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  • SDGE presents 2.0 battery energy storage facility system to FCPG

    Julie Reeder and Joe Naiman, Village News|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    San Diego Gas & Electric is building a 30MW expansion onto the existing 40MW battery energy storage system (BESS) facility in the 1300 block of East Mission Road. This expansion makes this BESS facility SDG&E’s second largest in the county. The largest, Westside Canal, is in Imperial Valley surrounded by desert with no residential or agriculture around it. The project does not have the support of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group. Because the discretion to approve or deny the battery energy storage system is with the C...

  • FCPG expresses opposition to 76/Via Monserate commercial center to standing room only crowd

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    A proposed commercial center in the 3000 block of Highway 76 near Via Monserate was brought to the Fallbrook Community Planning Group for input, and the 12 planning group members present Feb. 20 were all opposed to the project as currently proposed. “The community and the planning group are strongly opposed to the project,” said planning group chair Eileen Delaney. “It violates our community plan,” Delaney said. “It does not complement the area. It is truly out of character. The application had numerous flaws in...

  • Vallecitos seeks applicants for Trustee Area 1 seat

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The Vallecitos School District is seeking Trustee Area 1 residents who desire to serve on the school board. Chris Howells, who had been the board member for Trustee Area 1, has moved out of California. Howells submitted his resignation effective Monday, Feb. 12. The Tuesday, Feb. 13, Vallecitos School District board meeting included a 3-0 vote to approve the provisional appointment process for the vacancy. “We’re hoping to fill it,” Vallecitos School District superintendent Meliton Sanchez said. Applications to fill...

  • FPUD area added to Division 2 of EMWD

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District is now a retail agency of the Eastern Municipal Water District and, as a retail agency of a wholesale agency, FPUD residents will be eligible to vote both for their FPUD division board seat and for their EMWD division seat. A Feb. 21 EMWD board vote placed the FPUD area into Division 2 for EMWD election purposes. The 4-0 vote, with Randy Record absent, adopts a resolution adding FPUD to Division 2. EMWD staff was also authorized to initiate the redistricting process to rebalance the...

  • Zoning Administrator authorizes Linda Vista Drive parcel split

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    San Diego County’s zoning administrator made findings which will allow for a 10.28‑acre parcel in the 3600 block of Linda Vista Drive to be subdivided into four lots. Dahvia Lynch, who is the director of the county’s Department of Planning and Development Services, has the actual authority to approve the parcel split along with a site plan, but the Thursday, Feb. 22, decision of Zoning Administrator Conor McGee found the project to be exempt from further environmental review. The California Environmental Quality Act...

  • NCFPD approves staffing for additional paramedics ambulance

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Three actions during the Dec. 12 North County Fire Protection District board meeting involve increased ambulance staffing for the district. One approved action will add a fourth advanced life support ambulance in the district. Another action directed NCFPD staff to apply for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration and directed district staff to develop a financial plan to support...

  • Four Fallbrook wrestlers place at CIF division tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    The CIF Division II wrestling tournament took place Feb. 10 at Orange Glen High School, and four Fallbrook High School wrestlers placed among the top eight in their weight class. Nic Brockson reached the final of the 126-pound division before losing to an exchange student in the championship match and settling for second place. Devin Huntington took third among 150-pound grapplers. Ricky Lopez was the sixth-place matman in the 108-pound class. Cruz Arroyo placed eighth in the 190-pound bracket. “I was really pumped up,...

  • Warriors finish boys rugby season with 3-5 record

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Fallbrook High School’s boys rugby team finished the 2023-24 season with a 3-5 record. “This year was different,” said Fallbrook coach Sierra Arteaga. The 2022-23 Warriors had a 7-1 record before losing in the Southern California Interscholastic Rugby Federation’s championship match against Cathedral Catholic. The SCIRF had only one division last season. This year, the teams were divided into Division I and Division II. Fallbrook was in Division I with Cathedral Catholic and St. Augustine, which had two losses last...

