholarship was presented to Kylie Edwards, a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School, seen here with her mother and father, Jessie and Sean. Edwards was recommended for the scholarship by P.E.O. Chapter VL of Rancho Santa Fe. She plans to attend Tulane University in New Orleans beginning this fall to study business marketing and advertising. Courtesy photo

I don’t know what the solution is. Perhaps I need to follow my coffee with a margarita. While that sounds delicious, I suspect that might have multiple downsides. I know drinking, especially day-drinking, makes me really sleepy, but I fear it does

nothing to shut my mouth. thing most people I know Maybe I can stuff my are very forgiving. mouth full of croissants. Masking tape might do it, Jean Gillette is but people would probably a freelance writer who stare, wondering if I just may have solutions to all the escaped being kidnapped. world’s problems, if you ask It’s a very good thing her at the right time. ConI am never afraid to apolo- tact her at jean@coastnewsgize. And it is a very good group.com.

Ben Churchill, superintendent of Carlsbad Union School District, was honored at the 16th Annual Innovation in Education Awards on May 22 at SeaWorld. At the ceremony, the Classroom of the Future Foundation announced the recipients of the 2019 Innovation Awards, recognize the 2019 class of High Tech Academic Achievement scholars, announce special awards for a few outstanding educators, and acknowledge the tremendous contributions made by teachers, schools, and businesses in the success of the students.


Victor Gonzalez, Oceanside, was named one of five members of the new Lyft Driver Advisory Council in San Diego County, a driver community program designed to provide grassroots feedback and help inform Lyft’s decision making when it comes to drivers. This initiative offers the company’s commitment to its driver community – recently following an investment in Lyft Driver Services.


Maria Lopez, instructional specialist at the MiraCosta College Child Development Center, was selected to receive an Excellence in Special Education Award from the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education Community Advisory Committee. Lopez was nominated in the General Education Teacher Category for Elementary. She was nominated by Yesica Ramirez, one of the parents at the center. Lopez has been at the center since 2005.


The Oceanside Friends of the Arts (OFOA) offers two $500 scholarship grants for local Oceanside students interested in pursuing art through their college curriculum. OFOA is the producer of arts-related activities for

Van Den Berg the Oceanside community. OFOA encourages all forms of 2D, 3D Graphis Arts, Dance, Theater and Music to apply. Scholarship applications should be sent to the attention of Kathleen Ossiander (kathleen@ oceansideartwalk.org) by June 15. CSUSM GOLFERS ALL-REGION

Cal State San Marcos women's golfers Jaime Jacob and Claire Hogle have been named to the West All-Region Team, the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) announced on Monday evening. It marked the first time in program history the fourth-ranked WGCA Cougars have had anyone named onto a WGCA All-West Region Team, adding to an already historic 2018-19 season. NEW RSF BROKER

Prentiss Van Den Berg has associated with the Rancho Santa Fe office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. She comes to the office with more than 30 years of real estate experience and is joining the Harwood Group, a team of affiliate agents with the same office. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, she was an agent with a different brokerage. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Megan Levan of Encinitas, a member of the class of 2022 at Wesleyan University and a graduate of San Dieguito High School Academy, was presented with the Scott Prize – Arabic. Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages. Megan Tran, a member of the class of 2022 and graduate of Torrey Pines High School, earned the CRC award for Outstanding First-Year Chemistry Students based on grades in organic chemistry over the current academic year. Nickolas Boland of Carlsbad, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from Graceland University, Indiana. Katia Susanna Mezey of Carlsbad, has been named to the Dean's List at Greensboro College for the Spring 2019 semester. Emily Templin of Encinitas, at University of California-Davis and David Weinberg of Carlsbad, at Cal State University Long Beach, were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

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First to speak was Skip Atkins. Atkins said he and his wife bought their first piece of property in the Covenant in 2013 and moved to the Ranch in 2015. Since becoming a Covenant resident, he has served on the Association's Finance Committee and Fiber Optic Committee, as well as had positions on the board of Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and RSF Golf Club Activities Committee. With a professional background in underground and aerial construction, Atkins touted his knowledge in supplying services to utility companies. Atkins said his 51 years of working with counties and utilities would be an asset to the Covenant. “I have become aware of the need to improve the Covenant's infrastructure,” he said. Examples of improvements cited included potholes in the roads, speed limits, crosswalks, and letting SDG&E know that the Association would be willing to work with them is situations such as the “unsightly” power pole situation. The need to work with the Santa Fe Irrigation District on fair water rates was also on the list. He also added his experience would benefit the dedicated staff at the Association. Atkins’ concentration of priorities consisted of completing RSF Connect so that residents can get fiber to their homes and informing owners about the network. He also wants to improve the dining and golf experience at the club as well as have a financial focus on the Tennis Club. Atkins ended his three-minute speech with, “A vote for Skip Atkins is a chicken in every pot,” receiving chuckle from the crowd. Next to speak was Bill Strong, who has lived in the Covenant for more than three decades. Strong's professional background was in consulting in addition to establishing start-up companies ranging from software to real estate development. He currently holds a position on the Finance Com-

RSF ASSOCIATION Manager Christy Whalen leads the candidate forum at the May 9 annual meeting. Running for three spots on the board are, from left, Skip Atkins, Bill Strong, Bill Weber and Laurel Lemarié. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

mittee and served on the board of the Rancho Santa Fe Association from 2001 to 2004. He said that he understands the serious work of being a director and knows the job. Strong said the Association has a 190-year-old adobe, 150 employees and 100 years as a historic planned community, and a $20 million a year budget. “The seven (board) directors protect and run this operation,” he said. “We have serious competition and must do everything possible to restore the Rancho Santa Fe brand to make this special place more attractive, enjoyable and valuable.” Strong said being a board director requires time while also recognizing the limitations. He explained that having had this job before makes him a good candidate and he shared 15 principles which he believes make a good director. Some of those included representing the long-term interest of members, wanting discussions to be cordial, factual and fair, protecting the rural atmosphere of the Covenant, focusing on the future and avoiding conflicts of interest. “We should all keep in mind the reasons why we moved, bought and lived here. The best thing about this place is the people,” he said. “After this meeting, have dinner at the Golf Club and meet someone new — chances are you'll like

