May 07, 2020
Volume 50 - No. 19
Another Record Python!
by lyle e davis
Back around 1980 some idiot, or maybe it was a group of idiots, (they run in packs, y'know) decided it would be an ever so lovely idea to release their pet snakes back into the wild . . a return to nature type of thing. Plus it was a lot less work and expense to not have to journey over to the local pet store and buy cute little bunny rabbits The Paper - 760.747.7119
so the snakes would have proper feeding.
And so they released these pet snakes into the Everglades National Park in Florida. This idiotic exercise was not helped by Hurricane Andrew. At that time, a number of people kept pythons as 'luxury pets.' Thanks to the Hurricane, many of these snakes, it's estimated at least
1000, escaped into Florida's swamps.
What these idiots failed to recognize that, at least in some respects, snakes are a bit like humans. They like to, and have to, eat. They like to find a mate and, when it suits them, and after a proper nap, and if in the mood, they would breed. Breeding, it has been scientifically proven over the years, tends to generate proge-
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ny. In this case, baby snakes.
Baby Rosy Boas, Burmese Pythons, Yellow Anacondas, Ball Pythons . . . oh, there were a bunch of them. Eventually.
Y'see, pythons, once they mate . . . tend to get pregnant. These pregnancies can generate anywhere from six to as many as 100 eggs per season. Typically, snakes lay eggs
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human . . including a child. The rapidly growing snake population has begun decimating the wild life population and pose an ongoing threat, including a threat to humans.
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once a year. Burmese pythons can lay up to 100 eggs per year . . Ball pythons tend to only lay about six per season. Now these idiots, Jebediah, Isaiah, and Bubba, weren't too good at math. Had they been they might have figured out that for every 100 eggs that hatched per Burmese python, these new hatchlings would mature and then they, too, would have to eat. And they would want to find a mate and, you know, breed. Then another 100 eggs would hatch that year . . . and, over the years, you would grow the snake population rapidly. Does the term exponentially begin to take meaning?
Meanwhile, mommy and daddy deer had just had a beautiful fawn. Warm, trusting, loving brown eyes, mottled fur. It was a happy family. Daddy deer was proud. Mommy deer was, like all mommies, happy beyond belief and loved her new baby.
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Ladies . . Time to start dating the older dudes. They can get you in the grocery store early. ••••• My wife is singing in the house. I’m sitting outside so the neighbors don’t think I’m hitting her. ••••• They said a mask and gloves were required to go to the grocery store. They lied.
Everyone else had clothes on. ••••• Yesterday my daughter again asked why I didn't do something useful with my time.
Talking about my "doing something useful" seemed to be her favorite topic of conversation. She was "only thinking of me" and suggested I go down to the senior center and hang out with the guys. I did this and when I got home last night I decided to teach her a lesson about
And then Just one element of Danger offered by a m o m m y a l o n g Reticulated Python (Not only do they deer's eyes, came Mr. bite, but they will squeeze you to death!) was squeezed Burmese to death as the Python. snake ignored the frantic bleats and just squeezed and Pythons kill their prey by coil- squeezed until the fawn was ing themselves around their no more . . . the snake then target and squeezing them. To swallowed the fawn whole. death. With each breath its prey takes the python And then took a nap. Its body squeezes even tighter until the engorged by the shape of the victim can breathe no more. now consumed fawn. The python can actually feel when the heart of its prey This scene is replayed again stops beating. The python and again . . .with mommy and then commences consuming daddy racoons . . and their its prey. babies, with squirrels, rabbits, wild pigs, opposums, birds, So poor, innocent, lovely little even small alligators . . and, if fawn, the apple of daddy and careless, could include a
staying out of my business. I told her that I had joined a parachute club. She said, "Are you nuts? You're almost 82 years old and you're going to start jumping out of airplanes?" I proudly showed her that I even got a membership card. She said to me, "Good grief, where are your glasses! This is a membership to a Prostitute Club, not a Parachute Club."
"I'm in trouble again, and I don't know what to do... I signed up for five jumps a week." ••••• Hello? Mental Hospital? Yes, I would like to reserve a family suite! ••••• A report from South Dakota: No sign of deer OR antelope, although there is a story in this morning's Rapid City Journal concerning a mountain lion that broke into the basement of a home near Spearfish and whacked some domestic cats. It has been placed on the Department of Game, Fish & Parks' "remove list." Also, the skies are not cloudy, although it is too soon to say whether they are not cloudy all day ••••• Scientific Fact: If you took all the veins in your body and laid them end to end . . .you would die. ••••• A giraffe's coffee would be cold by the time it reached the bottom off its throat. . Did you ever think of that? No?
You only think about yourself. ••••• Morning: Tired. Afternoon: Dying for a nap.
Nightime. Can't sleep. ••••• I think I'm losing my mind. But as long as I can keep the part that tells me when I gotta pee I should be all okay.. ••••• No, you haven’t gained that much weight during the quarantine. Come on . . chin up . . No, the other one. ••••• A cop pulled me over and said, “Your eyes are red; have you been drinking?” I said, “Your eyes look glazed. Have you been eating donuts? We laughed and laughed. I need bail money. ••••• Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
DONALD TRUMP: I've been told by my many sources, good sources - they're very good sources - that the chicken crossed the road. All the Fake News wants to do is write nasty things about the road, but it's a really good road. It's a beautiful road. Everyone knows how beautiful it is. JOE BIDEN: Why did the chicken do the...thing in the...you know the rest. SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick!
BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period. AOC: Chickens should not be forced to lay eggs! This is because of corporate greed! Eggs should be
This is a ravenous invasive species with no natural predator that’s swallowed whole nearly every racoon, rabbit and fur-bearing mammal in the Florida Everglades. Like a quarter of all animal species here, Burmese pythons aren’t native to Florida. As the name suggests, they come from Southeast Asia, where they grow to more than 20 feet and can swallow small bears and full-grown humans. In 2009 in Florida, an 8-foot python was found coiled around a dead toddler in her crib, its fangs embedded in her forehead. Seven years later in Indonesia, a 54-year-old intact, fully clothed woman was discovered inside of a 23foot Burmese python that occupied her vegetable garden. There are people who study
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able to lay themselves.
HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here. BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens. ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road. DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.
KING DAVID: O Lord, why dost the chicken cross the road? And why art the chicken hawks beset around it? Surely in vain the road is crossed in the sight of any predator.
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Cmdr. Shawnna Chee, a native of Escondido, California, is serving aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort as part of the efforts by the U.S Navy in response to COVID-19.
Comfort arrived in New York with Navy medical personnel and support staff aboard the afloat medical treatment facility (MTF). Although initially tasked to serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients, as of April 6 the ship is now taking patients regardless of their COVID-19 status. The ship provides a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults. Chee is serving as a Navy clinical psychologist who is responsible for supporting doctors, nurses, corpsmen and crew members in providing emotional outlets and coping skills during stressful times.
