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Articles from the October 14, 2021 edition


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  • Senator Brian Jones speaks on legislation, housing, fires and water

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Nov 5, 2021

    San Diego County Republican Senator Brian Jones represents over a million constituents, from Lemon Grove to Borrego Springs to Fallbrook and all the way to the Riverside County line. He agreed to come in and talk with Village News about what he's been up to as our representative. Jones, as a minority party representative, was able to get six board ballot initiatives on Governor Gavin Newsom's desk to support not only San Diego County proper, but the unincorporated areas as...

  • Ready for 2022 Medicare annual enrollment? Tips for navigating plan options

    Rick Beavin, Special to the Village News|Updated Oct 22, 2021

    The annual Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan enrollment period is here. From Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, millions of people eligible for Medicare can sign up, switch or leave a health care plan to fit their coverage needs for 2022. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Medicare information and resources are available to help you choose the plan that’s right for you while staying safe. Websites, online educational events and one-on-one meetings with sales agents are all great ways to learn about your Medicare plan...

  • Parkinson's support group to learn about yoga therapy

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook invites anyone interested to join their monthly Parkinson's Support Group meeting, Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. at the Fallbrook Regional Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. In an effort to keep all in attendance safe, they will adhere to the latest public health guidelines. In addition, since they have a vulnerable population, they will abide by the NCPSG board's adopted guidelines of full vaccination to attend support group meetings. Masks are optional, unless m...

  • Traffic light backup battery project could make residents safer in emergencies, power shutoffs

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office County Supervisor Jim Desmond and Department of Public Works officials recently flipped the switch on a new traffic light backup battery system in San Dieguito that could eventually make residents around the county safer during emergencies. The pilot project is located at a traffic light at San Dieguito Road and Via Dos Valles, an intersection that Desmond's office said is a major evacuation route for several communities...

  • Farm & Nursery expo to be held Nov. 4

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    ESCONDIDO – San Diego County Farm Bureau’s annual Farm and Nursery Expo will be held at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Thursday, November 4 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. The expo is free and designed to support the diversity of Southern California agriculture. In 2020, the direct economic output from agricultural production in San Diego County totaled $1.8 billion. San Diego County ranks 1st in the nation in certified organic farms and first in the state in nursery product sales. Attendees will have the oppor...

  • Don't skip these 5 fall maintenance tasks

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Jane Kepley CR Properties Real Estate Services You know your home is a huge investment – one you want to protect for the long haul. That means proper maintenance. Completing a few seasonal chores can help you extend the lifespan of your home while also cutting down on repair and renovation costs. Don't skip these five must-do maintenance tasks this fall: 1) Check for air leaks around windows and doors. They can make it hard to control your home's climate and leave you with s...

  • How heat affects the watering and fertilizing of rose bushes

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Frank Brines ARS Master Rosarian Well, I always enjoy looking back to last year's care column for the month. In October 2020 was the hottest Oct. 1 on record with 102.8o. According to Accuweather, the average normal temps for Temecula are high 83o and low 54o. The average for 2020 was high 86.8o and low 55.7o. Predictions for October 2021 are mild 90's the first week decreasing to 80's by month end. Just to show the climate is changing. All this is helpful for garden...

  • Kicking It – More about our 49th state

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News Alaska is called the “last frontier” for good reason. The people living there have a hearty spirit, solid sense of personal freedom, and a “don’t even think about gun control” attitude across the population. Guns are used as they were intended. Finding food and self-protection as it turns out, often from that food source. Remember, September is moose season. A fan of shopping at local markets, the only reason I go to Alaska is to visit my daughter. She now lives in...

  • Joyce Carol Esbensen (née Anderson)

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Joyce Carol Esbensen (née Anderson) passed peacefully on Friday, Sept. 24. She had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for several years. Joyce was born a die-hard Cub fan in Chicago, Illinois on March 9, 1932. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA in Education in 1954, and earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Redlands in 1964. Joyce was fiercely proud of and devoted to her family, her profession, the students she taught...

  • Re: 'Vaccine mandates, what to do response' [Village News, Benson letter, 10/7/21]

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    To Shanika Benson: “Of all those hospitalized currently with COVID, 99.5% are not vaccinated” was described by you as a “Huge lie.” Unless you were raised by wolves, I would like to assume that you know the difference between the truth and a lie. My information was reported in September 2021 by agencies which record and present actual case numbers of hospital patients. Back when I was in junior high, I remember learning about the scientific method and how cause and effect works. Once an experiment is set in motion, results...

  • An attack on North County neighborhoods

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Within days of the failed recall of Governor Newsom, with the flick of a pen, the Governor signed three bills that negatively impact neighborhoods in San Diego County. Let’s start with SB 9, a bill I’ve strongly opposed. The bill overrides local control, and the state now requires cities to allow single-family property owners to build an additional house, or one duplex on their currently zoned single family property lot. The bill also allows some homeowners to split a single-family lot to b...

  • Love on Your Back says Thank you

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    LOYB thanks all our fantastic volunteers who came out last Tuesday and Wednesday in the heat and packed and distributed over 180 bags of food to our families. A special thanks to the Fallbrook United Methodist Church and Patti Johnson for their generous donation to our program. The church’s donation allows our program to provide supplemental nutrition for our 60 families. LOYB appreciates the congregation’s generosity. As we head into fall, we are gearing up for our Thanksgiving gift card drive. LOYB wants to provide eac...

