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Local News January 24th, 2008

Mortgage Relief in Sight?

If you, a family member, friend, or neighbor is in danger of losing your home to foreclosure, you might be interested in talking with Laura Strickler, a Mortgage Specialist serving North San Diego County.

She just may have the solution to help prevent foreclosure with a new FHA plan known as FHASecure, a plan that was designed, and is available, to help with the rising foreclosure crisis. FHASecure was designed by HUD because there has been a substantial increase in the number of conventional borrowers refinancing into FHA products, to provide stability in the real estate market, to break today's cycle of foreclosures, and to provide an opportunity for affected homeowners to keep their homeownership dreams alive.

Laura Strickler is a well known Reverse Mortgage Specialist and now, because she works with FHA regularly, she is able to expand her service to assist people who may be facing foreclosure problems.

She is available to speak at civic and service club groups on how best to implement this FHASecure program. To book a speaking engagement with her, or to consult with her individually, call her at 760.760-518-9839.

Laura Strickler
Mortgage Specialist

Blue Cross Orders Reversed - Scott Eveland to Remain at Palomar Medical Center

Family members and friend of Scott Eveland, the Mission Hills High School football player, rejoiced at the news Tuesday afternoon that the state agency that monitors health insurers had reversed a decision by Blue Cross of California., which had determined Eveland was not making enough progress to warrant the higher level of care. Blue Cross wanted to transfer Eveland to a nursing home.

With the Blue Cross decision reversed, Eveland will now continue to receive therapy in the rehabilition unit at Palomar Medical Center for at least another three weeks.

Lynne Randolph, a spokeswoman for California Department of Managed Health, said a panel of doctors decided Eveland is showing sufficient improvement at Palomar to warrant his continuing care at the Escondido hospital, where he receives three hours of intense daily therapy.

In three weeks, Eveland's family will be able to petition the state again to extend his time in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Randolph said. A decision on such a request would depend on what type of medical gains can be shown.

“Scott has been with us since day one, and we are encouraged by the state's decision,” Andy Hoang, Palomar Pomerado Health District spokesman, said Tuesday. Eveland, 18, suffered a catastrophic brain injury and collapsed during a Mission Hills football game Sept. 14. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound linebacker was pulled from the game against West Hills High School in Santee after appearing dazed. He collapsed on the sideline and was taken to the hospital, where he underwent brain surgery.

Hoang said Eveland continues to show slight improvement.

“That's crucial for severe head-injury patients. They need to continue to get better on a daily and weekly basis,” he said.

Summer Trip to Europe Planned

Interested in a fabulous summer trip? T. R. Robertson, ASB Advisor from Carlsbad High School and his son Chris, World History Instructor at Carlsbad High, are sponsoring a 14 day summer trip to some of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

The trip will be July 16 to July 29 and will stop in Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, and Heidelberg. The trip is open to students and adults alike. There is a cost difference based on room occupancy.

The trip is an educational trip the Robertsons run every summer to some location in the world. Past tours have been to Greece, several to Europe, China, Egypt, and next summer (2009) to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. The tours have on them an Educational Foundation (EF) guide that gives the students and adults information about each stop. Last summer on the Egypt trip they had an archaeologist that had done digs on the ruin sites in Egypt and was writing a book on Egypt. They are educational as well as sightseeing trips. For more information and a brochure e-mail: or call 760-729-1173.

Shop With a Cop

Sergeant Greg Koran of the Carlsbad Police Department was a recent guest speaker for The Optimist Club of Carlsbad, "The Achievers." In addition to his daily duties as supervisor of the Traffic Division, Sergeant Koran finds time to participate with the Shop With A Cop program for underprivileged youth.

Shop With A Cop pairs a police officer with a youngster 12 years old or younger, and gives them a $100 shopping allowance for a day of shopping at Target in downtown San Diego. The children are treated to a day at Sea World and a shopping spree for Christmas. This year's event took place on Saturday, December 1st.

In support of this worthwhile project, and in keeping with its pledge to aid youth, The Optimist Club of Carlsbad presented Sergeant Koran with a check for $300 - enough to sponsor three children on their Shop With A Cop Day.

For further information on The Optimist Club of Carlsbad and the many youth organizations and projects they support, please call President Mike Doody (760) 445-1490 or VP Joe Tosto at (760) 458-5222. Monetary donations are always appreciated and may be sent to Optimist Club of Carlsbad, Foundation, P.O. BOX 669, Carlsbad, CA 92018.

San Marcos “Mini-Dorms”

As The Paper was going to press the San Marcos City Council was wrestling with a proposed ordinance that would curb “mini-dorms,” those single family homes leased to three or more people, often college students sharing expenses. The ordinance came about after neighborhood residents began complaining about rowdy students, noise, litter, and scarce parking. Neither CSUSM or Palomar College offers much student housing so students tend to cluster in neighborhoods close to the schools. This is where the conflict begins.

Under the proposed ordinance, houses with three of more rooms and three or more people under as many leases, would be limited as to where they could be.

Residents who violate the ordinance could be hit with heavy fines or criminal prosecution.

Opponents of the ordinance claim it violates property rights and could penalize well-behaved renters who are technically in violation of the ordinance but are not, in fact, causing any problems.

Possible Oceanside Gang Shooting Wounds Two

Two gunmen in a red car, possibly a Mustang or a Honda Civic, fired at least eight shots in an Oceanside residential neighborhood, wounding two apparently innocent bystanders and narrowly missing youngsters watching cartoons inside the residence.

The apartment, at 1310 Division Street, showed numerous bullet holes. At least four bullet holes were visible in the yellow stucco apartment complex, two stories high and home to about four units.

Two Latino men were reported to be in the car. They stopped and opened fire on three other Latino men walking in an alley east of the 400 block of Grant Street.

One of the Latino pedestrians was hit in the hip and later taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which weren't believed to be life-threatening. At this point police report there is nothing to indicate a gang-related shooting . . . but the investigation is just beginning. There apparently was no confrontation or discussion between the two groups. An unidentified woman was shot in the hip and leg while walking on Division Street between Grant and Garfield Streets, police said. She also was transported to a hospital for treatment of her injuries, not believed to be life-threatening.

Residents said that, while three gangs are active in the area, the shooting surprised them. Police have physical descriptions of the shooters and of the car, often seen in the neighborhood. The investigation continues.





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