Horton Plaza redevelopment plan OK’d REGION — The San Diego City Council unanimously voted May 20 in favor of a proposal to renovate Horton Plaza into a mixed-use retail and technology office facility. The Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm Stockdale Capital Partners acquired Horton Plaza last August from prior owner-operator Westfield with the intention of redeveloping the dilapidated downtown shopping center, which opened in 1985. The firm said when it announced the purchase that the redevelopment is expected to generate more than $1.8 billion annually and create as many as 4,000 jobs. According to the city's agreement with Stockdale,

the firm will reduce the current retail space from 600,000 square feet to a minimum of 300,000 square feet. The rest of the property will be repurposed into 772,000 square feet of office space that the company expects will attract tech companies as tenants. Should Stockdale confirm an office tenant for more than 100,000 square feet, the minimum retail space requirement will be lowered to 200,000 square feet. Stockdale intends to break ground on the Horton Plaza renovations later this year. The new redeveloped plaza is scheduled to open by the end of 2020. — City News Service

them.” Bill Weber was next at the microphone. Weber and his family found their home in the Covenant in 1998. “We were attracted to the beauty and sense of community,” he said. “I'm running because I want to preserve those qualities.” Weber said as the community moves into the future, he understands the ongoing changes in technology and community dynamics. While the community moves ahead, Weber said, there is still a need to preserve those qualities which first attracted Covenant residents. Weber has served on the Rancho Santa Fe Finance Committee. On the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club spectrum, he volunteered in positions such as the Renovation Committee, LongRange Planning Committee and Board of Governors. He said he would bring 57 years of experience to the board in terms of serving on committees in the Ranch as well as nonprofits in the surrounding communities.

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His professional background was a program manager for Hughes Aircraft Company and General Motors. Weber described himself as a listener, problem solver and consensus builder. “We need to understand what our vision is, where we want to go, and then figure out how we get there,” Weber said. For Weber, the key issues in the Covenant included infrastructure, building relationships between boards and the Association, and alternative sources of water for the golf club. “We want to continue to build and market the unique branding of the community,” he said. “And equally important, to engage a full spectrum of the demographics in this community of volunteers, so it serves everybody.” Last to speak was Laurel Lemarié, a longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident, who has lived in the Covenant with her family since 1976. While her business background included systems

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programming, design and maintenance for a shipboard computer system for Naval Electronics Laboratory, Lemarié has volunteered in various capacities. She was publicly elected to the San Dieguito Planning Group and RSF Community Services District and still holds those posts. She's also been active in other areas such as the RSF Trail Committee, RSF Garden Club, RSF Senior Center, RSF Community Concerts, and Beach & Country Guild. Lemarié pinpointed both internal and external issues in the Ranch. “There is an understaffed Association office that lacks historic memory,” she said. Lemarié pointed out the need to fill vacancies at the Association which included a building commissioner, code enforcement, as well as a liaison to deal with county and utility issues. Other topics she touched upon in her three-minute speech included the finalization of RSF Connect, the need to revital-

ize the Village, underground utilities, maintain trails and parks, and continue to address the state of tree health in the Covenant. Additionally, Lemarié addressed the “sky high” water rates as well as her involvement in opposition of the county supervisors' rezoning of Harmony Grove's two projects, and how that that rezoning would have further impacted road and traffic conditions in Rancho Santa Fe. She spoke about the need for infrastructure improvements to ensure that commuter traffic would not impact pedestrian safety. “Commuter traffic makes it dangerous to walk around our property,” she said. “Many of our roads are de facto thoroughfares.” Lemarié added that her granddaughter attends R. Roger Rowe and she is also aware of the concerns of the demographic of younger families. “My initiatives will benefit all homeowners — I'll represent all families. A vote for me is a vote for our future,” Lemarié said.

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he last two years have been, shall we say, a challenge for the residents of Idyllwild, a mountain village in the San Jacinto Mountains about two hours northeast of North County. In July 2018, it was the Cranston fire, which burned right up to the edge of town and caused the evacuation of 7,000 people. On Valentine’s Day this year, the heavens opened and dumped about 8 inches of rain on the landscape in just two days. The result: portions of the two roads into Idyllwild collapsed and repairs probably will continue until July. “The road closures have been pretty decimating for our businesses,” says Holly Parsons, co-publisher of Idyllwild Life Magazine, which is slated to premier

A CARPET OF FLOWERS in the shadow of San Jacinto Peak welcomes visitors to Idyllwild, “an island in the sky away from the madding crowd of Southern California.” The village’s businesses have suffered in the wake of a fire last summer, and heavy rains in February. Courtesy photo/Carlos Reynosa

this month. “The transportation challenges we’re experiencing have impacted tourism (from Los Angeles)

and service workers alike, Despite the highway restricsending the town into an tions, though, we are open economic tailspin from for business.” On the plus side, the which it has yet to recover. rains have caused the mountain lilacs and flowering manzanita to explode in gardens and on hillsides, most importantly, San Diego County residents can still easily get to Idyllwild. “Idyllwild is a unique and precious island in the sky away from the madding crowd of Southern California,” Parsons says. “It’s a world-class climbing and hiking destination. The trails that lead up to the top of San Jacinto (10,834 feet) are legendary for their views and extraordinary beauty.” Idyllwild also is a mecca for artists and musicians and those who love them. It probably stages more

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tarist-singer-songwriter-artist-furniture-maker Roger Dutton at many of these events, like the upcoming Idyllwild Songwriters Festival (June 13 to June 16; www.idyllwildsongwritersfestival.com). “There are lots of creative people up here,” Dutton says. “Lots of great musicians and writers. Idyllwild is pretty much a place where you can come and do your thing and no one will give you a hard time.” When Dutton moved to Idyllwild with his parents in the late 1940s, he estimates there were about 350 people in the still-unincorporated town, and his 1961 eighth grade class had seven graduates. Today, Idyllwild’s population is nearly 5,200 residents — about the same number as the town’s altitude — and the attitude of the town’s people hasn’t changed much over the decades. “We’re independent thinkers,” Dutton muses. “I think people just come up and visit, like it and decide to move here. We have fun.” Some of that fun is shared every spring with through-hikers on the nearby Pacific Coast Trail (2,650 miles from the Mexican border to the Canadian border). “We look forward to seeing them,” Dutton says. “They are all over town. TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 11

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San Dieguito high schools named among best in US By Jacob Aere

REGION — Public high schools from Encinitas and Carlsbad are some of the top ranked public institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. All four public high schools within San Dieguito Union High School District made it on the prestigious annual list. Canyon Crest Academy finished 191st in public high schools across all 50 states, taking the top spot in the San Dieguito Union High School District. San Dieguito High School Academy placed 816th and La Costa Canyon at 1,640th out of 17,245 ranked public high schools across the United States. Torrey Pines High School rounded out SDUHSD scoring at 1,245th. Due to the media com-

SAN DIEGUITO High School Academy in Encinitas is getting a new arts and humanities building from Proposition AA funding. The new structure will help modernize teaching and aid a rising student population. Photo by Jacob Aere

pany’s updated ranking system, current records “are not comparable to the 2018 rankings or any that came before” and therefore unavailable, according to public relations coordinator, Madeline Smanik.

