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Articles from the April 18, 2024 edition


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  • Jones's measure to protect communities from sexually violent predators unanimously passes

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously approved Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones’s (R-San Diego) bipartisan Senate Bill 1074, called the “Sexually Violent Predator Accountability, Fairness, and Enforcement Act” (SAFE Act), April 9. “The SAFE Act is designed to protect our neighborhoods and families from dangerous sexually violent predators, perpetrators of some of the most horrendous and violent sex crimes,” said Jones. “We are thankful that the Senate Public Safety Committee understands the need to...

  • Young husky mix is looking for a home

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

  • CTK Kings Players announces auditions for "Newsies, Jr."

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Christ the King Lutheran Church is excited to announce auditions for their summer youth musical for 2024, "Newsies, Jr." Performers ages 9 to 19 are invited to audition. Several teenage boys are needed for this show. Membership in Christ the King Lutheran Church is not required. Auditions will be held Sunday, April 28 from noon-2 p.m., and Monday, April 29 from 6-8 p.m. in the youth room of CTK, 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane. Those auditioning are required to perform a one minute song with background music (karaoke r...

  • Celebrate Earth Month with the county

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    The county is transforming Earth Day into Earth Month by holding a series of events highlighting sustainable activities that will span through the month of April to raise awareness about environmental issues. Earth Day, which is celebrated on Monday, April 22, connects people to the public spaces where wildlife and nature thrive. The global theme this year is “Planet vs. Plastics.” Come celebrate our planet and learn how the County is working to create a greener world. Below is a list of events to add to your April cal...

  • I Love A Clean San Diego provides springtime waste reduction resources to San Diego County residents

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – With the spring season comes spring cleaning, I Love A Clean San Diego and San Diego County remind residents of the free http://WasteFreeSD.org database and proper recycling practices. “Spring is a great time to downsize or part with items that you don’t use, have outgrown or simply don’t need,” Steve Weihe, a recycling specialist with the county, said. “Consider passing on usable items to neighbors through Facebook’s Buy Nothing or Marketplace groups, NextDoor, Offer Up, Craigslist or your local thrift sto...

  • 'Graze at the Fields' offers chance to eat with local farmers

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    CARLSBAD – For people interested in the farm-to-table food movement, preserving urban-facing agriculture, and knowing local farmers, an event like no other, the annual Graze at the Fields, will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the world-renowned Carlsbad Flower Fields while in bloom. Graze is an agriculture insider event that is open to the public. "Grazers" will eat, drink and connect with local farmers, vintners, brewers and chefs, tasting locally grown and c...

  • San Diego County collects more than $1B in property taxes in a day

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced that it collected more than $1.24 billion in property tax payments in a single day Monday, April 8. “For the second year in a row we have collected more than a billion dollars in a single day,” McAllister said. “This figure underscores our continued growth as a region and highlights the responsible property owners who invest in San Diego. “San Diegans have shown us time and time again that they are responsible taxpayers by paying what they owe...

  • Should you renovate your new home?

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Unless you’re buying a brand-new home, you may find that there are changes you’d like to make after you move in. Maybe there aren’t enough outlets in the home office space, or there’s a pedestal sink in the bathroom where you’d prefer cabinets for storage. Whatever the update, diving in right away might not be the right move. If you’re considering making renovations to your newly purchased house, here’s why you may want to hold off. 1. You can take time to save up. Home reno...

  • Two in a row: April snow survey shows above average snowpack for second straight season

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources conducted its April snow survey, the fourth measurement of the season at Phillips Station, Tuesday, April 2. The manual survey recorded 64 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 27.5 inches, which is 113% of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack and is a component of DWR's water supply forecast. The April measurement is critical for water...

  • Child Nutrition Team earns USDA's "Turnip the Beet" Silver Level Award for 2023 Summer Meals Program

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Child Nutrition Services department of Fallbrook Union Elementary School District has received the "Turnip the Beet" Silver Level Award from the United States Department of Agriculture. This accolade honors CNS's exceptional contributions to enhancing meal quality and nutrition within the community during the 2023 summer meals program. The "Turnip the Beet" award recognizes organizations nationwide for their outstanding dedication and innovation in providing n...

  • Affordable health screenings are coming to Fallbrook

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Residents living in and around Fallbrook can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Zion Lutheran Church will host this community event on 5/6/2024. The site is located at 1405 East Fallbrook St. in Fallbrook. 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 Cholesterol lev...

  • SHERIFF'S LOG

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    NOTE: While these reports have been taken straight from the Sheriff's Office, individuals are innocent until proven guilty. These addresses reveal the block number, not an exact location. April 8 100 blk S. Mercedes Ln. Death 500 blk Alturas Rd. 5150 - Mental health evaluation - 72 hr observation 1100 blk E. Mission Rd. Medical examiners case - Death 3900 blk Reche Rd. Arrest - Robbery: strong arm S. Mission Rd. / Beech St. Misdemeanor cite and release on active warrant 100 blk W. College St. Recovered stolen vehicle 2900...

  • Chagas added to county's list of reportable diseases

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    County Public Health officials have added Chagas disease to the local reportable diseases list ahead of World Chagas Disease Day. Conditions on the reportable disease list are either contagious, severe or are seen more frequently and require health providers to alert local or state public health officials when they come up. The County joined other public health agencies in California in making Chagas disease reportable. Chagas disease is caused by an insect called a...

