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Showdown for Supervisor With the primary only a few days away, Dave Roberts, the incumbent District 3 representative on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is facing challenges from two opponents, Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed. See pages 6 and 7 for a full analysis on the race and the candidates’ responses to a number of issues important to voters when heading to the polls June 7.

Zoe Sanchez Richardson and her son Chris measure their cupcake tower in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for tallest cupcake tower. Photo by Tony Cagala

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders makes his way through a crowd of supporters after speaking in Vista on Sunday. Sanders spoke in front of about 7,400 people at Rancho Buena Vista High to rally people to vote in the California’s June 7 primary. Photo

by Aaron Burgin

Cupcake tower raises awareness — and the bar Sanders promises changes in front of thousands in Vista By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The amount of work and hours that went into it was staggering — 96 cupcakes coming and going into and out of the oven every 20 minutes for at least two days, 25,000 cupcakes total, and all stacked to a height reaching more than 30feet tall. But in the end, what was really staggering to Zoe Sanchez Richardson, the woman behind the massive and potentially the world’s largest cupcake tower, was that there was

still no cure for cancer. But why cupcakes? “Cupcakes signify birthdays for cancer patients,” Sanchez Richardson said. “And the American Cancer Society is known for giving cancer patients more birthdays with all their research that they’ve done throughout the years, so our whole thought was why not honor that and celebrate that.” Sanchez Richardson is a stage 4 cancer fighter. She’s surpassed the time frame her doctor had given her.

For the mother of two sons, being told to get her final affairs in order was an experience she described only as “surreal.” “I made the decision,” she said. “I could either have that pity party, where I’m just like, ‘oh, poor pitiful me,’… I made the decision — I’m going to fight the fight every single day and show people that regardless that I have cancer, I’m still very much a community activist, I’m going out



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VISTA — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders promised sweeping changes if elected in November, and said his campaign gives Democrats the best chance to defeat Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, during a campaign rally on

May 22 in Vista. Sanders spoke to a crowd of nearly 7,400 people, who packed Rancho Buena Vista High School’s football stadium to hear the Vermont senator’s plans to reshape the nation, from a $15 national minimum wage and virtu-

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‘Cut suit’ comes to Palomar College By Aaron Burgin

ESCONDIDO — Four tactical officers lay on the ground outside of Palomar College’s Escondido Center, bleeding heavily from apparent gunshot wounds. Four fellow officers rushed to their aid, tourniquets and other lifesaving equipment in hand, deftly dressing wounds and stopping the blood flowing from their injuries. “It can make you a little squeamish,” said Daniel Sourbeer, an interim vice president at the college. The bloody scene looked like something out of a movie or a terrorist attack, but it was actually a demonstration of Palomar College’s newest emergency medical education training tool, the Human Worn Partial Task Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulator — or the “cut suit” for short. Palomar College students as well as training officials with the suit’s manufacturer performed the demonstration during a news conference last week announcing the college’s partnership with the county for the purchase of one of

Palomar College students as well as training officials with the Human Worn Partial Task Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulator — or the “cut suit,” perform a demonstration during a Tuesday morning news conference. Photo by Aaron Burgin

the suits, made possible through a $71,000 grant from the County Board of Supervisors. “The whole goal is to provide resources and tools necessary to make this the best for all,” County Supervisor Dave Roberts said about the award. “The county considers this an investment in public safety and emergency care for the entire region. This is important work.” The cut suit is made of material that has the look and feel of human skin and internal organs. An actor puts the suit on over his body, and it “bleeds” a substance that looks like blood when it is punctured. Students and first responders who train with the cut suit get to simulate the injuries they might respond to during a high-risk incident, such as an active shooter on campus, a hostage situation, a bombing or a terrorist attack, when they have to stop the bleeding or dress the wounds of injured victims. “In order to provide the TURN TO CUT SUIT ON 20

Escondido names Russell Knowles as city’s new fire chief By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — A longtime firefighter with the city is taking the top job. Deputy Fire Chief Russell Knowles was named as the Escondido Fire Department’s newest chief last week. He replaces Chief Mike Lowry, who retired in December, but

was called back for six months so the city could filter through the applications. Lowry will once again retire effective June 3, while Knowles begins work June 5. City Manager Graham Mitchell said Knowles’ connections with city staff and development through-

out Escondido was an important factor in his decision to hire Knowles. Another key component, Mitchell said, was to determine how the two men would work together. Mitchell oversees the fire department, so over the past several months Knowles was given numerous assignments including

PAID POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT Russell Knowles of the Escondido Fire Department is selected as the agency’s new chief this week. He begins June 5 and takes over for Mike Lowry, who will retire June 3. Courtesy


outside the “fire realm” so Mitchell could assess his work ethic, management style and other factors. “It was important to me to get a feel of whether or not we could work together,” Mitchell said. “We spent a lot of time talking with each other, doing some mentoring and giving his some assignments. After it was done, I felt really good about it, so we are moving forward.” He added Knowles also embraced the mentor roles from Mitchell and Lowry over the past six months. “He’s sort of had a TURN TO CHIEF ON 20

Officer saves woman’s life By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — A police lieutenant was in the right place at the right time. Al Owens of the Escondido Police Department overheard a call Tu e s d a y and ended up saving the life of an unidentified wom a n behind poEscondido Police Lt. Al Owens saved lice heada woman’s life quarters. A c Tuesday after she overdosed behind c o r d i n g police headquar- to the ters. Courtesy photo EPD, the d ispatch center received a call at 1:18 p.m. concerning the woman on a creek bed behind headquarters. The caller said the woman had possibly suffered an overdose on a narcotic and was not breathing. Owens overheard the call, rushed outside, evaluated her condition and began CPR. The woman, who was not breathing and had no pulse, underwent CPR. Owens was able to regain a pulse, but seconds later it was lost and Owens again conducted life saving measures. The woman regained her heartbeat and began breathing. She was transported to the hospital after paramedics arrived to provide further treatment. “While I am extremely proud of Lt. Owens’ actions, I am not surprised,” said Chief Craig Carter. “Lt. Owens was one of seven officers who all raced to the scene in hopes of helping someone in desperate need. This event highlights the daily efforts of every member of the Escondido Police Department.”

Firefighters get new breathing equipment By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Much needed breathing equipment for firefighters was approved by the City Council last week. The Escondido Fire Department will receive 70 self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) along with 47 face masks, 117 mask-mounted regulators and two rapid intervention kits. The cost is $548,715.08, although $498,518 comes from the Fiscal Year 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, $49,852 from the General Capital Funds and $345.08, the difference between the quote from Municipal Emergency Services, Inc. and the actual price, from the fire department’s operating budget. The department filed the federal grant request in December 2014 to upgrade its equipment to meet curTURN TO EQUIPMENT ON 20

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Younger generations take up conservation cause By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDIO — National Endangered Species Day has come and gone, but the message behind it is still resonating with young students around the country. When the U.S. Senate passed a resolution back in 2006 declaring the third Friday of each May National Endangered Species Day, students of every age flocked to zoos, aquariums, gardens and museums to learn what they could do to help prevent the extinction of endangered animals. At the heart of that lesson: One person can make a difference, explained David Robinson, the creator of National Endangered Species Day and education director for the Endangered Species Coalition, based in Washington, D.C. Robinson was on hand at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on May 20 to help celebrate the day he helped to create 10 years ago. One person can make a difference, Robinson explained. “Get involved and participate in a school club or do a habitat clean up, join a beach clean up — any number of things — planting a milkweed garden for Monarch butterflies,” he said. Max Guinn, founder of Kids Eco Club, explained the significance of hearing for the first time a lion

Encanto Elementary School fourth grader Noemi Mora, left, and her classmates let out a big lion roar in appreciation for National Endangered Species Day on May 20. Photos by Tony Cagla

roar while on an overnight campout at the Safari Park with his mom. “At that moment, somehow, I knew a world without lions and elephants would never be an option for me,” he said. “At 15 my generation is the first to experience global climate change and mass animal extinction. And my generation may be the last with any real hope of saving the planet as we know it.” Robinson, though, said he’s aware of the doom and gloom part of the message, but that there’s also hope.

“I think that’s what people like to focus on. I think that people — if you’re only focusing on how terrible the planet is — a lot of people just don’t want to get involved. It’s just too depressing. “So you look at it from a positive aspect that every day actions make a difference. This generation, I don’t think they’re the only generation to get involved…But I think there’s a call to action that’s there. They’re going to get more involved and kids are going to rise to the occasion and do things.”

Lynn Howard, a fourth-grade teacher at Encanto Elementary School in San Diego, said her one thing she does a day to make a difference is to spend 30 minutes every day researching and signing petitions for endangered species. Noemi Mora, 10, a student of Howard’s, talked about the importance of saving all the animals, most especially the elephants because of their abilities to help spread seeds as they grazed, which in turn, helps the ecosystem.

A San Diego Zoo Safari Park animal handler with an Andean Condor, one of the world’s endangered species.

She and her class have written several letters to China, she said, asking for people to stop killing elephants and other animals for their ivory tusks. “It’s sort of been working,” she said. “They’ve been stopping. But we want them to stop absolutely.” “Every single animal should be saved because they’re important to our ecosystem,” Mora said. “So it’s like one animal dies out, then our whole ecosystem falls apart. And we can’t have that,”

she said. Robinson said that every year since National Endangered Species Day began, he’s seen the programs associated with it grow, he said, and the success stories about endangered species being told more often. There’s more and more people involved, it’s become more international, he said. “I believe everyone can help,” Guinn said. “Start with one thing today to change the way you care for the planet and its animals.”

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Key primary election question: Who will vote? California Focus By Thomas D. Elias he key questions in the June 7 primary T election include not merely

who will win in each major party and how many national convention delegates they might net, but also who will vote. That last question, in fact, might decide the answers to the first two. Before all his opponents dropped out, it seemed that to do well, Republican businessman Donald Trump needed votes from many, many thousands of Californians who don’t ordinarily go to the polls or fill out ballots in advance. The same for Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders on the Democratic side. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, of course, already had the great majority of usual voters well in hand long before advance voting stations opened and absentee ballots went out in mid-May. But the outpouring of youthful voters aged between 18 and 25 for President Obama in 2008 and 2012 signals that both Trump and Sanders also have the potential to change the makeup of the California electorate. That electorate normally is dominated by older, white, college-educated, affluent, home-owning citizens. But as Trump campaigned across America this year, he drew support mostly from people who don’t fit all those categories: They may mostly be white, but they are not so likely to be college-educated, affluent or homeowners. Many have voted only sporadically, if ever, in the past. Sanders’ voters have often been a flip side of that: Well-educated, mostly white, but younger and neither affluent nor home-

owners. The normal California electoral divide — the usual pattern of who votes and who does not — generally sees half of all adult U.S. citizens living here make the key decisions for the other half, who don’t vote but often gripe. The latter category tends to be younger, poorer, more Latino, renters and less likely to be college-educated than those who vote regularly. It’s a pattern almost guaranteed to arouse classist resentments, and that has been the essence of both the Trump and Sanders campaigns, as different as they are in many other ways. This is important stuff

law favorably by a 55-36 percent margin. And those are only two of the differences. The irony here is that non-voters consistently want government to do more for them (69 percent said a higher minimum wage means a lot to them), but those same people do nothing to ensure that government will perform as they want. These findings raise a lot of questions, a key one being how to get more of the non-voters to cast ballots and actually try to put people who share their views into office. One way, suggested Democratic state Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica in a recent forum, would be

The irony here is that non-voters consistently want government to do more for them if only because the divides in attitudes and emotion between groups more likely to vote and those less likely are wider than ever before in the modern era, similar in some ways to ideological splits in pre-Civil War America — and look where that led. Here’s one divide, as determined in polling this spring by the Public Policy Institute of California: While likely voters are divided on whether government at all levels should do more to reduce gaps between rich and poor (51 percent believe government should do more, 44 percent disagree), fully 70 percent of non-voters say the government should do more. Views of Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, follow a similar pattern, with likely voters almost evenly split between approving it or not. Non-voters view the

to get more news coverage of government. But with virtually all Sacramento television news bureaus closed for economic reasons (political bureaus cost money, but no one ever bought advertising time because of them) and newspapers operating at bare-bones levels because of the industry’s slump, that doesn’t figure to happen soon. Another suggestion is better civic education in public schools. But try getting high school students to pay attention in government classes. That might leave it up to charismatic candidates to drive the vote and bring usual nonvoters to the polls. If Trump and Sanders do that in this election, they’ll have made at least one positive contribution.

