Vista Chamber Magazine Spring 2022

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SOCAL Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning

Best Pizza and Brew Finds a New Home in Vista

Misadventure & Co. Carbon Negative Distillery

BioLife Plasma Services Now Open in Vista Published by the

Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate Vista Education Foundation

Chamber of Commerce

Supports Parents, Students and Educators in VUSD

SDHR Consulting Keeping the “Human” in HR




First Word - Rachel Beld


Best Pizza and Brew

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Chairman's Corner


Mayor's Musings


Babies in Bloom


Chris Ryan Video Productions

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Tri-City Auxilary Turns 60


Air Force ROTC and Young Marines


Dr. Bronner's Magic All-One Chocolate


Superintendent's Corner

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Community Calendar of Events


San Diego Human Resources Consulting


Raising Cane's

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Chamber Business Directory


Rising Stars

SOCAL Connects Business and Education Finds New Home in Vista

Misadventure & Co. Carbon Negative Distillery in Vista Reflecting Back and Moving Forward Products and Services for Expectant Families Full Service Video Production

BioLife Plasma Services Lifesaving Donation Center Opens in Vista Vista Students Learn about Leadership and Service Chocolate Making Secrets Revealed Vision and Strategic Plan Update

Vista Education Foundation Supporting VUSD in Arts & Tech Education Keeping the "Human" in HR

Best Pizza and Brew Finds a New Home in Vista

Misadventure & Co. Carbon Negative Distillery

BioLife Plasma Services Now Open in Vista Published by the

Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate Vista Education Foundation

Chamber of Commerce

Supports Parents, Students and Educators in VUSD

SDHR Consulting Keeping the “Human” in HR


New Business Ribbon Cuttings

Beautiful Vista palms lining Wildwood Park. Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning

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News and Notes

The Cover: SOCAL


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Vista Chamber President & CEO Rachel Beld


ne of the Vista Chamber’s goals is to connect business and education to help ensure that Vista students today are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow and help our local businesses connect to the talent that exists in our community. We are thrilled to announce that the Vista Chamber has partnered with Tri-City Medical Center, San Diego North EDC, and the Oceanside and Carlsbad Chambers to strengthen our regional workforce pipeline. Together, we have launched Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning (SOCAL) initiative, a long-term workforce development effort designed to provide students and career explorers with direct access to information and first-hand experiences regarding potential occupations and career opportunities in North County. The direct access and transparency fostered through this initiative are intended to help cultivate the workforce for middle-wage jobs that require less than a four-year college degree. Supervisor Jim Desmond supported the effort with a $128,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant from the County of San Diego, which was instrumental to the development and launch of SOCAL.

The SOCAL initiative connects industry and education partners to bridge the gap between job explorers and their future careers.

SOCAL, which was initially designed by Tri-City Medical Center as part of their COASTAL Commitment community outreach initiative, will roll out in phases, with the initial phase being the launch of an interactive website, The website features on-demand videos highlighting over 60 professionals from across North County’s diverse industries including healthcare, manufacturing, communication technology, construction, software and more. In the videos, these professionals discuss their industry, job responsibilities, workplace environments and career advancement outlooks. Each video includes a webpage with expected average wages and links to educational resources. In subsequent phases, SOCAL will expand to include an ongoing career-day speakers’ bureau, shadowing experiences, internships and other workforce development resources that will position SOCAL as a central force in the region’s labor pipeline. The Vista Chamber is proud to showcase our region as a vibrant economic hub and to collaborate with forward-thinking organizations on workforce development initiatives. This program is intended to continue strengthening the position of our region by connecting our region’s business to talent in our own communities. Accessibility, equity and inclusion are hallmarks of the SOCAL initiative. Through SOCAL’s interactive website, students and job explorers are empowered to identify, evaluate and proactively pursue their future careers. The easy-to-use platform connects them with occupational information and career opportunities within their local community that was previously inaccessible. Job explorers, interested businesses, and the community can learn more about the SOCAL initiative and experience SOCAL’s interactive website by visiting Vista businesses interested in partnering with the SOCAL initiative can contact Rachel Beld at



Best Pizza and Bre Finds New Home in Vista

By Julie Smith Tay

Established in 2013, Best Pizza and Brew started with a small,1,200 sq ft location in Mira Mesa. Today, the growing San Diego County restaurant chain has a total of five locations with the latest being an impressive 3,600 sq ft space on South Santa Fe Avenue right in the heart of Vista. “We were always interested in having a presence here, but it was really hard to find the right location until last summer,” says Joey Freis, one of the owners at Best Pizza and Brew. “We love our new space and being part of the Vista community. We opened our doors last July and found the City and Chamber staff super nice, incredibly supportive and easy to work with,” he describes. “They helped us find employees, promoted the grand opening and just provided us with a level of treatment that we had never experienced anywhere else. Everyone has made us feel so welcomed.”



Freis, whose family has been in the San Diego restaurant business for more than 40 years, believes the secret to their success is their desire to offer quality food at a good price in a great atmosphere. That’s accomplished in a variety of ways. All the pizza dough is made fresh daily and their salad dressings are made in house. They also use gourmet cheeses and offer unique appetizers like calamari and burrata.


The local chain serves pizza by the slice, along with a wide variety of


popular pizza pies, and even custom options. They also serve sandwiches and salads and a fabulous chocolate chip cookie that’s hard to resist! The menu was originally created by family members with the help of a chef and it continues to be updated to feature exciting new flavors, items and interesting options. Quality craft beer is a big part of the mix at Best Pizza and Brew. One can select from 30 different beers on tap at the Vista location alone. “We had a custom container built to hold a large block of ice that surrounds the entire beer tap to ensure the beer is served ice cold every time,” he says. “It’s just another way to make our customers’ experience that much better.” The Vista location also offers an expansive outdoor seating area with a firepit and heat lamps that are ideal for large groups and private events—something that all the locations are now offering. “Since opening last summer, we’ve already hosted a wedding rehearsal and have plans to start utilizing our large parking lot for even more events.”

we’re excited “forAsthea company, future and hope to continue our expansion efforts whenever possible

Best Pizza and Brew restaurants can be found in well-established locations. There’s one in Oceanside on S. Coast Hwy., on Aberdeen Ave. in Cardiff-bythe-Sea, another on Carmel Mt. Road in Carmel Mt. and the original location on Mira Mesa Blvd. in Mira Mesa. “As a company, we’re excited for the future and hope to continue our expansion efforts whenever possible,” says Freis. “Vista has been great to us and we hope to return the favor in a variety of ways and by staying active in the Chamber.” Visit for more information.



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Chair of the Board Adam Brooks

Here at the Vista Chamber, 2022 is all about refocusing, reinvesting, and getting back on track. These last couple years have knocked all of us on our metaphorical keesters in one way or another, but it is time to look forward, whether it be through pursuing new career opportunities or getting back in the running shoes for a strawberry themed 5K. While the Chamber has played a vital role in helping businesses during the challenging times of 2020 and 2021, the programs I most appreciate are focused on reinvesting in our future. One of the programs I am most excited about is a workforce development initiative for North County called SOCAL. SOCAL, which stands for Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning, is a program of Tri-City Medical Center in partnership with the Vista Chamber and other strategic partners. This program will expose students in our community to career and educational opportunities across multiple industries and will provide a forum for learning about and experiencing the workforce of tomorrow. Another incredible program that the Chamber is administering this year is a paid internship and training program with established businesses. There is no better way to learn about a trade than to dive right in and get hands-on experience working in the industry. Often, however, work experience opportunities come at a high cost if they are unpaid. If the choice is between unpaid work experience or a job that pays but doesn’t offer desired career growth opportunities, the unpaid experience might not be a feasible option. This paid internship program will compensate 100 students in the community to receive exposure, training, and experience in fields that represent pathways to a brighter future. Finally, in the spirit of "getting back on track,” we are excited to announce the return of the Vista Strawberry Festival and Strawberry 5K. After having to cancel this annual event in 2020 and offering a slimmed down version in 2021, we will be hosting our full-fledged, larger-than-life, strawberry-themed bonanza on May 29, 2022. This festival will include contests, pageants, a beer garden, live entertainment, vendors, and all the general strawberry shenanigans that we all know and love. It takes an exceptional and dynamic organization to function as a valuable resource both in challenging times and in times of prosperity. The required skills, responsibilities, and daily activities can differ greatly in good times and in hard times, but the ability to change and pivot core functions to meet the needs of its members and the community is what makes the Vista Chamber truly great. Thanks to its committed and highly capable staff, the Chamber has played a huge role in helping to assist and provide resources to the community during the challenging and uncertain times of 2020 and 2021. Now the time has come to pull together and move forward to implement new programs and events that will ensure that Vista continues to be a great place to live, work and play.

