Three Men Arrested in Recent Home Invasion Robberies

Riverside County Sheriff's deputies arrested three men in connection to a series of home invasion robberies that occurred in Menifee and Perris over the past few months.

On December 12, detectives identified one of the suspects involved, Marcus Howard, 32 years of age of Perris. Howard was arrested for seven counts of home invasion. Further investigation identified a 17-year-old juvenile accomplice from Perris, who was arrested on December 22 and booked into Juvenile Hall for five counts of home invasion. Yesterday, December 29, a third suspect, Joseph Steidell, 19 years of Nuevo, was found, arrested, and booked for five counts of home invasion.

The crimes occurred from October 20th, 2011 to December 9th, 2011...

10/20/11 500 block of Cherry Vista Drive, Perris
10/28/11 27600 block of Camden Way, Menifee
10/30/11 30100 block of Calle Belcanto, Menifee
11/01/11 27000 block of Rancho Serena Street, Menifee
11/24/11 27000 block of Howard Street, Menifee
11/29/11 27400 block of Embassy Street, Menifee
12/09/11 26500 block of Chambers Avenue, Menifee

In six of the incidents, armed suspects wearing masks over their faces entered the residences, confronted the occupants, and demanded cash and jewelry. In five of the crimes, the suspects entered through an unlocked exterior door and, in one, the suspect broke a window to gain entry to the home. In one of the incidents, the suspects confronted the homeowner on the porch and attempted to enter the home, but the homeowner screamed and the suspects fled.

Detectives have worked on the case continuously over the last two months interviewing victims, canvassing neighborhoods, and following up on all tips and leads. All of the robberies were similar and appeared to be the work of the same suspects. The suspects were described as a male African-American, in his late 20's to early 30's, approximately 6' tall, armed with a handgun and a Hispanic or Asian male, in his early 20's, armed with a knife. The victims in each of theses crimes were senior citizens; none received any physical injury during the crimes.

Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is encouraged to contact Detective John Powers at the Perris Sheriff Station, (951) 210-1000 or PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org. Citizens may also make anonymous reports to We-Tip by telephone at 800-78-CRIME or on the Internet at www.Wetip.com.

The Perris and Menifee Police Departments recommend citizens keep their exterior doors locked even while they are at home. Citizens should also be aware of their surroundings, report any suspicious activity, including any vehicles or persons, promptly to law enforcement.




Sun City K9 Adoptable Pet of the Week

It is so cold out this morning in Menifee, at 34 degrees even our pet of the week has her socks on, so to speak. This adorable little black pup has brown paws and ears and is ready to cozy up with you for New Years.

Adoptable pet of the week, Socks.

Pet of the Week
Name: Socks

Age: 2 years

Breed: Mixed

Gender: Female, spayed

Temperament: Socks is extremely affectionate and loves to cuddle. She is perfect for a one-dog household.

While she plays well with other dogs, she tends to get jealous if you hug another dog more than her.

Pet of the Week
Socks’s story: Socks was found roaming the streets in Menifee. Due to her initially defensive and skittish nature, it was determined she may have been abused in her prior home.

She went from being scared in the streets to feeling secure at Sun City K9 in no time at all. She has warmed up nicely to her temporarily home, but would really love to find her forever family.

Sun City K9 Adoptions
26510 Murrieta Road
Sun City, CA 92586
951.679.6444

Open Monday-Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.




Menifee Christmas Dinner a Holiday Success

Menifee Christmas Dinner began as a mission to show children what the spirit of giving at Christmastime is all about, teaching them that there is more to Christmas than gifts and sugar cookies.

Through community collaboration and the plentiful outreach of residents, the organization grew into much more. The end goal each year is to ensure that every single person in Menifee, and now surrounding areas as well, have access to a hot home cooked meal and an atmosphere of love, care, and compassion on Christmas day.

This year contributions were above and beyond generous. At the backbone of the operation, volunteers collected food over eleven evenings at local Menifee grocery stores and toys for the toy drive over the course of nine days at the Countryside Marketplace.

During the Texas Roadhouse two-night soft opening at the start of December, the restaurant helped raise $750 in donations from customers. In addition the servers and staff donated the entirety of their tips from the two evenings totaling $2,960 to the Menifee Christmas Dinner.

The monetary donations were used to purchase; 165 turkeys for the pre-packaged take home meals, additional toys and gift cards to gift in-need children and teens on Christmas day, and several Christmas trees for underprivileged local families.

While the initial Menifee Christmas Dinner planned a location for their event, this year they also had the idea to add a home delivery for 30 especially struggling families. The number of families in need grew from 30 to 50, but no matter, the week before Christmas volunteers brought prepackaged feasts, presents, and holiday cheer to all 50 families.

Beginning at noon on Christmas day the donations of hot side dishes, entrees, desserts, and utensils started pouring in. Organized via perfectpotluck.com, each volunteer chose a dish to prepare and a designated time slot to deliver it.

Menifee Christmas dinner served 322 hot meals at Marion B Ashley Community Center on Christmas day and gifted each child in attendance with a gift. In addition, 31 meals were hand delivered to the elderly and 101 meals were fed to the homeless on Christmas day. A grand total of 611 meals were served to the community through the kindness of volunteers and donations.

At the end of the event, three boxes of nonperishable food remained and were donated to the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard. 90 toys and games were also unused and will be donated to the Loma Linda Children’s hospital.

With the support of an entire community of volunteers the Menifee Christmas Dinner continues to grow, to reach people, and to teach the true meaning of Christmas. Every city should be so lucky.




Boy Scouts Seek To Bring More To Menifee

The Boy Scout code prompts each scout to promise “to help other people at all times,” and indeed the Menifee troops and packs are doing just that.

Adding another pack to the Menifee community back in October, the Boy Scouts of America are collectively working to continually develop more packs and reach more young boys. The 3 Peaks District, which serves Menifee and surrounding areas, in specific, aims to bring a pack to each and every one of their elementary schools.

The BSA organization offers Cub Scout packs for those in first through fifth grade, and Boy Scout troops for those in 6th grade through high school.

District Executive, Kimber Cadenhead, not only oversees the 1,185 youth in the area wide program, but also whole-heartedly believes in the importance of teaching children to give back from a young age.

With three boys of her own, she says, “I strongly believe in the organization. It does wonders for our youth and is a beneficial program, especially now days. Teaching morals and values, it’s a really good way to raise kids.”

