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  • Rainbow MWD adopts 2024-25 budget

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 18, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District adopted its 2024-25 budget. Rainbow’s board voted 5-0 June 25 to adopt the budget. The budget anticipates $54,278,800 of water and wastewater revenue and $57,163,770 of expenditures including $5,952,369 in capital projects, $4,803,090 of debt service, and $3,409,709 for the initial exit fee payment for the detachment of Rainbow from the San Diego County Water Authority. A 4-1 vote at the May 28 Rainbow board meeting, with Michael Mack opposed, recommended $931,000 of reductions in the p...

  • Michalke closes out Junior Dairy Goat Show career with 2 grand champions

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 18, 2024

    The San Diego County Fair's livestock breed shows allow exhibitors between the ages of 9 and 19 to show in the youth divisions while also allowing those youth to compete in the open divisions as long as the same animal is entered and shown in the junior show and the animal meets all open show entry deadlines and guidelines In her final year of youth eligibility, 19-year-old Taylor Michalke was awarded the Junior Dairy Goat Show grand champion of breed for both a LaMancha doe a...

  • Rainbow quitclaims easement on Bonsall Community Park land

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District has a 14-inch water main which runs through the planned Bonsall Community Park. An easement for that water main was recorded in 1959 but due to a survey error did not include the area with the actual infrastructure. Since that easement isn’t actually needed for Rainbow purposes, the Rainbow board approved a quitclaim deed granting the County of San Diego unencumbered use of that land. Rainbow and the county worked on a new easement. On June 25, the Rainbow board voted 5-0 to authorize a p...

  • FGMS exhibit given Gregory B. Anderson award at county fair

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The San Diego County Fair's Gems, Minerals and Jewelry exhibition has a Gregory B. Anderson Award for the best educational exhibit, and this year's Gregory B. Anderson Award was given for the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society case. The display featured gemstones and mines of San Diego County. The case included 21 stands with gems, a map of the San Diego County mining districts, and photos of mines from the districts. "That's kind of our mission, to preserve the mining and...

  • Rainbow MWD board approves rate, capacity fee increases

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Two separate 5-0 Rainbow Municipal Water District board votes June 25 approved an increase for water and wastewater rates and an increase in capacity fees. Water rates will increase by approximately 4.5% while wastewater rates will be increased by 13%. The first capacity fee increase in seven years will be 26.4%. In November 1996, the state's voters passed Proposition 218, which requires a public vote on benefit assessments but exempts water and sewer rate increases if a cost of service study shows a relationship between the...

  • NCFPD revises grant agreement with health care district

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The grant agreement between the North County Fire Protection District and the Fallbrook Regional Health District has been revised. The health care district had been funding half of the cost of new and refurbished NCFPD ambulances including equipment. A 5-0 NCFPD board vote Tuesday, June 25, approved the new agreement in which the health care district will provide a flat grant award of $200,000 per fiscal year for the ambulance replacements. “That was good,” NCFPD fire chief Keith McReynolds said. Fallbrook Hospital clo...

  • Mid-year budget adjustments add $308,269.82 for Village View Park funding

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    The mid-year budget adjustments approved during the May 21 San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting included an additional $308,269.82 of funding for Village View Park. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote approved the additional funding for the Fallbrook park project to cover costs incurred during the winter storms. The change increases the total budgeted amount for Village View Park from $13,695,566 to $14,003,835. Mid-year budget adjustments reflect revenue received since the annual budget was adopted, quarterly fund b...

  • Majewski has larger role at county fair with exhibit moved to outside

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Karla Majewski has the title of "Bug Wrangler" for the insect exhibit at the San Diego County Fair. In past years, the exhibit which includes non-insect invertebrates had been in the California Grown barn, but this year it was moved to the outside infield area known as "The Farm." "I'm able to take my bugging abilities to more of a back yard to educate people," Majewski said. Majewski was also involved in other aspects of The Farm. Kathy Wadham is the exhibit coordinator for...

