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Great Carlsbad Police Work Nabs Robbery Suspect

On Saturday, February 6th, at approximately 1020pm, Carlsbad Police officers responded to the Vons Supermarket located at 985 Tamarack Ave. Officers were dispatched to investigate a robbery.

When officers arrived, they contacted a loss prevention employee at Vons who reported that a black female suspect had concealed over $100.00 worth of alcohol inside her purse. The female suspect left the store without paying for the items. The loss prevention agent attempted to detain the female suspect in the parking lot of the store. The female suspect bit and hit the loss prevention agent and ran to a nearby vehicle. There was a black male driver waiting in the parking lot for the female suspect. The female suspect entered the vehicle and the vehicle sped out of the parking lot. The loss prevention agent had to jump out of the way of the suspect vehicle as it fled the scene to avoid being struck by the suspect vehicle. The loss prevention agent sustained minor injuries as a result of the altercation with the female suspect.

Officers located evidence at the scene and developed suspect information leading them to believe that Tammie Smith was the female suspect. Officers constructed a photographic lineup at the scene, and the loss prevention agent identified Tammie Smith as the female suspect in this case. The case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s office and a felony warrant was issued for Tammie Smith for attempted robbery and burglary.

On May 12th, Carlsbad Police detectives arrested Tammie Smith at the State Parole Office in Inglewood, California. Tammie Smith was a wanted parolee-at-large in addition to having the attempted robbery warrant for the Carlsbad incident. Tammie Smith was transported back to San Diego County where she was booked for the felony arrest warrant and a parole hold.

Escondido DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Nails 32 Unlicensed Drivers

On May 15, 2010, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint at the intersection of El Norte Parkway and Ash Street from 6:00 PM until 12:00 AM. The emphasis of this checkpoint was to detect intoxicated and unlicensed drivers as well as to provide a highly visible operation to deter driving under the influence.

The following activity resulted from this checkpoint:

• 2,371 vehicles entered the checkpoint
• 1,355 vehicles were screened in primary
• 84 vehicles sent to secondary (drivers who could not produce a drivers license or who were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
• 2 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• 5 field sobriety tests were administered
• 34 vehicles were impounded at this checkpoint, 10 drivers did not have auto insurance, 7 drivers had a suspended drivers license and 32 drivers did not have a drivers license
• 47 citations were issued at this checkpoint

On the previous evening, on DUI saturation, Escondido police arrested five drivers for DUI, 18 vehicles were impounded for unlicensed drivers, or dirving with a suspended license. One additional person was arrested for being drunk in public.

Sheriff’s Department Arrests Nine Suspects During DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint in Vista

Between 8pm Friday and 2am Saturday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department conducted a Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint on South Melrose Drive at Costeau Court.

Nine drivers suspected of being under the influence of either alcohol or drugs were arrested as a result.

Deputies impounded 35 vehicles from the impaired drivers and from unlicensed drivers. They also issued 40 citations, including two for possession of marijuana in a vehicle and two for having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Vista Chamber of Commerce May Get New Landlord

Later this month it is anticipated that Vista's redevelopment agency may lease city-owned downtown office space to the Chamber of Commerce.

The agreement in principal provided for a 20-year contract in which the chamber will enjoy rent free quarters for the first year then pay a graduated rent from $1600 to $3550.

Under the proposal the chamber would move to 127 Main St., a property owned by the city's redevelopment agency presently occupied by the Vista Village Business Association.

Vista purchased the 6,400 square foot property for $485,000 in 2008. The redevelopment agency supported the move because it felt it would assist in revitalizing the downtown area.

The chamber will likely make improvements to the Main Street building and move in by the end of the year. Improvements are estimated at around $189,000, which amount will be loaned to the chamber by the redevelopment agency.

Carlsbad at Impasse with Firefighters Union

At press time the stalemate between Carlsbad city officials and the labor ogranization representing the firefighters had not been resolved.

The options for the city council, which was to have heard the matter at 6pm this past Tuesday, were to either send officials back to the negotiating table or impose the last offer city officials made to the Carlsbad Firefighters Association, which represents 63 of the 82 Fire Department workers including firefighter and administrative personnel. The Paper goes to press Tuesday evenings and the result of the meeting was not available at press time.

Mayor Claude "Bud" Lewis said in a prepared statement that he had hoped an agreement could have been reached but that the city had to take the action felt to be in the best interest of the city and its electorate.
City officials are pushing for contract changes in the department's pension plan and no pay increases for workers represented by the association.

The pension changes would include requiring association members to pay 9 percent of their wages toward their retirement benefits, up from the 1 percent they now pay.

The city also wants to create reduced retirement benefits to newly hired workers represented by the association. Association members now can retire at age 50 and collect a pension equal to 3 percent of their wages for every year they work.

In addition to any contract agreement that may wind up being negotiated, the city also seeks to put a charter amendment on the November ballot to require voter approval for any future changes in the 2 percent at 50 formula.

Congresman Bilbray’s Mother Passes

Mavis Clute, the 90-year-old mother of Congressman Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, died last week at her Carlsbad home.

She was born in 1920 in Queensland, Australia, and was once a tennis champion at the University of Brisbane, where she had earned a degree in accounting.

In a statement released by Bilbray’s office, it was reported that Clute had met Hubert Patrick Bilbray, an officer in the U.S. Navy, in 1943 at the Queens Hotel which was being used as the headquarters for Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The couple married and made their life in San Diego.

Billbray said his mother loved America, quickly becoming a citizen. She opened Clute Bilbray Tax Services in Imperial Beach and was treasurer for the city's chamber of commerce. Widowed in 1968, Mavis remarried in 1972 to Cmdr. George S. Clute, who served as a Naval aviator in World War Two. He passed away in 1999.

Mavis Clute is survived by her four sons and their spouses and nine grandchildren, Billbray said.

New Carlsbad High School May Face Yet Another Delay

“The Devil is in the details,” or so the old bromide goes. The details are proving troublesome to the scheduled construction of the new Carlsbad High School thanks to a technicality that has to be met. The district has to get the needed certification from the state water board before it can move forward, officials reported last week.

The local branch of the California Regional Water Quality Board denied the certification the district needs to proceed with the project in an action taken earlier in the month. While the decision was a procedural matter necessary because the board wasn’t able to review materials on time, it still served to implement a delay.

All parties seem anxious to resolve the issue but they have to proceed because the application had been flagged last month, when interested parties sent a letter expressing concerns about the effect the project would have on water quality.

The lawyers representing an interested area developer and two other groups have blanketed each of the governmental agencies involved with issuing permits for the project with public records requests and complaint letters as a way to delay the project and put pressure on the district, according to officials for the district.

The school board was briefed on the situation last week; attorneys for the district and the complaining parties have scheduled meetings.

Another woe revolves around funding. District officials were expecting more than $30 million from the state to help complete renovation and construction projects planned as part of Proposition P, the $198 Million school construction measure voters approved in 2006. However, the state has slowed funding down considerably due to the budget crises faced by the state. That funding is adversely affecting many other school projects throughout the state, officials confirmed. Alternate funding options are being explored as a contingency plan.

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