As a member of BSA members are given the opportunity to develop skills in areas they might not other wise ever explore. It helps to broaden their awareness and to experience making a positive difference.

One of the community initiatives packs put on throughout the year strives to help make giving as easy as possible for people. The program, called Scouting for Food, is in essence a food drive; scouts go door-to-door distributing food drive announcement fliers. They then return on the mentioned day to personally collect the cans from each home.

Recently, a Menifee pack collected over 13,000 pounds of food, which they in turn donated to the Community Cupboard. Each pack plans their own community events and involvement but it all comes down to one collaborative mission, to help and to serve.

Keeping this mantra in mind, the district’s focus this coming year is to bring more activities to Menifee. The majority of the scout-sponsored events currently take place in Hemet, but in the coming months keep your eyes out for the do-good scouts of Menifee.

For more information about BSA please contact Kimber Cadenhead via email, Kcadenhe@bsamail.org, or at 909-793-2463, ext. 131.




Examining Expectations – Hindsight Bias

Royal American Financial Advisors, LLC, based here in Menifee, brings another weekly video on investing your money...

There are many in the financial industry that try and convince investors that they know what is going to happen. These “gurus” make boat loads of money off of unsuspecting investors wanting to believe there is someone that can tell them what is going to happen. These so called gurus are human like everyone else. Even the experts are lousy at predicting the future.

Investors themselves also get caught into this trap. We sometimes hear from some investors (usually prospects because our clients know better)….”I knew this was going to happen.” We then say, “Did you bet all your money on this knowledge?” Of course, the answers is always no. If they truly knew, they would bet all their money on the short term direction of the markets. This is called hindsight bias. They really didn’t know…they just think they did. You must keep this emotion in check as an investor. Everything seems so clear in hindsight and it gives us a false sense of security.

Markets will humble investors into oversized losses and underperformance when trying to guess the short term direction. Watch this video to find out how to avoid this trap.



John Borger and Scott Buchanan of Royal American Financial Advisors, LLC provide investor education to help investors avoid costly and unnecessary mistakes, increase their potential returns, and take a more prudent approach to investing and growing their wealth.

You may contact them at (951) 679-2065, or check out their website at: http://www.myinvestmentcoach.com/




Local Teen Holds Book Drive for Eagle Scout Project


Fourteen year old Eric Hamilton, who attends Dehesa Charter School, is slowly working his way up from the Life Rank in the Scouting program to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. In order to do this, he has taken on a book drive project to benefit the Friends of the Library in Sun City. However, Hamilton hopes to receive enough donations to benefit the Paloma Valley High School Library and a convalescent home in Sun City as well.

“I came up with the idea of a book drive when my Scout Master told me that our troop had been given a large amount of books,” Hamilton says. “He told me that we had nowhere to store the books so I asked him if I could use them for my Eagle Project.” The Eagle Scout Service Project is designed to help Scouts move up in rank by showing their leadership, while still benefitting the community or some other type of organization.

“This book drive is important to me because I feel the need to help my community and provide for Libraries that need/want some books,” Hamilton discloses.

The book drive will be held Wednesday, December 28th from 5 pm-8 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building located at 28150 La Piedra Road in Menifee.

Any and all book donations will be accepted from the community and will be greatly appreciated. Arrangements can be made to pick up books from individuals who cannot make it over to the building on the 28th but are still interested in contributing to this event. Please contact Eric Hamilton at 951-679-2225 if you have any donations that you would like to be picked up.




Sun City K9 Adoptable Pet of the Week

In the days before Christmas nothing makes your heart sink more than arriving to a store only to discover they are SOLD OUT of what your are looking for.

However, the exact opposite is true of arriving at Sun City K9 Adoptions to find nearly empty kennels. The heart does a little dance in delight, just knowing so many homeless pets found warm homes for the holidays and beyond.

Sun City K9 has had a wonderful month. With very few animals left in their possession, they are so very happy and thankful to the community for choosing to adopt furry friends to give as gifts.

There are several dogs remaining who are still looking for forever homes, in specific a little black and white rat terrier with a doggie heart of pure gold.

Adoptable pet of the week, Alfredo.

Pet of the Week
Name: Alfredo

Breed: Rat terrier mix

Age: 4 years

Gender: Male, neutered

Temperament: Alfredo is a very well behaved little gentleman. He is exceedingly sweet natured and obedient. He loves other dogs and even cats and gets along well with all animals. His docile demeanor ensures he will make a good companion for family members of all ages.

Alfredo's story: Alfredo comes from a very caring home. Sadly, his owner has a stroke last month and could no longer care for him so he was brought into Sun City K9. He now patiently waits for a friendly face to find him and take him home.

Pet of the Week
Sun City K9 Adoptions
26510 Murrieta Road
Sun City, CA 92586
951.679.6444

Open Monday-Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.




Eastern Municipal Water District Publishes List of Unclaimed Refunds

Eastern Municipal Water District wants to remind everyone that there are customers who have yet to collect on refunds.

The district keeps regularly updated list on its website, mostly recently revised last month. Refunds are due to closing of water accounts, water efficiency rebates, refunds of deposits to developers upon completion of projects, etc.

EMWD attempts to locate the current address and contact these customers/developers, but is sometimes unsuccessful due to lack of a forwarding address, companies closing, businesses and residents filing for bankruptcy, or for other reasons.

You can check to see if you're on the list by visiting...
http://www.emwd.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=63

The list is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

To claim money, download their unclaimed money form here...
http://www.emwd.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=64




10-Week Business Bootcamp Begins January 9th in Menifee, Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce

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Massage Envy Grand Opening Soon to Come


As the Menifee Countryside Marketplace continues to expand, Massage Envy prepares to unveil itself as the newest addition to the shopping center. The new site is expected to open sometime around Wednesday, January 4th, just after the New Year’s weekend.

Construction of the new clinic is already under way; granite countertops are being installed and a quiet room for relaxation before or after the sessions will be created. With the staff fully hired and currently undergoing training, the biggest task ahead is moving in the furnishings and equipment. It’s a big job, but Massage Envy’s Regional Director Chris Binkley admits that it is “very exciting to see the clinic come together.”

Massage Envy’s opening introductory price offer is $39 for a customized one hour session of massage treatment or $49 for a one hour session of a facial. All one hour sessions provide 50 minutes of hands-on on the table, with the other 10 minutes for consultation, undressing, and redressing.

