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ELDER SURFSMAN Art Grigg from Oceanide shows his stuff at the annual FlowRider competition at the Wave Waterpark in Vista on July 11. “I used to (surf) before I found out about this,” Grigg, a self-described FlowRiding fanatic, said. “I”d rather come here — it’s way more fun.” Photo by Gideon Marcus
Challenger appears in race for supervisor By Gideon Marcus
VISTA — Vista Councilman Steve Gronke has entered the race for the District 5 seat on the County Board of Supervisors. He will face incumbent Bill Horn for a four-year seat in 2010. District 5 includes Vista, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Oceanside and the unincorporated regions of 4S
Ranch, Bonsall, Del Dios, Fallbrook, Rancho Santa Fe and Camp Pendleton. Gronke is a high school teacher at North Star Academy, a three-term city councilman and a married STEVE GRONKE
father of two. A strong proponent of public safety and social services, Gronke said he is jumping into the race early to show he is serious about winning. The councilman faces an uphill fight. Horn, who is currently serving TURN TO SUPERVISOR ON 9
Supporters rally to save Jumping Turtle By Promise Yee
SAN MARCOS — Close to 100 supporters of all-age music performances at The Jumping Turtle restaurant and entertainment venue gathered in front of City Hall on July 9 to let their opinions be known. Hand-painted signs spelled out messages of “Don’t stop the music” and “We love the turtle.” An initial rally to oppose age restrictions was held June 4. “It’s a great place,” Randy Clevers, of San Marcos, said. “I don’t understand what the problem is.” Clevers stood as a supporter at the July 9 rally with his wife and two daughters. “We all enjoy going there.” There were also signs calling out City Clerk Suzie Vasquez as “judge, jury and executioner.” Owners of The Jumping Turtle have been unsuccessful in arranging a meeting with Vasquez to review two permit restrictions that went into immediate effect in May and make it difficult for the restaurant to remain financially solvent. The restrictions that concern The Jumping Turtle owner Matt Hall do not allow performers or patrons under age 21 or presales of entertainment tickets. The new restrictions markedly cut down on the number of patrons who come to the restaurant and restrict entertainment payment to donations at the door.
OCEANSIDE — Mourners and rainbow banners filled the Oceanside Harbor Bridge on Coast Highway 101 on July 10 for a candlelight vigil in memory of Boatswain’s Mate Seaman August Provost. The 29-year-old homosexual was shot on duty in a Camp Pendleton guard shack June 30. The vigil was a joint effort of the Department of Defense Federal Globe, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military community, and the North County LGBT Coalition. “What we’re doing today is we’re bringing the community together to honor a gay man who was murdered in our community,” event organizer Lisa Kove said.Absent among the nearly 100 event-goers were Provost’s family and partner, who were attending the sailor’s funeral in Houston,Texas. The vigil marked ground zero in a statewide memorial to the brutally slain sailor whose death has been linked to his homosexuality. While Navy officials TURN TO VIGIL ON 13
Fraud nets chief finance officer 18 years in prison By Randy Kalp
SAVE THE TURTLE Close to 100 supporters of all-age music performances at The Jumping Turtle rally outside City Hall on July 9. Photo by Promise Yee
There has not been a meeting between the city and The Jumping Turtle owners to discuss permit restrictions. Vasquez said the city is open to meeting with the restaurant owners. “We’ve been trying to schedule something, but haven’t been able to schedule a date yet,”Vasquez said. Joe Troutman, The Jumping Turtle entertainment manager, said the city has ignored numerous attorney requests for a meeting. Attorney Jon A. Jensen sent a let-
ter to the city on behalf of The Jumping Turtle on June 24. In it he stated that the city is attempting to target the restaurant and put it out of business with the new restrictions that come after six years of business operations. “Six and a half years of doing this is enough proving grounds,” Troutman said. Patrons miss the all-ages shows they used to enjoy with their families. “It’s real family oriented,” Ben TURN TO RALLY ON 18
SAN MARCOS — Annette Yeomans lived like the rich and famous, but unfortunately she was neither and will now spend nearly two decades behind bars for embezzling millions from her San Marcos employer. Yeomans, 51, was sentenced July 6 to 18 years in prison in accordance with her plea agreement. The chief financial officer for Quality Woodworks in San Marcos,Yeomans pleaded guilty in June to 10 counts relating to the embezzlement of $9.9 million from 2001 to 2008. She admitted to nine counts of forgery and one count of filing a false state tax form. Additionally, two allegations—aggregating losses that exceeded $2.5 million and aggravated white collar crime—were attached to the charges. Prior to her plea, she had faced 108 felony charges. According to the declaration in support of an arrest warrant written by San Diego Sheriff’s Detective Vickie Armitage, Yeomans developed a “sophisticated system for her thievery” utilizing eight main ruses to continue living the luxurious lifestyle her income would not afford her. One ruse involved her fraudulently using unauthorized business TURN TO FRAUD ON 14
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JULY 17, 2009
ODD Local player on fast track to big leagues Stickup man gets FILES third strike
by CHUCK SHEPHERD
By Gideon Marcus
Scientology trains its leaders a good deal more aggressively than other religions do, judging by the revelations by four former church officials to the St. Petersburg Times in June. In an exercise concocted by founder L. Ron Hubbard, leaders who screw up are taken out to sea and forced off a gangplank with the admonition, “We commit your sins and errors to the deep and trust you will rise a better Thetan (immortal spiritual being).” The rituals can also take place in a cold swimming pool, with the transgressors in business suits. Also, to test leaders’ commitment, the head Scientologist, with a boombox, conducts games of musical chairs to reward the last man sitting (using the music of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”: “Is this the real life? / Is this just fantasy? / Caught in a landslide / No escape from reality”).
The nomadic Vadi tribe, in the Indian state of Gujarat, continues to be adept at flouting the country’s 18-year-old ban on snake-charming. Historically, the Vadi have taught their children, beginning at age 2, to be at peace with cobras through affection and respect. According to a June dispatch in London’s Daily Telegraph, male children practice the iconic flute routines, and females provide hands-on care and feeding. The cobras are not de-fanged (which would be disrespectful), but each is fed an herbal solution that supposedly neutralizes the venom and is released back into the wild after a few months’ service.
— A June Government Accountability Office report revealed that people on the U.S.’s suspectedterrorist list tried to buy guns or explosives on at least 1,000 occasions in the last five years and were successful 90 percent of the time. One suspect managed to buy 50 pounds of explosives. Federal law treats the suspected-terrorist list as “no-fly” and “no-visa” but not “no-gun.” — “Pop” is a 2 1/2year-old Swedish kid whose “gender” is unknown to everyone, including Pop. “It” will be counseled that people do not have identical apparatus between their legs, but Pop’s folks told the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in June that they intend to ignore all cultural characteristics of “boys” and “girls” in raising Pop. To the parents, “gender” is a social construct, and Pop TURN TO ODD FILES ON 13
VISTA — Vista-raised southpaw Gavin Brooks is on his way to the big leagues, having been drafted by the Staten Island Yankees after three years as a pitcher with the UCLA Bruins. Brooks has been drawn to the sport ever since he first, as a toddler, picked up a racquetball racquet and a tennis ball. A star in Little League and middle school, Brooks graduated from Rancho Buena Vista in 2006 with a .375 hitting average and a pitching record that landed him a scholarship at UCLA. In late June, after a hot season pitching in 27 games, Brooks ended the school year with a $125,000 signing bonus to play with the Yankees’ short-season minor league team. He spent just three days visiting his family in Vista before flying off to Tampa Bay for training. Professional baseball, even at the lowest level, is a lot different from playing for a college, Brooks said. Instead of splitting time
MAKING IT BIG Vista-raised Staten Island Yankee Gavin Brooks pitches at home in Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, N.Y., July 5. Photo by Dave Schofield, courtesy of the SI Yankees
between classes and playing, Brooks is entirely focused on baseball. “I get up, hit the field at noon, play baseball all day until midnight,” he said.
“Then I go to bed, wake up (and) do it all over again. It’s baseball all the time. It’s what I want to do.” As of July 9, Brooks had pitched eight of 19 games
played, allowing no earned runs. The season will last 75 games and end in early September. His team has done well at home, earning a 7-2 record, but has been trounced on the road, winning just one game. Ironically, Brooks said the competition offered by the minor leagues is lower than what he faced in college, at least for now. “The competition in college is pretty good, especially in the Top 10,” he said. “This level of baseball is maybe slightly below … largely because it’s a lot of younger guys — Dominican players with less experience and people out of high school who haven’t played much ball yet.” Of course, the short-season A team constitutes the bottom rung of a series of Yankee-owned teams. Above it are the other franchises Brooks hopes to advance into: the Single A Charleston River Dogs, the Tampa Yankees Advanced A, then TURN TO BIG LEAGUES ON 19
Group gives autism patients new ‘leash’ on life Club on July 8 to help raise ment with children with RANCHO SANTA FE — money for Leash-on-Life, a autism. Guest speaker Temple More than 125 people gath- nonprofit organization that ered at the Del Mar Country trains service dogs for place- Grandin, an author and a Colorado State University professor who holds a doctorate in animal science, discussed the emotional needs of animals and her life with autism. Before speaking, Grandin autographed copies of her books, “Animals Make Us Human” and “Animals in Translation.” Rebecca Cook also shared the story of her life as the mother of an autistic child. Her daughter, Jolena Gonzalez, was diagnosed with autism when she was 3 years old. Cook said she was continuously told there wasn’t much that could be done to make her life easier. That was until December WOOF! Six-year-old Jolena Gonzalez was the first recipient of an 2007, when Jolena became autism service dog from Leash-on-Life, the only nonprofit, all-volunteer the first recipient of a Leashorganization in San Diego that trains dogs for placement with children on-Life autism service dog — with autism, a neurological disorder that affects one in every 150 chil- a black Labrador retriever dren born today. Little Miss Muffet, a 5-year-old black Labrador retriev- named Little Miss Muffet. er, has helped Jolena and her family better handle day-to-day activities. Since then, Jolena has been Photos by Bianca Kaplanek better able to perform simple By Bianca Kaplanek
day-to-day activities such as going to the mall or taking a walk around the neighborhood with her mother. Muffet’s presence has also helped reduce Jolena’s meltdowns — once common throughout the day — and calm her when they do occur. Jolena, who is now 6, was on hand with 5-year-old Muffet. The only group of its kind to provide such a service in San Diego, Leash-on-Life is a branch of Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs Inc., a Solana Beach-based organization that trains and places service dogs for mobility assistance, seizure response and other needs. The two-year training program is about $15,000 per dog. All trainers volunteer their time and there is no cost for clients who receive the dogs, Karen Shultz of Tender Loving Canines said. Visit www.tenderlovingcanines.org to donate or for more information.
New park offers best views in North County By Jeannie Sprague-Bentley
COAST CITIES — On the very highest point of the Cerro de Las Posas ridge, the highest peak in the coastal North County area, a new park is offering sweeping views of the mountains to the east and the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean to the west. Double Peak Park, above San Elijo Hills, is now open to the public, following an official ceremony late last month. The 200-acre park is located in the city of San Marcos and offers awe-inspiring, 360-degree views. On a clear day, the Cuyamaca Mountains, Palomar Mountain, Mount Baldy and San Jacinto Peak can all be seen. San Marcos spent $100,000 to develop the park,
which includes a 75-seat amphitheater, a playground and a picnic area large enough to accommodate groups. A trailhead to a hiking trail that links into the citywide trail system is a short hike away. Craig SargentBeach, community services director, said the area has been popular with mountain bikers, hikers and even horses. Now it will be easier to access and use. “What a nice park and what a fantastic view,” said Maureen Marshall, who made her way up to the park with her granddaughters one recent afternoon after noticing several cars going up a new road on the Fourth of July.
