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Articles from the October 5, 2023 edition


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  • The right to question policies

    Updated Oct 9, 2023

    VILLAGE NEWS CLARIFICATION: The monthly Writers Read event at Fallbrook Library is not hosted by "local Democrats in Fallbrook" as was suggested in an opinion piece, "The right to question policies," published in the Oct. 5 issue. Writers Read at Fallbrook Library is a nonpartisan monthly event with a politically diverse audience, the members of which find common ground in celebrating the written word. I am wondering where the Democrats are who wish to question the media and big business. I remember being a student at CSUSM,...

  • How to take the schools back

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    For those who may not be happy with an 80% failure rate in grade level math and a close one in English, from their local schools, I am making a modest proposal. When I was in elementary school many, many years ago, they had a system that worked very well. Any parent could come in and sit in the back of the class, and observe what went on in class. Whoa, talk about clutching the pearls on the fainting couch! Yes it worked perfectly, with many benefits. One, the child of the parent was on their best behavior. Two, all the other...

  • BUSD approves sale or donation of surplus textbooks

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District will be selling or donating 975 copies of three textbooks that are now considered obsolete. The BUSD board meeting Wednesday, Sept. 20, included a 5-0 vote to declare the textbooks along with teacher kits obsolete and approve their sale or donation. All three textbooks had been used for middle school social studies classes. “We have books that are well over a decade and a half old,” BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger said. More modern textbooks are...

  • Scarecrow car leads scarecrows to Fallbrook

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – "Here is what happens when two Fallbrook Clubs come together with two community minded businesses to bring an idea to reality....A Scarecrow Car! The Fallbrook Vintage Car Club was asked to build a car to lead people to the Fallbrook Village and Scarecrow exhibits by the Scarecrow Crew. Set around the 'Silent People' on Mission Road they were given a picture for inspiration," said Kathy Hesser, car club president. With this inspiration from the ScareCREW,...

  • Fallbrook Mission Theater turns 75

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – On Oct. 7, Fallbrook Mission Theater will celebrate 75 years being in the heart of Fallbrook. Since 1948, the Mission Theater has been an integral part of downtown Fallbrook and has been a place for entertainment and creating memories for the community. The motion picture theater has had a certain place in the heart of America and American history. One of the first moving pictures shown to a public audience was in 1895. It lasted 46 seconds and showed workers...

  • Lunch & Learn event empowers seniors with new ways to employ financial assets

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK –Silvergate Fallbrook hosted a highly informative and engaging "Financial Planning Lunch & Learn" on Tuesday, Sept. 19, featuring a local certified financial analyst, Brad Tedrick, and the owner of the retirement community, Greg Petree, whose community has been serving seniors in Fallbrook for nearly 35 years. The event offered a lively discussion and sound advice for seniors wondering about how to best use their retirement funds to take advantage of a vibrant...

  • Pala Casino Spa Golf Resort opens 30 new level 2 EV charging stations

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    PALA – Pala Casino Spa Golf Resort has opened 30 Level 2 EV charging stalls in its hotel parking garage, which are open to use for all Pala guests. The new charging stations are the first part of a multi-phase installation of EV chargers. Pala expects to have 115 total charging stalls open by the middle of 2024, which will include Level 2 and Level 3 chargers, which will be located throughout the property, including the Casino parking garage, the Pala Mini Mart, and other key locations. “Pala Casino is happy to provide...

  • Tim Kirk: Real Estate agent and Marine veteran on an "Epic" mission

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Avalon Hester Village News Intern In downtown Fallbrook, a local real estate agent is making waves for his unwavering commitment to serving both military members and disabled veterans. Meet Tim Kirk, a retired Marine and owner of Epic Realty on Main Avenue, whose mission is to provide security through real estate to military personnel while dedicating his efforts to housing disabled veterans through the Gary Sinise Foundation. After an impressive 25-year career serving in the...

  • Worker of the Week offers many services

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Clara Toledo works as a cashier at Quetzal Express, located at 214 West Aviation Road in Fallbrook. She’s worked there for the past five years. The store itself has been in the business for 23 years at the same location, with the services of sending money, shipping boxes, cashing checks and booking airline tickets. Toledo’s goal is to go to school to learn how to become a manager. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • How to find the right mortgage lender

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Jane Kepley Special to the Village News Choosing the right lender is an important step on your homebuying journey. Not only will it impact your costs as a borrower but also your overall experience when buying a home. Mortgage lenders can vary quite a bit. Every company offers different interest rates and loan programs, and fees and customer service can be widely different as well. How do you find the right lender for your home purchase? Here are the steps you should take. Understand what loan type you need. There are many...

  • FCPG recommends driveway modification for Alturas Road self-storage facility

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The zoning on Alturas Road north of Ammunition Road will require a county discretionary permit for a self-storage facility, and the Fallbrook Community Planning Group recommended approval of that permit with the condition of modification to the driveway configuration. A 13-0 planning group vote Sept. 18, with J.J. Neese and Debbie Williams absent, approved the recommendation. The self-storage facility would be on two legal parcels. “We asked them to change the driveways, and they were happy...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Why employ local real estate professionals?

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Here’s a blinding flash of the obvious: Fallbrook and much of North County is rural country, and rural areas have different concerns than do coastal and other developed “lot and block” neighborhoods. In established neighborhoods, there isn’t much concern about encroachment since the structures and lot lines will have been approved by the reviewing authority when the real estate development map was created and approved. Our local escrow company will have escrow...

