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GOHS senior returns early following open heart surgery, A-3


10 Tips to find a down payment to buy a home, B-7

Temecula Valley Basketball showcase a huge success, B-10




February 6 – 12, 2015



AB 60 creates long waits at DMV offices across the state

Volume 15, Issue 6

Rock the Oaks benefit concert hits high notes for 2015

Kim Harris Managing Editor Long waits are nothing new for those paying a visit to any number of Department of Motor Vehicles’ field offices. However, since the implementation of AB 60 – the law that requires the DMV to issue an original driver license to undocumented aliens – those wait times have become worse than ever and that is something that probably won’t change anytime soon, according to DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez. see page A-9


Local skydiver wins gold JP Raineri Sports / Multimedia Editor The 2014 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships took place on Jan. 8 and is the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world, held at Skydive Arizona, which is just outside Phoenix. The athletes all met up to put their aerial skills to the limit at the national championships, including Temecula native Tramaine Barnett. see page B-1


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James Holland (right) and Gwyn Sanborn performed the LeAnn Rimes song, “Gasoline and Matches” during the event.

Ashley Ludwig Staff Writer Rock the Oaks celebrated its 7th annual weekend benefit concert for Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment and the Arts on Jan. 30 and 31. Record crowds were in attendance, according to Gwyn Sanborn, orchestrator of the event.

“Our acts were amazing this year,” stated Sanborn. “Every show, there was a standout performance. The Ranch Rockers band learned 25 new songs for the weekend, and they did an amazing job all the way around.” Proceeds from the show, sponsored by Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery, went to the Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment

and the Arts, a nonprofit, 24-hour residential, educational and therapeutic treatment center, located in Murrieta that treats 76 at-risk children who live on campus and 90 to 100 day students who attend its nonpublic schools. The organization’s Oak Grove at the Ranch, is located in Perris and serves an additional 50 students. This year’s benefit concert was

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comprised of local amateur and professional musicians, along with ensemble performances by the Oak Grove students. Rock the Oaks benefit is an “upbeat live music show, sprinkled with today’s pop country, classic rock, gospel, country, and patriotic music,” according to Sanborn.

see ROCK, page A-6

Class action lawsuit filed against Calavo Growers, Inc. Debbie Ramsey Staff Writer A class action complaint was filed against Calavo Growers, Inc., its chief executive officer Lecil E. Cole, and chief operating officer Arthur Bruno, by three law firms. The resulting news has been heard by many growers and stockholders in the local region. While the initial complaint did not specify the amount in monetary damages being sought, it alleges that during the time period March 5, 2012 through January 14, 2015, Calavo (and its officers and directors) violated federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The premise of the suit revolves around the company’s 2011 acquisition of Renaissance Food Group (RFG), LLC, a fresh-food company that produces, markets, and distributes nationally a variety of healthy, high quality lifestyle products for consumers. Calavo has openly stated on its website,

Calavo’s 60,000-square-foot facility in Temecula is the largest avocado packing and cooling facility in California. The facility can store up to 85,000 cartons of fresh-packed avocados. Shane Gibson photo

“Our purchase of Renaissance Food Group, LLC was the cornerstone of our 2011 achievements. A leader in the fast-growing refrigerated, fresh-packaged goods category, Renaissance Food Groups adds

a broad product lineup under the Garden Highway and Chef Essentials brands.” According to the suit, “Pursuant to the RFG Acquisition Agreement, [Calavo] agreed to pay on

the closing date approximately $16 million, payable in a combination of cash and shares of unregistered Calavo common stock.

see CALAVO, page A-8

41 students at Vista Murrieta kept home to keep measles at bay Kim Harris Managing editor Forty one students at Vista Murrieta High School have been asked to stay home from school due to a potential measles case reported by a school employee, according to a press release received by Valley News on Friday, Jan. 29. According to the release, Riverside County Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser said the students who would be excluded from class have not been vaccinated against measles or cannot show proof of proper protection against the illness. The decision came after it was determined that a school employee

likely had measles, a highly contagious disease spread by those infected through coughing, sneezing or even breathing. Although the employee is no longer infectious and was cleared to return to work, Kaiser said, exposed unvaccinated or non-immune individuals still could be incubating the illness. The students are being excluded to prevent a measles outbreak from occurring, according to Barbara Cole, an RN, PHN, and MSN Directors, Disease Control at Riverside County Department of Public Health. “If someone is concerned about the possibility of measles, it’s important to recognize the symptoms that might take place,” Cole said. Measles presents with cold like

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symptoms include cough, fever and red watery eyes. “A few days later the rash starts, usually on the face and works its

way downward,” Cole said. Cole said that a person with

see MEASLES, page A-4

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Hard News Felon who fled from Hemet police in high-speed chase to stand trial MURRIETA - A convicted felon accused of leading Hemet police officers on a high-speed chase aboard a motorcycle must stand

trial on felony and misdemeanor charges, a judge ruled on Jan. 28. Brian Keith Hale, 35, of Upland was arrested in August following

Menifee police officials arrest 11 during warrant sweep MENIFEE - Almost a dozen scofflaws were arrested on Sunday, Feb. 1 in Menifee during a warrant sweep. Officers from the Menifee Police Department visited a number of neighborhoods in search of people with outstanding DUI cases. Twenty-five warrants were served and 11 offenders were arrested for either failing to show up for a court date or violating terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case. Prior to the warrant sweep, the

Perris Sheriff’s Station sent out over 600 letters to people with outstanding arrest warrants, Sgt. J.P. Strang said. The office received responses from 120 people whom were cited and given a new court date. “The best bet for anyone with a missed DUI court date is to go to court on their own now or come to the Perris Station and we will issue you a new court appearance date,” said Strang. “If you don’t, that warrant isn’t going away. We’re going to come find you and take you to jail.”

a circuitous chase that culminated in his dumping the motorcycle and trying to flee on foot, according to police. Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark found there was sufficient evidence to bound Hale over for trial on a felony count of reckless driving and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Clark scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for

Feb. 10. Hale remains free on a $150,000 bond. According to Hemet police, on the night of Aug. 28, a patrolman spotted a motorcyclist exceeding the speed limit and zooming through stop signs in the 500 block of Oakland Avenue. The officer gave chase, repeatedly signaling Hale to stop, but he allegedly sped away eastbound, authorities said. Hale eventually turned around, returning to the area where he was first spotted, according to police.

With officers still close on his tail, Hale laid the bike down on the roadway and took off running, police said. After a brief foot pursuit, he was apprehended and taken into custody without further incident. Investigators discovered that, at the time, Hale had a pending arrest warrant for a domestic violencerelated incident out of San Bernardino County. According to court records, he has prior convictions for possession of drugs for sale and assault with a firearm.

Old Town Temecula head-on crash hospitalizes three

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A head-on crash in Old Town Temecula sent three people to the hospital on Friday, Jan. 30.

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He added that alcohol may be a factor in the wreck, but he couldn’t confirm that as of press time. The crash is still under investigation, according to Carpenter. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to please call Carpenter with Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000.

Firefighter injured, family displaced by Wildomar residence fire WILDOMAR - One firefighter was injured and a family of four were displaced by a garage fire in a single-story residence in Wildomar, a fire official said. The fire was reported at 8:15 p.m. Sunday in the 24400 block

of Wagon Wheel Lane, the Riverside County Fire Department’s Jennifer Fuhrman said. Eighteen firefighters put out the flames by 8:38 p.m., Fuhrman said. “One firefighter sustained a non

life-threatening injury and was transported via ground ambulance to a local area hospital,” she said. Two adults and two children were displaced from the home as a result of the fire, Fuhrman said.

Man perishes from boulder SAN JACINTO - A San Jacinto man sustained fatal injuries after being crushed by a boulder while hiking near San Jacinto, the Riverside County Fire Department announced today. Fire dispatchers received the

call that a man was pinned under a large boulder on the 43500 block of Cedar Avenue at 2:57 p.m. Saturday. The man and his wife had been digging for plastic bottles in the remote area, a spokeswoman from the fire department told the

Riverside Press-Enterprise. Seven firefighters and two fire engines arrived at the scene. They removed him from below the massive rock, but the man had serious injuries and died soon thereafter.

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Three people were taken by ground ambulance to local area hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries, according to the deputy. A puppy was taken by animal control for safe keeping, but the dog was not injured, Carpenter said. Witnesses reported the driver of the vehicle that hit the brakes smelled like alcohol, Carpenter said.

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RIVERSIDE - A Moreno Valley pastor who stole tens of thousands of dollars from a dying World War II veteran unable to manage his affairs because of dementia was sentenced today to three years’ probation and ordered to pay restitution to the victim’s family. Matthew Taylor, 42, pleaded guilty last week to financial elder abuse with a sentence-enhancing allegation of destroying property in the commission of a felony. In exchange for his plea, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped nine related felony counts against Taylor, an associate minister of the First Apostolic Faith Church, where his father-inlaw is chief pastor. Under the sentencing terms negotiated between the prosecution and defense, Taylor will be barred from acting in any caregiving capacity for the duration of his probation. Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez also ordered Taylor to pay $13,000 in victim restitution – at a per annum interest rate of 10 percent, accrued over nearly four years. Taylor was already forced to disgorge $140,000 in ill-gotten funds, and the District Attorney’s Office succeeded in freezing another $44,000 in illegally acquired assets, according to Deputy District Attorney Janet Hasegawa. Taylor’s victim was 87-year-old Lawrence Fusha of Altadena, who met the defendant in the first weeks of 2011. At the time, Fusha, who served a two-year stint in the Navy

at the end of World War II, was fighting a losing battle with lung cancer and receiving treatment at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Loma Linda. “He only had three or four months to live,” Fusha’s nephew, Denny Smith of Pleasanton said. “He needed care and attention. He met the criminal, Taylor, through a mutual friend. Taylor seemed legitimate, but it was all a very convincing act. He was nothing more than a con man.” Fusha was invited to live with Taylor, his wife and teenage daughter in their Moreno Valley townhouse. According to Smith, they put the victim in a spare bedroom, where he remained for around six weeks. Almost immediately, Smith said, Taylor had Fusha delegate him power-of-attorney over all his affairs. “My uncle was satisfied being there. He was signing papers because he trusted this guy,” Smith said. “But he was confused. The dementia affected him. He was in a vulnerable position.” According to Hasegawa, Taylor convinced the victim to take out a reverse mortgage on his Altadena home, providing more than a quarter-million dollars in ready cash. Taylor then had Fusha sign a cashier’s check over to him in the amount of $150,000. That money was used for the outright purchase of a Perris home for the defendant and his wife, Debra Belle-Taylor, a Riverside County employee. She was not charged in the embezzlement case. “The defendant bought the home

after Mr. Fusha had gone into the hospital,” Hasegawa said. “He later claimed that he planned to have the victim come live with them in Perris after he was discharged from the hospital.” Fusha spent three months in hospice care at the medical center before ultimately succumbing to the cancer. According to Hasegawa, the entire time Fusha was hospitalized, Taylor collected and cashed the victim’s Social Security checks and his union pension checks. According to Smith, an alert banker noted suspicious activity in Fusha’s account, prompting him to notify Riverside County Adult Protective Services, which culminated in a sheriff’s investigation and charges against Taylor. “What’s particularly disgusting is Matthew Taylor is a pastor,” Smith said. “I’m an elder in my church. You just respect someone in a high position. And people look up to him.” Smith said Taylor sold his family on the idea that he loved to be a caregiver. “Looking back, we should have asked a lot more questions and been a little less trusting,” Smith said. “If things don’t sound right, you have to get a little more involved and make sure that an elderly person has everything in order – their will and plans for end-of-life care.” Smith said he and his uncle’s other heirs spent three years in a civil court battle with Taylor to recoup Fusha’s assets. He estimated that the legal wrangling cost the estate about $285,000 – more than half of what it was worth.

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Julia Adame is a typical senior in high school. Driven, charismatic, focused on the future and her dreams of pursuing her degree in speech pathology at Cal State Northridge, where she plans on attending college. But in December 2014, her world came to a screeching halt. “I’ve had surgeries to remove tumors from Carney Complex over the past few years,” she said, referring to a bilateral mastectomy she underwent to rid herself of painful tumors from the genetic disorder, “but after a surgery to remove the left side of my thyroid, and the tumor attached to it, they found a large tumor in my heart.” Carney Complex, according to the Genetics Home Reference, is a disorder where tumors, usually benign, form in hormone-producing glands, heart, and other parts of the body such as the heart. This rare condition has only been identified in 750 affected individuals, according to the GHR. Three of the affected individuals are in the Adame’s Temecula household: Julia; her mother, Vicki and younger sister, Lea. During last fall, Julia began noticing fatigue, shortness of breath, and that regular day-to-day activities and exercise like swimming were a challenge. “Just walking up the stairs, and I was in a cold sweat, gasping for breath,” she said. “My mother had tumors in her heart when she was close to my age. I didn’t want it to be that.” Following Julia’s thyroid procedure at Temecula Valley Hospital, she began to have trouble breathing. The complication, negative pressure pulmonary edema, caused Julia’s lungs to fill with fluid. Her resulting echocardiogram discovered a tumor in the left atrium of Julia’s heart. Vicki recognized the same pallor and similar symptoms to what she, herself experienced in 1980, when she had developed a cardiac myxoma due to the genetic disorder. “I started crying when I saw (the tumor),” Julia said. “If it wasn’t for my friends and support of our family, I don’t know how I would have made it through.” With the tumor in such a fragile place, immediate surgery was recommended. “We took Julia to USC, and cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Craig Baker.” Julia’s father, Carlos Adame, said. “I remember when Vicki had her heart surgery, years ago. It was a similar procedure for both of them, so we sort of knew what to expect.” Julia nodded, saying, “I just wanted to go back to school, it was annoying, being so tired all of the time.” The five to six-hour procedure revealed no valve damage and a larger tumor than anticipated. “Almost 7 x 3.5 centimeters, in Julia’s left atrium,” Carlos said. Julia’s family and friends waited for news of success. “It was scary, stressful, she was in there for such a long time,” Lea said. The surgery left Julia in intensive care for several days and in the hospital for a few weeks. “They said I wouldn’t be able to go back to school for 10 weeks,” Julia said. “But that wasn’t good enough for me.” Julia was back to driving in three weeks, and after six days home from the hospital, she headed to Great Oak High School for one of Lea’s basketball games. “I was just shuffling along,” Julia

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laughed. Still unable to swim for several more weeks, Julia has found peace in walking around her neighborhood and shopping with her sister. Weight restrictions limit what she can carry at school. Friends help out carrying Julia’s heavy backpack. “I feel so much better every day.” Julia said. All things in moderation, Julia thanks her physical and occupational therapists for getting her going again. “I feel like myself now,” she said with a smile. Carlos and Vicki acknowledged the support network through their church, Calvary Bible Chapel, and the prayer requests that were lifted on Julia’s behalf. “My side of the family just knew she’d be fine,” Vicki said, squeezing Julia’s hands. “If my mother hadn’t already gone through this, it would have been so much scarier,” Julia said. Now, mother and daughter have

matching scars. Lea recently underwent an echocardiogram herself. Though she did not have tumors in her heart at last check, Lea has taken time off from basketball until she has been cleared. She has tumors, as well, due to Carney Complex. Lea will also undergo a bilateral mastectomy next year. Both girls know, thanks to their mother, that Carney Complex is a condition to be watched. “It is a waste of time to worry, to not be out there, helping others,” Julia said. Her high school friends posted many videos to support her before the holidays. “I planned on giving them a globe for Christmas, because I wanted to give them the world back, because that’s what they’ve given me,” Julia said. Vicki, weeping, hugged her daughter. “No, Julia. You are the world to us,” she said. For more information on Carney Complex, visit http://ghr.nlm.nih. gov/condition/carney-complex.

