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  • 'Graze at the Fields' offers chance to eat with local farmers

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    CARLSBAD – For people interested in the farm-to-table food movement, preserving urban-facing agriculture, and knowing local farmers, an event like no other, the annual Graze at the Fields, will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the world-renowned Carlsbad Flower Fields while in bloom. Graze is an agriculture insider event that is open to the public. "Grazers" will eat, drink and connect with local farmers, vintners, brewers and chefs, tasting locally grown and c...

  • San Diego County collects more than $1B in property taxes in a day

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced that it collected more than $1.24 billion in property tax payments in a single day Monday, April 8. “For the second year in a row we have collected more than a billion dollars in a single day,” McAllister said. “This figure underscores our continued growth as a region and highlights the responsible property owners who invest in San Diego. “San Diegans have shown us time and time again that they are responsible taxpayers by paying what they owe...

  • Should you renovate your new home?

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

    Unless you’re buying a brand-new home, you may find that there are changes you’d like to make after you move in. Maybe there aren’t enough outlets in the home office space, or there’s a pedestal sink in the bathroom where you’d prefer cabinets for storage. Whatever the update, diving in right away might not be the right move. If you’re considering making renovations to your newly purchased house, here’s why you may want to hold off. 1. You can take time to save up. Home reno...

  • Two in a row: April snow survey shows above average snowpack for second straight season

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources conducted its April snow survey, the fourth measurement of the season at Phillips Station, Tuesday, April 2. The manual survey recorded 64 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 27.5 inches, which is 113% of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack and is a component of DWR's water supply forecast. The April measurement is critical for water...

  • San Diego County Orchid Society hosts annual show weekend before Earth Day

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Orchid appreciators, growers, and vendors from the U.S. and abroad will celebrate the orchid at the San Diego County Orchid Society 2024 spring show and sale, in Balboa Park the weekend before Earth Day. Orchids of the Earth is free admission and runs Friday to Sunday, April 19-21. "Visitors can explore, firsthand, the beauty and variety of the orchid world," said SDCOS Past President and Show Committee Chair Debby Halliday. "With hundreds of plants on display, a...

  • MGPA Architecture to design new Bonsall Elementary School playground and shade shelter

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    MGPA Architecture was awarded the Bonsall Unified School District contract for the design of a new playground and shade shelter at Bonsall Elementary School. The BUSD board voted 4-0 Wednesday, Jan. 17, with Michael Gaddis absent, to approve the architectural services contract with the Carlsbad company. MGPA Architecture will be paid $19,800 for the work. “It’s a great thing,” BUSD superintendent Joseph Clevenger said. The existing playground at Bonsall Elementary School will be demolished. The new playground will inclu...

  • State works to better adapt to extreme dry, wet periods

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Ching Lee California Farm Bureau Federation As California farmers struggle through impacts of rapid swings between intense drought and severe deluge, the state's water chief emphasized the need to better manage flood flows and groundwater during wet periods to improve water supply reliability during dry periods. Karla Nemeth, director of the California Department of Water Resources, highlighted some of the work already underway during the state's weather whiplash in recent...

  • Financial checklist for home buyers

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Planning to buy a home in San Diego? Let’s ensure you’re financially prepared with this Financial Checklist for Home Buyers. Financial checklist for home buyers • Do a financial checkup. Know your credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and savings. This will give you a clear picture of your financial readiness and help you set a realistic budget for your home purchase. It’s best to reach out to a mortgage officer or financial adviser. • Get pre-approved. Submit financial documents to a lender, who will assess your cr...

  • Update your outdoor space for spring

    Jane Kepley, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Spring is an excellent season for spending more time outdoors. And if your home has a sizable outdoor space, that’s even better. A patio or yard presents so much opportunity: You can play with your kids or pets, invite the neighbors over for a cookout, or simply relax and enjoy the weather as it warms. Before you do all of that, though, you should think about updating your outdoor space. Need help getting ready for spring? Here are some ideas: Install string lights. Give your...

  • The bridge to nowhere....

    Dr. Derek King, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    That is what I have called it for decades... When I began asking questions about the bridge over the 15 across from Pala Mesa, even the Caltrans worker said, "Oh, the bridge to nowhere..." My family moved to Bonsall in 1978. We watched the area grow... we watched the two-lane 395 get bypassed by the huge, multi-lane I-15. We saw the elegant "rainbow bridge" (Lilac Road) be built over the carved-out summit. Then, decades later, we moved up to Murrieta and were teased for...

  • Fallbrook #1 in home sales for February

    Village News Staff|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    The Greater San Diego Association of Realtors has announced a significant boost in home sales for February, with Fallbrook leading the charge as the top area for home sales. Spencer Lugash, president of the SDAR, highlighted the positive trend, noting increases in both month-over-month and year-over-year sales compared to February of the previous year. The surge in sales is seen as a promising sign for the local real estate market, which has faced challenges such as high inter...

  • Supervisors approve funding, bid process for pedestrian crossing improvements

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved appropriations and the bid and award process for pedestrian crossing improvements at 21 signalized intersections throughout the unincorporated county including four in Fallbrook. A pair of 4-0 votes March 13, with Joel Anderson absent, approved two actions to appropriate funds and authorize the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of construction contracts for the improvements. One of those actions covered four intersections including the South Mission Road...

