The Beer Hunter Stone Brewing Company Beer Pairing Dinner

The Beer Hunter in Menifee had such success with their last Beer Pairing Dinner that they have scheduled another! Monday, March 7, in their dynamic Menifee location, The Beer Hunter will be featuring Stone Brewing Company for their Beer Pairing Dinner.

Patrons of the last Beer Pairing Dinner were so enthused by the harmonious blend of food and drink, that they expressed to the Beer Hunter staff and management the desire to attend these events on a regular basis. Three specially selected Stone Brewing Company beers have been selected for the three course dining menu, especially designed to compliment and infuse the flavors into one. The Mediterranean Spiced Chicken with Balsamic Glaze is just one of the many exciting dishes featured.

Seating at The Beer Hunter's Samuel Adams Beer Pairing Dinner is limited to 25 persons, and reservations are recommended. Cost is $19.99 per person.

Recall Darcy Kuenzi Committee To Meet

The Recall Darcy Kuenzi Committee announced today that it will meet at 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Boston Billie’s Restaurant located at 26850 Cherry Hills Blvd, inside Sun City Shopping Center.

The committee will be organizing a campaign drive and is calling for interested persons to attend.

Call 951.679.6442 for more information.

Relay For Life in Menifee - Shopping to Give Back

On March 8th , local businesses will “Give Back to Fight Back” against cancer by sponsoring a great shopping day in Menifee. Shops from Bradley & Newport to Bradley & McCall will band together to give a portion of their proceeds, donations and gift certificates back to the American Cancer Society's signature event Relay For Life. Please look for all the shops displaying purple balloons on that day, and support them with your business!

“March 8th will be a great day to shop on Bradley Road and fight cancer at the same time,” said Jackie Seevers, a volunteer on the Relay For Life of Menifee planning committee.

A Relay For Life information booth will be set up at Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta, who will give back portion of their proceeds for the day. Al’s Jewelers, The Hair Studio, and PJ’s Toy Box will also donate a portion of their earnings that day.

Other businesses are making an outright donation, including Sun City Coin, Ed’s Coins, Ronnie’s Resale and Gift Boutique, Pete’s Music, B & B Auto and Tires, and The Flooring Company. Gift certificates will be donated by 5 Star Nails, Mom & Pop’s Frame Shop, Menifee Transmission, Wigs of Rome, and Tri City Smog. Menifee Valley Taekwondo will offer class open to the public starting at 7:30 p.m. for $5.00.

For more information on Give Back to Fight Back in Menifee, call Cathi Hill at the American Cancer Society at (951) 202-7714, or by email at

Revival Mops Ladies Spring Social

Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship at our annual Revival MOPS Ladies Spring Social, featuring one of their favorite speakers, Fayanna Worrell, speaking on "Friendship, Friendship...Just the Perfect Blendship". Saturday, March 12th from 1-4pm. Fabulous Raffle Baskets and a Silent Auction before the speaker, and Dessert and Refreshments will be served after the program. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at, or at the door. All proceeds to benefit Revival MOPS ("Mothers of Preschoolers") of Revival Christian Fellowship.
Location: Revival Christian Fellowship, 29220 Scott Road in Menifee

The Beer Hunter Gives Back to Charities

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The Beer Hunter announces its "Beer Hunter Gives Back" program to help local charities. If you operate a charity, The Beer Hunter will partner with your organization to give back 5% of its purchases towards your charity.

Here's a letter from Dan Held, manager of The Beer Hunter...

We, at The Beer Hunter, care about our neighborhood and wish to contribute to those organizations that strive to enrich the lives within the community.

The Beer Hunter Gives Back (BHGB) program gives 5% back on all purchases made Monday-Thursday at the Menifee Beer Hunter for your non-profit or charitable organization. Guests will be able to specifically request your group to receive this contribution. Simply set up a BHGB account and receive a check each month from The Beer Hunter for 5% of all purchases made on behalf of your organization.

To set up an account, email General Manager Dan Held ( to access an application. Applications can also be filled out in person or mailed to you, either by visiting the Menifee Beer Hunter restaurant location and speaking with a manager or calling (951) 301-4700.

This offer is not valid with any of our other programs or discounts, and may be changed or terminated at the discretion of the Beer Hunter at any time. We thank you for choosing The Beer Hunter for your dining and sports entertainment!

Sincerely yours,

Dan Held and the entire Beer Hunter staff

You can download the application here...

Menifee Valley Athletic Club Announces New Fitness Program for 55+

Menifee Valley Athletic Club announces a new fitness program for 55+

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Sun City Library Hosts Public Reading of "Is There Really a Human Race?"

The Sun City Library is inviting the public to participate in reading the book, Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis in the language of your choice for a film project with our Flip Video Cameras. The film will be premiered at the Summer Reading Club’s One World, Many Stories kickoff event featuring Scott Land’s Marionettes.

Is There Really a Human Race? is about a child who doesn’t understand the concept of a human race and wants to know what it is. It then takes the turn of the mother who encourages the child to be himself. Participants do not have to read the entire book, only a sentence or two and a written up copy of the book is available at the Information Desk.

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Filming will be on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Community Room. Participants amy sign up at the Information Desk to participate. A signed photo/video release form is required to participate and will can be filled out at the time of shooting.

For more information please contact Ashley or Ael at the Sun City Library at (951) 679-3534

The Sun City Library is located at 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. (cross street is Bradley). For more information, call 951-679-3534 or visit us online at

Menifee Town Center Gets Put On Hold

The "Town Center" project, dubbed as Menifee's future downtown, with shops, medical offices, business offices, restaurants, movie theater, courthouse, and condominiums, has been put on hold, at least until March 15th.

At issue is recent news that the courthouse the State of California is considering building there, will actually be a parolee processing center.

The city council was to consider the second reading of the Town Center Specific Plan, which if it had been approved, would have put the wheels in motion. The city council had actually approved the Specific Plan during its first reading, but last Tuesday ended up postponing the vote on the second reading.

"SB18 could dump 35,000 parolees on to our streets", said Tom Fuhrman, who initiated the motion to delay the reading, and went on to say that he had discussed this matter with officials at the State. "My concensus is that it will happen".

At that point, Daniel Gryczman, a representative from Regent Properties, the company responsible for the project, stepped up the podium to offer a solution. "When we heard there were parolees coming, we were concerned. We don't want that for our project", Gryczman said. "We'd be glad to offer the city a 50% discount on the land if we're not going to give it to the courthouse."

City councilmember Darcy Kuenzi added with a stern voice, "Our number one priority to this city is to bring jobs. Delaying this item is not good for this city. The parolee center, I certainly have concerns about that." Kuenzi further pointed out that concerns over the courthouse could be addressed in the Development Agreement, which the council is saving for last to consider.

