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SDUHSD candidates talk issues By Carey Blakely

REGION — In an election year with record-breaking numbers of women running for office, one thing is clear about the San Dieguito Union High School District race: The board will be all women. No men are running in 2018, and Joyce Dalessandro and Beth Hergesheimer hold their seats until 2020. Vying for Trustee Area No. 1 are Amy Flicker and incumbent Maureen “Mo” Muir. Melisse Mossy and Rhea Stewart are running for the No. 3 seat. Lea Wolf, Kristin Gibson and Cheryl JamesWard are competing for No. 5. The Coast News reached out to the candidates for written responses to specific questions, which are summarized below.

RSF Connect breaks ground in ceremony By Christina Macone-Greene

DR. CHARLES FREDERICK BRASS started his Solana Beach medical practice in 1948 and was the personal physician to many famous residents of neighboring Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar. He retired in 1986. Courtesy photo

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San Dieguito does not have term limits. Dalessandro has served on the board for 22 years. Should term limits be imposed? Flicker, Mossy, Muir and Wolf said yes. The latter three suggested two terms (eight years), while Flicker did not specify. Mossy pointed to a “constant stream of new and fresh ideas,” while Muir believes in balancing institutional knowledge with new leadership. Flicker wrote, “I believe that fresh blood and oxyTURN TO SDUHSD ON 7

DEL MAR — Thanks to her dad, Dr. Charles Frederick Brass, Louise Abbott spent many of her younger years in Del Mar hanging around such celebrities as Desi Arnaz and Jimmy Durante. That’s because her dad was the personal physician to Arnaz and Durante, among others including actors Victor Mature, Robert Young and Alan Ladd over the span of a 38-year career. “Even though he was my step-dad, he was really my dad in every sense of the word and he was beloved by many,” said Louise Abbott, 67, a real estate

broker who resides in Solana Beach. “He said his specialty was ‘the skin and contents’; back then it was known as a general practice, it is now known as family practice,” she said. “He delivered more than 5,000 babies over his 38 years as a doctor.” “I remember he was always busy, and was hardly ever home, he was either delivering babies, taking care of a patient, going to a Kiwanis meeting, or at the Solana Beach Fire Department, or doing something at the chamber of commerce, or doing something in the community … He also brought paramedics

to San Dieguito,” she said. his dad. “His mom, a graduate Growing up in Solana Beach of Stanford, was a math Growing up in Sola- teacher at San Dieguina Beach, among three to High School and she siblings, Abbott was the always insisted on him middle child. Her dad becoming a doctor,” Abopened his practice in So- bott said. “He didn’t have lana Beach in 1948, and much choice.” As for schooling, her provided medical care to the area, which included father was a graduate of Del Mar until he retired in what was San Diego State at the time, then Berkeley 1986. He was born in Calex- and finally USC. Abbott ico because his mother said her dad was a “gifted was visiting her sister diagnostician” who was there. His father was a known for making importjourneyman carpenter ant diagnoses. “He never took credand his mother a teacher. Abbott said while her dad it for his diagnoses; he enjoyed being a physician, always said it was a ‘gift he might have preferred TURN TO DOCTOR ON 14 becoming a carpenter like

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Leucadia ‘owner’ drops cease, desist demands after uproar By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Fewer communities across the country have a stronger attachment to their name than the residents in the northwest quadrant of town have to the name of their community — Leucadia. For years, locals have proudly worn shirts and waved banners that read “Keep Leucadia Funky,” an effort to keep the laid-back, surf town vibe with which Leucadia is synonymous. So, when a company sent letters to several shops and groups in town — one of which pioneered the “Keep

Ryan said that he soon learned that Shatto and Sons wasn’t alone, and that several other shops along Leucadia’s main drag, Coast Highway 101, were also hit with the same letter. “I was pretty surprised, we were just settling another lawsuit and then we got this,” Shatto said, referring to a spate of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits that several businesses along Coast Highway 101 received. “I was pretty angry, and my dad was definitely angry about it. Just, the nerve that they would

RYAN SHATTO, owner of Shatto & Sons Custom T-shirts, shows off a variety of Leucadia T-shirt designs his shop has created over the years. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

Leucadia Funky” T-shirt — saying that it alone had the rights to the name “Leucadia,” the town erupted. “Leucadia has always been a crazy town and people get riled up about stuff, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” said JP St. Pierre, a longtime Leucadian who owns Surfy Surfy surfboard shop in town. “People were coming in bright red with steam coming out of their ears.” The company behind the cease-and-desist letters, Flashbuz, registered the town’s name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2016 for a clothing line branded Leucadia. A brand counsel and manager with the company issued a statement Oct. 2, calling the cease and desist letters “a simple mistake with a swift correction,” and said that they have all been rescinded. But the community is not letting it go, as they see the very act of trademarking the town’s name as unacceptable. A group of residents, including St. Pierre, is rallying to have the trademark revoked. The saga started in mid-September, when Ryan Shatto, owner of Shatto and Sons Custom T-Shirts, received a letter from the company telling them to cease and desist use of Leucadia on its merchandise. Ryan’s father Jim started making the Leucadia T shirts in 1975, including the iconic “Keep Leucadia Funky” shirt with the silhouette of a Volkswagen bus with surfboards on top.

have to do that. “Just to think of the fact that the town I grew up in and have this business in, which my family has had since 1975 in the same location, for someone to tell me I can no longer use the word “Leucadia” on apparel, it was pretty upsetting to say the least,” Shatto said. Shatto reached out to St. Pierre, who did not receive a letter, but St. Pierre said he was distraught by the entire episode. He and friends put information on social media, and the vitriol quickly spread through Facebook, Nextdoor and other sites. “When you think of a town and its name, everyone adopts the name, local businesses adopt it,” St. Pierre said. “And in Leucadia, it’s heightened. If you ask someone from Leucadia where they are from, they don’t say “Encinitas,” they said “Leucadia.” “So to have someone trademark it, it was shocking, we were like, ‘Wait, you can’t do that. It belongs to all of us,’” St. Pierre said. “I think people like to think that our town is much more than a T-shirt brand. And the sentiment was that these guys were trying to co-opt the culture or monetize the culture, which has been more a public domain, common good and a sense of community. To me, it was really selfish, cynical and blatantly disrespectful to attempt such a thing.” Leucadia 101 Main Street Association also received a letter around Sept. 18, Executive Director Kel-

lie Hinze said. The group, which promotes Leucadia’s business district, quickly reached out to a local attorney who reached out to the company. She said that the company quickly changed its tune when they realized Leucadia 101 was a nonprofit group, and even attempted to provide Leucadia merchandise. “In a separate email, they said ‘we actually make merchandise, we can do that for you, but by that point it was too late,’” Hinze said. “We might have considered it, but to put us on notice and then to ask for our business, was unsettling.” Chase, who is brand counsel for the Leucadia brand, which is owned by Encinitas-based Flashbuz, said that the entire incident was the result of a distribution company of the Leucadia merchandise, who demanded the company issue the letters after representatives saw the local Leucadia shirts being worn at this summer’s Leucadia ArtWalk. In the cease and desist order, Chase said that companies using the Leucadia name diluted the value of the company’s brand, which prompted the legal notices. “Like many other clothiers with popular names matching locations such as Hollister or Patagonia, it is not uncommon to investigate infringing apparel manufacturers,” Chase wrote in the Oct. 2 prepared statement. “Unfortunately, our team served such notice on two local vendors due to misinformation. Once the error was discovered, the orders were rescinded and apologies made. It was misdirected. “We are locally owned by Flashbuz and employ local designers for local artistic collaborations. Our owners; Flashbuz manage many brands and are the ongoing anchor sponsor of the Cardiff Soccer Club (Mustangs),” the statement continues. “We recognize the value of local philanthropy, especially for kids. “It was a simple mistake with a swift correction. No harm done,” the statement continues. “We are proud to build a local, reputable brand under the name Leucadia, here in Leucadia and never wished to disrupt another local vendor.” St. Pierre said the bell can’t simply be un-rung with an apology. He and a group of business owners said they will see revocation based on the grounds that a town’s name cannot be trademarked. “Any of us could have trademarked this 25, 30 years ago, but I don’t think anyone I know thinks that way,” St. Pierre said. “The town is part of people’s identities and the fabric and essence of their lives.”

THE SOPHOMORE MEMBERS of the Del Sol Chapter of the National Charity League prepare for the charity fashion show Oct. 28. Courtesy photo

National Charity League hits runway REGION — North County’s Del Sol Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) will take to the runway for its annual fashion show Oct. 28 at the Pendry Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. The mother-daughter nonprofit organization chose the theme of “Fashion Academy” for the annual event that showcases the Chapter’s 2021 Ticktocker class of 32 sophomores attending high schools in Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, San Diego and Coronado. The young women will be modeling a variety of styles during the fashion show, in

an iconic high-school setting. The Del Sol Chapter includes 300 mothers and daughters from Coronado to Carlsbad who participate in year-round activities under the auspices of NCL, a philanthropy known for strengthening and promoting mother-daughter relationships. It is a tradition to select one charity to highlight at the fashion show, with this year’s nonprofit focus on San Pasqual Academy in Escondido. San Pasqual Academy is the nation’s first high school that is also a residential campus to house foster teens. Del Sol’s soph-

omore class is assisting the chapter’s senior class in a service project meant to refurbish, modernize and decorate one of the cottages that houses eight foster teenagers. The NCL members are raising funds to purchase furnishing and supplies at Target using a registration page to simplify donations. The young women plan to volunteer their labor in early November to create a new living environment at the cottage for the foster students. Members of the public are encouraged to donate at Target Registry: tgt. gifts/0b333d0a04ff4567b43534b673e05a1f.

Men wear heels for YWCA benefit By Kelli Kyle

REGION — Once a year, as long as he’s in town, Rancho Santaluz resident Mike Zill breaks out a pair of mid-chunky, closed-toe heels, and walks one mile in downtown San Diego. He’s learned to bring two pairs — one for the pictures and one for the walk. “A lot of guys go full blown with the stiletto, super tall,” Zill said. “I think I’d break my ankle if I tried to walk too far.” Zill is not the only guy taking the challenge. For the past 10 years, hundreds of men and women alike have participated in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, hosted by the San Diego YWCA. Coming up on Oct. 13, the walk is a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and raises money for the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter, Becky’s House. While all are welcome to walk, men especially are encouraged to strap on a pair of heels in support. “We’ll do whatever it takes to get people interested, and to get them to donate to a worthy cause,” Zill, a former biotech executive who’s been involved for the past four years, explained. Founded in 1978,

Becky’s House offers temporary housing, legal services and other programs to help survivors of domestic violence establish independence. “All of this transcends into an opportunity to build a new life for yourself so you do not have to return to your abuser,” Heather Finlay, YWCA CEO, said. In San Diego County, more than 17,000 domestic violence cases were reported to police in 2017, according to the YWCA’s website. That number does not include cases that go unreported due to fear or isolation within the relationship. Finlay said that 98 percent of individuals who get help from Becky’s House do not return to their abuser — but they first need to know that those programs exist. “Ensuring that the community and individuals understand that there is help out there and that you’re not alone in that situation is incredibly critical and meaningful,” Finlay said. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event also helps cover the costs of the Becky’s House programs and services. Finlay said they also use the event to bring more men in on the conversation

surrounding domestic violence. “Without men, we’re not going to eliminate domestic violence in our community,” Finlay said. “We wanted to get them involved in a light-hearted way, so that’s why we have men walking in women’s shoes.” Zill is one of the men who grabbed his heels and embraced this cause. Over the years, he’s raised tens of thousands of dollars for Becky’s House. A visit to one of the shelters, Zill said, helped show how necessary the work is. “When you visit and talk to people who have been through the program, you think about your sister, your brother or your family in that situation,” Zill said. “You understand this is a very necessary thing, and we should be doing more of this.” The YWCA Walk a Mile in her Shoes fundraiser takes place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the MLK Promenade Park in Downtown San Diego. If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation at home, call the 24hour hotline, operated by Becky’s House, at (619)2343164.

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City Council nixes roundabouts from Lomas Santa Fe plan By Lexy Brodt

SOLANA BEACH — Many attendees at a recent City Council meeting broke into applause when Councilwoman Lesa Heebner submitted a motion to eliminate all roundabouts from the Lomas Santa Fe Corridor Improvement plan at the Sept. 26 meeting. The motion, which passed unanimously, will allow city staff to pursue an alternative striping option that would maintain four lanes along the corridor. The resolution recommended by staff was for the council to consider one roundabout at Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Highland Drive, which is now off the table. At the Aug. 22 City Council meeting, a consulting team of engineers laid out two plans to make the cor-

ridor safer and more pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly — one which would involve restriping the roadway and installing medians, the other which recommended four roundabouts along the eastern portion of Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Both plans also outlined a potential pocket park off of Stevens Avenue, a multi-use trail east of Las Banderas Drive, raised medians, curb extensions and buffered bike lanes — features which will continue to be pursued. The roundabout option has prompted an extensive and often contentious response from residents. The city received about 400 comments citywide on the roundabouts, 71 percent of which opposed the roundabouts. On the east side of Solana Beach alone, about

90 percent of residents were in opposition. Scott Warren and Liz Molina attended in support of the local group Residents Opposing All Roundabouts (& More), wearing black T-shirts and baseball caps with the logo of a roaring lion. Sitting in the front row at the meeting, they were just two of many holding “No Roundabout” or “4 wide lanes on LSF” signs. “We don’t mind bike lanes,” said Warren. “But no one wanted roundabouts.” Whereas the council’s Aug. 22 meeting witnessed a majority of speakers in opposition to roundabouts, there were a handful of attendees at the Sept. 26 meeting who supported roundabouts, or encouraged the City Council to continue “looking at options.”

