December 09, 2021
Volume 51 - No. 49
By Friedrich Gomez
DATELINE: SAN DIEGO COUNTY. It is another beautiful Fall day in San Diego, during this month of December of 2021.
It is also the height of the Holiday Season.
Thanksgiving has passed and now the spirit of Christmas is in the air, along with charity and goodwill towards all. As you exit your car, you begin The Paper - 760.747.7119
walking across the parking lot to the supermarket.
loved ones, in her shoes, and your spirit aches to no end.
You see a pregnant woman, a forlorn mother with an innocent child at her feet, and she’s holding a crude cardboard sign with simple black crayon lettering: PLEASE HELP US! GOD BLESS YOU!
It is soul-crushing, and you give as much hard cash as your heart begs of you.
Then, your whole worldview suddenly changes.
The scene torments you.
You imagine yourself, or your
You’re well aware that you’ll never forget what you’ve just seen.
Upon exiting the supermarket, feeling good about yourself, and pushing a shopping cart full of Christmas blessings, including a huge Butterball Tom turkey . . . you suddenly see a most surreal scene.
The homeless, impoverished, and abandoned pregnant woman, along with her young child – whom you cheerfully gave $60 – just entered a parked, late model luxury Mercedes Benz with a man at the wheel, both laughing as they count the money from panhandling, before finally driving off! Sadly, this sacrilegious scamming of the public is nothing new to San Diego County. Aside from our own region, it is now happening all over America,
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In a recent report to Fraud Magazine: “Con artists and fraudsters often are pathological and express little emotion or remorse about their crimes. There is a growing trend of schemes designed to target (and exploit) a vulnerable and transient population: the homeless.” Completely unknown to many people, such scams may seem trivial but, in reality, they can produce large amounts of daily revenue into the wrong hands.
SAN DIEGO ‘PANHANDLING SCAM’ BY PREGNANT WOMAN GOES VIRAL AROUND WORLD. In this particular San Diego scam, repetition begat carelessness and carelessness would prove to be her downfall. Repeating her scam caused her to lower her guard against carelessness, as revealed in an investigative report by San Diego’s KGTV-10 which initially broke the news to a shocked and disbelieving audience. The San Diego ‘Homeless Panhandler Scam’ went viral on the world’s internet, and grew further legs with the Associated Press releases, as well as Reuters World News Outlet.
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It was sounding a bit like an old Ma and Pa Kettle movie here this morning:
Hey, Ma! (From my bed, all covered with nice, warm blankets)
Yes, Pa? (Puttin' on lipstick and rouge and all that stuff women wear . . .) You been outside yet?
No, Pa, just fixin' to take the trash out and take the dogs out. Why, Pa?
Just figurin' when you get back in, it'd be nice if you could come over her by my bedside, Ma. Really, Pa? Why?
Well, if I touched your skin and it was wet, I'd figure it was rainin' out. If it was cold, I'd figure it's a might chilly, and if it was nice and warm, well, you know, I figure it'd be a mite pleasant weather. Before I get out
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Not exactly the worldwide image San Diego County’s Visitor & Tourism Department is proud of or, understandably, wants publicized.
With various heart-tugging encore ‘performances,’ different witness saw the same panhandler and child at various places.
The final curtain came down on this particular scam artist when she was again spotted, this time at the Eastlake Village Center in Chula Vista, where she became a familiar sight for more than two months. According to KGTV local news: “The woman’s boyfriend would join them on the weekend. The woman would hold a cardboard sign that said: PLEASE HELP, and plenty of people did.”
Each time she was spotted leaving in a brand new luxury Mercedes Benz.
One witness, Melissa Smith, told the newscast: “They were leaving and I noticed they went into a Mercedes Benz. I thought, ‘Wow! A brand new Mercedes Benz?!’ “Lo and behold, they were in front of us. Here they are counting money, laughing. Their little boy is in the front seat with them.” As the witness begins taking photos
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of this nice, warm bed, I'd could determine if I should wear my long britches . . .or my regular shorts and sandals. Oh, Pa . . . for a minute there, I thought you might be gettin' all romantic with me. Nope, Ma. Just wanted a weather report.
(For you young uns' - Google Percy Kilbride and Marjorie Main . . . or"Ma and Pa Kettle.") •••• I was gonna go to Costco yesterday. They were giving flu shots. But then, I thought, why would I need a 40 gallon flu shot? •••• In the wake of Bin Laden's death, rumors are circulating that radical Muslims are planning to go on a rampage in Los Angeles, killing anyone who is a legal U.S. citizen. Police fear the death toll could be as high as 23. •••• I just had a call from a Charity asking me to donate some of my clothes to the starving people throughout the world.... I told them to get lost. Anybody who fits into my clothes isn't starving. •••• FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER
1. Money cannot buy happiness, but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle. 2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard's name. 3. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you
By Sean Dietrich
The last thing I want to do is sound like an old fart. But some things cannot be helped.
Yesterday I was fiddling with my truck radio dial, looking for classic Christmas tunes, but I couldn’t find any. Only new stuff. Here it is December and the only festive music I found on the airwaves was Beyoncé having a vocal seizure. I finally turned the radio off and drove in silence like a true geezer.
That’s how geezerhood starts, you know. First it’s complaining about current music. Next thing you know it’s early dinners and Ensure mealreplacement shakes.
All this got me wondering, what when they are in trouble again. 4. Many people are alive only because its illegal to shoot them. 5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk. I love Christmas lights. They remind me of the people who voted for Biden.
They all hang together; half of them don't work, and the ones that do, aren't that bright. •••• CORRECTION Last week we reported that scientists had discovered a particle which travels faster than the speed of light, upsetting Einstein's theory of relativity and possibly causing time to run backwards. In fact, this discovery will not be made until next week. We apologize for the confusion. •••• The onliest thing bad about taking one's sweetie pie out for Thanksgiving Day lunch or dinner is . . . there ain't no leftovers in the fridge! No carcass/bones with which to make turkey soup. No leftover stuffing (which I love more than turkey). No candied yams ready to heat up and cover with butter. No plates full of white and dark meat with which to make 'licious sammiches. No mashed taters and gravy to warm up and drench said taters. No cranberry sauce to eat with leftover turkey (for turkey tends to be dry and cranberry sauce resolves that
happened to the music of Christmas Past? Where did Frank and Dean go? Where is Bing hiding? Where are Nat, Ella, and Louis? Come back Johnny Mathis, we miss you. Look, I get it. I fully understand that the music of yesteryear is outdated. The radio jockeys today are merely trying to give their youthful FM-listening audience what it wants. However, there is one thing I want to point out to these jockeys: Youthful people do not listen to FM anymore. Youthful people have smart devices with 3,500 gigs of storage and earbuds. They have iTunes, Spotify, and streaming service subscriptions coming out their earholes.
You know who still listens to old-
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lil ol' problem). [Some people don't like cranberry sauce. Can you believe it?] I shall go fix myself an omelette. Good . . . but not the same as Turkey Day leftovers. That's what I get for being a kind, loving, gentle, wunnerful, wunnerful, considerate guy. •••• That does it! No more taking evelyn out for meals on Thanksgiving Day! Or Christmas Day! No sir! I don't care if she does come down with another bad cold . . . or the flu! Working all day over a hot stove and oven is good for you! Adds humidity to the air. Makes it easier to breathe! Gets you up out of your bed and moving your body around. Great exercise. I'll just keep a nice warm spot for her here on the coach so if she wants to take a brief break of, oh, say, 15 or 20 minutes, she can come sit by me here and watch the football game(s) with me . . . but no damned talking! Unless there's a commercial . . . then it's okay. Where in the hell is that damned remote?
Ah, there it is. "Honey, could you hand me that remote? It's clear across the family room. I'd get it myself but, well, I'm feeling just a bit peaked with all this holiday hullabaloo. Know what I mean?" "Um, honey . . . sweetie pie? Um . . . what are you doing with that meat cleaver?
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Bethlehem Walk (Drive) 2021 The First United Methodist Church of Escondido will host the 32rd recreation of the “Little Town of Bethlehem,” a renowned holiday tradition where visitors can experience the excitement and joy of the first Christmas. This year Bethlehem Walk will be a drivethrough experience. Bethlehem Drive, our modified version of Bethlehem Walk, will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 10, 11, and 12, from 6pm to 8:30pm each evening. Reservations and detailed information are available at fumcescondido.org. This “Drive” has two meanings: We drive for a socially distanced journey to the first Christmas. We drive for donations to share the spirit of Christmas with others. All donations this year will go to
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of the car, the woman panhandler sees her and angrily exits her Mercedes Benz and begins yelling at the witness who is taking cell phone photos and then proceeds to pick up a large rock threatening to throw it at the witness. The loud, pyrotechnical scenario prompts another bystander to call 911. According to sources, the Chula Vista Police Department said the couple had left before they arrived, but they did have the Mercedes Benz license plate number (furnished by witnesses at the scene).
SCAM ORIGINATED IN ENCINITAS IN NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY. That license plate number led to an Encinitas apartment complex in North Coastal San Diego County, where one resident there said the apartments were close to $3,000 per month. One resident refused comment at the time to news media, but did confirm that the ‘couple in question’ had, “recently picked up and left.”
In this case, the scammers were smart enough to stay one step ahead of law enforcement. The perpetrators were initially
"Botanic Wonderland" Returns at Botanic Garden - Once again the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG), located in Encinitas, CA, will transform its garden into a twinkling, holiday oasis as Botanic Wonderland returns December 1023 and December 26-30.