Cal-Fresh Offering Online Shopping with Delivery - The Alliance for Regional Solutions is announcing that the State of California (CDSS) passed a waiver that
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these snakes. There are other people who go into the swamp to capture them, for profit. They go out into the smelly muck of the swamp, search out the pythons, capture them and then, at least with most of them that are caught, euthanize them. Euthanize is a polite way of saying "killing them."
The state of Florida has now recognized that they have a major problems with these invasive, non-native snakes.
Too late, in my not so humble opinion.
One of the most prolific of python hunters is Mike Kimmel , having caught 300 in the past two years, including the 1,000th, 1,500th and 2,000th of Florida’s Python Program. Elimination “Gonna catch 3,000 soon,” he predicts, before recalling the largest one he’s ever caught: he’ll hunt an interwoven maze of levees and swamps for 18 hours a day while competing in the 2020
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will allow people on CalFresh to use their benefits for online grocery shopping w/delivery. Online shopping/delivery should be available as of 4/28/20. More details including informational flyers at https://www.cdss.ca.gov/ebt-online. Let any clients currently on CalFresh know that they will be able to shop online through Walmart and Amazon effective 4/28/20. Be sure your clients not receiving CalFresh benefits get the help they need. Some ways to do that is connect with other community based organizations that can assist: https://www.sandiegohungercoalition.org/calfresh-assistance. Submit your own application and required documents online at https://www.getcalfresh.org/.
Seniors, Coffee Connection Every Friday Morning at 10am - The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing offers a VIRTUAL way for seniors in North County to connect, at 10am on Fridays on the ZOOM video conference line. This is a free and fun online 'gathering' for older adults to meet new friends and connect over shared personal experiences. Join us with your cup of coffee by the Zoom Video Conference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89279160127. (Note: no password is currently required. Participants do need a webcam on a computer or might need to download the app on a smartphone.) Meeting ID 892 7916 0127; To dial in for the audio: +16699006833, 89279160127#. Help us spread the word for seniors to join in the call. (Note for colleagues who work for organizsations that provide services to seniors; no marketing to seniors will be allowed.) For more details, call 760.891.8176, or email to email@example.com. May topics of conversation: Friday, May 8; senior communities and COVID (guest, Cathy Ellis); Friday, May 15; tips for safely aging in place (guest, Fritzi GrosDaillon); No meeting on Friday, May 22nd; Friday, May 29; home improvements during COVID - how to maximize
Python Bowl, in which a TRACKER 570 Off-Road ATV will be awarded to a member of the public who catches the most pythons. Over the course of five years, the average python will consume a raccoon, opossum, 10 squirrels, 15 rabbits, five American coots, six little blue herons, eight ibises, 15 wrens, 30 cotton rats, 72 mice and four smallish alligators.
The exotic reptile trade in Miami was “huge” in the 1980s, Kimmel answers, pointing to drug lords for whom large slithery monsters signified strength. Pet-store sales of pythons were “through the roof” back then, adds Jeff Lester, a 49-year-old restaurant owner who worked as a stocker at a Miami Petland in the 1980s. Among the most popular exotics at the time, Burmese pythons were also affordable at $20 to $30 a piece, easy to feed and less temperamental than boa constrictors. Lester recalls crates of Burmese pythons arriving from Asia every week. “Whenever we’d sell a big one I’d think, Where’s it gonna go when it grows up?!
the value of your home (guest, Bryan Devore). These gatherings will be held virtually by Zoom and hosted by Sarah Benson, Exec. Director, and Bryan Devore, Board Vice-Chair. Don't know how to use Zoom? It's free and easy to use! You can download an app to your smartphone, join from a computer (with a webcam) or just call in to hear the audio. Learn more at: https://zoom.us/. This YouTube tutorial is a great resource for seniors joining Zoom for the first time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh50k VaIdAY
MainStreet Oceanside Launches Fundraising Campaign for Small Businesses - MainStreet Oceanside has launched the Oceanside Strong fundraising campaign to establish the Keep It Local Oceanside Microgrant Program for local small businesses affected by COVID-19 closures. They are asking Oceanside locals and businesses to help our small businesses stay strong until they can reopen their doors by making donations or purchasing Oceanside Strong merchandise. The goal of the Oceanside Strong campaign is to raise $25,000 in financial donations to the campaign's Fund. All donations of $25 or more made on Oceansidestrong.com will receive a free Oceanside Strong face mask created by campaign fundraising partner Whitlock Ink. Locals can also show support by purchasing branded T-shirts and hats designed by the Downtown Oceanside screen printer. Half of profits from merchandise sales will go to the Oceanside Strong Fund and half to Whitlock Ink. You can also support our businesses by ordering from them online through the following websites: Oceansidetogo.com, ShoplocalOceanside.com and VirtualsunsetMarket.com.
The Microgrant Program will offer $250$1,000 microgrants to small businesses to help meet their short-term financial needs and help them survive until they can fully
Many ended up in a warehouse in Homestead, Florida, but the owners couldn’t afford a stormproof facility so they rented a makeshift greenhouse and kept the snakes in Tupperware. Hurricane Andrew, however, obliterated the structure in August 1992, releasing more than 900 pythons into the Everglades. “It was the perfect storm that started this whole thing and why you don’t see anacondas out here,” Kimmel says, puns be damned. “Just Burmese pythons, because a thousand were released all at once to start a breeding population.” And so, Kimmel is now one of 25 contractors paid minimum wage by the state to capture them. Each haul receives a bounty — $50 for the first four feet and $25 for each additional foot — making an average 6- to 12-foot snake worth $100 to $250. To collect, contractors bring their live snakes to be measured, weighed and euthanized at a South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) weigh station, a nondescript wood-framed building with tattered stars and stripes hanging above long tables for snake-measur-
resume their services. The grants are available for Oceanside small businesses and nonprofits meeting the following qualifications: • Earn less than $200,000 a year in gross revenue; • Have an active City of Oceanside business license; • Have 1-5 employees; • Have a brick-and-mortar business in Oceanside, CA. Businesses will be able to apply for the program at Oceansidestrong.com. The application deadline is May 15, 2020. For more information about applying, contact 760-7544512. MainStreet Oceanside is managing donations to the Oceanside Strong Fund through its 501(c)3 foundation. Donations are tax-deductible, but please make sure to consult with your tax adviser.
Virtual Meeting of Republican Club of Ocean Hills - The Republican Club of Ocean Hills will hold a VIRTUAL meeting on Wednesday, May 20th, at 1pm, using the3 ZOOM program which will allo9w all interested members and guests to log on, see and hear the speaker, Brian Maryott, and ask him questions. If you don't have ZOOM on your computer, smart phone or tablet, download it, it's free. Then on Wednesday, May 20th at 1pm join us by logging on website: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86339784413. Our speaker will be Brian Maryott, the 2020 Republican Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives, California District 49. He is a conservative businessman running for Congress to restore common-sense representation to the 49th Congressional District. As a local elected official and former executive, Brian has proven he can work with anyone who has good ideas – he will bring that exact same approach to Congress. Brian is a Certified Financial Planner – he spent the majority of his career helping hundreds of individuals and families save for a rainy day, send their kids to college, retire with dignity and
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A few years ago, a 15-foot python split open with a 7foot gator inside, which would’ve taken a month to digest.