Supervisor race Kristin Gaspar wants your vote to become county supervisor. She is model-like in her stiletto heels but how does that help her accomplish anything as supervisor? She claims to have accomplished a number of things on the Encinitas City Council, including putting sand on the beaches — reality: Teresa Barth attended the meetings, Gaspar attended the signing in Washington, D.C. with Army Corps of Engineers. Claims she “led the way in building a new 44-acre community park.” Reality: She was not on council when the vast majority of decisions were made. The only sub-committee Gaspar was on was the Public Outreach & Communications. There was one meeting and Gaspar did not attend. She only served on one regional board, Encina Wastewater treatment plant in Carlsbad. She specifically declined any other appointments because she was too busy...being a mom and CFO! She has some large financial backers helping her to develop giant posters and slick mailers. What is she going to owe these backers? Maybe the wishes of Randy Goodson and his Lilac Hills project? The project would build 1,746 homes in a mostly rural area where current restrictions allow only 110 homes to be built. Dave Roberts is against it. Ask yourself, if she is too busy to participate in regional boards for Encinitas how will she find time for county supervisor? And, whom does she owe for all the big donations? Barbara Bolton, Encinitas RE: Motorcycle noise It is already illegal to modify the exhaust on motorcycles purchased after 2009. If you don’t like “noise” you should move out of the city and allow Americans to have some shred of freedom left in CA. Also I’m disappointed to hear the councilman from Oceanside is ignoring his constituents who support the second amendment. Shame on him. Scott,

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Roberts fends off character attacks by Abed, Gaspar in race for supervisor seat By Steve Puterski and Aaron Burgin

REGION — The first of a potential two-round political battle reaches the midway point Tuesday in the race for the District 3 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Incumbent Dave Roberts, a Democrat, takes on challengers Sam Abed, mayor of Escondido, and Kristin Gaspar, mayor of Encinitas, both Republicans in the primary. The supervisor seat, however, is a nonpartisan office. Abed and Gaspar have taken Roberts to task for an office scandal and county policy violations, which cost the county $310,000 last year to settle. Roberts’ lack of an explanation gave Abed and Gaspar their opening to challenge the incumbent, the pair said. The two challengers have hammered home the allegations made by three former staffers in Roberts’ office as they hope to upend Roberts Tuesday. Abed and Gaspar’s attacks on Roberts’ integrity and trust has been a driving force in each campaign. Roberts, however, said his efforts on the campaign trail have produced positive feedback from voters, who he feels have moved on from the scandal. “From my vantage point, I have seen the negative campaign by both my opponents has gotten traction,” he said. “My audiences are very supportive of my four years of work, and they want me to continue solving problems that matter. They don’t want to talk about a short time period where I had personnel issues.” Roberts said his opponents have yet to challenge his record in office because his efforts have produced results from mental health facilities, opposing landfills next to rivers and overdevelopment, and the county becoming one of a handful in the country to have a triple-A rating from all three credit agencies for the past four years. His financial acumen, Roberts said, is yet another strongpoint for the incumbent. “In 2013, the county for the first time, got a triple-A bond rating,” Roberts said. “That is my strength. My strong fiscal background, working in the Pentagon on the airport budget, creating the Tri-Care Military Health Care System, which has a strong fiscal component to it. “I haven’t heard from either of my opponents one thing they want to do. All they seem to do is want to talk about is personnel issues from over a year ago. From what I’m hearing from my constituents, is they are voting on the issues.” Roberts, though, said the attacks on him are down from his first campaign running for supervisor four years ago (12 negative mailers in 2012 to eight this cycle). In addition, he was surprised at Abed and Gaspar’s attacks on each other, as both have traded barbs over Abed’s parking lot and Gaspar’s claim of being an educator opposed to a volunteer. Nevertheless, Roberts said his record and experience, which also includes being appointed as a health policy advisor for the administrations of presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, is what set him apart. But to survive the race means questions and consistent claims of a lack of integrity for Roberts. He stressed the matter is behind him, took responsibility and said he cannot discuss the matter in greater detail as it is a confidential personnel issue. Abed said he was the first to call for Roberts’ explanation, and when none was provided, he announced

Dave Roberts his candidacy last summer. Gaspar followed in the fall and both quickly began taking shots at Roberts’ credibility and integrity. As mayor of the largest city in the district, Abed said he doesn’t want a “corrupt” supervisor to represent his city, so he decided to join the race. “We have a different political philosophy and I didn’t have an issue with that, until story after story, scandal after scandal came out,” Abed said. “It was really a shock. It reminded me of (former San Diego mayor) Bob Filner. Dave Roberts just ignored it and think he didn’t do anything wrong.” Gaspar echoed Abed’s sentiments. “My expectation is that elected officials should be held to the highest standard of ethics and integrity,” she said. “It is disappointing how he managed his office.” The challengers, meanwhile, have said little about Roberts’ record on the issues up to date. Abed stressed he is the most qualified candidate heading into Tuesday’s primary and November’s general election. He said Roberts’ lack of trust with the voters coupled with his crossover appeal to independents and democrats make him the strongest choice. In addition, Abed said his experience on the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), is another star on his record. “None of my opponents have the experience on the SANDAG board,” Abed said. “That is a $1.4 billion budget. This position is very important. You are talking about the fourth largest county in the nation. I’ve dealt with billions of dollars in budgets and I think the voters will clearly see, bottom line, is I have one opponent (Roberts) who doesn’t have any integrity and the other opponent (Gaspar), who is shady on integrity doesn’t have the experience. I wouldn’t have said that about Gaspar until she sent those lies (in political mailers).” However, Gaspar has also chided Abed for his explanation of a controversial parking lot, which he said was targeted by the state for a lack of storm water mitigation. Abed said the matter was drummed up by a political rival during his mayoral re-election campaign in 2014, and after the city said his lot met the requirements, paid $75,000 to pave the lot to kill any speculation of wrongdoing. In addition, Gaspar has repeatedly questioned Abed’s role in the recovery of Escondido, the district’s largest city. She said the city’s financial health, which has seen four consecutive years of surpluses, is based more on the recovery of the economy than any policies or direction implemented by Abed. Regarding his parking lot, Abed stressed he was in compliance with

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Sam Abed the law and gained the necessary city approvals. “The Union Tribune … misled the public and it was media hype,” Abed said, referring to a Jan. 24 article. The lot was already “semipaved” with crushed concrete when Abed went to the city to determine if it needed to be fully paved. The city came back to the mayor saying that it was in compliance with their standards. “My opponent in the mayor’s election went to the (state) water board,” Abed said. “We are not friends with the water board on a policy level because they are overreaching and putting a burden on affordability of housing. As a citizen, I would have fought with that because it’s a judgment call. I didn’t want to deal with it so I paid $75,000 to do (it). It was done ethically.” Abed said his record consists of improving the bond rating to AA-, attracted nearly 1,000 new businesses to the city plus the jobs associated with those businesses, created an $8 million surplus, brought about $1 billion in investments and lowered the crime rate by 22 percent in 2014. “This has been a major turnaround for the city of Escondido,” he added. “Some people tell me it’s a historic turnaround. I think that’s why I will be elected to the county and nobody has that kind of record. “Encinitas is a dysfunctional city politically because they are dealing with the wrong issues. Banning plastic bags and Styrofoam cups. There are more important issues such as affordable housing and public safety.” Abed also referred to Gaspar’s stance of being an educator instead of volunteering at schools. In addition, the accusations of her mailers against Abed have struck a nerve. “This is just all lies,” he said. “I understand she is desperate and I have never accused anybody of those kind of things. The people know I am leading in this race and we are responding with the facts. I’m the only candidate with experience, integrity and leadership.” Gaspar, who has positioned herTURN TO RACE ON 11

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Political expert weighs in on race for District 3 By Aaron Burgin

REGION — A local political expert said that while the scandal made District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts vulnerable to his competitors, several factors play in his favor — incumbency, the time delay between the settlements and the election, partisan politics and the presidential primary election. As an incumbent, Roberts can run on his record, which includes projects and services he has delivered to various communities within the district, said Thad Kousser, a political science professor at UC San Diego. And time, Kousser said, appears to have dulled the effect of the scandal, which threatened to derail his re-election hopes a year ago. Roberts faces challenges from Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed. “I think the scandal is the only reason there is a competitive race this year,” Kousser said. “But the scandal looks much worse a year ago than it does today. There is still enough material for his opponents to put on a campaign flyer, but all charges were dropped against him, and the time delay has given Roberts a chance to explain his side of it to voters and move on, which didn’t look possible a year ago.” Gaspar said she believes that voters will hold Roberts accountable, despite the length of time that has passed between the scandal’s peak and the primary election. “People need to demand more from elected officials,” Gaspar said. “The fact is that when all is said and done, we are talking about a half-million dollars of taxpayer money to settle these legal claims, and that to me is unacceptable, considering the many needs we have for the region. “I strongly believe it is time we don’t dismiss these issues, that we hold our elected officials to a higher standard, period,” Gaspar said. Kousser said the dynamics of the presidential primary also could help Roberts, a Democrat, advance to a runoff election against one of the two Republican candidates. With the Democratic presidential nomination still in the balance, California Democratic voters are much more likely to participate in the primary than Republicans, whose party have all but selected Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate. Those voters will likely be more willing to forgive Roberts for previous transgressions, he said. “I think (the primary) is going to boost up the vote for Dave Roberts because the democratic (presidential) campaign still matters,” Kousser said. “Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going to run strong ‘Get Out

the Vote’ efforts, and that all makes things look better for Roberts. If this were a race that really excited the Republican Party, you could potentially see two Republicans reach the runoff, as you saw a few years ago during the primaries.” Moving beyond June 7, Kousser said that the makeup of the district’s demography would suggest that Roberts’ biggest threat in a runoff would be Gaspar, who has positioned herself as the type of moderate candidate that has succeed-

This is a business-friendly, environmentalist and socially liberal territory, or ‘leave us alone and let us surf.’” Thad Kousser Political Science Professor, UCSD

ed in Coastal North County races and in the third district. “She is not as polarizing a figure as Sam Abed, and generally county supervisors are not running based on their international immigration policies,” Kousser said of Gaspar. “She is positioning herself as a moderate and a pragmatist, essentially running the same campaign as Roberts four years ago. Her pitch is that she is untainted by scandal.” Gaspar said that she believes her election performance in the 2014 Encinitas mayoral election demonstrates her crossover appeal, and that her ability to work well with the voting majority on the council as the political minority bolsters that notion. “It is important to note that I was the first elected mayor in a largely Democratic city running as a Republican, which demonstrates I have crossover appeal,” she said. “I am really proud of the support I have in the community.” Given the scandal, though, Roberts said he doesn’t feel like the underdog and expects to advance through to the general election in November. One advantage, perhaps, is he is running against two Republicans, who may split hardline voters leaving the democratic base for Roberts as well as moderate republicans and independents. Roberts said the voters are concerned with the issues affecting quality of life, a leader who provides a strong economy and environment, among other issues. “I think people will TURN TO EXPERT ON 11

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Five Burning Questions

Last week, The Coast News sent each of the candidates in the District 3 Supervisor race five questions of importance to voters in the upcoming election. Each of the candidates submitted their responses, which are printed in full below. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.


Where do you stand on the Lilac Hills Project and how would you balance housing needs with environmental and regulatory Sam Abed r e qu i r e m e nt s throughout the county?

impacts of the projects and provide amenities to benefit the community. At the same time we need to provide affordable housing for our residents and to grow our economy. According to SANDAG the population and job growth in the county is growing at a faster rate than the availability of homes making the affordability much worst.


Where do you think the county can improve in its delivery of serI don’t have all the information vices to its constituents? to take a position on this particular Better infrastructure for roads, project. My general position on development is that all projects have to water quality and availability, public comply with all the local, County and safety, streamline regulations and inState laws, also mitigate all significant crease efficiency.


Where do you stand on the Lilac Hills Project and how would you balance housing needs with environmental and regulatory Kristin Gaspar r e q u i r e m e n t s throughout the county? It is important to understand that I will serve in a quasi-judicial role on the Board and therefore can’t take a position specifically on Lilac Hills. Overall, San Diego County has both an affordable housing crisis and a dwindling amount of precious open space. I will support quality development projects that balance the need for diverse housing and services while protecting the environment and community character. I will continue to bring an open mind to land use, making informed decisions on a case-by-case basis. I have always stressed the need for protecting and promoting private property rights, both locally and throughout the State of California.


Where do you stand on the Lilac Hills Project and how would you balance housing needs with environmental Dave Roberts and regulatory requirements throughout the county? I have fought to protect our county’s General Plan to stop overdevelopment of our neighborhoods, rural lands and protect our coastline. I led the effort to preserve 5,600 acres of open space in North County and to extend the San Dieguito River Park agreement for another 50 years. I successfully fought to protect Carmel Valley neighborhoods against the poorly planned One Paseo proposal. I strongly believe the General Plan serves as a framework for development and strongly believe each project should be analyzed on a caseby-case basis. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, and a decision maker on the Lilac Hills Project, I am precluded from taking a position until this item comes before the board in a public hearing since this application is currently on file with the county. Recently, the county was notified that the applicant for this project intends to place this matter before the voters of San Diego County. Pending certification of the required signatures, we may see this project on a countywide ballot as


Where do you think the county can improve in its delivery of services to its constituents? Public Safety: It is incumbent upon elected officials to ensure we have adequate levels of public safety on a cost effective basis while preserving our ability to recruit and retain topnotch talent. We must improve fire service response to the most vulnerable unincorporated areas of the County. By keeping public safety a top priority, we will maintain our focus on drug prevention, decreasing criminal activity and managing the side effects of the implementation of the Early Release law. Economic Development/Job Growth: Attracting good paying jobs is the key to a sustainable economy in San Diego. We must work closely with the private sector to ensure a strong and diversified local economy. We must promote economic growth by balancing environmental protection with long range planning to develop programs and incentives that create good paying jobs, strengthen our economy and help small businesses grow. Mental Health Services/Home-

early as November 2016.