Leane Marchese, a seven-year east side resident, said that the residents commenting and attending the latest meetings may not be representative of the community as a whole, and suggested that the city continue studying the possibility of roundabouts. “I love roundabouts,” Marchese said. “They’re so much fun.” Other residents lauded the bike-ability of roundabouts. “At a roundabout, you’re right out there,” said Dorothy Dean, 84, referring to the scope of visibility provided by a roundabout versus a four-way intersection. Ted Axe, the general manager of the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, is “adamantly” against any restriction of the Lomas San-

ta Fe corridor, stating that a roundabout could leave a “potentially huge impact on our business.” The club is located at the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Highland Drive. City Council candidates Kelly Harless, Kristi Becker and Craig Nelson all spoke at the meeting, expressing their opposition toward the roundabouts. Now that the council has scrapped all roundabouts from future planning, city staff will move forward with Phase III, which is funded by a San Diego Association of Governments Active Transport Grant for $616,050, with a 10 percent match of $68,450 from the city. As part of Phase III, the city will hold another community workshop in spring of 2019, and preliminary

engineering findings will be presented to the City Council in early summer of 2019. The council and Greg Wade assured attendees that the “traffic-calming” goals of the grant could still be satisfied via the striping option. Councilwoman Jewel Edson called Phase II — the purpose of which was to intuit community feedback — a “successful example of participative democracy.” However, Mayor David Zito said he was “disheartened” by talk among anti-roundabout residents of whisper campaigns among council members. “We are listening. We are hearing you,” Zito said, prompting more than a dozen attendees to raise white signs labelled “Thank you for listening.”

School, church arsonist gets 10 years in prison Man, 22, pleaded guilty to setting 3 fires

RANCHO SANTA FE ASSOCIATION board members Rick Sapp, Sharon Ruhnau, Michael Gallagher, Janet Danola, Allen Finkelson, Steve Dunn and Ken Markstein and former RSF Association board president Fred Wasserman take part in the RSF Connect groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 27. Photos by Christina Macone-Greene


into RSF Connect and brought it to groundbreaking day. “When I say that we couldn’t wait to break ground, we literally didn’t wait. We have been digging up our streets for about four weeks now,” she said. The contractor for RSF Connect is HP Communications and the internet service provider is Race Communications. Whalen shared that to date, 20,000 feet have been dug for the conduit on the roadways. The trenching has been ongoing, and up to 11 crews have been working in the community at once. Whalen attributed the project moving full speed ahead to this. “One of the main reasons we were able to move so quickly has been the commitment and work of our board of directors,” she said. “Our board named the fiber optic project as the No. 1 priority for the Association and community — and that is why we are here today.”

THE FIBER OPTICS Maintenance Building for RSF Connect will be built on property of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.

Whalen then introduced Association’s board President Ken Markstein. He told the crowd that the vision for this project began a few years ago. “There are a lot of people who worked on this project in the last three years,” he said. Markstein said about a year ago an advisory vote took place in the communi-

ty where 83 percent of individuals voted in favor of RSF Connect. He also noted how RSF Connect would bring the Covenant up to the 21st Century. “Not only does it (RSF Connect) improve the quality of life for us here in the community, but it will help to enhance our security,” he said, adding that children

can now complete their homework on time with high-speed internet. Markstein also shared how RSF Connect will add intrinsic value to homes making residences more marketable in the community. While Markstein thanked the Tech Committee for its work and leadership, he was also quick to point out the hard work of Fred Wasserman, the former board president of the Association. “But really, the one person who put a lot of work into this and saw this through was Fred Wasserman,” he said. “And one group that probably doesn’t get the recognition that they should is staff.” Markstein said that the Association staff had worked day and night on behalf of the board. “And now that the project is going, they (staff) are putting in just as much time to ensure the project is on time,” he said. To learn more about RSF Connect, Covenant residents can visit www. rsfassociation.org for updates.

ENCINITAS — An Encinitas man who admitted setting fires at a church and a middle school and throwing a Molotov cocktail into another church building during a threeweek arson spree was sentenced Sept. 27 to 10 years in federal prison. Tyler Carender, 22, was arrested in July 2017 at his home on Island View Lane in Encinitas, which is adjacent to Oak Crest Middle School and about 400 yards from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, both of which were damaged in the fall 2016 arson spree. He pleaded guilty in March to all three arson-related charges. The Rev. Brenda Sol, rector at St. Andrew’s, told Carender that the church congregation is sad, but not angry with him. “We pray that you understand the depth and breadth of the lives you touched in such horrible and negative ways, so that you understand you can touch just as many lives doing helpful and beneficial things,” Sol said. “We want you to know that when you committed these crimes on our property, you became one of us, so you will always have a home at St. Andrew’s.” In his plea agreement, Carender admitted that he began his 21-day crime spree on Oct. 22, 2016,

when he set fire to the Friendship House counseling and youth center building at St. Andrew’s church. The rapid response of the Encinitas Fire Department prevented the fire from spreading to other church building and nearby residences, prosecutors said. The Youth Center was destroyed, however, causing $200,000 in losses. Carender admitted that a week later, he set fire to the Administrative Building at Oak Crest Middle School by breaking into the building and using gasoline to ignite books and files, causing an estimated $1.5 million in damage. Because of a possible roof collapse, firefighters had to fight the fire from the exterior. Carender also admitted that two weeks later, he returned to the St. Andrew’s church campus and threw a Molotov cocktail into the office of the church’s preschool building, causing another fire. Damage to the building was estimated at $25,000. San Diego County sheriff’s detectives received an anonymous tip from Crime Stoppers, which identified Carender as the arsonist. The defendant confided in a classmate about committing the fires, according to court filings. — City News Service

Woman, 76, struck by car, killed ENCINITAS — A 76-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle and killed in Encinitas, authorities said Oct. 6. Deputies responded at 7 p.m. the night before to the 500 block of Balour Drive and found a bystander performing lifesaving measures on the woman who was struck by the vehicle, according to Sgt. Agustin Rosas of the San Diego County Sheriff’s De-

partment. The woman was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, Rosas said. Detectives learned the woman was crossing Balour Drive when she was struck by a Toyota Prius heading northbound, Rosas said. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash. No arrest was reported. — City News Service


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Props 5 & 10: A little help for state’s housing crisis?


Looking for strong leadership at your firm? Hire female veterans By Terriyakka Bourne

Female veterans are constantly breaking barriers and setting records. Whether it is the $16 billion their businesses raked in last year or the record number running for Congress, women vets excel as leaders long after they leave active service. Despite this, they continue to face high rates of under- and unemployment. Fortunately, more companies realize the tremendous value female veterans can bring and are taking serious steps to recruit and retain them. The case for hiring female veterans is self-evident: There are more than 2.2 million women vets, which gives firms a huge pool of talent from which to draw. In a tight labor market where employers are struggling to attract qualified candidates with leadership skills, businesses should not make the mistake of overlooking female veterans. When women separate from the military, they bring with them experience, training and skills that extend far beyond combat, as evidenced by veterans working in diverse fields such as medicine, law and tech. Female veterans are not only thoughtful, communicative leaders, but also have been trained to lead in pressure-filled and constantly changing environments — a skill that is vital in a dynamic business environment that is rapidly evolving with the pace of innovation. And yet, former female military members face an uphill journey on their path to securing these leadership roles and advancing their civilian careers. They must regularly contend with the heightened pressures of imposter syndrome, workplace sexism and gender discrimination. A 2017 survey conducted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) found that a majority of respondents agreed that women in uniform have a harder time readjusting to civilian life, dealing with their

superiors and receiving VA benefits. This, coupled with male peers who constantly question their abilities and strengths along the way, makes the successes of female vets all the more impressive. There is no doubt that the military’s gender disparity prepares female vets to persevere in traditionally male-dominated industries such as tech and engineering. But it also explains why female veterans are less likely to identify and access the resources available to them while transitioning from military to civilian life. The private sector should take on the responsibility of actively recruiting female vets to fix this disparity. While some firms are now taking steps to do this, we can and should do more as a business community to help reduce the high rates of under- and unemployment among this group. These are the values and skills female veterans bring to their work: an ability to lead with empathy in the midst of rapidly changing circumstances and a capacity for effective teamwork. But their expertise and experience are only a few of the reasons to actively hire them; ultimately, recruiting female veterans is a smart business decision. From the moment they first put on their uniform, female vets must endure one obstacle after another to receive the same recognition as their male peers. And despite being uniquely qualified, they continue to have a harder time finding suitable employment than their civilian or male counterparts. The private sector should step in and do its part of leveling the playing field. It is not just because our female veterans deserve better — it is because they have earned it. Terriyakka Bourne is a female vet working in Afghanistan for Sallyport Global

ll across California’s political spectrum, agreement is solid that this state suffers from a significant housing crisis — one of both affordability and supply. But there’s little agreement on what to do about it. Some politicians push for massive building within existing cities, especially near rapid transit stops and the most frequently used bus routes. Others suggest that almost half of all newly built housing should fall into the “affordable” category with income limits on buyers. One thing is for sure: Steep rises in the price of existing homes make it hard for all but the wealthiest people in the under-40 age categories to buy, especially in coastal counties where increases have been highest. At the same time, rents in many cities are so high that a majority of households in some counties devote half their income or more to housing costs. Two propositions on the November ballot now enter this fraught area, one allowing vast expansion of the rent controls now operating in 15 California cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. The other expands the right of homeowners over 55 to transfer existing property tax valuations to any replacement house or condominium they might buy. Rent controls have been sharply limited since the late 1990s by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, named for two state legislators of that time. Costa-Hawkins greatly eased strict controls in cities like Santa Monica, Cotati and San Francisco. Yes, rent controls there still apply to apartments

california focus thomas d. elias (most local laws do not cover rented single-family houses) so long as they remain occupied by the same persons. But when renters move out, prices can rise to market rates, often doubling or more when longtime residents move on. The original ordinances kept strict controls in place even when vacancies occurred. Under those original laws, many landlords neglected maintenance: paint peeled, plumbing deteriorated and stucco cracked without being repaired because landlords felt their profits were too thin. Tenants often had to do the repairs. Costa-Hawkins gave landlords relief, but led to widespread under-the-table sublets, with original tenants re-renting to others at rates far below what an open market would allow. At the same time, many tenants who rented when quite young grew older and wealthier, but clung to their low-cost units for decades, a form of welfare for the middle class. Few studies measure these phenomena, in part because researchers find it hard to get honest information. Still, rent controls allow many to stay in prime areas they otherwise could not afford. Expanding vacancy controls, as Prop. 10 would allow where cities choose to do it, might slow the high-rent tide. Prop. 5 would affect housing very differently. Current laws, adopted a decade or so after passage of the landmark 1978 Prop. 13 property tax limits, allow homeowners over 55

to carry their current tax valuations (1 percent of the latest purchase price or the 1975 value, plus a 2 percent increase each year) to a replacement home of equal or lesser value within their own county. But only 10 of the 58 counties allow this benefit to cross county lines. One result is that real estate agents report at least 70 percent of over55 homeowners have not moved in 17 years. By contrast, the Rand Corp. reported in the 1970s that the average Californian moved every seven years. Less movement by older homeowners cuts the ability of younger families to move into larger, established homes often owned by seniors. What’s more, several counties that once participated in the tax benefit transfer program – Contra Costa, Marin and Monterey – pulled out because they believed they lost property tax money. That concern leads most public employee groups, including the state sheriff’s association and teachers’ unions, to oppose Prop. 5. But real estate agents backing it say it could free existing housing for homeowners wanting to move up in price category who now find it difficult to find homes for sale. That, in turn, could open more starter homes for young buyers. If more homes come on the market, real estate agents argue, prices may drop and ease the affordability problem. Taken together, these measures have the potential to create some movement at last on a problem area that’s been essentially frozen for decades. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, visit www. californiafocus.net

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Pups in the Park benefit for bulldog rescue draws a crowd By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — “Holli”day…Anyday! held its debut fundraiser, Pups in the Park, on Sept. 29 at Holli Lienau’s private estate in Rancho Santa Fe. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the tail-wagging soiree support Southern California Bulldog Rescue of San Diego. More than 50 fourlegged guests were in attendance with their pet parents and nearly $3,500 raised. “We thought it would be fun to raise money for So Cal Bulldog Rescue in San Diego while raising awareness,” said Lienau, calling the day fun and something different. “When the fundraiser was in full swing, I couldn’t believe how many people were to here to help homeless bulldogs in need of forever homes.” An avid lover of bulldogs, Lienau rescued her dog, Miss Matty, three years ago when she was a puppy from Southern California Bulldog Rescue, which partners with poundWISHES. At the time of her rescue, Miss Matty was only thre3e months old and medically treated for an advanced case of demodectic mange. According to Lienau, the vision behind Pups in the Park was to let San Diegans know about how the nonprofit had a recent expansion into San Diego County. The activity-filled day

FOSTER DOG ‘B’ with owners George Britton and Director RSF PHILANTHROPIST Holli Lienau, of “Holli”day…Anyday!, of So Cal Bulldog Rescue Skip Van Der Marliere. Photos by and her English Bulldog Miss Lulu hosted “Pups in the Park” at her home to benefit So Cal Bulldog Rescue. Christina Macone-Greene

included silent auctions, Mexican fare prepared by Pochos Tacos, craft beer tastings championed by Helia Brewing, and two signature “Holli”day…Anyday! margaritas created by Lienau. “Our Fresh Lime and Spicy Pineapple Margaritas

were made with award-winning Nobleza Tequila based in Vista who generously donated their spirits,” Lienau said. Founded in 1997, Southern California Bulldog Rescue rescues roughly 400 to 450 bulldogs every year. Skip Van Der Marliere,


co-founder and director of Southern California Bulldog Rescue, said the new San Diego chapter will help more than the 15 bulldogs currently in foster homes in the county. “We are primarily in the Orange and Los Angeles counties and also sur-

round the Inland Empire area,” he said. “Now, we are stretching down to San Diego County to finish covering the entire Southern California region so that we can help out in getting bulldogs rescued and out of the shelters.” He also said that Pups in the Park was a

great social event. “I don’t think people realize how big of an area So Cal Bulldog Rescue tries to cover — the area on a map ranges from the central valley of California near Fresno, down the coastline into San Diego and then east to the state borders.” And most of these communities have families with pets. Van Der Marliere said that the organization has always been aware of a large bulldog ownership community in the San Diego area. It just recently partnered with these families to bring together supporters as part of a well-established bulldog rescue program. According to the American Kennel Club, bulldogs are the fifth most popular breed. “Bulldogs are distinctive, and loyal owners of this breed make the demand for a breed specific rescue possible,” he said. Van Der Marliere went on to say the goal of rescue is to bring together loyal breed owners and allow them to focus their energies constructively by helping bulldogs in need. “We can’t thank ‘Holli’day…Anyday! enough for this great event today,” he said. “It’s such an amazing venue for everyone while helping to make So Cal Bulldog Rescue really thrive in San Diego.” To learn more about SCBR, visit SoCalBulldogRescue.org.


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a.m. to noon at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit https://delmarleucadia-ca.aauw.net.

