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Family seeks public’s help in finding hitand-run driver, A-2


Murrieta Library’s teen summer reading program, A-12

Is buying a home a good idea? B-1



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Volume 14, Issue 26

Menifee Mayor Scott Mann talks investment during 6th annual State of the City Address Alex Groves Staff Writer

Aaron Wheeler lays bold vibrant colors into his surf inspired street painting on Sat. June 21, 2014.

Shane Gibson photo

Old Town gets splashed with color in diverse, eclectic arts weekend Tim O’Leary Staff Writer Thousands of area residents looked on or participated in a string of eclectic arts events that unfolded last weekend in Old Town Temecula. The blast of art bathed several Old Town streets and a cluster of civic buildings in a sea of color. The colors were cast in chalk, charcoal, ink, yarn, watercolors, oil and acrylics by artists and amateurs from 15-months-old to 87 years. “I love this event. It’s my passion,” Melody Brunsting, a Temecula special events contractor, said

The chalk art event has grown as a group of stooped chalk artists scrambled to finish their large- steadily over the years. This year, scale pieces on a closed city street. more than 100 fine art pieces “We have so many talented Inland by youth and adult participants artists. It’s such a community, a splashed the pavement with nearly every imaginfamily.” able theme, With city “We have so many talented animal and anisupport, Inland artists. It’s such a mated characBrunsting ter. There were launched the community, a family.” sharks and subAnnual Street – Melody Brunsting marines, babes Painting Fesand bulldogs, tival 14 years ago. It annually attracts scores of Mickey Mouse and Maleficent. serious competitors and designates There were also depictions of the more than 1,700 squares for anyone Madonna and a scene ripped from to decorate with city-purchased the Bible moments after Christ’s crucifixion. chalk.

A city count noted that about 1,200 visitors per hour were weaving their way through the event as the Sunday afternoon deadline approached in the chalk art competition. About seven after years after the Street Painting Festival was launched the city expanded the offerings by adding the Ralph Love Plein Art Contest. When translated from French, “en plein air” means “in open air.” During such competitions, judges rate paintings done outside in a local setting. Love was a landscape

Alex Groves Staff Writer Adults and children alike bore grins and showed signs of excitement as the City of Menifee celebrated the opening of its very own Boys and Girls club, a community resource that city officials said has been sorely needed as well as one that took years to facilitate. The club, which offers a number of activities and educational resources for children, was officially commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 20. There were speeches and awards given as adults celebrated the culmination of their hard work. Meanwhile, children seemed to relish the opportunity to build and

Local foundation aims to combat Krabbe disease Alex Groves Staff Writer Few people know what it’s like to see a loved one struggle through Krabbe disease, a debilitating and ultimately fatal condition that impacts the nervous systems of infants and young children. see page B-12


Temecula’s pilot special needs Visual Arts Program drawing praise The City of Temecula’s pilot Visual Arts Program for special needs adults is drawing praise from participants and their families. “I think it’s absolutely fantastic,” said Marlene Wilcox, whose daughter Samantha Wilcox, 28, was one of 19 students in the unique program. “My daughter has grown in so many ways.”

Menifee city dignitaries, chamber members, and Boys and Girls Club staff and children cut the ribbon during the grand opening event. Shane Gibson photo

Case to go to California Public Employment Relations Board Tuesday, June 17 marked yet another installment in a long standing dispute between members of the Temecula Valley Educators Association (TVEA) and members of the Temecula Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees. The two groups once again faced off during a school board meeting. Tensions have been rising over proposed retroactive salary increase


Laura Rathbun Special to the Valley News

Temecula union and school board remain in standoff over salary proposal Alex Groves Staff Writer

see MENIFEE, page A-6

see ARTS, page A-5

Menifee Boys and Girls Club celebrates opening with ribbon cutting ceremony

see CLUB, page A-7

Numerous individuals packed the Menifee Lake Country Club to hear officials speak about Menifee’s changes, accomplishments and planned investments during the city’s 6th Annual State of the City Address, which took place shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 19. The address was geared at discussing Menifee’s rapid growth and all the things associated with that growth; Mayor Scott Mann talked about the need to invest in public safety, business, economic development, infrastructure, residential housing, the rural community and

of one percent for Temecula Valley Unified School District teachers through the end of 2014 and an increase of three percent for the rest of the 2014-2015 school year. Many teachers deemed the proposed settlement unfair and called into question the disparity between TVUSD’s proposed raise and the settlement that already occurred between neighboring Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD)

see SALARIES, page A-4

Jeff Kingsberg, president of the Temecula Valley Educators Association, expresses his ongoing contract concerns to board members during a June 17, 2014 TVUSD board meeting. Shane Gibson photo

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Hard News San Jacinto family seeks public’s help in finding hit-and-run driver JP Raineri Multimedia Editor An early morning hit-and-run crash that took place around 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 22, in the Winchester area has a local family seeking the public’s help to catch the driver at fault. According to officials from the Beaumont office of the California Highway Patrol, Ashlee Andrea, 18, of San Jacinto, was driving home from a friend’s house and as she approached the area between Winchester Rd. and Sanderson Ave. in Hemet, a vehicle came at her head-on and struck her vehicle, causing it to rollover one and a half times, before fleeing the scene. Andrea says her quick reaction definitely saved her life. “I was driving in the left lane and from the distance the oncoming car was coming at, I didn’t really notice it come over the center divider. Once I knew the car was coming at me head on, I quickly moved into the right lane and then everything happened too fast. I know the oncoming car ended up clipping my driver’s side near the gas tank, which sent me rolling in the air. It was pretty terrifying. At that moment I was just praying I was going to be okay and all I could think about was my family,” recalled Andrea. Family members quickly posted the photos to Facebook in hopes of finding the hit-and-run driver. Officer Kincaid from the California Highway Patrol was the first to arrive on the scene and stated that the only description the family had

On Sunday, June 22, a hit-and-run driver left Ashlee Andrea’s vehicle turned over on the side of the road. Courtesy photo

from the statement Andrea gave was that the other car was black and will definitely have some serious front end damage. Andrea stated the car rolled over one and a half times before coming to rest upside down. “I was upside down and was having trouble with my seatbelt because it didn’t want to unlock, but as soon as it did, I fell onto my windshield. At that point I was trying to find a way out of the car because I smelled gas. The whole time I was screaming for help and had it not been for a family that came and helped me out of my car and called the police for me I don’t know what could have happened. To me that family is a bunch of angels,” she said. The car caught on fire while the

family was moving her to safety and it was at that point that first responders were able to put the fire out, said Officer Kincaid. According to family members that have been keeping in good contact with the public via social media outlets, Andrea has some bruising and a few cuts on her neck from possibly being suspended from her seat belt upside down, but she is resting safely at home. If you have any tips about the suspect vehicle or any other information about this crash, contact Officer Kincaid of the Beaumont division of the California Highway Patrol at (951) 769-2000. Visit for updates on this story.

Police make arrest in connection with Christmas-season murders that rocked San Diego, Riverside counties RIVERSIDE – San Diego police remained tight-lipped on June 22 about motives or other details surrounding the arrest of a suspect in three Christmas-season murders that rocked San Diego and Riverside County, where one of the bodies was found. Chief of Police Shelly Zimmerman will later discuss the arrest of Carlo Gallopa Mercado, 29. He was taken into custody at about 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 20 in the 8700 block of Westmore Road, a suburban street on Mira Mesa, on San Diego’s north side. Mercado was booked at 7:24 a.m. Saturday for three counts of first degree murder for the Christmas Eve killing of Ilona Flint and Salvatore Belvedere, both 22, as well as the killing of Salvatore’s brother and Flint’s fiance Gianni, 24, whose body was found in the trunk of a car in January in Riverside.

Police told survivors late Saturday the bare details of the arrest, and the family called a 5 p.m. news conference at a small Lakeside pizza parlor. “Upon hearing [about the arrest] our family was overcome with emotion and relief at the same time,” said Antoinette Belvedere, the sister of the murdered brothers. “Our families want to extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to the men and women of the San Diego Police Department.” “We don’t have any information yet about motive,” he said. “But there is a sense of relief that someone has been caught.” Mercado’s arrest was made nearly six months after the Christmas Eve shooting of Flint and Salvatore Belvedere outside of a Macy’s Department store in Mission Valley. About 1:15 a.m. Dec. 24, 2013, Flint made a 911 call to report of

having been shot at Westfield Mission Valley, which was open late for last-minute holiday shoppers. She died at the scene of the shooting, and her fiancé’s brother succumbed to his wounds at a hospital two days later. Gianni Belvedere, who hadn’t been seen by family members since the shooting, was reported missing Dec. 26. Police issued a missing persons bulletin describing his vehicle as a dark green Toyota Camry with Utah license plates. On Jan. 17 Gianni’s body was found outside of a fast-foot restaurant in Riverside inside the trunk of the Camry after witnesses reported smelling foul odors emanating from the vehicle. Authorities later determined his cause of death to be gunshot wounds to the head, the same cause of death that befell his younger brother and his fiancée.

Police search for gunman who fired three shots at someone RIVERSIDE – A gunman in a car pulled up to a Riverside address on June 21 and fired as many as three shots at someone, but missed. The gunfire was heard in the 2500 block of 9th Street at 11:42 a.m. The suspect fired between

two to three gunshots, the possible target ducked and no one was hit, Riverside police Lt. Frank Assumma said. Police radioed that two Latino suspects rode in a hatchback. The gunman is believed to have yelled

out a gang name. No one was arrested in connection with the shooting. It was unclear whether the person who ducked for cover was the intended victim but the shooting was under investigation, Assumma said.

Convicted felon who fatally beat man sentenced MURRIETA – An ex-con who beat a homeless man to death at a Lake Elsinore-area transient camp was sentenced on June 20 to 31 years to life in prison. Jason Lee Schmidt, 37, was convicted March 17 of second-degree murder with a sentence-enhancing weapon allegation in the 2012 slaying of 58-year-old Leopoldo Navarrete. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton imposed the sentence required by law, factoring in the defendant’s prior felony strikes. According to sheriff’s investigators, the defendant and Navarrete were loosely associated through encounters at a homeless camp known as the “Olive Groves,” off of Adelfa Street and Grand Avenue in

the community of Lakeland Village. Schmidt admitted fatally beating Navarrete with a rock, telling detectives that he flew into a rage when the victim disclosed that he’d molested a grandchild. Navarrete’s relatives vehemently denied that he ever had inappropriate contact with a juvenile family member. Deputy District Attorney Burke Strunsky wrote in a trial brief that Schmidt told a fellow cell mate that the killing was “spur of the moment” and regrettable. No one witnessed the June 14, 2012, attack, though several itinerants told authorities they encountered Schmidt in an agitated state that night, making self-incriminating statements, such as “first kill of the year.” Navarrete was reported missing

within a day of his disappearance. A month later, a man walking in the area of Akley and Gillette streets – about two blocks from the homeless encampment – stumbled upon Navarrete’s remains. Based on video surveillance tape from a store where Navarrete and Schmidt were seen around the same time, as well as statements from witnesses, investigators on Aug. 20, 2012, served an arrest warrant on Schmidt, who was staying at a group home in the 22000 block of Herbert Street in Good Hope. According to sheriff’s officials, the defendant took off running but was quickly apprehended. Schmidt has multiple prior felony convictions, including for drugdealing, burglary and attempted burglary.

Police arrest one motorist for drunken driving at Temecula checkpoint TEMECULA – A motorist was arrested for drunken driving and one vehicle was towed during an overnight sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint in Temecula, a police

sergeant said on June 22. Three drivers were arrested for driving without a driver’s license during the checkpoint at Rancho California Road that began at

9 p.m. Saturday and ended at 3 a.m., said Temecula police Sgt. Joe Greco. Greco said 983 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.

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“This means so much,” said Steve Ignacio, a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force. Ignacio was the winner of a drawing sponsored by Document Security Solutions (DSS). DSS is veteran-owned, founder and owner Parish Morris is a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. “Military Appreciation Day is in May,” said Morris, “and every year we try and do something special to give back.” The inspiration for this year’s special honor was a family RV trip that Morris took last summer to Big Bear. Despite initial hesitancy by every member of the family, the trip turned out to be “the experience of a lifetime,” said Morris. “It did a lot to bring the family together and they still talk about it to this day!” While brainstorming on options for this year’s honor, Morris’ office assistant, Ginny Aronson-Hoke, suggested an RV trip. Morris was excited and began shopping for deals that he intended to pay for. When Zach Zauss of Freedom RV in Murrieta heard of Morris’ plans, he jumped at the opportunity to participate.

“Just about all my family was in the military. If it’s staying in the community, I want to give back. I’ll just give it away! I’m blessed to be a part of this,” he said. DSS is paying for the gas for the trip. Morris, an affiliate member of the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS® (SRCAR), invited local real estate offices to nominate a worthy veteran for the giveaway. Sixteen local offices participated: Allison James Estates & Homes, Ardent Real Estate Services, Biggs Real Estate Professionals, Century 21 Preferred, Century 21 Wright, Coast & Country Real Estate, Homestar Real Estate Services, Home Quest Properties, Golden Realty, Keller Williams, Rancon Temecula, Rancon Menifee, Realty One Group Southwest, Seaway Properties Real Estate Inc., Shaffer Realty and Mortgage, and Tarbell. The presentation was made at the SRCAR offices in Murrieta. Ignacio’s name was drawn from among the 29 veterans nominated by the 16 local realty offices. Ignacio was nominated by Jan Baron of Realty One Group Southwest who sold him his home in Murrieta last year. Her broker, Clark Van Deventer, is retired from the US Navy.

