The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos (Events De Jour)

The “Heart” of Dos Lagos Offers New Outdoor Fitness Classes

Whether it’s Latin dance-inspired classes, Moms power walking with their babies in strollers, or fitness boot camps as seen on TV reality shows, The “Heart” of Dos Lagos will offer the Dos Lagos community, local residents and visitors a variety of outdoor fitness classes beginning February 1 by introducing its new Fit & Fun program.

Certified trainers will offer weekly classes at the Dos Lagos Amphitheater and Lakeside Garden Retreats. Classes include Get Fit Corona™ Fitness Boot Camp; Corona Outdoor Fitness Camp for Women by Xtreme Fitness; Zumba® Fitness; and Stroller Strides®.

“We offer unique fitness classes that participants will enjoy and can easily incorporate into their lifestyle,” said Tiffany Jones, Program and Event Manager for The “Heart” of Dos Lagos. “We plan to introduce senior and children classes into the Fit & Fun program in the near future.”

The Fit & Fun program kicks off at the Dos Lagos Amphitheater on Friday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. with a free Zumba Fitness demonstration class sponsored by The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos. “We invite the public to come out and experience Zumba, which combines dance, fitness, and entertainment all in one dynamic and fun way,” said Katherine Davis, founder of KATz Outdoor Fitness and certified Zumba instructor.

All classes are approximately one hour and will be held at The “Heart” of Dos Lagos, north of The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos. Early registration is suggested as space is limited for each class. For an updated class schedule and directions, call (951) 277-7601 or visit
http://www.promenadeshopsatdoslagos.com/.

The public may contact the program instructor for additional information and discounted rates offered for the following classes:

Get Fit Corona Fitness Boot Camp for Women
When: 6:00 – 7:00 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 5, 2008
Where: Dos Lagos Amphitheater
Information:
http://www.getfitcorona.com/
Instructor: Frances Casey, (951) 907-9713 or
Frances@GetFitCorona.com

Corona Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp for Women by Xtreme Fitness
When: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays beginning February 5, 2008
Where: Dos Lagos Amphitheater
Information:
http://www.xfbootcamp.com/
Instructor: John Gaul, (951) 834-1999 or
John@XFBootCamp.com

Zumba Fitness – Dynamic and fun cardio workout to Latin music.
When: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Tuesdays beginning February 5, 2008
Where: Dos Lagos Amphitheater
Information:
http://www.inlandempirezumba.com/
Instructor: Katherine “KAT” Davis, (909) 900-3261 or
Katherine.Davis@yahoo.com

Stroller Strides - Fitness for Moms, Fun for Babies.
When: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.; Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2008
Where: The “Heart” of Dos Lagos, Lakeside Retreat (on the grass)
Information:
www.StrollerStrides.net/Corona
Instructor: Dina Conover, (888) 480-3810 or Dina@StrollerStrides.net
(Class schedule and instructors are subject to change.)

About The “Heart” of Dos Lagos

This eco-chic, award-winning designed community includes an outdoor amphitheater, two lakes, bamboo bridge, and lakeside garden retreats. The “Heart” of Dos Lagos provides a context for cultural experiences and growth which nurtures, inspires and creates a strong sense of place, commitment, and involvement within the community and among its members. The Dos Lagos Commercial Maintenance Corporation, a non-profit mutual benefit corporation, manages the events and programs at The “Heart” of Dos Lagos.

About The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos

The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos is Corona, California’s first lifestyle center. Offering more than 60 of the finest specialty shops, six full-service restaurants and a 15-screen movie theatre, the pedestrian-friendly shopping center is a part of Dos Lagos, a 543-acre master-planned sustainable community. The Center was developed and is managed by Poag & McEwen Lifestyle Centers, LLC. For more information, visit
http://www.promenadeshopsatdoslagos.com/ or www.PM-Lifestyle.com.

About Dos Lagos

Dos Lagos is the first master-planned sustainable community in Western Riverside County that balances nature and community. Developed by SE Corporation, the 543-acre mixed-use community combines residential, retail, office and entertainment to enhance the quality of life. Dos Lagos is located in Corona, California. For more information, visit
http://www.doslagos.net/.

Expect the Unexpected… Be Prepared When an Earthquake Strikes
Awareness Program hosted by GIVE, the City of Corona and The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos


Nearly 45 states and territories throughout the U.S. have a moderate to high risk of being suddenly hit by an earthquake.

To brace yourself for these natural disasters, gather up the family on February 13 and attend the City of Corona Fire Department ’s presentation to learn ways you can prepare for the unexpected. Families will learn to prepare, make an emergency supply kit and the actions to take during or immediately following an earthquake. Knowing what to do in emergency situations can make all the difference.

What:
Join us for an informative workshop on being prepared.
Free and open to the public, the Earthquake Preparedness presentation is part of a monthly awareness program to educate the general public about important issues that affect everyday lives and how to prepare for emergency situations. Upcoming topics include Internet safety; recycling, endangered species, summer/water safety, fire prevention and much more.

When:
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Where:
Krikorian Theatres 15 at Dos Lagos
2710 Lakeshore Drive, Corona
Free admission. Open to the public.
Please RSVP with Denise Seinturier at (951) 667-6200 or
Denise@SeCorporation.com

Who:
Green Institute for Village Empowerment, the City of Corona and The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos are partnering together to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for Earthquakes.

February Symposium: World Oil Peak - Out of Gas
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David L. Goodstein, Ph.D, Professor of Physics, Caltech


Who:
Keynote Speaker,
Dr. David L. Goodstein, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology, will discuss the current oil crisis and the harmful repercussions that will occur when the world’s oil supply is depleted.

What:
The two-hour symposium, hosted by the
Green Institute for Village Empowerment (GIVE), is free and open to the public and is part of a monthly program to help educate the general public about the issue of sustainability and to empower people to improve the quality of life for themselves and their communities.

Each month, GIVE offers a $500 scholarship to those who enter an essay competition and participate at a monthly symposium. Individuals who are interested in this scholarship opportunity must write an essay after attending this month’s GIVE symposium or watching it via live Webcast. The GIVE $500 scholarship is open to the public and will be offered on a monthly basis. Topics will be based upon the recent symposium. For details and rules, log on to
http://www.giveforthefuture.org/.

When:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Welcome/Introduction: Ali Sahabi, President of SE Corporation and developer of
Dos Lagos
6:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Goodstein
6:45 p.m. Q&A
7:00 p.m. Networking

Where:
Krikorian Theatres 15 at Dos Lagos
2710 Lakeshore Drive, Corona
Free admission. Open to the public.
Reservations Required: (951) 667-6277 or Denise@SeCorporation.com
Live Webcast:
http://www.giveforthefuture.org/.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Ready to Unleash Their 2008 Season at East Bay; 6 Straight Nights of Racing during Winternationals

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is ready and raring to go to get its 2008 racing season started for the fourth consecutive year at the East Bay Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. The 32nd annual event will be contested from February 4th through the 9th. There will be six straight nights of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series racing concluding on Saturday Night, February 9th with a $12,000 to win event. Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI is the reigning East Bay Winternationals Points Fund Champion.

The total purses for the six nights of competition will approach the $200,000 mark with an additional $30,000 in cash and contingencies up for grabs in the DART Machinery Winternationals Points Fund. Also the series has announced that the Friday, February 8th show will be taped by the VERSUS Network and the finale on Saturday Night February 9th will be taped by the SPEED Channel. The televised events will be shown on a date and time to be announced in the future.

"It's been a great relationship between East Bay Raceway Park and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and we look forward to seeing all the fans and competitors again in 2008," said East Bay Raceway Park Vice-President, Todd Hutto. Hutto also said that discount pricing is available for general admission and pit gate admission during the week-long of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series racing action at East Bay. For discount ticket information you can call the track office toll free at 1-877-457-5611 between normal business hours or visit the track's website at www.eastbayracewaypark for more information.

Officials of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and East Bay Raceway Park have announced that hot laps will begin at 5:00 PM each day followed by time trials. As per the 2008 series rulebook if there are more than four heat races scheduled there will be group qualifying. Also new for 2008 at East Bay for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be the use of transponders for the first time during the Winternationals. The tire rule for the East Bay Winternationals will be as follows in 2008; Hoosier 1100, 1300, 1600, LM20 and LM40 and the American Racer 23, 44 and 56.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Director Ritchie Lewis is equally as excited to be heading to Florida in February. "We are looking forward to being back at East Bay in 2008, working with Todd, Al Varnadore and Jean Lynch, it is a great atmosphere to be in and around and after a long winter it's always great to see some tremendous racing that East Bay offers."

Chapman sees O.C. homes unafforable as late as 2011 (Inland Empire Homes to decline)

Chapman U. economist Esmael Adibi told a Building Industry Association of Orange County banquet Monday night that falling consumer spending and a drop in construction will lead to a recession at the national level. And while the Federal Reserve’s three-quarter-point interest rate cut last week will help the economy, it’s no cure.

Adibi, director of Chapman’s Anderson Center for Economic Research, repeated his forecast issued last month that homes will be overvalued by 20% even after prices fall 8.1% in 2008. It’s conceivable that home prices could drop by another 20 percent after this year, or prices could stay flat until income catches up, he said.

Based on ratios of median incomes to median prices, Adibi predicted that home prices won’t return to “reasonable affordability” until 2009 or 2010 at a minimum, and possibly not until 2011. Adibi noted that the last housing slump lasted 54 months and home prices fell 17.7% peak -to-trough. The current slump is in its 27th month.

At the BIA/OC’s annual housing outlook dinner, Inland Empire economist John Husing also spoke, saying that existing home prices are 20% too high in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and that new home prices there are 13% too high. He forecast a 15% decline in existing I.E. home prices and that inflation will eat up the rest of the overvaluation.

Separately, Adibi today issued his annual economic forecast for the Inland Empire. He’s calling for a 12.5% drop in the median single-family home price there in 2008.

AMB Invests $80M in Mira Loma Industrial Property

New York Life Insurance Co. sold the 901,662-square-foot industrial building at 4100 Hamner Ave. in Mira Loma, CA, to AMB Property Corp. for $80 million, or nearly $89 per square foot.The property is 100% triple net leased to Wal-Mart until 2011.

Smashing Belt-buckles on a Brand New Fender Guitar?

Developing products is a strange business. There are the obvious product capabilities (where most of us spend most of our time), the competitive environment, and in this particular product development case the priorities are twisted around just a little bit, and the smart guys at Fender have found a way to capitalize on those aesthetic preferences.

Indulge me for just a second with a portion of a David Wilcox song named “Guitar Shopping”. The song describes how a 17 year old David Wilcox intentionally bought his first guitar that was well used, road weary and oozing with character, that David hoped to develop over a lifetime as a professional guitar player and singer. After over a dozen successful albums, David spies an old guitar from his time as an aspiring guitar player, in the window of an old guitar store. Here’s a portion of David Wilcox’s song that beautifully describes the evolution of his guitar preferences.

“Guitar Shopping”

“…Course back then, I didn’t want it,it was way too new for me,I needed something old and righteous, with it’s own authority,So the first guitar I ever bought was twice as old as me,Because it’s life was full of music, as I as I dreamed that my life might be…I still like the look of road wear, but the roles have been reversed, The old ones still have their stories, but by now… so do I…”.

Like jeans that must look well worn and unique, so to does it appear it must be so for guitars as well, even Fender guitars!

WSJ reported recently on the Fender guitar factory in Corona, CA and the decision to intentionally age brand new guitars in order to provide customers with relic-like guitars at (over) new guitar prices (and of course new guitar capabilities). Fender marketers have watched as the price of vintage guitars have skyrocketed, propelled by collectors who like the look of character that comes with well-aged guitars. It turns out that the difference between a new Fender and a faux-vintage guitar can be over $500.

The tools required to bestow a soulless guitar into one with a pedigree and a cool, aged patina, include industrial solvents, a tumbler for some of the metal parts and a bit of sub-freezing aerosol to give the lacquer the “weather checking” spider like cracks. And of course you need the belt-buckles to provide the “cymbal stand” gashes.Customers say that they get the best of both worlds with an artificially distressed guitar - a new product that works well and doesn’t have any functional problems, and that broken-in feeling that plays better than a brand new guitar.As you develop your new products, keep the customer in mind – and remember to never get caught stuck, thinking only inside of the box! Know thy customers, Chris Hawkes.

Krikorian Premiere Theaters hosts its own Oscar contest

Krikorian Premiere Theaters is getting into the rush of the award season by hosting its own Oscar contest.