NICE VIEW Sisters Lyndsea and Renee Marshall pose with their cousin Marissa Marshall on a picnic table at Double Peak Park, off Double Peak Road, in San Elijo Hills. The park, with 360-degree views of North County and beyond, has been slowly attracting visitors since it opened late last month. Photo by Jeannie Sprague-Bentley
By Randy Kalp
OCEANSIDE — A San Diego Superior Court jury convicted a 51-year-old man July 8 relating to a string of 2007 North County robberies. Juan Vasquez Flores was found guilty of two counts of second degree robbery, one count of attempted robbery with the enhancement that he discharged a revolver during the crime and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm. The two robbery charges stem from the June 26, 2007, hit on the Carmel Valley Market in San Diego and the hold up of the Primo Market in Oceanside on June 29, 2007. The attempted robbery charge is related to the July 12, 2007, robbery of La Fiesta Market in San Marcos, which led to the arrest of Flores and his alleged accomplice, Enrique Valdez, after a high speed chase ensued on Highway 78 and Interstate 5. Valdez, 26, pleaded guilty to five counts of robbery and one count each of attempted robbery and evading officers prior to TURN TO STRIKE ON 19
New face appears in race for Congress By Gideon Marcus
COAST CITIES — Tracy Emblem, a writs and appeals attorney from Escondido, has entered the race for California’s 50th Congressional District. While her name may not be as recognizable as those of incumbent Brian Bilbray or perennial Democratic candid a t e Francine B u s b y , Emblem believes the time is right for a dark horse to chalTRACY lenge both of EMBLEM the big parties’ favorite candidates in 2010. “We’ve got to have leadership up there,” Emblem said. “A representative works for all the people, not just their party people, their special interests.” Running as a Democrat, Emblem favors a balanced budget and said she will target government waste in Iraq, subsidies for nonproducing farmers and companies that ship job overseas. Emblem also pointed out that California pays more in federal taxes TURN TO CONGRESS ON A15
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Death of a titan: what we’ll do to survive Like most industries these days, the newspaper business sure is suffering. You’ve seen your favorite section disappear from your favorite daily. Your favorite columnist no longer appears near your favorite comic. The crime page isn’t as amusing or alarming as it once was. Most papers have slashed their staffs in half, and it shows. It’s no secret newspapers are struggling. One only needs to look nearby to witness drastic changes. The Union-Tribune, perhaps the most recognizable brand in the area, has undergone major alterations. Any time an equity firm buys out a newspaper, you know there is a problem. Part of the difficulty the newspaper business is currently facing is its struggle with a nagging, ongoing identity crisis. We can’t seem to figure out if we’re going digital, staying with print, or somehow merging the two (I’m using the term “we” as a collective whole here, including the Coast News Group). We’re like a group of geeky freshmen boys: smart and capable, yes, but equally hesitant and insecure. Frankly, I’m tired of having to “find ourselves.” I just want to chitchat about the news. The reason we’re even forced to consider the digital versus print debate is because of changing social demographics. In one camp, we have the older, more mature, “coffee and newsprint on my fingers” crowd. These folks have been with us since the beginning. They need a tangible piece of paper to touch, see and even smell, so as to absorb the whole experience. In the other camp, we have the technologically oriented folks. Having never picked up a paper before, these readers tap into the infinite realm of Internet news for their daily updates around the world. More often
ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective than not, their attention span is comparable to that of a caffeinated flea. Headlines must be outrageously engaging and even provocative to capture their interest. If not, they’ll go elsewhere. And believe me, launching your product online is no easy task. These days, if you’re not updating your goods every five minutes or posting a live video to your live news coverage, you’re nothing but a bore. It brings the concept of remaining relative and current to a new level. How the hell are we supposed to keep up? So as the baby boomers pass away, and the kids crave more interaction online, newspapers are simply forced to cater to their customers. It seems straightforward enough, but most newspapers haven’t figured it out yet. Print is dying, if not dead. I have my good days and bad days when I contemplate the livelihood of my beloved profession. Just when I feel like we’re going to make it over this hump together as an industry, something else happens. For example, Warren Buffet, basically one of the richest guys in America, recently said he wouldn’t take over newspapers at any price these days. Thanks, Buff. We really appreciate the support. Sadly, a part of me understands exactly where he’s coming from. Nobody in their right mind would invest in such an unstable industry at the moment. Is it that people have lost faith and/or interest in TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 19
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Outsourcing transit operation an idea worth investigating Solves pension problem North County Transit District Exec. Director Matthew Tucker, who was hired in January, promised new BILL directions to curtail deficit operation and outsourcing bus service is ARBALLO certainly a worthwhile idea. Staff Eye on the Coast now has been directed to prepare a request for proposals. One advantage is that the district would not be saddled with long-lasting retirement the highway, reduces pollution, and makes a trip to the fairgrounds more pensions. enjoyable. Then the Surfside City and North County Transit became Tri-City gains involved and ultimately San Diego reclassification O’side’s Tri-City Hospital has Assn. of Governments. There the received a higher classification on project is being studied and restudearthquake readiness of its central ied while dough from various federtower meaning the building is struc- al sources comes and goes for less turally sound.Tri-City now has a cop- important projects. With the growpla decades before it has to replace ing popularity of the fairgrounds it even if it is showing 50 years of facilities, more action and less paper wear and tear. Before it was reclassi- shuffling would better serve the fied it was facing a redo in a coppla public. years.
Solbeach the Ucan’t City
Still being studied
According to the Chamber of Commerce, the motto of the city is The Beautiful City. Lately folks are calling it Ucan’t City. Ucan’t smoke in bars, Ucan’t smoke at the beach, Ucan’t smoke on the rail trail, Ucan’t use gas powered leaf blowers and more recently, Ucan’t urinate in public areas particularly near bars and beer joints. Solbeach — The Ucan’t City.
Three years ago the 22nd District Agricultural Association (Del Mar Fairgrounds) unveiled a plan for a temporary train platform for use during the county fair, races and other events that attract large crowds. Good idea that takes cars off
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ed $146,846 for sidewalk improvement. Escondido receives $524,000 for a bike path bridge near the transit center and a $500,000 handout for engineering a section of the rail trail between Buena Creek and Melrose Avenue along the Sprinter line. Who is looking out for the Flower Capital?
Folks are taking advantage of the Coast Cruiser to enjoy the Moonlight Beach summer concerts and are staying to watch the sunset. Next concert is from 3 to 5 p.m. July 19.The Coast Cruiser runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a stop at the beach.
Sports fans heading home from Petco Park and downtown San Diego after 9 p.m. on the Coaster are prohibited from bringing their adult beverages with them becuz some of their conversations sometimes were laced with profanity and in some instances a few were even combative. That can happen when your team chalks up another loss.
Marketing the Vegas way
Four casinos in Vegas are doing some serious marketing to attract folks. They are offering a twonighter for $99 for a single or $149 for double occupancy. But wait ... there’s more. Accommodations are SANDAG transportation deluxe and that includes one breakfast or lunch buffet per person, $20 funds Flower Capital folks are grous- in slot $$$ and 10 bux in match play ing about the fact nary a penny has per person and you take home all been allocated to the area by your winnings. SANDAG from Transnet and federal funds that total more than $7 mil- Add on for Southwest Southwest Airlines that started lion while such projects like the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club is handTURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 19
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DRESS The Optimist Club of Carlsbad, The Achievers, has a partial buyout of the hit play “Don't Dress for Dinner” at 8 p.m. July 17, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Solana Beach. Tickets are $30, and a portion of each ticket goes to benefit local programs for youth. For tickets or more details, contact Lory McGregor at (760) 533-9329. LAGOON DAYS Carlsbad Lagoon Days will be held July 17 through July 19. The public is invited to attend events occurring at all three lagoons to learn about natural resources, prehistoric Native American habitation at the lagoons, and current efforts to manage the lagoons and their watersheds. Contact the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation at (760) 931-0800 or by e-mail at email@example.com. SUMMER SHORTS New Vision Theatre Company will present its fourth annual Summer Shorts July 17 to August 2, Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. Show times for the shorts, a collection of eight 10 minute unpublished plays, are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call (760) 529-9140 or visit www.nvtheatre.com for reservations.
GO RUNNING In Motion Fit, the official training program for the Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon, will kick off its 15th season at 7:30 a.m. July 18 with an orientation session, Sheraton Carlsbad, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. Participants meet every Saturday morning for group runs or walks up until just prior to race day. Call In Motion, Inc. at (760) 692-2900 or visit www.inmotionfit.com to learn more. AL FRESCO FILM Bring your blanket and enjoy a free Movie in the Park, “Surf's Up,” from 6 to 10 p.m. July 18 at Woodland Park, 671 Woodland Parkway in San Marcos. LOBSTER LOVE Del Mar’s second annual Lobster Festival will be held at 5 p.m. July 18, Del Mar Shores Park, Del Mar. The festival will serve up food and music. Tickets are $95, and include a lobster and shellfish dinner catered by Nugent’s Seafood. Purchase tickets at (858) 7554844. TURN TO CALENDAR ON 14
SAN MARCOS — Cal State University recently announced that it will defer State University Fee payments for the summer and fall 2009 term for CSU students who experience delays receiving Cal Grants from the California Student Aid Commission. The state controller and the CSAC have informed higher education institutions of delays in the payment of Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B awards. The state began issuing IOUs due to a cash shortage resulting from failure to adopt and sign a state 2009-2010 budget. To provide for CSU’s financially-neediest students
who rely on Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B awards, CSU campuses will delay student payment of the State University Fee until the CSAC is able to disburse Cal Grant funds to campuses. Cal Grant B recipients also receive a stipend from the state. However, due to the proposed system budget reductions of $584 million and state cash-flow problems, CSU is not in a position to automatically cover these cash stipends to students until the CSAC actually distributes the funds. While these students will receive their federal Pell Grant awards in addition to
other forms of financial aid, some students may still face a financial hardship to enroll for the summer and fall semesters. In these cases, CSU campuses will – on a case-by-case basis – provide short-term emergency loans to the students who need the most help, provided students have exhausted all alternative funding sources. “CSU is committed to ensuring that this situation with the Cal Grants does not hurt our students’ academic progress,” CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said. “Many students and their families rely on Cal Grants to cover the cost of education. We will
do what we can to provide for the neediest of students, many of whom are the first of their family to attend college.” Gov. Schwarzenegger has also proposed that the state of California not fund new awards in the 2009-2010 budget. While a legislative conference committee rejected that proposal, budget negotiations within the state Capitol are ongoing. At this time, CSAC is warning all students that new awards are considered tentative pending a final budget. More than 60,000 CSU students receive Cal Grant awards.
Hatchet attack defendant’s bail set at $10 mil By Randy Kalp
ESCONDIDO — A Border Patrol agent accused of hacking his estranged wife’s roommates with a hatchet was officially charged July 13 in a Vista courtroom with multiple felonies relating to the assault. Gamalier Reyes Rivera, 32, faces seven felony counts stemming from the early morning July 9 assault of a male and female, whose names have not been released, at their residence in the 800 block of South Upas Street in Escondido.
