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Escondido Curbside Home Fire Safety Inspections to Begin

As part of Escondido’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan, over the next 12 months the Escondido Fire Department will be conducting curbside home fire safety inspections in 25 neighborhoods within the City of Escondido and the Rincon Del Diablo Fire Protection District. The purpose of these inspections is to help homeowners identify specific tasks or actions they could take to improve the safety and survivability of homes and properties in the event of a wildfire.

Fire personnel will endeavor to contact the homeowner prior to beginning the home wildfire safety survey. All Fire personnel will be readily identifiable with City of Escondido identification and will be driving City vehicles. At no time will personnel enter private property since the information can be gained from the front of the property or along the street. Information collected will be used only to assist the Fire Department in an emergency.

Fire personnel will be walking along specific streets and roads collecting data such as the defensible space around a home, posted address, location of gas, electrical and propane shutoffs and driveway safety and clearance. Other valuable emergency information included in the survey will be the location of children, senior citizens and large animals, all of which may need assistance should evacuation be required.

The 25 neighborhoods were identified during the initial phase of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan as being vulnerable to the threat of wildfire. Funding for the curbside inspections was provided by a $144,000 grant from the American Red Cross.

Seven Arrested in Escondido as a Result of DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint

On Friday evening, September 3, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint in the 700 block of West Grand Avenue 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 and distracted driving.

The following activity resulted from this checkpoint:

  • 2,865 vehicles entered the checkpoint
  • 1,468 vehicles were screened in primary
  • 102 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)
  • 12 field sobriety tests were administered
  • 4 drivers were arrested for DUI
  • 1 person was arrested for a felony warrant
  • 2 persons were arrested for being drunk in public
  • 33 vehicles were impounded at this checkpoint, 11 drivers did not have auto insurance, 9 drivers had a suspended drivers license and 22 drivers did not have a drivers license
  • 44 citations were issued at this checkpoint
  • 5 Child Restraint Seat were correctly reinstalled for parents, free of charge

Chelene Nightingale Continues Her Quest for Governor

Chelene NightingaleThough the two major political parties have determined their respective candidates for Governor, and though most of the other competitors for the position have gone back to their ‘normal’ lives, one candidate continues to campaign for voters.

Chelene Nightingale, a ‘Constitution Independent’ candidate, has pledged to walk 189.2 miles from Fresno to Sacramento and address the issues about unemployment and the water crisis in the Central Valley region. She plans on campaign stops in Madera, Chowchilla, Merced, Turlock, Ripon, Lodi, and Elk Grove. She hopes to meet the people of California along the way, chat with them, and learn their thoughts.

She has been joined by supporters during the walk. She has a motorhome for breaks but plans to physically walk the entire distance. She keeps a daily log so supporters and interested observers can keep up with her and her thoughts. She was hit with 103 and 104 degree temperatures, which made her first day’s walk of 16 miles difficult, her second days walk of 18 miles, even more difficult. But, she says, she’ll stick it out and complete the trek.

Last week Nightingale was endorsed by Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff - Joe Arpaio! Sheriff. Arpaio joins Tom Tancredo, Chuck Baldwin, Sheriff Richard Mack, Frosty Wooldridge and a number of other well known Conservatives who are backing Nightingale for California Governor over the Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown.

Nightingale says she will stand up to the open border issue with the Federal government, and end the flood of illegal immigrants into California. She also pledges to stand shoulder to shoulder with Governor Brewer on stopping illegal immigration, standing up to the Federal government by turning on the water to the Central Valley, and working tirelessly to bring jobs back to the great state of California.

Readers who are interested may follow her daily diary at:

The Four Preps Appear in Temecula

The Four Preps, whose million sellers include the classic "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)," perform for one night only at Old Town Temecula Community Theater on September 10 at 7:30.

Surfin' Safari - The Ultimate Tribute to the Beach Boys, will perform on September 11 at 7:30. Old Town Temecula Community Theater is located at 42051 Main Street in Temecula, 92590. Tickets for The Four Preps are $28 - $38.

