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Done with domes?

Encinitas sues opioid makers, distributors By City News Service

ENCINITAS — The city of Encinitas announced Oct. 17 that it filed a lawsuit against multiple companies and parties in the opioid manufacturing industry, arguing that the city is entitled to economic and health and welfare damages due to the ongoing opioid crisis. The parties named in the suit include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries USA Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., the AmerisourceBergen Corporation and the Sackler family, the owners of oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma. City officials recently directed the city attorney’s office to file a civil suit in the Superior Court of the State of California. The city has retained the special legal counsel of the Minnesota-based law firm Robins Kaplan LLP to litigate the case, which alleges that opioid manufacturers and distributors engaged in conduct that led doctors to prescribe the drugs and neglected to warn consumers of how addictive opioids are. “This lawsuit will seek to TURN TO OPIOID ON 14

Coastal agency OKs demo of SONGS units By Samantha Taylor

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS A young boy keeps the time during a traditional dance at the annual Dia de los Muertos event last year at La Colonia Park in Solana Beach. This year’s event is Sunday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story on Page 5. Photo by Lexy Brodt

Newsom signs bill banning gun, ammo sales at Fairgrounds By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Come 2021, the sale of guns and ammunition will be prohibited at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The new law — authored by State Assemblyman Todd Gloria — comes after years of mounting local opposition to gun shows held at the state-owned facility. Utah-based company Crossroads of the West

hosts the show five times a year in Del Mar, bringing together vendors to sell guns, ammo, gun-related items, jewelry and other goods. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the assembly bill into law on Oct. 11. “Today, our message is clear: in California, we value people over guns and the safety of our communities over ammunition,”

said Gloria, in a recent statement. “ … This victory is policy and action, not thoughts and prayers – and it demonstrates that California, with leaders like Governor Newsom, will step up when the federal government fails to act.” Gloria introduced the bill in the midst of a growing conflict between the fairground’s governing board – the 22nd District

Agricultural Association board of directors – and Crossroads of the West. The board put a moratorium on the show in September 2018, prompting Crossroads to file a lawsuit against the board in early 2019. A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction allowing the gun show to continue, pending the outcome of the lawsuit. The show will continue through

2020, until the bill takes effect. Attorneys representing Crossroads and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) have said they will likely take legal action against the bill. “As far as litigation goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” said attorney and CRPA President Chuck Michel, at the latest gun show in September.

REGION — Earlier this month, the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved a coastal development permit for Southern California Edison to get rid of Units 2 and 3 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The controversial decision was made at the California Coastal Commission’s (CCC) Oct. 17 meeting in Chula Vista. Edison’s proposed project would remove the majority of the onshore Units 2 and 3, the two giant containment domes that can be seen along Interstate 5 between Oceanside and San Clemente on Camp Pendleton land. The decommissioning, dismantling and disposing process of the two units would take them to at least three feet below grade and deeper in certain portions of the site, according to CCC Senior Environmental Analyst John Weber. The two spent fuel pools, which are used to cool down decaying fuel, will also be removed. The Coastal Commission approved the permit with 19 special conditions. Special Condition 3 requires Edison to provide an annual progress report by June 15 of each year during the estimated eight-year TURN TO DOMES ON 19


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Encinitas hopes app moves you

Sick of being sick small talk jean gillette


hat’s it. Enough. I am absolutely done being sick. Not another germ is permitted to darken my door I have been a splendidly healthy person most all my life. I get my necessary immunizations like clockwork. Yet in the past six months, I have had two fairly virulent cold viruses attack my robust self … and win. That is not acceptable. Yes, I work at an elementary school, and yes, those adorable kids are walking petri dishes. But I have been doing that for 22 years. Why this year have I become such a wimp? I refuse to accept that age has anything to do with it. So there. I will concede that some of the books I handle have been going through sticky little hands for 30 years. I try to clean them when I can, but with a collection of 12,000 books, it is like sweeping the Sahara. I am currently scheming to come up with a new plan of defense. I considered going all out and finding fashionable surgical masks to wear, but I think that would scare the little ones. I would like to wash my hands more, but there is scarcely time or a convenient sink. I have decided to find an industrial-size bottle of hand sanitizer, and strap it to my hip. I vow to wash my

hands at every opportunity and use the gel until my hands resemble a crocodile’s back. “My son, the doctor” says that the hand gel has to be used properly or it just breeds stronger germs. I will be an obedient mom and look for at least 70% alcohol content. I do not lay back and languish when a virus drops by. I gargle, I suck on zinc lozenges. I snort zinc nasal spray. I do saline nasal rinses. I chug fruit juice. The newest weapon in my arsenal is elderberry syrup — with zinc. At least it tastes better than the other zinc sources I have been choking down. I have generally lessened the severity of my colds, if not the recovery time. But recovery time is what I resent the most. I have things to do, people to see, books to check out, stories to read and copy to edit. I already hit the sack way earlier than most people (although I have been know to read far too late). I spent most of my life as a cranky night owl, but have finally succumbed to reason. I eat my vegetables, take my vitamins and drag my carcass to an exercise class twice a week. Things had better simmer down, and I mean right now. I refuse to be the Typhoid Mary in every crowd. It’s just humiliating. Bring it on, winter. I am going to the mattresses for this war. Wake me when April gets here. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who is truly weary of coughing. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.



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RSF PROJECT A WINNER The San Diego chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) recently honored 19 local landscape contractors with the 2019 Beautification Awards for excellence in landscape installation and maintenance. Three top-tier awards were handed out, including the Sweepstakes Award, won by Torrey Pines Landscaping for their work on the Drew residence, above, in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Rancho Santa Fe firefighters to host annual Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 3 RANCHO SANTA FE — Say your hellos and thanks to local firefighters at the annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday Nov. 3. The event is organized by the Rancho Santa Fe Professional Firefighters Association and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and will take place at Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station Two, located at 16930 Four Gee Road in 4S Ranch.

Firefighters are known for their cooking skills, so get there early and in line as district firefighters will be serving pancakes, eggs, orange juice and coffee. For the requested donation of $5 per plate, you’ll get a filling meal. The event is supported by Miguel’s Cocina, Starbucks, and Ralph’s. Besides cooking, the firefighters will lead guests on an Open House, including station tours, photos

with the firefighters, and fire engine, equipment and ambulance displays. Experience what it’s like to spray the fire hose, with a firefighter’s assistance. Hands-only CPR demonstrations will also take place. For more information, go to rsf-fire.org/events/ annual-pancake-breakfastand-open-house/. — Jenna Samala

Naming contest underway for new park ENCINITAS — The city of Encinitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is looking for the community’s input to name a new park. The campaign is for the 3.1-acre Standard Pacific Park site, at the southeast corner of Piraeus Street and Olympus Street, just east of Interstate 5 in Leucadia. The city criteria required for naming public places includes historical relevance, geographic location, geolog-

ical features, community identity, significant financial contribution or degree of community support. The city will be gathering names from the community via an online survey. Visit the Standard Pacific Park site webpage at EncinitasCA.gov/StandardPacificParkSite before Nov. 1, and click on the park-naming button. Staff will bring the recommended name suggestions to the Parks and Recreation Com-

mission Nov. 19. The commission will then make a recommendation to council. The neighborhood park site’s amenities will include: a zipline, walking paths, benches, picnic tables, a lower hillside playground, an adventure path upslope, a multi-use sports court, a bike/skate feature, shade structures, bike racks, and playground equipment. Construction of the new park is expected to begin sometime after Jan. 1.

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ENCINITAS — The Encinitas City Council’s vision for a more active and mobile community took shape the week of Oct. 18, with the launch of a new trails application (app) by the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. The Easy2Hike app makes it easier to get information on hiking, biking and riding trails, as well as find information about Encinitas’ parks, beaches and viewpoints. The free app also allows users to locate and view trailheads, park maps and points of interest in Encinitas. Easy2Hike shares recommended routes near you, providing essential information like park names, addresses, phone numbers, pictures, videos (where applicable), facility amenity lists, and detailed descriptions to help you better prepare for your park visit or trail experience. It helps ensure that hikers, equestrian riders, and mountain bikers stay on safe and designated paths. Maps are also downloadable for offline access in areas with spotty cellular coverage. “We know that many of our park and trail visitors will love to have access to accurate information on their smartphones. Easy2Hike puts a wealth of information and the tools to explore Encinitas' many incredible places, literally in the palm of your hand. Think of it as your digital visitor center for parks, beaches and trails in Encinitas,” said Nick Buck, Special Events and Projects supervisor. With Easy2Hike, city staff members are able to control accurate content, including real-time trail map data, pictures and descriptions of each point of interest. Notable features of the app include the ability to push out notifications to users who reach areas that are closed for maintenance. Users can also report obstacles, damaged facilities, wildlife sightings or any user issues with a map directly to staff through the app. All user data is anonymous for individual privacy. The city’s new app currently features 31 points of interest including favorites like Moonlight Beach, Encinitas Ranch area trails and Encinitas Community Park. Download Easy2Hike onto your favorite mobile device today and start exploring. Easy2Hike is available for free in the iOS app store and the Google Play store. To contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, call (760) 633-2740 or e-mail encinitasparksandrec@encinitasca.gov.

OCT. 25, 2019

Grin Land! Children’s dental health inspires Escondido museum exhibit By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — Chairs in the shape of teeth, jumbo toothbrushes and a dentist’s coat make up the recently unveiled exhibit at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido. Sponsored by insurance provider Delta Dental and local company The Super Dentists, “Grin Land!” features a behind-the-scenes look at a dental office. Children are encouraged to role play as a dentist or patient, read dental X-rays, use dental tools and learn about healthy and unhealthy foods. Wendy Taylor, executive director of the museum, said the exhibit is located in the museum’s “Our Town” space to help children become familiar with experiences in “their daily lives, while inspiring career exploration through imaginary play.” “We decided to feature a dentist office exhibit because it is an experience that all children have, and it can often be a scary moment for young children,” Taylor said. “By experiencing a dentist office in a safe, fun place like our museum, children gain confidence for their next visit to the dentist.” Taylor said it’s important for the museum to inform the public about dental health as “only a fraction of children visit the dentist by age 1 and 20% of young


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A YOUNG VISITOR to Grin Land! the recently opened dental health exhibit at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido. Photo via Facebook/San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

children have untreated cavities.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five children between the ages of 5 and 11 have at least one untreated, decayed tooth. Children from low-income families are also 25% more likely to have cavities compared to children from higher-income homes, according

to the agency. That knowledge is why The Super Dentists chose to help design and sponsor the latest exhibit. Dr. Kami Hoss, co-founder of the company said poor dental health can affect one’s entire body. “Some people may not know the importance of a healthy mouth and the life-changing impact it can have on them and on their

children,” Hoss said. “Poor oral health doesn’t just cause a little hole in the tooth that the dentist can easily fill. Cavities is just the tip of the iceberg since it’s a sign of a bacterial imbalance with potentially whole-body consequences.” Hoss said “an unhealthy mouth is dangerous to your heart, lungs, brain and unborn baby. Oral health impacts the quality of your life, your psychological health and even your longevity.” Hoss recommends that parents help their children brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. He also encourages making trips to the dentist as enjoyable as possible. “You can pass your own fear of the dentist down to your children so make a trip to the dentist a fun family outing instead of something to fear or dread,” Hoss said. “That subtle shift can make a huge difference in how your child perceives the dentist throughout their childhood.” The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with extended hours Wednesday. The Grin Land! exhibit is included with regular admission. For more information about Grin Land! or the museum, go to sdcdm.org.