"I disagree that this will bring more jobs to Menifee" city council member Fred Twyman countered. "Because it brings more residents to Menifee, there will be a net loss of jobs."

Mayor Edgerton raised the issue of timing, "The Planning Department felt they were pushed, and they complained." he said. "Had we pushed this on the first night, the ad hoc committee would not have gotten the concessions", he went on to say, favoring to spend more time before letting the project continue.

Back on January 18th, the city council voted to approve much of the components of the Town Center, with the exception of the development agreement, pointing out that they wanted to wait until the new city manager had a chance to evaluate. Since then, the city announced it had hired William Rawlings as its new city manager, and Rawlings was in attendance during this second reading.

Tom Fuhrman spoke, "I spoke to Rawlings if he was 100% satisfied with this project, and he said was not 100% satisfied." Mayor Edgerton added, "The city manager did look at this, and didn't agree with everything." adding fuel to the argument that delaying the second reading was necessary.

"The longer we delay this project, the more we risk losing those jobs!" Darcy Kuenzi said, pointing out that tenants slated to fill the proposed medical office building are also looking at buildings in Murrieta and Temecula. "I want those jobs for our city!"

In the end, the council voted 3 to 2 to delay the second reading the Town Center Specific Plan, with Fuhrman, Twyman, and Edgerton voting to delay, Denver and Kuenzi voting to pass.

The City Hires Demographics Company to Study 2010 US Census Numbers

At City Hall this evening, several residents gathered to protest a proposed new contract the city is considering, to have National Demographics Corporation (NDC) study the existing city council districts and compare them to the new 2010 US Census data.

The city council districts currently in place were defined before the 2010 US Census was taken. Hence, the city proposed hiring NDC to find out if the new census data would require them to redraw district lines.

Douglas Johnson, president of NDC, indicated that if the new census numbers shows the current city council districts are out of balance, and the city doesn't take action, it could put those districts in jeopardy.

"If you don't draw the districts boundaries properly, anyone can challenge it" Johnson testified at the meeting. "A judge could actually invalidate the districts and force an election at-large."

Anne Pica, who authored Measure AA, the measure that established the city's current four-district system, spoke out against hiring NDC, offering to instead have a citizens committee that would study the new census data for free. "This can be done is a timely manner and with almost no cost to the City of Menifee" Pica said. "I have all of the original census blocks from NDC and anyone can download the census blocks from the 2010 federal census for the City of Menifee free of charge once they have been put on the census website."

However Douglas Johnson countered that the new 2010 census blocks are completely different than what the US Census had used before. "There are 50% more blocks than what they used in 2000." he argued, pointing out that it's not a simple matter of comparing the last decennial census to the current.

Other city residents, Greg August and John Smelser voiced their lack of trust in Johnson, claiming that the last time the city council had discussed drawing district lines Johnson had said councilmember Fred Twyman's proposed districts were the best. "I never said Twyman's proposal was the best, I simply said it was the most balanced", Johnson countered. "My job is not to make the decisions, but to provide options."

In the end, the city council voted to hire NDC at a cost of $2,500.00 to determine if the new 2010 US Census data will require any changes to the city's four districts. If NDC determines that changes are required, the city council will consider appointing five residents to a new census committee that will determine how to redraw district lines.

That committee will require a package of data from NDC, and that package will cost the city about $32,000.00 for NDC to produce.

Love Your Library Month Continues With Yarn Bomb

On Saturday, February 19th at 12:00pm, the Sun City Library is hosting Yarn Bomb for ages 13 and up. If you enjoy working with yarn, or have an interest in learning to work with yarn, then this event is for you!

For more information contact the Sun City Library at 951-679-3534

Murrieta Rd Will Be Closed For Eight Months Starting February 21

Update (Feb 15, 2011): Rob Johnson with the City of Menifee relayed to me this morning via Twitter that they are going to remove the barrier at La Piedra Rd & White Fir Dr, and pave it all the way through to Murrieta Rd, and have it done before February 21, 2011. Hence the alternate route will continue along La Piedra Rd.

FYI, the Murrieta Rd closure will remained closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for eight months.

Original article below...

The City of Menifee announced on its Twitter feed today that Murrieta Rd will be closed between San Quintin Rd and La Piedra Rd beginning February 21, 2011 and lasting until October 11, 2011.

The closure is due to construction work relating to the Audie Murphy Ranch Project.

The City recommended an alternate route connecting Evans Rd to Murrieta Rd via La Piedra Rd. However, La Piedra Rd does not actually go all the way through. There's a barrier preventing traffic.

It appears the correct alternate route is to take Holland Rd to Murrieta Rd.

La Piedra Rd does not actually allow through traffic due to a barrier in the road.
Holland Rd appears to be the correct alternate route.

Cal-Trans To Shut Down the Northbound I-215 in Perris

74 215 interchange projectCal-Trans announced today that it will shut down the entire northbound I-215 freeway at the 4th Street crossing in Perris, from 8:00pm to 4:00am starting this Monday, February 14, 15, 16, and 17.

During the closure, drivers will be detoured to the 4th Street off-ramp and return to northbound I- 215 via the 4th Street on-ramp.

The closure is part of the 74-215 Interchange improvement project.

The southbound I-215 will have one lane open from 9:00pm to 5:00am the same dates.

The project will pave the way for better traffic flow, easier access to downtown Perris and improved connections to both north and south Interstate 215. The project will replace the current two-lane 4th street bridge over the freeway with an eight-lane bridge, realign freeway ramps, widen streets, replace stop signs with traffic signals, add a sidewalk north of the bridge and build residential sound walls.

The Beer Hunter Teams Up With Samuel Adams For A Beer Pairing Dinner

Next Wednesday, February 16, starting at 6:30pm, The Beer Hunter is hosting a beer pairing dinner featuring three different Samuel Adams beer.

The evening starts with an appetizer of Shrimp Scampi Ravioli with Crustini, which is paired with a Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat.

Then it moves on to a 10oz Top Sirloin Steak with Port Wine Reduction, Twice Baked Potato, Green Beans with Bacon Shallots, Assorted Dinner Rolls with Butter, and that's paired up with Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

To finish it off, a South of the Border Sundae (deep fried tortilla strips tossed in cinnamon sugar, topped with ice cream, whipped cream and honey), and that's paired with a Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat.

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"Samuel Adams has been talking to us for the past few months wanting to do a beer pairing dinner" says Dan Held, manager of The Beer Hunter. "So we have this coming up on the 16th, and then we'll be looking to do beer pairing dinners every month with other breweries."

Beer pairing dinners are becoming one of the more popular nightlife events throughout Southern California, stemming from the hottest craft brewing region in the United States, San Diego County. Stone Brewing in Escondido has lead the way in the past few years with frequent dinner events and parties.

