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REAGAN’S SECRET VISIT PANICKED SECRET SERVICE!

Ronald and Mrs. Reagan’s most unusual, colourful, and secret visit that panicked the U.S. Secret Service is almost totally unknown.

You won’t learn of it in any of the award-winning documentaries, nor will you find it within the biographical works by the world’s most astute historians and scholars of the Reagan era.

Even the world’s greatest collection and repository of Rea-

gan trivia -- from his birth to his death -- at the Official Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, located in the city of Simi Valley, California . . . conspicuously, has no record or mention of it.

With the museum’s admission price of $25 the general public enjoys both guided and self-guided tours, seven days a week, all year long, as excited visitors eagerly crave and seek historical details and colourful moments in the life of our 40th U.S. President.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential

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Library and Museum does not disappoint, as every delicious trivia is offered from his childhood years in Dixon, Illinois through his Hollywood film career, military service, marriage to Nancy Davis Reagan, and his entire political careers from California Governor to U.S. President is presented.

And no personal items are overlooked, from his 1965 Ford Mustang on display, to Nancy Reagan’s over 80 personal dresses on exhibit.

Even the president’s Air Force

One plane is there in a separate, vast 90,000 square-foot pavilion.

And a U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat supersonic jet fighter (an icon from the 1981 Gulf of Sidra Incident during his presidency) sits calmly and peacefully on the museum grounds.

Nothing is too small, or frivolous, or seemingly insignificant, such as his ‘superstitious’ cuff links which he wore for good luck.

And to the great delight of visitors it is learned that during his presi-

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dency, when the public became aware that President Reagan’s favourite candy were Jelly Beans, the candy company suddenly found itself 77 week behind on orders! (Licorice, incidentally, was his favourite flavoured Jelly Bean.)

So expansive are the exhibits, personal letters, and archival materials at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum that they exceed 50 million pages, along with over 1.6 million photographs, a half million feet of personal home film footage, audio and video tapes, including the records of (every) presidential and post-presidential visit -- all of which inspired The Washington Post (the first to break the Nixon Watergate Scandal) to write:

“The official Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum leaves no trivial stone unturned in the colorful life of our 40th U.S. President and First Lady Nancy Reagan.”

Hmm, every trivial stone unturned and every official and post presidential visit recorded -- all except for one.

Why the omission?

Give Us This Day Our Daily Chuckle

This week, a compendium of wit, wisdom and neat stuff you can tell at parties. Enjoy!

I was always taught to respect my elders. Now I don’t have anyone left to respect.

Senior Campbells! Large type Alphabet Soup!

I don’t wanna say I’m getting old . . . But I have noticed lately that restaurants are asking me to pay up front.

What they don’t teach you in Hebrew School...

1. The High Holidays have absolutely nothing to do with marijuana.

2. Where there’s smoke, there may be salmon.

And why are erudite Reagan scholars and historians at various universities who love such tidbits of historicity shocked when I mention what this secret, unknown visit was – as they crave to know more details?

If mere Jelly Beans tickled an

3. No meal is complete without leftovers.

4. According to Jewish dietary law, pork and shellfish may be eaten only in Chinese restaurants.

5. A shmata is a dress that your husband’s ex is wearing.

6. You need ten men for a minion, but only four in polyester pants and white shoes for pinochle.

7. One mitzvah can change the world; two will just make you tired.

8. After the destruction of the Second temple, God created Nordstroms.

9. Anything worth saying is worth repeating a thousand times.

10. Never take a front row seat at a Bris.

11. Next year in Jerusalem. The year after that, how about a nice cruise?

12. Never leave a restaurant empty handed.

13. Spring ahead, fall back, winters in Boca.

panic the Secret Service?

WHAT TRULY HAPPENED BACK THEN & THE BACKSTORY.

On the evening of 26 November 1991, former President Ronald and Nancy Reagan made personal plans to visit the mysterious, world-famous Magic Castle located at the foothills of Hollywood.

The Hollywood Magic Castle is the official world headquarters for the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), which is a secret fraternity comprising the greatest names in the world of magic.

Today’s reigning monarch, King Charles of England, is a longstanding, active member of the Magic Castle’s sister organisation across the pond: London’s prestigious Magic Circle.

entire nation’s fancy, just try to imagine how intrigued, fascinated, and excited a nation of people would have been in learning about Mr. and Mrs. Reagan’s most secretive, mysterious, and enjoyable visit of their lifetime.

And why did this mysterious visit

14. WASP’s leave and never say good bye; Jews say good bye and never leave.

15. Always whisper the names of diseases.

16. If it tastes good, it’s probably not kosher.

17. The important Jewish holidays are the ones on which alternate side of the street parking is suspended.

18. Without Jewish mothers, who would need therapy?

19. If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it. But if you can afford it, make sure to tell everybody what you paid.

20. Laugh now, but one day you’ll be driving a Lexus and eating dinner at 4:00 PM in Florida.

Coffee. Robe. Newspaper. Slippers. Loyal dog. What else should I steal before my neighbors wake up?

I appreciate the police escort but shouldn’t they be in front of me?

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In America they say, “it’s 10 pm,

In 1975 Prince Charles auditioned to join the Magic Circle by skillfully performing the ancient “Cups and Balls,” considered one of the oldest recorded feats of magic, as well as being a routine calibrated to test one’s dexterity and misdirection skills, the quintessential elements in all of magic.

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do you know where you’re children are?”

In England they say, “it’s 10 pm, do your children know where you are?”

In Italy they say, “it’s 10 pm, do you know where you are?”

In Poland they say, “it’s 10 pm, do you know what time it is?”

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I wouldn’t mind dying -- it’s that business of having to stay dead that scares the hell out of me. -- R. Geis

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There are people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying.

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I came across this one in _Groucho Letters_ written to Groucho from his friend Goodman Ace:

Dear Groucho, I would have answered your letter sooner, but you didn’t send one.

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There are two things I dislike in a person - Absentmindedness and... I can’t remember the other one.

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A rolling stone can give you a hell of a bruise.

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Irma the ghost playing the piano at The Magic Castle.

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The ancient Cups and Balls magic routine is highly revered and is depicted on the walls of a burial chamber in Beni Hasan, Egypt, dated 2500 B. C.

THE GREATEST HOLLYWOOD STARS, VIPs & INTERNATIONAL LUMINARIES FREQUENT THE MAGIC CASTLE.

Aside from the general public who may experience an unforgettable evening at the Magic Castle by gaining access to a Visitor’s Pass from a magician member, the ledger of names that have trafficked through those hallowed halls comprise the world’s most prepotent movers-and-shakers: from U.S. Presidents, royalty, heads of state, and a dazzling galaxy of first-magnitude Hollywood stars.

WHY DID THE MAGIC CASTLE POSE A FORMIDABLE CHALLENGE TO RONALD & NANCY REAGAN’S SECRET SERVICE?

Within the Hollywood Magic Castle is an unbelievable environment where special effects are ubiquitous, and even ghosts haunt the various restrooms and voices mysteriously emanate from mirrors and walls (reminiscent of the Phantom of the Opera) -- and anything can happen – and usually does, all to the great enjoyment and unexpected delight of visitors.

However, for the Reagan Secret Service agents back in 1991, the Magic Castle presented a unique challenge with these mysterious and spooky effects.

There are secret passageways and hidden chambers which visitors can experience and disappear through. Not to mention, strange supernatural encounters that seem to be everywhere

John Shrum, art director from television’s “The Tonight Show,” procured the top ‘special effects’ talents from NBC for the Castle. A team of stalwart individuals came in on their “off hours” to lend their spooky expertise inside the Castle.

Also, Milt Larsen, principle founder of the Magic Castle was a most inventive magician who constantly added to “innate” illusions inside the Castle interior.

And the late James Gordon Williams, an Emmy Award-winning sound technician, also contributed much to the Castle’s special effects. His father was one of Walt

Disney’s famed “Imagineers” whose Audio-Animatronics science presented such marvels to the world such as “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” which held countless millions of Americans spellbound.

Prior to the opening of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction which features realistic ghosts cavorting everywhere, Magic Castle founder, Milt Larsen, was among an elite “esprit de corps” invited to view the inner workings – before Disney’s Haunted Mansion opened to the public in 1989.

After consulting with Milt Larsen, the Disneyland Research and Development Team confessed that they could have saved two years in special effects experimentation for their Haunted Mansion if they would have tapped Milt Larsen’s reservoir of knowledge beforehand.

In short, the Magic Castle presented a logistical nightmare for Reagan’s Secret Service regarding safeguarding the Reagans in a most unpredictable environment.

The Castle’s deceptive secrets have, inadvertently backfired, causing many visitors to learn (after the fact) that they missed some of the major attractions there -- simply because they were completely unaware of their “secret existence”!

FOR EXAMPLE: THE UNDERGROUND CITIES AND SECRET PASSAGEWAYS.

For example, best friend and fellow magician, Mike Romero, once told me of a visit to the Magic Castle with family and friends which they all greatly enjoyed.

However, when I asked if they discovered any of the hidden underground areas, beneath the Magic Castle, he seemed surprised at their very existence.

THE SOUTH SIDE UNDERGROUND & HAUNTED WINE CELLAR.

The first underground area (on the south side), beneath the Magic Castle, is unbelievable. When I was unable to locate the portal or entryway to it, we finally had to ask for direction from one of the Knights of the Castle (who are identified by the badges they wear).

And there it was!