At his arraignment, Rivera, of Imperial Beach, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, torture and aggravated mayhem relating to the male victim who is still hospitalized, as well as torture, aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon relating to the female victim who was treated for her injuries at the hospital and released. Additionally, Rivera faces a single count of burglary. Superior Court Judge Marshall Hockett set Rivera’s bail at $10 million, saying he
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believed the defendant was a danger to the community. Rivera’s next scheduled court appearance is a July 23 readiness conference. His preliminary hearing is set for July 27. Escondido Police responded to the assault around 1:15 a.m. July 9, Lt. Bob Benton stated in a press release. The hand hatchet was found at the scene. Officers arrested Rivera shortly after the incident near 9th and Pine streets in Escondido, Benton said. Witnesses identified Rivera as the sole attacker and the estranged husband of one of the residents.
If convicted, Rivera faces up to life in prison, Deputy District Attorney George Loyd said outside the courtroom. While Loyd said he couldn’t go into further details about the attack, he did say the assault was done with “callousness and indifference.” Authorities have said Rivera may have mistaken the female victim for his estranged wife. The day before the attack, a judge ordered Rivera’s wages to be garnished of $2,200 a month for child and spousal support, according to court documents.
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KODAK MOMENT A $200 camera was reportedly stolen from a vehicle parked on Mimulus in Rancho Santa Fe sometime between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. July 7. BAD RECEPTION A $1,500 flat-screen television was reportedly stolen from a residence on Mission Avenue in Oceanside around 5:15 p.m. July 13.
A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Randy Kalp
A report for the week of July 7, 2009 to July 14, 2009
SUMMER JOB A vehicle was
reportedly burglarized while parked on South El Camino Real in Encinitas between noon and 2 p.m. July 9 of a stereo and $250. VINYL VANDAL Lou’s Records on North Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas was reportedly burglarized around 7:35 p.m. July 10.
Approximately $450 in jewelry was reportedly stolen from an Oceanside residence on South Myers Street between 6:30 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. July 9. MUGGED A 20-year-old male was reportedly robbed near Division Street in Oceanside around 2 a.m. July 11 of $500, a July bus pass and his identification. BURGLARY A Solana Beach residence on North Sierra Avenue was reportedly burglarized early July 12.
Approximately $5,000 in jewelry was reportedly stolen from a residence on Cambria Way in Encinitas between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. July 7. FUNNY MONEY Someone reportedly passed counterfeit money to Flippin’ Pizza on South El Camino Real in Encinitas around 4 p.m. July 9. ECO-THIEF? A Hummer H2 valued at $30,000 was reportedly stolen from Pave Tech Inc. while parked on South Coast Highway 101 in Solana Beach around 2:30 p.m. July 9. KNIFE ATTACK Someone reportedly cut and stabbed a 28year-old man with a knife sometime between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. July 12 on College Boulevard in Oceanside.
CRIME LOG Compiled by Randy Kalp The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of July 7, 2009 to July 14, 2009
ENCINITAS Petty Theft 1, Burglary 5, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0
Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 1, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 4, Burglary 6, Vandalism 3, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 3, Burglary 6, Vandalism 13, Assault 1, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 2 VISTA Petty Theft 3, Burglary 16, Vandalism 5, Assault 1, Grand Theft 6, Robbery 1
Alvaro Chavez is wanted by the Almighty Latin King Nation street FBI for conspiracy to possess and gang. He has connections to distribute cocaine and possession California, Illinois; Jalisco and Guadalajara, Mexico. with intent to distribute cocaine. He is a Mexican national born On July 23, 2002, federal warAug. 17, 1979, with black hair and rants were issued for members of the brown eyes. He is 5 feet 10 inches Aurora, Ill. chapter of the Almighty tall and weighed around 180 pounds Latin King Nation street gang and the when last seen. The attached photo cocaine suppliers linked to its drug ALVARO CHAVEZ trafficking and distribution operawas taken in 2002. He has been known to use the aliases tion. Alvaro Chavez Donon and Jaime Alvarez. He The Latin Kings are an organized street has a tattoo of a female with the name gang linked to acts of violence and the distri“Chavez” on his right arm, and a second tattoo bution of cocaine and marijuana in Illinois. Chavez avoided arrest at the time charges on his chest. Chavez is believed to be a member of the were filed and remains a fugitive.
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Ricardo Reyes Attempted Murder 2001
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Cool to be square ENCINITAS — The Sandpiper Square Dance Club recently elected its new officers for the coming year, including Joan and Chuck Ades as presidents, John and Renny Dowling as first vice presidents, Jerry Mendelson and Isana Seidcheck as second vice presidents, Kathy Knight as co-second vice president, Gilbert and Dot Omens as secretaries and Catherine and Jim Bowen as treasurers. The Sandpipers Square Dance Club, along with the Encinitas Community Center, will sponsor a class in modern square dancing starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. For further information, call (760) 436-7718 or (760) 753-6822.
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The grass isn’t any greener over here Well, the summer’s half over. I know this because I have cleaned up half of my garden. Just between you and me, I got a slightly critical note from the Homeowner’s Association suggesting my front yard wasn’t up to snuff. Don’t you just feel like trailer trash when that happens? Did they notice my cunning hanging baskets by the front windows or the charming arrangement of potted plants, mostly still alive, and the tasteful yet quirky garden critter ornaments that lead up to the front door? Oh no. Did they appreciate my feng shui chimes and bells? Heck no. Do I get credit for saving the big hedge, between my house and the neighbors, from white fly infestation a few years ago? No, it’s all about right now with them. Tsk. Actually, I got off fairly easy. It wasn’t the entire yard they were unhappy with, but rather a small, annoying plot on the east side of our driveway. It’s a spot that everyone sees except me. The high car count in and around my driveway (children and children’s friends) keep that corner hidden from my usual path. Weeds have a way of springing up over there and I simply can’t keep up with them. You carefully pull them out by the roots and six months later, bam, there they are again. I don’t want to overreact, but I did take the “You are a loser with a horrible front yard” note seriously and set out to make amends. I needed the exercise anyway. Besides, weeding isn’t bad when you want to release some stress. Based on that, you’d think I’d be walking the neighborhood looking for other people’s weeds to yank. However, when you TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 19
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TOP STUDENT Brandt Welch, a student New Haven Youth and Family Services, was chosen Student of the Month for June for his academic and personal achievements at the school. Brandt is pictured with, from left, Cindy Hudson, Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista, and Kathleen Gore, a teacher at New Haven. Courtesy photo
Local DUI arrests on the rise as county numbers fall By Randy Kalp
COAST CITIES — A total of 21 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on North Countyarea freeways and rural roads over the Fourth of July weekend, three more than last year, a Highway Patrol spokesperson said July 6. Despite the slight rise in DUI arrests by the California Highway Patrol in the North County, there were no traffic fatalities on CHP-monitored roadways during the holiday weekend throughout the San Diego area, Officer Eric Newbury said. Countywide, the CHP made 88 DUI arrests, 66 fewer than last year, according to the Highway Patrol. In addition to the Highway Patrol’s maximum enforcement period, which ran from 6 p.m. July 3 through midnight July 5 and assigned 80 percent of its available offi-
cers to local regions freeways and unincorporated roads, North County law enforcement agencies also staffed extra DUI patrols for the Fourth of July weekend. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department arrested 13 people suspected of driving under the influence, according to crime analysts at the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies in Encinitas, San Marcos and Vista each recorded four DUI arrests over the holiday weekend, while sheriff’s deputies in Solana Beach made one arrest of an impaired bicyclist. Across town, the Carlsbad Police Department made one DUI arrest over the Fourth of July weekend, said Lynn Diamond, a spokeswoman for the department. And while the holiday DUI numbers weren’t immediately available from the Oceanside Police
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Department, Sgt. Kelan Poorman noted a traffic accident that alcohol is believed to have played a factor in. Poorman said a 30-yearold male sustained life-threatening injuries and was lifeflighted to a local hospital after being ejected from his vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed around 3:25 p.m. July 4 just north of
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OCEANSIDE — The parents of a toddler were ordered to stand trial July 2 by a San Diego Superior Court judge for child abuse after authorities found loaded weapons and marijuana being grown in their Oceanside residence. Stephanie Marie Apatiga, 28, and Adam Lynn Heath, 31, are both charged with one count of felony child abuse. Additionally, Heath is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possessing a prohibited gun and ammo and cultivating marijuana, all felonies. Further, a third defendant, David Adame, whose case has been separated from the aforementioned defendants, is charged with a single felony count each of possessing a prohibited firearm, receiving stolen property and a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Timothy Casserly set an Aug. 25 trial date for Apatiga and TURN TO ABUSE ON 19
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Online airline ticketing convenient but scary I have recently confirmed the existence of a new travelers’ malady that I’ve name flight-booking anxiety, or FBA. I thought perhaps I was the only one who experienced this disorder, but in conversations with a few people this week, I’ve confirmed that others (maybe most of us) suffer from the same problem. My friend is flying to Rio de Janeiro in a few days. It was a last-minute decision, so she went online last night to hunt for the best price for an airline ticket. She visited numerous discount sites — Priceline, Cheap Tickets, Orbitz, Hotwire, Expedia — as well as the airlines’ sites. “You name it,” she said. “I was there.” Finally, she made her decision for an $800 flight that will take her from San Diego to Washington, D.C.,
E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road to Rio de Janeiro. Then she had to finalize the decision. “Oh, my gosh,” she said. “I got such anxiety when I clicked on that button to purchase the ticket. I felt like I was signing my life away. Selling my soul. There was no going back.” All of this made her heart beat faster — one of the symptoms of FBA — and following that, my friend began agonizing over whether she had made the right choice. Could she really afford to go to Brazil for three weeks? Was she going to regret her decision? Did she get the best price?
My friend already knew the answer to that last question; she got the best price on that day. If she had just purchased the ticket two days before, she told me, she could’ve saved at least $250. However, a particularly strong attack of FBA prevented her from making the commitment at that earlier time. I was sorry to hear that others suffer from the same problem I do, but I felt validated. Every time I click that “purchase” icon, it’s a nerve-wracking experience. My biggest fear is that something will happen and I’ll have to pony up another $100 or $200 to change my travel dates. It rarely happens, but not too long ago, it did. A relative we had planned to visit died suddenly, so we decided to visit
her husband a couple of weeks after the funeral when we thought he’d enjoy the company. I chickened out on calling the airlines to ask for a ticket change without charge. I sent in my daughter instead. She’s a miracle worker when it comes to negotiating. The airline employee on the other end of the phone grilled her about every detail –— even where my cousin’s obit appeared and the name of the funeral home. She was on hold a long time, so presumably they checked out all the details. In the end, my daughter got the dates changed without charge, so I owe her big. It’s also possible to bring on an FBA attack without even buying a plane ticket.
Just bring up the subject of travel and you’re sure to get a good discussion going on the costs of flying. People will either joyously brag about the deals they’ve scored, or moan about the prices they had to pay. Someone who isn’t fond of traveling asked me recently why I “put up” with the inconveniences, hassles and anxieties of travel. I answered that most often there are few other options for “getting there.” Then she said, “I don’t get why you have to go and see things anyway. You can stay home and watch the Travel Channel.” To that, I had no answer. If she didn’t already understand, she never would. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at email@example.com.
