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The Intersection of Life and Faith
Cul-de-sacs are intentional dead ends. There is no through
traffic. They provide nowhere else to go. Only
the people who already live there truly belong. Cul-de-sacs are nice for a family
with kids, but cul-de-sacs are a bad idea for life with God.
Intersections provide a way to get somewhere else. They open up a world of options and possibilities!
You never know
who might show up at an intersection because locals, tourists and people who are lost on the road all converge at the intersection.
Jesus creates intersections.
Turning dead ends
into unexpected opportunities.
Providing the way
off a bad road.
Offering clear direction
to the lost or confused.
Church we believe that no matter where you've been, or what road you've traveled, Jesus wants to create an intersection with
you. We know it's true, because it has happened to us. We don't feel like we've arrived, we know we're just fellow travelers
just like you. This makes Ridgeview a safe place to learn how to relax and enjoy the ride as you discover the road that leads
to the best possible destination of all.
We hope you'll connect with us this Sunday at
9:00 or 10:30AM.
Lake Wohlford Rd.
Valley Center, CA 92082
Headlines & Happenings
The Brandon Strausbaugh
"Insured" of a Good Read)
By Phyllis Knight
I'm sure many of you are familiar with Brandon
Strausbaugh, either from the Chamber of Commerce, where he is Past-President, and/or through Pauma/Valley Insurance (PVI),
but if you haven't had a chance to sit and talk with him, well, pull up a chair and get to know him a little better. I'm sure
you'll find him as interesting as I did recently when I had the opportunity to spend some time with him. He definitely is
a "cool" guy (one of his favorite descriptive terms, and mine, hence an immediate connection for us). He definitely
does not think himself too "cool" to say cool. I had just met him and I liked him already!
Of course, I had heard
of Brandon, but I had no idea of the influence that his family has had on and in Valley Center. For instance, did you know
that his grandparents are Van and Marge Quackenbush, who founded the Valley Roadrunner Newspaper after moving here
in 1974? I didn't. Did you know that his father, Barni, was partners in the development of the Old Town Shopping Center, where
he founded PVI in 1978 and then the Country Junction Deli in in 1984? I didn't. Further, did you know that his mother
is the "Ann" in Ann's School of Dance, which she started in Valley Center in 1977? You guessed it, I didn't
either. Understandably, Brandon, a life-long Valley Center resident, is proud of his family's heritage and success in his
hometown. They definitely practice the commitment of keeping it local.
Although Brandon is a many-faceted fellow, let's
talk first about the business side. Brandon is the manager of Valley Pauma/Insurance, which his father, Barni, started in
1978. It was first established in the Old Town Center (which Barni co-owned) where the Video Playhouse is now located. They
moved to their current location on Valley Center Road in 1998. However, it wasn't until 2007 that Brandon truly became involved
in the business. He said he knew that his father "sold insurance" but he had no idea what that encompassed. It wasn't
until he began working at the insurance office (and a "light bulb" went on for him) that he saw that it was much
more than just selling insurance, it was a way of life; which meant long-term personal relationships being built with members
of the community; it meant supporting local businesses, events and sports teams; and it meant making a difference in the lives
of others, while enriching your own life through those connections. Any way you slice it, it's a win/win/win for everyone.
being the boss's son, you might think that Brandon started at the top when he decided to follow in his father's footsteps,
right? Not so. Actually, Brandon started his insurance career at the bottom, but soon worked his way up as he proved himself.
How did he do that? Determination. Brandon determined he was going to go "whole hog" as we say in Texas, and took
out a credit card to pay for Insurance school, where he not only earned one license, but two. In 2008, as a licensed sales
agent, he started building his own book of clients. His father supported him by making his office resources available, but
Brandon had to do the work himself.
And work he did. Brandon soon discovered that being an insurance agent was his
niche after all. Exhibiting his family's strong work ethic and community spirit (and his personal motto of being true to himself),
Brandon excelled at both and has made a name for himself in the insurance industry and in his community. However, Brandon
has not rested on his laurels, but has continued to pursue ways to make himself and the company more valuable to their clients.
In fact, in addition to being a California State licensed insurance agent, Brandon also is a Certified Insurance Counselor
(CIC), one of only a handful in North County and, currently, the only one in Valley Center. To be designated as a CIC, Brandon
had to successfully complete numerous hours of classroom work and written examinations covering all major fields of insurance,
agency operations and insurance management. Just another example of his "can do" spirit.
