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Fairgrounds gun sales ban on Gov.’s desk By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Gov. Gavin Newsom is soon expected to sign a bill that would effectively end gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds — or at least any gun show that involves the sale of guns and ammunition. Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) introduced a bill in early 2019 that would ban the sale of firearms and ammunition at the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, co-authored by area Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas). The bill, if passed, would take effect in 2021. “This is a victory for gun sense and making our communities safer in San Diego,” said Gloria in a recent press release. After passing through the senate and receiving its final legislative approval on Sept. 12, the bill awaits a final signature by Newsom. Newsom, an outspoken supporter of gun control measures, has previously voiced his opposition toward Del Mar’s gun shows. The governor has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto the bill. Some local gun advocates think the gun show might still have a future at the venue. Michael Schwartz, executive director of the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, said the bill may face the same legal obstacles currently besetting a moratorium established by the fairground’s governing board in 2018. The 22nd District AgriTURN TO GUNS ON 8

Son accused of killing his 71-year-old father By City News Service

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Girl Scout Troop #1651 is organizing the first Grand Seniors–Girl Scouts Friendship Day. The event is scheduled for Friday Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. The purpose of the event is for seniors to share their life’s experiences and advice with the girls, and in turn the girls are offering

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friendship, handmade gifts and eager ears to listen. Helping seniors with loneliness or feeling valued and appreciated fits in with part of the Girl Scout Promise “to help people at all times.” And this friendship event will provide some much-appreciated companionship for seniors who may feel less of a social connection, due to grown children living far away, absent spouses, retirement from

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RANCHO SANTA FE — A Vista jury was unable to reach a verdict today on a first-degree murder charge for a man accused of beating, strangling and torturing his 71-year-old father in the victim’s Rancho Santa Fe home. Leighton Dorey IV, 42, is charged with murder and a special circumstance allegation of torture in the May 30, 2017, death of Leighton Dorey III. Jurors deliberated for about three days before declaring that they were hopelessly deadlocked, leading San Diego Superior Court Judge Carlos Armour to declare a mistrial. Another hearing was set for Thursday, Sept. 26, to see how the case will proceed. Prosecutors allege that after spending the prior four years living overseas, the younger Dorey abruptly showed up at his father’s home that May, then killed him because of a lack of financial support. Dorey’s stepmother returned home on May 30 to find her husband’s “bloody, brutally beaten, strangled and tortured body,” Deputy District Attorney Patricia Lavermicocca said in her opening statement. 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 cell phone to the Riverside County mountain community of

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KAABOO departure met with ‘neutral’ response by locals By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — The KAABOO music festival is officially leaving Del Mar, prompting both sighs and shrugs from area residents. “It was good while it lasted,” commented Solana Beach local John Boat, in a recent NextDoor feed. The annual, threeday music festival has drawn thousands to the Del Mar Fairgrounds since it launched in 2015. It has been known to feature bigname headliners, this year putting on performances by Snoop Dogg, Mumford and Sons, and Kings of Leon, with comedy acts such as Bob Saget and Tig Notaro. On Sept. 15, the final day of its most recent (and apparently last) festival in Del Mar, KAABOO an-

nounced a multi-year agreement with the San Diego Padres to host its festival at Petco Park starting in September of 2020. Jason Felts, managing partner of KAABOO, said in a press release that the new location in downtown San Diego would allow both fans and artists “the opportunity to enjoy everything that the vibrant metro area has to offer.” The announcement was twofold, with Felt dropping news just days later that his company, Virgin Fest, had acquired the music festival. Felt was formerly involved with KAABOO as a partner and chief brand officer. The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds, could not be

reached for comment. According to a staff report on the event from 2018, the event brought in over $700,000 in net revenue to the 22nd DAA in 2017 alone. An economic impact report from 2017 revealed that the event brought $15 million to Del Mar and Solana Beach in 2017, with a $37.5 million impact on the county at large. Because the festival draws 55% of its attendees from out of town, the report assessed that the event likely yielded about 13,000 night stays to local hotels. However, council members in the neighboring cities believe KAABOO’s departure will have a relatively minimal impact. Solana Beach City Councilwoman Jewel Edson

said the event yielded a minor bump in sales tax and transient occupancy tax, but “wasn’t very significant for our city.” “I think people who went to KAABOO every year will miss it, but I think they can get on the Coaster and go right down to it,” she said. “(the ballpark) is probably a better venue for KAABOO.” The festival has been known to prompt traffic and noise complaints from nearby residents, with the music sometimes being heard from miles away. Locals have often taken to NextDoor, the social media site, to protest the noise. So, it’s no surprise they had no shortage of comments when it came to the event’s looming departure. Many have left comments calling the news

“very sad” or “a bummer,” with others simply commenting “good riddance.” Edson said that the neighboring community was impacted “quite a bit,” when the festival had its drop-off area at the Solana Gate several years back, located on Via de la Valle. The festival’s organizers have since worked with the city to pay for a sheriff’s presence to block access to the nearby Solana Circle for parking and through traffic, and clear up trash after the event. They also hosted a community meeting this year and staffed a community hotline to help with noise complaints. “I think they did their best with what they were dealing with … the Del Mar

Fairgrounds is not set up to be a concert venue,” she said. Del Mar Councilman Dwight Worden said he was surprised by the move, but thinks the departure will be “kind of neutral to Del Mar.” “They were managing their traffic and parking and noise impacts pretty well,” he said. “It’s not like some big horrible thing that’s going to stop.” Worden said some local restaurants and hotels might miss KAABOO, but he thinks the 22nd DAA will take a harder hit from the departure, financially. “I’m concerned the things they could pursue instead might be more impactful to Del Mar,” he said. KAABOO San Diego is Sept. 18-20, 2020.

Project has enough signatures for vote City looks to restrict

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By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Developers and supporters of the “Marisol” resort project in Del Mar have gathered enough signatures to bring the project’s specific plan to a vote. The project would bring 65 hotel rooms, 31 villas, a spa, café, restaurant, gardens, and a 1.25-mile walking trail to the 16.5-acre bluff-top lot on the corner of Camino Del Mar and Villa de la Valle. The initiative required 328 signatures from Del Mar residents to qualify for an election. In about three weeks, the project’s supporters were able to gather 524. “We’re really encouraged by the pace and the number of signatures we were able to collect from residents who want an opportunity to vote on this,” said Zephyr CEO Brad Termini. Zephyr is the project’s developer, along with the Robert Green Company. Termini anticipates Del Mar residents will be able to vote on the project’s specific plan in March 2020. An affirmative vote on the specific plan — a document that imposes a zoning overlay on a site — would pave the way for further discretionary approvals and final approval by the California Coastal Commission. The “Marisol” retreat has seen its fair share of controversy. When the developers brought forth their initial plan for a resort with 251 hotel rooms and 76 villas, it was met with plenty of commentary and criticism from both Del Mar and the neighboring community of Solana Beach — which directly borders the lot in question. Opponents showed up en masse at community meetings in 2018, with Solana Beach passing a resolution to oppose an increase in the site’s current zoning allowance. The developers have since scaled down their initial vision, cutting the project’s square footage by 40% and rebranding it as the “Marisol” retreat. Developers opted to submit the revised proj-

By Tawny McCray

DEVELOPERS of the potential Marisol resort gathered enough signatures to bring the project’s specific plan to a ballot. Residents can find project specifics and a scale model at the project’s visitor center downtown when it opens in early October. Photo by Lexy Brodt

ect as a citizen’s initiative, meaning the specific plan and amendments to Del Mar’s community plan, local coastal program and zoning map would go to a vote. Though new designs have been met with a less rancorous response, many residents have remained skeptical about the project’s height, bulk, and impacts to traffic and the fragile sandstone bluffs — to name a few. Some prefer the site to stay as is — zoned for about 18 large homes. Opponents have also expressed concerns that the citizen’s initiative aims to bypass the rigorous Del Mar review and approval process. Rachel Laing, a spokeswoman with the project, said this was not the developers’ intention. Laing said the vote was meant to be additive, rather than a replacement of the normal process. Ultimate approval will require several permits that are not included in the initiative process and will require feedback from the Del Mar City Council, the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board. The California Coastal Commission will give the final stamp of approval, if the project

moves forward. Although the Design Review Board can impose certain conditions on the project, the board’s approval would be based on the city’s design review ordinance and the design guidelines of the project’s specific plan, according to Del Mar’s Principal Planner Kathy Garcia. A project such as this would typically go in front of the city’s Planning Commission first to consider the rezoning, and then require a 4/5 vote by the City Council. Some area locals have showed their support for the project, particularly in light of the recent revision. Rancho Santa Fe resident and retired MLB Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, who owns a home in Del Mar, voiced his support for the project in early August. A few residents spoke at the city’s Sept. 9 city council meeting to lend their support. Bruce Bekkar, a longtime Del Mar resident and now a sustainability consultant for the project, pointed out the developers’ aim for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and its planned efforts to divert rainfall off of the bluffs. “They’re doing an aw-

ful lot of things that I am pleased about,” Bekkar said. “ … we finally have the opportunity to gain access to this 17.5-acre parcel up there and make it something that I think our city can be really proud of and actually use.” The signatures were submitted days after City Council voted unanimously to request a report on the initiative. As permitted by Election Code Section 9212, staff will take a month to analyze the initiative relative to council’s most pertinent questions. Questions will address topics like fiscal impact and effects on land use, but also bluff stability, traffic, views and the implementation of public benefits. Matt Bator, a senior planner with the city, said the report will address requested council questions, such as how the initiative will affect the city’s project level review and approval process. Bator said he anticipates the report will be presented to council in early November. The developer will be opening a visitors’ center in downtown Del Mar in early October, which will include a scale model and other visual components.

ENCINITAS — Beach parking in Encinitas might be a bit easier come next summer, as the City Council is looking into putting restrictions on the size of vehicles that can park in the lots. The ordinance, introduced at the Sept. 11 council meeting, establishes vehicle length and width limits on South Coast Highway 101, adjacent to Cardiff State Beach, Moonlight Beach, Swami’s Beach, Grandview Beach, and Beacon’s Beach parking lots. Vehicles — by themselves or in combination — over 25 feet in length or 9 feet in width are not allowed. Tailgating is also banned, which means no awnings or slide outs may be erected and no chairs, tables, barbeques, or other recreational equipment may be used. These regulations would be in effect during the peak season, between the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Councilman Tony Krantz said he feels this is the appropriate first step in the process. “I just think this is the right place to start, evaluate, and look to see if there are additional measures that we need to take to address issues as they arise,” he said. City staff said every summer they get a “handful of emails” from people complaining about oversized vehicles taking up spaces in the lots. While RVs that are 25 feet by 9 feet are considered midsize and can typically fit in a standard parking space, larger RVs can extend to 40 feet in length. Staff said they worked with both the public works and the sheriff’s department to come up with some solutions. They reviewed the parking regulations for Cardiff State Beach and San Elijo State Beach and say the ordinance mimics what those state beaches currently do in their lots.

