Editor’s Comment:Those of us at The Paper were both saddened and
shocked to hear of the passing of Jim Felix.He was a dear friend of ours for the past 30+ years.Jim was “Mr. Kiwanis,” having sponsored over
850 members of both the Escondido and the HiddenValley Kiwanis Clubs.
Jim was “Mr. Kiwanis,” “Mr. Chamber of Commerce,” “Mr.
Escondido.”He was a champion volunteer
and did a lot for this community.There
are very few people who pass through our lives who accomplish as much as Jim
Felix was able to in his all-too-short of a life.He will be greatly missed by his family, his
fellow Kiwanians, his fellow Chamber Members, and the
community at large.
Jim Felix passed
away on Saturday morning.He had been a
member of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce for 45 years.He was also a lifetime Chamber Ambassador
credited for obtaining over 500 new members, and a member of Kiwanis since at
least 1970 . . . at least 26 years.
Jim was a
resourceful, caring and diligent person whose smiling face will be missed to
all those who knew him.Jim started and
operated a highly successful insurance agency in Escondido.
He was a World War
Two veteran and Silver Star recipient who spent several years in the European
war theater.He fought his illness until
the very end like the brave soldier that he was.
He was a devoted
family man who was active in his church.His wife Polly and his three children were at his bedside in his last
A viewing will be
held at Alheiser Mortuary on Friday from .A service will be held at the FirstMethodistChurch on 4th and Kalmia
in Escondido on Saturday
afternoon at Graveside
services will be for family only.
Patriotic SignWaversDrawingCity Fines
Drive through a
number of NorthCounty communities and
you’re likely to see “Uncle Sam,” and “Lady Liberty,” replete
colorful and patriotic color schemes.They’ll be waving to passersby, motorists and pedestrians alike.
It’s all a rather
clever marketing gimmic used by Liberty Tax
Service.So far, no problems reported in
either Escondido or Vista, but Poway city officials
have come after Liberty Tax Service with hammer and tong.
Alan Geraci, owner of the Poway (and San Marcos and Vista) franchise with
$2800 in fines, claiming he has violated the signage requirement under Poway’s codes.
Geraci argues that he
has a right to have his employees outside his business offices - that it is
well established law that both the freedom of speech and right to assembly
under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that right.Similarly, the California state
Constitution makes the same guarantee.
Mr. Liberty waves at
passing cars in San Marcos
Not so, say Poway officials.They argue if Geraci’s
‘patriots’ are on city rights of way or city sidewalks then they are violating
Geraci plans on
protecting his rights, even if it means filing suit.Since Geraci is
also an attorney, that action appears likely.
In Escondido, Susan Oliver,
the code enforcement officer, says they have no problem with the ‘wavers’ so
long as they do not create an unsafe condition.They have not written citations.The two Liberty Tax Service offices in Escondido, owned byDoug Goodwin,agree they have
had no problem with the city of Esconido.Nor has Geraci had
problems in either San Marcos or Vista, his two other
city attorney, Tamara Smith, claims there is no violation of the 1st Amendment
but simply that Poway’s Sign Ordinance is more strict that those of other North
County cities.She will take no further
action till Geraci completes his appeal process.
City, PPH Agree
rancorous discussion and debate the Escondido City Council and the Palomar Pomerado Hospital District finally agreed the hospital
would be allowed to build in the much covetedEscondido Research and TechnologyCenter.
The new 453 bed
hospital now has apparent clear sailing after having overcome this zoning
obstacle which had been a major stumbling block.
A council majority
of council members Ed Gallo, Sam Abed and Marie Waldron had held out for
concession from the hospital district to provide for infrastructure necessary
to alleviate anticipated traffic, parking and safety issues.In the end, both sides compromised and the
deal was struck.The vote by the council
eventually proved to be unanimous.
As part of
the compromise, PPH committed to spending $19 million in extending Citricado Parkway from the business
park south to E. Valley Parkway.The city would pay its share after that
commitment was met.
addition, PPH agreed to a memorandum of understanding whereby the district
would install several medical programs at PalomarMedicalCenter at 555 E. Valley
Parkway, and building a 50,000-square-foot
facility to house the district's corporate offices. This would require
acquisition of properties on Valley Parkway, Grand Avenue and Valley Boulevard to make way for
the office building, by eminent domain, if necessary.The district had fought this but, in the end,
agreed in order to come to an agreement with the Council that would ensure
their location at the .Escondido ResearchCenter.