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  • Chamber guests wear boots & bling for dinner

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

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  • 146 Ballot drop boxes open for March Presidential Primary Election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Starting Tuesday, Feb. 6, registered voters can return their mail ballot for the March Presidential Primary Election to any one of 146 official ballot drop boxes located around the county. Mail ballots for the county's 1.9 million registered voters were expected to arrive that week. What do the Registrar's official ballot drop boxes look like? The Registrar's official ballot drop boxes are red, white and blue and feature the Registrar's logo along with the county seal. All...

  • DA Stephan honored with U.S. Attorney General Meritorious Public Service Award

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

  • Rainbow Water hires new chief financial officer

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

  • Workers of the Week like to help people

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

  • Dreaming of starting your own nonprofit organization?

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Jean Larsen Executive Director Legacy Endowment Community Foundation In my career, I’ve been asked “what does it take to start up and run a nonprofit organization?” more times than I can count. I know this question comes from a deeply heartfelt place, asked by someone who is dreaming of the opportunity to make a lasting impact or to create a positive change from something they’ve experienced. Such inspirational planning can range from supplying cuddly soft teddy bears to every child entering a hospital emergency...

  • Rainbow allows non-resident ratepayers to be on standing committees

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

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District has three standing committees. A member of one of those committees does not need to be on Rainbow’s board but needed to be a resident in the Rainbow Municipal Water District service area. A change in the committee’s policy now allows non-resident ratepayers to serve on those committees. A 4-0 Rainbow board vote Tuesday, Jan. 23, with one vacant seat, approved the change to Rainbow’s administrative code. Committees may be comprised of Rainbow board members, staff and legal ratepayers...

  • Workers of the Week have goals

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

  • Voter information pamphlets go out to registered voters for March Presidential Primary Election

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office Voter information pamphlets are on their way to the County's 1.9 million registered voters for the March 5 presidential primary election. When you receive your pamphlet, check the back for your party registration. Your political party preference determines which presidential primary candidates will appear on your primary election ballot. The Registrar urges voters to review each political party's rules if you plan to vote...

  • Beware of price gouging and fraud in storm's aftermath

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan is warning businesses and scammers not to take advantage of consumers by price gouging or other fraud schemes during a state of an emergency – doing so can result in prosecution and jail. As a result of the damage and devastation caused by the severe storm on Jan.22, the County of San Diego has proclaimed a local emergency on behalf of the Board of Supervisors in anticipation that resources and assistance from the state...

  • Fallbrook Chamber announces February events

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce has several upcoming events planned. They include: Monday, Feb. 5 – First Monday Coffee at Chamber office, 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 – SunUpper at Chamber office, hosted by Mary Kay/Cindy Gobrecht, 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16 – Business Breakfast Club, 9 a.m. (location TBD) Wednesday, Feb. 21 – SunDowner hosted by Fallbrook Village Rotary Club at Fallbrook Regional Health District office on Brandon Road, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29 – Dinner Mob at Harry’s Sports Bar &...

  • Worker of the Week knows all about car repair

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

  • Vallecitos School District approves collective bargaining agreement with VEA

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Vallecitos School District board has approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Vallecitos Educators Association. A 4-0 board vote Jan. 9, with one vacant seat, approved the agreement for fiscal year 2023-24. The Vallecitos teachers will receive a 5% raise for 2023-24, and the agreement also provides for a 4% raise for 2024-25. “It was a productive negotiating session,” said Vallecitos School District Superintendent Meliton Sanchez, who is also the district’s chief business...

  • Worker of the Week offers help with garden supplies

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

  • Delaney selected as vice-chair of Association of Planning Groups

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The selection of Eileen Delaney as the Association of Planning Groups – San Diego County vice-chair occurred at the organization’s Jan. 10 meeting. Delaney was seated as the entity’s alternate member on the San Diego Association of Governments board Jan. 12. “I’m thrilled to be able to serve and work with other planning groups,” Delaney said. The Association of Planning Groups – San Diego County is an advisory member of the SANDAG board. Delaney chairs the Fallbrook Community...

