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Articles from the August 31, 2023 edition


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  • Why are parents fighting for policies like Parental Notification?

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher As TVUSD and several individual school districts up and down the state pass parental notification policies, many may wonder why? Why, all of a sudden, it seems like, are parents fighting against the school, the teachers, the counselors, and the state? Especially when they hear and see that Governor Newsom and Attorney General Bonta are pounding their chests and threatening school districts? Some school boards are trying to shore up parents’ ability to manage and nurture their own children. The state,...

  • Re: 'Area 1 voters, please support…' [Village News, Letter, 8/24/23]

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    In response to Marie Morris’s letter: I am certain that Lief Hansen is a wonderful person, with “good listening ears.” And he would probably make a great school board member . . . in 1955, the year Marty McFly visits in Back to the Future. But our students are preparing for a much different world than the one Mr. Hansen imagines can be created in the next few years, that world where children aren’t connected to every other part of the world with the touch of a smartphone screen. What we need for our school boards are...

  • Tropical Storm Hilary damages top $126 million countywide, damage still being assessed

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    RIVERSIDE – The damage left from Tropical Storm Hilary is currently estimated at more than $126 million throughout all Riverside County. Rainfall rates approached a 50-year storm for the Coachella Valley floor areas and in excess to a 1,000-year event in some mountain canyon areas. Damage estimates from cities and unincorporated areas continue to be compiled by the County of Riverside Emergency Management Department. The County of Riverside will seek assistance from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services...

  • Warrior gridders overcome early penalties to defeat Lions

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School's football team had 369 yards of total offense in the Warriors' 31-17 win Aug. 25 at Linfield Christian, but some of those yards were necessary to overcome penalties against the Warriors. "There were a lot of flags early in the game going in both directions," said Fallbrook head coach Ross Johnson. That included four false start penalties against Fallbrook. "We did a really good job of overcoming it," Johnson said. "That...

  • Hilborn to dance at Vanguard

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Rayana Hilborn has received a partial dance scholarship at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. "I'm super excited to be at Vanguard," Hilborn said. "The dance program seems like it's really a family," Hilborn said. "I'm excited to continue dance." Jessica Van Eik was the Fallbrook High School dance instructor for Hilborn's final semester. "It's great to see her continue her passion for dance, and she'll be a great addition," Van Eik said....

  • Four Legionnaires given all-league softball honors

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Summit League softball coaches gave all-league honors to four Bonsall High School players. Diamond Nava and Cali Sauileone were given Summit League first team recognition. The second team included Maddie Rackovan and Emily Trujillo. “It was an accomplishment to be able to honor four girls who are well deserving,” said Bonsall coach Emily Casillas. “I was super grateful,” Casillas said. “These girls are well deserving in their recognition.” This year’s Summit League had four...

  • Feeding San Diego joins forces with San Diego Wave FC to rally community support through food drives

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Wave FC is showing its support for hunger-relief in San Diego County by partnering with Feeding San Diego, the county’s leading hunger relief organization. The fútbol club is asking its fans to bring food donations for Feeding San Diego to its home game on Sunday, Sept. 3 at Snapdragon Stadiium. Attendees can drop food off at bins pre-game located at the southeast gate. The most needed items for food donations include peanut butter, soups and ready-to-eat canned meals with pop-tops. “This...

  • Loss to regional champion ends Fallbrook baseball season

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The California Interscholastic Federation baseball state playoffs consist of separate Southern California and Northern California regional playoffs. Canyon High School of Anaheim won the Southern California championship, and the Comanches advanced to the regional final with a 5-0 semifinal victory June 1 over Fallbrook which ended the Warriors’ season. “They were an experienced team,” said Fallbrook coach Pat Walker. Canyon had the top seed in the Division IV regional playoffs....

  • Peters Paving given FPUD contract

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Peters Paving and Grading has been awarded the Fallbrook Public Utility District contract to repave 32 sites which currently have temporary paving. A 4-0 FPUD board vote Aug. 21, with Charley Wolk absent, approved a $95,800 contract with Peters Paving and Grading for the work. The Rainbow company will replace the cold mix patches with permanent hot mix paving. If a project requires excavation, the road must be repaved, and those are the locations where the permanent paving will occur. “They...

  • Review of all things real estate: Our local market

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    In preparation to write this weekly article I read a lot of different information pieces from different sources, some of which I agree with and others with which I might take umbrage. Today’s article falls into this category which I will discuss with the view of what’s happening in real estate in our local market. It has been said that all politics are local, well for our collective interests, all real estate is local. In an interview with Inman News, Redfin CEO Glenn...

  • Planning Commission recommends BUSD property acquisition

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District is in the process of purchasing an 11.2-acre site for a new elementary school, and the county’s Planning Commission provided a positive recommendation on the land use element of the acquisition. A 6-0 Planning Commission vote Aug. 25, with one vacancy, approved a motion to direct county Department of Planning and Development Services (PDS) staff to submit the Planning Commission’s recommendation letter to the BUSD. The letter notes that county staff...

  • Thanks for the sandbags, now what can we do with them after the storm?

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Chuck Westerheide County of San Diego Communications Office Thousands of San Diegans fortified their homes and property with sandbags before the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Hilary. More than 100,000 bags were gathered and used across the county. But now the storm has passed and clear skies have returned. That has led many to ask, "What should I do with the sandbags now?" The experts at the County's Department of Public Works offer some answers to the sandbags question: • Wit...