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The Flower Fields Open at Carlsbad Ranch March 1st

5704 Paseo Del Norte • Carlsbad,

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch will once again allow guests to experience the magic of growing color beginning Friday, March 1 2024 with a dazzling floral display across the hills of Carlsbad, California. The 2024 theme of “Spring into Color” serves as not only nature’s announcement of the arrival of spring but is a celebration of the working farm’s cultivation of fiftyfive acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus: a flower renowned for its large, double-petaled blooms that sit atop tall, straight stems. The season stretches eight to ten weeks each year with a full slate of activities including live music performances, workshops and wellness classes that harness the power of Mother Nature.

“The color that The Flower Fields brings each spring extends far beyond our rows of rainbow ranunculus.” says Fred Clarke, general manager of The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. “From the brightly painted wagons that bring visi-

tors into the fields, to vendors serving eye-catching lemonade and ice-cream dipped in sprinkles to the blueberry picking, Sea of Sunflowers and various gardens, color truly abounds at every turn.”

The 2024 activity calendar is brimming with programming such as the return of the lauded outdoor music series which features performances by Swingergy, The Derringers, Bill Magee, SoRockBlu, Bayou Brothers, Cool Rush and Michele Lundeen. Sunset Wine Tasting, Flower Crown Workshops and Tea in the Garden will return across multiple dates along with wellbeing classes including Meditation and Sound Healing and Flower Flow Yoga. The American Flag of Flowers, Tractor Wagon Rides, a Sweet Pea Maze, Santa’s Playground and the Carlsbad Mining Company will deliver on the nostalgic experiences that have brought guests back to The Flower Fields time and time again for over sixty years.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are located at 5704 Paseo

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Palomar Health Reaches Deal With Outside Management Company To Keep Healthcare a Community Asset

On February 20, 2024, the Palomar Health Executive Team reached a tentative agreement with an outside, nonprofit management services company, Mesa Rock Healthcare Management, to guide and strengthen Palomar’s ability to continue providing essential healthcare services in San Diego County. This agreement, subject to Palomar Health Board approval, will create a lasting partnership to ensure stability against the evershifting winds of the economy. With Mesa Rock as a partner, Palomar Health will keep healthcare at the community level, improve its ability to compete against private and for-profit hospital systems and strengthen its finances.

Through the Mesa Rock management partnership, Palomar Health will be able to affiliate with region-

Man About Town

It’s gotten to be something of a tradition. Most any Saturday morning, around 10am, you can often find retired Pastor Richard Huls and myself hunkered down in some cafe or restaurant, having a cup of coffee and discussing how to solve the world’s problems.

A more unlikely pair you’re not likely to meet . . . me, a confirmed heathen, he, obviously, a Christian pastor. Though our religious phi-

al healthcare partners and hospitals systems to:

• Drive primary medical care growth and integration;

• Expand medical and surgical oncology care;

• Bring top-quality pediatric care to North San Diego County;

• Stabilize relationships with hospital-based physician groups;

• Expand access to laboratory medicine; and

• Improve Palomar Health’s ability to negotiate rates with health plans.

Palomar Health is the largest public healthcare district in the state.

losophies differ . . . we have become very close friends and confidantes.

This past Saturday morning, SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) [sometimes known as the girl I married almost 64 years ago, Mary] came into my office and asked me where I was going to take her for breakfast.

“Sweetie, I’ve already made arrangements to have coffee with Pastor Huls. I’ll have to take you to lunch when I get back.”

“Take me along.”

“Can’t Luv. When Pastor Huls and I have coffee it’s “Guy Talk.” You wouldn’t feel comfortable nor would we. Kinda the same when you and Heather have “Girl Talk.” I stay away so you two can feel comfortable talking.”

I went back into my office, grabbed my jacket and prepared to leave. I went back into the living room and bent down to kiss Mary goodbye.

“I’ve got my shoes on and I’m

Letters to the Editor

So proud of you, Mr. Lyle E. Davis! Whenever I see “The Paper, Owned & Operated by a Veteran” it touches me deeply. The Paper also proudly has U.S. military writers such as our very own Oceanside resident, Mr. Tom Morrow. And Friedrich Gomez (USN) who has become a treasured part of my personal life. And I have you to thank for that, Mr. Davis. I am a UCSD grad student and I come from a long line of military veterans, including

brushing my hair,” she said. “I’m ready to go.”

I started to laugh. “Sweetheart, I just explained ... I’m having coffee with Pastor Huls and we’re gonna have “Guy Talk.” I’ll take you to lunch when I return.”

And so my Saturday adventure began.

I drove over and picked Pastor Huls up and off we went to Charlie’s for a Cinnamon Roll and cup of coffee . . . and the conversation began.

One of several areas we discussed was . . . Success.

Dick brought up the subject . . . “so many of us work all of our lives to attain success. But what is success? Is it money? I know many men who have accumulated success . . . but, in most cases, their goal was not to attain money ... but to do what they knew. What they were good at. What they loved. The money just seemed to follow their dedication to their craft or profession . . . doing what the loved to do.” I agreed.

my dad who is a proud USN-Ret. enlisted officer (he retired as a Master Chief Petty officer). Many of our neighbors and friends here in Oceanside are active and retired military vets (Navy and Marines), including two U.S Navy SEAL members who are very close family friends. During such times when some people refuse to stand when our National Anthem is played (I have personally witnessed this), or who openly disrespect our country’s flag, or fail to pay proper respect to our Fallen American Military Heroes who sacrificed their very lives for us -- such moments are heartbreaking for me. But then, I only have to see: “The Paper, Owned & Operated by a Veteran,” (along with your photo, Mr. Davis, beside those words), and I become doubly-proud and hopeful that my country is still in good hands.

From Kimberly Hastings, proud California surfer girl, Oceanside

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I, too, know a great many successful people. How did they become successful? And why?

Successful people are supposed to be aloof, right? Snooty? Nose in the air types? “I’ve got mine, nuts to you” types?

I’ve known a number of successful people, several of them millionaires and they aren’t like that at all. I suppose some are.

Those that I’ve met aren’t. I’ve known a few that are tight with a dollar but perhaps that’s why they became millionaires, by keeping a close eye on their money. ‘Course, once they had become millionaires they would begin setting up foundations that would then give money back to the community. Not only was it a good tax planning vehicle but it legitimately offered the opportunity of giving back to deserving members or sections of a community.

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it and started our journey downward, to the Haunted Wine Cellar, located in a network of subterranean catacombs that include a Hat and Hare Pub (complete with wizard bartender), a stage for magic shows, and even a virtual reality ghost party one is challenged to locate through the long haunted corridors.

THE NORTH SIDE UNDERGROUND & INNER CIRCLE BALLROOM FOR DANCING.

The second underground area is on the north side of the Magic Castle and is NOT connected to the other (south side) underground where the Haunted Wine Cellar is located. In regards to the north side underground, its one entry point can be accessed only from the second floor.

Its entry point is not far from the Palace of Mystery, the most lavish of Magic Castle live performance showrooms. We descended to the north side underground area that contains the Inner Circle Ballroom and museum. We encountered a cheerful collection of people, talking, laughing, and many dancing at the Inner Circle Ballroom dance floor. The Ballroom is wonderful for dancing during special times of the year, such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, etc.

Like Alice in Wonderland chasing the white rabbit down a magical hole, we all sighed at our journey and headed straight to the famous W. C. Fields Bar to have a stiff drink.

The Inner Circle Ballroom is some 30-feet below the Parlour of Prestidigitation showroom. This subterranean area also houses rare memorabilia from Hollywood’s Golden Movie Era. The Ballroom’s ceiling reflects what is known as an “infinity illusion.” Although the ceiling is only oneinch thick, the viewer sees an endless, infinite sky above them! (Note: Sometimes this illusion is not “turned on,” so viewers should remind a Castle staff member.)

PRIOR TO THE REAGAN’S VISIT, SECRET SERVICE “SCOUTED-OUT” THE SPOOKY PREMISES FOR SECURITY PRECAUTIONS.

Prior to Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s visit, their Secret Service scouted-out the spooky premises ahead of time, as is protocol for security reasons – and much of what they saw was rather startling!

Before the official visit, the Se-

cret Service agents watched as visitors must approach the golden owl with the red blinking eyes and utter the secret and enchanting spell: “Open sesame.”

Immediately, the large bookcase magically began to move and a secret panel is revealed which guests disappear through!

They had vanished completely from view and reappeared in another locale, and now stood inside the Castle’s opulent Main Salon Bar area, adjacent to a huge breathtaking spiral staircase that would have made Glinda “The Good Witch” from the Wizard of Oz most proud.

The Secret Service agents who observed this – as well as many other unexplained and seemingly unpredictable events -- looked at each other with some concern.

The Magic Castle and its vast interior presented a logistical nightmare for the Secret Service.

And the agents did not wish to “rain on anyone’s parade” by clearing the premises or “securing the areas” as that would ruin the ambience, not to mention rudely disrupt an evening full of VIPs, celebrities, and other notables who also frequent the Castle -many of whom are close personal friends of the Reagans since their early Hollywood years, such as Frank Sinatra.

Sinatra and famous songbird Barbra Streisand often spent hours in the company of the Magic Castle’s most famous ghost, known as “Invisible Irma.” Their favourite phantom played any song on the piano that was requested by

And the bullet was lodged dangerously near his heart causing the head surgeon to state: “It was situated in a pretty vile place. The first thing that went through our minds was, is this a salvageable case?”

At the hospital, personnel scrambled to stabilise the president. The president’s blood pressure was now at a dangerous level of 60 versus the normal 140, indicating that he was in a state of shock.

