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Local News April 1st, 2010

Officer Involved Shooting

On March 30, 2010, at approximately 3 a.m., Escondido Police officers responded to a report of a domestic violence in the 300 block of West 10th Ave. Two officers arrived within minutes, and heard the sounds of a female crying and a male yelling at her. The officers knocked on the door and were confronted by an individual armed with a shotgun. One of the officers grabbed the shotgun and attempted to wrestle it away from the suspect, who was trying to point it at the other officer. That officer fired his weapon several times striking the suspect in the torso. Officers immediately began providing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and emergency first aid while Escondido Fire Paramedics responded. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect’s name is being withheld at this time, but is described as a 25 year-old male. The officer who fired his weapon is a 5 year veteran of the department, and has been placed on paid administrative leave which is standard protocol for all officer involved shootings.

San Marcos Gang Bangers Fatally Stab One, Injure Five Others

Early last Saturday rival gang members began a brawl at a large party near S. Rancho Santa Fe and La Colusa Drive in San Marcos. In the aftermath, Sheriff’s deputies found a 17-year-old boy fatally stabbed and five other people who were injured.

Deputies were called to the scene at about 3:11 a.m. The victim’s name has not been released.

About 80 teens and young adults, including members of two gang factions, were reportedly present, according to the Sheriff’s department.

The five other stabbing victims began to show up at local hospitals later on Saturday morning.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to call the sheriff’s homicide detail at (858) 974-2321 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Escondido Police Serve Search Warrant, Recover Methamphetamine and Cash

On Monday, March 29, 2010, members of the Escondido Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Special Enforcement Team (SET) and Crimes of Property Unit, served a search warrant at “Shorty’s Tires,” 508 North Quince Street. During the search, detectives located approximately 42.84 grams of methamphetamine and $3,520 in cash.

Detectives arrested Juan Alberto Reyes, 40, an illegal alien, of Escondido, for Possession of a controlled substance for sale and Possession of a controlled substance.

Additionally, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold was placed on Reyes after he was transported to Vista Detention Facility.

Money Dispute Between City of Vista and Former Townsite Official

Catherine Manis, for 10 years the executive director for the Vista Townsite Community Partnership, claims the city owes her money as well as another ex-employee. The claims arise out of an alleged failure to reimburse for partnership expenses. She also alleges money from a federal grant was withheld that she said could have saved jobs at the nonprofit organization.

The Vista Townssite Community Partnership primarily serves the city's Latino community in the Townsite neighborhood, just north of downtown Vista.

The city’s position is, the agency simply ran out of money in August and the entire 6-person staff was laid off.

The partnership was formed in 1996, with assistance from the city of Vista. The city also provided more than 70 percent of its funding, with the balance coming from the state, private foundations and charities.

While the agency continues, it is staffed only by city staff workers and they only spend about two hours a day.

Vista city officials maintain the city is not responsible for any of the partnership's debts and that the federal grant money that Manis mentions was already earmarked for capital projects in the Townsite neighborhood.

Manis filed her complaints with the Vista City Council last week, saying that the expenses owed to former employees add up to about $1,500 and that after heading the agency for a decade she is owed a severance package.

She claims two employees paid partnership expenses out of their own pockets before being laid off and that while she has sought reimbursement, none has been paid.

Rancho Bernardo Honorary Mayor Election Campaign Begins

Even though the position is honorary and does not provide a salary, expenses, or even an honorarium, there are two candidates for the position of honorary Mayor of Rancho Bernardo.

The Rancho Bernardo North Chamber of Commerce announced that Robin Kaufman and Patti Hall will be the ‘official’ candidates.

Since Rancho Bernardo is not a city . . . but a community within the San Diego city limits, the title is honorary.

The ‘election’ has been taking place since 1991 when it began, and continues, as a fundraising tradition.

Each candidate schedules fundraisers; whichever candidate raises the most funds wins. (Some political wags have commented, ‘just like in real life.'). The runner up, however, receives the honorary title of Deputy Mayor, so all is not lost.

The winner will be announced in June at the Rancho Bernardo Street Fair.