Carlos A. Giménez, mayor of Miami-Dade County, even bids farewell with an invitation to kill: “This is a huge threat to the ecology of the Everglades. Whenever you’re out there, 365 days a year, it’s open season on pythons!” All told, competitors in the Python Bowl are responsible for 80 captures, leaving hundreds of thousands pythons on the loose. No one I spoke to really believes they can be fully eradicated. It seems pythons are just part of Florida now.
Kimmel would wind up as the winner of the TRACKER ATV for bagging eight pythons and capturing the 2020 Python Bowl championship. Snakes Alive! Continued on Page 5
The Paper • Page 4 • May 07, 2020 Palomar Health Lays Off 317 Employees
Palomar Health announced on April 28th that it is laying off 317 employees effective Wednesday, April 29th, citing significant patient visit declines and loss of revenue as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.
According to the hospital, it has seen a 45% to 50% decrease in overall patient visits since the coronavirus outbreak began, absorbing a $5.7 million operating loss in March, “with losses in April expected to be worse, yet hard to estimate given the uncertainty of the virus.”
Palomar Health, which operates multiple medical centers and clinics in north San Diego County in San Marcos, Poway, Escondido, Ramona and Rancho Bernardo, is far from the only health care provider feeling the impact. UCSD Health Center has lost more than $50 million in revenue since March, Voice of San Diego reported Tuesday.
The 317 positions represent 5% of Palomar’s workforce and the majority are part-time workers. The number includes 50 clinical RNs. The remaining 267 positions are spread across the organization, ranging from clerical staff to technicians.
Employees who are affected will receive a severance package and are immediately eligible for unemployment and health insurance coverage through their severance period, Palomar Health officials said. San Diego County gave the green light last week to hospitals to begin performing elective procedures, if the facility’s resources can handle it. Palomar Health “will resume surgical procedures based on the availability of personal protective equipment and virus testing, but the loss of revenue from shutting down elective surgeries for the past six weeks cannot be recovered quickly,” according to a hospital statement.
“These are extremely tough decisions that are taken very seriously because we know they affect the livelihood of our employees,” said Palomar Health President and CEO Diane Hansen. “However, the sooner we make these tough decisions, the sooner we will be able to stabilize our business and get back on the road to recovery. It is our responsibility to ensure Palomar Health provides high-quality medical care to our community during and after this pandemic.” Escondido offers Free COVID19 Testing Center
A free COVID-19 testing center are is opening in North County Monday, but county health officials
a quick bite at McDonald’s.
It wasn’t all that easy. It seems we have to translate: McDonalds: Morrin. I kin halyou? Me: Um, yes. Please.
McDonalds: Jewish to oddor sunteen? Me: Uh..yes..I'd like some bacon and eggs.
Man About Town
Regular readers of this column know that I enjoy dining out . . and, like you, I miss “the good old days” when we could pop into Charlie’s in Escondido, or J&M’s, or Pegah’s . . meet and chat with oour favorite waitresses and and talk to them, real, live, American-speaking wait staff.
Today, we are reduced to going to drive-ins for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Often, their staff is barely conversant in the English/American language. Which makes it difficult to order, given the large numer of immigrant employees. Recently, while waiting for my eldest son to finish a doctor’s appointment, I decided to grab
McDonalds: Ow July den? Me: What?
McDonalds: Ow July den?...pryed, boyud, poochd? Me: Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry, scrambled please. McDonalds: Ow July baykem? Crease? Me: Crisp will be fine.
McDonalds Hokay. An Sahn toes? Me: What? McDonald’s: An toes. July Sahn toes? Me: I don't think so.
McDonald’s: No? Judo wan sahn toes?? Me: I feel really bad about this, but I don't know what 'judo wan sahn toes' means. McDonald’s: Toes! toes!... Why jew don juan toes? Ow bow Anglish moppin we bodder? Me:: English muffin! I've got it!
noted the drive-thru clinic is only taking patients by appointment at this point.
County Health and Human Services Agency officials said the site in Escondido will not administer coronavirus tests to anyone unless they have an appointment made through the Nursing Triage Team by calling 211.
Officials said the testing center is for “people without a medical provider, those with a medical provider that is unable to do testing in their facility, or for those with a medical provider who makes a referral for the person to call 211 for an appointment instead of their provider’s typical location.” The testing site location and hours:
North County North Inland Live Well Escondido Center 649 W Mission Ave. M-F, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Officials said tests are administered via nasal swab and results would be available “typically 24-48 hours.” Letters to the Editor? We love ‘em! Our Readers do as well! Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org You were saying 'Toast.' Fine. Yes, an English muffin will be fine.
McDonald’s: We bodder? Me: No...just put the bodder on the side. McDonald’s: Wad? Me: I mean butter... just put it on the side. McDonald’s: Copy?
Me: Excuse me? McDonald’s: Copy...tea...meel? Me: Yes. Coffee, please, and that's all.
McDonald’s: One Minnie. Scramah egg, crease baykem, Anglish moppin we bodder on sigh and copy...rye?
Me: Whatever you say. McDonalds: Tenjewberrymuds. Me: You're very welcome. •••• Things are relaxed and quiet at the ol’ Davis Mansion.
Our enforced isolation is not all that difficult. An occasional trip to the grocery store or the bank . . . complete with my mask, enables us to restock with necessities. An occasional viewin of tv (though the fare is hardly memorable) and a lot of writing at my trusty keyboard and I’m a happy camper. My valet, Norman, is superb at mixing vodka martinis. Which
Letters to the Editor Not a Chuckles Fan?
Ya gotta love those chuckles. If you're an old, white, gun toting, flag waving, misogynist, racist, maga hat wearing, xenophobe these jokes are for you. If not, these jokes are about you. /s/Robert Narlian San Diego County, CA.
I really appreciate it. The 4 issues re: Comanche Kidnapping came today in the
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is fine. Except I don’t drink.
Nikki, my somellier, is beautiful and multi-talented. Almost makes me want to take up drinking wine. But as I already have way too many sins in my life it is best that I continue to abstain. Except for an occsional cold beer. SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed), my partner of almost 60 years (and former wife) is fine. Relatively speaking.
She has some memory issues and I have been appointed her conservator and primary caregiver but sometimes the roles are reversed. She loves to bring me fresh cups of tea. Often. Like every 15 minutes. But sometimes she gets busy and forgets to turn off the stove and we get that lovely aroma of burned teflon as the water boils away. We can live with the memory problems as long as the gal with the memory problems does not wind up burning down the house.
Like you, we are going through a whole new lifestyle, adapting to the demands that the current pandemic has brought upon us. But, like you, we will survive.
