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Articles from the December 7, 2023 edition


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  • Knowledge saves lives

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District As Vice Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, I do all I can to ensure that California remains at the forefront in combating serious threats to public health. Raising awareness about diseases, preventing their spread and providing information about treatments can be critical. That’s why I strongly support World AIDS Day 35, which took place on Dec. 1. Over the past few decades, there have been significant medical advances in treating HIV/AIDS. But the disease is still a major thr...

  • San Diego Humane Society seeks information about abandoned horses

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement is asking the public for information that will help identify two horses who were found abandoned just one week apart at a staging area corral in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. The first horse was found Tuesday, Nov. 21, and the second Sunday, Nov. 26. Both horses were in poor condition and taken to San Diego Humane Society's Escondido Campus for immediate treatment. Sadly, following a detailed...

  • ADA ramp for Old Bonsall Schoolhouse to have decomposed granite extension

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Not only will the Old Bonsall Schoolhouse have a ramp meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards, but there will also be a decomposed granite ramp extension which will feather into the galvanized steel ramp. A 4-0 Bonsall Unified School District board vote Wednesday, Nov. 15, with Pascal Lapoirie absent, approved a public works contract with JMD Landscape Inc. for the decomposed granite extension. The school district will pay the Encinitas-based contractor $1,508.23 for the labor and...

  • Time for roses to go dormant

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Frank Brines Master Rosarian Gardeners have been experiencing more rose diseases and critters never before seen in the southwest Riverside County region. Many are caused by invasive pests hitching rides on planes and ships from faraway regions, often with disastrous results. One recent example, in my opinion, is the cancellation of the Palm Desert Rose Show in November 2022 because major exhibitors said their roses had suffered severe damage from chilli thrips fostered by unseasonably high fall temperatures. To the best of...

  • State declares citrus quarantine in Valley Center

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The California Department of Food and Agriculture declared a new citrus quarantine in Valley Center Nov. 30 after detecting the fatal citrus tree disease known as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening in five orange trees on a residential property during regular inspections. This bacterial disease is a major threat to San Diego County's $138 million annual citrus crop and can impact residential citrus tree owners. H...

  • Key Analytics to prepare BUSD developer fee justification studies

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The State of California periodically adjusts the maximum developer fees a school district can charge, but the school district must have a study which demonstrates a reasonable relationship between the additional development and the need for additional school facilities. Key Analytics will be preparing a pair of justification studies for the Bonsall Unified School District. The BUSD board voted 4-0 Nov. 15, with Pascal Lapoirie absent, to enter into a professional services agreement with Key...

  • 'The 12 Days Of Taxes' is a holiday reminder that property taxes are due on/before Dec. 11 Paying by e-check is fast, free

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is reminding property owners that there are 12 days until the Monday, Dec. 11, deadline to pay property taxes. The total amount owed is $8.63 billion dollars, $566 million more than last year’s total of $8.1 billion. “The deadline to pay property taxes is 12 days away, so we call this time of year ‘The 12 Days of Taxes,’ since there are 12 more days to pay without getting a penalty,” McAllister said. The 1,013,632 secured tax bills...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: What they did (or didn't do) and what happened?

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    In this weekly article, I have lamented what appeared to be seemingly capricious action by the Federal Reserve Board regarding monetary policy (versus fiscal policy, aka government controlling its spending) to try to curb inflation and get it down to 2%. I have expressed concern that it will take 12 months for changes to manifest and, since we have endured 12 Prime Rate increases in the last 13 months, it occurs that there hasn’t been sufficient interval time to analyze the...

  • Affordable updates for home sellers

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Jane Kepley Special to the Village News It can be a good idea to update your home a bit before putting it on the market. Making some updates could mean better photographs and a more eye-catching listing – plus, it could help your home sell faster or for a higher price. Still, home projects can add up, and you may not want to spend a lot on a home you’re ready to list. Fortunately, there are lower-cost ways to improve your house prior to selling. Try one or more of these options: • Add curb appeal. You don’t have to...

  • BUSD approves two videography contracts with Simon Michael

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Nov. 15 meeting of the Bonsall Unified School District board included two actions to approve videography contracts with Simon Michael. One action approved a $1,250 contract with Michael for the “Belong in BUSD” video project. The other approval is for BUSD website pages and will pay Michael $4,000. Both actions passed on 4-0 votes with Pascal Lapoirie absent. “I’m really excited about the product,” said BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger. The “Belong in Bonsall” video will...

  • FUESD aims to inspire students with 'Everyday Matters' attendance initiative

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union Elementary School District is delighted to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at bolstering student attendance and ensuring that each child gets the opportunity to excel academically. Under the banner "Everyday Matters: Be Present and Be Successful," this campaign will encompass a range of strategies and incentives to encourage students to attend school regularly and actively engage in their learning. Recognizing that consistent attendance is a fundamental building block for student...

  • Worker of the Week personalizes products

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Abraham Gonzalez displays a plaque he made on the job at Borst Designs, 447 Ammunition Road, where he's worked for 15 years. The finished plaque is ready to be shipped out of state. Gonzalez receives assignments from Salome Corona, the company's graphics designer, and he etches the designs on grave markers, monuments, plaques and pet markers. The company distributes its products all over the world on special request. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • County Assessor Marks recognized with Emerging Professional Award from international trade group

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – Jordan Marks, assessor, recorder and county clerk of San Diego County, has been named as the recipient of the International Association of Assessing Officers’ 2023 Emerging Professional award. The award is presented to an IAAO member who, comparatively early in their career, has made a significant contribution to the IAAO by demonstrating leadership in the organization, participating in various IAAO activities, assisting other members and working toward IAAO’s mission. IAAO said that Marks is one of the...

