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Articles from the May 11, 2023 edition


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  • May is Mental Health Month: FRHD receives Super Star Award for mental health first aid trainings

    Updated May 12, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Regional Health District announces that it has received a Super Star Award from Mental Health America of San Diego County for its partnership in providing Mental Health First Aid Training to the community. This recognition comes during Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness and promote mental health wellness. The Super Star Award was shared with the UCSD Department of Psychology, Sweetwater Union High School District and Intuit, Inc. for their...

  • County releases equity-centered recommended budget that expands programs and services

    Updated May 12, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office San Diego County released an $8.11 billion recommended budget May 4 that continues increased spending to fight homelessness; take on mental health and substance use disorder challenges; improve the justice system; help working families and invest in core services like roads, fire protection and parks. The "Invested in Community" budget is $745.8 million larger than last year's budget, a 10.1% increase. It also adds...

  • More than 26 loads of branches and brush turned into mulch

    Updated May 12, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council sponsored a "chipping day" on Saturday, April 29, at North County Fire Protection District Fire Station 3, 2309 Rainbow Valley Blvd. from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event was offered to residents of Fallbrook, Bonsall, DeLuz and Rainbow. The goal of the event was to provide a centralized location for the residents to have branches, less than six inches in diameter, trimmed brush, palm branches and other cut vegetation from their...

  • The Streets of San Francisco

    Updated May 10, 2023

    As a young lad growing up in San Francisco, weekends were spent traipsing around the city, marinating in gypsy nights, immersed in the fire of bohemian life. As members of a dance troop, Mom and Dad were tapping and quickstepping on dance floors up and down the bay area. These were storybook times of art festivals in Sausalito, attending dance competitions in grand ballrooms, and basking in the sun at Fisherman's Wharf while consuming large portions of clam chowder and sourdough bread. San Francisco was blessed with...

  • Breaking down barriers to care: Behavioral health goes digital

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Dr. Donald Tavakoli Special to the Village News Anxiety affects nearly 30% of people at some point in their lives and often goes hand in hand with depression, which affects about 16 million American adults a year. To add insult to injury, studies show that 4 in 10 U.S. adults who needed mental health treatment in the last 12 months did not get it. As these numbers continue to climb, accompanied by a flood of demand for mental health care, access to virtual behavioral health care resources may help to address unmet patient...

  • The Coach's Couch

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Heidi Simmons Certified Life Coach In Part 1 of our series on emotional and verbal abuse, we defined emotional abuse as negative and hurtful behavior used to control, belittle, show indifference and undermine another person. Verbal abuse is a systematic, ongoing use of harmful words, which includes bullying, yelling, ridiculing and false accusations. Both behaviors are manipulative and work in tandem, to crush the confidence and self-worth of another. Whether inflicted by a spouse, family member, co-worker, boss or friend, to...

  • Temecula Valley Hospital receives spring 2023 'A' hospital safety grade from The Leapfrog Group

    Updated May 10, 2023

    TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Hospital received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates Temecula Valley Hospital’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. The new grades reflect performance primarily during the height of the pandemic. “We are honored to be recognized with an ‘A’ Grade by The...

  • TrueCare opens older adult health center in North San Diego County

    Updated May 10, 2023

    SAN MARCOS – TrueCare, a nonprofit community health center serving north San Diego and south Riverside counties, opened the TrueCare Older Adult Health Center in west San Marcos. The new location is designed to provide a unique care experience for treating adults aged 50+ with complex and chronic health conditions. TrueCare’s Older Adult Health Center is a progressive step towards addressing the county’s growing older adult population. Every day, more than 10,000 people turn 65 years old in the United States, and by...

  • VCC announces 'Dinks and Drinks' pickleball tournament

    Updated May 10, 2023

    VISTA – Vista Community Clinic announced its Inaugural Pickleball Tournament “Dinks and Drinks” Fundraiser, which will take place Saturday, May 20, from 5-8 p.m. at Bobby Riggs Racket and Paddle, 875 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas. Pickleball is a fast-paced and exciting sport that has recently gained popularity. The tournament promises to be a competitive event that will bring together players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to seasoned pros. The tournament will feature 50 teams playing in a round-robin form...

