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  • How to prepare for a long-distance move

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

    Moving to a new home is never really easy, but it can be particularly challenging when you’re doing a long-distance move. Over 8 million people moved out of state in 2022 alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau – and that means you can do it, too. Are you considering moving to a new state (or even region) this year? Here are some ways to make the process easier. Declutter and donate unused belongings There’s no point in moving items you no longer use or need, so take this...

  • J.F. Shea given CWA contract to reline Pipeline 5 in San Luis Rey Canyon

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 30, 2024

    J.F. Shea Construction, Inc., was given the San Diego County Water Authority contract to reline Pipeline 5 in San Luis Rey Canyon. The SDCWA board voted unanimously May 23 to award J.F. Shea a $47,913,795 contract for the work. The project will reline approximately 9,000 linear feet of existing 96-inch diameter pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe. Pipeline 5 was built in 1982 and conveys untreated water to CWA member agency turnouts. The CWA has an asset management program which protects the reliability of CWA facilities....

  • Supervisors advertise Main/Aviation sidewalk project for bid

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 30, 2024

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a contract to construct two pedestrian facility improvement projects including a sidewalk project at the intersection of South Main Avenue and West Aviation Road. The supervisors’ 4-0 vote May 22, with Terra Lawson-Remer absent, authorized the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to take the necessary actions to contract for the Fallbrook and Ramona projects. The director of the county’s Department...

  • CWA sets June 27 hearing for rate increase

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 30, 2024

    A June 27 hearing will determine the actual San Diego County Water Authority rate increase for Calendar Year 2025, and the May 23 SDCWA board meeting included discussion about rate increase alternatives. A May 23 CWA board action set the June 27 hearing date which will likely increase rates 18% or 19%. CWA staff developed 10 alternatives with various levels of financial risk and infrastructure risk. Two of those alternatives are still under consideration, and many CWA board members are hoping that additional reductions in...

  • Fallbrook resident introduces father's biography

    Updated May 30, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The public is invited to join Catherine Allen-Walters and Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo as they introduce their book, "Near the Danube Bridge," at their book signing event at Barnes and Noble bookseller in Escondido. This biography of Lentulo's father won four United States regional festivals and was runner-up at both the Los Angeles and London book festivals. Readers have left five-star reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and the Barnes and Noble websites praising A...

  • It Must Be Tuesday

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated May 23, 2024

    It snowed again this morning! Even so by 10:00 AM, the sun was out and that's when we took a brisk walk back to the Museum of Art after being told yesterday by security guard Mike Saiz that all government-run museums are closed on Mondays. With limited time in town, we could only explore around the plaza in the heart of downtown. Santa Fe maintains its charm because of their strict building code which mandates that all structures be made in the Adobe style. Which no doubt is...

  • Four ways to negotiate with a home seller

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated May 23, 2024

    Making a solid offer is the first step toward buying your dream home, but remember: Sellers have goals in this process, too. Your first offer may not be accepted as is. In many cases, a seller will respond with a counteroffer – a new version of your offer with changes to the price, contingencies, timeline or other details. As a buyer, you’re free to accept their offer, reject it or come back with a counteroffer of your own to continue the negotiation process. We can work toget...

  • The ultimate guide to selling your house

    Updated May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Selling a house in Fallbrook, can be a rewarding endeavor given the unique charm and appeal of this Southern California community. Known for its lush landscapes and vibrant cultural scene, Fallbrook offers an attractive market for sellers. Whether you are upsizing, downsizing, or relocating, understanding the local Fallbrook real estate dynamics is crucial to a successful sale. The Ken Follis & Sharon Robinson Group is happy to provide essential tips and s...

  • 41,000+ Late property tax reminder notices sent to San Diego County homeowners Paying by e-Check is Fast & Free

    Updated May 23, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister sent 41,245 notices May 17 announcing that 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 easily pay their bills online at https://w...

  • Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises to repave Macadamia Drive

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises will be repaving a section of the 1500 block of Macadamia Drive in Fallbrook. The repaving is due to the previous pavement being damaged by Fallbrook Public Utility District activity. FPUD’s board voted 5-0 Monday, April 22, to approve a $78,678 contract with Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises, which is headquartered in Santee. “There was a leak. It caused damage to the road,” Jack Bebee, general manager of FPUD, said. An eight-inch main line ruptured along Macadamia Drive, and the aspha...

  • New cannabis program to address inequity in unincorporated area

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 18, 2024

    The county adopted a new equity program May 1 that helps people negatively impacted by the War on Drugs with cannabis business ownership in the unincorporated area. In January 2021, the Board of Supervisors directed county staff to develop a Socially Equitable Cannabis Program that provides fairness in business ownership in the regulated cannabis market by reducing the barriers to entry. As part of the wider proposed Socially Equitable Program, the Social Equity Entrepreneurs...

  • Planning group endorses Main/Aviation pedestrian improvements

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    The County of San Diego desires to make pedestrian improvements at the intersection of South Main Avenue and West Aviation Road, and the county Department of Public Works proposal received the endorsement of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group. The planning group voted 13-0 April 15, with Lee DeMeo and Tom Harrington absent, to recommend approval of the DPW plans to continue improvements at the intersection. “Much needed, and we’re thrilled to have them improving that area,” said Fallbrook Community Planning Group chair...