Film buffs have a chance to make their own Oscar predictions in 11 categories for an opportunity to take home prizes.

Voters will be allowed to vote in the following categories: best picture, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best director, best original screenplay, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best animated feature and best original song.

The voter who makes the most correct predictions will take home a Nintendo Wii, while nine other lucky entrants will receive free movies for a year at any Krikorian theater.

Ballots are available online at www.kptmovies.com or at any Krikorian theater.

Winners will be notified around late March or early April, said Niki Kealalio, Krikorian marketing coordinator.

Before the big show, Krikorian will open their doors at six locations to allow moviegoers a chance to view one of the largest private collections of Oscar statues around.

The collection will also display a few other awards from various awards shows, including one from the Golden Globes and another from the Directors Guild of America. Movie posters will also be on display.

The display is at Krikorian Redlands Cinema 14, 340 N. Eureka St., Redlands, through Tuesday, then moves to the Corona 15 at Dos Lagos, 2710 Lakeshore Drive, Corona, Wednesday through Feb. 5.

Awards on display will include the 1930 Best Director Oscar awarded to Norman Taurog and the 1975 Best Film Editing Oscar for Jaws. Other Oscars on display will be from "Cavalcade," "It Happened One Night," "Wuthering Heights," "How Green was My Valley," "The More the Merrier," "An American in Paris," "A Place in the Sun," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Around the World in 80 Days," "Gigi" and "Cleopatra."

Up and Coming Eastvale

With the number of short sales, foreclosures, and bank owned properties, one would believe the housing industry has come to a complete halt within the community of Eastvale. However, the streets of Eastvale tell a different story. Yes, short sales, foreclosure and bank owned real estate signs align the many streets within the community but that has not yet stopped buyers from looking for that one great deal.

With the housing prices at a ultimate low and interest rates continuing to drop, many home buyers are turning to Eastvale, to cash in on its future and current growth. As shops, restaurants and businesses continue to pop up around town, Eastvale shows much promise.

Vineyard National Bancorp Announces Resignation of Norman Morales

Vineyard National Bancorp (NASDAQ: VNBC) (the "company"), Vineyard Bank, N.A. ("Vineyard") and the company's other subsidiaries announced today the resignation of Norman Morales as the company's president and chief executive officer and as a director. The company also announced the appointment of James LeSieur, III as interim chief executive officer, pending the selection of a permanent replacement for Mr. Morales.

Mr. LeSieur stated, "We want to recognize and thank Norm for the significant contributions and accomplishments during his tenure as our president and chief executive officer and director. We will benefit from Norm's valuable insight and expertise to the Board as he has agreed to assist us over the next twelve months in achieving our strategic objectives."

Mr. Morales stated, "Creating the Vineyard franchise has been a rewarding experience over the past seven years. Evolving into a regional community bank with all of the talents and relationships which the company possesses has provided a strong foundation for the future."

Mr. LeSieur, who has more than 30 years of banking industry experience, has been a member of the company's Board of Directors since 2004 and before that served for 12 years as president and chief executive officer for Sunwest Bank headquartered in Orange County.

The company is a $2.5 billion financial holding company headquartered in Corona, and the parent company of Vineyard, 1031 Exchange Advantage, Inc., and 1031 Funding & Reverse Corp. (collectively "the exchange companies"). Vineyard, also headquartered in Corona, operates through 16 full-service banking centers and four regional financial centers in the counties of Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Clara and Ventura, Calif. The exchange companies are headquartered in Encinitas, Calif. The company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market System under the symbol "VNBC." For additional information on the company visit www.vnbcstock.com or for additional information on Vineyard and to access internet banking, please visit www.vineyardbank.com. For additional information on the exchange companies please visit www.1031exchangeadvantage.com.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements as referenced in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently unreliable and actual results may vary. Factors which could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements include changes in the competitive marketplace, changes in the interest rate environment, economic conditions, outcome of pending litigation, risks associated with credit quality and other factors discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Valentine dinner at the Lodge will appeal to men

Looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Members of the Canyon Lake Women’s Connection invite residents to join them for their 2nd annual Classic Valentine’s Dinner on Friday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lodge. Hoping to attract the special men in their lives, including sons, brothers, neighbors or relatives, the group has invited Kent Brown, golf professional and executive director of the International Junior Golf Tour, to be the special speaker.

With his casual and laid-back style, Kent will talk about “A Second Chance in Golf and Life: The Mulligan,” as he describes growing up in California, becoming involved in golf at an early age, and then going to Long Beach State College on a golf scholarship. While there, he became captain of the team and number one player in his junior and senior years. He later went on to become a touring golf professional.

Don’t be surprised if Kent shows up in his favored Payne Stewart-style of golf attire as he recounts stories about working for Ben Hogan during the ’70’s and ’80’s. Kent and his wife, Kathie, have resided in Fallbrook for the past 15 years but travel frequently to play golf in other areas.

Speaking of attire, the dinner festivities will also include a brief fashion show with styles for men and women featuring clothes from Jos. A. Bank Clothier’s for Men and Coldwater Creek Fashions. Both stores are located in the Dos Lagos Shopping Center. Pete and Pat Van Dyke, Norm and Denise Walker, Ginny and Carl Farris and Joey and David Blake will be the models for the fashion show. Providing the music will be Amy and Bryan Pitotti.

The $20 inclusive ticket price includes a roasted pork loin dinner. Reservations are required by February 8 by calling LaRue McNamara at 244-6470. Since last year’s turnout was well over 100 guests, early reservations are suggested.

Although the emphasis is on the men for this event, all women are encouraged to attend as usual, with or without a gentleman. Tables can be reserved for six or more.

Canyon Lake Women’s Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

Local Youth Takes the Stage on Green Issues

In an effort to combat the current crisis surrounding the planet'sresources, children and teens from the Christian Arts and Theatre(CAT) will be performing a series of environmentally-themed skitsspecifically created for the award-winning sustainable community ofDos Lagos, in Corona, Calif.

"We are thrilled and honored that CAT has developed thisone-of-a-kind educational program for Dos Lagos," said Ali Sahabi, CEOof SE Corporation and developer of Dos Lagos. "The informativeperformances will help increase the understanding about importantenvironmental issues that affect the world as a whole."