Where do you think the county can improve in its delivery of services to its constituents? Since I joined the Board of Supervisors in 2013, San Diego County has received numerous state and national awards for excellence in customer service to our constituents. During my first term as your Supervisor, I have worked to maintain and improve services that our most vulnerable residents rely on. Just today (Tuesday), I was recognizing the 10th Anniversary of Angel’s Depot, which provides a box of nutritious food to hundreds of our neediest seniors. I helped implement needed reforms in the county’s foster care system, and worked with leaders throughout our region to prevent the Palomar Forensic Health Center, which provides care to abused children and sexual assault victims, from closing its doors. I worked to secure $1.6 million for additional Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams to assist law enforcement to defuse critical situations. Additionally, the county has opened a residential facility that provides shortterm housing in the North County to assist people in crisis. Over the next four years, I plan to continue to ensure that our most vulnerable residents have access to the services they need. This includes continuing my work on the Alzheimer’s Initiative to ensure that the 60,000+ residents and their families have the


Do you support the SANDAG half- the State to fund drug and alcohol and cent sales tax measure? Please ex- mental health implication as promised plain your support or lack there- under prop 47. AB109 is a result jail of? overcrowding and the State failure to I voted against it. It does not address their financial situation. provide a funding balance between The County of San Diego has not freeways, local roads and public trans- seen yet the full impact of AB 109 and portation. The balance is needed to Prop 47. I would find millions of dolprovide an efficient transportation lars in efficiency and fully fund pubsystem today and in the future. lic safety to mitigate the increase in crime in the county of San Diego. How do you feel the county is doWhy do you feel you would be the ing in terms of public safety and ideal person to represent District the impact of Proposition 47 and 3 on the Board of Supervisors? Assembly Bill 109 has had on the reI am the most qualified candidate gion, and what would you do differentwith 28 years of executive experience ly, if anything? The county should demand from in the private sector and San Diego

County. I have served on SANDAG board of directors (the only candidate), NCTD, San Diego Economic Development Corporation, San Diego Workforce Investment Board. I am also the Co-Founder of the “Innovate78” a collaborative effort between the five mayors of North County to create a regional economy. I am the past Chairman of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and had a successful career with IBM in engineering, marketing and management. Experience is critical to manage the fourth largest county in America with $5.4 billion budget. I am the only candidate with experience, integrity and leadership.

lessness: Work done to end Veteran Homelessness in other jurisdictions suggests that with the right plan in place, and a government investing in the proper solutions, we can drive change. The growing homeless population is a quality of life issue shared by all that is solvable with the right leadership, approach, and commitment. I am proud to have brought forward a plan in Encinitas, becoming the first community in North County actively working to combat Veteran Homelessness.

concerns that the County is getting behind on providing sustainable solutions for our growing homeless population. N ow more than ever, we need to evaluate the effectiveness of County programs, making certain that they meet our short, medium, and most importantly long term goals as a region.



process. North County cities receive a disproportionate amount of guaranteed benefits in this proposal compared to the downtown region. Traffic congestion in the area is a pressing issue that impacts daily quality of life, requiring proactive solutions and effective leadership. I will continue to be supportive of a full complement of traditional and alternative transportation modes that protect our taxpayers and local economy while improving the flow of traffic in our County.


How do you feel the county is doing in terms of public safety and Do you support the SANDAG halfthe impact of Proposition 47 and cent sales tax measure? Please explain your support or lack there- Assembly Bill 109 has had on the region, and what would you do differentof? I oppose the SANDAG sales tax ly, if anything? AB109 and Prop 47 have placed increase. Despite generating billions of dollars, the plan falls short of pro- criminals back onto our City streets viding a balance between traditional creating a tremendous new burden on and alternative transportation modes our local law enforcement agencies — in District 3. This is evidenced by the absent funding from Sacramento. W e need to work closely with law strong opposition from interest groups and many elected officials through- enforcement to understand the imout the region. I encourage voters to pacts on our County and ensure they closely examine the projects that are have the resources needed to keep guaranteed in the proposal versus our residents safe. As a result of these available through a competitive grant legislative changes, I have significant

Why do you feel you would be the ideal person to represent District 3 on the Board of Supervisors? We need to return ethics, accountability, and transparency to county government. It’s this simple: we should be getting the services we pay for, county government should be protecting our quality of life, and we need to put a stop to elected officials using political office for personal gain at the expense of the taxpayer. I am the Mayor of Encinitas, CFO and small business owner of a company with more than 100 employees, and a mother of three young children. As Supervisor, I will bring real-world small business experience, practical local government knowledge, and a determination to make government work for our families.

services they need to combat this ter- 109 have created challenges for the rible disease. law enforcement community throughout the entire state of California. San Do you support the SANDAG half- Diego County has outstanding collabcent sales tax measure? Please ex- oration between the Board of Superplain your support or lack there- visors, the Sheriff’s Department, the of? District Attorney’s office and the San Over two-thirds of our voters Diego County Probation Department, asked that a second sales tax measure which has made the implementation be put before the voters to address of these state mandates as seamless as critical quality of life issues. Having possible. We have also worked tirelessdone some preliminary research on ly to ensure that we receive state fundthis new measure, I believe that it ing promised for these efforts. includes several worthy public infraIn the past several years, the structure projects that greatly benefit county has received numerous naNorth County and provide substantial tional awards for getting out in front funding for increased transit. I am of these challenges and becoming a also pleased to see that this measure, statewide leader. if approved, includes funding for critPublic safety is my top prioriical habitat restoration. I am continu- ty and that’s why I have earned the ing to solicit input from my constit- strong support of first-responders who uents and am reviewing the current keep San Diego County safe includdraft version of the proposal that will ing the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, be coming before the SANDAG Board Peace Officers Research Association of Directors for final approval. As with of California, San Diego City Fireany proposal, I will fight to make sure fighters and the San Diego County that it benefits not only the residents Probation Officers Association. of my district but the entire county of Finally, I am proud to demonSan Diego. strate my personal commitment to public safety by being a trained ComHow do you feel the county is do- munity Emergency Response Team ing in terms of public safety and member for over a decade providing the impact of Proposition 47 and service as a worker in our communiAssembly Bill 109 has had on the re- ties during disasters. gion, and what would you do differentWhy do you feel you would be the ly, if anything? ideal person to represent District As the First Vice President of the 3 on the Board of Supervisors? California State Association of CounFor the voters of District 3, I ty Supervisors, I have seen firsthand how Proposition 47 and Assembly Bill listen to what they tell me, to gain a

sense of the issues they are concerned with throughout the district and the county. Protection of our environment and our quality of life are very important to them and I fight hard for those issues. We cannot take our beautiful open space environment for granted and it takes all of us to watch over it. I am of the mindset that development must be integrated into communities so that it does not change our way of life. Our rural communities must be protected, too. I will fight for these values, just as I have since being elected as District 3 Supervisor. Throughout my time in office, I have been a champion of the environment. Most everyone in our county uses our beautiful beaches and I will continue to fight to keep them clean and healthy for our residents. I have also been vocal in my opposition to the Gregory Canyon Landfill as there is no reason that landfills should be built on the banks of our rivers. Gregory Canyon Landfill is proposed to be built on the banks of the San Luis Rey River that carries water to the City of Oceanside and North San Diego County and that is wrong. Finally, I strongly believe that animals bring a sense of peace and well being to many of our county residents and I will do everything I can to protect them by fighting to reduce pet overpopulation, prohibiting the sale of puppy mill dogs and to ensure the timely reconstruction of the County Bonita Animal Shelter.







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BRIGHTEST DIAMONDS Special “Diamonds,” from left, Isabella Fierro, Aarian Swift, Breanna Tirado, Emily Bruzer, Brianna Robles, Anne State and Semaj Williamson, were honored at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista 2016 Diamond Ball Gala on May 14. Courtesy photo A dv ertisem ent

ARE BPH SYMPTOMS PLAGUING YOU? Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia – Know your options and get relief today By Dr. Jason Phillips, Urologist

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a common condition where the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70 percent of men in their 60s experience BPH symptoms and the condition affects more than 500 million men worldwide! BPH occurs when the prostate, an organ found at the base of the bladder, becomes enlarged and blocks the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra. While BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) condition, it can cause loss of productivity and sleep, depression and decreased quality of life. Many times patients remark to me how many of their friends are currently being treated but they never even knew about it! It is very common so talk about it with your wife, your friends or your doctor. Many men who experience mild symptoms may choose to do nothing or “watchfully wait” before taking action. BPH TREATMENT OPTIONS Treatment options for BPH range from medications to open surgery, with a variety of minimally invasive options in between. MEDICATIONS Medications for BPH include alpha blockers which relax the muscles around the neck of the bladder, making it easier to urinate, and alpha-reductase inhibitors which act to shrink the prostate. While medications can be helpful in relieving symptoms for some men, patients must continue taking them longterm to maintain the effects. Unfortunately, some patients may suffer side effects including dizziness, headaches, or sexual dysfunction. And while medication is a viable option and some men are satisfied with their results, others may not get adequate relief of their symptoms. Over 17 percent of men on medication for BPH discontinue treatment early for reasons such as being dissatisfied with side-effects or not getting adequate symptom relief. THERMOTHERAPIES Thermotherapies are minimally invasive treatments where heat energy such as microwave or radiofrequency is applied to destroy prostate tis-

sue. Less invasive than TURP, these treatments are generally safe, can be performed under local anesthesia and provide moderate symptom relief for some patients. Applying high heat to the prostate can cause

Greenlight laser PVP lessens the bleeding risks of traditional TURP and is often a better option depending on several factors including prostate size and patient health. I perform this as an outpatient surgery.

BPH SYMPTOMS • A frequent need to urinate both day and night • Weak or slow urinary stream • A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder • Difficulty or delay in starting urination • Urgent feeling of needing to urinate • A urinary stream that stops and starts tissue swelling and uncomfortable urinary symptoms during the healing period. Symptom relief does not occur immediately, and patients often need to have a catheter that is attached to a urine bag inserted into their bladder during the recovery period. TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION OF THE PROSTATE (TURP) Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most common surgery to treat BPH. During this procedure, patients undergo general anesthesia and prostate tissue is removed leaving a cavity in place of the obstructive prostate tissue. Patient's often stay in the hospital overnight and have a catheter post-operatively. Symptom relief may not occur immediately, but patients can expect long term symptom relief after recovery from surgery. Unfortunately, with resection of the prostate with the TURP procedure, there is the possibility of longterm side effects such as dry orgasm (retrograde ejaculation), erectile dysfunction, or incontinence (leaking of urine). PHOTOSELECTIVE VAPORIZATION OF THE PROSTATE (PVP) Laser procedures called photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) are performed with the Greenlight laser. The

My patients experience a high success rate in reducing their symptoms and a quicker recovery time as compared to the TURP surgery. UROLIFT SYSTEM The UroLift® System is a revolutionary minimally invasive procedure to treat an enlarged prostate and has the quickest recovery time. It is a simple procedure that does not require any cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue. I perform the UroLift procedure both in my office setting and at Tri-City Medical Center.

The UroLift device lifts away enlarged prostate tissue so it no longer blocks the urethra with tiny implants to hold the tissue in place, like tiebacks on a window curtain. The procedure is a safe and simple treatment option that offers rapid symptom relief for men suffering from BPH – it is a mechanical solution to a mechanical problem. Benefits of the this procedure include the ability to be performed in the office setting without an overnight stay, and avoiding the need for a catheter while preserving sexual function. No cutting, heating, or removal of tissue is performed. Numerous clinical studies involving hundreds of patients across the world have demonstrated that the UroLift procedure provides a similar level of symptom relief (compared with other BPH procedures), with fewer side effects. NEXT STEPS FOR PATIENTS WITH BPH Not every treatment is right for every patient. Medications are the starting block for patients with BPH. The goal of any treatment is to relieve symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume your daily activities. Patients who do not want to start or continue their BPH medication, or patients who do not want to undergo major surgery, should consider the minimally invasive UroLift procedure as an alternative. For others with a larger obstructing prostate, other therapies such as the Greenlight laser should be considered. If you are interested in learning more about BPH, please give me a call and I can walk you through your options when it comes to the TURP, Greenlight laser, and Urolift procedures as treatment options. During Men's Health Month I am giving talks on BPH on Wednesday June 8 at noon at Tri-City Medical Center and also on Thursday June 30 at the Tri-City Wellness Center. Your success is my success. If you or someone you know is suffering from their urinary symptoms please give me a call at (855) 222-8262 today.


hatting, yakking, gossiping, shooting the breeze, spinning a yarn, flapping your gums, yammering, schmoozing, chit-chat, getting the lowdown, swapping lies. I love it all. Taking part in long, interesting conversations with my friends or spouse is. But it has not always been a plus. When my fifth-grade son earned detention for talking in class, after dire warnings from the teacher, I couldn’t even feign surprise. Sharp memories came blasting forth and all I could do was laugh at the déjà vu. When I was in fifth grade, the teacher warned us not to talk during the arithmetic test. But as naturally as breathing, I simply had to tell the girl across from me to stop kicking me under the table. My punishment was to memorize, and recite for the class, a very long poem about a little girl who talked so much she ran out of breath and could not blow out the candles on her birthday cake. The runaway flames burned down her whole house. It sounds grim, but, in fact, it was funny. The best part was my teacher never realized that I enjoyed the heck out of making my peers laugh. A minor stand-up co-

median was born that day. Even as a toddler, I drove my poor mother to distraction with my endless questions. I write this column in hopes of offering sustenance to all parents whose child does not suffer in silence and who rarely has an unspoken thought. I was one and look how swell I turned out. Now, when I encounter a kid who just has to speak up whatever the consequence, I smile and remember. I believe the opportunities are boundless for the chatterers of the world. They will be the diplomatic corps, the great orators, the life of parties, the fascinating professor, the game show host. Abraham Lincoln talked a lot as a kid. I bet Jerry Seinfeld did, too. Never mind that your yakkety child constantly breaks your train of thought to consider why the dog’s nose is wet or why we have toenails or why some people eat grubs or why you haven’t made lunch yet. Before long you will proudly watch your child become the toast of parties where everyone else is so nervous their lips are numb. These kids will give the wonderful toasts at weddings and make a morning over coffee something their friends will adore. They will liven up a dull meeting, calm an angry crowd and inspire people to do their best. They will be the great communicators. Hey, it’s a noisy job, but somebody has to do it. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who still gets shushed. Contact her at jgillette@