Ranch, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. All ages and abilities are welcome. A small donation is appreciated. For more information, call (760) 6329711.



Get help with your November ballot questions. Bring your sample or mail-in ballot to the Escondido Democratic Club's meeting 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 13 at Park Avenue Community Center, 210 E. Park Ave., Escondido. Visit escondidodems.org for more information.

The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a Fall Boutique Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Adult crafters are invited to participate and all items must be handcrafted. Call Cindy Grady at (760) 643-5281 for information and to reserve your spot. MODERN HOME TOUR The Modern ArchitecGENEALOGY ture + Design Society hosts Legacy Users Group the 2018 San Diego Modwill meet at noon Oct. 12 in ern Home Tour, 11 a.m. to 5 the Community Room of the p.m. Oct. 13, with homes in Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Encinitas, La Jolla, Mission Village Drive, Carlsbad. For Hills, University Heights, information, e-mail lug@ Bay Park and Pacific Beach. nsdcgs.org or call (760) 476- explore and view some of the 9289. greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own city via self-guided tour. FREE DAY OF DENTISTRY Smiles by Design will Tickets are $40 at sandiegohost a free day of dentistry modernhometour.com. for veterans, active duty military service members, first CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE responders and law enforceThe North San Diego ment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. County NAACP will host Oct. 12 at 740 Garden View its Freedom Fund awards Court, Encinitas. Make your gala at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at 5480 appointment at Office@ Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsdrmcelroy.com. bad. Tickets $100 at nsdcnaacp.org. NEIGHBORHOOD CHESS

Each Friday Joe Abbinanti and friends host open chess games and instruction for nonplayers from 5 to 17 years old, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the West lobby of the Ecke YMCA, 200 Saxony Road, Encinitas. No fees, or Y membership necessary. Parents may stay and watch, drop kids off, go and work out, or enjoy a free coffee. For more information, contact jabbinan@gmail.com.



San Diego Humane Society is kicking off the holidays with a Halloween Photo Booth from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the SDHS Escondido Campus. Join us for a free Halloween photo booth for you and your pooch. Please bring your own camera. ADOPT A DOG

Coldwell Banker will partner with Last Chance at Life and Bichon Fur Kids to host a pet adoption from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Carlsbad office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 7020 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, as part of the Coldwell Banker “Homes for Dogs” National Adoption Weekend.

The eight haunted rooms of the 130-year-old Hotel Germania designed by Boy Scout Troop 2000 will open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 and Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 at 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road. Cost is $5. Refreshments, game carnival, maze, and Halloween OKTOBERFEST AT PALA cartoon movies. Pala Casino Spa & Resort will sponsor an outdoor Oktoberfest from 1 p.m. to 5 OCT. 13 p.m. Oct. 13, on the lawn of UNDERSTANDING THE PROPS its Starlight Theater. TickThe Del Mar-Leucadia ets, $45 for eight food staBranch of the American tions, 10 beer samples and Association of University entertainment, at the Pala Women invite all to an Oct. box office in the casino and 13 presentation on the pros by calling (877) 946-7252. and cons of the propositions Tickets also are available on the November 2018 bal- online at startickets.com lot. The AAUW event is 10 or may be charged by telephone at (800)585-3737. CARMEL VALLEY TRAIL RUN

Join the Carmel Valley Trail 15K, 10K, 5K Endurance Race Series on Oct. 13 to kick off the 2018-2019 Sunshine Series in San Diego. Register at https://raceroster.com/ events/2018/16752/carmelvalley-trail-15k-10k-5k?mc_ cid = e5b3f710d4 & mc _eid=8ea69b880e.

OCT. 14


Bring a chair and your unplugged instrument and join the Sunday Songwriter Circle every Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. at the Heritage

Parent Connection will host a Family Swap Meet from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego. Admission is $2 and children are free. Proceeds go to the community resource fund. For more details, contact info@sandiegoparent.com.


Pat Spencer, author of the thriller, “Story of a Stolen Girl,” will discuss and sign her new book from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at Arrowood Golf Course, 5201 Village Drive, Oceanside. Books will be for sale at this signing. A portion of the profits from the sale of Story of a Stolen Girl will be donated to organizations that either fight human trafficking or provide services to victims.


The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy will hold its annual River Valley Fest fundraiser, “Filling in the Gaps.” Music by Gregory Page, hosted wine and beer, buffet, and auctions. Tickets are $150 at eventbrite. com/e /filling-in-the-gapssdrvc-river-valley-fest-2018registration-43142206501. All proceeds go toward the Conservancy’s conservation, education and recreation programs. Questions, contact Trish Boaz, executive director at trish@sdrvc.org.

parking is available on-site. Commons. The event, hosted Admission is $5 or $30 annu- by San Dieguito Foundation al membership. is free and open to the public. Middle and high school students and their parents LIFELINE IMPACT AWARDS North County Lifeline are welcome to attend.. hosts the Community Im- RSVP to sss.sda@gmail. pact Awards 5 to 6:30 p.m. com. Oct. 15, at 200 Michigan Ave., Vista, honoring orga- HIGH SCHOOL BOARD FORUM nizations and individuals San Dieguito Union from the local community High School District Board who make extraordinary invites the community to a contributions to North Coun- candidate forum from 6:30 ty Lifeline and improve the to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Earl lives of youth and families Warren Middle School, 155 in North County. More infor- Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. mation at nclifeline.org/. All candidates have been invited. Visit nccouncilpta. org/ for a list of confirmed speakers. OCT. 16 CANDIDATES FORUM

The Oceanside Coastal Neighborhood Association will sponsor a forum for all candidates running for city council in District 1 and District 2. Meet the candidates at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at St. Mary’s School, 515 Wisconsin Ave., Oceanside. The forum will be moderated by The League of Women Voters, using their protocol of questions for the candidates written on index cards turned in during the meeting.


Oceanside Coastal Neighborhood Association will hold a candidate forum for Districts 1 and 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at St. Mary's School, 515 Wisconsin St., Oceanside. This non-partisan event, moderated by the League of Women's Voters, allows the community to ask written questions regarding critically important issues impacting the future of Oceanside. Issues at stake in Oceanside include Measure X, increasing the sales tax ½ percent for police and fire, and Measure Y, requiring citizen votes to change agricultural and open space zoning and land use.


A workshop on “Getting to the Root of Stress” will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the home of Jane Cohen. RSVP at (760) 753-0733 to reserve your space and for address. Visit https://janecohencounseling.com/events/ for more information. $10 to $20 suggested donation.

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North County Quilters’ Association’s next meeting is its Member-Hosted Trunk Show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1087 W. Country Club Lane, Escondido. Free

“Understanding Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships,” a family forum, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at San Dieguito Academy at 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, in the Mustang

The U-Touch organization will hold its annual “Gala for Giving Hope” Oct. 14, at a private home in Del Mar to support the 12-year anniversary of the Uganda Education Campaign. More information, and tickets at https://U-TOUCH.org/galafor-giving-hope/. FAITH AND FRIENDS

Members of the Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County, a support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will have a meeting and potluck at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Encinitas Oct. 14, and go bowling at Surf Bowl and dinner at Hunter Steakhouse, Oceanside Oct. 18. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.




San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy will talk about its Next to Nature program and how to create a sustainable yard at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Del Mar Branch Library,1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666.


A gem fair will be held noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Admission $7 weekend pass. For more info, visit GET A FLU SHOT Vista Community Clinic www.gemfaire.com or call will host walk-in flu vaccine (503) 252-8300 or e-mail clinics for adults 19-and-old- info@gemfaire.com. er from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday through HALLOWEEN MUTT MIXER Come to the San Diego Nov. 13 at 1000 Vale Terrace, Vista. The flu vaccine is free Humane Society Mutt Mixer for insured VCC patients; from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the free for VCC patients who SDHS Oceanside Campus, meet income criteria; $15 for 572 Airport Road. There will uninsured community resi- be a dog costume contest dents and $25 for uninsured with prizes including scariresidents receiving the high est, cutest and most-original. dose version of the vaccine (for those 65 and older). No NATIVE PLANTS CLASS appointments are necessary. Register by 11 a.m. Oct. 19 at miracosta.edu/ for the MEET THE CANDIDATE “Landscaping with CaliRepublican Club of fornia Native Plants” class Ocean Hills welcomes Diane at the San Elijo campus of Harkey, Republican candi- MiraCosta College, 3333 date for the 49th Congres- Manchester Ave., Cardiff. sional District, at its noon The class is 9 a.m. to noon, meeting Oct. 17 at the Bro- Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Class ID ken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista is 53567 and cost is $60 with Way, Oceanside. RSVP by a $14 material fee. Please contacting Colleen at (760) bring a notebook, colored pencils, pen, and eraser. 842-8735.

You need to RSVP by Oct. 17 to join the Carlsbad Republican Women hosting Brett Winterble at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is $35. For more information, contact Ann at (760) BONSAI FANS 415-7006 or annie13035@yaBonsai and Beyond in- hoo.com. vites you to bring ideas and plants to share along with WHERE ARE THE TRICOLORS? your gloves at 6 p.m. Oct. The Buena Vista Audu16 at the San Diego Botanic bon Speaker Series presents Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens “What happened to all the Drive, Encinitas. For more Tricolored Blackbirds?” at 7 information, call Cindy p.m. Oct. 17 at 2202 S. Coast Read, (619) 504-5591. Highway, Oceanside. Dr. Rosamonde Cook, has been LIVE THE GOOD LIFE at the center of research on The city of Carlsbad this once-common species hosts another Good Life since 2004. For more inforLecture from 12:30 to 1:30 mation: (760) 439-2473. p.m. Oct. 16 at the Carlsbad Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. This week OCT. 18 is “Stress Less” with Rose KNOW YOUR PROPOSITIONS Thomas. Learn how stress The League of Women impacts bodies and mind. Voters will provide a pubFor more information, con- lic, non-partisan presentatact (760) 602-2024 or visit tion on the Pros and Cons of carlsbadlibrary.org. the12 propositions on the November ballot from 1:30 to 3 BOOK CLUB p.m. Oct. 18 at the Oceanside Join the Book Club, Senior Center, 455 Country Tuesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. start- Club Lane, Oceanside. The ing Oct. 16, at the Gloria National Active and Retired McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Federal Employee AssociTerrace Drive. For informa- ation is hosting this event. tion, contact Lorraine Kratz Visit NARFEchapter706.org for more information. at (760) 650-2157.




A Nature Series with theNAT is being held at San Elijo Lagoon, with the focus on “Reptiles” at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff, with Brad Hollingsworth, curator of Herpetology. Registration at SanElijo.org/NatureSeries.

OCT. 20


Feeding the Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization that highlights the talent of local musicians to promote local foundations and businesses, is hosting an October Fresh Outside Harvest Fest celebration from 2 p.m. to sunset Oct. 20 at Goat Hill Park, 2323 Goat Hill Park, Oceanside. General Admission $15 online at octoberfresh.eventbrite.com or $20 at the door. Kids 14 and under are free.


San Diego Botanic Garden invites the community to its Fall Plant Sale from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Requires paid admission or membership. Admission only $5 on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 until noon, with plant donations from local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals. For more information, visit sdbgarden.org.


Get into the Halloween Spirit with “Boos & Booze” from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, for ages 21+. Enjoy spooky evidence and creepy stories about the haunted history of Escondido Public Library, by author and San Diego Paranormal Research Society director, Nicole Strickland, and Ali Schreiber, co-director to the “Spirits of the Adobe” at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. While you listen, sip samples of fall TURN TO CALENDAR ON 9

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gen is good for ANY organization.” Wolf stated the problem is “board members get stale, entitled, and lack motivation.” Additionally, she believes in “limited representation from union members or any political parties” to ensure that the board is “not funded or sponsored” by special interests. Stewart did not take a position and encouraged people to run for school board “so that voters may continue to choose who represents them.” Likewise, Gibson did “not have strong feelings” but suggested allowing three terms because “it takes quite a while to fully understand all that is involved in this complicat-

Cheryl James-Ward

ed work.” James-Ward pointed to the “historical” knowledge and “sustainability of district leadership” gained from extended board service, while noting the “biggest reason for term limits” is to give parents of schoolaged children an opportunity to serve. Fiscal health

San Dieguito has been deficit spending and tapping reserves. Budget projections predict that the district will continue to operate in the red this school year and beyond. What steps would the candidates take to rein in spending and get the district back to fiscal health? Gibson suggested consulting with stakeholders to establish and address priorities “with a laser focus in

Maureen Muir

terms of resources.” JamesWard said that in order to avoid “state receivership,” the district must “identify innovative ways to attract students who have chosen other schooling options,” make cuts or do both. Flicker stated, “We need to evaluate and debate multiple” budget scenarios and advocate for fiscal responsibility, “but not at the expense of our teachers and our students.” Stewart said she’d apply her experience serving on the district’s Proposition AA Independent Citizens Oversight Committee to collaborate in managing the budget. Muir explained that as a board member she has voted “in a manner that I had hoped would avoid the operational deficits referenced” and will continue to

Lea Wolf

do so. Mossy suggested creating a budget task force, hiring a commission-based grant writer to apply for corporate and foundation funds, and developing “specific and measurable goals.” Wolf expressed the need for more “visibility into the expenditures” and said the current board has “prioritized” union demands over students’ needs, which has resulted in “reckless spending.” Wolf wants to “evaluate what can be streamlined … and renegotiated.” Innovative instructional programs

Some candidates have expressed that jobs of the future will require a different approach to K-12 education now. As such, what changes would they like to

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see made to the district’s instructional program? Muir would like to “lower class sizes to enable more teacher student interaction” and wants the district to “better support our underperforming student groups.” Flicker believes the district needs “more technology, engineering and science/biotech offerings” since “we are rapidly moving towards an automated and techno-centric world.” Education needs to be “highly engaging and personalized,” Gibson stated. She mentioned “Design Thinking,” which uses “logic and imagination to solve real-world problems.” Wolf said “the style of instruction is outdated and boring” and needs updating. She also wants to “integrate life skills” and “Tech-

Kristin Gibson

Ed” into the curriculum. James-Ward thinks the district should take advantage of free online instructional programs like Khan Academy and UC Scout and that a “paradigm shift” is required to transition “teachers from dispensers of knowledge to facilitators of the same.” Mossy also wants more technology integration. She recommends teaming up with biotech, health and other industries to weigh in on what “skills our future grads will need.” Stewart looks forward to supporting science teachers as they create courses and training around new state science standards. Candidate backgrounds can be found in the online version of this article at www.thecoastnews.com