"And we've actually been talking to the Stone guys", Held goes on to say. "We have a plan in place to start going to more of the locals, Black Market Brewing, Oceanside Aleworks, Hangar 24..."

Seating at The Beer Hunter's Samuel Adams Beer Pairing Dinner is limited to 25 persons, and reservations are recommended. Cost is $19.99 per person.

Contact The Beer Hunter at 951.301.4700

Menifee/Perris Valley Democratic Club Meeting, Thursday, February 17th

The Menifee/Perris Valley Democratic Club will meet Thursday, February 17th at 7:00 PM at Harry's Cafe, located at 748 Ramona Expressway in Perris.

Ken Hampton, Chairman of the Riverside County Democratic Party, will be the guest speaker. He will discuss the purpose of the party organization and related issues. In addition, the club will be forming working groups to deal with local issues.

Directions from the I-215 is to go east on the Ramona Expwy. The site will be on the left hand side once you pass Webster Avenue. Venue is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Contact: Altie at 760-819-1197 or

Sun City Library to Host Native American Night

Come on over to the Sun City Library on February 16 at 4:00pm to learn about the Native Americans in our area as well as Kaya's tribe the Nez Perce.

Activities will include: Making your own parfleche, grind acorns and bead your own necklace.

This event is for K-5th graders.

Space is limited so please arrive early.

No American Girl Dolls allowed in the program.

If you have questions or need further assistance, please call the Sun City Library at: 951-679-3534.

The Beer Hunter in Menifee, Reviewing it From Three Perspectives

the beer hunter menifeeThe Beer Hunter opened its doors on June 16, 2010 with great anticipation from residents starved for more dining choices in Menifee. And in its first couple weeks of opening, crowds of hungry diners stuffed its 128 indoor seats and 32 patio seats eager to sink their teeth into juicy burgers and steaks, enjoy ice cold beer, and watch sports across 32 wide-screen televisions.

And while much of that went well, The Beer Hunter experienced some problems during those opening weeks.

"We don't feel we were prepared as we would like to be" says Dan Held, manager of The Beer Hunter. "Our servers are great, our chefs are great, but it was a logistical problem in getting the two coordinated."

The result was some unhappy customers not getting their orders delivered in a timely manner. "But we made a lot of changes since then and got it all ironed out" Held explains. "We'd like to invite those people back to give us another chance."

Now having been opened for eight months, The Beer Hunter looks to broaden its appeal to more than just the sports crowd. Held wants to bring in more college students from MSJC, wants to make a destination for business lunches, and host social gatherings for women.

So a few of us writers at Menifee 24/7 took time out to do a review based on three unique perspectives, the college perspective, the ladies lunch perspective, and the guy's sports viewing perspective...

Beer Hunter Anyone?

by Julianne Lanz (college perspective)

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The Pastrami Sandwich
Do not let the name fool you! The Beer Hunter is not just a sports bar; it is a full blown restaurant. The entire staff is warm and friendly, and it seems that all of them have wonderful personalities. Customers are welcome to enjoy their meals, even if you hang around and mingle for 3 hours! Students are invited to dine and utilize the free Wi-Fi, and you don’t have to be over 21 to enjoy a meal there.

The best part about the Beer Hunter is that they cater not only to the “Over 21” crowd, but even to those of us who have yet to reach drinking age.

I recently walked into The Beer Hunter for the first time to have lunch with a friend. I thought that customers had to be over 21 to eat there; imagine how silly I felt when I realized that I was mistaken. It took me forever to figure out what I wanted on the menu; there were just so many delicious options that I wanted them all! Wow, were we surprised when our meals arrived to the table, and the portions of food were huge. You really are getting your money's worth here! This brings me to my second favorite reason to visit them again.

Date night, date night, date night! With the massive food portions, you and that special someone could split anything on the menu, have an intimate meal, and save yourself a little coin! As a college student, I know that saving money is what we are all about. We need the money for books and other supplies, as well as bills, so we tend to eat food wherever there is a dollar menu. And you could barely call that food.

I've been to The Beer Hunter time and time again, and every time I am pleasantly surprised. Every week there are new specials on food, beer and dessert too! Their Big Mac Brownie is my favorite dessert; I highly recommended it for the chocolate lovers! I can’t think of a better place to do a little homework, enjoy a real meal, and treat myself to something sweet by sharing a Big Mac Brownie with my boyfriend! Beer Hunter – here we come!

Ladies Like to Lunch

by Tina Walker (ladies perspective)

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The Tequila Lime Chicken
The kids are at school, you’ve run those errands, and now you need somewhere to rest your tired feet and recharge. Meet your girlfriends at The Beer Hunter. Don’t let the obviously male name keep you from entering the Man Cave. Ladies, this is one thing the guys got right!

The lunchtime atmosphere is deeply subdued, with the televisions quieter than the raucous evening sports bar atmosphere. Light and vibrant, the entire restaurant seems more relaxed and welcoming for a ladies lunch. Bright enough to see your food, but tranquil enough to collect your thoughts, The Beer Hunter is more than accommodating. Lunch specials abound, and since the portions are enormous, really geared for hearty appetites, most dishes are large enough to share and still be happily satisfied. The daytime staff is attentive and gracious and every nook and cranny of the restaurant is sparkling clean.

On a beautiful day, nothing beats cool drinks, delicious salads and covered patio seating to help you relax with the girls. The Tequila Lime Chicken is brightly flavored, served with vegetarian refried beans and Spanish rice, handmade tortillas, and farm-fresh pico de gallo. It is a guilt-free lunch that will leave you feeling contented. If you are in the mood for something a bit more decadent, hearty sandwiches, heaping burgers, and sumptuous pasta that is absolutely redolent of old Italy await to please you.

Once you have all thrown caution to the wind, and saved the diet for another day, dive into some dessert. The luscious Apple Crisp and delectable “Big Mac” Brownie are sure to please. According to Manager Dave, all desserts are calorie-free on Tuesday and Sunday, but somehow I think he was pulling my leg with that one.

With deep, comfortable booths that you will never want to leave and abundant table space for the gigantic spread you will be served, The Beer Hunter is Menifee’s newest “Ladies Lunch Destination!”

Beers, Burgers, and Sports

by Steve Johnson (guy's perspective)

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The Texas BBQ Burger with Red Trolley Ale
When you come to The Beer Hunter, how could you not notice all the televisions? They hang from the walls and drop down from the ceilings in all of their 1080i high definition glory. Every seat in the house faces one or more televisions somewhere.

Every time I've been there, the bartenders and servers are happy to put on any game you want. The Beer Hunter subscribes to every sports package there is, if you know of a game playing, whether it's a college basketball game in Oklahoma, or a minor league hockey game in Connecticut, as long as it's on television, they'll find it.

And they have so many televisions that there's never an argument over who's get to watch what.