“Twenty years in the military, I spent a lot of time away,” said Ignacio. “My family went through a lot of sacrifices.” Ignacio also commented on the Pledge of Allegiance that opens each SRCAR weekly marketing meeting. “I haven’t heard this publicly in years and this is inspiring; I just wish our country would get back to basics!” Ignacio is married, has a son who is a graduate of CSU San Marcos and a daughter, Cassie, who just graduated from Great Oak High School two weeks ago. She will also be attending CSU San Marcos. They are planning to take their trip in late July/early August but have not decided on a specific destination yet. Yellowstone, Yosemite, Pacifica and maybe Tahoe are on the list of options. “Thanks so much to everyone who made this possible,” said Ignacio. “I thank God – this is really a blessing!” Document Security Solutions can be contacted at (951) 6726224. Freedom RV is located at 26240 Jackson Avenue, Murrieta; (951) 696-9000. Realty One Group Southwest is at 41463 Margarita Road, Suite 100 in Temecula, CA. (951) 216-2003.

Uemura wins six ribbons at SD county fair Joe Naiman Valley News Correspondent Deborah Uemura won six ribbons for her preserved foods entries at the San Diego County Fair. The Menifee resident received two second-place ribbons, a thirdplace award, and three honorable mention ribbons. “I didn’t get the blue ribbons I’ve gotten before in the past, but I’m not going to complain,” Uemura said. Uemura earned second place in the conserve class, which was in the other soft spreads division, with her cranberry conserve. Her Mexican sangria jelly won second place in the wine class of the jellies division.

In the canned vegetables division her green beans won third place in the other than listed category. Uemura’s honorable mention ribbons were for her strawberry rhubarb pie filling in other than listed class of the miscellaneous division, her smoky roasted raspberry chipolte in the other than listed class of relishes and sauces, and her strawberry jalapeno jam in the mixed fruit, two or more class of the jams division. “I was actually surprised when I went down there,” Uemura said. The entry forms are submitted on-line in May, and the actual preserved food along with a recipe is submitted before the fair opens. The results of the judging are announced on the first day of the fair,

which this year was June 7. The judging results allowed Uemura to look for her awards when she attended the fair. “I’m like a kid in the candy store every year,” she said. Uemura has lived in Menifee for approximately 25 years and is originally from eastern Tennessee. She is the oldest of ten children and began making and canning preserved foods when she was ten years old. Uemura has been entering preserved foods in the San Diego County Fair since 2000.   “I figured I’d start with that one,” she said. “I think the San Diego County Fair is best,” Uemura said. “It’s got everything.”

Two firsts, five total ribbons for Parsley family at SD Co. Fair Joe Naiman Valley News Correspondent Murrieta’s Parsley family won five ribbons, including two firstplace awards, in the gems, minerals, and jewelry competition at the San Diego County Fair. Don Parsley won three awards, including two first-place prizes. His wife, Bonnie Parsley, took home two ribbons. “We just do it for fun, try to show the public what it is that lapidary people do,” Don Parsley said. The Parsley family moved from Colorado to Escondido in the early 1980s and began collecting gemstones approximately 20 years ago. They were originally involved

with the Palomar Gem and Mineral Club in Escondido, and after moving to Murrieta in 2003 they joined the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society. Because Don Parsley does not cut gemstones professionally, he was eligible for the category of one faceted stone for an amateur beginner. The faceted division requires all gemstones to be cut by the exhibitor, and Parsley has been faceting for approximately six years. He took first place for a faceted stone this year for the first time, earning the ribbon for a round cut 5.1-carat smoky quartz mined in Madagascar. He also took first place in three cabochons worldwide class; he displayed charoite

from Russia, rutilated quartz from Brazil, and a dinosaur bone from the Western United States. The fair also had a one cabochon worldwide class, and Parsley’s agate mined in Argentina resulted in a third-place ribbon. Bonnie Parsley won both of her ribbons in the wire wrap jewelry single piece class. Her sugilite pendant called “Royal Whispers” took second and her golden rutilated quartz work titled “Angel Hair” won third place. “It’s really a hobby,” she said. Bonnie Parsley has started to sell jewelry made with the gemstones the family has obtained. “We’ve kind of turned it into a little bit more than a hobby,” she said.

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takes a photograph, converts it to a line drawing, then cuts it out in wood to make a “carved” portrait. The passion can be seen in Ruch’s eyes when he shows the many different colors and grains that he works with such as Poplar, a white hardwood, or Lace wood, which is red. His shop, a modest shed in his yard, contains large and small pieces of these colorful wood strips ready to be trimmed and assembled into his next work of art. Ruch has recently joined a group of similar minded wood artists who meet in Nuevo called the Hemet Scrollers. The group has created and donated over 100 handmade wooden toys to Loma Linda, VIP Tots, and other children’s organizations. Along with playing the violin in church, woodworking and traveling with his wife, he does not know how he ever found the time to work. Recently, Ruch decided to display his wood creations at the Arts Showcase event that Arts Council Menifee hosted at the Countryside Marketplace. He sold four of his pieces that day. “The Arts Council has offered me a place to show my work right here in town, which gives me inspiration to create more,” said Ruch. For more information on David Ruch, visit

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Ruch found inspiration to create from his daily life experiences. He learned how to repair violins and other musical instruments. Eventually Ruch was inspired to build his own musical instrument from scratch. He decided to build a Celtic harp which he has played in church on several occasions. “I see instruments in magazines, and I know I’ve got to try making it,” said Ruch. He wrote to a museum and asked for dimensions for the viola de amore they were displaying, and with the information they provided, he built one. Upon retirement two years ago, Ruch became serious about woodworking with the encouragement of his friend Al Gingher. Gingher taught him how to use a scroll saw and Ruch “caught the bug.” His favorite part of the hobby is intarsia, which involves cutting a picture out of wood using the natural wood colors for the picture, similar to a jigsaw puzzle with each piece from different woods, and then assembling them into the picture. He also likes segmentation, an art method similar to intarsia except that all the picture puzzle pieces come from the same wood, with the colors being differentiated by applying stains or other means. Another aspect of woodworking he enjoys is fretwork in which he

CHS teacher Rob Clause suggests ideas to come to a contract negotiation with TVUSD board members during a meeting held on June 17, 2014. Shane Gibson photo

SALARIES from page A-1 and its teachers. Teachers at that district negotiated for a four percent retroactive salary increase through the end of 2014. But it wasn’t just a seeming low proposal that had teachers irked. They also cited frustration with a clause connecting salary increases to class size. Several different meetings have taken place behind closed doors between the teacher’s union and members of the Board of Trustees but it doesn’t appear there’s been any resolution at this point in time. Jeff Kingsberg, President-Elect for TVEA, said an agreement was not reached after the teacher’s union met with members of the board to discuss salary pay on June 12, 2014. “TVUSD reportedly came to the negotiations with no proposal and they did not respond to TVEA’s offer,” Kingsberg said. “Our members are here tonight, along with many others who were left in the lurch, with dashed hopes and a feeling of ‘we have not been heard.’” That offer on the part of TVEA included ensuring that class size for students in kindergarten through third grade remain at state-appointed levels and also called for a restoration of certain preparation time for teachers. Additionally, the TVEA proposal called for a “modest” increase in compensation for the 2014-2015 school year. It wasn’t clear what

figure the teacher’s union brought to the table but it didn’t appear to receive a response from the Board of Trustees. Kingsberg said TVEA was looking forward to meeting with the board one last time on Thursday, June 19 in a hope of coming to a reasonable solution but it appears that a deal was not fostered during that meeting either. The district provided a negotiations update on its website on Friday, June 20 explaining the proposal that it offered, which was ultimately met with an impasse by teachers. The district proposal called for a three percent salary increase that would be effective as of July 1, 2014. It also made plans to foster the creation of a District Finance Committee and rescinded the district’s previous offer of capping class size in association with a salary increase. Now the case will go before the California Public Employment Relations Board, according to TVUSD. “The process now moves to the next legally required step which is the certification for impasse proceedings by the California Public Employment Relations Board, the agency charged with administering the collective bargaining statutes,” a district statement said. To comment on this story online, visit

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Local ARTS from page A-1 painter and teacher who became nationally known. In the mid1950s, Love opened the Art Shack in Temecula, a studio where he taught, painted and made a mark as the region’s best known artist prior to his May 1992 death at 85years-old. Other activities were added as time passed, and the city last year expanded the event and renamed it the Temecula Art Festival. This year’s event also featured vendor booths, free youth drawing and painting lessons, a high school art show and an Inland Valley Photography Club contest. For the first time, a three-hour “Yarn Splash” unfolded at Sam Hicks Monument Park. Park benches, lamp posts, a gazebo and other fixtures were decorated with knitted and tied creations crafted out of

yarn donated by members of the Temecula Valley Woman’s Club. Sunday marked the fifth year in a row that Colin Moyer, a 20-yearold art student who has moved from Murrieta to Anaheim, had created a chalk piece. This year, in thanks for his sister’s recent delivery of a premature daughter, Moyer opted to recreate a 17th century painting of the Madonna and Child. “It was kind of a miracle to us,” Moyer explained of the baby, who was born 10 weeks early and will soon be leaving the hospital. “Her name is Madeline.” Moyer said it is the event’s friendship and fun that brings him back year after year. “It’s a cool event,” he said. “Everybody smiles. People here are so nice. It’s almost like family.” To comment on this story online, visit Allison Arnold, 14, shows her chalky blue palms during the Temecula Street Painting Festival.



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VanderLans wins Steer Wrestling at Glennville Joe Naiman Valley News Correspondent Jack VanderLans won the Steer Wrestling event at the Glennville Round-Up rodeo June 8. The Temecula cowboy had a time of 5.4 seconds to win the $1,034 first-place money. VanderLans also made a Tie-Down Roping run of 9.9 seconds to split third and fourth place in that event. “It was really great to do so well up there. It’s kind of a neat rodeo,” VanderLans said. Glennville is a one-day rodeo. “The committee does a really good job,” VanderLans said. “Glennville’s a small community up in

the hills. It’s pretty neat that they found that much money.” In addition to the added money provided by sponsors which complements the entry fee jackpot revenue, the winners of each event including VanderLans received a pair of Montana Silversmiths spurs. Glennville is approximately 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield and is accessible from State Route 155. VanderLans rode Bob when he was the Steer Wrestling competitor, Tuffy for Tie-Down Roping, and Leroy when he was the Steer Wrestling hazer who guides the steer for the bulldogger. VanderLans’ hazer at Glennville was Rhett Kennedy of

Chowchilla, who rode Leroy, and Kennedy rode Bob when VanderLans hazed for Kennedy. Kennedy had the second-place time of 8.6 seconds. “That was pretty cool,” VanderLans said of Kennedy and himself having the top two Steer Wrestling times. VanderLans made his run prior to Kennedy’s. “It was a good run,” he said. “They bring in fresh steers up there,” VanderLans said. “When they’re fresh like that they’re a little more unpredictable.” VanderLans also took arena considerations into account when planning his approach. “The arena’s real

long,” he said. “Worked out good. I kind of made a game plan and it all came together,” VanderLans said. VanderLans had to turn his steer after he caught the bovine, and the inexperienced steer was a factor in that part of his strategy. “You had to be real gentle,” he said. Kennedy opted for a longer time to ensure that he placed in the rodeo. VanderLans and Texas cowboy Nathan Steinberg, who also had a Tie-Down Roping time of 9.9 seconds, each earned $554. “That was good. I’ve been having a little trouble in the calf roping,” Vander-

Lans said. “It all worked out really well.” VanderLans brought his wife, Tawnie, and his infant daughter, Lilly, to Glennville. The family departed Glennville for Sisters, Oregon, the site of one of the following week’s rodeos which also included Livermore, California, on the return trip for the VanderLans family. “I’m really fortunate they came with me,” VanderLans said. Shannon Clawson of Anza placed in a professional rodeo for the first time in her Barrel Racing career; her time of 17.55 seconds gave her the fourth-place $641.55 check.

MENIFEE from page A-1 quality of life for the residents of Menifee. He said Menifee is the second fastest growing city in all of Riverside County and the sixth fastest growing city in the State of California. He added that the city’s growth is indicative of its increasing value as a place to live. “You’re selecting Menifee to be your hometown and the numbers don’t lie,” Mann said. “We’ve grown around 15 percent in our population in the few short years since our incorporation.” That growth has been a challenge Mann said the city has enthusiastically pursued without increasing the size of their staff. He said that when compared with Murrieta and Temecula, the City of Menifee has the smallest staff per square

Menifee Mayor Scott Mann speaks about the current state of the city and the future plans for Menifee as the city continues to grow.

