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Local News December 14, 2006

Escondido Chief of Police Developing Immigration Policy

Jim Maher, Escondido’s new Chief of Police is busy these days working up an Immigration Policy proposal which he will be submitting to the Escondido City Council, probably sometime next month.

Given the local furor over illegal immigration and the strong support of 3/5ths of the Escondido City Council, a new law enforcement policy and a set of procedures to better handle crime-based illegal immigration issues in the city was needed.

Chief Maher was focused on developing a comprehensive policy that will include ways to deal with people in this country illegally who are involved in criminal activity such as drugs and gangs.

The Chief recognizes that he needs to retain the confidence of the community (including the Latino community) so has expressed an interest in keeping criminals out of the community.

Councilman Ed Gallo told The Paper . . . “We have great confidence in Chief Maher. He knows the Council position and I’m sure he’ll respond with a proposal that will help us to address the illegal immigration issue.”

Escondido has been struggling with high-profile illegal immigration measures and incidents this year.

The immigration status of anyone booked into county jails is routinely checked by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Chief Maher points out.

While newly elected Councilmember Dick Daniels expressed an interest in cross-training Escondido police so they could also enforce federal immigration laws, Maher told The Paper . . “ We can’t do that. We simply don’t have the officers or resources to detain and transport all illegals. We need to focus on those illegals as well as legal immigrants who are commiing crimes.” Maher was aware of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding 287, subparagraph g, that would allow local law enforcement to cross train to detain illegals but, he says, without the resources they are still unable to provide that service.

Handel’s Messiah Coming to the Center’s Concert Hall

MadonaIn a chilly country called Ireland, a note was sent out to the masses that the gentlemen should leave the swords at home and women would kindly refrain from wearing hoop skirts. All this to conserve space as a large crowd was expected at the Dublin, Ireland, hall where George Frideric Handel was to first present his composition of the Messiah.

The year was 1742.

This year, gentlemen are still requested to not wear their swords and ladies are asked to not wear hoop skirts when the masses once again assemble to hear the Messiah as performed by the San Diego Chamber Orchestra amidst the perfect acoustics of the Center’s Concert Hall.

Under the direction of Jung-Ho Pak, Handel’s Messiah will be performed on Sunday, December 17 at 2 p.m. in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Vocally, the Bach Collegium of San Diego and Cappella Gloriana adds to the presentation. This is the only version of The Messiah in San Diego which explores the full score.

One of the most well-known classical pieces in the world today and a well-loved holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah was not expressly written as a holiday piece. Historically, it was often performed during Easter to highlight not only the birth, but the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Tickets for The Messiah cost $21-$32 general and $18-$29 for seniors. Military and student discounts are available by walk-up the day of the performance on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Center’s Ticket Office at 800.988.4253, visit www.artcenter.org, or visit the Ticket Office, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Fiesta Navidad presented by Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

mariachiBringing the sounds of the Southwest to the Center’s grand Concert Hall stage, the award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano performs one fully-staged production of Fiesta Navidad on Saturday, December 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $31-$44 general and $28-$41 for seniors.

Fiesta Navidad brings to life the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem with joyful mariachi music and bright costumes, ending in an audience sing-along in Spanish and English.

For tickets at The Center, call 800.988.4253 or visit www.artcenter.org. Parking is free and ample. (See photo below of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.


 

 

 

 


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