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Escondido Council places recycled water facility on hold By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — A controversial proposal for a recycled water facility was put on hold indefinitely during last week’s council meeting. Mayor Sam Abed said the move was due to the concerns of dozens of residents, who spoke at last week’s town hall meeting. During the meeting, however, residents from the Chaparral Glen neighborhood and other surrounding areas near Dixon Lake packed the chambers to voice their displeasure with the site selection. The item was continued by the council and they directed staff to explore other site locations and mitigation measures. Despite the delay, residents voiced suspicion and possible ulterior motives for the action. The location is a 3.25-acre lot jammed between two churches and dozens of homes along East Washington Road and El Norte Parkway. The project calls for two buildings, standing at 37 feet tall, to treat 2 million gallons of water per day with designs for accommodating future equipment to provide an additional 1 million gallons of capacity. “We are talking a lot, but we feel like we’re not being heard,” said resident organizer Diane Belnap. “You can explore mitigation or other locations. You could create a task force with community members.” Throughout the discussion, however, Abed emphasized the delay was in fact to research other sites and steadfastly said if issues concerning any possible

A proposed recycled water facility in Escondido was put on hold indefinitely Wednesday during the City Council meeting. Residents expressed concerns about potential health risks to the nearby neighborhood. Photo by Steve Puterski

toxins introduced into the air came about, the plant would be put somewhere else. He said the process will be transparent and the city will work with the resident to resolve their concerns. “We will not put chemicals (near homes) that risk our chil-

dren’s and residents’ health,” he said. “We will not do it.” Belnap, who spearheaded residents to voice their concerns with the facility, said Abed opted to bury this issue until after the June 7 primary for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, which he is running for the

Charity dog wash on Saturday By Steve Puterski

SAN MARCOS — Man’s best friend will be getting a-much needed bath on Saturday. Dogtopia San Diego is hosting a countywide Charity Dog Wash to raise money for service dogs being provided to military veterans in need. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dogtopia will team up with Shelter to Soldier, which brings post-9/11 combat veterans together with trained rescue dogs to help both heal and move forward. The 12th annual Charity Dog Wash will take place at Dogtopia, 925 W. San Marcos Blvd. Over the years, the charity event has raised more than $140,000 nationally for organizations that provide service dogs to military veterans in need. Shelter to Soldier was founded in October of 2012 by Graham and Kyrié Bloem and Krystyna Holc. Graham’s expertise in training service dogs inspired the creation of this incredible nonprofit. Bloem identifies shelter dogs fit for the program to be trained by his team, which then will serve and assist approved veteran applicants. Once the connection of trained dog to veteran is made, lives are improved and issues such as post-traumatic stress are

mitigated thanks to the incredible relationship, task oriented work and unconditional love of a dog. “Every day, on average, 22 U.S. Veterans commit suicide,” said Graham Bloem, Shelter to Soldier founder and training director. “We bring hope and a renewed spirit for both the veteran and the rescued dog and in turn, the pair also helps one another,” Residents can get involved by making donations or bringing their pooches in for a wash at a $15 requested donation. Additional grooming and a la carte spa services — such as brush outs, nail trims, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, flea and tick treatments — will be available for donations on a first-come, first-serve basis. Back Alley Grill will be donating hamburgers and hotdogs to donors. The event will also feature dog training and agility demos, giveaways, photos, merchandise for sale, plus fun and games. coastnewsgroup

Paws4Shots, a local mobile veterinary, will also be on-site offering affordable, preventative veterinary care such as vaccines and services for dogs and cats. Adoptable pets will also be available via the San Diego Humane Society and the Ridgebacks & Friends. For available dogs for adoption, visit the San Diego Humane Society at Dogtopia San Marcos is celebrating two years as new owners with customer appreciation toasts, snacks, wine and craft beer. Dogtopia can help other non-profit organizations raise money through charity dog washes. Dogtopia is also looking for event volunteers and interested parties can email sanmarcos@ or visit

District 3 seat. “He doesn’t want this on his plate,” she said. Other residents, meanwhile, listed exhaustively the concerns of the facility including decreasing home values, air and visual pollution, noise, traffic and inappropriate zoning, to name a few.

Randall Roberts, who lives on Jonathan Place and worked in the water industry for years, said he supports the idea, but not the location. He volunteered to be part of any “commission” between the city and the residents. Another resident, Steve Mayberry, said the city should consider building a park in the space, which would provide an outlet for the neighborhood’s children. Others who spoke, meanwhile, hammered home the point of chemicals, pollution and property values. One woman put it bluntly, “If this were your neighborhood, would you put this here?” A conditional use permit would be used to construct the facility for an advance treatment of recycled water from the city’s Hale Avenue Recovery Facility station. Three underground storage tanks would also be installed and they include a 90,000-gallon feeder, 163,000-gallon inter-processer and storage for 970,000 gallons on the 3.25-acre site. In addition, a 1,500-kilowatt backup generator will be installed. A six-foot wall and decorative fencing will also be erected around the tanks. The new plant would use membrane filtration and reverse osmosis to produce up to 2 million gallons of water per day. The recycled water is used for landscaping and agricultural and created to provided a more dependable and sustainable supply. In addition, recycled water allows the city to be less dependent on imported water.


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“I can see that you have more strength left,” says Rachael Stoltz, personal trainer. “Six more!” Stoltz is training with me in my gym, which is the place I wanted to work out. The training is very efficient, and I truly can feel the fat burning. Stoltz explains that building lean muscle will burn fat and increase my strength. Meanwhile, Stoltz’s business idea is founded in availability — to come where her customer wants to work out. “When I come to wherever they want to, they don’t have any excuse left not to train. In many cases, people don’t have time to work out or they can’t drive to the gym,” Stoltz says. She helps older people train in their homes. Seniors want to maintain their ability to move and do regular stuff like go to the grocery store or walk their dogs. Some of them want to exercise in a safe environment, maintain their balance, and Personal trainer Rachael Stoltz offers personal training wherever the customers want to work out: at home, at parks, at the office, at beach, at gym. Courtesy photo independence.

Stoltz always brings her equipment with her — yoga mats, click weights, balls and ropes — so that the customer can try different workouts. San Diego resident Stoltz is originally from Poway and has a kinesiology degree in physical

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therapy and more than 12 years of training experience. I want to get more muscle. Stoltz shows me simple moves to develop my abs, biceps, triceps and shoulders and to help my sore neck. She is very patient and knowledgeable. Stoltz helps clients work out

how they want; training depends on what they want to achieve. “It’s great if something truly motivates a customer to train,” she says. “The real reason to work out has to be something that they value in life, for example to be able to play with your grandkids or maintain the relationship with your significant other or live longer. “The results are incredible. I have an 82-year-old client that tripped and caught himself with only his hands in a push up position. His knees never touched the ground. Your body doesn’t care how old you are. You can build strength and lean muscle at any age.” Stoltz’s life goal is to help people live healthful lifestyles by creating balance and joy in her customers’ lives. “Outside shows what is inside,” she says. “I want to deal with forgiveness and guilt and get the problems inside solved.” Stoltz offers a free initial workout and consultation. Visit or call (858) 284-8004 for more information.



Happy hikers take part in Lagoon Day, on May 21, and were the first to hike the River Path Del Mar extension, a new trail that helps visitors get an up-close look at the San Dieguito Lagoon. Family festivities at Birdwing Open Air Classroom preceded the ceremony. The River Path is a joint project of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, the San Dieguito River Park and the city of Del Mar. Courtesy photo

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see through this nonsense that has really been put out there and say, ‘Dave has done a great job and we want him to continue to do a great job,” he added. Abed also championed his ability to attract voters from other parties, noting he won 60 percent of the vote in his mayoral re-election and 35 percent of independents and Latinos. “I am very proud of my record serving Escondido and I’m looking forward to serving the county,” he said. “I have the most cross-over votes of any candidate.” Like her opponents, Gaspar also said she appeals to a variety of voters and noted her ability to overcome being in the minority to accomplish her goals that will resonate with residents. “I also that feel that governing in the minority has made me a stronger elected official,” Gaspar said. “I’ve done something that I believe hasn’t been done, and that is served in the majority, the super majority and in the minority all during my first term in office, and I believe having to adapt to each situation has made me a stronger leader by working with everyone. I am proud that our council has restored a level of professionalism that didn’t exist before, and we are operating as a cohesive group, which is something that is important at the county level as well.” Kousser said that this moderate roadmap has proven successful throughout the region’s history. “Being a coastal moderate, from Brian Bilbray (former U.S. Representative), to Scott Peters (current U.S. Representative), to Dede Alpert in the State Senate to Pam Slater-Price (former District 3 supervisor), has been a successful path to victory in a politically moderate North County,” Kousser said. “We haven’t elected any fire-breathing Democrats or fire-breathing Republicans. This is


T he C oast News - I nland E dition a business-friendly, environmentalist and socially liberal territory, or ‘leave us alone and let us surf.’ “I think the Roberts camp has to be cheering and rooting and hoping that Mayor Abed is the general election opponent, because this is a pretty middle of the road district,” Kousser said. Another potential strength of Gaspar in a runoff against Roberts is the fact that while she is a more moderate candidate than Abed, who received the endorsement of the Republican Party, she still is a registered Republican with support from various high-ranking party figures, including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and each of the Republican members of the San Diego City Council. When asked about how this race compares to the 2012 San Diego mayoral election, which had a similar dynamic of a Democrat (Bob Filner), Republican (Carl DeMaio) and moderate running for the city’s top job, Kousser said the main difference is that unlike the independent in that race, Nathan Fletcher, Gaspar hasn’t alienated herself from the party. “The big difference in that race was that Fletcher wasn’t part of either party, so you had this dynamic of ‘we’ll show you why you don’t abandon the party,’” Kousser said. “Even though Gaspar isn’t getting a lot of money from the party, she still has a considerable amount of support within its ranks, and in a general election scenario, she’d likely have the party’s backing against Roberts.” Kousser, who compared Abed to a “Donald Trump-like” candidate, said that Abed’s advantage lies inland, where he is a well-known figure. But in order for him to become a serious contender against Roberts in a general election, he would have to garner support from the district’s coastal region, where partisanship is usually in shades of light blue or pink. “The fire-breathing candidate typically doesn’t play very well here,” he said.

History and fun for kids at the gardens VISTA —the Kids in the Garden class, from 10 a.m. to noon July 9, will hear from Cathleen Chilcote Wallace, sharing Luiseño storytelling of “The Gift Basket,” from her grandmother’s

make sure they have more than adequate infrastructure.” Encinitas has been able to maintain some of the best paved roads in the county, and Gaspar said she fought on the council to make fully funding road and infrastructure maintenance the council’s funding priority. In the voting minority, however, she has lost some of those battles, but Gaspar said that Encinitas has come a long way from previous councils, where voting majorities and minorities often publicly clashed at meetings. “I am proud to have restored a level of profes-



self as a political moderate in the race, said she is proud of her record of fiscal conservatism and prioritization of public safety and infrastructure improvement, issues that she said cross over into the third district. “I think public safety and infrastructure are universal issues that have no partisan slant,” Gaspar said. “In Encinitas, we have been able to balance our budgets and grow a surplus as we have emerged from the recession, and my priorities have always been to keep our constituents safe and to

In loving memory of

Josette Campbell Gruber May 18, 2016

Josette Campbell Gruber, Fashion designer, artist, 96 Josette Campbell Gruber, 96, died peacefully Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Willowcreek Memory Care facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Josette was born Josette Francoise Furnon in Brussels, Belgium on September 25, 1919. Josette graduated from The Academie des Beaux-Arts in France and began working as a milliner in Belgium where she met her future husband, a soldier in the Third Army Stephen Emanuel Geotas, 89 Carlsbad May 22, 2016 William Kennedy, 85 Encinitas May 29, 2016

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in WWII, and returned with him to the United States in 1947. She became a fashion designer for major American clothing manufacturers in New York and other cities and an accomplished couture designer. Josette lived in Oceanside for thirty-one years and retired in 1992, as the original owner of Double Take clothing store in Vista which she owned for ten years. Known as “Grandma” to her grandchildren, Josette was well-traveled, a hardworking and caring mother and grandmother, artist, volunteer at Scripps Hospital, and gardener. Josette supported and loved her family. She is survived by her son, William Lesslie Campbell (wife Patti), of Las Vegas, Nevada; son, George Patton Campbell (wife Cathie) of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Davos Lisbeth Dwyer (husband Richard) of Carlsbad; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica, William, Maggie, Madelaine, Robert, Constance, and Katherine; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

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sionalism that didn’t exist, and that we are operating as a cohesive group,” Gaspar said. “That is something important at the county level as well.” Gaspar, however, did not back down from her criticism of Abed, calling herself the only candidate without a track record of scandal. “We talk about the need to restore integrity and ethics. Both have incredible flaws in the areas of ethics and integrity,” she said. “Both have a track record of participating in scandals and they have presented huge bills for the taxpayers to cover. In the case of Abed,

there are documented cases of him thinking that the rules don’t apply to him.” Should Roberts advance to the general election, he said the noise surrounding the scandal will continue, but noted how Abed and Gaspar have gone after each other. “Kristin has been harping Sam on raising taxes 100 times,” Roberts explained. “I think if anybody looked at Kristin’s record, she’s raised taxes as many times because it’s what city council’s do to make sure that their resources keep up with their service level commitment. It’s just odd to see that going on in this race.”



