Rancho Santa Fe News, September 28, 2018

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SDUHSD settles on new chief

Taking on the tribe

Hire subject to final approval next month

North County man still battling after win in tribal court

By Carey Blakely

said. Having a retail shop was something that she wanted for quite some time. “I feel it’s like one of those American dreams — I’ve always wanted a storefront,” she said. “And this just seemed like the right time and the right place.” In a day and age when everyone seems to be shopping online, Meirer noted that many people are coming back to the idea of wanting something unique. With that mindset Meier sought

REGION — At its Sept. 13 board meeting, the San Dieguito Union High School District made two major decisions, both with a 4-1 vote: appoint a new superintendent and approve a retroactive raise for classified staff. Dr. Robert Haley has been identified as the final candidate whom the district plans to hire; however, the terms of his contract have not yet been worked out or approved. The contract will be included in the board’s Oct. 11 agenda, with a final hiring vote e x p e c t e d Haley to be cast in open session during that meeting. Haley currently serves as the superintendent of Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in Sonoma County, a position he has held for the past seven years. Cotati-Rohnert serves about 6,000 students, an enrollment size less than half of San Dieguito’s roughly 13,000-member student body. In a district-issued press release, board President Beth Hergesheimer stated, “Dr. Haley is the ideal superintendent for our district. He believes in the team approach to leadership, actively listening, collaborating, and focusing



By Jordan P. Ingram

ENCINITAS — After nearly three years of litigation in tribal, state and federal courts, an Encinitas man may finally have his day in court — again. James Acres, 40, will get his shot to prove in Sacramento Superior Court that he didn’t get a fair shake in tribal court. Acres, with help from Solana Beach attorney Ron Blumberg of Blumberg Law Group LLP, has filed a seven-count verified complaint against 17 defendants associated with Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Humboldt County, including 14 attorneys, a hotel CEO and a judge, claiming his constitutional due process rights were violated through brazen acts of constructive fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy. Acres, who grew up near the glowing bustle of Las Vegas casinos, first got involved with the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe through his company, Acres Bonusing, Inc. The company provides server-based gaming apps for slot machines in tribal-owned casinos around the country. In 2010, Blue Lake sought to increase its number of slots following a federal ruling that increased the

DESIGNED TO HELP The Country Friends’ 63rd annual Art of Fashion Runway Show was held Sept. 20 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, with more than 400 guests enjoying a fashion show and shopping boutiques. Proceeds help the 50 San Diego-based charities that The Country Friends supports. Story on Page A5. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

A debut shopping experience in the Village By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A new retail storefront has opened in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe offering opportunities for both Ranch residents and neighboring communities. Amy Meier, a regarded interior designer with a background in fashion, is offering her services as well as her debut boutique storefront named Amy Meier. In the Village, Meier’s storefront can be found across the street from the historic The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe off the corner of La Flecha and Avenida Acacias. Meier admits she wasn’t on the


lookout for a new business locale, but when this spot became available, she couldn’t resist. “I walked by it one day with my girls,” she said. “I live here in town and just fell in love with it. I mean the floor to ceiling bay windows are outrageous with the double Dutch door entry — it’s the dreamiest spot, so we immediately pounced on it.” While Meier earned her graduate degree in fashion design, she moved into interior design about 11 years ago. As far as Meier is concerned, both do complement one another. It’s all-encompassing, particularly in dealing with fabrics, she

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Sports Young Rancho golfer headed for big things By Michael R. Abramowitz

RANCHO SANTA FE — Imagine playing at Augusta National, Pinehurst and Disney. Now imagine doing that by age 10, and winning three — and possibly four — championships in the process. For Jay Leng Jr., of Rancho Santa Fe, these lifelong bucket-list dreams are just part of the path to what he hopes will be a professional golf career, just like his favorite player, Jordan Spieth. Leng Jr. is well on his way. He won the 2015 PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship for the 7-9 Division (at age 9) at Augusta, sinking a clutch putt in a playoff to clinch. He’s also a two-time U.S. Kids Golf World Champion for his age group (2014, 2015). Now, he is competing in an event that he loves as much, if not more, than the others: the PGA Junior League Golf Championship. After the team won the regionals in September, Leng Jr., as part of San Diego County All-Stars, is headed for the championships in Florida in November. Team California Captain John Mason, PGA director of instruction at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, thinks he may have the next Spieth on his hands. ‘I started working with Jay when

JAY LENG JR., 10, won the 2015 PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship for his age group at Augusta National. Courtesy photo

he was 6, and he was making putts better than anyone I have ever seen,’ Mason said. ‘I once watched him oneputt eight greens in a row, outside of 10 feet. That’s Jordan Spieth.’

When Leng Jr. was 8, Mason wanted to teach him how to hit a flop shot, but his pupil was puzzled as to why. Mason explained it was to get over the lip of a high bunker that is close to the green. Leng Jr. explained there was no need. He proceeded to hit two shots in a row within a foot of the hole. “So, I told him, ‘I guess you don’t need to learn the flop shot,’” Mason said. What is so refreshing is the sense of humor that Leng Jr. displays and his insistence that team golf is more important than any individual accolade he has earned. “He ranks being on the AllStar Team higher than anything he has done,” said his father, Jay Leng. ‘Golf is his type of thing. He is a natural-born type of player, and he works so well with John Mason.’ Leng Jr. credits his father for his love of the game and his team captain for refining it. ‘It came natural to me after watching my dad play.” Leng Jr. said. “My coach has meant a lot to me. He has been a great help to get me this far.” Michael R. Abramowitz writes for PGA of America

Hall of Famer Hoffman gets his Way at Petco Park REGION — The San Diego City Council voted Sept. 24 to rename a street outside Petco Park after Hall of Fame pitcher and former San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman. In July, representatives from the Padres requested the name change for a stretch of Park Boulevard between Imperial Avenue and Tony Gwynn Drive. The Padres and the city plan to officially change the street name to Trevor Hoffman Way on Friday. “We're thrilled that Padres fans will forever be able to visit the iconic intersection of Trevor Hoffman Way and Tony Gwynn Drive at Petco Park,” Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and General Partner Peter Seidler said in a jointly issued statement. “They are two of the greatest individuals to ever wear a Padres uniform, and we’re thankful to the City of San Diego for recognizing their contributions to America’s Finest City.” Hoffman had 601 saves during his 18-year major league career that included 15 1/2 years with the Padres. Hoffman made seven all-star game appearances and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in January, along with Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome. He is the third Padre in the Hall of Fame, joining Gwynn and Dave Winfield. “Obviously more than happy to support this,” said City Councilman Mark Kersey. “This is something that we don't do very often because it’s a hard process and we really reserve it for the most deserving San Diegans and this is a case where we've got a guy who, as we've heard from plenty of folks, is a Hall of Fame baseball player and human being.” The vote was 7-0. Council members Georgette Gomez and Lorie Zapf were absent. — City News Service

PEYTEN SELTZER, riding Carousel, took the top prize at the USHJA Pony Hunter Derby on Sept. 14. Courtesy photo

Rancho equestrians bring home top prizes RANCHO SANTA FE — Small, medium and large Pony Derby riders galloped on the grass of the Pacific Field Sept. 14, as Peyten Seltzer and Carousel won the $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, earning a two-round total of 160 points. Seltzer and Carousel had a strong start, leading Round One with 85 points. The pair, trained by Philip Cillis of Westwood Farms, then showed finesse in the handy round, scoring a 75 to secure the win. Along with the derby victory, Seltzer earned the High Score Medium Pony Derby Award and was the recipient of the Balmoral Winning Owner Award. The winning pair also

gained enough points to take home the Makoto Farm Pony Hunter Derby Circuit Award in the Medium Pony section. The Rancho Santa Fe rider is extremely grateful to have a pony like Carousel. “She’s super sweet, she’s really fun. And she always tries her best for you.” In San Juan Capistrano Sept. 14, with $30,250 in prize money this year, the fourth annual California Professional Horsemen's Association West Coast Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3’ Incentive Championship found John Bragg and Cantina scoring an 85 and an 88, for a total 173 and the win. Bragg was pleased with the 5-year-old Cantina, whom he co-owns

with Ann Thornton. “We bought him from a video last year and imported him in February,” he said. “He was great today, he felt especially good in the second round. I’m very happy with him.” Also earning solid scores were the two horses that placed second and third in the Championship. Wow the Crowd, ridden by Jamie Taylor and owned by Alexander Miller, finished second with two consistent rounds reflected in scores of 86 and 84 for a 170 total; while Gabriela Pattinson piloted Jaymie Ho's At Last TW to a very close third place, leading the first round with an 87 and finishing the second round with an 82, for a total of 169.

Padres baseball plays familiar tune sports talk jay paris


t will land with a thud, much like the Padres season. The curtain falls on the team’s campaign on Sunday, with the local nine unfortunately unable to take a sabbatical from losing. If eight is enough for some Padres fans, it’s not hard to fault them. They’ve kept the faith since the last winning season in 2010, when a squad with the lowest payroll nearly made the playoffs. For eight consecutive years the Padres have produced a product that has played well below .500, with this year being no different. Or is there a sea change going on under our eyes with progress in the club’s massive rebuilding job? The one we’ve been told will produce a string of sustainable success. That answer will come in the future although Padres boosters have repeatedly consumed that line and it usually comes with heartburn and heartache. If the Padres made strides with their latest season, it takes a discerning eye to uncover them. It seemed that the Padres’ road to becoming competitive got bumpier and not smoother. The reality is that 2020, the season the Padres’ brass has promised the team will at least win as many as they lose, isn’t that far away. There were bright spots in a year that can’t be judged solely on triumphs and defeats. Instead it’s the growth of the players that is paramount and if we could only measure that like parents do their kids with marks on the bedroom wall. With luck those dashes reveal how far someone has grown. For the Padres, they got fortunate when no one claimed 6-foot-4 slugger Franmil Reyes. Of all the hotshot prospects the Padres trumpet, it was Reyes who shined and he was left unprotected by the club before the season. On the heels of leading the Padres minor leaguers in home runs in 2017, the club thought so little of Franmil that he wasn't on the 40-man roster. Maybe it was just a coy move. Franmil went unclaimed and then blossomed after being called up to be among the team's leaders in homers. He’s a good piece moving forward, although in the Padres’ crowded outfield getting him enough at-bats is a challenge. It shouldn’t be. While slugger Hunter Renfroe is no rookie, he’s a yes, too. With Renfroe

and Franmil in the heart of the order, it gives opposing pitchers pause. The Padres need to move on from others, but need better replacements before cutting ties. Although Manuel Margot, while still young, might have lost his grip on a starting outfield spot. The real kids, second baseman Luis Urias and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. could be flipping double plays by this time next year. But first they have to prove they can hit in the majors and we’re not sure what the Padres will do with current shortstop Freddy Galvis, and is Wil Myers really a third baseman? We know who’s on first and that’s the pricey Eric Hosmer. He was solid, but far from spectacular, after signing the richest contract in franchise history. Whether it was money well-spent for a team which would lose close to 100 games is debatable. There’s still no verdict on starters Joey Lucchessi, Jacob Nix and Eric Lauer and if they can retire hitters consistently. There are other impressive arms on the way, we’ve been told, but that trio of rookies’ uneven performances this year prove it’s a long way from the minor to the majors. And what do the tea leaves reveal regarding general manager A.J. Preller and manager Andy Green? The Giants just dismissed their general manager who led them to three World Series titles in five years. The Rangers just canned their manager who directed them to consecutive American League West titles as recently as 2015-16. But it appears Preller and Green are safe, both secure with their contracts extended and having the backing of Padres ownership. So the ship has docked for 2018, with the Padres still taking on water after losing more games than the previous year. Progress, if there was any, was a slippery notion that was hard to pin down. Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him @jparis_sports.