Colby Brown, 12, sings the National Anthem during the 6th annual Menifee State of the City on Thurs. June 19, 2014. Shane Gibson photos

mile as a city but has been able to accomplish a lot in spite of its relative size.

effectively in the face of sizable growth. Johnson and the team of indi-

He credited City Manager Rob Johnson for Menifee’s continued effort to operate smoothly and

viduals who work with him in various departments of the city’s office have won four awards this year for their efforts in city planning and other endeavors, according to the mayor. Still, Mann said the city needs to invest in its future as growth continues. He said that various components of the city’s operations are either being worked on currently or will be worked on in order to “keep Menifee moving.” One of those first components addressed by Mann was public safety. He mentioned the city’s addition of three new officers, two patrol officers and one motorcycle officer. He said the city would like to see the addition of more public safety officials as it continues to grow; he added that the passage of SB69 – a California Senate bill that would allocate additional property tax revenue to local jurisdictions – would help in that endeavor. “It would make Menifee whole in terms of lost revenue,” Mann said of the bill. The mayor said the City of Menifee might be able to add 18 additional police department members with the allocation of those funds if the bill were to pass. Next, Mann addressed business and mentioned the addition of various retail stores and restaurants to the city, gains that will likely keep Menifee residents from having to go to nearby Murrieta or Temecula to shop or get their favorite kinds of foods. The addition of various commercial retail spaces has been part of the draw for businesses to come to Menifee and part of Menifee’s economic development plan at large, according to Mann. Infrastructure and housing were two other components discussed during the speech. Mann said the city has worked on a number of infrastructure and road projects as part of its rolling five year capital improvement program to accommodate a growing population of individuals who use the I-215 freeways and various roadways within the city. He said the city has also worked with housing developers to continue accommodating the growing population of families looking to buy a home, but not at the expense of rural areas and the rural community, which city officials are working to preserve. Ultimately, Mann said the city is working hard to satisfy the people of Menifee and make sure they’re invested in as well. “We’re making undertaking projects today and making hard decisions now that will result in a higher quality of life tomorrow,” he said. City Manager Rob Johnson, who spoke briefly before Mann’s speech, said he was thankful for the people in the community themselves. “There are so many people in this community that make us who we are, make us proud and make us grow,” he said. To comment on this story online, visit

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CLUB from page A-1 create Lego sculptures among a number of other fun activities. The day was an important one for former Menifee city councilwoman Sue Kristjansson, who has worked to make the Boys and Girls club a reality over the past two years. “I’ve lived here since 2002 and always thought we needed something like this in the community,” Kristjansson said. “So after my city council term I set about putting this together and I built a board of directors who were leaders in the community.” Kristjansson and the board worked to procure the resources and funding necessary to make their goal of a Boys and Girls Club a reality. Now that the club is open children will not only have an opportunity to play and be participants in a number of different activities from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on any given day, but they can also use the center as a learning resource as well. The “Power Hour” is an instructional period of time at the facility where children who need help with their homework can go to one of the center’s available instructors and get it, according to Kristjansson. “The key to that is making sure that they’re kept up to date with their school work and that they’re not falling behind in any of the areas they need help in,” Kristjansson said. “And the second part of that is helping the parents; when you finish a day’s work, you don’t want to have to tackle that (homework), too.” “This gives the parents the opportunity to spend different time with their kids – more family time,” she said. Council member John Denver said he was excited by the fact that Boys and Girls Club was open in Menifee. He said that even before Menifee was a city, there was a need for a place where children could go.

Denver said kids in Menifee, Sun City, Romoland, Homeland and Quail Valley have traditionally had to go to Murrieta or Temecula if they wanted to participate in fun activities similar to the ones provided by the boys and girls club. Now, with the boys and girls club in place, that need is being met closer to home for the people who live in Menifee and its surrounding areas, he said. “This is fulfilling a tremendous need,” he said. Denver added that the City of Menifee will be donating $35,000 to the Boys and Girls Club as a startup organization in the coming fiscal year, but that they’re not the only one’s poised to help. The Assistance League of the Temecula Valley is aiming to do a book drive to provide the center’s children with books and the Sun City Library expressed a similar interest, according to Denver. On the opening day children were participating in number of different activities. Some were jumping in the bouncy house located immediately behind the center while others were having fun building different constructions with Lego building blocks. Twelve-year-old Jacob Bassett built a mosaic out of Legos that resembled one of his favorite superheroes, Spider-Man. He said he enjoyed being able to build with Legos and that he was glad the center provided the opportunity for him to do so. Nine-year-old Kenneth Bloesel agreed with that sentiment as he built a house out of the blocks. “It’s very gratifying to see all these kids enjoying themselves today after two years in the making,” said Bill Zimmerman, one of the members of the club’s board. “I’m very proud of all the work that went into creating this opportunity for Menifee’s families and the kids, which it will serve.” Zimmerman said the activities offered through the boys and girls



Boys and Girls Club staff member leads a group of children in a song during the Menifee Boys and Girls Shane Gibson photos Club grand opening event on Friday, June 20, 2014.

club will provide opportunities for interaction between the children, ultimately bolstering social skills. He said he wants to provide lots of opportunities for children to participate in art, music and dance. He said he also wants to facilitate activities that will teach children about Menifee’s history. One of the classrooms of the campus that now makes up the campus of the Boys and Girls club will be turned into a historical museum that the members of the club can visit to learn more about the place where they live. “It’ll be a great opportunity for all of the service organizations in this community to work with boys and girls club to offer the things that are our experience and share our expertise with the kids here,” Zimmerman said. To comment on this story online, visit

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, During the first days of the wildfires in San Diego County a couple of weeks ago, one of the reporters said that there were not enough air tankers available for the number of fires. Later that evening on another station a reporter said that there were no super tankers available when the fires broke out. If these reporters were correct this should be considered a crime and some officials should be looking for new jobs. The news has been talking about the potential high fire danger in

southern California since Christmas, the 30 day weather forecasts have been quite accurate, and the weekly forecasts have been very accurate. They have predicted red flag conditions with alarming accuracy. Thus, there is no excuse for any delays in air tankers, especially the super tankers. When the first super tanker dropped a load of fire retardant on a fire the days of the puddle pups should have started to wane. Fighting wildfires with the puddle pups is like fighting a structure fire with garden hoses rather than fire hoses, just not a good idea. The

super tankers should be the first in line rather than being used as a last defense the way we are now. California needs a fleet of 8 to 10 super tankers (DC-10/747) if they are to do anything about this year’s fire season. If the State Fire Tax is being spent on anything other than assembling a fleet of super tankers, it is being very poorly spent.

Menifee Boys and Girls Club member Jacob Bassett, 12, shows his Lego Spiderman creation during a Lego workshop at the club.

Respectfully submitted, Harry M. Quinn Mountain Center, California

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Temecula’s pilot special needs Visual Arts Program drawing praise Laura Rathbun Special to the Valley News The City of Temecula’s pilot Visual Arts Program for special needs adults is drawing praise from participants and their families. “I think it’s absolutely fantastic,” said Marlene Wilcox, whose daughter Samantha Wilcox, 28, was one of 19 students in the unique program. “My daughter has grown in so many ways.” The Wilcoxes and about 50 other people attended a “Meet the Artist” evening reception for students on June 13 at the Merc Gallery in Temecula. The students celebrated completing the 18-week program with family and friends and publicly showcased their artwork. Temecula Council Member Mike Naggar wasn’t at the reception but later released a statement saying that he’s proud the city offers programs that give young people creative outlets and opportunities to express themselves and build confidence. 

“These types of programs are integral to self-expression and particularly valuable to youth with special needs,” Naggar stated. The city’s Inclusion Services Specialist Yvette Martinez explained that the program was offered because art is not only fun, but therapeutic. It benefited special needs adults by promoting inclusion, fostering socialization, encouraging friendships and building confidence. She added that it was so successful that the city wants to offer it again but hasn’t determined dates yet. Riverside resident MarkAllen Gonzales, 35, instructed the program. He has a degree in visual arts and previously worked as an assistant art director at Cal Baptist University and academic advisor at Riverside Community College. He also received inclusion training from the city to teach the program and has a 5-year-old son with special needs.  Gonzales said students’ projects

Candice Ahonen, 33, of Temecula happily shows her collage, which depicts her favorite things such as flowers and singer Taylor Swift.

included drawing, acrylic painting, paper mache, and photography. The program was held at the Mary Phillips Senior Center on Thursday afternoons from January 16 to May 15. It cost students $20 and covered all supplies. “I really was amazed with the skills and creativity that some of the students have,” Gonzales said. “I also learned that teaching art had a greater impact on their lives than I realized it would and feel honored to be a part of the process and their lives.” Marlene Wilcox lauded Gonzales. “He genuinely cares about the students and helps them reach their potential,” she commented.  “I like my teacher. He’s a good teacher,” said Candice Ahonen, 33, of Temecula. During the reception she happily showed her artwork displayed on a gallery wall. “It’s a collage,” she said. It’s about what I like.”   The collage depicts flowers, singer Taylor Swift, and her favorite color purple. Ahonen wants to continue taking art lessons. Steven Martinez, 23, of Corona was another student in the program. He attends Riverside Community  College as a fine arts major and enjoyed the class. He said he got to “meet new people, have fun and help others” while creating art.  Steven Martinez also participates in the Global Citizens Viticulture/ Hospitality Vocational Program, which the city has recently extended for the next fiscal year. Its goal is to prepare special needs adults with skills to work in wineries or the hospitality industry. It successfully completed its first spring quarter and will resume in the fall. In the interim, the city is offering viticulture/hospitality students computer and job preparedness training in July. The program is a partnership with Spero Vineyards, which is owned by Mark Woods-

Visual Arts Program Instructor MarkAllen Gonzales (left) stands next to a collage done by his student Steven Martinez (right). Martinez, 23, is a Corona resident and his artwork was displayed at the Merc Gallery in Temecula.

Temecula resident Samantha Wilcox, 28, created the three pieces of art to her right in the Visual Arts Program. It was the first time she took Laura Rathbun photos formal art training and she enjoyed it.

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Pet salon that utilizes holistic methods opens to the public Alex Groves Staff Writer

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euthanizing animals as well as some of the other trauma associated with being a vet. So she said she did the next best thing, which was to open a dog salon where she could give animals care and individualized attention while making them clean and comfortable. She set up the salon with that purpose in mind, giving cage-shy dogs a pen area where they can roam freely and associate with one another. She said she did this to lower incidences of biting, as some dogs tend to get hostile when put in cages. The pet salon owner added that minor adjustments such as the pen are common throughout the salon, as the treatment of stressed out dogs and dogs with conditions are areas she specializes in. “I handle the biters, the guide dogs, the dogs that have seizures or medical conditions,” she said.

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easy entry. Additionally, Wilson said some of the washing techniques utilized at the salon are perfect for older and arthritic dogs. Jet propulsion and warm water of a bath is perfect for soothing aching muscles and bones which often plague older canines. She added that the hydro-surge massage system inside the baths leaves dogs cleaner than they might otherwise be with traditional forms of washing. She said the jets of water separate a dog’s hair follicles, allowing shampoo to penetrate their skin and leave them with a deep, all-over

kind of clean. Wilson said she is glad to be joined by a staff of talented dog groomers, one of whom is Carol Rosier. Rosier is best known for her work as a dog groomer at the Laundered Mutt in Temecula. The dog salon owner said she’s excited for the future and excited for the prospect of growth. “I want this to be Temecula’s premier grooming shop,” she said. “I want this to be the place where people love bringing their pets to.” To comment on this story online, visit

Best breeds for first-time dog owners INLAND EMPIRE – Deciding to get a dog can be a life-altering moment. While the decision carries with it a wealth of responsibility, a dog can change a person’s life for the better, providing loyalty and companionship for years to come. Once the decision to get a dog has been made, prospective pet owners must choose a breed. Various factors play into this decision, including how much space the dog will have at home, the grooming responsibilities that come with a particular breed and the typical demeanor of a given breed. Because no two breeds or owners are the same, some dogowner combinations may make for a better pairing than others. Descriptions of breed temperament can provide a window into the general personality of certain dogs. But such descriptions are not set in stone, as each dog is unique and may exhibit behaviors extraordinary to its breed. Factors such as socialization and training play key roles in how dogs will react in situations, and the following are some dog breeds that have a propensity to be easy-going and relatively easy to train. Golden retriever: Golden retrievers tend to be gregarious, docile

and a good fit for families. They are people-oriented, affectionate and loyal. Golden retrievers are moderately-sized dogs that need exercise to prevent boredom (which can compel them to cause damage around the home). But golden retrievers are generally a good fit for first-time dog owners. Labrador retriever: A close cousin to the golden retriever, Labradors are another breed known for their good nature and willingness to be trained. Labs shed and can grow large, so that is something apartment-dwellers must consider before bringing home a lab. Standard poodle: Poodles are an intelligent breed that are easily trained. Poodles can be high strung if not given ample exercise, so this is something prospective poodle owners need to consider. Cavalier King Charles spaniel: This is a well-proportioned and smaller dog that is typically affectionate, happy and outgoing. Typically eager to please and intelligent enough for obedience training, the cavalier is naturally well-behaved and can get along well with other pets. Boston terrier: The Boston

Boston terriers tend to be playful and friendly with a willingness to learn.

terrier, also known as the “Boston Bull,” is a compact brute of a dog. Although small in size, the Boston terrier does not lack for personality and tends to be playful and friendly with a willingness to learn. Bostons do require a firm human leader; otherwise, they may believe they run the show. These breeds are offered as examples of good breeds for first-time dog owners. However, there are plenty of other breeds out there that would make ideal pets, even for the novice dog owner. Socialization, training and exercise are essential to shaping a dog into a trusted and happy member of the family.

