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Articles from the January 26, 2023 edition


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  • Sandia Creek Drive bridge construction starts over the Santa Margarita River

    Updated Jan 30, 2023

    Sandra Jacobson, Ph.D. California Trout Director South Coast and Sierra Regions The Sandia Creek Drive bridge replacement project two miles north of Fallbrook is starting construction the week of Jan. 30. What started as a fish passage project for endangered steelhead trout in the Santa Margarita River, led by CalTrout and funded by state and federal agencies, is now a full-on community project. If you’re a resident, commuter or visitor to the Santa Margarita Trail Preserve, you’ve seen increased activity on the sou...

  • Breaking: Federal Judge Blocks California Law Punishing Doctors for 'COVID Misinformation'

    Michael Nevradakis Ph.D., Childrens Health Defense|Updated Jan 29, 2023

    A federal judge in California on Wednesday granted Children’s Health Defense (CHD)-California Chapter’s request for a preliminary injunction to block a California law that would have allowed the state’s medical boards to punish doctors for spreading “COVID-19 misinformation.” In his 30-page opinion, Senior U.S. District Judge William Shubb determined the defendants in the case — California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta and California Medical and Osteopathic Boards — provided “no evidence that ‘scientific con...

  • Top priorities

    Updated Jan 27, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District I've officially begun my second term on the County Board of Supervisors. While we’ve accomplished a lot in the past four years, we know there is more work to be done. Here are some of my top priorities that I will be focused on for my second term in office. 1. Safety: I will do everything I can to protect North County. We are going to make sure our law enforcement officials are funded and have the resources and tools they need. My office will continue to work to stop the placement of S...

  • Sanchez takes over Vallecitos School District superintendent position

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Meliton Sanchez is the new Vallecitos School District superintendent, and he has also taken over as the district's chief business officer and the nominal principal of Vallecitos Elementary School. "Glad to be here. I think we have a really solid team," Sanchez said. Sanchez also expressed his pleasure with the Vallecitos Elementary School students. "They're just a great wonderful student body," he said. "I think there's a lot to work with."...

  • Hoff selected to fall 2022 dean's list

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    JAMESTOWN, North Dakota – Brady Hoff of Fallbrook has been selected to the University of Jamestown's fall 2022 dean's list for maintaining a semester GPA of 3.50 or better. The University of Jamestown was established in 1883 and is ranked as a top tier regional school in US News and World Report and a top Midwestern school in The Princeton Review. The school features development of the whole person through its distinctive Journey to Success experience. Submitted by the University of Jamestown....

  • Coldwell Banker names top agents for December

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Coldwell Banker names top agents for December...

  • First Aqueduct maintenance shutdown runs Jan. 23-Feb. 1

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Water Authority’s First Aqueduct will be shut down periodically over the next three months for maintenance projects to ensure a safe and reliable water supply for the region. Two shutdowns on the First Aqueduct are scheduled from January through March, when portions of the aqueduct will be relined, along with other maintenance. The Water Authority and its member agencies are coordinating to minimize impacts to residents and businesses, while servicing pipelines that are more than 65 years old...

  • What to know about floor-to-ceiling windows

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Modern homes showcase many dazzling features, but perhaps none draw as much instant attention as floor-to-ceiling windows. Often seen in high-rise apartments that boast panoramic city views, floor-to-ceiling windows are also right at home in single-family dwellings. Homeowners considering floor-to-ceiling windows may have lots of questions. The following rundown can provide some basic information that can help homeowners decide if floor-to-ceiling windows are right for their...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Avoid capital gains tax on your investment

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Jan 25, 2023

    The IRS Code Section 1031 exchange allows an investor to trade real estate held for investment for other investment real estate and incur no immediate tax liability. Under Section 1031, if you exchange business or investment property solely for a business or investment property of a like-kind, no gain or loss is recognized until the newly acquired property is sold. IRS Code Section 1031 will not allow the avoidance of capital gains taxes in all cases. The exchange of U.S. real...

  • New county study advances ways to close digital divide in unincorporated area

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Donna Durckel County of San Diego Communications Office A recent analysis of census data as part of the County Comprehensive Broadband Plan showed that approximately 37,000 households in the unincorporated area of San Diego don’t have a broadband internet subscription. This places them at a disadvantage when it comes to things such as online education, healthcare services or emergency notifications. The report is the latest effort by the county to address inadequate broadband...

  • How to get, and keep, your finances in order

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Rebecca Gramuglia Special to the Village News January marks “Financial Wellness Month” and as we begin 2023, it’s important to take this month to prepare your finances for the year ahead. To get your finances in order, here are three ways to help strengthen your current financial situation: 1. Maintain a budget. Budgeting is key to making sure that you have enough money to cover current expenses as well as future ones. By understanding how much you currently spend compared to your current income and what your goals are,...

  • Worker of the Week is just getting started

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Tasha Mariner, director of operations for Daily Blooms, works on a floral arrangement for a waiting customer. The Daily Blooms is a lifestyle/home/garden store that just opened its doors for business Dec. 17, 2022. It is located at 1050 South Main Street and sells florals, house plants, home decor, gifts, etc. Village News/David Landry photos...

  • Strategies to improve your ability to focus

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Distractions have never been harder to resist. According to Deloitte’s “2022 Connectivity and Mobile Trends Survey,” third edition, the average household in the United States now has a total of 22 connected devices. Things are a little less connected in Canada, where a J.D. Power survey of television service subscribers found that the average household has about 10 devices. The prevalence and accessibility of devices can make it difficult to focus, but tablets, smartphones and other technologies are not the onl...

