Brighten Your Day the Brooke Breve Way!

brooke and ted

                 Ted Hackleman (Spins Coffee Truck) and Brooke Dunn (PVI) share the “spotlight” for this month’s             PVI Signature Drink. 

Need a little something to light up your day and chase the chill of winter blues away? Then it’s time to head to Spins Coffee Truck!

Whether you need a breakfast-time boost or a lunch-time lift, be sure and stop by Spins for this month’s PVI Signature Drink Brooke’s Bodacious Breve! Just like nothing brightens up a room like Brooke’s smile, her Bodacious Breve will brighten up your day! With spiced brown sugar and half and half, it’s sure to be a hit! Bravo!

And speaking of “half and half,” stop by Spins Coffee Truck between now and the end of January and ask for “Brooke’s Bodacious Breve” (must mention by name) and you’ll receive half off your drink! (One half-off purchase per person per day through January 31st.)

We can’t do anything about the weather, but we can insure that Brooke’s Bodacious Breve will brighten your day and put a smile on your face, a great way to kick off 2019!

Happy New Year!

Spins Coffee Truck is parked at 27932 Valley Center Rd (by Country Cuts), Monday – Friday, 6 am – 1 pm.

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Community Connects at Chamber despite Clouds and Chill

pvi chamber

Although the sun was almost a no show at the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce’s first “SunRiser” for 2019, members of the business community gathered outside the Chamber office this morning to kick off the New Year. The chilly weather failed to detract from the warm and cozy community spirit as attendees expressed excitement for the year ahead promoting and supporting local businesses.

brandon and bob

PVI was pleased to sponsor the event, which also introduced the new Chamber Executive Board for 2019: Bob Hunsaker (Krueger Realty), President; Brandon Strausbaugh (PVI), Vice President (both pictured above); Kim Cucinella (Krueger Realty), Secretary; and Sam Beckett (SWI Financial Services), Treasurer.

Christian McHugh (RockI.T. Information Technologies), Immediate Past President, shared several of the Chamber’s accomplishments from the past year and encouraged attendees to take advantage of the Chamber’s free advertising opportunities for members, a valuable benefit of membership.

As the event sponsor, PVI had the opportunity to introduce its Team Members, who each shared a little about their positions and activities at PVI. As Valley Center’s Most Trusted Independent Insurance Agency since 1978, PVI is proud of its standing in the community and works every day to earn and maintain that position.

pvi team chamberPVI Team Members (l-r): Diane Wick and Phyllis Knight (Marketing), Maricruz Avelar, Brandon Strausbaugh, Brooke Dunn and Justina Strausbaugh.

Special thanks to Eric Jockinsen (Erik Industries), Chamber Board Member, and Marian Walters, Chamber Executive Director, for setting everything up early this morning! Also, thanks to Julie Stroh/BStroh Events and Catering, for the delicious breakfast!

Today’s event was a great start to 2019! PVI is looking forward to continuing to support our local businesses and organizations throughout the year.

Happy New Year!





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I Got Connected Through “CAN” and You Can, Too!

tracy can sign

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following was received from Tracy Smith, a Valley Center resident, who shared her personal thoughts and experiences regarding the CAN (Community Action Network) meetings. We hope you’ll read her story and see what a great resource these monthly meetings are to our community!

I received a cheerful email from Brandon at Pauma/Valley Insurance inviting me to the Community Action Network, or CAN meeting. Having recently retired, I really wanted to get to know this community, so I decided to go. I attended the November meeting and arrived at 7:45 am. Walking down the stairs, I meet Brandon who was setting up tables and chairs. He was outgoing and cheerful and promised a good time with lots of information. In the back of the room were a couple of deputies and this giant of a man named Lt. Dave Something-or-other. (Schaller) The deputies, I’m happy to report, were normal size. All of them were outgoing, smiling and introducing themselves. This should be an interesting morning.

Brandon was right! What an informative, wonderful meeting! I sat next to a CAL FIRE Chief, Nick Brown and a lovely goat farmer, Jane Kehr. And the meeting began. It was the day after the red flag fire warning had been called off and there was plenty of fire news. Joe Napier and Mike Shore, the Fire Chief and Fire Marshal, gave updates; Nick from CAL FIRE gave updates, the water district gave an update, the school district administrator gave an update, all personnel giving out information were direct, concise and helpful. But there was more. There was a real sense of caring, a sense of belonging to one another, a pride in the community. I relished it.

Brandon talked about the Community Action Network (CAN) being formed after the 2003 and the 2007 wildfires, when the community had to band together in order to survive. The community realized they needed a plan for future confrontations with nature and so began CAN, meeting monthly and pooling information and resources.

Something greater happened after the 2003 and 2007 wildfires. Something profound. Inspired by the love of community and heartfelt concern for each other, realtors and others formed the Valley Center Community Aid Group. They collect money and resources and distribute every dollar to those people in this community who need a hand. This band of angels continue their unsung watch to this day, looking for, vetting and meeting the needs of others.

The group laughed with Lt. Dave GIANT during his crime update, gleaning safety tidbits, we teared up with Mark from CHP telling us about the Community Aid Group and the assistance they offered during a horrendous personal tragedy. I was welcomed, given websites, emails and phone numbers. I chatted, listened and learned a great deal. I felt a part of something greater than myself, something profound. I felt as if I belonged.

Starting my truck up to head home, Nick Brown from CAL FIRE, jogged over to the driver’s side to thank me for coming and to wish me a good Thanksgiving. After noting the Navy Veteran sticker on my window, he also thanked me for my service. I drove away already looking forward to the next meeting and truly thankful for the people of this community.

