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  • Super Tuesday: Sanders wins California, Campa-Najjar, Issa lead in 50th

    Will Fritz|Updated Mar 4, 2020

    WEDNESDAY March 4, 2020 UPDATE: As of noon. with 100% of the ballots counted, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is the clear winner of the California primary. Proposition 13 lost in San Diego County as well as statewide. Measure A, which would have required voter approval for amendments to the San Diego County general plan, failed with 51% voting aainst. Measure B, which would have authorized changes to the general plan to allow the Newland Sierra housing development to be constructed north of Escondido, also f...

  • Pala Casino named presenting sponsor of Fallbrook Open golf tournament

    Updated Mar 2, 2020

    PALA CA – Pala Casino Spa Resort will be the Presenting Sponsor for the inaugural Fallbrook Open professional golf tournament. Hosted by the Golden State Golf Tour, the tournament will run March 4-6, 2020 at the Golf Club of CA in Fallbrook, California. The 54-hole event will feature some of the best ‘up and coming’ professional golfers on the West Coast, playing for an expected purse of $50,000 and a $10,000 first prize. The first round begins on Wednesday, March 4. “We’re excited to bring the Golden State Tour to Fallbrook...

  • County creates online portal to track General Plan progress

    Gig Conaughton, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Since San Diego County adopted its general plan nine years ago, 5,802 residences have been built in the county's unincorporated communities, leaving capacity for another potential 60,748 residences under the plan. And now residents can track progress on the general plan and local development online, thanks to a new county website – the Housing Capacity and Production Portal, The portal includes text summary reports;...

  • MWD grants SDG&E permanent easement in Pala

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California granted San Diego Gas and Electric an permanent easement on MWD property in Pala. The MWD board vote Feb. 11 approves the granting of the easement including conditions. SDG&E will obtain a 12-foot wide easement along the northern edge of the MWD property in the 39000 block of Pala Temecula Road. MWD’s Pipeline 6 currently conveys water from Lake Skinner to Anza Road at De Portola Road in Temecula. That 7-mile segment is considered the northern reach of Pipeline 6; the s...

  • Real Estate Round-up: Fair Housing and Redlining

    Kim Murphy, Murphy and Murphy Southern California Realty|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    For nearly as long as I’ve been writing my column, the topic of the shortage of affordable workforce housing has been a key issue in real estate. There are many programs that address affordable housing, so people at the lowest of income levels or those on state subsidies can secure housing. But affordable workforce housing is an even bigger problem within California. It doesn’t matter which region a person lives in, the housing available close to employment is generally not...

  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    One of the hardest, but most rewarding parts about being a San Diego County Supervisor is being able to help out many groups in our community. Through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, we are able to fund nonprofit organizations who provide essential services to citizens of San Diego County. Reinvesting taxpayer money in worthwhile organizations is a benefit to the citizens and communities of North County. Although there are many wonderful programs in our region, we...

  • WHO declines to declare spread of coronavirus a pandemic

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Zachary Stieber Special to Valley News The spread of the new coronavirus hasn’t met the level of a pandemic, the World Health Organization said Monday even as the number of cases and deaths continued rising sharply in Iran, South Korea and Italy. The “sudden increase” in cases in those three countries are “deeply concerning,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, but he said that experts at the agency have decided against describing the situation as a “pandemic.” “Does this virus have pand...

  • Reliability of pricy new voting machines questioned

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Frank Bajak The Associated Press In the rush to replace insecure, unreliable electronic voting machines after Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, state and local officials have scrambled to acquire more trustworthy equipment for this year's election, when U.S. intelligence agencies fear even worse problems. But instead of choosing simple, hand-marked paper ballots that are most resistant to tampering because paper cannot be hacked, many are opting for pri...

  • Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo moment

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Michael R. Sisak and Tom Hays The Associated Press Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday, Feb. 24, of rape and sexual assault against two women and could be sent to prison for decades, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement. He was convicted on charges stemming from a 2006 sexual assault and a 2013 rape. The jury found Weinstein not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, that could have...

  • Supervisors move forward with options to streamline discretionary permits

    Joe Naiman, Village News reporter|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors' members desire to streamline the discretionary permit process while maintaining public review safeguards, and the Feb. 12 board of supervisors meeting provided direction to county staff to move forward with several measures. Multiple 5-0 votes gave direction to staff to continue bringing to fruition seven options for self-certification of project components, two California Environmental Quality Act review timing options, one option on final engineering changes, three checklist...

  • Sheriff to comply with federal order to release migrant-arrest data

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    City News Service Special to Village News The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday, Feb. 20, it will comply with federal court orders seeking migrant-arrest data that California’s sanctuary state legislation seeks to shield. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials served subpoenas on the sheriff’s department Friday to compel it to produce information on four recent cases involving arrests of Mexican nationals believed to be in the country without authorization. It was the first time ICE had t...

  • Missed voter registration deadline? It's not too late

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Residents who missed the voter registration deadline Tuesday, Feb. 18, can still register to vote and cast a provisional ballot in the March 3 presidential primary election. For now, that's only available at the Registrar of Voters Office; however, the registrar will open four satellite locations Saturday, Feb. 29, so voters will have more opportunities to register and vote. Voters can take advantage of the Conditional Voter Registration law which allows voters a chance to...

  • Foundation for Senior Care opens registration for March computer classes

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Foundation for Senior Care will sponsor a series of computer classes taught by volunteer computer technicians at the Crestview Estates Clubhouse. Registration is open online at or at the Foundation for Senior Care,135 S Mission Road, Fallbrook (the corner of Mission and Fig) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The five classes being offered are: Smartphone & Tablet (Android), Family Tree Maker/ Genealogy, Internet Security, Basic C...

  • Fallbrook Library offers parenting workshop

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Library will host a series of free workshops beginning in March. L.E.A.P., Learning Early, Adventures in Parenting, is geared toward parents with children ages 3 to 5. Funding for the workshops is provided by First 5 San Diego and presented by Palomar Health. The sessions will occur on the first Wednesday in March, April, May and June from 5-6 p.m. Session 1 – March 4 – Children Love to Learn: Let’s Get Started! Session 2 – April 1 – Strengthening Family Relationships: What You Can Do. Session 3 ...

  • Jim Russell served Fallbrook right until the end

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    James Clair Russell was 36 years old when he was badly hurt in a motorcycle accident. It was Christmas Eve 1977. He was coming home from visiting his fiancée in Bonsall when he hydroplaned and crashed. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. A crash that devastating is certainly life-altering, and Russell couldn’t have been blamed if it caused any course changes for him. Except he didn’t let it stop him. Russell had only been living in Fallbrook a year when that crash happened. He would stay in town for the rest...