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Articles from the March 12, 2020 edition

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  • Rico Alonzo Burley

    Updated Mar 19, 2020

    Rico Alonzo Burley died Feb. 16, 2020, in Fallbrook. Rico was born to Richard Jr. and Alma Burley May 24, 1977, in Augusta, Georgia. He graduated from Wilkinson County High School in 1995. Rico joined the United States Marine Corps and served faithfully until he retired. While in the Marines, he studied computer science at California State University San Marcos and became a senior service engineer at Siemens. Rico enjoyed spending time with his boys. He was very involved in...

  • Rancho Monserate residents need another exit

    Updated Mar 19, 2020

    Rancho Monserate Country Club is located off Old Hwy 395 and Dulin Road. This mobile home park is for individuals aged 55 and over and has approximately 232 residences. It was part of the 2017 Lilac Fire, where 157 homes were destroyed at a cost of $8.9 million and 47 horses were killed due to no escape route. Fast forward: Ocean Breeze community plans to build 396 single family residences and 18 estate horse ranches to go along with 200 existing Bonsall single family residences and the 232 Monserate Mobile Home Park...

  • Hernandez sixth at Masters tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Fallbrook High School senior Carlos Hernandez closed out his high school wrestling career with sixth place at the CIF San Diego Section Masters wrestling tournament, Feb. 21-22, at Southwest High School in El Centro. Hernandez competed in the 197-pound bracket of the all-division tournament and ended his high school career with a loss in the fifth-place match against Michael Miller of Bonita Vista High School. “I’m thrilled that he was able to finish where he finished,” Fallbrook coach Cristian Vera said. “When he needed...

  • County representative meets with Fallbrook leaders about event ordinance

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Fallbrook locals met with San Diego County officials Thursday, March 5, to discuss proposed updates to county rules regarding special events. The county has been working to get feedback on new ordinance governing regulations for event permits since last year. At the Thursday meeting, which was held at 10:30 a.m. at the Fallbrook Regional Health District’s boardroom and included members of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group and local organizations and nonprofits, Murali Pasumarthi, traffic engineering manager for the c...

  • Horse Creek Ridge sports park to stay closed until county takes over

    Will Fritz, Associate Editor|Updated Mar 13, 2020

    A recently-completed park will remain closed to the public until ownership is turned over to the San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department. The 396-acre master-planned community of Horse Creek Ridge, located east of Interstate 15 and north of state Route 76, has been constructed over the last few years, and an approximately-eight-acre sports park was completed in the community last year. The park includes active play areas, a soccer field, picnic and barbecue areas...

  • US starts troop pullout, seeks end to Afghan leaders' feud

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Kathy Gannon and Rahim Faiez The Associated Press The United States began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Tuesday, March 10, taking a step forward on its peace deal with the Taliban while also praising Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's promise to start releasing Taliban prisoners after he had delayed for over a week. The U.S.-Taliban deal signed Feb. 29 was touted as Washington's effort to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan. The next crucial step was...

  • New Wells Fargo CEO: Issues will not resolve until 2021

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Ken Sweet AP Business Writer The third chief executive of Wells Fargo in four years appeared in front of Congress Tuesday, March 10, saying that there's much the bank needs to do to fix its cultural problems and isn't expecting it to be done until 2021. Charles Scharf took over the troubled bank late last year. He replaced Tim Sloan, who resigned in March only a couple of weeks after being lambasted by members of Congress in his own hearing. Unlike Sloan, Scharf is an...

  • Mary Paul Tomaskevitch,

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Mary Paul Tomaskevitch, 95, passed away March 3, 2020, in Fallbrook, California. She was born March 3, 1925, in Decatur, Alabama, to John and Inez Isley. She grew up in Ohio and Florida. Mary had many accomplishments during her lifetime. She was a photographer's model, worked at a bank on Wall Street and joined the U.S. Navy (WAVES) where she was an air traffic controller. After her military service ended, Mary moved to Fallbrook in 1966 with her husband, William...

  • Phyllis Gibbons

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Phyllis Gibbons died peacefully Feb. 12, 2020. She was born in Kansas City, Kansas, Feb. 1, 1931, to Leslie and Thelma Fletcher. The youngest of three children, her family moved to El Monte in the 30s. At El Monte High School, Phyllis was active in sports and the band. She became an accomplished musician playing the piano, saxophone and clarinet, also marching in the Pasadena Rose Parade. Her love of music captured a trumpet player's heart and Phyllis married Floyd Gibbons in...

  • Dr. Sylvia Boltz Tucker

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Dr. Sylvia Boltz Tucker passed away peacefully February 24, 2020, at the age of 98. She is survived by her two sons, Bob (Kim) and Britt (Diane) and four grandchildren, Colin, Kera, Hailey and Cassidy. She was born June 13, 1921, in New Albin, Iowa, to Peter and Alvina Boltz. She grew up on her grandfather's farm. She attended Lansing High School and graduated at age 16. After graduating, she attended Iowa State Teachers College, now known as the University of Northern Iowa....

  • There's an app for that

    Supervisor Jim Desmond|Updated Mar 13, 2020

    5th District I’m not great with all of the new and ever-changing technology and I’m still getting used to Twitter, but at the county we are technologically advanced. San Diego County has a host of apps to help residents report problems, alert people to emergencies and various other resources. The “Tell us Now” app is a way for residents to report nonemergency problems including road repair, graffiti, abandoned vehicles and other issues. The “SD Emergency” app has extensive i...