The Massage Envy team is extremely excited to be opening their new location and hope to expect a warm welcoming from Menifee citizens! You can find out more about their company and services by calling them at 951 821-3222 or through their website.




Menifee Lights Up With Holiday Cheer


It's Christmas in Menifee, and the holiday spirit is shining brightly -- if you know where to look.

In our search for the most spectacular Christmas light and decoration displays in town, we feature two locations within a couple blocks of each other. One is just south of Newport Road and the other just a block north of Newport. Both welcome visitors each night from now through the end of the year, and they're definitely worth the visit.

We start with the Carnes residence at 30035 Calle Pompeii. For 20 years, Chris and Mary Carnes have lavishly decorated their house, both inside and out, and opened it up to visitors throughout the month of December. Starting in 1991 in an Eagle Rock town house and for the last 16 years in their large two-story house in Menifee, the Carnes family has spread holiday cheer through their colorful, animated holiday displays and old-fashioned hospitality.

More than 10,000 lights adorn the outside of the house. In an elaborate outdoor showcase built into the garage entry, a miniature Victorian village and electric train entertain onlookers. But that's the only the beginning. There's much more inside.
Visitors are welcome to tour the entire ground floor of the Carnes home. They are urged to sign a guest book; are invited to leave donations of food items for the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard charity; and are offered soup, meatballs, beverages and other snacks.

The inside displays feature many more miniature villages, showcasing more than 600 Victorian-style houses the Carnes have collected over the years. There are Christmas trees, animated Santa figures and many other collectibles with a holiday theme.

"We've been collecting these things for 37 years," Mary Carnes explained. "I bought my husband a train set for our first Christmas and we've been adding things ever since."

The Carnes home has been open to the public every night starting at 6 p.m. since the first Saturday in December, and it will remain open through New Year's Day. Last year, an estimated 6,000 people visited the location. Last weekend alone, nearly 2,000 stopped by.

In the early years, the Carnes' holiday collection was shown only to friends and co-workers. But when a Los Angeles Times article featured the display after the Carnes won a national contest in 1991, the home attracted a wider audience.

"The next Saturday, I noticed a lot of people I didn't know," Chris Carnes said. "I thought they were co-workers of my wife, and she thought the same thing about me. Then we realized, 'Hey, we don't even know these people.' Right then, we decided if that many people wanted to see it, we should open it up to everyone."

Chris Carnes said he and his wife don't mind at all that visitors walk through their house every night for a month each Christmas season.

"The joy we get from sharing this, you wouldn't believe," he said. "Every hour, we'll have 20 or 30 people talk about how this brings back their childhood. Their smiles are so big, it puts dimples in people who don't have dimples."

A miniature village circled by an electric train set runs the full width of the Carnes garage, greeting visitors before they step inside.

Inside are more of the 600 collectible houses and yards of train tracks.

One display features California missions with a holiday theme.

Visitors entering the Carnes home pass by a huge Christmas tree and find decorations and greeters everywhere.

Visitors leave donations for the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard by the guest book near the front door.

Carnes Family Open House
30035 Calle Pompeii
Open every night starting at 6 p.m.
Donations of non-perishable food items for Community Cupboard are welcome
Facebook page: MaryChrisMess


Just down the street, near the intersection of Westlink Drive and Broadstone Way, we find the Shaffer family, displaying both lights and music in a delightful presentation in their front yard.

Using a special synchronization program, the Shaffers' display of 80,000 LED lights flash on and off in time with the music played on four discs. Visitors driving by can listen to the music that accompanies the light show by tuning to an FM radio station listed in front of the house.

Dwane and Joni Shaffer purchased the synchronization program and set up the display 10 years ago. It wasn't long before their neighbor across the street, Bill Eaton, bought the same program to give visitors entertainment on both sides of the street.

In addition to the flashing lights all around the exterior of the Shaffer house, a Volkswagen bus parked in front of the house is decorated in a winter theme. From an upstairs window, a lifelike Santa Claus waves to visitors. Across the street, the Eaton display includes bright red and yellow lights running all the way up a huge palm tree.

"We realized we could connect the two displays so they're timed together," said Joni Shaffer, who sits with neighbors in the front driveway next to a firepit. "That's kind of unusual, because usually neighbors compete with each other in these kinds of things.

"We love sitting out here with all the kids from the neighborhood and talking to the people who drive by. I'd like to encourage more people to participate like this. Get to know your neighbors."

The Shaffers also have a display each Halloween. By the time they take down that display, it's time to put up the Christmas display. It's usually ready shortly after Thanksgiving.



If you know of other elaborate Christmas displays in Menifee, share the location with us and our readers. The residents put a lot of work into these displays and would like to share them with everyone.

Outside the Shaffer house, lights flash to the beat of holiday tunes.

Lights flash in front of the Eaton home, even running up a tall palm tree.

The back of the Shaffers' van is adorned with lights and holiday decorations.

Joni Shaffer (right) sits with neighbors in front of her light and music display.




Santa's Workshop Serves Over 1,000 Children

Santa's Workshop
Santa's Workshop
Every December, for the past five years, a collaboration of local organizations has pooled together their resources in an effort to put on a one-day winter wonderland experience.

Appropriately entitled Santa’s Workshop, this mecca of toys and holiday happiness seeks to give Christmas to underprivileged Menifee children who otherwise would go without.

The event has steadily grown since its inception in 2007, initially reaching 340 children the first year. Over tripling in reach, the Workshop was able to benefit nearly 1,300 children this year.

The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard coordinates qualifying recipients and their families, while the Menifee Chamber of Commerce orchestrates the day-of event. With the help of many other volunteers including the Rotary club, Kiwanis, and Cal Fire the occasion has grown not only in attendance but also in the extent of the day’s offerings.

Don Lunday of the Rotary Club remarked, “There is a lot of contribution. It’s a very committed purpose, a real effort of love.”

To try to describe the amount of love put into Santa’s Workshop would undoubtedly be an understatement. While the day stands to serve the children, it is also every bit a family affair.

Santa's Workshop
Santa's Workshop
The fun begins with a photo on Santa’s lap followed by a trip through toy land. With a helpful elf nearby, each child is allowed to wander aisles of age appropriate toys ultimately selecting two to take home.

The “toy store” is composed with the help of the Spark of Love Toy Drive contributions and monetary donations from the collaborating organizations.

