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  • Border Update

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    The chaos at our border has reached alarming levels, with over 90,000 border encounters in San Diego alone in the past five months. This surge is not just a matter of numbers; it's a symptom of a system failing to enforce the laws designed to protect our nation's borders. The Federal Government's failure to effectively enforce immigration laws has tied the hands of Border Patrol agents, exacerbating the crisis we are witnessing. Despite having clear laws in place, we are...

  • BUSD offers free college during high school

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    BONSALL – In early 2021, Bonsall Unified School District began forging the path to make Bonsall High School an Early College high school. Partnering with Palomar College, Bonsall High School administration, led by counselor Eryn Barker, started exploring mutually beneficial ways to expand student opportunities at the relatively new Bonsall High School. An Early College program provides students with the opportunity to take college classes on a college campus while still in h...

  • Fallbrook-based company addresses summer learning loss through innovative STEM programs

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – In a bid to combat the persistent issue of Summer Learning Loss and inspire students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, Kid Laboratories, a new company based in Fallbrook, has emerged with a mission to unlock the fullest potential of tween students. At the helm of this groundbreaking initiative is Elena Czarnowski, a seasoned professional who transitioned from the technology sector to pursue her passion for science and m...

  • Rotary Club of Fallbrook honors FUESD Students of the Month

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District is delighted to announce the commendation of two exceptional sixth-grade students, Camila Guzman and Grayson Legg, as Rotary Students of the Month by the Rotary Club of Fallbrook. Recognizing the significance of acknowledging students who demonstrate exceptional academic prowess and exemplary leadership qualities, the Rotary Club in partnership with FUESD carefully selects two outstanding students from a local s...

  • FUESD invites PTA leaders to monthly roundtable talks

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union Elementary School District has announced the launch of its new monthly PTA Roundtable meetings, exclusively designed for PTA leaders and Superintendent Monika Hazel. These meetings aim to foster collaboration, exchange ideas, and strengthen the vital partnership between district leaders and PTA leaders. Recognizing the significance of communication and relationship-building between district leaders and PTA leaders, Hazel emphasized, "PTAs are integr...

  • Social Security Administration updates Equity Action Plan

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON – Increasing access to programs and improving service are the main goals of the updated Equity Action Plan released by the Social Security Administration, Feb. 14. “We will administer our programs equitably by reducing administrative burdens and reaching underserved people,” said Martin O’Malley, Commissioner of Social Security. “In line with the Administration’s whole-of-government approach to deliver better outcomes for the American people, I’m pleased to share our Equity Action Plan 2023 Update.” Underserved Com...

  • Social Security publishes proposed rule for payroll information exchange to reduce improper payments

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration published a proposed rule, “Use of Electronic Payroll Data to Improve Program Administration,” describing the agency’s plans for accessing and using information from payroll data providers to reduce improper payments, including overpayments, which improves service to customers, Feb. 15. Unreported, late reported, and incorrectly reported earnings are often a cause of overpayments for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplem...

  • Worker of the Week makes coffee and art

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Shannon Ralls fills a coffee pot at the Fallbrook Coffee Company, 622 S. Mission Rd. Ralls has been the manager for two years. Her goal is to be a highly successful freelance artist. Her work is in pet portraits but not limited to. Her work can be seen at https://shayrallsart.wordpress.com/. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • Burn Institute to hold annual Firefighter Boot Drive

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SAN DIEGO -- On Thursday, March 7, local firefighters will take to the streets for the Burn Institute Annual Firefighter Boot Drive. Hundreds of uniformed firefighters will be stationed at intersections across the county to collect donations for the Burn Institute's fire and burn prevention education and burn survivor support services. North County Fire personnel will be found on Ammunition and South Mission Road from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. collecting donations; 100% of the...

  • Affordable health screenings coming to Temecula

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TEMECULA – Residents living in and around the Temecula area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Grace Presbyterian Church will host this community event on March 15. The site is located at 31143 Nicolas Road in Temecula. Screenings can check for: · The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health. · HDL and LDL Cho...

  • County's Love Your Heart event encourages San Diegans to know their blood pressure numbers

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The County’s Love Your Heart campaign is celebrating 13 years of supporting San Diegans in understanding the importance of heart health through a variety of ways, including hosting no-cost blood pressure screenings at locations throughout the county and Mexico. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County and Mexico. In 2022, nearly 5,000 people died in San Diego County from heart d...

  • TVH achieves milestone with 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TEMECULA – Southwest Healthcare Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH) announced the successful completion of its 100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure, marking a significant milestone in the hospital's commitment to providing advanced cardiovascular care to the community. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that treats aortic valve stenosis, a condition where the heart's aortic valve becomes narrowed, restricting blood flow. The procedure is an a...

  • Life's reset button

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Kate Rhéaume, ND Special to the Village News Feeling sluggish and burned out, and reaching for the “Life Reset Button” only to realize there isn’t one? Fortunately, there is a course of action anyone can take to start fresh, stay balanced, and feel rejuvenated, and the best news is, it’s not complicated. Let us start with movement. Being active is the most cost-effective mood booster and stress buster money can buy. Exercise is as effective as medication in treating low mood and helps reshape brain structure to maintain...