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Sydney Chaplin’s Encinitas investment paid big dividends Famous actor’s older brother bought land in ’20s By Adam Bradley

ENCINITAS — If it weren’t for Sydney Chaplin’s pursuit of a deal, the current 1st Street Bar on S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas may never have come to fruition. Sydney, elder brother to famous actor Charlie by four years, apparently knew a good investment when he saw one and was clearly ahead of his time, according to biographer Lisa Stein Haven, Ph. D., professor of English at Ohio University Zanesville. And speaking of deals, the elder Chaplin, an actor in his own right, purchased acreage in 1923 for $5,000 in Encinitas. Today, 1st Street Bar sits on that land at 656 South Coast Highway 101. Haven wrote in her book, “Syd Chaplin: A Biography” (2010, P. 119): “Chaplin recently completed a home for himself on Victor Avenue and has given a contract for a store building on the boulevard. The business structure, which will be of the Spanish type of architecture, will be occupied by a cafe, barbershop and dancing floor.’” Her source she said comes via “Film Folk Buy Encinitas Sites for Residences,” Los Angeles Times (31 August 1924), p. D5. And according to the Encinitas Preservation Association’s website, the elder Chaplin owned other properties in the area: “The Sidney Chaplin Building (656 S. Coast Hwy 101) is noteworthy because its owner in the 20s was a brother of movie star, Charlie Chaplin. Sydney owned other property as well in-

1ST STREET BAR in Encinitas sits on a plot of land originally purchased by Syd Chaplin in the 1920s. Courtesy photo

cluding several lots near today’s Self Realization Fellowship and property on the hillside overlooking Downtown. Charlie Chaplin also purchased property in the Downtown area. Soon after a two-story Neoclassical home was completed on Neptune Avenue in 1925, Charlie Chaplin bought it for his mother.” Why would Sydney Chaplin buy land in San Diego County? Haven said: “Sydney was always on the hunt for a good deal of some sort that he thought would grow into some money later. “He bought the property in Encinitas and held onto it for a long time — maybe until the 1950s or ‘60s,” she said. “By the time the family got rid of it, it was worth a lot of money, and he knew that was going to happen. He wasn’t even living in the state then. “I think after his death, his wife Gypsy, was trying to get rid of the land. At that point, it was part of her inheritance. She had some trouble disposing of it, which I don’t know what about, but he left that land to her.”

Acting and investing

Over the course of his lifetime, Sydney Chaplin made 35 films in the 1910s and 1920s. Haven said he had a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1919 but it didn’t get completed. By 1920, he was without a contract, so he went back to bit parts and was working his way back up in terms of reputation. By 1923-1924 he had had some successes, and by 1925, he had snagged a five-picture deal with Warner Bros. for which he was the main star. “By then, he had quite a bit of money and he started buying land throughout California,” Haven said. She added that Sydney Chaplin invested in a many other things besides land such as the first domestic American airline in 1919, called the Syd Chaplin Aircraft Corp. “It was the first in this country and went from San Pedro to Catalina Island and back,” she said. “It had a pilot school and showroom that had planes sitting in it. Most of the stuff he did, though, lost money, and it went down in a year. He also had

SYDNEY ‘SYD’ CHAPLIN, older brother of Charlie Chaplin, was also an actor and owned several properties in Encinitas. Photo courtesy of Lisa Stein Haven

a dress company that made gingham dresses … ” While Sydney Chaplin did try to ride a bit on his brother’s famous coattails, he was trying to make as much money as he could, so he didn’t have to lean on his brother entirely. “He wanted fame and he wanted money of his own,” Haven said. Scathing scandal

Overall, Haven said Sydney Chaplin’s career was halted by scandal. “Talk about the #metoo movement, he invented it,” she said. “He bit off the nipple of a young actress by the name of Molly Wright in London. It was a major scandal in the day … ” But at the end of all his ups and downs, Haven said:

“Sydney Chaplin was an opportunist, fine actor and street kid all rolled into one.” A bar with history

Since the days of Chaplin, there have been several businesses on the original Chaplin-owned land including the current 1st Street Bar owned by David Kenneth Shapiro. Prior to Shapiro buying it in 2015, it was owned by husband and wife Christine and Michael Schwartz from 1993 to 2007. They also named it 1st Street Bar and later sold it to Ty Lee Hauter who owned it until Shapiro bought it. “It was packed from the day we took it over, people loved it,” Christine Schwartz said. “We had a

good run, and we had great bands. We had 25 cent pool tables that brought people from all over ... ” She said in 1980s into the 1990s, the bar was called Ireland’s Own and in the 1970s it was owned known as the Courthouse North. As for its current owner, Shapiro, he has a long history of working in the industry and was excited to buy the bar. “I bar-backed at Walter Payton’s bars as a teenager, bartended Gibson’s Tempe for three years and have been managing bars ever since,” he said. “This is the first bar I have raised money for and bought.” Shapiro said he learned of the Chaplin connection early on and thought it was fascinating. “Encinitas is my favorite town on earth and I could not be more honored and prouder to have a little bar with a little stage right in the heart of the 101 Encinitas,” he said. Shapiro said he didn’t want to change the name because of its long history in the city. “If it really needed a name change, I would have done it, but it had a decent history and my goal was to just make some minor tweaks and run a good and peaceful live music room,” he said. Shapiro said at one time he had heard the bar was also called “Fat Cats,” “Snug Harbor,” and “Stingaree,” but wasn’t sure about dates, actual names, or owners prior to Ireland’s Own. And what about Chaplin’s ghost, has he seen it or any? “I don’t know of any, but if there are I would hope they are good ones,” he laughed. Sydney Chaplin died on April 16, 1965, also Charlie Chaplin’s 76th birthday.

Summer program seeks teen travelers

GRAUER SCHOOL STARS IN SURVEY Students at The Grauer School in Encinitas are more engaged academically, socially and emotionally than their peers in both private and public schools, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Independent Schools and Indiana University’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy. In the spring of 2018, 39 private school members of NAIS, including The Grauer School, completed the High School Survey of Student Engagement. The survey measured three levels of student engagement: intellectual/academic, social/behavioral and emotional. Results showed that Grauer School students exceed norms in all three. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — Amigos de las Américas, a nonprofit youth leadership development organization, is accepting applications for students ages 13 to 22 in the San Diego area who want to go beyond travel in 2019. Amigos provides youth volunteers safe, authentic service and an immersion experience in Latin America. Upcoming recruitment/ information sessions for teens and parents interested in the 2019 programs are 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. To learn more about Amigos and sign up with the local San Diego Chapter, visit sandiego.amigosinternational.org. For 2019, summer program offerings throughout Latin America include national park conservation

in Costa Rica, working on small business development in Ecuador, developing a sports league to promote youth leadership in the Dominican Republic, educating on community health in Panama and more. Offering a summer program for teens ages 16 to 18, a gap-year program for older youth, and additional opportunities for younger teens, Amigos programs allow volunteers a unique way to see the world, and experience a new way of living and interacting with others, while being supported by a thorough health and safety system. All volunteers are required to attend training programs that prepare them for the field. All volunteers receive a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team.


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SEPT. 28, 2018

Opinion & Editorial

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Census response can be part of Brown’s legacy


Miramar Air Show glorifies war By Dave Patterson

U.S. war spending, now approaching $1 trillion annually, directly impacts how we pay for schools, Medicare, Medicaid, social services and our poor and elderly. We at San Diego Veterans for Peace take the position that the resultant $22 trillion national debt created by lavish spending on war-making is pitched as a good thing at the Miramar Air Show, war made palatable with glorious pageantry and emotional thrills that can’t be topped. This is why we ask the public to just stay home. Worse yet, the Miramar Air Show pageantry is targeted at our kids, like a stranger offering a child candy to get in their car, the military entices our children to believe that war-making is splendid, something to aspire to. Our children are taught to mock death with crass displays like the Death Dealers coffin and hearse decorated with skeletons and parked next to an F18. At the Miramar Air Show, indiscriminate killing is shown as fun and that sinister pitch is made even more clear in this video, learnfromvets.com.

The Miramar Air Show makes war, even nuclear war, look like a good idea with an additional projected spending of $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years. This vast sum to be spent on modernization of our strategic nuclear arsenal will create even more debt to burden future generations. This irrational spending is happening despite the understanding that the detonation of as few as one, but no more than 20 nuclear weapons, likely will create an atmospheric dust storm that will kill crops and trigger the starvation of 1 billion of our fellow earthlings. At the air show, it looks like the war machine is making us safer, but the reality is that our disruptions of other people’s lives is making the world much more dangerous for everyone, as seen in the recent flood of refugees and the birth of ISIS. This is the third year that Vets for Peace has reached out to the public to stay home from the air show, and already we have seen changes as a result of our efforts. The wall of fire, an unbelievably dangerous and environmentally toxic display, was eliminated. The

number of heavy machine guns that kids could play war on has been drastically cut back, and the simulator where kids in face paint could call in air strikes on terrorists has been removed. These changes, however, do not eliminate the emotional appeal of war on kids, and the only way to stop that it is to do something more wholesome with our children. What the air show doesn’t show are the costs of war, such as statistics regarding military and veteran suicides, the number of wounded and maimed, or the number of innocent civilians whose lives have been disrupted by our endless war-making. There are divergent roads that form at the entrance of the Miramar Air Show. Endless war, pain, death and debt, or the road to peace and prosperity. We ask the public to choose the latter for the betterment of our people and the entire world, just by staying home. Dave Patterson is past president and coordinator of the No Miramar Air Show project (NoMAS) and San Diego Veterans For Peace


Prop. 12 is a chance for more humane treatment of animals We should not be unnecessarily cruel to the animals we raise for food, and that’s why I support Proposition 12. Prop. 12 is a popular referendum that will be on the ballot this November, and it aims to ban the sale of animal products that come from factory farms where calves, breeding pigs and laying hens are confined in cages so small that the animals can bare-

ly move around. The proposed legislation represents an important step toward a more humane relationship between humans and the animals we depend on. Prop. 12 would improve on the existing laws by prohibiting caging veal calves, breeding pigs and laying hens at all in California, by increasing the amount of space farms allot to each animal, and

by requiring certain enrichments for animals, like nests and perches for chickens. It would also expand the ban on imports of shell eggs to pork, veal and other egg products. Please vote YES on Prop. 12. Together we can improve the lives of millions of animals. Gail Prizzi Fallbrook

here is little doubt about it: President Trump has not forgiven California for voting against him by a margin of more than 3 million votes, thus costing him the bragging rights of a popular vote victory. His most effective, potentially long-lasting way of punishing this state comes down to one question on the Census his administration will run starting less than 18 months from now: Trump and his secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, say they will for the first time in 60 years ask every person questioned by the Census – required every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution – whether he or she is an American citizen. This question was abandoned after the 1960 Census because it led to so many obvious undercounts of immigrants in the surveys for several decades before that. Now Trump wants to bring it back because he wants an undercount of immigrants, especially in California. An undercount would be absolutely assured by the presence of the citizenship question in part because Trump and Ross promise no confidentiality to respondents. Anyone who admits not being a citizen would be subject to actions by federal agencies including the often-dreaded ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This would surely punish the state Trump resents most by depriving it of billions of dollars in federal grant money all through the 2020s. If it also led to California losing a seat or two in Congress, that too would be fitting punishment in Trump’s obvious view. It’s true Califor-

california focus thomas d. elias nia’s appointed attorney general, Xavier Becerra, sued five months ago trying to keep the question out of the Census, but that action has slim chance for success as the Constitution says nothing about what questions the Census should include or omit. Times change, the Founding Fathers seemed to understand, so Census questions will, too. If Becerra’s lawsuit, which has been joined by other states fearing undercounts, like New York and Illinois, were to fail, Gov. Jerry Brown or his successor will be presented with a unique opportunity, maybe even a legacy maker. For if the question is included, and the governor wants California to keep getting the full $100 billion-plus it now receives in federal support for everything from roads to sewers to police and fire protection, the state must respond with a big effort to convince undocumented immigrants they should participate and not hide from Census takers when they start knocking on doors around the nation. That’s because much federal money is not doled out according to how many citizens live in a state or city or political district, but rather by how many people live there. That’s critical for California because it hosts more than 3 million of the nation’s estimated 10 million-plus illegal immigrants. Even if they can’t vote, they still seek emergency health care, they still drive local

roads and highways, their children still attend public schools, they still use water and they still need help after natural disasters like fires, floods and earthquakes. All those services are supported at least in part by federal funds drawn primarily from income taxes, of which California has long paid more than its fair share. Every 10 years, California mounts a loud campaign to convince illegal immigrants to let themselves be counted. That task will be harder than ever this time because of the citizenship question and the lack of confidentiality which has been part of previous Census efforts. Brown and his successor will need to create a large agency to pursue this effort aggressively, possibly hiring as many temporary advocates as the Census will hire temps of its own to carry questionnaires into millions of homes. If the current and future governors don’t do that – and Brown needs to start immediately – they risk an undercount that would see Californians’ tax money that should come back here go to other states like Virginia and Tennessee and Montana and the Dakotas, where numbers of the undocumented are minimal. If Brown starts a major effort right away, even though it’s not in the current budget, he could go down in history as the man who began saving California from Trump’s attempted nonviolent vengeance – a legacy he could carry proudly the rest of his life. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, go to www. californiafocus.net

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Style, giving on display at 63rd annual Art of Fashion Runway Show By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe was the place to be for The Country Friends’ 63rd annual Art of Fashion Runway Show on Sept. 20 in partnership with South Coast Plaza. More than 400 guests took part in the day, beginning with a Moët & Chandon Champagne reception paired with hors d'oeuvres by the French Gourmet. Before the runway show, guests perused the opportunity drawing items. Shopping boutiques also donated a percentage of their sales to the 50 San Diego-based charities which The Country Friends supports. Following the reception, event emcees Catherine Garcia, and Mark Mullen of NBC 7 San Diego, welcomed guests at the fashion show and introduced the president of The Country Friends, Deborah Cross. “The Country Friends mission is helping San Diegans since 1954 one hand at a time,” she said. “Over the years, we raised nearly 14 million dollars for San Diego-based charities, and we have a special emphasis on charities that focus on women, children, the elderly, the military, and those with disabilities.” Cross went on to say that for the 50 nonprofits the organization is funding this year, those who were in attendance for the Art of Fashion, enabled The Coun-

ART OF FASHION co-chair Sarah Sleeper with Honorary HAT DESIGNER Aimee Fuller donated her hats as table cenChair Maggie Bobileff and fellow co-chair Tamara Lafar- terpieces. The hats were available for purchase, with proga-Joseph. Photos by Christina Macone-Greene ceeds going to The Country Friends.

try Friends to help these nonprofits even more. She also noted how the Art of Fashion is its primary fundraiser. Cross then introduced the Art of Fashion co-chairs Tamara Lafarga-Joseph and Sarah Sleeper. L a fa rga -Jos eph thanked everyone who made it possible for The Country Friends to support the dozens of nonprofits. “We would like to extend our gratitude to South Coast Plaza, our incredible

major sponsors, the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for hosting us again and again, to all our sponsors, donors, patrons, committee members, and all of you here today,” Lafarga-Joseph said. She pointed out how it had indeed been a pleasure and honor to work with the Art of Fashion Committee. “What a competent, kindhearted and dedicated group of women,” she said. Sleeper thanked Cross for placing her trust in both she and Lafarga-Joseph.


