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Across the road from the Valley
Center Water District, you will find one of Valley Center's best kept secrets, a charming re-purposed barn, where two local
bakers have joined together in a Artisan Bakers' Co-op.
Diana's Granola and Whole Grain
Happiness features whole grain, wheat-alternative, vegan and reduced sugar granola, cookies, muffins, and shortbreads. With
berry season upon us, Diana and her staff are baking fresh berry "tortes," using local strawberries or olallieberries and
wheat-alternative flours. Diana Sourbeer, a Registered Dietitian, bakes for health, as well as good taste!
Belen Artisan Bakers offer a
variety of fresh breads, rolls, muffins and scones. Owned by Jose and Lucy Duran, Belen Artisan Bakers are known county-wide
for their handmade European-style yeast raised and fermented, naturally leavened breads. Country French, Levain Sourgdough,
Rosemary and Olive Oil, Jalapeno Cheddar, Whole Wheat, Sunflower Flax, Peasant, Challa, Brioche, Ciabatta and banana bread
are just a fraction of the breads on their menu! Besides "daily bread," Belen Artisan Bakers make hot cross buns for holiday
gatherings and take special orders for dinner rolls, soup bread bowls and sandwich rolls.
9am - 5pm Monday - Friday
9am - 1pm on Saturdays
Headlines & Happenings
4th Annual Valley
The Valley Center
/ Pauma Music Boosters will hold their 4th Annual Valley Center MusicFest on Saturday, June 6, which includes a sanctioned
This event is focused on raising money and support for school music programs in Valley Center and
is held annually at Bates Nut Farm (15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center).
From 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the event includes a Kansas City BBQ Cook-off, seven bands on two stages,
a beer and wine garden, door prizes, foods, face-painting and a silent auction. Parking and admission to the festival are
free.The event features two separate stages for the day of music. The festival will begin at noon with the National Anthem
and performances by the award-winning Valley Center Middle School and High School Jazz bands, directed by Jeff Beck. Five
of San Diego's top professional bands will then fill the stages with one hour sets:
Wallace - Folk / County / Blues
- The Liquorsmiths - Folk Rock
- The Moves - Jamgrass / Gypsy-Folk / Americana
Sumbucks - Country
- Red Raucous - Rock n Roll
Fifty BBQ teams are expected
to compete in the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off, leading to regional, state and national championships.
Select BBQ items of chicken, pork, pork ribs and brisket will be available for purchase. The beer and wine garden will be
at the center of the event for the "21-and-over-crowd" with a selection of craft beers and boutique wineries. A
wide variety of silent auction items will be displayed for bidding. The Miss Valley Center Court will be selling raffle tickets
"This festival highlights
quality bands with a variety of music in one location, all while continuing to help our music programs grow," said Diane
Conaway, president of the Valley Center / Pauma Music Boosters. "We are grateful to Bates Nut Farm for donating their
beautiful venue and all of the performers who share their talents. We are also fortunate to have so much community support
for this event. Many volunteer hours are spent doing planning, coordinating, advertising, setting up, performing, and more."
To donate an item for silent auction or raffle, either personally or from a business, call Diane at 760-749-2888.
"We're excited and looking forward to this year's
event for the Valley Center school music programs," said Jimmie Cline, Trail Boss with Cattle Call, the company promoting
and coordinating the bands. "We have about 50 teams that will be competing in a sanctioned Kansas City BBQ competition
and seven bands that will be performing. Come on out and enjoy some great bbq, music, craft beer and family fun at Bates Nut
Farm, while helping out our local school musicians."
This annual event is a key fundraiser for the Valley Center / Pauma Music Boosters, which support the efforts of about
900 award-winning choir and band students in the Valley Center schools. The music festival performers donate their time and
effort to this annual fundraiser.All proceeds help fund the annual $100,000 goal of the VC/PMB organization to finance the
uniforms, instruments and competitions for the Valley Center and Pauma music programs. The Boosters help purchase and maintain
hundreds of instruments for hundreds of 5th-12th graders in the award-winning school bands. The Boosters also provide the
necessary funding for both band and choir students to participate in competition events at the middle and high school levels.
The programs are noted for their highly successful results at these events.The Valley Center MusicFest is sponsored by Bates
Nut Farm, Cattle Call LLC, Diane Conaway, Guitar Center, Left Coast Engineering, Stone Brewing Company, Stubb's BBQ Sauce,
Valley Center Happenings and Valley View Casino & Hotel.
For more information about Bates Nut Farm visit www.batesnutfarm.biz . For more information about Cattle Call LLC visit
www.cattlecallevents.com. For more information about Diane Conaway visit www.movetovalleycenter.com. For more information
about Guitar Center visit www.guitarcenter.com. For more information about Left Coast Engineering visit www.leftcoasteng.com.
For more information about Stone Brewing Company visit www.stonebrewing.com. For more information about Stubb's BBQ Sauce
visit www.stubbsbbq.com. For more information about Valley Center Happenings visit www.ValleyCenterHappenings.com. For more
information about Valley View Casino & Hotel visits www.valleyviewcasino.com. For more information about the Valley Center
MusicFest visit www.vcmusicfest.com.
By Doug Ives
Valley Center is close
to finally seeing nine acres of dirt turned into usable consumer space on its primary travel road. The wait has been a long
The parcel of land
on Valley Center Road and N. Lake Wohlford Road, owned by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, is ‘'100 percent
ready for development,'' according to Bill Martinez, president of the tribe's economic developmental agency.
Early fall is the target date to officially launch
San Pasqual Village. The official opening ceremony, which is the turning of the first shovel of dirt, is on tap for September,
says Martinez. The exact date is yet to be determined. An announcement will be made soon.
All permits are signed, sealed and delivered, the water treatment
center is in place, and SDGE has signed off on the property. In other words, it is ‘'all systems go'' now that the tribe
has a master plan in place. This was thought to be in place well over a year ago. Martinez, however, is new as the agency
It was revealed more than a year ago that the property would include a Starbucks and a McDonald's franchise.
Not so anymore.
