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Volume 51 - No. 50

December 16, 2021

By Kent Ballard

I met Mike about six months ago. I didn’t know he was a volunteer fireman until just last week. We found ourselves with some time to kill and we began to talk. Somehow, the conversation turned towards auto accidents. He said that although he’d been on many emergency runs to car wrecks, he’d never been in a serious one himself. I told him I had, and that he wasn’t missing anything. It was a bad joke.

Mike continued. At last count, he had been on the scene of thirty-seven fatal accidents. I stopped and let that soak in for a while. It explained a few things about the fellow, one being his utter hatred for anyone who would dare drink and drive. I could see how nearly forty fatal accidents would make a guy that way. He told me about things he’d seen personally that would give me nightmares for years. I’ve happened across a few accidents, some involving cars, some not. I always tried to help if I could, and managed to concentrate long enough to make a difference of a couple of times. But I always got the jitters later. I marvel at the men and women who can do this all the time, knowing when the next call comes in they’ll have to go out and experience it all again. I’m thankful that there are people like that, but I’m not one of them. He described several of the terrible accidents, and explained the techniques that professionals use to extract accident victims and start immediate medical care. The “Golden Hour” starts at the moment of impact, and every second counts. Mike spoke with well-deserved pride about his crew and the equipment, training, and dedication that they bring to bear in the The Paper - 760.747.7119


fight against death itself. Surprisingly often, they win— but other times nothing within the power of human beings is nearly enough.

As he spoke, I could tell that one part of the job haunted him despite his best efforts to hide it. He was a father of three. His oldest son was driving now, and when he’d mention a wreck involving kids— he’d seen a few—a dark look crossed his face. I quietly told him that my boys were just starting to drive too. Like all teenagers, they think they’re invincible. He look up sharply, “Let me tell you, they’re not.”

He’d loaded enough of them onto back boards, crying for their parents, to know better. He paused for quite a while, then blinked a few times. “You know, you do a job like this and you think you’ve seen it all. You can’t think of it as anything but a job, otherwise it’d eat you alive. You just have to let it roll off, man. But there was this one wreck we were called to…this one wreck…” and his voice and expression both changed. I’m quite sure that he wasn’t aware of it. Part of him was already somewhere else—

another place, another very bad day. •••••• Two families were leaving a house, all of them going to a social event at the local high school. The parents and kids from both families were all long-time friends. Just so they could continue their conversations, it was decided that the parents would all go in one car, the kids in another. A seventeen year old boy was driving the younger folks.

Everyone in the little rural community where they lived knew the boy. He was a good kid, all agreed. Had a good head on his shoulders. The other parents were confident in his driving. The two cars left the driveway and the teenager took the lead. His parents and his friend’s parents fell in behind them on the highway. They had a few miles to go before they got to the school. The weather was good. The roads were dry.

About four miles south of the small town where the school was located, there was what was known locally as a “bad hill.” You can find a deadly spot like

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this in almost every county in the nation. It’s where a combination of hills, curves, or poor road design all come together to make driving suddenly, unexpectedly hazardous. They’re easy to spot by the multiple skid marks in the asphalt. The kids were northbound, approaching the hill. The parents were a couple of blocks behind. No cars were in between them on the lonely stretch of highway. Some said later that the boy might have been going a little too fast. Some said he wasn’t. It was never proven either way. From behind, the father driving the second car saw his boy top the hill. As soon as the teenager reached the peak, his dad saw his brake lights come on suddenly. Then the car dipped over the other side of the hill and was lost from view.

At the bottom of the steep hill was a crossroads. A sixty-five foot semi-tractor trailer had stopped at the intersection. The driver carefully looked both ways and, seeing nothing, dropped into low and began to pull out onto the highway. He

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was blocking both sides of the road when the kid topped the hill. The trailer was heavily loaded and the driver had no speed built up yet. He gunned the engine for all it was worth, trying to get out of the way. The seventeen year old driver looked down the hill and all he could see was a wall of steel and iron in front of him. He slammed the brake pedal and fought the wheel, looking frantically for a lane, a ditch, anyplace he could aim the car. There was nowhere to go. The massive trailer, still swinging out from the crossroads, had blocked everything. The boy fought it all the way in.

The car containing the parents had slowed down a little. The father driving knew his son had seen something from the hilltop. He backed off a few miles per hour. It was enough to make the difference for them. But when the second car came to the top of the hill, four horrified parents looked down to

Give Us This Day Our Daily Chuckle This week, a compendium of wit, wisdom and neat stuff you can tell at parties. Enjoy!

Brad lives in California .... He was sick of the world, of Covid-19, Trump, Russian belligerence, China, global warming, racial tensions, and the rest of the disturbing stories that occupy media headlines.

Brad drove his car into his garage and then sealed every doorway and window as best he could. He got back into his car and wound down all the windows, selected his favorite radio station, started the car and revved it to a slow idle.

Two days later, a worried neighbor peered through his garage window and saw him in the car. She notified the emergency services and they broke in, pulling Brad from the car.

A little sip of water and, surprisingly, he was in perfect condition, but his Tesla had a dead battery.

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see the road blocked by a huge semi and the car containing their children--all of their children—skidding towards the truck, blue clouds of smoke rolling out from under the locked tires. There wasn’t even enough time to scream. The boy’s car slammed into the middle of the trailer and seemed to explode. Big chunks of sheet metal and glass flew in all directions. And the parents saw every bit of it. ••••• Mike was on duty that day at the firehouse. An alarm went off, and his crew grabbed their personal gear and leaped aboard their assigned vehicle, Truck Four. The initial report was that a truck driver out on the south highway had made a garbled and half-hysterical call over his C.B. radio. He’d had enough presence of mind to switch to channel nine, the national emergency channel for the citizen’s band frequency. Most county sheriff ’s departments monitor channel nine, and there’s a dedicated band of radio enthusiasts known as REACT who assist them, monitoring the band for The Blind Hill Cont. on Page 3

Brad is a registered California Democrat. DEAR ABBY:

"I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can't afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Any suggestions?" Sam in California. DEAR SAM: "Register as a Republican, and run for public office." Abby

There will be no Nativity Scene in Washington this year! The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene in the United States Capitol this Christmas season. This isn't for any religious reason. They simply have not been able to find Three Wise Men in the Nation's Capitol. A search for a Virgin continues. There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable. Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids. "If we concentrated on the really important stuff in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." By Junius P. Long

A young, new Baptist minister was assigned a small church in town. He

By Sean Dietrich

Hundreds of people lined the hospital hallways to pay respects to Skip Nicholson, a fallen officer they’d never met. It was midafternoon. Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola hospital was so quiet you could have heard a tongue depressor drop.

Hospital employees filed into the halls, looking for places to stand, wedging against walls, tucking themselves in open doorways, and cramming together like canned oysters. The crowd was three deep in some spots. “Find your places, people,” said one nurse. Then she did a let’s-hustle clap for effect. Supervisors.

was fresh out of divinity school and training, anxious to take to his new church and save souls from the Devil. He was bright, friendly, inspired, and had only one drawback...he was a dead ringer for Elvis Presley. The man could have been his mirror image. It was as if he was Elvis' twin, a doppelganger, the spitting image of the young King himself. His voice was even identical. He'd arrived in town that Friday and put his few possessions in the parsonage next door to the church. It had been a long and tiring day, and he slept soundly that night alone in the parsonage. The next morning he awoke and fixed a light breakfast, then sat wondering what he would do for the rest of the day? He already had Sunday's sermon memorized. Then a thought struck him-he'd go from door to door in the neighborhood inviting everyone to his church the next day, kind of like a "grand opening." It wouldn't matter if they were good Baptists or not. They could be of any faith and be welcomed and still hear the word of God, mix with their other neighbors, and meet the new minister.

So, bright and early, he began walking down the sidewalk to the nearest house. He paused, somewhat shyly, at the foot of the porch steps. Then he gathered his courage and stepped up to the door and knocked. Presently a frumpy-looking middleaged housewife still in her robe came to the door.

People bowed heads, closed eyes, someone made the Sign of the Cross. There were doctors, nurses, techs, and volunteers. There were officers from the Pensacola Police Department, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Pensacola Fire Department. There were orderlies, cafeteria workers, and custodians.

