Volume 44 - No. 07
February 13, 2014
by lyle e davis
They are out there.
These practitioners of a profession that goes back thousands of years. Whatâ€™s more . . . they are geographically close to us. Assassins.
You can hire an assassin for as little as $35 in Sinaloa, Mexico, (one of the high activity areas of the Mexican narco-terrorists.) One other group of three assassins had contracted for $800,000 for a hit. They were caught before they completed their assignment (which was a sting, set up by the US Justice Department). We detail this story below.
The netherworld of assassins and their profession is not one we normally get too close to. It can get uncomfortable. And dangerous.
Let us, however, from the comfort of our easy chair, take a look at this phenomenon - one that you and I will never encounter. We hope.
Recently, a retired, heavily decorated, sharp-shooting former Army sergeant nicknamed Rambo was charged with recruiting ex-soldiers as globetrotting hitmen for drug traffickers in a scheme that prosecutors said could have been "ripped from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel."
Three members of the gang were ready to assassinate a federal agent for an $800,000 payoff, and one of them boasted that murder-for-hire was "fun," according to court papers outlining an elaborate four-continent sting operation.
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Thai policemen escort American Joseph Hunter, 48, as he arrives at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok
ends," said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
"Three of the defendants were ready, willing and eager to take cold hard cash to commit the cold-blooded murders of a DEA agent and an informant." The accused ringleader was
Joseph "Rambo" Hunter, 48, whose family told NBC News he was mysterious about his international activities and they had no idea he had been arrested.
Hunter was in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 2004, serving as a sniper instructor and senior
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drill sergeant, according to the indictment unsealed Friday.
After leaving the military, he launched a new career as a contract killer who "has arranged for the murders of multiple people," the court papers charge. "These were consummated, completed contract killings," Bharara said at a recent press
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conference, without providing details of the killings, which occurred overseas.
"And because it was clear that Hunter was a threat to the public and to public safety around the world, our partners at the [DEA] Special Operations Division set out to stop him."
As the feds hatched an operation to take down Hunter, he embarked on a twisted form of head-hunting: collecting resumes over the Internet for a security team that would do "the dirty work" of narcotics kingpins, Bharara said. Hunter allegedly recruited four other ex-soldiers — one American, two from Germany and one from Poland — to support what he thought was a massive Colombian-based cocaine-smuggling operation. Investigators say Hunter's Colombian contacts were actually confidential federal sources, who recorded the gang of five's chilling chit-chat as they traveled the world for the criminal enterprise. The cabal went to Thailand in March, the African nation of
Give Us This Day Our Daily Chuckle This week, a compendium of wit, wisdom and neat stuff you can tell at parties. Enjoy! Incident...
A guy buys a new Lincoln Navigator for $42,500.00 with monthly payments of $560.00.
He and a friend go duck hunting in upper Wisconsin ..
It's mid-winter .. and of course all of the lakes are frozen.
These two guys go out on the ice with their GUNS, a DOG, and of course the new NAVIGATOR. They decide they want to make a natural looking open water area for the ducks to focus on, something for the decoys to float on. Now ... making a hole in the ice large enough to invite a passing duck, is going to take a lit-
Mauritius in April, and the Bahamas in June to perform surveillance and soon signed on for a more nefarious undertaking: the murder of a lawenforcement officer, officials said. Hunter enlisted two of the men, German sniper Dennis "Nico" Gogel and U.S. Army veteran Timothy "Tay" Vamvakias for what he called a "bonus job" — a plot to murder a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and an informant in Liberia for $800,000. Visas and plane tickets were obtained, a submachine gun and .22-caliber pistols were ordered, and sophisticated Hollywood-style latex face masks, which could make someone appear to be of another race, were shipped to Africa.
With Hunter "quarterbacking" the operation from Thailand, Gogel, 27, and Vamakias, 42, flew to Liberia earlier this week with plans to carry out the twin assassinations, Bharara said. By then, the DEA "had seen enough" and took them down, the prosecutor said. The indictment portrays the men as blood-thirsty, quoting
tle more power than the average drill auger can produce. So ... out of the back of the new Navigator comes a stick of dynamite with a short 40 second-fuse.
Our two Rocket Scientists, afraid they might slip on the ice while trying to run away after lighting the fuse (and becoming toast, along with the Navigator), decide on the following course of action: - they light the 40 second fuse; then, with a mighty thrust, - they throw the stick of dynamite as far away as possible.
Remember a couple of paragraphs back when I mentioned the NAVIGATOR, the GUNS, and the DOG...? Let's talk about the dog:
A highly trained Black Lab used for RETRIEVING; especially things thrown by the owner.
You guessed it ... the dog takes off across the ice at a high rate of speed and grabs the stick of dynamite, with the burning 40second fuse .... just as it hits the ice. The two men swallow, blink, start waving their arms and, with veins in their necks swelling to resemble stalks of
from an email in which Hunter said of his team, "They also, really want a bonus job after this next mission, if available." During a conversation with one of the undercover sources in June, two of the men swapped ideas about how best to kill the DEA agent and the informant, including machine guns, cyanide or a grenade, authorities said. During one meeting, Gogel cheerfully offered himself up for more "bonus jobs" in the future, the indictment says.
"That's fun, actually for me, that's fun," he was quoted as saying in court papers. "I love this work."
Hunter, who was busted in the tourist mecca of Phuket in Thailand, appeared in court recently.
Reached by phone in his native Kentucky, Hunter's wife was stunned to learn of the charges against her husband. “We don’t know anything about what he does,” she said. Hunter's stepson said they last heard from him a few days ago.
“Whenever he contacts us, he’s in Thailand or the
rhubarb, scream and holler at the dog to stop. The dog, now apparently cheered on by his master, keeps coming.
One hunter panics, grabs the shotgun and shoots the dog. The shotgun is loaded with #8 bird shot, hardly big enough to stop a Black Lab.
The dog stops for a moment, slightly confused, then continues on. Another shot, and this time the dog, still standing, becomes really confused and of course terrified, thinks these two geniuses have gone insane! The dog takes off to find cover, UNDER the brand new Navigator.
The men continue to scream as they run. The red hot exhaust pipe on the truck touches the dog's rear end ... he yelps, drops the dynamite under the truck and takes off after his master. Then KA BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!
The truck is blown to bits and sinks to the bottom of the lake, leaving the two idiots standing there with 'I can't believe this just happened' looks on their faces. The insurance company says
Philippines,” he said. “We don’t know what he does. He never tells us anything.” The U.S. Army confirmed that Hunter served more than 20 years and was highly decorated when he retired. He and Vamvakias were stationed at Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico between 2002 and 2004 and both earned awards for expert marksmanship. Bharara noted that the accusations were the stuff of airport thrillers.
"The bone-chilling allegations in today's indictment read like they were ripped from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel," he said.
The DEA special agent in charge of special operations, Derek Maltz, added, "As much as this indictment reads like the script of a movie, it's real, it happened." How Many Are Killed Each Year by Contract Killers?
Hard to answer this question. Even research is difficult because successful contract killers don’t advertise, post it
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that sinking a vehicle in a lake by illegal use of explosives is NOT COVERED by the policy. And he still had yet to make the first of those $560.00 a month payments. The dog is okay ... doing fine. Deep Thinkers
What deep thinkers men are...
I mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a cold beer.
The day was really quite beautiful, and the drink facilitated some deep thinking.
My wife walked by and asked me what I was doing and I said 'nothing'. The reason I said that instead of saying 'just thinking' is because she would have said 'about what.' At that point I would have to explain that men are deep thinkers about various topics which would lead to other questions. Finally I thought about an age old question: Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the groin? Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the groin.
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on Facebook, or get caught.
Our knowledge of the trade derives largely from incompetent contract killers, defined as those attracting the attention of the law.
In 2010 the federal government opened investigations of 958 murder suspects. In the same year 31 people were charged with violating chapter 18, section 1958 of the U.S. code, “Use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.” Using these two figures we get a rough murder-for-hire rate of 3.2 percent — which, as we’ll see, is in the ballpark for contract hits reported elsewhere in the world. The total number of U.S. murders in 2010 was 12,996. If we assume 3.2 percent of these crimes were committed on a commercial basis, we get 416 contract hits.
One of the better recent studies on contract killings was conducted in Australia, where an estimated two percent of all murders are for hire. Over a three-year period there were 69 contract killings and 94 attempted killings. A more recent Australian study concentrated on homicides in the state of Victoria, examining 208 homicides over a sevenyear period. Four percent of all offenders in the study were involved in murder for hire, double the number who committed gang-related killings. We notice murder for hire seems to occur at roughly the same rate in Australia as in the States. In Australia nearly a fifth of all successful contracts — success meaning the target died — were driven by a bad romantic relationship. In about 16 percent of cases, the root issue was money. Least common is the professional contract killing. In Australia, less than a quarter of hits were to silence witnesses or otherwise related to organized crime.
The first Australian study found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that contract killers strongly tend to be men between 25 and 49 years old, typically unmarried. Firearms are the most common weapon, as one might also expect — although back here in the U.S., Murder Incorporated, a loose confederation of killers for hire employed as enforcers by the
mob in the 1930s and '40s, were known for using an ice pick.
Costs vary widely: in Australia, contract offers ranged from $500 to $100,000, with an average of $16,500. One undercover investigator, hired as a hit man more than 60 times in 20 years, lists his largest proposed payoff as $200,000 in jewels (and that was just the down payment) and his stingiest as “seven Atari computer games, three dollar bills, and $2.30 in nickels and dimes.” Genuine professional killers are a scary group. The Murder Incorporated goons allegedly carried out 400 to 1,000 contract killings in their day. One researcher examined the career of a veteran hit man allegedly responsible for more than 100 contract killings over 30 years and found not only that he meticulously planned each murder but also that he studied innovative ways to kill, such as spraying cyanide in the victim’s face or putting the body in an industrial refrigerator to conceal the time of death. But that kind of dedication is rare. Most reported attempts at contract killing reek of amateurism: An Idaho man paid a contract killer $10,000 in silver coins to rig his wife’s car with a pipe bomb in hopes of killing both his wife and mother-in-law.
A former Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to 60 years in prison for trying to hire his neighbor’s brother to murder a man who'd accused him of sexual abuse. An inept contract killer in England made the news recently when he missed his first target, hit but didn’t kill his second, and the third time around shot the wrong guy.
Some of the highest-profile hits nowadays happen in Russia, where the rise of wild-west capitalism has led to a boom in contract killings, with victims including politicians, editors and journalists, businessmen, even poets.
The Juarez drug cartel in Mexico hired a United States soldier to act as a hit man to kill a confidential informant living in the United States. According to security officials, the drug cartel paid the American soldier $5,000 to kill the informant in El Paso, Texas. The soldier killed the man with 8 rounds.
In a separate incident, two military soldiers stationed in the US state of Colorado plead guilty to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire when they offered their services to undercover federal agents. Then men thought that they were offering their “wet work” to the Los Zetals cartel. They offered their services for $50,000 and 5 kilograms of cocaine. In 2011, the reported price to have someone killed by a hitman associated with a drug cartel in Sinaloa, Mexico was $35.
Teenagers in the Mexican City of Ciuadad Juarez are paid about $85 (1,000 Mexican Pesos) by drug cartels to carry out assassinations and murders on their behalf. There have also been reports of minors in Mexico being paid up to $1,000 for working two weeks for the cartels. The Academic View
They are classified as novices, journeymen, dilettantes or masters. They are Britain's hitmen – killers who ply their deadly trade in return for cash, and who for the first time have become the subject of a major academic study.