But I'm a beer guy. Yeah, The Beer Hunter has all of your favorite domestics and lagers (Bud, Coors, Heineken, Miller, Rolling Rock, Pacifico, etc.). Except I love craft beer. I love those thick, malty, hoppy ales, the kind of stuff that monks used to make in those dark old abbeys of Europe, the kind of beer you drink as a meal on its own. The Beer Hunter has over 150 brands of beer on tap and in bottles. They even offer their own brand.

I like to start with a Red Trolley from Karl Strauss, then move on to a dark, smokey Anchor Porter, then finish it off with something rich like a Stone Arrogant Bastard or the Chimay Grande Reserve.

The food quality seems to rival that with other sports bars throughout south west Riverside County. The Beer Hunter does offer pasta, but it's not going to compete with an italian restaurant. It does offer steaks and BBQ, but it's not going to compete with a steakhouse. And you can get tacos and fajitas, but it's not trying to be a mexican restaurant.

Instead, The Beer Hunter excels at providing you with the full sports bar experience. 150+ brands of beer to choose from, a full bar, large food portions, and a menu with a wide range of choices to satisfy whatever mood you're in.

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The "Big Mac" Brownie
For this review, I had their Texas BBQ Burger, which was enormous. They deck it out with all the toppings and throw on a bunch of fries. When you come into watch Kobe sink a few three-pointers, you want to stuff your face with a juicy, messy, half-pound burger, and then wash it down with a cold one. The Beer Hunter comes right through in that regards.

Throw in the extras like the Buzztime Trivia games, the Hall of Foam beer challenge, and the friendly bartenders, you get that full sports bar experience.

Best of all, it's in Menifee!

Paul David - A Date With A Dream

When Paul David relocated from Carlsbad to Menifee in the midst of the blazing hot summer of 2008, he came here with a dream to fulfill. With his wife Christine, a striking tall blond and his two very young children, Cody and Chloe, Paul’s goals were more than just for his family; his dreams were to build a better community. Armed with 20 years experience as a personal trainer, his degree from Cal State Long Beach in Exercise Physiology, multiple certifications in the field of Health and Fitness, Paul took on the General Manager position at Menifee Valley Athletic Club with fervor.

“It bothers me when I hear people say that they want to get in shape first, and then join a gym. That means that we are not doing our job! We are sending the wrong message! Our Mission Statement here at Menifee Valley Athletic Club is ‘Get Fit AND Stay Fit’ and for me that is more than a statement, it’s a promise. A promise to our clients and to the community.”

As a trainer to wealthy clients in La Jolla and his experiences with gyms in the past, Paul saw a need to bridge the gap between the two. “I wanted to bring to the gym what a personal trainer offers, in a social, nurturing, supportive setting. Just because Menifee doesn’t have the notoriety of a large city doesn’t mean we can’t offer excellent fitness instruction and options, with incredible, dedicated staff members.”

For Paul, this concept began with his staff. Instilling a set of core values in each and every staff member was crucial. Concepts such as listening, encouraging, humility, service, learning, thoughtfulness, and honesty are the basic footholds of their creed. “Embrace each person’s uniqueness,” Value #5, is just one of the thought provoking and sincere values embodied by the club staff. When asked, Paul reluctantly confessed to creating the list of the 10 Core Values, exercising #10, “Stay Humble.” This list is not something the staff usually share, it is something they exhibit in every aspect of their jobs, and for some, their lives.

Serving his clients and staff with constant education on the very latest in training techniques, providing that training to all staff members, creating an invigorated atmosphere to get healthy wasn’t enough for Paul. Bringing to life the Menifee Valley Day Spa and re-imagining the Kid’s Club, where children absolutely run from the front door to the Club to participate, were only two more aspects to meeting the Athletic Club’s needs. But Paul’s vision was even greater.

“My dream was to have a place where I could reach out to a great many people and help as many as I possibly could. I talk to our members, who are also community members, every day, and truly that is the best part of my day. When I think of community, I think it is more that the place where I earn a living, the place where my children go to school. I want not only to give back to my family, my staff and my clients, but to the city that supports us. We have a moral responsibility to do so. WE are the community. You and me. Why not get involved?”

For Paul, involvement includes creating an annual fundraiser for the Community Cupboard in which $3,600 was donated just this year. He is also the incoming President of the Rotary Club of Menifee, an service organization dedicated to eradicating polio, and numerous other philanthropic endeavors. He recently was on the committee for the Veterans 5K Run, which raised funds for the Veterans Memorial in Wheatfield Park that was dedicated on November 11, 2010. He is on numerous other committees, which support awareness and promote health and fitness as well. Recently he began working with a local resident Amirah Dalton to create the 10K Ethan's Run on April 30th, 2011. This run is geared to raise funds for research for children’s heart defects, and will benefit Loma Linda Hospital Children’s Cardiac Unit. When his one of his staff was recently accosted in a parking lot, Paul stepped into action and created a new class at the Club, one of the 70 they offer, teaching Self Defense. Donating time to Outward Bound, an outdoor education program aimed to foster the personal growth and social skills of young participants, combines his tremendous love for the outdoors with his desire to teach fitness and be of service.

With so much accomplished in such a short time, I asked Paul what was left. “My goal is to climb Mt. McKinley, which is also called Denali, located in Alaska. It is the tallest mountain in the United States, which at its highest point is 20,320 feet tall. I'm doing it not only as a personal challenge, but to raise funds to eradicate polio.” When asked when he plans on doing this, he replied, “I give myself 3 years. I know the importance of setting a time line, because the only difference between a dream and a goal is a date. I guess you could call it a date with a dream.”

Paul David
Elevate Fitness
29683 New Hub Dr, Suite D
Menifee, CA 92586
(951) 301-4499

Sheriff Seeks More Funds to Battle Illegal Off Roading

illegal off roadingThe Riverside County Sheriff announced yesterday that it applied for a grant of $173,304.00 from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Division Grants & Cooperative Agreements Program.

The move will bolster its existing team of deputy sheriff's who conduct off-highway vehicle (OHV) enforcement and education on a full-time basis. The team currently consists of (1) Sheriff’s Sergeant and (8) Deputy Sheriffs.

From June 2007 through January 2011, there were approximately 13,212 calls from the public regarding illegal OHV use. There were approximately 3,021 citations issued throughout the county during that same period for the unlawful use of OHVs.

Illegal OHV use often conflicts with hikers, equestrians, private landowners, and other individuals enjoying open space throughout Riverside County. With the increasing population in the county, the demand for OHV opportunities is increasing.

Meanwhile, land management agencies are closing more public lands to OHV use because of conflicts with endangered species and other resource concerns, which has increased the use of OHVs in illegal areas.

The sheriff has an online form you can use to report illegal off road use:


Have you noticed anyone riding dirt bikes or quads on dirt lots and trails throughout Menifee?