Sleeper added how she loved every minute in planning for the Art of Fashion day. “I wanted to give a special thanks to South Coast Plaza and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, who worked so seamlessly to make today perfect,” Sleeper said. “And a big thank you to Aimee Fuller Hats designer extraordinaire who created the beautiful centerpieces you will see at the luncheon.” More than 45 designer


hats were available for purchase with proceeds going to The Country Friends. Also taking the stage and saying a few words was Honorary Chair Maggie Bobileff, who also served as The Art of Fashion co-chair in 2017 along with her close friend Denise Hug. Bobileff had a long career in fashion, she said, adding she was fortunate to have met with famous designers over the years. Bobileff described how being Honorary Chair

for 2018 was a tribute that touched her heart. She also shared her battle with cancer during the last year. “Frankly, and I don’t know if I would be here without all the support of my friends and family. Doctors are calling me now Miracle Maggie,” she said. “With modern medicine and thanks to the continued support of family, friends and the grace of the Lord, I plan to be here for many years to come.” Bobileff shared that when going through a crisis in life, she was able to see life so much clearer. “You see what is really important,” she said. “To me, that it is helping others and giving back to the community like The Country Friends has been doing for more than 60 years. I have been proud to be part of the organization of dedicated women for the past decade, as a member of the board of directors and Art of Fashion Committee.” After a wave of applause for Bobileff, the runway show began featuring the collections of Max Mara, The Webster, Weekend Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Versace, Escada, Bally, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren, M. Missoni, Roberto Cavalli and Oscar de la Renta. Following the Luncheon on the Lawn, guests continued to shop at the many boutiques who gave a percentage back to The Country Friends.

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Celebrating our Miracle Man


haven’t written yet about what I did this summer, but we had an “I’m glad I made it to 40” birthday party for my son-in-law this weekend. There is nothing much funny about what went down in June, but you might find it interesting and even educational. I certainly did. Son-in-law complained of a migraine Wednesday, felt worse Thursday morning and was waiting for my

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SEPT. 28


The lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, is hosting two speakers starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 28, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. The topics include “Decriminalizing Homelessness,” and ”Confucius and the Golden Rule.” Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A and 1B. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972.


A wine drop-off party is being hosted by Lou and Judy Ferrero from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit Casa de Amparo at the Del Mar Country Club. The wine collection will be auctioned at the Crystal Ball Gala. RSVP to kdisenbury@ casadeamparo.org or call (760) 566-3560.

SEPT. 29


Moonlight Beach Bash brings together art, music, dance, food, fun and beach culture festival on the sand from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Moonlight Beach, 400 B St., Encinitas. For more information, visit EncinitasParksandRec.com, call (760) 633-2740, or e-mail encinitasparksandrec@encinitasca.gov. The event and parking is free.


Amigos de las Américas, a nonprofit youth leadership development organization, is currently accepting applications for students high school students who

small talk jean gillette daughter to drive him to the doctor. When she stepped out of the shower, she found him in full seizure on the bed. He seized five more

times by the end of the day. They soon discovered he had a small brain-bleed. The cause of the cerebral vasoconstriction remains a mystery, maybe from depression meds, maybe just his genetic makeup. Tough to prove either way. But the fun had just started. Multiple seizures cause muscle damage creating creatinine, which promptly clogs up your kidneys. For two long weeks,

he was unconscious, occasionally seizing, getting dialysis, hooked to an IV, ventilator tube and feeding tube. After two weeks, they removed the breathing tube and reattached it with a tracheostomy. Once that happened, he woke up — angry. With no recollection of what had happened, where he was, why he couldn’t talk or why he had a tube forcing him to breath, he was not a happy boy. I think that sped up his recovery, first nodding yes and no, then drawing pictures, then finally, once the

SEPT. 28, 2018 ventilator was out, talking within days. To our astonishment and bottomless relief, he was the same fellow my daughter had married. He was pretty cranky for a while, but showed none of the predicted permanent damage. He is recovering from some small loss of arm movement, blood clots and neuropathy pain, but all in all, this story has a happy ending. We got our boy back. The doctors did not know if we would. My daughter scarcely left his side throughout the madness, and made me

want to go beyond travel in 2019. Amigos provides safe, authentic service and the immersion experience in Latin America. Upcoming recruitment/information sessions for teens and parents interested in our 2019 programs is being held at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, and at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. To learn more, visit https:// sandiego.amigosinternational.org/. MAKING YOUR NAME

Publishers & Writers of San Diego present “The Power of Personal Branding for Authors” with Krista Clive- ENCINITAS OKTOBERFEST is Sept. 30 on Mountain Vista Drive. Courtesy photo Smith at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Carlsbad Dove Library, BOY SCOUT BREAKFAST Health” at 10:15 a.m. at the OCT. 1 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Boy Scout Troop 777 in- REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEET vites the community to its The Lake San Marcos Pine Ave., Carlsbad. More GENEALOGY SOCIETY annual Pancake Breakfast Republican Women will information at carlsbadnewThe Escondido Genea- fundraiser 8 a.m. to noon host Eric Golub at 11 a.m. comers.org. logical Society will meet at Sept. 30 at the Encinitas Oct. 1 at St. Mark Golf Club 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Park Elk's Lodge,1393 Windsor . For reservations, send $27 Avenue Community Center, Rd with pancakes, sausage, to Elizabeth Laister, 1053 OCT. 4 Maple Room, 210 E. Park fresh fruit, coffee/tea, and San Pablo Drive, Lake San ONE STOP FOR HEALTH juice (nut and gluten-free Marcos 92078. Ave., Escondido. Stop by the Health & options available) Tickets $5 Wellness Fair from 1 to 3 from a troop member or at DANCE FOR DIABETES p.m. Oct. 4 at Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement ComDiabetes Research Con- the door. munity, 2855 Carlsbad nection for a fun evening at OCT. 2 Blvd., Carlsbad, with free the Del Mar Dance for Dia- LOCAL SUKKOT THE GOOD LIFE Coastal Roots Farm betes from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. The city of Carlsbad is blood pressure checks, 29 at the Del Mar Plaza, 1555 presents a Sukkot Harvest hosting another Good Life many resources for health Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lecture Series featuring aging, and free drawings. Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Sept. 30, inspired by the “A Life in Motion” by Lynn Jewish tradition of gather- Flanagan from 12:30 to 1:30 FROM BROKEN TO MOSAIC Upcycled Home & Gar- ing community outdoors to p.m. Oct. 2 at the Schulman OCT. 5 den, boutique will hold a celebrate the summer har- Auditorium, 1775 Dove FANDANGO The Rancho Santa Fe mosaic frame workshop 11 vest and welcome the fall Lane, Carlsbad. Admission Historical Society will host a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at 603 season, with live music, food, is free. Fandango plus live muGarrison St., #A, Oceanside, and activities for all ages. sic by Alias from 4:30 to using tile and broken chiWOMENHEART 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at La Flecha na along with any personal ALL ABOUT San Diego North CoastBatiquitos Lagoon Foun- al WomenHeart Support House, 6036 La Flecha, items they bring such as beads, buttons, charms, or dation invites all to its “In- Group welcomes women Rancho Santa Fe, to celeshells. The cost is $40 and in- sect Event” from 2:30 to 5 with interests and con- brate Rancho Days, as well cludes all supplies and tools. p.m. Sept. 30, at the Batiqui- cerns about cardiac health as the centennial of Lake RSVP by calling (760) 908- tos Nature Center, 7380 Gab- to share information and Hodges Dam. Tickets are 9800 or e-mail info@upcy- biano Lane. Docents will sisterhood from 10 a.m. to $30 and include a taco bar help families find and iden- noon at Tri-City Wellness and non-alcoholic beverage. cledhomegarden.com. tify insects along the trail. Center, 6250 El Camino Rd, Cash bar for alcoholic bevSIGN UP FOR DNA DAY Carlsbad, CA 92009 in the erages, , For further inforRegistration is due by FRIENDS AND FAITH Executive Board Room. For mation or reservations, visit The Catholic Widows more information, contact rsfhs.org or contact Sharon Sept. 29 for the North San Diego County Genealogical and Widowers of North Betty at 760-803-2762 or Alix, (858) 756-9291. Society Fall all-day seminar County is a support group Sandra at 760-436-6695. LOVE THOSE BEES “A Day of DNA” from 9 a.m. for Coastal and Inland resLearn “Responsible to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Carls- idents who desire to foster TRAVEL CLUB bad Senior Center, 799 Pine friendships through various Carlsbad Travel Club Beekeeping for Honey Bee social activities will meet for will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 2 in Preservation” from San Ave., Carlsbad. Happy Hour at Firenze Trat- Swami’s Restaurant, 1506 Diego County Apiary/Agritoria, Encinitas Sept. 30. Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. cultural Standards InspecNew members are welcome. The club will share discount tor Jaime Garza, with the Reservations are necessary: and group promotions for Vista Garden Club meeting SEPT. 30 (858) 674-4324. OKTOBERFEST ON TAP land tours and cruises with at noon and the program at Encinitas Oktoberfest insight into new tourist des- 1:45 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, will be held from 10 a.m. to BOCCE AND BEER tinations. 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Del Mar-Solana Beach 6 p.m. Sept. 30 on Mountain Vista. Vista Drive and El Camino Rotary hosts the Sept. 30 Real, Encinitas. Free park- BocceFest combining bocce OCT. 3 HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR ing is available at the Flora with craft beers at the Surf NEWCOMERS MEET The Artisans of the Vista Elementary School, Cup Sports Park east of Del A Carlsbad Newcom1690 Wandering Road, En- Mar. Information at BocceF- ers social will be held at First United Methodist cinitas, with free shuttle ser- estSD.com or contact Molly 9:45 a.m. followed by ”Sus- Church host its 22nd annual Fleming via Contact@Boc- tainable Income in Retire- Holiday Craft Fair from 10 vice. ceFestSD.com. ment” and “Stress and Your a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5, and 10

proud with her strength and courage. We have dubbed him the “Miracle Man” and we’re not joking. My moment of laughter came as I watched one of my doctor shows and recognized every drug they used and every procedure they called for, having seen it, gotten results from it or monitored it for three weeks. My medical degree is in the mail, for sure. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who is just grateful. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com. a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, with handcrafted gifts, and treats in “Grama’s Kitchen.” Proceeds will go to missions for women and children. For more information and directions go to fumcescondido. org.



Tickets are available now for the Taste of Oceanside at universe.com/events/ taste- of- oceanside-2018 presented-by-mainstreetoceanside-tickets-oceanside-27YW3Q. Stroll around the downtown - or take the Taste Trolley Oct. 6. Food Tasting $30. Food with Beer/Wine $40.


The city of Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting “Bark in the Park” from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach Enjoy a day in the park with your furry friend with Smallest Dog, Biggest Dog, Best Trick and Owner-Pet Look Alike contests, or just have fun socializing in the off-leash corral. For more information, call (858) 720-2453.


