||September 25th, 2008|
Manager of Sober Living Facility Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Child Endangerment
On Wednesday, September 17, 2008, members of the Escondido Police Department's Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant in the 900 block of N. Fig St., at the residence of Suzanne Faulhaber, the onsite manager of a sober living facility. The service of the search warrant was the culmination of a lengthy investigation where Faulhaber was suspected of selling narcotics from her home. As a result of the search, detectives located approximately three and a half grams of crystal methamphetamine, multiple hypodermic needles, and narcotics paraphernalia.
Detectives arrested Suzanne Faulhaber, 35, of Escondido for a violation of Health & Safety Code 11377 (a) (Possession of a controlled substance), Business & Professions code 4140 (Possession of hypodermic needles), and Penal Code 273 a (a) (Child Endangerment). Also arrested was Thomas Huff, 37, of Escondido for a violation of H&S 11550 (Under the influence of a controlled substance), B&P 4140 (Possession of hypodermic needles), and PC 273 a (a) (Child Endangerment).
During the search, it was discovered that the drugs and paraphernalia were in reach of Faulhaber's three young children. Due to this exposed danger, Faulhaber's three children were taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services.
Fireworks Erupt at Candidate’s Forum for Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) Board Election
Controversy arose (again) concerning Palomar Pomerado Health when, at a Candidate’s Forum for PPH candidates for the upcoming board election, Andy Hoang, Manager of Marketing and Communications for PPH, addressed forum members and challenged statements made by at least one of the candidates.
Evelyn Madison, a candidate for a four year term as a board member, and former board member, had been asked by an audience member how large of a budget she had worked with. Madison responded “I don't remember exactly, it was a long time ago, but as I recalled it was somewhere around $495 million.”
Subsequently, Andy Hoang, PPH’s spokesperson, arose from the audience and addressed the candidates and challenged Ms. Madison’s figures, saying that it couldn’t have been because this year’s budget was only $386 million. Ms. Madison then suggested the budget she was addressing was a combination of operating budget as well as capital budget and that her guess was the combined budget was around $495 million. She later pointed out that, contrary to Mr. Hoang’s claims of this year’s budget of $386 million it (the operating budget) was $429 million) but the capital budget alone was $990 million.
Following this discussion, Lee Thibadeau, former San Marcos Mayor and councilmember and a candidate for the two year term of PPH board director announced that he was appalled that Hoang would dare to appear before a candidate’s forum and challenge a candidate. “Mr. Hoang is a staff member of PPH. He got up and, without identifying himself, asked a complicated question and then took over the discussion with the candidates. It gave every appearance of vested interest and a bias for the incumbents. That’s the incumbent’s job . . . to challenge candidates. Not Mr. Hoang’s. Further, Hoang was seen talking to several of the candidates prior to the forum. It was absolutely out of line.”
Kathleen Crusing, President of the Escondido Republic Women’s Federated, sponsor of the candidate’s forum said, “Mr. Hoang did not approach me and ask for permission, counter to his claim that he had advance permission. He pretended like he was asking a question and then tried to take over the meeting and began to do PR for the hospital district. He was told that this was not appropriate by one of the guest speakers (Thibadeau) - I spoke to him . . . and told him it was totally not appreciated. He was not told it was excellent. Those in charge said it was not appropriate. Had he asked for permission to speak he would have been advised that it was an inappropriate forum, that if he wanted to speak to the group they would arrange a time and place at a future date. This meeting was strictly for candidates.”
The Paper spoke to Program Chair Diane Hill. She stated she did not give Mr. Hoang permission to speak but called on him when he raised his hand so that he might ask a question. It was after he had asked a question that he subsequently arose to make his unsolicited statements to the forum and its audience.
Mr. Hoang asserted that at least one member had complimented him on raising the issue. This was confirmed by Traci Bass, a local real estate broker who said she had, indeed, complimented Hoang on raising the issue. Aaron Byzak, Policy Advisor for County Supervisor Pam Slater Price also said he felt Hoang had raised a significant issue that should have been discussed and, he thought, cited the correct current budget.
Candidate Lee Thibadeau later commented, “I’ve been involved in politics since 1978 and never have I seen a staff member show up at a ‘candidate forum’, let alone ask questions of the candidates or make a statement about the accuracy of any candidates statements …….. I was furious!”
The Paper has sent an email to president and CEO, Michael Covert, seeking comment as to whether Hoang was acting under his authority and/or was acting at his direction, and whether or not it was hospital policy to allow staff members to involve themselves within the political arena, and if so, to what extent?
As of press time, Mr. Covert has not responded. Typically, he does not respond to requests for comment or interviews from The Paper.