What areas in Menifee do you typically see illegal use of OHVs?

Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival 2011

The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival cost of admission still remains at pocket-friendly prices, even as the event celebrates 65 years of growing success. In addition to the already low-cost adult admission fee of $8, attendees are guaranteed numerous discounts and promotions, providing fun and top notch entertainment for less than the price of a movie ticket!

For the 3rd consecutive year, admission will be free on Opening Day, February 18, during the first 5 hours of operation. Kids’ Day, which is set for Wednesday, February 23, will provide free admission to kids who are accompanied by a paying adult. Fantasy $5 Friday, scheduled for February 25, will provide admission for only $5. Every day, attendees who dress in an Arabian costume, the Date Festival’s overall theme, will be admitted for free, along with all military personnel with ID. Fair-goers can also have unlimited access to the Fair’s attractions with a season pass priced at only $30.

Riverside County Fairgrounds are located in Indio, just over a 1 hour drive away for Menifee residents. With Camel & Ostrich Races, Monster Trucks, Demolition Derby, carnival rides, unique foods, and even a petting zoo, it is well worth the trip.
The 65th Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, runs February 18-27, 2011. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for group bus tours, $6 for youth and no cost for children under 5 years of age. For more information, call 1.800.811.FAIR or visit where you can buy and print your Fair tickets at home.

Questions Arise on City's Adopt-A-Highway Idea

A week ago, we ran an article about the City of Menifee seeking to participate in the "Adopt A Highway" program...

The city council had actually approved the idea and sent City Hall to file an application. But after doing so, councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi asked the city's staff to get feedback from the Menifee Citizens Advisory Committee (MCAC) on what names could be added to the signs.

Last night the committee met and discussed possibilities.

The city is considering having signs like these placed along the 215
Photo courtesy of City of Menifee

The committee members, who come from all areas of the city, questioned why the city needed to continue fragmenting itself into distinct communities. "Look at Temecula", one member said. "When you drive down there everything is Temecula".

Another member suggested to include the name "Menifee" on all signs, so that signs would say something like, "Sun City Community of Menifee", or "Romoland Community of Menifee".

Many members pointed out that as community names become further strengthened, it'll only become a bigger burden on the city. Others opined that developers and retailers don't want to associate themselves with older blighted communities, but be associated with the younger, more vibrant "Menifee".

That discussion segued into a possible fight looming over which communities get to have their names on the signs. A total of six signs are available. It's assumed that four of them will be used for "City of Menifee", "Sun City", "Romoland", and "Quail Valley". That leaves two more.

One committee member felt that Menifee Lakes would make an effort to get one of those signs, considering that many of its residents see their neighborhood as a distinct community. The names of Heritage Lake, and Oasis also came up.


Considering the city is paying taxpayer dollars to enroll in the Adopt A Highway program, who gets representation on these signs?

Should Sun City get two signs? Should City of Menifee get three signs?

Are we going to end up with a battle of the communities over sign privileges?

Wildomar Woman Killed in Menifee Along Freeway

Late last night Christie Yost, 30, from Wildomar, was struck by a sedan and killed along northbound I-215, about a mile north of Scott Rd, according to Coroner's reports.

The incident occurred between 11:35pm and 11:44pm. Yost was pronounced dead at 11:55pm.

The City Looks to Improve Its Parks West of the I-215

Menifee residents living east of the I-215 have long enjoyed an abundance of beautiful, modern looking parks, while residents living west of the I-215 have found their parks old and few.

The City of Menifee is now looking to balance out that disparity.

Parks located east of the I-215 are owned by Valley Wide Parks & Recreation, a massive district covering much of Western Riverside County that collects tax assessments from property owners and builds parks.

Meanwhile, parks located west of the I-215 are owned by the City of Menifee. The city contracts with the County of Riverside to maintain the parks and collect assessments from property owners.

Property owners on the Valley Wide side pay much higher assessments, as much as three times as many as those on the City-owned side. Yet, residents living on the city-owned side make frequent trips over the I-215 to enjoy Valley Wide parks.

West of the I-215 parks are city owned, East of the I-215 parks are Valley Wide owned

To balance out the disparity, the city is considering stepping up its city-owned parks, but how to do that is something they still haven't figured out.

Last night at the Menifee Citizens Advisory Committee (MCAC), participants listened to a presentation by Rob Johnson, senior management analyst for the City of Menifee, who laid out several scenarios...

  • Take over Valley Wide's portion of Menifee. This was described as the most unlikely scenario. First Valley Wide must agree to relinquish that portion of its district, Second the residents must hold a public vote, and Three, Valley Wide must be compensated for the investment they put into developing those parks.

  • Have Valley Wide take over all of Menifee. Despite rumors, Valley Wide has no immediate plans to administer parks throughout all of Menifee, even though Valley Wide already holds a sphere of influence all the way out to Quail Valley. Another public vote must be taken to go through with this. But then the City loses its ability to program and schedule unique events pertinent to Menifee's culture and history.

  • The City creates its own parks and recreation department, overseen by a Parks & Recreation Commission, or Community Services Commission. The city currently has something like this already in place; it's actually contracted through the County's Economic Development Agency.

The last option was voted on by MCAC as the most desirable option.

But while MCAC doesn't hold any power as a policy-making body, its vote provides a "vote of confidence" to the City Council who will make the ultimate decision.

Having its own parks & recreation department and its own policy making body gives the city a means to work with developers in creating new parks.


Should the city allow Valley Wide to take over ALL parks in Menifee, including west of the I-215? Or should the city establish its own Parks & Rec Department?

Power Outage in Menifee Coming Up

I received a notice from Southern California Edison that a power outage lasting as long as seven hours will occur in Menifee, in my neighborhood, on February 16th, from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

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The notice says...

"Upgrading aging infrastructure or completing other repairs to make needed improvements."

Curious to know who else got a notice, and if yours is scheduled for the same date and time.

Menifee Resident Offers Beginning Sewing Classes

Ever wonder how to read a pattern? Do you want to know what interfacing is? Do you want to use a sewing machine for more than collecting dust? Well nows the time to learn!

A local Menifee resident will be holding two beginner sewing classes; February 21st at 6:00pm and February 23rd at 3:00pm. The classes will be held at 28469 Scenic Bay Cove in the Heritage Lake community. The cost will be $10.00 a person for a 1 hour class and each class is limited to 6 persons. Should there be a need, a third class may be opened February 24th at 3:00pm.

In class you will learn a few basics of hand sewing as well as on the machine. How to read and follow patterns. How to add elastic to waistbands. How to sew a hem (machine and hand). Plus, you will also learn some tools and tricks of the trade. If you don't, you will get a chance to use mine.