“We thought having uniformity along our coastline and our beach parking lots would be very helpful to both visitors and locals that are here,” said Jennifer Campbell, director of parks, recreation and cultural arts. Campbell said that oversized vehicles parking in the lots are an issue and that a number of them are ticketed each year, especially at Moonlight Beach. “And with parking being such a premium when you’ve got someone taking up three of four spaces it’s really tough, especially when you see families circling around trying to find a parking spot,” she said. Councilman Joe Mosca said he thinks the ordinance is a reasonable approach, but wants to make sure they’re targeting the people who have very large RVs that don’t fit in a spot, or have “their entire dining room set up in their spot” and not simply just people with RV’s. “We’re a beautiful city with six miles, seven miles of open, amazing coastline and I want to encourage people to be able to RV, I love RV’ing,” Mosca said. “I think that it’s a great way to see your country and see our amazing coastline. And so, I don’t want to penalize people.” Mosca added that he wanted to be very cautious of spillover effects, as he doesn’t want to see the large RVs start parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. Council also wanted to ensure people would be given plenty of warning about these changes and that proper signage along Hwy 101 and the beaches would let them know about the new rules and regulations. No public comments were made on this topic. The council voted unanimously to move the ordinance forward. There will be a formal adoption of the ordinance at a future meeting.


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Crisis for first-time homebuyers in California and across nation

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know what most people think. Government is slow and tied down by bureaucratic red tape. While that may be true in some instances, my office and staff team is here to serve our residents. For unincorporated area communities such as Pauma Valley, Rainbow, De Luz and Rancho Santa Fe, the County is the local government and provides municipal services such as roads and infrastructure and law enforcement. Since becoming the District 5 County Supervisor in January we have focused on serving our communities. To address needs we began revitalization meetings in some of

around the county Jim Desmond our larger communities. Our goal through the revitalization meeting is to bring County resources to communities including Fallbrook, Valley Center, and Borrego Springs. Our approach to each community in North County will be different, but the goal is the same- outstanding service from your County government. I want to encourage all those in the community

who have a problem or question (my team and I love to problem solve) to reach out to my office. I have a great staff who’s working hard, so connect with us by sending me an email at: Jim. Desmond@sdcounty.ca.gov or calling my office at 619531-5555. Please don’t hesitate to contact us — from fixing potholes to mental health services, no issue is too small or too big. We are here to serve. I take great pride in being your elected official, together we can continue to make North County thrive. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Improving mental health treatment By Marie Waldron

As the Legislature adjourns for the year, I’m happy to report that two significant bills impacting mental health treatments in California are heading to the governor’s desk. This session I introduced Assembly Bill 1352, legislation that strengthens the voice of local mental health boards to help meet the needs of the mentally ill. The Bronzan-McCorquodale Act requires county mental health systems to provide services to those with serious emotional disturbance or mental illness. The act also created local mental health boards, responsible for reviewing community needs and services. The boards act in an advisory capacity, and were intended to connect family members, patients and the community to county

Boards of Supervisors and local mental/behavioral health directors, all for the purpose of improving community mental health systems. Unfortunately, over the years their role has been marginalized. My bill will bring a broader perspective to local mental health boards, along with increased community impact and greater transparency. I have also joined stae Sen. Jim Beall (D – San Jose) as the principal co-author for Senate Bill 10. Unlike the Department of Veterans Affairs and 48 other states, California lacks a peer support specialist certification program. Studies show mental health or substance abuse treatment programs that include peer support specialists lead to fewer hospitalizations, improve

client well-being, alleviate depression and many other symptoms. They also create core competencies allowing certified peers to transfer skills from county to county, while allowing providers to access federal matching funds. I’m happy to report both of these bills were approved by the Assembly and Senate without opposition and have been forwarded to Gov. Newsom. With treatment, the mentally ill can turn their lives around. Improving our local mental health systems and expanding treatment options will lead to better outcomes for patients, their families, and for California taxpayers. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.

o one doubts there’s a crisis in California housing. State lawmakers took plenty of actions this summer, getting set to pass a batch of bills that Gov. Gavin Newsom will gladly sign into law. These will temporarily suspend the right of cities and counties to make new building standards, raise fees on low-income housing construction or impose moratoria on new housing. They will streamline the approval process for housing developments where income of buyers or renters is limited to 120 percent of the area’s median income. And other tactics aimed at making housing available to those with lower middle-class incomes. But no one appears to be looking out for firsttime homebuyers, mostly hopeful young adults who often save for years toward the usual 15 percent to 20 percent down payment on a house or condominium. Those folks face a real crisis. A new study from the international real estate service firm Point2 Homes notes that the share of first-time buyers in the total sales nationally and in California dropped from 50 percent in 2010 to 33 percent in 2018, and even lower this year, which is not yet complete. At the same time, the median price (half of all homes are above this level, half below) of an entry-level home has risen faster than home prices in the move-up buyer segment, people getting their second or third homes. First-time buyers pay 31 percent more today nationally than 10 years ago, the study showed, but

california focus thomas d. elias far more in California. Meanwhile, repeat buyers pay only about 28 percent more on average than in 2010. Part of this comes because home prices were depressed during the mortgage crisis that helped fuel the Great Recession of 2008-11. But most of it is due to the continuing upward swing of almost all home prices, most notably in California. This is true even now that prices appear to be leveling off in some parts of the state. Home prices increased by 35 percent nationally in the years since the crash, but in parts of California, the rise was much steeper. In San Diego, for one example, the average home price rose by 101 percent, more than doubling. San Francisco was only slightly behind, with a 100 percent rise from a median price of $638,661 in 2009 to $1.274 million last year. Never before has California seen such large increases. The huge problem this creates for youthful prospective first-time homebuyers is unprecedented and constitutes a crisis state government must address. If California doesn’t take care of its young adults, many of whom are also young parents, many of those people will go elsewhere, a trend that has already begun. These same folks often make up the most educated portion of the state’s workforce, so businesses will follow to

wherever they move in large numbers. Yes, this might ease the traffic gridlock afflicting many urban areas of California, but it can also lead to recession. If they go, they will lessen demand for new housing, costing thousands of construction jobs and lowering the state’s tax receipts just as it has taken on new responsibilities like providing Medi-Cal health insurance to many more residents. It could also lower the equity now held by millions of homeowners, for whom their living quarters represent by far their largest assets. So what’s California to do? The state could begin by dedicating some of its current $21 billion budget surplus to helping young homebuyers whose purchasing power has dropped precipitously through no fault of their own. One way to start could be a low-interest loan fund for first-time buyers amounting to several billion dollars that could enable this vital group to get onto the housing merry-go-round that has so frustrated them. If California had what could amount to its own version of Fannie Mae, the Federal National Mortgage Assn., it could stem the flow of educated young persons to other states and make its economy almost recession-proof. But so far, Newsom and the Legislature appear focused on BandAids rather than the needed radical surgery. As it stands, they brag about increasing housing, but ignore a major chunk of the problem.

Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

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New CEO wants Encinitas Chamber to be ‘must join’ organization By Tawny McCray

ENCINITAS — Speaking with Roz Mancinelli, the new CEO of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, on her first day at the job, she said her No. 1 priority is for the organization to be super member-focused. “What I mean by that is to create an exceptional member experience that is absolutely irresistible to newcomers and longtime members alike,” Mancinelli said in a phone call four hours into her first day on Sept. 10. “So that means to me providing more business value, more information, more advocacy on their behalf, and of course the fun stuff networking and events, and overall support.” Mancinelli, who has lived in Encinitas for 22 years, brings a long list of experience to the table in her new position, having more than 25 years of business marketing and branding experience, as well as having worked with technology, real estate, profession-

al and financial services, nonprofit and membership organizations. Her most recent role for the past 10 years is as the principal/owner of Innoventure Consulting, where she says she focuses on helping organizations discover their culture and passion in order to use that to build their brand. Before that she served two years as president of SD Direct, a San Diego direct marketing association, and has facilitated marketing workshops and conducted a number of webinars, lectures and presentations on branding, marketing and business leadership topics. Former employers and clients include Intuit (TurboTax), Vistage, Renovate America, Buffini & Company, By Referral Only and Options For All. “I’ve got so much experience and it means that I get to share my marketing and business leadership expertise with our members, that's really why I wanted

ROZ MANCINELLI took over this month as CEO of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce. She’s a longtime resident of the city. Courtesy photo

this role,” she said. “I've had a wonderful career; I've learned so much and I want to use that experience to benefit the business community here.” Mancinelli replaces Bob Gattinella, who retired in July after serving as the organization’s CEO for eight years. When Gattinella took the helm, the chamber was

in bad shape, mired in controversy with books deep in the red. Gattinella and his wife Mimi helped turn things around, restoring the organization both in reputation and financially. “This is such a great time to be here, I have some really big shoes to fill,” Mancinelli admitted. “Bob did an absolutely superb job; I mean he laid such a solid foundation with the organization. So, what I plan to do is build on that foundation, continue on that growth trajectory, and just continue to optimize what's working so that we can extract every little bit of goodness we can out of what we're doing right for our members. He put us on a good path.” Chamber Chairman Alex Meade agrees, saying in a news release that this is the perfect time for Mancinelli to become CEO and build on past growth. “We’ve selected a very strong leader at a time when the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce is in a very

3 cities move forward with North County CCE By Lexy Brodt

REGION — San Diego’s Community Choice Energy (CCE) movement is in full swing, with cities across the region either exploring or moving forward with cityrun energy procurement. Community Choice is a way for cities and other governmental agencies to not only harness their own energy but dictate their energy portfolio. This often means providing access to cleaner and greener energy, depending on a city’s priorities or climate action goals. Solana Beach is already there — providing 50% renewable energy and 75% carbon-free energy to its residents through San Diego County’s first CCE, Solana Energy Alliance. The city currently offers a 3% rate discount from San Diego Gas & Electric, the region’s investor-owned utility. And now the rest of North County is following suit. Del Mar, Carlsbad and Solana Beach are all pursuing a multi-agency “Partner” CCE, referred to as a Joint Powers Authority (JPA).

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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, the prosecutor said. Both the prosecution and Dorey’s attorney, Wilfrid Rumble, said Dorey was a man who pursued his passions, which included skiing, mountain biking and computers. Lavermicocca alleged that Dorey sought his father’s assistance in continuing to fund these pursuits,

JPAs allow cities to purchase their power supply wholesale and distribute overhead costs, particularly when it comes to call centers and billing services. The trio of North County cities are aiming for the JPA middle ground, to help alleviate costs but also maintain local control and the element of “choice” so integral to the idea of community choice energy. Many details are still up in the air, with a soonto-be-formed governing board to come to terms with its precise renewable energy portfolio and the CCE’s long-term goals. The “Partner” JPA is aiming for a 2% rate discount from SDG&E, with at least 50% renewable energy. Pre-launch costs are estimated at about $1.25 million, to be split between the partnering cities. Solana Beach City Manager Greg Wade reported that the three-party JPA could yield a “ballpark” net cumulative revenue of $20.5 million by 2023. The county may be joining in as well, with the County Board of Superwhile Rumble alleged 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 mother, 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.

visors voting 3-2 on Sept. 10 to negotiate a JPA with Carlsbad and the other participating cities. Some have been hesitant about moving forward, citing potential risks. County Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar voted against joining a CCE. Gaspar represents District 3, which encompasses a large swath of both coastal and inland North County. “There are two important takeaways from our action,” said Gaspar in a statement to The Coast News. “First, we are not creating any new energy and second, the projected savings to customers is negligible. I have maintained an open mind, but the data simply isn’t there to support the county entering the energy business.” Terry Sinnott, a former Del Mar city councilman, encouraged the City Council to pause before pursuing a novel enterprise, perhaps waiting three years to avoid “the early risks.” Pending a formal JPA agreement, agencies are planning to submit their