From there the families enjoy ornament making, holiday themed games with prizes, the selection of goodie bag/ stocking stuffers, a stuffed animal, a family game to take home, and finally finishing off the festivities with a sugary sweet Christmas cookie.

santa's workshopThe Sanchez family shared, “It has been an especially difficult year, this day has been a blessing.”

The Santa’s Workshop endeavor generates a great deal of happiness for many less fortunate families, but also touches anyone who steps through the auditorium doors. Seeing pure joy on the faces of so many children, that is what the Christmas season is all about.




Perris Union High School District considers bond for 2012

The Perris Union High School District teaches over 10,000 students between its eight schools, several which will be overcrowded in the next three years.

In an effort to accommodate each and every incoming student, the district is considering placing a $150 million school bond measure on an upcoming ballot next year.

A Bond Measure Feasibility Committee, made up of parents, school officials, community members, principals, and district superintendent Johnathan Greenberg, will prioritize the needs of each school.

The bond’s funds will be earmarked for building new school facilities, campus safety upgrades, and up-to-date technology for classrooms.

During a meeting last week, school officials spoke to the bond committee about the overcrowding on their campuses and the need to upgrade the facilities and technology to help their students succeed.

“It’s tough to maintain student achievement when you’re pushing [a population of] 3,000,” said Brian Morris, principal at Paloma Valley High School. “Then it becomes a management situation.”

Brady McCarron, a substitute teacher who works for the district, said class sizes are increasing and hindering student achievement.

“Teachers are not reaching every student,” said McCarron, who often substitutes classes of up to 40 students. “We’re forgetting students because we put them in classes that are too big, and we ignore them.”

He continued, “If we expect our students to achieve and be productive, we should respect them and provide them with better facilities.”

A couple of proposed facilities include a two-story science, technology, engineering, and math building for Heritage High School, and a math and technology center to replace the portables at Perris High School.

“We want to make sure that we provide first class facilities for teachers,” said Greenberg. “By upgrading our facilities and buildings, we’ll attain the best and brightest teachers.”

To further prevent overcrowding, the district will also be opening two new high schools. The first site, located in Menifee, has already been paid for. The second one is located in the Lakeview/Nuevo area.

The district isn’t sure when they will place this bond, but know that they will eventually have to. With this bond, property owners would pay $30 for every $100,000 of their property’s assessed value.

Greenberg said that despite the state of the economy, this would be an ideal time to improve the district’s schools.

“We can be proactive and go after this bond and ask the community to invest in our schools,” he said. “This is actually the best time to build because labor and material costs are down.”

Another meeting will be held for the Bond Measure Feasibility Committee on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at Heritage High School.




Community Cupboard Distributes Food for Families

Food Distribution
Part of the whole holiday experience involving celebration and cheer revolves around being with family, and of course, eating food. For some local families the luxury of a festive feast, or any meal for that matter, is beyond what they can afford.

To ensure every household enjoys a holiday meal this coming Christmas, the Community Cupboard stepped in and created prepackaged holiday meals for in-need families to pick up on a designated distribution day. Beginning bright and early on Saturday morning December 17, pre-approved cars lined up behind the Cupboard to collect their grocery bag of food.

Over twenty Key Club volunteers from Paloma Valley High School orchestrated the one-day distribution, loading each car as it pulled up to the orange cones with a prepackaged bag of feast fixing and a frozen turkey or two. The process was extremely well organized, with each hand off taking less than two minutes.

Food Distribution
Food Distribution
Dawn Prather of the Community Cupboard, shared their secret to speedy success, "In order to serve as many people as possible, qualifying families were given a card and a designated pick-up time prior to the Saturday distribution."

A typical bag contained non-perishable items including green beans, potatoes, cranberries, gravy and stuffing mix, boxed brownies, and various other goodies. Most of the turkeys given out were provided by Pechanga Casino's generous donation last month.

The Cupboard accommodated over 450 families throughout the day, while a second distribution location at the Menifee Valley Masonic Lodge handed out just over one hundred meals. The Masonic Lodge volunteered not only their location, but collected all of the food donations they distributed that day as well.

Families receiving the meals were overwhelmingly thankful, some even getting out of their vehicles to thank the volunteers. And in true holiday spirit, as each car drove out of sight, a chorus of voices shouted a "Merry Christmas" send off in joyful unison. It was the absolute truest form of service with a smile.




400 Turkeys Donated to Community Cupboard

The day before Thanksgiving Sandy Aldridge of the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard received an unexpected call from Pechanga Casino.

On the other end of the line PR Director for the casino, Leslie Renkin, generously informed Sandy of their intention to donate four hundred turkeys to the cupboard.

Turkey Donation
Later Wednesday evening a giant refrigerator truck delivered the frozen birds to the Cupboard, where volunteers took several hours to unload and put away the entirety of the donation.

In speaking with Sandy after the last turkey had been safely tucked away into the Cupboard’s freezer, exhausted and still slightly shocked she remarked, “I don’t know what to say, it was so generous and unexpected of them.”

Some of the turkeys were distributed to less fortunate families in the Menifee Valley and helped to give many homes a little more to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.

However, the majority of the four hundred turkeys were given out on Saturday, December 17 as part of the food distribution the Cupboard put on to give families in need prepackaged Christmas dinner feasts.

Tis the season for giving.




Making Financial Resolutions? Look Back at Last Year

jeremy taylor menifeeEach new year brings the chance for a fresh start, and the opportunity to improve your financial picture. As you make financial resolutions for 2012, looking back at what happened last year can help you make some positive changes this year.

Automate your retirement savings
In 2011: The economic slowdown took its toll on retirement savings.

In 2012: While the economy--and its impact on financial markets--may be out of your hands, you can still look for ways to increase your retirement savings. First, determine whether you're leaving any money on the table. If you participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k) or a 403(b), contribute the maximum amount you can--particularly if your employer matches some or all of your contributions.

Contributing to an employer-sponsored retirement plan can help you save more consistently. Because your contributions are deducted automatically from your salary each pay period, you won't be tempted to skip one now and then. And this year, why not resolve to steadily increase your retirement contributions? Your employer may allow you to sign up for automatic contribution increases based on a certain schedule or triggering event (e.g., annually or whenever your pay increases).

If you're self-employed or contributing to a traditional or Roth IRA on your own, you can still automate your contributions by having money sent directly from a savings or checking account to your retirement account.

Plan ahead for a cash crunch
In 2011: According to the Federal Reserve, use of consumer credit rose in 2011 after falling for two straight years.