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Coastal Commission, city clash over managed retreat discussion, so it was postponed. According to the city’s Principal Planner Amanda Lee, the item will likely be considered again in February of 2020 at the commission’s next local hearing, a month before the city’s amendment application expires in March. “We’ll be able to sit down together and talk about the perspectives of the two agencies, and see if we can reach common ground,” said Lee. The discussion really comes down to managed retreat — an adaptation solution preferred by the Coastal Commission that would involve the city acquiring coastal land and allowing the shoreline to naturally migrate east. Del Mar residents — particularly those who live in the city’s sea-level beach colony — have been ardent in their opposition to this option, with the city seeing it as unfeasible due to the cost of land in the area. The city passed a commitment resolution in 2018 to maintain its rejection of managed retreat. Instead, volunteers and city staff collaborated for years to craft a number of “Adaptation Plan” strategies to help the city deal with sea-level rise, for example, by bringing more sand to the city’s beaches. But it appears that

By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — The California Coastal Commission’s consideration of Del Mar’s Local Coastal Program amendment has been delayed, with Del Mar emphasizing its opposition to managed retreat. Del Mar is one of the first cities to try to address the realities of sea-level rise through its Local Coastal Program (LCP), a planning document that regulates development in the coastal zone. The city spent years drafting an Adaptation Plan, with both short-, midand long-term strategies for dealing with the coastal repercussions of climate change. In October 2018, the city voted to submit the plan as an amendment to Del Mar’s LCP — which requires approval by the Coastal Commission. The commission was scheduled to consider the amendment on Oct. 16, with staff recommending the body deny Del Mar’s amendment. Their staff report concluded that Del Mar’s amendment “does not include the level of detail necessary to address the future impacts of (sea-level rise) — and future extreme events … ” However, the commission’s executive director and Del Mar staff and officials have agreed that the matter requires further














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OCT. 25, 2019

Opinion & Editorial

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

Gasoline gouging 9.0: Same as earlier versions


Help for Veterans Moving Forward


few months ago, I toured the Vista Detention Facility and saw first-hand the incredible work being done by the Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) Program. With over 241,000 veterans residing in the San Diego Region, some veterans have landed in our jails, many of consequences from PTSD. Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted to enhance the Veterans Moving Forward program, by expanding the Community Care Coordination for Veterans in the Vista jail. A problem we continue to run into in San Diego County is the support system crumbling once Veterans are out of the VMF program. At our last Board meeting, we initiated action by putting a framework in place to continue that support system once veterans are released. The VMF program,

around the county Jim Desmond started in 2013, is a veteran-only, incentive-based housing unit for male inmates who served in and branch of the United States military. This program provides a structured environment for veterans to draw on the positive aspects of their shared military cultures, creates a safe place for healing and rehabilitation, and fosters positive peer connection. Peer connection privileges are rewarded through accountability and positive participation. Last year, the VMF program served 258 veterans at the Vista jail. A recent report showed that after six months, 23% of the participants reported

they were living in their own residence; 24% with family, a friend or significant other; 44% in a group situation and only 8% were living on the street. While there is still work to be done, this is a step in the right direction. Palomar College has been a tremendous partner who has offered to provide additional vocational opportunities to the VMF program free of charge during incarceration. This will allow these veterans to engage in hands on training program immediately upon release at any California Community College. Many veterans in the VMF program suffer from PTSD acquired from their time in the service. They served to protect us, we must now step up and help them move forward. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Halloween should be fun and safe By Mike Stein and Madeleine Baudoin

Here’s a scary statistic: Most families think it will never happen to them, but according to the National Safety Council, twice as many children get hit by cars walking on Halloween, more than any other day of the year. One of the best ways to protect you and your family against an accident on Halloween is to talk to your family about traffic and pedestrian safety before trickor-treating – especially at dusk when pedestrians are often invisible like ghosts: Traffic and Pedestrian Safety: • Anyone who plans to be driving in a neighborhood during trick-or-treat hours should watch diligently for children walking on roadways, medians, curbs and driveways. • Always remember to look left, right and left again before crossing a street. Always re-main alert

until you are safely across the street. • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available and cross at street corners, using crosswalks and obey traffic signals. • If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and never assume a driver sees you. • Be predictable. Put down the phone while trickor-treating so you don’t get distracted. Another important reminder: When making or purchasing your Halloween costume, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause any safety hazards. Remember, you can still look great on Halloween and remain safe: Costume Safety: • Non-toxic makeup or decorative hats are safer than masks, which can limit or block eyesight. • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant. • Wear good-fitting cos-

tumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls. • Fasten reflective tape to your costume and carry a flashlight for better nighttime visibil-ity. Lastly, on Oct. 26, the Solana Beach Fire Department will host its own open house from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event will include a haunted ambulance, Halloween Safety Kits for kids, as well as fire prevention tips. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn more about the importance of smoke alarms, and meet the firefighters, paramedics and EMT’s in your neighborhood who work every day of the year to keep you and your family safe. We wish you a very fun and safe Halloween!

Mike Stein is the fire chief of Encinitas. Madeleine Baudoin is the Government and Public Affairs Manager for American Medical Response.

or the ninth time in the last five years, gasoline prices spiked this fall in California, with per-gallon pump charges briefly leaping above $5.15 at many stations around the state. The escalation of more than $1 per gallon of unleaded regular was largely masked by bigger headlines devoted to wildfires and massive blackouts staged or threatened by the state’s biggest utilities, but it was very real and still is far from fully receding. Meanwhile, there was some consumer protection for Californians when the electric companies cut them off in the interest of preventing fires sparked by power lines whose maintenance they neglected for many years. When a blackout, fire or earthquake strikes, state law prohibits sudden price gouging by merchants and service providers. No such law governs oil companies when they experience gasoline refinery outages, whether they are accidental or deliberately staged — and there is no one now authorized to determine the difference. There ought to be. For now, no one can formally prove the recent price increases meet legal definitions of gouging, which happens when retailers and suppliers respond to disasters with prices much higher than usual, sometimes rising to the level of being both unfair and unjustified. Things very likely met that definition this month when prices jumped about 20% after seven of the state’s 25 major oil refineries either had scheduled maintenance outages or experienced short-term operational troubles.

california focus thomas d. elias No government authority has yet proven collusion between the five big refiners — led by Chevron, Tesoro and Phillips 66 — which control 90% of California’s gasoline market, and also own or franchise 80% of gas stations. But for them all to raise prices hugely at the same moment suggested some sort of cooperation. They can’t all be running up precisely identical costs at the very same moment. Consumers can’t help noticing that when the price rises at a Chevron station, it generally goes up the same amount at the Shell outlet across the street, which often pumps Tesoro fuel. That happened this fall and also in the prior price spikes, including one last spring. Gas station operators can’t be blamed very much — this fall, refiners raised the wholesale price stations pay by about 30 cents per gallon, a cost they pass through to customers. For sure, these sudden price increases increase oil company revenues. Yearly profit statements are not yet in for the big refiners, and only two of the top five break out California results separately from the rest of their worldwide operations. Still, the last time anyone closely analyzed oil company profits, the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group in 2016 thoroughly documented that record profits for the refiners coincided with record-high pump prices throughout this state.

Some industry spokespeople have cited as one cause for the latest spike the brief drop in world gasoline supplies following the September drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest refinery. Worldwide prices did jump sharply just after that, but quickly returned to near previous levels as the facility went back online sooner than expected. Through all this, California oil refiners have kept their inventories low for many years. The rest of the continental U.S., for example, normally has about 24 days’ supply of gasoline on hand at any moment, while California averages between 10 days’ and 13 days’ supply. “Because they keep inventories very low, prices rise immediately when anything happens because of concerns over possible shortages,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “If it’s illegal to gouge after a natural disaster, why not after refinery problems?” No one currently watches over any of this. Just after last spring’s gas price spike, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked for an analysis from the state Energy Commission, whose preliminary conclusion was that at least some “market manipulation” was involved. The full report was due out this month. What’s really needed is a state agency with authority to track oil company prices and profits and clamp down on them when needed. But so far, no state legislator has stepped up to propose anything like that. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, visit www. californiafocus.net

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Levin touches on several issues at town hall By Steve Puterski

DANCERS PERFORM at last year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration at La Colonia Community Park, site of this year’s fifth annual event on Oct. 27. Photo by Lexy Brodt

La Colonia hosts annual Dia de los Muertos event By Lexy Brodt

SOLANA BEACH — Vibrant orange marigolds and resplendent altars will soon take center stage at La Colonia Community Park, as Solana Beach gathers to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 — the fifth celebration of its kind in the city’s historic La Colonia de Eden Gardens neighborhood. Coordinators are hoping the event will hark back to the area’s roots, bringing together La Colonia residents of new and old. “One of our goals is to bring back the community, almost like a reunion,” said Lisa Montes, vice president of La Colonia Community Foundation. “So, a lot of our old-timers are coming that have moved away and they’re bringing their families … that was the goal from the beginning.” The celebration will feature a car show, merchants, food, and musical acts with “deep roots” in Eden Gardens, including Jimmy Castro and the Smooth Groove and Ballet

Folklorico Jalisciense, a local dance group. This year’s event will recognize the holiday with “the biggest altar display we’ve ever had,” with 40 families honoring their ancestors along the park’s concrete periphery. The altars are displays meant to recognize deceased family members through different commemorative objects — food, flowers, photos, trinkets. The foundation has been fundraising and planning the event for the better part of a year, amassing the help of about 40 volunteers to bring the pieces together. In the days leading up to the event, they are hoping to harness more volunteers to build a large floral display near the park’s “tree of life,” using marigolds donated by local flower growers Mellano & Company. “It’s really a community effort and we’re really excited for this to take place,” Montes said. For more information, contact Kirk Wenger, manager of Parks & Rec, at (858) 720-2453, or Lisa Montes at Lacoloniacommu n it ya nd L isa @ g ma i l. com.