The killers typically murder their targets on a street close to the victim's home, although a significant proportion get cold feet or bungle the job, according to criminologists who examined 27 cases of contract killing between 1974 and 2013 committed by 36 men (including accomplices) and one woman. Using off-the-record interviews with informants, interviews with offenders and former offenders, court transcripts and newspaper archives, academics from Birmingham City University identified patterns of hitman behaviour in an attempt to demystify their secret world.
The reality of contract killing in Britain tended to be striking only in its mundanity, according to David Wilson, the university's professor of criminology. He said: "Far from the media portrayal of hits being conducted inside smoky rooms, frequented by members of an organised crime gang, British hits were more usually carried out in the open, on pavements, sometimes as the target was out walking their dog, or going shopping, with passersby watching on in horror." Researchers found that the
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average cost of a hit was £15,180, with £100,000 being the highest and £200 the lowest amount paid. The average age of a hitman was 38 with the youngest aged 15 and the oldest 63.
The team also placed the killers into four distinct groups. The first was "novice" – those whose hit appeared to be the work of a first-timer – while the most able contract killers were classified as "masters" whose expertise was best encapsulated with the killing of "gangland boss" Frank McPhee in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, in 2000.
McPhee was killed by a single shot to the head only 500 metres from Maryhill police station with the hitman using a .22 rifle and telescopic sight. Like most "masters," McPhee's murderer was never brought to justice, which is why little is known about the characteristics and personalities of the most skilled killers.
"Indeed, might it be the case that there are some hitmen who are so adept as killers that the deaths of their victims does not even raise suspicion and are, instead, simply thought to be the result of natural causes?" said the study, which appears in the latest edition of the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. Another category was labelled the "dilettante,” where the hitman had no criminal record, became involved often for desperate, usually financial, reasons, but was then unable to carry out the hit. The other category was "journeyman," to describe contract killers considered capable and experienced but not as professional as a master.
The only known female contract killer to have operated within this country was 27year-old Te Rangimaria Ngarimu, who killed roofing contractor Graham Woodhatch in 1992. Ngarimu, a Maori living in London, was paid £7,000 to shoot Woodhatch while he was attending the Royal Free hospital in north London after an operation.
Ngarimu failed once to carry out the hit and returned to the hospital the next day, disguised as a man. She then fled to New Zealand. Ngarimu later returned to Britain to confess and in 1994 was sentenced to
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Escondido Political Fundraising Well Underway
In a press release received by The Paper, Escondido Sam Abed says: “The community’s growing support to our campaign is stronger than ever because we delivered on our campaign promises of achieving financial turn around and economic growth. The City is on a well defined path to prosperity”. Most of our donation came from the businesses, property owners and residents of Escondido”. Nearly half (46% - $30k) of (Deputy Mayor Olga) Diaz’s money came from out of town interests including San Diego County Democrat Clubs and union supporters, compared to Abed’s 8%.
Mayor Abed’s aggressive campaigning has begun and, even though we are early in the election season, record levels of political donations are being recorded . . . thus far, $225,000 collected by both candidates for
Critics have already begun to challenge Mayor Abed’s campaign statements, showing copies of FPPC Form 460’s that show camaign cash is coming in almost the exact opposite of Abed’s claims . . . that, contrary to his claims that 8% of his contributions came from “out of town” when the 460 Forms show that 66% of the addresses for his contributors are either outside Escondido, outside San Diego County or Outside California. (For a more complete analysis of these figures, go to page 8, “Reporter’s Notebook,” by Pat Mues.) Prior election fundraising pales in comparison to the current campaigns. Four years ago, Abed and Councilman Dick Daniels, his opponent for the Mayor’s seat, had raised a combined $122,000, almost half as much as this year, at this same point in time.
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parents of Olga Diaz.” (Olga Diaz, for those living outside the Escondido community is the announced candidate for the Escondido Mayor’s job and, thus far, is the only announced candidate as an opponent for Mayor Sam.)
Man About Town
Got a good chuckle from Hizzoner, Mayor Sam (Abed). He called to tell me about a great story.
Seems he was out on the campaign trail, knocking on the doors of 3000 homes with the message and a brochure that said, “Hi, I’m Mayor Sam Abed and I’m running for re-election. I hope I can count on your vote. Here’s a brochure that outlines our accomplishments and our goals.” He was getting a warm reception and then he came to a home with a lovely couple who politely listented to his presentation and then smiled and said, “Why, Mayor Abed, we know who you are. We’re very pleased to meet you. We are the
the same political event or person should be especially interesting. Naturally we also expect you to continue contributing as you have and do so well.
an election that doesn’t take place till November 4th.
“It was a most pleasant meeting,” said Mayor Sam. “They are delighteful people. We have a lot in common. We are both emigrants. We both have worked hard all our lives to make a living and home in America. I can only imagine how proud of them Olga must be.” Had occasion to meet with San Marcos Chamber CEO and long-time pal, Steve Kildoo, last week, along with his beautiful Membership Director, Lynn Banda. You’ll be pleased to learn that Steve shaved off his goatee, or beard, or whatever that was.
Steve is getting a lot of golf in these days . . . playing with his son, Robert. Robert studied political science at Cal State Santa Barbara, went to Washington, D. C., to work, living in Virginia . . . then went to France for a year before coming back home to go to work for a software company in Carlsbad. Robert and Steve manage to get on the links fairly often . . . but, says Steve,
Sid Colquitt Escondido, CA.
A Mark Twain Lover
Letters to the Editor
I’m excited by recent announcements of two new columnists, Kirk Effinger and Pat Mues. These decisions enhance the evolution of The Paper. Taken together with other recent additions including Tom Morrow’s interesting histories and a variety of columnists covering religion, all broaden the papers appeal.
Politically Kirk seems to lean to the conservative point of view while Pat appears more liberal. However, both possess good investigative reporting skills and are decent writers. We look forward to their commentaries. Those times they write about
Robert kills the ball with 300+ yard drives while he, Steve, is lucky to coax 220 yards out.
Steve has been a Kiwanian for 26 or 27 years, as well as a Rotarian. He joined Rotary when working in Escondido and has maintained his membership in both clubs. He’s always been active in civic and service groups and is still working away on the Planning Commission as well. He had good pals throughout city hall, given his many years of working with them. “However,” he says, “there’s been a huge retirement wave; a lot of folks I’ve known over the years either have or will soon retire.” Helping
Thanks for the great article about Mark Twain! His “Roughing It” is my favorite of his works. My husband and I just read, “The Oregon Trail,” by Francis Parkman. His style—especially describing animals—reminds me of Twain’s descriptions in “Roughing It.” We found Parkman’s book fascinating.
Re: the article on “Kilroy.” My husband and I met our freshman year at UCSB, and he would leave little notes for me in the lobby of my dorm. He would always end the note with the Kilroy picture, but didn’t know the name or the story. So thanks for filling in that bit of our personal history. Sincerely,
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Chamber of Commerce rolling in a steady growth pattern is Lynn Banda, his Membership Director and longtime newspaper gal.
Lynn was in the newspaper business for 25 years, with the UT for 16 years, always in either sales, marketing or management.
When she’s not slaving away over her Membership Desk and has some leisure time, she takes care of her American Paint Horse which is now 16 years old. She has shown him a number of times until a recent injury to her back, from which she is still recovering.
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She also manages to spend time with her Significant Other, a man most soccer fans will recognize immediately, Julie Vee, who made quite a name for himself with the old San Diego Sockers . . . as well as a very talented artist.
Vee, soccer fans will recall, escaped from Communist Hungary when he was in his teens, and went on to several brilliant careers in America, one of which is being the collector of rare books. ••••• Ran into long-time friend and former Kiwanian, Lieutenant Tom Albergo of the Escondido Police Department, dining with retired police officer Doug Sams, at Escondido’s Pho Saigon Express Restaurant at 605 N Broadway. Had a great meal of Chicken Pho (pronounced “Fah” for the uninitiated) and as we were leaving we stopped to say hello to a handsome young man of five years of age. Andrew is the son of Priscilla Bui, the manager of Pho Saigon Express for the past eight years.
We were quite impressed with how Priscilla guided Andrew in being polite. She suggested
Andrew shake my hand and when he offered his left hand, she gently suggested he offer his right hand and say, “very glad to meet you.” When I said what a handsome young man he was, mom taught him to say “thank you.”
I think mom is grooming an outstanding future maitre’d for the restaurant. ••••• Old friend Dan Anaya is still keeping long hours, getting folks straightened out on their health insurance. He, like all of us, faces that March 31st deadline by which time health insurance needs to be in place. A veteran insurance broker, Dan rather efficiently works his way through the maze of insurance regulations and requirements (so you and I don’t have to) and finds the best solution to your individual health insurance problem. I was amazed at how quickly he solved my youngest son’s insurance needs . . . getting him a plan for $60-$70 per month . . or $100 if he wanted Kaiser (I told him to go with Kaiser; they’re great); he solved a minor problem with Kaiser for me. Took him about five minutes on the phone. No wonder he’s working long hours. Word has gotten out and old and new clients are ringing his phones off the hook,
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Contribution disclosure forms submitted last week show that Abed had raised $160,700 through the end of 2013, including $130,252 during the final six months of the year. Diaz had raised $65,900, including $43,400 during the second half of 2013. Part of the reason for the higher amount of campaign donations can be attributed to the new contribution limits of $4,100 compared to the $540 allowed in prior campaigns. While Abed claims this election
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“is a showdown between out-oftown unions and Escondido’s citizens and property owners,” Abed said most donors to Diaz are supporters of organized labor.
Diaz disagreed, pointing out that she received no donations from unions. “Sam uses the concept of unions as a boogie man.”
Diaz also noted that Abed received many more donations than her from outside the county, including more than $12,000 from Michigan residents.
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Evelyn Madison The Social Butterfly Email Evelyn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
has been named “Person of the Year” by the City of Vista and the Vista Chamber of Commerce, at Vista’s 2014 State of the Community luncheon recently. The honor was presented by Mayor Judy Ritter. Jim was recognized for his longstanding dedication to giving back to the Vista community, his philanthropy and volunteerism. In addition to Lifeline, Jim serves on the Board of Directors for Operation Hope and Vista Community Clinic. Congratulations to Jim Hagar! Judge Gosselin to Speak at Republican Women’s Luncheon
Jim Hagar Named “Person of the Year” in Vista
The North County Lifeline Board President, Jim Hagar,
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Well, after another beer, and some heavy deductive thinking, I have come up with the answer to that question. Getting kicked in the groin is more painful than having a baby; and here is the reason for my conclusion.
A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, "It might be nice to have another child." On the other hand, you never hear a guy say, "You know, I think I would like another kick in the groin." I rest my case. Time for another beer.
The Jews Sank the Titanic
Women’s Volunteer Organization “Quilts for Charity”
Escondido Republican Women, Federated (ERWF) is hosting Ken Gosselin as their featured speaker on February 26th. Mr. Gosselin is a Harvard Law School trained San Diego
in his seat, and mutters, 'I don't like Chinese.'
'No rike Chinese?' asks the copilot, 'why not?' 'You people bombed Harbor, that's why!'
'No, no', the co-pilot protests, 'Chinese not bomb Peahl Hahbah! That Japanese, not Chinese.'
'Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese....doesn't matter, you're all the same!' There's a few minutes of silence.
'I no rike Jews!' the co-pilot suddenly announces.
'Oh yeah, why not?' asks the captain.
Today’s Lesson in Communication
'Jews sink Titanic!' says the co-pilot.
It's the first time they've flown together and an awkward silence between the two seems to indicate a mutual dislike.
'Iceberg, Goldberg, Greenberg, Rosenberg, Spielberg….no mattah....all same.