Free and open to the public, the 40-minute skits are part of abi-monthly program to educate the community on critical environmentaldilemmas. The first theatrical performance, Stompin' Out the Trash,begins on January 26, 2008 and will shed light on the importantprinciple of "reduce, reuse and recycle." The focus of the followingperformances, "Splish Splash" and "Wonderful World" are about waterand energy conservation.

Theatre Performance Schedules:

40 minute performances will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. onthe following dates:

January 26 and March 8, 2008
Stompin' Out the Trash

February 9 and April 12, 2008
Wonderful World

February 23 and March 22, 2008
Splish Splash

Public Forum to Address Inland Empire Environmental and Social Challenges

A public workshop entitled: "The Inland Empire: Towards A More Humane Metropolis" will be held Thursday, January 24 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. The one-day forum will address environmental and social challenges facing Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Information is available at http://www.humanemetropolis.org/.

With 80 percent of Americans now living in metropolitan areas, there is growing concern about how to make urban places more habitable, more healthy and safe, more efficient, more ecological, and more equitable -- in short, more "humane."

With over 4 million residents, the "Inland Empire" -- Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in Southern California -- ranks 14th in population among U.S. metropolitan areas and is one of the five fastest growing such regions in the nation. In 2005 alone, Riverside County experienced the second highest county growth rate in California. Much of the Inland Empire's extraordinary population growth is due to households moving from coastal counties in search of more affordable housing, but often with the tradeoff of lengthy commutes to jobs elsewhere. This has caused worsening traffic congestion, degradation of air quality, and reduced time for personal and family life. And currently, the Inland Empire housing market is experiencing a high rate of adjustable mortgage foreclosures.

The Inland Empire is known for its spectacular scenery, its outdoor recreation opportunities, and its diverse natural habitats and wildlife. But it is also vulnerable to various natural hazards and environmental constraints. Development on forested mountain slopes has heightened risk of urban/wildland fires during dry periods. The region experiences alternating cycles of drought and flash floods, and is at risk from earthquakes and landslides due to widespread seismic faults. Water supply, in the face of population growth and climate change, is a growing concern. And the extraordinary biological diversity and sensitive habitats of the region are threatened by ongoing development.

The January 24 workshop is sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA (http://www.lincolninst.edu/) and is organized by Dr. Rutherford H. Platt, Professor of Geography Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Editor of the 2006 book: "The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City" (http://www.humanemetropolis.org/). This will be the third Humane Metropolis workshop sponsored by the Lincoln Institute, with earlier ones held in New York City in 2002 and in Pittsburgh in March 2007.

The workshop has been planned in collaboration with the Blakely Center on Sustainable Suburban Development at the University of California at Riverside (http://cssd.ucr.edu/) and the Green Valley Initiative (http://www.greenvalleynow.org/) founded by Ali Sahabi. Among many speakers and panelists from the Inland Empire are Celeste Cantu, General Manager of the San Ana Watershed Authority, Jane Carney, a board member of the South Quality Management District, and Rose Mayes, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County. Speakers from outside the region include Michael Houck of the Greenspaces Institute in Portland, OR, Will Allen, Founder of Growing Power Inc. in Milwaukee and Chicago, and Dr. Platt. The program is directed to urban policy practitioners, public officials, environmental advocates, and interested citizens.

Chris Arreola Returns To Action February 9th - Can 2008 Be The Year Of "The Nightmare?"

26-year-old heavyweight prospect, Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola steps back into the ring this February on the under-card of the Paul Williams-Carlos Quintana card in Temecula, C.A. With his ruggedly entertaining style and unbeaten 22-(20) record, many feel Arreola just might be the next big thing at world level in the big guy's weight class. Seemingly hungry as hell and willing to face the best, Arreola certainly gives the fans his all when he's in action.

Last time out, the 26-year-old was seen destroying Kevin Rooney's latest heavyweight charge, Thomas Hayes, in three impressive rounds. That win was back in September, and now Arreola takes on an opponent yet to be named on Feb 9th. A number of up-the-level-opposition names have been recently mentioned as possible competition for "The Nightmare" in the near future - the re-licensed "Baby" Joe Mesi, for one. Clearly, the coming months are the ones in which it would be prudent for Arreola to take that step up in class. At 26, Arreola will likely be entering his peak years very soon, therefore his mixing things with a top-ten fighter should be happening very soon - hopefully, as I've said, this year.

So far, in attaining his 22 wins, Arreola has not shown anything in the way of an overly obvious weakness. Sure, to some he looks like a guy who could be out-boxed should he meet a fast, hit-and-move type of big man. But who would put their house on a guy like, say "Fast" Eddie Chambers, for example, (another fighter suggested as a possible future opponent for Arreola) beating Arreola? As strong and physically imposing as he appears to be, wouldn't Arreola be too rough for chambers? Maybe. Put Arreola in with another up and coming guy who is willing to stand and trade, however, and this writer's money would definitely be wagered on "The Nightmare." Put Arreola in with a fighters such as the aforementioned Mesi or a Brian Minto, and an eye-catching KO win would likely be the 26-year-old's. It sure would be fun to find out, anyway.

Fan-friendly both in and out of the ring, Arreola is a fighter many want to se do well. If matched correctly, he will without doubt deliver what these people hope/expect of him. Again, a boxer of the capability of a Tony Thompson could possibly be all wrong for him, but, again, I wouldn't rule out an Arreola win there either. Heart and simply wanting to fight hard are attributes that cannot be taught to a boxer. Arreola, so far anyway, has shown he has these attributes.

When he has another three or four wins under his belt, with a couple of them over guys who are either inside most peoples' top-tens, or at the least on the fringes of them, Arreola should be ready to make an assault on one version of the world title or another. Wladimir Klitschko isn't going to be around forever. Indeed, at least one respectable writer has recently said how he feels the current IBF boss is "damaged goods." It just might be that once the Povetkin-Chambers-Klitschko-Ibragimov situation is sorted out, Arreola will be the best available challenger for whoever is left standing.

To this writer's mind, that man will be the quite exceptional Alexander Povetkin. Arreola may never be as well schooled or as talented as the unbeaten Russian star, but it would likely be a very good and pleasing fight between the two men should it come about. I have a hunch there are going to be some exciting and interesting times ahead for the heavyweight division. I wouldn't mind betting that Chris Arreola figures right in the middle of them. In the final analysis, Arreola is one nightmare that produces an enjoyable experience - for anyone except his opponent, that is.

