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In 1976, Steven Tweed began a career in the Southern California water industry. Within the first 10 years, he recognized
a critical need for an improved and more efficient pump systems company that was committed to above-standard practice and
performance; one that would exceed current expectations.
In 1986, he met that challenge, founding Hidden Valley Pump Systems, Inc.
To date, the company's chief policy has been ensuring their entire client base is educated and informed of the ever-changing
municipal, agricultural, residential and industrial water markets, while consistently forging new collaborative relationships
and partnerships with other leading water industry organizations.
In August 2011, Hidden Valley Pump Systems formed
a lucrative partnership with Siemens®, affording them the leverage to offer the highest quality and most efficient technology
available. In October of 2013 Hidden Valley Pump became a second generation family-run business when Michael Tweed succeeded
Steven in oversight and management of day to day operations, and, in January of 2014, Hidden Valley Pump Systems celebrated
its 28th successful year in business.
Their ability to set the standard for the water industry together with a team
of highly motivated and skilled professionals provides a solid foundation for another 28 years of credible, innovative and
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Headlines & Happenings
Rabid Bat Found
at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The County of San Diego Health and Human
Services Agency is reporting that a bat found at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has tested positive for rabies.
bat was found dead on March 25 at 4:30 p.m. on a public walkway outside the Hidden Jungle, located between the Gorilla Forest
and African Woods. The bat was also seen alive at 11:20 a.m. near a walkway across from the Red River Hogs in Nairobi Village.
Trained park staff collected the dead bat without directly touching it and no human or animal contact has been reported. The
bat, which was not one of the park's collection animals, was delivered to the County on March 26 and testing confirmed the
animal to be positive for rabies.
County health officials are interested to know if anyone who was in the park
on March 25 directly handled the rabid bat. If you or someone in your family or group had contact with the bat, you are urged
to contact the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency as soon as possible at (619) 6928499. If you did
not have direct contact with the bat, such as touching or holding the animal, you are not at risk for rabies.
rabies is usually fatal without prompt postexposure vaccine and treatment," said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County
public health officer. "There has been no reported human or animal contact with this bat, but it was found in an area
where many park visitors pass by, and we want to make sure that no one had contact with it."
Rabies transmission can
occur from a bat bite or if a bat's saliva comes in contact with a cut or abrasion, or with mucous membranes, such as the
eyes, nose or mouth.
"People should always stay away from bats and other wild animals to prevent possible
exposure to rabies," said Wooten. "If you see a bat, dead or alive, don't touch it."
Rabies in humans can be
prevented by avoiding contact with wild, stray, and unknown San Diego County News Center domestic animals, ensuring pets are
uptodate on rabies vaccinations, and receiving prompt medical advice following animal bites and other significant
exposures to potentially rabid animals. Rabies is not uncommon in wild bats in San Diego County.
If direct contact with
a bat does occur, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and get medical advice immediately.
Relief Passes State Legislation
By Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, of Escondido,
issued the following statement in response to the Assembly's passage of emergency drought legislation:
BACKGROUND: AB 91: This bill appropriates $1.059 billion ($74.7 million General Fund) to accelerate
funding appropriations from water bonds (both Proposition 1 and 1E); cap-and-trade revenue; and other General Fund projects
that will provide immediate relief statewide for drought-related problems.
"Today we took a strong bi-partisan vote to ensure emergency drought relief, infrastructure,
desalinization grants and wastewater treatment funding as appropriated in Proposition 1, the voter-approved Water Quality,
Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. It also includes Proposition 1E funding, the voter-approved Disaster Preparedness
and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006 which needs to be allocated to meet the June 2016 deadline which allows projects to
move forward now protecting our water supply and resources. California's agriculture economy has lost at least $2 billion
in economic output to date. The funding we passed today will provide some relief to those who are suffering, but it is just
a temporary fix."
BACKGROUND: AB 92: This bill implements drought policy initiatives related
to the 2014 Budget Act amendments specified in AB 91/SB 75. Grants the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) authority to
issue administrative fines for fish-passage barriers, and grants only an informal hearing process to contest citations. Allows
DFW to provide notice to landowners that any new water diversions may require fish screens. Authorizes DFW to issue citations
for water theft under the Water Code. Creates the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions within the State Water Resources Control
Board (Water Board), and allows the Water Board to make grants from the Cleanup and Abatement Account for addressing drinking
water needs, regardless of whether the need is the result of waste discharge.
"I did not support AB 92. The policy bill expands the Department of Fish and
Wildlife authority substantially. The bill creates new administrative fine authority, from which DFW will receive 40% of penalty
funds for its own operations, and by which DFW can limit due process for those cited. This creates great concerns regarding
water rights, property rights and directly affects all farmers throughout the state. We don't need to empower more government
agencies with new fine authority - we need real water solutions."