All SDUHSD high schools have made plans to improve learning on campus after Proposition AA, a $449 million bond initiative, was narrowly passed by voters in 2012. “There’s a lot of excite-

ment with our students in that they are able to learn in these state-of-the-art learning facilities,” said San Dieguito High School Academy principal Adam Camacho. “The rankings are reflective of our community, our

district, and the talents our teachers bring to how they serve kids.” San Dieguito Academy has completed major renovation to help meet growing enrollment, including a new, two-story math and science building in the fall of 2017. Currently, SDA is working on a 53,000 square foot, 33 classroom arts and humanities building slated for completion this summer. “A lot of the buildings were outdated and built back when [San Dieguito Academy] was opened in 1936. It’s weird having half of your classes in really old buildings and half are in new ones,” said SDA’s ASB Senior Director Sydney Becker. “But it’s nice having a changeup with new facilities, air conditioning, and newer technology.” La Costa Canyon also

plans to update and repair some of its science rooms with an additional upgrade for a two-story physics lab in the blueprint for their Prop AA improvements. LCC needed to compete with the changing enrollment percentages and altered its schedule to allow for a seventh course in 2016. As of 2019, SDA now has 1902 total students enrolled compared to LCC’s 1935 students. In the 2013 to 2014 school year, SDA had just 1612 total students attending classes compared to LCC’s 2073. Camacho added that “people gravitate to the new learning spaces and are hopeful for what that brings. It’s a nice new learning environment that will sustain many generations to come. That's probably one factor that goes into making the decision to come here.”


They get their mail at the post office and buy supplies. There are big banners at the motels. The town is very supportive.” There are plenty of day-hikers, too, many coming to conquer Devil’s Slide, a steep trail that ends at the top of San Jacinto Peak (10,834 feet). Those who make it (or even half-way to Saddle Junction) can reward themselves with a trip into town for beer, ice cream and a good meal at one of the many restaurants. After, a post-dinner stroll might bring an encounter with Mayor Max, a loving, bi-partisan Golden Retriever and town ambassador. For general tourist and event information: www.touridyllwild.com. More than 100 bands on six stages will perform Aug. 16 to Aug. 18 at the Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival, a fundraiser to help those affected by the devastating Cranston fire (2018). www. idyllwildstrong.com. Idyllwild Nature Center www.Rivcoparks.org/ Idyllw ild-nature - center. Historical Society www. Idyllwildhistory.org. Art Alliance of Idyllwild www.artinidyllwild.org). Find Idyllwild Life Magazine at Whole Foods Market and Gelson’s Market in Del Mar; REI and Leucadia Pizzeria in Encinitas; and Cardiff Seaside Market in Cardiff. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook.com/elouise.ondash.

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Food &Wine PAON in Carlsbad ramps up with Napa’s Laird — Riboli next


ast week, I pointed out that in my 14 years of commenting on the wine and food scene, I had never seen such a rush of events celebrating a taste for the good life. This week we salute PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar in Carlsbad, and its Wine Director Kate Edgecombe who has taken the program at PAON to new heights. Her most recent

taste of wine frank mangio triumph is the presentation of one of the premier wineries in Napa Valley, Laird Family Estate. Ken and Gail Laird bought their first piece of agricultur-

al property in Calistoga in 1970, a 90-acre parcel with worn out prune trees. They quickly converted it to a grape vineyard with a boost from Robert Mondavi who urged them to make Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Today, the Laird empire owns 2,400 acres with some 40 vineyards. Wineries are coming to them to buy their extraordinary grapes. The Lairds’ daughter

Rebecca now operates the winery, and a cool thing is her daughter Jillian has her name on the “Jillian’s Blend” label, Laird’s most requested wine. The current release is now 2014 ($48). It flashes a deep ruby red cast, a seductive bouquet of toasted oak, candied plum and ripe strawberries. Delicate tannins and acidity lead the flavor of dusty cherry and boysenberry. Others in the dinner lineup

included a 2017 Pinot Grigio, a 2016 Red Hen Chardonnay, a 2016 Ghost Ranch and Phantom Ranch Pinot Noir and a 2014 Flat Rock Cabernet. Edgecombe has filled the rest of the month with many more days of wine creations. Themed tastings abound daily with six unique wines from Friday to Thursday that change weekly. Hours are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A highlight is the Riboli Family Wine Tasting, Wednesday May 29 with special guest, Anthony Riboli, a fourth-generation winemaker. Cost is $25. When you RSVP at (760) 729-7377, ask about a private dinner with Anthony and his wine colleagues following the tasting. A wine dinner with Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery of Napa Valley follows on Wednesday June 5, and a Wine Warehouse Sale and Tasting Party highlights a Summer kickoff, Sunday June 9. Ticket includes an entry into the event, wine tasting of several wines at seven different stations, live music and chef’s selection food station. All wines tasted will be offered at great discounts, first come first served. Two sessions include a VIP session from noon to 2 p.m. for $35 and a general admission from 2 to 4 p.m. for $25. Reservation required at (760) 729-7377. Millennials, those who are 21 to 40, are the fastest growing group of consumers of wine, and I asked Kate Edgecombe, herself a millennial, if she was seeing an increase in this generation of wine customers. “We are seeing more

millennials especially in PAON’s restaurant,” she observed. “They are asking for wines that will pair well with menu choices. They are not bound by the same tired names and want to know the background of a selection. Servers must have more knowledge than ever about their recommendations, including organic assistance in grape production. We have a ‘try before you buy’ suggestion, that is encouraging a glass of a new wine, before investing in a bottle. An accommodating start-up grape is Pinot Noir with its flexibility, paired with many types of dishes, before immersing into a heavier bodied wine like Cabernet or Syrah, stronger on the palate.” Millennials are now accounting for about 42% of all wine consumption, surpassing any other generation, downing about 3 glasses a sitting according to the Wine Market Council. Their favorites are sparkling wine, Rose’ and Pinot Noir. A good percentage of millennials think nothing of spending over $20 a bottle, about 20% more than the average buyer. More on PAON and its events at paoncarlsbad.com. Another wine win for Gianni Buonomo At the 2019 Finger Lakes International in New York, Gianni Buonomo of San Diego again struck gold, this time Double Gold for their 2014 Super Tuscan Sangiovese, Gold for the 2015 Maestrale Bordeaux Red Blend and the 2015 Charbono. Gianni BuonoTURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 17

