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OCT. 27, 2017

Gallagher fills vacant board seat

‘Puppy mill’ bill signed

By Christina Macone-Greene

By Aaron Burgin

REGION — North County’s animal welfare activism community is hailing the signing of a statewide bill that would ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits that aren’t from a rescue group or a shelter. Gov. Jerry Brown last week announced the signing of Assembly Bill 485, which State Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, introduced in February. The bill had near universal support in Sacramento, passing through both the State Assembly and State Senate with sweeping majorities. California is the first state to ban retail pet stores from selling animals from commercial kennels, which are sometimes referred to as “puppy mills.” The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. The bill had the backing of nearly every animal welfare group statewide, including a strong contingent in North County that had worked for years to pass similar ordinances in cities throughout the county, including in Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos. “We are elated, absolutely elated,” said Andrea Cunningham of the local group Not One Animal Harmed, or N.O.A.H. “It’s the first step of hopefully 49 more in the entire country as each state comes on board.” The bill, though widely supported in the legislature, was not without opponents. These opponents of the bill — including the American Kennel Club, the California Retailers Association, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and one prominent San Diego County pet store owner — argued that the bill strips consumers of the right to choose where they purchase their animals. The Coast News reached out to David Salinas, who operates four retail pet outlets TURN TO BILL ON 20

On the border of Encinitas and Solana Beach, the 979-acre San Elijo Lagoon is home to more than 700 species of plants and animals, many rare and endangered. The property includes a nature center, above, and is popular with runners, bird watchers and wildlife photographers. Photo by Rennett Stowe

San Elijo Conservancy celebrates 30 years By Aaron Burgin

REGION — Thirty years ago, the San Elijo Lagoon — the area off of Coast Highway 101 and Interstate 5 in Cardiff that serves as a critical bridge between the Escondido Creek and the Pacific Ocean — was suffering. Years of development and neglect had relegated the lagoon to nothing more than a dump and a pond where sewage would settle. A duck hunting club used it as

well. In 1987, however, a group was formed to steward the restoration and ongoing protection of the lagoon. The group’s roots date back to the late 1970s when the community banded together to preserve the lagoon from development and the San Elijo Conservancy was born. But talk to Sally Foster, the co-chair of the Conservancy’s “Birds of a Feather” Gala, and

others associated with the restoration group, and they will tell you the conservancy is needed now more than even it was in its infant stages. “It’s more important today,” she said, without hesitation. Located on the border of Encinitas and Solana Beach, the 979acre lagoon is home to more than 700 species of plants and animals, TURN TO CONSERVANCY ON 17

RANCHO SANTA FE — After several deadlock votes at the Oct. 5 Rancho Santa Fe Association meeting, Mike Gallagher walked away as the newly appointed board member. Gallagher is filling former board member Mike Licosati’s seat, which will come up for re-election in June 2018. Licosati, whose primary residence has shifted from Rancho Santa Fe to Solana Beach, resigned on Aug. Gallagher 23. The board was at a standstill five times, with members locked 3-3 in a tied secret vote. It took the board six attempts, and an impromptu adjournment to executive session, before the tie vote broke and Gallagher was nominated. According to Association Manager Bob Hall, seven candidates initially were in the running although one withdrew. “The quality of these candidates are incredible, and this is a wonderful thing,” Hall said. “It’s exciting to have so many who want to serve this community.” The names of the candidates remained confidential out of consideration for those who were not appointed. Board President Fred Wasserman told Covenant residents TURN TO GALLAGHER ON 20

School Board interviews 5 to fill Ritto seat By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School Board publicly interviewed five applicants on Oct. 16 to fill an empty seat left by Marti Ritto, who resigned on Sept. 13. The school district closed applications on Oct. 9 for the existing term that runs through November 2018. The five applicants interviewed were Kali Kim, Jee Manghani, Richard The five applicants interviewed by the Rancho Santa Fe School Shen, Ph.D., Jon Yonemitsu Board all have children attending R. Roger Rowe School. File photo and Elise Dufrensne. Each

applicant has children attending R. Roger Rowe. Board President Todd Frank explained the board would not decide on an appointment that day. First up was Kim, who has a professional background as a senior tax accountant. When asked why she would make a good board member, she shared that she had a vested interest in the success of the school. She said she believes the school board should have a long-term vi-

sion with a clear consensus. “I think a school board member is an advocate for the kids to ensure kids receive everything they need to receive their highest potential,” she said. When assessing the performance of the district, Kim said a significant metric is the feedback from the community, parent surveys and test scores. Another way to determine performance, she said, is to see TURN TO SCHOOL BOARD ON 6

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Volunteers needed for Habitat projects By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church of Rancho Santa Fe needs a helping hand from 100 volunteers willing to pitch in with two Habitat for Humanity projects on Nov. 4. The church is partnering with other Presbyterian churches in San Diego County and working alongside professional contractors for one of the projects. According to Pastor Jan Farley, 20 volunteers will take part in a homebuilding project, and roughly 80 will assemble and paint playhouses. Volunteers over the age of 12 are allowed at the construction sites. Thomas Szampruch, who serves as the development coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, said the Village Church would be at two different home sites. “One (group) will be working on four new townhomes homes in Logan Heights along with one neighborhood revitalization project,” he said. “They will also be preparing an area for five new houses in El Cajon as well as working on one revitalization project.” Szampruch wants people to know that the “Neighborhood


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Revitalization Project” was established by Habitat for Humanity so that it could reach farther than just building homes. Providing repairs to existing homes in neighborhoods where new homes are being constructed is another level of care and service they want to offer. Repairs can range from roofs and windows, to reframing or even landscaping. “We don’t just go into a neighborhood and plop down houses,” Szampruch said. “We go into a neighborhood and see how we can help invest in the whole neighborhood.” Farley said Habitat for Humanity is the only nonprofit organization that offers homeownership opportunities. “In the world of mission and community service, ‘sustainability’ is very important to the Village Church and Habitat excels on all levels in sustainability,” she said. As for the playhouse project, after completion, four will go straight away to Habitat for Humanity so that they can be given to families or nonprofit child care organizations. Playhouse assembly does not require the use of tools, so

younger children are encouraged to help out. “A simple playhouse can be very effective in fostering a child’s development and creativity,” she said. Farley said it takes about four hours to assemble a playhouse. While four are being given to Habitat for Humanity, the Village Church is keeping the other playhouses for its auction at the Alternative Christmas Market on Nov. 19. Farley calls it a created fundraiser in where the proceeds go back to Habitat for Humanity. Farley said Nov. 4 is a day to bring families and surrounding communities together. When a family unifies in service work, Farley said, it helps shape children. “Who we are as a family is a family that gives back to the community,” Farley said. “For me, doing something with your family tells you who you are as a family.” To learn more about the Habitat for Humanity Nov. 4 projects, call the Village Church Preschool office at (858) 756-2441 or email Holli Crawford at hollic@villagechurch.org.

As a young boy, Frank Mitzel had a penchant for growing plants. Raised in a small neighborhood outside of Detroit, he cared for and maintained a 430-square-foot garden that was an abundant source of food for his entire family and some nearby neighbors. It was only natural that Mitzel’s innate talent led him to become a professional landscape designer after earning a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. A resident of Verrazzano, a community between Santaluz and Fairbanks Ranch, Mitzel spent his most of his 35- Mitzel year landscape career designing in California, Florida and Michigan. Now, the San Diego Horticultural Society is benefitting from Mitzel’s sage wisdom since he recently accepted a three-year term as president of the organization. Mitzel is no stranger to SDHS — he’s been a member for the past 17 years. Currently, the organization has more than 1,000 members. What interested him most about SDHS was its horticulture educational efforts, he said. “We try to inspire and educate the people of San Diego County to grow and enjoy plants and to create beautiful environmentally responsible gardens and landscapes,” he

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High time for PUC to fix San Onofre ‘settlement’ California Focus By Thomas D. Elias

An open letter to Sheriff Gore By Joshua Lazerson

I attended the weekly protest gathering in front of Rep. Darrell Issa’s office in Vista on Oct. 17. As I believe you would agree, this type of activity exemplifies the nature of citizen involvement in a democracy, encompassing both the majority at the gathering who have significant concerns about the current presidential administration and our congressional representative, and those across the street who dedicate their time at this location to support the president and the congressman. I have been attending these protest activities now for approximately four months. I would characterize them as extremely well organized, self-policing, and generally respectful of all who might be affected by them, including building occupants, counter-protesters, neighborhood residents, and the police. The actions I witnessed at the event raise very serious questions regarding your department’s understanding of its role in the context of citizens’ exercise of their First Amendment rights. There were approximately 325 individuals present. All of us witnessed members of your department engaging in a systematic process of examining parked cars in search of violations such as expired tags or missing front license plates. A number of tickets were written for these types of violations. As I was leaving the event a woman who was driving by honked her car horn in support of the protesters. A deputy driving behind her immediately pulled her over, and, as it turns out, cited her for honking her horn for a non-traffic related purpose. I saw an officer standing near the honking violator’s car, and posed some questions to him. I asked him to explain the purpose of the anti-honking law, and he explained that honking for a non-traffic related purpose was a citable offense. I told him that I had been attending these gatherings on and off for four months, that I had never seen a targeted effort to cite legally parked cars, and that I had never (in my life) seen a driver cited for honking in the context of supporting a gathering. I asked him why there was this sudden push to proactively cite drivers for minor violations. He stated that, unlike myself, he came every Tuesday to assess the situation, and had determined that the protest was creating a

Stand up for public lands When Ryan Zinke was nominated by the Trump administration to oversee more than 500 million acres of our American public lands as interior secretary, sportsmen had high hopes that he would be, in his words, “a Teddy Roosevelt guy.” As our 26th president, Roosevelt worked tirelessly to stop special interests from developing and privatizing the wild lands that he treasured, conserving more than

dangerous situation related to distracting drivers. I told him that most reasonable people, observing the department’s actions, would assume that some individual with the power to order the use of deputies had decided to use the department to create a situation of harassment and intimidation to punish participants, and dissuade their continued participation in the protests. He stated that this was not true, that he had assessed the situation, and the actions taken were a direct result of his own assessment and orders. Sheriff Gore, I have to ask how the ticketing of parked cars addresses the issue of public safety that your officer stated as the purpose for your department’s actions? It seemed to most of us that stopping the woman who honked her horn, and keeping her parked for 15 minutes in the middle of the lane while writing up a citation, was the most dangerous traffic-related moment of the day. It seems impossible to explain what we witnessed in any context other than that of harassment and intimidation, and truly, a small blow to the rights of all citizens to lawfully assemble and express their opinions. There are many Americans who feel great anxiety at this moment in our history, people who believe that they are watching the desecration of the basic tenets of our society, including freedom of the press, independence of the judiciary and the right to self-expression. I am not concerned about some movie-plot dictatorial takeover of our society. I think the far greater danger comes in the insidious nature of individuals, groups and entities finding license in the current climate to bend the law in favor of their own interests and/or beliefs. I don’t know if that is what happened with your department and members therein last week. I think it is important to determine what happened, and make an honest public declaration that clarifies why this happened, and whether it is the department’s intent to pursue such actions in the future. This was not, as far as I am concerned, a good day either for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, or for democracy.

