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District 1 candidate Consuelo Martinez, center, discusses her views on issues affecting Escondido residents. Photo by Ellen Wright

From left: Derek Wachter of H.G. Fenton, North County Trade Tech Principal Phil Lutgen, North County Trade Tech senior Travis Hamlin and H.G. Fenton Executive Vice President Kari Prevost tour one of the project areas on the Vista campus. Photo by Tony Cagala

Donation offers more opportunity By Tony Cagala

VISTA — For the past several years now, students that might not otherwise be interested in taking the traditional approach to high school have had the opportunity to continue their education and explore industries that could give them the best chance at a successful future. This year, the 180 students attending North County Trade Tech High School are again taking the opportunity to follow the educational path that works best for them. “We saw a need to provide an alternative learning environment, one that focused on preparing youth for college, but also developing skills,” said Doreen Quinn, CEO and founder of the school. On Monday, the school received a check for $100,000 from H.G. Fenton Company, one of the school’s partners

and contributors since 2008. “We’re so happy with what we’re seeing here,” Kari Prevost, H.G. Fenton’s executive vice president said. “The academy really is the future of education for our youth, especially for the industry that we are in, which is real estate and development,” said Prevost. Much of the school’s money is gained through donations and fundraising efforts. The funds given by Fenton will help pay for a teacher’s salary and supplies, among other things. The campus, situated in a business park off of Melrose Drive, offers more of a corporate-like feeling with open space schemes that can be reconfigured as they need the space. Boasting a 100 percent graduation rate, Quinn said that being a fully accredited high school, students

are able to go on to attend universities once graduated. The students Prevost has seen emerge from the school she described as creative thinkers and hard working, which she added aligned with the principles that Fenton abides by such as being customer-oriented and more environmentally responsible when it comes to development projects. With open space at a premium concern for most residents in the North County, Prevost said that Fenton likes to take a different approach when it comes to development. “If you look at open space, there isn’t a lot of open space. But what are the opportunities for the areas that could use some new revitalization, some new concepts? A different approach to the building that’s been there for a long TURN TO TRADE TECH ON 18

San Marcos Council gives OK to affordable housing project By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council approved two preliminary agreements that pave the way for further revitalization efforts in the city’s Richmar neighborhood. The first agreement calls for the city to loan $392,000 in low- and moderate-income housing fund to a partnership composed of Hitzke Development and National Community Renaissance of Rancho Cucamonga, also known as National CORE, to pay for predevelopment activities associated with a proposed 120-unit affordable senior housing complex on West Mission Road and Pico Avenue. Multiple groups currently own land at the

proposed 4.5-acre site, including the city and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which has a post on the property. According to a city staff report, the project will be built in up to three phases due to a lack of funding in the post-redevelopment era, but the development team plans on applying for low-income tax credits as early as 2016. The second agreement is tied to the proposed demolition and reconstruction of the Villa Serena complex on Marcos Street and Richmar Avenue. National CORE purchased the 132-unit complex the late 1990s and converted to affordable housing. According to a staff report, the developer

said the apartments are aging and reaching the point where a rehabilitation or reconstruction would be necessary in the near future. National CORE, according to the staff report, said demolition would be the least expensive option, and requested a $777,000 loan from the city’s redevelopment successor agency to move the project through the design and entitlement phase. City staff said the loan, however, would be cost neutral because it would come from funds associated with the current Villa Serena project — essentially, National CORE would be loaning itself the money. The new development

would consist of 136 to 145 affordable units and include a community center and social program from CORE’s sister program, Hope from Housing. As with the first development, CORE said funding limitations will require the project to be phased. Since the completion of the landmark Paseo Del Oro housing complex, the Richmar area has experienced a renaissance that includes the development of three additional housing complexes, two parks and the promise of one more on the way. In the process the development has transformed the area from one of the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods to one a family-friendly one.

Council candidates debate ballot initiatives By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — District 1 and 2 Council candidates took part in a forum Wednesday morning to discuss their stances on budget issues and ballot initiatives. This will be the first election in which voters will choose among their districts. Voters in District 1 can only vote for a candidate in that district. Councilman John Masson called the re-districting divisive. “The challenge is, you have to keep your constituents happy if you want to remain in office, to get things done for all of Escondido,” said Masson. This is Masson’s first time running, since he was appointed to his position by city council in 2012. Candidates who are running against him in District 2 agreed with the re-districting. “I agree with the districting. We should be working as a whole city together,” said Nicole Downey. “We’re all very passionate about the city. Just because we have districts now, I don’t think that’s going to change,” said Rick Paul. Consuelo Martinez, who is a candidate in District 1 also agreed with the re-districting. “The city government should reflect the community that it’s in and I think districts are one way of doing that,” said Martinez. The open space initiative was also discussed, which is a controversial initiative voters will decide on in

November. Developer Michael Schlesinger hopes to overturn the permanent open-space designation of the Escondido Golf Course to develop more than 400 homes and community facilities. Paul said he was running as the “open space candidate,” and is staunchly against Prop H because he believes the golf course was part of the city’s Master Plan and there is no reason to change it now. Martinez supports the initiative because she wants to save the city millions of dollars in legal fees, which it’s facing now because Schlesinger is suing the city for making his property worthless. Chad Hunziker, who is running in District 2, also supports Prop H, because he said constituents are excited about the swimming pool and community facilities the developer promised to include. Current councilmembers Ed Gallo and Masson don’t support the initiative. Gallo said a promise was made to the residents on the golf course when it was built 50 years ago and city council needs to keep that promise. Masson said he realizes Schlesinger has rights, “but I don’t think there’s any development rights that are under our current general plan.” Nicole Downey supports Prop H because she believes the city can’t take Schlesinger’s land without giving him anything in return. Another ballot meaTURN TO DEBATE ON 18


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Panel: Homelessness affects 8,500 in San Diego By Ellen Wright

REGION—San Diego is world-renowned for the zoo, the amazing weather and the beaches. However, it’s also home to the fourth largest homeless population in the country, according to Ruth Bruland, executive director at St. Vincent de Paul Village. Bruland took part in a panel discussion on Sept. 3, talking about how to be a “good neighbor” at an event held at the University of San Diego, and co-sponsored by KPBS. The event was part of St. Vincent de Paul’s Good Neighbor Month, which aims to raise awareness about homelessness in San Diego. Bruland said there are about 8,500 homeless people in San Diego and it’s home to the largest population of homeless veterans in the nation. She said the efforts of St. Vincent de Paul aim towards getting homeless people income and housing. “The success that matters to us, and frankly to one of our major funders, (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), is this placement into permanent housing,” said Bruland, “and in order to do that, there has to be some way for that rent to be paid,” she

Lt. Debbie Ferrar, second from right, speaks about her experience as the head of the Homeless Outreach Team. Photo by Ellen

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added. Head of the Homeless Outreach Team with the San Diego Police Department, Lt. Debbie Ferrar, also spoke at the panel about the department’s tactics in dealing with the homeless. “Dealing with homeless is not an event, it’s a process,” said Ferrar. She preaches compassionate enforcement to her officers. After the case Spencer v. San Diego went to the Supreme Court, said Ferrar, officers are no longer able to issue tickets to

homeless people, simply for being homeless, unless adequate shelter is available. San Diego also offers a storage space for the homeless to store their belongings, which Ferrar said, allows them to safely go to job interviews and not have to worry about their possessions. She went on to talk about the costs related to services the homeless receive. “To give somebody something for free seems counterintuitive, until you look at the

numbers, and it actually makes more sense to house people and pay for that because you pay less in services,” said Ferrar. If people want to donate to the homeless, she recommended giving to a charity that helps the homeless, instead of directly to the people. Bruland addressed the stigma of substance abuse among homeless people and said that 31 percent of the homeless population in San Diego has a high level of substance abuse, according to St. Vincent de Paul’s most

recent survey. “There is a fine line between giving charity and enabling people,” said Ferrar. Bruland discussed the difficulties homeless have in getting permanent housing in San Diego, saying that high rent is a huge factor. St. Vincent de Paul’s offers transitional housing, with a maximum stay of 12 months. The organization also offers permanent housing, and, according to Bruland, 91 percent of the people that use permanent housing eventually move into unsubsidized housing. The panel also addressed people’s attitudes toward homelessness and concluded there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way everybody needs to think about it. Ferrar said that in a lot of complaints she receives people ask, ‘can’t you just make them go away?’ Another panelist, Everard Meade, director of the Trans-Border Institute at USD, provided an answer. “People just don’t disappear, it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about incarcerating people or putting people from one jurisdiction to the next and moving people out of space,” said Meade, ”they’re not gone, they’re still part of our society.”