The plane leaves Heathrow Airport under the control of a Jewish captain; his co-pilot is Chinese.
Once they reach cruising altitude, the Jewish captain activates the auto-pilot, leans back
County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem. He has a proven judicial record for both fairness and for aggressive enforcement of the law to protect our citizens. He was appointed nearly a decade ago by the judges of the San Diego Superior Court to be a "temporary judge" in thousands of criminal, civil and juvenile court cases. He will be speaking of his experience primarily as a "traffic court judge." The meeting begins promptly at 11:30am at Cocina del Charro, 890 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido, followed by a buffet luncheon for $16.00 and is open to the public. For reservations (due by February 22nd), contact Rosalia Zamora at email@example.com or 760.489.1407.
'What? You're insane! Jews didn't sink the Titanic!' exclaims the captain, 'It was an iceberg!
More Chuckles Next Week! Join Us. And Chuckle.
Members of the GFWC Contemporary Women of North County meet monthly to quilt, crochet and knit blankets, caps and scarves to be donated to the Vista Community Clinic, Meals-OnWheels and the Veteran’s Hospital. The group is in need of large pieces of cotton fabric (for backing), quilt batting and all types of yarn. For drop off locations or to arrange for
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Diaz has spent $1,700 of her campaign funds on an internal poll of registered voters last summer that showed her leading the mayor by 9 percentage points. Humane Societies to Merge?
A proposed merger of the San Diego Humane Society and the Escondido Humane Society, now being discussed and analyzed, and which could be complete as soon as late March, would create a new nonprofit agency with more than 300 employees, a $23 million annual budget and three locations: San Diego near Old Town, Escondido and Oceanside. If the merger goes through, officials say it will reduce the number of animals euthanized and allow them to provide more specialized care. Under present plans there would be no employee layoffs or cutback in any services.
“This seems like an obvious move because we’ve been partnering for years,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society. “It didn’t take much of an
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Received a phone call last week from Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, complaining about our lead story in Local News last week.
The story dealt with the suggestion that Mayor Abed and Councilman Masson had received a combined total of $4100 each in political donations by Pacific Land Investments, a corporate developer that sought fee relief for its large real estate development in the form of a reduction in fees from $17,000 per lot to $12,500 per lot. The story included a suggestion by Don Greene, a former Council candidate and current president of the Escondido Democratic Club and past president of the Mobile Home Parks Group, that Abed and Masson had “sold their votes” to developer.
Not fair, says Abed. He claims that they did not decrease fees but increased them by $500. “We studied it as a comprehensive issue and tasked staff to study the proposal for $17,000 fees and justify them. When staff could not justify such high fees we determined it was an over-reach to demand such a large amount. That’s how we arrived at the $12,500 fee.” Abed complained he and Masson did not have a chance to tell their side of the story. Fair enough. There are two sides to every story and we want both individuals to have a fair shot at getting the information out to our readers. Abed says the disclosure of the financial support by Pacific Land Investments was merely coincidental and is not unusual.
“I want to see the area developed for homes, for more affordable housing. Olga has changed her votes several times after receiving donations. She reversed her vote on a CUP issue after George Weir made a donation to her campaign; she received $1200 from the Wohlford family and then reversed her vote which then kept water rates down, another $2000 from Grangetto’s. We don’t allege any wrongdoing or sinister motives. It’s just a fact of political life. Legislators do change their positions from time to time . . . the fact that political donations occur at or
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donations to be picked up, please email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.cwonc.org.
Pictured left to right: Sandra Teters, Jackie Hoover, Kim Ashby, Lisa Pratte and Ann Lygas
Woman’s Club Lends Support to New Haven Agency
The Woman’s Club of Vista lends its personal support to New Haven, a communitybased nonprofit social services agency providing residential treatment, educational, and vocational services to approximately 200 at-risk youth and
Kirk’s Column by Kirk Effinger
Recall Effort in Escondido only Serves to Damage the City
The filing last week of a Notice of Intention to circulate a recall petition targeting Escondido City Council member Olga Diaz is the latest example of the abuse of the recall process by a disgruntled cohort of voters. Robroy Fawcett, the author of the notice, takes advantage of and liberties with a law intended for removal of officials guilty of malfeasance in office. At no point does the notice allege civil or criminal wrongdoing of any kind by Diaz.
The motivation for this absurdity is, instead, that as residents of the newly-designated city council District Three the petitioners “deserve a voice NOW in who represents them,”
their families annually. The agency has assisted more than 15,000 children and their families since 1967. Club members also have attended their annual “Restoring Hope” fundraiser and have purchased studentmade gard e n benches, planters, candy, c l i p boards, and pens L-R top row: Lori Sanna, Judy at the Pantazo, Nancy Jones. Bottom row: agency’s Kay Silverman, Danielle Delaney, Holiday Fran Jensen Bazaar. Danielle Delaney, New Haven Escondido. In addition to the WCE, is being sponsored by several other Executive Assistant, recently it organizations in which she was gave a tour of the facility to active and that she supported: several representatives from AAUW, Friends of Wilderness Gardens Preserve, League of Women the Club. Meeting/Events Calendar
Memorial Service Scheduled for Yolanda Fleet – On Saturday, March 1, at 10am, there will be a Memorial Service for Yolanda Fleet who died on January 20 of breast cancer. The service will be held at the clubhouse of the Woman’s Club of Escondido (WCE), of which she was a member. The address is 751 North Rose,
something they apparently feel Diaz does not. This language that asserts Diaz does not represent the views of voters in the nascent district is clearly an assault on the basic premise of the districting process. Dividing the city into districts has its roots in the fundamentally flawed notion that certain groups united by ethnicity (or just about anything else) think and consequently vote as one.
The city being “unable to afford a defense against costly litigation,” another one of the notice’s arguments for the how and why of it is ironic. A remedy to the travesty of being represented by someone the notice’s signers don’t agree with is forced upon the city in a costly special election. Using that logic and given the ridiculously easy steps to initiate such a ludicrous distraction, I don’t see why voters citywide aren’t throwing down the gauntlet in the other three districts as well. After all, no candidate represents all voter’s views all the time.
As of this writing no determination has been made on whether only the voters in the new district have the right to demand the recall. Since Diaz was elected and re-elected in citywide votes, her supporters contend it should require a citywide petition.
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Voters, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, and Escondido Humane Society, to name a few. Yolanda was married to Rueben H. Fleet’s son, Preston, and had a son, Allen Mitchell Fleet, who died in 1991.
OASIS Classes in Escondido in February – Some of the classes to be held in February include these to be held at the Escondido Senior Center,
Historically Speaking by Tom Morrow
Nearly forgotten by history: the ‘Battling Bastards of Bataan’
One of the best examples of America at its most unprepared and inept was the retreat of the untrained, illequipped with obsolete weapons, and poorly led U.S. Army units on the main Philippine island of Luzon. The 75,000-plus army of both American and Filipino soldiers battled in futility against the Japanese onslaught that engulfed the Philippines shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. From Dec. 8, 1941, to April 9, 1942, the American and Filipino soldiers fought fiercely and bravely, but ended up being trapped and forced to surrender. As the Japanese
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advanced, hundreds of Filipino soldiers began tossing their weapons and blowing up ammunition dumps as they retreated southward on the Bataan peninsula, trying to escape. In the meantime, the Japanese air and naval forces pounded the fortress island of Corregidor at the mouth of Manila Bay where Gen. Douglas McArthur, commander of all Philippine forces, had retreated to from Manila.
The escape of McArthur from Corregidor was nothing short of a miracle. The U.S. Navy whisked McArthur and his family from Corregidor, weaving through the various islands, dodging Japanese warships and eventually south to Australia. While much has been written about McArthur’s valiant escape, less has been documented about what he left behind: an army in disarray, disillusioned, and demoralized. In the eyes of many soldiers who were there, McArthur abandoned his command, even though he acted on the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Despite McArthur’s explanation that he “reluctantly” left the Philippines, the general quickly became known among the troops as “Dugout Doug.” As unfair as that moniker might have been, to those who
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near the time of a scheduled vote on an issue happens on a fairly regular basis.” Point taken by Mayor Sam.
However, it’s also important to recognize that perception is important in politics.
Mayor Sam’s opponent for the Mayor’s seat, Olga Diaz, has a strong disagreement with Hizzoner. She says “Sam is factually incorrect. I never received $1200 from the Wohlford family. I received $100 from each of three family members and I had not solicitied that money. I’ve always been in favor of lower water rates and I did not reverse my vote. I received a donation from George Weir in the 2012 campaign and it had nothing to do with a CUP. George was seeking to improve his facilities and equpment. I was all for that and I never reversed my vote.”
The coincidence as to the timing of the donations, 50% before the vote and 50% after the vote, did not go unnoticed within the Escondido voters commuity and discussions have been heavy on the Social Media such as Facebook and Twitter. Olga Diaz said, “It’s legal. Tacky, but legal. It just looks bad.”
As to Mayor Sam’s description of the “increase” of $500 on the developer fees, Diaz says: “I have a hard time following Sam’s logic. That’s not what happened at all. Staff put a great study together . . . a comprehensive fee schedule with all components needed . . . which came to $17,000. Clay Phillips did a good job of detailing the study and fighting for the city. He lost.
There had been a study 20-30 years ago when the costs were lower and infrastructure requirements were different. At that time the figure of $9,000 came up. Masson thought we were raising it from the old figure of $9,000 to $12,000, The developer offered $12,500. City staff said, very clearly, we NEED $17000. There was no raise from $12,000 to $12,500. It was an arbitrary number.
Clay and his staff worked collaboratively to come up with the actual cost of fees. The Council majority threw it out. So who will pay for the difference? The taxpayers will pay the difference betwen $12500 and the needed $17000. It is unfair for developers to start
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provided to the Escondido City Clerk’s office.
2. I tallied the numbers in the column headed “Amount Received This Period” which was July 1 through December 31, 2013.
by Pat Mues
Where are Campaign Contributions Coming From?
Mayor Abed has sent out a press release “Financial Report December 31, 2013″ in which he states: Nearly half (46% – $30k) of my opponent’s money came from out of town interests including San Diego County Democrat Clubs and union supporters, compared to just 8% of my contributions. Is the Mayor referring to Deputy Mayor Diaz? Is the Mayor referring to the FPPC Form 460s filed by the candidates on January 31st? Because if he is, I am baffled by his numbers. I have spent many, many hours going over their forms and my numbers are very, very different.
I want everyone to understand how I did my analysis, so here goes. 1. I used the FPPC Form 460s
3. I used the addresses listed on the Form 460 to separate contributors into four geographical area: Escondido, San Diego County, Outside San Diego County and Outside California. What did I find? This chart should tell the story.
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According to the city, “districts shall be used for all future elections of City Council members, including their recall, and for filling any vacancy in the office of member of the Council until new districts are established. The City will hold elections in November 2014 for Districts 1 and 2.”
This language is just vague enough to induce glee in the hearts of lawyers who ultimately could be asked to address the issue and to further enmesh city government in a controversy it doesn’t need. While I believe the notice is merely a distraction that will ultimately lead to nothing, it is another example of a city electorate roiled by factions with disparate views on how and by whom Escondido should be governed.
Intemperate and ill-advised comments by Mayor Sam Abed on a variety of issues have been at once controversial and inflamed his opposition. Opponents of Abed and his allies on the council lob incendiary claims about their supposed sinister intent at nearly every turn.