On the nights that SDBG hosts Botanic Wonderland, the garden will open to visitors from 5:30 to 9pm, with the last entry at 8pm. Advanced purchase of timed-entry tickets is required. Adult tickets range from $18 to $22, and youth prices range from $10 to $14. Children under 2 years of age are free. No daytime tickets, guest passes or free entry for members are permitted for evening hours. To reserve entry times and for additional information, visit: https://sdbgarden.org/botanic-wonderland.htm. SDBG is located at 300 Quail Garden Drive, Encinitas. CA 92024; phone 760.436.3036. Deck The Halls as you bundle up in favorite holiday sweaters to enjoy the nighttime festivities, which include: The Garden's exquisite, $6.5 million glass Dickinson Family Education Conservatory artfully decorated forrthe season; Photos with Santa Claus from 5:308:30pm on nights before Christmas; Hands-on kids' activities, writing
careful in their ploy, travelling from their Encinitas dwelling (which police investigators identified as the Encinitas Heights Apartments), and driving 34 miles south all the way to Chula Vista, where they would not be recognized by their coastal city neighbors.
Just last year, on September 27, 2020, another San Diego County fraudulent ‘homeless’ panhandler scheme, dubbed “The BMW Scammers,” were caught and identified. Investigation revealed that they made as much as $500 per day. SUCH SCAMS REALLY HURT THE REAL HOMELESS PLIGHT. It must be pointed out that homelessness in San Diego County is a very real and serious condition which city officials are earnestly trying to rectify.
The dishonest ones, who are misrepresenting themselves as being homeless, or impoverished, are not only hurting the plight of individuals who truly need our help, but they are beginning to raise the hackles of the homeless community, itself. As one homeless person in San Diego bitterly complained, “It burns my butt because they (the imitators) make it bad for the people that are really struggling and really trying to get somewhere.”
According to various city statistics: “1 in 4 panhandlers meet the clinical definition of being an alcoholic
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letters to Santa; Professional carolers strolling the garden from 5:308:30pm; and Grabbing a bite and a drink on the gazebo lawn from the different food vendors featured each night.
Events Happening at the Escondido Public Library this Weekend - 2nd Saturday Concert, The Division Men, Saturday, December 11th, 3:00pm-4:30pm; Turrentine Room, for All Ages. This Texas-bred Husband-Wife Acoustic Duo originally formed in Berlin, Germany, presents atmospheric portraits of love, life and death from the perspective of a border town.
Virtual Rincon Literario Bilingual Book Club: The Soul of a Woman/mujeres del alma mia by Isabel Aliende; Saturday, December 11, from 10:30am-11:45am; by Zoon, for Adults. Join our new Rincon Literario facilitator, Kate Colvin, as we discuss Isabel Allende's new book, "The Soul of a Woman/mujeres del alma mia." Books are available in English and Spanish - reserve a copy from the Library's catalog. The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia, Escondido 92025; phone 760.839.4683. Hours are Monday, Friday and Saturday, 9am to 6pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 8pm. All events are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. and another 32% are addicted to at least one drug other than alcohol. 82% of panhandlers are homeless.”
DO SUCH HOMELESS SCAMS REALLY GENERATE LARGE SUMS OF MONEY? Just weeks ago, on November 11, 2021, a national crime study (estimated) that fraudulent panhandling can generate an average of $45,000 annually by people who are far from being homeless and far from being poor. People who really know how to hustle the system can make far greater sums than that. As research reveals, unlike genuine homeless people who are often impoverished, weak, sick, and malnourished with very little stamina, “professional scammers can stand all day panhandling and know how to ‘hustle’ the public and strategic spots to drive to- and-from, covering greater distances and different lucrative places. Oftentimes driving in rental cars or luxury automobiles.”
CBS NEWS REPORTS WHEELCHAIR FAKE PANHANDLER MAKING $100,000 A YEAR. According to a CBS news report, a man openly confessed to feigning mental illness while sitting in a wheelchair and became, in his own words: “Really good at duping people by faking mental and physical disability.”
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December COGG Meeting Regarding Election Integrity The speaker for the December 14th meeting of the Conservative Order for Good Government will be Ruth Weiss, founder of EIPCa, the Election Integrity Project, California. Her topic will be "looking back on 2020 and 2021" to focus on the experience and future of election integrity in California. Hopefully all of us are concerned with the trends in election integrity - it seems to be, over time, more complicated, more time consuming and increasingly open to fraud.
Ruth Weiss, a retired high school educator and mentor teacher of 34 years, she found her retirement calling working to restore and defend the integrity of the electoral process in California. The Election Integrity Project, Inc. was founded in December 2010, and Ruth became the San Diego coordinator in February 2011. She served on
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fashioned FM radio? I’ll tell you. People who drive old model cars with manual transmissions and do not have Bluetooth stereos. And do you know what kinds of stiffs still drive these jalopies? That’s right. Old farts.
So here’s a concept: Why not play some music for us? Bring back the Christmas classics of yore, I beg of you, Mister DJ. More Sinatra; less Brittney.
Once upon a time, our radios played a Christmas lineup that never changed. It was the same topforty Yuletide mix each year, the same tunes your great grandfather listened to while fighting the Mexican-American War. And it worked.
This music was a yearly tradition. It was the soundtrack of the allAmerican middle-class childhood. During the holidays when the radio played in the old station wagon, an automobile whose only seatbelt was Mama’s right arm, it played the overture to our season: “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman,” and of course, Gayla Peevey’s masterstroke, “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas.”
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SUBJECTS ARRESTED IN TENT WITH DRUGS AND FIREARMS
On November 22, police officers from the Escondido Police Department responded to an anonymous tip of a subject selling drugs who was also in possession of a firearm. The subject was reported to be living in a tent on California Transportation (Cal Trans) property on the side of Highway 78 in the area of the 800 block of Metcalf Street in Escondido.
Officers contacted two people in the tent and saw a weapon in plain view. Detective Chris Naranjo obtained a search warrant for the tent and seized two handguns, ammunition, Hydrocodone pills, fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, and ecstasy pills. Police arrested Teron Armstrong, a 37-year-old resident of Escondido, for possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and felon/addict in possession of a firearm. Randy Peltier, a 34-yearold resident of Escondido, was arrested for felon/addict in possession of a firearm. Both subjects were booked into Vista Detention Facility.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Chris Naranjo at 760839-4782. This is an example of the partner-
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ship between the community and Escondido Police Department that when you see something, say something. Please follow the Escondido Police Department on social media @EscondidoPolice.
To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our “Anonymous Tip Line” at 760-743TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org. PALOMAR HEALTH CEO DIANE HANSEN AWARDED 2021 BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR BY SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL
Palomar Health CEO Diane Hansen has been awarded 2021 Business Woman of the Year in the large company category by the San Diego Business Journal. Each year, the San Diego Business Journal recognizes dynamic women business leaders and their significant contributions to San Diego’s workplaces and communities. Diane was nominated by her team not only for her leadership and ideals, but also because of her many noteworthy accomplishments to elevate Palomar Health in all areas. Hansen started with Palomar Health as EVP and CFO in 2012 and stepped into the President and CEO British... all rose and perished within 240 years. They were not conquered by external enemies; they rotted from within.
America has now passed that 240 year mark, and the rot is starting to be visible and is accelerating. Not just America ... this is applicable to the western world. We are past the Mercedes and Land Rover Years ... the camels are on the horizon.
Man About Town THE CAMELS ARE ON THE HORIZON
The founder of Dubai, Sheik Rashid, was recently asked about the future of his country, and he replied: "My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I ride a Mercedes, my son rides a Land Rover, and my grandson is going to ride a Land Rover...but my great-grandson is going to have to ride a camel again”. Why is that, he was asked?
And his reply was, “Hard times create strong men, strong men create easy times. Easy times create weak men, weak men create difficult times. Many will not understand it, but you have to raise warriors, not parasites."
And add to that the historical reality that all great empires...the Persians, the Trojans, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, and in later years, the
The greatest generation consisted of 18 year old kids storming the beaches at Normandy.
And now, two generations later, some 18-year-old kids want to hide in safe rooms when they hear words that hurt their feelings.
They also want free stuff from the government because they think they are entitled to it. The "camels are on the horizon" for sure.
Something to ponder? History has a way of repeating itself. •••• I was saddened but not surprised to learn of the death of Senator Bob Dole, the often fiery Republican Party stalwart and presidential hopeful who espoused a brand of plain-spoken conservativism as one of Washington's most recognizable political figures throughout the latter half of the 20th century.
Senator Dole died peacefuly. in his sleep, at age 98. What enemy forces could not due, Father Time, along with cancer, did. He had announced in February that he was being treated for
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seat of Palomar Health in late 2017. At that time, the health system was struggling, contemplating mergers, and needed to make big and bold changes to become a viable and competitive public healthcare district. She did just that and so much more, while implementing a completely new leadership style focusing on quality, employee engagement and patient satisfaction. After just nine months, she completely proved her ability to be strong and forward-thinking for one of the largest health districts in California within one of the most competitive markets of San Diego.
Letters to the Editor The SANDAG Issue Touched a Few Nerves
“Diane has moved mountains at Palomar Health in a short 3.5 years. She’s taken on challenges, worked through a global pandemic and tackled situations that most private healthcare systems never have to face,” says Linda Greer, Palomar Health Board Chair. “She is not afraid to make the difficult decisions and remains focused on the greater needs of the community to ensure the public healthcare district will be around for generations to come. She leads with compassion, integrity and trust, and Palomar Health is a better organization under her leadership.” advanced lung cancer.
A presidential candidate in 1996 Dole lost, in my judgment, because he listened to political “handlers” and put on a political face instead of the face and voice of Bob Dole. No matter which side of the aisle you were on you always knew where Bob Dole stood. Except when he campaigned for president. Had he remained true to himself on the campaign trail and spoke and acted like Bob Dole we may have had a totally different look to the presidency.