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Metal sculptor Ricardo Breceda comes to Vista By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Ricardo Breceda’s journey in the art industry began 17 years when he made his one-year-old daughter a tyrannosaurus rex. The metallic sculpture made for his young child was 45 feet long and about 20 pounds, Breceda said. “She wanted a dinosaur so I made one for her,” Breceda said. “It was a piece of cake.” Hundreds of sculptures later and plenty of recognition, the sculptor who is most known for his unique pieces of dinosaurs will be at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens on June 12. The 14-acre Botanical Gardens in Vista is home to seven of Breceda’s sculptures, which include giraffes and a five-piece serpent. But Breceda’s path

into the art world wasn’t a clear one. The 64-yearold resident of Aguanga, California, said he worked in numerous industries before becoming an artist. “I was many other things,” Breceda said. “I used to be a teacher, bartender, waiter, carpenter — I had many different jobs.” Now he devotes at least 40 hours a week to creating his majestic and massive pieces of animals. Perhaps, his most famous work are the more than 130 sculptures found in Borrego Springs. The pieces on display in the outdoor gallery in the desert include a sabertooth cat, an elephant, and sculptures that recognize the history of the region, according to the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association.

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The gallery, which has been on display since 2008, now attracts thousands of people to the region annually, according to the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce. Today, Breceda is working on creating 20 sculptures for the city of Norco, which he hopes to complete at the end of June, he said. With his sculptures scattered throughout Southern California and featured in national publications such as the former National Geographic Magazine, Breceda said he hopes people will view his work with contentment. “(I hope people) will have a surprise in their eyes, a smile on the face and wonder in their mind,” said Breceda whose personality is as forceful as his work. “Or maybe

A sculpture of a serpent at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista. The art piece was created by Ricardo Breceda, a resident of Aguanga, California. Photo courtesy Alta Vista Botanical Gardens

they’ll say ‘How the hell does he do this?’ or ‘Why does he do this?’” In fact, he said he’s only proud of the work his customers are satisfied with. “There have been many, many standout moments in my career,” Breceda said. “It’s always a pleasure, a joy to be an artist and have your customer satisfied. I enjoy it every day. It’s even better that I can make money from it.”

Roughly 17 years after beginning his artwork career, Breceda said his inspiration remains the same: his children. Breceda said his two daughters have driven his career. “I put a smile on their faces,” Breceda said. “I really want to people to enjoy what I do even if they cannot buy it. If they take pictures, make memories and leave happy, that makes me happy.” Alta Vista Botanical

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JUNE 3 GUITAR ORCHESTRA A blend of amateur and semi-professional acoustic guitarists, members of the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, will perform its spring concert featuring French Songs and Flamenco at 7:30 p.m. June 3, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas.

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Escondido artist hosts show and reception By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Glassblower James Stone creates art based on his love for the ocean. On Wednesday, the Escondido artist will host a show and reception from 4-8 p.m. for World’s Ocean Day at his studio, 1285 Simpson Way. The event will benefit San Diego Coastkeeper, whose representatives will

be on hand to share information on how to protect and restore fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County. Stone and team will demo both hot glass and sculpture on the torch throughout the evening, while ocean-related work will be on display throughout the gallery, including a retrospective of Stone’s sea life.


choir, contemporary band, children’s choir, adult choir and chamber choir, at 10:30 a.m. June 5 at King of Kings Lutheran, 2993 MacDonald St., Oceanside. A picnic lunch will follow the service. JAZZ TIME Peggy Watson will perform jazz with David Beldock and Paul Beach from 2 to 3 p.m. June 5, at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, contact (760) 753-7376 or SOLO EXHIBITION Krista Timberlake will be having a solo exhibition, “Animalian Oceanic” opening June 5 and run through Sept. 10 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus, Vista. Work is on view during normal business hours.

IT’S THE COWBOY The Cowboy Jack Band will play from 8 to 9 p.m. June 7 at the North County Bluegrass and Folk Club, Round Table Pizza, 1161 Washington Ave., Escondido. No cover charge. NORTH COAST REP North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Our American Hamlet,” the tale of John Wilkes Booth’s brother on stage after Lincoln’s assassination at 7:30pm June 7 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Through June 26, NCRT stages “Hedda Gabler.” For tickets and information, call the Box Office

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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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Sophia Ceja, 3, of Oceanside, shows off a handful of eggs she found. Four city egg hunts are planned for April 19. See the full story on page A9. Photo by Promise Yee

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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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Garden training prepares military for PACOM deployments By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — The San Diego Botanic Garden has served as the backdrop to countless peaceful walks and meanders, but last month it also served as the backdrop for training military personnel as they prepare for deployment to countries in the Pacific Command (PACOM) region. “It’s probably one of the few, if not the only place in the continental U.S. that has tropical fruit trees and tropical plants, as well as Mediterranean plants all in one place,” said Paul Sommers, project manager with ADAPT (Agricultural Development for Armed Forces Pre-Deployment Training), one of the founders of the program. Now a retired professor from California State University, Fresno where he helped develop the program about six years ago, Sommers said the military contracted the university to help grow service members’ understanding of farming and agriculture when deploying to Afghanistan. The need arose years ago when military officials in Helmand Province realized agriculture was an important part of the province’s activities, and also a source of conflict. “So they needed train-

Paul Sommers, second from right, one of the founders of the ADAPT course, talks with service members during a training session at the San Diego Botanic Gardens. Photos by Tony Cagala

ing in agriculture and the culture of agriculture in Afghanistan so that they would have more tools in their toolkit when working with civilians,” Sommers said. Today, with most troops out of Afghanistan, the ADAPT course has

been made to, well, adapt. With the military’s shift now on to the PACOM, the ADAPT course still teaches service members that agriculture matters, though now with the goal to make them more effective primarily in terms of humanitarian and disaster relief. “Our course emphasizes stability through food security,” Sommers said. At the heart of the course material is how to prevent potential instability in a region through food security, learning how to stem hillside erosion so that the food system doesn’t collapse, recovery methods after a disaster — essentially, how does the military help get farming

families back on their feet as soon as possible. “We don’t train them to be agriculturalists or veterinarians,” said Sommers. “But we do give them a heads up.” Following the course, which is typically three to five days, service members, mostly in civil affairs commands, go back to their units where they could face deployment at any given time to respond should a typhoon or other natural disaster hit Vietnam or anywhere else that falls in the Asia-Pacific region of the PACOM. The course has trained more than 1,000 service members from around the country in the last couple of years, he said. Not a

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lot by military numbers, Sommers added, but then again, the course is done in smaller groups that allows for more hands-on training. Sommers, who lives in Encinitas and volunteers at the garden, has hosted training events with the Botanic Garden several times before. He holds degrees in both agricultural and nutritional sciences and spent 35 years working overseas in more than 55 countries. “I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work with farming systems in insecure areas, secure areas,” said Sommers. He said a number of the farmers he’s worked with overseas believe in resilience and stability. “That’s part of their DNA, because government reach in most of these countries for services is very poor. They’re out there on their own anyway.” The garden volunteers its grounds to the training program. But the garden does receive some benefit, too, in the way of having some extra “yard work” done around the property. “The garden has always been pretty sensitive to the fact that here in San Diego County, the military is a big part of our population, active and retired,”

said Julian Duval, president and CEO of the Botanic Garden. “This is probably the fourth or fifth time we’ve worked with ADAPT, providing the garden and the subtropical fruit garden, (that) has been where a lot of their training goes on,” said Duval. “It’s a real positive program,” he said. Staff Sgt. Michael Schilling, with the 353 Civil Affairs Command, U.S. Army Reserves based out of New York, was one of the service members taking part in the ADAPT course. He said he’s never used this type of training before on his deployments to either Iraq or Africa. “Iraq was an invasion and in Africa I was in an office,” he said. But the training he’s received, he said, he’ll take with him when he deploys to Africa again this December. “I’ll know what I’m looking for, ‘oh, they are farming,’ as opposed to driving a Humvee through and ruining it,” Schilling said. Showing that they understand the farming system, interact with the farmers and appreciate the systems is a big benefit, explained Sommers.

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he big run is this weekend with a big crew running for Cardiff’s Bernard Llave. “This means so much to all of us,’’ Cyndi Reinhardt said. Reinhardt, of Carlsbad, is among those conquering San Diego’s streets in Llave’s honor in Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. She’s part of more than 100 runners participating for their soul mate (sole?) in Llave. “I’m amazed,’’ Llave said. “These people never quit. Once they found out what happened, they rallied behind me and it’s amazing to have that support and for them to raise the amount of money they are raising.’’ Llave, a longtime runner, was anticipating sweat-

ing with his buddies on Sunday as he laced up again for the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. But Llave, 41, got hit with an obstacle, which is far worse than a blister. He recently underwent a live-saving bone morrow transplant from his sister, after being struck down by Leukemia for the second time. “I’ll run it next year,’’ Llave said, and those that know him don’t doubt it. “People just want to be around Bernard,’’ Reinhardt said. “People are attracted to him in a natural way.’’ It was when Llave was laid up in 2012 when wrestling with Leukemia that he came in contact with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “They brought me some information and a teddy bear,’’ Llave said. “I didn’t recognize the guy and thought it was a little weird. But once I felt better and reviewed the information, I learned that they were More than 100 runners are lacing up their sneakers to jog for Cardiff resident Bernard Llave in this weekend’s there to support what I was Rock’n’Roll Marathon Sunday. Llave has been battling Leukemia for the second time in his life. Courtesy photo

going through.’’ Llave was so touched he visited the LLS office to express his gratitude. Before long Llave learned how the LLS was involved in Team in Training, which forms running groups to raise dough to fight these dastardly diseases. While Llave was still rebounding from his first transplant, he attended the Team in Training workouts, supplying inspiration while others dispensed perspiration. “That started it and we’ve never broke away,’’ Llave said. “We’ve been involved with them every season since.’’ When his health returned, Llave fell in with his new best running friends. His story was one that proved someone could get knocked down by Leukemia and climb up from the mat. Llave was intent to help others, much like others helped him. But Llave couldn’t outTURN TO JAY PARIS ON 20

PGA looking to grow the game through summer camps at local courses By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — The future is now and the PGA is extending its reach to growing the game of golf. After launching the PGA of America’s Junior

Golf Camps last year, the program is expanding to 75 locations this year, including at two courses in Carlsbad and one northeast of Valley Center. Six weeks will be of-

fered with three weeks of half-day camps and three weeks of full day. Camps begin June 13 with the half-day camp followed by full-days June 20. Budding golfers will

The PGA of America’s Junior Golf Camps at two Carlsbad courses and one in Pauma Valley begin June 13. Courtesy photo

be able to participate at the Omni La Costa (Carlsbad) Resort, Rancho Carlsbad and Pauma Valley. Ages for the camps are 6 through 16, although La

Costa golf pro A.J. Avoli said typically the half-days are for beginners to intermediate players, while the TURN TO GOLF CAMP ON 20

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Biking for housing: San Marcos native to share cause cross-country SAN MARCOS — Helping others find affordable means of housing is what’s driving one San Marcos native to pedal thousands of miles this summer. Jesse Newman, 21, is one of more than 300 riders to participate in Bike & Build, a project where participants ride thousands of miles across the country with the goal of fundraising money to rebuild affordable homes. In 2015, 370 riders rode more than one million miles Jesse Newman, 21, plans to ride across the country in support of Bike & Build. Newman will start in Maine and fundraised more than and end the journey in California. Photo courtesy of Jesse Newman

$637,000 to build 1,100 new homes. The riders also donated more than 25,700 hours to building them. Newman, who graduated from San Marcos High School, applied to participate in the program after volunteering with AmeriCorps for two years. The national service organization opened Newman’s eyes to the poverty that existed in the U.S., Newman said. “I worked at a food pantry in Colorado and it made me think about what poverty

meant and how poverty can look in different areas,” Newman said. “Then I moved to Chicago where I worked as a tutor and mentor to students in the South Side of Chicago and I saw how negatively students were impacted by the lack of affordable housing. This fueled my ‘why’ for Bike & Build. It’s heartbreaking to see the lack of affordable housing.” The students who Newman mentored are just a few of the millions of Americans

delegates,” Sanders said. “And if we can win big here in California, we are going to have the momentum taking us into the Democratic convention to win the nomination.” Sanders’ hour-long speech highlighted much of the major points of his campaign platform, including his promise to increase the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, which several states have already done, to make state colleges virtually tuition free (paid for by taxing Wall Street speculation), to remove marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Adminstration’s Schedule 1 classification, and to initiate a massive federal jobs program centered around repairing the country’s aging infrastructure. He also promised to use his executive powers as president to create a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Sanders also spoke out against the militarization of local police forces and the nation’s incarceration rate, and railed against the current campaign finance system, which he said has been hijacked by special interests and Wall Street, and a “rigged economy” that puts the vast majority of the nation’s wealth into the hands of the wealthiest citizens. Actress Shailene Woodley of the “Divergent” movie series introduced Sanders to the raucous crowd. Woodley said she supported Sanders because of his authenticity and honesty. “Everything he has said he would do he has done,” Woodley said. “He is the only candidate I believe that has this track record.” Hundreds of people lined up to attend the rally hours before Sanders was set to speak, and by 1 p.m., Rancho Buena

Vista’s home bleachers were packed with people of all ages. Among those in the audience was Jonathan Kendall, who was dressed in colonial garb. He called Sanders a “once in a lifetime candidate.” “He is talking about a political revolution,” Kendall said. “We want our government and our democracy. We don’t need a political dynasty (referring to Clinton), that is not how our system was supposed to be set up.” Kim Cyr and her daughter Cheyenne also attended the rally. Vista residents, they said they were surprised that Sanders would chose the community — known as a conservative bastion — to host a rally, but were not surprised by the turnout. “We think it is awesome that he is here, and we are proud to be part of history,” Kim said.