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Ron Roberts praised by friends, colleagues from broad swath of Temecula and beyond Tim O’Leary Staff Writer An emotional homage to Ron Roberts took 90 minutes to unfold and required two large tables to hold all the mementos that were presented to the recently retired Temecula councilman and mayor. Mayor Jeff Comerchero set the tone for the Jan. 27 sendoff event by telling onlookers that they had “picked an interesting night to come” to a Temecula council meeting. He told the audience to expect a “teary eye or two” before the event was over. Roberts, who suffers from back problems, relied on a cane as he made his way into a red padded chair that Comerchero described as the former mayor’s “throne” for the evening. Roberts’ health difficulties were a factor in his decision not to run for an unprecedented sixth term in November. Roberts’ wife of more than 50 years, Jeanne, attended the presentation along with their son and two grandchildren. The sendoff was as unique as the five-term Temecula councilman and mayor who etched out a leadership role in an array of city, county, state and national agencies and organizations. It was informal, folksy and frequently focused on the deep friendships Roberts formed over his 25 years of council and community service.

“To me, you’re just Ron, my friend and mentor,” said Robin Gilliland, a longtime city recreation supervisor and manager. “You truly love your city and its residents. It’s true and genuine.” David Turch, a lobbyist employed by Temecula, credited Roberts with playing a key role in shepherding federal traffic and rail safety measures into law. Those laws have benefited millions of Americans, Turch said, but he noted that he cherishes Roberts more as a friend. “You are a better friend than a man could ever have,” he said. Shawn Nelson, a former Temecula city manager, recalled a heartfelt e-mail that Roberts sent him following the traffic collision death of his son, Jacob Nelson, eight years ago. “It touched me to my inner core,” Nelson said. Nelson, Gilliland and Turch were among the more than 25 representatives of various groups that took turns praising Roberts and adding to a pile of certificates, clocks, proclamations, photos, a painting and a street sign identifying “Ron Roberts Way.” The accolades were part of what the council declared as “Ron Roberts Day” in the city. Council members and other speakers said the honor was fitting given Roberts’ long tenure and his many accomplishments. Much of the council chambers,

which can accommodate nearly 300 people, was full for the presentation and a reception afterward featured four cakes and other pastries and punch. The first speaker, Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga Indian band, praised Roberts’ steady hand in helping to calm the “strident” emotions that flared when the gaming tribe quietly opened its fledgling casino in temporary buildings in 1995. Roberts became the council liaison to the tribe, a move that Macarro said marked the beginning of a strong relationship between the two governments. “How do you replicate what he has done?” Macarro mused during his remarks. Roberts became active in Temecula soon after he arrived in the area in 1988 as a California Highway Patrol officer. Roberts was tapped to serve on a traffic and public safety committee soon after Temecula became a city in December 1989. He quickly put his expertise to work for the new city, and helped create a program that used off-duty officers to help direct traffic through busy intersections until signals could be installed. Roberts and Jeff Stone, a pharmacist, were both elected to the council in 1992. Roberts retired from the CHP as a sergeant after a 29-year career with the agency. Stone, who repeatedly served as Temecula’s mayor, was elected to the five-member Riverside County Board of Supervisors more than a decade ago. Stone subsequently brought Roberts on as a part-time aide. Stone, who was elected to the state Senate in November, used a videotaped message to pass along

his thanks and congratulations to Roberts. Similar video presentations were made by the executive director of the National League of Cities and the mayor of a Japanese city that long ago forged a sister cities relationship with Temecula. Roberts’ transportation background fueled his interest and involvement in infrastructure development, traffic circulation, public safety and mass transit. His expertise grew as he climbed from one influential post to another as he served on the council and worked for the county. He served as chairman of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, and became president of the Southern California Association of Governments. SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. It serves more than 18 million people and is comprised of six counties and 191 cities. Roberts also headed the National League of Cities Transportation, Infrastructure and Services Committee. Those positions held by Roberts, as well as the posts leading up to them, required countless trips to Los Angeles, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and numerous other far-flung domestic locations. His work with Temecula’s sister cities program repeatedly took him to Japan and the Netherlands. On a local front, Roberts was praised for playing a key role in developing an array of city and regional transportation projects that included bridges, freeway exits and light rail lines. Roberts was credited with much of the work to acquire and improve the city’s iconic Duck Pond Park. He was also praised for his tireless

efforts to win a state grant and take other actions that led to the construction of the city’s landmark library along Pauba Road. “Clearly, you have created a legacy for the work you done, not only in Riverside County but also for the state and the nation,” said Murrieta Councilman Randon Lane. Comerchero handed Roberts an 18-inch key to the city encased in a glass and wooden frame. A standing ovation unfolded as Comerchero described Roberts as a “true, great citizen” of Temecula. Comerchero then leaned close to Roberts and said, “We’re going to miss you.” Roberts responded by saying he was humbled by the turnout and the praise he had received. Roberts said he decided to join the CHP after he stood up to a pair of robbers while he worked as a store clerk. He was assigned to Temecula following a pair of high-profile CHP positions in Los Angeles. “This is a place I never wanted to leave, and I still feel that way,” Roberts said. He said the time has come for other longtime elected officials to also step aside and let a new crop of leaders take the helm. “It’s time,” he said. “There are a lot of talented people out there.” Roberts ended by saying he wants to take another trip to Temecula’s sister city in Japan, a visit that would provide a more leisurely chance to reconnect with his close friends there. He said he also plans to remain involved locally via Habitat for Humanity and some other projects. “I’m not saying goodbye,” Roberts said. “I’ll be around. I’ll see you.”

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MEASLES from page A-1 measles is infectious beginning four days before the rash starts to develop and four days after. “That is why we have the MMR vaccine so that people can build up antibodies,” she said, adding that it is important for a person to have both shots in the series. “That second vaccine helps the body to build those antibodies to the disease.” While vaccines are highly effective there are still a small percentage of people who don’t develop antibodies to the disease they are being vaccinated against, but those percentages are low, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat, the assistant surgeon general, United States Public Health Service and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “The majority of the adults and children that are reported to us for which we have information did not get vaccinated or don’t know whether they have been vaccinated,” Schuchat said during a measles telebriefing held last week. “This is not a problem with the measles vaccine not working; this is a problem of the measles vaccine

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Board Chairman Marion Ashley questioned why the sheriff’s department wanted to make the equipment purchase directly from St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M Corp. and not seek other vendors, who might ask for less than the $50,000 sought by 3M. “The original company from which we bought the devices (PIPS Technology) sold out to 3M,” DiYorio explained. “We need to utilize the same equipment. It’s proprietary and feeds into a central database.” He said the sheriff’s department had received a federal grant

that covers all expenses, allaying Ashley’s concerns. According to sheriff’s documents, automatic license plate reader cameras rely on “optical character recognition” to scan plates and pick out ones that may belong to vehicles reported stolen or otherwise flagged for criminal activity. The contract with 3M leaves open the possibility of automatic renewals over the next three years, on the condition that the annual cost to the county doesn’t exceed $30,000.

not being used.” Schuchat said that she is concerned by the large number of measles cases that have already occurred this year. “I want to do everything possible to prevent measles from getting a foothold in the United States and becoming endemic again,” she said, adding that parents should understand that the disease is still around, not eradicated as many erroneously believe. “Measles is still around and it can be serious and that MMR vaccine is safe and effective and highly recommended.” While measles was eliminated from the United States in the year 2000, it still can be brought into the country by people who get the disease while traveling to other countries. “They can spread the disease to others which can lead to outbreaks,” Schuchat said. According to Schuchat, the current outbreak illustrates that measles can quickly spread among those who are not vaccinated, from state to state or around the world. “Measles can come into our country easily through visitors or when Americans travel abroad and bring it back,” she said.

Since the disease is highly infectious, Murrieta Unified School District Media and Communications Specialist Karen Parris said the district follows the directives from Riverside County Public Health Department. “It is their call as to students being excluded from school whenever there is an outbreak like this and, of course, the students who are being excluded are those who do not receive the recommended vaccinations,” Parris said. The Department of Health made the decision to exclude anyone who did not have two MMRs or proof of immunity from the classes to protect other students and staff as well as those who are not vaccinated against the disease, Parris said. “Our goal is to make sure there is a safe environment at the schools, not only for the students but for the staff as well,” Parris said. “When students who haven’t received the vaccinations are excluded it’s as much for their own safety because they are most at risk for contracting the illness.” Excluded students will be allowed to return to class next week.


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New high school, entertainment center coming to Menifee police and fire,” he said. During the two-hour meeting, Perris Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Greenberg announced plans to build a new high school near Scott and Leon roads. “This new high school is a dream,” Greenberg said. “We’re now in the process of designing and submitting to the state plans to build the district’s fourth high school.” According to Greenberg, the district purchased the land for a great deal during the recession and he hopes the campus will be built within four years. “We’re hoping if everything goes right, we would start construction in 2017 and open for business in

Local officials attend the Economic Forecast Meeting in Menifee. From left, Menifee Police Chief Mike Judge, Menifee Valley Medical Center Administrator Gregory Padilla, Perris Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and Economic Development Director for the city of Menifee Jeff Wyman Daniel Lane photo

Menifee Economic Development Director Jeff Wyman. “The city is growing rapidly and we have a lot of great future developments coming into the city.” According to Wyman, the most requested item from city residents is an entertainment center, which Menifee currently does not have. Plans are underway to build an entertainment center with a movie theater with 14 screens, a bowling alley and much more, Wyman said. “The city of Menifee does not

Daniel Lane Multimedia Journalist More than 150 people attended the Menifee Economic Forecast Luncheon held on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Menifee Lakes Country Club. During the luncheon, local officials announced plans for a new high school, entertainment center and an expansion at the hospital. “One of our goals is to attract quality businesses to the city,” said

have many entertainment options,” Wyman commented. “This will be a great addition to the city, not only for current residents, but a regional attention to the city from the southwest Riverside County area.” Wyman said Menifee residents are currently spending about $400 million in surrounding cities instead of in Menifee, which affects the local economy. “This is a direct impact on revenue to the city that the city utilizes to support city services such as

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2019,” Greenberg said. “When we have 9th to 12th graders there, we expect to have 2,400 students.” Menifee Valley Medical Center Administrator Gregory Padilla announced plans to expand the hospital’s fourth floor and he hopes to add more doctors and staff. “We are going to bring in acute rehab which is not offered right now in the Temecula Valley,” Padilla said. “Were looking at bringing in some new doctors, medical office space, endoscopic ultrasound, which is also not offered in the Temecula Valley. We are growing and we have high quality care at Menifee Valley Medical Center. We pride ourselves in compassionate care and providing the quality care the community needs.”

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Menifee City Council sends new ordinance to Planning Commission Daniel Lane Multimedia Journalist A new Menifee ordinance was proposed during a special city council meeting on Monday, Jan. 26 and the council unanimously decided to send ordinance “Chapter 9.54 Land Use and Business Registration” to the Planning Commission for review. The code is set to address land use activities and businesses that were in operation before the city on Oct. 1, 2008 that do not currently conform to the current city regulations. Ordinance 9.54 will allow the land use activities and businesses to continue operations while moving forward towards full city standards and requirement compliance. This proposed ordinance would create an orderly land use and business registration process for land use activities or businesses that currently are not in full compliance with city rules that have existed before the city’s incorporation in 2008. If the ordinance is adopted, businesses that existed before the in-

corporation of Menifee will receive land use and business registration, which will allow them to obtain a city business license. This will give them the opportunity to legally operate in the city as they progress towards full compliance. In order for anyone to qualify for this registration, they must have been in operation before the city incorporated, they must have received a valid certificate of registration from the county or were found by Riverside County to be exempt from that registration process. Each business or land use must be the same as originally registered or exempted, must be located at the same address as registered or exempted, they must have been continuously operated and may not have suspended or stopped operation for six consecutive months or more since the county issued the registration or exemption. This proposed ordinance was sent to the Planning Commission for review and additional public meetings will be held before the current code is amended.


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ROCK from page A-1 With three separate performances, Sanborn stated that there was record attendance for the Bridge Church location. “We premiered 65 separate acts throughout the weekend,” Sanborn said. New to the show was stage manager Noemi Villareal, who Sanborn said led the production without a hitch and was a large part of the success. “The show went phenomenally smooth both on stage and behind the scenes,” Sanborn commented. The third year at The Bridge Church was the charm, said Sanborn, who set the stage in major style. “Both the lighting, the sound set by Travis Turner, had us looking and sounding just like a rock concert,” she said. Friday night’s acts included The Shams, James Holland, Crooks & Keys, Devin Renee, Hannah Wathen, Nick Arriola, Tori Sullivan, Hannah & Tori, Anna-Kate Gibson, Stephanie O’Connor, Roy Thomas, Maddy Damasco, Maddie Wichterman, Maddie Salute, Jessica Deering, Bethany Riddle, Zaul Lizalde, Arianna Dusenberry, Katie Bell, Jaeden Bradley, Kat Bridges, Kelsey Bridges and Pastor Teresa Taylor and The Rock Church Temecula. For Saturday’s 2 p.m. matinee, the performers included Girls of Destiny, Marah Alley, Katelynn Mizak, Julianne Scalise, Soliha Nelson, Lacey Young, Maxeene Quiambao, Hannah Valencia, Aliann Brawner, Jared & James Vermillion, Alyssa LoSchiavo, Alyssa Kurt, Vernon Bennet, Kaitlyn Kewley, Hunter Crawford, Stephanie Faldmo, Nikki Sandoval, Lee Nelson, Rochelle Allured, Savannah Leighton, Amanda Kay,

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with “Kickin’ It” star, Leo Howard. “With all of those amazing performers, it still was the Oak Grove kids who stole the show,” Sanborn said. In a rendition of “Something in the Water,” by Carrie Underwood, Sanborn led an ensemble performance with pitch perfection to round out the night. “All in all, it was an amazing weekend, and a thrill as ever to see these kids shine,” Sanborn said. For more information about Oak Grove Center for Education and the Arts, visit www.oakgrovecenter. org.

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Operation Prom Girl gives local girls a chance to shine

Racks of prom dresses, shoes and other accessories will be made available to local girls as part of Courtesy photo Operation Prom Girl.