Riverside Raincross 5K Run/Walk Saturday, February 23, 2008 Fairmount Park



Register now for the annual Riverside Raincross 5K Run/Walk at Historic Fairmount Park!Join us at 7:30 a.m. (check-in begins 6:30 a.m.) for the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk through Fairmount Park! The 5K features a scenic course with a slight incline. The event will also feature a kid's 1K with all youth receiving a participation award. Pre-registration will be accepted at your local community center, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department ( 3936 Chestnut Street ), or online until Thursday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.

5K Individual - $20, $25 after February 1
Kid’s 1K - $10, $15 after February 1

Sixty Sixers Announce New Radio Deal

The Inland Empire 66ers, the single-A California League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will have a new radio home in 2008 after reaching an agreement with KCAA 1050 AM, which will broadcast all 140 games per season over the next three years.

The new radio deal ends the team's broadcast relationship with 91.9 FM KVCR, which had been the radio home of team for the past five years. It also marks the first time in a decade that every 66ers game will be carried over the airwaves.

Under terms of the deal, KCAA will air all 66ers games live except for a handful of Sunday day games and few midweek day games, which will be tape delayed. "What it really came down to was the opportunity to have every game on radio, even if a few are tape delayed," said 66ers broadcaster Mike Saeger. "We had a good relationship with KVCR. It's nothing they did or didn't do. We appreciate the opportunity that we had with them," Saeger added, noting that the team closely monitored KCAA's nighttime signal to ensure that it would cover the area from which the team draws the majority of its fanbase.

Prior to last year, KCAA operated only during daylight hours but was granted a license by the FCC to begin broadcasting at night, which opened the door to discussions with the 66ers to start airing the games.

The deal is also somewhat unique because it marks the first time that the team has been able secure a multi-year radio deal. Each game will be preceded by a 10-minute pregame show. The first 66ers broadcast on KCAA 1050 AM will be April 3 when they open their season at home against the Visalia Oaks.

Blackwood American Grill - Corona, CA



The Blackwood American Grill just opened in Corona. It is located off the Magnolia exit near the 15 freeway in a business complex. I was really surprised to see this type of restaurant in an area that is prone to Chili's and BJ's. The interior of the restaurant is very upscale and beautiful. When I visited on Thursday night, the restaurant was pretty empty, with the exception of a handful of businessmen at the bar. The restaurant has low-lighting, but not to the point where you can't see the person next to you. It gives off a very upscale yet relaxing ambiance.

We started with the crab cakes that were served with a wonderful mustard dressing. The crab cakes were nice sized and delicious. One of my companions had the Kobe beef burger which was cooked perfectly medium and very tasty. It was a very good sized burger. My other dining companion had the sake and miso chillean seabass. The fish was absolutely perfect! A really great piece of fish. The only complaint was the rice that accompianed it was a bit overcooked. I had the Blackwood salad with rotissere chicken. The salad was very good and the chicken was perfectly tender. We finished of with the banana creame pie, which is a mini version of the real thing. It was heavenly. I'm not a big dessert eater, but even I couldn't stop eating it.

The service was very attentive! The waiter was extremely kind and helpful and our drinks were always full. Definately give this place a shot if you are in the Inland Empire or passing through.

Sun May Be The Cause Of Plane Collision



Federal investigators are beginning to think that glare from the sun may have been a primary cause of the weekend collision of two small planes over Corona, killing four people in the aircraft and one on the ground.

Physical evidence appears to confirm witness reports that the planes collided in flight before plummeting to the ground, and there was no immediate evidence of mechanical problems, said Wayne Pollack of the National Transportation Safety Board.

The skies were clear, but he said inspectors were looking into whether the afternoon sun may have played a role.

Corona resident Patrick Crask, 41, who often flies out of the local airport, told the Los Angeles Times he had planned to fly Sunday but decided not to because the sun was so bright he worried about visibility on takeoff.

"The sun can often be almost unbearable," he said. "If you were to come here at around 4 p.m., the sun is blinding for a good two minutes. You need to take extra precautions."

The crash was reported at 3:35 p.m. Sunday about a mile southwest of Corona Municipal Airport and involved a two-seat Cessna 150 and a four-seat Cessna 172, authorities said.

Scott Gayle Lawrence, 55, of Cerritos; Paul Luther Carlson, 73, of Cerritos; Anthony Joel Guzman, 20, of Hesperia; and Brandon William Johnson, 24, of Costa Mesa, were killed on the planes, coroner's officials said. Two of the victims were in one plane and two in the other.

Killed on the ground was Earl Smiddy, 58, of Moreno Valley, coroner's officials said. He was at Corona Chevrolet, 2550 Wardlow Road, when he was fatally struck by airplane debris that came through the roof of the building, authorities said.

One of the planes was headed east and the other north when the planes collided.

There is no control tower at the airport, meaning pilots must watch out for other planes, and four fatal plane crashes have occurred near the airport over the past decade. Pilots said the skies over the Inland Empire are often crowded on weekends with pleasure fliers and student pilots.

Corona Mayor Jim Miller announced plans yesterday to create an air- safety task force in response to Sunday's tragedy.

"We still don't know if this accident was related to our airport, but we want the pilots, the FAA and the local businesses to have a chance to work together and discuss their concerns through the task force," Miller said in remarks reported by The Press-Enterprise.

He said he plans to seek Corona City Council approval for the air-traffic safety panel next month.

Pollack said most of the airplane debris has been collected and is being examined.

"Thus far, signatures of paint transfer of one (plane) onto another ... (is) consistent with an impact between the two aircraft," he said.

One plane hit the other about "mid-section of the fuselage," he said. "We have both wings separating from the 150 and both occupants ejected."

He said the bodies and main wreckage of the 150 were found "embedded into the car dealership." The mangled wreckage of the Cessna 172 was found a short distance away with two bodies still inside, he said, adding that components of each plane were "co-mingled" with the other.

Witnesses said the aircraft engines sounded normal and that neither pilot appeared to take any action to avoid a collision, he said. He also reported there was no immediate evidence that either of the planes ran out of gas or had an engine malfunction.

The 150 was registered with a flight school, but both men on board were certified pilots, he said.