  • Soper joins Legacy Endowment Board

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Local banking expert and vice president with Wells Fargo Laurene Soper joins Legacy Endowment Community Foundation's Board of Directors as its newest member advocating for North County's nonprofit sector, expanding Legacy's roster of community and civic leaders to nine individuals. Soper possesses both a broad and specific range of financial expertise. In August 2023, she celebrated 25 years with Wells Fargo, and was with the Bank of Boston for the previous...

  • Worker of the Week serves food with a smile

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

  • County Board of Supervisors approves appointment of Interim Chief Administrative Officer

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Sir Milo Loftin County of San Diego Communications Office Sarah Aghassi has been selected by the Board of Supervisors to serve as Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the County of San Diego, bringing more than 20 years of progressively responsible executive-level strategic, political, and operational leadership in both the private and public sectors. Aghassi most recently served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and group General Manager for the county's Land Use...

  • Gasca steps down from RMWD board

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Rainbow Municipal Water District is seeking a new board member to represent Division 3. Miguel Gasca, who was appointed to the board in February 2017 to fill a vacancy and was re-elected in 2018 and 2022, announced at the Dec. 5 meeting that he was resigning from the board effective Dec. 31. “He’s been a tremendous addition to our team,” Rainbow board president Hayden Hamilton said. “He will be sorely missed.” Gasca has moved to Reno, Nevada, although he and his wife still own th...

  • Rainbow MWD increases threshold for formal bid process requirement

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Rainbow Municipal Water District has increased the threshold for which a formal bid process would be required for Rainbow contracts. Rainbow’s board voted 5-0 Dec. 5 to amend the district’s Administrative Code to increase the threshold from $35,000 to $200,000. Rainbow staff will still be required to obtain three quotes for any project exceeding $5,000, and projects under $60,000 may be performed by the agency’s own workforce if that is deemed preferable to issuing a contract. “We...

  • What are those charity 'seals' of transparency?

    Updated Jan 12, 2024

    Jean Larsen Legacy Endowment Community Foundation It’s quite the statement to say, for more than 200 years, philanthropy has played a major role in American history. Consider just one example, the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest research, education and museum complex named for James Smithson, 1764-1829. His estate plan, 192 years ago, contained a generous bequest to “…create an establishment in Washington D.C. for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Today, 21 museums, a zoo and all manners of educat...

  • Workers of the Week manage phone service

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

  • Chamber sets dates for 2024 events

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce has announced the dates for its 2024 events. The Avocado Festival this year will be on Sunday, April 21. The chamber’s Community Expo will be on Friday, May 17, while its Awards and Installation Luncheon takes place Wednesday, June 5. The chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Sept. 20 and the State of the Chamber event is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Fallbrook Harvest Faire will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, and the Village Artisan Faire on Saturday, Nov....

  • County of San Diego hires public defender

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Chuck Westerheide County of San Diego Communications Office After an extensive recruitment with input from internal and external stakeholders, and community engagement at its center, the County of San Diego has appointed Paul A. Rodriguez as the new Public Defender. Rodriguez will be dedicated to ensuring that people charged with a crime in state court who are financially unable to retain private counsel receive a rigorous defense. His focus will extend to providing...

  • National average price of gas projected to see yearly decline in 2024 for second straight year

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    DALLAS – GasBuddy, a PDI company, released its annual Fuel Price Outlook with some good news for drivers: expect lower gasoline and diesel prices in 2024. The outlook highlights key trends in gasoline and diesel prices, forecasting that, after two years of above average gas prices, 2024 will bring relief at the pump for consumers as several factors contribute to less of a pinch at the pump. GasBuddy expects the yearly national average will drop from $3.51 per gallon this year to $3.38 in 2024. Highlights from GasBuddy’s...

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