Kim Harris Managing Editor Now in its second year of helping girls within the community, Operation Prom Girl is stepping up efforts to collect items needed to ensure that girls who are less fortunate have a positive prom experience this year. The event, focusing on helping girls to recognize the beauty within

while providing them with everything they need to have a memorable prom experience, was first held in 2014. Operation Prom Girl assists girls in obtaining prom dresses, purses and shoes, said founder Dawn Schultz. Schultz started the program after someone helped her daughter go to prom when she couldn’t afford to do it herself. “It all started within days after I

moved to Wildomar from Orange County,” Schultz said. I got a vision of my daughter and myself. I wanted to be able to give my daughter the best in life and everything I never had, including going to a prom. When I was not able to afford to send her to the prom someone else did. Someone else cared and stepped in.” Schultz said as she stood at the sink washing dishes she had an

County retains aerial surveyor for short-notice projects RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors approved a contract with a Riverside-based surveyor on Feb. 3 to provide on-call aerial mapping services to speed up the completion of county transportation projects. “This will provide high-level detail for mapping that goes directly into road design,” said county Department of Transportation Director Juan Perez. “Having this company allows us the flexibility to take aerial views without having to wait for (approval to obtain) a commercial vendor to take photos on short notice.” Inland Aerial Mapping Services Inc., which has been in business since 1969, was selected from among

10 prospects that sought a contract with the county, according to government documents. The company uses a Cessna 206 Skywagon to snap photos from various altitudes. Under terms of the board-approved county contract, up to $250,000 will be available in the current fiscal year for on-call aerial mapping work. The agreement is locked in for the next two fiscal years, as well, and the county has the option of retaining the surveyor’s services for another two years after that. The total not-toexceed price for all five years is $1.25 million, according to transportation officials. Board Chairman Marion Ashley

called the on-call component “fantastic.” However, Temecula resident and self-identified government watchdog Paul Jacobs objected to the use of Measure A funds for airborne surveys, arguing that the money should be restricted to ground-level infrastructure projects. Measure A, approved by Riverside County voters in 1988, imposes a half-cent sales tax on all purchases to support roadway, commuter and public transit improvements. Perez said that because aerial mapping will focus largely on capital projects aimed at improving travel, the Measure A funding is valid.

epiphany, realizing that girls can go to the prom all day long, but how do they feel about themselves? “Why is it we women and young girls look up to the Hollywood standard and strive to attain something that is unattainable,” she asked. “I realized there is a need in this community, someone to help these girls get to the prom and to love and value themselves in spite of their circumstances, their family financial status or their situation.” Schultz said the goal of the program is to give girls hope during a time in their lives when hope may not exist, to help them understand their value and worth in life. “Don’t live behind the mask,” she said. “Life behind the mask is being who you want me to be and not who I really am. The message is you are valuable and worthy as a girl the way you are. The prom dress is secondary to the real message of hope, value and worth.” Any high school girl with a hardship or special circumstance is eligible to use the program, which helped 20 girls attend prom last year. All the girls have to do is send an email to Schultz telling a little bit about themselves and a brief summary of the hardship they are currently facing. Community members are invited to get involved in the effort too, said Schultz who is looking for donations of prom dresses, shoes and accessories. Schultz is also looking for stylists who are willing to donate

services such as hair and make-up and a photographer for portraits of the girls that they get to take home as a keepsake. Because the girls are served a light lunch, dessert and refreshments while taking part in the event there are other items Schultz needs as well. “We are in need of paper goods for the day of our event, plastic utensils, cups, plates, bottled water and tablecloths to use for the day as well as decorations,” she said, adding that gift cards are also accepted and would be included in the goodie bags given to the girls on the day of the event.” Operation Prom Girl is run by volunteers so manpower is needed on the day of the event as well as before and after for set up and clean up. “I am so excited about the community involvement with this,” Schultz said. “In some cases we do have volunteers for some of the items needed, however, we could always use more.” A complete list of needs for the event is listed on the organization’s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/operationpromgirl. Operation Prom Girl will be held on March 28 at the Wildomar VFW. Girls who are in need of help this prom season and those looking to volunteer can contact Schultz directly by sending an email to operationpromgirl@gmail.com.

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MENIFEE VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FEBRUARY 2015 EVENTS: UPCOMING EVENTS February 10 – 9-11 a.m. SBDC Workshop; Getting Social with your Customers and Prospects at the Chamber Conference room, 29737 New Hub Drive. This workshop is FREE. Please make your reservations at www.iesmallbusiness.com February 11 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mixer / Open House at Menifee Valley Awards and Production, 27166 Sun City Blvd. This event is Free to attend. February 21 – 5:30-11 p.m. 38th Anniversary Rockin’ The Night Away Dinner and Dance Celebration at Motte Historical Museum, 28380 US HWY 74. Information: Robbie (951) 672-1991. February 23 – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monthly Lunch with SWCLC – Southwest California Legislative Council at MSJC, 28237 La Piedra Road Room 805, Menifee. For more information regarding any of these events, please contact the Chamber office at

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Temecula chapter of National Charity League supports local military families TEMECULA - National Charity League, Inc., Temecula Valley Chapter is participating in its national organization’s initiative to support military personnel and their families. At the Jan. 12 all-member meeting, mothers and daughters learned about the impact of military service on family life, and heard from a panel of men and women from the United States Army and Marine Corps about the rewards and challenges of their military careers. The local chapter also participated in a region-wide “Across America” baby shower for military families that was held Jan. 31 at Camp Pendleton. Members collected donated baby items to give to baby shower attendees, as a way of showing support and gratitude for their service. The league is one of the nation’s most well-respected and oldest

mother-daughter organizations with its mission to foster motherdaughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Mothers and daughters in 7th through 12th grade participate in a six-year long program. Currently the league has more than 199 chapters with more than 50,000 members that thrive in 24 states. Annually, its members from coast to coast volunteer about 1 million hours in their local communities. The league’s local chapter draws its membership from girls who live in or attend school in Temecula and Murrieta. Guest speakers at the Jan. 12 meeting were U.S. Army Sergeant Jennifer Monge, U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Chris Barrett and U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Don Batiste. Each shared

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Tae Kwon Do The city of Lake Elsinore offers a martial arts class with the West Coast Academy of Tae Kwon Do. All levels of students, 10-years-old and up, are welcome to join. Training includes basic skills, sparring and the chance to test for higher levels. Class is Monday and Friday from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and costs $25 per month. Yoga The city of Lake Elsinore offers a Daleep Kaur Kundalini Yoga class on Monday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Lake Elsinore Senior Center. This yoga class combines rhythmic movements, postures, balance and breathing techniques to gain strength and emotional balance. Class is for both adult men and women ages 16-years-old and older

and the cost is $13 per class. Zumba The city of Lake Elsinore is offering a new Zumba dance for fitness class. Zumba blends Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic workout. All fitness levels are welcome to experience the fun Zumba difference. Class is held at the Lake Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. $25 per month or $4 drop-in. More information For further information on all classes, call the Lake Community Center at 245-0442 or visit www. lake-elsinore.org. The Lake Elsinore Senior Center is located at 420 E. Lakeshore Dr. The Lake Elsinore Community Center is located at 310 West Graham Ave.

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MURRIETA - Teens can maximize their ability to interview with confidence by attending a Teen Interview Skills Workshop at the Murrieta Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. Patricia Dorch, local author of “Job Search: Teen Interview Tips and Strategies to Get Hired and Career Expert,” will be presenting the program. This program is free

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In addition, provided RFG attained specified financial goals for certain 12-month periods prior to the fifth anniversary of the closing, the RFG Acquisition Agreement required Calavo to pay RFG up to an additional approximate $80 million in earn-out consideration, payable in cash and shares of unregistered Calavo common stock. As a result, if the maximum earn-out consideration were to be earned, the total consideration payable to RFG pursuant to the RFG Acquisition Agreement would be approximately $100 million from the time of closing to the end of the five-year earn-out period.” The complaint alleges that during that period of time [Calavo] “made false and/or misleading statements, and failed to disclose material adverse facts about the earn-out payments...” Essentially, the claim purports that Calavo “failed to maintain an accurately-valued contingent consideration pursuant to its acquisition of RFG”; that Calavo “overstated its non-cash operating expenses’; that the company “lacked adequate internal controls over financial reporting”; and that as a result of those items “the company’s financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.” Calavo reportedly announced publicly on Jan. 15 that it “had identified a non-cash misstatement in its historical consolidated financial statements related to its treatment of contingent consideration in the acquisition of RFG in June 2011.”

and will be held in the Library’s Community Room. “Ms. Dorch’s presentation is not a lecture; teens will be actively involved in a variety of exercises that will be valuable for interviewing, getting hired, negotiating, and presenting themselves with confidence,” said Teen Services Librarian Joyce Lea Brown. “It’s an opportunity to get an edge…to

learn how to make a great impression!” This event is open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Murrieta Library. The library is located at 8 Town Square (Adams Avenue and Kalmia Street). For more information, call (951) 304-BOOK (2665) or visit www. murrietalibrary.info.

The complaint states that as a result of that statement, Calavo shares reportedly “fell $4.72 per share, or over nine percent, to close at $43.07 per share on January 15.” The plaintiff in the case, Sherif E. El Dabe, reportedly owns 950 shares of Calavo stock. The complaint listing El Dabe as the plaintiff was the first one filed against Calavo. Since that time, one other similar suit has been filed (as of press time). According to the Calavo website, the company states it has 2,300 growers, with properties that range in size from 10-acres to California’s two largest producers of avocados

- the Irvine Company and Limoneira Company. Calavo provides its growers with market knowledge, hands-in field management, education and informational programs. Calavo began and operated as a growers’ cooperative for 78 years. In 2001, member-shareholders voted to convert the company to a for-profit status. In 2002, Calavo Growers, Inc. began trading on the NASDAQ National Market System under the ticker symbol CVGW. The company is operated by a 13-member board of directors. To comment on this story online, visit www.myvalleynews.com.

When it became public stock That pivotal event set the course for the company’s future, unlocking the value of Calavo shares and offering new alternatives for raising capital to execute the company’s business plan. In 2003, Calavo made its first strategic acquisition, Maui Fresh International, Inc., a multi-product distributor of specialty produce. The transaction leveraged Calavo’s brand equity and market stature into new perishable product categories and broadened Calavo’s product offerings to 20-plus items, ranging from tropical fruits to chiles.

Closest packing house (Calavo) Built in 1985, the Temecula packinghouse is the largest avocado packing and cooling facility in California. The 60,000 square foot facility is Calavo’s largest packinghouse for regular and special packs. The building also houses new Thermal Tech forced-air ripening rooms with cooling and holding of up to 85,000 cartons of packed fresh avocados. The packinghouse employs an average of 60 Calavo associates. The Southern California District Management staff office is also located there.

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AB 60 creates long lines, delays at DMV offices across the state Kim Harris Managing Editor Long waits are nothing new for those paying a visit to any number of Department of Motor Vehicles’ field offices. However, since the implementation of AB 60 – the law that requires the DMV to issue an original driver license to undocumented aliens – those wait times have become worse than ever and that is something that probably won’t change anytime soon, according to DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez. “It’s the new reality,” she said. Numerous budget cuts over the past two decades brought about by the state’s struggling financial issues compounded with the passing of AB 60 in late 2014 have only made wait times worse for those needing to visit one of the department’s field offices. A press release issued by the department on Jan. 28 reveals that since AB 60’s implementation on Jan. 2, more than 39,000 new licenses have been issued to people who cannot prove they are in the United States legally, 14,000 of those were issued last week alone and 279,000 AB 60 applicants have visited the DMV since implementation began, more than the total number of people in Temecula and Murrieta combined. Those statistics are causing unique challenges for those who wish to renew a license, registration or conduct other business at the state run department, but DMV is working hard to minimize those impacts on those customers, Gonzalez said. “We send out renewal notices several months in advance,” she said. “They are usually sent out 90 days early.” Gonzalez said there are two ways DMV customers can minimize the impact on their time when con-

ducting DMV business, make an appointment before they go and by utilizing the department’s website. “We would never suggest someone just walk into the DMV, ever. Not even before AB 60. Always make an appointment,” she said. “You can make an appointment by phone or online.” According to Gonzalez, there are over 20 services available online and those who utilize that tool will almost never have to step foot into one of the field offices. Online services include vehicle registration and driver license renewals, driver record requests and even simple refunds. The one group of customers who have been affected is teens who are getting their license for the first time. Garret Upshaw, 16, of Murrieta has been waiting nearly a month for his appointment and still has 33 days to go before he gets his first chance at taking the written test. “My mom made my appointment in January after I finished my online training, at that time they were booking into March,” he said. “It’s a long time to wait.” According to Gonzalez, first time drivers, including those who are applying for licenses under AB 60 are all grouped together. “Any teenager and all AB 60 applicants are all applying for a first time driver license,” she said. “They are all making an appointment for the same thing and we don’t have a separate appointment system for those applicants coming in under AB 60.” Gonzalez said each DMV transaction is booked under a different category so things like license renewal, lost licenses or registration renewals are separate categories, meaning someone who is looking to complete one of the aforementioned tasks shouldn’t have to wait as long as someone who is applying for a driver license for the first time.

Stone’s first bill seeks to lift restrictions at Diamond Valley Lake RIVERSIDE - A first-term Inland Empire lawmaker’s first bill proposes lifting swimming restrictions at a Riverside County lake to make the location more attractive to outdoor enthusiasts and commercial interests. Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Palm Desert, elected to represent the 28th state Senate District in November, introduced Senate Bill 143 on Jan. 27, calling for amendments to the California Health & Safety Code aimed at opening Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet to increased recreational activity. “Promises were made to the people of Hemet, Winchester and Southwest Riverside County when the Metropolitan Water District (of Southern California) chose the site for its large reservoir,” Stone said. “My first bill will ensure there is an opportunity for those promises to finally be kept.” Currently, boating and fishing are permitted on Diamond Valley Lake, but under specific conditions - none of which include a person making “bodily contact” with the water. The MWD strictly prohibits all forms of contact, making it a misdemeanor offense to even stand or wade in the water, according to rules and regulations posted by the agency. “Diamond Valley Lake (is) a drinking water reservoir and, therefore, body contact within the lake water is prohibited,”’ the MWD states on the lake’s official website. The agency emphasizes that the “primary purpose of Diamond Valley Lake ... is to ensure reliable supplies of high-quality water for Southern California.” According to Stone, when the $2 billion reservoir was under construction throughout the 1990s, MWD officials “boasted” that the lake would offer a plethora of recreational opportunities, including an adjoining Olympic-size swimming pool, a commercial water park, slips for 250 boats, campsites, golf courses and miles of hiking and biking trails. The former Riverside County supervisor complained that few of the promised developments materialized. He said that by loosening bodily contact standards, SB 143 would be the first step toward securing the lake area’s potential for a “flood of economic development.” “My bill will not only help to provide recreational opportunities

for families, it will bring good jobs and economic opportunity to the people of Riverside County,” Stone said. His legislation notes that swimming would only be permissible if the lake water “receives complete treatment, including ... filtration and disinfection, before being used for domestic purposes.” Diamond Valley Lake spans four and a half miles in length and two miles across, with the potential to hold 810,000 acre feet or 264 billion gallons of water, according to the MWD. The lake receives allotments from the State Water Project, which has been under strain due to the statewide drought. According to water supply tables recently Sunday, Diamond Valley Lake is currently at half capacity.