In trying to reconstruct the actions of the pilots before the Cessnas crashed, authorities "have to rely on witness statements and the physical wreckage," said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

"There are no flight recordings," he said. "Small planes like that don't have black boxes."

The NTSB is the lead investigating agency, and the FAA is assisting. FBI Evidence Response Team investigators and the Corona Fire Department also were at the scene, officials said.

The pilots of the two Cessnas had not filed flight plans, and neither was in radio contact with Corona Municipal Airport, Gregor said. But both pilots were licensed and had experience flying over Corona, the owner of one of the planes told The Times.

Carlson, a former Air Force Reserve helicopter pilot and retired aerospace engineer, had taken his neighbor Lawrence for a ride in his single-engine plane, The Times reported.

The other pilot, Guzman, was a student in the commercial pilot program at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut and was flying to build up his hours, according to The Times.

The Cessna 172 was owned by William A. Reinke of La Habra, who operates a flight school and rents out aircraft, and the Cessna 150 was registered to Air Corona Inc., based in Dover, Del., the newspaper reported.

All-Star Classic Football Doubleheader Kicks-off in Orange County Jan. 26 (Featuring Corona Centennial head coach Matt Logan)

The inaugural All-Star Classic consisting of the Southern California Bowl and American Heritage Bowl will debut on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium. This one-of-a-kind football doubleheader will create two milestones. (1) Showcase the first-ever regional high school all-star contest as well as (2) the first college bowl game featuring the nation's top seniors from historically black colleges and universities.

The Southern California Bowl will feature some of Southern California's best senior student-athletes in football. The Coastal Navy all-stars with players from Orange County, San Diego and Imperial counties will battle the Inland Marines squad representing San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Renowned prep football coach Harry Welch of St. Margaret's - San Juan Capistrano will coach the Coastal team while Corona Centennial head coach Matt Logan will direct the Inland all-stars. Former NFL kicker Matt Bahr will serve as honorary coach.

Chad Reed Wins Second Monster Energy® Supercross Event in Anaheim; Ryan Dungey Wins Second Western Regional AMA Supercross Race

On “Throwback Night” at Angel Stadium, Tampa, Florida’s Chad Reed won the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in front of a sold out crowd of 45,050 in Anaheim, Calif. Ryan Dungey on his Suzuki won the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites main event.

Mike Alessi of Victorville, Calif., won the $1,500 Progressive Holeshot Award on his Suzuki with Reed coming through in second aboard his Yamaha on a track layout reminiscent of the 1986 Anaheim race.

In capturing his second win of the season, both in Anaheim, Reed took the lead early in Lap 1 and went the distance, beating Yamaha’s Josh Hill of Yoncalla, Ore., by 6.911 seconds. It was the first podium finish for Hill, who took second on Lap 3 from Alessi. Kevin Windham of Centreville, Miss., finished third on his Honda.

“I felt awesome out there,” said Reed, who leads the Championship standings with 72 points. “The track was a lot of fun. I had a ball with it. My bike is a lot of fun to ride, and I just need to go out and race and try to get wins.”

Kawasaki rider James Stewart, the defending Championship title holder and points leader heading into Round Three, did not compete in tonight’s race. Stewart injured his left knee last week during his win in Phoenix, and after evaluating the injury following an earlier practice session, Stewart and the team decided to not compete in tonight’s event.

Kawasaki rider Austin Stroupe of Corona, Calif., won the $1,000 Progressive Holeshot Award but was unable to hold off a hard-charging Dungey, who took the checkered flag 1.279 seconds ahead of Broc Hepler of Kittanning, Pa., on his Yamaha. Stroupe held on for third place.

Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., battled Stroupe early before taking the lead for good on Lap 6. Hepler made his move into the second spot on Lap 10 and started closing in on Dungey, who held a 3.6 second lead on Lap 12, before putting the race away. It was Dungey’s second win of the season as he took the season-opening race in Anaheim on January 5th. Dungey retained his championship points lead, while Hepler moves into second place.

“I was just trying to be consistent,” Dungey said. “The track was really choppy, and I made a couple of mistakes. I just tried to not make the same mistake twice. We are just doing our program and trying to be as consistent as we can be.”

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 72
2. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha, 50
3. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 49
4. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 47
5. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 38
6. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 38
7. Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 36
8. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 33
9. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 31
10. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 30

Picturesque (Dos Lagos)

Just a quick foray this morning for coffee and groceries, as I am still fighting this cold. But I was drawn to Dos Lagos as I had not been back since December and the Christmas card shoot with Heather. The morning light is soft and subtle and paints a picture that has different light that other parts of the day. I love the quiet and the solitude as well. Just me, my thoughts and the vistas available for my camera and I to record. I didn't spend a long time but did catch a few notable photos. The cold air is not good for me right now, so I didn't linger but enjoy this morning's catches.

Forget About Privacy with Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Ballots in Riverside County, CA

Under the continuingly incompetent direction of Registrar of Voters Barbara Dunmore, and the extraordinary delinquency of its County Board of Supervisors --- continues its never-ending fight to be named top dog as the Worst Place to Vote in America.

There's a lot of competition out there for that title, but the county performed above and beyond the call of duty over the past several years in that race, and in its quest for disastrousness. Today's news certainly helps the county stay right up near the top of the pack. Waytago, Riverside!

PLANE CRASH: Statement from Councilman Eugene Montanez.

Corona Municipal Airport operates without a control tower, all pilots communicate by radio and are responsible to visually verify their position as well as the position of other aircraft in the area.

No report has been prepared at this time, so any cause of the crash would be conjecture but it does appear both craft collided over Corona Nissan, then crashed onto the adjoining properties.

It is very sad and I would like to ask the community to remember the families and keep them in your prayers and provide any help to these families as we move forward.

A preliminary report should be available later tonight, but likely not until mid-day tomorrow. The FAA and NTSB are responsible for the investigation at this point and should be releasing a press release. I was at the site earlier this evening but they had net arrived.

I would also like to thank Victor, of Victor Buick/GMC for providing the use of his facility for the witnesses as well as the emergency personnel at the scene.

Eugene

Eugene Montanez
Councilman, City of Corona
951-734-8181

BREAKING NEWS: Plane Crash in Corona Kills 4 People!



Two private planes flying about a mile from an airport collided Sunday, killing at least four people as debris rained down on car dealerships below, authorities said.