Pet of the Week It’s true: You’ll get a real shock when you meet Spooky, but only because of how adorable and fun he is. This 8-month-old, black-and-white cutie has been working on his “tricks” (incredible playing and snuggling abilities) and can’t wait to be your “treat.” Spooky is sweeter than any candy this Halloween. He can’t wait to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. His adoption fee is $126. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center are vaccinated and micro-chipped for identification. HWAC is at 6523 Helen Woodward Way, Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday through Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m.; Thursday and

VISTA — Seemingly every day a new explosive development comes out of Washington, D.C., as the embattled Trump administration fights off numerous scandals and possible impeachment. On Oct. 19, U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano), who represents the 49th District, which spans from Torrey Pines to southern Orange County, held his 10th town hall at the Vista Civic Center. He hosts one town hall per month at various locations in the district. He covered much of the turbulence surrounding Trump, blasting the president for his actions regarding Ukraine, withholding $391 million in aid to prevent further aggression by Russia and Attorney General Bill Barr’s actions and role in the impeachment process. Levin said he was one of the first to call for impeachment hearings, doing so several months ago. “There was no independent counsel or special prosecutor for Ukraine because Bill Barr, the attorney general, after receiving the whistleblower’s report … decided not to proceed with any type of investigation,” he added. “By default, we are doing that work behind closed doors that Bill Barr refused to do. It’s being done fairly and objectively, and it’s what need to get to the truth.” Oceanside resident Katy Quigley, an independent, said Levin’s open-

ness at the town hall was a chance for her to hear about the issues and work being done to solve those. She was appreciative of his attention to SONGS and how democrats and republicans alike are against offshore drilling. Quigley said she also supports Levin's charge to reform state and local income taxes (SALT) and lower itemized deductions on income taxes, which were increased under Trump’s 2017 tax plan. “I thought it was good and it’s my first town hall,”

she said. “I wanted to see what he was all about and what was going on. I think he did a nice job.” Levin, though, also ripped President Donald Trump for abandoning the Kurds in Syria leading to mass killings of Kurds by Turkish forces. As a result, reports detail the escape of hundreds of terrorists from ISIS. American forces, it was reported on Oct. 21, were also pelted with vegetables from Syrian Kurds for leaving the country. Still, with all the dra-

San Diego unemployment falls under 3% in September REGION — San Diego County's unadjusted unemployment rate fell again to 2.7% in September, according to data released Oct. 18 by the California Economic Development Department. Estimated non-farm employment in the San Diego-Carlsbad region rose by 4,600 jobs from 1,510,400 in August to 1,515,000 last month, due largely to government job gains. Farm jobs remained stagnant at 9,100 jobs across both months. The total unemployment rate fell from an adjusted 3.4% in August to 2.7% last month. Government jobs increased by 7,000, boosted by local government job

growth. The construction, manufacturing and educational and health services industries showed more modest gains at fewer than 1,500 jobs each. The other services industry, which the EDD defines as repair and maintenance jobs, personal and laundry services jobs and religious, grants, civic and professional organizations, also added roughly 600 jobs. Jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry declined the most of any industry month-over-month, falling by 3,600. The information, financial activities and professional and business services industries also

lost between 200 and 900 jobs each. The county's unemployment rate fell compared to September of last year, when it sat at 3.1%. In that span, the county added 30,600 non-farm jobs, with most industries showing four-digit gains. Farm employment fell by 200 jobs, from 9,300 in September 2018 to 9,100 last month. The construction, manufacturing, government, leisure and hospitality, educational and health services, professional and business services and other services industries all added at least 2,300 jobs since September 2018, with professional and

business services adding the most at 7,700. Only two industries — trade, transportation and utilities and financial activities — showed yearly job losses. Trade, transportation and utilities jobs fell by 1,800 year-over-year, while financial activities jobs fell by 800. Statewide unemployment ticked down to a seasonally adjusted 4% in September. Nationwide, unemployment fell to an unadjusted 3.5% in September, down from a revised 3.7% in August.


ed with sea-level rise.” This incited some confusion, as the bluff-top properties in the proposed zone are located east of the city’s railroad tracks and not subject to direct wave action. City staff reported that the bluff area will likely not be prone to vulnerabilities until the late 21st century, which does not take into account ongoing bluff stabilization efforts. The Coastal Commission also recommended “trigger points,” as a way to bind cities to longer-term strategies, through continued LCP amendments. Such “triggers” would include a certain minimum bluff edge

width or beach width, for example, which would “trigger” a more serious level of adaptation. Residents worry that normal, seasonal variations in the beach width would prompt “an endless cycle of new LCPAs,” in the words of active resident John Imperato, and more quickly lead to a managed retreat option. At an Oct. 7 City Council meeting, community members spoke out against the Coastal Commission staff recommendation, many wearing stickers saying, “keep your promise,” or with the term “trigger points” crossed out in red. Staff and council reit-

erated the city’s stance on managed retreat, with the council opting to stand its ground. “They’re asking us now to plan for an extreme event, and it’s unnecessary,” said Lee at the meeting. In an email to The Coast News, Councilwoman Terry Gaasterland said she sees future discussions with the Coastal Commission addressing areas such as Del Mar’s ongoing efforts to deal with bluff erosion and sea-level rise, as well as the link between the city’s bluff vulnerabilities and train track-related stabilization efforts.


Friday from 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option #1 or visit animalcenter. org.

REP. MIKE LEVIN, who represents the 49th District, speaks during his Oct. 17 town hall in Vista. Photo by Steve Puterski

matics surrounding Trump, Levin said good bi-partisan work is being done, citing work on veterans’ issues such as reforming the G.I. Bill, securing funds for homeless veterans and refinancing Veterans Affairs home loans. But for the freshman congressman and former environmental attorney, he said his focus has been on issues specific to the 49th, with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) at the top of the list. He stressed it is vital for the spent fuel of the retired plant to be removed as quickly as possible. One challenge he said, is finding a suitable location for storage. The federal government invested billions into building Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but efforts to relocate spent fuel from across the country has been stonewalled. Levin cited two reasons. First, potential groundwater contamination was identified, and also former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) successfully prevented spent fuel from being stored in his home state for decades. Additionally, Levin said other states have come forward for potential temporary storage but will not commit as they are concerns it will become permanent. “What’s Plan B if we’re not going to use Yucca Mountain?” he asked. Other big issues, he said, concern the Tijuana River and allowing California to stay with its emission standards.

the Coastal Commission is looking for a higher level of commitment, and some are concerned the agency’s suggestions are a “back door” directive to managed retreat. Commission staff suggested a number of modifications, such as that the city alter its zoning in the beach colony and along the bluff, expanding zones that are labelled as prone to sea-level rise impacts. Such changes alert potential buyers that such properties are “located in an area potentially subject to hazards associat-

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San Diego State football is bowl eligible for 10th consecutive season


an Diego State is a football team that is in a familiar spot: headed to another bowl game. While some area football fans grind their teeth over whether or not to root for the once-San Diego Chargers, the stay-at-home Aztecs continue to produce success. SDSU (6-1, 3-1 Mountain West Conference), is set to play Nevada Las Vegas on Saturday. They head to Sin City while proving to be a savior for those seeking their football fix. With a 27-17 win in their most recent outing against San Jose State, on Oct. 19, the Aztecs qualified for a bowl game for the 10th con-

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The Del Mar Fairgrounds has launched its ScreamZone, from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, opening Sept. 27 through Nov. 2. For tickets, visit https://thescreamzone. com/#tickets.

OCT. 26


Del Mar Plaza invites you and your dog to “Doggies on the Deck” OCT. 26 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. There will be a variety of food and treat vendors, as well as a doggie Halloween costume contest.


The Del Mar gardening group will hold its monthly meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Our members will be discussing “Healthy Seeds.” Searching to meet new gardening friends? Join us. Newcomers are always welcome. Call (858) 755-6570 for meeting location.


Celebrate Dia de los Muertos from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit encinitasarts.org or call (760) 633-2746.

sports talk jay paris secutive season. For a program that not all that long ago would need a couple of seasons — at least — to collect 10 victories, that’s a big deal. So is racing to a 6-1 record, which only three other colleges can also claim to do in each of the past four seasons: Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State. The state of Aztecs football is solid and don’t expect LEDERER ON ‘NAMES’

Friends of the Oceanside Public Library present “The Joy of Names” lecture by best-selling language author, and profuse punster, Richard Lederer at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Oceanside Public Library’s Civic Center Library Community Room, 330 N. Coast Highway. Admission is $5. For information, call (760) 4355600, visit oplfriends.org or e-mail friendsofoceansidepubliclibrary@hotmail. com.

OCT. 27


A Spooktacular, family-friendly Halloween event is going down at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, Fairbanks Ranch. Bring your little ghosts and goblins out in their best costume, jump castle, pumpkin painting, face painting and live music by Justin Froese.


Bethlehem Lutheran Church presents its annual Oktoberfest from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas. Come for German food, beer, music, dancing and games for the youngsters. For more information, contact Gail at (760) 753-2471 or bcpresch@ blcenc.org.


Get in the spirit at Halloween Movie Night screening “Hocus Pocus” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Bring your blankets and chairs to the ocean view deck. Craft Corn will be selling popcorn on SPOOKY LAGOON Carlsbad’s Batiquitos the ocean view deck as well. Lagoon Foundation will host its annual Spooky La- ‘REVIVE OUR ROOTS’ DINNER Berry Good Food, in goon on October 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. This free, partnership with Coastal family Halloween festival Roots Farm, announces “Rewill feature games, crafts, vive Our Roots,” from 1 to 4 prizes, cookie decorating p.m. Oct. 27 at Coastal Roots and lots more “spooky” fun. Farm in Encinitas. The Kids are invited to come in event is a collaborative cucostume. Meet at the na- linary benefit experience on ture center, 7380 Gabbiano the farm, supporting regenLane, Carlsbad. For more erative agriculture and food information, visit batiqui- justice for the San Diego community. For tickets, vistosfoundation.org.

stellar running back Juwan Washington. He’s the latest in the line of standout rushers, falling comfortably behind Donnel Pumphrey and Rashaad Penny. Punter Brandon Heicklen was money in the win over the Spartans as he averaged 45.8 yards on five attempts. Four of his efforts settled inside the 20-yardline, including three inside the 3-yard-line. His performance was such that he became the fourth Aztec this season to be named the Mountain West Conference player of the week. Among the fab four to be honored is Rancho Bernardo High product Matt Araiza. The redshirt fresh-

man continues to shine as the Aztecs’ place-kicker. Cornerback Luq Barcoo was another MW player of the week and he’s starting to get noticed on the national stage as well. Barcoo, a senior from Castle Park High, is an old-school cover corner who’s not afraid to match skills against every team’s best receiver. He was recently named as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award that goes to the best defensive back in college football. Barcoo earned his stripes in a win against Colorado State on Oct. 5 when he intercepted passes on three consecutive defensive snaps. Add all of this up, with

Long and his savvy staff concocting their devilish schemes, and the result is a winning brand of football. It's one that doesn’t come with threats of a team moving away. Or even worse for some, of one moving back. But securing another bowl bid isn't scooting Long off his mission. “Our No. 1 goal is to play for the conference championship,’’ he said. The Aztecs are in position to do that despite a heartbreaking loss to Utah State and an ankle injury to Washington, their best skill-positioned player. They've overcome both obstacles, which will have them bowling in December.