In 2012: If you've reigned in your spending but are still burdened by debt (especially credit card debt), your lack of emergency savings may be partly to blame. For example, even if you pay much more than your monthly minimum credit card payment, you'll be caught in an endless cycle of debt unless you can avoid using your credit card for new expenses. Resolve to have at least three to six months of your living expenses set aside in a liquid account such as a savings or money market account so that you have cash on hand to pay for unexpected expenses (e.g., costly car or home repairs, large medical bills) instead of racking up new credit card debt and interest charges.

Review your investments
In 2011: Market volatility was the norm.

In 2012: You can't control the market, but you can control your response to market volatility. Is your asset allocation still in line with your investment goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance? Is it time to rebalance your allocation in light of changing market conditions and/or your changing needs? Are you taking appropriate advantage of available investment products or offerings? Reviewing your portfolio periodically can help you stay on track.

Check your insurance coverage
In 2011: Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and wildfires were widespread.

In 2012: The federal government issued more disaster declarations in 2011 than in any other year on record, serving as a reminder that it's important to review your property and casualty coverage to make sure you're adequately protected. Is there coverage you really should have (e.g., personal umbrella liability, renters insurance, or flood protection), but don't?

Update your estate plan
In 2011: New estate and gift tax laws took effect.

In 2012: Your estate plan should be reviewed in light of the changes made last year to estate and gift tax laws. Certain life events, such as changes in employment, family circumstances (marriages, divorces, births, illness or incapacity, and deaths), or even the valuation of your estate, may also affect your estate plan.

Jeremy Taylor CRPC®, is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., CA Insurance License #0E42039. Contact Jeremy at:

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
29826 Haun Rd, Suite 206
Menifee, CA 92586.

Office: (951) 679-2222
Fax: (951) 679-2254

E-mail: jeremy.i.taylor@ampf.com
Website: www.ameripriseadvisors.com/jeremy.i.taylor




Examining Expectations - Setting Expectations

Royal American Financial Advisors, LLC, based here in Menifee, brings another weekly video on investing your money...

In this video learn the investor expectations do's and don’ts. Why is it so important to have the proper expectations? So we won’t be disappointed. If you have the expectations that your portfolio in risk assets will never or seldom have negative periods, you will be disappointed and abandon your prudent investing strategy, usually at the worst time.

If you have the proper expectations, then you will become a better investor, have less stress, and will be able to stay disciplined.




John Borger and Scott Buchanan of Royal American Financial Advisors, LLC provide investor education to help investors avoid costly and unnecessary mistakes, increase their potential returns, and take a more prudent approach to investing and growing their wealth.

You may contact them at (951) 679-2065, or check out their website at: http://www.myinvestmentcoach.com/




The Beer Hunter Welcomes Texas Roadhouse and Offers Discounts to Diners and Shoppers

the beer hunter menifeeThe Beer Hunter today announced they're extending a warm welcome to Texas Roadhouse, a steakhouse that's scheduled to open to the public Monday, December 12.

The new steakhouse located in Menifee on New Hub Dr, next to Yellow Basket, will be the first California location for the Kentucky-based chain, which operates over 360 restaurants in 47 states.

The welcoming gesture from The Beer Hunter is offered as a handshake in friendship for the two Menifee restaurants in a time when many local residents still travel down to Murrieta and Temecula for much of their dining.

"We just want welcome Texas Roadhouse into the city and let them know that we're willing to work together", said Dave Hunt, General Manager of The Beer Hunter. "Menifee needs more dining choices to encourage residents to dine locally."

According to statistics released by the City of Menifee, the city only captures about $60.00 in sales tax revenue per person, per year, compared to $212.00 captured by Temecula, a disparity caused by residents spending so much of their money in Temecula.

"We're losing $10 to $11 million a year in sales tax dollars due to residents going to other cities for their shopping and entertainment", according to Bill Rawlings, Menifee's city manager, in a speech given last October. "Our sales tax generation is less than one-half of the next lowest city."

The Beer Hunter is encouraging residents to give Texas Roadhouse a try, and then redeem their receipt at Beer Hunter for a 10% discount.

"If you eat at Texas Roadhouse, bring your receipt to Beer Hunter and we'll give you 10% off your bill", Hunt explained.

The promotion is offered as a way to encourage residents to continue dining in Menifee.

The Beer Hunter is also offering another promotion during the Christmas shopping season, giving 10% off to anyone who shops at Countryside Marketplace.

"If you buy something at any store in the Countryside Marketplace, bring in your receipt and we'll give you 10% off your bill", Hunt added.

Both promotions run through the month of December.


The Beer Hunter
30080 Haun Road, Suite 350
Menifee CA 92586

(951) 301-4700

Sun-Thur 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri-Sat 11:30 am - 1:30 am




Sun City K9 Adoptable Pet of the Week

Once in a while a dog’s name will match his personality more so than his stature, which makes us smile in amusement. Today’s pint size pet of the week weighs in at less than ten pounds but goes by the much bigger name of Killer.

What he lacks in size, he makes up for in personality. This little guy has a lot of heart and would love to share it with you.

Adoptable pet of the week, Killer

Pet of the Week
Name: Killer

Breed: Chihuahua mix

Age: 7 years

Gender: Male, neutered,

Temperament: Despite his bold name, Killer is actually very sweet in nature. He is good with other dogs and loves children too. At seven years old he is quite mellow and quiet.

Killer’s story: Killer was brought into Sun City K9 from Park City back in October. It was discovered that he was micro-chipped and his owner was contacted.

However the owner informed SCK9 that her family no longer wanted a dog and they would not be coming to pick Killer up. Now he sits in his kennel waiting for a new family to come find him.

Pet of the Week

Sun City K9 is a non-profit, no-kill rescue functioning from the kindness and compassion of the community. You can easily contribute to their cause though their website, as detailed here, or another option is to donate your time.

The shelter is always in need of volunteers to help clean kennels, walk and play with the animals, and also to simply give them love. The gift of your time would be appreciated as much as any monetary donation.

Sun City K9 Adoptions
26510 Murrieta Road
Sun City, CA 92586
951.679.6444

Open Monday-Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.




Marine Pilot from Menifee Helps Spread Holiday Cheer to Troops in Afghanistan

jesse karr menifee
As a boy growing up in Menifee, Jesse Karr enjoyed working on model airplanes and dreamed about being a pilot.

Today, as Capt. Jesse Karr of the U.S. Marine Corps, he uses his flying skills to distribute supplies to the most remote military bases in Afghanistan. But he does more than that -- especially at this time of year.