Bargain basement store can open but can’t sell alcohol By Tony Cagala

Palomar Health board members accept the distinction of Certified Healthcare District from the Association of California Healthcare Districts. Courtesy photo

Palomar Health receives prestigious distinction By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — Palomar Health has just become the first California healthcare district to be designated Certified Healthcare District by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) on Wednesday. “We are honored to become the first California Certified Healthcare District,” says Ted Kleiter, Palomar Health board president. “As a public healthcare district, we have a huge responsibility to our community. We strive to serve our district in an honest and transparent way each day.” In order to win the designation, Palomar had to meet a core set of standards

as set forth by the ACHD Governance Committee. “This core set of standards ensures that public healthcare districts are conducting business in a manner that is open and transparent for the benefit of the communities they serve,” said Lauren Garber, media specialist at the hospital. Palomar Health officials showed their compliance in transparency, ethics, reporting, purchasing, conflict of interest, requesting public funds and executive compensation, according to Garber. Board Director Jerry Kaufman oversaw the application process. “Being a Certified Healthcare District assures

the North County community that we are functioning with their best interest in mind,” said Robert Hemker, Palomar Health president and CEO. “Palomar Health has always been committed to providing the best possible healthcare to our patients, while adhering to best management practices,” said Hemker. Palomar Health is the largest public healthcare district in the state by area and serves over 500,000 residents in an 850 square mile region. The hospitals include Palomar Medical Center and Palomar Health Downtown Campus in Escondido, as well as Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

VISTA — The request for a special use permit to allow a possible bargain basement store to sell beer and wine was denied on Tuesday. In a split vote, one to allow the bargain basement store to open was passed 4-1, while another vote, to deny the special use permit for the bargain basement store to sell alcohol was denied 4-1. While the site on N. Santa Fe Avenue has been sitting vacant and become a target for vandalism over the past two years, the decision not to approve the special use permit to sell alcohol, may keep the site vacant even longer. Steve Rawlings, who spoke on behalf of the Dollar General stores, told the Council before any decision was made, that it was his understanding that if the ability to sell beer and wine at the site was denied, the business would probably withdraw and not proceed with opening the store. John Conley, director of Community Development and Engineering did recommend the City Council approve the store to open for the reasons of the business agreeing to improve the overall look of the building and the landscaping, which he described as being in “fairly poor condition.” Conley recommended the City Council deny the special permit use to sell alcohol at the site. He cited the high crime rate in the

The vacant 10,000 square-foot lot on N. Santa Fe Avenue may remain vacant longer after the Vista City Council denied a special use permit for a potential bargain basement store to open and sell alcohol. Photo by Tony Cagala

neighborhood as shown in the Sheriff’s Department beat crime report having increased 50 percent from 2012 to 2013. The Dollar General store would be the first to open in San Diego County, according to Rawlings. He said there are approximately 150 to 175 stores in the state, which began opening in California in 2012 — the closest one to the county being in the city of Perris. Rawlings added that Vista was selected because it “fit their demographic,” of a suburban setting. “Unfortunately we’ve got an area that’s already impacted with stores,” said Deputy Mayor John Aguilera. “I think this area has enough liquor stores or availability of liquor in the

area.” According to the city’s presentation, there are eight other establishments along the avenue that have permits to sell beer and wine. Dollar General Corporation is based in Tennessee and has 11,000 small-box discount stores nationwide.

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Opinion&Editorial

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The signs indicate California’s recovery will last California Focus By Thomas D. Elias

Letters to the Editor Cyclists and bike lanes I live in Rancho Santa Fe. When driving our local roads I too often encounter bicycle riders who seem to have a death wish. Instead of riding where there is a big wide bike trail like on the Del Dios Highway (S6), a few insist on riding on Camino Del Norte or El Montevideo roads, for example. Those and most other RSF 2-lane roads are dangerous! There is no bike lane on many stretches. There are many right turns in which a driver cannot see whether a bicycle is in the traffic lane ahead. But a driver MUST not swing out wide over the double yellow stripes because a car going 40 MPH might be in the on-coming lane. Nobody wants to risk a head-on collision. But drivers are NOT going to slow to bicycle speed before rounding every blind corner. We can only hope a bicyclist is not in the traffic lane ahead. A few years ago my neighbor in Solana Beach, Dave Curnow while riding his bicycle was hit by a car. Dave remains paralyzed from the chest down. He was right, the driver was wrong, but Dave is still paralyzed. A bicyclist always loses in any collision with a car. Riding where there are no bike lanes and blind corners seems foolhardy in the extreme. If I were a bicyclist, I wouldn’t risk injury just because a road is more scenic. Larry Whitaker, Rancho Santa Fe Just the facts, please! As a Candidate for Escondido Mayor, current Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz must look at the larger picture from a macro view perspective to consider what is most in Escondido’s overall public interest as a city? That is why she supports Escondido’s Proposition H (The Lakes proposal for subdivision, public parks, public community facilities, developer con-

tribution for extra million, besides developer impact fees). That’s why I support Olga Diaz’ position, instead of considering only the micro-view of what’s best for County Club residents, and ECCHO’s own self interest. Olga’s support for Prop. H reflects careful analysis and judgment. I trust Deputy Mayor Diaz’ position, because it will have a better fiscal outcome (lesser cost) to the city of Escondido’s taxpayers, than the alternative(s). Olga deserves credit, not criticism, for display of superior fiscal responsibility than incumbent Mayor Abed. Patricia Borchmann, Escondido Where are the girls? This past August in Los Angeles, Google held the finals for its annual Code Jam computer coding contest. Of the 26 finalists, there were no females. Last year the San Dieguito Union High School District began offering a coding elective in its middle schools. Ninety-five percent of the students who enrolled were boys. This year the percentage improved somewhat to 88 percent boys. Where are the girls? Computer Science/ Information Technology continues to be one of the fastest growing and highest paid fields. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities anticipate that they will produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29 percent of these jobs. In light of this information and when I consider what the future might hold for my 10-year-old daughter, the following statistics from the Girls Who Code website (www.girlswhocode.com) are equally alarming: • Despite the fact that 55 percent of overall

AP test takers are girls, only 17 percent of AP Computer Science test takers are high school girls; • In middle school, 74 percent of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3 percent of high school girls select computer science; • While 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women. This is not OK. Is there something more we can do at our schools to encourage more female participation? I believe there is and that’s why I’m running for the Board of the San Dieguito Union High School District. There used to be a similar issue with girls and science, but for the last five years the San Dieguito School District has had a 50/50 gender balance in the AP level math and science courses. Part of the solution is to recognize the problem. Once we shed light on it the School Board can encourage actions that increase enrollment. If I am elected to the Board, this is exactly what I intend to do. Learn more about me from my website VoteForViskanta.com. Rimga Viskanta Candidate for San Dieguito Union High School District Board

There are still skeptics who maintain the California economy remains in recession, that talk of economic recovery amounts to whistling past the proverbial graveyard when unemployment remains above 7 per cent. Gov. Jerry Brown labeled these folks “declinists” two years ago, when unemployment was much higher and the signs of recovery were not nearly as strong as they are today. But those signs are now seemingly almost everywhere, even though a few major corporations are in the process of moving headquarters elsewhere. For one thing, in midsummer, California – like the rest of America – finally had gained back all jobs lost in the recession of 2007-11. The new jobs may be in different places and of somewhat different types than those that were lost, but the fact is there actually has been a little bit of job growth since 2008, something that befuddles the declinists. The figures come from a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Then there’s the fact that California lawmakers are starting to realize this state has serious competition for some of its key industries, with other states and even some foreign countries willing to grant large subsidies to companies that move headquarters or parts of their businesses. One example is the upcoming move of Toyota’s national headquarters, complete with its sparkling museum of classic cars the company has produced since the 1930s, to a Dallas suburb. Not only will Toyota get large tax reductions for at least its first eight years in Texas, but it will pay far less for the land it needs than it figures to get when it sells the land it will vacate in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance. That’s standard procedure in many states. Louisiana, for example, has attracted large amounts of film and TV production not only because of its green scenery, but also because production companies save as much as 30 percent of their costs by going there. That’s through a combination of subsidized hotel rates and equipment rentals, tax relief and lower-priced labor. The same happens in places like North Carolina, Idaho and New York. The first step in California lawmakers wising up came when the Legislature during the summer expanded and extended tax exemptions for movie and TV production here. Then they passed a bi-partisan bill sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Steve Fox and Republican state Sen.

Steve Knight, both of Palmdale, giving military contractors Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin as much as $420 million in tax credits over 15 years for production of a new strategic bomber to replace the B-2, which was also developed largely in the Antelope Valley. In case they don’t get the Defense Department contract for that project, another bill with the same benefit for Northrop Corp. would provide similar help – about $28 million a year, or 17 percent of wages paid to manufacturing workers. There has been reluctance here to subsidize big industries; one reason California has lost a lot of them to other states and countries. There is good reason for that hesitance, as subsidies raise questions of favoritism and special interest influence. But with others offering so much, California at least now realizes it must get into this game. Then there’s venture capital, where the Silicon Valley this spring absolutely dominated the world scene. Fully 41 percent of all venture dollars invested around the world from April through June went to San Francis-

The new jobs may be in different places and of somewhat different types than those that were lost... co Bay area startups, a big improvement from the first quarter, when places like Texas and Massachusetts drew significant investment. But last spring, all of Europe got less than half what went to Silicon Valley, according to a report from PitchBook Data. The end result of this should be more companies headquartered in California, to join former startups like Google, Intel, Yelp and Twitter. Put it all together and you get a dynamic picture of job recovery, the prospect of great job growth and a reborn determination to preserve what the state already. That’s all bad news for the declinists who enjoy putting California down even while it pulls itself back up toward the golden stature it long enjoyed. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol. com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net

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Colorado could be the next wine country

Colorful parasols ameliorate the intense Colorado sun as visitors explore the orchards and the lavender fields at Sage Creations Organic Lavender Farm in Palisade, Colo. Owner Paola Legarre says the farm grows 15,000 lavender plants and that it requires 80 pounds of lavender to produce about one quart of oil. Photos by E’Louise Ondash

