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Wounded Warrior "Cottages" A local builder is helping wounded veterans get a new place to call home. Page 16

Valley Center Ranch Will a new commercial development take the place of the old Konyn Dairy? Page 21


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Western Days and Stampede Rodeo are heading this way for VC’s biggest weekend The rapid approach of Memorial Day weekend can only mean one thing: Valley Center Western Days 2014! The biggest community event of the year returns with three days of festivities, rodeo and the best parade in San Diego County. For a complete schedule of events, look in the Valley Magazine’s Western Days coverage. The VC Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the Western Days Parade. The Valley Center Press is pulling out all the stops coordinating the

festival at Valley Center Community this year, while the VC Optimist Club is putting on the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo at the Belanich property adjacent to the community center. Leading the parade will be the husband and wife couple Camille & Diane Martineau, both employees of the Valley Center–Pauma Unified School District and both retiring this year. According to Stuart Holthaus, chairman of the parade, “They are both real

shy, both wonderful members of the community who we felt ought to be honored.” With a combination of everybody’s favorite traditions and some new touches, it’s sure to be a weekend of fun and excitement for the whole family. The festival begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 23, at the Community Center with a community prayer around the flagpole. The rest of the evening will be taken up by the Best Little Cowboy & Cowgirl Contest hosted by the VC Re-

publican Women Federated, the conclusion of the honorary mayor’s race, the opening night of the Stampede Rodeo and dancing to a DJ at the Community Center stage. Food Truck Nation America is hosting a Food Truck Invasion at this year’s festival, featuring 14 of Southern California’s best food trucks serving everything from barbecue sliders to chili lime shrimp tacos. Be sure to bring an appetite to the festival! For those over 21, the beer and wine gar-

den will feature Valley Center Brewery as the headlining brewmasters. The Western Days Parade will roll through town on the morning of Saturday, May 24. Hosted by the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce, the parade runs along Valley Center Road between Cole Grade Road and Old Road. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. ValFEST, continued on page 4

VCMWD wins highest state award for Moosa reclamation plant



At its annual conference held in Santa Clara, the California Water Environmental Association (CWEA) announced that the Valley Center Municipal Water District’s (VCMWD) Lower Moosa

Canyon Water Reclamation Facility (“Moosa”) was the statewide “Plant of the Year” for facilities processing five million gallons of wastewater or less per day. Moosa had also received the San Diego Regional award in 2013. The CWEA is a statewide professional organization dedicated to the educational development of its members who are wastewater professionals. CWEA conducts training, disseminates information, produces training manuals and tests for competency. CWEA has been California’s leader in wastewater training and certification since 1927. Each year, CWEA gives approximately 1,100 tests through a complex set of 21 validated certifications. CWEA also recognizes outstanding wastewater professionals and agencies through local and statewide annual award programs that include

over 20 categories. Moreover, CWEA gives out over 350 awards for the service and accomplishments of its members, including Plant of the Year. Lower Moosa Canyon Water Reclamation Facility Built in the early 1970s, the Lower Moosa Canyon facility currently treats 350,000 to 400,000 gallons of wastewater flowing from the Meadows, Rimrock, Welk’s, Treasures, Castle Creek Villas and Circle R to advanced secondary standards. Treated effluent is percolated into Moosa Creek to the benefit of downstream groundwater producers. Plants associated with planned residential and commercial developments are in the offing to increase the treatment level to “tertiary” and use the highMOOSA, continued on page 4

Rick Beath, VCMWD wastewater supervisor, shows off the plaque given to the Lower Moosa Canyon Water Reclamation Facility as the winner of the statewide CWEA Plant of the Year Award.

Marine surprises daughter with homecoming at school By MICHAEL CRANE argent Francisco Chavez has seen countless foreign shores as a U.S. Marine, but not one of those views compares to the sight of his five-year-old daughter after an eight-month deployment. On Friday morning, Chavez surprised his daughter, Anna, at Valley Center Primary School when he made an unexpected appearance at an outdoor assembly. Unaware that her father was coming home, Anna was first shocked and then overjoyed to see him.


“So much excitement, it’s hard to even explain,” said Chavez. Principal Tina Calabrese welcomed Chavez home at the Bee Buzzathon fundraiser before parents, volunteers and the entire student body. The announcement was greeted with a round of applause and an irrepressible grin from one ecstatic preschooler. “Six months ago, during his deployment, I thought it would be cool for him to surprise her, just because she’s at the right age,” said Melyssa

Chavez, Anna’s mother. Melyssa and Francisco are separated but remain on good terms. “He was originally just going to surprise her in the classroom, and it turned out that the day he could surprise her is the day of their Buzzathon,” said Melyssa. “The principal found out about it and they wanted to make it a big homecoming.” The Bee Buzzathon is an annual fundraiser at Valley CentREUNION, continued on page 5

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Three organizations doing one weekend event: the elephant in the room

By DANA CHISHOLM Valley Center Western Days 2014. It's three events happening together:

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It’s the elephant in the room…er – ah…community. “Small town politics” or egos or greed—whatever you want to call it—gets in the way of just being able to put on an event for the community. That’s why when David Ross ran a story in February that the Chamber was only going to do the Parade, and the Rodeo Committee (which had moved next door to Western Days a couple years ago) was in charge of the Rodeo, but no one was willing to do the festival—the very heart of Western Days—a group of community members pulled together to make sure Western Days carried on. People sure warned us not to do it. “So-and-so is hard to work with,” or “So-and-so not only stole the sponsorship for themselves, but actually pushed so-and-so's wife in the process,” or “They used to work together, then so-and-so started making demands and no one will work with them any more. Oh, they won’t work with the other so-and-so, either.” We were told that there were a lot of toes that could end up being stepped on. Little

did we know that it would be a whole carpet of toes, and that you couldn't take a step without grinding someone's toe! Boy! So-and-so has been busy! My first response was, “We’re making this happen” and “This town needs prayer.” So, the group of us got busy making those two things happen…and so-and-so kept causing trouble. So, for the record, and to clear up any confusion (and to make sure everyone understands who to go to in order to complain about so-and-so, which does not include coming to me to complain about what so-and-so did or didn’t do), there are three separate events being planned. If you are a sponsor of Western Days…you are most likely actually a sponsor of the Parade or the Rodeo. Ironically, the only people who actually stepped up with cash to save Western Days were Supervisor Bill Horn and his staff, who worked their tails off to get us $15,000. Then Lilac Farms and an army of small businesses donated countless hours, manpower, supplies, and in-kind donations – be sure to see the Valley Magazine and thank the


individuals and sponsors who truly brought you Western Days 2014. We want to thank those that worked so hard to bring you Western Days this year! And please pass the word to so-and-so that we look forward to working together better in 2015.

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Letters to the editor TRY TO HAVE A MORE BALANCED LETTERS SECTION Editor, Valley Center Press: Two issues of concern: 1. In the April 18 edition, there were FOUR (4) “Letters to the Editor” expressing approval of the school district’s position on the CCC controversy. While I agree that Mr. Vick and his group should not continue their current campaign against the school district, NOT A SINGLE LETTER OF SUPPORT to balance the four mentioned above was printed. REALLY? Is this balanced, fair journalism? 2. You are undoubtedly familiar with the story of the little shepherd boy who called “WOLF!” when there was, indeed, no wolf. He did this in an effort to get the attention of his community. Our community is connected to Escondido via what we call “the grade,” a section of State Highway 6. This stretch of road is a vital commuter link. This road, as well as the center divider dividing the four lanes of traffic, must be periodically maintained, of course. This is achieved by the closing of one lane of the two lanes in each direction. To get the attention of the drivers, cones are used and “lane closed ahead” warning signs are placed in order to give the

drivers ample opportunity to merge out of the upcoming lane closure. We do appreciate the effort made to maintain our vital link to work, shopping and other services “down the hill,” as well as access to Highways 15 and 78. We also appreciate and respect the effort made to protect both drivers as well as maintenance workers during maintenance periods. However, and here’s the rub, we encounter these “lane closed ahead” warning signs often when there is, in fact, no lane closed ahead nor any work being carried out. The result being that they have become a joke and are ever more frequently just ignored. Until the last minute, that is, when occasionally the signs really do mean that a lane ahead is closed. At that time, traffic is traveling at high speeds (the posted speed limit is 60 MPH) and drivers are attempting to execute a dangerous lastminute merge. This not only puts drivers at risk, but the road maintenance personnel as well. These dedicated public servants depend on the public heeding these warning signs in order to protect themselves, as well as the public using the roads in the areas of their projects. When the signs repeatedly alert drivers to a condition that doesn’t exist, just like

the boy who called “WOLF,” drivers will begin to ignore the warnings altogether. Whichever agency is responsible needs to BE RESPONSIBLE and pick up their road signs when they are not communicating the actual conditions of which they warn. In that way, the agency can once again regain the community’s confidence. PAULA TOWNSEND, Valley Center ** * SCHOOL ACTS SECRETLY AND DISHONESTLY Editor, Valley Center Press: The CCC Interest Group’s legal action against the school is based on the unfair, opaque, dishonest and unlawful way in which the VCPUSD superintendent and board acted and spent public money to destroy an important part of VC’s heritage. The board voted to destroy the CCC Camp buildings with no public discussion and with instructions to the contractors to keep quiet because of “the sensitivity of the situation.” The superintendent and board treated the public arrogantly, unfairly and dishonestly, and with an absolute lack of transparency when they voted to destroy the buildings. This vote was not an agenda item, and thus was not legally noticed or discussed. The school

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board spent public money to destroy something that many wanted to preserve and had a way to do so at no cost to the school or to the public, as a local benefactor had offered to rehabilitate the buildings. This generous offer was not even discussed by the school board, which had apparently come to the March 2013 board meeting with a secretly approved decision to destroy the buildings. We believe that the superintendent and board violated the Brown Act, which requires open discussion and advance notice of action items, such as a vote to destroy the buildings, before the action is voted on. Additionally, we believe that the school violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by destroying the historical buildings without complying with CEQA. As a result, the school has been required to file an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that could have been avoided had the school worked with the community to achieve mutually beneficial goals. The CCC Interest Group has repeatedly offered to meet with the school board to discuss the dedication of a small corner of the site as a CCC memorial park. The board has LETTERS, continued on page 3

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Safety of Our Children an Emotional Topic By MICHAEL ROBLEDO ith the recent increase of violence in our schools I decided to do a bit of research and was astonished by what I discovered. This prompted my request to present my findings at the April general school board session in hopes of having my fellow school board members increase the safety and security at our schools. This topic is not a new concern; I brought it up a year and a half ago when 20 six and seven year-old children were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. We can’t wait any longer; we need to address the safety and security at our schools immediately. When I was creating my presentation and compiling the statistics I became very concerned. I found that the growing trend of violence in our schools is increasing exponentially, over 400% in just the last four years! I also

found that in the last several years in our own back yard, there have been several scares that have shut down Escondido schools and required law enforcement to intervene. Closer to home, several parents tell me that incidents have occurred in our own Valley Center Pauma School District. Luckily none of these events resulted in any student casualties or injuries. This raises the obvious question in my mind, are my kids safe when they go to school? Are your kids safe? Statistically, the answer is no. Children’s safety elicits a natural human response of emotions just as it did for me when I got teary eyed at the end of my presentation after showing a picture of my two boys, seven and nine who go to Lilac Elementary. The thought of anything ever happening to them would be unimaginable and crushing, which is why I was shocked

when the killing of innocent children was being compared to the risk we take when driving on the freeway and that anything we do is essentially pointless. First, how is that comparable and second, do you not take every measureable step you can to protect yourself when you drive like wearing a seat belt, putting children in car seats, buying a vehicle with airbags, stopping at red lights, etc.? The answer of course is yes; what we do to protect ourselves does help prevent deaths. Ironically and tragically four days before the school board meeting a mass stabbing occurred in Murrysville, PA and one day before the meeting two people were shot outside an Ohio Elementary School. Being that I am the only board member with children in the school district this is not just a theoretical concern for me, it is a reality I am faced with everyday. Unfortunately I let my emo-

tions get the best of me when I walked out and do apologize to those I may have offended; hind sight is always 20/20. I believe we all want our children to be safe when they go to school and so to achieve this, I propose the following three steps. First, obtain quotes to hire a school safety consultant to evaluate the safety of our schools and implement safety protocols. Second, add a new line item specifically for safety to our next school budget, track amounts spent, for what purpose, and measure results of improvements. Third, during the next contract negotiation with the Valley Center Pauma Unions we negotiate a line item to hire dually sworn resource officers at each school. As some of you may already know, many schools across the nation do this already with great success. According to research performed by Dr. Eric Dietz, a 22-year former Army veteran,

previous Director of Homeland Security in Indiana and Professor at Purdue University, “hiring a resource officer would reduce police response times by 59.5% and casualties by 66.5%”. Taking these steps is just a start, but there’s always more we can do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting putting our schools in a bubble, I’m simply requesting something be done. Evaluating where we are at, what we can do to improve, and continuously working toward higher standards is essential. We need to take this as seriously as we as Californians take earthquake and wild fire preparedness and do what we can to protect our children. As David Ross said, I’m strapping on my tennis shoes and ready to get to work and I encourage everyone to join me. Michael Robledo is a trustee of the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District board.

By DAVID ROSS Thirty years ago this month Van Quackenbush, one of my journalistic mentors, brought me to Valley Center to temporarily stand in for him while he underwent spinal surgery and recovery. He figured that he would be back on his feet and I would be packed off back to Ramona again in a few weeks. The recovery period lasted a little longer than anticipated and I continued stand in for Van as I learned about the

community that I was to eventually come to think of as my second home. As some of you may know, that “temporary” assignment eventually led to me covering the news in Valley Center on a permanent basis. I recall my first Western Days as if it were yesterday, which probably says more about the memories of those approaching senility than it does about the actual passage of time. At that time Western Days was a joint project of the VC Optimists and the Chamber of Commerce, with a chairman from each group. I recall that first Western Days as being one of the hottest days that I could remember. I was out and about taking photos and getting quotes during the parade. When the parade ended, I went back to my office—located where Shoemaker Realty

is now— and stretched out on the floor convinced that I had suffered a sunstroke while the traffic on Valley Center Road gradually returned to normal. Eventually I got to my feet, staggered to my car, and drove home On the Tuesday after Memorial Day I began calling around to get quotes as to how the festival had gone. I got one of the chairmen on the phone, asked him my question, and copied down his response on my notepad. “It went very well, except that we did all the work,” he growled. Being the naïve fool that I was, I printed that comment as part of my wrap-up of the weekend’s events. A few days

later I got a phone call from one of the other chairmen, taking me to task for printing the quote. “Van Quackenbush would never have run that quote!” he accused. I was ready for him. “Actually,” I said, “I ran the quote by Van first. I was a little surprised that he let me print it.” And so I was. It didn’t matter. I still took a lot of heat for running the divisive but eminently newsworthy quote. In later years if someone had said something like that to me, I probably would have at least said, “Are you sure you want to say that?” As you can see from our lead editorial, Western Days

hasn’t changed all that much in the last 30 years, except that it’s bigger. It’s still the hottest day of the year. In more ways than one. And to be truthful, almost everyone I know has learned to be wary around me. If someone is in front of me in line buying a candy bar and says an impolitic remark, more than likely that person will turn around to me and say, “That’s off the record!” I intend to enjoy my 30th anniversary Western Days to the fullest. To spend as much time in the shade as possible and to try not to quote anyone who shouldn’t be quoted. And that’s on the record.