  • FCPG supports South Mission Road runoff reduction plan

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    Water quality is the County of San Diego’s goal in a planned stormwater runoff reduction project along South Mission Road between Main Avenue and Mission Oaks Road, and the plan now has the endorsement of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group. Lee DeMeo and Tom Harrington were absent April 15 when the motion to support the plan passed on a 13-0 vote. The plan includes aesthetic benefits as well as runoff reduction which benefits road users as well as water quality. “It will also beautify our town,” said Fallbrook Commu...

  • Terrier mix puppy is looking for a family

    Updated May 9, 2024

  • All aboard to Santa Fe, Part 2 of 4

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Easter Sunday, we took a Muni-bus ride to explore the city. I don't recall when we started doing this, if it was Chicago or Paris, but a senior pass is a bargain in any currency. We bounced down Galisteo Street over the Santa Fe River past the Rail Yard Arts District, the train depot, and all of the way down to the end of the line circling back to the downtown plaza. It took just over an hour to see the rest of the city at the senior bargain price of $1.00 each. Back in the...

  • Vallecitos School District purchases new portable classroom building

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 9, 2024

    The Vallecitos School District has purchased a new modular portable classroom building for Vallecitos Elementary School. A 3-0 Vallecitos School District board vote April 9, with two vacant seats at the time of the vote, approved the purchase of a 40 foot by 48 foot modular building from Mobile Modular Management Corporation. The cost of the building itself is $113,734.00 and when the foundation, haulage costs, and sales tax are included the total school district expense for the purchase will be $143,714.42. “I’m exc...

  • CWA defers capital project amendments

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 9, 2024

    The San Diego County Water Authority has deferred a proposal to defer seven Capital Improvement Program projects including the San Luis Rey Habitat Management Area Restoration. The specific proposed SDCWA board action was to approve the recommendation of the CWA’s Finance Planning Work Group to defer approximately $13 million in infrastructure projects and to increase the fiscal years 2024 and 2025 Capital Improvement Program appropriation amount from $183.9 million to $190.9 million to support bifurcation structures. The r...

  • Preparing for the big day

    Updated May 2, 2024

  • County Airports leases extended

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 2, 2024

    When a fixed-base operator leases land from an airport owned and operated by the County of San Diego, the provisions of the lease usually include that the improvements become the property of the county at the end of the lease term. The lease period is intended to allow the fixed-base operators to recover their investments. The coronavirus shutdown limited revenue during that period, so the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved extensions of most County Airports leases. The supervisors’ 4-0 vote April 10, with T...

  • Social Security to expand SSI Rental Subsidy Policy

    Updated May 2, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration has published a final rule, “Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income Applicants and Recipients.” The rule provides the second of several updates to the agency’s SSI regulations that will help people receiving and applying for SSI. “Our mission is to continue to help people access crucial benefits, including SSI,” Martin O’Malley, commissioner of Social Security Administration, said. “Simplifying and expanding our rental subsidy policy nationwi...

  • Why many homeowners don't want to sell

    Jane Kepley, Special to Village News|Updated May 2, 2024

    As you likely know, the housing market has been struggling with inventory for years. Years of low production from home builders certainly play a part in this shortage, but an increase in construction isn’t the fastest way to solve the issue. Existing homeowners – many of whom are currently hesitant to sell – factor in, too. Here’s what is keeping homeowners in place (and how it impacts housing supply). • Low inventory: As mentioned above, low inventory has a roundabou...

  • Blue heron takes up residence at Wildlife Sculpture Garden

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Land Conservancy's Wildlife Sculpture Garden got another resident April 5, with the installation of a larger than life-size blue heron. The sculpture, entitled "Misty Morning," was created by noted artist Don Rambadt of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to fellow artist Chris Chantland, "Don's exquisite simplicity of lines and shapes to form out of metal, birds that almost fly away is second to none." Rambadt received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the U...

  • Supervisors set hearing for Mount Olympus Preserve land acquisition

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will hold a Wednesday, May 22, hearing on the potential acquisition of approximately 222 acres which would be added to the Mount Olympus Preserve. A 4-0 county board of supervisors vote Wednesday, April 10, with Terra Lawson-Remer absent, set the May 22 hearing date. The land on the southwest side of the open space preserve would be purchased from the Moritzky Trust for $1,200,000. Mount Olympus separates Pala from Rainbow, and the draft North County Multiple Species Program includes...

  • County updates Local Street Improvement Program

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    The first update in two years of San Diego County’s TransNet Local Street Improvement Program was approved during the Wednesday, April 10, San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting. A 4-0 vote, with Terra Lawson-Remer absent, updated the list of projects which will be funded by TransNet local streets and roads revenue over the next five years. The update covers planned expenditures from fiscal year 2024-2025 to fiscal year 2028-2029. In 2004, the county’s voters passed an extension of the half-cent TransNet sales tax whi...

  • South Mission Road speed limit from Winter Haven to Pepper Tree reduced to 45 mph

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    The speed limit on South Mission Road between Winter Haven Road and 880 feet south of Pepper Tree Lane will be reduced from 50 mph to 45 mph. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading and introduction of the speed limit reduction ordinance which includes recertification for radar enforcement on a 3-0 vote Wednesday, March 13, with Joel Anderson and Terra Lawson-Remer not present. A 4-0 vote Wednesday, April 10, with Lawson-Remer absent, approved the second reading and adoption. The new speed limit...

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