According to Martinez,
the tribe will manage and operate a full-service gas station, which means tire service, car wash, and auto repair. This area
will include a mini-mart that sells comfort food and alcohol. This ‘'anchor store'' is in the design process now and
will be on the corner of the property.
The tribe has a ‘'firm'' outline for at least four other businesses. Mr. Martinez said his group has ‘'settled''
on what commercial enterprises it desires. He did not specify names, or reveal if the businesses are branded or unbranded.
He mentioned a supermarket, a bank, a pharmacy and ‘'maybe'' a small hospital or surgery center or clinic to be included.
Of course, the bank or pharmacy
would not be free standing, most likely. One or both could be inside the supermarket. So could a branded coffee or food service,
As for including a small hospital,
clinic or surgery center, this idea had not been considered previously. Martinez did not divulge specific information except
to say that his agency is dealing with a Los Angeles Medical Association. Pauma Valley has a health clinic and Escondido has
four. Valley Center has none.
certain the ‘'buffer'' zone between the middle school on the property's southern flank will be self-storage units. Martinez
did not say who would manage this business, although the tribe could. He did say that construction of all businesses would
go out to bid.
Coming soon will be a story on Miller Plaza, the smallest phase of the Northern Village project that has been on the drawing
board for decades. Grading has already begun on Miller Plaza and the development says one year from now Phase One will be
finished and operational. More details in the VC Happenings report. Stay tuned.
Do it Best Hardware: May Business of the Month
By Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Small businesses are the economic engine
that drives our economy. As part of my ongoing effort to salute hardworking small business owners and the positive influence
they have on our region, I would like to recognize A-1 Irrigation Do it Best Hardware in Valley Center.
In 1964, Jack Bose was a irrigation system installer working in Valley Center's expanding
citrus and avocado industries. When the opportunity arose, he jumped at the chance to open a retail location selling the supplies
needed to maintain the vast groves that were spreading across the chaparral-covered hillsides. Though agriculture today is
struggling with rising water costs, explosive population growth and a seemingly endless drought, it remains an important segment
of Valley Center's economy.
While a lot has changed in
the community over the last 50 years, A-1 has been striving successfully to keep up with the times. A-1 is now a 26,000 sq.
ft. store with more than 28,000 items in stock. The store offers a vast selection of hardware, irrigation, plumbing, lawn
& garden, paint, sewer systems and much more.
dedication, commitment and hard work, small businesses like A-1 frequently become irreplaceable community assets. A-1's dedication
to Valley Center through its ongoing support for charitable organizations and sports teams is phenomenal. Last year alone,
A-1 donated over $25,000 to help finance and support local community organizations.
A-1's continuing success demonstrates that hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, community involvement
and good old-fashioned capitalism still pay off for the entire community. I am very pleased to recognize A-1 Irrigation Do
it Best Hardware as my Business of the Month for May, 2015.
Marie Waldron represents Valley Center as our elected Assemblymember for the 75th District. For more information
An Improving Budget
Assemblymember Marie Waldron
On May 14 Governor
Brown released his $115.3 billion "May Revise," a budget revision based on updated revenue projections. Fortunately,
California's financial picture has brightened, with revenue growth since June, 2014 more than $14 billion over expectations.
K-12 and higher education system remains a top priority for me, and I am pleased the improving financial situation will allow
more funding to support our schools, colleges and universities. In a positive move, additional funding for the UC system will
only be made available if tuition is frozen, keeping a promise made to voters when Proposition 30 passed in 2012.
With California mired in
a long drought, the budget sets aside $2.2 billion for drought-related programs. Water infrastructure projects, including
desalination, and water recycling plants will receive millions in additional revenue. Even so, legislators and the Governor
must work together to ensure these projects are fast-tracked.
While the operating budget is balanced, California still faces billions in
unfunded liabilities. The recovery remains precarious and we still have one of the nation's highest unemployment rates. The
slightest economic hiccup will generate decreasing revenues, more spending and a return to double-digit deficits.
With these concerns in
mind, the May Revise continues to build the state's "Rainy Day Fund," a necessary precaution in these uncertain
times. As a hedge against future economic downturns, that reserve must grow and remain secure.
With its focus on schools, higher education
and water infrastructure, the "May Revise" provides a constructive blueprint for the coming fiscal year. I am optimistic
about prospects for passage of a balanced budget by the June 15 deadline.
Marie Waldron represents Valley Center as our elected Assemblymember for the 75th
District. For more information visit: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/AD75/
By Ray Flores
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed
on the fourth Monday during the month of May, was established on May 5, 1868 and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
It was originally called Decoration Day and was created by an organization of Union Army and Grand Army of the Republic veterans
of the Civil War, the mostly costly war in human lives in our history. Over 620,000 died in that conflict alone, and over
640,000 have died in other conflicts since then, making the "ultimate sacrifice," according to the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs.
were our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sis-ters, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, grandparents,
and childhood friends. They died in places that many have never heard of, in places you couldn't find on a map, much less
pronounce the names of. They were tak-en from us in the violence of war so far from home.
Men and women from every corner of our country and abroad dawn the uniform
of American servicemen and women to defend our country. But for some, never to come home to their loved ones again. Never
again to feel the warmth of the sun or the cool of a spring rain, never again to feel the warm embrace of their loved ones,
or the laughter of friends and family. All that they were, all that they had been, all that they could have been, gone forever.
This was their sacrifice for us-the living, for
us to remember on Memorial Day, not just the cookouts and days at the beach, etc., but hopefully a time to reflect on their
untimely deaths and the sacrifices of their families. War takes a terrible toll on the families of the dead and wounded. Mothers
and fathers who were once young and full of life suddenly are aged and filled with frustration, angered and grieved at the
loss of their child. The families and friends of those lost carry an emptiness that can never again be filled. Only the memories
remain of lives so tragically taken from us. We must never forget.
There are names engraved on a black wall in our nations capital. One of thses names is Ralph Albert Ramirez Jr. Panel
24W Line 20, KIA May 15 1969, one month, one week, 3 days after his 20th birthday near Binh Duong, Viet Nam. He was
my best friend and one of the kindest and friend-liest people I ever knew. Then there was Bernard Paul Breitenbach, the kid
who wanted to enter the priesthood after the service, Panel 38E-Line 65, KIA February 10, 1968, Robert Antonio Reyes, KIA
February 2, 1968, Panel 36E-Line 77, Michael Mc Cullough, Morris Noble, Wayne Bates, Paul Gonzales, Ray Delgado, Clyde Lawrence
DeMello, and sadly there are many, many more of my friends and fellow service members whose names are up on that wall.
