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Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition


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  • Warriors fall to Pirates

    Updated Feb 7, 2024

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  • New laws for 2024

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District Bills passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor usually go into effect Jan. 1 of the following year. Here are just a few: Business-related laws · California’s hourly minimum wage will increase to $16 for most workers on Jan. 1 and to $20 for fast food workers in April. Wages for healthcare workers will increase gradually to $25 by 2033 · Employers will be prohibited from asking about an employee’s prior or current off-site cannabis use · Employees will now be...

  • Fighting to reduce water bills has been the focus of 2023 for FPUD

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – This year, we at the Fallbrook Public Utility District have been concentrating on doing everything we can to save you money. We've heard you, our customers, say that water costs are too high – unsustainable. We listened. And four years ago, we set out on a course to make a change. A big one. We began working together with Rainbow Municipal Water District to change water suppliers – a move that will save both districts about $7.6 million a year. It was a feat...

  • Time to replace old wiring?

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Old homes can be charming and contain architectural elements not often seen in many modern housing developments. But what older homes may have in design appeal, they may lack in updated features. While cosmetic changes are not necessarily difficult, one area of concern in historic homes – and sometimes even in houses built 40 or 50 years ago – is archaic wiring. Wiring provides power to every room of the home. In today's electronics-driven society, electricity that works is an essential component of daily life. Over...

  • Mid-year budget adjustments fund river park, community center park

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The mid-year budget adjustments approved Tuesday, Dec. 5, by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors established additional funding for the future San Luis Rey River Park and the Fallbrook Community Center park. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote budgeted additional amounts of $2,653,624.63 for the river park and $100,000 for the community center park. The action also corrected an insufficient appropriation to the North County Fire Protection district from assessments collected from the Horse...

  • RMWD approves lift station construction management contract change order

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Rainbow Municipal Water District board approved a change order to the construction management contract for the replacement of Lift Station No. 1. The board’s 5-0 vote authorizes a change order with Valley Construction Management which adds $216,413 to the contract amount. The change order also extends the contract term through March 29, 2024. Lift Station No. 1 is off of Old River Road and delivers sewage effluent to the City of Oceanside, which has an ocean outfall. The package lift...

  • 4 ways to trim costs on winter utility bills

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – As many Americans are taking second jobs to fight inflation, cutting costs on bills is a necessity this winter. According to a recent survey conducted by TopCashback.com, over three-quarters of Americans or 76% are decorating their homes this holiday season – likely increasing their electricity bills, too. The survey polled a cross-section of 1,634 U.S.-based adults, aged 18 and over. To help manage utility costs this season, try these four tips from Samantha Landau, consumer expert at TopCashback. Review...

  • Fallbrook Land Conservancy in 2023: Another Good Year

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The mission of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) is to acquire, protect, and manage open space in perpetuity for the benefit of wildlife and the community. This past year, FLC, which has been working on this mission for 35 years, continued to make significant progress. In October, the FLC expanded its holdings into San Marcos with the acquisition of 217.5 acres known as the San Marcos Highlands Open Space Preserve. The preserve has about two miles of hiking...

  • 'Tis the season for giving, receiving and recycling

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office The holiday season often means there is plenty to recycle – from gift boxes and wrapping paper to lights and even those real Christmas trees. In the holiday spirit, the County Public Works (DPW) has some handy tips “yule” love on what to recycle and how to do it properly. Christmas trees When it comes time to say goodbye to that real Christmas tree, the county urges you to recycle it. When recycled in the right way, trees and wreaths can become mulch that improves...

  • Federal grant to help house families and youth in foster care at risk of homelessness

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) were in San Diego Dec. 19 to present the county with a $1.1 million grant that will fund 49 new housing vouchers for families and youth in foster care and at risk of homelessness. The county received the third largest award from HUD’s $10 million total among 13 housing authorities around the country. Nationwide, the grants will fund 625 vouchers and are part of HUD’s Family...

  • Brockson wins Carlsbad Invitational

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School junior Nic Brockson won his weight class at the Carlsbad Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 2, at Carlsbad High School. Brockson pinned his first three 126-pound opponents before winning the championship match by decision. He was also selected as the tournament's MVP for the lightweight brackets. "I was real happy with how he's wrestling, how he's preparing for matches. It's a testament to the hard work he's...

  • Legionnaires need seven games to exceed last year's soccer win total

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter A 2-0 victory Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Ocean View Christian High School gave Bonsall High School’s soccer team a 2-3-2 record, providing the Legionnaires with more wins in their first seven games of this season than for the entirety of last season. “We’re continuing to build,” Bonsall coach Ennis Pipe said. “I think we’re far more competitive this year than we were last year.” The 2022-2023 Legionnaires had a season record of 1-16 and were 1-9 in Patriot League games. Last...

  • Warriors 6-4 after first 10 boys basketball games

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School's boys basketball team had a 6-4 record after the Warriors' first 10 games of the 2023-2024 season. A 67-52 home win Tuesday, Dec. 12, against Crawford High School was the Warriors' fifth consecutive victory. The winning record over a season's first 10 games was the first for Fallbrook since the 2019-2020 Warriors had an 8‑2 start. "I'm very pleased," Fallbrook coach Jonathan Terry said. The Warriors began the season by...

