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Local News October 28, 2004

Trash or Treasure

Trash or Treasure


The popular Antiques Appraisal Fair sponsored by the Valley Center History Museum will be repeated this Saturday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 29200 Cole Grade Road. 


The event, patterned after TV's "Antiques Roadshow," features certified professional appraisers who will determine the value of items brought to the fair.  A nominal fee of $5 per item will be charged, with a limit of two items per person.  All appraisers donate their services, and all proceeds benefit the museum.  For information, call (760)  749-2993.


Fund Raiser for

Valley Center


Time is of the essence.  The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District is raising funds to help build the new performing arts center under construction at Valley Center High School. 


The new facility will be used by the school and the public; will be approximately 18,000 square feet with a seating capacity of 576, and will include a lobby, ticket booth, dressing rooms, choral room/black box theater, workshop, storage and two meeting rooms. 


Olivia Leschick, special projects director for the school district, said that donations will be matched by a state joint-use grant of up to $1.7 million. 


Approximately $500,000 is still needed to add to the $1.2 million that has already been raised, in order to receive the maximum matching funds.  The end of the school year is the time set to reach that goal. 


Many large donations have been made by individuals and families, and are greatly appreciated.  Leschick wants the public to know "these large donations are invaluable, however, we want all area residents to know that it is the accumulated smaller donations that will ultimately put us over the top."


For more information, contact Olivia Leschick at 749-0464.


$1.2 million Raised for

Prop BB’s Fund


With many dollars donated by members in the health care industry as well as the construction industry, both factions of which would benefit from the passage of Proposition BB, the committee who are managing the fund-raising effort, Citizens for Better Health Care, report a promotion fund of $1.2 million.


One large donation, $375,000 was made by the Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic arm of the hospital district.  Asked how a donation of $375,000 to a political campaign would be received by donors to the Foundation, who may have felt their donations were to have gone for supplies or materials, Anamaria Repetti, Executive Director of the Foundation  said:


“Ken Lounsbery asked to speak before our Board of Directors for the purpose of requesting a donation.  The Board consulted two legal counsels, both of whom said that the funds were unrestricted and under our Articles of Incorporation and by-laws, the board acts as a fiduciary agent and were empowered to “make contributions, gifts or grants to or for the benefit of Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation” and would thus be an appropriate use of funds.  The board voted unanimously to approve the donation, saying that “there was no bigger benefit than the passage of this bond measure at this time.”


From the construction and engineering industry there were company donations of as little as $1000 and as much as $43,500 each.


While Ken Lounsbery, chairman of the committee, acknowledged that donors from the health-care industry and the contruction and engineering industry would have a stake in the success of the bond, he saw no irony in the fact that monies donated toward the fund did not come from individual members of the taxpayer community but from special interests who would likely benefit from passage of the bond.

In fact, Lounsbery, reported he had returned a $250,000 donation to Premier, a San Diego based cooperative that works closely with hospitals to generate volume discounts.  because he felt the relationship between Premier and the district was too close to be a comfortable relationship.  How that relationship differed from that between the district and the Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation and/or medical and construction industries was not clear.


The political action committe has spent almost as much as it has raised, they reported, in their latest statements filed with the county registrar’s office.


Requiring a 2/3rds vote to pass, the bond issue would provide $496 million in funds which would serve as a major part of the funds needed to build a new hospital facility, to expand Poway’s Pomerado Hospital, and to construct outpatient centers throughout the district.


The bond issue had appeared to be sailing along fairly smoothly until recent weeks when more and more local critics surfaced, questioning both short term and long term effects of the bond issue and of the benefits to the community, particularly Escondido. 

District personnel and committee members were anxious to quickly exercise damage control and counter allegations made by critics.  A result of the effort is seen in today’s edition of The Paper on page 16, with an interview with Michael Covert, CEO of the Palomar Pomerado Hospital District, in which he addresses the criticisms, point by point, and by a Letter to the Editor, by Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ted Kleiter (see page 18).


To help gain support from the electorate, the district has recently spent $350,000 for TV commercials and airtime, $116,549 for campaign literature, $13,020 on campaign worker’s salaries, $10,000 for political consulting services, and $10,000 for phone banks.


