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Fighting against alcohol-related crime City of Hemet awarded important grant from alcoholic beverage commission


Soboba hosts Indigenous Bowl



he Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians hosted Native American football players. Coaches and referees from 12 states and Manitoba, Canada, spent a few days at the

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We have some amazing talent within our own communities that have volunteered their time to share with these athletes, and help propel them to the next level, which includes pairing their athleticism with scholastic goals."



ity of Hemet Police Chief Robert Webb has announced that the Hemet Police Department (HPD) has been awarded an important $51,104.00 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), to battle alcohol-related crime. “This is important to the city of Hemet in order to increase protection of our youth in relation to under-age alcohol consumption, and to shut down problem locations that have contributed to an increase in alcohol-related crime,” said Chief Webb. Lieutenant Eric Dickson of the HPD was quick to point out that this grant is one of only 49 awarded in California to local law-enforcement agencies through ABC’s Alcoholic Police and Partnership (APP) program. “ The police department here in Hemet is very proactive in seeking grants to help combat crime,“ said Dickson adding, “While we very much appreciate the grants from, and our partnership with, the state of California’s Office of Traffic Safety, this ABC grant, which runs from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, will aid us greatly in curtailing alcohol and driving-related problems.” The ABC grant took time to vet and intensive investigation in its preparation. “The HPD’s “Restoring Our Community Strategy” team or ROCS, utilized the talents of Detective Craig Willison who investigated the information used in the grant and he also drafted the proposal. The entire process was overseen by ROCS Sergeant Michael Arellano,” said Dickson. The city of Hemet has gotten OTS grants for a number of years, but this is only the second ABC grant the city has received. Dickson notes that while OTS Grants are more geared to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenses, this ABC grant is more geared toward illegal purchases and toward liquor stores themselves and is a large part of the HPD‘s efforts to build a partnership with the ABC. “This grant is an import-

Soboba Indian Reservation near San Jacinto. The all-star athletes participated in a training camp leading up to the second annual 7G Foundation Indigenous Bowl. Two teams were formed after about 40 players were evaluated




360 X Self-Defense in Hemet will be hosting the kick-off event MARK LENTINE | CONTRIBUTED


his Saturday, July 13, from 12 PM to 2 PM, 360 X Self-Defense in Hemet will be hosting the kick-off event of the Riverside County Gun Owners (RCGO) PAC. RCGO members will listen to a speech given by incoming Sheriff Chad

Bianco on the nature of the (Concealment and Carrying of Weapons (CCW) laws and procedures. "I am a strong supporter of both parts of The Second Amendment: the right to both keep and bear arms. I believe that every law-abiding citizen,

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Is it going to make a difference? More construction coming to Gilman Springs KYLE HEADLEE | STAFF WRITER


ilman Springs Highway, commonly referred to as Death Road or the Highway to Hell, is not because the road itself is dangerous, but some people who drive on it are. Presumably, because they are driving intoxicated, tired, or in too much of a hurry, it seems like every couple days there

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is another accident on the highway, and many of them turn out to be fatal. Some people get too impatient trying to get to work, get home, or get tired of looking at the same set of brake lights in front of them. No matter the reason, it is never an excuse to drive irresponsibly on any road or on that particular highway. With so many blind turns, there

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Homeowner Acts in Self-Defense Intoxicated Man Killed by Homeowner After Causing Trouble and Allegedly Trying to Break In FIDEL VILLALOBOS III | STAFF WRITER


n Wednesday, June 26, a man was fatally shot in an unincorporated area of East Hemet. The victim was said to be breaking into a residence when the shooting occurred. The homeowner, who happened to be armed, shot the man in self-defense. The shooting took place in the 26000 block of Plymouth Street. Witnesses have stated that the victim was intoxicated before breaking into the home. They also stated that the man was causing trouble in the surrounding area before the incident took place. The Hemet Police Department was the first to arrive on the scene, answering a burglary in progress call. Sgt. Rick Espinoza, of the Riverside Sheriff ’s Central Homicide Unit, was among the deputies that closed off the street and surrounded the home where the shooting occurred. The Central Homicide Unit began their investigation, which included assistance from Coroner members, as well as the de-


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partment’s Forensic Services Bureau. Espinoza stated, “A suspect broke into the residence, which was occupied by a family. The suspect was confronted by an armed homeowner and a shooting occurred, which resulted in the death of the suspect”. He continued, saying, “There were no injuries sustained by the residents of the home, and there are no outstanding suspects or threats to public safety.” Officials determined that the homeowner had possibly acted in self-defense, and Espinoza commented, “No arrests have been made at this time, and the deceased suspect’s name will not be released at this time pending the ongoing investigation”. (Trevor Montgomery, Riverside County News Source). This is the second self-defense shooting case in Hemet in the last month. On June

12, a man was fatally shot in the Lake Hemet Campgrounds. Investigators declared that a man acted in self-defense when he shot another man who he claimed had attacked him in his trailer, striking him on the head with a rock. Residents of the San Jacinto Valley, we must take precautionary action, and keep the knowledge of our self-defense laws at the forefront of our minds at all times. Although these two recent cases were, in fact, self-defense, many people can misperceive exactly what self-defense is, as defined by our laws. Section 505 of California’s Criminal Jury Instructions states the guidelines that a defendant must follow, to successfully argue

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No arrests have been made at this time and the deceased suspect’s name will not be released at this time pending the ongoing investigation” SGT. RICK ESPINOZA


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Volunteers Needed to Demonstrate Composting, Recycling Techniques CNS | CONTRIBUTED


iverside County residents interested in learning about all of the recycling and composting programs available to promote a greener environment -- and passing on their knowledge to others -- are invited to attend a workshop in Moreno Valley this weekend. The Department of Waste Resources will be holding two orientation workshops on Saturday, at 8 a.m. and noon, in the agency's main office at 14130 Frederick St. Participants need only attend one of the four-hour sessions, not both. According to county officials, the meeting will put attendees on track to serve as volunteers during quarterly workshops countywide intended to supply residents

with an understanding of recycling and composting methods and programs that promote a cleaner, greener environment. "Volunteers can also choose to attend extra training and volunteer more hours to become certified as a master composter,'' agency spokeswoman Janet Moreland said. "Once a volunteer reaches master composter status, the volunteer is allowed to teach classes on their own or work with schools and community gardens as a composting mentor.'' Moreland said volunteers are "integral'' to the success of the county's environmental programs. More information is available at http://www.rcwaste. org/volunteer. Interested parties may also contact the Department of Waste Resources at 951-486-3200.


Retirement Celebration for Michael Paul VWRPD | CONTRIBUTED


alley-Wide Recreation and Park District will recognize Michael Paul by naming the gymnasium in the Sports Center at Regional Park after him during a dedication and retirement celebration Friday, July 12. Paul retired in December after more than 30 years with the district. Most of that time was spent as a recreation supervisor, organizing and coordinating youth sports


self-defense in court. These three guidelines that a defendant must establish are as follows: First, they reasonably believed that they (or someone else) was in imminent danger of being harmed. Second, they reasonably believed that the imminent use of force was nec-

leagues. He also coached and officiated many games. Thousands of children in the San Jacinto Valley benefited from his efforts. “We invite anyone touched by the work of Michael Paul to come and say thank you,” Valley-Wide General Manager Dean Wetter said. The event begins at 6 p.m. outside the Sports Center, 901 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto. There is no charge to attend, but RSVPs are requested to or by calling 951654-1505. essary to defend against that danger. Lastly, they only used the amount of force that was reasonably necessary to defend against that danger. (The Rodriguez Law Group of Los Angeles County). Be vigilant and be aware that anything can happen to any of us, at any time. The author of this story can be contacted at

MAN KILLED: Sheriff’s responded to the burglary in progress call. | Trevor Montgomery, RCNS

EXPECTATION VS. REALITY: Cone Barrier vs. K-Rail; What we have and what we need. | Photo by Kyle Headlee

GILMAN from A1 are very few safe places to pass on the road. Most of the highway is only two lanes with minimal shoulder area on either side. At some point, it is needed to sit back and think if is it better to show up fifteen minutes late or die 30 years early. So what is being done about this? First of all, they installed a traffic light midway through the highway where Bridge street is. This security measure should help the people who are merging out of bridge street onto Gilman Springs. In the past, some people get impatient waiting for a legal opening and instead try to squeeze

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properly vetted, should be allowed to carry a firearm if they so choose," said Sheriff Bianco. Bianco's is seen by gun owners as a shift from the previous administration that did little to aid gun owners who wished to carry firearms legally. "As a gun owner myself, I've spoken with gun owners who believed that the relationship between the previous Sheriff and the NRA didn't truly seem to be fostering a supportive stance toward the rights of gun owners. Any time you had a healthy, legal, law-abiding citizen wishing nothing more than to utilize their constitutional rights… and they had to wait two years or more to do so… the system is broken and the people involved were doing nothing to solve the problem. To the contrary, they were part of the problem, not part of the solution," said Sheriff Bianco, adding, "the average honest citizen has the right to defend themselves." Ken "Professor Ken" Haslam, Sensei and owner of 360 X Self Defense is a firm believer in the need for all types of self-defense. "We are a personal self-defense school that looks at all areas of personal defense against violent crimes," said Haslam, adding, "We believe that utilization of a weapon-any weapon-when your life is threatened, is not only a right...but a duty. Each individual has a duty to learn to properly use all weapons

through a gap that was not ideal for the situation causing many opportunities for car accidents. Personally speaking, I spent the better half of my construction career driving through that road at 3:00 in the morning, and coming through their after it got dark. It could be frustrating to being so close to home, yet it feels like it is so far away, but that does not make it worth it. It seems that the community's pleas were heard because they are adding a barrier in between the lanes now. Unfortunately, it is not the kind of barrier the community wants. It is what we call in the construction industry a false sense of safety. The nine-mile highway will get a center barrier of cones

that should help guide distracted drivers and prevents them from crossing over to the other side. It is going to cost over 100k in materials but should take too long to perform. The problem with these types of barriers is that they are only a visual deterrent. A drunk driver can easily still cross over to the other side of the road, causing severe accidents. Ideally, the road needs an extension and a concrete barrier. This project sounds better than it is practical. In order to place a concrete barrier, the lanes would need to be nearly doubled what they are right now. For that to take place, multiple pieces of private property will need to be purchased, and then there is the actual construction of the

project. Even though it is not necessarily steep, still there are parts of the highway that have cliff type edges. Massive columns, stem decks, and bridges would have to be installed in order for the road to be widened and center medians installed. We are talking about a project that would cost millions of dollars and a couple of years to finish, having only two options to get out of town in that direction, Lambs Canyon or Ramona Expressway — talking about traffic issues. In conclusion, all these options are possible, but are they logical? For sure, Things need to change on the highway, either a future construction, more police force, or people paying more attention to their surroundings.

of self-defense, whether it be their own body or if the situation calls for it, a firearm. The speech will be given by Sheriff Bianco this Saturday, and the new procedures fit right into our philosophy." Dezarae Payne, Executive Director of RCGO, couldn't agree more. "Sheriff Bianco has always been a strong defender of the Second Amendment, and his leadership was needed in the area of CCW procedures." Payne says that the old system of requesting a "concealed carry" permit was so laborious with so many hoops to jump through...that honest gun-owners just gave up. "People were waiting two years sometimes, and the system seemed purposely unfair. This "meet and greet" is a welcomed change from the anti-gun owner climate of the past, and we at RCGO are excited about the positive change." Under the 14th amendment, each state has the right to regulate its gun ownership process. In California where honest gun-owners have been delayed their rights to bear arms, the process delayed their power to the point of essentially denying those rights. Sheriff Bianco's new system has streamlined the process considerably. "Now we understand that some people are being issued their CCW Permit in a matter of weeks," instead of years." But Sheriff Bianco says that he hasn't come up with anything new. "People are praising me for the

new process, but truth be told …there's really nothing new. We have excellent field investigators. Those investigators are the men and women tasked with investigating those who would like to carry a weapon. I simply, and literally told them to do their jobs. Under the previous administration, that process was being hindered." In reference to the CCW Permit procedure of the past-its vetting times and rejection rates, Bianco says there was no accountability and honest accounting, and no way for the average gun owner to know where he or she stood in the procedure. "I'm a lifetime and Benefactor member of the NRA, but the groups responsible for supporting and furthering responsible gun ownership-the previous administration, the NRA California branch, headed by H. Paul Payne, and also the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) didn't seem to be addressing the most important issues. I am correcting that. The previous administration never gave direct answers for rejection rates and procedures. Very simply put, the previous administration, for all it said in the press, was not very supportive of the Second Amendment. I am." Some have also questioned why a martial arts school would also be interested in firearms usage, but for 360 X Self-Defense owner Haslam, the answer is simple: self-defense. "People seem to forget that the term "Martial Art" has, embedded in the term, the

word "martial," meaning war. The term comes from the Greek God Mars. It's a military Art." Haslam has devoted his life to the understanding of human nature vis-a-vis self-defense. He's studied statistics on criminality in general and also murder, rape and assault, and to "The Professor" it all comes down to one simple question: how do you know what to do when you are assaulted? "People today think that martial arts is about having fun with children...or just training kids, but they couldn't be more wrong. In this studio, we are focused on violent crime survival. It's that simple. It's about survival using the best, or in some cases any, means necessary-from empty hands techniques to the frying pan the lady of the house may need to defend herself in an emergency, to someone who is well-trained using a firearm to save their lives." When Haslam learned that Sheriff Bianco and the RCGO needed a place to discuss needed CCW changes, he was more than pleased to host the event. "When one of the top law enforcement officials in the area wants to discuss training and needed changes for law-abiding legal citizens, we feel it's our duty here at the studio to give him the opportunity to speak." Those interested can stop by 360X Self-Defense Studio, 118 E. Florida Avenue this Saturday from 12-2. The studio can be reached at 951-330-9332 or online at"

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Jury Recommends Death Sentence for Man Who Killed Ex-Lover and Cellmate CNS | CONTRIBUTED


Riverside jury today recommended the death penalty for a convicted felon who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend along Interstate 10 in Whitewater and, four months later, strangled his 82-year-old cellmate at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. Jurors deliberated just over three days before unanimously recommending that 42-year-old Rigoberto Villanueva of Fontana receive capital punishment for the 2016 killings of Rosemary Barrasa, 37, and Tom Carlin. Last month, the same jury convicted Villanueva of two counts of first-degree murder and found true a special circumstance allegation of taking multiple lives, making the defendant eligible for a death sentence. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mac Fisher scheduled a sentencing hearing for Sept. 20 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to prosecutors, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 300-pound defendant had been in a relationship with Barrasa in the late 1990s, and in the fall of 2015, he persuaded her to join him at his brother's residence in Salida, Northern California. Deputy District Attorney Anthony Orlando said the defendant and Barrasa lived together at the property over the ensuing six months, and during that time, Villanueva became abusive, inflicting injuries to the victim's arms and legs and cutting away some of her hair. Barrasa left the property at the end of April 2016, heading to Fontana to stay with a friend. Within a week of her leaving, Villanueva went searching for the victim and arrived in the Inland Empire on May 7. Several days later, he located Barrasa at her friend's residence. "The defendant expressed that Barrasa had his heart, which Barrasa responded to by laughing,'' Orlando said. ``However, Barrasa seemed happy after talking with the defendant.'' Despite being happy to see him, the

victim told friends that she was concerned about Villanueva's behavior, and at least one witness recalled the woman hesitating to get into his car on the night of May 11, 2016, according to the prosecutor. Shortly before 2 a.m. on May 12, Barrasa's body was located in Villanueva's sedan, which appeared to have crashed on eastbound Interstate 10, near Tipton Road, in Whitewater. She had been stabbed 34 times with a screwdriver, with the wounds patterned like an X across her upper body, according to Orlando. California Highway Patrol officers encountered Villanueva a quarter-mile west of the scene, walking in the freeway center median. When they attempted to question him, the defendant took off running and resisted officers when they caught up to him, prompting them to deploy a Taser to gain control and handcuff him. Villanueva was immediately jailed and charged with Barrasa's murder. He was paired with Carlin in Housing Unit 17 at

the Smith Correctional Facility. Other inmates described Villanueva as extremely moody and sometimes physically aggressive -- a deep contrast with Carlin, who was ``happy-go-lucky'' and generally liked by the men in his cell block, according to a trial brief prepared by the prosecution. One inmate told sheriff 's investigators that in the days leading up to Carlin's murder, Villanueva had suggested his cellmate was a child molester, even though the elder man was charged with felonious assault and making criminal threats -- not sexual offenses. Villanueva also conveyed to the same inmate that he wanted to ``choke'' Carlin. The prosecutor said that on the afternoon of Sept. 17, 2016, Villanueva knotted a bed sheet and used it to strangle the victim, trying to make it appear as though the senior had hung himself while sitting on the bedside commode. Villanueva was charged with the murder and was relocated to a high security unit at the Riverside jail.