••• 230 million acres by establishing 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks and 18 national monuments. Sportsmen have applauded Secretary Zinke for some of his Roosevelt-like actions, such as advocating for public lands adjacent to Yellowstone National Park and proposing the expansion of hunting and fishing on 10 national wildlife refuges. Yet we will continue to hold the secretary accountable for pursuing the rollback of conservation protec-

The California Public Utilities Commission now says it wants closure on its most contentious, most questionable decision of the last few decades. This comes more than four years after a clandestine meeting between the commission’s then-president Michael Peevey and officials of the Southern California Edison Co. set parameters for “settling” the division of costs for shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, on the coast near the Orange-San Diego county line. The so-called settlement among the PUC, Edison, San Onofre part-owner San Diego Gas & Electric and a so-called consumer group called The Utility Reform Network (TURN) saddled electricity customers with about 70 per cent of the expense of the 2012 shutdown, caused by an Edison blunder. That came to $3.3 billion out of the $4.7 billion total cost. Edison tried to recoup some costs of the shutdown by suing the maker of the failed steam generator that caused the problem, Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, for hundreds of millions. But the utility won only a fraction of what it sought. So a promise in the San Onofre settlement giving half the lawsuit proceeds to consumers became essentially meaningless. Even before that court decision, the commission in May 2016 conceded there may have been something fishy about the decision spurred by that secret meeting, which violated even the PUC’s own loose rules. It’s taken since then for the commission to schedule a new set of public hearings – the first ever in the case – at which consumers and others can speak out about the possibly illegal settlement, which came before any hearings on the issue could be held. “This matter is long overdue for resolution,” wrote current PUC President Michael Picker and PUC Judge Darcie Houck in the order setting up the hearings. You don’t say, Mr. Picker. Picker, then merely one of the five commission members, voted for the settlement, never saying whether he knew of the irregular Elias is author of the book meeting between Edison and Peevey, not “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The coincidentally a former Edison president. Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the He’s refused ever since to divulge why he Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now voted yes. available in an updated third edition. His Now ordinary citizens can at last email address is tdelias@aol.com

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Joshua Lazerson is an Encinitas resident tions on millions of acres of national monuments, scrapping collaborative habitat management plans for sage grouse, and not fighting administration proposals to cut popular public access programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. These actions threaten to undermine Roosevelt's legacy, and I join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers in urging Secretary Zinke to do the right thing and stand up for our public lands. Jesse Cappadocia Oceanside

speak out. Between now and the end of January, opinions and new information can be sent to the PUC public advisor at 505 Van Ness St., San Francisco, CA 94102. Public hearings start in Los Angeles in February, with more the next month in San Diego. A supposedly final PUC decision will come later. Clearly, the commission wants this stain on its record to fade away at last, after it has inflamed public opinion about the agency for years. At the same time, Edison and SDG&E will fight to keep the settlement as is. The PUC also wants closure on the related criminal investigation that’s been hanging over it since subpoenas and search warrants were issued and carried out against it and Peevey in early 2014 because of their actions in this case. The investigation began under former Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator, and may have continued under her appointed successor Xavier Becerra. Becerra’s office has refused to answer questions from this column and others about the investigation, not even indicating whether it is still ongoing. “The Attorney General’s office has sent mixed signals concerning the status of its investigation,” griped PUC lawyer Pamela Naughton in a court filing. Naughton is among the private criminal lawyers hired by the PUC at public expense of more than $10 million because it was up against the attorney general, who normally represents the commission. Neither the PUC nor anyone else has ever cited any law allowing the PUC to hire private lawyers with public money to defend actions by individual commissioners or staffers. This may be another PUC scandal waiting to break. But Naughton, no matter the legality of her retainer, is correct that the public deserves to know whether there is still an investigation. After all, no one has yet been punished, even though the sometimes comedic PUC did absurdly fine Edison $16 million in 2015 for not reporting meetings with the commission’s own members. The bottom line: Closure is long overdue on San Onofre, but not at the expense of whitewashing any part of this plainly unjust use of public authority and funds.






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Meeting addresses impacts of resort

Board OKs RSF work using gas tax

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By Joe Naiman

The most noticeable provisions of the Road Repair and Accountability Act passed by the state legislature earlier this year are an increase in the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon effective November 2017 and increased vehicle registration fees (based on vehicle value but between $25 and $175), effective spring 2018. The legislation also requires local governments to submit a list of projects the tax revenue will fund to the California Transportation Commission. The County of San Diego will resurface roads totaling 194.63 centerline miles throughout the unincorporated area. A 4-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Oct. 11 adopted the list and authorized the director of the county's Department of Purchasing and Contracting to advertise for bid and award multiple construction contracts for the asphalt concrete overlay and slurry seal treatment projects. Because the action included authorization of contracts for the work the list includes all roads to be resurfaced rather than just those funded by the gas tax. The Rancho Santa Fe area asphalt concrete overlay work includes: • 0.10 miles of El Aspecto from Los Morros to the cul-de-sac • 2.57 miles of El Camino Del Norte from Aliso Canyon Road to the Encinitas city limit • 0.99 miles of El Mirlo from Via de Fortuna to La Bajada • 1.53 miles of El Montevideo from Paseo Delicas to Via de Fortuna • 0.18 miles of Rancho Reposo from Via Del Canon to the cul-de-sac • 0.77 miles of Via Fortuna from San Elijo to El Mirlo • 0.23 miles of Via de la Valle between the San Diego city limits • 1.64 miles of Via de la Valle from the San Diego city limit to Calzada Del Bosque • 0.47 miles of Vista de la Terra from Rancho Antiguo to the end of the road Three Rancho Santa Fe road segments will receive slurry seal treatment: • 0.08 miles of Camino Selva from Via de Santa Fe to the cul-de-sac • 0.09 miles of Paseo Arbolado from Via de Santa Fe to the cul-de-sac • 0.36 miles of Via de Santa Fe from La Flecha to Via de la Valle Although the authorization to advertise and award the contracts was included in the Oct. 11 action, dry-weather months are preferred for road projects and construction is not expected to begin until spring 2018. The work on a countywide basis is scheduled to be complete by December 2018.

Pizza Port head brewer Mike Aubuchon’s son, Zephyr, left, shows off his father’s silver medal from the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver this month. Aubuchon won for his Z-Man Stout, which is named after his son. Courtesy photo

Local brewer lands on festival podium for stout By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — The Great American Beer Festival is the Super Bowl for brewers. To be tapped for a medal solidifies a brewer’s creation, while adding prestige to the brew. Winning two medals, meanwhile, puts the beer above many others in the hyper competitive landscape of American brewing. Mike Aubuchon, 39, head brewer at Pizza Port in Carlsbad Village, recently claimed his second medal, a silver, at the festival in Denver earlier this month for his Z-Man Stout in the export stout category. He earned a bronze medal in 2015. “Obviously, I was super excited and super stoked to get something,” Aubuchon said of his second-place finish. “To me, at least, being a brewer in the United States, World Beer Cup would be second (highest honor) and the San Diego International Beer Festival would be third. It’s a huge compliment to win.” Z-Man is a traditional foreign-style stout named

after Aubuchon’s son, Zephyr. It’s black in color with a rich, creamy head, coffee and chocolate flavors and a light, burnt grain dry finish with a 7.3 percent alcohol content. Z-Man also won a bronze at the World Beer Cup a few years ago. But for Aubuchon, who has worked at Pizza Port for 10 years, the story of Z-Man began eight years ago just before Zephyr was born. Working as an assistant brewer at the Ocean Beach location, he paired with head brewer Yigh Miyashiro (now at Saint Archer Brewing Company) to create and name Z-Man. It was the elder Aubuchon’s first recipe. Once he moved to the Carlsabad Village location, he tinkered with his creation and has won four medals in the past five years. “I changed up the recipe to this system,” Aubuchon said. “That’s the fourth medal that beer has won.” The three-day festival features 2,217 breweries and 7,923 “competitive” en-

tries from every state in the United States plus Washington, D.C. More than 60,000 people attended the event. Aubuchon said his category featured 48 submissions for the blind taste test. He submitted three other brews, but only Z-Man medaled. Still, he was thrilled with the outcome and the hard work put in to creating a quality libation. The work, and especially the freedom of being a craft brewer, he said, allows brewers to push the boundaries instead of becoming traditional production brewers. “We make a high-quality product,” Aubuchon said. “When you have a high-quality beer like that and everyone drinks it and the judges love it too, that’s really cool. It’s so hard to win now. There are just so many entries.”