Waldron represents Valley Center as our elected Assemblymember for the 75th District. For more information visit: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/AD75/
"What Are You
By Phyllis Knight
You love to golf (whether or not you're good
at it); you enjoy getting together with exciting people; you love supporting your community; you have a heart for youth and
education; you can't pass up a good deal. If this description fits you to a "tee" then it's time to stop puttering
around and sign-up to join in the fun at the Valley Center Real Estate Professionals 11th Annual Scholarship Golf
This year's tournament
will be held on Friday, April 17th, at Woods Valley Golf Club. For more information, you can visit their official
website, but if you just want to know the quick score, here are the basics: Single Golfer - $100; Golf Foursome -
$400. Registration begins at 10 am, followed by Lunch at 11 am, and Shotgun Start at noon. The tournament has been averaging
around eighty golfers; this year, their goal is to hit 100. Are you ready to join the club and drive up
If golfing is not your
bag, but you still want to support this worthy event, here's a stroke of luck, sponsorships are still available
ranging from $100 per hole, to Silver-, Gold- and even Platinum-level sponsorships. Of course, each progressive level comes
with even more goodies and name and/or business recognition. A little birdie told me they do have two Gold Sponsors,
Valley Center Wireless and Summit Mortgage, but any way you slice it, there's plenty of room for more!
Flyers, Registration Forms, Scholarship Applications,
more details and photos from previous tournaments are available at www.ValleyCenterGolf.com. You can also call John Yeager - 760-749-8931; or Jeana Boulos - 760-517-6316, if you have any questions or need more information.
The golfing is just one part of this special
event. Also included are lunch and dinner, and the opportunity to bid on some wonderful donated prizes through live and silent
auctions. If you would like to donate goods, services, gift cards/certificates, or a little "green" for prizes,
please contact John or Jeana. All donations are tax deductible.
Proceeds from the event support scholarships for graduating seniors from Valley Center High
School. To date, over $120,000 has been raised and distributed through the Valley Center Community Aid Group, a 501(c)3 established
by the Real Estate Professionals to benefit our community. Thank you!
Yes, it looks like a wonderful event will be enjoyed by all attendees on April
17th. Not a big surprise, though, just par for the course!
Center Resident Dan Lopez Retires from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Dan Lopez, a Valley Center resident, is retiring
on March 26, 2015 from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. He has been serving and protecting the citizens of San Diego
County for over 30 years, including several years stationed in Valley Center. He and his wife Sarah have lived in Valley Center
for over 20 years. They have two wonderful children, Helen and Stephen. Stephen is a graduate of Valley Center High School
and Helen is currently a junior at VCHS.
received the following message from Sheriff William D. Gore congratulating him on his retirement:
"Congratulations on the occasion of your retirement. Your career with
the Sheriff s Department is a testament to your dedication to public service. Employees such as you are the heart and soul
of public service agencies. Your professionalism will serve as an example to the many men and women who are just now starting
During your 30+ years of service
to the citizens of San Diego County, you have maintained a standard of excellence for yourself and the department. Throughout
your career your supervisors have described your performance with terms such as unwavering, prudent, civic minded, and an
excellent ambassador for the department.
diligently performed each of your many assignments and achieved outstanding results. After completing your first assignment
at the Central Detention Facility, you began your patrol career at the Vista Patrol Station. You then transferred to Rural
Enforcement in the community of Valley Center.While there, you worked a number of specialized assignments, including dog a
canine handler and Community Policing. During your many years at the Valley Center Substation, you were keenly involved in
the community. Your partners relied on your knowledge and those with questions about the community knew you as the "go
to" person. You were also involved with the many Native American communities in Valley Center during your assignment
with the lndian Liaison Committee.
Like all of
our outlying areas, Valley Center is prone to wildfires and you responded to many of them during your career. You were recognized
for exceptional valor during the Cedar Fire of 2003 when you helped rescue another deputy who had been overcome by the raging
fire and was trapped inside his patrol car. You received a Meritorious Unit Citation for your efforts during these fires and
once again in 2007 when Valley Center was ravaged by the Witch Creek fire.
Following your promotion to sergeant in 2008, you were assigned to the Court Service Bureau-San Diego,
went to patrol in San Marcos and Valley Center and you concluded your career at Court Services Bureau-Vista. As a supervisor,
you mentored subordinates with an unflappable demeanor. Your staff perceived you as approachable and dependable and they knew
you could be counted on for valuable direction.
behalf of the Sheriff s Department and the County of San Diego, please accept my sincere thanks and best wishes for a long,
healthy and prosperous retirement." - William D. Gore, Sheriff
A personal note from his family: "We love you so much, now go start stomping
grapes!" - Sarah, Stephen, and Helen
Valley Center History
Museum Remembers Nancy Coates, 94
By Robert Lerner,
Valley Center Historian
The Board of Directors of the Valley Center
History Museum this week remembered and paid tribute to the memory of Nancy Coates who died at age 94. A major benefactor
of the museum, Mrs. Coates was the matriarch of historic Rancho Guejito in Valley Center, the last remaining Mexican land
grant ranch in California.