Jay-Z partners with cannabis company as brand strategist

Jay-Z is heading into the legal marijuana industry as a chief brand strategist in partnership with a California cannabis product company. The rapper said in a statement Tuesday that he entered a multiyear deal with San Jose, California-based Caliva. His role will consist of driving creative direction, outreach efforts and strategy for the brand. Jay-Z says he also wants to increase the economic participation of people returning from incarceration through job training and workforce development. The rapper called Caliva “the best partners for this endeavor.” Caliva operates a farm and two stores in Northern California. It also distributes its branded products in roughly two dozen other retail outlets in the state. NFL legend Joe Montana’s venture capital firm took part in a $75 million investment in Caliva earlier this year. AP Briefs


County Invites Vets to Apply for Job Assistance

Military veterans and their spouses are eligible for job training, placement assistance and other benefits under a $488,635 federal grant awarded to Riverside County, it was announced today. The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act grant will directly support the county's Veterans' Employment-Related Assistance Program until March 31, 2021. According to the Economic Development Agency, 00 approved applicants are eligible for skills advancement training and referrals under the program. "As a U.S. Navy veteran, I know it can be tough to adjust to life after military service,'' said county Supervisor Chuck Washington. ``These funds will help us facilitate the transition to civilian life for 100 deserving veterans, benefiting employers and workers alike and strengthening our community.'' The county's Workforce Development Board is administering the grant funds. Service members who are approaching their discharge dates, disabled vets and qualifying spouses may be able to obtain aid thanks to the grant. "(The) overarching goal is to provide support to veterans as they navigate the challenges they are likely to face as they transition into civilian employment,'' EDA Director Rob Field said. Anyone interested in applying for assistance should contact the EDA's Workforce Development Division at 951-955-0464.


California OKs benefits to immigrants in country illegally

California has become the first state to offer taxpayer-funded health benefits to young adults living in the country illegally. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Tuesday that makes low-income adults age 25 and younger eligible for the state’s Medicaid program regardless of their immigration status. State officials expect the plan to cover about 90,000 people and cost taxpayers $98 million. California already covers children ages 18 and younger regardless of immigration status. The law will not give health insurance benefits to everyone 25 and younger, but only those whose income is low enough to qualify. Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders say they plan to further expand coverage to more adults in the years to come. Republican President Donald Trump has called the move ”crazy .” Advocates of the measure say it’s a way to improve the health of immigrants in the state by providing them with access to the medical care they need. Many immigrants who are in the country illegally are already enrolled for some government-funded programs, but they only cover emergencies and pregnancies. Democrats had pushed to expand the coverage to even more adults, but Newsom rejected the proposals, saying it would cost about $3.4 billion to provide coverage to all California adults living in the country illegally. But he has vowed to keep expanding coverage in future years.

Crime report throughout the San Jacinto Valley June 15 to June 21 HEMET

Sat. June 15 Alcohol Violation, Florida & San Jacinto Grand Theft Auto, 400 Block W. Devonshire Ave. Grand Theft Auto, 2700 Block W. Devonshire Ave. Assault, 600 Block Carson St. Burglary of Vehicle, 1900 Block W. Acacia Ave. Burglary of Residence, 800 Block Truman Ct. Domestic Violence, 200 Block N. Mayflower St. Theft, 200 Block W. Fruitvale Ave. Burglary of Vehicle, 200 Block E. Florida Ave. Sun. June 16 Burglary of Residence, 2900 Block Vista Way Burglary of Vehicle, 1000 Block E. Oakland Ave. Alcohol Violation, 3000 Block W. Florida Ave. Theft from Vehicle, 100 Block W. Mayberry Ave. Arson, 3100 Block W. Florida Ave. Theft, 200 Block N. Sanderson Ave. Strong Arm Robbery, 800 Block W. Florida Ave. Theft from Vehicle, 600 Block Le May Way Assault, 100 Block W. Latham Ave. Alcohol Violation, 1300 Block E. Florida Ave. Mon. June 17 Burglary of Vehicle, 500 Block Paisley Ave. Alcohol Violation, 100 Block N. San Jacinto St. Alcohol Violation, 200 Block E. Menlo Ave. Assault, 100 Block N. Hamilton Ave. Unattended Death, 400 Block S. Tahquitz Ave. Vandalism, 2200 Block W. Florida Ave. Vandalism, 600 Block S. Palm Ave. Alcohol Violation, 1900 Block Mayflower Pl. Tues. June 18 Narcotics Violation, 600

Block Glenn Way Vandalism, 3400 Block E. Florida Ave. Theft, 300 Block S. Sanderson Ave. Vandalism, 400 Block N. Hamilton Ave. Alcohol Violation, Devonshire & Gilmore Theft, 2300 Block W. Florida Ave. Grand Theft Auto, 500 Block S. Gilbert St. Burglary of Residence, 1000 Block Rosalia Ave. Wed. June 19 Theft from Vehicle, 300 Block Paisley Ave. Burglary of Residence, 2400 Block EL Grand Theft Auto, 200 Block W. Fruitvale Ave. Theft, 700 Block S. State St. Theft, 400 Block N. Palm Ave. Vandalism, 2700 Block W. Florida Ave. Theft from Vehicle, 500 Block E. Florida Ave. Theft, 3400 Block W. Florida Ave. Burglary from Vehicle, 800 Block Polk Ct. Theft from Vehicle, 1100 Block Rosewood Pl. Armed Robbery Commercial, 2000 Block E. Florida Ave. Burglary of Vehicle, 800 Block E. Menlo Ave. Thurs. June 20 Grand Theft Auto, 2100 Block E. Florida Ave. Grand Theft Auto, Laursen & Latham Theft, 600 Block Carson St. Fri. June 21 Burglary Commercial, 1000 Block W. Florida Ave. Theft, 100 Block N. Mayflower St. Theft, 1700 Block W. Florida Ave. Grand Theft Auto, Latham & Hamilton Assault, Latham & Gilmore Grand Theft Auto, 300 Block N. Elk St. Burglary Vehicle, 700 Block Arbor Pkwy.


Sat. June 15 *No Crime Report on this Day Sun. June 16 Theft of Vehicle, 1500 Block S. San Jacinto Ave. Theft, 1800 Block S. San Jacinto Ave. Theft of Vehicle, 1800 Block S. San Jacinto Ave. Theft, 200 Block Palomar Ave. Mon. June 17 Breaking & Entering, 700 Block Margarita St. Disorder, 400 Block W. 7th St. Robbery, Fairview Ave. & Palm Ave. Tues. June 18 Theft, 1100 Block Don Carlos Ct. Wed. June 19 Theft of Vehicle, 400 Block Scovell Ave. Thurs. June 20 *No Crime Report on this Day Fri. June 21 Theft from Vehicle, 1800 Block Rue Chablis


Sat. June 15 *No Crime Report on this Day Sun. June 16 Assault w/Deadly Weapon, 40800 Block Crest Dr. Theft, 40300 Block El Nita Ln. Mon. June 17 Assault, 40600 Block Acacia Ave. Property Crime, 44700 Block E. CA 74 Property Crime, 41300 Block Sequoia Ln. Breaking & Entering, 25900 Block New Chicago Ave. Tues. June 18 Theft, 40300 Block Central Ave. Breaking & Entering, 41800 Block Briarwood Ave. Robbery, 25900 Block Columbia St.

In the process of developing the weekly Crime Report for Hemet, we utilize the webpage and for Valle Vista and San Jacinto, we employ the webpage to source our information. The City of Hemet Police Department and the San Jacinto Police/Riverside County Sheriff Department’s report their respective incidents of crime to these webpages from which we select the most serious crimes and attempt to reflect proportionality between cities as provided in FBI/UCR statistics. Occasionally however, these police agencies do not immediately report their crime incidents, at which time TVC weekly crime report lacks updated information for a given city for the period in question. We always try to be accurate with available crime information but rely on these sources that sometimes may be incomplete or nonexistent.

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Player ProFIle TIGERS

Stud on both sides of the ball KYLE HEADLEE | STAFF WRITER


et to know your San Jacinto Hardknock Kameron Rocha. Kameron Rocha is not an average athlete, he is naturally fast, agile, and light on his feet. Add in the hard work and dedication he commits himself to and we have the type of player that coaches around the nation dream of having. Kameron starts on both sides of the ball. That means he plays Offense and Defense throughout the whole game hardly getting any breaks. Coach Galliano does not let many of his players do this, but Kameron is different. Last season he was one of the anchors to a high secondary and was an All-CIF defensive back. He led the division with seven interceptions and has his eyes set on leading the division again in his senior year. When asked what he loved about football, he said, "I love the competitiveness, not just during the games but everything that goes into it that people who never played do not know. The practices, weight room sessions, and everything. I also love the freedom of being able to hit without the worry of getting in trouble." Coach Galliano did chime in and say that they are working on dialing his aggressiveness back a bit, but do not want him to change the way he plays the game. Coach also said one of the most impressive things about Kameron is his natural knack to find the ball. Either it is on

offense or defensive, he has a sense for it, and he is football savvy always laying down great blocks for his teammates or squeezing himself through gaps that average players do not see. Kameron is a three-sport varsity athlete playing Soccer and running track. If he does not get a scholarship offer, he plans to enlist in the army and wants to serve his country. He is very thankful to his brothers, who are father figures to him Aaron Johnson and K.C. Moore. They have done a lot for him, and he appreciates them for it. Kameron enjoys keeping himself company. He likes to be alone with his thoughts; he is very introverted and is okay with it. A fun fact about Kameron is that he loves to listen to Michael Jackson. It started when he was young, and he never lost his connection to his music. One of his favorite workouts is sprints. He enjoys the freedom he feels of the wind flowing in his face as he runs through the grass. Kameron likes to test himself to see how fast he can get and is continuously putting in work to get faster. His other favorite workout is what Coach Galliano calls "effort drills." These are drills that have no specific purpose except to build toughness, character, and a no-quit mentality. Coach Galliano has a few different types of effort drills, and Kameron enjoys them all. The season is fast approaching, get ready to come out and support the San Jacinto Tigers this season.

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KAMERON: Huge Interception from Kameron. | Photo by Coach Galliano

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during a combine, where they completed various tests and drills to showcase their abilities. Coaches drafted players for their teams based on the combine and other information they had from each player’s past football experience. 7G Foundation’s Cassie Molkentin said players were chosen based on the desire to keep the teams as balanced and fair as possible. Bellingham, Washington residents and teammates Arthur Felix and Watiko Leighton said the experience had been fantastic. Both are from the Lummi Nation, which has about 6,500 members. "I'll be starting as a free safety, but I've played running back and wide receiver before." Said Felix, who played football in eighth and ninth grades, and then returned to the sport in his senior year. "I love the feeling of being in the game and making plays; I love the atmosphere.” He said members of the newly-formed team got close during the few days leading up to the big game and felt like they had known each other for a long time. "I came from practically nothing, and my childhood wasn't so great. This experience has taught me that anything's possible if you work hard," said Felix, 19. Leighton has been playing football since second grade and will be playing for Southern Oregon University in the fall. He said he has never lost his passion for the game. “We have all had a connection from the get-go here,” said Leighton, 18. “I’ve never been on a team of all-natives before – it felt like home.” He said the days consisted of an early breakfast and then off to the football field at The Oaks to practice plays, formations, and techniques for the game. When they were not practicing, players relaxed at the nearby Soboba Casino Resort’s hotel or took short road trips to see some SoCal sights. Team Wagon Burners and Team Hy’shqe faced off at the game that began about 6 p.m. on June 29. They were introduced to the spectators by an announcer who also told them: "You not only represent your tribe but Native Americans everywhere. We are proud to have you honor us in this field." The 7G Foundation is based on the Pauma Reservation, south of Temecula. It provides the youth of

BOWL: The second annual Indigenous Bowl was played at The Oaks football stadium at the Soboba Indian Reservation on June 29. | Courtesy Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

HY’SHQE: Team Hy’shqe players await the start of the second annual Indigenous Bowl on June 29. There were 54 Tribes/Nations from 12 states and Canada represented by both teams. | Courtesy Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

WAGON BURNERS: Players for Team Wagon Burners warm up before the second annual Indigenous Bowl on June 29 at the Soboba Indian Reservation near San Jacinto. | Courtesy Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians


signals the start of the second annual Indigenous Bowl on June 29 at the Soboba Indian Reservation. Native American youth from 12 states and Canada competed. | Courtesy Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