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A long line wraps around the Temecula Department of Motor Vehicle field office on Thursday, Jan. 29.

“It just depends and we are constantly assessing our appointment availability in all our field offices so if we find that something is super popular and really filling up and people are waiting much longer to get the appointment we will free up more appointment availability options,” she said. Gonzalez also suggests that those wishing to conduct business in a field office keep their options open and look at other field offices within their area. “A lot of time we work with other field offices in the region so let’s say we have a lot of original driver license at one office, then we will free up license or registration renewals at another office,” she said. “We have been working

with different offices within certain areas to help service a community.” Bottom line, those in need of services should make their appoint-

ments early, Gonzalez said. For more information, visit www.DMV.ca.gov.

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Editor’s Note: Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the Valley News staff. We invite opinions on all sides of an issue. If you have an opinion, please send it as an e-mail to editor@myvalleynews.com, or fax us at (760) 723-9606. Maximum word count 250. All letters must include the author’s name, address and phone number. The Valley News reserves the right to edit letters as necessary to fit the publication’s format.

Navigating through the DMV doesn’t have to be difficult if you plan ahead

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With an operating budget of nearly $1.1 million dollar budget and just over 9,000 employees, you would think going to the DMV to take care of business would be a snap. That’s not exactly how it goes according to one source in my story in this week’s Valley News. Budget cuts coupled with the passage of AB 60, have made the department’s job even tougher. With an estimated 38.4 million residents in the state, and more than 29.6 million of those residents being of driving age, there simply are not enough employees, or money to go around. While AB 60 is creating longer wait times for those of us who utilize the DMV for its services, it’s important to remember the purpose of the bill was to keep drivers safe

on the road by putting licensed drivers on the road and that can’t be a bad thing. Remember, there are many ways around the wait at the local DMV field office. The easiest I have found is by using the website www. dmv.ca.org. Most of the services provided by the beleaguered government entity can be done with just the click of a mouse. For those things that can’t be done online, make an appointment to cut your wait time down from hours to mere minutes; it’s as simple as that. One good way around the delays for appointments for those of us who tend to leave things to the last minute, is to check nearby field offices for an earlier appointment. While I couldn’t get in to Temecula to renew my tags for nearly three weeks, I found that if I was willing to drive 18 miles to Hemet, I could get an appointment in only 10 days. For those of you who are in a

real rush, a short drive to either the Riverside or Oceanside DMV offices will allow you to use one of the self-service terminals where the only wait will be the one it takes for the self-service machine to spit out you vehicle registration. The good news about self-service machines is the DMV is adding the terminals to different locations based on need, so it’s only a matter of time until one shows up at the Temecula location. Bottom line, going to the DMV doesn’t necessarily have to be a hassle if you choose to utilize the tools they are making available in an attempt to make our lives easier. And if you do need to go to the DMV and are forced to stand in a long line, remember those employees are doing the best they can with what they have, so give them a break. As my dearly departed grandmother always said, you can catch more flies with honey.

Dear Editor, President Obama and his administration seem quick to assert that the multitude of terrorist acts perpetrated in recent history are done by individuals who do not represent the religion Islam. This is their justification for not identifying these enemies of freedom as Islamic radicals or Islamic terrorists. The Obama administration would have America believe that killers like 9-11 mastermind Kha-

lid Sheikh Mohammed and U.S. Army “workplace violence” purveyor Nidal Hasan are somehow false muslims in that their terrorist crimes are not in accordance with the tenets of Islam. If all this were indeed true, then the Obama administration should immediately confiscate the Korans, prayer rugs, halal meals, and any other related articles of Islamic faith from all of these terrorists locked up in federal maximum

security prisons and U.S. military prisons. An incarcerated “fake” muslim has no business possessing a Koran or dining on halal meals. President Obama, you cannot eat your cake and have it too. Thank you for your time and consideration. Rick Reiss Temecula, California

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Marie Waldron California State Assemblymember, 75th District The fact that California is no longer running $20 billion annual deficits is a major improvement over recent years. Creation of a small rainy day fund to help carry us through hard times is further evidence that the state’s financial prospects have brightened. However, an improving budget situation and the establishment of a small reserve fund can’t obscure the fact that we still face massive, unfunded long-term debts. Many, including Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, feel the reserve fund should be much larger than the $3.4 billion included in the state’s current $113 billion budget proposal. While the economy is slowly improving, future downturns are a certainty. More than 12 million Californians, almost a third of the state’s population, will likely be receiving Medi-Cal benefits over the

next year. We still have the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate, and according to one census measurement, the highest rate of poverty. Even a mild downturn will significantly reduce tax revenues and sap the state’s finances. Hundreds of billions in pension and other liabilities remain unfunded. Repayment of these debts must become a priority if we hope to avoid fiscal insolvency. Since Proposition 30 tax increases will begin to be phased out at the end of next year, the current operating budget is precariously balanced, even under the best circumstances. Rumblings in the Capitol indicate some intend to propose a new spending spree. That’s the last thing California needs. I look forward to joining colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep spending under control. Our future depends on it. Marie Waldron is a Republican representing the 75th District, encompassing parts of inland northern Riverside and San Diego counties.


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Dining in the Valley New Chinese restaurant in Temecula is rare find for diners and has them talking

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here is an unassuming new Chinese restaurant in South Temecula, and it’s got the neighborhood talking. Yuan Boutique Bistro and Dim Sum has taken up residence in the Vail Ranch Shopping Center. The quiet corner restaurant boasts outdoor patio dining, sit down bar, and fine dining atmosphere that is a rare find off Temecula Parkway. Upon entering, a happy Buddha painting reminds one of the traditional heritage behind this Asian fusion restaurant, owned by John Wu and Howie Bao. But it is a modern vibe, and unique, distinct fusion of flavors that will bring you back to dine again. Inside bright chandeliers, stone tiled walls and Chinese vases displayed as art draw the eye even as the scents of dim sum appetizers and signature dishes waft from the

back. Long tables can accommodate large groups or cozy booths attract couples to enjoy a night on the town. No corkage fees for wine club members for the 10 Temecula wineries represented on the Yuan wine list so go ahead and bring your own bottle. Diners also get the unique opportunity for food and wine pairings. “Local wine is also used in many of the recipes,” stated Wu, though when asked about specific ingredients, or details on his unique Asian fusion dishes, he only smiles. The secrets to his success both in Temecula and Aspen, Colo. restaurants remain tightly wrapped. Wu, 25 years in the food service industry, has worked in all aspects of restaurants from the front to the back of the house. His goal, along with wife, Angela, is to present the best quality food with distinctive, memorable fusion flavors. Wu’s influences range from Chinese to Italian, to even French cuisine, and all can be detected in his unique offerings.

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Dim sum is a rare treat in Temecula. The bite-sized portions are ideal with tea and are not typically spicy, but are filled with fresh, organic ingredients, all handmade. Reasonably priced, the wide variety lends diners to fill the table and share. Upon arrival, we were served Salt and Pepper Calamari over diced fresh peppers tossed in a light dressing. Requiring nothing, but instant devouring, the calamari was cooked to perfection and is an inexpensive yet delicious precursor to the meal. Excellent with Yuan’s Chinese tea, served hot in iron pot, this is a must – though not your traditional Chinese restaurant “free” tea. Worth the slight cost, this fresh, loose leaf tea is ideal for clearing the palate in between a table full of dim sum treats.

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It’s a snap: Temecula Valley Players present ‘The Addams Family, the Musical’ Ashley Ludwig Staff Writer The Temecula Valley Players will open “The Addams Family, the Musical” at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater on Feb. 5. The production, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is ripe with comedy and double entendre, worthy of the famed television show of the same name. Performances are through Feb. 22. Award-winning Director Terri Miller Schmidt; Grammy-nominated Musical Director Leonard Patton, Associate Musical Director Jacquelyn Peterson and San Diego Lambs Players’ Choreographer April Henry make a stellar artistic team, according to Patti Drew, spokesperson for the TVP. Audiences will enjoy seeing the familiar characters up to their usual tricks and treats. Wednesday Addams (Jacquelyn Peterson), the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with sweet, smart Lucas Beineke (Tyler Giles), a young man from a respectable family. Lucas’ parents Mal Beineke (Todd Meyer) and Alice Beineke (Kristin Wood) have yet to meet Gomez Addams

(Johnny Fletcher) or his beloved wife, Morticia (Erica Marie Weisz). “Wednesday begs her father not to tell her mother about her love for a normal, respectable boy. With that request, Gomez must do something he has never attempted: lie to the love of his life, Morticia,” Drew stated. “With the Addams family cast of unique, distinctively memorable characters, in a plot rife with adult innuendo, ‘The Addams Family, the Musical’ is sure to be a treat.” With gorgeous sets, costumes, music and lighting, this is a snapping comical musical you don’t want to miss, according to Drew. The cast includes Uncle Fester (Travis Lyon), Pugsley (Brennen Winspear), Grandmama (Patti Drew) and Lurch (Derrick Spencer), along with the Addams Family ancestors. Drew said, “parental guidance is recommended, due adult innuendo, extreme romance between Gomez and Morticia worthy of the original show, but the story itself is Disneyesque fun.” This will be the final TVP show at the Old Town Community Theater because the building will undergo construction. However, Drew said that the TVP “will be performing throughout Temecula, wine country, and so on,

Mardi Gras party planned with Jazzy Ash at the Murrieta Public Library

MURRIETA - It’s a Mardi Gras party on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Murrieta Public Library. Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards will be playing songs for kids and families and their diverse melodies reflect the playful sounds of early New Orleans jazz, zydeco, be-bop, and swing, all crafted to be approachable for young ears. “Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards put on a high-energy, jumping and hip shaking family music show,” said Youth Services Librarian Allison Eagans.

Jazzy Ash’s album was voted in the Top 20 Best Children’s Albums of 2014 by the Kids & Family Awards, Metro Kids Magazine, and WXPN Kids Corner Radio. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Murrieta Public Library, is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to the performance. The library is located at 8 Town Square (Adams Avenue and Kalmia Street). For more information, call (951) 304-BOOK (2665) or visit www.murrietalibrary.info.

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Christian author to speak at local church Kim Harris Managing Editor Christian author Don Richardson will speak at The Springs Community Church in Temecula on Monday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. The event is being sponsored by Global Recordings Network which is hosting a perspectives course in Temecula. Richardson, who served as a missionary to a stone-aged cannibalheadhunter tribe in Papua, New Guinea will share his experiences in the field. His lecture will focus on Perspectives in World Missions and the Mandate for the Nations The lecture is part of a 16-week

long course on Christian missions around the world. “He is a pretty big name speaker,” said Stacy Meyer with GRN. “We thought it would be a neat thing to open up this specific week’s class to everybody so they could come and hear him speak.” It’s pretty neat to see these speakers come into the class and share their experiences,” Meyer said. Meyer said the last time GRN did a series of classes was four years ago. “That was the last time we held it in the Valley we just felt like there hadn’t been on here in quite a while,” she said. According to his biography, Richardson is one of the most read

authors on Christian missions alive today. His books include “Peace Child” about his missions work with the Sawi people in Irian Jaya and “Eternity in Their Hearts,” focusing on the concept of a supreme God existing for centuries in hundreds of cultures throughout the world. All of Richardson’s books focus on what he calls his “redemptive analogy” thesis or the idea that each culture has some story, ritual, or tradition that can be used to illustrate and apply the Christian gospel message. The Springs Community Church is located at 41735 Winchester Rd. in Temecula and can be reached by calling (951) 296-3907.

The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War holds first Hat Day

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TEMECULA—The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Mary Jane Safford Tent #92 held a meeting on Jan. 8 at the Temecula Public Library. A program entitled, “To Quiet the Fears of Others, the Story of Two Army Nurses in WW II” was presented by Dr. Linda Dudik, a former history professor at Palomar College and founder of the educational non-profit organization – the World War II Experience. The DUVCW held its first Hat Day at the meeting with members donning their favorite chapeaus. Member Lynette Harmon Canales wore a prayer cap covering in honor of her Amish-Mennonite ancestor and Dawn Byrd-Beresovoy wore a Civil War cap that she dons while doing reenactments. Other members wore hats of their liking. The DUVCW is an organization of “daughters” (direct line descendants) of honorably discharged soldiers and sailors of the Union Army and Navy or Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service, as well as those who died or were killed while serving in the armed services of the Union between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865. The DUVCW is dedicated to promoting education and patriotism and to perpetuating the memory of ancestors who served the nation during the Civil War. It honors all veterans through service projects that benefit the public at the local, state and national levels. For more information about the group, call Kay Fordham at (951) 303-0493 or Byrd-Beresovoy at (951) 693-0813.

