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Who’s News: 3/31/23


Vista Chamber of Commerce announced its March Rising Star Students, from left, Harmanpreet Singh – Guajome Park Academy; Spencer Ferrell – Vista Visions Academy; Karla Martinez – Rancho Buena Vista High; Abigail Luna – Vista Visions Academy; Anthony Ramirez – Alta Vista High School; Michelle Aguilar – Vista High School and Cedar Petitt – Mission Vista High School. Rising Star students impress the chamber every month with their stories of resilience, dedication, bravery, kindness, and creativity. Learn how you can help impact these students lives by contacting [email protected]


The new book by hometown writer and columnist Chris Ahrens,  “A Gangster’s Fairytale,” chronicles a gangster’s journey through heaven and hell. After LA gangster Sonny Cruz and his son Johnny are fatally wounded by a rival, Sonny is ushered through heaven and hell. While Sonny’s objective is to find and kill the man who shot him and his son, his purpose is revealed to be to forgive the murderer. “AlphaPhoenicia, A Gangster’s Fairytale” is currently available as an eBook through Amazon and Print books will be available for order by April 5, 2023. For more information, contact Chris Ahrens at (760) 730-2041, or email [email protected].


Santa Fe Christian School seventh-grader Reid Emoto-Garay has earned recognition, including a fall award from city hall and the opportunity to meet San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones. Emoto-Garay has been an instrumental figure in organizing and volunteering at community events for the youth commission. He is an active member of the San Marcos Youth Commission. Elected as a commissioner in the summer of 2022. He has also been an instrumental figure in organizing and volunteering at community events for the youth commission.


Senior Helpers in-home senior care opened its doors at 111 N. Broadway, Escondido on March 13. The new franchise, owned by Cort Peters, will serve seniors and their families in North County offering everything from general home assistance with everyday tasks to specialized caregiver services and training in Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s care.


Longevity Physical Therapy will be opening its fourth clinic in San Diego County at 100 E. San Marcos Blvd., in the Gateway Building in San Marcos in May of 2023. Its other locations are Bressi Ranch, 2719 Loker Ave. W, Ste A. Carlsbad and La Costa, 3257 Camino de Los Coches, Suite 301, Carlsbad.


To address challenges pet owners are facing when seeking veterinary care in California, San Diego Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are sponsoring a bill, AB 1399 Veterinary medicine, that would allow increased access to services via telemedicine. Currently, California regulations bar licensed veterinarians from giving advice to pet owners through telemedicine unless the owners bring their animals into the veterinary hospital. More information at


San Diego Blood Bank has added a solar-plus-storage project which includes rooftop solar with battery storage. Two new bloodmobiles have been outfitted with batteries and solar panels that have made it possible to replace the two diesel power generators needed to operate the lights, AC, and equipment on these new buses, and two Tesla blood delivery vehicles, one of which was generously funded by the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation. 

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