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ally tuition-free state colleges to calls for campaign finance reform and a federal jobs program. “This campaign is not just about electing a president, it is about transforming a nation,” Sanders said. “All of you need to stand up and demand a government that represents all of us, and not just the top 1 percent.” Pointing to recent polls that show Sanders defeating Trump in national head-tohead matchups by larger margins than his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, Sanders told the crowd that securing the nomination would virtually guarantee a Democratic victory in November. “I hope that all Americans and certainly every Democrat takes a hard look at which Democratic candidate



is the strongest candidate to make sure Trump does not get elected,” Sanders said. “And I think the objective evidence is very clear that in virtually every national poll and every state poll we defeat Trump by larger numbers than Hillary Clinton. “And I will suggest to you that it is not just polling, the reason we are the strongest campaign is because of you,” Sanders said. “We understand that the enthusiasm and energy and drive is with us. And when there is energy and when people are prepared to stand up and fight for a better America, voter turnout goes higher, and when voter turnout goes high, progressives and Democrats win. And that is why our campaign is the campaign that will defeat Trump and defeat him badly.” Sanders, who currently trails Clinton in the overall delegate count, told the crowd

that winning big in California — which holds its primary June 7 — is critical to maintaining his narrow path to the nomination. The country’s largest state has 546 delegates up for grabs for Democratic nominees. Clinton currently has about 94 percent of the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, but Sanders has said he will take his delegate fight to the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. If Sanders hopes to overtake her based on just the remaining primary and caucus delegates, he still must win 66 percent of the remaining delegates. Sanders urged those at the rally to register for the election and turn out in high numbers. “If voter turnout is high with your help, we are going to win the lion’s share of those


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Riding to find a cure Back in May, two North County bicyclists, Kevin McCauley and Jim Quigley embarked on a cross-country cycling ride from Manhattan Beach, Calif., to Revere Beach, Mass., in

search of adventure, to scratch off a bucket list item and to help raise awareness and funds for research and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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the country. The pair is expected to finish their ride June 24. The posts have been edited only for space. Their full posts are available at and

May 8: Manhattan Beach, Calif. Finally, today we started riding, our group is 21 strong, including 5 lads from across the pond, the U.K. & Scotland, as well as 5 galant ladies. It s a great group and today’s ride gave us a chance to get our feet wet together. Manhattan Beach to Riverside wasn’t the most scenic, especially for the Brits. They had enough of a challenge riding on the right side of the road. We did finish through a gorgeous section of Riverside, classic old California, orange groves, and beautiful old homes. Tomorrow we start to take on the desert, next stop downtown Indio. — Kevin McCauley May 11: Blythe, Calif. I’m posting early today. I do it in phases. Up at 515am – frankly a bit freaked by the upcoming ride. It’s 116 mi with some long climbs and the heat. We’ll see, I’m headed into a place where I haven’t been before. It’s 925pm-hardest day on a bike I’ve ever had. 116 miles. Temp Was 104, but I got lucky no flats but legs are screaming. But Kevin ‘s day was a complete disaster. 5 flats, fell off 3 times both arms and legs scrapped up and a painful shoulder- bad, but even w that he refused to stop. Another gal was following me, hit my back wheel and went down. she went to ER but just heard she is OK. Kevin can speak for himself- check his blog maybe. But, one very tough (and a bit crazy) dude with a pain tolerance that is outside the imagination of the rest of us. After a good shower – he cleaned up OK. We’ll see about his plans tomorrow, we climb about 4500 ft over 60 mi into Prescott. Out of the desert and into some trees– cooler temps- finally! This is how I’m coping with the desert sun- called the Da Brim hat. — Jim Quigley May 18: New Mexico No one was happier than me to get out of Dodge, as I didn’t wear Arizona well. I was so looking forward to crossing the state line and putting Az behind. Today’s ride was a 93 mile journey and once again almost entirely on interstate freeway! We’ve done almost the majority of riding on them and that is supposed to be over tomorrow. So spirits were high when we reached the border of New Mexico. Although getting there was a slog, the winds were strong and crossed to semi head on. I left the hotel hoping today would be the break away from Mr chest cold. What we saw all morning in the distance was rain in every direction, so we knew we’d be getting wet. No big if it stays warm but little did we know what we were in for ! Yep enter another adventure for the books. We have our little state line ceremony of sprinkling pacific beach sand at the border. Then we take some photos and start maybe 1 mile into the Land of Enchantment when the drops start. The drops quickly turn into a steady rain which turns into torrential downpour. Then the bottom falls out on the mercury and temps begin to plummet. So now the rain turns to sleet and hail The freeway shoulder is screaming with flooding waters while the constant stream of 18 wheelers roar within feet of us. That part were now used to but people start getting really cold !!! All while this hail sleet stuff is pelting your kisser. So finally we limp into the New Mexico Welcome Center right off 1-40. The temperature went from 80 to 39 and the wind chill was wicked bad. Fast forward a rescue van ride from our sag vehicles into town for our finish up with heaters wailing and people with the shivering chills. — Kevin McCauley May 26: Liberal, Kan. today was almost like a day off. I know to some of you a 40 mile ride is anything but an easy day but hey after over 1250 miles riding- it was, no bragging really. We road through a very uniquely named city– Hooker, OK. There were plenty of spins on that name and t- shirts to match every one! We got a look at some approaching “weather” but nothing on this day. Then our 5th state line– Kansas! The US Rt 54 is the official yellow brick. The Brits keep saying nothing is yellow, but people are making millions on the name, bloody hell that’d so American! Rode into Liberal Ks visited the Liberal Midwest Air Museum (5th largest in the country), and then wandered over to an Italian Restaurant calledRuffino’s that served fantastic food and the atmosphere was a slice of South Philly!! Perfect carbo loading lunch for our 82 mile ride to Dodge City tomorrow. How lucky so far have we been re: weather- 2 days ago there were 2 tornados within 10 mi. Of Liberal. I’m proposing we all give my wife Denise credit-let me explain. 40 years ago as I left for the 4 week trip driving to San Diego- with my parents, no less, my mother presented me with a St Anthony medal. The patron saint of travelers- it’s been in every car I’ve owned since. Well as I’m leaving for LA and this adventure-Denise presents me with a medal and neck chair of the Madonna Del Ghisallo. I never heard of her. So, I Looked it up, and she was officially declared by Pope Pius XII to be the Patron Saint of cyclist. Her shrine is along the course of the Famous Giro de Italia and is dedicated to injured or deceased cyclist. It has a photo of Fabio Casartelli the renowned Italian cyclist,from that region,who was killed in the Tour de France many years ago. So far it’s been my lucky charm and I’m sticking with it. — Jim Quigley May 31: Abilene, Kan. Yesterday we passed so many beautiful homes and barns all of them now much closer to the road. Some were large ag farms but the houses and grounds were manicured to perfection. Beautiful huge green lawns and many had the state flags and old glory flying for Memorial Day. Every one was an Andrew Weyeth painting in itself. Boy that was a beautiful ride. Each year, we are told the Crossroads riders vote Kansas as their favorite state, I can see why. Even the road side bull frogs sing a chorus as we glide by. We passed a handful of cemeteries along the way and most grave stones had American flags. What a special Memorial day. Thank you to all of those who served our country and those who sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom. — Kevin McCauley

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JUNE 3 SHABBAT AL FRESCO Join Congregation B'nai Tikvah as it celebrates its first Shabbat Picnic on the Patio from 6 to 9 p.m. June 3, 2510 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, with Rabbi Ben Leinow and Cantor Larry Kornit. Bring and share a dairy picnic item. This event is free and open to the community. For more information, call Naomi at (858) 472-0303 or email naomi.gabai.fisher@ LIFE LECTURES Chemistry, What is that? How is it Related to Me? and Fantastical Sculpture are the topics at the MiraCosta College lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures, hosting two speakers starting at 1 p.m. June 3, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. For more information, visit or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. JUNE 4 BBQ TIME Join the annual San Diego Archaeological Center for the presentation of Volunteer Appreciation awards, Golden Trowel award, Archaeology Olympic Games and a Silent Auction and barbecue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 4 at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. Adults $10, kids $5. HISTORICAL SOCIETY LUNCH The Vista Historical Society will meet at 11:30 June 4 at the Vista Valley Country Club, 29354 Vista Valley Drive, Vista. For reservations, call (760) 630-0444. HIGH TEA The San Dieguito Garden Club is presenting a Traditional English Afternoon Tea celebration of their 56th Anniversary from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 4 at the San Diego Botanic Garden in the Ecke Building Patio, at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $25 with parking for the garden included with shuttle service available. For reservations, call (760) 652-5286 or email to gerithirloway@ WINE & FOOD FEST The Encinitas Wine & Food Festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 4 at the Encinitas Rancho Golf Course, 1275 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Tickets start at $90 AT LIBRARY MEDITATION Del Mar Branch Library will host “Meditation for Healthy Living” with Laura Baugh, at 1:30 p.m. June 4 at 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. She will present research on how meditation can improve physical, mental, and spiritual health. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666. PSYCHIC FAIR Celebrate the Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association 120-year anniversary and


T he C oast News - I nland E dition Psychic Fair starting at 9 a.m. June 4 on the Green at 2095 Washington Circle, Escondido. Enjoy continental breakfast, channeled message circle, psychic readings, aura photography, vendors, afternoon barbecue, healing and worship service, root beer floats, chili, cornbread & brownie cook-off, and more. For more information, call (760)-645-9176‬ or visit BE PART OF NEXTGEN Ages 9 through 18 are invited to be part of the free NextGen Fest, noon to 7 p.m. June 4 at Aurora Spine, 1920 Palomar Point, Carlsbad, for a celebration of filmmaking, entrepreneurial workshops, art, leadership, STEM, young musicians, eclectic performers, artisan street food, and networking. For more information, visit NextGenFest. org. Click on eventbrite. com /e /nextgen-fest-tickets-24384665190 to get a free ticket. JUNE 5 POLO BACK IN TOWN Tickets are available now for the Opening Day of Polo June 5 at 14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe. Enjoy two matches at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For tickets, visit sandiegopolo.ticketleap. com/opening-day/. The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will go dancing at the Elks Club and hold a happy hour at the Brigantine Restaurant, Escondido, June 5 and meet for Happy hour at the Elephant Bar, San Marcos, June 9. Reservations are required by calling (858) 674-4324 DROP IN FOR HISTORY The Carlsbad Historical Society actively engages in preservation of local history at 258 Beech St., Carlsbad. We are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. For additional information, email cbadhistory@yahoo. com or visit JUNE 6 LEARN TO DETAIL MiraCosta College is offering a four-unit credit course in Auto Reconditioning and Detailing, meeting 6 to 9:50 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 14 through Aug. 4, at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. For more information about the class, call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6356. To register, call (760) 795-6620 or go to JUNE 7 WRITERS GROUP Escondido Writers Group meets June 7, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Pre-registration is required at WATER CRISIS The Del Mar Foundation presents a DMF Talk featuring the topic of Desalination and California's Water Crisis: a Ma-

rine Biologist's Perspective With Dan Cartamil of Scripps Institute of Oceanography at 6 p.m., June 7 at Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. There will be wine and light refreshments. Reservations are required by calling (858) 635-1363 or at a07ecq24hw0iok0mu4o / a021d6iooxesxn/questions. O’SIDE ANGLERS Capt. Tony Nino, of the charter boat Bluefin, out of Mission Bay will be the guest speaker at the June 7 meeting of the Oceanside Senior Anglers at 9 a.m. at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. For more information, visit JUNE 8 ETIQUETTE CLASSES Discover the Power of Polite at summer Etiquette and Life Style/ Skills camp, offered by Elaine Swann. Classes will be offered at the Hera Hub Carlsbad, 5205 Avenida Encinas, Suite A, Carlsbad, for 3 years through college students. Register at

JUNE 9 SIERRA CLUB Meeting of the North County Coastal group of the Sierra Club will be at 7 p.m. June 9 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Topic will be “How will widening I-5 impact our North County communities?” JUNE 10 ESCO ANGLERS TV host Dan Hernandez will speak at the meeting of the Senior Anglers of Escondido at 9:30 a.m. June 10 at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. Hernandez will share his expert advice on both saltwater and freshwater fishing in California and Baja. For more information, visit JUNE 11 Join the Kids in the Garden from 10 am to noon June 11 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Learn about birds, feathers, nests with Farmer Jones and make a birdhouse to take home at Vista. Pre-register at (760) 822-6824 or farmerjones@

From left: Cynthia, Chris, and Bob Kawahara, of Oceanside, bring their 1948 Ford Deluxe Coupe to the hotrod cruise May 25. Fifty hotrods lined the streets and more are expected next month. Photo by

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and show people that regardless that I have cancer, I’m still very much a community activist, I’m going out there talking about cancer.” Part of the reason behind the tower, besides helping to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, was to continue to raise awareness that despite all the cancer research being done, the unfortunate part is the “astronomical” growth of cancer in the community, she explained. But maybe, with the tower, there was a little bit of wanting to leave a legacy behind for Sanchez Richardson, too. After the cupcake tower was completed on Saturday, she and her son, Chris, took a scissor lift to the top and measured. The tally came in at 31feet, 5-inches. The plan is to submit the measurements, along with other materials to the Guinness World Records organization for verification that their tower is the tallest ever constructed yet. On April 29, the Wafi Mall in Dubai became the most recent Guinness World Record holder for the tallest cupcake tower, which stood at 8 meters, or just over 26-feet, and contained about 8,000 cupcakes. Sanchez Richardson’s son, Chris, 19, a Palomar College student that plans to transfer to UC Riverside to become an anesthesiologist, remembers when his mom first

who may require affordable housing. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, those who use more than 30 percent of their income to pay for housing are considered “cost burdened.” It’s estimated that 12 million renters and homeowners in the U.S. spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing. Those statistics are what’s driving Newman to train for the intensive 4,000-mile ride from Portland, Maine to Santa Barbara, California. The project begins June 17 and lasts more than two months. To prepare for the project, Newman has been biking up to 50 miles per day since the beginning of the year. The San Marcos native also participated in two long-distance trips with one ride exceeding more than 180 miles. Despite the fierce training, Newman enjoys the sport. “I’ve been biking since I was three or four




run Leukemia as it reappeared in January. Once Reinhardt and her running colleagues — all friends of Llave — got that word, they sprung into action. The result was Team b.strong and it’s a collection of mostly North County runners giving their all for Llave.


