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At Paradise Ridge Pet Clinic, we accept you as our family and your pets are our pets. As your pet's owner, caretaker, and best friend you are the key to a long and happy life for your pet. With loving and sensible home care, your furry friend can live with you for well over a decade.

Our aim is to assist you in achieving that goal. But when accident or illness strikes, we are also here with the high quality veterinary medicine you would expect to get your pet back on track, or with a referral to quality board-certified specialists for advanced medical care. Dr. Ellie Newcomb and her staff will take the time to explain recommended tests and treatments, and answer any questions that you may have. You will not feel you are just a number on an impersonal list of patients here.

Each member of our friendly staff has an enduring love of animals. We dedicate our every task to ensuring that your pets receive attention, compassion, and medical expertise. Our staff recognizes the deep bond between owners and their pets and we treat our furry clients as if they were our very own.

Our dedication to the dogs & cats of Valley Center is further evident by our low-cost spay and neuters, as well as our monthly Shot Clinics held at Joe's Country Feed & Pet. We strongly believe in the importance of vaccinating, spaying and neutering and we are dedicated to making these services affordable to our community.

Our facilities are modern and easily accessible with separate treatment rooms for cats and dogs. We are centrally located in the heart of Valley Center, across from the water district.

"Like Us" on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/paradise.ridge.pet

 

Please call us at 760-751-1984 to schedule an appointment or to ask questions.

 

English Heritage Builders is a Valley Center-based Full Service Contractor. With more than 24 years in the building game in two countries, Arthur DeMunnik, owner/ operator offers the perfect blend of English Craftsmanship and American ingenuity. Before moving to the U.S. with his wife, Arthur restored historical buildings throughout England. He is a Master craftsman in painting and wallpaper and a licensed General Contractor. 
 
"Our work is about quality. We pride ourselves on work designed to last. We use the best materials available and our crew is not only skilled, but each person is hand-picked for their impeccable work ethics," said DeMunnik.
English Heritage Builders offers start-to-finish solutions for every project. They specialize in interior or exterior home renovations, including bathroom and kitchen remodeling, home additions, garages and more.

They can also help you maintain your property, HOA, or commercial property with their preventive maintenance packages. English Heritage Builders can remodel, repair, or provide new construction for your home or business. They pride themselves on having some of the best finish work around, including: finish carpentry, painting (including faux finishes), wallpapering (including lincrusta) and decorative tile.

Give English Heritage a call today and schedule an appointment to get your free no obligation estimate: 760-297-2203. 
 

 

 

Sponsored by Ridgeview Church

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You are not as happy as you could be. Steal a moment.

Find reasons to be happy.

"Rejoice in the Lord." 

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Valley Center 
Headlines & Happenings

Escondido Police Search for Missing 18 Year Old
 
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UPDATE 7/27/14: Missing woman located. Andrea Bagalini, the 18 year old pregnant female that was reported missing on 7-26-2014, has been located. Andrea voluntarily left the Escondido area, and did not desire to disclose her whereabouts to her immediate family members. She has assured our investigators that she is fine. The local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction met Andrea personally to verify that she was fine.
 
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The Escondido Police Department is investigating a missing persons case and is asking for anyone with information to call Escondido Police.
 
Andrea Nicole Bagalini, an 18 year old Escondido resident was reported missing today and was last seen at about 3:30PM on the east end of Escondido.  Relatives state that Andrea was expected to walk to a friend's apartment in the 1500 block of East Grand Avenue from her home, but she never arrived.  Andrea was communicating with friends via text messages later in the day but did not provide her location.  Relatives and police have been unable to reach her by her cell phone.  It is unknown at this time if Andrea is missing voluntarily and if she is in need of medical attention.  Andrea is about 8 months pregnant and Escondido Police are utilizing all investigative tools and resources to attempt to locate Andrea.  Detectives from the Family Protection Unit have been called in to take over the investigation.
 
Andrea is described as white female, 5'6'', 195lbs, brown hair and brown eyes.  Andrea was last seen wearing a dark red hoodie, blue t-shirt and blue jeans.Anyone with any information should call the Escondido Police Department at 760-839-4722. 

  
Sobriety Enforcement Results

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On July 25, 2014 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Driver's License Checkpoint in the area of Avenida del Diablo and Valley Parkway.
 
Under a new state law, drivers whose ONLY offense was being UNLICENSED to drive were given the opportunity to locate the registered owner of the vehicle to either take or assign possession of the vehicle to a licensed driver. 12 vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, 3 vehicles were impounded.
 
Following are other results from this event: 
  • 1225 vehicles drove through the checkpoint
  • 696 vehicles were screened in primary.
  • 1 FST was conducted, resulting in 0 DUI arrests
  • 42 vehicles were sent to secondary screening (drivers who could not produce a driver's license or who  were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
  • 20 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (4 for suspended license and 12 for unlicensed driver, 6 for no insurance.)
  • Educational material was distributed regarding DUI problems. 
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

   

Western Days Controversy Continues Over $15,000 County Grant
By Trina West

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The Valley Center Parks and Recreation District Board Meetings had all seats filled for both the June 18 and July 16 meetings. At each meeting, local residents expressed concern over the handling of $15,000 of taxpayer monies by this year's event coordinator Dana Chisholm.  

The Valley Center Parks and Recreation District was awarded $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (NRP) for the 2014 Western Days festival ("Western Days Grant"). The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program "provides grant funds to County departments, public agencies, and to non-profit community organizations for one-time community, social, environmental, educational, cultural or recreational needs." The program allows for public agencies to apply for funding for "programs and projects that benefit the community and enhance the region's quality of life." The program prohibits the use of grant funds for "private purposes or activities."

While Valley Center Parks & Recreation is listed on the County of San Diego website as the recipient of the $15,000, the grant was requested by Valley Center Press Publisher Dana Chisholm. As a for-profit business, Valley Center Press did not qualify to receive the funds directly and therefore needed to be sponsored by VC Parks and Recreation. While the grant does reference Ms. Chisholm's pending application for a 501(c)(3) under the name of Chisholm Family Foundation, the pending-status was not sufficient to qualify Ms. Chisholm for the grant.