My 30 years covering Western Days

WRITE US A LETTER One thing we’d like to see a little more of at The Valley Center Press is letters to the editor. You can go ahead and post your letters on the website (anyone who has signed up as a member has blogging privileges), or you can send them to Please write about something of interest to our local community and keep your letters civil and to the point. Don’t write something that you would be ashamed of your children reading, and conversely, if you are a young person, don’t write something that you wouldn’t want your folks to read! See you in the letters section. The Editor


continued from page 2 refused to meet, thus incurring significant avoidable legal expenses. Public officials need to be accountable. To those who complain about our action against the school, do you really want your appointed and elected school leadership to set an example of unfairness, dishonesty, lack of transparency and unlawful behavior? JON VICK, CCC Interest Group

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MOOSA, continued from page 1 quality recycled wastewater for landscape and agricultural irrigation. In presenting the award, CWEA noted that, over the last several years, Moosa has been upgraded with new, high-efficiency, variable-speed air blowers, as well as fine bubble diffusers, flat-plate membranes, high-efficiency sludge processing equipment and real-time process sampling and modulation capabilities with a state-approved water and

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wastewater testing laboratory. All of these improvements have resulted in higher quality effluent, lower sludge production, lower chemical use and 65% reduction in energy use at the facility. These efficiency improvements and cost-cutting measures also resulted in a “0” rate increase for subscribers for 2014. CWEA also reviewed the LMCWRF safety records, confined space protocols, hot-work permits and train-


ing practices. Gaby Olson, the district’s safety and regulatory compliance supervisor, assisted the CWEA staff in providing all of the required documentation and training records. CWEA staff was very impressed with the facility’s safety record, thorough documentation of all training activities and up-to-date working protocols. Attending the CWEA conference to receive the award were Rick Beath, wastewater

operations supervisor, and Ryan Madson, senior wastewater technician. In addition, Rob Truesdale, Greg Feik and Len Brown of VCMWD’s Wastewater Division, along with other water operations and engineering staff, all contributed to the development and implementation of the various process improvements leading to Moosa receiving the award for CWEA’s Plant of the Year. Valley Center Municipal Water District is a public water and wastewater agency founded in 1954 serving 26,000 resi-

Fireworks organizer throws in towel for this year By DAVID ROSS “No fireworks this year,” said the longtime July 4 fireworks organizer Kelly Crews on Tuesday. Mrs. Crews had been desperately trying to find a major sponsor for the show, although several smaller donors had pledged money. In the end, it wasn’t enough. After 14 years, the July 4 fireworks show in Valley Center has become a holiday tradition. The tradition appears to be dead for the foreseeable future unless someone takes up the fallen banner. No one stepped forward by the April 23 deadline, which Mrs. Crews had extended a few days longer in the hopes of getting someone to commit. Mrs. Crews said previously that, if she wasn’t able to get funding for the show, she would throw in the towel for good. The fireworks show, which has been one of the largest in the county, appears to have become a victim of the fact that, in today’s society, one or two opponents of just about anything can work their will when everyone else is willing to let a majority rule. More and more fireworks shows up and down the state are being challenged and often canceled in the name of stopping pollution or just because one or two people are against them. Mrs. Crews told the Valley Center Press, “I have gotten a few phone calls from commu-

nity members asking why the casinos they voted for because of their promise to support the community were not stepping up this time.” Mrs. Crews said she is grateful to those who have, through the years, been consistent supporters of the show. They in-

clude Arie DeJong, SDG&E, Darlene Shiley, “A1 irrigation and many others who were ready to step in with financial support or in-kind donations like EDCO and Diamond Environmental. Special thanks to Kiwanis, Explorers, Lou Obermeyer, Supervisor Bill Horn’s

office, the sheriff ’s department, Fire Marshal George Lucia, the Valley Center Municipal Water District and the State Water Quality Control Board. All were extremely helpful this year. “We’ve had a great run.”

ley Center Road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. between Cole Grade Road and Woods Valley Road. Find your favorite announcer (there are six of them) and sit next to him or her. Motorists who need to get out of Valley Center should follow these suggested detours: Northbound—Woods Valley east (right) from Valley Center Road to North Lake Wohlford. Then north (left) on North Lake Wohlford to Valley Center Road. West (left) on Valley Center Road to Mactan. Mactan north (right) to Fruitvale. Fruitvale west (left) to Cole Grade, north (right) on Cole Grade, which will connect with Highway 76 in Pauma Valley. Southbound— Cole Grade to Fruitvale, east (left) on Fruitvale to Mactan. Mactan south (right) to Valley Center Road. Valley Center Road east (left) to Lake Wohlford. North Lake Wohlford south (right) to Woods Valley. Woods Valley west (right) to Valley Center Road or continue down North Lake Wohlford past the lake to the intersec-

tion of Valley Center Road at the bottom of the grade. In addition to the traditional floats, bands and VC revelry, this year’s parade is themed, “A Homegrown Musical Celebration” and features a battle of the bands with cash prizes. Parade-goers can also make some money in the Horse Dropping Contest, which will be held in front of Portino’s. Although the parade doesn’t start until 10:00 a.m., head over to the Old Town Center early for a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Rotary Club of Valley Center. The annual fundraiser for VCHS graduating seniors will run from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. in front of the Community Pharmacy. After the parade, head over to the Community Center for an afternoon of games, live music, vendors and delicious food. Cattle Call Music Event Planning & Producing has a full afternoon of music planned at the Community Center stage, concluding with

a performance by Americana songwriter Sara Petite. New to the festival this year will be a K–12 art contest in the basement of the Community Hall. All students are invited to submit their art and be considered for prizes. There will also be a Kid Zone at the festival, complete with petting zoo, pony rides and bounce slides. Before the weekend even arrives, the Valley Center Marshal’s Posse will spring into action. The gunfighters and floozies will be out around town reenacting holdups, bank robberies and gunfights the week before Western Days, as well as in their Western Town at the festival. Pie-eating contests, plays, a dunk tank, appearances by local dignitaries and more are all part of the 2014 festival. The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo will return for its 13th season with all the most popular Wild West contests. The National Police Rodeo

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Association will once again handle the scheduled competitions, which include bull riding, calf roping, bareback bronc, mutton bustin’ and more. Show times are as follows: Friday, May 23: Gates open at 5:00 p.m. VIP dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. Rodeo begins at 7:00 p.m. Free dance Friday night. Saturday, May 24: Gates open at 2:00 p.m. VIP dinner begins at 3:00 p.m. Rodeo starts at 4:00 p.m. Free dance Saturday night. Sunday, May 25: Team roping, live bands and beer garden—free admission. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Team roping signups at 11:00 a.m. Team roping event at noon. The 2014 Western Days festival is on track to once again show all the best Valley Center has to offer. Grab your boots, cowboy hat and Valley Magazine: Western Days Edition for a weekend of rip-roaring fun!

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Schools Marv Borden scholarship benefits 40 recipients this year The Marv Borden Memorial Farmers Pauma Scholarship program continues to reach more needy students and offer more funding as the program completes its seventh year. The purpose of the ongoing effort is to aid the educational pursuits of all being honored. The private funding group, all past or present members of Pauma Valley Country Club, Kami Callahan has long been a teacher at the school where she will be is awarding scholarships to 40 principal. recipients this year. All will be feted at a country club luncheon May 23 where they will be recognized. Each recipient will be accompanied by a family member. The scholarship total this Primary school principal Tina Calabrese has accepted a posiyear is $49,750, according to tion in the Bonsall School District at a K–6 school. Her last day treasurer Charles Mathews. with the primary school will be April 30. Kami Callahan, a longThis is a 15% increase from last time teacher at the primary school, will be the new principal. year. It is also more than douValley Center–Pauma Unified School District Superintendent ble the figure when the group Lou Obermeyer announced the change on Monday. was first launched in 2008 unCalabrese has held the position of primary principal since der Dr. Bryant Pickering. 2011 and has been in education for 30 years. “The persistence of Dr. The newly appointed principal told the Valley Center Press, Pickering in raising money “I’m honored to be selected to lead this wonderful school, and I from many generous donors, look forward to working with the staff, parents and the commuall PVCC members, is what nity to continue our focus on children.” turned the scholarship program from an idea into a reality,’’ said Mr. Mathews. The program was renamed last year to include Marv Borer Primary School, where stu- old. He is returning from his den in the title. He passed dents race on the grass to raise fourth deployment, serving as away in November of 2011. money for the Teacher Parent a tank commander in the 13th Club. After the joyful reunion, MEW Expeditionary Unit. Anna ran laps around the athChavez is looking forward letic field with the rest of the to spending time with Anna student body while her father and reconnecting with family looked on. over the next few months. AlChavez has been in the U.S. though this was a big day for Marine Corps for nearly ten Anna, another surprise awaits years. When Anna was born, her tomorrow — a trip to Dishe was deployed in Iraq and neyland! Jerry Fenton’s retirement wasn’t able to meet his daughparty is now a FREE event. ter until she was four months Same people, same date, same time, almost same location— BUT now free. Fenton, who is retiring after 41 years at Valley Center High School and before that Orange Glen High School, would love to spend an evening socializing with all of his friends, colleagues, alumni and family. You’re invited to join in

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He was an original donor and longtime member of the country club. The priority of the program was in the beginning and still is to PVCC staff and service providers, ex-staff, ex-service providers and their families. For others, assessment is a combination of family financial ability as assessed by the federal government and cost of the proposed education plan. The awards range from $500 to $2,000, and recipients can apply annually throughout their college years. According to Mr. Mathews, 101 individuals have been awarded scholarships since the first year. One individual has been awarded scholarships for six years, five for five years, eight for four years, 15 for three years, 17 for two years and 55 for one year. This year, 14 recipients are attending or will attend Cal State San Marcos; four are attending or will attend UC Santa Barbara. Overall, 16 different schools are represented, and two of the winners are assistant golfer professionals who are pursuing advancement in the PGA. Of the total honored, 21 list Valley Center addresses and another seven are from Pauma

Valley. Some already in college list their school addresses. The group has a longstanding association with Valley Center High School, according to Mathews. Seventeen graduating seniors will receive their first award this year. Many graduates have received or will continue to receive second, third and fourth year awards, according to Mathews. The following received scholarships this year: Derikie Blaze-Logan, Edwin Camacho, Alexander Caratti, Bayley Coberly, Bree DeBell, Katherine Dufour, Faith Gambrall, Austin and Jeremy Halligan, Sierra Hegle, Maribel and Miguel HernandezCuevas, Nathan Hochstetler, Levente Imbuson, Magdalena Juan, Daisy Lopez, Gavin and Morgan Marcon, Luke Marshall, Melinda Much, Timothy Olson, Saul Oros, Joseph Patronik III, Roxana PedrozaArmas, Sarai and Fernando Ramirez, Patricia Richardson, Ismael and Genaro Rodriguez, Jamie Rudolph, Hudson Sherr, Autumn Shultz, William Smith, Julia Stone, Sierra Swartz, Renee Terbush, David Trok, Taylor West, Andrew Wolf and Xiaodan Xu.

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his retirement barbecue on Saturday, May 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., on the JV baseball field (next to the gym) at Valley Center High School. (If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the event will be moved into the gym.) Menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, lemonade, iced tea and dessert. RSVP to org with the number attend-

ing to help the committee plan for this fun barbecue. The organizers of the event, the “Jerry Fenton Retirement Party Planning Committee,” would like to honor Fenton’s 41-year career in education and coaching through a commemorative gift to VCHS. Donations will be accepted at the barbecue. The specifics of the gift will be revealed that evening.

Panelists needed for VCHS’s ‘Senior Interview Days’ Would you like to see what is expected of Valley Center High School seniors? This is your chance! VCHS is seeking community panelists for Senior Presentation Days, which will take place May 28 and 29 on campus. Seniors have spent the better part of the current semester working on their senior portfolios for this presentation. Portfolios include essays on post-secondary goals, writing reflections, a PowerPoint on their career choice and other items.

As a panelist, you will have the opportunity to evaluate student presentations using a grading rubric. The students’ presentations will be about 10–12 minutes. Principal Ron McCowan told the Valley Center Press, “We at VCHS believe that your participation as a businessperson, community member or parent will give the students a better perspective as to how they may be evaluated in a professional job interview situation.” Such emphasis on public

performance and written documentation of student work provides a very different and more “formative” kind of accountability for the seniors. The presentations will provide a platform for students to discuss their perspectives on education and their courses of study, present their accomplishments of the school’s Expected School-wide Learning Results and share their postsecondary goals as they go from VCHS to college and the real world.

The Senior Interview Days will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 and 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:07 p.m. Each day, there are three block periods of two hours each. Seniors will be interviewed during their English class time in eight different rooms, with three panelists per room. Even a commitment to just ONE block period would be helpful. “Of course, we would appreciate it if you could stay longer! A continental breakfast and complimentary lunch will be

provided to all panelists,” said McCowan. If you would like to participate, contact Socorro Ruiz by email at org, or phone her at 760-7515598. Do so no later than Friday, May 16, so the administrators can set the schedule. They need your name, email address and phone number to send you the day’s procedures so you can familiarize yourself with the process. It will be a fun and enlightening day for all who participate!

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News Quiet school board meeting; no one walks out By DAVID ROSS In contrast to last month, no trustees walked out in a huff at the May 1 meeting of the Valley Center–Pauma Unified School District board meeting. Board member Mike Robledo, who last month accused fellow trustees of not caring enough about safety issues and walked out of the meeting, listened attentively as the staff gave an extensive presentation on measures the district currently takes to keep children safe. The 25-page School Safety Report was prepared with input from the district’s administrative team.

Making the presentation was Olivia Leschick, administrator in charge of special projects, who led off in the report; Wendy Heredia, who reported on the elementary schools; and Jon Petersen, who spoke about what is done at the middle- and high-school levels to promote safety. The report discussed three areas: •School Facilities and Physical Safety •School Climate •Emergency Preparedness The report noted that the district works closely with the local fire district and the sheriff ’s department. It formed a

partnership with the Valley Center Fire Protection District in 2007, which led to using the high school as an emergency site. A VC deputy, Jason Rouse, is assigned to the district to provide safety and security training. Two years ago, the district began working with local deputies, focusing on security training and drills, using the middle school as a model site. Only one other district in the county is working with local law enforcement to develop a model site utilizing best safety practices, which are also implemented at all VCP schools. The schools frequently conduct exercises in which employees are updated on procedures to follow during an emergency, such as lockdown intruder drills. “We continue to look for ways to improve safety,” said Mrs. Leschick, noting that surveillance cameras operate 247, classroom doors are locked and securable at a moment’s notice, and both Valley Center High School and Oak Glen High School are closed campuses. Security cameras and twoway radios are on all of the school buses, and the fire district has transportation radio for daily monitoring. “There is virtual imaging and electronic blueprints of all school site facilities by the local sheriff department for intruder, fire, earthquake or hostage rescue and shared with

fire departments,” said Mrs. Leschick. “School climate” is of particular concern to those who look after the students’ safety, because statistics show that, in 80% of school shootings, at least one person had information about the attack before it occurred. “In most cases, it was a peer of the student involved,” said Mrs. Leschick. In 95%, the person who knew was a peer, friend, schoolmate or sibling. Wendy Heredia, longtime elementary school principal, discussed the elementary schools’ climate programs. “Climate” does not refer to rain or sunshine but to the overall atmosphere. Programs encourage students to “Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be Caring, Be Kind.” Assemblies address bullying. Counselors who can address such issues are on campus. They can provide referrals to outside agencies such as Palomar Family Counseling and Indian Health. Middle school principal Jon Petersen discussed programs such as Rachel’s Challenge at VCMS. ASB leaders promote the anti-bullying message and reach out to new students. A buddy program pairs older students with younger ones. “Caught in the Act of Kindness,” recognizes individual students. The schools hold Safe Schools assemblies, and there is a district-wide “cyber safety” and “cyber bullying” program. Full-time counselors at both

middle and high schools can also deal with these issues. Petersen described a recent “school intruder” test drill with the fire and sheriff ’s departments. This was the second such drill at the school. This “beta” test will be used by emergency providers to develop programs for dealing with such emergencies. “I’m used to facing down a classroom of thirty 13-year olds, and I had to face down a roomful of police asking what I would do in a situation and peppering me with questions,” said Petersen. “They are developing a plan for what all schools should do so they can be on the forefront,” he said. Mrs. Leschick completed the report by discussing emergency preparedness. All VCP school sites have fire, police and health professionals observe drills and make recommendations for updates to plans. “Student safety and security is a continuous, ongoing priority for all VCPUSD sites,” said Mrs. Leschick. After the report, board president Don Martin remarked, “I think everybody is a doing a good job to make our kids as safe as possible.” He said he would like to set aside an additional $100,000 a year for the safety budget, “to say that we’re committed.” 
Robledo responded that, “One hundred thousand dollars is a nice SCHOOL , continued on page 9

Relay For Life candidate’s goal is to ‘Paint the Town Purple’ LDS Church holds annual VC Cemetery cleanup The LDS Church of VC held its annual VC Cemetery day of service “Honoring Our Ancestors” on Saturday, April 26. Fortunately, there was a break in the weather. Participants cleaned headstones, tidied up unsightly areas, planted a tree, trimmed the roses and pressure washed the cemetery building. Still slated for future completion is a Boy Scouts of America Eagle project that involves painting the building and restoring fencing at the cemetery. “We are grateful to all those who joined with us in offering this day of service to our community,” said Erin Howe, Honoring our Ancestors 2014 coordinator.

