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by lyle e davis It would take about 48 hours to drive, non-stop, from St. Louis, Missouri, to San Diego. That translates to about six days if you drove eight hours a day . . . which is probably a whole lot better travel plan. You’d arrive a lot more fresh and relaxed than if you beat your vehicle, and yourself, and/or your passengers, to death on a solid 48 hour drive. Still, six days ain’t so bad. Not when you consider that our pioneers had just a tad more inconvenience to make that same journey. Yessir (and ma’am), back in 1858, when the Butterfield Overland Mail Trail opened up, folks were hooping and hollering over the fact that it now took only 25 days to make that trip. Can you imagine how they’d carry on today? If they heard you could make that same trip in six days? With air conditioning? Or heat, if it was wintertime? And with lovely little restaurants and rest stops along the way? You think maybe we all have gotten a little spoiled with the easy life we lead? Prior to 1857, there was no organized, commercial system of transportation west of the Mississippi River. Although many people had crossed the United States by land, the word “overland” had not come into the American vocabulary. Consider that the 25 day travel time offered by the The Paper - 760.747.7119


Butterfield Overland Mail Trail established a new speed record. Their initial purpose: was delivering mail. Delivering passengers was an afterthought, and, sometimes, an added, unwelcome burden.. When compared to modern standards, that may seem incredibly slow, but at the time it was nearly twice as fast as other routes. On the historical scale, the

Butterfield Overland Mail was symbolic of the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, which held that it was the duty and right of the United States to expand across the continent. “In the mid-19th century, bringing the continent together by stageline from St. Louis to San Francisco with such unheard of speed elicited wonder and excitement and tremendous pride,” said Mary A. Helmich of California State Parks.

The mail line avoided the Rocky Mountains and heavy winter snows by traveling south along the “ox-bow route” through Texas, the New Mexico Territory, Fort Yuma, and Southern California. The Butterfield Overland Stage Company, which was charged with delivering the mail along the route, was organized by businessman and financier John Butterfield

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Page 2 - April 12, 2012 ‘Butterfield Stage’ Cont. from Page 1 of Utica, N.Y., after he was awarded a contract to operate the line from the federal government on Sept. 15, 1857. The contract stated Butterfield was to be given $600,000 per year to transport mail twice a week between St. Louis and San Francisco. The contract, which was for a period of six years, required all mail to be delivered within 25 days. “At the time, it was the largest land-mail contract ever awarded in the United States, requiring mail deliveries yearround,” Helmich said. Adding to the national pride engendered by this symbolism, was unadulterated awe – still felt today – at the rapidity with which the endeavor got under way. Before mail could be carried over such a long distance, roads and bridges had to be

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repaired or constructed, water wells dug, and mountain passes cleared. In addition, 150 stations had to be brought into operation, which included the hiring of 800 employees and the purchase of stagecoaches, wagons, horses, mules and feed. The initial cost just to get the line up and running was over $1 million dollars. Butterfield had already proven his ability in organization and administration by erecting the first telegraph line between New York City and Buffalo. He had built and managed several passenger stagecoach lines and had constructed the first steam railroad and first street horse railway system in Utica, New York, a city of which he also became the mayor. The American Express Company owes its formation to Butterfield. Here was a man who was uniquely qualified to spearhead the first transcontinental stage line, Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back. Liberty don't work as good in practice as it does in speeches. Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

This week, a compendium of wit, wisdom and neat stuff you can tell at parties. Enjoy! More Will Rogers Quotes If you don't make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. If you're riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there. I'm not a real movie star. I'’ve still got the same wife I started out with 28 years ago.

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day. Never miss a good chance to shut up. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco. Nothing you can't spell will ever work. On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay as long as truth.

stretching 2,800 miles from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. The building and the short life of the Butterfield Overland Mail were dictated by important events in history. The Mexican War from 1846 to 1848 and the Gadsden Purchase in 1853 added territory that needed to be incorporated into this country. Gold was discovered in California in 1848, and California became a state in 1850. The flood of gold-seekers heading for the Pacific Coast, along with the U.S. Mail, embarked from the East Coast and sailed to the Isthmus of Panama. Here passengers and cargo went ashore, crossed the mountainous strip of Panama, and took another ship up the West Coast of Central America, past Mexico, and thence to California. The beginning of the Butterfield Line was officially in St. Louis. However, since Spinnin' a rope is fun if your neck ain't in it. Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week. Ten men in our country could buy the whole world and ten million can't buy enough to eat. The best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter he's got to just know. I see a good deal of talk from Washington about lowering taxes. I hope they do get 'em lowered enough so people can afford to pay 'em. Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Noah must have taken into the Ark two taxes, one male and one female. And did they multiply bountifully! Next to guinea pigs, taxes must have been the most prolific animals. The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is get

the railroad extended west a short distance from the Mississippi, passengers and mail traveled on the train as far as Tipton where they encountered the first of the Butterfield Overland’s stations and a new coach. This vehicle was described by a reporter, the only through passenger on the inaugural westbound journey, as “quite expensively built.” From Tipton, the route lay southwest through a corner of Arkansas, cutting diagonally across what was then Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), and across a broad expanse of Texas. A swing up the east side of the Pecos River found a favorable crossing point at Pope’s Camp, then it was north along the Rio Grande into La Mesilla. From there, the route ran westward on a line roughly paralleling present-day I-10. Stations were spaced from 15 to 20 miles apart. In the arid terrain of ‘Butterfield Stage’ Cont. on Page 3 up every morning and say, "How's the President?" The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best. The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket. There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman... neither works. There are 3 kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves. There is not a man in the country that can't make a living for himself and family. But he can't make a living for them and his government, too, the way his government is living.

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‘Butterfield Stage’ Cont. from Page 2 then-territorial New Mexico, the stations had to be spaced further apart, either at existing springs or where wells were successfully dug, until the way reached the Gila River and followed it into California. There it wound northward to San Francisco. Because stages traveled day and night, these wagons converted to a sleeping car at night. Each wagon had three seats, which folded down to make one bed which accommodated from four to ten persons. In long stretches, the road on which these wagons traveled had only recently been hacked out of the wilderness by crews of surveyors, engineers, workers and teams of draft animals, supervised by Butterfield. Passengers reported that root snags and boulders were treacherous for the unwary. At river crossings, if there was a convenient passage, the wagons forded the river. At night the lanterns carried by the wagons were augmented by a man riding horseback, also carrying a lantern, who guided the drivers across the fords. Where the rivers were too deep or swift, there were ferries – rafts which were poled across. At the crossing of Red River – the boundary between Texas and the Indian Territory – the ferry business was run by a very prosperous Chickasaw Indian named Benjamin Franklin Colbert. The man owned 25 slaves, and used these road gangs not only to pole the ferry across the river, but to keep the roads leading in to Colbert’s Ferry in good condition. The only through passenger on the first westbound stage was Waterman L. Ormsby, a correspondent for the New York Herald. His stories, mailed back to the paper and published in six issues, were later published as a book. Other passengers and some of

the many employees of the Butterfield Overland Mail have left reports of conditions of travel along the way. All describe the stations as meant for utility not comfort. According to one passenger, the floors were “much like the ground outside, only not nearly so clean.” Usually ten minutes were allowed for a stop at the stations, with only a few providing accommodations for feeding passengers. When the horses or mules had been changed, the stage was underway again. The wagons did stop morning, noon, and night for meals. Almost everyone agreed the food was abominable. Ormsby said, “...the fare, though rough, is better than could be expected so far from civilized districts. It consists of bread, tea, and fried steaks of bacon, venison, antelope, or mule flesh – the latter tough enough. Milk, butter, vegetables were only met with towards the two ends of the trip.” He reported another meal of shortcake, coffee, dried beef and raw onions. Often there were not enough plates or tin cups to serve the passengers. The fares for passengers were set at $100 from San Francisco east, but $200 from St. Louis or Memphis going west. This amount was to be paid in gold. The fare did not include meals which ranged from 75 cents to a dollar. The baggage allowance was 40 pounds per passenger, a figure that is echoed in the baggage allowance on international flights today. Passengers were, in a way, a burden and the passenger traffic was never heavy. The Butterfield Overland Mail was meant to carry the U.S. Mail. In the month of July 1860, 6020 pieces of mail were carried from San Francisco. The service was so reliable that the British government sent official correspondence destined for