"She was a grand and gracious lady," said Museum President Earl Brown," and we are profoundly
saddened by her passing. She championed the preservation of the historic ranch whose caretakers are maintaining the integrity
of one of California's most important historic sites," he said.
Established in 1845, Rancho Guejito was acquired
in 1974 by her late husband, Benjamin Coates, Sr., who died in 2004. In his memory, Mrs. Coates established an endowment
fund at the museum and provided the initial gift of $100,000. Subsequent contributions by the Coates family and
others have seen the endowment triple in size.
In addition to financial support for the Valley Center museum, Mrs. Coates also donated
a number of historic materials including a Chain of Title tracing ownership of the ranch from the King of Spain,
and a leather-bound portfolio containing copies of original documents from 1845. A complete history of the 23,000-acre ranch
is maintained by the Valley Center Historical Society which makes its archive available to researchers and students documenting
early California history.
Survivors include daughter Theodate Coates, Benjamin Coates, Jr., and grandchildren and great grandchhildren.
Funeral services were March 20 following her death on March 12.
Pictured Above: Mrs. Benjamin (Nancy) Coates and former Valley Center
History Museum President Bill Hutchings at 2006 event to announce creation of museum Endowment Fund.
Valley Center's Senior
By Alan Kirkpatrick
The 24 Senior Volunteer Patrol members of the
San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Substation, provided over 6,000 volunteer hours to Department and Community
Service in 2014! During that time, they
delivered crime cases to the Vista Court, as well as evidence to the San Marcos Sheriff's Station and to the Crime Lab in
Claremont Mesa. They transported patrol vehicles to the San Marcos garage, to the radio shop in Kearny Mesa, and to "ThunderWorks"
in Santee, for computer repairs.
Senior Volunteers provided Vacation Checks, YANA (You Are Not Alone) Visits, and School Patrols daily.
Extra scheduled events included: San Marcos DUI details or checkpoints, San Diego County Fair, Fallbrook Avocado Festival,
Valley Center Western Days, Halloween Carnival, Christmas in the Valley, and High School Football Games.
Unexpected duties included traffic control
at accident sites and during the May fires, support for Search and Rescue operations, and locating stolen vehicles.
Finally, individual members
provided financial support to the Kiwanis Golf Tournament which sponsors Valley Center High School scholarships.
Anyone who is interested in joining the Senior
Volunteer Patrol is invited to call Alan Kirkpatrick at 760-751-4405 and leave a message. Membership requirements are: Over the age of 50, with a valid driver's license
and of good moral character.
By Phyllis Knight
If you live in Valley Center, or are just familiar
with the area, you undoubtedly know what caring and generous people live here. Whether it's donating time, effort, money,
goods, services, etc., when it comes to our neighbors in need, you name it, we do it! We truly are neighbors in every sense
of the word. I could have a full-time job just writing stories about that aspect of our community!
But there is another attribute of Valleyites that sets us apart,
and that is we all are united behind, and looking out for, animals in need. Whether they are lost, abandoned, rescued, found,
abused, etc., we don't just feel sorry for them, we get busy! So, with that in mind, what I'm about to share shouldn't come
as a shocking surprise, but it is no less amazing in its generosity!
Recently, when local nonprofit HiCaliber Horse Rescue found themselves in a "bit"
of a bind when their Gator, an all-purpose vehicle they use constantly in the care of their horses, threw a shoe, so to speak,
they hightailed it to Powerland Equipment to ascertain the cost and requirements of repairing said Gator. Naturally, they
were drawn to the newer Gator on display. Although they admit they may have left a little drool on it after admiring it, they
never for a moment anticipated what happened next. Andy Montejano, Powerland's Sales Manager, got involved, and upon HiCaliber's
return trip to Powerland to pick-up the ordered part, they were informed that HiCaliber was the proud new owner of the displayed
Gator! Overcome with joy, I've heard a few tears were flowing in appreciation of Powerland's more-than-generous donation.
And they didn't stop there; Powerland has committed to helping HiCaliber's old Gator get a few other issues repaired as well!
The bottom line here is, when
you pair a caring, non-profit organization, such as HiCaliber Horse Rescue, with a compassionate, supportive local business,
such as Powerland Equipment, you end up with a win/win for all involved, including our community. What a blessing to live
where the people are even more beautiful than the scenery and the weather!