it eventbrite.com/e/revive- County Travel Club will our-roots-nosh-explore-con- meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in nect-tickets-71009484279. Swami's Restaurant, 1506 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. The program will include suggestions for a winter vacation to both warm and FIELD OF SCREAMS Agua Hedionda Lagoon cold climates. Updates on Foundation welcomes the latest travel promotions will public to the spooky Field be covered as well. Reservaof Screams with live music tions are not necessary. For by local bands, from 7 to more information, call (760) 10:30 p.m. Friday and Sat- 603-8030. urday nights through Nov. 2 at 1050 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Cost is $25 at aguahedionda.org/field-of-screams. CARVE THAT PUMPKIN Proceeds benefit the Agua Sevenththrough Hedionda Lagoon Founda- 12th-graders, get your Jacktion’s educational academy. o-Lantern ready at the Pumpkin Carving class at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the CarlsANIMAL CAMP Rancho Coastal Hu- bad City Library, 1775 mane Society offers its Fall Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Come Animal Camp open to chil- choose a pumpkin to paint, dren ages 6 to 14 from 9 a.m. carve or decorate any way to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at 389 Re- you want. A reward will be queza St., Encinitas. Cost is given to the best pumpkin $215. This week-long camp creation. Also, check out a uses hands-on games, activ- display of creepy books to ities, arts and crafts, guest put you in a spooky mood. speakers and live animals Sign-ups required at carlsto teach children about an- badlibrary.org. imals and their importance in our world. Register at https: //rchumanesociety. org /youth-programs /ani- DEL MAR HALLOWEEN mal-camps-2/. All throughout Del Mar Plaza, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, bring your little ghosts and goblins for FRIENDS AND FAITH Catholic Widows and Halloween fun, with HullaWidowers of North County baloo and trick or treat at support group, for those who Del Mar Plaza’s shops. Look desire to foster friendships for the retail stores with through various social activ- pumpkins on the window. ities will play Bocce Ball and Costumes are encouraged, dinner at the Elk's Club, Vis- and older kids are welcome ta Oct. 29. Reservations are to participate throughout the afternoon and into the necessary: (858) 674-4324. evening (while treats last).

Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. Find hidden jack-o’-lanterns in the library and get a treat. Info: call (858) 755-1404 or visit sdcl.org and select Solana Beach Branch.

come out Nov. 4 for the FACE dog-friendly Invitational Golf Tournament. Enjoy a day of golf at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach. Register at https:// interland3.donorperfect. net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E342338&id=23.

SDSU to go bust at UNLV. SDSU is a perfect 4-0 on the road and the Rebels have yet to yell after a conference game while losing all three. The charm of the Aztecs is the hallmark of every team coached by Rocky Long: run the ball, play heady defense and expect contributions from special teams. That was the formula when SDSU disposed of San Jose State. The Aztecs rushed for 260 yards and two scores, kept the lid of the Spartans’ pass-happy offense and displayed a kicking and return game that was keen. Five Aztecs rushed for at least 25 yards, led by

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Join Sanford Burnham Prebys and Honorary CoChairs, Reena Horowitz and Jeanne Jones at 2019 annual gala, “Nordic Nights,” event from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe, benefiting the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. To purchase tickets, visit sbpdiscovery.org/calendar/2019-annual-gala.

NOV. 5


Coffee with Kristin is being held by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar to discuss the economic and grants available through the county, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at Fletcher Cove Community Center, 133 Pacific Ave., Solana Beach. Coffee and light breakfast will be served by Homestead Café Solana Beach.


Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore holds a book sale when the entire store is half-price from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 outside under the canopy at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

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Solana Beach Library hosts a Teen Game Day every Wednesday at 2:5 p.m. at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. For questions on any library event, call (858) 755FOR THE CAREGIVERS The Cal State San Mar- 1404 or visit sdcl.org and secos Psychology Department, lect Solana Beach Branch. in partnership with the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM, will host the 17th annual “Because I BRAIN GAMES Care” Community Resource Solana Beach Library Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. hosts Teen Brain Games evNov. 2 at the San Marcos ery Thursday at 2:50 p.m. Community Center, 3 Civic at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Center Drive, San Marcos. Beach. For questions on any The free event is held to library event, call (858) 755raise awareness and support 1404 or visit sdcl.org and sefor individuals who provide lect Solana Beach Branch. care to aging family members and family caregivers of younger people who have mental or physical health isDOWNTOWN HALLOWEEN sues. For more information, Trick-or-Treat free in visit csusm.edu/psychology/ downtown Encinitas from carefair.html. 5 to 8 p.m. along S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas Boulevard to K Street. Stroll up and down “Pumpkin Lane,” CARE FAIR aka South Coast Highway The Inlight Institute 101, from Encinitas Boule- will host a Care Fair with vard to K Street. Fantastic yoga, music and more, from carved pumpkins will be on 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at display at multiple viewing Flower Hill Promenade locations, and dozens of mer- 2720 Via De La Valle, Del chants will stay open late Mar. Register at https://inand have goodies for kids. lightinstitute.org/care-fair

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The Mental Health Ministry of St. Thomas More Catholic Church is hosting an event based on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) program from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Oct. 29 at 1430 S. Melrose Drive, Oceanside. Separate groups of parents and teens learn how to identify mental illness while also learning coping skills. For more information, contact Linda Courtney at (760) 758-4100, ext. 158 or lindac@stmoside. SCAVENGER HUNT org. A jack-o’-lantern scavenger hunt is being held 3 DOG-FRIENDLY GOLF PLAN A WINTER VACATION The Carlsbad/North to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at 157 Grab your clubs and

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OCT. 25, 2019

City sues residents over Prop. A-related measure By Tawny McCray

ENCINITAS — The city of Encinitas has filed a lawsuit against the residents behind Preserve Proposition A, saying the vote requirements are stalling the city’s efforts to produce a timely revised housing element, as required by state law. In the lawsuit, filed on Sept. 6, the city claims it is unable to meet its obligations under state law to adopt revised housing elements, and pass related implementing legislation, due to the local measure, which gives Encinitas residents the right to vote on housing projects with substantial density increases and building heights greater than two stories. “The relief sought in the case is a judicial decision about the applicability of the vote requirements to future housing element updates,” the city’s attorney Dolores Dalton said in an email last week. “This is to resolve potential conflicts between state law and Encinitas’s Proposition A, with respect to housing elements and related implementing legislation only.” Dalton said the city is not seeking monetary relief. State Housing Element law requires cities to provide enough housing to meet the needs of all its residents, from very-low income earners to above-moderate ones. The city has been subject to multiple lawsuits, by both the building industry and affordable housing advocates, because of its lack of a housing element. Voters rejected the city’s most recent attempts at passing a housing plan in 2016 and 2018. Last December, Superior Court Judge Ronald Frazier overturned Proposition A for the current housing cycle only and ordered the city of Encinitas to adopt a legally compliant housing plan within 120 days. The City Council adopted its latest affordable housing plan in March. The state approved that plan just last week, which currently puts the city in compliance with state law and avoids a loss of grant funding. The deadline for the city to adopt its next housing element is in April 2021. The city’s lawsuit seeks a ruling that for that cycle, and all future housing el-

ement cycles, housing element updates and related implementing legislation are not subject to the vote requirements. Everett DeLano, who represents Preserve Prop A, says the lawsuit against his clients is a classic SLAPP suit, a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. “It’s really a classic example of people expressing their concerns and then the city turning around and suing them because they expressed those concerns,” DeLano said. “We could probably file an (anti-SLAPP) motion that would basically get it dismissed if we wanted. On the other hand, I think the residents also want to have their day in court.” DeLano added, “There is a false dichotomy being placed here, where it’s Prop. A versus compliance with state law, and that is not what should be happening, that’s a false narrative that’s being pushed by the state, HCD and by the city.” DeLano said Proposition A is in place to add an additional layer of protection in the event that a developer or a project comes along and substantially deviates from what the city’s zoning laws allow. He said similar propositions are in place in Solana Beach, Escondido and Loma Linda in San Bernardino County, which is the one that Proposition A is modeled after. “There’s no other city that has required a court order to get out of these requirements in order to have an adequate housing element,” DeLano said before posing the hypothetical question. “So, what is it that is so special about the city of Encinitas that they think they need to get out of requirements that other cities can meet?” DeLano said there needs to be a way to find a balance between the requirements of Proposition A and the requirements of the city’s housing element. “In a normal world what would normally happen is the city would be defending Prop. A,” DeLano said. “Prop. A is the law of Encinitas, whether they like it or not, and they should be defending it just like any other statute in Encinitas.”

County gas prices continue to drop REGION — The average price of a gallon of selfserve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Oct. 22 for the 15th consecutive day, falling nine-tenths of a cent to $4.109. The average price has dropped 9.7 cents over the past 15 days, according to the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The decreases follow


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a run of 19 increases in 21 days totaling 56.3 cents, which pushed the average price to its highest level since July 20, 2015. The average price of a gallon is 5.7 cents less than one week ago, but 35.5 cents more than one month ago and 26.8 cents higher than one year ago. — City News Service

Del Mar proceeds with CCE By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR – Del Mar is moving forward with a Community Choice Energy (CCE) partnership, though with a more skeptical eye than its northerly neighbors. At an Oct. 8 City Council meeting, council members voted 4-1 to pursue a CCE through a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with Carlsbad, Solana Beach and the county. Recently labelled the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), the new CCE is slated to launch in 2021. The affirmative vote will put Del Mar and its partner jurisdictions at the forefront of Community Choice in San Diego. CCEs allow cities to take over their own energy procurement on behalf of residents, often allowing local governments to choose a product with higher renewable and greenhouse gas free energy content. Solana Beach – which is already operating the first CCE in the county – and Carlsbad have also voted to join the JPA. Santee had expressed an interest but voted against joining at a recent meeting. The JPA is now awaiting the county’s vote in mid-October. The JPA governing structure will allow the cities to benefit from economies of scale, while still maintaining the “choice” component of a CCE. Del Mar Councilwoman Terry Gaasterland voted against the motion, after community members and the city’s finance committee voiced concerns over the risks of joining

the CCE so early in the game, particularly as a small city. “We’re not there yet,” said Gaasterland. Some Del Mar residents urged the city to move forward, citing the environmental costs of delay. “I think (delaying the action) would be a huge mistake,” said resident and Climate Action Plan Facilitator Don Mosier. “Climate change is the existential challenge of this generation. If we don’t take quick action it’s going to be irreversible.” Del Mar and its partners are shooting for a 50% or more renewable product, with at least a 2% rate discount below San Diego Gas & Electric, the area’s current energy provider. According to staff, the final details of the CCE will be hashed out over the next few months by the JPA’s board. CCE has been on the table for several years in Del Mar, particularly after the formation of the city’s Climate Action Plan and the pursuit of a North County CCE feasibility study last year. The idea has quickly gained traction ever since, although consultants reported that Del Mar could likely not pursue a CCE on its own. So, the city opted to join a predominantly North County CCE partnership – one that would allow each participating city an equal vote on the JPA board, regardless of size. Del Mar veered away from joining a JPA with the city of San Diego – re-