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KIDS AND TEENS: February 6 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Marble Mania with Professor Pennypickle’s at the Temecula Children’s Museum, 42081 Main St. $5 per person. Tickets and Information: (951) 308-6376. February 8 – All sessions – Pennypickle’s Birthday Bash at the Temecula Children’s Museum, 42081 Main St. The Professor’s assistants are throwing him a birthday bash full of fun and surprises and best of all you are invited! $5 per person for ages 2 and up. Tickets and Information: (951) 308-6376. February 9 – 6:30 p.m. 16th Annual Music Competition for high school or home schooled students in the Temecula area. Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club to host an opportunity for young musicians to win cash prizes, to perform for an audience and enhance their careers and more! Admission is free. Event will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, 31143 Nicolas Rd., Temecula. Information and registration: (951) 698-6116. February 11 – 4-4:45 p.m. Celebrate the Chinese New Year by making Origami creations at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Rd. Space is limited. Information: Children’s staff (951) 693-8980. February 11 – 4 p.m. Mardi Gras energetic and educational show will showcase the musical styles of New Orleans at the Murrieta Public Library, 8 Town Square. Information: (951) 304-BOOK. February 11 – 3-4 p.m. Be My Valentine - Valentine’s Day craft making fun with storytelling by Karen Rae Kraut at Grace Mellman Library, 41000 County Center Dr., Temecula. Information: (951) 296-3893. February 14 – 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 2 Competitive and Fun basketball games hosted by Kids Worldwyd at Lakeside High School for grades 7-12 boys and girls CIF officials. $100 for both games. Information: Coach V (951) 678-5789 or (951) 299-5409 or bballcontact@verizon. net. February 22 – 4-4:45 p.m. Meet George Washington the Father of our Country at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Rd. For ages 3 and up. Space is limited. Information: Children’s staff (951) 693-8980. ENTERTAINMENT: February 5 -22 – 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Addams Family presented by Temecula Valley Players at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main St. The Addams family features an original story; Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Tickets and

Information: (866) 653-8696. February 5 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents featuring: Danny Green Trio with Justin Grinnell and Julien Cantelm. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696. February 7– 7 and 9 p.m. Country Live at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Live Country music show featuring house band backing up the Valley’s country artists. Tickets and Information: ( 8 6 6 ) 6 5 3 - 8 6 9 6 o r w w w. countryatthemerc.info. February 8 – 3 p.m. Classics at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Classics is a weekly chamber recital series co-produced by the California Chamber Orchestra and Temecula Presents. Performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Featuring:Kristof Van Gysperre piano and Susan Mohini Kane soprano. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. February 8 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Speakeasy at the Merc presents live traditional Jazz of the 20s – 40s. Performances feature the house band, Second Hand Jazz with vocalist Rosalie Porter in rotation with other Jazz artists. The Merc is located at 42051 Main St., Temecula. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. February 12 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Performance featuring: Eric Reed Quartet featuring Willie Jones III. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696. February 17 – 7 p.m. danceXchange presented by Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California in association with Temecula Presents a collaborative forum of dancers, choreographers and patrons at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Information: (866) 653-8696. February 20 – 7:30 p.m. Dixieland at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula presents Mardi Gras with Timeless and Friends. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. February 22 – 6:30 and 8 p.m. Cabaret at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula featuring the King of Rock (the music of Elvis Presley). Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. February 28 – 8-10 p.m. Comedy at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Presented by PRN Productions in association with Temecula Presents. Join in on this unique style of audience participatory improvised comedy where you play too by helping to write, direct, and even star onstage with comedic actors. Tickets and

Information: (866) 653-8696. COMMUNITY EVENTS: February 4 – 11 a.m. MSJC New Softball Complex – First Pitch Event at the Menifee Campus, 28237 La Piedra Rd. The public is invited to join the MSJC Administration, Faculty, and staff in celebrating the unveiling of the new complex! Free food and beverage will be available. Information: Sekou (951) 487-3399 or syansane@msjc.edu. February 6 – 5:30-7 p.m. Art Exhibition featuring Sylvia Greenfield A Collection of Portraits; of Nature of History and the Sea with Live music and refreshments at the Gallery at the Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. 7-9 at the Truax building, on the corner of Second and Mercedes in Temecula. February 7 – 6 p.m. MSJC Foundation Gala Diamonds. Doors and Dollars for Scholars is a Gatsby inspired event and encourages cocktail or 1920’s attire. The event will highlight Student organizations and Athletic and will be held at Pechanga Resort and Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula. The gala is the foundations signature event to raise money for student scholarships and other endeavors that benefit students and MSJC. Dinner, dancing, silent action and more. Cost: $150 per person. Information: Rebecca (951) 4873171 or rorlauski@msjc.edu. February 7 and 8 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free E-Waste Recycling Community collection event at Target, 41040 California Oaks Rd., Murrieta. Proceeds benefit food, clothes, and fun gifts for 300 needy children at Christmas time. E-waste is any consumer electronic equipment that has reached its end of life whether it’s in full or non working condition. Information: Community Outreach Ministry (951) 698-7650. February 14 – 2-4 p.m. Valentine’s Day Comedy Show and Fundraiser at Ace’s Comedy Club, 39745 Avenida Acacias, Murrieta. Proceeds to go towards the adoption of five dogs from a shelter, necessary training to become service dogs for American Disabled Veterans. Cost: $25 per person. Limited seating. Raffles with many prizes. Tickets: www .4Paws4PatriotsValentinesDayC omedyShow.com. Information: tim@4Paws4Patriots.org. February 21 – 10-11 a.m. Walking Tour of Old Town Temecula. Start your weekend with a fun and unique experience on this historic guided tour of Old Town Temecula and feel the early 1900’s come to life. Tour begins at the Temecula Valley Museum, 28314 Mercedes St. Cost: $2 per person. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Information: (951) 694-6450.

February 28 – Bowl for a Cause at Cal Oaks Bowl, 40440 California Oaks Rd., Murrieta. Bring the whole family for a fun night benefiting Michelle’s Place. Cost: $25 per person. Registration: www.michellesplace.org or Judee (951) 699-5455. All proceeds will benefit Michelle’s Place, breast cancer resource center. WORKSHOPS: February 5 – 6-7:30 p.m. Financial Aid Workshop hosted by the City of Temecula’s Economic Development Department in collaboration with MSJC will present a step-by-step instruction event on how to fill out a free application for student aid (FAFSA) at the Temecula Valley Entrepreneurs Exchange, 43200 Business Park Dr., Room 204, Temecula. Information: Charles (951) 694-6468 or Charles. walker@cityoftemecula.org. February 6 – 11:15 a.m.1 p.m. Professional Women’s Roundtable Announces Member Showcase “Stories from the Heart” will be held at The Grill Room, 41687 Temeku Dr., Temecula. Highlighted members; Karin Marriott, Director of Marketing/ Public Information at MSJC and Valerie Skovron, CAbi Consultant and President of Valley Junior Golf Association Committee. The Professional Women’s Roundtable is a non-profit, 501c3 women’s organization dedicated to helping women succeed through mentoring by example, powerful speakers, educational workshops and networking. Information: Annette (951) 300-6676 or www.pwronline. org. February 6 – 6 p.m. Murrieta Temecula Republican Assembly to host dinner event with Rev Jesse Lee Peterson at the Temecula City Hall’s Conference room, 41000 Main St. Rev Jesse Lee Peterson topic will be on “Race Relations, Anti-Cop Protests and the Race Racket”. Non-members $20 per person. Information and Reservations: Kurt (949) 456-6419 or cradistrict36@gmail.com. February 9 – 6-8 p.m. Fight Breast Cancer with Knowledge Professionals Panel at Parkview Community Hospital, 3865 Jackson St., Riverside. This free panel features leading medical experts who will share in-depth, up-to-date information about breast cancer. RSVP: (951) 788-3471. February 11 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Temecula Valley Job, College and Resource Fair will be held at Centerpoint Church, 24470 Washington Ave., Murrieta. February 18 – 6 p.m. Free Mental Health Forum hosted by NAMI which will be sharing resources and information at the Assistance League, 28720 Via Montezuma, Temecula. Dr.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, film screening and discussion TEMECULA - The Temecula Valley Museum will offer the final movie in a series of four screenings and discussion forums centered on civil rights documentaries. The documentary, “The Loving Story” will be screened on Thursday, Feb. 12 as part of the museum’s Black History Month programming. Laura Sweeney, Associate History Professor at California State University, San Marcos, will introduce the film and moderate a discussion forum after the screening. “The Loving Story” tells the dramatic story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple exiled from 1950’s Virginia for their marriage, and details their landmark

Supreme Court case that changed history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites. The Temecula Valley Museum is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The documentaries, “The Abolitionists”, “Slavery by Another

Name”, “Freedom Riders”, and “The Loving Story”, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. “Freedom Riders” received an Emmy in 2012, and “The Loving Story” and “The Abolitionists” were been nominated for Emmys in 2013. Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life.

Visit www.neh.gov/createdequal for more information. The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The Temecula Valley Museum is located in Sam Hicks Monument Park at 28314 Mercedes St. in Old Town Temecula. Admission is Free. Seating is limited so please RSVP to (951) 694-6450. For more information please call the museum at (951) 694-6450 or visit the museum Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Local artist Lisa Owen-Lynch exhibit at Temecula Library TEMECULA - An art exhibition is currently on display at the Temecula Public Library featuring the work of local artist Lisa OwenLynch. Owen-Lynch is an award winning artist who has illustrated three children’s books written by local author David Yorke, entitled “Ephrin D. Elephant,” “Billy the Bully Goat” and “Freda the Fashion Ferret,” as well as a soon to be released ballerina inspired Nutcracker book. Her repertoire of art expands into jaw-dropping theatre set designs, award winning chalk art and

imaginative wine labels. Recently, Owen-Lynch has embarked upon live event painting in settings such as charity events, private weddings, and even polo matches. “Her dynamic style captures the energy and magic of your celebration and your guests will see the work transform before their very eyes,” her clients have said, according to a press release issued by the Temecula Public Library. An artist meet and greet for Owen-Lynch, along with a book signing and lecture with children’s book author David Yorke, will be

held on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Temecula Public Library located at 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibition will be on display through the month of

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Healthy & Beautiful Gardens Gardening in the shade – part two

Linda McDonald-Cash Landscape Designer Special to the Valley News Hello fellow gardeners! As promised, I’m continuing to discuss shade plants as there are so many I couldn’t even scratch the surface last week. I already discussed the various “types of shade” you might have in your garden, from semi-shady, to full shade, or partial sun, so refer to that again if you’ve forgotten. Most “shade” plants can take some sun, at least the ones I recommend, it’s full sun in summers here that will fry them quickly, so keep in mind “partial” shade or sun is ideal, not much prefers full shade all the time. see SHADE, page B-6

The unique flowers of the Douglas Iris - perfect for that partly sun or semi-shady spot.

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Temecula skydiver wins gold at Collegiate Championships

Temecula’s, Tramaine Barnett (middle), won gold at the 2014 U.S.P.A.N.C Parachuting Championships and is pictured here with teammates from his Air Force Mayhem Jump Team. Lazlo Andacs photos

JP Raineri Sports / Multimedia Editor The sport of skydiving has seen a tremendous surge, especially for those that live here in the Valley. With Lake Elsinore and Perris having their own public facilities for patrons to use, people come from all over to strap on that pack and jump out of a plane, especially for the sport of it. As with any sport, there are many levels at which skydivers can be placed into, depending on age, skill level, jumps taken, experience, etc.

At the collegiate level, nearly 70 fearless collegiate skydivers from around the country recently put their books aside over the winter break to compete at the 2014 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. The event took place on Jan. 8 and is the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world, held at Skydive Arizona, which is just outside Phoenix. The athletes all met up to put their aerial skills to the limit at the national championships, including Temecula native Tramaine Barnett, a college senior

majoring in computer engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Tramaine competed for the title of national champion and won a gold medal in the open four-way formation skydiving event, with his team, Air Force Mayhem. In formation skydiving, teams of four exit the aircraft at 10,500 feet and then race against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations while freefalling at 120 mph. Other events included Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Sport Accuracy and Classic Accuracy.

Barnett and his U.S. Air Force Academy teammates, from Air Force Mayhem, won gold in the open four-way formation skydiving event during the U.S.P.A.N.C Parachuting Championships held Jan 8 outside Phoenix, AZ.

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Valley News enters into partnership with Greg Vogel Photography TEMECULA - Valley News is excited to announce a new partnership with professional photographer and videographer Greg Vogel that will add to its robust portfolio of digital advertising solutions. Vogel, a longtime resident of Menifee, has his business, Greg Vogel Photography, pointed at the future and his new service, 360 Degree

Business Photos has everyone doing a double take. “We’re bringing the Google Maps street view experience inside your actual business,” said Vogel at a recent Murrieta Chamber of Commerce meeting. “With the millions of people at your disposal on the web, it’s time to let the world in.” 360 Degree Business Photos

offers high-resolution, 360 degree virtual tours. Not only is the photography stunning, but the tour is interactive and the experience is like being there, without the pesky salesman. Who can benefit from Vogel’s incredible virtual tours? High-end luxury real estate properties, concert halls, restaurants, museums,

gyms and any business that is ready to let clients experience their location or product like never before. “It is a true blend of cutting-edge technology and savvy marketing. We are excited for our partnership with Greg and adding to our growing myriad of advertising options at our Valley News station,” said Han Parker, Valley News’ creative

services director. Valley News’ Digital Marketing Department offers high-definition commercials, promos, event coverage, music videos, websites, and now 360 degree virtual tours. It’s on the forefront of advertising in this quickly evolving marketing landscape.

Management team at new Paradise Buick GMC breaks sales records TEMECULA - The Paradise family is growing as Terry Gilmore, President/Owner of Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac purchased and opened Paradise Buick GMC last September. With two Paradise dealerships, the Paradise family now offers four brands; Buick, GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac as well as a huge selection of preowned vehicles. Vice President/General Manager Stacey Richards has been employed at Paradise for the past 22 years. She started as a shuttle driver and has held positions in every department of the dealership. Most recently, Richards was the Finance Director at Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac for 11 years. Richards has lived locally since 1989. “With Stacey’s experience, knowledge and leadership, we have

developed a solid management team for Paradise Buick GMC,” Gilmore said. While Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac and Paradise Buick GMC are two separate dealerships and will both maintain their own identities and separate management teams, they have adopted the same “Making A Difference” motto and philosophy. “Making a difference; for our valued customers; for our dedicated employees; and for the community will always be our number one goal,” Richards said. “The management team at the new Paradise Buick GMC has surpassed my expectations”, Gilmore said. “Because of their experience and expertise, the new dealership has broken sales records.”

The Paradise Buick GMC management team pictured here are (from left to right): Finance Manager Scott Patrick, Parts Manager Doug Raby, General Sales Manager Matthew Bassett, Service Director Jesse Slagill, Vice President/General Manager Stacey Richards, Assistant Sales Manager Luke Lorea, Owner/President Terry Gilmore, Finance Manager Casey Flanders, Used Car Manager Gary Woodcock, New Car Sales Manager Micah Herrera, Assistant Sales Manager Stuart Sherfey, and Business Manager Jan Hutchinson. Courtesy photo

Tractor Supply Co. store opens

Five tips to build a brand in 2015 Owen Shapiro Special to the Valley News

A ribbon cutting was recently held at the brand new Tractor Supply Co. located at 27826 Clinton Keith Rd. in Murrieta. The store offers everything from farming to home and garden supplies to clothing. (L-R) Murrieta Assistant City Manager Kim Summers, Murrieta City Manager Rick Dudley, Tractor Supply Co. General Manager James Blow and Murrieta Economic Development Director Bruce Coleman pose for a quick photo following the event. Kip Cothran photo