On May 20, 2014 the County Supervisors voted to approve a $15,000 grant for the Western Days festival "to make one-time equipment and supply purchases for the Valley Center Western Days event on Saturday, May 24, 2014 such as breakable windows and bottles [for the Marshall's Posse], trash cans, cups, napkins, banners, printing of magazines and programs, purchasing of sound equipment and tables and chairs, as well as ribbons for kids and t-shirts."

On the agenda for the June 18, 2014 VC Parks and Recreation Board Meeting was the subject of Western Days to be presented by Ms. Chisholm. As such, a large number of concerned citizens, including local business owners and volunteers from local organizations, attended expecting to hear how Ms. Chisholm had spent the $15,000 of taxpayer money. Instead, Ms. Chisholm stated she was "sorry to disappoint" but would not be recapping Western Days 2014. She was there to request that the District waive the $3,000 facility rental fee she had contracted to pay for Western Days 2014, She stated she was told upfront that she would only be required to pay this fee if the event made any money. District General Manager Doug Johnsen confirmed that such a discussion had taken place; however, he said that was prior to her receiving the $15,000 grant and asked that the facility rental fee be paid with those funds. Ms. Chisholm replied, "We can't [pay the rental fee] out of this grant. The County NRP funds can only buy stuff." 

General Manager Johnsen then referenced the grant description of allowable expenditures and asked if tables and chairs had been purchased. Ms. Chisholm replied that she had in fact purchased tables and chairs and was storing them along with other Western Days items. General Manager Johnsen then stated that if Ms. Chisholm was not intending to pay the $3,000 facility rental fee, she should at least give the District the tables and chairs that were paid for by monies awarded to VC Parks and Recreation for public use and benefit. Ms. Chisholm laughed at this request and stated, "OK, so I'll tell you what, after the $15,000 is spent for everything we have...if we have anything left over I'll be happy to let you buy whatever you want."

When questioned directly by local residents about the handling of the 2014 Western Days festival, Ms. Chisholm's response was "put it in writing." The Western Days discussion ended with many unanswered questions.

The July 16, 2014 VC Parks and Recreation Board Meeting was once again packed with citizens concerned about the disbursement of the 2014 Western Days Grant. General Manager Doug Johnsen presented the General Manager's Report stating, "We have not received any money from the grant yet. It is supposed to come here first and then we will distribute it to the Valley Center Press." He also stated that in the process of finalizing the Western Days grant the County discovered that receipts for a 2012 Concert in the Park grant were still outstanding from the District. The County contacted the VC Parks and Recreation District on Thursday, June 19 and by Monday, June 23 the receipts, supporting documentation and a check for unused funds in the amount of $1,700 were sent to the County.

General Manager Johnsen told the board he remains in regular contact with County grant officials, Jake Enriques and Josh Ramirez. Both have agreed to work closely with General Manager Johnson throughout the payout process which typically takes an estimated 4-6 weeks. General Manager Johnsen informed the board that the County Supervisors are aware of what is going on in Valley Center and stated this could jeopardize future grant awards.

General Manager Johnsen then informed the board that several of the receipts submitted by Ms. Chisholm in justification of the $15,000 Western Days Grant did not appear compliant with the purpose of the Grant as stated by the County (referenced at the beginning of this article). Ms. Chisholm's receipts included $1,600 for Food Truck beer and wine supplies and equipment; $2,500 for postage to mail the Valley Center Press Magazine; $1,500 for an insurance policy; as well as a receipt for equipment rentals from Clairemont Equipment. As pointed out by General Manager Johnsen, the stated purpose of the grant does not specifically allow for any of these items. Ms. Chisholm herself made it clear at the June 18 meeting that the NRP grant does not cover rental fees when she explained why she could not pay VC Parks and Recreation their facility rental fee.

General Manager Johnsen stated that Ms. Chisholm demanded he issue her a Cashier's Check in the amount of $15,000 based on the receipts she had submitted by the end of that week even though VC Parks and Recreation had yet to receive the grant monies from the County. Unless otherwise directed by the board, General Manager Johnsen said he was not willing to front monies from the VC Parks and Recreation budget given the uncertainly of Ms. Chisholm's expenditure compliance.    

Board Director Tom Bumgardner then publicly chastised General Manager Johnsen saying, "You are ultimately responsible so we don't have to hear all of this.  You need to just do what you're supposed to be doing in your job." General Manager Johnsen was clearly taken aback and stated that he was being harassed daily by Ms. Chisholm for the $15,000, to which Board Director Bumgardner replied, "Call your attorney." When General Manager Johnsen asked Board Director Bumgardner why he needed an attorney for performing his job for the District, he received no response.

The board received questions from the community including: Why were checks written for Western Days in the name of Valley Center Press? Why was Valley Center Press allowed to comingle Western Days monies with their business revenue? What exactly is the process for receiving and disbursing grant funds?  Can VC Parks and Recreation wait to disburse funds until the Chisholm Family Foundation receives tax exempt status?  Will future grant awards be jeopardized if VC Parks and Recreation pays Ms. Chisholm the $15,000 and she does not reimburse the vendors with the grant monies as promised?  Will a complete income and expense report for the Western Days 2014 festival be reviewed prior to funding the Western Days Grant? Can Valley Center Press use grant monies to pay for the printing of the Valley Center Magazine while also selling advertising to pay for the printing? Where are the receipts for the tables and chairs that Ms. Chisholm stated she had purchased with the grant money?

While most of questions could not be answered by the board, General Manager Johnsen said he would address the specific concerns with the County grant officials. He stated that once the County goes through the receipts, they will issue a check for the approved amount and then General Manager Johnsen will cut a check to the Valley Center press.

Meanwhile, Ms. Chisholm continues to request immediate payment from the VC Parks and Recreation reserves and is now also demanding taxpayer monies be used to pay her interest charges that are now in excess of $3,000, The formula Ms. Chisholm is using to justify $3,000 of interest for a $15,000 grant that has yet to be funded by the County is unknown.

The July 16 meeting ended much the same as the June 18 meeting with many questions remaining unanswered. 


