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Articles from the October 12, 2023 edition


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  • Local contractors and suppliers learn how to connect with county

    Updated Oct 25, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office More than 100 local businesses and nonprofits attended an outreach event at the County Administration Center Monday, Oct. 3, to learn about working with the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting. The county is one of the largest buyers in the region and spends about $2 billion a year to provide everything from pencils to entire new buildings. “Because of our significant spend and the wide range of goods and services we procure, we are a major economic...

  • Schindler wins 3 awards for 'Fallout Shelter'

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Steven Schindler, Fallbrook resident and contributing writer to the Fallbrook Village News, was a recent winner of several awards for his critically acclaimed novel, "Fallout Shelter." "I was very pleased to be notified that I won three awards for my latest novel. It's very difficult for authors who aren't with the "Big 4" corporate publishers to get noticed. So, any recognition is greatly appreciated," Schindler explained. The awards are: Best Fiction, "New...

  • Sullivan choir, guitar ensemble part of Padres game national anthem performance

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The San Diego Padres home game Sept. 18 against the Colorado Rockies was preceded by more than 300 middle school and high school music students performing the national anthem, and 85 of those students were from Sullivan Middle School. "They were thrilled," said Sullivan Middle School music teacher Stacy Pecore. "It was such a wonderful experience." The Padres began Choir Night in 2011. Sullivan first participated in 2014 – when the Padres als...

  • Embracing life after attempted suicide

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Anita Lightfoot County of San Diego Communications Office Suicide is a leading cause of death in San Diego County and across the country. Nationally, 48,183 people died by suicide in 2021, which is about one death every 11 minutes. In San Diego County, 358 people died by suicide in 2021. Thoughts of suicide can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity of socio-economic background. Suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicide and attempted suicide can be devastating for surviving...

  • Choose your health benefits in 2024

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Greg Wright UnitedHealthcare of California As inflation in the U.S. remains high, people may be looking to adjust their lifestyle and spending habits. But when it comes to health care, it’s important to keep the budget and well-being in mind. This year’s open enrollment season is a good chance to review how they’re using health services and decide whether they’ll stick with the plan they’ve got or switch to another being offered. It’s also an opportunity to assess their overall care costs to help ensure they...

  • Local pediatric medical group opens state-of-the-art pediatric primary care facility In Hemet

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – Children's Primary Care Medical Group (CPCMG) has announced that it has opened a medical office building in Hemet that houses pediatric primary healthcare services as well as mental and behavioral health resources. Located at 3951 W. Stetson Avenue in Hemet, the medical office building is 10,000 square feet with 20 patient rooms for exams, treatments, and lactation support. The office also boasts separate reception areas for sick and well children. Families will...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to hear about cell therapy

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook invites anyone interested to join their monthly support group meeting Friday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. The speakers will be Dr. Eugene P. Brandon, Chief Development Officer, BrainXell Therapeutics, and Dr. Anabel S. de la Garza Rodea, Director Medical Affairs, BrainXell Therapeutics. Their topic is “Parkinson's Cell Therapy & Upcoming Clinical Trial.” Dr. Brandon, PhD, has over 30...

  • County and court officials preview start of new CARE Act program

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Cassie N. Saunders San Diego County Communications Office San Diego County and Court officials outlined plans Wednesday, Oct. 4, for the launch next week of the Community Assistance, Recovery & Empowerment Act program to help severely impaired people living with untreated schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. Starting Sunday, Oct. 1, the county will be one of seven pilot counties in the state to get an early start on implementing the CARE Act program. It will do so in collaboration with the Superior Court, the Public...

  • New dentist office is open in Bonsall

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    BONSALL – Kinal Dental is a brand new dental office near the post office in Bonsall, by Ringers Cocktails. Staff treat multiple dental problems, including replacing missing teeth with implants or dentures, extractions of wisdom teeth, root canal therapy, crowns and bridges, Kids' Dentistry, teeth straightening with braces or Invisalign, dental fillings and cleanings, teeth whitening and much more. Dr. Liudmyla Kinal received her training both in Europe and in the United...

  • Yes on Measures A & B for fair water rates

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    In the coming days you will be receiving your voter’s guide and ballot for the Nov. 7 Election. Residents who get their water from FPUD can vote for Measure A. Those who get their water from Rainbow MWD can vote for Measure B. If approved, these measures will affirm our detachment from the San Diego Water Authority. With detachment, our water will be purchased from the Eastern Municipal Water District instead of the San Diego County Water Authority. With detachment, we will no longer be required to pay for infrastructure...

  • Schindler's op-eds are refreshing

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    I love the editorials by Steven Schindler. Please print more of them if possible. It is refreshing to read op-ed pieces that are not political but practical and entertaining at the same time. I enjoy his wisdom and perspective. Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo...

  • CLARIFICATION

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    The monthly Writers Read event at Fallbrook Library is not hosted by "local Democrats in Fallbrook" as was written 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....

  • Introducing the Blue Envelope Program

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District I am thrilled to share a significant development passed during this week's board meeting – the Blue Envelope Program for San Diego County. This initiative aims to enhance communication between law enforcement agencies and the diverse communities they serve. I'm proud to support the implementation of the "Blue Envelope" program. This program facilitates clear communication about an individual's special needs during interactions with law enforcement. In our increasingly interconnected world...