  • Parents are responsible for their children's actions, health, education and welfare, not the state

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Julie Reeder Publisher Fallbrook Union High School District Superintendent Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez released a video last week showing damage, allegedly related to a September TikTok Challenge, to bathrooms on campus at Fallbrook High School. If I understand correctly, there was damage to all the bathrooms at the school, but damages to one bathroom alone was more than $4,000, according to Supt. Garza-Gonzalez. Most of the bathrooms at the school were being remodeled so that the students could have nice facilities for use on...

  • Real Estate Round-Up: Y is for Yes

    Kim Murphy, Murphy & Murphy Southern California Realty|Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Wouldn’t it be great if “yes” really meant “yes”? Many times, “yes” seems to mean “yes” only if it isn’t inconvenient or doesn’t make things more difficult. But “yes” should mean “yes” and “no” should mean “no.” Simple, no discussion, it’s either “yes” or “no.” In real estate, the lines are no less blurred on the “yes” meaning “yes” than in any other part of our lives. I can hear you now, saying, well, when I say “yes” it really means “yes.” Let me share some stories...

  • Murphy & Murphy Southern California Realty

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    The County Board recently voted to adopt ordinance amendments created ostensibly to relieve five marijuana businesses of ‘uncertainty or instability.’ Staff had been directed to write code changes to remove both. However, many think the amendments have gone too far, granting unprecedented privileges to a for-profit private predatory industry. Supervisor Fletcher has no unincorporated land in his district and Supervisors Desmond and Anderson had no part in drafting the ordinance. Nine months ago, Fletcher assured uni...

  • FUESD wages are part of the problem

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    The FUESD is really broken. Not only is the education lacking, but the salary scales are really out of whack. How can they justify paying the Superintendent $339K per year? The district has about 6,200 students. The San Diego school district has about 103,000 students and covers all grades through high school and their Superintendent is paid $365K per year. They both get benefits which brings each of their total compensation packages to over $450k per year. What makes FUESD worth essentially the same amount to manage? These...

  • Why? Why?

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    I do not condone anyone who wishes to get the Covid-19 vaccine for their own protection. But I do take strong exception to this! In the The Epoch Times, Oct. 8, 2021, "Pfizer formally asks drug regulators to let kids as young as 5 get it's COVID-19 vaccine." Pfizer's only justification in the article was "benefits outweigh the risk." Yet, there is still no statistical information anywhere that suggests there is any need for kids to get vaccinated! None! And, if you read Julie Reeder, Publisher's lengthy article "Mandates,...

  • Our Assembly District

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron AD-75 Many people ask me what is the State Assembly and where is our district? I'm always proud to talk about our amazing district and the wonderful people who live here. The 75th Assembly District, which I am honored to represent, is a "healthy" district – with avocados, citrus, grapes and sunshine for example. From San Marcos and Escondido to Temecula, and every rural community in-between, including De Luz, Pauma Valley, Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Valley Center, we are lucky to call this b...

  • Volunteers and donations help feed Bonsall children

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Volunteers and donations help feed Bonsall children...

  • Taylor takes first and second in SPJ journalism contest

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Taylor takes first and second in SPJ journalism contest SAN DIEGO – Nathalie Taylor, a Reeder Media associate since 2003, took first and second place in the Arts/Entertainment division from the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists. The contest was for work completed in 2020. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the features and food writer was only able to write seven stories in 2020. Taylor has won 89 professional journalism awards since 2004 and has taken many of the p...

  • Supervisors support Hamilton/Gum Tree all-way stop

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave support to an all-way stop at the intersection of Gum Tree Lane and Hamilton Lane. A 5-0 board Oct. 6 approved the first reading and introduction of the ordinance for an all-way stop. The second reading and adoption is scheduled for Oct. 20, and if the all-way stop is approved that day it would become enforceable Nov. 19 although the county's Department of Public Works can install signage earlier. On March 12, the county's Traffic Advisory...

  • County staff to develop community monument signage program

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter County of San Diego staff will be developing a program for community monument signage. The program will initially be for communities in the Fifth Supervisorial District. Jim Desmond is the county supervisor for the Fifth District, but all five Board of Supervisors members voted to support the program Oct. 5. The motion allocates $92,000 from Desmond's Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget to fund staff hours and a consultant if necessary, to develop the program for the Fifth District, and...

  • 'TikTok' challenges lead to broken bathrooms on campus, parent warnings

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Chloe Shaver Writer Intern The beginning of the school year has brought students back onto Fallbrook High School campus, for good and for worse. With a lack of social education brought on by COVID and distance learning, many students are struggling to reacclimate, both educationally and socially. As students are returning to campus, there are increased reports of students struggling with finding friends, staying focused on lessons, and other life skills that could no longer be enforced as virtual learning continued. An...

  • Lasley, Leeman, Maier, Morales named Students of the Month

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Lucette Moramarco Associate Editor The first Students of the Month for the 2021-2022 school year in the Fallbrook Union High School District were honored at an in person breakfast at North Coast Church, Oct. 7; they are Viviana Lasley, Jett Leeman and Carl Maier from FUHS and Marcos Morales from Ivy High. Emcee Greg Coppock welcomed the smaller than usual group at the event which he called "100% encouragement to young people who will shape the future." Out of about 2,000...

  • Slight boundary changes to NCFPD election zones expected

    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The North County Fire Protection District will be altering the NCFPD board election zones to reflect 2020 census changes in the district's population, although the election zone changes are expected to be minor. "The boundaries will be adjusted slightly," said NCFPD Fire Chief Keith McReynolds. A community workshop on proposed redistricting maps was held Oct. 5. "It was a great meeting. There was a lot of great discussion, a lot of collaboration, cooperation," McReynolds said. "I think everybo...

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