Two Squirrels Test Positive for Plague on Palomar Mountain
 
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Two squirrels trapped in routine monitoring at an empty outdoor school on Palomar Mountain have tested positive for plague, prompting San Diego County officials to remind people to take simple steps to protect themselves when camping and hiking.
 
"When you're enjoying the outdoors, just remember - don't feed or play with squirrels; don't play near squirrel burrows or set up your tents around them; and report dead squirrels to camp rangers," said San Diego County Environmental Health Director Liz Pozzebon.
 
The squirrels were trapped on property at Camp Palomar Outdoor School, which was undergoing summer maintenance and not scheduled to be used by campers until Aug. 25.
 
Environmental health vector control crews will dust squirrel burrows on the property to kill fleas that can transmit plague from squirrels and rodents to people, conduct additional trapping and monitoring, and post signs to warn visitors to protect themselves.
 
It is common to find plague in the region, and the County's Vector Control Program routinely monitors flea populations at campgrounds and takes action to reduce flea numbers when the disease is found.
 
Plague is a bacterial disease that mainly affects wild rodents, but it can be spread to people when fleas feed on the blood of a sick animal and then bite humans, or when people such as hunters handle tissue or body fluids of infected animals.
 
People who contract plague can become very sick and even die unless they are treated quickly with antibiotics. Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever, chills and tender swollen lymph nodes.
 
County officials said people who visit or stay in rural mountain areas should look for plague warning signs and always take simple precautions to ensure they don't come into contact with plague-carrying fleas: 
  • Avoid contact with ground squirrels, chipmunks and other wild animals.
  • Do not feed, touch or handle wild animals.
  • Do not rest, camp or sleep near animal burrows in the ground.
  • Do not touch sick or dead animals.
  • Protect your pets by keeping them on a leash; Use flea control, or, best of all, leave pets at home. 
Contact your doctor immediately if you become sick within a week of visiting an area known to have plague.
 
For more information about plague surveillance, call the County Vector Control Program at (858) 694-2888 or visit the Vector Control Program website.

2nd Annual Bark for Life of Valley Center
 
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Come out to the 2nd Annual Bark For Life in Valley Center and help us tell cancer it BARKED up the wrong tree!! The event will be held at Bates Nut Farm, Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. with the Opening Ceremony starting at 9:00 a.m.
 
The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is an irresistible way to partner with your canine best friend and make new friends - canine & human.  Families and their dogs come together for a few hours during the day and complete a 1 mile walk to honor the care giving qualities of their canine "Best Friends".
 
We are honoring our Canine Caregivers; Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Rescue Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs and Cancer Survivor Dogs who with their owners are joining the American Cancer Society as Relay teams.  They participate to celebrate cancer survivorship, to honor people lost to cancer, and to fundraise in support of the American Cancer Society mission of eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.
 
The advantage of the BARK is that we have fun fundraising with our best buddies our dogs! There will also be Doggie games & a dress up contest, Doggie demos, Food & Vendors.So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests and games.
 
Please visit the webpage to register or learn more:  www.relayforlife.org/barkvalleycenterca 
 
If you would like to sponsor this event or be a vendor please send an email to Lori Lallo at barkforlifevc@gmail.com

New Emergency Dispatch System for Valley Center 

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July 21, 2014 - In a joint press release today, Rincon Reservation Fire Chief Michael Fisher, San Pasqual Reservation / Valley Center Fire Protection District Fire Chief Harold Rodriguez and Mercy Medical Transportation, Inc. announced the successful transition of Mercy Medical Transportation, Rincon Reservation Fire Department, San Pasqual Reservation Fire Department, and the Valley Center Fire Protection District to the North Comm. Emergency Dispatch System effective July 01, 2014. 

North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority, commonly referred to as North Comm., provides fire and medical emergency dispatch services to most fire departments in North San Diego County.

Fire Chief's reported after thorough research into long term cost and effectiveness of available dispatch systems, North Comm. is able to provide state of the art technology and allows smaller agencies to receive the benefits of a larger fire communications system and 24/7 technical support.

These services include processing emergency and non-emergency calls for service for fire, medical, and private security, pre-arrival emergency medical instructions, dynamic dispatch capabilities of field units via a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)/Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system.  This allows for customization of responses based on operational needs, vehicle accountability, closest unit response, and provides another layer for firefighter safety.

Photo: San Pasqual Reservation Fire Captain Richard Vance demonstrates the Northcomm Fire Communications System in Valley Center Engine 1611.   


So I Was Thinking..."My Magic Bag of Tricks"
By Phyllis Knight 
 
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Years ago, when I was proficient at juggling many tasks, I started putting my make-up on in the car to save time. Being the busy wife, mother, employee and college student that I was back then, saving that ten minutes often proved critical. Although the years have passed and my children are grown and I'm no longer an employee or in school, I still cling to that habit. It doesn't matter if I'm the driver or a passenger, once underway, I pull out my magic bag of tricks and start juggling.

A running joke in my family is that the amount of make-up I have on upon arrival at my destination is dependent upon how many red lights are hit on the way. (For the record, I never put it on while actually driving...uh, hardly ever...well, occasionally...umm, okay, since that record is clearly broken, let's move on.) That is why I call my make-up kit my magic bag of tricks - if I can arrive somewhere without smeared lipstick, uneven eye shadow and not look like Bozo the Clown...it's magic! The trick part is not dumping the bag's contents all over the car in the process. (My husband likes to remind me that it does have a ZIPPER.) One can hardly blame him, though, as he has had to retrieve more than his share of tubes, bottles and brushes that have been dumped at his feet.

The reason I bring all this up is the other day I was driving to a meeting at church and I reached into my bag and drew out the wrong color of lipstick. (Cotton Candy Pink with my coral-colored dress? In the words of Paul, "May it never be!") So, I dropped the lipstick back in the bag and blindly reached in again and pulled out...the same tube of wrong color! I went through this exercise one more, nay two more times before it finally dawned on me, take the wrong one out of the mix! Duh! Seems so simple in hindsight.

So I was thinking...

