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Local News July 31st, 2008

Illegal Alien Guilty of Rape

Eight years in prison looms for an illegal immigrant who lived in Escondido. Victor Navarro, as part of a plea bargain, pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of sexual misconduct and likely will face eight years in prison for an incident that happened in 2002, according to Deputy District Attorney Natalie Villaflor.

Police report Navarro attacked Tammy Chavez, from who he was renting a room, on June 17, 2002.

The case was written off as a cold until May 22, 2004, when Navarro was arrested for drunken driving in Orange County. A DNA sample matched DNA found following the assault on Chavez. An arrest warrant was issued June 22, 2006, but it wasn't until this April that police brought him into custody. Doctors have had to utilize a variety of surgical and medical procedures to help Chavez recover from major injuries to her bladder, rectum and vagina. Navarro is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. Chavez said she plans to make a victim's statement at his sentencing.

Opposition to Tri-City Hospital Bond Issue Already Mounting

While ballots have only just been mailed out for a $589 million bond measure, Proposition A, there is already oppostion building. The measure, if successful, would be used to expand Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside and make it safer during a major earthquake.

While both supporters and opponents of Proposition A agree that Tri-City Medical Center's emergency department is overcrowded, wait times are too long and an urgent care center is needed, the opponents say Tri-City should heed the electorates call to find alternative financing and not seek to have taxpayers foot the bill.

Voting ends Aug. 26 on a proposal to pay for the construction. The bond measure would raise property taxes for up to 40 years. The Tri-City Healthcare District, which covers most of Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista, are trying for the third time to pass a bond measure to expand and modernize the hospital to meet a 2013 deadline for new state earthquake safety standards for hospitals.

Roadwork Being Done in San Marcos

Pavement improvements to several heavily traveled roadways in San Marcos began this past Monday. Improvement work will continue into early September. The work is being done to improve the ride quality and to extend asphalt pavement life on important thoroughfares in the City.

Work will take place on the following roadway segments:

• Rancho Santa Fe, between Broken Rock Road and Highway 78
• San Marcos Boulevard, between Rancho Santa Fe Road and Twin Oaks Valley Road
• Grand Avenue, between San Marcos Boulevard and Rancho Santa Fe Road
• Twin Oaks Valley Road, between Highway 78 and San Marcos Boulevard and between Craven Road and Barham Drive

Much of the road work will take place during off-peak traffic periods including weekends, nights and in-between weekday morning and afternoon rush hours in order to minimize the impact on traffic. Although the roadways will remain open, there will be lane closures during construction. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use caution when traveling in these areas. For more information, please call the City’s department of public works at (760) 752-7550.

Vista Redevelopment Area Report Approved

The Vista City Council will soon receive a report approved unanimously by an advisory panel detailing the physical and economic blight in areas the city wants to designate as redevelopment zones. Some 1700 acres are affected and includes vacant commercial buildings, deteriorated facades and obsolete designs and signs.

This is the first step in the process of acquiring the necessary redevelopment funding under the California Community Redevelopment Law in order to designate the area a redevelopment zone. It then gives the city several options of selling revenue or tax-increment bonds to pay for more than $194 million in infrastructure upgrading.

There is strong support from the Vista City Council for this procedure.

Gold Growth is Great, Silver is Better!

That headline might look strange but it’s accurate, according to Mack Hembree, owner and operator of Gems n’ Loans, a highly successful upscale pawn shop in three North County locations, Vista, Oceanside, and Escondido.

“It’s true that gold has more than doubled in price,” he says, “but it’s equally true that silver has almost quadrupled in price. We see more and more people who are becoming aware of this and are searching their attics, garages, storage lockers and even their safety deposit boxes, locating long forgotten pieces of silver and bringing them in for appraisal. When they hear what that silver is worth, their eyes get mighty big and they realize they’ve just discovered another attractive source of revenue. They often decide they don’t need that silver set anymore . . . and we wind up giving them new-found cash. It’s almost like discovering your own treasure chest.”

Mack’s wife, Kim, who is an interior designer, first noticed many of her clients in Palm Sprngs and Palm Desert, had big, elaborate silver sets and they were no longer using the silver sets. Most of these clients are older folks and don’t entertain as much as they used to. The silver is not doing them any good, the kids aren’t really interested in the silver, so it just makes sense for them to sell.

The value, however, lies in Sterling silver and pure silver, not silverplate or flat ware, (unless it is Sterling). Silverplate does not have a great deal of vaue . . . Sterling silver and pure silver do. To alert the marketplace to this new found source of revenue, Hembree has taken out a number of newspaper ads pointing out the value of silver (see his ad in today’s edition of The Paper on page 16).

“Once people know the valuables they might have in storage someplace, it doesn’t take long for them to come see us. They know we pay very high rates for both gold and silver . . . and we’ll gladly appraise their valuables for them.”