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Beer and sun in Encinitas craft beer in North County

Bill Vanderburgh

A THE FABULOUS Asian Salmon Salad at Ki’s on the 101 in Cardiff. Photo courtesy Ki’s

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list with the location and views. If you are unfamiliar, Ki’s is located on Coast Highway 101 in Cardiff, just across the street from the beach and has spectacular ocean views. Many

restaurants could easily rely on that view and do a decent business as a result yet the view from Ki’s is just part of the overall experience but is definitely on my list. Breakfast at Ki’s is something that many may not be aware of and that needs to change. They have a

fresh organic juice bar and smoothies that are a perfect grab and go way to start your day or enjoy as the beach comes to life across the street. That or make Ki’s a destination for breakfast and enjoy their full menu that includes Acai Granola Bowls, omelets, scrambles, burritos, pancakes, French toast and fresh muffins. I could easily do a leisurely breakfast at Ki’s and maybe throw in a mimosa for a fun twist or impress a client and make it a business breakfast. Either way, there are not


ith all the new restaurants popping up along the coast in North County, I’ve decided to make it a point to revisit on a regular basis some that have stood the test of time. Five years ago I wrote a column paying tribute to Ki Holcomb, the matriarch of the family and who founded Ki’s in 1980. Ki’s is currently owned and operated by Barry Holcomb and his wife Lorraine Harland. Besides Ki’s they also have some other very exciting food ventures that I will be detailing in a future column. Given that Ki’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has so much going for it beyond that, I thought a top 10 format would be fitting for this revisit column. I will have to start my


fter the rain on Monday, I felt a need to get out and enjoy the sunshine with some beer. I headed for Encinitas. Encinitas doesn’t have any craft breweries, but it has two of the best satellite tasting rooms around: the Modern Times Far West Lounge, under the “Encinitas� sign on the 101, and Culture Brewing, just down the street. And both are open on a Monday afternoon, which is not always the case — some breweries close on Mondays for “brewing day.� Apparently, I wasn’t alone in my desire for beer and sunshine. Modern Times was packed even at 2 p.m. with a mix of locals enjoying a late lunch before heading back to work, couples from out of state on beer vacations, a solid selection of day drinkers, even a dad pushing a stroller who came in for some cans to take home. The interior at Modern Times is excellent — beachy, comfortable, polished. It is a big step up from the typical “brewery in an industrial space� that turns some people off. The large windows, at least 10 feet high, slide open to the street, letting in light and air. The skylight adds to the indoor-outdoor effect. For seating, there are low tables, high tables, a section of stadium-style benches, and a huge U-shaped, white-marble-topped bar with almost 30 seats. The food at the Far West Lounge is all vegetarian — though if you are a meat-eater, you would never know it. I’ve had several meals here, and they have all been excellent.

CULTURE BREWING and Modern Times offer refreshing spots for good beer and food along Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh

The stand-out for me is the meatless bratwurst, in part because the “sausage� tastes exactly like a great sausage, and in part because the sauerkraut is so good. Modern Times seems to have decided to focus on two main categories of beer. Although there are 35 taps, more than half are various varieties of hazy IPAs; the second focus is on high-alcohol, barrel-aged and/or flavor-infused stouts. There are a few other

things on offer, too, but the dual focus is working for them: in addition to a large, enthusiastic local following who frequent the two tasting rooms (Encinitas and North Park) and the brewery (Point Loma), Modern Times has locations in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon — and three more California locations will be opening up by the end of the 2019. Modern Times is 30% employee owned. In April, they raised almost $1.1

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Hormone Replacement Therapy: Looking at it with fresh eyes By Jeffrey Pearson, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M. (Part 2)

Regarding heart disease, the past studies were horrible in design, for both women and men. Physicians had long assumed that it was estrogen that protected women against heart attacks based upon observation. Looking at men and women under the age of 50 who presented to the local hospital emergency department with complaints of chest pain, most of the time, men did have a heart attack whereas the women did not. Hence the reason for why so many physicians ignored women’s complaints of chest pain because “women can’t get heart attacks.” It was assumed that women were protected by estrogen’s ability to improve HDL and through other mechanisms. In an attempt to prove this, the Heart Estrogen/Progesterone Replacement Study (HERS) was undertaken and the reported results shocked everyone by noting that there was no protective effect noted in the women who took HRT versus those who did not. The investigators scared literally thousands of women from taking their HRT. This was a poorly designed study, however, with one big glaring fact: the average age of menopause in American women is 52 years of age (some sooner, some later); the average age of women in the HERS was nearly 67 years of age! In oth-

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er words, they had already developed blockages in their coronary arteries by the start of the study. Incidentally, when they look at the women who began HRT immediately after menopause, a cardio protective effect was noted. It’s a similar story for men. Physicians thought that testosterone replacement would induce heart attacks because too high levels can cause polycythemia (increase in number of red blood cells). The problem with many of these studies is that they, too, were poorly done. Some had their conclusions of danger published despite their data indicating the contrary (substituting their beliefs of what they expected, rather than what really happened). How bad were some of these studies? In one large retrospective study that purportedly emphasized the cardiovascular dangers of testosterone, only patients’ charts were reviewed – not a single patient was examined/tested – AND, a lot of the “male” patients turned out to be women! Fortunately, more recent studies in both men and women have vindicated the cardiovascular safety of HRT at therapeutic dosages. So, how does one know if he or she needs HRT? The diagnosis in women is fairly straightforward – if a woman has stopped having menstrual flows and has complaints of hot flashes, poor sleep, mood changes, etc. – then it’s obvious and no laboratory testing