Mayor Diaz’s had addresses in Escondido. Again I wonder where Mayor Abed got the idea that only 8% of his contributions came from “out of town” when in fact 66% of the addresses for his contributors are either outside Escondido, outside San Diego County or Outside California. More to come. David Garrick’s article “Record fundraising in Escondido mayoral race” is online at the UT.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a weekly series of columns by Pat Mues with her
Using the recall process without a valid purpose in order to inflame citizen’s passions only serves to further damage the city.
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epiphany to see that this will save more animals.”
Sally Costello, Executive Director for the Escondido Humane Society, said she met Wednesday with volunteers and other area residents to explain the merger. Costello said the communities served by her agency — Escondido, San Marcos and Poway — would still receive the kind of specialized, local service they’ve come to expect.
“We don’t want to lose what’s special and different about the Escondido Humane Society,” she said, adding that she planned to continue offering services for horses. “We’re committed to maintaining our ties to the rural community.” The merger will also allow Escondido access to some of San Diego’s specialized programs, including its kitten nursery, its animal behavior center and its program for dogs with the disease Parvo. The merged agency will also have expanded capacity to house animals, which can be shared when the need arises. San Diego admits 10,000 animals in a typical year, while Escondido admits 5,000. The only agency in the region that takes in more animals is the county’s Animal Services Department, which admits about 30,000 per year.
The columns show contributions by area and while only 34% of Mayor Abed’s contributions had addresses in Escondido, 61% of Deputy
observations on the Escondido political scene, its governance, and its legislators. Each week we will publish one of Ms. Mues current or past columns.
Weitzman said a key advantage for his organization would be the ability to send people in Rancho Bernardo and other parts of San Diego to Escondido when they want to adopt a pet.
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survived the march of death to prison camps that was to come, had quite another opinion.
McArthur overestimated the ability of his command, and underestimated the Japanese. When defenders failed to turn back the Japanese on the eastern beaches of Luzon, McArthur retreated his troops across Manila Bay to Bataan, leaving most of their ammunition and food supplies on the beaches that had been overrun by the enemy.
One little-known fact: of the 75,000 man army, three-quarters were Filipinos, with the remainder American. Other than the highly-skilled Philippine Scouts, most of the troops, both U.S. and Filipino, were poorly trained and illequipped for meeting the battle-hardened Japanese army. To give some idea of the disorganization, the main body of Filipino soldiers spoke the Bicolanian dialect, whereas most of the officers spoke only Tagalog; American soldiers spoke neither. Regardless of the disarray of the American and Filipino forces, a tremendous fourmonth battle was fought with Filipino and American troops inflicting heavy Japanese losses.
Toward the end, lack of food became critical. Food rations were cut in half. Of the 250 horses and 48 pack mules, most ended up being what became known as “cavalry steak.” By March 1942, the only U.S. war correspondent left in the Philippines, summed the situation up thusly in a poem, which went back to the American public: “We’re the battling bastards of Bataan, No mama, no pap, no Uncle Sam, No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces, No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces, And nobody gives a damn.”
On April 9, Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright reluctantly surrendered his beleaguered troops to the Japanese. It was the end of the fighting, but the beginning of the torturous march to the POW camps. It became known as a “march of death.” As one general wrote years later about the Battle of Bataan … “In full truth, it was an unsavory mess.” Next week: “The Bataan Death March.” Tom Morrow appears weekly.
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Achieving Denture Stability With Overdentures
Poor denture stability and ill fitting dentures are common challenges facing many of us as we lose bone density in our later years. These problems will significantly increase with our population as the baby boomers head into retirement. However, with minimally invasive dental procedures denture stability and fit can be greatly improved or completely resolved. These procedures involve placing special attachments into a new, or used denture and fitting it onto implants that are firmly fixed in the mouth. This "Overdenture" is just that, it's a denture that's been fabricated or modified to fit over your natural teeth or implants.
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Attaching an overdenture to implants or resilient retained roots can resolve stability and fitting issues with your dentures. The implants work like earthquake-resistant pylons anchoring a building to its foundation and allowing movement while at the same time retaining the building in place. In this case the implant is anchored into your boney jaw structure and then some attachments are placed on the implant to allow the denture to "dock" i.e. attach securely to the implant. Several different types of attachments are available for your doctor’s use, depending on your dental needs.
Ideal overdenture attachment characteristics include wear resistance, easy repair if one were to fail, low profile, good retention, reasonable costs, and good esthetics (that is, they can't be seen!). Most importantly, they must be patient-friendly (easy to clean, take out and put back into their mouth, etc.). Typically most dentures can "snap" into or onto the attachments. Usually this includes some form of O-Ring, disk, or magnet.
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using overdentures with your implants or natural teeth are the tremendous cost savings involved. Often full mouth rehabilitation using crowns and bridges on implants can run into relatively large sums in comparison to using overdentures. Just to support 12 teeth in one arch normally would require the placing of 810 or more implants plus the cost of 12 crowns. This could easily run close to $30,000 $40,000.
Restoring this same arch using an overdenture and say six implants (sometimes you can use less, four or five, depending on your bone density) would run about half as much. In this time of the diminishing paycheck and/or IRA that's a significant savings ... and the surgery required and time it takes to have the overdenture in place is significantly less!
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Liberty enjoys sitting on your lap and cuddling. She gets along well with other cats and might not mind having a feline companion in her new home.
Liberty is available for adoption at the Escondido Humane Society, 3450 E. Valley Parkway. Her $85 adoption fee includes spay, microchip and vet exam. For more information, call (760) 888-2247 or log on to www.escondidohumanesociety.org. The Escondido Humane Society Adoption Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
In conclusion, the overdenture designed to "dock" onto preset implant structures is a great alternative to the extensive, (and relatively more expensive) procedure of placing fixed crowns and bridges on implants when dealing with loose and ill-fitting dentures. Economic pressures have accelerated the growth of this treatment alternative and it meets the needs of patients for esthetics, comfort and easy usage while keeping you within your spending budget for your dental needs. Before committing to the Rolls Royce of dental treatment, consider if you will, the possibility of getting to your destination in an efficient and much more economical manner. You'll have a lot more to spend on other things when you get there!
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Escondido Mayor Sam Abed said he was worried the merger would increase the amount his city pays for animal control services, which has steadily risen in recent years. Escondido Police Conduct Saturation DUI Patrols
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building without necessary infrastructure in place.”
No one alleges anything illegal about the donations but there are questions as to whether Mayor Abed and Councilmember Masson should have accepted these large donations in the first place and whether they should now return the donations. The 50% before the vote and 50% after the vote raises more than a few eyebrows. Which brings up another issue.
The Escondido City Council raised the campaign donation limits from $540 to $4100 back on April 3, 2013. It was a unanimous vote.
That’s quite a jump. Critics argue that only the wealthy will have access to their elected leaders, that the average taxpayer, though he may support a candidate, cannot afford to be donating $4100. It’s important that voters know their legislators are voting on what is best for their constituency and not for their donors. It simply does not look good and gives the appearance of being wrong, even though it appears to be totally legal.
This election will be interesting. Stay tuned. More to follow.
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Companions has paired 102 dogs with veterans, many of whom were combat-wounded Camp Pendleton Marines who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and came back with spinal cord injuries, missing limbs and deafness. Over the past five years, the number of dogs Canine Companions has trained for area Marines has tripled and PetSmart stepped up to help fund the effort.
Ten people with disabilities and have completed two weeks of training with their assistance dogs will graduate from the program and take their dogs home with them. While the service members took two weeks to train, the dogs took two years of training to be ready.
Kate Malatino, the nonprofit’s spokeswoman said y match up the dog, its personality and abilities with the needs of the wounded service member. The program is free to service members. The ceremony is free and open to the public at noon Feb. 14 in the QLN Conference Center, Exhibit Hall, 1938 Avenida del Oro, Oceanside. For information, go to cci.org
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Escondido Council to Deal With 99-Cent Store Issue
What could be a thorny issue came before the Escondido City Council Wednesday evening. Will the council allow fixed-
price discount stores in downtown Escondido?
The Council will be asked to lift or amend a longtime ban against such stores in downtown so a developer can open a
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In the past twenty years the speed and capacity of PC hardware components (RAM memory, HDD storage, audio/video and CPU have increased a thousand fold while prices plunged. Microsoft’s price for
California Drought Has Statewide Impact
California is experiencing the driest year on record, and Governor Brown has declared a State of Emergency as the drought is projected to devastate the state’s water supply.
With water shortages, there are concerns about agriculture production, likelihood of wildfires, commercial and residential water needs, and the potential impact on businesses, jobs, and each household’s kitchen table.
The lack of water is impacting nearly every sector of California. The drought could eliminate thousands of jobs, raise food prices, and increase water rates, all of which would significantly impact families. Some estimates indicate that 37,000 jobs
PC OS remains the only component in the cost of a PC that has remained static over the years. That’s what monopoly does. Since all the other component costs have fallen while Microsoft’s OS prices have not, the OS has now become the most expensive single component in a PC.
Microsoft’s OS is often more than 25% of the cost in a PC and every PC needs one. That puts Microsoft in “The Catbird Seat.” Through its control of OS pricing and distribution Microsoft can force “majors” like Lenovo, Dell and HP to do “what’s good for Microsoft” regardless as to how it affects their own bottom line. Last year Microsoft forced “majors” and retailers to offer only the unpopular Windows 8 and not allow customers access to the popular Windows 7. Even though this Microsoft strategy caused PC sales and profits to plummet for the “majors” and retailers, Microsoft was able to enforce compliance.
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Microsoft maintains a tiered pricing structure based on dollar volume. At the top tier, HP and Lenovo get the best pricing with tier quotas near $150 million a month. Dell and other lower tier companies pay more per OS. If a company falls below their monthly tier quota, the price per OS goes up. In the highly competitive, low margin retail PC business the OS price is critical. Microsoft released Win 8 and prohibited the sale of new Windows 7 PCs. With consumers not buying Windows 8 PCs, many companies could not meet their tier quotas without overbuying and building
inventory. Fortunately there was a way out.
Microsoft allows PC companies (Dell, HP etc) to make up the tier quota shortfall by purchasing Win 7 Pro OS. Dell/HP resell the Win 7 licenses to PC component wholesalers. Since the Dell/HP tier pricing from Microsoft is about half Microsoft’s distributor pricing, Dell/HP not only maintains their tier quotas but can also sell the excess Win 7 at a profit. Companies like the Computer Factory are then able to buy these Win 7 Pro OS in quantity (100 copies) at below wholesale prices. Next week we’ll talk about how this Win 7 windfall benefits our customers.
This strategy created an opportunity for small-scale PC makers like The Computer Factory who don’t contract with Microsoft but buy OS from distributors. Microsoft can’t tell us what to do so we continue to build and sell Windows 7 desktop and notebook PCs to consumers and businesses. That has been good for our business. Microsoft’s pricing strategy also created another opportunity for us “little guys.”
could be lost, prices on vegetables could increase 10 percent, and 17 communities in California could run out of water in just two months.
Local water districts have worked diligently to prepare for regional needs and made great efforts to adapt to water shortages. However, statewide management of water supply needs improvement. Plans to develop more water storage infrastructure should be expedited to prepare for future shortages and droughts. Supply is the problem, and I believe storage is the solution.
Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes Rancho Bernardo, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos, Escondido, and Vista.