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Snakes Alive! Cont. from Page 3 The wild python population is definitely spreading, the only question is how far. A third of the contiguous U.S. lies within the python’s range. By 2100, at the current rate of global warming, they’re predicted to reach New York City. One can’t help but wonder if they can make it to New York City why couldn’t they make it to . . . oh, say, San Diego County? I’m sure they’d love our warm weather.
In November, 2018, Florida resident and professional python bounty hunter Kyle Penniston caught and killed a gargantuan Burmese python which measured 17 feet 5 inches long and weighed about 120 lbs. For this he earned a bonus of $375.00. Burmese pythons are an invasive species in the Everglades (Florida's extremely biodiverse wetland preserve that spans 1.5 million acres,. They were likely introduced to the ecosystem by careless pet owners. These snakes breed rapidly and pose a serious threat to the area's birds,
Governor Newsom recently announced creation of the first-inthe-nation “Great Plates Delivered program,” which will partner with cities, counties and Tribes to deliver food to older adults.
The program will provide nutritious meals to older Californians who should stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. By partnering with local restaurants struggling to stay afloat, the program keeps restaurant workers employed, and seniors will stay safely at home without risking their health at the local supermarket.
Participants must be 65 or older and considered high-risk because they have coronavirus or were exposed to it, or have underlying health conditions. Participants must also live alone or with another eligible adult and can’t be enrolled in other federal nutrition programs. Incomes can be no more than $74,940 for individuals or $104,460 for two. How can I enroll into the program if I believe I qualify? Each local administrator will establish a streamlined process to enter into the program and will conduct a screening process to ensure individuals meet program criteria.
rodents, deer and even alligators.
David Penning, a snake biologist at Missouri Southern State University, said, "Since the snakes have shown up and increased in number, we have seen a prominent drop in basically every animal that can be consumed by those snakes."
Pythons, for the record, get very, very big. Per Guinness World Records, the longest snake ever caught is a 25-footlong python named Medusa, currently owned by a Kansas City, Missouri, company that produces haunted houses.
The 140-pound snake is the largest ever captured in the Florida Everglades' Big Cypress National Preserve. A 17-foot, 140-pound Burmese python caught in the Florida Everglades is the largest ever removed from the state's 729,000-acre Big Cypress National Preserve.Apr 10, 2019. That snake also had 73 developing eggs. The number of eggs is far higher than average, biologist David Penning, who was not involved in the research, says
Meals will be served three times a day, seven days a week, and restaurants will be reimbursed up to $66 dollars each day -- $16 for breakfast, $17 for lunch and $27 for dinner. An additional $5 will go for “incidental expenses.” Locally produced food from independent restaurants will be emphasized, along with a diverse selection of meals. Food must be low in sodium and options must include fruits and vegetables. So who pays for all this? The federal government will reimburse 75% of the cost, with the state reimbursing local governments for 75% of their costs.
The program is new, and specifics about how to enroll should be announced soon. Once the program is fully up and running, you will be able to call 2-1-1 for details, or you can monitor the state’s website at: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/wp/grea t-plates-delivered-participantsfaqs.pdf
Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.
female pythons produce between 40 to 50 eggs during a single breeding season—and, as the Missouri Southern State University researcher explains, “That would be a good year.:
Measuring more than the height of a one-story building or a five-meter diving platform, according to the Miami Herald’s Howard Cohen.
As wildlife biologist Ian Bartoszek of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida explained, researchers relied on radio transmitter-equipped male pythons to lead them to the breeding female. "In the breeding season, the males only have one thing on their minds—looking for large female pythons," Bartoszek said. "They're pretty much a heat-seeking missile to large females snakes."
The initial problem with these invasive snakes became worse after Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm that made landfall south of Miami on August 23, 1992, when “hundreds” of large and non-venomous snakes escaped from a
breeding facility,” reports Matt Morrison for CBS News. Reproducing unchecked, these freed snakes—now considered an invasive non-native species—pose a significant threat to the state’s extant animal populations. In 2012, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that sightings of rabbits, white-tailed deer, foxes, raccoons and opossums dropped by more than 90 percent following the pythons’ introduction to and proliferation across the Florida Everglades. An Indiana woman has been found dead with a huge python wrapped around her neck, after she stopped in at a house owned by the county sheriff and occupied exclusively by 140 snakes.
Laura Hurst, 36, owned approximately 20 of the snakes at the house in Oxford, Ind., according to Indiana State Police. However, the majority of the snakes — and the house — belong to Benton Snakes Alive! Cont. on Page 6
5th District Supervisor
Last week, my office received word that Governor Newsom would be closing down beaches throughout California. While he ultimately caved to the pressure of the people, the governor is governing with temper tantrums, fear and retractions. I’m glad how it turned out, leaving San Diego Beaches open, but it was unfortunatue. Below is the letter I sent to his office, prior to the announcement. ****
The announcement that the State of California will be shutting down all beaches is an extreme government overreach. Gradually restoring opportunities back to Californians is the direction that must be taken. San Diegans throughout our county judiciously implemented and followed directions issued by State and local Public Health Officials, including your orders as Governor. When orders were relaxed for beach access, San Diegans safely and responsibly returned to the beaches.
I urge you to heed to your own advice and allow local jurisdictions to make decisions when it comes to reopening beaches, recreation and businesses. Our hospitals are not overwhelmed, and the people of our region respect and understand the need for safety protocols to protect vulnerable people in our population. It’s time to safely reintegrate
recreation and businesses into life. An order to close beaches for all jurisdictions throughout California hurts the credibility of the efforts to curtail corona virus and sends the wrong message to San Diegans. Please reconsider this action, keep our beaches open, and move toward opening of businesses and our economy. ***
While I’m glad our beaches remain open, the focus must still remain on getting businesses open. With 25% of San Diegans filing for unemployment, we must do everything we can to get businesses open and people back to their jobs. That should be our focus! To contact North County Office – by appointment only 325 S. Melrose Ave., Suite 5200 Vista, CA 92081 619-531-5555. Mon.-Fri., 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Website: www.supervisorjimdesmond.com Email: Jim.Desmond@sdcounty.ca.gov
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County Sheriff Donald Munson, who lives next door.
Munson found Hurst dead on the floor late Wednesday with the python wrapped loosely around her neck, he told the Lafayette Journal & Courier. The sheriff called 911 but first responders were unable to revive Hurst.
The home had been set up to house the snakes and was otherwise unoccupied, State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said. Hurst kept her snakes there and visited them about twice a week.
“For whatever reason, she apparently got the [python] snake out and she was doing what people do with snakes,” he told CNN. “She appears to have been strangled by the snake,” Riley added in a separate interview with the Journal & Courier. He says an official cause of death will be determined through an autopsy on Friday.
Sheriff Munson told the paper that he is “being fully cooperative with everybody.” He described the incident as a “tragic accident with loss of human life.”
Hurst’s divorce lawyer, Marcel Katz, told the paper that her snakes were part of the legal negotiations. “She had a real passion for snakes,” he said. “That was a big issue for her.”
