Antiques Appraisal Fair sponsored by the ValleyCenterHistoryMuseum will be repeated
this Saturday, October 30, from to
at the museum, 29200 Cole Grade Road.
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
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 ValleyCenterHigh 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.
$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.
donations have been made by individuals and families, and are greatly
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."
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.
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, AnamariaRepetti, Executive
Director of the Foundationsaid:
“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.”
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.
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 PomeradoHospital, 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.
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).
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
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.”
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.
Essay Entry for Friends of the ValleyCenter
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
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
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
On the 30th
of October at Congregation B’naiTikvah
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’naiTikvah, and has served as
its Ritual Chairman.
with the rank of Colonel after twenty-eight years of service with the U.S.
services start at . B'naiTikvah is located at 1600 Buena Vista
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
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 DiegoCounty 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.