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gardless of the city’s offer to cover start-up costs – largely due to the desire to maintain local control through the equal vote. Now, the cities face a tight timeline – in order to launch by 2021, the JPA must submit its implementation plan to the California Public Utilities Commission by the end of 2019. But at the recent meeting in Del Mar, the majority of public speakers urged the city to take a step back and avoid assuming the risk of a complicated and relatively novel venture. “We can join at any time once we have understood and mitigated all risks … we should wait just like many other cities in the San Diego region are doing, to see how things play out,” said resident Jas Grewal. Some residents protested that Del Mar will be splitting the start-up costs equally with the JPA’s other member cities, despite it contributing a rather meager number of the total meters. Depending on how many partners opt to vote in to the JPA before the implementation deadline in late December, Del Mar’s start-up cost could range from $250,000 to $416,000. The costs would be paid back through JPA revenues. Tom McGreal, chair of the city’s finance committee, said the committee has a “healthy skepticism over the proposed JPA’s ability to meet financial projections.” McGreal and others called the city consul-

tant’s revenue projections “rosy.” The consultants have estimated revenues between $54.4 and $204.4 million by 2022 – the latter number assumes the county will opt in. “This is a huge amount of cash throw off from a brand-new enterprise that hasn’t yet been proven,” said McGreal. “It appears to us that the projections are a best-case scenario without showing the full impacts and the potential downsides of risks in the energy purchase market, and potential higher costs of operations.” With many factors still up in the air, council members supported the idea of an advisory board to the JPA, and continued community involvement throughout the process. Council members voted to appoint Councilwoman Ellie Haviland to Del Mar’s JPA board seat, with Councilman Dwight Worden as an alternate. Haviland said joining the JPA as a founding member will help Del Mar craft the organization – an option that may not be available if Del Mar waits to join down the road. “There is a price to pay up front for having that opportunity, but for me it’s well worth paying that price,” she said. Mayor Dave Druker pointed out that joining a CCE might be a matter of when rather than if, particularly as San Diego Gas & Electric announced that it intends to take a step back from energy procurement in the next few years, and instead focus on energy delivery.

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A weekend spent in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea


’m not sure why, but Carmel’s crescent, white-sand beach always seems more expansive than I remember. Standing at the west end of Ocean Avenue, which terminates on a rise overlooking the sparkling beach, I marvel at what lays before us. To the right, the dramatic bluffs of the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links; to the left, landscape shrouded in Monterey pines. The two are connected by a mile-long, beach of fine white sand that feels sublime underfoot. I see a long piece of kelp strung out on the beach, curled into a smile. It seems quite appropriate. October is the Monterey Peninsula’s summer. The sky is a deep blue and FLOWERS ABOUND in and around the shops, galleries and restaurants on Carmel’s Ocean cloudless, a gentle breeze Avenue, the village’s main street. Photo by E’Louise Ondash flows from the west, and the TOU Phase 6_GEN_Coast News + RSF News_RUN: 10/25_LIVE: 8.525 x 10

hit the road e’louise ondash temperature is a perfect 72 degrees. And since it’s midday Sunday, much of the weekend crush of visitors has departed. It’s the convergence of all the good things in this idyllic seaside town of 3,900. It occurs to me: When I’m not in Carmel, I tend to think of it as a hyperbolic California cliché, but when I am, it’s apparent that Carmel really is a singular place. Being there is both comfortably familiar and magically special. “It’s a village in the forest by the sea with a


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white-sand beach,” says Carrie Theis, general manager of Hofsas House (https://www.hofsashouse. com/), a 38-room boutique inn founded by her grandmother, Donna Hofsas, in the late 1940s. “Staying in Carmel is special because once you are here, you can walk everywhere. There are no buildings more than two stories, and ordinances have allowed us to keep the charm.” A walk down Ocean Street toward the beach confirms the innkeeper’s opinion. We pass tightly packed sidewalk gardens showing off everything from brilliantly colored annuals to curious succulents; shop windows offering ceramic sea otters, T-shirts, paintings, haute couture, artwork with multiple zeros on the price tags and chunks of polished tourmaline; and real estate offices touting photos of multi-million-dollar properties for sale. At one office, there is a listing for a home with a view of the iconic Bixby Bridge (https:// www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/bixby-bridge) that spans the Big Sur coastline. List price: $16 million. The eclectic architectural styles of Carmel are eye-catching, too. Bavarian, Tudor, thatched-roof cottages, 1970s rustic, Spanish mission and fairy-tale cottages – all exist in a harmony that could never be imagined by the typical HOA. And just to add to the village feel, “there are no street numbers here,” Theis explains. Buildings in the one-square-mile town are located in relation to intersections, description and/or the name of the house. Carmel’s side streets offer a dozen tasting rooms that sell wine made of grapes grown in vineyards throughout Monterey County. Sampling these is another good reason for seeing the town on foot, Theis says. No need for a designated driver and finding the tasting rooms can be a fun treasure hunt. “The tasting rooms are hidden and most of the shops are small. We have a minimalist philosophy here (when it comes to signage). They must be small and be made of wood or look like wood, and only one per business. And no big box stores or franchise food.” If you choose to make Hofsas House your headquarters during a visit to Carmel, you’ll likely be greeted by Doris, Carrie’s 87-year-old mother, who helps serve the continental breakfast. Rooms are uncommonly spacious, individually decorated and some have fireplaces and an ocean view. It’s less than a two-minute walk to Ocean Street. For more information, visit https://www.carmelcalifornia.com/. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook.com/ elouise.ondash. Want to share your travels? Email eondash@coastnewsgroup. com.

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Food &Wine

The many reasons to love Milton’s lick the plate david boylan


here are many ways to describe a “foodie” these days, but in my mind, it has always been loosely defined as someone who takes pleasure in exploring a wide variety of food from many cuisines and price points. A foodie is an eater who finds as much satisfaction in a solid fish taco as they do from a meticulously executed 10-course gourmet experience. Unfortunately, many so-called foodies tend to overlook the lower to medium price points of the dining spectrum, or places that may not make it on to the latest “Eater 38” hot list or similar trendy designation. Classic old-school delis are a prime example and in this edition of Lick the Plate, I’d like to bring one to your attention that resides within a short drive of wherever you live in The Coast News territory. Before I dive into my Milton’s love fest, I’d suggest you check out the documentary Deli Man that can be viewed on several online streaming services. It documents the story of 19th-century Jewish immigrants and how their deli cuisine found its way into the mainstream. It celebrates those delis, their important place in our history, and how their numbers are rapidly declining. If you come from any major urban city there is a good chance you had several delis to choose from and have

THE MASTERPIECE that is the corned beef sandwich at Milton’s Deli in Del Mar. Photo by David Boylan

stories of how they played a role in your culinary education. Besides all the history, a good deli offers up quality comfort food in an environment that foodies who like a bit of history and character in their restaurants should embrace. Now on to the topic at hand, Milton’s Deli and owner Barry Robbins. A quick backstory had this Chicago native taking deep dish pizza to his college campus in Illinois, then expanding into California, perfecting a frozen version with an early customer being the San Diego based Price Club. Post pizza venture he opened Milton’s in 1994 and around that time neighbor Claire Allison kept bringing

him some really good and healthy bread that eventually became the foundation of the Milton’s line of bread and other baked goods. Claire went on to open Claire’s on Cedros and recently returned to Milton’s as executive chef, adding some health-conscious items to the deli menu. It’s all come full circle so to speak. That’s a good move for sure given their coastal location and health-conscious demographic, but I’m here to talk about the old school deli comfort food and some items off the menu that I could really not live without and so happy I have it locally. First up is their amazing Hot Corned Beef sand-

wich on beautiful rye bread served with choice of homemade cole slaw, potato salad, pasta salad or fresh fruit and a really good pickle. Potato salad is my choice with this work of art and it’s all that and then some. This, folks, is one of my favorite things to eat. If you want a more robust version of this simply add some Swiss cheese, sauerkraut on grilled rye with Russian dressing and you have the Reuben Reuben Reuben as they call it. I’ll mention one more in the sandwich category yet should assure you that you are not going to go wrong with any sandwich on their menu. Being a Chicago guy, Barry has included a very solid Chicago-style Italian Beef sandwich with savory beef sliced thin, piled high on garlic bread with melted mozzarella, sautéed green peppers and, breaking with tradition somewhat, a side of au jus rather than doing the dipping for you. Regardless, it rocks. Brisket, Pastrami, Smoked Turkey, Chopped Liver, Whitefish Salad are just a sampling of the sandwiches that you will find on the menu at Milton’s and in any respectable deli in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Matzo Ball soup, Potato Latke, Stuffed Cabbage, Herring, Egg and Chicken Salad are also items that stay true to the old school deli ways. Beyond the deli staples, there are some great looking salads, including a fine Chopped Salad, Classic Cobb and a Caesar. Full-on dinners include Baby Back Ribs, Southern Fried Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Skirt TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 11




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an dreams come true? Sure they can! As long as you don’t confine them. Jim Carter’s dream of a lifetime happened in a movie theater in the mid 1990s, when he watched the classic vineyard film, “A Walk in the Clouds.” He owned a 400-acre scenic region of land in Southern California’s Temecula with no plans for the future, and now he had the vision to produce wine grapes on his land close to the top of Palomar Mountain. After years of working on research, planting and harvesting, classic award-winning wines now mark his family’s dream come true. In addition to his “walk in the clouds” vineyard, 63 more acres were added in Temecula Valley in 2003, devoted to a state-ofthe-art winery, resort restaurant and spa, complete with villas for guests to relax among the vines. As Carter tells it, “I wanted to share the complete wine country experience. Guests not only enjoy the finest wines paired with the finest foods, but they stay in a private villa in a working vineyard.” It’s an unforgettable lodging experience, a direct path from your patio to the vineyards. If a suite is more your size, an elegant hotel tower totals 132 spaces with magnificent views of the countryside. Experience also a working winery and tasting room, gift shop, full-service spa and the fine dining Vineyard Rose Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just three years ago, Carter Estate Winery and Resort was added, with its 109 pristine acres, adjacent to the South Coast site. It features 60 newly designed bungalows and suites, a luxurious swimming pool and poolside restaurant, a working winery, private tasting room and in-room spa service. From Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and many other varietals, South Coast Winery has earned more than 2,000 awards since its inception and has

taste of wine frank mangio set the gold standard for Temecula wine country. It’s the only winery among the state’s top wineries to claim the title of California Winery of the Year four times at the California State Fair Wine Competition. A perfect time to enjoy this “dream come true” would be the final performance of the South Coast Winery Rhythm on The Vine Jazz Concert Series, Sunday Nov. 3 featuring piano legend David Benoit. He will be featuring his new “David Benoit and Friends” album, produced with a who’s who of other jazz greats. Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime is at 6:30 p.m., inside the Estate Vineyard Room. Ticket prices start at $40 for general admission. For ticket details and special room and dining reservations, visit southcoastwinery.com/concerts. Wine Bytes • The Cabaret of Cabernet is the theme for the next wine tasting from 3:30 to 5:30 Oct. 26 at Winesellar Brasserie, Sorrento Valley San Diego. It’s an all-Cabernet day from Bordeaux to Loire Valley and Napa Valley. Over 14 wines. Cost is $35 per person and $30 for club members. Visit winesellar.com. • A benefit breast cancer “Breast Fest” is planned for Cheval Winery in Escondido, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Cost is $5 each. Sip for a cause during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Live music, food, wine. Details at (760) 690-6617. • The San Diego Urban Wineries (SDUW) present SIP BY THE SEA, from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Del Mar Plaza’s ocean view deck. Unlimited tastings from a dozen local urban wineries and fine charcuterie provided TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 11