under other circumstances: “I would have liked to have done the jury service to see what it was like and Recurring Theme whether I would have liked In April, News of the the judge,” he said. [The Weird reported that sweat Guardian, 4/16/2019] bees were found to be living in the eye of a woman in Chutzpah! Taiwan. Now, United Press Ricci Barnett, 41, reInternational reports doc- fused to stop when a police tors at a hospital in Yang- officer tried to pull her over zhou, Jiangsu province, for driving the wrong way China, found a small spi- down a one-way street in der building a nest inside Las Cruces, New Mexico, a man’s ear. The man, iden- on April 21. The Associated tified only as Li, arrived at Press reported that when the hospital complaining of she paused at a red light, discomfort in his ear. Doc- the officer showed her his tors said the spider was too badge, to which she replied, small and fast to be caught “I don’t think so” and drove with tools, but they were away. Barnett was evenable to flush it out using wa- tually apprehended and ter. [United Press Interna- charged with aggravated tional, 5/8/2019] fleeing from a law enforcement officer and reckless Rules Are Rules driving. [Associated Press, Keith Cutler, senior cir- 5/12/2019] cuit judge of Winchester and Salisbury in England, had Crime Report what would seem to be an — A 25-year-old man airtight reason for avoiding from Kapaa, Hawaii, will jury duty in April: He was likely spend seven years scheduled to be the presid- in prison after going on a ing judge for the case. Even drug-fueled rampage in so, when Cutler contacted his former boss’s home in the jury summoning bureau December. Forrest Broyles to say, “I would be inappro- pleaded no contest on May priate, seeing I happened 7 to charges that he broke to be the judge and knew into the home to claim his all the papers,” the bureau fair share of fish the two refused to excuse him, sug- men had caught together. gesting he could “apply to Broyles told Kauai police the resident judge.” Cutler he was using the hallucinoeventually had to call to ex- genic concoction ayahuasca plain that he is the resident when he used a machete to judge, reported The Guard- break the glass front door ian. He noted that he would of the home, reported The have been happy to serve Garden Island. He threat-

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also results in more stable daily levels than the highs and lows associated with the injections.) As noted, brand name products for HRT can be very expensive, on the order of $400-$500 per month for a leading manufacturer of testosterone. Insurance co-pays might cut that down to $15$45/month. Compounded products, on the other hand, are much more affordable, particularly if insurance won’t cover them – testosterone can range from $60-$80 per month, depending upon dosage strength. For women, compounded HRT cream runs in the vicinity of $50$60 per month (and that includes 3 hormones: estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone all in one). In summary, unless an individual has an absolute contraindication to HRT, it should be considered by both men and women to keep our bodies in good repair and functioning for as long as we remain on the planet. (end of part 2 of article series)

is required. Different story for men as they do require laboratory testing for testosterone levels. Be aware that many people (physicians included) are unaware that so-called “normal” testosterone levels provided by a laboratory are not normal biological levels – they’re statistical normals. [This is how laboratory normals are established: a lab analyzes hundreds of thousands of patients who pass through their doors for testing. They take the mean (a type of average) and then go out 2 standard deviations on either side of the mean to create their normal range This large group represents 95% of the patients who submitted for a particular test.] You may have noted that normal ranges vary from laboratory to laboratory. For example, the current “normal

range” for total testosterone from LabCorp is 264-916 ng/ dl. For Quest Labs, it’s 2501100 ng/dl. If a male patient’s total morning testosterone was 400, this would be considered to be normal by both labs and their insurance companies would decline to pay for a testosterone prescription. The problem with this is that a man’s testosterone really needs to be above 600 mg/dl for normal healthy function, which means that many men unfairly wind up not being able to receive treatment for their fatigue, depression, loss of libido, etc.. If they elect to treat their low levels, it must come from out of their own pockets and this can be very expensive for brand name products (compounded formulations are much less expensive and work just as well, in my personal experience).

How to administer HRT? Many of us believe that the safest route is through the skin. There are no testosterone pills because they would screw up the liver. For women, there was a concern that perhaps oral conjugated estrogens could affect the liver, making the blood hypercoaguable and more likely to clot. Bypassing the “first pass” through the liver through topical administration theo[Copyright, Jeffrey Pearson, retically makes HRT safer, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M.] hence many hormone prepaDr. Pearson is a Board-certirations are prescribed for topical use, either as a patch, fied Family Physician and a past cream or suppository. The recipient of the national “Patient Care Award for Excellence in bioidentical HRT that many of us prescribe (for both men Patient Education,’ sponsored by and women) is a cream that the Academy of Family Practice and the Society of Teachers is easily applied every mornof Family Medicine. He is the ing, which beats the heck of medical director of Medicine in having to receive injections Motion, in Carlsbad, CA. deep into the buttock on a medicine-in-motion.com regular basis (for men). (It

ened the boss and his wife, saying he “was going to kill him and chop him up,” then attacked the house instead, hitting a television, breaking windows, a sliding glass door, kitchen cabinets, the stove and microwave and a canoe paddle, among other items, amounting to about $3,000 in damages. “That is what the whole incident was about,” Broyles told a detective at the scene. “He owes me choke ahi.” Broyles was on probation at the time (for allegedly threatening two people with scissors); he is scheduled for sentencing in August. [The Garden Island, 5/8/2019]

Cuteness Alert — Hugo the dog is a frequent boarder at Happy Tails Pet Hotel and Playland in St. Ann, Missouri. In early May, according to KTVI, Hugo proved how much he loves his pals at the doggy day care: He ran away from home, navigated a busy street and covered more than a mile to get to Happy Tails, where he ran inside to greet his canine friends. [KTVI, 5/9/2019]

Time. “The member earlier made a barnyard noise of the sort that would not be accepted in a junior classroom,” Mallard said. But Bridges objected, saying, “I made no such noise and it is entirely unfair for you as a speaker to say that sort of unprofessional comment.” The New Zealand Herald reported that Bridges later said Mallard’s comments made him feel like a “naughty boy”; later inspection of video from the session revealed that Bridges had made a loud sound of disapproval after an answer given by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. [New Zealand Herald, 5/7/2019]

— The Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Argus Leader reported that Brody Fuchs, 25, of Tyndall was arrested on April 23 and charged with second-degree burglary after a local man contacted police about items disappearing from his home over the course of a couple of years -- about $500 worth of sex toys. The man had installed security cameras in the house, which caught Fuchs entering the home, staying for about 40 seconds, then leaving, according to the affidavit. Bon Homme County Sheriff’s officers searched Fuchs’ residence and found a number of toys the victim said belonged to him. It was unclear whether the homeowner and Fuchs were acquainted. [Argus Leader, 5/10/2019]

— Baby’s First Shoes: When Olivia the giraffe gave birth to her son on May 2 at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, zookeepers noticed his rear feet were not in normal alignment, a condition called hyperextended fetlocks. So the 170-pound baby, as yet unnamed, was fitted with casts to correct the problem, and along with them, his own custom-made pair of therapeutic shoes made of plywood and polyethylene. “I’m hopeful they will help him walk better,” zoo veterinarian Dr. Tim Storms told KIRO. He expects the treatment will continue over several months. [KIRO, 5/9/2019] Government in Action New Zealand’s House Speaker, Trevor Mallard, ejected National Leader Simon Bridges from the chamber on May 7, claiming that Bridges’ conduct was inappropriate during Question