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Food &Wine

5 reasons to like Vigilucci’s Gourmet

The best meatloaf ever


love meatloaf and until recently, I made it with the specific intention of loving it even more the next day cold on a sandwich. My goal has always been to create a recipe that had me enjoying it as much hot as I do cold and recently came up with a mix of ingredients that did just that. Before I get into the details of the best meatloaf ever, I wanted to share some fun facts about meatloaf that I discovered through a bit of research. I found that more than 30 countries have their own spin on the dish, which makes it one of the most common dishes in the world. It gained huge popularity in the United States during the Great Depression when it was a way to stretch the food budget for families by using cheap cuts of meat that was ground and mixed with cereal grains, bread or saltines along with whatever condiments were handy. Because of its consistency, leftovers were a natural on sandwich making it even more functional. Some preparations from around the world that caught my attention include Pan de Carne from Argentina that is filled with ham, cheese and vegetables. In Austria it’s called Faschierter Braten

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JUST OUT of the oven: The best meatloaf ever from Lick the Plate. Photo by David Boylan

and wrapped in ham. Chile calls it Asado Aleman and they include boiled eggs in the mix as they do in Cuba where they call it Pulpeta. In the Czech Republic it is referred to it as Sekana and they include gherkins and wienerwurst. Denmark does it with bacon on the top and their Scandinavian neighbors in Finland base it on their meatball recipe and just shape it differently. The Italians are also fans of filling it with boiled eggs but will also include ham and cheese. Middle Eastern countries will use lamb in the meat blend along with onions and parsley and cover it with a tahini sauce instead of a tomato-based gravy. In the Philippines they call it Embotido and take it to a whole other level. The

ground pork is mixed with raisins, carrots, boiled eggs and whole sausages in their casing. The Swedes, not surprisingly, top it with lingonberry jam, which is a great idea for the next-day sandwich. I will wrap up my meatloaf around the world tour in Vietnam, whose big differentiator is that they boil the loaf instead of baking or smoking. So my big takeaways from this trip around the world via meatloaf is the very common use of boiled eggs layered in the mix. That along with whole sausages in casing placed in the middle and lingonberry jam on the next day sandwich will be incorporated into my next loaf. My new favorite recipe is based on the same principles I use with my meatballs, TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 15

step inside the door of the one-ofa-kind Vigilucci’s Gourmet Market in Carlsbad Village offers you five ways to enjoy Italian-style dining. First thing you’ll notice is the deli section with fresh scents of cheeses, sliced meats, garlic, olive oil and a host of menu items blended with the Vigilucci style of Bolognese sauces. Then your eyes will light up at the significant inventory of Italian and other wines, almost everywhere you look. Then you will meet the lovely manager of this treasured market, Maia Martinelli, who will quickly become your best new friend and show you the daily lunch specials ranging from Panini sandwiches, meat and cheese boards to luscious Lasagna served with a mixed green salad. Rows of grocery products from Italy will give you lots of choices to make your next meal truly Italian flavored. The fifth reason to like this unique market is its Italian-style catering. Roberto (or Roby as his friends call him) Vigilucci has been serving North County since 1994 when he opened his first restaurant in Encinitas. At one time, he had eight locations in the San

THE ESSENCE of a hearty lunch at Vigilucci’s Gourmet Market & Catering in Carlsbad Village is the meat and cheese board, baked lasagna with mixed green salad and a bottle of Pio Cesare Barbera D’Alba from Piedmont, Italy. Photo by Frank Mangio

Diego area, but now concentrates his success to Carlsbad and Leucadia. “There is something different about Roby’s style that you want to learn from,â€? revealed Martinelli. “He believes in service to his customers and the Gourmet Market is his unique creation, and catering is his passion.â€? You can stop by the market and pick up food and wine, or the catering team can plan and take care of all the details for you from a vast catering menu that can include planning, staff, set up and break down. A plate that is sure to please starts with the homemade bread sliced into easy to handle breadsticks. There are many choices of meat and cheese boards to select from, and Salami and Prosciutto are sure to be part of all of them. Cheeses are prominently from Parma Italy. Expect Parmigiano-Reggiano, aged 36 months, and more. Then there is the main entrĂŠe, as pretty as a picture baked Lasagna, filled with Bolognese and Besciamella sauce, topped with Mozzarella and Parmigiano cheese. It’s served with a fresh mixed green salad. And here is the beautiful thing. That meal is part of the catering menu plus it’s a lovely selection every day in the market menu where you can enjoy an outdoor table with your selection, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now we come to the wine that I would recommend. You cannot separate wine and food. They have their arms wrapped around each other, and never more true than Lasagna and a Pio Cesare Barbera D’Alba from Piedmont Italy, sourced from family owned vineyards in Serralunga d’ Alba ($25). This smooth drinking bottle is aged in oak for 12 months producing great

structure and full body fruit with earthy hints of spice. A sixth reason to like the market is the occasional wine events that it presents, and as it happens, their biggest show of the year is coming up from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8, called “Sagra Di Vigilucci’s,� a Celebration of Food and Wine. Wines will be Pio Cesare’s Barbara red and Villa Sparina Gavi white. A fourcourse meal is included. The cost is $35 per person. RSVP at (760) 720-0188. For more, see www.vigiluccis. com. WINE BYTES

• The Smooth Champagne Jazz Series of concerts at Thornton Winery in Temecula continues as performer Boney James appears Sat. Oct. 13. James is currently on tour supporting his latest LP, “Honestly.â€? For time and pricing, see www.thorntonwine.com or call (951) 699-0099. • The Winesellar and Brasserie in Sorrento Valley San Diego will have two wine dinners with DAOU Vineyards of Paso Robles, at 6 p.m. Oct. 12-13. A fourcourse dinner is planned for $89 per guest, $79 for club members. More at www.winesellar.com. • The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is coming to town the week of Nov. 12. Many great events are planned for this 14th annual event. Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 is the Grand Tasting at Embarcadero Marina Park North next to Seaport Village San Diego. Cost is $135 each. Top chefs put their best bites forward in the celebrated Chef of the Fest competition. More than 300 participating exhibitors. Check all of it out at www.sandiegowineclassic. com. Reach him at Frank@ tasteofwineandfood.com

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Ranch residents serve as honorary chairs of ROMP Gala By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Ronald McDonald House enables families to stay together while a child requires medical attention. During a time of both upheaval and stress, this haven provides families a sense of comfort for when they need it most. One Rancho Santa Fe couple’s passion for the San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House is unapparelled. Jamie and Goesef (Joey) Straza were chosen as the honorary chairs for the Sept. 29 Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s annual ROMP Gala. The roaring 1920s-inspired evening was held at The Pendry Hotel in San Diego. “We feel honored by this and love supporting a great cause that is dear to us,” Jamie Straza said. More than 350 supporters united to take part in the evening. Jamie Straza has a longstanding history with McDonald's. She opened her first restaurant in 1995. Today, she owns and operates four McDonald franchises. “I started volunteering at


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the San Diego Ronald McDonald House when I was 17 and was working as a manager at McDonald’s,” she said. “I helped serve dinners to families, and we would host a holiday party every year for the families using Ronald McDonald House’s services. I knew back then that this was an amazing organization that I wanted to support, but it was when I became a mother that it really resonated with me in a bigger way.” The Ronald McDonald House offers a place of respite for families whose children are hospitalized and receiving medical care. Be it a shower, a hot meal or a nap, the Ronald McDonald fills an emotional and physical gap while keeping families together through the toughest of times. “The Ronald McDonald House is a special place,” Joey Straza said. “When a child gets sick and needs to be hospitalized, it affects the entire family. Having a place where mom, dad and siblings can be close to the sick child is critical in their recovery and healing.” According to Jamie Straza,

Volunteer Orientation from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at 110 Rancho del Oro Drive, Oceanside. It also needs leaders and those who want to be horse leaders. Using the "Take The Lead" method, they need individuals to regularly school the horses on what they are supposed to know. Beginning in November, and following every month thereafter, they will be doing follow-up training with the horses on the first and third Saturday of every month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. To view all dates and times, visit signupgenius.

Join the Trivia Bee Fundraiser at 1p.m. Oct. 20 to support Hospice of the North Coast's Pacifica House. Register at https:// impact.hospicenorthcoast. org/event/trivia-bee-fundraiser/e197855. For information, call (760) 431-4100 or sdew@hospicenorthcoast. FALL FESTIVAL Alta Vista Botanical org. Gardens invites the comHIKE TO DEFEAT PARKINSON’S munity to its free Fall Fun Summit for Stem Cell Festival between 10 a.m. Foundation’s Fall Hike 2018 and 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Children starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 with can create a make-it-on-site 3K and 5K course options scarecrow contest, crafts, at Felicita Park, 742 Clar- decorate pumpkins, bob for ence Lane, Escondido. In- apples, food for sale, a plant formation and registration sale, and music for all. The at SummitforStemCell.org. Gardens are open every day Walk the trails of Felicita for a $5 entry fee. Contact Park and support a health- volunteeravbg@gmail.com ier future for Parkinson’s for more information. disease. For information, Contact: Diana West at Di- IT'S ALL ABOUT ITALY The Sons and Daughana@SummitforStemCell. ters of Italy will be having org or (858) 759-1610 their annual Italian Dinner LEND A HAND AT IVEY RANCH Dance at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at Ivey Ranch Park is the 2051 Cafe, 2051 Palolooking for volunteers and mar Airport Road, Carlswill hold an Equestrian bad. There will be Italian food, live Italian music, open bar and raffle prizes Cost is $60 per adult. Mail check to: Sons of Italy, P.O. Box 231724, Encinitas , CA 92023. Call or e-mail Salvatore Provenza at sprovenza@aol.com or 760-845-3279 for more information.

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On Oct. 21, a section of the Tri-City Goodwill store in the Crossroads Shopping Center, 3809-3841 Plaza Drive, Oceanside, will be dedicated to Marine Corps Ball attire, including gowns, jewelry, shoes and handbags with sizes 2 to 22 available. On Nov.18, ugly holiday sweaters will be set aside for military customers and on

JAMIE AND JOEY STRAZA served as honorary chairs of the annual ROMP Gala to benefit San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House, while daughter Julia was on the gala executive committee. Courtesy photo

the ROMP goal every year is to room house that serves 14,000 raise as much money as possible family members with sick chilto fund operations for the 55-bed- dren each year.

Dec. 16, find the perfect little black dress there with all the right accessories including jewelry, coats, scarves, gloves, hats and handbags.

Highway 101. Candidates running for school boards in San Dieguito Union High School District, along with elementary districts in Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del RETURN TO THE REEF Surfer Mike Doyle will Mar, will be on hand. be the special guest Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at Swami’s Surf- GET THE GOOD LIFE ing Association’s 24th annuThe city of Carlsbad al “Return to the Reef” at hosts another of its Good Cardiff Reef State Beach, Life Lecture Series “How 2526 S. Coast Highway 101, to Lose Weight After 40” Cardiff. For more informa- at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the tion, e-mail roneyshea@ Dove Library, 1775 Dove gmail.com Lane, Carlsbad. Speaker will be Philip J. Goscienski, M.D.

OCT. 22


The Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation and local golfers are teaming up to host the 2018 Golf Tournament Fundraiser Oct. 22 at The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad. Tee Time is 12:30 p.m. Entrance fees are $150 per player and foursome for $600. For more information or to register, visit carlsbadfdf.org or contact Patrick McCready at (858) 583-2323.

“This year, ROMP supporters will lead the way in renovating the heart of San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House — the kitchen and dining room,” Jamie Straza said. “We’re grateful for every dollar raised.” The couple also shared how their three children have grown up personally involved with the Ronald McDonald House. In fact, for the 2018 ROMP gala, their teenage daughter Julia was on the executive committee. “She loves it and loves supporting the house,” Joey Straza said. Community support is essential so that the Ronald McDonald House can continue to thrive. Jamie explained that many people think that the Ronald McDonald House is funded by McDonald’s. And part of that is right. “Although the local restaurant franchisees do support the house, 90 percent of the funding comes from the community,” she said. “That is why it is so important for all of us to support this great organization.”


A Golf Classic is being held with registration at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at Arrowood Golf Club, 5201 A Village Drive, Oceanside, to support the Bread of Life Rescue Mission which serves the needy including active duty or military veterans. The Bread of Life Rescue Mission is at 1919 Apple St., Oceanside. Register online at bolrescue.org/special-events/golf-registration.

OCT. 26


The Hispanic Food & Beverage Trade Show will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. OCT. 24 Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 at the MEET THE AUTHOR Del Mar Branch Li- Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 brary hosts October Local Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Author Talks, at 6 p.m. Oct. Mar. 24 at 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, featuring Mickey Brent, author of “Broad COMING UP Awakening.” This is Brent’s CHEF AT CHINO FARM Author and chef Yotam second novel. She has previously worked as a free- Ottolenghi presents 130 lance artist and writer, and streamlined recipes in “Otas a translator and language tolenghi Simple,” from 11 teacher, living in Brussels a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at The for 17 years. For more information, call (858) 755-1666.

Chino Farm, 6123 Calzada Del Bosque, Del Mar. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or reservations are required. The author will only sign books purchased at the event, or pre-ordered at http:// squareup.com/store/goodearthgreatchefs. BE THE PARTY

The city of San Marcos is currently looking for dance groups, bands, orchestras, choral groups and others interested in performing for 20 to 30 minutes between 1 and 6:30 p.m. at the annual tree lighting Dec. 1 at the San Marcos Civic Center. Showcasing local performance groups on this festive, free night of family fun. Visit san-marcos.net/santasvillage for more information.


Woman’s Club of Carlsbad presents its Holiday Market Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad, featuring home-crafted holiday gifts.


The Carlsbad City Library is now hosting Tween Scene Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 “Learn about Dia de los Muertos” and Oct. 29 “Hallo-Tween bash: Create your own creepy spell books and zombify Barbies” at Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. The free program for tweens in grades 4 through 6 offers a weekly lineup of games, STEM, DIY and escape room activities. Snacks are provided. Participation is free. For more information, call (760) 434-2872.

OCT. 23


Leucadia Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant and four other local businesses are sponsoring a forum for all 31 of the North County school board candidates, between 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23, on the outdoor patio at 315 S. Coast

OCT. 25


Hear the inside story on “A Day in the Life of a Naval Aviator” sponsored by the U.S.S. Midway Museum, at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. The speaker will be Richard Earnest, a decorated Vietnam-era fighter pilot, and former mayor of Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666.