Relay For Life candidate’s goal is to “paint the town purple” Sharon Briscoe is representing Relay For Life in the honorary mayor’s race. Her platform is to “paint the town purple!” She refers, of course, to the fact that purple represents Valley Center Relay For Life’s ambition to enlist as many people as possible in the battle against cancer. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life events reflect hope. The color purple was chosen to represent this. “Many communities throughout our country light up their city hall and other prominent buildings with purple lights,” says Mrs. Briscoe. “Since our lovely town of Valley Center does not have a central-type building, my thought three years ago was why not tie purple ribbons on our Heritage Trail? So I challenged everyone to help turn our town purple! Our Paint the Town

Purple event will be on May 31 this year.” The candidate is often asked what the purple ribbons mean.

She is always pleased to tell the story behind them. “Many businesses in Valley Center tie purple ribbons on their signs; residents tie purple ribbons on their mail boxes,” she says. “It’s a way to show your support. If you can’t show up for the event, tie a purple ribbon, or show up May 31 for Paint the Town Purple.” The fourth annual VC Re-

lay For Life will be held June 21 at Bates Nut Farm. Briscoe invites anyone interested in finding out more about Relay For Life to email her at By donating to her mayor’s campaign, you help fund research as well as programs and services the American Cancer Society provides. Their goal is $100,000, and currently they are at $35,000. “This time last year, we had only raised $3,000. We are on track. We found out at our committee meetings that we are one of the top twenty teams in California. It’s incredible if you think about the population that we have in Valley Center,” she says. The Chamber of Commerce organizes the mayoral race. Ten percent of the proceeds will fund an educational scholarship. There are fundraising jars located at Lake Wohlford Café, the Country Junction Deli, the Chamber office and other locations in town.

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Home buying down payment tips

By JOHN YEAGER It may be hard to believe that, after all we went through with the mortgage crisis over the last several years, you can still buy a home with a low down payment, or even no down payment. Dear friends, it is true! It’s not easy for anyone to get a loan these days, but the easiest way to qualify for one is to have a good job, great credit and money in the bank. Lots of money in the bank. The easiest loan for me to submit to my underwriters has a 20% or more down payment. On a $400,000 loan, that would equal at least $80,000

down, plus money for closing costs. A ballpark figure for closing costs is 2% of the purchase price, or $8,000 in our example, for a total cash-toclose figure of $88,000. There are folks with liquid funds in the bank who can write a check for this amount. This article is for the rest of us. CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR. Let’s say you are close to having 20% down in the bank but not quite there. I guess you could save up for a couple of months to get there. But that doesn’t help on the house you want to buy today. Most 401(k) accounts allow you to borrow against the balance, usually up to 50% of the vested amount. As an added bonus, we don’t count the payment on the 401(k) loan in the debt ratios for qualifying purposes. While you cannot borrow unsecured funds, like with a credit card, and use that money to buy a home, you can get a secured loan, an auto loan for example, and use that money for the down. Instead of paying off your credit card each month, you can make the minimum payment and save the rest of the money. This may

Planning group to meet May 12

The highlights of the upcoming May 12 regular meeting of the Valley Center Planning Group include the following: 1) Update on the VC road median removal requirement on the Butterfield Trails project, where last July the County put a condition on the property to tear out 650 feet of median, of which 300 feet are planted, on Valley Center Road south of

Sunday Drive. 2) Discussion by the Lilac Hills Ranch Subcommittee Chair Steve Hutchison on the revised EIR that is coming for the Accretive Investments Lilac Hills Ranch project in the west end of Valley Center and a specific concern about the recommended use of EMINENT DOMAIN in favor of the project. 3) Discussion and possible

not be the best financial planning strategy, but it can be a good short-term fix to get to the magic 20%. SELL THAT CAR, BOAT OR RV. Or furniture. Or artwork. Or jewelry. Just make sure you keep a good paper trail of the transaction if it will be within three months of the closing of your home purchase. Once we have two complete months of bank statements that include the money from the sale of your personal property, we are OK, but prior to that, we will need to see all the documentation. A GIFT FROM YOUR RICH UNCLE. Most loans allow gifts for down payments and/or closing costs. On most loans now, ALL of the down payment can be a gift. Just make sure that gift is from a relative or someone who has a reason to make a cash gift. That person will need to sign a gift letter and prove that he or she has the funds in his or her account to be able to make the gift. 10% DOWN, 10% HELOC, 80% FIRST TD. Recently, I wrote about Home Equity Lines of Credit, or HELOCs (“Home Equity Lines of

Credit. The good, the bad and the downright UGLY!” Valley Center Press, March 13, 2014). If you have 10% or more to put down, you can get an equity line to make up the difference to get to an 80% loan to value first trust deed. LOW-DOWN-PAYMENT LOANS. Conforming loans, that is loans that conform to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac guidelines, now have down payment requirements as low as 3%. FHA loans have a down payment requirement of 3.5%. There will be extra costs for mortgage insurance on these loans. NO-DOWN-PAYMENT LOANS. My favorite loan by far is the VA or Veterans Administration loan for active duty military and veterans. No money down up to the County limits ($546,250 in San Diego County at this time). Low down payment for a purchase price over the County loan limit. USDA LOANS. In rural areas like Valley Center, the USDA Home Loan program has the possibility of no down payment. There is even the possibility of having the closing costs rolled into the loan

if the appraisal comes in high enough. There are income limits on these loans and some very quirky guidelines, but they are worth exploring if funds are limited. A GIFT FROM YOUR RICH UNCLE SAM. There are down payment assistance programs available from time to time for those with low to moderate income based on the median income for certain areas. For example, the City of Escondido has an assistance program that can help with the down payment for those buying a home in the city. Aside from the income restrictions, there can be other restrictions that need to be addressed in order to qualify for these programs. If you have a goal of buying a home, start exploring the options available to you no matter how much money you have to put down. John Yeager is the Valley Center Branch Manager for Summit Mortgage, NMLS #219612. He can be reached at 760749-8931 or by visiting www. or via email at jyeager@summit-mortgage. com.

vote on modifications to the Valley Center Municipal Water District pumping station on Rodriguez Road concerning larger pumps that will be installed to increase efficiency of the delivery system. 4) A presentation and possible vote on the Skyline Ranch Country Club proposal to submit a Major Use Permit Modification request to update and modernize the community buildings within the mobile home park located on Paradise

Mountain Road. They will rehabilitate the existing office, restroom, storage, laundry and maintenance building. 5) Discussion and possible vote by Jeana Boulos on construction of a second dwelling unit at 10320 Lilac Ridge Ranch. This project entails the conversion of the guest house garage into living space. Two parking stalls will be provided outside the structure. 6) Discussion on Escondido Safari Heights project and its

impact on Valley Center. This project proposes 550 homes on 1,100 acres (lot sizes 10,000 square feet to one acre) east of Valley Center and north of Route 78 and the Safari Animal Park. 7) Update on candidates and recommendations for VCCPG vacant seats. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at VC Community Hall. The public is invited.

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Join the Vaqueros at their 50th annual Old Timers Show By DEL SMITH The Valley Center Vaqueros will once again call on all trail riders, horse lovers and members 29 and over to participate in the 50th annual Old Timers Show on Saturday, May 17, at the VCV Equestrian Park at the corner of Lilac and Valley Center Roads. If you want to get in the mood for the VC Rodeo the following weekend, be sure to include the Vaqueros show in your plans. Because of their insurance coverage, the Vaqueros hold all of their shows as members-only events. However, if you’re not a member, no problem! Day memberships are available for $5 plus a $10 grounds fee. Should you find yourself having lots of fun, that day membership can be applied to full membership that day. By the way, neither show chair realized this was the 50th annual show until finding some old records of past club activities. All the more reason for participating in the fun.

The Young Riders will be staffing the various jobs along with their adult mentors. This is a traditional part of the show! Show chairladies Deb Duncan and Del Smith have picked ten classes that will have something for everyone, including: 1. Halter class 2. Showmanship 3. Trotting race (This is trotting around four poles laid out in a square. Sound easy? It is timed, and your horse cannot break out of the trot! That can be difficult!) 4. Musical hats (using ball caps—just like musical chairs but poles to put your cap on instead) 5. Egg race (riding your horse) During the lunch break, the new Vaqueros Drille Posse will perform in the arena. The afternoon classes start with Class 6: Keyhole (This is a Gymkhana pattern where the shape of a keyhole is limed out and your horse cannot step out of the boundaries but must enter, reverse and return back to the start position. This is also timed.) 7. Equitation trot poles

(riders judged) 8. Texas barrels (a pattern of three barrels to go around with either two left turns and one right turn or two right turns and one left turn before running back to the start position. This too is timed.) 9. Country pleasure (with favorite gait! All riders will be in the arena at the same time and will listen to the judge’s instructions.) 10. A surprise Jack Benny class for 39-and-over riders! (Who was Jack Benny? The announcer will give instructions for this class. It is a surprise. One clue, however, is that all riders will be in the arena at the same time.) Classes are $5 each or $40 for all day. Traditional Old Timers trophies and a gift certificate provided by our sponsors will be given with a blue ribbon for first-place winners. Second through fifth will receive ribbons. Special trophies will be given to the oldest cowgirl and the oldest cowboy. And, of course, even an award

This is Bobbie Weiss’s second time running for honorary mayor, representing the VC Women’s Club, of which she is the president. “My platform as candidate for mayor is for people to slow the heck down on Valley Center Road,” she said. “If you slow down, you can see what Valley Center has to offer. And so, buy local.” She also promotes the idea that Valleyites should support and buy from the businesses in their town. “You need better communication between businesses in Valley Center,” she said. “There should be more visibility for local businesses.” To help promote that, she is willing to don a chicken costume and employ a twirling

sign to be the official greeter of VC. She is the owner of the Foot Nook. Her main moneymakers as a candidate are $10 manicures, just like last year. All money she raises will go for a scholarship for one young woman graduating this year from Valley Center High School. She hopes to raise $500. “I’m really enjoying doing this,” she said. Besides serving as president of the Women’s Club, she is survival chairman for Relay For Life. Her family has had a home in Pauma Valley since the 1960s, and she lives there now. “I came here in 2006 to take care of the termites in the house, and I’m still here,” she

said. This year, the VC Women’s Club is celebrating its 27th year in town. If you want to donate to Bobbie Weiss’s candidacy, send a check to PO Box 2011, Valley Center, CA 92060.

HonorarY mayor's race Bobbie Weiss represents VC Women's Club in mayor's race

is waiting for the oldest horse. However, there are strings attached to these. To qualify as the oldest rider, one must enter in Class 10 and one other class. The oldest horse must be

entered in one class. Hope to see you all there! Check our website, for the premium and show application.

The Town Crier:

Hidden Meadows News

By TOM FRANCL Foundation Event On May 17, the Hidden Meadows Community Foundation will be hosting a unique event at the Meadow Lake Golf Course right here in Hidden Meadows. We are taking over the entire facility with 18 foursomes teeing off at 12:00 p.m. A community social in the clubhouse will begin at 3:00 p.m. with table games including Bunco, bridge, poker, Scrabble, and mahjong. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. We’re here to celebrate spring and to reward our scholars for their hard work. In fact, one of those golfers might even win a new Lexus! More information is at Annual community garage sale The community garage sale will be on May 10 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Follow the signs to participating homes. For more information, call 760-715-3690. Fire District news Discussions and actions from the last board meeting of the Deer Springs Fire Protection District plus other ancillary news: 1. Board member Bret Sealey is continuing to develop a five-year financial projection, which includes required fire engine replacements. 2. The board continues to search for a fire prevention specialist/fire marshal. Consistent fire prevention inspections are not taking place. 3. Bylaws and operating procedures are being revised on an ongoing basis. 4. Our fire standby and availability tax assessment is rising by 1.71% in accordance with the San Diego CPI. My real estate tax is going up by $4.16 next year. 5. Our fire suppression assessment is rising by 17.21% due to increased expenses, mostly CAL FIRE fees and the CPI. My tax is going up by $53.85 next year. 6. Caltrans is still planning to add guardrails along I-15, which will help prevent catastrophic accidents. Board member Tim Geiser made the original request for this improvement. Grandparent scam This one is making the rounds again. From a neighbor: I am writing to you in the hopes I can prevent an unsuspecting grandparent from getting scammed. I think it would be helpful if you could put out a notice to other ‘Meadowites’ to warn them that some very clever young men are calling seniors pretending to be their grandsons and begging for help to get them out of jail. My “boy” claimed to be in Mexico attending a funeral of his best friend who was killed in a hit-and-run crash. He’d been flown to Mexico City to attend the funeral by the father of his friend. On the way home from the funeral, he was being driven back to the hotel by a member of the family and the driver was talking on the phone (which is apparently illegal in Mexico). Discovering they were Americans, the police decided to search the car. Marijuana was discovered in the back seat, and they were arrested. (“And of course you know, Grandma, I have never dealt with that stuff.”). Well, supposedly he could be released if he testified against the driver but he could only talk to me or his grandfather to help him, as getting others involved would nullify the offer of release. He put me in contact with someone from the American Embassy who was supposedly going to help me to get some money to pay for the paperwork to get him released. While this was taking place, I was able to get my husband to call our daughter to ascertain our grandson’s whereabouts, and he came back and told me it was a scam and to hang up. Upon thinking of this incident and how clever they were, I contacted our sheriff ’s department and tried to report the scam. And he told me the best way to prevent my neighbors and friends from being taken in was to contact them by word of mouth. So in hopes of notifying a lot of people, I am asking if you could pass along my warning to others in the hope that some other grandparent won’t get fleeced. I was lucky; someone else might not be. These people will fleece you for thousands of dollars if you let them. One thing to try is CRIER, continued on page 25 to tell them that something is

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This classic Spanish style home, reminiscent of an old Hollywood resort, was built with entertaining in mind. The striking entrance drives through a mature citrus grove leading to a heated pool/spa, lighted tennis court and horse facilities. 4,700 SF 5 BR/6BA 6.36 Acres Offered at $1,100.00

HonorarY mayor's race

Larry McKenzie represents the VC Aid Group Larry McKenzie is running for honorary mayor as the representative of the Valley Center Aid Group, a 501(c)(3) that has in the past ten years been responsible for giving $100,000 to people in need in this community. The group is an arm of Valley Center’s Professional Real Estate group. Since an honorary mayor candidate is always supposed to make promises, McKenzie promises “to make all of the property values go up!” The Aid Group rose out of the 2003 wildfires, when many hundreds of local people were in need, and it was difficult to find ways to get them the needed funds. Initially, the group borrowed the 501(c)(3) that Nancy Layne had set up,

although it eventually obtained its own non-profit tax designation. Today the purpose of the group is to assist people in temporary need and to give scholarships. As an example

of what the Valley Center Aid Group does, the group recently helped a local woman who needed $250 for medical copay so that she could take her children to the doctor. The group finds out about needs from local ministers, the schools and other sources. You can find out more about the group by visiting its Facebook page. Currently the group’s project is raising money for the Nyberg family (Craig and Kathy) who were badly injured in a car accident that occurred when a driver crossed into their lane from oncoming traffic. Kathy Nyberg, an 18year third-grade teacher at VC Elementary School, suffered over 25 broken bones. McKenzie’s participation in the Wednesday night honorary mayor’s race “throwdowns” at Valley Center Wine & Tastes has been to raise cash for the Nybergs. “Their situation is one that any one of us could find ourselves in,” said McKenzie. “Through no fault of their own, they were in a horrific accident and they can’t do house payments. This community has always tried to look out for each other. That’s a rare thing. It doesn’t happen in the metropolis. This honorary mayor’s race really isn’t about us raising money; it’s about community.”