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First Carbon Negative Distillery in the World Right Here in Vista! By Anne McDonnell

When it comes to the future of distilling techniques, a local business is already there! Misadventure & Co. Distillery is the first carbon-negative distillery in the world, “We endeavor to create a home away from home where everyone is welcome” Whit Rigali

creating award-winning craft spirits by upcycling surplus baked goods from local food banks. Says Cofounder, Distiller, Bartender



tor) Whit Rigali, “Misadventure allows people to lower their carbon footprint simply by making a cocktail with our alcohol in it.”



Rigali explains that food waste is the third-largest contributor to climate change, and growing food uses a great deal of water, “which is obviously a big deal here in California.” To be carbon negative means that Misadventure & Co. sequesters more carbon dioxide (that is, keeps it from going into the atmosphere) than it produces. Says Rigali, “This happens because we do not ask farmers to relegate land, water, and resources to grow crops to make our alcohol. Instead, we take surplus food products where the ‘environmental price’ has already been paid and extend the usefulness” of those products. Using surplus food to create its spirits also prevents that food from going into the landfill, where it would have turned into methane, which is 25 times more damaging to the atmosphere than

carbon dioxide, Rigali explains. Through this process, “the carbon dioxide savings is so significant that if everyone in the United States who drinks vodka switched to Misadventure, we would sequester the same amount of carbon dioxide as a forest the size of Yosemite National Park does.” The company sells Misadventure Vodka online and at its physical location in Vista, where its entire operation is located. Misadventure & Co. opened its tasting room in September 2019, where visitors can enjoy cocktails made with local ingredients featuring not only Misadventure Vodka, but other Vista-made spirits and beer. There is also food from an evolving menu, and brunch every Sunday. Says Rigali, “Our chicken and waffle sandwiches are phenomenal,

and our bloody Mary’s are made from tomato juice that we get from Pizza Bros up the street.” The tasting room looks like a typical business park building on the outside, but the inside is done up to look like an explorer’s club/ English pub with comfortable couches and mood lighting. “We endeavor to create a home away from home where everyone is welcome,” says Rigali. This welcoming atmosphere is what the company sought when deciding on a location for the business. Explains Rigali, “The city of Vista has done such a great job welcoming craft alcohol makers into their fold. Craft brewers laid the groundwork to create a dynamic and vibrant community,” and these businesses “have become social gathering places where people … can

meet up and engage with their friends [and] the craft alcohol creators. We always wanted to be part of a community where everyone is happy and works together, and we’ve found that in Vista.” To give back to the community it loves, Misadventure & Co. became the first distillery in Southern California to offer hand sanitizer to the public during the covid pandemic. It also donated hand sanitizer to local nonprofits. In addition, it works with local anti-waste nonprofits to help upcycle excess ingredients, and it donates some of its proceeds from certain specials and events back to these organizations. It also works with other local nonprofits such as SIS, ProduceGood, O’side Kitchen Collaborative, and the North County Food Bank to give back to “our wonderful community,” says Rigali. Misadventure & Co. Distillery 2420 Grand Avenue, Suite C Vista, CA 92081 760.216.6930



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Mayor's Musings Mayor Judy Ritter

Reflecting Back and Moving Forward As we stand at the dawn of a new year, Vistans can be proud of the hard work, great progress, and significant successes from our City Council, City management, the community, and our business leaders in 2021. The ongoing pandemic continued to force Vista to become more resilient, as we came to better understand the issues arising from the pandemic. Economic Development continues to be a top priority and Vista remains a major player in the economic landscape of North County. Through federal and state funding, Vista developed shop local and business support programs and provided grants and other support to local businesses, including waiving fees for activities supporting the economy; funding cybersecurity efforts of small businesses, training new entrepreneurs and established businesses; and launching a clean and safe program downtown. Furthermore, to keep Vista’s younger residents active, learning, and engaged, a new youth scholarship has been launched to ensure all Vista youth have access to the City’s recreational and childhood education programs. Protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the community, maintaining needed programs and services; and assisting local business owners, are still at the forefront of the City’s efforts, all of which continue today. I am committed to making Vista the very best for our community in this last year of my elected office and for years to come




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November 2021 was a busy and exciting month for Rochelle McLean and her business, Babies in Bloom, as they moved into their current location in the heart of the vibrant downtown Vista. Her one of a kind baby boutique welcomes customers with unparalleled services and products to help the expectant and new mothers & families navigate through all stages of parenthood. While the business is new to downtown, it is no stranger to Vista! As they celebrate their 15th anniversary, Rochelle McLean reflects on how her passion and special skills quickly transformed an idea into a successful business. By Eva Redding Rochelle’s knowledge, experience, and love for everything related to maternity earned her a successful career at the Tri-City Hospital as a lactation consultant and a childbirth educator. During that time, she noticed a lack of local businesses providing breastfeeding equipment. She came to the rescue and opened up her first store near the hospital fulfilling this very need. The business grew quickly and expanded to offer more products and services, which soon required them to move to a bigger location. As Rochelle said, “We are so much more than just a store.” In addition to carefully selected baby products, Babies in Bloom offers a wide variety of classes and services ranging from car seat



inspections, newborn care and breastfeeding classes to providing support groups! While many classes are currently held on line, the company is looking forward to offering additional in-person learning in the coming months. Rochelle and her staff understand that while having a baby is a magical time in people’s lives, it can also be a challenging and isolating experience for many new mothers. As she stated, “We are here to provide support and resources. It is a rewarding experience to meet people and help them during their most vulnerable time.” This was especially the case in the peak of the pandemic when many people were disconnected from their family and friends. Rochelle is proud to provide a safe haven for new parents. She feels honored when customers tell her that her business was the first

place where they felt comfortable to bring their baby. Additionally, all of her boutique employees are highly skilled and experienced to handle customers’ unique needs. Instead of being overwhelmed trying to navigate aisles of merchandise with little help, customers are welcomed by friendly staff ready to have one-on-one conversations offering solutions to their specific problems. As for many small businesses, the pandemic brought certain challenges to Rochelle’s company— mostly with in-person classes and shorter store hours. She is looking forward to offering longer operating hours, as her business is actively seeking additional employees to fulfill that desire. However, she is grateful for all the support her business received during the past

year, especially from the local community that is committed to shop small, as well as the support she received from their core customers. As she mentioned, “I truly believe in the spirit of community.” And thanks to the large selection of products on their website, many of their loyal supporters continue to shop even when they move away. As Babies in Bloom settles into their new location, Rochelle and her staff are thrilled to be a part of Vista’s fun and vibrant downtown landscape. They are excited to welcome you at 127 Main Street in Vista, Monday through Saturday (currently from 9:00am - 3:00pm). You can visit them on line at


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Strategy, Lights, Camera, and… Action! By Julie Smith Taylor

Chris Ryan of Ryan Video Productions knows how important it is to clarify his client’s goals before he ever starts filming. “Having a strong message strategy upfront and understanding exactly what the client wants to achieve is crucial to every project’s success,” he says. Ryan is a full-service videographer who lives and works in Vista. He parlayed his many years in corporate marketing and management to start his own videography company in 2018. Ryan creates everything from corporate branding and educational videos to product and nonprofit promotional videos, as well as special event videos, like covering the Vista Strawberry Festival for the Chamber.