Hembree started his business 15 years ago in Oceanside, then expanded to Vista and Escondido. They have all been quite successful, largely, Hembree believes, because they have upgraded the appearance of the stores, hired the best people in the business and trained them all to be ‘people persons.’ The image of today’s pawn shop has changed for much the better, thanks to the upgrading of facilities such as is displayed at Gems ’n Loans. They are open seven days a week and have bilingual staff at all three locations.

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Mack Hembree, owner of Gems n’ Loans

No Show Biz Center for San Marcos?

All the anticipated glitz and glamour that was surrounding the proposed movie studio to be built in San Marcos, near San Elijo Hills, may have gone up in a puff of smoke (and mirrors). The sometimes notorious former trash-recycling plant near San Elijo Hills was to have become a production studio for movies and TV shows. Two New York producers had plansbut then said, “no thanks,” and moved on to other things. Theirs had been an ambitious proposal: a studio with a six-story office building. No more.

Then a year ago, new life seemed to have been brought to the site. A new owner, Loma San Marcos LLC, came in and had even bigger plans. John Bailey, who was leasing the property, said he was going to take the 190,000-square-foot building and its 14 acre site and put together a dozen sound stages, a new four story building where VIP’s could mingle with the stars, big, beautiful fountains adorning the magnificent 65-foot-high entrance.

Bailey’s lease has been terminated. They’re talking about a possible sale of the property to Bailey . . . but nothing solid yet. Bailey has put an offer on the table, but no decision has been reached. But, even if there is a decision, there may be problems with the city of San Marcos. There is a lack of compliance in order to secure the necessary permitting according to city officials. A traffic signal on San Elijo Road near the entrance to the property was required to have been installed. Didn’t happen.

Development fees are also due the city as of August 1. City officials are taking a hard look at that issue as well. If approved, the city is expecting to receive about $1.3 million in fees related to infrastructure improvements. The city is now awaiting a payment proposal from the developers. The site is zoned for a movie-studio production facility, City Manager Paul Malone said, and the city isn't considering any other uses.

Escondido City Council Race Attracts Candidates

Incumbents Ed Gallo and Sam Abed are going to have some challengers in this November’s election for their two council seats. Also taking out papers are: Olga Diaz, who ran unsuccessfully in 2006, Chuck Voelker and Richard Barron.

Abed, a businessman, and Gallo, a real estate agent, were allies in the failed 2006 bid to penalize landlords for renting to undocumented immigrants. Diaz, who owns Blue Mug Coffee & Tea, adamantly opposed the ordinance that was approved and later rescinded.

Voelker owns Simply Adina Floral Design, which arranges flowers for special events. Barron is a business consultant who owns an Escondido law and consulting firm with his wife, Janathan Allen, a lawyer.

The Paper offers Free Lost and Found Ads for Pets

Pet owners who have lost their pets are welcome to use the Classified Section of The Paper to help locate their pet.

“I’m a sucker for pets,” says Lyle Davis, editor and publisher of The Paper. “We had an ad running for about four or five weeks for “Buddy,” a beautiful Schnauzer who had slipped out of an open gate. His owner was an older man, and Buddy was just that; his buddy. We’re happy to say Buddy and his “daddy” were reunited. That’s a good feeling and we’d like to help reunite more pets and their owners.”

To take advantage of this FREE offer, just go to: www.thecommunitypaper.com/classifieds/

NO PHONE CALLS!

Go to Pets Lost/Found - see the classification All Pets . . . fill in the data as a new customer (we need this data to run the ad but there is no charge for lost/found pets).

Good luck!

North County Kiwanis Clubs and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Partner to benefit Children

Recognizing that no single organization can remedy the needs of children worldwide, Kiwanis International has joined in a memorandum of understanding with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to foster, nurture, and establish a legacy of serving children, a cornerstone mission for both organizations.

Kiwanis International is encouraging its 8,000 clubs nationwide to work with the 4,000 clubs of the Boys and Girls Clubs in the United States and other nations to meet and explore joint opportunities between the partners, invite Key Club and Circle K members to volunteer in Boys & Girls Club activities, invite Kiwanis members to serve as judges in the Youth of the Year contest and invite interested and qualified Kiwanis members to become board members of their local Boys & Girls Clubs.

The partnership brings together two powerful forces to provide to young people; a safe place to learn and grow, create ongoing relationships with caring adults, participate in life enhancing programs and character development all promoting hope and opportunity.

Summergrass San Diego Coming to North Couny

Summergrass San Diego is Southern California's exciting bluegrass music festival, held at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Avenue in Vista CA, 92083, a fascinating 40 acre outdoor museum.

The Bluegress Festival features three days of live music from 12 international, national, regional and local bands, music workshops presented by their performing artists, a variety of special family and kid-oriented music activities.


Contacts are:
email: festivalchair@summergrass.net
phone: (858) 679-4854
web: http://www.summergrass.net

 

 

 

 


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