Tickets for Taste of Carlsbad Village, from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11, are now on sale at carlsbad-village.com/ events/taste-of-carlsbad-village. Craft breweries and specialty wineries will also be featured at more than a dozen Sip Stops throughout the Village. TOP HOME-DESIGN TOUR

The Modern Architecture + Design Society hosts the 2018 San Diego Modern Home Tour, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, with homes in Encinitas, La Jolla, Mission Hills, University Heights, Bay Park and Pacific Beach. explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own city via self-guided tour. Tickets are $40 at sandiegomodernhometour.com.


Tickets are available now for the Junior League of San Diego annual fundraiser gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13 at Morgan Run Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, to support youth transitioning out of foster care and combat human trafficking in San Diego. Tickets are $160 at JLSD. org/galatickets.

SEPT. 28, 2018

Exhibit teaches residents to coexist with coyotes By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — They’re the neighbors of almost everyone who lives in San Diego County, but they’re also the ones nearly everybody loves to hate. And those who love them, too, have some lessons to learn to be good neighbors. That’s the thrust of the message on display now at an exhibit at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve in Escondido, called “Co-existing With Coyotes.” Showing at the Recreational Reserve’s Interpretive Center, the exhibit’s brainchild is Adena Boxer-Capitano, a retired veterinarian who volunteers as a docent at the Interpretive Center. Boxer-Capitano decided to get a master’s degree from a program run jointly by the University of Miami-Ohio and San Diego Zoo Global called Project Dragonfly upon retiring as a veterinarian. The exhibit, and all of the research which went along with creating it, helped Boxer-Capitano fulfill obligations toward obtaining her degree. But Boxer-Capitano said the master’s degree was really just a means to an end for her to gain more knowledge about the vexing canine which is the coyote and then teach the public and neighborhoods throughout San Diego County more about them. “My master’s degree is focused on research, conservation and education about coyote coexistence,” explained Boxer-Capitano. “Ultimately trying to get communities to formulate their own community coyote coexistence plans since the prevalence of coyotes and potential for conflicts continues to increase.” As a committed environmental conservationist, Boxer-Capitano’s exhibit says that those who share similar views to her and those who would prefer to

see coyotes killed and away from neighborhoods ultimately should come to the same conclusion. That is, despite decades of humans trying to hunt them down, Boxer-Capitano says that the scientific community believes that coyotes are here to stay. For now, she concludes, it is just a question of how best to coexist with them and not get hurt or hurt one’s pets in the process. That is the logic which undergirds the exhibit. “This canine is native to North America and its entire evolutionary history is one that shows the remarkable ability to adapt and persist from the Ice Age to the present day,” Boxer-Capitano explained to The Coast News. “Its ancestors survived the Ice Age when so many other animals died off and the present-day coyote is thriving despite decades of relentless persecution to eradicate it.” Among its survival techniques, explained Boxer-Capitano, is learning from human patterns and staying away from them for their own personal safety. She added that coyotes are interested in humans and their homes not because they are interested in hunting humans in of themselves, but because they see humans as a means to an ends for food they leave behind in their garbage cans, as two-limbed beings who walk dogs they might be interested in having for dinner, as people who grow food such as fruits and vegetables in their backyards which they can have for a meal, etc. The more those things are done, the more coyotes feel comfortable around humans and their homes, feeling comfortable and habituated around them because — as Boxer-Capitano explained — they begin to think “Oh, maybe humans aren’t so bad after all.”

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‘COEXISTING WITH COYOTES’ exhibit at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve in Escondido. Photo by Steve Horn

“These animals are intelligent, clever and resourceful which is how they have managed to survive in our neighborhoods surrounded by humans,” said Boxer-Capitano. “As a result, coyotes are opportunistic feeders. They will eat what is most readily and easily available using the least amount of energy. Pet food left outside, fruit on the ground in our yards, bird seed that attracts rodents and unattended pets (that are all provided by humans) are some of the easiest food of all to obtain.” Boxer-Capitano also recommended against taking the dog out for a walk during dawn or dusk, which is prime feeding time for coyotes. Both of those time slots also happen to be popular dog-walking times. Another of the craftier things coyotes do, animals which Boxer-Capitano explained are known as “trickster dogs” by some Native Americans, is use their trademark howls to make it sound like there are more of them there than there actually. They do so as a means of deterring other predatorial threats living amongst them in their ecosystem. The exhibit at the Interpretative Center allows visitors to listen to all of the dozen different sounds coyotes make by using their smartphones as a means to scan QR codes, which bring them to a website which houses the different respective coyote sounds. Given their craftiness and ability to be hunted down at a rate of one per minute in North American, yet still survive and replicate as a species, coyotes may seem a bit insurmountable for those who fear them or fear their domesticated pets getting eaten for lunch by them. On the flip side of the coin, Boxer-Capitano says that those who think they can just feed or remain peaceful around coyotes are also wrong, because those coyotes who do not fear humans become “problem coyotes.” “If a coyote is seen in a location in the neighborhood that it does not belong — such as your yard, sidewalks, parks, or playgrounds — every person should help train that coyote that it does not belong there, just like you train your dog to stay off the furniture,” said Boxer-Capitano. “Train the coy-

otes in your neighborhood to stay in the wild and undeveloped areas and away from people and pets by acting big and loud every time you see them in an inappropriate place. Yell, wave your arms, stomp your feet, use a noise maker or pop open an umbrella or throw objects in the direction (not at) the coyote until it runs away. These strategies, if practiced uniformly by the entire community, have proven to be successful in neighborhoods all over the country.” The exhibit also pointed to another practical device which homeowners can implant on the top of their backyard fences as a means of keeping coyotes away, called the Coyote Roller. The rolling pin which sits at the top of the fence — which Boxer-Capitano says should be at least six feet tall, because coyotes can clear a fence any lower by jumping over it — is something coyotes would hit and then spin backward upon attempting to leap over a fence line. A conventional fence line, by comparison, is something coyotes could jump up to, claw onto, and then drag themselves over. For dogs, the exhibit points out, owners can purchase a Coyote Vest. That vest has sharp spikes and can be seen as somewhat analogous to a bulletproof vest for humans. That is, it may not be foolproof, but it is better than having no defense to stave off an attacking coyote. The “Co-Existing With Coyotes” exhibit will be on display until the end of 2018. After which, Boxer-Capitano explained, her goal is to take the exhibit on a road trip to other stations throughout San Diego County. Because coyotes live throughout the county, she said, she hopes the exhibit can live in various formats throughout it moving forward, as well. She also has created a website titled, appropriately enough, “Coexisting with Coyotes.” "Our goal is to make this the beginning, not the end, so that we can educate people about coyote co-existence all over the county,” explained Boxer-Capitano. “No matter how you feel about them, co-existence has been proven by scientists as the only long-term solution. We can do that to keep our pets safe, our families safe and keep the coyotes wild and free."

REGION — A federal judge Sept. 24 gave attorneys for San Diego-area Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, who were indicted on charges they spent more than $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, two months to go through discovery in the case before any future hearing dates are set. After listening to attorneys for the defendants and the government, U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan ordered the parties back to court on Dec. 3. Thomas McNamara, the attorney for Margaret Hunter, asked the judge to give the defense “several months” before scheduling another status conference, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Allen said that was too long for what she characterized as a straightforward embezzlement case. “This is a very simple case, when it comes down to it,'” Allen told the judge, noting the government’s speedy trial rights. McNamara told the judge it took the government 2 1/2 years to investigate the case. “It’s not a simple case for us,” he said. With more than 200 overt acts alleged in a 60-count indictment, the defense request was not “unreasonable,” Whelan said. After the hearing, protesters chanting “shame, shame, shame!” and “byebye Duncan” followed the congressman as he left the courthouse. Hunter, R-Alpine, and his wife, sat a row apart and did not appear to say anything to each other during the hearing. Both are free on bail and have been or-

dered to appear at all hearings. At the couple’s arraignment last month, Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Halpern told a judge that the Hunters didn’t appear to have any assets and were “living paycheck to paycheck.” The indictment alleges Hunter and his wife took money from campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts and falsified Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports to cover their tracks. The indictment details scores of instances beginning in 2009 and continuing through 2016, in which the Hunters are accused of illegally using campaign money to pay for such things as family vacations to Italy, Hawaii and Boise, Idaho, school tuition, dental work, theater tickets and smaller purchases, including fast food, tequila shots, golf outings and video games. Hunter, a 41-year-old former Marine, and his wife, 43, face charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and falsification of records. Gregory Vega, the lead attorney for the lawmaker, contends the charges are politically motivated. Duncan Hunter has said that his wife handled his finances when he was in the military and that continued when he got into Congress. The congressman is running for reelection in November. He is facing Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar in a district that has been a longtime Republican stronghold. — City News Service

Carmel Valley flasher gets 3 years’ probation CARMEL VALLEY — A man who pleaded guilty to exposing himself to a pedestrian and performing a lewd act in front of her on a Carmel Valley roadside last year was sentenced Sept. 24 to three years of probation. Jaysonron Anuran Muncal, 29, also will have to register as a sex offender and undergo counseling as part of the punishment handed down by San Diego Superior Court Judge Cindy Davis. On the morning of June 5, 2017, Muncal drove up alongside a jogger who was pushing her 2-year-old daughter in a stroller on West Ocean Air Drive and asked her for directions. When she approached the window of his SUV, she saw that he was masturbating and screamed for help, according to prosecutors. Muncal then drove off, and the woman took a picture of the departing car. She posted the photograph on the social media site Nextdoor.com and reported the crime to San Diego police. The following day,

Muncal drove up to another female pedestrian in the same neighborhood and asked her for directions. Recognizing his car from the online posting, the woman made an emergency call, and officers quickly tracked down the suspect and took him into custody. Two months ago, Muncal pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure. “Our office vigorously prosecutes criminals who prey on our ommunity, particularly children,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said. “Sex crimes terrorize our neighborhoods. Registration as a sex offender gives warning to the community that this person is a sexual predator who could reoffend.” If he violates the terms of his probation — which include an order that he stay away from the area where the crime occurred — Muncal could face up to six months in jail, according to prosecutors. — City News Service


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t’s 9 a.m. on a September day in Quartzite, Arizona, and the temperature is already 100 degrees. This blip-of-a-town, about 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10, is the site of my usual break at my usual truck stop to buy my usual Dairy Queen Cappuccino MooLatte en route to Phoenix/Tempe. The MooLatte, a delicious coffee-and-ice

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east on highway 60 which eventually merges into Interstate 10, then straight on into the Valley of the Sun. Reverse the route when heading home. Many can do the oneway trip in less than six hours, but I’ve rarely cracked seven hours. Two hours in the car and I must move, so I divide the 400mile trip into thirds. First leg: home to Jackson Street in Indio, where there’s an ample, uncrowded parking lot for walking, a McDonald’s with a remodeled restroom, and icy, sugar-free vanilla lattes. Middle leg: Indio to the aforementioned Quartzite for fuel, a walk and a Cappuccino MooLatte (when the ice cream has come in). Last leg: Quartzite to Tempe/Mesa, where I have multiple siblings. A decade ago, this last leg was a walk (drive) in the park, but the Phoenix Metro population has mushroomed to a staggering 4.7 million, many of these refugees from California’s high housing prices.