DEL MAR — About 45 people attended an Oct. 11 scoping meeting held to garner public input on what should be studied in an environmental impact report for a proposed blufftop resort in Del Mar. But it was mostly Solana Beach residents who weighed in, saying their city will be more impacted. “Inconveniences that go with a project like this are going to fall on our community, not Del Mar,” Jan Shields said. “The revenue is going to be gained by Del Mar,” Carol Bohl said. “We’re going to deal with the impacts. ... There’s an inequity there.” Brian Cooke said having the entrance to the proposed Del Mar Resort in a residential neighborhood will worsen traffic on the already busy roadways. “Sierra Avenue ... is already a parking lot during the summer so I’m not sure how they’re going to mitigate that — whether it’s a decrease in units or some magical engineering,” he said. Addressing other environmental issues that should be studied, Cooke had concerns about aesthetics and the bluffs. “It’s not a four-story area,” he said. “It’s a two-story area. It’s not a modern design. It’s kind of a timeless design. We need something that actually blends in with the site. That’s going to be increased setbacks, lower height, more timeless design.” Jim Jaffee, a Solana Beach resident and member of the San Diego Surfrider Foundation, said a proposed 40-foot setback from the bluffs is an arbitrary number and may not

be adequate to protect the development, lateral blufftop access or both. “Let science tell you what that number should be,” he said, adding that the project “in no way should ever require coastal armoring” such as a sea wall or other bluff retention devices. Lateral public access should be preserved and vertical public access via a low-impact relocatable stairway on the north boundary at Border Avenue should be considered, Jaffee added. Encinitas-based Zephyr Partners and Robert Green Company are planning a resort complex with buildings that range from one to four stories on a 16.5-acre site that for nearly a century has prohibited public access because it is a gated residential area. Located on the southwest corner of the Via de la Valle and Camino del Mar intersection, the development will include approximately 290 hotel rooms and 86 residential units, as well as typical resort amenities such as a restaurant and meeting and banquet rooms. A low-cost visitor lodge, with rates regulated by the California Coastal Commission, affordable workforce housing, visitor-serving and public parking and public trails are also proposed. Access will be from the north off Border Avenue where it turns into South Sierra Avenue. In addition to the scoping meeting, the developers have held three public workshops, only one of which was required, to garner public input. “All of this is going to TURN TO RESORT ON 7

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OCT. 27

MOVIE ON CAMPUS LIFE, a lifelong learning group, will screen “Our Little Sister” at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 on the San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., room 201. The 2015 film is Japanese with English subtitles and rated PG. For more information, contact lifesanelijo@ gmail.com. SHOW SEEKS SUBMISSIONS The Vista Art Foundation is hosting a photo juried show at the Civic Gallery in late November through early January. Deadline for submission of entries is Oct. 29. To find out more information, or to submit vistaart.org/newwork2017. E101 GALLERY Mac Hillebrand shows Mixed Media indigenous of the canyon chaparral wilds of San Diego on display through Oct. 31 at the E101 Office Gallery, 818 S. Coast Highway 101. For more information, visit amberwavesofgrain.gallery/. AT LUX Through Nov. 4, Shelley Reed will be creating a large oil painting on a paper grid. During her residency, Reed will allow the viewer to step into the creation of her black and white world at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. For more information, visit luxartinstitute.org or call (760) 436-6611. ATOMIC GROOVE An Atomic Groove Happy Hour proceeds Dead Man’s Party Halloween Show Oct. 27 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit http://bellyup.com/.

T he R ancho S anta F e News Cost is $20 plus garden entry fee of $14. LANDSCAPE PERSPECTIVE Learn landscape composition, depth, and perspective with exotic fruit orchards, lily ponds and waterfalls. Learn about “Costa Rica Creativity.” Bring any media. Register at Linda@ LindaLuisi.com or (760) 944-8991 or visit www.LindaLuisi.com/costa-rica. VAN HALEN TRIBUTE Pala Casino Spa & Resort offers Tribute Concerts at 8 p.m., Saturdays in the Infinity Showroom. Femme Halen, a female tribute to Van Halen, followed by Club Infinity with DJ Sinn is on tap for Oct. 28. For more information, visit palacasino. com. ON STAGE WYO and Band of Gringos headline Oct. 28 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit http://bellyup.com/.

OCT. 29

JAPANESE CHORUS Hear the Japanese Chorus Kaguya in concert from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Free admission; open to public. SEASIDE BAZAAR Find art and artful crafts from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at the Seaside Bazaar, open air flea market, at 459 S. Coast Highway 101. For more information, call (760) 7531611. DYLAN REDUX Joan Osborne sings the songs of Bob Dylan Oct. 29 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit http://bellyup.com/.

OCT. 30

OPENING RECEPTION An opening reception will be held for artist Julia C.R. Gray’s “Dialogues Body and Sea” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, OCT. 28 Civic Center Gallery, City ART AFTER DARK Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., EnThe Oceanside Museum of cinitas. For more informaArt invites all to its Art Af- tion, visit juliacrgray.com. ter Dark: Dia De Los Muertos from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28, OCT. 31 704 Pier View Way, OceansHALLOWEEN HEAT ide. Day-of tickets are mem- Get spooky with Halloween bers $30, visitors $40 at Heat - ‘80s Heat at the Belhttp://oma-online.org/aad/. ly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros DRAW AND PAINT Ave., Solana Beach. For tickJoin the Draw and Paint ets and information, visit workshop from 10 a.m. to http://bellyup.com/. noon at the San Diego BoENCAUSTIC AND tanic Garden, 230 Quail MORE The work of artist Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Chris Reilly “Waxing Poet”


how successful students are in high school after leaving R. Roger Rowe. Manghani, who has a background in commercial software development, said he moved to Rancho Santa Fe in 2010 because of the school district. “It’s important for my kids and all kids that they have access to great education,” he said. Manghani shared his views on district priorities. In addition to preparing students for high school, teacher and staff retention are also a priority, he said. “All the teachers we have had have been excellent,” he said. “We need to be retaining talent but also

looking for additional talent when the needs arise.” Another item important to Manghani is ensuring the aesthetics of the school meld with Covenant standards mainly in the event of a gym renovation or a new gym. Fiscal responsibility was also on his list. Manghani said that as a board member he would represent the whole community. Shen, who has an extensive background in biochemistry and research and development, said he considers himself fortunate that his current work allows him to have more freedom. Much of that time has been spent giving back to the robotics program at R. Roger Rowe. His past experiences in

encaustic on mixed media is on display through Dec. 13 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Call (760) 943-2260 or visit etrafineart.com/chris-reilly. ART CLASS AT LUX Adults 18 and older can register for a Tuesday eightweek class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31 through Dec. 12 at the Education Pavilion, Studio #1, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Learn the basics of collage and mixed media with Lux visiting artist Allison Renshaw. Cost is $400. To register, visit education@luxartinstitute.org or call (760) 436-6611.

NOV. 1

GLASSWORK See “Geometry In Glass” by artist Sandy Levin through Dec. 5 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, contact (760) 7537376 or peacefulheartglass. com.

NOV. 2

A SWINGIN’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS Get tickets now for Jane Lynch’s special 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 performance, “Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Center Theater, 340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido. Tickets are $40-$50 at https://my.artcenter.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=2941 or at the center ticket office, or by calling (800) 988-4253.

NOV. 3

‘SECRET GARDEN’ New Village Arts Theatre opens “The Secret Garden,” with Pay-What-You-Can previews Nov. 3 through Nov. 9 Nov. 3 and opening night at 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets are $43-$46 at New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad or online at newvillagearts.org, or via phone at (760) 433-3245.


GET IN THE SPIRIT Get tickets now for the Village Church Community Theater performance of “Scrooge! The Musical” Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets are $17 at villagechurchcommunitytheater.org.

work and creating startups, he said, provide him with knowledge about what is essential to operate an organization. Getting input from a lot of different perspectives is also important, he said. He also said it is vital that students receive the tools to succeed in life that help them find their own passions at the appropriate level. As for decision making, Shen said he would be open to suggestions. “Go out and talk to people and get their input,” he said. “It might spark other ideas.” Yonemitsu, an attorney, said R. Roger Rowe offered a fit for each student. As for district priorities, Yonemitsu said that the facilities would be one of them, in-