  • County to identify affordable senior housing sites in Fallbrook

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The County of San Diego will be exploring potential sites for affordable senior housing in Fallbrook. A 3-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote May 2, with Terra Lawson-Remer and Nathan Fletcher not present, directed the county’s Chief Administrative Officer to explore opportunities to acquire land in Fallbrook for the development of affordable senior housing and directed the CAO to return to the board with an identified property or properties and funding options including...

  • LAFCO allows passage by four-vote majority

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter If all eight board members of San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission are present for a vote a majority of five votes will be required. LAFCO had previously required five positive votes for any action to pass, but the May 1 LAFCO meeting modified that to allow passage with four votes if five to seven commissioners are present. The original proposal was to allow a majority of any quorum. A compromise to allow passage with four votes if that is the majority of the members present...

  • Pala Band of Mission Indians advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous people

    Updated May 10, 2023

    PALA – Robert Smith, Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, joined other tribal leaders on Tuesday, May 2, at the California State Assembly to support May 2023 as “Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Month.” “On behalf of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, we thank California Assemblyman James Ramos for helping to bring awareness to this terrible epidemic that is greatly affecting the indigenous population,” said Chairman Smith. “Shedding light on the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous...

  • Rainbow MWD board approves June 27 rate hearing, Prop. 218 notices

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Rainbow Municipal Water District has set a June 27 hearing for an expected 8% annual rate increase each year over the next five years. A 4-1 Rainbow board vote April 25, with Patti Townsend-Smith casting the dissenting vote, set the June 27 hearing date and approved the sending of Proposition 218 notices informing ratepayers about the hearing and the proposed rate increase. Ratepayers will be allowed to submit protest letters prior to the hearing. In November 1996, the state's voters passe...

  • One-time $4,000 grant program opens for low income families hurt by COVID-19

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office A couple thousand low-income San Diego County families and seniors hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic could receive $4,000 in cash to help them recover, County and Jewish Family Service leaders announced May 5. The one-time, $4,000 allocations are intended to help low-income people who live in the 39 county zip codes hit the hardest by COVID-19, particularly families and seniors who are at risk of becoming homeless. County Board Chairwoman Nora Vargas, County Health and...

  • Ann Harris

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Ann Harris, 87, passed away peacefully April 11, 2023, surrounded by her loving children, Cindy and Steve. Ann was born June 30, 1935, to Elizabeth Adele and William Fluornoy in Los Angeles, California. After Ann graduated from Inglewood High School in 1953, she went on to study at El Camino Community College and then at Pepperdine University where she earned her teaching credential and a minor in Art. After graduating, she began her first year of teaching, kickstarting a 28 y...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated May 10, 2023

    April 27 1200 blk Juliette Pl Missing person - Missing adult April 28 1100 blk Alturas Rd Report -Vandalism - Vandalism ($400 or more) 300 blk E Alvarado St Found narcotics - Narcotic seizure 1600 blk S Mission Rd Medical examiners case - Death 4200 blk Rosa Rancho Ln Follow up investigation - Vandalism ($400 or less) 200 blk E Fig St Welfare check - Domestic violence 1400 blk Alturas Rd Under the influence of drugs/alcohol - Obstruct/resist peace officer/emergency medical technician - Arrest made for contempt of...

  • DAR presents a patriot from the Revolutionary War

    Updated May 10, 2023

    TEMECULA – Beginning in March, 249 years ago, events occurred which changed the lives of those living in the American Colonies. During March through June 1774, the Intolerable Acts were enacted by the British Parliament. Also known as the Coercive Acts, they were four measures instituted in retaliation for colonial resistance to British rule. The Boston Port Act closed “the Port from all commerce and ordered the citizens of Boston to pay a large fine to compensate for the tea thrown into the river during the Boston Tea...