All these inner thoughts tumbled from the memory banks of Reagan’s Secret Service as they thought of his exposure within The Magic Castle.

They thought among themselves: “God forbid, would this be another series of blunders at the Magic Castle?”

THE 1981 BLUNDERS BY THE SECRET SERVICE HAD THEM VOW THAT SUCH MISTAKES WOULD NEVER BE REPEATED!

Sinatra or Streisand and they both sang -- all to the delight of starstruck fans!

Many of Hollywood’s greatest stars practically “lived” at the Magic Castle. Immortal movie legend, Cary Grant, served on the Magic Castle Board of Directors and even performed there as a magician under the stage name, “The Great Carini.”

AS THE SECRET SERVICE PREPARED TO ESCORT THE REAGANS TO THE MAGIC CASTLE -- FEAR & TREPIDATION SET IN.

It is now Tuesday evening 26 February 1991.

As Ronald and Nancy excitedly get ready for the Magic Castle, their secret service agents have every right to feel great anxiety and personal fear.

After all, it was only ten years prior on 30 March 1981 that an assassination attempt nearly killed President Reagan.

That’s when a bullet from John Hinckley, Jr. pierced Reagan’s chest just below the left underarm, breaking a rib, puncturing his lung and causing it to collapse, all resulting in serious internal bleeding and causing the surgeons to question his survival chances.

Reagan would end up loosing over half of his blood volume in the emergency room and during surgery.

Reagan’s bleeding hadn’t stopped, even after the doctors had re-expanded his lung.

The self-admitted mistakes by the Secret Service agents that terrifying day in 1981 were officially called: “The Day That Changed Presidential Security Forever.”

By their own admission, mistakes by the Secret Service that fateful day were flagrant and inexcusable by their own internal review:

1. It was rehearsed and planned that the public was to get no closer than 40-feet of the President that day, when in fact the crowd came (within) 10 feet of him!

2. Reagan was supposed to be wearing a bullet-proof vest under his coat from the Secret Service –he was not!

Upon review, even President Reagan said the blunders were atrociously inexcusable.

At the end of his speaking engagement at a luncheon for the AFLCIO representatives, the planned route was for the President to exit the Washington Hilton Hotel at approximately 1:45 p.m. Then, he was to proceed with his entourage and the Secret Service through what was considered to be the safest, most secured, enclosed passageway called “The President’s Walk.”

According to their plan, upon exiting “The President’s Walk” and first exposing himself to open daylight, this would physically place Reagan only a short 40-feet between the hotel and his limousine.

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Reagan from page 3 To enter The Castle, you must approach the owl with the red blinking eyes sitting in the bookcase, and utter the secret spell “Open Sesame.”

5th District Supervisor Jim Desmond

$6 Million Spent. Now what? No More SVPs for Rural San Diego

The placement of Sexually Violent Predators (SVPs) in rural areas of California, including San Diego County, is an ongoing problem. Since the 75th Assembly District covers most of rural northern and eastern San Diego County, I am very pleased to join Senator Brian Jones (R – San Diego) as co-author of Senate Bill 1074.

In San Diego County, SVPs have been placed in Jacumba Hot Springs, Campo, Boulevard, Borrego Springs and other locations, often in residential neighborhoods or near parks and schools

.Currently, the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) oversees placement and contracts with Liberty Healthcare, which then seeks court approval. In some cases the courts intervene to deny inappropriate placements, but by then the leasing process is often already underway, which increases costs and causes delays.

SVPs have been convicted of sexually violent offenses and are diagnosed with a mental disorder which makes them a danger to others -- with a ‘high likelihood to reoffend.’ Whether or not someone designated likely to reoffend for such serious crimes should be released at all is another question. But if they are to be released, placing them in rural areas ignores the

County

lack of resources in these communities. Rural areas rarely have appropriate oversight, counseling or treatment options available in urban communities. SVP housing needs should never be placed above public safety.

SB 1074 will make public safety the highest criteria for housing SVPs in any area, with the Director of State Hospitals to be held responsible for ensuring that public safety is the major consideration. The DSH will be required to take ownership by approving any placements before leases can be signed.

SB 1074 has bipartisan support, and due to the importance of the legislation, it has an urgency clause (requiring a 2/3 vote). It will go into effect immediately once it’s signed by the Governor.

California’s rural areas cannot remain dumping grounds for Sexually Violent Predators. SB 1074 will make public safety the priority it should be.

Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R- Valley Center, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the cities of Poway, Santee, portions of the City of San Diego, and most of rural eastern and northern San Diego County.

A Word from San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones Get Your Theatre Act Ready

Here in San Marcos, we love to showcase the outstanding acting skills of our creative youth. The Broadway Theatre West Youth Drama Program is seeking talented and expressive youth ages 7 to 17 to audition for the one and only, “The Wizard of Oz”.

Auditions will be held on Monday, March 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. It takes a lot of courage to perform on a big stage, so I warmly invite you all to attend the final performances in Spring. Mark the dates below to come watch our talented youth travel through the yellow brick road to Emerald City:

• Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

• Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and military and $8 for children under 12 years old.

For more information, please visit www.broadwayvista.biz or call (760) 728-1002.

The County of San Diego is on the brink of depleting the $6 million in local tax dollars utilized to fund transportation and other items for migrants entering the country. I have consistently opposed using local funds for federal responsibilities, as I firmly believe that local tax dollars should not be used to compensate for federal ineptness. These funds should have been directed toward tackling urgent issues within our county, such as homelessness and public safety.

The situation at our border has escalated to alarming levels, with over 100,000 border encounters recorded in San Diego alone over the past five months. This surge is not merely a matter of numbers; it is a glaring symptom of a system failing to enforce the laws designed to safeguard our nation’s borders.

This failure lies squarely at the feet of the federal government. We were initially receiving 300-400 migrants a day, but now we’re seeing 800-900. As more money was spent, the number of migrants has increased.

We are already grappling with a severe homelessness problem, and the influx of thousands of indi-

viduals onto our streets will only exacerbate this crisis. The federal government must take responsibility for securing the border, as this chaotic approach to governance is no way to run a country. However, if this situation persists, they must step up to fund and operate temporary shelters or housing on federal properties, facilitating the processing of individuals to their final destinations instead of releasing them onto our streets and transit centers.

Until they can responsibly manage this situation, further entry into our region should not be permitted.

With the funds set to run out, we anticipate a surge in individuals sleeping in our airports and streets.

The federal government must take immediate action to rectify this problem. The responsibility for addressing this crisis lies firmly in their hands, and they must take decisive steps to fix it.

San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond, 1600 Pacific Highway, #335, San Diego, CA 92101, United States http:// www.supervisorjimdesmond.com/

I never ordered Uber One. Please help me get my money back!

Diego Vega is signed up for Uber One. He has no idea how he’s been enrolled in the monthly $9.99 membership, but he does know one thing: He wants to unenroll. But how?

Q: I received an offer and an unsolicited credit for an Uber One membership through Capital One. I never asked for it, and there is no way I can reject it.

Now Uber is charging me $9.99 per month for something I didn’t want, and what’s worse, I can’t cancel it because Capital One and Uber are unresponsive. Can you please help me find a solution?

~ Diego Vega, Miami

A: Uber One shouldn’t have enrolled you in its program unless you signed up for it. So how did you end up with a membership that you didn’t want?

I wasn’t there when you clicked

“accept” -- but when I first saw your case, I thought I knew. Uber makes it so easy to become an Uber One member. I’ve seen the “sign up” button on my app almost every time I hail a car. Often, Uber offers a discount on your ride if you sign up. And if you’re in a hurry to get a ride, you might overlook the fine print.

Your Uber One membership offers 5 percent off eligible rides and orders on food, groceries, and alcohol. You also get priority pickups and access to special offers. If you’re a heavy Uber user, it might be worthwhile, but for you, it probably wasn’t.

Your experience with Uber One was torture. According to the paper trail you provided, Capital One not only signed you up for a

The Paper • Page 6 • February 29, 2024 Problem Solved continued on page 12 Problem Solved by Christopher Elliott

Over my nearly 50-plus years of journalism I encountered many celebrities and historical figures. I’ve written stories from several of those interviews, however a great many garnered only brief comments and quips.

Henny Youngman: I met this old Yiddish vaudevillian briefly in 1980 after his standup routine at the San Diego Civic Theater. “What will happen to your one-liners when you’re gone … aren’t you afraid they’ll be lost?” I asked. “Not as long as (Milton) Berle’s alive,” he chuckled. When Youngman died his more than six-million collection of jokes went to the Library of Congress.

Jack Carter: The last of the oldtime stand-up comics, Carter approached me at San Diego Airport in 1984, asking for a dime to make a pay-phone call. (That’ll tell you how long ago it was). After his call, he grabbed my arm and told

When Leah Page picks up her rental car from Thrifty, it charges her a $250 upgrade fee. Can it do that without her permission? And how can she get a refund?

Q: I recently rented a car from Thrifty in Los Angeles. The car I had reserved was not available when I arrived, which I only learned after waiting over an hour in line!

Thankfully, a kind agent found a car for me that was available, and I was able to get on my way. Unfortunately, it looks like Thrifty also increased the price of my rental by $250.

Each time I ask about the charge, I get a different response. When I originally signed the rental contract, the agent advised me to contact Thrifty’s main office during my rental to correct the overcharge. When I contacted Thrifty during my rental, they told me to wait until after the contract was

Historically Speaking

Billy Wilder And Me at the Historic Hotel del Coronado Brief Historical Encounters

the Pacific Southwest Airline gate attendant I was his “caretaker” and I needed to accompany him for early boarding. The young woman had no idea Carter had been a regular on Ed Sullivan’s TV Variety Show dozens of times and was a famous personality to those of us 50-plus year-olds. He passed way in 2015 at age 93.