How often do we keep pulling the wrong "whatever" out of the bag in our lives because we continue to allow it to be an option? Specifically, I'm talking about in our relationships - with God and with each other. Whatever it is, if it's not acceptable or appropriate, why don't we just remove it from the mix? Why drop it back in our bag only to be pulled out again and used against each other? Sort of like putting lipstick on a pig - it serves no purpose, except to get it riled up.

Some older friends of ours shared with us how early in their marriage they decided to put God first in their lives and one way they would do that was to be in church every Sunday. Period. Having made that decision, that took the "Are we going today?" option forever out of the mix.

The same holds true in all our relationships. If we have removed the wrong responses (anger, bitterness, jealousy, disrespect, untruthfulness, etc.) from the mix, they are no longer handy to pull out and use against each other when we are upset. Likewise, if our bag is stocked with belittling phrases, hurtful memories, unresolved issues, unforgiveness, resentment, etc. - all the make-up in the world will never paint a happy face on that.

If we, as Christians, truly love God and others the way we are commanded to, wouldn't we want to run to Jesus to dump the negative things from our bag at His feet? He alone can cover the blemishes we carry from the past and is our foundation for the present and future. It is not magic, but abiding by biblical truth that is the trick to setting us free. If we can do that, then improving our relationships - like my right shade of lipstick - well, it's in the bag. 

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As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:14- 16, 22-23

©2014 Phyllis Knight 

Notice from VCMWD Regarding the Mandatory Water Use Restrictions Adopted by the State
 
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Due to the deepening statewide drought, Governor Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory Emergency Water Conservation Regulations which were adopted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
 
At this time, the new water conservation regulations do not involve mandatory percentage use reductions or allocations measured against a base period or specific allocation.
 
Earlier this year, action was taken by the Valley Center Municipal Water District to call for a Level 1 "Water Supply Shortage "Watch" Condition of its Water Shortage Response Plan. With the state's actions yesterday, previously voluntary conservation measures will become mandatory, and are as follows:
 
1. Stop washing down paved surfaces, including but not limited to sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or patios, except when it is necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards.
 
2. Stop water waste resulting from inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff, low head drainage, or overspray, etc.  Similarly, stop water flows onto non-targeted areas, such as adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, hardscape, roadways, or structures
 
3. Irrigate residential and commercial landscape before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. only (does not apply to agricultural irrigation).
 
4. Use a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system.
 
5. Irrigate nursery and commercial grower's products before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. only.  Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipment is used.  Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time.  Watering of livestock is permitted at any time.
 
6. Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains.
 
7. Wash vehicles using a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates (recycles) water on-site.  Avoid washing during hot conditions when additional water is required due to evaporation.
 
8. Repair all water leaks within three (3) days of notification. 
 
It is anticipated that the VCMWD Board of Directors will take action to implement a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage "Alert" Condition in August, which will include enforcement through a notification process and then progressive fines up to $500.00 for repeated and willful non-compliance.
 
Once the VCMWD Board has taken formal action in August, notices will be mailed to all District customers advising them of the mandatory use provisions as well as the enforcement provisions. Staff will recommend to the Board that actual enforcement through fines not start until September, 2014, providing customers a grace period to adjust to the new mandatory regulations. 
 
Check the VCMWD web-site for updated information or contact them at 760-735-4500. 

Crisis Intervention Program Seeks Valley Center Volunteers
 
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Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of San Diego County, Inc., is a non-profit organization that partners with the Valley Center Fire and other surrounding Fire Departments, as well as the Sheriff's Department to assist citizens in crisis following a tragic event.
 
We are currently seeking committed citizens as crisis intervention program volunteers in the Valley Center region.  Volunteers will be trained to help fellow citizens who are in distress as a result of a traumatic event, such as an unexpected family death, victims of fire, crime, flood, suicide, homicide, or other traumatic incidents.  Volunteers will respond to 911 calls in the Valley Center area.  The first few hours after a traumatic event has occurred are very confusing for everyone involved and the TIP volunteers are trained to provide the necessary emotional first aid and other temporary support until the persons involved in the crisis are able to depend on family, friends, and others.  This allows the emergency responders to return to service more quickly and feel confident that the victim will receive the assistance needed.
 
TIP is holding a volunteer training academy beginning September 4 - September 18, 2014.  The academy costs $45 per person and is a 50-hour training on week nights and weekends.  No prior experience is necessary.  Interested citizens must be at least 16 years of age and have automobile transportation, insurance, and a cell phone.  We are looking for adults and teens that are available for either day or night shifts.  For a complete schedule of training times and further information regarding volunteer requirements call the TIP office at 855-TIPSD-HELP, or see our website: www.tipsandiego.org

Valley Center Community Chipping Day a Success!
 
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This past Saturday, July 12th, 2014, the Valley Center Fire Safe Council sponsored their continued "bring it and we'll chip it free day at the water district property across from fire station 1 on Lilac Road.
 
The Valley Center Fire Safe Council holds these free chipping days 4 times a year and hopes to have one more ( to be announced ) in August.
 
More that 150 residents brought their brush down to be chipped on Saturday, helping reduce the combustable fuels around their homes and making the community of Valley Center safer from wildfire.
 
The funding for these free chipping days comes from grants that are secured by the volunteer members of the Fire Safe Council.
 
For more information call the Valley Center Fire Protection District at 760-751-7600.  

Fire Prevention Fee Funds New Truck Trails in Valley Center
By Trina West

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The Fire Prevention Fee is an annual fee that was established by Assembly Bill X1 29 on July 7, 2011 to pay for fire prevention services within the State Responsibility Area (SRA).  The Fire Prevention Fee is charged to owners of habitable structures located within the SRA, which is composed of areas that the State of California assumes financial responsibility for in wildfire prevention and suppression. Property owners within city limits are not required to pay this fee.

The Fire Prevention Fee funds brush clearance activities that lessen the risk of wildfire within communities. It also funds other fire prevention services including fire break construction, defensible space inspections, fire prevention engineering, emergency evacuation planning, fire prevention education, fire hazard severity mapping, fire related law enforcement and the implementation of the State Fire Plan.