So much for listening to political “experts.” Dole had been seriously wounded in WWII and over the past few years had been hit with a series of medical problems. He was a good man. A damned good man.
Sorry to see him gone. •••• Seems we are losing more and more of our WWII warriors. First, Senator Bob Dole and now Army Col. Edward Shames, the last remaining member of World War II's 'Band of Brothers,' who also died at age 99. Shames was the last surviving officer of the historic World War II parachute infantry regiment of the US Army known as Easy Company.
During World War II, Shames "was a member of the renowned Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division now known globally as the 'Band of Brothers.'"
Attn. Lyle E. Davis, Editor-InChief of the weekly magazine The Paper.
Mr. Davis, your comments regarding SANDAG's lack of honesty in the Nov. 25, 2021 issue of The Paper (see Man About Town column), should be required reading for everyone to stay informed and do their own research! Pure and simple: If SANDAG has lied to the general public (multiple times in the past), then "NO, I DON'T TRUST THEM AT ALL." I would encourage the public to Google "A Reader's Guide to the SANDAG Scandal" (Feb. 20, 2019 issue of
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The story of Easy Company was later immortalized in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," based on The New York Times bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose.
His obituary tells us Shames "was involved in some of the most important battles of the war. He made his first combat jump into Normandy on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord," according to the obituary. Shames "gained a reputation as a stubborn and very outspoken soldier who demanded the highest of standards from himself and his fellow soldiers," it said. "In Germany, he was the first member of the 101st to enter Dachau concentration camp, just days after its liberation." When Germany surrendered, Shames "and his men of Easy Company entered Hitler's Eagle's Nest where" Shames "managed to acquire a few bottles of cognac, a label indicating they were 'for the Fuhrer's use only,' said the obituary. "Later, he would use the cognac to toast his oldest son's Bar Mitzvah," according to the obituary.
After the war, Shames worked as an expert on Middle East affairs with the National Security Agency. He later served in the US Army Reserve Division and retired as a colonel. And so we bid farewell to two magnificent warriors . . . two guys who represented the best of America at a time when we needed men like them to win a god-awful war. I can’t help but wonder, “where are we headed with today’s warriors? Are they made of the right ‘stuff.” Time, I’m afraid, will tell.
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The fraudulent Kentucky panhandler, identified as Gary Thompson, now in his late 30s, has been arrested by Lexington police several times. He has been charged with begging, trespassing and theft by deception. According to the report, “It’s all an act that Thompson said he is proud of.”
And Thompson, himself, is quoted as proudly declaring: “I’m really good at it, really good! I clear about $100,000 a year doing this.” Thompson, who can walk, travels around Lexington, Kentucky, in his wheelchair asking for money from shoppers.
However, Thompson’s family told WKYT-TV that they have had enough of his games. For now, Thompson shows no shame for how he makes money in his panhandling scheme. “Yeah, it’s fun!” he says enthusiastically. “It sure makes me money!”
Unfortunately, Gary Thompson has learned to hustle the sentiments of innocent people who only had good intentions in their hearts.
“I mean, people give money to people in wheelchairs that are handicapped,” says Thompson. “I’ll just not act retarded anymore and get their money. I’ll just act normal. I am normal. It just helps to be mentally handicapped.”
Now that Thompson’s story has made the news, countless Lexington residents feel crushed that their charitable intentions were exploited in a most vulgar and obscene way: exploiting the real homeless people, and hurting the real cause.
How does Thompson feel about the outpouring of grief and brokenhearts he has left in his wake by scamming them? Thompson said he is going to keep scamming people even though he has already been to jail and his act has now been exposed on the print and visual news media.
Says Thompson, “If my luck runs out in Lexington, I’ll just move on to another city. I gotta go, y’all. I got to make some money!” (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sc ammer-claims-he-pulls-in-100k-ayear-panhandling/) HOMELESS STATISTICS IN NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY. Real homeless people on the streets without proper shelter, nutrition, and protection from the natural elements, etc., is a very real problem in North San Diego County, as it is everywhere else.
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Here is a brief overview, with approximations for our North San County cities with homeless populations. This overview is, by no means, complete.
THE FOLLOWING DATA IS FROM THE “2020 POINT-INTIME COUNT.” This Point-inTime (PIT) is an annual survey of homelessness conducted in the county during the last week of January. It is coordinated by the Regional Task Force on Homeless (RTFHSD.org) and can be viewed on Escondido’s official website: https://homelessness.escondido.org / ESCONDIDO HOMELESS POPULATION. Of its North County counterparts, Escondido has the highest total homeless population, estimated at 429. The city of Escondido has many teams and partners working together to tackle homelessness at all levels.
ENCINITAS HOMELESS POPULATION. A Point-in-Time-Count conducted on a single night in January of 2020 by the Regional Task Force of the Homeless reported an estimated total of 80 homeless people living within city boundaries, 58% of whom live without shelter on the streets, beaches, parks, and canyons. OCEANSIDE HOMELESS POPULATION. An estimated 408 homeless population.
CARLSBAD HOMELESS POPULATION. Estimated at 147 homeless population. (The 2021 Point-in-Time Count was scheduled to start in January. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the traditional count has been cancelled for the year in order to protect the volunteers from further spreading COVID-19. RTFH will still complete a modified, sheltered PIT count. For more information, visit PIT 2021 #WeAllCountUPdate.)
VISTA HOMELESS POPULATION. According to last year’s January 26, 2020, report, it is very difficult to pinpoint how many people are without homes/shelter in Vista. The city of Vista adopted its Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness in March of 2020. One of the more recent data on homelessness comes from a January 2020 count that (estimated) 51 people in Vista that were living without shelter, while a previous year found 122 people living outdoors. (Back in 2019, the regions’ “2019 Point-In-Time Count” (estimated) that 490 were unsheltered in Vista, CA at that time. (https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com>vista>story) ARE CHILDREN USED AS SYMPATHETIC PAWNS FOR PANHANDLING? Hard to believe such a question is warranted.
Yet, statistically, this is often the case. Just last year, in November of 2020, a Seattle news team watched in horror as widespread panhandlers with
children in tow, were going to cars all day long during the city’s second-worst air quality in the world. These children are often exploited to gain sympathy and that means added dollar income. Dr. Lelach Rave, one of the foremost pediatrician experts, was horrified.
“The children spent hours without masks, breathing smoke from the northern California wildfires. When you’re dealing with – especially – young children, where the tissue is sensitive and their respiratory systems are still developing, it’s even more dangerous,” Dr. Rave stated in disbelief and great concern. The children were not wearing facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s risky for all of us to be out here without masks. I don’t know what’s behind why these moms are choosing to do this,” Dr. Rave said, incredulously. According to Secretary Ross Hunter of the Washington Department of Children: “Panhandling with a child is not abuse or neglect in and of itself. However, any time a passerby or law enforcement officer feels that a child is in danger at that moment, the appropriate response is to call 911.” DO FRAUDULENT SCAMMERS DRUG CHILDREN FOR ALLDAY PANHANDLING? In Snohomish, Washington, city leaders take a harder line than their Seattle city counterparts. City Mayor, John Kartak states: “I’m not comfortable with the idea of using children to panhandle. They shouldn’t be out there all day long being used to collect money.”
Seattle’s KIRO-7 news crew noticed the advantages of panhandlers with children and they are street-smart in realizing this exploitation, as one source commented: “Soft-hearted pedestrians were quick to respond with cash. Obviously, she had a child. So that made a difference.” News crews noticed that the women worked in tandem.
“I watch the vans drive around and pick them up and drop them off,” said one source.
Last year on downtown Seattle sidewalks, women worked in tandem, and with children. When a video of the panhandlers was shown to Secretary Ross Hunter, of the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Hunter’s response was only: “I’ve not seen this before.” In the video, while some of the children appeared alert, others were motionless.
In many cases children are suspected of being drugged in some fashion so that the panhandling mother is able to work throughout the day
“The baby’s not waking up. Did you drug the baby?” asks one pedestrian, greatly concerned.
In the video the panhandler replies, “He’s sleeping.” The pedestrian is unconvinced: “Okay, wake him up for me. Show me he will wake up.” The video shows the child not able to wake up.
The pedestrian grows more concerned: “I felt like the kid was in peril. The child was totally flaccid.” (Flaccid is defined as: soft and limp, not firm. Lacking force, having weakness.)
Her concerns suddenly grow into anxiety as she later told KIRO-7 news, “There was no movement from this kid at all, and that’s when I decided to intervene– it was like my ‘mother bear’ instinct kicked in.” After watching the video, Ross Hunter of Washington’s Department of Children, said: “I’m concerned about that. It’s hard to imagine a baby doesn’t wake up, and I will go look into it.” KIRO-7 followed four of the panhandlers as they rendezvoused in downtown Seattle and counted a stack of bills before boarding a bus. On the bus, the four spoke among themselves while a boy played on an iPhone. The four talked about how much money they made. Though hundreds of dollars were plainly seen, one woman said, “We need more dollars.”
After a 70-minute ride, the women walked to an apartment complex where rent can be as high as $3,000 a month. Interestingly, when panhandlers with children appeared on streets in Snohomish, Washington, city officials were quick to offer assistance and even employment. None were interested.
All turned down any offer of help.
PANHANDLING PUBLIC SAFETY LAWS EVOLVING. The prevalence of street begging has necessitated new laws regulating such behavior. Such laws regarding panhandling near crosswalks and street median dividers, especially where there is heavy traffic, are to preserve human safety. Such laws are nothing new for San Diego County. For years now, such laws have been enacted here out of necessity.