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11th annual San Diego Beer Week approaching craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh


his week’s column comes in two parts: A preview of the biggest annual event in San Diego beer, the San Diego Brewers Guild’s Beer Week; and news about breweries and tasting rooms coming soon to North County. San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) The San Diego Brewers Guild’s 11th annual celebration of our amazing craft beer scene will run Nov. 1 to Nov. 10. The signature events are the Guild Fest from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego, and the Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Nov. 10, noon to 3 p.m. Both of those are large beer festivals with many participating breweries, showcasing the best of the county. As a warm-up, this past weekend Karl Strauss Brewing hosted Collabapalooza in North Park, an annual event for which 40 breweries paired up to brew oneoff collaboration beers that you can’t find anywhere else. Once again, it was a wonderful event — worthy of having won West Coaster Magazine’s “Best Beer Fest” in the reader’s poll the last two years running. At 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, a San Diego Beer Week “County-Wide Kick-Off Toast” will be live streamed to officially launch the fes-


by Pacifica Del Mar. Tickets are $49 with portion of the proceedings to The Helping Paws Foundation, a veteran support local nonprofit. The SDUW is a coalition of wineries throughout San Diego County that take grapes from the country and craft wine in the city. For ticket info, go to sdurbanwineries.


Steak and Roasted Turkey. Dinner specials happen nightly. There is a pastry section that rivals any bakery in San Diego, very respectable bagels, frozen Chicago-style deep dish pizza to take home, and all the wonderful Jewish deli fare like lox, cream cheese and much more. I’m only scratching the surface of what’s available at Milton’s. All of this can be ordered from many of the food delivery services so prevalent these days but do yourself a favor and make the trip to Milton’s

SEVERAL NORTH COUNTY craft breweries were invited to Collabapalooza on Oct. 19 in North Park, a festival focused on beers brewed as collaborations between breweries. Collabapalooza, hosted by Karl Strauss Brewing, was a preview of San Diego Beer Week from Nov. 1 to 10. Photos by Bill Vanderburgh

tivities. You can participate at any of a large number of bars and breweries. Two events that stand out in this year’s SDBW lineup are: • Nov. 7, 5:30 to 10 p.m. The Pink Boots Society’s Ladies Arm Wrestling Benefit Event at Kairoa Brewing Company, University Heights. If you’ve seen the Netflix show “GLOW,” or WWE, or lucha libre, or campy roller derby, well, this looks like it is going to be all of that. The Pink Boots Society is an international nonprofit that supports women working in the brewing industry. • Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Modern Times’ Point Loma brewery will host the fourth annual “Danksauce and Dogs” dog show, where prizes will be awarded for Best Smile, Best Dressed, Can Do a Trick, Celebrity Look Alike, and Best Strut. Up to 50 dogs can enter oncom. • A two-day private tour of Valle de Guadalupe is being offered for a select number of guests Nov. 9 to Nov. 11. Experience the best wineries with daily wine tasting, lunches, dinners and nightly stays in high end accommodations. Availability is limited, reservations are required. RSVP to Sal at salercolano@hotmail.com or call (858) 864-9598. and experience the authenticity of this place. Most of what you will be eating is made in-house or brought in from the best purveyors in the country so it’s not a budget experience but given the quality and non-chain atmosphere, I had no problem with that. There is a solid place in the foodie world for delis and we should feel lucky that we have Milton’s locally doing it right. Milton’s also has a very cool private room that is perfect for large parties, networking events, or company functions. Find them at 2660 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. Call (858) 792-2225 or visit www. miltonsdeli.com.

line. Humans get in for free. There are a huge number of other official and unofficial SDBW events happening, far too many to list all of them here. See the San Diego Brewers Guild events page for more: sdbw.sdbeer. com/events. Note that some events are ticketed and that some of those will sell out. Here are a few of the more unusual events being hosted during SDBW 2019: • Nov. 2: Guadalupe Brewery Taphouse, Vista, “Día de los Muertos Reception and Art Exhibition,” 3 to 9 p.m. • Nov. 5: Home Brewing Co., North Park, “Off-Flavors Workshop,” 6 to 8 p.m. • Nov. 6 Stone Brewing Oceanside Tap Room, “Meet and Greet with founder Greg Koch,” 6 to 8 p.m. • Nov 6-7: Abnormal Beer Co. in Rancho Bernardo, “Cellar Bottle Pours” rare beer tastings, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Nov. 8: Stone Brewing’s World Bistro and Gardens will again host its celebration of stouts, porters and their variants at “DRK Fest,” 7 to 11 p.m. • Nov 9-10 Legacy Brewing, Oceanside, “Punk Rock Food Drive,” 1pm-midnight • Nov 9: Til Two Club, Mid-City, "Brewery Drag Show," a charity benefit for the LGBTQ protest/performance group Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, plus music. Starts 7 p.m. and goes late. • Nov. 10: Second Chance Beer Co., Carmel Mountain Ranch, “HandsOn Sauerkraut Workshop and Beer Pairing,” noon to 2 p.m. Update on North County breweries, tasting rooms They don't call Highway 78 "The Hops Highway" for nothing. Currently, there are 54 breweries and 11 satellite tasting rooms in the

Coast News coverage area. But North County is about to experience a boom in craft beer like never before. Eight breweries and eight tasting rooms have publicly announced plans to open in North County. My best guess based on the information available at the moment is that about ten of those will open within the next seven months. If all 16 come to fruition, that will be a 25% increase over the current the number of North County craft beer locations. So far in 2019, North County has already seen the openings of seven locations: Carlsbad Brewing Company (Bressi Ranch), Kilowatt Brewery and Provisions (Oceanside), Stave & Nail Brewing Co. (San Marcos), Guadalupe Brewing’s Taphouse (Vista), My Yard Live (San Marcos), Little Miss (Escondido), and Eppig Beer Co. (Vista).

Two breweries so far have closed in 2019: Midnight Jack in Oceanside, and the Mason Ale Works/ URGE location in Oceanside. Opening in the next few weeks will be Lost Abbey’s San Elijo tasting room and Dogleg Brewing in Vista. By spring 2020, Pure Project will open a tasting room in Carlsbad; Booze Brothers will open an event space in Vista and a tasting room in Oceanside; and Karl Strauss is planning a small, experimental brewery in San Marcos. When the SkyDeck project opens in Del Mar, probably in spring 2020, two breweries, Northern Pine and Rough Draft, are slated to be part of it. Plus, commercial real estate company H.G. Fenton is currently building another Brewery Igniter in Oceanside that will house two breweries that have not yet been named.


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Patio Playhouse stages Kate Hamill’s take on ‘Sense and Sensibility’ By Alexander Wehrung

ESCONDIDO — Patio Playhouse’s next production will be Kate Hamill’s stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility.” The story, written by the famed writer of “Pride and Prejudice,” tells the tale of Dashwood sisters Elinor and Marianne as they come of age. The play will be performed from Oct. 25 to Nov. 17. “Kate Hamill is [a] fresh female voice,” said the production’s director, Kelli Harless. “Her adaptations are clear insights into the crux of the story.” Said crux examines the role of women in the early 19th century, when they could not own property and marrying for love was considered something of an outlandish concept. “Her adaptation is unique and fresh because the focus is on the women — how they individually cope with the situations thrown at them and how those struggles affect their relationship,” Harless said. “Ms. Hamill allows their story to remain the focal point. The other female characters often exemplify variations and are quite strong themselves.” She called the adaptation a very “fluid” and “playful” adaptation of the novel. Patio Playhouse described the adaptation

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Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe present the vocal trio Shades of Bublé celebrating the continuing career of Michael Bublé, with a three-man tribute at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, in the Fellowship Hall at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Individual tickets are $75 More Tickets can be purchased at ccrsf.org. For details, e-mail info@ccrsf.org.

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THE CAST COPY xof “Sense and Sensibility,” adapted from the Jane Austen novel, which opens tonight and runs through Nov. 17 at Patio Playhouse in Escondido. Courtesy photo

as taking the Masterpiece Theatre-esque tone of the original story and making it more comic, more energetic; livelier, faster. “Kate Hamill has very successfully streamlined the story — hitting the major plot points and action — while presenting

Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Entrance included with paid admission or SDBG membership. This exhibition showcases 10 sculptures from 9 talented artists. Take a self-guided tour with the Garden’s Sculpture Map. All sculptures are for sale and a portion goes to benefit the Garden.

OCT. 29


Doug Allen invites musicians and singers to his Open Mic session from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the American Legion Post 416, 210 West F Street. Grab your instrument and jump into Doug Allen's open mic jam. You never know what famous rocker will be in the mix. More information at (760) 753-5674, https://calegionpost416.org/calendar.html.

it in a very playful and engaging manner. I have tried with this production to capture that intent. The characters of Elinor and Marianne are the constants in the dance of the play. All other actors play 2-4 characters.” The cast stars Maisy Holmes

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Frankie Dee will host a free Open Mic & Halloween Party from 7 to 10 p.m. at the American Legion Post 416, 210 West F St., Encinitas. Come as a Rock Star and join the jam. More information at (760) 753-5674, https://calegionpost416.org/ calendar.html.

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We d n e s d a y s @ N o o n presents Iryna Krechkovsky on violin with pianist Beth Nam, at noon Oct. 30 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit enTRIBUTE BAND The Moonlight Theatre cinitasca.gov/wednoon or presents Sweet & Tender call (760) 633-2746. Hooligans: The Ultimate Tribute to Morrissey and LIVE MUSIC ON COASTER The North County The Smiths at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Moonlight Amphi- Transit District (NCTD) is theatre, 1250 Vale Terrace offering music to liven up Drive, Vista. Tickets $15 the ride home once again to $40 at (760) 724-2110 or during October’s Coaster Concert Series, featuring moonlightstage.com. Justin Werner Oct. 30 on the Coaster 656 (leaving Oceanside at 3:32 p.m.) and SCULPTURE IN THE GARDEN Coaster 661 (leaving SanFrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ta Fe Depot at 5:38 p.m.). daily through April, enjoy Performances will be in Sculpture in the Garden the downstairs area of the at the San Diego Botanic northernmost train car.

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itas, with an Art Night re- ing Nov. 4 at 1550 S. El ception held from 6 to 9 p.m. Camino Real
Encinitas, for Oct. 5 also at the library. K ids-in-Residence
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ents “The Sunshine Boys” by Neil Simon and directed by Jeffrey B. Moss Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. through Nov. 17 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. There will be a Talkback with cast & director at 2 p.m. Nov. 13. Tickets at northcoastrep.org.