Kaufman, a 35-year Rancho Bernardo resident, is a licensed supervised visitation monitor. She is also a longtime civic activist, serving on a number of community boards.

Hall is a Realtor and a 21-year Rancho Bernardo resident. She has been a volunteer in the community and heads the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Committee.

Each candidate is planning three fundraisers. They will hold a fourth fundraiser together.

The honorary mayor, serving a one-year term, represents the community at all San Diego North Chamber of Commerce functions and at general community functions, including the Spirit of the Fourth parade on Independence Day.

Brecht BMW Shares its Anniversary By Hosting April 8 Chamber Mixer

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s April Business After 5 Networking Mixer at Brecht BMW which is hosting Chamber members and guests to help it celebrate the silver anniversary of its opening April 1, 1985.
The Brecht family will be rolling out the welcome carpet during the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. monthly networking event with hot and cold hors’ d’oeuvres and a selection of liquid refreshments of all types and potencies.

There will be the usual assortment of door prizes and opportunities to swap business cards and establish relationships as well. The price of admission remains at $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Location is 1557 Auto Park Way, at the corner of Howard Avenue in the Escondido Auto Park. For further information, call the Chamber, (760) 745-2125

Lake Wohlford to Offer Senior/Military Discounts

Beginning today Lake Wohlford will be offering some new discounts. $20 all day motorboats to seniors every Tuesday, and this same discount rate will be offered to active military on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Hidden Valley Kiwanis Learns About the Civil War

Guest speaker for the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club of Escondido recently was Bill Sherman from the Civil War Reenactment Group.

Sherman explained how he and his family became involved with the Civil War Re-enactment group as a result of his ten year old son’s interest in the San Pasqual Battlefield event that takes place each year. Mr. Sherman had spoken to the club two years ago and came back recently to update the club on some of the things the Civil War Re-enactment foundation participates in.

His unit donates time to civic parades, schools, other community organizations and to senior centers. The unit demonstrates working models of civil war era weapons and period clothing. In addition they give demonstrations on 1860 diet, medical services, and other aspects of life in that era. In addition to civil war re-enactments, the unit does Spanish American War and Indian Wars re-enactments.

Sherman explained his unit includes fifty individuals. Moving the unit is a “bit like the travelling circus.” The group requires a number of trucks to move its military camp: tents, mess hall, weapons, medical, etc., etc.

Sherman closed by answering questions as if he were a confederate soldier from 1864.

The Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club meets Tuesday mornings at 7am, at Cocina del Charro Restaurant, 525 N. Qujince, Escondido.. Call 760.747.7119

San Diego Minutemen Calls for Immediate Deployment of National Guard to our Southern Border

photoIn a prepared statement, Jeff Schwilk, Founder and President of the San Diego Minutement said:

Due to the senseless murder of a life-long rancher in Arizona last Saturday by a suspected Mexican drug smuggler, and the growing violence all along our border with Mexico, the San Diego Minutemen are demanding the immediate redeployment of armed National Guard troops to our Southern Border in all four border states. We call on the Obama Administration and all four border Governors to take immediate action to secure our southern border from the armed and dangerous Mexican smugglers and cartel members who cross into America daily and threaten and kill our innocent citizens.

The execution of Rob Krentz, 58, on his large family ranch over 10 miles north of the border in Southeast Arizona highlights the growing drug war spilling over from Mexico. Border Patrol and local law enforcement have lost control of our border region along much of the 2000 mile border. Our border residents and ranchers are being terrorized daily by these armed and dangerous foreign insurgents and criminals.

"Our border communities have been overrun with dangerous criminals from Mexico for many years now and its getting worse. All we ever get from Washington is lip service. How many Americans must die before the politicians actually take action to protect our citizens?" said Minuteman border activist Ken Lester of San Diego.

The U.S. Government pandering to Mexico and Mexican citizens with talk of free healthcare and amnesty for 20 million illegal trespassers stops today. Such promises have created a stampede into America of unknown foreign citizens with devastating results. Immediate action must be taken to regain control of our southern territory.

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