Downtown Business Association

Announces Debra Rosen as its New CEO


Escondido.      The Downtown Business Association (DBA) announced today that it has hired Debra Rosen as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Rosen was previously employed with SignOnSanDiego/The San Diego Union Tribune; has served as a board member of the Downtown San Diego Partnership (a Business Improvement District); and has been a strong community volunteer with the Leukemia Society, UCSD Pediatric Aids Foundation, American Red Cross and United Way.  She will begin working on November 1, 2004.


“Not only does Debra bring her very strong marketing skills to the job of enticing more people to live, shop and play in Downtown Escondido, she also brings a huge commitment to continue the cultural and economic progress that the DBA has furthered in the last few years,” said Kathy Rubesha, DBA Board President and Acting CEO.  “She’s also extremely personable,” said Rubesha, “and I just know our members are going to really like her.”


The Downtown Business Association is a non-profit, mutual benefit organization founded in 1962.  The DBA stewards the 68-block Business Improvement District of Escondido where there are over 800 businesses.  Contact the DBA at 760.745.8877 for more information.


Scholarship Essay Entry for Friends of the Valley Center Library


Graduate Students from the School of Library and Information Science, Sandra Coleman, Sandy Puccio, Richard Rivera, and Kathryn Tisch have joined forces to submit the following essay in the scholarship competition:


Even before the founding of this country libraries have been regarded as essential pillars of democracy. Benjamin Franklin opened the first library of Philadelphia in 1731 to appeal to one's "better angels." After the United States was established, Thomas Jefferson sold his personal library to the U.S. government to help establish the Library of Congress in 1815. The equation of knowledge as a safeguard for democracy resulted in the first free public library founded in 1834 at Peterborough, New Hampshire. 


Throughout American history libraries have helped define a democracy.  Libraries provide equal access for all citizens to information that can help them make decisions to govern themselves. As a town or city grows, libraries help link people with the information they need to function as a community. By being tax payer supported, public libraries especially are not influenced by particular individuals or interests; they serve the needs of all, and offer their services free of charge. No admission is required to enter the library, to request any available book, or to borrow any book.


A public library is a breathtaking achievement in democracy. Contained on its shelves, available to every citizen, is a collection of humanity's knowledge, stories, beliefs and opinions. Some of what is available will be found offensive to certain groups or people. No large collection of information can please everyone, nor should it ever try to do so. But no matter how offensive materials may be to some, in a library those materials are still safeguarded for all.


In a way, this scholarship essay is another form of democracy. Rather than compete with four separate requests for the scholarship, we are working together to create this one essay. If it is fortunate to be chosen for an award, we will divide the award's prize equally among us.


50th Anniversary

of Bar-Mitzvah


On the 30th of October at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Vista, Colonel Mark L. Haiman will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his Bar-Mitzvah by davening the service and the haftarah.  Born and educated in New York City, Col. Haiman is a founding member of Congregation B’nai Tikvah, and has served as its Ritual Chairman.


He retired with the rank of Colonel after twenty-eight years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps.


Shabbat services start at 10 AM. B'nai Tikvah is located at 1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista.


For information please call 760-941-9858.


Oriana Clark Wins Awards


Well known Escondido businesswoman, Oriana Clark, recently brought home two attractive and highly coveted awards for outstanding contributions to both the arts and the business world.


For her outstanding work with Teatro Mascara Magica, Oriana was awarded a Multi-Cultural Heritage Award, 2004, for bringing multicultural plays to the community.  “La Pastella,” is a play that looks at Latino family life and an observance of traditional family values.  It is a 600 year tradition in Mexico.  With over 40% Latino population in San Diego County there really has not been any venue where Latinos and their families could go and enjoy this important tradition  -  until Oriana Clark got involved and arranged for its presentation on stage at the Old Globe Theatre.  She served as Producer, cast member, and in administration.  She was joined by William Virchis, Director and Max Branscomb, the playwright.


Her second award was given during the 11th annual Women Who Mean Business Awards.  She was recognized here not only for her business acumen but for the time she has donated in fund raising acivities for Kiwanis, the Teatro Mascara Magica, for the many donations she has made from the store both in cash as well as merchandise.


As an example of how diverse her business activities were, Channel 10’s Carol LeBeau commented when making the award, “you’re likely to see Oriana writing up an order for $10,000 in carpeting, and then operating the fork lift to move that carpeting.”


Ms. Clark is owner/operator of Best Buy on Carpets at 404 East Grand in Escondido.  She can be reached at 747 9111.


Oriana Clark