British Columbia by the Butterfield Overland Mail. To remove temptation from the outlaw element along the way, Butterfield refused to carry payrolls or other valuables. There were plenty of other dangers – stages overturned, untrained animals were used to pull the coaches. Some of the drivers and conductors got “on the job training.” Passengers had a difficult time sleeping the first week. After that, they seemed to settle in, and their biggest complaint was boredom. Source: uthwest/TheButterfieldOver landMai.html After operation began in 1858, the mail almost always arrived within 25 days as required. “However, the lack of water and conflicts with native Indian peoples continually plagued the Overland Mail throughout its existence,” Helmich said. Understanding the difficulties facing his company, Butterfield once said, “Remember boys, nothing on God's earth must stop the United States Mail!” And nothing did. During its two and one-half years of service, every eastbound and westbound stage arrived within the 25-day contract time. Sometimes the trips were reduced to 21 days. It was an unqualified success. Year-round operation of the Butterfield Overland Mail dictated the choice of a route through the milder climate of the southern tier of states and territories. This choice, by routing the trail through Texas, led to its short life as the Civil War commenced. Confederate sympathizers threatened violence to the line even before Texas seceded from the United States. Union troops were pulled out of the Southwest to engage in

battle in the East. Some Indians further endangered the stage line by taking advantage of the lack of military strength in the area. By March of 1860, Butterfield Overland Stage Company was facing mounting debt, and was taken over entirely by Wells, Fargo & Co, which had invested in the venture along with American Express Co. Then at the beginning of the Civil War in early 1861, Congress ordered the southern route discontinued. By June 30, service had completely ceased. On a time line, the two and one-half year operation (18571861) of the Butterfield Overland Mail was but a flash in the history of transportation in the United States. But this short-lived operation captured and held the imagination of Americans because it stitched together the growing country from sea to sea. Since 1861, the trail has suffered from erosion and little remains of the stations. “Those resources are under threat now,” said Aaron Mahr, National Park Service superintendent of the National Trails Intermountain Region. “There are a lot of natural impacts that are occurring. There is also danger from vandalism and other types of unfortunate activities and inappropriate land usage on precious cultural resources that are having a damaging effect.” What remains is now being analyzed by the National Park Service (NPS), which has been tasked by Congress to conduct a feasibility study to determine if the trail should be designated as a component of the National Trail System, a network of ‘Butterfield Stage’ Cont. on Page 5

Page 4 - April 12, 2012 Alleged Escondido Massage Parlor/Brothel Closes Its Doors According to Escondido police, a massage parlor which had drawn numerous complaints about alleged prostitution is closing its doors. Lieutenant Mike Loarie told The Paper that The Beauty Spa at 242 W. Mission, suites #G&H, had turned in their business license last week and their keys to the owner/landlord two days later. “We’ll be checking the location from time to time to make sure they do not re-open without the proper licensing.” Lieutenant Loarie said they had also closed down The Golden Spa, formerly located near 1500 E. Valley Parkway. “This is being done administratively, thanks to a new ordnance our city council passed, at our request. It acts very much like a sanction being place on the business in that they have to not only have an Escondido Business License but they have to register with the state as well.

Man About Town Visitors from Belfast, Northern Ireland were treated to a tour of the Escondido Police Department by Sergeant Joaquin Naranjo last Wednesday. Tom Aicken, a member of the Reserves of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (formerly known as the Ulster Royal Constabulary), are houseguests of Mary Kirk

Local News Failure to do this requires them to cease operation. A number of undercover operations had been conducted on both of these businesses. Citations were issued, but no arrests were made. “This is a lot easier,” Loarie said. We worked with the city attorneys to draft this ordnance, with the council to get it passed, and now we’re enforcing it. There are a couple more operations we have our eye on . . . so I suspect you may see other businesses closing up shop and moving elsewhere. These are the type of businesses we don’t want in our town.” Carlsbad Cracking Down on Illegal Red Light Preemptors The City of Carlsbad is better able to detect the illegal use of equipment that turns red lights to green, thanks to new traffic signal technology the city is using to improve traffic flow. According to City of Carlsbad Traffic Engineer Bryan Jones, “The signal pre-

emption sensor is only legally used by the Fire Department during an emergency response, changing the lights to green and speeding a lifesaving response.” Misuse of the sensor changes the normal cycle of the traffic signal and can disrupt traffic flow for six to eight minutes, causing traffic to back up unnecessarily, added Jones. Two weeks ago the city transportation staff contacted the Police Department when the city’s new Traffic Management Center registered an irregularity with traffic signals. After an investigation traffic engineers found motorists appeared to be using signal preemption devices to change the signals. The city’s new Traffic Management Center is a computerized traffic signal system that includes cameras to detect cars at intersections. When needed, traffic engineers can use the cameras to watch how vehicles are triggering the sensors and how well a signal is servicing an intersection. On March 27, traffic engi-

neers and police officers responded to a traffic signal on Armada Drive and detained a driver who was found to be using an “emergency vehicle preemptor.” As a result the motorist was cited for the illegal possession and use of the device, and the preemptor and associated parts were impounded. The fine for such an offense starts at $2,000. “Anyone thinking of using these devices should know that with this new technology, we can track you, and the Police Department will be enforcing this law,” said City of Carlsbad Police Corporal Robert Shelton. Recycling Styrofoam North County's two big trash haulers recently started allowing customers to recycle Styrofoam, which can be converted into picture frames, crown molding, flower pots, auto accessories and other industrial materials. Jeff Ritchie, vice president of ‘Local News’ Cont. on Page 7

drives a bus for a government service that transports the elderly and infirm to local medical offices, shopping centers, and similar destinations.

he could have the bus,” Tom went on.

While the Left to right, Sergeants Ed Varso, Justin Murphy, level of violence in Tom Aicken, and Sergeant Joaquin Naranjo Belfast has Davis, of Escondido, former- been reduced considerably, ly of Scotland. there are still occasional shootings and flare-ups of old Tom and his wife, Ann, were rivalries. On three separate received by Sergeant occasions, Tom was accosted Joaquin Naranjo, who con- by armed members of the ducted the tour. Tom was IRA (Irish Republican visibly impressed with the Army) who pointed pistols at magnificent facilities of the his head, demanding he turn Escondido Police over the bus, which he did. Department, housed in the Public Safety Building in “They all wore balaclavas (like Escondido (where the Fire a ski mask) so we couldn’t see Department Administrative their faces,” Tom said. “But offices are also housed). one young lad was so nervous his hand holding the pistol was When not on Reserve Duty shaking. I told him to point with the Police Service of that pistol away from my head, Northern Ireland, Tom

This, then, is what passes for normal life in Belfast today. Still, compared to the old days of “the Troubles,” it is relatively peaceful. ••••• Long time friend, he of the ever present smile, Darrell Gentry, seems to be a glutton for punishment. He is finishing his second term on the Vallecitos Water Board as President of the Board. He now intends seeking re-election and another term for the VWD Board, Division 5 seat. We first met Gentry when he was a San Marcos City Council member; he and I and several other adults

Thus far, Tom has not been harmed but has been held up at least six times with the thugs taking not only the bus fares but money from passengers and the driver as well. Tom learned long ago to leave his wallet at home. Several neighbors and/or friends have been shot dead by members of the IRA.

