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Who’s News: 9/25/20


Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland is seeking women who are the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or training, to apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women. Qualifying women can apply online at The application deadline is Nov. 15. For information or help filling out the application contact Eden Weinberger at [email protected].


MiraCosta College announced that Zhenya Lindstrom is the new dean of instructional services (IS). The dean of IS was approved in Program Review in 2017/18 to provide strategic leadership in guided pathways, dual enrollment, strategic enrollment management, and other initiatives in support of student success and equity frameworks. This position is important in launching Student Success Teams to support our students of color, and those 25 years and older.


Miracle Babies, a nonprofit organization that provides supportive services to families with hospitalized newborns in local neonatal intensive care units, launched a new transportation program in June 2020. Miracle Babies Special Delivery shuttle van provides home-to-hospital-to-home services to parents who cannot drive upon discharge. For more information, visit


Encinitas Ballet is seeking sponsorship help. The studio received two gifts this year of $1,000 each, but that will not cover the high cost of a Marley dance floor. A gift of $1,000 will help purchase the floor, which can be used for outdoor performances, rehearsals and classes. Contact [email protected].


The League of Women Voters offers some tips to make voting in the next election simple and safe. Election Day is Nov. 3. During this election season, the League of Women Voters North County San Diego urges community members to register to vote by Oct. 19 at or, learn about the issues from a non-partisan source at or, learn about candidates in local election through candidates’ forums at or and vote early and safely by mail or at designated ballot drop-off locations. This year all California registered voters will receive their ballots through the mail. Completed ballots may be mailed as early as Oct. 5. Remember to sign and date your ballot envelope. your signature must match your voter registration. You may also vote at your poll location on Election Day.


The Board of Trustees of the MiraCosta Community College District is seeking qualified, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders, who will operate as the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for the implementation of the district’s Measure MM college facilities bond program. It needs one member active in Community-at-Large and one as a Senior Citizens’ Organization Representative. The Committee consists of seven members. Apply at


Piercan, manufacturing niche polymer products, including specialty gloves (used by NASA, pharmaceutical companies, national laboratories, military, and beyond) got a helping hand from the city of San Marcos’ economic development efforts, as the city helped Piercan secure a $1.5 million California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) this summer. Announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the income tax credit is set up to help businesses that want to grow and stay in California. With this assistance, Piercan will expand their San Marcos operations and hire 62 new employees. The company will be investing more than $7.5 million in wages, equipment and improvements within the next five years.


Through the Vista is Open campaign, which includes a dedicated website at, the city has produced videos and photo shoots for local businesses, created social media ads (including paid placement) and has even helped create logos. The city has collaborated with local Barb Miltenberger from Around The Town, who has hosted a few promos with local businesses to build awareness for merchants. The Vista is Open program also provides free social distancing floor stickers and window clings to local businesses. 


The MiraCosta College Foundation has issued more than $266,250 in scholarships, celebrating both the donors and award recipients.