One of the things that
makes PVI unique is that it is comprised of Independent Insurance Agents. What that means to you is that they work for
you instead of any one insurance company, therefore, they are able to source the best fit for you and your lifestyle
from the over 30 companies with which they are affiliated, including all the "name brands." Another valuable service
they provide locally is DMV services, saving you a trip down the hill. (You can check-out these services at the link below.)
Brandon has been very successful in his own right, in addition to his father's support, he also quickly credits his excellent
team of coworkers for much of the success of PVI. Having met just a few of them while I was in his office, I can understand
why. It was immediately obvious that there is a positive attitude of teamwork when you walk in, with everyone committed to
the company's pledge: To do everything they can to make your life Simpler, Safer and more Secure. (You can find out
more about Brandon's team by checking out their bios on the company's website at the address listed below.)
mentioned, there are many facets to Brandon. In addition to the business side, he's just a "neat" guy (another one
of his favorite adjectives), and he is very sentimental and thoughtful. This is immediately evident when you enter their office,
where one of the first things you'll see is a stained glass panel with the PVI logo incorporated in it. That panel (although
much larger at the time) was in the original office. When Brandon did a remodeling of their current building in 2012, he discovered
the glass panel in storage and had it updated to their new logo color (blue to red) and resized to fit their reception area.
When he surprised his dad with the unveiling, needless to say, it was quite a moment for both of them.
Another example of Brandon's
thoughtfulness is a picture frame on his dad's desk. Brandon found an original brochure with a close-up of his dad and then
placed a matching picture of himself beside it and framed it. Now, here they sit, side-by-side, symbolically and literally.
Brandon speaks very highly of his dad and his accomplishments, and it is obvious what a positive influence he has had on his
life. We spent a lot of time talking about his family, and his admiration, respect and love for them came shining through.
He considers himself very fortunate to have his family still living close by and enjoys spending time with them, including
his grandparents who are in their 90s.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention some of Brandon's other activities in his
"spare" time. When not involved with his Chamber of Commerce and Rotary duties and activities, Brandon
makes time to be outdoors, where he enjoys all kinds of sports (including rooting on his two favorite sports teams, the San
Diego Padres & Chargers!) In fact, Brandon was on the Amateur Motocross circuit for ten years until a very serious injury
(the last of many) sidelined him for good in 2003. At that time, he turned to residential contracting, and was very successful.
However, the timing was not great, and with the collapse of the housing market in 2007, Brandon found himself turning to his
dad for some direction. Brandon, as usual, didn't take the easy way out, but did accept the opportunity to work with his dad,
albeit at the bottom, as previously mentioned. The rest, as they say, is history.
It is obvious when talking with Brandon how much
he loves his community and he feels blessed to live and work surrounded by good people. Brandon in no way expects perfection
from others, but he does have a knack for bringing out the best in those with whom he has contact, and it is evident how highly
regarded Brandon is in the community, and his service and dedication are almost legendary, especially considering he is still
a young guy. No telling what other accomplishments await this talented and dedicated young man. I, for one, am looking forward
to finding out!
Brandon Strausbaugh, CIC, CLCS
Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency, Inc.
Valley Center, CA 92082
Phone (760) 749-2493 Fax: (760) 913-6074
Center Fire Board Selects New Fire Chief
UPDATE: 11/20/14 -- Joe Napier
was selected by the Valley Center Fire Protection District Board as the new Valley Center Fire Chief. The board enlisted the
help of Chiefs Reed, Lowry and Metcalf to review the 23 highly qualified applicants. The board then interviewed the selected
finalists and held an official vote during Closed Session at tonight's board meeting.
When Board President Weaverson announced Joe Napier as the new Fire Chief for
the Valley Center Fire Department, he was given a standing ovation from those in attendance.
Valley Center Happenings will post an official statement and
biography of Joe Napier in the near future.
recently independent Valley Center Fire Protection District (VCFPD) is slated to choose a Fire Chief at this month's board
meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 6:00 PM in the VCMWD Board Room (29300 Valley Center Road,
According to the
posted Agenda, the board will convene in Closed Session to discuss "Public Employment - Government Code Section 54957
Title: Fire Chief" and then reconvene in Public Session for the regularly scheduled "Board Comments" portion
of the board meeting.
August 21, 2014, the VCFPD voted unanimously to establish an independent fire department by adopting Director Phil Bell's
Proposed Fire Department Services Delivery Options. A committee was then established to draft the Fire Chief
responsibilities and qualities desired in a Fire Chief.