OCT. 27, 2017

Get ready to dance, dance, dance with the B-52s

college town. “Not at all,” Schneider said. “There was For 40 years, The B-52s have, been no scene whatsoever. We had to play the folk bringing a new wave dance party to clubs, club. They didn’t want us until we sold out.” ballrooms, theaters, arenas and amphitheThe quintet’s first gig came on Feb. 14, aters around the country 1977. “We just like to keep the energy high, “I had some friends who were having a get the audience on their feet and having Valentine’s party and they asked me if we’d a good time,.” said singer Fred Schneider, play it,” Schneiwho’s also been der said. “We known to bang didn’t even have on a cowbell. a name yet. I told “I’ve never heard them ‘We have any complaints a gig if we want about our live it.’ We took it and show. Never.” played the same And that set twice.” show aims at Taking its getting people up name from a ‘40s to dance, even beehive hairdo if it’s in a stuffy that resembled concert hall the nose cone on where patrons the B-52 bomber, usually sit and dressing thriftappreciate the store chic and music. delivering its “People humorous, quirky usually stand up music, the group anyway,” Schneiplayed in Athens der said. “We’re and Atlanta. not a sit down Then it band.” ventured out That’s beThe B-52s are playing the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach on to, among other cause the band’s Nov. 2-3. Photo by Joseph Cultice places, New York, catchy combo where it played now legendary clubs CBGB of dance and surf music, filled with unusuand The Mudd Club, becoming the first Athally tuned and played guitars is irresistibly danceable. And quirkier songs, like “Quiche ens band to get national attention. “When record labels started coming to Lorraine” and “Mesopotamia” will bring Athens and Atlanta trying to get us to sign smiles and even more fun. their crappy contracts, we knew something That sound and the songs, Schneider said, come from the combination of elements was going on here,” Schneider said. “Once we signed with Warners (Warner Bros. Records), brought by each member of the original it was ‘Here we go.’ We’ve had a good run and B-52s lineup: singers himself, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson with Cindy’s brother Ricky we’re still going strong.” In the middle of that run, 1989 to be preand Keith Strickland on guitars. cise, came “Love Shack,” the band’s biggest “Keith and Ricky were very original musicians,” Schneider said. “Ricky had three hit -- a song that Schneider saved from being strings on his guitar, sometimes four. He was abandoned during the recording process. “I wouldn’t let it go,” he said. “They were very creative. He liked Joni Mitchell a lot and used open tuning. He was really admired sort of giving up on it. I thought ‘We’ve got to by a lot of guitarists. Keith plays a variety of do something with this.’ Don Was (producer) instruments and he’s amazing at it. came up with the idea of putting two parts “I wrote poetry in high school and coltogether. It wasn’t anything brilliant. But it lege that was sort of surreal and humorous. worked.” I brought that aspect to the lyrics,” he said. Indeed it worked. But “Love Shack” was “Kate liked folk music and played guitar. far from an instant hit. Cindy liked to sing. She’s a creative poet too. “Radio wouldn’t take it at first except We all brought that together.” for college and independent, which is why we They brought it together in Athens, Ga. always have time for college and independent in 1976, legendarily jamming for their first now,” Schneider said. “I don’t think our retime after sharing a flaming volcano drink at cord label knew what to do with it. We had to a Chinese restaurant. beg radio stations to play ‘Love Shack’. Now “I was visiting from Atlanta,” Schneider you can’t get away from it.” said. “I was really bored living in Atlanta. Schneider can’t escape “Love Shack,” I decided, after we jammed and saw all my “Roam,” “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho” friends, to move to Athens. Then we got toor any of The B-52s classics. That, however, gether to jam (regularly). There was actually doesn’t bother him. nothing to do in Athens.” “I spend more time thinking about stage Really, nothing to do in Athens? The patter than I do about whether I like this song usual view of Athens in the late ‘70s is it had or not,” he said. “I want to say something a thriving music community that produced that can get people to go ‘What is he talking bands like R.E.M. and drew others to the about?’ And then come out with a song.”

By L. Kent Wolgamott

cluding the gym. Implementing technology is also valued because it promotes critical thinking and engages a student in what they are doing, he said. Because of the student-teacher ratio at R. Roger Rowe, Yonemitsu said students have the opportunity for more customized instruction when needed. As for accelerated learning, Yonemistsu said it is excellent when used appropriately when a child needs a challenge. “I’m in favor of it, but there has to be a balance,” he said. Yonemitsu also said he wanted to find ways to make the transition from middle school to high school better for students. “What are the best op-

portunities to not only get in those institutions but to thrive in them?” he asked. ̕ Dufresne, who operates a political consulting firm, said her professional experience makes her uniquely qualified. She said she has a great deal of experience in just about everything a school board would address. “In terms of professional experience, I am definitely qualified to hit the ground running,” she said, adding that this would help the continuity of the school board. Board teamwork is crucial to Dufresne. However, her top priorities are to make sure the very best is done for the children regarding curriculum and programs that engage, and in-

vestment in curricula with an emphasis in science and technology. What Dufrense wants for her child, she wants for every child at R. Roger Rowe. Dufrense said she felt that the school district’s fiscal conservancy is exemplary. “Teacher salaries and union negotiations need to be looked at seriously,” Dufrense said. “While it’s important we retain top level (teachers), it’s important we don’t enter into something that is not sustainable.” For Dufrense, the health of a school district should be a priority from an economic viewpoint while looking ahead to any future bridges which might have to be crossed.

OCT. 27, 2017


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Fairgrounds concert venue approved

In case of emergency, bring glass

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Plans to convert about 40 percent of Surfside Race Place into a nearly 1,870-seat concert venue and 7,000-square-foot beer-tasting exhibit area were approved by the California Coastal Commission after being moved to the consent calendar at the Oct. 12 meeting. While that meant it was authorized without dissention or discussion, it included a handful of added conditions. The coastal development permit will initially be valid for five years, until Oct. 11, 2022. However, the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds where the facility is located, can apply for renewal before it expires. During the life of the permit, the fairgrounds must annually submit data to the commission that includes the dates and types of all events and total attendance. There is also a parking monitoring requirement for information such as the number of spaces used by performers and attendees and the location of the parking areas that are used. The commission will use the data to ensure parking is being adequately served onsite and determine if modifications are needed. Usage levels and trip generation of the remodeled Surfside are expected to be below the facility’s peak capacity of 5,500. “Additionally, a project-specific focused transportation analysis found that the level of service at the


small talk A concert venue and beer-tasting exhibit area at Surfside Race Place could be up and pouring this time next year. Work is slated to begin next month on the $13 million project recently OK’d by the California Coastal Commission. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

adjacent intersections will not substantially increase during the weekday PM peak hours — the heaviest traffic load — when a concert may occur,” the staff report states. “Thus, the expected traffic during peak beach demand times on weekends should not be impacted.” According to the staff report, a concert venue introduces the risk that noise generation will adversely impact the nearby wetland habitat and wildlife. Therefore, substantial noise- or light-generating outdoor activities related to inside events, including but not limited to strobe lights, pyrotechnics, searchlights and outdoor speakers or stages, are prohibited. Final plans must be submitted to the commission before the permit is issued. There can be no deviation and any development beyond that will require a separate amendment. Attendance is capped at 1,869 seats. Surfside is an approximately 100,000-square-foot satellite wagering facility

that opened in 1991 to accommodate about 5,500 people. At one point it attracted around 2,700, but a decrease in offsite betting has resulted in an average daily attendance of less than 450. Fair board members for nearly four years have been considering options to make the venue profitable. Studies conducted by fairgrounds staff and students from California State University San Marcos concluded that turning it into an entertainment venue would be “highly profitable,” with a return on investment in less than five years if at least 90 concerts are held annually. However, according to a press release issued last month, the fairgrounds will host about 60 concerts a year. Most events are expected to occur weekdays starting around 7 p.m., with some weekend daytime and evening activities that could include lectures, acrobatics, cultural events and plays. Del Mar and Solana Beach expressed concerns

about impacts to the two cities. Solana Beach filed a lawsuit in June challenging the 22nd DAA’s assertion that an environmental review was not necessary because it is a remodel of an existing building. Last month, in a letter to the commission, Solana Beach’s city manager stated the city and district reached an “agreement in principle to resolve the issues” related to the project and Solana Beach no longer opposes it. The $13 million renovation is slated to begin in December, with a fall 2018 opening date expected. Satellite wagering will continue at Surfside. “With the downturn in off-track wagering, we’re very excited about transforming this facility into a concert venue that will become a community asset enjoyed by our neighbors and the general public,” fairgrounds General Manager Tim Fennell stated in the press release. “It will generate jobs and we hope new horse racing customers as well.”

ident, said. “I really am looking forward to access to that property after almost 60 years. be taken into account in our final de“I think it is an incredible benefit sign,” Green said. “We’re still very to both communities, and I think it is early in the process. ... We have a long very naïve to think the burden’s going way to go in this process and we need to fall on one community more than to hear from everybody. another,” he added. “That’s what we’ve been doing “We’ve got this great public for many months now,” he added. process,” Bob Sexton said. “Let’s go “The purpose of these analyses is to through it. I can absolutely appreciate study the realities.” the issues with regard to the density. For example, Green said, his team There is a due process for that. “I think that that has been a ... long-term eyesore there and an underutilized asset,” he added. “Let’s see what these folks have to bring to increase and upgrade our community and our values.” Green said the project will provide many positive impacts to the area, including jobs and customers for retail businesses and restaurants. “We want to hear what people have to say,” Green added. “We’ll continue to gather information. The objective is to go away from all of this interaction and work with our design team and make it the best project it can be, taking everybody’s concerns into account.” Public comments on what should be studied in the draft EIR, which will be released in spring 2018, must be submitted in writing by Oct. 30 to mbator@delmar.ca.us or to Matt Bator, Senior Planner, 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, 92014. “This is not a public hearing (to comment on the overall project) but we do want to hear what you have to say,” Bator said. “There are going to be a lot of opportunities ... to gain Solana Beach residents had more to say about a proposed bluff-top resort in neighboring Del Mar than citizens in that city during a recent scoping meeting held to gather public input on what more information and actually voice your concerns and comments.” should be studied in an environmental impact report. Courtesy photo CONTINUED FROM 5

used the existing tree lines as if they were story poles to assess views. They electronically removed the trees and superimposed a preliminary massing model with the hotel and it was actually lower than the existing trees, Green said. Not everyone attending the meeting opposed the project. “I used to climb over grassy sand dunes to get up that bluff and look at a fence that I wasn’t allowed to go into,” Jack Jaeger, a longtime Del Mar res-

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-- Metro News also reports that women in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England, have contacted police about a mysterious man handing out provocative notes in the streets. The notes begin: "No offence intended. You are simply a female that caught my eye. ... I am looking for a possible private arrangement. If you understand my meaning." The man has handed out several of the notes, one to a 14-year-old girl at Middlesbrough Bus Station. Her sister called the phone number at the bottom of the note and said the voice "sounded foreign." She went on: "It made me feel a bit uncomfortable and it set off my anxiety." [Metro News, 10/2/2017] Do Not Eat! Doctors thought a 47-year-old postman in Preston, Lancashire, England, who complained of a persistent cough might have cancer, as he was a longterm smoker whose X-rays showed a spot on his lung. But when they removed the mass, the BBC reported, they found the "long-lost Playmobil traffic cone" the patient had received as a

Corporate Shenanigans The Russian division of Burger King has asked the country's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service to ban Stephen King's horror movie "It" from showing in Russian theaters because the clown character, Pennywise, looks too much like Ronald McDonald, and therefore the movie is advertising for McDonald's. However, the Hollywood Reporter noted, the movie opened in Russia on Sept. 7 and had already grossed millions of dollars by late September. A spokeswoman for the FAS, confirming that the complaint had been received, said, "We can't be concerned with the content of the film," but the agency would determine whether it contained advertising or product placement. [Hollywood Reporter, 9/26/2017]