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scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. If the trail becomes designated, the federal government will be able to undertake preservation measures on public land. The designation would not give the federal government jurisdiction over portions of the trail located on privately owned land. To become designated, the NPS will need to prove it has had an “impact on patterns of American history,” Mahr said. “Our preliminary research shows there is strong potential that the Butterfield does reach that level of national significance in history. That is part of the reason why Congress felt it was important for us to study the trail.” The study is expected to be completed by 2014. Low back pain can be a crippling experience. You might not be able to play golf, work, or even sit in the car for a 30-minute drive. And you may not be able to remember the last time you even had a restful night’s sleep. Life cannot be enjoyed to its fullest if you are suffering with low back pain or sciatica . . . that just will not go away! Do You Have any of the Following Conditions? • Sciatica • Lower Back Pain • Spinal Stenosis • Degenerative disc disease • Herniated or Bulging Discs • Facet Syndrome • Failed Back Surgery Fortunately, if you are suffering from any of these problems, your pain may be relieved or eliminated by non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Far too many medical doctors believe your options are limited to bed rest, pain pills, exercises, steroid injections, and surgery. They are wrong! That’s because

“As part of the study process, we do a series of public outreach efforts and we will be visiting approximately 13 communities along the length of the trail to hear public opinion and what the public really does desire in terms of potential designation for the trail,” Mahr said. NPS representatives including Mahr were in Yuma, Arizona, recently to discuss the study with area residents. “Obviously people in Yuma love their history,” he said. “They are very proud of their local resources and the contribution Yuma has played in the broad part of American history.” So far, NPS has discovered many Yuma residents are in favor of adding the Butterfield to the National Trail System, Mahr said. “There is great support here for understanding the broader his‘Butterfield Stage’ Cont. on Page 14

Commentary There are those on the Escondido City Council who believe they run the city. They don’t. Staff does. That’s nothing new. That’s the way it has always been and will likely stay unless and until the city council decides to change the rules.

public have the ear of council members. Staff has it every day. Department heads and/or their City Manager have access to the council members most any time desired. The City Manager, and in some cases, department heads, are able to lobby their position to the council while the public is restricted to either oral communications or filing a written request to have an item placed on the agenda. The public seldom gets a fair hearing; at Oral Communications they are limited to two or three minutes. Staff has no such time limitation. They can spend hours, days, weeks, months, to lobby Council members to support their (staff’s) position and against positions the public might prefer.

Presently, the City Council makes policy; they give guidance to the city staff. Staff is administered by the City Manager, who is hired by the City Council.

But, when a major blunder is made, such as the recent salary awards to department heads and not to line and staff workers, then an irate citizenry properly demands to know why the council let this condition develop and why did-

When an issue of controversy comes up, seldom does the

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Evelyn Madison The Social Butterfly Email Evelyn at: Assistance League Receives Certificate of Recognition

State Senator Joel Anderson, 36th District, is shown presenting Jean Schultz, president of Assistance League of Inland North County, a Certificate of Recognition for many years of service and dedication to help less fortunate children in the community. Assistance League volunteers have been making a difference in the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Pauma Valley, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Marcos, Valley Center, and Vista since 1982. Philanthropic programs administered and staffed by the all-volunteer organization include Operation School Bell®, H u g - A - B e a r , Ready…Set…Read!, Operation Duffel Bags, Baby Real Deal, and Scholarships and Grants. For additional information, go to or call 760.746.7532. Soroptimist of Vista Awards Grant Money to Local Non-Profits Five local non-profits were awarded over $6,000 in grant money at a recent luncheon meeting of the Soroptimist International of Vista. Proceeds from Club fundraisers were distributed to selected grant applicants. Successful applicants run programs that support Soroptimist goals of health, education, environment, and the advancement of the status of women and children for the betterment of the community. The March 16 grants are in addition to funds the Club had already distributed at its annual Awards Gala in February.

(l-r) Julie Lowen (Children's Paradise), Vietta Ray (Welcome Home Ministries), Betsy Hightman (Vista Community Cliniic), Yvette Williams (Hospice of the North Coast) and Shay Gebler Bence (Trauma Intervention Programs) all received cash awards from Soroptimists International of Vista.

This year’s recipients were: Julie Lowen of Children’s Paradise for her school's "Just for Girls" program, a check for $1500 was given to help up to 25 at-risk girls. Betsy Hightman of the Vista Community Clinic received a check for $750 to purchase needed equipment for their women's clinic. Yvette Williams of Hospice of North Coast accepted a check for $2000 for its Hope Bereavement Center which helps families cope with grief after the loss of a loved one. Carmen WarnerRobbins of Welcome Home Ministries accepted a check for $1800 to help house women recently released from prison to transition back into society. And Shay Gebler Bence of Trauma Intervention Programs (TIPs) received $600 to purchase 100 "After Suicide Resource Packets." TIPs' trained volunteers provide emotional aid and practical support to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. Each representative spoke about the programs being supported. "This is what we do; this is where the money we raise is going,” said SI-Vista Fund Committee Chair, Dr. Thoralinda Soyland, to the Soroptimists and guests in attendance. “As you can see, we really are making a difference.” Grant applications for next year are available online at Vista Soroptimist club holds luncheon meetings the first and third Friday each month at 12:10pm at the Shadowridge Country Club in Vista. For info, check the website or email to Green Thumb Gardening Club Meetings Announced The Green Thumb Gardening Club will meet from 2-3pm Mondays, April 16th and 30th; then May 14 will be the final club meeting of the year to make quesadillas with veggies grown in the garden.

Recently members of the Green Thumb Gardening Club were tour leaders during a full day of garden tours at Alamosa Park Elementary School, 5130 Alamosa Park Drive, Oceanside. Twenty classes toured to see the healthful plants being grown and learn about nutrition as part of the school's Healthy Hawk Week. After the garden tour, students enjoyed a hands-on Compost Critter Encounter, handling worms, sowbugs, snails, and larvae. The Garden is used for after school Gardening Club meetings for 1st through 5th grade students. Each semester, Club members learn about plant parts, composting, seeds, leaves, planting, worms, and nutrition. Farmer Jones is a retired first grade teacher who has worked with students in the school garden since it was started in 1994. Her first school garden was started in Imperial Beach in 1973. Contact Nancy Jones at 760.822.6824 for more information. Visitors are welcome at the meetings if arrangements are made ahead of time.

First Grader Emilie Simmons and Farmer (Nancy) Jones lead a nutrition tour through the Alamosa Hawks' Secret Garden on March 20. Photo by Nancy Jones Meeting/Events Calendar Trash or Treasure Sale at Valle Verde Mobile Estates on Saturday, April 14, from 7am to 1pm at the clubhouse, 1286 Discovery St., San Marcos. Sale will include a bake sale, plants, books, antiques, glassware, art, crafts, tools, jewelry, clothes, and much more.