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the Board of EIP from 2012 to 2017, and that year she co-founded Election Integrity Project California, Inc. (EIPCa). She currently serves on the Board of EIPCa as Vice President, Director of Legislative Oversight, and as Director of Education and Training, while continuing to coordinate San Diego County.
The meeting opens at 11:30 at Bernardo Heights Country Club, 16066 Bernardo Heights Blvd, Rancho Bernardo, with lunch from 12:00 noon until 12:30. Cost is $35 for lunch and in-person with Ruth Weiss. Registration prior to December 11 will ensure your meal choice and seating. Registration can be done at our website at COGGrb.org, by phone to Blair Lawson at 858-217-6996 or email email@example.com. If you cannot attend in person, Zoom attendance is also available. You will be notified on Monday, December 13 with the Zoom instructions. Please join us on December 14 for what will be an extremely informative luncheon meeting. More about EIPCa - The Election Integrity Project California is a non-partisan non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. It is comprised of U.S. citizen volunteers seeking to fulfill our duty to actively participate in the governing of our state/country by helping to defend the integrity of the voting process that protects our freedoms and way of life. EIPCa has trained over 13,000 citizens to observe, document and research California elections. Maintaining an active role in that part of government which empowers citizens with our most fundamental right - the right to choose our representatives by fair and honest elections - which is a vital citizen responsibility for ensuring that our Republic retains a government of, by, and for the people. The goal of EIPCa is to enable citizens to become active participants in the entire election process, from overseeing the integrity of the voter rolls to ensuring that each lawfully cast vote is counted and counted fairly, and that all processes comply with federal, state, and local laws, statues, and regulations.
December Events at Municipal Gallery - At the Escondido Arts Partnership, Municipal Gallery, the December events include the following events. For more information, contact the Gallery at 760.480.4101, stop by at 262 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido 92025, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours are Tues. 11am-5pm; Thurs. to Sat. 11am-4pm. Gift Certificates are available for the Escondido Arts Partnership and the Escondido Certified Farmer's Market. Give the perfect gift everyone likes gift certificates. December 10th-December 31st;
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Homeless Panhandlers? Cont. from Page 5
Back in 2015 a panhandler was killed by a driver in Escondido, California.
The victim was a 27-year-old woman soliciting for financial handouts at West Mission Avenue at Quince Street where she stepped off a center median and approached a pickup truck to receive money from the sympathetic driver. The good intention led to a fatality.
After receiving the cash donation she tripped on her return to the median divider and was accidentally run over by the trailer behind the truck, which was hauling concrete and sand.
She was pronounced dead at Escondido’s Palomar Medical Center. It is also against the law to solicit in any aggressive manner.
Earlier this year, a 34-year-old San Diego man was stabbed in the back at a 7-Eleven convenience store when he refused to give money to a panhandler. He was aggressively attacked from behind when he felt the cold blade of a knife plunge deep into his back. He was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries and survived. He was one of the lucky ones.
Aggressive panhandling is becoming widespread.
In a Newsweek Magazine interview, billionaire Oprah Winfrey (estimated worth $2.6-billion), advised people to be cautious, saying that she will now “think twice” before giving money to a panhandler after a Baltimore woman was stabbed to death after donating.
Escondido’s police department’s website (police.escondido.org/panhandlers.aspx) discourages the public from giving randomly to beggars. It is not only a legal issue, it can be extremely dangerous, as noted above. FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO WERE ONCE HOMELESS. Homelessness is indiscriminate and can happen to anyone, especially now during the Covid-19 national pandemic. It may shock many today to learn that homelessness has even struck some of the most famous people.
Many famous people were once homeless and living on the streets. Mega movie-star and singer, Jennifer Lopez was once homeless. As was genius and Apple master-
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An important voice for good governance
California’s State Auditor, Elaine Howle, is retiring after 21 years. The Auditor’s office is an invaluable resource, investigating inefficiency and waste, along with fraud and abuse in government agencies. Over the years, Ms. Howle has not shied away from some of the most contentious issues/failures of state government. Examples include probes into Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the state’s efforts to combat homelessness.
At the DMV, auditors found a wide range of “significant deficiencies,” including lack of adequate staffing, reliance on outdated technology, and even one DMV worker who slept on the job three hours a day for four years – with no consequences. The roll-out of Real ID magnified these problems, leading to excessively long wait times for many DMV customers. Another example is the EDD. Problems include at least $11 billion in fraudulent claims, with millions paid to prison inmates. The state audit led to significant reforms, including legislation requiring EDD to check claims
against inmate records.
As for California’s homelessness programs, the audit found we’ve spent $13 billion through 41 different programs in the last three years, though we still have the nation’s largest homeless population, and the problem is growing, not shrinking. There is no single entity directing the effort, there is no statewide strategic plan.
These are just a few of the problems and failures discovered by audits conducted under the leadership of Elaine Howle. The importance of her steady, trusted voice for good governance cannot be overstated – and this guidance must continue. That’s why several colleagues and I wrote a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee requesting the appointment of a bi-partisan committee of one Democrat and one Republican from each house to vet prospective candidates. Elaine Howle leaves big shoes to fill; we must ensure the right person gets the job.
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.
5th District Supervisor
The Most Expensive Transportation Project Ever
This Friday, December 10th, the SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) will be voting on the most expensive transportation project ever. More expensive than the international space station, SANDAG’s regional transportation plan is estimated to cost (in today’s dollars) $160 billion. Almost the entirety of the plan will focus on public transportation in the downtown-region of San Diego, meaning once again North County will be shutout.
In 2004, San Diego’s Association of Governments (SANDAG) came to elected officials and the voters of San Diego promising much-needed road and highway improvements. A proposed half-cent sales tax would generate $14 billion dollars, and would relieve traffic congestion, improve safety, and match state/federal funds to improve the following freeways: I-5, I-8, I-15, SR 52, SR 54, SR 56, SR 67, SR 76, SR 78, SR 94, SR 125, I-805. Sure, San Diegans would be paying the tax until 2048, but they would be getting the free improvements that were needed. 18 years later, 14 of the 15 freeway
projects that were promised, haven’t been fulfilled, yet San Diegans will be paying that tax until 2048. Now SANDAG is back, with their hand out, making the same old promises.
SANDAG has already spent a majority of the dollars from the 2004 sales tax and now is in need of more money to fund this ambitious plan. The following are proposed taxes coming to San Diegans: • ½ cent sales tax – 2022 ballot, no expiration • An MTS ½ cent sales tax (70% of the County) • Fee per mile driven 4.3 cents – o 2 cents regional o 2.3 cents State • Creating a new fee for ridehailing (UBER or LYFT) $1.25 solo ride; $.65 carpool • 819 miles of new managed lanes (toll lanes)
North County residents will feel the effects of these taxes, directly in their wallet, yet will continue to sit in traffic. I urge you to contact your local SANDAG official ahead of this vote and let them know this plan does not suit North County!
PROBLEM SOLVED BY CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT
Q: I ordered a king mattress and frame and paid $3,400 almost three months ago from Amerisleep. After multiple delays from the stated twoweek delivery, I received the mattress and one twin frame about a month later. They then said another twin was on the way to "create" a king. I never received the second twin. They then offered to upgrade to their premium frame a few weeks later. I accepted the offer.
After multiple assurances that the frames were on their way, they were never shipped. FedEx picked up the single twin, then dropped it back off. I don't have a frame that fits the bed. At this point, I just want a refund for the entire bed. Amerisleep's response was to authorize a refund for less than half the total price ($1,680). That was a month ago and still no refund. There was no itemization for the credit nor a response to the other requests. Separately, another Amerisleep representative told me the bed frame is not returnable. The representative asked me to send a photo of the warranty tag and that they will arrange for either a pick-up or allow me to donate the mattress to a local charity. I have not heard from them since. Can you help me get a refund? -Todd Brown, Gainesville, Fla.
A: Of course, Amerisleep should have sent you the mattress and frame when it said it would. A three-month wait is unacceptable. I've reviewed the correspondence between you and the company, and it isn't clear to me why the company didn't deliver the frame when it said it would. Instead, it made promises it didn't keep, leaving you frustrated and sleepless. It looks as if you tried to send emails and initiated a chat through the Amerisleep page.
Amerisleep offers a guarantee on its products ("Sleep easy, we've got your back") that amounts to a limited 20year-warranty, but that assumes it has delivered the mattress and frame. There's no guarantee it will get the bed to you in a timely manner, only a vague assurance that your mattress and accessories will "usually ship within 3-5 business days." Maybe there should be a delivery guarantee. You could have appealed this service breakdown to a manager at Amerisleep. I list the names, numbers and email addresses of the <a href="https://www.elliott.org/compan y contacts/amerisleep/">Amerisleep customer service managers</a> on my consumer advocacy site, Elliott.org.
I contacted Amerisleep on your behalf. More than three months after your initial order, Amerisleep contacted you to arrange to have your mattress taken away and promised to refund your money.
Christopher Elliott is the chief advocacy officer for Elliott Advocacy. Email him at email@example.com or get help with any consumer problem by contacting him at http://www.elliott.org/help
BY CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT
Q: Frontier Airlines canceled my flights from Minneapolis to Denver last summer. I requested a refund since the next available flights were significantly later. Consequently, these Frontier flight cancellations qualify passengers for a refund under Department of Transportation regulations.
