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VOLUME 31 • NUMBER 7 • JULY 2020

SUCCESSFUL

ON-LINE CONFERENCING

by Ted Saul

With more online meetings taking place in today’s environment, there are some best

practices to follow to ensure their success. Start by making sure equipment is adequate to

participate in the conference. Being able to hear, be heard and seen is key to a successful

conference call. Check the quality of your microphone, speakers and camera on the device

being used, whether a computer, tablet or phone by making a test call with a friend. If audio

quality isn’t clear consider investing in a headset or earpiece. Going wireless will make

mobility easier too.

SEE PAGE 21

JUDY ZULFIQAR

IS THE THE ROTARY CLUB OF

TEMECULA PRESIDENT FOR

2020-21

For the 2020-2021 year, Judy Zulfiqar takes the helm

of The Rotary Club of Temecula.

SEE PAGE 24

2020-21 MURRIETA ROTARY

OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

TO TAKE OFFICE

Lou Ellen Ficke will take office

July 1 to serve as President

of the Rotary Club of Murrieta

for the 2020/21 Rotary year,

succeeding Jacqui Dobens.

A longtime resident of the

Temecula Valley, Lou Ellen has

been active in community banking

since 1973.

She recently opened her

seventh new community bank,

serving as executive vice president/chief

financial officer of

Lexicon Bank in Las Vegas, NV.

Prior to Lexicon, she opened and

served 10 years with Commerce

Bank of Temecula Valley (now

Nano Banc).

SEE PAGE 24

CITY OF TEMECULA’S

POSITION OF MAYOR

WILL REMAIN VACANT FOR REMAINDER OF 2020

On June 23rd, the Temecula City Council voted unanimously to

leave the position of the Mayor vacant for the remainder of 2020. All

City Council Members decided in solidarity that Temecula citizens and

businesses deserve their equal and active participation and leadership

that fosters an inclusive community, in the spirit of unity.

AND...

Temecula Valley Balloon &

Wine Festival Cancels

Menifee CARES Grant

EXECUTIVE PROFILE:

CRAIG DAVIS

ANDY’S GLASS

MAKES GLASS

PROJECTS SIMPLE

AND STRESS-FREE

NIST – ACHIEVING

ALIGNMENT IN

CYBERSECURITY

Does my Spouse Need a

Separate Estate Plan?

COMMUNITY

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COMMUNITY

13

TECHNOLOGY

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Wilson Creek Winery

Going Viral During the

Viral Days of Covid-19

Nurses Receive Free Tasting Tickets in Honor of Nurses Week


“We know how hard

they are working and

the risk they are taking,

and we all look forward

to hosting them for a

bit of relaxation.”

The family at Wilson Creek Winery

is not letting the Covid-19 epidemic slow

their efforts in reaching out to a community

in need. From curb-side delivery

to online virtual tastings, Wilson Creek

actively moved into a new way of sharing

its world-class wines with the world.

In April, Wilson Creek had 50,000

special wine tasting vouchers printed

exclusively for front-line nurses here in

the Valley and in the hardest-hit areas

in the United States. The vouchers were

distributed beginning May 6, which

was the start of Nurses Week, which

was especially appropriate this year. In

addition, Wilson Creek delivered more

than 80 cases of wine to Temecula Valley

Hospital for staff.

“When this is over, and it will be

over, we wanted to invite the nurses who

have worked so hard to keep us alive to

come out and have a well-deserved taste

of our best wines,” said Bill Wilson in

announcing the effort. “We know how

hard they are working and the risk they

are taking, and we all look forward to

hosting them for a bit of relaxation.”

Wilson Creek has held several Virtual

Wine Tastings on Facebook and

Instagram with people from around the

country joining staff for a tasting and discourse

of several award-winning wines.

The conversation was lively, and staff

answered numerous online questions

about each of the wines.

“We are hosting these virtual tastings

on a regular basis, they have been both

fun and educational for all of us,” said

Wilson. “It certainly gives us the opportunity

to interact with our customers in

a different sort of space, and I think the

idea of interactive virtual conversations

about wine is going to stay with us.”

In June, Wilson Creek Winery officially

re-opened for wine tasting in

addition to the restaurant.

“It brings joy to my heart, to see

people back on the property again” said

Wilson. “We deeply care about the safety

of all employees and guests. We are

following all county safety guidelines

and ask for patience and understanding

during this time.”


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In this issue:

Successful Online Conferencing 1

Judy Zulfiquar Temecula Rotary Club President 2020-2021 1

2020-21 Murrieta Rotary Offices and Directors Take Office 1

City of Temecula Mayor Position to Remain Vacant through 2020 1

Community 3-6

FirstLight Home Care of Temecula Valley Expands Services 5

EXECUTIVE PROFILE | Craig Davis 7

Does My Spouse Need a Separate Estate Plan? 10

EXECUTIVE PROFILE | John Hamby 11

JDS Creative Academy Wins Six Telly Awards 12

Andy’s Glass MakesGlass Projects Simple and Stress-Free 13

5 Smart Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers 15

5 Tips for Staying Hydrated 16

Vision Screenings vs. Eye Exams? 17

Temecula Valley Hospital is ow Offering a One-Day Breast Cancer Procedure 18

EVMWD Receives Funding to Expand Wastewater Treatment Capacity 19

What’s Next? 20

NIST – Achieving Alignment in Cybersecurity 21

Benefits of Exercising in Water 26


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Temecula Valley Museum Reopened on

Tuesday, June 23rd

The Temecula Valley Museum reopened

to the public on Tuesday, June

23rd after a two-month hiatus due to

COVID-19 with a colorful exhibit just

in time for summer, Art of the Aloha

Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938 – 1951.

Explore the history, artistry, and

production of Hawaii’s enduring fashion

statement, the Aloha shirt. This

exhibition of sixty objects, including

original textile artwork, production

sketches and swatches, advertisements,

and vintage shirts tells the story of an

early innovator, John ‘Keoni’ Meigs,

in an industry that has left an indelible

mark on fashion in the United States

and the world. The Art of the Aloha

Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938 – 1951

exhibit runs from Tuesday, June 23,

2020 through Sunday, August 9, 2020

at the Temecula Valley Museum (28314

Mercedes Street).

Although many claim authorship,

the exact origin of the Aloha shirt

remains uncertain. The patterns of

Polynesian tapa cloth, the colorful and

bold floral designs of Tahitian pareau,

and the sheer Japanese fabric used for

making kimonos are often cited as

some of the early stylistic influences of

the shirt. Sometime in the late 1920s to

the early 1930s, when Hawaii’s economy

began to shift from an agricultural to a

service-oriented economy and tourists

started flying to Hawaii in ever-increasing

numbers, the emphasis of the

island clothing industry shifted from

the production of work clothes to sports

and casualwear. Combining the young

islanders’ love for colorful clothing with

the tourists’ desire to bring home keepsakes

of their holidays on the islands, the

Aloha shirt enjoyed massive popularity,

particularly after the conclusion of the

second World War.

In the history of the Aloha Shirt,

there has been no more innovative merchandiser

nor better selfpromoter than

Keoni of Hawaii. John ‘Keoni’ Meigs

(‘Keoni’ means John in the Hawaiian language)

was a self-taught painter whose

talent became known to the early shirt

manufacturers in Honolulu. In 1938, he

created his first designs, concentrating

on Polynesian tapa patterns inspired by

the originals he had studied at the local

Bishop Museum.


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MENIFEE CARES

In response to the economic hardships

experienced by small businesses

resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,

the City of Menifee has established

a Menifee CARES grant, as part of

the Menifee CARES Initiative. Small

businesses are the backbone of our

economy, and in order to promote their

continued success, the City is utilizing

the U.S. Department of Housing and

Urban Development’s Community Development

Block Grant – Coronavirus

(CDBG-CV) funding to establish a

$100,000 grant.