54 TRIBES/NATIONS: Native American youth from 12 states and Canada and representing 54 Tribes/Nations competed in the second annual Indigenous Bowl on June 29. | Courtesy Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

indigenous communities with the tools necessary to translate their athletic dreams into tangible, real possibilities. It offers leadership skills, community development

capabilities, and a dependable, truly native network/framework of real-time support. To this end, the Indigenous Bowl provides a great opportunity, whether it is

the recent high school graduate's final game or a preview of what they can expect when they enter college in the fall. "We have some amazing tal-

ent within our own communities that have volunteered their time to share with these athletes, and help propel them to the next level, which includes pairing their athleticism with scholastic goals." Said Bennae Calac, Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors for the 7G Foundation. The greatest purpose of 7G is to build a bigger future for young people. Youths are taught to transform their success into progressive, multi-generational change for themselves, their families, and their tribes. Molkentin said the Foundation's long-term goal is to have the Indigenous Bowl be the goto event that college and professional sports scouting agents will attend to recruit players. There were 54 Tribes/Nations represented by the athletes at this year’s event. Team Wagon Burners players and their tribal affiliations were: Lane Allen (Assiniboine/ Gros Ventre), Demarius Benson (Navajo/Southern Paiute), Brant Bremner (Blackfeet), Clayton Franklin (Kashia Pomo), Tristan Hall (Blackfeet), Jevon Heard (Dry Creek Rancheria), Edward Hill (Luiseño/Creek/Cahuilla), William Keller (Blackfeet), Keaton McBride (Yankton Sioux Nation), Notah McCabe (Apache/ Navajo/Comanche), Quillie Morgan (Kashia Pomo), Drake Olivar (Apache), Ethan Rogers (Picayayune Rancheria), CJ Smith (Blackfeet), Tyson Sutherland (Assiniboine/Sioux/Chippewa Creek), Terrell Toledo (Navajo), Jacob Waiter (Choctaw), Jhadi Harjo Nick Wkaos (Pasqua Yaqui), Ethan Wolf (Luiseño) and Casey Young (Gros Ventre). Team Hy’shqe players and their tribal affiliations were: Demetrius Begay (Navajo), Tyrell Boyd (Navajo/White Mountain Apache), Mondo Calderon (Tule River), Jacob Castilleja (Warm Springs/Nez Perce), Arthur Felix (Lummi), Raynathan Foolbear (MHA Nation), Stanley Holder (Wichita), Tyrrell Holiday (Navajo), Kiezer Johnson (MBCI Choctaw), Jacob Lablanc (Dakota), Watiko Leighton (Lummi), Antonio Marquez (Dry Creek Rancheria), Silas Miles (Cheyenne), Kyal Shoulderblade-Sampson (Yakama/Cheyenne), TJ Talamoni-Marcks (Upper Lake Tribe), Jeremy Tallsalt (Navajo/Hopi), Jermaine Toby (Lummi) and Corbin Wabasha (Dakota). Information,



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From Backyard courts to sell out arenas West Valley's Joe Burton is a star overseas KYLE HEADLEE | STAFF WRITER


his week's Alumni is West Valley's own Joe Burton. He is a graduate of West Valley High School in 2009. The community remembers Joe for helping lead the team to a CIF championship. During his career at West Valley, he averaged a Double Double nearly 16 points and 16 rebounds per game. Joe was ranked in the top 100 of California high school basketball players and was offered a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Oregon State. While Joe was at Oregon State, he became the first player to have over 1,000 points, 700 rebounds, and 300 assists. He left quite a legacy up there, even getting the chance to meet President Obama and the First Lady when they came to a game. Joseph Burton is easily one of the most successful athletes that have come out of the valley, and his legend continues to grow. Even though he went undrafted when his college career was over, he did not let that stop

him from living his dreams. He took his talents overseas as an opportunity to keep playing the game he has grown up loving and travel the world while he was doing it. As a professional overseas he has played on teams in various countries including Denmark, Holland, France, and Japan. Joe has won League MVP honors and helped his teams win championships. Now he is waiting for a new contract and is excited to go out to play basketball again. Joe loves the game; it has always been there for him when he felt alone. Lucky for him, he also found an amazing woman to keep him company, and he eventually asked her to be his wife. Right now, they have a son and a daughter expected to join their roster at the end of this month. As well as playing basketball, Joe started his own clothing company called Hunwut Clothing, which means "Grizzly Bear" in his language. It is a Native American based clothing company with Native American themes and designs. Joe hopes

BASKETBALL: Playing the game he loves. | Photo by Joseph Burton to create a non-profit organization when he is done playing basketball by using his clothing company and basketball contacts. For non-profit, his goal is to help Native American youth achieve their dreams.

Joe attributes a lot of his success to his mother and grandfather. His grandfather Charles "B-Bop" Silvas passed away last year, and his family and the Native American Community misses him.

Joe is thankful to his fellow Native Americans for all their love and support, looking to make them feel proud. He keeps grinding and working hard in hopes that one day he can live up to his grandfather's legend.

HPD: Lt. Eric Dickson . | Courtesy Photo THE TEAM: Officers from The Hemet Police Department . | Courtesy Photo

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Horses for Veterans with PTSD RUSTY STRAIT | COLUMNIST


t has long been known that animals can give comfort to lonely or solitary folks. A pet dog can calm the nerves and serve as a companion to an anxious person. Right here in Hemet T.H.E. Friends have used horses to assist with the treatment of disabled children. However, a man with a vision has recently acquired a ten-acre ranch in the far western part of Hemet, just beyond Diamond Valley Lake and is about to make a significant contribution to this Valley when it comes to returning veterans suffering from PTSD. He knows what to do because he’s been there and done that. His name is Robert Martin. Let us tell you all about him. He is from Northern California, graduated from high school in 1982. From a class of 435, he was the only one to go into the service. He explains. “I enlisted in the U. S. Army reserves at 17, and after basic training, I tried to transfer to active duty, but the reserves wouldn’t release me. After six years, I finally was assigned to active duty in 1988.” In 1996s, after suffering the loss of his left arm in Iraqi combat, he received a medical discharge. “I rehabbed myself and after the 9/11 terrorist attack, I re-enlisted and served another 14 years full time with two overseas appointments in Iraq, where I saw things that no human being ought to see or be a part of.” After his discharge, he tried to find peace and solitude, but his

PTSD overcame him. “I was way oversubscribed opioids for ten years. Nothing seemed to help. Memories and flashbacks pursued me. My kids were grown, and I found myself alone in a big house in the winter. Loneliness created a terrible depression. I finally ended in the V. A. Psych ward in Minnesota. I became so complacent and falling apart physically and mentally that I was suicidal.” To find his way back to a semblance of sanity, he decided to move back to California to play golf with his father. “I didn’t need to worry about financial security because I had my full retirement with all the amenities that go with it.” It was not an easy path to tread. After six months back in California, he developed skin cancer. He moved to Banning, California where he could be close to a V. A. Hospital where he was able to get proper treatment. “I was living all by myself in a halfhouse, so small we called it a cube rather than a residence.” As a child, he lived on a farm with horses and remembered how much enjoyment that brought him. “I was thinking that maybe being around horses again might help me with my

PTSD, so I sought out a place where I could take up riding lessons.” He found that place on a ranch in San Jacinto where he met his girlfriend Chris Vernier and business partner, plus four or five dogs. “I fit in on the ranch because I knew how to fix things.” His stay there was brief because the owner decided to sell the property “Chris and I moved on to another temporary location. For a while, they seemed like vagabonds, but he never lost his dream of getting well and helping others. The horses had changed his perspective about life and soothed his ragged nerves. “We came into good luck when we leased a ten-acre horse ranch in Hemet. “The owner of the ranch, a Marine veteran from the Vietnam War, believed in me and allowed us to buy the place on a contract dead.” The main house on the ranch is 3200 square feet, consisting of 3 bedrooms, a large yard, and a pool. The property is a fully functioning horse ranch. Robert says, “We’ll build a yurt on the lower end of the ranch and turn the big house into transitional housing for discharged veterans with PTSD coming off active duty, four to six men to spend up to six months here, dependi n g

upon the situation. It is not going to be a rehab facility. We intend it to offer a transitional period from discharge to becoming adjusted back into civilian life. Some will have mental health problems and others with emotional situations as a result of combat. “Many will need to learn how to live again, budgeting money and nutrition, and reentry into civilian life. They will not leave here without some assistance toward the future, offering therapy as needed.” He believes that horses have helped him on his way into the future. “I haven’t had a nightmare in six months, and I want to introduce that same peace of mind to others because I know it works.” He is up every morning at five, gets on his horse for a couple of hours, “just to get my head straight and start the day.” Some of the services offered are: 1. Equine Therapy with a certified Equine Therapist. 2. Trauma-focused therapy with a; licensed mental health practitioner 3. Life Skills Training such as money management, coping skills, job interview skills, nutrition/cooking, and managing daily life as a civilian. Many of the life skills will be taught using equines “Services for Veterans, Active Duty and First Responders with PTSD,” he says, “not residing at the facility include Equine Therapy and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Additionally, future services are in the planning stages and include adaptive horseback riding for amputees and other physically .disabled persons and overnight camping with horses in conjunction with life skills training as well as rehabilitating injured or traumatized horses. With the assistance of our certified Veterinarian Technician Veterans will learn skills to help rehab the horse they are assigned to and will reap the benefits of helping to heal with another.” He explained that horses are prey animals and have a very large portion of their brains that operate out of intuition and emotion to detect danger and make the decision to act on ‘fight or flight’ out of instinct. They are highly emotionally intelligent creatures and recognize the slightest gesture, body posture, tone of voice, and facial extensions. Horses rely on these skills to keep themselves safe. They are so skilled with these abilities that they are often aware of emotions that we may be experiencing out of consciousness. Another reason horses are such skilled therapists is that they don’t use language and many trauma feelings; often because they can’t identify them. Horses use a mirroring technique that can help a person ‘see” how they are acting and feeling. Moreover, many traumatized persons are tired of talking and telling their story when traditional has failed them. Brain injured people may have difficulty with speech all growth. Science has shown that the mere interaction with horses can alter brain chemistry, reducing, and even eliminating the symptoms of PTSD. Horses are also nonjudgmental and have no preconceived notions or expectations. The goal of Equine Therapy is that with the guidance of an Equine Therapist and/or a Life Skills Coach persons will learn to identify their tendencies to engage in self-defeating or negative thoughts and actions and with the help of a horse learn more positive and fulfilling ways of expressing themselves and dealing with the world. R.M. Veterans Unity Ranch is a nonprofit organization and will welcome grants and contributions. The ranch is located at 30920 S. Palm Avenue, in Hemet. Operations are conducted by Rob Martin, and he can be reached at (760) 408-2902.


Friday | July 12 - 18 | 2019


Shakin' All Over Earthquake Alert "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places" RICK PULS | CONTRIBUTED


was talking to my wife by phone when the 7.1 magnitude Ridgecrest earthquake hit on July 5. She was in Diamond Bar, and we both felt the initial shock wave at about the same instant and the final shaking also at the same moment. I was laying on my couch in my mobile home, and, like for many of you, the motion felt like a boat tossed about on some big waves. The mobile home swayed back and forth in a crazy fashion. When the earthquake was over, I checked for damage and found none. The following morning, I met with some friends for breakfast, and one of them asked the rest of us if we carried survival kits in our cars. He has prepared well, with three days of supplies in each of his vehicles, and about three months of supplies at his home. I admitted that I had not

prepared any kits, and told him that in case of a significant disaster, my plan was to walk to his house and share from his bounty. Of course, I'd have to walk about 50 miles, providing there was a way to get there. A little impractical, so it made me think about the need to prepare, although I haven't started yet. Towards the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus took his disciples to the Mount of Olives to teach them. The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, records that the disciples asked Jesus what signs would indicate his coming again and the close of the age (vs. 3). He responded in part by saying, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places” (vs. 7), but added that, “All these are but the beginning of the birth pains” (vs. 8). Earth-

quakes, along with famines and wars, frequently occur all around the world. There is nothing unusual about these events. Yet they serve as reminders to us that we need to be prepared to meet Jesus face to face at any moment. We don’t need anyone to remind us that life is short and we are fragile as humans. Many people prepare for the end of their lives by creating wills and trusts, buying life insurance or long term care insurance, and making funeral preparations in advance. What’s infinitely more important is preparing for the next life. God has made some promises about the quality of life after death, but there are also some conditions to enter into that new dimension in his presence. Just like I need to prepare in advance for a disaster, I hope you’ll make careful preparations for spending eternity with God.

Views on clergy vary by age, education, religious identity ASSOCIATED PRESS


mericans’ age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows. The survey released Monday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that among all Americans who identify with a specific religion, about 8 in 10 say their faith should allow women and divorced people to be clergy members and just over half say the same about gay men. Here are some of the poll’s findings: ON ACCEPTING GAY MEN AS CLERGY MEMBERS • 44% of Americans ages 60 or over who affiliate with a religion think their faith should allow a gay man to become a clergy member, compared with 54% of those ages 45 through 59 and nearly two-thirds of

those under age 45. • Nearly two-thirds of those with a college degree say a gay man should be able to become clergy in their faith, compared with 50% of those without a college degree. • About a third of evangelical Protestants think a gay man should be accepted as a clergy member in their faith, compared with about twice as many Catholics and mainline Protestants. ON THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN AND DIVORCED PEOPLE • At least three-quarters of evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics think a woman should be able to become a clergy member in their respective faiths. • Majorities across religious groups think someone who is divorced should be able to be ordained. Catholics, however, are slightly less likely than Protestants to find it acceptable. ON SUPPORT FOR THE SOCIAL VIEWS OF CLERGY • About half of Americans

identifying with a religion say their faith should allow clergy members who believe that abortion should be legal, that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry or that sex before marriage is morally acceptable. • Religious Americans ages 60 or older are less likely than those younger to think clergy in their faith can include someone who believes sex before marriage is morally acceptable, 43% versus 59%, or someone who believes same-sex marriage should be legal, 38% versus 60%. • 35% of older religious Americans support their faith ordaining someone who thinks abortion should be legal, compared with 54% of those younger. • Majorities of those who attend church monthly or less often think their faith should allow clergy members who believe that abortion should be legal, that same-sex marriage should be legal or that sex before marriage should be accepted. About a third of those who attend religious services at least twice a month think the same.