They lined every centimeter of available wallspace, forming a human chain that connected from the morgue to the hospital’s front doors. And it was all for Skip.

Retired deputy Madison “Skip” Nicholson died two nights ago. It

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He said, "Good morning, mam. My name is Reverend Bob Wilson and I'm the new minister of the Baptist church down the street. I'd like to invite you and your loved ones to services tomorrow morning. It'll be my first sermon in my first church and I'd be delighted if you and yours would come to share..."

The woman's jaw dropped to her chest and she began screaming, "ELVIS! ELVIS! IT'S ELVIS PRESLEY!" having not heard a word he said, simply awestruck that the King of Rock n' Roll was on her porch in person. She jerked open the door and flung herself at him, her eyes closed and lips puckered for a big kiss.

This terrified the shy young minister who leaped off her porch and began running as hard as he could. It was a couple of blocks before he gathered his wits and slowed down. He paused, catching his breath and again working up his courage, then knocked on the door of the house where he had stopped. A somewhat overweight older woman in hair curlers, carrying a basket of laundry answered this door. "Uhhm, hello, madam. I'm Reverend Bob Wilson, the new minister of the Baptist church a couple of blocks down the street and I'd like to invite you to..." And the poor man got no further than that when she started shrieking at the top of her lungs, "ELVIS!

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parking space.

May December 31 find you seated around the dinner table, together with your beloved family and cherished friends, ushering in the New Year ahead. May you find the food better, the environment quieter, the cost much cheaper, and the pleasure much more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night.

Evelyn Madison The Social Butterfly Email Evelyn at:

My Holiday Wishes For You!

May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastro-endocrinologists, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your gynecologist, your plumber and the IRS.

May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest rate not rise.

May you find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in rush hour in less than an hour, and when you get there my you find a

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whatever emergency message that might be broadcast. The trucker’s plea for help was picked up and the authorities called. The sheriff had two cars en route and called the fire department. Over the police net, an Indiana state trooper reported he was close to the scene and responding too. The emergency room at the county hospital was notified, alerted to stand by for trauma victims, no word on their condition—yet. Within minutes of the wreck a score of professionals were already in action, not a bad showing for a community of that size.

Mike was just picking up speed in the big fire truck when a call came over the radio. “Truck Four, what’s your 10-20?” Mike gave his location. The caller was one of the deputies responding to the accident. Mike had known him for years. The deputy called back. “I’ll hit the highway about a half-mile ahead of you. I’ll give you an escort, Four.” A second report came over the frequency. Apparently, the

May what you see in the mirror delight you and what others see in you delight them. May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes and tell the world about your virtues.

May the miracle of reducing taxes and balancing budgets happen. May the telemarketers wait until you finish your dinner to make their calls, and may your checkbook and your budget balance, and may they include generous amounts for charity. May you remember to say "I LOVE YOU' at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parents, your friends, but not to your secretary, your nurse, your masseuse, your hairdresser, or your tennis instructor.

May we live as God intended, in a world at peace. May we be aware of His love in every sunset, every flower unfolding petals, every baby's smile, every lover's kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing,

trucker rallied long enough to give them what information he could. It was nothing any of them wanted to hear. “Broadside into a semi…carload of kids…looks like a bad one…”

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miraculous beat of our heart.

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came on the air warning other rescue vehicles to slow down before they topped the hill. “You’ll be right on top of them! Back off before you hit the hill. I’m almost there. So far all I see is the semi. Wait, there’s something under the Ahead, Mike saw the deputy trailer. It—OH, JESUS roar out onto the highway and CHRIST!” burn rubber in the southbound lane, With his friend clearing Other cars arrived from three the way with a flying wedge of different sides. Mike saw the lights and sirens, Mike held the hill ahead and began to ease off truck’s accelerator firmly to the the pedal. The deputy in front floor. It was imperative that his did the same, and they caurig got on scene as fast as tiously climbed their side. Mike humanly possible. Truck Four noted the scent of burnt rubcarried the all-important Hurst ber and brake pads in the wind. Tool, the mighty “Jaws of Life.” No gasoline, thank God. Mike Countless hours spend practic- thought there might be hope ing at a local auto junkyard had for the kid yet. He’d seen no taught the crew how to tear a column of smoke either. mangled car apart in minutes, Maybe there was still a chance. freeing the victims from the If the impact had been at an metallic death-grip of their own angle, maybe the car had ricocars. Mike knew that nothing cheted off. He’d seen it happen made in Detroit, Germany, or before. Japan could withstand the thousands of pounds of lifesaving But when he topped the hill pressure the Hurst Tool gener- and looked down, he knew that ated. At any accident scene, the no such luck had been with the Jaws would save lives…if there children that day. was any life left to save. Mike rolled his truck up beside The first speeding patrol cars the scene and pulled off in the were nearly there. The state trooper, approaching from the The Blind Hill opposite side of the wreck, Cont. on Page 5, or by phone at 760.752.3111.

Controversial Local Tycoon Recalled in Film - The recent 40th anniversary screening of a documentary film on the life of John DeLorean, who had a longtime and controversial connection with Pauma Valley and Valley Center, has rekindled interest in the man hailed as an auto tycoon, industrialist, innovator -- and an accused conman and alleged criminal.

John DeLorean was all of these and more, with a name as famous and eponymous as the automobile that bears his name.

In addition to personal problems, and they were many, his local residence also was mired in controversy. The estate sprawled across 500 hilltop acres from Pauma Valley into Valley Center. According to documentation collected and preserved by the Valley Center Historical Society, DeLorean told a local real estate agent in 1972 that he had read about a property advertised for sale in an airline magazine. The following year, he left his executive post at General Motors where he rose from an engineer and was about the become president. Instead, in 1973, he established his own motor car company and purchased a nearly 5,000 square foot adobe home amidst 277 acres of cit-

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all started in Wilcox County, Alabama. A rural county about half the size of Delaware, with a population small enough to fit into your guest bathroom.

On Wednesday, Skip responded to a domestic call in Yellow Bluff with another deputy. The irony is that Skip had retired from doing patrol work long ago. At his age, Skip should have been at home with his boots off, reading the paper, watching Pat Sajack on TV. Instead he was on the job.

But then, men like Skip aren’t average men. Law enforcement runs deep within their circulatory system. It’s caked in their arteries like LDL. Being a peace officer is just who they are. Skip had worked with the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Department for 40 years. He had done everything from serving subpoenas to scrubbing the jailhouse toilets. You don’t just turn it off after you retire.

Skip was shot multiple times in the chest and neck. They airlifted him to Pensacola. He died somewhere over Mobile, mid-flight.

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Escondido’s San Pasqual Academy Gets Reprieve

A Superior Court judge has issued a ruling that may change the timeline for closing San Pasqual Academy, an Escondido boarding school for foster youth.

The school, located in the San Pasqual Valley near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, was slated for closure under a 2015 state law that calls for foster youth to be placed in family homes instead of group homes. Supporters of the academy, which offers on-site education for foster children and teens, say it is not a traditional group home, so it should be allowed to continue operating.

In August, a group of nine residents, alumni and staff filed a lawsuit against San Diego County and the state of California. They asked the court to order the government agencies to continue licensing and funding the school.

On Dec. 1, Judge Ronald Dahlquist issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state of California from terminating the license for the school. He pointed to a section of the act that authorized San Pasqual Academy to keep operating as an on-site high school until the state creates a new licensing category for the campus.

Dahlquist said in his statement that both the state and county misunderstood the law, and the state is

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responsible for developing new license criteria for the academy. The academy would then need to submit a transition plan explaining how it would comply with requirements of the new license.

ven approach and combats climate change by making transit competitive in every major corridor throughout the region.

victim was able to escape and police responded to the home.

In July, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the contract for San Pasqual Academy through June 2022, allowing the school to continue operating through the end of the 2021-22 school year. It’s not clear from whether the preliminary injunction changes that timeline, or allows the academy to continue to run as a boarding school indefinitely.

While the plan spans 30 years into the future, SANDAG will immediately start working to advance projects.

Berreth said the man was detained on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary and injury to a police dog.

Dahlquist said the decision whether to fund the school and to refer new students for placement there belongs with the government agencies, not a court.


