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Articles from the December 9, 2021 edition


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  • UPDATE: More rain on the way; Get Free Sand Bags from NCFPD

    Village News staff|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    UPDATE: More rain on the way; Get Free Sand Bags from NCFPDWith more potentially heavy rains expected today, North County Fire is offering free sandbags to residents who live in the Fallbrook/Bonsall unincorporated area. According to NCFPD John Choi, Pala Fire Station #4 is currently out of bags, but the County is making it a priority to deliver sand and bags hopefully today. Choi says that if people want to get bags right away, there is an available location at the Valley...

  • Farm Bureau, Immigration Forum partner on citizenship effort

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    SACRAMENTO – The California Farm Bureau and the National Immigration Forum announced a partnership Dec. 6 to support California farmers and ranchers wanting to help their agricultural employees become U.S. citizens. Under the program, the Farm Bureau will contract with the National Immigration Forum to provide naturalization application services and counseling. The Farm Bureau will pay for immigration services that California farmers and ranchers request on behalf of their employees. The services will include citizenship e...

  • I-15 expansion project to tackle congestion at California-Nevada border

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – With Interstate 15 at their backs, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced Dec. 5 the temporary expansion of the highway in a five-mile stretch between the stateline and Barstow to ease traffic congestion during peak hours. This stretch of highway between the Nevada border and the California Department of Food and Agriculture Agricultural Station is federally recognized as an economic lifeline corridor due to its role in the supply chain, and for connecting the e...

  • Governor Newsom announces $300 million Clean California Grant program for local projects across the state

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    SACRAMENTO – The Newsom Administration announced Dec. 1 the availability of almost $300 million in Clean California grants and called on local communities to submit applications for projects that will clean and beautify local streets, tribal lands, parks and transit centers throughout California. The new grants are part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California initiative, a sweeping $1.1 billion, multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans to remove trash, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform pub...

  • New Southern California Media Network offers advertisers 1.7 million engaged readers spanning from Newport Beach to San Diego and inland to Temecula Wine Country

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – SoCal Media Network, a newly formed alliance of independent community media news organizations, launched this week offering advertisers an opportunity to reach more than 1.7 million engaged readers of community newspapers, websites and social media channels. The network is composed of five different independent publishers with 19 standalone publications, websites and social media platforms located in coastal South Orange County, North San Diego County, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Fallbrook, and the g...

  • The most expensive transportation project ever

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District This Friday, Dec. 10, the SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) will be voting on the most expensive transportation project ever. More expensive than the international space station, SANDAG’s regional transportation plan is estimated to cost (in today’s dollars) $160 billion. Almost the entirety of the plan will focus on public transportation in the downtown-region of San Diego, meaning once again North County will be shut down. In 2004, SANDAG came to elected officials and the vot...

  • CHP organized retail crime task force makes arrest and recovers over $300,000 in stolen merchandise

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    ORANGE COUNTY – California Highway Patrol investigators assigned to Border Division’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force last week arrested a female suspect for committing several high-end retail thefts and possessing stolen merchandise. On several occasions, Ekatarina Zharkova, 38, of Costa Mesa, was observed by CHP investigators stealing from multiple retailers throughout Southern California. The stolen items included high-end retail goods such as Gucci, Prada, Ramy Brook, Dodo Bar, or Jimmy Choo. Zharkova used tools to dis...

  • Re: 'The same homeless problems' [Village News, Letter, 11/18/21]

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    It was with great interest that I read Supervisor Jim Desmond’s recent column in the Village News. Of particular note was his closing paragraph: “It’s simply inhumane to live like this on the streets. As a society we can do better. Some may say it’s inhumane to force people off the streets and into treatment, but I think it’s more inhumane to keep people on the streets.” I wonder if a large part of our fear/revulsion about institutionalizing mentally ill or addicted people relates to the iconic 1975 movie “One flew over the C...

  • Kicking It on the road

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News Is it just me or do you feel that when your car is clean, it drives better? Maybe so, yet after two years in the garage, I felt it was prudent to take her for a safety check in lieu of just a wash before driving north to see my 10-week-old-twin-great grandsons, Levi and Grayson. Although my car wasn’t due for an oil change for another 7,000 miles, a road trip of this distance required a safety check at the least. Apparently, the mechanic sniggered when he read I had j...

  • The revolving door, corruption and collusion

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Julie Reeder Publisher Years ago during a potential cancer scare (which didn’t turn out to be an issue), I was researching cancer treatments. I learned a lot about alternative treatments. Another thing I stumbled upon was the collusion and corruption between government agencies and big pharmaceutical companies. One doctor in Texas, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, is a medical doctor and pioneering biochemist. He discovered a unique and proprietary method of successfully treating most cancers, called Antineoplastons AS2-1. His r...

  • Congress needs to rebalance the Supreme Court

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    This is a scary moment. This term, the 6-3 hyper partisan supermajority on the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on some of the most consequential cases of our lifetime. These cases open the door to gutting gun safety laws, further rolling back a woman’s right to choose, and undermining clean air protections. Our fundamental rights hang in the balance. But there’s a way to fight back, which is why I’m urging Congress to pass the Judiciary Act of 2021. The Judiciary Act would rebalance the Supreme Court by adding four...

  • A great Christmas play from one of our own

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Do yourselves a Merry Merry Christmas and go see Fallbrook's very own Milena (Sellers) Phillips starring in “1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas,” now playing at New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad. Talk about a way, way far off Broadway production...this play will almost have you standing and laughing in Carlsbad's Pacific Ocean surf with a perfect cast, full of songs both traditional and original with music and lyrics by, again, our Milena (Sellers) Phillips. If you champion diversity, family and truth, this ver...