  • Steps to take following a high blood pressure diagnosis

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    VIllage News Staff There are many actions that can be taken following a high blood pressure diagnosis. Hypertension, characterized by abnormally high blood pressure, is a more prevalent issue than often acknowledged. According to a 2021 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 116 million individuals, roughly half of American adults, suffer from hypertension. This problem isn't confined to the U.S., as per the World Health Organization, the global...

  • Seniors learn from visitors at Regency

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

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  • How to talk to your grandchildren about fentanyl and other drugs

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Marie Garceau Special to the Village News Fentanyl remains a significant threat throughout the state. Illegally made fentanyl is available on the drug market in different forms. The powder version is commonly mixed with drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine and made into pills that resemble prescription pain medication. Recreational drug use has become even more dangerous, especially if young people begin experimenting. In 2021, in California, there were nearly 6,000 opioid-related overdose deaths. Fentanyl is up...

  • It's Back-to-School Season:

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The back-to-school season can be an exciting time for children as they prepare to see their classmates again, meet their teachers, and explore new subjects. For youth in foster care, however, starting a new school year can sometimes feel scary and challenging because they tend to face uncertainty and instability, often feeling unprepared for returning to school. Many frequently change homes and schools and lack role models that are equipped to help them navigate their academic life. Children in foster care are a...

  • Home kitchen entrepreneurs

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron District 75 California should be doing more to help small businesses succeed. Last week a ceremony at the County Administration Building sponsored by the Cook Alliance and Institute for Justice celebrated Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations (MEHKOs), established under Assembly Bill 626 in 2018, legislation I strongly supported. MEHKOs empower home cooks to attain self-sufficiency, turning neighborhoods throughout California into hotbeds of food innovation. MEHKOs provide supplemental income...

  • Moms get it done. Elect Tauna Rodarte as trustee for Area 1

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    As most readers are aware, representation for Area 1 for the Fallbrook High School board will soon be decided by a special election. Only mail-in ballots are accepted, and they must be postmarked by Sept. 19. Contrary to the remarks of Toni Smith of Aug. 24, there is only one reason for this costly special election. Back in February, the FUHS board selected a person to fill the Area 1 trustee vacancy due to the resignation of Courtney Hilborn. Kelly Hansen and her supporters were irate because the board chose the other,...

  • All politics are local

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    With all of the major problems facing California, one would think that the governor and his merry band of legislators would be diligently passing legislation to solve them. Forget about homelessness, taxpayer exodus, open borders, a deficit budget, dying cities, no cash bail, smash and grab robberies, wildfires, lack of water storage, decaying infrastructure…(but don’t get me started). The full-time California legislature, which has a one-party supermajority introduced a record 2,632 bills in 2023. In 2022, 1,166 bills...

  • Georgia has spoken: Donald Trump is not above the law

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    By now, we’ve all heard the news that Donald Trump was indicted for a fourth time, this time on racketeering charges in Georgia for the criminal conspiracy he led to overturn the 2020 election. The indictments in Georgia and Washington, D.C. made clear that Trump knew he had lost the 2020 presidential election, but worked with his cronies on a variety of illegal schemes to change the election’s outcome so he could remain in power. When his plans to pressure state officials to overturn the will of voters and create fake...

  • Stevie Wonders… 'That's Entertainment?'

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Steven Schindler Special to the Village News Have you ever been at a red light and the car next to you, with windows open, is blasting music where every other word is not only on George Carlin’s infamously banned seven dirty words list, but there are also words and mentions of violence that if uttered in public or private can get you canceled for life? All you can do is roll up your own windows and play the Beach Boys greatest hits CD a little bit louder. The movie “Barbie” just became the most successful Warner Bros....

  • Dear Dave Maynard & Julie Reeder

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Congrats. This is what homophobia has accomplished: The owner of a clothing shop in Cedar Glen was shot and killed Friday night, Aug. 18, after a man made several hateful comments about a rainbow flag displayed outside the store. The man tried to rip down the flag. The shop owner told him to stop and he shot her dead. Over a Pride flag. Congrats. This is the result of homophobic and transphobic rhetoric and gross misinformation – like that found in the pieces you irresponsibly put to print. I hope you both remember the...

  • Lief Hansen is the conservative pro-parent school board candidate

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    There is a special vacancy election coming up for a Fallbrook Union High School District Governing Board, for Area One. The candidates are Lief Hansen and Tauna Rodarte. Ballots accepted will be mail-in only and need to be received by Sept. 19. “Book Banning Extremists” is the false and inaccurate label that Rodarte gives those opposing sexually explicit books which are at Fallbrook High School. She advertised her attitude in fliers she mailed. Lief Hansen is against sexually explicit books in Fallbrook schools, where...

  • Combating human trafficking through education and awareness

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District San Diego County, known for its beauty and promise, is now marred by the grim reality of human trafficking. According to the FBI, San Diego is one of the country's 13 hotspots for human trafficking. A study by the University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University estimates sex trafficking generates more than $810 M annually for San Diego's underground economy, with up to 8,000 victims per year, with victims averaging 16 years old. The same study found that 90% of high schools...

  • Biden's infatuation with Kleptocracies

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    We've grown accustomed to hearing a litany of lies from the legacy media – parroting DNC talking points like "trust the experts," "transitory inflation," and the piece de résistance of them all, "Russian Collusion!" When Joe and his choir of dishonest disciples aren't singing the praises of Bidenomics to an ear-piercing crescendo, they are lampooning President Trump and MAGA Republicans, painting them as "existential threats to our Democracy." One would think that Joe and his party faithful might reserve their incendiary...

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