A volunteer orientation session, to work with the Elizabeth Hospice, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Elizabeth Hospice Carlsbad office 5938 Priestly Drive, Suite 103, Carlsbad. Volunteer orientation is free and open to the public and volunteers can choose to serve in the surrounding area where they reside.



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Study: Too much salt could affect brain Ask the Doctors

Dr. Elizabeth Ko

Dr. Eve Glazier

DEAR DOCTOR: I love salty foods, always have, and I don't have high blood pressure or heart disease or anything like that. But I did see a story recently that said high-salt diets can affect the brain. How worried should I be? DEAR READER: Our attraction to salt — researchers refer to it as “sodium appetite” — has long fascinated everyone from scientists to philosophers to poets. At a physiological level, our bodies require sodium, which plays a key role in fluid balance, and in nerve and muscle function. As cooks (and eaters) know, adding salt to almost any food makes it taste better. And scientists in Australia recently identified specific

pathways in the brain's emotional center, which light up when salt is consumed, a reward system of sorts. Yet as your question acknowledges, and as research has shown, too much salt in the diet puts you at risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Now, a recent study from Weill Cornell Medical College, the research unit and medical school of Cornell University, has added the potential for cognitive impairment to woes caused by too much dietary salt. When scientists fed mice a high-salt diet, the flow of blood to their brains declined, and the vessels that carried that blood were adversely affected. The mice also began to perform poorly on cognitive tests that, before this change to their diets, they had aced. What was particularly in-

teresting was that, rather than this decline arising from a spike in blood pressure, it appeared to be tied to chemical changes in the brain that were prompted by an immune response in the gut. When the mice were returned to a normal diet, they regained the cognitive ground that they had lost. Whether this same scenario will translate to humans is not yet clear. As for your own sodium consumption, we believe that even absent physical symptoms like high blood pressure, overdoing it with salt is not a good idea. And if you don't really know how much salt you're eating, then you're like the majority of Americans. That may be why, according to the American Heart Association, most adults consume more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day, which is 30 percent more than the organization's recommended maximum of 2,300 milligrams per day. A whopping

70 percent of that sodium comes from prepared and packaged foods and from restaurant meals. The rest comes out of the salt shaker. We think it would be wise for you to begin to keep track of your daily sodium intake. Packaged and processed foods will have the numbers you need on their nutritional labels. To be accurate, be sure to pay attention to serving size as well. As of May 7, restaurants with 20 or more locations have been required by the Food and Drug Administration to provide customers with a range of nutritional information, including calorie counts and sodium content. And if you're a home cook, track the sodium levels — both in the ingredients you're using as well as the salt you're adding. Your body and maybe even your brain will thank you. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health.

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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. COLLEGE STARS

Local youngsters continue to excel at colleges across the country. Robyn Ukegawa, class of 2019, of Carlsbad and Elise Chen, class of 2019, of Oceanside were recognized on the Bryant University, Rhode Island, Spring 2018 Deans’ List. Taylor Cabrera, of San Marcos, graduated from Fort Lewis College in Colorado on April 28. Cabrera graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sport Administration. Zachary D. Warren, of Del Mar, was named to The University of Alabama Dean’s List for summer 2018, with an academic record of 3.5 or above. Carlsbad resident David Cooper earned a bachelor degree in commerce business administration, and a master of arts, from the University of Alabama. Zoe L. Eprile, of Carmel Valley, earned a bachelor of arts communication degree from the University of Alabama. Matthew Anderson, a graduate of Canyon Crest Academy, finished his first year at Hamilton College. El Camino High School graduate Tanner Gates of Oceanside and Canyon Crest Academy graduate Audrey Ponder of Rancho Santa Fe have joined the Colgate University Class of 2022.

tember presented by The Quad. BRAND RELAUNCHES

Pat Magnarella Management, headquartered in Encinitas, announced it has relaunched as GRNDVW and expanded to offer record label and publishing services through strategic partnerships with The Orchard and Big Deal Music. Veteran music managers Pat Magnarella and Graham Martin will serve as co-presidents of the company's new label and publishing branches, and continue to manage artists alongside longtime colleagues Chris Georggin and Steve Masi. Visit grndvw.com/.


SANDAG has recognized 94 employers from around the county for their outstanding efforts in encouraging employees to use environmentally sustainable transportation options to get to and from work. North County winners of the Diamond Awards program include Watkins Wellness of Vista at the platinum tier, city of Del Mar and Mission Federal Credit at the gold tier. Genentech of Oceanside, Dudek of Encinitas, LeeMarc Industries of Vista, Legoland Carlsbad, Thermo Fisher Scientific of Carlsbad; ViaSat of Carlsbad and the cities of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Vista, earned the silver tier.


Big Lots celebrated the grand opening of its newest store at 1702 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside, on Oct. 5, DEAN HONORED and kicked off a donation Mike Schroder, dean program benefiting Promof Extended Learning at ises 2 Kids. CSUSM, was recognized by the California State VISTA SCHOOLS WIN AWARD University system with Seven Vista Unified the 2018-19 Chancellor’s School District elementaAward for Administrator ry schools are among 270 Excellence and Innovation. schools nationally to reThe honor acknowl- ceive the U.S. Department edges outstanding contri- of Agriculture Healthibutions in support of CSU er US School Gold level Continuing and Extended award. VUSD schools inEducation. Schoder joined cluding Beaumont ElemenCalifornia State University tary; Bobier Elementary; San Marcos in 2011 as dean Foothill Oak Elementary; of Extended Learning and Grapevine Elementary; associate vice president of Hannalei Elementary; International Programs. Maryland Elementary; Vista Academy of Visual and LOOKING BACK 40 YEARS Performing Arts. Redwood Terrace, a senior living community NCTD SAFETY CHANGES at 710 W. 13th Ave., EsconNorth County Transit dido, is commemorating District (NCTD) is one step its 40th anniversary with closer to the full implemena celebration with photos tation of the federally-manfrom the past 40 years. dated Positive Train ConResident Donna Van trol (PTC) safety system Dam. 85, remembers the for its COASTER trains. cattle ranches that used to PTC is an integrated line the streets and years command, control, commuspent running the aisles of nications, and information her father’s Piggly Wiggly system that alerts train store. Van Dam joined oth- engineers when certain uner Redwood Terrace resi- safe conditions exist, and dents, team members and stops the train when condilocal dignitaries Oct. 2 to tions warrant. mark anniversary. The safety system is designed to prevent trainATHLETES CELEBRATED to-train collisions, derailSenior women's golfer ments caused by excessive Sarah Garcia and senior train speed, train movemen's soccer player David ments through misaligned Martin have been named track switches, and unauthe Cal State San Marcos thorized train entry into Student-Athletes for Sep- work zones.

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Fun Zone filled with giant inflatables is one of the many attractions at the annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest running weekends through Nov. 3. Even grownups can jump in on the 25-foot-high slide, a connect-three basketball game, a giant castle and a mechanical bull (adults only). “It’s a bounce-house party on steroids,” says Monica Marini, director of Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. Sundays admissions to Oktoberfest are $10 for adults and free for kids. Fun Zone is $10 for an all-day pass. Regular admission: adults $15.99; seniors $11.99; children 12 and under $9. This is the 48th year for the autumn celebration, which features ample German cuisine, beer and music, and just-for-fun contests and games. Visit www.BigBearEvents.com or call (909) 585-3000.

vice from John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) to Mammoth Lakes starts service Dec. 20. JetSuiteX flights operate Thursday through Monday. According to the company, JetSuiteX offers a “semi-private flying experience…with no lines and easy parking adjacent to the private terminal.” Other perks: business-class legroom, free snacks and beverages and no baggage fees for skis and snowboards. Oneway tickets: $79 to $129, depending on timing and demand. Service between Bob Hope Airport (BUR; Hollywood Burbank Airport) and Mammoth Lakes also resumes Dec. 20. Flights continue through April 7. https://www.jetsuitex.com. Opening day at Mammoth Mountain is Nov. 8. Single-day discount tickets $50 and veterans ski free on Veterans Day (Nov. 11). https:// www.mammothmountain. com/winter/plan-a-vacation/ book-a-trip/lift-tickets.

GIANT JUMPIES for kids and adults are part of the fun at SKI SEASON at Mammoth Mountain opens Nov. 8. Skiers the 48th annual Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake, which runs can get there on a new JetSuiteX flight that runs Thursdaythrough Nov. 3. Courtesy photos Sunday out of Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.

THE CLIFFS OF MOHER on the western coast of Ireland is one of the stops on the June 2019 Adventure Canada expedition cruise that circumnavigates the island country.

tropical Pacific whales that came up from Mexico. Book whale-watching tours out of Dana Point at www.danawharf.com. See a video of Thar she blows … where? Orcas — killer whales 10 orcas playing off the coast — have been spotted off of Dana Point at https://youthe Southern California tu.be/zinFTJDC0LY. coast in the last few weeks. These unusual sightings are Ring around Ireland of great interest because orTory Island, a “kingPray for snow cas are thought to inhabit dom” of less than 150 resiSki season is just colder waters much farther dents with its own royalty, around the corner (we hope) north. Experts believe these is one of the stops on Advenand a new airline with ser- orcas are probably eastern ture Canada’s Ireland Cir-

A slice of the grandma life small talk jean gillette


got my first dry run of grandmothering yesterday. It was sobering. My close friend asked me to help her watch her daughter’s two baby girls, one 2 years, one 6 months. The parents decided to leave the kids for the first time to fly to San Francisco for a 30th birthday dinner. Out by noon, home by midnight. Once the door closed, my friend and I became a tag team worthy of a WWE belt buckle. My friend, the true grandma, had two complex schedules memorized.

The infant only sleeps for 40 minutes at a pop. When she wakes up, things can go south in a very big hurry. She is going through that stage that pushes mothers to the brink. For reasons ever unknowable, once they start to shriek in misery, they do not waver. I had forgotten that sound, and yet one never forgets it. It makes you feel like the most powerless, inept creature on the planet, and you marvel that your neighbors ever forgive you. I broke out my best rock-and-bob move, which worked briefly and sporadically, but this young lady seemed to know that her mom was not nearby and this was not acceptable. Meanwhile, the 2-yearold seemed like a piece of cake. A very energetic, whimsical, mercurial piece of cake.

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Benito is a 1-year-old terrier blend with a personality bigger than life. He has a bounce in his step and a smile he can’t help but let shine. He’s about 20 pounds and has the coolest hairdo around. His adoption fee is $289. He has been altered and is up-todate on all vaccinations. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center are micro-chipped for identification. The center is at 6523 Helen Woodward Way, Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday-Wednesday, 1 to 6

p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last application accepted 15 minutes before closing. Information: call (858) 756-4117, option #1 or visit animalcenter.org.

But having someone to tend to her every whim went a long way toward keeping her content. We fed them, strapped them in and headed for the biggest pumpkin patch/fair we could find. While the car was moving, all was bliss. We looked for horses and the babe slept. We were prepared to drive for 10 more hours, if necessary. Putting the infant in the stroller was trickier, but my friend took on that challenge, while the 2-yearold and I got our sillies out. We climbed pumpkins, we ran around pumpkins, we bought Halloween toys, we saw goats, sheep, cows, llamas, emus and, yes, horses. The petting zoo was the big winner. Feeding the goats was awesome but the big score of the day was when a beleaguered, fluffy chicken climbed up next to her and received several kid-hugs for its trouble. The toddler’s claim to fame, for some time to come, will be, “I hugged a chicken today!” Once home, I was reminded how long a 2-year-old will sit still for a movie and how much they love jumping on the bed. But by the time mom and dad rolled in, everyone was content and smiling. We felt like we had won the Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, mothers everywhere deserve one, every darn day. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who loved rediscovering the world through a toddler’s eyes. Contact her at jean@ coastnewsgroup.com.

cumnavigation expedition cruise that sails from June 9 to June 20. “This trip fits nicely on the circumnavigation trend — exploring island nations by sea as a way to see even more than by land,” says Jillian Dickens, spokeswoman for Adventure Canada. Tory Island’s king, who happens to be a woman named Patsy Dan Rodgers, will greet visitors when they climb out of the Zodiac rafts

onto the 1.4-square-mile island off the northwest corner of Ireland. Adventure Canada also circumnavigates Iceland (July 5 to July 14) and Newfoundland (Oct. 2 to Oct. 12). Visit https:// www.adventurecanada.com. Green flying (now) and bigger, better terminal (later)

San Diego International Airport (SAN) and nine other airports in North America have received a Level 3 cer-

tification from the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program. The program helps airports reduce carbon emissions, which SAN has done not only in its facilities, but in additional areas by partnering with airlines, concessions and ground transportation. Ultimate goal: to earn the highest level of certification — Carbon Neutrality — by 2022. Only one airport in North America (Dallas Fort Worth International) and 48 of 17,678 airports in the world have attained this designation. More good news from SAN: “We are in the process of firming up plans for the replacement of Terminal 1, which will be our biggest development project to date,” says Jonathan Heller of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. If you’ve flown out of that terminal, you know this is good news indeed.