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vice from people with more wisdom,” 14-year-old Girl Scout Ava Rose Wehlage said. “Plus, I really have a heart to reach out to any seniors who want more companionship and want to feel honored for their life knowledge. I hope it’s a great day for all generations. I’m excited about it.” Girl Scout Troop members Chloe Luwa, Maira Clotfelter, Ava Rose Wehlage, all graduates of R. Roger Rowe Middle School, are organizing the event to help them earn the high honor of the Silver Award — the highest level of achievement possible in Girl Scouts for their

implementation plan to the state’s Public Utilities Commission for approval by the end of 2019. This would allow the JPA to be up and running in 2021. Simultaneously, the city of San Diego may soon be exploring a Joint Powers Authority with the cities of Encinitas, La Mesa, and Chula Vista — with others interested in joining in. Encinitas was originally aligned to join the North County “Partner” JPA, after Del Mar, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside pursued a feasibility study to assess the potential costs and revenue associated with bringing a CCE to the region. However, Encinitas voted to partner with the city of San Diego. In recent weeks, Del Mar and Solana Beach have weighed the merits of joining a CCE with the city of San Diego (“regional CCA”), versus a CCE with other North County cities (“partner CCA”). Officials in both cities — the two smallest in the county — cited concerns TURN TO CCE ON 14

age level. This event is Girl Scout-led as opposed to leader led — to give the Scouts a chance to learn and use leadership and event planning skills. The girls (under the guidance of the adult advisor and with parental support) plan, recruit, and put on the event — so they are very vested in its success and can take pride in creating good will for all. “It was important to have an event like this because the girls wanted to do something good for the community and we realized that the seniors in our community might be in a stage where they might enjoy more companionship and appreciation from the youth of the community,”

strong position,” Meade said. “Building on our successful growth over the past few years, we’re focusing on providing more value to our members with greater access to information and services; ongoing advocacy on their behalf; and more support, education and opportunities to expand their business networks. We intend to be laser-focused on creating an exceptional member experience and Roz’s leadership and business experience will be integral to making that happen.” Mancinelli describes herself as enthusiastic and says she’s all about building relationships and nurturing a spirit of collaboration, optimism and inclusion. She said she can't wait to get out there and meet all of the chamber’s members. “I want to talk to them, I want to hear from them, I want to learn what they want from us, how can we make this organization even more valuable and then get

busy making sure we're creating member experiences that not just meets their needs but actually inspires them to become more engaged with us as well,” she said. “We want them to be more engaged with what we're doing and get involved at a higher level.” Mancinelli said she aims to make the chamber a must join organization for the business community. She says she wants its members to be highly successful and feel that they are a part of something more than just an organization. “I want to create that high-energy, highly collaborative and inclusive environment that just benefits everyone, that everyone feels really good being a part of something they feel truly connected to,” she said. “It's more than just, ‘I belong to this organization.’ I want us to speak to them in a more meaningful way, that their being a member of the chamber has a deeper meaning for them.”

Nobel Peace Prize nominee speaks at Encinitas Rotary Club ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Rotary Club recently hosted a very special guest at its Sept. 4 meeting, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. It was the harshness of Jolly Okot’s early war-ravaged life in Northern Uganda that inspired her to bring support and advocacy to displaced persons and formerly abducted women and girls by founding Wend Africa, a non-profit organization. Following her own abduction and captivity, Okot went back to school with the realization that an education was her best chance for bringing about change in her country. Okot has since dedicated herself to working with communities affected by the war in Uganda, which has left residents, especially women and children, extremely vulnerable. At the height of war in Uganda, Okot consulted on the documentary “Invisible Children,” leading her to the role of director and ambassador of Invisible

Children Uganda and East and Central African Republic. In this position, she developed many successful programs, including the Legacy Scholarship, which placed 5,000 girls in school, oversaw the construction of 11 government schools, and aided in rural economic development. Today she oversees operations for Wend Africa, the nonprofit organization she founded which helps women who have been affected by the war. Wend Africa provides these women with full-time jobs making handbags and other crafts. Beyond this, the women are given legal services, personal development, health support, and advanced training in tailoring and finance. Through product sales, the seamstresses have become economically stable. They are able to care for their children and grow as leaders within their families and communities. Learn more at wendafrica.org and the encinitasrotary.org

Silver Award Girl Scout Troop Leader Jan Wehlage said. “Sometimes once kids are raised, or a partner's absent, and retirement hours come, things can get a little lonely and a senior with so much to offer might feel undervalued. But the seniors are one of the most valuable resources we have for teaching life lessons achievement, compassion, humility and much more — yet the youth of the town don't seem to have enough opportunities to interact with them. “So, this is a way to try to bridge that connection and make it a win for all. We hope to make it an annual event and bigger and better every year.” The younger Girl

Scouts will be taught the lessons and learn from the fun experience of the day so that they can carry on the new tradition next year. The ultimate goal is real friendships that carry on outside of the event resulting in year-round companionship. Seniors are invited to meet the Girls Scouts to share their words of advice, smiles and friendship from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita. The event is free and seniors will receive a free appreciation gift, while supplies last. For more info, contact Scout Leader Jan Wehlage at dreams2rise@yahoo. com.


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SEPT. 27

SEEKING RSF SENIORS

Scouts from Rancho Santa Fe Girl Scout Troop #1651 are planning a Senior Outreach day, They are recruiting seniors to share life advice and friendship with the scouts. The scouts would love to hear from volunteer senior citizens who might be interested in being part of this upcoming senior outreach event at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita, Rancho Santa Fe. The girls are offering friendship, handmade gifts and eager ears to learn from those with a lifetime of valuable experience to share. E-mail dreams2rise@ yahoo.com.

T he R ancho S anta F e News the Animals Shine.” For more information visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza St., call (760) 753-6413, log on to sdpets.org or contact events@ sdpets.org for tickets and sponsorship information. KIDS FOR PEACE GALA

The community is invited to the KidsForPeace PeaceHero celebration and gala at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Omni La Costa Resort, Carlsbad. The guest of honor will be the first woman President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Tickets $150 at KidsForPeachGlobal.org/PleaceHero2019. WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s – North County will be step out Sept. 28 at Kit Carson Park with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m. at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido. To register, visit act.alz.org/ LIFE LECTURES northcounty or call (858) Mira Costa Life Lec- 732-1354. ture series continues at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Mira Costa College in the Administration Building., 1 Barnard OKTOBERFEST! Drive. First speaker is The Encinitas Chamber Christa Horn, of San Diego of Commerce presents EnZoo Global. At 2:30 p.m., cinitas Oktoberfest from 10 Ranjeeta Basu will speak on a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 along “World Hunger & Tariffs.” Mountain Vista Drive and A $1 parking permit is in Lot El Camino Real, Encinitas. 1A. Visit miracosta.edu/life A ceremonial parade will or call (760) 757-2121. kick off the entertainment at noon. Following the paSCREAM ZONE rade, attendees enjoy perThe Del Mar Fair- formances by traditional Bagrounds has launched its varian dancers and German ScreamZone, from 7 p.m. to food, beer and musicians midnight Fridays and Sat- throughout the afternoon. urdays and 7:30 to 11 p.m. Attendance is free. Take Sundays through Thurs- the free shuttle service from days, opening Sept. 27 Flora Vista Elementary through Nov. 2. For tickets, School’s parking lot off of visit https://thescreamzone. Wandering Road to the fescom/#tickets. tival. For more information, call the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce at (760) 7536041 or visit EncinitasOktoOLMOS AT LATINO BOOK FEST berfest.com. Edward James Olmos, poet and author Erika San- FOR REV. RATAJCZAK chez, and local hero Erica Sponsored by the VietAlfaro will be the keynote namese community of Saint speakers when MiraCos- Thomas More Catholic ta College hosts the Lati- Church, a dinner honoring no Book & Family Festival Rev. Michael Ratajczak will from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 29, on 28, at its Oceanside Campus, the upper level of the Par1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. ish Center, 1450 S. Melrose Parking is free. Drive, Oceanside. Tickets are $125 per person. To regAUTHOR TALKS ister, or for more informaThe city of Carlsbad is tion, contact Ron Briseno at hosting free Author Talks, ronb@stmoside.org or call with Dan Pederson on “Top- (760) 758-4100, extension gun Adventure” from 2 to 3 104. p.m. Sept. 28, at the Carlsbad City Library, Schul- KICKBALL FOR A CAUSE man Auditorium, 1775 Dove Get involved now and Lane, Carlsbad. play kickball with a group of Oceanside residents TEXAS HOLD ‘EM who have banded together Soroptimist Interna- to help two local families tional of Vista and North struggling with the illnessCounty Inland Casino Night es of their young daughters, fundraiser will be held at Kickball-4-A-Cause, from Sept. 28. Tickets can be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at purchased online at http:// Ron Ortega Park in Oceansbit.ly/2IMckR3, or by con- ide. For more information, tacting the club via e-mail to sign up to play or to doat soroptimistinternational- nate visit kickball4acause. vista@gmail.com or calling com. (760) 683-9427.

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SEPT. 28

GALA FOR THE ANIMALS

Tickets are on sale now for Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s “Celebration of Second Chances” from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at Cape Rey Carlsbad, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad. The theme is “Sapphire Night – Where

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.

OCT. 1

HELP IN TIMES OF TRAUMA

seeking youth and seniors to partner up to complete fun acts of kindness from 3 to 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month through June 2020 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. Learn more at KidsForPeaceGlobal.org/ Grandfriends.

OCT. 4

HOW TO GROW LOCALLY

California native plants will be the topic of a presentation at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 4, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. A representative from Moosa Creek, a North County wholesale nursery, will explain what you need to know to successfully grow California native plants. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m., and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit vistagardenclub.org or e-mail Vistagardenclub@ gmail.com.

Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego (TIP) continues to seek citizen volunteers to provide care and support to residents who have been traumatized by a personal tragedy or are in a state of crisis. Training begins Oct. 2. To register, visit tipsandiego.org /become_ volunteer.htm or call (855) 847-7343. TIP partners with Fire, Law Enforcement, Hospitals and the Medical Examiner’s and offers crisis intervention 24 hours a day, MEET YOUR REPS 365 days a year. There is no Vista Chamber of experience required to at- Commerce will host U.S. tend and volunteer. Congressman Mike Levin, California State Sen. PaWOMANHEART tricia Bates and California San Diego North Coast- State Assemblywoman Taal WomenHeart Support sha Boerner Horvath from Group welcomes women 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the with interests and con- Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, cerns about cardiac health 640 Alta Vista Drive, Visto share information and ta. The event will include a sisterhood at our month- no-host cocktail reception, ly meeting from 10 a.m. to dinner and presentations noon Oct. 1 at Tri-City Well- from Levin, Bates and Boness Center, 6250 El Cami- erner Horvath. Tickets are no Road, Carlsbad. For more $125 per person at the Visinformation, contact Betty ta Chamber of Commerce, at (760) 803-2762 or Sandra (760) 726-1122 or info@visat (760) 436-6695. tachamber.org. RESTORING HOPE

Get tickets now for New Haven’s Restoring Hope FUNdraiser at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Fountain Courtyard at Coyote Bar & Grill and the Carlsbad Village Faire Shops, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Tickets & Info at http://bit.ly/RestoringHope2019.