The SANDAG Board of Directors voted to adopt the 2021 Regional Plan, the blueprint for transportation in the San Diego region, however it passed withou the controversial tax hikes, through 2050. The Plan will make it easier for everyone in the region to get where they need to go, whether you choose to walk, ride, drive, or bike. It was developed using a data-driErmergency Room in La Jolla for an emergent ultrasound scan and subsequent diagnosis and treatment.. And magic happened.

Man About Town

I just can’t say enough good things about the Veteran’s Administration.

Like many of our readers I am a veteran. My military branch was the Army but no matter which branch you served in, the VA is there for you. Benefits you never dreamed of await you. You just need to make your needs known and explore the benefits offered.

Last Sunday I awoke around 1am in heavy pain. I managed to get back to sleep, but only fitfully.

Original plans called for me to take Mary Davis, my ex-wife, her sister, Betty, and Evelyn Madison out to breakfast . . . then I planned to go back up to Dixon Lake to help out other Kiwanians with their famous Trout Derby. Such was not to be.

Insead, Evelyn Madison, bless her heart, drove me to Kaiser Urgent Care and then to the VA Hospital

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We arrived at around 1pm. Two minutes to check in, then two minutes to have vitals taken, then five minutes to locate a room and bed for me; another five minutes to be interviewed by an emergency room nurse, another five minutes and the emergency room doctor arrived and referred me to the ultrasound lab. In less than 20 minutes I was back in my room. Less than an hour and all of the data needed to make a diagnosis was in (40 minutes). Military efficiency.

Do you begin to see why I absolutely rave about the VA and how it cares for its veterans?

This was not just a one time event. Every time I’ve had a medical need the VA responded in a well organized, efficient manner. And with a large sense of mission . . . delivered in a professional, courteous and efficient manner.

A couple years ago the VA hospital in La Jolla removed a rather large kidney stone. Piece of cake.

I was being treated as though I were a Saudi Prince . . . everyone rushing to tend to my every need. Top doctors and nursing staff checking and doublechecking on my wellbeing and comfort. The UCSD professor of Anesthesiology was present in the OR, ensuring that the resident physicians

While the SANDAG Board of Directors approved the plan there is strong opposition within the community based on demonstrated failure to deliver on prior promises and unauthorized diversion of funds approved by taxpayers.

Now, the greater question is: How will this plan be funded? Escondido Police Arrest Landlord Who Allegedly Attacked His Tenant

Police last Thursday arrested an Escondido landlord who allegedly attacked his tenant, stabbing him and hitting with a baseball bat, and then stabbed a police dog that was trying to subdue him, according to Lt. Bode Berreth, Public Information Officer for the Escondido Police Department.

The incident happened around 1 p.m. Thursday on South Maple Street between West 11th and West 13th avenues to Berreth. The suspect allegedly went to his tenant’s house and entered without asking to be let in, then stabbed him and attacked him with a baseball bat, Berreth said. At some point, the who train at the VA give the proper amount of anesthesia; The UCSD professor of Urology was on hand to ensure his resident physicians perofrmed the procedure properly. Are there critics of the VA? Sure. And, in some cases, with good reason. A few years ago a wild-eyed administrator in Arizon so badly mismanaged the VA system within his jurisdiciton that a fair number of veterants died while waiting for treatment. President Trump cleaned house and got him and several other corrupt and incompetent adminstrators removed from office . . . and the system began to work the way they were supposed to work.

So far as I know, we did not have those problems at the San Diego VA in La Jolla. Of course, hospitals being hospitals and having to respond to emergencies, not always will you recive the service as promptly as we did. We arrived at a time when the ER was not busy. Things got busier. Several times we heard on the hospital loudspeaker system “Rapid Response Team to Room xxx . . “ and, on one occasion, we heard a “Code Blue.” These are life-threatening situations where all hands on deck develops quickly. There is a life that needs to be saved. That, quite properly, takes precedence. So, at times, things slow down a bit.

It’s quite common for medical professionals within the VA to say, “thank you for your service.” They mean it. That philosophy perme-

Officers sent a dog named Aros into the home to help subdue the suspect and take him into custody, at which point Aros bit the man and the man stabbed the dog, Berreth said. Officers then shot the suspect with less-lethal weapons, including Tasers and 40 mm foam rounds, in order to get him into custody.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, Berreth said. Aros was badly injured in the attack, but is expected to survive. Supervisor Jim Desmond may Wind up Rpresenting Escondido

Due to redistricting, which takes place as of January 1, there is a good chance that Supervisor Jim Desmmond, 5th District, may replace Supervisor Lawson-Remer. Supervisor Desmond is the former San Marcos Mayor, has been a very proactive Supervisor and a strong critic of the just passed SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan.

Redistricting plans are nearing completion. Lawson-Remer is a Democrat, Desomond is a Republican. Technically, the Supervisor position is non-partisan but the influence a Supervisor wields within his or her district is considerable and normally generates strong partisan support.

ates their entire work environment. They treat you with the respect you deserve . . . and it’s real. It’s honest.

I guess the whole purpose of this little essay is to alert you, if you are a veteran, to explore what benefits are aware to you. I never knew until I asked . . and when someone took me under their wing and explained it all to me. I discovered a whole new world of medical care and concern that is seldom seen elsewhere.

To those of you who are non-veterans, it’s important you be aware of how our government is doing at least one thing right. They are caring for their veterans, those souls who left family and friends, often for far off distant and somteimes dangerous places, to serve our nation. And to those readers who are part of the VA system . . a simple “Thank You,” and .. “Thank You For Your Service!” •••• To learn more about the VA and how it can help you, contact 858.552.7523. •••• Where’s the best Happy Hour in North San Diego County?

For many years we oldtimers will claim it was Frolander’s at Lake San Marcos Resort. Frolander’s are long gone. Today, my vote would go to The Brigantine in Escondido. We went there last Friday night, Mrs. Madison

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ditch. Then he reached down and simply shut off the lights and siren. His crewmen jumped out and ran to the semi. The police officers were already doing what pitifully little they could for the parents. One look at the wreck told the whole story. The Hurst Tool was never even taken off the truck. They wouldn’t be needing it today. Not even the Jaws of Life could have made a difference this time. What had happened here was over with in the wink of an eye. Four kids…

Their little car had hit the semi squarely in the middle. Their roof, outside mirrors, window glass, everything…had been sheared off at shoulder level. Mike had a sudden chill. He remembered another wreck where the emergency crews had to literally search for a missing human head. The bottom twothirds of the car had carried on a few feet and jammed tightly under the trailer. That was the only merciful thing about the affair. The parents couldn’t look inside the car to see… The parents. The father driving had almost hit the semi himself. The only thing that saved his car was seeing his son’s brake lights, as if the boy’s final act had been to warn his dad of the danger ahead. They skidded to a stop just a few feet behind the remnants of the kid’s car. One man leaped out, ran to the wreck, and fainted dead away.

When the police arrived, one of the women was deep in shock, unable to give her name and apparently unsure of where she was. The other mother had already screamed herself hoarse and was now emitting only strangled, croaking barks. She’d already torn off her fingernails clawing at the sides of the semi. Mike told me that the parents were the only ones loaded into the ambulance when it arrived. The hospital had already been notified that the kids wouldn’t be needing their services. Mike wondered aloud why the shock of seeing all of their children slaughtered in front of their eyes didn’t simply kill the parents then and there. “I guess you never know how you would react to something like that. God, I don’t ever want to find out.” Mike was looking at a wall while he talked to me. Or was he? He

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seemed to be looking at things I couldn’t see. I was grateful for my blindness to the scene. “We got three of them into the ambulance without much trouble,” he muttered. “One of the guys—he was the father of the boy who was driving— he was a different matter.”

The father had jumped out of his vehicle and kicked the debris away from the rear of his boy’s car. He single-handedly picked up the sheared-off roof and tossed it aside. When the police arrived he was still pulling on the back bumper of his son’s car and screaming the boy’s name. He was literally trying to drag the car out from underneath the semi with his bare hands. It took four men to pull him away. Four big men. When they finally broke his grip and wrestled him into the ambulance, “Well, I’ve never seen a human being—man, woman, or child—cry as hard as that man did. He just put his face in his hands and howled. Good lord, man, it tore us all up. Just tore us up.” One of the deputies and a couple of the ambulance crew rode to the hospital with the parents. After they left there was still work to be done. A wrecker was summoned, a roadblock was arranged, and finally someone made the call they all dreaded: the county coroner was informed that he would be needed out at the blind hill on the south highway. Again.