Ilan-Lael Foundation to Host Special Event - The public is invited to a special event on Saturday, April 14, from 5-9pm, at David Alan Collection, 241 So. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, to raise awareness and funds for the Ilan-Lael Center for Art, Environment, and Humanity. Guests will enjoy small bites, wine, art, and music by the blues duo Billy Watson and Robin Henkel. A silent and live auction will take place for trips, experiences, and fabulous Hubbell art. The event is to support and protect Hubbell Hill where almost everything was destroyed when the fires swept through Julian in 2003. Tickets are $75/person or $140/couple, and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at Preview the live auction items at Republican Club to Hear Candidates for Board of Supervisors - The candidates for San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District #3, will be participating in a Candidate Forum at The Escondido Republican Club's (TERC) meeting on Monday, April 16. TERC was formed in 1984 and has focused on promoting an informed electorate through voter education. Five candidates who will take part in the forum are Steve Danon, Carl Hilliard, Stephen Pate, Dave Roberts, and Bryan Ziegler. The meeting will be held at the Cocina del Charro restaurant, 890 West Valley Parkway, Escondido. Check-in begins at 11:30am. The luncheon meeting starts promptly at noon and concludes at 1:00pm. Reservations are necessary, by calling 760.743.1195. For more info about TERC, visit the website at San Marcos-Vista Christian Women’s Club April luncheon theme is "Love that Look." The event is on Monday, April 16, at 11:30am at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. The speaker, Carole Phillips from Alta Loma, formerly from London, England, is a sales recruiter and businesswoman who makes a "real fashion statement" as she describes "the door that no one can close." The special feature is a show of fashions and jewelry by Robin Mitchell from Sparkle Plenty in San Marcos. Entertainment will be special, uplifting, and inspirational music. Guests are welcome. The club has no membership or dues. All ladies are invited and encouraged to make reservations by April 12. The luncheon is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries/Christian Women's Club. For info, go to For reservations, call Daisy at 760.591.0155 or Carolyn at 760.744.0957. The Lake San Marcos Art League demo will be on April 16 from 1:30-3:30pm at the Lake Pavillion, 1105 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos. Guest artist will be

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‘Man About Town’ Cont. from Page 4 would often take youngsters on hikes, on airplane rides, and on other adventures as part of the Los Caballeros de Aventura youth diversion group (designed to help kids keep from joining gangs). Many a pleasant hour hiking with Darrell and all the kids, out on the hiking trails of San Diego County. •••••

Welcome to a pretty and talented lady, Morta Morrison, director of Forte Academy of the Arts, a music lessons studio located at 1641 Grand Avenue, Suite 105, in San Marcos. Mrs. Morrison has taught piano and voice lessons for 19 years. She teaches all ages and levels of difficulty, as well as all styles of music. Give her a call at 760-6226336 or check out her website at for more information. ••••• Our political observer in San Marcos, Mike Hunsaker, reports almost all government agencies, including the Vallecitos Water District, are withdrawing or diverting money from infrastructure funds. There is a drumbeat of the need for major infrastructure investments all to be funded through new bonds. He opines if all these bonds hit the market at the same time along with the proposed “Green House Gas” “energy efficiency” financings and the expanded mass transit bonds, then the interest rates that foreign and domestic hedge funds will get will go through the roof. And all tax exempt of course. He also reports and suggests that the Fish and Game management change could well signal the creation of more big corporation favoritism in bypassing environmental laws. Stay tuned. More comment and observationas are likely to follow.

‘Social Butterfly’ Cont. from Page 6 Christopher Polentz, a graduate of the Art Center College of Design; taught there for 20 years, and freelance artist for 26 years. Presently teaching at Palomar College. He will demo in acrylics. Visitors are welcome; fee is $3/person. For info, call 760.727.9421 or 760.591.9666. Get cooking at Westfield North County with free Westfield family fun days. Kids, ages two to five, and their parents or caretakers, will learn how to fuel their bodies in a healthy way by encouraging them to get in the kitchen and cook with their families. On Monday, April 16, from 1011am, the program will feature stories about food and gardening. Then they will enjoy a snack and decorate their very own aprons that they can wear when helping in the kitchen. Event is located on Level 1, Center Court, Westfield North County, 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido. Candidates Forum is Program for TriCity Tea Party Meeting - The 76th Assembly District Candidates and U.S. Senate Candidates will be the guests for a forum at the Tuesday, April 17, meeting of the Tri-City Tea Party. Sherry Hodges, Farrah Douglas and Rocky Chavez will participate in a 76th Assembly District candidates forum, and John Franklin of U.S. Rep. Darrel Issa's office will give an update on the Fast and Furious investigation. All this takes place from 6-7:30pm, at Boomers Cafe, 1525 W. Vista Way in Vista. Meetings are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to come early and enjoy food and beverage at Boomers Cafe. For information about the Tri-City Tea Party, call 760.613.8628 or check the website at The San Diego Cymbidium Society meeting will feature Alex Nadzan, PhD, who will speak on "Orchid Hybridizing

‘Local News’ Cont. from Page 4 Escondido Disposal Inc., said the move was prompted by increasing demand from industrial recyclers and by his company's commitment to preserving dwindling capacity in local landfills. "We've been looking to do this for a while, and we finally found a sustainable market," said Ritchie, whose company handles trash and recycling for Escondido, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas and Poway. "We're always looking for ways to divert more materials away from landfills." Waste Management, which handles trash and recycling for Oceanside, Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Del Mar, began allowing customers to recycle Styrofoam for the same reasons, company spokeswoman Charissa McAfee said this week. Customers should simply put Styrofoam into their blue recycling bins, Ritchie and McAfee said. This solves a short term problem for the consumer.

Basics." The meeting is Wednesday, April 18, 7pm, in the Ecke Building at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Also, he will conduct the Culture Class at 6:30pm on "Rescue Potting Mixes for Orchids in Distress." The Botanic garden is located at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, where the Society meets monthly on the 3th Wednesday at 7pm, except July and August. For info, call 760.931.0502 or email Carlsbad Senior Playreaders will perform Thursday, April 19, at 12:45pm, at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Avenue. Laughter and song by professional actors. Event is free. For info, check the website at A free Composting Workshop at Escondido Community Garden will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 8:3010am. The workshop will be staffed by master composters and include instruction and demonstration in the building and maintenance of a backyard compost pile and worm bin. No registration is required. The workshop will be canceled in the event of rain. The Garden is located on the west side of Centre City Parkway, just north of Highway 78. Turn west on Decatur Way, into the parking lot of the Escondido Police/Fire Facility. Park near the garden. For additional info, call 760.839.4342. Composting workshops are held quarterly and hosted by the Escondido Community Garden and the City of Escondido. A "Shopping Extravaganza" is Coming Soon - Looking for a special Mother's Day gift? Or a unique birthday present? The San Marcos High School Music Boosters are announcing a Shopping Extravaganza with a variety of vendors who will have great gifts and unique products available to purchase, including jewelry, handbags, Scentsy candles, Pampered Chef, Avon, tote bags, and more. The date is Saturday, April 21, from 10am-2pm, at the Lake San Marcos Pavillion, 1105 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos. Proceeds will benefit the San Marcos High School music program ( Admission is free. Vendor space is still available; interested vendors can contact Brenda Henn at for more information. Concentration camp survivor is speaker at American Association of University Women (AAUW), Escondido-San Marcos Branch, luncheon on Saturday, April 21, at 10am. Yaja Boren will be speaking on her book, "We Only Have Each Other," which tells the story of her life and growing up in concentration camps during World War II. The meeting will be at the Redwood Town Court, 500 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. The meeting is open to the public. Reservations are required. Cost is $12/person, and covers a full lunch. Contact Sandra Gerard at 760.739.0710 or Check the website for info about AAUW and upcoming events.