Grant Amounts Available: $1,500

(Minimum) to $5,000 (Maximum)

Eligible Costs: Basic operating

capital for staff salaries, PPE’s, supplies/materials/equipment,

leasing

space, insurance, and/or utilities.

Eligibility:

• Pre-application must be submitted to

the City of Menifee through our web

portal and reviewed in advance

• Business must have an existing City

of Menifee Business License and be

in good standing

• For-profit business located in the City

of Menifee with less than 15 employees

(sole proprietors are permitted to

apply)

• Business has been a business for at

least one year from June 17, 2020

• The majority of staff must live in a

household with low to moderate-income

levels, as described in the

application

• Owner has a valid employee identification

number (EIN)

• Business or owner is registered with

DUNS & Sam.gov, or will have applied

by the time the funding is granted

(www.dnb.com/duns-number.html

and www.sam.gov)

• Owner is 18 years or older

• Business has a bank account

• After disperse of grant funds, there

will be a 2-year monitoring period

• The business must be able to show

a need for funding in order to stay

in business, maintain their lease

payments, or to retain their staff as a

result of COVID-19.

TEMECULA VALLEY BALLOON & WINE

FESTIVAL HAS BEEN ORDERED TO

CANCEL SEPTEMBER EVENT DUE

TO COVID-19

EDITOR/PUBLISHER/CEO

Linda Wunderlich

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Gene Wunderlich

Ted Saul

Craig Davis

Stefani Laszko

Nicole Albrecht

Julie Ngo

Tom Plant

Esther Phahla

Steve Amante

Monique deGroot

Andrea Shoup

Gloria Wolnick

Dr. Drake Levasheff, PhD

Mort J. Grabel, Esq.

John & Christine Hamby

Brian Connors

Tristin Collopy

Dr. Pat Utnehmer

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Cy Rathbun

Tom Plant

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The Temecula Valley Balloon &

Wine Festival was recently ordered to

cancel the event scheduled for September

25-27, 2020 due to the pandemic

Covid-19 disease and concerns regarding

a potential fall resurgence. The 2021

Festival is anticipated to return June

4-6 at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in

Winchester, California.

The order provided by Dr. Cameron

Kaiser, public health officer for the County

of Riverside said:

“This Order is issued based on concerns

of a fall resurgence of COVID-19

both within the County of Riverside and

worldwide, scientific evidence regarding

the most effective approach to slow

transmission of communicable diseases

generally and COVID-19 specifically,

and best practices as currently known

and available to protect the public from

the risk of spread of or exposure to

COVID-19.”

The order recognized that The Temecula

Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

is “a gathering of an international scope,

attracting tens of thousands of attendees

from many countries, including several

disproportionately afflicted by the worldwide

COVID-19 epidemic.”

The event has been held annually

at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in the

heart of Southern California Wine Country.

The Temecula Valley Balloon and

Wine Festival was established in 1983

to promote the local community and its

growing wine region. The event includes

sunrise hot air balloon launches, evening

balloon glows, concerts on two stages,

and tastings of wine, craft beers, mead

and local distilled spirits.

For more information and updates

regarding the rescheduling, visit www.

tvbwf.com or the Festival’s Facebook

Page at https://www.facebook.com/

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EXECUTIVE PROFILE | Craig Davis

Craig moved from Los Angeles to Fallbrook in 1976 at the age

of 10. His family would visit Temecula to attend the Tractor Races

in the late 70’s. Shortly afterwards, his mom was hired at Bianchi

Leather and in 1982 his family moved to Murrieta. Craig completed

his last two years of high school at Elsinore High, back then it was

the only public high school in Southwest County.

Craig and his wife Kathy have been married for 29 years and

raised their family in Temecula. “We were living in North San Diego

County in 1992 and could not afford a home there, so we purchased

our first home in 1993 in the Winchester Creek development in Temecula.

Three years later we upgraded to our current home in South

Temecula where we have resided for nearly 24 years. We absolutely

Love Temecula!

AFFILIATIONS

I serve as the Rotary District

5330 Membership Director for

2020-2021 serving 63 clubs in

Riverside and San Bernardino

County. I am a member and Past

President of the Rotary Club

of Temecula. Temecula Public

Cemetery Board Trustee. WAVES

(Wounded American Veterans Experience

Scuba) Advisory Board

Member. Big Brothers Big Sisters

Advisory Board Member and I

serve as a Big Brother/Couple for

BBBS with my wife. Member of

FEAPAC (Farmers Employees

Agents Political Action Committee).

Proud member of Temecula

and Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber

of Commerce.

BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

My Business Philosophy has always

been to treat and serve our customers

exactly the way I would want to be

treated and served. Always follow

through and keep your word. I cannot

control insurance rates; however,

I can control the service provided

within our agency.

FAVORITE SPORT

I am a huge Dodgers, Lakers, and

Chargers fa n. I had season tickets

for the Chargers for 19 years prior to

the move to LA. I love to play golf

with my son, but I am not going to lie,

I am terrible! I lift weights five days

a week and recently started playing

tennis again with my wife.

GOALS

My goals would be to keep growing

as a husband, father, and business

professional in the community, and

to continue practicing the Rotary

Motto of “Service Above Self”.

MENTORS

As a child, my mentor was my grandfather.

My parents divorced when

I was 5 years old and he stepped in

and taught me some valuable lessons

early on. I have not had a mentor as

an adult, but I can say that I take a

little from everyone that I admire on

a personal and business level.

FAVORITE READING

I love anything written by Coach

John Wooden. The Pyramid of Success

is still utilized today by athletes

and business professionals

worldwide.

RESUME

I have been a member of the Farmers

Insurance Family for 33 years

this month and I am looking at

30 years as an agency owner this

October. Time flies when you are

having fun!

BIRTHPLACE

Hermosa Beach, CA.


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See how advertising in

in the Valley Business Journal can help.

The County of Riverside Opening Nonprofit Grant Application Soon

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors recently approved $5 million

in financial aid to local nonprofits.

Faith-based, all-volunteer and smaller organizations with 50 employees

or less are all encouraged to apply. Organizations that received $100,000 or

more in PPP are ineligible to receive this grant.

Nonprofits may apply from July 1 to July 31 for grants ranging between

$2,500 and $10,000, depending upon need and overall demand.

To learn more about the program, including how to apply after July 1, visit

https://www.iegives.org/new-aid-available-for-riverside-county-nonprofits/

REMINDER: Rental Relief Application Now Open

The County of Riverside is offering $33 million in rental relief to individuals

and families who have lost income due to COVID-19 and cannot make

rent payments.

The goal is provide three months of rent payments or up to $3,500

(whichever is less) to 10,000 households throughout the county.

Applicants must be at or below 80 percent of the county’s median income.

Priority will be given to individuals who are not eligible to receive unemployment

benefits.

Applications opened June 15 and will close June 25. Thereafter, the application

will reopen on the 15th of each month and close on the 25th of each

month until December 2020 or until the funds are depleted. Disbursements will

go out the first week of each month.

To apply, click call 2-1-1 or visit: https://www.unitedlift.org/

County of Riverside In-Home Supportive Services is Hiring!

Looking for a job? IHSS is hiring compassionate and caring home care

providers for aging adults and disabled residents.

This position includes benefits, free training and flexible hours. It pays

$13.25 per hour.

Applicants must have transportation, a California driver’s license or

identification card, original social security card and work authorization.

To apply, call 888-960-4477.