Conservation groups back plant project lawsuit against county SAN DIEGO — The California Native Plant Society Board of Directors and the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club have voted to support the California Chaparral Institute’s lawsuit against San Diego County for its alleged failure to follow state law, include public participation, and provide proper scientific oversight in planning a three- to fouryear $7 million clearing
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designed defensible space,” he said. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed a motion March 23, that “appropriate environmental California Environmental Quality Act review” would be conducted “for any new proposed” vegetation management projects in the county. On May 13, the board voted to exempt the project in question from any such review. The project would remove habitat in rural backcountry areas with a specific focus on trees up to 500 feet away from structures and roads. “We strongly support government assistance for
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There are more than 18 million people with diabetes, and more than 5 million don’t even know it. Worse, many people with diabetes don’t understand their disease or how to manage it. What is diabetes? In most of us, a hormone called insulin enables glucose to pass from the bloodstream into the cells where it is used as the body’s main form of energy. In a person with diabetes, the body produces either too little insulin, no insulin at all, or the cells are unable to use the insulin that is produced. If that happens, glucose may build up and lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar levels can lead to several symptoms like frequent urination, unusual thirst, fatigue, unexplained weight loss and blurred vision. Serious complications include heart attack or stroke, and permanent damage to the eyes, kidneys, feet, nerves and blood vessels. When the blood becomes increasingly acidic as toxic substances build up in the bloodstream, a potentially fatal condition called ketoacidosis may also develop. Treatment for diabetes aims to keep the level of blood glucose within the normal range through blood glucose monitoring, diet and exercise and insulin therapy. Hyperglycemia, or elevated blood sugar levels, can be caused by too much food, too little insulin, illness or stress. The onset is gradual and may progress into a diabetic coma. Symptoms include blood sugar levels above 180mg, hunger, blurred vision, nausea, dry skin, drowsiness, extreme thirst and frequent urination. The opposite is also dangerous. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can be caused by too little food, too much insulin or diabetes medication, or too much physical activity. The onset may be sudden, and can progress to insulin shock. Hypoglycemia can lead to a variety of symptoms including shaking,rapid heart beat, headache, sweating, impaired vision, anxiousness, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, irritability and hunger. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes seems to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For unknown reasons the body’s immune system attacks itself, destroying beta cells that are responsible for creating insulin in the pancreas. People with Type 1 diabetes need to take insulin for the rest of their lives or risk slipping into a diabetic coma. Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1. It is closely linked to obesity, and occurs most often in Latinos, TURN TO DIABETES ON 18
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DANCE! Soljahs For Christ entertained the crowd at the Pier Amphitheater on July 11. Photo by Promise Yee
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Weeklong Samoan Cultural Celebration unites community
The Pride of Vista Lions Club recently awarded the 2009 Rocco Valluzzi Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Studies to Jacob Milligan. Pictured left to right is Rocco Valluzzi, Jr., Anita Hutchins, Jacob Milligan, Katherine Valluzzi, Kerry Milligan, and Greg Milligan. This $2,500 scholarship, in honor of Rocco Valluzzi, the Guiding Lion for the club, recognizes an outstanding student who will utilize their education to preserve, protect, and improve the environment. A 2009 graduate of Tri-City Christian School, Jacob Milligan will move on to George Washington University in the fall. The Pride of Vista Lions Club meetings are held the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Picket Fence restaurant in Vista and are open to the public. Courtesy photo
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OCEANSIDE — The weeklong Samoan Cultural Celebration that began July 5 brought the community together through sports, worship, entertainment and food. “Fellowship with other Samoans gives identity, a sense of belonging, a purpose,” said Grant Muagututia, a volleyball player and master’s degree candidate at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. “Culture is an advantage,” he said.“Keep your faith and value yourself as an individual.” The city, the Oceanside
Samoan Cultural Committee, Wheel of Golden Spokes community group and the Council of Samoan Ministries were among the groups that organized the festival. “Pacific Island culture is family,” Kathy Muagututia, of Oceanside, said. “I tell my brothers. They tell their friends.” Performers and Samoan church groups from California, Nevada and New Mexico participated throughout the week. David Toloumu, former NFL player for the Atlanta Falcons, organized the week of sporting events at the festival.
Bluegrass festival and ice cream social set for Vista VISTA — This year’s Bluegrass Festival and Ice Cream Social will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 26 at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, and will feature the music of The Virtual Strangers Band.The band includes Mike Tatar Sr. on banjo, Jon Cherry on mandolin, Yvonne Tatar on bass, and Kit Birkett on guitar. Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased
online at www.vistixonline.com, at the Adobe Gift Shop, or at the door the day of the event. Ticket purchase includes the choice of an ice cream sundae or root beer float. Sodas and water will be available for purchase. The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe is located at 651 E. Vista Way. For more information, call Stephanie Stratmann at (760) 752-1082.
Many of the sports activities were geared for youth. Cup stacking was a favorite with young children. High school students played recreational basketball games, and volleyball tournaments drew top college players who created teams for the festival. “We’re leading by example,” Garrett Muagututia, a volleyball player and sociology major at UCLA, said. “You can use your talent to get a good education.” “It (the Samoan Cultural
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Club honors community members for service VISTA — The Boys & Girls Club of Vista held its annual Board of Directors Award at the Vista Entertainment Center banquet room July 2. Special guests included Vista City Council members Judy Ritter and Steve Gronke. New officers were installed, includind President Victoria Waufle, President Elect Mac Ghaderpanah, Vice President Sal Cirincione, Past President Paul Eckert, Treasurer Peter Marquart, Secretary Sarah
Holt and Director At Large Howard Amend. The John Cosh Award, the highest achievement at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, was awarded to Mac Ghaderpanah of Tasker’s Automotive. Ghaderpanah, a former club president, currently serves the Boys & Girls Club, the Boys & Girls Club Foundation, as well as the Executive Committee, Personnel Committee, and Board Development Committee. He was honored for his exceptional work at marketing the club in the business
community. The Board MVP was awarded to Timmi Ryerson. Ryerson helped boost the club’s total membership by 152 Club members as well as helped strengthen club’s ties with the Vista Unified School District. She also helped the club receive new computers and Successmaker software for the technology center. The club service award went to Nestle USA’s Vice President of Community Affairs/Educational Programs, Kenneth Bentley.
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ESCONDIDO — For now, Jose Maurice Castaneda will not be executed for the murder of his girlfriend’s toddler son; however, the mistrial July 6 in the death penalty phase of his case has done little to lift the sadness he feels for Cesar Razo’s death, his attorney said. Attorney Allen Bloom said his client loved the 2year-old Cesar Razo like his own son. “He’s adamantly and repeatedly stated he did not kill that little boy or hurt that little boy,” the lawyer said during a phone interview following the court’s ruling.
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NCHS Gourmet street tacos and more offered on the bluff in Cardiff installs new board members North County Health Services, or NCHS, a nonprofit community healthcare organization, recently announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors. Jean Balgrosky, former chief information officer and senior vice president at Scripps Health; and Sheila Brown, chief clinical outreach officer at Palomar Pomerado Health, joined the board this spring. While at Scripps Health, Balgrosky created and implemented an innovative IT Plan, focusing on integrating, enhancing, standardizing and consolidating the information technology and systems. She has authored many articles and speaks frequently at national healthcare professional society meetings. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from UCLA School of Public Health and plans to complete her studies and research for a Ph.D. in Public Health with a specialization in management information systems. Balgrosky is currently teaching a class at UCLA in Quality Improvement Informatics. As Chief Clinical Outreach Officer at Palomar Pomerado Health, Brown oversees all PPH outpatient services, including Home Health, Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation, Wound Care Center, Diabetes Health, Employee Health and Skilled Nursing Facilities as well as Corporate and Employee Health Services. She was instrumental in offering the first licensed hospital-based retail healthcare centers in the state of California, PPH Express Care. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from St. Louis University, and a master’s in Business Administration TURN TO NCHS ON 18
So I was back at Bull Taco recently to expose my son Quinn to this local semihidden gem, and as we are walking up we see News 8’s Shawn Styles doing a live weather remote, totally gushing over the food. So much for semi-hidden, but that’s cool. They deserve the accolades. I stumbled across Bull Taco by way of their ad in Ocean Magazine, which simply stated, “Mention this ad and get a free taco.” Smart move Bull Taco. I rode my bike down one Sunday afternoon from Leucadia to their killer location in the San Elijo State Beach campground. They are attached to the general store, right on the bluff overlooking the surf with an amazing view down the coast. I ordered my free halibut taco and, while eating it, decided the place was very worthy of a “Lick the Plate” column. I met with owner Greg Lukasiewicz and his team on
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a classic Cardiff weekday afternoon with chest-high sets rolling in and the campgrounds buzzing with activity. Greg filled me in on his impressive culinary background during the past 20 years -- opening and heading up kitchens in some of Los Angeles’ finest restaurants. He described how the intensity of high-end kitchens can lead to a quick burnout and was not conducive to raising a family. Lucky for Greg, he married Laurel Manganelli, whose family owned the campground store at San Elijo State Beach. He saw an opportunity to create a unique spot that totally reflects the vibe of the Cardiff coast with his gourmet twist on street tacos and
an eclectic mix of brilliant culinary randomness. Let me give you the street taco breakdown first. There are the standard chicken, beef, pork and veggie tacos for $1.50. I should add that the pork, or carnitas, is braised for three hours so it’s quite spectacular. Then they get a little gourmet on us with the duck and oyster tacos for $2.50. On next to the king crab and lobster tacos priced at $5 and, get this, abalone or foie gras tacos for $10. The day we were there Greg had a stash of sweetbreads and frog legs and hooked us up with each. The menu changes but you can keep up with what they have going on fresh on their Facebook page. OK, so back to the food. The ceviche is unreal, with big chunks of lobster, crab and some moist halibut. Burritos, tortas and some really good mussels are also available. The big surprise came
when Greg busted out the whole, head-still-on, deepfried catfish in a sweet ponzu sauce. This dish has developed a cult following and I can see why. Big, moist, chunky hunks of fish are perfect on their own or in a selfmade fish taco. I love stuff like this. He also mentioned quail makes an occasional appearance so I demanded he call me when that happened. We also discovered our mutual lust for cassoulet and decided when the weather cooled down a bit to bust that out also. Remember, this is a small carry-out grill attached to a campground general store serving what Greg calls “recession gourmet” in one of the most amazing locations ever. Don’t go to Bull Taco in a hurry because unless there is nobody there, you will have to wait a bit for your food. That is totally understandable given the size of the kitchen and really, is it that
difficult to wait a few minutes in paradise? Check out the campers and surfers, or just soak in the most excellent vibe that surrounds this place. Parking on Coast Highway 101 can be difficult, but again, if you have to walk there is plenty to look at. Oh, and how can I forget the shave ice stand? Perfect for a refreshing desert. To complete the cool local thing, Bull Taco sponsors a couple of up-and-coming surfers and is very active in the community. They also offer full event catering both on premise and offsite. Check them out at www.bulltacocardiff.com. They are located at 2050 S. Coast Hwy. 101 (in the campgrounds) in Cardiff. Call (760) 436-6601 for details. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Taste of Wine It is a joy for me to see a hard-working, street-smart team create a public event that is a masterpiece of perfection. I used to be in the special events business and produced shows up and down the Southern California coast. When you make wine the star of the show, and blend brilliant chefs, music, education, and a comprehensive trade show in the mix, then you have the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. It’s a feast for the senses and it happens for a sixth time from Nov. 18 through the Nov. 22. When life began in 2004 for this largest wine and food experience of its kind in Southern California, Michelle Metter and Ken Loyst, the producers, were virtually doing it all as event planners with a new, blockbuster idea: make wine the crown jewel in a series of feel-good events
FESTIVAL FOUNDERS Ken Loyst and Michelle Metter are the founders of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Photo by Frank Mangio
centered around wine and food that gave visitors a wonderful time and a learning experience. Fast forward to the 2009 festival, and on tap are some 170 world-class wineries, 70 fine dining restaurants, gourmet food companies, wine tasting seminars, cooking classes and an expected 8,000-plus enthusiastic guests over the five days of tasting fun. Live and silent auctions will benefit the American Institute of Wine and Food scholarships in San Diego. Wineries are pouring into the 2009 festival, including such notables as: Duckhorn, Pedroncelli, Cotes
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Pala Mesa Tucked away in a pristine resort and golf course area of Fallbrook just off the 15, Aqua Terra at Pala Mesa Resort has made great strides in its presentation of wine and cuisine. Kevin Poorbaugh, the director of wine and food, has paid close attention to pairing his selections of whites and reds with such menu selections as crabstuffed seasonal seabass, grilled ahi tuna and king crab legs. Executive Chef Sean Sullivan shows talent and creativity in his monthly features, recently showing a combination of braised beef short
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Wine Bytes — Jim Barrasso at Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas is presenting an incredible value with Napa Valley’s great Spring Mountain Vineyard Wine Dinner, starting at 6:30 p.m. July 22. Braised Pork Osso Bucca is the main course in this four-course feast, and he’s dramatically lowered the price to just $60 per person. Spring Mountain will serve one of its prized library wines among others: the 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon! Magnum bottles will be auctioned. RSVP at (760) 635-1066 — Congratulations to Callaway Vineyard and Winery in Temecula for its 40th Anniversary and Birthday party from 1 to 4 p.m. July 19. There will be appetizers, a live band, gifts and steep discounts on wines. Their red blend, the 2008 “Quartet,” recently got gold in a San Diego competition. Call (951) 676-4001 for details. — Wine Street in
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have not determined that Provost’s murder was a hate crime, the event organizers and many of the attendees believe otherwise. “The military is being shy about the facts of what happened to him,” retired Marine Cpl. Evelyn Thomas said, her opinion formed by the harsh hazings she endured as a lesbian in the service. “They are not revealing the facts. All we want is the truth to come out.” Many attendees put the blame for the murder squarely on President Bill Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy under which gay and bisexual soldiers are legally prohibited from disclosing their sexual orientation. Kove said the policy makes gay people the target of harassment while giving them no options to deal with it. “For the last year of his life, this very dedicated, hardworking sailor went through a horrendous time in that existence and he couldn’t complain to leadership even if he wanted to, or he would be fired,” she said. “It’s a stupid policy; everybody knows it is,” said Jason Pechtel, a graduate student from La Jolla. Jackie KirkPatrick, a member of the North County LGBT Coalition from Escondido, said Provost’s murder was a sign that gay people still have a long way toward reaching equality. “Personally, I think gay is the new black,” she said. “I think we’re the last minority
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that it’s safe to discriminate against.” Fellow coalition member Kim North was more optimistic. “People need to stand
together and form a voice together to bring about change,” North said.“Maybe in some small way this tragic occurrence can bring about some good.”