  • Herzman given Best of Division, donated award at county fair's Home Made exhibit

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Debbie Herzman entered four creations in the San Diego County Fair's Home Made competition, and the Bonsall resident's awards included a Best of Division honor and a donated award from the San Diego Bead Society. All four of Herzman's entries received ribbons for placing in their class. Two of those were first-place awards, and she also received second place and third place at the class level. "It's always nice when you can place," Herzman said. Herzman won the Best of...

  • Street lighting district assessment unchanged

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The annual assessment for properties in Zone A of the San Diego County Street Lighting District will remain at $2 per equivalent dwelling unit. A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote June 5 approved the engineer’s report, adopted a resolution of intention, and set a June 26 hearing date for the assessment. The supervisors voted 5-0 June 26 to confirm the assessments. The San Diego County Street Lighting District was formed in September 1987 and includes the entirety of unincorporated San Diego County. Zone A c...

  • Vector control assessment increased

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The county’s victor control assessment will be increased from $9.10 to $10.76 per benefit unit. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, who serve as the board of the county's Vector Control District, voted 5-0 June 26 to approve the 18.2% increase in the assessment. The supervisors’ action also approved the engineer's report. The assessment is in addition to a service charge which remains at $3.00 for the coastal region and $2.28 for the suburban and rural regions. Both the vector control benefit assessment and the ser...

  • FPUD extends Federal advocacy services contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District has a contract with Howells Government Relations to provide Federal advocacy support services, and a June 24 FPUD board action renewed that contract. The 4-0 vote, with Dave Baxter out of town, authorized the extension of the contract for an additional year. FPUD will pay Howells Government Relations, which is based in Murrieta, $90,000 for the 2024-25 term. The original contract was approved at the June 2022 FPUD board meeting and in June 2023 the FPUD board approved a second one-year...

  • BUSD approves Symposium Coordinator position for BHS

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    A coordinator will be hired for the Symposium program at Bonsall High School. The June 13 Bonsall Unified School District board meeting included a 5-0 vote to approve the Symposium Coordinator position and job description. The coordinator will collect and connect future ready resources and curriculum which will be utilized during Symposium activities at Bonsall High School. “That’s pretty exciting,” said BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger. The California Apprenticeship Initiative New and Innovative Grant Program inclu...

  • GCI Construction to replace Main Avenue sewer main

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    GCI Construction, Inc., was awarded the Fallbrook Public Utility District contract for the Main Avenue Sewer Main Replacement Project. FPUD’s board voted 4-0 June 24, with Dave Baxter out of town, to award a $391,000 contract to GCI Construction. The work will replace approximately 400 linear feet of eight-inch polyvinylchloride (PVC) pipe and four manholes on Main Avenue and Elder Street. Normally FPUD sewer main rehabilitation entails relining sewer mains in place, which is a more cost-effective way to upgrade old c...

  • Firefighter Demolition Derby to be at end of this year's county fair

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Burn Institute’s Fire and Safety Exposition which includes the Firefighter Demolition Derby has been part of the San Diego County Fair since 2010 and in past years took place during one of the fair’s earlier weekends. This year the Fire and Safety Exposition will be held Sunday, July 7, which is the final day of the 2024 county fair. “We’re closing out the fair this year,” Tessa Haviland, executive director of Burn Institute, said. “We’ll be the very last event of the year.” The Fire and Safety Exposition is held at the Del M...

  • Local Andy Vanderlaan steps down from LAFCO after 28 years

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Andy Vanderlaan, a Bonsall resident, resigned from San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) on Jan. 19 after serving since 1996. “It has been one of the best experiences of my career,” Vanderlaan remarked about his tenure as the public member. LAFCO handles jurisdictional changes like consolidations and annexations. Its board includes two county supervisors, city council representatives, members from special district boards, and one public member, with alternates who can vote in their absence. LAFCO execut...

  • TAC recommends speed limits on Little Gopher Canyon Road and Old River Road

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Currently neither Little Gopher Canyon Road between Gopher Canyon Road and Old River Road nor Old River Road between state Route 76 and Dentro de Lomas have posted speed limits. If the recommendations of the county’s Traffic Advisory Committee Friday, June 7, are ratified by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the 1.50-mile segment of Little Gopher Canyon Road will have a 30 mph speed limit and the 1.66-mile portion of Old River Road will have a 45 mph speed limit. The vote to recommend the Little Gopher Canyon Road 30...