The semi driver was unhurt, at least physically, and a deputy offered him a ride into town. No charges were filed. The men felt pity for him, too. He couldn’t stop crying either. He refused to go to the hospital. He said he couldn’t look at those parents again. They hadn’t even been aware of him during their hysteria. It was as if he’d been invisible. All they could see was the mangled wreck under his truck.

The wrecker arrived, and after a brief inspection it was decided the only thing to do was drag the car back out the way it went in. The driver hitched up to the wreck, shifted into gear, and pulled. Nothing happened. The car was jammed so tightly under the semi that all he could do was spin his wheels. One of the firemen suggested letting the air out of the car’s tires to lower it. The deputies and one of the

firemen did just that, and the wrecker tried again. This time the car slowly backed out, grinding and screeching against the underside of the trailer. Strong men averted their eyes and began to take deep, slow breaths. They knew what they had to do. The ambulance crew had left them a supply of body bags. “The car cleared the semi. The driver pulled it about ten feet away from the trailer. We were all standing back a little way, just in case something would snag, break off, and go flying. The driver stopped and, well, we knew we’d have to look sooner or later.”

Mike stopped speaking to me for a moment, as if the wall projecting his mental image and had suddenly shown him something he still couldn’t believe. His voice became a flat, haunted monotone…but there was wonder in his eyes. Then Mike looked directly at me. “Do you know what happened?”

Unable to guess anything from his eerie expression, I simply said, “No.”

“Four kids sat up and brushed broken glass off of themselves. The boy who had been driving stood up in his seat and jumped over the side of his car, out through where the roof had been. He walked up to the first cop he saw and said, “Hi! What took you guys so long?”

My jaw dropped, “WHAT?” ••••• The boy saw there was no way to stop in time. As the semi loomed closer, he saw that his car might go under it. He screamed for the other kids to get down, to hit the floor. At the last second he released the wheel and dove for the floor boards himself. There was a flash and a helluva bang and they were all thumped hard, but he had managed to slow them down enough where no bones were broken in the impact. They screamed and yelled for a while. It was later decided that no one could hear them due to the hysterical screaming of the parents. After a while the air became stale inside the trapped passenger compartment—what was left of it—and they wisely stopped yelling. There was a little panic at first, understandably, but what everyone said

about the boy was correct. He was a good kid. Had a good head on his shoulders. He calmed the rest of the youngsters, told them to hang on. “They’re coming,” he assured them.“They’re coming. They won’t leave us here.” And they didn’t.

The cop stared at the kid in goggle-eyed disbelief, as if a grave had suddenly opened and the corpse started chatting with him. None of the men moved. None of them could believe what they were seeing. These kids were dead, and yet there they were, rubbing their eyes and blinking at the bright sunlight. One by one they climbed out of the shattered car under their own power, shaking beads of safety glass out of their hair and clothing.

Then the spell broke, and the men at the scene remembered their training. The kids were swarmed from all sides by men who began giving them professional first-aid examinations, men who were hugging and kissing them, good men who were weeping with joy. After a few minutes, the seventeen year old driver took a long look at his car. The reality of the thing was just beginning to hit him. “Geez,” he moaned to a deputy, “My dad’s gonna kill me.”

The deputy had just minutes earlier helped pry the griefstricken father’s hands from the boy’s bumper. He had helped half-drag, half-carry the man into the ambulance. He’d tried unsuccessfully to shut his ears to the father’s heart rending cries. The deputy laid his hand on the boy’s shoulder. “No, son. Your dad won’t do that. Believe me.” The kids were loaded into a police cruiser for the trip to the hospital. They were being taken to a reunion. Before they left, the young driver looked around at all the debris, the mangled car, the battered semi. It was all coming home for him and the other kids. They began to understand just how close they’d came, and why their rescuers had looked so strangely at them. “I don’t…I can’t…uhh… thanks, you guys.” Only then did the boy realize that he and the others had been given up for The Blind Hill Cont. on Page 6

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They have a great Happy Hour list of munchies and drinks. Draft beer and assorted wines and cocktails are only $5 . . and calamari strips, and puled pork sliders . . . and clam chowder, all for $5 each. I ordered a large shrimp cocktail off the regular menu, a plate of calimari from the Happy Hour Special, and a Dos Equis beer off the regular menu; Evelyn ordered a pulled pork sandwich and a cup of tea.

I had never been disappointed at a Brigantine Happy Hour until last Friday night. The food and drinks were fine . . but the service was very, very slow.

After at least three separate tables who had arrived after us were served before us I had enough and asked the waitress to check on our order, that we had waited for over 30 minutes and that was unacceptable. She promptly notified the manager of our displeasure and, to his and her credit, he appeared and apologized. He not only offered to adjust our bill (which he then did, deducting $15 in charges) but offered us desserts on the house (creme brule’!)

Any business can have an off day, and particularly in the food/hospitality industry. It’s how you handle those difficult times that make the difference between a truly great restaurant and a so-so one. Andrew, the manager, handled it very well, as did the waitress.

We enjoyed our food and drink and were more than mollified with the courtesies shown us by Andrew. Will I go back? Of course!

I love the Brigantine and I love the way they do business.

We all have bad days now and then. It’s how you respond to the rough days that makes or breaks a business. Andrew did a find job of “taking care of business.” If you have  Happy Hour you’d like to suggest, please email me at:

We’ll check them out and may well do a review on them.

Our restaurant reviews are always honest, but fair. •••• It is with mixed emotions that I take note that a long time pal, fellow Kiwanian, and brilliant dentist, Dr. Herb Lowe, is retiring from his dental pracice in San Marcos as of February, 2022. I’ve known Herb and his family for years, bot professionally and personally.

I fell in love with his son, Evan, when, at age six, after a father/son Christmas meeting at Kiwanis he asked me . . ‘can you come over to my house and play?” (Evan is now all grown up and married . . .) Great dentits, great family. Happy surfing, Herb LOVES his surfing!

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dead. He paled, but managed to shake the hands of every man present before getting into the cruiser.

A deputy radioed the hospital and asked for the officer who had rode with the parents into town. The officer came on the air and asked what he could do. The deputy at the wreck scene looked at the cruiser pulling away with four healthy kids in it. “You’re not going to believe this, but…” And a minute later the officer burst into the emergency room where the heartbroken parents were huddled. “I’ve got some good news for you folks…” About the Author:

Kent Ballard was a prolific writer and contributor to The Paper.

This story was one of his most moving, powerful stories - and he had written many others.

He had the talent to make you laugh, to make you angy, and to make you cry.

He also was a character. We knew him well but never met him; we became acquainted via the Internet and email. Paul and Nome Van Middlesworth of The Computer Factory actually met Kent while on vacation back in Indiana. Sadly, we lost Kent to a fast moving cancer several years ago. We have a couple other stories by Kent Ballard in our archives and we may resurrect one or more of them in the future.

He was a very talented writer but our biggest problem with him was persuading him to write more often. We loved his work but he had many other interests that took up a lot of his time. Rest in peace, Kent Ballrad!

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Health Care – The Work Continues

I recently spoke at the Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference in San Diego. The daylong discussions covered a wide range of health care initiatives and policies that impact all Californians.

During my presentation, I discussed major topics slated by the legislature for next year. This year we dealt with telehealth, opioids and substance abuse, access to health care, Medi-Cal and mental health. My legislation included creating a grant program framework for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders to counties for those under supervision to reduce recidivism and drug abuse, and extending the California Health Benefits Review Program to improve health care outcomes through expanded access to lifesaving treatments. Continuing next year, we’ll take another look at lack of access to care. 7 million Californians now reside in “Health Professional Shortage Areas,” and unlike anything seen before, we face a shortfall of 4,100 primary care physicians over the next decade. Increasingly, other medical professionals are also in short supply, including nurses and psychi-

atrists. Today, about two-thirds of adults and adolescents with serious mental health conditions go untreated, a situation likely to worsen by 2030 when we’ll only have two-thirds of the psychiatrists we need. And of course, skyrocketing costs also limit access to care. Other concerns include the growing opioid crisis – we had 3,200 overdose deaths in 2019. Reforming nursing home licensing to protect patients, bringing new medical technologies online, privacy of our health data, and many other issues must be addressed. This year, the Assembly Health Committee, on which I’ve served for six years, reviewed approximately 170 bills, and 79 of those reached the Governor’s desk. The new session begins on January 3rd, and I am looking forward to continuing to work on health care policies and priorities that will affect the lives of so many Californians.