The snake found around Hurst’s neck was an 8-foot reticulated python — a relatively small specimen of the world’s longest species of snake. The reticulated python hails from southeast Asia and can grow up to 10 metres long, although the average length is about 3.1 metres. The reticulated python “is considered the snake most likely to consume a human,” according to the website Animal Diversity. The site says there have been many cases of pythons attacking
Snakes Alive! Cont. on Page 8 tive processing” and it meant that data could be processed with a PC at the entry point and distributed to all other points through a LAN (local area network). The need for central processing, mass storage, central printing and the ubiquitous “computer room” faded away.
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Through the 1960s and 70s computer use blossomed in US commerce and industry. Miles of cables connected data entry points (dumb terminals) to the climate controlled “computer room” where the CPUs (central processing units), mass storage disc and tape drives and printers hummed and flickered as white coated technicians silently moved among them like bees in a flower garden. Then, in August of 1981, IBM introduced the PC and everything began to change. In business it was called “distribu-
By the mid 1980s it was easy to set up an assembly operation and produce PCs. Using less than a dozen “off-the- shelf components” and less than an hour of labor, anyone could produce a PC. Established companies like NCR, Packard Bell and Emerson and start-ups like Gateway Dell and others established PC assembly operations to compete in the growing PC market. High component volumes and competition soon drove prices within reach of small business and home users.
Through the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century, most business and home PCs were primarily operated as off-line or standalone computing devices. They ran ever more demanding applications like accounting, tax prep, word processing, photo and film editing, home entertainment, gaming, art creation, spreadsheets, data base and contact management etc. The PC industry kept up with the ever increasing demand for speed and storage by making PCs with faster CPUs, graphics more RAM and bigger hard drives. Then came the WWW.
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Between 2000 and 2010 Internet usage jumped from 40% to 80% of the US population. By 2009 most home and business PCs had more than enough CPU speed, RAM and hard drive capacity to handle Internet speeds. Only the tiny percentage of users who employed high task, stand-alone PC applications were able to benefit from the ever increasing speed of CPUs, RAM and increased hard drive sizes. In 2011 for the first time ever, PC sales in the United State actually fell from the previous year. There were some good reasons. Android tablets were getting popular and smart phone sales were going through the roof. But the biggest single factor in the fall of new PC
sales was that an older PC with Windows7 was just as good as a new PC with Windows7. There was no reason to buy a new PC. That trend has continued even to today. The hardware in most PCs built since 2010 run the Internet and common applications as well as any new PC. Upgrading PCs built in the past decade to the latest supported operating system, Windows10 is usually a smart and cost effective alternative to buying a new PC.
So if consumers don’t need newer technology why does the industry keep developing it? Microsoft, Dell, HP, Intel and AMD seem to be doing just fine without consumers. The surprising answer comes next week in part II.
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invest in their future. He, as Sr. Vice President of his company, helped manage hundreds of employees and billions in client assets. Brian’s financial background and commitment to sound growth and fiscal stewardship are needed in Congress now more than ever. As our Congressman, he pledges to always do what is best for our district, and not cater to special interests and fringe socialist interests. Our House of Representatives leadership has shown that they are not prepared to handle a public health crisis without politicizing the issue and using it as a power grab. That is why it's more important than ever to change the House leadership in November. Brian will discuss making our border safer and secure, protecting our beaches and environment, needed tax reform, and the nation’s finances. Brian and his wife Michele have been living their version of the American Dream in Southern California for over 25 years. They live in San Juan Capistrano where Brian served as Mayor and they raised three wonderful children.
At Home Fun for Animal Lovers - Dear Friend of the Animals, Need a little something to take your mind off things? Animals are the perfect, good-for-the-soul distraction we all need right now. While we’re hard at work ensuring that all the animals in San Diego are safe, we’ve also been working to devise a few amusements to help you pass the time with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. Here are just a few below. I hope these activities will help bring you joy while you learn more about animals and the work taking place at San Diego Humane Society. We’re truly all in this together, and we’ll continue to be here for the animals and the people who love them. For now, enjoy this virtual content, stay inside and stay safe. Art Contest: This week we’re launching an all-ages Art Contest to engage kids and parents alike. Whether your art looks like a doodle or a Rembrandt, we invite you sub-
mit artwork of your pets at home or wildlife outside.
Humane at Home: This Facebook Live series shares amazing content three times a week. So far we’ve met a one-eyed screech owl, fancy rats and other pocket pets, learned how to train dogs, had a hawk birthday party and met some of our amazing adoptable animals! Tune in Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. to watch live with your kids, so that you can ask questions and post comments in real time. You can watch past videos here.
Kitten Cam: Take a peek inside San Diego Humane Society's Kitten Nursery with the Purina Kitten Cam! Our Kitten Nursery is open around the clock and we’re putting some of our kitten’s shenanigans on display. You may not be aware, but it’s officially kitten season in San Diego, and with Purina's help we ensure the kittens in our care not only receive a lot of love, but also the very best nourishment during their most fragile stage of life.
Plan Ahead: Planning for your pets is always important, but never more so than now. Be sure to visit our website for steps you can take today to ensure your pets are cared for in an emergency.
Ready, Set, Grow: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to track the growth of adorable litters of puppies and kittens in foster care, as well as wildlife babies. Not only will this series be filled with nonstop cuteness, but it will also provide an inside look at the important role our foster families have, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at Project Wildlife. You can track the babies' progress on our website as well! Zoom Backgrounds: If you’ve been participating in virtual meetings lately, adding a background featuring an adorable animal is sure to improve any virtual gathering — and we have just the ticket! Download our video and photo Zoom backgrounds and be sure to steal the show during your next Zoom meeting.
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Get Social (virtually, that is): As always, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for important updates, tips and a never-ending supply of adorable animals. San Diego Humane Society locations: Escondido Campus - 3500 Burnet Drive, Escondido, CA 92027 San Diego Campus 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110 Oceanside Campus (dogs) - 2905 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside, CA 92058 Oceanside Campus (cats, small animals) - 572 Airport Road, Oceanside, CA 92058
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Bonsall Woman's Club Makes Masks for Palomar Hospital Our community has been put in an altered lifestyle, modified lockdown/stay at home scenario when compared to our usual lifestyles, but it does not mean we have to take the coronavirus pandemic sitting down. During difficult times, adapting, improvising, and overcoming, is the motto of a group of women in the Bonsall Woman’s Club (BWC) who are active members of the club because they have the needs of the community forefront in their minds. One such is Bea Liner who serves as the Craft Chairman and the club’s 1st Vice President. A request was recently made known that masks were in short supply at the Palomar Hospital. When Bea heard this, she sprang into action. In the spirit of how best to serve the community in which she lives, Bea gathered three additional members of her Craft Group, went into action and started making the muchneeded masks. The Craft Group is usually busy making household items for sale at BWC events, where all profits are turned over to charities. However, the current coronavirus pandemic took priority. Her group consisted of Beverly Thompson, Donna Ivicevic, and Patty Merriam.