Riverside County Antibody Testing

Riverside County will begin antibody testing to better understand the

prevalence of COVID-19 in our region. About 3,500 randomly selected county

residents will be asked if they are interested in taking part in the study. Potential

participants will be contacted by telephone or email starting later this week.

Participation is voluntary and anonymous – Public Health will not collect the

individual’s information from the study. Residents cannot volunteer for the

study, in part, because health officials want a more representative sampling of

the community.

As a reminder, the medical community does not yet know the extent of the

benefits of testing positive for coronavirus antibodies. For example, it is not yet

known if someone can contract the virus again after testing positive for antibodies.

Conducting this study will provide valuable information as COVID-19

continues to be researched.

Those who are selected will complete a survey, then have blood drawn at

one of nine sites located throughout the county. These sites are not the same

locations where coronavirus testing for active infections is taking place. For more

information about the antibody testing, visit www.rivcoph.org/antibodystudy.


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FirstLight Home Care of Temecula Valley

Expands Services to Include Remote

Patient Monitoring

Monitoring clients in the home helps identify health concerns

before they become critical

by John & Christine Hamby

FirstLight Home Care of Temecula

Valley has partnered with Achieve

Health Management to introduce Remote

Patient Monitoring, a new service

aimed to support elderly clients who are

aging in place.

Remote patient monitoring (RPM)

uses digital technologies to gather

health data from individuals receiving

care in their homes and electronically

transmit that information securely to

health care providers for assessment.

This actionable clinical data allows

health professionals to observe their

patients remotely and act accordingly

as part of the treatment plan.

The service with Achieve Health

Management helps FirstLight monitor

chronic conditions in their clients, including

congestive heart failure, COPD,

hypertension, diabetes and more. This

type of monitoring can collect a broad

range of health data from the point of

care, such as vital signs, weight, blood

pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen

levels and temperature.

“Remote patient monitoring helps

us to identify potential health issues

and concerns early, before they become

critical,” said John Hamby, President/

Owner of FirstLight Home Care of

Temecula. “It can also help reduce

hospitalizations and avoid needless

hospital readmissions. Our goal always

is to keep our clients safe and healthy

and to enhance their quality of life.”

Hamby added, “Many of our clients

have chronic conditions that must

be monitored daily, and this can be done

in the comfort of their own home. Our

caregivers can assist to ensure this vital

health data is captured and documented

in real-time so that physicians and other

providers involved in the client’s care

have the information they need to make

important decisions about their patient’s

health and wellness.”

Through Achieve Health Management,

FirstLight can offer 24/7 medical

monitoring of chronic conditions by

a multilingual care team, as well as

safe and secure transmission of vital

sign data into the physician electronic

medical record. Additionally, Care

Circles are built for each client, which

allows key recipients (family members,

doctors, caregivers, etc.) to have access

to the data in near real-time.

For individuals with Medicare

Part-B benefits, there is no out-ofpocket

cost for utilization of Remote

Patient Monitoring as this an approved

Medicare Part-B service. If an individual’s

insurance does not cover Remote

Patient Monitoring, there is a private

pay option.

About FirstLight Home Care

FirstLight Home Care is a leading

provider of non-medical home care,

helping individuals in more than 30

states achieve the quality of life they

deserve. The company has set a new

standard in home care by creating an

unmatched Culture of Care that drives

industry-leading client and employee

satisfaction. FirstLight is a lifeline not

only for seniors, but for people recovering

from illness, injury or surgery,

adults with disabilities, veterans, busy

families, and anyone 18 and older who

needs personal or companion care services.

FirstLight Home Care’s mission

is to deliver exceptional, compassionate

care provided by extraordinary people

so that all those who are served may

age with comfort, dignity and independence

in the place they call home. We

are also proud to champion the family

caregivers who give countless hours

of care to their loved ones every day

by providing the resources and support

needed to help them maintain balance

in their own lives. Visit www.Temecula.

FirstLightHomeCare.com.

About Achieve Health Management

Achieve Health Management is a

clinical service company comprised

of four distinct business units. The

business units include Achieve Clinical

Services, Achieve Care, Achieve

Diagnostics and Achieve RPM Direct.

Achieve Health Management’s

principals have decades of experience

in healthcare services and

administration, providing services

to Health Plans, Self-Funded Plans,

IPA’s, MSO’s, PBM’s, Pharmacies,

IDN’s, Hospitals, Physician Practices,

Senior Housing and Skilled Nursing.

Visit AchieveHealthManagement.com.

For more information, contact John

Hamby and his team at (951) 395-

0821.

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Does My Spouse Need a Separate

Estate Plan?

Married couples will usually make

their estate plan together, especially if

they hold most assets jointly and have

the same goal to provide for their family’s

future. In that case, the surviving

spouse would receive the majority of

assets as primary beneficiary and act

as an executor of a will or co-trustee

of a trust.

This make sense especially if

there are minor children to care for,

or ongoing expenses that have to be

covered. They could create a joint

trust to include all assets, and when

one spouse dies the other would take

over as sole trustee to administer the

assets according to trust terms.

However, there may be situations

where spouses elect to have separate

estate planning documents, usually

some type of trust. Those include:

• Creating a separate trust to

protect assets from the creditors

of one spouse

If one spouse has creditors the

other may be able to insulate

some assets with a separate trust.

• Separate trust with spouse as

co-trustee to manage assets

Even when separate trusts are created,

the other spouse can be named

as a co-trustee to take over when

the grantor spouse dies.

• In a second marriage where one

or both spouses have property

acquired prior to marriage, or

there are heirs from the previous

marriage.

Second marriages are common,

and any property acquired before

remarriage would be separate

property that the owning spouse

wants to hold and distribute on

their own. They may want to

designate different heirs from the

first marriage as well.

• One or both spouses receive an

inheritance

Many times, if one spouse receives

an inheritance, they may

want to have a separate estate

plan to keep it on their side of

the family or honor their family’s

wishes as it relates to that inheritance.

• There are no minor children as

heirs, and the spouses want to designate

certain assets differently

Spouses may wish to distribute

separate assets to specific heirs for

personal or financial reasons.

• Potential tax benefits

There could be the potential for

reducing estate taxes for wealthy

couples.

• Pre-nuptial agreements

This may affect how assets are

designated and owned.

• Legally Separated

Couples that are legally separated,

but not divorced, may want to

have their own estate plan.

If you are a married couple and

thinking of making an estate plan,

the attorneys at Shoup Legal, A

Professional Law Corporation, can

guide you in creating either a joint

or separate plan to meet your unique

circumstances.

Please call them at 951-445-4114 or

visit www.ShoupLegal.com.

SHOUPLEGAL.COM

LEGAL

by by

Andrea Steve Fillingim Shoup


They could create a joint trust to include

all assets, and when one spouse dies the

other would take over as sole trustee to

administer the assets according to trust

terms. However, there may be

situations where spouses elect to have

separate estate planning documents,

usually some type of trust.


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EXECUTIVE PROFILE | John Hamby

John, Christine and their two children settled in Temecula

in early 2000. The decision to move to the Temecula area was

based on a desire to relocate to a family friendly and safe environment

as John was due to deploy in January of the coming

year. Temecula was still a small town but a very safe place to

raise our children. As luck would have it, John was deployed

for much of the first 3 years. Fortunately, Christine is a rock

and through the separation, was able to manage all the task

involved in the growth and education of our children with the

resources available in the community.

AFFILIATIONS

Member of the Home Care

Association of America. Lifetime

member of the 1st Marine

Division Association. Whitehead

Leadership Fellow at the University

of Redlands. President of the

Temecula Valley Golf League.

