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VOL. 15, N0. 19
SEPT. 13, 2019
DMTC sees safety moves have impact
Guilty plea 31 years after RSF shooting
By Lexy Brodt
Man shot friend over woman, went on lam
DEL MAR — With zero horse deaths or serious injuries during racing this summer, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is calling its 80th season’s safety levels “unprecedented.” The racetrack has seen a gradual decline in the number of horse deaths since 2016, when Del Mar witnessed 23 horse fatalities. Since 2016, Del Mar has been rated among the country’s safest horse racing venues, with 0.79 horse deaths per 1,000 starts in 2018. Four horses died this season during training. Two died in what has been referred to as “a freak accident” — a head-on collision between two horses that caused immediate death. The two others were euthanized after incurring injuries during morning training. TURN TO DMTC ON 7
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Mark your calendars for the annual Wavecrest, the granddaddy of all Woodie meets, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Moonlight Beach in the parking lot at Third and C Streets in Encinitas. There will be 150 woodies of every size, shape, description on display. Enjoy live bands, vendors, food, prizes and awards throughout the day. Photo via Facebook
‘Surreal’: Encinitas skateboarder first to land aerial 1260 By Jacob Aere
ENCINITAS — Although Tom Schaar landed the first 1080 during March 2012, Mitchell “Mitchie” Brusco wasn’t far behind in landing the trick. The then 16-year-old Brusco landed the 1080 — three aerial revolutions — in X Games Barcelona 2013 just two months after Schaar first performed the trick. Encinitas’ Brusco now has his solo spot in history as he successfully completed the first ever 1260 — three and a half aerial rotations — on a skateboard during the Big Air
event at the X Games Minneapolis 2019 on Aug. 3. “It was a different level of focus that genuinely I’m not really quite used to,” Brusco said of the Brusco record-breaking aerial spin. “Rarely there’s something that’s that scary and important for me.” Brusco, 22, completed the 1260 after just four previous attempts during the summer of 2019.
After coming short on the trick twice at the X Games Shanghai 2019, he failed two more attempts in Minnesota before landing his third try. “I was almost in disbelief. Once I landed it was surreal,” Brusco said. Legendary North County skater Tony Hawk was the first person to ever land a 900 after he completed the spin during the 1999 Summer X Games. He tweeted a video of Brusco completing the 1260 with a caption stating, “I’m speechless.”
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Brusco’s full run with the 1260 ultimately propelled him to win the silver medal at the X Games Minneapolis 2019. To date, the skating prodigy has 10 X Games medals: one gold, four silver, and five bronze. Brusco debuted at the X Games in 2011 as a 14-year-old athlete. He became the third skateboarder to land a 900 in a Big Air contest, and in 2013 he became the second skater ever to land a 1080 on the MegaRamp event at the X-Games. TURN TO SKATEBOARDING ON 3
RANCHO SANTA FE — A man who shot his friend three times in the back over a woman, then fled to Mexico and remained on the lam for three decades, pleaded guilty Sept. 5 to assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury. Simon Mayo, 58, is due to be sentenced next month to nine years in state prison for the Dec. 12, 1988, shooting of Jose Hernandez in Rancho Santa Fe. Mayo fired at least five times on Hernandez, who suffered three gunshot wounds, Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said. The shooting took place outside a residence on Luna de Miel. Mayo remained a fugitive until authorities caught up with him in Austin, Texas, last Dec. 11, one day short of the 30-year anniversary of the shooting. Prosecutors said Mayo and the victim were both vying for the affections of the same woman, whom Mayo married sometime afterward. Watanabe said, “After 30 years of waiting for justice, (Hernandez) was pleased to know that defendant admitted his guilt.” Under the plea agreement, an attempted murder charge will be dismissed at sentencing, currently set for Oct. 3.
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Solana Beach on verge of sweeping single-use plastic, polystyrene ban By Lexy Brodt
SOLANA BEACH — Known as a regional leader in environmental sustainability efforts, the city of Solana Beach took a big step on Aug. 28 to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastics and polystyrene in the city. Starting in November 2020, restaurants, cafes, food trucks, grocers and any other establishments will likely be barred from selling or offering single-use straws, utensils, stirrers, splash sticks, cocktail sticks or toothpicks made of plastic. Establishments would also be prohibited from selling or offering food service ware, such as to-go boxes, that aren’t recyclable or compostable. Any such ware can only be provided upon request by a customer. The city already banned the use of polystyrene containers at local restaurants in 2015. But the new ordinance will expand such prohibitions, barring the sale of polystyrene products such as foam coolers that are not encased in a hard shell, or foam beach toys. These items will also be prohibited on the city’s beaches. The city unanimously approved the new measures
SOLANA BEACH is close to banning establishments from selling or offering single-use plastic utensils such as straws and cocktail sticks starting in November 2020. File Photo
after a first reading. In order to go into effect, the council will have to undergo a second reading in late September. Local businesses will then have a year to accommodate the changes. The expansive measures have been in the making for over a year, according to Peter Zahn, vice chair of the city’s climate action
Safari Park free for firefighters in Sept. ESCONDIDO — The San Diego Zoo will offer free admission for its Safari Park to active firefighters throughout September. Firefighters will need to present an active firefighter identification card as well as a personal ID card at the park’s entrance to take advantage of the offer, which is valid for same-day admission only. The park will also offer
10% off one-day passes for up to six guests who attend the park with an active firefighter. California Coast Credit Union provided funding for the park’s Firefighter Appreciation Month offer. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido. — City News Service
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commission and former deputy mayor. “It’s tough because we’re going to be asking people … to make some sacrifices,” he said. “But we’ve done this before.” The city was the first in the county to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2012, paving the way for similar bans throughout the
county. The city of San Diego banned single-use plastic bags in 2016. The ordinance will not only affect local businesses, but city-owned facilities as well. The ordinance included a measure prohibiting the sale and distribution of plastic bottles one liter in size or smaller on city property or at city events, as
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well as the use of packaged water. The ordinance will help the city meet the goals of its Climate Action Plan, which aims to divert 90% of solid waste from landfills by 2035. Prolifically produced and very difficult to break down, plastics that aren’t recycled tend to quickly become trash and remain in the environment indefinitely, ending up in landfills or worse, on local beaches. City staff reported that community reception to the measure has been mostly positive. Dozens of residents sent in letters of support for the ordinance, and representatives from organizations like the Surfrider Foundation, San Diego 350 and the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation encouraged the changes and requested the city adopt the most comprehensive ordinance possible. Jessica Toth, executive director of the Solana Center, lauded the ordinance for addressing the overuse of single-use plastics. “This ordinance will have a positive impact both on the amount of plastics disposed in Solana Beach and more importantly on public awareness,” she said. “ … we don’t need more re-
Coastal Cleanup Day seeking volunteers REGION — The 35th annual Coastal Cleanup Day is nearly here. I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is seeking 8,000 volunteers to help beautify more than 100 sites across San Diego County from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to sign up for a site in their neighborhood and help leave a positive impact on the entire region. Register online at CleanupDay.org. Coastal Cleanup Day covers more than just the shoreline. ILACSD focuses the majority of its cleanup efforts along inland waterways and canyons. With 80 percent of marine debris coming from in-
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cycling, we need less disposal.” James Wang, a member of Encinitas’s Environmental Commission, supported council action in the hopes that it will spur action in other cities. “Your ocean is our ocean and your beach is our beach … you pass this ordinance, that gives our council a green light,” Wang said. A representative with the California Restaurant Association voiced support for the ordinance, but requested there be a 12-month transition period. The association also requested that rather than allowing utensils to be given upon request by the customer, that they be given “upon offer” by the employees. The council opted to allow “upon offer” for drive-in restaurants only — of which there is just one in the city. The city also opted to send a letter of support for Senate Bill 5 and Assembly Bill 1080, together called the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. The act sets goals to help vastly reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment, through source reduction and ensuring that single-use plastics are recyclable and compostable.
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land territories, volunteers learn first-hand the importance of keeping trash out of the region’s waterways, which can carry trash and pollutants directly to the ocean through the storm drain system. ILACSD invites volunteers to take waste reduction into their own hands by pledging to bring your own reusable items when they register at CleanupDay.org. Each volunteer who brings a reusable water bottle, work gloves, and/or a bucket to collect litter significantly reduces the need for single-use bags and disposable gloves. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated buckets in the annual Bling Your Bucket contest. ILACSD organizes Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County in partnership with the California Coastal Commission as part of a global international event led by the Ocean Conservancy. For more information about sites and registration, please visit CleanupDay.org, CleanSD. org or call (619) 291-0103. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Murder trial begins for man accused in father’s RSF beating death RANCHO SANTA FE — A man fatally beat and strangled his 71-year-old father in the victim’s Rancho Santa Fe home because the victim would not provide him with ongoing financial support, a prosecutor alleged Aug. 29, while a defense attorney said his client defended himself against his father, who had a history of anger issues and physical abuse toward the defendant during his childhood years. Testimony began Aug. 29 in the trial of Leighton Dorey IV, 42, who is charged with murder and a special circumstance allegation of torture in the May 30, 2017, death of Leighton Dorey III. He faces life without the possibility of parole if convicted. In her opening
Pro skateboarder, girlfriend admit US drug charges ENCINITAS — A professional skateboarder and his then-girlfriend — both from Encinitas — pleaded guilty Sept. 3 to federal drug trafficking charges involving the distribution and sale of heroin and methamphetamine. Robert Lorifice, 31, and Elizabeth Alexandra Landis, 27, admitted selling drugs out of his home, where investigators last fall found 193 grams of meth, 231.6 grams of heroin, more than 800 Xanax pills, Roxicodone pills, marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, along with materials used in drug sales, such as a digital scale, three cellphones and $16,824 in cash. When a search warrant was served at the Encinitas residence last Sept. 26, Lorifice didn't answer the door. Instead, he flushed methamphetamine and other drugs down his toilet, and also poured drugs into the sink in his master bedroom bathroom, according to federal prosecutors. Lorifice's home was searched again in December. On that occasion, Lorifice attempted to flush a “tennis-ball sized chunk of methamphetamine down the toilet,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities also seized around 31 grams of black tar heroin, 18 grams of meth and $10,926 in cash from drug sales, prosecutors said. Lorifice and Landis both pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of heroin with intent to distribute and are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 22. Both counts carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. “It's unfortunate that a public figure who is admired by kids chose to travel down this road,” U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said. “We have a very big methamphetamine problem in our county right now ... and we are going after anyone who sells the poison that is destroying lives and families and communities.”