Kay Starr: The 40s and 50s Grammy Award winning pop singer was here for our first Oceanside Music Festival. She started with Joe Vinuti’s big band when she was just 15. “I love to entertain people … the problem is most of my fans are no longer with us.” Alas, she’s gone as well. She died in 2016 at age 94.

Milton Berle: I interviewed “Mr. Television” in 1979, and I chatted with him again during an Orange County resort cigar dinner in 1993. When I reminded him of our earlier meeting, he quipped, “Of course, I remember you … now, what is your name?” A classic way of disarming a wordsmith who was interfering with his steak and cigar. He passed away in 2002 at age 93.

Jesse White: At that same dinner everyone was huddled around Berle while unrecognized in a cor-

ner stood legendary comic actor Jesse White, known to millions as the washing machine spokesman, “The loneliest guy in town.” We chatted about his countless movies and TV appearances. He seldom was seen without a cigar … including a special 1980 evening he appeared in “Kiss Me Kate” a show I had seen in a Sacramento outdoor theater presentation. In parting he told me how much he appreciated our conversation. “Not too many folks recognize me without my Maytag uniform,” he said with a chuckle.

complete. Now, I’m being told that I should have ensured this issue was addressed at the time of signing the contract.

I never asked for an upgrade. The Thrifty agent was just attempting to honor the original reservation. I’ve written to Thrifty and have asked for a refund, but it refuses. Can you help me?

A: Thrifty shouldn’t have made you wait more than an hour -- and it shouldn’t have charged you an extra $250 without your consent. The industry standard practice when a location runs out of cars is to upgrade a customer to the next available class of car at no additional charge. The kind agent should have been clearer about the additional expense of an upgrade or urged you to wait until the Thrifty location had a car in your class (which might have been a long wait).

Unfortunately, I’ve been seeing a

lot of these car rental shenanigans. The location runs out of cars, and then a “helpful” agent slides a contract under your nose that includes a hefty upgrade charge.

If an agent ever tells you to call the 800 number to correct the overcharge, walk away from the rental. The moment you accept the keys to the vehicle, you’re on the hook for the full amount, no matter what an employee says.

Even if you’ve already agreed to the rental, you still have a decent case. Make sure you keep the original reservation and then send a copy of the confirmation along with the new invoice to the car rental company, politely asking it to adjust your rate. If that doesn’t work, you can appeal to one of the executive contacts for the rental company -- Thrifty’s parent company, Hertz, in this case. (I list them on my consumer advocacy site, Elliott.org).

Roger Williams: This fellow Iowan played a short piano concert about 10 years ago at Carlsbad’s Museum of Making Music. I ask him the obvious query: how many times over the years had he played his all-time favorite, “Autumn Leaves?” He smiled, “I stopped counting at 25,000.”

Herb Jefferies: Born Alexander Valentino, he was known in Hollywood during the 1940s as the “Bronze Buckaroo,” Herb became a much-needed hero for African Americans, particularly in the South. During those “Jim Crow” days before World War II, it was hard to find movie theatres where people of color could attend. Herb, who had a light completion, became a silver-screen hero, especially in the South where all-black theatres ran them. During the bigband era during the ‘30s, he had become famous singing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. His big hit was “Flamingo.” Herb said of his complexion: “I had a greatgrandmother who was an Ethiopian, so I wear either color quite nicely” He died in 2014 at age 100.

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You kept a great paper trail of correspondence between yourself and Thrifty. But the responses were predictable. You signed the contract, you have to pay. There were “sincere” apologies for the way you felt about your rental, but Thrifty would not move.

That’s troubling. You trusted the Thrifty agent to do the right thing, and instead, the company stuck you with a $250 bill. Maybe you’re renting from the wrong company.

You told me that you were so exasperated that you felt like dropping the matter. But I had a better idea. I contacted Thrifty on your behalf. The company refunded your $250.

Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy, a nonprofit organization that helps consumers solve their problems. Email him at chris@elliott.org or get help by contacting him on his site.

© 2024 Christopher Elliott.

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Travel Troubleshooter
Charged an extra $250 for a Thrifty car rental upgrade. Can I get that money back?
Billy Wilder and me at the historic Hotel del Coronado.

Passengers want to get off the plane first. Here’s how you can do it.

It’s not your imagination. Airline passengers want to be first off the plane -- and they would do almost anything to exit the aircraft as soon as it pulls up to the gate.

I saw it after my recent flight from Los Angeles to Houston landed. I opened the overhead bin to grab my carry-on bag, and I was nearly knocked back in my seat by a guy who was barreling toward the front without even an “excuse me.”

Other air travelers have experienced exit envy, too. As soon as Neil Gupta’s recent flight from Houston to Salt Lake City came to a stop at the gate, an impatient passenger jumped up and sprinted to the front, squeezing past the other passengers.

“He kept saying he had to make a connection,” recalls Gupta, a dentist from Seattle. “I got off and went to the nearest restroom and guess who was washing his hands? Maybe he had a bathroom emergency?”

Nah. It was probably a me-first thing. It’s happening more often, and passengers find it annoying. In fact, 58 percent of travelers surveyed by Kayak said passengers should not rush to get off the plane, even if they have a tight connection.

Yet here we are, on the verge of what will probably be the busiest year for air travel in the history of modern aviation -- and people can’t even wait their turn to get off the plane. There’s a reason this is happening and as it turns out, there’s a way to get off the plane early if you need to. I’ll tell you how in just a minute.

Why do passengers want to get off the plane first?

There are two main reasons for the mad stampede off the plane -- and both are terrible.

The most commonly used excuse is that they have to make a connection. That seems like a legitimate reason for pushing ahead of everyone else. But when that happens, and there really is a tight connection, flight attendants will usually make an announcement to please remain seated so that those with a connection can disembark first.

But the lone passenger shoving his way to the front of the aircraft? Not buying it.

The other reason? They’re in a hurry and have to urgently get off the plane. Seems legit, too, until you see them waiting at the luggage carousel with the rest of us. The only legitimate emergency I can think of is having to use the bathroom. But planes have bathrooms, so doesn’t that mean they

should be rushing to the back of the aircraft?

“There are people who try to exit first under false pretenses, pretending they have a short connection or creating some other fauxurgent need,” says Nick Leighton, an etiquette expert and co-host of the weekly etiquette podcast, Were You Raised By Wolves? “This is rude.”

Got that? The etiquette expert says it’s rude. And I agree.

How to get off the plane first without being rude.

But you can get off the plane early the right way.

“The politest way is to enlist the aid of the flight attendants,” says Jodi RR Smith, an etiquette consultant. “They’ll verify if it’s a legitimate request and ask passengers to allow the connectors to exit first.”

Another strategy that works -- and airlines love this one -- is buying a seat closer to the front of the plane. That’s what Edd Horenburger did when he had a short connection on a trip from Tokyo to Philadelphia.

“I paid for an upgrade -- and it worked,” says Horenburger, a retired printer from Philadelphia.

Don’t forget -- there’s no prize for getting off the plane first. If you’re trying to make a connection, getting to that next flight in time is the only thing that matters.

When the first leg of Kathy Lopez’ flight from New Delhi to Phoenix was delayed, she turned to a flight attendant for help. Instead of let-

ting her off the plane early, the crewmember told her to find her after the plane landed. She did.

“She escorted me through several concourses, bypassed security and onto my next flight,” she says. “If she hadn’t done that, I would have missed my flight -- and I would have missed Thanksgiving with my family.”

Whose fault is this early exiting problem?

It would be tempting to blame the rise of these connection con artists on a breakdown of civility in society. But it turns out there’s a reason we’re seeing more of this behavior.

Airlines are largely responsible for the mad stampede off the plane. They operate “hub-and-spoke” flights that necessitate a connection, and then they often schedule the connections too close together. That makes passengers nervous and ready to bolt the moment the plane lands.

The fix is more point-to-point flights and more generous connection times so that passengers don’t feel like they have to sprint across the terminal to make their next flight. Oh, I know. There are people in the airline industry who will tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about. But wait until you get knocked over by a nervous passenger on your next flight, and then let’s have a discussion about this.

Elliott’s Tips For Exiting A Plane Early

If you need to get off the plane first, examine your motives. Do

you really need to leave for a legitimate reason or do you just have exit envy?

Book early and consider paying for an upgrade. If you know you have a tight connection, you’ll want to book your flight early so that you have a choice of seat assignments (if you’re on Southwest Airlines, pay extra for EarlyBird privileges and snag a seat up front.)

Ask if you can get off the plane early. Tell a flight attendant that you need to be off the plane quickly. If it’s a good enough reason, they’ll make an announcement. If it’s not that urgent, ask your fellow passengers if you can get ahead of them. “Most of the time, they’ll oblige because well, we’ve all been in that situation,” Anthony Radchenko, CEO of AirAdvisor.

Don’t forget your rights. If you miss your connection, your airline will put you on the next available flight at no extra charge, assuming your connection is on the same itinerary. If you have to spend the night at the airport, your airline should also cover your hotel, meal and transportation expenses (although it depends on where you are and which airline you’re on). Your airline can’t just abandon you at the terminal.