OCT. 5

TASTE OF OCEANSIDE

Taste of Oceanside tickets are now on sale from MainStreet Oceanside for the Oct. 5 event. Get tickets at tasteofoceanside. 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 oldITALIAN ON WEDNESDAYS There will be classes er. offered by the Italian Cultural Center in Advanced WORLDWIDE PHOTO WALK Italian I from 5:50 to 7:20 You can be part of the p.m. beginning Oct. 2 and Encinitas Worldwide Photo Conversation III beginning Walk Oct. 5. Meet at Swafrom 7:20 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at mis Seaside Park at 9:15 the San Dieguito Heritage a.m., leave the park at 9:30 Museum, 450 Quail Gardens a.m. and walk north with Drive, Encinitas. Registra- several stops planned along tion at http://icc-sd.org. the way. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. For more information go to https://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/swamis-andBE WATERSMART Olivenhain Municipal the-101/. The Encinitas PhoWater District and San Di- to Walk is hosted by local eguito Water District have photographer Martin Banks partnered to offer free Wa- who can be found at https:// The terSmart Landscape Design martin-banks.com. Workshops. The course will event is free, but pre-regisbe from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tration is required. RegisOct. 3, at the San Diego ter at worldwidephotowalk. Botanic Garden, 230 Quail com, locate your city, and Gardens drive, Encinitas. complete the free sign up Attendance is free, although form. Additionally, particireservations are required. pants can connect socially For more information or to before, during and after register for a WaterSmart the event using the hashtag workshop, visit olivenhain. #WWPW2019 hashtag on HIGH HOLY DAYS PLANNED San Diego Outreach com/events or call (760) 753- Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Synagogue will be holding 6466. musical High Holy Days services open to the San Diego THE GRANDFRIENDS PROJECT CRC HONORS CHAMPIONS The Community Recommunity at Morgan Run The GrandFriends Club & Resort in Rancho Kindness Project is working source Center celebrates its Santa Fe, beginning with to unite generations and is 40th year, honoring three

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SEPT. 27, 2019 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. HISTORIC BUS TOUR

The Encinitas Preservation Association hosts an historical bus tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 . The tour will depart from the 1883 School House at F Street and 4th Street at 9 a.m. and return at noon. The tour includes over 50 historical points of interest. Tickets are $65 each, including lunch at eventbrite.com. Lunch will be served upon return.

HALF-PRICE BOOKS

The monthly Friends of the Encinitas Library Bookstore sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5, at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, with the entire store at halfprice.

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OCT. 8

YOM KIPPUR SERVICES SET

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, with services for Yom Kippur Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. For High Holy Days tickets, visit sdo-synagogue.org. Those who prefer to pay by check may call: (858) 2806331 or e-mail Cantor@ sdo-synagogue.org.

AVIARA WOMEN’S CLUB

The Aviara Women’s Club invites women to hear Dr. Vin Schroeter, author and psychotherapist, give a presentation on “Three Brain-wise Body Techniques for Handling Conflict” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Carlsbad City Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Schroeter specializes in attachment, addictions, and anxiety.

ABOUT AFRICAN VIOLETS

The San Diego County African Violet Society will meet at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 in the Vista Public Library Community Room, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista, on the subject of “The History of African Violets.”

In honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, El Camino Memorial Encinitas invites the community to a Pet Blessing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5, 340 Melrose Ave., Encinitas. Have your furry friend blessed and be photographed together. For FAITH AND FRIENDS Catholic Widows and more information, contact Widowers of the North Coun(760) 753-1143. ty support group, for those who desire to foster friendNAACP GALA ships through various social The North San Diego activities, will enjoy Happy County NAACP will host hour and dinner at Dominic its 54th annual Blue and Italian Restaurant followed Gold Freedom Fund Awards by the “Mostly Broadway” Gala at 7 p.m. Oct. 5, at the concert at the California Westin Carlsbad Resort Center for the Arts, Escondiand Spa, 5480 Grand Pado Oct. 2; Walk along Mooncific Drive, Carlsbad. Get light Beach and dinner to tickets at eventbrite.com/ follow at Mr. Peabody's Bar e / 54th-annual-blue-goldand Grill, Encinitas Oct. 5 f reedom-f u nd-ga la-t ickand Happy hour and dinner ets-71844672349. at Argyle Steakhouse, Carlsbad Oct. 8. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.

OCT. 6

SUPERHERO RACE

Adventure seeking families can dress up like super heroes and come out to the sixth annual Super Hero Obstacle Race, from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad. Parents and children will run together through a super hero-themed 2K obstacle course while dressed in costumes. Must be 4 years old or over to participate. Register at active. com/carlsbad-ca/running/ distance-running-races/super-hero-obstacle-race-2019.

FIREARM SAFETY CLASS

A monthly four-hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already owns, a handgun. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6, at the shooting range located east of Lake Wohlford, 16525 Guejito Road, Escondido. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety and responsibility of firearm ownership. Handguns and ammunition are provided for those who do not own any but participants are encouraged to bring their own handgun and ammunition if they own one. Cost is $60. Register at (760) 746-2868.

OCT. 9

SURF MUSEUM GALA TICKETS

Get tickets now for the upcoming California Surf Museum's 12th annual Gala Fundraiser from 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Cape Rey Hilton, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad. CSM is now accepting donations for the silent auction. For a donation letter, visit https : / /surfmuseum.org. Call Cape Rey at (760) 6835422, ask for reservations, and reference group code CASURF or group name “California Surf Museum Gala.”

OCT. 10

CENSUS NEEDS HELPERS

Need a job? Census Bureau is now recruiting for the 2020 census operation. The pay rate is $20.50 per hour. Apply online at 2020census. gov/jobs. For more information about 2020 Census jobs, call (855) JOB-2020.

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.


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Jean Gillette is a freelance writer wishing for cars with solar panels. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.

OUTSTANDING EFFORT

Emily Braithwaite of Encinitas, at University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School Business news and of Law, began her first fall special achievements for semester on Aug. 10 with North San Diego County. a day of public service at Send information via Booker T. Washington Elemail to community@ ementary School in Little coastnewsgroup.com. Rock. She worked during CITY OF KINDNESS 3.87 inches of rain, beating The city of Solana a rainfall record that had Beach has adopted a res- stood since 1915. olution to become a “City of Kindness,” committing STUDENT SUCCESS to foster a culture of kindColgate University ness with schools, busi- Dean's Award with Disness, residents and visi- tinction was given to Autors. The resolution was drey Ponder, of Rancho kicked off as local resident Santa Fe, a graduate of Jonathon Collopy, leading Canyon Crest Academy; this initiative in the com- Christopher DePetro, of munity and, along with the Carlsbad, a graduate of city, invites the communi- Canyon Crest Academy ty out to celebrate “Cups and Reagan Whittle, of of Kindness,” a partner- Encinitas, a graduate of ship between the city of La Costa Canyon High Solana Beach Kindness School. Project and Starbucks. The Starbucks at 691 Lo- THE NADA SHOP mas Santa Fe, Suite A, now In April 2019, Samanoffers “Cups of Kindness” tha Simone, 25, founded in which anyone can buy and opened The Nada an advance cup of coffee Shop at 937 S. Coast Highfor a fellow patron, neigh- way 101, C-110, providing bor, friend, or guest. a space where locals can refill their household and SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING body care essentials and Caliber 3 USA, a train- find unique products to ing academy from Israel, help them live a more conbrings international secu- scious, low-waste lifestyle. rity and combat training The one-stop-shop for zeprograms to its new facili- ro-waste, package-free livty at 2937 Norman Strasse ing strives to reduce single Road, San Marcos. Caliber use plastics and to make 3 USA teaches individuals sustainability easier. Cusof all levels and ages how tomers can bring in their to protect themselves and own containers or purloved ones through Krav chase bottles at the shop Maga Self Defense, Com- to fill up on everything bat Fitness, Weapons Safe- from soaps and deodorant ty and Training, and Home to laundry detergent and Invasion Scenario pro- shampoo. The Nada Shop grams. The new facility is. is open Tuesday through For more information, in- Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 cluding classes and hours, p.m. For more information, call (760) 680-4473 or visit visit thenadashop.com https://caliber3usa.com/.

NEWS?

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o you feel like everyone and everything is just moving too fast? I have discovered an antidote. Just leave your car door ajar overnight and kill the battery. For the next two hours, everything will happen in slow motion. You first discover the rear hatch is locked and won’t open without power. In a Prius, the auxiliary battery is in the rear of the car. You then get to spend quality time searching the owner’s manual looking for an override. Finally, the plumber, who was also scheduled at this time, arrives, and suggests you Google it. You have plenty of time now to feel like an idiot for not thinking of that first. You discover how to manually unlock the hatchback, after watching a very chatty guy slowly wander through his video. The solution requires crawling in from the back seat, removing the heap of detritus stowed in your hatchback and then digging down, with copious disassembly required. The hatch is now open and the battery accessible. After lengthy discussion on where to hook the jumper cables, you find your verywell-meaning husband’s old banger of a car too weak for the jump. He is sure there is a bigger problem. You call roadside service. In your slo-mo time warp, the tow truck takes twice the normal time to arrive. The also-well-meaning technician then explains precisely why he was so late. He does not realize you just don’t care. He finally, successfully jumps your car. That should be it, yes? You should be able to hit the gas and get to work. The car is running, but he spends another 10 minutes watching some diagnostic screen and telling you that your battery seems weak. He can’t know that you have had so many dead batteries in your lifetime, you know exactly what needs doing. Still feeling like you are swimming in molasses, you point out, politely, that you really do need to get to work. He seems surprised. Holding one’s temper and biting back one’s impatience apparently makes you seem like a lady of leisure. Remind me not to do that again.

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KATE ADAMS of Encinitas cruises down Coast Highway during a July ride with about 20 other girls and women. Her company, Kateboards, strives to create an inclusive environment for girls and women who want to learn how to skate. Photo by Steve Puterski

Skateboard company a beacon for girls, women By Steve Puterski

ENCINITAS — After years spent in action sports and battling through gender barriers, one Encinitas entrepreneur and skater branched out on her own. Kate Adams, 32, started Kateboards earlier this year with a mission, which is to break down barriers for women and girls who want to skate. Adams has seen firsthand the progress made over the years to include more girls and women, but she said there is more work to be done. Adams designs her own boards and has slowly created a community through meetups and private lessons in Encinitas. “Knowing what quality skateboards are and getting those into women’s hands is a really big thing for me,” she said. “A lot of times, women are marketed to with cheaper components, brighter colors and just handed off that way.” As such, Adams incorporates quality components in her boards to provide her customers with the best possible experience. Additionally, her marketing and branding touches empowering and breaking down barriers. As a result of her growing reach and business success, Adams is also partnering with Lululemon, a women’s athletic and yoga apparel company in Carlsbad. The two will collaborate on a board and empowerment goals, along with providing girls and women discounts on athletic wear.