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.

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Jim Desmond

Behavioral Health Court

Far too often those suffering from behavioral health issues end up in our jails. While I believe that those violating our laws should be held accountable, without the proper assistance to manage their mental illness, the cycle of being released and ending up back in jail will continue. A few months ago I took a tour of the Behavioral Health Court and was inspired to see a renewed outlook on life for those who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness and are involved in the criminal justice system. Behavioral Health Court Probation offers wraparound behavioral health treatment, including assistance with housing and employment assistance. Behavioral Health Court Probation is an excellent program that provides a second chance to many who otherwise would not receive the services they need. Instead of sitting in jail, this program allows a second chance to live a very productive life. I was so inspired by the tour that over the last few months I’ve been working with District Attorney Summer Stephan to expand the program to help more in our County.

I’m pleased to say at our last Board of Supervisors meeting, my office led the way to explore the feasibility of expanding the San Diego County Behavioral Health Court Probation. County staff will report back in 120 days with a recommendation on how we can best execute the action. I believe that the majority of those who are experiencing homelessness struggle with substance abuse and mental health disorders. By creating expanding the Behavioral Health Courts, we can assist more participants. Potentially we can help end a cycle of recidivism, crimes and homelessness.

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Q: I need your help. I ordered a dishwasher from Sears recently, but it failed to deliver the appliance twice. I decided to cancel my order and ask for a full refund. I paid for the dishwasher with a combination of $467 from my credit card and $500 from a gift card.

After many calls, I received a $467 credit to my credit card. But Sears would only return the $500 from the gift card back to the gift card.

Sears says it can only return funds to the original form of payment. I explained that my daughter had purchased the card so that I could buy a new dishwasher. Now that I canceled the order, I believe she should get her money back, too. Sears has offered a 10 percent discount on a new dishwasher, but I just want my daughter to get a refund of her gift card. It's been three months since my request. Sears has been silent. Can you get my daughter's money back? - Joshua Rome, Wells, Vt. A: Sears is right -- and wrong. Right, in the sense that it can keep your daughter's money. Regardless of her reason for buying a gift card, Sears is clear about the terms of her purchase: "Prescription drugs and gift cards cannot be returned," it says on the Sears site. Sears is equally clear about how it handles refunds: They'll "be issued in the same form as the original method of payment." In other words, Sears can return your daughter's money to the gift card under its terms and conditions.

But Sears was also wrong in that it gave you such a runaround with your dishwasher. It seems Sears realized that it had failed spectacularly on that, which is why it offered you a discount on a future dishwasher purchase. That's a nice gesture, but I can also understand why you'd rather buy a dishwasher somewhere else. You can avoid this type of situation by carefully researching the business before making a purchase. Often, you can find out if a company is reliable with its deliveries (and also, whether its products usually work). We've had a case or two with Sears that might have given you pause.

Also, your daughter might have just written you a check or given you a preloaded Visa card. Companies benefit from gift cards because they're restrictive -- you can only use them on purchases within the company -and they're nonrefundable.

Even though your daughter wasn't entitled to a refund of her gift card , I thought there were extenuating circumstances. Your daughter had purchased the $500 gift card so you could buy a Sears dishwasher. I think an appeal to one of the executive contacts at Sears might have yielded

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Q: I booked a family trip to Hawaii for May of 2020. Then COVID shut everything down. Everyone refunded my money fully except, which issued vouchers for the three rooms I had booked.

The vouchers expired before Hawaii even reopened. Then I received an email that they were extending the vouchers to this December. Hawaii didn't reopen fully until the end of July. I can't get to Hawaii before December because some of my children are in college. I never agreed to a voucher, and I didn't cancel my trip by choice. I have spoken to the customer service reps at both and Expedia (which owns, who say the hotel denied my request for a refund because of the hotel's policy.

The hotel claims that its policy is to fully refund customers in this situation. I investigated, and it turns out that the hotel never even received the money from It only gets the money the day before I check in. had my money.

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Historically Speaking by Tom Morrow

J.P. Morgan: The Nation’s Banker & Entrepreneur

On the surface, this story might seem a boring business tale, but, in a nutshell, the following explains how American became a world leader in nearly everything. It’s a short-read, but a big explanation. There were eight key giants of early American industry who were responsible for building our nation: Andrew Carnegie (steel), Henry Ford (automobiles), Thomas Edison (developing electric lighting, motion pictures, recordings and more), John D. Rockefeller (oil), Cornelius Vanderbilt (railroads and shipping), Alexander Graham Bell (telephone), Cyrus McCormick (farm implements), and John Pierpont Morgan, who financed many of the above entrepreneurs and their businesses.

I feel that has stolen my money. Can you help me get my $4,000 back? -- Beth Tananbaum, Plantsville, Conn.

A: You booked a nonrefundable reservation at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort (great hotel, by the way). Nonrefundable means that you can't get your money back if you cancel your travel plans. But if the hotel cancels your reservation, you definitely are entitled to a refund. You forwarded your paper trail between you, the hotel and It looks like you contacted a revenue manager at the Outrigger, who opened a case with Expedia. As a result of that investigation, Expedia promised to issue a full refund within 7 to 10 days. But you never received the money.

Hawaii closed to tourism during the early days of the pandemic. Most hotels canceled their bookings and issued refunds. So something went awry with your canceled vacation. I think Expedia's promise to refund the money makes this an open-and-shut case. If you run into a problem like this in the future, you can always reach out to an executive at Expedia or I publish the names, numbers and email address of the < a href="">Expedia and customer service contacts</a> on my consumer advocacy site, I think contacting the Outrigger's revenue manager was an excellent

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J. P. Morgan Morgan kept American industry going with his money and influence during some of the nation’s most devastating financial crises.

J.P. Morgan Sr., born April 17, 1837, was an American financier and banker who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At one point in the early 20th century, his money literally kept the U.S. government from going bankrupt. Morgan played an important role in the formation of General Electric, U.S. Steel, International Harvester and American Telegraph & Telephone (AT&T). During the early part of the 20th century at the height of Morgan's career, he and his partners had financial investments in many large corporations and had significant influence over the nation's high finance and members of the United States Congress. He directed the banking coalition that stopped the national Panic of 1907; he was the leading financier of the so-called Progressive Era, and his dedication to efficiency and modernization helped transform modern-day American business. Yet, he was dubbed one of the socalled “robber barons,” along with Carnegie, (pronounced Car-nay-gee) Ford, Edison, Rockefeller and Vanderbilt. Morgan learned at an early age how to make money. At 26, during the

American Civil War, in an incident known as the “Hall Carbine Affair,” Morgan financed the purchase of 5,000 rifles from a U.S. Army arsenal at $3.50 each, which he then resold to a field general for $22 each.

Morgan’s process of taking over troubled businesses to reorganize them became known as "Morganization." He reorganized business structures and management in order to return them to profitability. Morgan’s reputation as a banker and financier also helped bring interest from investors to the businesses that he took over. At the depths of the Panic of 1893, the Federal Treasury was nearly out of gold in 1895. Morgan had put forward a plan for the federal government to buy gold from him and European financiers. Morgan came up with a plan to use an old civil war statute that allowed him and the Rothschilds to sell gold directly to the U.S. Treasury, 3.5 million ounces, to restore the treasury surplus, in exchange for a 30-year bond issue. The episode saved the U.S. Treasury but hurt President Grover Cleveland's standing with the agrarian wing of the Democratic Party, and became an issue in the election of 1896. Banks came under a withering attack from Democrat candidate William Jennings Bryan. To maintain the status quo in business, Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, along with some Wall Street bankers donated heavily to Republican William McKinley, who was elected and then re-elected in 1900. By 1900, Morgan’s firm was one of the most powerful banking houses in the world, focused especially on reorganizations and consolidations. After financing the creation of the Federal Steel Company, Morgan merged it in 1901 with the Carnegie Steel Company and several other steel and iron businesses to form the United States Steel Corporation.