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may never eat grocery-store peaches again — not after tasting the largest and juiciest peach ever. Moments ago, it was hanging on a tree at High Country Orchards near Palisade, Colorado, a few minutes east of Grand Junction in the far western part of the state. “Our fruit has more sugar because of the altitude,” explains Theresa High, owner of High Country Orchards. Its 126 acres sit at 4,800 feet overlooking the Colorado River and the verdant valley through

which it snakes. In the background: Mount Garfield and the chalky Book Cliffs, so named because they resemble volumes lined up on a library shelf. I’ve come to expect natural drama in this part of the Colorado after spending a couple of days in and around Grand Junction. Our group explored the nearby Colorado National Monument and spent time in the town’s quaint and vibrant Main Street district. Today brings us to some of the area’s 20 vineyards and wineries, and a few of the local orchards and farms. The landscape is as beautiful as anything you’ll see elsewhere in the state, and yet the Grand Valley may be Color ado’s best kept secret. The Rocky Mountain

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state is not yet readily synonymous with “wine country,” but it won’t be long. Grand Junction and Palisade have earned an American Viticultural Areas (ANA) designation called Grand Valley — an indication that the area has “identifiable and unique geographic and climatic features” that make the land here oh-so-perfect for growing grapes. “Warm days and cool nights create the perfect conditions,” says High, also owner of Colterris Wines, which first harvested the vines in 2008, and opened the tasting room in 2011. We enjoy a glass of crisp Coral White Cabernet Sauvignon — so perfect for a warm summer day — then tour the property. We discover the larger-than-life sculptures created by High’s husband, Scott, as well as portions of his collections of antique trucks, metal signs from bygone eras and 5,000 corkscrews. A few miles away, “Farmer Bob” Helmer, wife Alida and a two employees are busy transforming their fruit and vegetable crop into jams, jellies, syrups, salsas, candy and luscious, lacy-crusted pies. Today Helmer, who regrets not wearing his peach-patterned shirt and bib overalls for photos, shows visitors around their small-but-efficient operation. The machines package thousands of pounds of peaches for Sam’s Club and lots of gifts and foodstuffs for the busloads of tourists that make Alida’s a regular stop. “I’ve done a lot of things in my life,” says Helmer, who bought his

Some of the 50 alpacas at Sun Crest Orchard Alpaca Farms trot over to greet visitors. Owner Mike McDermott says the value of the animal is in the density of its hair. It takes a labor-intensive, 15-step process to transform alpaca hair into yarn.

land in 1990, “but this is the best.” Other families, like the Clarks, have been in Grand Valley for more than a hundred years. Dennis and Staci Clark’s children will be the sixth generation to care for their 100 acres and 40,000 fruit trees — peaches, apricots, cherries, pears and plums. Customers at their fruit stand get free wagon rides on summer weekends and during the Christmas season. “Palisade peaches are known as one of the best peaches in the world,” he proudly tells visitors while taking a break from the usual workday because of the rain earlier in the day — an unusual phenomenon for this time of year. Some of Grand Valley’s abundance comes in the four-legged variety, like the alpacas that reside at Sun Crest Orchard Alpacas and Fiber Works. Mike and Cindy McDermott bought his parents’ farm in 2003 and tried raising several animals and

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Staci Clark, her husband and children are the fifth and sixth generations to farm Clark Family Orchards, which has been in the family for more than 100 years. Their 100 acres grow the famous Palisade peaches as well as cherries, apricots, pears and plums. They ship their produce nationwide.

crops, then settled on alpacas. It’s easy to see why. It takes about 10 seconds for one of the 50 animals to steal your heart. The McDermotts also process alpaca hair that comes from about 200 other farms across the country. (McDermott says that the

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U.S. alpaca population totals 350,000.) It takes 15 labor-intensive steps to transform hair into yarn, which McDermott demonstrates. The tour ends in the gift shop, which offers colorful, soft alpaca hats, gloves and scarves. Since these are of little use in Southern California, I opt for a pair of hand-carved alpaca Christmas tree ornaments. For information on the city of Grand Junction and area wineries, farms and orchards, visit visitgrandjunction.com. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com


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Being done in by technology small talk jean gillette From left, Girl Scouts San Diego COO Gerry Keshka congratulates Heather Fryant of Vista on receiving the Thanks Badge from Girl Scouts San Diego in recognition of her stellar volunteer work, joined by Girl Scouts San Diego Board Chairwoman Debbie Rider. Courtesy

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Inland Scout volunteers honored VISTA — Several North County inland-area volunteers were honored recently at Girl Scouts San Diego’s recent Volunteer Celebration. Heather Fryant of Vista received the Thanks Badge, the highest award for adult Girl Scouts, given to those who provide truly outstanding service that benefits the entire local organization and furthers its overall mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character. In addition to leading a Senior Girl Scout Troop, Fryant plans and implements many events for other girls in the Vista area.

She helps other troops get their girls outdoors and has served as lifeguard on Girl Scouts San Diego backpacking trips. Vista residents Emmy and Whit Davis, along with daughter Julia and Whit’s mother, Libby, accepted the Family Award. The entire Davis clan, which also includes Emmy and Whit’s children Natalie, Erin, Katie and Patrick, helped renovate the lake at Girl Scouts’ Camp Winacka near Julian, and often contributes to camp maintenance. They also started an archery program for girls at St. Francis of Assisi School. Janet Brugger of Vis-

ta, Barbara Schettler-Jehl of Escondido and Jessica Zamora of Oceanside are among the nearly 2,500 local volunteers who assist with the annual tradition of cookie sales. They received Cookie Awards for exceeding expectations, increasing girl participation and providing exceptional support for adults involved with the cookie program. Adela Resendiz of Vista was awarded the Honor Pin in recognition of her extensive outreach in the Latina community. She provides Spanish-language adult training and girl program ideas, and helps fami-

lies and troop leaders register their girls for activities. Additionally, Julia Lynne of San Marcos, Penny Halverson of Vista and Rosalie Brooks of Escondido took the stage to accept the Appreciation Pin. Haidee Banuet of San Marcos received the same honor, but was unable to attend. The honorees are among the 13,000 adult members who make it possible for Girl Scouts San Diego to serve 30,000 local girls. Girl Scouting for girls in grades K-12 has an annual membership fee of $15. Visit sdgirlscouts.org to join or volunteer.

View from the Vista Library Recommended Read by the Vietnam War and the Kris Jorgensen, Librarian author of the epic war novel Matterhorn, gives us a He recommends What powerful book filled with It Is Like to Go to War by the history, philosophy, Karl Marlantes (New York and morality of war illus: Grove Press, 2011; 256 trated by his own personal experiences. pgs.; $15). It is a moving book Why? With ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghan- and with such a large miliistan winding down, a tary presence in our coungreater number of U.S. sol- ty we would do well by diers are returning home considering what we ask of and trying to adjust to life those who are sent to war and how we can be more after war. In this book Karl Mar- understanding and suplantes offers insights to portive as they return. This book was chohelp both those returning as well as civilians to un- sen by Cal Humanities derstand what this adjust- for their California Reads initiative as a way to fosment means. Marlantes, a decorat- ter discussion throughout ed combat veteran from the state about the expe-

riences of returning veterans. There will be events taking place at libraries around the county in the next few months on this theme. Upcoming events The Friends of the Vista Library organize and sponsor this concert series on the 1st Sunday of every month. September’s concert will feature The Far Flung Quartet playing fine classical music. Acoustic Showcase — Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m. Erika Davies is the featured artist singing retro tin pan alley music. Homework Help, Mon-

day-Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m. Children in grades K-6 are welcome to get help from volunteer tutors at the library. 2nd annual Live it Up! Health and Wellness fair Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Information and resource fair featuring free health screenings, bounce house and fun activities for children, free cooking and fitness demonstrations, and more! The Vista Branch of the San Diego County Library is at 700 Eucalyptus Ave. / Vista, CA 92084. Call (760) 643-5100 for more information.

As one friend says, when the world gets weird, “Sagittarius must be in retrograde.” It was my very own “Rise of the Machines.” In one day, half of my 21st-century gadgets turned on me at the same time. I am waiting for life’s ref to give me 15 yards for piling on. First it was my computer at school. It started when I foolishly assured the IT guy that everything was working great. Within minutes of his departure, all gang agley. Suddenly the creature began freezing up mid-checkout and the book scanner took a strong dislike to the numbers on the bar codes and began making up its own. This happened, of course, while I had a line of anxious young readers with books in hand. That same morning, my just three-week-old iPhone announced “No Service.” I was wearing shirt and shoes, but despite my best efforts, it would not let me in, or any messages out. This, of course, required an hour on the phone with technical support, which sent me off to the store for a new SIM card and two hours of further kerfuffle. The phone refused

to be resuscitated and all the king’s horses and men could not fix it. I am now being sent a second-hand phone for which I must continue to pay the price of a new one. Good times. On the bright side, the shiny, new phone rolled over and died pretty swiftly, so perhaps a refurbished one will have worked out those bugs. I’m keeping a good thought. On the plus side, in the midst of my electronics nightmare, I figured out how to back up to the cloud. You laugh, but when it actually worked the first time, I saw it as another little piece of magic. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer considering an investment in two cans and some string or perhaps a rock and chisel. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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‘The Drop’ proves to be an intriguing crime drama By Noah S. Lee

onscreen appearance), “The Drop,” with its proves itself an intriguing gritty surroundings and crime drama…for select able cast (including James audiences. Gandolfini in his final When you look at

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ten underworld tale will appeal, chances are they’ll be impressed with what they see. And what’s not to like about “The Drop” when it has actors Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, and Matthias Schoenaerts? With a cast like that, there’s no question that the film’s premise — a bartender who finds himself entangled in both a robbery gone awry and an investigation that delves into the neighborhood’s residents — will work out

just fine. While the two central story arcs — one revolving around the consequences of the robbery, the other centered on the discovery of an abandoned puppy —may appear disparate at first, they actually become intertwined as the onscreen events continue to unfold. It is also a relief to see that Hardy manages to fasten the strings of each side together, thereby allowing his fellow cast TURN TO THE DROP ON 18