The planes, both small Cessnas, collided at 3:35 p.m. about a mile from the small Corona Municipal Airport and just north of the Riverside Freeway, said FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer.
Three of the dead were from the planes and the fourth was in a car hit by debris on the ground, Kenitzer said.

"The smaller aircraft ... just disintegrated into pieces, maybe fifty pieces coming down," eyewitness Jeff Hardin told KABC-TV. "The other aircraft pretty much stayed intact and started spiraling down and came down right behind the Nissan dealer." Wreckage fell on car dealerships in Riverside County about 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and television pictures showed that the smashed fuselage of one of the planes landed atop a parked car.

Witnesses on the ground saw the planes crash and called 911, said Corona Police Sgt. Jerry Pawluczenko.

"We're going through the dealerships to make sure everyone's accounted for and nobody's injured," said Pawluczenko.

Imran Farooq at GIVE on Dos Lagos Climate Change Conference


Trail Blazing in Corona, CA

Santiago Trail, Corona, CA

I may be wrong on the name but OMG! I never really knew what steep wasuntil THIS trail! Jamie, Don, me and John met last Saturday for one ofthe most amazing Muni adventures I've had yet! Unfortunately John(Vivalargo) was and is still nursing an injured knee so he couldn'tride, but he still managed to hike with us for the full 3.5 hour, 12miles of rugged terrain!

Some of the sections were so insanely steep, rutted, long, and rocky,so *if* you were lucky enough to ride down without a upd-and we all hadour share-you'd look back up at what you just came down and be in totaldisbelief at how it could even be ridden!

_Pics_number_1_&_6_show_(but_again_you_have_to_see _it_in_person!)_one_of_the_DH_sections_if_you_look _close._

Some of this trecherous singletrack was right on the peak of themountain ridge, with so little margin for error; you just did NOT wantto fall with a sheer cliff on wither side! Anyway, I didn't realizethat I had my camera set at "vga", the lowest resolution. So hopefully,John and Jamey will post some of their pics soon as well.

Wednesday Night Ride (Skyline Drive, Corona, Ca.)

Resurrection of the Corona (T.L.D.) night ride is in the works..... 7 P.M. with a projected departure from the gate at aprox. 7:30. (Every Wednesday)3200 Skyline Dr., Corona Ca.Come on out and break yourself off!

AURALEX ACOUSTICS CREATES A SOUND ENVIRONMENT AT THE FENDER CENTER FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, recently installed an assortment of its best-selling acoustical products at the Fender Center for Music Education, a 501 C3 not-for-profit public benefit corporation that provides free and low cost Kids Rock Free® educational opportunities, including piano, guitar and drum lessons, to over six hundred children per week.

The museum and educational facility, located in Corona, CA, houses Kids Rock Free® classrooms, Studio FM — a 48-track digital recording studio, an outdoor TLC Amphitheater, a visual arts gallery, and the Celebrate the Legacy…the Fender Story exhibit, which presents a 50-year history of the famous Fender electric guitar and its impact on the world of entertainment.

Most recently, the Rhythm Lounge was constructed as an indoor performance center for benefit concerts, name artists, and local bands to perform throughout the winter months. Due to its big box construction and parallel walls, acoustical treatments were needed in order to tame the spaces’ first reflections and echoes. Auralex provided the sound solution with [18] Elite C24 ProPanels, one box of SonoFiber and several spot treatments above the stage area.

Auralex’s Elite C24 ProPanels are 2” thick versions of the company’s popular B24 ProPanels. The C24 is available in a 2’x4’ size with a beveled edge, but due to its 2” thickness it has an overall Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 1.05, greatly increasing its ability to control lower frequencies. SonoFiber is a 1” thick charcoal gray natural fiber acoustic absorptive panel that offers the perfect solution for budget-conscious projects requiring a Class A fire rating without the aesthetic demands of designer treatments such as fabric-covered panels.

“We worked with Auralex during the construction of our Studio FM digital recording facility and were really impressed with the outcome,” said Kelly McGuire, Chief Audio Engineer at the Fender Center for Music Education. “When it came time to treat our new indoor performance stage, Auralex was the obvious choice. Once all the treatments were installed, there was an immediate sound difference.”

The lounge features couches, bistro tables and futons for a sleek and relaxed feel. The decor also includes custom Fender Shop guitars mounted on the walls. When orchestrating the rooms’ acoustical treatments, Fender wanted the treatments to blend, versus sticking out, which is why they decided on using the obsidian colored fabric on the ProPanels for an appealing, yet consistent look.

“Our entire facility at the Fender Center for Music Education is outfitted in Auralex products,” continues McGuire. “They have offered us quality workmanship and impeccable sound control. We are already looking into acoustically treating our lesson rooms as well as several other projects. As the facility continues to expand, Auralex will be our first and only choice for acoustical treatments.”

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.

Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex web page at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1.800.959.3343.

DARK HAVEN To Support TRAIL OF TEARS in Corona, CA

DARK HAVEN have been tapped as support for TRAIL OF TEARS' February 2nd show at the Showcase Theatre in Corona, CA. They will open the show, hitting the stage prior to the tour's main support acts, UNEXPECT and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $18.00 at the door. Go to this location for more information.

As previously reported, Dark Haven recently re-recorded the songs 'Infernal' and 'Forever Haunted' with new vocalist Don Linneman. Go to this location to check them out.

Inland Empire Housing Market (Gulp!)

Mortgage insurers PMI have their latest home-price risk study out and guess who’s near the top? PMI economist juggle price momentum, affordability, regional econmic and mortgage-payment problems to come up with their index, that translates to chnace of home-price declines in the next two years in the 50 top U.S. markets. Here’s the dirty dozen, PMI’s riskiest …

1. Inland Empire: 94%
2. Vegas: 89%
3. Phoenix: 83%
4. OC: 81%
5. LA: 79%
6. Fort Lauderdale: 78%
7. Orlando: 74%
8. Sacramento: 73%
9. Tampa-St. Pete: 72%
10. West Palm Beach: 71%
11. San Diego: 69%
12. Oakland: 65%

PMI says: “Are we nearing the end of the current housing downturn? We don’t think so, given the magnitude of the run up in housing (with no significant housing downturn since the recession of 1991–92). That doesn’t mean that the level of housing activity has to fall to 1992 levels—after all there are almost 22 million more households today than there were back then, with higher income levels and lower unemployment rates. But the unsustainable surge of 2002–05 has to be worked off, and that’s what’s going on in the housing market today. The famous economist Herb Stein once noted, ‘If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.’ That is probably the best way to view the housing market today. We know that given the combination of demographics, job and income growth, and the level of interest rates, housing demand can’t fall without bounds.”