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Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas presents a Friday Night Talk, 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1, entitled “Why Now, Why Me? The Launch of Spiritual Heroes and Heroines.” Tickets at eventbrite.com/e/jeanhouston-back-at-seasidecenter-for-spiritual-livingtickets-73360995713.


The Encinitas Dia de los Muertos celebration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, presented by Encinitas Friends of the Arts. For more information, call (760) 633-2746.

as Marianne and Tori Bleher as Elior, Martie Clark as Mrs. Dashwood, Amy Hypnarowski as Margaret, and Spencer Farmer as Colonel Brandon. “I have been blessed with a very astute and creative cast,” Harless said. “The challenges come in the collabora-

tion process — my vision, the individual cast member vision and the given circumstances of the play. If an action or characterization enhances the story — that's a win. Any action that detracts from the story goes away.” “I believe it is important to meet the actors where they are artistically and, ideally, assist them to 'learn and grow' with the role(s) in which they have been cast,” she said. “This production is a great vehicle for that because there are very few constraints — imagination is key. It's a definite break from a traditional play — which has been fun — and challenging at the same time.” Unlike the musical romp that was “Little Women,” “Sense and Sensibility” will be performed in the more intimate space of Patio Playhouse’s black box theater on Kalmia Street in Escondido. But just like “Little Women,” Patio Playhouse will encourage audience members to donate to a charitable cause; in this case, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. The show will play at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets for the show are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, members of the military and students, and $12 for children aged 16 and under.

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Village Church Community Theater offers a four-week workshop of two hour classes Acting Audition Workshops for adults and youth on Saturdays Nov. 2, Nov. 11, Nov. 16, and Nov. 23 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Cost is $100. Contact Amy at amyz@villagechurch. org, call Drama Ministries at The Village Church at (858) 756-2441, ext. 110 or visit villagechurchcommunitytheater.org.

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Running through Nov. 4, the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild presents “The Sculpted Form,” at Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas with sculptures in wood and metal. For more information, visit https://ranchosantafeartguild.org/.


Sculpture in the Garden X showcases 10 sculptures from nine talented artists 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 30 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. All sculptures are for sale. Naomi Nussbaum, curator. $18, $12, $10. More ART CLASSES AT LUX information at sdbgarden. Lux Art Institute of- ‘THE SUNSHINE BOYS’ org/sculpture.htm. North Coast Rep presfers fall art classes startFriends of the Encinitas Library First Sunday Music Series presents double bassist Susan Wulff from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

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removing blood clots from the brain during an ischemic stroke. Tri-City Medical Center becomes just the 36th hospital nationwide to earn this elite certification. To be eligible for the certification, the hospital was required to meet strict criteria that include performing EVT on a minimum of 15 patients per year and the capability to perform EVT around the clock, seven days a week. By exceeding these criteria, The Joint Commission has certified Tri-City Medical Center’s ability to rapidly treat stroke patients through EVT.

Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information STROKE CERTIFICATION via email to community@ Tri-City Medical Center coastnewsgroup.com. has earned a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center FIX IT, DON’T TOSS IT certification from The Joint The North County Cli- Commission, in collabomate Change Alliance is ration with the American having a “Fix-It, Don’t Toss Heart Association/AmerIt” event from 1 to 3 p.m. ican Stroke Association, Oct. 26, at the Leeds Ranch, making it the first hospital 2251 Catalina Circle, Vista. in North County to earn the Bring broken, non-function- certification. Tri-City Mediing electronics, appliances, cal Center earned the TSC computers, toys, bicycles, certification by meeting rigclothes, etc. for assessment, orous standards for performdisassembly and possible ing mechanical endovascu- BOOK LAUNCH IN VISTA repair. We’ll provide work- lar thrombectomy (EVT), A book-launch event space, specialty tools, and a specialized surgical pro- will celebrate the publicaguidance disassemble and cedure that saves lives by tion of Dick Eiden’s Memoir

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Near closing time Oct. 13 in a pub in Ruinerwold, Netherlands, a “completely confused” and “unkempt” 25-year-old man appeared with a strange story to tell. Pub owner Chris Westerbeek told Dutch media the young man ordered five beers and “said he was the oldest (of six siblings) and wanted to end the way they were living,” according to The New York Times. The man had walked to the pub from a farm outside town, where police found five adult siblings, the youngest of whom was 18, had been living in a secret basement, accessed by a hidden door behind a cupboard, for nine years. They were apparently “waiting for the end of time,” police said, and the younger siblings were unaware there were other humans outside the basement. The family, including the father, who also lived on the farm, survived on a large garden and a few animals. NL Times reported police arrested a 58-year-old Austrian man, believed to a tenant of the farm and identified only as Josef B., initially for refusing to cooperate with the investigation and later charged him with holding the family against their will; it was unclear where the mother is. At press time, the story was still unfolding. [New York Times, 10/16/2019; NL Times, 10/16/2019]

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Tommy Lee Jenkins, 32, recently moved away from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Whitestown, Indiana, but on Oct. 1, he struck up

an online relationship with “Kylee,” a supposed 14-yearold girl in Neenah, Wisconsin, according to the Justice Department. As their correspondence progressed, he requested sexually explicit photos of Kylee and made plans to engage in sexual behavior, court documents said, but when Kylee refused to come to Indiana, Jenkins set out toward Neenah — on foot. The Oshkosh Northwestern reported that waiting for him at the end of his 371-mile trek were Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies (one of whom was “Kylee”) and FBI agents, who arrested him for using a computer to attempt to persuade, induce or entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Jenkins faced other child sexual assault charges in 2011 and 2012 and had been sentenced to probation. [Oshkosh Northwestern, 10/11/2019] Ironies

— While patrolling a Bath and Body Works store in Waukesha, Wisconsin, an unnamed security guard let the boredom get to him. Around 2 a.m. on Oct. 11, he slipped his handcuffs on — then realized he’d left the keys at home. Forced to call police, who responded and freed him from his restraints, the bored guard then hid the cuffs from himself so he wouldn’t be tempted to put them on again. According to WDJT, he told police it wasn’t the first time he had handcuffed himself without having the keys. [WDJT, 10/11/2019] — Locksmiths at the Timpson shop in Edinburgh, Scotland, drew a crowd and withstood some ribbing after they locked themselves out of their store on Oct. 14,

according to the Scottish Sun. Fortunately, one of the locksmiths had a toolbox with him, and he was able to legally break back into the shop. [Scottish Sun, 10/14/2019]

“Paying the Rent: Adventures of a Left Coast Activist Lawyer from the Turbulent Sixties to the Era of Donald Trump” at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista. The author, publisher, special guests and audience will discuss the history and issues raised in the book. ALL-AMERICAN

Alicia Nickolenko of Wesleyan University women’s ice hockey team was tabbed All-American Scholar by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).


Choice Juicery stepped into the juice void at 90 N. that moment to take aim on the plush royal carpet and, shall we say, leave its mark. Hunting with birds of prey is one of the favorite pastimes of Saudi royalty, and the birds are highly prized. [Daily Mail, 10/15/2019]

Sweet Revenge

During the summer of 2018, someone robbed 61-year-old Akio Hatori of Tokyo, Japan, of his bicycle saddle. He was so angered by the theft, he told police, that he decided to become a serial thief himself — until he was caught on surveillance video on Aug. 29 and later arrested. Police searching his home said they found 159 bicycle seats. “I started stealing out of revenge,” Hatori told police, according to Kyoto News. “I wanted others to know the feeling.” [Kyodo News, 10/3/2019]

21st-Century Religion

Hoping to attract tech-savvy young Catholics to traditional rituals, the Vatican has released the eRosary, a wearable device connected to an app available for $110, reported engadget. Worn as a bracelet, the device is activated by making the sign of the cross and features 10 beads and a data-storing “smart cross,” which will help the devout pray a standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or a thematic rosary and keeps track of each rosary prayed. The app also downloads health information from Ewwwww! Halloween came a lit- the bracelet. [engadget, tle early to Nick Lestina’s 10/16/2019] home in Bagley, Iowa. The Lestinas have lived next Police Report door to Dahl’s Custom Meat — Anna Lindo, 34, of Locker for 10 years without Bloomfield, Connecticut, incident, but early in Octo- was arraigned in Hartford ber, they discovered almost Superior Court on Oct. 15 on five inches of animal blood, charges that she bit off her fat and bones had flooded ex-partner’s finger and then their basement. Lestina said bragged about it on Faceit would have risen higher if book, posting a video of the not for his sump pump. He severed finger. Her victim approached the meat locker told police that on Oct. 13, next door for help, but, he he had been trying to ward told WHO TV, “They say it’s her off as she attacked him not their fault and told me with a brick when she took ‘good luck.’“ Lestina reached a bite from his right middle out to the Iowa Department finger. Lindo’s mother found of Natural Resources, which the finger after police had investigated and found that taken her into custody, but the business had slaugh- it was too late to reattach tered hogs and cattle on Oct. it, reported the Connecti3 and flushed fluids down cut Post. Lindo was charged the floor drain, which is with first-degree assault and probably connected with the disorderly conduct. [CTPost, Lestinas’ drain. The family 10/16/2019] of seven has had to move out — In Eldorado Hills, of the home while trying to California, homeowner Matresolve the cleanup issue. thew Eschrich woke up late “No one wants to see that, on Oct. 12, saw a sensor light smell that,” Lestina said. “I on next to his garage and would’t want that for any- went downstairs to investibody.” [WHO, 10/14/2019] gate. When he heard rumbling, he realized there was an intruder and called 911. Awesome! It was W.C. Fields who Just then, his sister-in-law, said, “Never work with an- who also lives in the home, imals or children.” Russian called to say she had just President Vladimir Putin pulled into the garage and was reminded of that warn- saw a man running away, ing on Oct. 14 as he visited “wearing just a bra and King Salman of Saudi Ara- panties,” KXTV reported. bia in Riyadh. The Daily The intruder was later idenMail reported that Putin tified as Shaun McGuire, a brought along a gyrfalcon 37-year-old transient, who named Alpha for the king, was taken into custody and and as everyone admired the charged with burglary, indebird during the ceremonial cent exposure and trespassexchange of gifts, it chose ing. [KXTV, 10/14/2019]

OCT. 25, 2019 of Encinitas as a 2019 Helen Putnam Award winner. The city of Encinitas won the Housing Programs and Innovations award for their Housing for Generations program. The city program is designed to provide housing for Encinitas’ diverse population. With limited undeveloped land, the city addressed community concerns regarding up-zoning and increases in density and height limits by finding density where it already existed. The city created new ordinances, sponsored state legislation and provided residents with free, ready to use architectural plans for building permit-ready, stand-alone accessory dwellENCINITAS WINS AWARD The League of Califor- ing units on their propernia Cities selected the City ties. Coast Highway 101, Ste. 212, Oct. 5, after OH! Juice on Highway 101 closed its doors. The new Encinitas location will also be the first Choice Juicery location with its new “toast” menu, including flavors like avocado toast with house-made Roasted Garlic Hummus, and Brazil Nut Parmesan. You will find unpasteurized and unfiltered juice with organic healthy eats and superfood smoothies and bowls. Said Nastasha McKeon, CEO & Owner of Choice Juicery. McKeon also plans to open a new location in late October at the Carlsbad Gateway Center.