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Chargers let opportunity get by in loss

Buchanon is all Oceanside, except for one weekend a year

sports talk jay paris The man with the stylish clothes and gait of a former athlete glides across the Qualcomm Stadium turf with grace. He walks like someone with a purpose, and dang right, Willie Buchanon has one. Buchanon is part of the NFL’s fashion police, noting which players’ uniforms don’t conform to the league’s standards. His reports head to the league office, where the Park Avenue suits dock wages for those breaking the dress code. But before descending on someone with his pant legs not covering his knees — a no-no — Buchanon’s stride is interrupted. “O’side!” comes the throaty yell from a fan, oblivious to the game action. “O’side” comes the response from Buchanon, as well as a smile, which rivals the stadium lights. “I go to all the Oceanside High games,’’ said Buchanon, a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. “Unless I’m out of town.’’ Buchanon is on the road this week, trading his NFL detective work for a bratwurst, Old Style and stories that improve with age. It’s Packers alumni weekend and Buchanon would rather see Oceanside lose to El Camino than miss his annual Green Bay trip. Well, almost. It’s a special trek for a special guy, a player who was a standout cornerback for four local teams — Oceanside, MiraCosta College, San Diego State and the Chargers. But he made his mark with the Packers after being a 1972 first-round pick. One need not say “cheese” for Buchanon to grin about the good ol’ days. So when the calendar reveals alumni weekend, not even Buchanon’s beloved Pirates keep him around. “It’s the best,’’ said Buchanon, who played in Green Bay for six seasons.

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“You get to laugh and see all those Green Bay Packers. From Bart Starr all the way down. They all come back because they are all part of the Packers legacy.’’ That includes Buchanon, a member of the team’s Hall of Fame. He’s Oceanside to the core, but if you cut him, Buchanon, 63, would bleed some green and gold. “The legacy is so strong there that it is just ridiculous,’’ said Buchanon, a long-time North County Realtor. “The city and team just open their arms to these guys, and a lot of them are just regular guys. But once a Packer, always a Packer.’’ There are dinners, luncheons, a tailgate bash, halftime salutes and a golf tournament. “You can’t miss Packers weekend,’’ he said. “We tell a bunch of lies and you get to see all your old teammates.’’ Hanging with Buchanon never gets stale. He knows the prep, college and pro game. He knows when someone is blowing smoke and when someone is being straight. He doesn’t take gruff, but if there’s someone with a bigger heart, I’d like to see it. Then there’s Buchanon’s sense of humor. Buchanon helped steal the show at last year’s festivities, with Ezra Johnson, among the best pass-rushers in Packers history, being honored. Dedicated Green Bay fans know Johnson for getting caught eating a hot dog during a preseason game. Then-coach Starr blew a gasket and fined Johnson $1,000, with the defensive line coach quitting in the fall out. So right before Johnson’s time in the spotlight, Buchanon sprung into action. “I brought him a bratwurst down to the sideline and he ate half of it,’’ Buchanon said. “Then when they introduced him at halftime he held up the other half to the crowd and took another bite out of it.’’ The uproar was predictable although we’re not sure Starr was smiling. But if he was close to Buchanon, how couldn’t he? Contact staff writer Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports

SAN DIEGO — Jerry Attaochu received a number of phone calls from his high school football coach, his parents and friends after making his NFL debut against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. While Attaochu, the rookie linebacker who was selected in the second round of the draft, didn’t start the game, he entered the game as a substitution and he finished the game with his first ever blocked punt and his first professional sack and caused fumble when he tackled Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer in the third quarter. It was a performance that got him nominated for rookie of the week. “Not shocking at all,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said of Attaochu’s performance. “If you watch the way he works everyday at practice, the way he is in meetings, the questions that he asks…he runs snap to whistle, sideline to sideline. And there’s a lot of great effort…and there’s some things he’s going to learn from the game…but you love his energy and his excitement the way he plays.” But Attaochu said on Tuesday his rookie of the week nomination wasn’t anything he was thinking about following the 18-17 loss to open

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy talks with the media on Tuesday following the 18-17 loss on Monday against the Arizona Cardinals. Photo by Tony Cagala

the season. McCoy said the team had every opportunity to win that football game. “Unfortunately, in the fourth quarter we didn’t play our best football in all phases of the game,” he said. “There’s some good things that came out of the game, but it just comes down to the end, like the majority of the games in the NFL, you

got to play your best football at the end.” The Chargers, visiting the University of Phoenix Stadium, held a 17-6 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Cardinals came back. The 11-point come back boiled down to the Chargers not making the plays at the end of the game, McCoy said. “A number of opportunities slipped by whether it was offensively, moving the ball in a couple of those drives, or defensively, a few breakdowns,” he added. This will be a short week for the Chargers as they begin practicing for the defending Super Bowl champions, Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday. McCoy said the Seahawks are defending champs for a reason, noting the team’s energy and excitement they play with each week, the leadership of head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson coming into his own. The Seahawks are coming off of a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4. “We got to go out there and put a great plan together and play a great game,” McCoy said. The Chargers announced on Wednesday that center Nick Hardwick was placed on the reserve-injured list with a neck injury and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Teen takes gold in Pan American Karate competition By Ellen Wright

CARLSBAD— While most teenagers were spending their summers soaking up the sun, 14-year-old Kacie Pou was training three to four hours a day to compete in the Olympic sanctioned Pan American karate tournament in Lima, Peru. “This summer was a whirlwind,” said Marci Pou, Kacie’s mother. Her hard work and dedication paid off. She won a gold medal in her division against competitors from 10 different nations on the USA Junior National Karate Team. “When I won, I felt on top of the world,” said Kacie Pou. This was Pou’s first time in the Pan American competition. She has been practicing karate since the age of five, according to Marci. Her father, John Pou, was a police officer in North Carolina and thought martial arts would be a good way to subdue criminals without the use of force, said Marci. He then got the whole family involved in order to teach them self-defense for nights when he was away on duty. Kacie has been practic-

Kacie Pou took home one of three gold medals for the USA Junior National Karate Team. Courtesy photo

ing ever since and won the gold medal in six consecutive national competitions. She spent a week in Lima with her older brother, Chase Pou and her sempei, Josa Cortez, of the East Lake Dojo. “I trained so much for it, and then when I finally got there, it went by so fast and when it was over, I was like, wow, its over so quickly,” said Kacie. Kacie said it’s great having her brother in-

volved. “It’s a lot (more fun) with him with me. Even if he’s not competing he comes to tournaments and watches me and coaches me. He’s always been there and he’s a great training partner,” said Kacie.

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Recruits train to lead during crucible Ceremony held for renovation of Green Beach Access Point By Cpl. Tyler Viglione

CAMP PENDLETON — Marines of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, used teamwork and dependability to complete the Leadership Reaction Course, or 12 Stalls, during the Crucible at Edson Range aboard Camp Pendleton, Aug. 27. The Crucible is a 54hour test of endurance where recruits must conquer more than 30 different obstacles while they experience food and sleep deprivation. During the Crucible, recruits utilize small unit leadership skills they’ve acquired throughout training. “The recruits do the 12 Stalls event in the Crucible so they can learn how to work together as a team,” said Sgt. Ryan R. Ayers, field instructor, Field Company, Weapons and Field Training Battalion. “They learn how to utilize and create unit cohesion to accomplish the mission.” Before starting each event, recruits were given

Recruit Axe T. Buffington, Platoon 1003, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, balances himself on a chain bridge during the 12 Stalls event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Aug. 27. The 12 Stalls event is a part of the Crucible, which is a 54-hour test of endurance where recruits must conquer more than 30 different obstacles while they experience food and sleep deprivation. During the Crucible, recruits utilize small-unit leadership skills they’ve acquired throughout training. Courtesy photo

guidance regarding what to complete the task. they could and could not do “Each mission has certain rules that make whatever the recruits have to do more difficult,” said Ayers, a native of San Francisco. “It requires the recruits to think more and get creative with the equipment that they have.” Each stall had a specific set of instructions, but one rule that remained the same for all stalls is that no part of a recruit’s body can touch red-colored parts of the obstacle. Touching any red simulated combat fatalities and in order to rejoin the team, the recruit had to run 100 yards with 30 pound ammunition cans. At one stall, the recruits were required to extract a simulated casualty from an area only using a plank of wood. The portions painted in red made the recruits use precision and creativity to do it successfully. “If we did not come together as a team, completing the tasks would not be possible,” said Recruit Joseph R. Campbell, Platoon 1002. The strains of sleep and

food depravation began to take a toll on the recruits. “We don’t get a lot of sleep, our bodies are tired, and we just want it to be over,” said 18-yearold Campbell. “We keep getting mad at each other, which complicates things even more, but we can’t let it get to us because we have made it this far and we are so close to being done.” Drill instructors, field instructors and the company commander watched from a platform to ensure recruits are applying the fundamentals of leadership for each mission and performing within safety regulations. Although recruits of Alpha Company have completed the Leadership Reaction Course, they still have many events to complete before earning the title Marine. “This is the only event in recruit training where recruits complete a mission as a fire team,” said 24-yearold Ayers. “Since it is something different, it requires more from them, and in the end sets them up for success.”