The selection of a Fire Chief will mark the end of a long journey of transitioning to an independent
fire department and will start the new journey of creating an independent chain of command for Valley Center firefighters.
The public is welcome to attend.
Christmas Concert in Valley Center on Monday, December 15
The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters today
announced the 2nd Annual free Community Christmas Concert for Monday, December 15 bringing the holiday spirit to the Maxine
The lobby will open at 5:30 pm with entertainment,
refreshments and light dinner items available for purchase at the Maxine Theater, which is located at the Valley Center High
School, 31322 Cole Grade Road. The free concert starts at 6:30 pm.
Following on the heels of the full house for the recent 11th annual free Veterans Day concert, the Christmas Concert
will offer a wide range of Christmas music from a full complement of choirs and bands. The award-winning Valley Center
Middle School Choir and Jazz Band and the Valley Center High School Choirs and Bands are all slated to perform.
year, we see incredible support for our Veterans Day annual concert which allowed us to look at other ways to bring quality
entertainment to the community with no cost and tremendous support." said Diane Conaway, president of Valley Center/Pauma
Music Boosters. "These events are consistently filling the house, allowing us to give back to the community and
build awareness of the incredible talent we have in the ranks of our students in Valley Center." "Because these
music program events are proving to be popular, we encourage guests to arrive early for a good seat," added Conaway.
The event is sponsored in part by Left Coast Engineering and RE/MAX United.
Also on Wednesday, December
10, the award-winning VCHS Marching Band and Color Guard will be showcased at Disneyland's California Adventure, after being
selected for the 2nd year to perform in the elite Disneyland Christmas parade. The students will be offering a sneak
peek of their Christmas songs at the corner of Valley Center Road and Cole Grade Road at Pala Gas on Friday, November 21 and
Friday, December 5. The students are working hard to fundraise $3,000 to offset the cost of the bus transportation. Donations
are appreciated and tax deductible - PO Box 841, Valley Center, CA 92082.
The VC performing arts calendar also includes:
- Christmas in the Valley, Bates Nut Farm,
Friday, December 12
- Escondido Christmas Parade, Saturday,
- VCMS Bands Christmas Concert, Tuesday
December 16, 6:30 p.m., Middle School Multi-Purpose Room
The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters is a non-profit organization designed
to support music in our Valley Center Schools. Their funds purchase and maintain hundreds of instruments and performance
attire for over 800 5th to 12th graders. The Boosters also provide the funds necessary for the students to participate
The Booster's annual goal is nearly $60,000 to cover expenses of these regularly funded programs,
but they have so many more ideas to grow the music program and expose the students to more events. They are currently
challenging our Valley Center Community to raise $100,000 this school year! Anyone can become a Booster Member for just
$5 and contribute to this goal. In addition, they organize many fundraising opportunities throughout the year: Krispy
Krème doughnut sales, cookie dough sales, VCMusicFest slated for June 6, Jazz Benefit Dinner and Concert in March and
more. Even the profits generated at this concert's concessions stands are used to meet this goal.
Who's on Your Shopping
List This Holiday Season?
public notice from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Lock your car doors and roll up the windows
whether you are at home or in town. Take all valuables out of your vehicle.
Lock all doors and windows before leaving your home.
Password protect everything your phone, your wire-less internet and all of your online accounts. Use
strong passwords with letters, numbers and special characters.
When shopping online, use secure shopping sites. Look for 'https' or a lock icon in the browser bar. These provide
an extra layer of security for your safety.
Make sure packages
are picked up promptly after being delivered to your home. Check your mailbox daily.
If you will be away from your home for a long period of time, leave a radio tuned to a talk show at a
low volume and place several lamps on overlapping timers to simulate movement inside of your home.
f you are planning a vacation, contact the Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Patrol to request a
FREE vacation check of your home at 760 751 4405.
more information and Crime Prevention Tips, contact your local San Diego Sheriff's Department Crime Prevention Specialist
at (760) 751-4408.
Don't Miss the
Property Tax Assessment Appeals Deadline
There are only a few
days left to file a property tax assessment appeal for fiscal year 2014-2015. Residents can appeal if they feel the value
of their property as determined by the County assessor exceeds the market value.
The filing period for an
appeals application ends Monday,
Dec. 1. Applications must be received by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors office no later than 5 p.m. or postmarked by
11:59 p.m. that day.
Those filing will need to include their parcel or tax bill number, property address and their opinion
of the property's market value on the application.