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She said she uses holistic approaches to treat the dogs that are not necessarily common at other pet grooming locations. She uses certain products like lavender, chamomile, sage and tea tree oil with baths because they not only sooth and comfort the dogs, but also leave them smelling great. Wilson added that no dog is too young or too old to receive a luxury treatment at her salon and that’s something that is perhaps evidenced by salon’s tubs, which are walk-in; the dogs don’t have to clamber or climb to get inside them because they have a door that unlatches for


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Local City managers discuss developments, growth at annual event Paul Bandong Staff Writer The Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS® (SRCAR) held its fourth annual City Managers’ Breakfast on Thursday, June 19 in Murrieta. Kimberly Parker, SRCAR’s 2014 Legislative Chairperson, welcomed Grant Yates (Lake Elsinore), Gary Nordquist (Wildomar), Rick Dudley (Murrieta), and Aaron Adams (Temecula) to address an assemblage of local REALTORS® and other interested parties. Moderator Gene Wunderlich, SRCAR’s Government Affairs Director, noted that this year all guests are repeat speakers as opposed to last year when four out of five were new in their positions. Despite the lack of redevelopment agency funds and vehicle license fees taken by the state, every city is in recovery mode from the recession. They are moving forward with infrastructure improvements, revitalization projects, park openings and job attraction. Public safety and education are among the best in the nation. New home development and commercial development plans are also going strong. Attracting hotels was a common theme as the Transit Occupancy Tax nets cities a larger percentage than other sources (ten percent versus 1-2 percent for sales tax and 6-7 percent for property taxes). Murrieta and Temecula have turned their former City Hall buildings into business incubators to spur local business and job growth. Murrieta City Manager Rick Dudley reported that Murrieta was ranked the second safest city in the nation (eighth for cities over 100,000 population) based on all eight categories (four for property and four for crimes against persons) of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting annual ranking. Murrieta has ranked in the top ten the last five years. The city now has paramedics on every fire engine and a response time of five to six minutes. Murrieta schools are among the top five in Riverside County; all three high schools rank in the top ten per cent in the nation. The Murrieta Valley Unified School District has a 94.5 percent graduation rate. In 2012, Murrieta Valley High School won the World Robotic Competition. Murrieta Mesa High School is the only one in the county to teach Mandarin. A team of seven fourth and fifth graders from Cole Canyon Elementary travelled to Iowa State University May 27 to 30 and won this year’s World Finals Tournament in the Odyssey of the Mind international competition. The competition included thousand of teams from throughout the United States and 25 other countries. Parks and events contribute greatly to Murrieta’s quality of life. The city has 50 parks, three sport parks, an equestrian center and an extensive trail system. The city sponsors a large number of events; there are also a number of citizen-sponsored activities. The city is fiscally sound – despite losing 25 percent of its employees and revenues – and sales tax revenues are at pre-recession levels. The city’s primary effort is economic development to build a strong local economy to weather the next recession. The focus of this effort is primarily job creation, especially in the North Murrieta Technology Corridor and the South Murrieta Business Park. There are also efforts underway to attract additional retail/restaurant developments as well as hotels. The Triangle project’s revised plan (at the intersection of I-15 and Hwy 215) was approved: reduced retail to 640,000 square feet, 1.7 million square feet of office. There are plans for mixed-use commercial buildings in historic downtown. Residential housing plans include: The Vineyard, 1000 units a school and park on the west side; Hubter’s Ridge, 115 units; SunCal , 500 units; and 500 other single family residences. Apartments are also planned near Vista Murrieta high School and near Murrieta Hot Springs and Via Princesa. Dudley noted later in the Q & A period that Murrieta has been discouraging the use of Community Facility District special assessments (CFD’s) by developers. Murrieta is also not considering the annexation of Winchester; an incorporation study is under way for that area. Murrieta was named the fourth

“Best City for Young Families in California” by Nerdwallet. Dudley also cited an electronic newsletter as saying “Murrieta is one of the best places for military families to move to.” Lake Elsinore City Manager Grant Yates has lived in the area since 1991; he has been city manager for 1-1/2 years and is still amazed by the beauty of the area. Lake Elsinore – 43 square miles – is regarded as the fastestgrowing city in the state. The city is only 30 percent built out with 1200 acres of undeveloped freeway frontage. During the recession they were averaging 235 new homes per year; since 2011, they have been averaging over 700 per year. There is new development throughout all areas of the city: Canyon Hills, Pardee, Summerly. The outlet mall is undergoing a $5 million renovation to “create a sense of place.” The city is considering two new hotel applications. Lake Elsinore has a $26 million Capital Improvement Plan. This includes infrastructure projects: drainage and facilities; parks; alignment studies. The I-15/Railroad Canyon Ultimate Interchange consists of five intersections within a half-mile that the Federal Highway Department called “one of the most complicated west of the Mississippi.” It is considered a perfect candidate for a European-styled nexus that Yates says “will look like Autopia in Disneyland.” This 2.2 million dollar project looks more feasible compared to the $70-80 million dollar alternatives. Other projects include a deceleration lane at Railroad Avenue, the I-15/Central Avenue interchange, the Main Street Interchange, revitalizing downtown and historic Main Street, the east Lake Plan, lake conservation, a Walmart supercenter on Central Avenue, the Diamond project (to create a destination with hotels, dining, retail). “Our motto is ‘Dream Extreme’,” said Yates, “We’re living the dream!” Wildomar City Manager Gary Nordquist’s remarks began with “We’re open!” signifying their survival through the recession as the newest city (six years) in the area. Wildomar’s population is 33,716 within a 24 square mile area with 30% under age 18. The city is only 62 percent built out. City staff is nine employees with many services contracted out (Sheriff’s Department, CalFire, PV Maintenance). At buildout, Nordquist expects Wildomar to have a population of 53,000; 6000 new homes; 500 acres of commercial development; 260 acres of business parks and industrial. He believes this is fiscally sustainable; the challenge is to get to that future. The city is projecting $1.4 million in sales tax revenue, and $3.2 million in property tax revenues. They lost $2.8 million in vehicle license fees to the state, but the passage of SB69 should restore about $1.9 million to the city coffers. On April 12, Wildomar opened its city parks after three years of being closed; over 450 community members had joined in to plant 5000 plants/trees and the city hydroseeded the fields. Residential developments include Lennar at Andalusia; Palomar is under construction; CV communities has a project. There is a 312-unit apartment project at Oak Springs Ranch. Oak Creek at Bundy Canyon is planning 270 units. Shea Homes is planning 1290 single-family residences in a gated community. Commercial projects include: Bundy Canyon Plaza, Rancon Medical Offices, Baxter Village, Wildomar Square, Westpark Promenade (322 condominiums, a four-story office building, two restaurants on a 27-acre site). A

Local city managers presented state-of-the-city addresses to the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS®. L-R Gary Nordquist (Wildomar), Tick Dudley (Murrieta), Grant Yates (Lake Elsinore), Aaron Adams (Temecula). Han Parker photo

Walmart Supercenter is planned at south of Bundy Canyon and east of I-15. A satellite San Jacinto Community College campus is under discussion for 88 acres of county land on Clinton Keith between the I-15 and Hwy 215. A notable achievement was the opening of the Clinton Keith/I-15 overpass. Temecula City Manager Aaron Adams noted that this is the City of Temecula’s 25th Anniversary. A balanced operating budget has just been approved and projects $62 million in revenues; 43 percent of the expenditure side is allocated to public safety, which remains a top priority. Temecula remains on the FBI’s list of safest communities in the nation. Business license applications have shown a positive trend in the last five years. Unemployment is down to 5.6 percent compared to the County of Riverside at 8.3 percent and the State of California at 7.3 percent. There were 1000 new jobs created in the last year in Temecula; Temecula Valley Hospital accounted for 450 of those new jobs with an annual payroll of $40 million. Sales tax trends are also trending positive; the forecast is for continued incremental increases. The new Mercedes Benz dealership will also have a positive impact; they sold 94 cars in their first month of business. There are over 100,000 square feet of new mixed-use construction in Old Town that provide office, retail, and restaurants; this includes the new Class A office space in the Truax Building. Projected residential construction includes 1500 units in the proposed 270-acre Altair project on the west hills of town which necessitates the construction of the western bypass; 250 condominiums in the Wolf Creek/Deer Hollow area; and 1,377 units on nine other sites. There is a possibility of a Comfort Inn Suites in Old Town. Toyota of Temecula is also being expanded. Some infrastructure projects were recently completed: Butterfield Stage Road is now connected to Murrieta, the Main Street Bridge is open, Phase I of the French Valley Parkway is open. Phase 2 – the I-15 overpass --is becoming a higher priority, but is only one-third funded. The city is working with CalTrans on the project. Temecula has just broken ground on a new “Special Needs” park for children. An expansion for Pennypickle’s workshop and upgrades to Sam Hicks Park are also in the plans. The city tries hard to maintain the sense of community and the small town feel; there are over 110 special events each year. The Temecula tourism industry remains strong at an estimated $625 million annually.

planning are needed for the preservation and replacement of city assets.” Moderator Wunderlich noted that 65 percent of local residents commute 30 minutes or more to a job and that it was important to address local job growth for both quality of life and local economies. The potential for the area is great; “in 2001 to 2006, the area was considered the fastest-appreciating community in the nation.”

The development of the Jefferson Corridor to attract and create jobs is a top planning priority. Adams later responded in the Q & A session that Temecula is not considering the annexation of Morgan Hill or French Valley. “It didn’t pencil out,” said Adams, “There wasn’t sufficient tax base to support the services.” “Temecula is transitioning from a growth city to ‘maintenance mode’,” said Adams, “much thought and long-term strategic

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What to do if you inherit someone’s 401(k) Jason Alderman Special to the Valley News Talk about good news wrapped in bad: In the midst of grieving the loss of a loved one, you learn that you were named beneficiary of their 401(k) plan. Chances are you’ve got too much on your mind to make any sudden decisions about what to do with the money. However, don’t procrastinate too long. The IRS has ironclad rules, deadlines and penalties concerning inherited retirement accounts, which vary depending on what type of account it is. Under federal law, surviving spouses automatically inherit their spouse’s 401(k) plan unless someone else was named beneficiary and the surviving spouse signed a written waiver. If someone is single at death, their plan’s assets go to their designated beneficiary. The IRS has basic tax and distribution rules and timetables for inherited 401(k) plans. However, the plans themselves are allowed to set more restrictive guidelines if they choose, so read the plan documents carefully. You must pay income tax on distributions (except for Roth accounts, which have already been taxed), although you may be able to spread out withdrawals and tax payments over a number of years,

depending on how you structure it. Many 401(k) plans require beneficiaries to withdraw the money in either a lump sum or separate payments extending no longer than five years after the person’s death; however, some will allow you to keep the money in the plan indefinitely, so check their rules. Note that distributions will be added to your taxable income for the year, which can greatly increase your tax bite. Thus, many people prefer to spread the payments out as long as possible. Plus, the longer funds remain in the account, the longer they accrue earnings, tax-free. If the original account holder had already reached the mandatory withdrawal age of 70 ½, you may be allowed to continue withdrawing funds according to his or her withdrawal schedule. Your minimum annual withdrawal amount is based on your own life expectancy, according to IRS tables (see Appendix C in IRS Publication 590 at Alternatively, you could speed up the payment schedule or take a lump sum. You may also be able to transfer your balance into an “inherited IRA,” which must be named and maintained separately from your other IRAs. With an inherited IRA, you must withdraw a certain

amount each year, based on your life expectancy. Distributions must begin the year following the donor’s death, regardless of whether or not you’re retired. Make sure the 401(k) trustee transfers funds directly to the inherited IRA’s trustee so you never touch the money; otherwise the transfer may be voided and you’ll have to pay taxes on the entire sum that year. Surviving spouses have an addi-

tional option. Instead of opening an inherited IRA, they’re also allowed to do a “spousal rollover,” which means rolling over the balance into an existing or new IRA in their own name. The key advantage of a spousal rollover is that you don’t have to begin taking mandatory withdrawals until you reach 70 ½, unlike inherited IRAs where you must begin withdrawals the year after the donor’s death. One last point: Always withdraw

at least the required minimum distribution (RMD) amount each year, if one is specified. If not, you’ll pay a penalty equal to 50 percent of the difference between the RMD and what you actually withdrew. Talk to a financial or legal expert before taking any action on your inheritance. Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs.

