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Articles from the June 6, 2024 edition


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  • A fitting ending for a Marxist Regime

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    America is awash in political warfare, with two embittered rivals vying for control of our country. Captivated by the romanticism of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Democrat Party is undergoing an ideological realignment, a marriage between the twentieth-century progressive sophistries of President Woodrow Wilson and the nineteenth-century egalitarian eccentricities of Karl Marx. What may have seemed impossible a decade or so ago has happened. With JFK's legacy fading as fast as Biden's memory, the Marxist takeover of the...

  • California Farm Bureau-sponsored bill targets health and economic impacts of wildfire smoke advances

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Legislation sponsored by the California Farm Bureau that aims to improve the understanding of the health impacts of wildfire smoke and enhance the state’s ability to mitigate these impacts through data-driven approaches has passed the California Senate with unanimous support. The bill moves on to the California Assembly. Senate Bill 945, the Wildfire Smoke and Health Outcomes Data Act, authored by California Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil, D-Jackson, seeks to establish a statewide integrated wildfire smoke and health da...

  • FPUD to replace GAC filter media at Santa Margarita treatment plant

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District has awarded a contract to replace the filter media in the granular activated carbon vessels at the Santa Margarita Groundwater Treatment Plant. FPUD’s board voted 5-0 May 29 to award a $680,777 contract to Calgon Carbon Corporation for the replacement of Filtrasorb 400 carbon media over the next three years, and the contract allows for annual price increases based on costs but not to exceed 10% annually. The filters are part of the granular activated carbon system which removes per and p...

  • String of events bring life, death, healing into focus

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    I pray, dear reader, that you permit me to detour from the mindless wanderings of my typical prattle. Today's fare will ponder the gift of life, the heartache of death, and the pangs of healing that follow the hurt. My week has been an emotional roller coaster. It will be tough to tell this tale with my usual allotment of ink. The week began with my publisher asking me to write about a local ministry with international ties. Next came the surprise birth of a baby goat, and...

  • Is it time for a cookware makeover?

    Karlene Karst BSc Nutrition, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Have you ever heard of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances? No? Well, perhaps you’re more familiar with their acronym PFASs? Or maybe you’ve recently heard on the news or from friends that cooking with Teflon pans can harm your health, and you realized that the nonstick coating that makes Teflon pans so easy to clean contains PFASs. People are unaware that these toxic chemicals accumulate in our environment and bodies and can have severe health impacts.  What are PFASs? PFASs are a group of man-made chemicals that...

  • The best clean, effective sunscreens

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Protecting our skin is just as important as protecting our internal and mental health. Which products are on my current and favorite clean sunscreen list? We'll get to that soon. First, let's talk basics. What is clean sunscreen? In my opinion, it's a brand that cares and values human health and the planet. The ingredients are transparent, easy to understand (no dictionary needed), has minimal ingredients, and does not harm your body. The assumption is many non-clean brands...

  • Proposed rules on water quality may overwhelm farmers

    Christine Souza, California Farm Bureau|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Farmers in San Diego County say proposed water quality regulations that establish updated general waste discharge requirements for commercial agricultural operations are burdensome, costly and duplicate work by growers participating in other regulatory programs. Tasked with protecting water quality, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on March 29 released a proposed draft that creates new monitoring and reporting requirements for nitrogen applications and remova...

  • Going native in your garden, Part 1 of 3

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    California native plants, adapted to our climate, can tolerate extended periods of heat and drought in their natural setting and the many plants covering the hills throughout Southern California display great resilience during the long, hot and rainless periods of the year. After years of drought, our landscapes have benefited greatly from the past two rainy winters and the effects speak for themselves. To get started on your native garden, here are a few ways to go about it....

  • 2024 Point-in-Time Count results released

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The Regional Task Force on Homelessness released the topline data collected from more than 1,700 volunteers spread across San Diego County in January for this year’s Point-in-Time Count, May 22. The information shows the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness across the region. Overall, the 2024 Point-in-Time Count found no less than 10,605 people experiencing homelessness across our region. This includes 6,110 unsheltered San Diegans and 4,495 individuals in shelters and transitional housing. Thi...

  • Puppy loves to play

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Rutger is 6 month old, 22 lb. terrier mix. He is very playful, even-tempered and gets along with dogs his size. Rutger loves to play with his toys and also loves to play fetch. He is neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. To meet Rutger, email [email protected]. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • Happy Jack wins Triple Bend Stakes

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Happy Jack trained at the San Luis Rey Training Center before trainer Doug O'Neill brought the five-year-old horse to Santa Anita Park for racing during the current meet. On June 1, Happy Jack won the Grade 2 Triple Bend Stakes. The Triple Bend Stakes was seven furlongs on Santa Anita's dirt course. Happy Jack led for the entire race, had a winning time of 1:21.32, and finished 4 1/2 lengths in front of second-place Dr. Venkman, who began his workout career at San Luis Rey. "W...

  • Khoury twins conclude high school career at CIF finals

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Fallbrook High School seniors Sahara Khoury and Maya Khoury concluded their high school track and field careers at the CIF San Diego Section championship meet May 18 at Mount Carmel High School. The Khoury twins both competed in the girls pole vault. Sahara Khoury cleared 11’3” and was given 10th place while Maya Khoury had a height of 10’9” and placed 13th. “Both of them had a great season,” said Fallbrook High School head coach Marco Arias. “I was thrilled with the stepping up of both of them,” said Fallbrook pole vault coa...