  • Ortega organizes Antonio Garra Day event

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Although the Pala area was part of the Luiseno region – there were no formal boundaries between tribal lands, but often mountains separated tribes – in 1903, the Cupeno people were evicted from their Warner Springs land and relocated to the Pala reservation. Pala Tribal Council member Eric Ortega, who is also the assistant station manager of Pala Rez Radio, is Cupeno and organizes the annual Antonio Garra Day event in Old Town San Diego which tells the story of the Cupeno leader who was ex...

  • The Failures of Housing First

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond Fifth District Why are we seeing more and more homeless people on the streets? It’s a question every San Diegan is asking themselves. Despite billions of dollars being spent, why is the problem only worsening? One of the biggest reasons is the state’s approach, Housing First. Housing First prioritizes immediate, “low barrier” access to housing for those living on the streets. While it may sound like an admirable mission, the requirements for living in housing is… nothing. There aren’t any...

  • Let's not encourage scammers

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher Panhandlers from outside our area like we’ve seen the last couple weeks hurt those in our community who have legitimate needs. Usually when a local family and friends do a carwash, rummage sale, bake sale or just ask for donations, there is some awareness of the tragedy and we support them. For instance when Mayra Mejia was murdered, or when the young man was run down in north Fallbrook, we were able to document the tragedy and help legitimize the fundraising so people could help and know that their...

  • Help for small businesses

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, employing well over 90% of California’s workers. As a small business owner, my experience coping with overbearing bureaucracy and unnecessary regulations were some of the main reasons I first ran for public office. Obviously, California should do more to encourage small business formation and their ongoing success, including removing unnecessary barriers. That’s why I supported AB 626 in 2018. This bipartisan bill authorized...

  • Re: Re: 'Yetis, unicorns, and Fauci's covid myths' [Village News, Terrell letter, 4/27/23]

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Mr. Maynard triggered Mr. Terrell again, this time by calling out the Left's favorite Covid celebrity, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Terrell immediately launches into a long recital of Fauci's so-called "distinguished and unblemished career." Dr. Fauci had plenty of opportunities to speak honestly about the origins of the Covid epidemic and the best ways to deal with it. Only after it became obvious that Fauci actively worked to block factual information that contradicted him, did President Trump decide Fauci was the wrong guy for the...

  • Re: Re: 'Does Nikki Haley qualify as a natural born citizen?' [Village News, Tevebaugh letter, 4/27/23]

    Updated May 10, 2023

    I would suggest that Mr. Tevebaugh reread my reply concerning Nikki Haley's eligibility in running for President of the United States. In his second response, he mentions exactly the same things as in his first response, which I answered. He seems confused that "citizen" and "natural born citizens" are not the same thing. No where in the Constitution does it mention the term "natural born citizens" except when referring to eligibility of becoming president. The term "citizen" is used in various places in the Constitution....

  • Re: Re: 'Revisiting Reparations' [Village News, Maynard letter, 4/27/23]

    Updated May 10, 2023

    In spite of a well-documented history to the contrary, Maynard would have you believe that the current Republican and Democratic Parties are exactly like they were in the 1860’s. Here’s the truth: "The Democratic and Republican Parties have not always had the same ideals that they have today. In fact, America's two dominant political parties have essentially flipped ideologies in the time since they were founded." "In its early years, the Republican Party was considered quite liberal, while the Democrats were known for st...

  • FCC is putting profits over needs in rural communities

    Updated May 10, 2023

    I recently learned that last August, the FCC approved deregulation, https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-grants-relief-outdated-burdensome-phone-industry-regulations, that allows telecom companies to shut down their copper wire landline phone service and replace it with internet-based phone service. This decision affects California’s most vulnerable groups, and if the federal government won’t look out for their interests, the state government should step in. According to the FCC order, because landline service requires...

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