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  • Fallbrook residents advocate for trees Part 1 of 2

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook residents have advocated for trees for many years. But it wasn't until 1995 that they began developing the Fallbrook treescape. That was an immense effort that gradually developed the goal of transforming our downtown and surrounding areas into a community forest. Because Fallbrook is an unincorporated community, many enhancement efforts are led by local nonprofit organizations, including Save Our Forest (SOF) which is a committee of the Fallbrook Land...

  • MSR for CWA to include voting and rate structures, links between projects and needs

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission is in the process of developing a municipal service review for the San Diego County Water Authority, and a presentation at the Feb. 5 LAFCO meeting noted that the MSR would focus on the SDCWA voting and rate structures and alignment between CWA projects and actual needs. The presentation was a non-voting item. The official action was to receive a verbal presentation from LAFCO staff including consultants, invite any comments from interested audience members, and discuss...

  • Tips to stay safe while cleaning up after a flood

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Sir Milo Loftin County of San Diego Communications Office If your home or business was flooded during the recent storms, it is important to keep yourself and your family safe when cleaning up. Before attempting to clean up after the storm, visit the recovery page at https://www.alertsandiego.org/ for safety tips, information on how to properly document damage and other available resources. Residents should only enter a flood-damaged building after local authorities have said it is safe to do so. You should not enter if there...

  • The world watches as Bald Eagles protect their eggs

    Bob Gonsett, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    There is a live Webcam at Big Bear Lake showing nesting Bald Eagles. The eagles are high in a tree and right at home in the snow. What a neat use of technology to bring us these extraordinary live-action views – nighttime too. According to KUSI-TV news, there are three eggs in the nest and the mother and father take turns laying on the eggs. The eagles are named Shadow and Jackie. A “changing of the guard” took place this morning as we watched. Check out the action for yourself by visiting https:/...

  • Jan. 27 Chipping Day produces the most mulch

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council sponsored a "chipping day" on Saturday, Jan. 27, at North County Fire Protection District Fire Station 4, 4375 Pala Mesa Dr. The event supports the council's goal of helping to make Fallbrook fire safe. Throughout the event, more than 22 residents from the Fallbrook, Bonsall, DeLuz and Rainbow areas took advantage of this free event. They brought more than 47 pickup truck and trailer loads of branches, trimmed brush, palm branches...

  • Work maintains the bank along the Pico

    Jackie Heyneman, Save Our Forest|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Rain is a blessing in Southern California. Sometimes not enough, other times too much all at once. Recall the hurricane that brought us a sudden downpour a few months back ? It created a problem at the Pico Promenade near Ash Street. A little about the pathway that we call the Pico Promenade. It is a four block tree-lined walkway along the side of an open waterway. It connects North and South Fallbrook. It is essentially a county easement on the map, once intended to be a...

  • Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary pets need fur-ever homes

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

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  • Tips to stay safe in heavy rains, flooding

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    With hundreds of San Diegans already dealing with flood recovery and more rain predicted, everyone is encouraged to follow important safety and preparedness tips to deal with rain and floods. Here is a collection of handy tips from the county, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and SDG&E to prepare for and respond to rain and flooding. Protect your home and property Get free sand and bags at De Luz: De Luz Fire Station #16: 39431 De Luz Road, phone: 760-728-2422, or Fallbrook: Pala Mesa Fire Station #4, 4375 Pala Mesa...

  • Erosion control for home-garden-ranch

    Roger Boddaert, Horticulturist Arborist|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Do you have a slope or hillside on your property where rainwater is causing erosion or do you have a landscape drainage problem? With the heavy rains and downpours of the past few weeks, erosion of soil and slopes, as well as property damage, has come to the attention of homeowners in a significant way. Understanding the terrain and lay of the land, soils, and topography, and how it can affect you and your neighbor's property, is essential. Water management is an art and...

  • Roses reset the clock in winter

    Frank Brines, Master Rosarian|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Winter in Southern California is usually short and sometimes confusing. For roses and many other plant types, winter is a time of dormancy, resetting the clock and readying resources for a burst of growth in spring. There are a few things you can do to help this process along and get them ready for a great year of rose blooms. Pruning is the most significant of these. If you haven't begun or finished pruning by now, don't fear. There is still plenty of time to have blooms for...

  • SDG&E urges caution around downed power lines

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – With the current rainstorm over the region, San Diego Gas & Electric urged the public to exercise caution around downed power lines. During rainstorms, power lines may become damaged or fall, potentially posing a threat to those nearby. It is crucial for customers to stay safe, be vigilant and take necessary precautions to avoid potential dangers associated with downed power lines. SDG&E recommended customers follow the following safety measures. Stay away from down lines. Always assume that downed power lines...

  • San Diego County to update fire guidelines

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Notice has been given that San Diego County intends to adopt an update to the county “Guidelines for Determining Significance and Report Format and Content Requirements for Wildland Fire and Fire Protection.” The proposed guidelines can be reviewed at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/Public_Review_Non-CEQA.html. Comments on the guidelines must be sent to the Planning & Development Services at 5510 Overland Ave, San Diego, CA 92123 and should reference the project name: County Of San Diego Guide...

