Temecula Approves Mosque After Contentious 8-hour Hearing

Nope, Saturdays are not blocked out. Yep, it can be any four, as long as they’re on the list. And yes, you should really try four new ones, not the wineries you return to time and again.Loyalty is lovely, but bet you’ll find a new favorite or two after drinking at a full four new places. And the complement the passport?Area hotels, like Temecula Creek Inn, and transportation services, Sunset Limousine, have tie-in packages and deals. It’s a full-on effort, in short, to grow people’s love of the grape. Yep, you’ll be back to taking the out-of-towners to your tried-and-true tasting spot in no time, but California Wine Month, and the Temecula SIPPassport, only come around once a year.
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Dr. Howland is a professional, compassionate veterinarian in Temecula, CA , who is dedicated in providing quality care to her patients, echoing the principles that the Pet Medical Center has become known for. Dr. Howland attended college at the University of San Diego and, once graduated, spent time working in an emergency clinic and at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL, where she is originally from. From there, she returned back to Southern California to attend veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences. Through the unique curriculum offered at Western University, she was enabled to work in a number of hospitals throughout the country. After graduation, she was able to find a great fit with the Pet Medical Center as an associate veterinarian in Temecula, CA . Dr. Howland has always possessed a love for animals. Her best childhood friend was the family dog, a Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Baron.
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TEMECULA: September is California Wine Month

The vote came at 3:34 a.m. after the council sat patiently into the wee morning hours listening to testimony from residents, largely a replay of the months of debate over the mosque. More than 110 people signed up to testify, though some drifted away after sitting through six hours of speakers. This was a democratic republic at its best,” said Councilwoman Maryann Edwards. Plans by the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley to build a 24,943-square-foot mosque on a vacant 4-acre plot in northeastern Temecula, next to a Baptist church, have been attacked by opponents who have said the mosque will attract Islamic extremists and overwhelm the neighborhood with traffic congestion and noise. The citys Planning Commission unanimously approved the project in early December, and opponents appealed that ruling to the City Council, which held a packed public hearing on the project starting about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night. This is a great day for all of Temecula, really,” said Imam Mohamoud Harmoush of the Islamic Center.
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TEMECULA VALLEY: Church changing plans as Wine Country blueprint moves forward

Earlier this summer, Deputy Planning Director Frank Coyle said the county would provide a way for the church to expand by carving a doughnut hole out of the Wine Country plan for it. Temecula attorney Ray Johnson, who filed suit over Calvary Chapels alleged failure to comply with conditions of its initial permit, warned Aug. 14 he will sue again if the county excises the 30-acre church property. That, he wrote, would constitute illegal spot zoning. Calvary Chapel attorney Bob Tyler said the church isnt thrilled, either, and would prefer the county repeal the prohibition against religious institutions. Tyler contends that under federal law churches may not legally be kept out of any zoning district, including agricultural ones. In November 2012, Johnson filed suit on behalf of Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle operator John Kelliher. The suit claims Calvary Chapel failed to live up to its promise to plant nearly half its site with pines and harvest them for Christmas trees; the church has said the condition called for landscape trees, not a crop.
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Jeffrey Kubel Named New City of Temecula Police Chief

More than any other wine region in California, Temecula is a place to party. Local growers Lawyer in Temecula have nothing really against tourism and nothing, certainly, against sales. But having survived the scourge of the glassy winged sharpshooter, the insect pest that helps spread the withering devastation of Pierce’s disease, they now face a much more confounding dilemma: a wholesale indifference on the part of its patrons to the valley’s viticultural strengths. Growers would like nothing more than to reclaim their reputation as a legitimate winegrowing region and compete with other California appellations, but despite the best intentions, they find themselves capitulating to a clientele that’s just not that interested. “It’s a real catch-22,” says Jon McPherson of South Coast Winery, one of the region’s largest. “I want to make Syrah and other varieties that work best here, but how can I sell the wines I want to make when everybody’s wanting something else? How am I going to keep the cash flow going?” Temecula is a warm, dry growing region with a fairly pronounced coastal influence (warm days, cool nights) and an affinity for warm-climate red grapes, such as those found in Spain, southern France and central Italy, including Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Tempranillo and Sangiovese. Less than a decade ago the region seemed poised for success with these and other varieties. In fact, nearly half of all of the fruit produced in the region was purchased by “up north” wineries such as Fetzer and Glen Ellen. Temecula even had a homegrown mass-market brand, Callaway, which snatched up fruit the up-north wineries could not.
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Tour Bus Crash Injures 10

Sheriff Sniff recommended Captain Kubel for selection of Chief of Police due in part to his previous eleven combined years of service to the City of Temecula and Temecula Valley area. Sheriff Sniff said, “Captain Kubel will be a positive asset to the Temecula Police Department due to his years of experience in law enforcement, his varied experience in the many operations of the Sheriff’s Department and from his previous involvement with the City of Temecula.” Kubel succeeds Andre O’Harra, who has served as Temecula’s Police Chief since June of 2009. “On behalf of the City, I want to thank Chief O’Harra for his dedicated service to the City of Temecula,” stated Adams. “Chief Kubel will be following a history of excellence in public safety and I have full confidence in his leadership as Temecula’s next Police Chief.” Chief Kubel began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Department in July, 1990. Chief Kubel has held assignments in the Corrections Division, serving at the Robert Presley and Southwest Detention Centers, Patrol Division, working as a Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant at the Southwest Sheriff’s Station, which also serves the City of Temecula as the Temecula Police Department, Sheriff’s Administration, Corrections Planning and most recently as the commander of the Sheriff’s Court Services. “Chief Kubel understands the high priority placed on community safety and we welcome him to the City team,” stated Mayor Mike Naggar. Public Safety is the City’s top priority representing the largest single portion of the City of Temecula General Fund at 48% of the City’s FY 2013-14 operating budget. The City of Temecula contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for Police services. Chief Kubel will lead a police force that maintains the City Council directive of no less than one sworn officer per one thousand residents. Read 4 times
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Temecula Valley, winegrowing region or party destination?

The crash occurred on Pala Temecula Road near Aruba Road about 10:49 p.m. Sunday, according to authorities. The bus driver told the CHP his vehicle suffered brake failure and he was unable to stop on a curve and instead smashed into a guard rail, then trees and boulders along the road, the Los Angeles Times reported today. The bus was headed to the Casino Pauma with 18 passengers, according to the Times. The passengers were all from the Los Angeles area, and the driver resides in El Monte, according to the newspaper. The injured were taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, according to authorities. Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be involved, authorities said.
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14 when the entire winemaking community will come together for the fourth annual CRUSH event at Callaway Winery (32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula) from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Representatives from all 35 wineries will converge on the patio at Callaway to talk grape, enjoy fine cuisine from more than a dozen local chefs, farms and restaurants, and dance to live music. Tickets to that event are $75 per person ($100 VIP), with early-bird discount tickets available in August for $65. The month is also kind of a reminder and celebration for ourselves as winemakers, winegrowers and winery owners, Palumbo said. The CRUSH event, obviously it is open to the public, but it is a chance for us as winemakers to get together, take one night and relax and take some time to talk about whats going on in the wine world. It is a public awareness thing, but its also a self-awareness campaign for us. Now is typically the start of a busy couple of months for winegrowers in the region.
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