full-days are for more advanced golfers. Mark Haddad, founder of the camps, said last year’s success at 20 locations presented the opportunity to expand. He created a curriculum, which focuses on all aspects of the game. “In discussions with the PGA of America, they were looking to develop a new national platform for summer camps,” Haddad said. “They saw the need for national summer programs.” Haddad said the halfday experience would drive home the basics so the younger or first-time players understand rules, etiquette and swing techniques. Avoli, who will keep a 6:1 golfer-to-instructor ratio, said the key is keeping a loose, fun atmosphere. “It’s total game instruction,” he said. “If you talk to those kids like you’re talking to an adult, they’re gone. You kind of have to become a kid. I


Tanya MacLeod, left, with Zoe Sanchez Richardson share a moment during a fundraiser on Saturday for the American Cancer Society. Photo by Tony Cagala

brought the idea of the tower up. “Looking at pictures, it didn’t seem too hard at all. But then once we started, obviously — you don’t understand the severity — everything it takes to make 30-feet,” he said. “She wants to leave a legacy, and I know that,” Chris said. “And that’s why we put up with all the crazy projects and ideas — I mean, a 30-foot cupcake tower? That’s crazy. But it makes her happy and if that’s what keeps her going, then we’ll keep doing it.” For Sanchez Richardson’s husband, Jerry, he said the setting the record was important for one reason: “because it makes my wife happy, and whatever my wife does that makes her happy, is my goal in life.” “We worked really, really hard at it,” Sanchez Richardson said of the tower. “We made sure we adhered to all

the guidelines that Guinness said. But I think it’s important just for the fact to show, number one, what Escondido did — the little town of Escondido did this.” After 27 years in remission, Tanya MacLeod, who was diagnosed with cancer nine different times and had surgeries for every one of them, she said, has become a steadfast friend with Sanchez Richardson. What the tower represents, MacLeod said, was a showing that the community cares. “That we’re here for one another.” The two friends, with many others, will be walking this weekend in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Del Dios Middle School June 4. Once the cupcakes were stacked and measured for verification purposes, they were sold off at $1 per dozen.

“He is totally a hero,’’ Reinhardt said. Llave is humbled by all the commotion and is hopeful he can be near the finish line when his buddies hit Sunday’s tape. “He doesn’t take no for an answer,’’ Reinhardt said. “But we’ll be like mother hens around him and be protective of him.’’ Just don’t expect Llave to shed his zest for life. “He is all about living

in the moment,’’ Reinhardt said. “It’s just an inspiration to be around him.’’ Help Llave’s Team b.strong round up its contribution to $300,000 by donating at teamintraining. com. That way Leukemia and Lymphoma will stay on the run, as Llave readies for his next trek.

think that helps that mindset. Just have fun when you’re out there with those kids.” In addition to golf, Avoli said he likes to mix it up with short bursts of other games such as a few minutes of basketball before lunch. On the ranges, however, he and his instructors will use golf-specific games once their kids start to lose focus or interest. In addition to the fun, Avoli said the camps are critical to the health and future of the sport. “We are trying to grow the game of golf,” he added, “and the only way to do that, is to expose as many kids as you can to the game and show them a good time. At that age, it’s got to be fun. It can’t be work.” Another challenge facing golf is the price tag. It is one of the more expensive sports with clubs, balls and greens fees, to name a few, but Haddad said one priority for the junior golf camps is to continue building its scholarship arm. Currently, Haddad’s camps do offer scholarships for those children unable

to afford the camps’ fees, but he stressed to grow the game, camps like his must be affordable to more kids. “We work with a lot of the local sections … and we also work with some of our partner organizations,” Haddad said. “We are looking in to developing more of that scholarship arm so we can scholarship as many kids in as we can. The last thing we want to do is introduce the game to a kid who loves, but isn’t able to play.” The weeklong camps in Carlsbad cost $295 for the half-days and $495 for the full days. The Pauma Valley camp is for competitive golfers and prices range from $1,695 for commuters and $1,995 for overnight. “We had a 98 percent approval rating from surveys we did,” Haddad said. “We just have an unbelievable scenario between the best in the business teaching and the best in the business developing the curriculum.” To register for the camps, visit

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training we do, it has to be hyper realistic and as close to the real thing as possible,” said Pete Ordille, a faculty member of the college’s Emergency Medical Education program. “This helps students deal with the stresses of working in high-stress areas.” The County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the grant, which was proposed by Dist. 5 Supervisor Bill Horn and Roberts. Palomar College’s Emergency Medical Education program is one of a handful of institu-



real unique opportunity to be mentored by Chief Lowry over the last six months while I was going through my process,” Mitchell said. “A lot of folks are thrown into a position and they say, ‘good luck.’” He had a lot of guidance.” Knowles will take over the day-to-day operations of the department including supervising three battalion chiefs and the training and EMS divi-


rent standards. In September 2015, the department was notified it received more than half a million in funds. Currently, the SCBA’s used by the EFD are three revision cycles old. Standards set by the National Fire Protection Association force vendors to stop manufacturing and providing replacement parts for SCBA’s more than two revision cycles beyond the

JUNE 3, 2016 years old,” Newman said. “When I was in high school I joined the cross-country team and biking was a good way to cross-train for the running. I’d ride from San Marcos to Solana Beach year-round.” Newman also had to learn how to work on a construction site to participate in Bike & Build. The project required Newman to volunteer

ing to broaden my perspective on affordable housing in the U.S.,” said Newman, who hopes to obtain an undergraduate degree in environmental studies. “I want to get a larger cultural sense of the struggles facing other Americans that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.” But Newman also wants to share a message with others during the

I want to get a larger cultural sense of the struggles facing other Americans that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise..” Jesse Newman Bicyclist

on Habitat for Humanity projects and become trained in using different tools, Newman said. Newman’s personal goal by participating in the project is to learn more about poverty while also educating others. “I’m definitely look-

trip. “I want people to know that you can be the positive change in someone else’s life,” Newman said. To donate to Jesse Newman’s campaign, go to classic.bikeandbuild. org/rider/8537.

tion’s statewide to offer a tactical combat casualty care course, which the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians developed in 2013 in response to the rise of violent incidents on school campuses and other areas. In addition to students, the course is available to law enforcement and first responders throughout the region and state, Ordille said. The suit, which was developed and manufactured by San Diego-based Strategic Operations, will be available for all agencies that want to train with it, Ordille added. Students involved

with Tuesday’s demonstration said the suit will give them the confidence needed to perform lifesaving tasks in the face of violence and bloody incidents. “The more we are able to see these real-life scenarios, the more comfortable we can be in that environment,” said TJ Grisafi, a 22-yearold emergency medical education student who suffered faux gunshot wounds to the thigh and arm during the demonstration. “It helps me get past the mental block of the outward signs and get down and dirty and get to the treatment as fast as I can.”

sions. Knowles joined the department in 1991 as a firefighter and has risen through the ranks working as a firefighter paramedic, fire captain, battalion chief, division chief and deputy fire chief. Knowles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration from Cogswell Polytechnic College as well as an Associate’s Degree with a major in Public Fire Service. Russ served as the Chair of the North Zone Opera-

tions Chiefs and the North Zone liaison to the San Diego County Operations committee. He also has served as President for the Escondido Firefighter’s Association. “He has a really good connection with our staff,” Mitchell said. “He also has a good connection with the development community. He can understand the fire code, but also the needs of developers and figure out how we can accomplish both.”

standard. By law, firefighters cannot enter environments deemed Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) without a SCBA. The EFD was also approved to enter into an inter-agency services agreement with the Palomar Community College District to obtain funding for fire technology. Under the new terms, the district is allowed to raise the student-contact hour fee to $3.50 from

$2.50. It will allow for up to 80 hours per semester, per employee for the curriculum, and the department estimates it will generate $12,800 in annual revenue. The two entities began their partnership in 2002, which includes in-service training mandated by regulatory agencies, approval from the college’s chief instructional officer and must be taught by EFD personnel who are qualified instructors.

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play. “There’s a lot of diversity in car owners in our own backyard in North County,” Iavocovino said. “You’ll see everything from the meek to the very high-end, fully restored hotrod.” Chris Kawahara, of Oceanside, was there with his teal blue 1948 Ford Deluxe Coupe. He completed all engine work on the hotrod and added its chrome features. Kawahara said he goes to car shows almost every weekend, and enjoys having one in his

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own backyard. Marty Conklin, of Oceanside, brought his chopped 1948 Chevy Coupe with a modified side fender. He described the hobby of modifying cars as a beloved “sickness.” “It’s a passion for me being in the garage and making it my own,” Conklin said. “It’s fun and a lot of work.” As part of the hotrod night, a restaurant gift certificate was given to the “best car.” Iavocovino said he hopes to continue to recognize participants at the free event with donated prizes from local

businesses. Future plans may include an opportunity drawing to benefit South Oceanside Elementary School PTO. The school is home to the annual March car show fundraiser, which Iavocovino also organizes. Iavocovino said the monthly car cruise is

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Mexican restaurant chain coming to San Marcos By Hoa Quach

Vineyard farmer Leonard Ciarmoli, left, makes a point with Tuscandido owner Jim Tondelli at Tondelli’s 5 1/2 acre Italian style winery. Photo by

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s I write this column, today is National Wine Day. No one that I know has the day off; there are no big celebrations or advertising going on. The only interesting story I see is that Millenials (the 21-to-35 year olds) now account for 42 percent of all wine purchased in the U.S. That is very bullish for wine

sales. San Diego wines are on their way to stardom and a key event recently gave them the juice in the right direction. A Food & Wine Festival was staged at the Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo with over 30 wine and food booths generously pouring at least twice as many of their top wines. Linda McWilliams is the president of the San Diego County Vintners Association. She is also the owner of San Pasqual Winery, with a tasting room and winery in La Mesa and a tasting room

SAN MARCOS — Chronic Tacos is returning to San Diego County this summer after a four-year hiatus in the region. Chronic Tacos, a fast-casual restaurant chain, plans to open in San Marcos by the end of June. The restaurant chain, which specializes in authentic Mexican food, previously had locations in Encinitas and Solana Beach before shutting them down in 2012. “We really miss being in San Diego County,” Michael Mohammed, CEO and co-owner of Chronic Tacos, said. “We always felt San Diego County was a good fit because people know their Mexican food and love their Mexican food. We closed our locations in Encinitas and Solana Beach because they weren’t the best locations, but we feel San Marcos is a great start for us to get back into the region.” The North County location will open on West San Marcos Boulevard with the help of about 15 employees. It will be locally owned by Abdo Mouannes. Mohammed said a second location will open in San Diego County in Oceanside sometime in the fall of 2016. Despite Chronic Tacos being new to San Diego County, the restaurant chain has a long history in the food

industry. Chronic Tacos was founded by Randy Wyner and Dan Biello in Newport Beach in 2002. Mohammed said the two opened a Mexican food restaurant after failing to find one that met their needs. “They didn’t have any restaurant experience but they loved taquerias,” Mohammed said. “At the time, all the taquerias in Newport


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Michael Mohammed has been the CEO of Chronic Tacos since 2012. He co-owns the California-based company with his three brothers. Courtesy photo

were either dirty or not very friendly so they felt there was something they could bring to the table.” Mohammed said with the help of a friend and his great grandmother who lived in Mexico, the two opened a restaurant in Newport Beach. The duo used family recipes from the great grandmother that are still used at all Chronic Tacos locations today. “It’s those recipes that differentiate us from a lot of the taco shops out there,” Mohammed said. “Our flavors are more authentic but it’s California-inspired because we use fresh, high-quality ingredients. We make everything from scratch every morning.” More than 10 years after the first Chronic Tacos location opened, Mohammed and his three brothers purchased the majority of the company. The brothers revamped the company’s business plan and now oversee 31 locations in California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Canada. “We became familiar with the brand when they came up to Vancouver,” Mohammed said. “I really loved the brand’s uniqueness and the food so we helped finance the expansion. In 2012, we bought the company.” About 1.5 years ago, the brothers set the company up for franchis-


ooking back a few years now, the Oceanside Flying Pig was on the forefront of the North County dining revolution. Even more so The Katsu curry pork cutlet at the Vista Flying Pig is “amazing,” says in Oceanside where there columnist David Boylan. Photo by David Boylan were not a lot of places that

were drawing foodies to the area. Well we all know how that has changed over the past few years and despite all the look-alikes, the original Pig is still packing Expert, experienced providers who them in. I expected more of the care about your individual goals same when I headed out to Vista to give the newish Personalized combination therapy Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen a try. for your best results First a bit about the quietly expanding Visa restaurant and brewery Complimentary consultations on scene…or should I use all treatments the word exploding? Is it the new Oceanside or will North County just blend together into a plethora of independent eating and drinking establishments? That would not be a bad thing but probably best saved for another column. The new Flying Pig reBefore After - 3 Months sides in a refurbished bank Actual Patient Vanquish Treatment Series building and has a look and feel all it’s own and much different than the Call to schedule your consultation today! Oceanside location. It’s open and airy and larger, with outdoor seating and a bigger bar area. I thought it looked great. I went on a Tuesday night and the place was full which is a 2023 West Vista Way, Ste F | Vista, CA 92083 good sign. We sat at the

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bar though because that’s just what I prefer and our bartender and server were both eager to pair beverages with each of our courses which is a good reflection on the pride they take in providing a complete dining experience. We started with a super fresh Stone Fruit Salad with tomato chimichuri that was light and refreshing and a perfect way to begin the feast that was on the way. I believe the Bacon Mac & Cheese is on both menus and that’s a good thing. If there is one place that can rekindle my love of this dish it’s Flying Pig. My suggestion is to split an order, nibble at it and leave enough to be reheated or eaten cold for a solid lunch the next day. It’s rich, decadent and oh-so-good. The next dish is perfect example of the kitchen at Flying Pig showing some creativity. The Katsu Curry with breaded Duroc Pork is freaking amazing. I got turned on to Katsu Curry at Ogata in Encinitas before they closed. Katsu is short for tonkatsu, meaning breaded pork cutlet and Katsu curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. It is usually served with rice and pickled daikon on the side. I’ve mentioned Duroc pork often, as it seems to be the breed of choice among discerning chefs. It’s a rich flavored pork with superior tenderness and natural juiciness. It also contains a higher percentage of intramuscular fat or as we call it, marbling and that makes for delicious, flavorful pork. Contrary to many folks TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 26

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Chronic Tacos will open on West San Marcos Boulevard at the end of June. Photo by Hoa Quach



ing. They now have 50 new franchise relationships with plans to expand to Colorado, North Carolina, Alabama, Washington state and Florida. Mohammed said he hopes new customers will appreciate the friendliness and vibe of the restaurant when it opens

in San Marcos. “We’re really looking forward to re-introducing ourselves to San Diego County, and provide that California-inspired Mexican food in a fun, laid-back atmosphere,” Mohammed said. “We are based in Southern California so that’s who we are. I really hope people will enjoy the authenticity of the brand.”

