Fluidmaster Expands Into Northern Europe

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. and ARNHEM, Netherlands, April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Fluidmaster, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of toilet tank components and trim, announced today it has acquired WISA BV, a leading sanitary equipment business based in the Netherlands. With a company history spanning more than 150 years, WISA is an innovative manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of concealed and exposed cisterns, controls, and other sanitaryware products such as toilet seats, flush pipes and couplings across Europe, as well as wellness products including spa baths in the company's home market.

"The WISA operations, people and products are a great addition to our company as we continue to grow globally," said Robert Anderson Schoepe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fluidmaster. "This acquisition also builds upon our expanding Fluidmaster global family of brands which includes Schwab, LIV, Torbeck, the Fluidmaster PRO Series line and Fluidmaster itself."

"It is a privilege to welcome WISA's Mark Grosfeld and his experienced management team into the Fluidmaster organization," stated Todd Talbot, Fluidmaster President. "Through this acquisition, we anticipate significant synergies with our other European businesses, with even greater service and value delivered to our customers in Europe and around the world."

"WISA shares the core Fluidmaster values centered on customer satisfaction and delivering innovative, value-rich products to our partners," said Grosfeld. "We believe the depth and breadth of the Fluidmaster brands will be of significant interest to our current and prospective customers." 

About Fluidmaster
Established in 1957 and reaching across the world, Fluidmaster remains a family owned and operated company known for its superior engineering of efficient and reliable toilet components. The company has become an icon in the plumbing industry, with operations in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, China and Turkey as well as a worldwide distribution network across more than 80 countries selling more toilet tank replacement valves than any other manufacturer in the world. In addition to the original fill valve developed by founder Adolf Schoepe and enhanced through the years, Fluidmaster's complete line of toilet care parts include exposed and in-wall cisterns, standard and dual flush valves, flappers, activation systems, bowl wax and wax-free products, toilet repair kits, and supply line connectors.

The company's global headquarters is located in San Juan Capistrano, California. For more information, visitwww.fluidmaster.com.

Grow Your Own! Spring Festival at The Ecology Center

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Tucked away in San Juan Capistrano is one of the county's best kept secrets. Get to know The Ecology Center a little better Saturday at this free event. Purchase organic seedlings, pick strawberries next door at South Coast Farms and learn how to pickle foods. Demonstrations and kids activities will also be available. We're looking forward to live tunes while we visit the chickens. Bonus: attendees will receive a discount on future Ecology Center events.

San Juan Capistrano and Orange County Negotiate about Revenue Shares and Landfill Routes

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – The city is negotiating with the county’s waste-management agency, looking to get a bigger share of county revenues and fewer impacts from trash-truck traffic.

City Council members said they want the county to open up other routes to Prima Deshecha Landfill to reduce the number of trash trucks plying through San Juan on their way to and from the county landfill off Ortega Highway.

“We are being asked to bear the brunt,” Mayor Pam Patterson said at the council’s April 5 meeting.

The City Council expects to hear at its next meeting April 19 what the county will offer in a new memorandum of understanding with San Juan Capistrano, which is one of three landfill host cities in Orange County. The other two are Irvine and Brea.

On a 3-1 vote, San Juan council members deferred a scheduled April 5 vote on whether to join other Orange County cities in ratifying a new waste-disposal agreement with the county. It includes a continued importation of trash from outside Orange County, which otherwise is scheduled to expire June 30.

The county depends on revenue from imported trash to help stabilize rates for homes and businesses, city staff said in a memo. In recent years, recycling and waste-diversion programs have reduced the tonnage of locally generated trash going into the landfills, reducing the income to the county from the landfills. Slow recovery from the recession has contributed to this, the report said.

Most cities in the county, including San Juan, signed onto the new waste-disposal agreement last September. But one city didn’t meet the deadline and the effective date needed to be revised, officials said, so all cities are being asked again to ratify the agreement. Dylan Wright, director of OC Waste and Recycling, said the agency needs yeses from all cities by April 20.

He said failure to ratify the agreement could risk losing the imported trash, as cities outside Orange County will explore other destinations for trucking their trash.

San Juan’s city staff asked the City Council to ratify the agreement while staff continues to negotiate a separate MOU with the county. Patterson said she wanted to see what the county offers first, in the forthcoming MOU.

As a landfill host city, San Juan presently receives $1.16 per ton of imported trash, the staff memo said, and for 2014, that amounted to $22,429. The proposed agreement extending the importation of trash through 2025 includes a $5.4 million fund to share with Orange County’s cities. San Juan’s ratification payment would be 1.23 percent of the total, or $66,420, the memo said.

Councilman Sam Allevato asked why that is so low when San Juan is an impacted host city. He called it “blatantly unfair.”