  • Re: 'How to take the schools back' [Village News, Letter, 10/5/23]

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    This is in response to J. Schembri’s letter entitled, “How to take the schools back.” Mr. Schembri: I’m not exactly sure what you mean by that; however, you presented several proposals, so I will address those. First of all, if you or anyone wants to know what goes on in the classroom, you can make arrangements to visit. This is standard policy with most schools and certainly our local ones. You will have to provide information to ensure security along with arranging appropriate and convenient notice for all parties....

  • Vote yes on Measures A & B to take control of our water

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    When I first heard a couple of years ago about Fallbrook and Rainbow separating from the San Diego County Water Authority and the more recent push back from the SDCWA, I thought “why are the big boys worried about our small communities trying to control our own destiny?” There has got to be more to this – and there is. For them it’s about forcing us to pay more than our share for water in order for the larger cities to get their expensive projects paid for, projects from which we will never see any benefit. Our...

  • An environmental disaster

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District As almost any resident of San Diego County knows, toxic wastes have been pouring into the ocean along the border south of San Diego for generations. Over the decades, there have been reports, studies and protests, but little action. A recent study by the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission indicated that 100 billion gallons of toxic wastes entered the U.S. through the Tijuana River since 2018, with 35 billion gallons more since last December. Some beaches were closed...

  • Opposition to the county plan for Bonsall Community Park

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    There are about 4,000 residents in Bonsall, most of whom received no notice regarding the County Plan for the Bonsall Community Park. The notice apparently went out during COVID during which time residents were encouraged to stay at home. Mark Kieser, the Senior Park Project Manager, stated a few weeks ago at the Fallbrook Community Planning Group that a County presentation notice was given at one of the San Luis Rey Association Homeowners meetings, yet no known notice is reflected in the minutes of this HOA. We wonder to...

  • We have to protect our borders better

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher Israel was ruthlessly attacked Saturday morning with a barrage of thousands of rockets/bombs. Remember, Israel is only twice the size of San Diego County. It is almost exactly the size of Riverside County, surrounded by enemies who are the worst level of racists and terrorists with the goal of murdering all the Jewish people. This is despite Israel welcoming all races into their communities. Imagine having a bomb shelter under your home or business because so often terrorists would launch bombs from...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Inflation, mortgage interest rates and home prices, oh my!

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Oct 12, 2023

    This will be a 2-3 part article dealing with the interrelationship of the subjects in the title line. All of these factors contribute to the high price of housing and yet puzzling, despite mortgage interest rates having reached 22 year highs, buyer demand for home purchases is still remarkably strong. Let’s address the subject of inflation first; what it is and what causes it. Inflation is the general rise in the prices of goods and services over time, which erodes the...

  • High crimes and misdemeanors

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    When Putin's armored brigades first rolled into the Donbas Region of eastern Ukraine in February 2022, most Americans believed supporting the Ukrainians was a noble cause. That was before we learned about Biden's behind-the-scenes shenanigans. Nineteen months later, as the war grinds on, even Ukrainians wonder if this conflict will ever end. As the country suffers from Putin's unrelenting aerial strikes and tens of thousands of Ukrainians are now homeless, Zelinski insists on staying the course, tying his fortunes to the...

  • Deciding between one-story and two-story living

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Uncertain about whether a one-story or two-story home aligns with your needs? The choice is influenced by individual preferences and requirements. To help you decide, here’s a comparison between a one-story home and a two-story home. One-story homes are ideal for a range of individuals and situations, including but not limited to the following: · Seniors: One-story homes are often preferred by seniors or retirees due to their ease of mobility. They eliminate the need to navigate stairs, making daily living mo...

  • Treasurer-Tax Collector mails over 1 million property tax bills

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced his office started mailing more than 1 million 2023-2024 secured property tax bills this week. "Property taxes fund essential county and city services," McAllister said. "Public health, public schools and many more critical services are funded by these tax dollars, so we encourage taxpayers to pay their taxes as early as possible. This year we expect to generate $8.63 billion in property taxes." All 1,013,632 secur...

  • Groundbreaking celebration for new public health lab

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Tracy DeFore San Diego County Communications Office Shovels sent dirt flying and with that, construction work could begin on a new state-of-the-art public health lab. San Diego County officials broke ground for the facility at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa Wednesday, Oct. 4. The new $93.3 million lab will be nearly three times the size of the old, cramped and outdated building on Rosecrans. The facility closed due to its aging infrastructure. The new two-story...

  • Tijuana River Valley gets odor monitors after resident concerns

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District is installing AQMesh sensors near the Tijuana River Valley and in the surrounding community after hearing concerns from nearby residents regarding odor impacts from sewage spills into the Tijuana River. The wireless sensors measure air quality by quantifying the levels of various compounds that are being emitted into the ambient air. The sensors will measure hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, total volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide and nitrogen...

  • Emergency services earns highest honor of accreditation

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Chuck Westerheide County of San Diego Communications Office San Diego County's Office of Emergency Services earned re-accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. The honor was announced at the end of September. After a comprehensive and rigorous review of 66 standards of excellence in emergency management programs and capabilities, the Emergency Management Accreditation Program granted San Diego County the five-year re-accreditation. San Diego County is...

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