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will someday decide which roles seem appropriate. — The normal way that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons transfers “low-risk” inmates
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SAN MARCOS — Dr. Frederick R. Huber, the fifth superintendent/president of Palomar College, died June 22 at the age of 94. Huber was superintendent/president of the Palomar Community College. Huber was well respected by faculty and staff, and upon his retirement was honored by Palomar College’s classified staff with a tree planted on campus as a
living memorial in his name. According to a statement from the Palomar College Faculty Senate at the time of his retirement, “he (Huber) is commended for his 13 years of excellent service to Palomar College, his policy of open communication and easy accessibility, and for creating an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.” The Palomar College faculty also honored
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HELPING OUT In their effort to help eradicate polio around the world, members of the Rancho Buena Vista High School Interact Club carried homemade containers with logos of Rotary’s Polio Plus and Interact, to collect money from students and staff. Pictured, David Gorham, Interact president and Autumn Monteforte, vice president, place the $185 collected into the Shadowridge Vista Rotary’s Polio Plus jar. The Rotary club has almost reached their goal of $1,313, the number of active polio cases. Visit www.ShadowridgeRotary.com to learn more. Courtesy photo
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RE office grows ESCONDIDO — Scott Illingworth, a speaker and trainer, recently joined Prudential California Realty’s Escondido office. Illingworth can be reached at Prudential California Realty’s Escondido office at (760) 796-6300, or via e-mail at ScottI@prusd.com.
LOOKING BACK The Oceanside Historical Society and the Oceanside Public Library will host a program about the history of the Mission San Luis Rey at 10:30 a.m. July 18, Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside. The group will discuss the mission’s history. For details, call the Oceanside Historical Society at (760) 7224786 or visit www.oceansidehistoricalsociety.org. MOVIE PREMIERE Michelle Renee will host a premiere party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 18, Coast Highway Photography, 415 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach. Proceeds from the premiere of the movie “Held Hostage” will benefit the Chadwick Center at Rady Children's Hospital. To RSVP, contact Jared Blakeley at (858) 966-7975, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.HeldHostagePremiere.kintera.org. OUTDOOR MOVIE The city of San Marcos will present the movie “Surf’s Up” at dusk July 18, Woodland Park, San Marcos. The movie will be presented on an inflatable screen in high definition Blu-ray format. For details, call (760) 744-9000 or visit www.san-marcos.net.
book “The Art of Exile.” More BUST A MOVE Come see local about Archila and his book can teens dance it out at 7 p.m. July be found at SunsetPoets.org. 23, Carlsbad City Library, Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Performances are free and open to the public. ART 101 Abrakadoodle Art Registration for the talent show Education will offer a half-day is required by the Tuesday before summer art camp from 9 a.m. to the scheduled show.To register or noon the week of July 20, San for more details, e-mail Marcos Community Center, 3 email@example.com Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. v or call (760) 602-2058. Camp tuition for the week is $159 and includes all materials PHOTO ART The Ordover will present and a camp T-shirt. To register, Gallery visit www.ci.san-marcos.ca or Contemporary Masters of Fine contact the city of San Marcos at Art Photography opening July 23, 410 South Cedros Avenue, Solana (760) 744-9000. Beach. View work by leading CELEBRATE AMERICA The National Geographic photograSan Marcos-Vista Christian phers such as Frans Lanting and Women’s Club luncheon will be Art Wolfe. Visit www.ordoverheld at 11:30 a.m. July 20, Lake gallery.com to learn more. San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive. “Celebrate America” will be the theme.Visit www.stonecroft.org to learn RESULTS ARE IN The Ostomy more. For reservations, call Support Group of North San Donna at (760) 432-0772 or Diego County will meet at 1 p.m. Muriel at (760) 744-3744. July 24, Tri-City Medical Center, Assembly Room 1, lower level, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside. Brian Bowden, past president and curOK COMPUTER The Tri-City rent board member of the group, Computer Club of Oceanside will conducted a survey to evaluate meet from 1 to 3 p.m. July 21, the effectiveness of area medical Oceanside Salvation Army professionals and hospitals in Community Center, 3935 Lake meeting the needs of new ostomBlvd., Oceanside. There will be a ates. Bowden will present and program on creating Powerpoint discuss the results of this survey. presentations. Call (760) 631- For details, call (760) 724-1088. 8279 to learn more.
will hold an adoption event from 10 a.m. to noon July 19, PETCO, 2749 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. Call (619) 819-0234 or visit www.labrescuers.org for more information. POETS UNITE Sunset Poets will feature William Archila at 3 p.m. July 19, Flying Bridge restaurant, 1105 N. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside.The featured poet will read from his new
Marcos will host a 10-day SuperCamp summer enrichment camp beginning July 22 through July 31. Students entering grades ninth to twelfth in the fall are eligible to attend. Campers can benefit from learning new life skills.Visit www.SuperCamp.com or call (760) 722-0072 to learn more.
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CUTE PUPS Labrador Rescuers SUPER CAMP! Cal State San Obon Festival will run from
noon to 8 p.m. July 25 and July 26,Vista Buddhist Temple & Japanese-American Cultural Center, 150 Cedar Road,Vista. The event will feature Bon Odori Japanese folk dancing at 6:30 p.m. both days, plants, cut flowers, and fresh produce for sale, carnival games, uchiwa fan decorating, hand-painted notecards and T-shirts, a Buddhist temple open house and a silent
auction. Food is on sale until 6 p.m. or until sold out. For details, call (760) 941-8800 or visit www.vbtemple.org.
O’ IRELAND Jamie Laval, violinist, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and Zac Leger, guitarist and All-Ireland Piping Champion will perform at 8 p.m. July 31, Cal State San Marcos, Music Building Recital Hall, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. Tickets are $15. For details, call Bill Bradbury at (760) 599-4402.
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Action Community Theatre will host arts workshops for kids with and without disabilities from 3 to 4 p.m. every Saturday, Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 100, Encinitas. The workshops teaches self-esteem, cooperation, fitness, and imagination through skits, improv, mime, movement, and dance. To register, contact PACT at firstname.lastname@example.org, (760) 8158512, or visit www.pacthouse.org. SUMMER’S HERE! The Solana Beach Summer Day Camp will begin June 22 through Aug. 14. The seven weeks of camp includes different themes, including Time Travel, Fun to Be Fit, World Explorers, It’s a Zoo Out There, etc. Camp is for ages 6 to 12, but a Leader In Training Program for ages 13 to 17 will be offered as well. Call (858) 7202453 to learn more. WATER REFLECTION The exhibit “Water Reflection” will run through July 23, Ocean Art by Koniakowsky, 346A S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Among the new works are glimpses of the Pacific familiar to North San Diego dwellers, as well as the tropics. Call (858) 259-8920 to learn more.
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than it receives in federal aid, effectively subsidizing other states. She said that she would try to fix this imbalance. “I’m going to work really hard to bring back our share of our funds to San Diego County,” Emblem said. “The funds don’t need to be shipped out to Wasilia, Alaska.” Although a self-described fiscal conservative, Emblem supports federal economic stimulus spending, which she sees as an investment, not a one-time expense. The money, she said, keeps people employed, which in turn results in taxable revenue and sales. Emblem also said she thought universal healthcare makes economic sense. Coverage for everyone will ultimately be cheaper, and more preventative care visits will cost less than expensive emergency room trips, she said. Regarding the touchy subject of illegal immigration, Emblem said that people are not always rational. She noted that, particularly in border counties, racial prejudice often drives anti-immigrant sentiment. “People forget that the Chinese and the Irish were immigrants,” Emblem said. “They built our railroads and our infrastructure. We’ve always depended on immigrants to build our country.” Emblem said she opposes illegal immigration but supports some sort of recognition and taxation for immigrants
Club hosts Casa golf tourney COAST CITIES — The 10th annual “Fore the Casa Kids” golf tournament will be held Aug. 24 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach. All proceeds benefit Casa de Amparo, an Oceanside nonprofit providing child abuse prevention programs. “The idea of the golf tournament was first inspired by Casa’s board members to help supplement the Ivey Ranch Capital Campaign for our Child Daycare Center and Family Services Program,” said CoChairman and board member Mike Platis. “The tournament has grown through the 10 years and now is a staple event in raising money for the annual fund to supplement all five programs,” said Co-Chairman and board member Mark Allyn. Player check-in begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a pro golf clinic, lunch and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner and auction will start at 5 p.m. Tee Partners, for $250, Beverage Hosts, for $500 and Eagle for $1,500 through Corporate Partnerships for $2,500 are available. Golfers are welcome to register as individual participants for $250 and the ticket includes golf with a cart, the pro golf clinic, lunch and awards dinner. Potential players, partners and volunteers may contact Keely Tidrow at (760) 754-5500, ext. 28 or sign up online at www.casadeamparo.org.