How to usher your office into the eco-friendly era INLAND EMPIRE – Technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, with once groundbreaking ideas and devices becoming obsolete in what seems like the blink of an eye. Despite such advancements, many professional environments are still consuming far more energy than is necessary, proving that there is still progress to be made with regard to how we use technology and protect the planet. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 30 percent of energy consumed by office buildings is used inefficiently, while the Energy Star program notes that 17 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from commercial buildings’ energy use. That leaves ample opportunity for those who

want to usher their offices into the eco-friendly era to make changes that will conserve energy. Consider new lighting Energy Star notes that lighting is typically the most costly portion of many companies’ monthly electric bills, and that’s often because lighting is so often used in an inefficient manner. But flipping switches at the end of each day is not the only way business owners or office managers can cut their lighting costs. Many companies prefer to have lights on overnight for security purposes, but motion detection lighting systems are more eco-friendly and can pay for themselves over the long haul by reducing energy costs. Such systems will only turn









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Ensuring employees turn their computers off at the end of the workday is one way companies can become more eco-friendly.

printed out and distributed as hard copies when it’s just as easy and far less taxing on the environment to share such memos via email. Reducing reliance on hard copy documents can drastically reduce paper consumption and free up space around the office. Plug leaks Much like homeowners can save substantial amounts of money by plugging leaks around windows and doorways, businesses also can cut energy costs by identifying and plugging leaks. In fact, the DOE

estimates that taking care of air leaks can save businesses as much as 10 percent off their energy costs. Make sure air ducts and filters are routinely cleaned to ensure heating and cooling systems are operating at optimal efficiency. Many business owners and office managers have been slow to embrace various eco-friendly strategies that can benefit the planet and their bottom lines. But as technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, the opportunities for businesses to become more ecofriendly continue to evolve as well.

City of Temecula appoints city clerk TEMECULA – Following two national recruitments, the City of Temecula has selected Randi Johl to fill the vacated city clerk position. Johl will fill the vacancy resulting from former City Clerk Susan Jones’ departure, who retired on December 27, 2013. Johl begins her new assignment on July 9, 2014, and will be responsible for managing the City Clerk’s Office, including Municipal Elections, Records Management, and City Council legislative processes involving agenda management/ coordination. Johl has experience as a city

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clerk with the City of Fountain Valley, the City of Lodi, and possesses her Juris Doctorate from Trinity Law School. Additionally, Randi serves as the legislative director for the City Clerks Association of California and as the department representative on the League of California Cities Board of Directors. Johl will be a very good addition and fit for the organization and member of the executive management team. The city clerk position offers health, dental, vision and life insurance benefits afforded to all other city employees, and an annual salary range of $102,950 to $144,945.

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Pitstop Pub offers up fun and unique menu items

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runchy, spicy, salty and sweet are just some of the terms that describe the versatile menu at Pitstop Pub Sports Bar and Grill in Menifee. The bar and grill offers a menu that’s chocked full of different options for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wide-selection of beverage choices. Diners will find classics like a build-your-own pizza with a plethora of ingredients that includes pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, green peppers and pineapple among others. The menu also offers dishes that appeal to carnivores with multiple burger options and wings in a number of different hot sauces. But for those looking for something on the wild side there are a number of different options like a breakfast pizza complete with scrambled eggs, bacon, red onion, green pepper, sausage gravy and a healthy serving of cheddar cheese to boot. Habanero pepper jack ghost cheese gives burgers an added dose of spicy flare, something many of the diners

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Denver Omelette is one of the breakfast choices.

reportedly enjoy as spice eaters. Jessie “Tato” Tate, one of the chefs at Pitstop, said that the menu is so versatile because the Sports Bar is always receiving new food options from their supplier. He said he’s always trying those new options to craft menu items that are playful and unique but that people will also enjoy. “We have our own style and we like to do our own thing,” Tato said. “We have burgers but they’re not like anyone else’s burgers; we order custom buns and barbeque sauce and we like to add our own spin to things.”

sauce from scratch, too. One menu item introduced by Tato are the Brownie Bites, a number of fudge brownies placed around a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate drizzle on top. The brownies, however, have a twist. They’re not quite solid in the inside but rather are reminiscent of something similar to a lava cake. The molten, warm filling of the brownies contrasts itself with the smooth and creamy finish of the cold ice cream. But what pub would be complete without a wide selection of beverages?

“We have burgers but they’re not like anyone else’s burgers; we order custom buns and barbeque sauce and we like to add our own spin to things.” – Jessie “Tato” Tate Tato said another trick to serving up great food – besides putting a personal touch – is also making sure things are made from scratch. He said he tries to make lots of things from the many fresh ingredients that come into the bar on a regular basis. He makes salsa from scratch and also makes sure to make the wing

Courtesy photo Pitstop Pub features live bands every Friday night. Safety Orange is a reggae surf-rock band that performs regularly.

Pitstop has 26 different beers on tap and that selection varies between domestic beers like Miller Lite, Coors and Pabst Blue Ribbon and craft brewery options like Hangar 24 and Fat Tire. Sandi Geer, owner of the Pitstop, said it has more to offer than its selection of food and drink. She said the sports bar frequently becomes a venue for bands that come in to rock out such as Safety Orange, a band that specializes in a kind of reggae surf-rock. They usually come in as one of the bands that perform on Fridays from 9 p.m. until midnight. From 8 p.m. until midnight on Sunday nights, a number of disparate musicians come together for more of a free-form session. It’s called the “Open Band Jam,” and it’s one of Geer’s favorite events. “We get an amazing amount of wonderful talent,” Geer said. “People come in and jam with other people. We’ll get a guitar player, we’ll get a drummer and we’ll get a singer and they all collaborate and (come up with songs they want to play).”

Pizzas can be made to order. BBQ chicken is shown above.

Buffalo wings feature sauce made from scratch.

Geer said she’s been opening the pub just a few hours earlier at 9 a.m. to accommodate World Cup fans who want to see their team dominate and that her pub is a prime location for watching the game with the 22 televisions they have. Geer said she tries to accommodate a myriad of sports fans, adding that Pitstop has the MLB channel so people can see any of the major league baseball games taking place. It also has NFL Ticket for the

upcoming football season. The pub owner encouraged possible customers to check out Pitstop’s event calendar on their website for more information about their upcoming events and attractions. That website is The Pitstop Pub Bar and Grill is located at 26900 Newport Road Suite 101 in Menifee. Give them a call at 951-679-0869.

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Murrieta Library’s teen summer program raises reading levels and funds for animals Laura Rathbun Special to the Valley News

The Murrieta Library is currently offering Read for a Reason, a novel summer program for teens to improve their reading skills while they earn funds for Animal Friends of the Valleys. This is the second summer that the six-week program is being offered. Last year over 150 teens participated and raised $1,000 for AFV, according to Teen Services Librarian Joyce Lea Brown. The program started on June 16. Brown said that teens can read any book over 100 pages at their level or adult fiction or non-fiction. They earn one cent for each page they read so if they read a 300-page-book, they can earn $3 for AFV. This year’s goal is $1,200. When teens finish a book they have to fill out a reading card. If they wish, they can write short comments or a review about the book on the card before turning it in at the library’s Adult Information Desk. The reading cards will be entered in drawings for prizes such as books, CDs and store and restaurant gift certificates. The drawings and a finale party will be held at

the library on July 24 at 2 p.m. All reading cards have to be turned in by July 19. “We had several teens in the library on the first day of the program and I asked them if they wanted to participate in the program,” Brown commented. “They said yes and were enthusiastic about it.” Brown ran an altruistic teen reading program for two years at the Oceanside Public Library before coming to the Murrieta Library in 2007. “This is something I’ve wanted to do since I got here,” she said. “The main thing I like about this altruistic program is that the kids are giving back to their community while earning rewards and points for the summer reading program. They’re just not reading for themselves to get prizes.” Money raised by the program will help AFV provide emergency medical services and food for rescued animals. Brown said that difficulty finding a corporate sponsor prevented the library from offering the program before 2013. At a spring 2013 Friends of the Murrieta Library (Friends) meeting, Brown addressed the group and

said she wanted to add an altruistic element to the teen summer reading program. “I asked the Friends group if they knew of possible sponsors,” she said. Though the Friends thought it was a great idea, they had difficulty helping Brown find a sponsor. Friends’ treasurer Carol Carson wanted to see the program happen so she generously offered to fund it up to $1,000. “When we had a sponsor, I contacted AFV and asked if they’d like teen readers to read for a reason and provide funds for AFV,” Brown said. “They were happy to receive the funding and it went forward.” Last summer teens in the program read over $950 worth of pages and one teen did $95 worth of reading. The teens were so close to the goal that Carson went ahead and donated the $1,000. This year ’s sponsor is Laurie Blanscet, a Murrieta family medicine doctor and an acquaintance of Brown. Brown asked her to sponsor the program and she didn’t hesitate to say yes. She loves animals and is donating up to $1,200. Brown, a Murrieta resident and

Murrieta Library’s Teen Services Librarian Joyce Lea Brown (right) assists Murrieta resident Nathan Paul, 16, in selecting a book for the Read for a Laura Rathbun photo Reason teen reading program this summer.

animal lover too, wants teen readers in the program to meet the goal. “I’m hoping for more this year,” she said. “I’d really like for more teens to be reading with us this summer.”

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The Movie Review: “Jersey Boys” Robert T. Nickerson Special to the Valley News I’ll tell you a high school story from only a few years ago (okay, more like eight, but why count?). In an American history class in the eleventh grade, I had a teacher who wanted to put as little pressure on his students as possible, even though he had everyone stand in military fashion being a Vietnam veteran himself. So almost every morning before the bell would ring he always had his favorite group playing on his stereo. This is where I was first introduced to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Sure, I heard “Walk Like a Man” play in my dad’s car every now and then, but my teacher really liked these guys. He always had a new song playing to give us something to snap to and even told us a little about the band. There’s not a memory that flashes by with that class without a Four Seasons song playing in the background. I, too, fell into the music of this group. They may not be a timeless band but their sound is so unique that it’s impossible not to identify them. Clint Eastwood decided to take a stab not just at the biopic genre but also the musical genre with his latest Jersey Boys.

Like most musical movies these days, this is based off of the popular Broadway musical of the same name, yet I have not had the privilege to see it yet. But I can guess that it follows it well. Fittingly enough, our story starts in the early fifties where Tommy DeVito (played by Vincent Piazza) speaks to the audience about how growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey is tough and only the roughest can survive. Rough is being kind to this young man as Tommy has a bad habit of getting himself sent to jail many times. He also has some musical talent as he, a friend Nick Massi, and young Frankie Valli (played by John Lloyd Young) like to perform as a trio. They all have dreams to take their voices to bigger places and manage to get a fourth guy, Bob Gaudio, so that they can get work. It starts with them being backup singers but eventual hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man” make them one of the biggest groups of all time. Besides giving plenty of chances for the group to serenade us with many of their hits, we get insights on the band members’ lives from Frankie Valli’s daughter running away to Tommy’s further troubles

with debts and mobs. The Broadway show’s gimmick was that you were watching four actors become the Four Seasons and enjoy their songs while the historical stuff is more of a side event. Making a movie out of this isn’t difficult, but changes had to be made to make the material more interesting. With Clint Eastwood in the director’s chair, the historical events have been expanded upon, taking more focus than the songs themselves. It’s a big gamble, considering that the men playing the Four Seasons are the same actors from the stage show. The good news is that all of these guys are good film actors. This is something I would like to see from more big budgeted affairs, but because they’re using really good unknowns, I only saw a young Frankie Valli and a young Tommy DeVito, rather than impersonators. In fact, the only big name is this movie is Christopher Walken as a mobster, but even he settles into his role just fine without giving in to his unusual mannerisms. The songs themselves are a lot of fun to listen to and are staged really well. Some of them are being sung in a recording room, some of them are simply heard on the radio, and my

favorite moment was watching them perform on a recreated Ed Sullivan show that just seems too genuine to be a film production. If I had any problem here it’s with the expanded behind the scenes material with the Four Seasons. While it’s not really bad, it can come off as really formulaic and almost madefor-TV like in quality. I think it’s simply because I enjoyed the songs and recreations so much that the rest of the band’s troubles just aren’t as interesting. They could have cut some of it out. In fact, I usually fault musicals for having one too many songs, but I think Jersey Boys didn’t have enough. There are a lot of songs

here, but couldn’t there have been a scene of Frankie Valli singing “Grease” or something? I’ll give this four Broadway Jersey Boys posters out of five. In the end, if you’re going to see this movie, chances are you are seeing this for the performances of the songs and not for the story behind the band. I can see this being a problem for people who want something meatier but I had fun. Just simply tell yourself to have one of those “Oh, What a Night” nights and enjoy the Four Seasons.  Robert T. Nickerson is a film critic. His work can be seen at

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS KIDS AND TEENS June 25 – 10 a.m.12p.m. & 2p.m. Pennypickle’s Workshop celebrates its 10 th Anniversary with 10 days of Wacky fun and surprises! Pennypickle’s Amazing Science Show is approximately 90 minutes long and filled with laughs, wonder and of course… science Pennypickle style. Tickets and Information: (951) 308-6376. June 27 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Surprises-O-Science is part of Pennypickle’s Workshop 10th Anniversary Science-Events-Extravaganza at 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Cost: $6 per person. Information: (951) 308-6376. June 28 – 12-4 p.m. Building Crazy-Contraptions Family Workshop and will be sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Restore is part of Pennypickle’s Workshop 10th Anniversary Science-EventsExtravaganza at 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Free admission to parking lot area only. Information: (951) 308-6376. ENTERTAINMENT June 26 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring: Jon Mayer pianist, Mark Winkler vocals and Hamilton Price bass. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696. And July 3 June 26, 27 and 28 – 7 p.m. Peter Pan Jr. Presented by the City of Temecula Community Services at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Enjoy this classic tale with Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even Captain Hook! Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. June 28 – 7:30-9 p.m. Pops Under the Stars an evening of music from the Inland Valley Symphony at the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, Temecula. Bring your blankets, dinner and chairs to this FREE event open to the public. June 28 – 8 p.m. Comedy at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Laugh and leave the week behind you with this unique style of audience participatory improvised comedy where you play too by helping to write, direct and star on stage. Tickets and Information: 9866) 653-8696.

