Valley News - May 17, 2024

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Mayor Lori Stone presents


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SJVC holds Spring Open House at Temecula Campus


VISIT V May 17 – 23, 2024 Volume 24, Issue 20 A Section Your Best Source for Local News & Advertising S ERVING TEMECULA , MURRIETA , L AKE E LSINORE , M ENIFEE , WILDOMAR , H EMET, SAN JACINTO AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES Receive Valley News mailed directly to your home every week! SUBSCRIBE AT: WWW.MYVALLEYNEWS.COM/SUBSCRIBE $2.00 Anza Valley Outlook D-1 Business B-7 Business Directory B-7 Calendar of Events B-4 Classifieds C-5 Courts & Crimes A-6 Education B-1 Entertainment B-4 Health B-5 Home & Garden B-6 Legal Notices D-7 Local A-1 National News C-6 Opinion............................D-6 Regional News C-5 Sports C-1 INDEX Golden Bears become first local girls’ lacrosse team to win a CIF-SS title, C-1 Local see page A-2 Home & Garden see page B-6 Tony Ault Staff Writer Murrieta Mayor Lori Stone praised her staff, Murrieta Fire & Rescue, the Murrieta Police Department and members of the community for making this past year one of the best in Murrieta’s history at the 33rd annual State of the City address Thursday, May 9. The gala event hosted by the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce was held at the recently opened Murrieta Hot Springs Resort. More than 400 special guests from the community including nearby city mayors, educators, busiMurrieta
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Kim Harris Special to Valley News A Canyon Lake resident who formerly worked as CEO and executive director of two San Bernardino County nonprofit organizations was arrested Tuesday, May 7, on an indictment alleging she embezzled federal grant money intended for those nonprofits, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of California. Donise Warren, 51, also known as Donise Warren-Jackson, pled not guilty during an appearance in U.S. District Court in Riverside to SJVC medical assisting students from left, Jerry Paniagua, Emma Marin and Erika Rasmusson do demonstrations of blood draws for guests attending the open house event in Temecula. See story and more photos on page B-3. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo Canyon Lake woman indicted on federal charges for alleged embezzlement Valley News/Tony Ault photo ness owners, water district officials and many others attended. Stone’s address, titled, “Planning Today for a Successful Tomorrow,” gave a few 15 counts of embezzlement from organizations receiving federal funds and 15 counts of embezzlement of government property. see MURRIETA, page A-4 see EMBEZZLEMENT, page A-6
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than 21,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been mailed to Temecula voters for the Tuesday, June 4, Temecula Valley Unified School District, Trustee Area 4, Special Recall Election, the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office announced.
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Vote-by-mail ballots for June 4 TVUSD Recall election sent to voters

More than 21,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been mailed to Temecula voters for the Tuesday, June 4, Temecula Valley Unified School District, Trustee Area 4, Special Recall Election, the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office announced.

For those wishing to vote in the election, completed vote-by-mail ballots must either be postmarked on or before election day, or be received at the Registrar of Voters office or vote centers no later than the close of polls at 8 p.m. on

Election Day According to the registrar, voteby-mail ballots can be returned through the postal service or placed in secure official blue voteby-mail drop-off boxes situated in Trustee Area 4, within Temecula city limits.

“Additionally, two secure 24hour drop boxes are accessible at the Registrar’s office, 2720 Gateway Drive in Riverside, for added convenience,” the registrar said.

For ballot drop-box and vote center locations including hours of operation, visit the registrar’s website at

Early voting at the Registrar of

Voters office began Monday, May 6, and continues Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The registrar’s office will be open to voters on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For those who need to register to vote or to update and address a voter registration application must be submitted by Monday, May 20. Registration can be completed online at or by calling 951-486-7200 and requesting a paper application. Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

voters for the Tuesday, June 4, Temecula Valley Unified School District, Trustee Area 4, Special Recall Election. Valley News/Riverside County Registrar of Voters photo. Used with permission.

Murrieta City Council approves purchase of new Murrieta Police pursuit vehicles

Murrieta City Council made the final approval for the Murrieta Police Department to purchase five police vehicles from an out-of-state dealership, citing availability problems in 2023. The approval was made after a question arose in earlier meetings why the police vehicles were not purchased locally.

Responding to the council’s requested approval of the department’s upcoming police car purchase and equipment installation was Capt. Phillip Gomez at the Tuesday, May 7, meeting. Gomez explained that previous purchases of police department vehicles have been made through local Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge dealerships,

but in this case the only Ford Explorer pursuit vehicles available were at a Colorado dealership.

He said police cars are manufactured once a year at the three car companies and made only to police department requirements. They are not for sale to the general public. In 2023, Ford and other car manufacturer employees, however, went on strike and police vehicles were not made that year, postponing the purchase orders over to the 2024 year. Those vehicles were nearly sold out, leaving only the dealer in Colorado holding the ones the Murrieta Police Department needed. None were available locally.

With that explanation, the Murrieta City Council did approve the department’s request in a 5-0 vote with all members present.

Three of the vehicles being purchased are Ford Explorer pursuit vehicles which won’t be arriving until next month. The money to purchase those vehicles is coming out of the Murrieta Police Department’s $1.2 million annual police car purchase budget. Gomez did indicate that the department will be purchasing other non-patrol vehicles this year with bid requests going out locally.

In other business, the council in a public hearing discussed a council request to appeal the Planning Commission’s approval to construct 387 multi-family apartment units on an 18-acre parcel of land located southeast of the intersection of Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Jefferson Avenue due safety and environmental issues that need further analysis. The appel-

lant saw that the approved plan did not take into consideration the traffic safety problems that might occur in the future when the two highways are widened and the speeds increased from 45 mph to 60 mph.

A lengthy argument for the council not to approve the appeal was made by the contractor’s attorney who said the safety and environment issues are not relevant to the city’s General Plan and the California Environmental Quality Act now in effect and the Planning Commission’s having already approved the mitigated negative declaration for the Development Plan Permit 2022-2505/2023-00006 for the apartment complex’s construction.

The council appellant, Council member Lisa DeForest, heard the

arguments and Council member Jon Levell asked about possibly continuing the appeal hearing. The contractor’s attorney, although arguing little could be changed or almost “impossible” to change, still heard the council. In a 5-0 vote, a hearing was scheduled until another date in July so a further analysis can be made on the project’s plan with both the commission and the contractor participating.

The council discussed the 2023 to 2024 Third Quarter Financial Status Report and proposed budget adjustments. It was learned the city’s expected sales tax revenues had dropped during the time along with other decreases in Measure T revenues bringing the staff to find ways to reduce their expenditures by $3.3 million which was accomplished. The reductions were mostly made by delaying staff hirings until next fiscal year. The council was assured the decreases would likely be recovered and the budget remain as planned in the next fiscal year quarters.

The revenue decreases in the sales tax were mainly brought about by the increased inflation and mortgage rates slowing consumer spending, according to the finance department.

Following the City Council’s closed session, the city attorney said no action was taken on four legal items discussed, however the council gave City Manager Kim Summers a performance evaluation and compensation which was favorable. So much so that the council received an unprecedented letter of appreciation from all of the city’s employees and a 30 page list of all her accomplishments made in the past year.

“There are more pages coming,” said one council member, smiling. In the public meeting, each of the council members applauded her accomplishments saying they considered her the best city manager in southwest Riverside County. A total of 17 consent items were approved.

The Council declared the week to be a Public Works Week and praised the city’s maintenance and public works department for helping provide the residents of Murrieta the best “Quality of Life.” Tony Ault can be reached by email at

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Menifee City Council upholds Planning Commission approval of car wash and child care center

The Menifee City Council, following a public hearing Wednesday, May 1, upheld the Planning Commission building permit granted for an adjoining car wash and child care center despite two appeals to overturn the project.

The project initially approved will be located in the Lakes commercial center on the northwest corner of Laguna Vista Drive and Newport Road. However, following arguments by the two appellants, Menifee Neighbors Care and John Minock, the attorney for the Mister Car Wash applicant said he would withdraw the child care center in the original permit application.

Trevor Buhl, on behalf of Mister Car Wash, filed the formal application with the City of Menifee for the approval of the plot plans and received Major Conditional Use Permit (CUP) No. PLN22-0288 for the construction of a new 5,434

square-foot drive-thru Mister Car Wash, and an 11,992 square-foot day care center with a 9,795 square-foot playground area with full site improvements (including site landscaping and parking lot) and a sound wall.

The appellants, through their attorneys, gave a strong argument that building the day care center next to the car wash might create hazardous conditions for the day care children next door. Those conditions included noise, chemical pollutants from the cars, and parent traffic problems coming in and out of the facility.

The Planning Commission report indicated that the car wash would create some problems next to the day care facility, but would be mitigated by the applicant with the construction of a large sound wall between the two facilities. The necessary analyses showed the traffic would not be a serious problem and the environmental conditions would be within safety limits for the children.

The arguments on both sides were heard by the council with Council Member Bob Karwin questioning the motives of the appellants that possibly saw the project being built for its profitability over community safety. He argued the Planning Commission’s careful study of the project’s effect on the community found to be within General Plan zoning and planning for the area, CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) mandates and other requirements and had no reason to deny the Conditional Use Permits issued. Council Member Lesa Sobek agreed with Karwin, noting that the project, within her voting district, had been suggested by her in particular since a day care center is wanted and needed by the residents in her neighborhood.

The appellants and applicant were given an opportunity for rebuttal. Both stood by their initial arguments. The applicant did indicate he might withdraw the day care center portion of the project

Riverside County Sheriff’s Office plans driver’s license and sobriety checkpoint


– The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a driving under the influence checkpoint from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in an undisclosed location in the city of Temecula Friday, May 24. DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints are to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road.

“Impaired drivers put others on

the road at significant risk,” Cpl. Downs said. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the

influence of marijuana is illegal.

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Submitted by Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.

to avoid any litigation that might come.

The decision was to either uphold the Planning Commission’s approval of the project or to refer it back to them for denial. The council did approve the construction of the complete project in a 4 to 1 vote. Council Member Ricky Estrada gave the dissenting vote.

After the vote, Mayor Bill Zimmerman said it was up to the applicant if he still wanted to build the day care center and car wash. Zimmerman and Mayor Pro Tem Dean Deines voted with Sobek and Karwin.

The council also approved the upcoming year’s Community Development Block Grant Funding expected to total about $500,000.

The 2024-2025 CDBG fund would total $177,000 for planning and administration, $23,000 for fair housing, $170,000 for minor housing rehabilitation, $135,000 for public facilities (streets in Sun City) and $75,000 for public services (nonprofits).

The council heard what was happening with the city’s Adaptive Sports Summer Programs which are expanding this year with many public schools and other sports programs. The Mighty Me Program in the city is part of the expansion this summer. A number of new partnerships are being explored.

Early in the meeting the council recognized the Paloma Valley High School girls volleyball team that won this year’s CIF championship and five previous years’ championships.

In proclaiming May as Older Americans Month, the council heard from World War II veteran Ken Wright from Sun City who was celebrating his 100th birthday and spoke of his experiences in the military service during the war and thereafter from the Royal Air Force to the U.S. Marines.

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hints at an upcoming development in Murrieta’s Golden Triangle between Interstate 15 and 215, which includes a new Trader Joe’s and hotels coming into the city soon.

Adding to the celebratory occasion were vendor booths offering little gifts, a chance at a valuable door prize and introductions to the many Murrieta city services offered to its residents and businesses. A VIP area was busy with Murrieta restaurants and other eateries handing out food and non-alcoholic beverages to the guests. It was a time of networking and informative discussions. Murrieta police officers and firefighters were on hand to show off their equipment and vehicles.

Stone, following the gathering, took to the podium to introduce members of the Murrieta City Council and other important city officials through large screen video presentations. She said it was all of them and the community that have made Murrieta, “A thriving and vibrant city.”

Following that she gave the hints of what may soon be coming into the city. “We have so many great businesses coming,” Stone said, naming a few. “We just found out that two well-known hotels have submitted applications to come into the city as well. Our great city would not be the fantastic place it is today without the safety departments. We are the only city in the area with our own fire and police departments.” With that statement she called upon Murrieta Police Chief Anthony Conrad and Murrieta Fire & Rescue Chief Bernie Molloy who talked about their departments face-to-face on stage to give updates of their accomplishments.

Fire Chief Molloy said this year the department went through a major accreditation process through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International that makes it one of only 22 fire departments in California to receive this accreditation. There are over 1,000 fire departments in the state. With this he said, “We want to make this one of the safest cities in the country.”

Police Chief Conrad said since 2019 they began a new FBI statistic method that now shows they becam e the first certified police department in the county and the 38th department in the state to become certified among the 500 departments in California. He said in 2023 Murrieta’s police department in preventing crimes against persons Murrieta ranked number three and number one in the prevention of crimes against property. With that information a huge applause followed.

Molloy said it was a very busy 2023 with more than 12,000 calls for service. He said the life-saving rescues on the calls were attributed to every engine having a qualified paramedic on it and the firefighters in the department put in over 22,000 hours of training that year.

Conrad said helping with those statistics he had 109 police officers

in 2023 working who managed to arrest over 1,700 people last year for various crimes and violations. He said they had about 30,000 calls for service that year.

Both chiefs praised the city’s highly trained dispatchers that dispatch for both Murrieta fire and police and also for neighboring Menifee. The department also trained the dispatchers for Emergency Medical Dispatch for EMS that has the dispatcher trained to give firsthand lifesaving instructions to those assisting victims before the EMS arrives. Molloy said that training was responsible for dispatchers saving eight lives in 2023 “who are walking today,” and even assisted in delivering a baby.

Both departments in Murrieta pride themselves for using the latest technology in their missions including drone aircraft, since they cannot afford a helicopter. Conrad

said the police department now has six drones operated by licensed police pilots, which have been highly successful in cutting down the crime rates in the city.

He said they also have 45 Flock license reading cameras in the city connected to hundreds more in the county and state. The cameras spot suspected stolen vehicles and immediately relay their location to the closest police officer. They are helpful in locating the origin of wildland and residential/commercial fires.

Conrad reported there has been great success in the school programs with a new Teen Kids program replacing the DARE program which is more effective in teaching students about staying away from crime and respecting police officers.

Molloy announced the Murrieta Citizens Fire Academy will be returning this year and a new program to reduce children drowning in

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swimming pools with a fire water necklace that reminds those wearing them that their only purpose is to watch the children swimming and prevent drownings. Many other innovative techniques used by police and fire departments in the city are being studied for use now by the chiefs.
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accomplished together over the past year in our city; we couldn’t do it without you in keeping the city a healthy and thriving community.” She then brought out “Simpson,” Murrieta’s support dog to surveille Murrieta Hot Springs Resort, which he The large screen TV announcing the 2024 Murrieta State of the City address greets guests at the Murrieta Hot Springs Resort May 9. Murrieta Mayor Lori Stone enjoys a conversation with a special guest during VIP time before her 2024 Murrieta State of the City address outside the Murrieta Hot Springs auditorium. Valley News/Tony Ault photos Terry Gilmore, owner of Temecula’s Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac, a special guest at the Murrieta State of the City address, talks with other guests during VIP time before the event. Murrieta Police Chief Anthony Conrad at the VIP ceremony before the State of City address, left, confers with his administrative police officers at the VIP event. Riverside 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington, left, takes a moment to pose with Wildomar City Councilmember Joseph Morabito before the annual Murrieta State of the City address May 9.
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Hestrin to present information on proposed ballot measure during Victim Services roundtable

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Division of Victim Services will hold a roundtable discussion with guest presenter Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin Tuesday, May 21.

The roundtable will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. via Zoom offering interested parties the chance to learn more about the proposed statewide ballot measure, “Homelessness, Drug Addiction and Theft Reduction Act” that is likely to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The initiative, should voters approve it, would drastically amend Proposition 47, which lessened charges associated with nonviolent property crimes and drug

possession, increasing penalties for certain theft crimes.

The Homelessness, Drug Addiction and Theft Reduction Act” would increase penalties for certain theft crimes, making thefts where money or property worth $950 or less is stolen, punishable as a felony for individuals who have two or more prior theftrelated convictions.

It would also increase penalties for certain drug crimes and add fentanyl to the list of drugs that would warrant a felony charge if a person possesses it and a loaded firearm a the same time, classify certain drug offenses as treatmentmandated felonies and require courts to warn individuals who distribute deadly drugs to persons who die from them that they could be charged with murder.

The Division of Victim Services and its specially trained staff work to ensure victims are informed and supported throughout the criminal justice process by providing information and services that can help victims, including children, elders, disabled persons and violent crime victims, during all phases of their court cases.

For more information on the event, visit victim-services or call 951-9555400.

To RSVP for the Zoom meeting, visit https://forms.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, pictured here from 2022, will present information on the proposed ballot measure, “Homelessness, Drug Addiction and Theft Reduction Act” during a Victim Services Roundtable Tuesday, May 21.

Unexpected budget fund balance uses studied in Wildomar City Council workshop

The Wildomar City Council in a public workshop mulled over how to spend a 2023-2024 fund balance of $11.2 million in the next fiscal year at its Wednesday, May 8, city council and cemetery district meeting.

City Manager Daniel York, before the workshop was called on the night’s agenda, said he was pleased to report that through the diligent work of his staff and the council, it was “a good year” and the city now has some leftover money in its budget balance that needs to be allocated in the next 2024-2025 fiscal year budget that should be determined by the end of June. He cautioned that the balances must be carefully spent with some already set aside for definite use and/or having a time cutoff.

The one-time balances were reported and designated as fiscal year 2022-2023 General Fund Surplus, $1,400,000; Cannabis Development Agreement Fund Balance, $2,350,000; ARPA Remaining Balance, $1,312,431; DIF Park Improvements, $2,920,506; DIF Road Improvements – Eligible for 27 Acre Park Frontage, $228,000; 27 Acre Park Grant,

which requires 50% matching city funds, $2,830,000; 27 Acre Park Miscellaneous Grants, $195,000 for a one-time total of $11,235,937.

During the workshop, the council also discussed City Hall tenant improvements, a new fire station property purchase and enhancements of rural roadways.