“I want skateboarding to be approachable for women,” Adams said. Sormarie Nievs, a friend of Adams’, joined about 20 women during a meet-up at the end of July at Swami’s Beach. There, she said supporting her friend is important, as is getting to know others who attended. Nievs said boys are typically introduced to the sport earlier and more often, citing injury concerns or getting cuts and bruises from spills as reasons girls may shy away or be discouraged from learning the sport. “It’s good to cruise and learn that falling is OK,” she said. “You feel like a kid. You kind of forget everything, you make mistakes, you fall. People are scared of trying new things and it takes some courage.” Adams targets new recruits on Instagram and so far has seen a positive response. Slowly, though, Adams meet ups have been growing in popularity from about five the first time several months ago, to between 20 to 30 girls and women of all ages and backgrounds. “I want to get more women get into it and hopefully we’ll see more women represented,” she said. “Having the meet-ups is a huge part of Kateboards. To me, laying this foundation is about really creating that environment that conveys the importance of what we’re trying to get

women involved with.” Adams, who was born and raised in Laguna Niguel, has always been drawn to action sports, whether it be skateboarding or surfing. She made her way down to Encinitas to start her career after graduating from San Diego State University. She started with Arbor and Sector 9, two skateboard companies, where she stayed for five years. The experience gave her great insight into the business, how it operated, manufacturing challenges, logistics, accounting and sales. However, she left her job to travel abroad for two months, where the spark for Kateboards was born. Adams went into real estate, saving her money to launch her own company. She launched with the Breakthrough deck, a simple, long board with seafoam wheels. The name, meanwhile, represents breaking the mold and busting past the limitations people set for themselves. For other decks, she recruits artists to give the final product flare and personality. For example, the Asta is a limited-edition board featuring muralist Lauren Asta, which showcases a dozens of people, doodle-style, on the board. Adams is preparing to release to more decks this fall, each featuring a different artist in line with her company’s mission and values.

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Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (Escondido) announced her bill, AB 1398, to require transparency from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) when spending taxpayer funds. The bill will require SANDAG to hold a series of public meetings and earn the approval of two-thirds of voters before making substantial changes to its spending plan.

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he bus came by and Oceanside’s Nove Te’i got on it. “You get food and drink on the way and there’s always a good tailgate party at the game,” Te’i said. “It’s just a lot of fun.” Te’i speaks of the 5 North Bolt, a transportation service which takes Chargers fans to their home games in Carson. There’s two pick up points for the journey which starts at San Diego’s Old Town Transit Center and stops at the Oceanside parkand-ride lot on northwest corner of the I-5 and Highway 78 interchange. “It’s still fun for me to go the games and everyone knows each other on the bus,” Te’i said. “When the season starts you see people again, like my friend Ryan of Del Mar. I don’t know his last name, but it really doesn’t matter.” Same goes for which team one leans toward. Chargers backers dominate the passenger list but there’s followers of the opposing squad as well. Everyone gets

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WIN OR LOSE, it’s always a good time on the 5 North Bolt bus, which transports North County Chargers fans to the team’s home games in Carson. Patty Gutierrez, center, is the owner and operator of the service. Photo courtesy 5 North Bolt

along on a ride where nearly everyone knows your name — first name, anyway. “It is amazing, and I love every single bit of it,” said Patty Gutierrez. While Gutierrez doesn’t drive either of the two buses, her hands are firmly on the endeavor’s steering wheel. She operates the business which was started in 2017, the first season after the Chargers stiff-armed their San Diego County fan base of 56 seasons and moved to

Los Angeles. When the original owner, Shawn Grace, left for Florida before this season, Gutierrez brought her sunshine-state-of-mind to this unique undertaking. The pair had met through a Chargers booster club and the idea of running the bus rides put a charge in Gutierrez. When Grace told her he was moving east, Gutierrez was determined those fun Sunday football rides would continue to go

north. “My eyes got wide,” she said. “I told him I was very, very sad that he had to leave but what are you going to do with the Five North Bolt?” Negotiations followed and soon after a woman with 26 years in the dental business was putting smiles on football fans. For a $125 fee, one gets roundtrip fare, food, drink and a spot in the Thunder Alley tailgate area at the Dignity Health Center Stadium.

Considering it can be $100 just to park, not to mention the cost of wrestling with the freeway traffic in both directions, the 5 North Bolt has proved to be a hit. It’s a raucous, but not rowdy, bunch heading to and from the games. There are raffles which help Gutierrez’s charity fund-raising efforts and a general uplifting vibe that’s positive. “I usually take my sons but for the Denver game, I’m taking a couple of Broncos

the surrounding communities. The decision sparked Crossroads of the West to file a lawsuit against the Board, citing a violation of its first amendment rights to free speech and assembly. The California Rifle &

Pistol Association, Second Amendment Foundation and several gun show participants are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit. A Federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on the case in June, allowing

the gun show to continue for the time being. In her memorandum opinion, the judge was largely favorable to Crossroads, calling the moratorium a “content-based restriction of speech on its face.”

The outcome of the lawsuit is pending. After about eight months of absence, the show will be taking place on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, with another show sometime in December. Crossroads will likely continue the gun shows in Del Mar through 2020, pending the effective date of the bill. Crossroads President Tracy Olcott was not able to comment due to the current CROPbut said the comlitigation pany.93 has received a “pretty good.93 response” from vendors 4.17 and regular gun show attendees 4.28 leading up to its return. Held five times a year, the show has been a popular forum for gun owners looking to purchase firearms, ammunition, gun-related supplies, art and memorabilia. The show is run by Utah-based company Crossroads of the West, which operates a few other gun shows in California and 10 more in neighboring states. Locals in the neighboring jurisdictions of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas have spoken out against the event for several years. But efforts to end the gun show heightened in 2018 after the Parkland, Florida high school shooting. A local grassroots organization called NeverAgainCA has frequently showed up at 22nd DAA meetings to protest the event, and urge the board of directors to hold its ground in the lawsuit. Both Del Mar and Solana Beach have sent letters to Newsom, urging the gov-

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BocceFest brings beer, bocce to North County By Lexy Brodt

BOOTS FOR FIREFIGHTERS The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District received a $15,000 grant from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire District Foundation to help purchase new tactical wildland boots for every career and volunteer firefighter in the Fire District. Unlike the boots previously worn, the new tactical boots are designed specifically for wildland firefighters, providing improved protection, support, and comfort where they need it most. “Our feet are the most crucial part of keeping our work strong,” said Captain Chris Danner, who is responsible for personal protective equipment, or PPE, for the Fire District. “When our people take care of their feet and are comfortable, they provide a higher quality of work.” Residents who would like to help fund equipment or otherwise support their local Fire District may do so through the Fire Distrrict Foundation at www.rsffirefoundation.org. Courtesy photo

DEL MAR — Rotarians, beer-lovers and bocce-aficionados are gearing up for this year’s BocceFest, now in its 23rd year. The bocce tournament and accompanying beer festival will take place at the Surf Cup Sports Park in Del Mar, on Sept. 29. The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club spends the better part of a year planning and preparing for the event, which brings a few hundred locals together to support the club and a number of local causes. “It’s a nice, neighborly thing to do, and it supports some really good charitable activities,” said Charles Foster, Rotarian and former Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club president. The annual event is the club’s only fundraiser. It has two beneficiaries this year — Just in Time for Foster Youth and Reality Changers — but the remaining monies raised will help fund other Rotarian-led charity efforts. Just in Time helps youth in their transition out of the foster care system, and Reality Changers trains and financially assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds in becoming first generation college students. Don Wells, executive director of Just in Time, said the organization relies heavily on civic efforts such as these, as it receives very little funding from governmental sources. “Almost all of our budget comes from the local community,” he said. Forty percent of the money raised through BocceFest goes to the nonprofits — which in the past, has amounted to at least $8,000 for each organization. Al-

RESIDENTS AND ROTARIANS at the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club’s annual BocceFest. Photo courtesy Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club

though the net funds have varied over the years, the club is typically able to raise between $40,000 to $60,000, according to Foster. Although purchased tickets help with overhead costs, much of the funding comes from local businesses and residents who sponsor the event. The tournament has raised over $625,000 for local and international causes since its inception. The event has drawn widespread community support, with both the Del Mar and Solana Beach city councils declaring proclamations in support of the event. Teams made up of the two cities’ mayors and an accompanying council member help lead a “demonstration” of the sport’s rules and compete against each other. The rotary club provides plenty of room for players — with 30 courts able to accommodate up

to 120 teams at any time. Players of all skill levels are welcome. “It’s a fun day,” said Foster. “People can come out and play bocce in the tournament, seriously or just for the pure fun of it. Nobody has to have played bocce before.” Just last year, BocceFest started to include brewers in the mix with a beer festival. About a dozen San Diego brewers participate, including Dos Desperados Brewery, Viewpoint Brewing Co. and Belching Beaver. The event is also family friendly, with a bouncy house, lawn games and face painting for kids. The cost of entering the Bocce Tournament as a team of two is $80. Beer festival tickets are $40. Registration for the bocce tournament starts at 9 a.m., and the beer festival will kick off at 10:30 a.m. For more information visit https://www.boccefestsd.com.

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Bier Garden: Cool history, cooler beer list Fallbrook homecoming for 127 West Social House chef

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ere’s a phrase I’ve never seen on a restaurant website before: “Originally built in the shape of a T-bone steak in the late 40’s….” Old-timers might know, I’m talking about The Bier Garden of Encinitas. Located at 641 S Coast Highway, only half a mile from Moonlight Beach (even closer to The Coast News offices, and next door to Culture Brewing Encinitas), The Bier Garden retains some of the historic character of its building but adds a beachy, bohemian twist. Most of the walls on the two long sides are roll-up windows, which brings a lot of light and air into the space. The interior, including exposed original beams and a whimsical floor-toceiling tree sculpture made from twigs, is decorated mostly in pale woods. There is a long bar with more than a dozen seats, plenty of indoor tables, and another patio with more bar seating out back. Most of the time, those big, open windows are a good thing. They make it feel like you are outside, even if you are at one of the counters facing the street rather than out on the roomy patio next to the sidewalk. Good, that is, unless about a hundred motorcycles go by (I’m serious, it was at least that many), in which case the whole restaurant is unable to converse for about five minutes and for the next few minutes afterwards everyone is choking on motorcycle exhaust. But such traffic oddities are no doubt rare and they certainly aren’t the fault of The Bier Gar-

THE BIER GARDEN in Encinitas has 32 taps, including from a few notable breweries outside San Diego. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh

den. Staff and management were welcoming, accommodating, and patient even though it was an early Saturday afternoon and the place was completely full. Vacationers and locals alike come in droves to enjoy the delicious brunch and lovely atmosphere. Many members of the crowd were apparently hoping to recover from Friday night’s overindulgences — or were getting a head start on Saturday’s. The beer, wine, and cocktail menus are all extensive. My wife, Sarah, and I were invited by The Bier Garden to come try out their offerings. The food menu has plenty of variety but it isn’t overwhelming. We both found something we liked — a burger for Sarah and a Reuben for me, though I nearly ordered one of the flatbreads. Everything was well prepared and tasty. Most entrees range from $12 to $18. The only drawback to the whole

experience is that they are one of “those restaurants” that adds a 3.5% (taxable!) surcharge “for increasing operations and labor costs” to your bill, a kind of political protest I find counter to the spirit of the “service” industry. Just ask a fair price, don’t surprise people with an underhanded upcharge. We were really there, though, for the beer. They have an impressive 32 taps, and whoever curates the beer list really knows local craft beer. Although the list had plenty of IPAs, both hazy and not, there were browns, reds, lagers, Kolschs, pale ales, and even a hard seltzer. A handful of the beers available were from notable breweries from outside San Diego, which ads interest for beer explorers. Even without the good food and atmosphere, a beer list like that would be enough to keep me coming back.