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preconceived notions (including mine) new Flying Pig is not just about pork. Our next dish was a beautiful piece of fresh local Halibut with a delicate garlic and shallot sauce. The fresh catch varies along with menu staples like the octopus salad done Tandoori style with fennel P.E.I Mussels in a green curry coconut sauce, a Nicoise salad with a piece of seared albacore, the Scottish Salmon entree and of course their shrimp and


in downtown San Diego at Seaport Village. She gets her wine grapes in the San Pasqual Valley, as do many other wineries in the region due to the lush soil properties and proximity to the coast. She features a Bordeaux Blend, Italian, Rhone Valley and Spanish varietals. “There are 116 commercial wineries in two AVA’s, Ramona and San Pasqual Valley in San Diego County,” she revealed. “We have maps with links to all our member wineries for easy direction.” Visit, and A fascinating wine with strong Italian links was the Principe Di Tricase Winery and its Aglianico varietal, found in Campania, near Naples. Spokesman Alberto Sepe said, “Naples has a

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grits. Another very pleasant surprise was the house made daily pasta. Ours was a super flavorful pork ragu sauce with perfect al dente spaghetti. This pasta was as good as I’ve had locally. The richness of the ragu was an indication of a low and slow simmer for maximum flavor. The Chicken with Corn Succotash was another winner. Mary’s free-range chicken sits on smoked corn succotash, roasted peppers, pea tendrils and spring garlic. Mary’s Chicken is a San Joa-

quin Valley chicken farm and is a leader in the free-range chicken movement. One of their signature dishes is the all-natural Compart Duroc Pork Chop. It’s served on a bed of creamy polenta, sherry braised Castelvetrano olives, shallot, garlic and petite mustard greens. Super moist and lots of great flavors that compliment each other perfectly on this dish. Flying Pig has a nice craft beer selection and an extensive wine program that showcases owner Roddy Browning’s days as a somme-

lier. They keep desert simple with a Sundae that has vanilla ice cream, root beer reduction, fresh caramel and candied walnuts. That and a decadent Pot de Crème should make most folks happy. Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen is located at 230 South Santa Fe, Vista. Call (760) 630-4311 or

climate similar to San Diego. The grapes love heat, producing higher sugar. We keep our production of wine simple and straightforward… no rocket science.” Veteran winemaker Jim Hart and his wife Christine, after years of making wine at his father’s winery in Temecula and time spent making wine at nearby Milargo Farm, now has his own winery, Volcan Mountain near Julian. He was pouring a 2015 apple sparkling wine, a 2015 Viognier and a 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel. His 10-acres have many Julian apple trees on the property. Visit at San Diego was California’s first wine producing area back in the days of Spanish missionaries and is just now showing up in a few large international competitions. It just might be the next great wine country in California.

Visit a Little Bit of Tuscany at Tuscandido an Diego wineries are popping up like corks at a New Year’s Eve party. My email messages are full of them. One such email stood out a few weeks ago, from Tuscandido in Escondido. Was I going to pass this one up? I grabbed my Italian vineyard farmer friend Leonard Ciarmoli, and we visited the owner, Jim Tondelli. He had just won three Silver medals at the San Francisco Chronicle tasting for his Sangiovese, Syrah and Barbera. Tondelli began planting Italian vines in 2010. His 2013 bottles are now released and with “hard work and experience,” Tuscandido wines are starting to make their way into the wine market. “Oh yes, the name,” after I asked him about it. “I just sat on a rock on my 5 ½ acre property and thought it was the same view as some I’d seen in Tus-

cany, and we went for it.” Tuscandido is all-natural in its vineyard management. It is fertilized by two active Alpacas and mushroom mulch. No pesticides or herbicides are used. “We harvest by hand, getting rid of any small, unwanted grapes and thinning out clusters early,” Tondelli said. Two of the San Francisco award winners are my favorites: A 2012 Sangiovese with a Brunello clone from Montalcino Italy ($45) and the 2013 Barbera with 10 percent Merlot ($22). Nearby restaurants Vintana and Stone Brewery both have the brand on their wine lists. Learn more at


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Vista Community Clinic Recognizes the Following San Marcos Restaurants for Choosing to Have Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining Patios: Bellows 803 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road Better Buzz Coffee 904 W. San Marcos Blvd. Cafe Stoked 1215 San Elijo Road Chipotle Mexican Grill 575 Grand Avenue Epoch Kitchen and Bar 1231 Elfin Forest Rd #110 Five Guys 151 S. Las Posas Rd #170 L&L Hawaiian BBQ 137 S. Las Posas Road #152 Mariahs Westwind 1691 Melrose Dr. #110 Mr. Taco Fresh Mexican 342 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. Mr. Taco Mexican Food 304 W. Mission Road Old California Coffee House & Eatery 1080 W. San Marcos Blvd. O's American Kitchen 137 S. Las Posas Road #153 Phils BBQ 579 Grand Avenue

Pizza Nova 141 N. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. Sammys Woodfired Pizza 121 S. Las Posas Rd. Slaters 50/50 110 Knoll Road Smashburger 763 Center Dr. #101 Starbucks Coffee 125 S. Las Posas Drive Starbucks Coffee 751 Center Drive Starbucks Coffee 126 Knoll Road Starbucks Coffee 342 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road Starbucks Coffee 1680 Descanso Ave The Habit Burger 727 W. San Marcos Blvd. The Inbetween 739 E. Mission Road Yogurt Utopia 1523 San Elijo Road #108

For more information, please contact Gena Knutson at Vista Community Clinic’s Tobacco Control Program at (760) 631-5000 ext 7165.

695 Normandy Rd., Encinitas,CA 92024

(760) 436-2194

This material was made possible with funds received from the Tobacco Tax Health Protection Act of 1988-Proposition 99, through the California Department of Public Health, contract CTCP-13-37.

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Wine Bytes The 2nd annual Brew and Food Festival is on its way June 4 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero, downtown San Diego. There will be 70 breweries pouring 200-plus craft beers. Celebrity chefs include Javier Plascencia of Bracero and Chad White from Top Chef Season 13 with live culinary demonstrations throughout the day, and Chef Justin Kingsley Hall from Las Vegas’s SLOBoy. Two live music stages and dueling DJs. Tickets for this event are $40 general admission, $50 early entry and $80 for the Mad Craft VIP area with added perks and chef-inspired dishes. Go to for tickets. The San Diego mountain town of Julian has its Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest and June 4 and June 5 at the town hall on Main Street. Details at sandiegofiddler. org. A Walk-around Chardonnay Tasting “Shoot-out” will be presented by WineSellar & Brasserie in Sorrento Valley, June 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Taste over 20 different Chardonnays. Cost is $27. Reserve now at (858) 450-9557. Attend the annual “Toast of the Coast” Wine Festival June 11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with two events from noon to 3 p.m., and 4 to 7 p.m. Taste more than 100 judged wines. Tickets are $61 or $68 with a Fair Tripper. Purchase online at Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View his columns at tasteofwinetv. com, and reach him at Follow him on Facebook.

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1 at this payment GG002055 (Standard 2.0i 4D 5MT model, code GJA-01). $1,785 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 12,000 miles/year. Lessee pays personal property and ad valorum taxes (where applies) & insurance.Offer expires 6/3/2016.

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2016 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

1 at this payment GG544134 (Standard 2.5i 6MT model, code GFA-01). $1,729 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit.Tax, title and registration fees extra. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers and are subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. Lessee pays personal property and, insurance, maintenance repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear and tear and a mileage charge of 15¢ per mile for mileage over 12,000 miles per year. Offer expires 6/3/2016.

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760-438-2200 ** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 6/3/2016.


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CLASSES & EVENTS All classes are held at locations below unless otherwise indicated. Tri-City Medical Center - 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside Tri-City Wellness Center - 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Please note, classes are subject to change. Please call to confirm.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES AA Young People’s Group 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Call 760-758-2514 Meets Saturdays Narcotics Anonymous 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Call 760-940-3333 Meets Fridays & Sundays Grupo De Apoyo Para Enfermedades Mentales / Mental Illness Support Group 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Spanish speaking.Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760-722-3754. First Friday of Every Month / Primer Viernes de Cada Mes

HEART CARE CLASSES Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Renewal 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Call 760-940-3100 to register/fee involved. Wednesday/ June 8 Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (Full Course) 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Call 760-940-3100 to register/fee involved. Wednesday/ June 29 Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (Renewal Course) 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Call 760-940-3100 to register/fee involved. Wednesday/ June 1 Thursday/ June 16 Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Call 760-940-3100 to register/fee involved. Saturday/ June 18




Breastfeeding Support Group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Call 760-940-5500 to register. Meets Wednesdays

Women’s Cancer Support Group 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Call 760-940-3540 for more information. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month

Breastfeeding Support Clinic Call 760-940-5500 for more information and to make an appointment.

Mended Hearts Support Group 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.,Tri-City Wellness Center, Call 858-592-9069 for more information. 2nd Tuesday of Every Month

Baby Safe Class 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Call 760-940-5784 to register/fee involved. Thursday/ June 16 Childbirth Preparation Class Weekend Course 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 760-940-5784 to register/fee involved. Saturday and Sunday/ June 4-5 Maternity Tour Registration required, Call 760-940-5784. For information in Spanish please call 760-940-5750. Monday/ June 6 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday/ June 13 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday/ June 20 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday/ June 27 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. eClass, Understanding Childbirth Online Classes $60, Available 24/7 Additional classes available on

SUPPORT GROUPS Better Breathers 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Call 760-940-3055 to register. 2nd Wednesday of Every Month

Parkinson’s Exercise 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Call 760-940-7272 to register. Meets Fridays

Pacific Cancer Fitness at Tri-City Wellness Center Various times per week., Call 760-683-9105 to register. Young At Heart 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness Center, Call 760-931-3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays Next Step in Control- Basic Diabetes and Meal Planning Class 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Call 760-644-1201 to register. Monday/Wednesday

Stroke Exercise 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Call 760-940-7272 to register. Meets Thursdays

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Tri-City Wellness Center, Call 760-931-3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Ostomy Support Group of North SD County 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Call 760-213-2501 to register. Last Friday of the Month

Diabetic Exercise 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. , TriCity Wellness Center, Call 760-931-3171 to register/fee involved. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Diabetes Self-Management Course Times may vary, Call 760-644-1201 to register. Meets Wednesdays

Diabetes Support Group Call 760-644-1201 to register. 1st Thursday of Every Month 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd Thursday of Every Month 7 p.m. -9 p.m. Aphasia Support Group 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Call 760-940-7151 to register. Meets Thursdays Bariatrics Support Group Call 760-206-3103 for more information. 2385 South Melrose Drive,Vista, 92081 Last Friday of the Month 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

ORTHOPAEDICS Spine Pre-Op Class 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Call 855-222-8262 to register. Tuesday /June 14 • Wednesday /June 22 Total Joint Replacement Class 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Call 855-222-8262 to register. Wednesday/ June 1 • Wednesday/ June 15 Total Shoulder Replacement Class 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Call 855-222-8262 to register. Wednesday/ June 8


Registered Nurse Career Fair

Thursday, June 23 • 2-4pm •Tri-City Medical Center RECRUITING EXPERIENCED RNS FOR MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS: Operating Room, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Telemetry, Cardiac Cath Lab, Mother-Baby, Labor & Delivery, Forensics, Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Home Health & Wound Care

Managers from hiring areas will be on-site to meet with potential candidates. SIGN-ON/RETENTION INCENTIVES

$10k bonus for Day shift - OR & NICU RN positions $15k bonus for Eve/Noc shift - OR & NICU RN positions $3k Referral Incentive - ONLY if hired and an RN you refer is hired Other incentives may be available.


Are you struggling with BPH?

Symptoms include: • Frequent urination both day & night • Weak/slow urinary stream • A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder • Difficulty/delay/urgency in starting urination • A urinary stream that stops and starts


June 8 • 12-1p

Tri-City Medical Center 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside

June 30 • 10-11a Tri-City Wellness Center 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad

Jason Phillips, MD Urologist

Wednesday, June 22nd, 5-7pm

For more information call 855.222.8262 or visit

Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas, 92024

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