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Local News March 22nd, 2007

Dr. Nicholas Jauregi Resigns As Medical Director of Elizabeth Hospice

Tomorrow will be Dr. Nick Jauregi’s last day in the service of the Elizabeth Hospice. He has tendered his resignation, effective tomorrow, in order to tend to his own families needs. His father-in-law, who lives in the Los Angeles area and has advanced lung cancer, requires medical attention and this seemed to be the best time for Dr. Jauregi to leave the organization and care for his family.

A young 38, Jauregui began as a team physician at Elizabeth Hospice in 2001 and was promoted to medical director in 2003. The nonprofit, Escondido-based hospice provides end-of-life care for an average of 300 patients and their families daily, according to Christina Cadruvi, spokeswoman for the organization.

Jauregui is behind many of the innovations at The Elizabeth Hospice. He was the first team physician to become a board-certified doctor in hospice and palliative medicine. Now all the hospice physicians are board certified to provide expert care.

He also proposed pain-management programs that use cutting-edge medications.

Jauregui will be working at TrinityCare Hospice in Los Angeles.

The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming!

Tesco, a British grocery chain, has plans to invade both Escondido and Vista according to city officials from both cities.

In Vista, Tesco plans on opening a new kind of store called Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market. The location is on East Vista Way and would fill a void left by an Albertson’s grocery store that left nearly two years ago.

The store would fill about half of the 30,000 square-foot area. Tesco, one of the world's largest retailers, said the stores will be intentionally smaller than traditional supermarkets to provide for a faster shopping experience.

Vista won't be Tesco's only North County location. The company has submitted an application for a store on Ash Street in Escondido, where it has received conditional approval from the city's Design Review Board.

Meanwhile, the shopping center at East Vista Way and Williamston Street is in the midst of a $2 million overhaul, and is reported to be designed as an upscale center.

More Mira Costa Intrigue

In the ongoing drama some have called “Palmgate,” MiraCosta College's Academic Senate has been denied a chance to obtain a copy of a letter the college president apparently sent to the school's board of trustees warning them not to vote against a resolution praising her.

Senate President Jonathan Cole so stated in a letter to the college’s senate recently.

A year ago, college officials discovered that thousands of palm trees, later determined to belong to the college, allegedly were being nurtured in the Horticulture Department and then sold for private profit.

On May 31, college officials announced that they were turning the investigation over to the district attorney, who hasn't commented since.

In the most recent flap, the college attorney has denied access to the letter, thereby acknowledging its existence and that it was written by Richart, says Cole. In November faculty members approved a vote of no confidence in president Victoria Munoz Richart, by a vote of 106-8.

Trustee Gloria Carranza cited the letter at a Feb. 20 board meeting, saying she felt intimidated by the tone of the letter. She said the letter indicated that a vote against the resolution of support for Richart could be construed as an evaluation of the college president, violating her privacy rights.

As a result of feeling threatened, Carranza said, she didn't attend the meeting Oct. 3 when the resolution endorsing Richart was passed by a unanimous vote of the six other board members.

Richart had said that she was unaware the board was working on the resolution, although her letter of warning was written on Oct. 2, according to the attorney, the day before the meeting.

Richart could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Cole continues to argue the letter should be a public document. The drama continues.

San Marcos Community Services Commission Announces Unscheduled Vacancy

Due to the resignation of Kathryn Kovrig, the San Marcos Community Services Commission is faced with an unscheduled vacancy to fill her unexpired term which was to have run until December 31, 2008.

Candidates for the Commission must all reside within the city of San Marcos and must be qualified electors of the city. All commissioners serve at the pleasure of the City Council. Terms shall be four years.

The appointment date is April 24, 2007. Personal interviews will be conducted by the City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 6:00 p.m. You should be prepared to give your presentation by stating your name, giving a brief background on yourself, and indicating why you wish to serve on the Commission.

ALL applications must be received in the City Clerk’s Department by 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2007. For further information, call the City Clerk’s Department, 744-4020, ext. 3145.

Calavera Hills Homebuilders Give $55,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad

As part of their commitment to the communities in which they build, Calavera Hills homebuilders The Corky McMillin Companies and Brookfield Homes recently donated $55,000 to one of Carlsbad's most well-utilized and established organisupport from caring adults, and to lay the groundwork for a promising future. For more than 50 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad has been committed to serving those needs."

One Person's Junk is Charles Phoenix's Glory Lively Retro Slide Show Tour Comes to CCAE

How do you re-live the days of family trips, bad haircuts and vintage cars? Or, for those born in the age of technology, how do you experience them? The California Center for the Arts, Escondido, brings you the solution Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. with Charles Phoenix's Retro Slide Show Tour of Southern California.

An expert in mid-century design and American culture, Phoenix has collected over one million slides from the 1940s through 1970s and provides humorous commentary through his live, retro slide show tours. A "histo-tainer," archivist and author, Phoenix has dedicated his life to documenting the kitschy and the classic of mid-century America.

After finding a shoe box full of 35 mm family vacation slides in a thrift shop in 1992, Phoenix became entranced with finding more and incorporating the idiosyncrasies of families and American culture into the arts…and his livelihood. His gems come from flea markets, garage sales, thrift shops and swap meets. For those who harbor family slides of their own, the question comes to mind: What will happen to my slides after I'm gone?

Tickets to the performance cost $20 general and $17 for seniors. Students and military can purchase half-price student and military rush tickets available on the day of the performance, walk-up only and based upon availability. For tickets, call 800.988.4253, visit or visit the Center's Ticket Office at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025.

For more details about Charles Phoenix, visit





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