||January 21st, 2010|
Four Arrested in Prostitution Sting, Two Arrested for Attempted Robbery
On Saturday, January 16, 2010, members of the Escondido Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Special Enforcement Team (SET) conducted an undercover sting operation. Detectives acted as “Johns” and were quickly approached by the women who began to solicit sex acts for money.
As a result of the detail, four arrests were made. They are as follows:
• Divinity Bagnerise, 19, of Clairemont, Ca. was arrested for Solicitation of prostitution.
• Christina Corley, 26, of Redlands, Ca. was arrested for Solicitation of prostitution.
• Diamond Robinson, 20, of Fresno, Ca. was arrested for Solicitation of prostitution.
All three women were processed and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
Also arrested was a seventeen year old juvenile for Solicitation of prostitution. She was booked into juvenile hall.
As the undercover detectives were conducting a surveillance of a suspected prostitute, they observed what appeared to be a deal between the prostitute and a “john.” As she and the “john” were driving away in a small compact vehicle, a person driving a pick-up truck pulled in front of the compact vehicle, blocked its forward movement, and the driver got out and attempted to rob the “john.” The “john” got out of his vehicle and ran away, at which time the assailant used a knife and punctured two tires on the compact vehicle. The suspected prostitute and the assailant then got into the pick-up truck and drove away. Undercover detectives maintained observation of the pick-up truck and called in marked units to make a stop.
Detectives arrested George Jimenez, 32, of Escondido, Ca. and Khalila Brown, 29, (see photo below) of San Diego, Ca. Both were charged with attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime, and Jimenez faces the additional charge of vandalism. Both Jimenez and Brown were transported and booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
Sandbag Availability in North County
Up to 6 free filled sand bags are available at the following locations: Escondido Sand & Gravel/Escondido Asphalt, 500 Tulip Street; and Inland Valley Materials, 14080 San Pasqual Valley Road. Additionally, free sand and bags are available in Kit Carson Park, near the Amphitheater, but you must bring your own shovel to fill the bags yourself.
In San Marcos, sandbags and sand are available at the City’s public works yard, 201 Mata Way in San Marcos. Residents must fill the sand bags themselves and should bring their own shovel. For more information, please call San Marcos Public Works at (760) 752-7550.
In Oceanside, and and sandbags, free to residents, will be available at the City Operations Center (COC), 4927 Oceanside Blvd. from 7:30am to 4:00pm; check in at the front counter inside the COC. Sand and bags will also be available from 7:00am to 9:00pm, at Fire Station Three, Oceanside Blvd. at El Camino Real.
There is a 30-bag limit per resident and proof of residency is required. Residents must bring a shovel, pail, bucket or other implement to place the sand in the bags.
Governor Schwarzenegger Acknowledges Illegal Aliens Pose Huge Cost to California
In his state of the state address, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addressed an issue that many Californians have been aware of for some time: "One reason the economic picture is grim,” he said, is that "Californians carry a special burden since we are a border state."
Schwarzenegger said that the federal government, though responsible for controlling the border is "not even funding a 50-50 split of the costs of undocumented immigrants." Claiming that California is owed billions of dollars for providing social programs, education and health care and other services to illegal immigrants, he vowed to fight for reimbursement.
As part of his proposed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, Schwarzenegger is asking for $6.9 billion in federal funds to help close a $20 billion deficit.
Candidate for Governor, Steve Poizner urges a Law on State Raiding of City Funds
Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner, speaking to the Escondido Republican Club on Monday, said he favors making it illegal for the state to balance its budget by raiding money from local government.
“The state over the last several years has basically pilfered assets out of cities and counties all over the state of California to balance the budget,” Poizner, stated “I think that should be illegal.”
“Cities and counties shouldn’t have to worry about how to balance their budget when in fact big chunks of their budgets are actually taken from them by force to help balance the state budget.”
Last week’s decision by former Rep. Tom Campbell to drop out of the governor’s race and run for the U.S. Senate instead leaves only two major candidates for governor, Poizner and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.
Today, The Paper announced its endorsement of Poizner for Governor.