Crime Report Patrick Joseph Adams Jr., 36, of Great Falls, Montana, pulled the ultimate heist in July when he convinced two male friends and his girlfriend to help him "move out" of a house that wasn't his. One of the friends was suspicious when he saw a wall in the home dedicated to military service, but didn't remember that Adams had been in the service, the Great Falls Tribune reported. That friend left before the move was complete, but the rest of the group loaded about $40,000 worth of belongings into a U-Haul, requiring two trips. Later that evening, the true homeowner of the burglarized house called Inexplicable If you're already shop- police and reported the ping for your 2018 calendar, theft, and through U-Haul Metro News recommends records police were able to

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Planning Commission prefers smaller Watermark complex By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Asked by City Council to weigh in on Watermark Del Mar, the Planning Commission recommended moving forward with a scaled-down version of the multifamily complex proposed for the southeast comer of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive. Like most project opponents, some members had concerns about traffic but said they were confident engineers would analyze the effects in the draft environmental impact report, which is available on the city’s website for public comment through Nov. 13. “If they say the traffic is less with this residential use than a commercial use, I have no reason to not believe them,” Nate McCay said. “There’s lots of worry about increased traffic but that argument goes like this: There’s going to be more traffic, therefore the project should not be approved. That doesn’t make sense to me.” Preliminary plans for Watermark revealed in 2013 featured 57 apartments and townhomes on the approximately 2.3-acre lot. The following year City Council approved a specific plan for the proposed development, which eventually was downsized to 48 units in one- and two-story buildings. It included seven affordable units identified in the city’s state-approved housing element. Four would be deeded at no cost to a nonprofit benefit corporation in perpetuity. In response to community input, the developers revealed a 38-unit version about a year ago. In addition to adding more trees, changing the building styles, creating more open space and increasing setbacks, the reduced version has a

One member of the Watermark Del Mar development team said he personally prefers the scaled-down version but, as an affordable housing proponent, he “would not want to be out in front of not sponsoring a project that meets, dead on, the needs of the (city’s) housing element.” Courtesy rendering

new affordable component. There will be six units, with three gifted. Unlike the larger proposal, which meets the housing element goal of 20 to 25 units per acre with 20.24 units, the smaller project provides “substantial compliance to the goal” with 16.1 units per acre. Both options include studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom townhomes and flats and will feature amenities such as a pool, a spa, a recreation area, access from San Dieguito into a parking garage and power line undergrounding. Additionally, five of 13 Torrey pine trees will be relocated onsite and two will be replaced. The 48-unit plan has 96 parking stalls for residents and 12 for guests. The smaller iteration has 81 resident spaces and 19 guest stalls, which exceeds the city requirement.



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Only two of 10 speakers at the Planning Commission meeting said they support the project, including former Councilman Al Corti, who recently built and moved into a home on Heather Lane just above the development. He said he preferred to see the Watermark project rather than Riverview, a commercial office complex approved for the site in 2008 that was never built. Bud Emerson said the project could meet the needs of aging Del Mar residents. “We have a lot of single seniors in big houses in town and the step that they make from that big house is often to an institution of some kind, no matter what Happy Acres title you give it,” he said. “For some of those folks this would be a nice transition step to stay in Del Mar.” Emerson suggested converting some of the two bedrooms to one

bedrooms or studios to help the city meet its overall affordable housing goal of 22 units. The other speakers, mostly residents of Heather Lane and neighborhoods off San Dieguito Drive, said the scaled-down version is still too big and will increase traffic and decrease safety at the already impacted and dangerous intersection with the newly installed roundabout. Wade Walker said his neighbors aren’t opposed to the project. “They are against the size of it,” he added. “In my opinion the specific plan is not beneficial to the community other than affordable housing, which I think all of us feel passionate about,” Tracy Martinez said. “But I do think there are other ways to think outside the box for affordable housing than this massive development that impacts the community greatly.” Commissioner Philip Posner said affordable housing shouldn’t be “the tail wagging the dog.” “I don’t feel that should be the driving factor about it,” he said, adding that he also has concerns about the roundabout, which he drives through daily, and emergency vehicles getting in and out when traffic backs up. But overall, he said, he supports the project. “I think the design is very nice,” he said. “I do think it has a lot of great qualities to it. I’m just unsure about size in this area there.” But he added that he doesn’t think it will “stick out like a sore thumb.” Chairman Ted Bakker said the specific plan process is the better option for changing the land-use designation from commercial to residential.

“If the city rezones it the community will have way less control over what goes there,” he said. “The state will mandate it.” Martinez also criticized the developers for showing renderings of how Watermark will look from nearly every viewpoint except above the project on Heather Lane. Posner again agreed, saying drawings should show what residents see, not “what the fish are looking at.” McCay said nearby residents needed to be more specific in their opposition to the project. “It seems like there’s a lot of objection that’s not focused on anything other than, ‘We don’t want this in our neighborhood because it’s going to allow too many people to live here,’” he said. “That doesn’t seem right to me. “I wish the people that are concerned about impacts would come and be specific about the particular impacts that they’re concerned about,” McCay added. “When you live next to a vacant lot your view’s always great. But you can’t expect the lot to be vacant. Vacant lots are there for construction. ... These are all borrowed views.” Bakker agreed. “Something’s going to be developed,” he said. “That lot isn’t going to sit vacant forever.” Julie Korsmeyer said she is not naïve enough to think the lot will remain vacant but “this is too dense.” Because resident Arnold Wiesel said residents were not given enough time to “sift through” all the information in the draft EIR before submitting written comments and providing input to the Planning Commission, the project will be revisited at the Nov. 7 meeting.

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t is eerily quiet on Market Street in Hermann, Missouri, on this late September morning. I’m trying to imagine what this storybook town of 2,400 looked like a month ago when thousands of people converged here to see the total solar eclipse. “It was crazy,” recalls the woman behind the counter at Type Style Signs, Antiques & Gifts on Schiller St. “People were everywhere. It was crowded but they were having a great time — sitting on blankets, having parties, drinking beer and wine.” Those last two things are what draw thousands of visitors to Hermann during the autumn months for grape harvest and Oktoberfest, and to see sugar maples, sumacs and American bittersweet vines transform the countryside into a kaleidoscope of red, orange and gold. Hermann is located on the eastern end of Missouri Wine Country, a collection of small towns and wineries that sit mostly along the Missouri River west of St. Louis. Hermann happened for reasons that, in today’s political climate, might spark heated conversation around the dinner table: In the early 1800s, German immigrants in Philadelphia “were dismayed at how quickly their countrymen were being assimilated into American society,” according to historians. To preserve language and culture, the immigrants aspired to establish a city that would be “German in every particular,” so they sent an emissary to Missouri to purchase 11,000 acres of land. Unfortunately, this land was “the steepest, most rugged terrain …on the Missouri River.” Thus the first 17 settlers who arrived in 1837 were astounded to find a “howling wilderness,” but they made the best of its spectacular beauty and the wild grapevines that proliferated on the rocky slopes. Within a decade, visitors from St. Louis were traveling to Hermann, named after a German national hero, to enjoy the products of successful harvests of domestic grapes and brilliant autumn landscapes. Missouri has a long history of cultivating vineyards and manufacturing wine. By the turn of the 20th century, there were 100 wineries in Missouri, but Prohibition (1920 to 1933) and its aftermath dealt a death blow to the industry. Solid rebirth began in the 1980s with the help of tax money and academic and scientific aid.

Hermann, Mo., was founded in 1838 by Philadelphia Germans to preserve their culture and language. Like their homeland, the area was suitable for growing grapes. Today, Hermann is located in the heart of Missouri Wine Country, home to 125-plus wineries. Photo by Dave Keiser

Missouri’s Augusta wine region became the first (of 238) recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1980. Today there are 10 Missouri Wine Trails that encompass 125-plus wineries, and nearly a million tourists visit annually to sample some of the 1.25 million gallons of wine produced here. Hermann’s 20 blocks, historic courthouse on the hill and surrounding wineries ooze charm and provide a movie-set backdrop for its Oktoberfest, winter holidays and Civil War re-enactments. It’s a place where the high school homecoming queen and court appear on the weekly newspaper’s front page; where you’ll encounter the mayor at the pizza parlor on 4th Street;

and where longtime residents are fierce promoters of the town’s history and architecture. A goodly portion of Hermann’s residents are still of German heritage, some descendants of original settlers. Today they own the town’s bed-andbreakfasts, bakeries, ice cream parlors, restaurants, galleries, gift shops and antique malls. Hermann also attracts cyclists and hikers who are making their way across the 240-mile Katy Trail, the longest rail-trail conversion in the country. The town sits at the end of a 2-mile spur off of the trail, which stretches from north of St. Louis to Clinton, not far from the Kansas border. Like to plan ahead? The path of the April 8,

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Solana Beach first in county to form CCA By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Solana Beach is again in the forefront of environmental sustainability, voting 4-1 at the Oct. 11 City Council meeting to enter the final two phases of a three-step plan to form community choice aggregation. It is the first city in the county to do so and the 14th CCA in the state. While supportive of the program, Deputy Mayor Ginger Marshall said she was opposed “at this time” because of concerns and unanswered questions about costs and regulatory processes. “I do think we’re moving a little quickly,” she said, adding that she would prefer to wait and partner with other cities “to take advantage of economies of scale.” Since 2011 Solana Beach has been discussing CCA, which allows cities — either on their own as Solana Beach is doing or as part of a group or agency such as a joint powers authority — to buy or generate renewable electricity for their jurisdiction.