Valley Center residents have expressed both confusion and frustration in regards to the Fire Prevention Fee due to the lack of information and understanding with regards to its specific use towards wildfire prevention and suppression in our community. Several residents have expressed concern that the funds generated by the Fire Prevention Fee simply build the coffers in Sacramento and do nothing to serve Valley Center.     

CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Cristina Williamson recently addressed this concern with Valley Center Happenings.  On a recent ride-along, Chief Williamson showed me the newly renovated Von Sangeren and Bear Ridge Truck Trails funded by the Fire Prevention Fee.  On a crew hike, Chief Williamson had noted that the trail appeared to be an old truck trail. Upon further exploration, she realized the trail extended along the mountain ridge looping from behind Ridge Ranch to the ridge above Woods Valley and over to Lake Wohlford.  Upon discovering that the two truck trails connected and created a solid loop along the ridge, Chief Williamson knew restoration of the truck trails would provide CAL FIRE with an advantageous viewpoint of Valley Center and a strategic fire break resource.

As such, Chief Williamson requested and was granted Fire Prevention Fee funds for the renovation of the truck trails. The project required CAL FIRE to obtain permission to access the trails from property owners and an archeological review for the portion owned by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians.  CAL FIRE was also required to comply with provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) including extensive application and review processes. Upon approval, Chief Williamson applied the Fire Prevention Fee funding to transform a narrow, overgrown trail (photos B & C) to a functional, clear truck trail accessible by CAL FIRE engines (photo A).  Fire Prevention Fee funds will also be utilized to maintain the truck trails as needed following erosion from rains.

In addition, Chief Williamson requested funding from the Fire Prevention Fee to hire an inspection team that would assist local CAL FIRE firefighters with defensible space inspections and with efforts to educate property owners on the importance of brush clearance along roadways and around structures. Local CAL FIRE engines go out daily to perform defensible space inspections, logging over 700 inspections this last year; however, the area the local CAL FIRE crews have to cover is extensive. As such, Chief Williamson utilized funds from the Fire Prevention Fee to hire an inspection team dedicated to performing defensible space inspections along the Lilac and Anthony Road corridors for two weeks. This part of Valley Center is considered a high wildfire risk area as it has been free from wildfires for a very long time, resulting in the buildup of a high volume of brush and combustible materials. 

Furthermore, Chief Williamson submitted a request for Fire Prevention Fee funding of twenty educational road signs along Valley Center roadways to heighten wildfire awareness and aid in wildfire prevention.  The funding for the signs has not yet been received, however approval is considered likely.

While the Fire Prevention Fee remains challenged by taxpayers as an illegal tax and is considered by some to be an unfair burden on back country property owners, Valley Center property owners can be assured that a portion of the fees are in fact being spent on wildfire prevention and suppression in our town.  CAL FIRE, under the leadership of Chief Williamson, is dedicated to obtaining the maximum benefit possible within the scope of the Fire Prevention Fee.  The newly renovated truck trails are just the beginning of the Fire Prevention Fee projects CAL FIRE has planned to keep Valley Center as safe as possible from future wildfire events.


Appellate Court Rules in Favor of School District
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On July 7, 2014, the Fourth District Court of Appeals upheld the lower court decision in the case of Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Interest Group v. Valley Center Pauma Unified School District et al. The Appellate Court also ruled the School District is entitled to costs on appeal.

The lawsuit was originally brought against the School District by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Interest Group alleging violations of the Brown Act and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) after they demolished the Civilian Conservation Corps barracks in March, 2013.

In June, the lower court ruled in favor of the School District and the CCC filed an appeal with the Fourth District Cout of Appeals.  

The Appellate Court decision is final. Click here to read more about the case.


Homicide Investigation Person of Interest Wanted for Questioning Possibly Armed & Dangerous
 
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UPDATE 7/13/14: Wyman was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on July 11 at 9:20 p.m. San Diego Sheriff's Homicide and Fugitive Task Force Detectives took custody of Wyman on July 12 and booked him into the Vista Detention Facility on a charge of murder.  
 
UPDATE 7-8-14: The victim has been identified as Robert Joseph Evasick (5-3-1960). Mr. Evasick lived on the property at 3625 Gopher Canyon Road. A person of interest has been identified in this case. Alexander Michael Wyman is wanted for questioning. He also lives at the property and he and Mr. Evasick were acquaintances.
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On July 4, 2014, at about 3:40 p.m., deputies responded to 3625 Gopher Canyon Road in unincorporated Vista on a call to assist the fire department with a man down. When they arrived they found a man on the ground with traumatic injuries. Paramedics attempted to revive the man but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
The cause of death and the identity of the victim will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office. The case is being investigated by the Sheriff's Homicide Detail and Crime Laboratory personnel.
 
Alexander Michael Wyman has been identified as a PERSON OF INTEREST and is wanted for questioning. Mr. Wyman is possibly ARMED AND DANGEROUS. If located, call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to contact or speak with Mr. Wyman.
 
SUBJECT DESCRIPTION:
Alexander Michael Wyman
37-years-old
5'11, 200 lbs., Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes 
Last seen wearing a White Padres T-Shirt and dark shorts
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.REFER TO: San Diego Sheriff's Case #14133953

Custom Mouth-Guards Donated to VCHS Varsity Football Team
 
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At the request of Valley Center High School Varsity Football Head Coach Rob Gilster, Dr. Carlson from Valley Center Smiles donated custom mouth-guards to the VCHS Varsity Football Team for the third year in a row.
 
Last week, Dr. Carlson and the Valley Center Smiles team, set up a mobile clinic outside the athletic training room.  They took impressions on about 40 players. After models were made of each player's mouth, Dr. Carlson went to work in his dental lab making the mouth-guards.  The mouth-guards were delivered this week at the morning practice.
 
Typical mouth-guards are "boil and bite" prefabricated pieces that do not have the precise fit of these impression-based custom guards. The custom mouth-guards allow for more comfortable protection of the teeth without excess bulk that interferes with effective talking and breathing."It is always fun to work with the Football Team," said Dr. Carlson. "We at Valley Center Smiles wish the best of luck to the Jags this season!"