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statement, Deputy District Attorney Patricia Lavermicocca said the defendant — who had been living in France the prior four years — abruptly showed up at his father's home that May. Dorey’s stepmother returned home on May 30 to find her husband’s “bloody, brutally beaten, strangled and tortured body,” the prosecutor said. His numerous injuries included fractures to his spine, neck, and ribs, as well as a broken nose, broken jaw, skin torn from his hands and many of his teeth strewn about his body from the force of the beating. The prosecutor said investigators tracked the defendant’s cellphone to the Riverside County mountain
community of Idyllwild, where his father also owned property. He was arrested there one day after his father’s death. The elder Dorey’s blood was found inside the defendant’s Jeep, as well as on the insides of his pants, including inside one of his pockets. Lavermicocca described Dorey as a man who loved to pursue his passions — which included skiing, mountain biking and computers — and have his parents foot the bill. She said that in 2013, the elder Dorey put his foot down and told his son that he would no longer financially support him, something she said angered the defendant, particularly his father’s refusal to invest in
Dorey's proposal for a “money-multiplying software” that he was developing. Soon after, Dorey moved to France and allegedly asked for $7,000 a year from his father to be able to remain overseas. Lavermicocca said Dorey referred to this in an email as the victim's “fatherly duties.” She also said Dorey was in need of money due to unpaid taxes he owed the IRS. Dorey’s attorney, Wilfrid Rumble, said the prosecution’s theory of a financially motivated killing made no sense. According to Rumble, Dorey was fairly stable financially, particularly due to money he was regularly receiving from his moth-
er, the victim’s ex-wife. Rumble said she paid her son's rent, gave him around $1,200 a month in spending money and upon his return to America, purchased the Jeep that he was driving in May 2017. Rumble called Dorey a man who “embraces his dreams,” and said it would not make sense that he “would throw that all away, the rest of his life, by perpetrating this senseless murder and torture.” The attorney said his client had no reason to expect any financial support from his father, as the victim had made it clear years prior to his death that he would not provide his son with any more money. Rumble also said that
the victim’s past behavior supported the contention that he “exploded in anger” and attacked his son on the day of his death. The attorney characterized the elder Dorey as a “perfectionist” and a strict disciplinarian who would not hesitate to use corporal punishment on his son for unfinished chores, including beating Dorey with a wooden spoon and spanking him in front of dinner guests. Rumble said Dorey’s return to California was done in part to try and reconcile some of the strained aspects of his relationship with his father, and that he was not at all interested in committing any violence upon him. — City News Service
Supervisors approve 5G antennae regulations
ple who live nearby and who will use 5G-equipped devices. The radiofrequency radiation emitted by the antennae, both in older cellular data networks and the 5G network to come, does not appear to pose any harm to humans, he said. "I do not have any concerns about RF radiation effecting health. My concerns are aesthetic ... I did look at the literature and concluded that there is no evidence to support RF [radiation] causing disease in those living close to high-emission sources,” Engler said In this, he is in agreement with the mobile carriers themselves, with the industry's ostensible regulators at the FCC and with consensus of published academic studies of radiofrequency radiation. "Radiofrequency emissions from antennas used for cellular and PCS (personal communications service) transmissions result in exposure levels on the ground that are typically thousands of times below safety limits. These safety limits were
adopted by the FCC based on the recommendations of expert organizations and endorsed by agencies of the Federal Government responsible for health and safety. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that such towers could constitute a potential health hazard to nearby residents or students,” the FCC has stated in published guidelines on cellular transmission infrastructure placement. On Aug. 8, FCC chair Ajit Pai, a former general counsel for Verizon, said he would recommend to the full commission that it maintain current limits of radiofrequency radiation emitted by wireless devices and infrastructure components. If approved, the action will end an inquiry started by the FCC in 2013 into more stringent limits are warranted. In a press release announcing the recommendation, the commission quoted Jeffrey Shuren, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health as saying,
“(t)he available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits … ” and “(n)o changes to the current standards are warranted at this time.” Nevertheless, a passionate confederation of residents is skeptical of the "all's clear" assurances issued by researchers and policymakers. Locally and across the nation, people say they are concerned about the unknown health risks that might be unleashed by the new technology. At an Aug. 7 board of supervisors hearing on the proposed policy, a majority of those who thought that county officials should claim authority to regulate where and how the mobile carriers build their 5G infrastructure did so because they fear radiation emitted by 5G antennae. UC San Diego medicine professor Beatrice Golomb wrote to supervisors prior to the meeting asking them to block construction of 5G antennae in areas under their control until they could take steps that include setting up an independent epidemiological study to measure whether rollout of 5G increases local incidence of certain cancers, as well as neurological, cardiological and other health problems. Quoting a former Brussels environmental minister who opposed 5G rollout there, Golomb wrote, “We hope our elected leaders and government officials show equal courage in defense of their people. Pres-
aerial spins in recent years. “I thought about trying it but never really wanted to because I didn’t think I’d be able to because it’s too crazy,” Schaar said. “He’s insane for doing that.” Although Brusco has gained about 45,000 social media followers since he landed the 1260, he has stuck to his same lifestyle and training plan. “I worked so hard for that event that the only thing that made me feel comfortable after was getting back in my rhythm
that got me there — it made me feel at home,” Brusco said. And the way that he trains isn’t necessarily orthodox to skateboarding. Brusco goes to the gym but he also takes to the air to skydive. To date he has completed about 950 jumps and spent about 100 hours in the wind tunnel. He believes that his skydiving has helped him learn how to turn his body better in the air. “Every day that I get
better at flying, I get more comfortable in the air and every day that I get more comfortable in the air those little moments where you’re 20 feet, 17 feet out over the (vert ramp) just seem to get a little bit more comfortable,” the Big Air skater said. While Brusco prepares to begin competing in national and international indoor flying competitions in the near future, he doesn’t see another half or full rotation coming anytime soon in skateboarding.
By Bradley Rollins
REGION — Count Robert Engler among those who think the forthcoming superbloom of 5G antennae across San Diego County — one sometimes within 500 feet of the next and never much more than 1,000 feet away — will blight town and country up and down the Pacific coast. The UC San Diego medicine professor emeritus is among scores of residents who undersigned a letter to county supervisors outlining their opposition to a policy, later unanimously approved, that places few restrictions on where the four national mobile carriers can place the hardware that will carry the cellular signals that make possible the next generation of super-fast wireless internet access. "I am deeply concerned about the new (Federal Communications Commission) directive making it possible for the telecommunications industry to place cell antennas anywhere in the county right-of-way. I am voicing my strong objections to the FCC takeover of the county's land as well as due process with respect to our rights. ... We do not feel that the current county plan to update the zoning ordinance provides enough protection for communities such as ours," said Engler, who lives between Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe in the Rancho Del Mar neighborhood. Engler does not, however, share many of his allies' views that the 5G antennae pose a health threat to peo-
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Fellow Encinitas skater Tom Schaar was the first to ever land the 1080 but he believes that Brusco is now in a league of his own. “He’s doing something no one else can do and he’s trying to just keep pushing the sport,” Schaar said. It doesn’t seem Brusco has any immediate challengers for the 1260 either as the two other skaters who landed 1080s have stopped pushing for bigger
sures to prioritize industry over human interest will be strong. Lucrative industries and PR operations with which they work have well learned the lessons pioneered by Big Tobacco, heavily funding science and scientists to generate doubt and deny health problems, using resources to influence or 'capture' legislators, legislation, nonprofits, media, journalists and regulators.” Her tone was echoed by Del Mar resident Stephanie Boege, who told supervisors: “You are the last line of defense against this blanketing of radiation that is about to happen.” San Diego County Supervisor Diann Jacob, who chairs the board, said she is not convinced herself that 5G will not harm public health but made the motion to adopt policies weaker than those recommended by the county planning commission. “I’m concerned that 5G may cause significant potential health risks. I’m not convinced that it does not,” she said. “ ... I greatly resent the fact that the FCC has usurped our local control considering health aspects because it’s a questionable area and we’ve received some testimony today that’s pretty compelling along those lines.” The policies passed 5-0 with votes in favor from supervisors Kristin Gaspar, a former Encinitas mayor, and Jim Desmond, a former San Marcos mayor, both of whom also said that FCC mandates limit how far they can go to restrict the antennae placement. “We’ve got so far in spinning right now that these flip tricks, and these switch tricks and these frontside tricks need to catch up a little bit before we push it any further,” Brusco said. But he isn’t entirely opposed to the idea of another half rotation in the air. “I’m sure people will try it in the future, and I might be one of the guys who does,” said the Encinitas skateboarder who has cemented his place in skating history.
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Anti-vaxxer’s violent act shows cause morally bankrupt
F Veterans forum upcoming
he County of San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concertation of military personal, with over onethird of county residents connected to the military. As of 2018, there are 143,000 active duty service members and over 241,000 veterans who reside in San Diego County. As a U.S. Navy Veteran, I understand the importance of providing services to folks when they return home from military duty. This is why we have created a Veterans Forum that I encourage everyone to attend. We are partnering with Cal State University San
around the county Jim Desmond Marcos and the Veteran Crisis Outreach Initiative for an upcoming forum around Veteran Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness. The Power of a Story: Building Resiliency for Veterans through Community and Conversation will take place Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. The goal of our forum is to produce a safe and sup-
portive space for a panel of veterans to share their stories of trauma, mental health, suicide, resiliency, and growth as it relates to military service and transition to better inform and equip attendees and others around their interactions with Veterans who struggle with mental health related issues and conditions. Tickets are free to veterans and $10 for community members. You can get them at: www.eventbrite. com/e/the-power-of-a-storytickets-6779250621. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Ruling a victory for homeowners By Marie Waldron
In a big win for California homeowners, the State Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings that direct the state to return $331 million it diverted from Californian's with mortgages hurt by negative lending practices during the economic downturn. In 2012, the State of California received $410 million from a lawsuit involving the nation’s five largest mortgage services – Ally (formerly GMAC), Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, all of which had been charged with multiple federal lending violations. The settlement was intended to provide funding for legal aid, foreclosure hotlines, consumer education and efforts combatting financial fraud. However, the State of California decided to divert $331 million to pay off unrelated debts, including housing bonds, which in some cases were enacted more than 10 years before the 2012 mortgage settlement. A coalition that included representatives of the Asian American and Latino communities sued California and won in two court cases, but delays continued. The Legislative majority even passed a bill (SB 861), that attempted to block the court rulings that benefitted homeowners. Thousands of homes were lost while the state was
trying to justify its illegal diversion of funds. California has a surplus of over $20 billion, and a Rainy Day Fund of over $19 billion, but still tried to divert money aimed at helping people threatened with losing their homes. This is totally unacceptable!! And now that the State Supreme Court has spoken, California must come into full compliance with court mandates. Last month, I sent a letter to Gov. Newsom requesting full details of his plan to bring California into compliance with court rulings. In a matter that impacts so many, full disclosure and transparency are not negotiable.