Christopher Elliott is an author, consumer advocate, and journalist. He founded Elliott Advocacy, a nonprofit organization that helps solve consumer problems. He publishes Elliott Confidential, a travel newsletter, and the Elliott Report, a news site about customer service. If you need help with a consumer problem, you can email him at chris@elliott.org.

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Illustration by Aren Elliott

What Is A Reverse Mortgage?

Last time we covered the basics of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) or Reverse Mortgage. This time, I’d like to talk about how some of my clients have used the reverse mortgage to improve their lives. Perhaps if you see how other people have utilized the loan program, you’ll come to see and understand how functional the reverse mortgage is and how you can personalize it to suit your needs.

A few years ago, I had a client named Judy who lived in Hesperia. I worked with Judy for two years before she moved ahead with the reverse mortgage program. Judy had a huge hole in her roof. She was very cold in the winter and

extremely hot in the summer. Not to mention when it rained! She had been working with the city to obtain special financing for the roof repair. The funding had run out prior to Judy being able to participate for two years in a row. I was able to show Judy how she could have the reverse mortgage completed in just over a month and have the roof repair completed by the time the loan was completed. We were able to repair the roof, pay off her small mortgage, provide a small monthly advance AND set up a line of credit for emergency use! I remember that she was able to buy herself a new computer and she was so excited! Judy’s sone was very thankful that his mom was able to enjoy herself again and not worry.

Another couple was very interested in buying a home in Utah to be near their grandchildren. Their home was in Irvine, so they were able to take out the reverse mortgage and use all that cash to purchase their second home in Utah. They are thrilled with not having to make a payment for the money used to purchase their second home. And they are close to their children and grandchildren!

Mortgage

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Oodles

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Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA, 92008. Single ticket admission is $23 for adults, $21 for seniors 60+ and military, $14 for children 3–10, and free for children under three. Season passes are $48 for adults, $44 for seniors 60+, $28 for children 3–10, with group tours also available. Private events are available to book year-round, including corporate groups and weddings. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase by visiting https:// www.theflowerfields.com/.

About The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch: Located in North San Diego County and nestled in the heart of one of the most beautiful and productive working flower ranch areas in North America, Carlsbad Ranch is located less than one half-mile from the ocean, within five minutes of several prominent hotels, and a short drive from two international airports (Orange County and San Diego). A working flower and specialty crop ranch, The Flower Fields is an essential contributor to California agriculture and related jobs.

Escondido Woman’s Club Meeting

March 4 • 10:30am

751 N. Rose St., Escondido

The Escondido Woman’s Club March meeting will be on Monday, March 4th, at their Clubhouse, 751 No. Rose Street (corner of Mission Ave.), Escondido. Guests are welcome. The meeting starts at 10:30am, and there will be reports about the Annual Scholarship Foundation, the Nominating Committee, the “Bakeless” Bake Sale and the fundraising Vintage Fashion Show the Club has scheduled for Saturday, May 11th.

The program will be a presented by Rocio Uriarte, Systems Engineer, on “Telephone, Internet and Social Media Safety,” something we all should be concerned about.

Reservations are required by Thursday, February 29th, if you plan to stay for lunch. Guests and potential new members please call the Clubhouse at 760.743.9178 and leave your name and phone number. Someone will return your call. Cost of lunch is $20.00/person. We look forward to having you at our meeting.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Meeting March 4 • 10:00 am

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting for all North County Inland Communities. Free monthly meetings for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners are held

Pet Parade

Gimoda

Gimoda is Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s pet of the week. She’s an 8-year-old, 9-pound, female, Domestic Long Hair cat with a White and Brown Tabby coat.

Gimoda was abandoned outside a shelter in Riverside County. She was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS.) She’s a friendly, lap-loving cat.

The $75 adoption fee for Gimoda includes medical exam, spay, up to date vaccinations, and registered microchip.

from 10 am until Noon at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo, in the Parish Hall.

Our featured speaker for Monday, March 4th is Lisa Tataryn who will be presenting “Training The Brain With Biofeedback”. Separate breakout sessions for People with Parkinson’s and care partners will follow the presentation to discuss successes and challenges.

Come learn, share, meet, and enjoy the free refreshments with other involved Parkinson’s persons. Please call (760) 749-8234 or (760) 5181963 if you have any questions.

Cardiff Farmer Market

Every Saturday • 10am - 2pm

Cardiff 101 Mainstreet Association is hosting a weekly Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Located at MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus, the new farmers market is a Certified California Farmers Market, featuring locally sourced produce sold by local farmers. The Cardiff Farmers Market will also have an array of related food products and prepared food vendors, along with a curated group of makers and craft vendors.

San Diego Humane Society is supporting families and their pets who need a little extra help.

Through the Community Pet Pantry, anyone can visit our campuses to pick up a bag of dog or cat food, and other supplies, as available.

No appointment is needed for this service. Hours are

Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

El Cajon

373 N. Marshall Ave.

Escondido

3500 Burnet Drive

Oceanside 572 Airport Road

San Diego 5480 Gaines Street

Pet of the Week

Benji

Meet handsome Benji, a small pup with a BIG personality!

Though he’s just three years old, Benji is an old soul and knows what he likes in life. He’s not one for the hustle and bustle of a busy household, preferring the peace and tranquility of a quiet home. He’d prefer not to share his treasured space at home with other pets or kids. Instead, he thrives on ample enrichmenthe loves puzzles, games, and activities that challenge his mind. Independent-spirited Benji is ready to bring lots of joy to his new home and the people who can help him live the life of his dreams!

Visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas or log on to www. SDpets.org.

Open 11 to 4, Friday through Monday, and by appointment Wednesday and Thursday.

Benji (757409) is available for adoption at San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido Campus at 3500 Burnet Dr. If you have questions about the adoption process, you can visit sdhumane.org/adopt or call 619-299-7012.

Online profile: https://www.sdhumane.org/adopt/available-pets/ animal-single.html?petId=757409

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Are jobs in education, engineering, medicine, financial planning and other professions that require extensive academic exposure, knowledge and certification really being threatened by the escalating potency of the IW (Intelligent Web)? While It’s doubtful that these jobs are in immediate jeopardy, it is certain that rise of the IW is starting to change the nature of many highly regarded occupations.

The IW began with the combination of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and broad band Internet access in 2001.

Broad band gave us access to the ever increasing pool of human knowledge and AI provided a continuously improving tool for analysis and decision making. While the IW may not entirely replace professional service providers, having access to IW makes providers

The guy bragged that he had the perfect dog. When a group of his friends planned a play date at the dog park, he and the perfect dog were invited to join them.

Everybody was on time except the guy with the perfect dog. He was still in the parking lot. His perfect dog was snarling and lunging after every dog and kid it saw.

The park was double gated, to prevent escapes as new dogs arrived and tired dogs left. They made it through the first gate. Then his perfect dog saw the other dogs in the park and went bonkers.

Has the IW (Intelligent Web) made teachers obsolete?

more effective by providing better informed users.

For example, recently television has exploded with advertisements for pharmaceuticals that treat a wide variety of common ailments. Most are drugs requiring a doctor’s prescription. The purpose of the TV ad is to get viewers to consider the advertised drug as a treatment for a condition from which they or someone they know may suffer. This often prompts the user to do further IW research on the medical condition and the efficacy of the recommended treatment. They eventually contact their medical professional with a better understanding of their condition and treatment alternatives. An informed doctor/patient relationship makes the process safer and more efficient for both.

The IW gives any of us the opportunity to become technically literate in many areas. If you have the time and dedication, you can use the IW to become a world class expert in Nuclear physics, Texas Hold-em, Day Trading, ornithology, plant physiology, cryptography you name it, it’s all there if you want it badly enough.

The IW may have a discomforting affect on educators, particularly those who grew up in the “old school” education system where teachers were respected icons of wisdom and knowledge. Today’s students spend half their waking

hour connected to the IW. A student who spends an hour or two on the IW, boning up on the latest available information on tomorrows lesson, can often blind side the teacher with the latest up to the minute information on whatever subject is being taught that day. The ubiquity of the IW Internet and its impact on students and teachers is one factor affecting the decision by many educators to leave the education industry in troubling numbers for other opportunities The Internet is a giant library of human lore. It is a compendium of human and natural history, science, religion, art, mythology, political opinion and virtually everything else that anyone thought was worth keeping on record. As a practical matter, simply having access to this treasure chest

of assembled, filed and catalogued information greatly enhances our ability to solve problems using our own internal cognitive abilities. But when we combine AI (Artificial Intelligence) with the computer’s ability to rapidly multitask calculations using massive data bases, we can get better, more complete and much faster solutions than are possible using our own internal storage and cognitive abilities.

Mankind’s breakout development of the IW marks a major turning point in human history. It foreshadows not only a change in the way we do nearly everything, but it also threatens to change us, and not necessarily in a good way. We’ll discuss those unpleasant possibilities next week.

Before you give up on your “old” PC, check out the cost of an upgrade.

Solid State Drive (SSD) - windows 10/11 - more memory (RAM) - Faster Internet - Bluetooth/Wifi, better/biger monnitor - external speakers - external CD/RW - wireless keyboard and mouse - etc.

The dogs in the park came running to see what the fuss was about. That just stirred up the perfect dog even more.

Eventually the other dogs lost interest. When things quieted down, the guy and his dog made it through the second gate and into the dog park.

He unleashed his dog then turned around and walked toward his friends. Behind him, his psycho dog was going full Rambo through the park. Running, Jumping. Pinning other dogs to the ground. Knocking people over.

His friends were appalled! After a couple minutes, one of them interrupted him as he was giving dog training advice. “Dude! Turn around and pay attention to your dog! It just started a fight!”