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Two commercial structures at Carlsbad’s La Costa Towne Center will be demolished to make way for a revamp that includes the addition of retail and apartment buildings. The larger new building, shown above, would include 48 apartments, a courtyard for residents, and retail. Courtesy renderings

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ENCINITAS — The council took another step toward acquiring the Pacific View site on Wednesday night. Council members voted 3-2 in favor of a $50,000 deposit and other conditions spelled out in a memorandum of understanding for the property. That document paves the way for a final purchase agreement, which the council majority hopes to approve by the end of May. But the agenda item sparked a long debate over whether the council should have even agreed to pay $10 million to acquire the site from the Encinitas Union School District. Resident Jeff Eddington said he’s excited at the prospect of the city owning the site, but worried the coun- Pacific View Elementary, which closed a decil is getting “bamboozled.” cade ago. The council approved a memoran“The city offered $4.3 million for dum of understanding at Wednesday night’s the property in the not-too-distant meeting, bringing the city closer to acquiring past, and is now offering more than the site. Photo by Jared Whitlock

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2.3 times that price.” Eddington said. Councilman Tony Kranz, an advocate of the purchase, said the $4.3 million figure was based on the property’s current public zoning. And it was only intended as a first offer. Additionally, Kranz said he voted in favor of upping the price knowing that EUSD had a strong rezoning case, which would have made the land much more valuable. The city could have tried to fight the district’s rezone request, but that would likely have resulted in an expensive court battle, Kranz added. Last month, EUSD was due to auction Pacific View with a minimum bid set at $9.5 million. With the clock ticking, the city submitted an offer just before the deadline. EUSD has delayed the auction by two months as a safeguard, in case the deal with the TURN TO DEAL ON A15

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CARLSBAD — With it’s primary storefront empty for five years, the 33-year-old La Costa Towne Center at the corner of El Camino Real and La Costa Avenue is at last getting a revamp. The owner of the property gained approval to demolish two commercial structures in the shopping center and replace them with buildings that are half retail and half apartments from Carlsbad’s Planning Commission on April 16. Planning Commissioners praised the owners for coming forward with plans to redevelop the dated shopping center that they said currently lacks signage, design, and a main tenant. “(La Costa Towne Center is) just this big long white wall. You have no idea what’s inside, it’s not inviting,” said Planning Commissioner Hap L’Heureux. “This center has been long overdue.” Commissioner Aurthur Neil Black called the little mall an eyesore. TURN TO TOWNE CENTER ON A15

Center to be part of housing project By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The announcement that an UrbanLIFT grant will fund building the Kay Parker Family Resource Center at the planned Mission Cove affordable housing project bought applause for two reasons. Community members were glad to have a family resource center as part of the city’s low-income housing project, and equally pleased the name of the center will honor the late Kay Parker, a beloved, fair housing advocate.

Kay’s husband Dick Parker helped accept the grant at the City Council meeting April 16. He said the honor of naming the resource center after his late wife was well deserved. The Mission Cove affordable housing and mixed-use project on Mission Avenue is being developed through a partnership between the city and National Community Renaissance nonprofit developer. The project will break ground this summer. GradTURN TO CENTER ON A17

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CAMP PENDLETON — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Green Beach to commemorate the renovation of the Green Beach Access Point on Sept. 3. The Green Beach Access Point provides the only amphibious access to the Base's northern training areas, and is essential to accomplishing the mission entrusted to the Marine Corps by Congress and the American people. The renovation involved widening of the bridge at the access point and provides expanded training and tactical options to units conducting amphibious exercises within the northern mobility corridor. Prior to its renovation,

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CAMP PENDLETON — Assaultmen with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conducted a live-fire range with MK153 Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapons aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, August 21-22, 2014. For the Marines, the training provided extra trigger time using integrated elements such as coordinated volleys and an evaluated night portion. The 42 Marines were provided with 46 rockets to improve their abilities to manipulate, control and become comfortable their assigned weapon system. Corp. Dustin Sterr, an assaultman with 2/5, Company E said, “We’re at the beginning of our work-ups so we’re mainly working with the gun teams because for a lot of them, they’re brand new.” The junior Marines

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From left, Carol Herrera, of the Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista, congratulates Montserrat Garcia-Juarez, recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. Garcia-Juarez a graduate of Rancho Buena Vista High School and will be attending UC Davis this fall. The Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista has given out $7,250 in scholarships this year, which include Vista High, Rancho Buena Vista, Alta Vista High, General Murray High,Vista Visions, Guajome Park Academy, Tri City Christian and North County Trade Tech. Courtesy photo

VISTA — Vista Com- mary care exam rooms and munity Clinic, was one five dental operatories. of three health facilities The remainder of the space that received a grant of will be dedicated to recep$250,000 from The Health tion-waiting areas; providResources and Services Ad- er offices; nurse stations; ministration (HRSA.) The offices for administration, funding, made available by health education and case the HRSA Patient Centered management; mechanical Medical Home — Facility and electrical rooms; and Improvement (P-FI) Grant rooms for medical and janProgram, supports health itorial supplies. The newly remodeled centers’ efforts to make facility enhancements North River Road facility through alteration and ren- will offer a full array of serovation or construction. vices including family medThese enhancements work icine, pediatrics, primary to improve patient access to medical C\care, dentistry, services and quality of care behavioral health, prenatal using the Patient Centered screening and health educaMedical Home (PCMH) tion. Upon expansion completion, VCC estimates its model of care. In North County, the North River Road site will grant will help Vista Com- be able to serve 1,250 new munity Clinic (VCC) remod- Medi-Cal and uninsured pael its North River Road clin- tients during 5,000 visits anic. The three buildings at nually, a 20-percent increase this address are owned by beyond current levels. For additional inforthe city of Oceanside. The newly remodeled clinic will mation on the Council of house a total of nine (five Community Clinics, visit existing and four new) pri- ccc-sd.org.

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the city manager’s post in Coronado, Cypress and Campbell. Art Guild selects officers The members of the 2014-15 Board of Directors for the San Dieguito Art Guild were installed Aug. 25, celebrating the Guild’s 50th year. The new officers include Dolores Renner (Floor Art Chair), Devora Safran (Hospitality), Grace Swanson (Publicity), Pamela Taylor Waldman (Calendar Chair), Terry Oshrin (Co-Gallery Manager), Lin Holzinger (Co-Wall Art Chair), Linda Melemed (Treasurer), Susan Schulte (Secretary), Carol Korfin (President), Karen Fidel (Membership Chair), Jill Treadwell Svendsen (Website Chair), Cindy Alcoset (Co-Floor Art Chair), Sharon Hoffman (Newsletter Editor), Aleksandra Owczarek (Co-Wall Art Chair), Lynn Ely (Monthly Show Chair), Julie Bubar (Programs Chair) and Linda Melvin (Co-Gallery Manager).

All for the arts Jim Minarik, chairman and founder of Forte for Children, a charitable foundation established by DEI Holdings, Inc. in Vista, announced that the organization raised $483,000 in immediate grants on the evening of its recent gala. Established to ensure disadvantaged children in the community have access to music programs and music therapy. Yahnke makes Barron’s list Dale Yahnke, co-founder of Dowling & Yahnke, LLC, has been named to Barron’s list of the Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors in its Aug. 25, 2014 issue. Additionally, Dale is the only San Diego-based advisor to have ever been Del Mar praised named to the Barron’s list. for finances The city of Del Mar has New River Park head received the Certificate of Directors of the San Achievement for ExcelDieguito River Park Joint lence in Financial ReportPowers Authority approved ing from the Government the hiring of Mark Ochen- Finance Officers Associaduszko as interim execu- tion of the United States tive director of the agen- and Canada. cy. The 55-mile-long park stretches from the beach at Del Mar to the river’s headwaters on Volcan Mountain near Julian. Ochenduzco served as interim city manfacebook.com/ ager for the city of Del Mar coastnewsgroup in 2010 and previously held


Sept. 12, 2014 Kalmia St. KIDS CARNIVAL Boys & Girls Club of Vista will hold Know something that’s going a Day for Kids Carnival from on? Send it to calendar@ 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at 410 W. coastnewsgroup.com California, Vista. Admission is free with complimentary MARK THE CALENDAR NEED FOR FOOD The game tickets.For more inforAngel’s Depot, 1495 Poinsettia mation, call (760) 724-6606 or Ave., Vista, is gathering food visit bgcvista.org. now for its October Meal Box Packing set for Oct. 13. The SEPT. 13 FAMILY ART DAY The food is collected now so volunteers have time to check second Saturday of every expiration dates, sort, stamp month, the California Center and crate items before the for the Arts Education Departpacking. The group also needs ment offers free arts activivolunteers who can pick up or ties for the whole family. The deliver during its food drive one- to two-hour classes, are in Sept. 22. For more informa- Studio One and Two Theater tion, visit theangelsdepot.org. at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., EsHARVEST BUFFET An condido. The center provides Autumn Harvest Buffet will the materials. To register, visbe cooking at noon Sept. 24 at it Artcenter.org/education or the McClellan Senior Center, call (800) 988-4253. DEMOCRATS MEET Es1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. The Oceanwavers Square condido Democrats will meet Dance Group will be there at at 10 a.m. Sept. 13, at 431 N. 11 a.m. to kick up their heels, Escondido Blvd. hosting canfollowed by a dinner buffet. didates for Escondido elemenCall (760) 639-6160 for reser- tary and high school boards of trustee. at the Democratic vations. FIX YOUR SOIL Find Party campaign office. For adout what’s wrong with your ditional information, call (760) soil at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Alta 740-8595, e-mail communicaVista Gardens, 1270 Vale Ter- tions@escondidodems.org or race, Vista. Entry fee is $3 and visit escondidodems.org. another $10 includes all class materials. To register contact SEPT. 15 The Catholic Widows and clee@altavistagardens.com TOASTMASTERS Make Widowers of North County reservations now for the Vista support group for those who Sunrise Toastmasters dinner desire to foster friendships marking its 50th anniversa- through various social activry, from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at ities will meet for dinner at Cucina di Zuccero, 721 S San- St. Mark Golf Club, San Marta Fe Ave, Vista. For more in- cos Sept. 15, and dinner at St. formation or to RSVP, contact Mark Golf Club, San Marcos VPPR Thom Holland at (760) Sept. 17 and bowling at the Vista Entertainment Center, 659-3801. Vista, Sept. 18. Reservations at (858) 674-4324. SEPT. 12 R.E.A.D. TIME Escondido Public Library’s Read, SEPT. 17 The Cymbidium SociEat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for ety of San Diego County will students 9 through 12 years meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in old, kicks off this fall with a the Pavillion Room Lake San discussion of Raina Telgemei- Marcos, 1105 Bonita Dr. San er’s “Sisters,” the companion Marcos, featuring Lady Slipnovel to “Smile.” The Book per Orchids. Club meets in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30 SEPT. 18 The DNA Genealogy Into 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at 239 S.