Wright said host cities get additional compensation based on volume of trash. “San Juan Capistrano takes about 4 percent of the total imported waste to the county,” he said, “Brea about 66 percent and Irvine about 30 percent.”

He said the MOU is where the county and the city can further address concerns about impacts.

Councilman John Perry, when told that imported trash only accounts for 10 trash trucks daily in San Juan, said Ortega Highway is heavily impacted by trash trucks especially at peak hours. “In the morning it’s absolutely slammed,” he said. “In the afternoon it’s absolutely slammed.”

He asked the county to reduce Prima Deshecha truck traffic on Ortega at peak times, to “sweeten the pot on revenue” to San Juan and to reroute the trucks whenever possible. “If there’s only 10, why not take Crown Valley if you’re coming from Los Angeles?” he said. “It doesn’t take any more time.”

Contact the writer: fswegles@ocregister.com or 949-492-5127

The 1920s film, “The Mark of Zorro,” was filmed in San Juan Capistrano

SanJuanCapistrano.com – 

When “Rosewood” co-executive producer Vahan Moosekian was scouting a location to stand in as Miami, he and his crew drove south to Orange County and found what they were looking for.

Miami’s famous beaches would be played by Huntington and Laguna Beach, while Anaheim would take the stage as some of Miami’s diverse neighborhoods.

“We were scouting locations for a bar and house and we looked all over and we found them in Anaheim,” Moosekian said. “The house (on Lemon Street) looked like it belonged in Florida and then we found the (Off-Limits) bar just a few miles away.”

Huntington and Laguna Beach are well known filming locales, but Anaheim – outside of Disneyland – less so. A new push by the city to encourage more filming of movies, television shows and commercials is changing that.

“Rosewood,” a Fox television crime drama starring Morris Chestnut and Jaina Lee Ortiz, is among the more than 100 film, television and commercial productions that have filmed in the city since last year. “Rosewood” crews spent 41 days in Anaheim.

Other shows using Anaheim as a backdrop include the second season of HBO’s crime series “True Detective,” which filmed at the city’s transportation hub ARTIC; Showtime’s drama “Roadies” used the Convention Center; and another Fox series, “Bones,” has feature Anaheim Ice.

“We’ve become the best place in Orange County to shoot movies and TV shows,” Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said. “With a low-cost fee, a single-point of contact and a variety of architecture and settings, Anaheim allows production companies to easily match locations to their scripts. This is a great way to promote our city.”

The Film Anaheim initiative began in January 2015, a few months after Gov. Jerry Brown tripled incentives from $100 million to $330 million in the state’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program. Under the program, producers chosen by the California Film Commission can receive tax credits for filming outside of a 30-mile zone that is centered in Los Angeles at Beverly Boulevard and La Cienega; hiring a certain number of people and reserving expenditures for visual effects and other job-producing elements. They can get up to a 25 percent credit off the total cost of the production.

Since the start of Film Anaheim, the city has generated more than $22,000 from permits and business licensing. On top of that, the city has raised money by renting out the use of facilities.

“The state passed this because we were losing so much in terms of jobs, promotion and ancillary business that grow from the film and television industry to other states and countries,“ Orange County Film Commissioner Janice Arrington said. “Now, L.A. is booming again and that’s good news for Orange County. When more locations are needed, they come out here.”

The county has a long history of films being made in its cities, dating as far back as the dawn of the silent movies era in the early 1900s.

The 1920s film, “The Mark of Zorro,” was filmed in San Juan Capistrano. Fans of the 1960s TV comedy “Gilligan’s Island” will tell you the seven stranded castaways are somewhere in Newport Beach. Most recently, the Seal Beach Pier served as the San Diego backdrop for a scene in “American Sniper.”

Arrington said there’s been an uptick in productions in Orange County since Brown expanded the tax credit program. The Orange County Film Commission facilitates filming and helps market locations and resources to the entertainment industry.

In 2012, “American Horror Story” filmed in Santa Ana, and the new “CHiP” movie also visited the city. Arrington said the pilot for “MacGyver” began shooting this week in Cypress.

Moosekian said having the production in Anaheim and other parts of Orange County has been convenient.

“It’s easier to produce a show in and around Los Angeles,” he said. “This is where the business originated. Some of the most talented people are here: visual effects, make up artists, prop artist, and the warehouses are here. We don’t have to bring all that stuff to Albuquerque or Atlanta. … As a producer, anything I need I can get it, and find it, here. And I happen to like to go home and sleep on my own bed.”