  • Healthy Habits: Acne – Facial skin care

    Megan Johnson McCullough Ph.D., Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Acne is a very common skin condition that has to do with hair follicles, oil, and dead skin cells. Acne likes to make itself visible through its presentation of pimples, oily skin, blackheads, whiteheads and scarring. These symptoms are found on the face, chest, shoulders and back. Almost everyone has had one of these acne types at some point in their life. The oil glands on the face clog the pores. Pores are where hair follicles are found. Large pores that are clogged create...

  • What does a lymphatic drainage massage feel like?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Understanding the technique: Benefits and process You know when your toothpaste tube is running low and you squeeze it to get every last bit out? The maneuvers with your hands are intentional, directing the "flow" of toothpaste, and to get every last bit, you have to be systematic. The process of a lymphatic drainage massage is kind of like that. Lymphatic drainage is a powerful and multi-faceted technique. On top of that it's a unique experience. The technique is "used to...

  • Discover Fallbrook Community Expo set for May 17

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Discover Fallbrook Community Expo Friday, May 17, at The Vineyard at 1924 from 3-6 p.m. The community is invited to "Discover Fallbrook!" as Chamber member businesses will be showcased. Come learning about their products and services plus enjoy some networking opportunities. Attendees can learn about member businesses, ask questions, collect information and make some new contacts. Bring those business cards a...

  • Fresh Start Surgical Gifts to host several screening clinics in partnership with Vista Community Clinic

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Serving children in lower-income communities, the national nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts has partnered with Vista Community Clinic to host five free screening clinics throughout the year in Southern California. The three remaining screening clinics will be held Wednesday, April 24, at VCC: Vale Terrace – Pediatrics; Thursday, May 16, at VCC: Grapevine and Wednesday, Sept. 4, at VCC: Fallbrook Pediatrics. All these screening clinics are hosted by Vista Community Clinic. From 4-6 p.m., nurse Jill will be on-...

  • Social Security eliminates overpayment burden for social security beneficiaries

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration announced it will decrease the default overpayment withholding rate for Social Security beneficiaries to 10% or $10, whichever is greater, from 100%, significantly reducing financial hardship on people with overpayments. “Social Security is taking a critically important step towards our goal of ensuring our overpayment policies are fair, equitable and do not unduly harm anyone,” Martin O’Malley, commissioner of Social Security, said. “It’s unconscionable that someone wou...

  • San Diego County investment pool reaches record $18 billion

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County investment pool has reached an all-time high of $18 billion while maintaining a “AAA” rating, County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced April 12.   The pool, managed by the County Treasury, is a local government fund of voluntary and mandatory monies from more than 200 public agencies. Mandatory participants include the county, all 42 local public-school districts, five community college districts and water and fire districts. Voluntary participants include the San Diego Reg...

  • Worker of the Week specializes in tax returns

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

  • We stopped the fixed-rate electricity proposal

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    I wanted to share some good news regarding our ongoing battle for fair electricity rates. You may recall the recent uproar surrounding the proposed changes to the fixed rate portion of our SDG&E electric bills. Many of you joined me in expressing concern about the unfairness of tying this fee to household income rather than actual electricity usage. Your voices were heard loud and clear, and I am thrilled to report that our pressure has made a difference. Thanks to the...

  • Kids and social media

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Millions of children and young adults throughout the nation are active social media users. Last week two bills dealing with social media’s impact on child and adolescent mental health passed the Assembly Health Committee. Worldwide, there are 34 social media platforms, with at least 100 million users. According to a U.S. Surgeon General’s report last year, 95% of teens aged 13 to 17 use social media, and more than one in three report they use it “almost constantly.” Most so...

  • Re: 'State works to better adapt to extreme dry, wet conditions' [Village News, 4/4/24]

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    I've just read "State works to better adapt to extreme dry/wet conditions." Wet indeed. Lots of talk about "pulling the agencies together is lots of work" and other double talk about fees and property taxes. Water, like air, should be free. That's why I hyperventilate at water board meetings. It's free. You and I and anyone can have all the water one needs for personal use and even for larger farms and groves, you're breathing it now! The water is derived from the atmosphere by machines called "Atmospheric Water Generators."...

  • Let's get out the vote

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    You’re reading the Village News; odds are that means you’re a voter. Unfortunately a large percentage of vote-eligible citizens regularly decline to exercise that right (and responsibility). But the 2024 Presidential Election will put our future as a democracy on the line. No one should sit this one out. So, let’s all work to get a super turnout to defend our democracy in no uncertain terms. The Republican Party has chosen Donald Trump as their candidate. I’m surprised that the party’s billionaire supporters allowed t...

  • Protecting Our Children: From Hollywood to the local school board

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    In the midst of celebrity glamor, there is a sinister underbelly that threatens the innocence of our children. Recent events involving high-profile figures like P. Diddy Combs have brought to light disturbing truths – a world where exploitation of the vulnerable and abuse of power are all too real, not only with underage young women and men, but with adult men and women as well. Party goers were given drugs without their knowledge and consent and when they didn’t have any pre...

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