Those residents attending and watching online were able to speak about the possible use of the balances and expenses in the public hearing portion of the item. Several did as a result.

York said the balance in the ARPA or American Rescue Plan Act of $1.3 million must be spent or designated by next year and be used or have to be returned to the federal government. Other balance money has tentatively been set aside for use in paying for the 27-acre park that the council wanted to establish in the near future.

Other money was suggested for use in improving the city’s recently purchased city hall. The amount for that use was seen as about $1.5 million. The council heard that amount could be reduced to the basic staff and customer service needs of about $500,000, according to York.

The council, including Council members Carlos Marquez and Joseph Morabito, suggested some

of the balance money, not already designated, be spent on the city’s public safety efforts and more on the roadways that need paving or improvement in the city.

One member of those attending the meeting asked how the city could help in either paving or improving the dirt roads in their neighborhoods. They were told it could take two-thirds of the residents in their neighborhood who want their roads to be improved by the city, but they would have to eventually pay for them, while the city could pay for maintaining those roads if desired at a much lower cost.

Another resident saw the city looking at providing more social services and facilities and reducing the police department’s needs.

The council’s and residents’ suggestions were taken under advisement by York and the staff and will be considered in the 20242025 budget reviews in the next two months.

Contracted Cal Fire Chief Lonny Olson reported to the council that due to new employee labor agree-

ments and increasing equipment and service costs, the new city contract with Riverside County Fire and Cal Fire will increase approximately $433,000 per year for the next three years that will include some new wildland fire prevention changes.

Olson explained in the new contract Wildomar Station No. 61 will need an additional fire apparatus engineer and two more firefighters to fill in the reduced weekly hours sought by the firefighters who now are working 72 hours per week and seek to reduce it to 66 hours per week. He said the change will most likely improve the fire department service to the community. Last year Wildomar’s fire protections contract totalled about $4.4 million. York noted that Wildomar’s new contract costs are most likely lower than other surrounding contract cities.

Olson also called the council’s attention to the possibility for the need of a new fire station in the area due to both Lake Elsinore and Wildomar’s rapid population growth, as well as a ladder truck

to handle the larger commercial structures coming. The council asked him where the new station might be located, and he said it will most likely be on the border of the two cities.

Olson said earlier that Wildomar’s fire station in the last quarter, from January through March, answered nearly 900 calls including 14 fires, 714 medical assists and 55 traffic accidents, which is up from last year.

Council member Dustin Nigg, who was on the dais that evening, said he would be back to work more often following the death of his wife after a critical illness Saturday, March 23, but it would take some time before fully returning to his duties in District 2. He was welcomed back by his fellow council members.

Sixteen consent items were approved by the council. The staff pulled item 3.2 in General Business that would have the council further discuss illegal food vending in the city. It will be heard at a later date. Tony Ault can be reached by email at

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Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians supports fallen firefighters

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Special to Valley News

Members of the Soboba Tribal Council unanimously agreed to support the Riverside County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Fund in the aftermath of the Aug. 6, 2023, mid-air collision of two helicopters that were suppressing a fire in the community of Cabazon. Cal Fire Assistant Chief Josh Bischof, Cal Fire Capt. Tim Rodriguez and Exclusive Use Pilot Tony Sousa all perished. Officials said six aircraft were in the air responding to the fire at the time.

The benevolent fund had reached out to the Soboba Fire Department and asked if they could help as the Rodríguezes were coming from out of state and the local family had no availability to lodge them. Tribal Council authorized the Soboba Casino Resort to provide lodging to Tim Rodriguez’s parents and other family members after the tragic

accident and through the funeral service.

Rodriguez, 44, was born at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning. He was raised in Hemet where he graduated from West Valley High School in 1997. He attended Mt. San Jacinto College where he pursued an education in fire technology. Rodriguez worked at several fire stations before returning to his passion at Hemet Ryan Air Attack Base in 2022 as a helitack fire captain. Founded in 2006, the Riverside County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Fund supports f irefighters and cooperators in Riverside County. The firefighters of Riverside County provide fire and EMS services to one of the largest counties in California. It is the goal of the Riverside County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Fund to be able to support those men and women in their time of need. The organization also supports other nonprofit or-

ganizations that are affiliated with the fire service, such as cancer research and the burn institutes.

According to Director of Finance Matt Brandt, before the formation of the RCPFBF there was no support organization for the families of injured or fallen firefighters in Riverside County.

“Years later the Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation would be formed by Cal Fire Local 2881, to serve their members throughout the state,” he said. “While labor laws have changed to provide more support for firefighters, there is still a tremendous burden placed on families when a firefighter suffers injury or death; this is where the RCPFBF steps in and can provide assistance that the departments cannot.”

The nonprofit was organized for the purpose of providing physical, financial and emotional support to members and their families during times of need, Brandt said, adding “Our support is provided

A token of appreciation was presented to the Soboba Tribal Council at the Soboba Fire Station. by an all-volunteer board of directors in a non-political and nondenominational manner.” Brandt was on the Cal Fire Local 2881, Riverside District Board as a rank and file representative in 2006.

“In 2008, I became the director of finance for both Cal Fire Local 2881, Riverside District and the

RCPFBF. Since then, the two boards have separated into two different entities, and I have remained,” he said. “The RCPFBF board of directors all agreed on providing the key supporters with recognition for their support of the families of Fire Capt. Tim Rodriguez and Assistant Chief Josh Bischof.

“The indirect support that was provided to both families was greatly appreciated. Cal Fire and the state of California can provide staffing and indirect support to the families of fallen firefighters but cannot provide any direct financial support. The financial burden is placed on the families and is offset by support of Cal Fire Local 2881, the Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation, the Riverside County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Fund and key supporters like Soboba. If it was not for this support, the families would have to bear the burden of costs,” Brandt said. For more information and to make donations, visit http://www.

LA man arrested for alleged

retail theft in Lake Elsinore

Kim Harris Special to Valley News

A man from Los Angeles has been arrested for a theft at a store in Lake Elsinore, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Lake Elsinore Station announced last week.

The theft occurred in a retail establishment located in the 18000 block of Collier Avenue Tuesday, May 7, just before 3 p.m. when Delvin Bell, 34, of Los Angeles, along with two other suspects, allegedly entered the store carrying large bags and “began stealing high-end merchandise,” a news release written by Sgt. Robert Thomas said.

According to Thomas, the suspects fled the location in a red Hyundai Elantra.

“Deputies from the Lake Mathews Sheriff’s Station located the vehicle traveling northbound on the 15 freeway,” Thomas said, adding that deputies conducted a vehicle stop, and Bell, along with two 16-year-old passengers, also from Los Angeles were “detained.”

Thomas said that Bell was arrested and booked into Cois M. Byrd Detention Center for grand theft, organized retail theft, and felony child endangerment. The two juveniles were booked into Juvenile Hall for grand theft and

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Warren allegedly used more than $225,000 intended for the nonprofits for a slew of unauthorized expenditures including a wedding, travel expenses and cryptocurrency.

A federal magistrate judge ordered Warren, whose trial is scheduled to begin Monday, July 1, released on $75,000 bond. If she is found guilty, each of the felony charges is punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison, according to the news release.

According to the news release, Warren was the president, CEO and executive director of the Citadel Community Development Corporation, whose stated mission was to assist at-risk individuals with accessing affordable housing, career services and education services. Warren was also the president, CEO and executive director of the Citadel Community Care Facility, another nonprofit operating at the same location as CCDC.

The indictment, which was returned by the grand jury Wednesday, May 1, alleged Warren controlled CCDC from no later than March 2016 until at least October 2023.

Delvin Bell, 34, of Los Angeles was arrested for theft at a store in Lake Elsinore that occurred May 7.

Riverside County Sheriff Department photo. Used with permission.

organized retail theft.

More than $7,700 worth of merchandise was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.

“It was discovered that the stolen items recovered were from the Lake Elsinore theft and a theft that had occurred in Eastvale earlier that day,” Thomas said.

The investigation into the theft is ongoing and anyone with information should contact Deputy Noel at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station 951-245-3300.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

“During that time, on CCDC’s behalf, Warren applied for three grants from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration,” according to the indictment.

The Department of Labor awarded CCDC the grants, all of which required that the money be used on authorized expenditures.

“Warren allegedly embezzled approximately $101,000 of CCDC’s grant money and caused it to be used on wedding and travel expenses, including a $25,000 payment to her spouse’s personal credit card,” according to the news release.

According to the news release, Warren controlled CCCF from at least March 2020 to approximately February 2023. During that time, on CCCF’s behalf, Warren applied for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant.

“After CCCF was awarded the SAMHSA grant, Warren embezzled approximately $127,500 of the grant money to her personal Coinbase account, where she purchased various cryptocurrencies,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged.

The United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General and the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General investigated the case which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cory L. Burleson of the Riverside Branch Office.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

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Teacher leaves his legacy at local high school

After achieving many firsts throughout his life, Jordan Smith is teaching his final computer science course at Mountain View High School this semester. In the years since he began teaching at the San Jacinto campus, he has helped students at the alternative high school achieve goals not offered to them in the past.

Following specialized training through the Riverside County Office of Education, Smith offered an Advanced Placement Computer Science course, the first AP Computer Science course offered at any alternative high school in California. Kenneth Swanson, principal of Mountain View and Mountain Heights Academy within the San Jacinto Unified School District, said the past two years were the first time that any of his schools’ students had taken an AP exam in any subject.

Mountain Heights Academy independent study students also have the opportunity to take Smith’s courses. “To be successful in an AP class, students need to be with their teacher,” Swanson, who has been principal for about eight years and was assistant principal for three years prior, said. “All the students in Dr. Smith’s AP courses have very good attendance.”

Smith was named Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year in 2023, one of only 10 chosen, for his work with under-represented and socio-economically disadvantaged high school students. In the past, he was named Teacher of the Year at his school and California State Senate Employee of the Year. He has been a San Jacinto Education Foundation Mini-Grant recipient nine times. Smith recently received an award for Education Excellence from SJUSD.

While attending the private Christian Brothers College Military Institute from 1968-1972, in his home state of Missouri, Smith became the first African American to achieve the Cadet Lieutenant Colonel rank.

“I was fortunate enough to go to this prestigious school and it’s where I began working with computers,” Smith said.

A military leader

Upon graduation, he was the first African American recipient of the Damian Saber Award for Military Leadership. As a result, he was nominated and received a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1972, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics.

“It was mandatory that students take two years of computer science,” Smith said. “I had a slide rule, no calculator. We used teletype to do basic programming.”

While at Annapolis, Smith became the first African American to be chosen as the 17th Color Company Commander in the 131year history of the Naval Academy. After graduation, he served 20 years as a United States Marine reaching the rank of Major as a Logistics Officer.

Advanced technologist

“I went out on the USS Midway in the summer of 1973,” Smith said. “I was introduced to advanced technology on the ship; things that weren’t available to the average household yet. I bought a computer and programmed it to streamline my work and improve our attendance program.”

Because he already understood the basic language needed to program computers, that put him ahead of his peers and he was assigned to work in logistics that enriched the lives of all Marines.

After leaving the Marine Corps, he worked with his son who was struggling with geometry at the time, and he was able to help him turn his grades around.

“I realized I could teach different ways to approach the subject of math and at age 50 I decided to become a teacher,” Smith, of Hemet, said.

20 years teaching

He began his teaching career with the San Jacinto Unified School District about 20 years ago, starting at San Jacinto High School as a math teacher and department chairperson. After eight years, he began teaching math and computer science at Mountain View. Several years ago, he became a member and chairperson of visiting committees for the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) for continuation, adult education, alternative education and comprehensive high schools.

Smith continued his higher education while teaching and earned his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction in 2015, his Master’s in Secondary Education in 2006 and a Master’s in Administration & Services Credential in 2017.

During his years in the classroom, Smith found that many students missed out on foundational math concepts when they were younger but got promoted to the next grade anyway. However, when they reach high school and they must pass the mandatory state

math “exit exam,” their lack of knowledge becomes a barrier to their graduation.

“I use diagnostics to find ways to fill in the holes of what they didn’t learn, and this environment allows me to individualize the approach,” Smith said. “I’m like the doctor and as we find remedies, the student’s confidence improves. I like to turn the light on as they learn math vocabulary as part of the computer science classes.”

A public speaker

As a public speaker, advocate, author and educational consultant, Smith has found his work with under-represented students to be quite rewarding. “I see Mountain View as a second-chance place,” he said. “These kids are not stupid at all; they just didn’t have the right motivation. I believe in my students. When they leave me, they are ready to be successful. They have a solid foundation and I give them the tools and resources they need.”

One of the first students to enroll in his AP Computer Science course

was Donald Downs, currently a senior at Mountain View High School. After he passed the class, Smith got certified to teach the next level course and six more students enrolled. This school year, 18 students started the class. Some have since graduated but half are scheduled to take the AP exam this month. Smith showed them the pathway and they showed interest.

“This is a pathway I can offer that they don’t see anywhere else,” Smith said. “I’m an ambassador for the program and an advocate for the program. Right now, I have all the tools to do that; this is a life-changer.”

An added incentive was offering the opportunity for students to earn a letterman’s jacket. They can receive the jacket after completing one semester of the AP computer science course and get a letter added after completing the second semester. Downs was the first student in the school’s history to receive a letterman’s jacket and he wears it proudly.

After earning the Amazon Fu-

ture Engineer Teacher of the Year last year, Smith was awarded $30,000; $5,000 for himself and $25,000 to use for student enrichment. “I wanted to find things to motivate more students to join the classes,” he said. He purchased top-of-the-line video gaming chairs, Raspberry Pi Kits, Robotic Kits, Diagnostic Curriculum for fundamental math skills, varsity letterman jackets, AP study guides, markers for the whiteboard desks, and wi-fi transmitters to connect the three huge flatscreens provided by the district. Smith and his students have a state-of-the-art STEM lab to promote math and computer science learning. Scholarship programs Smith has also worked with his students to apply for the Amazon scholarship program which offers 400 students seeking a computer science degree $40,000 each. They are also offered a three-month internship at the same rate as regular employees, which can be as much see TEACHER, page B-2

B-1 Valley News • • May 17, 2024 Volume 24, Issue 20 B Section
Dr. Jordan B. Smith Jr. is teaching his last semester at Mountain View High School in San Jacinto. Math and computer science teacher Jordan Smith works with student Dylan Deweese at Mountain View High School, April 17. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photos Jordan Smith has authored four books and plans to publish more after leaving his teaching position at Mountain View High School in June.

Temecula Valley chamber honors students in April

The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month program, recognizing and inspiring academic excellence since the 1992-1993 school year, held its final awards breakfast of the 2023-2024 school year Thursday, April 25, at the Murrieta Sizzler restaurant, 40489 Murrieta Hot Springs Road. Sally A. Myers, founder of the nonprofit, welcomed everyone and shared the mission of the local high school recognition program which sets the criteria for the students who are chosen.

College or trade school bound seniors are honored for their character, their love of learning and their willingness to participate in numerous activities such as campus events, athletics and community service as well as how they have persevered through challenging life circumstances. They accomplish all this in a setting that honors God, country, community, family and free enterprise.

Backpacks filled with gifts, certificates of recognition and much more were donated by the program’s sponsors to the award recipients. Each student was invited to the podium to share their personal story, past challenges and future goals with a room full of supporters that included principals, teachers, peers and family members, as well as community and school district dignitaries.

April’s students of the month are Chaparral High School’s Yagnasri Chilukuri, Great Oak High School’s Connor Morgan, Linfield Christian High School’s Charys Hong and Anna Roth, Rancho Vista High School’s Arnold Ambris Perez, Susan H. Nelson High School’s Ashley Archer and Temecula Valley High School’s Kameron Phillips.

Yagnasri Chilukuri

Chaparral High School Assistant Principal Ingrid Taylor introduced Chilukuri as an Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma Program student who also serves as a group section leader in the school band. She will attend University of California San Diego as a data science major.

“The most important lesson I learned throughout my high school career is that in order to keep the human mind wanting to pursue our goals, one must balance art, whether it be in the form of music or taking a pencil to a sheet of paper with our studies,” Chilukuri said. “The greatest contribution I have made to my community has been

as $9,000 per month.

“America’s demographics have changed; we need diverse programmers for our diverse population,” he said.

When Smith leaves the Mountain View campus in June, he will undoubtedly continue to share his ideas of what he has been doing by presenting at more conferences and writing more books. Currently the author of four books on math, leadership, A.I. and his personal experience with diversity in the military and beyond, Smith will focus his attention on his newly launched company, Annapolis Creed. For more information,

Once Smith leaves, the students will still benefit from the program that math teacher Karin Lee will oversee. Swanson gives all the credit for this program’s success to Smith and Lee. “They chose to attend the RCOE training for AP in the summertime; I just allocated the funds,” Swanson said. “We have a shared leadership model at MVHS. Staff members are always looking for new and innovative approaches toward learning. I’m happy to let them try new things and bring new opportunities to our students.”

during my years as flute section leader along with being a pianist on the side. Through this experience I have learned how to balance fellowship with leadership.”

Connor Morgan Principal Aimee Ricken from Great Oak said Morgan is an exceptional achiever who meets every standard of spirit. He will be attending University of California Los Angeles in the fall, majoring in psychology. Morgan said he likes being very involved and strives to get others involved. One powerful lesson he learned is the general principle to learn for the sake of learning, not to just focus on the grade or the end result. He is proud to be tutoring elementary school students, helping young students find their passions

“There is no such thing as objective perfection but if you go out there and find your own subjective perfection and something that makes you happy and feel fulfilled, that sounds pretty perfect to me,” Morgan said.

His teacher Evan Moore said although Morgan is really busy with International Baccalaureate classes, school activities, music and volunteer work, he can juggle it all and never makes excuses.

Charys Hong Linfield Christian High School honored two outstanding seniors this month. Teacher John W. Mitchell said Hong’s peers look to her as a standard of excellence.

“When students ask for examples of projects, I often turn to Charys’ past assignments,” he said. “She is a critical thinker who can clearly articulate her thoughts and leads others in collaborative settings.”

