PVI Swims with the Sharks

Shark Sponsorship

Silver Sharks, Gabriel Perpetua (l) and Wyatt Hill, are on the ball when it comes to accepting the team sponsorship check from PVI. Also pictured are Brooke Dunn (l) and Jenny Boulos (r), both with PVI, and Jennifer Hill (center).

As a business that was “born and raised” in Valley Center, one of PVI’s greatest pleasures is being able to support the young people of our community. So when we were asked to sponsor the Valley Center Peewee Soccer Team – the Silver Sharks – we took the bait and embraced the opportunity with enthusiasm! And from the smiles on the faces above, I guess you could say the partnership is going swimmingly.

The Silver Sharks team is comprised of four and five year olds, and we would like to introduce you to these cuties! Pictured below are (l-r) Beckett, Zach, Sophia, Eva, Summer, Tayla, Gabriel and Wyatt. (To see a brief video of of this picture, please click here.)


Their coaches, Sarah Sanchez and Assistant Coach, Stacy Huggins, put the emphasis on good sportsmanship and teamwork, while learning the basics of the sport. Which, naturally, insures a good time for all!

Of course, no sports team is complete without the Team Moms, and pictured below are Jessica Perpetua (l) and Jennifer Hill.

sharks moms

The Silver Sharks had their first game on Saturday, September 8th. It was a really hot day, but the team didn’t let the heat slow them down, as you can see in this short video that captured a little of the action.

We’ll catch up with the Sharks a little later in the season, but in the meantime, if anything comes up, we’ll drop you a line.


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An Engaging Story with a Nice Ring to It

Brandon & Justina cropped

At PVI, we love being a part of this wonderful community and being good neighbors. Which also means we love being a part of your life’s journey, and sharing in the events that are special to you – your successes, your accomplishments, your milestones. You know, those important moments in our lives that change our course for the better. That’s what keeps us all connected.

Naturally, we all love to share the happy times with each other, such as, say, engagements and weddings. Speaking of which, we have a little news on that front of our own. In case you haven’t heard, two of our PVI Team members are a “team” themselves and recently made it official, so to speak. So it is with great pleasure and a little fanfare that we announce the engagement of Justina Ossana and Brandon Strausbaugh!

Although Brandon and Justina make quite the team, both personally and professionally, on the personal front they are blessed to have another member of the team (who also is their cheering squad) “almost-13-year-old” Landon.

Justina and Landon

Although we work hard at PVI, we know that life isn’t just about insurance, it’s about finding others who share in making the good times better (and the bad times bearable), not unlike the members of a community, and that’s why we’re so excited to share this story with you.

Although PVI can’t always “insure” the future, in this case, it definitely has insured a happy beginning!

Congratulations, Brandon and Justina! (And Landon, too!)


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PVI Continues CAN (Community Action Network) Meetings

Joe Napier 2017

VC Fire Chief Joe Napier to be Guest Speaker at September 20th CAN Meeting.

In response to the need and desire for a forum where the community could gather and hear updates on issues of interest and concerns from local law enforcement, the fire department and other related community organizations, Valley Center Happenings launched the CAN (Community Action Network) meetings a few years ago, and then continued as the sponsor. These meetings proved to be a great resource to the community and were enthusiastically supported by our first responders to keep our community informed.

Therefore, it is our pleasure to announce that PVI will be continuing the CAN meeting tradition established by Valley Center Happenings, and we are very pleased to be sponsoring these important, informative meetings going forward.

After a brief break for the summer, we are excited to be kicking off our fall schedule with VC Fire Chief, Joe Napier, as the guest speaker at the September 20th meeting. Chief Napier will be addressing the following:

* Update on Development in the Community

* Update on Fire Department Activities (Our Participation with Local Fires and Fires in Northern California)

* Update on Fire Explorers

* Update on Community Volunteer Opportunities

* Update on Ballot Revenue Measure SS

In addition to Chief Napier, representatives from the San Diego Sheriff’s Dept., the VC Municipal Water District, as well as other community representatives will be in attendance and sharing updates.

The community is invited to join us and we hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to hear what’s happening in our community! Also, attendees have the option of briefly sharing about themselves and their respective business and/or organization.

So mark your calendar for Thursday, September 20th!

CAN (Community Action Network) Meeting
VC Community Hall
28246 Lilac Road
8 am to 9:30 am
Refreshments served

If you have any questions, please email Phyllis Knight at pknightwasthinking@gmail.com.

Working together, we CAN keep our community connected and informed!
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Coming Full Circle

Me and Brandon VCH to PVI

As General Manager of Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency, I have to say I was surprised to be approached in August of 2016 about the possibility of purchasing Valley Center Happenings. Although not something I was seeking, I will admit I was intrigued. Not because I had a burning desire to be a Publisher, but because I have always had the desire to serve the community I love, and Valley Center Happenings had a reputation for being a great service and resource to our community over the years.