I have spent hours on hold with Frontier and talking to agents. When Frontier canceled my flights, a phone agent said they were able to find all of the payments I made by credit card and that every single one would be refunded to my Visa. I don’t want or need any Frontier vouchers or flight credits. Several phone agents have assured me that they submitted a refund request and I should wait 7 to 10 business days for the refund to process. But I've been waiting for more than a year. Can you help me get my money back? -- Kristy Heer, Minnetonka, Minn. A: You're right. Under Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, an airline owes you a refund if it cancels your flight. If you requested a refund, you should have received one within a week.
But it looks like there were a few complicating factors. You paid for your ticket with Frontier flight credits, which means you would have only been entitled to receive flight credits as a refund. It looks like a Frontier representative promised you a cash refund, even though you had paid with credits.
As a result, you received about $18 back from Frontier instead of the $253 you thought you would get. Making matters worse, it looks as if Frontier didn't even try to reissue your flight credit, so you ended up with $18 and no flight credits. That doesn't seem fair. After all, you didn't cancel the flight -- Frontier did. I reviewed the paper trail between you and Frontier. Nice job on keeping all of your correspondence, by the way. It shows you repeatedly asking for something you were entitled to -- a full refund. It also shows Frontier promising you that refund in writing. Why didn't Frontier do what it said? I'm going to chalk this one up to pandemic confusion. As a last resort, you could have reached out to one of the executive contacts at Frontier for help. I list the names, numbers and email addresses of the <a href="https://www.elliott.org/company-contacts/frontierairlines/">top customer service executives at Frontier</a> on my consumer advocacy site, Elliott.org. You can also <a href="https://www.transportation.g ov/airconsumer/file-consumercomplaint">file a complaint with the DOT</a>, which could have moved things along.
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Historically Speaking by Tom Morrow
Dec. 7, 1941: ‘A date that has lived in Infamy’
It’s been 80 years this week since the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor which drew this nation into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt told Congress and the American people Dec. 7, 1941, was “a date that will live in Infamy.”
had become bored and sought to experience the "Real West" in the notorious town of Tombstone in southern Arizona.
O'Neill took the opportunity to experience the local saloons before taking a job with The Tombstone Epitaph newspaper. By early 1882, he was back in Phoenix working as a deputy marshal. Later that year, O'Neill moved to Prescott, his home for the next 15 years.
O'Neill arrived in Prescott, continuing in his journalistic career, starting as a court reporter. He soon founded his own newspaper, Hoof and Horn, a paper for cattlemen and ranchers. In 1886, O’Neill became captain of the Prescott Grays, a local unit of the Arizona Militia. In 1888, while serving as Yavapai County judge, O’Neill was elected county sheriff, running on the Republican ticket. After his term as county judge was up, O'Neill was unanimously elected mayor of Prescott. In 1894 and 1896 he ran for Delegate to the Legislature of the Arizona Territory.
While World War II officially began on Sept. 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, the U.S. managed to stay on the sidelines until Japan’s Dec. 7, 1941 attack. The U.S. Navy’s bases in Hawaii, Guam, and the Philippines were major obstacles in keeping Japan from dominating all of the western Pacific region. The U.S. stopped Japan’s aggression six months later with the June 4-6, 1942 U.S. Naval victory in the Battle of Midway. It would take another four years for a final victory. Arizona’s ‘Rough-Riding’ Legend
Out of the untamed Wild West came a number of tales, legends, and an equal number of true stories. Few of those accounts would top the ones told about William Owen “Bucky” O'Neill – newspaperman, town marshal, judge, county sheriff, local militia leader, city mayor, and, captain in the famed “Roosevelt Rough Riders” of 1898.
Captain Bucky O’Neill
O’Neill was born the first of four children on Feb. 2, 1860, in St. Louis, Missouri. During the first part of 1879, when he was 19years old, O'Neill answered an item in the Washington Star newspaper calling for men to migrate to the Arizona Territory. He arrived in Phoenix riding a burro in September that same year. Upon arrival he was hired as a printer by the Phoenix Herald. By late 1880, O'Neill
During this time, one of his best friends was the infamous cattle regulator Tom Horn, who was hanged for murder in the Wyoming “Johnson County War.” In 1897, O'Neill helped introduce a bill in the Territorial Legislature allowing women to vote in municipal elections, however the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the bill.
In 1898, war broke out between the United States and Spain. O'Neill joined Teddy Roosevelt’s all-volunteer Rough Riders, becoming Captain of Troop A. The Rough Riders landed at Daiquirí, Cuba on June 22, 1898. On July 1, 1898, the Rough Riders and the U.S. Army’s 10th Cavalry were stationed below Kettle Hill where O’Neill was killed. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, commander of the Rough Riders, wrote in his report about the death of his captain: “The most serious loss that I and the regiment could have suffered befell the captain just before we charged. O'Neill walked up and down his troops. His men begged him to lie down, and one of the sergeants yelled, ‘Captain, a bullet is sure to hit you.’”
As the story was told by his men, O'Neill took his cigarette out of his mouth, and blowing out a cloud of smoke laughed and said, “Sergeant, the Spanish bullet isn't made that will kill me.” Soon after a bullet struck him in the head killing him instantly.
O’Neill’s men buried him on the slope of San Juan Hill. After the war, his family and friends asked the War Department to find and recover his body. Despite it being eight months since his death, O’Neill’s well-preserved body was found, exhumed, placed in a coffin, and returned to the United States. He was reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery. The epitaph on his gravestone reads: "Who would not die for a new star on the flag?" On July 3, 1907, a monument by sculptor Solon Borglum was dedicated to O'Neill and the other Rough Riders in their memory on the lawn of the Yavapai County courthouse in Prescott. Some 7,000 people gathered to witness the unveiling. Borglum’s dynamic sculpture of O’Neil depicts a “Rough Rider” on horseback. This monument is a “must-see” when visiting Prescott, the one-time capital of the Arizona Territory.
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"Summation" - A year-end exhibition celebrating the artists' vision, journey, and process, juried by Don Manor and Nancy Hunter. Meet the artists during the meet and greet Second Saturday, December 11th from 4-6pm, with awards presentations at 5:30pm.
In the Expressions Gallery I, "Nature Sings" by Joyce Brettel and Judith Shadzi. Expressions Gallery II, DopeRx Dynasty. In the InnerSpace Gallery the PhotoArts Group brings us to "The Final Take". Linda Doll, Virginia Cole and Carol Mansfield in Gallery Too Studio and Hall Wall artists include Dean Angelico, Robert Barry, Bettina Heinz, Martita Foss, Sunshine Riehl, Paula Thomas, Ted Washington, Woody Woodaman. 2nd Saturday December 11 at 4:30pm, costumed dancers from the City Ballet of San Diego's production of the "Nutcracker" are coming in ...(photo ops); they will be performing at the California Center for the Arts December 22 and 23. See https://cityballet.org.
Rady Children's eNews: Tell Them Yes - In a world that often tells children no, you have the power to answer them. Yes, there's hope. Yes, we're here for you. We have a number of special events on the calendar to tell the children in our care and community, *“Yes.”* For more information about any of these events, you can contact Rady Children's Hospital Foundation on their website at <https://secure.radyfoundation.org; by phone at 858.966.7878; or address is 3020 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123. 505 Reasons to Light the Way That's how many children might be in the Hospital each night this December. The holidays can be the most difficult time of year for them to spend in the Hospital but through your support of Light the Way, you can make sure our patients, families, and caregivers know that they are not alone. Hope and Healing on the Airwaves - During our annual iHeart Rady Children’s Giveathon, patients and staff join our partners at iHeart media to share stories of hope and healing. Tune in to your favorite iHeart station from 6am - 6pm, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 16. Call 1-800-258-0007 or visit radyfoundation.org/giveathon <https://secure.radyfoundation.org/ site/R?i=X90PgzlYkAupEMZhM3 MA8kza09WI3aMM7QkY5Th6Ipmgvt-BejwqQ> to donate.
Holiday Giving - Although a temporary inability to accept physical toy donations remains in place, members of our community who would like to brighten the season for Rady Children’s patients and their loved ones can do so by giving to our Toy and Diversionary Activity Fund. This fund allows parents with children receiving treatment during the holidays to
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select a special gift without added errands, as well as supports toys and activities available throughout the year.
Twice The Impact and A World of Difference! - A message from San Diego Habitat for Humanity; Hooray! We did it together! Thanks to the quick action and generous support of people like you, we exceeded our #Giving Tuesday match challenge, raising over $36,475 to help build more homes for local families. Having double the support means that we can make bigger strides to ensure we all have a safe place to call home. With six units under construction in National City and ten more on the way in Escondido, we are well on our way to turning these houses into homes. All because of people like you. Thank you! By the way, if you didn't get a chance to donate on #GivingTuesday, there's still time to help us turn these houses into homes! Join is today. San Diego Habitat for Humanity, 8128 Mercury Court, San Diego, CA 92111; phone (619) 283-4663 · sandiegohabitat.org
"Christmas Eve Services" at First United Methodist Church of Escondido - Christmas will come, even during these unprecedented times, and First United Methodist Church of Escondido, at 341 S. Kalmia St., is celebrating with two services on Christmas Eve.
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A thoughtful Scottish husband was putting his coat and hat on to make his way down to the local pub.
He turned to his wee wife before leaving, and said, "Maggie - put your hat and coat on, lassie". ' She replied, "'Awe Jock that's nice are you taking me tae the pub with you"?
'Nay,’ Jock replied ‘I'm turning the heat off while I'm out.' •••• "Jesus Loves You." A nice thing to hear in church. A horrific thing to hear in a Mexican prison. •••• Old Age: That point in time when everytime you approach a restroom you think, "well, I might as well pee." •••• "Worried about an IRS audit? Avoid what's called a red flag. That's something the IRS always looks for. For example, say you have some money left in your bank account after paying taxes. That's a red flag." •••• Losing weight doesn't seem to be working for me.
