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Articles from the June 22, 2023 edition


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  • Detransitionioners – A new need for community

    Updated Jun 27, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher June is Pride Month, and efforts continue to normalize transgender and non-binary culture. But obviously, not everyone is on board. Boycotts on businesses like Anheuser-Busch and Target have caused billions of dollars in losses. For decades, most people I know treated all people respectfully and just said, "It's not my business or concern what people do behind closed doors as long as they don't try to push it on me or my kids." Well, we are long past...

  • Re: 'Oh the ironies of a two-tier system of justice' [Village news. Letter, 6/15/23]

    Updated Jun 23, 2023

    Publisher Julie Reeder recently penned an editorial about our supposed two-tier system of justice. Ms. Reeder puts a great deal of emphasis on the FBI 1023 document that supposedly links the Biden family to taking a bribe. Here are some facts: This document was created during the Trump administration when supposedly some unknown person reported on the alleged bribe. At the time, the FBI (Chris Wray, Director) and the DOJ (Bill Barr AG) decided that the report had no credibility and was not followed up on. Fast forward to a...

  • Fallbrook homeless veteran no longer on the street

    Updated Jun 23, 2023

    Village News Staff After the involvement of Sheriff, Fire, McDonald's and Adult Protection Services, Temecula Hospital, other community members, and the persistence of Tony Campbell, Glenn Holland is currently being taken care of in a rehabilitation center in Temecula. He was taken by ambulance to Temecula Valley Hospital last week and, apparently, enjoyed his time at the hospital very much. During a visit by Village News and Tony Campbell of AC Investigations this weekend, Ho...

  • AAUW awards scholarships

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook chapter of AAUW met at the Fallbrook Regional Health District for a ceremony to celebrate the installation of new officers, introduction of the new board, plus congratulating the scholarship and Tech Trek winners. Eleven graduating AVID seniors received scholarships from AAUW. Certificates given by scholarship committee members Carolyn Thom, Karen Trapane and Elizabeth Ward were presented to recipients Abigail Battenschlag, Alicia Tomas, Angelica B...

  • Braunagel graduates from CSUSM

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Despite being diagnosed with autism at 3 years old, Jakey Braunagel, a Fallbrook resident, graduated from California State University San Marcos with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, Media, and Design last month. He made Dean's List four times and graduated with a GPA of 3.46, just shy of a Cum Laude award. Braunagel was crowned Fallbrook High's Homecoming King in 2018 and currently devotes his time as a regular volunteer at D'Vine Path and North Coast Church. H...

  • Regency hosts BBQ for Bonsall Elementary students

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Regency Fallbrook hosts a BBQ for Mrs. Kensington’s Bonsall Elementary third grade class at Live Oak Park. The class enjoyed a nature tour through the park and followed it up with a good old fashion BBQ hot lunch. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • Preschoolers move on to elementary school

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

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  • Chamber plans events through July

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce has several upcoming events planned. They are: Thursday, June 22 – Dinner Mob at Firehouse Que & Brew, 5 p.m. Friday, June 30 – Happy Hour & Networking at The Coal Bunker, 3 p,m. Saturday, July 1 – Wine Trail begins Thursday, July 13 – SunUpper at Chamber hosted by AAUW, 9 a.m. Friday, July 14 – Women in Networking High Tea & Fashion Show at D’Vine Path Wednesday, July 19 – SunDowner hosted by Marc Sigmon Insurance Agency at Bakin it Up, 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 28 – After Hours N...

  • What is the true cost of living in California?

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    SACRAMENTO – United Ways of California unveiled the organization’s highly anticipated Real Cost Measure in California 2023 study, June 6, finding that more than one in three California households are struggling to meet their daily needs, https://unitedwaysca.org/realcost/. The Real Cost Measure, a self-sufficiency standard designed by United Ways of California, finds that 34% of California households – 3.7 million Californians and families – do not earn enough to cover their basic living expenses, with Latino and Black h...

  • Worker of the Week builds subs with teamwork

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Kimberley Deodanes is the new manager of Jersey Mike's Subs located at 833 South Main Street. Deodanes believes in team work along with her operation's manager Chris Basile. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • County Supervisors approve new $848 million Mental Health Services Plan

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office County supervisors approved a new three-year, $848 million Mental Health Services Act plan June 13 that will increase spending for programs to help children, youth, families, adults and older adults who suffer serious mental illness or crises. Some of those existing services include help with mental health services, housing and “wraparound” care that helps children by treating them within their own homes, schools and families. It also includes mobile crisis res...

  • County to take part in new youth suicide reporting and crisis response program

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office Hoping to find new ways to keep young people from attempting suicide, the county is poised to take part in a $4.1 million state youth suicide-focused pilot program. The program, County Health and Human Services Agency officials said June 14, could develop new prevention responses – like systems to continue contact and follow up care when youth experiencing thoughts of suicide, doing self-harm, or attempting suicide e...

  • Hope Clinic for Women serves fathers and builds families

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    FALLBROOK – According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, one in four children in the U.S. lives without a father, stepfather, or father-figure. That translates to more than 18 million American kids. In San Diego County, 21% of the children are in homes without fathers. In 2022, Hope Clinic for Women added a fatherhood initiative as part of its strategic plan to be implemented in 2023. This January, Zion Lutheran Church in partnership with HCW sought and received funding t...