So, whether you look at this as another Valley Center love story, or another
love story about Valley Center, either way, the story has a happy ending! Powerland Equipment and HiCaliber Horse Rescue thank
you for all you do in our community and inspiring all of us to do even better!
If you support Powerland Equipment for this benevolent deed, what better way
to show your appreciation than by checking them out for your equipment needs? After all, it's the neighborly thing to do!
Powerland Equipment, Inc., 27943 Valley
Center Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082 | www.powerlandequipment.com
For more information on HiCaliber
Horse Rescue, visit www.facebook.com/hicaliberhorserescue.
up with the Optimists!"
By Phyllis Knight
With Easter right around the corner you know
it's time to "get your ham on" for your special Easter dinner, and what better way to do that than supporting our
community at the same time? That's right, when you buy your ham through the Optimists, you are helping support the 20+ groups
and organizations that are aided by the Optimists each year, specifically our youth.
The booth (which is located in the Fat Ivor's parking lot) is staffed from 11
am - 5 pm every day through the Friday before Easter (April 3rd). When I stopped by today, Jack and Mary Elaine
Gustafsof were doing the honors. They said they still have some hams available, but the closer it gets to Easter, the faster
they go! The Farmer John hams are smoked onsite and are available in half hams (10 plus pounds) for $35 and full hams (20
plus pounds) for $70.
If you don't
want to miss out on future ham sales, you can sign-up for their "call list" to get first dibs, so to speak, and
ensure you get your name in the pot to reserve your ham. Hams can be ordered now and picked up until April 3rd;
or, you can do "cash and carry" now. Checks also are accepted, but no credit cards. These hams also make wonderful
gifts for family, friends and employees.
You don't have to be an "optimist" to know the ham is going to be delicious, but you do have to get your
order in soon to be sure you have one to enjoy. This smokin' hot deal won't last long and when they're gone, they're gone!
Department "Take Me Home Program" Now Online
It's a situation no one ever wants to go
through. A loved one suffering from Alzheimer's Disease or another physical or mental disability gets lost or wanders away
The Sheriff's Take Me Home Program is a FREE and
CONFIDENTIAL service that can help deputies and other law enforcement officers locate an at-risk missing person. And now,
you can register online by going to the Sheriff's website: www.sdsheriff.net/tmh.
The Take Me Home Program is a database accessible by all law enforcement agencies in San Diego County.
In the event an at-risk person who is registered gets lost or wanders away, deputies can obtain important information such
as photographs, physical descriptions and emergency contacts from the Take Me Home Program database.
During the early stages of a missing person search, information provided by the Take Me Home
Program can prove critical in locating a loved one. Deputies will know what the missing person looks like and what places
they might have gone to. If a loved one can't communicate very well, deputies will know what to call them to get their attention
while searching for them.
In the past, you'd have to print out an application
and take it to your nearest Sheriff's facility to register a loved one for the Take Me Home Program. Now, all you have to
do is go online to register and and upload photos and other personal information to the Sheriff's secure website.
For more information on the Take Me Home Program and to register online for FREE,
VCHS Student &
Boy Scout Establishes Flag Disposal Drop Box
By Ray Flores
Valley Center High School student, Dustin
Prayther, has installed a Flag Disposal Box with the help of community sponsor contributions at the Community Center (located
at 28246 Lilac Road, Valley Center) western entrance driveway.
The American Flag has been a symbol of freedom, justice and the sacrifices we Americans have made worldwide throughout
the history of our country. The proper disposal of an American Flag has been mandated by law. The United States Flag Code
(4 USC Sec 8 Para (k) Amended 7 July 1976) states: "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting
emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
A Boy Scout for over four years, Dustin has earned 27 merit badges and is
working towards the coveted rank of Eagle Scout; a project he had been thinking about and planning for over a year. He finally
decided to make this one of his community projects towards attaining the goal of Eagle Scout and that it would be very helpful
and appropriate for Valley Center residents to have a means of disposing of their worn or damaged American Flags.
Dustin would like to thank Shoemaker Realty, Fat Ivor's
and all the other contributors to his project. He has a real love for his flag and country and what they represent, especially
during these trying times.
Your flags can
be deposited in the box at the Community Center with the absolute certainty that they will be treated and disposed of with
the utmost of respect.