hen I venture out of The Coast News territory for a bit of restaurant exploring, my travels usually take me down toward San Diego. I thought it was time to head in the other direction for a change and head out to Fallbrook. I heard Chef Eric O’Connor, who I knew from several of my favorite restaurants in Encinitas some big-name places since then, was at the helm at 127 West Social House so I made plans to get out there. This quaint town is situated immediately east of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton. Fallbrook is known for its avocado groves and claims the title “Avocado Capital of the World.” It is a beautiful area. So back to O’Connor, who spent three years at the iconic Calypso Café during the height of its popularity. Calypso was one of my favorite local food and live music venues and O’Connor was part of the culinary team of pirates who I would really like to get in one place and record some of their stories. It was also the place where you could find Jack Tempchin gigging on a regular basis singing the songs he wrote for the Eagles. I miss Calypso! O’Connor’s culinary road also included stops at When in Rome, Tastes and Calypso Fish House, also in Encinitas. He also had stints at Santa Luz Country Club, Prep Kitchen, The Black Stallion, Ballast Point, Analog, Barbarella, Knotty Barrel, 83 Degrees and another one of my favorites, Firefly Grill & Wine Bar. He joined 127 West Social House in January 2018 and it’s been somewhat of a homecoming for him as he was raised in Fallbrook. A fire gutted the restaurant in 2016 but it has since been renovated and it’s a great looking space

lick the plate david boylan that has plenty of indoor seating, a nice bar and a very spacious outdoor deck which is where we sat to sample some of their fare. We started with their simple, yet delicious version of the classic Wedge with baby iceberg, house made pesto buttermilk dressing, beer vinaigrette, bleu cheese crumbles, applewood bacon and heirloom tomatoes. I will take a wedge salad like this every day of the week. Another fine starter were the Fried Green Tomatoes with Alabama white sauce and a corn-pepper relish. I’ve not had some good fried green tomatoes in a long time, and these hit the spot. Entrées came next and my eyes lit up when I saw they had pork schnitzel on the menu. It’s one of my favorite dishes ever and chef O’Connor did it right coated with house breadcrumbs, cooked to a moist perfection and sitting on a bed of cheesy grits topped with a pickled house slaw. And yes, it tasted as good as it sounds, a perfect combination of flavors and textures. The burgers are spot on as well and we sampled the “Fallbrook” with Fallbrook avocado guacamole (of course), applewood bacon, pepper jack cheese, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato on a brioche bun. There is a full bar with crafty cocktails, beer and wine and plenty more. 127 West Social House is worth the scenic road trip to Fallbrook for sure. Find them at 127 West Elder Street, Fallbrook, or www.127-west.com.

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iuseppe Ciuffa had to make a difficult decision in 1994. The easygoing Italian from Cosi, outside of Rome, needed a break from his family’s successful Italian farm where he cooked for long hours, dealing with butchers, cheese mongers, vintners and fishermen. Since he was a kid, he’d always dreamed of opening an eatery. He had heard of San Diego and its resemblance to the coastal cities of Italy. Like most visitors to our paradise, he decided to put down roots, and four years later, opened a little café in La Jolla Village called Come On In Café. It flourished and became a staple for the La Jolla social scene. It was also a steppingstone for other cozy, fresh food locations dotting San Diego including two in Balboa Park. Come On In was sold in 2003 to make way for Ciuffa’s Fine Catering empire, which currently services over 300 events annually including weddings, high-profile charity galas, VIP social gatherings, corporate functions, multi day conferences and sporting events. Always with an eye for the dramatic in the food and wine business, Ciuffa has come full circle and re-purchased his original restaurant location, now called Candor. He could now apply his Italian roots for the freshness and high quality of farms, vineyards, local cheese and fish and make everything “inhouse.” Another important element in play is the extensive wine bar. On the wine menu, “I definitely play favorites with producers from Italy, France and Spain,” he said. When pressed a bit about “local” he admitted, “I do have some upscale California, Oregon and Washington wines.” Our choices with our meal included Capolemole Cori Bianco Italy (from Giuseppe’s hometown vineyard), Laird Family Chardonnay from Sonoma and Turley Juvenile Zinfandel from Paso Robles. Dinners included hot and crispy tomato bread, grilled Nectarine & Burrata and Scottish Salmon with quinoa, carrots and baby leeks. Lunch and dinner are served daily with a weekend brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit at dinecandor.com.

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Extending art’s reach to students public schools. Through ArtReach, Denise is supRANCHO SANTA FE porting a way to bring back — Denise Walsh’s husband art to schools who are not Peter welcomes guests into getting those classes, and their home as if they were a program that brings real family, making them imartists into San Diego’s mediately comfortable. Depublic schools. nise seems to be like that, The Walshs strongly a person who has an open believe in supporting causheart to her friends and all es in any way possible, not causes that touch her. Dejust from donations. That’s signing jewelry for her line why the couple offers up DLuxeries is Denise’s cretheir home for events such ative outlet, enabling her to as Party Arty, and the offer good jewelry prices to Rancho Santa Fe Women’s her friends and give back Fund’s Annual White Party to local charities. earlier this year. Beautiful and touching A relative newcomer pieces of art are scattered to Rancho Santa Fe, the throughout the Walshs’ Walshs have lived here for home. Many collected two years, previously living through their travels, each in Las Vegas for 18 years, painting or sculpture has a and Los Angeles for 10 story behind it from their years. Although Denise is travels and about the artist. a native San Diegan, havTheir love of travel created ing graduated from Kearny their love of art, started by High School. They contincollecting aboriginal art ue to support the Geffen from a trip to the AustraPlayhouse Theater and the lian outback. Denise parFarhang Foundation in Los ticularly loves art that tells Angeles, and Boy’s Town a story and has a primitive in Las Vegas. And to put edge. The Walsh’s growing their beliefs in action, the art collection while traveling was a way for them to DENISE WALSH in front of a painting of her daughter. She Walshs now volunteer as expose their children to will host the annual ArtReach fundraiser on Oct. 13 at her TURN TO ART ON 14 other cultures, and “the Rancho Santa Fe home. Courtesy photo best trips are those seen through a child’s eyes.” The idea that exposing children to the value of art is why Denise is volunteer• The seventh annual Party Arty will have a Tacos and Tequila theme and is scheding her home for the upcom- uled for 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday Oct. 13. Tickets are $120 in advance, or $150 at the door ing ArtReach Annual Party with proceeds supporting the Access to Art program. The program allows ArtReach Arty fundraiser on Oct. 13. to bring teaching artists, art materials and standards-based lesson plans to schools Introduced to the nonprofit that do not have arts education. The event will feature the art from the Walshs’ home by her sister Dyana Brown, (Denise is writing up the stories about each piece), artists, live music, fine food, who sits on the ArtReach cocktails, silent auction, and the popular Ring Toss where wine and spirit lovers can Board, Denise acknowledg- win a bottle to take home. Tickets can be purchased at artreachsandiego.org/events. es that her kids were lucky enough to get exposed to • ArtReach was founded in 2007 in response to cuts in arts education budgets in pubart through their travels lic schools and to fill the gaps where local support is not available, primarily Title 1 and because they attended schools. Since then, ArtReach has helped over 33,000 students find the artist within. private schools. Plus, back In the 2018-19 school year alone, ArtReach provided nearly 7,000 students the chance in the day, art was includto learn art skills. More info about ArtReach can be found at: artreachsandiego.org. ed in the curriculum of

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SEPT. 27

FIESTA EN LA PLAZA

Mission Fed has partnered up with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido to bring Musica En La Plaza. from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 with live music, dancing, tacos and tequila to the California Center for the Arts. at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido.

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More than 20 artworks by the Artists Alliance of the Oceanside Museum of 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.

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CIRCUS: ‘LA NONNA’

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents the Zoppè Italian Family Circus: “La Nonna – Power, Beauty, Elegance” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and at noon and 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $25 to $40 online at artcenter.org or by calling (800) 988-4253.

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The Foundry Artist Studios at New Village Arts has opened an “Art by Hand x 2” show with artists Fred Deutsch and Walt Hambly, running through Oct. 20 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad Village. ‘AMADEUS’

North Coast Repertory Theatre opens its new season with “Amadeus,” running through Sept. 29 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D Solana Beach. Tickets at (858) 481-1055 or northcoastrep.org.

SEPT. 30

TOP PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOW

Showing through Nov. 2, the North County Photographic Society, 24th annual NCPS Members’ Exhibition can be seen at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, with an Art Night reception held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 also at the library.

ADULT STUDENT ART SHOW

The Escondido Art Association is letting artists know it will host its annual Adult Student Art Show during the month of November at the Artists Gallery on 121 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido. Member and non-member artists may enter up to three pieces of artwork at an entry fee of $10 for the first piece and $5 for the second and third pieces. Drop-off of artwork is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2, or 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Artists Gallery, 121 W. Grand Ave., Escondido. Call (760) 489-0338 or visit the EAA website at escondidoartassociation.com.

OCT. 1

TUESDAY NIGHT COMICS

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Tuesday Night Comics at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets at (858) 481-1055 or northcoastrep.org.

New Village Arts announces its upcoming production of the drama, “Intimate Apparel,” directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed. The production will run Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. from Sept. 28 to Oct. 20. Tickets: $25 - $36 at New Village Arts, 2787 State St., MASTER CLASSICAL GUITAR Carlsbad or online at newvilThe Friends of the Carlagearts.org, or via phone at diff Library will be hosting (760) 433-3245. a free concert featuring Peter Pupping and William LOCAL AUTHORS Wilson two North County Local authors, Ann Rob- master classical guitarists, son, Brix McDonald, Marla at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the CarBluestone, Pat Spencer, and diff Library Community R.W. Richard, will sign their room, 2081 Newcastle Ave., novels during the Mission Cardiff. District Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 in The RAGLAND AT COLE LIBRARY Mission Plaza Real ShopArtist Natasha Ragland ping Center, 3861 Mission will have an exhibit of origAve., Oceanside. inal paintings entitled “Visions of Joy” at the Georgina PIANO PROJECT Cole Library 1250 Carlsbad Six String Society - The Village Drive, Carlsbad Piano Project takes the stage through Nov. 1. She and her for two performances only, father, Jack Ragland, have a at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 28 website: Ragland Fine Arts at the Brooks Theater, 217 Atelier. The exhibit is open N. Coast Highway, Oceans- during library hours. ide. Tickets at goldstar. com/venues/oceanside-ca/ TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 13 brooks-theatre.

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At PACT, those with autism find outlet in the performing arts By Tawny McCray

ENCINITAS — A theater group in Encinitas has been empowering people with autism for more than a decade after discovering that the performing arts are a “match made in heaven” for teaching them social and communication skills. Positive Action Community Theatre, or PACT, is a nonprofit that was co-founded in 2008 by Kathryn Campion and her husband William Simonson. Campion said her husband had a lot of experience in professional and community theater and TV, and she has been involved in the performing arts since she was 5, and previously worked in nonprofit management. She said they began providing theater and dance workshops that taught life skills to the general public, and very soon after they opened, parents began registering their kids with autism in their workshops. “It was soon clear to everyone that we were helping these children to reconnect with their peers and to express themselves,” Campion said. “Inspired, we decided to focus all our attention on teaching social skills to people with autism through the performing arts.” Campion said each year PACT serves about 50 kids, teens, and adults, the ma-

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jority of which have autism, but others have disabilities like ADHD, Down syndrome, and brain damage. The theater group offers two eight-week workshops — one an improvisational theater workshop, the other a performing arts workshop — every winter, spring, summer and fall. She said once participants join their workshops, “virtually all of them stay with us.” Campion says she’s read results of studies that say one of the most difficult parts about autism is that it is isolating and that can result in some people taking their own lives. “They rarely bond with fellow students while in school, and are more likely to be bullied,” she said. “After high school few of them attend higher education, and many of them remain dependent on their parents or on government programs as adults. We are very happy to have found ways to fill these needs.” Campion said in addition to them taking part in the workshops, they have hired seven people with autism and other disabilities, as teachers, one-on-one aides, DJs, videographers, ensemble actors and script writers. “Our ultimate goal is to one day turn PACT’s leader-

ship over to a team of people with autism and other disabilities,” she said. “In the meantime, we see all aspects of PACT’s operations as potential apprentice opportunities.” One such teacher is Jacob Redmon, son of PACT’s artistic director, Sandy Redmon. Redmon, 23, said his mom encouraged him to start taking the workshops

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 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more ANNIVERSARY PARTY Join the California information, call (760) 753or visit encinitaslibCenter for the Arts, Escon- 7376
 dido, in celebration of its friends.org. 25th anniversary from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $15 at artcenter. GARDEN SCULPTURE Sculpture in the Garden org/museum. X showcases 10 sculptures from nine talented artists 9 SWEDISH JAZZ California Center for a.m. to 5 p.m. through April the Arts, Escondido Swed- 30 at San Diego Botanic ish jazz musician, Gunhild Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Carling at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Drive, Encinitas. All sculp340 N. Escondido Blvd., Es- tures are for sale. Naomi condido, for the finale of Nussbaum, curator. $18, Hidden City Sounds music $12, $10. More information series. Tickets at (800) 988- at sdbgarden.org/sculpture. htm. 4253 or artcenter.org.