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limit for all California tribes to 60,000 machines. Blue Lake received the additional slot licenses and ordered a server and gaming apps from Acres Bonusing for Blue Lake Casino & Hotel’s iPad slot kiosks. Shortly after the initial sale, Blue Lake ordered 30 additional apps and a larger server from Acres. For the next two years, Acres said, he provided Blue Lake with technical support, software updates and several new games. However, the experimental iPad machines were not well received by customers, and by 2012, Blue Lake Casino & Hotel had stopped offering iPad slots to its customers altogether. “It was hard to get people to play it,” Acres said. “There was no bill acceptor and they had to train employees to operate them.” Three years later in 2015, Acres received a letter from Blue Lake seeking $330,000 — $250,000 for the original cost of the machines plus interest — alleging Acres made spurious guarantees that his apps would “make them a lot of money.” The tribe filed a lawsuit, claiming that it was fraudulently induced to enter into a business arrangement with Acres’ company resulting in a breach of contract. “If this had been a contract with a company not associated with the (Blue Lake) tribe, it never would have gone this far,” Blumberg said. “Sovereign immunity is really at the root of what caused this to happen because they can rule with impunity.” Tribal sovereign immunity doctrine provides Native American tribes with the same legal protections as individual states and the federal government. In 1953, Congress passed Public Law 280, transferring criminal jurisdiction from the federal government to a handful of states located in Indian country, including California. Before PL 280, individual states had no jurisdiction over Native American activities on tribal land. Since the passage of the law, state courts have expanded to include civil litigation, further entangling a Gordian knot of state, tribal and federal jurisdiction disputes. “(Public Law 280) is outdated,” said Tony Brandenburg, retired chief judge of the Intertribal Court for Southern California. “Its sole purpose was to disenfranchise Native Americans.” In January 2008, a tribal ordinance officially established the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Court, giving the tribe jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases. The “exhaustion of tribal remedies” doctrine requires individuals or parties involved in a lawsuit with an Indian tribe to first “exhaust” all possible outcomes in tribal court before appealing to a state or federal court for review, according to an article published by


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JAMES ACRES, of Encinitas, left, works on his case with attorney Ron Blumberg this month at the Blumberg Law Group LLP office in Solana Beach. Photo by Shana Thompson

the American Bar Association. Blue Lake was operating within its rights to litigate with Acres, and the idea of a drawn-out legal battle against a sovereign nation had become a troubling reality for the casino-gaming entrepreneur. “I started freaking out and even spent a night in the emergency room because it was so stressful,” Acres said. Acres suffered a heart attack, starting to feel the crushing weight of a stacked deck. And then he learned that the judge assigned to his case, Chief Judge Lester J. Marston, was also listed as an attorney representing Blue Lake. Acres promptly filed a motion asking for Marston to recuse himself, but Marston denied his request. “I truly believed I had no chance at a fair trial and I would be completely denied due process,” Acres later said in a release. Before completely surrendering, Acres consulted Blumberg who convinced him to finish the legal process in tribal court. Blumberg reasoned that if Acres could demonstrate that his due process rights were violated, it could trigger a federal judge to review his case. The standard for federal judicial review is the “bad faith exception.” Experienced tribal court litigator and North County attorney Alexandra McIntosh agreed with Blumberg’s strategy. “If you are dealing with a judge who is corrupt and has a conflict of interest then you shouldn’t have to exhaust your tribal remedies because it will go nowhere,” McIntosh said. And there was more. Blue Lake billing records and court documents revealed that not only had Marston previously served as legal counsel for the tribe, but that Marston was being paid both as an attorney and chief judge while presiding over Acres’ case. It appeared that Marston was not being completely honest about his professional relationship to Blue Lake. And Acres could prove it with a paper trail. On Nov. 8, 2016, Marston issued a declaration in

district court stating that he “(does) not act on behalf of (Blue Lake) in any capacity other than as the Chief Judge of the Tribal court,” according to court documents. But Acres pointed out that in 2014, Marston was listed as the attorney for Blue Lake Rancheria in Blue Lake v. Shiomoto. Marston states on the declarations page: “I (Lester J. Marston) am the attorney for the Plaintiffs, the Blue Lake Rancheria (“Tribe”), Jennifer Ann Ramos, and Arla Ramsey in the above-entitled action. I am also the Chief Judge of the Tribal Court of the Blue Lake Rancheria.” The fix, it seemed, was in. In order to change what was happening in Blue Lake Tribal Court, Acres had to challenge the very system that seemed to be working against him. “If (Acres) hadn’t challenged (the tribe’s fraud claim), he was dead in the water,” Brandenburg said. “Until someone tests the law, it’s valid. That’s the way it works.” Acres sought relief in United States District Court in the Northern District of California in San Francisco. Again, he appeared without legal representation. “It’s a very impressive feeling when you file your stack of documents (in federal court) and set this entire machine in motion,” Acres said. “You pay enough money and the whole federal government will listen to what you say. It was very humbling.” Based on Acres’ investigation, District Judge William H. Orrick granted him discovery and ordered Marston to sit for a deposition. Marston recused himself from the case. After filing two federal lawsuits to enjoin the tribal action and with Marston’s replacement, Judge James Lambden, on the bench, suddenly Acres’ was back in the game. Lambden, a former associate justice for the California Court of Appeals, reviewed Blue Lake’s fraud claim and issued a summary judgement in favor of Acres, finding that “reasonable minds could only come to

one conclusion,” according to court filings. The tribe subsequently dismissed the case. “Judge Marston should never have been on the bench,” Blumberg said. “It took the fear of going under oath to force (Marston) to finally remove himself from this case.” Today, Acres is awaiting a new trial but under very different circumstances. As the plaintiff filing seven causes of action against 17 defendants, the North County resident is seeking more than $4 million in addition to punitive damages and payments made to Marston and his associates during tribal litigation. “I want to make sure that no one sits in that tribal court again,” Acres said. “My whole livelihood was at stake. This can’t be happening. It has to stop.” This time, Acres has enlisted Blumberg as his council. As an attorney, Blumberg has said he is nothing short of impressed by Acres’ “brilliant” pro se efforts, giving him the distinguished title of “lunatic savant.” But for Blumberg, Acres’ case raises larger questions surrounding jurisprudence and sovereign immunity. “From my perspective, sovereign immunity has to be reviewed,” Blumberg said. “Ask anyone who has come before a tribal court. You have no due process. It’s impossible. The only time you get due process is when the tribe comes to collect.” Blue Lake Tribal Court currently has several cases pending in its tribal court, all of which are contract disputes, according to the California Judicial Branch website. “(Mr. Acres) is damn lucky to be out of tribal court,” McIntosh said. “He’s damn lucky the district court gave him the relief they did to get rid of the conflict of interest (Marston). I don’t know if I’d ever do another tribal court case again. It’s horrible.” Marston still serves as chief judge and attorney for Blue Lake and is a member of the California-Tribal Court Forum. Marston and the co-defendants in Acres’ complaint have not responded to repeated requests for comment.

SOLANA BEACH — Andrea Alvarado-Hernandez, 55, received a call on Aug. 1 from the Coastal Fellowship Church, an apostolic church in Solana Beach’s La Colonia de Eden Gardens Neighborhood. There had been an accident. Her brother, Moises Hernandez Sr., had been trimming a thick pine tree on the outskirts of the church property just after noon when his metal tool came in contact with a 12,000-volt San Diego Gas & Electric wire, causing a fatal electrocution. Hernandez Sr., 59, managed his own tree-trimming and landscaping company for 10 years and was a frequent volunteer, regularly maintaining the dozens of trees located on the church grounds. Hernandez Sr. was also a devoted father, uncle and brother. “I never thought something like this could happen,” Alvarado-Hernandez said. According to a copy of the police report obtained by The Coast News, the church’s caretaker called 911 after hearing a “loud buzzing” noise. The Solana Beach Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly after receiving the call. Witnesses and first responders discovered Hernandez suspended and unresponsive in the tree, with the thick power lines looming overhead. Paramedics called SDG&E to cut power to the lines which would allow them to free Hernandez from the tree. The branches were “very close to if not touching” the power lines, reported the attending officer from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, who arrived at the scene two hours after the initial call. After receiving a call from the church at about 2:30 p.m., Alvarado-Hernandez rushed to the scene, where she was met with the sight of half a dozen paramedics on the familiar church lot. At that point, she was informed that her brother could not be moved until SDG&E arrived. Nearly three hours after Hernandez was electrocuted, between 10 and 15 SDG&E trucks arrived at the church, said Alvarado-Hernandez’s daughter, Karina Moya, 31, who was present at the scene. SDG&E employees were able to cut power to the lines running through the tree, and an hour later, Hernandez’s body was removed from the branches, according to the police report. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Alvarado-Hernandez recalled seeing him just hours before, where they had passed nonchalantly in their Cardiff home. He called her “m’ija” — a familiar Spanish term for “my daughter” — and let her know he’d be working a little while at the church.

MOISES HERNANDEZ SR. was electrocuted Aug. 1 while trimming trees in Solana Beach. Courtesy photo

“He was fine,” she said. “He had never even been sick.” Now, almost two months following his death, Hernandez’s children — Justine Hernandez, 27, and Moises Hernandez Jr., 22 — are pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against SDG&E. Carl D. Barnes, a law firm out of Los Angeles that predominantly handles personal injury and wrongful death cases, is taking on the case. Barnes’ private investigator, Ken Hawkins, said he anticipates the lawsuit will be worth “at least” $10 million. Hawkins was informed of the incident by his neighbor, at which point he decided to reach out to the Hernandez family, and begin putting together a team of litigators. “We want to make sure everyone knows what happened,” Hawkins said. Hawkins said that not only is SDG&E liable for arriving late to the scene, but he also believes the power lines weren’t properly insulated. The lawsuit — which will be filed within the next few months — alleges that SDG&E was negligent in not properly pruning the tree. The natural gas and electricity company owned by Sempra Energy, hires contracted workers to trim trees throughout San Diego County to prevent electrocutions, fires or power outages. According to the SDG&E website, trees in the Solana Beach area are scheduled to be trimmed between July and August every year. SDG&E issued the following statement in response to a request for comment: “This incident remains part of an active investigation by local agencies and SDG&E. At this time, we are unable to comment.” For the Hernandez children, the lawsuit is about “(doing) the best for our father,” said Justine Hernandez. “My brother and I want answers and justice for our father,” she said. “He was the best dad you can dream of.” TURN TO ELECTROCUTION ON A16


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decision-making on what is best for students. His school finance acumen and his special education background match with some challenges SDUHSD is facing.” Cotati-Rohnert, like San Dieguito, projects a deficit for the current school year. Board member John Salazar voted against the appointment. In an email to The Coast News, Salazar explained, “I originally planned on voting in favor of Robert Haley, but after receiving information in closed session I could not justify doing so.” Given that the information was discussed in closed session, Salazar could not elaborate further. No women or minorities made the final interview round for the superintendent position. Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, a firm that specializes in finding high-level administrators for school districts, conducted the nationwide search. Larry Perondi, retired

superintendent of Oceanside Unified School District, has been running San Dieguito on an interim basis since July 1. Perondi replaced Eric Dill, who resigned on May 25. During the board meeting, Perondi stated that he looked forward to the hiring of a new superintendent to allow him more time to devote to his wife, who is facing health issues. On Sept. 13, the board also voted to give classified staff (non-instructional positions, such as janitors and bus drivers) a 0.5 percent raise, retroactive to July 1, 2017, which was the start of the last school year. The total combined cost was $119,803, which contributed slightly to the 20172018 year’s debt. The unaudited actuals shared at the Sept. 13 meeting revealed that San Dieguito finished last school year with a $3.2 million deficit, which was better than the $8.3 million shortfall originally forecasted. Board Vice President Maureen Muir said she voted for the classified staff raise because, “Their wages

The Oceanside Museum of Art presents free Coffee And Conversation with Artist Alliance noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Socialize with fellow artists, enjoy drinks and snacks, learn more about Artist Alliance, and explore exhibitions at OMA.


The Oceanside Museum of Art will hold a twoday workshop, “Assemblage And Collage,” 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 and Oct. 11 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $90. Louise Nevelson’s art will be the inspiration to create a maquette. All materials provided.



Jon Koehler’s sculpture exhibit, “Pushing Boundaries” will run through Oct. 16 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.


Artist Corina Ionan presents “Don’t Like Blah, Just WOW,” showing her digital photography through Oct. 17 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.


Fritz Rothman presents his “Look What I Found” collage through Oct. 17 at Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.


Brian Crane presents his photography in “Majestic Nature Is All Around Us” through Oct. 18 at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. were below the cost of living, and these workers are the backbone of our district — keeping our kids safe and our campuses clean.” Salazar cast the sole vote against the raise. He explained his position via email, “I opposed the classified pay raise for the same reason I opposed the teachers’ and the administrators’ recent pay raises: The district has an unbalanced budget, the district will have to further dip into their dwindling reserves, and giving a one year retroactive pay raise is unheard of and absurd. Only a Board controlled by labor unions would do something like this.” In 2016, the board voted to raise all district employee salaries by 12.5 percent, with 7 percent retroactively applied to 2015 and the remaining 5.5 percent implemented in 2016. Now with the latest vote, all employees except for Dill have effectively received an additional 0.5 percent pay bump retroactive to July 1, 2017. The average teacher salary at San Dieguito exceeds

Free carpools Oct. 1-5 REGION — The SANDAG iCommute program has partnered with Waze Carpool to celebrate National Rideshare Week, Oct. 1-5, offering commuters in the region free carpools. Waze Carpool will offer the free carpool rides, all over San Diego County, the first work week in October. Any trip starting or ending within county lines will be free through the Waze app, no promotional code required. “Carpooling is just one of many alternative transportation choices that help reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Terry Sinnott, SANDAG Board Chair. “I encourage every San Diegan to try carpooling.” Waze Carpool is a ridesharing app that matches drivers and riders who travel the same direction to work or home. Drivers pick up passengers and are reimbursed for gas money. Riders pay drivers through the Waze Carpool app. The work week of Oct. 1-5, Waze will cover the driver’s expense at no cost to the rider. SANDAG invites commuters to pledge to share the ride during Rideshare Week by choosing a carpool, transit, or vanpool commute. Commuters who fill out the pledge form online now through Oct. 5 will be entered to win an Apple Watch. Also during Rideshare Week, the region’s transit systems will host the first-ever Free Ride Day on Oct. 2. Visit sdmts.com/free-rideday and gonctd.com/freeride-day/, for information. To learn more about Rideshare Week and the Waze Carpool promotion, visit iCommuteSD.com/Rideshare. $100,000, which makes the district’s teachers the highest paid by far in the county. Dill made $235,400 last year, while four associate superintendents were each paid $196,443. All told, salaries and benefits comprise 84 percent of the district’s spending, while books and supplies make up 4 percent. More than 40 teachers’ union members rallied on the sidewalks outside the district office before the meeting began, carrying signs showing the schoolboard candidates they’re endorsing for the November election: Amy Flicker, Rhea Stewart and Kristin Gibson. Tim Staycer, the president of the teachers’ union (San Dieguito Faculty Association), shared his thoughts on candidates with San Dieguito Academy’s school newspaper, The Mustang. The article includes Staycer’s full email to the student editor, in which he writes of Muir’s “incompetence” while claiming that Lea Wolf “is not a legitimate candidate” and that that the union would consider it “criminal” for her to be elected.

