Pala Rez Radio Local and Regional Headlines 06/30/2016

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Northbound lanes of California Oaks Road that had been closed due to a water main rupture Tuesday were reopened yesterday afternoon.  Steel plates now cover the damaged section of roadway near Morning Dove Lane, north of I-15.  The plates will be removed and permanent asphalt installed in about four or five days.  A spokesman for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District says the two-inch hole was a relatively minor break.  About 50k gallons of water was lost down storm drains.  This is the same general area where another water main break closed Cal Oaks about two years ago.

Expect major delays on southbound I-15 in Temecula again today as Cal Trans crews finish a repaving project on the Rancho California Road off ramp.  The ramp is closed now through 2:30p.  Yesterday’s closure caused a southbound 15 backup similar to the morning commute, but lasting all afternoon.

Riverside County Sheriffs on Tuesday arrested 26-year old Joshua Graff for suspicion of sexual assault.  Investigators say a woman was walking in the area of Sky Canyon Drive about 6p when a man approached her, asking personal questions.  The assault occurred when she tried to walk away.  Employees at a nearby store reported the incident.  Deputies searching the area found Graff, who matched the description of the suspect.

Murrieta Police on Friday arrested a man at the Scott Road branch of Well Fargo Bank who’d made multiple tries at cashing fraudulent checks at a number of bank branches throughout San Diego and Riverside Counties.  23-year old Edward Dangelo Espy II from Murrieta had only been successful with the check fraud scheme at one location despite numerous tries.  He was attempting to cash a $6,900 check in Murrieta.  An internal bank alert system prompted employees to contact police.  Espy was booked for burglary, forgery, and possession of fictitious financial instruments.  He posted $10k bail and was released the following day, pending arraignment August 19th.

On Tuesday, July 5th, the Pala Pauma Community Sponsor Group will hold a meeting where residents can hear San Diego County groundwater geologist Jim Bennett discuss the possibility of forming a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for unincorporated parts of the county.  A GSA would adjudicate and allocate how much underground water can be extracted and assess penalties for those not in compliance with GSA directives.  The county, various local water agencies and local tribes including Pala and San Luis Rey are at odds over this possible new local authority, citing federal water rights protection for tribes.  The public meeting is 7p Tuesday at Pauma Valley Community Center, 16650 Highway 76 in Pauma Valley.

Concerns of nearby Oceanside residents have halted plans by the City of Carlsbad to remove a grove of about 100 Mexican fan palms from Lake Calavera Preserve.  Residents of Serena Avenue say they weren’t given enough notice and they’re worried about an herbicide being used.  Application was supposed to begin this week.  It’s been delayed until August, after a public meeting July 19th at 6p in Calavera Hills Community Park.  The grove of non-native trees is believed to have sprouted some time in the last 50 years.  It’ll be removed and replaced with native trees and shrubs.