Down Christmas AtUpside 5:00pm, we are offering aTree family-friendly service called “The Upside-Down Christmas Tree”, a musical walk back through time to when upside-down Christmas trees were commonly found in homes and used as a symbol for the Trinity. The service will be held outdoors in the church courtyard, and will feature narration, the FUMCE Choir, and our Genesis Bell Choir. At 9:00pm, a more traditional service with carols and communion will be held indoors in our Sanctuary, and all ages are welcome. We invite you to join us for one or both of these services celebrating the birth of our Lord. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (760) 745-5100 for more information.
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Just go dashing through the snow. It would be nice if you had a one horse open sleigh, but it's not totally necessary. You might try singing as you go (but none of that damn rap!) Just head out over that field yonder, then turn left and go through the
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pet of the week at your Coastal Humane Society. 6-1/2-year-old, 14-pound, Domestic Short Hair cat with a brown Tabby coat. Miso was transferred to R a n c h o C o a s t a l H u m a n e Society two years ago from a shelter in Riverside C o u n t y through the Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program. She is active with an outgoing personality. Miso will let you know when she wants attention.
The $100 adoption fee for Miso includes medical exam, spay, up to date vaccinations, and registered microchip. For information about adoption or to become a Virtual Foster visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-7536413, or log on to www.SDpets.org.
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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 Supporting our local nonprofits
I’m happy to report that the City of San Marcos’ $3 million COVID-19 Nonprofit Community Grant Program is well underway, helping San Marcos community nonprofits shine even brighter. The Grants Committee has awarded 33 grants to date, totaling $921,715, since the program’s debut in August.
The aim of the program is to offer assistance to essential nonprofits that serve San Marcos residents who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The overall funding objective is to touch every corner of the city by supporting nonprofits working to better the lives of San Marcos residents.
It’s not too late to apply - applications are still being accepted! You can find out all the details at www.san-marcos.net. The City of San Marcos will continue to award grants monthly until the $3 million of funding is exhausted. San Marcos is honored to support numerous nonprofits in our community!
Vista • Mayor Judy Ritter
City Deploys Funds to Assist Local Business es
The City of Vista, in partnership with the Vista Chamber, is initiating a Small Business COVID-19 grant program to allow small businesses financial support to help get them through the year and have continued success in the future. These funds will support the local economy in a variety of ways including promoting local businesses, waiving fees for activities that support the economy, funding cybersecurity efforts of small businesses, training new entrepreneurs, implementing training program for established businesses, and funding a clean and safe program in downtown Vista. To learn more, visit VistaChamber.org. Additionally, a community grant program for Vista non-profits disproportionately affected by the pandemic will be launching by the City in early 2022.
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Christmas Tunes Cont. from Page 3
And when Mama was weaving the Ford through a crowded shoppingmall parking lot, doing endless figure eights, trying to find the only available parking space in the tricounty, the Beach Boys would sing “Little Saint Nick” while you puked from car sickness. When Mama whisked you into the Sears department store to try on Husky brand khakis for your school Christmas pageant, Gene Autry was singing over the store intercom about Rudolph’s selfesteem issues.
Whenever your old man was openburning leaves in the ditch, Chuck Berry was on the transistor singing “Run, Run, Rudolph” while your sister played lead guitar on the yard rake. And when your father and his cousin Leroy were hanging exterior lights, suspended from threestory ladders, mumbling nonBaptist expletives for the entire neighborhood to hear, “O Holy Night” by Pat Boone was playing. In every truckstop café you heard
Escondido • Mayor Paul “Mac” McNamara Greetings Escondido,
I know a lot of this readership enjoy Facebook but I am not one of them. Too often I see comments from people who I assume are well intentioned but sadly woefully uninformed about the issue of the day. Candidly, and I say this with kindness, their comments exacerbate the challenge and don’t help the solution.
So, I’m going to ask everyone who feels compelled to comment on Facebook to take a breath and ask yourself can you prove your accusations. If not don’t make the situation worse by feeding fear. There is a big difference between the comment of the Gov’t is considering doing something and the Gov’t shouldn’t do something. One is an unfounded fear and the other is an important caution for how we move forward. We have some really tough and potentially expensive challenges facing us. Let’s have a debate that reviews all the arguments and consequences and decide as a community how we move forward.
We are in the holiday season. Let’s incorporate those great values into our discussion of how we should live. My wife in her wisdom always reminds me that we are in the same boat. I think we are all in the same boat! Stay informed, Be Kind, Remember your neighbor, and Stay safe! Semper Fi, Mac
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“Adeste Fideles,” by Bing.
In every JCPenney they played “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland.
Your granny’s hifi always blared something by Elvis Presley or the Les Baxter Orchestra, as she painstakingly decorated gingerbread houses, complete with cigarette ashes on the shingles. “Little Jack Frost Get Lost” by Peggy Lee was playing while your mother sewed angel costumes for your church’s live Nativity.
And when Johnny Albertson vomited onstage during the aforementioned Nativity because he had the stomach bug, the children’s choir was busy singing “Away In a Manger.”
And don’t forget the annual CBS special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” with music by the Vince Guaraldi Trio—perhaps the greatest soundtrack album ever recorded. There wasn’t a child living in the Land of the Free who didn’t tune in and dance the Charleston in his or
her living room during the “Linus and Lucy” dance break.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention “You’re a Mean One Mister Grinch,” performed by Boris Karloff.
As it happens, my cousin’s child recently informed me that she had never seen the 1966 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” TV special. “You’ve never seen it?” I asked.
“Never,” she said, shaking her head. “I don’t even know who the Grinch is.” Jesus wept.
Also, I have never gone 365 days without hearing Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra play “Sleigh Ride,” while my aunt Eulah rattles her cocktail shaker along with the percussion section. So I want to know what happened to the good stuff. The holiday music of Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, the Andrew Sisters, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Glen Miller, and Burl Ives, for cripes sake.
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Should we upgrade to Windows 11 Yes or no? THE ANSWER IS NO.
You may have noticed that Microsoft recently has been inviting you to accept the “free upgrade” to Win11. Since we opened “The Computer Factory” in 1995, we have experienced eleven new Windows OS (operating system) releases, Win95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, Win7, Win8, win8.1, win 10 and now Windows 11. Some Microsoft OS have been excellent, like Win98, XP, Win7 and even Win10. Others have been “stinkers”, like Win ME, Vista, and Win8. For previous new OS releases Microsoft has authorized “down grade rights.” It meant that if you bought a new PC after the release of a new OS, you could exercise “downgrade rights” and have your new PC configured with the old OS at no cost. “Downgrade rights”
Homeless Panhandlers? Cont. from Page 4
mind, Steve Jobs. Before dying at age 56 in 2011, Steve Jobs recalled those harsh homeless times. At a commencement speech at Stanford University he gave the homeless a voice and a face: “I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”
Gorgeous movie Oscar-winner, and television producer, Halle Berry, was once homeless when she was first starting her career in Chicago. Such a wretched life can often break the heartiest of souls. It toughened Halle Berry. She would eventually be voted among “The Most beautiful Women in the World.” But, it took its toll. Berry would later confess, “It taught me how to take care of myself and that I could live through any situation, even if it meant going to a shelter for a small stint, or living within my means – which were very meager.” TV talk show host, David Letterman, lived out of his 1973 Chevy pickup truck in Los Angeles.
Comedian Jim Carrey was homeless and once lived out of a VW camper.
Sylvester Stallone once spent three weeks sleeping at the Port Authority bus station, just to stay warm, fed, and alive. He sold his dog for $50 but after selling his movie script
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came in handy when Microsoft’s latest and greatest OS releases were “stinkers”. Buyers of the new “Vista stinker” in 2007 were able to exercise downgrade rights and stay with XP. When the “Win 8 stinker” was released in October of 2012, many PC new buyers opted for “downgrade rights” and stayed with Win7. Few users upgraded to ME, Vista or Windows8 from previous operating systems. “Early adopters” who did soon regretted their pioneer spirit and quickly reinstalled their old OS.
It has long been our practice to wait at least a year after the release of any OS before recommending it to our customers. Even though Win10 was one of Microsoft’s “good” operating system releases, it was not until they announced the end of Win 7 support in January of last year that we recommended upgrading to Win 10. Windows7 could do everything that Windows10 could, so there wasn’t any incentive to “upgrade” until Microsoft ended support for Win7 in January 2020. We are taking the same approach with Windows 11. Win11 is merely a version of Win10. Users with Win10 on their existing PCs should not consider upgrading to Win 11. Adapting to Win11’s minor changes to the desktop and other Windows features changes represent annoyance without improvement. Even if there were tangible benefits in upgrading to Win11 or if Microsoft incorporates future features that are of significant benefit, we would still recommend waiting at least a year before upgrading from Win10 to allow Microsoft time to fix the inevitable bugs.
“Rocky” bought his ‘best friend’ back for $3,000. And comedian and TV host of “Family Feud,” Steve Harvey, also was among the homeless and had to live in his 1976 Ford Tempo for three long years, before his big break came. Television’s popular Dr. Phil, “Mr. Self-Help” (real name Phil McGraw), said he was once homeless, living in a car in Kansas City with his father who was doing internship to be a psychologist. Star Trek’s William Shatner was homeless and lived out of his truck.
Among Hollywood notables, there is nothing new about homelessness. Such plights go way back in time, even among the most illustrious members of the silver screen. Homelessness and hunger knows not discrimination.
Silent film star, Charlie Chaplin, had to figure out how to make a living on the streets of London. Harry Houdini ran away from home at age 15 and begged for money on the streets for coins.