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number to start with, but from my standpoint it’s not enough.” He prefers to spend at least $250,000 and to look at paying for a deputy sheriff assigned to each campus. “A lot of schools do that. It’s not cheap, but our kids are worth it, and I hope we consider it,” he said. Martin asked staff to return with a recommended number. “We may not need much. We may need more. The point is that we’re committed,” he said. In other business: • Scott Huffman, director of special education, gave a curriculum report on services provided by the Elementary Counseling Grant. In 2012, the district was awarded a threeyear grant to provide counselors at the elementary schools. They help encourage pro-social behavior, such as playing fair and taking turns, promoting good behavior and good character building.

• The board approved adding the costs for boys and girls lacrosse to the district budget starting with the 2014–15 school year. The Lacrosse Foundation has supported a portion of the costs since 2010. The State’s budget has improved, and Superintendent Lou Obermeyer recommended covering those costs in the same manner that is done for other sports at VCHS. “They supported it and did everything that they said they would do, and so I want to support it,” said Dr. Obermeyer. • The board approved the appointment of Kami Callahan to elementary principal. • The board set June 16 for a special board meeting to have a public hearing on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which is required before the board votes on it June 19.

On Wednesday evening, April 30, at 10:48, a 911 caller reported a house fire across from the Valley View Casino on North Lake Wohlford Road. A full first alarm was dispatched from San Pasqual Reservation Fire Department, Valley Center Fire Protection District and CAL FIRE. Fire units found smoke issuing from a single-family home in the 28000 block of Lake Wolhford Road.

Firefighters found the home unoccupied and extinguished a fire that had started in a rear room and spread upward into the attic area. Firefighters were on scene until 1:00 a.m., and there were no injuries. The origin and cause are currently under investigation by the SDSO Bomb Arson unit and the VCFPD fire marshal. Damages were estimated to be $150,000 dollars in content and structural damage.

House partially burns on Lake Wohlford Road

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Bill Horn is running on his record for one last time

Supervisor Bill Horn erects reelection signs throughout the Fifth District. The thrifty Horn has been reusing the same signs for 20 years. He says he enjoys putting the signs up and meeting people who stop to say hello.

By DAVID ROSS Political campaigns often get personal, so when I showed up to interview Bill Horn recently, the first thing he wanted to do was to correct what he called the “lies and misrepresentations” of his record that had been made by his opponent, Jim Wood, in the interview of him that we ran in our last issue. Horn tossed a copy of the paper with the story open to the article on the desk next to me. “But I thought you don’t read newspapers,” I reminded him. “A member of my staff brought this to my attention,” he said gruffly. The first thing the Fifth District supervisor, who is in his twentieth year in the job, wanted to address was Wood’s assertion that he supports the Gregory Canyon Landfill proposal. “When I was a Farm Bureau director, I wrote an editorial in the old Times Advocate newspaper, which you could look up in their archives, about how foolish it was to put a dump on the San Luis Rey River,” said Horn. “I wrote that before it was on the ballot. Then it was passed by the voters; then I became a supervisor, and it came up again and the voters passed it again. I have always been opposed to Gregory Canyon dump. So the Board of Supervisors now has no supervision on the landfill because it was

voter approved. It was taken out of our hands.” He also questioned Wood’s assertion that Congressman Darrell Issa urged him to run for the Fifth District seat. “I have Issa’s endorsement,” he said, adding that he was also skeptical of Wood’s assertion that Pam Slater Price and Dave Roberts asked him to run. Referring to Wood’s interview in the Valley Center Press, he noted that the Oceanside mayor claims that Horn’s Prosperity on Purpose organization has limited support among leaders of North County. “All of the cities have endorsed it,” said Horn, “including Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, three councilmembers from San Marcos, as the mayor of Escondido, Sam Abed have all endorsed it. Now Wood has joined the union, or rather the SEIU joined him, and so now he’s against it.” Horn referenced Wood’s criticism of his “slush fund,” which is what the mayor and other critics often call the $1 million Community Enhancement Fund that each supervisor has that is distributed to unincorporated communities in the district, such as Valley Center and Fallbrook. “They talk about it being a ‘slush fund,’ but unincorporated cities pay $28 million in sales tax, and none of that returns to them. I think it’s only fair that

we return to Valley Center and Fallbrook and the areas that pay the sales tax at least something. You can call it whatever you like. “My question to Jim Wood is, ‘You have been mayor for ten years; what have you done besides lose the majority of your board?” said Horn. Rather than engage in personal attacks, Horn said he would rather the 2014 election be about issues. Answering Wood’s statement that Horn should not have voted against the General Plan that the County adopted a couple of years ago after a decade and a half of work and millions of dollars, he said, “I voted against the General Plan because it stole equity away from the farmers. I am not one who ‘goes along to get along.’ I like to do what is right. I like to sleep soundly becaue I don’t have issues that keep me awake.” He is and always has been proud of the County’s creditworthiness since he came onto the board. “I’m very proud of what the board has done in the last twenty years. Standard & Poor’s gives us a Triple A credit rating, and we also have a Triple A bond rating for eight years in a row. This doesn’t happen by chance. It requires fiscal responsibility and, unlike other public entities that have overspent, we have not asked the voters for more money.” The supervisor talked about some of his top North County

“The priorities of POP are innnovation, tourism, transit hubs, sepcialied manufacturing, ag ad educating and retaining a skilled workforce. POP is also working with Fallbrook, and I have invited Supervisor Dave Roberts to create a tourism/buiness gateway at Highway 76 and I-15,” said Horn. The supervisor is also concerned about the water crisis in San Diego County and its potential to do great damage to North County agriculture. “This hits us where we live. North County is responsible for eighty percent of the agricultural output of San Diego County. By the time you pack and ship, it’s a $5 billion dollar industry,” he said. “The price of water has reached a crises. It’s important to support a vital industry. I’m exploring the ability to get mitigation money to pay for some of this water. At these prices, its not practical for ag to stay in business, yet people like to see green hills. “The water issue is a big issue. I don’t know what more I can do. I’m more of an environmentalist than the people that are supporting Jim Wood. I’m a farmer. I don’t know of a person who is a farmer who doesn’t take better care of the land than an environmentalist,” he said. Horn noted that it’s a dry year, “which brings us a threatening fire season. We’ve learned a lot from the Witch Creek fire. It’s not if the next one is going to happen; it’s

Workers Comp. Horn said he was trying to change the requirements so that some volunteers who are not involved directly in putting out fires, such as engineers (who drive the engines) will be able to qualify. “We’ve tried to augment the volunteers, but the Fire Authority issue has been an issue. Warner Springs and the desert and Ranchita, they need volunteeers,” he said. “I’m telling you, from my perspective, we need the volunteers. You can’t cover this area without volunteers, but they don’t have the equipment. We have purchased two fire helicopters that carry sevenman fire crews and dump water. I put the helipaid in Fallbrook. So far the County has spent $285 million on this.” Public safety has been a big issue of Horn’s during his entire poltiical career, he said. “My support for public safety is why I’m law enforcement’s choice again. I’ve been endorsed by most of the mayors of North County. I would ask your readers to join me for one last time.” Horn predicts that he will be the last supervisor chosen from San Diego’s unincorporated area. “I think we have given unincorporated areas a share of their money, including seven new libraries. “I’ve gotten a five-hundredacre river park at the San Luis Rey River. Let’s see someone else do that. If I got a chance to buy Gregory Canyon, I would do that. It would make a nice

Bill Horn at the 2014 Fallbrook Avocado Festival

priorities, including increasing the transportation network through the development of the San Luis Rey transit station, the possibility of a transit center at Camp Pendleton and the expansion of the McClellan–Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. “I’m working to extend the runway. That will give the airport more value, more safety, and reduce the noise levels and increase busines. Planes will be able to take off without refuling to go to China, Australia and Europe,” he said. He added, “Attracting busineses and jobs is one of my primary purposes.” That was the reason that Horn helped found Prosperity on Purpose along with the San Diego North Economic Development Council.

when.” Horn is proud of the fact that the County has spent $285 million on fire prevention and approved a $2 million five-year master plan for the County Fire Authority to buy more engines and equipment. I asked him to explain why, under the County Fire Authority, the number of volunteer firefighters has dwindled and many fire stations in the Backcountry are unmanned or undermanned many days of the week. “It is true,” he said, “that there are fewer volunteers. The problem is that they have all had to meet new physical standards. A lot of the old timers didn’t do that.” Firefighters who did not meet the standards were unable to qualify for

park.” Horn is running for his last term as supervisor as the County’s term limit law prevents him from seeking a seventh term. This week and last week, you might have spotted him hammering his 20-yearold campaign signs into the dirt on the side of the road. Horn, known for his thrifty ways, has been using the same signs for every election he has run in. “For me, it’s almost like going to the gym to put the signs up,” he said. “When you do that, you meet a lot of people who want to come talk to you. If they stop and talk, they support you, and if they give you the finger, they don’t. But I haven’t gotten any fingers this time.”

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Sacrificial love S By JOHN SALE acrificial love! In our town of Valley Center, there are a man and a lovely woman who know much about this kind of love. Their names are Chet and Lee Elliot! Chet and Lee met in Ohio in church when she was 14 and Chet was just getting ready to go off to war for our country (WWII). Chet played an amazing trombone and often played in church. As a young couple, they were very attracted toward one another, and just before Chet left for the war, after meeting with her dad, he asked young Lee if he could take a walk with her. At the end of their walk, he gave her a kiss (a little “peck,” as she described it) on her cheek. That was the last time she would see his face or lips like that again! There was only a day left in the war before Chet would go home with all the rest of his surviving Army comrades who had served our country with such sacrifice and valor. He was in Rochlitz, Germany, when a bomb was dropped and he suffered severe wounds and burns over his body, including his face and head. Only by the mercy of God did he survive, and he spent months in a military hospital in Europe. All that time, he was sure that Lee would not want to see him, and it was a year and a half before he had the courage to send her a letter to tell her that he had been hurt in the war and was not coming home to Canton.

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However, many letters later, he came home. When Lee saw his whole head bandaged, she sobbed. It was hard! Back home, they were separated because of his hospital stays where he endured multiple plastic surgeries while she pursued life and education 2,000 miles away in California. They wrote letters to one another till, three years later, Chet told her he loved her and wanted to get married. They did! If you know them or ever see them at the deli, at the Veterans Day concert, at the Maxine with their little booth of memorabilia or at church, you instantly see the beautiful love of two sweethearts. When he looks at her, it is with tender affection. When she responds to him, it is with love and deepest admiration. Because of the scars on his face and lips, Chet never played the trombone again. He never complains, but he misses playing his instrument. What is it that has enabled Chet to not regret giving

Faith sacrificially for his country? What has given him the grace to never complain about his permanent scars? What has filled their lives with a continued and even growing love for one another through all these years? Well, both Chet and Lee would tell you that it is because of another love! Their confidence and experience of the sacrificial love of Someone else is so great that it has changed their perspective on everything. This One who has loved them so deeply died in their place—the greatest sacrificial death ever for the payment of their sins. They both, on this coming Memorial Day, would want you to know, as we remember those who have sacrificed the ultimate for our country, that the love of Jesus is the greatest sacrificial love ever for those who trust Him. See how this love is described: “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person— though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7–8). Both Chet and Lee are motivated and have lived their lives by the impact of this sacrificial love of Christ in their lives. They would even say that this difficult journey is God’s way of working much good in their lives and that it allows them to be a testimony of the sacrificial love of Jesus, the greatest love of all. In fact, Chet and Lee only let me tell this story if I would give full credit to the love of Jesus and bring honor to him. In their words, I can only tell you of how this sacrificial love changes one’s perspective on life from feeling sorry for oneself and angry to: “God has blessed us more than we deserve!” John Sale, Lead Pastor at Valley Center Community Church

So I was thinking . . .

By PHYLLIS KNIGHT “Perspectively Speaking, It Becomes a Parent” y husband, my parents and I just returned from a driving trip to Texas. During one of the long (long) stretches of highway across west Texas, my husband and I started talking about silly songs from the seventies, and then began to name (and, yes, even sing!) some of them…at least the few lyrics we could recall. Anyone remember “Chick-a-boomchick-a-boom, don't ya jes' love it”; how about “You put the lime in the coconut, you drank them both up”; or even “Dead skunk in the middle of the road, and it’s stinkin’ to high, high Heaven”? (Kind of like our singing, if anyone were listening.) As we were laughing and singing some of those songs, a flood of memories washed over me. I even could remember what I was doing at precise moments when I heard some of those songs and could almost capture the feeling of being a teenage girl again. Although I enjoyed the reminiscing, I would no more go back to that time period than I would go back to being a brunette. Not because I didn’t enjoy both of those respective time periods in my life, but because those times are gone and I like to think and hope that with age I have gained some hard-earned wisdom and valuable perspective. Speaking of gaining perspective, which should, in my book, go hand-in-hand with gaining wisdom (the theme of last month’s column), I also was reminded of the 1971 movie Billy Jack. If you’re not familiar with it, I can’t take time to explain it, but the point is, when I saw that movie as a teenager, I was completely enthralled with it. When I saw it again as a young adult, I thought what a bunch of hooey, and felt kind of foolish for being taken in by the hype. When I watched it again as a mature adult, I could appreciate it for what it was, a movie that spoke to the time and place of the 70’s. The point of this is, with the exception of biblical truth, most things are not all black and all white, all good or all bad. Much of it depends on our perspective. Just like being a parent. I always loved my parents, but I never truly appreciated them until I became a parent myself. That was when I could fully understand the depth and breadth of the love they had for me, since that is the same way I felt about my own children. It was when I experienced first-hand the sacrifices that a parent makes, that I truly appreciated the sacrifices my parents made for me. I still can’t even begin to comprehend the sacrifice our heavenly Father made for us with His Son, but I am eternally thankful for that blessing. So I was thinking… With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day upon us, for those of you who have lost one or both parents, I am truly sorry for your loss. For those of you who are blessed to still have a parent or parents living, I encourage you to take a moment and, first, thank your heavenly Father for that blessing, and, then, let your parent(s) know that you love and appreciate them. That will be the best gift they ever receive. As for my children, whatever legacy they received from my husband and I when they were growing up, there’s one thing for certain, based on the fun my husband and I were having truckin’ across that west Texas highway, no one could ever tell our kids, “It’s all because your mama don’t dance and your daddy don’t rock and roll... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV) ©2014 Phyllis Knight


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Film school anchors new John Paul the Great University By DAVID ROSS Most people driving through downtown Escondido on Grand Avenue will likely not realize they are passing through the middle of a university campus. Yet it is a university that could lead a small business revival in the area and possibly become a small center for the art of film. John Paul the Great Catholic University is named after the just-canonized Pope John Paul II. The university is seven years old and started off in a shopping mall in Scripps Ranch, before acquiring the building formerly occupied by the Mingei Gallery, as well as other empty buildings in the area, such as the old bank building adjacent to Maple Park. It has been at its current location for several months. The university has 20 fulltime professors and 1,200 students who are working on degrees in three areas, theology, film production and business. It offers MBA’s in film production and MA’s in theology, among others. Half of the students are from California and half are from the rest of the U.S. Interestingly, the university

includes 175 students who are part of a Chaldean Seminary of the Eastern Rite branch of the Catholic Church. One of the MBA candidates is a Chaldean nun. The university was the brainchild of Dr. Derry Connolly, president, a native of Ireland with a soft brogue and a quiet manner, who immigrated in 1973 and who seven years ago founded the university as an act of faith. He was an engineering professor at UCSD when his daughter told him about attending a Steubenville youth gathering and being blown away by the fervor and faith of the young people. It was “put in his heart,” to start a catholic university that would have a maximum impact on the arts, specifically the art of film. He started on a shoestring budget with just a few backers, and some of his own money. In the years since Connolly started the university it has made a significant impact, becoming one of the 30 schools listed in the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. “Everything we are doing is impacting culture for Christ,” says Tim Van Damm,

From the street this sign provides just about the only indication that there is a university in the neighborhood.