BIBLE TRIVIA 1. Is the book of Zechariah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Numbers 21:6, what repul- sive creatures bit the Israelites in the wilderness? Scorpions, Fiery ser- pents, Vipers, Ravens 3. Before the Tower of Babel how many languages were in the world? 1, 2, 3, 4 4. From Matthew 7:7, Jesus said that we should seek, knock and do what? Adorn, Ask, Try, Inspire 5. What book’s last verse is, “Remember me, O my God, for good”? Genesis, Matthew, Nehemiah, Hebrews 6. From Genesis 5:5, how old was Adam when he died? 50, 180, 400, 930


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William Alfred Kern June 6, 1933 - May 24, 2019 Widely admired physician and surgeon, William A. Kern, M.D, F.A.C.S. died May 24 at his home in Hemet, CA. Elena, his wife of 24 years, loving friend and caregiver, Jessica Martinez, and his beloved cat, Piper, were at his side. The cause of death was complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Kern was a graduate of Penn State University, and received his doctorate degree from Temple Medical School, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Kern was a proud member of the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in Germany with the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, and in Vietnam with the 24th Evacuation Hospital as the Chief Ophthalmic Adviser to the U.S. Surgeon General: 1967-68. He was awarded The Bronze Star during Tet Offensive. He was a founding partner of Hemet Eye Medical and Surgical Center in Hemet, CA. along with the late C. Peter Stiny, M.D. and Jerry Gilbert, M.D. Specializing in glaucoma and cataracts, Dr. Kern was a pioneer in intraocular lens transplant cataract surgery, and was a staff member of Hemet Hospital for over 42 years. He was also Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Loma Linda School of Medicine and University of California School of Medicine. Bill was an Eagle Scout, troop leader, member of the National Board of Boy Scouts of America, and avid collector of Boy Scout memorabilia. Bill was also a 32nd Degree Master Mason and life member of Al Malaikah, Lodge 338, Hemet, CA for over 50 years. Bill was the son of the late Bert. B. Kern and Elda McCormick. He is survived by his wife, Elena, former wife, Valeria Kern, and three children, William A. Kern, Jr. (Eileen), Victoria Black (Lee), Howard E. Kern (Monica), sister, Nancy Bowser (David) and eight grandchildren: Brittney, Veronica, Felicity, William A. Kern, III ( BT ), Brandon, Benjamin, Melissa and Emily. A graveside service will be at 2:00 PM on Friday July 19, 2019 at Riverside National Cemetery located at 22495 Van Buren Boulevard Riverside, California 92518. The memorial service will be at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Miller-Jones Hemet Mortuary, 1501 W Florida Ave , Hemet, California. A reception will be at 4:00 PM at Golden Era Golf Club, 19871 Gilman Springs Road, San Jacinto Ca 92583. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Deputies find Southern California home filled with cats

Authorities making a welfare check at a Southern California home discovered it was filled with cats. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says deputies arriving at the residence in Moreno Valley on Monday smelled a foul odor and thought there might be a dead person inside. Instead, they found approximately 100 cats and two dogs, which were removed by animal control authorities. Eighteen of the cats were either deceased or had to be euthanized. A 44-year-old woman was arrested for investigation of animal cruelty. A Sheriff’s Department statement says the matter remains under investigation. AP Briefs


Blaze Consumes Doublewide Mobile Home in Aguanga

- A fire erupted on 07/11/2019 in a doublewide mobile home in Aguanga, tearing through the residence before crews gained the upper hand. The non-injury blaze was reported at 12:40 p.m. in the 46100 block of Palomino Road, near Buckhorn Road, just south of Highway 79, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered flames raging inside the structure, from which the occupants escaped unharmed. Air tankers and water-dropping helicopters from Hemet-Ryan Airport were also summoned over concerns that the fire might spread to surrounding vegetation. However, the blaze was confined to the mobile home, and the air resources returned to base, according to reports from the scene. The blaze was contained shortly after 1 p.m. It was not immediately clear what triggered the fire. City News Service


Temecula Man Goes Missing After Night of Gambling at Pechanga Casino - A 47-year-old Temecula Realtor went missing after leaving the Pechanga Resort Casino earlier this week, and concerns about his well-being are mounting, prompting authorities today to ask anyone who might know his whereabouts to contact law enforcement. Richard Tyrrell was last seen in the predawn hours Monday, when he left the casino after phoning his girlfriend to tell her he had won some money, according to published reports. Tyrrell reportedly wanted to enjoy a night out at Pechanga to relieve his ongoing stress over his brother's terminal illness. According to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Wilfredo Collazo, the missing man apparently got a ride via Uber or Lyft and headed toward Los Angeles, but it was unclear exactly where he was dropped off after entering L.A. County. Tyrrell's girlfriend and business partner, Marcy Sattelmaier, who reported him missing Monday afternoon, told NBC4 that his bank accounts had been emptied, raising the prospect of foul play. However, Collazo said the case is still being investigated as a missing person, and Pechanga public safety officials and sheriff's detectives are ``pursuing all leads'' to narrow down where Tyrrell might be. The missing man is white, about 6 feet tall and 225 pounds, bald with green eyes. There was no word on what he was last wearing. Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff's Temecula station at 951696-3000. City News Service



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H. Ross Perot rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty to become a self-made billionaire who twice ran for president with a mixture of folksy sayings and simple solutions to America’s problems. His 19% of the vote in 1992 stands among the best showings by an independent candidate in the past century. Perot died of leukemia early Tuesday at his home in Dallas surrounded by his family, family spokesman James Fuller said. He was 89. As a boy in Texarkana, Texas, Perot delivered newspapers from the back of a pony. He earned his billions in a more modern way, however. After attending the U.S. Naval Academy and becoming a salesman for IBM, he set out on his own — creating and building Electronic Data Systems Corp., which helped other companies manage their computer networks. Yet the most famous event in his business career didn’t involve sales and earnings; he financed a private commando raid in 1979 to free two EDS employees who were being held in a prison in Iran. The tale was turned into a book and a movie. Perot first became known to Americans outside of business circles by claiming that the U.S. government left behind hundreds of American soldiers who were missing or imprisoned at the end of the Vietnam War. Perot fanned the issue at home and discussed it privately with Vietnamese officials in the 1980s, angering the Reagan administration, which was formally negotiating with Vietnam’s government. Looking out for the health care needs of veterans became a longtime concern of Perot. Perot’s wealth, fame and confident prescription for the nation’s economic ills propelled his 1992 campaign against President

George H.W. Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton. Perot briefly led in public opinion polls that summer, but stunningly he pulled out of the race, saying he did so to stop a Republican plot to sabotage his daughter’s wedding. He eventually re-entered the race, but his reputation had suffered. Critics said he had a penchant for embracing conspiracy theories. His poll numbers faded from a peak of nearly 40%, and he finished third. Still, Perot recorded the highest percentage for an independent or third-party candidate since President Theodore Roosevelt’s second-place showing in 1912. Some Republicans blamed Perot for causing Bush’s defeat by splitting the anti-Clinton vote, although exit polls were inconclusive. During the campaign, Perot spent $63.5 million of his own money. He bought 30-minute television spots during which he used charts and graphs to make his points, summarizing them with a line that became a national catch phrase: “It’s just that simple.” Perot’s second campaign four years later was far less successful. He was shut out of presidential debates when organizers said he lacked sufficient support. He got just 8% of the vote, and the Reform Party that he founded and hoped to build into a national political force began to fall apart. However, Perot’s ideas on trade and deficit reduction remained part of the political landscape. He blamed both major parties for running up a huge federal budget deficit and allowing American jobs to be sent to other countries. The movement of U.S. jobs to Mexico, he said, created a “giant sucking sound.” Perot continued to speak out about federal spending for many years. In 2008, he launched a website to highlight the nation’s debt with a ticker that tracked the rising total, a blog and a chart presentation. Henry Ross Perot was born in Texarkana on June 27, 1930. His father was a cotton broker; his mother a secretary. Perot said his family survived the Depression relatively well through hard work and by managing their money carefully. Young Perot’s first job was delivering newspapers in a poor, mostly black part of town from his pony, Miss Bee. He said when the newspaper tried to cut his commission, he complained to the publisher — and won. He said he learned to take problems straight to the top.

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Have your cake and eat it too ANDREW F. KOTYUK | CONTRIBUTED


o many times, I heard this in my house and scratched my head. It didn’t make sense to me at the time. On my birthday I would receive a cake and then I would eat it. I have it; I eat it. Well, of course, that is not what the figure of speech means, right. It means if you eat the cake, you won’t have it anymore. It’s gone. This lesson in life is valuable with savings. You can’t spend your dollars and have them. There are many corporate retirement plans which our Firm manages. Educating employees on the ins and outs is a priority to us. After all, the cost of living is going to keep on increasing and what social security or pension benefits cover seems to be less and less. Pension plans used to be the norm where one would work for a company for decades and then in retirement the pension would pay them monthly until the end. This all changed over the last thirty years. Yes, there are still pensions out there, but they are becoming extinct. Popular plans nowadays are represented by numbers. There are the 401K, the 457, 403 and many others. Employees who are called participants in these plans are in charge of their destiny. If you want a pension (the new form), you have to save yourself out of your paycheck. How much? Your decision. What is it invested in? Your decision. You are in charge, not Charles. You see, pensions were fine when the average longevity of mankind was the mid-sixties. They could afford to pay an employee for that amount of time. Once advances in medicine and science occurred, pushing the average age to the eighties, the capability for these companies to pay a retiree for another twenty years disintegrated. Thus, we have a new model, save for yourself. So, you all need to become savvier in your employer’s retirement plan. It is worth the cake. What I mean by that is that most employers offer cake to employees to save for retirement. Most that do this see it as a benefit to attract and retain their employees. Pay attention; it is called a “match.” The employer matches how much you save with certain limitations. There are two common types. They both amount to the same but have different formulas on how you get there. The first one is referred to as a fifty percent (50%) match. For every one percent (1%) of your wages, you save they match it by fifty percent (50%). You put a dollar in; they put fifty cents. The limit is typically up to six per-

cent of your wages. You wind up contributing six percent, and their match is three percent. Now, the other typical plan is called a dollar for dollar match. For every one percent (1%) of your wages, they match it with one percent (1%.) You put a dollar in; they put a dollar in. The maximum here is usually three percent. You put three; they put three. So, both plans have your work putting an extra three percent (3%) of your pay in the retirement plan. It is literally an instant raise. As your pay goes up, so does this! Where else do you double your money without any risk? Actually, it winds up to be even better than that after you invest it. The longer you can do that for the better. Now, when you change your contribution limits, go to six percent at least. I get it. This seems like a lot. What you don’t realize is that what you save is also from not paying taxes. For each dollar that you earn you pay taxes. Let’s say fifteen percent (15%.) So, after everything you walk away with eightyfive cents ($0.85.) If you reroute those dollars into your retirement account, you keep the fifteen cents ($0.15) by not having to pay taxes. This is why it is called tax-deferred or pre-tax. You may be in a higher tax bracket, which means the savings are even more significant that you get to eat in your retirement. Log-in to your retirement account, understand what the match is to get your cake and then check up on what percentage you are contributing. At least max this out to get the free match, and I urge you to do more. I must disclose some employers do not match. It won’t hurt as much as you think since it’s before your deductions. Be happy; you can have your cake and eat it too. Andrew F. Kotyuk, CIMA* is CEO and Principal of Alpha Wealth Management LLC, send questions or comments to afkotyuk@



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“Oh, I miss the good old days!” MUHAMMAD NAEEM | CONTRIBUTED


ou must have heard this from more than one person, who loves to reminisce about his or her younger days when things used to be much better, when life was much simpler, and probably when you got more for the buck than you do these days. Mostly covered in a dense sheath of nostalgia and probably super exaggerated by fading memories, this sentiment is universal. But is this sentiment grounded in any form of reality? Is there something to the “good old days” or is it just hogwash from people who refuse to acclimate to the changing world? I don’t think good old days were that good, or any good, to be honest. Despite our colorful recollections, there is no way the very same persons who tout the past so valiantly, would want to go back in time and live through the very same “good old days,” even though they feel that life was much better then. Let’s look at a few examples of how the “now” is so vastly better than the “good old days.” We have so

many better ways of communicating from around our neighborhoods across the world. Obviously, the smartphone has become so much part of our existence that we can’t ever live without it. The internet has changed every aspect of our lives, and it is impossible to live without it. I can’t imagine life without my computer, and I had lived through years before anyone even imagined such a thing as a computer. Leaving technology aside, how about all the advancements in medicine. I don’t think we want to be part of a world where we don’t have the barest medicines that we now take for granted, like headache medicine, flu medicine, allergy pills, and all the other more advanced prescription-based pharmaceuticals. Would anyone want to be part of the world where we have no airplanes, despite all the rhetoric from the so-called “progressive socialist democrats”? I can’t imagine giving up air travel for trains—even if we are talking about bullet trains—or worst, horses. I can travel across the world in less time than it used to take just to go to the next c o u n t y ( t h a t ’s

c.o.u.n.t.y. and not country, in case you are reading too fast). One can come up with one thousand and one other similar examples of how life is so much better nowadays than it used to be in the good old days. Grandpa can shut the hell up, and that grandpa may just very well be me, in case my kids have been unable to take advantage of so many advancements in the birth control side of things. LOL. There is one thing, though, where I would concede and where I genuinely believe that the good old days were much better. It has to do with people’s character. In the good old days, people used to have—now, don’t get scared when I use the word—INTEGRITY. People had more intelligence. We could discuss a point of contention with others, give our side of the argument, and smart thinking would prevail. Logic would win the day. “Point well-taken” or “I see your point,” both were as common phrases as “good old days.” The truth was absolute, not what I want it to be and how I want it to appear. These days, it is not who is right and who is wrong. It is who can make the most noise. If I am in the wrong, but I make enough noise through social media, through verbal assault, or just through shouting long and hard to drown the other person’s voice, and I record it on my smartphone and upload it to go viral, I win the argument. People have no integrity in general. Being a liar has no stigma attached to it as it used to in the good old days. Some would call this “Trump Ef-

fect,” but I disagree. This is how people really are, and they would be this way irrespective of Trump. Many actually live for the thrill of shouting others down just to brag to their narrow circle about the underhanded way they won. The very same internet that brought us so many good things, like being able to pay my bill right before my lights were cut, has also brought us so many bad things. I am not even referring to the Russian manipulation of our elections. They really didn’t do anything superb. They only succeeded because a lot of people who use the internet are genuine, foolish. And that is the main difference between now and the good old days. In the good old days, people used their brains. They did their own thinking. They questioned anything that seemed too good to be true or seemed too farfetched. Now, people just read the headline, and they feel they have a full grasp of the subject. Then they react! Oh, how they react! With the mentality of a bull that only wants to demolish his opponent. Everyone is right, and there is no understanding of the counterpoint. Not to mention the ultimate ill of social media, this larger than life sense of entitlement. In our small world of a few friends, we feel so entitled to whatever it is that we desire, that achieving it at all cost is the only way to give meaning to our lives. Oh, I miss the good old days. :-(


Project Gilman Springs Road / Incomplete



ccording to the Riverside County Transportation Department, the safety improvement project of the Gilman Springs Road corridor, four of the six phases designed to significantly reduce the number of accidents on this highway have been completed at an accumulated cost of approximately $10.5 million dollars. PHASE 1 completed, consisting in pavement rehabilitation of 1500 feet south of State Route 79 to Soboba Road was completed in June 2013 at a cost of $2.4 million dollars. Improvements made were pavement grinding and overlay, rolled curb, median curb, and safety enhancements, including centerline rumble strips between Soboba Road and State Route 79, and median delineators and rumble strips across the westbound lanes west of Soboba Road. PHASE 2 completed, consisting in roadway improvements of 1500 feet south of State Route 60 to 1.7 miles south of Alessandro Blvd. completed in December 2013 at a cost of $6.3 million dollars. Improvements made were pavement rehabilitation, shoulder widening and realignment of several curves, construction of a left turn pocket at the intersection of Gilman Springs Road and Alessandro Blvd., construction of a southbound passing lane starting southerly of Alessandro Blvd. A portion of the project was done in cooperation with the City of Moreno Valley. PHASE 3 completed, consisting in curve alignment of 1000 feet North of Sublette Rd. (west) to Sublette Rd. (east) completed in December 2016 at a cost of $3.2 million dollars. Improvements made were new asphalt pavement, removal of old asphalt pavement (old alignment), roadway signs and markings, reflective pavement markers, and centerline rumble stripe, traffic signal improvements at the intersections of Gilman Springs

Rd. (State St.) & Soboba Rd. PHASE 4A pending, consisting in shoulder widening & striped median, 1.7 miles south of Alessandro Blvd., to 1 mile south of Bridge St., construction start date TBD and project cost TBD. Proposed improvements: pavement widening to accommodate painted median with centerline rumble stripes, widening the paved shoulder, dirt shoulder and slope grading, and extending existing drainage facilities. PHASE 4B pending, consisting in shoulder widening & striped median 1 mile south of Bridge St., to State Route 79, construction start date TBD and project cost TBD. Proposed improvements: pavement widening to accommodate painted median with centerline rumble stripes, widening the paved shoulder, dirt shoulder and slope grading, and extending existing drainage facilities. PHASE 5 completed, consisting in traffic signal improvements on State Route 79 to 1500 feet south of State Route 79, completed in November 2018 at a cost of $945.000. Proposed improvements: pavement widening to accommodate 2 through lanes of travel in each direction between the on/off ramps, resurfacing from northbound ramps to 1500 feet south of SR-79, and traffic signal installation for northbound on and off ramps. PHASE 6 pending, consisting in passing lane in segments between Jack Rabbit Trail and State Route 79, construction start date TBD and project cost TBD. Proposed improvements: construction of a North and Southbound passing lane between Jack Rabbit Trail and Bridge Street and a northbound passing lane between Bridge St. and SR-79. For the time being, Gilman Springs Road is on the list of most dangerous highways in all of California. Hopefully the completed phases of this rehabilitation project have made it safer than before (only those that drive regularly on this road know) and that proposed improvements once completed will significantly enhance road safety for all those commuters and travelers who need to use this artery on a regular basis.