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California’s Drought Threatens our Economy and the Nation’s Food Supply
As a result of ongoing drought conditions, state water authorities have announced that water deliveries from Northern to Southern California may soon be cut off. Ironically, because of foresight by Southern California leaders, our region may fare better during this emergency than areas further north that experience more precipitation. Even so, San Diego’s diverse agricultural industry is almost entirely dependent on imported water, much of which is delivered by the State Water Project. Consequently, a significant cutback in our supply of water will have a devastating impact on our region’s economy. In December, I sent a letter, co-signed by Assembly-members Maienschein, Jones and
Gonzalez, to President Obama and Governor Brown asking them to take steps to provide a reliable, affordable and sustainable supply of water to Central and Southern California. The letter asked that local stakeholders directly impacted by the looming water emergency be included in developing plans to address our water supply needs, that these plans include additional storage facilities, and that any unanticipated water supplies must be put to productive use through their allocation to California’s cities and farms.
President Obama and Governor Brown have recently consulted about this crisis and several proposals are being reviewed by the Legislature and Congress. While there are obviously no quick or easy solutions, leaders at the federal and state levels are taking notice of a serious threat to our economy and a major national source of food.
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How One Finds a Contract Killer There is a shadowy network of the Deep Web, the sites accessible only through the encrypted Tor network. Granted the cover of anonymity, users there engage in activities ranging from expressing political dissent to selling massive amounts of marijuana. While most of the attention has been paid to the trafficking of illegal narcotics, even a quick tour through the Deep Web shows the prevalence of another type of clandestine service: contract killers.
These sites, with URLs consisting of random sequences of alphanumeric characters, can't be viewed with traditional Web browsers. A Tor browser, which routes users' information through a system of nodes around the world rendering people using the service effectively anonymous, is required to obtain access. However, from there, finding someone with a certain moral flexibility is as easy as searching "assassin" or "hitman" on one of the many Deep Web forums or search engines. "Doing this over the TOR network is probably the safest way to do it at all," writes the operator of Unfriendly Solution on his or her site. "I do not know anything about you, you do not know anything about me. The desired victim will pass away. No one will ever know why or who did this. On top of that I always give my best to make it look like an accident or suicide."
"I have gained endless experience(s) in this [sic] 7 years. It has changed me a lot. I don't have any empathy for humans anymore," Unfriendly Solution boasts. "This makes me the perfect professional for taking care of your problems and makes me better than other hitmen. If you pay enough I'll do ANYTHING to the desired victim. If I say anything I mean anything."
Unfriendly Solution only accepts payment in Bitcoin, the standard currency for Deep Web transactions. Bitcoins can be transferred electronically between computers or smartphones without an intermediary institution—making it a safe unit of exchange for people who don't want their financial activities monitored. "It is of mutual interest to make everything anonymous,"
explains a post on the site of C'thulhu Resume, another murder-for-hire group. "It means we don't know you and you don't know us. We can't send you to prison, and you can't send us to prison." Claiming to be an "organized criminal group, former soldiers and mercenaries from the [French Foreign Legion], highly-skilled, with military experience of more than five years," C'thulhu Resume takes its name from a series of horror stories by fantasy writer H. P. Lovecraft.
One of the strangest facets of the entire ecosystem of Deep Web murder-for-hire sites is in the way that many of them employ marketing techniques considered fairly standard for sites selling legal products. For example, C'thulhu Resume advertises itself with the mock cheery slogan: "The best place to put your problems is in a grave!" Hitman Network, which claims to be a trio of contract killers working in the United States, Canada, and the European Union, offers people a commission for referring their friends. "Tell others about this shop, and earn 1% from every purchase they will make," reads a message on the site. Unlike some of the other services, which hold up their lack of ethical considerations as a selling point, Hitman Network does draw a line between what it will and will not do: "no children under 16 and no top 10 politicians."
Quite possibly the strangest murder-for-hire Deep Web site is Assassination Market, which bills itself as a system for crowdfunding assassinations. It's like Kickstarter, but for murder. The system works like this: The name of a target is added to Assassination Market's list and the site's users can add bitcoins to a pool of funds associated with that individual. People can place predictions on when the target will die and whoever makes the correct prediction takes the pot home. The assumption here is that at least some of the people making said predictions will actually carry out the hit at the prescribed time to collect their winnings.
The site's creator, who goes by the name Kuwabatake Sanjuro—the moniker taken by the nameless wandering samurai in the movie Yojimbo—defends the
Assassination Market in a FAQ that functions as the enterprise’s manifesto.
"Killing is in most cases wrong, yes. However, as this is an inevitable direction in the technological evolution, I would rather see it in the hands of me than somebody else," writes Sanjuro. "By providing it cheaply and accurately I hope that more immoral alternatives won't be profitable or trusted enough. This should primarily be a tool for retribution. When someone uses the law against you and/or infringe [sic] upon your negative rights to life, liberty, property, trade or the pursuit of happiness, you may now, in a safe manner from the comfort of your living room, lower their life-expectancy in return." There are currently five people on the site's list, all of whom are major public figures. Sanjuro insists he only allows people on the list for "good reason," noting that "bad reasons include doctors for performing abortions and Justin Bieber for making annoying music."
It's unclear precisely how many of these sites are the real deal and how many are someone engaging in a fantasy they have no intention of actually carrying out. Many in the Deep Web community hold the opinion that most sites in advertising contract killing services fall squarely into the latter category, or are at least pulling a fast one on buyers who should probably know better. However, there's ample evidence people deeply immersed in the upper echelons of the Deep Web were comfortable taking out hits online. It should be noted that in the eyes of law enforcement, s/he who solicits for a contract killer is just s guilty as the contract killer.
Still, there is a market and there are suppliers. As in most trades or professions, some are better than others, others ... not so much. Witness:
Woman Mistakes Cheese for Cocaine and Pays a Man to Kill a Houseful of People and Steal It Jessica Sandy Booth, an 18year-old aspiring model, needed to raise a quick $7,900 to
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pay her prospective modeling agency, a sentence that seems to suggest that Jessica is not the only criminal in this story. Luckily for Jessica, she'd recently seen a huge pile of cocaine sitting in a neighbor's house (how she came upon this discovery is never explained). She concocted a plan to steal the drugs and sell them to raise the money she needed to become the next featured "excited teen" in some T.J. Maxx commercial. Unfortunately, the house was owned by four grown men, so Jessica figured the robbery would go much smoother if she hired someone to murder them all beforehand.
So Jessica sniffed out the hardest, most badass assassin she could find and laid a careful set of instructions on him -- he was to bust into the house, kill the four men, and swipe the cocaine. Also, she emphasized that if there were any children in the house old enough to testify (meaning "anything but infants in a crib"), he should probably kill them, too. To recap, she wanted to corpsify four clueless guys and any children in their immediate vicinity so she could pay for a modeling agency to represent her. She could have saved so many steps by just killing her audition rivals, instead. Thankfully, the hit man in question was an undercover police officer.
Normally, an undercover cop in this situation would arrest the person the moment the murder was contracted and money exchanged hands, but Jessica didn't actually have any money to give him. She intended to pay him after the fact, with money from hawking the bloody pile of stolen cocaine. Since he couldn't offer to kill the men for free (at least not with a straight face), the cop gave her a pair of disabled handguns and told her to do the deed herself.
Jessica accepted the offer without batting an eyelash, presumably thinking that this was a totally normal thing that professional assassins would ask a client to do, and she led the undercover officer to the Suburban Cocaine Ranch, armed for bear with her two utterly nonlethal pistols. This was enough to prove intent, and Jessica was sentenced to 15 years in prison for both conspiracy and attempted murder.
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A thorough search of the house revealed the source of Jessica's confusion: a block of queso fresco, the crumbly white Mexican cheese found sprinkled deliciously inside many enchiladas and quesadillas. Jessica, demonstrating yet another stroke of her ageless wisdom, had apparently mistaken it for Bolivian Marching Powder because she wasn't quite sure how cocaine is normally ingested. Apparently she was too shy to ask literally any other person in the modeling business, who could have told her in a skipped heartbeat. Man Pretends to Be a Hitman to Extort Victims
Las Vegas poker dealer Essam Ahmed Eid had absolutely no background in contract killing beyond having a vaguely sinister mustache, but that didn't stop him from creating HitmanForHire.net, a useful hub for professional murderers to upload their resumes and connect with potential clients. It isn't clear whether the site saw any traffic from for-real assassins, but people began posting job opportunities, offering to buy deaths for sums of money too large for Eid to ignore (including a fifth-grade girl who needed a classmate of hers clipped immediately). So he did what any self-respecting businessman would do and began answering the ads himself. He turned to Google to look up some basic hit man-related information, like how to make a silencer out of old toilet parts and how to cook his own Ricin powder, in order to sell his image. But Eid didn't actually kill anyone -- no, he merely approached each target and told them he was going to kill them, a plan so monumentally genius that only a person looking to double the amount of material witnesses at their eventual trial could have thought it up.
So it was that Eid showed up in a sports car, dressed like Johnny Cash's stylist, at a woman's place of business and politely informed her that he had just been paid thousands of dollars to erase her from the planet. But he was feeling magnanimous, and would let her live if she could come up with enough money to buy out his contract. Eid gave her a deadline of three days and helpfully left his real name and contact information, because
hit men work on the honor system. If she squealed on him, he planned to slip Ricin into her cigarettes.
Needless to say, Eid pulled this stunt exactly one time before the FBI got called, so he fled to Ireland, where he immediately tried it again. Irish authorities arrested him before he was able to jump to yet another country and try his scheme a third time, because "learning" is just a fancy word for "quitting." And so there you have it - the inside scoop on what the life of an assassin is all about. Pay scales, how to contact them, and what to expect in the way of contracted services. One final note, however. Assassinations are against the law. Chances are you would find yourself in prison with a long stretch ahead. Local authorities as well as the Department of Justice takes a dim view of contract killings, which is what assassinations generally are. Sources:
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99 Cent store in in an Old Navy store that closed recently across the street from the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Council members have said such stores can cheapen commercial districts, discourage upscale businesses from opening nearby and exacerbate problems with poverty.
Supporters of the stores say they should be allowed wherever they’ll be successful and that market forces — not municipal rules — should determine how many open in each city.
City planning officials have stressed that fixed-price chains are allowed in most of Escondido’s commercial districts, but that downtown has special zoning rules because it’s considered crucial to the city’s image.
“The store would not advance the development of the downtown area as a regional destination for specialty shopping, dining, night life, employment, culture or art,” Escondido planning Chief Barbara Redlitz wrote in a report to the council this week.
Problems with New Carlsbad Park
“There’s too much noise,” . . . “there’s too much loitering late at night . . “
These are some of the complaints areas residents are raising about the Alga Norte Community Park, a $40 million facility that opened recently.
Residents claim skateboarder don’t follow the rules, starting their runs on the bowls and ramps before the 8 a.m. opening hours and after its 10 p.m. closing schedule. Police have been called to the complex on multiple occasions . . . none of which was expected when the park opened. City officials are listening and making plans for remedies. They may cut back the park hours, they may make design changes to make it more diffi-
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At press time, the matter had not yet been heard and/or debated.
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The Escondido Planning Commission voted 4-1 last month against allowing the store. Wednesday’s council hearing is an appeal of that ruling.
Pastor Hal Seed New Song Community Church, Oceanside,
Eight Reasons to Reconsider Church If you dropped out of church a few years ago, I have good news for you! Church has changed. God is still there, but in most churches, we’ve updated the dress code, the music, the language, and the feel of it all.
Once upon a time church was way behind the culture. Some thought it was dull, boring, or irrelevant. Not so today. Drop into a local church almost anywhere in North County and you’ll find people who are living in 2014, wearing clothes from 2014, using words from
Here are eight reasons I hope you’ll reconsider and come back to church: 1. You’ll be encouraged there. 2. You’ll learn something useful. 3. You’ll meet with God. 4. You’ll meet people who are working on improving themselves. 5. You’ll meet people who are working on improving the world. 6. You’ll learn the Bible. 7. You’ll grow spiritually. 8. You can get prayer there.