  • Study shows Salton Sea could meet nation's lithium demand for decades

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    COACHELLA – A federal analysis released Tuesday, Nov. 28 confirmed Southern California's Salton Sea contains enough lithium to meet the nation's needs for decades. Salton Sea in Riverside's Coachella Valley has the potential to produce an estimated 375 million lithium batteries for electric vehicles – more than the total number of vehicles currently on U.S. roads, according to a recently released Department of Energy analysis. The numbers on the Salton Sea potential...

  • Traffic Safety Grant for $450,000 to fund impaired driving enforcement

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded the San Diego County Sheriff's Department a $450,000 grant that will fund a year's worth of special operations and campaigns designed to stop drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Impaired driving checkpoints, patrols and distracted driving/traffic enforcement will all be funded by the grant. "We are grateful for the California Office of Traffic Safety's support as we continue our efforts to keep impaired drivers off San Diego County...

  • Foundation for Senior Care celebrates the holidays

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Foundation for Senior Care kicked off their holiday activities Saturday, Dec. 2, with a showing in the Annual Fallbrook Christmas Parade. This year's entry included one of the transportation service Care Vans decked out in holiday lights and carrying both volunteers and members of the Board of Directors. Staff and friends of the organization also walked in front and alongside the van. Also in the works this month is Nana's Little Helper Senior Drive, for...

  • Tips to make baking more healthy

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Baking sessions are a beloved family tradition in many households. But such sessions may not be as revered by family physicians, as baked goods are often prepared with ingredients, like sugar and butter, that aren’t necessarily sound additions to a person’s diet. Though baked goods may never rival vegetables in nutritional value, there are ways for amateur bakers to make these beloved foods a little more healthy. * Replace sugar with a fig puree. Figs are nutrition-rich fruits that serve as significant sources of...

  • Ending your life is not the answer to your situation

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Stan Popovich Special to the Village News You are at the end of your rope and you can’t take it any much longer. You are in pain and you are suffering and you feel there is no hope. The first thing that you need to do is to seek the services of a professional counselor. As a published author of a managing fear book and as a layman, here are five reasons why suicide is not an option to your problems. 1. Things change over time Regardless of your situation, things do not stay the same. You may feel very bad today, but it won...

  • Eat beets to get back on your feet

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Dr. Stephanie Rubino Special to Village News Eat your veggies: this well-established advice is an essential part of our daily nutrition habits, and for good reason. Rich in vitamins, minerals and important phytochemicals, abundant vegetable intake promotes health and reduces chronic disease risk. Among the various vegetables available, beets have gained scientific attention in recent years. Low in calories and fat, beets are also a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Although beets have a high carbohydrate and sugar...

  • County health officials report increase in whooping cough

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office Increasing cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have county health officials recommending that people get vaccinated, particularly those most at risk of becoming seriously ill. The number of pertussis illnesses jumped from 12 in September to 57 in October. Spikes in pertussis happen every three to five years. The last peak was in 2017. The current rise in illness reports is the first since the COVID-19 pandemic when COVID-19 prevention steps also...

  • Kermit Leighton Harrison

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Kermit Leighton Harrison, 77, passed away Nov. 30, 2023. He succumbed to heart failure after a battle with Parkinson's disease. A lifetime resident of Fallbrook, Kermit enjoyed being an integral part of the community. He graduated from Fallbrook Union High in 1964, and attended University of Arizona, Tucson where he graduated from Pharmacy College in 1969. He returned to Fallbrook, where he worked as a pharmacist for 50 years, originally at Harrison Rexall Drug, followed by...

  • GOP's advance to the rear

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    As I said before, Republican Party leaders are no longer able to lead because they’ve forgotten how to. Additionally, they have politicized science, making the potentially fatal decision of choosing anti-science as the Republican position. Accordingly they are totally unequipped to perform the day-to-day business of a nation participating in a global economy, much less address the monumental problems presented by global warming and the mitigation thereof. I asked my friend Claude.ai to help me figure how this came about,...

  • Re: 'Property Owners Deserve Our Support' [Village News, Letter, 11/30/23]

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    With regards to Julie Reeder’s letter, I would like to clarify some inaccuracies in it. Background: The parking lot was founded many years ago as a parking trust for the benefit of local downtown businesses. Many businesses depend on this lot for their parking spaces required by the County. Through the years the trust ownership has changed. A few years ago these owners changed the trust to an LLC. This caused the County Tax Assessor to reassess and significantly increase the property taxes. The parking lot is also in need...

  • The broken immigration process

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District On a cool Sunday morning, border patrol vans pull into the Oceanside Transit Center releasing approximately 30 migrants from countries including Columbia, Pakistan, and China. The first question asked by most migrants is, “Where am I?” That's just the tip of the iceberg for how the federal government has set these migrants and San Diego County up for failure. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas has openly admitted the United States immigration process is 'completely broken.' As di...

  • Anti-Semitism is rooted in pure evil and possibly communism

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher I have been surprised by the outright anti-semitism and tolerance for Hamas after they brutally attacked innocent Israeli citizens, as well as Americans and people from other countries who happened to be in Israel on Oct. 7. Oct. 7 should have been an open-and-shut case of moral condemnation. Hamas soldiers murdered, tortured, kidnapped, and raped women and children, as well as men. The murderers proudly filmed their atrocities and then fled back to Gaza, where there were cheers from the Gaza streets....

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