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from God,’ ” she said. And because of this gift, Brass became well known in various medical circles in Solana Beach and was later referred by colleagues to several Hollywood stars who visited, as well as lived in the area, such as Arnaz. “He was Desi Arnaz’s personal doctor for years,” she recalled. “I remember he got a call in the middle of the night once. Desi was in Baja and partying when a balcony collapsed under him and he got a huge hematoma; they didn’t know if he was going to live. My dad was called ‘Ship to Shore,’ and he ended up hiring a pilot, and he flew down to bring Desi back to Scripps La Jolla. He ended up saving his life and became his lifelong friend.” Doctor to other stars

In additional to serving as Arnaz’s doctor, Abbott said her dad was also the one who “pronounced actor Alan Ladd dead” in 1964. Reports say he died of cerebral edema caused by accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol. Brass, according to his daughter, was also summoned to confirm the death of the Swami Paramahansa

LOUISE ABBOTT with her father, who’s behind the wheel of his Alfa Romeo once owned by Rita Hayworth. Courtesy photo

Yogananda, who founded the Self-Realization Fellowship after coming from India as a representative for the international congress of religions. Another popular star at the time, Robert Young, of “Marcus Welby, M.D.” (1969-1976) fame who lived in Rancho Santa Fe was also a patient of her dad’s. “I was told by my dad that Young’s TV show was actually patterned after my dad,” she said. “He was a patient of dad’s for a long time and he also took care of his wife.” Of course, the list of

famous patients doesn’t stop there. Abbott said that Victor Mature, best known for his role in the Cecil B. DeMille film, “Samson and Delilah,” (1969) and another Rancho Santa Fe resident was also a patient of Dr. Brass’s. “We used to call him ‘liver lips’ because he would drive around in his convertible and wave to all the girls,” she laughed. “I think we called him that because his lips were so dark, and they looked weird.”

was growing up it was not uncommon for her to hang out with her dad and these various celebrities at their homes in Del Mar socially since Solana Beach was the next city over. “We’d go to Desi’s house in Del Mar a lot and it was always fun, there were always lots of people,” she said. “But I was never really starstruck by celebrities, they put their pants on just like everyone else.” She said her dad was also friends with and the personal physician of comedian Jimmy Durante, who lived in a house a few doors down on the beach in Del Mar from Arnaz. “He was a nice man, of course, bigger than life and with this huge nose,” she recalled. “I remember he and his wife Madge adopted a little girl back then …” The Alfa Romeo

Other star connections included her dad owning an Alfa Romeo once owned by actress Rita Hayworth when she was married to Ali Kahn. Abbott said she doesn’t remember how her dad got the car, but she does remember that “it burned when her dad’s garage caught on fire Offer expires 10-31-18 Fun for all in 1978.” Abbott said when she They thought it was beyond repair, but someone bought it and took it to repair it. That’s the last she recalled of it. However, it was Arnaz, of all the celebrities, who became a good friend of her dad’s. “He was truly a wonderful man who was very intelligent,” she said. “My dad never had Lucille Ball as a patient, but he did work on their daughter, Lucy. My dad became friends with Desi when he was married to his second wife, Edy, who of course was a redhead, too. She was married prior to the owner of Kal Kan dog food before marrying Desi.” Abbott said one thing that most people might not know about Arnaz was that he was a big philanthropist. “Desi would see things that bothered him like families that needed money and he’d call my dad and ask him to see that they got what they needed but only anonymously,” she said. She said she has kept in touch with Desi Jr., who now resides Nevada. Abbott said they were Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects nearly 20 million Americans. It usually friends for years until Arnaz died in 1986 in Del Mar of begins in the feet & lower legs, but over time, can advance into the hands & fingers. lung cancer.

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La Costa Glen retirement community named a great place to work CARLSBAD — Looking for a rewarding job with outstanding potential for career growth and advancement? The La Costa Glen continuing care retirement community in Carlsbad is literally a great place to work, according to the independent research and consulting firm Great Place to Work®. A global authority on high-performance workplace cultures, Great Place to Work produces the annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for Fortune magazine, as well as lists identifying the best workplaces for millennials, women and diversity. La Costa Glen earned the “Great Place to Work” certification based on an extensive survey of employees from all departments, job functions and levels of experience. The survey was conducted earlier this year and measured more than 60 categories to eval-

uate employee satisfaction including respect, fairness, employee pride in the community, camaraderie and belief that their work makes a difference. La Costa Glen had to meet the threshold in each category in order to be certified. According to Terri DeBoever, interim executive director, the Great Place to Work certification validates La Costa Glen’s STAR employee program. STAR, which stands for Service to Residents and Colleagues, Team Success, Aim for Excellence and Do the Right Thing, was established a few years ago to reward employees who provide exceptional service to La Costa Glen residents and their fellow co-workers. “This honor belongs to every employee at La Costa Glen,” said DeBoever. “The staff works hard every day to provide a positive environment both for the residents and for each other.

accommodations and airline tickets to concerts and gift cards. The winner of the STAR award for the first quarter of 2018 was Daniel Medina, laundry worker, and the second quarter STAR was Connie Herbert, administrative assistant. “These employees embody what it means to live the STAR values every day, and we are delighted to recognize their positive contributions to daily life at La Costa Glen,” DeBoever said. To learn more about career opportunities at La Costa Glen, please visit La CosLA COSTA GLEN RETIREMENT community’s STAR program rewards employees who provide ta Glen at www.lacostaglen. exceptional service. From left: Daniel Medina, laundry worker, STAR employee for the first com and click “Careers” or quarter 2018; La Costa Glen Interim Executive Director Terri DeBoever; and Connie Herbert, go to http://bit.ly/2OUDEyg. administrative assistant, STAR employee for the second quarter 2018.

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Cox Contour TV filling consumer hunger for apps Home entertainment options continue to expand with Cox Communications With the addition of YouTube Kids and NPR One to its menu of apps, Cox Communications’ Contour TV continues to bring more options to home entertainment, whether you’re watching a cable network on demand, accessing a movie on Netflix, or listening to NPR while doing household chores. Contour TV already offers Netflix, YouTube and iHeart Radio apps, which eliminate the need for a secondary device or input switch. Now, with YouTube Kids and NPR One, Contour brings even more age-appropriate content to the TV screen for younger members of the family, and the informative, quality audio programming of NPR One for those who want to stay abreast of current events – particularly as election day gets closer.


where I use the fattest blend of meats possible and keep it moist with the mix of ingredients I will share with you now. My first rule is do not use lean meat when making meatloaf. Seek out the fattiest blend of beef you can, usually 80/20. Also, I never really measure any of the ingredients but will give you a basic measurement guide. Just remember you want to keep the mixture as moist as possible without it affecting the consistency. Start with one pound of ground beef, one pound of ground pork and three sweet Italian sausage links,

Cox Contour customers can simply use their voice remote control to easily and quickly access shows, movies and music by speaking into their voice remote control to access the apps. Just say things like “Netflix,” “YouTube Kids,” or “National Public Radio,” and Cox Contour will go straight there. The programming can also be accessed by going to the “Apps” section of the Contour guide: NETFLIX: Catch up on past and current episodes of your favorite Netflix shows with Contour 2 and a Netflix subscription—no need to toggle between remotes or TV in- TO ACCESS THE APPS on Cox Contour, customers simply need a compatible Contour receivputs. It’s as easy as changing er and Cox High Speed Internet service. Courtesy photo the channel. to video tutorials on how to stories and podcasts from and R&B. YOUTUBE: Easily search bil- build a model volcano. You National Public Radio (NPR) So, the next time you lions of YouTube videos with can also flag videos for re- that help keep listeners want to watch a makeup tuyour voice remote control view by the YouTube Kids informed, engaged and in- torial, do-it-yourself video or and set parental controls so team and monitor what spired. your child’s soccer game on that the app can only be ac- your children are watching YouTube, you don’t have to cessed with a PIN. through the “watch history” iHEART RADIO: Listen to settle for viewing it on your more than 800 live radio sta- smartphone when Contour function. YOUTUBE KIDS: Access tions over a range of genres, delivers the same content on family-friendly videos, from NPR One: Access a stream including Pop, Country, Al- your TV screen. And, it’s as favorite shows and music of local and national news, ternative Rock, Hip-Hop, easy as the push of a button. squeezed out of casing. Mix that meat blend together in a large bowl with your hands, creating a bowl-like form out of it when fully blended. In the center of that meat bowl add two eggs, half a cup of Progresso Italian bread crumbs (or similar), two raw eggs, a few heavy shakes of Worchestire sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, a splash of your favorite BBQ sauce, a half cup of whole milk (keep a half handy for more moisture if needed), half a cup of diced sweet onion, three quarters cup of Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted frozen corn or fresh corn cut off the cob. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands and add more breadcrumbs or milk on an as-needed ba-

sis to either dry out or moisten the loaf. Fill a nonstick meatloaf pan and spread your favorite BBQ sauce lightly on top with four or five slices of thick-cut applewood smoked bacon again from Trader Joe’s. In fact, most of these ingredients can be purchased there. Bake the meatloaf for one hour at 350 or until the internal temperature reaches 165-170 degrees. Drain the grease from the loaf pan and let it sit for 10 minutes before you slice it up. If it’s good and moist there is no need for gravy although you can always add some BBQ sauce for more flavor. I like to put it on a bed of Trader Joe’s frozen mashed potatoes that come

in a bag of medallion-shaped nuggets that you simply add some milk and butter to and are delicious. A side of your favorite green veggies and you are good to go. The next-day best meatloaf ever sandwich should consist of a thick cut piece of meat on your favorite spongy white bread, leftover mashed potatoes, a slice of American cheese, and a bit of that BBQ sauce. On occasion I’ll add some bread and butter pickles or just have a nice one on the side along with some basic old school potato chips. If you try this recipe or have one you would like to share I’d love to hear from you. Email me at david@artichoke-creative.com.

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Chargers owner Alex Spanos, 95, dies LOS ANGELES — Chargers owner Alex Spanos died Oct. 9, his family announced. He was 95. “It is with heavy hearts that the Spanos family announces the death of Alexander Gus Spanos, founder of A.G. Spanos Companies and owner of the Chargers NFL Franchise,” according to a family statement. “Alex passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones.” The statement said that Spanos, the son of Greek immigrants, rose from humble beginnings to become “the top apartment builder across the na-

tion” and the owner of an NFL franchise. In 1984, Spanos fulfilled one of his lifelong goals by purchasing the San Diego Chargers, and “one of his most memorable moments was watching the Chargers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to play in Super Bowl XXIX,” the family said. Spanos turned over the day-to-day operations of the Chargers to his oldest son, Dean, in 1994. Spanos is survived by four children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. — City News Service


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Riding to fight Rett Syndrome By Adam Bradley

ENCINITAS — KC Byers, an entrepreneur from Fairhope, Alabama, began the ultimate bike ride on Sept. 30 when he left Encinitas to embark on a monthlong, cross-country cycling ride to raise awareness for Rettsyndrome.org and a fundraising goal of $250,000. Byers, 62, is a stepdad to daughter, Katelyn, 24, who is living with Rett syndrome. The first-time event called “Rett Ride Across America,” was inspired by Byers. He said he believes it allows the Rett community to create a dialogue and critical awareness for this unknown disease. He said he will log more than 2,600 miles during his Rett Ride Across America traveling across the 1-10 corridor from San Diego to Jacksonville, Florida, throughout October. “When you love someone that doesn’t have the ability to complain or speak for themselves, you have to

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After a brave, 15year battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Stephen Alan Larivee passed away September 16th, listening to his favorite music and surrounded by loved ones. His was a full life. Steve was born March 13th, 1943, in Lowell, MA. This is where his “sweet tooth” got its start as he and his brother Ron swept the floors of their Aunt Peg’s corner grocery store and consistently raided the penny candy counter. In 1954 the family moved to Oceanside, CA, where he attended grammar school and Oceanside High School. While growing up, Steve was a spirited participant in 2-person beach volleyball and entered many tournaments around Oceanside and Mission Bay. He enrolled at San Diego State University and earned a Master of Arts in History. Steve worked 26 years in the Grossmont Union High School District. He rose the ranks as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and finally, principal. He enjoyed attending all the student activities and, of course, the staff volleyball league. Steve and his wife, Ann, always enjoyed the Rocky Mountains and purchased a piece of land

do something. This ride is for the Rett kids — for the fight and the plight that they are experiencing every day,” Byers said from the road prior to the Sunday launch. Rett syndrome is a rare, severe neurologic disorder that affects all racial and ethnic groups and occurs worldwide in one of every 10,000 female births. Currently, more than 7,000 girls and women, plus several boys, are living with Rett syndrome in the U.S. This neurological disorder is first recognized in infancy and is most often misdiagnosed as autism, cerebral palsy, or non-specific developmental delay. Since 1999, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, known today as Rettsyndrome.org, is the leader in accelerating research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome. A cancer survivor himself, Byers said he started cycling for his health (he’s had seven stents in nine years) after his cardiologist sug-

gested he get some exercise to get into shape. Since he was diagnosed in 2010, Byers has lost 45 pounds and cycles regularly. He said while this is the first “official” bike ride for Rett, he did ride in 2010 across the country to raise awareness on his own. Then, he rode across the country starting in Florida and ending in California. “At 62 years old, I’m probably in the best shape I have ever been in my entire life,” he said. “I was a regular fast-food eater, had high cholesterol, you name it,” he said. Byers said he wanted the event to kick off in Enci-

outside Telluride, CO, with the goal of making it their retirement home. Steve accepted a principal position at Telluride Middle-High School and was there from 1994 to 2003. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003 and decided to retire. The initial stages of Parkinson’s did not slow him down. He was an annual volunteer for the Telluride Film Festival and was also the president of the board of directors for the Telluride Historical Museum from 2003 to 2006. Under his direction and charm, the board raised several hundred thousand dollars to completely remodel the museum. In 2006, they moved to Ridgway, CO, where he and Ann build their dream home on 7 acres of jaw-dropping views of the San Juan Mountain Range. He was proud to mention these were the same mountains Coors chose for their iconic label. He remained active and loved traveling, skiing, backpacking, tennis and golf (2 holes in one!). Much time was spent with his horse, Cimarron, a Tennessee Walker. He was passionate about live music, the cinema, and rooting for the San Diego Chargers and Boston Celtics. He also served on the Ridgway School Board from 2009 to 2015. In 2015, Steve and Ann relocated to Reno, NV, to be closer to family. He became active in a Parkinson’s support group and loved bowling, swimming, and playing poker with his new-found friends. He was also a regular at many local frozen yogurt establishments and, in

his mind, there was never a bay day to have a treat. After Steve’s passing, Ann was flooded with well wishes from past students and faculty. Here are two we’d like to share. “Steve was a pillar of knowledge, strength, fairness and balance. He knew exactly how to command each situation/interaction to ensure all parties felt heard, understood and appreciated. He was a special soul, with an amazing heart. Both you and Steve were so instrumental in the success of my high school career. I know I can thank you both for the successes I have in life today.” And, “You know that person who enters your life and challenges you in all the right ways? For me, Steve Larivee came into my world when I was a righteous, adversarial, and self-destructive adolescent. He challenged me and gave me second, third, and even fourth chances because he needed to keep challenging me to see the value in myself that I can only assume he saw.” Steve is survived by his wife Ann of Reno, NV; daughter Kristine (Matt) Parker and granddaughters Melissa and Stefanie; daughter Desiree (Dereck) Bowlen and grandchildren Molly, Annika, Marina and Brock; brother Col (Ret) USAF Ronald L Larivee (Christy). There will be a Celebration of Life in Reno, NV, on November 10th, 2018. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD, 21741, or call the foundation directly at 800-708-7644.