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“Getting people's attention quickly is critical, so everything is edited down to just a few minutes, or even seconds based on the client’s message, audience, and distribution channels,” he says. “I like to first capture the overall essence of a product, event or organization and then distill it in the editing room, adding engaging graphics and music to create an effective finished product.” Ryan believes the secret to growing a small business like his is to build awareness and strong relationships, which is why he loves being a member of the Vista Chamber and networking with others. “Referrals are so important to my business and I’m honored to work with the Chamber whenever I can.” For more information, check out Ryan’s website at www.ryanvideoproductions. com or call 760-410-4443.

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Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary Turns 60!

Volunteers in the Hospital Auxiliary have been SERVING, CARING and BELONGING since 1958; over 60 years ... AND 3 years before the Hospital we now know as Tri-City Medical Center opened! This all-volunteer organization exists to provide much needed help throughout the Medical Center, from Shuttle drivers to Hospital Escorts to Information Desk Staff to Registration Assistance to Surgery Aides and many other functions. Our members also stock and staff the Gift Shop whose proceeds are used for scholarships and needed medical equipment. We provide literally thousands of hours each year in valuable staffing support that frees doctors, nurses, aides and other medical staff to concentrate their time caring for patients. During the Covid pandemic, Volunteers took responsibility for managing the Covid clinic by providing escorts to the Clinic facility; personnel to bring people into the vaccination stations and a clean-up crew who thoroughly sanitized all chairs and surfaces throughout the Clinic. New Volunteers are always welcome! An Orientation session acquaints everyone with the Volunteer process and matches Volunteers with the

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Donation staff connect with our donors and ensure everyone feels welcome from the time they enter the facility and each time they come back...

Life-Giving Donation Center Opens in Vista By Anne McDonnell BioLife Plasma Services, a plasma donation company with more than 170 locations across the United States and Europe, recently opened a new donation center in Vista. Because plasma can’t be made synthetically, people who require plasma-derived medicines to help treat rare diseases and immune deficiencies rely on plasma donations. Donors are compensated for their time and the commitment it takes to be a plasma donor. The donation process is always thoroughly explained to all donors. Says Center Manager Harshit Patel, “Donation staff connect with our donors and

ensure everyone feels welcome from the time they enter the facility and each time they come back. We understand this is a new process for a lot of our donors, so we take the time to explain what we are doing and how we do it, and answer any questions that may come up during the process.” Donations take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, and donation centers offer a supervised children’s playroom for parents who want to donate but cannot find childcare. [Note that the supervised playroom is closed at the time of this writing due to the pandemic.] People who wish to

donate should start by creating a profile online ( At their first appointment they need to bring a government-issued photo ID with a current address. In addition, “We also ask that you eat a healthy meal at least 1 hour before your appointment and stay hydrated the day prior and the day of your appointment,” says Patel. Safety is the most important part of the donation process, says Patel. Before donors are accepted into the donor program, they must pass a medical examination and take a survey of their medical history performed by a member of BioLife’s medical staff. During each subsequent visit, a staff member checks the donor’s vital signs, and the donor answers questions about their medical

history. Each donation procedure uses sterile and disposable collection materials, and once the donation is complete, the disposable equipment is discarded and replaced with new materials for the next donation. Notes Patel, these steps help ensure the safety of the donor and protect the recipients of the therapies processed from their plasma. “We hold ourselves to a higher standard to maintain a clean facility because what we do at BioLife is so important for our donors and our patients,” he says. With new BioLife locations opening throughout the country, Vista stood out because the City provided so many activities and opportunities, and people are so involved in the community, Patel explains. “As someone who is new to the area, it’s been one of the best experiences since I’ve moved here, and I really feel like it’s home,” he says. “The local community has supported us by welcoming us to the neighborhood.” To give back, every BioLife Plasma location puts approximately $2–$3 million back into the community each year. In addition, says Patel, “we like to show our support for local businesses in our center by posting flyers encouraging our donors and employees to support local organizations.” BioLife staff “are trained to take care of each donor in the various areas throughout the donation process,” says Patel. “We don’t believe in keeping the mindset of ‘just another person.’” This attitude has been reflected back by the Vista community, Patel says, noting that people in the community “actually take the time to get to know others,” creating opportunities to connect and create friendships and partnerships. BioLife Plasma Services Vista Donation Center 1960 Hacienda Drive Vista, CA 92081-6025 (760) 666-6018 VISTACHAMBER.ORG


Take a closer look at two outstanding programs By Julie Smith Taylor Air Force Jr. ROTC Program – Vista High School If your teen has ever wanted to learn what it’s like to fly a plane in a stateof-the-art flight simulator or test their skills piloting a drone, the opportunity awaits at Vista High’s Air Force Jr. ROTC Program. Today, a combination of 117 boys and girls from freshmen to seniors meet each week for a combination of physical fitness training, aerospace studies and leadership education. The program is led by U.S. Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Vincent Lostetter and Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Deej Goodno. “The purpose of the program is to open a range of opportunities and choices for high school students to prepare them for success as they pursue their interests and passions after graduation,” says Lostetter, who has been with the program since 2013. “We are not a recruiting mechanism for the military, but rather focus on instilling values of citizenship, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment in our



cadets/students.” According to Lostetter, only about 20 percent of his students go on to military service. The program at Vista High currently offers PE credits for the first two years of the program or one can earn elective credits such as with Pilot Ground School. All AFJROTC courses also offer Career Technical Education (CTE) credits for students.

“Students learn real-life skills in our classes,” says Lostetter. “In 2016, our cadets built a state-of-the-art flight simulator that won first place at the County Fair. It taught them how to work as a team, about electronics, installing computer software and working with tools.” Another success story is Diana

Perez, a recent grad who earned her FAA Part 107 commercial drone license. She now works in the Drone Division for the Chula Vista Police Department. There are also other opportunities for personal skill building through the program. Take the example of Senior Kenny Hicks. He plans to earn his private pilot license this summer. He is the recipient of a $25,000 Air Force scholarship that provides an all-expense paid 8-week piloting course that will be held at a major university. Hicks is one of just 250 students selected. “I’m very excited about the opportunity and am grateful to Col. Lostetter for all of his support over the last four years,” he says. Hicks plans to attend Cal State San Marcos in the fall and will join the Army ROTC program there. Along with activities on campus, Jr. ROTC students participate in a Color Guard Drill Team and regularly provide the 21-Gun Salute service for veteran burials at Riverside National Cemetery. “We’re excited about the future and hope to see more students get involved in our program,” says Lostetter.

North San Diego Young Marines Established in 2013, the North San Diego Young Marines Unit of Vista continues to grow. It is now 55 members strong and made up of boys and girls ranging from 8 to 18-years-old who meet every Saturday at Vista’s Antique Engines Museum Park. “We are a 100 percent volunteer, non-profit organization,” says U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant (Ret.) Cal Grimes, who was a founder of the unit. “Our goal is to create good citizens through community service, volunteerism and instilling the credos of the Marine Corps – honor, courage and commitment in our members.” Grimes, who works with a group of 15 adult volunteers, is proud to say that their unit was named The Young Marines National Unit of the Year five years in a row from 2013-2018. The Young Marines National Organization was established in 1959 in Waterbury, CT by the Marine Corps League. It now has hundreds of units across the U.S. New recruit training is six straight

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plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and seeds. It stresses eating fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week, consuming poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation and limiting sweets and red meat for special occasions. It also gives priority to healthy fats, such as olive oil over butter and using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods.

Choose wisely and remember the best diets are those that fit your lifestyle and that you can maintain over the long-term.

Like other diets, it also emphasizes getting plenty of exercise, especially if the goal is losing weight.