So I Was Thinking..."Sign Language"
By Phyllis Knight
Have you ever noticed how inundated we are
with signs? I made a point this morning of counting how many signs I saw on my daily six-mile roundtrip to a local coffee
place; I lost count somewhere around two hundred. (Plus, I was starting to get a little dizzy!) And that's not even
counting two or more signs on one post, posts with just numbers, or even street signs. And I live in a rural area! I can't
even imagine how many signs one must see on a daily city commute.
always gotten a kick out of funny signs...especially when that wasn't their intent. For instance, the sign leading into our
local cemetery reads: "Enter Only - One Way." Or how about the one at an entrance to a local fruit stand, which
reads: "Apples and Bananas - Enter Here." I took it to mean that all other fruit had to enter a different way...
How about the "shake-your-head" signs, such as the ones I've seen in restroom stalls
lately reminding you not to throw toilet tissue on the floor. (Really? We need a sign to tell us that? The keyword here
being "toilet" tissue.) Oh, I know that common sense is not as common as it used to be, but still... Another
example along that same genre is a sign I saw above a swimming pool on a recent trip that stated: "No One with Diarrhea
Allowed in Pool." (Hmm, good to know, but I'm not sure how you go about enforcing that.)
Now, lest we travel too far down the potty humor road, let's move
on to some other interesting signs that I have noticed lately. Even foot (and, yes, horse) traffic are not immune. Although
I travel the same road daily, I just recently noticed some of the signs along a hiking/horse trail that parallels the main
road in our community. One of them states "Bridge Ahead" which seems a little superfluous to me. I mean, as you
are walking along, it's perfectly obvious there's a little footbridge ahead, and it's not as though you have to do anything
differently as you approach, e.g., stop and salute, or dance across it. Further, I figure if you can't see the bridge, chances
are you can't see the little sign. A little further down the trail is a sign that reads: "Trail Narrows." Again,
nice to know, but I haven't noticed anyone who was walking along having to "shift into lower gear" to continue on
One of my favorite examples of sign mania, though, relates to a recent
road trip, where I saw four consecutive signs about "do's and don'ts" for driving through that particular area.
Those were followed by a fifth sign that read: "Obey All Signs." I had to smile. First, that you have to have a
sign that tells you to obey signs, and then, second, that anyone would be naïve enough to think that if you had total
disregard for the former individual signs, that you would somehow have immediate respect for the latter all-inclusive sign.
So I was
Is it any wonder, given the prolific amount of signs, both necessary
and unnecessary, that vie for our attention that we become a little immune? That we don't even notice them anymore? But there
is one sign that I pray we never ignore, become immune to, nor take for granted, and that is the sign of the cross. Never
has one Sign carried so much significance and greater consequence.
it's a sign of God's vast love for us that He sent His only Son to die for our sins so that we might be reconciled with Him.
Second, it's a sign of Jesus' eternal love for us that He would willingly die a horrible death on the cross in our
place. And third, and perhaps most importantly, the cross is the sign that even death could not hold our Savior. It's a reminder
that not only did He die, He now lives and He's coming back for us. Because of the cross, we have the assurance that we will
spend eternity with Him. Now that's a Sign of LOVE in any language.
risen; He is risen, indeed! Have a blessed Easter!
This is Phyllis Knight,
signing off until next time.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much
more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:8-9
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave
this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. John 13:1
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father's
house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." John
© 2015 Phyllis Knight
Valley Center Fire
Honors Heroic Members
By Ray Flores
March 19, 2015 - Valley Center Fire Chief
Joe Napier presented Letters of Commendation to seven of his team members and the family members for their exceptional efforts
and professionalism which saved the life of a Valley Center resident.
On February 10, 2015 Valley Center resident Daniel Tuck suffered a full cardiac arrest and his family
were then in a battle to save his life. His wife, a former nurse immediately began CPR compressions while his son, Danny Tuck,
got on the phone and dialed 911 for help. He spoke with Fire and Emergency dispatcher, Jennifer Lyons who helped calm and
reassure Mrs. Tuck that help was on the way and would be there shortly. As emergency personal was en route, Danny without
hesitation was credited with keeping a cool head and the frame of mind to put their dogs away, open the gate to their property
and wait for the Paramedics to arrive so that he could direct them to the exact location of his father.
Mrs. Tuck who has some physical limitations and was tiring quickly from administering
CPR compressions was immediately relieved when the Emergency Fire/Paramedic team arrived. Without losing a beat Paramedics
Chris Mattea and Chris Newby began to administer emergency medical treatment in order to stabilize their patient, while the
rest of his team prepared to transport. With the assistance of the Mercy Ambulance and the Fire Service team Mr. Tuck was
transported to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.
The quick thinking of family members, Fire and Emergency Dispatcher, the leadership and professionalism of the Fire
Emergency/ Paramedic and Mercy Ambulance and Fire Service teams were credited with saving the life of Mr. Tuck.