Escondido Police Warn Public of Lottery Scam
 
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This is a public service announcement for the general public to be aware of a "lottery" scam which is occurring in the City of Escondido. The target area for the scam is currently E Valley Pkwy east of Ash St but please be aware the suspects in this case may easily move to a new area.  Escondido police are actively investigating several similar cases.

The scam works as follows:

The victim is approached by a suspect, usually female and fluent in Spanish. The suspect claims to need help cashing a winning lottery ticket and needs money to pay taxes and fees. At some point during the contact a second suspect, usually male, approaches and offers to help. The male will contact a third accomplice on speaker phone who claims to be a lottery official and verifies that the ticket is a winner for millions and that the taxes and fees need to be paid for them to release the money.

The suspects then convince the victim to withdraw a large amount of money from the bank and give it to them with the promise that they will repay the victim four to five times their investment. After the victim gives the suspects their money, they disappear leaving the victim with no money and very little identification of the suspects.

If you are approached by anyone offering this type of scam, please do not try to "play along". Tell them you are not interested in helping them and contact the Escondido Police Departmentt or your local agency immediately. Try to provide a good physical description and any vehicle information if you see one.  If the crime is in progress or has just occurred, call 911 immediately.  If the report of the crime is delayed, call 760-839-4722. 

   
Valley Center Resident the Grand Prize Winner of the USA Baseball Raffle
 
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Dean Phelps, a Valley Center resident, won the grand prize of a flat screen TV for the raffle fundraiser supporting the Team San Diego USA. This effort is part of the fundraising for the players to compete in August at this year's event in Hawaii, where they will face teams like Japan, Korea, and Australia.
 
The winning ticket was sold by the Baranowski boys, Ryan and Riley, who were recently featured on KUSI-TV for their efforts as the only brothers ever to play together on this 15u World Baseball Team's 33-year history: http://www.kusi.com/story/25967853/san-diego-baseball-team-usa-plans-to-run-the-summer.
 
The boys are still working toward their goal of $2k each and every dollar helps. Donations to support the boys' tournament fees for this international experience can be made at: http://www.vcbaseball.org/ryan and/or http://www.vcbaseball.org/riley . Donations can also be mailed in care of: Valley Center Baseball Club, PO Box 1178Valley Center CA. 92082.

Valley Center Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
 
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The Valley Center Lions Club "Pancake Season" is in full swing, with proceeds supporting student, sight, and community efforts in Valley Center.
 
The next Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday & Sunday, July 12th & 13th at Bates Nut Farm from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.
 
All-you-can-eat fresh cooked pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, OJ and coffee for only $6.00. All that, plus supporting your community- it's the best deal around! 
 
Follow the Valley Center Lions on Facebook to never miss a breakfast and keep up with some of our activities at: http://facebook.com/VCLions/

Time For A National Discussion
by Assemblymember Marie Waldron 

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The debate over the nation's border policies continues. In this region, the debate is fueled by the regular arrival of planeloads of illegal immigrants from Texas for processing at facilities in San Diego and Riverside counties. A facility to house these immigrants was recently rejected by Escondido authorities over land-use concerns. In addition, citizens of Murrieta have prevented busloads of newly-arrived illegal immigrants from being unloaded at the Murrieta Border Patrol facility. 

For decades, the federal government has been largely ignoring the issue of illegal immigration. Through multiple administrations, our borders have not been secured. Now that the issue has reached a crisis stage, the federal government's only solution appears to be to transport the incoming illegal immigrants to places like Escondido or Murrieta for rapid release, presumably to other family members. This grotesque dereliction of duty, which diverts Border Patrol agents from essential duties like drug interdiction, is being orchestrated at the highest levels of the federal government. 

Whatever the reasons for federal inaction may be: indifference, incompetence, political expediency or ideology, the result is the same. The nation's leaders are derelict in their sworn constitutional duty to protect our citizens, our borders, our national sovereignty.

The underlying humanitarian concerns do not outweigh the negative national consequences resulting from open borders. Failure to secure the border will lead to disaster; just ask the citizens of Iraq or Ukraine about that. I call upon responsible federal authorities to honor their oaths to the Constitution by securing the nation's borders now.

Cocos Fire Investigation

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The Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit with the help of Cal Fire, San Marcos Fire Department and ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) arson investigators, conducted a complete investigation into the origin and cause of the Washingtonia/Cocos Fire in San Marcos which occurred on May 14, 2014.

Investigators determined the initial fire was intentionally set. The fire quickly spread due to the severe weather conditions. Investigators sifted through the many tips and photos provided by the public. A juvenile suspect believed to be the person responsible for starting the fire has been identified. It is the policy of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department not to release information about juvenile suspects.

At this time, investigators don't have any information linking the suspect to any other fires.

The Sheriff's Department participated with the Joint Arson Task Force Information Exchange during the May fires. At this time, it does not appear that there is any connection linking any of the fires. 


New Crime Prevention Specialist Assigned to Valley Center
 
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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has assigned a new Crime Prevention Specialist to the Valley Center area. Jonathan Simon will be replacing Ashley Jenkins as she is moving to a new location.
 
Valley Center Happenings asked Jonathan about the rash of burglaries near Lilac Road. This was his response:
 
"We have seen burglaries in the Fallbrook, Valley Center, and San Marcos (unincorporated).  Targets are specific to outside shed thefts.  Targets include landscaping equipment, tools and generators.  We are encouraging the public to ensure they lock their sheds throughout the summer and keep their outdoor equipment out of sight as much as possible.  Do not make your property an easy target as criminals generally seek easy opportunities."
 
If you have a question or concern regarding crime prevention in your area, contact Jonathan at 760-510-5254.

Officers Re-Elected at Valley Center Museum
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All officers of Valley Center History Museum, Inc. were re-elected at the organizations recent annual meeting. Returned to office for an additional one-year term were: 

Earl Brown, President
William Boyett, Vice President
Nicky Lovejoy,Treasurer
Lynne Boyett, Secretary 

The officers head a 12-member Board of Directors that operates the history museum and oversees the Historical Society. All serve in a volunteer capacity.

For more information, visit vchistory.org or call (760) 749-2993.