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Other proven diets In addition to the Mediterranean diet, there are many other proven diets to choose from. The DASH diet and the Flexitarian diet tied for No. 2 in the best diets overall and best diabetes diets categories. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or high blood pressure. It is often recommended to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It emphasizes eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods and limiting salt, sugary drinks, sweets and foods that are high in saturated fat. The Flexitarian diet is mostly vegetarian, meaning you don’t have to eliminate meat completely. The focus is eating more plants and less meat. This diet also tied for No. 2 in the best plant-based diet and easiest diets to follow categories.

Tips for maintaining healthy habits Diets still take some work. The following are tips to keep you on a healthy path and move the needle on your scale in the right direction:

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Food of the Gods The cocoa plant was given the scientific name Theobroma Cacao by Linnaeus— Theobroma means “food of the gods” in Greek, and Cacao derives from the Mayan and Nahuatl words for cocoa. Some research suggests that eating and drinking chocolate, made for thousands of years in South America and Mexico from cocoa, can trigger the same neurochemical response as feelings of joy or love. Sounds like magic to me! Making our deliciously decadent cocoa concoction requires unique partnerships between organic plants, carbon-rich soil, fair trade farmers, and responsible technology. Dr. Bronner’s Magic AllOne Chocolate is made with the finest organic, fair trade, regeneratively grown cocoa and other wonderful plants, to produce an alchemy of seductive, energizing dark chocolate. Cocoa is the main ingredient in chocolate. A major component of our mouthwatering chocolate is supporting the more than 800 fair trade cocoa farmers and partners we buy from. All the cocoa beans are coming from farmers we partner with at Serendipalm, our fair trade project in Ghana, and KANY, a co-op of women farmers on the Ivory Coast. Our cocoa farmers employ dynamic agroforestry (DAF) to regenerate the land.



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Harvesting: Pods containing cocoa beans grow from the trunk and branches of the cocoa tree. Harvesting involves removing ripe pods from the trees and opening them to extract the wet beans.

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Drying Cocoa Beans: Cocoa beans are sun-dried after fermentation in order to reduce the moisture content from about

Dr. Bronner’s has partnered with two top-ranked European chocolatiers to process our organic ingredients into magical chocolate. Upon arrival in Switzerland, the first step is to clean the beans and purify them using steam. Traditional roasting then occurs slowly and gently in small batches. Roasting times have been specified for

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The Vista Unified strategic planning process is off to a great start. We have completed the Student Summit. We had over 160 students from every middle and high school in the district participate. We held our first Guiding Coalition design meeting, with over 80 community representatives participating. We are now moving into the Community Feedback phase of the process. This is one of several opportunities to hear from all members of the community. This process will culminate with the creation of the following elements: A Graduate Portrait—what do we want our students to know, be, and be able to do by the time they graduate so that they can thrive in life and career? An Adult Portrait—what do adults need to know, be, and be able to do to support every student in attaining the Graduate Portrait? Note, adults here refers to every adult working in the school system, not just classroom teachers. A System Portrait—how might the system need to change in order to support the adults to support the students? Refreshed Core Values - how might our core values need to be updated. A Strategic Plan that will help us to implement the vision. It is important to note that the world around us continues to change in complexity and in connectivity. There are times when it actually feels like these changes are accelerating. If we, as a hub for learning, are to keep our students strategically positioned for success in their future careers and life, it is important to go through a process to refresh our vision, mission, values, and strategic plan. You can follow our progress by checking out our webpage ( over the next six months. Dr. Doyle, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools Vista Unified School District




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2022 Spring Events

Member Events: Barrel and Stave Pour House Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with Customer Appreciation Party: Saturday, February 5, 11:00am – 11:00pm • Throughout the day customers will enjoy free hot dogs, a special anniversary tshirt, and live music in the evening. Club M at The Moonlight: February 12 & 26 and March 5 & 12. Go to for more details and tickets.

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Valentine's Day Artist Bazaar in Downtown Vista: Sunday, February 13, 12:00 – 4:00pm

Government Affairs Meeting (First Thursday of the month): 12:00 - 1:30pm at The Film Hub February 3, March 3, April 7

• Enjoy an artist market with local creatives, make and take crafty keepsakes (memories you make), food, live music, an art supply garage sale, and some clothing rescue activities (bring your loved clothing for a revamp session).

Business Mixers (Second Wednesday of the month): 5:00-7:00pm February 9, at The Film Hub, March 9 at Norway Hall, April 13

41st Annual Pancake Breakfast at Brengle Senior Center: Saturday, February 19, 7:00 – 11:00am

Coffee & Conversation (Third Wednesday of the month): 8:00-9:00am at Cat & Craft Cafe February 16, March 16, April 20

• Donation of $5, proceeds support Youth Basketball and other local charities.

Membership Orientation (Third Thursday Every Other Month): 3:30- 4:30pm at the Film Hub March 17 Lunch Mob (Fourth Wednesday of the month): 12:00- 1:00pm February 23, March 23, April 27

Outstanding Chamber Events: State of the Community Luncheon: Monday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Vista Civic Center. Get your tickets now on our website. Heroes of Vista Gala: Friday, March 18. Visit our website for more details. 2022 Vista Strawberry Festival & Run: Sunday, May 29 in Downtown Vista. Bring the whole family to this fun event. Visit our website for Run and Vendor Registration.

Ongoing Vista Events: Vista City Council – meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30pm. Visit for more details Farmers Market – Every Saturday from 8:00am – 12:00pm, 325 S. Melrose Dr. Gloria McClellan Senior Center: In person lunch provided weekdays from 12:00pm– 12:30pm, reservations are encouraged by calling (760) 643-5288. Alta Vista Botanical Garden’s Kids in the Garden Classes: Second Saturday of the month from 10:00 am– noon. February 12 – Veggie Critters, March 12 – Soils, Composting, and Spring Planting. Visit www.altavistabotanicalgardens. com for more information.

Boys & Girls Club Diamond Gala: Growing Great Futures at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa: Saturday, March 5, 5:30 – 10:00pm Visit GrowingGreatFutures for more information. Soroptimist QuaterMania! Fundraiser at Vista Optimist Club: Sunday, March 20, 12 noon – 3 pm at 600 Optimist Way. For more information visit www.soroptimistvista. org/quatermania Assistance League of North Coast “Enduring Stories” at the Oceanside Museum of Art: Saturday, March 26, 5:00-7:00pm Fundraiser to support the Assistance League of North Coast student outreach programs in Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista. • The cost is $85.00 per person, which includes a ticket for a glass of wine, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, tour of the museum's two main galleries and opportunities for prizes. Meading at the Garden at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens: Saturday, April 2, 1:00 – 5:00pm Go to for more information. • The largest mead festival on the west coast, Meading at the Garden, features over 35 meaderies, cideries, and breweries. 21+ only. Vista Twilight Market: Starting Friday, April 15, 5:00 – 9:00pm After that every third Friday at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (2040 N Santa Fe Ave.) Visit www. for more information. Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens: Saturday, April 23, 10:00am – 3:00pm Go to for more information. • Free event, open to all ages. Activities for Kids and Families at the YMCA: Get your preschool aged children active with some family fun and enroll them in different programs including: Ballet classes, karate, swim, soccer, t-ball, playground classics, and parent-child early learning. For more information visit Fundraiser for Vista Pop Warner: Apply for a free solar installation and help support Vista Pop Warner. For every installation Vista Pop Warner will receive $500. More information at

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is a financial resource for those in the Vista Unified School District. The VEF helps to support the connection between parents, students, and the education system to provide resources to create an optimistic outlook for those progressing through the academic world. The Vista Education Foundation hopes to specifically bridge the gap in arts and technology in the VUSD system. The foundation’s largest partners are the Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Moonlight Youth Theater. The Chamber supports the VEF with the annual Heroes of Vista Gala which highlights education, business, and community partners. This joint event takes place to raise funds and celebrate those making a difference in our community. The proceeds support the organization and funds the activities of the VEF. The Vista Chamber of Commerce CEO, Rachel Beld, feels that their joint work in the community is helping cultivate the future of Vista. The students in our school district now will be the workforce and community on which Vista’s future is built upon. The Vista Chamber of Commerce works to invest in our education system to enable our current students to become stakeholders in Vista. These students are our future business owners and decision makers, it is important that their efforts are supported while attending local schools. The foundation's partnership with the Moonlight Youth Theater provides important experiences for students looking to pursue work in the performing arts community. The students are offered internships on the audio and tech crews during the Moonlight youth theater run. This partnership typically supports VEF with approximately $15,000 each year. Funds like this are used for individual grants within the VUSD system and large projects such as donating ceramics supplies and kilns to schools like Vista High and Major General Raymond Murray High School. These technical skills provide students not only an artistic outlet but a trade to carry with them once they progress from the public school system.