  • BUSD approves agreement for instructional assistants

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    A community college student pays resident tuition if he or she is a resident of that community college district or an adjacent community college district. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District borders the Palomar Community College District, so Bonsall Unified School District residents attending Grossmont College or Cuyamaca College would pay resident tuition. An agreement was needed for a foundation to pay Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College students to be instructional assistants at BUSD schools, but that was...

  • 21 Greater Fallbrook roads on county road resurfacing list

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The preliminary County of San Diego list of road segments to be resurfaced includes 21 in Greater Fallbrook. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 June 5 to adopt a resolution with the list of projects to be funded by Fiscal Year 2024-25 Road Repair and Accountability Act revenue. The road segments include 14 in Fallbrook, four in Bonsall, two in Pauma Valley, and one in Rainbow. The Road Repair and Accountability Act was passed by the state legislature in 2017 and raised the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon...

  • Bentley, Hernandez, James, Perez, Sharkey, Yanez, Pauma relay team win events at Julian track and field meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The monthly tournaments involving small middle schools and K-8 elementary schools in Northern San Diego County and Southern Riverside County concluded for the 2023-24 school year May 16 with the Julian Junior High Invitational Track Meet at the Julian High School stadium, and six individual Pauma Elementary School or Vallecitos Elementary School athletes along with a Pauma relay team won events. Pauma eighth-grader Angel Bentley won the boys high jump. Vallecitos seventh-grader Rochelle Hernandez took first place in the...

  • Bernier sixth in pole vault at state meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Aiden Bernier closed out his high school athletic career by placing sixth in the boys pole vault at the CIF state meet May 24-25 at Buchanan High School in Clovis. The Fallbrook High School senior matched his personal record with a height of 15’6” at the May 24 preliminaries. He cleared 15’2” in the May 25 finals before being unsuccessful with the bar six inches higher. “It’s actually pretty good,” Fallbrook head coach Marco Arias said of sixth place in the state. “I was very, very happy with it,” Bernier said. “I was very...

  • BUSD approves two new Bonsall High School courses

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The Bonsall Unified School District board approved Bonsall High School course descriptions for two new courses. A 5-0 BUSD board vote April 17 approved adding Advanced Computer Science Systems Programming and Advanced Product Innovation and Design to the courses Bonsall High School students may take. Both courses will be part of the school’s Career Technical Education program. “It’s adding additional courses for these pathways,” said BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger. “It allows students to graduate with additiona...

  • BUSD adopts updated developer fees

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The Bonsall Unified School District approved an update to the district’s developer fee rates. A 3-0 BUSD board vote May 15, with Michael Gaddis and Pascal Lapoirie absent, approved the new developer fees. The new fees per square foot are $5.17 for new residential development, $0.84 for new enclosed or covered commercial or industrial development, and $0.25 for new rental self-storage facilities. The new fees will take effect July 14, or 60 days after the approval of the resolution adopting the new rates. “We don’t deter...

  • TAC recommends retention of Flowerwood Lane 25 mph speed limit

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The county’s Traffic Advisory Committee has recommended that the 25 mph speed limit on Flowerwood Lane between Knottwood Way and Gird Road be retained. The June 7 TAC vote to recommend retention of the speed limit along that 1.35-mile segment with recertification of that speed limit for radar enforcement was unanimous. Any TAC recommendation for a regulatory action must be approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW) expects an Oct. 9 Board of Supervisors hea...

  • FPUD purchases pump skid to pump Red Mountain Reservoir water to De Luz

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District has plans for a new pump station which will allow water from Red Mountain Reservoir to be pumped to De Luz. An analysis of the least expensive way to provide water to De Luz until that pump station is operational indicated that the purchase of a pump skid to pump Santa Margarita River Conjunctive Use Project supply from Red Mountain would be the most cost-efficient option, so the FPUD board approved a motion to acquire a pump skid Wednesday, May 29. The 5-0 vote authorizes the purchase...

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