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Articles from the December 19, 2019 edition


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  • Sentencing for Merritt delayed until Jan. 17

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 15, 2020

    James McGee, the lead attorney for Charles "Chase" Merritt, was officially relieved of his duties from the team defending the man convicted of killing all four members of the McStay family of Fallbrook back in 2010 during a Nov. 1 court hearing. Also during the hearing, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith vacated the Friday, Dec. 13, hearing and set a new sentencing date for Merritt for Jan. 17, 2020. The final sentencing date comes after a delay after a Sept. 27 hearing at...

  • Warriors play to another tied game

    Updated Dec 20, 2019

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  • Fallbrook Historical Society celebrates the holidays with Old-Fashioned Christmas

    Updated Dec 18, 2019

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  • Warriors drop opening rugby match to Torrey Pines

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 18, 2019

    The Fallbrook Warriors varsity boys’ rugby team dropped its first match of the season Friday, Dec. 13 to Torrey Pines High School at Fallbrook High School. Torrey Pines is one of the top teams in San Diego County and showed it with a 75-7 win over the Warriors to kick off the season. The Falcons were also victorious in the junior varsity game with the Warriors falling short in a 38-10 loss to the Falcons. The Warriors will next go on the road to play San Clemente High S...

  • The Future of Water

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Special to Valley News|Updated Dec 18, 2019

    With the recent heavy rains, our water supply may not be at the top of everyone’s worry list. Even so, last week the San Diego County Water Authority gave an update on the future of water in our region. The County Water Authority was created by the Legislature in 1944. Its 24 member agencies provide about 75% of our water and serve 3.3 million people. But only 17% of our water comes from local supplies, which include the nation’s largest desalination plant at Carlsbad.11% ori...

  • Fire district still needs help

    Updated Dec 18, 2019

    Proposition A has failed. It received 57% “Yes” votes but not the required two-thirds. A number of people in the community were very skeptical of the process the fire district chose to conduct the election. I hope that they now realize that the election was conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Now what? Some have suggested a “GoFundMe” effort to raise the $1 million per year required to fund the district’s projects. This idea is a very admirable goal; however, I do not believe it is realistic. The district will now...

  • Our last board meeting

    Supervisor Jim Desmond|Updated Dec 18, 2019

    5th District We held our final board meeting for 2019 recently. It seems like just yesterday I was being sworn into office, and now the year is almost over. Despite it being our last meeting, it was very eventful. The first board letter we passed Wednesday, Dec. 11, was to help the businesses of Poway. Due to the “Boil Water” order that was issued a few weeks ago, businesses and restaurants were forced to temporarily close in Poway. However, 27 of those restaurants were abl...

  • Community Benefit Program will care for your community

    Updated Dec 18, 2019

    The landscaped South Mission medians, Vince Ross Village Square and downtown flower pots, the Train Caboose and Railroad Heritage Park, Jackie Heyneman Park (which will reopen soon), 36 pieces of public art which includes the statues around town, the Santa Fe Crossing Main Mural and the Main Street Circa 1920 mural, downtown landscaping, downtown lighting, pocket parks, a more pedestrian friendly downtown, the downtown Veteran's Wall and Welcome Home Military tribute, our trails, trees, pathways and preserves throughout...

  • Re: ''Pro-Life' is a killer' [Village News, Letter, 12/12/19]

    Updated Dec 18, 2019

    You have got to be kidding me with all the hog-wash nonsense of mortality rates and no limits for abortion on demand. Crazy insane! Pro Life believers range from no abortion whatsoever to very reasonable restrictions. To be honest I really don't care if a woman decides to murder her baby for whatever reason she can come up with because she is pregnant with a child she doesn't want. That sin is between her and God. I place no judgement. I don't even need to address rape and incest; that decision is still between you and God....

  • Fallbrook Coffee – A cozy place to sip, eat and make a friend or two!

    Nathalie Taylor|Updated Dec 18, 2019

    Special to the Village News Owned by SonRise Christian Fellowship, the Fallbrook Coffee Company embodies all the finer qualities of our community. Yes, it is a great place to experience steaming coffee and a good, hearty sandwich. But this establishment is also a place of camaraderie where you can either meet friends or spend some leisurely time alone. It is a place where you can forget the cares of the world. A sign on the wall reads: "You will be blessed when you come in...

  • Your bank account could be fueling crime

    Updated Dec 18, 2019

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Like many Americans, Aaron Cole and his wife had been able to save up a nest egg through the rising value of their home. But after six years there and the births of their two children, the Oregon couple decided to sell and use the equity they had built up to purchase a slightly larger place. After they had sold their current home, Aaron Cole received word that his title company would be in touch soon with the wire instructions for sending the down payment r...

  • Unwrapping new relationships: Survey finds more than half of new couples will regift to save money this holiday season

    Updated Dec 17, 2019

    FALLBROOK – A recent survey conducted by TopCashback.com revealed couples’ gift exchanging expectations for the most wonderful time of the year. The survey polled a cross section of 2,174 adults, aged 18 and over, on their holiday gifting habits. While 9% of Americans intentionally terminate a relationship to avoid gift-giving, the remaining 91% are thinking about that special gift for that special someone. To gift or not to gift? Like first impressions, first gifts are of great importance with 3 in 5 Americans or 60% believi...