Before I could even consider taking on this huge responsibility, I knew I would have to put someone in place who had an equal love for our community, a servant’s heart and experience in the media realm. So  I immediately approached Phyllis Knight (who at that time was responsible for Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency’s PR and Marketing), to assume the role of Managing Editor.

Although Phyllis initially told me “no” as she was concerned she wasn’t up to the task (because she was the primary caregiver for her parents), she reconsidered and agreed to the position because she truly loves our community and she said she was “excited about the opportunity to meet her neighbors and tell the stories of the wonderful and interesting people who call Valley Center home.”

So after much thought and consideration, I was proud to be the new owner of Valley Center Happenings as of November 1, 2016. For the past 21 months, it has been our pleasure to support and promote the members of our community by keeping you informed and connected.

Concurrently, I’m pleased to say, that Pauma/Valley Insurance has continued to grow and expand and, as a result, requires more of my time and energies – which I love because PVI truly is my passion – and I am no longer able to dedicate the time inherently required as Publisher for Valley Center Happenings.

And, since Phyllis and I have worked extremely well together as a team, first at PVI and then at Valley Center Happenings, it was only natural to ask her to reassume her role as Marketing Manager for PVI, effective immediately.

In regards to Valley Center Happenings, Phyllis said, “I’m thankful for the many friendships and working relationships that I’ve been blessed to form over the last 21 months. Valley Center Happenings will always hold a special place in my heart. I look forward to continuing to work – through PVI – to serve and support our community. We have many exciting activities coming up, and we look forward to sharing those with you soon!”

As Phyllis said, we are excited to continue to support Valley Center and our surrounding communities through some new programs and activities that we will be announcing and implementing in the near future. PVI has a long history of investing in and supporting our community, and we are excited to be able to expand our efforts in that regard.

Since we will no longer be a “Media Outlet” per se, we will no longer be reporting hard news, nor soliciting/running general contributions from the community; however, we will continue to write and share original stories on members of our community and cover and promote certain activities. We also will be starting back up our monthly emailed newsletter, The PVI Standard, that will provide timely information on topical issues. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, Phyllis and I would like to thank you all for your support, encouragement and goodwill over the past 21 months. In particular, we would like to single out our wonderful advertisers, without whose support Valley Center Happenings would never have existed, and we hope you’ll continue to support these local businesses that invest so much in our community:

A-1 Irrigation Do It Best Hardware

Ann’s School of Dance

Armstrong Feed & Supply

Cosmic Solar

Countryside Veterinary Hospital

Joe’s Feed and Pet

John Yeager/Summit Mortgage

Krueger Realty

McKenna Septic & Sewer Services

Paradise Ridge Pet Clinic

Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency

Plumbing Werks

Ridgeview Church

Valley Center Community Aid Group

Valley Center Vehicle Registration Service

Also, thank you to our faithful contributors who provided us with so many stories, flyers, meeting info/agendas, as well as often critical and timely information and pictures.

Finally, as we move forward, we hope you’ll continue to support us as we continue to support our community.


Brandon Strausbaugh


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PVI’s Newest “Insurance Bill”

Bill H. pvi

You’re probably familiar with the Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency, considering they are Valley Center’s oldest and most trusted independent insurance agency and have been serving our community since 1978. However, you may not be familiar with their newest Team Member, Bill Heublein, so we figured an introduction was in order.

Although Bill is new to PVI, he certainly is not new to the insurance industry. Aside from the fact that Bill’s dad was in insurance, it wasn’t until later – after pursuing a couple of other career options – that Bill claimed insurance as his profession and passion, after all. Now, after 37 years, he still loves what he does, which is specializing in Employee Benefits, in particular Life and Health-related insurance.

Bill and Barni Strausbaugh (who founded PVI 40 years ago) have been friends for over 30 years, so it was a natural fit when PVI wanted to expand the Employee Benefit segment of their business for Bill to fill that niche. Bill, who still has clients all over southern California, is more than happy to come to you, or you can meet him at the PVI office to discuss your options. Whether your business is large or small, if you’re looking for premium insurance representation, contact Bill and he’ll be happy to help you with your insurance needs.

Not only is Bill not new to insurance, neither he, nor his wife, Colleen, are new to Valley Center, having lived here for 33 years. Colleen has moved up through the ranks of the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, where she now serves as the Director of Maintenance Operations. The Heublein’s, who have three children and nine grandchildren, are members of Valley Center Community Church, where they love to volunteer and be good neighbors to those in need.

So why have Bill and Colleen chosen to call Valley Center home all these years? As Bill said, it’s a great place to live and bring up kids. He loves the neighborly spirit, the quietness, the elbow room and the tranquility. He loves that long-term friendships never end, like his and Barni’s, and that you can live and work in a beautiful place doing what you enjoy doing. Yes, Valley Center definitely “fits that Bill.”