To troops stationed in the small military encampments of the Afghan desert, Karr and his fellow helicopter pilots are the Marines' version of Santa Claus.

Karr, 29, is stationed at Camp Leatherneck, the largest Marine base in Afghanistan. Although he hardly has the comforts of home, Karr does live in air conditioned quarters, has access to a commissary and can communicate with the outside world via the Internet.

His primary responsibility is carrying supplies to troops who have much less. Many are stationed in small camps in the middle of nowhere, enduring dust storms in tents while battling enemy forces. Their only source of food and water is what pilots like Karr bring them.

By including care packages from home in those shipments, Karr and other members of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 exemplify the true spirit of giving. In many cases, the gifts they deliver are not from the Marines' own families. They are care packages sent to the pilots themselves.

"We started sending care packages to Jesse," said Terry Karr, Jesse's mother. "But Jesse said, 'Don't send it for me; send it for them.' "

jesse karr menifee"Them" refers to the Marines whose holiday season is more lonely than those at Camp Leatherneck who are afforded the occasional phone call or email back home. "They" are the ones who will have perhaps only a dozen Marines with them to celebrate Christmas, with no word from loved ones for weeks at a time.

After making a few flights out to the remote bases, Karr and the other pilots realized a way they could share some of what they had.

"People from home were sending stuff like crazy," said Karr, who is on his second deployment to the area. "I really had more than I needed, and a lot of my fellow pilots felt the same way. We decided to start taking things out to the guys in the dirt. They are the guys doing the real work, getting shot at and losing their buddies.

"I can't imagine what it's like for them. I'm sure it's nice to get something from home."

Karr said he usually doesn't get to witness first-hand the reaction of the Marines upon receiving the gifts. For the safety of all involved, the helicopters are on the ground for less than five minutes -- just long enough to drop off supplies and return to the base. Most of the flights are at night.

Expressions of gratitude soon make their way back to Camp Leatherneck through military communication, however. Those troops are most appreciative of the simple things, especially hygiene products such as baby wipes.

"It's so dusty out there, and they don't have facilities to take a shower," said Terry Karr, who lives in Menifee with her husband, Earl. "We also send crackers, cookies, hats and gloves, things like that."

In Menifee, this support of Marines they don't even know is a growing effort with members of the Karrs' church, as well as others in the community. Terry Karr says the family and others locally have sent hundreds of packages to Afghanistan.

"We'll take 50 boxes with the address on them to church and they're all gone before we leave," she said.

Jesse Karr said the gifts are much appreciated, and he is happy to pass them on.

"There's hundreds of small bases out there in the desert," he said. "We might go to a base once a month. Food and water get priority, so if there isn't space for mail, they might get mail from home only once every couple months."

Whenever possible, however, those care packages find a way inside the chopper when it's time for a supply run.

Karr, who is single, graduated from Paloma Valley High School and entered the service right after graduating from flight school in 2005. He is due home in March but could be deployed again. After his service commitment is up in August 2014, he plans to transfer to the Coast Guard and remain a pilot.

In the meantime, he fulfills an important mission for the Marines -- in more ways than one.

"We don't get holidays off here," Karr said. "Everybody does their part to keep the holiday spirit. Guys will have little Christmas trees people sent from home. Sometimes, when we're flying into a small base at night, we'll see Christmas lights hanging from the tents."

The troops stationed in Afghanistan appreciate your help during the holidays and year-round. If you'd like to send a care package to Capt. Karr for distribution to Marines in Afghanistan, leave a comment here with your email address or send an email to doug.spoon@gmail.com. We'll put you in touch with family members who will help facilitate the delivery.

jesse karr menifee




The Beer Hunter Offers Unique 4GB Flash Drive with Built-In Appetizer

The Beer Hunter is now offering a great gift for Christmas, a 4GB USB Flash Drive...
  • Same size as a credit card, fits in your wallet

  • Show it every time you visit Beer Hunter for a free appetizer with purchase of an entree

  • Great as a stocking stuffer

  • Only $15.00 per card

  • Visit The Beer Hunter to purchase: 30080 Haun Road, Menifee, CA 92584, (951) 301-4700)

  • See the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6VZIzPAcxk




The Best Gift to Give

Hearts are especially full this time of year. Generosity and compassion tempt us on a daily basis as we are bombarded with charities and worthy causes on nearly every corner.

The possibilities for giving are so infinite it often leaves the mind feeling overwhelmed with options. Far and wide there are so many organizations willing to collect your contribution that often times the nearby causes go unnoticed.

For your caring convenience Menifee 24/7 has rounded up some local nonprofits, right here in our own community, worthy of your kind donations.


Animal Friends of the Valleys

What they do: Animal Friends of the Valleys promotes the humane care of animals by providing a wide range of services to the cities of Menifee, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Temecula, and Wildomar. These programs include animal adoptions and fostering, educational programs for the public, facilitating low cost vaccination clinics, and animal control services.

How you can contribute: You can donate directly through their website, as well as donating necessary pet products such as food and blankets to their facility.

Status: 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Link: Animal Friends of the Valleys

Info: 33751 Mission Trail
Wildomar, CA 92595
Phone: (951) 471-8344

Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
3rd Sunday of each month, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Children’s Corrective Surgery Society

What they do: Local doctors from around the Inland Empire started the Children’s Corrective Surgery Society to provide medical services for children whose families cannot afford treatment. These doctors donate their services and time to perform thousands of surgeries all over the globe each year.

How you can contribute: Donations are accepted through their website, via phone, and also mail.

Status: 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Link: Children's Corrective Surgery Society

Phone: (800) 803-9190


Hospice of the Valleys

What they do: Hospice of the Valleys operates within Murrieta and Temecula to provide loving care and compassion to individuals coping with life-threatening illnesses. They also offer support and assistance to the families of those experiencing the terminal illness.

How you can contribute: The organization accepts donations in the form of checks, cash, credit cards, stock, or in-kind contributions and can be made in someone’s name or in honor there of. Donations can conveniently be made through their website.

Status: 501(C)(3) Non-Profit

Link: Hospice of the Valleys

Info: 25240 Hancock Ave., Suite 120

Murrieta, CA 92562
Phone: (951) 200-7800


Menifee Valley Community Cupboard

What they do: Volunteers at the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard continually collect food donations throughout the year to give to those in need in the Menifee and surrounding area. Covered areas include zip codes; 92584, 92585, 92586 and the Quail Valley and Cottonwood Canyon portions of 92587.