This is your official invitation from God, and me: You are invited to church this weekend. He wants you there. He’ll meet you there. I hope I’ll see you there! Dr. Hal Seed
P.S. – The church I pastor offers nine services in three different locations, from Saturday night to Sunday night. One of ours is in Spanish, another is online. Check us out: www.newsongchurch.com I think you’ll be glad you did.
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A SMALL BUSINESS STORY THE ACCOUNTING ACADEMY STARTS ITS 8th YEAR OF OPERATION IN 2014
An idea for a new career/vocational school was born out of one person’s frustration.
William Setterlund, a CPA (ret.) and consultant to small businesses, was having a very hard time locating fully trained and qualified accounting and bookkeeping staff needed by his clients.
ant each month-end to finetune the books and prepare and analyze the financial statements.
Bill didn’t have much luck with new college grads either. Universities simply do not teach practical, real-world job skills. College accounting curriculums are predominately oriented toward giant corporations with a heavy emphasis on theory, corporate finance, stocks and bonds, hedge funds, derivatives, and the like. As a result, most college grads require on-the-job training in basic bookkeeping and accounting skills. So, Bill set out to develop a career school to train students as full qualified staff level accountants and bookkeepers. The school’s mission is to provide adults with the knowledge and confidence required to be a valuable asset to an employer and/or to provide excellent service to a client if they decide to become a freelancer.
Experience Citizen Ninja Activist Training at Tea Party Meeting – When the Tri-City Tea Party meets on Tuesday, February 18, attendees will get a sampling of Citizen Ninja activist training from speaker Mary Baker, and learn the latest Election Integrity Project victories and news locally, around the state and nation from Ruth Weiss. Action Group leaders will report on their activities monitoring local elected officials and more, and action will be taken on at least one major issue. The meeting runs from 6pm-7:30pm at Boomer’s Café, 1525 W. Vista Way, Vista. Attendees are encouraged to come early and enjoy food and beverage at Boomers. For Tri-City Tea Party information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 760.600.TCTP (8287). District Attorney to Speak at CRWF Luncheon – The public is invited to hear District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis speak at the luncheon of the Carlsbad Republican Women Federated (CRWF), on Tuesday, February 25. Since taking office in 2003, Bonnie undertook a major reorganization of the office and has helped pass critical laws for California. She succeeded in passing important legislation such as child protection laws. CRWF meets the
Bill spent several years developing the curriculum. The students learn hard-core basic skills by working on twenty or more complete sets of books. “The program is very realworld and hands-on,” says Bill. “It’s like they’re working in my CPA office and learning on-the-job.”
One of several classrooms, located at both the Carlsbad campus as well as Kearny Mesa
Applicants, including temp agency referrals, may have had years of experience in Accounts Payable, but they were never cross-trained in Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Bank Reconciliations, Journal Entries, etc. And, if they had some of these skills, the company still had to lay out big bucks to call in their account-
your favorite someone with you, (or come alone, that’s fun too!) on a walking tour that will showcase some of the architectural gems in the Old Escondido Historic District. Richard and Ann Rothwell will be your knowledgeable guides. That’s Saturday, February 15th at 10am, meet at the SE corner of Broadway and Grand, Escondido. For information, call the Escondido History Center, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido, phone 760.743.8207.
The training center is celebrating its eighth year of operation – has opened its second site in Carlsbad - Bill says the true measure of the school’s success is in the accomplishments of its graduates; many of whom have started new careers and/or have started new bookkeeping businesses.
Both campuses maintain state-of-the-art general office and specialized business equipment, and the finest of accounting instruction.
You may contact Bill Sutterland at 760.579-9517 or Tel: 858-836-1420. Email:wsetterlund@theac website at: http://www.theaccountingacademy.com/
President Theodore Roosevelt
'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'
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fourth Tuesday of each month, starting at 11am, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, and is open to the public. Cost for the luncheon is $30/CRWF members and $35/non-members. Reservations are required. RSVP by Friday, February 21, to Niki Coates at 760.931.9420 or email@example.com. For more information on CRWF, visit www.carsbadrepublicans.com.
San Marcos Chamber Co-Hosting State of the City Address – The San Marcos State of the City Address will be held on Tuesday, February 25th at the Green Gables Estate, from 11:30am-1pm. The San Marcos Chamber is proud to be hosting this premier regional networking event. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call the Chamber for more information and for tickets – 760.744-1270.
Senior Services Foundation Names New Board Members, Officers – Barbara Fischer, newly installed President of the Board of Directors of the San Marcos Senior Services Foundation announced the appointment of three new members to the leadership team: Kathleen Kildoo, Zavier Martinez, and Kirk Effinger. Also, serving with Fischer are Vice President Audrey Kelly, Secretary Rebecca Steiner, and Treasurer Ron Bowen. San Marcos Senior Services Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, serves the health, physical, intellectual, social, and recreational needs of seniors residing in San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, and surrounding areas. For more info, visit their website at www.smseniorservicesfoundation.org, contact Ms. Fischer at 760.471.1100, or visit them on Facebook at
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Escondido • Mayor Sam Abed The Escondido Senior Center Advocating for Healthy Hearts
Escondido is proud to have one of the largest and most visited senior centers in San Diego County. Located at the Park Avenue Community Center, the Escondido Senior Center is a buzz with activities, programs, and services. Over 500 adults ages 50+ walk through the doors each week day and participate in activities to stay physically and mentally fit. Whether your passion is to further your skills in Tai Chi or Line Dancing, gain knowledge in financial planning with George Chamberlain, give back to your community through volunteerism, or sim-
ply enjoy a delicious hot meal and good company, the Escondido Senior Center will help improve the quality of life for our seniors.
On Friday, February 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Escondido Senior Center, in collaboration with the County of San Diego and the Escondido Fire Department, is hosting “Love Your Heart.” This event offers free blood pressure screenings that will stimulate Escondidians to “know their numbers” and take charge of their own heart health.
We invite you to join us Escondido Senior Center. For more information call 760-839-4688 or check us out in person at 210 Park Avenue or on line at www.escondido.org/escondido-senior-center.aspx.
Vista • Mayor Judy Ritter Paseo Santa Fe Project
Work has begun on the affordable housing and 3,000 square foot commercial space development on the west side of S. Santa Fe Avenue between Main Street and Oceanview Drive. The project, called Paseo Pointe, will include enhanced streetscape improvements and a linear park. There will be temporary traffic slowdowns and delays on S. Santa Fe Avenue associated with the construction activities. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. The completed projected will help transform and
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2014 ArtWalk at Old California Restaurant Row is Looking for Artists – ArtWalk opens this year on March 2nd and is held the first Sunday of each month, March through October, from 10am-2pm. This monthly outdoor event is for fine artists, community art-based organizations as well as local aspiring art students. Contact Raziah Roushan at 760.518.8578 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and/or more information. The ArtWalk also features a Car Show and an assortment of participant activities. The high energy car show includes race and sports cars, exotics, hot rods, classics, and modified drag racers. Old California Restaurant Row is located at 1020 San Marcos Blvd. For information about Old California Restaurant Row, visit www.oldcalrestaurantrow.com.
Annual Wine & Watercolors Mixer and Silent Auction – You are invited to attend the 3rd Annual
revitalize the S. Santa Fe Avenue Corridor.
In other news, I want to encourage everyone to “Shop Vista”. With so many Vista restaurants serving up delicious menu items across town and local retailers offering just about everything it’s easier than ever to shop and dine locally! Not only does this support local jobs, but the tax generated from the sales helps the City to fund and provide services to you and everyone in the community. Much of the City’s budget comes from local sales tax – money that provides for fire and sheriff services, parks, street repairs, and other services that keep the city operating.
Wine & Watercolors mixer and silent auction, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, on Thursday, March 6, from 4-7pm. Bring family, friends and co-workers for a fun-filled night of fine wine and champagne bar, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, music, mingling, and bidding wars on a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind paintings by some of Silverado’s best resident artists. The event will be held at Silverado Escondido, 1500 Borden Road, Escondido. RSVP by Monday, February 24, by calling 760.737.7900.
“Altered Landscape” at the CSUSM Art Gallery – The California State University San Marcos Art Gallery presents its first collaborative exhibition with the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA). Inspired by five landscape exhibitions that opened at OMA in the fall of 2013, “Altered Landscape” features five artists from three of the exhibitions that present diverse interpretations of our natural environment. The exhibition opened recently and will run through Friday, March 7. The gallery has free admission, is open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-8pm and by appointment by calling 760.750.8572. It is
San Marcos • Mayor Jim Desmond Arts and Cultural Grants available through San Marcos Community Foundation
The San Marcos Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the annual Arts and Cultural Grant Program through April 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm. There is $5,000 available in grants to assist eligible organizations with implementing artistic and cultural events and/or activities that generally benefit the San Marcos community. Complete details regarding the application process and funding availability are available online at www.sanmarcoscommunityfoundation.org.
The San Marcos Community Foundation is a non-profit organization established by the City of San Marcos in 1988 when a $1 million endowment was received by a local developer. Since its inception, the Foundation has granted more than $1 million to programs and projects that help improve the quality of life for San Marcos residents. Overall, their goal is to support organizations serving San Marcos residents specializing in programs in the areas of children and youth, seniors, arts and culture, education, health and well being, and military families. For more information on the San Marcos Community Foundation, please visit www.sanmarcoscommunityfoundation.org.
Oceanside • Mayor Jim Wood Way Out Valentine!
Whether longtime sweethearts, searching souls, or anti-hallmark holiday patriots, come celebrate Valentine’s night at the Oceanside Museum of Art’s (OMA) Art After Dark: Vintage POP! This avant-garde party will explore the very best of vintage pop culture, music and art from the 1950’s through the 1980’s, featuring music by DJ Dedication and live musical performances hosted by emcee Sacita Duffy. Guests will be the first to experience OMA’s new Pop art inspired mosaic sculpture exhibition, Jean Wells: Icons of Desire, opening at the event! Don’t
located at the Old California Restaurant Row, 1080 W. San Marcos Blvd., in the Village Shops area.
Paws in the Park is Coming Again, Soon! - A fundraising walk for the Escondido Humane Society “Paws in the Park” will be on Sunday, March 30, at Kit Carson Park. . Register today to kick off your FUN-draising efforts, then come out to Paws in the Park 2014 and be a hero for the animals and join thousands of animal lovers just like you. Contact 760.888.2235 or email@example.com for information. Earn prizes for your fundraising efforts; from a Paws in the Park 2014 T-shirt for $50 donation, up to a 2014 T-shirt, bandana and $250 gift card for a $2,500+, and everything in between. Nominations Needed for Outstanding Senior Volunteer – The search is on for California’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer. Every day California senior volunteers generously give their time and
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miss the unveiling of Wells’ mosaic smart car, join in the interactive art exhibits, enjoy the wonderful food and beverages, try the Vintage POP! inspired photo station, or take the opportunity to get married or renew vows by ordained minister Jason Mayer inside of Wells’ 12-foot Hershey’s Kiss sculpture! Guests are encouraged to dress the part in vintage threads from their favorite era, with those selected few having the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to a future Art After Dark event and an invitation to the 2014 Comic Con CosPlay after-party! For tickets, visit oma-online.org, call the museum at (760) 435-3721 or purchase them at the door that evening (704 Pier View Way, Oceanside).