June 28 and 29 – 1 p.m. Peter Pan Jr. Presented by the City of Temecula Community Services at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Enjoy this classic tale with Tinker bell, the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even Captain Hook! June 29 performance 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. June 29 – 6:30-8 p.m. It’s Tony Time!! Cabaret at the Merc brings the very best of Broadway at 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Expect to hear tunes from new shows like “The Bridges of Madison County”, “Rocky”, “Bullets Over Broadway”, “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder”, and “If/Then”, as well as recent revivals like “Cabaret” and “Les Miserables”. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. June 29 – 3 p.m. Classics at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Classics is a weekly chamber recital series co-produced by the California Chamber Orchestra and Temecula Presents. Each Sunday afternoon they feature an individual musician or small ensemble performing a wide range of music. Our performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. June 30 – 7 p.m. Motown at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Back by popular demand - Hear songs like “ My Girl”, “Superstition”, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, “Dancing in the Street” and more! Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. July 3 – 8-10 p.m. The Long Run – Tribute to the Eagles at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Marked by lush vocal harmonies and exceptional musical accuracy, every TLR performance delivers a reverence for the beloved, Eagles studio recordings blended with the long Run’s own, live-concert personality. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. July 3 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring: Jon Mayer pianist, Mark Winkler vocals and Hamilton Price bass. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696.

July 5 – 7 & 9p.m. – Country at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Presented by GaS Productions and The Ranch Rockers. Tickets: $15. AUDITIONS: Think you got what it takes to be a performer on the show? Join us between shows at 8:30 and give it your best shot! Audition with only your voice or bring a karaoke track or guitar. Those wishing to audition can also email TheMerc@ or visit www. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. July 6 – 3 p.m. Classics at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Classics is a weekly chamber recital series co-produced by the California Chamber Orchestra and Temecula Presents. Each Sunday afternoon they feature an individual musician or small ensemble performing a wide range of music. Our performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696 COMMUNITY EVENTS June 26 – 6:30-8 p.m. Capistrano Connections Academy to host an information session that will provide families an opportunity to meet with a teacher and explore the school’s program and curriculum at Quality Inn, 27338 Jefferson Avenue, Temecula. Information: southerncalifornia-virtual-school/ events.aspx or (800) 382-6010. June 27-28 – Lucas Oil Regional Races at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, 31919 Cereal Street, Lake Elsinore. June 27 – 8 a.m. 10th Annual Cops for Kids Golf Tournament at the Links at Summerly, 29381 Village Parkway, Lake Elsinore. Information: Tom Thomas (951) 532-6327. June 27 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Support the Troops Golf Tournament at Cross Creek Golf Club, 43860 Glen Meadows Road, Temecula. Registration includes a round of golf with a Marine, unlimited range balls, barbecue lunch, raffle, and team awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as individual contests for closest to the pin, longest-drive, and more. Informtion: Mike (760) 725-7807 or Michael.dittamo@ June 28 – 2-9 p.m. Murrieta’s 23rd Birthday Bash at California

Oaks Sports Park, 40550 California Oaks Blvd. Murrieta. Enjoy music, vendors, food and fireworks. This is a FREE event open to the public. Information: Laura (951) 461-6110. June 28 – 5-9 p.m. Menifee Independence Day Celebration at Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Road. The City of Menifee invites your family and friends to join us for a day of food, fun, and fireworks! June 28 – 7:30-9 p.m. City of Temecula to host Pops under the Stars Symphony Concert at the steps of the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street. Bring blankets, dinner and chairs. This is a free event open to the public. Information: (951) 694-6480. June 28 – 1-5 p.m. Pechanga’s 6th Annual Microbrew and Craft Beer Festival at 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. The event is held inside the Pechanga Grand Ballroom, the event features more than 50 microbrews, chili cook off, live music and an extensive silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. Information: (877) 711-2946. June 29 – 4 p.m. The Senior Gospel Community Choir presents its 7th Annual Musical at Mountain View Church, 33122 Grape Street, Wildomar. The theme is “Every Praise is to Our God” the choir will be singing a mixture of hymns, anthems, traditional and contemporary gospel. Free admission, open to the public. Information: (951) 823-9587. July 4 – 2 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza at Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula. Food, Games, Entertainment,Vendors and Fireworks. July 4 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. StarSpangles 4th of July parade in Old Town Temecula The untouched sage-covered hills west of Old Town Temecula are the backdrop for the yearly Star-Spangled 4th of July Parade. The spirited, morning tradition includes patriotic equestrians, marchers, and floats traveling Old Town Front Street. July 12 – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Relay for Life-Bark for Life is a dog walk event that gives dog owners an opportunity to come together and raise funds to help the American Cancer Society save lives and cre-

Host a specialty spa party at home INLAND EMPIRE – The rising cost of consumer products or services has left many budgetconscious people at a loss as how to enjoy themselves, especially when planning a party. But fun does not need to be sacrificed in the name of frugality. Just recreate some of your favorite activities at home for a fraction of the cost of going out. Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate that the global skin care beauty industry is worth $24 billion, while the make-up industry is worth $18 billion. Hair care products generate $38 billion annually, and the $15 billion perfume industry is growing as much as 7 percent each year. Many people routinely engage in beauty and personal grooming procedures, including manicures, pedicures, massages and facials. As a result, the concept of hosting spa parties has become more commonplace. But instead of venturing out to expensive salons and day spas, a growing number of people are holding the party at home in an attempt to save money. These pampering parties have become quite the rage with both adults and young girls who want to experience the same amenities as their mothers. Most homes can be transformed into relaxing oases where guests are treated to many different selfindulgent procedures. Here’s how to hold your own spa party at home. * Set the tone of the party by having pre-soaked and microwaved face towels set aside in a bowl to hand out to arriving guests. Keep the towels warm by covering the bowl in plastic wrap. Add a few drops of lavender oil when heating so that the towels smell fresh and invoke feelings of relaxation. * Have a set amount of inexpensive flip-flops set up for guests to wear. Use a permanent marker to personalize the shoes with guests’ names so that the sandals do not get mixed up with someone else’s. You may also want to purchase terry cloth robes or wraps for the guests or request on the invitation that guests bring their own. * Establish the mood of the event by investing in some New Age or relaxing instrumental classical music. Set up your mp3 player in

ate a world with less cancer. This event will take place at Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Road, Menifee. July 15 – 5-8 p.m. Bottles and Brushes at Macaroni Grill, 41221 Margarita Road, Temecula. Grab a few friends and enjoy an evening with instructor Ruth Hobbs as she guides you step by step to create your own masterpiece while benefitting the youth at Rancho Damacitas. Canvas, Easels, paint, brushes and aprons will be provided. Cost: $40. Information: Dorothy (951) 302-3088 or doughawthorn@ SEMINARS / CLASSES/ AUDITIONS July 15 – 6 p.m. Free Solar Workshop presented by Sun Pro Solar at the Murrieta Public Library, 8 Town Square. Bring a recent electric bill and receive a free gift. The highest electric bill at the workshop will receive a grand prize valued over $100. RSVP and Information: (888) 905-9614.

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an inconspicuous area of the room so that the music becomes part of the background and does not overwhelm guests. Candles are often an integral part of setting a relaxing scene. Keep lights dim and place scented candles in a sandalwood, lavender or vanilla aroma around the space. This will entice the senses of vision and smell. * There are a few different options regarding who will perform the spa services on guests. If the number of people attending is small, you may want to do them yourself. Otherwise you can pair up guests to do them on one another, which is possible for manicures and pedicures. Think about setting up different spa stations around the room so guests can take turns treating themselves. Still, you can find out how much it would cost to hire one or two professionals to come into your home and perform spa services. This may be more comfortable if the party involves massages or facials. Check with a local cosmetology school to find out if students would be willing to service guests at your party. This may be a more affordable option. * Create calming centerpieces of natural elements. This could simply be a small container with some catnip growing or a vase with water

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Is buying a home a good idea? Paul Bandong Staff Writer Buying a home easily qualifies as one of the largest decisions a first-time buyer can make in his/her lifetime. It is a financial commitment that requires advance planning, consideration of life direction and associated goals. Consideration of additional financial goals is also important (in addition to making payments on a home loan – building equity versus having available cash flow). Here are a few factors to consider. Versus renting Both owning and renting have possible advantages. Rents could potentially increase each year or each contract renewal period. A fixed rate mortgage will be a fixed monthly amount for 30 years or 15 years (depending on the length of the mortgage loan period). You know what you will be paying. Even with an adjustable rate mortgage, there is a range within which the payment will stay for the life of the mortgage. There is no certainty what the monthly rent payment will be fifteen or thirty years

from now. The rent paid is used to pay the owner’s mortgage on the property and create an ongoing source of cash flow for the landlord, not to mention tax write-offs and deductions. The renter gets no such advantages/benefits and has nothing but rent check receipts to show at the end of the contract period. Rents are often less than mortgage payments, providing more leftover cash each month. The additional cash could allow contributions toward other savings goals: retirement, college, travel, investments, down payment towards a future home, etc. Renting makes it easier to relocate, especially when pursuing job/career opportunities. Quality of life is also an issue: renters are limited in what they can do to the property in terms of appearance and improvements. Landlords are reluctant to make many of those aesthetic changes since additional expenses cut into their profit margin and cash flow. Homeowners can create their environment to their own tastes and receive the benefit of the property improvements.

Household repairs – plumbing, electricity, etc – are the responsibility of the landlord when renting or the homeowner. Apartments are smaller, reflecting the goal of maximizing the number of income-producing properties. Stepping up to condominium/townhouse ownership often means larger rooms, inunit laundry areas, enclosed parking and more storage space. Stepping up to singlefamily home ownership often means more space, a yard and higher utility bills. Ownership provides an opportunity to personalize that space to accommodate personal taste and lifestyle. A savings account The house payments are applied to both principal and interest with the bulk of the earlier payments offsetting interest more than principal; the later payments have a larger portion applied to the principal balance. Over time, the property will appreciate, creating additional value (equity) in the property. Equity is the difference between the outstanding balance of the mortgage loan(s) and the market value of the home.

Both are a way to accumulate “savings.” An investment Owning a home is often considered a good investment. As a general rule, over a long term, homes will appreciate about four to five percent per year; this can vary by neighborhood, region, national and local economy, etc. So, for example, on a $200,000 home with a 20 percent down payment, the investment would be $40,000. Appreciating at five percent, the house would increase $10,000 in value that first year; the $10,000 appreciation on a $40,000 investment yields a 25 percent return-on-investment (ROI). The interest on the mortgage payments and property taxes are both tax deductible

from gross income reducing taxable income, essentially meaning the government is subsidizing the home purchase. The effective rate of return is comparable to or better than many other investments. Prospective homeowners should check with their tax/financial advisers for their specific situation. In some higher-priced markets, the costs of owning a home – property taxes, repairs, real estate agents’ fees, and mortgage interest – may outweigh financial benefits (including tax breaks). It’s important to do the math. There are online calculators (Bank of America, New York Times, and many others). Individual neighborhoods can have their own unique dynamics in the for-sale and for-rent sectors. Owning a home may be a

good idea if you want to put a large portion of your monthly living expenses toward an investment you could eventually pay off and own. It makes sense if you want to stay in an area and prefer to create a home that reflects your personal tastes. Renting may make more sense in areas where home prices are high relative to rents and if you have other financial goals that need funding or you need the flexibility to relocate. Only the prospective buyer can make that decision. Seek out the advice of experienced real estate professionals who know the neighborhoods you are interested in; they can refer you to other quality professionals (loans, insurance, inspectors, repairs, etc.) and help you every step of the way.