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SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos has contracted with two certified USPTA tennis professionals to teach all levels of tennis at Woodland and Las Posas Parks starting in September 2014. Classes will take place on weekday afternoons and evenings and Saturday mornings. Angus MacLean has taught tennis for more than 22 years. He began his coaching career in the Burlingame Parks and Recreation department. Tole Marinkovic has more than 16 years of experience teaching and running tennis programs at the Four Seasons Aviara, the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club and the Indian Ridge Country Club. Class details can be found at san-marcos.net/ register. Fees will range from $76 to $81 per sixweek session.

Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd A Nerd’s Rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is now available, for just $30. Key findings, graphically presented, of Nicholas’ busy 2013 (according to a report by FiveThirtyEight.com): He received 44,041 texts and 31,769 emails, had 12,464 face-to-face conversations and 320 phone calls (all detailed by communicatee, from where, at what time, in what language). He reported 385 conversations, for example, with female cashiers, and that 54,963 exclamation points were used across all methods of written communication. (The 2012 report went for $35, but is, along with 2010 and 2011, “sold out,” according to feltron. bigcartel.com). (FiveThirtyEight.com, 8-24-2014) Can’t Possibly Be True The U.K.’s Barnet Council got aggressive in August against a landlord in Hendon, in north London, who had defied an earlier order to stop offering a too-small apartment for residential rental. Landlord Yaakov Marom said tenants were still eager for the room even though the entryway required most people to drop to all fours, since it was less than 28 inches high (and therefore a fire-code violation). Council officers checking on the earlier order against Marom found a couple still residing there, paying the equivalent of $685 a month. (The Guardian, 8-22-2014) • When he was 19, Rene Lima-Marin (with a pal) robbed two Aurora, Colorado, video stores at gunpoint and, winning no favors from the judge, received back-to-back sentences totaling 98 years. In 2008, eight years into the sentence, Lima-Marin was mistakenly released and until this year was a model citizen, employed, married with a son, on good terms with his parole officer. However, the mistake was found in January, and he was returned to prison, and according to his lawyers in their August appeal, the original sentence has been reimposed, thus moving his release date to the year 2104. (KMGH-TV (Denver), 8-22-2014) • On Aug. 21 and 22, in front of Linwood Howe Elementary School in Culver City, California, traffic officials posted a towering parking regulation sign pole (reportedly, 15 feet high) with at least eight large white signs, one on top of the other — in familiar red or green lettering, restricting access to the school’s curb lane. Each sign contains orders either to not park or to park only under certain conditions, each with its specific hours or other fine-print limitations. The mayor ordered the signs replaced on Aug. 22. (KABC-TV (Los Angeles), 8-22-2014)


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Local charter school is now enrolling for the new school year San Marcos — Taylion San Diego Academy is now enrolling for the new school year, with programs in home school, independent study and a virtual program serving North County. With locations in San Marcos and Vista, the charter school has a program to meet the needs of students in need of a more personalized education. The charter school opened in 2013, and has since grown to be a partner in the North County community. During its first year of existence, the school was granted accreditation by the Western Association of Schools (WASC), and has now expanded into Vista. The Taylion program is an option for students K-12, who find that a traditional school setting just isn’t a fit for them, academically or otherwise (bullies, etc.). A large number of their student population is high school students. “Kids that come to us, are for whatever reason, not thriving in a traditional public school setting,” said Taylion San Diego Academy’s Director of Business Development, Shannon Smith. “It can be for a variety of reasons: academics, socially, and they come to us where they find

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a place where they can academically and socially thrive.” Taylion offers three separate learning environments for students: online education programs, a home-school program, and an independent study program. Programs are often blended to meet the needs of students. Some additional learning opportunities include small group instruction and online learning programs. School officials say the program offers individualized learning, a safe environment with less distraction, higher parent involvement, credit recovery, credit acceleration, greater access to new educational resources, and unparalleled flexibility in utilizing var-

ious instructional delivery methods based on the particular student’s learning style. When asked what parents should look for in a choice for education, Smith said, “I think, first of all, parents consider what their kid’s needs are. What is it that they think can help their kid to be successful, and then go look at what the options are, and that’s what is wonderful about charter schools. At Taylion San Diego Academy, we are able to customize their learning program. We offer independent study, online classes, homeschooling and a blended model. We are able to take each student, assess where they are at, determine what would best help them and design a program for them individually.” The San Marcos campus is located at 100 N. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. #110, San Marcos, CA 92069, while the Vista site is located at 1661-B South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92081. For more information regarding enrollment and upcoming parent information sessions, call (855) 77-LEARN or (760) 295-5564, or visit taylionsandiego.com.

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their needs, which is why a key tenant of the Academy of Arts & Sciences philosophy is flexibility,” said CEO Sean McManus. “With this instructional model, on site and off site time can be adjusted to fit individual student needs. The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” The school utilizes cutting edge 21st century curriculum. Students are able to access the curriculum twenty four hours a day, and have the flexibility to participate in a wide variety of events, activities and experiences that enhance the learning experience. AAS also allows students the opportunity to access a wide variety of world language, humanities, media and technology, engineering and robotics, app and game design as part of the rich elective program. Online learning differs from traditional schools in that classes do not take place in a building, but rather at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection

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tunity? I’d be all over that one. On the East Coast, there was a cookbook published in 1838 called “The Virginia Housewife� that has a Join Lick the Plate for some chicken fried steak and country rock recipe for veal cutlets with Sept. 20 Image by David Boylan a chicken fried steak type had it on their menus last suggest calling these places TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 18 time I checked. I would first to make sure they still

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Greece,Portofino Italy or Nice France with a setting like this. I could go on and on about the ambiance of Poseidon, but we all know frank mangio this restaurant could not live on the view. It’s the efore I even food and wine that make it thought about happen. I like an Executive the relevance of Chef who wants his photo wine and food, Poseidon on the beach taken with a great glass in Del Mar was my hang- of wine. He understands out. My radio buddies and its relationship to his food I got all fired up around creations. Chef Jamal of the big pit by the bar and Poseidon is my man of the the conversation about hour. Raised with Morocsports, music, radio and bikinis ramped up in the can cooking, he has flavored his Mediterranean golden ‘80s. The communal firepit creations with a classic is still by the bar, the out- French style and a series door dining patio is more of high profile accomplishattractive than ever, the ments. â€œWe are offering ocean still spectacular and a blend of food that can the Ranglas Family still come together for some owns Poseidon and the unique flavors, combining next-door Del Mar Motel, a strong seafood and farm purchased in 1968. The bond,â€? he said. It shows in setting has been perfected Poseidon’s Morrocan Lamb over the years, to where it meatballs and my personal is now a true “beach vibe.â€? favorite, the Japanese VegSome coastal dining etable Crusted Chilean sites are located to ob- Sea Bass, which was pan serve the beach scene but seared and served with are walled out from the white truffle celery silk, essence of what the shore- heirloom cherry tomatoes line offers. Poseidon flows edamame and lemongrass out there with the sand beurre blanc sauce. The and surf. Large retract- perfect wine with this able windows guarantee beautiful summer dinner and open-air experience. entrĂŠe was the 2012 FerYou could be in Santorini rari Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma. Stephane Turonbarrere is the general manager and wine buyer for Poseidon. He has just upgraded the extensive list with more California favorites, and has launched a Half Price Wine selection every Tuesday and Wednesday with the purchase of a dinner entrĂŠe. He has Grammy winning Jazz guitarist also added some Temecula Paul Brown headlines a Wine & wines, the neighbor wine Jazz concert at Keyways Winery country in nearby River-

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had a job early in my career that took me to Texas on a regular basis and I always made it a point to seek out a roadside diner and order up chicken fried steak or country fried steak as it’s known in some parts. Before that, it was somewhat of a mystery dish to me ‌ was it chicken or steak, or both? Well, I figured that out and have since learned that there are many variations of this pounded and breaded cutlet and they each have their own unique characteristics. The Austrian dish Wiener Schnitzel and the Italian-Latin dish Milanesa are two of those variations. Milanesa is a tenderized veal or pork cutlet, coated with flour, eggs and breadcrumbs then fried. It’s also similar to the recipe for Scottish collups. Juanita’s and several other Mexican joints around town offer up their unique versions of Milanesa. Juanita’s serves a hearty portion and is a nice value as a combo plate. Tip Top in Carlsbad is a great source for many German-influenced schnitzel variations. My local go-to sources for chicken fried steak include Captain Keno’s, Encinitas CafĂŠ and Denny’s. Captain Keno’s is the best value at $3.49, a price that seems to have been in place since way back. Outside of North County Hash House a Go-Go, Proud Mary’s and Cowboy Star