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Uber offers riders more legroom, less chatting at a price CATHY BUSSEWITZ | AP


ber passengers can now get a more spacious ride and a less talkative driver — if they’re willing to shell out a few extra dollars. The ride-hailing giant launched “comfort” rides in dozens of cities Tuesday. Riders are guaranteed 36 inches of legroom in “newer” cars — meaning those that are under five years old — and they can request a preferred air temperature. Riders can also use the app to tell drivers they don’t want to chat, avoiding what some consider an awkward exchange. Uber is responding to requests from business travelers and others who say they just want to work or rest quietly when they’re on their way to the airport. “It’s a way to set up an expectation up takes some guess work out of the process,” said Aydin Ghajar, senior product manager at Uber. In the early days of ride-hailing, when drivers for Uber and its main U.S. rival Lyft began picking up riders in their personal cars, riders were often chatty, asking the drivers lots of questions. “It was so new and innovative that a lot of people were curious about other things they (drivers) did,” said Harry Campbell, founder of The Rideshare Guy, a blog and online community for drivers. “Over the years, it’s gotten more transactional.”


UBER: Passengers can now have a ride with less talkative driver if they’re willing to pay a few extra dollars. | Courtesy Photo Uber rolled out a “quiet mode” for Uber Black — its premium car service — in May, which left some drivers feeling like robots. “Some drivers like it, they don’t want to have to look at social cues,” Campbell said. “Other drivers feel that it’s a little dehumanizing...I do feel like in our society, everything is turning into an app, and we’re losing the lost art of conversation.” Comfort rides cost 20% to 40% more for time and distance charges than standard Uber X rides. The move could help Uber boost revenue, which could nudge the company

closer to profitability. “I think it would help maybe to boost those numbers up a little bit and maybe give some of the analysts on Wall Street something more to hang their hat on to remain bullish on the stock, based on the fact that the company still is not profitable,” said Daniel Morgan, vice president of Synovus Trust Company. Uber has yet to turn a profit and lost $1 billion in the first quarter of 2019. Executives have said it could take years to make money. It’s unknown whether the benefits of-

See UBER on page B6

way the Ford Model T had in the U.S. Aspects of the car bore similarities to the Tatra T97, made in Czechoslovakia in 1937, and to sketches by Hungarian engineer Bela Barenyi published in 1934. Mass production of what was called the KdF-Wagen, based on the acronym of the Nazi labor organization under whose auspices it was to be sold, was cancelled due to World War II. Instead, the massive new plant in what was then countryside east of Hanover turned out military vehicles, using forced laborers from all over Europe under miserable conditions. Re-launched as a civilian carmaker under supervision of the British occupation authorities, the Volkswagen factory was transferred in 1949 to the Germany government and the state of Lower Saxony, which still owns part of the company. By 1955, the millionth Beetle — officially called the Type 1 — had rolled off the assembly line in what was now the town of Wolfsburg. The United States became Volkswagen’s most important foreign market, peaking at 563,522 cars in 1968, or 40% of production. Unconventional, sometimes humorous ad-

vertising from agency Doyle Dane Bernbach urged car buyers to “Think small.” “Unlike in West Germany, where its low price, quality and durability stood for a new postwar normality, in the United States the Beetle’s characteristics lent it a profoundly unconventional air in a car culture dominated by size and showmanship,” wrote Bernhard Rieger in his 2013 history, “The People’s Car.” Production at Wolfsburg ended in 1978 as newer front drive models like the Golf took over. But the Beetle wasn’t dead yet. Production went on in Mexico from 1967 until 2003 — longer than the car had been made in Germany. Nicknamed the “vochito,” the car made itself at home as a rugged, Mexican-made “carro del pueblo.” The New Beetle — a completely retro version build on a modified Golf platform — resurrected some of the old Beetle’s cute, unconventional aura in 1998 under CEO Ferdinand Piech, Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson. In 2012, the Beetle’s design was made a bit sleeker. The end of the Beetle comes at a turning

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VOLKSWAGEN: Nicknamed the “vochito,” the car made itself at home as rugged, Mexican-made “carro del pueblo.” | Courtesy Photo

PEROT from B1

From Texarkana, Perot went to the U.S. Naval Academy even though he had never been on a ship or seen the ocean. After the Navy, Perot joined International Business Machines in 1955 and quickly became a top salesman. In his last year at IBM, he filled his sales quota for the year in January. In 1962, with $1,000 from his wife, Margot, Perot founded Electronic Data Systems. Hardware accounted for about 80% of the computer business, Perot said, and IBM wasn’t interested in the other 20%, including services. Many of the early hires at EDS were former military men, and they had to abide by Perot’s strict dress code — white shirts, ties, no beards or mustaches — and long workdays. Many wore crewcuts like Perot. The company’s big break came in the mid-1960s when the feder-

Family of shark victim says company offered little help


From Nazis to hippies: End of the road for Volkswagen Beetle olkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938. It has been: a part of Germany’s darkest hours as a never-realized Nazi prestige project. A symbol of Germany’s postwar economic renaissance and rising middle-class prosperity. An example of globalization, sold and recognized all over the world. An emblem of the 1960s counterculture in the United States. Above all, the car remains a landmark in design, as recognizable as the Coca-Cola bottle. The car’s original design — a rounded silhouette with seating for four or five, nearly vertical windshield and the air-cooled engine in the rear — can be traced back to Austrian engineer Ferdinand Porsche, who was hired to fulfill Adolf Hitler’s project for a “people’s car” that would spread auto ownership the






al government created Medicare and Medicaid, the health programs for seniors, the disabled and the poor. States needed help in running the programs, and EDS won contracts — starting in Texas — to handle the millions of claims. EDS first sold stock to the public in 1968, and overnight, Perot was worth $350 million. His fortune doubled and tripled as the stock price rose steadily. In 1984, he sold control of the company to General Motors Corp. for $2.5 billion and received $700 million in a buyout. In 2008, EDS was sold to Hewlett-Packard Co. Perot went on to establish another computer-services company, Perot Systems Corp. He retired as CEO in 2000 and was succeeded by his son, Ross Perot Jr. In 2009, Dell Inc. bought Perot Systems. In September 2011, Forbes magazine estimated Perot’s wealth at $3.5 billion and ranked him No. 91 on its list of richest Americans. Perot was not immune to mis-

takes in business, however. His biggest might have been a 1971 investment in duPont Glore Forgan, then one of the biggest brokerage houses on Wall Street. The administration of President Richard Nixon asked Perot to save the company to head off an investor panic, and he also poured money into another troubled brokerage, Walston & Co., but wound up losing much of his $100 million investment. It was during the Nixon administration that Perot became involved in the issue of U.S. prisoners of war in Southeast Asia. Perot said Secretary of State Henry Kissinger asked him to lead a campaign to improve treatment of POWs held in North Vietnam. Perot chartered two jets to fly medical supplies and the wives of POWs to Southeast Asia. They were not allowed into North Vietnam, but the trip attracted enormous media attention. After their release in 1973, some prisoners said conditions in

he family of a California woman killed in a shark attack while snorkeling in the Bahamas says the tour company did nothing to rescue her and staff lacked even a basic first aid kit. In a statement Tuesday, relatives of 21-year-old Jordan Lindsey called on tour companies to change their safety protocols and tourists to be more aware to “ensure a tragedy like this does not happen again.” “We would not be able to live with ourselves if we didn’t speak out and later hear that another family suffered the same devastating loss,” the statement said. Lindsey, a student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, was on vacation with her family when she was attacked inside a roped-off snorkeling area during a day excursion to Rose Island on June 26, the statement said. Lindsey and her mother, Kami, were a good distance away from other snorkelers, and there were no guides or staff members from the tour company, Sandy Toes, in the water with the tour group, the statement said. To the family’s knowledge, nobody saw a shark until the attack, according to the statement. Kami Lindsey said she swam to her wounded daughter and thought a boat would come to take them from the water. But it didn’t appear, she said. Two staff members who were on a hill told the pair to swim toward them “but a shark came between them and again attacked,” she said in the family statement. She dragged Jordan to shore, where staff members pulled them out of the water. “There was no medical attention provided to Jordan,” the statement said. “They had no first aid kit — no basic supplies for any type of injury. It felt like a lifetime as they waited for a boat to arrive.” A small boat finally arrived, but it lacked any medical or emergency supplies. A towel was used to cover Jordan’s injured legs, the family said. Jordan was pronounced dead at a hospital in Nassau. Other family members hadn’t gone snorkeling, and the statement said Sandy Toes never notified them of the attack. “They overheard conversations from others that had been snorkeling and when they noticed people crying, realized the severity of what had happened and soon after, concluded that it was their precious Jordan who the snorkelers were crying for,” the statement said. The family said tour operations should be required in future to include someone whose job is to spot snorkelers in trouble and watch for predators. The family also wants companies to have clear plans in place for any emergency, to carry medical supplies aboard all tour boats and to require first-aid training for all staff. An email to Sandy Toes seeking comment was not immediately returned. Their website is still taking reservations for Rose Island tours.

the camps had improved after the failed missions. In 1979, the Iranian government jailed two EDS executives and Perot vowed to win their release. “Ross came to the prison one day and said, ‘We’re going to get you out,’” one of the men, Paul Chiapparone, told The Associated Press. “How many CEOs would do that today?” Perot recruited retired U.S. Army Special Forces Col. Arthur “Bull” Simons to lead a commando raid on the prison. A few days later, the EDS executives walked free after the shah’s regime fell and mobs stormed the prison. Simons’ men sneaked the executives out of the country and into Turkey. The adventure was recalled in Ken Follett’s best-selling book “On Wings of Eagles” and a TV miniseries. In later years, Perot pushed the Veterans Affairs Department to study neurological causes of Gulf War syndrome, a mysterious ill-

ness reported by many soldiers who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf war. He scoffed at officials who blamed the illnesses on stress — “as if they are wimps” — and paid for additional research. Perot received a special award from the VA for his support of veterans and the military in 2009. In Texas, Perot led commissions on education reform and crime. He was given many honorary degrees and awards for business success and patriotism. While he worked at Perot Systems in suburban Dallas, entire hallways were filled with memorabilia from soldiers and POWs that Perot had helped. His personal office was dominated by large paintings of his wife and five children and bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington. Several original Norman Rockwell paintings hung in the waiting area. Perot told a visiting reporter that he tried to live by Rockwell’s ethics of hard, honest work and family.



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Local Skateboarders Need An Outlet KYLE HEADLEE | STAFF WRITER


kateboarding exploded in the late 1970s with the Dogtown Z Boys, it’s popularity grew into the next decade, and Rodney Mullen’s insane skate style stunned the world. In the decade of 90s, Tony Hawk blessed us with the first-ever 900 (2.5 rotations of the skateboard and rider). In the early 2000s, Kareem Campell gave us his famous “Ghetto Bird”(trick he created and is best known for). In 2010 was the Ryan Sheckler craze and now it’s all about Nyjah Houston. Skateboarding has been around for almost two generations (nearly 60 years). That means the kids who are skating today, may have grandparents who helped pioneer the sport back in the ‘70s. It would be easy to think that skaters were more accepted amongst our city, but instead, they are quite the opposite. They are more alienated than ever, automatically being accused of being troublemakers and misfits. For sure, a considerable amount of people can think back and remember what it was like to be 13/14 years old jumping on their skateboards with their friends and taking off for hours. The freedom of the wind blowing through their faces while they were bombing the most prominent hill they could find. That moment when gravity was no longer a law as your board flipped underneath your feet. As adults, we should think back to the feelings that it gave us and embrace it for our youth. Unlike Basketball, Baseball, or Football, there aren’t designated places for these kids to do what they love, so they find/create their own areas. This often leads to them being chased away by business owners, security guards, or other kinds of authority. Many times these kids are harassed and bullied by these authority figures, and it has helped create the image of “Rebellious Punk Skater.” I remember one time I was with my two best friends and we were going to the movies. None of us were old enough to drive, but we had our boards. When we got to the theater we were about an hour and a half too early, so we bought our tickets, went off to the side, and sat down on our skateboards. We weren’t bothering anyone, vandalizing the property, or even riding. We were just sitting there. An older lady came up to us and told us, we better leave because



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she called the cops. We all looked at each other confused, wondering what we did wrong. Sure enough, the police came and asked us to leave the property. We refused, knowing that we didn’t do anything wrong. It was not until the theater manager came out and vouched for us that the police left us alone. This is an example of how the skaters are automatically portrayed as the bad guys and a reason why this generation needs designated areas to express themselves with the sport that they love. Not just a church that sets up a couple of half-pipes. A poorly put together box set. Or some random kickers, but an actual designated area for them to be themselves. The next time you see a group of kids skating outside, go talk to them. Offer them some water and give them a chance. You might be surprised what amazing human beings lay behind the boards. Lately, I have read that the talks of potentially adding a skatepark to the Hemet & San Jacinto area have slowed down and I think it’s something that needs to be taken seriously. Temecula and Menifee both made it a point to create plenty of spots for local skaters, and in return, they have seen crime rates drop amongst that group, vandalism drop, and fewer skaters going to illegal places. If you would like to help make a difference email me at VCsportsKyle@gmail. com. Let’s help these kids express themselves. er it and it’s not that much more comfortable, then it’s like well, I’m not really going to pay up for it.” Uber declined to provide an average age for its drivers’ cars, and said age requirements for vehicles vary by city. Uber’s smaller rival Lyft offers “Lyft Lux” rides, which are in high-end sedans or SUVs with leather seats and more legroom. Lux cars are driven by drivers with a 4.85-star rating or above, and cost more than a standard Lyft ride or the company’s less-expensive Shared ride. But riders do not have the option

of requesting a quiet, conversation-free ride. Uber already has some premium products that cost more than the basic Uber X. For example, Uber Black includes high-end cars driven by professional drivers and offers a “quiet mode.” Families or groups of six can choose Uber XL to get a van or SUV. Uber Select connects riders with highly rated drivers. On the other end of the spectrum, Uber Pool is the cheapest option, but riders have to share the car with passengers going to other destinations. Uber says its Uber Black

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Paintball Park headed to the San Jacinto Valley

San Jacinto Hosts July 4th Parade and Festival

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New season of concerts at HHT

Each concert in the series will have a limited number of VIP Season Tickets available SUSAN CARRIER | CONTRIBUTED

Last Saturday night, another sellout crowd was on hand at the Historic Hemet Theatre for the heavy metal Tribute to Led Zeppelin, featuring Led Zepagain. Lead singer Swan Montgomery and the band performed a flawless show, sending fans into waves of frenzy with each classic Zeppelin song. However, right before the show began, the audience was on the edge of their seats when we gave the announcement for the new season of concerts that will begin in late August.