Market at a glance (As of June 23, 2014) No of Homes Sold Inventory of Properties Listed Average Selling Price Average List Price Median List Price Asking Price per Square Foot Average Days on Market Most Expensive Listing Least Expensive Listing Average Age of Listing % of Properties w/ Price decrease % of Flip properties (price increase) Median House Size (sq ft) Median Lot Size (sq ft) Median Number of Bedrooms Median Number of Bathrooms Market Action Index *

TEMECULA (all zip codes) 39 669 $530,510 $449,000 $627,092 $179 85 $6,788,000 $170,000 15 44% 6% 2708 6501-8000 4.0 3.5 Seller (34.6)

MURRIETA (92562) 50 638 $367,173 $530,719 $379,990 $158 91 $3,650,000 $219,000 15 41% 6% 2671 6501-8000 4.0 3.5 Seller (34.2)

WILDOMAR 11 107 $324,676 $373,428 $349,900 $135 88 $999,999 $210,000 14 37% 10% 2644 8001-10000 4.0 3.0 Seller (34.2)

LAKE ELSINORE (92530) 16 374 $468,153 $325,813 $315,900 $137 80 $1,997,000 $200,000 16 37% 7% 2345 6501-8000 4.0 0.0 Seller (33.9)



23 244 $289,624 $341,427 $329,450 $137 74 $1,750,000 $139,000 11 41% 8% 2396 6501-8000 4.0 3.0 Seller (35.7)

8 354 $159,125 $407,244 $332,000 $157 90 $2,100,000 $70,000 24 34% 7% 2196 6501-8000 3.0 3.0 Seller (34.8)

Sales Data provided by SRCAR® (MLS) and current as of 6/23/2014.Valley News makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this data. * This Index measures the current rate of sale versus the amount of inventory. Index above 30 implies a seller’s advantage. Below 30, conditions give the advantage to the buyer. Market data provided by Escrow Leaders (Altos Research) and is current as of 6/23/2014.

Container gardens can prove fruitful Melinda Myers Special to the Valley News              Picture yourself harvesting a few fresh strawberries for your cereal in the morning or perhaps picking a few apples from your own backyard tree to cook up into a pie. It is possible, even if you garden on a balcony or small lot. And even if you have plenty of space, you will still appreciate the fun and convenience of reaching out the backdoor and harvesting some homegrown fruit.

Strawberries are excellent container plants. Grow everbearing or day neutral varieties, so you will be harvesting strawberries throughout the growing season. Reduce your workload and increase success with a self-watering hanging basket, or dress things up with a decorative container.  The haystack hanging baskets have the beauty of the coco fiber-lined planters, but require half the watering. The AquaSav™  liner is a combination of coir and recycled plastic designed to conserve moisture. This means better results with less watering. But don’t stop there. Add some dwarf fruit trees to your patio plantings. A dwarf apple, peach or pear will provide beautiful spring flowers, nice foliage for the summer and fruit for you to enjoy. Select selffertile varieties, those that only require one plant to produce fruit, if space is limited. Grow dwarf trees in large weather-proof pots with drainage. Those in cold climates will need to provide some winter protection, but the first harvest will make that ex-

tra bit of work well worth the effort. Try your green thumb at growing lemons, limes and other citrus in a container. The fragrant flowers and glossy green leaves are a beautiful prelude to the tasty fruit. Even cold weather gardeners can put their green thumb to the test by growing a Meyer lemon, Kaffir lime or other citrus in a container. Just move the potted plant indoors for the winter and back outdoors next season once the danger of frost has passed. Don’t forget the blueberries that are high in antioxidants and flavor. These nutritious beauties require moist, well-drained acidic soil. Something most gardeners do not have. This makes growing them in containers, where you control the soil, a good option. Blueberries provide seasonal interest with their nodding white bell-shaped flowers in spring, colorful fruit in summer and yellow, orange or red color in fall. Though only one plant is needed to bear fruit, keep in mind that your harvest will more than double if you grow two. So survey your patio, deck, balcony or garden for space to add a container or two of fruiting plants that are sure to add beauty and flavor to your garden and meals this season.

Strawberries are excellent container plants. Everbearing or day neutral varieties will provide fruit to harvest throughout the growing season. Gardener’s Supply Company photo

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light fixtures and lamps, outdoor furniture, swing sets, picnic tables, and fencing. With an inventory of the painting needs, categorize the projects in terms of their urgency or desirability. It’s wise to assign every job a numerical or alphabetical rating, indicating which ones to do first. Next, check if new brushes, tools, or other accessories are needed for the most urgent projects. That way, they can be purchased in one trip to the hardware or home maintenance store, saving valuable time that can be used painting. Generally speaking, it’s better to get to the exterior paint jobs first, starting with the areas of greatest need. One should respect Mother Nature since delaying urgent outdoor painting projects can lead to the home sustaining more damage from inclement weather. If there are multiple exterior paint jobs on the “urgent” list, it might be possible

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varied texture and shapes can create quite an appealing look. If installed correctly, pavers will not crack and it is possible to easily add on to an original design because of the portability of these stones. And because they can be moved, pavers can be repaired from underground and stones can be replaced without any demolition. Homeowners like that pavers can quickly make a yard look high-end. Although pavers can be installed as a do-it-yourself project, such installation can be labor-intensive. The ground needs to be accurately leveled and prepped before the stones can be placed to help ensure there is no shifting or movement. Polymeric sand should be applied and pushed into the joints between blocks to alleviate shifting. The sand contains a polymer that hardens and locks the blocks in place. Such detailed work can be beyond the abilities of some homeowners, who typically pay a substantial amount to have the stones professionally installed. Though the sand may inhibit weed growth, weeds can still pop up between the blocks, so maintenance is necessary. Also, paving blocks are slightly uneven and they can loosen, which can prove a safety hazard to the elderly or young children who aren’t surefooted. Wood Wood is often thought of in a raised-deck scenario, but it can also be laid at ground level to create a

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Temecula teen wins FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill Dejong wins overall, records fastest lap in RX Lites Class TEMECULA – At age 16 Mitchell DeJong has taken a different path than most teenage youth, instead of playing ball sports he wakes up each day with racing on his mind. Whether it’s a casual game on iRacing driving simulator, racing r/c cars or strength training, he takes every step poised to live his dream as a racing champion in every sport he competes in. The passion to drive grew at an early age while helping his dad in the family off-road shop building high-end off-road cars. At first chance Mitchell won karting and off-road championships in 2007, at only age 9. Since then, he has accumulated nine total championships. Global Rallycross and racing in

X Games has always been a dream for Mitchell. He’s turned great success on the track into an opportunity to race Red Bull GRC Lites and he will begin working hard to be the best amongst great drivers from around the world. Earlier this month, Mitchell DeJong won the RX Lites Cup during the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill race circuit in Great Britain. With his first trip across the pond, Mitchell was excited to race where Rallycross was born. Going into the event the goal was to get more seat time in preparation for the upcoming X Games event in Austin, Texas. He quickly found Dejong won the RX Lites Cup during the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and clocked the fastest lap of the weekend in his Olsbergs MSE RX Lite.

Sixteen-year-old Mitchell Dejong from Temecula is one of the youngest rally car drivers in the world to win an FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lyden Hill in Great Britain. 

himself turning impressive lap times amongst the most seasoned RX Lites racers. Mitchell went on to win his first heat race opening many eyes to who this American kid was. As the rain soaked the track for the next two heat races, the European group answered back with a new rain tire set-up leaving Mitchell to slip off the podium for a pair of fourth place finishes. While some would get frustrated, the young racer analyzed where he was losing time and worked with his awesome SET Promotions pit crew to find the right track tune

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Hawks soccer program swoops up three division championships Kelley Collins Special to the Valley News

ment. Her teammates put 16 goals in, including a 3-0 championship win in the finals. The same weekend in Cerritos the BU18 Academy coached by Carlos Menjivar made it to the finals before losing to a team from Northern California in penalty kicks. This team will also be playing in the toughest gaming flight in the country when they challenge other Fight 1 teams during league season. The club team will be training with several college coaches along with the other older Hawks teams in order to prepare and coming up in the next month is Presentation College (North Dakota), San Jose State University and  Cal Poly Pomona. Other colleges will be added as the summer progresses. To f i n d o u t m o r e , v i s i t

On Memorial Day weekend, the Hawks Academy sent a few teams to the Poway Shootout where three teams dominated their age groups and came out as champions. The BU8 Academy coached by Ryan Halliday played their first tournament together and the team outscored their opponents 33 goals for and two against which included an 8-1 final win.  The BU12 Academy team, also coached by Ryan Halliday, is an experienced Flight 1 team with many tournament wins in their years playing together and goalkeeper Adrian Munoz gave up only 1 goal in the tournament while his teammates scored 22 goals. The Hawks team won the championship game 7-0 with the entire team contributing.  The girls were not to be left [middle] BU8 Academy. Top (left out as the GU14 Academy team to right): Xavier Gonzalez, Gabriel coached by Carlos Basso also Brion, Jake Bell, Christian Ibarra, dominated their competition with Simon Sanchez. Bottom row: goalkeeper Ysana LaRiva only alMiguel Maldonado, Camryn Tharp, lowing one goal the whole tourna-

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HS softball: 2014 All Southwestern League softball team selected Murrieta Valley’s Autumn Bishop named Southwestern League MVP Charles McKee Sports Writer

2014 All Southwestern League Softball Team

Murrieta Valley’s Autumn Bishop was named the Most Valuable Player in the Southwestern League. The power hitting sophomore batted .393 with six home runs and 24 RBIs. The clutch hitting outfielder helped drive the Nighthawks to the Southwestern League Crown with a perfect 10-0 league record. She is joined on the 2014 All Southwestern League Softball team by seniors Lacey Alderman and Stephanie Moreno. Junior Olivia Sanchez and Autumn’s twin sister Amber Bishop were also selected to the All First Team. Junior Amber Nelson and freshman Danielle Gibson were named the All-League Second Team. The Nighthawks would make it into round two of the CIF SS Division 1 Playoffs. Senior Selena Ta’amilo and junior Sydney Romero from Vista Murrieta were chosen for All First Team honors. Ta’amilo helped propel the Broncos into the quarterfinals of the CIF SS Division 1 Playoffs and pitched consecutive shutouts. Seniors Kylie Keller, Klarissa Flexon, sophomore Tristin Edwards and freshman Sara Lillie earned All League Second Team honors. Chaparral had three players selected to the All First team. They were seniors Karissa Frazier, Kristin Williams and junior Cheyenne Balzer. The Pumas also had Juniors Nicole Johnson, Mariah Young and freshman Reilly Peters selected to the Second Team. The Pumas were 19-13 this season. Great Oak had senior Savannah Ferstle, junior Laura Curry and sophomore Autumn Storms selected to the First Team. Sophomore Dylinn Stancil was named to the Second Team. The Wolfpack finished second in the tough Southwestern league. Temecula Valley senior Annabelle Burns and Murrieta Mesa junior Alexis Watts were named to the All Southwestern League Second Team.

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Hawks U11 girls bring home Beach Championship

L-R Back row: Samantha Friedrich, Meya Mangan, Emma Durler, Alyssa Aldaco, Team Manager/Sand Coach Alicia Keel. Front row: Delaney Keel, Madelyn Huffman, Sarah Halper, Vanessa Fragoso. Not pictured: Savannah Williams, Kate Jacobson.

TEMECULA – Earlier this month the Temecula Valley Soccer Academy sent their Hawks U11 girls team, which is coached by Carlos Menjivar, to the beach

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All-League Sunbelt Boys Volleyball Teams Announced The Sunbelt All-League selections are out for boys volleyball and four players from the undefeated League Champion Paloma Valley Wildcats (19-8, 12-0) were named to the First Team. In all, twelve Valley players were selected to All-League Teams: FIRST TEAM Justin Ramos, Paloma Valley David Hamilton, Paloma Valley Darrion Fabricante, Paloma Valley Michael Sanders, Paloma Valley Cesar Godoy, Perris Shawn Deese, Heritage SECOND TEAM Armando Fuentes, Paloma Valley Thomas Stancyk, Paloma Valley Michael Valencia, Paloma Valley Armando Estrada, Perris Darrion Thomas, Perris Thomas Wilcox, Heritage

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Murrieta High School senior golfers awarded scholarships The Colony Men’s Golf Club Honored Four Local Student Athletes MURRIETA – The Colony Men’s Golf Club awarded scholarships to four graduating seniors from the Murrieta Valley School District’s three high schools on Wednesday afternoon. Each year the club conducts two pancake breakfasts that help fund charitable contributions, including scholarship donations and scholarships to the golf programs at Murrieta Valley, Vista Murrieta and Murrieta Mesa High Schools. Graduates Andrew Meer and Alasia Tana of Murrieta Mesa HS, Falicia Taverrite from Murrieta Valley HS and Alexis Serrato from Vista Murrieta HS received the scholarships at a luncheon following a scramble tournament at the Men’s Club on its home course, the California Oaks Golf Course. Andrew Meer will be attending Point Loma Nazarene University and will major in nursing while fellow Ram Alasia Tana will study criminal justice at Mount San Jacinto College.

Nighthawk Falicia Taverrite is headed to Cal State Long Beach to study business and marketing. The Bronco’s Alexis Serrato will be leaving California and is bound for Idaho State University and will major in nursing. The Colony Men’s Golf Club is open to any male resident of The Colony and is a non-profit golf and social club. The club offers many social activities for both regular and social members. The club plans on honoring a qualified, graduating senior golfer from the men’s and women’s team from each of the three Murrieta high schools with a scholarship. There were no senior boys on the Murrieta Valley or the Vista Murrieta teams this season. Regular Wednesday events are conducted by the Men’s Club at the California Oaks Golf Course. For more information on the club please contact Dennis Murphy the President of The Colony Men’s Golf Club at dmurph44@verizon. net. Courtesy photo

WAVE 12-1 volleyball team wins SCVA Regional Tournament and season title TEMECULA – The WAVE 12-1 volleyball team played two days of amazing volleyball to capture the 2014 Southern California Volleyball Association 12U Regional Championship. By winning the regional tournament the team also

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“Many parents reported how much fun their students had at camp and how much they learned about careers,” Benson said. “Parents enjoyed listening to their experiences at the end of each day, as students were beginning to identify their own career interests.” Parents were invited to join their children at camp on the final day. Altura Credit Union offered parents a workshop called “Raise Money-Smart Kids” and Altura donated raffle prizes and gifts for each student. Many parents joined in on a barbeque lunch and final award ceremony.

Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation serves students with scholarship opportunities, books LAKE ELSINORE – The Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation, a local non-profit philanthropic organization, has concluded its ninth year by presenting $1,000 individual scholarship awards to 11 Lake Elsinore Unified District college-bound grads, and distributing free books to young readers in select preschool and elementary schools. The Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation has distributed over $37,000 in scholarships to date. Scholarship awards are based on student applications that include personal student essays, interviews with Foundation Directors, and scoring by an independent panel of judges. This year’s Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation 2014 scholarship winners recipients include Katelyn Gor- L-R (1st row): Kathryn Lunger, Nathan Villarreal, Andrew DiNunzio; (2nd don, Jacob Dodd, Rose Han- row): Katelyn Gordon, Madeline Cowan, Mercedes Moreno, Baldomero kins and Davis Peralta of Elsinore Vargas; (3rd row): Jacob Dodd, Mauro Villalobos, Kevin Pape, LEVEF HS; Kathryn Lunger, Baldome- Chairman. Not pictured: Rose Hankins, Davis Peralta. Courtesy photo ro Vargas andMauro Villalobos of Lakeside HS; Mercedes Moreno of The foundation obtains a variety of port scholarship and book donation Ortega High School; Madeline Cow- school-approved titles through First programs include an annual golf an,  Andrew  DiNunzio  and  Na- Book National Book Bank, cost- tournament, and bingo, sponsored than Villarreal of Temescal Canyon ing only shipping and handling for by the Elks Club, in Wildomar. The LEVEF Board of Directors popular surplus and overages availHS. is comprised of community repreLast fall, the foundation distrib- able from major book publishers. The foundation was created in sentatives from local government, uted over 700 free books to LEUSD second and third grade students in 2005 under the auspices of former business, utilities, education, and two elementary schools located in LEUSD Superintendent Dr. Shar- former educators. For more inforron Lindsay, who envisioned it as a mation about getting involved with Wildomar and Lake Elsinore. Lake Elsinore Valley Educaway to VN provide For the past three years, Instr the lasting HVAC T financial 5.933andx the 7.pdf foundation has made free books instructional support to students of tion Foundation, contact Kevin available to young readers from all abilities in the pursuit of a col- Pape at (951) 609-7525, or visit  pre-school through fifth grade. lege education. Fundraisers to sup-

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Candida overgrowth contributes to various medical conditions INLAND EMPIRE – Yeast is well known as the leavening agent responsible for helping breads and baked goods get their fluffy texture. But some might be surprised to learn that yeast grows in the body as well. A certain amount of yeast in the body is necessary, but an abundance of yeast can compromise a person’s health. Candida albicans is a form of yeast that naturally occurs in the body. This fungus lives in small amounts in the mouth and the intestines. It helps with nutrient absorption and digestion. Some people produce too much candida, which can be unhealthy. The reasons behind overproduction of candida are unknown, though some medical professionals suspect it has to do with ineffective healthy bacteria in the digestive tract, as healthy bacteria in the digestive tract keeps yeast levels in check. However, certain factors can cause candida to grow out of control, particularly when a person consumes foods and beverages that feed the yeast. Diets high in refined carbohydrates and sugar can feed yeast, possibly causing an imbalance. Consuming a lot of alcohol can also may contribute to such an imbalance, as can stress. Taking antibiotics for a bacterial infection may also kill off the friendly bacteria in the body, leading to overproduction of candida in the body. The Mayo Clinic notes that some complementary and alternative practitioners blame fatigue, headache, depression, and poor memory on the overgrowth of candida, and some suggest a cleanse diet can limit the growth of candida. Yet there are no clinical trials that document the efficacy of a candida cleanse diet for treating specific medical conditions. The following are a handful of conditions that can be impacted by candida overgrowth. Oral thrush: An overgrowth of candida can cause oral thrush. This condition causes creamy, white lesions, which usually form on the tongue or inner cheeks. It can spread to the roof of the mouth, gums, tonsils, or back of the throat. Oral thrush is not typically dan-

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Local foundation aims to combat Krabbe disease Alex Groves Staff Writer Few people know what it’s like to see a loved one struggle through Krabbe disease, a debilitating and ultimately fatal condition that impacts the nervous systems of infants and young children. Krabbe causes a young child to develop symptoms of irritability, muscle weakness, feeding difficulties and episodes of fever as well as slow mental and physical development. Muscles get even weaker as the disease progresses, making it nearly impossible to chew and swallow food, move and breath. The disease is nearly impossible to treat if it isn’t caught in the initial stages of an infant’s development, and once an infant begins to exhibit symptoms of the disease, it’s too late to cure. That’s why Steve Aldrian, cofounder of The Peace, Love & Trevor Foundation, has been leading an effort to give Krabbe disease more recognition. He has been reaching out to the California Legislature in an effort to include Krabbe in a list of diseases that expecting parents can check for as soon as a baby is born. But Aldrian’s desire to fight the disease extends past prevention; he has also reached out to families who have children suffering from Krabbe with monetary support and advice through the foundation. Aldrian and his late wife Nicole were motivated to start Peace, Love & Trevor after their own son, Trevor, was diagnosed with the fatal condition. They wanted to provide resources for other people who were dealing with the same kinds of struggles because they knew firsthand how difficult it is to raise a child suffering from the condition, Aldrian said. “My wife and I felt we were

blessed to have the financial ability to care for our son and we had a lot of close family and friends that were willing to assist in caring for him,” he said. “But we knew that wasn’t the case for other families and that was kind of the seed for our effort to help other families.” He said his foundation finds families on online bulletin board websites and tight-knit internet communities and offers those families – who are often unsure of where to go or what to do – help. “We find these families and reach out to them and offer them assistance,” he said. “We let them know we have a son with Krabbe and point them in the direction of doctors who have experience (in treating the disease).” Aldrian said he refers them to specialized doctors in places like Pennsylvania and North Carolina who can give their child the right kinds of medications and treatments for symptoms like irritability or pain. But that’s certainly not the only aim of the foundation, which takes into account a family’s extenuating circumstances and difficulties. Members of the foundation once worked on a van conversion for a woman suffering from Multiple Sclerosis who had a child with Krabbe. Because of her MS, the woman had difficulty picking up her child – whose limb function was reduced by the disease – and placing him in the van when she needed to go places with him. The foundation worked on making changes inside the van so that the woman would not have to worry about picking her child up anymore. However, in spite of their success in helping others, there have been some dark days for the Aldrian family. Steve’s wife, Nicole, developed

Krabbe disease, a debilitating condition in infants and young children, is nearly impossible to treat if it isn’t caught in the initial stages of an infant’s development.

breast cancer and recently passed away on May 12. Steve, who once had the support of his wife in caring for their now 6-yearold Trevor, has found it difficult to be a parent all the time. He has to bathe and feed Trevor, who is completely dependent on the help of others in his current state. He also has to care for Trevor’s twin brother, Tyler, who doesn’t suffer from the disease. “I definitely notice the effects of the absence of my wife, who I miss dearly,” he said. And in spite of his efforts to get the California State Legislature to offer Krabbe testing for all recently born children, Aldrian has come up fruitless due to both the state’s budget constraints and the rarity of the disease itself.

“Unfortunately, there are 7,000 rare diseases out there that people aren’t familiar with,” Aldrian said. “To test for this disease specifically is not something we would have ever done.” Aldrian said that the disease’s rarity makes it a hard sell for testing but that his foundation still supports any legislation that would require such a thing. He said early testing is so important because the only time the disease can be effectively treated is when a child is asymptomatic. Amy Zebrack, a close friend of the family and a board member for the foundation, said she has hope that the foundation will someday see testing for Krabbe and similar diseases available. “I pray every day for it,” she said. “It’s very sad to see these kids in

this condition.” She said she’s proud of the effort that Aldrian has made to bring awareness to the disease as well as the effort he’s made to help other families. That’s something Aldrian said he’s not giving up anytime soon. “We understand that until newborn screening exists, there’s going to be a need for our foundation,” he said. “And we will continue to assist families whose kids are born with Krabbe disease and don’t know where to turn.” For more information on The Peace, Love & Tr e v o r F o u n d a t i o n , v i s i t To comment on this story online, visit

World War II veteran shares what it was like to be dive bomber, gunner Alex Groves Staff Writer World War II veteran Sid Zimman shared what it was like to be a gunner and a dive bomber for the Marines in the South Pacific during a presentation that was part of the “World War II Experience,” a series of lectures that give people insight into what World War II was like and what soldiers went through. The presentation started shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 and Zimman spoke before an audience of more than a dozen different people at West Coast Ammo in Temecula. He discussed

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Sid Zimman speaks of his WWII experience as a gunner on a SBD dive-bomber during a presentation held at West Coast Ammo in Shane Gibson photos Temecula on Sat. June 21, 2014.

Zimman would be stationed in various locations before eventually being assigned to the newly formed Squadron VMSB-341 as a bomber. His position as part of the Marine air corps made him unique. The percentage of airborne Marines was less than one percent of the military at large during this time, according to Dudik. As a bomber, Zimman would release bombs from his plane as the plane traveled straight toward its target at a 70 to 80 degree angle. Zimman said such an operation was very unforgiving and very difficult to pull off sometimes because if a plane didn’t pull out in time a pilot could be risking serious injury or death. But Zimman said he felt very grateful not only for the plane, an SBD (Slow But Deadly) Dauntless Dive-Bomber, but also for Lt. Albert Alfred Black. Black was the pilot of the plane who maneuvered it while Zimman dealt with bombing and gunning. “If you lined up a bunch of guys, maybe he wouldn’t be the first guy you chose,” Zimman said. “But

he attended to business. He never equivocated and he did his job. Zimman and Black flew numerous flights together in the South Pacific, performing airstrikes on airfields, anti-aircraft artillery, ammunition dumps and shipping in places where Japanese Naval Fortresses had been established like the islands of Rabaul and Munda. After two years of combat, Zimman would eventually return home to the U.S. Later, in 1945, his journey would come full circle and he would take on a job as a radio instructor at the El Centro Marine Air Base. Zimman, during his time speaking, said he was glad for the work that Linda Dudik does. He said she has tried to keep the memory and facts of World War II alive and her passion for doing so is evident. “Professor Dudik is tenacious in her presentations and her research,” he said. “And while others leave no stone unturned, professor Dudik leaves no pebble unturned.” To comment on this story online, visit

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Great Cul-de-sac location! Cute and clean 3BD, 2BA, 1667 SF home has it all. Formal living & dining rms, bright kit w/oak cabs & nook. Brick fplc in fam rm. Dual paned windows. Lg master bdrm. Covered patio. 140033032 $375,000


Spectacular custom 4BD, 3BA custom home. Gourmet kit w/slab granite counters, maple cabs & walk-in pantry. Great room, zoned heating/air; 2 water heaters, oversized 3 car garage. Covered patio and views! 140022266 $699,000

Nestled in the hills west of Pala Mesa golf course - 3440 sf single story 4BD, 3.5BA custom home on 2.71 professionally landscaped acres. Custom outdoor kitchen, palapa, ocean breezes & forever views. Exceptional home with attention to detail & in immaculate condition. 140014196 $969,000

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Entertainer’s delight! Beautifully remodeled home, 3BD, 3BA + office on 1 acre. Large chef’s kitchen and expansive deck to enjoy the views. Family fruit trees & sand volleyball court! 140023664 $585,000

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Field of Dreams! Outstanding all useable 25 acre ranch with 5306 SF, 3 BR home, private irrigated baseball field, 13 stall horse barn, 6 pastures with well irrigation, huge car collector’s barn, pool, original farm barn & much more. 140000569 $3,900,000




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BEAUTIFUL UPGRADED SINGLE STORY on culde-sac in desirable Pepper Tree Park. Views of nature preserve and sunsets. 4BR/3BA, 2670 sf. 3 car garage, spacious floor plan. $575,000

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Sweet 3 BR home on a 1/3 acre with a pool. This mature home has been well maintained and is ready for a new family. Offered at $439,000


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PE 3BD, 2.5BA, 2886sf ranch home with 69' covered veranda. Rose garden lined walkway, 8' dutch entry door, spacious foyer. Great room with gas fireplace, large view windows, wood vaulted ceilings. Chef’s kitchen including Viking appliances, SubZero refrig. Much more! Offered at $729,000

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Single story ranch on all usable 1.18 acres + full fencing. 3BD, 2BA, approx. 1764 sf. Oversized 2 car garage with rear door for drive through. Mature trees and many fruit trees, work shed + carport, garden areas with room for family/friends and toys. Offered at $435,000

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