The Panic of 1907 was a financial crisis that almost crippled the American economy. Major New York banks were on the verge of bankruptcy and there was no mechanism to rescue them until Morgan stepped in to help resolve the crisis. Treasury Secretary George B. Cortelyou earmarked $35 million of federal money to deposit in New York banks. Morgan then met with the nation's leading financiers in his New York mansion where he forced them to devise a plan to meet the crisis. Morgan organized a team of bank and trust executives which redirected money between banks, secured further international lines of credit, and bought up the plummeting stocks of healthy corporations. Vowing to never let it happen again, and realizing that in a future crisis there was unlikely to be another Morgan, in 1913 banking and political leaders, led by U.S. Sen. Nelson Aldrich, devised a plan that resulted in the creation of today’s Federal Reserve System. In 1913, Morgan died in his sleep in Rome, Italy at the age of 75, leaving his fortune and business to his son, John Pierpont Morgan ,Jr. His estimated fortune at "only" $80 million, prompting John D. Rockefeller to say: "… and to think, he wasn't even a rich man."

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rus and avocado trees overlooking both Pauma Valley and Valley Center. He would subsequently grow the acreage to 500 acres on a street named Cuesta de Camellia (Camellia Hill).

Abovee, The DeLorean gull wing car with John DeLorean; below, the Delorean Estate

Although the DeLorean automobile was widely known and promoted, within a decade the company became insolvent and fell into bankruptcy. In 1982, he was arrested on cocaine trafficking charges amid FBI reports that he was trying to save his failing company. In a trial that ended in 1984, DeLorean was acquitted of all charges, but forced to sell his local estate which by then had shrunk to 84 acres. In lieu of paying his attorney more than $2.6 million for a successful legal defense, DeLorean turned over Camellia Hill to the lawyer. The attorney subsequently sold the house which has been resold twice, most recently in 2018 for $2.2 million. Today, the property covers 17 acres and is owned by a company called E.H. Astin Farm LLC which leases the house as a retreat. It currently rents for $950 per night. Of the 9,000 DeLorean motor cars manufactured, some 6,500 are said to still be on the road. The car also lives on as a time machine in the film, "Back to the Future."

While living locally, DeLorean had a sizable investment in the San Diego Chargers. He was married to model-actress Christina Ferrara. The auto kingpin died in 2005 at age 80. For more information, visit the Valley Center History Museum at 29200 Cole Grade Road. The museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The museum can also be reached by phone at 760-749-2993 or via its website at The Scoop: Resources for Pet

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Families - The San Diego Humane Society ( has resources to help people keep their pets. At San Diego Humane Society, we’ve added more ways than ever to protect the bond between animals and the people who love them. This holiday season — and every other time of the year — our Community Support Services are helping to keep pets out of shelters and with their families. For more information on any of these services, contact the San Diego Humane Society at 619.299.7012; 5500 Gaines St. San Diego, 92110, or any of the campuses - Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona, El Cajon, or San Diego.

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Free Pet Socialization Training: Socializing a pet involves getting them comfortable with a wide range of animals, people, places and activities. This is ideal to do with young puppies and kittens, but our WellSocialized Pet Chat can help pets of all ages. We have all kinds of other training classes, but this free 30-minute interactive chat via Zoom is a great place to start.

The young man stared at her for a moment, then stepped backwards, struck a karate pose, and began singing, "Treat me like a fool, tuh-reat me mean and cruel, bu-uu-ut love me..."

Community Support Services: We offer programs and resources to support pets and people in our community, including low-cost veterinary care and information for people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence.

Finding Pet-Friendly Housing: We recognize the challenges renters face when it comes to finding affordable housing that also accepts pets! That's why we've gathered resources to help renters in their search, including a pet-friendly housing list, frequently asked questions about rights to have assistance (or “support”) animals in rental housing, living outside or in a vehicle with a pet and eviction information. Giving Up a Pet: Facing the decision to give up your pet isn’t easy — and San Diego Humane Society is here to help. We have lots of tips and free resources for rehoming your pet, including ways you can find a new family for your pet yourself. Consider using Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet rather than taking them to a shelter. You can create a listing for your pet and be connected with community members looking to adopt! Community Pet Pantry; TuesdaySunday, 9am-6pm: Our Community Pet Pantry provides free pet food and other supplies to families in need six days a week at our Escondido and Oceanside campuses.

Pet Training Assistance Fund: Training changes lives and can keep pets in homes and out of shelters. Pet owners who apply for assistance and demonstrate need may receive partial or full assistance to cover the expenses of training provided by

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ELVIS! IT'S ELVIS PRESLEY!" She nearly jerked the door off its hinges pulling it open and charging him, and she'd have pinned him to her porch if she hadn't tripped over the dropped laundry basket, screaming Elivis' name over and over. The panicked young minister jumped sideways five feet and began running again, scared out of his wits. This time it was three blocks before he could calm himself and stop.

He took a few deep breaths, used his hand to push his jet-black hair back into place, and knocked on the third door. When it opened he saw a dropdead gorgeous young redhead who had just stepped out of the shower. Before he could open his mouth she dropped the towel wrapped around her very curvy body and stood there nude screaming "ELVIS! ELVIS! IT'S ELVIS PRESLEY!"

On the banning of songs . . .

So while we are talking about banning 'Baby It's Cold Outside' from the radios... I guess we should ban the following as well: 1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: subjecting minors to softcore porn 2. The Christmas Song: Open fire?

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Meet Rocky! Rocky is a calm, stoic soul and a big ole’ hunk of love. In his prior home, he was strictly an outside dog, and it seems like he was on his own a lot. He will need some patient training to learn how to live in a home. As far as we know, he has not been exposed to cats or other dogs. Our trainer will talk with you prior to adoption to discuss how to help Rocky settle into his new home successfully. Rocky is available for adoption at San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido Campus at 3500 Burnet Drive. To learn more about making him part of your family, please visit or call 619299-7012. Online profile: 7-fb04-4801-901d-6626a7b679f0

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Pollution. Folks dressed up like Eskimos? Cultural appropriation 3. Holly Jolly Christmas: Kiss her once for me? Unwanted advances 4. White Christmas? Racist 5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Sees you when you’re sleeping? Knows when you’re awake? Peeping Tom stalker 6. Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Everyone telling you be of good cheer? Forced to hide depression 7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Bullying 8. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Forced gender-specific gifts: dolls for Janice and Jen and boots and pistols (GUNS!) for Barney and Ben 9. Santa Baby: Gold digger, blackmail 10. Frosty the Snowman: Sexist; not a snow woman 11. Do You Hear What I Hear: blatant disregard for the hearing impaired 12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Make the yuletide GAY? Wow, just wow 13. Jingle Bell Rock: Giddy up jingle horse, pick up your feet: animal abuse 14. Mistletoe and Holly: Overeating, folks stealing a kiss or two? How did this song ever see the light of day? 15. Winter Wonderland: Parson Brown demanding they get married…forced partnership. 16. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer: Shaming the elderly for their public intoxication while trying to enjoy their golden years after a few drinks on their prescription meds.

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Farah is pet of the week at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. She’s a 1-year-old, 29-pound, female, Dachshund mix. Farah was transferred to R a n c h o C o a s t a l H u m a n e Society from a shelter in S o n o r a , M e x i c o through the Friends of C o u n t y Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program. She needs a calm home and a family that will give her time to adjust to her new surroundings. The more encouragement she gets, the better she will do.

The $145 adoption fee for Farah includes medical exam, spay, up to date vaccinations, registered microchip, and a one-year license if her new home is in the jurisdiction of San Diego Humane Society’s Department of Animal Services. For information about adoption or to become a Virtual Foster visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to

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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 Shop small this holiday season

Make the choice to shop small this holiday season, and you’ll make a big impact on local businesses!

It’s no surprise that small businesses have been hit particularly hard throughout the pandemic. When you treat your loved ones to a special present or gift certificates from our local businesses, you’re truly investing in our community and helping our small businesses thrive.