  • Water Authority takes steps to resolve water lawsuits

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Jim Madaffer Special to Village News After securing more than $350 million for water supply projects in the San Diego region – along with other benefits – the San Diego County Water Authority’s board of directors Feb. 27 voted to dismiss related claims against its Los Angeles-based supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This is a major step toward resolving the litigation, in which we claimed water rights and challenged water rates and charges imposed by MWD on the Water Authority and the regio...

  • Let's understand the case for detachment from the San Diego County Water Authority

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    As a new Fallbrook resident, I attended the recent Fallbrook Community Forum. I was impressed with the openness, friendliness, dedication and commitment of the participants. The experience led me to join the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce. I wish my enthusiasm extended to the proposal for our community to detach from the San Diego County Water Authority. The report involved whining about “process issues” that commonly consume public agencies. Observing the crowd, the presumption is that the affirmative case for the pro...

  • California Arbor Day

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron|Updated Mar 13, 2020

    AD-75 (R) This week California observes Arbor Day, created in 1872 by the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture. Celebrating trees is a wonderful thing. California’s observance coincides with the birthday of botanist Luther Burbank. My Assembly Concurrent Resolution 157 recognizes March 7, 2020, as California Arbor Day, and urges Californians to observe the day with appropriate tree-planting programs and activities. Tree People, California ReLeaf, and the California Urban F...

  • Coldwell Banker recognizes top agents

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

  • All politics are local

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Another poll with its usual sprinkling of bad judgment and residual bad taste. The San Diego Democratic party polls, with support from the building and trades, with their “No” recommendation, caused the failure of Measure A. The people in North County, where the exploitation of rural acreage is basically centered, were hard over for A passage. Since the Democratic party said, “Too many loopholes,” be assured that next time it will have narrowed exceptions. The party erred. But voters of all persuasions did drive a stake t...

  • Outdoor improvements that boost home value

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Whether home improvement projects are designed to improve the interior or exterior of a house, focusing on renovations that make the most financial sense can benefit homeowners in the long run. The right renovations can be assets if and when homeowners decide to sell their homes. So how does one get started? First and foremost, speak to a local real estate agent who is knowledgeable about trends in the community. While a swimming pool may be something coveted in one area, it may impede sales in another. It also he...


    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    March 1 900 block Alturas Rd Fraud 3200 block S. Old Highway 395 Arrest: Forged/altered vehicle registration March 2 900 block S. Main Ave Burglary 31500 block Aquaduct Rd Burglary 3400 block Old Highway 395 Robbery 800 block Shade Tree Ln Death 500 block Yucca Rd Burglary 2100 Weeping Willow Wy Death 3200 block Via Altamira Robbery 1000 block Knoll Park Ln Arrest: Violation of court order 3600 block Genista Pl Burglary 1200 block Pala Mesa Heights Dr Fraud March 3 900 block La Vonne Ave Missing person 1800 block Acacia Ln Ar...

  • Warriors' tennis season gets started

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

  • Warriors boys' lacrosse dominates against Rancho Buena Vista

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Kate Calhoun Intern The Fallbrook High School Warriors competed on home turf against the Rancho Buena Vista High School Longhorns, March 6, and emerged with a victory, 16-0. It was the second game of the season for the varsity boys’ lacrosse team. The Warriors got ahead early on in the game, finishing the first quarter with a 6-0 lead, and continued to pad their lead with a score of 9-0 at halftime. The Warrior defense did not allow Rancho Buena Vista to score the entire game, ending the game with a significant lead. The capt...

  • Toth brings shutout, wins over Sockers and Wave into March 22 showdown in San Diego

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 13, 2020

    The Major Arena Soccer League regular season will conclude for both the San Diego Sockers and the Ontario Fury with a March 22 game in San Diego. Ontario Fury goalkeeper Chris Toth, a 2007 Fallbrook High School graduate who had played with the Sockers before being traded to the Fury in November 2018, will once again return to San Diego. This time he will return after having achieved his first Fury shutout and his first win over the Sockers. Toth and the Fury also defeated the defending MASL champions with a victory over the...

  • Sanchez selected to Valley League first team

    Joe Naiman|Updated Mar 13, 2020

    Fallbrook High School senior Alexa Sanchez was chosen by the Valley League girls soccer coaches as a member of the all-league first team. “She definitely deserved it,” Fallbrook coach Sergio Garcia said. The coaches held their selection meeting Feb. 24. Although no Warriors received second-team distinction, juniors Jade Kennedy, Galilea Medina and Delia Tapia were given honorable mention recognition. Sanchez was a midfielder during her senior season. “She’s one of the players that can play any position,” Garcia said. An...

  • Fallbrook Senior Softball League opens for registration

    Updated Mar 13, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Senior Softball League is now accepting new and returning players adults age 50 and above for the spring 2020. Registration fees are due by March 30, and the draft is scheduled on the same day. After the draft, players will be contacted by the team managers and notified of the league start date. Games begin at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with each team playing two games per week. The season begins shortly after the draft and runs through approximately June 5. Games are played on Field 2 at I...

  • Spring teams ready for action at Fallbrook High

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Mar 13, 2020

    As the weather warms up, so are the teams at Fallbrook High in anticipation of the spring season ahead. Village News asked all the spring coaches to give some insight into what to expect this season: Boys Tennis Last year, Fallbrook Boys Varsity Tennis coach Bill Lenaway’s squad reached the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs. This season, he said, he is hoping for more, looking for “improvement and mental growth in the game.” The Warriors finished second in the Valley League standings last seaso...

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