Each student is encouraged, but not required, to bring the following:

  • Sewing needle

  • thimble

  • thread

  • 2 buttons

  • sewing pins

  • small scrap of felt

  • 1/2 yard of scrap fabric

  • scissors

  • Sewing machine

  • Small extension cord (if you are bringing a sewing machine)

If you have any questions or would like to register for class please contact Sharon at (951) 723-8614.

Menifee Valley Athletic Club Releases Its February 2011 Calendar

Menifee Valley Athletic Club has just released their February Group Exercise Schedule. Over 70 Fun and Innovative Classes a Week. Zumba, Power Yoga, RIPPED, Spinning, Kickboxing, TRX and much more. See complete schedule below...

(Click on Calendar to see larger size)

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City Seeks Grant Money for Radar Speed Monitors

radar speed monitorThe City of Menifee is applying for a grant of $75,000.00 to purchase five radar speed monitors.

The monitors, which are all solar powered, will be placed throughout the city to encourage drivers to slow down. One of the monitors will have recording capabilities.

The grant is offered through Cal-Trans. Cal-Trans will make a determination by June 1, 2011, and if approved, funds would become available October 1, 2011.

"We continue to receive weekly speeding complaints", explained Don Allison, the city's chief engineer. "This equipment has proven to be effective in calming traffic speeds".

The city has identified some 45 locations where these radar monitors could be placed.

Presently, the city has only one traffic officer, and enforcing traffic proves to be very expensive. "This equipment is a means of extending our reach and providing 24 hour - 7 days speed feedback to the public", Allison stated.

It'll still cost the city about $5,000 a year maintaining the monitors and moving them around to various locations.

City Authorizes Plans and Drawings for Culvert Replacement at Bradley Road

The City of Menifee took the first step towards reducing the flooding on Bradley Road.

Two weeks ago we reported that the project was under consideration. Last Tuesday the city council authorized $5,930.00 to prepare plans to replace the 30" pipes with a set of box culverts designed to allow more water to pass below Bradley Rd, and thereby reduce flooding.

The city will hire a couple of design contractors to develop surveys and engineering drawings. When finished, Don Allison, the city's chief engineer, will present options to the city council.

If the final project is approved, the expected cost is about $300,000.00 to be paid for out of the city's Measure A funds. Construction would eventually be performed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Bradley Rd: These two pipes are the only defense against road flooding

Murrieta Rd: This is the culvert that Bradley Rd will be getting

City council members voiced concerns that while the larger box culverts appear to be better than the 30" pipes that are currently there, that Bradley Road will continue to flood, and hence questioned if spending $300,000.00 would provide any significant value.

"It won't keep Bradley Road from flooding over" Don Allison explained. "But it will definitely reduce the amount of flooding." Allison went on to say that the designs they're considering will carry enough water that flooding would be limited to just an hour during the heaviest rains.

John Smelser, a Heritage Lake resident, presented a slide show of photos he took at various crossings along Salt Creek to point out the City should instead save its money to build a bridge or raise the road elevation. He showed photos of the bridge over Menifee Rd, and a raised road with box culverts at Linderberger Rd, and pointed out that these roads didn't flood.

Councilman Fred Twyman asked Allison if Bradley Road could be raised similarly to Lindenberger Road. Allison responded that raising the road at Bradley, but still utilizing box culverts, would still be a temporary solution, and that it would be more cost effective to go with this cheaper alternative and keep an eye towards building a permanent bridge in the future.

Allison said that building a permanent bridge would cost between $4 to $5 million.

The Sweetheart Dance Set For Saturday, February 12th

Sun City's very own Armand Blais Orchesta, a 1940's style big band, will be the center of attraction at Knights of Columbus' "The Sweetheart Dance", Saturday, February 12th. Proceeds will benefit the Knights of Columbus...

Learn more about Armand Blais Orchestra...

Do You Believe In Ghosts?

On Tuesday, February 15 at 5:30pm, Golden State Paranormal Research Society will be at the Sun City Library presenting: Investigating the Paranormal. Come on down and see:

*How Hollywood gets it wrong
*How ghost hunters operate
*The many fascinating things they've experienced
*Local Sites to watch
*Share your experiences!

For more information, contact the Sun City Library at 951-679-3534

Menifee Kiwanis Charity Bingo March 5th

The Kiwanis Club of Menifee will host its quarterly charity bingo on Saturday, March 5, 2011 with doors open at 4:30 pm at the Kay Ceniceros Community Center located 29995 Evans Rd, Menifee.

Proceeds will benefit selected charities including the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard, Sun City Concern, scholarships for the student of the month program, as well as Key Club service leadership programs sponsored at Paloma Valley and Perris High Schools and other local charities.

Tickets are limited due to room size and recommended they be purchased in advance for $20. Ticket pricing at the door is $25 (if available). Price includes dinner and game cards for each bingo game. Community and business sponsorships are available.

Membership in Kiwanis is open to men and women who desire personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of their communities. The Kiwanis Club of Menifee meets every Tuesday at 12:00 pm at Boston Billies Restaurant at 26850 Cherry Hills Blvd in the Sun City shopping center.

For more information about advance ticket purchase or sponsorships call (951) 566 - 7111. The Menifee Kiwanis Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization federal Tax I.D. #26-0275625.

Kiwanis is a global organization of more than 600,000 volunteers in over 96 countries, dedicated in changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Local Organization Helps Veterans

Operation Silver Star is a recently created nonprofit organization located here in Menifee that is dedicated to assist the needs of past and present veterans and their families.

When Mr. and Mrs. De La Cruz’s second son, Jesus, joined the Army in 2008, he was immediately deployed to Iraq following basic training. Not long into his deployment, Jesus’ unit was hit by an RPG which resulted in the loss of Jesus’ left leg and shrapnel in his left arm. When the De La Cruz’s got that fateful call that their son was injured in combat, they scrambled to find resources to assist their large family in getting flights and accommodations so they could be with Jesus.

Jesus ended up being transferred to a hospital in San Diego, so the De La Cruz’s did not utilize the resources being provided to them, but that is when the concept of Operation Silver Star came to Mrs. De La Cruz. “There aren’t many local resources”, Mrs. De La Cruz said. “Many of them are located back east.”

Launched in January, 2011, the purpose of Operation Silver Star is to “fill in holes and get people where they need to be” as Mr. De La Cruz says, and to assist current and past veterans and their families in financial aid and/or resources in every aspect. There isn’t anything the De La Cruz’s will not do to ensure veterans and their families get the resources they need.

Operation Silver Star is something the De La Cruz’s are extremely passionate about and hold dear to their hearts. They hope to achieve great success and are confident in their organization and what it has to offer.

If you are interested in contributing to Operation Silver Star or need the assistance of the organization, please visit for more information or call 951-813-5326.