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No Democratic candidate has won the 50th District since it was created in 2000, but the Emblem staff is optimistic. Bilbray only won by 5 points in 2008, and Emblem is confident his support is eroding. Emblem’s daughter and campaign manager, Erin Emblem, said the key swing votes are in the inland urban centers. They are lower-income conservatives who, nevertheless, voted for Barack Obama in 2008; issues voters who want a strong leader, not the same old politicos from the coast, Erin Emblem said.
already in the country who are working and have set down roots. This would increase government revenues and prop up the sagging housing market, she added. On civil rights issues, Emblem supports the separation of church and state and equality in marriage but characterized “culture war” issues as a sideshow. “I’m hoping that in the next couple of years we get some of these divisive hate issues out of the way and we move onto real issues,” Emblem said.
“I’m definitely not going to be in the rank and file,” Tracy Emblem said. “I’m very outspoken. That’s probably why the party is pushing my primary opponent.” This fresh-faced approach applies to the Emblem campaign staff as well. In addition to tapping her daughter to run the campaign, Tracy Emblem has specifically recruited interns with short political resumes. “With a contested Democratic primary,it’ll be a lot better for our squad to bring in fresh faces and youth so we don’t
have to worry about anyone contaminating our files,” Erin Emblem said. What the interns may lack in political connections, they make up for in enthusiasm. Kevin Kraus, a college student from Orange County, hopes to take lessons learned in this race to topple an incumbent back home. Rancho Bernardobased Hailey Eklund is proud to be part of a broad political movement. “Just the fact that Obama’s in office, I think it represents change,” Ecklund said. “So we should change this
place around and make it less conservative and more democratic.” Tracy Emblem’s staff does not consist solely of amateurs, however. Erin Emblem was a field manager for the California Democratic Party, and highprofile consultant Steve Ybarra will be on the team as well. Tracy Emblem’s own career in state politics goes back to the mid-1990s. More information on the Tracy Emblem campaign is available at tracyemblemforcongress.com.
Health Fitness Aging gracefully through Ballroom Dancing Through my many years with Arthur Murray dance studio, I have come across some phenomenal people who are looking to have an exciting night out, getting into shape, and meeting news friend and most of all staying young well past their years. There are so many great qualities and benefits that ballroom dancing does for us, but did you
know it lowers the risk of dementia? In fact, medical researchers have done studies, that the complex dance steps, moving to the rhythm of the music, and social benefits are attributed to lowering the risk of dementia and Alzheimer. Dancing also works with the number 1 muscle group that keeps you the youngest. Your LEGS!!! Staying active
and keeping your legs in good condition, add years onto your life. Many people who cease to be active at an older age retire into assisted living because they are no longer mobile, and their muscles atrophy causing them to grow older faster. Ballroom dancing is not only fun but it helps keep you around to take pleasure in life longer and most
importantly, happier. Not only does ballroom dancing help your mental health, it also helps with overall health as well. So many people are looking for the “Next, New” trend for working out, and looking great. From Richard Simmons on up to the now popular “Core Rhythm”(which was created by ballroom dancers) one thing has
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COFFEE MAKER Programmable, Gevali, $12. (760) 721-2779. COUNTERTOP ROTISSERIE) Good condition, extra pieces. Black with glass front. Fast, easy and delicious meals! Only $50 (760) 633-1078 (760) 633-1078
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Furniture KNOTTY PINE TRUNK Used as a coffee table, like new, 4 ft. long by 20” wide, by 30” deep, $150. (760) 558-8826 LAZY BOY Small lazy boy blue recyliner, $20. Wave surfboard, $125. (760) 739-5608
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Miscellaneous THE TINGLER Copper conduit of healing energy. Massages acupressure points to relax your whole being. $10. Can be mailed. (760)599-7219
ART Geisha girl with gold frame 12” W X 16” L, $20. Sunflower poster, framed, 21” W X 29” L, $15. (760) 599-9141.
HEADBOARD Queen, hand decorated, marine motiff cut-outs, light natural wood. (760) 643-1945.
TIN-BOX COLLECTION All sizes & shapes, $100, (760) 433-2321
ART Womens & Sunflowers by Simon Silva, framed, 31”W by 31”L, $35. (760) 599-9141
BANJO Needs some repair, $30. (760) 729-6044.
GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL The Next Grilleration G5, never used, $80. (760) 729-6044.
Miscellaneous HARMONICA “Blues Band” - New Hohner International with case & instructions, $8.00. (760) 436-9933
GOAL HOPPER Antique brass, 2 ft. tall, has 2 handles, could be used as an umbrella stand, $20. (760) 7212779.
Miscellaneous $25 SWORD Chinese sword, reproduction, 26” long metal blade. 760.599.7219 15 GALLON PLANTS macadamia nut, sand palm, crown of thorns, jade, loquot, black pines, $35. each. (760) 436-6604
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AUTO COOL FAN, NIB As seen on tv solar powered ventilation system, $15 (760) 599-7219
WITTNAUER BAROMETER Large vintage compensated barometer. Domed glass window with 4” face signed “wittnauer” “usa”. Dual scales read in inches/milli bars. 6”x3” brass case mounted in 15”x2” solid walnut boat wheel. Adjustable for altitude. 3 pounds. $108 others available (760) 942-2025
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1961 JAPANESE CHINA for 8, Golden Rapsody pattern by Kaysons, $48. (760) 599-9141.
ARTS & ANTIQUES OIL PAINTINGS LIQUIDATION SALE. Museum Quality. Extra large, popular subjects. Must see. Must sell. Unbelievable value. Pay pennies on the dollar! $2,500 regular price, now $150 or less! (760) 231-9531
PAINTINGS Retired forced sale, 10 lg. orig. oil paintings, regular $2,500 ea. Sell $99. ea. Call (760) 231-9531, Sacrifice.
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AUTO HARP new 36 strings & 15 dampers, $150. (760) 599-9141.
BED SKIRT Brand new, Queen size, navy blue, tailored boxed pleated, $18. (760) 944-6460. BICYCLE 24” Men’s Huffy 5-speed bicycle, good condition, white & black with fenders, $80., (760) 9427430
HEEL SUPPORTS Boxed & new, 3/4 “in length, size for men (6-7), size for women (7-8), $10. (760) 944-6460 HOT box of fifty hot wheels in original packaging. random models. $40 (760) 726-8491
TOASTER OVEN & BROILER Magic Chef Deluxe - 6 slice toaster oven & broiler, like new, $25. Also, George Foreman Grilleration G-5, never used, $79. (760) 729-6044
LUGGAGE Black leather with fabric on wheels, 6 pieces (as well as one hanging folding garment bag), great for cruises. $150 OBO. (760) 944-6460
TRANSFER CHAIR for elder care, like new condition, $40. 2 white toasters - 2-wide slots, $3.00, 4-wide slots, $5.00. (760) 721-2779.
MATTRESS COMFORT TOP 4” mattress comfort top, full size with washable cover, (760) 433-2321
WOMAN’S SHOES (Amalfi) pumps in black & navy, size 8 1/2, 2” heels, excellent condition, $12 ea. (760) 9446460.
MATTRESS COVER 4” Mattress comfort top, full size with washable cover, $40. (760) 433-2321. MATTRESS COVER Swedish magnet therapeutic mattress cover, good condition, $100. (858) 759-2554.
BOOKS 4 Popular Science, 7 Mechanic Illustrated - 1950’s. Take all $18.00, leave message. (760) 8453024.
MATTRESS Queen size mattress, including box springs, good condition, $75. (858) 353-5245
BOYS CLOTHES SIZE 10-12 129 Pieces. Lots of designer and skate brand clothes. From $1 to $4 per piece. (760) 634-1420
MISC. ITEMS GE cordless phone, $7., GE answering machine, $9., toaster oven, $9., Royal manual typewriter, $10. (760) 599-9141.
BRONZE WARE with Rosewood handles from Thailand, 14 pieces, $30. (760) 944-6460
MOVING OUT SALE Several items under $150. Desks, chairs, etc. (760) 842-7851.
BURMESE JADE PENDANT Heavily carved on both sides; multi-colored; 2-1/2”L x 1-1/2”W $40 (760)599-7219
NIKEVISION SPORT SUNGLASSES New, cost $140, sell for $65. (760) 9425692
CANON CAMCORDER $195 NEW ES65 8mm video camcorder NEW (760)599-7219
PAINT SPRAYER With 1 qt. cup gun & 10 ft. of hose, $35. (760) 632-8184.
CHANDELIER Decorate with a brass chandelier - 2 styles, $75 ea., 5 armed candle bulbs, ceiling plate with 3 ft. chain, all wiring. (760) 942-3309. DISHES 4 Garden Floral Plates, new, $15. (760) 599-9141 DOONEY & BOURKE HANDBAG Like new! Large 14 x 12 x 5. Beautiful light brown signature pattern. Tan leather strap with silver hardware. Excellent condition - $65 or best offer. (760) 720-0244 DUVET COVER King size, custom made, pale rose with extra bolted material, $100, mint condition, like new. (760) 944-6460. EXTERIOR DOORMATS with calvanized wire - SHEDLESS, 1/2 moon shape new, unused, $20 ea. (760) 9446460 FIREWOOD FOR SALE For Home or Camping. Three differant types of Wood. U-Pick -Up or We”ll Deliver. No order to small (760) 727-7404
TIRE Size P205-75R #15, $25, nearly new. (760) 721-2779.
PANASONIC 18” Panasonic tv, black ($30) Technics casett player($20) Sonny fm/am receiver ($20) (760) 721-8250 PATIO SWING 6 ft. long, no canopy cover, $30. (760) 721-2779. PINECONES 10 (760)599-7219
PLASTIC POTS Various sizes, good condition, all for $12 OBO. (760) 9446460 QUEEN SIZE BED $100, (760) 5229935 RADIO Replica 1940 radio, beautiful mohogany cabinet, works fine, $39. (760) 729-6044
YAMAHA TURNTABLE Yamaha automatic turntable, $95. Also nice dual-amp panasonic stereo. (760) 4396102
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Sporting Goods SNOWBOARDS Two boards 125.00 each (760)685-8222 WETSUIT Spring suit, large, made by Ricco, excellent condition, $25. (760) 931-8233.
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ROOSTER, HEN Life size, ceramic, super colorful, $65. (760) 643-1945.
SNUFF BOTTLE COLLECTION $6 to $75: cameo, jade, clay, wood, cameo with inside painted, ceramic, carnelian. (760)599-7219
GILROY 1100 SF, 2 BDRM APT. Att’d. to main residence; no pets or smoke. Secure/private. Immaculate. $1,200/mo + util. $600 sec dep. 408691-2043.