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cult to break the rules, and adding landscaping to absorb some of the sound. The Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Director, Chris Hazeltine, claims the afterhours problems have already been solved. They brought in security guards to cover the park during closed hours. Hazeltine said there have been no problems with the park’s centerpiece attraction, an upscale aquatics complex that features a 56-meter competition pool, a 12-lane instructional pool, a hot tub for adults and a “spray ground” for children. The park is near the border with San Marcos and has proven extremely popular.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-001339
The name of the business: Ez Signs USA, A1 Real Estate, located at 1761 So. Escondido Blvd,., Escondido, CA. 92025, is hereby registered by the following: Realty Experts, Inc. 1761 So. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA. 92025 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 9/01/2005. /s/Joseph W. Cobb, Jr., President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/15/2014. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 & 2/13/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-001341
The name of the business: A1 Real Estate, located at 1761 So. Escondido Blvd., Escondido Ca. 92025, is hereby registered by the following: J & P Financial, Inc. 1761 So. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA. 92025 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 9/01/2005. /s/Joseph W. Cobb, Jr., President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/15/2014. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 & 2/13/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-003571
The name of the business: Real Living Lifestyles, located at 16789 Bernardo Center Dr., San Diego, CA. 92128, is hereby registered by the following: Life Styles Services Rancho Bernardo Corp. 16789 Bernardo Center Dr. San Diego, CA. 92128 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 4/6/09. /s/Stephen Rodgers This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 2/07/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/06/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-001239
The name of the business: Center for Disability Access, located at 9845 Erma Road, Suite 300, San Diego, Ca. 92131, is hereby registered by the following: Mark D. Potter and Russell C. Handy 9845 Erma Road, Suite 300, San Diego, Ca. 92131 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Partnership. First day of business was December 3, 2008. /s/Mark D. Potter, Esquire, Managing General Partner This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/15/2014. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 & 2/13/2014.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-001550 The name of the business: Cydant LLC, Cydant Systems, located at 1217 Regatta Ct. San Marcos, CA. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Cydant LLC 1217 Regatta Ct. San Marcos, CA. 92078 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was n/a. /s/Jean Boucher, President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/17/2014. 2/06, 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-003589 The name of the business: Construction 4 Sale, located at 1116 Sycamore Ave., Ste A, Vista, Ca. 92081, is hereby registered by the following: Randal Jeffery McArthur 2344 Eastbrook Rd. Vista, Ca. 92081 Aaron John McGarry 1121 Loma Vista Vista, CA. 92084 This business is conducted by a General Partnership. First day of business was n/a. /s/Randal Jeffery McArthur This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 2/07/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 & 3/06 /2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-002809 The name of the business: Primetime Real Estate, located at 2118 Shadetree Ln., Escondido, Ca. 92029, is hereby registered by the following: Brandon Kilian 2118 Shadetree Ln. Escondido, CA. 92029 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Brandon Kiian This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/31/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 & 3/06 /2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-001484 The name of the business: Ageless Heatlh Products, Ageless 1 Supplements, located at 3739 Vista Rim Place, Vista, Ca. 92084, is hereby registered by the following: Ageless Health Products, LLC 3739 Vista Rim Place, Vista, CA. 92084 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was 1/15/2014. /s/Ron B. Reynolds, President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/17/2014. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 & 2/13/2014.
The name of the business: Nova Terra Construction, located at 1816 Centennial Way, Escondido, CA. 92026, is hereby registered by the following: John Peter Chaconas & Kimberly Sue Wilson 1816 Centennial Way Escondido, CA. 92026 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Partnership. First day of business was n/a. /s/John Peter Chaconas, General Partner This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/16/2014. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 & 2/13/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-002649 The name of the business: Baskin Robbins, located at 2540 El Camino Real #D, Carlsbad, CA. 92008, is hereby registered by the following: Coastal Lifestyle Inc. 7110 Azalea Rd. Carlsbad, CA. 92009 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was n/a. /s/Aloysius J. Brick, Secretary This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/20/2014. 2/06, 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
The name of the business: Surf Brothers Teriyaki, located at 7668 El Camino Real #202, Carlsbad, CA. 92009, is hereby registered by the following: Ono’s Teriyaki 7668 El Camino Real #202 Carlsbad, CA. 92009 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 1/1/2013. /s/Reza Karkouti, CEO This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/16/2014. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 & 2/13/2014.
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The name of the business: Orchard Community Church, located at 639 E. 17th Ave., Escondido, Ca.92025, is hereby registered by the following: Emmanuel Faith Community Church 639 E. 17th Avenue Escondido, Ca. 92025 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was January 1, 2014. /s/Kate Prucker, Chief Financial Officer This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/16/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/06/2014.
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The name of the business: Rainbow Farm, located at 642 Faith Ave., Cardiff, CA., 92007, is hereby registered by the following: Jose J. Montes 642 Faith Ave. Cardiff, CA. 92007 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Jose J. Montes This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/22/2014. 2/06, 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-002736 The name of the business: Dan Billt, located at 738 W. Washington Ave. #C, Escondido, Ca. 92025, is hereby registered by the following: Daniel Patrick Hansen 818 Glenwood Way Escondido, CA. 92026 William Lewis 2136 University Dr. #H19 Vista, CA. 92083 This business is conducted by a General Partnership. First day of business was n/a. /s/Daniel Patrick Hansen This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/30/2014. 2/06, 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
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The name of the business: Aaron Wright Consulting & K9, located at 4628 Windfall Terrace, Oceanside, CA. 92056, is hereby registered by the following: Aaron Matthew Wright 4628 Windfall Terrace Oceanside, CA. 92056 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Aaron Matthew Wright, Owner This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/16/2014. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 & 2/13/2014.
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The name of the business: Parga West, West Parga, located at 1318 Woodland Ct., San Marcos, Ca. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: Lely Velasquez 1318 Woodland Ct. San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Lely Velasquez, President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 2/04/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/06/2014.
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The name of the business: Disfruta, located at 460 W. Mission Rd., Suite 128, San Marcos, Ca. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: Israel Ruiz 5210 Via Tizon Oceanside, CA. 92057 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Israel Ruiz This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/29/2014. 2/06, 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
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The name of the business: Elise Films, located at 578 Dimaio Way, Escondido, Ca. 92027, is hereby registered by the following: Hai D. Nguyen 578 Dimaio Way Escondido, Ca. 92027 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Hai D. Nguyen This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 2/07/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/06/2014.
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The name of the business: Everything Is Green, located at 741 Shady Lane, Fallbrook, CA., 92028, is hereby registered by the following: Otniel Jimenez 741 Shady Ln Fallbrook, Ca. 92028 Edgar De Leon 4895 Seascape Dr. Oceanside, Ca. 92057 This business is conducted by a General Partnership. First day of business was 01/15-14. /s/Otniel Jimenez, General Partnership This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/24/2014. 1/30, 2/06, 2/13 & 2/20/2014.
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service to help others. Now is your chance to nominate a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the “Salute to Senior Service” program. Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., “Salute to Senior Service” recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. Senior volunteerism not only benefits others but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities – important elements of healthy aging. To view the contest’s official rules, to nominate and vote for these everyday heroes now and up to March 1st, go to SalutetoSeniorService.com. State winners will be determined by popular vote. A national winner will then be selected from among the state honorees. Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ designated and approved nonprofit organizations, and $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s designated and approved nonprofit charity. For more info, call the local Home Instead Senior Care at 760.639.6472 or 1-800-4-Senior. You can see current California nominations at this link: http://www.salutetoseniorservice.com/volunteer-contest/entries/?nominee_name=&nominee_state_id=5&contest_id=3
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Education Foundation Launches Second Annual Campaign Carrying out its mission to support innovative learning in Escondido’s public K8 elementary and middle schools, the Escondido Education Foundation (EEF) kicks off its second annual campaign, the “50/50 Together” campaign which runs February 1 to March 31. The twomonth fundraising blitz is designed to invite everyone in the community of Escondido to contribute to excellence in the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) with financial contributions of any size. Since the Foundation met it’s $50,000 goal last year, this year the goal is $75,000. All proceeds from the campaign will support student learning, which has never been more important amidst changes in content with the Common Core State Standards and changes in funding from the state, with the new Local Control Funding Formula. All contributions to the Foundation will be distributed as Dr. Mike Caston Innovation Awards, a program named after the group’s founder who passed away recently. This program is a competition for increasingly large cash grants for teachers, teams and schools held each fall in EUSD. Donations to participating schools will be divided half and half between a cause of that school’s choice and the Innovation Awards, which benefit all schools. Last year, schools devised creative ways to raise funds such as rummage sales, friendly competitions between grade levels at a school, and collecting contributions in a beach pail in the school parking lot and drop-off and pickup times. Last year’s successful result enabled the
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Foundation to award more than $37,000 in grants designated for a wide variety of subjects from genetics to debating to percussion, and directly serving more than 4,500 students in 23 schools. The Escondido Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2004. Raising funds through donations, grants, and events, the Foundation supports select, innovative programs within the Escondido Union School District. Visit www.escondidoeducationfoundation.org for more info. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-001619
The name of the business: Encore Handyman and Remodel, located at 1621 Faley Ln., Vista, Ca. 92083, is hereby registered by the following: Mike Cox, 1621 Fawley Lane. Vista, Ca. 92083 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 1/15/2014. /s/Mike Cox, Owner This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/21/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/06/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-003789
The name of the business: Chocoma Maintenance, located at 225 Smilax Rd., #139, Vista, CA. 92083, is hereby registered by the following: Carlos E. Reina 225 Smilax Rd. #139 Vista, CA. 92083 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 1/02/2006. /s/Carlos E. Reina This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 2/10/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/06/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-003844
The name of the business: One Pot Wonders, 1 Pot Wonders, located at 650-306 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Lori Elder 630-306 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. San Marcos, Ca. 92078 This business is conducted by a General Partnership. First day of business was n/a. /s/Lori Elder This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 2/10/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/06/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-003554
The name of the business: Lucky’s Day Care, located at 661
Cantara Lane, Vista, Ca. 92081, is hereby registered by the fol-
661 Cantara Lane
Vista, Ca. 92081
This business is conducted by a Married Couple.
First day of business was n/a.
/s/Samitha C. Edirisinghe
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The Paper ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2014-00083876-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Lanna L. Cervantes, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Clayton Nicholas Worley to Proposed name Clayton Nicholas Cervantes. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 11, 2014, 8:30a.m., Department 26. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, North County Division, 325 S. Melro\se Dr., Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 1/17/2014. /s/K. Michael Kirkman, Judge of the Superior Court 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 and 2/13/2014.
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2014-00083701-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Bernarda Molina, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Bernarda Molina to Proposed name Amani Abirami Salgado. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 11, 2014, 8:30a.m., Department 26. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, North County Division, 325 S. Melro\se Dr., Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 1/16/2014. /s/K. Michael Kirkman, Judge of the Superior Court 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 and 2/13/2014.