Hong is a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, ASB, California Scholarship Federation, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society and has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for three years in a row for serving her community more than 100-plus hours. She earned the Top Scholar Athlete award for the second year in a row for maintaining the highest GPA on the varsity girls’ volleyball team, where she serves as captain. Hong plans to attend Stanford University to pursue a career in senior care. She couldn’t attend the breakfast due to a mandatory commitment for incoming students at the university.

Anna Roth

Principal Carrie Washburn introduced Roth as the second student chosen as Linfield Christian’s Student of the Month for April. In reflecting on her contribution

to the school, Roth said she has been captain of the volleyball team in her junior and senior years, served on ASB and was a student ambassador.

“At the end of the day, what matters is how you show up daily, how you treat everyone and how you enrich yourself and others through the relationships you build,” she said. “I believe my biggest contribution to my community is the love and respect that I show toward others through daily interactions, big or small. It’s essential that we give back.”

Roth will attend Biola University’s Snyder School of Cinema & Media Arts to study film and broadcasting, which will allow her to share her stories and experiences and express her vision creatively.

“I believe the more we pour into others, the more we gain,” she said.

Her English teacher Melissa Blades describes Roth as “sunshine in human form.”

Arnold Ambris Perez

Tim Dignan, director of alternative education and career technical education at Temecula Valley Unified School District, stood in for current Principal David Schlottman who wrote an introduction for Ambris Perez, describing him as a true success story. He cited a quote from German businessman and religious leader Dieter F. Uchtdorf who said, “It’s your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s

story will develop.” Schlottman said Ambris Perez has learned some major life lessons that have shaped his future. Ambris Perez said his lack of motivation was holding him back, but it took a car accident that almost killed his best friend to help him realize it.

“I wanted to start living the right way,” he said. He took advantage of all the resources Rancho Vista had to offer and was able to graduate earlier than planned.

“I learned that sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s almost taken from you,” Ambris Perez said. “I learned I don’t want to take this life for granted and I want to accomplish as much as I can during this time I have on earth.”

He plans to attend a trade school to become an electrical lineworker.

Ashley Archer Dignan also read an introduction for Archer in the absence of Susan H. Nelson High School Principal David Schlottman that spoke to her passion for helping others. Archer’s friends describe her as loving, spiritual and compassionate.

“The greatest lesson and truth in my heart is that we will never look into the eyes of someone who Jesus doesn’t love,” Archer said.

“This is a lesson that changed everything for me – the way I see people, the way I interact with them, the way I love them.”

She will attend Vanguard University to study theology and pastoral leadership in hopes of

becoming a pastor and chaplain, “caring for the hearts of God’s beautiful people.”

Her teacher Sara Wardak said, “Ashley’s aura exudes love, compassion and understanding and she makes an effort to connect with people that leaves a lasting impression on you. She’s contagiously optimistic, which enlightens others.”

Kameron Phillips Temecula Valley High School Principal Donna Lione introduced Phillips as an athlete scholar who is a star wrestler and a martial arts master who loves the thrill of competition. He has overcome many injuries and said friends would describe him as a hardworking, positive fast learner. Kameron said the biggest life lesson is one he learned from his wrestling coaches and that is to have gratitude. He also knows it’s important to train the mind as much as the body, which is why he devotes time to his academics and not just his sports. He works as a lifeguard to give back to his community. He will attend either the University of Northern Colorado or the Colorado School of Mines to study engineering and business while he continues to wrestle.

“After college I want to invest my time in MMA on the road to becoming a UFC champion,” Phillips said. For more information, contact program chair Amber Poncy at 951-676-5090 or http://temecula. org/student-of-the-month.

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Recipients of the Temecula Valley Student of the Month award for April are, from left Connor Morgan, Anna Roth, Arnold Ambris Perez, Ashley Archer, Kameron Phillips and Yagnasri Chilukuri. Not pictured: Charys Hong. Valley News/John P. Hess photo
The MVHS computer science classroom is equipped with top-of-the-line video gaming chairs and wi-fi transmitters to connect the three huge flatscreens. These are just some of the improvements made possible from teacher Jordan Smith being named an Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year. Valley News/Diane
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SJVC holds Spring Open House at Temecula Campus

Kim Harris Special to Valley News

San Joaquin Valley College

Temecula held its Spring Open House Wednesday, May 8, giving prospective students, neighbors and anyone interested in exploring new career opportunities the chance to learn more about the school.

During the event attendees viewed demonstrations, met instructors, toured the campus, viewed training equipment, and asked faculty and staff numerous questions in their quest to learn about the college’s numerous de-

gree programs in the medical, dental, business and industrial fields. SJVC Temecula offers degrees in high-demand jobs including clinical medical assisting, pharmacy technology, respiratory therapy, dental hygiene, surgical technology, electrical technology and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R).

For more information on San Joaquin Valley College, located at 27270 Madison Avenue Ste. 103 in Temecula including a full list of programs, call 951-296-6015 or visit temecula.



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Lake Elsinore resident Grant Manley honored at College of Arts and Sciences Senior Award Ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Western New England University held its College of Arts and Sciences Senior Awards Ceremony on April 19 in the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy. The University honored 16 graduating seniors, selected based on their academic achievement in their major or their overall class standing. Grant Manley of Lake Elsinore received the Excellence in Political Science Award. For the outstanding graduating senior in Political Science. The award was presented by Peter Fairman, Associate Pro-

fessor of Political Science. Manley is working toward a BA in Political Science. Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing workready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its

90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 45,104 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut. To learn more about Western New England University, visit

Temecula offers Leadership Academy and Youth Entrepreneur programs at the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur’s Exchange

TEMECULA – The Temecula Valley Entrepreneur’s Exchange, 43200 Business Park Drive, offers fun and educational programs coming in July for high school students.

The Leadership Academy Program provides students transitioning from high school with vital skills to carry out prosperous lives as adults. The three core sections of the program include: career education, college readiness and power skills. Activities include building a resume, letter of recommendation, cover letter workshop, CPR class and FAFSA workshop.

It is a two-week program, which runs Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. The class fee is $10 and begins Wednesday, July 3. The Youth Entrepreneur Program provides high school students the opportunity to learn about creating, maintaining and growing a small business from local business owners in the community. Students will learn mar-

keting, business development and planning, budgeting, business pitching and business law. This is a two-week program, which runs Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. The class fee is $25 and begins Wednesday, July 17.

“Temecula’s Workforce Development Programs are preparing high school students for their future careers,” Temecula Mayor James “Stew” Stewart said. “We are training tomorrow’s leaders through education, internships and entrepreneurship programming. It is very important that our youth are not only mentally ready, but also professionally and financially equipped for the real world.”

The Leadership Academy and Youth Entrepreneur programs are designed for students ages 14 to 18 years. Visit http://TemeculaCA. gov/Register to register now. For more information on these programs, email WorkPrograms@ Submitted by city of Temecula.

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[Right] San Joaquin Valley College campus in Temecula hosts an open house event a number of their medical education programs, May 8. Valley News/Shane Anna Gallegos (right), SJVC admissions advisor, gives a tour of the Temecula campus to guests interested in enrolling in their medical education programs during an open house event. Guests learn about the college's Medical Office Administration program during the SJVC Temecula campus open house event. Marie Morin, SJVC pharmacy technician instructor, demonstrates pharmacy technician tasks during an open house event. SJVC pharmacy technician students Luis Paniagua (center) and Sara Gonzales (right) demonstrate pharmacy technician tasks during an open house event at the Temecula campus. Grant Manley, left, received the Excellence in Political Science Award at the Senior Awards Ceremony for Western New England University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The award was presented by Peter Fairman, Associate Professor of Political Science, right.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Find something to do!

To submit an upcoming community event, email it to, put “attention events” in the subject line.


May 18 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth Fair at Lazy Creek Park, 26430 Lazy Creek Road, Menifee. Children and families can learn about youth programs in the Menifee community.


May 17 - 10 a.m. Temecula Valley Museum announced a new Temecula Art Mural at Sam Hicks Monument Park, 41970 Moreno Road, Temecula, to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. It was created by students at Great Oak High School.

May 18 - 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 16th annual Santa Rosa Plateau Garden Party and “Spring into Swing” at the 10-acre William & Stephanie Lake Estate in La Cresta on the Santa Rosa Plateau; garden vendors, UC Master Gardeners, lunch available on site, wine bar, live music, and jazz concert in the garden. Tickets $25 to $35 for the tour and $30-$40 for Jazz only. For all and VIP $95 to $105. For reservations and more information see

May 18 - 10 a.m. City of Temecula’s third annual Culturefest in commemoration of World Day for Cultural Diversity. This free community-wide, signature special event takes place in Old Town Temecula at the Temecula Civic Center Quad & Town Square Park, 41000 Main Street. Experience various cultures, heritages, and traditions from around the world through live music, dancing, special performances, and fun activities for the entire family.

May 18 - 9:30 a.m. Menifee Valley Historical Association Field Trip to the Wickerd Farm, 26852 Scott Road. See California native plants, hayrides, Grandmother Oak. See or call 951-514-5206 for more information

May 18 - 5 a.m. Lake Elsinore Fishing Derby begins. $15,000 in cash prizes. Sign up at for a day of fishing at Lake Elsinore.

May 18-19 - 5 p.m. Temecula/ Lake Elsinore Water Festival at Elm Grove Beach, Public Beach, 700 W. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Elsinore. Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the water. See temecula for information.

May 19 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Made Local presents On Main Sundays in Lake Elsinore at 169 N. Main St. Shop local vendors, family and pet friendly. Food, drinks and music. Free event.

May 24 - 7:30 a.m. Banner Village Park Grand Opening at 29469 Falcon Hill Drive, Menifee.

May 27 - 9 a.m. to noon. Menifee Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Road, Menifee. Honor the brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice and passed away serving our country with a special remembrance ceremony.

May 31 - 7-10 p.m. Menifee

Moonlight Market Rock and Roll event at Centennial Park, 31166 Shire Horse Way, Menifee.

ONGOING – Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. The Sun City Farmers Market meets every Saturday at the Sun City Civic Association at 26850 Sun City Blvd., in Sun City with local vendors and crafts.

ONGOING – Riverside Transportation Commission is offering Park and Ride lots to connect with carpools, vanpools and transit systems in Beaumont at 600 E. Sixth Street; in San Jacinto at 501 S. San Jacinto Avenue and in Temecula at Grace Presbyterian Church, 31143 Nicolas Road, open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. but not on weekends.

ONGOING – Line dancing classes are held Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Lake Elsinore/ Wildomar Elks Lodge, 33700 Mission Trail, in Wildomar across from the Animal Friends of the Valleys. Classes have a DJ with learning levels beginning to intermediate. Have fun and exercise at the same time at $5 per lesson. Contact Joyce Hohenadl at 951674-2159

ONGOING – Sun City Civic Association Monthly Square Dance sessions are held Sundays from 1:30-5 p.m. at 26850 Sun City Boulevard.

ONGOING – If you know a homebound older adult, resources in Menifee are available, including grab-and-go, cooked and frozen food for pickup. Courtesy pantry items and meals delivered with no contact. Three days of emergency food can be delivered immediately or restaurant meal delivery for those who don’t qualify for food assistance programs. Call the California Department on Aging at 800-510-2020 for help.

ONGOING – 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Temecula Winchester Swap Meet continues, 33280 Newport Road in Winchester. Saturdays and Sundays only. The small local swap meet is only 50

cents for entry, and anyone under age 10 is free admission. No dogs allowed.

ONGOING – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Every Sunday, Murrieta Village Walk Farmers Market is at Village Walk Place in Murrieta. The Sunday morning farmers market at Village Walk Plaza is a place to buy fruits and veggies, gourmet food and crafts. Come to the center in the northwest corner of Kalmia/ Cal Oaks at the Interstate 215 exit in Murrieta.

ONGOING – Temecula’s Farmers Markets are offered in Old Town Temecula Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, 4100 Main Street in Temecula; at Promenade Temecula, 40640 Winchester Road, outside JCPenney every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Vail Headquarters, 32115 Temecula Parkway, every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Riverside County Public Health orders, the farmers markets will be restricted to agriculture products only. Follow the Old Town Temecula Farmers Market on Facebook to stay updated. No pets allowed.


May 16 - 6-8

MilVet Military Care Package packing event at 33040 Antelope Road, Murrieta. $25 suggested donation to help with mailing to overseas troops. Public invited to participate but RSVP is required. See www. Non -perishable foods, coffee, disposable razors are welcome.

May 17 - City of Menifee public survey offered to residents to determine if and where a new community center should come into the city. For the survey, see https://form.jotform. com/24081539251915

May 18 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Escondido High School Golden Reunion (50+ years). Calling all Escondido High School graduates and alumni for the reunion, taking place at the football stadium at Escondido High School, located at 1535 N. Broadway in Escondido. Lunch catered by Wrangler BBQ. Tickets are $45 per person online, $5 more at the door, and include food, soda, and water. Tickets and more info online at

May 21 - 10:30 a.m. The Temecula Valley Republican Women group presents its monthly meeting with Pearls and Patriots, a Mother’s Day theme with featured speaker Kimberly Fletcher from


Moms for America at the Wilson Creek Winery, 35960 Rancho California Road in Temecula. RSVP by May 16 at

ONGOING – Temecula Valley Genealogical Society hosts the Family History Research Assistance Program for those interested in learning more about their family roots. The society offers free research assistance through this volunteer program. Appointments are available in person or via Zoom. Contact the TVGS Family Research Coordinator at tvgs.

ONGOING – Temecula’s Path of Honor at the Temecula Duck Pond, 28250 Ynez Road. A program to give a place to remember and honor veterans from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and the World War II Merchant Marines with a permanent paver. Pavers cost $185. Orders may be placed year-round and are consolidated, engraved and placed on the path annually each November. For more information, visit Veterans or contact the Temecula Community Services Department at 951-694-6480.

ONGOING – Want to help deployed American troops remotely? Help shop for the most needed items without leaving home as an easy way to help support deployed men and women by purchasing items remotely and having them delivered to MilVet at designated drop-off locations for packing. All items on the list are special requests from deployed military men and women. MilVet is a nonprofit organization that holds monthly packaging events at different community locations in the area. For drop-off locations and packaging locations, visit www.

ONGOING – Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the third Monday of each month at the Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 Sixth Street, in Temecula from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, email gaugustin206@gmail. com or join the meeting.

ONGOING – Sons of Norway/ Scandinavia meets at noon the first Saturday of every month, September to June, at the Heritage Mobile Park Clubhouse, 31130 S. General Kearny Road, in Temecula.

ONGOING – Menifee Community Services offers online driver’s education courses for a $21.95 fee. The course includes animated driving scenarios, instructional videos, sample tests, licensed instructor available to answer questions, DMV-approved certificate of completion with all lectures

Movie review: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’


In this era of constant reboots and re-imaginings and the like, “Planet of the Apes” has had a pretty successful run. 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was such a big hit both commercially and critically that pundits were talking about an unprecedented motion-capture-based Oscar nomination for Andy Serkis as lead ape Caesar (it didn’t happen, but it was fun to speculate). Two follow-up films in 2014 and 2017 weren’t shabby either, and it looked like the series was going to stop at a taut little trilogy. But now we’re back with “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” which takes place in the same continuity as Caesar without overextending the neatlywrapped arc.

Set 300 years after Caesar’s passing, apes have taken over the world landscape, while humanity is all but wiped out. The apes have formed tribes and communities, and even taken to domesticating animals like horses. Our new hero Noa (Owen Teague) is part of a tribe that trains eagles, even bonding with them like family members. He and his friends Soona (Lydia Peckham) and Anaya (Travis Jeffrey) make risky climbs to pick out the best eggs for a ceremony to impress leaders Dar (Sara Wiseman) and Koro (Neil Sandilands), Noa’s mother and

father, respectively. Noa has a rare encounter with a human, followed by an even worse encounter with a malevolent ape army that ransacks his village and takes surviving tribe members hostage.

Left for dead, Noa soon sets out on a mission to rescue what little remains of his home and family. He meets wizened old ape Raka (Peter Macon), who becomes his mentor. He also re-encounters human Mae (Freya Allan) and the two form an unlikely bond, even though the two species have been feuding for generations. They’re eventually captured by head pillager Sylva (Eka Darville) and taken to the titular Kingdom. The good news is that Noa is reunited with the rest of his tribe, the bad news is that they’re all enslaved by mad king Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand).

Surprisingly, Proximus doesn’t hate humans as much as the other apes in these movies. He likes their culture and even keeps one (William H. Macy) as a sort of pet. Unfortunately, his love of humans has led to him picking up some of their worst tendencies, like greed and manipulation and a thirst for power. He’s convinced that if he can get into a locked human vault, he can use the human “knowledge” (mostly weapons) inside to take over the world. Noa and Mae agree that they can’t let that happen, but they have different, and perhaps conflicting motivations.

To be honest, until it reaches the Kingdom, this movie drags. The destruction of the peaceful village is just so expected from this kind of movie, as is the journey filled with unlikely friendships. Fortunately things pick up toward the end, with the psychology of shifting loyalties and some memorable action. Let’s just say that this movie adds another chapter to this franchise’s complex history with gun violence.

The exciting conclusion is admittedly quite successful in making the audience (including myself, since I’m recommending it) forget what a slog the movie was beforehand. “Kingdom” is going to do well enough that we’ll probably see another “Planet of the Apes” in the near future, and sure, I’m interested enough to stay with this continuity for a while. No character in this movie is as memorable as Serkis’ Caesar, of course, but I’d like to see how some relationships and journeys develop. It won’t happen for this movie, but who knows, maybe a future installment can finally score one of the apes that elusive Oscar nomination.

Grade: B-

“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence/action. Its running time is 145 minutes.

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ONGOING – 10-11:30 a.m. Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center and The Elizabeth Hospice host a virtual support meeting for caregivers every second and fourth week of the month via Zoom. Get helpful tips and learn from others who are also dealing with similar challenges. For more information and to register, contact The Elizabeth Hospice Grief Support Services at 833-349-2054.

ONGOING – Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a free 12step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia, has meetings throughout the U.S. and the world. Contact 781932-6300, or for local meetings, call 925-321-0170 or visit www.