, information booklets, a step-by-step guide,
explaining the assessment appeals process and other resources are available on the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
website. Residents may also pick up applications and booklets in person and speak with staff at the Clerk of the Board's
office in the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway in Room 402 in San Diego. You can call the office at (619)
Local FFA Member,
Zack Kertz, Awarded National American FFA Degree
by Danielle Bauer, Valley Center FFA Advisor
Each year, the National FFA Organization
honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for
premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years
of academic and professional excellence. This year, 3,765 American Degrees will be awarded.
Zack Kertz, a member of the Valley Center FFA chapter in Valley Center, will be awarded the American
FFA Degree at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as
a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in
agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience
program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also
complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
Zack Kertz earned and productively invested $15,081.86 through his beef production
agriculture enterprise from 2010 to 2013; not including his earnings in 2014. He worked 2479 hours in excess of scheduled
classroom time on his agriculture enterprise. Zack was a Valley Center FFA chapter executive officer for 3 years, including
FFA Chapter President. He participated in over 100 FFA leadership activities, logged 79 hours of community service, participated
in public speaking, and was a member of the livestock judging team. In addition to earning the American FFA Degree, Zack Kertz
has won numerous FFA awards at the local, section, region, and state levels.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate
after being recognized on stage at that FFA National Convention. Zack Kertz will be accompanied to the awards ceremony by
his FFA Advisor, Danielle Bauer and his mother, Susan Martin.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural
education to 579,678 student members in grades 9 through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S.,
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The National FFA Organization
is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico
and the Virgin Islands.
The FFA mission is to
make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth
and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted
by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of
Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.
Ballet Comes to Valley Center's Maxine Theater November 29
For the first time, Valley Center's own Maxine
Theater will be hosting a beautiful production of "The Nutcracker" to kick off the holiday season on November 29th.
The North County Academy of Dance has staged its acclaimed production for thousands of audience members throughout the years;
yet despite the many Valley Center dancers that have participated in the production it has never come to the Maxine, until
"The Nutcracker" follows
young Clara and her Nutcracker Prince through an epic battle between the house mice and soldiers, through the land of Snow
and finally to the Sugar Plum Fairy's Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring Tchaikovsky's iconic score, attending "The Nutcracker"
is holiday tradition for many families.
year's show is complete with professional set, costume, and lighting design as well as over 100 talented dancers from all
over North County. Completing the cast will be international guest artists who have danced around the globe, as well as local
Valley Center dancers who are excited to perform in their home town.
One such local resident is Valley Center High School senior Mindy Goodlett. Mindy has trained extensively
since a young age, and is excited to be performing in NCAD's "The Nutcracker" for the second time. Her roles this
year include "Russian Cinnamon," "Chinese Tea," "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Dancing Snowflake."
Mindy's connection to NCAD goes beyond performing in their
annual Nutcracker. One of her first roles was as a dwarf in California Ballet Company's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,"
in which NCAD director Cassandra Lund played Snow White. Says Cassandra Lund, "Mindy is a wonderful asset to our performance.
Her dedication and work ethic make her one of our strongest dancers and she is beautiful to watch on stage."
In addition to Valley Center dancers, NCAD's Nutcracker
performances at the Bob Burton Theater in Fallbrook will also be featuring some Valley Center musicians. Every year, "The
Nutcracker" at the Bob Burton is accompanied live by the 50-piece San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra, including some gifted
Valley Center High School members.
is coming to Valley Center's Maxine Theater for one show only on November 29 at 6:00 p.m. and tickets will go fast. Tickets
can be purchased from the Maxine Theater website at http://maxine.vcpusd.net
. For more information on this show and the shows at the Bob Burton, visit NCAD's website at www.northcountyacademyofdance.com
or call (760) 703-4958.
November 29, 2014
Valley Center High School
31322 Cole Grade Rd.,Valley Center,
$18 Adults, $15 Children - age 12 and under
VCMWD Water Alert
- Reduced Supply and Use Restrictions
This notice is for cutomers served by the
Valley Center Water District on the West Side of District. Click link at the bottom of this notice for a map of the area affected
by the shutdown.
The Valley Center Municipal Water District (District)
has been advised by its wholesale suppliers that from 7:00 a.m. November 11, 2014, through 8:00 p.m. November 21, 2014, the
treated water aqueduct delivering water to the District will be shut down to accommodate construction activity associated
with the Highway 76 realignment project. As a result, water flow to the District will be severely restricted beginning November
11, 2014, at 7:00 a.m. The water that remains in storage will be available only for domestic use and fire protection.
