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Articles from the February 24, 2022 edition


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  • California Mask Mandate ending for indoor schools Friday March 11; everywhere else on Tuesday, March 1

    Updated Feb 28, 2022

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) – California will lift its requirement that students and staff wear masks indoors at schools at 11:59 p.m. March 11, making face coverings "strongly recommended'' but not mandated, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today, Feb. 28. As of Tuesday, March 1, meanwhile, the state will also lift its requirement that unvaccinated people wear masks in most indoor settings, but masks will be "strongly recommended'' for everyone indoors. Masks will also continue to be required for everyone at settings including health-care f...

  • Piconi rings opening bell at New York Stock Exchange

    Updated Feb 25, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Robert Piconi rang the New York Stock Exchange opening bell Feb. 14. Piconi, who lived in Fallbrook before leaving for college and whose parents still live in Fallbrook, is now the chief executive officer of Energy Vault. The company's initial public offering was part of the NYSE activity Feb. 14, and Piconi was invited to ring the opening bell. "It was just an amazing day," Piconi said. Energy Vault stock opened at $11.50 a share. "There's a l...

  • Correction

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Correction: In the editorial by Julie Reeder printed Feb. 10, it read that Tom had received his first Pfizer shot on March 5, 2021. It should have read, "Tom is in his 30s. He’s in peak physical condition, smart and married with a beautiful wife and two children. He has been in the military for years and loves being in the military. It was his plan to make it his career, until he got the first Pfizer shot on March 25, 2021. That vaccine changed his and his family's lives. Tom said just days after his first shot, on April 5...

  • 'Fallbrook's Finest' honored by FUHSD superintendent

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News "Fallbrook's Finest" were recognized at the Jan. 24 school board meeting by Superintendent Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez of the Fallbrook Union High School District. Teachers and staff are recognized monthly at the board meeting with the superintendent reading a statement about the recipients. Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Smith was the first one she praised. "He has been ramping up the ROTC program since he first arrived at Fallbrook High School...

  • Don Diego scholarship applications are now available

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    DEL MAR – Don Diego Scholarship Foundation is offering $72,500 in 2022 college scholarships to 25 outstanding and deserving students who reside in the San Diego area and have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds in previous years. The deadline to apply is midnight March 28. Eligibility details and applications are at www.dondiegoscholarship.org. Scholarships are offered in six categories with individual awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Scholarships o...

  • Angel Society plans member event; donations top $63,000 during first half of fiscal year

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Angel Society is looking forward to celebrating another successful year, with plans underway to hold its annual meeting and luncheon for members in May. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the group's 42nd annual meeting and luncheon was postponed in 2020 and again in '21. This year, the event will be held on Thursday, May 26 at the Zion Fellowship Center in Fallbrook. The theme for this year's luncheon is "Feeling Groovy," with invitations to be mailed i...

  • CSUSM program to review NCFPD community risk reduction program

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter A Cal State University San Marcos program will be reviewing the North County Fire Protection District’s community risk reduction program. The university’s College of Business Administration has a Senior Experience Program in which a team of five graduating business students work as consultants. The activity will include development of metrics to enhance the effectiveness of the district’s practices, outreach, and marketing. “The goal is to identify exactly the scope of work, but I would like t...

  • Neal named to NSLS at University of Alabama

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Ashlynn Paige Neal of Fallbrook has also been selected to join the University of Alabama’s chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. Membership in the NSLS is available to a limited number of students in honor of their academic accomplishment and leadership potential. Neal’s achievement of a 3.3+ GPA provides her the honor of joining as a Presidential member. NSLS honors excellence and distinguishes itself by providing members access to a five-step leadership program in which they will...

  • Hope Clinic for Women offers Inspiring Hope Western Gala

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Hope Clinic for Women will welcome the community March 12 to the 17th Annual "Inspiring Hope" Western Gala at SonRise Christian Fellowship, located at 463 S. Stagecoach Lane. Guests will hear guest speaker Rebekah Hagan and also enjoy down-home fixings to eat with caterers Carlo and Alita Guardado and music by Allen & Friends, with a big-sky, boot-stompin', pickin' and grinnin' good time! In addition, guests will meet HCWs new executive director, Amy Martin. H...

  • Blankets donated to Victory Outreach

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Blanket Project presented 13 hand crocheted twin sized blankets to the Victory Outreach/Alcance Victoria Vista Christian Recovery Home for adult men who have drug or alcohol problems. The 12 month live-in program is designed to reclaim, redeem and restore lives that have been consumed by drugs, alcohol and/or other substance abuse as well as physical and emotional abuse. According to their website, "We are not a treatment program but rely on the W...

  • Pets of the Month wait to be adopted at Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Chloe Shaver Writer Intern As February ends, the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary continues to adopt and foster out pets to loving homes. Last month's pet, Opal, was placed into long-term foster care – but there are plenty more that need loving homes. The Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary offers free monthly pet microchipping and spay/neutering clinics at Fallbrook Fertilizer, Feed & Farm Supply, 215 W. Fallbrook St., and will be at Bark in the Park on March 19. The first pet in the s...

  • Police arrest 494 people in California in week-long joint human trafficking sting operation

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Katabella Roberts The Epoch Times Nearly 500 people have been arrested in California in a human trafficking sting operation that took place ahead of the Super Bowl, authorities announced Feb. 15. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva shared the results of the week-long campaign, dubbed “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild,” in a press conference, stating that the statewide operation had “met with positive results.” Villanueva said the operation was conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and more th...

  • Microbusiness COVID-19 grant application period opens

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office “Microbusinesses” around San Diego County hurt by COVID-19 can now officially begin applying online for $2,500 grants. The County Board of Supervisors last week approved making 1,550 grants totaling $3.8 million, funded in part by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, to some of the smallest businesses in the county, like home businesses and sidewalk vendors. The list could include home businesses like pet sitters, shoppers, cleaners and home health care...

