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    A man barricaded himself in his house Friday evening after his wife left the residence and called police from the Shops at Mission Viejo, according to a Sheriff’s spokesperson.  The wife reported her husband had been drinking, and assaulted and threatened to kill her.

    About 25 officers responded, including a SWAT team. The 47-year-old man remained in the home until 10:30 pm when he peacefully surrended.   He was being held at the Theo Lacy Jail pending bail of $20,000.

    The incident occurred in the 25600 block of Pacific Crest Drive, northeast of the Oso/Marguerite intersection.

    Mission Viejo’s track and field teams produced six finalists and two champions at Saturdays CIF finals. 

    Diablo Devalle Pedrogo won the 100 meter hurdles and teammate Sean McNanny was champ in the pole vault.  Mission’s sprinter Joey Branker took 4th in the 100 meters and 3rd in the 200 meters.  James Cameron finished 7th in the 1600 meters.

    Trabuco Hills placed 4th in the 1600 meters.  Chad Rozean was 6th in the 400 meters for Trabuco, and Michael Miela came in 5th in the 110 meter hurdles for the Mustangs.

    Capo Valley defeated Long Beach Wilson 8-4 in the first round of the CIF baseball playoffs.  They will next face Orange Lutheran.

    Tyler Maztek was pulled from the game after pitching four no-hit innings and leading 4-0.  He had struck out six and thrown only 38 pitches, but now will be able to throw against Lutheran on Tuesday.

    “I’d rather win CIF than get a no-hitter,” he told the Times.

    The youth members of the City’s Community of Character Committee are sponsoring a Casino Night for other young people next week.  Does it seem for a moment there is a paradox between vice and virtue in that announcement?

    Perhaps the ends justify the means, however, since the event is a fundraiser for the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life charity.

   The casino event is geared toward eighth graders and older and will include poker, blackjack, bunco and other popular games along with prizes, snacks and much more. Adults are welcome. Admission is $10 and includes playing chips and snacks.  The fun happens May 29 from 6:30 to 10 pm.

    The gig will take place at City Hall.

    Yesterday the Moulton Water District Trustees approved a price increase that will step prices up over the next three years.  The action will result in a $20 monthly hike in the average residential bill.  The Santa Margarita District is expected to approve similar increases at its meeting on July 8.

    On June 1 the average Moulton bill will surge from $37 to $43, or 16%.  On June 1 of 2010 and 2011 another $7, and then $8, will be imposed, respectively.  The raises amount to 57% inflation in water rates over the three year period.

    Last month the District also announced water use restrictions effective June 1 as part of its ‘Level 2’ shortage alert.  MV residents can irrigate yards only on Monday, Thursday and Saturday before 10 am or after 5 pm for periods not to exceed 15 minutes.  The rules prohibit washing driveways or other paved surfaces and ban washing vehicles unless by bucket or with a hose equipped with a positive water shut-off nozzle.

Mission Viejo residents donated 10,000 pounds of food—five tons—for the National Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 9. I got this total from no better source than my own carrier, who was proud of the accomplishment.

The US Postal Service, postmasters and carriers worked extra hard, and the general public also responded equally to the increased need for donations in the recession. The sponsoring Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County collected about 300,000 pounds of food through the mail carriers—150 tons. That was 60,000 pounds more than the prior year, a 20-percent increase. Based on population, Mission Viejo’s contribution was right on target with the county haul.

With the recession and high gas prices affecting everyone, people were more generous in realizing that the working poor, seniors on fixed income and the unemployed middle class were in greater need than every for food. The Register frequently reported on this growing need coupled with declining receipt of overstock from grocery stores, food manufacturers and government surplus.

While the federal government is expanding its social net, the American public replied loudly and clearly on May 9, “We can take care of our own.”

For the last year I have been one of thousands of volunteers at Second Harvest, which supports 400 civic and religious organizations that distribute the food directly to the needy. For more information, go to www.feedoc.org.

Allan Pilger