Bill Heublein
Insurance Broker
Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency, Inc.
27357 Valley Center Road
Valley Center, CA 92082

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Driver’s Education


With the New Year right around the block, so to speak, now is a good time to focus on a few new laws (or changes to existing laws) that will take effect on January 1, 2017 (unless otherwise noted). We have included a few summaries of driver-related laws (with a link to the actual bill) that are important to review.

Use of Electronic Wireless Devices (AB 1785, Quirk):  Operating a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communications device will be prohibited, unless the device is mounted on the vehicle’s windshield or is mounted/affixed to the vehicle’s dashboard or center console in such a manner that it does not hinder the driver’s view of the road. The driver’s hand may only be used to activate or deactivate a feature or function on the device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger, but not while holding it. The law does not apply to manufacturer-installed systems that are embedded in a vehicle.

Child Safety Seats (AB 53, Garcia)This law requires a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child who is younger than 2 years of age in an appropriate rear-facing child passenger restraint system, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches in height (3 feet, 3 inches).

Accident Reporting (SB 491, Committee on Transportation and Housing)This law increases the minimum financial threshold for property damage that is required to be reported to the DMV from $750 to $1,000 when a driver is involved in a motor vehicle collision.

Motorcycle Lane Splitting (AB 51, Quirk)This law defines “lane splitting” as driving a two-wheeled motorcycle between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane. The law authorizes the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers. In developing these guidelines, the law requires the CHP to consult with specified agencies and organizations that have an interest in road safety and motorcyclist behavior.

Vehicle Registration Fee (SB 838, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)This law increases the vehicle registration fee on every vehicle or trailer coach from $43 to $53 beginning April 1, 2017.

Background Checks of Drivers of Transportation Network Companies (AB 1289, Cooper): A transportation network company (TNC) will be required to perform a comprehensive background check of all their drivers. This law also specifies penalties for a TNC that violates or fails to comply with this requirement. A TNC will be prohibited from contracting with, employing, or retaining a driver if they are registered on the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender public website, has been convicted of specified felonies, or within the previous seven years, has been convicted of a misdemeanor assault or battery, domestic violence, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any TNC in violation of the specified requirements is subject to a penalty of not less than $1,000 or more than $5,000 for each offense.

Vehicle Safety Recalls (AB 287, Gordon)This law enacts the Consumer Automotive Recall Safety (CARS) Act, and requires the DMV to include a general advisory regarding vehicle recalls and needed repairs on each vehicle registration renewal notice. This law prohibits a dealer or a rental car company from renting or loaning a vehicle with a manufacturer’s recall no later than 48 hours after receiving the notice—until the vehicle has been repaired. This law gives a limited exception for a licensed dealer or a rental car company with a fleet of 34 or fewer loaner or rental vehicles. The law authorizes the DMV to suspend or revoke a vehicle dealer’s license if they violate the CARS Act.

Year of Manufacture License Plates (SB 1429, Nielsen)This law expands the Year of Manufacture (YOM) license plate program to include vehicles and license plates manufactured through 1980. This law benefits owners of vintage motor vehicles who obtain license plates from the year corresponding to the vehicle’s model-year, and wish to use those vintage plates in lieu of regular license plates. Such plates are commonly found from different sources, including relatives, garage sales, estate sales, etc. The program will include the blue and yellow license plates issued for use on California motor vehicles from 1970 until 1980.

Source: California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Brandon Strausbaugh, New VCH Owner


Brandon Strausbaugh, VCH Owner/Publisher

A Personal Note from Brandon:

Last month was our “Keeping it Local” edition of the PVI Standard. That was our theme because, having been born and raised in Valley Center, I love it here and want to promote and give back to our community. I am very proud to wear the banner of a self-proclaimed “Keeping it Local Ambassador” for Valley Center.

Even still, I was surprised by the opportunity to buy Valley Center Happenings, our local online newspaper, when approached by the founders and owners, but thrilled when they indicated I was the natural choice to carry on the banner.

Thus, on November 1st, the papers were signed and I became the proud new owner of Valley Center Happenings. Again, the reason I am proud is plain and simple: I love Valley Center! Because of that, I want to do everything I can to inform, support and encourage our community, and I am very excited about this wonderful new opportunity!

To be clear, Valley Center Happenings (VCH) and Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency, Inc. (PVI) are two separate entities and I am not giving up my day job, so to speak. However, as VCH Owner/Publisher, I am intimately involved in the process and I am enjoying developing the new VCH Team. So, first on my list was engaging Phyllis Knight as Managing Editor. If you are reading this, then you probably are familiar with her work as Phyllis has been doing Marketing and PR for PVI (including relaunching this newsletter), since the first of the year.


Brandon and Phyllis doing a little strategizing for VCH. 

As you can tell, we are so excited about this new adventure, and we are thankful for the overwhelmingly positive response we have received from the community. We are looking forward to expanding on the excellent foundation that already has been built, as we serve our community together. We want to be “Your Community Connection” and we hope you’ll join us for the journey!

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