ONGOING – The Murrieta Garden Club meets each month at the Murrieta Community Center, 41810 Juniper St. Anyone who likes to garden or is interested in plants is welcome. Membership is $10 per year. Find more information about the monthly event or project on Facebook.

ONGOING – Temecula Valley Rose Society meets each month. For more information and new meeting dates and places, visit www.temeculavalleyrosesociety. org

ONGOING – Menifee Toastmasters meets every Thursday at noon for one hour at a designated place to have fun, enhance speaking capabilities, gain self-confidence and improve social skills. For new dates, call 760-807-1323 or visit for more information.

ONGOING – Homeless veterans can receive free help by dialing 877-424-3838 for 24/7 access to the VA’s services for homeless, at-risk veterans. Chat is confidential for veterans and friends. Visit

ONGOING – The Dorland Scribblers meet the second Sunday of each month from 1-3 p.m. at 36701 Highway 79 South, Temecula. We welcome fiction, non-fiction, poets, memoir and screenwriters. We host writingcraft discussions; attendees may read up to a five-minute excerpt from their work for feedback/ critique. RSVP at html.

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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Temecula now accepting vendor applications for Health & Community Resource Fair

Kim Harris Special to Valley News

Temecula announced it is now accepting vendor applications for its 12th annual 2024 Health & Community Resource Fair scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28. Guidelines for vendors are also available.

“We are seeking vendors in the fields of health and wellness that can provide free health screenings, community resources, emergency preparedness, public safety awareness, and more,” the city said in a news release announcing its search.

The event, once again sponsored by Temecula Valley Hospital, is designed to provide the community with the lates t information on health-related resources and services around the Temecula Valley. Vendors typically include a wide range of nonprofit organizations from the region, highlighting services from health, wellness, special needs and military and veteran services.

“We are proud to have the Temecula Valley Hospital as our principal contributor once again this year, providing advanced hospital technology, screenings, services and more,” the city said.

To be a vendor at the Health & Community Resource Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Temecula Civic Center and Town Square, 41000 Main Street, apply online at HealthFair.

For more information on the Health & Community Resource Fair, call 951-694-6480 ext. 4160, or follow Temecula Community Services on social media @TemeculaParksAndRec. Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

Temecula unveils new temporary mural Mental Health Matters at Sam Hicks Monument Park

TEMECULA – The City of

Temecula, Community Services Department, and the Temecula Valley Museum announce a new Temecula Art Mural at Sam Hicks Monument Park, located at 28300 Mercedes Street. This temporary public art piece recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month. The mural presents the theme: Mental Health Matters and showcases the incredible skill of 24 students from Great Oak High School.

The Temecula Art Mural Project

Graduating with class and safety

Graduation is upon us, and we want to make sure we graduate with our class safely this year.

Let’s start with the first class: Underage drinking can result in tragedy so let’s keep those critical lines of communication open when it comes to talking about the dangers of underage drinking, driving and graduation parties and events.

Next, who’s behind the wheel? Are your kids or is a friend driv-

ing? Is there a designated driver, or will they be renting a limo?

Make sure your teen has a way of contacting you and you can contact your teen; warn them of the dangers of talking or texting while driving. Let’s not have any hidden agendas! Get the evening’s itinerary as well as a list of names and phone numbers of each person with your teen. Insist that no changes be made to the evening itinerary unless you grant permission. Know who is supervising all events in which your teen is participating.

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Make sure your teen has money to cover alternative transportation costs (Cab/Uber/Lyft), if necessary

Make sure your teen knows how to handle difficult situations; avoiding or accepting a ride from a drunk driver, rejecting offers of alcohol or legal and illegal drugs, and not succumbing to pressure to engage in sexual activity.

And parents, the same lesson here goes for you. Set an example of responsibility and accountability to your children.

For additional graduation safe-

seeks to support local artists by providing a space to showcase their craft. Artists have the opportunity to paint a large-scale mural on varying topics, facilitated by Bigfoot Art Classes. For the months of May and June, we recognize the importance of mental health.

GOHS Seniors, Fionna Hoffman & Mia Osborne state about their mural, “This mural shows the fact that like a tree, your mental health needs to be nurtured and taken care of, but it can also grow and become

strong like a large tree. The flowers, bark of the tree, and leaves of the tree symbolize how we all need to come together to truly grow as strong as we can and to create the best lives for each other and ourselves.”

The museum will also celebrate Mother’s Day & Father’s Day through facts and free crafts in the museum’s Art and Education Room. All are welcome! For more information, call 951-694-6450. Submitted by City of Temecula.

ty, talk to your local school administrators. Congratulations Grads - let’s do it with class and with safety! Sam DiGiovanna is a 35-year fire service veteran. He started with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, served as fire chief at the Monrovia Fire Department and currently serves as chief at the Verdugo Fire Academy in Glendale.

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The 2024 Health & Community Resource Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28. Valley News/Courtesy photo A new mural has been unveiled at Sam Hicks Monument Park and is currently on display. Valley News/Courtesy photo

McSweeny Farms hosts record-breaking community yard sale

Over 60 homes participated in the annual sale

HEMET – McSweeny Farms, a master plan community in Hemet, hosted its largest community yard sale to date with more than 60 homes participating in the event Saturday, April 6. Hundreds of shoppers came to shop at the annual yard sale sponsored by McSweeny Farms’ developer Raintree.

“The McSweeny Farms Community Yard Sale is a perfect way for neighbors to get to know

each other and enjoy their beautiful community,” Patrick Parker, president of Raintree, said. “It’s a perfect opportunity to get out with the family, meet new people and just enjoy each other’s company.”

With trucks and trailers in tow, hundreds of shoppers found bargains on items including furniture, bikes, camping gear, clothing, children’s items, patio furniture and even a golf cart.

“The sun came out just in time

for the sale, making for a beautiful day and a great turnout,” Michelle Steffani, McSweeny Farms resident and member of the McSweeny Farms Social Committee, said. “As my husband and I rode our bikes through the neighborhood we saw numerous shoppers purchasing some great items. Most homes were sold out towards the end of the sale.”

Raintree sponsors the event as an opportunity for neighbors to

get to know each other. The developer also sponsors annual summer events, a Trunk-or-Treat event in October and a holiday tree lighting in December at the community.

McSweeny Farms hosts community yard sales in the fall and spring. This year, residents can look forward to the Fall Community Yard Sale Saturday, Sept. 14.

To learn more about McSweeny Farms, visit

McSweeny Farms is a master plan community in Hemet that offers new homes from America’s most trusted home builders, including Richmond American Homes and its Alta and Solterra collection of single and two-story homes. For more information on new homes at McSweeny Farms, visit communities/. Submitted by McSweeny Farms.

County Waste Department offers free compost at landfills in Beaumont and Moreno Valley

RIVERSIDE COUNTY – The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources has been making compost from organic clean green waste material processed at the Lamb Canyon Landfill compost facility and will make the finished compost material available for free.

Piles of finished compost will be available to participants that want to load their own material. Lamb Canyon has been diverting clean green organic waste from landfilling by composting onsite and is now making nutrient rich compost available for free. Guests can load the material into their vehicles using their own shovels, scoops or buckets. Take compost home to incorporate into garden soil or use as mulch to help hold moisture in the soil during arid hot summers. There are many benefits to using compost in a garden like enriching soil, increasing moisture retention, improving drainage, suppressing weeds and improving plant

health. Recycling organic material through composting reduces methane gas generated from landfills and helps reduce methane gas that contributes to climate change.

Free compost is available during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Badlands Landfill, 31125 Ironwood Avenue in Moreno Valley, and at Lamb Canyon Landfill, 16411 Lamb Canyon Road in Beaumont. Landfills close promptly at 4:30 p.m., and the public must complete loading their material and leave the site by 4:30 p.m.

All visitors must check in at the Gate Fee Booth/Scale House before entering the landfill.

High-visibility safety vests and closed-toe shoes are required while visiting the landfill.

Visitors are required to bring their own tools, such as gloves, shovels, bags and buckets, to collect compost. Vehicle loads must be secured

or covered in a manner which will prevent compost from falling, spilling or blowing out while the vehicle is in motion.

Composted material is on a first-come first-served basis until the supply is exhausted.

The free compost program supports Riverside County efforts to comply with Senate Bill 1383 jurisdiction requirements and reduce organic waste from being landfilled. The Waste Resources Department offers a variety of free environmental education classes and programs related to waste reduction and sustainability. Class instructors provide attendees with professional learning and instructional materials that demonstrate environmental diversion themes such as composting, recycling and green cleaning. These programs are offered to increase awareness of waste reduction and advantages of recycling to help preserve valuable space in county landfills.

For more information, contact

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McSweeny Farms neighbors participate in the spring yard sale. Valley News/Courtesy photos Various toys sit in front of a home in hopes of being played with again during the McSweeny Farms community yard sale. Compost is available for free at the Badlands Landfill in Moreno Valley and Lamb Canyon Landfill in Beaumont. Residents must bring their own tools, wear appropriate apparel, and be able to secure or cover the compost to prevent it from spilling when vehicles are in motion. Valley News/Courtesy photo
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Oh baby! Murrieta, Menifee Kohl’s to feature Babies“R”Us experience

The partnership will allow for the store to carry Babies“R”Us products in addition to Kohl’s existing offerings.

Kim Harris Special to Valley News

Murrieta Kohl’s location at 24661 Madison Avenue in Murrieta is one of 200 stores receiving a Babies“R”Us experience later this year, the company announced recently.

According to a Wednesday, May 8, news release announcing partnership, the shop will create a more comprehensive baby shopping experience for customers, offering the latest in baby gear, furniture, activities, accessories and more.

The Kohl’s at 30252 Haun Road in Menifee will also be included in the inaugural Babies“R”Us experience, the company said, adding that the shops will range from 750 to 2,500 square feet of dedicated space inclusive of baby gear, activity, bath, furniture, feeding and safety products.

While no actual opening date was announced, the partnership between the two businesses will allow for 200 stores to carry Babies“R”Us products in addition to Kohl’s existing offerings.

“The first Babies“R”Us shops will begin opening in August and continue opening through fall, with all 200 shops open in time for the holidays,” Kohl’s said in its announcement.

Kohl’s currently carries baby and childrens’ apparel from brands such as Little Co. by Lauren Conrad, Jumping Beans, Carters, Nike and more.

“This store experience complements Kohl’s expanded online Babies“R”Us assortment available to customers nationwide on Kohls. com,” Kohls said. Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.

Kim Harris Special to Valley News

One well-known local chef has another feather to add to her cap, and this time, it doesn’t involve food.

Chef Leah Delyte Di Bernardo, culinary educator and owner/ founder of E.A.T. Marketplace in Temecula and Hello You’re Welcome in Pasadena, was named as Riverside County’s Third District Volunteer of the Year for 2024 during the Riverside County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, April 30 meeting.

Di Bernardo was presented the

award by Third District Supervisor

Chuck Washington, who said it was the work of the volunteers and nonprofits who “really pulled the county together making it thrive.”

Washington said Di Bernardo was recognized for her volunteerism over the past 22 years, which made an “impressive impact” that “embodied the spirit of empowerment through the remarkable contributions she had made to the community.”

She is the founder of the nonprofit Slow Food Temecula, and according to Washington, she championed the region’s agricultural heritage and helped make

Temecula the culinary haven it is, helping boost the local economy. Di Bernardo has “secured grants for Temecula Valley High School’s regenerative farming project as well as Mt. San Jacinto Community College showcasing her dedication to sustainable dining,” Washington said.

Washington spoke of Di Bernardo’s “compassion and leadership” saying they were “especially notable during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic” when she collaborated with county, state and FEMA authorities to ensure that over 100 senior citizens received three meals a day.”

“Her dedication to preserving the region’s heritage, fostering a safe environment for families and ensuring the agricultural wellbeing of the region is unparallel,” Washington said. Di Bernardo, who brought her mother with her, said that every day she gets to do what she wants to do by “the grace of God.” “My calling to give back is so from my mom and my grandmother, Connie,” she said. “I am really grateful for that, and I am really grateful to be in such a wonderful community with so many people, as Supervisor Washington was saying, the amount of people that

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Di Bernardo, whose E.A.T. Marketplace restaurant was named the Sterling Business of the Year 2024 by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, said that she was “humbled at the opportunity to serve.”

“I think everybody here appreciates those who step up, giving their time and efforts and make a difference,” District Two Supervisor Karen Spiegel said. Kim Harris can be reached by email at kharris@reedermedia. com.


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May 17 – 23, 2024

Golden Bears become first local girls’ lacrosse team to win a CIF-SS title

In an unprecedented display of skill and teamwork, the Temecula Valley girls’ lacrosse team has etched its name into the history books. On Saturday, May 11, at El Modena High’s Fred Kelly Stadium, the Golden Bears outplayed Roosevelt with an 11-5 victory, clinching the Division 3 CIF Southern Section title and becoming the first-ever local team to grasp such an honor.

The match was nothing short of spectacular, as senior Kelsey Lurkins and junior Aubrey Chang led the charge, combining to score seven goals. Their performance underpinned Temecula Valley’s dominant run in the playoffs, where they won four of their five matches by a margin of at least six goals, showcasing their undeniable skill and making a statement on the field.

From the get-go, Temecula Valley (18-6) seized control of the championship game. They initiated an onslaught that saw them go 5-0 up in the opening minutes of the second period. Chang opened the scoring tally 2 1/2 minutes into the match, which was subsequently followed by a series of successful draws that helped the Golden Bears dominate possession. Kerrigan Lurkins and Kelsey Lurkins both found the back of the net, bolstering their lead, while Kaylee Cadez’s goal solidified their advantage early on.

Reflecting on the team’s unity

and camaraderie, Kelsey Lurkins shared, “I think our bonds on and off the field have been very important. You can’t play this sport on your own. You need your teammates. We all came together to make it happen.”

The Golden Bears’ road to victory was nuanced by determination and perseverance. Competing in the Southwestern League, comprising powerhouse teams like Murrieta Mesa, Chaparral, and Vista Murrieta, Temecula Valley finished fourth in the league. However, their resilient performance earned them a coveted spot in the CIF Southern Section’s playoffs, setting the stage for their historic run.

Reflecting on the team’s achievement, head coach Chris Hamill, who has dedicated three decades to coaching at Temecula Valley, remarked, “We always felt like something special could happen if we could just find a way into the playoffs. This year, we finally had a .500 record and got that at-large spot. I told the girls, ‘You’re about to create memories that you’re never going to forget.’”

The elation was intense among the players, especially the seniors, as they realized the magnanimity of their achievement. “It’s so exciting and almost doesn’t feel real,” exclaimed an emotional Lurkins. “We worked so hard for this, out there every day and taking no breaks. I think I started crying during the final seconds today.”

With no CIF Regional or State Championship for lacrosse, the

Division 3 Southern Section title marks the pinnacle of success for these aspiring athletes. The Golden Bears’ triumph not only exemplifies their unmatched skill

and dedication but also serves as a source of inspiration for future generations of girls lacrosse teams in the area. Their victory is a testament to what can be achieved

when talent is combined with relentless hard work and a unified team spirit.

Young BMX cyclists from Canyon Lake set to take on the world

CANYON LAKE – In the vibrant heart of Rock Hill, South Carolina, the 2024 UCI BMX Racing World Championships are unfolding with all the intensity and spectacle expected of such a revered global event. Amidst the fierce competition and international camaraderie, four young athletes from Canyon Lake look to stand out as they represent the United States and their hometown with remarkable determination and skill.

The Journey to the World Stage

Jayson Stubbs (9), Wyatt Williams (11), Madison Thompson (12), and Tyler Wagoner (14) have each carved their path to this prestigious event through varied and demanding qualifying races earlier this year. Their dedication to their sport and incredible achievements have put them in the spotlight at an international level.

Madison Thompson is a name that echoes within the BMX community, not just for her competitive spirit but also for her remarkable achievements at such a young age. Returning to defend her World 2 plate from last year’s competition, Madison is a formidable competitor in the 12 Class U race. She will compete in the 12 Class U race at worlds: 13-16 Girl Cruiser, 13 Girl class Qualifying for 2024 worlds. She won World 6 in 2022 and World 2 in 2023 in 12 and under girl cruiser. Her preparation includes rigorous uphill sprints in her neighborhood and challenging sessions at the pump track. “I love trading jerseys with other countries when racing is over. Southern California’s competitive

spirit really prepares you,” she shared, reflecting on her love for the sport and the community it creates.

Jayson Stubbs, a young powerhouse, will compete in the 10 Challenge Boys category. Having experienced the world championships before in 2023, Jayson is no stranger to the level of competition and camaraderie these events foster. His training routine includes sprints at Eastport launch ramp and skills training at the local pump track. Jayson looks forward to the jersey exchange tradition at Worlds, a testament to the global brotherhood and sisterhood formed through BMX racing.

Wyatt Williams gears up for Class U and 12 Challenge, utilizing the scenic and challenging landscapes of Canyon Lake for his sprints and technical training. “I do sprints on Longhorn Drive on the hill by the Equestrian Center,” Wyatt told the media, describing his intensive preparation regimen. Beyond the track, Wyatt values the friendships and experiences gained through racing, emphasizing the unique global community that BMX fosters.

on his street and in the garage, Tyler’s dedication is as much about the thrill of the race as it is about the moments shared with friends and the BMX community. “My other favorite things to do are hanging with my friends and going swimming in the river,” Tyler shared, highlighting the balanced life these young athletes strive for.

More Than a Race

Training in Canyon Lake has provided these competitors with not just a venue to hone their physical skills but a supportive community that thrives on mutual respect and shared passions. With local tracks like Grand Prix BMX in Perris and others in San Diego, Apple Valley, Chula Vista, and Bellflower, these young athletes have had the opportunity to prepare at some of the best facilities the region has to offer.

As they take on the world in Rock Hill, the young riders from Canyon Lake carry with them not just the hopes of victory, but the spirit of their community. The 2024 UCI BMX Racing World Championships is more than a competition; it’s a celebration of sport, community, and the unifying power of shared passions across diverse cultures.