Season Three of the TRIBUTE MANIA Concert Series will include: • Saturday, August 31st - Tribute to Madonna, featuring Blonde Ambition • Saturday, September 14th - Tribute to The Beach Boys, featuring Surf ’s Up • Saturday, September 28th - Tribute to The Eagles, featuring Desperado • Saturday, October 12th - Tribute to The Beatles, featuring Hard Day’s Night • Saturday, October 26th - Tribute to Buddy Holly & the Legends of Rock & Roll, with Not Fade Away • Saturday, November 23rd - Tribute to Huey Lewis & the News, with Heart of Rock & Roll • Saturday, November 2nd - Tribute to The Blues Brothers, featuring Fairchild Blues Tribute • Saturday, December 7th - Tribute to Styx, featuring Rockin’ The Paradise Each concert in the series will have a limited number of VIP Season Tickets available. Patrons can purchase tickets for four (or more) of the concerts in the series for just $20 per ticket and receive exclusive early seating 15 minutes prior to general admission seating. Season Tickets are only available at the Theatre Box Office. These select tickets are available while supplies last. Usually, we sell them all within three weeks of the announcement of the season. The remaining concert in Season Two are tributes to Aerosmith (7/20) and REO Speedwagon (8/3). We replaced The Tribute to Tom Petty scheduled for August, 17 with a Tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. Patrons holding tickets for the canceled show must contact the Ticket Office to arrange for an exchange or refund.

LED ZEPAGAIN: Swan Montgomery, Lead Singer for Led

Zepagain. | Photo courtesy of Susan Carrier




10 am - 4:45 pm: Fingerprints Youth Museum, 951-765-1223 10 am - 4 pm: Diamond Valley Lake, 951-765-9579 11 am - 3 pm: Hemet Museum 951-929-4409 11 am – 5 pm: Art at the Center, Diamond Valley Arts Gallery, 123 N. Harvard St.* 1 pm: Billy Bonkers Magic Show, Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave.* 8 pm: Ramona Bowl Concert under the Stars, with Desert Soul, 951-658-3111* FRIDAY, JULY 12

10 am - 4 pm: Diamond Valley Lake, 951-765-9579 11 am - 3 pm: Hemet Museum, 951-929-4409 11 am - 4 pm: San Jacinto Valley Museum, 951-654-4952 11 am - 4 pm: Estudillo Park Water Conservation Education Garden, 951-694-4952


Tickets for Tribute Mania and Friday Nite Live shows are $22 presale / $25 day of show. Showtime is 7:00 pm, with doors open at 6:15 pm. Information on all theatre events is available at www. or by calling the ticket office, (951) 6585950.

The country music Friday Nite Live Series continues with:



• A Tribute to Tim McGraw, featuring Vegas McGraw (July, 12). • Young Guns of Country - Tribute to the Superstars of Country Music (August, 23) • Tribute to Brooks & Dunn featuring Neon Circus (September, 20) • Tribute to Roy Orbison with Neil Marrow (October, 4) • Tribute to Reba McEntire featuring Corrie Sachs (November, 8) • Tribute to Keith Urban by Urban Skies (December, 13).

11 am - 5 pm: Fingerprints Youth Museum, 951-765-1223 11 am – 5 pm: Art at the Center, Diamond Valley Arts Gallery, 123 N. Harvard St.* 1:30 pm: Widowed Persons Activities Club, 305 E. Devonshire Ave., 951-658-8657* Dusk: Movie in the Park, Valle Vista Community Center, 951927-6673* 7 pm: Tribute to Tim McGraw, Historic Hemet Theatre, 951-6586673* SATURDAY, JULY 13


8 am - 1 pm: Hemet Farmers Market, Harvard St. 11 am - 4 pm: Estudillo Mansion, 951-927-7367 11 am - 4 p m: Estudillo Park Water Conservation Education Garden, 951-694-4952 11 am - 4 pm: San Jacinto Valley Museum, 951-654- 4952 11 am – 5 pm: Art at the Center, Diamond Valley Arts Gallery, 123 N. Harvard St.*

2 – 4 pm: Children’s Outer Space Crafts, Hemet Public Library, 951765-2440* 8 pm: Music @ the Center, Diamond Valley Arts Center, 951652-3822* SUNDAY, JULY 14 NATIONAL NUDE DAY

10 am - 4 pm: Diamond Valley Lake, 951-765-9579 10 am - 5 pm: Stepping out of the Past, Western Science Center, 951-791-0033 11 am - 3 pm: Hemet Museum, 951-929-4409 11 am - 4 pm: Estudillo Park Water Conservation Education Garden, 951-694-4952 11 am - 4 pm: San Jacinto Valley Museum, 951-654-4952 MONDAY, JULY 15




9 am - 11:45 am: Hemet Valley Knit Group, 951-330-1004 10 am – 12 pm: Hemet Senior Computer Club, VW Rec. Ctr., 43935 E. Acacia Ave.*



2 – 5 pm: Blood Drive, VW Recreation & Park Center, 305 E. Devonshire Ave., Hemet* 5 - 9 pm: Tacos & Karaoke w/ Steve Brooks, SJ American Legion, 312 E. Main St., SJ 6 pm: Mulan, Summer Youth Theatre, Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, 951-658-3111* 7 pm: HHT Classic Films, “Smallest Show on Earth, 1957” 951-658-5950 TUESDAY, JULY 16


10:15 am: Compulsive Eaters Anonymous, San Jacinto, 951537-8797 11 am: Valle Vista Community Center Water Play Day, 951-9276673* 11 am - 3 pm: Hemet Museum, 951-929-4409 11 am - 5 pm: Fingerprints Youth Museum, 951-765-1223 3 pm: HHT Classic Films, “Cat O’Nine Tails, 1971”, 951-658-5950

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San Jacinto Hosts July 4th Parade and Festival



5:30 – 9:30 pm: Bingo @the American Legion Post 53, 951-658-2436* 6:30: SJ City Council Meeting, SJ School Dist. Board Rm, 2045 S. SJ Ave.* WEDNESDAY, JULY 17


BAND: A huge crowd gathers to watch the musical performance. | Photo by Fidel Villalobos III

2019 Independence Day Parade and Street Festival FIDEL VILLALOBOS III | STAFF WRITER


n Thursday, July 4th, our valley celebrated Independence Day together in San Jacinto. The city hosted the 2019 Independence Day Parade and Street Festival. The community celebrated The parade on Main Street, from Cabos Los Banos to Jordan Avenue. The street festival, also on Main Street, was held between Jordan Avenue and San Jacinto Avenue. The parade featured dozens of local townspeople who consistently help our community in positive ways. Also there, to celebrate at the festival, was the famous band Midnight Ride, as well as the Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps, from Riverside. The parade began at 9:00 a.m. and the street festival followed at 10:30 a.m. However, the citizens wasted no time in enjoying the festivities. Food vendors kept the crowds satisfied with delicious food. Children had lots to do, as there

POLICE CAR: San Jacinto PD showcased a classic 1949 Ford Business Coupe. | Photo by Fidel Villalobos III

was a bounce house, an easy-going mechanical bull, bubbles flying in the air, and even a stand where they could paint on canvas. The performance began before we knew it, as the Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps took their places. They are from Riverside, currently in the middle of the competitive season. They stopped by to perform for us, before continuing

See PARADE on page C5

11 am – 12 pm: Sun Gazing w/the Riverside Astronomical Society, 951765-2440* 11 am - 3 pm: Hemet Museum, 951929-4409 11 am - 5 pm: Fingerprints Youth Museum, 951-765-1 6:30 - 9:30 pm: Senior Dance, Rhonda & Showdown, Western Theme, Hemet West Clubhouse, $6.00. Kathy Perry, 951-692-0891* THURSDAY, JULY 18


8 am - 1 pm: SJ Farmer’s Market, Farmer’s Corner 11 am - 5 pm: Fingerprints Youth Museum, 951-765-1223 1 pm: Family Fun, Kids can Draw, Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave.* 2 pm: Valle Vista Summer Fun Dodge Ball, VV Community Center, 951-9276673* 8 pm: Concert under the Stars, with Como la Flor, Ramona Bowl, 951-6583111* FRIDAY, JULY 19


11 am - 3 pm: Hemet Museum, 951929-4409 11 am - 4 pm: San Jacinto Valley Museum, 951-654-4952 11 am - 5 pm: Fingerprints Youth Museum, 951-765-1223 6 – 9:30 pm: Dive in Movie, Christmas in July, VW Aquatic Center, 951929-0047* SATURDAY, JULY 20


10 am - 5 pm: Fingerprints Youth Museum, 951-765-1223 11 am – 12 pm: Space Rocks, Hemet


Public Library, 951-765-2440* 11 am - 3 pm: Hemet Museum, 951929-4409 11 am - 4 pm: Estudillo Mansion, 951-255-5598 11 am - 4 pm: San Jacinto Valley Museum, 951-654-4952 4 – 6 pm: Dutch-Indo Kumpulan, Hemet Elks Lodge, 951-925-1740* 6 – 9:30 pm: Dive-In Movie, Xmas in July, VW Aquatic Center, 951-9290047* 7 pm; Tribute to Aerosmith, Historic Hemet Theatre, 951-025-1740* 9 pm: Dinner & Karaoke w/Brian Bell, SJ Amer. Lgn. Post 848, 312 E, Main St., SJ SUNDAY, JULY 21


10 am - 4 pm: Diamond Valley Lake, 951-765-9579 10 am - 5 pm: Stepping out of the Past, Western Science Center, 951-7910033 11 am - 3 pm: Hemet Museum, 951929-4409 11 am - 4 pm: San Jacinto Valley Museum, 951-654-4952

LOOK FOR COMING EVENTS Tuesday, July 23 11 am: Summer Fun / Water Balloon Fight, VV Community Center, 951927-6673 Thursday, July 25 10 am: Summer Fun Bingo, VV Community Center, 951-927-6673 1 pm: Pacific Animal Productions, Hemet Public Library, 951-765-2440 8 pm: Concert under the Stars, Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, 951-6583111 Friday, July 26 thru July 28 Fri. 7:30 pm: Sat. & Sun: 2:30 pm: ‘Night, Mother’, Ramona Hillside Players, 951-658-5300 Saturday, July 27 7 pm: Music @ the Center, Dennis & Zach Caplinger, DVAC, 951-652-3822










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PAINTBALL: John Mansperger of San Jacinto tests out one of the themed fields this past Father’s Day. | Courtesy Photo


Paintball Park headed to the San Jacinto Valley CONNIE HALL | CONTRIBUTED

impressive portfolio of outdoor activities available in the San Jacinto Valley. The placement near the all-new Soboba Casino Resort Complex is a perfect fit, coupling lodging, entertainment, and a world-class 18 hole golf course.” #GoSanJacinto. The Backyard Paintball Team is comprised of longtime Valley residents; the Hall Family. Park management includes Connie Hall, principal, son David Hall, operations manager, and daughter in law, Kayla Hall, finance manager. The Hall’s have an extensive history of community service and event production in the San Jacinto Valley. David Hall, the course designer, and operations manager have over 20 years of paintball experience. This 2006 West Valley High School graduate spent his youth paintballing and working at Bryson Paintball in Downtown Hemet. Ron Bryson, the owner of Bryson Paintball, remembers David’s love for the sport by stating, “David will no doubt be successful in this new endeavor. He has excellent people skills and an eye for quality paintballing”. The grand opening will be announced in the coming weeks. Additional information can be found at www.BackyardPaintBallPark.Com, and, Facebook at


fter several months of building highly competitive paintball fields, the Soboba Flight Park’s Backyard Paintball Park is making final preparations for their grand opening a few weeks from now. Paintballing is regionally popular, and the new park will attract enthusiasts from the San Jacinto Valley, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and other outlying areas. Located on Soboba Road, the park is less than three miles North of Soboba Casino and Resort in the City of San Jacinto. Backyard Paintball Park will offer several mesh-netted themed courses inside the 10-acre complex which will include competitive military and bunker style courses. Rental marker packages, a proshop, snack bar, and other amenities will also be on site. Tournament and league play, private parties, and corporate team building events where your employees learn that “winning is a team sport” are also available. San Jacinto Mayor Russ Utz said, “I am having a hard time containing my enthusiasm for the opening of the Backyard Paintball Park, located next to the Soboba Flight Park. It is going to be yet another amazing amenity adding to our