  • Win over Julian gives Legionnaires 5-2 boys basketball record

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter For the first time in the program’s history Bonsall High School’s boys basketball team won five of the Legionnaires’ first seven games of the season. A 74-47 home victory Tuesday, Dec. 12, against Julian High School gave Bonsall a 5-2 season record. A winning record over the team’s first seven games occurred only once before in program history; the 2020-2021 Legionnaires who won the Sierra League championship had a 4-3 start. The Legionnaires began their season with a Nov. 14 home...

  • The year in review for North County Fire

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Keith McReynolds Fire Chief North County Fire Protection District On behalf of the members of the North County Fire Protection District, greetings! The year 2023 brought service expansion opportunities and progress to our fire district. We completed the renovation at Fire Station #2 on Winterwarm Drive, began designing the renovation of our Fire Station #3 on Rainbow Valley Boulevard, and began the planning for a full replacement of our Fire Station #4 on Pala Mesa Drive. We...

  • FPUD approves SDG&E grant for EV supply equipment

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter San Diego Gas & Electric has a Power Your Drive for Fleets program which reimburses 80% of the cost to install fleet charging infrastructure for conversion to lower-emission vehicles. The Fallbrook Public Utility District received a $70,668 grant from the program, and a 5-0 FPUD board vote Monday, Dec. 4, accepted the grant and approved the grant agreement. The grant will allow FPUD to install three high-speed Level 3 chargers and six Level 2 charging stations. A Level 3 charging station can p...

  • Fallbrook Chamber announces January events

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce has several upcoming events planned. They include: Thursday, Jan. 11 – SunUpper at Boys & Girls Club, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Nonprofit Connector Meet the Funders Event at Fallbrook Regional Health District Health & Wellness Center, 10 a.m. to noon; register online at http://www.fallbrooknonprofitconnector.org Wednesday, Jan. 17 – SunDowner at Red Eye Saloon, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 – Business Breakfast Club for members only: Goal Setting Workshop by Karen Trapane...

  • Workers of the Week plan to be managers

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Lorena Ortiz, left, is a cook for Carl's Jr. and has been there for more than 18 years in Fallbrook. She's dedicated to the restaurant chain and her goal is to someday become the district manager for the franchise. Ana Paredes, right, is a shift leader who has been with the restaurant for 11 years, and she too wants to become the next future manager for Carl's Jr. located at 1137 South Mission Road. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • Temecula Valley Hospital receives the 2024 Women's Choice Award as one of America's best hospitals for patient safety

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    TEMECULA – Southwest Healthcare Temecula Valley Hospital was named one of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women's Choice Award, America's trusted referral source for the best in health care. The award signifies that TVH is in the top 4% of 4,728 U.S. hospitals for patient safety in safe surgery practices and lower rates for complications and infections. "Not all hospitals can say they are the safest in the country, and by identifying those who are, the...

  • TrueCare acknowledged as a breastfeeding friendly health center

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SAN MARCOS – TrueCare, a nonprofit community-based health center serving San Diego and Riverside Counties, has been recognized as a Breastfeeding Friendly Health Center (BFHC) by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC), and California WIC Association. TrueCare is the only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in California to achieve this recognition. The organization has been a trailblazer in becoming a breastfeeding-friendly health center. Over the past four years,...

  • Bromelain to the rescue for chronic sinusitis

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Karen Jensen, ND Special to the Village News Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) is one of the most common lingering medical conditions worldwide. CRS affects one in seven people each year in the U.S., compromising the quality of life (QOL) in all age groups. CRS had a more significant effect on social function, an essential aspect of QOL, than ischemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, or rheumatoid arthritis, based on how miserable the symptoms were. Even so, little is written about CRS, treatment is controversial, and it is...

  • Are your groceries costing you your fitness goals?

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Shelby Ramsey Special to the Village News We have all been tempted, distracted, or given in to foods or products at the grocery store that were not on our list. Some of which we regretted the next day after consumption. (And some of which we did not regret!) It's like being the main character in a crazy video game. Instead of constantly trying to swerve and dash cars as the character illegally attempts to jaywalk, it's the unhealthy, processed foods, and sweet treats that...

  • Hope Clinic for Women reviews 2023

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – In 2023, at 1,040 client visits, Hope Clinic for Women (HCW) provided over 4,620 free services valued at more than $678,000. Women's services included pregnancy tests, maternity and infant resources, ultrasounds, abortion pill reversals, parenting classes, and mentoring. In June 2023, HCW initiated new fatherhood programming for dads and dads-to-be that included weekly coaching visits and a monthly Guy's Night Out event where all coaches and dads met for pizza...

  • Kicking It with swear words

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Elizabeth Young-Westphal Special to The Village News Now that Santa’s wrapping paper mess has been tossed in the can and the relatives are making going-home sounds, we can now embrace the new year. A new beginning. As I write this (it’s always two weeks before ink) I won’t know if I got anything I really wanted for Christmas. Consequently, should you be even remotely interested in what a woman of a certain age believes she wants, you’ll just have to wait. Although, I do hope your Christmas was jolly. What I am...

  • Checking your home while you're away

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District With many people out of town during the holidays (although how could you leave San Diego) it’s important to make sure your home is secure. While we’ve increased the budget for the county’s Sheriff’s Department, including adding more deputies out on patrol, the threat of criminal activity is still possible. As your County Supervisor, I support initiatives that promote public safety for residents in North County. The County Sheriff’s Department offers free home vacation checks...

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