The Letters of Commendation were given to the following
- Fire/EMT: Jorge Mendoza
- Fire & Emergency Services Dispatcher:
- Firefighter/Driver: Aaron Rapp
- Captain: Mike Shore
- Firefighter/Paramedic: Chris Newby
- Firefighter/EMT: Justin Sandling
To recognize his cool thinking
and initiative under a stressful situation Danny Tuck was awarded a "Life Saver Award" plaque and pin by Valley
Fire Chief Joe Napier made the request
that as many as possible Valley Center residents learn to administer CPR.
If you would like to be certified for CPR please contact Valley Center Fire, 28234 Lilac Road, Valley
Center, Ca. 92082, phone: 760-751-7600.
Click here for more pictures from the awards ceremony.
VCPUSD March School
Board Meeting Wrap Up
The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School
District Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting on March 12th. During the recognition portion of the meeting, Tina
Villalobos was recognized as the District Certificated Employee of the Month and Gloria Gonzales was recognized as the District
Classified Employee of the Month at Valley Center High School. Both employees were also selected as the Valley Center High
School Employees of the Year. They were presented their awards by VCHS Principal Ron McCowan.
Ron McCowan spoke of Tina Villalobos' 14 years of service in the district, with the past four
serving at the high school mostly with English Language Program (ELP) students. Mr. McCowan noted that from 2007 to 2013,
the ELP students Academic Performance Index (API) scores have risen 50 points from 625-675, in part due to "Tina's hard
work and dedication." Mr. McCowan relayed a comment from colleagues of Ms. Villalobos saying, "She has a relentless
work ethic and will do anything to help the students."
Gloria.Gonzalez has been with the high school for four years and has served as a night-time, and currently as a day-time
custodian. "She is a huge asset to the Maintenance Department, but also to the students," McCowan said. He also
stated that her colleagues called her "a ray of sunshine - she is service oriented and always willing to lend a helping
hand." Gloria was also credited as being a participant in the Student Advocate program working with students to keep
them on track. "She is a huge asset who is involved in all aspects of our school," McCowan added.
Next, the Board recognized Debbie Mixon and Susy Sanchez for being selected
as the honorees for the San Diego County Office of Education Bi-literacy Award. Assistant Superintendent Wendy Heredia introduced
the teachers as "outstanding, dedicated teachers." The Bi-literacy Award recognizes the educator's significant
contributions to bi-literacy programs. The awards will be presented at the county awards ceremony in May.
After the award presentations, the monthly curriculum report, "California
Assessment of Student Progress and Proficiency (CAASPP)" was presented by Olivia Leschick and Rose Flowers. The presentation
presented information on the new state assessments program that was piloted last year. The goal of the CAASPP is to replace
a number of tests that were administered in the past and will be used for future state and federal accountability measures
such as API and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The tests will be administered to grades 3 to 8 and 11 in English Language
Arts and Math. The tests will have "adaptive" questions that adjust in difficulty depending on the student's performance.
The letters announcing the tests will be sent home to parents in April.
During the off-agenda public comment portion of the meeting, as well as during
the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) agenda item later, parent Michelle Rosenberg addressed the board on ELP student
progress in the district. Ms. Rosenberg presented the board with several of her concerns with the program. Board President
Don Martin and District Superintendent Mary Gorsuch assured her that each point would be looked into and that she (Ms. Rosenberg)
would be issued a written response for each concern.
The next several agenda items included approval
of the School Board and Superintendent Operating Procedures and District Educational Goals that were developed jointly in
January, information on a revised Suspension/Expulsion Policy and an update on the LCAP.
School Lunch Prices were the next item on
the agenda for the board to consider. Under the Federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, there are mandates that require
schools to charge students for paid meals at a price that is on average equal to the difference between free meal reimbursement
and paid meal reimbursement. The change to the meal prices brings the district into compliance with the legislation. The
increases equated to a $0.25 increase in student lunch prices.
On the next item, Assistant Superintendent Wendy Heredia briefed the board on the proposed course offering
of Advanced Placement (AP) Physics. A course of study outline has been created for the new course and it has been reviewed
and recommended by the District Curriculum Council. This course is proposed for inclusion in the 2015 - 2016 academic year.
The proposed AP Physics course is designed as a high school level physics course for students who wish to earn credits toward
graduation in science. The physics content taught in this course is conducted at an academic college level. The board will
vote on this proposal at the April meeting.
After a short public hearing about employee contract discussions, the board moved on to approve the district 2016-2017
calendar (draft available on VC Happenings School Page). A resolution was passed by the board to recognize the Lincoln Day Holiday on February 20, 2017 rather than the state designated
dates of February 10 or 13, to coincide with the district recess and President's Day Holiday.