The city won’t own power poles or utility lines, nor would it deliver the energy. Transmission and distribution services will remain the responsibility of San Diego Gas & Electric. CCA is considered an effective way to reach state-mandated greenhouse gas emission reductions and provide customers with potentially lower rates than investor-owned utilities such as SDG&E. According to a technical analysis presented in May 2016, CCA is feasible in Solana Beach and could benefit rate payers, create revenue and increase the use of renewable energy. Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside and Del Mar just released a request for proposals to complete a similar feasibility study for those cities. Mayor Mike Nichols said Solana Beach is not “closing the door” on partnering with them in the future should they decide to move forward. “They started after us,” he said. “They’re trying to catch up and they’re willing to talk to us when that time comes.” This past May, Solana Beach entered phase one, hiring The Energy Authority for design and operation and Calpine, which generates electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. Since then the two consultants completed another technical study, drafted an implementation plan and created operations, budget and staffing plans.

The next steps include finalizing the implementation plan and filing it with the California Public Utilities Commission in November, with expected certification in February or March of next year. At that time the city will complete the initial power procurement and finalize the budget and rates. Two rounds of enrollment notices will be sent to customers between March and May, with a program launch expected in June or July. “Community outreach will continue,” Nichols said. “This is not a done deal.” He and City Manager Greg Wade stressed several times during the meeting that the program does not put the city’s general fund at risk. Under the contract with the consultants, a “lockbox” account will be established and held at a commercial bank to receive customer payments. The funds will be used for operations, energy purchases and to create a reserve. The Energy Authority will be paid up to $1 per megawatt hour, or about $80,350 annually. Calpine will be compensated based on the number of customers in the CCA. If none of Solana Beach’s 7,800 utility users opt out, which is an option, that comes to a little more than $126,000 per year. The city can opt out of the contracts at any time during phase two and would

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total award for their campaign, titled “Ripple Effect.” This campaign was a class project which aimed to raise awareness about plastic pollution. OPEN HOUSE AT PACIFIC RIDGE Pacific Ridge School is hosting an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at 6269 El Fuerte, Carlsbad, for prospective students and their parents, with presentations by teachers and a campus tour. PANERA PRESENTS PINK BAGEL Each October, Panera Bread joins the fight against breast cancer. and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, through its Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign, donating 25 cents from every Pink Ribbon Cherry Vanilla bagel sold.

TWO FOR ONE Extraordinary Conceptions and The Surrogacy Law Center, 2701 Loker Ave. West, Suite 290 and 280, Carlsbad, are hosting simultaneous open houses from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26. They are inviting all nearby businesses to stop by and introduce themselves. The food is being catered by Tommy V’s in Carlsbad with beer pouring by Culver Beer.

MILITARY WIFE SELLS VIRTUAL HOMES Encinitas military wife and Realtor Lauren Taylor is offering the home buying process with Virtual Reality. Savvy Homes Portal is the first virtual reality house-hunting platform. The platform has helped Taylor close on houses for military clients in Japan, Germany, Italy, Washington, D.C. and Spain. For more information, visit CREATIVE STU- Savvy Homes Portal at DENTS Students from prnewswire.com. High Tech Middle North NEW FACE AT COLDCounty have won a Silver award for their submission WELL Coldwell Banker to the 2017 Marine Debris Residential Brokerage has Creative Advocacy Compe- announced Jason Nagy as tition, sponsored by Bow the new branch manager Seat Ocean Awareness of its Carlsbad office. Nagy Programs (Bow Seat). The comes to the office with competition challenged more than 12 years of real middle and high school estate experience. A Southstudents from across the ern California native, country to design and im- Nagy was a partial owner plement a campaign that and general sales manager educates the public about of a C21 franchise in the marine debris and inspires San Gabriel Valley and action. The student win- has worked in leadership ners are eighth-graders and sales roles for ReMax, Canon Stringer, Clarissa ERA and Keller Williams. Jacobo Hernandez and NONPROFIT HITS FIDani Hillman. High Tech High North County stu- NALS San Diego Oasis, a dents received a $2,500 nonprofit organization at 210 Park Ave., Escondido, was named a finalist in “ESET’s Nonprofit Pitch Fest.” Nonprofit organizations submitted essays on how their program would contribute to the next 30 years of innovation in their community. Out of more than 30 U.S. based nonprofit organizations, San Diego Oasis was selected and will be awarded a $2,000 prize. For more information about San Diego Oasis, visit sandiegooasis. org.

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served seats. COLDWELL PUMPKINS Branch Manager Paul Know something that’s going Benec and Realtor Cathie on? Send it to calendar@ Fravel of the Rancho Santa coastnewsgroup.com Fe office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, are giving away free pumpkins OCT. 27 through Halloween or until HOWL-O-WEEN CRIT- supplies last, at 6015 Paseo TERS Helen Woodward An- Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. imal Center, at 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe invites groups for a Howl-O- OCT. 28 Ween Harvest visit through HAUNTED HOTEL Boy Oct. 31. If you’re looking for Scouts of America Troup a fall field trip or outreach, 2000 presents its annual your group will experience Haunted Hotel open Oct. hands-on encounters with 28 and Oct. 29 at Hotel Gera few of their “creepy” mania, 423 Rancho Santa critters (some fluffy ones, Fe Road, Olivenhain. Entoo!) Onsite program cost is joy a carnival of games, re$14.25 per child ($75 mini- freshments, cookie decoratmum). Offsite program cost ing, haunted maze, outdoor is $238 per class. To book Halloween cartoons and the a visit, call (858) 756-4117, Haunted Hotel. Admission ext. 318 or visiteducation@ is $5. animalcenter.org. SCARY MOVIE UNPUMPKIN PATCH STO- DER THE STARS Flower RYTIME Oceanside Public Hill Promenade hosts a HalLibrary hosts its annual loween event at 4 p.m. Oct. Pumpkin Patch Storytimes 28, with dinner and a movie at 10:30 a.m. (English) and on the lawn. At sundown, 11:30 a.m. (Spanish), Oct. watch moonlight mov27 at the Mission Branch ie “Hotel Transylvania.” Library, 3861-B Mission Bring blankets, chairs and Ave.; at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 and pick your favorite spot. You at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31, at the can even have dinner delivCivic Center Library, 330 N. ered right to you with just Coast Highway, Oceanside. three easy steps: 1) review Enjoy non-scary Halloween a Flower Hill Promenade stories, silly songs and a cos- menu on your phone 2) call tume parade. Children are and place your order 3) tell welcome to come dressed in them where you want it decostume. For more informa- livered. tion, call (760) 435-5600. PARTY AT ST. PEFALL FLASHBACK TER’S Embrace your HalMoonlight Amphitheatre loween spirit and support offers a Flashback Fall Fest the St. Peter's Youth Group Weekend with Betamaxx, at a Dia de los Muertos paran ’80s cover band plays ty from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct 28 at Oct. 27, with pre-concert 334 14th St., Del Mar. Dress activities including an ’80s up in traditional Dia de los costume contest, trivia, and Muertos attire and come more. Gates open at 6 p.m. celebrate with catered food, and the show starts at 7:30 Margaritas, DJ, dancing p.m. Tickets range $15 to and a silent auction. Tickets $40. Oct. 28, the Moonlight are $75/adult and $25/teen; will show Disney’s classic contact Leigh at lkonkle@ Halloween movie “Hocus stpetersdelmar.net to book Pocus.” Tickets are $5 for your spot. For more inforlawn seats or $10 for re- mation, visit stpetersdel-


GREAT CHEFS AT CHINO FARM Good Earth/Great Chefs brings back Chef David Tannis to Chino Farm, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at 6123 Calzada del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe, to sign copies of his new cookbook of vegetable-driven recipes, “Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient.” The event will have music, drinks and small bites inspired by the book. No reservation required. For more information, visit goodearthgreatchefs.com. Courtesy photo

mar.net. BOOK LAUNCH Lhooq/Exrealism Vintage Bookstore is throwing a Halloween book launch party for the new novel “In the Weeds,” by Mark Ozeroff starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at 755 1/2 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Live music by The Oxen will follow. Entrance to the Halloween party is free and open to the public. ON BEING ITALIAN The Italian Genealogy Society of San Diego meets at noon Oct. 28, at Borrelli's Italian Restaurant, 285 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. The speaker will provide tips for researching Italian heritage, culture and history. Cost is $15, which includes lunch. Make a reservation at (619) 325-9671. CAMP PENDLETON HISTORY Join the Oceanside Public Library and Oceanside Historical Society in welcoming Dick Rothwell, president of the Camp Pendleton Historical Soci-

ety, as he shares about the 75-year history of the base, focusing on Las Flores Rancho and the Magees at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28, in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600. DISPOSE OF YOUR DRUGS Oct. 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. Bring your unused medications for disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to Tri City Hospital at 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside. For other locations, visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html. DEMOCRATIC CLUB The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at

OCT. 27, 2017 the Woman's Club of Carlsbad building, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Local experts will speak on Community Choice Energy. For more information, call Carol at (760) 753-4082. FREE MEDITATION Unwind with Guided Meditation every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Chopra Center, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, in the Omni Resort and Spa, Carlsbad. The free group meditation class is open to all levels. TIPS ON PUBLISHING Author/Publisher Robert Wolff presents “Big Things Are Calling Your Name … Getting Out of Your Own Way to Success” 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Cost is $20. More information at publisherswriters.org or by contacting Karla@publisherswriters. org.

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DIA AT THE GARDENS La Colonia de Eden Gardens invites the community to its Dia de los Muertos event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach, with food, music, dancing, Catrina contest and more. For more information, visit LCEG.org. ANIMALS AND HALLOWEEN Kick off Halloween at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s “Howl-OWeen Harvest Family Day,” between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Center’s Education Building, 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe. Cost is $14.25 per child. Accompanying adults $5. Visitors can plan their arrival time around meeting and greeting their choice of favorite critters. For more information, call (858) 7564117, ext. 319 or visit animalcenter.org.

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MAKE YOU SHIVER Join professional storyteller Marilyn McPhie for spooky tales from Massachusetts, Medieval Italy, the backwoods of the South and San Diego at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Civic Center Library Foundation Room, 330 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. For more information, visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600.