President of the Temeku Hills

Men’s Golf Club. Member of the

Temecula Valley and Murrieta/

Wildomar Chambers of Commerce

and Chairman of the Wine Country

Classic Tournament Committee.

BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

Treat people with dignity and

respect and do what you say you

are going to do. After many years

as a U. S. Marine and several years

of work in the defense industry,

my wife and I decided to find a

way to give back to the community

that has given us so much. In

our current business, our goal is

to make a difference in people’s

lives. Treating all with dignity and

respect is the foundation we build

on in pursuit of service excellence.

GOALS

Our culture of care is client

and caregiver centric. Our immediate

goal is to continue to grow

our business allowing us to reach

and serve more people in our community

while providing employment

to the extraordinary people who

make up our team. In conjunction

with growth, we continue to improve

and standardize our recruiting processes.

As providers of caregiver’s,

it is imperative that we only hire

the very best and most trustworthy.

Trustworthiness, compassion and a

gift for caring is essential to providing

the exceptional service we vow

to provide.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science (summa

cum laude), Excelsior College

MA in Management, University

of Redlands – Whitehead Leadership

Fellow

SPORTS

I am an avid golfer and Georgia

Bulldog fan. Although I can’t play

golf as much as I like, I know there

will come a time when all the work

will be done, and the grass truly is

greener on the other side. I enjoy the

outdoors and look for every opportunity

to be out in the open air. As

for Georgia, the last two years have

been awesome but disappointing at

the same time. However, my Georgia

flag will still go up every fall and

Saturday’s at my house will continue

to be a festive and “lively” event.

Go Dawgs!

RESUME

Retired as a Marine Sergeant

Major with more than 26 years of

honorable service. Participated in Operations

Enduring Freedom and Iraqi

Freedom in the Global War On Terrorism.

Transitioned to the civilian sector

in March of 2004 joining the team at

Navigator Development Group, Inc.

where he was elevated to Vice President

of Client Programs. Departed

NDGI in the summer of 2008 to pursue

entrepreneurial opportunities. Created

Military Consulting, LLC in the

summer of 2008 to provide consultation

services to industries developing

military technology. Current

owner and President of FirstLight

Home Care providing services to

members of the community that

need assistance with activities of

daily living in the comfort of their

own homes.

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July 2020

JDS Creative Academy Wins Six Telly Awards

JDS Creative Academy (JDSCA)

and Spirit of Innovation celebrate their

latest accomplishment of winning six

Telly Awards. JDSCA, in collaboration

with their job-training participants,

won two Telly Awards in the category

of Diversity and Inclusion for the SOI

Update, a weekly news and information

program, and for the PSA Seat Belt

Safety. Spirit of Innovation won four

Tellys in the News Feature category:

the Spotlight segment Foodie Destinations,

highlights Riverside County

as a hotspot for dining; the Voice of

Innovation segment Riverside County

Jobs Outlook & A.I., looks into what the

workforce might be like as technology

continues to advance; an Impact Story

on Learning Disability Month; and a

look-back segment on Notable Women

of Temecula, featuring historical women

in the Temecula Valley.

The Telly Awards honor excellence

in video and television across all screens

and is judged by leaders from video platforms

such as television, streaming networks

and production companies, and

includes executives from Dow Jones,

Duplass Brothers Productions, Complex

Networks, A&E Networks, Hearst Media,

ESPN Films, RYOT, Vice+ and Vimeo.

The Tellys attract creators from all

over the globe and announced that just

this year alone, more than 13,000 entries

were submitted from all 50 states and

five continents. JDSCA was exhilarated

to hear that their job-training SOI crew,

which consists of adults with autism and

developmental disabilities, were noticed

since they work extremely hard to stand

out in the professional world.

Aryn Porras, pre-apprentice and

a job-training participant, shared her

thoughts on winning this Telly. “It’s

shocking! It left me speechless to hear

that our studio had won awards for six

of our entries. It is a huge achievement!

I’m really proud of all of us and our hard

work,” said Porras.

The team of mentors behind the

scenes of the job-training program consists

uniquely of industry professionals

and apprentices. Spirit Of Innovation, a

magazine-style news show for Riverside

County is made up of no less than 30

creators from all different backgrounds.

The SOI crew worked long days brainstorming,

writing, producing, editing

and is beyond words to be recognized

as a 2020 Telly Winner.

“As a past Telly winner in our

full-service production company, I knew

what an accomplishment it was to win.

When I found out that our job-training

news and information show, along with

their PSA won too, I was so excited

for them! I am very proud of our staff

and crew at #JDSFamily,” said Diane

Strand, founder of JDS Creative Academy/Executive

Producer of Spirit of

Innovation.

Shedding light on an overlooked

population is a huge part of JDSCA’s

mission. Winning six Telly Awards did

just that. The accomplishment provided

a simple boost in morale for staff and

job-training participants and will open

doors to new opportunities. The #JDS-

Family continues to work in a collaborative

effort to keep Riverside County

residents In-The-Know with what they

Need-To-Know. The #JDSFamily is

looking forward to another year and

season of hard work.

Keep a lookout for the next LIVE Spirit of

Innovation show on July 30th. The viewers

and supporters of the #JDSFamily are

appreciated! For more information visit

www.JDSStudio.Live.


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Creating Excellent Customer

Experiences: Andy’s Glass Makes

Glass Projects Simple and Stress-Free

by Marina Rivera

Remodeling, updating and

investing in your home can be an

overwhelmingly stressful experience.

With so many options, your

vision for your home can seem

like a long journey. Choosing the

right company to collaborate with

is often your first big decision, and

when you select the right partner,

you can have peace of mind.

Andy’s Glass is here to be your

guide. We’re a local company with

years of experience and knowledge.

We have a long history of

supporting homeowners through

the process, offering them guidance

and expertise. We’ve been around

for over 40 years; much impart to

our customer-centric approach. We

cover the entire landscape of glass

services from shower enclosures to

new windows to topping off your

dining room table with the perfect

piece of glass.

When you work with us, you’ll

get responsive service and answers

to your most critical questions. We

strive to be friendly, welcoming and

helpful. We’re proud to say that our

reputation is solid and backed by

a long line of happy and satisfied

customers.

Shower Enclosures: Trust Us

to Bring Your Vision to Life

Shower enclosure remodels can

be an expensive proposition, and

often installations fail. When you

trust us to complete your project,

you’ll appreciate our cost-effective

options and expert installation.

We’re on a mission to remove the

stress of a project, ensuring your

needs are met. Designing a new

shower enclosure offers you the

opportunity to make every aspect

unique from the hardware to the

height. We can custom order any

type of enclosure that will make

your bathroom seem new again.

High-quality products and precision

installation make us a preferred

choice for shower enclosures.

What Type of Shower Enclosure

Is Right for Your Space?

Frameless shower enclosures

are very popular; however, be aware

this isn’t an available option if you

have a fiberglass shower due the

type of hardware required. If this

describes your shower, you can opt

for a semi-frameless or bi-pass enclosure.

Regardless of the style you

choose, your bathroom will have a

modern feel.

To get a better idea of the types

of shower enclosures, we invite you

to visit our showroom in Murrieta to

see all the options for yourself. Our

helpful team will be glad to provide

you with information about enclosure

styles, glass obscurity options

and hardware.

As a customer service representative

at Andy’s Glass, I love working

with customers and finding the

best fit for their glass needs. Designing

shower enclosures is a labor of

love for me, and it’s always exciting

to assist clients with reimagining

their spaces. Let us be part of your

project so that it can be enjoyable,

not stressful. Get in touch today for

a free estimate.

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5 Smart Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers

You knew this day would come, but

who knew it’d be so soon!? Wasn’t it yesterday

you were putting them in their car

seat, pushing them in a stroller, and teaching

them to ride a bike? Now they’re ready

to drive! When the heck did that happen!?

