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Local News January 11th, 2007

Waldron Introduces A New Illegal Immigration Resolution

The Paper received an advance copy of a resolution to be introduced at Wednesday’s Council Meeting.

After many “Whereas’s” the nuts and bolts of the resolution read:

2.) Now therefore, the City of Escondido will enforce the Laws of the United States, and hereby requests the Federal Government take such actions as may be necessary to authorize municipal governments to make inquiries on the legal status of persons who may be illegal immigrants and take other such actions that will enable local governments such as Escondido to address the problems associated with illegal immigration.

We asked Waldron if implicit in this resolution were instructions to the Escondido Police Department to begin enforcing Immigration Law in the city of Escondido. Several high ranking offices within the department have suggested the EPD simply does not have the resources to pursue this assignment without interfering with ongoing police enforcement issues. Waldron said she would defer comment on this until the City Council had a chance to study and vote on the resolution and then, as a council, determine further policy.

Asked whether she had consulted with Congressman Brian Bilbray and, if so, whether he indicated he would support this resolution and carry it as a means to develop new legislation at the federal level, she said that Bilbray had been in touch with her and had indicated he wanted to assist Escondido with any Illegal Immigration issues.

Escondido Attorneys Open Skaja & Daniels Law Firm

Attorneys Carl J. Skaja and Robert M. Daniels have opened Escondido's newest law firm, Skaja & Daniels, LLP.

Located at 613 W. Valley Parkway, the firm handles real estate, business litigation and estate planning matters as well as legal needs of non-profit organizations.

Skaja has practiced law in Escondido since 1996 and Daniels was an associate with the law firm in which Skaja had been a partner until earlier this month. Both attorneys are long-time Escondido residents and active in the civic and business community. A Northern Arizona University graduate, Skaja later graduated from California Western School of Law. Daniels graduated from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego School of Law.

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Carl Skaja
Robert Daniels

Escondido Teen-Ager Found in South Dakota

Another in a series of disturbing events where teenage girls are persuaded to meet adult men via the Internet had a somewhat happy ending this week.

A 14-year-old girl from Escondido disappeared with an older man she had met via Internet chat rooms and a nationwide hunt for her and the man began.

Based on a tip, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, police were waiting when the pair rolled into the driveway of the man’s apartment building.

The girl, who went missing from the bedroom of her Escondido home Sunday morning, appeared to be unharmed, Sioux Falls police said.

“We're just thrilled to have her found,” said her mother, who said she hasn't eaten or slept for the past two days. “It was truly a waking nightmare.”

Authorities learned that the two had traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, having bought separate tickets but seated together on the plane. The adult was identified as Charles Leroy Crowell, 34. Crowell, who lives in Sioux Falls with his wife and child, traveled to San Diego last week with plans to meet up with the teen at a Motel 6 near the Embarcadero, said Escondido police Lt. David Mankin. Crowell has been booked in Sioux Falls on suspicion of rape.

Crowell has a police record but is not a registered sex offender. The girl’s parents are flying to Sioux Falls to pick up their daughter and return home.

The girl was adopted from a Ukrainian orphanage five years ago.

Seven Low Income Families to Benefit from Habitat for Humanity

San Diego Habitat for Humanity will build seven affordable homes in partnership with seven low income families in Escondido. Habitat for Humanity will partner with Invitrogen’s global executives for a Habitat Build Day at the intersection of 6th & Orange in Escondido on Sunday, January 7th, at 11am.

Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler will attend the event as well as Cheryl Keenan, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity, and the Habitat Partner families.

The new multifamily development consists of seven 3-bedroom, one and half bath townhomes and will be approximately 1350 square feet. Families will work on their ‘sweat equity throughout the duration of construciton. The homes should be completed by fall of 2007.
Habitat homes are sold at no profit, financed with 0% interest mortgages.

New San Marcos Fire Station On Target

Fire Station No. 4 will begin its journey toward completion on January 30th at 3pm when officials gather for a groundbreaking ceremony.

This station will be located near the crest of the ridgeline on the South Twin Oaks Valley Road extension which is presently under construction within the San Elijo Hills neighborhood.

This fire station will be a two story, 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility designed with office space for administrative functions, storage for medical supplies, a shop for minor vehicle and equipment maintenance, and living quarters.

In addtion 95% of the fire station’s electrical needs will be met by using solar energy via a photovoltaic system.

Total cost of the new facility is pegged at $4.9 million, with project completion slated for early 2008.

Escondido Chamber's "Five Minute Networking" Program Will Be Held on January 16th

Making its debut last year with great success, the Escondido Chamber of Commerce will once again present its "5 Minute Networking" program this year on an every-other-month basis. The first program of the New Year will be held on Wednesday evening, January 16th, from 5 pm to 7 pm, in the Chamber's boardroom at Chamber headquarters, 720 North Broadway.

The popular networking program works like this: For a 90-minute period, participants have the opportunity to spend their time with twenty different individuals, one-on-one, in five-minute intervals. Explained Chamber chair Les Abshire, of San Diego National Bank, "You can describe your respective business, exchange business cards, and pass on referrals. When you hear the bell, it's time to move on to another table and meet someone new."

Chamber members may register by going on line to Cost is $25. For further information and reservations, call Escondido Chamber Events Coordinator Vanessa Morrow at 745-2125.

What's Going To Happen To Interest Rates? Find Out From Federal Reserve Exec On Jan 18

The future of interest rates, Topic A in financial circles these days, will be discussed at a noon luncheon on Thursday, January 18th as Federal Reserve Bank senior economist Gary Zimmerman addresses "The State of the Economy for 2007". The luncheon, sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Chamber President and CEO Harvey Mitchell, a retired banker, said that Zimmerman's presentation should be especially informative. "This is not a Fed black out period, so the Fed's senior economist will be free to talk about all aspects of the economy," Mitchell said.

Reservations, at $25 for Chamber members and $35 for those not yet Chamber members, are required and may be made by calling Chamber Events Coordinator Vanessa Morrow at 760-745-2125.





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