Perfect dog’s dad was shocked. “That can’t be. My dog’s always great at the park. I let him go then ignore him for an hour until he’s tired.”

He was stunned when his friends leashed up their dogs and left along with most of the other people and dogs in the park.

With nobody left to impress, he sat on the ground by the entrance with his back toward his dog, put on his headphones, and started playing video games on his phone.

Unsuspecting owners arrived with

their dogs. After a couple minutes dealing with the perfect dog, they all left.

If you meet someone like this at a dog park, don’t start a fight. They won’t listen. Do the safe thing and leave.

There’s an old saying that “The Impala runs away and doesn’t worry about hurting the Cheetah’s feelings.”

The Paper • Page 11 • February 29, 2024 My Dog Gets Along GREAT With Other Dogs…Doesn’t it? John Van Zante’s Critter Corner

Problem Solved from page 6

$9.99 monthly membership that you didn’t want, but it also made it impossible to cancel. And then -and here comes the torture part -- it also sent you solicitations asking you how you liked the $9.99 membership that you neither wanted nor could cancel. Come on!

I think it’s fine to make it easy to sign up for a program like Uber One, as long as it’s something you want. But it’s not fine to make it impossible to leave the program. Again, I wasn’t there when you tried to unenroll. But companies should make it as easy to leave as they do to sign up.

And what if you can’t do it? Well, I list the names, numbers and email addresses of the Uber customer service executives and Capital One customer service executives on my consumer advocacy website, Elliott.org. A brief, polite email to one of them might have gotten you off the hook. I also publish a few helpful strategies for resolving your own customer service dispute on my site, and those could have helped you get this fixed.

A closer look at your case suggests you didn’t join Uber One. Rather, you signed up for a Capital One card that came with six “free” months of Uber One membership. The fine print noted, “Reminder— once your credited membership period expires, unless you cancel your Uber One monthly membership, your card will be charged each month for membership and you will no longer receive a statement credit. To avoid charges, cancel in the Uber One section of the Uber app or by contacting Uber Support.”

I contacted Capital One on your behalf. A representative reached out to you and helped you cancel your membership. Capital One processed a full refund for your membership fees, too.

Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy (https://elliottadvocacy.org), a nonprofit organization that helps consumers solve their problems. Email him at chris@elliott.org or get help by contacting him at https://elliottadvocacy.org/help/

© 2023 Christopher Elliott.

Historically Speaking from page 7

I would imagine everyone at one time another has visions or dreams of having a conversational meal with someone considered great or a genius. Churchill, Eisenhower, or even Einstein – someone like that. My chance came in April 1984. I had a personal invitation to have breakfast with one of the world’s great Hollywood film makers: Billy Wilder.

I was an executive at the famed Hotel del Coronado and had just staged a 25th anniversary celebration of Wilder’s legendary film “Some Like It Hot,” starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe. I invited everyone for a fabulous weekend of fun. Lemmon, Curtis, and Wilder showed up, along with many of the supporting cast still living. It was a flawless weekend that went off exactly as I had planned it.

Wilder’s film accomplishments were rivaled by no one. As a writerdirector he won Academy Awards for “Sunset Boulevard,” “Stalag 17,” “The Lost Weekend,” “Double Indemnity,” “The Apartment,” “The Seven Year Itch,” “Witness for the Prosecution,” “The Spirit of St. Louis,” “Sabrina,” “The Front Page,” plus “Some Like it Hot,” to name a few.

On the Sunday morning after an evening of celebration, I received word that Mr. Wilder wanted to have breakfast with me. I had a brief phone conversation with Lemmon, asking if the invitation was real or simply a polite gesture by Wilder.

“My boy, never pass up a chance to sit at the feet of greatness,” was Lemmon’s response.

We met out on the historic hotel’s promenade deck on a bright Sunday morning. Wilder was sitting at a table sipping a cup of coffee and smoking a cigar. I had placed a box of expensive cigars in his suite upon his arrival on Friday evening. That morning, I arrived at the same time as Lemmon, who Wilder also had invited.

We ate breakfast while we sat listening to Wilder talking on a number of subjects, including being back at the hotel after 25 years. He recalled how difficult Marilyn had been to work with him, Lemmon and Curtis. About how she held up the filming while her two co-stars stood by patiently, in high-heels and drag waiting for their next scene. The film has since been heralded by many as the greatest comedy put on film.

More of my historical memories and experiences in coming weeks.

Reagan from page 5

Despite all these precautions, the Secret Service safety guidelines would, in reality, be ignored and, as a consequence, almost prove fatal to Reagan and his associates.

President Reagan began waving to a crowd of news media and to excited citizens.

Unknown to everyone, a 25-yearolde John Hinckley, Jr. waited within the crowd of admirers to get closer.

He had travelled almost 1,700miles from Evergreen, Colorado to where he now stood; a shortbarreled .22-calibre revolver in his possession.

At precisely 2:27 p.m. on 30 March 1981, only 68 days into his presidency, President Reagan and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley, Jr. in Washington, D.C.

The White House security staff called the whole assassination debacle: “A colossal mistake.”

They recalled how John Hinckley was quickly driven to the pavement after being permitted to breach the 40-foot rule –along with the rest of the crowd. Hinckley’s .22 calibre Rohm RG14 blue steel revolver had quickly fired 6 times in a span of only 1.7 seconds!

WITH HORRIFYING MEMORIES OF 1981 THE SECRET SERVICE PREPARE TO ESCORT THE REAGANS TO THE MAGIC CASTLE.

As the Reagans continue to prepare for the evening, so also do his secret service agents, but in vastly different ways.

They are authorised to carry (concealed) heavy fire-power as well as the right to use ‘deadly force’ if necessary.

All eight of the agents are dressed immaculately. Underneath their well tailored coats, they are armed to the teeth with each carrying a Glock 19, Glock 17 MOS Gen5 pistol.

They also are all connected to a special earpiece, which is a small microphone that rests just inside each agent’s sleeve. This allows them to easily communicate simply by speaking directly into the unseen microphone next to the agent’s wrist.

Ronald Reagan’s code name is “Rawhide.” Nancy Reagan is “Rainbow.”

AT THE MAGIC CASTLE &

PROCEEDING TO THE “HOUDINI SÉANCE.”

As the Reagans, including the eight secret service agents, vanish through the magic portal after saying the traditional secret password “Open sesame,” they all reappear within the Castle’s opulent and spacious interior on the first floor which is the huge Main Salon Bar area.

Unknown to most guests, there is a ghostly table where drinks mysteriously move and interchange whenever the people are not looking. As a result, occasional screams, then loud laughter from jovial visitors fill the air and define at what table poltergeists are mischievously plying their antics.

A particular haunted barstool causes loud laughter as an unsuspecting patron sitting on it, slowly – without them being aware -- slowly the patron, as with an illusion . . . ever so slowly seems to reduce and shrink in size to the amusement of onlookers.

On the second floor is the Haunted Phone Booth where visitors take turns entering and then try dialing an outside number only to realise that there connection may not be to the living!

There are various, lavish showrooms, such as “The Palace of Mystery” where guests may disappear into and sit, spellbound, as they witness ‘live’ performances from the world’s foremost practitioners weaving startling illusions that would curl Merlin’s beard.

Visitors can imbibe their favourite libation at the famed, antique “Palace Bar” from the 17th century (1600s) imported from an English pub and which was patronised during the time of Shakespeare.

Finally, the eight heavily-armed Secret Service agents escort Ronald and Nancy Reagan towards the Houdini Séance area.

There are only two doors at the Houdini Séance room, and four agents are now guarding each one from inside the room so they can keep a close eye on both Mr. and Mrs. Reagan.

The séance ‘medium’ is Leo Kostka who had ‘guided’ other politicos through the spirit world, such as Robert Kennedy, Jr. (who is currently running as an Independent for U. S. President this year, in 2024).

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Kostka recalls how Reagan’s eight Secret Service men keep watch over the room, and now Kostka becomes very nervous. He reflects on one particular night which went horribly wrong . . . especially for the distinguished guests.

That was when a ghostly head fell onto the lap of a Japanese woman, sending her entire party screaming in stark terror from the Castle!

This time, as the Reagans sat spellbound and the spirits from ‘beyond’ answered personal questions, the Castle medium-guide, Leo Kostka, seemed amazed that the Secret Service allowed the room lights to be fully extinguished – technically making the Reagans most vulnerable.

It was one of the most memorable nights for both the Reagans as well as their eight Secret Service agents who enjoyed the festivities far more than they expected.

The following year, Ronald Reagan invited his favourite Magic Castle magician, Tom Ogden, to personally perform at the Reagan’s personal Bel Air home for

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Afterward, the former U. S. President wrote Ogden a personal note:

“You are a great magician! I just wish I could make things disappear like you do. I could have used that trick on a few people in Washington.”

Unknown to the public, many celebrities were accomplished magicians in real life, such as: Milton Berle, Steve Allen, Walt Disney, Tony Curtis, Fred Astaire, Barbara Stanwyck, Jackie Gleason, Jimmy Stewart, TV game show host Bob Barker, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Arsenio Hall, Muhammad Ali, Steve Martin, and many others too numerous to mention.

Johnny Carson started out as a professional magician and performed under the name of “The Great Carsoni.” Carson friend, Dick Cavett, also started out as a professional magician.

Movie stars Rita Hayworth and Joseph Cotton once served as magic assistants in Orson Welles’ illusion show.