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Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum: Where yesteryear comes alive By Adam Bradley

VISTA — If you yearn for the good old days when San Diego County was strewn with farms for as far as the eye could see — think avocados, citrus, strawberries and more — you might want to explore the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Located at 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., in Vista on 55 acres, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is where you can observe working farming equipment from yesteryear, as well blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, farming equipment, gardening, tractors, autos, trucks, wheelwrights, machine shop, gas engines, steam engines, steam traction engines, scale model trains, sawmill, and a large collection of collectible watches and clocks. Founded in 1976, this is one museum you won’t want to miss if you love history, learning and taking in days gone by. In fact, there aren’t any other museums on this wide of a scale in the area or possibly in the country. “There are facilities that cover just farming and include trades like blacksmithing and weaving but they don’t include a Clock & Watch Museum or a fullscale layout of a section of the Donor Pass,” said Ashley Jacques, interim director at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. “We are different in that we have become home to so many other collections that add to the visitors’ experience.” Jaques, who has been at the museum for 18 years, said it all started as the idea of a few guys who went to another group’s antique engine show. “The museum started as a branch of an organization known as EDGE&TA and the group of gentlemen who visited the other show placed an ad asking if anyone wanted to join them in creating a branch,” she continued. “After a few years of successful engine starts up that they did at local fairs and properties they were looking for a permanent home. In 1976 a lease agreement was signed with the county of San Diego for the 55 acres that the museum currently sits on.” Today, The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is a nonprofit organization run by a board of trustees, museum staff and volunteers. Unlike other museums where items sit on shelves or behind velvet ropes, or in glass cases, this place is certainly different. “We are a working museum, a group of doers,” Jaques said. “Just over 80 percent of our collection runs … yes even if it looks like we just pulled it out of the field there is a pretty good chance it runs. We use our collection to demonstrate to the public the way things were.” On Thursdays (and most all Saturdays) if you happen to visit the museum you will be in awe of the 5,000-square-foot building

MUSEUM WORKERS operate a Russell steam traction engine during a spring show at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista. Photo by Ashley Jaques

filled with more than 50 different types of looms in operations. “Our members and volunteers will be hard at work showing how textiles were created,” she said. “On Saturdays and most Sundays our blacksmiths are hammering away in one of two of our exhibits/teaching fa-

cilities the blacksmith shop or metal arts building.” The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is a venue that everyone should visit at some point for its uniqueness, as well as its educational value. “I truly believe we have something for everyone in our collection that

would trigger an interest,” she said. “When I get excited talking about our collection, I start going a mile a minute because I don’t want to leave something out. “Kids love coming and seeing equipment in operation that they have never seen before and their grandparents/great grand-

parents love coming and reminiscing about the way things were. I have seen and have been able to be a part of more family bonding moments as generations come together to explore our museum.” When asked what the most unique thing about the museum, Jaques said “that’s a difficult one to answer.” “ … there are so many things here — more than 20,000 items in our collection — and it changes depending on what I am working with. But I think overall it would be our collection of Steam Traction Engines. There are not many places on the West Coast you can go and see these machines from the 1800s/early1900s in full operation.” As for where the items come from, Jaques said most of the collections come from donations. “As local farms in Riverside and San Diego County have slowly closed and become developed, pieces have found their way to the museum through direct donation or our members and friends,” she said. Just like when it was

first founded, the museum continues its mission today: Ingenuity, Industry & Arts. “We are showing the ingenuity of past generations and what they accomplished, the industries and teaching lost arts,” she said. If you are so inclined, you can also take a class or two at the museum; some of the most popular offerings include Clock Repair, Blacksmithing and Weaving. “We are a great facility for learning arts that cannot be found at community centers or schools, such as clock repair, forging, weaving,” she said. “We can also help give live demos on the American Industrial Revolution.” This month, the museum will also be participating in some exciting events including: The Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can get their free admission tickets at smithsonianmag.com. There will also be the bi-annual Antique Engine & Tractor Show on Oct. 20, Oct. 21, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 where all exhibits will be in operation at one time.

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Encinitas man relishes ultra-marathon in Alps By Kelli Kyle

ENCINITAS — It’s a gray morning in late August on the Tour du Mont Blanc trail in the Alps. A cloudy haze has settled over the mountaintops, and the sound of cowbells echo like wind chimes in the distance. On the ground, Encinitas resident Jeff Hooker is pounding through the trail, his feet rhythmically hitting the dirt as they carry him toward an aid station about nine miles ahead. Hooker was just getting warmed up. He participated in the Courmayeur Champex Chamonix race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, a 101-kilometer (63 miles) race passing through France, Switzerland and Italy in the Alps mountain range. In training, he calculated the exact pace he’d need to keep to finish the race in about 23 hours total. “For the first half of the race, I was literally within minutes of my pace,” Hooker said. Then, about 20 miles in, the rain started. Living in Southern California, Hooker wasn’t used to running in the rain. He tried to push through, but was quickly cold and soaked, and needed to change clothes at the aid station. Dirt on the trails transformed into mud, which made it difficult for Hooker to keep his pace — still, he said the mud was no excuse. “We don’t get a lot of training in mud-puddling here in San Diego,” Hooker said half-jokingly. “But that’s why it’s called an endurance run. You’re supposed to endure those types of things.” Because of the weather, Hooker did not officially finish the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. He was about 45 miles in when the staff closed up the aid stations, signaling the end of the event. About 25 percent of the runners did not finish, including prominent ultra-runners like American Jim Walmsley and Spanish superstar Kilian Jornet. The loss was devastating for Hooker. To even qualify for the event was a feat — Hooker had to compete in several qualifying races and was then entered into a lottery to run. He also ran the race in 2015, but an unfortunate case of jet lag caused him to withdraw. He’s grateful to have had

JEFF HOOKER runs through the Alps in the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, a 101k (63 miles) race through France, Switzerland and Italy. Due to rain, Hooker was unable to complete the race but still covered about 45 miles of the trail. Photo courtesy of Courmayeur Chmapex Chamonix

the opportunity and ability to run this year, but he said it was upsetting not to achieve his goal. “When you have a goal and you don’t meet the goal — whether it’s to go 63 miles or five miles — if you don’t accomplish that, it’s still a disappointment,” Hooker said. Training for a race like the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is tough, too. Hooker had spreadsheets that mapped out his pace, when he would eat and how long he would stop. Depending on the mileage of the race and pace of the runner, a 101k can take anywhere from 11 to 23 hours to complete. The runners carry a backpack with food and gear to get them through, and they stop at aid stations along the trail to access other necessities. Still, the greatest challenge isn’t the physical component, but rather the emotional and mental elements. Hooker said he does not allow himself to be overwhelmed by the distance.

Members of the Solana Beach Fund’s grant committee, Julie Wright and Nancy Giberson, presented Casa de Amistad Executive Director Nicole Mione-Green with a grant for $5,000 Sept. 24 at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, where the nonprofit hosts its Study Companions and Kinder to College programs.


Carlsbad’s Fortis Fitness and Strength Training and Yogalux will celebrate its 5th anniversary Oct. 1 through Oct. 7, benefiting the North County Food Bank. Classes will be free but participants are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter or a $5 donation to attend. Fun classes such as glow cycling, live music and/or beer Yoga and a Bloody Mary bar class will be offered. On Oct. 4, an Acai bowl yoga class will have free Acai bowls. That evening, a ribbon cutting and cocktail party with silent auction will begin at

The soon-to-open Maintenance & Operations building at Palomar College has been named “Best Green Project” in Southern California by the Engineering News-Record Magazine. As a “Net Zero” project, M&O will be the first community college building in the world to earn Living Building Petal certification, and was designed to achieve LEED Platinum status.


California State University San Marcos has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from “Insight Into Diversity” magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — CSUSM will be featured in “Insight Into Diversity” magazine’s November 2018 issue.

“I can’t think about 63 miles the whole time, but I can think about four or five or eight miles at a time,” Hooker explained. Hooker is an active member of the local ultra-running community through organizations like the San Diego Ultra-Running Friends. Over the years, he has competed in several other major races, including a few 100 milers like Western States. His wife Charlene and his 17-year-old daughter Theresa are also runners, and they along with the rest of the extended family are always supportive of Hooker’s efforts. At the end of the day, Hooker said the most valuable part of running is the time it gives him to reflect on his family and his life. “I think about my daughter, I think about my wife, I think about what I’ve accomplished as a person,” Hooker said. “To me it’s a good way to disconnect from daily life and appreciate the things I want to focus on.”

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ately, the buzz around the wine beat in the San Diego district has been the head-turning performance of Seasalt Seafood and Steak of Del Mar in bringing in premium wineries to match up with Chef Hilario who always provides six-course food pleasure. This year, the lively and engaging owner, Sal Ercolano, has taken his events to a new level, now offering two consecutive nights of wine dinners, and with special wineries like Prisoner, he sells out for three nights. We will be announcing details on dates later in the year for Caymus on Oct. 18 and Mondavi on Nov. 8. We have written a lot about Ercolano because we love his style and the way he handles himself with his restaurant guests. He understands the joy of food and wine and leads the cheers for the legendary wineries and the personalities that make the wines great. It took several trips to the Valle de Guadalupe in the heart of Baja Mexico for Ercolano to be convinced that a resort and winery in the district was singularly important and needed to come to Seasalt and be among his leading list of wine greats. The lovely representative and Sommelier of El Cielo is Diana Villanue-

SEASALT SEAFOOD AND STEAK in Del Mar recently hosted “A Night in Valle de Guadalupe,” brought to the restaurant by Sommelier Diana Villanueva, shown here with Seasalt owner Sal Ercolano. Photo by Frank Mangio

va. Before a full house at Seasalt, she presented two versions of El Cielo’s Chardonnay, two Red Blends, a Merlot and a Cabernet. The diners were buzzing with excitement and interest. One of the most frequent questions I get from readers is where to go in the Guadalupe Valley for fine wines, and what’s the best way to go to the wine country. El Cielo is classic old world style wine with the Astronomos division. Constellations are

modern wines with innovative blends and Astros are young wines with fresh, lovely and fruity flavors. Thank you Sal for bringing us El Cielo. Its website is vinoselcielo.com. A travel and dining company that helps visitors have a great Baja experience is Baja Gastromica. Call Jim or Lisa at (760) 419-9292.

to try the wines of the “new guy” in town who had a few varietals with wine grapes from Washington state, with the quaint name of Gianni Buonomo ( means good man in Italian). Our group tasted the wines including a Sangiovese, but the prevailing feeling was that he can’t get to first base … he was a new kid with a few casGIANNI BUONOMO es of wine, a story we had CELEBRATES ‘BEST OF’ heard many times over. About five years ago, a How wrong we were. Keith friend of a friend urged me Rolle learned well in the

fields of Washington state. Fast forward to last year, and Gianni Buonomo, after gutting it out, opens its urban winery in San Diego’s Ocean Beach, next to Belching Beaver and Hodad’s, two surfing hangouts on colorful Newport Avenue. Recently, the impossible happened … gold medals have come to Gianni Buonomo from international competition for its 2013 Blaufrankisch ($39), a native of Austria and Hungary that Rolle sourced from Washington state. The other winning wine was the 2014 Charbono ($55), which won double gold from the San Francisco Chronicle show. A former Napa Valley favorite, this Charbono was sourced from El Dorado wine country near Placerville. And to top it off, San Diego Magazine recently awarded its Best Urban Winery to Gianni Bonomo. The best thing to do, since this is the hottest urban winery in San Diego and only small amounts of these enriched wines are made, is to join the Fedora Club. Wine club members get 20 percent off purchases of six or more bottles, or a 10 percent discount on single bottle purchases. The 2014 Sangiovese ($39) was the other spotlight wine, aged two years in Oak barrels, then two years in bottle. A personal favorite, I would recommend it for fine Italian cuisine or a simple “Pomodora dish” (angel hair pasta with Marinara sauce, garlic, sweet basil and Parmesan grated cheese.) For more, visit GBVintners.com. or call (619) 991-9911. WINE BYTES