  • Supervisors approve donation for long-term vegetation fire retardant

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Due to the $5,000 valuation threshold for which donations to the County of San Diego must be approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the $60,000 donation the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County offered to the San Diego County Fire Protection District went before the county supervisors Jan. 23. The vote was 5-0 in favor. The money will fund the purchase of long-term fire retardant for high fire risk areas. In addition to accepting the donation, the motion authorized Board of Supervisors Chair Nora Vargas to...

  • $5 million grant awarded to help farmers enhance pollinator habitat in citrus groves

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – The California Farm Bureau and its partners have received $5 million from the California Department of Food and Agriculture to implement climate-smart farming practices in citrus groves in 11 counties. The project, which is part of CDFA’s Pollinator Habitat Program, will focus on hedgerow planting, carbon sequestration and soil management practices, all of which create safe pollinator habitat in citrus groves. It will fund 20 to 45 citrus groves over three years in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Riverside,...

  • Pacific Hydrotech awarded contract to construct RMWD pump stations

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District board held a special meeting Dec. 19, 2023, and a 5-0 vote approved a contract with Pacific Hydrotech Corporation to replace the West Lilac, Rancho Amigos, and Dentro De Lomas pump stations. Pacific Hydrotech, which is headquartered in Perris, was awarded a contract for $5,657,500. The board action also approved an addendum to the Programmatic Environmental Report to cover the Rancho Amigos Pump Station while authorizing a notice of exemption for the other two stations which were...

  • Gardening in the New Year of 2024

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    As the world turns, so are the global weather patterns, and you should prepare yourself and your gardens and your habits by working with a new wave of horticulture around your homes. It is important how we have practiced working in our gardens over the years, and now that is about to change with our warming climate and the unpredictable weather, we need to be in more harmony with the change. Last winter's rainfall was a much-needed welcome for the parched earth, and the rains...

  • Air quality complaint data is now more accessible

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District made air quality complaints data more accessible to the public by publishing an interactive mapping tool with public information related to air quality complaints on its website. "Over the past few years we have made many improvements to the agency and increasing public engagement, as well as access to information is at the top of our list," Paula Forbis, director of SDAPCD said. "Our goals are to be...

  • New pilot program for seniors approved by County Board of Supervisors

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program to create housemate matches between lower-income older adults and locals with a spare bedroom, Jan. 9. The two-year pilot program was created to address growing homelessness among older adults. The 2023 Point-in-Time Count revealed the number of older adults aged 55 and older experiencing homelessness increased by 29% from the previous year. The...

  • Fun loving trickster is looking for a family

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

  • Developers needed for senior affordable housing development in Escondido

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego is accepting requests for proposal from developers interested in constructing affordable housing for seniors on county-owned land in Escondido. The deadline to submit questions is Feb. 2 at 5 p.m., and the deadline to submit proposals is March 1. The development will be located at 620 East Valley Parkway and every unit will be affordable housing. The Board of Supervisors approved the use of the county property for the development last year....

  • Silvergate Fallbrook unveils two new apartment home designs

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Silvergate Fallbrook announces the launch of two new innovative apartment home models specifically designed to meet the modern needs and updated preferences of today's discerning seniors. These thoughtfully crafted residences feature an all-new open kitchen concept which is rarely found in senior living or the Fallbrook marketplace. These luxury designs mark the latest in a series of upgraded room conversions the community has undertaken in recent years in order...

  • County awards $42 million in funds for affordable housing

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego has awarded $42 million to nine affordable housing developments that will provide about 872 new homes, including one in Fallbrook. Those selected developments came from a pool of 24 proposal requests totaling more than $89 million for affordable housing across the region. The distribution of the funds was previously approved by the County Board of Supervisors. Of the nine developments, three will be on county excess land and two on publicly...

  • More than one-third of Christmas tree home fires occur in January

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – More than one-third, or 34%, of U.S. home fires involving Christmas trees occur in January. With this post-holiday fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association encouraged everyone to keep the festive memories and remove the hazards by disposing of Christmas trees promptly after the holiday season. “As much as we all enjoy the look and feel of Christmas trees in our homes, they’re large combustible items that have the potential to result in serious fires,” Lorraine Carli, vice...

  • Get ready to prune roses next month

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Rosarian|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    Happy New Year – let's hope for ideal rose growing weather for 2024. We finally got a December with the needed winter chill to help roses have a dormancy period. This month I'm going to help you get ready for the major late-winter pruning you should do in late January to late February. (I'll provide details on pruning in my February column.) To get you started before that, plan to attend a pruning demonstration. Check the newspaper and nursery websites for one in your area....

  • California's green lawn care law: What you need to know

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Amanda Shiffler Lawn Care Homeowners in California are about to undergo a significant change in how landscaping is done. Starting Jan. 1, 2024, homeowners and lawn care and landscaping professionals can no longer purchase gas-powered lawn and garden equipment from California retailers. The new legislation aims to reduce the harmful air quality endangering the health of residents across the state. As the first state law of its kind, it does present weighty implications for anyone needing to buy a new mower, leaf blower,...

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