This 11 day shutdown is not associated with the existing drought or the
VCMWD Board's implementation of a Water Supply Shortage Level 2, "Mandatory Water Use Restrictions" Condition.
For this period, the District is requesting that customers refrain, or
limit, the following water use:
1. ALL OUTDOOR
2. USE OF WATER FOR ALL AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES,
except for livestock watering
3. ALL UNNECESSARY DOMESTIC USE SUCH AS SPRAYING
DRIVEWAYS, WASHING VEHICLES AND FILLING FOUNTAINS, POOLS, SPAS, OR PONDS
4. USE OF CONSTRUCTION WATER
A REMINDER: TURN OFF ALL OUTSIDE IRRIGATION/LAWN TIMERS DURING THE SHUTDOWN PERIOD.
Unless otherwise notified, normal service will resume November 21, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. Please
note that the District does not determine the actual shutdown schedule and it may be subject to revision as determined by
our wholesale suppliers. For more information and updates, check the District's web site at www.valleycenterwater.org
or call (760) 735-4500 Monday through Thursday between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The shutdown could cause low water and low pressure situations which could
possibly impact a pump on your property. Please take the necessary precautions to prevent any damage from occurring to your
Should the District's water storage levels drop
to a point of concern the District will implement the "Emergency Water Management Plan", and further restrictions
will be put in place.
Your cooperation during the water restrictions
is critical and appreciated and will ensure sufficient water availability to meet domestic use and fire protection.
Click here for a map of the area affected by the shutdown.
are coming to Sacramento
by: Assemblymember Marie Waldron
The mid-term elections earlier this month
will be bringing lots of new faces to Washington DC, to governors' mansions and to legislatures across the nation. Though
the election results in most of California's statewide offices were not surprising, there are likely to be some big changes
coming to Sacramento after the Legislature reconvenes in January.
In Orange County, Republican Young Kim was the victor in the 65th Assembly District, beating incumbent
Sharon Quirk-Silva. In Palmdale, Republican Tom Lackey defeated Democratic incumbent Steve Fox in the 36th Assembly District,
and in the East Bay's 16th Assembly District, Democratic incumbent Al Muratsuchi lost to Republican challenger David Hadley.
These results mark the first time in 20 years that any incumbent Democratic Assemblymember has been defeated by a challenger.
And in the State Senate, Republican Janet Nguyen defeated Jose Solorio in Orange County's 34th District.
In California, the most significant impact of the election will be the elimination
of the two-thirds "supermajority" the Democrats have enjoyed for most of the past two years. The two-thirds threshold
gives the majority party the power to raise taxes and override gubernatorial vetoes without any votes from the minority party.
Though the nationwide "red wave" barely created
a ripple in California, these results, combined with the coming influx of freshmen joining the Legislature as a result of
term limits, should lead to more bipartisanship in Sacramento and serve as a strong deterrent for anyone planning to raise
taxes or undermine Proposition 13 protections for the state's overburdened taxpayers.
Shut Down the Grade in Both Directions
by Trina West
11/12/14 - At approximately 7:45 a.m. multiple
accidents on the Grade had both directions of traffic shut down for over an hour. The initial accident was a single vehicle
rollover involving a white Toyota pickup. The driver reportedly stated she believed one of her tires blew out, causing her
backend to fishtail and push her into the guard rail. There is a very long mark along the guard rail where the truck impacted
prior to rolling over. The vehicle also contained two children and all three occupants were taken to the hospital. There were
no major injuries reported.
a two vehicle collision occurred in the northbound lanes between a gold Camry and an unidentified vehicle. Initial reports
claim that accident was caused when the drivers were distracted by the rollover accident occurring in the southbound lanes.
The driver of the gold Camry was reportedly not taken to the hospital Against Medical Advise (AMA).
Once again, the community turned to the Valley Center Happenings Facebook page and provided timely status updates. Jessica Wiggins reported, "I just had a friend call me. He said people
are starting to turn around and drive the wrong way back up the Grade. Be careful out there folks!" Acts of kindness
were reported by Shaunntae Miller, "...I must say though, you get to see the good side of people. Had someone offer water
to me for my boys. Another lady offered another family cookies for her little ones."
Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured in either accident and
within a few hours the Grade was clean and clear.
of Kea Stathatos
Daughters of the
American Revolution Honor Veterans
Members of the Center of the Valley Chapter,
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and guests placed flags on veteran's graves at the Valley Center Cemetery
on November 10, 2014 in preparation for ceremonies held on Veteran's Day.
Over 100 veterans are buried at the Valley Center Cemetery, dating back to the Civil War. "We honor
our military and their families for their sacrifices and service," said Sharon Healey Bartholomew.
Back Row (L-R): Marjorie Talmadge, Carol Hamilton, Margaret Simonson, Bart
Front Row (L-R):
Susan Harris, Sharon Bartholomew, Irene Again, Jennifer Bancroft, Wanda Prosser
Fire Tax Update
by: The Howard Jarvis
Tax Payers Association
11/11/14 - Our attorneys
are reviewing 13,000 pages of documents.
Many people affected
by the fire tax have asked us when our lawsuit will be resolved.
With our state's high unemployment and high poverty rates, we understand your frustration with this burdensome tax.
Unfortunately lawsuits can take a long time and that is especially true here because this is a "class action"
with lots of complicated procedures.
Our legal department is currently working on a
phase of the case known as "discovery," where both sides are given the opportunity to ask each other for relevant
After our attorneys sent the State's lawyers formal
questions and requests for important documents, the State sent back 13,000 pages of material.
Our attorneys are presently reviewing these documents in order to prepare for trial. We
will continue to provide periodic updates regarding this matter.
Click here to like the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association on Facebook.
Valley Center Chamber
Block Party & Local Business Exposition
By: Donna Santana
Thank you to everyone that stopped by the
Valley Center Happenings booth on Saturday, November 8th at the 2014 Valley Center Chamber Block Party & Local Business
Trina and I enjoyed meeting and visiting with
many of our incredible subscribers and are humbled by all of the positive feedback we received from you.
We also had the opportunity to share how Valley Center Happenings is working
to keep our community informed and connected on all things Valley Center with several new residents and businesses.
In addition, we would like to thank A1 Irrigation Do it Best Hardware for providing
the perfect venue for the event.
So I Was Thinking…"Blessings
Years ago, when we
were living in the Detroit area, my husband held a Christmas meeting/party at a hotel in Windsor, Ontario, Canada for his
sales team and spouses. While the husbands were meeting one day, I treated the wives to a sightseeing trip around Windsor.
I took my five-year-old son, Ryan, with me as I didn't have anyone to leave him with, and I knew he would love the limousine
ride as we cruised around town.
After a lovely morning, we stopped for a late lunch at a nice restaurant just
inside a mall. My son had been on his best behavior and all the ladies were bragging on him, especially Sally, who was a grandmotherly-type
and seemed particularly taken with Ryan and he with her. As I sat beaming like the proud Momma I was, I saw my sweet little
boy look up at Sally and innocently ask, "Since I've been so good, would you buy me something?" I think my "Ryan!!!"
was heard all over the restaurant. I was so surprised and embarrassed that I almost fell off my chair.
Sally, not a stranger to little boys, and despite my protests to
the contrary, insisted on doing as Ryan asked. She said it would be her pleasure to be his "grandmother" for the
day and treat him to a toy. I found I couldn't resist without causing a further scene, so I reluctantly acquiesced. It just
so happened there was a toy store inside the mall next to the restaurant, and Sally insisted on taking Ryan's hand and leading
him in so he could pick-out a toy "for being so good." I tried to follow so that I could steer Ryan towards the
cheaper items, but Sally knew my motive, and sweetly insisted I wait outside during their little adventure. I could
just see "dollar signs" in my mind as I wondered what Ryan was going to pick out.
Well, the dynamic duo emerged about fifteen minutes later, empty-handed,
with a puzzled look on Sally's face and a dejected one on Ryan's. Sally said she took him all over the aisles for the $10-15
dollar range (a lot of money 30 years ago), but he didn't see anything he wanted. What? What's wrong, Ryan? Are you sick?
I couldn't understand it either.
come back to this story a little later, but in the meantime...)
So I was thinking...
That although I am a lot older than Ryan was and should know better, sometimes I find myself thinking
the same thing, e.g., "Lord, since I've been so good, would you do "this" or do "that" for me?"
Yes, I sometimes find myself thinking that my "good behavior" entitles me to extra blessings or more "yeses"
to my prayers, that I might somehow deserve preferential treatment for my good behavior. Or, the flipside, "Since
I've been so good (helping others, sharing my blessings, etc.), why are You allowing these bad things to happen?"
as though I should be immune to negative things because of my good behavior, (completely forgetting that God has a plan and
purpose for everything, even suffering).