  • SBA modifies method for calculating annual revenues for small businesses

    Updated Dec 17, 2019

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today published in the Federal Register recently a final rule to modify its method for calculating annual revenues used to prescribe size standards for small businesses. The final rule is effective Jan. 6, 2020. The SBA changed its regulations on the calculation of annual revenues from a three-year averaging period to a five-year averaging period, outside of the SBA Business Loan and Disaster Loan Programs. The change in the averaging period for calculating annual average r...

  • CFBF honors retired San Diego County Farm Bureau executive

    Updated Dec 17, 2019

    MONTEREY – Recognized for elevating the standing of local farmers and Farm Bureau in the eyes of elected officials, regulatory agencies and the public, Carlsbad resident Eric Larson, former executive director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, has been presented the Helen Roberti Lifetime Service Award by the California Farm Bureau Federation. Larson received the award Dec. 10, during the 101st CFBF annual meeting in Monterey. Larson retired from his position at the San Diego County Farm Bureau in September, after 23 y...

  • Veterans remembered with wreaths

    Updated Dec 17, 2019

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  • Warrior girls gain CIF cross-country meet experience

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated Dec 17, 2019

    Fallbrook High School girls' cross-country coach Vickie Knox didn't expect the Warriors to place well at the CIF meet Nov. 23 on the Morley Field course in San Diego, but she still achieved her goal. "It was just for experience, getting my girls experience. Many of my girls have not been to CIF," Knox said. Five of Fallbrook's seven runners at the CIF meet had not previously competed at a CIF section race. The exceptions were junior Iselah Cabello and senior Maya Rink, who...

  • Village News has early deadlines for holiday editions

    Updated Dec 17, 2019

    FALLBROOK – There will be early deadlines for all submissions for the Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 issues of the Village News. The deadline for press releases, letters to the editor and legal notices is noon, Thursday, Dec. 19 and Dec. 26. The deadline for obituaries and classified ads is 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, and Dec. 27. All submissions can be sent to [email protected]....

  • Warrior boys place 9th as team at CIF cross-country meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated Dec 17, 2019

    Fallbrook High School's boys' cross-country team placed ninth among the 18 Division 1 schools with the minimum five runners at the CIF San Diego Section meet Nov. 23 on the Morley Field course in San Diego. Cross-country team scores add the positions of a school's first five finishers. The sixth and seventh runners are not scored but can add points to opponents' totals. Fallbrook accumulated 257 points. Holtville, which placed eighth, had 213 points. Grossmont totaled 258...

  • Baltas tops trainer standings, Miller third

    Joe Naiman, Village News reporter|Updated Dec 17, 2019

    A stakes win by a San Luis Rey Training Center horse clinched this year’s Del Mar Thoroughbred Club fall meet trainer title for Richard Baltas; San Luis Rey trainer Peter Miller ended the Bing Crosby Season meet third in the trainer standings. Baltas and Miller also combined for three stakes race wins on the final weekend of the meet which began Nov. 8 and concluded Dec. 1. Baltas saddled Next Shares in the Nov. 30 Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap; Miller won the Grade 1 H...

  • Home repairs that can sink budgets fast

    Updated Dec 17, 2019

    FALLBROOK – A home is the most substantial investment many people will ever make. Once down payments have been made and closing costs have been paid, homeowners may still be staring down sizable expenses as they begin to tackle any repairs that need to be made. Home maintenance and renovations involve a certain measure of trepidation. Even after vetting contractors and establishing budgets, homeowners may worry that repairs will unearth problems that snowball into expensive fixes. Planning ahead for such projects and l...

  • CWA makes SAWR permanent

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated Dec 17, 2019

    The San Diego County Water Authority has a program called the transitional special agricultural water rate, and the SDCWA will be transitioning the rate into a permanent program. A unanimous CWA board vote Nov. 21 approved making the special agricultural water rate permanent. An annual review of the special agricultural water rate will be conducted in conjunction with other rates and charges, and the cost of service process to determine special agricultural water rate rates is expected to be completed in spring 2020. “I j...

  • Sheriffs Log

    Updated Dec 17, 2019

    Dec. 3 2200 block Green Canyon Rd Petty theft Dec. 4 300 block Morro Hills Rd Residential burglary Dec. 5 1100 Alturas Rd Vandalism Dec. 7 1100 block S. Mission Rd Arrest: Public intoxication, minor in possession of alcohol 800 block S. Main Ave Robbery Dec. 8 900 E. Mission Rd Arrest: Possession of controlled substance, controlled substance Dec. 9 De Luz Rd @ Sandia Creek Dr Arrest: Vehicle theft, obstructing an officer N. Stage Coach Ln @ E. Mission Rd Arrest: Public intoxication, obstructing an officer 1300 block S....

  • Local basketball teams work their way through early season schedule

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 17, 2019

    The holidays are a difficult time for sports schedules – imagine what it's like trying to mold a new basketball team into one that can compete for a league championship through the holidays. That's what the basketball teams at Fallbrook and Bonsall high schools are trying to do while competing in games all over San Diego County in non-league games and tournaments. GIRLS Head coach Jessica Ramirez and her Fallbrook High School girls' varsity team is off to a 2-2 record early i...

  • Real Estate Round-Up: SOS – Vote wisely

    Kim Murphy, Murphy and Murphy Southern California Realty|Updated Dec 17, 2019

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors had their monthly meeting, Dec. 17. One of the topics on the agenda was to change the wording of Measure A, also known as SOS or Safeguard Our San Diego. The 5th District supervisor, Jim Desmond, proposed language that would provide specific language to the title and summary of the measure, so that voters understood what they are voting for or against. Unfortunately, the item was removed from the agenda, so the summary and title in...

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