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Hayley Stayner Benefit Concert This Monday, February 7th

Menifee's very own rising country music star, Hayley Stayner, is doing a concert to help raise funds to send her to Tennessee to compete in the North American Country Music Association's International competition.

Purchasing tickets for the show will help Hayley represent Southern California, and represent the City of Menifee to country music fans all over the world...

Learn more about Hayley Stayner at her website:

Menifee Valley Community Cupboard Hosts 6th Annual “Celebrity Karaoke” Event

menifee valley community cupboard karaokeThe Menifee Valley Community Cupboard announced today that it will host its 6th Annual Celebrity Karaoke Event at the California Golf & Art Country Club on Friday, February 18th at 6:00pm.

The event includes dinner, a silent auction and local "celebrities" performing their favorite karaoke song in front of a panel of judges to raise funds for the local food pantry.

Participants at this year's event include:

  • Riverside County Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone

  • Wallace Edgerton, Mayor, City of Menifee

  • Leonard Grill, Captain of the Quail Valley Fire Dept

  • Fred Twyman, Vice Mayor, City of Menifee

  • Morris Myers, Executive Director, Southwest California EDC

Proceeds will be used to support the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard's mission of alleviating hunger and malnutrition in Menifee Valley. The Cupboard provides emergency food boxes at no cost to the homeless, seniors, families, and the working poor.

For more information about the event, tickets or sponsorship information, contact Sandra Aldridge at (951) 746-0295, or to learn about other ways you can help support the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard, you can visit

Contact: Sandra Aldridge
Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
26808 Cherry Hills Blvd.
Sun City, CA 92586
(951) 746-0295

City Considering to Take Part in the "Adopt A Highway" Program

The City of Menifee is considering taking part in the "Adopt A Highway" program to both increase community branding and beautify the 215.

Months ago residents of Sun City Core asked the City Council to put back "Sun City" signs along the 215 freeway. However city officials explained that only Cal-Trans has the right to place signs on the freeway, and even if the city asked Cal-Trans to erect a couple of Sun City signs, it would still take at least a year for that to materialize assuming Cal-Trans agrees.

But an idea surfaced to take part in the Department of Transportation's "Adopt a Highway" program where the city could adopt several segments of the 215 running through Menifee and earn the priviledge of placing its community names "Quail Valley", "Sun City", "Romoland", "Menifee", etc. on these signs.

The city is considering having signs like these placed along the 215
Photo courtesy of City of Menifee

The move would "brand" these names to millions of drivers along the freeway at a low annual cost, and at the same time keep the freeway clean.

Currently, there are only six segments of the 215 available, four northbound and two southbound, that the city could apply for.

If the city moves ahead with the idea, it would cost $25,000 a year to operate.

Parolee Arrested Last Night After Hit-And-Run

Yesterday, around at 7:25pm, deputies from the Menifee Police Department Special Enforcement Team were patrolling the Menifee Lakes neighborhood. The deputies saw a tan Jaguar collide with another vehicle on La Piedra Street near Inspiration Lake. The driver of the Jaguar fled the accident scene. After finding the victims in the struck vehicle were not injured, the deputies attempted to locate the Jaguar.

They found the Jaguar in the area of Menifee Road and Scott Road. The driver then abandoned the vehicle on Menifee Road south of Scott Road, climbed a fence, and ran west into the backyard of a large residential property. A perimeter was set up around the neighborhood by responding deputies. With the assistance of the Riverside Sheriff’s Helicopter and a K-9 from the Temecula Sheriff's Station, a yard-to-yard search was initiated.

The suspect was located hiding in a motor home parked in the back yard of a residence on Bellamy Lane. He refused orders to exit the motor home and was subsequently bitten one time by the K-9. The suspect was then taken into custody without further incident.

Upon searching the Jaguar, it was learned the car had been stolen from the city of Murrieta on January 28th, 2011. Deputies located numerous items of stolen property and a large amount of narcotics inside the stolen vehicle. The stolen items included laptop computers, jewelry, cameras, tools, and approximately one hundred thousand dollars in U.S. savings bonds. Investigation revealed these items were from residential burglaries in Temecula and San Jacinto.

The suspect in this case was identified as 33-year-old Wilson Homer LaHood, a parolee at large. William LaHood was later booked at the Southwest Detention Center for vehicle theft, multiple counts of possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, hit and run, and resisting arrest.

Anyone with further information regarding this suspect or the incident is urged to call Deputy Joshua Greco at the Perris Sheriff’s Station at 951-210-1118.

City Council Asks For a Review of Wal-Mart's Project Plans

The city council last night voted for a 30-day review of Wal-Mart's project plans.

Over a hundred people packed City Hall ready to speak before the city council on why they want a Wal-Mart in Menifee.

After the retail giant had successfully cleared the way for a ballot initiative to take up residence in the city, the city council was required to choose from one of three options, either to let the ballot initiative continue, or approve the project now and cancel the ballot initiative, or ask for a 30-day review.

Several councilmembers actually sounded supportive of Wal-Mart, but found it could not approve its plans because of the way Wal-Mart presented its petition to voters. It's petition contained several minor differences than what the city's Planning Commission had originally approved.

As a result, the city council along with the city's staff, could not say with any certainty that they understood the details of Wal-Mart's current project plans. Hence, the city council was not willing to approve something they didn't have all the answers to.

Instead, the council opted for the 30-day study of Wal-Mart's plans based on what was presented in the petition. Once that study is complete, the council will vote whether to approve Wal-Mart's plans and bypass a ballot initiative, or allow the ballot initiative to continue.

The city council sounded very apprehensive about paying $113,500.00 of city funds to create a special election just for this ballot. However, councilman John Denver noted that there will be a general election in June where Governor Brown will ask voters to pony up more taxes. If they allow this Wal-Mart ballot to piggyback on that June election, the city's costs will drop to about $30,000.00.

By asking for a 30-day study, the city can delay matters long enough to qualify for that June election.

As many as 30 residents handed in speaker slips to testify before the council, 28 of whom spoke in favor, one taking a neutral stance, and one who was against. Not all of them spoke however, opting to forego after several others before them repeated the same message.

Many of those who did speak were elderly on fixed incomes, stating that they currently shop at Wal-Marts in Perris, Lake Elsinore, and Murrieta, and would love a Wal-Mart in Menifee to cut down on fuel expenses.

Another speaker indicated that at his age of 57 years, he's not quite retired, but has been unemployed for three years and no one wants to hire him. He said that at his financial state, he was very willing to work for Wal-Mart.

The one speaker who was against Wal-Mart expressed fear that smaller local businesses would get put out of business.

This map of Menifee shows how many residents currently shop at Wal-Mart in other cities.

Residents filled City Hall with stickers given to them from Wal-Mart representatives

Several representatives from Wal-Mart were on hand. Before the meeting got underway, they passed out stickers to everyone saying "Wal-Mart Yes!"