Actor/director Woody Allen levi-

tated a person on the cover of the Magic Castle’s Genii Magazine.

And Jason Alexander (“George Costanza” on the Seinfeld sitcom) actually performed as a magician at the Magic Castle, as did Neil Patrick Harris (who also served on the Castle board of directors).

And history’s first billionaire author, J. K. Rowling (of Harry Potter book and movie fame) has been to the Magic Castle.

U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1934-2012), commander of all coalition forces in the Gulf War (1990-1991), was a skilled magician throughout his adult years. When he was a U.S. Army colonel, Schwarzkopf became an official member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM).

In his autobiographical 1992 bestselling book, “It Doesn’t Take a Hero,” Schwarzkopf reveals his status as a magician and his official membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians society, which is the world’s largest magic fraternity.

Today in 2024, every major movie star from Tom Cruise to Johnny Depp to popular singers from

Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Beyonce, and Adele, have enjoyed the Magic Castle. Main reason is that no photographs nor autographs are permitted from the general public who may be there via Visitor Passes – an experience of a lifetime!

DEDICATION.

This cover story is dedicated to Castle founder, Milt Larsen, whom I affectionately called “Uncle Miltie.” He passed away last year at age 92. Also, to my Princess, Irene Larsen, Castle co-founder who passed away in 2016. To this day, I treasure the photos of myself with both “Uncle Miltie” and Irene Larsen.

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Success

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

What makes for success? What are the “mystery” ingredients that makes the attainment of success easier?

There doesn’t appear to be much of a mystery. Most of the wealthy people I have known and presently know have become successful because of several basic factors. First, they had gotten involved in something they truly enjoyed. They looked forward to going to work each day. Work was not a drudgery type thing but an important and enjoyable part of their lives. If it was real estate s/ he would be excited about new and creative ways to package real estate so it would more readily sell; or, s/ he would barely be able to contain the excitement of putting together a package whereby acquisition of property could be attained, at a tidy profit. If it was in accounting the same principles would apply. S/he would look forward to solving accounting problems for others, developing innovative tax planning that would utilize tax agency codes and laws and work with those rules to accomplish the clients goals. If it was in interior decorating it was the same story. The desire to get in to the office. . .to lay out designs, to create a work of art, to build something beautiful.

In each of the above cases the individuals involved did not start out with a goal of becoming a millionaire. It just happened as a result of the basics being in place. The market soon learned that the real estate broker knew what s/he was doing, that hitching their wagon to this broker would generate positive results. The broker’s business grew and grew. . .as did the profits. In the case of the accountant, the market soon learned that sound financial planning and a solid knowledge of tax law could help protect their financial nest egg and make it grow. The market followed this accountant and the practice grew. In the case of the interior decorator the market soon learned that a home or business could be made especially beautiful if this decorator’s services were retained.

In each case the market followed the reputation that the individuals had developed; not as the primary goal of the individual, remember,

their goal was simply to get into the office and get to work doing what they did best. The market simply recognized knowledge, ability, and excellence, and followed.

A second basic is to recognize that hard work alone will not make for success. Actually, if you enjoy what you’re doing it’s not work anyway. It’s just something you happen to be doing to achieve the happiness of. . .well, doing what you are doing.

Some might say that a third basic is pure, plain luck. I haven’t found that to be the case. Rather, luck seems to find those that have prepared for it. Often that preparation results in being in the right place at the right time, saying the right thing at the right time, or doing the right thing at the right time.

They are other times when just plain luck is enough. But that is the rarest of all means of becoming a millionaire.

Pastor Huls told me of one good friend of his who was very successful. He asked his friend what drove him to success.

“Pastor Huls, I just enjoy making money.”

That’s fine. If that’s your goal. But it’s not necessary for that to be your main goal. Just do what you’re good at, what you enjoy ... and chances are success will follow. And money is a nice by-product.

Most of us know an individual or two who are successes. They have made more money than they could ever spend before their lifetime ends. They seldom take vacations, even though they can easily afford to go anywhere in the world they wish. But they seldom do. They just enjoy what they are doing so much that vacations are a distraction.

And with that, Pastor Huls and I wrapped up our Saturday coffee klatch and headed back home. Next Saturday we will likely address other cosmic issues.

I returned home and, as promised, took Mary out for lunch.

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What if you’re still working? Do you really want to work or would you just like the flexibility to work when you want?

Larry still loved what he did, but just didn’t want to HAVE to work. He wanted to work when and IF he wanted. Just a few months ago, Larry used the reverse mortgage to pay off his existing mortgage, establish a line of credit AND he is receiving a monthly advance to add to his monthly income!

The way we structured Larry’s loan is like the trifecta! He gave himself a raise by paying off his existing mortgage, set up a monthly advance to increase his monthly income and set up the line of credit for future use. AND he also took some cash when his loan funded! Larry is very happy with his new found stress free semi-retirement!

Don’t forget, the reverse mortgage can be used to purchase a new home also! I recently helped a lady purchase her dream home in

San Diego near her son and grandchildren. She had sold her previous home and rented a home in the area for a while to see where she wanted to live. She found the perfect home for her and used the reverse mortgage to purchase her new home. The loan closed in time and she is now happily living in her dream home on the golf course.

Like any loan, there are documentation requirements. Sometimes they can seem daunting, but the end result is a loan that doesn’t require you to make a monthly mortgage payment. That alone is an amazing feature, but add to it that you can take monthly advances, take cash, set up a line of credit that CAN’T be frozen like typical home equity lines of credit, and you have an amazing retirement mortgage!

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LEGALS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003311 The name of the business: Ailurophile, located at 715 E. 7th Ave., Escondido, CA 92025. Registrant Sabrina Ashley Lopez, 715 E. 7th Ave., Escondido, CA 92025. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: N/A /s/ Sabrina Lopez with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/13/2024 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003234 The name of the business: Mint Global Consulting LLC, located at 2260 Monarch Ridge Circle, El Cajon, CA 92019. Registrant Mint Global Consultants LLC, 2260 Monarch Ridge Circle, El Cajon, CA 92019. This business is operated by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business: 2/9/2024 /s/ Lita Laguire, President with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 12/9/2024 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003686 The name of the business: Chuck’s Tire Center, located at 6221 Yarew Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Registrant Tires By The Sea LLC, 6221 Yarrow Dr., #E, Carlsbad, CA 92011. This business is operated by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business: 2/13/2024 /s/ Darryle Fernandez, CEO with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/16/2024 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003784 The name of the business: Escanor Academy, locatd at 5094 Caspian Drive, Oceanside, CA 92057. Registrant Donovan Dustin Del, 5094 Caspian Drive, Oceanside CA 92057. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 2/20/2024 /s/ Donovan Del with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/20/2024 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003675 The name of the business: Max Services Group, located at 2160 Coast Ave., San Marcos, CA 92078. Registrant Peter C Whittet, 2160 Coast Ave., San Marcos, CA 92078. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 10/1/2011 /s/ Peter C. Whittet with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/20/2024 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003638 The name of the business: Homeland Real Estate Brokerge, Inc., located at 411 E. Carmel St., San Marcos, CA 92078. Registrant Homeland Real Estate Brokerage, Inc., 411 E. Carmel St., San Marcos, CA 92078. This business is operated by a Corporation. First day of business: 5/1/1989 /s/ Sandra Blaney, Vice President with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/16/2024 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003453 The name of the business: La Costa Seashore Apartments, located at 7552 Gibraltar Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Registrant HILP-Apartments LLC, 10490 Camino Del Venado, Valley Center, CA 92082. This business is operated by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business: 3/22/2019 /s/ Harold CJ Coykendall, President of Harold Investments, Inc., a California Corporation, Manager with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/16/2024 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003764 The name of the business: Cole Realty & Mortgage, Cole & Associates, located at 240 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., #109, San Marcos, CA 92078. Registrant Cole Realty & Mortgage Inc., 240 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., #109, San Marcos, CA 92078. This business is operated by a Corporation. First day of business: 1/1/1987 /s/ Linda Cole, President with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/20/2024 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003421 The name of the business: Sun Point Remodeling, located at 4332 Loiisiana St., Apt. A, San Diego, CA 92104. Registrant Jesus A. Carico Salazar, 4332 Louisiana St., Apt. A, San Diego, CA 92104. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 12/15/2023 /s/ Jesus A. Carico Salazar with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/14/2024 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003990 The name of the business: 1850 Realty, 1850 Escrow - A NonIndependant Broker Escrow, 1850 Realty Limmited Function Referral Office, located at 16787 Bernardo Center Drive, Ste 7, San Diego, CA 92128. Registrant Consolidated Collaborations, 16787 Bernardo Center Drive, Ste 7, San Diego, CA 92128. This business is operated by a Corporation. First day of business: 2/6/2014 /s/ Eric Farrar, Vice President with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/22/2024 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2024
BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003466 The name of the business: AA Fine Finish Painting, located at 4173 Kimberly Lane, Oceanside, CA 92056. Registrant andrew Anthony Garcia, 4173 Kimberly Lane, Oceanside, CA 92056. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: N/A /s/ Andrew Anthony Garcia with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/14/2024 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2024
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STATEMENT 2024-9001475

The name of the business: Hustosky Homes, located at 16452 Martincoit Rd., Poway, CA 92064. Registrant

Mary Ann Hustosky, 16769

Bernardo Center Dr., St 1-335, San Diego, CA 92128. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 1/3/2024

/s/ Mary A. Hustosky with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/19/2024

2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024

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STATEMENT 2024-9002201

The name of the business: So Cal Life, located at 2647 Gateway Rd., Ste 105, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Registrant V International Fine Arts Publishing Inc., 2647 Gateway Rd. #105, Carlsbad, CA 92009. This business is operated by a Corporation. First day of business: 8/7/2001.