KC BYERS is leading a bike ride across America to raise money and awareness for Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. Photo via Facebook

nitas because he wanted to start off near the coast. “I wanted a location close to water so we could do a ‘wheels in the water’ ceremony which is the best way to kick off such an event,” he said. “You can’t really claim it’s a Coast to Coast event unless you start in the Pacific and end in the Atlantic.” As for his daughter, Byers said she has had Rett syndrome most of her life and in the 20 years he has been her dad he has not heard much about the disease. “The only way to bring attention to it is to bring awareness to it,” he said. “I’m hoping to do more of

that.” Byers said he visits California often and has family and friends in the San Diego area. Overall, even though it is a rare disease and not very well known, great strides are being made toward finding life-changing treatments for Rett syndrome. “It’s our community and our voices — passionate people like KC, that provide us hope in overpowering this disorder,” said Melissa Kennedy, executive director of Rettsyndrome.org. Byers won’t be alone on the journey, he will be joined along the way by a few fellow riders directly af-

Terrell Lee Thistlehwaite, 76 Carlsbad September 22, 2018

fected by Rett syndrome and supported by many organizations that find giving back to people in their communities as part of their corporate mission. “Supporting our community is in our DNA. We want to do whatever we can to not only help assist KC and his incredible journey across America, but most importantly, contribute efforts to raise awareness to Rett syndrome along the way,” said Brandon Callahan, senior product marketing manager, Coros Global, an innovative sports technology company. As a leading private funder of Rett syndrome research, Rettsyndrome. org has funded more than $44 million in high quality, peer-reviewed research grants and programs to date. The organization hosts the largest global gathering of Rett researchers and clinicians to establish research direction for the future. Rettsyndrome.org, a 501(c) 3 organization, has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 3-star rating year after year. To learn more about Rett syndrome, visit www. rettsyndrome.org or call (513) 874-3020, or visit: www.rettrideacrossamerica. com Facebook: https://www. facebook.com/rettrideacrossamerica/

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Back Pain: Modern Tools Help Solve a Tricky Problem Do you have back pain? Statistics say that you do—as many as 80 percent of us will suffer from significant back pain during our lifetime. As a physical medicine specialist, I have focused on bringing the latest in dynamic ultrasound diagnostics and regenerative therapies to this complex issue, and have treated thousands of patients with undiagnosed and unrelieved back pain over the last decade at my practice, BOUNDLESS. Many of my patients’ stories have stayed with me. M.J., a mom of two, came to my clinic 3 years ago with back pain so severe she could not run or bike for exercise, drive long distances, or play with her kids. She had tried physical therapy, epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation, and opioid medical management— all without sufficient relief. She was considering fusion

surgery for degenerative disc disease, but was told the chance of success was at best 70 percent. Like M.J., many of us have back pain—it is a leading cause of disability and consumes billions of dollars a year in lost productivity and unsuccessful medical care. Back pain is complex. X-rays and MRIs typically only diagnose a small percentage of the reasons our back hurts—they show arthritic joints, pinched nerves, and degenerated or herniated disks. But much of our pain comes from ligaments, muscles, sacroiliac joints, and fascia, and needs specialized testing for proper diagnosis. Advanced ultrasound diagnostics can allow us to see these “soft tissue” problems, and has helped make the diagnosis in many patients suffering with “non-specific” back pain.

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sponders were unable to re- gender reveal party at which vive her. [WLUC, 9/20/2018] he shot a target containing Tannerite, an explosive substance, and colored powder Bold Moves Three cheeky raccoons signifying the child's genjolted a Toronto, Ontario, der. When the target explodCanada, woman awake late ed, it caught nearby brush on Sept. 18 when they broke on fire, and Dickey immediinto her kitchen. Jenny Ser- ately reported the wildfire wylo heard noises coming and admitted he had started from her kitchen and ap- it. Dickey will pay $220,000 proached the critters with in restitution, and he is exa broom, which scared away pected to keep his job. [Artwo out of the three. But a izona Daily Star, 9/28/2018] third wouldn't budge, barricaded behind her toaster Oops! oven and munching on a Things got tense for package of English muffins. passengers on a GoAir flight "He was like, 'I'm eating, from New Delhi to Patna, get out of here,'" Serwylo India, on Sept. 22 when a told the Toronto Star. She first-time flyer mistook an tried calling authorities but emergency exit door for the couldn't get any help, and restroom. Travel + Leisure her contest of wills with the magazine reported that felraccoon lasted for more than low passengers asked the a half-hour. "I was growling man, in his 20s, what he was at him and hissing at him," doing, to which he replied she said. As she pointed the that he "needed to use the broom handle at the ani- washroom urgently" and mal, it would grab the end returned to tugging at the and "yank it really hard." door. Airport official MoFinally, having consumed hammad Sanowar Khan all the bread in the kitchen, explained: "Pandemonium the raccoon calmly went out prevailed ... and he was rethe window, which Serwylo strained. ... He said that locked behind it. Toronto the confusion happened Animal Services spokesper- because he had boarded a son Bruce Hawkins told the flight for the first time in his Star that such encounters life." The unnamed traveler are unusual, but you be the was questioned at the Patna judge: The city has created airport. [Travel + Leisure, a guide for residents about 9/26/2018] how to deal with raccoon intrusions. [Toronto Star, What? Is That a Problem? 9/19/2018] The Wagner Funeral Home in Jordan, Minnesota, The Passing Parade made news on Sept. 26 when Gender reveal events, a judge released the details in which expectant parents of a ruling against the morcreatively announce the sex tuary for, among other viof their unborn children, are olations, storing jarred aptaking on increasingly more plesauce in the same room ridiculous and, in some cas- where embalming takes es, dangerous proportions. place. Joseph Wagner, who To wit: Border Patrol Agent runs the funeral home, was Dennis Dickey, 37, pleaded just helping out his brother, guilty on Sept. 28 to acciden- who owns nearby Wagner tally starting the April 2017 Bros. Orchard and needed Sawmill Fire, which burned some extra storage space, 47,000 acres in and around according to the MinneapMadera Canyon in Arizona, olis Star Tribune. But the prompting evacuations and Minnesota Department of closing highways, according Health took issue with the to the Arizona Daily Star. It jars being stored adjacent to all started when Dickey and a hazardous waste containhis pregnant wife hosted a er, where blood and other

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-- A husband and wife have been exposed as murderers and cannibals in Krasnodar in southern Russia, reported the Express on Sept. 28. Natalia Baksheeva, 43, has confessed to killing and eating dozens of victims with her husband, Dmitry, 35, over 18 years. Investigators were tipped off to the couple's gruesome culinary tastes after a 35-year-old waitress, Elena Vashrusheva, and Natalia fought over accusations that Vashrusheva was flirting with Dmitry. Natalia ordered her husband to kill Vashrusheva: "Following this demand, the man took out the knife that he always kept in his bag and stabbed the woman twice in her chest. The victim died from her injuries on the spot," investigators reported. Police charged Natalia with one count of goading her husband into killing the woman after they found "steamed," pickled and frozen human remains belonging to Vashrusheva in the couple's kitchen. A photo found in their apartment from 1999 showed a human head served as dinner, garnished with mandarin oranges. Dmitry, who has tuberculosis, will be charged at a later date. [Express, 9/28/2018] -- Tu Thanh Nguyen, 32, of Sunnyvale, California, made two crucial mistakes while she was visiting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan on Sept. 19. First, Nguyen was hiking alone, reported WLUC News. But her fatal error was stopping at a point along the North Country Trail to take selfies, where she slipped and fell 200 feet to her death in Lake Superior. Two kayakers witnessed her fall and retrieved her body, which they moved to Chapel Beach. However, first re-

ample, had a tear in the iliolumbar ligament that connects the pelvis to the back—easily seen on ultrasound, but never before diagnosed for M.J. As our ability to diagnose soft tissue injuries has become more sophisticated, so has our ability to heal these injuries. We now have a palette of regenerative therapies, from dextrose-based prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and growth factor/exosome preparations to the latest in amniotic, umbilical cord, and bone marrow cellular treatments. These can help heal ligament, muscle, and fascia tears; release and calm nerves; and improve pain— they offer hope for patients facing a lifetime of suffering. Like real estate, location is important when it comes to treating the back. M.J. had PRP injected di-

rectly into the iliolumbar tear under ultrasound guidance and within 3 months began to have sufficient reduction of pain to taper her medications. After a recent follow-up with me, she was leaving for vacation with her family and looking forward to hiking without pain. For patients such as M.J. and many others like her, recent advances in ultrasound diagnostics coupled with ultrasound-guided regenerative injections may be their best path to a pain-free life. To learn more, please join me, Alexandra Bunyak, MD, RMSK, for a 45-minute talk about advanced spinal diagnosis and healing the back with regenerative medicine. Seating is very limited for this free gathering (Friday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m.), and an RSVP is required: (760) 632-1090.

Yungar, Peru, two candidates for mayor with remarkable names are duking it out: Local politician Hitler Alba Sanchez, who served as mayor from 2011 to 2014, has been challenged by Lennin Vladimir Rodriguez Valverde. Sanchez told The Independent that his parents had been unaware of What's in a Name? In the remote town of the Nazi connection to his

name when he was born, but even after realizing its origins, his father liked it because it "sounded foreign." Peruvians are known for choosing foreign-sounding first names for their children: Last year, Peru's junior football team featured a player named Osama Vinladen. [The Independent, 9/24/2018]

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Art exhibit tries to make Escondido less ‘invisible’

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his issue highlights the work of ceramic artist/sculptor, Vicky DeLong. Vicky DeLong began working with clay about thirty years ago. Her ceramic art is created in a studio at her home in San Diego and in Studio 16B at Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park where she is an artist member. She is influenced by the extraordinary architectural style of Antonio Gaudí. His abstract and intricate forms are ones she incorporates into her work of a hand built-slab technique. To these forms she applies various patterns and textures and creates free form, architectural objects. Specifically these forms become vessels, baskets, wall and table vases. DeLong has been the Art Program Coordinator for Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation since 2012 where she organizes fine art exhibits in their Visitor Center Art Gallery. She joined the staff at Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad in June 2018


with her expertise of many years working as an arts administrator. In September, Front Porch Ethics Committee awarded DeLong a First Place Prize in an art competition to express integrity in the workplace. Her art creation is named “Elephant Walk.” “Every day of my life,

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ESCONDIDO — In Spanish, “Escondido” means “hidden” or “invisible.” The collective of artists who created the “DesEscondido” art exhibit now on display at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, hopes to make the history, social dynamics, environmental problems and political issues facing the city no longer hidden, or “desescondido.” That collective, named Public Address, which has existed since 1997. As its name entails, Public Address makes art addressing social issues of broad public interest. In the nomenclature of the arts community, that’s known as public art. Art pieces for “DesEscondido” address hot button issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, immigration policy, migrant labor, Middle Eastern politics, the potential for apocalypse and building survivalist bunkers, the ecological health of the Escondido Creek, taco trucks and more. Yes, taco trucks play a prominent role at the exhibit. One display features paintings of taco stand trucks selling their goods at iconic places throughout the U.S. This series of paintings pokes fun at a comment made by Marco Gutierrez when he was acting as a surrogate for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump on a segment on MSNBC during the 2016 presidential election cycle. During that appearance, Gutierrez of Latinos for Trump stat-

A SERIES OF PAINTINGS by local artist Wick Alexander at the “DesEscondido” exhibit pokes fun at a comment made during the 2016 campaign warning that unchecked immigration

would lead to “taco trucks on every corner.” Photo by Steve Horn

ed that rampant undocumented immigration into the U.S. from Mexico could lead to “taco trucks on every corner” throughout the U.S. This artistic formation brings that reality to life in satirical form. Another display sits as a multi-pronged piece of art which makes the generally unseen issue of migrant labor done in Salinas, California — located in the north central part of the state — a teachable moment. The piece does so by paying homage to the painstaking labor done in Salinas to make lettuce production

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possible, having paper bags with lettuce leaves drawn upon them which contain memorial candles inside of them. According to the artist behind this display, Melissa Smedley, the candles are akin to those traditionally seen on the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Not just an artistic piece serving as a memorial, however, Smedley also crafted a curtain-like object with the pieces of the curtain resembling various types of lettuce which are TURN TO EXHIBIT ON 22


The city of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office will host “Front Row Fridays,” a monthly series featuring performances by San Diego talent on the second Friday of each month, October 2018 through June 2019. The San Diego Ballet offers a season preview at 7 p.m. Oct. 12, in the Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts Office at arts@carlsbadca.gov or (760) 602-2090.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show, comes to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Oct. 12 through Oct. 14, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Admission is $9. Tickets are good for the entire weekend. For more information, visit harvest- MUSICAL AT MOONLIGHT festival.com or call (925) Moonlight Youth The392-7300. atre will stage “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” CONCERT SEASON BEGINS musical at 7:30 p.m. Oct. Community Concerts 12 through Oct. 20 at Visof Rancho Santa Fe season ta’s Moonlight Amphithepresents its first concert atre. Tickets range in price Oct. 12 featuring profes- $12 to $22 and are on sale sional concert pianist Alina through VisTix at (760) 724Kiryayeva. All concerts are 2110 and online at moonat the Village Church, Ran- lightstage.com. cho Santa Fe. Tickets are $75 for adults and $15 for youth ages 13 to 18. Tickets OCT. 13 can be purchased at ccrsf. HANDBELL CONCERT org or by mail to P.O. Box St. Thomas More Cath2781, Rancho Santa Fe, CA olic Church, invites you to a 92067. E-mail questions to info@ccrsf.org. TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 22

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Pups and their people to help cancer patients RANCHO SANTA FE — For the first time ever, “Holli”day…Anyday! is inviting San Diegans and their favorite doggie friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 to support Breast Cancer Angels at an outdoor soiree at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo. Animal lovers will come together to support BCA, a nonprofit that provides direct financial support and emotional assistance to breast cancer patients undergoing treatments in San Diego, Orange County and South Bay. Register for this free event by Oct. 14 at BreastCancerAngels.org. As guests and their pups stroll the walkway leading up to the Inn’s expansive front lawns, pet parents will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar debuting an “Angel-Tini” featuring Tito’s Vodka, live music by Sonia Miro, specialty vendors, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction, and K-9 demo by award-winning dog trainer and world competitor David

