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  • Rattlesnake Tank paint recognizes high school seniors

    Updated Jul 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – For anyone who has ever wondered why the water tank up the hill from South Mission Road is painted with numbers each year, here's a little Fallbrook history. Every year, the Fallbrook Public Utility District changes the painted numbers on "Rattlesnake Tank" to reflect the year the incoming seniors at Fallbrook High School will graduate. FPUD staff just painted over the "24," changing it to "25," to welcome the next graduating class. The reason for the annual e...

  • Rainbow quitclaims easement on Bonsall Community Park land

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District has a 14-inch water main which runs through the planned Bonsall Community Park. An easement for that water main was recorded in 1959 but due to a survey error did not include the area with the actual infrastructure. Since that easement isn’t actually needed for Rainbow purposes, the Rainbow board approved a quitclaim deed granting the County of San Diego unencumbered use of that land. Rainbow and the county worked on a new easement. On June 25, the Rainbow board voted 5-0 to authorize a p...

  • FGMS exhibit given Gregory B. Anderson award at county fair

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The San Diego County Fair's Gems, Minerals and Jewelry exhibition has a Gregory B. Anderson Award for the best educational exhibit, and this year's Gregory B. Anderson Award was given for the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society case. The display featured gemstones and mines of San Diego County. The case included 21 stands with gems, a map of the San Diego County mining districts, and photos of mines from the districts. "That's kind of our mission, to preserve the mining and...

  • 3 Reasons to take photos of your home

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    When you moved into your home, you probably took lots of photos. It’s fun sharing pictures of a new space with people in your life and on social media. Once you’ve lived there for a while, though, you likely take photos less frequently (or stop taking them altogether). But it turns out that taking photos of your home on a more regular basis can have benefits. Here’s why you may want to start again. They can help when you’re ready to sell. When you want to list your house,...

  • Mountain lion hit by car returns home to wild

    Updated Jul 10, 2024

    RAMONA – A young male mountain lion is back in the wild where he belongs after spending seven months at San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center. The cub was released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on Wednesday, June 26, in Ventura County. Before release, he was outfitted with a satellite GPS collar for tracking to help ensure his future health and wellbeing. The five-month-old mountain lion first came to San Diego Humane Society on T...

  • Things to avoid after applying for a mortgage

    Updated Jul 10, 2024

    FALLBROOK – We previously talked about things to avoid before applying for a mortgage, now let’s talk about what not to do after. So, you’ve just applied for a mortgage, and now you’re in that waiting game and there are a few things you wanna steer clear of during this time to keep things smooth sailing. Below is a useful infographic from the folks at Keeping Current Matters to show just that. Thi...

  • San Diego 2024 tax roll hits record high $768 billion – up 5.58%

    Updated Jul 10, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Assessor Jordan Z. Marks certified the 2024 gross assessed value roll of all taxable property with a record-setting high of $768 billion, reflecting a 5.58% increase (or $40.6 billion) over last year. The 2024 assessment roll reflected unprecedented property tax savings of over $300 million for San Diego homeowners, disabled veterans, small businesses, affordable and homeless housing projects, and charitable organizations. This property tax relief also includes survivors of the 2024 Winter Storm f...

  • Vector control assessment increased

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The county’s victor control assessment will be increased from $9.10 to $10.76 per benefit unit. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, who serve as the board of the county's Vector Control District, voted 5-0 June 26 to approve the 18.2% increase in the assessment. The supervisors’ action also approved the engineer's report. The assessment is in addition to a service charge which remains at $3.00 for the coastal region and $2.28 for the suburban and rural regions. Both the vector control benefit assessment and the ser...

  • FPUD extends Federal advocacy services contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District has a contract with Howells Government Relations to provide Federal advocacy support services, and a June 24 FPUD board action renewed that contract. The 4-0 vote, with Dave Baxter out of town, authorized the extension of the contract for an additional year. FPUD will pay Howells Government Relations, which is based in Murrieta, $90,000 for the 2024-25 term. The original contract was approved at the June 2022 FPUD board meeting and in June 2023 the FPUD board approved a second one-year...

  • Explore decades of home design trends

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    As the saying goes: “Everything old is new again.” This is particularly true when it comes to style trends, including home design. The looks of the past can provide endless inspiration for homes today, and you don’t have to choose just one era or approach. You can mix and match trends from multiple decades and interior design styles. Are you looking to give your home decor a refresh? Here are some design elements from the past that might interest you. • 1950s: The ‘50s we...

  • California to assist with down payments for up to 1,700 first-generation homebuyers

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom announced June 28 that 1,700 first-generation homebuyers have been conditionally approved for the Dream For All Shared Appreciation Loan program. The program provides potential homebuyers with vouchers offering up to 20% of a home’s value for down payment and closing cost assistance. "As part of the state’s comprehensive efforts to improve affordability, build generational wealth, and unlock access to housing, Dream For All is paving the way home for thousands of Californians. This progr...

  • Filing period to open for property tax assessment appeals

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    San Diego County residents and businesses who disagree with their property tax assessments for the 2024-2025 Fiscal Year may file an application to appeal their value between July 2 and Dec. 2. The Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Board, Andrew Potter, announced the filing period June 20. Applications and information booklets are available on the county's website at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/cob/aab/index.html. Residents may also pick them up and speak with Clerk...

  • Local Andy Vanderlaan steps down from LAFCO after 28 years

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Andy Vanderlaan, a Bonsall resident, resigned from San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) on Jan. 19 after serving since 1996. “It has been one of the best experiences of my career,” Vanderlaan remarked about his tenure as the public member. LAFCO handles jurisdictional changes like consolidations and annexations. Its board includes two county supervisors, city council representatives, members from special district boards, and one public member, with alternates who can vote in their absence. LAFCO execut...