FIREWOOD Multiple kinds of firewood for sale, any size load available, great for camping, fireplace, etc... (760) 271-1874. FRANKLIN MINT Indian girl/ceramic wolf, $20. 1950 Ceramic lamp, 26” tall, $25. (760) 599-9141. FREE CEMENT BLOCK free cement block, you load in driveway. 884 del riego avenue/leucadia blvd, encinitas GARAGE DOOR SPRING New, 18 1/2” strength, $14. (760) 599-9141. 15 gallon aluminum tub, new, $14. (760) 599-9141 GARDENING ITEMS Hose reels, one wall hung & one mobile, Rainbird controller, terracotta pots & saucers, rescalloped stone borders, garden butterflies, all for $50. (760) 944-6460 GIRLS TEENAGE CLOTHING lots of clothing & accessories for teenage girl, size small, T-shirts for $1.00. Almost brand new, everything under $100. (760) 759-2554
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SAN MARCOS WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN? 1 bedroom end unit with a yard, feels like a detached home! Resort living at LAKE SAN MARCOS, just steps to the lake and pool. **NO AGE RESTRICTIONS! TOTALLY REMODELED, quality! Granite countertops-kitchen and bath. AFFORDABLE, MUST SEE! Price: $265,000. to $289,000. Sue Fox, realtor, (760)917-4220 www.suefoxhomes.com (760)753-1086
1985 NISSAN 300 zx 2dr 5 spd, ttops, new clutch, brakes, engine rebuilt. this classic will sell fast. $2995.00. Call Ted (760) 805-9247
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Mobilehomes SAN MARCOS JUST LISTED! MOUNTAIN VIEW in resort-style Age 55/35 senior park. Walk-in closets, CALIFORNIA room. Eat-in kitchen, patio. RENT CONTROL. MUST SEE. Active park, walk to stores. Only $72,900. Financing available. BRING OFFER. Call Sue Fox, realtor-cell 760-917-4220 or (760)7531086 SAN MARCOS WANT A CALIFORNIA ROOM? YOU’LL LOVE LIVING HERE! Seniors 55/35. RARE 3BR, 2BA PLUS family room. MUST SEE! Nice & sunny, lots of windows. Large kitchen, some mountain view. Double wide. Beautiful & desirable park w/resort amenities. Quiet friendly neighbors. RENT CONTROL. Only $72,000. Call Sue Fox, realtor. 760-917-4220 or 760-7531086. Web:www.suefoxhomes.com
Cars 1995 KIA Sported 4- door, 5 speed, 4cylinder, 4 X 4, runs great, $1,695. (760) 224-2020
1989 TOYOTA CAMRY LE 4-door, automatic transmission, A/C, power windows, excellent condition, 158K miles, drives excellent, (760) 5000772. 1992 SATURN 4-door, automatic transmission, A/C, excellent condition, 108K miles, drives excellent, $1,600. (760) 975-1209 1996 BUICK REGAL Custom 3800 Series 11, Looks good, runs good, $1,500. (760) 522-9935. 1996 MAZDA MIATA runs excellent, new alloy wheels, must see & drive, $4,500 OBO. (973) 931-1511. 2005 SCION XB Automatic, 58,000 miles, blue onyx pearl, runs excellent & gets great gas mileage. All maintenance done regularly & ready for new owner, $11,150. (760) 415-6000
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through a 24-year sentence for cocaine-dealing. (Since the traveling inmates are never identified as prisoners, Greyhound is especially alarmed at the policy.)
Latest Religious Messages — The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Prayer order in La Crosse, Wis., is now in its 131st consecutive year of around-the-clock prayer, in shifts, at its Adoration Chapel. The Sisters’ ritual is based on an 1865 promise by the order’s superior that if God graced their ministries with success, they would build a chapel and pray non-stop. — Ms. Dyker Neyland is one of the few parents who have successfully challenged a school board’s restrictive student dress code for adolescents. Neyland persuaded the board in Irving, Texas, this spring that devout religious modesty (as prescribed in the Bible by 1 Timothy 2:9) should take precedence over the district’s no-untucked-shirttails rule, in that the extended shirttail provides additional cover for her 7-year-old daughter’s backside.
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Petrella, of Bonita, said. “We’re a family that loves music.” Petrella has performed at The Jumping Turtle as part of the Echelons band with his 12-year-old son and 19year-old daughter. “I’ve never seen the crowd out of control,” Petrella said. “My son has a band and nowhere to go,” Kevin Maddox, of Vista, said. “He can’t play there anymore. There’s nowhere for kids to go.” The previous permit allowed performers and patrons younger than 21 in the restaurant until 10 p.m.
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Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. It has also been linked to inactivity, being over 45 years old, and to women who have had gesta-
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from the University of Phoenix. She holds status as Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executive
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VISTA / SAN MARCOS NEWS halted for hours while crews attempt to talk the distraught person down or perform rescues. Mr. “Chen” was on the ledge in May, according to an Agence France-Presse dispatch, but he couldn’t make up his mind about jumping. One frustrated motorist, Lai Jiansheng, ended the suspense by walking up to Chen and pushing him off. Chen survived, and Lai was arrested.
News That Sounds Like a Joke (1) In May, police in Winder, Ga. (pop. 10,200), arrested a marijuana seller with a quitelow-tech delivery system. A wireless doorbell was hidden on a tree in woods alongside a house, and when the buzzer sounded, a bucket was lowered from a secondstory window. The buyer put money in, the bucket was raised, and the dope would be sent back down. (2) A former Australian state deputy premier revealed in June that the federal government had so far paid out 67,000 compensation claims regarding the February brush fires, though only 2,000 homes were damaged.
People With Issues Lawyer Larry Wilder, who works parttime as city attorney for Jeffersonville, Ind., was found by police in the early morning hours of June 3, sleeping off an apparently heavy night of drinking. He was discovered in a neighbor’s yard, his head and torso inside a garbage can that
was tipped over on its side, with his legs sticking out. He had recently represented the city in a high-profile case in the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Least Competent Criminals (1) Kendrick Pitts, 20, and his brother Marquise, 19, were arrested in May in the ladies’ room of a small office building in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where they were hiding in stalls after being chased by police investigating a stolen truck. Their ruse failed when they tried, using falsetto voices, to persuade the cops that the only people present were women. (2) WCBSTV (New York City) reported (illustrated with the store’s surveillance video) the unsuccessful robbery of Mohammed Sohail’s deli in Shirley, N.Y., in June, in which Sohail surprised the perp with a shotgun. Suddenly, as Sohail recounted, the robber dropped to his knees, crying and begging. When the robber spontaneously even offered to convert to Islam on the spot, Sohail tossed $40 at him and sent him on his way.
Recurring Themes (1) In June in Xianyang, in China’s Shaanxi province, a family hired a service for the equivalent of $4,400 to dig up a female corpse for their recently deceased son to “marry.” It’s the latest incidence of trying to overcome a centuries-old curse that
forecasts a bad afterlife for men who die unmarried. (2) In shootings in May (in Rodeo de Medio, Argentina) and April (Salvador, Brazil), victims of chest wounds survived when robbers’ bullets were partially deflected. According to Agence France-Presse dispatches, the Argentine man was an evangelical pastor who was holding a psalm book to his chest, and the Brazilian woman was protected by a wad of cash stuffed in her bra.
A News of the Weird Classic (January 2002) Transsexual Tammy Lynn Felbaum (formerly Tommy Wyda), 43, was found guilty in December 2001 of manslaughter in the February death of her sixth husband, James Felbaum, from a botched castration. Tammy initially said James castrated himself, then admitted she did it but only at James’ written request. The Butler County, Pa., judge reached his decision based on evidence that Tammy had pressured James into the removal as punishment for James’ recent affair, and on testimony from one of Tammy’s earlier spouses, Lynn (formerly Tim) Barner, who let Tammy castrate her (formerly him) because she was an “expert.” Said Barner, “(Tammy) could castrate a dog in less than five minutes.” Tammy was also known in the community for her career as a stripper, specializing in crushing soda cans between her breasts.
Friday, July 17, 2009 CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Be careful that you don’t focus all your efforts on an objective that would provide little or no gratification. If you’re merely spinning your wheels, back up and head in another direction. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Going into something with an insecure attitude means you’ll waffle at the first sign of pressure. Concentrate only on projects that bring out your better qualities and talents. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Avoid activities that cost an arm and a leg. It isn’t likely that you will have a good time knowing that you can’t afford what you’re doing. Relax and enjoy that which is free. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If you’re too wishy-washy to make decisions for yourself, companions will happily do so for you. Pick your friends wisely, or someone could lead you into a quagmire. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Upon occasion, you do have hunches that are right on target, but don’t be so quick to trust every one you get. You won’t go wrong if you rely on logic — because mystical perceptions are iffy. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — It is not unusual to get involved with someone who might
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Vasquez stands by the new restrictions. “If they want to cater to all ages it’s problematic if they serve alcohol,” Vasquez said. “Underage drinking is not a problem in our venue,” Troutman said.
The Jumping Turtle owners are working to obtain incident reports so they can address any accusations against the restaurant. One incident The Jumping Turtle knows about and can account
for is a fight April 18, which involved 10 people. “We turned off the PA system and power to stage,” Troutman said. “Security was handling it.” Sheriffs also were on site April 18 to break up the fight. “If we have one incident in six and a half years, we should get a pat on the back,” Troutman said. The Jumping Turtle will continue to pursue having its permit issues heard. “We’ve had so much support,” Troutman said. “Every day people are calling me, asking, ‘What can I do to help?’”
tional diabetes. Gestational diabetes usually disappears after pregnancy; however, women who had gestational diabetes have a 20 to 50 percent chance of later developing Type 2 diabetes. People with Type 2 diabetes may sometimes require insulin. However diabetes
can be managed and controlled with lifestyle modifications, including weight loss, dietary changes, exercise, and oral medications. Exercise plays a critical role in the management of diabetes and heart disease because of the risk for heart attack, stroke and
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Dr. Clyde H. (Bud) Beck, Jr., Adriana AndresPaulson, Andrés Ramos Martin, Emigdio LopezRamirez, Melissa Brown and Walt Steffen. Board members will provide oversight during
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do things a little differently; however, don’t try to change this person unless you see it could bring harm to the individual. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Aligning yourself with the wrong person could seriously undermine your progress. When selecting a coworker, make sure that he or she has good attributes to contribute. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Sometimes you outsmart yourself by making hard work out of a project that should be relatively easy. Today could be one of those times, unless you stop and take stock of what you’re doing. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — You are not always as adroit as you should be about handling your funds, and this could be one of those days. If you catch yourself spending wildly, have the willpower to put a lid on it. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Others are likely to ignore your orders if they think your way of doing things is setting a poor example. Don’t expect associates to complete what you can’t carry out. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Although you have an extremely good analytical and observant mind, you’re likely to be more negatively focused and see nothing positive about your involvements. Reverse that. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — An important endeavor might not turn out as promising as you had believed. Reassess your input, and see what you can do to turn things around.