BACKYARD PAINTBALL PARK: A family place. | Courtesy Photo

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any times I use ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft I find the service to be very helpful and efficient ,all the drivers have been very nice. We also know General Motors has deployed thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, since 2018. This has been the largest such test of fully autonomous vehicles by any major automaker before 2020, when several companies have said they plan to begin building and deploying such vehicles in higher volumes. Google’s Waymo unit, in comparison, has been testing about 60 self-driving prototypes in four states. Most of the specially equipped versions of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle used by San Francisco-based Lyft, which was testing them in its ride-sharing fleet in several states, one of the sources said. GM has no immediate plans to sell the Bolt AV to individual customers, according to automotive news. GM executives have said in interviews and investor presentations during the past years, they intend to mass-produce autonomous vehicles and deploy them

in ride services fleets. However, GM officials have not revealed details of the scale of production, or the timing of the deployment of those vehicles. GM has previously stated they do not provide specific details on potential future products or technology rollout plans. They have said that their AV technology will appear in an on-demand ride sharing network application sooner than you might think.” In my email to Lyft they declined to comment. GM’s crosstown rival Ford Motor Co. has said it plans to begin building its first self-driving vehicles at a suburban Detroit plant in late 2020, for deployment in on-demand ride sharing fleets in 2021. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is providing a small number of Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Waymo, which is converting them for self-driving tests. GM’s Maven car sharing operation likely will be involved with Lyft in developing a commercial ride sharing business around self-driving vehicles such as the Bolt AV, GM executive Mike Ableson stated in a November interview. I’m assuming the cost of these autonomous vehicles the very early ones, will be six figures, there aren’t very many retail customers that are willing to go out and spend that kind of money. However it is said that CEO

SELF DRIVER: General Motors has deployed thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc. | Courtesy Photo

Mary Barra already started building a fully autonomous version of the Bolt EV at its Orion Township plant north of Detroit. Detroit. GM has tested about 40 Bolt AVs in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Ariz., and plans to extend testing . GM paid $500 million for a minority stake in Lyft, the second-largest U.S. ride sharing firm after Uber. It is also said that GM dis-

cussed with Lyft founders Logan Green and John Zimmer the prospect of jointly developing a ride sharing business with self-driving cars. To make this successful, it is going requires the ability to engineer autonomous systems, to build self-driving vehicles in volume and to deploy them in a ride-sharing fleet. GM in early 2016 acquired Cruise Automation, a San Francisco startup, to help it accelerate

development of self-driving cars. GM also launched a car sharing business, Maven, which has provided vehicles to Lyft. I know that Cruise, Lyft, Maven ,GM, Ford Chrysler and a lot of smart people all need to come together to make this happen in the world of self-driving cars. As for me I like the human Uber drivers, Good Driving, The Hemet Car Guy

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on their tour, to compete. The non-profit organization was established in 2013 by Raymond Moreno, one of the founding members and first executive director of the corps. “His vision was to establish an environment for local high school and college musicians that would provide an opportunity to compete during the summer at a low cost. Also, learn from seasoned educators in the activity, and still earn a taste of the entire drum corps experience.” According to Moreno’s intentions described on their website. Having an elite group like Watchmen perform and celebrate with us, who also stand for such a positive cause, was truly an honor. The crowds gathered all around them as their performance began. Many people recorded on their phones the captivating experience. Finding a good view was difficult, as more and more people continuously joined to watch and listen. Additionally, among the vendors and activities, were people in the community who were offering tips and advice

Friday | July 12 - 18 | 2019 for personal and home betterment. The Eastern Municipal Water District was there, giving tips on how to save water with the extreme heat quickly approaching. Also in attendance, was Muriel Dufresne, who is the Director of Community Affairs at Golden Era Productions. She was doing good for our community by educating the citizens on the dangers of alcohol and drugs, while also providing more information on the new marijuana dispensary in San Jacinto. People doing things like Muriel, and the EMWD, are what we need more of, and always appreciate, in our valley! All in all, the celebration was phenomenal. As people walked down Main Street, the sound and sight of laughter was a joy to experience. The drums sounding in the background, as the Watchmen warmed up before their performance, perfectly complimented the vibe of the whole event. The smell of tacos was in the air, as street vendors cooked the popular Mexican dish for the valley residents. Friends and family gathered for our national holiday, making the Independence Day Celebration, one to remember.


KIDS PAINTING: Children participate in canvas painting during the festival. | Photo by Fidel Villalobos III

FLAGS: The bright flags of Watchmen grab the attention of onlookers. | Photo by Fidel Villalobos III

PERFORMANCE: Watchmen takes their places before delivering a fantastic performance. | Photo by Fidel Villalobos III

DRUMS: The drum players warming up and practicing. | Photo by Fidel Villalobos III




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Home decor’s upbeat hue should be used right KIM COOK | AP


f ever a color were to be associated with an emotion (OK, blue, we see you), it’s got to be yellow. Upbeat and welcoming, it’s a hue that’s easy to love. But it can be tricky to use when decorating. Bold yellows are eye-catching, but color experts advise caution. Unless you’re prepared to live with bright yellow’s peppy assertiveness, softer, creamier versions might be more prudent choices. Will Taylor, founder of the color blog Bright.Bazaar and an interior design expert at Marshalls, loves yellow in all its iterations. “To me, it’s happiness personified,” he says. “As soon as I see it, I feel joy.” Better Homes & Gardens Style Director Jessica Thomas calls yellow “sunshine in a can.” And Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager for PPG Paints , says yellow is often seen as the signature hue for “happy.” “Bright, energizing yellows are known to enhance the mind and help creativity flow,” she says. “We saw ‘Gen Z yellow’ bubble to the surface last year, with colors like Crushed Pineapple reflecting the optimism and boldness of that generation.” Schlotter says yellow was a close runner-up for PPG’s 2019 Color of the Year. Night Watch, a moody green-gray, ultimately took the title, but Golden Field — a dramatic mustard yellow — was a strong second. A tip when you’re in the paint store: “We recommend first looking at the bottom color on the paint swatch to find the root of the yellow,” Schlotter says. “For example, if the bottom color is green, the yellow at the top of the card will have subtle hints of green infused into it.” Go two or three shades lighter than you think you want if you’re painting a room. And “warmer yellows tend to work better on walls,” Schlotter says.

YELLOW FIBER: Bright, energizing yellows are known to enhance the mind and help creativity flow. | Courtesy Photo “Brighter variations are perfect on a front door, as an accent wall in a bedroom, or in a dining room to provide a rich, striking look.” Taylor’s got some favorite yellow paints, including Dayroom Yellow from Farrow & Ball , Bicycle Yellow from Behr , and Hawthorn Yellow from Benjamin Moore . “Yellow’s the queen of accent colors,” he says. “It goes with neutrals to blacks and blues. Think of adding pops of yellow across art, pillows, throws and flowers. It will instantly add visual interest, giving the eye a place to land, and it prevents a room from feeling flat.”


tage-look botanical border. Ballard Designs offers Sunbrella fabric by the yard with a pretty lemon-and-leaf print that would be great on patio pillows or cushions; there are faux lemon branches here as well, to tuck in a vase or basket. Kitchenaid’s buttercup yellow mixer is a softer version of the hue, while Chantal’s sunny yellow Anniversary tea kettle is a waker-upper. If you’d really like to commit, consider a piece of yellow furniture, or even an appliance. All Modern has well-priced upholstered seating, with cleanlined silhouettes that let the color take center stage. West Elm’s

got a set of velvet curtains and a distressed rug in a hue called wasabi that has a golden tone. Bertazzoni and SMEG stock equipment like stoves, fridges and range hoods in fresh yellows. Ready for more? Scandinavian manufacturer Vola has marked its 50th anniversary by releasing Arne Jacobsen’s original 1968 designed bath faucet in a rainbow of colors, and a kicky yellow is one of them. Or put the wild on the walls, with glass subway, mosaic or free-form ceramic tiles from Modwalls . Even the names are as fun as this color: Daffodil; Sunflower; Limoncello.

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Growing up Hillbilly, Chapter VIII - Bill and Me again RUSTY STRAIT | COLUMNIST


o matter what other activities were going on, Saturday mornings belonged to Bill and me. We had a regular route of back alleys where we collected bottles and junk metal, good for cash at the local junkyard, which seemed to exist for the sole purpose of funding our Saturday morning invasion of the Custer Theater. We watched our favorite cowboys riding the range for RKO and Republic Studios, doing what cowboys did - killing off rustlers and rescuing ladies in distress. We had our favorite heroes - Tim Holt, Buck Jones, Hoot Gibson, Bob Steele, and Ken Maynard. Ken Maynard was my hero. We had plenty of competition in the metal and bottle business. Sometimes disagreements ended up in fistfights. Somebody would get a bloody nose or skinned up knuckles. The next day we were friends again. We lived on the same streets and went to the same schools and churches. The local beat cops kept their eyes on all of us. They manned the foot patrol covering West Charleston Street and the avenues that crisscrossed it. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Tennessee Avenues. We were a real United States of America. Officers Canterbury and Johnson played good cop, bad cop. They walked our neighborhood and knew each and every one of us by name. Canterbury, a chubby man with a Santa Claus twinkle in his eyes, and Irish to the core, would give us a pat on the head and a “run along now, ye little devils.” Johnson, the exact opposite, was a big rawboned man with a face that would frighten Frankenstein. I would go two blocks out of my way to avoid him. The only response he ever gave us was a knuckle-rack on the head and a threat to send us to reform school. Our folks were poor people, with nothing much except each other. To escape the monotony of the humdrum of everyday life, Bill and I often took off before daybreak, heading into the hills, never knowing where we might end up - trudging along until we were too tired to hike any further. Then we’d flop down on the pine needle floors provided by mother nature, or camp by a river or creek and daydream. “What do you want to do when you grow up, Bill?” “I don’t know. Maybe run off to Hollywood

and marry Judy Garland.” Bill was crazy about Judy. “What do you want to do?” My answer was always the same. “I’d like to go to New York and sing with a band.” I knew every popular song and sometimes would spend hours singing at the top of my lungs. “I’d like to go to a music school.” “Well, you know that ain’t gonna happen. Besides, you don’t know nothin’ about music. You failed music this year.” That was almost, but not entirely true. Factually, I was failing 9th-grade music, which meant that I would not graduate with my class. I approached my music teacher, a white-haired witch who believed if you didn’t appreciate the classics, you weren’t worthy of a diploma from any school. I begged her not to fail me. “Raymond, you disappoint me. You are bright, and still, you are missing an important element of a well-balanced education. Tell you what I’m going to do. Over the weekend I’ll be grading final papers. I’m not promising anything, but if you are willing to come and sit with me in the classroom on Saturday and Sunday, I’ll consider your plea. I make no promises, but we’ll see. Okay?” Of course, it was okay. A promise was better than total failure. Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms permeated my brain for two days. However, the following week, I received a grade in music for my final year at Lincoln Junior High - a D-minus. As low as you can get - but barely passing. I’ve never been more grateful for anything in my life. “I don’t mean that kind of music. I mean like Jimmy Dorsey music. The kind Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell sing. I wanna be a big band singer.” “You know something, Raymond? You’re just plain dumb. When I get out of school, I’m gonna find me a good job. I ain’t gonna be lazy like my old man, living on welfare.” “Singing is a job,” I said. “Singers make a lot of money. You get to sing on records and the next thing you know, you’re rich and famous. If I made a lot of money, I’d buy a big house up in South Hills, and Mama would never have to work again’ waitin’ tables for all them stupid jerks at the bus station.” I knew then Charleston would someday be the place where I used to live. One thing for sure, I had a better chance of singing with a big band than he did of marrying Judy Garland. How stupid could one person be? But, we both had our dreams. Still, all during the week, following those Saturday mornings at the Custer, we re-enacted every scene in the hills and bottoms outside Charleston where we roamed for miles, often not getting home until well after dark. We had other favorite film stars. I liked Ginger Rogers and Alice Faye. One Saturday morning, while collecting loot for our matinee at the Custer, we decided to run away to Hollywood and meet our screen ladies. We ran away quite often, for one reason or another. Hitchhiking took us to Huntington, West Virginia, where we arrived hungrily and broke. I’d previously lived in Huntington when Mama was married to a radio announcer, so I looked up Margo, one of her friends.

It had been raining and a truck hustling down route 60 like he had someplace important to go, splashed muddy water all over us. My face and hair were so caked with grime that Margo didn’t recognize me at first. “Is that you, Ray?” “Yes, ma’am.” “Where’s your mother?” “At home.” “In Charleston?” “Uh-huh.” “Does she know where you are?” “No, ma’am.” Bill never opened his mouth until she asked, “Who’s your buddy?” “I’m his cousin. My dad and Raymond’s mother is a brother and sister.” “When did you boys leave Charleston?” “Yesterday afternoon.” “My God, that’s over twenty-four hours. I’ll bet Jerry is worried sick. What took you so long to get here? It’s only fifty-eight miles.” I could see that nothing was going in my favor and began to shift from one foot to the other like I had to pee real bad. My big plans for Hollywood were fading fast. Bill didn’t seem a bit worried. “It kept getting dark and rainy, so we slept in a barn all night. I think it must have been noon before we woke up. I was awful tired.” “I’ll bet. You boys hungry?” I would have said no, too scared to eat. I knew something bad would come of our little trip. Before I could answer, Bill spoke up. “Yessum. I could eat a whole hog.” Margo laughed. “There’s no whole hog in the house right now, but I can fix you some bacon and eggs with buttered toast.” “Sounds good to me.” I kept still, thinking that they always give you a big meal just before you get the electric chair. Margo had something different in mind. She called my mother. “Here,” she said, handing me the phone, “your mother wants to talk to you.” The chewing out I got was lukewarm to the switching she gave me when the Greyhound bus dumped us at the Charleston depot. I had welts on my bare legs for a week. I got over that kind of punishment pretty quick, and it wouldn’t be long until we’d be hopping a freight or sticking out our thumbs, headed for God only knew wherewith the same results, and the same switches.