• La Costa Wine has a German wine tasting from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Celebrate the Octoberfest with La Costa Wine’s flight of wines. Cost is $20. Call (760) 8455 for details. • La Fleur’s Winery in San Marcos continues their concert dates, barrel room style with Todd Pyke’s music, Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. No cover charge, just bring your thirst for fine wine. Details at (760) 3158053. • Firenze Trattoria in Encinitas presents Copper Cane wines from Napa Valley, with a custom dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 4. Copper Cane was recently featured in Taste of Wine and Food online. • Copper Cane is a collection of brands, mostly Pinot Noir, from Joe Wagner, a fifth-generation winemaker formerly from the legendary Caymus wines. They reflect innovation and a love of the land. Cost is $78 per person. Make a reservation by calling (760) 944-9000. Reach him at Frank@ tasteofwineandfood.com

Residents reminded: Get flu shot REGION — County health officials Sept. 24 reminded residents to get the current flu vaccine before the end of October. San Diego County saw 342 deaths from flu complications during the last flu season, a 293 percent increase from 87 deaths during the previous flu season. The most recent flu season was particularly severe, especially for residents over 65 who had additional medical conditions, according to the county. “Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated now before flu season arrives,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “The vaccine is safe and effective.” The current vaccine, which protects against multiple flu strains, takes roughly two weeks to take effect. County officials advise that residents with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes, pregnant women, residents older than 65 and those who are consistently in contact with highrisk residents should all receive the vaccination. Residents can visit the county's immunization website, sdiz.org, or call 211 for assistance in finding a county vaccination site. — City News Service


According to Hawkins, Alvarado-Hernandez will be joining the lawsuit as a plaintiff in the next few weeks. Hernandez Sr. was born and raised in Tecomán, Colima, with eight siblings before moving to San Diego county 33 years ago. For the last 28 years, he has lived with his younger sister, Alvarado-Hernandez. Both single parents, they raised their children in the same household, sharing responsibilities and building a support system. The pair hosted bible studies at their home, went to church together two times a week and often attended church camp-outs and activities with their children. Alvarado-Hernandez has attended the Coastal Fellowship Church for the last 10 years, and her brother for the last six. They were companions, Moya said. “For my mom, it was like she lost seven people in one,” she said. “It wasn’t just her brother, it was her best friend, her Bible study partner.” The Coast News contacted the Coastal Fellowship Church’s caretaker, and the church’s pastor, John Rodriguez. Both declined to comment for this story.

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THE INTEGRATRON DOME in Landers, near Joshua Tree, as seen in “Calling All Earthlings,” a feature documentary about the dome and its builder, George Van Tassel, who moved to Southern California in 1947 and claimed that he saw UFOs in the area. Photos courtesy Carpe Stella Productions

Documentary shines light on role of UFOs in area’s cultural history By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — It’s a bold thesis to tie together a movement of people who believed in the supernatural and UFOs to broad trends within Southern California’s cultural history. But it’s also the one presented in a new documentary out in the ether directed and created by a professor at Cal State San Marcos. Titled “Calling All Earthlings,” the new documentary by Jonat ha n Berman Berman, associate professor in the School of Arts, delves into the mystical Integratron dome building located in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park close to Palm Springs, in a town named Landers. Built under the instruction of George Van Tassel, true believers in the Integratron have come to believe it had other-earthly healing and anti-aging powers emanating from an outer space force field of energy. “What inspired me to make the film was when I saw this picture of the dome in a book about California and was just kind of entranced by this kind of gothic planetarium-looking dome,” explained Berman in an interview with The Coast News. “And then just the blurb on it that it was going to be this place for basic experimentation, to life extension, inspired by visitors from another planet. All of that inspired me.” Van Tassel, who became a leader of a countercultural movement in the area after moving there from Ohio in 1947, also claimed to have seen UFOs flying around in the area. They had sent him

a message, he said, about the dangers of the U.S. military developing nuclear bombs and the hydrogen bomb. But critics who appeared in the film gave a different message: the UFOs Van Tassel and his followers who made the pilgrimage to the dessert were just confidential planes, jets and other flying objects owned by the U.S. military. The U.S. military has a base in nearby Twentynine Palms named the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The critics added that Van Tassel might have passionate followers, but that doesn’t mean that the documentable science is on their side. For his part, Berman said he was careful not to cast judgment on Van Tassel and his legion of followers in the documentary. At the same time, albeit, he said it is undeniable that the movement of people who came to follow Van Tassel, his ideas

and the Integration, are key pieces of what would eventually become the state’s countercultural movement in the 1960s. Berman added that Van Tassel, a man from a small Ohio town, was not the most likely candidate to lead such a movement given his background. And yet, some of his outspoken views on environmental sustainability, his antiwar and anti-establishment posture and his stance on the U.S. Southwest’s nuclear research, testing and development all at the apex of the Cold War, were all enough to land him and his followers in the crosshairs of monitoring by the FBI. “Calling All Earthlings” documents this FBI monitoring via primary historical documents which are displayed during the movie, one of which describes the movement of people surrounding Van Tassel as a potential “front” for “Com-

GEORGE VAN TASSEL claimed UFOs told him to build a time machine-life rejuvenator in the California desert.

“The idea that he would have these gatherings that were so unusual” at the time and in that place, Berman explained. “(H)e was gathering people in the desert to do this work and to help fund the dome and he was gathering people together to have space craft conventions. So, all of a sudden people were gathering to discuss very alternative ideas.” Those ideas, Berman further highlighted, were about concepts such as “peace and love” and a call to “stop your war machines, stuff like that, and love the universe.” Despite the anti-establishment, counter-cultural and what some may opine as kooky or religious-like nature of those who truly believe in the power of the Integratron, Berman himself and at least one source within the film says that the broad counters of the belief system are actually espoused by most people who come to make a home in California. Those are the beliefs of environmental sustainability, in fending off aging and the renewed spirit of civic engagement and anti-establishment outrage seen in cities across STEWARD OF THE INTEGRATRON Nancy Karl plays the Tibetan bowls in the feature docu- the state, not to mention the mentary about the desert dome, “Calling All Earthlings,” by Cal State San Marcos profes- entire country. “George was able to sor Jonathan Berman. munist sympathizers.” One person interviewed in the movie went so far to say that he believed the FBI monitoring of Van Tassel and his followers can be seen historically as the first frontier of the Bureau’s controversial years-long Counterintelligence Program.

take that understandable urge to live longer and better, which is still part of people’s lifestyle out here, and I would argue one that spread across the country,” Berman explained. “And kind of couched it as, or talked about it in terms of wisdom and that people only received wisdom after a certain amount of years on the planet, right?” “Calling All Earthlings” is now available streaming on-demand on platforms such as YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes and Google Play. And though that is the case, Berman said that he hopes to do screenings in San Marcos and more broadly throughout San Diego County for those community groups interested in having him present for postfilm question-and-answer sessions and discussions. This is now Berman’s second film on the state’s countercultural history, with the other one titled “Commune” and covering the countercultural history of Black Bear Ranch in the far Northern California in the 1960s. Berman says moving to San Marcos from the East Coast and living in teaching in the community has been an instrumental component of his documentary projects completed in recent years. “Part of the destination is the journey, and it’s been a great journey with all of my colleagues and students” and San Marcos sits as “the heart of the best of Southern California. Beautiful nature, you can think, and it’s a lot more open-minded than back east,” said Berman. “It’s the perfect place to (have time to think), and some of my colleagues are experts in certain fields, like I had anthropology (questions), so I had some feedback there, and yeah, it’s been interesting and it’s been great.”


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INTERIOR DESIGNER Amy Meier’s storefront can be found across the street from The Inn at AMY MEIER of Amy Meier Design handpicks every piece in Rancho Santa Fe at La Flecha and Avenida Acacias. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene her new Village storefront. Courtesy photo



an inventory that offers a truly exclusive experience. “For me, the most important thing was to create this really bespoke destination,” she said, noting that she wants to be a resource for the community. While the overall aesthetic of her shop is very intentional of what Meier is carrying, she’s mindful of the artists she collaborates with.

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“I want this to be a shopping destination,” said Meier, sharing that the shop carries great hostess gifts or even wedding gifts for those who prefer to not shop from a registry. Meier handpicks every piece in her storefront. When it comes to interior design, Meirer said that goal is to always deliver the absolute best in custom materials for each and every client. She specializes in new construction and remodels.

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through realtor Janet Lawless Christ. “I hope people hear Amy’s words, catch her enthusiasm, and that it does spread because our town could be so much more dynamic than it is,” Lawless Christ said. “And it’s taken Amy’s vision to get this thing going to have a major, positive effect on The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and its guests who now have something to do when they want to walk around the Village.” Lawless Christ noted that the new storefront would also give Ranch residents a reason to come into the Village. The Amy Meier storefront is located at 16903 Avenida de Acacias in Rancho Santa Fe. To learn more about Amy Meier Design visit AmyMeier.com

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“It’s important to me to have your home breathe your every essence and sharing it with your friends and family,” she said, adding that this translates into her clients’ style. Connecting with people and her clients is essential. Meier said for her new construction interior design projects, she could very well spend years with her clients since they are working from the ground up. “You invest in their family, their kids, and their grandparents,” she said, with tears in her eyes. “So, when the day comes when you hand over those keys, you’ve been in contact with them almost every day for multiple years, and it’s hard to say goodbye.” Meier has lived in Ranch for the past seven years and found her home

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SEPT. 28, 2018


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ness. Choose to do what’s right instead of indulging in someone else’s poor judgment.

THATABABY by Paul Trap

By Eugenia Last FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


ALLEY OOP byJack & Carole Bender

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Looking back will give you incentive to move forward. Reconnecting with someone from your past will encourage you to go after the goals you have yet to accomplish.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- A partnership will need special attention. Ignoring Going over what’s happened in the past problems will not solve matters. Address will give you greater clarity when dealing the source head-on to move forward with with matters that pertain to your home, no regrets. health and finances. People from the old days will be a reminder of why you chose TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Emotions will push you to make a move you should the path you are following. have made some time ago. A second LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Set an ex- chance should not be disregarded. Step ample instead of letting someone else up and do what needs to be done. choose what you can do. If you follow your heart and stand up for your rights GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Travel and socializing should be at the top of your and beliefs, you will reach your goal. list. Getting together with friends, peers SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Don’t wait or anyone you find interesting will spark for someone to say “Go!” Strike while your imagination and convince you to try your ideas are fresh and the momentum something new. is flowing. Celebrate your victory with a CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- If you folloved one to enhance your relationship. low your intuition, it will lead you to greater SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- opportunity. Partnerships will develop if Speed things up a bit. It’s important to you network more or expand your intertake care of your responsibilities and ests. Love and romance will enrich your avoid complaints. Someone will try to life. make you look bad or meddle in your afLEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Trust in your fairs. judgement, not in what someone else CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Being tries to coax you into believing or doing. rigid will work against you. Listen to sug- Emotional tactics will be used to tempt gestions and be cognizant of how others you to behave indulgently. will be affected by the choices you make. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Make the AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Don’t get down when you can get moving. If you don’t like what someone is doing, distance yourself and go about your busi-

most of what you’ve got. Your ingenuity and drive will help you gain support and the respect of those you encounter. Romance is highlighted.