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Middle grade book club begins ESCONDIDO — Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for students 9 through 12 years old, kicks off this fall with a discussion of Raina Telgemeier’s “Sisters,” the companion novel to “Smile.” The Book Club meets in the library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at 239 S. Kalmia St. A limited number of copies of the book are available for checkout at the Children’s Desk. In the autobiographical “Sisters,” Telgemeier covers her tense, but also tender relationship with her sister, Amara. Telgemeier focuses the novel on the drama that unfolds

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preparation. It was included in many regional cookbooks by the late 19th century. And of course Oklahoma, which has been known to borrow a few ideas from Texas, has included it in their official state meal. All I know is that growing up in Michigan, I never heard of it. With all these regional variations, there are as many ways to prepare it. I’ll stick to a basic preparation then talk a bit about ways I’ve enhanced it and will be preparing it at my upcoming Country Fried GRUEL dinner Sept. 20 at the Encinitas American Legion. Basic preparation includes starting with a thin cut of flank or cube steak and tenderizing it by pounding, cubing or forking. Then it’s immersed in egg batter or broth and dredged in seasoned flour. I use broth in place of the egg as it then

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rside County. San Diego’s Mediterranean waterfront dining comes together at Poseidon featuring fresh seafood and a fresh-air experience. Visit theposeidonrestaurant. com. Reservations are available by calling (858) 755-9345. Paul Brown plays Keyways Winery

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tournament. “We wouldn’t have been able to do it without it,” said Marci. Marci said she and her husband were willing to do whatever it took to send her to the competition, including taking out a home equity loan, she said because “it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for a 14-year-old young lady.” Kacie said one of the obstacles was getting a passport with such short

between the sisters during a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado. Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj leads the R.E.A.D Book Club and noted, “Our spring discussion of “Smile” was enthusiastic. ‘Tweens shared personal insights, sparking conversation about the joyful, but often difficult experience of becoming a teenager. I expect Sisters will receive a similarly passionate reception.” For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at (760) 839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org.

serves double duty as a base for the gravy. What you season it in is up to you, but salt and pepper are key. I tend to add some Cajun seasoning or similar to give it a little kick. After that it’s frying time and that is done best in black cast iron skillet with butter, lard or shortening. This is not a health food dish folks, go with oil that will contribute to the flavor. My go-to is butter as again, it is going to contribute to the gravy after frying the steaks all crispy. Which brings me to my favorite part of the chicken fried steak experience, the gravy. Remember that butter and broth I mentioned above? Mix it with flour, broth, cream and sage and for good measure I like to add some cooked breakfast sausage. I’ve also substituted chipotle for the sage to give it more or a Southwest flair. Sides can include anything from biscuits to mashed potatoes and some

type of sautéed greens. It should be noted that chicken fried steak makes for a great breakfast with a couple of fried eggs to accompany it. Consider this an open invitation to The Coast News readers to try my “Lick the Plate” version at my next GRUEL dinner and concert on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Encinitas American Legion from 6 to 10 p.m. with partner Sadie Rose Baking Co. providing fabulous bread. I’m also bringing down a great country rock band from Los Angeles called Merle Jagger for the full country effect. RSVP at lick-the-plate.com/gruel . Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday - Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.

$75 with wine and appetiz- education series with wine ers. Ticket information at tastings and other benefits tix.com or call Keyways at only $10. Find out more at (951) 302-7888. (619) 699-8222. The Masters of Food & Wine event is coming to the More Wine Bytes Vintana & Lexus Es- Park Hyatt Aviara Carlsbad condido has a Corks & Can- Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. vas Wine/Art Event Sept. at Vivace Restaurant. It’s a 13 from noon to 3 p.m. Ten celebration of Italian craftsartists will be paired with men with burrata, mozzafine wine and a lesson on rella, prosciutto, balsamic how to pair the two. Cost is and olive oil, fine Italian wines and art followed by $35. Call (760) 745-7777. Firefly in Encinitas a reception and four-course presents a Cakebread Cel- dinner at Vivace. $125. lars Napa Valley wine din- RSVP at (760) 603-6907 or ner Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. email BethCooney1@hyatt. A four-course dinner with com. award winning wines is $125. RSVP at (760) 635Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur 1066. California Wine Month certified by Wine Spectator. is celebrated at the Marriott He is one of the leading wine Marina Kitchen next to San commentators on the web. Diego Convention Center View and link up with his colSept. 17 and Sept. 24 from 6 umns at tasteofwinetv.com. to 7 p.m. Winning Sommeli- Reach him at mangiompc@ er Joshua Orr will do a wine aol.com. notice. “In the beginning, I didn’t have a passport,” said Kacie, “so I had to get an expedited one really quickly or else I wasn’t going to get to go on the trip. That was scary.” Kacie trains at the Japan Karate Organization. Karate is not on an Olympic sport although Marci is hopeful it will someday be recognized. “(Karate) has been on the voting ballot the last two times, and (it) got second place to golf two votes ago and … was beat out by

squash this last time,” said Marci. Kacie also plays soccer, which her mom said, really helps her cardio. She said during sparring, her competitor will visibly get tired and Kacie is still going strong, thanks to her strong cardio. Now that summer is over, Kacie is back in school at Carlsbad High School and catching up on the week she missed for the competition. She said she’s going to continue training just as hard and try to get into Junior World.

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members from different sections of the neighborhood to share their complicated lives. As always, the inclusion of a noir atmosphere never ceases to impress me in stories where criminals are a prominent element. Especially when it imbues such a film as this with a slow buildup, gradually exuding tension that culminates in acts of violence. And what’s just as impressive is this: the violent moments finish as quickly as they start, never resorting to excess. That being said, I did have a slight initial concern regarding the sense of danger, which, in terms of intensity, tended to oscillate from storyline to storyline, making one seem more foreboding than the other at times. As much as this appeared to be an error that could’ve potentially compromised the film, that outcome never materialized. Another important fac-

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sure that will be coming up in November is the decision for the city to become a charter city, Prop G. The two current councilmembers and Hunziker think the city should make the switch to a charter city and all the other candidates oppose it, with the exception of Rick Paul. “It’s an empty document that doesn’t change anything,” said Paul, “It should be left to the voters.” Gallo supports the

Sept. 12, 2014 tor I should mention is the international cast itself, all of whom bring a subtle complexity to their characters. It’s hard not to appreciate Hardy; he provides the film with an emotional resonance by infusing his withdrawn Bob Saginowski with an unassuming heart, buried underneath layers of self-imposed isolation. Gandolfini has the honor of getting to say the best lines of dialogue and, as the streetwise Cousin Marv, turns in an engaging, nuanced performance that concludes his legacy on a high note. Rapace succeeds in connecting with Nadia’s wounded and tough sides, and her chemistry with Hardy is convincing; I wouldn’t be surprised if their puppy had something to do with it. As for Schoenaerts, his understated presence is downright sinister; making the transformation from abusive neighbor to ugly antagonist is not easy, and his use of unspoken threats to get his point across is brilliant.

Like I said earlier, “The Drop” is liable to attract members of the community who are passionate about art-house/alternative material, so unless you fit that moviegoing mold, you’d best wait until it becomes available on the rental market. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a quality film (and Gandolfini’s last); however, as for seeing it on the big screen…well, that’s up to you. Regardless of the decision you make, “The Drop” will not disappoint. It is criminally dark and full of suspense, and has a beautiful relationship drama at its core — and marks the final time we will ever get to see James Gandolfini on the big screen.

move to a charter city. “We’re the only city in North County that is not a charter city,” said Gallo. He blamed cities going bankrupt on bad fiscal policy and said becoming a charter city will not risk the city’s financial stability. Hunziker said he is tired of unfunded mandates coming down from the state and believes the move to a charter city will give more power to the local government. Masson also supports the city becoming a charter city. The other candidates

were against it. “Becoming a charter is risky, expensive and unnecessary. It gives politicians more power to raise taxes,” said Downey. Martinez was also against it, she said, because the voters did not approve it two years ago and she doesn’t believe it needs to be on the ballot again. Voters in District 1 will decide between Martinez and incumbent Gallo. District 2 voters will choose between incumbent Masson, Hunziker, Downey and Paul.

MPAA rating: R for some strong violence and pervasive language. Run time: 1 hour 46 minutes Playing: In limited release

From left: Derek Wachter of H.G. Fenton, Vista Councilman Dave Cowles, North County Trade Tech High School CEO and founder Doreen Quinn, H.G. Fenton Executive Vice President Kari Prevost, Vista Deputy Mayor John Aguilera, Trade Tech High Principal Phil Lutgen and Keely Bamberg of the San Diego Foundation. Quinn presented a check for $100,000 to the school on Monday. Photo by Tony Cagala

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time that might not be energy efficient,” she said. “We think there’s still a lot of opportunities in San Diego to help revitalize and redevelop certain areas.” And as new projects emerge, that’s when they’re going to need help. For the past three years, H.G. Fenton has been offering internships to Trade Tech’s students. Travis Hamlin, a senior at the school took part in one of those internships this summer. He finished the internship having met a lot of great people, he said, and with the hopes

that on graduating, he’ll be hired on with the company. So far, H.G. Fenton has hosted five interns, hiring one to join the company. Hamlin, who came to the school during his sophomore year, said he was drawn to the fields of construction and engineering. He said that he wouldn’t really get to participate fully in those fields if he’d gone to a traditional high school. Ultimately, he added, his dream job is to be working somewhere high up at H.G. Fenton. “Seeing this kind of additional opportunity and training opportunities for young people is a boon

to Vista and a boon to the region,” said Vista Councilman Dave Cowles, a former educator. Deputy Mayor John Aguilera agreed, adding that of all of the different changes that have happened over the last few decades in education, which has cut out some of the opportunities for students, Aguilera said Trade Tech now offers for the children in the community. “Some kids that don’t desire or need to go to fouryear education, this is a great opportunity for them to get that alternate education that’s going to make them successful in the community,” he said.