  • Carmona wins CIF D-1 high jump championship with school record, shares second in section finals

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The CIF San Diego Section went from two track and field divisions to three in 2021, and what had been called the division preliminaries for the purpose of placing athletes in the all-division section finals are now called the division championships. Fallbrook High School senior Sammy Carmona won the Division 1 boys high jump championship at the divisional championship meet May 11 at Del Norte High School while sharing second in what is now called the section championships, and Fallbrook senior Aiden Bernier placed third in...

  • Swim lessons to begin June 10

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Swim lessons at Fallbrook High School's pool will begin June 10. The lessons will be overseen by head instructor Sean Redmond, who is the Fallbrook High School girls swim coach, the diving coach for both Fallbrook's girls and boys, and the director of coaching for the Fallbrook Associated Swim Team. Seven five-day sessions will be held Monday through Friday each week through the week of July 22 to July 26. Each day's lesson will be for 40 minutes. The lessons will begin each...

  • BUSD approves long-range facilities master plan

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The Bonsall Unified School District approved a long-range facilities master plan. The BUSD board voted 4-0 April 2, with Michael Gaddis absent, to approve the master plan. The plan identifies recommended improvements which would cost $126,664,762.50 in current dollars. “A long-range facilities plan is critical to great learning,” said BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger. “It’s critical for any organization not only to know where they are currently but also where they’re going.” The district commissioned Eric Hall & Asso...

  • How to prepare for a long-distance move

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Moving to a new home is never really easy, but it can be particularly challenging when you’re doing a long-distance move. Over 8 million people moved out of state in 2022 alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau – and that means you can do it, too. Are you considering moving to a new state (or even region) this year? Here are some ways to make the process easier. Declutter and donate unused belongings There’s no point in moving items you no longer use or need, so take this...

  • Property owners have until June 30 to pay past due property taxes

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister reminded the 41,245 property owners who did not pay all their 2023-2024 property taxes there is still one month left to avoid additional penalties if the bills are paid by June 30. “On July 1, unpaid bills will go into default and receive an additional $33 redemption fee plus penalties of 1.5% each month,” said McAllister. “That penalty adds up to a hefty 18% per year but is avoidable if payments are received by the June 30 deadline.” Taxpayers can quickly a...

  • New technology to improve emergency evacuations countywide

    Sir Milo Loftin, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    A new technology launched May 29 that will help streamline the evacuation process during emergencies throughout the region. Evacuation zones powered by Genasys EVAC technology will help emergency managers and dispatchers send out more precise location-based alerts during an emergency evacuation. The zones were developed by a coalition of local emergency managers, law enforcement and fire officials, and other safety experts. The team used geo boundaries, like lakes, freeways, mountains and neighborhoods, to create more...

  • Worker of the Week

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Lovell Richardson, right, works with his son, Kwame Richardson, as they get ready for the shift change at the Shell station located at 936 East Mission Road. Lovell is the night supervisor working full time and his son is the store clerk. Lovell joined the USMC Camp Pendleton right after the Beirut barracks bombing in August 1983. He served 14 years as a drill instructor, chemical technician, aviation ordnance tech and then separated from the USMC with an honorable discharge....

  • FHS's Palmer awarded the Patti-Elson Becknell Memorial Award for Excellence in Related Services

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Melissa Palmer, Adaptive Physical Education teacher at Fallbrook High School, was awarded the Patti-Elson Becknell Memorial Award for Excellence in Related Services by the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education and the Community Advisory Committee this past May 22. The Excellence in Special Education Awards recognize individuals who have made a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Awardees foster inclusion, both academic and social, so t...

  • County Assessor Marks honored for public service with Blu Lapis Media Southern California Leadership Award

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    SAN DIEGO, CA – Jordan Z. Marks, San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, was recently honored with a "Public Service Leadership Award" at the inaugural Blu Lapis Southern California Leadership Summit. The awards event, held May 20, recognized a number of Southern California leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities and beyond. Marks was honored for his inspirational commitment and unwavering dedication to the pursuit of excellence, a state...

  • RMWD accepts infrastructure, approves Notice of Completion for Pala Mesa Highlands

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District has accepted the infrastructure built for the Pala Mesa Highlands development. The Rainbow board’s 5-0 vote May 28 accepted the Pala Mesa Highlands development as complete and approved filing the Notice of Completion. The board action also approved adding the $4,071,016 installation costs to the district’s total valuation and found that the acceptance of infrastructure already installed is not a project subject to California Environmental Quality Act review. “We’re glad the project’s finis...

  • Update on efforts to safely remove spent nuclear fuel

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    I wanted to update you on our critical efforts to ensure the safe removal and responsible management of spent nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Safe and responsible management of spent nuclear fuel is essential for protecting public health, safeguarding our environment, and ensuring a secure future for future generations. While the spent nuclear fuel at SONGS is currently being stored safely, this is only...

  • Santa Fe: The End of the Road

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Santa Fe is a treasure trove of history preserved within the old Adobe walls of a 250-year-old UNESCO city. At first glance, it’s easy to see the beauty of the well-maintained plaza, surrounded by exquisite art galleries and museums, a visitor can be swayed by the quaintness of Navajo vendors selling their goods on blankets strewn on the sidewalk in front of the Palace of the Governors. It’s so very, very picturesque. This is the vision City fathers and the Chamber of Com...

  • Bipartisan legislation advances

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    This year, the “House of Origin Deadline” was May 24, the final day for bills to pass the house in which they were first introduced – either the Assembly or the Senate. Any bills that failed to pass by the 24th have died. Bipartisan bills that benefit all Californians often receive little press attention. This year, these include my bill, AB 1819 (Waldron), authorizing the establishment of Infrastructure Financing Districts in high fire severity zones to finance heavy equip...

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