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Articles from the May 25, 2023 edition


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  • Finally! Someone is challenging collusive censorship!

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher In a landmark legal move, Children's Health Defense (CHD) is challenging the powerful 'Trusted News Initiative' (TNI) through an antitrust lawsuit. By targeting major news organizations like the BBC, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and Reuters, CHD aims to address concerns surrounding collusive censorship and champion the principles of freedom of speech and press. This lawsuit not only seeks to hold the TNI accountable but also provides an opportunity to reevaluate the balance between...

  • Vallecitos files for waiver to fill vacant Trustee Area 5 seat

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Vallecitos School District has a vacant trustee seat which according to state law would be filled by an election unless a waiver from the State Board of Education is granted, and on May 9 the Vallecitos School District board requested the waiver. The 4-0 board vote authorized the submission of a waiver request to the State Board of Education. The waiver, which is expected to be granted, will allow the school district to fill the vacant seat by appointment rather than by an election. The...

  • FUHSD announces community meetings for facilities master plan

    Updated May 25, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union High School District invited community members to attend the facilities master plan community meetings Thursday, June 1, at the Fallbrook High School library and online Tuesday, June 13. These meetings aim to gather valuable input from the community regarding the facilities master plan for Fallbrook High School. With a focus on engaging the entire community, the meetings will be conducted in both English and Spanish. The English session will be held from 5-6 p.m., followed by the Spanish sessio...

  • Vikings second at Warner Softball Tournament

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Warner Softball Tournament which took place Thursday, April 27, in Warner Springs, was the most recent competition for the seven small K-8 elementary schools and middle schools in northern San Diego County and southern Riverside County. They participate in athletic tournaments with a different school hosting a different sport each month and Vallecitos Elementary School took second in the boys and co-ed divisions. “We’re happy with second place,” Vallecitos coach Ray Hanbeck said. “I’m just...

  • Warriors share girls league swim title

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School’s girls swim team shared the 2023 Valley League championship, and Fallbrook junior Ava Dowden was the individual league champion in the 100-yard breaststroke. Regular-season standings account for half of the formula which determines the final league positions with the other half based on positions at the league championship meet. During league dual meet competition Fallbrook won all seven meets while Ramona had a 6-1 record with the Bulldogs’ only loss taking place April...

  • Depleted Warriors' boys tennis team played well

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School’s 2023 boys tennis team had only six players, which kept the Warriors from winning matches, but Fallbrook coach Bill Lenaway was pleased with how the players performed. “I’m not disappointed in the way my guys played,” Lenaway said. “I just think it’s unfortunate for my guys that we didn’t have enough players.” A high school tennis match consists of each of a school’s three singles players contesting sets against each of the other school’s singles players and each of...

  • Warriors win Valley League baseball championship

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter For the first time since 2006, Fallbrook High School’s baseball team won a league championship. The Warriors finished the 2023 Valley League season with an 11-4 record in league competition. Escondido and Vista both had 9-6 Valley League records to share second place. El Camino was 7-8 in Valley League play; Valley Center had a 5-10 league record, and Mission Vista was 4‑11 in league games. Fallbrook had an overall record of 17-8-1 for the regular season. “It was a very challenging leagu...

  • Saving lives with Hi-Lo

    Updated May 25, 2023

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – The San Diego County Sheriff's Department joined law enforcement and fire agencies on Thursday, May 4 to launch a public education campaign on the Hi-Lo. This unique sound is different from sirens people hear when deputies, officers, paramedics and firefighters respond to emergency calls. Hi-Lo is very loud and distinct. The Sheriff’s Department will only use this critical warning system to inform communities of an evacuation order in the event of natural disasters, extreme emergencies and critical inc...

  • Supporting our veterans at home this Memorial Day

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Veronica Raussin Special to the Village News Memorial Day is much more than a chance to kick off the summer months. At its heart is a day to honor the men and women who have died in U.S. military service. Unfortunately, millions of service members who made it home to their families struggle with substance or mental health disorders or suicidal ideation. California is home to over 1.8 million veterans. The state also has the largest number of homeless veterans in the country. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and...

  • California awards $23.3M for students to become substance use disorder counselors

    Updated May 25, 2023

    SACRAMENTO – In its continued effort to combat the opioid epidemic and all substance use disorders, California has awarded $23.3 million in grants for a new program designed to support students who want to become substance use disorder (SUD) counselors with paid on-the-job training. The SUD Earn and Learn program provides students with specialized education in addiction treatment and counseling, and hands-on experience working with clients in a supervised setting. “The opioid epidemic is having devastating impacts in communit...

  • County Public Health responds to growing number of Hepatitis A cases

    Updated May 25, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office Cases of Hepatitis A in San Diego County continue to grow, with 28 reported so far this year and 18 of them among people experiencing homelessness (PEH). The county typically reports about two cases of the virus each month with only one case reported in the PEH population last year. While no single outbreak location has been identified, and no specific food or water source found, cases are running above baseline and the county is actively taking and expanding steps...

  • TB exposure reported at Vista Detention Facility

    Updated May 25, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency and San Diego Sheriff's Office are working in close collaboration to notify individuals potentially exposed to tuberculosis at the Vista Detention Facility. The County of San Diego's Public Health Services stated the date of potential exposure is from Feb. 2, 2023 to Feb. 21, 2023. Tuberculosis is an airborne disease that is transmitted from person to person...