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For the past 70 years, business branding has been largely guided by principles developed in the 1950s and 1960s, when there were only three television networks, messaging through advertising was easy to control, and information flowed from a few “trusted” news sources to millions of people. This one-to-many model of information flow has been upended since the advent of the Internet and social media. Now, information flows in millions of different directions at once—to, from, and by people all over the globe—in an all-to-all free-for-all for eyeballs and market share. Some of the well-established rules of branding still apply in this new, hyper-connected environment. But that doesn’t change the fact that building and differentiating a brand is harder than ever and will only prove even tougher in 2015. In the coming year, the technological connectedness of everyone on Earth will reach a level never before experienced by humanity. The old rules don’t apply in this world. New rules must be developed. Here are a few to start with: Be worthy of your customer’s trust At its core, effective branding is about a consistent connection between a company, its products, and its promise to customers. No matter what physical product or service you sell, your true product is trust. On the Internet, trust in a brand can be destroyed in an instant, so safeguarding it is of paramount importance. The good news for serious brands is that, because the Internet is so full of scams, half-truths, and outright lies, people will continue to look to brands as a trusted resource. Earn their trust—then work every day, as hard as you can, to keep it. Don’t just avoid evil—do good Google’s infamous tag line, “Don’t be evil” is not the same thing as “Do be good”—and the latter is a much better motto to live by. Young people, particularly Millennials and the generation after them, Digital Natives, like their consumption to reflect their values. More often than not, they make buying decisions based on what certain brands stand for, whether it’s environmental friendliness (Prius), fair-wage pay (Costco), LGBT equality (Kellogg), sustainable energy (3M), or whatever. Spin will only get you so far, though—at some point it has to be backed up by honest, well-intentioned action. The world is full of cheaters and liars. Don’t be one of them. Fewer memes, more me Because messaging can no longer be controlled by the messenger, brands have had to figure out how to get customers themselves to spread the word. One of the most effective ways to do this is through a “meme” that grabs people’s imagination—such as the Ice Bucket Challenge—and goes viral. Modern marketers spend a great deal of time trying to figure out how to create

successful memes. Some work, but most don’t, because the nature of memes is that they are spontaneous and unpredictable. So-called meme-marketing is still in its infancy, but it is already giving way to a more me-oriented form of messaging: the sort of super-targeted, hyper-personalized messaging that is becoming possible with the convergence of Big Data, artificial intelligence, and ubiquitous mobile and personal devices of all kinds. There will always be a place on the Internet for absurd humor, but Big Data allows companies to understand and connect with each individual customer in ever more intimate ways. In turn, each of those customers has unprecedented control over the messages they receive. Memes may work for a long time to come, but more “me” is what people really want. Learn how to give it to them. Comfort the afflicted The speed of technological and cultural change people are experiencing today isn’t just mindboggling—it’s disorienting and, for some people, quite scary. The world they used to know is disappearing, and the world that is replacing it isn’t always reassuring. Time-tested brands can often serve as psychological anchors in turbulent times. People are creatures of habit, and they seek out comfort, particularly when they are uncomfortable. Brands that can provide that comfort (Campbell’s, L.L. Bean), or serve as signposts to a better future (Charles Schwab, Apple) will continue to attract loyal customers even as the retail marketplace continues to fragment and choices multiply. Sometimes, the tried and true is the only thing people will try. Share, don’t sell All social-media platforms in existence today rely upon one basic principle: people like to share. Brands, too, can benefit from sharing—but many are still too focused on selling. Sharing, for brands, means connecting customers with information, ideas, and resources that can help customers improve their lives. The “selling” is done by associating the brand with related networks of information that may or may not have much to do with the brand’s products. The term of art for this approach is “curated content,” but it’s really about offering help to people in ways that don’t feel like a direct sales pitch—because they aren’t. They’re just useful pieces of information that you gave them, with no strings attached—and for that, they will remember you, all the way into 2016. Owen Shapiro is the author of “Brand Shift: The Future of Brands and Marketing.” Shapiro is a market researcher, strategist and speaker and spent more than 30 years in customer insights and market strategy. He has a careerlong interest in helping launch innovative start-up companies, several of which have become wellknown brands, including Staples, PetSmart, Sports Authority, Ulta and Five Below. For more information, visit, www.brandshiftbook.com.

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Temecula’s January Students of the Month honored by community success at Rancho Vista and now is just days away from graduating high school. Brooks’s nominating teacher, Ms. Cerny said he is a quiet and introspective student who is polite and on task. She said he had to double up on English classes in order to graduate early. Brooks plans on attending film school in Los Angeles where he wants to make a career in film making. His mother said he is quiet and shy but has persevered and she is proud of him.

help families with children with special needs. Ms. Casady, Que’s nominating teacher, said she has had the privilege of having her as a student all four years of her high school career. She said Que has grown from a timid freshman to becoming a true leader on campus. Ms. Casady attributes Que’s growth to her constant desire for improvement. Ms. Casady encouraged her to join yearbook staff and for the past two years, she has been co-editor-inchief. Que plans to attend Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Tex. in the fall. Que’s father said she has amazed them since she was born and said he is so proud of her for being selected for this honor.

Mikayla Sutton-Susan H. Nelson High School Sutton said she has overcome anxiety and has learned to embrace life’s opportunities. She loves working with the Green Acres Interactive Therapy program which extends “the benefits of horseback riding and animal interaction to children and adults with physical and/or mental disabilities.” Sutton also competes in the California High School Rodeo and works independently in her studies at school. She plans on attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall and would like to major in dairy science with a double major in English. Nominating teacher, Mr. Balaris, said Sutton became a student at the virtual school during the school’s first year of existence and has become an avid participant in school activities. Sutton, he said, currently holds three positions in the school’s first ever ASB class. Sutton’s father said she is one of the most driven people he has met, is passionate, and has enthusiasm.

Joshua Brooks-Rancho Vista High School The life lesson Brooks said he has learned is perseverance and the ability to not give up. He said Rancho Vista High School has been good to him. Assistant principal, Dr. Tood Reed, said Brooks had some stumbles in life, but quickly found

Evan Schreiber-Temecula Valley High School Schreiber feels it is important to have great support behind you, which he said he has from his family and teachers, and that the real value in life comes from mistakes. He said he believes the path to one’s own success comes in the form of

Temecula’s January Students of the Month are left to right Tessa Buono (Linfield Christian High School), Shannon Que (Great Oak High School), Joshua Brooks (Rancho Vista High School), Mikayla Sutton (Susan H. Nelson High School), Evan Schreiber (Temecula Valley High School) and Jordan Hartman (Chaparral High School). Courtesy photo

TEMECULA - Six Temecula high school seniors were honored as Students of the Month on Jan. 15 by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce. The students were recognized by their families, teachers, principals, the business community and locally elected officials. This is the 24th year the TVCC Student of the Month Program has honored students in the Temecula Valley. Tessa Buono-Linfield Christian High School At the beginning of high school, Buono was involved in only volleyball, but realized she wanted to become a more active participant at Linfield. With the encouragement of a friend, she joined ASB as a spirit coordinator. She later accepted the position as secretary of the school’s ASB club and has enjoyed being involved “behind the scenes” at school activities. Her nominating teacher, Ms. Schwankl, was her biology teacher and said Buono is “one of the most reliable, dependable, and responsible students many

of the staff and faculty have known in our collective years of working with high schoolers.” Ms. Schwankl added that Buono has a servant’s heart and will do the jobs most students don’t want, never seeking recognition. Buono plans to attend Boise State in the fall where she will major in political science and pursue a law degree. She said all she has learned about becoming involved at school, she will take with her to college. Her mother said as a 2-yearold, Buono organized her brother’s Legos and knows her daughter will achieve all her goals. She said she is proud of her. Shannon Que-Great Oak High School Que has a cousin with special needs and wants to eventually become an occupational therapist or a speech/language pathologist. She said her cousin has a beautiful smile and heart and wants to be an advocate for special needs children. She said her hope is to someday work for or own her own clinic to

perseverance. Schreiber participates in the school’s National Honor Society and likes to help fellow students through times when they doubt themselves. Ms. Chiuminatta said Schreiber was nominated for this recognition because of his amazing character, his class work, volunteer work, and participation in mock trial. She said Schreiber, from across campus, saw her pushing a computer cart one day and came up to her to ask if he could push it for her. Ms. Chiuminatta said she hopes her children grow up to be like him. He plans on attending a university where he will study engineering and science. His mother said he pushes through any kind of struggle and he brings so much to their family. Jordan Hartman-Chaparral High School Hartman said he feels he is not the most intelligent or most deserving student for this recognition, but is honored and said he has been blessed in life. The life lesson he has learned so far is that “you don’t owe it to yourself to excel and succeed; you owe it to all the people who could benefit from your abilities and potential to make a difference in the world.” He wants to use his abilities to improve the lives of others. He plans on attending college in the fall and will major in engineering with the hope of working in the environmental field. Mr. Wells, Hartman’s nominating teacher, said there is such brilliance to his originality and engaging sarcasm. Mr. Wells said Hartman is a brilliant writer and analyzer of English literature and has an original take on issues that fellow students talk about for days. Hartman’s father said he and his wife are blessed to have him as a son and hopes that he never loses his heart and the ability to serve others because that is what gives a person purpose.

Murrieta’s January Students of the Month honored for achievements sional dancer, and someday open her own studio and teach dance. Bennett has been on Mesa’s dance team for four years and she has been captain of the team for the last two years. She has applied to several colleges and auditioned for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Bennett goes out of her

way to be kind and gracious and she has a gift for making other people feel special. Mesa’s dance teacher Penny Chidester said Bennett has helped build the dance program at Mesa and her future is as bright as the smile on her face.

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The Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce High School Student of the Month Recognition Program was held on Jan. 22 and six students were recognized. Honored students from left to right are Octavia Bennett (Murrieta Mesa High School); Amanda Stickelman (Calvary Murrieta Christian High School), Elena Dimaano (Vista Murrieta High School); Michael Jones (Oak Grove Center); Canaan Spranger (River Springs Charter School); and Vish Pillai (Murrieta Valley High School). Blinkit Photography

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List of transactions from selected cities in Southwest Riverside County • 175 closed transactions for 1-26-15 to 2-1-15.

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Ribes Sanguineum is a great native plant that takes semi-shade and provides berries for the birds. Courtesy photos

Rhododendron are gorgeous in bloom and do well in shade in our climate zone.

SHADE from page B-1 Just like to add a couple more plants to the low growers I mentioned last week, so in addition to the ivies, ferns, liriopes, heucheras (Coral Bells) Bergenias and Mondo grass, I would include the Douglas Iris and Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica). Another class of plants that I’ve found do quite well in semi-shade or partial-sun are many of the succulents that I collect and love. Echeverias do wonderfully this way and many will lose some of their special coloring if in full sun all day. This is a large group of course, encompasing crassulas, sedums, aeoniums, aloes, kalanchoes, and graptoverias, to name a few, and I’ve never found one that didn’t thrive in partial shade – something to keep in mind, since most people assume these are all “full sun” plants. Another extremely versatile plant that could go under the title of low grower/ground cover is “Star Jasmine” or Trachelospermum jasminoides – which is typically grown vertically as a vine, but does great on the ground and can take deep shade throughout the winter – I currently have one on the north side of my house (back patio) receiving no sun at all for five months of the year and it’s doing great – and also can take full sun when summers here. This is one very versatile and easy care plant! Medium sized shrubs – So many shrubs that can take full sun, and partial sun can do well in more shade as well. Some of the readily available choices include – Berberis (Barberry) and this particular plant is great because those who go deciduous (lose their leaves in winter) are perfect for north sides of buildings – when the sun is back again, so are the leaves on these. Boxwood, both Japanese and Common do well in semi-shade, as do Camellias, Coprosmos, Japanese Aralia, English and Chinese Holly, Sweet Olive (larger sized shrub), Gardenias (thunbergia), Pittosporums, Western Mock Orange, Ribes sanguineum and viburnifolium (currants) and, of course, Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Larger sized shrubs to smaller trees that can take shade, and many actually need shade, the Japanese Maple (acer palmatum) comes to mind – which can take full sun over on the coast but not here in our zone. I always think how perfect Japanese Maples look as an “understory” plant to large pines, which is how they originally grew over in Japan. Many shade plants come from Japan actually and when we think of the quintessential Japanese style garden, we would be using these plants to give the garden the right look. For any of you who think you can’t grow Lilacs (Syringia ) in this area – think again – the only caveat is give them morning sun only in the hot Inland Empire and then shade or just partial sun. I had a beauti-

Sweet smelling lilacs do great here in partial sun.

ful one here when I lived out in Glen Oaks, just past wine country, and it thrived for me, its name was “Lavender Lady” I believe and was hybridized at Descanso Gardens specifically for Southern California – you may be able to find one bare root at the nursery still if you hurry. A native shrub that does excellent in partial shade is called “Carpenteria californica” or Bush Anemone, var. “Elizabeth” and is quite a beautiful large shrub (8’x5’) with striking white flowers in the summer that look similar to single petaled roses with the group of yellow stamens in the center. A good plant worth hunting down for the semi-shady garden. Another wonderful native deciduous shrub that likes some shade is “Philadelphus lewisii” aka the Western Mock Orange – lovely scented white flowers in summer, gets fairly large, 8’ high and wide, and because its deciduous, loses its leaves in winter, it can take the north side of buildings where there is not direct sun also. Whilst I’m on the topic of “north sides of buildings” I will mention a couple other “tips” for you. Plants that go dormant in winter are great candidates for this area – so let’s say you want some lawn there – I would recommend a “summer” grass, one that’s dormant in winter, and a great one that comes to mind and that I’ve used successfully is St. Augustine grass, it’s a “coarse” grass that runs by underground rhizomes, but it will do the job in this area and is lower water use than most other lawn grasses. Daylilies would do well on the north side of your house, because they go dor-

Carpenteria californica in bloom.

mant in the winter – you can figure out a few possibilities on your own from the information I’ve given you here I bet – bulbs would be another great choice. Trees are typically grown for shade, but there are a few smaller trees that prefer the semi-shade of larger ones, I’ve mentioned Japanese Maples, also Dogwoods, beautiful trees, we have a native variety, of course, that I would recommend called the Pacific Dogwood, it is a native to Northern California, so down here in the hot Southwest area it needs shade and moisture to thrive. Our native Manzanitas, beautiful large shrubs or small trees, can take a semi-shady spot well. Both the Sweet Bay and the Sweet Olive can take some shade, as can at least one smaller Magnolia, called “Little Gem”, I know because I grew one next to the house and it got half day of sun, and did just fine. Many palms can take quite a bit of shade, from the Pigmy Date Palm (phoenix robellini) and the Sago Palm, to the ubiquitous “Queen Palms” (which I don’t care for myself, but many do, and they can die back in frost). Well, I think I’ve covered the topic fairly well of growing plants in shade – hope I’ve given you some ideas for that difficult/shady spot in your garden. As always, I am available for landscape planning, please check my website www.uniquelandscapes.net for more information. We are still receiving $2/sq. ft. from our water district to remove lawn and replace with drought tolerant plants, so let’s start planning that beautiful new garden for spring!

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10 Tips to find a down payment to buy a home

John Occhi and Mike Mason Special to the Valley News The common thread in nearly every real estate transaction is that the buyer must have a down payment to qualify for a mortgage – with very few exceptions. While this article is intended to stimulate the thought process on figuring out how you can find the money for a down payment, not every solution offered will work for every loan. Nearly every loan program offered today, has some sort of caveat on where the down payment money comes from so make certain you speak with a reputable loan officer early in the process – well before you even start seriously looking at homes on REALTOR.com and other web portals. Perhaps the most popular loan that does not require a down payment is sponsored by the Veterans Administration, commonly known as a VA Loan. The biggest requirement is that the borrower must have honorably served in any of the armed forces. It’s a bit more complicated than this, so again make certain to speak with a reputable loan officer who specializes in VA loans if you want to pursue this course. Other 100 percent loans are starting to appear with some lenders. Make certain you understand all of the nuances of these programs before you wander too far down that path. What credit FICO score do you need? What is the Debt-to-Income cap? Is the rate going to be fixed for the life of the loan? How much can it adjust up to – each year and the life of the loan? How much are the origination fees? Can they be financed with the purchase money? What about the closing costs, can they also be financed? Don’t forget to find out how past negative credit actions will affect your ability to borrow – you know what I mean…the bankruptcy, short

sale or foreclosure from a few years ago. How do these affect you today? You can see, there is a lot to know about any loan program. For now, let’s focus on loans that require a down payment – typically these will be referred to as either FHA or Conventional.

the first place. OK, so there is a lot of cool stuff that you just don’t need or use any more, right? Well, someone else will enjoy it to - so sell it on eBay or have a garage sale and make some money and gain back some space (making it easier to move when you’re ready).