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When CEO Julie Wootton launched San Diego Human Resources Consulting, Inc. (SDHRC) 18 years ago, she was focused on a desire to help small to midsize businesses with affordable human resources and recruiting services. Today, SDHRC serves more than 470 clients across the country including medical firms, biotech companies, small mom & pop businesses, technical firms and so much more. SDHRC is a Certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBENC) and was voted one of 2018’s “Best Places to Work.” SDHRC offers a variety of traditional HR services including but not limited to HR Audits, Training& Development, Performance Management, Career Development, Outplacement Services, Claims & Investigations, and Terminations & Layoffs. “We like to think of ourselves as a One-Stop-Shop,” says Wootton. “In addition to HR and recruiting services, we’ve recently added guidance on Covid-19 to our list of services.” You’ll find SDHRC also offers highly innovative recruiting solutions based on a revolutionary model for recruiting talent they call Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). It’s half the cost or less of average agency rates and their candidates have a 95 percent or higher retention rate. According to Baylee Davies, SDHRC’s Marketing and Sales Liaison, “The average cost of recruiting with us is less than 10 percent of the candidate’s base salary. Our unique RPO model is based on an hourly fee that

drastically reduces the costs associated with recruiting and we don’t charge any hidden fees or retainers,” she says. The SDHRC recruiting team considers themselves ‘Match-Makers’ because they set out to find an amazing fit for their clients by really getting to know the business’s culture and the needs of each position. Wootton is a North County San Diego native who has worked in HR with well-known local companies such as Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Rubio’s Coastal Grill and “All of the successes I achieved during those years made me want to share my knowledge, passion, and expertise with a much broader client base,” she says. As her business grew, Wootton knew she needed to expand her own staff and thought, “why not hire talented moms who are already experts at juggling who just want to work part-time?” The idea was brilliant, because today, SDHRC has 23 highly talented and diversely qualified employees across 25+ states, all of whom work virtually. “I’m proud to say that our employee engagement is high and turnover is minimal because we’ve made a concerted effort to create the best work environment by providing the best tools, the best training, and the best support to our team,” says Wootton. “Our company philosophy is based on what we call ‘The 3 C’s’-- Clients, Colleagues and Community. While every client always receives our ‘white

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Raising Cane’s has served the Vista community delicious food and community partnership for the past three and a half years! It is still shocking to find many people in Vista have not had the pleasure of dining at this location. Their road was not an easy one to set up in Vista as their location was earmarked to be a dine in only location. After some serious convincing Raising Cane’s was able to open in the Vista Village area including their popular drive-through!

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Raising Cane's has been a community partner for many organizations in Vista and the North County area since they have established their restaurant. The restaurant enjoys working with the Vista Chamber of Commerce on many events and programs. Raising Cane’s is happy to support chamber programs like the Vista Rising Stars, this program is of great importance to both the Chamber and Raising Cane’s as it honors students in the Vista area. The restaurant has established an excellent relationship with the local high schools through supporting programs and having hiring fairs within the schools. This offers many students the opportunity to join the workforce for the first time. In addition to working with local schools Raising Cane’s has been a big supporter of the Boys and Girls Club in Vista. Before opening their doors, Raising Cane’s supported them with a day of beautification and the location donated their first few days of operations directly to the club. They wanted to make a difference in their new community before day one! Anthony Jaremczuk, the General Manager of the Vista location and now restaurant partner at Raising Cane’s, has enjoyed his four years of service through the restaurant’s community partnerships. It is the general sense of com-




munity involvement, the welcoming culture, and positive experiences that brought him to work at Raising Cane’s. He makes it a point to work within the community so that he can always get the “yes” back to the organization in need of support. Raising Cane’s is a special place to work because of its dedication to those in its community. If you are looking for a community partner Anthony suggests heading to to submit your request and it will be reviewed by him personally. After two years of difficulties operating restaurants in a time where supplies and staffing have become limited, Raising Cane’s has always remained fully staffed which is a point of pride. This shows the organization has a strong connection to its staff and community.

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Elan Shadowridge Meadows Apartments (760) 598-1222

The Backfence Society/Only Losers Litter (760) 207-5557

Skye Apartments (760) 940-4170

Art Galleries

Diane Hagen Accounting Services (760) 715-9888 Magnus Blue LLP (760) 599-9900

Sycamore Greens Apartments (760) 598-9000

San Diego Small Biz Assist (760) 519-3766

Appliance Sales & Service

Advertising - Promotional Products LOGO Expressions, Division of Specialized Office Systems (760) 598-9011

Agritourism Sand n Straw (760) 877-9054

Yingst Appliance (760) 724-8373

Appliance, Lighting & Plumbing Sales Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (760) 643-4240

Architecture AlphaStudio Design Group (760) 727-2544

Visions In Art Gallery & Custom Framing (760) 724-1469

Assisted Living Shadowridge Senior Living (760) 295-3888

Attorneys Best Best & Krieger, LLP (858) 400-1442

JD Law (760) 630-2000

Provident Auto Sales (760) 295-4000

Peter M. Liss, Criminal Defense Attorney (760) 643-4050

Automobile Repairs & Service

Samo Law Group (619) 672-1741

Autobody & Collision Repairs J & R Auto Body and Paint (760) 724-4923 Kenny's Kar Klinic, Inc (760) 726-0572 Patrick Flynn's Collision (760) 758-5139

Automobile Dealers

Paul V. L. Campo, Attorney (760) 639-1680

Avis Car Sales (760) 330-5260

Phyllis J. McGreevey, a Professional Corporation (442) 204-5739

North County Ford (760) 945-9900

Bakeries Caylee Cakes (760) 936-7880 Frogy's Donuts & Bakery (760) 758-7779

Golden Wrench Automotive (760) 940-6060

Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen (760) 842-5138

Neri Discount Alignment (760) 639-4696

Banks & Credit Unions

North County Automotive (760) 734-1226 Tasker's Automotive (760) 758-5200 TJ Crossman's Auto Repair, Inc. (760) 842-1633

Automotive Detailing Tee Vega Ent, Inc. (760) 455-3203

California Coast Credit Union (877) 495-1600 First Citizens Bank (760) 696-9732 Frontwave Credit Union (760) 736-4500 Pacific Western Bank (760) 597-4930 San Diego County Credit Union (877) 732-2848 Wells Fargo Bank - Santa Fe (760) 758-9551

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Banquet Facilities Vista Elks Lodge (760) 724-1968

Beauty Salons Hellbent for Hair (760) 547-6081 Sport Clips Haircuts (760) 295-0662

Pure Project, LLC (760) 606-7873

Business & Management Consultants North San Diego Small Business Development Center (760) 795-8740 Strategic Results Group (760) 940-1381

Carpet Cleaning Ultimate Carpet Cleaning (760) 994-3200

Caterers Bleu Oak Charcuterie (760) 845-4453 Bread & Cheese Eatery - Catering (619) 709-6016

Churches & Religious Organizations Faith Lutheran Church (760) 724-7700 Refuge Christian Fellowship (760) 941-9555 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (760) 945-8000