There were those who weren't even citizens yet, like Marine PFC Francisco Martinez-Flores,
a Marine with a real sense of humor and pride in being a Marine who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom March 25, 2003.
He was awarded US citizenship posthumously.
the living have an obligation to those who were taken from us so early in life to do something for the greater good, to be
constructive with the time and resources we have been given, to be good neighbors and citizens, to protect and educate our
young, as well as extend a helping hand to the less fortunate, because if they could speak I am sure they would want us to
do so. We are the fortunate ones who live in a country still safe, free and full of opportunity to choose our own destinies.
If we are to truly memorialize and honor their sacrifice we must take a moment from our barbecues and festive celebrations
to remember that their lives were taken from us so that we could have these blessings of a free and safe society. Take a moment
to be thankful, take a moment to really think of how precious our freedom is and that it should never be taken for granted.
So many have given so much for you and I.
To forget those
who have given so much to us is sad. To be remembered is to cherish the sacrifice of those who gave the best they could with
all that they had. To remember our fallen defines who we are and the value we place on life. They were the best of us, to
cry and grieve for them is natural, but also to remember and have a smile when we do so gives them meaning and appreciation
of what they have given us.
Found in Warner Springs
May 24, 2015 - The Anaheim couple that went
missing from Valley View Casino on May 10 has been found in Warner Springs.
Dianna Bedwell, age 67, was found alive but sadly her husband Cecil Knutson, age 79, had passed away.
Bedwell was suffering from severe dehydration and was air lifted to an area hospital. Her condition has not been disclosed.
The couple was found this afternoon by people off-roading
near the Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley on Chihuahua Valley Road, approximately 40 miles from the casino.
Bedwell reportedly stated that they were looking
for a short cut when they became lost and their vehicle got stuck. The couple was unable to walk to safety. Both were diabetic.
Family members reported the couple missing when
they failed to show up in Riverside for Mother's Day dinner with their son. The family and several volunteers have been actively
searching for the couple. They hired a private investigator to assist with the investigation and started a GoFundMe page
to help cover the cost of the investigation. Unfortunately, the only confirmed sightings of the couple came from video surveillance
showing them leaving the casino.
keep Dianna Bedwell and her family in your prayers during this very tragic time. For more information, visit the Facebook
page the family created in their memory: https://www.facebook.com/MissingPaulandDianna.
Rincon Band of Luiseño
Indians Gives $10,000 to Stampede Rodeo
By Trina West
As a result of an incredibly generous donation
by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo created a new sponsorship level for this year's
The tribe issued a much
needed and appreciated check in the amount of $10,000 to cover the operational costs associated with converting an empty hay
field to a fully-functional rodeo ground. As such, to show their deep appreciation, the rodeo committee added a "Platinum
Sponsor" category naming the tribe as their top-tier sponsor.
Beginning last October, Rodeo Chairwoman Joyce Holmes began the arduous task of raising $75,000
to cover the numerous costs of putting on the rodeo, including the cost of bleachers, arena & livestock rental, security
and more. When asked why she works so hard year-after-year she replied with a smile, "For the love of rodeo; and of course
the love of Valley Center and the kids!"
The rodeo operates under the umbrella of the Valley Center Optimist Club, a non-profit organization that supports
our local youth, with a shared value of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. The Rincon Band "has funded more than
600 non-profit and public agency requests" with a strong emphasis on organizations "that benefit children, youth,
families, the military and seniors residing in San Diego's North County," of which all participate in our local Stampede
The Valley Center Stampede
Rodeo is part of the Valley Center Western Days festivities taking place over this Memorial Day weekend on May 22, 23 &
24. On Friday and Saturday they will showcase Broncs, Bulls and Barrel Racers; plus the crowd favorite Mutton Bustin' and
a youth Boot Scramble Race during intermission.
Rodeo tickets can be purchased at Armstrong Feed & Supply, Joe's Country Feed & Pet
and at the gate. Admission to Sunday's rodeo is free and will feature Mounted Shooting and local Team Roping. For more information
about the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo visit their website at www.VCStampede.com.
So I Was Thinking..."Happy
Tails to You..."
By Phyllis Knight
If you happen to be friends with my husband
on Facebook, you no doubt have met the new love of his life. (After forty years together, I no longer qualify as "new.")
I'm speaking, of course, about our newest dog, Noel. If you were to have the pleasure of meeting her, then you quickly would
understand. She definitely is a sweetie and a snuggler, and incredibly smart. In fact, she probably knows that "snuggler"
isn't even a real word!
Noel is highly
trainable because she truly wants to please. If she gets to please herself in the process, well, that's just gravy. She has
such an intelligent-looking face, and she oftentimes looks at you so intently as though she is trying to read your mind (either
that, or she's trying to hypnotize you into dropping a little snack on the floor...).
Noel and I have started a game whereby I take a few pieces of her favorite treat and
we play hide-and-seek around the house. When she finds me, I give her a treat, tell her to sit and stay, and then I go hide
somewhere else, call her, and we do it all over again. The problem with this scenario is that I am a creature of habit and
tend to hide in the same places, so, needless to say, she usually finds me almost immediately. Oh, I may mix the order up
a little, but she knows that typically I'm in one of five places.
Now, I'm not so naïve as to think Noel runs helter-skelter around the house trying to find me
because she can't stand to be separated from me for the time it takes me to hide. No, she is focused on that treat she knows
she will get when she finds me, plain and simple. However, I also know she doesn't need a treat to find me, as she knows my
scent and can find me anywhere on our property, as demonstrated when my husband sends her outside to "go find Mommy"
and she does.
Today, I decided to up the ante
a little and hide in a different place in my office (instead of behind the open door next to the wall as usual). As I hurried
from one end of the house to the other, I waved the treats all around to distribute the smell, and then hid in plain sight
against the wall where she couldn't miss me...if she truly were looking for me. I watched her run into my office no less than
four times, sniff the air, and then run out again, all the while I was sitting on the floor directly across from her, not
five feet away.
