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Mayor to retire, endorses successor

VISTA — Longtime city servant Mayor Morris Vance announced June 17 that he would not run for a third term and endorsed three-term City Councilwoman Judy Ritter in the mayor’s race scheduled for next year. “With the amount of time I’ve been with the city, I think it’s about time someone else be given the […]

Concert series kicks off the summer in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad’s Stagecoach Park was filled to overflowing with thousands of dancers and picnickers the evening of June 19 as blues combo Canned Heat opened up the summer’s season of TGIF Jazz in the Parks concerts. These free concerts, put on by the city of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office, have been a staple of […]

Intertribal Powwow in O’side draws thousands of spectators

OCEANSIDE — The weekend of June 13 and June 14, thousands of Native Americans from dozens of tribes congregated at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside for its 13th Intertribal Powwow, the largest yet. More than 100 dancers resplendent in feathers, bells and brightly colored traditional dress marched out onto the sacred arena to the […]

Fifth-graders learn history by making maps

SAN MARCOS — Fifth-graders at San Marcos’ Paloma Elementary School learned about their country from the ground up. For three weeks, students methodically constructed a poster-sized map of the United States as a final project before graduating from elementary school. “It’s kind of the rite of passage when they get to fifth grade here. Everybody […]

Historical museum ready for move to Walnut Grove

SAN MARCOS — Plans for moving the San Marcos Historical Museum were kicked into high gear when City Council unanimously approved June 9 its relocation and expansion. The new museum will set up shop next to the historic Bidwell and Cox homes in Walnut Grove Park. “We are very excited, as a board, to move […]

Native American exhibit on display at Gallery 204

VISTA — Gallery 204 in Vista unveiled its latest monthlong exhibit, Spirit of the West: A Celebration of Native American Art, on June 12, just in time for the 13th Intertribal Powwow which took place the following day in Oceanside. The exhibit marked a dramatic departure for the gallery. It features not only canvas art […]

Community clinics rally against funding cuts

SAN MARCOS — With California’s budget deficit now above $24 billion, Sacramento is looking at cutting public health. Four of San Diego County’s community health centers, representing more than 200,000 patients annually, banded together for a joint press conference at North County Health Services, or NCHS, June 11, to protest a proposal by Gov. Arnold […]

Local women push lake pollution study

SAN MARCOS — Seven years after being declared an “impaired” or polluted body by the EPA, Lake San Marcos may soon be getting a checkup to determine who and what has been contaminating the water. Lake San Marcos’ waters are too unhealthy to swim in, and an unprecedented outbreak of cyanobacteria is killing the lake’s […]

New budget squeaks into balance

SAN MARCOS — Despite the current economic crisis, San Marcos staffers managed to deliver a tightly balanced, $61.8 million 2009-2010 budget to City Council on June 9, which was approved 4-1. Balanced budgets have been hard targets to hit lately. In February, the council approved a series of cost-cutting measures that suspended city purchases and […]

Deep cuts in store for school district

VISTA — The Vista Unified School District, or VUSD, board of trustees mulled a series of painful cost-saving proposals designed to bridge a $6.11 million budget gap at a special meeting June 10 at Temple Heights Elementary School. This crisis is a direct result of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest state budget revisions which will cause […]