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Planet Fitness has new female management The GYM names 21 year-old Sydney Omens as new manager MARK LENTINE |CONTRIBUTED


lanet fitness in Hemet has promoted 21-year-old Sydney Omens to a manager. Omens will be the first young woman to run the Hemet gym since its opening. “I was hired to work at the front desk, but the upper management said they saw my potential in my initial interview,” said Omens, adding, “Within 3 weeks I was offered the Assistant Manager’s position. It took a few months to get the hang of running such a large operation, but I handled it. After a few months, I was ready when this opportunity came my way.” The promotion, one of several in the nine months of Omen’s employment at Planet Fitness, is the first, that not only for the store but in this area. “You don’t see many female gym managers, and I don’t know of any who are my age,” said Omens. Planet Fitness is known as a very progressive company, aggressively promoting from within, and seeking to support all their employees. “The company paid for our trainer, Marcellinos Gonzalez, to get his personal trainer licensure-and those are not cheap. However, the company always seeks to promote employees who show initiative,” said Omens, adding, “As I’ve moved up, Marcellino and others have also been promoted. That’s the culture here at Planet Fitness: we here strong employees, and we support them in their growth.” Anyone who has visited the gym recently can see the difference under Omens’ management. “The old facility was wellrun, and clean...but there seems



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Life is purrfect with a kitten Why you should adopt a cat right meow! DIANA JIMENEZ | STAFF WRITER


ets are awesome, they are always there for you, love you, and doesn’t care what people may think. If you’re ready to make your life a little greater, adopting a pet is one wonderful solution, because you will be taking care of another living being and get lots of love in return. And if you already made this decision but you still don’t know what kind of pet is perfect for you, I can give you some reasons to give cats a chance. Cats are special animals, they are really different from dogs and other species. They are hygienic, because they clean themselves constantly, but of course you still have to bathe them, but not that often. They are also very independent, if you have a sandbox, it will be easy for you to train them, their instinct will help you for this. If you love felines and would love to have a tiger or a lion, adopting a cat it’s perfect for you, because no matter what size they are, all felines have the same nature. They all have this superiority ideation, thanks to all the years cats have been living with humans, and how humans worshipped them (we still do in some ways). Think in how much space you have in your

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home, even if you only live in a small apartment, a cat will be happy with their sandbox and climber. They don’t need a lot of space to run, and cats are nocturnal animals, so probably most of the day they will be asleep. So if you don’t have much time in the day because school, or work, or any reason, a cat it’s a great option for you. Are you ready to adopt this adorable animal? If the answer is yes, you should see if you want to have a female or male cat, because when they are adults the character they have is slightly different. Male cats mark their territory (kind of the same ways dogs do), and female cats are in heat seasonally. In the spring and fall, and they may go into heat several times during the season. But if you don’t want to deal with this gender issues there’s a solution: always remember to spay your cat, doesn’t care if it’s a male or female. Some investigations say that spaying cats will help them to grow healthier, and can prevent a lot of medical issues, in their life; like some urine infections and even can help them to have a longer life. Cats are amazing animals, adorable, intelligent, and funny. You will always have a good laugh with their craziness and clumsiness. If you still aren’t sure if the cats are the best option for you, think of how you interact with others, cats have some different social skills as other pets. Dogs are really social, and if you have some snack on you, they will instantly love you. But cats won’t, yes, they will take the snack, but that doesn’t mean they already think you are their best friend. If you are not that social, and you like your own space, a cat is perfect for you. They like attention, but not too much. Cats like to be “in charge”, if you ever interact with a cat, you know that they act like gods. Probably because we still treat them like ones. These animals are incredible, and they are more similar to us humans, as you can probably imagine. Each cat has a different personality to another. And they can get angry at you. But there’s something else with cats, even if it doesn’t look like, they are really empathic, but not like humans are. They have this 6th sense that we do not possess. When you’re sad or angry, they know, and know if they should leave you alone or stay closer to you. Well, if this doesn’t make you give cats a chance, probably nothing will. But you should see for yourself how great cats are as companion.


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Summer is here, so why not add a little summer cat to your home. Summer is the perfect kitty who will brighten up your day. She loves to call out to you with her cute faint meows. Summer came in as a stray to our shelter, is about 2 years old and weighs 7 pounds. Come and meet Summer today. Summer is up to date on her vaccines, dewormed, will be spayed prior to her adoption and is AVAILABLE NOW. 158453 / R231436

Ramona Humane Society, 690 Humane Way, San Jacinto, CA., 92582 Open 7 days a week, 951-654-8002.


DOB: 2/11/19 Male German Shepherd Mix

Renegade is a very loving puppy that enjoys being with people. He wants to please and tries very hard to do what people expect of him. Renegade is learning to walk on a leash and looks forward to getting out for his walk. He has a goofy personality, is very playful, and will be a beautiful family dog. Renegade is very young and will become a large dog once he grows into his feet. He will be best in a home with an adopter that is a good pack leader and knowledgeable about raising a puppy.


DOB: 9/1/16 DSH Female Calico

Say aloha to Hawaii! Hawaii came here with her 5 babies a few months ago and due to some unforeseen events, she ended up taking care of 4 more kittens. Although Hawaii was a great mom, she is definitely ready to find her forever home. Hawaii is a very social calico. She enjoys talking to her human companions and she will never turn down a cuddle session. The more attention she gets, the happier she is! Come meet this tri-colored cutie today! All of our cats are spayed or neutered, up to date on all vaccinations, and have been microchipped. Our two main requirements for adopting a cat are: • Must be indoors only, cannot go outside • Declawing is not allowed

Living Free, is a donor-supported, nonprofit, no-kill animal sanctuary. Located at 54250 Keen Camp Road in Mountain Center off Highway 74, 15 Minutes from Idyllwild. For more information, call: 951-321-9982 or visit


to be a new energy in the now-it seems brighter and even cleaner,” said one of the facility’s very enthusiastic members,” adding, “I really like it even more now.” Omens is very appreciative of the positive comments, pointing out that, “…we just had the first “Planet Fitness Gym Inspection” since I’ve taken over, and we passed with a rating of 100%. It’s not easy to get perfect numbers like that, but I have a highly motivated staff, and we made it happen,” said Omens.

THE NEW MANAGER: For Sydney Omens, supervising this great gym is a big challenge and a huge responsibility, but she feels very excited about her new job. | Photos by Mark Lentine

It’s clear to see that, as Omens says, she en-

Pre-Inspection for housing authority Apartment registration Mold removal and repair

joys the responsibility and challenges of taking

on a leadership role in what was once, primari-

ly a man’s world. At the beginning and mid-point

of every week, Omens sets, then checks several short-term goals...and works to keep up morale until those goals are achieved. “I find that if you keep the staff reminded of their goals-and you keep them rewarded-you have a better-run facility, and the members can see and feel the difference,” says Omens, of her 8,200-member facility, adding, “I’ve set an ambitious 9,000-member goal by year’s end...and my staff and I are going to do all we can to achieve that goal.” With Sydney Omens as the new manager, that achievement seems a sure bet.

Friday | July 12 - 18 | 2019

From his podcast to movies, it’s all personal for Marc Maron LINDSEY BAHR | AP


arc Maron is fumbling through his glove compartment looking for coffee. A certain record store owner in East Los Angeles lets him trade the nice blends he’s occasionally sent for discounts. “Barter economy,” he shrugs. At 55, he’s in a place where he is finally enjoying stability after years of struggles and he doesn’t spend his money on much, but he likes his records, invested in some good equipment and has found himself in a pretty deep dive on jazz these days. “I’m not bringing you garbage records this time,” Maron announces as he walks through the door. “Just four bags of coffee!” Every little bit counts when the good jazz albums can run a person $140 or more and the owner has an eclectic stack of albums on hold that he thinks Maron might like. So does the man working at the second shop we visit. And after some conversation and browsing, Maron walks away from both with an arm full of new goodies: A William S. Burroughs recording, Robert Johnson’s “King of the Delta Blues Singers” and “The Modern Lovers” among them. Maron is doing this hometown record store tour to promote the film “Sword of Trust” in which he plays an ornery pawn shop owner who can wax poetic about Charley Patton. The charming indie comedy from director Lynn Shelton, which opens in limited release Friday, finds Maron’s character on an adventure trying to sell a Civil War-era sword that may or may not prove the South actually won. It’s almost entirely improvised, and includes a show-stopping monologue from Maron that Shelton says affectionately is one of her “favorite performances by anyone in anything.” She said it even made him cry at the South by Southwest premiere — a detail Maron doesn’t offer himself.

“He’s one of the most natural actors I know,” says Shelton. “He is just built for it in a way. He has a complete lack of self-consciousness. I don’t even think is he really aware of where the camera is.” Maron is adjusting to this new reality where he has the freedom to choose what he wants to go out for. “For years I didn’t even have an agent. Acting was not where I was going,” Maron says. “I was barely surviving in any way before the podcast.” But the success of the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron,” which is turning 10 this year and has over 1,000 episodes in the books, including famous interviews with Barack Obama and Robin Williams, begat more success: His own show, which ran for four seasons on IFC; Netflix’s “GLOW”; and more interest in his standup. It’s certainly afforded him a level of fame he didn’t predict when he purchased his old home under his own name and started a podcast in his garage, or when he decided to make revealing highly personal information about his relationships, his demons, his enemies and his daily mundanities part of every episode. His candor and introspection has endeared him to millions, but it’s also something he’s had to reevaluate. “People who listen to the podcast know me pretty well, and it’s all good. They have a relationship with me that’s one sided, but it’s real and I try to be as gracious about that as possible,” he says. “My particular little slice of the show business world is very me specific and it’s very personal and usually that’s a good thing. But I’ve had to learn how to balance how much of my life I reveal and what I keep to myself and try to find a little space.” That included moving to a different area in Los Angeles. People had been showing up at his place, which he says “wasn’t horrible,” but it got “a little weird if they knocked on the door.” Right now, he’s satisfied with how things are going professionally, al-

though he wishes he could channel the energy and spontaneity he feels while doing an improvised scene into the scripted work he does. The long days on set can be tedious. “I think that would be a good trick to learn in evolving my craft,” he says, over-enunciating the last three words as though they’re in air quotes. “Acting is a lot of time and is a big investment and my life isn’t really like that. I can’t really go out an audition and for something that’s going to be shooting for four months in Bosnia.” Still, he’ll audition for some big things, like small parts in “Joker” (which he got) and James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels (which he didn’t, and is kind of relieved about). His own pop culture legend just keeps growing, too, whether he can fully appreciate it or not. Even his big gets on his podcast wash over him a bit nowadays (“It’s hard for me to tell what’s culturally big and what’s big for me,” he says). And something like getting to play himself on “The Simpsons” was “cool” but not some landmark moment in his life. Plus, he says he’s usually being hired to play some variation of himself. “Eventually I’d like to get the skill set where I can lose myself in a role that is not anything like me,” says Maron. “I’m not there yet and I don’t know if I’ll get there but I’ll keep it in my wheelhouse for now.” He’s not jaded, ungrateful or unambitious, but more of a realist about why he’s doing it at all. “I didn’t get in it to be the greatest Shakespearean actor in the world, or to be a circus clown,” he says. “A lot of it was about self-realization and managing my own emotional and psychological issues and sort of resolving them in a way by doing what I do.” So it’s understandable that he might not want to stray too far from that. “I think I have a fear of losing myself,” he adds with a chuckle. “It’s taken so long to find me.”

TOP 5 MOVIES Diana Jimenez | Staff Writers Want to cry your eyes out? Here are 5 love movies that will make your heart melt.

of the week

3. Love, Rosie (2014) Timing is everything, and this movie will show you that. With stellar performances of Lilly Collins and Sam Claflin, you will see friendship 2. A walk to remember 4. The Notebook (2004) (2002) sometimes it’s love in disguise. This a movie that will make Yes, it seems like love movies you believe in true love again. were more significant in It’s set in the 1940s, and it the past. But this one it’s a will show you that even a forclassic, take your tissues bidden love it’s stronger and ice cream and watch it than anything. with your bestie. 5. Big Fish (2003) 1. Me before you.(2016) This one goes to the In the first place because even though number 5 because it is not since the beginning of the movie, you focused on the love story, or maybe it does. But have a hunch of what will happen when it does, it the love between family. This is a masterpiece of breaks you, hard. Based on the same name book. Tim Burton’s you should definitely watch.


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Big Bear Oktoberfest The 49th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Step-on guide in German Attire will highlight the Big Bear Lake area & historical sites. Enjoy hosted German style lunch, Dance to Oompapa Band - contests & more. Oct 20 Sun 8:30 am - 6 pm $69.00 p/p

The Body Guard – the Musical Candlelight Theatre

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Hosted lunch.. Based on the Warner Bros. film, The Bodyguard features the iconic music of Whitney Houston.

Join us for a tribute to all veterans with hosted lunch. We will visit local landmarks with our local step on guides .

Sept. 14 Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm $99.00 p/p

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Senior’s Oktoberfest @ Alpine Village in Huntington Beach

Rock & Roll Reunion” @ Camelot Theatre Palm Springs

Hosted German lunch @ Alpine Inn. Enjoy a LIVE German Band and dance or sway to the music.. Shop in the newly renovated imported gourmet market, bakery & deli. It’s a wonderful afternoon.

Hosted lunch at the Famous Sherman’s Deli before the show.. Then a musical tribute to Ray Charles – Buddy Holly - Little Richard – Jerry Lee Lewis & more!. A tribute to American originals 90 minutes of non stop music by tribute artist using their own voices. No lip synching!!!

Oct. 3 Thr 9:15 am – 5:00 pm $59.00 p/p




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Friday | July 12 - 18 | 2019

Posting Date July 15, 2019

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Is someone at work resisting that Aries charm? Hard to believe. But seriously, Lamb, you might want to back up your ideas with some solid data, and then watch the yeas pile on. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your hard work could pay off in ways you didn’t expect, but certainly deserve. Tend to that pesky health problem now so you’ll be in top shape to tackle the new projects coming up. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Planning a family event can be stressful unless you make it clear from the start that you’re in charge. You might accept suggestions, but it will be your decisions that count. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You still have a way to go to bring that professional matter to a satisfactory conclusion. Meanwhile, an important personal situation could require more of your attention by week’s end.

takes an unexpected (but very welcome) new turn. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) If you feel you’ve been unfairly treated in a workplace decision, correct the situation now while there’s still time to do so. Arm yourself with facts and go to it. Good luck. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Devising your own system of doing things might be the best way to handle an increasingly complex situation. But do it tactfully in order to avoid ruffling too many of your colleagues’ feathers. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A family member’s health problem might once again require you to shift some of your current priorities around. But this time, make certain other relatives will be there to help.

LEO (July 23 to August 22) There’s something about you Fine Felines that makes people want to tell you secrets. But once again, be wary of who is doing the telling. You might not want to be that person’s confidante.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Catching up on tasks you’ve left undone will take a while to accomplish. But the sooner you complete them, the sooner you’ll be able to take on another time-sensitive project.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Creating a fuss about a family matter might get everyone’s attention. But it might be better to talk one-on-one with family members in order to spare a loved one unnecessary embarrassment.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You might feel swamped by all that you’re expected to do. But take a moment to come up for air, then handle things one at a time, and you’ll soon get through them all.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You’re making progress on that career move, albeit not as quickly as you had hoped. But stay with it. Your personal life

BORN THIS WEEK: Although you love being home with your family, you also enjoy traveling and making new friends.

Summer Pasta Salad

Nothing could be as refreshing on a smoldering summer evening as a cold pasta salad just waiting for you in the fridge. When you’re dog tired after a hard day’s work, the thought of facing a hot stove is enough to push you into the drive-thru lane of a fastfood restaurant. It’s a “cool thing” to have this salad on hand for just such a night! 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise 2 tablespoons fat-free milk 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 cup grated reduced-fat Parmesan cheese 2 cups cold cooked spaghetti, rinsed and drained 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes 3/4 cup chopped unpeeled cucumbers 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1½ cups diced cooked chicken breast 1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes and black pepper. Stir in Parmesan cheese and spaghetti. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and chicken. Mix well to combine. 2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Gently stir again just before serving. Makes 4 (1 full cup) servings. • Each serving equals: 263 calories, 3g fat, 22g protein, 37g carb., 652mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 1/2 Meat, 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Vegetable.

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The Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle - July 12th, 2019  

The Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle - July 12th, 2019 edition

The Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle - July 12th, 2019  

The Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle - July 12th, 2019 edition