(As a matter of public disclosure, The Paper has been very critical of Mr. Covert and his policies. Evelyn Madison, candidate for a four year term on the PPH Board, is associate publisher of The Paper and is part owner).
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians Rescues Jaycees Christmas Parade
The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians of Valley Center has donated $15,000 in security costs needed to hold the Jaycees Annual Christmas Parade. The Christmas parade, a 56 year tradition, has been in jeopardy of being cancelled after city officials said they could no longer subsidize this expense due to cutbacks in the city's budget.
"The Rincon Band of Indians has given Escondido an early Christmas present today and we couldn't be happier," said Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler.
Bo Mazzetti, vice chairman of the Rincon Tribal Council, said: "The tribal council is grateful that the Rincon Band has the means at this time in our history to help out a community whose schools educated generations of Rincon tribal members and, in which many of our members have resided historically and into the present." Mazzetti added, "We are pleased to be able to express our appreciation for this important holiday tradition and support its continued celebration."
The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians governs a 5,000-acre reservation in Valley Center. Established in 1875, the Rincon tribe is a sovereign government, recognized by the Constitution of the United States, federal law and policy and court precedent.
Owners of Harrah's Rincon Resort and Casino, the tribe uses profits from this, and other commercial enterprises located on the reservation, to provide legislative, regulative, administrative governmental services and legal jurisdiction on behalf of the Rincon people. Federal law restricts the expenditure of gaming profits to tribal government programs and services, but allows for charitable contributions to other governments and non-profits.
Amigos de Vista Lions present $10, 000 check to the Boys & Girls Club of Vista from 33rd annual Charity Golf Tournament
Amigos de Vista Lions held their 33rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, August 25th at the Castle Creek Country Club in Escondido. The Boys & Girls Club of Vista is the beneficiary of the event this year.
The Lions Club was formed to help the sight impaired, youth programs and the needy of the community. Currently, the Amigos de Vista Lions annually donate between $25,000 and $30,000 to many worthy organizations and individuals in our area.
Rick Pearson Named CEO of Non-Profit
Rick Pearson was recently named Chief Executive Office of From The Inside Out Inc. FTIO, offers programs for youth, supported by family and community, which challenge them to assess their direction in life, motivate them to develop personal integrity, and help them become positive role models and productive members of society. The primary focus of FTIO are youth ages 10 and up who are identified at-risk (by parent, school, probation officer and other concerned adults) for truancy, substance abuse, criminal activity, gang association, and other unhealthy behaviors.
FTIO initially was focused on bringing the youth to Donovan Correctional facility in Otay Mesa. During their 5 hour stay inside the prison walls, the youth would interact directly with the inmates, many of whom are serving life terms. The inmates share their personal testimonies in an effort to dissuade the youth from the path to incarceration.
FTIO has branched out into the community with the following services. AWARE- Attitude When Angry and Resolving Emotional Issues, Non Violently, and Project Choice-For Girls Only. FTIO was founded in 1996, Pearson had been on their board of directors since 1999.
Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey Recalled at Oceanside’s Big Band Bash This Saturday
The 12 annual event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. Once the music begins, patrons can begin to appreciate what it was like in “the good old days,” when the likes of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Band were drawing massive crowds to dance halls and concert halls all across America.
It’ll cost you $5 to get in but it’s worth ten times that much according to those who have been there before. The 12th annual event celebrates the brass-influenced music made popular in the 1940s, mixing a hint of nostalgia with some modern-day fun. Last year, the show drew about 3,000 spectators and lasted seven hours, featuring three bands.
This year, the bash will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and feature two bands: Tom Morrow and the Oceanside Society Orchestra as well as the Big Band & Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra.
Morrow, a North County Times columnist, is an organizer of the show. "A lot of older people bring their grandkids and introduce this music to them," Morrow said. "When you look out on the dance floor, you see people of all ages."
Tickets for the show are being sold by several area nonprofit groups that benefit children and families, as well as at the Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Encinitas senior centers, or at the gate. Shuttle buses will run from Oceanside Transportation Center's parking garage and the amphitheater.
For more information, call the Oceanside Senior Citizen Center at (760) 435-5250.
Late Local News Just Received Before Press Time . . .
Rickie Lee Jones to appear this Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m. at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts . . .
Making waves since her first album in 1979, two-time Grammy Award winner Rickie Lee Jones is at it again. Her newest album "Sermon On Exposition Boulevard" puts the words of Christ into a modern-day context with lush lyrics, hard rock and spoken word.
Hear how Jones rocks alternative folk with a hipster vibe through songs from the past and present.
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