||October 2nd, 2008|
San Marcos and Escondido Leaders Denounce Proposition O
San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond was joined recently by Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler and Councilmember Dick Daniels at a press conference in front of City Hall to urge residents to vote no on Proposition O on November 4. A similar measure, Prop S, was passed several years ago in Escondido.
"Standing next to me is more than 30 years of experience and service to the City of Escondido," Mayor Desmond said. "Mayor Pfeiler and Councilmember Daniels can give us unique insight into the possible consequences that Prop O could have on San Marcos."
"There have been many opportunities lost in Escondido due to Prop S," Mayor Pfeiler said. "Prop S has cost us jobs, tax revenues and the chance to revitalize some areas of the city. Based on our experience in Escondido, we strongly urge San Marcos residents to vote no on Prop O."
"I am most concerned about the unseen consequences that Prop S has had on our city," Councilmember Daniels said. "Quality projects and businesses are now discouraged from coming to Escondido because the process has become too bureaucratic and cumbersome. If voters want to safeguard against inappropriate growth, their best option is to elect council members who will prevent it."
Mayor Desmond was especially worried about the economic impact that Prop O could have on San Marcos. "We would love to bring a new Trader Joes to San Marcos and there are many other good projects in the works that our residents want," he said. "Unfortunately, companies won't come here once they realize they will have to pay for a campaign first."
"I have great respect for Mayor Pfeiler and Councilmember Daniels," Mayor Desmond said. "They have done an amazing job in Escondido despite being constrained by the consequences of Prop S."
Proposition O is on the November ballot in San Marcos. If passed, it will amend the San Marcos General Plan to require voter approval of certain general plan amendments modifying or changing land use categories or designations. Prop O would hamper San Marcos' efforts to revitalize parts of the city and cut tax revenues used for public safety. For more information please visit: www.NoOnPropO.com.
The Paper to Offer Endorsements With the October 9th Editon
The Paper will publish endorsements in next week’s edition for the city council races in Escondido and San Marcos as well as for the Palomar Pomerado Health race for three four-year term board seats and one two-year term, and local bonds issues.
Candidates in Escondido include Ed Gallo, Sam Abed, Olga Diaz, Chuck Voelker and Richard Barron. In San Marcos the candidates are Hal Martin, Rebecca Jones and Dean Nelson. Candidates for the PPH race include Evelyn Madison, Donald Brust, DVM (retired), Linda Greer (incumbent), Nancy Bassett (incumbent) and Dr. Marcelo Rivera (incumbent) and John Amadeo. Candidates for the two-year term are Lee Thibadeau and Jerry .Kaufman.
Candidates will have been contacted seeking a clarification of their background, positions, and goals.
Later in the election season, depending upon available time for research, The Paper may endorse in other elections, both for candidates as well as bond issues and/or propositions.
Del Dios Fire Survivors Get a $35,000 Donation from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
The Good Samaritan Fund of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation has generously donated a $35,000 grant to the Del Dios Fire Relief Committee. These funds will be distributed directly to 31 families in the community of Del Dios who lost their homes in the 2007 Witch Creek Fire.
Lisa Gulliver, co-owner of Architectural Relics and member of the Del Dios Fire Relief Committee said, "The Committee worked very hard to raise money for the Del Dios fire survivors and we are thrilled that the RSF Foundation agreed to match our funds to provide some additional financial help to these families so they can continue to get their lives and homes back together."
Ruby Etoile-Presnell, of the local musical group Ruby and the Red Hots and long-time resident of Del Dios, added, "This donation couldn't have come at a better time for me. I had renters insurance, but it didn't cover near what I needed to get started again. Though this year has been a real challenge, I am so appreciative of this grant and to those who have put so much energy and time to help the fire victims. I thank you deeply!"
The non-profit organization Fired Up Sisters, created after the 2007 San Diego wildfires to provide assistance to fire survivors, facilitated in distributing the donation to the Del Dios Fire Relief Committee. Fired Up Sisters has educational programs to help the survivors with insurance, tax, permit and stress issues relating to the loss of their homes. Rene VanHeel is Founder. (858) 673-1355.
The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, a member of the U.S. Community Foundations, has been dedicated to encouraging and facilitating philanthropy since 1981. They are located at PO. Box 811, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Christina Wilson is Executive Director. (858) 756-6557.
Vikings Invade Vista - Peace is Restored
Several hundred people were milling around at any one time this past Saturday and Sunday at Norway Hall in Vista. In one area knights, both male and female, were clashing in a combat area with swords, battleaxes and shields. At last report, no one was injured.