So I was thinking...
How often are we like that with God? We run all over the
place trying to find Him, but not because we truly are searching for Him, but for what we think He has to offer us,
for what we'll get out of the deal. How much of it is about pleasing ourselves, instead of pleasing Him?
Further, how often is He right in front of us, but we can't see Him because
we really aren't looking for Him? Oh, we like to think we are, but, too often we get distracted by the scent
of the world and completely miss Him, or maybe we just get caught up in the game of Life, and miss Him all together.
Yes, God may seem to "hide" in a new spot now
and then, but not because He's trying to trick us or truly hide from us, but because He wants us to look a little harder,
to learn to focus our sights on Him wherever He is; thereby testing, proving and growing our faith to be able to see Him no
matter where we are.
Now, more than ever
before, it is critical that we seek the face of God, that we hunger for His righteousness, and not for the treats that He
gives. We just observed National Day of Prayer on May 7th. My prayer is that you did more than just "observe" it;
I hope you joined numerous others in prayer for our country, our leaders, our protectors, each other, and our brothers and
sisters around the world. If not, it's not too late...yet.
We've all probably heard the saying, "Lord, help me to be the person my dog thinks I am." And although most
of us would agree with that, of course, the far better saying would be, "Lord, help me to be the person You want me to
be." One of Noel's favorite "busy activities" is chasing her tail. Yes, it is funny to watch, but all she does
is go around in circles and winds up getting frustrated when she can't catch it. As Christians, let's not chase our tails,
becoming frustrated and entertainment for others. If God is the true "Love of our life" we will chase after
Him, and the "tail" of our life will always have a happy "end"ing.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah
©2015 Phyllis Knight
Valley Center Fire
By George E.
Lucia Sr., Fire Marshal
The recent rain may be helping our Valley
Center Drought condition for now but the cumulative effect over the past ten years will not change overnight. The vegetation
will continue to grow and then go dormant, dry out, turn brown and become combustible fuel waiting for any spark.
The wildfires of 2003 and 2007 have had a huge impact on lives of residents in the Valley Center
area.The fires demonstrated how vulnerable and powerless we are in the face of wildfire. Below are some examples of the problems
that were identified from past local Wildland fires:
- Vulnerable building construction;
- Structures ignited by native and landscape vegetation;
- Poor access and escape routes;
- Inadequate water supplies; and
- Limited fire fighting resources.
Valley Center Fire Protection District along with the San Diego
Fire Chief's "Fire Prevention" committee, has worked with local fire marshals, planners, environmental experts and
the building industry to craft codes that are responsive to the wildfire challenge. Valley Center Fire Protection District's
fire codes have been strengthened in successive code adoption cycles with the primary goal of protecting the safety of our
citizens and enhancing your home's ability to survive wildfire. Lessons learned from the devastating wildfires of the past
resulted in further refining of the County fire and building codes.
These changes have paid off. In the Witch, Harris, Rice and Poomacha fires (October, 2007) 1,047
homes were destroyed in the County (unincorporated) area. There were approximately 8,300 homes in the burn area; therefore
the "loss" rate was about 13%. In comparison, there were 1,218 homes in the fire-damaged area that were built under
the 2004 County fire and building codes. Of these more recently built (and more fire-resistive) homes, only 24 were destroyed
- a "loss" rate of only 2%.
homes built under recent codes have a more than six times better chance of survival!
Back in 2007, before the wildfires, the State of California adopted new fire and building
codes, which are based on the 2006 International Fire Code and the 2006 International Building Code, respectively. The latest
2014 adoption of the VCFPD's fire code was in an effort to both coordinate with the latest State codes and to further refine
the VCFPD / SD County Consolidated Fire Code and the modifications to the State codes. The most recent County fire and building
codes became effective in 2014.
Here are some
of the key changes in the County Fire and Building Codes; however, it is only a summary and does not include all issues and
all options. When designing a project please also refer to the actual code language.
Fuel Modification Requirements: The fuel (vegetation) modification zone requirements
remain unchanged. Consistent with state and county codes the fuel modification area is 100 feet around structures (or to the
property line, whichever is nearer to the structure). The area located within 50 feet of the structure must be cleared and
planted with fire-resistant plants, and the landscaping must be irrigated. In the area between 50 to 100 feet around structures
the native vegetation may remain but must be thinned by 50% and all dead and dying vegetation must be removed. In this area,
grass and other vegetation less than 18 inches in height above the ground need not be removed where necessary to stabilize
the soil and prevent erosion.
allowed in the 100 foot fuel modification zone. The crowns of trees shall be a minimum of 10 feet from structures and the
crowns of other trees and shall be pruned to remove limbs located less than 6 feet above the ground surface.
Location of Structure on Lot - Setback: Fuel modification
(vegetation control) is necessary for the life of the building. Fuel modification on neighboring property is not authorized
by this fire code section. The fuel modification zone may not extend beyond the lot being developed. Agreements with neighbors,
while desirable, cannot be depended on; ownership and cooperation can change. Therefore, it is critical that the fire code
regulate the minimum distance from structure to property line. Where adequate setback distance is possible, the structure
shall be located such that 100 foot fuel modification can be obtained on the property. This setback is particularly important
where fuel modification is restricted such as an Open Space Easement or a where fuel modification may not take place (e.g.
riparian areas, state or federal land.)
absolute minimum setback is 30 feet. If the VCFPD Fire Marshal identify the hazard in the area as "minimal" or meeting
one of the other exceptions below, they may allow less than 30 feet setback. When parcels are adjacent a national forest,
state park or open space preserve, buildings and structures must be located a minimum of 100 feet from the property line adjacent
the protected area.
In high hazard areas,
exceptions are allowed only if the parcel is too small to accommodate the structure with a 30 foot setback, or the structure
is in the interior of a grouping of homes with adequate defensible space designed and maintained on the perimeter of the group.