  • Nutrition is at the root of a healthy digestive system

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Shelby Ramsey Special to the Village News You may be asking yourself, "Is there anything I can do to strengthen or protect my gastrointestinal tract?" Whatever the reason may be – to fend off viruses, wake up feeling better with more vigor, simply to build up the immune system, or just 'because.' Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a gastroenterologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, said, "I actually think t...

  • New year leads to new transformations for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts patients

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – As the new year is in full swing, national nonprofit, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, is hosting its first 2023 Surgery Weekend where its mission to change lives comes to life. Fresh Start Surgical Gifts will be transforming nine children's lives Jan. 21-22, including three port-wine stain patients: Andrea, 5; Grecia, 11, and Edwin, 2, who were all treated by Fresh Start volunteer and dermatologist, Dr. Bari Cunningham, at the world-renowned Rady Children's Hospital. A...

  • Affordable health screenings coming to Fallbrook

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Residents living in and around Fallbrook can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Community Baptist Church, 731 S. Stage Coach Lane, will host the community event Thursday, Feb. 9. Free parking is available. Screenings can check for the level of plaque buildup in a patient’s arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health; HDL and LDL cho...

  • Volunteers needed to create keepsakes for bereaved families

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    ESCONDIDO –The Elizabeth Hospice provides bereaved families in the community with precious keepsakes made from an article of clothing of a loved one. They are looking for volunteers with intermediate sewing skills to transform a favorite blouse, shirt or pajama into a stuffed bear or pillow that will serve as a cuddly reminder. The hours are flexible. To learn more, contact Cindy at The Elizabeth Hospice at 760-294-5864. The Elizabeth Hospice, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit health care leader, provides medical and emotional s...

  • James Voorhis

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    James Voorhis was born in Glendale, California, April 22,1930, the only child of Helen (Danforth) and Fred Voorhis. He passed Jan. 16, 2023, surrounded by his wife and daughters. Jim graduated from Globe High School, Globe, Arizona, in 1949 and served with pride in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He graduated with Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Flagstaff State College, now Northern Arizona University, in 1956 and 1957. On Nov. 24, 1955, he married the love...

  • Norma Jean (Endicott) Woodard

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Norma Jean (Endicott) Woodard (88) of Bonsall, California passed away Jan. 15, 2023. Born Sept. 2, 1934, in Caraway, Arkansas. She grew up on a farm raising "hogs" and cotton. She was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Manila High School in Manila, Arkansas. In 1953, she married Eukie Woodard and gave birth to their daughter in 1955. When Eukie returned from serving in Germany, they moved to Northridge, California where they were involved in their community for 46 years. Attending church, square dancing, big Dodger...

  • Richard Francis Levering

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    It is with tremendous sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Richard Francis Levering on Saturday Jan. 14, 2023. Richard was born to Francis (Frank) and Marjory Levering on June 29, 1946. Richard attended Fallbrook schools and graduated Fallbrook Union High School in 1964. He went on to graduate in 1968 from Arizona State University where he majored in accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant and joined his father Frank in what became Levering and Levering...

  • Critical Race Theory, Part 4 - What's the big deal?

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher In previous pieces in this series, as well as other editorials over the past year, we’ve learned that with Critical Race Theory, race is primary rather than individuality, even though some proponents believe race does not biologically exist (like gender). Race is just a social construct, but how we identify with race is what shapes our lives, and yet “Whiteness” equals “racist.” Nevertheless, people are divided and reduced to categories of “Blackness” and “Whiteness.” After being judged primarily by the...

  • Re: 'America under siege' [Maynard Letter, Village News, 1/5/23]

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Re: Inflation. Maynard is at it again, waxing eloquent, but woefully misinformed. No, Biden isn't taking your life savings, neither is he responsible for the inflation that is the cause. The mega-corporations are the culprits. Ever-increasing food costs? Look at the record profits of Amazon, Walmart. and other major food dealers. High priced gas, diesel, and other petroleum products? Just look at Big Oil: Shell, Exxon Mobil, and a few others also recording record profits. Also, note that inflation is a global phenomenon. All...

  • Kicking It with random thoughts

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News Just last Saturday I was driving my cute coupe south on Mission Road to the 76. As usual on this particular stretch of the road, cars were training down the road in single file in front and behind me. FYI, I was driving the speed limit. We were on our way to meet our new friends for lunch before they pack up and return to Washington state with their AKC bloodhound. As a side note, and after re-reading the dog’s earned credentials (unlike the Sussex’s who were gifted the...

  • Reliving the Carter years

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    The year was 1979; I was a young father with a fledgling family with little interest in the intramural skirmishes of Washington politics. Our economy was sinking faster than the January sun in a Nebraskan sky. And yet, instead of fixing our freefalling economy, President Carter was preoccupied with his pet projects like lowering the maximum speed limit to 55 mph. Millions of American lives were irreparably harmed by Carter's missteps, and my family was among them! This was my first glimpse of what lies beyond the far side of...

  • Committee assignments for 2023

    Updated Jan 25, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District Most business of the Legislature is conducted by committees. Committees have jurisdiction over specific policy areas, and usually have a Democratic chair and Republican vice chair. Most legislation must pass several committees before a final vote on the Assembly floor. This session, Assembly Speaker Rendon has appointed me to six standing committees. Ensuring access to affordable healthcare, including covering pre-existing conditions, expanding mental health/substance use disorder...

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