How you can contribute: Non-perishable food items can be donated during business hours, or to designated marked bins at various locations throughout the community. Monetary donations are accepted during business hours and through their website.

Status: 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit

Link: MVCupboard.org

Info: 26808 Cherry Hills Blvd
Sun City, CA 92586
Phone: (951) 301-4414
Office hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


Our Nicolas Foundation

What they do: The Nicholas Foundation strives to increase awareness of Autism and to help provide local financial support for education, therapies, research, and families affected by Autism. Through this they hope to help give each child with Autism the opportunity to thrive.

How you can contribute: They accept donations through their website and are always looking for auction items for their fundraising events.

Status: 501(c)(3) California Non-Profit Corporation

Link: Our Nicholas Foundation

Info: 31493 Rancho Pueblo Rd. #205

Temecula, CA 92592

Phone: (951) 303-873


Sun City K9 Adoptions

What they do: Sun City K9 Adoptions is a private, no-kill animal rescue dedicated to providing shelter and care for found and unwanted animals until they can be re-homed.

How you can contribute: Monetary donations can be made directly through their website. When eating at the Beer Hunter in Menifee you can mention “K9 Adopt” and 5% of your bill will be donated to SCK9.

Status: 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit

Link: Sun City K9 Adoptions

Info: 26510 Murrieta Road
Sun City, CA 92586
Phone: (951) 679-6444

Hours: Monday thru Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.


United Way

What they do: United Way is dedicated to helping build a better community by connecting people, resources, and ideas. They strive to make a difference in youth success, children’s health and welfare, and retired and senior volunteer programs.

How you can contribute: Monetary donations are accepted directly through their website.

Status: 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit

Link: Menifee United Way

Info: 27070 Sun City Blvd

Menifee, CA 92586

Phone:(951) 282-5761


Wishes For Children

What they do: Wishes For Children Foundation works with local charities to raise money that will help to make a difference in a local child’s life. Wishes are awarded case by case for a variety of reasons ranging from children with disabilities or terminal illnesses, underprivileged families, and many more.

How you can contribute: Monetary donations are collected directly through their website.

Status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Link: Wishes For Children

Info: 44749 Corte Sanchez

Temecula, CA 92592
Phone: 
(951) 302-2231


Suzanne Castino runs a local accounting company and knows a thing or two about nonprofit contributions and write-offs. In actuality she has been in the bookkeeping business for over twenty-five years and knows nearly everything there is to know about accurate accounting.

Aside from doing personal taxes and running the books for small businesses, she also works with approximately five non-profit organizations each year to help them get, and keep, their financial records in order. Because the parameters are different for each type of business, nonprofits require a special set of bookkeeping skills.

While Suzanne comes highly recommended by her adoring clients, she confides, “Crunching numbers is fine but that’s not my passion. Helping people grow their businesses, now that’s my passion.”

She keeps books for individuals, sole proprietors, and corporations in tiptop shape. But when it comes down to it, pushing people to succeed is why she loves what she does, and perhaps also why she does it so well.

In sharing her wealth of knowledge Suzanne has offered some helpful hints for individuals and businesses owners looking to make tax-deductible donations this holiday season.

Individuals:
1. Tax-deductible donations can be monetary or tangible but must be itemized per donation. When donating items such as toys, food, or furniture, the total fair market value should be documented.
2. Buying goods or services from a nonprofit organization for a fundraiser does not qualify as a tax write-off, the donation must be solely a contribution.
3. Individuals should obtain a letter or receipt from the organization stating the donation value, means, and date.

Small Businesses:
1. Small businesses can write-off items purchased through a non-profit if they are for the business. For instance, local businesses can support the New Life tree lot by buying a tree for their office and it will qualify as a tax deduction as well.
2. Monetary and itemized tangible donations from businesses show up in their personal taxes rather than their business financials, so making donations in return for a mention are better advised.

In giving back to help our community, together we can build a stronger city. Helping others really helps us all.

For further inquiries and questions concerning tax-deductible donations, please contact Suzanne for more information:

Temecula Valley Taxes
Contact: 951.579.4877
Email: Suzanne@temeculavalleytaxes.com

Champion Bookkeeping
Contact: 951.595.5416
Email: Suzanne@championbookkeeping.com




French Valley Café, Home of the $100 Hamburger

French Valley CafeAfter eleven years on the runway, French Valley Café continues to captivate customers with its unique airport ambiance and famed food. Situated in the French Valley airport with its windows facing the tarmac, this little spot essentially offers breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and a show.

Watching planes while enjoying a meal is not something most people have the chance to check out everyday. In offering consistent service and quality food, French Valley Café has built a solid reputation among the aviation industry making it a desired destination for flights and families alike.

Pilots from Camp Pendleton, San Diego, and all over often make a midday trip simply for a taste of French Valley’s famous one-hundred dollar hamburger. While the popular hamburger itself is actually reasonably priced, it is the cost of the trip to try such a fabulous burger that makes the meal more pricey, yet still worth every penny.

In addition to their hearty hamburgers, the café makes all of their homemade soups and sauces from scratch using only the highest quality ingredients. Owner and entrepreneur extraordinaire, Darci Castillejos, says that supporting the community is important to her. She works to achieve this by sourcing the restaurant’s fresh bread from a local bakery and many of their fruits and veggies from local produce vendors whenever possible.

Along with supporting smaller vendors, Darci strives to give back to the community in more ways than one. She works with the Murrieta and Temecula school districts by providing them with twelve gift certificates each month to use as a reward system for their students of the month.

As an active member of the Navy Reserve herself, Darci is proud to support the US military. French Valley Café offers a 10% discount to any military personnel in uniform, including local law enforcement as well. “We actually get a lot of pilots in uniform, coming in for lunch from Pendleton,” she shares, “which is an added bonus for diners who get to see military aircraft up close right out on the tarmac.”

Primarily a family focused restaurant it is these novelties that keep kids and parents coming back. In an effort to help families out, children eat free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 pm until close. While six days a week French Valley fosters a family atmosphere, Darci reveals, “Wednesdays we pretend to be a bar for one night a week.” Offering karaoke from 8:00 pm until midnight, and a fully stocked bar, Wednesdays are for adult fun.

French Valley Cafe
French Valley Cafe
One might assume a restaurant located in an airport would start out something of a goal or dream, but for Darci it was more happenstance than anything else. In 2000 the Riverside County Economic Development Agency contacted her with an offer she could not refuse.