  • Eight tips on managing your fearful and negative thoughts

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Stan Popovich Special to the Village News There are times that we encounter negative thoughts that can be overwhelming. For some people, the more they try to get rid of their thoughts, the stronger they become. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their negative thinking. 1. Do not focus on your fearful thinking: The first thing a person must do is not to dwell on the fear provoking thought when it comes. The more a person tries to reason out the fear behind the thought, the...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Market conditions right now

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated May 25, 2023

    In preparation to write this article every week, I do a lot of reading and sometimes I “borrow” other’s writings if they are salient. Much discussion has been had about the recent prime interest rate increases and what the Federal Reserve will do during the upcoming June meeting. As discussed below, Fed member Lori Logan from Dallas is of the belief that more interest rate hikes are needed which a lot of us feel isn’t the right approach now particularly in view of the number...

  • Factors that may impact homeowners insurance

    Updated May 25, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Homeowners insurance, or sometimes called home insurance, is a type of insurance policy that provides financial protection for your home and its contents in the event of damage, loss, or liability. It is important because it provides coverage for the repair of personal belongings or rebuilding of your home if they are damaged or destroyed. It can offer a homeowner peace of mind in case of unexpected events. In San Diego, events such as wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and landslides have the potential to occur, a...

  • Changing Times in Real Estate: Pricing strategies

    Ken Follis, Compass Real Estate|Updated May 25, 2023

    Perhaps the most talked about factor when we decide to sell our home is "What price do you think we should list it for?" While it is true we want what is best for you, as our sellers, and want to consider your input, other data has to be considered. There is market specific data to give every property in every situation a fair range to strategically position your price for success. After all, we want our home sold and not just for sale...correct? I have seen sellers who...

  • Four factors affect housing supply

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Jane Kepley Special to the Village News If you’ve been preparing to buy a home in the last couple of years, then you’re probably aware of the serious housing inventory shortage you may have to contend with. Low housing supply has led to rising home prices, buyer competition and, in many markets, bidding wars. But what caused the shortage in the first place? And why hasn’t it changed much in recent years? Here’s what you need to know. Slow housing construction: Builders have reduced their work since the housing crash in 2008...

  • County employees honor abandoned veteran at final resting place

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Cassie Klapp County of San Diego Communications Office An average day for Tiffany Tsai usually includes some time spent leafing through case files at her desk in the County of San Diego's Public Administrator's Office. It is not every day that she is at Miramar National Cemetery accepting a folded flag for a three-time purple heart recipient, but on a recent late February morning that was exactly what she was doing. How she came to be there started days earlier when Tsai saw...

  • County honors volunteers at recognition ceremony

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office People who freely give their time without any thought of monetary reward deserve to be celebrated. And the County did just that by honoring its volunteers during the 2023 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony May 2 at the County Administration Center. Volunteers are truly valued for their donation of time, skills and knowledge. Their work makes all the difference in helping the County provide quality customer service. Last fiscal year, 7,670 volunteers saved the County $23...

  • CHP Oceanside welcomes new commander

    Updated May 25, 2023

    OCEANSIDE – The Oceanside Area of the California Highway Patrol welcomed Capt. Rick Goulding as the new Oceanside Area Commander Tuesday, May 2. Goulding transferred to the Oceanside Area after serving as the Grapevine Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility Commander. Goulding is married with five children and relocated to the Oceanside Area from the San Joaquin Valley. Goulding earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Gonzaga University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Cal...

  • Virtual meeting to be on use of military equipment

    Updated May 25, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigation, is holding a community engagement meeting about military equipment. AB-481 became state law in January 2022. It was passed to increase transparency and accountability for the funding, acquisition and use of military equipment used by state and local law enforcement agencies. It requires law enforcement agencies to post an annual military equipment report detailing specific information, including inventory, cost, and usage for the previous year. The...

  • Broken immigration

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Last week, I visited the Southern United States Border before the expiration of Title 42. Witnessing hundreds of desperate individuals huddled together, seeking entry into the country, was heartbreaking. It is unsettling to recognize that this entire debacle could have been prevented, yet it has now been left at our doorstep by both the federal government and the state. In response to this situation, our county, particularly North County, has taken proactive measures. The county has been co...

  • Re: "The story behind the Fallbrook Special Election and 'Fallbrook Freedom Fighters'" [Village News, Letter, 5/18/23]

    Updated May 25, 2023

    The “Fallbrook Freedom Fighters” mentioned by Lindsay Jones in her editorial should have a new name. “Fallbrook Philistines” is more accurate. If you are unfamiliar with Biblical names or history, you can Google the term. I will save your time; just go with “Fallbrook Phonies.” You, Ms. Jones, presented a lengthy and irrelevant discourse entitled, “The story behind the Fallbrook Special Election…” I don’t care why your group formed or what they did during the Covid epidemic and its consequences. I do care about Fallbrook Hig...

  • San Diego County is Wine Country

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District Last week was Wine Week in San Diego County, a celebration of the contributions our local vintners make to our economy and lifestyle. As a member of the Assembly Select Committee on Wine, I do all I can to support this vital part of San Diego’s agricultural industry, sustaining San Diego County’s position as the 19th largest farm economy in the United States. San Diego County has a well-established history in the wine industry. The first vineyards in California were planted by the...

  • Re: 5/18/23 issue

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Great issue Julie, from the front page about the scammers to the letters. I highlighted most of the propaganda phrases in Leticia Maldonado's letter and it looks like a DOJ redacted confession about Trump prosecutions. Wondering where all of that racism etc. has been hiding in Fallbrook since we took up residence in 1987. I have learned to be suspicious of anybody or organization that spouts the DEI line etc. Glad to see the reasonable and non-hate-filled Lindsay Jones rebuttal. Wish I was in the right district to support...

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