Tyler Wagoner, competing in the age 15 boys category, brings a mix of discipline and joy to his training and racing. Practicing see LACROSSE, page C-3

The anticipation and excitement for these young athletes as they represent Canyon Lake on the world stage is unmistakable. Beyond the fierce competition, they look forward to the memories they’ll create, the family time they’ll cherish, and the new friends they’ll meet from across the globe. It’s a beautiful reminder that in the heart of competition lies the essence of camaraderie and the enduring bonds formed through shared challenges and triumphs. Original content provided from The Friday Flyer. Send local sports updates to

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The Temecula Valley girls lacrosse team celebrate with the CIF-SS Division 3 plaque after defeating Roosevelt in the championship game, 11-5. Valley News/Courtesy photo Canyon Lake’s Jayson Stubbs, Tyler Wagoner, and Wyatt Williams geared up at a local Pump Track, showcasing their dedication as they set sights on the 2024 UCI BMX Racing World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina May 10-18. Courtesy photo by Michelle Stubbs, originally posted by The Friday Flyer Madison Thompson of Canyon Lake takes to the track as she prepares for the ultimate test of skill and determination at the 2024 UCI BMX Racing World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina May 10-18. Courtesy photo by Nico Van Dartel Photography, originally posted by The Friday Flyer

Heartbreak in extra innings: Rancho Christian baseball falls to Buena Park in Division 7 quarterfinals

TEMECULA – In a nail-biting

CIF Southern Section Division 7 baseball game that went into extra innings, the Rancho Christian Eagles faced off against the Buena Park Coyotes Friday, May 10. Despite a valiant effort and a game filled with suspense, the Eagles were edged out by the Coyotes with a final score of 10-8.

The game remained a close contest throughout, with both teams showcasing their tenacity and skill. Rancho Christian, a youthful team with not a single senior on their roster, demonstrated their impressive development over the season. Their commitment was on full display as they clawed back from a deficit to tie the game, only to succumb in the top of the ninth

inning to Buena Park’s decisive two-run single by Jesus Ramirez. Rancho Christian’s journey to this point had been commendable, marking the deepest playoff run by any local prep baseball team this season. They took second place in the South Valley League and before this loss, which snapped their six-game winning streak, the Eagles had boasted a five-game home winning streak. Rancho Christian overcame opponents Vazquez, 11-1, and Banning, 7-5, in the first and second rounds, respectively.

From the start, the Eagles flew high with sophomore Spencer Horner launching a homer to center field, contributing to their early lead in the second inning.

Teammates Dylan Cookson and AJ Garza also stepped up, driving in crucial runs. However, the team’s otherwise stalwart defense faltered slightly, allowing the Coyotes to even the score later in the game.

On the mound, sophomore Sam Kinard started for the Eagles, displaying a solid performance despite the pressure. Manny Rivera took the hill for Buena Park, managing to prevent further damage despite the Eagles racking up 10 hits over the game.

Sophomore second baseman, Kayson Kobayashi, in relief for Rancho Christian, showed promise but ultimately, walks and some untimely defensive errors from the Eagles proved costly in the decisive moments of the game.

Buena Park’s rally in the ninth inning was indicative of their successful season. Players like Neil Navarro, Cris Agredano, and Ramirez stepped up when it counted, helping secure their victory. Their win over Rancho Christian reflected a season of hard work, bringing their record to an impressive 24-6.

The Rancho Christian Eagles, though disheartened by the loss, have much to be proud of. Their remarkable run in the playoffs, fueled by standout performances from players like Cylis Proffitt, Landon Duguid, and Horner, has set the foundation for a promising future. The team’s young roster suggests we’ll see much more of their developing talent in seasons to come.

With the conclusion of this game, there are no remaining local high school baseball teams in the CIF Southern Section baseball playoffs. The local community now eagerly awaits all-league selections from each of the local leagues, hoping to celebrate the individual achievements from this season’s remarkable talent pool. Send local sports updates to

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Temecula residents looking to get a jump on adult summer and fall sports league registrations can now download their registration packets from the city website. According to a news release issued by the city of Temecula recently, the city offers a variety of recreational Adult Sports Leagues for athletes 18 years and older and team registrations for the upcoming 2024 summer and fall seasons are fast approaching.

“What are you waiting for? Get a group of friends or co- workers together and join in on the action,” the city said.

Sports offered include adult softball, kickball and basketball leagues and each league offers a variety of skill levels.

“So, if you are just a weekend warrior, highly skilled player, or fall somewhere in between, there is a sport and league for you,” the city said.

Games are typically held on weekdays from 6-10 p.m. the city said.

Team registrations for all sports will be held at Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park, 32380 Deer Hollow Way, with softball and kickball registrations scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and basketball registrations scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Do not miss out on the fun,” the city said. For more League information, pricing, dates and to download team registration packets for adult sports leagues, visit http://www. Registration packets now available online for Temecula Adult Sports Leagues Get a jump on summer and fall sports by getting packets now

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Rancho Christian’s Timothy Loza (10) runs down a Buena Park base runner during CIF Playoff action. Valley News/Andrez Imaging Catcher AJ Garza holds on to the ball after the tag for a Buena Park out. Valley News/Andrez Imaging [Right] First baseman Spencer Homer (7) holds a runner from advancing during CIF-SS Division 7 playoff action Friday, May 10. Valley News/Andrez Imaging Kim Harris Special to Valley News

Athletes NIL: Local company revolutionizing the game for student athletes

TEMECULA – In the fastpaced world of college sports, a revolution has emerged that’s changing the game for student athletes. Enter Athletes NIL, a visionary enterprise at the forefront of this transformation.

NIL, short for Name, Image, and Likeness, is the new frontier for college athletes to earn compensation, and Athletes NIL is leading the charge in navigating these uncharted waters. By providing education, representation, and support, Athletes NIL ensures that athletes seize their moment in the lucrative NIL market without falling foul of NCAA rules or team regulations.

Navigating the complex dynamics between athletes,

brands, and educational institutions, Athletes NIL ensures that partnerships are not only profitable but also compliant with NCAA regulations. The earning potential varies, with some athletes bagging million-dollar deals, signifying a seismic shift in college sports culture.

Founded by local Temecula resident, Tonia Sample, Athletes NIL emerges from a blend of passion for sports and resolute entrepreneurship. The business aims to provide life skills and professional training, giving athletes the tools they need to monetize their sports career judiciously and plan their future systematically. They emphasize that NIL deals aren’t reserved for top athletes alone but are an opportunity all sportspeople should explore and capitalize on.

To realize this vision, Athletes NIL focuses on guiding athletes to manage and expand their personal brand—during and beyond their sports careers. They believe that sports serve as a vessel for greater achievements in life, and with proper guidance on NIL deals, athletes can keep playing the game skillfully even after stepping off the field.

Tonia and her team are particularly keen on extending their expertise to high school athletes, helping them shadow the path toward securing NIL deals, thereby prepping them for savvy business dealings in the higher echelons of college sports.

Imagine a world where an athlete’s hard work translates directly to earning potential, where every sprint, dunk, and goal isn’t just a notch on the scoreboard but

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a step toward financial freedom. That’s the reality Athletes NIL seeks to create.

In the past, college athletes have seen their dreams dashed over minor infractions, losing scholarships and opportunities for accepting the smallest kindness.

Athletes NIL corrects this power imbalance, ensuring that student athletes can rightfully benefit from the attention and fandom they attract.

The landscape is ripe with success stories, like that of Tim Tebow, or even Reggie Bush, whose career trajectory could have significantly benefited from such NIL deals. Today, through Athletes NIL, athletes can gain the knowledge and means to monetize their abilities and public persona, striving for financial well-being while still in school.

“In the NIL landscape, the difference between fantasy and reality is you don’t have to be the big fish,” says Tonia, who’s vision has the ability to transcend the playing field.

The team working at Athletes NIL understands that sports serve as a launching pad for broader aspirations. Student athletes are brands unto themselves, and with the right guidance, they can parlay their athletic endeavors into lasting business savvy and life skills.

The narrative of Athletes NIL is not just about those at the pinnacle of college sports; it’s an inclusive vision that extends to high school athletes, educators, and community businesses. The message is clear: You do not have to be a top-tier athlete to benefit from an NIL deal. Sports can be the vehicle for achieving life goals, and Athletes NIL aims to equip athletes with the

skills to manage their brand and finances effectively. Through NIL deals, another great upside is that families can lessen the financial burdens of college fees, which in turn can propel their children towards brighter futures, and foster community visibility.

With Athletes NIL, assistance with declaring and registering for NIL deals comes at no cost—it’s a testament to Tonia’s dedication to athlete empowerment. Their invitation is clear and open to anyone seeking to sponsor a rising star, including grandparents and local businesses. It’s a win-win, a symbiotic relationship between talent and support, foresight, and action, and above all, recognition of an athlete’s worth beyond mere statistics.

“Instead of sports chewing you up and spitting you out, get something out of it,” says Sample. “We have different levels of help to offer our clients, so this is a great way to shift the mindset to start thinking about themselves in a different way.”

Are you a sports brand seeking to align with the values of progress and athlete empowerment? Are you a high school or college athlete ready to take charge of your future? Connect with Athletes NIL and redefine the boundaries of what’s possible in college sports and beyond.

Elevate your game to unprecedented heights with Athletes NIL. Take the first step, sign up online today at www., and play the game well off the field.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia. com

– A. The coaches for Temecula Valley include: head coach Chris Hamill, Hayley Holmquist (assistant coach), and Robert Lurkins (statistician).

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia. com

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A, Kennedy Student-athletes share experiences about NIL advocacy at an NCAA Convention. C. Morgan Engel/NCAA photo The Temecula Valley girls’ lacrosse team embraces victory and the CIF-SS Division 3 plaque after their triumph over Roosevelt, which marks an unprecedented milestone for local teams. A few of the players pose at Fred Kelly Stadium after the Temecula Valley girls claimed their hard-earned CIF-SS Division 3 title with an impressive 11-5 victory against Roosevelt Saturday, May 11. Valley News/Courtesy photo Valley News/Courtesy photo Dewing (Jr) – D, Julia Tiemann (Jr) – M, Janelle Monaghan (Jr) – G, Anjali Baraichi (So) – D, Tavi Barsamin (So) – D, Berlyn Brown (So) – M, Kerrigan Lurkins (So) – A, Kaylee Cadez (Jr) – Barajas The Golden Bears pose for a picture before making history in their CIF-SS Division 3 match Saturday, May 11. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Soboba charity golf tournament up to par once again

one another when it comes to things like this, and I can’t say thank you enough.”

The 12th annual Soboba Foundation and Soboba Casino Resort Charity Golf Tournament was played under blue skies, Tuesday to Thursday, April 2-4. Last year’s event at the Soboba Springs Golf Course transitioned to an indoor cornhole tournament when heavy rains affected any outdoor activities. Golfers said they were glad to be back on the greens this year, with 36 foursomes playing each of the three days, culminating with a banquet at the Soboba Casino Resort Event Center at 5 p.m. every evening.

Jason Cozart, general manager of SCR and tournament director, said this year was another great success.

“It was made possible by all of our wonderful partners, sponsors, volunteers and coordinators,” he said. “I cannot overstate the amount of blood, sweat and tears that are put into this event each and every year by the members of the Soboba Foundation, Andrew Vallejos and his staff with the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, the staff here at Soboba Casino Resort, and the Placencia family who gives so generously with their time and effort.”

Each morning, players were greeted to the course by Soboba Foundation President Dondi Silvas and Foundation Secretary Andy Silvas.

“Being able to check in the golfers gave me an opportunity to put a face to the name and personally thank them for their generosity,” Dondi said.

Soboba Tribal Council Chair Isaiah Vivanco welcomed and thanked all those who attended before the shotgun starts at 10 a.m.

“A lot of what we do and what our foundation does in supporting charities is because of you and your involvement and we appreciate that; it goes a long way,” Vivanco said. “We appreciate the other Tribal leaders that are out here; we support

Nearly a dozen nonprofits benefited from the event, each taking home a $12,000 check for their part in volunteering to assist with various responsibilities throughout the event. From early morning registrations to raffle prize pickups after golfing was done, all were assigned specific duties. Joey and Tara Placencia directed them to their stations as they arrived at the course, eager to help.

Brianna Miller is the philanthropy manager at Voices for Children, a private, nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers who speak up for the needs and well-being of children in foster care. As the only agency designated by the courts to provide CASA volunteers in San Diego and Riverside counties, Voices for Children’s CASAs play a role in helping judges make the most informed decisions for children’s futures.

It was the group’s first year participating in the tournament and provided seven volunteers that were assigned to parking lot duties and overseeing one of the many hole activities/games that were offered throughout the course.

“We raise all of the funds necessary to sustain our program. We do not charge for any of our services,” Miller said. “Our revenue comes from competitive grants from public entities and from private sources, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, who, like Soboba, are committed to the lives of children in foster care.”

She said the tournamentgenerated funds will be used to recruit, train and support additional CASA volunteers to serve more children in foster care in San Jacinto and neighboring communities.

Miller said her favorite part of the event was the opportunity to show appreciation to the Tribe and share

about what Voices for Children does within the local community. She said that the delicious food at the banquet was a nice bonus as well as enjoying the opportunity to personally thank members of the Tribe for their support and to learn about the other benefiting nonprofits.

“We’re grateful to have been selected as beneficiaries for the Soboba Charity Golf Tournament this year,” Jessica Muñoz, president and CEO, said. “The funds that have been invested in our program will make it possible for more vulnerable children in foster care to receive the dedicated advocacy of a CASA volunteer. We simply can’t say thank you enough.”

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Miriam Crocker, communications coordinator for Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center, said it was also the first time their nonprofit was chosen to participate in the annual golf tournament. They provided six volunteers who assisted with parking and the creative, competitive hole activities on the course.

“We are expanding our Behavioral Health support services to include a variety of new support groups, child and family events, art therapy workshops for children affected by cancer and individual counseling to our clients,” Crocker said. “We are so grateful to receive these funds to grow such an important resource for our clients, as the demand for these vital services continues to grow.”

In 2023, Michelle’s Place launched its own Department of Behavioral Health and now offers free counseling appointments to clients and their family members. They have eliminated the need for a referral, there is no cost barrier for clients as the services are free and they can immediately access mental health professionals both in person and via telehealth. The expansion will offer additional hours and serve see GOLF, page C-5

Temecula Senior Citizen wins 15th World Pole Art Championship

In the picturesque city of Asti, Italy, during the Pole Art Italy’s World Pole Art Championship held from April 12 to 14, 2024, a remarkable local athlete captivated the audience, not just with her gravity-defying performances but with a narrative that resonates far beyond the confines of the competition. At 73, Greta Pontarelli stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of passion and perseverance, clinching her 15th pole art title and continuing to redefine the landscape of senior athleticism.

Pontarelli’s entry into the world of pole dancing is not just a personal triumph but an inspiration for aging athletes globally. This sport, which marries the complexity of dance with the physical demands of gymnastics, has garnered respect and recognition, marking its approval by Sport Accord and the World Games. With the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) pushing for its inclusion in the Olympic Games, athletes like Pontarelli are at the forefront of challenging perceptions about age and capability in competitive arenas.

Hailing from Temecula, Pontarelli’s illustrious career in pole artistry extends beyond the competitive sphere. Her presence graces international magazines and national talk shows, and her collaboration with pop icons like Miley Cyrus has introduced her inspirational story to a broader audience. Notably, her participation in American Ninja Warrior, as the oldest competitor to take on the course, highlights her incredible fitness and the breadth of her athletic endeavors.

Unyielding passion as a drive for success

At the heart of Pontarelli’s story is a powerful message about finding one’s passion and allowing it to fuel the journey toward personal excellence. “I have always had a strong drive to be fit,” Pontarelli reflects, emphasizing the importance of living an inspired life of health and well-being. She challenges the often-confining beliefs about age, suggesting that within everyone lies the potential to transcend perceived limitations if only they tap into their passions.

A message of inspiration and transformation Pontarelli’s accomplishments are a vibrant narrative of

empowerment. “It is my goal that in some way my passion is contagious and helps you find doorways where you once thought there were walls,” she states. Through her dedication to pole artistry, Pontarelli represents the essence of transformation, proving that the pursuit of one’s dreams knows no age limit. Her success is a call to action, a reminder to seize the day and begin the quest for self-improvement in the present moment.

Legacy beyond titles Greta Pontarelli’s legacy transcends her competitive achievements. She embodies the spirit of resilience, inspiring individuals across the age spectrum to challenge societal norms and pursue their passions with unabated zeal. Her story is a powerful narrative of how finding one’s passion can ignite a lifelong pursuit of excellence, proving that barriers are surmountable with determination and love for one’s craft.

Pole Art Italy 2024 may have been a platform for displaying pole dancing talent, but for Pontarelli and those who witness her artistry, it stands as a milestone in the ongoing dialogue about aging,

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Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Special to Valley News Members of the Soboba Foundation and Tribal Council get the 12th annual charity golf tournament off to a great start Tuesday, April 2, with from left, Isaiah Vivanco, Michael Bentiste, Daniel Valdez, Julie Arrietta-Parcero, Andy Silvas, Dondi Silvas, Catherine “Cat” Modesto, Geneva Mojado and Monica Herrera. Valley News/Nathan Miranda photo Soboba Tribal Council Chair Isaiah Vivanco, Soboba Casino Resort General Manager and Soboba Foundation President Dondi Silvas welcome all players and guests to the 12th annual charity golf tournament held April 2-4.
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Temecula resident, 73-year-old Greta Pontarelli, shines in Asti, Italy, clinching her 15th pole art title at the distinguished Pole Art Italy’s World Pole Art Championship. Valley News/Courtesy photo athleticism, and the profound impact of pursuing one’s passion against all odds. Additional information about Pontarelli can be found on gretapontarelli and on instagram. Omar Castro, owner of The Custom Rag, shows the personalized product he provided to each of the players at the 12th annual Soboba Foundation and Soboba Casino Resort Charity Golf Tournament Soboba Casino Resort General Manager Jason Cozart welcomes players to the nightly banquet at the SCR Event Center. Valley News/Robert A. Whitehead photo Soboba Foundation secretary Andy Silvas and president Dondi Silvas check in golfers while Joey Placencia, at right, stays busy with volunteer check-ins on the first day of the 12th annual charity golf tournament. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photo Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photo Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photo

Highway Updates

Clean California joins Caltrans in launching interactive map showing ongoing highway beautification projects

As part of national infrastructure week that began May 13, Caltrans launched a new interactive map that spotlights hundreds of beautification projects funded by Clean California. The geographic information system (GIS) mapping tool offers users locationspecific, multilayered data that demonstrates the transformative impact these community-focused improvements and infrastructure investments are making throughout the state.