Odd Files Smooth Reaction

A naked man opened the door to firefighters responding to a house fire in Niceville, Florida, on Aug. 27 and said "I'm sorry" before closing the door in their faces. James Cunningham, 53, later admitted to police he'd had two liters of vodka and had smoked marijuana before trying to bake cookies on his George Foreman grill, reported WPLG Local 10. The experiment went wrong when the grill and cookies caught fire, so he covered them with a dry towel, which also caught fire. Firefighters said if he'd been in the house any longer, he could have died from smoke inhalation. [Local10.com, 9/10/2018]

Anger Management

Djuan Lewis, 23, landed a new job at Benada Aluminum Products in Sanford, Florida, on Aug. 30, a Thursday. On Sunday morning, his boss fired him. WFTV reported that following his dismissal, Lewis waited for his boss for two hours outside the business, then chased him and his girlfriend for a mile and a half, shooting at their car and hitting the rear bumper, trunk and right rear tire. Neither the supervisor nor his girlfriend was hurt. Sanford police arrested Lewis and changed him with attempted murder. [WFTV, 9/4/2018]

Questionable Judgment

School resource officer and part-time police officer Maryssa Boskoski, 32, was called into a classroom at Liberty Preparatory School in Smithville, Ohio, on Aug. 30 to help rouse a sleeping student who could not be awakened by the teacher or even the principal. When Boskoski arrived, The Washington Post reported, her solution was to unholster her Taser, remove the firing cartridge and pull the trigger, causing an electric buzz that woke the student and shocked the school community. Smithville Police Chief Howard Funk placed Boskoski on unpaid leave and told WEWS news station Boskoski had been disciplined a month earlier, also for a Taser-related incident. An investigation

T he R ancho S anta F e News was ongoing. [The Wash- Bluff Commercial, the ington Post, 9/6/2018] Dish bill arrived, revealing that the channel had been re-added, so Patricia Oops New Jersey resident confronted Frank in his Gregory Lazarchick, 56, "man cave" and told him made a bad day worse on to go. When he refused, July 21 when he told greet- Patricia fetched a .22-calers at Disney's Saratoga iber pistol from the house Springs Resort in Lake and shot him twice, killing Buena Vista, Florida, he'd him. Hill was charged with been sent by al-Qaida to capital murder and held "blow the place up." Ac- without bond in the Jeffercording to the Orlando son County adult detention Sentinel, the greeters told center. [Pine Bluff ComOrange County deputies mercial, 8/2/2018] Lazarchick complained of having a bad day before is- Bright Idea suing his threat, but depuIt's one way to get a ties found no bomb-making ride to lunch: Knox County materials in Lazarchick's (Kentucky) Sheriff's depuhotel room. The man's sis- ties responded on Aug. 24 ter reported he had suf- to a home in Corbin, where fered a head injury several Kenneth Ray Couch, 35, years ago and sometimes had reportedly stolen a said inappropriate things. handgun. As they searched The remorseful Lazarchick for Couch, they learned he posted bond after his ar- had been transported to rest for false report of a the hospital in an ambubombing. [Orlando Senti- lance after staging a heart nel, 9/5/2018] attack at nearby Dixon's market. When police arEwwww ! rived at Baptist Health At Kirby High School Corbin, WYMT reported, in Memphis, Tennessee, they found Couch in the things are quiet as a mouse cafeteria, which had ap... or a rat. Shelby County parently been his goal all Schools Superintendent along. Couch was arrested Dorsey Hopson told the and charged with first-deMemphis Commercial Ap- gree burglary and falsepeal he's looking for a tem- ly reporting an incident. porary home for Kirby's [WYMT, 8/27/2018] 800 students after closing the school Sept. 5 due to a Least Competent Criminal rat infestation. The probTaiheem M. McKay, lem started in mid-August, 23, of Riverhead, New when district personnel un- York, made it easy for Sufcovered a rat's nest during folk County officials to a renovation project. track him down after susEighty rats were trapped pecting him of breaking at the school and poison into 10 different homes was set out. When students over the course of seven returned after Labor Day, months, stealing cash, jewpoisoned rats began dying elry and designer accessowithin the school's walls ries. According to Newsand the stench became day, the Suffolk County overwhelming. Calling the Department of Probation situation an "unavoidable traced McKay to the buract of nature," Hopson said glary locations through he expects students to re- his GPS ankle monitor, turn in early November. which he was wearing as a [Memphis Commercial Ap- result of a February 2017 peal, 9/7/2018] second-degree reckless endangerment conviction. Irony McKay has additional Lona and Joseph John- pending indictments in son of Bellingham, Wash- other burglaries. [Newsington, survived the Las day, 9/7/2018] Vegas mass shooting last October and decided to get The Passing Parade a dog to help with the trauKnown for his blond ma that haunted them af- mullet and numerous soter the incident. "We heard cial media rants, zoo owner that dogs are good pets to Joe Exotic (real name: Johelp with the healing and seph Maldonado-Passage) PTSD ... and got Jax," Jo- of Wynnewood, Oklahoseph told the Bellingham ma, has been cooling his (Washington) Herald. But heels in a Florida jail since on Sept. 2, neighbor Odin his arrest Sept. 7 for alMaxwell, 49, shot and legedly attempting to hire killed Jax, telling police two people in late 2017 to the dog was chasing his kill an unnamed woman. chickens. An investigation According to the Orlanshowed no chickens were do Sentinel, one of those harmed, and Maxwell was "killers" was an undercovcited for discharging a fire- er FBI agent, and Exotic arm. [Bellingham Herald, was indicted on federal 9/6/2018] murder-for-hire charges. It all started "many, many Family Values years" ago, said Carole Patricia Ann Hill, 69, Baskin of Big Cat Rescue of White Hall, Arkansas, in Tampa, who claims to called 911 on July 28 to re- be the "unnamed woman" port she had shot her hus- Exotic was hoping to off. band, Frank, 65. But she She said Exotic has threathad a motive: Patricia told ened her repeatedly and Jefferson County Sher- posted online a video of iff's investigators she had himself shooting an effigy previously disagreed with of Baskin in the head. Tanher husband's purchase of gentially, Exotic was also a pornography channel on a candidate in a three-way Dish Network, and she can- Libertarian primary run celed the channel, telling for governor in Oklahoma Frank that if he reordered this summer. He finished it, he'd have to leave. That third. [Orlando Sentinel, day, reported the Pine 9/10/2018]

SEPT. 28, 2018

EpiPen shortage has parents scrambling Ask the Doctors

Dr. Elizabeth Ko

Dr. Eve Glazier

DEAR DOCTOR: Between my sister and me, we have three kids with serious allergies (two peanut and one bee sting), and each of their schools requires us to provide them with an EpiPen for emergencies. Now there's a shortage and we can't find even one EpiPen, let alone three. What's going on? Are there any other options for us? DEAR READER: As anyone with a serious allergy knows, an EpiPen can save your life. Whether the trigger is a food, a drug, an insect sting or bite, or another kind of allergen, the result can range from serious discomfort all the way to anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction that requires immediate treatment. Injecting the contents of an EpiPen into the thigh releases a calibrated dose of epinephrine, a chemical that eases the symptoms of an allergic reaction by narrowing blood vessels and opening the airways of the lungs. Although the relief from

symptoms is swift, it's not prolonged. That's why, after an allergic reaction that requires the use of an EpiPen, it's important to immediately seek medical care. Since last spring, there has been a national shortage of EpiPens available. According to Mylan, the company that markets the EpiPen, this is due to a variety of production and delivery issues. At the same time, with millions of kids headed back to school in late August and early September, pharmacies have seen a marked spike in demand. As you noted in your letter, schools require parents to provide one -- and often two -- EpiPens for children with known allergies. Add in sports teams and after-school programs, as well as the ones needed at home, and the demand is far outstripping the supply. Parents are reporting that despite calls to pharmacies throughout their areas, they are unable to fill their prescriptions. According to data collected by patient advocacy groups, up to 80 percent of parents in 43 states have been either unable to fill their EpiPen prescriptions or were able to purchase only part of what they needed. A generic (and less expensive) version of the EpiPen, manufactured by Mylan, is also in short supply. Meanwhile, another generic ephedrine auto-injector, to be produced by

the Israeli company Teva Pharmaceuticals, is not yet available. The EpiPen shortage has resulted in action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In late August, the agency extended the expiration dates of specific lots of EpiPens by four months. Although EpiPen is by far the best-selling epinephrine auto-injector on the market at this time, there are several other FDA-approved brands available, including Adrenaclick and Auvi-Q. Each requires its own prescription, so a visit to the family doctor or a clinic is necessary. However, these alternative versions may not be covered by insurance. For information on pharmacies that still have a stock of EpiPens available, Mylan has asked patients to call its customer relations department at 1-800-7969526. For more information about the alternative FDA-approved ephedrine auto-injectors, visit the agency's website at (sorry, they don't make it easy) www.fda.gov/downloads / D r ugs / I n for mat ionOnDrugs/UCM520800.pdf. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health.

HWAC honors rescue pet hero By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Helen Woodward Animal Center’s sixth annual Remember Me Thursday worldwide event on Sept. 27 added something new this year to a day aimed at helping raise awareness for orphaned pets. In partnership with Blue Buffalo, the center shared that the Rescue Pet Hero award has become a new tradition. According to Jessica Gercke, the public relations director at Helen Woodward, the idea behind Remember Me Thursday is to shine a light on orphaned pets on the fourth Thursday in September. “Remember Me Thursday is when everybody all over the world shares on social media to adopt pets — it’s to light a candle and remember those that never found a forever home, and it shines a light on those that are still waiting to find a loving home,” Gercke said. For the first time this year, Gercke said that it presented a Rescue Pet Hero award. The honors went to Yeti, a rescue from the Verde Valley Humane Society in Arizona, who did something extraordinary. Gercke said Yeti had a rough start in life. “Yeti had been adopted and then brought back twice,” she said. “He’s a pit bull blend, and the second time he came back he had a broken leg.” She added that nobody really knew how he

FALLON LENNOX AND YETI, who rescued Fallon, 6, when he slipped on a rock and fell into a river. Photo courtesy animalsloove.info

was injured. Gercke shared that a number of rescue facilities may consider a dog unadoptable if the animal has been returned a couple of times. In Yeti’s case, he needed medical care. “It’s a great joy to all of us here at Helen Woodward Animal Center that the shelter in Verde Valley really understood how remarkable this dog was and that he should be given another chance,” Gercke said. After Yeti’s leg was

healed, he was adopted by the Lennox Family. Gercke explained that the family wasn’t looking for a large dog, but Yeti’s affectionate and goofy ways won them over. One day, the Lennox family went down to the Verde River for a Sunday picnic in early April. The water was cold, Gercke said, so no one went swimming. “Everybody was just sitting along the banks eating, and 6-year-old Fallon was playing on the rocks, and he slipped and fell into this very cold, rushing water,” Gercke said. “Yeti jumped into the water and started swimming after him — the little boy couldn’t swim and was screaming, and the family was running down the shore yelling at Fallon to hold onto Yeti because Yeti was trying to help him.” The boy held onto Yeti, who pushed him up to the rocks. Yeti saved Fallon’s life. “It’s an amazing story,” Gercke said. “When we save the lives of these animals, we never know whose life they’ll save in return. Whether it’s through love and affection or whether it’s literally them saving our lives, these animals can do amazing things — their love and devotion to us is unmatched.” To learn more about Helen Woodward Animal Center, visit AnimalCenter.org.

SEPT. 28, 2018


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Store harkens back to homesteading era Issa nominated to head trade agency By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — With San Diego County being a rapidly developing area and an influx of home development projects constantly in the works, it’s easy to forget that the county exists in the territory once referred to as the “wild, wild west.” Escondido’s Hawthorne Country Store, though, maintains a back to the land ethos and sells products for those seeking more self-reliance at their homes. With coordinates at 675 W. Grand Avenue at a historic site which has for more than 100 years served as an animal feed business, the store features an array of farm animal feed products, canning goods, gardening products, sells various varieties of chickens and small chicks, has several pigs on-site and also a whole section dedicated to products for horses and horseback riding. It’s a store which seemingly would feel more at home in a place like Nevada or the mountain west than in suburban Escondido, but serves as a sign that many people living in North County still maintain a mentality of self-reliance, store owner Heather Thelen told The Coast News. Thelen also said that the self-reliant spirit exuded by her parents is what served as the motivation to open the Hawthorne Country Store to begin with. “My mother's parents were missionaries and they did not have a lot of money. They were gleaners and taught my mom to preserve available food for future use. She then used these skills throughout my childhood,” Thelen explained. “She made our clothes, there was never room under our beds because they were always full of canning jars, full and empty, and

HAWTHORNE COUNTRY STORE at 675 W. Grand Ave. in Escondido. Photo by Steve Horn

we skimmed the cream off the whole milk and made butter. My dad raised project animals as a kiddo and brought home elk and squab from hunting trips. We grew a large garden and propagated fruit trees.” As North County becomes increasingly developed, Thelen noted, this

set of skills has nearly gone by the wayside among most people. She hopes the store can help change that. “I learned that those skills were not only rare, but maybe endangered. That became a core to what we do now,” said Thelen. “North County is becoming more and more populous

and the large animal backyard market is moving further and further out.” In that vein, the Hawthorne Country Store will serve as the convener of the Escondido Homesteading Arts Faire, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Hawthorne Country Store. “Beekeeping and cheese making will be just two of the demonstrations taking place at Hawthorne Country Store’s annual fall Homesteading Arts Faire,” explains a store press release announcing the event. “The all-day event is designed to connect those that do, teach and sell homesteading arts with those that wish to learn, purchase and experience products and skills from our heritage.” Other forthcoming events for Hawthorne Country Store include the Fall Family Flock Festival set to be held on October. The Country Store also is serving as a sponsor at this year’s Escondido Tamale Festival held at the city’s Grape Day Park on Nov. 3. Beyond its Escondido location, the Hawthorne Country Store also has another storefront in Fallbrook. For more, keep up to date on sales and events happening at the store on the company’s Facebook page.





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