Both Poizner and Whitman are billionaire former high-tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley. The Paper based its endorsement on Poizner’s proven record of accomplishment at the academic level, as an entrepeneur, and as a successful head of the state’s Insurance Department.
In a wide ranging Question and Answer session, Poizner emphasized his opposition to taxes, his support of education (he has played a major role in boosting the Charter School system in California) and controlling illegal immigration and demanding the feds pay their fair share.
He outlined what he calls his “10-10-10 plan” — a 10 percent tax cut, a 10 percent spending cut and a 10 percent reserve fund in the state budget to smooth out the state’s volatile revenue cycles.
Poizner disputed the notion that tax cuts are ill-advised when the state budget is running a chronic deficit. He contended tax cuts would lead to more jobs being created in California.
“People, when they hear tax cuts, (say), ‘Tax cuts? How can we afford tax cuts when we’re in the middle of this deep recession?’ ” he said. “We can’t afford not to.”
Supervisor Bill Horn Faces Challengers for His Seat
Rancho Santa Fe business executive Bill Haynor and retired construction worker Tom Bumgardner of Valley Center have joined Vista contractor Fabio Marchi and Vista Councilman Steve Gronke as candidates to oust Bill Horn from his long-held office.
Horn has been accused by his challengers and critics within the electorate of showing favoritism toward developers. Most recently, they say, this was evident in Horn’s advice to the proponents of the Merriam Mountain project north of Escondido to defer their scheduled Debember 9th, meeting until all Supervisors could be present. Supervisor Cox was out of town at the time of the originally scheduled meeting.
He has refused calls to recuse himself from future debate and voted last week to give the developer of the proposed 2,700-home development another hearing.
There also is a term-limit measure pushed to the ballot by labor unions. Although all sitting supervisors could run for two more four-year terms under the measure, it may bring out more voters with animosity toward them.
Steve Gronke’s campaign argues that, “We definitely see that Bill Horn is more vulnerable now than he was six months ago because of the changing view of the electorate,” according to consultant Cody Campbell of the Gronke campaign. “Voters that show up to vote for the term-limit initiative are almost certainly going to vote for Steve. They’re looking for a new voice and representation in county government.”
Horn shrugs off such speculation, pointing out he’s had up to five challengers in previous elections.
New Palomar Airport Feature
Not only pilots landing at the McClellan-Palomar Airport but observers who just like to watch aircraft landings both tend to gather at the latest feature at the airport, The Landings. Replacing the old “greasy spoon” type cafe that used to be on the second floor of an airport building, the new restaurant is part of the terminal facility and offers a 2500 square foot intrior and a 1200 square foot patio, for patrons to not only enjoy the view but the food. The food is traditional breakfast and lunch fare: pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and salads.
Bill Slattery is co-owner of The Landings, a new restaurant that opened in December at the McClellan-Palomar Airport. The old Palomar Airport Cafe, which served pilots, passengers and local residents at the airport from the early 1960s until 2004 has been torn down to make way for a new hangar facility. The new restaurant is a major change, in decor, in atmosphere, and in views.
The Landings will begin serving dinner Feb. 1, Slattery said. Palomar celebrated its 50th anniversary last year by opening an 18,000-square-foot terminal building that replaced an old triple-wide trailer. The airport serves one airline – United Express – but 341 corporate and private aircraft call the airport home. Its 171,000 takeoffs and landings in 2009 made it one of the busiest single-runway airports in the nation.
Slattery and his wife own seven restaurants, including five at regional airports, as well as the 55-Yard Line Sports Bar and Grill on Old California Restaurant Row in San Marcos.
Illegal Alien Boat Smuggling Run Ends in Capsized Boat,One Dead
The trip was almost over when things went wrong an a 30 foot panga (Mexican fishing boat) overturned in the early morning hours, near Torrey Pines State Beach. One man died, others were injured, still others fled into the darkness. The search has now been suspended for the remaining people. By now, ICE officials say, “they are long gone.”
One was in critical condition, and three were released by Saturday night, according to authorities. All 16 people who were rescued are Mexican nationals who were entering the United States illegally, authorities confirmed. It was the third time in three weeks that authorities have assisted smuggling boats in distress, the Coast Guard said.
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