FILM SCHOOL ANCHORS JOHN PAUL THE GREAT UNIVERSITY Most people driving through downtown Escondido on Grand Avenue will likely not realize they are passing through the middle of a university campus. Yet it is a university that could lead a small business revival in the area and possibly become a small center for the art of film. John Paul the Great Catholic University is named after the just-canonized Pope John Paul II. The university is seven years old and started off in a shopping mall in Scripps Ranch, before acquiring the building formerly occupied by the Mingei Gallery, as well as other empty buildings in the area, such as the old bank building adjacent to Maple Park. It has been at its current location for several months. The university has 20 fulltime professors and 1,200 students who are working on degrees in three areas, theology, film production and business. It offers MBA’s in film production and MA’s in theology, among others. Half of the students are from California and half are from the rest of the U.S. Interestingly, the university includes 175 students who are part of a Chaldean Seminary of the Eastern Rite branch of the Catholic Church. One of the MBA candidates is a Chaldean nun. The university was the brainchild of Dr. Derry Connolly, president, a native of Ireland with a soft brogue and a quiet manner, who immigrated in 1973 and who seven years ago founded the university as an act of faith. He was an engineering professor at UCSD when his daughter told him about attending a Steubenville youth gathering and being blown away by the fervor and faith of the young people. It was “put in his heart,” to start a catholic university that would have a maximum impact on the arts, specifically the art of film. He started on a shoestring budget with just a few backers, and some of his own money. In the years since Connolly started the university it has made a significant impact, becoming one of the 30 schools listed in the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

“Everything we are doing is impacting culture for Christ,” says Tim Van Damm, vice president of advancement for the university, where one of his jobs is fundraising. The university has chosen to try to have an impact in an art form that is dominated by the secular, and by those actively hostile to religion. The idea is to use film as a force for Christ. “We are to be in the world but not of the world,” he says. To provide students an education so that they can become film directors, producers, editors in film, video gaming and business entrepreneurs. “We are hoping to b The faculty represents a level of knowledge that is impressive for such a young institution. For example Dr. Michael Barber is an expert in the historical Jesus. The university has already produced a full length film, Red Line, produced in 2013, that chronicles the tale of several people aboard a subway that is brought to a stop by a collapsing tunnel. The film was produced entirely on a sound stage. The 175 students in the university’s film program get hands on experience in film production. They are working on another project, and hope to soon have several in production. “for a school our size it is impressive,” says Van Damm. “Having a university with twelve hundred students in downtown Escondido living and studying and producing films is going to provide income to the city,” says Dr. Connolly. “The film industry can be hugely positive or hugely negative. We’ve seen both. We see an opportunity to influence that in a positive way.”

A class in film being taught at John Paul the Great University.

vice president of advancement for the university, where one of his jobs is fundraising. The university has chosen to try to have an impact in an art form that is dominated by the secular, and by those actively hostile to religion. The idea is to use film as a force for Christ. “We are to be in the world but not of the world,” he says. To provide students an education so that they can become film directors, producers, editors in film, video gaming and business entrepreneurs. “We are hoping to become a media hub to give students the skills to grow business and become entrepreneurs and do start-ups,” says Van Damm. The faculty represents a level of knowledge that is impressive for such a young institution. For example Dr. Michael Barber is an expert in the historical Jesus. The university has already produced a full length film, Red Line, produced in 2013, that chronicles the tale of several people aboard a subway that is brought to a stop by a collapsing tunnel. The film was produced entirely on a sound stage. The 175 students in the university’s film program get

Dr. Derry Connolly, president of John Paul the Great University.

hands on experience in film production. They are working on another project, and hope to soon have several in production. “for a school our size it is impressive,” says Van Damm. “Having a university with twelve hundred students in downtown Escondido living and studying and producing films is going to provide income to the city,” says Dr. Connolly. “The film industry can be hugely positive or hugely negative. We’ve seen both. We see an opportunity to influence that in a positive way.”

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Opera returns to Art Center become a media hub to give students the skills to grow business and become entrepreneurs and do start-ups,” says Van Damm.

After four years, opera returns to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center), and better than ever! At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, locals are invited to

spend an evening reveling in the greatest moments from Grand Opera, as well as beloved melodies of Light Opera. Dr. Nicolas Reveles, the San Diego Opera’s Geisel

Director of Education and Outreach, will host the program, which will feature a cast of five international soloists, a full orchestra and the Center Chorale conducted by Dr. Joe Stanford. Appropriately titled Opera’s Greatest Moments, the concert will showcase highlights from the opera genre—opera’s “greatest hits,” so to speak. This comeback performance is thanks to the generosity of longtime Center donor and supporter, Jean Will, wife of Center board member Bob Will. Featured on the program are five opera stars: Priti Gandhi, soprano; Robin Buck, baritone; Kristina Driskill, mezzo-soprano; Megan Weston, soprano; and Jorge López-Yáñez, tenor. The evening will feature the music of Puccini, Mozart, Bernstein, Lehar, Delibes, Bizet, J. Strauss, Verdi and Gilbert and Sullivan. Opera’s Greatest Moments will include selections from “La Bohème,” “Don Giovanni,” “Candide,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Madama Butterfly”

and more. DINNER UNDER THE STARS Attendees are invited to cap off the incredible spring evening with a post-performance gourmet meal under the stars. Guests will dine al fresco in the Center’s beautiful Lyric Courtyard, nestled in the grand architecture of the concert hall, and savor a fourcourse dinner prepared by our award-winning kitchen. The dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. Attendees will have their choice of entrée, and wine is included with the meal. The after-show dinner is available

for $50 for Center members and $60 for non-members. To get their discounted rate, Center members should call the ticket office at 800988-4253. Special group rates for the concert are also available. Those interested should call the ticket office for more information. Tickets can also be purchased online at www. Tickets are on sale now and available for $17–$29 for Center members and $20–$34 for non-members—a bargain price to see five opera stars in concert!

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Sports VC boys lacrosse team downs Mt. Carmel to keep winning streak alive

Head Coach Mariah Bohnstehn (left) helped the Lady Jaguars honor seniors (L–R) Melinda Olsen, Alex Velasquez, Bianka Pacheco, Tarin Landavazo, Ciera Serrano and Parris Toedt before the game against Fallbrook.

Lady Jaguars celebrate Senior Night with win over Fallbrook By DAN KIDDER Even though the sweltering heat of last Friday began to cool off with the approach of evening, the Valley Center varsity girls lacrosse team was just heating up for the game against Fallbrook. The Lady Jaguars honored their seniors before the game, and the seniors played a key

role during the game to help Valley Center take a 16–7 win. The six Lady Jaguar seniors—Melinda Olsen, Alex Velasquez, Bianka Pacheco, Tarin Landavazo, Ciera Serrano and Parris Toedt—were each presented with a rose before the game, and each senior shared a list of memories and shoutouts.

Once the game began, the seniors played their parts expertly in leading the team to the win. Pacheco and Velasquez were the team’s two leading scorers, Toedt made big save after big save in goal, Serrano helped shut down the Lady Warriors on defense and Olsen and Landavazo chipped in on both sides of the ball. Valley Center pulled out to a 3–1 lead early in the first half behind goals from Pacheco and Cierra Sisler. Fallbrook battled back, however, and briefly took a SENIORS, continued on Page 18

By DAN KIDDER The Valley Center varsity boys lacrosse team seems to be hitting its stride as the season winds down, as the Jaguars pushed their winning streak to five games since coming back from spring break. The Jags have only lost twice so far this season, and they continue to rack up the goals in win after win. During the five-game winning streak, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents 71–18, including last Wednesday’s 14–7 win at home over Mt. Carmel. In the big win, Valley Center jumped out to a commanding lead with nine goals in the first quarter, while holding the Sundevils scoreless. Mt. Carmel got back into the game by outscoring the Jags 4–1 in the second quarter and 3–1 in the third quarter, giving Valley Center a slim 11–7 advantage heading into the final

Jason Blasius sends a shot toward the Mt. Carmel goal.

period. Behind solid defense and timely offense, the Jaguars scored three more times in the LAX, continued on Page 18

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VC CERT members attend large exercise in Spring Valley In a major disaster, fire and emergency medical personnel may be tied up with complicated rescues and emergency operations, or be unable to respond to areas within the Valley Center community due to road blockages or damage. That is when members of the Valley Center Fire Protection District’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) would be activated and step in. These trained community members would then aid the community with their disaster assessment, radio communications, light rescue and first-aid skills. Over the weekend of April 26, seven members of the local team joined about 150 other volunteers from similar county teams in a vacant Spring Valley shopping center as part of a countywide CERT exercise. Local members Kathy Ames, Barbara Andrews, Joel and Judy Kooyers, Bob Mayer, Caroline Nicoll and VCFPD CERT Coordinator Jim Courter participated. The exercise was scripted as a simulated emergency following a major earthquake and began with a radio call informing team managers of the situation. An unknown number of persons was said to be trapped by fallen debris in the shopping center, and there were known injuries. The teams were to gather at the shopping center, get organized, safely remove debris blocking access, search the center, re move the injured and care for their injuries. The exercise was one of a series put together by the

home in an emergency situation are invited to form or join The Valley Center CERT County-Wide Drill attendees at Spring Valley on Saturday, April 26, included Caroline Nicoll, Bob Mayer, Joel Kooyers, a neighborhood team. Judy Kooyers, Kathy Ames, Jim Courter and Barbara Andrews. Their function is to provide local situation assessCounty twice a year and host- cal operations. CERT mem- ment and immediate care ed by local CERT teams. It was bers must undergo 24 hours of for their neighborhoods in a designed as a refresher for training to get certification. large-scale emergency and to current CERT members to Local training is open to all communicate the status and polish their skills and to work residents or those working in needs of their neighborhoods with members of different our community. Those finish- to VCFPD CERT’s manageteams. ing the training can choose to ment staff. Those graduates Before the main exercise, take their knowledge home to who wish a larger role in comteams rotated through five just their families or become munity disaster response are stations where they practiced team members. Those gradu- invited to join the CERT Rehazard removal, medical aid, ates who wish to serve their source Unit. Members of this search and rescue, medical neighborhoods and be close to group are trained to a higher transport and team management. This was a change from previous exercises and was thought very successful. It also showed local team members that teams in other areas are trained to perform functions in different ways than they are, and has resulted in some lively discussions and plans for additional training with local VCFPD personnel. The program provides disaster-preparedness training to community members and interested volunteers on topics that include fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medi-

level, are mobile, and will be sent to harder-hit areas of the community to assist the neighborhood teams with additional supplies and personnel when needed. San Diego County has 32 CERT programs with more than 4,000 volunteers. To date, the local team has trained over 500 community members in emergency preparedness. For more information, check www., call the VCFPD at 760-751-7600 or email the team at

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Local builder helps erect modern ‘cottages’ for Wounded Warriors to use as they recuperate On a sunny but windy day in April a couple of hundred people attended a ceremony to dedicate the installation of four “cottages” on San Onofre Beach made possible by the Pendleton Cottages Project and San Diego Nice Guys. It’s not often that the donation of a few thousand dollars can impact lives for several decades, but the Pendleton Cottages Project is such an example. Valley Center builder Kelley Hedges, who specializes in manufactured homes, has lent his expertise to assisting the Pendleton Cottages Project in bringing handicapped-friendly cottages to the beach site that is reserved for active duty and retired military families to rent short-term. The new cottages, in some cases replace moldy old FEMA trailers that are often rotting away and are too far gone to repair. The cottages have porches that look out onto the beach and provide easy access. Before the ceremony Hedges gave a tour of one of the new houses, which includes doors large enough for a wheelchair

to last, with metal roofs, composite siding and railings, and stainless steel appliances and external hardware. They are set on foundations at ground level for superior wheelchair access.” When completed, the ownership of each individual Cottage is transferred to U.S. Marine Corps Camp Pendleton to be serviced by MCCS. The Pendleton Cottages

Kelley Hedges (right) and Gen. John W. Bullard and one of the attendees at the installation ceremony on April 15.

to negotiate and bathrooms that are handicapped friendly. The new cottages are also flush to the ground, allowing wheelchairs easy access. Hedges was honored along with major donors by Brigadier General John W. Bullard, USMC Commanding General of Camp Pendleton and his staff, and members of Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) staff. The newest cottages will carry memorial dedication plaques to Robert F. Sumoski, U.S. Air Force Airman First Class, and to

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Captain Robert M. Hanson, U.S. Navy. Another of the Cottages has been dedicated to Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the final one to all Medical Personnel who serve in the U.S. military. Bob Clelland, a community volunteer who chairs the Cottages Project, says he is happy that nine of the new cottages have now been installed, but One of the new, handicapped-ready cottages. added, “we have a ways to go to fully fund the 24 Cottages that are needed to complete Project is seeking sponsors for future units. The total inthe Project. We have installed five two-bedroom stalled cost for each unit is units and four one-bedroom about $85,000 plus $6,000 for basic furnishings. Each cottage units so far.” Advertising@ He added, “The cur- can be dedicated with a plaque rent cottages are actually old honoring the donor or the doFEMA trailers that are considered beyond repair. We are taking them down and putting up new manufactured homes that are handicapped-friendly. These new cottages are built

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Here come the floozies and gunfighters! By CRAIG AMES Where does the time go? Once again, it is time for Western Days and, as usual, the word on the street is that another gaggle of lowlife reptiles known as the LILAC LIZARDS (headed up by the notorious Louie the Lizard) and their ladies of the night (better known as Floozies) are heading to town to disrupt our community with larceny, assault and whatever else they think they can get away with. According to Calico Craig and Shady Shain of the Marshal’s Posse, these reptiles will be dispatched with good oldfashioned western justice, as were the likes of the Bonsal Bandits, the Under the Hill Gang, the Ranchita Renegades and many more over the past few decades. This year, the marshals say that they have a few very good trackers (like Mouse, Pepper and Lucy) who

do not mouse around looking for these no-good reptiles. The word is that Louie and his gang will try to rob the following good establishments in town on the dates listed. Friday May 17 at Smokey’s Lake Wohlford Café at 6:30 p.m. Thursday May 22, at the following locations: Shain’s Fitness at 5 p.m. Town Center Market VC Foods Joe’s Feed Lilac Foods Casa Reveles Friday May 23 Cal Bank and Trust at 5:50 p.m. Town Center Market Pala Gas Armstrong Feed Country Junction Portino’s Fat Ivor's Saturday May 24 At the intersection of Valley

Center Road and Cole Grade Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. There will be good old-fashioned gun battles at these loca-

tions, and those varmints who survive will be dealt with by Judge Greg (Hand ’em High) Elam, the best hanging judge west of the Atlantic Ocean.

So, folks, come on out and enjoy Western Days. Hope to see you there.