What’s more, when transactions are made locally, sales tax revenue is generated to support important city services. Buying local also saves time and resources for residents and helps build the backbone of our local economy. Please remember to shop and dine in San Marcos this holiday season. We’ve got lots of great shopping and dining options – from Creekside Marketplace to North City – where you can enjoy holiday treats during this festive season. For more information about local businesses, visit the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce website at

Vista • Mayor Judy Ritter

Keeping Safe During the Holidays

Our Vista Fire Department is reminding residents to be careful if they are displaying Christmas trees. Even flame-retardant trees are capable of burning explosively and spreading fire through a home quickly. These tips will help keep everyone safe during the holidays: 1). Look for freshness with cut trees. 2). When buying an artificial tree, choose a fire resistant one. 3). Cut the base off the fresh tree, set it into water and fill often. 4). Keep the tree away from fireplaces, direct sunlight and heat sources. 5). Decorate trees safely with UL-approved miniature lights. 7). Unplug tree and exterior lights before leaving the house or going to bed. Keep safe and enjoy the holiday season.

News from Pala Casino

Pala Casino just continues to add to its reputation as a top venue for great entertainment! Coming soon! Some of the great tribute artists - Heartache Tonight, a Tribue to The Eagles! Friday, December 17 8:00 PM Events Center $15.00

All events will be held at the Events Center, with reduced capacity, increased cleaning, and additional safety measures.

Tickets are on sale now, with no service charge, at the Pala Box Office, and 1-877-WINPALA

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Skip was 78 years old.

“He was everybody’s granddad,” Skip’s son recalls. “Everybody’s uncle. He was my everything.”

Wilcox County Sheriff Earnest Evans said, “He was one of the greatest people I know.”

The hospital morgue doors opened slowly. The intercom played “Taps.” The gurney emerged. And if there was a dry eye in the city, it belonged to an oil portrait.

The casket was wheeled down the long hallway, draped in a crisp American flag. The throngs of strangers who had never shaken Skip’s hand, never seen his easy smile, never enjoyed the pleasure of his conversation, honored him as he passed. His body was accompanied by six law-enforcement honor guardsmen consisting of three Pensacola Police Department officers, dressed in Class A blues and broad brimmed campaign hats; and three Escambia Sheriff’s Department officers, clad in patrol greens.

Escondido • Mayor Paul “Mac” McNamara

Greetings Escondido, to This week I want to talk about a keystone issue that has a big impact on our city, Education. Education has become the latest hot button issue in the nation for reasons that extend outside of the classroom. Recently, new questions have risen about how much “say” concerned parents should have in their child’s education.

Although education is handled by school boards and not the city, the question of how and who should be involved in improving our schools impacts us all and by extension the profile of our city. This movement has been named “parents’ rights” and its participants come from across all sides of the political spectrum. The topics they cover range from the quality of education their region offers to the material being taught in the classroom. While I do not agree with everything that is encapsulated in the parents’ rights discussion, and I empathize with the difficulties schools faced during the pandemic. I for one am of the belief that if a group of parents are concerned about the level of education that their children are receiving, they should be able speak up about it. Particularly in cities like Escondido with a strong working-class element, where access to good education can make a critical difference for many of the youth who will be the future of our city. It’s important for us to be truly invested in the level of education our children are receiving. And the individuals with the most intimate knowledge of how well schools are doing are our parents. The simple fact is: the better our schools, the better our city will be now and in the future.

As a parent I find these discussions important and impactful, and I look forward to listening to and tracking these conversations as they arise in our community. Stay informed, Be Kind, Remember your neighbor, and stay safe!

“Skip was our brother,” said one officer. “Even though I never met him, we’re the same.”

The gurney made its route through the halls serenaded by sniffles and quietly muttered prayers. And when the casket reached the hospital entrance, the real show began. Outside waiting were multitudes of law-enforcement vehicles, highway patrol cars, and fire trucks. A legion of uniforms had gathered near the door, standing in tight formation, showing full salute. After Skip’s remains were loaded into the white hearse, a quick siren yelp came from a lead vehicle. And so began the 130-mile procession back to Wilcox.

The Cadillac coach eased into traffic, escorted by the motor unit. On the Caddy’s tail were upwards of 100 county vehicles. Every lightbar blazing. All high beams on. The air of Escambia County was red and blue that afternoon. The West Florida sun was growing dim, and the sky was pinkish. Traffic came to a veritable standstill

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in the City of Five Flags as the police motorcade passed by.

Automobiles pulled to the shoulder to let the convoy through. On Airport Boulevard, a beat up Honda pulled aside. A motorist stepped out of the driver’s seat to watch a tidal wave of police cruisers pass by. On Highway 29, an old man parked his Ford on the rumble strip, crawled from the front seat, and watched the caravan with his head down, hands folded against his lap.

“I was riding in my cruiser,” said one officer. “I looked out my window and I couldn’t believe how many were showing this outpouring of support.”

They carried Skip forty-nine miles to the Florida-Alabama line. The hearse was intercepted by Alabama law enforcement vehicles near Atmore, where Skip’s procession resumed its homeward journey.

“Riding in that procession feels like a big weight,” says one police officer. “You’re always thinking to yourself, ‘The cop in that hearse up

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using our “tribalism” to enhance their power and control.

The obvious question readers might ask is, who in the hell are we to presume to take on such complex sociological issues? Are we experts in human behavior with academic credentials and advanced degrees? The obvious answer is that we are not. What we are is you.

Like you and everyone else, our social "your friends at the computer factory" Derek, Nome Tom perspective has been and Paul shaped by a lifetime of living and experi“Can we all just get along?” ence. We grew up white, in small Rodney King said it on May 1st town 20th century middle America. 1992 and it’s carved on his grave That’s where we went to school, met, marker at “Forest Lawn.” Today it married and started our working careers and family together. Our resonates even louder. lives, experiences and attitudes We’re not going to talk about com- would no doubt be different if we had puters in our final three columns this spent our early years in a Jewish year. We’re going to talk about community on Long Island, an Irish something far more important. It’s neighborhood in Boston or as a black the increasing fragmentation within couple growing up in central Detroit, our society that has set us against but we didn’t. Like most of my one another creating an intolerance friends, I was drafted and served my within us for those who do not share active and reserve obligation in the our particular point of view. We have armed forces (Marine Corps). Over organized ourselves into contentious the years our careers took our grow“tribes” filtering out and discounting ing family out of Indiana to Florida, all but the information that supports Minnesota, Eastern Canada and our particular agenda. We will dis- eventually to Southern California cuss the roots of this modern phe- where we have lived for the past four nomenon, the role of communica- decades. It’s been and continues to be tions technology in abetting the a good life and we feel blessed. process and how politicians are

The Appraiser’s Corner Snow Globes

Ever seen the movie Citizen Kane? Well, just so you know, it stars Orson Welles, and is presumably based on the life of media mogul William Randolph Hearst. The movie has been judged by the American Film Institute to be the best movie of all times. That’s right, number one, ahead of maybe more well-known movies such as Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, and the Wizard of Oz. But if you did see Citizen Kane, you probably remember the opening scene which depicts, of all things, a snow globe. You might say it is the most famous snow globe of all time.

Nowadays, most homes probably have a water filled glass or plastic snow globe (also called snow domes) or two, whether it be a holiday scene, a travel destination, a sports team, or many other types of collectibles. But where and when did the snow globes originate?

Well, it is not certain exactly when they first appeared, but it was probably in the early to mid-1800s, in France. It is assumed that the snow globe concept came as an offspring of the paperweight. The first known snow globe was an Eiffel

Tower snow globe that was displayed at the 1889 Paris Exhibition. Shortly thereafter there were several manufactures in Europe making snow globes, especially in England. Globes were sold not only as souvenirs, but also as religious items.

It was not until the 1920s that snow globes first appeared in the United States. Most of the ones in America featured cities and tourist stops, and were sold as souvenirs. Many of the early snow globes sold in the United States were made in Germany, but U.S. companies saw how profitable they were as promotional items for travel destinations and roadside attractions, and received patents.