Let’s be honest…parenting a teenager

these days is serious business, (what

with the Internet, social media, smart

phones, texting, and all that loud music!)

and getting them ready for the road can

be terrifying. So to help make your teen

smarter behind the wheel plus help stop

your hand from shaking as you hand over

the keys, here are 5 tips for dealing with a

new teen driver:

1. Demonstrate good driving behavior

early - They started copying you when

they were babies (remember when they

repeated that one word you wish they

hadn’t?) so it’s no surprise that kids

mimic your behavior behind the wheel,

too! If you want your new driver to

keep off the phone, stay calm, and focus

on the road, remember to do that kind

of stuff yourself. Think of yourself as

a road role model, and drive that way.

2. It’s OK to let a Pro teach them -

You’ve been teaching them stuff their

whole lives (how to walk, tie their

shoes, throw a baseball, talk to girls) so

it makes sense that you’d want to teach

them to drive too. But the reality is this

is a tough time in both your lives. You

want them to be the safest drivers on

the planet…and they just want to grow

up and drive away. That’s why hiring a

professional driving instructor or signing

them up for Driver’s Ed is a good

idea. It may be unnerving, but they’ll

get the right info and training. And this

way, it won’t affect your relationship,

or their maturity. It may even earn them

an Auto insurance discount!

3. Set realistic boundaries - It may not

feel like it sometimes, but kids crave

rules and boundaries (even if they

break them once in a blue moon). So

talk to your kids early on and discuss

their boundaries as new drivers. Maybe

you don’t want them going more than

20 miles from home, driving with a

bunch of friends in the car, or riding

around after dark…at least for the first

few months. Whatever guidelines you

think are best, lay them down well in

advance and you’ll avoid those big arguments

when your teen starts driving.

It may even help to write up a contract

with them to sign, or give them rewards

or more responsibilities as they gain

experience.

4. Talk to them about the risks of driving…not

just drinking and driving -

You’ve probably been talking to your

kids about drinking and driving for a

while now, because since forever, that’s

been parents’ biggest concern. But

now we’re in a world of Smartphones,

tablets, Smartwatches, satellite radio,

and who knows what else technology

is on the horizon! That means countless

new distractions for drivers, young and

old. So spell them out for your teen,

and help them understand the dangers

of distracted driving just as much as the

dangers of drinking and driving.

5. Share driving responsibilities - As

new drivers, it’s a good idea to give

your teen excuses to practice their

skills. Send them out to the grocery

store, have them pick up their little

brother from soccer practice, or ask

them to drive Dad to the airport. It may

take a little getting used to for you, but

sharing the household driving responsibilities

takes some of them off your

plate. It’ll also expand their skills and

get them ready for the boring realities

of driving in the real world.

Craig Davis is an agent for Farmers

Insurance and the owner of Craig Davis

Family Insurance located at 27645 Jefferson,

Suite 113, in Temecula. He may

be reached at (951) 699-1776. cdavis@

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July 2020

5 Tips for Staying Hydrated

James “Stew” Stewart Resigns as Mayor

of Temecula

James “Stew” Stewart announced

that effective immediately he will resign

as Mayor and as a member of the Temecula

City Council. Stewart was elected

to a four-year term in November of 2016.

Mayor Stewart’s statement is as

follows:

“City of Temecula, I hear you, I

agree with you, and I am deeply sorry.

I owe everyone an apology including

our citizens of all backgrounds and

ethnicities, City staff, and my respected

colleagues on the City Council. You

have every right to be hurt and offended.

My typos and off-the-cuff response to an

email on a serious topic added pain at a

time where our community, and our country,

is suffering. I may not be the best

writer and I sometimes misspeak, but I

am not racist. I deeply regret this mistake

and I own it, entirely. I am truly sorry.

I understand that even my sincerest

apologies cannot remedy this situation.

Because actions speak louder than words,

I will step down as your Mayor and City

Council Member effective immediately.

It has been a true honor to serve this

great City and its citizens. My love for

Temecula and its residents is beyond

expression.”

Mayor Pro Tem Maryann Edwards

states, “Stew is a hard-working and

honest man, and the City accepts his

resignation. Temecula is poised to close

this chapter and continue our long-term

commitment to denounce and prevent

racial injustice in any form. On this day

of Mr. George Floyd’s memorial service,

on behalf of my council colleagues, the

City of Temecula offers our prayers and

heartfelt condolences to his family.”


I owe everyone an

apology including our

citizens of all backgrounds

and ethnicities,

City staff, and my

respected colleagues

on the City Council.

It’s already hot outside, but when

you add in your daily workout, it’s easy

to see how dehydration could quickly

become not only uncomfortable but

dangerous.

But dehydration isn’t something

that only happens in the summer or

during exercise; studies have shown

that many of us are walking around

chronically dehydrated! Since dehydration

can make you feel tired and weak

– plus lead to health problems – staying

hydrated should be a top priority for

all of us.

Eat fruits and veggies.

They aren’t just packed with nutrients;

fruits and vegetables also offer a

high water content. Filling your plate

with fresh produce can fight dehydration

while also helping you stay slim.

Consider sodium, too.

When we sweat, we lose more than

just water. If you’re exercising hard or

spending a lot of time outdoors, you

need to replace lost sodium as well as

fluids.

Be careful with alcohol.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it

will make you excrete more fluids than

you consume. Dehydration is one of the

reasons many people get a headache after

having a few glasses of wine or beer.

If you do drink alcohol occasionally,


pair each drink with a glass of water

to help maintain hydration.

Carry water with you.

Don’t count on yourself to remember

a glass of water every few hours.

You have enough to worry about. Carry

a refillable water bottle with you, and

you’ll remember to sip on it regularly.

If water bores you, experiment with

infusions like strawberries, citrus, or

cucumbers.

STAY hydrated! The name of this

article refers to staying hydrated, not

getting hydrated, for a reason. It’s

important to remember that hydration

is not something you should aim to

achieve in the short term, after a run

or because it’s extra hot outside. Yo-yo

hydration is not good for you. Make

hydration part of your lifestyle, because

staying hydrated will improve your

regular state of health.

Healthy

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Since dehydration can make you feel tired

and weak – plus lead to health problems –

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Vision Screenings vs. Eye Exams

Healthy

Living

by

Tina Dr. Patrick M. Gottlieb, Utnehmer D.C.

I just had an “exam” at school/

work/my PCP’s office/the DMV and I

was fine, isn’t that good enough? Vision

screening programs are intended

to identify children or adults who may

have undetected vision problems. If the

screening indicates a vision problem,

they are referred for further evaluation.

However, a vision screening can’t be

relied on to provide the same results

as a comprehensive eye and vision

examination.

Screenings can take many forms.

Often schools provide periodic vision

screenings for their students. A pediatrician

or other primary care physician

may do a vision screening as part of a

school physical. When applying for a

driver’s license, your vision will likely

be screened. Vision screenings are

often part of local health fairs put on

by hospitals, social service agencies

or fraternal groups like the Lions and

Elks clubs.

Vision screenings can uncover

some vision problems, but they can

miss more than they find. This is a

major concern about vision screening

programs. Current vision screening

methods cannot be relied on to effectively

identify individuals who need

vision care. In some cases, vision

screening may actually inhibit the

early diagnosis of vision problems.

Screenings can create a false sense

of security for those individuals who

“pass” the screening but who actually

have a vision problem. These people

are then less likely to receive treatment

for their vision problem-and it could

become worse.