Of course, both of these attitudes are wrong! God doesn't "owe" us anything because we do the right thing,
nor is He obligated to keep all the bad stuff away because we are following Him. In fact, it is because of God and His mercy
and grace that we don't get what we actually deserve - death and damnation; because you can never be good enough to deserve
what God freely gives to those who love Him - forgiveness and life everlasting. Most importantly, He already gave us the greatest
gift of all, His Son, what more could we possibly ask?
Now, for the rest of Ryan's little adventure. Come to find out, at the hotel gift shop, he had seen these
itty-bitty plastic airplanes in a glass jar on the counter and he wanted just one. The cost? Three for a dollar. I had to
laugh out loud when he finally told us what he really wanted. (He's always loved airplanes.) Ryan had his chance at an expensive
toy, but he couldn't get his mind off the little 35-cent plastic airplane he had seen that morning.
When we got back to the hotel, Sally bought him a handful. The result:
Ryan was happy he got the desire of his heart; Sally was happy she was able to put a big smile on his face; and I was happy
my son wasn't trying to see how much he could get out of Sally, but was content with what was truly important to
him. Yep, I guess you could say this story has just a "plane" old happy ending.
All of us also lived
among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were
by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even
when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with
him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his
grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is
not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in
Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:2-10 (NIV)
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
©2014 Phyllis Knight
There are APPROXIMATELY 14000 Mail
/ Provisional ballots still to be counted
updated on: 11-12-14 at: 16:11:35|
VALLEY CENTER-PAUMA UNIFIED SCHOOL
Reporting 32 of 32
at 100.0% counted (Vote For
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JERRY 'JAY' WEST
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JON R. GOODMAN
M. SHANNON LAIRD
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MICHAEL T. ROBLEDO
R.W. 'GINA' ROBERTS
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CENTER COMMUNITY PLANNING
Reporting 21 of 21 at 100.0%
counted. (Vote For 7)
MICHAEL W. O'CONNOR
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SUSAN J. FAJARDO
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LA VONNE R. NORWOOD
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MARK A. JACKSON
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DOROTHY V. STOCK
CENTER PARKS AND REC.
Reporting 17 of 17
at 100.0% counted. (Vote For 3)
MARCIA D. TOWNSEND
M. SHANNON LAIRD
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CAROL DALE JOHNSON
VALLEY CENTER FIRE PROTECTION
Reporting 17 of 17
at 100.0% counted. (Vote For 3)
OLIVER JAMES SMITH
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JIM A. WOLD
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Coffee With The
Community - Valley Center
Community outreach is a top priority of the
San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety
and security as well as deputy-community relations to our staff.
The Valley Center Sheriff's Substation is holding a Coffee With The Community on:
Friday, December 12th 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Country Junction Deli, Meeting Room
29115 Valley Center Road
This gives the public a chance to chat with the Station's Lieutenant, Crime Prevention Specialist
and Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) members in a casual setting to exchange ideas and concerns over a free cup of coffee.
Join us and help make a positive difference in your community.
For more information, call Crime Prevention Specialist Brandy Contreras at (760)
VCPUSD Breaks Ground
on New Sports Field
The Valley Center Pauma Unified School District
held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, November 6th for the new sports field that will be built in front of the Elementary
School. When complete, the fields will primarily be utilized by the lacrosse and soccer programs at Valley Center High
The ceremony started with the singing of the National Anthem by VCHS Senior McKenna Barron. Then the
VCPUSD Superintendent, Mary Gorsuch, introduced the ceremony participants which included: VC Parks & Recreation President,
Marcia Townsend; VCP Teachers Association President, Susie Knoll; VC Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Mary Gordon;
Retired VCPUSD Superintendent, Dr. Lou Obermeyer; VCPUSD School Board President, Don Martin; VCPUSD Superintendent, Mary Gorsuch;
VCHS Athletic Director, Michael Cummings; and, VCHS Principal, Ron McCowan.
Also in attendance to celebrate the ground breaking were the VCHS
Boys Soccer Team, the VCHS Jazz Band, VCHS Cheerleaders, Boys Lacrosse Team, the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams, several
district employees, as well as members of the community.
at Ridgeview Preschool
There's something about Halloween that brings
out the kid in you, especially if you have the pleasure of spending the morning with actual kids, as I did today with the
wonderful group at Ridgeview Preschool in Valley Center.