Greene of Performance K9 Training. The first 50 attendees of Paws 4a Cause will receive complimentary monogrammed champagne flutes. The Inn at Rancho Santa will donate $1 for every “Angel-Tini” sold to BCA, and Tito’s Vodka is raising the ante by matching that donation up to $1,000. “We’re grateful to be part of this fundraiser to benefit breast cancer patients and their families,” said General Manager of the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Jerome Strack. According to organizer Holli Lienau, Breast Cancer Angels assists more than 600 breast cancer patients and their family members. The money raised goes directly to women in need. Specialty vendors will also donate a percentage of their sale proceeds to BCA. Guests and their pets will delight in a shopping experience with J McLaughlin, Combar, Giusta, Foxy Treats for pets, and North County PEMS.


faces, even though it flows right through the heart of the city. All of the pieces for “DesEscondido” are tied together via poetry penned by Gerda Govine Ituarte. The poetry, Ituarte explained and showed in a walking tour of the entire installment, is meant not only to serve as words which explain the deeper meaning behind the art pieces, but also meant to be artful in of itself via the way in which it is colored, shaped and displayed. Ituarte’s poems greet visitors from the front entrance of the museum and weave their way throughout the entirety of “Des-Escondido.” Her husband, too, Luis Ituarte, has art on exhibit at “DesEscondido.” Two major pieces, in fact. One of them is a series of metallic sculptures which symbolize various members of his family. The other one is an alter for the forthcoming Día de los Muertos holiday and three artists who were part of the Public Address collective who have recently passed away. As part of both “DesEscondido” and the broader Día de los Muertos observance, which takes place annually at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, Ituarte paid for the harvesting of Cempasúchitl flowers grown in Rosarito, Mexico, which are both traditional and authentic to the festival. Those flowers will play a part in the Center for the Arts’ Nov. 1 celebration of the day, which will draw the hundreds of people in attendance to the real historic roots of the holiday and how it came to be celebrated in Mexico and by those of Mexican heritage. “DesEscondido” will sit on-exhibit at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido until Nov. 18.


meant to convey the beauty of the various lettuce leaves cultivated by these farmworkers. Smedley added that, though we often experience the U.S.-Mexico border wall as a visible sign of U.S. immigration policy, what in turn remains unseen is the migrant labor which puts lettuce, fruits and other vegetables on tables throughout San Diego County and beyond. To display this disparity between seen and unseen, Smedley painted a picture of a field of lettuce with a painting of the U.S.-Mexico border map superimposed on top of that picture, in effect making the invisible suddenly visible. Yet another section of the new exhibit tells the story of ecological harm being done in the form of water pollution in Escondido. Artist Ruth Wallen did so in the form of a set piece titled, “Daylighting Escondido Creek Watershed.” Wallen says that few even know what the Escondido Creek is and where it flows, let alone the pollution issues it

pal Church, Parish Hall, Del Mar, 15th and Maiden Lane, CONTINUED FROM 20 Del Mar. Cost is $10. For concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 fea- more information, call (760) turing the Timbré Handbell 704-6436. Ensemble with “She Dreams the Stars,” in the parish center, 1450 S. Melrose Drive, OCT. 16 Oceanside. A free-will offer- YOUTH ART PROGRAM ing will be accepted. Lux art Institute offers an in-depth, after-school art MEET THE ARTIST program for young artists The public is invited to ages 5 to 12, “Kids-In-Resan artists’ reception featur- idence,” working with the ing David Rickert from 4 to 7 current artist-in-residence, p.m. Oct. 13 at the Off Track 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. TuesGallery, 937 S. Coast High- days, Oct. 16 through Dec. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. way 101, Suite C-103, Enci- 11 and
 nitas. For more information, Wednesdays, Oct. 16 through call (760) 942-3636 or e-mail Dec. 12 at 1550 S. El Camino pr@ sandieguitoartguild. Real, Encinitas. Cost is $300. Register at luxartinstitute. com. org.



Cowboy Jack is performing from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Witch Creek Winery, 2906 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad.



Come join the free South Africa Art And Wine Tour information session at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Enjoy wine and cheese as OMA’s ED Maria Mingalone and Irina Yuzhakova from Virtuoso International Travel share about the trip planned for October 2019.

La Academia y la Compañía Flamenco Arana presents "Tierra, Mar y Aire" at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets: $25 at (800) 988-4253 or SCULPTURE ON THE EDGE Jon Koehler’s sculpture http://artcenter.org/event/ exhibit, “Pushing Boundartierra-mar-y-aire/. ies” will run through Oct. 16 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, OCT. 14 Encinitas. AUDITIONS Vista’s Broadway Theatre is auditioning for two MIXED MEDIA CLASS Visiting artist Allison shows auditioning this year – “Santa’s North Pole Follies” Renshaw will lead students Oct. 14 and “Elf Jr” Oct. 29 through a “Mixed Media” and Oct. 30 on the Hearth class on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Theater Stage, 3 Civic Cen- to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 through ter Drive, San Marcos. There Nov. 27
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Encinitas. Cost is $300. formation at broadwayvista. com. ELEMENTS AT SHRED

Local youth band, The Elements, will again perform at the SHRED IBD, a surf competition fundraiser at Oct. 14 at Oceanside Pier, to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, in conjunction with the Swami's Surf Association.

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The city of Encinitas is now accepting applications from Encinitas high school and college age students and adult artists for a city-funded public art project to create mosaic panels for permanent installation. As part of the Caltrans North Coast Corridor Program, the Interstate 5 undercrossing, at Santa Fe Drive, 53 mosaic panels will be installed, to reflect the culture of the five different communities of Encinitas. The artistic theme is “Encinitas Up Close.” Applications are available at encinitasca. gov/publicart, or in person at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., or the at 540 Cornish Drive. The deadline to submit is 4 p.m. Oct. 25.


Alyson Blum, museum educator, San Diego Museum of Art, will talk about artist Nancy Lorenz, who was trained in the conservation of Japanese decorative arts from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at St. Peter’s Episco-

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ists show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21. The CVA is also offering art in glass mosaic and Monet style from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at San Diego Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El A TASTE OF ART AT OMA The Oceanside Muse- Camino Real, Carmel Valum of Art, Presents a “Taste ley. Classes cost $65 - all maOf Art: Jasper Johns,” 6 to 8 terials included. p.m. Oct. 18, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $50. FIDDLE JAM Robin Douglas will teach The California State Johns’ technique of using en- Old Time Fiddlers Associacaustic to create tactile shad- tion will host a Fiddle Tune ow and strength in shapes. Jam from noon to 2:30 p.m. All materials supplied along Oct. 21 at 1465 Encinitas with drinks and appetizers. Blvd., Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 5228458. SPIRITUAL CONCERT Ajeet Kaur will be in concert from 7:30 to 10:30 ART IN THE GARDEN p.m. Oct. 18 at the Seaside Art in the Garden will Center for Spiritual Living, be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Oct. 21 at Heritage Garden, Tickets are $30 at ajeetkaur. 121 W. Juniper Ave. on the simpletix.com. East end of the Grand Ave. Street Festival in Escondido. For more information, visit EYE ON NATURE Brian Crane presents https://visitescondido.com/ his photography in “Majes- escondido-grand-ave-festitic Nature Is All Around Us” val-art-in-the-garden/. through Oct. 18 at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encini- OCT. 22 ART FUN DURING BREAK tas. Lux Art Institute offers two Fall Break Art Camps Monday to Friday, Oct. 22 OCT. 19 through Oct. 26 and again MORE MUSIC BY THE SEA Music By The Sea pres- Monday to Friday, Oct. 29 ents Camila Lima, soprano through Nov. 2 at 1550 S. with Michelle Rice, mez- El Camino Real
Encinitas, zo-soprano and Douglas Register at luxartinstitute. Sumi on piano at 7:30 p.m. org. Cost is $350 per week. Oct. 19 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, BAND AT BELLY UP Encinitas. Buy tickets at Matthew Sweet and his encinitas.tix.com, (800) 595- band will be in playing at 9 4849 or at the door. Season p.m. Oct. 22 at the Belly Up, tickets available for final 143 S Cedros Ave., Solana seven concerts. Beach. Tickets are $22 to $24 at (858) 481-8140. NEW MOVIE SCREENING

The Gloria McClellan Center will screen a new movie release at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at 1400 Vale Terrace OCT. 17 Drive, Vista. Call (760) 643JUST WOW! 5282 for the movie title or Artist Corina Ionan visit gmacvista.com. presents “Don’t Like Blah, Just WOW,” showing her digital photography through OCT. 20 Oct. 17 at the Encinitas Com- ART, RHYTHM AND WINE munity Center Gallery, 1140 The Forum Carlsbad Oakcrest Park Drive, Encin- and Kennedy & Associates itas. present the fourth annual Art Rhythm & Wine Festival FOUND ART COLLAGE from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. Fritz Rothman presents 20 and Oct. 21 at The Fohis “Look What I Found” col- rum, 1923 Calle Barcelona, lage through Oct. 17 at En- Carlsbad. This free, juried cinitas Community Center show will feature more than Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park 50 artists and craftsmen. For more information, visit Drive, Encinitas. eventsforumcarlsbad.com. ‘HOLMES AND WATSON’

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Holmes & Watson” from Oct. 17 through Nov. 18 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $42 to $53 at (858) 481-1055 or northcoastrep.org.


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Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild presents “The Natural World, Inside and Outside” paintings through Dec. 12 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Meet the artist from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3.

OCT. 24


We d n e s d a y s @ N o o n presents the chamber music ensemble, Camarada Trio, at noon Oct. 24 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free


Join in for Dinner and a Movie at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, featuring “The Big Lebowski” at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. Free. Bring your own dinner or snacks. For more information, call (760) 753-4027 or visit sdcl. org/locations_CD.html.

Join the North Coast Symphony for its autumn concert, conducted by Daniel Swem, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas. Suggested donation is $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/ family max. For more infor- OCT. 25 OCT. 18 mation, visit northcoastsym- ENCINITAS WANTS ARTISTS IRISH BANJOS We Banjo 3 from Gal- phony.com. The city of Encinitas is way, will perform at 7:30 now accepting applications p.m. Oct. 18 at the California LATEST AT BELLY UP from Encinitas high school Center for the Arts, 340 N. Breakout alternative and college age students and Escondido Blvd., Escondido. six-piece band, Welshly adult artists to participate in Tickets are $40 to $55 at art- Arms, will be performing at a city-funded public art projcenter.org or (800) 988-4253. 9 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Belly Up ect to create mosaic panels Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., for permanent installation. Solana Beach. For tickets Applications are available SILENT HORROR Oceanside Public Li- and Information, visit http:// online at encinitasca.gov/ publicart, or in person at Enbrary presents Silent Film bellyup.com/. cinitas City Hall, 505 S. VulThursday and a screening can Ave., or the Encinitas at 6 p.m. Oct .18 of “Der Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Golem,” at 330 N. Coast OCT. 21 Encinitas. The deadline is 4 Highway, Oceanside - a 1920 ART SHOW AND LESSONS classic example of German The Carmel Valley Art- p.m. Oct. 25.

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Vista woman breaks INDEPENDENT, tequila’s glass ceiling ASSISTED LIVING By Christina Macone-Greene

PAULA TORRES-SYMINGTON is the first female founder of a tequila company. Nobleza Azul Tequila has its distribution headquarters in Vista. Courtesy photo

resemble a book. “This is why we named our tequila company Nobleza — it’s a history between the United States and Mexico. Prohibition ended on Dec. 5 (1933), and that’s when we (Mexico) were able to bring tequila to Americans, and they could buy it legally.” While Torres-Syming-

ton was establishing Nobleza in its early years, little did she know that Jason Levin, Rancho Santa Fe resident and founder of Dos Gringos headquartered in Vista, was interested in blue agave. Instead of planting vineyards at his Ranch estate, Levin decided to plant agave with the hopes of curating his own tequila for family and friends. “A friend happened to be staying at my home, and he mentioned the Torres family — a fifth-generation of blue agave growers,” Levin said. “They had been growing their agave for Petron and Don Julio and decided to create their own business — Paula was just in the process of creating the brand.” The business connection was made and Levin decided to invest in it back in 2010. “When I got involved in the business there were probably 800 brands at the time,” he said. “Now, there are more than 3,000.” Currently, Nobleza Tequila can be found at fine dining establishments throughout Southern California as well as on Costco shelves. Levin said what makes Nobleza such a standout product is the Torres Family. “And the passion around this product is amazing and so is the taste,” he said. For Torres-Symington, passion and patience are what it’s all about — it’s honoring the spirit of the agave which took eight years to grow so that it can evolve into a spectacular tequila.

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VISTA — She’s a trailblazer who made her mark in the world of tequila — a spirit business dominated by males. Born in Guadalajara, Paula Torres-Symington has beaten the odds after the 2006 launch of her tequila company Nobleza Azul Tequila, which has its distribution headquarters in Vista. Torres-Symington is the first ever female founder and president of a tequila company. She didn’t just wake up one day and decide to establish her own company. Hers is a story dating back five generations to her family’s Mexico-based agave farm in the Highlands of Jalisco, next to Arandas Michoacan. According to Torres-Symington, the farm areas are hilly, so the agave tends to fight more to survive which lends to its sweet taste. It’s unequivocally sweeter than agave grown on flat farmlands. Tor re s - S y m i n g t on’s background was in farming agave, not alcohol manufacturing and distribution. This business flipside required education — and a lot of it. Nobleza is minorityand female-owned. The emphasis on women is huge because women own less than 1 percent of tequila businesses. Torres-Symington said her family came to a crossroads when tequila companies were purchasing their agave for less than three pesos each. Agave isn’t a fast-growing plant — it takes eight years to grow. It’s the type of crop that needs patience. The rate of return for the crop was far from ideal for the family, and that’s when Torres-Symington decided to start her own tequila company with three varieties: reposado, blanco and añejo. “While our family story is great, there was so much competition with multinational companies now owning 90 percent of all the tequila industry and almost 98 percent of the agave now,” she said. Torres-Symington is quick to point out that there is nothing modern about their distillery, which uses a natural water well. After the agave is harvested in Michoacan, it is produced in Arandas Jalisco — the favorite destination of where Don Julio other premium brands are produced. Because of her family’s rich history in the cultivation of blue agave, it was important to also carry on their tradition in naming the tequila company. “The inspiration of our business name came from the Noble Experiment, which was the prohibition of alcohol in the United States,” she said, adding that the tequila bottles


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