Undetected and untreated vision

problems can interfere with a child’s

ability to learn in school and participate

in sports. They can also affect an

adult’s ability to do their job or to drive

safely. The earlier a vision problem is

diagnosed and treated, the less it will

impact an individual’s quality of life.

What are the limitations of vision

screening programs? To understand

why vision screenings may not find a

vision problem, let’s look at the factors

that can limit their effectiveness.

Limited testing. Many vision

screenings test only for distance visual

acuity. While the ability to see clearly

in the distance is important, it does

not indicate how well the eyes focus

up close or work together. It also does

not give any information about the

health of the eyes. Some screenings

may also include a plus lens test for

farsightedness and a test of eye coordination.

However, even these additional

screening tests will miss many vision

problems.

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Untrained personnel. Often, administrative

personnel or volunteers

who have little training conduct a vision

screening. While well-intentioned, these

individuals do not have the knowledge

to competently assess screening results.

Inadequate testing equipment.

Even when done in a pediatrician’s

or primary care physician’s office, the

scope of vision screening may be limited

by the type of testing equipment

available. Factors such as room lighting,

testing distances and maintenance of

the testing equipment can also affect

test results.

People often misunderstand what

passing a vision screening means. The

information obtained from a vision

screening is comparable to the information

obtained from a blood pressure

measurement. Your blood pressure may

be in normal range, but that doesn’t

mean that you do not have other health

problems. It’s merely a single measure

of one aspect of your overall health. Just

like you need a complete physical to

evaluate your total health, only a comprehensive

eye and vision examination

can evaluate your overall eye health and

vision status.

How is a comprehensive eye and

vision examination different from a

vision screening?

Specialized equipment and procedures,

which are not available as part of

a vision screening program, are needed

to adequately evaluate your eyes and

vision. Only an optometrist or ophthalmologist

can conduct a comprehensive

eye and vision examination. These

doctors have the specialized training

necessary to make a definitive diagnosis

and prescribe treatment.

A comprehensive adult eye and

vision examination includes:

• Patient and family health history

• Visual acuity measurement

• Preliminary tests of visual function

and eye health, including

depth perception, color vision, peripheral

(side) vision and response

of the pupils to light

• Assessment of refractive status to

determine the presence of nearsightedness,

farsightedness or

astigmatism

• Evaluation of eye focusing, eye

teaming and eye movement abilities

• Eye health examination

• Additional tests as needed

Vision screening programs can’t

substitute for regular professional vision

care. Children or adults who pass a

vision screening could still have an eye

health or vision problem. Professional

examinations are the only effective way

to confirm or rule out any eye disease or

vision problem. Come in and see us for

a comprehensive eye exam and discuss

personalized options for your eyes.

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July 2020

Temecula Valley Hospital is ow Offering a One-Day Breast Cancer Procedure

Xoft Intraoperative Radiation

Therapy allows certain early-stage

breast cancer patients to receive a

full course of treatment in one day,

in as little as 10 minutes

Temecula Valley Hospital is now

offering Intraoperative Radiation

Therapy (IORT) for select patients

with early-stage breast cancer.

Breast Intraoperative Radiation

Therapy (IORT) with iCAD’s Xoft®

Axxent® Electronic Brachytherapy

(eBx®) System® provides clinicians

with the option to perform radiation

therapy in the operating room at

the time of surgery. By delivering a

complete, concentrated dose of radiation

at the time of lumpectomy, this

treatment offers select patients an

innovative alternative to traditional

External Beam Radiation Therapy

(EBRT) with valuable benefits for

patients including shorter treatment

times, fewer side effects, reduced

costs, added convenience and improved

quality of life.

“Research shows that breast

cancer is the most common cancer

among American women and that 1

in 8 women in the United States will

be diagnosed with breast cancer in

her lifetime,” said Darlene Wetton,

CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital.

“Now, more than ever, IORT is a

very important option for the women

in our community and we are proud

to offer this innovative treatment.”

IORT with the Xoft System

utilizes a miniaturized, isotope-free

x-ray source to deliver a full course

of targeted radiation from inside

the body, directly within the tumor

cavity where the cancer is most

likely to recur, carefully destroying

cancer cells and reducing the risk

of damage to nearby healthy tissue

including the heart, lungs, and ribs.1.

Traditional EBRT involves daily radiation

treatments for two to ten weeks,

while IORT with the Xoft System can

be completed in as little as 10 minutes.

Patients appreciate that breast IORT

decreases potential side effects which

are more common with whole-breast

irradiation, and enables them to more

quickly return to normal activities

with minimal downtime. IORT may be

delivered as a single fraction or boost

at lumpectomy for early-stage breast

cancer. The Xoft System is FDA-cleared

for the treatment of cancer anywhere in

the body, including early-stage breast

cancer, non-melanoma skin cancer, and

gynecological cancers.

Temecula Valley Hospital is now

accepting referral patients for Breast Intraoperative

Radiation Therapy (IORT).

The physicians performing these procedures

are breast surgeon Dr. Amy

Bremner and radiation oncologist Dr.

Tara Washington – both of City of Hope,

a world-renowned independent research

and treatment center for cancer, diabetes

and other life-threatening diseases with

30 locations in Southern California. For

more information, please visit https://

www.temeculavalleyhospital.com/

About Temecula Valley Hospital

Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH),

with a 5 Star Medicare Hospital Compare

rating, brings advanced technology,

innovative programs, patient-centered

and family sensitive care to area residents

featuring 140 private patient

rooms. TVH is the first Universal

Health Services Hospital Emergency

Department in the country to achieve accreditation

from the American College

of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) as a

Geriatric Emergency Department. TVH

specializes in advanced cardiac services,

stroke care, general and surgical specialties

and orthopedics as a recent Blue

Distinction® Center Designation for

Quality in Knee and Hip Replacement

Surgeries. TVH is nationally recognized


Patients appreciate that breast IORT decreases potential side effects which are more

common with whole-breast irradiation, and enables them to more quickly return to

normal activities with minimal downtime.

for Patient Safety by the Leapfrog

Group, with a 2017 Top Hospital Award

and patients’ consecutive ‘A’ Grades for

Patient Safety in Spring 2019, Fall 2018,

Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017,

and Fall 2016. For more information

please visit https://www.temeculavalleyhospital.com/about/news

About the Xoft® Axxent® Electronic

Brachytherapy (eBx®)

System®

Our transformative vision for the

future of radiation therapy began with

the breakthrough development of our

miniaturized x-ray source – so small, it

could fit on the tip of your finger. Today,

this proprietary technology, combined

with the comprehensive capabilities of

the Xoft System, has powered the treatment

of thousands of cancer patients

worldwide.

Every component of our advanced

platform technology has been expertly

engineered to improve quality of care,

optimize operational workflow, and

increase access to patient-centric, cutting-edge

radiation therapy for patients

and providers alike – all in one, innovative

system.

Our technology empowers physicians

with full confidence to precisely

and effectively treat cancer and enable

their patients to live healthy, high-quality

lives. Our commitment to this innovative

technology is driven by the

valuable benefits it offers to physicians,

facilities, and patients on a global scale.

For more information, visit https://www.

xoftinc.com/

Reference:

1. Xoft® Axxent® Electronic

Brachytherapy (eBx®) System® for

Breast IORT Fact Sheet. Accessed via

https://www.xoftinc.com/documents/

XoftSystemIORTFactSheet.pdf


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EVMWD Receives Funding to Expand Wastewater Treatment Capacity

The project will bring more recycled water which benefits our lake and green areas in the community

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water

District (EVMWD) has received a $1.4

million grant from the United States

Bureau of Reclamation towards the

planning of the expansion of its Regional

Wastewater Treatment Facility to meet

the needs of the community’s growing

population.