tion is preferred. For complete details and to register online, visit www.creekto1.800.237.2583. call or Volunteers will be working at over 86 sites throughout the county. Art Receiving for High School Student Exhibition - Escondido Art Partnership (EAP) Municipal Gallery will be receiving artwork from local high school students and their teachers for the "Emerging Student Artist" exhibition. Receiving dates are April 27th and 28th at the Gallery at 262 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido. This annual exhibition will take place from May 11 to June 1, with the opening reception on Saturday, May 12, during Artwalk in downtown Escondido. The exhibition is open to all media. Students can learn about exhibition theory and how to talk about their art and show in a commercial gallery environment. Exhibition coordinator Donna Meyer and the Escondido Art Talk group raised over $3000 this year to fund the exhibition; enough to give money to art teachers and students for art supplies. For more info, check the website at Women, Republican Escondido Federated, is hosting candidates for County Board of Supervisors, District #3, at their April 25th luncheon. Candidates Steve Danon and Carl Hilliard have confirmed their attendance and will provide information concerning their candidacy for the June Primary election. In addition, Ruth Weiss with The Election Integrity project will present an overview of their program. The meeting, open to the public, begins promptly at 11:30am at Cocina del Charro, 890 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido, followed by a buffet luncheon for $12/person. For reservations, due by April 19th, contact Rosalia Zamora at, or leave a message at 760.489.1407.

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Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 (DUVCW), Nancy Hanks Lincoln Tent No. 5, will meet at 11am on Tuesday, April 24. In the Veterans Memorial War Building at Zoo Drive and Park Boulevard in Balboa Park, San Diego. Barbara Mondt will present a program on the life of Brevet Brigadier General Datus Ensign Coon, 2nd Iowa Cavalry. He was the honoree on Memorial Day 2011 at Mt. Hope Cemetery. For information, call 619.475.0153. Creek to Bay Cleanup Day at Dixon Lake - The City of Escondido and I Love a Clean San Diego is hosting the 10th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 28, from 9am to 12noon, at Dixon Lake and Escondido Creek sites. You will be helping your local environment by collecting trash and recyclables along shorelines, creek paths, and surrounding trails. Bags, gloves, and water will be provided or you may bring your own reusable gloves and water bottles. Wear closed-toe shoes. Advance registra-

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: I want to thank you for publishing Dr. Stephen Heilman’s article in the March 15, 2012 issue of The Paper. I visited his clinic with chronic neck pain a few weeks ago, taking advantage of the special price that he advertised. I am so thankful that I did. I received a correct diagnosis and my neck pain has tremendously improved with Dr. Heilman’s ongoing treatments. To my surprise and joy, another health ailment of mine has been relieved as well. For twenty-one years I have had an esophagus disorder called Achalasia, degeneration of the nerve cells in the esophagus resulting in irregular muscle contractions and spasms, causing me to always experience difficulty anytime I eat. After just one treatment utilizing a combination of Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Decompression and Adjustments from Dr. Heilman, I have been able to eat without any difficulty whatsoever! I am thankful to God for giving Dr. Heilman the expertise and gentle care and concern for his patients. I am a walking testimony to his success! Thank you again! /s/Darlene Reyes San Diego, CA 92127 Supports Our Commentary Dear Lyle: I've read your editorial on the City of Escondido department head pay raises granted by City Manager Clay Phillips. I think you did a wonderful job of hitting the high points of the issue, and relaying the public outcry.

Maverick, at only about 4 years young, is an energetic Pug/ Pom blend that would make the perfect family agility dog. Kids would have a blast setting up different courses for him. Although nicely mellow and relaxed with his pet parent during down times he loves to walk, hike and run. He is a very loving and gentle; good-natured dog. Maverick is great with other dogs, kids and adults too….He LOVES men. Maverick has been neutered and microchipped. His vaccines and rabies are all up to date. He comes with a full 4 piece safety equipment set, food for his transition and any favorite toys or bedding. Please visit him on our website as well as other pups in our rescue that need . s e m o h or contact us at Thank you. EPOA VP Frank Huston and I were recently in Sacramento attending the 20th Annual Law Enforcement Legislative Conference. We met with our State Legislators to discuss with them our current issues and inform them of the scandal occurring back home.

Chinook the Pet of the Week at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, looks like kitty built by committee. She's a 3-1/2 year old, 8 pound, spayed, female, Calico cat. The fur on her face looks like it was designed by a group of people who couldn't decide what she should look like. She arrived at RCHS through the FOCAS program. Chinook's adoption fee of only $125 includes her spay, up to date vaccines, veterinary exam, and microchip. Rancho Coastal Humane Society is at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Adoption hours are 11 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Monday. For more information call 760-753-6413 or log on to About Compensation The compensation for corporate and public agency CEOs and managers has received recent public attention, but little or nothing has been said about the headhunter industry.

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One major problem with the large difference in compensation between the workers and managers of both public agencies and corporations is part of a closed conflict of interest cycle between the headhunters, the compensation awarded, and the boards controlling the salaries. The headhunters tell the boards they must increase the salaries in order to retain qualified people. They will claim you will lose valuable employees if you do not increase their compensation. The boards swallow the story and increase the compensation of the managers. Why not? It's not their money! Besides they are part of the conflict of interest problem.

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We hope that the residents of Escondido come together to speak out regarding this serious misuse of their tax dollars and the trust placed in the hands of the city's Chief Executive. EPOA members are united in the message that our community deserves better services and infrastructure, which includes a stable workforce. We will continue our work to inform the public and hold our elected and appointed officials accountable to the same level that we, as line level city employees and public servants, are held accountable for our decisions and actions.

Merle is a 3-year-old neutered male Chihuahua mix, ID 61572. Merle is currently in a foster home, where he likes to run around with all the family pets, including two cats and two dogs. He is well-behaved in the house and listens well to commands, including sit and come. He loves to go for walks and to meet new friends along the way. At the end of the day, he is happy to curl up next to you on the couch for quiet time. Merle is currently living in a private foster home and is available for adoption from the Escondido Humane Society, 3450 E. Valley Parkway. His $85 adoption fee includes neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations and vet exam. For more information, or to set up an appointment to meet Merle, call Adult Dog Foster Care Coordinator Julie Herman at (760) 594-7605 or log on to

pensation was out of pocket expenses and the prestige of being a board member. They were contributing their background experience as part of the overall development of the agency or corporation. The headhunters tell the board members they are giving up lucrative opportunities to serve on the boards, therefore the board members should be awarded additional compensation in salaries and percs. We now have a closed cycle. The headhunters compensation is based on commissions calculated on the compensation of their clients. The clients compensation is determined by the Board members who are also awarded compensation based on similar boards (also determined indirectly by the headhunters) Everybody gets awarded greater compensation paid by someone else - taxpayers or shareholders. I would like to see public agencies advertise the positions, which was the primary ‘Letters to the Editor’ Cont. on Page 14

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Escondido • Mayor Sam Abed Volunteer Appreciation Week April 15-21 is N a t i o n a l Volunteer Appreciation Week.