  • Warriors hold Bulldogs to three points in girls basketball win

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Fallbrook High School’s girls basketball team is believed to have set a school record for fewest points allowed in the Warriors’ 56-3 victory Jan. 31 at Ramona High School. “Our defense was all over the place,” said Fallbrook coach Trae Harrison. Although Ramona entered the game with a 3-16 record, the Bulldogs hadn’t scored fewer than 15 points in a game since their season-opening 74-14 loss to El Camino. On three occasions during those 19 games, Ramona was held to 15 points including the Warriors’ 68-15 victory...

  • Pala concert allows Yesterday band to commemorate Beatles legacy

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    On March 15, 2015, yesterday was March 14, 2015. Prior to August 1965, yesterday meant the previous day. On Aug. 6, 1965, the Beatles released their Help album whose songs included "Yesterday," and in 1989 Don Bellezzo founded a Beatles tribute band called Yesterday. The Yesterday tribute band members live in the Las Vegas area and performed at Pala Casino's Events Center on Feb. 2, 2024. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr performed on that same stage with Ringo Starr and His All...

  • CWA weighted vote allocation recalculated to reflect FPUD detachment

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    The completion of the detachment of the Fallbrook Public Utility District from the San Diego County Water Authority resulted in a revision of the SDCWA weighted vote allocation for 2024. Under the new weighted vote approved at the Jan. 25 CWA board meeting the Rainbow Municipal Water District will have 3.935% of the vote and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton will have a weighted vote of 0.077% for the rest of the 2024 meetings. The approval of the new weighted vote had no opposition from the CWA board although Padre Dam...

  • Legionnaires have home soccer playoff match Feb. 16, home boys basketball playoff Feb. 17

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    The CIF playoff selection and seeding meetings Feb. 10 gave first-round byes and quarterfinals home games to Bonsall High School’s boys soccer and boys basketball teams. The Legionnaires are in Division V-AA for both sports. The top four seeds were given first-round byes and a home game later in the week. Bonsall’s boys soccer team will begin playoff action at home, which for Bonsall means Ingold Sports Park in Fallbrook, Friday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. and if they win they will play Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The...

  • MSR for CWA to include voting and rate structures, links between projects and needs

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission is in the process of developing a municipal service review for the San Diego County Water Authority, and a presentation at the Feb. 5 LAFCO meeting noted that the MSR would focus on the SDCWA voting and rate structures and alignment between CWA projects and actual needs. The presentation was a non-voting item. The official action was to receive a verbal presentation from LAFCO staff including consultants, invite any comments from interested audience members, and discuss...

  • Maya Khoury 4th, Sahara Khoury 10th at California Winter Championships meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Maya Khoury placed fourth in the girls pole vault at the California Winter Championships track and field meet Feb. 3 at Arcadia High School and Sahara Khoury took 10th in that event. The Khoury twins are currently seniors at Fallbrook High School, whose 2024 track and field schedule begins with a tri-meet Feb. 29 at San Dieguito Academy. They competed with the Escondido-based North County Pole Vault Club at the California Winter Championships. "It was just really cool to be...

  • Vikings second at Borrego Springs Basketball Tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    The Vallecitos Elementary School boys reached the final of the Borrego Springs Basketball Tournament before settling for second place. The Feb. 25 tournament was hosted by Borrego Springs Middle School. That school does not have its own gymnasium but is next to Borrego Springs High School, so the games were played on the high school campus. The second-place Borrego Springs Basketball Tournament finish for the Vallecitos boys was the best since the Vikings reached the final in...

  • Nordeen breaks school career rebounds record

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    During the Jan. 19 game at Escondido High School, the Fallbrook High School girls basketball career rebounds record was broken by current senior Claire Nordeen. Between 1982 and 1984, Kristy Seidel pulled down 1,145 rebounds on behalf of Fallbrook High School. Nordeen surpassed that figure during the Warriors’ 61-31 victory in Escondido. “I’m very proud to get the school rebound record. It means a lot,” Nordeen said. “Breaking a record that stood so long is super special to me.” “She’s a once in a lifetime...