With growth in the area projected

to increase nearly 50 percent over the

next 25 years, water consumption and

wastewater production will place a

greater demand on EVMWD’s system.

As a result, EVMWD is embarking on

an expansion facility to increase capacity,

upgrade treatment processes and improve

efficiency. The expansion will allow for

an additional 4 million gallons of wastewater

treatment daily, bringing the plant

total capacity to 12 million gallons per

day. Once treated, this recycled water is

used as a supplement for lake levels in

Lake Elsinore, as well as for parks, golf

courses and other landscaped common

areas in the community.

“We are grateful to the Bureau of

Reclamation for their partnership and

shared vision of a long-term solution

that will benefit our community far into

the future,” said Andy Morris, president

of the EVMWD board of directors. “As

our community continues to grow, these

improvements will benefit our businesses

and residents now and into the future.”

The project, which is in its planning

phase at this time, has received $1.9

million in grants and $5.9 million in no

interest loans. The District continues

to pursue other grants and low interest

loans to offset the costs of construction

of this project, which is anticipated to be

complete by December 2023.

EVMWD is only one of nine recipients

who have received the Title XVI

Water Reclamation and Reuse projects

funding through the Bureau. EVMWD

has received other funding from the Bureau

to assist with water saving projects

including the Drought Contingency Plan

Development project and the Advanced

Meter Infrastructure system.

EVMWD provides service to more

than 155,000 water and wastewater

customers in a 97-square-mile area in

Western Riverside County. The District

is a sub-agency of the Western Municipal

Water District and a member agency

of the Metropolitan Water District of

Southern California. Visit the EVMWD

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What’s Next?

REAL ESTATE

by by

Gene Steve Wunderlich Fillingim

Remember the good old days

when the only thing we had to worry

about was a deadly pandemic? Seems

like only yesterday. Oh wait…

Yet with exceptions made for

protesters and looters, our households

are still on modified lockdown

due to CV-19 that is continuing to

wreak havoc with our economy, with

our local business community and

with our municipal budgets. As one

columnist recently noted, ‘we’re participating

willingly and, with some,

quite enthusiastically, in burning

down our economic house.’

But it could be that some areas of

the economy are starting to rebound.

Stock market and jobs data released

recently point to a potential rally on

Wall Street and suggest the economy

could be on a quicker than expected

path to recovery than initially estimated.

We may see that V shaped recovery

instead of the more prolonged

swoosh after all, although we’re

certainly not out of the woods yet.

However, there are some brighter

lights in housing and both our state

and national Chief Economists, as

well as other local prognosticators,

point to housing as one economic

element that will lead the charge out of

the morass. While consumer confidence

has plummeted to its lowest level since

1973, the record 10 year recovery and

jobs streak has ended, and GDP has

taken a shot across the bow, interest

rates are again at record lows with the

possibility of dropping further, and

mortgage applications hit their low

point the week of April 10 and have

been climbing ever since.

Locally we did see a further decline

in sales of 9% month-over-month (760

/ 695) and a 39% drop year-over-year

(1131), Year-to-date we’re only off

9% (4,171 / 3,815) which puts us back

to 2014 sales level. And while I will

make the argument that given what

we’re going through, that’s not that

bad, I will also point to the fact that

pending sales are up 28% heading into

June (857 / 1,183). While that won’t

put us on track to win any prizes, it’s

certainly a good omen and precursor of

a decent month. As the market loosens

up, as consumer confidence returns, as

the economy rebounds, buyers moved

by low interest rates may come into the

market in droves.

Further, shifts in attitudes may drive

more buyers to our inland communities

signaling an end to the decade-long

California myth perpetuated by Sacramento

that ‘everybody wants to live

in highly dense urban areas convenient

to shopping and transportation hubs.’

Until, that is, a pandemic comes along

and those high density areas prove to be

the most deadly. And until the wave of

Millenials discover the joys of family

life with 2 kids and a pet and their own

backyard. Reality trumps Agenda 21

driven ‘smart growth’ planning.

More good news, median prices

across the region rose 2% monthover-month

($405,667 / $414,150) and

maintained a 6% lead year-over-year

($388,974). Year-to-date we’re also

up by 6% (377,964 / $403,972) with

our regional median price crossing the

$400,000 barrier for the first time in

over a decade. The pro’s suggest prices

statewide may only appreciate 0% - 2%

this year and rise just 1% - 3% next

year. In one recent forecast CoreLogic

opined we may actually see a drop in

median price in 2021. Barring a broader

market retraction (always possible), I’m

just not seeing that. Then again, they

get paid for their opinions so what do I

know. I guess time will tell.

Here’s why. You’d have to go

back to July of 2013 to find a lower

inventory, 1,193 units on the market

providing just 1.9 months of backup.

1.3 in Lake Elsinore, 1.5 in Murrieta

and Menifee, 1.6 in Temecula and

Perris. And properties continue to

fly off the market. While average

days on market was up to 22.9 days

in May from 16 days in April, it’s

still just 12 days in Wildomar, 13 in

Murrieta and 17 in Temecula. Let’s

see – inventory down, interest rates

dropping, demand rising, the economy

improving – sounds like a recipe

for market resurgence to me.

But we also can’t take a single

month and extrapolate too far down

the road. There’s still time to drive

this bus off the track and given some

of the bills that Sacramento is trying

to foist on us, could happen. In the

meanwhile, stay safe, practice your

distancing, and support your local

businesses trying to reopen.

Gene Wunderlich is Vice President,

Government Affairs for Southwest

Riverside County Association of Realtors.

If you have questions on the

market, please contact me at GAD@

srcar.org.


While consumer confidence has plummeted to its lowest level since

1973, the record 10 year recovery and jobs streak has ended, and

GDP has taken a shot across the bow, interest rates are again at

record lows with the possibility of dropping further, and mortgage

applications hit their low point the week of April 10 and have been

climbing ever since.


July 2020

NIST – Achieving Alignment in

Cybersecurity

TECHNOLOGY

by

by

James

Steve

Laszko

Fillingim

Technology has always been a

dynamic market. Traditional focus has

moved from a hardware/software to

virtualization and the cloud but data

has clearly been designated as the true

prize and in the unpatrolled world of

the Internet, it is up to you to secure it.

You can have the fastest car in the lot

but take it down a dirt road and you’re

in trouble. The difficulty with protecting

data thus far has been the lack of

standardization of how to go about protecting

it but the Cybersecurity Framework

(CSF) developed by the National

Institute of Standards and Technology

(NIST) is providing the foundation that

has been missing.

Though the NIST is part of the

Department of Commerce, companies

are not mandated to follow any of their

standards unless you work with the

Federal Government and it is a contractual

provision. The value of the CSF to

non-government serving businesses is a

common language around cybersecurity

and future proofing your security posture

for regulations to come.

Both the California Consumer Privacy

Act and the New York Department

of Financial Services Cybersecurity

Regulation use NIST guidelines in their

framework and many other states are

rolling out new laws forcing business

to have formal cybersecurity policies

The topic of cybersecurity is often

met with an “it’s not going to happen

to me” attitude even though you’ve

probably received breach notification

emails from companies you’ve given

your personal information to. In 2018

alone 5 billion sensitive records were

compromised. Picture for a moment

how your business would be affected

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if you had to send your employees and

customers an email that their personal

information had been compromised.

Will they trust you moving forward?

What will you need to do to repair the

relationship? What will the government

fine you for the breach?

The NIST framework can be applied

to any size business. Getting your arms

around the basics is the best way to start

building your cybersecurity posture.

The core of the framework is broken

down into 5 functions:

Identify – Think through all of your

systems, people, assets, data and capabilities.