Aaron Rios, Senior Manager of Public Affairs with Wal-Mart, acted as the spokesman in the meeting. John Denver asked why Wal-Mart chose to bypass the original city council hearing and opt to conduct a petition, Rios answered, "We wanted to show how much public support there is for Wal-Mart". Denver continued, phrasing his question a different way. Rios answered, "It's the most expedient process to get this project started."

Councilwoman Kuenzi asked him if Wal-Mart would pay the $113,500.00 they could cost the city because of its choice to seek a ballot initiative. "No", Rios answered, "We will not cover the cost of an election."

Rios did go on to say that Wal-Mart is prepared to pay $3.8 million towards the cost of expanding Scott Rd bridge. That project is expected to cost approximately $40 million, and it's still not clear when it might start.

Wal-Mart originally planned to occupy the future building around February 2013, but moved that date to Sep 2013. Rios explained that they are willing to delay that date to as far as mid-2015 if the city needs more time to complete bridge expansion. City staff would not go on record as saying bridge expansion would be complete even by mid-2015.

Rios went on to say that this new Wal-Mart will create 300 permanent, benefitted jobs, and generate about $790,000.00 in annual sales tax revenues for the city. He even cited a figure of $150 million in revenues generated by new businesses that grow up around Wal-Mart. I assume those revenues are annual gross receipts.

Councilman Tom Fuhrman asked Rios some tough questions regarding Wal-Mart's impact on the local economy and worldwide economy. "How many foreign made products do you sell?" he asked. Rios couldn't answer. "How many employees of this Wal-Mart will actually live in Menifee?" Rios couldn't answer that specifically. However, he did say that in other Wal-Marts throughout California, a majority of Wal-Mart employees live in the same city as their Wal-Mart.

Fuhrman went on to state that the city council this evening only heard from about 100+ people who signed the petition, and more petitioners needed to be heard from. "We need to hear from the other 7,900 on whether or not they want a Wal-Mart", a statement that caused John Denver to shake his head and roll his eyes in disbelief. "I implore people who are against Wal-Mart to come out of the woodwork and let's hear from you!" Fuhrman continued.

In the end, the city council voted 4-1, with Fuhrman against, to ask for a 30-day review of Wal-Mart's current project plans as they were submitted in the petition.

Fuhrman voted no based on his belief that there are many petitioners who are not necessarily supporters of Wal-Mart. "I believe there are lot of people who signed the petition who wanted to vote against it" he explained. He went on to say that he found at least six such petitioners.

Mayor Edgerton Responds to Councilwoman Kuenzi's Demand for His E-mails

The following is a letter written by Mayor Wallace Edgerton...

Some people may have read that Councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi has officially requested to review several months of my e-mails. In my 20 years in politics I have never known of an elected official who wanted to sift through the mail of another elected official.

Ms. Kuenzi informed the press that she was doing it to protect the taxpayer. What her act of rummaging through my private mail has to do with the taxpayer is beyond me. Indeed it is quite ironic because Ms. Kuenzi; by forcing the city attorney to review hundreds of e-mails; will also force the Menifee taxpayer to pay for added hourly legal fees.

Ms. Kuenzi also knows I have been retired for years; so she will find no evidence of my doing business for profit with city equipment because I have no business.

Also, Ms. Kuenzi is aware that I accept no campaign donations from anybody and most especially with people who do business with our city -- indeed I have criticized her for doing that very thing. She knows the public record shows me collecting zero dollars.

So what are possibly Ms. Kuenzi's real motives for such a breech of protocol? I refused to sign Darcy Kuenzi's printed material objecting to her recall and she became very angry; perhaps out of spite she wished to upset me -- If true; then touché -- she has upset me. She stated to the press that she could not understand why I was upset -- Please Ms. Kuenzi --- if one of your fellow county workers rummaged through your personal things at your private desk under the pretense of looking for some wrong doing -- how would you feel?

Secondly, perhaps Ms. Kuenzi believes I am involved with her recall. Darcy, I in no way initiated your recall, have contributed no money and have signed no petitions. Let me emphasize further that I do not approve of the recall process unless some significant law has been broken and I am not aware of you having broken any significant law. Nevertheless, I must admit that from what I have read, those supporting the recall petition do have legitimate grievances -- one complaint is that you are a disruptive force on this council and this latest e-mail stunt of yours is just one of many examples.

I want to work with you Councilwoman Kuenzi for the benefit of Menifee, but please do not try and involve me with your recall or any of your other legendary political fights.

Wally Edgerton
Mayor, City of Menifee

Sun City Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

The Riverside County Coroner reports that Christopher Maher, 32 years old from Sun City, died this morning in a motorcycle accident.

The accident occurred on the northbound 215 freeway, 3/10th of mile north of Eastridge Ave. Maher struck the rear end of a tractor trailer at 5:27am, and was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center and reported deceased at 6:14am.

Westfield Soccer Academy Seeks Players

Westfield Soccer Academy is currently accepting registration for the Spring and Fall 2011-2012 season. The Academy is seeking players and teams U6-U19 boys and girls to play in the academy league.

Experience clinics, fields training and development

Teams may sign up for tournaments.

For more information call: 951-634-5905

Email your contact info to:

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MSJC Implements New "Tap Line" System to Report Suspicious Activity

We all know what has been going on lately with the recent development of guns and campus security. Arizona just had a shooting where a young man was expelled from college and shot 13 people at a Safeway, including the representative of Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords. While reading this article about Jared Lee Loughner, it had stated that he had been seen some days before the shooting with what appears to be the "same" 9mm gun, holding it pressed to his naked buttocks. So why did campus security not realize that he had possession of a dangerous weapon?

I attend Mt San Jacinto College and have never really thought about the dangers of being alone walking to and from class all the time. I have been blissfully unaware of the dangers while being alone on campus just because its day time. I suppose that I stereotype "bad people only come out at night"; obviously I am 100% wrong. Because of the recent events that are happening, more recently the gun shootings; the college that I am attending has put in some new previsions to help make the students feel safe. However, what I am about to explain does not take place of calling 9-1-1 when an emergency is happening on the San Jacinto campuses.

Here at MSJC, the campus police are implementing a new way to obtain information from students via Text Messaging. In a world where text messaging is dominating everything arises a great idea to be able to contact the CAMPUS police via text messaging. For example, you can text all the information in the world as you see it happening such as hair color, the car they may be next to or even the clothes they may have on! The campus calls this way of reporting the "Tap Line" where any activity going on may be reported without being recognized or seen. This system is monitored LIVE so be wary to those who feel the need to play jokes.

As I stated above, this is not to take place of dialing 9-1-1 when there is an emergency. This system is for the dispatchers who are on duty between 8am-10 pm Mon-Fri.