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2014-00084166-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Brenda Louise McClendon, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Brenda Louise McClendon to Proposed name Ahmondra Brenda McClendon. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 18, 2014, 8:30a.m., Department 26. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, North County Division, 325 S. Melro\se Dr., Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 1/21/2014. /s/K. Michael Kirkman, Judge of the Superior Court 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 and 2/13/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-001669 The name of the business: Moberly Tile Installation, located at 1144 Calle Emparrado, San Marcos, CA. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: Chad Moberly 1144 Calle Emparrado San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Chad Moberly This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/21/2014. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 & 2/13/2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2013-035589 The name of the business: Elisa’s Cleaning, located at 752 Mission Grove Pl, #506, Escondido, CA. 92025, is hereby registered by the following: Jorge G and Elisa Garcia 752 Mission Grove Pl., #506 Escndido, CA. 92025 This business is conducted by a Married Couple. First day of business was n/a. /s/Jorge G. Garcia This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 12/27/2013. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06, & 2/13/2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-001522 The name of the business: Woofingham Palace, located at 559 Union St., Encinitas, CA. 92024, is hereby registered by the following: Woofingham Palace LLC 559 Union St. Encinitas, CA. 92024 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was n/a. /s/Samantha Mears, CEO This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/17/2014. 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 & 2/13/2014. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2014-00084164-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Raiden Kao Hiang Saepharn, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Raiden Kao Hiang Saepharn to Proposed name Raiden Kao Pharn. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 18, 2014, 8:30a.m., Department 26. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, North County Division, 325 S. Melro\se Dr., Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 1/21/2014. /s/K. Michael Kirkman, Judge of the Superior Court 1/23, 1/30, 2/06 and 2/13/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-001516 The name of the business: Off the Vine Gardens, located at 31192 Rodriguez Rd., Escondido, Ca. 92026, is hereby registered by the following: Mitchell - Wilton LLC 31192 Rodriguez Rd. Escondido, CA. 92026 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was n/a. /s/Sandra K. Mitchell/Karla K. Wilson, Managing Members This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., C o u n t y Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/17/2014 1/30, 2/06, 2/13 & 2/20/2014
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The name of the business: Alfa Dust Control, located 1751 Summit Dr., Escondido, Ca. 92027, is hereby registered by the following: Paul R. Blanchette 14310 Fruitville Valley Center, CA. 92082 Matthew Ross Rosenkrans 1751 Summit Dr. Escondido, Ca. 92027 This business is conducted by CoPartners. First day of business was n/a. /s/Paul R. Blanchette This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/22/2014. 1/30, 2/06, 2/13 & 2/20/2014.
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The name of the business: McKian, Inc., dba Juniper Street Coin Laundry, 155 Juniper Street, Escondido, Ca. 92025, is hereby registered by the following: McKian, Inc. 3999 Foothill Avenue Carlsbad, CA. 92010 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was n/a. /s/Tracy M. Foote, President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/27/2014 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 & 2/20/2014
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2014-00084146-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Jennifer Lynn Stover for minor, Mariella Lynn Stover-Lease, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Mariella Lynn Stover Lease to Proposed name Mariella Lynn Stover. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 18, 2014, 8:30a.m., Department 26. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, North County Division, 325 S. Melro\se Dr., Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 1/21/2014. /s/K. Michael Kirkman, Judge of the Superior Court 1/30, 2/06, 2/13 and 2/20/2014. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2014-00000393-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner James Guo, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: James Guo to Proposed name Yajun Guo. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 25, 2014, 8:30a.m., Department 26. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, North County Division, 325 S. Melro\se Dr., Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 1/29/2014. /s/K. Michael Kirkman, Judge of the Superior Court 2/06, 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2014-00000181-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioners Jeremy Michael Gregson and Leah Anne Luke-Gregson, for minor Joshua Dean Luke, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Joshua Dean Luke to Proposed name Joshua Dean Luke-Gregson. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 25, 2014, 8:30a.m., Department 26. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, North County Division, 325 S. Melro\se Dr., Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 1/28/2014. /s/K. Michael Kirkman, Judge of the Superior Court 2/06, 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-002231
The name of the business: GM Exclusive, located at 1215 N. Melrose Dr., Ste #B, Vista, CA. 92083, is hereby registered by the following: GMX Specialists Inc. 1215 N. Melrose Dr. Vista, Ca. 92083 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 1/2/2002 /s/J. Arthur Montano, President/Owner This statement was filed with Ernest
J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/25/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/06/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-003145
The name of the business: Tom Reed Farrier, Tom Reed Horsehoeing, located at 788 Settlers Ct., San Marcos, Ca. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: Owen Thomas Reed II 788 Settlers Court San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Owen Thomas Reed II This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 2/04/2014. 2/06 , 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-002865
The name of the business: LES Facilitator Team, located at 32594 Wildflower Dr., Lake Elsinore, CA. 92532, is hereby registered by the following: Janet Fliegel 32594 Wildflower Dr. Lake Elsinore, CA. 92532 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 8/17/1999. /s/Janet Fliegel This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/31/2014. 2/06 , 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-002520
The name of the business: Avocado Management Systems, located at 855 S. Main Ave., Ste. K366, Fallbrook, CA. 92028, is hereby registered by the following: Agricultural Management Services, LLC 855 S. Main St. Ste K366 Fallbrook, CA. 92028 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was n/a. /s/Alex Gonzalez, Managing Member This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 1/29/2014. 2/06 , 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27/2014.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2014-003465
The name of the business: RLDH, located at 2194 Rancho Verde Dr., Escondido, CA. 92025, is hereby registered by the following: RL Engineerng & Consulting, LLC 2194 Rancho Verde Dr. Escondido, CA. 92025 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was 1/15/2014. /s/Rodolfo Lozano, President/CEO This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County 2/06/2014. 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/06/2014.
CITY OF SAN MARCOS NOTICE INVITING BIDS
CIP NO. 88217, CITYWIDE REPLACEMENT OF REGULATORY STOP AND SPEED LIMIT SIGNS
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of San Marcos, hereinafter referred to as Agency, invites sealed bids for the above stated Project and will receive such bids in the offices of Agency (City Clerk's Office on the second floor), at San Marcos City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, California 920692918, up to the hour of 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 13th, 2014, at which time they will be publicly opened in the “Valley of Discovery” Room at City Hall. Bids received after the hour and date for the bid opening will not be accepted and shall be returned unopened. The work to be done is described in these Bid and Contract Documents for the above stated Project. The general Scope of Work is as follows: DESCRIPTION OF WORK The proposed project will replace, furnish, and install approximately 900 STOP and Speed Limit regulatory signs in the City of San Marcos to meet current sign retro-reflectivity requirements as adopted in the California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). All replaced regulatory signs will be upgraded to a sign sheeting material of High Intensity prismatic or better. All replaced signs will be installed within the City right-of-way. The proposed project will also upgrade existing traffic sign supports to the City’s standard sign supports for STOP signs (aluminum pole) and Speed Limit signs (breakaway posts). Other miscellaneous work includes adjusting existing traffic signs, removing and salvaging existing traffic signs and sign supports, repairing damaged sidewalk, installing sign identification labels, and
furnishing and installing reflective post panels for STOP locations. LOCATION OF WORK The work to be constructed is located on various city streets in the City of San Marcos. TIME OF COMPLETION Time is of the essence in the performance of the Work under this Contract. All work shall be completed in every detail to the satisfaction of the Agency within SIXTY (60) WORKING DAYS after the date specified in the Notice to Proceed. Liquidated Damages shall conform to the latest edition of the Standard Specifications “Greenbook” subsection 6-9 except the specified amount shall be changed to FiveHundred Dollars ($500.00) per calendar day that the work, including punch list, is not completed beyond the specified contract time. GENERAL Copies of the Bid and Contract Documents are available for inspection at no cost to the bidder at the front counter of the Development Services Department on the first floor of City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, California 920692918. Prospective bidders are encouraged to review the official version of all documents upon which they plan to rely. For questions relating to the Bid and Contract Documents, please contact Michael Rafael, Associate Civil Engineer, at email@example.com. NO BID SETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. In conformance with State of California Assembly Bill 2036 complete bid sets will be available electronically, at no cost, at http://www.san-marcos.net and http://www.ciplist.com. It shall be the responsibility of the prospective bidders to download and print the bid documents for review and bid. Bidders shall also check the website for addendums which will be posted no later than 48 hours prior to the bid opening. Each addendum will include a conformation sheet indicating receipt of the addendum. This sheet must be signed and included with the bid for each addendum issued. Bids which do not include the conformation sheet(s) for each addendum, if any, may be rejected. The City of San Marcos does not warrant, represent, or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of information provided from any third party source. The City shall not be responsible or liable in any way whatsoever for any loss or damages of whatever kind, nature, or scope, including, but not limited to, time, money or goodwill arising from errors, inaccuracies, or omissions in any documents and/or information retrieved from any third part source. Bids shall be written clearly and legibly in ink in conformance with the Instruction to Bidders. All bids shall be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk in a sealed envelope plainly marked on the outside with "SEALED BID FOR CITYWIDE REPLACEMENT OF REGULATORY STOP AND SPEED LIMIT SIGNS (CIP PROJECT 88217) DO NOT OPEN WITH REGULAR MAIL." If using Federal Express or other such service for bid submittal, the contents of the submittal must be noted on the outside of that envelope as stated above. Each bid must be accompanied by cash, a certified or cashier's check payable to the City of San Marcos, or a satisfactory bid bond executed by the bidder and an acceptable surety, in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the total aggregate bid amount. The successful bidder will be required to furnish and pay for performance and payment bonds acceptable to the Agency. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to the San Marcos City Charter and the San Marcos Municipal Code, payment of prevailing wages and compliance with the California Labor Code Sections 1770 et seq is required for this project. A mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held at 11:00 a.m, on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 in the
February 13, 2014 Valley of Discovery Room at City of San Marcos City Hall located at 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069. Bids from contractors not represented at this meeting will be rejected. The Contractor to whom the Contract is awarded, and any subcontractor under such Contractor, shall hereby ensure that minority and women business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids for subcontracts. Further, there shall be no discrimination in employment practices on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, medical condition, marital status, age, or sex. IMPORTANT INFORMATION Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this notice. Bidders are also advised that, as required by Federal law, the City of San Marcos is implementing new DBE requirements and continue to report overall DBE participation for this Federal-aid contract. The DBE contract goal for this project is 13.03 percent. In order to ensure compliance, the DBE outreach must start earlier in order to provide the required proof of outreach. All outreach efforts shall be documented (including follow up contacts) to demonstrate aggressive pursuit of DBE participation. The DBE solicitation should not be limited to those operating in the area. It is the responsibility of the prime contractor to solicit all certified DBE’s willing to work in the area. Contractors are responsible to review the latest requirements of Caltrans the Division of Local Assistance before submitting their bid. Bid documents without the following forms/documentations may be considered non-responsive. Exhibit 15-G1 (Local Agency Bidder DBE Commitment) Exhibit 15-H (Good Faith Effort) Good Faith Effort documentation (to document the effort to find DBE even if goal is met) Exhibit 12-B (Bidder’s List of Subcontractors (DBE and NON-DBE)) Please refer to Appendix C of the original bid document covering detailed DBE requirements and required forms for Federal-aid projects to be submitted. Attention is directed to the provisions of the Bid and Contract Documents which require retention from payments to the Contractor to secure performance under the Contract. Pursuant to California Public Contract Code Section 22300, and at the request and expense of the Contractor to whom the contract is awarded, acceptable securities (securities listed in Government Code Section 16430, bank or savings and loan, certificates of deposit, interest bearing demand deposit accounts or standby letters of credit) equivalent to the retention amount shall be permitted in substitution of money withheld by the Agency to ensure performance under the Contract. Such securities shall be deposited with the Agency or with a California or Federally chartered bank or savings and loan as escrow agent who shall return such securities, along with any interest thereon, to the Contractor upon satisfactory completion and acceptance of the Work by the Agency. The Agency reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any irregularity, and to take all bids under advisement for a period of sixty (60) calendar days after the date the bids are publicly opened. All costs incurred by bidders as a result of preparing bids under this Notice Inviting Bids shall be the sole responsibility of each bidder. This Notice Inviting Bids neither creates nor imposes any obligation upon the Agency to enter into a contract. Estimated construction cost: $245,000.00 Mike Edwards, Public Works Director/City Engineering Phillip Scollick, City Clerk, City of San Marcos 2/13/14 and 2/20/14
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