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The Paper

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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.

Escondido • Mayor Sam Abed My Final “Letter from the Mayor”

This will be my final “Letter from the Mayor” in The Paper. I have been concerned for some time about the editor’s journalistic practices. He frequently writes stories that are based on rumors, false information, and speculation rather than facts. Escondido has been the target of some of those opinion pieces presented as news. Last summer, when the Union Tribune accused him of plagiarism, a serious issue for a newspaper, he used the unique excuse that it wasn’t plagiarism but an “anthology” or a collection of stories.

The turning point for me occurred just last month. “The Paper” has had a history of publishing jokes that often are in poor taste and offensive to various groups of people in our community. However, the January 29, 2015 issue contained a so-called joke about the sad events in Ferguson, Missouri that was blatantly racist and distasteful. Because this kind of irresponsible and unprofessional journalism does not reflect the values of our great city, I am discontinuing my weekly letters in “The Paper.” If you are interested in continuing to read my weekly letters, they will appear on the City’s website,

Vista • Mayor Judy Ritter Vista’s Cultural Caravan

Did you know for over 30 the years, City of Vista’s Culture Caravan travel program has brought the cities of North County unique travel experiences to destinaSouthern over all tions California and beyond? With an emphasis on day trips, the Gloria McClellan Senior Center organizes the trips and takes care of details such as deluxe transportation, best available tickets, delicious meals, and of course, wonderful volunteer guides. Day trips include Padres games, museum visits, and more adventure trips. Plan a day trip

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slide programs. The luncheon meeting will be at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, 1755 Bernardo Oaks, with social time at 11:30am and lunch at noon. Cost is $26/person all inclusive. Guests are welcome. Reservations are necessary; cal Fern at 760.741.6620. For info about RBWC or becoming a member, contact Jan at 858.487.6942 or Diana at 858.484.8958.

Bird Club Meeting Announced The Bird Club meeting for pet bird owners/breeders will be on Friday, March 6, at 7pm, at the Vista Masonic Lodge, 761 Eucalyptus, Vista. Bird Toy Making with colored wood blocks and sisal. Refreshments; free admission. For info, visit Escondido Library Partners with KPBS for “One Book, One San Diego Reading Program” - The Escondido Public Library is proud to partner again with KPBS, San Diego

or your next vacation with the Culture Caravan. If you are interested in active adult group travels give the Senior Center a call at 760.639.6160.

Speaking of the Senior Center, did you know about the YANA (You Are Not Alone) program? It is a free service to Vista residents. The Vista Senior Sheriff’s Patrol provides checks on a senior or disabled person living alone. A volunteer calls the individual once a day five days a week, and, once a month a YANA team member visits the home. The Senior Volunteers are encouraging residents to take advantage of the free program, if it is needed, call 760.940.4434 for information.

Public Library, San Diego County Library, and other local libraries in the One Book, One San Diego reading program. Each year, the community helps choose a book that becomes the featured “One Book”, shaping the local focus, outreach initiatives, and special events that comprise the One Book, One San Diego experience. Community members are encouraged to nominate books that they have read and think would be a good title for the program. They can nominate either online through the Escondido Public Library’s website, or use the paper form available at the Library. The criteria for “One Book” selections are specific and can be found on the website. The nomination submission period runs from February 4 to March 1, and the selection will be announced in May. Information about related programming and events will be provided as it becomes available. Events are free and open to the public, and generously sponsored by KPBS. For more details

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San Marcos • Mayor Jim Desmond January traffic impacts for Bent Avenue and Discovery Street

During the month of January, motorists can expect some traffic delays along Bent Avenue and Discovery Street near the San Marco Creek area to accommodate geological work and soil testing. As part of an early step in Phase I of the San Marcos Creek District Project, this work will generate the necessary information to begin environmental infrastructure improvements in the area. The following streets may be reduced to one lane in each direction Monday

through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm during the construction period: Via Vera Cruz between Discovery Street and San Marcos Boulevard; Bent Avenue between Discovery Street and San Marcos Boulevard; and Discovery Street between Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz. Traffic control teams will be on site during lane closures to safely direct oncoming traffic flowing in each direction. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes. We appreciate your patience as we work to move one step closer in creating a downtown San Marcos.

Oceanside • Mayor Jim Wood Chamber of Commerce Enlisted Recognition Dinner

The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee is proud to present their 15th Annual Enlisted Recognition Dinner on February 26th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm in the brand new ballroom of the Veterans Association of North County building at 1617 Mission Avenue in Oceanside.

Created in 2001, this program is a great way for the business community to recognize the excellence of our local enlisted personnel and to thank them for their service to our country. The event is open to the public and will feature a delicious dinner and an evening of cele-

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charges against Trahan. A deputy medical examiner testified the baby died of bluntforce injuries to the head. A CT scan showed black patches of dead tissue in her brain.

Trahan, 27, faces charges of second-degree murder, assault on a child under 8 causing death and a child abuse charge related to his twin son. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for life. Oceanside Man Beaten to Death

Police Lt. Leonard Cosby identified the dead body found in Oceanside’s Buddy Todd Park as as Mustafa Gordon, 24, of Oceanside. The discovery at

bration as Marines and Sailors who have been identified by their respective commands as top performers and contributors are honored.

The Military Spouse of the Year will also be recognized. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the dinner, with the first level being a $1,500 table,which includes seating for 6, with an awardee and guest at your table, your logo on a table sign and your company name included in the program and mentioned by the event MC. $2,500 and $4,000 sponsorship levels are also available.Cost for admission is $55 for civilians and $35 for active duty military. For more information, please contact Scott Ashton at 760-722-1534 or visit

the hilltop park was reported about 5:45 a.m, Monday.

Gordon suffered blunt-force trauma to his head and body. No weapon was found, Police found the victim’s vehicle, a navy blue GMC pickup, in the parking lot. Police said Gordon lived with his father, and had served in the Army. He had no other information about his military service. Gordon did not appear to have gang connections and was generally well thought of. Cosby said police currently have “minimal leads” in the case.

Police asked that anyone with information contact the department at (760) 435-4911. Tipsters can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously

The Paper - February 19, 2015  
The Paper - February 19, 2015