VCHS graduate Trevor Reilly could be drafted into the NFL this weekend It’s an opportunity that has taken a lifetime to achieve, and for Valley Center High School graduate Trevor Reilly, the moment is here at last. Reilly, a linebacker/defensive end from the University of Utah, is projected to be selected in this weekend’s NFL Draft. Listed at 6'5" and 255 pounds, Reilly impressed NFL scouts while at Utah with his strength and instincts on the field while getting to the opposing quarterback, as well as his maturity off the field. In his college career, he racked up 235 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and two interceptions. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team after his senior season, in which he posted the best numbers of his career, with 100 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Heading into the NFL Draft, Reilly is projected to be selected anywhere from the late first round to somewhere in the fifth round, though most projections place him some-

Trevor Reilly (49) racked up 8.5 sacks in his senior season at Utah and could be headed to the NFL this weekend.

where in the second or third round. A number of reports indicate that Reilly has spoken with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers and even the San Diego Chargers leading up to draft day. Reilly graduated from VCHS in 2006 after playing

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football, basketball and volleyball. On the gridiron, he helped lead the Jaguars to consecutive CIF titles as both a defensive end and tight end. In his senior year, he recorded 83 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, one

fumble recovery and six sacks on defense, and added 24 receptions for 290 yards and three touchdowns on offense. When he graduated, he originally committed to play football at Texas Tech, but

while he was away on his LDS mission in Sweden, he decided to attend Utah instead. Reilly battled through the pain and difficulty of suffering a torn ACL and meniscus during the 2012 season, starting all 12 games that season despite the injuries. And just last year, his 19-month-old daughter needed surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her kidney, a scary situation for everyone in the Reilly family. But Trevor has persevered and stands on the verge of realizing a dream so many chase and so few attain. Be sure to watch for Trevor Reilly during the NFL Draft, which begins with the first round on Thursday, May 8, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Rounds two and three will be drafted Friday, May 9, beginning at 4:00 p.m. PST, and rounds four through seven will be drafted on Saturday, May 10, beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST.

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Lady Jaguars trounce Oceanside, but fall to Ramona in close softball game By DAN KIDDER Valley Center’s varsity softball team spent the month of April lighting up the scoreboard and winning nine of ten games along the way. But the team that handed the Lady Jaguars their one loss of the month came back to spoil the first game in May, as Valley Center’s only two losses since March have come at the hands of the Ramona Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Jags won their first four games in April before Ramona came to town on April 7 and squeaked out a 3–1 win late in the game. Valley Center returned to form over the next four games, outscoring the opposition 44– 10 in four wins, including an 11–1 home win over Oceanside last Wednesday. In the big win, the Lady Jags struck early and often, plating two runs in the bottom of the first and adding two in the second, six in the third and one in the fourth to set up an early finish to the game after the top of the fifth due to the mercy rule. Oceanside’s lone run came in the top of the first, but the Lady Jaguars recovered to shut the Lady Pirates out after that. Jasmine Contreras provided the fireworks for the Valley Center offense with a grand slam in the bottom of the third. She also had a base hit and totaled five RBIs and one

Jasmine Contreras sent this pitch over the fence for a grand slam.

run scored on the day. “I just went up there trying to get a hit,” she said of the atbat that led to the round-tripper. “I guess I got good contact, because I didn’t think it was deep enough to be a home run when I first hit it.” She added that her team’s offensive outpouring over the previous four games could be traced back to the overall attitude of the team. “I think our enthusiasm helps us play better,” she said. “The whole team gets into the game, and one of the girls starts it off and the rest of us just feed off of it. It’s contagious.” The hits were certainly epidemic for the Lady Jags in the big win, as Nia Hutton added a solo home run in the fourth, while Maddie Boyer had a double, a single, two RBIs and two runs. Brie Dunckel had two hits and three runs, Emma Sloman had a hit and an RBI, Leilani Diefenbach had a hit

and a run, Moyla Devers had an RBI and a run, Alicia Zappia had a hit and Kiana Diefenbach scored a run. Sloman got the win for pitching the first two innings and allowing one run (unearned) on four hits. Hutton took over and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing one hit. Shelby Smith took over for the final inning and allowed only one hit. “This team is probably the most athletic team I’ve ever had,” said head coach Bill Dunckel after the win. “They’re starting to get how, when we put the ball in play and keep putting it in play, good things start to happen. We put a lot of pressure on other teams by getting on base and using our team speed. We’ve had three games where we’ve come in with only nine girls on the roster, so we don’t have a lot of wiggle room. The girls un-

derstand that, if you don’t get it done, there’s nobody else behind you to do it. They’ve all done such a great job of picking up on all the nuances of the game, and right now, we’re getting great hitting from everybody in the lineup, one through nine.” “I think this will help us as we get ready for CIF because we’re getting to see a lot of pitches, and we’re definitely gaining confidence,” Contreras added. But then on Friday, the Lady Jags traveled to Ramona for a rematch of April’s only loss, and once again, the Lady

Bulldogs held on through a close game to take a 2–0 win. Ramona pitcher Kailey Hill pitched a gem, holding Valley Center’s potent offense to just two hits, while the Lady Bulldogs scored once in the second and again in the third to eke out a narrow win. The Lady Jaguars have already faced Orange Glen on Wednesday. Next, they host Del Norte on Friday and Mission Vista on Wednesday, May 14. The regular-season finale comes on Friday, May 16, at Mission Vista. Each game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

fourth and kept Mt. Carmel off the scoreboard to take the win. Jason Brewster led the way with six goals and an assist, while Jason Blasius had four goals and an assist, John Luna had two goals, Andrew Chestnut had a goal and two assists and Dawson Postuma had a goal and an assist. “We played like we know we can in the first, but we kind of slacked off in the second and third,” Brewster said after the game. “We came back in the fourth more organized and we worked together to get the win.” Brewster, the team’s leading scorer on the season, pointed to the Jaguars’ familiarity with each other as a big reason for the team’s success so far this season. “A lot of us have played to-

gether since fifth grade, and now we’re all together for our third year on varsity,” he said. “And we’re all friends outside of school too. That link helps us on the field because we know each other and our tendencies so well.” With their fifth win in a row on the record, the Jaguars are now 11–2 overall and 5–1 in the league. The Jaguars have already hosted Canyon Crest on Tuesday, and they return to action with a rematch on the road against the last team to beat them, San Marcos, on Friday at 7:00 p.m., followed by two home games—the first game against San Dieguito on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. and the second against Del Norte on May 14 at 7:15 p.m.

5–4 lead with just under nine minutes left in the first half. But the Lady Jaguars rallied to score the next four in a row, including two more from Pacheco, one from Velasquez and another from Savanna Fiehler, to take an 8–5 lead at halftime. The Lady Jags opened the second half with another impressive run, scoring the next five in a row to take a 13–5 lead before Fallbrook found the back of the net again. Even after the Lady Warriors pulled the score back to 13–7 with just over ten minutes left in the game, the Lady Jaguars held strong and scored

three more times, including one just before the final buzzer, to seal the big win. Pacheco finished with five goals in the game, while Velasquez added three goals and Fiehler, Sisler, Kaylin Ryan and Nina Montejano each added two. “The key to this game is really the key to winning any game—teamwork,” head coach Mariah Bohnstehn said after the game. “We’re learning to trust each other out there, and that shows up the most in transition. We’re improving on that and still focusing on our ball movement and communication on the field, both on offense and defense.” With the regular season now over, the Lady Jaguars are poised for a good spot in the CIF playoffs. Be sure to find out the latest about the team at or on Facebook at ValleyCenterPress.

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be served. There will also be informal modeling showcasing fashions from Farmer’s Daughter. At 5:30, a ranch-style dinner will be served, complete with pulled pork, baked beans, salad and rolls. During dinner, Sherrie Bates Ness will present “Coming Home” and will have lots of giveaways. Prizes will be awarded for the best western outfit. After dinner, there will be plenty of time to shop at Farm-

Garden club talk May 13: butterflies love pizza! Butterflies love pizza. No, not the oven-baked variety, but butterflies seek large, flat flowers on which they can land and sip nectar from the abundance of florets, or “butterfly pepperonis.” That is just one of the tips for attracting butterflies to your yard to be presented by Maureen Austin at the May 13 meeting of the Dos Valles Garden Club. Austin will discuss butterflies common to our area, how to entice them into your backyard and how we can help preserve these beautiful creatures, with special emphasis on the monarch butterfly. Live monarch butterflies in all stages—egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and adult—will be on hand at the meeting, with information about the significance and needs of each stage in the butterfly’s overall metamorphosis, including the differences between larval and adult butter-

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fly food. Those attending will take home a complimentary pack of Asclepias seeds to plant to attract monarch butterflies to their yards. “Butterfly populations are dwindling, but we can all do small things to make a big difference in preserving them,” Austin says. As founder and executive director of CHIRP for Garden Wildlife, Inc., Austin is dedicated to helping people create garden habitats for hummingbirds, butterflies and songbirds. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Conservation Achievement Award in Education. The public is welcome to attend the monthly meetings of Dos Valles Garden Club, held at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Stephen Church, 31020 Cole Grade Road in Valley Center.

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Lasso in the ladies for ‘Ladies Night Out’ at Bates Nut Farm Each spring, Bates Nut Farm celebrates friendship, food, fashion and fun with Ladies Night Out. This annual event has become a tradition for gal pals, coworkers, families, neighbors and BFFs who gather at the farm for a fun and inspirational evening. On Wednesday, May 14, from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m., Bates will welcome ladies of all ages to “Lasso In the Ladies.” Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite western outfits and to come hungry and ready to let their ponytails down! The fun starts at 4:00 with a trunk show from Peter Grimm, featuring their famous western hats. Guests will be able to find the perfect hat to complete their western ensembles. From 4:00 to 5:30, wine, iced tea, cheese and appetizers will

er’s Daughter & Bates, and dessert, coffee and gourmet tea will be served. Tickets are $26.00 and include food, entertainment, samples, a $10 shopping certificate to be used at the event trunk show and more. Space is limited; call 760-749-3333 to purchase a ticket by May 12. No refunds after May 12; tickets will not be sold at the event.

HonorarY mayor's race Hellhole Hermit is the most reluctant candidate of them all Perhaps the most reluctant candidate ever to run for honorary mayor, the Hermit of Hellhole Canyon, presents a chance to vote for a candidate who is least likely to cause any problems in office. “When elected, I promise to represent all the wildlife, plants, people and rocks of Valley Center to the best of my ability as I communicate with all of them,” said the Hermit. “Of course, they’ll need to find me first!” The Friends of Hellhole Canyon chose the Hermit to be their candidate because he is highly representative of many Valley Center characteristics, such as fierce independence, a strong love of nature and a deep desire to live far from dense neighborhoods and strip malls. He gets on by living lightly on the land. According to campaign manager Joaquin Aganza, the Hermit’s closest friends are the plants and wildlife of Hellhole Canyon. In a rare interview, the Hermit shared these thoughts: “I was talking to a sage brush the other day—that’s a very wise plant, hence its name—and it told me, ‘Hermit, don’t worry about what folks are calling a drought, because not raining is what mostly happens around here. If it rained a lot, then we would be living in a rainforest and I’d be a fern. It mostly doesn’t rain here; then sometimes it rains even less. “ ‘Lots of folks around here come from places where it rains more because that way

their ancestors didn’t starve, resulting in them having kids. Then the kids move here ’cause it’s sunny and then they wonder why their water bill is so high. If you move to around here, you might not get to take as long a shower as you might take in England or Wisconsin. Around them Great Lakes there’s water, but it also rains and snows a lot, so you got to shovel snow, but your lawn stays green when there’s no snow on it. “ ‘Folks around here think they can have a lawn ’cause some of their relatives had so much grass that they had to raise sheep to keep it down. Then somebody had the idea to chase a little ball around them sheep meadows while wearing odd-colored clothing. If that game was invented around here, you’d be playing on the Tans and there’d be little grass traps to keep it interesting.’ “You can get by fine around here, but you need to think like a sage.”

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Faith News of Local Churches ST. STEPHEN CATHOLIC CHURCH

This week is the last Faith Formation for St. Stephen youth. They will celebrate the end of our Faith Formation year with the May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Confirmation preparation is this week, then Cinco de Mayo celebration, K of C Storm baseball in Lake Elsinore, the Rosary and Divine Mercy Devotion, RCIC in Spanish, RCIA in English and Spanish, Bible study, baptism seminar in English, Spanish First Communion parent meeting, confession, St. Vincent pantry distribution and the Women’s Guild bake sale on Saturday and Sunday after all the Masses. Middle school and high school youth schedule: 8th graders join the high school youth with the Sons of King Praise Band, and 6th graders join the closing celebration social night. CMF (Catholic Men’s Fellowship) will meet on Saturday, May 17, beginning with Mass at 7:00 a.m. celebrated by Father Elmer Mandac, followed by breakfast, fellowship and a speaker. Bring a

friend. Questions? Call Brian at 760-212-3888. From the Welcome Minister: the book Delivered by Matt Fradd on pornography is now available at the table. Pornography is a scourge that has wounded virtually all families and society as a whole. This book shows how the vice can be overcome and the damage undone. Bereavement Corner: remember that grief is a strong energy that needs to come out. This expression of grief is called mourning. If you need to just have someone listen to your grief, call Penny Blazej at 760-685-3403. A recommended book is A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis, written about his grief journey after the death of his wife. Mother’s Day shoppers, you know you will be shopping for this big day, so consider stocking up with SCRIP and help raise money for the church. Whether you buy candy from See’s, orchids from Lowe’s or diamonds from Macy’s, the parish has cards to get you started. Stop by the table after Mass. ***


A church custom fit for Valley living. Friendly people, great music and sermons that are entertaining, thought provoking and usually not boring. This Sunday is Mother’s Day! Pastor Bill Trok will be speaking on . . . well, probably something motherly. Ridgeview Church is a great place to make new friends, reconnect with old ones and discover God’s purpose for your life. There’s something for everyone, from an award-winning preschool to after-school programs and youth groups. There are also a few different home study groups for men, women and couples of all ages. Call 760-751-9890, or go to www. for further information. ***


Seventh-day Adventist Church, preaching the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Sabbath (Saturday) services will begin with Bible study classes at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. The adult lesson is entitled, “Christ’s Death and the Law,” continuing our quarter’s studies on “Christ and

His Law.” Lessons are available at The sermon that will be presented by Pastor John Anderson is entitled, “Lessons from James, part 5.” Sermons are posted at www.sdavalleycenter. net. A fellowship meal will be served after the church service. Sunday, there will be singing at 10:00 a.m. at the Villas Convalescent Center in Escondido. Wednesday is prayer meeting at 7:00 with supper at 6:00 p.m. The group is studying the book The Desire of Ages on the life of Christ. All are invited. If you have questions or want more information, email Pastor John at ***


St. Francis Episcopal Church is a vibrant church in Pauma Valley. The church’s mission is to share the love of Christ. The church is located at 16608 Highway 76 near the Pauma Valley Community Center. All are invited to join in Sunday morning worship service. This week, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ will continue. Holy Eucharist is celebrated at both our Sunday services. The 8:00 a.m. service is a quiet service without music. The 10:00 a.m.

service offers congregational singing and a weekly musical offering by the St. Francis Choir. After the 10:00 service, there is food, coffee and conversation for all. Sunday School and babysitting are available at the 10:00 service. Every Thursday at 10:00 a.m., people gather at St. Francis for weekly Bible study and prayer. Newcomers are welcome to join in the Thursday fellowship, prayer and study of God’s Word. The Episcopal Church welcomes all to celebrate and share Christ’s love for his people. Starting with Easter, the Paschal candle has been lit each Sunday. This tall, white candle reminds us of Christ’s banishment of death and darkness and that Christ is always with us. If you are interested in learning more about St. Francis Episcopal Church, check out the new church website. Service information, sermons, and photos of church events can be found on the site: http://www.

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Join the fun with the Castle Creek Women's Golf Club Bannon Greer finished second in the 1,600m to lead the Jaguars in the Escondido Invite on Saturday.

VC track & field teams bring home 18 top-20 finishes from Escondido Invite By DAN KIDDER Saturday’s Escondido Invitational brought 38 different schools together from across San Diego County, and the Valley Center varsity track and field teams had an outstanding showing, bringing home six finishes in the top five, ten in the top ten and 18 in the top 20. Bannon Greer had the Jaguars’ top finish of the day, as he took second place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:18.19. Savanna Reilly had a pair of top-five finishes, as she took fourth in the discus (116-feet0) and fifth in the shot put (35–1).