Bicycle Repairs and Sales

Business Organization

The Wrench House Cyclery (442) 320-3366

Full Metal Burgers (860) 334-5941

Intesa Communications Group (619) 501-5172

Red Tail Catering (858) 605-8219

Bio-One of Oceanside (760) 429-0729

Botanical Gardens

Business Services

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens (760) 945-3954

San Diego North Economic Development Council (760) 510-5919

The Etouffee Cafe on Wheels (760) 420-6323

Direct Professional Cleaning Service (760) 672-9042

Brewery Booze Brothers Brewing Co. (760) 295-0217 Dogleg Brewing Company (760) 295-0402 Five Suits Brewing (760) 278-3483 Guadalupe Brewery (Carlsbad Brew Supply LLC) (740) 302-3377 Helia Brewing Company (760) 216-6023 Prohibition Brewing Company (760) 295-3525

So-Cal Business Brokers (858) 366-7900

Cable Television Cox Communications, Inc (619) 269-2458

Candy/Confections Genna Bees Custom Sweets (760) 496-9176 Sunset Bay Candy Company (760) 295-2833 Sweet Desires (760) 580-5147

Chambers of Commerce Vista Chamber of Commerce (760) 726-1122 Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce (619) 661-6111

Chiropractors Chiropractic Rehabilitation Wellness Center (760) 726-9660 NuSpine Chiropractic (760) 931-8003 chiropractor-vista Pacific Family Chiropractic (760) 643-9191

Dunkin' (760) 216-6155 locations?location=92084 Veterans Brewing Company (760) 927-8190

Computer Networks & Communications Strategic IT Group (760) 598-5005

Cleaning/Janitorial Services

Computer Sales & Service The Computer Factory (760) 744-4315

Coaching True Identity Life Coaching (760) 639-8791

Clinics & Medical Groups Children's Physicians Medical Group (877) 276-4543

Construction Pro-Cal Lighting Inc (760) 994-6959 Triskell Restorations, Inc. (800) 505-3849 United Top Quality Construction, Inc. (760) 522-3402

Consultants - Information Technology NewRocket, Inc. (760) 716-3193

Contractors Nucave Construction Inc. (760) 585-7276

Copiers - Sales & Supplies The Copier Doctor (760) 213-9007

Council Member/ Candidate Councilman John Franklin (760) 689-2220 Kurdian for City Council Dan O'Donnell for Vista City Council 2022 (708) 639-8198


ADU Gurus (760) 313-1000

360 Behavioral Health (833) 227-3454


Country Clubs - Golf

Pathway Health Clinic (760) 945-4673

Azzur Group (619) 330-5050

Vista Family Health Center (760) 941-7050

CMTC - CA Manufacturing Technology Consulting (424) 255-0505

Shadowridge Golf Club (760) 727-7700


Eckert & Sons, Inc. (760) 500-0013

Graybill Medical Group (866) 228-2236

Cat & Craft Cafe (760) 295-1181

Soleil Communications for Welk Resorts (760) 749-3000 Vista Valley Country Club (760) 758-2800

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DJ Services

CSI - Cremation Services Inc (760) 727-8906

Aon Events (760) 525-7794

Dance Studio

Education Consultants

Encinitas Ballet Academy (760) 632-4947

Universal Technical Institute (760) 637-0437

Ka Hula O'Ilima (760) 525-1488



Chambers Electric, Inc. (760) 598-5498

Children's Primary Dental Group (888) 630-5550

Kent Electrical Services (442) 500-4342

Dreamtime Dentistry Dental Group (760) 389-3085

MC Industrial Electric (760) 593-8833

Ginger Hansen, DDS (760) 940-0366


Main Street Dental (760) 295-9870 Santa Fe Dental Group (760) 732-5878 Vista Oasis Smiles (760) 203-5448

Distillery Local Roots Kombucha (619) 452-0165 Misadventure & Co. (760) 216-6930 Rugged Ranch Products (858) 335-9679 Twisted Horn Mead & Cider (760) 295-5888

Embroidery Image (760) 726-4167

Energy Brevian Energy (877) 864-8777

Cali Blues Cartel Mobile Entertainment (760) 717-4973

Escrow Opulence Escrow Inc. (760) 295-9922

Event Coordinators City Gates Events (760) 945-3758 ETS Productions Inc. (844) 663-8368 In Motion Events (760) 692-2900

Fences Scott Fence (760) 598-0070 Vista Fence Co., Inc. (760) 941-1629

Film Studio


The Film Hub (760) 643-0850

Excel Engineering (760) 745-8118

Financial Planning & Investments

Tory R. Walker Engineering, Inc (760) 414-9212

Entertainment Altitude Trampoline Park (760) 842-5142

Advanced Financial Solutions (760) 639-0160 Edward Jones - Nicole White (760) 630-8268

Edward Jones - Scott Patterson CFP® (760) 599-5810 us-en/financial-advisor/scottpatterson?query=Scott+Patterson LS Investment Management – Dave Baldwin, CFP (760) 231-1103

Eternal Hills Memorial Park Mortuary & Crematory (760) 754-6600 Magallon Funeral Home (760) 522-3356

Furniture Sales

Health & Wellness Anoint for Wellness (760) 383-3099 US/en/site/anointforwellness Dimensional Fitness Concepts (760) 727-5500

WestPac Wealth Partners (619) 684-6400

Ideal Mattress Furniture Center (760) 631-4990

Fire Sprinklers

Games, Toys & Hobbies

First Alarm Wellness (760) 275-1469

Titan Fire Protection, Inc. (760) 295-3436

Pair-A-Dice Games (760) 940-0139

Pain Free Acupuncture & Wellness (760) 310-8770


Gasoline Stations

Prado's Floral and Supplies, LLC (760) 216-1888

Santa Fe Petroleum (760) 724-1660

Food Products, Services, Supplies & Brokers Colors Enterprise, Inc. (760) 597-1400 Sunfire Foods (442) 500-4933

Government & Govt. Officials City of Vista (760) 639-6130

Graphic Design Janet McAlpine Graphic Design (760) 331-8729

Food Trucks

Grocery Stores

Mexico City Cuisine (760) 822-4871

Frazier Farms (760) 758-7175

Funeral Homes

Rodeo's Meat Market, Inc (760) 758-0513

Allen Brothers Mortuary (760) 726-2555

Stater Bros. Sycamore (760) 727-7080

ETHA Natural Botanicals (800) 862-0341

The Clearing Center Vista (951) 225-5059 The Veterans Art Project (760) 815-8868 Trade Mark Hemp / Aqualeaf Industries (760) 998-8046 TrueCare (760) 736-6700 Wild At Heart Botanicals (360) 265-9657

Health Products & Nutritional Supplements Auer CBD (760) 806-7508 Coastal Wellness (760) 734-7081 Flora Verde (760) 659-6264

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Hello Cannabis (760) 214-8457 March and Ash (760) 624-7336 The Cake House (760) 295-0755 Tradecraft Farms Vista (760) 295-8572 Urbn Leaf (760) 330-5078

Heating & Air Conditioning Air Crafts Heating & Air Conditioning (760) 749-3667 Airmerica Air Conditioning & Heating (858) 663-2551 Bay City Mechanical (858) 263-4223 West Coast Heating, Air Conditioning, and Solar (619) 473-7530

Hospitals & Medical Centers BioLife Plasma Services (760) 666-6018 Scripps Health 1-800-727-4777

Hotels, Motels & Resorts Ayres Hotel (714) 540-6060 Hyatt Place San Diego Carlsbad/ Vista (760) 814-8879 california/hyatt-place-san-diegovista-carlsbad/crqzs

Human Resources Services & Training Frontline Careers LLC (855) 706-5463 SDHR Consulting (888) 220-9286

Ice Cream Cold Stone Creamery Vista (760) 758-8805 stores/20254

Individuals/Civic Members Garretson, Garry (760) 419-9468

Insurance - Commercial/ Business Shorebreak Insurance (760) 512-1300

Insurance - General

Tri-City Medical Center (760) 724-8411

Allstate Insurance & Financial Products-Timmons (760) 806-1630 deedeet/welcome

Vista Community Clinic (760) 631-5000 x 1139

Alta Vista Insurance Agency (760) 724-2124

Bill Corley Insurance Agency/Network One Insurance (858) 569-8100 Farmers Insurance Agency Furbush (760) 597-9800 marilyn-furbush Nationwide Insurance - McArthur & Associates (760) 599-9300 x104 Ron Wilson Insurance (760) 705-6553 Vamonos Insurance Services (760) 536-3625