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while also improving public safety. The law is named after Laura Wilcox, a 19-year-old college student/volunteer who was fatally shot along with two others at a Nevada County mental health clinic by a mentally ill individual who was being treated sporadically at the facility. His family had unsuccessfully tried to require that he receive regular treatments, but under laws existing at that time he could not be compelled to participate. Laura’s Law changed that bringing more treatment options to counties. Seventeen counties, including Nevada, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego, have adopted Laura’s Law. And it’s been very successful. In Nevada County where the law was first implemented, hospitalization was reduced by 46%, incarceration by 65% and homelessness by 61%. Here in San Diego County, just threatening to invoke Laura’s Law has resulted in dozens of patients voluntarily agreeing to treatment. As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I will continue to work on bipartisan solutions that address mental health and public safety issues facing our state and region.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is one of the most effective tools available for treating severely mentally ill persons. Legislation known as Laura’s Law was introduced in 2001 by Assemblymember Helen Thomson (D-Davis) in an effort to make AOT available throughout California. My subsequent legislation, AB 59, extended the sunset date an additional 5 years. Laura’s Law allows court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for mentally ill patients in participating counties. It is aimed Assembly Republican at individuals who are at risk Leader Marie Waldron, of danger to themselves and R-Escondido, represents the others with the goal of helping mentally ill individuals 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature. return to productive lives,
or years, anti-vaccination activists have demonstrated against laws compelling schoolchildren to be inoculated against diseases like polio, rubella, measles, mumps, diphtheria, whooping cough and others. Now for the first time, this cause has turned violent in an apparent recognition that it will get nowhere on the strength of its own merits and morality. The violence was not severe – this time: Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan, the California Legislature’s only M.D. and a pediatrician sworn to protect and save lives when possible, was pushed aggressively from behind while walking a street near the state Capitol in mid-August, within his own Sacramento senatorial district. He did not fall and suffered no apparent harm. The perpetrator (not named here because notoriety is often a goal of such assaults) resents Pan’s sponsoring several bills tightening California’s vaccination requirements. These have made matters difficult for parents who don’t want their children immunized, seeking to evade the shots while still keeping the kids in public schools. Anti-vaxx groups immediately denied association with the perpetrator, calling him a “lone wolf.” But they embraced him just last year, when he tried to oust Pan both in the primary election and via a still-active recall petition. Pan’s latest bill requires the state health department to review exemption forms written by doctors who sign more than five such waivers in any one year. The bill aims to correct a scenario where hundreds, maybe
california focus thomas d. elias thousands, of parents have sought out scurrilous physicians willing to sign spurious exemptions for fees of about $300 apiece. The anti-vaccination effort mainly uses unproven claims that vaccinations cause autism and other serious reactions. A British study making those claims early in this decade was long ago debunked, its author recanting. Little more than this discredited study, plus purely anecdotal claims confusing correlation with causation, has ever been used to justify exemptions for anyone other than kids affected by things like organ transplants, HIV or ongoing chemotherapy. So the vast bulk of parents trying to exempt their kids essentially disregards the proven fact that vaccinations virtually eliminated once-dreaded diseases like polio and vastly minimized fatalities from measles, for one example which killed thousands of children annually as recently as the early 1960s. On the basis of what amount to folk tales about autism, these parents choose to endanger all others with whom their children might come into contact if they are infected and contagious, but don’t yet know it. Such circumstances produced several significant outbreaks in California within the last six years, exposure to measles occurring at places like Disneyland and the Los Angeles International Airport. The moral weakness of the anti-vaccination
stance is obvious, no matter how often activists masquerade as crusaders for “medical freedom.” Medical freedom can be a just cause when, for example, cancer patients with terminal diagnoses are denied access to experimental drugs or remedies not yet approved by government agencies. Things are very different when the goal is avoidance of vaccines proven effective over many decades. That contrast explains why Pan’s previous bills zipped through the Legislature, ending religious exemptions that formerly applied even when families involved followed no discernible religion. It’s also why the current bill had no trouble getting through state Senate committees and appears poised for Assembly passage and a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom. The anti-vaccination camp has failed for lack of merit to convince many lawmakers of the morality of its cause, frustrating adherents like the man who assaulted Pan while live-streaming his action on Facebook. It’s easy enough to blame an episode like this on today’s contentious political climate, but devotees of morally bankrupt causes have long resorted to violence and threats. The Ku Klux Klan does this; so do other hate groups. And the anti-vaccination camp has never been reluctant to make veiled threats, often painting Pan as a danger to children who should be punished. All of which makes the assault on Pan as much an admission of moral, intellectual and political failure as anything else. Email Thomas Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SEPT. 13, 2019
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Bluff replenishment efforts gain congressional support In 49th, Issa By Lexy Brodt
ENCINITAS — Legislators are voicing their concerns over North County’s volatile bluffs, with Congressman Mike Levin and others urging the funding of a project that would bring more sand to beaches in Solana Beach and Encinitas. The two neighboring North County cities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been developing the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project for 17 years, according to a press release published by Levin’s office on Aug. 21. The project aims to bring a few million cubic yards of “compatible sediment” to the two cities’ beaches over a 50-year period — an effort meant to widen the distance between the fragile bluffs and the rising sea. Although the cities are
contributing their share of funding to the project’s Planning, Engineering & Design (PED) phase, federal funding is pending. The project was authorized by Congress in 2016. In mid-August, Levin sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget’s Acting Director Russell Vought, urging him to approve $700,000 for the project’s first year, which would cover the remaining funding needed for the PED phase as well as a required economic update. Levin was backed by Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein in his call to action, and the effort was most recently endorsed by State Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel). The request followed a similar letter Levin sent to the Army Corps in late July, urging Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite with the Army Corps
to harness federal funding for the project. But his request took on greater urgency after an early August bluff collapse in Encinitas killed three local residents. “It is long past time for the Administration to do its part to help stabilize our coastal bluffs and ensure that no further lives are needlessly lost,” he said in a recent statement. “This is not about tourism or recreation, this is about basic public safety …Ultimately, we also need robust action to address the climate crisis if we want to stem coastal erosion and protect infrastructure. We can’t afford to wait any longer.” Bluff collapses in North County have been attributed to many causes, including groundwater irrigation. But sea level rise has remained the most controversial factor, with local jurisdictions and organizations butting
heads over how to best protect beaches and bluffs from rising wave action. Beach nourishment has become a common sea-level rise adaptation strategy for coastal cities. The longstanding project would involve dredging sand from borrow sites in San Diego County and bringing it to the two neighboring cities in intervals. In Encinitas, the effort would involve constructing a 50-foot-wide beach fill using 340,000 cubic yards of sediment, with an additional nine nourishment efforts every five years. For Solana Beach, the beach fill would be 150 feet wide, and involve 700,000 cubic yards of compatible sediment. Four more nourishment efforts would occur every 10 years thereafter. According to Levin’s spokesman, Eric Mee, the initial construction costs of
the project are estimated at $30 million. As stated by Levin’s letter, the purpose of the project is to “stabilize tall bluffs that erode due to high-energy storm swells, posing threats to life, safety, property and critical infrastructure including Southern California’s main passenger and freight rail corridor.” Adam Young, a researcher at the UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said that creating a wider beach can help prevent wave action from chipping away at the bluff’s surface. “If you can reduce the wave energy at the bottom of the cliff, that should help slow down the future rate of cliff erosion,” he said. “But it’s important to remember that even if you were to stop the waves from hitting the cliffs, they’re still unstable, and they will still fail.”
Agony of the ‘unbirthday’
s there any agony like the agony of having to stand by and watch your sibling celebrate a birthday? Not around our house. I have no recollection of being obnoxious and miserable when it was my brother’s birthday. Perhaps that is selective memory or perhaps it is because mine came first every year and was just two months before his. In any case, around this family the angst and weltschmerz that the “unbirthday” sibling suffers seems to get worse every year. It begins with the first serious mention of a party and escalates through the planning, preparation, ecstatic day of and even a few days after the actual birthday (until the birthday child has grown adequately ho-hum about the new gifts). Those gifts, by the way, could be an item completely contrary to their normal tastes, something my son or daughter wouldn’t even glance at in the toy store. But wrap that thing up, stick a bow on it and give it to their sibling and they will covet it ferociously enough to prompt another commandment. My two, with birthdays conveniently placed about six months apart, refuse to give any credence to my obvious explanation about how the other fella felt when it wasn’t his birthday. Not even the tiniest sliver of how they felt on their birthday can be mustered
small talk jean gillette to ease the pain of watching mom shop for party favors, bake cakes, wrap gifts and so forth, for “the other guy.” We used to get by with a little “birthday brother” or “birthday sister” gift to be opened during the festivities. A coloring book, a small toy or book would do the trick. As we hit 5 and 6, that scarcely made a ripple. This year, my daughter began bargaining for her “birthday sister” gift in advance and the only thing that would ease the impending shock and pain were major, brand-name items. Consequently, the shock and pain are here to stay. I can barely afford the time or expense of one birthday at a time. I have no intention of letting if officially escalate into a birthday and a half. I briefly felt guilty that I might have been doing too much for each one, making the sense of being left out more acute. After examining my conscience, however, I find I do far less than many moms in my circle. Our birthday parties have always been held at home and generally are limited to ice cream and cake, with a fun theme, maybe some water play, but no traditional games. We have not gotten around to Chuck E. Cheese, G. Wilikers, Discovery Zone or even the local park
or beach. We have not had a sleep-over, cranked up piñatas, rented a bouncy house or a pony or put in a pool. Still, the attitude I got from my daughter for half of June and all of July was pitiful. Her memory simply would not call up the joy of last December, when she had a life-sized Candyland game in her front room. She did not remember that she has twice the number of guests her brother got this year, hence twice the loot. I took her to shop for party favors, hoping that would make her feel less put upon. Instead, she perceived inequity between her favors and his. The fact that it was all purchased at the Dollar Store was lost on her. I let her lick the icing bowl from his cake preparation, hoping that would tip the oh-so-sensitive scales in her favor, but the minute I handed her brother a beater to lick, the slate was wiped clean again. I know I can’t win. It is clear I should quit worrying about the whole problem. If I can learn to tune out the endless whining, I should just let this whole syndrome be a chapter in their book or something they tell their psychiatrist 20 years from now. But I plan to get his name and demand equal time. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who still loves birthdays anyway. Contact her at jean@ coastnewsgroup.com.
STATEWIDE IN 2018, there were 209 rail incidents directly related to trespassing, of which 86 resulted in injury and 123 were fatal. Courtesy photo
Sept. is Rail Safety Month OCEANSIDE — The North County Transit District Board of Directors adopted a proclamation at its July 18 meeting recognizing September 2019 as “Rail Safety Month.” In doing so, NCTD affirms its commitment to safety and saving lives through the prevention of needless tragedy on and near the tracks. According to statistics kept by the Federal Railroad Administration and California Operation Lifesaver, Incorporated, the state of California continues to be identified as having the highest number of preventable railroad trespasser fatalities of all states in the nation. There were 209 tragic rail incidents (directly related to trespassing) recorded statewide in 2018 of which 86 resulted in injury, and 123 were fatal. In an effort to reduce these tragedies, state legislators passed a bill in 2009 that designated September as “Rail Safety Month.” Each year, passenger and freight rail op-
erators team up to remind pedestrians and motorists to exercise caution when near tracks, to heed the warning signals when crossing railroad tracks, and to always “See Tracks, Think Trains.” “The tracks are not somewhere to be playing, taking photos or exercising. Tracks are for trains only,” said Tony Kranz, NCTD’s board chair. During the month of September, NCTD staff will hold various outreach activities at COASTER and SPRINTER stations to educate the public about safety around the tracks. Riders may visit the booths for information and giveaways related to track safety. In addition, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office will partner with NCTD to visit local businesses to educate guests and owners about rail safety. For more information about Rail Safety Month events during September, visit GoNCTD.com/ railsafetymonth or follow NCTD on Twitter @ GoNCTD.
backs Levin challenger
REGION — San Juan Capistrano Mayor Brian Maryott announced Aug. 22 he has received the endorsement of former Rep. Darrell Issa in his bid for Congressional District 49, which includes North County. Issa represented the 49th District in Congress for 16 years from 2002 to 2018, choosing to forego a re-election run last year. He also served one term representing the state's 48th District from 2000 to 2002 before it was redistricted. Last September, President Donald Trump nominated him to lead the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. “I'm confident that Brian Maryott will represent the 49th District with all of the integrity and experience that the office deserves,” Issa said. “Brian is committed to cutting through political red tape to create an environment in which families and communities succeed and thrive.” Maryott is attempting to flip the formerly reliable Republican district after environmental attorney Rep. Mike Levin, D-Oceanside, was elected in 2018. Since entering the race in March, Maryott has received endorsements from a large swath of Republicans in Orange and San Diego counties, including San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond, the mayors of Vista, Carlsbad and Oceanside, the Republican Party of San Diego County and the Lincoln Club of San Diego County. “Elected leaders should always put their communities first, as Congressman Issa did during his nearly two decades of service to the 49th District,'' Maryott said. “When I get to Congress, I will put people over politics to deliver meaningful results for our district.” Levin beat former California State Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey by nearly 13 percentage points in 2018, a swift turnaround for a district Issa won by more than 20 points in 2014. In the district's 2018 primary, Maryott received 3% of the vote and finished behind three other Republicans, including Harkey. The Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index rates the 49th District as a swing district, with Republican voter registration outnumbering Democrats by about 3%.
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Solana Beach City Council passes ordinance that mandates safe gun storage By Lexy Brodt
SOLANA BEACH – Following close behind the city of San Diego, the Solana Beach City Council passed an ordinance mandating the safe storage of firearms at its Aug. 28 meeting. The ordinance would require residents to keep firearms safely stored or disable them with a trig-
ger lock, unless the weapon is on their person or in their immediate control. According to the staff report, the ordinance is intended to help prevent accidental shootings, teen suicides and firearm thefts in the event of a burglary. The motion was passed unanimously but will require a second reading to go into effect.
Councilwomen Kristi Becker and Kelly Harless proposed the ordinance to city staff, in the wake of several back-to-back mass shootings over the summer. “So many of these acts are impulsive and can be prevented by limiting access to firearms in the home,” said Harless, referring to both mass shootings and teen
suicides that occur when a gun is readily accessible. Solana Beach will be the second city in the county to adopt a safe gun storage ordinance. The city of San Diego approved such an ordinance in mid-July. It generated some backlash from local gun rights advocacy groups such as the California Rifle and
Pistol Association, with gun owners wary the ordinance would inhibit their ability to protect their home in case of an emergency. However, in Solana Beach, the ordinance moved forward with little fanfare. Speakers with local anti-gun violence group NeverAgainCA came to support council approval.