/s/ Liza Acuna, CEO with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/30/2024

2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT 2024-9002457

The name of the business: Authentic Soul Yoga, located at 2712 Via Juanita, Carlsbad, CA 92010. Registrant Amy Elizabeth Breza, 2712 Via Juanita, Carlsbad, CA 92010. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 1/10/2024

/s/ Amy Elizabeth Breza with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/1/2024

2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7/2024

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT 2024-9002378

The name of the business: FortiFi, FortiFi Financial, E3, Energy Efficient Equity, FortiFi Credit SPV, located at 12770 High Bluff Drive, Suite 260, San Diego, CA 92130. Registrant FortiFi Financial, Inc., 12770 High Bluff Drive, Suite 260, San Diego, CA 92130. This business is operated by a Corporation. First day of business: 5/8/2015

/s/ Mark Ruh, CFO with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/31/2024 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7/2024

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT 2024-9001645

The name of the business: York Cleaning Services, located at 7616 Conestoga Way, San Diego, CA 92120. Registrant Kendrick Weston York, 7616 Conestoga Way, San Diego, CA 92120. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 1/1/2024

/s/ Kendrick Weston York with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/23/2024 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7/2024

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT 2024-9001903

The name of the business: Warake Cab, located at 1820 Melrose Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078. Registrant Shawil Warake Alabo, 1820 Melrose Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: N/A /s/ Shawil Warake Alabo with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/25/2024 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2024-00002354-CU-PT-NC

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Jasmin Perez Arango filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Jasmin Perez Arango to Proposed name Jasmin Arango Ramirez. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court

at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing.

NOTICE OF HEARING:

Date: 3/1/2024, 8:30 am, in Dept.

25 The address of the court is: 325 S. Melrose, Vista, CA. 92081. No hearing will occur on above date: see attachment. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated January 19, 2024 /s/ Brad A. Weinreb, Judge of the Superior Court 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME

37-2024-00002336-CU-PT-NC

TO ALL INTERESTED PER-

SONS: Petitioner Kimberly Perez Arango filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Kimberly Perez Arango to Proposed name Kimberly Arango Ramirez. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing.

NOTICE OF HEARING:

Date: 3/1/2024, 8:30 am, in Dept.

25 The address of the court is: 325 S. Melrose, Vista, CA. 92081. No hearing will occur on above date: see attachment.

A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated January 19, 2024 /s/ Brad A. Weinreb, Judge of the Superior Court 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF MARVIN JOHN HEINTSCHEL

Hearing Continued

Case No. 37-2023-00047223 PR-PW-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 1100 Union Street San Diego, CA. 92101 Central Courthouse

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate or both, a notice of petition to administer estate of Marvin John Heintschel has been filed by Doreen Heintschel in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, 1100 Union Street, San Diego, CA. 92101 Central Courthouse. The Petition to Administer Estate requests that Doreen Heintschel be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.

The petition requests the decendent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. the will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.

The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking cer-

tain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless tey have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority.

A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows:

Date: April 18, 2024

Time: 1:30 pm

Dept: 503

Address of court: Other

https://sdcourt.ca.gov/sdcourt/probate2/probatevh

If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in Section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk.

Attorney for petitioner:

Kimberley V. Deede Chhokar Law Group, P.C. 10945 Vista Sorrento Parkway, Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92130

858-384-5757

DOP: 2/18, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7/2024

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JACKSON R. BURNS

Case No. 37-2024-00002942 PR-PL-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 1100 Union Street San Diego, CA. 92101 Central Courthouse

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate or both, a notice of petition to administer estate of Jackson R. Burns, Jackson Raymond Burns has been filed by Samuel Burns in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, 1100 Union Street, San Diego, CA. 92101 Central Courthouse. The Petition to Administer Estate requests that Samuel Burns be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.

The petition requests the decendent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. the will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.

The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless tey have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority.

A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows:

Date: March 22, 2024

Time: 10:00 am Dept: 503 Address of court: Same as noted above.

If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections

or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in Section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court.

If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250.

A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk.

Attorney for petitioner: Barbara Fischer 950 Boardwalk, Suite 201 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-471-1100

DOP: 2/18, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7/2024

NOTICE OF PETITION TO

ADMINISTER ESTATE OF ROBERT KEGLEY SCHMORLEITZ Case No. 37-2023-00040309- PR-LA-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 1100 Union Street San Diego, CA. 92101 Central Courthouse

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate or both, a notice of petition to administer estate of Robert Kegley Schmorleitz, a Petition for Probate has been filed by Erin K. Schmorleitz in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, 1100 Union Street, San Diego, CA. 92101 Central Courthouse.

The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless tey have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority.

A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows:

Date: April 18, 2024

Time: 1:30 pm

Dept: 503 Address of court: Same as noted above.

If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in Section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner:

/s/ Zachary Herrill, CEO with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/16/2024

2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ROBERT KEGELY SCHMORLEITZ

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above-named decedent, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the San Diego County Superior Court, at 1100 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101, in Case No. 37-2023-00040309-PR-LA-CTL, and mail a copy to Randolph W. Ortlieb, Esq., attorney for Petitioner Erin Schmorleitz, at 225 E. 3rd Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025, within the later of four months after February 22, 2024 (the date of the first publication of notice to creditors) or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. for your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. Randolph W. Ortlieb, Esq., at 225 E. 3rd Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025. 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003578

The name of the business: Flynn Real Estate Group, Coast to Coast ADR, located at 100 E. San Marcos Blvd., #400, San Marcos, CA 92069. Registrant Robert H Flynn, 100 E. San Marcos Blvd., #400, San Marcos, CA 92069. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 2/1/2024

/s/ Robert H Flynn with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/15/2024

2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003682

The name of the business: Oceanside Cab, Oceanside Taxi, located at 459 Vandergrift Blvd., Apt. 92, Oceanside, CA 92057. Registrant Kweli Jeuri Hall, 459 Vandergrift Blvd., Apt. 92, Oceanside, CA 92057. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: N/A /s/ Kweli Hall with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/16/2024

2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9002922

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9002136 The name of the business: Shell Backflow, located at 628 Michael St., Oceanside, CA 92057. Registrant Fernando Najar, 628 Michael St., Oceanside, CA 92057. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business:
1/29/2024
Fernando Najar with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/29/2024
2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9001475
name of the business: Hustosky Homes, located at 16452 Martincoit Rd., Poway, CA 92064. Registrant Mary Ann Hustosky, 16769 Bernardo Center Dr., St 1-335, San Diego, CA 92128. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 1/3/2024
Mary A. Hustosky with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/19/2024
2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9001552 The name of the business: TCG Game Show, located at 2042 Silverado Street, San Marcos, CA 92078. Registrant Javier Pablo, 2042 Silverado Street, San Marcos, CA 92078. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 10/15/2023 /s/ Javier Pablo with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/22/2024 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9000719 The name of the business: Auto Image USA, located at 1714 S Clementine, Oceanside, CA 92054. Registrant Bruce Vancleave, 1714 S. Clementine, Oceanside, CA 92054. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 1/7/2019 /s/ Bruce Vancleave with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/10/2024 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9001884 The name of the business: Laser Dog Designs, located at 901 Heritage Ln, Vista, CA 92081. Registrant Scott J. Cahill, 901 Heritage Ln, Vista, CA 92081. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: N/A /s/ Scott Cahill with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/25/2024 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9001880 The name of the business: 20/20 Insurance Services, located at 225 W. Valley Parkway, Ste. 101, Escondido, CA 92025. Registrant B.R.H. Enterprise Inc., 225 W. Valley Parkway, Ste 101, Escondido, CA 92025. This business is operated by a Corporation. First day of business: 1/1/2006 /s/ Andrew McCredic, President with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/25/2024 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9001070 The name of the business: Tony’s Delivery, located at 1247 W. San Marcos Blvd. D-8, San Marcos, CA 92078. Registrant Antonio Barcenas Sr., 1247 W. San Marcos Blvd. D-8, San Marcos, CA 92078. This business is operated by an Individual. First day of business: 2/2/2018 /s/ Antonio Barcenas Sr. with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/17/2024 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9001378 The name of the business: Studio 222, located at 330 Rancheros
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Randolph W. Ortlieb, Esq. 225 E. 3rd Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 760-747-2202 DOP: 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003683 The name of the business: Kent’s Bromeliad Nursery, Inc., located at 1473 Sunset Drive, Vista, CA 92081. Registrant elevate Living Design, Inc., 1054 Mar vista Dr., Vista, CA 92081. This business is operated by a Corporation. First day of business: 9/13/2023
S&E Cleaning Services, located at 920 Sagewood Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056. Registrant Sindy Maria Guevara, 920 Sagewood Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056. This business is operated by a Married Couple. First day of business: 2/1/2024 /s/ Edward William Erdmann with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 2/8/2024 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2024-9003049 The name of the business: Financial Fitness Group, located at 501 W. Broadway, Ste A-158, San Diego, CA 92101. Registrant Precision Information, LLC, 501 W. Broadway, Ste A-158, San Diego, CA 92101. This business is operated by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business: 9/1/2014 /s/ Joseph M. Saarl, Managing Member with Jordan Z. Marks, SD County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 1/25/2024 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/2024 The Paper • Page 15 • February 29, 2024 LEGALS
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