The map lists 319 projects statewide, powered by $643 million in funding from Clean California, Governor Gavin Newsom’s sweeping $1.2 billion multiyear effort led by Caltrans to clean up, reclaim, transform and beautify public spaces statewide. Nearly all projects benefit underserved communities.

“Clean California projects are boosting community pride and making hundreds of neighborhoods safer, cleaner and healthier places to live,” Caltrans Director Tony Tavares said. “This new digital application gives Californians a comprehensive list of beautification sites across the state and where their important infrastructure dollars are being invested.”

Using the new GIS mapping tool, users can search projects by county, city, zip code or address to locate completed or active Clean California projects in their area. The projects are color-coded based on project type, such as local grant

projects, beautification projects, or local transit partnership projects. Each entry also includes a detailed project description, cost and government agency responsible for leading the effort.

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Caltrans AI partnership

Caltrans also announced, in partnership with the California Department of Technology and the Department of General Services, historic contracts as California seeks to harness the power of Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) to protect vulnerable road users and improve traffic flows throughout the state.

Deloitte Consulting, LLP and INRIX Inc. were the selected vendors to investigate near misses of injuries/fatalities to identify risky areas and monitor interventions designed to increase safety of vulnerable road users.

“With an average of 12 Californians dying on our roadways every day, we need to use every tool available to end the roadway crisis and reach our goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2050,” California Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin said. “Today represents an important step in exploring how GenAI can help save lives.

I applaud Governor Newsom and Secretary Tong for being at the forefront of testing how to responsibly harness this cuttingedge technology to help solve some of our most challenging transportation issues and improve the lives of all Californians.”

Caltrans Director Tavares said,

“We are excited and optimistic of the ideas and solutions these vendors are working on in terms of improving safety on the highways and limiting gridlock in our busiest corridors.”


Caltrans continues work near Murrieta and Wildomar from Interstate 215 to Clinton Keith Road. Daytime work is set Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Commuter access remains. All work is dependent on the contractor receiving proper materials for each job function.

Crews are working on both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-15, from Clinton Keith Road to I-215, including California Oaks/Kalmia in both directions and the I-15 and I-215 connector. They are working on road sign installations.


Caltrans announced its Lake Elsinore Maintenance crew will be finishing rockfall removal for landslide mitigation, along with multiple maintenance functions and traffic control on Interstate 215 in Menifee, weather permitting. The work still may require a closure of some lanes near the McCall on-ramp.


Caltrans still is working on the slurry seal and rumble strips maintenance project on State Route 371 from Aguanga through Anza. Crews continue work in various locations from the junction of State Route 79 and SR-371 to the junction of State Route 74 and SR-371. Work is weather and temperature dependent. Hours of

operation are Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Watch for intermittent short term lane closures throughout the project zone. Speed limits are reduced throughout the construction zone. The CHP will be on scene to assist with traffic control and safety.


Caltrans continues work on a $51.6 million corridor improvement project on State Route 74 (SR-74) in Hemet. This project will include repaving and rehabilitating 49 lane miles, installing Traffic Management Systems, upgrading curb ramps, sidewalks and driveways to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, enhancing bike lane signage and striping, and upgrading 29 bus pads within the project parameters. Weather permitting. Much of the work this week is in Valle Vista and portions of East Hemet.

Lake Elsinore

Caltrans continues work on SR-74 in Riverside County from the Riverside and Orange County border to Monte Vista Street just west of Lake Elsinore. Crews are performing work in various locations throughout the project zone. One-way traffic control with escorts will be in place from 8 to 9:59 p.m. During the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the route will be closed to through traffic. Residents and commuters will need to utilize the alternate routes to go around the closure each night at 10 p.m. Work will take place nightly, east of the county line on SR-74, Monday through Friday. Weeknight work is weather

dependent and subject to change or cancellation at any time. Daytime work may occur in shoulder areas as needed.

Bridge projects

Caltrans, among other projects in the area, is working to rehabilitate two historic bridges, one at Strawberry Creek outside of the Hemet and the other on Merrill Street outside of Lake Elsinore.

The $17.9 million bridge retrofit and upgrade projects will preserve the historical bridges. Contract crews have completed pouring the eastbound abutments and retaining wall for Strawberry Creek Bridge. The other work includes upgrades with slab overlay and new guardrail systems on the existing bridges that will bring lane and shoulder widths up to current standards. Partial bridge demolition and falsework construction is planned. Traffic control will remain the same with a temporary stop light on SR-74’s Strawberry Creek Bridge with the CHP patrolling. The bridge work is anticipated to be complete by fall 2024.

Caltrans says for motorists to “know before you go!” To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire, go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow Caltrans for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions and planned lane closures by using QuickMap. Tony Ault can be reached at

Riverside County District Attorney’s Office opposes effort to declare death penalty unconstitutional

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office opposes efforts led by the Office of the State Public Defender and the ACLU to declare the death penalty unconstitutional in California. This stance was taken in response to the ongoing case, Office of the State Public Defender v. Bonta, currently under consideration by the California Supreme Court.

On May 6, the DA’s Office filed a preliminary opposition to the petition by the Office of the State Public Defender and the ACLU.

“The claims put forth by the

more clients.

Crocker said that whenever the opportunity arose, volunteers at the tournament were happy to share about the nonprofit’s mission because “No One Should Face Cancer Alone,” and added, “We are beyond honored to have been selected as a beneficiary for this tournament.”

Attending the banquet with Michelle’s Place fundraising and development officer Amber Berkey, Crocker said, “It was absolutely stunning. The charcuterie/seafood table was beautiful, the decorations were tasteful and impressive and overall the presentation was fun and to the point, which I am sure the golfers appreciated after a day of these festivities.”

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Care-A-Van Transit Systems’ program coordinator Carolina Brooks said the nonprofit agency will use the funds to continue to provide transportation services for those who need to access critically needed services and resources through the free service they offer to elderly and disabled individuals and veterans. The five volunteers they provided helped out at the golf course and the event center. She said they shared the organization’s mission/goals with players and others at the tournament.

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Native Youth Foundation empowers Indigenous youth by providing positive athletic and educational experiences.

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Public Defender’s Office and the ACLU regarding racial disparities in California’s death penalty sentences are based on unreliable statistics and demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of our criminal justice system,” said District Attorney Mike Hestrin. “Despite their unfounded accusations, our decisions are guided solely by the facts and evidence of each case, not by race. The petitioners are disregarding both the California Constitution and the rights of victims in their pursuit of a narrow agenda. We

like to thank Soboba for including us in the tournament and picking our foundation as a recipient,” Sports Director Keith Vasquez said.

For its first year participating, four volunteers were assigned to run two games at two different holes.

He said the $12,000 will be used to fund their girls’ flag football team tournament fees and travel costs as well as women’s selfdefense classes and the boys’ seven versus seven flag football teams. Teams will be participating in local tournaments as well as traveling to Las Vegas, Arizona, Puerto Rico and Denver.

“The whole Soboba Charity Golf Tournament was amazing,” Vasquez said. “The amount of vendors was probably our favorite part as well as being able to network and share our mission with the players and vendors at the tournament. This is by far the best tournament that we’ve been to, and we look forward to participating in it in the future.”

trust that the Supreme Court will swiftly reject this politically motivated abuse of the judicial process.”

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has identified more than a dozen significant legal and factual flaws in the lawsuit and contends that it is an attempt to circumvent the will of California voters.

In 2016, California voters rejected Proposition 62, which aimed to repeal the death penalty. That same year, voters approved Proposition 66, which introduced

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Other nonprofits who benefited from this year’s tournament are Boxing for Christ, California Tribal Families Coalition, EXCEED, Friends of Valley-Wide Foundation, Inter-Tribal Sports, San Jacinto Mountain Bike Team and Soroptimist International-San Jacinto/Hemet Club.

During the April 3 banquet, Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernest L. Stevens Jr. made a special presentation of a Pendleton blanket to Soboba Tribal Chair Geneva Mojado, saying that she has done so much for Tribal sports over the years.

Cozart said, “I am grateful to be part of this event, and the best part is having a front row seat to witness all of the teamwork and dedication that it takes to put this thing on every year. We’re already looking forward to 2025 and finding ways to continue improving the event.”

several measures to expedite the processing of death row cases.

The petition, if granted, would nullify more than 600 death sentences rendered by juries and confirmed by judges across California. The Riverside County DA’s Office is requesting that the California Supreme Court deny this petition. As stated in the preliminary opposition filed by the DA’s Office: “There is nothing proper or legal about this petition.

This court should put a stop to this improper political maneuver and misuse of the judicial process.”

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office urges the public and the media to closely scrutinize this improper effort to declare the death penalty unconstitutional and to support efforts that uphold the rule of law. A copy of the preliminary opposition filed by the DA’s Office, case number S284496, is available to the media upon request.

Submitted by the Riverside County District Attorney.

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Soboba Tribal Council Vice Chair Geneva Mojado is gifted a Pendleton blanket and a pair of running shoes for her contribution to Tribal sports over the years during the Wednesday, April 3, banquet with from left, Daniel Valdez, Geneva Mojado, Jason Cozart, Bennae Calac, Ernest L. Stevens Jr. and Michael Bentiste. Valley News/Nathan Miranda photo
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CDC found evidence COVID-19 vaccines caused deaths

Internal documents contradict claims from the CDC, which refused to explain the discrepancy


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials had found evidence that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines had caused multiple deaths before claiming that there was no evidence linking the vaccines to any deaths, The Epoch Times has learned.

CDC employees had worked to track down information on reported post-vaccination deaths and learned that myocarditis—or heart inflammation, a confirmed side effect of the vaccines—was listed on death certificates and in autopsies for some of the deaths, according to an internal file obtained by The Epoch Times.

Myocarditis was also described as being caused by vaccination in a subset of the deaths.

In other cases, the CDC workers had found that deaths had met the agency’s definition for myocarditis, that the patients had started showing symptoms within 42 days of a vaccine dose, and that the deceased had displayed no virus-related symptoms. Officials say that after 42 days, a possible link between the vaccine and symptoms becomes tenuous, and they list post-vaccination deaths as unrelated if they can find any possible alternative causes.

In cases with those three features, it’s “absolutely” safe to say that the vaccines caused the deaths, Dr. Clare Craig, a British pathologist and co-chair of the Health Advisory and Recovery Team Group, told The Epoch Times in an email.

Despite the findings, most of which were made by the end of 2021, the CDC claimed that it had seen no signs linking the Moderna and Pfizer messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines to any deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

CDC officials in a letter to The Epoch Times dated June 13, 2023, said that there were no deaths reported to the VAERS for which the agency determined “the available evidence” indicated that Moderna or Pfizer vaccination had “caused or contributed to the deaths.”

The agency also said that evidence from seven deaths from thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome following the Johnson & Johnson vaccination suggested that the vaccine led to people dying.

“That’s a scandal, where you have information like this and you continue to put out this dishonest line that there’s only seven deaths and they’re all unrelated to the mRNA vaccines,” Dr. Andrew Bostom, a U.S.-based heart expert, told The Epoch Times.

The CDC is “concealing these deaths,” he said.

A CDC spokeswoman, presented with the file and dozens of questions about it, said that “determining a person’s cause of death is done by the certifying official, physician, medical examiner, or coroner, who completes the death certificate.”

The spokeswoman declined to explain why the CDC doesn’t consider autopsies or death certificates as evidence of causality, the criteria that would establish vaccine-caused deaths, or whether the numbers have been updated since 2023. She also declined to answer questions about specific deaths outlined in the file, citing “privacy and confidentiality.”

People who die in the United States with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are counted as COVID-19 deaths. That count has included a number of deaths from unrelated causes. The CDC also in 2023 advised death certifiers to include COVID-19 on certificates even if the deaths happened years after COVID-19 infection.

“They are taking the exact opposite approach to COVID deaths! Every death after a test was a COVID death. No death after a

vaccine is a vaccine death!” Dr. Craig said. She questioned what it would take for the CDC to admit that the vaccines have caused some myocarditis-related deaths.

More people died

The file, acquired by The Epoch Times through a Freedom of Information Act request, has never before been reported. The file was obtained after U.S. authorities rejected another Freedom of Information Act request for the autopsies themselves. The file outlines the agency’s investigation into reports submitted to VAERS of suspected cases of myocarditis or a related condition, pericarditis, following COVID-19 vaccination.

CDC employees, starting in April 2021, contacted health care providers and other agencies to obtain medical records, death certificates, and autopsies as they sought to confirm whether each report was legitimate.

The file shows that the CDC had examined 3,780 reports through April 13, 2023; a small number of them were duplicates. Among the reported cases, 101 resulted in death.

In one instance, a 37-yearold man started suffering symptoms that can be caused by myocarditis, such as shortness of breath, shortly after receiving a Moderna COVID-19 shot.

The man collapsed three days after vaccination and was soon pronounced dead.

Dr. Darinka Mileusnic, the medical examiner who examined the man, said in an autopsy report that the patient died of “post vaccination systemic inflammation response,” which caused, among other problems, acute myocarditis, according to the CDC file.

The CDC worker who was assigned to look into the death wrote that it was “evident of a sudden death post second dose of Moderna vaccine.”

“One of the factor[s] to death [sic] is acute myocarditis. There are other findings related to VAE [vaccine adverse event] and non vaccine related. Thus, it can’t be distinguished that only vaccine may have caused the death,” the CDC employee wrote.

Dr. Mileusnic declined a request for comment through her employer, the Knox County Regional Forensic Center in Tennessee. The center said it would provide an autopsy report only if the decedent’s name and date of death were provided. The CDC file did not include names.

After another man, 24, died on Oct. 27, 2021, about two months after receiving a second Pfizer injection, his health care provider diagnosed him with myocarditis.

An autopsy listed “complications of COVID-19 vaccine-related myocarditis” as the cause of death, according to the file.

A postmortem test for COVID-19 returned negative, there were no viral organisms found in postmortem testing of the heart, and there were no other signs of viruses causing the myocarditis, the notes show.

Another vaccine recipient, a 77-year-old man, was found dead at home on Nov. 14, 2021. The autopsy confirmed that the man had pericarditis and listed the cause of death as “complications from the COV-19 booster,” according to the file.

The CDC worker who looked at that case said it met the CDC’s definition of pericarditis based on the autopsy and death certificate but noted that there were comorbidities such as coronary artery disease that were listed as contributing to the death. The patient had also received vaccines for influenza and shingles about two months before death, so “it is difficult to say that COV-19 vaccine alone caused pericarditis,” the worker wrote.

A voicemail left for the man’s doctor was not returned.

Among other deaths in the CDC file are:

A male, whose age was redacted, suffered sudden cardiac death in April 2021 following a Johnson & Johnson vaccination. He was diagnosed with myocarditis, which was confirmed by the medical examiner. A CDC worker stated that the case did not technically meet the agency’s case definition, but they would “consider probable subclinical myocarditis, given the histopathological findings.”

A 21-year-old woman who died in 2021 after seizures and cardiac arrhythmias following Pfizer vaccination was found on autopsy to have lymphocytic myocarditis. The CDC listed her case as confirmed myocarditis with no evidence of viral causes.

A 45-year-old man was found dead in his bed in 2021 after Moderna vaccination, but testing for myocarditis and pericarditis was not performed.

A 55-year-old woman who was “found unresponsive in [a] field” in 2021 after Johnson & Johnson vaccination was confirmed on autopsy to have myocarditis and to have suffered a cardiac arrest. The death met the CDC’s case definition, but concurrent upper respiratory infection “makes viral myocarditis a potential alternative cause,” a CDC worker stated. The medical examiner declined to comment.

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson did not return requests for comment.

Lot numbers for the vaccines injected into people who died were among the information in the file redacted by the CDC. Some vaccine lots have caused significantly more problems than others, according to CDC data obtained by the nonprofit Informed Consent Action Network.

Deaths in other countries from vaccine-induced myocarditis, including deaths among young people, have been reported in journals. More deaths from vaccines in cases that didn’t include myocarditis have been confirmed by international authorities. Death certificates obtained by The Epoch Times from several U.S. states have also listed the COVID-19 vaccines as causing or contributing to dozens of deaths.


The file and a tranche of emails also obtained by The Epoch Times show that the agency started intervening shortly after the vaccines were introduced in postvaccination cases that led to death and sometimes overruled the certifier.

Take the case of a 23-year-old man who left home on April 13, 2021, to go for a jog and was found dead on the side of the road. His death occurred four days after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

An autopsy found myocarditis, and the case met the CDC’s case definition for myocarditis. But the CDC’s Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB) then weighed in. “Per IDPB evaluation, not myocarditis,” the notes for the case say.

The evaluation is one of the documents that the CDC has refused to disclose. It has also refused to answer questions about the man’s death or other specific cases, referring vaguely to privacy.

Dr. Bostom, after reviewing the notes on the case, said it was a “clear-cut” example of vaccinecaused myocarditis.

The CDC doesn’t conduct autopsies itself but gathers the files as part of the investigation. Autopsies aren’t perfect but are considered the gold standard in figuring out the cause of death, Dr. Bostom said.

“It’s about the strongest evidence we can get,” he said.

Two of the cases in the file were reported by Dr. James Gill, the chief medical examiner of Connecticut, and several other doctors in a February 2022 peerreviewed paper. The doctors revealed findings of atypical

myocarditis in two teenagers after Pfizer vaccination, describing it as a “post-vaccine reaction” that might have developed because of “an excessive inflammatory response.”

CDC officials issued a public response saying the IDPB’s evaluation of the cases pointed to non-vaccine causes: a parvovirus in one case and sepsis from a bacterial infection in the other.