As Mayor, I recognize the invaluable contributions our volunteers make to our city. They perform essential and fulfilling work that benefits our community. Volunteers serve on boards and commissions and work in numerous departments throughout the City. We have volunteer opportunities at City Hall, Daley Ranch, the Library, Police and Fire, the Sports Center, the Joslyn Center and the Center for the Arts. The Library has one of the largest

groups of committed volunteers in the City. They support library activities and services by conducting children’s’ story time and many other programs. Library volunteers apply their technical and educational expertise as computer trainers and literacy tutors. The Friends of the Library are a dedicated group who operate the book store. There are many other volunteers who help in so many ways with daily operations. The Library holds an annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to honor these contributions. This past year, 242 volunteers and interns supported library programs and operations for a total of 34,469 hours. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, this equals $807,264 worth of community service! Our City is truly privileged to have such dedicated volunteers who give so much.

Rancho Bernardo • Mayor Jerry Sanders Street Smoothing Of all the issues I’ve tackled as Mayor, few are more important to the people of San Diego than our streets. Repairing San Diego’s roadways has been one of my top priorities in office, and the past two years, we’ve spent $47 million on one of the largest streets repaving projects in San Diego history. Needless to say, our work isn’t done. On April 4, I was pleased to announce our plans to spend another $30 million to smooth out our streets. It’s part of my administration’s larg-

er efforts to make sure we do everything possible to maintain our basic infrastructure – our roads, our storm drains, our fire houses and our parks. I’ll be asking the City Council to issue $75 million in capital-improvement bonds for a wide variety of important infrastructure projects. I’m hopeful the Council will approve these projects so we can get to work as soon as possible. Two years ago we issued $100 million worth of similar bonds. Taken together, these rounds of financing represent an unprecedented investment in making sure we have an infrastructure worthy of America’s Finest City.

Vista • Mayor Judy Ritter There are many opportunities for Vista residents to be involved in the community. One way is by serving on a City commission, committee, or board. The City Council appoints residents to these advisory groups to help create programs, generate solutions to problems, and to foster positive relationships in the community. Several vacancies need to be filled and I encourage those with a little extra time to check the list of positions posted on the City web site at You can also contact the City Clerk’s Office at 760.639.6125. The deadline for filing is April 19.

Another way to become involved in your neighborhood is to enroll in the free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course. Participants will learn how to increase their ability to safely help themselves, their family and neighbors during and after a disaster. The class begins on April 17 and meets each Tuesday evening until June 5. The CERT course covers topics including emergency preparedness, fire safety, basic medical operations, wildland fire safety and disaster psychology, and is taught by Vista Fire Department personnel. Please contact Battalion Chief Ned Vander Pol at 760.726.1340 ext. 2185, for more information or go on line to

San Marcos • Mayor Jim Desmond Distracted driving awareness program launched in San Marcos Distracted driving is an epidemic on America's roadways. We see it every day: drivers swerving in their lanes, stopping at green lights, running red ones, or narrowly missing a pedestrian because they have their eyes and minds on their phones instead of the road. Yet, people continue to assume that they can drive and text, talk or otherwise multi-task at the same time. The results are preventable accidents. In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people were killed and 450,000

more were injured nationally in distracted driving crashes. Distracted driving is not just limited to cell phone usage. It can include eating in the car, talking or even changing the radio station. The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station urges all motorists to hang up and be alert. Focusing only on driving when you are behind the wheel can save lives – maybe even your own. The City and Sheriff’s Department will be putting more information out in the coming months about the dangers of distracted driving. If you’d like to learn more, please visit

Oceanside • Mayor Jim Wood MCI West & MCB Camp Pendleton

Reorganizational changes are becoming a common occurrence with so many organizations – whether they are civilian, governmental or military. As per a letter recently sent out to community leaders from Brigadier General Vincent Coglianese, this is just what is happening with the integration of both Marine Corps Installations West and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. On April 5, during a re-designation ceremony at Camp Pendleton, BGen Coglianese will officially assume the responsibilities of both the Region and the Base.

These changes are consistent with initiatives that are ongoing throughout the Marine Corps to implement more effective ways to manage and employ resources, while ensuring that a high, consistent level of service is provide to all military personnel and their families. In this ever increasingly restrictive economic environment, BGen Coglianese and his staff expect to enhance the overall structure that this new command will provide. BGen Coglianese’s commitment to keeping the faith with all Marines, Sailors, Civilian Marines and their families is unwavering and his commitment to being a good neighbor to local communities is just as steadfast. I sincerely thank BGen Coglianese and all members of the Armed Services for all that they do.

Page 12 - April 12, 2012 “Vista” systems being sold to corporations around the world actually were leaving the factory with Windows XP.

Nome and Paul Van Middlesworth The Computer Factory Windows XP, the Operating System that Won’t Die. Two years from now, on April 6th, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP meaning that Microsoft will no longer provide security patches and updates. XP will be nearly 13 years old. In January 2007 Microsoft released “Vista,” the OS that was supposed to replace Windows XP. “Vista is absolutely the finest operating system ever” said Bill Gates. When “Vista” was released Microsoft halted sale of Windows XP licenses to retailers and PC makers. “Vista” quickly became know as the “worst OS ever” but Microsoft stayed in denial. They announced that “Vista” operating systems were being sold at a record pace. They failed to mention that most of the

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“Vista” was so bad that Microsoft was forced to allow “Microsoft downgrade rights or MDR.” A customer could buy a new “Vista” PC and specify MDR. The OS Product Key on the sticker would say “Vista” but the OS in the PC would be XP-Professional. Microsoft used this sham to try to convince customers that “Vista” was actually being accepted by industry. When Win7 was released in October of 2009, Microsoft found itself in a pickle again. Over 90% of businesses were using 32 bit versions of XP. Many businesses large and small were using software specific to their business that would not run in 64bit Win7. Microsoft again was forced to allow MDR to Windows XP, otherwise many businesses simply could not use new PCs. Again Microsoft boasted about the widespread acceptance of Win7 when in reality many were actually XP PCs.

in March of 2012 was as follows: Win XP 47%, Win7 37%, Win Vista 7%, Apple 5% and Unix 4%. Until early this year market analysts were predicting that Win7 would overtake Win XP by the third quarter. Amazingly, in the past several weeks Win XP has actually increased its lead over Win 7. This is likely the result of users deciding to stay with XP until Win8 is released. OS market share is calculated by surveying PCs accessing the Internet to determine what operating system is being used. Applications software makers continue to design their new products

to run on both Win7 and Win XP. It would be foolish to ignore XP since it still holds the largest market share. Microsoft, for obvious reasons, is the only major software producer that designs any software that won’t run on XP. Internet Explorer 10 is exclusively designed for Win7. XP will probably maintain its market share lead until the combination of Win7 and Win8 overtake it in 2013. Vista’s market share is nearly as small as Apple’s and will continue to shrink. Apple hasn’t been a significant force in the PC world for nearly 30 years. With its high prices, increasing virus susceptibility and lack of recent product development efforts, it appears that Apple’s focus is on phones and tablets not PCs.

Today, more than five years after Microsoft stopped selling XP licenses, XP still runs more than 70% of business PCs world wide. Taking all business and personal PCs into account the world wide market share for operating systems

bills, “Day Care” 188 bills, “Education” 132 Bills, “Health care” 213 bills and “Property Tax” 154 bills. The legislature is currently vetting another 1,908 bills introduced in the first two months of 2012, which must be decided by September.