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‘Coach’ Kentera’s return to local radio is a big hit
he “Coach” is on the afternoon clock, which suits him just fine. “It’s perfect for me,” John Kentera said. “At this stage of my career, I couldn’t have drawn it up any better.” Kentera, 61, is known as “Coach” in local radio circles and just about any other local orbit one travels in. He’s back with a noon to 3 p.m. weekday gig on 97.3 The Fan, where he talks all things sports and does it in a manner few can duplicate. Whether it’s at Petco Park, an area diner or at a prep football game, Kentera always has time for others. That includes his radio show where listeners call in and the host actually listens. “I like to engage with them and talk to them instead of at them,” said Kentera of Solana Beach. “I like to hear what they have to say. I’ve probably said this thousands of times on the air, but I look at my listeners as an extension of the Kentera family.” It’s Kentera’s folksy way and down-home manners which has made him
sports talk jay paris a favorite of the region’s airways for three decades. Since playing sports at thenSan Dieguito High School and switching to Torrey Pines in the 1970s when its doors swung open, Kentera has been a part of the local sports scene. After coaching at various levels in high school and college, he lifted his curtain on a lengthy radio career in 1990. The long-gone Mighty 690 wanted to do a latenight prep show which, of course, took callers. The energetic Kentera was a rookie in every sense of the broadcasting world, but a veteran in the proper way to treat people. Whether a listener wanted to yap about a forgotten prep star or brag about his overachieving child, Kentera handled everyone with kid gloves. “Some radio hosts don’t
lot” (rated PG) at the city of Carlsbad’s Family Movie Night Sept. 14, at StageKnow something that’s going coach Community Park at on? Send it to calendar@ 3420 Camino de Los Cochcoastnewsgroup.com es in Carlsbad. Arrive at 5 p.m. to set up blankets or low-back chairs and enjoy SENIOR ANGLERS activities before the movie The Senior Anglers of begins at dusk. Visit carlsEscondido will meet at 9:30 badconnect.org for more a.m. Sept. 13 at the Park event information. Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido, presenting the club’s annual Summer Fishing In WALK WITH A PURPOSE Review. The program will Batiquitos Lagoon highlight member’s fish Foundation will host a free tales, with photos to prove, Families With Purpose from around California, walk at 9 a.m. Sept. 15 Baja, and the West. from 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. Led in part by CAMP WITH GIRL SCOUTS marriage and family therFriends of Girl Scouts apists Marc and Angie San Diego are invited to Rosenberg, this walk and come together under the talk will focus on learning stars from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. the importance of exercise, 13, for Urban Campout: All nutrition and outdoor famThat Glitters is Gold, held at ily fun in building lasting Girl Scouts’ campus in Bal- family relationships. boa Park, 1231 Upas Street. For details on attending or HUMANE SOCIETY BENEFIT volunteering for the event, Bring your pup to the visit sdgirlscouts.org/uc or “All Day Yappy Hour” 11 call (619) 610-0807. a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 at any of the 13 Luna Grill locations across San Diego County, to raise funds for TASTE OF SAN MARCOS the San Diego Humane SoJoin the third annual ciety. The event will feaTaste of San Marcos Sept. ture $3 wine and beer spe14, a collection of the best cials and Kabob Dog Treats bites and sips from the culi- for your furry friends. nary and beverage scene in Guests must mention YapSan Marcos. Enjoy an array py Hour or show flyer for of eats from local culinary sales to benefit San Diego masters and sips of craft Humane Society. Log on to brew, cider and wine, plus LunaGrill.com to find localive music from Jesse Ray tion nearest you. Smith. Tickets at https:// tasteofsanmarcos2019.bpt. me/. Discount code: $7 off with code: TOSM219 TASTE OF OCEANSIDE SOON Taste of Oceanside MOVIE UNDER THE STARS tickets are now on sale Enjoy movie-themed from MainStreet Oceansgames and activities plus a ide for the Oct. 5 event. Get free showing of ”The Sand- tickets at tasteofoceanside.
like to take calls because it exposes them if they don’t prepare,” Kentera said. “And a lot of them don’t care what the listeners have to say.” Kentera is money by letting everyone get their two cents in. He’s on San Diego’s only FM sports station and his frequent smile leaps through the frequency. “I’m blessed to be doing this,” Kentera said. “I knew it was going to be hard to get back in after I took some time off.” Kentera, who also served at the San Diego Sockers general manager, stepped away after a 25year run at what became the Mighty 1090 on Oct. 3, 2015. His deep pipes were silenced until 2018, when he started filling in at The Fan and handling Padres preand post-game shows. But it was Oct. 3, 2009, which made Kentera pause for more than a station identification. He suffered a serious heart attack and he’s not forgetful of his upcoming 10-year anniversary of having a clean bill of health. He does so with a show produced by the talented com or Main Street Oceanside office, 701 Mission Ave., Oceanside. Advance food-tasting tickets are $30, and food-and beverage-tasting tickets are $40, for attendees who are 21 and older.
Bonsai and Beyond will meet at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Call Cindy Read, (619) 504-5591 for more information.
GOP CLUB HOSTS SEN. BATES
Republican Club of Ocean Hills will meet at noon Sept. 18 at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside. Sen. Patricia Bates, California 36th Senate District, will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $15 per person which covers any food item on the menu, a non-alcoholic drink, taxes and tip. Cash or check only.at the door (no credit cards). RSVP to Don at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 724-7371.
THE LAST CRUISE NIGHT
The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association is celebrating its final Cruise Night of the 2019 season from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 along historic along South Coast Highway 101. The night’s theme is Classic Woodies. Live music by The Fabulous Woodies, Sea Monks, and The Retro Rockets will be featured on various stages throughout the event. More informa-
JOHN ‘COACH’ KENTERA is back on the air with a weekday radio sports talk show on 97.3 The Fan. Kentera, shown here with Carlsbad listener Steve Haferkamp, has been on local radio for three decades. Photo courtesy 97.3 The Fan
Adam Klug and keeping, as always, tabs on San Diego County’s prep sports. Kentera orchestrates the popular “High School Football Show” on Thursday nights with co-host Braden Surprenant and calls a football game on Friday nights
on the station’s app link with radio.com. “Radio.com is really neat,” Kentera said. “Relatives of these players can listen to the games from all over.” When another losing Padres season ends, radio
tion at encinitas101.com or borDays.com. This year the Navy’s LCAC from ACU-5 (760) 943-1950. will land on the beach early Saturday morning. See GET READY TO GOLF Register now for the this amazing craft land and 51st annual Scripps Clinic depart. A U.S. Coast Guard Invitational Golf Tourna- Cutter will be docked for ment and Dinner at 6 p.m. tours. The Oceanside PoSept. 19 and Sept. 20 to lice Department and Fire benefit research and inno- Department will have vevation efforts throughout hicles on display and the Scripps Clinic, at the Del OPD Canine Unit will demonstrations Mar Country Club, 6001 provide Clubhouse Drive in Rancho on both days plus a Pirate Santa Fe. The golf tour- and Sunken Treasure Resnament will be Sept. 20, cue. The Oceanside Fire at the Torrey Pines North Fighter’s Association will Golf Course, 11480 North hold their annual pancake Torrey Pines Road, La Jol- breakfast in the mornings. la. For tickets and information about the event, visit scripps.org/golf, call (858) 678-7174 or e-mail specia- BACK TO ‘60s FOR CHARITY email@example.com. Members of Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach will host a charity event at the club from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22, FRIDAY FUNDAY The Solana Beach Li- to benefit Casa de Amisbrary offers Friday Fun- tad, providing educational day Playtime at 10 a.m. at enrichment and tutoring 157 Stevens Ave., Solana for underserved children. Beach. Bring your babies The evening’s theme is the and toddlers, as the library anniversary of Woodstock, puts out fun toys for them and will feature live muto play with. Give your sic, buffet dinner, a silent child some play experience auction, a VW bus photo with other children. This is opportunity and more. Sky an unsupervised program. Green will open the show, then Lifetime Rocker with music from the Woodstock era. Individual tickets are $75 at casadeamistad.org. AHOY, MATEY! It’s time for Oceanside Harbor Days from 9 a.m. to TEXAS HOLD ‘EM Tickets are now avail5 p.m. Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, all over the Oceanside Har- able for the upcoming Sept. bor. Contests include a fish- 28 Soroptimist Internationing derby Sept. 21 which is al of Vista and North Counfree to kids ages 12 and un- ty Inland Casino Night der, and the Tiki Swim Mar- fundraiser. Guests can try athon from the Oceanside their hand at craps, roupier into the Harbor. And lette and blackjack or sign don’t forget the “Nail and up for the Texas Hold’em Sail” amateur boat compe- Tournament with an additition beginning at 2 p.m. tional $25 buy-in. Tickets Sept. 22. For more informa- can be purchased online at tion go to OceansideHar- http://bit.ly/2IMckR3, or
listeners are winners, too. As well as the games being on radio.com they will air on The Fan. Speaking of the Padres, there is no bigger fan of the local nine than Kentera. He cut his teeth on the Pacific Coast League Padres by attending his first game in 1959 and if slicing his arm, it’ll bleed Padres brown. His thoughts on his favorite club careening toward its ninth straight losing season, which matches a franchise high (low). “They’ve got to get some veteran starting pitching,” Kentera said. “All these weaknesses aren’t as drastic when you’re giving up three-to-four runs a game instead of six-toseven. I also might revamp the outfield and they have to figure out what to do at catcher.” The catch with Kentera? Finding someone he doesn’t enjoy conversing with. “I like people,” Kentera said. “That’s just who I am.” Contact Jay Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @paris_sports by contacting the club via e-mail at email@example.com or calling (760) 683-9427.
SEPT. 23 CIAO, BELLA!
Italian classes for all levels begin in October at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, presented by the Italian Cultural Center. For more information and to register, visit http://icc-sd.org.
CRC HONORS CHAMPIONS
The Community Resource Center celebrates its 40th year, honoring three Champions of the Cause at its upcoming 40th Birthday Bash Oct. 5, including Evelyn Weidner, Laurin Pause and Shea Homes. Purchase tickets at https://crcncc. ejoi n me .org / MyEve nt s / CRC40thBirthdayBash.
HIGH HOLY DAYS PLANNED
San Diego Outreach Synagogue will be holding musical High Holy Days services open to the San Diego community at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, beginning with Rosh Hashanah from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, followed by a complimentary vegetarian lunch. Services for Yom Kippur will be Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. The cost for High Holy Days tickets (including all three services) is $180 (or $120 for SDOS members) at sdo-synagogue.org. Those who prefer to pay by check may call: (858) 280-6331 or e-mail Cantor@sdo-synagogue.org.
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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com.
the past 10 years. Adams grew up in San Diego, attended both UCSD and SDSU on an Army ROTC scholarship, and served as a U.S. Army Engineer Officer before entering the teaching profession. COMMITTEE HEAD NAMED
Patrick Boyle, owner of Showplace Productions, has been named the new manager for the 2020 Del Mar National Horse Show’s Hunter/Jumper Week. He replaces Dale Harvey, of West Palms Event Productions, who served as the Del Mar National’s Hunter/Jumper manager for 20 outstanding years of service.
Encinitas resident Leslie Mannes is serving on the executive committee for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s 10th annual ROMP Gala on Oct. 12. San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House provides “a home away from home” to families who have a critically ill or injured child in a nearby local hospital and keeps them close to one another during a medical crisis.
STUDENT PROJECT SCORES
CHILD CENTER OPENS
NEW MANAGER FOR HUNTER/JUMPER WEEK
The project of MiraCosta College students Mariko Domyo, Shirley Huynh, Luan Dang, and Yesenia Leon, titled “The determination of significant factors that contribute to the chemical cell disruption of the microalgal species, Nannochloropsis oculate” won Honorable Mention in the June 2019 USCLAP (Intermediate) under the mentorship of faculty member Dominique Ingato. The competition is sponsored by the American Statistical and the Consortium for Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education. Competition results will soon be made available at the USPROC website.
ROTARY NAMES RECIPIENTS
Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary has selected Reality Changers and Just in Time for Foster Youth non-profits to be the major beneficiaries of its BocceFest San Diego tournament and beer festival fundraiser Sept. 29 at Del Mar’s Surf Cup Sports Park, 14989 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. Both organizations make major differences for the better in the lives of deserving, disadvantaged San Diego youth and young adults who need help in reaching their potential. The public is invited to attend BocceFest San Diego from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 for a day of fun and benefit. Visit boccefestsd.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW PRINCIPAL IN VISTA
Sarah Adams is the new principal at Springs’ Vista Student Center. She has been a charter school leader and principal for
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Village Bloom Child Development Center opened Aug. 31 at 448 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas. The School is one of a kind, focusing on the five E's; Empathy, Environment, Education, Expression, and Exploration. The center caters to children ages 2 to 5 and offers an early-intervention team of an onsite speech language pathologist, as well as offsite physical therapist, and occupational therapist.
FALL FOR FASHION
BijouRocks and Satori Design present “Fall In.. Fashion Show” 4 to 7 p.m. Sept 14 at 124 E. Cliff St., Solana Beach. Enjoy a fun afternoon of Fall Fashion, art, unique gifts, music, and light bites. View the latest fall fashion finds from Satori Designs and newest collections by Reine Krief. The fashion show is produced by Hello Betty Productions and Music by DJ Lamply.
SISTERS CO-AUTHOR BOOK
Sisters and co-authors Julia and Nancy Glen have just released their third book in the City Adventure series of books focused on the vibrant communities of Southern California. Carlsbad Adventures, follows a similar theme to their previously published children’s books featuring the cities of Oceanside and Encinitas, and is intended to communicate the theme of friendship, family, and inclusion as the main characters journey through the city. Their new book is available for purchase at several Carlsbad businesses that are listed on their website at glencreations. com.