They needed a restaurant built and were willing to fund two thirds of the cost by means of an economic grant. Since she had a background in banking and previous experience running the Bomb Shelter Restaurant over at Perris Airport, she decided to give it a shot.

Now, eleven years later she attributes the café’s success to more than just its location. A majority of their business comes from the repeat customers she has built a loyal relationship with. She listens to her customers and watches carefully, if a menu item isn’t moving then they change up their selection and try something new.

While she admits, “I love working with people,” she also claims, “I’m a numbers person at heart. It’s part of what has kept us successful in this economy, paying close attention to the books.”

And so it would seem, the combination of comfort food classics, an awesome ambiance, and brilliant business smarts makes for one successful venture.

French Valley Cafe
French Valley Café
37552 Winchester Rd
Hangar 81202
Murrieta, CA 92563
951.600.7396




Scott Mann sworn in as Menifee Union School District Trustee



New Menifee Union School District Trustee Scott Mann says he’s up for the challenges that the governing board will face in the next school year.

Sworn into office Tuesday night during a regular board meeting, Mann took the oath of office in front of school and county officials, family, and his friends from New Hope Community Church in Canyon Lake.

“I’m excited,” Mann, a former employee for the district and ex-Menifee councilman, said. “It’s great to be back here, albeit in a different setting.”

Mann’s first goal as a trustee will be to tackle the district’s budget, as “we’re in an austere fiscal environment.”

“It’s all about the budget,” he said. “I’d like to keep cuts away from the classroom as much as possible.”

Mann, who has a school business management certificate from the University of Southern California, as well as other business degrees and certifications, said he’d “like to keep the district fiscally sound.”

As a former district employee, Mann said he knows the impact of the state on the district budget. “I will rely on staff to make recommendations so that the budget stays liquid,” he said.

Although he feels his background will serve him well on the board, Mann knows that there will be difficulty.

“With the governor making more cuts this week, it’s going to be tough,” he said.

Also during the meeting, Bob O’Donnell was sworn in for his seventh term as a trustee, and the entire governing board was reelected.

Jerry Bowman will serve as President, Randall Freeman as Vice President, and Ron Ulibarri as Clerk for the upcoming school year.




Texas Roadhouse Opens To Rave Reviews

texas roadhouseSaturday, December 10, 2011 was an exciting night for the city of Menifee. As a newer mark on the map every Menifee related event warrants unbridled enthusiasm, whether it be the lighting of the first city hall Christmas Tree or the addition of another restaurant to the city’s repertoire.

After months of mounting anticipation, Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Menifee finally opened their big brown doors to friends and family for a two night soft opening extravaganza. Conveniently located in the heart of Menifee at Newport and Haun Road, both nights delivered a packed house at the very first Southern California Texas Roadhouse location.

Together, the delicious aroma of down home barbecue and lively country music envelop the senses from the very second you step foot in their establishment. Part of the telltale Texas Roadhouse tradition is the energetic and all encompassing atmosphere that adds to the diner’s experience.

The elaborate décor combines rustic Texas charm with humorous art, namely an enormous buffalo head in the bar area along with various mounted animals and antlers. It is their trademark barrel upon barrel of peanuts that verifies you are indeed at an authentic Texas Roadhouse.

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texas roadhouse
texas roadhouse
Throughout the evening at 45-minute intervals, designated songs signified the entire staff to drop what they were doing and partake in an all out one-minute line dance. The energy and general cheerfulness exhibited by all employees only served to reinforce their legendary service motto.

Along with exemplary service, Roadhouse also guarantees legendary food promising each patron will leave feeling nothing less than absolutely stuffed and content.

texas roadhouseBeginning with the house rolls that are made fresh every 5 minutes, the food coma commences. Each table is delivered toasty hot rolls and home churned honey cinnamon butter along with their menus when they first sit down.

Nearly everything that comes out of the Roadhouse kitchen is made fresh each day, including all fourteen of their legendary sides. Even their ranch dressing is made from scratch. The menu is designed so that your meal comes completely customized to your liking.

The servers were every bit helpful and eager to add their advice when it came down to ordering. With so many choices on the menu, a talkative waitress was welcomed.

Server Jaclyn Channel shares, “I’ve worked at other family restaurants, but what makes Texas Roadhouse so special is that I’m encouraged to interact with my tables. It’s okay to talk to people here, which I really like.”

With over 4,000 applicants vying to work at the new Roadhouse, the process for selecting the very best of the best for their team took a great amount of discretion. When all was said and done, 200 highly qualified employees remain.

As a company, they pride themselves in the quality of their people and, not surprising, the quality of every ingredient used in their kitchen as well. Beginning with the meat of the meal, their steaks are never frozen, 100%, US grade certified, aged on site, and hand cut by an in-house butcher.

Tallying in at 60% of their total food cost, a Roadhouse steak rivals those from esteemed steak houses the likes of Ruth Chris or Flemming's.

texas roadhouse
texas roadhouse
Exceeding expectations, an impressed diner exclaimed, “I’m not going to exaggerate, this is one of the best steaks I have ever had!” True to its name, the Hearty Cut 11-ounce USDA Choice Sirloin came absolutely smothered in sauteed mushrooms, onions, and home-style brown gravy.

As promised, the barbecue ribs literally fell off of the bone, making a knife and fork essential to their consumption. Or course anything marinated for three days and then slow cooked for eight hours is going to taste insanely good when topped with secret recipe barbecue sauce.

texas roadhouseEverything ordered was, to simply put it, delicious. Generous portions of perfectly prepared entrees boasting big and bold flavors made this Texas style meal truly memorable.

Aside from the excellent food and outstanding service, the most incredible part of the evening is that from the very first service, Texas Roadhouse is already giving back to the community. The entirety of the two-night opening was complimentary. Patrons were however required to pay for alcoholic beverages and most wanted to express their gratitude with a generous tip as well.

The proceeds from all alcohol sales were to be donated to Menifee Christmas Dinner and Toy Drive, which service manager Jodi Swan estimated to be well over $3,000 including tips. In addition, the servers vowed to donate all of their gratuities to the cause as well.

Texas Roadhouse in Menifee will officially open to the public tonight, Monday, December 12th, and they promise to have some peanuts waiting for you.

Texas Roadhouse
29860 Haun Rd.
Menifee, CA 92586
951.244.0600




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