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people in the wild or turning on their owners.
Pythons typically ambush their prey, dropping onto them from above and wrapping them up in a fatal squeeze.
A 200-pound reticulated python at a Florida zoo already stretches over 20 feet long — but the massive reptile is still slithering toward world-record size, according to a zoo official.
The 6-year-old snake, named Ginormica, is a popular attraction at the Emerald Coast Zoo in Crestview, Florida and could live nearly 70 more years, zoo co-owner Rick de Ridder says. Reticulated pythons are known as the world’s longest snake, growing up to 31.5 feet long, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The species is native to Southeast Asia and is non-venomous. “She’s probably the longest snake in Florida,” said de Ridder, who believes the Social Butterfly Cont. from Page 7
(DAR) are lending a helping hand to healthcare and other essential workers on the frontline of this pandemic, ensuring that they have facemasks. One such Daughter is Julie Calvario, a member of the local Santa Margarita Chapter. Over 400 facemasks have been sewn by Julie and distributed to Scripps, Tri-City Hospital, Rady’s Children’s, and Kaiser Zion. Friends and family have also benefited from her efforts. She is currently sewing masks for the military who are also on the front line in so many areas of need. Santa Margarita Daughters are continuing what community efforts they are able to while remaining at home, practicing safe distancing when they must be out , doing electronic meetings, and donating to local food banks and charities. The Dar is open to any female eighteen years of age or older who is lineally descended from an ancestor who aided in some way the patriots fight for independence in the American Revolution. Visit www.santamargarita.californiadar.org. (See Photo of Julie Calvario, on page 7)
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snake can reach the worldrecord length of 25 feet in a couple of years.
De Ridder, who the late Steve Irwin nicknamed “Rick the Reptile Guy,” said that Ginormica’s diet consists of frozen or thawed goats and pigs.
“We feed her 20- to 30-pound animals every two weeks,” he said. “A snake this size, you would never want to teach ’em how to kill anything.” How many pythons are there in the Everglades?
According to an article published by Fox News, up to 100,000 pythons are believed to be found in the Everglades.
An 18-foot, 4-inch Burmese python was hauled from the Everglades late last month, becoming the second longest of the huge snakes ever caught in Florida.
The husband-and-wife team of Cynthia Downer and Jonathan Lopez caught the snake at Big Cypress National Preserve, a swampy and rugged wilderness west of
Everglades National Park. The 98-pound, 10-ounce female was just 4 inches short of the record python caught in Florida.
Females are considered particularly vital to remove because they can produce 30 to 60 hatchlings every time they breed, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. And pythons smaller than this one have been known to take down large prey in Florida, including full-grown deer.
They were driving home along Tamiami Trail after an unexceptional night of python hunting — having caught a single small one — when Lopez spotted what appeared to be a wet tree trunk. But as experienced python hunters, the Miami couple knew what it really was.
After parking, Lopez took a position in front of the snake and Downer behind. She grabbed the snake and began the long process of tiring it out, allowing it to wrap and unwrap around her arms and legs for an hour or so until it was exhausted enough to be
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Thing One and his brother, Thing Two, were named Shaggy and Scooby when they arrived at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. There were already pets at the shelter with those names, so they were named after characters from the Dr. Seuss book “The Cat in The Hat.”
The $145 adoption fee for Thing One (or Thing Two) includes medical exams, vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip. To download an adoption survey and make an appointment to meet a pet at Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas log on to SDpets.org.
“I was super excited,” Lopez said. “I was happy because Cynthia really wanted to catch another big one.”
They turned the live snake in to the state wildlife commission in Davie, where the snakes are typically killed.
“I love snakes, and I’m sad that they have to be euthanized,” Downer said. “It’s not their fault they’re in the wrong place. But it’s for the betterment of the Everglades. That python could be eating deer, it could be eating big alligators.” The removal came just days before the state’s paid python hunters notched their 900th snake, showing the success of one of the programs established to root out what has been one of the Everglades most persistent and bizarre problems. Snakes Alive! Cont. on Page 9
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Thing One is pet of the week at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. He’s a 2 year old, 89 pound, male, Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull mix.
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Each of us has been overwhelmed by the virus and its results. While the experts work to learn how it works and develops, and hopefully find a cure, we are amazed as to its far reaching consequences. Who would have thought it? That is my question.
Who would have thought that just about every business would be shut down – barber shops, eateries, beaches, boat launch pads, churches, athletic clubs, retirement homes, professional sports, bars, YMCA facilities, and every other place where people gather? Or could you even imagine an oil glut, so that the price of a barrel of oil would be a negative $40.00, or that interest rates would be below zero, and a gallon of gas below $2.00, and that there would be a shortage of toilet paper? I can’t imagine dairy farm-
ers dumping their milk, or my flying across country in a jumbo jet with four passengers. Who would have thought it with a bull stock market climbing every day and falling into a bear market filled full of pessimism and a possible recession? Who would have thought a nation of a billion people like India being completely shut down? We have experienced more unprecedented events in our history than at any other time in our lives.
We like (love) security, stability, success, prosperity, and certainty. But now all of that is gone. How do we adjust, live with all of it, and keep going? Perhaps a story from the Bible would help. Moses, Israel’s lawgiver in about 1300 B.C., was caught in a similar situation, after leading the Israelites out of Egypt, with the hope of a promised land filled with milk and honey. They were being pursued by a hostile Egyptian army (our virus), as they stood on the shore of the Sea of Reeds. Fear, anger, uncertainty, and desperation plagued them. Then God steps in, through Moses, and says, “Don’t be afraid, stand firm, and see the Lord’s salvation. He will provide for you today. The Lord will fight for you. You must be quiet.”
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Snakes Alive! Continued from Page 8 "Removing 900 pythons is a great milestone for our Python Action Team,” said Eric Sutton, executive director of the state wildlife commission. “These snakes coupled with the thousands removed by our partners at the National Park Service and the South Florida Water Management District make a significant impact to protect Florida’s native wildlife.
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A Weekly Message from the Mayor of Your Community published in the belief that it is important for elected leaders to communicate with their constituents and that constituents have a means of hearing from their elected leaders.
San Marcos • Mayor Rebecca Jones
San Marcos Fire Department Achieves Class 1 Rating
The City of San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) has achieved a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating, the highest level of recognition available from the Insurance Service Organization (ISO). The top rating places SMFD among the ranks of only 37 fire departments in California and 348 nationwide that have earned the distinction.
The ISO ratings are designed to evaluate a fire department’s ability to protect local communities. Cities use the data to help measure the effectiveness of their fire-protection services, and insurance companies use it when establishing premiums for fire insurance. A Class 1 rating generally represents superior property fire protection and can lower the price of insurance within a community. The Class 1 ranking reflects the City’s commitment to public safety, along with the shared effort and responsibility among the fire department, local leaders, business owners and residents.