  • Stroney fifth at CIF divisional tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    The CIF Division I girls wrestling tournament took place Feb. 3 at Steele Canyon High School, and Fallbrook High School sophomore Dalanie Stroney placed fifth in the 105-pound weight class. "She had a really good day wrestling," said Fallbrook head coach Tom Brockson. Stroney also became the first-ever Fallbrook High School girl to place at a CIF wrestling tournament. Last year, 2023 graduate Alyssa Wilson became the first Fallbrook student-athlete to compete in the CIF girls...

  • CWA contacts with Katz & Associates for capital improvements outreach

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Even though the Fallbrook Public Utility District has detached from the San Diego County Water Authority and the Rainbow Municipal Water District is in the process of detaching from the SDCWA, CWA infrastructure remains in the FPUD and Rainbow service area and the CWA will have capital improvements projects which will impact local residents and businesses. The Tuesday, Jan. 23, CWA board meeting included approval of a professional services contract with Katz & Associates Inc. for as-needed outreach support services. Katz &...

  • Legionnaires control own destiny for boys soccer league championship

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Bonsall High School's boys soccer team didn't mathematically clinch the Pioneer League championship with the Legionnaires' Monday, Jan. 29, victory against River Valley. The 5-0 road win, however, assured that the Snow Leopards could not surpass Bonsall in the standings and that The O'Farrell Charter School could win the league championship. That is, they could win only if the Falcons won all three of their remaining league games and Bonsall lost both remaining contests...

  • Lopez, Brockson, Wilson win championships at Kai Atesalp Memorial Tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Fallbrook High School placed third as a team at the Jan. 27 Kai Atesalp Memorial Tournament at Escondido High School while Fallbrook wrestlers Ricky Lopez, Nic Brockson, and Dan Wilson won their weight classes. “We just went out there and the guys had a really great day,” said Fallbrook coach Tom Brockson. “It was all the hard work they put in,” Brockson said. “It just kind of paid off in that tournament.” The Kai Atesalp Memorial Tournament had been called the Cougar Classic before being renamed after a former Es...

  • Valley Construction Management receives RMWD pump stations construction management contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Valley Construction Management was awarded the Rainbow Municipal Water District construction management contract for the replacement of the West Lilac, Rancho Amigos and Dentro De Lomas pump stations. Rainbow’s board voted 4-0 Tuesday, Jan. 23, with one vacant seat, to approve a $110,480 contract with Valley Construction Management to oversee the construction which will be performed by Pacific Hydrotech Corporation. The board also made a determination that the construction management contract itself is not a project which...

  • Rainbow allows non-resident ratepayers to be on standing committees

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District has three standing committees. A member of one of those committees does not need to be on Rainbow’s board but needed to be a resident in the Rainbow Municipal Water District service area. A change in the committee’s policy now allows non-resident ratepayers to serve on those committees. A 4-0 Rainbow board vote Tuesday, Jan. 23, with one vacant seat, approved the change to Rainbow’s administrative code. Committees may be comprised of Rainbow board members, staff and legal ratepayers...

  • County advertises for bids to resurface 24 Greater Fallbrook road segments

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    San Diego County approved the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of contracts to resurface road segments throughout the county including 24 road segments in Greater Fallbrook. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Wednesday, Jan. 24, to authorize the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to advertise and award multiple construction contracts and to take other actions related to contracting for asphalt concrete overlay and slurry seal treatment projects on the roads. The...

  • Supervisors approve airpark runway rehabilitation contract bid and award process

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a construction contract to rehabilitate the runway at Fallbrook Community Airpark. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote Wednesday, Jan. 24, authorizes the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to take the necessary actions to advertise the contract for bid and to award the contract. County Airports is a division of the county’s Department of Public Works, and the motion also designated the director of...

  • Iowa caucus shows integrity of in-person voting

    Joe Naiman, Writer|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    The fact that none of the losing candidates complained about the legitimacy of the voting in Iowa’s presidential caucus shows the merits of maximizing in-person voting. Because a caucus requires electors to be present in person, there was no mail-in balloting. It eliminated any possibility of voter fraud, ballot harvesting or any other compromise to the integrity of the election system. The first controversy over absentee ballots involved an incumbent president running for re-election and being challenged by a former...

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