Harpist Julio Montero in concert in San Juan Capistrano THIS FRiDAY

SanJuanCapistrano.com – An internationally acclaimed harpist and composer will perform Friday evening in San Juan Capistrano as part of the Friends of the Library’s Multicultural Arts Series. Julio Montero will perform April 15 at THE Bookstore, 31495-A El Camino Real, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the concert at 7 p.m. Entry is $15, and attendees are asked to RSVP to (949) 493-2688 because of limited space. Julio began his career in Spain in the early 1990s, and he’s performed throughout Europe, Japan and the Americas. He has organized and taught workshops at international harp festivals, and he’s a four-year veteran of “Fiesta Argentina.” Montego also has performed at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood, has appeared on several television shows and composed with other musicians music for Smithsonian Folkway Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the National Museum of the United States. His performance is part of an ongoing effort by the Friends of the Library to celebrate cultures through music and art. The Multicultural Arts Series includes the Bears Exhibit: nine life-sized mosaic bears featured along the walkway to THE Bookstore at the San Juan Capistrano Library. Concert goers can enjoy the exhibit and a night of music, too. For more information or to RSVP, call THE Bookstore at 949-493-2688. Entry is $15.

Dreamologist wins Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Dreamologist won the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths after the race was moved from turf to the dirt track because of the recent rain.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Dreamologist ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.56 and paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.20 as the 3-5 favorite in the field of seven fillies and mares.

Off the Road returned $7.60 and $4.40, while Fanticola was another nose back in third and paid $3 to show.

The victory, worth $60,000, increased Dreamologist’s career earnings to $203,710, with four wins in eight starts. It was the 4-year-old filly’s first stakes victory. The race was originally listed as a Grade 3, but its status is under review after change in surface.

“She looked comfortable, looked good,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “We entered for dirt only. She’s done so well on the dirt, we wanted to take a shot at it. This is a nice way to finish the meet.”

Rafael Bejarano won his 13th career riding title and fourth in a row at Santa Anita with 74 victories. Prat finished second with 51 winners. Bejarano also led in purse earnings with $3,527,071, and tied Gary Stevens with eight stakes victories.

Phil D’Amato overtook Doug O’Neill to win the trainers’ title, the 40-year-old’s first ever. D’Amato saddled 41 winners, seven more than second-place O’Neill during the 63-day meet. D’Amato had a leading eight stakes victories, and his horses earned a leading $2,133,810.

The track’s spring meet begins May 5.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/sports/article71073112.html#storylink=cpy

Bold Move Pays Off With San Juan Capistrano Victory

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Pablo Gomez’ Quick Casablanca made a striking move around the final turn to take Sunday’s historic Grade 3 San Juan Capistrano by 2 3/4 lengths on closing day of the Santa Anita winter meet. The 8-year-old son of Until Sundown covered the 1 3/4 miles over yielding turf in 3:19.58 for trainer Ron McAnally, who first won the race with the immortal John Henry in 1980.

“He’s an old horse, he’s a pro,” said McAnally. “He’s been around a long time. He’s been to Chile, he’s been to New York, he’s been to Florida. He’s one professional horse, and he’s old, like me (83).”

Typically run down the hill and then all the way around the turf course, the rain received on Saturday caused the race to be run at two laps around the flat turf course for the first time in it’s history. Quick Casablanca and Tyler Baze were far and away last in the early going while California-bred Cardiac came out of the gate to command the early lead. Tracked from second by Kenjisstorm who traveled wide on the first turn, Cardiac relinquished his lead to that rival the first time down the backstretch. Kenjisstorm made his way to the rail entering the home stretch for the first time and clocked the first mile in 1:47.71.

The order remained largely unchanged until the field entered the clubhouse turn for the second and final time, at which point Baze couldn’t hold off on Quick Casablanca any longer. The older gelding swept through the turn four-wide and blew past the leaders as if they were standing still, quickly pulling out to a 2 3/4-length lead and coasting in to the wire. Generosidade closed well to finish second, and Life’s Journey maintained his pace to hang on for third.

“To do it for Mr. McAnally is so great, it feels special,” said Baze, winning the San Juan for the first time in his career. “He got an unlucky trip last time and he’s a wonderful horse to ride, very talented and he loves long distance races and they’re my favorite. It’s a race you watch as a kid wondering if it’s a race you could ever win and to finally have the chance to do that . . . to win it, it’s fantastic.

“In the paddock the only thing Mr. McAnally told me was to just gallop him the first time around. That was no problem, he’s a real cool horse, push-button, like a pony. I galloped that first mile and picked it up from there and tried to figure out how I was going to push the button because with him, it’s all or nothing. He was really flying that last three-eighths of a mile.”

Bred in Chile by Haras Matancilla, Quick Casablanca marked only the fifth win of his career in the San Juan Capistrano. His total record stands at 5-8-6 from 28 starts, with earnings of nearly $750,000.