Florida A police officer in Haines City, Florida, was inside a local business on May 4 when he heard “a loud noise” outside. In the parking lot, he found Gary Wayne Anderson, 68, had just crashed his riding lawnmower (with trailer carrying a red cooler) into the officer’s cruiser, reported the Miami Herald. “F-- it, I’m drunk,” Anderson told officers, according to an arrest affidavit. “Take me to jail.” He was so intoxicated, police said, that he failed a field sobriety test and “almost fell to the ground multiple times.” At the police station, Anderson accused police of poisoning him and requested that he be taken to a hospital, where test results found

his blood-alcohol content to be three times Florida’s legal limit. Anderson has two prior DUI convictions and has not had a valid driver’s license since 1978. “It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel drunk,” noted police Chief Jim Elensky, “even if that wheel is to a Craftsman, Massey Ferguson or John Deere.” [Miami Herald, 5/6/2019] Awesome! Cinema’s Freddy Krueger has nothing on a winged resident of the Cascavel city zoo in Brazil. The Amazonian parrot started his life at the zoo about four years ago, after being shot in the upper beak during a raid at a drug den, which disfigured his face and earned him the name Freddy Krueger, reported The Guardian. In April, Freddy survived being bitten on the leg by a (nonvenomous) snake, which resulted in profuse bleeding. Just days later, armed thieves broke into the zoo and stole Freddy, along with another parrot and a cylinder of gas. But true to Freddy form, the parrot made his way back to the zoo, where veterinarian Ilair Dettoni speculated that Freddy’s deformities may have made him less desirable to the thieves. “I don’t know if Freddy is really unlucky or really lucky,” he said. The other parrot and the gas cylinder have not been located. [The Guardian, 4/29/2019]

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and there is street parking on nearby streets. Culture Brewing’s tasting room, a mere three-minute walk south of Modern Times on the 101, is also a comfortable, sophisticated space. The beer is also excellent. Culture has two beers on the menu that were recent medalists at major beer competitions: the Blonde Ale and the Brown Ale. In addition, they offer a variety of other beers, all of which are well-made and delicious. On my recent visit I loved the new Summer Ale, a floral and lightly sweet IPA with subtle additions of lemongrass and ginger. The Culture Brewing tasting room in Encinitas is beautiful: dark greys and blacks in concrete and metal, rough woods, a few splashes of green plants, and a rotating art display on

MODERN TIMES seems to have decided to focus on two main categories of beer. More than half of its 35 taps are varieties of hazy IPAs, and the second focus is on high-alcohol, barrel-aged and/or flavor-infused stouts. File photo

tasting room, too. one wall. he roll-up front window It is a theme you’ll find at their Solana Beach brew- has a beer rail where you ery and their Ocean Beach can sit and look out over the

street, taking in the sun and breeze. The only strike against Culture is a lack of seating. There are only seven seats at the bar, five at the window, and a few pairs of stools next to old barrels used as tables. That does leave plenty of room for the dogs who seem to love this location as much as their owners. Pretzels and dog treats are available, but no other food. Encinitas is also home to an Oggi’s, east of the 5 on the south side of Encinitas Boulevard. Oggi’s started out as one of San Diego’s original craft brewpubs and now has seven locations in San Diego County and more elsewhere. Unfortunately, except for the Carmel Mountain Ranch location, none of them brew on site anymore. All the rest of Oggi’s beer is made at Left Coast Brewing in San Clemente, making it not-quite-San Diego craft beer.

many places in North County that offer such a fabulous location for breakfast. The same can be said for lunch. I do business lunches often and Ki’s is going to be added to the list of locations for sure. Its relaxed vibe is perfect for creating an environment that is conducive for an easy, transparent conversation. It’s also an obvious choice for the leisure crowd who flock there to enjoy the midday beach vibe and fabulous food. Poke bowls, sandwiches and wraps, burgers, tacos, salads and lunch entrees provide that variety I mentioned. I like to keep it somewhat light at lunch and the Asian Salmon Salad was so perfect for that. Grilled salmon rests on a bed of organic field greens tossed in ginger miso dressing with toasted sesame seeds, snap peas, cilantro, tangerine slices, green onions and topped with glass noodles. In my opinion that’s the perfect lunch dish and there are plenty of similar options at Ki’s. Late afternoon, sunset and and into the evening is the magic time at Ki’s. How can you beat the sun setting into the ocean across the street? There are so many standout dishes on the dinner menu it would be tough to list them all so here are some favorites. I love to start with the fresh Spring Rolls with veggies, tofu and herbs wrapped in rice paper and served with the perfect Thai Peanut Sauce for dipping. The Seasonal Flatbread is another winner and my favorite dish on the menu is Ki’s Coconut and Vegetable Curry. Coconut milk, brown rice, cashews and choice of chicken, tempeh or tofu all work together so nicely. I go for the chicken and this hearty dish always provides enough for a perfect lunch the next day … if you don’t polish it off when you get home. Other dishes I will be back for include the Macadamia Coconut Mahi, Petite Filet with

Cabernet Mushroom Demi, and Baked 4-Cheese Penne with Cauliflower and Prosciutto. The Creamy Polenta with Cauliflower Steaks is a really nice looking vegetarian option as well. It should also be noted that Ki’s brings in a sushi chef Wednesday through Saturday with a full range of Sushi, Sashimi and Rolls. That adds a whole new dimension to the food offerings at Ki’s. I’m going to give the Sunset Menu a slot of it’s own on my top 10 list as it’s wildly popular with folks who like to eat a bit earlier. It runs every night from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and includes a choice of starter, entrée, and dessert for $21. Happy hour drinks are happening as well and it’s a great value. Live music has always been a part of the personality of Ki’s and their lineup includes local favorites like Peter Sprague, Peter Pupping Trio, Mark Lessman, Hummingbird Hotel and the Benedetti Trio to name a few. They also host fun painting parties, all of which can be found on their website. The music always works with the beach vibe at Ki’s and is a perfect soundtrack to dinner or drinks. I’m going to round out my top 10 reasons to love Ki’s list with three elements that work so well together. Their history in the area, the family-owned and operated dynamic, and their popularity amongst locals of all ages. Ki’s history is woven into the fabric of Cardiff and their longevity is testament to what they have going on. Barry and Lorraine continue to work hands-on at Ki’s and their kids have all pitched in growing up. You get a sense of that family passion at the local’s reward that with their loyalty to the restaurant. Wherever you live in San Diego, Ki’s is worth a visit for breakfast, lunch, or make an evening out of it over dinner and sunset. Check out their full calendar of events and menu at www.kisrestaurant.com.