  • State announces deal to address insurance crisis

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Caleb Hampton California Farm Bureau California’s top insurance regulator announced a plan intended to halt the exodus of property insurance companies from the state and improve coverage options for people in wildfire-prone areas. The regulatory changes, announced a week after negotiations in the state Legislature on an insurance bill broke down, will allow insurance companies to incorporate forward-looking catastrophe modeling when setting insurance premium rates. In exchange, they will be required to write a guaranteed...

  • Writers Read at Fallbrook Library celebrates the freedom to read

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Writers Read at Fallbrook Library, a free monthly literary reading, is recognizing the 2023 Banned Books Week with a celebration of the "Freedom to Read," a program of the American Library Association (ALA). The Writers Read celebration will be an all-open-mic reading on Friday, Oct. 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a short excerpt to share from one – or more – of their favorite banned books. Books targeted in the United States represent a lis...

  • FUHSD superintendent to speak at Fallbrook AAUW

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Ilsa Garza Gonzalez, superintendent of Fallbrook Union High School District, will speak at Fallbrook’s American Association of University Women’s meeting in October. Gonzalez will discuss the advantages of the new quarter system and future plans for the district. During her five-year tenure, Gonzalez streamlined expenses, balanced finances, successfully managed virtual coursework during the pandemic and completed the center bowl of the campus, which has been pending since 1999. She also instituted a program...

  • Women's brunch includes stone art and music

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Women's Connection invites all to attend a Fall Brunch in the ballroom of the Beverly Mansion at Grand Tradition Estates and Gardens, Friday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon, (doors open at 9:15 a.m. for shopping.) The program is a presentation from Set in Stone, an artisan business located in Fallbrook, owned and operated by Steve and Nola Slater. They specialize in sandblasting images and messages in stone to create art pieces that last forever. Their...

  • Fall Faire Artisan Bazaar to be held Oct. 21

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Christ the King is again hosting its Fall Faire with an array of handcrafted homemade jams, jellies, frozen meals, and baked goods, a silent auction, and books, games, and puzzles for sale on Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Artisan Bazaar will feature booths outside on the plaza and in the parking lot featuring music, savory barbecue, and a large variety of local craft vendors for early Christmas shopping. There will also be a kids' area with face painting...

  • St. John's Vintners' Showcase to benefit Armed Forces YMCA – Camp Pendleton

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold its Second Annual Fallbrook Vintners’ Showcase, a gala tasting and auction event benefitting the Armed Forces YMCA - Camp Pendleton on Saturday, Oct. 14,. The festivities will take place from 3-6 p.m. at 433 N. Orange Ave., Fallbrook. Goal No. 1 is to help support the Armed Services YMCA, which has, since 1942, assisted young, enlisted Marines and their families with programs such as affordable child care, recreation center activities and emergency financial assistance....

  • Greek Festival returns to Old Town Temecula

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    TEMECULA – Temecula's Greek Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Old Town Temecula's Civic Center and Town Square at 41000 Main Street. At the festival, the entertainment will include live Greek music and a Kid's Fun Zone with face painting; a game trailer; petting zoo and pony rides. There will also be Greek cooking demonstrations and a Mediterranean Market with 12 regional vendors offering a multitude of produ...

  • San Diego County accepts 1-year congressional grant to fund mobile crisis response team expansion

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Cassie N. Saunders San Diego County Communications Office The Mobile Crisis Response Team program that supports people confronting mental health struggles is getting a multi-million-dollar boost. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors accepted $4.48 million in one-time Congressional Directive Spending grant funding Tuesday, Sept. 26, to expand the MCRT program. The grant will fund new MCRTs to support areas with higher call volumes, which most recent data shows as East County, and for a pilot team that will respond...

  • Governor signs landmark bill penalizing "Book Bans" in schools

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher In a controversial move, Gov. Newsom signed AB 1078 into law on Sept. 25. The bill, proposed by Democrat Assemblyman Corey Jackson from Moreno Valley, seeks to penalize school boards that “ban books” and educational materials based solely on content relating to the history of Black, Latino, Asian, Native American, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other groups. This law had nothing to do with Black, Latino, Asian, or Native American studies. It is clearly strong-arming and an authoritarian response to recent...

  • Humanitarian crisis

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District In a unanimous decision last week, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors officially declared the ongoing border situation a "Humanitarian Crisis." This declaration comes in response to a mounting crisis that has seen over 8,500 migrants dropped at transit stations in San Diego County since September 13, 2023. The federal government's lack of sufficient resources to manage this influx of asylum-seeking migrants has resulted in a critical strain on local resources and created an urgent...

  • Re: 'Choosing the President' [Village News, Maynard letter, 9/21/23]

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Mr. Maynard makes a most desperate plea in the subject letter, imploring you to vote for Trump. He tries to make his usual case that the Democratic Party has failed and is despicable beyond belief, but as usual he fails to give even one example of what his party has done for us middle and lower income citizens. President Biden has laid out an economic plan for now and into the future that firmly supports middle and lower income citizens, and has begun its implementation. In contrast, Republican leaders no longer even know...

  • Kicking It with naps

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News There are many advantages to retirement. Unlike my working years when others dictated my daily routine, now, I get to schedule my own time. While occasionally my daily calendar is cluttered with errands like the market, returning online purchases to the UPS store, or medical appointments, I find, for the most part, the rest of my free time is mine to fritter away. And wouldn’t ya know, I married a rooster? Without fail, as part of VJ’s dawn patrol exercise, my...

  • Homeowner's insurance update

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District If you own a home, you must have homeowner’s insurance. You can’t even get a mortgage without it. Yet many insurers have abandoned California, or simply canceled policies as they came up for renewal. This situation has recently worsened, and many homeowners have been forced into the costly and inadequate FAIR Plan. Without a solution, our economy will crash, taking the national economy with it. In 1988, voters approved Proposition 103, which granted extraordinary powers to the...

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