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time and face each issue in a methodical, practical manner for best results.

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By Bernice Bede Osol FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

Satisfy your needs. You will be faced with unfamiliar or unaccustomed events this year, which will require you to improvise as you move forward. Don’t sell yourself short by thinking someone else is better than you. Believe in your abilities, and you will prosper.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Health and lifestyle improvements will pay off. Keep a sensible balance between work and family life in order to achieve a happier and healthier environment. Make love a priority. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Don’t fall into the trap of impulse buying or untested investments. Unexpected bills will take a toll on your bank account if you aren’t realistic regarding your budget. Visit your financial adviser.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- There may be minor skirmishes at work. You will VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Don’t hes- come out the winner if you can stay calm itate to ask for advice if you are having and in control. Patience will work in your trouble making up your mind. Look to favor. people you admire and find out what op- TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your stubtions will bring the desired results. born nature will lead to trouble. Try to be LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Get together agreeable, and work out a compromise with people who appreciate your talents. with whoever opposes you. Don’t say Having supportive people in your corner something you will live to regret. will give you the confidence you require GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Financial to sell your abilities and ideas. benefits are on the horizon. Put your SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Be per- plans into play in order to advance. A sistent. If a current concept or method is creative concept will gain the approval faltering, take a different approach. Let of someone with clout. It’s a good time to go of whatever or whoever is holding you get your ideas out there. back, and move forward. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Someone SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- A from your past will send you on an emophysical or mental challenge will allow tional rollercoaster ride. Keep your feelyou to show off your assets. Friendly ings a secret for now. Delays and disapcompetition will help you gain favorable pointment will surface if you are too open. attention from someone you want to im- LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Do something press. special with someone you love. Consider CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You’ll a day trip that will bring you closer togethface trials and tribulations. An attempt at er. The experience will lead to plans that a quick fix isn’t going to work. Take your will make your life better.

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Nonprofit is seeking to uncover the ‘Hidden Treasures’ of a community By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Everybody has a story to tell, whether they get to tell them or want to is an entirely different one altogether. “Either a leader is hidden, or the story is hidden,” said Lois Sunrich, the founder of the nonprofit group StoryArts. After 25 years of work helping others to tell their stories and writing her own through journaling, Sunrich, she said, is getting to the age where she’s ready to find out what the final legacy of that work is going to be. In what started as an experiment several years ago, Sunrich and a group of about 50 other women embarked on collecting their stories during the turning point of the last decade in the millennium with the idea, Sunrich explained, of passing the stories on to future generations. That was back in 1990. And now, Sunrich has a new project in telling the stories of unsung locals in the community. She’s calling the project “Hidden Treasures.” “I really wanted to go out into the community and with everything we’ve learned, and the models we’ve created as a community of memoir making, life story telling people…see if we could offer what we’ve learned to our hometown, to Encinitas, and collect stories right here,” she said. Those selected (there will be five chosen because of the five communities in Encinitas) will be paired with emerging local artists that will in turn help to create an art-filled book. The Hidden Treasures project, which is in the fundraising phase, (it’s the first time Sunrich’s StoryArts nonprofit organization is reaching out to the public for funds), will need $25,000 to complete the project. So far, Sunrich said they’ve raised half of the money, and is hoping to have the remainder of the funds raised by April. “If the community wants to help fund it, that makes them really the owners of it,” she said. “We’re not looking for large funds from a small group of people, we’re looking for everybody to pitch in whatever they can,” she said. Sunrich said the five “hidden treasures” haven’t been located yet, but they’re looking for those whose stories will have a lot of diversity and variety, and also a lot of heart and depth. None of the artists have been selected yet, and either will they or the subjects be announced until the unveiling of the works later next year, something that Sunrich said is part of the theater of the project. At the initial fundraiser held at a private home in Encinitas on Sunday, attendees, that included such names as

Jim Stiven, a StoryArts member, shares a story during the kickoff fundraiser held at his Encinitas home on Sunday. The StoryArts nonprofit is planning a “Hidden Treasures” project telling the unsung stories of people in the community. Courtesy photos

County Supervisor Dave Roberts attends the StoryArts fundriaising event on Sunday.

County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Encinitas council members Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer got a glimpse of what the Hidden Treasures project was all about. Fifth generation Encinitas resident Tom Cozens, attended the event, too. He told his own story of Jan Grice (they share a connection through the Hammond family), but while Grice might be well-known in the community and for her work with the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, Cozens was surprised to learn something new about her that day. Cozens had no idea that Grice wrote poetry. “That was a total surprise to me,” he said. “It just helped open up my eyes more to her as a person.” Cozens said that hearing people’s stories is incredible valuable. “People in general, just need to be reminded, espe-

cially in today’s age, that there’s a tremendous amount that gets done, that benefits the community by people we never see and often don’t even know — are neighbor next door,” Cozens said. He said that people need to be aware of that, and hopefully inspired by it. “For me, I love hearing about people that care,” he said. “Too often we look for the city, or somebody to get a paycheck to go and do it, when we’re fully capable, and often can do a better job quicker, if we just do it,” he said. “The whole idea of what StoryArts is about is community building,” Sunrich said. “When people share the stories, it is extremely powerful for the person who shares the story, but what we found is that it’s also extremely powerful for whoever they tell their story to.” To make donations, visit storyartsinc.org.


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she is keeping things real with her show. “It’s pretty raw and it’s like old school, so it’s just me, bass, guitar, drums and keyboards,” Gray said. “You’re going to hear everything. There are no machines. It’s just us, and we’re playing the new album, of course, but we also have songs from all of the old ones, all six albums. And it’s about an hour and 45 minutes. It’s pretty sexy. It’s pretty aweMacy Gray is performing at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach Sept. some. My band is incredi17. Courtesy photo ble and it’s a good show. It’s proper entertainment.” triple platinum with sales of But the salad days didn’t more than three million cop- last that long. The albums ies in the United States alone. that followed — It was quite a whirlwind peri2001’s “The Id,” 2003’s od for Gray, who also gained “The Trouble with Being Mya reputation during this time self,” 2007’s “Big,” for her unpredictable behav2010’s “The Sellout” ior and diva-ish ways. A moth- and 2011’s collection of cover er of three teen-agers, she tunes, “Covered” — received seems more settled now, but mixed reviews, indifferent said she relished her success. sales and left many seeing “It was crazy, Gray said. Gray as an artist who never “Mostly I just had all of this fulfilled her initial promise. money all of a sudden and I Whether with “The just wanted to go spend it. I Way” Gray can recover the got to meet people I never momentum that once seemed dreamed I’d meet, and get- to have her on course to be ting into parties that I always a top-drawer R&B/pop star saw on remains to be seen. But she TV. And I got to see the seems to have found her muworld. It’s different when sical mojo on the album. you’re younger. “Bang Bang” — the Like if it happened to me song Gray said gave her a dinow, I’d have a whole differ- rection for the album — is a ent answer for you. But back highlight. With its stinging then, I was so excited that guitar and funky beat, it’s a I had all of that money and sassy, catchy treat. But there all of this stuff. I could buy, are other strong moments, clothes and shoes and like too. “I Miss The Sex” percosending my parents money. lates nicely under its elecI just really had a lot of fun, tronic-laced jazzy, soul sound. ridiculous fun. I rode on a “Hands” is a bright, jet for the first time in my grooving bit of R&B flavored life, stuff like that. I had dia- pop, while “King of the Big monds for the first time ever. Hurt” is a lovely soul-flaSo I was just really caught up vored song that mixes silkin going shopping and going iness with just the right to parties. amount of grit. “Oh yeah, I had a ball,” Gray is starting a tour to she concluded. promote “The Way” and said Due Date: 08-22-14

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In 2012, Macy Gray went on tour as a vocalist for jazz saxophonist and former World Saxophone Quartet member David Murray and his big band. It became an eye-opening experience that she feels is having an impact on the show she will deliver this fall as she tours behind her soonto-be-released new album, “The Way.” “I think the main thing is it kind of turned me on to a certain caliber of musicians. Jazz musicians are kind of a whole other planet of musicians’ skill,” Gray said, as she looked back on the tour with Murray in an early September phone interview. “It just raised the bar for me as far as the musicians that I wanted to be around, and just the level of excellence on stage, to be really not only entertaining, but just to be really, really good at what you do.” In a larger sense, Gray seems to have gained better control of her career, her music — and her life — as she prepares to release “The Way.” In fact, “The Way” finds Gray sounding much like the artist wowed the public on her 1999 debut album, “How Life Is,” drawing on influences that include hip-hop, rock, R&B, jazz and soul to create a gritty, grooving, highly intoxicating sound that smartly blurs the lines between urban and rock genres. Gray thinks there’s a particular reason why she was able to be especially true to herself on the new album. “I didn’t have a lot of people in my ear telling me what I should do and what I shouldn’t do and what I should try this time and I needed to change things up,” she said in her famous raspy voice. “So that was the difference. I wasn’t attached to a label when I started this record, so that was a different freedom and no kind of like suggestions or advice. It was just me who I was in the studio with, and we got to do whatever we wanted.” As Gray suggests, her career had gone off track since the early years. It began emphatically, of course, with “How Life Is.’ Fueled by the smash hit single “I Try,” the debut went

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