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New Village Arts Theater presents the classic horror-comedy-rock-musical “Little Shop Of Horrors,” May 24 with previews through May 31. The play opens June 1 and runs through Aug. 4 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. For tickets and information, call (760) 433-3245.


6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Cost is $160. There will be a Youth Camp and a Teen Camp. Register at https://villagechurchcommunitytheater.org/summer-theater-camp. Auditions for registered campers interested in singing a solo, a speaking role or a dancing role, will be held 2 to 5 p.m.. June 22.

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The Moonlight Amphitheatre presents The PettyBreakers at 7:30 p.m. May 25 with tickets $15 to $40, at Moonlight, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets at moonlightstage.com/.

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The city of Carlsbad is hosting “Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self-Help Graphics & Art” through June 9 at William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free.

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Lux Art Institute offers summer art camps for ages 4 to 7, a STEAM art camps for ages 8 to 12, Youth Studio for ages 10 to 15 and Teen Ceramics for ages 1217. For registration and information, visit luxartinstitute.org/programs/.


Register now for the Performing Arts Camp at Village Church Community Theater Camp that will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15 to July 19 daily at

signs at the Recycled Materials Runway Event at 6 p.m. June 1 at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. General admission $20. Get tickets at brownpapertickets.com/ event/4237468 or call (760) 480-4101. SAVE THE CORAL

Cheryl Ehlers presents “Hypnotic Movements: Chasing Coral,” an art exhibition and reception from 6 to 9 p.m. June 1 at the Encinitas Community Center: 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more details visit http://cherylehlersart. blogspot.com/ or call (760) 519-1551.

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “A Walk in the Woods,” May 29 through June 23 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Tickets at https://tickets.northcoastrep.org or call the Box office at (858) 481-1055. CHESNUT AT OFF TRACK For the month of June OPEN MIC NIGHT the Off Track Gallery teams Every Wednesday from up with the city of Encini6 to 9 p.m. at Tower 13, 2633 S. Coast Highway 101, join Open Mic Night, featuring local singer songwriters in performance and hosted by Semisi Ma’u from the band Fula Bula. For more information, visit fulabula.com/ or (760) 580-0116.

The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, a group of 35 local amateur and professional guitarists, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour, Encinitas. For more information, including upcoming guitar workshops, visit the encinitasguitarorchestra.com and or contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 815-5616 or peter@guitar- BEST BAROQUE sounds.com. A suggested We d n e s d a y s @ N o o n donation of $12 will be ac- presents a free concert by cepted at the door. the Kensington Baroque Orchestra at noon May 29 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and The Barn Stage Company present, “The Piano Men,” A musical tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel, at 7:30 p.m. May 25 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido in the Center Theater. Tickets $25 to $45 online at artcenter.org, at the ticket office, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, or by calling (800) 988-4253. Get more information at http://artcenter.org/event/ the-piano-men/.


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Artist Santos will talk about his work and artistic process from 6 to 7 p.m. May 31 in the Lux Art Lounge, 1550 S El Camino Real, Encinitas. From 7 to 8 p.m. there will be a DJ, drinks and hors d’oeuvres and an artist talk and Q&A session. RSVP https://luxart. wufoo.com/forms/s1dnihx60da9ii2/.



Encinitas presents local artists at its Art Night Reception, held from 6 to 9 p.m. at various city sites, including Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive; Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive and Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave.


Barbara Murray presents “My Town” photography, reflecting the residences, back alleys, and small out-of-the-way streets in Encinitas, through July 17, with a reception at 6 p.m. June 1 at Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.


Moonlight Stage Productions opens its 39th summer season with Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” at 8 p.m. June 12 to June 29 at 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets from $17 to $57 online at moonlightstage.com or through VisTix at (760) 724-2110.


Edgy eco-decadent designers gather to preview socially relevant arte-couture and prêt-a-porter de-

tas ArtNight reception from 4 to 9 p.m. June 1 at 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite C-103, Encinitas, featuring the artworks of Michael Chesnut.



Encinitas Ballet presents the full-length ballet “Don Quixote” on stage at 5 p.m. June 2 in the Thompson Performing Arts Center, La Costa Canyon High School, 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad. with dancers from the California Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Tickets at EncinitasBallet. com.


Friends of the Encinitas Library present First Sunday Music Series with jazz by the Danny Green

Trio at 2 p.m. June 2 at the Encinitas Library Community Room
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The Community Players Theatre will hold auditions for William Shakespeare's classic comedy, “The Taming of the Shrew” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 2 and 7 to 8 p.m. June 3 at Bailey-Bees Theater, on the Community Lutheran Church Campus, 3575 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. Video submissions will be accepted between May 31 and June 5. Submit to chelsea.nygaard @ gmail. com. Performance dates will be 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Aug. 2 through Aug. 4 and

Aug. 9 through Aug. 11. For questions about auditions or show information, contact Chelsea Robinson at chelsea.nygaard@gmail.com



Through July 16, see Pierre Bounaud’s “Glazed/ Unglazed: Working the Ceramic Surface,” with a diversity of decorating techniques, glazes and non-glazing elements at Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive.



Artist Sheryl Tempchin presents “Mindscapes” acrylic painting through July 16, at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive.