And it still shocks many film buffs today to find out that Hollywood movie legend, Cary Grant, once slept in alleys when he couldn’t find enough money to stay at a flophouse when he was working on the military docks.
Most ten year old PCs that have been upgraded to Win10 are perfectly capable of performing the present day stand-alone and Internet based applications used in most homes and businesses. Since Microsoft has committed to support Win10 through October of 2025 your old PC should be good for another four years with Win10. But if you upgrade a PC that is more than three years old to Win11, Microsoft will not support the Win11 OS, so don’t do it. If you buy a new PC today, it will come with Win11 and no “downgrade rights” option. The absence of the “downgrade” feature is reasonable since Win 11 is not really a new OS but simply a minimally altered version of Win10. Win11 should have few problems since it has been in service as Win10 for the past six years. The Win11 OS on new PCs
No one is immune to possible homelessness, especially during this Covid-19 pandemic.
SUMMATION. Homelessness is on the rise across the U. S. Annual Federal HUD reports contradict private, local, and state reports on homelessness.
and those upgraded from Win10 that are less than three years old will receive Microsoft support through 2032. In summary our recommendations are. Don’t upgrade any Win10 PC to Win11. Unless Microsoft develops some compelling new reason to upgrade, we recommend staying with Win10 until the end of Win10 support in late 2025. If you’re still using a Windows Vista or 7 or 8 and / or you’re still using a spinning hard disc drive (HDD), bring your PC in and get a free evaluation and estimate on trading in or upgrading to Win10 and/or replacing you old mechanical HDD with a fast new solid state drive SSD. If this is confusing stop by or give us a call. We’re here to help and we love doing it.
Ask your city and police officials how best to donate your money to help panhandlers and homelessness.
Because the panhandler you give your hard-earned money to – may just drive away in a Porsche.
According to the official U. S. National HUD findings, there have been 40 percent increases in homelessness in America in 2017 and 2019. In 2020-2021 homelessness continues to be a major national concern. According to U. S records, historically, homelessness emerged as a (national issue) in the 1870s. Today, it remains in the forefront of national news.
Hopefully, cities across America will work relentlessly to alleviate this sad, social epidemic.
And as a public service to all readers of The Paper, caution and discretion is strongly advised to help thwart the Samuel Morse con artists who continue to fleece an unsuspecting public.
Hopefully this exclusive report will help separate the criminal element from this truly heartbreaking human condition known as homelessness.
This is Friedrich Gomez’s 188th cover story for The Paper. Won’t be much longer and we’ll hit the 200th cover story!
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Letters to the Editor Cont. from Page 4
the Voice of San Diego by Sara Libby). Also, the investigation report by writer Andrew Keatts (July 17, 2017 issue of the Voice of San Diego) titled: "Yes, SANDAG and Other Agencies Are Allowed to Lie On the Ballot." There is no "Three Strikes and You're Out" here. If SANDAG has repeatedly lied, then they're automatically out! And whenever they DO tell the truth well, they've already "violated a sacred trust with voters" so sorry, we just don't trust them anymore -on ANYTHING they say.
A separate point of interest, why isn't the Mayor of Oceanside (Esther Sanchez) NOT joining her other North County mayoral colleagues in a weekly column in The Paper to address and represent her Oceanside constituents who endorsed her? Ouch! Oceanside residents feel a bit left out in the cold with non-representation. I salute San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, Escondido Mayor Paul "Mac" McNamara, and Vista Mayor Judy Ritter for their valued time and attention. They make us all feel worthy and not taken for granted. One last comment, your current cover story "Three Heroes" written by your BRILLIANT writer Friedrich Gomez is very, very much appreciated during this month's "Pearl Harbor Remembrance."
We military (active and retired) are strongly united and dedicated to honoring our country by keeping alive the memories of those who gave their ultimate sacrifice. Thank you Mr. Davis, also, for your U. S. Army military sacrifice during the Vietnam War. We salute you as among our own ranks. -emailed from Kent Warren neighbors and friends, North San Diego Inland Empire.
Editor’s Note: Re: Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez. She has been offered a weekly column on several occasions but for whatever reason has chosen to not respond. Another Happy Reader
Mr. Lyle E. Davis, Owner & Publisher of The Paper: We just finished reading this week's cover story "Three Heroes" in honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7. We are so deeply touched at the narrative that there are simply no adequate words other than to say "Thank You, Mr. Davis for honoring our country as you have."
The most amazing thing is, you DON'T have to be in the military to appreciate this electrifying story and the style in which is was written! As a former school teacher I would have to say that this story was the finest literary prose on Pearl Harbor that I've ever read. Even my husband was greatly moved and wiped away a few tears. It was THAT moving! And the style of writing placed us right in
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the middle of the action as it unfolded, ostensibly, in "real time." Our neighbor came over with several copies of The Paper and they were greatly, greatly moved by the storyline. After they left, we sat down and read it ourselves and I will never, ever forget the experience that welled-up inside of me as the story "came alive" and overcame us, emotionally.
Mr. Davis, how can we adequately thank you? Even our sons and daughters just shook their heads, unable to express themselves without their voices cracking with emotion. The Paper is fast becoming an "essential" part of our weekly lives! Please thank Friedrich Gomez for this literary tour de force. The Paper never, never stops amazing us readers! You are so dearly loved by so many anonymous readers out here who are such loyal fans of yours even though they may not be "letter writers." Trust me, I know that as undisputed fact! Caroline Douglas Escondido, California
And another thought . . .
Editorial Offices, Attn. Lyle Davis, Publisher of The Paper Weekly Magazine.
All of us harding working stiffs at my workplace read your comments on SANDAG lying to voters over and over again. A lot of us Googled the research engine, did our own research, and everyone one came through with a "near100% unanimous agreement with you." It NEVER stops hurting when politicians and Big Interests and Big Corporate Powers knowingly misled us and still have the ability to sleep soundly at night, or be able to hug and kiss their small children before bedtime and telling them to "Say your prayers." SANDAG entered into a sacred, coveted, trusted "union" with the people with their ballot promises. When that sacred vow of trust and loyalty was breached, well, it's like "adultery" within a marriage -- you can never trust that person again. That's why the Bible says the act of "Adultery" is grounds for divorce. SANDAG committed adultery in principle, and in ethics and morality. How do these board members look into the eyes of their own innocent children and vow that they never lied to the public as they have been accused. Mr. Davis, the world is watching and observing that you're one helluva newspaper Editor who refuses to let thugs, malfeasance, or political powers run your newsroom. And congratulations on your stellar "Three Heroes" Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor cover story (Dec. 2, 2021). Our daughters are currently in military service and they treasured that story written by Friedrich Gomez beyond words! They shared copies with their military brethren, men and women. You're greatly, greatly, respected Mr. Lyle Davis! Tony Logan, family, coworkers, of Valley Center/Escondido/Poway
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You can have a grand old time singing slaying songs, or, if you prefer, sleighing songs. By the time you finish you'll arrive back home, with spirits high, and dream of sugar plum fairies all night long.
My three favorite things are eating my family and not using commas. •••• They finally got it right. (Dedicated to my Norwegian cousin, Eilei Moen)
Now, don't you feel just peachy keen? You're welcome.
/s/ Sandy Klaus •••• After a shooting spree they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. •••• The frequency of sexual activity of senior males depends on where they were born. Statistics just released from Statistics Canada, and The United Nations B.O.H. Team, revealed that: North American men between 60 and 80 years of age, will on average, have sex two to three times per week, (and a small number a lot more), whereas Japanese men, in exactly the same age group, will have sex only once or twice per year if they are lucky. This has come as very upsetting news to me and most of my buddies at the golf club, as none of us had any idea that we were Japanese. •••• People who ask me what I’m doing tomorrow probably assume that I even know what day of the week it is.
I was once young and poor but now, after years of hard work, I am no longer young. •••• TV Trivia
Every once in awhile a question comes up on some of those old, old, TV shows. Liike, "What was the name of Howdy Doody's brother?" Howdy didn't have a brother! He had a Sister named Heidi Doody. There was, however, a stand in marionette, in the event of a catastophic injury to Howdy (like a broken string). They called him Double Doody! I'm surprised I can learn anything new, when my brain has to be nearly full of all that meaningless stuff.
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The name of the busines: Opal Owl Design, located at 191 Cerco Rosado, San Marcos, CA. 92069 Registrant Information: Samantha Johnson 191 Cerco Rosado
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9024560 The name of the busines: Always Ready Equipment Rentals, located at 1462 Devin Dr., Fallbrook, CA. 92028. Registrant Information: Covetous, Inc. 1462 Devin Dr. Fallbrook, Ca. 92028 This business is operated by a corporation. First day of business n/a. /s/ Joseph B. Volk, President Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/02/2021
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9026294 The name of the busines: Essential Landscaping, located at 1251 Armorlite Dr., #201, San Marcos, CA. 92069. Registrant Information: Rutilio Garcia Sierra 486 Valerie Dr Vista, CA. 92084 Bryan Zepeda Garcia 1751 Armorlite Dr., #201 San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is operated by a General Partnership. First day of business: 10/11/2021 /s/ Rutilio Garcia Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/29/2021
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SUMMONS CASE NO. 37-2021-00030780-CL-BC-NC SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO VISTA DIVISION 325 S. Melrose Vista, Ca. 92081 760.201.8094
NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: A n t o n i o Laguna, Jr. aka Antonio Laguna aka Tony Laguna dba 42 Films, and Does 1 through 10, inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: Navitas Credit Corp.