The globes began being mass produced which lowered the cost. Companies used them for advertising, and the globes began to be considered “tacky,” especially Hong Kong ones being made from plastic. In the U.S., primarily three companies, The Karol Western Corporation, Nanco, and the AllenLewis Manufacturing Company were the leading designers and manufacturers. There was a rebirth of snow globes in the 1970s as a new form of art. In addition, the globes were now hot collectibles. Gift companies started to manufacture upscale snow globes, which was its original

The reason for this brief summary of our lives is to emphasize the point that the environment in which we grow up strongly influences our world view and the unconscious biases and prejudices we hold toward other things and people. As we grow we join “tribes.” Our home town and school loyalty as well as our favorite movie stars, pro sports teams and the friends we hang out with were not rational judgments based on a deliberate intellectual evaluation of salient competing characteristics. We make these selections based on our feelings and a desire to be part of a shared experience with those around us. We tend to support our own prejudices and choices by ignoring information that would challenge our biases and adhering to information that supports them. Don’t we all still believe that our home town, neighborhood, school and friends were special? In the past fifty years many social


Snow globes often have lights, as well as movement and sound. They have become increasingly more sophisticated, as there are more themes and characters in snow globes nowadays.

Snow globes have been big favorites with collectors as well. Vintage souvenirs globes are much sought after. With the vintage globes, rarity and condition are the key determinants to a globe’s value, as they are with most collectibles. The globes that depict abandoned locations and less-traveled locations are often the globes that are the most rare, and the most valuable. However, the globes’ condition will dictate value just as much.

One of the most recent valuable snow globes was part of the Austin Auction Gallery in 2014. A VIP Chanel holiday snow globe featured a white Christmas tree with the Chanel logo surrounded by Chanel shopping bags and presents. The globe was set on a black plastic base marked Chanel. The starting bid was $200, and sold for $325. Nowadays many snow globes have a Disney theme, and are collected by not only snow globe fans but also by Disney collectors. Needless to say, there are scores of Disney collectors, which therefore has helped make snow globes a more desirable collectible. In a 2014 Wickliff auction, a set of two Disney snow globes depicting vari-

factors have converged to that tend to make us more susceptible to the hardening of our emotion based biases. All too many of us have come to see America as a battleground between good and evil were justice demands that our side (the good) prevails. We have become tribes of “social justice warriors” intent on winning even if that means demonizing half of America including our own friends and family. Politicians and political movements have discovered that our emotions, biases and simple human nature can be useful tools in increasing their influence and control over us. They create division among us that weaken our natural bonds. Covid is a simple example of how passionately far apart we can be, with lockdown advocates on one side and anti-vax conspiracy theorists on the other and neither side willing to give an inch. Next week: “Endemic racism in America?”

ous Disney characters sold for $125. The items both included their original boxes, which increased the value of the lot, as did the fact that there were many Disney characters as part of the globes. In this case, having more characters, not only one, increased the value.

The demand for vintage snow globes, and ones with such popular themes Disney ones, will only continue to increase. However, my advice, as with other types of collectibles, is to collect what you enjoy.

Jeff Figler is a professional certified appraiser. His latest book The Picker’s Pocket Guide to Baseball Memorabilia has been #1 on Amazon. He can be reached at Becky.CollectingWithJeff@outlook.coor at 877472-3087.

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there could be me.’ But look, that’s our job. This is what we are. It’s who we are. I never met Skip, but I know that’s who he was, too.” And that’s how a few hundred folks who had never met Skip Nicholson sent him home.

About the Author: Sean Dietrich isknown as “Sean of the South” as he writes a great many columns from and about the south. A resident of Florida, he travels throughout the Southland, gathering material, and occaasionally making guest appearances where he both tells his tales, plays his guitar, and sings. He is known for his “wordsmithery,” the abiity to paint word pictures that captures the soul and the drama of the moment. Usually, these tales wind up being inspirational, often funny, and sometimes whimsical. He is a regular contributor to The Paper.

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a better result. I list the <a href="">names, numbers and email addresses of the Sears managers</a> on my consumer advocacy site,

I contacted the company on your behalf. Sears reviewed your case and offered to either send you an upgraded dishwasher at no extra charge or to refund your daughter's $500 to her credit card, as you requested. Christopher Elliott is the chief advocacy officer for Elliott Advocacy. Email him at or get help with any consumer problem by contacting him at © 2021 Christopher Elliott.

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idea, because it led to opening a case with Expedia. You also kept a meticulous paper trail and all of your receipts and records. claimed that Outrigger denied your claim because it's against the hotel's policy to refund a nonrefundable room. However, an Outrigger representative said the hotel did refund all hotel guests. It's obvious that your case had been taken over by some kind of automated system that sent you vouchers you couldn't possibly use. That's all the more reason to try to reach a human at or Expedia.

I reached out to Expedia on your behalf. Separately, you also reached out to the Expedia executives. The company reviewed your case and issued a refund.

Christopher Elliott's latest book is “How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler” (National Geographic). Get help by contacting him at © 2021 Christopher Elliott.

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Nick Carter 06.13.1940 – 10.02.2021

Nick was born in the rural area of Canadian, OK on June 13, 1940. He was the 13th child of James Marcus (Farmer) & Martha Ellen (homemaker) Carter. He died from cancer at his Escondido home on October 2, 2021 with his family by his side. He was a retired operating engineer heavy equipment operator, sheet metal worker and musician. He enjoyed his family and friends, live county music and dancing. He was stubborn to the end and lived life on

his terms. Nick is survived by his son, Bill/WC Carter of Escondido, CA, daughter Angie LaCarte and Pete of San Marcos, CA, daughter Nicki Kolberg and Rob of Escondido, CA, step-daughter Cathy & JR Hamlin of Riceboao, GA, step-son Scott Iverson and Alix of Vancouver, WA, and stepson Chris Iverson and Heather of Vancouver, WA., fourteen Grandchildren and six Greatgrandchildren. Nick is preceded in death by his wife: Denise (DeeDee). Parents: James and Martha Carter. Sisters: Bessie Carter, Lilly Howell, Connie Fuller, Ellen Hardcastle, Oma Carter, and Mamie Carter. Brothers: Emmitt Carter, Calvin Carter, Robert Bernard Carter, James Madison Carter, Nin Carter. And, Step-son Dennis Jaynes Jr.

A celebration of life will be held January 9, 2022 at the Moose Lodge - 25721 Jesmond Dene Road, Escondido CA 92026 at 1:00 pm. A private family internment will be held at a later date.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9027214 The name of the busines: Lily Pad Editing; LSVO, locatd at 1241` Carlsbd Village Dr., #C5, Carlsbad, CA. 92008. Registrant Information: Liliana Sampica 2772 Roosevelt St., #4271 Carlsbad, CA. 92010. This business is operated by an individual. First day of business n/a. /s/ Liliana Sampica Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 12/10/2021

12/16, 12/23, 1/06/2022



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




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, 12/23 & 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 2021-9025955 The name of the busines: Gemsation, located at 516 Moonlight Drive, San Marcos CA. 92069. Registrant Information: Leonardo San Diego 516 Moonlight Drive San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business n/a /s/ Leonardo V. San Diego Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/20/2021

12/16, 12/23, 01/06/2022



FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2021-9026954 The name of the busines: Serenity Molding and Millwork, located at 540 Valley Meadow Pl., Escndido, CA. 92027 Registrant Information: Justin Fools 540 Valley Meadow Pl. Escondido, Ca. 92027 This business is operated by an individual. First day of business n/a /s/ Justin Fools Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 12/07/2021

12/16, 12/23, 01/06/2022



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




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

12/09, 12/16, 12/30/2021



NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JOEL DE LA CERDA Case No. 37-2021-00050776 PRLA-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 1100 Union Street San Diego, CA. 92101 Probate, 3rd Floor To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate or both, of Joel De La Cerda. A petition for probate has been filed by Jennifer Hans in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, 1100 Union Street, San Diego, CA. 92101. Central Courthouse, - Probate Division. The Petition for Probate requests that Jennifer Hans be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed actions.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: 3/08/2022 Time: 11:00 a.m. Dept: 504 Address of court: Same as noted above. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in Section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: Debra L. Leffler-Streeter, Esq. Streeter Law Group, APC 217 Civic Center Drive, Suite 10, Vista, CA. 92084 760.945.9353 DOP: 12/16, 12/23 & 12/30/2021

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