||January 14th, 2010|
Oceanside Ready to Enforce New Occupancy Limit Ordinance
A number of San Diego County communities will be watching the city of Oceanside closely as on February 5th a pair of new ordinances will go into effect to the limit the number of adults living in a single-family home.
This problem has plagued a number of communities with officials wringing their hands and complaining there was little they could do. The Oceanside City Council has passed ordinances that seeks to overcome this problem and give city officials the tools they need to control overcrowding. Renters and landlords alike are now awaiting the filing of complaints and followup by Oceanside code enforcement officers.
Reacting to numerous complaints that landlords were cramming too many tenants into single-family homes, the Council passed two ordinances, the first of which says high occupancy permits will be issued only where the landlord can show that there is sufficient parking for one car for each resident. They believe this will reduce the residential streets being crammed with cars.
The second ordinance prohibits landlords from issuing more than two leases to renters living in a single-family home. Both ordinances exempt group homes for disabled residents, which are allowed by federal law. Some homes in high rental neighborhoods have had as many as 17 people living in the property.
Several observers have noted that homes will often attract a large number of illegal aliens living in a property. These ordinances may help control the mounting problem of illigal immigrants moving into a neighborhood.
Commercial Vehicle Checkpoint
On January 7, 2010, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, members of the Escondido Police Department’s Traffic Bureau, the California Highway Patrol’s Commercial Enforcement Division and the California Air Resources Board conducted three commercial vehicle checkpoints at the following locations: The 600 Block of North Tulip Street, 900 Block of West Washington Avenue and East Valley Parkway at Bevin Drive. The emphasis of these checkpoints was to detect commercial vehicle violations, smog violations and provide a highly visible operation to deter unsafe commercial vehicle operation.
The following activity resulted from the checkpoints:
• 27 commercial vehicles were inspected and 45 violations noted
• 21 vehicles were cited for violations which included excess weight, unsafe brakes, steering problems, frame / suspension problems, lighting problems, unsafe tires, and hazardous materials violations
• 1 commercial vehicle was impounded, as the driver did not have a driver’s license
• 16 traffic citations were issued
• 73 commercial vehicles were inspected by the California Air Resources Board for emissions. 6 citations were issued for violations.
These checkpoints operated in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol’s Commercial Enforcement Unit and the California Air Resources Board.
Escondido Police Serve Search Warrant, Discover Heroin,
On Wednesday, January 6, 2010, members of the Escondido Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Special Enforcement Team (SET) served a search warrant at an apartment in the 1300 block of E. Grand Avenue. During the search, detectives located approximately six grams of heroin, as well as drug paraphernalia that is consistent with the sale of narcotics, and $282 in cash.
Detectives arrested Angeline Ann Borchers, 20, of Escondido (see photo at left) for possession of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of a dangerous drug, transportation of a controlled substance. Detectives also arrested Alex Lee Lockmiller, 21, of Escondido (See photo above) for violation of possession of a dangerous drug. Both Borchers and Lockmiller were transported and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
Vista Prostitution Ring Smashed With Conviction of Mexican National
He was alleged to have smuggled two women into America, and then the city of Vista, for purposes of prostitution. Last week, Adrian Zitlalpopoca-Hernandez was found guilty by a jury last Thursday of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. The federal charge carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.
The jury also found Zitlalpopoca guilty of nine other federal charges in connection with the prostitution operation. The two-day trial included testimony by the two alleged prostitutes. The jury took only a little over an hour to return the unanimous verdicts.
Each victim testified during the trial that Zitlalpopoca had physically abused them. When arrested in Valley Center, where they had set up a mobile brothel, police found condoms, birth control pills, lubricants, toilet paper, plastic tarps and plastic bags. Shortly afterward, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrived and determined that the couple and another woman in the car were in the country illegally.
Later, in November 2009, two other men who were accused of helping to run the prostitution ring admitted they were guilty of harboring illegal immigrants for the purposes of prostitution. Each man faces up to 10 years in prison. They are expected to be sentenced in April, along with Zitlalpopoca.
North County prostituion rings serving migrant labor camps has been a flourishing, though illegal, practice for years. Law enforcement promises to continue monitoring this activity.
Escondido Office of Department of Motor Vehicles Closed Due to Sewer Spill
Local offices of the DMV in Escondido were shut down for almost a week due to a broken sewer line, it was learned. The Paper investigated following a complaint from a local reader. We found, thanks to the help of Caroline Massey of Senator Mark Wyland’s office, we were able to determine the cause of the shutdown.
Why the DMV did not notify the media so we could inform area residents is not known. Senator Wyland’s office told us that the DMV office was to have reopened this past Tuesday.
With over 150 years of combined service and experience, five long time members of the Escondido Fire department have retired in the past six weeks.
Engineer Dennis Nagle retired after serving the citizens of Escondido for over 34 years. Engineer Terry Ryan was a 33 year employee who mentored many engineers. Division Chief Dominick Arenas has retired after 28 plus years. Dominick served in every rank up to Division Chief. Division Chief Randy Licata retired December after serving 27 plus years. Engineer Bruce Ingoldt retired after 30 plus years.
Both Bruce Ingoldt and Randy Licata will remain a part of the department as retired part timers. Randy will oversee the CERT program and Bruce will continue mapping and assist in a transition to a GIS based mapping system.
Vista Community Clinic Offers After School Program for Youth 12-18
Vista Community Clinic invites youth from Vista and Oceanside to participate in Project REACH, a free after school program that helps youth stay in school, avoid high risk behavior and achieve their goals.
REACH operates out of community-based sites in the cities of Vista and Oceanside. The programs are comprehensive and age appropriate. Youth receive homework assistance and participate in field trips and cultural activities. It is a fun and safe place to be after school hours and is open for enrollment.
REACH stands for Recreation, Employment readiness, Academic achievement, Communication skills, and Healthy lifestyle choices. Project REACH serves teens ages 12 to 18 years. Parents can call for an information packet and visit the facilities with their children to learn more about the programs. The programs are free to all participants and operate Monday through Friday from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Enroll now for 2010! For more information contact Maria Yanez, Program Manager at (760) 631-5000 x 7140 or Jayson Bordges at (760)631-5000 x 7137.
Boating Class on Water and Land
The Nationally recognized Coast Guard Boating class is being offered, starting February 2nd. This class is designed for experienced as well as novice boaters. After the classroom portion, on the water training will be offered to practice and observe objects and procedures that were learned. This class also qualifies for states where boater education is required. (sometime soon to be required in California)
The class is being held in the Escondido Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 720 N. Broadway. The session will begin at 7:00PM on February 2nd. Class text and materials will cost $40.00
For reservation or more information, call Mike 760-741-5095 or Don 760-931-2615
Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club Honored Again for
Last Saturday at the Kiwanis DCM (Division Council Meeting) the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club was presented with three additional awards in recogniztion of its outstanding Operation Hero Program.
Founded and chaired by Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club member Lyle E. Davis, Operation Hero has, for the past two years, honored a wounded warrior once every quarter. The program became so popular it was emulated by the Escondido Kiwanis Club and the Rancho Bernardo Kiwanis Club.
The Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the San Diego Veterans Allegiance Award from Congressman Brian Bilbray, the Department of Veteran Affairs for the 2009 Organization of the Year, from Assemblymember Marty Block of the 78th Assembly District, and Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher from the 75th District.
Last week, Senator Mark Wyland had presented a Resolution honoring the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club and its founder, for outstanding service to our wounded warriors.
The Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday morning at 7am, in Escondido, at the Cocina del Charro, 525 N. Quince. For information, call 760.747.7119.
Memberships are open to all.
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