Fab Fempreneur Fest is Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. At Fab Fempreneur Fest, women entrepreneurs join a community-centric event that provides an abundance of business-building activities and resources, and facilitates invaluable connections and networking with top-players in the Fempreneur community of San Diego. Register at https : //fabfempreneurs. com/fest/. Cost is $697.
Encinitas active-wear brand gets $45M to expand By Tawny McCray
“In 2015, we launched Vuori’s first collection of men’s athletic apparel that was designed to move and sweat in, but styled for everyday life,” he said. “Fast forward a short four years later and we have resonated with some of the best athletes across multiple disciplines, partnered with some of the best retailers in the nation, launched a women’s collection and have three retail stores deeply committed to creating community events that bring people together.” Along with a fruitful ecommerce business, Vuori has stores in Encinitas, Manhattan Beach, and San Francisco, and an assortment of Vuori’s men’s and women’s apparel is sold in select Nordstrom, Fred Segal, REI, and Equinox fitness clubs. Kudla said there are plans to open a store in Del
Mar this November and they also plan to expand beyond California and open more standalone Vuori stores in other states. Vuori launched a woman’s collection in 2018, Kudla said, after receiving requests from women who wanted Vuori’s fresh approach to activewear for themselves. He describes the brand as: from studio to street, from beach to bar, from land to sea. “Vuori products are functionally designed to transcend traditional boundaries and blur the lines between fitness and life,” Kudla said. “Given the diversity of the product and end use, Vuori appeals to everyone who lives an active life.” Vuori’s $45 million investment comes from Northwest Venture Partners, which will secure a minority
stake in the company as part of the deal. “As devoted customers, it was apparent to us that Vuori had built versatile products with tremendous energy and soul,” said Jon Kossow, managing partner at Norwest. “This is exactly the type of positive brand experience we search for in our consumer investments, and we look forward to supporting Joe and the team as they continue to bring new products to market and delight their customers.” Kudla said a good portion of the investment is going back to shareholders who supported the business in its very early days. The remainder, he said, will support the evolution and continued expansion of their product line, including investing in additional inventory to meet consumer demand, and hiring more workers.
hints that a jockey might not pick up on: a particular nod of the head, a tendency to lean less on one leg. She would help determine whether horses were allowed to keep training, could use a more controlled exercise program, or needed time off from racing entirely. Vale said the mere presence of veterinarians served as a signal to trainers. “They were more cautious and careful of training horses they shouldn’t be training,” she said. “They were weeding those horses out themselves.” According to Harper, the controversy over Santa Anita was a wake-up call to many trainers who previously “never realized their profession was in jeopardy.” “It’s not business as usual,” said Harper. “I think we’ve made a major step in the thinking and the culture of these trainers.” However, Harper said many have simply left the state to seek out racing opportunities back east, to “get out of Dodge” as he put it. The outcome, he said, was a significant decline in the quantity of horses this season. The number of race starters decreased by about 14%, from 2,765 in 2018 to 2,372 in 2019.
And with less horses, the number of races saw a 6.6% decline. Throughout the season, groups of protestors found their way to the racetrack to demand a ban of the industry. Erin Riley-Carrasco, an Oceanside resident who has been protesting the races for years, said the Thoroughbred Club’s new safety measures are not enough. “We do not believe in middle grounds,” she said. “These animals are being exploited.” Whether or not the public is taking note, attendance this year at the Del Mar racetrack took a 13.8% dip, from 470,529 in 2018 to 405,504 in 2019. Harper, who has been working at Del Mar’s track for over four decades, said
the Thoroughbred Club is continuing to look at ways to make the industry safer. The club has had discussions with the Stronach Group — which runs the Santa Anita racetrack – and the New York Racing Association to discuss the potential implementation of uniform standards on medication, for example. But changes begin at home, and for Harper, that has meant looking out for both the safety of the horses, and the best interests of the horsemen. “We’ve brought people back to feeling good about the industry and showed that there was certainly hope for the future, and that other tracks are hopefully coming along in the same way,” he said.
ENCINITAS —When lifelong athlete Joe Kudla went from playing football and lacrosse to more low-impact activities like hiking, yoga, running and mountain biking, he had a hard time finding anything suitable to wear while working out. “All of the men’s yoga products were made by women’s brands and the traditional athletic brands didn’t feel fresh or modern,” Kudla said. “Out of 17 million people doing yoga, 6 million were men, the fastest-growing demographic, yet there was not one brand targeting these consumers.” Kudla said this compelled him to start his own men’s athletic apparel brand, Vuori, based in Encinitas, four years ago. Last month, the fast-growing company received a $45 million investment to expand.
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The industry at large has faced heightened scrutiny in recent years due to high horse fatality rates, with the press and public calling out racetracks and prominent trainers for allowing unfit horses onto the track or using medication to mask pain before a race. Public criticism reached its peak after 30 deaths were confirmed at Santa Anita’s racetrack during the 2018-2019 race season. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper called Santa Anita’s last season “an emotional low for the industry.” In an effort to turn public perception and decrease horse fatalities, the Thoroughbred Club doubled down on its safety efforts this summer. The club brought in an entry review panel to judge the fitness of horses for racing, restricted the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories to 48 hours before a race or workout, prohibited the use of a riding crop during morning workouts and implemented random testing for horses at the Del Mar stables. Their efforts built on a number of changes Del Mar made in 2017 and 2018, such as reducing the number of race dates in its summer season and making improvements to the racing surface. For the first time, the club brought in two veterinarians to closely monitor the 1,850 horses that train at the track every morning. One of the full-time veterinarians, Dr. Alina Vale, said the presence of veterinarians had a “real impact” on both the fatality rate, and the general well-being of Del Mar’s horses. “We were preventing horses from training that weren’t necessarily going to have a fatal injury but had an underlying minor injury … we were improving the welfare of all horses in training,” said Vale. Vale would sit in the grandstands every morning starting at 4:30 a.m. and start taking notes on subtle
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North Coast Rep’s ‘Amadeus’ bursts with talent Bands ‘battle’ By Alexander Wehrung
SOLANA BEACH — “Amadeus” premiered on Sept. 7 at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach. Watching a North Coast Rep play is a remarkably intimate experience; the room is small enough that the actors do not require microphones to be heard, but it allows you to appreciate the performances all the more. “Amadeus,” first performed at the Royal National Theater in 1979, is a tale of revenge, madness and jealousy. It is a story recounted and told from the point of view of real-life composer Antonio Salieri, a pious Catholic who promises his fervent devotion to God in exchange for mastery of music. But when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives in Austria and shows himself to not only be loud and profane but vastly more talented than Salieri, the court composer vows to take his revenge upon God by ruining his most treasured voice: Mozart. As Salieri, Tony Amendola rolls into view at the play’s beginning, in a wheelchair, to invoke the audience. The house lights come on in the only part of the play as if to involve them all. The audience is held captive to Amendola’s performance, benefited by
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Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe ready to begin its 20th season with American operatic tenor, Ben Gulley, backed by the Timeless Trio at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, at The Village Church Fellowship Center, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets at ccrsf.org.
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and KPBS present pianist, singer and composer Ethan Bortnick, “Live in Concert, Generations of Music” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Tickets are $28 to $50 at artcenter.org or by calling (800) 9884253.
West Coast Fiber Arts Exhibition opens with the unveiling of the large-scale public mural “Escondido, the Hidden Valley” by artist Daniel Hernandez from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, Join in on the fun and meet the artists at the Opening Reception during Second Saturday Artwalk Sept.14.
THE CAST of “Amadeus,” playing at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach through Oct. 6. Courtesy photo
contorts in spiritual pain; he writhes about as the music written upon the papers play, and he crumples in an agonized heap. But Salieri also conjures occasional laughs with lines akin to “You can see why I wanted to kill him” as Mozart struts his stuff. The play’s titular character himself is played by Pasadena actor Rafael Goldstein, who plays up Mozart as bursting with both frustration and genius. The man immediately stands out just through his costume: a
colorful, patchwork nightmare of a suit that brings to mind the Sixth Doctor from “Doctor Who.” His clothes are cursed with vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, reds, blues, pinks purples and oranges, and that’s not even bringing up his cotton candy wig. Yet somehow, the outfit works, hinting that there is a method to the madness. Goldstein’s performance gradually segues from childlike mischief to profane anger and then eventually, pained exhaus-
987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D Solana Beach. TickBECOME A PRO ARTIST ets at (858) 481-1055 or Oceanside Museum Of northcoastrep.org. Art presents artist, filmmaker, and storyteller Bri- ‘VISIONS OF JOY’ an Kesinger with “How Artist Natasha RagTo Become A Professional land will have an exhibit of Artist,” with a talk, presenoriginal paintings entitled tation and drawing demon“Visions of Joy” through stration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Georgina Sept. 14, 704 Pier View Way, Cole Library, 1250 CarlsOceanside. Cost is $15. Regbad Village Drive, Carlsister at https://oma-online. bad, during regular library org. hours.
Art are on view 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 27 at the Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $18. For more information, visit sdbgarden.org/events.htm.
the actor’s mastery of the Italian language. Salieri is perhaps the lone character who speaks in an accent at all; everyone else sounds thoroughly American, suggesting the overall linguistic hegemony of the empire that Salieri serves. Amendola delivers an impassioned, humor-tinged performance that implores the audience to understand Salieri’s frustration with God. When Salieri discovers Mozart’s manuscripts, first copies of sheet music without corrections, his face
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The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is hosting another free 2nd Saturday art lesson from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 14 in Studio 2 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, with the theme, Impressionism, a 19th Century style of art. Participants will create a colorful tulip using soft chalk pastels. Lessons include all materials. Registration is required at http://artcenter.org /event / 2nd-saturday-chalk-impressionism/. For easy access, park near the Boys & Girls Club in the public parking lot off of Woodward Avenue and N. Escondido Boulevard, and enter the studio hallway near the Grape Day Park entrance by the Escondido Historical Train Depot.
SEPT. 15 ‘AMADEUS’
SEPT. 18 NOON TUNES
The Wednesdays at Noon concert series presents Michael Sanders on piano with Dances and Toccatas from noon to 12:45 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive.
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Regina Palm, associate curator of American Art at the San Diego Museum of Art, will be presenting “On View – American Highlights” from the museum’s own collection at 10 a.m. Sept. 16, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St., Del Mar. $10 for non-members. For more information: (760) 431-8820 ‘SHAKESPEARE UNSCRIPTED’
Enjoy the Bard in a whole new way at Impro Theatre’s ”Shakespeare Unscripted” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets are $29 at (858) 481-1055 or northcoastrep.org.
North Coast Reperto- WILD ART ry Theatre opens its new More than 20 artworks season with “Amadeus,” by the Artists Alliance of running through Oct. 6 at the Oceanside Museum of
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tion, all of which is simultaneously conveyed through costume. Initial instances of joyous abandon — like playing a keyboard whilst facing away from it in a moment that conjures images of Jimi Hendrix playing a guitar with his teeth — turn to fist-swinging rage and solemn self-pity. And Goldstein exudes this ennui masterfully. Kathryn Tkel also brings heartbreaking tragedy and strength to Constanze Weber, who is willing to do unsavory things for her husband Mozart, but also suffers emotionally because of her bond to him. Genuine love and pride gradually become sorrow, leading to the crux of the play’s emotional tragedy. North Coast Repertory’s “Amadeus” lets you play witness to a gradual murder up close and personally in the confines of its small theater, allowing you to appreciate every little nuance in the actors’ performances. Don’t pass this one up. “Amadeus” plays at North Coast Repertory until Oct. 6. The show will play at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays, at 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $55 for weeknights, Saturday matinees and a Sept. 25 matinee, and $60 for Saturday nights and Sunday matinees. stitute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. The cost is $135 for individual tickets at travelingstories.com/ gala. TASTE OF ART
Join Robin Douglas at the Oceanside Museum Of Art for “Taste Of Art: O’Keeffe And Her Flowers.” Enjoy appetizers and drinks with a brief presentation, before creating your original work of art inspired by O’Keeffe from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $50. Register at https:// oma-online.org. All materials provided.
