||December 9, 2004
Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club
Welcomes Olympic Silver Medalist
His father, mother, and
brother and sisters literally walked over 500 miles avoiding hostile soldiers
and the elements to cross over from their home in Eritrea, Africa, to the Sudan,
always having to be on the lookout for wild animals and land mines as well.
Today he doesn’t walk, he
Oh, how he runs!
originally from Eritrea, Africa, with his Olympic Silver Meda
The “he” is Meb
Keflezighi, one of two guest speakers welcomed by the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club
of Escondido. Former Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club secretary and president, Kevin
Camperell, an Escondido CPA, introduced two outstanding speakers at a recent
Antonio Arce, an
accountant working in the Escondido office of Grice, Lund and Tarkington with
Camperell, spoke first. Antonio has an MBA from Notre Dame and was captain of
the Notre Dame cross country team in South Bend, Indiana.
Antonio spoke of the
commitment level necessary to compete (scholastically and athletically) at a
prestigious Division I university. He not only represented Notre Dame for four
years in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track seasons but competed for
the United States in the World Junior Cross Country championships held in South
Africa. Antonio is a middle distance runner. Antonio shared the time commitment
necessary to graduate on time while competing. He discussed how difficult it was
to be traveling to meets and taking finals at the same time.
Meb Keflezighi was the
silver medal winner at the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the marathon. Meb shared
his emotional story of being born in Eritrea, Africa, and living through age 10
in a third world country. He shared how he was shipped off to Italy to live in a
facility run by Catholic nuns. After a few years of trying to leave Italy, the
Red Cross enabled them to immigrate to the USA under political asylum.
Kevin Camperell, President Nick Ponce, Meb Keflezighi
Arce - at a recent meeting of the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club of Escondido
Meb then shared his
history as a world class track athlete. Meb first found this "gift from God" in
the 7th grade upon arriving in America. He spoke no English and during P.E. at
his San Diego junior high school he ran a 5:20 mile. He described his
disappointment at the Sydney Olympics. He had come down with the flu, was
weakened and unable to finish anywhere near his goals. Undeterred, he continued
to practice for the 2004 Olymics. He shared some of his training secrets and
discussed the importance of desire, drive and discipline.
Meb explained that he
plans to run in the 2008 Olympics.
estimated at nearly $9
There are nearly 3
million illegal immigrants in California and the cost runs to nearly $9 billion
each year. This information from a new report was released by the Federation
for American Immigration Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based group that promotes
stricter immigration policies.
An estimated $7.7
billion, the single largest expense, is spent educating the children of illegal
immigrants each year, according to the report. Medical care for illegal
immigrants and incarceration of those who have committed crimes are the next two
largest expenses measured in the study, the author said.
The author, Jack Martin,
said the $9 billion figure does not include other expenses that are difficult to
measure, such as special English instruction, school lunch programs, and welfare
benefits for American workers displaced by illegal immigrant workers.
The federation is one of
the nation's leading lobbying groups aimed at curbing immigration into the
More than two-thirds of
the estimated 340,000 agriculture workers in California are noncitizens, most of
whom are believed to be illegal immigrants, according to a 1998 study on
farmworkers prepared for the state Legislature.
Local farmers say migrant
farmworkers are critical to their businesses, and without them they would have
to close their farms or move their operations overseas.
Martin's study looks
specifically at the costs of educating illegal immigrants' children, providing
medical care to illegal immigrants and jailing those convicted of committing
crimes. The report estimates the total cost at $10.5 billion each year, but that
is offset by about $1.7 billion in taxes that illegal immigrants pay. The
federation's full report is at:
This Saturday Escondido
will launch it’s 54th annual Christmas Parade which will start at 9:30am at
Escondido High School and head south on Broadway to Grape Day Park at Woodward
Police are requesting holiday shoppers and other motorists to plan on alternate
routes during the parade, which is expected to last almost four hours.
Starting at 8:30am all traffic will be blocked on Broadway from Stanley Avenue,
north of Escondido High School, and south along the route to Valley Parkway.
All intersections along that route will also be blocked, police said.
New Palomar Governing
incumbents and one new member of the board of directors on the Palomar College
Governing Board were seated recently.
Incumbents Nancy Chadwick and Darrell McMullen returned to their seats and and
newly-elected trustee Ruth Larson were sworn in for new terms.
first course of action taken was to adjourn to closed session for discussions as
to candidates for the vacant position of president of Palomar College. There
were two finalists to be interviewed and the board’s decision is expected
sometime next week.
two presidential candidates are Robert Deegan, currently vice president of
student services at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, and Richard Jarvis,
former chancellor of Oregon's university system.
Both candidates were the unanimous choice of Palomar's 18-member presidential
Mold A Problem in San
Respiratory distress for a student a Paloma Elementary School in San Marcos has
led school officials to launch an investigation as to whether mold might be the
While only one student was complaining, other students and teachers had not had
any difficulty, the maintenance and operations department for the San Marcos
Unified School District kept casting about for something else it could do.
This effort was made because officials recall an earlier episode where a
half-dozen cases of pneumonia in one classroom and complaints of respiratory
illness among teachers in other classrooms led to a complete cleaning of the
school. The chief suspect? Mold. This was at Alvin Dunn Elementary School.
Paloma school, so far, reports are that the air smells cleaner, but the
complaining student and parent claim there has been no improvement. The