  • State moving to 'SMARTER' framework for continued co-existence with COVID

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Marking a shift in the battle against COVID-19, state officials announced a framework based on the idea that the virus will be a continuing presence, and moving California into an ongoing state of readiness to address localized outbreaks and respond to potential new variants of the virus, while trying to give residents at least a sense of normalcy. "We are moving past the crisis phase into a phase where we will work to live with this virus, and we will...

  • Fallbrook area MSR updates deferred to March 7

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The draft updated municipal service review for Fallbrook’s special districts was discussed by San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission during the Feb. 7 LAFCO meeting, but LAFCO opted to defer action until the March LAFCO meeting. Separate 8-0 votes continued both the municipal service review updates and the sphere of influence updates for the Fallbrook Public Utility District, the Rainbow Municipal Water District, the North County Fire Protection District, and County Service Are...

  • Business Expo showcases local businesses

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Chloe Shaver Writer Intern Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce hosted a business expo on Feb. 17 to promote chamber members. With over 20 businesses, the expo showcased many of Fallbrook's stores and shops with a range of goods and services to be found here. The Baking it Up Collective brought delicious pastries for everyone in attendance to sample. Kelly Siegler, the owner, started to bake pastries at home to sell in 2017. In 2020, Joanna Costello joined her team, adding sourdough...

  • FUESD superintendent's pay is inflated

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    The San Diego Union Tribune reported Feb. 13 the Fallbrook Union Elementary superintendent for 4,800 students, Candace Singh, was paid $392,519 total pay for the year 2020. The article also mentions that the Los Angeles Unified superintendent, Austin Beutner, was paid less at $343,159 to lead a 419,000 student district. How on earth could this grossly inflated salary have been allowed? What's wrong with our schools? It appears the problems start at the top. William Larsen...

  • Vanderlaan concludes term as LAFCO chair

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Bonsall resident Andy Vanderlaan concluded his year as the board chair of San Diego County's Local Agency Formation Commission. Vanderlaan is the public member on LAFCO’s board which consists of two county supervisors (currently Jim Desmond and Joel Anderson), one city council representative from San Diego (currently Chris Cate), two city council members from the county's other 17 incorporated cites (currently Escondido mayor Paul McNamara and Chula Vista mayor Mary Salas), two members from sp...

  • The Covid-19 two-year anniversary is upon us, now what?

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District With over 900,000 Americans and over 4,800 people locally who died with Covid, it brought tragedy and hopelessness that left a hole in our lives that will never be filled. We’ve seen challenges with child development as kids lag with two years of modified or hybrid school. Behavioral health issues increased dramatically while drug overdoses spiked. It’s very important we take a step back and learn from this historically difficult time. From this tragic, front of mind pandemic, there is a c...

  • Why our newspaper readers are valuable intelligent community members

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Julie Reeder Publisher Some of the reasons why newspapers, whether they are online or in print, are important is that they are supposed to give unbiased information so that readers can make their own informed decisions. Sadly, most of our national papers are not unbiased anymore, but that is a point for another day. Independent community newspapers reflect the soul of their community. If they are in print, they can’t be changed like they can online, as the New York Times and the Washington Post have had to do dozens of t...

  • Kicking it: Birthday Salute

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Feb 24, 2022

    In just four weeks and four days, I will celebrate another birthday. Yes. I am relieved to have another one knowing that not having one isn't good, which is why I was relieved when I didn’t see my name in the obituaries last week. Need I say what you’re thinking? “Obviously, if you are reading the paper then you must be alive.” Or so I would have thought too. After rewatching “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” last night, it makes me wonder, do we really know when we’re dead? Doctors...

  • Real Estate Round-Up: Vehicle Miles Traveled - the good, the bad, and the ugly

    Kim Murphy, Murphy & Murphy Southern California Realty|Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Strike that. From my perspective, in a town like Fallbrook, Vehicle Miles Traveled is only bad or ugly. The idea of VMT originated in Sacramento to combat “global warming.” The proposal focused on the “stick” approach to decreasing the number of vehicles on the road each day. Rather than entice employers to increase consistent remote workers through tax incentive, the powers in Sacramento chose to punish the workers and the communities from which they come, by adding a fee,...

  • Re: 'Gesture erodes mutual respect' [Village News, Letter, 2/10/22]

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    I am always taken back when the left calls for mutual respect or civility when they have never shown nor will they ever show civility or mutual respect towards any conservative President. As horrible as the left was towards President Bush, there is no comparison as to how they treated President Trump. Even when President Trump gave them a taste of their own medicine, calling them out for being Fake News, they just dug their heels in and then spent tens of millions of our tax dollars to lie and cheat their way to winning the 2...

  • The rising cost of keeping warm

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron AD-75 The electric bills just keep going up, and up. California energy costs have been high for years, even before the recent spikes. Now it’s getting much worse. Inflation nationwide is out of control, with prices rising at the fastest rate in 40 years. In California, housing is beyond reach for many, gas prices/taxes are the nation’s highest, and our overall tax rates far exceed national norms. Thousands have been priced out of California, with many fleeing the state just to make a living. Ene...

  • EDCO now offers container for plant-based waste

    Updated Feb 24, 2022

    I just learned that EDCO waste disposal, here in Fallbrook, is now providing a 11”x6”x12” container (with locking lid) for the purpose of holding plant-based “waste.” It fits comfortably on our counter. My husband has a large “pull out” trash receptacle underneath the sink. We line it with aluminum foil (which is recyclable), then we put several newspapers on top of the foil. Then we put a large Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, or Major Market paper bag (with loops) on top. When it gets full of plant-based waste, we put it in the g...

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