Cowboy Jack will be performing a free concert from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at La Vida Del Mar, 850 Del Mar Downs Road, Solana MUSIC BY THE SEA Beach. For more informaMusic By The Sea contion visit hankshow.com. certs present Andrew Harrison on saxophone, Nadia Azzi on piano and Jason Lo, EXPLORE THE ABSTRACT Rancho Santa Fe Art accompanist at 7:30 p.m. Guild presents “Exploring Sept. 20 at the Encinitas the Abstract,” a new exhibit Library Community Room, exploring abstract painting 540 Cornish Drive, Encinithrough Oct. 21 at Rancho tas. Tickets are $14 online Santa Fe Library, 17040 at encinitas.tix.com or call Avenida de Acacias, Rancho (800) 595-4849. Santa Fe. For more information, contact Cheryl Ehlers GARDEN SCULPTURE at artbuzz1@gmail,com or Sculpture in the Gar(760) 519-1551. den X showcases 10 sculptures from nine talented artists 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 30 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 TRAVELING STORIES Traveling Stories will Quail Gardens Drive, Enhost the Traveling Stories cinitas. All sculptures are fundraising gala in conjunc- for sale. Naomi Nussbaum, tion with National Literacy curator. $18, $12, $10. More Month on from 6 to 10 p.m. information at sdbgarden. Sept. 19, at the Lux Art In- org/sculpture.htm.
for spot at Fiesta Del Sol By Lexy Brodt
SOLANA BEACH — The city’s 2020 Fiesta Del Sol might still be a ways away, but local bands are gearing up to ‘battle’ over a spot on the beloved event’s mainstage. For the first time, Solana Beach’s Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “battle of the bands” at the Belly Up Tavern on Sept. 16. Audience members and a panel of judges will choose which of six participating bands will get to play at Fiesta. Fiesta Del Sol is an annual celebration in Solana Beach that brings together merchants, artists, musicians and food vendors for a weekend summer celebration. The longstanding event draws thousands every year to the small coastal city. There are typically about 25 to 30 bands playing per year, between two to three different stage areas. But the mainstage, located in a large city-owned parking lot, draws the biggest crowds. The top two performers at the “battle of the bands” will be able to take the mainstage — the firstplace pick taking stage at Fiesta on Saturday, and the second place on Sunday. The chamber, which plans and sponsors Fiesta Del Sol, has long partnered with the Belly Up to help select which bands play the event. But this year, the Chamber of Commerce wanted to let the community to decide. “There’s so many local bands interested in playing on the mainstage, and there’s not a fair way of choosing which ones do,” said Chamber of Commerce CEO Maryam Hintzen. “This is a way of getting the community and the crowd involved in choosing who will be on the stage.” The chamber recently finalized the six participants: April and the Funk Junkies, Mud, Pearl Jammed, Shaken and Stirred, Static on the Stereo, and The Good Pour. The bands may come as no surprise to readers — many have played at local bars The Kraken or Saddle Bar, with some having graced the stage of the Belly Up in the past. The bands will be evaluated by a panel of judges from across the county, of few of which will be city or county representatives. But the final outcome will equally rely on the audience: a sound meter will be putting a number to the crowd’s reaction. The event will also be a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce and include raffles throughout the night. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased through the Belly Up or the Chamber’s office in Solana Beach. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the 21-plus event will start at 6 p.m.
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Del Mar Art Center seeks community support after move By Lexy Brodt
DEL MAR — A local nonprofit and one of Del Mar’s only galleries has faced its fair share of challenges since moving to a new space in May. The Del Mar Art Center, DMAC, is a nonprofit organization that first opened at the Del Mar Plaza nearly 20 years ago. Bringing together the work of artists from across the region, the gallery aims to not only display local art, but promote art appreciation in the community. Unable to keep up with rising rent at the Plaza, DMAC departed its longstanding space in October 2018. The gallery was out of rotation for over half a year before its members found a new home on Camino Del Mar in May. DMAC Vice President Julianne Ricksecker said the move has “affected business in a big way,” causing the gallery to lose many of its drop-in clients who used to visit the space by virtue of its location in the Plaza. But finding a new location and getting the word out hasn’t been the gallery’s only hurdle. DMAC President Maidy Morhous said recent downtown construction efforts haven’t helped. “The construction going on has been terrible for the gallery,” she said. “You
DEL MAR ART CENTER has faced its fair share of challenges since opening its new location on Camino Del Mar in May. Photo courtesy Julianne Ricksecker
just can’t see the gallery, there’s trucks and moving equipment in the street, it’s been chaotic.” Del Mar’s Streetscape project — which aims to update the city’s ailing downtown area — has taken longer than the city anticipated. At the most recent City Council meeting in early August, staff reported the final touches would be complete by mid-September. With a decrease in foot traffic yielding low sales,
Ricksecker said DMAC is reaching out to the community for donations to help keep the organization up and running. DMAC has long helped raise funds for community causes, holding annual charity events most years to help fundraise on behalf of organizations like the Women’s Resource Center, the Monarch School, and Helen Woodward Center. “Ultimately we’re a nonprofit and would like to
give back to the community as we’ve done in the past,” said Ricksecker. “But if we can’t serve artists in the gallery first, I think we’ll lose a lot of our people.” The organization’s members have been working to extend their reach locally — even if that means simply crossing the street. Every week, DMAC artists display their work in an event called “Art with a View,” showcasing a variety of different artistic
mediums on the Civic Center terrace during the city’s weekly Saturday farmer’s market. DMAC has also made its way to Chase Bank in Del Mar and the Del Mar Cinepolis — revamping the commercial spaces with the art of DMAC members every few months. In addition to promoting the art of organization members, DMAC has worked with the city to help boost the local art scene.
Morhous recently joined Del Mar’s Arts Advisory Committee, and helped the city develop its public arts program. A bronze sculptor, painter and printmaker, she participated in Del Mar’s first city-run art show. The gallery itself is ever-changing, both in the diversity of its art, and its artist members. The gallery hosts more than 30 artists, who work to set up a new show every three months. But artists are encouraged to swap out their pieces monthly in order to keep the exhibits fresh. The gallery relies on the efforts and dedication of its members. DMAC artists staff the gallery, and also partake in committees to tackle different aspects of running the nonprofit, such as donations, or marketing and publicity. “It’s always been a cooperative group, people have to pitch in to get things done,” said Ricksecker. Although the gallery’s exhibits focus on the visual arts, they have hosted art classes, poetry readings, book signings and musical performances. The gallery, located at 1101 Camino Del Mar, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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SEPT. 13, 2019
Mozy Cafe is still giving off good vibes
o be honest, I’m not a big fan of the phrase “it’s all good” as it always seems to be followed by a “bro” or similar and said in many situations that are honestly not “all good” at all. That said, if there is a place where it fits literally and figuratively, it’s Mozy Cafe in Leucadia. I’ve always appreciated the good vibe nature of this place under the former owners and even learned to accept the very slow service that came with the experience, I just made sure I had 20 minutes to wait for my burrito. I had heard a new owner took over and thought it was time to revisit what I consider part of the original funky places left in Leucadia, and I say that in the best possible way. First off, I set up a time on a Tuesday evening to sit down and record a week of Lick the Plate on 100.7 San Diego shows with the new owner/operator Gary Grassi. That provided a great opportunity to get to know Gary and what has shaped his style. I also had the pleasure of munching on his Falafel Burger with Shoestring Fries and a local Babe Kombucha that was amazing. Gary grew up in South Africa but his parents are Italian restaurateurs so it was that cuisine and working in their restaurants that shaped his early culinary style. His adventure in the United States began in Dallas where he operated five
MOZY CAFE owner/operator Gary Grassi and son Lucca Grassi. Photo by David Boylan
restaurants then he brought his culinary skills to San Diego 20 years ago opening La Vache Bistro in Hillcrest and La Jolla then Uropa Café and some consulting work along the way. I should mention that Gary is also quite the renowned dog trainer and former competitive bicycle road racer. Check out his work with dogs at www. dukedogtraining.com. He became aware of Mozy being for sale, loved Leucadia and took ownership being quite aware that he could not change too much about this iconic spot … but could see areas that needed some improvement which he implemented in a tasteful and subtle manner. He added a few menu items but kept much of the original menu as it was and improved some of their op-
erating efficiencies. Some of the changes included a new recipe to prep the tofu with nutritional yeast, freshly grilled chicken (with a new herb and spice family recipe for the chicken) used in all the bowls and salads. A Super-Beet Bowl and Spicy Thai Bowl were added along with new salad dressings including a balsamic vinaigrette, Italian vinaigrette, and ranch. Seasoned French fries (those delicious ones I had with my Falafel Burger) were added that are shoestring potatoes seasoned with La Provence herbs, he brought this recipe from his bistro. The Vegan Beyond burger is now available and I should mention that the Falafel Burger is a revamped version. I’m going back for that one with those fries.
Some minor cosmetic changes were in order provided by artist Jessica Fuller who created some new paintings, rewrote the main menu and wrote their new menu featured on the big wall on the patio. She designed and painted many of the murals in Mozy into a forest theme, including all the walls in the dining area, the bathroom walls, and the outside fence. Another artist, Kevin Anderson, painted the mural of Beacons Beach and the wave on the Daphne Street side of the building. Gary built two counters outside with bar stools plus another is in the process of being built. The counter where the orders are placed was made by Bing Surfboards, which is also a nice local touch with more projects on tap from that group.
The hot sauce bar with all the sauce on tap and the coffee station with the tubular shelves is another new touch along with all the new mini picnic tables done in Mozy colors. I will add that the new touches are a nice improvement while staying true to the original essence of the place. The service has improved dramatically and everything I ate over four visits made me really happy … especially the portions! Mozy is known for their bowls and they do not disappoint … and they are huge. The Acai Bowl, Pitaya Bowl and Bella Bowl, which I mistakenly overheard as the Mello Bowl (which I thought was a perfect name for a bowl at Mozy) are all favorites of the regulars. Breakfast is served all day and the breakfast burritos are all really good and you can turn any one of them into a bowl. Burritos extend into the menu further and the Cuban with turkey cachaca or soy chorizo, black beans, brown rice, jack cheese, avocado and plantains is one of my new favorite burritos anywhere. I also sampled the Grilled Chicken Salad with that seasoned chicken I mentioned, black beans, jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, onion, bell pepper, cucumber, cabbage avocado and salsa is as hearty of a salad as I’ve had anywhere. I had a big post surf appetite so I devoured it but it could easily be split. More bowls, wraps, plates are available with all kinds of healthy ingredients including lots of vegetarian friendly options. Kombucha, smoothies, great coffee and a kid’s menu are available. There are have been a lot of Mozy look-alikes and imitators over the years, but nobody has really captured the Mozy vibe. It’s a one of a kind place, and I’m quite certain everyone in your family or circle of friends will find something they like there. Gary Grassi runs Mozy with the help of his kids Evanna and Lucca Grassi. Find them at www.mozycafeleucadia.com or from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day at 698 N. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas.
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Harvest for Hope Sept. 22
he Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) of San Diego presents its 16th annual Harvest for Hope Wine & Cuisine fundraising event Sunday Sept. 22 starting at 2 p.m. at Brick, on Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, San Diego. This column has long been an advocate of the wine industry and related services doing as much as they can and then some, for worthy causes that impact the communities they serve. The good that wine has brought to consumers who have embraced the beverage for centuries, also brings to the table an opportunity to turn to wine, to help those in need. It motivated me to devote this column to the Harvest for Hope event, saluting those volunteers and contributors who have undertaken this promise to extend a hand to needy families with children who are cancer victims. I have stepped up with a Partnership donation to Diane Nares, my dear friend and co-founder of ENF in San Diego, from its beginnings in 2003. I am happy to report that this 16th annual event has some 18 wineries and wine related companies plus some 18 restaurants and a craft beer sponsor, donating their products and services. They include my good friends at Banfi Winery in Montalcino Italy, the Gold Partner for the event. The Emilio Nares Foundation was created in 2003, as relayed to me by TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 12
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Having a beery good time at area beer festivals
perfect summery day helped the large crowds get the most out of the sixth annual Carlsbad Brewfest on Saturday, Sept. 7. The event, a fundraiser for the Carlsbad Hi Noon Rotary Club, was hosted, fittingly, in Holiday Park. More than 40 breweries and cideries participated, serving over 80 different beers and ciders. Scottish bag pipers welcomed participants and announced the release of the first-ever Carlsbad Collective IPA, a collaboration brewed especially for the Brewfest by Carlsbad’s seven breweries with tasting rooms. The participating breweries were Arcana Brewing Co., Burgeon Beer Company, Culver Beer Co., Karl Strauss Brewing Carlsbad, Para Marce’s Cerveceria, Pizza Port Carlsbad Village, and Rouleur Brewing Company. Rouleur’s brewery was chosen as the brewing site and each of the breweries contributed ideas and/or materials to help bring the West Coast IPA to fruition. In addition to adult beverages, Brewfest attendees enjoyed 10 food vendors, various games, plus musical entertainment. If you missed the Carlsbad Brewfest, or if you attended and you just can’t wait for another like it, you are in luck: The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting their Rancho BEERnardo Festival from 2 to 5 p.m., Oct. 26 in Webb Park (16826 Bernardo Center Drive). It, too, raises money for rotary’s local and region-
craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh al charitable causes. The Rancho BEERnardo Festival is co-hosted this year by Urge Gastropub. For the just the second year, the festival will include a “VIP” Reception that grants purchasers entry to the festival an hour before General Admission, some rare beers and wines not available outside the VIP area, hosted heavy hors d’oeuvres, an exclusive seating area, and special parking. VIP tickets are limited and are likely to sell out. Both VIP and General Admission tickets can be purchased through https:// ranchobeernardofestival. com/. The list of participating breweries General Admission ticket holders will be able to sample includes 27 companies from San Diego and beyond. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. Then, just a few days later, get ready for the 11th annual San Diego Beer Week. This is the San Diego Brewers Guild’s annual 10day beer extravaganza, this year Nov. 1 through Nov. 10. Events are held at breweries, bars, and restaurants throughout San Diego County. There are two signature events of San Diego Beer Week. The first is Guild Fest, held this year at the Embarcadero Marina Park North,
on the bay in downtown San Diego on Nov. 2. The second, wrapping up Beer Week, is the Beer Garden held at Torrey Pines Lodge. The Beer Garden is this writer’s favorite beer event of the year: The setting is gorgeous and star chefs make small bites to accompany the beer. A full list of all the San Diego Beer Week events, and tickets for the two signature events, can be found at https://sdbw.sdbeer.com/. MORE THAN 40 breweries and cideries were at Carlsbad Brewfest.