How much down do you need? The answer to this question will vary, again, depending on the loan program. A Traditional Conventional loan has always been typically been 20 percent down. Today there are conventional loans that only require 5 percent down and the FHA Loans will only require 3.5 percnet of your money for the down payment. That’s what this article is about – finding the money, whether its 20 or 3.5 percent...just remember every loan program has its own restrictions on where that money comes from.

Seller concessions Different loans have different rules, again. With that in mind, ask your seller to contribute to your down payment or closing costs. If you are making a healthy offer near full price, the seller just may be willing to contribute some cash to get the deal done and close escrow. I can promise you won’t get any help here if you don’t ask for it!

Money from parents It is very common for parents to want to help their children purchase a new home. With today’s tax laws, they might “gift” it to you without any tax consequences. If they can’t afford to just give you the money, they might be able to loan it to you. Make certain you check with your lender if this is allowed or how long you must ‘season’ the funds before it is allowed. Pay yourself first Create a house fund to save your money. Pay yourself first – the same amount at the same time every month and watch your money grow. Don’t be tempted to use it for anything else or put in less – you are doing this for your future so treat it like it’s important to you and worth the sacrifice. Save your tax refund When you get your tax refund, put it in your savings account – sure the new plasma TV would be great, but owning the wall to mount it to will be even greater. Sell stuff We all have stuff in our homes and garages that we thought was “cool” at one point…it’s why we got it in

Collect any outstanding receivable Who owes you money? Collect it...with interest. Are you the plaintiff in a lawsuit – settle it and use your proceeds for the down payment. Down payment assistance programs There are a number of down payment assistance programs that will range from an outright grant to a very low interest loan. There are some that will share future equity with you, when it comes time to sell the home and others that will gift it after you’ve lived in the home for a number of years. Every program is unique. Some are administered by the government – Federal, State and/or local and others are charitable organizations. Ask both your realtor and your loan officer what they know – but do your own research online – these programs can run out of money quickly and change a lot. One common denominator of every one is an income cap…so do your research. Borrow from your retirement account Not every retirement account will allow you to borrow against it, but many will. Check with your tax advisor and financial planner to know what the tax implications may be and any restrictions on what you can do with the proceeds.

Your job Have you asked for a raise lately? Now is a good time. Perhaps now might be a good time to get a better job. So long as you remain in the same field of employment it should not affect your loan application but don’t go switching industries completely – that is never good. A second job How bad do you want to get out of that apartment? There is nothing wrong with taking a second job, even if it is substantially below your day job – in other words that fast food restaurant may not be a career move, but if it can put a couple of hundred a week into your bank account it might be a good move. Seasonal work is something to consider… or how about building a web based

business that generates income…it’s easier than you think. Buying a home is always a challenge and it starts with raising the money for the down payment. If you don’t start now, then ask yourself when? Call us today and get the information you need to make the right decision. The info is free, call now! (951) 296-8887. For questions regarding available inventory and/or other real estate matters, please contact me, Mike@GoTakeAction.com. Mike Mason, Broker/Owner of Mason Real Estate Cal. BRE: 01483044, Board of Director of your Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors, Traveling State Director, California Association of Realtors.

Avalon Management Group expands into San Diego HOA Market SAN MARCOS - The Avalon Management Group, an Accredited Association Management Company and one of California’s most trusted homeowner association management firms, announces a new San Marcos office location. The office will be headed by Mark Jones, AMS, PCAM. Jones, with over 35 years of association experience, is a founding member of the California Association of Community Managers, the Community Associations Institute and the Innovia Management Cooperative, a speaker and a teacher for local and national HOA edu-

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source materials for homeowner associations. Avalon’s new San Marcos office location, combined with its offices in Temecula and Canyon Lake, provides clients with expanded access and connections to the most cost effective and successful management group in the region. The expansion facilitates Avalon’s ability to build upon its successes in helping clients achieve their goals of improving their communities. To read more about how Avalon can assist your community, visit www.AvalonWeb.com or call (800) 343-7213, ext 101.

homes in the neighborhood. Do make sure you can afford the project. Plan for some unexpected purchases and plan out the reno-

vation according to your budget. Skimping on materials or design because of lack of money may leave you feeling dissatisfied afterward.

Dos and don’ts of kitchen remodels complete demolition and renovation is not always necessary to achieve the desired results. Only invest in major changes if something is not working (such as having to walk across the entire kitchen to access the stove) or is unsafe. Otherwise, minor upgrades may do the trick. Don’t over-improve the space. A fully equipped commercial kitchen may be handy for a professional chef, but the average person may not need an industrial hood and indoor pizza oven. When you make excessive improvements, you may not be able to recoup as much of the money spent because your home will not be on par with the values of

WASHINGTON, D.C. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, a major kitchen remodeling project should enable homeowners to recoup 74.2 percent of their initial investments. Kitchen renovations have long been a safe way to improve the functionality and value of a home. But not every kitchen project is a guaranteed winner. Homeowners may inadvertently make changes that end up sticking out like a sore thumb rather than improving the space. Take a look at these kitchen remodeling dos and don’ts to guide your next undertaking. Do consider the way your kitchen will look with the rest of the home. Keep architectural integrity in mind when designing the space. A farmhouse sink and country cabinets can

look out of place in an ultra-modern home. Don’t overlook the importance of a seasoned designer or architect. These pros will know the tricks to maximizing space and achieving the ideal layout of appliances and may be able to recommend local contractors and vendors. Do look beyond surface details to the structural integrity of the design. The kitchen should be functional, long-lasting and beautiful. Don’t design just for today, but look to the future as well. Unless you are willing to spend $50,000 every five years, look for styles and materials that will last for the long haul. Older homeowners may want to make adjustments now that address potential mobility issues down the road. Do work with what you have. A

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Linfield girls beat Ontario Christian 1-0, remain undefeated in Ambassador League

Linfield Christian forward Lily Sinclair takes a shot on goal for the Lions.

JP Raineri Sports / Multimedia Editor The Linfield Christian girls soccer team were able to hold off the

visiting Ontario Christian Knights, 1-0, on Jan. 23 as junior forward, Lily Sinclair, scored the winning goal late in the second half. With the win, the Lady Lions, who have not lost since their first

Jackie Crowther and the Linfield Christian Lions run their Ambassador League record to 7-0-1 (12-1-1 overall) with a 1-0 victory over Ontario David Canales photos Christian.

game pre-game match-up of the season against Escondido Charter, took sole possession of first place in the standings and handed the Knights (10-7-1) their first loss in league play.

Next, the Linfield girls will face Aquinas (9-8-1) from San Bernardino in an Ambassador League matchup, on Friday, Jan. 30.

Lily Sinclair (right) is congratulated by Erin Tucker after scoring what would be the winning goal as Linfield Christian beat Ontario Christian 1-0 and remain undefeated in the ambassador league (7-0-1).

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Richard Serrano (24) shoots for Linfield in the 70-29 victory over Western Christian.

Western Christian last week 70-29. The Lions who are 11-10 overall and 6-4 in league will travel to face Loma Linda Academy early this week and will then play host to Woodcrest Christian before the weekend. Woodcrest Christian

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that was to the Loma Linda Roadrunners. Game times are at 7 p.m.

Valley News Sports Department announces its 2014 Prep Pigskin Pick’em Winners

Mike Carrillo’s overall record was just shy of first place at 27-14 and is seen here with Dr. Pat Brown who rewarded him for his second place JP Raineri photos efforts with an Apple Gift card valued at $600.

JP Raineri Sports / Multimedia Editor The Valley News Sports Department would like to Congratulate Jeff DeLand from Wildomar and Mike Carrillo from Temecula for winning the 2014 Prep Pigskin

Pick’em Challenge. The objective of the challenge was to pick the winners of the High School Varsity Football games every week during the regular season League matchups and have the best overall record of wins and losses. DeLand’s overall record was 29 wins and 12 losses and Carrillo’s

With an overall winning record of 29 wins and 12 losses, Jeff DeLand from Wildomar took first place in the 2014 Prep Pigskin Pick’em Challenge, winning the Journey at Pechanga Golf Package. DeLand is pictured with Scott Mallory, director of golf at Journey at Pechanga.

overall record was just shy at 27 - 14. Pechanga Resort and Casino rewarded DeLand with the Journey at Pechanga Golf Package, which included free golf for four people and lunch at the resort. Dr. Pat Brown, who provides family and cosmetic dentistry in Temecula and the surrounding areas, sup-

plied Carrillo with an Apple Gift card valued at $600. Stay tuned for more great fun later this year when we host another pick’em challenge. Great job DeLand and Carrillo. We hope you and your families enjoy the gifts and have a very happy New Year!

Temecula United Soccer Club U14 & below to host upcoming tryouts Tryouts for Temecula United U14 & below are quickly approaching and Temecula United is looking forward to a great week. “All players ages 14 and below are welcome to join us for tryouts,” says Temecula United Director of Public Relations, Don Maurer. Tryouts will be held at Patricia Birdsall Sports Park, fields two and three, located at 32380 Deer Hollow Way in Temecula. Tryouts for girls will be held Feb.

16 and 18, boys will be Feb. 17 and 19. Check in for all sessions is at 5:30 p.m. with tryouts running from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Attendees can pre-register by visiting www.eventbrite. com/e/tu-youngers-tryouts-tickets-15470543813 or http://tusoccer. org/downloads/Player%20Registration%20Form.pdf and bringing completed forms – including waiver – to tryouts. Temecula United is also pro-

claiming the week of February 16 thru February 19 as Temecula United Week. Current Temecula United players should wear their TU jerseys or t-shirts to school that week. Girls are invited to wear their Temecula United gear Monday and Wednesday and Boys on Tuesday and Thursday of tryout week. “We plan on having at least one team at every age level (U8 U14) for boys and girls, if not two teams,” said Maurer.

For more information on tryouts, contact girls’ Director of Coaches Mike Costaglio by email at mcostaglio@earthlink.net or boys’ Director of Coaches Rob Skinner at rskinner@tvusd.k12.ca.us. For more information regarding tryouts, including pricing, sibling discounts and other information can be found by visiting Temecula United’s website at www.tusoccer. org.

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Temecula Valley Basketball showcase a huge success

Wolfpack, Broncos and Golden Bears winners during inaugural event JP Raineri Sports / Multimedia Editor Early in January, the Temecula Valley Golden Bears Boys’ Basketball program hosted their first ever showcase which was an event designed to pit teams from San Diego against teams from Southwest Riverside County. “Overall it was a huge success,” said TVHS Coach Kyle Armstrong, adding that he wants to continue the event so that it’s an annual tradition. “It was a great way for everybody to come down and see some of the teams they might have been playing right before league started.” During the early games of the Showcase, Great Oak delivered a punch to Riverside Poly, beating the Bears 72-48, while the Chaparral Pumas lost to Vista, 59-30 and Vista Murrieta rallied after trailing the Fallbrook Warriors going into halftime during their showcase game going on to win 57-51. Perris, who replaced a San Diego team that could not make the event, defeated Mt. Carmel in a huge upset, 73-44. The Rancho Christian Eagles took down Orange Glen in an offensive shootout, 87-76, where senior Ja’mel McMahan led all scorers with 21 points for Rancho Christian, knocking down three 3-pointers in the game and junior Trace Redfield added 20 points in the victory as well. In the final game of the night, Tahquitz closed out the inaugural Showcase with a 55-52 victory over host Temecula Valley.

Senior guard, Jeff Kincaid (21), from Rancho Christian, looks for a rebound as Orange Glen’s Joey LaGrua (22) goes up for a layup during the TVHS first annual Basketball Showcase held on Jan.10.

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High school girls’ basketball: Lady Wolfpack defeat Nighthawks 49-32 Williams scores 19 in second game back from injury Paul Bandong Staff Writer The Great Oak Lady Wolfpack varsity basketball team defeated the visiting Murrieta Valley Lady Nighthawks 49-32 on Jan. 28 behind the play of senior Mikayla Williams who scored 19 points, brought down 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists, just one statistical figure short of a tripledouble. Williams had been out for a month with an ankle injury and played limited minutes in her first game back — last Friday’s double overtime loss to Murrieta Mesa. “I felt a whole lot better than I did in the first game,” said Williams, “I felt more confident and relaxed and the ankle feels stronger. It’s

good to be back and contributing to the team; I’ve been around the block and my teammates know they can count on me to score, rebound and pass.” Wolfpack Coach Maurice Shannon also limited her minutes this game saying “Mikayla needs to get back to where she feels comfortable and confident of her recovery from the injury.” He also noted, “We are a different team with her on the floor. Her athleticism and confidence gives the team more options and more confidence.” Murrieta Valley’s Julia Cardenas opened the game with a three; seconds later Great Oak’s Cheldon Alcantara answered with a three and the battle was on. Murrieta Valley utilized a 2-3 zone and Great Oak played man-to-man. Williams scored two inside buckets, stole a

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pass and went coast-to-coast, made a rebound outlet to Alcantara for a fast break bucket and added another inside basket to help the Wolfpack to a 13-7 lead in the first quarter. The teams played to a 10-10 tie in the second quarter as Williams sat out most of that period. Cardenas hit her second three of the game and Great Oak sophomore guard Tianna Shaw scored on two fast breaks. Williams scored six more in the

third period and Alcantara hit the second of her three three’s in the game as Great Oak finished off the final periods 13-6 and 13-9. Alcantara was the second-leading scorer with 13 points. Shaw added six points. Cardenas had six points and senior point guard Ariana Hernandez had five to lead Murrieta Valley’s balanced scoring attack; nine players scored. Murrieta Valley (17-4, 2-3) will

travel Friday to Murrieta Mesa (13-8, 2-3) who also feature another Mikayla (Greens) and another Williams (Octavia). Game time is 5:15 p.m. Great Oak (10-7, 3-2) will attempt to unseat visiting Southwestern League leader Vista Murrieta (16-6, 5-0) who feature the dynamic duo of Brittney Reed and Jaelyn Brown and Chaparral-transfer center Kali Jones. Game time is 5:15 p.m.

