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Local News March 8th, 2007

Shea Homes New Chaparral Ridge To Stage Grand Opening

The grand opening of three designer-decorated and professionally landscaped model homes will be held Sunday, March 11, at Chaparral Ridge by Shea Homes. The new neighborhood is in Escondido, where country-quiet living meets city-close luxury homes.

With the first phase of homes at Chaparral Ridge expected to be released for sale March 17, this intimate neighborhood is ideally located close to nature and recreation, with Escondido's open space jewel Daley Ranch and sparkling Dixon Lake just minutes away. The neighborhood also enjoys nearness to an abundance of entertainment venues and shopping opportunities.

The homes range from approximately 2,653 to 3,564 square feet with four to five bedrooms, 2.5 to 4.5 baths, and attached garages that accommodate three to four vehicles. The average lot size at Chaparral Ridge is 14,000 square feet.

Priced from the high $600,000s,
features a wide variety of amenities including granite counter tops, designer beech cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, finished garage interiors, and Category 5 wiring for high-speed Internet computer and phone connections.

Located at 715 Sungold Way, just off Washington Avenue, Chaparral Ridge's model homes and sales office are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday. For additional information, contact community representatives at 760-233-5769. Information also is available at

Graham Ledger Picks Up Key Endorsements in Effort to “Anchor” Carmel Valley Planning Board

Graham Ledger, well known and respected newsman for more than a decade in San Diego who is now seeking a seat on the Carmel Valley Planning Board, has picked up several key endorsements from Carmel Valley Educators, Political Leaders & Business Owners.

Key endorsement number one is San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, whose district includes Carmel Valley. Slater-Price made the endorsement of Ledger official on March 1. Slater-Price said she is “proud” to endorse Ledger.

New Program Guarantees College Admission to Qualified Students

Many students in Escondido's schools have the intellectual capacity to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university but lack either the information or financial means to
do so.

A new plan and joint operation seeks to address that problem. It’s called the MAP plan. The school districts serving Escondido and Cal State San Marcos have signed an agreement that guarantees admission to CSUSM to graduates of Escondido's five high schools who Maintain an academic focus, Attend school daily, and Participate in school and community activities (MAP).

The Escondido Chamber is encouraging local employers to inform their employees who are parents of children in local schools about MAP and encourage them to engage their children in this college-preparatory program. The City of Escondido is among the largest and first employers to agree to support and promote the program with its 1,000-plus employees. The local elementary school districts are participating since interest in academic achievement typically begins at the middle school level. Other participating employers will be on hand as well.

This is a voluntary effort that involves a partnership among private and public sector agencies. Most of the targeted students are from low-income
families where college has not been a viable option for them.

For information call the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760.745.2125.

Niki Charitable Art Foundation Donates Rare Lithograph to the Escondido Arts Partnership

The Escondido Arts Partnership has received a rare work of art by the late Niki de Saint Phalle whose sculpture garden at Kit Carson Park has delighted visitors since its opening in 2003. The untitled, artist-embellished lithograph was created by de Saint Phalle in 2001. It will be sold at auction on May 5, 2007, to benefit the Escondido Arts Partnership and the Escondido Municipal Gallery. This donation was one of the last prints created by de Saint Phalle before her death in 2002.
French artist Niki de Saint Phalle first came to international prominence in 1961 as a member of the influential “New Realists”, a group that included Christo, Yves Klein, and Jean Tinguely (her frequent collaborator whom she married in 1971). Today, she is well known for oversized, voluptuous, female figures, the Nanas, which can be seen in cities and museums around the world.

The lithograph will be on display at the Escondido Municipal Gallery from March 28-May 5, 2007. It will be sold at the EAP’s annual Panache auction at the Gallery. For information about Panache 2007 or to place a reserve bid, contact the Gallery staff at 760- 480-4101.

Escondido PD to work with Border Patrol?

Escondido City Councilman Sam Abed has asked the Escondido Police Department to report back to the Council with recommendations as to how the Escondido police might work with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to remove illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in Escondido.

Police Chief Jim Maher has expressed reservations in the past about such a policy, citing limited resources as well as making it more difficult for his department to work within the Hispanic community. The council, however, has taken a strong position in the past on taking a pro-active position in dealing with illegal immigration and this appears to be one additional pressure point the council may choose to use in exercising its control over the community problems.

At press time, Chief Maher was to make his presentation to the council at their regularly scheduled meeting at 4pm in the Escondido Council Chambers.

The Escondido Council majority of Sam Abed, Marie Waldron and Ed Gallo have consistently taken a strong anti-illegal immigration stand. Dick Daniels has occasionally voted with them while Mayor Pfeiler has not.





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