  • Small changes during Heart Health Awareness Month can put California seniors on path to better health

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Dr. Damanpreet Jamarai UnitedHealthcare February is Heart Health Awareness month, a great time to start on the path to better heart health and wellbeing and to understand the risk factors that can contribute to heart problems. Late last year, the America’s Health Rankings report highlighted a startling fact: heart disease is one of eight chronic conditions that has reached record highs since the report began tracking health and wellbeing in the United States. Despite a decline in deaths tied to heart disease, it remains t...

  • Which flooring material is best for you?

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Whether you’re buying an existing home, building a new one or just considering renovating your current place, understanding different floor types – and the unique pros and cons of each – is important. A home’s flooring will obviously impact its overall aesthetic, but its durability can influence your costs as well as how you’ll clean and maintain the home. Are you considering new flooring or a new home? Keep these floor material pros and cons in mind as you do. Carpet Ca...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Empower change by taking action

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    When speaking with out-of-town real estate clients there are often questions about what is there to do in Fallbrook, how can they get involved? Fallbrook has over 150 nonprofit organizations, but if none of those represent their interests then a suggestion is that they might create their own movement and the below article suggests ways to make that happen. Enjoy and thank you Janet. Empower change by taking action in your community for the causes you believe in By Janet...

  • San Diego homeowners urged to pay property taxes online

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is urging San Diego homeowners to pay this year’s property taxes online, as recent rains have flooded the County Administration Center and are impacting the department’s ability to process physical mail and checks. “Officials are calling this a ‘thousand-year storm’ for good reason – the rainfall has been tremendous and the impact real,” said San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister. “We urge taxpayers to go online now to www.sdttc.com and...

  • New county report to address inequity in the region

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Jobs and finances, food systems, health, and housing – data shows these areas have some of the largest equity gaps in the San Diego region. The Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) released the County's first Equity Indicators Report on Wednesday. The report comes in the wake of the county's declaration of racism as a public health crisis in January 2021. Many residents in San Diego County face oppression due to their race and ethnicity, gender, immigration status, d...

  • County Supervisors approve Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors approved a work plan to reduce gun violence activities in San Diego County. The Board voted to receive the Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan, using recommendations from the Gun Violence Community Needs Assessment Final Report authored by Health Assessment and Research for Communities. The plan includes 17 actions for the County to take to protect against and prevent firearm-related violence. The Board also approved a staff position to...

  • San Diego Weekly Gas Price Update

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    DALLAS – Average gasoline prices in San Diego have risen 6.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.78/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 784 stations in San Diego. Prices in San Diego are 22.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 6.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has risen 10.0 cents in the last week and stands at $4.09 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, on Feb. 19, the cheapest station in San Diego was priced at $3.99/g yesterday w...

  • Missing and murdered people

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    San Diego County’s tribal communities are all located within the 75th Assembly District – we have more sovereign tribal governments than any county in the nation. Their safety, security and prosperity are very important to me, and for our region. That’s why the second annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) summit, which took place in Sacramento Feb. 12 and 13, was so important. The event was sponsored by the Yurok Tribe and the Wilton Rancheria from North...

  • AFS seeks host families

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    AFS has been a leader in the field of student exchange for more than 60 years. Each year we like to place one or more students in Fallbrook who will attend Fallbrook High. We are receiving applications now for students who will be arriving in mid-August for the either fall semester or for the next school year. We have some outstanding candidates with varied interests and many countries of origin. I would like to talk to any families that might be interested in hosting them. We are also interested in talking to high school...

  • Novel legal arguments will likely need Supreme Court decisions

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    I have not written a lot about former President Trump or his legal troubles. It’s a bit overwhelming, but I believe, like Vivek Ramaswamy said during a CNN interview on Aug. 8, 2023, that it’s all political to keep Trump off the ballot. I believe his opponents view him as so evil that the end justifies the means. Ramaswamy said regarding the Trump indictments, “On principle, we should not be a country where the party in power uses police force to indict their political oppon...

  • Our supply chains are at risk

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Trump recently made this statement: “Look at even, things like supply change, things we never even heard about. You never heard that term. Everything worked under me.” He was actually referring to supply chains. But his claims he never heard of supply chains and that everything worked under him are provably false. For source, search on: “MTN Confused Trump: Supply Change. You Never Heard That Term.” It’s true that not everybody is familiar with supply chains, but everybody should know this: every commodity, and that incl...

  • A modest proposal

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    I am sure many residents of Fallbrook and the North County have been inundated by numerous advertising flyers from at least three of the candidates running for the 75th Assembly district. To be frank, all of these three candidate's advertisements are poorly worded, lack basic common decency, seem to be void of any content that relate to the duties required for an elected member of the state assembly. Primaries used to serve the function of giving political parties the opportunity to find out who in their respective groups...

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