The boys 1,600-meter relay team also finished fourth (3:28.27), while taking fifth were Anthony Ricks in the 200 meter (22.69) and Austin Paredes in the discus (138–5). Ricks also finished in sixth place in the 100 meter (11.23), while Delaney Cummings took eighth in the 300-meter hurdles (48.57) and ninth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.00). Rounding out the top ten was the boys 400-meter relay team (44.59). Hailie Santana had a pair of finishes in the top 15, as she took 12th in the 100 meter (13.08) and 13th in the 200 meter (26.94), while the girls

400-meter relay team also took 13th (52.44). Angela Armstrong finished 17th in the shot put (29–8) and 20th in the discus (80– 5), while Thomas Stehly was 18th in the 110-meter hurdles (16.57), Quentin Ferrez was 19th in the 100 meter (11.74) and Rhett Reilly was 19th in the 400 meter (54.88). To see full results from the Escondido Invite, visit the website at and search for Valley Center. Next up, the Jags face Del Norte on Thursday, May 8, at 3:15 p.m.

Castle Creek Women's Golf Club welcomes women of all ages and skill levels to participate in weekly games and several tournaments throughout the year at a beautiful, fullsize, regulation course with a choice of regular or forward tees. Six-month and yearly memberships available, so vacationers are welcome. The cost is $70 for a yearly membership and $50 for a sixmonth membership. There are also plenty of opportunities to participate in team games rotating to several other courses in North County

at reduced rates. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday in the summer and at 8 a.m. during the winter. Luncheon meetings are the first Tuesday of each month with a shotgun start. Contact Castle Creek Golf Club at 760-749-2422 or Membership Chair Nancy Bassett by phone at 760-809-3313 or by email at whateva77@ for more information about joining. Castle Creek Golf Club is located just north of Escondido at 8797 Circle R Drive in Valley Center.

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Design Review Board gets look at‘Konyn’ proposal

Kerry Garza of Touchstone Communities speaks to the VC Design Review Board.

By DAVID ROSS The VC Design Review board Monday got a first look at the rebirth of the Konyn Dairy property as Valley Center Ranch, a 300-unit development that includes a retail shopping center, a project Touchstone Communities envisions having porches looking out in a central park, evoking a “Mayberry RFD” look. The DRB board has finally met a developer that members might have wished a genie for, a developer who told them en-

thusiastically, “We really embrace the architectural style that you espouse. We get it! We love this style!” It will be a project that will incorporate some of the existing features of the dairy, such as the silo as well as other buildings that will evoke its former use. In that spirit, Kerry Garza of Touchstone unveiled preliminary drawings of the development, which Garza bragged will apply “modern principles of careful planning, putting people first, not traffic

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oriented, not power oriented.” The property is adjacent to John Belanch’s Orchard Run property, which Garza said his company has been trying to buy and incorporate into its development, apparently egged on by local residents. “We were told we would make a lot of friends if we were to acquire that property,” said Garza. “We have come close to closing on that deal. Our guys are working on a deal.” He said that he and Touchstone representatives have been talking to local residents for months to find out what elements they want incorporated into the project. While they learned that “the density battle is over,” they were told over and over to respect VC’s rural look, and try to create a project that fits in with VC’s existing community. “We were also told that the community needs services, that they want a place where they can ‘hang out’ on a Friday or Saturday night and get a meal or a place to walk to and do something,” said Garza. They were also told “not to build a gated community and block it off and turn our backs on the community,” explained Garza. Instead of building several small parks, they decided on a

Friends' candidate Marian Klein, declares, “The book stops here!”

Marian Klein, president of the Valley Center Friends of the Library, is running for
 Valley Center honorary mayor with the feisty slogan, “The book stops here!” As mayor, she vows 
to put a library card in
 the hands of every child
 and a book on every 
nightstand. “I will rid 
the town of book thieves
 and enforce harsh penalties for late returns of a 
library book! I will erad
icate book rot and dog-
eared books.” Definitely a tough law-and-order
 candidate, she is. “I’ll be a no-nonsense mayor!” she says and adds that she is a good bookkeeper as well. “I’m particularly running against the mule, who is running a negative campaign. He’s a nay-sayer!” she adds. “I know you’re not supposed to beat a dead horse, but I can beat a live mule!” Mrs. Klein is originally from the East Coast but says, “I’m in love with Valley Center. It’s a very close-knit community, one small enough where individuals can make a difference.” Because she likes the community so much, she is involved in many of its organizations. Besides being president of the Library Friends and running the Friends’ bookstore at the library, she is also membership chairman of the Friends of Hellhole Canyon Preserve and secretary of the VC Trails Association. 
She also has one final slogan to add: “Read my lips! No new taxes!”

Hiker discovers body on Hellhole day before Easter Easter morning, the authorities removed a body from Hellhole Canyon Preserve that was discovered that Saturday near sundown by a hiker who had been walking on top of No Name Mountain. The medical examiner identified the man as Samuel Holiman, 57, of San Diego. The decedent was a 57-year-old black man who lived in San Diego County. His body was found on April 19 by a hiker, who called 911. San Diego sheriff ’s deputies and park rangers responded and found no sign of life in the hiker’s body. The authorities brought in a sheriff ’s ASTREA helicopter the next morning to remove the body, which was apparently discovered close to the hiking loop. No

Name Mountain is about 3,000 feet high at the summit. A sheriff ’s deputy was posted at the entrance to the park overnight, as it was too late in the day to remove the body, and no one is being allowed to hike at the preserve until the body is removed and the sheriff ’s deputies and medical examiner’s office finish their investigation. There was no trauma or wound found on the body. It is has been many years since a body has been found in the preserve, according to people familiar with the preserve. The medical examiner’s office has yet to announce a cause of death.

Artist's conception of Valley Center Ranch's commercial center.

single central park available for the community to use. “We want to build a place where you can have social gatherings, which will be safer because it will be used by more people. A park with a civic lawn with a stage where you can have theater, summer gatherings, summer concerts while kids are playing and people are having barbecues,” he said. The project will also have a private recreational center with a pool. The northern part of the

property would have densities of about 7.3 units per acre, while the property south of Moosa Creek, seasonal waterway that is from 30-40 feet wide, would have mixed uses of residential/commercial with a density of 30 units per acre. “We were told to ‘give us something for first time home buyers as well as empty nesters and seniors who don’t want to have to take care of property anymore,’ ” said Garza. They DRB, continued on page 26

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Jimmie Cline finds his ‘calling’ bringing musicians to their audiences

The band New Rich.

By DAVID ROSS Show business people have an ancient term for an audition open to anyone: a cattle call. When Jimmie Cline was looking for a name for his talentscouting and event-planning business, he decided to call it “Cattle Call, LLC” and gave himself the title “trail boss.” On the East Coast, they call such people “impresarios,” but this is the West, and we don’t go in for such highfalutin terms! Cattle Call is in charge of live entertainment at this year’s Western Days at the Community Center. It will also bring the third annual Valley Center Music Festival to Bates Nut Farm on June 7 as a fundraiser for the VC Music Boosters. Cline normally works with about five different performers, although his “portfolio” has about 20. If he has a particular need, he pulls up the right artists for the job. Cline decided to go into the

talent-scouting business when he came to the brutal realization that, while he had some talent as a musician, he didn’t have what it takes to make a good living at it. “I go on a music cruise once a year. I have been doing it for four years,” he recalls. “I sing and play the guitar. On one of those cruises, I realized that, if I ever thought I was going to make money professionally, I was fooling myself, and that maybe I could make money on the business side, because I interact with people very well— with artists, management, and fans.” Thus, Cattle Call was born. If the artists Cline represents have a common theme, it is that they are mainly Americana or roots-based. “By that I mean that, as we all come from a certain area, whether New Orleans or Memphis, and that culture is instrumental in how they write their music,” said Cline. “I define it as a

cultural-based form of writing, such as ethnic, country or folk. ‘American’ is so broad-based, including blues, rockabilly and country. That’s an awful big umbrella, and so I try to whittle it down to the folk aspect of it. That is my favorite kind of music. I’m very into culture, but I have to have a broad portfolio, cover bands, DJs and live or rock bands.” Some of the bands Cline represents have ties to Valley Center. One is New Rich, whose lead player is Brenden Bourgeois, considered one of the top songwriters in San Diego. Another locally based band is the Sumbucks. They have two members from Valley Center, Ted Hackleman and Loyal Satterfield. Cattle Call arranged the music for this year’s Western Days. Friday night, a DJ will be coming in and playing a mixture of music, some country and western, but mainly dance music to get people up and moving. On Saturday, starting about 2:30 p.m., five different artists will play: Cierra West, Megan Combs, Jon Ji, 22 Kings and (the last is the most famous out of San Diego) Sara Petite. “Sara Petite is a headliner and a phenomenal songwriter,” says Cline. This will get the people up and dancing.” Cline has also produced the musical program for the rodeo, with two bands playing, starting at 2:00 p.m.: Podunk Nowhere and Alice Wallace and her band.
 “It’s working out for me,” says Cline about his musical business. “I have a

The band Sumbucks.

day job that I haven’t been able to quit but a lot of doors are opening for me. I’ve only done it for twenty-three months, but already I have a lot of national contacts (Nashville, Atlantic). The goal is to bring some of those national acts here eventually. “Valley Center is a beautiful place to do music. It has the Community Center stage, Adams Park and Bates Nut Farm,” said Cline. He’s talking to the VC Parks & Rec District about possibly bringing a concert to one of its venues this summer or later. “Maybe we could incorporate it into a fundraiser for Parks & Rec,” he said. “I’m moving forward on the events I want to do in Valley Center. I want to keep a mixture of local bands, San Diego–based bands, and national bands. My theory is that the national and San Diego bands will be drawn up here and hopefully spend some

money.” Speaking of the Music Festival he has assembled for June, he noted that the school musical programs have built up a diverse set of musical styles. “One of the things I do at the music festival is keep the mix diverse, because these kids might go into country or jazz.” This will be his third year of doing the festival. It is on schedule towards profitability, he says. “Most festivals take three or four years to make a profit. Bates is open to letting us do it there until it’s not big enough to accommodate it anymore. About 1,500 attended the free concert last year. The money it makes comes from donations. Proceeds go to the school music programs. 
This year, they brought in the Kansas City Barbeque (sic) competition. “We hope that will draw more people from outside Valley Center.”

PV Lions to hold annual Poker Run May 17 Would you like to spend your Saturday morning driving over some of the most scenic roads in North County? Then relax and enjoy a delicious carne asada lunch? Or win a door prize of freshly grown Pauma Valley navels, tangerines and avocados? Then join the Pauma Valley Lions for their annual Poker Run

Saturday, May 17. The event starts and finishes at the Pauma Valley Community Association building on Highway 76. The PVCA offers breakfast before the event. After breakfast and registration, pick your first card and ride through the scenic roads of North County. The route travels

Horn holds Town Hall meeting in Pauma Valley Bill Horn held a Town Hall style meeting in Pauma Valley in April that was attended by a good cross section of the community. The meeting was organized in great deal by Pauma resident Ron Barbanell as a way of creating a bridge between the local residents and their supervisor. The supervisor fielded many questions on issues of local concern, such as development in the Valley and the Gregory Canyon landfill.

through Couser Canyon, Lilac Road, Valley Center, Santa Ysabel and then Warner Carrillo Ranch Museum in Warner Springs. When you return to Pauma Valley, a freshly prepared carne asada lunch will be ready for you. Sonny Portacio, Lions Club president, says, “We expect a great turnout from the San Diego Miata Club and the San Diego Honda Gold Wing Club. We are also on the events calendar for the Packard Club of San Diego. We are trying something new. Clubs that bring their mascots will get a poker hand for the mascot to play.” Proceeds fund the Lions’ sight and community programs in Pauma Valley. Online registration is at Or register on the day of the event. Check in from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Pauma Valley Community Association, 16650 Highway 76. Entry fee is $35 for first hand, $20 per extra hand in the same vehicle. Pre-register before May 1 to save $5. Questions: check out the Pauma Valley Lions website or call 858414-8808.

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Valley Center’s horse group, the Vaqueros, keeps busy with activities, clinics and shows

The Vaqueros recently held the Day of the Horse.

By LISA BURKHARD The Vaqueros are Valley Center’s local horse club. With current facilities at the corner of Valley Center Road and Li-

lac Road, the members keep busy with activities, clinics and shows. Membership Vaqueros membership is

based on a yearly fee: • Yearly Single Membership is $50. • Yearly Family Membership $80. • Yearly Extended Family is $120. Membership includes reduced fees at shows, monthly newsletter, and use of arena (when no events are scheduled). (Membership will be pro-rated for the remainder of 2014) Francis for Mayor The Vaqueros' 2014 Mayoral Candidate is Oklahoma Francis the Mule. Who better to lead Valley Center? Groups within The Vaqueros The Young Riders: Children and teens meet monthly

Oklahoma Francis, the Vaqueros' candidate for Honorary Mayor.

Drille Posse: Adult drill team Here are the upcoming Vaqueros events:

May 17: Old Timers Show. For members 29 and over. This event is ran by The Young Riders. May 24, 25: Western Days. Visit the Vaqueros booth at Western Days and The Stampede Rodeo. Watch the groups in the parade. May 26: Barrel Racing at the Rodeo Grounds. June 14: Work Day at Vaqueros Park June 21:Cowboy Challenge at the Vaqueros Park July 13: Rail Show at the Vaqueros Park For more information on The Vaqueros, visit their Website

HonorarY mayor's race

CofC's John Yeager would make ‘Mortgage Daddy’ bucks legal tender John Yeager, a.k.a. the Mortgage Daddy, is the Chamber of Commerce’s candidate for honorary mayor. This is his first time as candidate, although he previously managed Gary Farmer’s “stealth campaign” a few years ago. “My platform is that Mortgage Daddy bucks will become legal tender if I’m elected. It’s not legal now, but it will become legal tender after I’m elected.” Holders of Mortgage Daddy bucks will be able to use them to pay their mortgage, or if they save up enough of them, to pay their water and electric bills. His wife, Linda, came up with his slogan, “Improving Valley Center, one mayor at a time!” Yeager has been a participant in just about all of the honorary mayor “throwdowns” at Valley Center Wine & Tastes, an idea that originated with Diane Conaway as a way for more than one candidate to make a campaign appearance.

to do anything. Mary [Gordon, the Chamber’s executive director] will do everything,’ at which point I said, ‘Sold!’ I’ve really been having fun!”

The Chamber is raising money for Yeager’s candidacy at the throwdowns as well as by selling advertisement on the pancake breakfast place mats that will be sold at the Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast at Valley Towne Centre Saturday morning before the Western Days parade. At first, Yeager resisted being the Chamber’s mayoral candidate. “As you can probably tell, I don’t want to talk about myself, but they picked me because I’m better looking.” Still, he resisted. “I didn’t really want to do it, but Greg Carlson kept calling me up and telling me, ‘You don’t have

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3rd annual VC Music Festival planned for June 7

Ten bands will play at the VC Music Festival June 7.