Escondido • Mayor Paul “Mac” Mcnamara Greetings Escondido,
Recently, you may have seen or read about me with the other North County elected mayors and supervisors talking about opening things up again. Some folks focused on the May 1st date, but that was simply an artificial date to get the conversation started. We have a lot people who are out of work. We, the elected mayors of North County, all agree we should try and do something for those folks who are financially suffering. So, the request to the county and the state healthcare professionals was simply - are there some protocols we can put in place to re-open some of the nonessential businesses. The simple example is – if the protocols are working at Home Depot, could we use them at say a Bed Bath and Beyond. There is no expectation that every non-essential business would be able to comply but we think that we have reached a point where this question should be asked and looked in to. Stay informed, Be Kind, Remember your neighbor, and Stay safe! Semper Fi, Mac
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Vista • Mayor Judy Ritter
When Leaving Home, Cover Your Face
Our Vista parks may now include family activity use, such as tossing a ball to kids or running around with them. It’s important to get out and exercise and this can be done safely while keeping physical distancing at the city parks. Per the County public health order, the park parking lots will be open with half of the spaces (all handicapped are open) available. Remember to bring your face covering and wear them if you cannot keep a six-foot distance from a non-household member. Be sure you can breathe through it and it covers your nose and mouth. The face covering should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of your face. Everyone 2 years and older should have a face covering and wear it according to the public health guidelines. For a complete list of what's open and what's not in the parks, check the City of Vista website. Please continue to stay home except for essential outings. Following the Stay at Home order still remains the best way to stop the spread of the virus. Stay safe and stay healthy. Oceanside - Mayor Peter Weiss
After any disaster, local government plays an important role in bringing a community back to full recovery. Recovery means repairing the damage and addressing the other consequences that resulted from the disaster.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique set of recovery challenges. The pandemic mitigation measures and public health orders of the County and State have seriously threatened the vitality of the local economy, and the pandemic itself has created significant fear and feelings of uncertainty amongst residents. The City is developing a COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Plan that includes: 1. Economic: assist local businesses to recover from these impacts. 2. Social-Behavioral: actions to help the community get back to the “new normal”, while at the same time keeping people safe and healthy. 3. Fiscal Recovery of the City: maximizing reimbursement of eligible expenditures 4. Resiliency: If recovery is getting back to where we were before a disaster, resiliency is coming back better and more capable of bouncing back from future disasters.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING (Planning Commission)
he Planning Commission of the City of San Marcos will hold the following public hearing telephonically in the City Council Chambers located at San Marcos City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069 at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, May 18, 2020. Project No.: FEIR19-002, SP18-0002, GPA18-0002, PZ18-0001, R18-0002, MFSDP18-0001, TSM180001, CUP18-0006, and GV18-0001. Applicant(s): Sunrise Gardens LLC. Request: A request for the approval of a proposed 192 multi-family residential unit project on a 14.4 acres site located within portions of two jurisdictions: the City of San Marcos (APN 228-312-09-00, approximately 3.6 acres) and the County of San Diego (APN 228-312-10-00, approximately 10.8 acres). One of the two project access points is proposed via a private access easement though a property (APN 228-312-05-00 and 228312-06-00) in the City of Escondido. The project applicant requests a Specific Plan, General Plan Amendment, Prezone, Rezone, Multi-Family Site Development Plan, Tentative Map, Conditional Use Permit, and Grading Variance from the City of San Marcos, to allow project development. The project also proposes a request for Annexation to the City of San Marcos from the County of San Diego on 10.8 acres which requires approval by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). Environmental Determination: Environmental Impact Report (FEIR19-002) (SCH #201904049004) was prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Location of the Property: The project site is currently located along E. Barham Drive at the southeastern limits of the City of San Marcos, more particularly described as: A Portion of Lot 5 and 7, in Section 18, Township 12 South, Range West, partly in the City of San Marcos, and partly in the County of San Diego, as evidenced by Certificates of Compliance Recorded January 10, 2007 as Instrument No. 200700198581, and February 2, 2007 as Instrument No. 2007-0074634 of the Official Records, in the County of San Diego; and Parcel 3 of Map No. 9838 in the City of Escondido, County of San Diego, State of California, Filed in the Office of the County Recorder on March 26, 1980, as File No. 80-103462 of Official Records. Assessor’s Parcel Number: 228-312-09-00, 228-312-1000, 228-312-05-00, and 228312-06. Further information about this notice can be obtained from Associate Planner, Susan Vandrew Rodriguez, by calling 760-744-1050 extension 3237 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-25-20: Members of the San Marcos Planning Commission and staff may participate in this meeting via a teleconference. In the interest of reducing the spread of COVID-19, members of the public are requested to submit comments via email. Public Comment: To submit a comment in writing, please email email@example.com and write “Public
Comment” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include project numbers FEIR19-002, SP18-0002, GPA18-0002, PZ18-0001, R18-0002, MFSDP18-0001, TSM18-0001, CUP18-0006, and GV18-0001 and /or the title of the item as well as your comments. If you would like the comment to be read out loud at the meeting (not to exceed 3 minutes), please write “Read Out Loud at Meeting” at the top of the email. Comment emails will be accepted until the end of the comment period of the public hearing on this project. Comments can also be submitted via telephone, by calling (760) 744-1050, extension 3233 and leaving a message indicating that you are “providing public comment for the Planning Commission on FEIR19-002, SP18-0002, GPA18-0002, PZ18-0001, R18-0002, MFSDP18-0001, TSM18-0001, CUP18-0006, and GV18-0001,” and then state your comments. All comments received via email will be included in the Public Hearing for the item. Any comments received via telephone by 4 pm on May 18, 2020 will also be included in the Public Hearing. NOTICE: Any interested person may appeal the decision of the Planning Division Manager to the Planning Commission provided the appeal fee is paid ($20 for residents; $1,155 for nonresidents) and a written appeal is submitted to the Planning Division Secretary within ten (10) calendar days of the date of the decision (due no later than 5:30 PM on May 28, 2020). The written appeal should specify the reasons for the appeal and the grounds upon which the appeal is based. The City’s Planning Commission will then consider the filed appeal/s at a later public hearing. The Planning Division can be contacted at 760-744-1050, extension 3233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The City of San Marcos is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in any City program, service or activity, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA. 92069, or call 760-744-1050, extension 3145. Phil Scollick, City Clerk, City of San Marcos. PD: 05/07/2020. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING (Planning Commission)
The Planning Commission of the City of San Marcos will hold the following public hearing telephonically in the City Council Chambers located at San Marcos City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069 at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, May 18, 2020. Project No.: CUP19-0007 Applicant(s): Steven Hinger, Seventh Day Adventist Church Request: A request for a Conditional Use Permit modification to allow for the operation of a preschool in conjunction with an existing 9,437 square foot assembly use (church) on a 3.45 acre site in the Single Family Residential (R-1-7.5) zone. Environmental Determination: In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the proposed project has been found to be Categorically Exempt pursuant to CEQA Section 15303, Class 3 (New