(Note: The monthly CAN meetings (sponsored by PVI) are free and open to the community. They are held the third Thursday of the month at the VC Community Hall. Meetings start at 8 am with a continental breakfast, followed by a guest speaker(s), community updates and attendees sharing about themselves. The meeting concludes by 9:30 am. The next meeting is scheduled for January 17th, and Tracy Smith is one of our guest speakers! We would love to have you join us!)

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Spreading Christmas “Cheers” with our PVI Signature Drink for December

Maricruz & Ted
First of all, thank you Valley Center for sharing the “buzz” about our new monthly coffee promotions with Spins Coffee Truck! Our premiere drink for November – Brandon’s Buzz – featured at half price, proved a honey of a deal!

With the success of last month’s promotion, we are excited to announce PVI’s Signature Drink of the Month for December!

As we all know, this time of year can keep us on the go with all the work and personal activities and events we have going on. So if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, be sure and stop by Spins Coffee Truck and order “Maricruz’s Marvelous Cinnamon Dulce Latte.” This drink is just too good to rush, so take a cue from Maricruz Avelar (PVI agent) and Ted Hackleman (proprietor at Spins), and kick back and enjoy the moment, savoring the holiday flavors.

Also, in the spirit of the season, we know that it is more blessed to give than to receive, so we are offering a BOGO (Buy One, Get One free!) so you’ll have one to share! What a “tasteful” gift to share with a friend or coworker!

Just stop by Spins Coffee Truck between now and the end of December and ask for “Maricruz’s Marvelous Cinnamon Dulce Latte” (must mention by name) and you’ll receive two drinks for the price of one! (One BOGO purchase per person per day through December 31st.)

A free, delicious drink to share compliments of PVI – what a sweet deal, and you can’t spin it any better than that! Cheers!

Spins Coffee Truck is parked at 27932 Valley Center Rd (by Country Cuts), Monday – Friday, 6 am – 1 pm.
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Thankful to Continue Family’s Legacy of Community Service


One of the things that Brandon Strausbaugh takes great pride in is his family’s legacy in his hometown. To honor his family’s longstanding contributions and service to our community, it is Brandon’s pleasure to follow in their footsteps. He does this in several ways, including serving on the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and he wanted to thank the business community for having just re-elected him to serve another term.

In addition to appreciating the trust the community has placed in him to serve, Brandon also is thankful for the opportunity to give back, in the same way that his grandfather, Van Quackenbush, did (who served on the Board for 17 years) as well as other community leaders for whom he has tremendous respect.

Brandon served as a Chamber Ambassador in 2011, and then was first elected to the Board for 2012 and served as its President in 2013. During his tenure, he has had the opportunity to work with other community-minded Board members to promote our community, which has been a rewarding experience.

He already is looking forward to an exciting 2019 and, again, thanks you for your support!


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A Fire-Hazard-Free Holiday Tree

By David Crystal and Sam Watson, Fire Prevention Specialists with VCFPD

Christmas tree comparison

In December, the air is filled with the energy of the holidays. Everyone all around is gearing up for either gift giving, festive eating, family gatherings, or all the above.

One of the centerpieces of a home celebrating the holidays is a Christmas tree in the living room. The tree provides a happy reminder of the season, plus, being the hub for all the children’s presents. Some of our fondest memories as a child were during this time of year. We loved seeing the presents pile up every day, leading up to December 25.
But, at the same time, the Christmas tree also can be a hazard. If not properly maintained, a Christmas tree can pose a significant threat to your safety.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 170 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average $12 million in direct property damage annually, as well as 12 injuries and 4 deaths.*

One way to prevent this is by keeping your tree hydrated. A dry tree is a dangerous one. The average Christmas tree can use as much as 1 gallon (3.79 liters) of water a day. It’s important to keep an eye on your tree’s daily water levels to ensure it doesn’t dry out.

So this holiday season, fire safety should be on every homeowner’s mind in order to enjoy the holiday season while keeping your family safe.

To see a dramatic demonstration of the importance of keeping your tree hydrated, please click the Travelers Insurance video below :


*Source: NFPA’s “Fireworks” report
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What’s the “Buzz” with PVI and Spins?

Ted & Brandon

As we all know, no one spins coffee like Ted Hackleman, so PVI is excited to announce our newest partnership with Spins Coffee Truck! Beginning this month, PVI will feature a signature drink each month with a special promotion for you to enjoy!

What’s the “buzz” behind this fun, new venture? Brandon Strausbaugh, PVI’s General Manager, (who is a regular feature at Spins himself) was feeling a little fallish and suggested a new flavor combination he wanted Ted to try. They both loved the result and thought it would be great to share with other customers. So after discussion, the decision was made not only to share the flavor, but PVI decided to treat our friends and neighbors as well! Thus, our newest community connection was born.

So what is the PVI signature drink for November? It’s “Brandon’s Buzz!” – a delicious latte with a flavor combination of honey and cinnamon, making it the perfect Fall drink!

Just stop by Spins Coffee Truck between now and the end of November and order “Brandon’s Buzz” and enjoy your drink for half price, compliments of PVI. (One drink per person per day through November 30th.)

But remember, you have to order it by name to receive the discount, so mention “Brandon’s Buzz” and you’ll receive a honey of a deal!

Spins Coffee Truck is parked at 27932 Valley Center Rd (by Country Cuts), Monday – Friday, 6 am – 1 pm.
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