  • The difference between a traditional sale and a short sale

    Elisabeth Lentulo, Realtor|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Ever encountered the terms “traditional sale” and “short sale” but are confused as to what they mean and how these things differ from each other? Whether you’re on the buying or selling side of real estate, these concepts are helpful for you to understand. A traditional sale is pretty straightforward. It’s when a homeowner sells their property for an amount that covers the outstanding mortgage and any other fees or expenses. Everything goes smoothly, the buyer get...

  • TAC recommends speed limits on Little Gopher Canyon Road and Old River Road

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Currently neither Little Gopher Canyon Road between Gopher Canyon Road and Old River Road nor Old River Road between state Route 76 and Dentro de Lomas have posted speed limits. If the recommendations of the county’s Traffic Advisory Committee Friday, June 7, are ratified by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the 1.50-mile segment of Little Gopher Canyon Road will have a 30 mph speed limit and the 1.66-mile portion of Old River Road will have a 45 mph speed limit. The vote to recommend the Little Gopher Canyon Road 30...

  • 21 Greater Fallbrook roads on county road resurfacing list

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The preliminary County of San Diego list of road segments to be resurfaced includes 21 in Greater Fallbrook. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 June 5 to adopt a resolution with the list of projects to be funded by Fiscal Year 2024-25 Road Repair and Accountability Act revenue. The road segments include 14 in Fallbrook, four in Bonsall, two in Pauma Valley, and one in Rainbow. The Road Repair and Accountability Act was passed by the state legislature in 2017 and raised the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon...

  • Property tax deadline approaching

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is reminding the 41,245 property owners who did not pay all their 2023-2024 property taxes there is still time to avoid additional penalties if the bills are paid by June 30. “On July 1, unpaid bills will go into default and receive an additional $33 redemption fee plus penalties of 1.5% each month,” said McAllister. “That penalty adds up to a hefty 18% per year but is avoidable if payments are received by the June 30 deadline.” Taxpayers can quickly and easi...

  • Mortgage prepayment: What to consider

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Paying off your mortgage early could save you money on interest paid over the life of the loan. It can also free up money to put toward other goals, like saving for retirement. Despite these perks, though, prepaying a mortgage isn't right for everyone, and there may be some downsides to this strategy. Are you thinking of paying off your mortgage early? Check out some pros and cons to consider before you do. Pros: You'll pay significantly less interest. You could potentially...

  • Prepping your San Diego home for summer

    Elisabeth Lentulo|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    FALLBROOK – As summer approaches in San Diego, it’s time to get your homes ready for the sunny days ahead. Let’s get your home in tip-top shape for the season – below are some items to tick off your home upkeep checklist! • Do an A/C check-up: Keep your cool all season long by making sure your air conditioning is good to go by giving it a once-over. Schedule a check-up to ensure it’s running smoothly and swap out those filters for clean, cool air. • Clear the gutters: Thos...

  • East building renovations at Silvergate Fallbrook elevate community spaces

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – For the seniors who call Silvergate Fallbrook's retirement community home, major changes are in store this summer as the community prepares to renovate its East Building common area spaces from floor to ceiling. The ambitious remodel will bring about an array of exciting new amenities and upgrades that will further enhance the day-to-day living experience for residents. The centerpiece of the renovation efforts will be the new entrance improvements, featuring a w...

  • Asphalt & Concrete Enterprises receives FPUD as-needed annual paving contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Two 5-0 Fallbrook Public Utility District board votes May 29 awarded paving contracts. One action approved an annual contract for as-needed paving work with Asphalt & Concrete Enterprises; the Santee company will receive up to $300,000 for each year of the contract which is initially for two years and may include up to two one-year extensions. The other contract was awarded to Peters Paving and Grading, which is based in Rainbow, and will pay the company $74,675 to repave 25 sites which currently have temporary paving. When...

  • FPUD approves $57,000 to repave Elder Street private road area

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    If the Fallbrook Public Utility District installs or replaces pipeline segments the pavement is removed. After the work is completed, the road is paved with temporary cold mix asphalt. The roadway will eventually need a longer-term resurfacing to meet San Diego County standards and to ensure that the road’s integrity is not compromised. The FPUD replacement of the water main pipeline along Elder Street created a question of how much of the private road segment between Shady Glen Drive and Debra Ann Drive should be replaced a...

  • BUSD approves long-range facilities master plan

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The Bonsall Unified School District approved a long-range facilities master plan. The BUSD board voted 4-0 April 2, with Michael Gaddis absent, to approve the master plan. The plan identifies recommended improvements which would cost $126,664,762.50 in current dollars. “A long-range facilities plan is critical to great learning,” said BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger. “It’s critical for any organization not only to know where they are currently but also where they’re going.” The district commissioned Eric Hall & Asso...

  • Property owners have until June 30 to pay past due property taxes

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister reminded the 41,245 property owners who did not pay all their 2023-2024 property taxes there is still one month left to avoid additional penalties if the bills are paid by June 30. “On July 1, unpaid bills will go into default and receive an additional $33 redemption fee plus penalties of 1.5% each month,” said McAllister. “That penalty adds up to a hefty 18% per year but is avoidable if payments are received by the June 30 deadline.” Taxpayers can quickly a...

  • New technology to improve emergency evacuations countywide

    Sir Milo Loftin, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    A new technology launched May 29 that will help streamline the evacuation process during emergencies throughout the region. Evacuation zones powered by Genasys EVAC technology will help emergency managers and dispatchers send out more precise location-based alerts during an emergency evacuation. The zones were developed by a coalition of local emergency managers, law enforcement and fire officials, and other safety experts. The team used geo boundaries, like lakes, freeways, mountains and neighborhoods, to create more...

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