The legislature is in session and the “Bill Factory” is in manufacturing overdrive. This is the second year of the two year session. The first year, the Senate and Assembly sent 870 bills to the Governor. The Governor signed 761 bills into law and vetoed 128. Notwithstanding the merits of this legislation – it’s a “Bill As a citizen, you have access to explore the inner work- Factory”. Amongst all these ings of the California bills the legislature must still Legislature. By logging on to pass a budget. you can search legislation under I have introduced SCA 1, Quick Links - Search Bill that mandates budgetary Information. overview the first year and You can search bills by key only allows bills to be introwords and find the massive duced the second year which number of bills on the same will reduce the amount of topic: “Corporate Tax” 88 legislation.

Revised High Speed Rail Plan is a Farce Governor Brown and highspeed rail supporters want you to believe that California’s high-speed rail project is now realistic and affordable, even though simply saying it’s realistic and affordable doesn’t make it so. In a desperate attempt to quell growing concerns about the project’s soaring costs among Californians and those within his own party, the Governor’s High Speed Rail Authority recently released its revised business plan. Given that the Authority is preparing to ask the Legislature to authorize $2.7 billion in state high-speed rail bonds to start construction by early next year, it is clear it is

doing what it can to convince skeptical lawmakers to change their minds. The Authority now argues in its revised business plan that it would cost $68.4 billion to build high-speed rail. That is $30.1 billion less than last year’s estimate of $98.5 billion. It would accomplish this by using existing rail lines for parts of the project. So taxpayers should be celebrating, right? Wrong. Think of this new plan as if a used car salesman has doubled the price of a car from $5,000 to $10,000 and then reduced the price to $7,500, telling customers he is giving them a $2,500 “discount.” If anyone is gullible enough to buy that, then I have a $68.4 billion train to sell them.

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Death Notices Alice R. Gray, 87, of San Diego, CA., passed away on March 26, 2012. Richard E. Beckett, 50, of Oceanside, Ca., passed away on February 26, 2012. Yvonne Nauss, 87, of Escondido, CA., passed away on March 27, 2012. Margaret K. White, 77, of Escondido, CA., passed away on March 31, 2012. Jean L. Bertuzzi, 83, of Fallbrook, CA., passed away on March 30, 2012. Elizabeth Jones, 78, of Oceanside, CA. passed away on April 5th, 2012. Arrangements by California Funeral Alternatives Escondido and Poway

Page 14 - April 12, 2012 ‘Butterfield Stage’ Cont. from Page 5 tory of communication and transportation and how that played a role in the development of the local economy, and the regional economy. There is a strong interest in protecting the history associated with the area, and there is obviously a strong contingency here that is going to work hard to protect trail resources.” Stagecoach service between San Diego and Tucson by way of Yuma started in 1870. From Yuma, then called Arizona City, the coaches followed a route east of Yuma that had been used by the Butterfield Line before the Civil War. The trail followed the Gila River much of the way so that water would be available. Instead of going through Telegraph Pass as the highway does today, drivers went around the north end of the Gila Mountains. When they reached a point about five miles west of Wellton, they changed teams at Mission Camp Station. Charles Reidt managed Mission Camp Station with the assistance of his wife and a cook, “Old Tom” Oliver. Since the man who brought the stage from Yuma ended his run there, a relief driver was always present at Mission Camp, too. All but Mrs. Reidt were killed at the station on Christmas Eve in 1870, and she was gravely wounded. Angered by the murders, Yumans demanded that Territorial Gov. Anson Safford take action against the killers, who had fled to Mexico. When they were never brought to justice, relations between Arizona Territory and the Mexican state of Sonora were almost irreparably damaged. Reidt, his wife and relief driver James Lytle were sitting down to dinner at about 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve when there was a knock at the door.

Reidt inquired, “Who's there?” and a stranger opened the door. He asked if he could purchase barley for his horse. “I'm sorry, but I haven't any to sell,” Reidt replied. “We have only enough for the stage horses.” “How much would you charge me to put my horse in your corral?” the man asked. Before Reidt could respond, his dog, lying under the table, began to growl at the stranger. “Don't come in,” the station manager warned, fearing his dog might attack the man. Without warning, the stranger in the doorway raised the rifle cradled in his arms and shot Reidt in the head. Followed by two other men, he ran into the station, firing another shot at Lytle, who had been standing by the stove. The driver collapsed in a pool of blood. Hearing the commotion, the cook, “Old Tom,” ran into the room and was cut down by another round from the intruder's weapon. The killer next aimed his weapon at Mrs. Reidt, but the family dog sprang at him, deflecting his shot. It struck her in the thigh, saving her life. Dragging the wounded woman by the hair from the building, the three questioned her about money that they believed was there. Discovering that Tom Oliver was still alive, one of the assassins cut his throat. The trio next looted the station. When some sheep herders approached, they interrupted their thievery and fled south for Mexico. They carried off guns, supplies, $150 in cash and five horses from the corral. Yumans learned of the murders when the next stage from Tucson reached town. The

driver described the carnage he saw at the station. He also reported finding a body on the road not far from Mission Camp. Presumably, it was another victim of the same gang. Newspaper reports about the Mission Camp massacre don't tell how folks in Yuma knew the names of the murderers. Their names are given as Jesus Ortega, Tomas Sanchez and Pedro Pina in a letter to Gov. Safford. Written by Arizona City's mayor, James Barney, it demanded extradition of the three from Sonora. Safford's first response was to offer a reward of $1,000 for the capture of the killers. When that brought no results, he sent his personal representative, George Cooler, to Sonora to see its governor.

‘Commentary’ Cont. from Page 13 paid) plus benefits, we would have a line of applicants of 50 or more; all of whom had the credentials and track record to show they could handle the job. Similarly, if department head positions were opened and advertising with starting salary at $100,000 . . . same thing. Hundreds of qualified applicants would show up. The City Council of Escondido, and other cities, have fallen victim to this cycle of continual doling out of cash in salaries and pension benefits, with little or no controls. In the process of neglecting this duty, the line and staff members of the city get short changed . . . and that ain’t fair. Someone needs to learn how to say no . . . and how to manage the city . . . and the city manager.

The request to hand over three Mexican citizens to Arizona authorities couldn't have come at a worse time. Arizona had been a part of Sonora before the Mexican War. Many of its neighbors to the south felt the United States had robbed a poorer, smaller country of some of her best lands.

It is time to put a stop to it. It is time to take back control.

“No way,” was Gov. Pesqueira's response. While his reply was couched in polite diplomatic language, it was based solidly on a treaty between the United States and Mexico negotiated in 1861. Citing the document, Pesqueira pointed out that its language said, “Neither of the contracting parties are bound by the stipulations of this treaty to make delivery of their common citizens ... “

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As far as can be learned here, the Mission Camp murderers were never punished. Sources: news/mail-76847-trail-butterfield.html

Agree? Or Disagree? Your views are welcome via Letters to the Editor. Certainly, Escondido City officials, both elected and appointed, are welcome to respond to our commentary.

‘Letters to the Editor’ Cont. from Page 10 method of selecting public agency managers before the headhunters took over. I suspect they would be overwhelmed with applicants even at lower average compensation and reasonable pension awards. Most corporations have an inventory of qualified executives in their middle managers who could be successful CEOs without resorting to outside headhunters. The shareholders should elect directors who subscribe to that philosophy. /s/John Smylie Valley Center.