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Report: County violent crime rises for the 5th straight year REGION — Violent crime in San Diego County rose in the first half of the year for the fifth consecutive year, according to a report released Sept. 10 by the San Diego Association of Governments. The report by SANDAG’s Criminal Justice Research Division found the mid-year number of violent crimes was 5,545, up from 5,510 last year; 5,421 in 2017; 5,361 in 2016; and 5,330 in 2015. The five-year increase amounts to a 4% bump in violent crime. Reports of property crime went the opposite direction, falling from 30,447 in 2015 to 27,236 in 2019, an 11% decrease. The mid-year numbers of violent and property crimes in 2019 are vastly different from 2009, when the city received 6,256 violent crime reports and 35,204 property crime reports. Violent crime reports dropped 11.4% in that span, mainly because robbery reports fell from 1,931 to 1,411, according to the SANDAG report.
Despite the overall drop in robbery reports, this year’s number increased 5% compared to the same sixmonth period last year. Arson reports saw the largest drop from last year to this year — falling 28% from 190 to 136 — while homicides dropped from 40 to 38. Reports of rape fell to 539 after reaching 604 at the midway point of 2018. However, numbers since 2015 may be somewhat deceiving, as California law enforcement broadened the definition of rape in 2015. As a result, some crimes that would have been classified as aggravated assaults are now considered rapes and some crimes that would not have been considered violent crimes are now captured in these statistics, Burke said. According to the report, San Diego law enforcement has received an average of 31 reports of violent crime and 150 reports of property crime per day during 2019’s first half.
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ship as parents with a lovely child. One day at pre-school, Emilio caught a cold that developed into several colds, then a fever. He was losing energy and felt lethargic. We took him into a specialist who had blood tests taken. It was then we found out the awful truth. He reportedly had Leukemia. Emilio was
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Diane Nares, loving mother of her only child, who, after a nearly three-year battle, passed away at 5 years old. “My husband Richard and I were later–in-life parents. Our first three years we had a beautiful relation-
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DRAKES HONORARY CHAIRS FOR ROMP GALA After founding Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s ROMP Gala in 2009, Rancho Santa Fe residents and philanthropists Hudson and Mary Drake are returning to serve as honorary chairs for the event’s 10th anniversary “ROMP Enchanted: The Magic of Hope,” at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar on Oct. 12. The Drakes founded the ROMP Gala to raise funds to support families with critically ill or injured children receiving treatment at San Diego area hospitals. San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House provides “a home away from home” to families who have a critically ill or injured child in a nearby local hospital and keeps them close to one another during a medical crisis. Courtesy photo
brought to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and was given cancer treatments for nearly three years. In that period of time, there were two remissions and two relapses before Emilio passed away, just before his 6th birthday. There followed a difficult journey of grief for Richard and myself.
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“We started having ‘kitchen table’ conversations about where we should go from here. We brought up adoption, but we were in our 40s and the complications of that option were many. The over-riding thought we both developed was the knowledge and experience of some three years with Emilio’s affliction and what to do with it. We decided we could apply this gift to others badly in need of help as they went through the same experience of navigating their child’s journey with cancer. We launched the Emilio Nares Foundation with that primary mission, in our city of San Diego and across the county of San Diego.” ENF has provided and continues to provide resources and support with their flagship Ride With Emilio transportation program, with free rides to and from the hospital to ensure that no child misses the life-saving cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. As of the first of this year, 986 families have been supported with some 94,924 miles of rides. Other services are pro-
vided and more are planned including an End of Life program. The Harvest of Hope fundraiser on Sept. 22 features new and exciting entertainment for guests to enjoy,” said Karen Terra, executive director. “We’re thrilled to unveil a new bidding system for live auction items and our live entertainer, Amy Berkman, a cancer survivor, will be auctioning off her sunflower painting at the end of the event.” General admission tickets are $160 per person. Partnerships are still available. To learn more about the foundation and to RSVP for tickets to the Sept. 22 event, visit enfhope.org, or contact Katie Khasim at (858) 5713328. Wine Bytes • The third annual Ramona Grape Stomp is from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center. Enjoy grape stomping, wine tasting, children’s activities, music, food and line dancing. Stomp competition Grand Prize is $300. Tickets can be purchased
at the door or the website. Adults are $10, kids are $5. Children under 6 are free. Visit ramonagrapestomp. com. • Zaca Mesa Winery from Santa Ynez will serve their new releases at a fivecourse wine dinner at North County Wine Company in San Marcos at 6 p.m. Sept. 14. Chef Erin Sealy will be pairing each of the five wines with her own dinner courses. Call (619) 823-3541 or visit email@example.com for details and pricing. • Il Fornaio in Del Mar presents a Masi wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. A fivecourse dinner will feature choice of baked wild seabass or whole beef tenderloin with a Masi Amarone Costasera 2013. Cost is $80 per person. RSVP at (858) 7558876. • Vittorio’s Trattoria in Carmel Valley San Diego, has a Niner Wine Estates four-course wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 The 2016 Niner Cabernet Sauvignon will be featured with a petite filet mignon. Reserve now at (858) 538-5884. Cost is $70 each.
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George Chamberlin – born in Kansas City, KS on November 5, 1945. His family later settled in Los Angeles where he graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School. He fell in love with radio back in the 1960s and started out as a disc jockey. His first broadcasting job was working the graveyard shift at a Palm Springs radio station. However, it didn’t take long for George to work his way to San Diego, home to his family for 46 years. Even though his first
love was always broadcasting, George spent time as the Administrative Aide to Senator John Stull of San Diego, and later went on to work as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities. For about 15 years he combined his work in finance with his love for broadcasting and wore many hats while working in the San Diego news media, including radio, television and print. It was very easy for him to let go of the brokerage career and dedicate his time to broadcasting and public speaking. He has received numerous awards and commendations and has been honored three times by the Small Business Administration as the Media Advocate of the Year. For more than 30 years, he delivered business updates starting at 5 a.m. weekday mornings on KNSD-TV’s “NBC 7 News Today” newscasts. He wrote business columns for the North County Times newspaper and served as executive editor for the San Diego Daily Tran-
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golf in his later years. We would like to thank Dr. Joel Lamon and Dr. Carolyn Mulroney of UCSD Moore’s Cancer Center for their care over the past 3 years. He passed peacefully at home on Sunday, September 1, 2019 after a 3-year battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. George is survived by his wife of 46 years, Terry, son Tom (Tracy), daughter Sara, and 4 grandchildren: Sophia, Lorenzo, Lily and Elias and his dog, Lexi. He is also survived by his brother Mike (Barbara) of San Clemente and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A public Celebration of Life will be held at the San Marcos Boy’s and Girl’s Club, One Positive Way, San Marcos, CA 92069 on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in George’s name to the San Marcos Boys’ and Girls’ Club (www.boysgirlsclubsm.org), New Haven Youth and Family Services of Vista (www.newhavenyfs.org) or OASIS of San Diego (www.oasisnet.org/San-Diego-CA).
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In loving memory of
Faye Olson Bacon
In loving memory of
Frederick Kline Mackenzie April 7, 1936 August 25, 2019
Anna Faye Claire Olson Bacon passed away September 2 2019. Born Nov. 19, 1928, to Gladys Rogers and Peter Johann Olson in Williston North Dakota. Faye attended Pacific Lutheran College and graduated from Montana State University. Faye has been a resident and proud community member of Carlsbad since 2009 and has made family homes in 6 other US States. She has been an active member in all her communities through the years. Her Church Family, her Pi Phi Sisters, and Republican Women’s Groups including the Carlsbad Federation where she served as Chaplain since 2014 and enjoyed National affiliation with both groups. Faye is survived by CROP Dorothy Olher sister .93 son Schrupp of Costa Mesa;.93 her husband John 4.17Bacon and her Rogers children: 4.28 Kaari Bacon Groscup, John Rogers Bacon II, Ruth Bacon Ferrara, Peter Stuart Bacon; her 12 grandchildren: John C Wilson, Alexander D Lacquement, Elizabeth L Diaz, Kathryn L Cain, Ama K Groscup, Stuart C Groscup, Annmarie Ferrara, Christina Ferrara, Peter Bacon, Mark Bacon, and Imogene Claire Bacon. Faye is also the great grandmother of 4. Ian Arthur and Alec Charles Wilson, Oscar Knox Groscup Fulcher and August Alexander Diaz. She was preceded in death by John and Faye’s daughter Kathryn Elizabeth Bacon Lacquement and her siblings Joyce Olson Skedsvold and Jerry Olson. Faye loved her God, Country, Friends and Family. She was a Teacher, A Leader, a Sister, and a Mother to Many. She will be missed by All. Memorial Services will be held September 16, 2019 @ 11a.m.at her Faith home Redeemer by the Sea Lutheran Church 6600 Black Rail Rd., Carlsbad CA
In loving memory of our father Frederick Kline Mackenzie, who passed on August 25th, 2019 in Scripps Encinitas He is survived by his wife Karen of 26 year of marriage. She was the love of his life. Fred had 3 children Rick, Scott, and Cara and four lovely grandchildren Ian, Jorden, Cassandra, and Steven. Fred is preceded in death by his daughter in law Carla Grimes. Fred was an adventurous, he moved to Alaska and loved everything about the outdoors. He was so at peace there fishing, camping and just doing what he loved. He moved back eventually to Cardiff by the Sea which he spent most of his life with family and friends. He loved people and listening to their stories and adventures in life. He was quite the story teller himself. Fred will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
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The mystery of the Ring of Brodgar in the Scottish Isles hit the road e’louise ondash
he sign at the Ring of Brodgar, a circle of 4,000-plus-year-old upright stones on the Scottish Isle of Orkney, asks for cooperation with rangers who are trying to manage the flow of visitors. Climate change, the sign says, has caused heavy rains that are eroding the ground around the megaliths; thus the need to control foot traffic for the foreseeable future. Our group, however, seems to be almost the only visitors at the Ring on this cloudy June morning, and there is no ranger in sight. Monitoring is, sadly, often necessary at such treasured monuments, but those in our group appear to understand the rules and walk with reverence around the grounds. There is a cathedral-like quality to the Ring, each of the 27 stones jutting skyward 7 feet to 15 feet from the spit of land that separates the Harray and Stenness lochs (lakes). And
SCIENTISTS hypothesize that, 4,000 years ago, inhabitants moved these huge pillars of stone that make up the Calanais Stone Circle on the Isle of Lewis by using wooden platforms, rollers and brute strength. Standing stones all over the Scottish Isles are used today for weddings, solstice celebrations and other gatherings. Photo by Jerry Ondash
just as being in a church can provoke existential questions, so do these stones. Why are they here? Who put them here? How did they get here? What is their purpose? The short answer is that no one knows, and while that is frustrating, we can still speculate and enjoy the results of what must have been herculean amounts of cooperative labor to place these stones in this circle.