Building Construction Requirements: Ignition-resistant
construction requirements in the VCFPD fire code have changed only slightly. Previously there was two-tier system of ignition-resistant
construction: "Basic" for all structures located in the wildland-urban interface area, and "enhanced"
requirements for when 100' fuel modification zone around the structure could not be achieved on the parcel. Now there is just
one level of ignition-resistant construction for all structures in the wildland-urban interface, regardless of the size of
the fuel modification zone.Note: Greenhouses enclosed with translucent plastic or glass or free-standing open-sided shade
covers, sheds, gazebos, and similar accessory structures less than 250 square feet and 30 feet or more from dwellings are
exempt from ignition-resistant construction requirements.
IGNITION-RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION FEATURES INCLUDE: Roofs: Roofs shall have a
minimum Class 'A' roof covering. For roof coverings where the profile allows a space between the roof covering and roof sheathing,
the spaces shall be fire stopped with approved materials to keep out flames and burning embers.
- Exterior walls: Exterior wall
surfaces must be non-combustible (stucco, masonry, cement-fiber board, etc.), ignition-resistant, heavy timber or log wall
construction. An exception exists where 3/8-inch plywood or 3/4-inch drop siding is allowed when installed over fire-rated
Eaves, soffits and fascias must comply with requirements for ignition-resistant construction.
- Unenclosed Underfloor Areas: Homes built on stilts
or open post and beam construction is not permitted unless the underfloor area is enclosed to the ground with non-combustible
All vents (attic, underfloor, combustion air, etc.) must resist the intrusion of flames and burning embers into the structure,
or they shall be protected by louvers and corrosion-resistant, noncombustible wire mesh with ¼" openings. Ventilation
for attic spaces shall be supplied by roof vents such as dormer vents, ridge vents and low profile roof vents. Gable-end vents
are permitted if the vents are located a minimum of 12" below the lowest eave/rake projection. Vents shall not be installed
in eaves or other similar exterior overhanging areas, except under the following conditions: The vents are constructed to resist the intrusion of flames and burning embers;
or, when the building is protected by a fuel
modification zone at least 100 feet wide, enclosed eaves may have strip vents on the underside of the eave provided the closest
edge of the vent opening is at least 12 inches from the exterior wall.
Windows (glazing): Windows shall be dual-glazed units with a minimum of one tempered pane or shall
be glass block units or shall have a fire-resistance rating of 20 minutes. Previously there was the option of windows being
dual-glazed or tempered; now it is required that windows be dual-glazed with a minimum of one tempered pane per the California
Building Code. Vinyl window frames must have welded corners to prevent glass from falling out with flame impingement and metal
reinforcing in the interlock area to prevent the windows from opening or falling unexpectedly. In addition, vinyl windows
must have a label showing they are certified to ANSI/AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2-97 structural requirements.
Skylights: Skylights shall be tempered glass.
Insulation: Paper faced insulation is not permitted in attics
or ventilated spaces due to the potential of embers igniting the paper. Foil-backed or un-faced fiberglass batts and blankets
are better suited to conditions of potential fire hazards. Use foil-backed insulation in areas where a vapor barrier is required.
Roof Gutters: Roof gutters shall be provided
with the means to prevent the accumulation of leaves and debris. Previously roof gutters and downspouts were required to be
metal; roof gutters and downspouts constructed from vinyl are now acceptable.
Exterior doors: Exterior doors shall be of approved non-combustible construction
or of solid-core wood not less than 1⅜" thick or have a fire protection rating of not less than 20 minutes.
Decks, balconies, carports, and patio covers:
Decks, balconies, carports, patio covers, and other projections and attachments must be of one of the following:
- Non-combustible construction (such as concrete or metal)
- Fire-retardant treated wood
(pressure-treated, listed for exterior use, installed per listing)
- Heavy timber construction (minimum dimensions
3x decking, 6x6 columns, 4x10 or 6x8 beams, 4x8 joists)
- One-hour fire-resistive construction.
will also accept decks with a non-combustible surface such as ceramic tiles, or a deck surface listed by an approved evaluation
service as "one-hour" or as a Class "A" roof covering.
other exposed surfaces must be enclosed with ignition resistant materials such as stucco or cement-fiber material. There is
no fire-resistive requirement for handrails and balusters.
Note: Alternative decking materials may be approved by the fire marshal when demonstrated the materials have passed
the performance test requirements of State Fire Marshal standard 12-7A-4.
Fences and other attachments: The first five feet of fences and other items attached
to a structure shall be constructed of non-combustible material, pressure-treated exterior fire-retardant wood or meet the
same fire-resistive standards as the exterior walls of the structure. The fire marshal may allow vinyl fences when the construction
conforms to guidance documents.
Tank Requirements: Water tank requirements have not changed and are required where a project is not within a
water district, or not within 1500 feet of a water district line that could be extended for hydrants. The size of the tank
required for fire suppression is based on total area of the buildings to be protected.
- They are: Up to 1500 sq. ft. = 5,000 gallons
- Over 1500 sq. ft. = 10,000 gallons
This general rule applies in most circumstances. An increase in required water supply may be required
depending on the size of the structure.
Fire Sprinkler Requirements: Residential fire sprinkler requirements have not been changed and are required in almost
all circumstances in the VCFPD areas. Residential fire sprinklers are designed to protect occupants from fires that start
inside the dwelling, giving them time to escape. They do prevent house fires from spreading to vegetation. They are not, however,
intended to protect the home from wildfire (though there have been a few cases where radiant heat ignition of interior contents
was stopped by a sprinkler). Far more people die in fires that start within dwellings than start anyplace else, including
wildfires. No recognized standard exists for fire sprinklers protecting the exterior of a home in a wildfire. Effective
exterior building fire protection comes from non-combustible walls and eaves, restricted attic ventilation, class "A"
roofs, fire-resistive decks, tempered dual-paned windows, fire-resistive doors - "defensible structures" ...and
from properly maintained vegetation - "defensible space.
For a free home and property inspection call the fire marshal at 760-751-7600 Ext 223.
