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Keeping it Local 
 Our business is much more than just selling insurance, it is a way of life; which means long-term personal relationships being built with members of our community; it means supporting local businesses, events and sports teams; and it means making a difference in the lives of others.




"The PVI Pledge"

Pauma/Valley Insurance pledges to do everything we can to make your lives Safer, Simpler & more Secure.     




PVI is An Award Winning Agency


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Valley Center Road

Thirty-nine years ago this month, Barni Strausbaugh started Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency, Inc. (PVI) Barni was partners in the development of the Old Town Shopping Center, where he founded PVI in 1978. It moved to its current location in 1998. 

Through dedication to his customers, commitment to his community and much hard work from him and his entire team, PVI has earned the distinction of being Valley Center's Most Trusted Independent Insurance Agency since 1978. 

And speaking of the PVI team, there are two other important members who are celebrating anniversaries this month as well. Brandon Strausbaugh, PVI Manager, is celebrating ten years with PVI, and Carmen Barrera is celebrating six years!

Congratulations to Barni, Brandon and Carmen! And special thanks to all our customers for being the reason we are here and making it all possible!

B ecause PVI is so conveniently located (figuratively and literally) in the heart of Valley Center, it has become a popular drop-off place for local charity events. Above, Brandon Strausbaugh, PVI Manager, is shown with Mili and her mom, Marisa Salazar, and sister along with toys donated by members of the community to help fulfill Mili's birthday wish. 

For more information on this heartwarming story, please see the original article at Valley Center Happenings.


To support another great community event, Valley Center Happenings "Keeping it Local" Ambassador for 2017, PVI gladly accepted donations for the gift basket items to be presented to the winner. One of the many donations received at PVI was a gift certificate from Julie Simmons, with Mother of All Birth Services.

Accepting donations for worthy charitable events has proven to be a great way to meet members of our community! We are fortunate to live in an area where the community is so supportive of each other!


According to Valley Center Fire Chief, Joe Napier, residents in San Diego County with significant damages to their homes or businesses due to the recent storms are requested to report damages to the County Office of Emergency Services. You can use this link to access the form: Reporting Serious Damage.
Completion of this form will assist the County in collecting damage information and associated costs from the series of winter storms that have moved through our area. Compiling total costs throughout the county will assist local governments in determining whether we might qualify for state or federal disaster recovery assistance.

Completing the form is not a guarantee of any assistance.


" Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.

Thank you  Valley Center Community Aid Group (VCCAG) for taking care of business! Members shown are (l-r)  Larry McKenzie, Dottie Christensen,  John Yeager and  Brandon Strausbaugh.

There are many in our community who go about their business helping others without drawing a lot of attention to themselves. They don't do it for power or glory or to personally benefit (although it's all but impossible to do for others without reaping something in return, at the very least, a good feeling).

So it's my pleasure to highlight one of these groups of people. I don't do it to pat these people on the back (although that would not be out of order), but I do it to encourage others and to tell you how you can help as well.


The Valley Center Fire Protection District, in partnership with the Burn Institute and the American Red Cross, offers anyone "free" 10-year smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors with home installation. All of the Valley Center Fire Prevention District fire engines and fire prevention units carry small kits with everything needed to test and install smoke detectors. We can test and install a new smoke detector in just 5 minutes.

Call us now to schedule a "free" home inspection that includes smoke and CO detectors: 760-751-7600. Or, you can schedule online at our request for service link:

Take a minute today to check your home smoke detectors. Don't just push the button on the smoke alarm, as this only tests the power and alarm circuit. It is the sensors that must be tested. The VCFPD uses canned smoke to check the timed sensitivity of each detector.


PVI was well represented at the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce Installation of Officers and Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28th. The theme was celebrating the Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rooster. In keeping with the theme, the decorations and the entertainment were designed to insure good luck.

Of course, with the PVI Protection Team, you're always insured, but you don't need luck! Just like they went "all out" to support the Chamber event, even including being dressed in beautiful cheongsams (qipaos), they always go "all out" when it comes to serving our customers! Now that's something to "crow" about!

Also of special note, Brandon Strausbaugh, PVI Manager, was reinstalled as a Director on the Chamber Board. Congratulations, Brandon!

"The Times They are A-Changin'..."

T o quote Bob Dylan, 
"The Times They are A-Changin'..."

In case you haven't heard, Valley Center Family Practice - Drs. David Greb and Roy Johnson - joined Arch Health Partners.

Although the official change took place the first of the year, their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on January 17 th . If you happened to be passing by the doctors' office on Valley Center Road at that time, you would have noticed big "goings on" as the area was filled with family and friends wishing Drs. Greb and Johnson much success on this new journey. Also in attendance were representatives from Arch Health Partners, Valley Center Chamber of Commerce, and Palomar Health.


"We have been a customer of PVI since 1978 and we have always  appreciated there professionalism and efficiency." - Mark Andersen

It's always so nice to hear from our readers! If you have comments about our newsletter and/or a testimonial to share, we'd love to hear from you! You can share with us either via our website or email to

PVI is excited to be revamping our Referral Program to make it even more beneficial for you, our satisfied customers! We will be announcing more in our next edition of the PVI Standard. 
As your most trusted Independent Insurance Agency, there is no greater compliment you pay us than sharing your experience with family and friends in referring them to us, so we look forward to being able to say "thank you" in new and fun ways. Stay tuned!

As your personal Valley Center insurance agent, anytime you walk-in, call or email the agency you will always receive the same great hometown customer service that we have been providing for our community since 1978. Because we are an independent agency appointed to represent over 50 carriers including Mercury, Allstate, Progressive, MetLife, Travelers, Safeco, The Hartford,
and more, 
you can be assured that we are going to provide the highest level of coverage at the most competitive rates.

We are located at 27357 Valley Center Road
(Right across the street from Napa Auto Parts & Papa Bears)

Thank you from all of us at Pauma/Valley Insurance
PVI Protection Team