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Escondido Police Arrest Sex Registrant for Exposing Himself At A Local 7-Eleven Store

On June 4th at about 7AM, an unknown white male entered a local 7-Eleven store and selected two beverages for purchase. The subject approached the counter while several other customers were in the store and in line at the counter. The suspect handed the clerk money for the purchase then exposed himself to the female clerk. The clerk/victim traumatized by the event, gave the suspect his change and called the police. Escondido Police Officers were dispatched to the store and took a report.

Escondido Police Detectives began working the case and were able to identify the subject in the video as Michael James McKinzie, 43, of Escondido. McKinzie is a registered sex offender on probation for a violation of a lewd Act with a child under the age of 14.

On June 10th detectives arrested McKinzie without incident and charged him with one count of Indecent Exposure, a felony due to his prior arrest and a probation violation. McKinzie was transported to Vista Detention Facility and booked on the above charge.

Police Respond to Large Party and Cite Owner for Social Host Violation

Throwing large parties just may cost you a significant amount of money.

On April 16th at about 10:46pm, Escondido Police Officers were called to a large party in the area of 1800 Navajo Place. When officers arrived, they noticed a large group of people in the street and to the rear of 1842 Navajo Place. Officers made contact with the responsible party, Silvia Arreguin, 34, of Escondido. Officers gave Arreguin a warning asking her to keep the party participants in the house and the noise down.

At 11:42pm officers were called back to the house regarding a second complaint. When officers arrived, they noticed a large crowd (20 to 30) in the backyard. Officers observed several subjects who appeared to be under the age of 21 and had been drinking alcoholic beverages. Officers arrested one juvenile for being drunk in public and cited Arreguin for serving alcohol and/or controlled substances to minors at parties, gatherings, or events on private property. On Tuesday June 1 Silvia Arreguin pled guilty to one violation of EMC 17-220(b) and was fined $1,650.00.

With summer approaching, Escondido Police officers will be actively enforcing the “Social Host Ordinance” in an effort to curb underage drinking and large parties.

Water Authority Board Approves Filing a Lawsuit Against Metropolitan Water District Challenging Illegal Water Rates

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today unanimously approved filing suit against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California challenging the 2011 and 2012 water rates that MWD adopted in April.

“MWD improperly overcharges the Water Authority and its ratepayers in violation of California law,” said Claude A. “Bud” Lewis, chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors. “MWD charges too much for using its facilities to transport water and spends those revenues to subsidize the water supply costs of other MWD member agencies. This unlawful rate structure not only causes significant harm to San Diego County’s ratepayers, it hampers efforts to improve long-term water supply reliability for all of Southern California by discouraging conservation and local water supply development.”

At the center of this dispute is how MWD allocates State Water Project and other water supply costs among its different rate categories. MWD purchases more than half of its water from the State Water Project under a water supply contract with the Department of Water Resources. Instead of treating these purchases as a cost of water, MWD allocates nearly 80 percent of this cost to charges it imposes for the transportation of water through MWD facilities.

The Water Authority believes this discriminates against the Water Authority, which is the single largest user of MWD transportation services. The Water Authority uses MWD facilities to transport Colorado River water it purchases under water conservation agreements with the Imperial Irrigation District and also from lining portions of the All American and Coachella Canals.

The consequence is that MWD’s water supply rate is artificially low, while the water transportation rate is artificially high.

Under the recently adopted rates, MWD will overcharge the Water Authority and its ratepayers by $30 million in 2011 and $34 million in 2012 for transporting the Water Authority’s Colorado River supplies from the Imperial Valley. If MWD continues to set annual rates using the same flawed formula, the Water Authority’s ratepayers will be overcharged as much as $230 million annually by 2021.

“There is a lot at stake for the Water Authority and the San Diego region’s ratepayers,” Lewis said. “We worked diligently to try to persuade MWD’s board of directors to revise its rates to comply with California law and industry standards. Unfortunately, MWD failed to address our legitimate and serious concerns before its Board approved the rates for 2011 and 2012.”

The Water Authority Board of Directors also authorized seeking a stay of the lawsuit so the two agencies can try to resolve the dispute through negotiations. The stay would enable the Water Authority to protect its rights to contest MWD’s rates in court if negotiations fail.

California law and the statutes that established MWD require the agency to impose rates that reflect the actual, reasonable and proportionate cost of serving each class of customers. Earlier this year, the Water Authority retained independent legal and public finance experts to analyze MWD’s costs and proposed rates. These experts determined that MWD is improperly classifying hundreds of millions of dollars in water supply costs, including the cost of water MWD buys from the State Water Project, as water transportation costs. By doing so, MWD has violated California law and standard industry practices, the experts concluded.

MWD is the Water Authority’s largest water supplier. This year, the Water Authority estimates it will purchase 342,000 acre-feet of water from MWD, amounting to approximately 50 percent of the San Diego region’s water supplies.

California Laid Off Over 500,000 in 2009

The US Department of Labor has announced that California has suffered a large number of layoffs in 2009. Figures show that employers in California took 6,377 mass layoff actions, resulting in the separation of 532,028 workers, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits.

The number of initial claimants has been rising steadily since 2006, exceeding 500,000 by 2009. The last time the number surpassed 500,000 was in 2002.

Of all the industry sectors in California, manufacturing experienced the most mass layoff events in 2009 with 808 cases, followed by administrative and waste services at 791.

Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler Being Investigated

The Fair Political Practices Commission has confirmed that their Enforcement Division will investigate the allegations made in a complaint filed by Escondido resident and patent attorney Robroy Fawcett regarding the Mayor's junket last Fall to the Chargers-Broncos football game in Denver.

In a letter supplied to The Paper, the Commission goes on to advise that "at this time we have not made any determination about the validity of the allegation(s) you have made or about the culpability, if any, of the person(s) you identify in your complaint."

Thousands of Palomar Pomerado Health System Patients Warned of Possible Infections

PPH has sent certified letters to 3,400 patients of its system, urging them to undergo tests for possible exposure to infection due to improper cleaning of medical equipment over a 15 month period of time. While officials said the risk of transmission of any virus was low, they urged the at-risk patients to contact them by July 31 to get a free blood test.

An investigation developed information that showed PPH employees missed a few steps while cleaning equipment used in certain procedures.

"Although we were disinfecting all equipment, some of the steps as recommended by the manufacturer were not always completed," according to a Palomar Pomerado Health spokesman.

The hospital spokesman declined to say what the patients may have been exposed to ---- leading to speculation as to HIV, hepatitis or staph infections. The risk for possible exposure was between Dec. 1, 2008 and March 22, 2010.

It took two months to notify the potentially affected patients, "because we had to conduct a thorough review to identify the right patients who were potentially at risk," a spokesman said.

Real Estate Market Begins To Rebound Upwards?

According to data from the San Diego County Assessor more and more homeowners are closing deals on more expensive homes in North San Diego County. This has caused the median price of a North San Diego County home to grow at a double-digit annual rate for the seventh consecutive month in May. The median resale price of a detached house hit $475,000, up 21.5 percent from the previous May, and up 5.6 percent from April.

Real estate professionals credit the federal tax credi with partically being responsible for the continued healthy growth in the North County market.

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