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Mortuary faces opposition over crematory proposal By Jordan P. Ingram

SAN MARCOS — An online petition is fanning flames of opposition over a proposed crematorium at Allen Brothers Mortuary in San Marcos. A few concerned residents raised concerns of increased air pollution and potential health risks after Allen Brothers applied for a conditional-use permit with the city for the “installation and operation of a crematory” within an existing threecar garage located behind the chapel on Twin Oaks Valley Road. Linda Allen, president and funeral director at Allen Brothers, said access to a local crematorium could save grieving families time and hundreds of dollars in funeral costs currently associated with transporting remains to Lakepointe Cremation & Burial in Lake Elsinore. Allen said the flue’s exterior will resemble a typical brick chimney, unlike the looming smokestack at Angel Paws Pet Cremation on Pacific Street near state Route 78. In 2009, Allen took control of the full-service mortuary which was founded in 1964 by her father Bob Allen and his brother, Frank Allen. A fully licensed mortician and embalmer, Linda Allen said she wants to keep the family business going while providing better experience for customers. “We are doing this as a service to our community,” Allen told The Coast News. “We look forward to the public meetings so we can clear misconceptions, myths or other unknown issues.” The petition, initiated by San Marcos resident Ralph Desiena, states that if the project goes forth,

ALLEN BROTHERS MORTUARY was established in 1964 by Bob and Frank Allen in San Marcos. The company has since expanded to include a chapel in Vista. Today, cremation services are conducted offsite in Lake Elsinore. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

“serious health risks could affect YOU,” including an increased risk of respiratory issues, cancer, “odor impacts and black smoke.” Desiena, 66, said his primary concern is increased levels of mercury and dioxins, a group of toxic chemical compounds produced from trash burning and fuels such as coal, wood and oil. “My concern is adding more emissions,” Desiena said. “Do we really need to expose people to that? I don’t feel like anything like this should be in a zone that borders residential areas.” Desiena pointed to last year’s fire at Cortez Cremations and Funeral Services in National City after an oven door failed to close while in use, sending smoke and human ashes billowing into the air.

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“If something goes wrong, it’s going to be spewing out a lot of stuff,” Desiena said. Several residents that live in the Twin Oaks area wrote that a crematory would add to already high pollution levels generated from nearby state Route 78 and Highway 15. “I also don’t want ashes of burning bodies to rain down on my home or breathe toxic fumes,” one resident wrote. Another said, “Right by my residence and don’t want the smell of burning bodies to be a new normal.” But when it comes to odor and emissions, Allen said there really isn’t much to worry about. “People think there is going to be odor and there is no odor at all,” Allen said. “There is nothing emitted out of the chamber.” Allen said the funeral home has already been cleared by two air quality control agencies and is awaiting a decision from the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. “A crematory puts out less pollution than a fastfood restaurant,” Allen said. “The unknown is always worse than the known. If you are having phobias about it,

come to the meeting and you’ll get answers.” Barbara McKennis, executive director at Cremation Association of North America (CANA), said that out-of-date information has contributed to the perpetuation of myths about crema-

grees. The industrial furnace takes roughly two hours to consume the average human body and produces roughly 5 to 10 pounds of tiny bone fragments which are ground into “cremains.” During the incineration

From 2012 to 2016, California’s rate of cremations rose by 8.5%, one of the highest increases in the US toriums. According to McKennis, the cremation process is fairly simple. Before the process beings, a deceased individual is properly identified and authorized for cremation by a licensed mortician. Jewelry and medical accessories are removed before the body is cleaned and placed inside of either a wooden casket or an alternative vessel made of rigid cardboard. The container is placed inside a primary chamber, known as a retort, and incinerated at temperatures between 1,600 and 2,000 de-

process, air flow is directed from the cremation chamber to a secondary chamber which further destroys any remaining particulate matter and odors. The body itself does not produce any smoke. The air flow is cooled as it rises through the chimney stack, reducing any visible emissions to a translucent heat shimmer. “I’ve visited hundreds of crematories and they smell like heated metal,” McKennis said. “We are talking about extremely high heat, not a fireplace or open pyre.” McKennis said silver

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amalgam dental fillings can produce a small amount mercury into the air which has been a source of controversy. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration classified amalgams as a class II medical device and reaffirmed that encapsulated amalgams are a “safe and effective restorative option for patients.” “There are certainly fillings in our teeth that contain mercury and therefore it stands to reason that a cremated body emits mercury in the air,” McKennis said. “But how much are we talking about? Very small amounts or we wouldn’t be able to have mercury in our mouths in the first place.” And cremations are steadily growing in popularity across the country. California experienced a 64.7% cremation rate in 2017, an 8.5% increase from 2012. By 2022, the projected cremation rate for California is 72%, according to a CANA study. “It’s difficult for science to trump emotion in these situations,” McKennis said. “People are choosing cremation but don’t want it anywhere near where they live. (The fear) is based in emo-


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tion, but this is a necessary service in a highly regulated industry.” For Desiena, he would prefer a more discreet location for a crematory. “I have no problem with cremation, but it’s got to be properly sited,” Desiena said. “And that doesn’t mean in a valley bordering residential neighborhoods. I can see they would want to offer full service for their clients, but the city needs to know that it’s not making people happy. Desiena’s online petition began on March 1 and has since gathered 847 signatures. A public meeting has yet to be scheduled but is expected at the end of June, according to Allen.

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per month +tax 36 Month Lease $1,499 Due at Lease Signing

1 at this payement K3312600 MSRP $33,034 (incl. $975 freight charge). (2.5i Premium model, code KDD). $1,499 due at lease signing. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes 1st payment, tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance $0 security deposit. Lease end purchase option is $18,829 Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 10,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property and ad valorem taxes (where applies) & insurance. Model not shown. Expires 5/26/19

Car Country Drive

Car Country Carlsbad

Car Country Drive

760-438-2200 5500 Paseo Del Norte

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2019 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.


** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 5/26/2019.

ar Country Drive

Car Country Drive

66Years/72,000 Years/72,000Miles Miles Transferable Transferable Bumper-to-Bumper Bumper-to-Bumper Limited LimitedWarranty Warranty



per month lease +tax 39 Months $0 Due at Signing!

down payment





due at signing*



security deposit*



first month’s payment*

Excludes TDI® Clean Diesel and Hybrid models. Lessee responsible for insurance. Closed-end lease offered to highly qualified lessees on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit/VCI. Supplies limited. U.S. cars only. Additional charges may apply at lease end. See dealer for financing details.

1 at this payment Stock # : VK1114 VIN : 3VWN57BU4KM111728 Lease a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S for $222* a month. 39-month lease. $0 Customer Cash due at signing. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit. *Closed end lease financing available through May 31, 2019 for a new, unused 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S, on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $20,160 and destination charges. and a Selling Price of $18,694 Amount due at signing includes first month’s payment, capitalized cost reduction, and acquisition fee of $350. Monthly payments total $8436 Your payment will vary based on dealer contribution and the final negotiated price. Lessee responsible for insurance, maintenance and repairs. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $350, $0.20/mile over for miles driven in excess of 24,375 miles and excessive wear and use. Excludes taxes, title and other government fees.

760-438-2200 VOLKSWAGEN

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad


* 6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2018 and newer VW vehicles, excluding e-Golf. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 5-31-2019.

ar Country Drive



ar Country Drive

2019 Volkswagen Jetta S