San Juan Capistrano: Wide Open Closing Day Feature Attracts Ten

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Separated by a length and a half when last they met, Uruguayan-bred Generosidade and Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca head a field of 10 older marathoners in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at a mile and three quarters on turf, Santa Anita’s traditional closing day feature.

GENEROSIDADE:  Trained by Paulo Lobo and ridden by fellow Brazilian, Tiago Pereira, this 7-year-old mare blew out the tote board when defeating Quick Casablanca and other males in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes at 71-1 on March 13.  Although unplaced, she had been close in three stateside stakes assigments prior to annexing her first North American win in the San Luis Rey.  Lightly raced, Generosidade has five wins from 17 lifetime starts.  Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Generosidade surged from far back to win the San Luis Rey as she held a troubled Quick Casablanca at bay.

QUICK CASABLANCA:  Conditioned by Hall of Famer, Ron McAnally, who seeks his third lifetime win in the San Juan Capistrano, this 8-year-old full horse, who has been winless since taking his Southern California debut for McAnally 11 starts back on April 25, 2014, appears to be back on his game as he makes his fourth start of the current Winter Meet.  “The added distance should be a benefit,” said McAnally.  “In the San Luis Rey he kept coming even after he got in trouble turning for home.  He was still closing and wasn’t beaten that far.”  Best suited when allowed to settle and make a run from well off the pace, Quick Casablanca has an overall mark of 27-4-8-6 and he has earnings of $689,160.


Race 8 (of 11)

1.     A Red Tie Day—Mario Gutierrez—120—(6-1)

2.     Cardiac—Fernando Perez—120—(20-1)

3.     Energia Fribby—Rafael Bejarano—115—(4-1)

4.     Kenjisstorm—Edwin Maldonado—120—(8-1)

5.     Bourbon Soul—Flavien Prat—120—(6-1)

6.     Generosidade—Tiago Pereira—119—(4-1)

7.     Blingo—Alex Solis—120—(6-1)

8.     Quick Casablanca—Tyler Baze—120—(7-2)

9.     Life’s Journey—Kent Desormeaux—120—(20-1)

10.   Generoso—Martin Pedroza—120—(20-1)

First post time for an 11-race card on Sunday, closing day of Santa Anita’s current Winter Meet, is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.

Curiosity Carts at San Juan Capistrano Mission

Tuesday and Thursday: Each educational cart offers learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close. Items include branding irons, spurs, horseshoes, hides, candles, pottery shards and objects used by the Juaeno Indians. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – noon. Free with admission.

(949) 234-1300

26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano

Click here to go directly to the event site!

Start saying “yes” whenever possible

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Just Say Yes!
A few years back I made a commitment to start saying "yes" whenever possible.  Let me tell you… this changed my life.  I have experienced more love, emotional intimacy, deeper connections, adventure and joy than I had ever experienced before.  And the same can happen for you.  But don't just take my word for it.

A current study done by the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast shows that saying "yes" impacts our lives in the following ways:

HELPS OTHER PEOPLE– when we say yes and try new things it gives others the courage to do the same.
Oh, the crazy stories I could tell you about the things I've said yes to that I had no good reason for except to stay true to my commitment.  But you know what? I inspired others and I even inspired myself.  That alone made it worth it.

BOOSTS BRAINPOWER– Keith Rollag, author of What to Do When You're New, explains that our brains are constantly changing in response to what we experience; it's a process called neuroplasticity.  In a nutshell he says that the easiest way to change what we experience is to put ourselves into new situations.

SLOWS THE AGING PROCESS– as someone only a few month away from turning 40, I'm thinking this is a key factor.  Researchers have found that as we enter middle age, our lives tend to become more routine, and we unconsciously become more comfortable and less willing to seek change.  As a result, we use less of our brains and neurons stop connecting causing our brain to slow down.  No thank you!

YOU BECOME HAPPIER– I can personally attest to this but research backs me up.  When we say yes to something new, our brains release large amounts of dopamine, a neurochemical that causes feelings of happiness.  Dopamine is what causes that feeling of being on a high when we try something new or challenging.  

Let me be clear… saying "yes" has been thrilling, fulfilling and terrifying all at once.  I've taken huge risks in some cases and in other cases there was no risk at all.  Some risks have paid off, some have not and some are still hanging in the balance.  I'm a different, better, healthier human for saying "yes" whenever possible.  And please note those last two words… whenever possible.  It's important to use wisdom and logic in making any decision which means sometimes we have to say no.  But research or no research, I promise that saying "yes" will change your life.  Try it!

Written by Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith
M.S., P.P.S., A.P.S., C.P.L.C.
In Home Family Coach
Public Speaker
(562) 537-2947