  • Silvergate hosts unforgettable St. Patrick's Day celebration for local seniors

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Silvergate Fallbrook hosted a festive St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 15 to welcome local seniors into the retirement community for an exciting afternoon of fun festivities focused on Irish traditions and Gaelic lore. The event, which showcased live music and entertainment, also featured sumptuous traditional Irish foods and an abundance of fun activities that gave attendees an opportunity to immerse themselves with new friends in the cheerful spirit of t...

  • Don Dussault Park, Elder Street sidewalks denied CDBG funding

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Neither of the Fallbrook projects proposed for 2024-25 Community Development Block Grant funding were awarded any CDBG money. A 4-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote March 12, with Joel Anderson absent, approved the county's 2024-25 annual funding plan for Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs. The proposals for the Don Dussault Park expansion and Elder Street sidewalks were both placed on the list of...

  • Supervisors update CINA

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    The most recent update of the County of San Diego’s Capital Improvement Needs Assessment was approved at the March 12 San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting. The supervisors' 4-0 vote, with Joel Anderson absent, approved the CINA, which reflects the county's facilities needs. The approval of the needs assessment itself did not include funding for projects on the list, although the supervisors also directed interim Chief Administrative Officer Sarah Aghassi to determine timing and funding mechanisms to implement the ind...

  • 4 tax breaks for homeowners to know

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Being a homeowner is often a big financial investment, from the down payment to home maintenance and improvements. But there are ways to save when you own a home, too – particularly on your annual tax returns. Homeownership typically comes with a number of tax deductions and credits that aren’t available for renters. Are you ready to save on your tax bill? Here are some perks you should have on your radar as you file your taxes. 1. Mortgage interest: You probably pay a not...

  • Stage Coach Lane pathway makes slow progress

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Constructing a pathway along Stage Coach Lane from Reche Road to South Mission Road has been a proposed project for Fallbrook since it was discussed at a virtual Fallbrook Revitalization Committee meeting, Nov. 16, 2020, but the project has not progressed very far since then. Part of the reason is that in order for a pathway or trail to be constructed, funding must be obtained and the right-of-way must be secured by the county. The proposed pathway is about two miles long. The...

  • Another year of major capital improvements is taking place at Silvergate Fallbrook

    Updated Mar 6, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Silvergate Fallbrook begins another year of investing in its 5-acre senior living campus with more than $1 million in capital improvements. The renovation efforts represent the company's ongoing commitment to continually modernize and reinvest in its boutique collection of senior living properties in San Diego County. Scheduled for completion throughout 2024, the renovations taking place at Silvergate will create a more contemporary, comfortable living e...

  • How to deal with home selling stress

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 6, 2024

    Selling your home can come with quite a bit of stress, including keeping the place presentable for buyers and potentially making repairs and updates. It can be a lot to take on, especially when you’re juggling other responsibilities. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to alleviate your stress and make selling your home a more enjoyable experience. Are you considering listing your home for sale? Here’s what you can do to make it less stressful. • Lean on your team....

  • Board seeks ways to expand opportunities for local wineries

    Updated Mar 6, 2024

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office The county is moving forward with a plan to allow wine operations in the unincorporated area opportunities to expand. There are currently four types of wineries allowed in agricultural zones governed by the county’s Tiered Winery Ordinance. The streamlined plan considers the wine industry market, zoning and geographic characteristics to find the right lands for wineries. The board chose from three options on how to move forward. The chosen option offers the fastest way t...

  • Zoning Administrator authorizes Linda Vista Drive parcel split

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    San Diego County’s zoning administrator made findings which will allow for a 10.28‑acre parcel in the 3600 block of Linda Vista Drive to be subdivided into four lots. Dahvia Lynch, who is the director of the county’s Department of Planning and Development Services, has the actual authority to approve the parcel split along with a site plan, but the Thursday, Feb. 22, decision of Zoning Administrator Conor McGee found the project to be exempt from further environmental review. The California Environmental Quality Act requi...

  • County auction of 468 properties could bring in over $3,800,000 in tax revenue

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced bidder registration is now open for the 2024 online property tax auction. The auction site opened with a total of 468 properties for sale. “The properties for sale have been in tax default for five or more years. In accordance with the California Revenue & Taxation Code, it’s time to get the properties back on the tax roll generating revenue for public services,” said McAllister. “Our online system makes it simple to research and bid on a variety o...

  • Which flooring material is best for you?

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Whether you’re buying an existing home, building a new one or just considering renovating your current place, understanding different floor types – and the unique pros and cons of each – is important. A home’s flooring will obviously impact its overall aesthetic, but its durability can influence your costs as well as how you’ll clean and maintain the home. Are you considering new flooring or a new home? Keep these floor material pros and cons in mind as you do. Carpet Ca...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Empower change by taking action

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    When speaking with out-of-town real estate clients there are often questions about what is there to do in Fallbrook, how can they get involved? Fallbrook has over 150 nonprofit organizations, but if none of those represent their interests then a suggestion is that they might create their own movement and the below article suggests ways to make that happen. Enjoy and thank you Janet. Empower change by taking action in your community for the causes you believe in By Janet...

  • San Diego homeowners urged to pay property taxes online

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is urging San Diego homeowners to pay this year’s property taxes online, as recent rains have flooded the County Administration Center and are impacting the department’s ability to process physical mail and checks. “Officials are calling this a ‘thousand-year storm’ for good reason – the rainfall has been tremendous and the impact real,” said San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister. “We urge taxpayers to go online now to www.sdttc.com and...

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