Protection – Implement your safeguards

and conduct ongoing maintenance.

Detect – Processes and procedures for

timely detection are crucial to mitigate

loss.

Respond – A cybersecurity response

plan details out the how, who and what

when there is no time to waste.

Recover – Create a plan to be resilient

and restore operations back to normal.

Beyond the potential for loss of

business and reputation damage a data

security breach in itself can cost you a

significant amount of money from data

recovery to fines. By working through

the NIST 5 functions to begin your

framework, you’ll be able to clearly

gauge your acceptable risk level and

plan out where action is needed in your

environment.

While this can be done in house,

depending on your particular talents, an

outside specialist will be able to assess

your infrastructure from a different perspective

and is usually the best source

for up to date information and process

control. Whatever your path, it needs

to get done.

Mythos Technology is an IT consulting

and management firm that provides

Managed Technology Services including

hosted cloud and compliance solutions.

For more information, please visit www.

mythostech.com or call (951) 813-2672.

Picture for a moment how your business

would be affected if you had to send your

employees and customers an email that their

personal information had been compromised.

Will they trust you moving forward? What will

you need to do to repair the relationship? What

will the government fine you for the breach?

SUCCESSFUL ON-LINE CONFERENCING

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Before the meeting, conferences

should be planned by the host. Their

responsibility is to ensure that all the

needed participants have been invited

and provided connectivity information

including phone numbers, meeting

ids and passwords. Depending on the

application used, a simple link may be

provided for one click access. Provide

each attendee appropriate rights at the

meeting as well. Some participants

only require talk and listen privileges

where others will need to share information,

promote a participant and mute

attendees.

Immediately before the meeting

begins, the host and any presenters

should arrive early to check connectivity

and go over logistics. Documents

must be available and ready for

sharing. Wasting time trying locate a

presentation risks losing attendees attention

or their presence altogether. If

appropriate, place a starting message in

the chat box that asks each participant

to type in their name and location. This

is a good way to start engaging your

audience.

During open discussion there is

some etiquette to follow. When one

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contributes it can be a good idea to start

by having them state their name. In a

face-to-face meeting one sees who is

talking but over the phone or on camera

it may take time for listeners to identify

that person. If presenting, build in

pauses to allow the audience opportunity

to ask questions and comment. In

a smaller group, don’t monopolize the

conversation in order to allow time for

others to participate. Speak slower than

normal. This is especially important

in a global setting where mental language

translation may be taking place.

Mute when not talking as background

noise serves to interrupt or distract in

a meeting. If on a video call, observe

what is behind you. It can be equally

distracting.

Follow these tips and you’ll be

on your way to productive on-line

meetings.

Ted Saul is a business coach that assists

with Business Planning. He holds a

master certificate in project management

and has earned his MBA from

Regis University. Ted can be reached

on LinkedIn or emailing TedSaulBiz@

gmail.com.


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2020-21 MURRIETA ROTARY OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

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Active in community service, Lou

Ellen has been on the Temecula Valley

Chamber of Commerce board of directors,

Loma Linda Big Hearts for Little

Hearts, Temecula Valley Guild, Slow

Food of Temecula Valley, and Women’s

Peer Connection Group while holding

several positions with the Rotary Club

of Murrieta. She currently serves as

chairperson for Loma Linda University

Medical Center Murrieta, and Community

Partnership Council as well

as chairperson for Murrieta-Wildomar

Chamber of Commerce Student of the

Month program.

Her volunteer participation earned

her Murrieta Rotarian of the Year 2015

and Murrieta Chamber of Commerce

“Visionary” Award 2016.

Serving with Lou Ellen:

Steve Nicholson, president-elect

while Jacqui Dobens will be the immediate

past president.

Al Vollbrecht serves as Secretary,

and Patsy Orr is Treasurer. Amy Fisher

is Foundation Chair, and Administration,

Dawn Layton.

Club Directors are: Vocational

Services, Cynthia Nordskog; Community

Service, Jim Yanoschik; Youth

Services, John Brown and Jody Lawlor;

Membership, Liz Jones; International,

Doreen Tate and Public Relations,

Linda Dozier.

The club serves the City of Murrieta

and surrounding area and is involved

in international projects in cooperation

with Rotary International which has

as its ongoing theme “Service Above

Self.” Chartered on April 28, 1992,

the Murrieta Club is known for several

signature projects including the Murrieta

Field of Honor, which will celebrate

its 12th year in November.

Rotary is one of the largest international

humanitarian service organizations

in the world, with 1.2 million

members in some 32,000 clubs in more

than 200 countries and geographic areas.

Rotary began in 1905 in Chicago

and serves the needs of local communities

around the world.

JUDY ZULFIQAR ROTARY CLUB TEMECULA PRESIDENT

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Born in New Mexico and raised on a

farm in the ‘Show Me’ state - Missouri,

Judy’s common-sense leadership style

will help Rotary continue to provide

Service Above Self. Judy’s upbringing

has provided her tenacity, innovation,

strategy and adaptation. Immediately

after high school, she ventured to California

and juggled school and work as a

911 operator. “Working in the emergency

response profession taught me to think

quickly and be decisive - skills that are

critically important today,” said Judy.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest

and current economic conditions were

unexpected and require us to think differently

while still serving our community.

Along with my Board and Club members,

we are doing just that.”


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Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce

www.temecula.org

Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce

www.MWCoC.org

Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce

www.menifeevalleychamber.com

Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber

www.lakeelsinorechamber.com

Hemet/San Jacinto Valley

Chamber of Commerce

www.hsjvc.com


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by Helen M. Ryan

Benefits of Exercising in Water

1. Burns Calories

A properly structured water training

session can burn up to 500 calories,

which facilitates weight loss.

2. Provides Full Body Conditioning

When you move through water you

are always encountering resistance,

which challenges your muscles. Water

provides a well-balanced workout that

encompasses the major components of

physical fitness: endurance, muscular

strength and flexibility….all in one shot.

3. Saves Time

In the pool your exercise sessions

involve working muscles in pairs, so you

accomplish more in less time.

4. Is Easy on the Joints

Water makes your body buoyant and

the impact to the joints during exercise

is significantly less than on land. Not

only is this good for seniors, but athletes

needing cross-training, rehabilitation

patients and pregnant women benefit

from the lessened joint stress.

5. Alleviates Back Pain and

Strengthens Core

Water provides a low- to no-impact

environment that reduces stress on the

spine, which sometimes allows you to

work harder than on land. Deep water

exercise is also a very effective core

strengthener, which is important for

back health and good posture.

6. Provides Cross-Training

Repetitive motion often leads to injuries,

so moving your program into the

pool or changing up your exercise completely

gives your body a well-deserved

break. Runners, for example, often find

deep water jogging a welcome, yet

challenging, alternative to the constant

pounding on pavement.

7. Keeps You Cool

Though you do sweat during pool

exercise sessions, the water helps wash

the sweat away so you don’t feel uncomfortable.

Overheating is a frequent

danger with hot weather workouts and

is much less likely in the pool.

8. Relaxes You

The fluid movement of water relaxes

you and facilitates better sleep.

New mind-body classes such as pool

yoga and water pilates also reinforce

relaxation. Specialized treatments such

as Watsu, a gentle form of body therapy

performed in warm water combining

elements of massage, stretching and

shiatsu, offers a complete relaxation

experience. And when in doubt – merely

float. The gentle motion of the water will

cradle you and let your muscles release.

As with all exercise, consistency is

key. Do your research and find a water-based

program that appeals to your

personality and needs. That way, come

fall, you won’t be struggling to fit back

into your jeans.

Stay cool.


Do your research and

find a water-based

program that appeals

to your personality and

needs.


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