The Paper FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-007409 The name of the business: Covers With Love, located at 1237 Camino Del Lago, San Marcos, Ca. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Audrey Eller 1237 Camino Del Lago San Marcos, CA. 92078 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 01/15/2012. /s/Audrey Eller This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/15/2012. 3/29, 4/05, 4/12 & 4/19/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-008417 The name of the business: Powerhaus Auto, located at 911 Jana Pl., Escondido, Ca. 92026, is hereby registered by the following: David A. Ellis 911 Jana Pl. Escondido, CA. 92026 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/David A. Ellis This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/26/2012. 3/29, 4/05, 4/12 & 4/19/2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-007622 The name of the business: Burritos Santana Mexican Food, located at 815 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA. 92084, is hereby registered by the following: Julio Cesar Posada 1195 Caminito Amarillo San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Julio Cesar Posada This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/16/2012. 3/22, 3/29, 4/05 & 4/12/2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-008284 The name of the business: Rams Trading Inc., dba US Automart, located at 557 S. Escondido Blvd, Suite A Escondido, Ca. 92025, is hereby registered by the following: Rams Trading Inc. 174 W. Lincoln Ave., #212 Anaheim, CA. 92805 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 3/23/2012. /s/Fardin Rameshjan, President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/23/2012. 3/29, 4/05, 4/12 & 4/19/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-007206 The name of the business: Khati Auto Wholesale, located at 827 Rancheros Dr., Ste A, San Marcos, Ca. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: Khati Investments, Inc. 827 Rancheros Dr. Ste A San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was n/a. /s/Hrand S. Younis, CEO This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/13/2012. 3/29, 4/05, 4/12 & 4/19/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-008192 The name of the business: Bootcamp Films and Productions, LLC, located at 4202 Sorrento Valley Blvd, #N, San Diego, Ca. 92121, is hereby registered by the following: Bootcamp Films and Productions, LLC 4202 Sorrento Valley Blvd. #N San Diego, Ca. 92121 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was 1/1/2012. /s/Shigeaki Koike, Managing Member This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/23/2012. 3/29, 4/05, 4/12 & 4/19/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-008488 The name of the business: Starcia Group, located at 211 N. Citrus Ave.,





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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-007864 The name of the business: Grand Centre Massage, located at 1568 Creek St., San Marcos, CA. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Amy Calvert-Coopman and Carla Coopman 913 Ashton Ct. Vista, CA. 92081 This business is conducted by State or Local Registered Domestic Parnters. First day of business was 8/02/1992. /s/Amy Calvert-Coopman This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/20/2012. 3/29, 4/05, 4/12 & 4/19/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-008566 The name of the business: Follow Up Savvy Services, located at 18580 Caminito Pasadero, San Diego, CA. 92128, is hereby registered by the following: Wanda Allen 18580 Caminito Pasadero San Diego, CA. 92128 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 3/01/2012. /s/Wanda Allen This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/27/2012. 3/29, 4/05, 4/12 & 4/19/2012

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2012-00052182-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Amber Dawn Hagen Gahn filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Amber Dawn Hagen Gahn, Ethan Henry Gahn, and Keira Grace Gahn, respectively, to Proposed name Amber Dawn Hagen, Ethan Henry Hagen, and Keira Grace Hagen, respectively. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: May 8, 2012, 8:30a.m., Department 3. The address of the court is: 325 S. Melrose, Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 03/23/2011. /s/Aaron H. Katz, Judge of the Superior Court 4/05, 4/12, 4/19 and 4/26/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-008698 The name of the business: La Favorita Market #6, located at 245 W. El Norte Parkway, Escondido, CA. 92026, is hereby registered by the following: Abu Saja, Inc. 1060 Via Blairo Corona, CA. 92879 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 3/20/2012. /s/Mohammed Shalabi, CEO This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/28/2012. 4/05, 4/12, 4/19 & 4/26/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-008763 The name of the business: San Marcos Landscape, located at 485 Jennileah Lane, San Marcos, Ca. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: Dagoberto Santos 485 Jennileah Lane San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 3/29/2012. /s/Dagoberto Santos This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 3/29/2012. 4/05, 4/12, 4/19 & 4/26/2012

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2012-00052625-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioners Brandon Barrett and Mandy Frakes for minor, Sebastian William Barrett, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Sebastian William Barrett, to Proposed name Sebastian William Frakes THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: May 22, 2012, 8:30a.m., Department N-3. The address of the court is: 325 S. Melrose, Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 4/06/2012. /s/Aaron H. Katz, Judge of the Superior Court 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 and 5/03/2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-009594 The name of the business: Precision Shredding, Inc., located at 215 S. Pacific St., #108, San Marcos, CA. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Precision Shredding, Inc. 215 S. Pacifid St., #108 San Marcos, Ca. 92078 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 1/18/2012. /s/Cecilia Jimenez, CEO This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 4/06/2012. 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 & 5/03/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-009176 The name of the business: “157”, located at 1362 Calle Colnett, San Marcos, Ca. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: George G. Lackerdas 1362 Calle Colnett San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/George G. Lackerdas This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 4/03/2012. 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 & 5/03/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-010004 The name of the business: Hart and Huntington, located at 1835 Aston Ave., Carlsbad, CA. 92008, is hereby registered by the following: HH Distribution, LLC 1835 Aston Ave. Carlsbad, CA. 92008 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was 04/03/2012. /s/Edward Upshaw This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 4/10/2012. 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 & 5/03/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-009657 The name of the business: Rams Tradeing Inc., dba Easy Auto Repair & Transmission, located at 557 S. Escondido Blvd, Ste B, Escondido, CA. 92025, is hereby registered by the following: Rams Trading Inc. 174 W. Lincoln Ave, #212 Anaheim, Ca. 92805 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 04/06/2012. /s/Fardin Rameshjan, President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 4/06/2012. 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 & 5/03/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-009668 The name of the business: So Cal Appliance Repair, 1st Response Appliance Repair, First Responce Appliance Repair, located at 655 Rowley Way, Ramona, Ca. 92065, is hereby registered by the following: Bradley W. Jeusen 655 Rowley Way Ramona, Ca. 92065 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 10/07/09. /s/Bradley W. Jeusen, Owner This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 4/06/2012. 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 & 5/03/2012

Estrella Garcia 211 N. Citrus Ave. Sp. 1 Escondido, CA. 92027 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 3/27/2012.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-009148 The name of the business: Dreaming of Tomorrow, located at 1250 Calle Colnett, San Marcos, Ca. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: Peter Drown 1250 Calle Colnett San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a.. /s/Peter Drown This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 4/03/2012. 4/05, 4/12, 4/19 & 4/26/2012

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-009038 The name of the business: Nattiya Thai Restaurant Northern Spirits, located at 727 W. San Marcos Blvd, #115-116-117, San Marcos, Ca. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Nattiya LLC 934 Brian St. San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was 12/19/2007. /s/Nattiya Sontisap, Managing Member This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 4/02/2012. 4/05, 4/12, 4/19 & 4/26/2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-009921 The name of the business: John Nguyen Photography, located at 7512 Circulo Sequoia, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009, is hereby registered by the following: John H. Nguyen 7512 Circulo Sequoia Carlsbad, CA. 92009 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 04/01/12. /s/John H. Nguyen This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 4/10/2012. 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 & 5/03/2012

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April 12, 2012 issue. News and entertainment for north San Diego county.