  • TrueCare receives US Health & Human Services $2M grant to expand community access to maternal health care

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    SAN MARCOS – TrueCare, a community-based health center serving San Diego and Riverside counties, was awarded a $2 million grant recently from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration. TrueCare will use grant funding to impact maternal and newborn health outcomes through a new doula program. The U.S. has the shocking distinction of reporting the worst maternal mortality outcomes among industrialized nations. Women of color are two to three times more likely t...

  • The Coaches Couch

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Heidi Simmons Certified Life Coach It's summertime, and the living is crazy. The weather is perfect for barbecues, days at the pool and trips to the beach. Sound too perfect? Well, it is. The children are also out of school for several months now, so the above diversions are only going to last so long. If parents want to keep their sanity this summer, don't despair. There is a plethora of amusements to pursue right in their own backyard. So, before their children can say,...

  • Housing First

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Housing First prioritizes immediate, "low barrier" access to housing for those living on the streets. While this may sound like an admirable mission, the requirements for living in housing is… nothing! There aren't any requirements, conditions, or milestones such as sobriety or compliance with treatment, or self-improvement. All state-funded homeless programs must align with the core principles of Housing First, which include providing housing to tenants irrespective of their substance u...

  • No one is above the law – including Donald Trump

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    By now, we’ve all heard the news that former President Donald Trump has been indicted on federal felony criminal charges. Among other crimes, Trump is charged with violating the Espionage Act after he knowingly took approximately 300 highly classified documents from the CIA, Pentagon and National Security Agency, endangering our national security. The indictment reveals that Trump showed the classified national security material to individuals without a security clearance and stored them in locations where he regularly e...

  • Stevie Wonders…

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Steven Schindler Special to the Village News There’s a growing menace sweeping the nation. It’s everywhere. It’s on our highways and byways. In big cities and small towns. On our streets, alleys, strands, boardwalks, and sometimes our sidewalks. They usually come in pairs, but often they travel in groups of five, 10, even a dozen or more. They’re on two wheels and your safety and well-being are the last thing on their mind. Hells Angels? The Pagans or the Outlaws motorcycle gangs? Nope. Who is this new generation of two-wheel...

  • The Rainbow Revolution

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Today commemorates the 79th anniversary of D-Day. One hundred and fifty-six thousand Americans and Allied forces launched the largest amphibious attack in history to liberate the continent of Europe from the iron grip of Hitler’s Third Reich. But instead of showering tributes on the men of the U.S. Army Rangers who scaled the cliffs at Normandy or the 1st and 29th US Army divisions who stormed the beaches while torrents of Nazi bombs and bullets were raining down on them, Democrats chose to celebrate Gay Pride Month i...

  • Fixing California's Teacher Shortage?

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones California's 40th Senate District Great news! My bill to help fix California’s teacher shortage was approved by the State Senate with strong bipartisan support. Senate Bill 811 will make it easier for teachers to move throughout the country and bring more teachers to the state. This measure is especially critical for teachers in military families who are frequently called to relocate on short notice. California is facing a serious teacher shortage. We need swift and unwavering action t...

  • We have to do it ourselves, folks

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    So everyone walked out of Thursday’s meeting on the homeless problem in Fallbrook, wondering what possible purpose it served other than political theater. Our law enforcement on the left side of the room answered my question of “Can you force street people to do anything?” with an unequivocal “no.” On the right side, we heard from about five people how many services and benefits they offer street people with your taxes funding them and their salaries. Got it? No, go home and shut up. Please note here, I fully support San Dieg...

  • Re: 'The assault on women's rights in sports today' [Maynard letter, Village News, 6/08/23]

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Maynard’s reportage may be improving. His latest fantasy actually includes two verifiable statements (a first, I believe): to wit, Lia Thomas, who had transitioned from male to female, won the 2022 women’s 500 freestyle race. The expected winner, Emma Weyant, took second place. But the real news is in what Maynard didn’t say. Thomas’s time was 4:33:24, Weyant’s time was 4:34:99. So Thomas won by a margin of 1.75 seconds. Hardly a smashing victory. Now let’s look at what it would take to start breaking records. In the women’s...

  • Shocked and disappointed in Fallbrook Republican Women's Club

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Shocked and disappointed in Fallbrook Republican Women’s Club I am sorely disappointed in the Fallbrook Republican Women’s Club for allowing their invited and discredited speaker Douglas Frank to continue speaking after he advised the crowd “if there is ANTIFA or left wing radicals in your town of Fallbrook, don’t go to the police to stop them. Get your rifles and use them to rid your town of these radicals.” I was in the audience Friday, June 9, at Frank’s talk at the Mission Theater and was shocked to hear him advocate th...

  • Re: 'Flag Day and June Gloom' [Village News, Letter, 06/15/23]

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    The Pride flag flown at the White House was not in violation of the flag code. I’m sorry you were misled by a doctored image where the U.S. flag that always flies atop the White House, high above the Pride flag, has been photoshopped out. Your ire might be better directed at the man who set up shop at the 76 and Old 395 that had a variety of flags which actually violated flag code. Fun fact: the Pride Flag was created in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, an Army Veteran. The outdated tradition of June weddings has often been a...

  • Help for rural California

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District The 75th Assembly District, which I am honored to represent in Sacramento, covers the largely rural eastern two-thirds of San Diego County, and is home to much of our agricultural areas and tribal governments. Unfortunately, much of that area lies within a Very High Fire Risk Severity zone and needs reliable, sustainable water infrastructure. Given our region’s vulnerability to recurring droughts, diminishing groundwater resources and wildfires, I am very pleased to support AB 1567 (...

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