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tops and Yoplait yogurt containers, all of which can become traps for wild animals. Crafts also explained the telltale signs of an injured animal and what steps to take to either help it on its way or dispose of it safely. Project Wildlife’s hot line is (619) 225WILD (9453). At-the-door service will be provided. Animals that can be rescued are nursed back to health and released into the
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wild.Those that are unable to survive without human care become emissaries of the project. One such creature is Uguku, a 5-year-old barn owl who was found in infancy with a broken wing. His presence was a highlight of Crafts’ presentation. Project Wildlife’s visit marks the first event of summer programming at Jack’s Pond Nature Center and Conservation Barn, located at 986 La Moree Road. For more information, call (760) 7449000, ext. 3508, or visit www.projectwildlife.org. the most important institutions we’ve ever known, all because the economy is in the crapper and readers are happy with relying on Facebook and Twitter for their news.
newspapers? Or are newspaper people alone in thinking their trade is necessary for a healthy democracy? I’m uncertain of the answers. But the reason all this drama and Eric Murtaugh is more of a print guy. “self-realization” worries me E-mail him at emuratugh@coastnewsis because we may lose one of group.com.
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Celebration) shows people a positive side of the community, what good young people we have,” Wayne Godinet, event organizer and Save Our Streets community support group volunteer, said. Many of the tournament playoff games were held at the Melba Bishop Center in the Oceanside back-gate community, which has endured gang activity and fatal shootings. Save Our Streets, organized in 2007 in response to the violence, had a strong presence at the festival. “We’re looking for solu-
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the start of the duo’s January 2008 preliminary hearing. Flores had been charged with nine more robberies; however, a lack of identifying witnesses, as well as poor surveillance images, led the prosecutor to dismiss those charges at the preliminary hearing. Prosecutors believe the robberies may have started in February 2007, according to court documents. Because this conviction
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Trenton Thunder AA followed by AAA ball with Scranton Wilkes-Barre. At the top is the major league franchise New York Yankees. “(Staten Island) is just the beginning of a long road,” SI Yankees marketing coordinator John McCutchan said. “We’re one step above rookie ball. This is their first taste of professional baseball. They come here and they get to see what it’s like to play in front of 5,000 to 7,000 fans.” When the summer season wraps up, Brooks plans to finish the two remaining quarters needed to earn his economics degree at UCLA. His hopes are high, however, that he will be pitching for the New York Yankees within the next four years.
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tions and moving forward,” Godinet said. Worship was an important component in the festival. An opening prayer service was held July 5 at the Melba Bishop Center and Samoan church groups performed July 11 at the Pier Amphitheater. “It’s an opportunity to change, spread gossip and turn around from gangs and alcohol,” Samoan Pastor Mageo said. “There will always be a percentage involved in gangs,” Godinet said. “We (community support groups) can offer a resource, a job, a mentor, and make a connection with them.”
Surfside City’s Ad Hoc Water Conservation Citizen’s Advisory Committee has scheduled a water gardening symposium July 25. Starts at 9 a.m. and is over before noon. At St. Peters Church More Coastal meeting room. Open to the Commish apps wanted public. State Assembly honcho Karen Bass is asking for more Your tax $$$ at work It’s 3 a.m. in the Action Coastal Commish applications for two seats on the Center when the red phone prestigious agency. rings (it’s really only 9 p.m., Applicants include Harbor but it feels like 3 a.m.). Ring, City council electeds Ben ring, riiiiinnnnng. The caller Hueso and Donna Frye and complains that some middleO’side Councilwoman Esther aged folks who are attending a political fundraiser are Sanchez. speaking too loudly. The Emergency Action & Crisis Great parking idea Surfside city residents Team springs into action. who frequent downtown Seven deputies with sirens where there are time parking blaring and a dog rush to the limitations can now enjoy scene. Not any dog. This one willingly. Next I had to sweep up, pick up and dispatch the now detached villainous plants and any trace of a seed they might possess. That’s a dozen deep knee bends and some upper arm work, right there. My next workout set involved a trip to the garden store, where I pulled, tugged and schlepped four large bags of wood chips into my cart and car, hefting them again once home. I tried to find a
way to lift them with muscles I hadn’t yet exhausted, but that meant picking them up with my teeth. Opening each bag, dumping each bag and spreading each bag managed to hurt all over, but at least it smelled good. I covered the offending area with chips that I hope dearly will smother weed proliferation in the near future. I know it won’t stop them all, but I may add an industrial-sized drum of weed killer to back it up.
I think it looks rather fabulous now, with the unhappy result of making the rest of the yard look a bit shabbier. I’m really hoping the two new palm trees I planted in the main yard will adequately distract the garden police the next time they roll by. They almost make up for the crabgrass.
tion, might be at that location. McKean said he believed narcotics trafficking was occurring from the residence because of the steady flow of people who would visit the residence for short periods of time. When Adame and Heath left the residence on foot that afternoon with Heath’s then 13month-old son,police surrounded the men, McKean testified. Heath tried to flee on his skateboard with his son, while Adame, who surrendered, dropped a .45 caliber handgun he’d been carrying in a black
plastic bag, the detective said. When police searched the residence, which McKean described as a “tweaker pad,” they found a loaded 20-gauge sawed-off shotgun on the garage floor with ammo nearby, a loaded handgun in Apatiga and Heath’s bedroom drawer, and a bedroom with several marijuana plants dedicated to cultivating the drug, the detective testified. Authorities established the couple lived there through forwarded mail and bills, McKean said.
Apatiga was home at the time of the police search. Additionally, trace amounts of cocaine and morphine were found in the toddler’s system, McKean said. Apatiga remains free on $100,000 bail, while Heath, who has served time in prison for robbery and drug-related charges, remains in custody on $148,000 bail. Adame, a reputed gang member who has also served prison time for robbery and drug charges, is in jail on a no bail hold for violating his parole.
June afternoon because the boy wouldn’t stop crying while the defendant was trying to sleep after he had worked all night and morning. Bloom said the case was strange, because neither Castaneda nor Maria Razo has any history of violence in their background and both had cared for kids prior to the incident. Throughout the trial, Bloom pointed toward Maria Razo saying her deep depression and family background, one of corporal punishment, may account for the explosion she unleashed on her son that morning before Castaneda came home from work. Bloom said by the time Castaneda arrived home around 12:30 p.m., one of his roommates was also home at their Escondido apartment on Bear Valley Parkway, and that male roommate testified he didn’t hear any crying or violent beating that afternoon. “It’s just a huge mystery what happened,” Bloom said. Maria Razo will be sen-
tenced to 16 years and eight months in prison Aug. 21 for her role in the death of her son and the abuse that was inflicted on her two children. She pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of felony child abuse with the allegation that she inflicted great bodily injury in June 2007. In addition to the prison sentence, she will have three strikes and will be deported back to Mexico. Both Castaneda and Razo were found to be living in the country illegally. Castaneda came to San Diego County from Guatemala when he was 13, after his father died, to help provide for his mother, Bloom said. His mother, Dominga, and grandfather, Marcos, were in attendance throughout much of the trial. Throughout the case, prosecutors shed light on another side of Castaneda. They portrayed him as young man suffering from dual personalities.
In her closing arguments, Deputy District Attorney Lucy Weismantel said at times Castaneda could be a friend and father figure, but when things didn’t go his way he turned to evil, which can be seen in the torture and killing of Cesar Razo. Following the mistrial, Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe, who co-prosecuted the case, said in a phone interview his office hasn’t made a decision whether to retry the death penalty phase. If they do, he said all the charges would stand and the new jury would just be tasked with determining if Castaneda should be executed; however, the prosecution would have to represent all the evidence to the new panel. A July 30 conference was scheduled to determine where the case will go next. If the District Attorney’s Office does not wish to retry the death penalty phase, Castaneda could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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in bizness in 1971 and is now one of the most successful carriers, has added service to LaGuardia Airport in the Big Apple. Southwest has no first class cabin so the monied ones get to mingle with the rest of the folks. It still provides soft beverages and munchies without a fee. The top brass is saying the LaGuardia venture is a gamble but worth the risk.
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set out to dig up every single, solitary weed no matter how teeny, this 10-foot-by-20-foot corner of the yard suddenly looks like hell’s half-acre. I crawled around on my hands and knees, getting therapeutically muddy and bringing death to all uninvited plants. I liken that to 30 minutes of reverse push ups, since many plants don’t come
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netted him his third strike, Flores faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced later this summer. Flores was convicted in 1982 of two attempted robberies relating to a Chula Vista hotel and the now shuttered Paddock Restaurant in Encinitas, and the second degree robbery of Village Café in Vista at gunpoint. In the subsequent years, he racked up convictions for assault and weapon charges. In 2007, he was arrested for possessing methamphetamines. McCutchan said his chances are pretty good. “We’ve had quite a few guys make it to the major leagues,” McCutchan said. “Over the course of the years, we’ve been fortunate enough to see some great talent here.” If he makes it, it will represent the fulfillment of a family dream. His mother, Terri Brooks, recounted how her father grew up on a farm in Missouri and desperately wanted to get away from home. He wowed the scouts at a Kansas City baseball tryout and had the chance to sign on to a Yankees farm league team. Instead, he joined the Navy and moved to San Diego. Now, his missed chance is his grandson’s. “I bet my dad is looking down and smiling right now,” Terri Brooks said.
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has special talents. It’s a sniffer. A fully staffed fire suppressant apparatus moves in and is at the ready in event the conversations become heated and cause a fire. The county is alerted and it dispatches a helicopter to provide air cover. A gallon of pepper spray is rushed in to quell the noisy seniors. The Governator is alerted and is still at his desk signing IOUs. He immediately alerts the national guard that is patrolling the T.J. border for illegal visitors. It promises it can rush in a battalion of combat ready troops to the scene and is equipped with its own pepper spray. A lady refuses to give her date of birth, which is standard operating procedure for the fair sex regardless of party preference. No one is wearing “Don’t Tase Me Bro” caps. Two seniors glare at America’s Finest so off to the clink they go. The fundraiser ends and the candidate for high office is unhappy becuz she didn’t raise enough money to make it all worthwhile.
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Heath.The couple’s next scheduled court appearance is a July 30 readiness conference. Adame, 29, is scheduled back in court July 15 for further proceedings in his case. Oceanside police Detective John McKean testified he was working surveillance April 25 on a house in the 200 block of Smoketree Place in Oceanside after receiving information that Adame, who was wanted on a parole viola-
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of these charges were related to the young boy.The jury also found Castaneda guilty of a lesser including charge of misdemeanor child abuse relating to Cesar Razo’s sister, who was 5 at the time. However, the panel acquitted him on a felony torture charge in connection with the young girl. Castaneda and the boy’s mother, Maria Razo, 27, took Cesar Razo to the Palomar Medical Center around 4:40 p.m. June 25, 2005, telling the staff the unconscious toddler fell from a playground swing set. Cesar Razo was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. Doctors found more than 354 external bruises and marks on his body. He died of two blows, one to his stomach and the other to the back of his head, according to the autopsy report. Cesar Razo’s sister testified Castaneda beat and slammed her brother up against the bedroom wall that
Having been seriously rapped by the County Grand Jury for not keeping closer financial tabs on its 101 Mainstreet Assn., O’side electeds have imposed stringent new regs on the association ... Tri-City Hospital has appealed to the state to investigate Scripps Hospital’s alleged luring of patients to its facility from Tri-City’s jurisdiction ... Harbor City now has a dozen water cops looking out for and ready to cite water wasters ... Kelly Huggett and Robin Crabtree have been appointed to the Del Mar Foundation board of directors ... Marshall Weinreb is the new CEO of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center ... Vista Mayor Morris Vance izzn’t running for a third term and has endorsed Judy Ritter to succeed him. Hasta la Vista Bill Arballo is an opinionated, retired journalist in the Flower Capital of the Universe. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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