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Luis Murguia displays Paper Mache caricatures, created in honor of the Dia de los Muertos in “A Celebration of Life and Death” through Nov. 2 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540

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OCT. 9

RANCHO ART GUILD

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

OCT. 10

ITALIAN FILM FEST

The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents “I giorni dell’abbandono” (Days of Abandonment), adapted from the novel by Elena Ferrante. 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. In Italian with English subtitles. Tickets: $12 general at https://sdiff. yapsody.com/event/index/398721/i-giorni-dellabbandono.

OCT. 11

VILLAGE THEATER

Tickets are now on sale for the Village Church Community Theater’s production of “The Importance Of Being Earnest.” Performances will be Oct. 11, Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Adult tickets are $20 and Children/Students with ID tickets are $12. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit villagechurchcommunitytheater.org.

when he was in middle school. “I wasn't much of an outspoken person myself,” said Redmon, who said he’s on the autism spectrum. “I had trouble reaching out of my comfort zone, I had trouble talking to people. I was in different support groups and so this was one of the groups that was helping.” Redmon transitioned

into teaching and says he’s now been instructing for at least five years. The workshops he teaches, he says, start with a warmup, which includes stretching, yoga, and some relaxation exercises that help put their mind and body at ease. Then they go into icebreakers, doing activities that help get to know each other better. After that comes vocal warm-ups. “A very common thing you'll see with many people on the autism spectrum is that they have trouble fully expressing themselves, and a key thing to that is their voice,” Redmon said. “So, we start them off by doing classic vocal warmups — we stretch out our mouth, we annunciate our words, we do tongue twisters.” Then he says they get into the “meat” of the program — theater games — which teaches participants how to figure out social cues by using improv. Redmon said people on the autism spectrum tend not to react well to social cues or miss them altogether. “It's just that you don't have as good an inclination towards certain social norms,” he said. “When it comes to social situations you aren't strong, you don't pick up a lot of things. One thing that I've been told is I tend to take things literal-

ly, I don't tend to pick up on hidden meanings, or body language.” Campion said some things coming up for PACT include the branching out of a traveling theater troupe they do, called PACTHOUSE PLAYERS, which developed an anti-bullying theater event called Beyond Bullying, that they’ve been performing for teens in the community. They are now developing an elementary aged version of Beyond Bullying that they plan to perform at schools this fall and winter, including a performance at Dance North County in Encinitas in the near future. And they have a full year of children’s workshops planned for 2020. The first eight-week series begins on Jan. 25, 2020, in Encinitas. Redmon says working at a nonprofit you’re not aiming to make a killing, but the reward is something greater than money. “What motivates us is knowing that other kids that are having trouble figuring out the world, are scared, are having trouble navigating the social circle, seeing them happily coming back, actively participating and giving us their own ideas and performances,” he said. “That’s some of the best pay we could ever get.”


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SDUHSD classified staff ask for equity, better communication By Tawny McCray

ENCINITAS — Classified school staff in the San Dieguito Union High School District crowded last week’s school board meeting in hopes of re-establishing an open dialogue with trustees about the financial and personnel constraints they say they’re under to support students and schools. More than 40 school support staff, including paraeducators, custodians, secretaries and food service workers, alongside members of the community, attended the meeting on Sept. 19. The staff says in the last few years, the high school district has added 100 acres of landscaping, 1 million square feet of facilities,

nearly 400 students and five new administrators without adding classified staff, putting more work on existing classified employees without increasing their pay at an equal pace. They say this has led to many of them taking second or third jobs to take care of their families, pay rent, and put food on the table. “Despite the district expanding its facilities, despite it adding more administrators and students, the levels of classified staff have remained the same,” said Matt Colwell, president of California School Employees Association Chapter 241, the union that represents the classified employees. “We can’t continue to provide

the same level of service to students while struggling to feed our own families. Eventually, our students will see the impacts of our overworking. The board could do more for the people who clean the schools, feed the kids, and make sure students are safe. Yet trustees refuse to hear from us directly about our concerns.” Board President Beth Hergesheimer said in an email that the board appreciates and respects its school employees and has been glad to hear their perspectives and concerns at recent board meetings. She said the board has given direction to the administrators of its negotiating team to negotiate on their behalf and

they have received regular updates on the negotiation process and progress. Superintendent Dr. Robert Haley said in an email that the elected board of trustees has an appointed negotiating team that is responsible for negotiating on behalf of the board with the association, and the association also appoints a negotiating team that has the same responsibility. Haley said both of these teams have been meeting for some time to reach a new agreement, and while the district's negotiating team meets with the entire board to get direction, the board can only act under a majority. “No individual trustee can make decisions for the

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district,” Haley said. “They can listen to concerns, but they cannot speak for the district or the board. They can receive emails, but they cannot make any decisions or promises through email as well. Association members can come to meetings, as they have, and share their perspectives, but the board of trustees cannot, by law, negotiate with them in that manner.” Haley added that they are constantly looking at staffing needs and recruit accordingly. He said they recently added a new receptionist, and will be adding two new custodians, two more computer technicians, and a new theater technician. For at least the last decade, teachers within the San Dieguito Union High School District have had it in their contract that they must be the highest paid

educators within San Diego County, however classified staff have no such deal. Staff members say during contract negotiations with the district, they dropped their initial request for a 5% salary increase to a 3% raise, but they say the school district has refused to budge from its initial offer of a 1% raise. A bargaining table session took place on Sept. 20 and Haley said it was very productive. He said he believes a settlement on the successor agreement will be achieved when they meet again for negotiations on Oct. 8. “We are not laying off employees like many other districts in San Diego County and we do not want to put ourselves in that position,” Haley said. “We believe a fair and equitable pay increase, based on total compensation, will be agreed upon in this negotiation.”

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German band. A craft beer garden will be pouring beer and wine with German food available under the big tent. For details call the chamber at (760) 753-6041. • Grgich Hills Estate is planning a tasting of its best varietals at Pavillions market in Carmel Valley, San Diego Fri. Oct. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. You’ll be tasting the latest Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Chardonnay, a big award winner, and the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. This tasting is free with no reservation required.

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ego. From Burgundy France to Santa Barbara, it’s a salute to Pinot. Cost is $35. Call today for an RSVP at (858) 450-9557. • The 24th annual Encinitas Oktoberfest is Sunday Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, presented by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce. Festivities include Alpine singers and dancers, carnival rides and an authentic

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over the city of San Diego’s weighted vote. In the regional CCE, San Diego would hold a greater sway on the CCE’s governing board than other member cities. A North County JPA would allow each city to have one vote — regardless of size. Carlsbad Councilwoman Cori Schumacher said the one-city/one-vote structure would help give ratepayers “the sense they’re going to be able to control their energy future, because their elected officials are going to be serving on the board.” Officials in Del Mar were hesitant about linking up with the city of San Diego, the potential “gorilla in the room,” as Councilman Dwight Worden put it. “I feel comfortable that

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English tutors to nonnative speakers for the Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County. She loves her students and meets them at the Encinitas Library to provide their English lessons. They both like to help with any group that “needs it,” and as Denise admits, they have the time to help, they’re free agents. The luxury of time gives them the opportunity to continue their travels and support artists through

most likely our long-term interests as a city in Del Mar are going to be better aligned with Solana Beach and Carlsbad than they are with San Diego,” Worden said. With the region’s cities now taking different routes to government-run energy procurement, the big-picture outcome is still the same: more CCEs in the region and California at large. Area local Lane Sharman, who has been an ardent advocate of CCEs in San Diego for nearly a decade, said “any CCE is better than no CCE.” “I think we have to support the different ways CCEs can come together in San Diego and ask ourselves how do we achieve our environmental objectives more rapidly as well as maintaining lower costs for our rate payers, and increasing jobs,” Sharman said. their travels. Who knows what they will bring back from their next bucket list trip to Peru, Chile and Easter Island. “I really do believe in this, there’s great things to be said for supporting the arts but supporting the arts for people who can’t afford the arts … is important,” Denise said of the ArtReach Party Arty fundraiser at their home. Thanks to Denise for returning home to San Diego and taking action on giving back to the community.


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Connecting generations through technology Four easy ways tech can bring grandparents closer to their younger family members Smart home technology is becoming more and more popular, making it easier for people of all ages to cook or monitor their house while away from home, take care of the shopping without leaving their living room, or even video chatting with their doctor from the comfort and convenience of their bed. The technology and internet speeds available today are also making it easier for people to connect and have meaningful moments of human connection, especially for family and friends who live far away, or who have experienced a life-changing event such as illness or death in the family that has left them feeling alone and isolated. Larry has been coping with the loss of his wife, Pat, after a difficult battle with

Odd Files Bring the Funny Joshua Jack of Auckland, New Zealand, received an email from his bosses at an ad agency informing him that he was expected at a “redundancy meeting” to discuss his future at the company. Kindly, the New Zealand Herald reported, they suggested he was welcome to bring along a support person, such as a friend or family member. “Sensing the bad news, I decided I’d need the best support person available,” Jack wrote on Facebook, “so I spent $200 ($127 U.S.) to hire a clown.” As the co-workers discussed Jack’s exit, the clown blew up balloons and folded them into animals. He mimed crying when Jack was handed his final paperwork. Jack said his bosses found the humor in the situation, and he has already landed another job. [NZ Herald, 9/13/2019] News You Can Use It’s springtime in Australia, which means if you’re headed outside down under, you’ll want to carry a big stick with you. September and October are the height of magpie swooping season, when nesting magpies are known to attack walkers, runners and bike riders in defense of their young. While they’re only 12 inches long or so, 7News reported, the black-andwhite birds can cause a lot of pain with their sharp beaks. Last year, a toddler was nearly blinded, and this year a man who was attacked as he rode his bike veered off the path and crashed, later dying of head injuries. “They’re never trying to hurt anyone or be malicious,” ornithologist

dementia. To keep his late wife’s memory alive, Larry is using social media to connect with his granddaughter Jessica over his most precious stories about his wife. Through videos about his life (past and present) that he shares with Jessica on social media, Larry and his granddaughter are learning about each other more than ever. Like Larry’s and Jessica’s newfound digital connection, here are four ways technology can help grandparents connect with their younger family members. 1. MESSAGING APPS A recent study revealed that 73% of grandparents own smartphones, which means that the power to connect is already in the palm of their hand. Messaging apps like WhatsApp or Talkatone are a great introduction to texting for grandparents. Messaging apps make it easy to send and receive text updates, photos and videos all in one place. And, when there’s time for a longer con-