Chief Business Officer Julie Kimball followed up with the district
2014-2015 second interim financial report for board approval. School districts are required to file two interim financial
reports for the periods ending October 31 and January 31 of each fiscal year. The purpose of the interim report is to inform
the Board and the public on the financial health of the District. This is also an opportune time to revise the budget to reflect
the most current information and the changes made in operations since the budget was revised in December of 2014. The board
approved the second interim report. To view the full report, click here and then click on the March 2015 Board Packet.
When Julie. Kimball completed her report, the board moved to approve the contractor
bids on the Culinary Arts Classroom Project #1415-05. Four bids were submitted for the project. The bids ranged in price
from $548,480 to $627,000. The lowest bid was received from Dalke & Sons Construction, Inc. The board unanimously
approved their bid. The amount will be paid from Capital Project Funds adopted as part of the 2014-15 budget.
The final agenda item was
an information item concerning the District's proposed purchase (through a three year lease) of 1800 Apple IPADs for student
use. Currently the district has a 1:1 IPAD-to-student ratio in grades 3 through 9 using a combination of leased and owned
devices. Between July and September of this year, the lease on 1100 IPADs will expire. The District Administration proposal
is to initiate another lease of 1800 IPADs to replace the original 1100 and acquire an additional 700 to expand the 1:1 ratio
to grades 3 through 12. The total requirement of IPADs to attain this 1:1 ratio for grades 3 through 12, plus educational
staff, is in excess of 3000 total devices. The lease will cost the district a total of $831,000 ($277,000 per year for three
years) with a buyout cost of $1 per device. The average useful lifespan of an IPAD is roughly four to five years. Due to
the magnitude of the financial outlay of funds, the board requested more information concerning the use of the devices within
the district and recurring costs associated with their recurrent replacement and use.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting is 6:00PM on April 9th in the High
School Media Center. The public is encouraged to attend.
"Boot Scramble" Returns to 2015 Stampede Rodeo
The Boot Scramble race is back for a second
year at the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo. Last year's event was a huge success, providing kids from 8 to 13 years of age with
an opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the rodeo.
Scramble will take place during intermission at both the Friday and Saturday Stampede Rodeos. Each contestant will remove
one boot and leave it in the middle of the arena to be scrambled with all other contestants' boots. Contestants
will then line up at the end of the arena and race to the middle to locate their boot. Once their boot is found and put back
on, each contestant will race back to the finish line. A buckle will be awarded to the first boy and girl who make it over
the finish line with their boots on.
"The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo attracts
many families," says Rodeo Chairwoman Joyce Holmes. "In an effort to get the kids more involved, we have scheduled
several youth events in this year's rodeo lineup. We want the kids to feel part of the rodeo experience and encourage them
to challenge themselves in a fun and rewarding atmosphere."
Scramble is perfect for youth coming from urban, suburban and rural communities. For this event, you do not need a horse or
any rodeo experience. Contestants should wear western attire and have a good pair of boots, or lace up shoes. No slip
on sandals or flip flops will be allowed. Entry is free with paid admission to the rodeo.
An Entry Form and Liability Waiver must be filled out in advance, along with proof of health insurance.
To reserve a spot in the Boot Scramble, mail forms to: 13878 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082 by May 15, 2015. Space
is limited to a total of 60 participants, with 30 competing at each rodeo. Entry forms and Boot Scramble Rules/Guidelines
can be found on the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Website at: www.VCStampede.com.
Other Valley Center Stampede Rodeo youth events include Mutton Bustin'
and Beginner/Novice Barrel Racing designed to create memories for a lifetime. For more information on the Boot Scramble or
other youth events, please contact Madelyn Wagner at email@example.com.
The Stampede Rodeo Committee is looking for sponsors for each of
the events in the rodeo line-up. Are you or your business interested in being an official sponsor? If so, you will be rewarded
with publicity as well as gratitude from the cowboys and cowgirls as they show off their courage and talents. For more information
on how to become a rodeo sponsor, contact Chairwoman Joyce Holmes at 760-445-1723 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Pianists to
Dedicate Grand Piano at Valley Center Library
By Robert Lerner
The Valley Center Branch Library has accepted
the donation of a Grand Piano and four pianists will perform at a Dedication Concert on Sunday, April 12. The program begins
at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Admission is free and tickets are not required.
The event is sponsored by Friends of the Valley
Center Library, which set out to find someone who would donate a piano to replace a vintage spinet. Following stories
in local media, offers were received from owners of 29 pianos. Instead of a baby grand, the search committee wound up
with full-size grand piano. The donor will be recognized at the concert.
The four pianists, who will perform an hour-long program of classical and standard
music, are Sydney Circle, Laurie Johnson, Mike Klingbeil and George Vickrey. All are Valley Center residents.