  • An important voice for good governance

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron AD-75 California’s State Auditor, Elaine Howle, is retiring after 21 years. The Auditor’s office is an invaluable resource, investigating inefficiency and waste, along with fraud and abuse in government agencies. Over the years, Howle has not shied away from some of the most contentious issues/failures of state government. Examples include probes into the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Employment Development Department and the state’s efforts to combat homelessness. At the DMV, auditors found...

  • Voter concerns

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    This letter is written by a concerned citizen and it is not intended to be a political statement. I am neither Democrat nor Republican. I have chosen to register to vote as NPP (No Party Preference). As with all Americans who believe in the Democratic process, elections should represent the will of the people and each vote should be cast only by the actual person submitting a ballot. I voted in the 2012 election and gave my name as usual to the person in charge of distributing the ballots. I stated my name, Gary Vix....

  • Dupuytren's Disease: Crippled fingers

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Megan Johnson McCullough Special to the Village News Dupuytren's contracture is a condition marked by tightening of the elastic skin (tissue) found under the skin of the palm and fingers. This tissue is called fascia and is composed of fibers that are like cords which run from the palm to the fingers. However, with this condition, the cords tighten up and contract, which causes the fingers to curl and the hand to make deformed shapes. Severe cases can cause extreme crippling...

  • Silvergate seniors dazzled by historic Hotel Del Coronado

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Stories of celebrities, heads of state and famous guests who have roamed the halls of the 133-year-old Hotel Del Coronado were colorfully shared by a hotel historian, Dec 1, with current and future residents of Silvergate Retirement Residence, a boutique collection of senior living communities that places a strong focus on lifestyle enrichment for seniors. The entire Silvergate family, including nearly 150 residents and guests, gathered together to celebrate the h...

  • What sufficient sleep does for the human body

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Sleep is an often unsung hero of overall health. Diet and exercise get their fair share of glory, but without a good night's rest, even the most physically active, nutrition-conscious individuals are vulnerable to a host of ailments and illnesses. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, most adults need seven or more hours of sleep on a regular schedule each night. Athletes may even benefit from additional sleep. In fact, a 2011 study p...

  • The importance of getting help for your fears and anxieties

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Stan Popovich Special to the Village News Getting professional help for dealing with your persistent fears and anxieties is the single most important step in your recovery. Many people are reluctant to get the help they need for various reasons. Making excuses for not getting the treatment for your anxiety problems will not solve the problem. Here are a few reasons why getting help is important. Getting professional help can lead to additional insights and suggestions regarding your stress and anxiety problems. A...

  • Tree lights up for the holidays

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Tree lights up for the holidays...

  • Commission favors Fallbrook remaining in District 5

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News A new draft map of San Diego County supervisor districts shows Fallbrook could be joining Escondido and other Highway 78 corridor cities, minus Carlsbad The need for the new district lines came about after completion of the 2020 census. Fallbrook is currently in District 5 with the Highway 78 cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos – minus Escondido – east to Borrego Springs. However, the 2020 census population numbers sho...

  • Golden, Grantham, Ozuna and McDowell named Students of Month

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Three seniors from Fallbrook High school and one from Oasis High School were recognized at the Dec. 2 awards breakfast at North Coast Church. The students were selected by Fallbrook Student of the Month, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring outstanding students in the Fallbrook Union High School District. The Fallbrook High students honored were Madilyn Golden, Sam Grantham and Amiee Ozuna. Recognized from Oasis High School...

  • Scoreboard to be named after Bob Tavano

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Recently, Fallbrook lost a former member of this small community, Robert Tavano, who passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, at the age of 67. Prior to moving to Cedar City, Utah in 2016, Bob and his wife, Karen, lived in Fallbrook for 30+ years. During that time and long after, Tavano was well known in the Fallbrook and Bonsall communities as he donated countless hours to a number of local nonprofit organizations and clubs, always helping out wherever he could. He w...

  • Planning group announces stance on redistricting

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    A Dec. 1 special meeting of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group directed planning group chair Eleen Delaney to compose letters to the state redistricting commission and the county redistricting commission. An 11-0 vote directed Delaney to write a letter in support of a proposed State Assembly map which unites Fallbrook with other communities along the Interstate 15 corridor. Anna Strahan had another meeting and was unable to participate in the 10-0 vote recommending Map 13A for the Board of Supervisors redistricting and...

  • Town Hall about changing water suppliers draws more than 100 residents

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    FALLBROOK – A town hall meeting Nov. 17 to discuss an effort by the Fallbrook Public Utility District and Rainbow Municipal Water District to change water suppliers and save millions of dollars drew a large crowd of more than 100 people. The event, held at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, featured FPUD Board President Jennifer DeMeo, RMWD Board President Hayden Hamilton and included presentations by FPUD General Manager Jack Bebee, RMWD General Manager Tom Kennedy, a...

  • Latino group addresses county redistricting

    Updated Dec 10, 2021

    My name is Ricardo Favela and I was born and raised in Fallbrook and Valley Center. I am currently serving on the County Service Area 81 Advisory Board for parks and recreation in Fallbrook and am a trustee for the Fallbrook Unified Elementary School District. However, today I am speaking on behalf of a group known as VOCES de Fallbrook and came here to share a message from our group. There are members of our group and residents of Fallbrook online including Morayma Flores, Luis Higinio, Elizabeth Ramos and Leticia...

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