The clean-cut, West Coast-based Four Preps formed in the early 1950s in Hollywood, CA, and landed a seven-year recording contract at Capitol Records, where they placed 13 singles in the US charts between 1956 and 1964, two of which made the Top 5 in 1958. The quartet began singing together during their high-school years, influenced by the Mills Brothers, Four Aces, and Four Freshmen acts.

The Four Preps amassed eight Gold singles and 3 Gold albums and more recently appeared on an award-winning PBS Special In addition to their smash hit, "26 Miles," the group sings their original chart toppers such as "Gidget," "Big Man," "Lazy Summer Night," and "Down By the Station." The dynamic group also harmonizes on American Pop tunes such as "Sh-boom," "Unchained Melody," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Earth Angel," "Runaround Sue," "At the Hop," "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" and "You Belong to Me."

Surfin' Safari - The Ultimate Tribute to the Beach Boys” is a faithful recreation of what it would have been like to see The Beach Boys live, in concert, in their prime.

Surfin' Safari tickets are $22-$32 and may be purchased by calling 866.653.8696 or visiting

Rancho Santa Margarita Woman Missing in Kauai

A Rancho Santa Margarita woman who had planned a trip to the Hawaiian island for her 45th birthday, has turned up missing and Kauai Police are searching for her.

Nola Rebecca Thompson, who went by Becky, arrived on Kauai on Aug. 28 and turned 45 on the 31st, her friend of 20 years, Cory Walsh of Lake Forest, said on Monday. "We're praying for a safe return," she said.

A police press release says Thompson did not contact her family since arriving. Walsh said that Thompson's former fiancé and some members of his family with whom she traveled to the island did telephone her on the Aug. 31 and wished her a happy birthday.

Thompson and her fiancé had recently broken up and about the same time, Walsh said, her friend appeared to go "overboard" with religion, worrying her and some of her closest friends in Orange County.

A police press release described Thompson as 5-foot-3 and 160 pounds with a fair complexion, shoulder-length blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police ask anyone with information about Thompson and/or her vehicle to contact police dispatch at 808-241-1711 or Crime Stoppers at 808-241-1887.

Border Patrol Arrests 20 in Smuggling of Illegal Aliens

Border Patrol agents arrested 20 Mexican Nationals early Monday morning in San Clemente during a smuggling attempt, the agency said.

Agents patrolling the coast detected a small fishing boat with several occupants approaching shore around 3 a.m., and as the boat landed at Calafia State Beach, those aboard attempted to flee, the agency said.

Agents caught 17 adult males and three adult females attempting to flee the vessel. One of the people apprehended was a woman, 36, who broke her leg while jumping from the boat, the agency said. She was hospitalized. The other 19 were taken to a Border Patrol station for processing.

The agency is conducting an investigation "to identify and prosecute the individuals responsible for this smuggling attempt."
A distracted lifeguard drove his truck over a woman as she lay on the beach, breaking her pelvis, according to a legal claim that seeks $850,000 in damages.

The lifeguard was using a loudspeaker on the GMC Canyon to order surfers from the water during black-ball conditions last month and apparently failed to see Orange resident Janice Coia, 55, reading a book near the shore.

"He ran over her with one set of wheels of the truck, I guess heard her scream, and stopped," said attorney Jay C. Weitzler, who is representing Coia.

City officials don't dispute the claim, and say they'll try to reach agreement on appropriate compensation for what Coia describes as a fractured pelvis, emotional distress and "extreme bruising."

"This is regrettable that this has occurred," City Attorney David Hunt said. "We will try to resolve this claim to her satisfaction."

Similar accidents have happened occasionally over the years throughout Orange County. In 2001, a man suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a lifeguard ran over him near the Huntington Beach Pier, and Newport Beach paid $125,000 to a sunbather who needed shoulder surgery after being run over in 1993 by a police officer's Chevy Blazer.

The most recent incident, which happened at 54th Street, was clearly an accident, Weitzler said. "I'm sure (the lifeguard) feels bad about it. I'm not looking to impugn him personally."

Hunt wouldn't comment on whether the lifeguard was disciplined, citing the confidentiality of personnel issues.

"It really is unfortunate that this occurred," Hunt said, "and we want to make it right, and we'll make every effort to do that."

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