Insurance - Medical/ Dental Pickering Insurance Services, Inc (760) 758-9800 Benefit Bridge Insurance Services & Solutions (760) 224-7076

Insurance-Life/Health Health Right Insurance (442) 204-0111 Pacific National Insurance (858) 210-6448

Insurance-Property & Casualty Tague Insurance Agency (760) 729-1143

Janitorial Supplies


North County Janitorial Supply (760) 758-5622

Cobblestone Foods, Inc. - Plant Pantry (760) 688-6100

Jewelry John Shakarian Jeweler (760) 726-1670

Junk Removal JDog Junk Removal & Hauling North San Diego (760) 291-8917

Laundry Service EZ Express Laundry (760) 724-9900

Legal Services Legal Shield

RUE Kitchen, LLC (760) 349-2945

Manufacturers Advanced Transit Solutions, Inc. (760) 598-2874 Applied Membranes, Inc. (760) 727-3711 Applied Spectral Imaging (760) 929-2840 BioFilm, Inc (760) 727-9030

DDH Enterprise, Inc (760) 599-0171

Lighting-Fixtures & S upplies

DIG Corporation (800) 322-9146

(760) 216-8372

Solatube Home Daylight (760) 602-3223

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps (760) 743-2211


Earthlite, LLC (800) 872-0560

Deja Vu Love Boutique (760) 598-5889

Fresh Creative Foods (760) 597-1270


H20 Innovation USA Inc. (760) 639-4400

Quality Lock & Security Services (760) 945-4545 Vista Lock & Safe Company (760) 726-0310

HRE Performance Wheels (760) 598-1960 Leica Biosystems (760) 539-1100

Leidos (858) 826-9090 McCain, Inc. (760) 727-8100 Medental International, Inc. (760) 727-5889 NuFACE (760) 734-4545 OYC Americas, Inc. (760) 659-5943 Protec Arisawa America, Inc. (760) 599-4800 x 107 Raveon Technology Corp. (760) 444-5995 Solatube International, Inc. (760) 597-4400 The Coromega Company, Inc (760) 599-6088 The GHT Companies (760) 542-3000 Watkins Wellness (760) 598-6464

Marble & Tile San Marcos Marble and Tile (760) 891-8414

Marketing Consultants GoBeRewarded Marketing Agency (760) 659-6778 My San Diego North County (619) 208-8710

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Artisan Venture Lab (651) 246-3181 BornesPro Multimedia & Marketing (760) 420-9045 Designed Images (760) 598-7011 Dualsided (760) 579-1793 Humble Pie Communications (760) 908-6931 www.humblepiecommunications. com Optimal Communications & Consulting (858) 247-9191 Star Fox Media (760) 822-9610

Martial Arts Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Vista Certified Training Center (760) 917-4059

Medical Equipment Harmony Home Medical (858) 560-8177

Medical Products Abigail's Medical Supplies, Inc. (760) 940-1132 Medipal Inc. (760) 579-2679

Merchant Services


CardConnect-Fiserv (760) 473-7703

North County Daily Star (760) 696-8270

Get Beyond (509) 290-4144

Military DeLuz Family Housing (760) 385-4835 USO Camp Pendleton (760) 681-3114

Mobile Food Concessions Finest City Kettlecorn (619) 980-0880

Mortgage Brokers & Lenders The Mortgage Hub (760) 612-6189

Mortgage Lenders Boulton Mortgage & Real Estate Services (760) 945-9924 Resban Vista (760) 631-0004 The Willson Team (760) 271-0045

Museums Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (760) 941-1791 Vista Historical Society (760) 630-0444 (760) 644-5035

Non Profit / Charity ABC Hopes, Inc. (951) 298-9447 BIPOC Support Foundation (888) 695-2476 Car Donation 2 Veterans (888) 433-6202 Equation Collaborative (213) 952-2074 God's Heart Ministry - Las Valientes (760) 439-1133 Goodwill Industries of San Diego County (619) 518-8662 Got Your Back San Diego (760) 845-7789 Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA (760) 758-0808 Love Your Feral Felines (LYFF) (760) 542-8509 North County Veterans Stand Down (NCVSD) (760) 208-7246 Norway Hall Foundation (858) 922-8655

Operation HOPE - North County (760) 536-3880

Kainga Music (760) 828-8415

Tri-City Hospital Foundation (760) 940-3520

TERI, Inc. (760) 721-1706

MAAC Project Head Start (760) 471-4210

Vista Education Foundation (760) 630-8268

Vista Gem and Mineral Society (760) 214-8770

MCF/ Moonlight Angels Auxiliary (760) 630-7650

Vista Firefighters Association

Wounded Warrior Homes (760) 205-5050

Office Equipment - Sales & Repair Sharp Business Systems (619) 258-1400

Office Space Rental SmartSpace Vista (760) 688-7337

Office-Supplies, Equipment & Furniture Staples (760) 639-1420

New Haven Youth & Family Services (760) 630-4035 North County African American Women's Assoc. (760) 978-6534 North County Lifeline (760) 726-4900 Pride of Vista Lions Club

Orthodontists David S. Han, MS, DMD, APC (760) 726-4790 Shadowridge Orthodontics (760) 598-1707 The Smile Patio (760) 527-2846

Rotary Club of Vista (760) 500-4533

Packaging Distributor

Organizations & Clubs Assistance League of North Coast (760) 722-2286

Solutions for Change, Inc. (760) 941-6545

Boys & Girls Club of Vista (760) 724-6606

Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (760) 683-9427

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank (858) 527-1419

Women's Resource Center (760) 757-3500

Rotary Club of El Camino Real (760) 650-2582

Shadowridge Owners Association c/o PCM (760) 918-8040

Green Oak Ranch (760) 727-0251

Vista Teen Outreach (760) 390-2932

The Vista Conservancy (760) 758-7710 The Woman's Club of Vista GFWC (760) 716-5315

Peek Packaging (760) 438-1616

Packaging Machinery Marburg Industries, Inc. (760) 727-3762

Painting - Commercial & Residential The 2 Painters, Inc. (760) 214-4538

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Party Equipment Rentals


Allie's Party Equipment Rental, Inc (760) 591-4314

Hanna Plumbing & Supply, Inc (760) 726-2002

North County Yard Greetings (760) 612-1702

KB Plumbing & Remodeling (760) 536-4576

San Diego Balloons and More (760) 390-2932

Vista Plumbing, Inc. (760) 758-2345

Pest Control Services Corky's Pest Control (800) 901-1102 Spartan Termite (916) 241-5389

Pharmaceutical Bachem (760) 691-3800

Photography Firm Grip Photography, LLC (317) 941-5897

Property Management


Building Kidz of Vista (858) 699-5494 vista-at-taylor

San Diego Union Tribune (760) 529-4818

Children's Paradise (760) 724-5600

Real Estate

Educational Enrichment Systems, Inc. (858) 569-7273

Printer Supplies & Repair

Printing Services

Greater Tri Cities IPA Medical Group (760) 941-7309 x140

Lava Propane, LLC (760) 599-4735

Pre School/Childcare

Physical Therapy



West Residential (760) 521-1077

Silverado Community Management Services, Inc. (760) 407-7575 x105

One Stop Toner & Inkjet LLC (760) 431-3756

MJ Physical Therapy (760) 941-8600

Tri-City Realty (760) 732-5800

Water Wise Plumbing, Backflow & Drains, INC. (760) 407-5710

John Moss Photography (818) 606-1929

All Star Physical Therapy Inc. (760) 295-4175

Vista Printing (760) 726-3532

760Print (760) 758-1140 Advanced Web Offset, Inc (760) 727-1700

Alison Johnson & Team (760) 822-5885 Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team (760) 500-5189 Lund Team Real Estate (760) 438-0800