It is Day 8 of our 11day expedition cruise through the Scottish Isles with Adventure Canada (based in Toronto). Our transportation is provided by the Ocean Endeavour, a 190-passenger converted Russian ferry capable of sailing the icy waters of the Northern Hemisphere. Expedition cruising typically means an emphasis on “soft adventure” shore excursions. Because Adventure
Canada itineraries often include isolated destinations and tiny villages without docks, passengers are transported to shore via 20 Zodiac rafts. Most days there are hikes of varying degrees, and at night, experts in history, archeology, biology, wildlife, geology, botany, music, folklore, art and photography give lectures. They also serve as onshore guides. If it’s ice sculptures and
water slides you want, expedition cruising is not for you. But if you want a fun, casual, moderately active and learning-rich experience, then expedition cruising is a good fit. And don’t worry; there’s plenty of good food, too. The previous day, the Ocean Endeavor took us to the Isle of Lewis and the Calanais (Callanish) Standing Stones, this collection arranged in a cross. Again,
much to think about in this dramatic setting, but I couldn’t help noticing that these multi-million-year-old megaliths, placed perhaps four millennia ago, were just out there – in the open – for any and all to see. No fences, no rangers, no buffer zone, but plenty of nearby sheep, meandering and grazing in that usual nonchalant sheep fashion. Nearby hills are dotted with private farms, well defined by picturesque dry stone walls (dykes) — land that probably has been in families for generations. Do the owners appreciate the history and mystery that sits so close to their homes? Like the protagonist in “Outlander,” do they ever touch the stones, hoping to be transported to the 18th century? More questions to ponder — or perhaps we should just be thankful that Scotland has taken care to preserve these traces of a civilization that knew how to build things that could endure for millennia. Visit www.adventurecanada.com. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook.com/elouise. ondash. Want to share your travels? Email eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com
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Odd Files Ewwww! A Whataburger location in Bastrop, Texas, was the scene of a gruesome plunge to an oily demise on Aug. 31. As customers waited in line at the counter, the Austin American-Statesman reported, kitchen workers tried to catch a mouse scampering across the food prep counter. A customer captured the scene on video as the mouse, fleeing a person trying to trap it, leapt into a fryer full of hot grease. On the video, an employee can be heard asking, “Who else needs a refund?” The video was posted to Facebook, prompting Whataburger to comment that the location had been closed and “the entire restaurant has since been cleaned and sanitized.” [Austin American-Statesman, 9/3/2019] Mysterious Police in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, say an unnamed 80-yearold woman snoozed right through an apparent carjacking on Aug. 28 — even though she was in the car. The victim told police she had fallen asleep in her car, parked in her driveway, around 9 p.m. that evening. She called police around 4 a.m. to say she woke up on the driveway and her car was gone, but she had no recollection of how she got there, the New York Daily News reported. Police observed a fresh abrasion and
T he R ancho S anta F e News bruise on her face. The car was recovered later that day in Trenton, but the search is still on for suspects. [Daily News, 8/30/2019] Bright Ideas — In the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, high school instructor Luis Juarez Texis inflamed the ire of parents when he made students wear cardboard boxes (with cut-out eye holes) on their heads as they took an exam in order to deter cheating. Parents are calling for Texis’ removal, OddityCentral reported, saying the boxes amounted to “acts of humiliation, physical, emotional and psychological violence.” Others, however, applauded Texis’ idea, with one saying the boxes “teach them a great lesson.” Texis told reporters the students consented to the anti-cheating method. [OddityCentral, 9/2/2019] — A graffiti artist in Frankston, Australia, has been painting the Melbourne suburb purple with a message to someone named Chris, saying “u need 2 talk 2 me B4 baby is born, or don’t bother after,” according to a July 30 report from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The messages have appeared on several public spaces, such as sidewalks and the sides of buildings. Frankston Mayor Michael O’Reilly said the city council “would encourage those involved to consider more constructive, and less illegal ways of communicating in the future. ... I hope Chris and
this mystery person can ered over them, delicately work through their issues.” clutching her bouquet of [ABC, 7/30/2019] sunflowers and, no doubt, shedding a few dinosaur Inexplicable tears. Meador, 38, told AdUber driver Yasser ams ahead of time that she Hadi of Atlanta was going would wear the costume, about his business, drop- according to the Omaha ping off a fare on Aug. 25, World-Herald, giving Adwhen a woman “came out of ams a chance to shut the nowhere, threatened to kill idea down, but her sister him, and then violently bit didn’t balk. In fact, Adams him,” Fox5 News reported. defended the choice on Hadi told the station: “She’s Facebook: “It’s a giant midacting weird, she’s acting dle finger at spending thouwild, and she’s on the car sands of dollars and putting hitting it, telling me I need ungodly amounts of presto die....” Next the woman sure on ourselves ... The climbed inside the car, and point was to get married scratched and bit Hadi as he to the man who treats me tried to pull her out. “I said, like I hung the moon, and ‘God, just let her take my we did that part.” [Omaha flesh, I don’t care.’ I want World-Herald, 9/5/2019] her to go away from me,” Hadi said. Later, Atlanta Crime Report Izaebela Kolano, 49, of police arrested 26-year-old Tasheena Campbell, who al- Nutley, New Jersey, pulled ready had a warrant for an a fast one on Costco employassault charge, for battery ees in two stores on Sept. 1, and criminal trespass. But police said. Kolano first visHadi is left with a damaged ited a Costco in Wayne, New car, medical expenses and Jersey, where she allegedno insurance. “She’s hit me ly stole a $2,000 diamond in my job, my health and my ring. Then, authorities say, financial pocket money. It’s she went to a store in nearhard,” he explained. [Fox5, by Clifton, where she asked to see a $28,000 diamond 9/1/2019] ring — and handed back the $2,000 ring, which was simiAwesome! For her Aug. 10 wed- lar. Costco employees didn’t ding in Omaha, Nebraska, notice the switcharoo until Deanna Adams, 40, told Kolano was out of the buildher bridesmaids, includ- ing, the Associated Press reing her sister and maid of ported. Police found Kolano honor, Christina Meador, at home, and eventually they could wear “anything” recovered the ring. Kolano they’d be comfortable in. was charged with theft. [AsSo after carefully consider- sociated Press, 9/4/2019] ing several options, Meador chose her outfit: an inflat- News You Can Use In Jacksonville, Florable T. rex costume. As the bride and her groom took ida, as Hurricane Dorian their vows, Meador tow- approached on Sept. 3,
Patrick Eldridge became concerned that his Smart car would “blow away.” So he proposed to his wife, Jessica, that he park it in their kitchen. (Her car was already in the garage.) She doubted he could do it, but “he opened the double doors and had it in. I was amazed that it could fit,” Jessica told the Associated Press. She said there was still room to move around and cook, but “my dogs are confused by it.” Dorian narrowly missed Jacksonville as it moved up the East Coast. [Associated Press, 9/5/2019] Least Competent Criminals If you’re going to commit a crime, go all in, we always say. But two unidentified crooks in the Bronx, New York, went to great lengths Sept. 2 to rob a Little Caesar’s pizza shop and took ... a pizza, police said. Video shows one thief holding open the drivethrough window, the New York Post reported, as the other crawled in on his belly, but workers rushed to push him back out. Changing tactics, the two then entered through the front door, threatened workers with a knife, and made off with a $23 pizza order. “They did all that just for pizza?” a police source told the paper. Chances are, the evidence is long gone. [NY Post, 9/5/2019] Irony The former Spearmint Rhino Gentleman’s Club in Trenton, Wisconsin, has found an unlikely new life
as the Ozaukee Christian School, opening on Sept. 16, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Kris Austin, the school’s administrator, said the stripper pole had been removed, along with the leopard-print carpet, but the stage and bar are still there, and the building is still owned by the Spearmint Rhino chain, based in California. It’s an arrangement school leaders have had to come to terms with. “Our take on it is that people are people,” said school board president David Swartz. “We’re sinners, too. Even though we don’t agree with their business model per se. ... Now we’re going to transfer that place into a place where boys and girls are raised to be our next leaders with character.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/29/2019] Ow! Ow! Ow! Jamie Quinlan, 12, of Louth, Lincolnshire, England, was bouncing on a trampoline in his friend’s backyard in early September when a spring broke off and lodged in the boy’s back. Jamie’s dad, Ian, rushed him to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where surgeons removed the spring. “It took them about 10 minutes to actually get the spring out of my back,” Jamie told Sky News. “The doctors said they had never heard of something like this happening with a trampoline.” He said he didn’t realize the piece of metal had entered his back, but “All my friends looked shocked.” [Sky News, 9/5/2019]
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Paddle out to celebrate local shark attack survivor By Tawny McCray
ENCINITAS — Last December, Ellie Hayes found herself reflecting on the what-ifs had her then 13-year-old son Keane not survived his shark attack at Beacon's beach. “He was very close to death, I mean within seconds of death,” she recounted in a phone call of the attack on Sept. 29 last year. “I just thought, gosh, if we would've lost him we probably would've had a
shoulder,” she said. “And he was missing part of his lat (muscle), but he was able to build that lat back. So, life is different for him, it's not back to normal.” Hayes said the lasting damage means he can no longer play baseball or football, but he just joined his freshman beach volleyball team. While he might have to get used to some new physical changes, she said mentally he's doing really well.
13-YEAR-OLD Keane Hayes was back in the ocean less than three months after the Sept. 29, 2018, attack. Courtesy photo
funeral or a celebration of life. And so, as a mom that was so glad (he was still here) I just thought, why can't we do that with him being alive. Let's celebrate his survival.” This Saturday, that's exactly what will happen with a paddle out in Keane's honor. The celebratory event is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Moonlight Beach. Hayes says the event will not only celebrate her son's survival but other shark attack survivors they’ve come to meet as well. Hayes says the free event is expected to draw several hundred people and will include many of the people who have supported them over the past year. Hayes said the actual paddle out will begin around 1:30 p.m., with surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders uniting in a circle. She said there will also be an onshore ceremony around 2:30 p.m. Hayes said her family, which includes her husband Ben and 7-year-old daughter Aspen, have been through quite a journey in the past year since the attack. One thing they've learned is that the damage the great white shark caused when it bit Keane on the upper left side of his body is even more extensive than they originally thought. “A couple things that we found out, that we didn't know to begin with, is that he is missing part of his
“Keane is very resilient and he's proven to be mentally tough through this,” she said. “He really understands that it was a mistaken identity by that shark, the shark thought he was a seal pup. He hasn't had any huge signs of PTSD — no nightmares or flash
backs — which is remarkable.” Hayes, who was at the beach with her son the day of the attack, said it's been a different story for her — she has major PTSD, including night terrors. Describing the events of that morning — one she said felt eerie — Hayes said it was Keane's first time ever lobster diving and he had talked her into waking up at 5:30 a.m. and taking him. “He said to me at one point, 'Mom, you can just drop me off and come back in a couple hours,' and I just thought there's no way.” She kept an eye on him by her car in the parking lot and was on the phone with her husband when she says she heard the most gut wrenching screams she's ever heard. “And you could tell that it was a child,” she recalled, her voice breaking with emotion. “And I told my husband, I said, 'Just a minute, there's screaming.' And my husband actually said to me, 'Oh don't worry, it's just Keane getting eaten by a shark'.” A joke he had no idea would hit so close to the mark. Hayes rode with Keane in a helicopter to Rady Children's Hospital. She said they had to irrigate him for an hour to get all of the sand out, “and then they started reattaching muscle to bone and just put him back together like a seven-layer cake.” Keane was in surgery for at least five hours and needed 1,000 stitches to repair his torn upper back, shoulder, torso and facebut luckily needed no skin grafts or hardware. Hayes said he was extraordinarily lucky the shark did not
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THE HAYES family on the beach: From left, Aspen, Ben, Ellie and Keane.
hit any major arteries and revealed that the bite was a millimeter away from Keane's jugular. Amazingly Keane — who started swimming at 9 months old and boogie boarding at 1 year old — was back in the ocean less than three months later, on the day after Christmas. “I didn't really think much of it, it was just like, ok, let's just go swim,” Keane said.
He's since gotten really involved in the dive community and even works in a dive shop. And he's done a lot of cool things, like going to the World Series, throwing out the first ceremonial pitch at a Padres game, and meeting famed skateboarder Tony Hawk and pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, well known for losing her left arm in a shark attack in Kauai when she was 13, the same age as Keane was.
Hayes said the family couldn't have gotten through this without the “huge act of kindness” they’ve received from the community. As for little Aspen, who Hayes said has been immensely affected by what happened to Keane, she's just glad her big brother is okay. “I'm thankful for my brother being alive,” Aspen said.
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