The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters (VCPMB) will hold the third annual Music Festival at Bates Nut Farm on Saturday, June 7, including top San Diego bands and a sanctioned Kansas City barbecue

cook-off. There will be free admission and parking for the event, which will feature ten professional bands on three stages, plus the Valley Center Middle School and High School jazz

bands, a beer and wine garden, door prizes, face painting and a silent auction. This year’s festivities have expanded to include a Kansas City Barbecue Cook-off. Proceeds benefit the VCPMB. This event will be held at Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road, from noon to 9:30 p.m. The festival begins with the national anthem and performances from the award-winning VC Middle School and VC High School jazz bands, directed by Jeff Beck. The bands will fill three stages with one-hour sets: Black Market III – Blues/ Rockabilly/Rock The Sickstring Outlaws – Alternative Country Viva Apollo – Jazz Rock Drop Joy – Rock Sarah’s Promise – Alternative Rock/Christian Dusty and the Lovenotes – Americana

The New Rich – Americana The Sumbucks – Country 760 – Theatrical Rock The Band Red – Classics/ Oldies Fifty barbecue teams are expected to compete in a cook-off sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque (sic) Society, leading to regional, state and national championships. Select items of chicken, pork, pork ribs and brisket will be available to buy. The beer and wine garden will be at the center of the event for the 21-and-over crowd with a selection of craft beers and boutique wines. Silent auction items will be displayed for bidding. The Miss Valley Center court, including Miss VC Amber Lackpour, will sell drawing tickets and help with face painting. “Bates Nut Farm is a perfect location,” said Jim Cline, president and founder of Cattle Call, which is promoting and coordinating the bands. “Bring family, friends, beach chairs and blankets, and pick a spot on the lawn as your home base while enjoying the live music and having lunch or dinner together.” The event is a key fundraiser for the VCPMB, which support the efforts of 700 award-winning choir and

band students in local schools. Performers donate their time. “This festival highlights quality bands with a variety of music in one location, all while continuing to help our music programs grow,” said Diane Conaway, president of the boosters. “We are so fortunate to have so much community support for this event. Many volunteer hours are spent in planning, coordinating, advertising, setting up, performing and more.” To donate an item for the silent auction or drawing, call Conaway at 760-7492888. Proceeds help fund the annual $60,000 goal of the VCPMB to purchase uniforms, instruments and competition entry fees for local music programs. The boosters help buy hundreds of instruments and keep them tuned up for hundreds of 5th–12th graders. “This year, we have been challenged to raise $100,000,” said Conaway. “The Boosters want to use this additional $40,000 to expand their programs for these student musicians.” The Valley Center Music Festival is sponsored by Bates Nut Farm, Cattle Call LLC, Diane Conaway, Rival Design Studios, Left Coast EngineerMUSIC, continued on page 27

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Relay For Life makes multiple appearances around town

The Valley Center Relay For Life members held a yard sale and pancake breakfast on Saturday morning at the Escondido dog park at the bottom of the grade.

Saturday, April 19, was another fun fundraising day for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Valley Center. The day started with a pancake breakfast, followed by the first annual yard sale at the Hidden Valley Obedience Club in Escondido.

The Relay For Life teams participating in this fundraisier were Fighting For Friends, Lettuce Make a Difference, Paws for the Cause, PT Cruisers and Sue’s Sassy Walkers. The money raised Saturday morning was over $900. The event was well attended with

support from Valley Center and Escondido. This effort is in conjunction with the Relay For Life Vallley Center event taking place on June 21 at Bates Nut Farm. The goal of the committee and teams this year is to raise $100,000. The fundraising grand total so far is at $40,000. In 2013, the Relay raised over


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burning on the stove and get their phone number so you can call them back. Then contact the sheriff or the FBI. We’ve also received emails from HM residents who were supposedly in trouble in England. Turned out that their email contact list was ripped off and everybody on it was hit. Another scam—modern ambulance chasers Crooked contractors monitor fire dispatch radio and show up after the last fire crew leaves. One should avoid hiring uninvited contractors promising to help. Check out a YouTube video on the fraud: h?v=ARw64tR2Qzo&feature=

Painting of the Analusian stallion Blanco (see story, right).

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$85,000. In order to reach the goal this year, the group will be participating in more community events leading up to event day, June 21. On April 26, teams hosted a booth at the Country Market Flea Market & Craft Fair at Bates Nut Farm. Firefighters from Rincon Station #64 did boot driving at the A-1 Irriga-

tion Customer Appreciation Day, and there was an information booth hosted by the Relay For Life candidate for Valley Center honorary mayor, Sharon Briscoe, and Team Development Chair, Michelle Wick. Relay For Life will also hold its annual “Paint the Town Purple” on May 31 on the Heritage Trail. For more information about “where your dollars go,” visit You can also get more information at to learn how to make a donation, join a team or volunteer at the event. Contact Sharon Briscoe, Community Marketing Chair, at for more information.

History museum to feature exhibit on film star horse

The Andalusian stallion featured in the Lord of the Rings films—who lived and trained in Valley Center—died in March and is being remembered in an exhibit at the Valley Center History Museum. The horse, known as Blanco, portrayed Shadowfax, the wizard’s stallion, in the popular motion picture films. He lived with his owner-trainer, Cynthia Royal, at Valley Center Ranches on Hilldale Road and later at Paradise Mountain. The tribute to Blanco has been added to the museum’s current exhibit on thoroughbreds that have lived in Valley Center and includes progeny of Seabiscuit, Seattle Slew, Secretariat and others. The show will continue into August. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 29200 Cole Grade Road. Admission is free. For more information, call 760-749-2993 or visit

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Skateboarders get to reopen their special ‘Spot’

Skateboarders in Valley Center now have their little piece of heaven, the “Skate Spot,” which reopened recently after a special meeting of the Valley Center Parks & Rec District. And it’s busy all the time! The Valley Center Parks & Rec board unanimously voted April 23 to reopen the “Skate Spot” (with director Tom Bumgardner absent) with conditions that the skateboard group clean up its own trash,

maintain its fence, put up two signs that say, “Ride at your own risk” and eventually pay Parks & Rec a yearly fee after construction on the entire park is completed. Mark Hertenstein and a group of likeminded skateboard enthusiasts last fall persuaded the board to let them put in a skateboard facility if they raised the funds. They formed a board, with Hertenstein as president. 
The park

was closed for a few weeks last month while the skateboard group met the park district’s requirements for operation. About 13 skateboard supporters attended the April meeting. They all applauded enthusiastically when the board voted to reopen the park. Supporters of the skateboard park have attended several previous meetings, including young people who, although they are not eloquent

in the ways of their elders, know how to communicate their emotions. Several have said that Valley Center’s skateboard park is the only place where they can legally pursue their sport. There was no opposition present at that April 23 meeting. However, the decision does not please everyone. At the previous meeting a week earlier, Steve Mayfield had spoken passionately for several minutes about his opposition to the park. “I’m asking that you do not approve of this skateboard park,” he said. Mayfield said that he was a member of the Little League, although he was not officially representing them at the meeting. He said the Little League was reluctant to publically oppose the park but that he felt that point of view should be represented. Mayfield described how, in his view, the skateboarders were bad neighbors because they smoke and swear and, he alleged, are responsible for vandalism at the nearby Little League snack bar. He said

have partnered with a builder of senior housing. “Not an old folks home but for seniors who want to live life to the fullest.” Some homes will have porches facing the central park or the river, and green belts will wind through the property. “We envision lanes lined with sycamores, oaks, pepper trees, sort of a ‘Mayberry RFD look,” he said. Because that area has been designated for so-called “affordable housing,” by the County, the development will include “entry level,” and “affordable housing.” The term “affordable,” will mean different things to different people. However, according to Garza, “We see this as being the most affordable property in North-

ern San Diego.” Homes will range from 1,500 square feet to 3,500 SF. “Everything we are planning will have a connection to a trail,” he added. The trails will also follow Moosa Creek. The retail center is envisioned as a “destination” center rather than a place where people stop, “on the way home.” “We want it to be the place you look forward to coming to, with a few restaurants,” in addition to a small market and possible a drug store. The kind of store they favor is a Trader Joe’s, a Sprouts, a Daniel’s Market, or, most likely, a Stater Brothers.” Despite claims by another developer on the other end of town (who will remain name-

less) who claims to have Stater Brothers locked down, Garza claimed his company is actually favored to get it. “We know we are the favorite site for them, no matter what anybody else tells you. We’re all in the hunt for them, we are all

talking to them,” he said. He added, “We would be just as happy with a large market across the street from us,” while his development provided destination type retail and dining. The project will require a

The "Skate Spot" is busy almost every daylight hour when weather permits.

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he didn’t oppose a skateboard park per se but insisted that its location next to the Little League “is a bad fit. It needs to be somewhere else.” Mayfield’s vandalism accusation was disputed by members of the skateboard group who were present, including someone who said he had been a member of both the skateboard group and the Little League. “There have been break-ins for years at the snack bar,” he said. Editor’s Note: This is a passionate, emotional subject. We invite both sides to submit letters to the editor expressing their views. Also at the special meeting, the board approved the bike pump track project that was first proposed in March by the San Diego Mountain Biking Association. The public park will be located on park land directly north of the VC Municipal Water District complex, near Cole Grade Park. Construction will begin as soon as possible, with completion projected to be in about eight weeks.

Major Use Permit from the County. How soon could the project become a reality? “We could be grading before the end of next year,” said Garza.

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HonorarY mayor's race Marcia Townsend goes from the “ornery” mayoral candidate to the ‘inevitable’ candidate Marcia Townsend, never one to hold grudges against the voters for not electing her honorary mayor of Valley Center the first time she ran for the job in 2013, is out pounding the pavement and appearing at wine tastings all over town, once again representing the Republican Women’s Club. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it! The first time she ran, her slogan was that she was going to be the “ornery” mayor candidate. This time, she has a new slogan: “They are going to keep running me until I win!” she said. Mrs. Townsend certainly has the chops to be one of VC’s finest mayors. She is currently president of the Valley Center

Parks & Rec District board. She is a former Citizen of the Year, and her pride and joy is being the founder of Christmas in the Valley, the celebration where everything for the kids is free. Because she recently had to have a small skin cancer

The Valley Center real estate community and its charity, the Valley Center Community Aid Group, announced April 27 that they will honor longtime Valley Center resident and realtor Paula Haskell by presenting a scholarship to a deserving graduating senior beginning this June. This annual scholarship presented by VC CAG will be named the Paula Haskell Memorial Scholarship. Mrs. Haskell died April 1 after a

lengthy and courageous effort to obtain a kidney transplant. Scholarship applications for all the VC CAG scholarships, along with the new Paula Haskell Memorial Scholarship, are available through the high school counseling office. VC CAG has given away over $100,000 in scholarships over the past ten years. The organization held its annual charity golf tournament on Friday, May 2, at Woods Valley Golf Club to raise money for

this year’s scholarships. VC CAG is an all-volunteer charitable organization with two purposes: to provide scholarships to underserved youth and to help our community members in need. If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to support these efforts, checks can be made to VC CAG and sent to PO Box 962, Valley Center, CA 92082. Donations by credit cards and PayPal are also welcome.

A monthly three-hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already owns, a handgun. The May class is offered Sunday, May 11, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range east of Lake

Wohlford. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety, and responsibility of firearm ownership. Handguns and ammunition are provided for the class, but participants are encouraged to bring their own handguns if they already own one. The Escondido Fish and

Game Association range is located at 16525 Guejito Road and Lake Wohlford Road. Cost is $60.00. To register for the class, call Jack at 760-746-2868.

operation on her nose, Mrs. Townsend has decided to give some of the money that her campaign raises to the American Cancer Society. “My main promise to the citizens of Valley Center if I’m elected is more music,” she said. “We could start by having more concerts at the park. I promise to dance the night away.” She used to belong to a swing dance club and is tired of there being no place for her to go dancing in Valley Center. In fact, she wants to shut down Valley Center Road and cover it up and make it into a dance floor. “The casino people can just go around,” she said.

New scholarship will honor the late Paula Haskell

Home firearm safety class to be offered May 11

Hellhole Canyon Preserve.

VC Trails Assn. to sponsor hike at Hellhole Canyon Preserve Join the Valley Center Trails Association May 18 at 8:00 a.m. for a guided hike to Hellhole Canyon Preserve. The association continues to sponsor interesting hikes to nearby areas to promote hiking and the creation of trails in Valley Center. As the days grow warmer, there will be fewer opportunities to enjoy Hellhole Canyon hiking. This hike will be guided by an expert on the preserve, Joaquin Aganza. Aganza is the president of Friends of Hellhole Canyon and will enhance

CERT sponsors safety classes The VCFPD Community Emergency Response Team is sponsoring two community safety classes. There is still room in both of these classes. Email cert@ to register or for more information. The first class occurs Saturday, May 10, 8:30 a.m. to about 5:00 p.m. Place: San Pasqual Reservation Tribal Hall, 27458 North Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center. Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Operations for CERTs and Fire Safe Councils (S215). Clay Howe from the U.S.

MUSIC, continued from page 24 and Catering. For more information about Bates Nut Farm, visit For more information about Cattle Call LLC, visit For more information about Diane Conaway, visit For more information about Rival Design Studios, visit www.rivaldesign. me. For more information about Left Coast Engineering, visit www.leftcoasteng. com. For more information

the hike with information about animal and plant life in the preserve and the history of the area. This hike includes some steep sections and will have little shade. Wear your hat and sunscreen and bring water. The hike will last around one and a half hours. For more information, contact Trail Master Anita Noone at anitanoone@ or 858-442-4809. Meet at the Hellhole Canyon parking lot at the end of Kiavo Drive in Valley Center at 7:50 a.m.

about When Pigs Fly BBQ and Catering, visit For more information about the Valley Center Music Festival, visit For more information about the Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters and how you can help, email, visit http://vcpmusicboosters. org, find Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters and like us on Facebook or call 760-7492888.

Bureau of Land Management and JP Harris of Firecourses. com will present a one-day class (with field trip) on building triage, sizing up structures for survivability, defensible space and basic structure protection. Class size is limited, so sign up early. Bring walking shoes and lunch/water. Saturday, May 31, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Place: Light of the Valley Lutheran Church, 28330 Lilac Road, Valley Center. Evacuation Shelter Operations Stasia Richardson from the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services will present a class on County of San Diego procedures for operating and managing an evacuation shelter in the event of an incident requiring evacuation. In 2007, most shelters in San Diego County were opened and operated initially by those working under County authority, including CERT in Valley Center. This class is not limited to CERT members; anyone can come. Non-CERT members will be subject to a background check before being issued shelter worker cards. Lunch will be a working lunch, so bring your own food and water. Class size is limited. Please sign up in advance. Email for more information or to register for these classes.

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Jaguars swept by Del Norte in three-game baseball series By DAN KIDDER Valley Center’s varsity baseball team wrapped up the nonleague portion of the schedule with a pair of wins in the middle of April and looked to be on the right track for league play. But since then, the Jaguars have returned to their earlyseason struggles at the plate, scoring only nine runs and allowing 60 runs in the last six games, all losses. After getting swept by Ramona in a three-game series with the Bulldogs, the Jags took on Del Norte for another trio of games last week and suffered the same fate. The first game of the series came at Del Norte last Tuesday, and the Nighthawks scored early and often to down the Jaguars 9–1. Del Norte jumped ahead with three runs in the bottom of the first, then added two in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, while holding the Jags scoreless until the top of the seventh, to take the win. Valley Center did rack up nine hits in the game but couldn’t come up with key hits at the right time to score. Koby Fleck led the way with two hits and an RBI, while Clay Sisler and Brad Dozier

Koby Fleck had two hits and an RBI against Del Norte last week.

each had two hits, Troy Duncan had a double and both Dominic Antonacci and Gavin Cummings had a hit. Fleck took the loss on the mound, however, as he started the game and lasted two and a third innings, giving up six runs on four hits and eight walks, with two strikeouts. Colton Blakey took over and finished the final three and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk, with three strikeouts. On Saturday, the Jaguars hosted the Nighthawks for a doubleheader and had a rough day, losing both games by a combined score of 28–3. In the first game, Del Norte pulled out to an early lead and never looked back in taking an 11–2 win. The Nighthawks scored

two in the top of the first, then added four in the third, two in the fourth and three more in the seventh. Valley Center, meanwhile, scored once in the second and once more in the third before getting shut out for the remainder of the game. Things didn’t get any better for the Jags in the afternoon game, as Del Norte took a big lead in the first two innings and cruised to a 17–1 win. The Nighthawks put up two runs in the first and seven more in the second, before adding three in the fourth, four in the sixth and one final run in the seventh. Valley Center’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth. The Jaguars have only six games left in the regular season. They have two games against Mission Vista—they have already hosted the Timberwolves on May 6 and they play on the road on May 8— before a three-game series against Orange Glen that includes an away game on May 13, a home game on May 15 and another away game on May 17. The regular season finale comes at home against Mission Vista on May 20. The game at Orange Glen on May 17 takes place at 10:30 a.m., and all other games are scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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