The newly-acquired instrument was manufactored
in Europe by Bechstein which, along with Steinway, was founded in 1853. Both companies are still in business.
For more information, visit vcfol.org or call (760) 749-1305. The library is located at 29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center.
Click here to view flyer.
Valley Center Rodeo
Queen Pageant on April 4
By Julie Picot
The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Queen Pageant
will be held on April 4, 2015. There are 15 contestants that will be competing in the categories of Rodeo Queen,
Junior Queen, Young Miss, and Little Miss. Contestants that are competing in the Queen Category
are between the ages of 17 and 24, Junior Queen contestants are between the ages of 13 and 16, the Young Miss Contestants
are between the ages of 9 and 12, and the Little Miss Contestants are between the ages of 6 and 8. These young ladies have
spent the last few months practicing their horsemanship skills, public speaking, modeling, and learning about RODEO.
The day of the pageant will consist of the
contestants being judged on a horsemanship pattern that shows of their skills as a rider. After their horsemanship pattern
is complete, they will have personal interviews with the judges and then come back for the evening portion of the pageant.
In the evening, the girls will be modeling their evening western wear and will be giving speeches and answering impromptu
questions. Prior to the day of the pageant, the contestants are required to take a written test on rodeo knowledge and current
portion of the Rodeo Queen Pageant is being held at Indian Hills Ranch (16120 Woods Valley Road). Horsemanship starts at 9:00
a.m. and is FREE to attend. The evening portion of the pageant starts at 6:00 p.m. and is $10 for admittance. The Stage portion
of the pageant will be held at the Valley Center Middle School (28210 N. Lake Wohlford Rd). You can purchase tickets at the
door or from any of the contestants prior to the pageant. For more information, please visit www.VCRodeoQueen.com
Click here to view the photos and biographies of the contestants.
and Volunteers Needed for 2015 Western Days & Stampede Rodeo
By Trina West
For 65 years, local volunteers have worked
hard at bringing our community together annually to celebrate Valley Center's western heritage. While the event name, dates
and committee members have changed over the years, the spirit of community has remained the same. Each year, Western
Days and Stampede Rodeo organizers strive to make their rendition the best, and this year will be no exception.
For 2015, Valley Center's beloved Optimist
Club has graciously taken on the task of being the official organizer of both the Western Days festivities and the Stampede
Rodeo. Our town is extremely fortunate that this incredible organization has agreed to organize Western Days, in conjunction
with the Stampede Rodeo that they have sponsored for several years.
According to VC Optimist Ron Johnson, "If you are a nonprofit in Valley Center and your
organization assists with the event, you can have a vendor booth for free." Ron also stated that, "This
year, anything we make at Western Days will go directly to the Community Center. We're trying to step in and help out the
Community Center. We are not trying to make any money on Western Days." The Optimists have been serving Valley
Center since 1973 and certainly epitomize their creed, which in part reads, "To think only of the best, to work only
for the best, and to expect only the best...To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of
Optimists will need many volunteers (in a wide array of positions) to help make the 2015 Western Days & Stampede Rodeo
a success. The VC Optimists encourage the public to attend their monthly Western Days Planning Meetings, which are held
on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Community Hall (28246 Lilac Road, Valley Center). If you cannot attend
the meetings, please contact the event organizers listed below and let them know you are interested in helping. Western Days
does not happen without volunteers. Plus, you do not want to miss out on this fun and rewarding opportunity to serve Valley
Do you have a business
that you would like to showcase to thousands of people and have a great time too? Take advantage of promoting your business
or organization with a vendor booth by completing the Vendor Application. Local nonprofit organizations can have a vendor booth for FREE if they help with the event. For all others, vendor
booths start as low as $100.00 and your business keeps 100% of any sales!
Another way to show community spirit, promote your business and ensure the success of Western
Days is to become a Sponsor. Western Days is the perfect opportunity for your business or organization to reach thousands
of community members and show support of the largest Valley Center community event of the year. The Stampede Rodeo Committee
also has several sponsorship levels to choose from, with each option providing high visibility for your business. For more
information, visit their website at www.VCStampede.com.
The 2015 Western Days and Stampede
Rodeo will once again be held over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-24, 2015) at the VC Community Center and Mr. Belanich will
allow his adjoining property to be used for the rodeo. With the event structure solidly in place, the Optimists now need the
community's assistance to make it run smoothly and truly represent Valley Center's deeply rooted spirit of community!
Be sure to "like" the Valley Center Western Days & Rodeo and Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Facebook pages to receive up-to-date event information. If you want to be a Volunteer, Vendor, or Sponsor please contact:
Ron Johnson, VC Optimist Club
Joyce Holmes, Stampede Rodeo Chairwoman
Phone: (760) 445-1723
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