OCT. 31

FUN AT PROMENADE Flower Hill Promenade hosts a trick-or-treat event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31, 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. Have a family picnic on the grass in the lower courtyard. Costumes encouraged and kids can run between participating stores marked with a jacko-lantern, collecting candy and goodies. For more information, visit FlowerHill. com. DOWNTOWN HALLOWEEN The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association will present its traditional downtown Trick-or-Treating, from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Stroll down “Pumpkin Lane,” on South Coast Highway 101, from Encinitas Boulevard to K Street.

For more information visit visitencinitas.com. TRICK ‘R LUNCH The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a Halloween Luncheon at 11 a.m. Oct. 31 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Wear your Halloween costume. Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older, and an $8 charge for those younger than 60. Reserve by 1 p.m. one day prior at (760) 643-5288.

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PEACE FORUM MEETS The North County Peace Forum will meet at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Broken Yolk Cafe, 101 S. Las Posas Road, San Marcos. Lunch is available for purchase. For any questions, email northcountypeaceforum@gmail.com. RACING HISTORY The Friends of the Del Mar Library will host local educator, singer-songwriter and storyteller, Ross Moore, on “African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing: Stories of America’s First Star Athletes” at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Del Mar Branch Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar.

NOV. 2

ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING Michelle Walsh, student services coordinator for the Vista Unified School District, will be the guest speaker from 9 am to 10:30 am. Nov. 2 at the Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting at United Methodist Church, 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista. For more information, visit soroptimistvista.org. LIBRARY CELEBRATES DIA Escondido Public Library will host a Día de los Muertos celebration for children, ages 4 through 12 and their families from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. EASE THOSE HIPS AND KNEES North County residents can learn about the latest treatment options for chronic knee and hip pain at a free presentation by Scripps Encinitas orthopedic surgeon Christopher Hajnik, M.D., from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the conference center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. To register, call (800) 727-4777. FRIENDS OF JUNG The Friends of Jung San Diego host a lecture by Jerome Bernstein on “Global Climate Change: The Dominion Psyche and the Psyche Left Behind” at 7:30 p.m., at The Winston School, 215 9th St., Del Mar.

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COMPOST WORKSHOP Register now for Solana Center’s Manure Management and Composting workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at Pathfinder Farm, 2101 Marilyn Lane, San Marcos. See how to both protect your local watershed and produce a fantastic soil product from large animal manure. Register at: solanacenter.org/civicrm/event/ info?reset=1&id=605.

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Plastic bag ban: Big benefits with minimal disruption, some say By Patty McCormac

REGION — It was a close margin last November, but in the end California Voters approved the ban of single-use plastic grocery bags by 52 percent. It’s been almost a year now, so how are people faring without the bags? Several people questioned in North County said the ban has caused little trouble other than needing to remember to bring their own reusable bags with them when they visit a store. Oh, and pet owners have had to find another source for disposal of their pet waste. “It took a while, but now I remember to bring my bags to the store,” said Car-

la Rodriquez of Oceanside. Matt Lavoice said sometimes he remembers the bags are still in his truck when he is inside the store, but that he is getting better. “At some time it will click in for all of us,” Lavoice said. When asked, many residents agreed that the little annoyances are worth helping the environment. Mak Rowan of Cardiffby-the-Sea said he has not been bothered at all by the ban. “It’s a better idea because it is better for the environment,” said Rowan. Chris Iverson said she still has trouble remembering her bags, but thinks it’s funny seeing people jug-

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of Solana Beach at the edge of the lagoon. And the district continues to bring 2,000 elementary school students in the Escondido area to the lagoon as part of its education program that dovetails into the school curriculum. “All of these things are expensive things to do,” Foster said. To that end, the Conservancy announced it raised more than $300,000 at the recent gala, which will go toward its education programs. With the continued support of the community, Foster said, the lagoon conservancy will be around for another 30 years and beyond to protect the lagoon for “tree huggers” like her. “It’s been a special place,” said Foster, who first got involved with the lagoon with her school-aged children. “The lagoon is really important to the health of surrounding areas.”


many rare and endangered. The lagoon is also popular with runners, bird watchers and wildlife photographers. Foster said the conservancy still serves three critical purposes: ongoing and major restoration efforts, land acquisition to combat the effects of sea level rise on the lagoon and education efforts in the community and schools. Currently, the conservancy is stewarding a major restoration that is funded with federal, state and local funds as part of the North Coastal Corridor Program, a suite of projects that includes the widening of Interstate 5 and the double tracking of the coastal rail corridor. The conservancy also recently acquired the Harbaugh Seaside Trail, a piece of land at the corner


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Woodward Animal Center, he is micro-chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Friday from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Last application accepted 15 minutes before closing.) For more information call (858) 7564117, option No. 1, or visit animalcenter.org.

Solid waste drivers are seeing a reduction in the bags which cause trouble in their collection systems, she added. “Overall, in general, we have not seen them flying around on the ground and that is what is neat about it,” Foster said. Becca Kuntz of I Love A Clean San Diego, which does beach clean-ups regularly, said the number of littered plastic bags began to decrease a couple of years ago due to the education of the public about their dangers to the environment. But now there is a noticeable change. “We have noticed that they (the plastic bags) are no longer on our top 10 list

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Do you want to play fetch? Jimmy is ready, because his favorite game is, like, go fetch. At nearly 3 years old, Jimmy displays the best of his boxer-blend breed with a friendly attitude, a love for goofy shenanigans, and heart-melting eyes. Jimmy is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. His adoption fee is $180 total. He has been altered and is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. As with all pets adopted from Helen

gling armloads of groceries out to their cars to avoid paying a dime for a reusable bag provided by the store. Colleen Foster, senior management analyst for the city of Oceanside, said she has seen a very quick shift overnight of shoppers at the grocery store who forgot their bags asking the clerk to just put their purchases back into the cart so they can wheel them out their vehicle. Also, she said, at beach clean-ups there has been a reduction in plastic bags, which used to be the No. 1 pick-up item. “We just held one at Buccaneer Beach in August and we didn’t pick up one single plastic bag,” she said.

of (trash),” Kuntz said. San Luis Obispo County banned the single-use bags in 2012 with positive results. “We have a whole lot less litter and bags blowing around,” said Bill Worrell, manager of the Integrated Waste Management Authority in San Luis Obispo County. He pointed out that other countries have been involved in ridding themselves of plastic grocery bags. A report from the BBC states the highly populated country of Bangladesh was one of the very first in 2002. Many countries including Ireland, China, Italy and parts of Africa were among the first to phase out of the

plastic bags because of the dire impact to the environment. They are not biodegradable and many end up becoming part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which has been described as larger than the start of Texas in the ocean. Thousands of sea animals d ie each year from ingesting the bags, according to the BBC. On land, many animals eat the bags and die. In countries like Bangladesh, they clog sewers and waterways. Lavoice said he has solved his dog waste disposal problems by shopping at Amazon, which offers a number of biodegradable bags at a reasonable price.



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REGION — A 15-year-old North County girl was found safe last week by Los Angeles police after running away on July 22. Seraphine Bustillos was located by officers in Venice, California, after one of the officers recognized her from previous contact, according to Brenda Condon, CEO of Cal Advocates for the Missing, a San Diego County-based nonprofit. Cal Advocates, along with two other organizations — Save in America and Team Amber — partnered with and also received assistance from an unofficial group of individuals in Los Angeles to locate Bustillos after she went missing. “We don’t know that,” Condon said when asked why Bustillos ran away. “We knew she was with this guy … he had a record in Oregon. Her being a minor, it’s hard for us to say a whole lot.” Joseph Travers, executive director of the Oceanside-based nonprofit Saved in America, said his team came into the fold several weeks ago. They were able to locate Bustillos’ whereabouts via a social media investigation and worked with LAPD, the Santa Monica Police Department and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to find the girl.



in National City, Temecula, Corona and Escondido for comment on the bill’s passage. A reporter contacted both his National City and Escondido store, leaving return contact information with employees. Salinas had been the most vocal opponent of local efforts to pass ordinances in San Marcos and in Oceanside, where he previously had stores, but shut them down following the passage of the ordinances. He hired a lobbyist to fight the bill. Salinas, who said in May that AB 485 would effectively put him out of business, said the bill was misguided

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The LAPD declined to comment citing an ongoing investigation. Travers said the man was from Oregon and an ex-con, who had been convicted of rape and molestation. Travers said the concern was Bustillos becoming a victim of sex trafficking, as most missing or runaway girls are approached by a trafficker within 48 hours. He said Bustillos was under the

and that it would prohibit the sale of live animals from kennels that are heavily regulated and allow the adoption of pets from shelters and rescue groups that don’t have the same requirements. “AB 485 turns a regulated, transparent industry into an unregulated one with no real trace or information as to where the dogs come from,” he said, citing reports of rescue groups importing animals from foreign countries rather than them being true rescues. He said in the May interview that banning stores like his from selling animals also unfairly limits consumer choice. “Does the consumer have

influence of narcotics, a common tactic used by traffickers to keep girls under control. Travers, a former police officer, said Bustillos is expected to enter a rehabilitation program. “The family, right now, is under a lot of pressure because they are slowly learning what happened for the past (several) months,” he said. “That can be traumatic.” Travers’ team consists of former Navy SEALS, British SAS, law enforcement and an active attorney working to locate missing girls. All work other full-time jobs, but their experience brings added resources to crimes the police don’t have to dedicate, he said. In addition, legalities sometimes prevent law enforcement from obtaining a search warrant or using other methods of rescuing a missing girl, according to a July report from Vice News profiling Saved in America. “The joy is ‘I got my child back,’” Travers said. “Some kids are just a little more free-spirited than others. She got caught up with the wrong type of ideas.” Eveline Bustillos, the teen’s mother, did not return calls for comment. Last week she said the LAPD “was awesome” for their efforts in locating her daughter.

a choice or is local government going to decide where you are going to buy your products?” Salinas said. “If they do it with pets, what’s next?” Cunningham said that the law will not put retail pet stores out of business, but simply force them to change their business models, and gives them a year to do so. “Local ordinances gave them six months, 485 gives them an entire year,” Cunningham said. “The goal is not to put anyone out of business, but help them to become part of the solution, not continue to be the problem.” Cunningham also said she sees the bill putting a stop to one of the biggest issues activists have encountered in North County: pet store operators simply relocating their operations to cities that don’t have ordinances, which some activists refer to as “sanctuary cities.” “This ends the game of ‘whack-a-mole’ that has been going on for years,”

Cunningham said. “Now there is no place to run, you either need to go humane or go away. It’s entirely their choice.” Cunningham said much of the credit for the passage of the state bill needs to go to Judie Mancuso, founder and CEO of the Orange County-based Social Compassion in Legislation, who she said was the driving force behind the statewide effort. Mancuso, according to the SCIL website, “worked tirelessly with Assemblymember O’Donnell to build a broad coalition including local governments, public and private animal shelters, pet stores, rescue groups, and animal welfare advocates.” “There would be no AB 485 without the leadership and dogged determination of the bill’s sole sponsor: (Mancuso),” Cunningham said. “Her steadfast and unwavering resolve (against some very high stakes) made this historic legislation a reality for California. This was a true ‘David and Goliath’ story.”