“These omissions could lead incorrectly to the assumption that COVID-19 vaccines were directly responsible for the deaths of these 2 patients. We believe that providing these important pathologic findings will allow readers a fuller perspective of the causes of death in these cases,” the CDC stated at the time.

Dr. Christopher Paddock, one of the officials, said in an email obtained by The Epoch Times that the CDC response detailed “the work we did to identify the actual cause of death in this young man.”

In a blunt reply, the doctors said that the CDC “overstepped its role” with the response and explained why the CDC’s claims didn’t hold up. The parvovirus, they said, wouldn’t cause the type of heart injury seen in the boy who died. The presence of bacteria is “not the cause of death but a consequence of death,” they said.

The death certificate for the boy who died in Connecticut mentioned vaccination, Dr. Gill has told The Epoch Times. The autopsy report of the other boy notes that he died of “myocarditis of uncertain etiology.”

Another death of a minor was examined by CDC workers after being reported to VAERS. A 7-year-old in Washington state died on Feb. 26, 2022, about two weeks after receiving a Pfizer shot. The medical examiner identified myocarditis as a cause of death, but, “per IDPB, infectious causes [were] identified,” according to the file.

“CDC followed-up to assist in [the] investigation of the case. From the investigation, the cause of the myocarditis could not be clearly determined,” a spokesperson for Public Health –Seattle & King County told The Epoch Times via email.

Other emails obtained by The Epoch Times show that in addition to Washington state officials, authorities in multiple states asked the CDC to test tissue samples from people who died after vaccination. They also reveal that the CDC knew of several additional post-vaccination deaths in which myocarditis was found on autopsy—and at least some other possible causes were ruled out— before issuing its 2023 statement on zero deaths.

Details from emails

A man on active duty in the U.S. Army, for example, “collapsed after a short run” and was unable to be resuscitated, Dr. John Su, lead official for vaccine safety for the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine task force, wrote on March 30, 2022. “On autopsy, the pathologist observed evidence of myocarditis,” he wrote.

Testing for COVID-19 came back negative, and “toxicology and other analyses were unremarkable,” according to the email, although there were indications that an “anatomic variant in the vasculature of the heart” could have caused the sudden cardiac arrest.

The case was not reported to VAERS, according to military officials.

The Department of Defense did not respond to a request for comment.

The CDC at about the same time received a request to analyze tissue from a 42-year-old New Hampshire resident who died in early 2022 after a Pfizer vaccine dose. The autopsy found “extensive acute and subacute myocarditis,” Dr. Jennie Duval, chief medical examiner at the New

Hampshire Department of Justice, told the CDC. Postmortem testing for COVID-19 returned negative.

A spokesperson for the department told The Epoch Times in an email that its Office of the Chief Medical Examiner “will not release cause and manner of death or any other information because autopsy reports, investigative reports and supporting documentation are confidential medical records.”

The CDC also in 2022 received autopsy reports for George Watts Jr., a 24-year-old from New York state who collapsed at home after receiving a Pfizer vaccine, died from “COVID-19 vaccine-related myocarditis,” and tested negative for COVID-19; and Joseph Keating, a 26-year-old man from South Dakota who, per an autopsy and death certificate, died from vaccine-induced myocarditis.

It’s not clear why the CDC doesn’t count the death certificates or autopsies as evidence that vaccines contributed to or caused the deaths.

The CDC’s position is not surprising because it was among agencies that “were the leaders of the disinformation campaign to convince the American public, including George Watts Jr., that experimental vaccines were safe and effective even before they were licensed,” Ray Flores, an attorney representing the Watts family in a lawsuit filed against the government, told The Epoch Times via email.

“Now everyone knows they’ve unequivocally been shown to kill,” he said.

A CDC official said in one missive in early 2022 that the CDC’s IDPB had recently become “heavily involved in coordination, consultation, and laboratory evaluation of autopsy tissues from deaths occurring after COVID-19 vaccination, including cases of suspected myocarditis.”

The effort involved closely coordinating with the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, state health officials, and CDC officials working on policy and communications, she said.

“When requested, CDC can provide consultation for analysis of tissue specimens,” a CDC spokeswoman told The Epoch Times.

The CDC’s 2023 statement of zero deaths being linked to the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines was attributed to the Immunization Safety Office.

The office was headed at the time by Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, who offered false information about COVID-19 vaccine safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC also hid the finding of hundreds of safety signals for the shots, including sudden death and tinnitus, and published a paper this month that was falsely promoted as debunking an association between sudden death and the mRNA vaccines.

More than 676 million doses of the vaccines have been administered to date, the CDC noted. While the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been pulled from the market, the agency maintains that shots from Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax are “safe and effective.”

“The authorized and approved COVID-19 vaccines are being administered under the most comprehensive and intensive vaccine safety monitoring effort in U.S. history,” the CDC spokeswoman told The Epoch Times.

The spokesperson said the agency “has not detected any unusual or unexpected patterns for deaths following COVID-19 vaccination that have not already been thoroughly described and made public in the published biomedical literature or public presentations.” Reprinted with permission. To subscribe visit www.subscribe.

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Geomagnetic storm creates stunning aurora borealis seen in Anza


Diane Sieker Staff Writer

The strongest geomagnetic storm since October, 2003 resulted in extensive observations of the aurora borealis - commonly called the Northern Lights - as far south as Florida and southern California. Anza residents were prepared to take in and document the rare dancing lights not commonly seen

this far south, beginning Friday, May 10 and continuing through Monday, May 13. According to m, the aurora borealis are created when energized particles from the sun’s

KOYT 97.1 Anza Community Broadcasting Bubbles & BBQ fundraiser raises over $3,000

patrons and organizers Nate Tran, left, Dongji Tang, Allison


May 5.

Diane Sieker

KOYT 97.1 Anza Community Broadcasting presented their third annual Bubbles & BBQ fundraiser Sunday, May 5, raising over $3,000 for the popular nonprofit LPFM radio station.

The event featured live music; a silent auction; raffles; door prizes; wine, tea, champagne and food.

Musicians Art Gomez, Ed Wall, Joanna Crombie and Marea Stinett entertained diners throughout the afternoon, performing classic rock and original tunes.

“It was a chilly but lovely day, and we had 41 guests,” said radio station program director Erinne Roscoe. “We would like to thank all of our loyal and generous supporters. We truly

love to have fun events like this while raising money to keep KOYT filling the Anza airwaves with local information, emergency notifications and a wide variety of music.”

Cahuilla Mountain Market donated ice for the event, while the Anza Pizza Factory and Once Upon A Thread thrift store provided gift certificates as raffle prizes. Sage Mountain Farms supplied fruit appetizers and the main course of BBQ pork and chicken, rice, vegetables and noodles was crafted by Island Fusion BBQ. “I had a great time pouring champagne and raspberry and mango sorbet, it was an adult version of a root beer float,” said volunteer Annika Knöppel. “It was well-received by all.”

Wilson Creek Winery donated bottles of champagne and champagne glasses.

Rancho Del Sol Vineyards, High Chaparral Vineyard, Dr. Cox, Chiropractor, Thomas Leon, Betsy Hansen, Heather Graff Doterra, Impulsive Creations, Moonlight Cocktails, Strategic Painting, Tom Stephan BarnOwlBoxes. com, Bedrock Hair & Nails, High Country Mercantile and Birdie Kopp and Jon Crook donated to the silent auction that raised $1,225.

“Thank you to all of our volunteers who put in so much hard work behind the scenes to make this event a success,” said Roscoe.

“Allison Renck, Annika Knöppel, Art Gomez, Betsy Hansen, Heather Graff, Lorraine Elmore,

see BUBBLES, page D-3

corona, or upper atmosphere collide with the Earth’s ionosphere at speeds of up to 45 million miles per hour. The planet’s magnetic field redirects the particles toward the poles, transforming

see AURORA, page D-4

Dave Dolan leads fishing trip for local homeschoolers

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Diane Sieker Staff Writer Local fishing expert and retired columnist and radio host Dave Dolan led a group
deep sea fishing trip arranged
Eddy Branes snaps stars, a meteor the aurora borealis Friday, May 10. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo the onslaught into a colorful atmospheric phenomenon. In the Northern Hemisphere, the phenomenon is called the aurora Volunteers, Renck, Annika Knöppel, Jonathan Park, Ezra Bartovic, Heather Graff, Art Gomez, Betsy Hansen, Erinne Roscoe and Matthias Gebhardt take time out a group photo at the KOYT 97.1 Anza Community Broadcasting Bubbles & BBQ fundraiser Sunday, by the Anza First Southern Baptist Church through the Captain Rollos Kids at Sea organization. Twenty one local home-schoolers enjoyed a day on the water and came Bennet Jennings holds up a fish he caught while on a fishing trip arranged by the Anza First Southern Baptist Church and led by fishing expert Dave Dolan Wednesday, May 1. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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Regular Happenings

Anza Community Hall Swap

Meet - Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. $15 for a spot with membership. $18 for a spot without membership. Vendors wanted. The hall is located at 56630 Highway 371 in Anza. See membership information under “Organizations.”

ONGOING – Anza Electric

Cooperative and F.I.N.D. Food Bank offers a free mobile food pantry the second Saturday of

every month at the AEC office, 58470 Highway 371, from 10:3011:30 a.m. All are welcome. CalFresh application assistance and free community health services are also available. Bring your own reusable bags to take food home. Volunteers welcome. For more information, contact the AEC office at 951-763-4333.

Friends of Anza Valley Community Library – Anza Valley Community Library is located at Hamilton High School, 57430 Mitchell Road. The library is open to the public, but not during school hours. Hours are 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Monday through Wednesday.

Hamilton High School – Find out what is happening using Hamilton’s online calendar at events/calendar.

Hamilton Museum – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays at 39991 Contreras Road in Anza. For more information, call 951-763-1350 or visit www. Find them on Facebook at “HamiltonMuseum-and-Ranch-Foundation.”

Backcountry Horsemen Redshank Riders – Meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Locations change, so please contact Mike by email at or by calling 951-760-9255.

Health, exercise, resources and recovery meetings




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Fit after 50 – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Friday mornings at Anza Community Hall. Free. Wear comfortable clothes and supportive shoes. Call or text instructor Teresa Hoehn at 951751-1462 for more information.

Narcotics Anonymous Meeting – 6 p.m. Every Tuesday at Shepherd Of The Valley Church, 56095 Pena Road in Anza. Open participation.

Veterans’ Gathering Mondays – 9-11 a.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 39075 Contreras Road in Anza. Men and women veterans come to share and help each other deal with posttraumatic stress disorder and other difficulties. Call John Sheehan at 951-923-6153. If you need an advocate to help with VA benefits, call Ronnie Imel at 951-659-9884.

The Most Excellent Way – A Christ-centered recovery program for all kinds of addiction meets Fridays from 7-8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8-10 a.m. Program is court approved; child care is provided. Transportation help is available. The group meets at 58050 Highway 371; the cross street is Kirby Road in Anza.

AA Men’s Meeting – 7 p.m. Meetings take place Thursdays at 39551 Kirby Road in Anza, south of Highway 371.

Alcoholics Anonymous – 8 p.m. Wednesday evenings at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 56095 Pena Road in Anza. For more information, call 951763-4226.

Bereaved Parents of the USA – The Aguanga-Anza Chapter of BPUSA will hold its meetings

at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 49109 Lakeshore Blvd. in Aguanga. For more information, contact chapter leader Linda Hardee at 951-5512826.

Free Mobile Health Clinic

Open every third Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is needed. Uninsured may only be seen in the Anza Community Hall’s parking lot or inside the hall.

Medication Assistance and Treatment for Opioid Dependence – Get treatment for heroin addiction. Transportation to the clinic is provided. For more information, contact Borrego Health’s Anza Community Health Center, 58581 Route 371, Anza. For more information, 951-7634759.

Food ministries

F.U.N. Group weekly food ministry – Deliveries arrive by noon Thursdays at the Anza Community Hall. To order a paid box and help feed those who can’t afford to pay, drop off payment and cash donations by Thursday at 1:30 p.m., to ERA Excel Realty, 56070 Highway 371 in Anza. Pay inside or drop off during the day in the red box outside. To drop it off, put name and request on an envelope with payment inside. A $30 box has about $100 worth of food and feeds six people. Half boxes are available for $15. Food is delivered once a week to those who cannot find a ride. For more information, call Bill Donahue at 951-288-0903.

Living Hope Christian Fellowship Community Dinner – Dinners at 1 p.m. are held the last Sunday of the month at the Anza Community Hall. All are welcome. Donations of time, money, etc. are always welcome.

Food for the Faithful – 8 a.m. The food bank hands out food the last Friday of the month until the food is gone. The clothes closet will be open too. Emergency food handed out as needed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. FFF is a nondenominational nonprofit. All in need are welcome; call Esther Barragan at 951-763-5636.

Bible studies The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Anza’s Sunday Sacrament is at 10 a.m.; Sunday School is 11 a.m. Priesthood/Relief Society meets at noon; Wednesday, Boy Scouts gathers 6 p.m. and Youth Night is 7 p.m. For more information, call Ruiz at 951-445-7180 or Nathan at 760-399-0727. The Wednesday Genealogy/Family History Class, 5-8 p.m., is open to the public at 39075 Contreras Road in Anza. Native Lighthouse Fellowship – 10 a.m. The group meets the first Saturday of the month, and breakfast is served. All are welcome to fellowship together at the “Tribal Hall” below the casino in Anza. For more information, call Nella Heredia at 951-7630856.

Living Hope Bible Study –8-10 a.m. Tuesdays at Living Hope Christian Fellowship, 58050 Highway 371, Anza. All are

be elected to fill three positions on the board of directors at the annual membership meeting this July.

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welcome. For more information, call Pastor Kevin at 951-763-1111. Anza RV Clubhouse – 7 p.m., the second Wednesday of the Month, Pastor Kevin officiates at 41560 Terwilliger Road in Anza.

Monthly Christian Men’s Breakfast – 9 a.m. Breakfast takes place the fourth Saturday of each month and rotates to different locations. Contact Jeff Crawley at 951-763-1257 for more information. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church – 10 a.m. Weekly Wednesday Bible study takes place at 56095 Pena Road in Anza. Call 951-763-4226 for more information.

Valley Gospel Chapel – 7 a.m. Saturday Men’s Study meets weekly with breakfast usually served at 43275 Chapman Road in the Terwilliger area of Anza. For more information, call 951763-4622.

Anza First Southern Baptist Church – Begin your week with Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday nights, the church has prayer on the 1st and 4th Sundays from 6-7 p.m. and Bible study on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays from 6-8 p.m. On Monday evenings, from 6-8 p.m., the youth group (6 to 12 grade) meets for games and Bible study. Anza Baptist Church also offers Men’s and Women’s Ministries, a Homeschool Support Group, Summer Vacation Bible School and a Seniors’ Ministry. The church office is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 39200 Rolling Hills Road in Anza. For more information, contact the church at 951-763-4937 or visit

Clubs Anza Valley VFW Post 1873, Capt. John Francis Drivick III Post – The Ladies’ and Men’s Auxiliaries are located at 59011 Bailey Road in Anza. Mail P.O. Box 390433. Request monthly newsletter and or weekly menu by email at vfw1873anzaca@ For more information, call 951-763-4439 or visit http:// High Country 4-H Club – 4 p.m. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, except February, at Anza Community Hall. 4-H Club is for youth 5 to 19 years old offering a variety of projects. High Country 4-H Club is open to children living in the Anza, Aguanga and surrounding areas. For more information, call Allison Renck at 951-663-5452.

Anza Valley Artists Meetings – Meetings at 1 p.m. are the third Saturday of each month at various locations. Share art, ideas and participate in shows. Guest speakers are always needed. For more information, call president Rosie Grindle at 951-928-1248. Find helpful art tips at www. Anza Quilter’s Club –Meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 56095 Pena Road, Anza. For more information see our Facebook page or contact Pat Sprint at or Ellen Elmore at luvtoquilt2@

Anza Valley Lions Club –The Anza Valley Lions Club has been reinstated and is open to all men and women who want to work together for the betterment of the community. The group

is working on securing a new venue for meetings. Meetings and events are posted on the Anza Lions Club of Anza Valley Facebook page at www.facebook. com/LionsofAnzaValley. For more information, email president Greg Sandling at President. or Chris Skinner at Secretary.AnzaLions@

Civil Air Patrol – Squadron 59 is looking for new members of all ages. For more information, call squadron commander Maj. Dennis Sheehan from the Anza area at 951-403-4940. To learn more and see the club’s meeting schedule, visit

Fire Explorer Program – 6 p.m. The program meets every second, third and fourth Tuesday of the month at Fire Station 29 on state Route 371 in Anza. Call 951763-5611 for information.

Anza Thimble Club – The club meets the first Thursday of the month at the Anza Community Hall, 43275 Chapman Road in Anza. The social hour is 11:30 a.m., and lunch is served at noon. Contact Carol Wright at 951-7632884 for more information.

Organizations Terwilliger Community Association – 6 p.m. Second Monday of the month at VFW Post 1873, 59011 Bailey Road, in Anza. Potluck dinner open to all. For more information, call Tonie Ford at 951-763-4560.

From the Heart Christian Women’s Ministries – Noon. Monthly luncheon and guest speaker are held the second Saturday of each month. The $5 charge covers lunch at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 56095 Pena Road, Anza. From the Heart helps the area’s neediest children and invites all women and men to join in their mission. Donate or help with the rummage sales twice a year to raise funds for the cause or other events. For more information, call president Christi James at 951-595-2400.

Anza Community Hall – 7 p.m. General membership meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month. Single memberships are $30 and include discounts to events for one person and 1 vote in elections and meetings. Family memberships are $50 and include discounts for a family up to 5 members and 1 vote in elections and meetings. Business memberships are $50 and allows an employer to receive discounts for up to 5 people, including themselves, and includes 1 vote on elections and meetings. No government funds are allocated for the Hall, which pays its bills through memberships and swap meets. Mail membership to: Anza Community Building Inc. at P.O. Box 390091, Anza, CA 92539. The hall is located at 56630 Highway 371 in Anza. For more information, call 951-282-4267 or email or visit www.anzacommunitybuilding. org

Anza Civic Improvement League – 9 a.m. meets the first Saturday of each month at the Little Red Schoolhouse. The league maintains Minor Park and the Little Red School House, which are both available to rent for events. No government funds are allowed; the membership pays the bills – $10 a person, $18 family or $35 business membership. For more information, visit www.