Smith Honored For His Contributions to
the Cowboy Way of Life
Chuck Smith of Valley Center, is the recipient
of the Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Leather of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. Smith received the award before
a full house at the 19th Annual Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Awards, held in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton
Hotel in Irving, Texas in March.
was born in Detroit, Michigan but because of an early childhood illness, his family moved to the San Fernando Valley in southern
California when he was seven. The youngster grew up in the age of Western movies and went to school at North Hollywood
High School. His heroes were Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and all the great movie cowboys. Chuck even got to exercise the
studio horses. He also delivered newspapers to Nudie's Rodeo Tailors where they had to run him off when Roy or Gene
would show up. At the same time, he fell in love with the fancy gun holsters and the smell of leather.
For his 12th birthday, his father bought
him a set of leather stamping tools to keep him out of trouble. He found new heroes in leather work such as Lad Haverty,
Al Shelton, Cliff Ketchum and Al Stohlman. In 1996, Smith was awarded the Al Stohlman Award for Excellence in Leather Craft, given
to those who not only are great leather artists, but who also share their knowledge and love of leather craft with others.
Ironically, the leather worker gave the first Western Floral Carving seminars at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. He has also
presented the seminar at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City
Smith and his wife, Lana, reside in Valley
Center where he is well known as one of the country's top experts on carburetors and fuel injection units for early classic
Chevies and Corvettes. He continues to do leather work, and still designs and makes the "OL Smoothie" swivel
knives and stamping tools. He recently created his first Western Floral pattern book.
The Academy of Western Artists is an organization that promotes all
things western, from saddles and boots to music and books. It recognizes the men and women who excel in their work in three
disciplines: Trappings, entertainment and Media.
The Academy of Western Artists (AWA), founded in 1996 by a small group of individuals, has grown to include both
dedicated members and supporters of the Cowboy way of life. Together, the organization works to bring more visibility to the
amazing variety and talent of Contemporary Western artists. These talented people constantly strive to improve their art,
as well as to share their craft with new artisans, stretching the boundaries and aspiring to higher levels.
The AWA is a nonprofit group. It is the AWA's
mission to preserve the image of the only Worldwide Hero - the American Cowboy. A product of the U.S.A., the Cowboy is known
worldwide, and the AWA wants to ensure that the image lives forever. The Academy of Western Artists created the Will Rogers
Cowboy Awards ("The Willie") in 1996, when Western publisher and AWA founder Bobby Newton decided it was time to
recognize the performers and artisans who were taking the contemporary Cowboy and Western Art movement to new and exciting
Each winter, the
Academy honors artists in a wide variety of categories at its Annual Awards Dinner. Each recipient receives is recognized
for his or her contribution to the Cowboy way of life. The first Academy award presentation was held in Ft. Worth, Texas before
a capacity crowd. Since then, the event has become one of the most respected and prestigious international gatherings recognizing
Western Arts. There have been almost 500 winners over the 19 years of the awards show. Each year, some categories are added
and some are deleted to meet the ever-changing scene of the Western Contemporary Arts. The AWA, along with other committed
groups, has moved Western Arts to much higher profile levels.
For more information on the AWA, go to the website at http://awaawards.org/.
Pictured is Chuck Smith
and his wife Lana
By Doug Ives
Tom Buck, long-time U.S. History teacher and
former head basketball coach at Valley Center High School, has a new job that he didn't see coming - associate pastor at Ridgeview
Although not an ordained
minister, Buck has been involved in ministry at several churches in the VC area for most of his adult life. The experience
was varied -- giving sermons, running youth programs, serving as an elder and his favorite, teaching the Bible.
Buck, 59, wasn't thinking of Ridgeview employment
until recently when Pastor Bill Trok, a neighbor and friend who walk, run and jog together, began quizzing him about the associate's
job. Buck is retiring from the school district in one more school year and had no intention of becoming a couch potato.
‘'It is the perfect new job for me,
and maybe for Ridgeview since I'm not looking to move and head a new church somewhere else,'' says Buck. ‘'I want to
be a reliable, stable leader that teaches the Bible and helps take the load off Bill. I'm the guy in the bullpen ready when
called upon . . . to fill whatever need the church has.''
A teacher at VCHS for 17 years, following a 13-year stint at San Pasqual High, Tom's first love is teaching
U.S. History, a subject he says is rather underappreciated these days. He said he might have labored on in the school district
a few more years but the Ridgeview opportunity allowed him to turn in his clipboard (actually, power point equipment) after
the 2015-2016 school year.
wife of 36 years, Marty, is the staff co-ordinator at Palomar Medical Center and she will continue in her job. Tom, a graduate
of UC Riverside, said money was no consideration in taking his new position. If it was, he would be needing food stamps. His
Christian beliefs and his love of teaching is what motivated him.
He and Pastor Trok are currently trading off in the pulpit doing a series on ‘'God's
needs a little break now and then and I'm happy to fill in or share duties,'' says Buck.
Buck was the first VCHS head basketball coach in 1998 but gave up
the job after a few years because of health concerns. His love of sports kept him in that life for a time as assistant cross
country coach. He is a life-long Los Angeles Lakers fan.
P.S. The person with the by-line at the top of this story was a sports writer covering the Lakers
from 1967 through 1984. The interview took lots of detours while we discussed Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
Chick Hearn and Magic Johnson.
Support VCHS Grad
Valley Center High
School's Senior Class will be celebrating its graduation on June 11, 2015. These students have worked hard and persevered
to achieve their goal!
Following the commencement ceremony, an event is being planned to allow the Senior Class
one more night together - a night filled with fun, food, music, activities, and memories to last a lifetime.
This 15th annual, "Safe and Sober Grad Night"
will provide a drug and alcohol-free environment where the Senior Class can enjoy the friendships they have built over the
years in our unique, close-knit community of Valley Center.
Parent volunteers are organizing this event, and the hope is that every senior will be able to attend. They are seeking
donations from businesses, service clubs, community members, and anyone interested to help defray the cost of this event,
as well as sponsor those who might not be able to attend due to financial hardship. Any contribution you could make, big or
small would be greatly appreciated! Donations are tax deductible.
