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Local News June 5th, 2008

Illegals Rounded Up and Shipped Out

On May 28th and 29th, 2008, the Escondido Police Department conducted a citywide enforcement operation directed at persons with criminal records who have been formally deported from the United States and illegally re-entered, a felony violation of Title 8 USC Section 1326.

The operation resulted in the arrest of a total of seventeen individuals, nine of whom were released directly into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Six of these subjects had been formally deported due to criminal convictions and re-entered the country illegally. Three of the subjects arrested were determined to be unlawfully in the country but had not been formally deported. These three individuals were turned over to ICE because they met the criteria for formal deportation proceedings.

One was an admitted member of a criminal street gang in Mexico; another subject was from the country of El Salvador and had previous arrests for drug possession, theft and providing false information to the police. The third individual was a green card holder with criminal convictions for drug related offenses that qualified her for deportation proceedings.

The remainder of the arrests were unrelated to the operation and were made for drug possession, auto theft and arrest warrants. These subjects were booked into Vista Detention Facility. Three of these subjects had immigration detainers submitted in addition to the criminal charges. This operation is part of an on-going effort on the part of the Escondido Police Department to ensure the safety of all people in Escondido. The Escondido Police Department will use all means available to identify, locate and arrest any person who returns to this community after being formally deported.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly or you may make an anonymous call on our "Anonymous Tip Line" at (760) 743-TIPS (8477) or email us at PDonlineAnonymousTips@escondido.org

San Marcos Historical Society Leaders Honored by City Council

Roy and Beverley Haskins were awarded the Key to the City of San Marcos by Major Jim Desmond last week, recognizing the many years of time and effort the two had put into the San Marcos Historical Society. Among other efforts, they headed up the project to acquire and move the Cox House. Today, it is located at gated Heritage Park, a two-acre parcel within Walnut Grove Park just off Sycamore Road in San Marcos. The Cox House, and its neighboring Bidwell House, reflect what life was like during the formative years of early San Marcos.

Roy Haskins, a retired USAF Colonel, has been active in a variety of service projects, including the San Marcos Historical Society and is a former board member of The Young Adventurers and Los Caballeros de Aventura. Beverley, has focused on The Historical Society as both a board member, past president, and, until recently, its executive director.

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Roy and Beverley Haskins, foreground, with Mayor Jim Desmond, far right, and the rest of the San Marcos Council

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San Marcos Key to the City

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Heritage Park, with the Cox and Bidwell Houses

 

Escondido To Provide CERT Training

Anticipating future large-scale wildfires and other disasters like earthquakes and flooding, the Escondido Fire Department will be providing another series of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes for Escondido residents. The training will occur on each of the four Saturdays in June from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm with the first class to be held on June 7 at Escondido City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, in the Mitchell Room.

During the four classes, students will learn about preparing their homes and families for disasters, fire safety, medical operations during disasters, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism. Once the students have graduated from the training, they will each have an opportunity to apply to join the Escondido CERT.

Anyone interested in attending the CERT training should register by contacting Chuck Milks at 839-5404 or cmilks@escondido.org. Each course component is taught by experienced professionals; students are encouraged to attend all four classes in order to benefit from the full scope of training. More information, including a training schedule, is available at www.escondido.org/fire.

COURSE SCHEDULE
Module 1 - Saturday, June 7: Disaster Preparedness and Fire Safety
Module 2 - Saturday, June 14: Medical Operations in a Disaster
Module 3 - Saturday, June 21: Light Search & Rescue, Team Organization & Management, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism
Module 4 - Saturday, June 28: Hands-on Training; Skill Development and Training.

Oceanside’s Mira Costa College Seeks Interim Leader

Tomorrow will be the last day if you wish to apply for the Interim Leader’s position at Mira Costa College in Oceanside. The college is looking for someone to take the interim position until they are able to locate a permanent superintendent-president. The seat has been filled by John Hendrickson, but he has resigned to accept the position of chancellor at West Valley-Mission Community College District in Northern California. He leaves at the end of the month so timing is critical.

Candidates will be screened by a three-member board as well as a committee made up of faculty, staff and student representatives. Finalists will be interviewed June 13 and the winner will serve from July 1 until December 31st, or until a permanent president-superintendent is hired.

Hendrickson was being paid $217,000 a year as interim leader of the college following the resignation of Victoria Munoz Richart who left with a settlement of cash and benefits estimated at $1.6 million.

San Marcos Facing Decision on Slow Growth Measure

Within a week or two the San Marcos City Council will decide whether to adopt a slow growth measure or allow it to go forward on the ballot this coming November. The slow-growth measure, officially known as the San Marcos Growth Management and Neighborhood Protection Act, would require a public vote for any change to the city’s general plan that would increase density or intensity of land use.

The entire city council is opposed to the measure but awaits the reports of a study it commissioned last month that will examine the financial impacts of the initiative. While the council may adopt the measure, it also may let it go to the ballot. The smart money is betting they will vote that way and take the time between now and election day to inform the electorate about the initiative and the impact it would have on San Marcos.

Sponsors of the initiative were dealt a heavy blow to their cause last week when San Diego Superior Court judge ruled against the plaintiff’s who brought a lawsuit against the city of San Marcos, claiming the environmental impact report was deficient. This appeared to clear the way for Palomar Station to move forward, a mixed use project of 14.3 acres across from Palomar College.

The other major project that could conceivably be impacted by both the court decision and the slow-growth measure is that of the San Marcos Creek Walk project. Opponents of both projects claim San Marcos does not have the infrastructure to accommodate them.

San Marcos City Councilmembers and city staff, however, point to the healthy growth San Marcos has enjoyed, with attractive homes and well designed shopping and service areas. They argue that the slow-growth initiative will do just that, slow down the healthy growth the community has been experiencing.

 

 

 

 


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