 

2014 San Diego County Fair Livestock Grand Champion Winners
 
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After the judges award blue ribbons to the best of the 4-H and FFA animals, they then bestow two of the most coveted awards of the Fair, Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. 
 
Congratulations to all of the Valley Center and Pauma Valley Livestock winners at the 2014 San Diego County Fair!
 
These are the 2014 winners:
 
Market HogGrand Champion:  
Brenna Alvarez, Ramona Wranglers 4H 
Reserve Grand Champion: Tristanne Rasco, Japatul 4H  
 
Market Goat:
Grand Champion: Nicole Booten, Escondido FFA
Reserve Grand Champion:  Bailey Cain, Pauma Valley 4H
 
Market Calf:
Grand Champion:  Sarah Drown, Japatul 4H 
Reserve Grand Champion:  Rachell Shellstrom, Japatul 4H  
 
Market Sheep:
Grand Champion: Jessica Theisman, 56 Ranchers 4H 
Reserve Grand Champion: Sissy Sugarman, Olivenhain Valley 4H
 
Market Beef:
Grand Champion:  Zachary Kertz, Valley Center FFA 
Reserve Grand Champion: Eli Martineau, Valley Center 4H
 
Rabbit Meat Pen:
Grand Champion: Jazmine Zwicker, Ramona FFA
Reserve Grand Champion: Monsera Martinez, Vista FFA
 
Chicken Meat Pen:
Grand Champion: Kerigan McCaffree, Valley Center FFA 
Reserve Grand Champion: Mykaylah Test, Valley Center FFA
 
Turkey Meat Pen
Grand Champion: Kerigan McCaffree, Valley Center FFA 
Reserve Grand Champion: Everett Brandenburg, Olivenhain Valley 4H  

Pictured: Kerigan McCaffree & Mykaylah Test   

VCPUSD Introduces My Learning Academy 
Opening Fall 2014 at VC Prep School

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My Learning Academy (MLA) offers options for homeschooling parents to partner with teachers in a rigorous, flexible learning environment including:
   

  • Grades K-5 Option A:  Full day program Tuesday and Thursday with Independent Study/Homeschool Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Tuesday/Thursday program includes creative writing, art, science, technology and electives.  Students in grades 3 - 5 are assigned an iPad for school and home use.
  • Grades K-5 Option B:  Homeschooling program with teacher support one session per week/100% independent study with VCPUSD curriculum support. Students in grades 3-5 are assigned an iPad for school and home use. 
  • Grades 6-8 Option A:  Full day program Wednesdays with Independent Study/Homeschool Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Wednesday program includes creative writing, art, science and electives. MLA students in grades 6 - 8 are assigned an iPad for     school and home use and are eligible to participate in afterschool extracurricular activities at VCMS and Pauma Schools.
  • Grades 6-8 Option B:  Homeschooling program with teacher support one session per week/100% independent study with VCPUSD curriculum support. MLA students in grades 6 - 8 are assigned an iPad for school and home use and are eligible to participate in afterschool extracurricular activities at VCMS and Pauma Schools. 

My Learning Academy provides: 

  • Excellent Blended Learning Options for grades K-8
  • Personalized 21st Century learning plans for all students
  • Extra-curricular programs offered through district schools
  • Parents as learning partners and co-teachers 

Limited space is available for the 2014-2015 school year. For more information and to enroll, contact Principal Mike Schanze or teacher Sharon Trok at 760-749-0464 (summer) or 760-751-5590 (after August 1st).


The Valley Center Library has a New Librarian
 
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Laura Zuckerman, who has  been with San Diego County Library for 13 years, has been named librarian at the Valley Center branch.
 
A onetime elementary school teacher, she has devoted much of her career working with and developing programs and resources for children, many of whom affectionately know her as "Mrs. Z".  Before coming to Valley Center, Zuckerman was coordinator of youth services at the County library branch at 4S Ranch near Rancho Bernardo.  She previously was at the Poway branch for seven years, and earlier spent a year at the Cardiff and Del Mar branches.
 
She has carved out a reputation for curriculum development for young children, with an emphasis on early literacy, especially in the zero-to-five age group.  "The library is the perfect place for school readiness programming," she said.  She brings years of experience in providing successful entertaining and educational programs aimed at preparing young children for school.
 
Her academic credentials include a Master's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Library Science.   Her late father, Ron, was also  librarian.  No stranger to rural life, Zuckerman said she raised quarter horses and lambs as a teenager.
 
At Valley Center, Zuckerman succeeds Rebecca Lynn who was named librarian at Fallbrook.

    
Property Tax Assessment Appeals Filing Period Opens Soon
 
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Do you disagree with your property tax assessment for the 2014-2015 year? San Diego County residents and business owners who do may file an application to appeal their assessment from July 2 through Dec. 1, according to Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Boards Thomas J. Pastuszka.
 
Start by browsing the applications and information booklets available on the County's website. Residents may also pick up applications and booklets in person and speak with staff at the Clerk of the Board's office in the County Administration Center.

An informational video explains the assessment appeals process and provides helpful tips.
 
To file an application, taxpayers should know their parcel or tax bill number, property address, and must state their opinion of the property's market value on the application. Applications must be received by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Office no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 or be postmarked by midnight of Dec. 1. 
 
Applications and forms can be mailed to: Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Assessment Appeals, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego, CA 92101-2471. 

   
As temperatures heat up, it's a good idea to...
By Arthur DeMunnik
 
Check your AC:
Being without an air conditioner when the temperatures are soaring can be frustrating.  By regularly maintaining your AC unit, you can help keep it working at its best.  Shut the air conditioner off, and clear away leaves and yard debris outside. Dust the fan blades if you can do so safely. Make sure air can flow freely over the inside and outside coils.  Inside, clean or replace filters.  Valley Center can get very dusty and the super-fine particles can clog your air filters causing the unit to work harder to keep the house cool.
 
Check your appliances: 
Just like your AC unit, your fridge and dryer have to work harder when dust and debris block air flow.  Clean or replace your refrigerator filter and vacuum the back of the unit.  Inspect and vacuum your dryer vent line.  Inspect your other appliance to ensure they are operating properly.
 