Grad Night Sponsor Flyer
Support for Guitar Club"
By Phyllis Knight
Mrs. Reed. Yes, that was her name. You know,
that one teacher who always stays with you, long after you've left her class and moved on with life; who inspired you in ways
you didn't even foresee at the time. For me, that was Mrs. Reed, my English teacher, who was the first one to really encourage
me with my writing so many years ago.
sure most of us have a "Mrs. Reed" and if you attended Valley Center schools over the last 25 years, I wouldn't
be surprised at all to hear that Mrs. Kathy Yarush is your Mrs. Reed. I only spent an hour and a half with her this
week, and she left a lasting impression on me!
What's so special about Kathy Yarush, you might ask? Well, if you were blessed to be in one of her second grade classes
over the last 26 years (25 of them in Valley Center), I'm sure you already know the answer to that question. For the rest
of you, I'm very happy to share her story with you.
As I mentioned, Kathy has been a teacher for the past 26 years; but leaving it at that, would be akin
to saying the Grand Canyon is a pretty big ditch. True, but neither description begins to capture the natural beauty inherent
in both. You see, Kathy is far more than a teacher, as great as that is, she is a mover and a shaker when it comes to getting
things done. In fact, I met with her on a Friday afternoon after a long week, and one in which she wasn't feeling her best,
but you would never know any of that. She was so excited to share her passion with me that she was like an effervescent spring.
I had a hard time just keeping up!
You don't necessarily think of teachers as having their own Mrs. Reed, but they do as well. In fact, Kathy
told me hers was Mrs. Barbara Weeks Huntington, her fifth grade teacher, who used to bring her guitar to school and entertain
the students at lunchtime. Kathy really enjoyed those times, and was so inspired by her teacher's desire to share her passion
with her students, that it truly fed her own love of music, singing and performing.
Unfortunately, due to budget cuts several years ago, school music programs for
elementary schools were cut, and Kathy was disappointed that younger students were missing out on the opportunity to be exposed
to music and not encouraged to develop musical skills. But Kathy is not one to wallow in disappoint; she got busy! She remembered
her teacher bringing her guitar to school, but Kathy had one problem, she didn't play the guitar, she played the clarinet,
and even as talented as Kathy is, there was no way to play the clarinet and have singalongs with the students at the same
time. Did that stop her? Don't be ridiculous! She bought a guitar and approached local music teacher, Marsi Carr, to teach
her. Kathy's son, Jeffrey, even got in on the action and they learned together. Ten years ago, Kathy was able to follow in
her teacher's musical footsteps and started bringing her guitar to school. She extended an open invitation to students
to join her for a lunchtime "Guitar Club" and was surprised when 25 kids showed up! Never did she anticipate such
a big response.
Fast forward and
here we are ten years later and Kathy now has 137 second graders in Guitar Club! As its popularity and numbers grew over the
years, Guitar Club warranted its own class time and is now held on Tuesday mornings during school time. Guitar Club is open
to all 2nd graders and has members from each of the eight second grade classes, as well as the Special Education
class, at Valley Center Primary School. In addition to investing her time, money and talents to keep the program going and
growing, Kathy also supports Guitar Club by soliciting grant funds and awards to help fund the program. She currently is working
on an application to receive the CSBA (California School Boards Association) Golden Bell Award for the program, but she needs
help from the community, specifically in the form of data. If you or your child was involved with Guitar Club, Kathy would
love to hear from you about your experience. Your testimony would help to garner more support for the program, so that more
students may benefit. You can email Kathy at her email address listed below with your comments and/or questions on how you
Kathy's faithful co-teacher and guitar tuner/repairer, has a passion for Guitar Club and the students as well, and has produced
a video available on YouTube for current students to practice along with, as well as first grade students who may be interested
in joining it next year, to give them a "head start" on the guitar. The video is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2WJRNZYvvc.
Of course, even calling the program
"Guitar Club" is a bit of a misnomer as there is far more than guitar playing going on, and the program has grown
in more ways than Kathy could have anticipated or imagined. But, as usual, Kathy has been up to the challenge. While I think
most of us would be overwhelmed with 137 second graders doing anything at one time, let alone trying to learn the
guitar, Kathy thrives on it. In fact, she and Marsi (who joins her every Tuesday to teach the students) have expanded the
program to include VAPA (visual and performing arts) Standards, which in addition to music (instrumental and singing) include
drama, art, dance and sign language. I had the privilege of spending Tuesday morning with the Guitar Club. In addition to
rehearsing songs for upcoming Western Days, when they will be part of an original play written by Paula Curtiss to honor Valley
Center, I also was serenaded to several fun songs, including "Make Your Own Kind of Music." Yes, they definitely
make their own kind of music, and I have to tell you, I had a blast!
The Guitar Club members perform a few times each year, including for Ridgeview Preschool (arguably
their biggest fans), at Western Days and, of course, their year-end concerts at the Maxine Theater, where they do four shows.
Kathy is quick to tell you the show is not about perfection, it's about something far more important, such as fun, encouragement,
learning, sharing, dedication, commitment, a sense of accomplishment and all those other wonderful intangibles that come from
working together as a group. And although they work as a group, Kathy said seeing the individual students excel and blossom
is the biggest reward of all. In fact, here are a couple of testimonials from this year's performers: Nicolas Campione said,
"Before the show, I felt shy, but then I was happy to do my first concert. I felt excited and proud of myself!"
Jacob Wodarczyk shared, "I like Guitar Club because it is challenging and really fun. I felt like a rock star up on the
stage. It was my first concert so I was nervous at first." Kathy said participating in the concerts is valuable to the
students as it exposes them to performing, builds their self-confidence and often ignites a life-long love of music and the
For the shows each year,
Kathy chooses a fun theme, and then builds the show around it. She credits the students, Marsi Carr, the Parent Teacher Club,
parents and other numerous volunteers, for making it all come together. This year's shows were huge successes, as usual, and
Kathy is already thinking about next year.
Guitar Club also proves the point that when you set out to bless others, you generally are blessed far more in return.
Although Kathy has been a tremendously positive influence on so many children, they have more than returned the favor, so
to speak. A few years ago Kathy was going through an especially hard time physically and she credits her faith, family, friends,
parents and students for inspiring her to persevere. Even though her students were not aware of her health situation, their
love and enthusiasm helped keep her passion alive and well. She will never forget that.