Although I think almost every day is a celebration at Ridgeview Preschool,
today was especially so, and not just because everyone - children and staff - got to come to school in their pajamas! (Unfortunately,
I didn't get the memo...and had to come to school dressed.)
This morning's festivities started with the children decorating their
own little pumpkins and moved on to a mini-carnival complete with all types of decorations, prizes and games ranging from
a cupcake walk to bobbing for apples. I think the adults in attendance (teachers, parents and yours truly) had as much fun
as the kids did!
One of the highlights of today's festivities was Ridgeview Preschool's good friend, Chris Marszalek,
who, again this year, amazed the children with his unique pumpkin carving. Chris loves being with the children and the feeling
is mutual as demonstrated by all the waves and smiles he received as he was working on his creation. Chris will be making
a return engagement to the school later this year. He is excited about it and can't think of a better "Clause" (oops,
I means cause) than the children.
Although October is coming to a close, the fun is not. The preschool is gearing
up for November when they will be focusing on Native Americans, Pilgrims and a whole new month of activities involving fun
and learning. I can't even imagine what they have in store for December. I may have to schedule a return engagement myself!
not familiar with Ridgeview Preschool, let me share a little about them. The school, which opened in 2003, is for 3, 4 and
5 year-olds and their mission is simple, but its importance cannot be overstated: to nurture good character while providing
educational excellence in a loving environment acknowledging their inherent value as a gift from God. They accomplish this
through their hands-on methods of teaching, individual attention and by example. Their curriculum focuses on Kindergarten
readiness, social interaction and community involvement. Very importantly, the children get to learn while having fun doing
I didn't know there were so many ways to learn the letter "A" until Sarah shared some of the unique ways
they do it.Sarah Lopez is the Director of Ridgeview Preschool and also teaches, along with Deanna Gustine and Becky Rice.
A student intern, Jessica Yarush, gets to join the fun two days a week.
If you are interested in your children, or grandchildren,
joining the fun and learning at Ridgeview Preschool, give Sarah Lopez a call. She would love to answer any questions you may
have, as her passion is evident as she shares what they do and why they do it.
On a personal note, I was so impressed with how
well-behaved, happy and helpful all the children were today. The low student-to-teacher ratio definitely plays a role in this,
but it's also evident that these children are loved at home and at school. What a winning combination for all! Thank you children
and leaders at Ridgeview Preschool for a "howling" good time today! Happy Halloween all!
Click here for more pictures of the "Halloween Happenings at Ridgeview Preschool."
State License #37660089228904
N. Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center CA 92082
Valley Center Kiwanis
Thank Sponsors of Golf Tournament
Valley Center Kiwanis would like to thank
the sponsors of our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament:
Valley Center Chamber of Commerce
County Feed and Grain
Valley View Casino
Valley Center Chiropractic
State Farm Insurance
Landscape Design Service
Mortgage - John Yeager
Country Junction Deli
Valley Center Properties
Cortez Development Company
Community Pharmacy of Valley Center
Valley Center Sports and Apparel
Valley Center Optometry
Broken Rock Ranch
Hand, Foot and Spine Center
California Temperature Control
Air Crafts Heating and Air Conditioning
Lilac Hills Ranch
Taylor Made Golf
Sunset Tax and Bookkeeping
Brown Bulk Transportation
EDCO Waste and Recycling Services
Fain Drilling and Pump
A Cat's View Vet Hospital
Valley Insurance - Brandon Strausbaugh
Diane Conaway, Realtor
Twins Customs Auto Fabrication
& R Engineering
Valley Center Middle School Teachers
Serratos Auto and Tire
SD County Senior Sherriff Volunteer Patrol
VCPUSD District Administrators
We couldn't have done it without you!
Band to Perform Again in the Disney California Adventure Christmas Parade
Congratulations to the VCHS Jaguar Marching
Band for once again being selected to march in the Disney California Adventure Christmas Parade!
Disneyland hosted their annual "Community Art's Showcase" competition in which schools
from all over Southern California were invited to send in a live unedited audition video. Based on this year's video
submission, the Jaguar Marching Band was awarded a free trip to Disney California Adventure.
While many schools are invited to perform at the Disneyland and California Adventure theme
parks throughout the year, they have to pay full price per student for the opportunity to perform. The Jaguar Marching Band,
however, will receive free admission along with the opportunity to perform as a result of their outstanding video
The Jaguar Marching Band will be showcasing their
talents in the Disney California Adventure Christmas Parade on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.