Great Oak hangs on for 70-64 win over Murrieta Valley Austin Bryant scores 34 in losing effort Paul Bandong Staff Writer “I can’t believe we are getting beat by one guy,” shouted Great Oak Coach Robert Hickey during a third quarter timeout. Hickey was referring to Murrieta Valley’s Austin Bryant who ended the night with 34 points, his second 30 plus point game in Southwestern League play this year. Despite that effort, Murrieta Valley lost to Great Oak 70-64. Great Oak opened the game with an 11-0 run as 6’9” center Jacob Tryon scored inside, guard Torin Webb stole a pass and went the length of the floor to score, Webb then hit two more buckets and point guard Latrelle Franklin drove and converted an “and-one.”

Jacob Zandi ended the Nighthawks scoring drought with back-toback threes. Jacob Forte hit a three and Bryant scored his first basket to end the quarter within five points of the Wolfpack, 17-12. The speedy duo of Franklin and Webb combined for 13 of Great Oak’s 17 points in the second period, but the Nighthawks’ Bryant dominated in the paint, scoring on five of six touches, ten consecutive points. Zandi hit his third three to close out the half behind 34-27. Bryant continued his dominance in the paint with 22 more points, 11 in each period, for a season-high 34 points. Zandi and Forte ended the night with 12 points each. Franklin led the Wolfpack with 27; Webb had 23. Tryon tallied eight and Junior King added seven. “We were fortunate to come a

way with a win,” said Hickey, “We didn’t play very inspired, very tough defense. We did a horrible job trying to stop the entry pass to the post and on the boards. We have a lot of work to do if we expect to win this league.” Great Oak (17-5, 6-0) also hosted Vista Murrieta (11-11, 3-4) on Friday, Jan. 30. winning that outing 68-56 and will face Chaparral, Temecula Valley and Murrieta Mesa in the final games of the regular season, this week and next. Game times are at 7 p.m. Murrieta Valley (10-11, 4-2) traveled to Murrieta Mesa (8-13, 0-5) on Friday, Jan. 30. as well and won that game in a thrilling 1 point last second thriller, 50-49. To wrap up their regular season, the Nighthawks will face Vista Murrieta, Chaparral, Temecula Valley and Great Oak over the next two weeks. Game times are 7 p.m.

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Murrieta Mesa wins MLK Baseball Tournament at Tahquitz Rams fight off Paraclete to take Championship

The Murrieta Mesa Rams baseball team won the MLK Championship tournament hosted by Tahquitz High School. Alicia Salcedo photos

Murrieta Mesa defeated Paraclete High School from Lancaster, 8-5 to claim the Championships of the Tahquitz MLK Baseball tournament on Jan. 19.

JP Raineri Sports / Multimedia Editor The Murrieta Mesa Varsity Baseball team, under the reigns of new head coach Bryn Wade, took to the fields in the Hemet/San Jacinto area over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend to play in a preseason tournament hosted by

Tahquitz High School. Over the course of the three-day weekend, the Rams pitching staff gave up only two earned runs and outscored their opponents of the tournament 30-1 through the first 26 innings. “Our coaching staff is proud to have such a great group of kids who are buying in to its brand of baseball; and as result, the guys are having fun and learning how

to win,” says Wade. Murrieta Mesa defeated Paloma Valley 5-1, Coachella Valley 8-0, and host team Tahquitz, 10-0 to get to the championships, where they faced Paraclete High School from Lancaster, defeating them 8-5. According to Coach Wade, the key factors in the Ram’s wins came from the team putting pressure on the defenses throughout the

tournament by understanding counts, driving balls to all fields and executing in key offensive situations. “We missed some offensive opportunities during the tournament, but our pitching staff showed grit by withstanding three errors in the championship game. We will have to play a championship game every week, it seems, in the Southwestern League, so hopefully we can draw on this tournament when adversity hits us this Spring,” added Wade, who also

said, “It was a good weekend for the program, we were able to take advantage of pitchers who were around the plate and we ran the bases well. The tournament victory is a step in the right direction, but we have a long way to go before we are as good as we can be.” The Rams open up their regular season playing in the Pirate Falcon Baseball Classic where they will face Mission Vista on March 7. Southwestern League games start on March 20, when they face Great Oak at home.

All Valley Sports Fontillas hits buzzer beater as Pumas corrections record first Southwestern League victory over Rams

Chaparral got 10 points from Markel Wilson (10) as the pumas record their first Southwestern league victory by defeating Murrieta Mesa 46-45.

JP Raineri Sports /Multimedia Editor Chaparral seniors, Jared Fontillas and Markel Wilson packed a one-two punch combo on Jan. 28 as they helped the Pumas basketball team score 46 points, knocking off Murrieta Mesa by one point. Fontillas and Wilson contributed 11 and 10 points each, but it would be the final shot of the game by Fontillas that would make all the difference. “It was tight fought game and when a last second shot falls, it always stings just a bit more at the end of the night,” said Mesa head coach, Antwan Dela-Paul. “Chaparral played great, and so did we, but this one goes to them. Jared was in the zone during that last shot and did what he needed to do; our hats are off to him.” It was the first Southwestern league victory for the Pumas (1112) who rode their energy into their

Murrieta Mesa’s Joshua Rennick shoots over Chaparral defender Deshaun Harris.

very next game against Temecula Valley, taking out the Golden Bears on Friday Jan. 30 in a very close game, 42-39. The Rams (9-13) bounced back from the one point loss to Chaparral and handed cross town rivals, the

Murrieta Valley a one point loss of their own on Friday Jan. 30, defeating the Nighthawks, 50-49. The final two weeks of league match-ups heat up this week as everyone has their sights set on Great Oak (18-4), who still have yet to lose in league.

Jared Fontillas hits the game winning shot as time expires to give the Pumas a 46-45 victory over visiting Murrieta Mesa.

The Chaparral bench and the Pumas’ faithful storm the floor to burry Jared Fontillas after he scores the game winner at the buzzer to give Chaparral the 46-45 victory. David Canales photos

In a previously published version of ALL-VALLEY Football on Jan. 23, 2015, the photo attributed to Aleva Hifo on page B-10 for ALLVALLEY Football is actually his cousin, Limahai Hifo, who graduated last year. In the previously published version of ALL-VALLEY Volleyball

on Jan. 23, 2015, Taylor Aguayo of Linfield Christian School was inadvertently left off the ALL-VALLEY Volleyball, First Team list. Valley News apologizes to the athletes and their schools for any inconvenience these oversights may have caused.

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empathy for them. He co-founded his school’s Anime Club and he enjoys working with computers. After graduation, he plans to go to community college to learn computer animation.

Amanda Stickelman-Calvary Christian High School Calvary Christian High School Senior Amanda Stickelman changed school multiple times as a child which contributed to her falling behind in school. Her strength, courage, attitude and work ethic helped her get caught up in school and her hard work has paid off. Stickelman is committed to academics and she is active in church activities, piano lessons and sports. Amanda has an authentic love for others and she loves to help out whenever she can. Next year she plans to go to Bible College and possible go into the ministry. Elena Diamaano-Vista Murrieta High School Vista Murrieta High School Senior Elena Diamaano is an AVID student who will be the first in her family to go to college. She is a tri-sport varsity athlete in cross country, soccer, track and field. She is Vice President of the Health & Fitness Club, and President and co-founder of the Herbivore Society and VMHS SAT Tutoring Club. She is also a member of the Interact Club and Student Venture. Diamaano is highly intelligent. She maintains a 4.45 GPA and is a member of California Scholarship Federation. She has been accepted to several colleges. She hopes to attend either UCLA, Cornell or UCR and go on to medical school and become a surgeon. Diamaano is determined to succeed and when she does, she plans to help her two younger sisters through college. Michael Jones-Oak Grove Center Oak Grove Center Senior Michael Jones focuses on what he can do for others. At Oak Grove he has been involved in ASB, the Chess Club, Interact and he works with younger students in the autism program. Jones has the ability to connect with students who have autism and he has shown great

Vish Pillai-Murrieta Valley High School Murrieta Valley High School Senior Vish Pillai is the Robotics Team Captain this year and his most memorable moment in high school was being on the VEX Robotics World Championship team. He maintains a 4.27 GPA, is an AP Scholar with Distinction, and he received the Presidential Gold Service Award. He is a member of ASB and with his dynamic personality, his leadership ability is second to none. During his sophomore year, he went to India and worked in an orphanage where he taught math and science to students there. Pillai loves science and math and he plans to go to pursue a career in chemical engineering. Canaan Spranger River Springs Charter School River Springs Charter School Senior Canaan Spranger has a passion for learning and a passion to succeed. Spranger made the decision to be home schooled in middle school. Since then he has completed high school and two years at MSJC while working at Starbucks. He wants to go to Cal State San Marcos, Point Loma Nazarene University or Westmont and he will major in graphic design so he can combine his love of technology, design and photography. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month program, contact Sally A. Myers, Founder at (951) 506-8024. To sponsor the Student of the Month program, contact Margaret D. Jones, Chair of the Murrieta Student of the Month program at (951) 677-4856. If you have any additional questions, contact Karen Parris Murrieta SOM publicity coordinator (951) 696-1600, ext. 1022.

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Feb. 6 marks 12th year for National Wear Red Day campaign tion against the disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed and many still believe to this day, affect more men than women, according to the website. This year marks the movement’s 12-year anniversary and since its inception the website reports that nearly 90 percent of women have made at least one healthy behavior change, including more than one third of all women losing weight

RIVERSIDE - On Friday, Feb. 6 everyone in America is asked to wear red to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. Named the number one killer of women, heart disease and stroke kill one in three women but is completely preventable, according to the website goredforwomen.org. Held the first Friday of each February, National Wear Red Day stems from an initiative that began in 2003 when the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took ac-

and more than 50 percent of women increasing the amount of time they spend exercising. In addition the website reports that six out of 10 women have changed their diets, more than 40 percent of women have checked their cholesterol levels and one third of all women have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans. Despite the progress, women continue to die from heart disease and stroke as many are unaware of their risks and the fact.

“Yet, with all these successes, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. But what’s more powerful? Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends making a change,” the website states. According to the website, now is not the time for complacency. As the movement continues to grow, the group hopes to capitalize on the popularity of National Wear Red Day and continue to raise awareness of how lifestyle changes can affect heart disease. “We deeply appreciate all of your

support. We wouldn’t be where we are without you. But we have more to accomplish,” the website states. “Get involved. Go Red by telling other women that 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke, yet it is 80% preventable. Make a change. “It’s time to stand stronger, speak louder and join us in the fight this National Wear Red Day.” For more information on National Wear Red Day visit www. goredforwomen.org. For more information on heart disease and how to prevent it visit www.heart.org.

Disagreements between friends shouldn’t end the friendship American Counseling Association Special to the Valley News

or social interactions, but they rest on common foundations and are important to us and our overall well-being. But even in the closest of relationships, whether romantic or between friends, there will still sometimes be areas of disagreement. An important element in establishing or maintaining a healthy, long-term relationship is how such disagreements are handled. There are basic qualities that allow us to disagree without destroying a relationship. Qualities

Relationships are important to all of us. While we might enjoy having a little “alone time” every now and then, the reality is that we all need interactions with other people on a regular basis. What’s important about our longterm relationships is not simply that we meet and talk with others, but that these are people we care about, with whom we share emotional ties, and to whom we turn for encouragement, support and advice. The relationships that we consider special are usually with people with whom we share a number of similarities and/or life experiences. These relationships can result from marriage, business relationships

of honesty, openness and trust play important roles. When disagreements occur, it’s essential to agree to be honest with one another and then to actually do just that. For a strong relationship to grow, both members of the relationship must commit to this goal. This is sometimes called the “ABC” method of sustaining a relationship. The “A” stands for affirming the value of the relationship. That means the two of you agree that the relationship itself is more important that either of your

views on any particular issue. The “B” stands for behavior, for letting the other person know that when there are disagreements, you won’t let them affect the basics of the relationship. It means that neither of you will set ultimatums or try to force your point of view on the other person. The “C” stands for clarifying issues when there is a disagreement. Rather than your “interpreting” the words and actions of the other person, you have to be open and honest with that person and let him

or her explain and clarify the intent and meaning of what has been said. Long-term relationships are a vital part of a happy life. To make them last and grow takes work, and that means finding room within the relationship for the occasional disagreements that are naturally going to exist between any two people. Counseling Corner” is provided by the American Counseling Association. Comments and questions to ACAcorner@counseling.org or visit the ACA website at www. counseling.org.

Temeku Theatre to host blood drive, free movie tickets given to donors TEMECULA - LifeStream is hosting a blood drive at the Temeku Theatre in Temecula on Friday, Feb. 6 from 3 to 8 p.m. The theatre is located at 26463 Ynez Rd. Donors will receive two free movie tickets, courtesy of the theatre. Donors will also receive free cholesterol screening and Gift of

Life Donor Loyalty points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.LStream.org. Those aged 18-44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow screening at all donor locations free of charge. Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood.

Fifteen- and 16-year-olds must provide LifeStream with written parental consent. Parental consent forms are available at any donor center, community blood drive or at www.LStream.org. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS

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the meetings and the surveys will be used to put together a plan outlining the issues discussed and ways the department and its partners will help address residents’ needs. As part of the outreach, the department has collaborated on a needs-assessment survey that is available online in English and Spanish. Copies also will be available

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LifeStream experiences blood donation decrease; healthy blood donors sought SAN BERNARDINO LifeStream, the region’s local, nonprofit blood bank, experienced a significant percentage drop off in blood donations for the first three weeks of the new year compared to donations for the same time last year. Red blood cell collections to assist local hospital patients decreased 22 percent; platelets, six percent. Now, and perhaps not coincidentally, the Centers for Disease Control has announced that this season’s flu vaccines are only 23

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Blood that is required to assist surgical and cancer patients, accident, burn and trauma victims, even prematurely born babies, cannot be created. It only is available through voluntary blood donation. LifeStream has fixed-site centers in San Bernardino, Riverside, Ontario, Victorville and La Quinta and operates mobile drives seven days a week. For more information, hours of operation, locations or to set an appointment to give the gift of life, call (800) 879-4484 or visit www. LStream.org.

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heating and cooling. The dual-zone climate control was especially welcome as there were times when my wife needed extreme cooling and warm-up while I preferred a steady 69°. The Maxima SV featured a dual-panel moonroof (very cool), keyless entry, steering wheel audio controls for the six-disc nine-speaker Bose stereo and SiriusXM satellite radio (with very helpful NavTraffic and NavWeather), Bluetooth connectivity and a back-up

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Maxima 3.5 SV car, the Maxima is luxurious enough for executives, professionals and real estate agents. The stylish exterior features smooth muscular lines, low grill, coke-bottle fenders, 19” wheels, fog lamps and cool xenon headlights. The upscale interior is well-designed with soft leather and coordinated trims. The power front seats are roomy, comfortable and supportive with perforated leather for

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The 2014 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV features a 3.5L V6 with 290-hp. The 2014 Nissan Maxima is a midsize entry-level luxury/sports sedan that does a lot of things well and is a great value! Its heritage includes billing as a fun to drive “four-door sports car”; this modern seventh-generation version adds comfort and refinement to the family sedan. It has a long list of available luxury features comparable to the Audi A4 and Acura TL at a much less expensive base price. In addition to being a value-oriented family

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