Although the Guitar Club seems to "have it all" there is
one thing they don't have, and that's a surplus of guitars. In fact, some of the students have to share guitars, which makes
practicing, at home and as a group, a little challenging, to say the least. That's where you come in. They need more guitars!
The good news is, when it comes to guitars, Kathy is not "picky" - old/new, big/little, cheap/expensive - they don't
even have to have strings! As she said, "You bring them, we'll fix them!" So, if you have a guitar or two sitting
around you're not using, find one at a garage sale, or are just feeling particularly generous and want to donate to the Guitar
Club fund, you can drop off guitars/donations at any Valley Center school and Kathy will be sure to get it. Yes, you could
say that your support for Guitar Club would be music to her ears.
For more information and/or to contact Kathy Yarush, please email her at: email@example.com.
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for VCHS's "Senior Presentation Days"
Would you like to see what is expected of Valley
Center High School seniors? This is your chance! VCHS is seeking community panelists for "Senior Presentation Days,"
which will take place May 27 and 28 on campus. Seniors have spent the better part of the current semester working on their
senior portfolios for this presentation which include essays on post secondary goals, writing reflections, a PowerPoint on
their career choice, and other items.
a panelist you will have the opportunity to evaluate their presentations using a grading rubric. The students' presentations
will be about 5-10 minutes. Ron McCowan, Principal at VCHS says,"We at VCHS believe that your participation as a businessperson,
community member, or parent will give the students a better perspective as to how they may be evaluated in a professional
Such emphasis on public performance and written documentation of student work provides a very different and more "formative"
kind of accountability for the seniors. The presentations will provide a platform for students to discuss their perspective
on education, their courses of study, present their accomplishments of the school's Expected School-wide Learning Results
and share their post-secondary goals and objectives as they go from VCHS to college and the real world.
The "Senior Presentation Days" will be
held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 27 and 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:07 p.m. Each day there are three-block periods of two hours
each. Seniors will present during their English class time in eight different rooms, with three panelists per room. Even a
commitment to just ONE block period will be helpful. "Of course, we would appreciate it if you could stay longer! A continental
breakfast and complimentary lunch will be provided to all panelists," said McCowan.
If you would like to participate, contact Socorro Ruiz by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or phone her at 760-751-5598. Do so no later than Tuesday, May 26th, so they can set the schedule. They need your name,
email and phone number to send you the day's procedures so you can familiarize yourself with the process. It will be a fun
and enlightening day for all who participate!
in Pauma Scholarships
By Doug Ives
Scholarships worth $53,000 have been awarded
to 45 recipients, including 25 from Valley Center, by the Marv Borden Memorial Farmers Pauma Scholarship Fund, now in its
ninth year. The fund began in 2007 through the vision of Bryant Pickering and Marv Borden, both Pauma Valley CC members.
Over nine years there have been 252 scholarships awarded to 120 individuals totaling $325,000. This year's winners will
be honored at the country club at a luncheon May 22.
The Valley Center honorees and their intended school are Bailey Archambeault, CS San Marcos; Colton Blakely,
Grand Canyon Az.; Brooke DeLauder, Cal Poly SLO; Cole DiLoreto, Michigan; Bailey Gilmore, Nevada Reno; Nicole Green, Marymount;
Austin Halligan, CS San Marcos; Gaspar and Magdalene Jun, CS San Marcos; Daisy Lopez, CS San Marcos; Cruz Lucero, CS Long
Beach; Gavin Marcom, UC Santa Barbara; Andrew McKeown, Cal Poly SLO; Melina Much, Francis Marion College; Michelle Nido, Creighton;
Nichole Padgett, Palomar; Fernando Ramirez, Mira Costa; Genero Rodriguez, CS San Marcos; Ismael Rodriguez, UC Davis
Medicine; Sullivan Shimer, Palomar; Julia Stone, UCLA; Kyle Stroud, Mira Costa; Billy Trok and David Trok, Kentucky and Whitworth;
and Xiaodan (Francis) Xu, UC Santa Barbara.
Others receiving awards, all from surrounding areas of Valley Center, or currently living in cities and towns where
they attend school, are Edwin Camacho, Mia Cassel, Bayley Coberly, Kathryn Custer, Bree DeBell, Katherine Dufour, Jeremy Halligan,
Connor Head, Suzannah Henderson, Miguel and Maribel Herandez Cuevos, Levente Imbuzan, Jacqueline-Rose Madera, Roxana Pedroza
Armaz, Sarai Ramriez, Jamie Rudolph, Elias Ruiz, Hudson Sherr, and Autumn Shultz.
Potential recipients can apply for scholarships each year of their college attendance.
Dance presents "Transformation" at the Maxine Theater
By Amy Archipov
The Valley Center High School Dance program
announced the theme of "Transformation" for their annual dance performance, with four dates for this year's benefit
on May 28 through 30.
"Transformation - A Journey of Change" is an accumulation of the VCHS Dance
classes: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Choreography & Production - with 24 dances performed by 140 9th to 12th
graders. The performances will highlight a variety of styles like tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. There are 10 senior
pieces and a variety of song genres.
are in the Maxine Theater at 6:30 pm on May 28th, 29th and 30th, Thursday through Saturday nights, with an additional 1:30
pm matinee on Saturday, May 30th. Lobby opens one hour before show times. All tickets are reserved seating; $6 pre-sale
tickets are available April 18th until May 4th online at maxine.vcpusd.org
. $12 tickets are available after May 4th online and at the Maxine Box Office one hour before all performances.
"Students have been working hard all year creating
their own ideas and choreography, whether in a small group or contributing to their class piece. It's really neat to see my
students who were Freshman when I first began teaching here now creating their own senior pieces," said Carli Morasco,
VCHS Dance Director. "Their progress and ability amazes me and I'm very proud of them, so I hope the community will
come and support these talented dancers."
The students are finalizing their costumes soon and creating their special lighting and sound with the equipment at
the Maxine. The dances come to life with the newer use of projections at the Maxine Theater, which projects any image as
a backdrop, making the possibilities for creativity far more extensive.
The event program/souvenir book is being created now and advertising is available. Email Carli at email@example.com
to support this event with an ad in the program.