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or those who are fortunate enough to be close to Paul Hobbs, the universally respected Sonoma/Napa winemaker, the answer to Hobbs’ whereabouts is simple … “you will most likely find him in a vineyard.” He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in Sonoma’s Petaluma in 1991, but not before gaining fame being able to identify exceptional vineyards from a cultivated flavor profile in his youth in upper New York. His reputation followed him to Napa Valley where he was hired by Robert Mondavi to help his Opus One project succeed. Hobbs moved on to later make wines and consult for such names as Lewis, Simi, Peter Michael and several top international wineries, especially Argentine and France. His relationship with the Mondavi Winery and the famous Opus One wine, would aid him later in negotiations to purchase grapes from the famous Mondavi Opus One To Kalon vineyard to make his acclaimed “Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, the latest being the 2014 ($499).

LEFT: Without much fanfare, Paul Hobbs has become one of the most prolific and respected winemakers from his base in Sonoma, the Katherine Lindsay Estate. Photo courtesy Paul Hobbs ABOVE: Lines were long for Legacy Brewing Co. of Oceanside at the recent Carlsbad Brewfest. Rachael White is shown offering the popular Chesty Irish Red Ale. Photo by Frank Mangio

Hobbs prefers contracts with the area’s best vineyards. “I pay for acerage that are some of the highest prices for grapes in the country. That’s what is needed in order to get what you want in a wine.” This is a massively concentrated wine with the potential for 100 points, to join a few other 100 point wines that he has in his trophy case. Crossbarn was a small lot on the family property in upstate New York where Hobbs got his start. It’s now a brand of its own in Sebastopol. Among the wines of note, its Cabernet Sauvignon, honoring his family history (2014, $57.) Congratulations to my friend Victor at Vittorio’s for

pour goes for $5.79 and a 64 ounce Growler is priced at $16.20. You may be interested to know the top three beers made in the area are: COMING-OUT PARTY Ballast Point, Stone and FOR LEGACY BREWING On a hot Saturday after- Green Flash. You may see Legacy in noon, the beer was running the top 10 sooner more than fast from over 35 brewers, later. Check out Legacy at nearly all from San Diego taphunter.com. County, fast becoming the craft beer capital of the U.S. LATEST ON SONOMAIt was the Carlsbad NAPA FIRES Hi-Noon Rotary’s annual About 11,000 firefightBrewfest, benefitting teens ers have finally gained the and Marines. upper hand on some 12 Legacy Brewing Company of Oceanside made the major fires that began Oct. 8 biggest splash at the event, but not before 245,000 aces have burned — including led by Rachael White and her Chesty Irish Red, a tra- 5,700 structures that burned down. Santa Rosa and ditional Irish Red Ale with its reddish auburn color with Sonoma city in Sonoma, the Silverado Trail near Atlas perfect caramel and honey notes. At the brewery, a full Peak and easterly acreage bringing in Paul Hobbs wines recently. Enjoy more at paulhobbs.com.

west of Calistoga Napa Valley were hit the worst. From reports I had, approximately 17 wineries were either damaged or destroyed. I am happy to report that a historic Napa winemaker and good personal friend, 94-year-old Mike Grgich, evacuated his home and Zinfandel vineyard overlooking Calistoga late in the evening of Oct. 8 and after several moves to escape the lung-burning smoke, is safe. His winery, Grgich Hills in Rutherford, is back open as are most of the Napa/Sonoma wineries.

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading commentators on the web. View his columns at http://thecoastnews.com. Go to menu then columns. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

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then Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. My friend Becky Mendoza lives here, but is from Miami. Things were hitting real close to home for her and she expressed to me that she was going to find ways

to help out through her nonprofit changingtidesfoundation.org. hen I hear I told her that we from Nino Camilo it’s would like to help in their efforts, so a portion of our usually to inform me of an upcoming tickets sales are going to event that involves the top her foundation. The Puerto Rican/Caribbean communiculinary talent in North County getting together for ty here is super small, and we can only raise so much a good cause. Such is the money

with one event. My case with the North Eats hope is that by doing this Hurricane Relief event event, we will bring all the coming this Sunday, Oct. right people together to 29, at one of my favorite potentially do something new restaurants, Open bigger. This event should House in Encinitas. We just be the beginning of our caught up recently and he efforts, not the end. So if gave me all the details on this very worthy event and you know people who have family there, or if you’ve what’s new in his culinary ever vacationed or been on and music worlds. a surf trip to these parts, please come and join us. Lick the Plate: It’s Let’s surround the few who always great to reconnect are directly affected by with you Nino; you always this disaster and show them have cool culinary stuff going on. Tell me about this they are not alone. latest venture, how it came LTP: You are hosting to be and who benefits from it at one of my favorite new it. Nino Camilo: I’ve been restaurants Open House, how did that location hapworking with Baker & Olive on North Eats for that pen? NC: Wade and Kristi last four years and we’ve always put on a springtime Hageman invited me to do event. This year we wanted events there as soon as they to do something in the fall. opened their new doors. They basically said, “It’s As I started planning the event, the hurricanes start- called Open House for a reason!� This restaurant is ed to hit Texas first and


giving their time and resources to the cause! LTP: What can guests expect as far as drinks and edibles? NC: The ticket price of $65 gets you a craft cocktail (or choice of beer or wine) to start, and then you get to eat what every single one of these chefs is making. We will have about 12 tasting stations and each chef is going to create something specific for the event. It’s an amazing preview of what North County’s food scene has to Bottom row from left, Maria Crow, Baker & Olive; Becky Mendoza, offer! Changing Tides Foundation; Daniela Perez Reyes, Mara Bleu; Terra White and Iole Revilla, Panca Peruvian. Middle row from left, Mark Dowen, Priority Public House; Sergio Serrano, Craftsman Tavern; Neens, Ono Yum; John Park, Fish 101; Marlaw Seraspi, Open House. Top row, from left, Mario Guerra, Moto Deli; Wade Hageman, Open House; John Moore, Open House; Thad Benshoof, Eel River Organic Beef; Andrew Halvorsen, Moto Deli. Not pictured are Shelly Velez, Pillbox Tavern; Evan Cruz, Arterra Del Mar; Davin Waite, Wrench & Rodent, Searsucker Del Mar. Photo by Sarah Lee

unique because they have a lot more space than most. The Hagemans also carry the same heart for North County food as I do. They are not only proud of the progression of North County food, but they are also some of the pioneers who helped put Encinitas on the map with Blue Ribbon Pizzeria and Craftsman Tavern. The fact that they want nothing more than for the community to come together speaks volumes to me. This is why I created North Eats, so it was an easy fit.

LTP: As with your North Eats event, you always draw some top-notch culinary talent. Who do you have participating at this one? NC: I’m really excited about this! Open House Asian Kitchen, Fish 101, Wrench & Rodent, Baker & Olive, Searsucker Del Mar, Mara Bleu, Eel River Organic Beef, Pillbox Tavern, Panca Peruvian, Priority Public House, Moto Deli, Craftsman Tavern, Gordy’s, Roosevelt Pizza and Arterra Del Mar are all North County-based restaurants and food brands who are

hallowaiian.com. I’m also working with Chef Marlaw of Open House Asian Kitchen to develop some rad Filipino food dinners for Encinitas. Food and culture, it’s what I’m all about.

LTP: As you are well aware from multiple appearances on Lick the Plate radio, there is a musical element to what I do and you always turn me on to new artists. Who are you listening to these days? NC: Well, if you have kids, you know that the radio is controlled by the little guys. So we listen to what my 5-year-old stepson, LTP: What else is new Fuller, is feeling at the time. His Spotify playlist Nino? How are your Poke includes the whole Leon events coming along and are any of those coming up? Bridges album (for the past year), “Your House� by NC: I Love Poke San Steel Pulse and some HaDiego is going great. We waiian reggae like Swells are just now trying to narrow down the date for May and J Boog. Other than that 2018, so I’ll keep you post- it’s talk radio ‘cause that’s ed. I’m also thinking about what grown folks listen to. doing a second poke event Tickets are available at thanks to Chef Davin Waite www.onoyum.com or on the of Wrench & Rodent. He mentioned to me that doing day of the event at Open a poke competition that in- House, from 4 to 7 p.m., volves everything but tuna Oct. 29 at345 S. Coast Hwy 101, Suite B in Encinitas. would be super fun. Lick the Plate has interLTP: What culinary cliviewed over 700 chefs, restauents are you working with rateurs, growers, brewers and these days? culinary personalities over NC: I’ve been workthe past 10 years as a column ing with King’s Hawaiian in The Coast News and in Bread for six years now. I Edible San Diego. He can be just wrapped up a project heard on KSON, FM94/9 and with them where I created Sunny98.1. More at www. Halloween-themed recipes. lick-the-plate.com You can check that out at

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