It was all part of the annual Viking Festival staged at Vista’s Norway Hall where those of Scandinavian heritage gathered together to present the culture of the Vikings to those who were not of that heritage. Scandinavian food such as lefse (a kind of thin potato pancake), Odin burgers (fish sandwiches), polser (sausage/hot dogs), lingonberry sundaes and jams, all types of Scandinavian foods, were sampled and purchased. Period costumes were seen, tents and ‘encampments’ representing typical Viking villages, were scattered throughout the area. Meanwhile, the beers and ales flowed freely and there was plenty of music all day long. Organizers reported the event was, once again, a tremendous success and, thanks to some wonderful weather, they anticpate a tidy profit.
The Celtic Musical Group, Highland Way, entertains at the Viking Festival
Volunteer workers hard at it
A Viking Festival Participant
New California Native Victorian Garden at Walnut Grove Park
Thanks to several hundred volunteers participating in the VIBE project (Volunteer Improvement Beautification Event) this past Saturday, the heritage homes in Walnut Grove Park received some beautiful landscaping. The end result, aftr a hard day’s work, was a lovely Victorian Garden. The City of San Marcos held its sixth annual Volunteer Improvement Beautification Event (VIBE) last Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm. The VIBE program revitalized a series of homes in San Marcos and crowned the effort with the installation of a California Native Victorian Garden at Walnut Grove Park.
Landscape designer Greg Rubin, the San Marcos Historical Society, Vallecitos Water District and United We Paint have developed a landscape design to complement two existing historical homes at Walnut Grove Park. The design elements include an educationally themed California native garden containing a gazebo and multiple benches constructed of recycled materials. Additional materials include native trees and plantings known for their fire-retardant and water conserving qualities.
Volunteers constructed the garden during the one-day VIBE event along with the other home maintenance projects planned throughout the day. The City provided all volunteers with a breakfast snack, beverages, lunch, music, an official volunteer t-shirt, volunteer certificates and pictures. Last year’s event attracted a record number 450 volunteers.
Karl Schwarm, Director of Housing & Neighborhood Services explains, “We are especially proud to introduce an eco-friendly VIBE this year. The City of San Marcos is always striving to educate our residents on the importance of water conservation and utilizing renewable resources. The garden provides an educational and informative platform for all those that visit Heritage Park. The eco-friendly garden in combination with the revitalization of homes makes this the most complete VIBE to date.”
The City is collaborating with United We Paint to implement the event. United We Paint is a volunteer organization that provides home makeovers to the most deserving families.
United We Paint Executive Director Jeff Zotara states, “Our partnership with the City of San Marcos continues our steadfast mission to provide prosperity and hope to the most deserving recipients. The result is a warmer and more inviting living environment for the community and the families that call San Marcos home.”
Undercover ABC Operation Yields Three Arrests
On Friday, September 26, 2008, the Escondido Police Department's Special Investigations Unit (SIU), in conjunction with the State of California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), conducted a shoulder tap operation where decoys, under the age of twenty-one, approached adults outside several ABC licensed establishments in the City of Escondido. The decoys in this operation contacted several adults stating they were under the age of twenty-one and asked the adult if they would purchase alcohol. During this operation, three adults agreed to purchase beer for the decoys and were subsequently cited.
The SIU/ABC team cited Mario Muniz Ruiz, 30, of Escondido, CA., for furnishing alcohol to a minor, a violation of B&P 22658 (a), and Anthony Jaramillo, 62, of Palomar Mountain, CA., for furnishing alcohol to a minor. Carlos Tomas Yanez, 30, of Escondido, CA., was arrested and booked for driving under the influence, as well, as furnishing alcohol to a minor.
These types of checks, as well as other types of ABC operations, are being conducted throughout the year with funding from a recent ABC grant awarded to the Escondido Police Department.
Optimist Club of Carlsbad Raises $50,000 for Charity
The most successful golf outing in the history of the Optimist Club of Carlsbad raised close to $50,000 to help the children of North County. This will allow the club to help finance school projects, Boy Scout troops, scholarships at local high schools, Pop Warner sports, young people in need of financial assistance and much more. Mike Gans thanked the businesses and people of North County for their generosity in helping make this event the type of golf outing that people in the area look forward to every year.
The club meets every Saturday morning at 8am at the El Camino Country Club on Vista Way in Oceanside. For information call President John Aldrich at 760-729-7200.
Escondido Gang Prevention Group to hold Community Forum
The Escondido Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Task Force (E-GRIP) is inviting the Community to attend one of two separate public forums to express their concerns regarding gang activity, and any suggestions on how to keep youths from joining gangs. Escondido residents are encouraged to attend the location that is nearest to their home. Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided.
The dates and locations are:
• October 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Rose Elementary, 906 N. Rose St., Escondido
• October 28, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Felicita Elementary, 737 W. 13th Ave., Escondido
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