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-30- An Editor’s Notebook



 

 

MENDENHALL HIGHWAY— On Monday, July 6 the state Senate unanimously passed a bill renaming a five-mile segment of Highway 76 near Lake Henshaw for Palomar Mountain cattle rancher Joel Mendenhall. A longtime cattle rancher who died in an equipment accident on his family’s ranch on East Grade in 2013, he was well beloved by neighbors and friends who started a grass roots effort to have the stretch of highway named after him. The Assembly approved of the bill in April. The bill now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

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WARFIGHTER ACADEMY— The old Escondido Police Department HQ at 700 W. Grand has found a new, if temporary life as the Warfighter Academy. The academy combines a paintball range, mixed martial arts gym, and lets civilians train in combat scenarios with veterans. Civilians can learn civilian defense of your home. The academy has a two-year lease.

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TRANSFORM CHAOS—Carolyn Gross, author and health advocate will be speaking at the Grand Tea Room on August 15, 4 p.m. The subject is – “Transform Chaos into Clarity.” Gross is an award-winning speaker and has been seen on NBC, ABC, and Lifetime TV. She inspires people to improve their health, no matter what obstacles they face. Please see the invitation below for more information.

The event includes a five course “Afternoon Tea,” lecture, discussion, and book signing. Call the tearoom at 760-233-9500, for your reservation.

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ESCONDIDO’S GOT TALENT— Escondido’s Got Talent will be held Wednesday, July 29, 3:30–5:30 p.m. at the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. Do you sing? Dance? Perform tricks with a yo-yo? Sign up to perform in our talent show and you could go home a winner! Deadline to register for the talent show is Monday, July 27. First place wins $100, second wins $75, and third wins $50. Contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, at 760-839-4283 to compete in the talent show.

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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT—Valley Center Chamber of Commerce is planning a Family Movie Night on the evening of Aug. 22, 5-10 p.m. at historic Melrose Ranch. They are currently taking suggestions for the fun summer movie to run. The $15 per adult and $10 per child charge includes a burger or hot dog dinner and a movie. If you want to come as a family the cost is $40 for a family with two kids, $50 for a family with three kids and so on. There will be a D.J. , bingo for fun prizes, and many family-friendly games and activities. Call the Chamber office at 760-749- 8472. The Chamber is also planning ahead for the 4th Annual Block Party Sept. 17 at Bates Nut Farm. Call Mary at 760-749-8472 for deadlines and pricing.

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DESIGN REVIEW BOARD—The Valley Center Design Review Board will meet July 20, in the VC Library Seminar Room, 6-8 p.m. Included on the agenda is a request for a site plan waiver from VC Equipment, a plan review for a proposed Arco AM-PM Gas Station on the southwest corner of VC & South Cole Grade roads. Note: This is the location of the current Delfino’s produce stand.

Also on the agenda is a site plan review for a Rite-Aid Pharmacy on the southeast corner of VC & Cole Grade Roads. This property is owned by

Dick and LoraLee Stephens. The business currently there is a drivethrough restaurant.

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LOTS OF RAIN (THEN ANYWAY)— Recent thunderstorms brought down nearly half an inch of rain in Valley Center during less than an hour. But there was even more rain on Palomar Mountain, where Fred Brown recorded 2 ½ inches!

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CHAMBER MIXER—Palomar Community College will be hosting the August Escondido Chamber of Commerce mixer at the Palomar College Escondido Education Center from 5–7 p.m.

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CITY RECEIVES AWARD —The City of Escondido will be recognized at this year’s iCommute Diamond Awards reception on July 24, 2015 as a Bronze recipient. The SANDAG iCommute Diamond Awards program recognizes employers in the San Diego region that have made strides to develop and implement commuter programs that encourage alternative commute choices.


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