Amtrak adds round trip between San Diego, L.A. REGION — As of Oct. 14, the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will offer an additional train in each direction between Los Angeles and San Diego, giving customers expanded options for travel along the southern California coast. The schedule change will be the addition of a thirteenth Pacific Surfliner round trip between Los Angeles and San Diego. The new southbound Train 578 will depart Los Angeles at 1:15 p.m., arriving in San Diego at 4:12 p.m. Existing northbound Train 591 will be renumbered to Train 593. New Train 591 will depart San Diego at 5:25 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:34 p.m. Ticketing and reservations are available on PacificSurfliner.com, Amtrak.com, Amtrak mobile apps, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Boarding documents can be self-printed, or customers using a smartphone or mobile device can present the eTicket to the conductor by opening a document in their e-mail. For the latest announcements for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner visit news.pacificsurfliner.com/.

“Each of the new trains will fill a nearly three-hour gap in our existing schedule, providing expanded possibilities for business and leisure travel between Los Angeles and San Diego,” said Al Murray, chairman of the Los Angeles–San Diego–San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency, which oversees the Pacific Surfliner service. The Pacific Surfliner travels along a 351-mile route through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties, with portions of the route hugging the Southern California coastline. As part of the new schedule, minor changes are also being made to arrival and departure times of other Pacific Surfliner trains to improve reliability and coordination with other trains. With almost 3 million riders in 2018, the Pacific Surfliner is the busiest state-supported intercity passenger rail route in the United States and will now offer a total of 26 trains a day between Los Angeles and San Diego.


two years for their alleged role in the nationwide opioid epidemic, arguing the business practices of opioid manufacturers have been manipulative and deceptive. In August, Purdue offered up to $12 billion to settle more than 2,000 outstanding lawsuits regarding oxycontin. Encinitas is not the first city in the county to file suit against opioid manufacturers. In February, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott announced she would pursue legal action against multiple manufacturers and distributors for contributing to the opioid crisis. “This legal action is necessary to stem the tide of opioid addiction in our community,” Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear said. “We can no longer stand by and watch our families suffer the consequences of the irresponsible action of these businesses.”


recover costs and tax resources taken from the City and its citizens due to the bad acts of the manufacturers and distributors of opioids who caused this ongoing crisis,” said Robins Kaplan attorney Roman Silberfeld. Encinitas’ prescription opioid death rate of 5.84 per 100,000 people outpaces the state's rate of 3.7 deaths and is just shy of San Diego County’s rate of 6.05 deaths. According to preliminary data from the California Department of Public Health, more than 2,300 people died in the state in 2018 for reasons related to an opioid overdose. Thousands of local governments and the attorneys general of more than 20 states have filed suit against companies like Purdue Pharma in the last


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Encinitas bank headquarters wins pair of Orchids for architecture By Tawny McCray

ENCINITAS — The careful design of an Encinitas bank recently wowed jurors and was selected as one of the county’s best architectural projects this year. C3 Bancorp won two Orchids at this year’s Orchids & Onions awards ceremony put on by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. The 43rd annual ceremony was held earlier this month at the US Grant Hotel and was emceed by State Assemblyman Todd Gloria. A total of 14 projects were awarded Orchids or Onions in the architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, public art, place making and architectural detail. Orchids are awarded to projects that are considered to be functional, memorable, technologically and environmentally innovative, and that elicit a sense of civic pride. Onions are the opposite of orchids and are handed out to projects that are poorly constructed, lack functionality, are made with cheap or faux materials, are out of scale or are badly proportioned. The bank received one Orchid for best architecture

THE NEW C3 BANCORP building in downtown Encinitas won for both architecture and landscape architecture.

by Brett Farrow and one Orchid for best landscape architecture by Richard Risner. Farrow said this was his first collaboration with Risner, who he knows from other civic volunteer efforts in the Encinitas/Cardiff community as well as from his local surf spot. “This is one of my favorite awards and to receive both the architecture and

landscape architecture is definitely a big honor,” Farrow said this week. “There are so many design decisions that go into a project, thousands quite literally, and to have that effort given recognition by fellow professionals and the public is both a validation of the hard work and, to be honest, the struggle to have a design realized as conceived.”

Farrow describes the bank’s design as modern, utilizing big glass, operable windows, and usable outdoor spaces, which he says makes sense given the area’s Mediterranean climate. “To me, modern is an approach more than a style,” Farrow said. “Finding elegance in simplicity and expressing the honesty of materials is to me what this is

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all about.” A total of 118 projects were in the running this year. The projects awarded Orchids and Onions were nominated by the design community and the public. A jury made up of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, a historic preservation architect, a developer, a visual artist, an architecture professor and a student conducted a day long tour of short-listed projects, followed by deliberations. This process resulted in this year’s awards. Along with the jury selected awards are the People’s Choice awards. One Orchid and one Onion were selected by the public through an online voting process. Laura Warner, co-chair of the Orchids & Onions Program, said the jury overwhelmingly agreed that C3 Bancorp’s new headquarters on the 101 in downtown Encinitas looked nothing like any bank that they had ever been to. She said the jury applauded the building’s beau-

tiful, well-executed form and stated that even the parking area is stunning. “These are the juror’s comments — ‘It’s sleek and modern with the exposed concrete structure. However, the wood accents and operable glass windows provide warmth and a hint of the salty, ocean air, giving the space a “beachy and coastal” vibe,’” Warner relayed. She said the purpose of the Orchids & Onions program is to engage the design community and the public-at-large in an ongoing conversation about the benefits of thoughtful and well-designed places and spaces. “This program is not intended to be a beauty contest, rather a discussion about what type of places we want as the backdrop for our lives and memories,” Warner said. “It also recognizes the committed and hard-working teams that make these inspiring places and spaces possible.” Farrow, who also won an Orchid in 2017 for his own development, the Quonset Project, aka Campfire, in Carlsbad Village, said he gives credit to the San Diego Architectural Foundation for connecting the public to the design professions in a fun and meaningful way. Farrow said he also credits the city of Encinitas Planning Department for letting architects give expression to their art and for taking chances on a design departure from the safe and normal. And he credits his client. “The client really got behind the project, didn’t compromise and the building echoes their own company culture and a desire for an employee lifestyle ethos that is based on health and a positive workplace environment,” Farrow said.










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Cox Business among sponsors supporting local startup ecosystem Ten local startups will compete for $75,000 in San Diego’s biggest pitch competition on Oct. 29 during the 13th annual John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition, sponsored by Cox Business, Tech Coast Angels: San Diego, and San Diego Venture Group. The event will be held at Qualcomm Hall. The 10 finalists, selected from hundreds of applicants, will be given two minutes to pitch their startups at the Quick Pitch Competition to an expert panel of judges. A sold-out audience of investors, executives, and business leaders will be watching and providing feedback on which startup should win. Last year’s winner was 31-year-old Shiv Shukla

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ic nerve pain without the use of opioids. Shukla says winning the competition had a domino effect for

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results less than one year after the win at the Quick Pitch Competition. As of June, the company has raised $3.8 million in seed money, and in July, received a long-awaited technology patent. San Diego was recently ranked by Inc. magazine as the fourth hottest startup city in the nation. Startups bring jobs and stronger economic development to a region. Cox Business, which is the technology partner to businesses of all sizes in San Diego, wants to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life, and help small businesses grow. Sponsoring the John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition is one way that Cox Business is supporting innovation in San Diego, in addition to bringing its own innovative products and services to the region. For more information about the John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition, visit www.quickpitchsd. com.

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

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operations were previously halted due to an August 2018 incident when a canister of spent fuel got stuck on a ring as it was being lowered into dry storage and went unnoticed for nearly an hour. Though the incident was fixed, the canister could have fallen 18 feet. After that incident, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission launched an investigation into Edison and issued a $116,000 penalty in March. In May, the NRC gave Edison the green light to continue fuel transfer operations, and Edison resumed in July. Edison has two independent spent fuel storage installations (ISFSI) where they store the spent fuel. The second was added in 2015 after receiving CCC approval. “That permit included


span of the project. Edison expects to begin major decommissioning work next year. Additionally, Special Condition 3 requires Edison to submit an application amending the project’s permit within six months of completion and no later than June 1, 2028. The application will include a plan to remove the remaining above- and below-grade structures at the site, an assessment of coastal erosion and sea level rise, and an updated assessment of known and potential hazards of the remaining structures. Edison recently resumed spent fuel transfer operations to dry storage over the summer. Transfer

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

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a condition that Edison submit a cask inspection and maintenance program to make sure casks stay in conditions sufficient to allow onsite transfer and offsite transport,” Weber said. Special Condition 19 was added the morning of the CCC’s hearing on the permit as Edison’s response to community concerns regarding spent fuel transfer. The condition ups the deadline for Edison to submit such a cask inspection and maintenance program to the CCC by March 31, 2020. “The condition also includes funding for an independent third-party technical review of the program to assist the commission in its evaluation of the adequacy of this plan,” Weber said. Weber anticipates bringing the inspection and maintenance program to

the Commission in the summer of 2020. CCC Deputy Director Alison Dettmer told commissioners that one of the benefits of removing Units 2 and 3 would create a place on site at a higher elevation to relocate the facility’s ISFSI. The current ISFSI is authorized for a total 20 years to end in 2035. Commission Vice Chair Steve Padilla, who is also a Chula Vista council member, called the federal government’s inability to secure a permanent nuclear waste repository “a preposterous, absurd and egregious failure.” “If we fail to move this forward, we just delay the decommissioning, we delay the ability to remediate this site ultimately for public use, we may create other unintended consequences,

and at the same it’s almost intolerable to have it remain,” Padilla said. “It’s an inexcusable situation.” Donna Gilmore, a San Onofre safety activist, told commissioners during the public hearing that the canisters currently in storage have been damaged but to an unknown degree. “We should wait until after they inspect all the canisters to make sure they are transportable,” Gilmore said. “Then we can talk about a permit to destroy buildings. There’s no urgency, the only reason they (Edison) want to do it is money.” David Victor, chair of the SONGS Community Engagement Panel, told commissioners that the “safest place by for the spent fuel is in those canisters stored in this facility.” He also cau-

tioned about the “non-solutions” to the issue of spent fuel storage at SONGS that have sprung up in the last year. “In the slip stream of the shut down of fuel transfer operations last year … many non-solutions have emerged and have now been discussed widely in the press, in our meetings, a variety of other places,” he said. “They include leaving the fuel in spent fuel pools, they include requiring an onsite hot cell, they require keeping the spent fuel pool in place and a variety of others.” Though Victor acknowledges those ideas come form a good place, the key for everyone is to focus on the “long-term aging management of the spent fuel and the integrity of that process.”

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