Real Estate Developers & Developments Atomic Investments (619) 234-7966 Lennar- The Peak (760) 407-3380 Tideline Partners LLC (760) 295-9111

Real Estate Inspection Services West Inspection Services (760) 696-5864

Real Estate-Commercial Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate NSDC (760) 929-9700

Maurice Properties LLC (415) 685-1526

Real Estate-Holdings & Management

Over the Top Realty (844) 688-7473

Greene Properties, Inc. (760) 727-6888

RE/MAX Regal of San Marcos (760) 539-7995

Real Estate-Investment/ Development

EOS-Electronic Output Solutions (760) 599-9945

San Diego Commercial Realty Services Inc. (760) 599-4200

Minuteman Press of Oceanside (760) 687-3443

Sunroad Vista Land Partners (858) 362-8500

Grasshopper Development (858) 204-5438

Real Estate-Residential Chrystal the Realtor at Homesmart Realty West, SD North Real Estate (760) 583-5158 / =IwAR3UY15TtWw0RfWguvDCq ao-fSWUKmcsjOLjCscqHhssJoqqxAnrwmk5WqY Compadre Brokers (760) 385-8660 Turbo Home Team (425) 390-4401

Recycling Lee's Iron & Metal (760) 500-5786

Remodeling - Repairs Catspaw Design-Build Inc (760) 716-0595

Remodeling - Repairs Guedes Construction Inc. (760) 295-3036

Restaurants Albertacos Mex Food, Inc (760) 598-6047 Belching Beaver Brewery - Tavern & Grill (760) 295-8599 Best Pizza & Brew (760) 536-3401 Chick-fil-A Hwy 78 & Vista Village (713) 825-6302

Ciao Ristorante Italiano (760) 630-7333 Culichi Town (442) 224-7800 Grand Slam Pizza-Vista, LLC (760) 599-1199 Hungry Bear Deli (760) 295-2295 Jersey Mike's Subs (760) 681-7827 Vista-CA La Banana Fruits (760) 536-3712 YFTnZr58sJOZxaiO1llxivIavXzOvR epUfPPHM Lamppost Pizza/Backstreet Brewery (760) 407-7600 Madera Kitchen of Mexico / JL Hospitality LLC (760) 812-9092 Mama 'n Papa's Pizza Grotto (760) 941-3900 McDonald's of Vista (760) 724-2728 Mikko Sushi (760) 842-8001 Pepper Tree Frosty (760) 726-0732 Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers (760) 639-6086

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Shaks Mediterranean Bistro (760) 536-3326

Vista Unified School District (760) 726-2170

Rouse Sign & Graphics (760) 726-2070

Safes & Vaults


Brown Safe Manufacturing, Inc. (760) 233-2293

Alchemy Print Co (760) 650-2282

Sign Art (760) 940-1947

The Original Mr.Taco (760) 727-7311

Schools, Colleges & Education

Security Services & Patrol

The Yellow Deli (760) 630-0040

Bella Mente Montessori Academy (760) 621-8948

Vista Village Pub (760) 643-1619

California State University San Marcos (760) 750-8700

Sizzler Restaurant (760) 726-2000 Swami's Cafe Vista (442) 216-2985

When Pigs Fly BBQ (760) 295-7993 Wildwood Crossing and Cantina (760) 758-1513

Retail Babies in Bloom (760) 940-2229 Beads, Crystals & More (760) 536-3663 Ready America, Inc. (760) 295-0234

Retirement Communities Arcadia Place (760) 945-5555

Roofing & Insulation Acclaimed Commercial Roofing (760) 212-7695

Schott Roofing, Inc. (760) 630-6450

Classical Academy Vista (760) 330-9800

Rancho Santa Fe Security Systems, Inc (760) 942-0688

Senior Services Vista Gardens Memory Care (760) 295-3900 www.vistagardensmemorycare. com

Grand Canyon University (619) 481-0234

Senior Services: Assisted Living

Guajome Park Academy (760) 631-8500

Silver Oak Country Estates (760) 216-6103

North County Trade Tech High School (760) 598-0782

Senior Services: Medicare Insurance

Palomar Community College (760) 744-1150 SIATech Schools (760) 945-1227 Tri-City Christian Schools (760) 630-8227 X215 UEI College Oceanside (760) 690-5200 Vista Adult School (760) 758-7122 x8099

Bridlewood Insurance Solutions (760) 420-7859

Shopping Centers North County Square (858) 699-5958

Signs FASTSIGNS of Vista (760) 724-7071 Option D Graphics, LLC (760) 936-0515

Sign-A-Rama (760) 744-5046 Urgent Signs (760) 598-0100

Skin Care Skincare by Melissa (760) 716-4110

Software Gator Tech (760) 805-3050

Tasting House

Travel Agencies\Cruises

Barrel & Stave Pour House (760) 516-7070

Vacations by Andrea (760) 730-3829

Tax Preparation & Bookkeeping

Tree Service

DePauw Johnson, Inc. Tax & Financial Services (760) 941-1763 Melco Business & Tax Service (760) 945-1888 Plaza Tax Service (760) 724-7113 The Tax Gals! (760) 305-8480


Solar Energy Equipment & Systems

AT&T - Corporate (800) 750-2355

Cosmic Solar (760) 749-1111

Toilet Rentals

Monster Tree Service of North County (760) 227-9447 north-county Rancho Environmental Services, Inc., DBA Rancho Tree Service Rancho Arborcare (760) 726-2405

Trophies & Plaques B & K Engraving (760) 726-0311

Truck Rentals U-Haul of Oceanside (951) 200-5415 Vista Truck Rentals / Quick Check Smog (760) 940-9831


Diamond Environmental Services (760) 744-7191

SoundAway Corporation (760) 599-3985

Rocket Johns, Inc. (760) 520-5902

Sporting Goods


Malo'o LLC (858) 876-0128

Faster Drivers Delivery Service (760) 655-5527

Ocean Reef Inc. (760) 744-9430

North County Transit District (760) 966-6500



San Diego Gas & Electric Co (800) 411-7343

Stor'em Self Storage (760) 727-3470

RV Rent California, Inc. (760) 631-2642

Vista Irrigation District (760) 597-3100

Tutorial Services Mathnasium (619) 757-0233

Utilities San Diego County Water Authority (858) 522-6700

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Video Production Services

Water Conditioning


Aloha Animal Hospital (760) 724-8313

Hildreth Media Group, Inc (858) 618-2464

Rayne Water of North County (760) 724-8603

GDS Industries, Inc. (866) 431-4567

Mohnacky Animal Hospital of Vista (760) 758-8004

Ryan Video Productions (760) 410-4443

Website Design

Tainong Seeds, Inc (760) 598-2368

Waste & Recycling

TVK Designs Websites & Graphics (760) 214-5064

EDCO (760) 727-1600

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Grafted Cellars (760) 295-6612

Youth Sports Groups

Yoga Studio

Vista Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading (760) 650-2522

Yoga Branch Studio (760) 390-3640

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December 2021

January 2022

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Aaliyah Cortes, Guajome Park Academy; Edgar Valdovinos Morales, Alta Vista High School; Nyla January 2022 Lopez, Rancho Buena Vista High School; Ashley Aaliyah Cortes, Guajome Park Academy; Edgar Cote, Tri City Christian School; Joy Wilson, Vista Valdovinos Morales, Alta Vista High School; Nyla High School; Esmeralda Ortiz, Vista Visions Lopez, Rancho Buena Vista High School; Ashley High School Cote, Tri City Christian School; Joy Wilson, Vista High School; Esmeralda Ortiz, Vista Visions High School

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WHAT WE USE TO TREAT IT. IT ALL STARTED WITH CARING. Medicine may have changed dramatically since we opened our doors in 1961, but our commitment to excellent patient outcomes has not. Over the years we have evolved into a regional healthcare leader while staying true to our mission of advancing the health and wellness of our community. Our work calls for

us to care for the thousands of people who make up our community. But we never forget the individual lives we touch in the process.