Check your yard/perimeter: 
Give the outside of your home a summer check-up by walking the perimeter of your home and property line and noting anything that needs attention. Do your outside lights need new bulbs? Do you have a broken sprinkler? Are your gutters clogged?
 
Inspect backyard play equipment:
Check hardware and structure to make sure it is in good condition and address any sharp points or potential tripping hazards, so your children have a safe place to play.  If you have a pool, make sure you have proper safety fencing and gates installed around the perimeter. Check that all latches are in working order and secured.
 
Verify weather stripping and calking is intact: 
According to Southern California Edison, properly sealed windows and doors are a great way to lower your electric bill and conserve energy when cooling you home. Reseal any gaps or cracks and replace worn or old weather stripping. 
 
Defensible Space:
You may remember the news coverage last month that showed the fire raging all around a home in San Marcos.  Experts said the house was saved because the homeowner maintained defensible space.  As we all know, there are no guarantees when it comes to wild fires, but by following the recommendations of Cal Fire, you can greatly reduce the threat to your home and property: 
 
A Defensible Space of 100 feet around your home is required by law.  The goal is to protect your home while providing a safe area for firefighters.  Clearing an area of 30 feet immediately surrounding your home is critical. This area requires the greatest reduction in flammable vegetation.
 
The fuel reduction zone in the remaining 70 feet (or to property line) will depend on the steepness of your property and the vegetation. Remove all build - up of needles and leaves from your roof and gutters. Keep tree limbs trimmed at least 10 feet from any chimneys and remove dead limbs that hang over your home or garage. The law also requires a screen over your chimney outlet of not more than ½ inch mesh. For more info on defensible space, visit http://www.fire.ca.gov/
 
Got a question?  Visit http://www.english-heritage-builders.com/diy-doctor.html,  and we may feature your question in an up-coming article.

 
CAL FIRE Director Orders Burn Bans Across 31 Million Acres 
Record Setting Drought Conditions Have Increased Fire Danger
 
Sacramento - California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Director Ken Pimlott issued an order to suspend open burning across 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area in California. The suspended burning order is part of CAL FIRE's continued efforts to mitigate the increased threat of wildfire due to the state's drought emergency.
 
"The increase in fire activity this year, coupled with record-setting drought conditions, requires us to take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting," said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. "In support of the Governor's Drought State of Emergency, I am ordering each of the 21 unit chiefs and six contract county chiefs to issue local proclamations suspending burning on State Responsibility Area lands in their respective jurisdictions, effective no later than July 1, 2014.
 
"The process of geographically specific burn bans will allow for greater flexibility to cancel individual bans locally during the fall months if conditions warrant. The localized proclamations will include suspension of all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning. Campfires may still be allowed in designated campsites. For information, visit your nearest CAL FIRE station - http://calfire.ca.gov/contacts/index.php.
 
CAL FIRE has already responded to 2,118 fires this year, a nearly 70% increase in the average number of fires for the same time period. Residents are urged to visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org for tips on how to prepare their homes and family for wildfire. The website also links to important water saving tips, a resource critical to the control of wildfires.
 
Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste - visit saveourH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part, and visit drought.ca.gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought.

The County is Once Again Looking for Public Input for the Lilac Hills Ranch (Accretive) Project
 
June 12th, 2014 - Notice of Availability of the Draft Revised Environmental Impact Report for the Lilac Hills Ranch Project  
 
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the County of San Diego is recirculating for public review a Draft Revised Environmental Impact Report (REIR) for Lilac Hills Ranch in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The Draft REIR can be reviewed online at http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds/ceqa_public_review.html, or in person at the Planning &Development Services (PDS), Project Processing Counter, 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 110,San Diego, California 92123 and at the public libraries listed below. Comments on the Draft REIR must be sent to the PDS address listed above and should reference the project name,Lilac Hills Ranch. 
 
PDS2012-3800-12-001 (GPA), PDS2012-3810-12-001 (SP), PDS2012-3600-12-003 (REZ),PDS2012-3100-5571 (TM), PDS2012-3100-5572 (TM), PDS2012-3300-12-005 (MUP),PDS2012-3500-12-018 (STP), HLP XX-XXX LOG NO. 3910 12-02-003 (ER); SCH NO.2012061100 LILAC HILLS RANCH PROJECT. Lilac Hills Ranch is a master planned community that encompasses 608 acres and that consists of 1,746 residences; 90,000 square feet of commercial, office and retail space; a 50-room Country Inn; a 200-bed group careassisted living facility; and civic facilities that include public and private parks, a private recreational facility, other recreational amenities, a new fire station ore remodel of an existing fire station (Miller Station) and a school (K-8). The project is located east of 1-15 and southand west of West Lilac Road approximately one-half mile north of Circle R Drive within the Bonsall and Valley Center Community Plan areas within the unincorporated area of San Diego County.
 
The Lilac Hills Ranch Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was circulated for public review from July 3, 2013, to August 19, 2013. As a result of the public comments received,substantial changes have been made to the document. Therefore, the County has decided to recirculate a Draft Revised EIR (REIR). For a complete discussion of the rationale for recirculation and guidance for commenters, refer to the "Readers Guide to the Draft Revised Environmental Impact Report" included at the beginning of the Draft REIR.
 
The Draft REIR identifies significant and unavoidable environmental impacts to Aesthetics, Air Quality, Transportation and Traffic, and Noise. The Draft REIR also identifies significant and mitigated environmental impacts to Agricultural Resources, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Hazards and Hazardous Materials.
 
Comments on the Draft REIR must be received no later than July 28, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (a 45day public review period). The recirculated Draft REIR can be reviewed at the Valley Center Library, located at 29200 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082, the Vista Library, located at 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista, CA 92084 and the Fallbrook Library, located at 124 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028. A public meeting will be held on the Draft REIR on June 17,2014 at the Valley Center Branch of the San Diego County Library located at 29200 Cole Grade Road,Valley Center, CA 92082 at 6:00 p.m. 
 
For additional information, please contact Mark Slovick at (858) 495-5172 or by e-mail at Mark.Slovick@sdcountv.ca.gov.

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