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Construction and Conversion of Small Structures) in that the project consists of a new outdoor play area with a perimeter fence. The addition of an outdoor play area, specifically the fence, could be considered a new, small facility or structure. Location of the Property: 363 Woodland Parkway, more particularly described as Portions of Lot 9 in Block 23 of Rancho Los Vallecitos De San Marcos, according to Map thereof No. 806, filed in the Office of the County Recorder of the County of San Diego, State of California, on December 21, 1895 of Rancho Los Vallecitos de San Marcos, Map No. 806. Assessor’s Parcel Number: 220-233-06-00 & 220-233-0700. Further information about this notice can be obtained from Senior Planner, Art Piñon, by calling 760-744-1050 extension 3234 or via email email@example.com. Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N25-20: Members of the San Marcos Planning Commission and staff may participate in this meeting via a teleconference. In the interest of reducing the spread of COVID-19, members of the public are requested to submit comments via email. Public Comment: To submit a comment in writing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Public Comment” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include project number CUP19-0007 and /or the title of the item as well as your comments. If you would like the comment to be read out loud at the meeting (not to exceed 3 minutes), please write “Read Out Loud at Meeting” at the top of the email. Comment emails will be accepted until the end of the comment period of the public hearing on this project. Comments can also be submitted via telephone, by calling (760) 744-1050, extension 3233 and leaving a message indicating that you are “providing public comment for the Planning Commission on CUP19-0007,” and then state your comments. All comments received via email will be included in the Public Hearing for the item. Any comments received via telephone by 4 pm on May 18, 2020 will also be included in the Public Hearing. NOTICE: Any interested person may appeal the decision of the Planning Division Manager to the Planning Commission provided the appeal fee is paid ($20 for residents; $1,155 for non-residents) and a written appeal is submitted to the Planning Division Secretary within ten (10) calendar days of the date of the decision (due no later than 5:30 PM on May 28, 2020). The written appeal should specify the reasons for the appeal and the grounds upon which the appeal is based. The City’s Planning Commission will then consider the filed appeal/s at a later public hearing. The Planning Division can be contacted at 760-744-1050, extension 3233 or email@example.com. The City of San Marcos is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in any City program, service or activity, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA. 92069, or call 760-744-1050, extension 3145. Phil Scollick, City Clerk, City of San Marcos. PD: 05/07/2020.
NOTICE OF INTENDED DECISION (Administrative)
The Planning Division Manager of the City of San Marcos has considered the proposed project and does intends to APPROVE the Director’s Permit DP20-0001 on May 18, 2020. Project No.: DP20-0001 Applicant(s): D&C Auto Body & Paint Request: Director’s Permit Renewal to allow for the continued operation of a 3,500 square foot automotive body repair facility within an existing industrial building at 1404 Descanso Ave., Suite B & N, Transitional Zone “Industrial/Mixed Use-4” (I/MU4) in the Business/Industrial District. Environmental Determination: In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the City of San Marcos did find the project Categorically Exempt (EX20063) pursuant to Section 15301 Class 1 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), in that this is an existing facility with no expansion. Location of the Property: 1404 Descanso Avenue, Suite B & N, more particularly described as: Portion of Lot 103, Block No. 102, of Map No. 806 (Rancho Los Vallecitos de San Marcos) in the City of San Marcos, County of San Diego, State of California, as Filed in the Office of the County Recorder of San Diego County, State of California, on December 21, 1895. Assessor’s Parcel Number: 219-122-18-00. Further information about this notice can be obtained from Jordan Yanke, Assistant Planner by calling 760-7441050 extension 3204 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTICE: Any interested person may appeal the decision of the Planning Division Manager to the Planning Commission provided the appeal fee is paid ($20 for residents; $1,155 for non-residents) and a written appeal is submitted to the Planning Division Secretary within ten (10) calendar days of the date of the decision (due no later than 5:30 PM on May 28, 2020). The written appeal should specify the reasons for the appeal and the grounds upon which the appeal is based. The City’s Planning Commission will then consider the filed appeal/s at a later public hearing. The Planning Division can be contacted at 760-744-1050, extension 3233 or email@example.com. The City of San Marcos is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in any City program, service or activity, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA. 92069, or call 760-744-1050, extension 3145. Phil Scollick, City Clerk, City of San Marcos. PD: 05/07/2020.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9007568 The name of the business: Charlie’s Family Restaurant, located at 210 N. Ivy Street, Escondido, CA. 92025. This business is registered by: Suzan Meleka 2316 Rock View Glen Escondido, CA. 92026 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business 12/02/92. /s/ Suzan Meleka Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 4/20/2020. 4/30, 5/07, 5/14 & 5/21/2020
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9007469 The name of the business, Oceanside Buggy Bath Carwash, Oceanside Buggy Bash Mini Mart, located at 2946 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside, Ca. 92054. This business is registered by: Lemkey Enterprises, Inc. 2903 Vista Mariana Carlsbad, CA. 92009 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business 6/01/1990. /s/ John C. Lemkey, President Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 4/15/2020. 4/23, 4/30, 5/07 & 5/14 /2020
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9006360 The name of the business: Dino’s Barbershop, located at 3184 Adams Ave., San Diego, Ca. 92116. This business is registered by: Dino James Mitroff 4665 36th St. San Diego, CA. 92116 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business n/a. /s/ Dino James Mitroff Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 3/11/2020. 4/09, 4/16, 4/23 & 4/30/2020
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9007310 The name of the business, Rufus Builder Services Inc., located at 3863 Flowerwood Lane, Fallbrook, Ca. 92028. This business is registered by: Rufus Builder Services Inc. 3863 Flowerwood Lane Fallbrook, CA. 92028 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business 2/6/2020 /s/ Kimberly A. Richards, CEO/President Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 4/09/2020. 4/23, 4/30, 5/7 & 5/14/2020
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9007059 The name of the business, Mr. Detail the Shop, MadeRight Manufacturing, located at 2470 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, Ca. 92084. This business is registered by: MRPDT, LLC 2470 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Suite B Vista, CA. 92084 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company.. First day of business n/a. /s/ Benjamin Nelson, Member Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 3/20/2020. 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 & 5/7/2020
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mail. I can’t thank you enough. I also cannot let you do this gratis and will be sending something soon. I think my ‘grands’ will enjoy reading the story. Some are at good ages now. One of my sisters lives in TX & my husband and I remember driving thru the small town of Quanah in 2011, on our way to her place in Denton (NW of Dallas.) Now I know the background of the ‘name’….he being a chief and the son of Cynthia Parker. My sister knew a lot of the story.
The sad thing is that I still remember the town because it ‘had seen better days’ and it was sad that on the main street were some nicelooking, goodsized stone bldgs. (a bank, former stores, etc.) and they were all boarded up. The only commerce was on the main road – a state route. I wonder if it’s still the same today. Thanks Evelyn.
/s/Suellen Shea San Diego County, CA.
Editor’s Note: Thank you for your response, Suellen! Evelyn Madison
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