NOTICE! You are being sued. The court may decide against you without you being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp) your county law library, or the county courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form; if you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default,and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the courr. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Service Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org). the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: San Diego County Superior Court 325 So. Melrose Drive Vista, CA. 92081 North County Division
The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney is: Barry W. Ferns, Esq. Ferns, Adams & Associates 2815 Mitchell Drive, Suite 210, Walnut Creek, CA. 94598 925.927.3401 Dated: 7/28/2021 Clerk By; A. Carini, Deputy 11/18, 11/25, 12/02 & 12/09/2021
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2021-00047793-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Phillip Walter Simon Jr. filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Phillip Walter Simon Jr. to Proposed name Phillip Walter Simon El. 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 objection 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: December 28, 2021. 8:30a.m., Department 25. NO HEARING WILL OCCUR ON ABOVE DATE; SEE ATTACHMENT. The address of the court is: 325 S. Melrose, 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 November 12, 2021. /s/ Pamela M. Parker, Judge of the Superior Court 11/18, 11/25, 12/02 & 12/09/2021
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9025141 The name of the business: H2O Bros, located at 2241 La Mirada Drive, Vista, CA. 92081 Registrant Information: Yanchewski & Wardell Enterprises, Inc. 2241 La Mirada Drive Vista, Ca. 92081 This business is operated by a corporation. First day of business n/a. /s/ Ryan Q. Wardell, President. Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/09/2021 11/18, 11/25, 12/02 & 12/09/2021 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9024575 The name of the business: Prism Electric, located at 3549 Lookout Court #428, Oceanside, CA. 92056. Registrant Information: Kyle David Hendry 3549 Lookout Court #428 Oceanside, CA. 92056 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business 11/01/2021. /s/ Kyle David Hendry Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/02/2021 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 & 12/9/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9025019 The name of the business: California RDA Institute; RDA Institute of California, located at 1059 First Ave., San Diego, Ca. 92101 Registrant Information: California Dental Certifications LLC 1059 First Ave. San Diego, CA. 92101 This business is operated by Limited Liability Company. First day of business 10/26/2004. /s/ Adele Baca, CEO Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/08/2021 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 & 12/9/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9025020 The name of the business: California Dental Certifications Institute; California Dental Certifications, located at 1059 First Ave., San Diego, Ca. 92101 Registrant Information: Adele Baca, 1059 First Ave. San Diego, CA. 92101 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business 10/26/2004. /s/ Adele Baca, CEO Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/08/2021 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 & 12/9/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9024776 The name of the business: Kyle Tetz Chiropractic Inc., located at 410 S. Melrose Dr. Ste 200, Vista, CA. 92081. Registrant Information: Kyle Tetz Chiropratic Inc. 410 S. Melrose Dr., Ste 200 Vista, Ca. 92081 This business is operated by a corporation. First day of business 11/4/2021. /s/ Kyle Tetz, CEO Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/04/2021 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 & 12/9/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9025501 The name of the business: Notary by T, located at 3793 Via Cabrillo, Oceanside, CA. 92056 Registrant Information: Tanya Ware 3793 Via Cabrillo Oceanside, CA. 92056 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business 11/16/2021 /s/ Tanya Ware Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/16/2021/ 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 & 12/09/2021
STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME #2021-9023794 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME:
Streaming Arrow Records, located at 3210 Greyhawk Court Carlsbad, CA. 92010.
The Fictitious Business Name referred to above was filed in San Diego County on 10/21/2016 and assigneed file no. 2016-027406. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IS BEING ABANDONED BY: Brandon Anthony Foley 3270 Westwood Drive Carlsbad, Ca. 92008
This business is conducted by an individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1000). /s/ Brandon Foley This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County 10/21/2021 11/25, 12/02, 12/09 & 12/16/2021
SUMMONS CASE NO. 37-202000045259-CL-BC-NC
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO VISTA DIVISION 325 S. Melrose Vista, Ca. 92081 760.201.8094
NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: PHOTOGRAPHY OUTLET, INC., a California corporation; SANJAY GUPTA, an individual, and DOES 1 to 25.
YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: TBF FINANCIAL I. LLC A California limited liability company
NOTICE! You are being sued. The court may decide against you without you being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp) your county law library, or the county courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form; if you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default,and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the courr.
There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Service Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org). the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.cortinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar associataion. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: San Diego County Superior Court 325 So. Melrose Drive Vista, CA. 92081 North County Division The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney is: Michael W. Battin, Navigato & Battin, LLP 755 West A Street, Suite 150 San Diego, CA. 92101 619-233-5365 Dated: 12/28/20 By Clerk A. Carini, Deputy 11/18, 11/25, 12/02 & 12/09/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9025075 The name of the busines: Robert William Ent.; Cool Beads; Cali Bristo, located at 14251D Garden Rd., Poway, CA. 92064. Registrant Information: Robert Nethery 14251D Garden Rd. Poway, CA. 92064. This business is operated by an individual. First day of business 11/01/2021 /s/ Robert Nethery Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/09/2021
11/25, 12/02, 12/16/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9024608 The name of the busines: The Punchlist, located at 1544 Indian Summer Road, San Marcos, CA. 92069. Registrant Information: Tyler James Collett 1544 Indian Summer Road San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business n/a. /s/ Tyler Collett Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/02/2021
11/25, 12/02, 12/16/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9024690 The name of the busines: Verde Renovation; Verde Flood Restoration; Verde Carpet Care; Crescent Restoration, located at 530 West 2nd Ave., Ste 204, Escondido, CA. 92025. Registrant Information: Antoine B Sturgies 530 West 2nd Ave., Ste 204 Escondido, CA. 92025. This business is operated by an individual. First day of business n/a. /s/ Antoine B. Sturgies Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/03/2021
12/02, 12/09, 12/23/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9023732 The name of the business: Made For You Flower Shop, San Elijo Flower Shop, locaed at 2237 Indus Way, San Marcos, CA. 92078. Registrant Information: Deanna Rivera Ornelas and Raley Guimaroes Vianna DeOliveira 2237 Indus Way San Marcos, Ca. 92078 This business is operated by a Married Couple. First day of business 9/15/2021. /s/ Deanna Rivera Ornelas Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 10/21/2021/ 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 & 12/09/2021 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9025539 The name of the business: Dulce Vida Natural, located at 1011 S. Santa Fe Ave., Ste B, Vista, Ca. 92083. Registrant Information: Immunocali Naural Health LLC 1234 N. Santa Fe Ave., #118-166 Vista, CA. 92083 This business is operated by a Limited Liability Co. First day of business n/a. /s/ Oscar Rene Redondo Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/16/2021/ 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 & 12/09/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9026432
Name of the busines: GT Club, located at 9134 Dowdy Dr., San Diego, CA. 92126 Registrant Information: OMG Motors, Inc. 9134 Dowdy Dr. San Diego, CA. 92126 This business is operated by a corporation. First day of business n/a. /s/ Ilmiye Postaagasi, CFO Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/30/2021
12/09, 12/16, 12/30/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9026111 The name of the busines: Angel’s Auto Glass & Tint, located at 755 W. San Marcos, Blvd, #108, San Marcos, CA. 92078. Registrant Information: Gorgis Zero 29311 Home Plate Lake Elsinore, Ca. 92530 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business 11/23/21. /s/ Gorgis Zero Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/23/2021
12/02, 12/09, 12/23/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9026101 The name of the busines: SD Deals, located at 430 N. Pacific St. San Marcos, CA. 92069. Registrant Information: Jairo Duran 430 N. Pacific St. San Marcos CA. 92069 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business 11/23/21. /s/ Jairo Duran Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/23/2021
12/02, 12/09, 12/23/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9026537 The name of the busines: Avanti Hair Salon, located at 322 W. El Norte Parkway, #D, Escondido, CA. 92026. Registrant Information: Alma Reyes 322 W. El Norte Parkwaay #D Escondido, CA. 92026 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business 12/01/2021. /s/ Alma Reyes Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 12/01/2021
12/09, 12/16, 12/30/2021
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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME #2021-9026538 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME:
Avanti Salon, Inc., located at 322 W. El Norte Pkway, Suite D, Escondido, CA. 92026. The Fictitious
Business Name referred to above was filed in San Diego County on 7/31/2017 and assigneed file no. 2017-9019334. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IS BEING ABANDONED BY: Avanti Salon., Inc. 1516 Casa Real Ln. San Marcos, CA. 92069.
This business is conducted by a corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1000). /s/Martha L. Powell, President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County 12/01`/2021 12/09, 12/16, 12/23 & 12/30/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9025649 The name of the busines: Handy Andy Maintenance, located at 4169 Galbar St., Oceanside, CA. 92056 Registrant Information: Andrew Lee Sieg 4169 Galbar St. Oceanside, CA. 92056 This business is operated by an individual. First Day of Business: n/a. /s/ Andrew Sieg Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/17/2021
12/09, 12/16, 12/30/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9025384 The name of the busines: Lisa’s Classic Cleaning Service, located at 780 Woodward St., Unit 40, San Marcos, CA. 92069. Registrant Information: Lisa Marie Evans 780 Woodward St., Unit 40 San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business n/a. /s/ Lisa Marie Evans Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/13/2021
12/09, 12/16, 12/30/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9026564 The name of the busines: Maverick Productions, located at 1515 Capalina Rd, 22. San Marcos, CA. 92069. Registrant Information: David Charles Hammond 1515 Capalina Rd., Space 22 San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business 12/02/2021 /s/ David Charles Hammond Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 12/01/2021
12/09, 12/16, 12/30/2021
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9025886 The name of the busines: Engicon San Diego General Builder, located at 405 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA. 92069. Registrant Information: Engicon 405 North Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is operated by a corporation. First day of business n/a. /s/ Ali R. Heidari, President Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/19/2021
12/02, 12/09, 12/23/2021
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