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Local News February 8th, 2007

Lake Poway Free Youth Fishing Derby A Hit!

The 12th annual Lake Poway free Youth Fishing Derby was held last Saturday. Over 700 youngsters enjoyed a beautiful day of fishing and fun, courtesy of Lake Poway, Captain Ron Baker, Mike Long, the Lakeside Optimist Club, the San Diego Rod & Reel Club, El Cajon Ford and many other generous sponsors. Paul Leader and El Cajon Ford provided a free BBQ lunch.

Among the youngsters attending were approximately 15 kids from San Marcos and Escondido who are members of Los Caballeros de Aventura/The Young Adventurers. This was one of many outings the kids are given while learning to enjoy life and its many adventures.

Grand Prize Winner was Kalvin Figy, age 15, from Chula Vista who turned in a 6.63 lb trout, caught on Power Bait in Half Moon Bay.

Other monster trout weighed in at 5.56 lbs, 5.44 lbs, and a number of other 5 lb. plus trout.
The fishing was very good with many limits from both boats and the shoreline. The best spots on the shoreline this week were Half Moon Bay and Jump Off Point. In boats the center of the Lake, near Boulder Bay area and near Jump Off Point were the best spots. Power Bait and Power Worms were the choices for best bait although broken-back Rapalas and Kastmasters were also still successful this week. The catfish bite is still good along the Log Boom with Mackerel the best bait. The Bass and Bluegill bite is slow.


Just kickin’ back . . . three members of Los Caballeros de Aventura enjoy Lake Poway

Water Authority Urges Local Residents to Beware of Water Agency Imposters

The San Diego County Water Authority is warning residents countywide to watch out for individuals posing as employees of the San Diego Water Authority or employees of a local water utility. Typically, these imposters arrive without an appointment and try to gain entry into a home by saying they have been sent to check the home’s water system or test water quality. The imposter’s intent may be theft or fraud.

The Water Authority is issuing this warning after receiving a report of a possible imposter approaching homes in Santee claiming to be a San Diego Water Authority employee. There is no governmental agency called the San Diego Water Authority. This person may target Hispanic homeowners, especially new homeowners. Concerned individuals can call the Water Authority at (858) 522-6600.

The Water Authority and its member agencies are not responsible for fixing problems or testing inside private residences and rarely have reason to ask for entry. Residents are advised that if anyone claiming to be a water utility employee comes to their home they should refuse entry and contact their local water agency.

A legitimate water agency employee will have proper identification, be willing to show it and provide a supervisor's phone number at the agency for verification. Any supposed water agency employee who refuses to wait while the water agency is contacted for verification should be considered a fraud and police should be notified promptly.

Follow these tips to avoid becoming a victim:

Be suspicious if someone shows up without an appointment asking to check your water flow, water quality or any other water-related issue or problem inside the home. Water agencies rarely are responsible for fixing problems or testing water quality inside private residences and almost never have reason to ask for entry. If a water agency were to need in-home contact with a resident, someone would call first to make an appointment.

Be wary of someone who visits in person without warning to collect an overdue bill. If your service is subject to being discontinued, you will have received overdue notices or other correspondence from your water agency in the mail, with instructions on how to pay.

Some imposters might know the names of residents or property owners through various forms of identity theft or public records. The imposters may try to use the names of family members, roommates, or landlords to say that person asked them to come fix or look at something in the home. Do not let someone into your home without verifying such a claim with the named family member, roommate, landlord, etc.

Be wary of someone who visits your home without warning claiming you “need to have ” or are “required to buy” water filters, cleaners, softeners or other products or equipment for your home. Water agencies generally do not sell or endorse these kinds of products or equipment.

If someone calls on the phone threatening to shut off your water unless you immediately pay an overdue bill by credit card, do not provide your credit card number. Verify the request with your local water agency by calling the phone number on your water bill or in your phone book; do not use a phone number from someone you think is suspicious.

Never reveal your credit card, social security, ATM, or telephone calling card or personal identification numbers (PIN) over the phone, the Internet or in person to anyone you are not familiar with.

Water agency staff will not ask for money, credit card numbers, or to use your phone.

If you live alone and someone unfamiliar approaches you, imply there is another person with you in your home, or indicate that someone will be returning momentarily.

Imposters may work in pairs, with one person talking to the resident while the other accesses other parts of the home looking for valuables. If an incident does occur, report it to your local police department or sheriff’s office and contact your local water agency immediately. The San Diego County Water Authority can be reached at (858) 522-6600.

Escondido Attorney's Stalking Conviction Reversed on Appeal

A San Diego appeals court reversed the stalking and burglary convictions of an Escondido attorney, Marilyn Freeman, this week, concluding her trial was tainted by the appearance of bias by the judge.

Freeman is serving a six-year prison sentence after being convicted of stalking, burglary, and soliciting a kidnapping. Freeman had been convicted of stalking her teenage daughter who had been placed with a foster family following the daughter’s complaints that Freeman had been physically and emotionally abusing her.

The appeals court reversed the verdict because Superior Court Judge Robert O'Neill, who presided over her trial, had earlier disqualified himself from the case because of his friendship with a second judge whom Freeman was suspected of stalking. When those suspicions were later determined to be unfounded, the presiding judge for the criminal courts in downtown San Diego put O'Neill back on the case. Freeman protested, but to no avail, and was convicted by a jury and sentenced by O'Neill.

Freeman could be retried on all the charges. In a separate portion of the ruling, the panel rejected numerous arguments Freeman made arguing for her acquittal.

The Paper is well aware of Ms. Freeman. The Paper had successfully filed suit against Ms. Freeman, who had advertised her legal practice with The Paper and then chose to not pay her bills.

The Paper won the suit and collected its money.

Making Money in San Marcos

Showing an attractive increase of 33% over last year, one revenue agency is the talk of the town . . . if, that is, the town is San Marcos.

Earnings of $63.3 million in revenues came in last year to the city's redevelopment agency, which helps pay for new roads, parks and nearly all major capital projects around town.

The redevelopment agency is responsible for administering the millions of dollars the city collects in property taxes from its three redevelopment project areas. Since 1982, San Marcos has put close to $400 million in redevelopment dollars toward capital projects, including $60 million for low-to-moderate income housing, said City Manager Paul Malone.

Instead of money going to the county and state, the mission of the redevelopment agency is to funnel that money into its project areas ---- which cover two-thirds of the community.

On every tax dollar collected on property developed or reassessed since the areas were created, the city takes 62 cents. "Virtually every capital improvement project in town has some contribution from the redevelopment agency," said San Marcos City Manager Paul Malone.





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