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versation, grandparents and their grandchildren can use these apps to chat for free, as most don’t use up cell minutes. 2. VIDEO CHAT It can be difficult to go months without seeing family or friends, especially your grandparents. Video chat makes you feel as though you’re in the same room as someone, regardless of geographical distance. Have a video conservation through apps like Skype or FaceTime from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You can enjoy a sunset with your grandpar-

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ents or share big life events such as graduations or weddings they cannot physically attend. 3. GAMING AND CREATIVITY APPS Creative apps like Magisto, FXGuru and PhotoFunia allow you to personalize photos and videos, which can make file sharing more special and fun. Looking for some friendly competition with your grandparent? Try a gaming app like Wheel of Fortune or Minecraft. Or keep your grandparent updated with an app like Keepy, an interactive plat-

Gisela Kaplan said. “It’s iquette,” Post reminds us, 9/10/2019] — Jeff Eastham, hired all about risk assessment.” “can be so easy.” [New York to remove a dead tree on [7News, 8/26/2019] Times, 7/8/2019] a historic property in Independence, Missouri, in The Dog Did It Awesome! Thomas Barnes, 58, got Gerry Moore’s goal early September, was suran unpleasant surprise in with his latest project is prised when a small Civil his bill from DirectTV in “making people smile,” and War cannonball fell out of August after his dog, Mari- it’s working. The Pensacola, one of the branches. The no, jumped up on Barnes’ Florida, man built a “boat property is the site of the house, bed and pressed a remote car,” a hybrid vehicle that Overfelt-Johnston button that mistakenly or- looks like a boat on top but which served as a hospital dered pay-per-view from the motors along the street on during the first Battle of Hustler channel. Barnes im- the chassis of a Ford Expe- Independence. Owner Ranmediately called his service dition. Moore’s wife, Karen, dall Pratt told KMBC that it provider and explained the said her husband completed wasn’t the first cannonball snafu, and he was assured the project in three days they’d found on the properthat the charges would be and made sure it was street ty: “When the property was removed. But the X-rated legal before taking it out on restored in 1980, there was content remained, so af- the road. WEAR TV report- a cannonball that had been ter making a second call ed on Sept. 10 that the ve- shot into the wall, just to and getting no satisfaction, hicle is a “permanent con- the left of the upstairs winBarnes paid his next bill — vertible,” but Moore keeps dow,” Pratt said. In addition minus $70. Then his service a scuba mask and snorkel to the newest munition, a was canceled altogether. on board in case they get half-dozen old chains were Finally, Barnes complained caught in the rain. [WEAR, found embedded in the tree. Pratt said he would to the Federal Communi- 9/10/2019] keep the cannonball to discations Commission, which play in the historic home. prompted a call from Di- Seems Like a Theme rectTV, promising a credit — After Hurricane [KMBC, 9/12/2019] on his next bill. “There’s Dorian moved away from a problem when there’s a the U.S. southeast coast, a Hair Fetish? In the overnight hours mistake and you expect couple from Summerville, me to pay for the mistake,” South Carolina, strolled out of Sept. 17, thieves targetBarnes told the Raleigh to Folly Beach to see what ing Prime Trading Hair and News and Observer. [Ra- had washed up. Their ef- Wigs in Miami Gardens, leigh News and Observer, forts were rewarded when Florida, rammed the front 9/1/2019] they stumbled on two can- door repeatedly and eventunonballs from the Civil ally made off with $70,000 A Rule for Everything War. “When we first found to $80,000 worth of wigs, Followers of Emily Post the one, my girlfriend some worth as much as $800 who are floundering with thought it was a rock,” Aar- apiece, reported WFOR. the rules for making toast ... on Lattin said. “But when I Business owner Rakib Hoser, getting toasted will want started to dig around it, it sain said the thieves “knew to pick up the new book was very round. ... We came where the expensive prodfrom her great-great-grand- back the next day and we ucts were, and they knew daughter, Lizzie Post. Ac- found the larger cannonball everything about the stock cording to The New York tucked away in the brush, room.” Thankfully, he was Times, “Higher Etiquette: and that’s when we con- insured for his losses. In a A Guide to the World of tacted authorities.” WCIV strange twist, the burglary Cannabis, From Dispensa- reported that after Hurri- at Prime Trading follows a ries to Dinner Parties” of- cane Matthew in 2016, 16 similar incident two weeks fers tidbits of advice for a cannonballs were found in earlier, right across the variety of situations, to wit: that same spot. “The whole street at Subi Training Inc., Don’t eat all the munch- Charleston area is exactly where criminals stole up ies. Avoid words like “pot- where the Civil War began, to $100,000 worth of prodhead” and “weed,” which so to find something causes ucts including many wigs. can have negative connota- you to look back and realize [WFOR, 9/17/2019] tions. Tip your “budtender” what a big part of history well, as he or she probably that was, it’s very exciting,” Chutzpah! In their booking phomakes minimum wage. “Et- Lattin remarked. [WCIV,

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tos, Aaron Seth Thomas, 31, and Megan Lynn Mondanaro, 35, are both sporting sly little grins, and no wonder: After they were detained near midnight on Sept. 13 for drunk bicycling in Fernandina Beach, Florida, the couple passed the time in the back of the patrol car by stripping down and having sex. Nassau County Sheriff’s deputies pulled Thomas, who was fully naked, out of the car, but he escaped, The Florida TimesUnion reported. He was later found hiding behind an ice cream store nearby. The two were charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition, threats against public officials, attempted escape, resisting arrest with violence, exposing sexual organs and theft, along with DUI. [Florida Times-Union, 9/16/2019]

plicitly confirmed is NOT a student at the institution — suffered numerous injuries on Sept. 13, after he climbed an electric pole near the Athens, Ohio, campus to the cheers of a raucous crowd below. At the top, Uher, who had been drinking, grabbed a live wire, which sent sparks flying and set his hand on fire, reported the Daily Mail. He then lost his footing and fell to the ground, about 30 feet below. One witness was shaken: “I thought he was dead. There’s no explanation for him living.” His injuries included three broken leg bones, four breaks in his back, numerous burns and other fractures. Uher’s sister, Danielle, started a GoFundMe page to help pay his medical bills, but some weren’t having it: Comments included, “What in the name of God were you thinking?” Athens police said that Uher may be charged with criminal mischief. [Daily Mail, 9/16/2019]

Extreme Measures Twent y-t wo -year- old Erik Villasenor of Sylmar, California, REALLY didn’t want to go to the Los Angeles County Fair on Sept. 15 with his parents. Evidently, his determination was great that he thought it was appropriate to send an email to fair staff around 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 13, with an alarming warning: “Hello, I was told that someone was planning on doing a mass shooting on Sunday at the fairgrounds. I just wanted to inform you guys already.” Naturally, Fox News reported, Villasenor’s email set off a chain of events involving the police department, FBI and anti-terror liaisons. Villasenor eventually admitted to authorities that it was a hoax and was arrested just a few hours later. [Fox News, 9/16/2019] Oh, the Stupidity! Tyler Uher — whom Ohio University has ex-


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e are gathered on this early-June day in the shaded Canal Basin Park on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The waterway twists and turns its way through the Cleveland, Ohio, area, making it an intricate part of the city’s fabric historically and environmentally. Standing in the light breeze and under a clear sky, it’s hard to believe that, 50 years ago this month, the then-toxic, highly polluted Cuyahoga was on fire. Mayor Carl Stokes, adroitly impersonated by Cleveland native and actor Greg White, stands before us, painting a verbal picture of that event. We’ll have to settle for that because amazingly, there are no photos of the conflagration. What has been often published are pictures of the 1952 Cuyahoga River fire — images that made Cleveland the poster child for environmental degradation. The good news is that the 1969 fire also sparked a worldwide movement raising awareness about the fragility of the planet’s environment. Credit goes to Stokes (the first black mayor of a major city), his brother, Louis (served 15 terms in the House of Representatives), and Cleveland State University students who, in 1970, kicked off the first Earth Day by marching from campus to the Cuyahoga River, protesting pollution and calling for change.

SCRANTON FLATS: This interpretive stop at Scranton Flats along the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland allows visitors to view some of the restored habit and the hiking trail along the river. Photos by E’Louise Ondash

Because of this, Cleveland has been called the Selma of the environmental movement. Decades later, this city of 385,000, once derisively known as the Mistake on the Lake, is not your father’s Cleveland. “Cleveland has changed immensely,” says White, “especially the downtown area which has brought people here from all parts of the country to live downtown or the surrounding areas, to take advantage of our great medical facilities and colleges.” White volunteers his Carl Stokes presentations through Take a Hike, an organization that offers walking tours throughout the city. In the 1970s, there was little to see, but today, the city is reveling in an explosion of downtown residential units in restored and re-purposed historic buildings and warehouses; walkable neighborhoods and clean streets; the co-existence of trendy and ethnic

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restaurants; a thriving theater district where once-decaying playhouses have been restored to their original grandeur; expanding parks and a trail system; and the resurrection of a river. “Three national designation areas culminate in Canal Basin Park — the National Scenic Byway, the railroad and the river,” explains Tom Yablonsky, one of the area’s prime movers when it comes to restoring and preserving the area’s history, architecture, open spaces and the environment. Yablonsky, a native of suburban Cleveland who has been creating historic districts for 35 years, carries several titles with several civic organizations that share his passionate goals; he also is our tour guide today. Between the end of the 19th century and 1929, Yablonsky explains, “Cleveland grew to be the third

most important city in the country, behind New York City and Chicago.” (The evidence of those grandiose years are alive and well in downtown Cleveland. More of that in the next column.) After our stop in Canal Basin Park, Yablonsky takes us to several locations along the Cuyahoga River where we see portions of the 87-mile Towpath Trail. Now a recreational pathway, it follows alongside the historic Ohio & Erie Canal. At Scranton Flats, we walk out onto a dock that juts into the river. We can see wildlife habitat restorations and signage that explains what’s happening here environmentally. Much of what we see has been put into motion by Canalway Partners, co-founded by Yablonsky. “The river was a boundary and we had a chance to rethink the river valley,” he said. “No one had ever looked at it holistically.” Progress on all the proj-

VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE: The historic Veterans Memorial Bridge spans the Cuyahoga River near downtown Cleveland. The bridge links the city’s east and west sides and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When it opened in 1918, it was the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world.

ects around Cleveland has been incremental, he says, but as a result, “we have a lot of nothing-like-its.” Yablonsky has been instrumental in securing historic designations throughout the area — both to preserve them and to let them speak to the region’s history. Listening to the civic environmentalist, it’s apparent that there are multiple entities and principals at work in and around the city, and it’s difficult to keep it all straight. But what is clearly obvious is

Yablonsky’s enthusiasm and the accomplishments of a dedicated army that have and continue to transform Cleveland. The result is a city and surrounding area that is definitely worth a visit. Next: Cleveland’s amazing historic Playhouse Square. Visit https://www. downtowncleveland.com. Want to share your travels? Email eondash@coastsnewsgroup.com. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook.com/ elouise.ondash.


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