Inland Empire To Invade The Coliseum



66ers fans now have ticket package option that allows them to see the Dodgers play the Red Sox at the Coliseum

Centuries ago it was Rome, which was known as "The Empire" and housed The Colosseum. Now, in the year 2008, it is southern California that is home to the Inland Empire and is known for the great battles that take place inside of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

As the Dodgers celebrate their 50th anniversary of playing in Los Angeles they have decided to pay a return visit to the friendly confines of the original stadium in which they played, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Dodgers will battle the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox for a three-game exhibition series from March 28-30.

The 66ers and Dodgers have collaborated for a once-in-a-lifetime ticket package. Any fan that purchases a ticket plan of six games or more with Inland Empire has the option of purchasing one March 29th ticket for the "Coliseum Series". For those who already have a ticket plan with the 66ers the cost will be $40. That includes your Dodger/Red Sox ticket, bus ride to and from the game and a boxed meal. For those who do not have a ticket plan the cost is $70. You will receive a Dodgers/Red Sox ticket, bus ride, boxed meal and six games of your choice during the 66ers 2008 season.

It is first come, first serve for these exclusive tickets. Only 100 tickets are available. Be there when the Inland Empire invades the Coliseum! The time of the March 29th game has not been announced. Reservations must be made, and ticket plans paid for, by February 1st to ensure your ticket for the game and seat on the bus.

The 66ers get back into the swing of things on April 3rd as the Visalia Oaks come to town. To order this or any other 66ers ticket plan call the front office at (909) 888-9922 or log onto www.sixtysixers.com for more information.

4-star running back latest to back out on Cats, will go to ASU



The UA's on-again, off-again relationship with Ryan Bass is over. Bass, a four-star running back from Corona, Calif., has gone back on his verbal commitment to the UA and will sign with Arizona State.
Bass made the decision Sunday following an official visit to Tempe; he is expected to anchor the Sun Devils' 2008 recruiting class.


"That's where I really want to play. I've felt like that for a long time now," Bass told Rivals.com recruiting service. "My parents loved it out there, too."

Rivals lists Bass, a 5-foot-10-inch, 186-pound senior, as the No. 2 all-purpose back in the nation. He rushed for 2,351 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior at Centennial High School. Bass teamed with quarterback Matt Scott, who has committed to UA, to lead the Huskies to the CIF Division I state championship game last month.

Scott told the Star on Sunday that Bass' decision won't affect his commitment to the UA. Scott turned down an offer from the University of Michigan last week.

"I was committed before he actually committed, so that doesn't change a thing for me," Scott said.
Scott said he "had a little idea" that Bass would switch to ASU this weekend, and wasn't surprised to hear the news.


In fact, Bass' switch was expected for weeks.

The running back continued to show interest in ASU even after verbally committing to Arizona in November. Bass visited Tempe over the weekend with two Centennial teammates, linebackers Brandon Magee and Shelly Lyons. All three players committed to the Sun Devils before flying home Sunday.

Bass is the third member of Arizona's 2008 recruiting class to spurn the Wildcats for their in-state rivals.

Four-star safety Jarrell Barbour broke his verbal commitment and chose ASU in August because he said the Sun Devils' coaches had a better plan to get him into school. Another four-star recruit, Gerell Robinson, backed out in October. Robinson visited Notre Dame and Oregon before choosing the Sun Devils.

UA coaches will likely sign another running back before national letter-of-intent day on Feb. 6.
Still, Bass' departure is distressing for the UA. Just a few months ago, Bass said he felt "very confident about my decision" to attend the UA.


"I can bring a lot of talent and, you know, I'm a hard worker," he said in November. "I'm going to try to help this team get to that Rose Bowl next year."

Now, Bass will try to do it as a Sun Devil.

400 guilty verdicts in Heath fraud scam

The final tabulation of verdicts is in for the $190 million investment fraud scam that took the life savings of many Orange County seniors: 400 guilty and one not guilty.

A Riverside County judge heard the last 153 verdicts in a Corona courtroom Friday in the trial against Daniel W. Heath, 51; his father, John Heath, 81, and a former associate, Denis T. O'Brien, 53. The first 248 verdicts were read Thursday before the court adjourned for the day.

Ingrid Wyatt, a spokeswoman for the Riverside district attorney, said there were so many guilty verdicts that she didn't have an immediate breakdown of how many were against each defendant. She said the one not guilty verdict was a technicality because the victim was not 65 when the fraud took place, which is required for an elder abuse conviction.

The three defendants were accused of running an illegal Ponzi scam in which money from new investors was used to make payments to earlier ones, giving the impression that the firm's investments were profitable.

Over a 10-year period, the Daniel W. Heath & Associates firm, with offices in Brea and Hemet, took in almost $191 million from about 1,700 investors, many in Orange County. None of the three was licensed to act as an investment broker and the securities they sold weren't qualified by federal or state regulators, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said that more than half the money taken in by the Heath firm – about $100 million – was spent on payments to prior investors and the firm's overhead.

The three defendants face numerous years in prison. Daniel Heath could be sentenced to up to 117 years in state prison; John Heath up to 28 years, and O'Brien up to 37 years, Wyatt said. None of the defendants' attorneys could be reached for comment.

Sentencing for John Heath was set for Feb. 22; O'Brien, Feb. 29 and Daniel Heath, March 21. Daniel Heath's sentencing date was later because his attorney submitted a motion for a new trial, Wyatt said.

Daniel Heath's attorney, Barry O. Bernstein, contended during trial that his client relied on the advice of lawyers and accountants and believed his firm was in compliance with the law.

Attorneys for John Heath and O'Brien portrayed their clients as unaware of any wrongdoing at the firm and blamed Daniel Heath, the chief executive.

Corvette Detail Clinic in Corona, CA



Big thanks to Chucks87 and Adam's for hosting a great Detail Clinic. Lots of representation from the F and Y body communities, both from CorvetteForum.com and LS1Tech (that crazy fringe).Lots of products were sampled and LOTS of cars got the whole treatment from clay bar to final coat of wax.