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Sheriff’s Blotter

Assist other departmentaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

The Anza Valley Outlook Sheriff’s Blotter is a list of calls that allows residents to see what law enforcement activity is occurring in their communities.

The Sheriff’s Blotter data is obtained from the official calls for service records kept by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. However, calls where the release of the information could cause harm to an individual or jeopardize the investigation of a criminal case are excluded.

All calls listed are for service within the Sheriff’s Department jurisdiction in the unincorporated areas of Anza, Lake Riverside Estates, Cahuilla and Aguanga from May 6 through May 12. May 6

Follow-up - address withheld, Lake Riverside, handled by deputy

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Pebbles and Michael Lewis, Sue Sandersfeld and Tabitha Dawes are so appreciated.”

According to Roscoe, every dollar helps and all proceeds directly benefit the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all volunteer community radio station. The organization depends on donations from businesses and community members to keep the radio station broadcasting on the Anza airwaves.

“Fundraisers like this pay the bills and help continue to build up our radio station,” Roscoe said.

The mission of the Anza Community Broadcasting KOYT 97.1 LPFM radio is to provide an inclusive public broadcasting forum to educate, inform, and entertain the local community and the general public. For more information about the radio station, call 951-763-5698, email , visit them at https://www.facebook. com/koyt97.1 or https://koyt971. org Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia. com

Assist other departmentaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Assist other department - 3900

*** block Quioness Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Trespassing - 5900 *** block Everett Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Follow-up - Address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy

Area check - 3900 *** block El

Ray CI, Anza, handled by deputy

May 7

Suspicious circumstance - 3700

*** block Regal Blue Trl., Anza, report taken

Suspicious person - address undefined, Anza, handled by deputy

Suspicious circumstance - 4300

*** block Mare Dr., Anza, handled by deputy

circumstance - 5900

*** block Everett RDmd., Anza, handled by deputy

Trespassing - 5300 *** block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, unfounded

May 8

Assist other department - 4200

*** block Mangalar Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Assist other department - 5900

*** block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, handled by deputy

Assist other department - 3800

*** block Hill St., Anza, handled by deputy

Embezzlement - 5600 *** block

St. Hwy. 371, Anza, handled by deputy

Burglary - 5000 *** block St. Hwy. 371, Cahuilla, report taken

May 9

Public assist - 4100 *** block Terwilliger Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Suspicious circumstance - 5400

*** block Cave Rock Rd., Anza,

handled by deputy Assist other department - 4200 *** block Scarlet Bugle/Indian Paint Brush Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Overdose - 5900 *** block Blue Jay Rd., Anza, handled by deputy Trespassing - 5700 *** block Stella Ln., Anza, handled by deputy

Public disturbance - 5300 *** block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, handled by deputy

May 10

Suspicious person - address undefined, Aguanga, handled by deputy Public disturbance - 3900 *** block Anza Rd., Anza, report taken

May 11

Alarm call - 5600 *** block St. Hwy. 371, Anza, handled by deputy

Suspicious circumstance - 5000

*** block Bradford Rd., Anza, handled by deputy

Follow-up - address withheld, Anza, handled by deputy Vehicle theft - 4200 *** block El Campo Rd., Anza, report taken Alarm call - 5900 *** block Moonshine Trl., Anza, handled by deputy May 12

Assist other departmentaddress undefined, Anza, handled by deputy No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content provided in the Sheriff’s Blotter. Residents with information regarding any crimes are encouraged to contact the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951)791-3400. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline at (909)9875005 or Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia. com

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Diane Sieker Staff Writer Suspicious The Sheriff’s Blotter enables residents, like these, to know what criminal activity is occurring in their communities. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo BUBBLES BBQ pork and chicken, rice, fruit, vegetables and noodles are the featured fare at the KOYT 97.1 Anza Community Broadcasting Bubbles & BBQ fundraiser Sunday, May 5. Baskets and works of art are auctioned off at the KOYT 97.1 Anza Community Broadcasting Bubbles & BBQ fundraiser Sunday, May 5. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photos [Right] Anza Electric Cooperative director and radio station patron Steve Lauzier enjoys the afternoon at the KOYT 97.1 Anza Community Broadcasting Bubbles & BBQ fundraiser. Radio station program director Erinne Roscoe has musician and KOYT supporter Ed Wall select a winning raffle ticket at the KOYT 97.1 Anza Community Broadcasting Bubbles & BBQ fundraiser.

AURORA from page D-1 borealis, and in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s known as the Southern Lights, or aurora australis.

The bright colors are dictated by the chemical composition of Earth’s upper atmosphere.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Center issued a severe G4 Geomagnetic Storm Warning starting Friday, May 10.

The center predicted potential aurora borealis sightings as far south as Florida, to southern Texas and southern California. Anza

were treated to a rare occurrence they will never forget.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia. com

D-4 Anza Valley Outlook • • May 17, 2024 ANZA LOCAL Anza Valley Outlook can run your legal announcements. For more information, call (760) 723-7319 or email
Zia Wagner shares her unique photo of her horse framed by the aurora borealis on social media Friday, May 10. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photos Aguanga resident Ashley Titel is able to capture this image of the aurora borealis Friday, May 10. Lorraine Elmore takes her photo of the aurora borealis from Terwillger Friday, May 10. Kaylee Collins’ photo captures stars and the waves of texture in the aurora borealis Friday, May 10. skywatchers

FISHING from page D-1 pelicans, sea lions and a pod of dolphins.

home with fish and fish stories

Wednesday, May 1.

The Daily Double fishing charter boat out of Point Loma in San Diego was skippered by Captain Chad and a crew of three deck hands.

“The Anza First Southern Baptist Church likes to organize events for these youths to have social get-togethers,” said Dolan. “This adventure was with the Captain Rollos Kids at Sea organization, founded in memory of Captain Rollo Heyn. The group’s purpose is to introduce youngsters to sport fishing and the ocean environment. Since its founding, over 100,000 kids have been taken out on these trips.The trips are free of charge to the children. The organization is funded through donations and fundraisers in the sport fishing industry.”

For the Anza students, this was their first time fishing or first time aboard a boat on the ocean, according to Dolan.

As they left the San Diego Bay, the boat was followed by sea gulls,

“The captain put us on some hot spots for bottom fishing,” said Dolan. “Everybody pulled in one, or in most cases, several tasty rockfish or sheephead. The crew did a great job keeping the kids out of fishing line tangles.”

Everything on this trip was provided free of charge - the boat, all fishing tackle and a cheeseburger lunch.

“This trip did a great service and had top-notch results in getting a group of kids hooked on fishing. The beautiful weather and good fishing made the trip a big success. A great time was had by all,” Dolan reported.

Dolan enjoys teaching and sharing his fishing secrets. He travels worldwide pursuing his worthy prey and advocating environmental responsibility and respect for nature.

To learn more about Captain Rollos Kids at Sea, visit http://

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia. com

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Home-schooled students, chaperones and crew set out for a fishing trip arranged by the Anza First Southern Baptist Church and led by fishing expert Dave Dolan Wednesday, May 1. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photos Caleb Naylor shows off his fish at the fishing trip arranged by the Anza First Southern Baptist Church and led by fishing expert Dave Dolan Wednesday, May 1. Eliana Nevills enjoys the bright red fish she caught at the fishing trip arranged by the Anza First Southern Baptist Church and led by fishing expert Dave Dolan Wednesday, May 1. Nicolette Naylor grins from ear to ear as she holds her fish at the fishing trip arranged by the Anza First Southern Baptist Church and led by fishing expert Dave Dolan. Jacob Famania, left, and Josh Raya show off their sheephead fish at the fishing trip arranged by the Anza First Southern Baptist Church and led by fishing expert Dave Dolan.

TVUSD meeting shut down after ‘ruckus’ outside

Temecula Valley Unified School District President, Dr. Joseph Komrosky, had to call a 5-minute recess during the May 7 Board of Trustees meeting, thanks to disruptions from a well-known teacher and supporter of the recall movement against him.

The recess came about during public comments about 15 minutes after Great Oak High School Teacher Jennifer Sharf, who has been very vocal in meetings, made

a comment as to why she would be voting “yes” on the recall despite Komrosky’s reminder for speakers to not discuss the upcoming election before opening the floor for public comments.

Following several more commenters, Sharf left the board room a short time later and was followed by video influencer Ryley Niemi, among others.

As public comments continued, loud noises could be heard from outside the boardroom which led to Komrosky’s decision to call for a recess.

“We’re going to call a fiveminute recess,” he said. “There’s commotion going on outside.This is not safe.”

As the members of the board and Superintendent Gary Woods left the dais, yelling and cursing could be heard outside of the room.

Niemi, known as Riley.Temecula on Instagram, caught the outside exchange on video and posted it on his Instagram page.

While viewing the video, it is clear that the woman yelling is Scharf, who was also part of the lawsuit against the district regarding its ruling on teaching

Critical Race Theory. She is yelling at those who have followed her outside including parent Daniel Molina, a Komrosky supporter.

The full text of the outside exchange is as follows:

Jennifer Scharf to Daniel Molina: “Do you wanna go?”

Daniel Molina to Jennifer Scharf: “No, I don’t wanna go”

Jennifer Scharf to Police and bystanders: “I’ll say it to you to, you f****** piece of shit!”

Unknown: Inaudible voice

Jennifer Scharf to police: “No, nobody asked you to follow my ass out here. Get your ass back inside. I was leaving you, f******.”

Unknown: Inaudible voices

In my opinion, Scharf has been outrageously rude in meetings I’ve had to cover. I’ve heard she acts inappropriately in the classroom, which I don’t know first hand, but I have seen her act very mean and rude in numerous school board meetings.

Mainly, I’ve seen Scharf attack the conservative board members, calling them racist, bigoted, homophobic and even white Christian Nationalists (what is that anyway?) in public meetings.

Humor contributes to traffic safety

Trade publications are often the most reliable source for unbiased news about new or pending legislation or other regulations. What appears in the freight distribution trade publication Inbound Logistics is thus likely accurate.

A brief in the February 2024 issue of Inbound Logistics began with: “The Federal Highway Administration apparently has lost its sense of humor.” The brief noted that the agency issued new guidelines for Interstate highway traffic safety messages including the phrase, “Signs should avoid language that uses pop-culture references or humor.” The brief indicated that the agency believed humorous signs can be distracting and that the highway message signs should be used only to deliver information.

Those signs are intended for rank-and-file motorists, not

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor;

The noteworthy British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once remarked that “there are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.” The Ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus also observantly wrote ”in war, truth is the first casualty.” There could easily be another corollary to these great quotes that could go ... in the battle over school board recalls, there are lies, damn lies, and recall campaign slogans. The Temecula Valley Unified School District recall campaign against current School Board President Dr. Joseph Komrosky is a prime example of the lies and mistruths perpetrated by a leftist dominated coalition of local activists and teachers’ union members. An obvious case-inpoint illustrating the mistruths perpetrated by these pressure group leftists are the Yes on Recall campaign signs littering the neighborhood. Many of these signs prominently state, “Protect

bureaucrats with no sense of humor.

The federal leadership which issued that guidance lacks not only a sense of humor but also a sense of history.

Some motorists may interpret highway sign messages in some states as an element of nanny government. Other states lack such political correctness. South Dakota has an 80 mph speed limit for most freeway segments outside of urban areas. The speed limit is 65 mph around Sioux Falls, which is also where Interstate 90 and Interstate 29 meet. A couple of years ago a freeway message sign in the Sioux Falls area read: “All those who hate speeding tickets, raise your right foot.”

That particular week was also the week of the high school state basketball playoffs in Nebraska, and the college conference basketball tournaments which include the University of Nebraska and Creighton University were also being played that week. The freeway message signs in Nebraska, whose speed limit outside of notable cities

Parents’ Rights” and urge a yes vote on June 4.

A majority of the TVUSD School Board, led by Dr. Komrosky, voted to enhance and codify parental notification rights in order to reestablish transparency and trust between the school district and Temecula parents. In what sort of bizarro world do the recall proponents get off by proclaiming that such transparent policies are curtailing parental rights? Or, that a vote to oust Dr. Komrosky will strengthen parents’ rights?

This is the same left-wing bunch who advocate for the sexual grooming and transitioning of minor children behind their parents’ backs. All of this is just political gaslighting of the people of Temecula by the recall proponents, gaslighting at its very worst.

In 2022 voters throughout the Temecula Valley voted for a real change in direction for the school board, after months and months of Covid school lockdowns, at

is 75 mph, followed the number of traffic fatalities with: “Dribble and dunk, don’t drink and drive.”

Those sign messages are memorable, and they don’t provide the image of nanny government. They are effective despite what the Federal Highway Administration might think.

The one solace about the Federal Highway Administration believing that humorous road signs are distracting rather than a contribution to safety is that the nanny government won’t be adding transportation incidents to deaths caused by the tobacco industry.

The Burma-Shave signs which promoted highway safety before there was a Federal Highway Administration were discontinued after Philip Morris purchased the Burma-Shave company, so those who believe in the success of humorous road signs can blame the tobacco industry for the loss of that highway safety strategy.

In all fairness, the interstate freeway system played a role in

the behest of teachers unions. Too many prior school boards were more than willing to ignore parents’ concerns while rubberstamping diktats from the out-oftouch Sacramento political class.

School board trustees like Dr. Komrosky are merely carrying out their campaign promises to voters for more parental rights and for more transparency to all parents, voters, taxpayers, and stakeholders throughout the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

This recall campaign fittingly belongs on the ash heap of history, along with other far leftist dogmas.

School board trustees like Dr. Komrosky are actually enshrining parental rights through stronger notification and more transparent policies. This untruthful and sham of a recall deserves a resounding no vote and should be rebuked at the ballot box.

Sincerely, Rick Reiss Temecula

I’ve witnessed Scharf and other pro-recall members acting more like bullies during the board meetings. This isn’t the first time she’s been caught yelling, calling people names and threatening to fight them. I’ve seen pro-recall members steal signs. I’ve seen them misrepresent the board.

Scharf isn’t the only one using a smear campaign in a futile attempt to discredit conservative board members, I witnessed another parent, Christine Massa, bash and bombard Jen Wiersma, who serves as Trustee for Area 3, with personal attacks during her time at the podium. She made it her mission to humiliate and persecute Wiersma, and that is just disgusting.

When she takes to the podium, Massa doesn’t talk about policy, she pounces and torments others with callous, vile and just plain mean comments about the way they dress, their intellect, their job, their family, their face, etc.

I felt dirty and victimized in the crowd as I listened to her bully and humiliate board members without anything constructive to offer regarding school board matters.

the demise of Burma-Shave signs.

The signs consisted of a series of six signs with the final sign having the Burma-Shave logo. BurmaShave would rent land from owners alongside U.S. highway routes and post the series of signs. Those non-freeway roads had lower speed limits, fewer if any controlled exits and adjacent land owned by private individuals rather than by the state transportation department.

Initially, the Burma-Shave five-sign messages promoted the product itself. The company later experimented with road safety public service announcements. The topics addressed included excessive speed, drunk driving, distracted driving which back then meant male drivers paying attention to their female passengers rather than to the road and having caution when crossing railroad tracks.

The safety messages on BurmaShave signs can’t be proven to reduce highway fatalities and injuries, although that possibility

As far as Scharf, she was allegedly put on administrative leave in the days following the disruption outside the May 7 board meeting, though a request for comment from the district was denied.

“We do not comment on any matters related to personnel issues,” Woods said via email when asked to confirm Scharf’s status.

It’s my experience that Scharf is rarely respectful during the meetings, parents have complained about her, and students have mentioned that she complains about the board members and decisions they are making in class.

The issue is that Scharf, as an English department leader, a union leader and a leader of students, holds positions of influence.

As a person in a leadership position, especially as a teacher who has constant contact with students, exerting influence over them, I don’t believe that Scharf should be allowed to act in such a disrespectful and hateful manner without having to face repercussions.

also can’t be disproven. Factors such as reduced mileage during World War II – Burma-Shave’s public service signs also included patriotic ones during those years, road safety improvements, awareness of the impact of alcohol on driving skills and tire improvements can also reduce traffic incidents. Regardless of whether the Burma-Shave signs actually improved traffic safety, it cannot be argued that those fivesign safety messages were retained in the memories of motorists who saw them.

Humorous highway traffic safety messages may be distracting from the purpose of pursuing nanny government. They do, however, provide positive traffic safety messages which are remembered by motorists. History has shown the effectiveness of humor to improve traffic safety.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia. com

A message from Yxstian Gutierrez, District 5 County Supervisor

Dear Residents of District 5,

The month of May honors and celebrates two important groups: older Americans and military members. So, in the spirit of this occasion, let us take a moment to recognize and honor their invaluable contributions.

First, I’d like to take a moment to recognize Older Americans Month. Since 1963, we have annually recognized and celebrated the lives of older adults. They play a vital role in our community, sharing their wisdom through lived experiences and allowing us to connect with our history and cultural traditions.

This year’s theme, “Aging in Place, Living Well,” encourages us to maintain a safe and empowering environment where our older adults can thrive in the comfort of their homes and continue to participate in our community. Here in D5, we take pride in supporting our seniors through county programs like Hire-aSenior.

Second, let us also recognize National Military Appreciation Month. This celebration honors the brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and those who are currently serving in our country’s armed forces. This month gives us an opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for the

countless sacrifices made by these individuals and their families. Together, let us acknowledge the service and sacrifice they made for the freedom and safety of our nation. In support of this mission, we will continue to provide support to those who have served through county programs like Hire-a-Vet.

By honoring and supporting our older adults and military members, we can build a stronger, more inclusive, and resilient D5. To celebrate the occasion, I encourage you to share a story or picture of older adults or military members in your life on social media using the hashtags #D5OlderAmericansMonth and #D5MilitaryAppreciationMonth. I look forward to hearing from you! Sincerely, Yxstian Gutierrez County Supervisor

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