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  • Lifetime support switch turns on for Youth Music and Engineering Scholarship

    Jean Larsen, Legacy Endowment|Updated May 18, 2024

    I’ve been feeling a very odd tug of regret recently that I did not know Richard or Mary Jane Weeks. Richard died many years ago, and last November, I was informed of Mary Jane’s death. They both lived long lives. He was an engineer, and she was a homemaker. There’s not much more I can share, and I truly wish there were. Perhaps they chose to live under-the-radar, so to speak, because in this age of mass technology with ancestry, genealogy, social media, print and online archives, there’s simply very little to be found. Much o...

  • Supervisors accept library donations

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

    Donations to San Diego County which exceed $5,000 in value must be approved by the county Board of Supervisors, although the traditional procedure for the County Library system has been to ratify the donations twice a year. The donations from July 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2023, were approved by a 5-0 county board of supervisors vote Tuesday, April 30. The county supervisors approved $500,420.59 of cash and non-cash donations for the six-month period including Friends of the Fallbrook Library donations valued at $19,584.87. The...

  • Rainbow MWD approves $10M financing agreement for capital projects

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

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District will be paying for $10 million of capital projects and equipment with a loan. A 5-0 Rainbow board vote April 23 approved a resolution authorizing an installment purchase agreement with U.S. Bank to finance the infrastructure and equipment. The loan will begin as a line of credit with a variable interest rate before converting to a 4.7% fixed rate for the remainder of the ten-year period. “We’re hoping to use the debt to help keep our cash reserves healthy and prevent any type of shock rat...

  • Worker of the Week has a passion for cooking

    Updated May 18, 2024

  • Vallecitos School District gives 5% raise to classified employees

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

    The Vallecitos board voted 3-0 Tuesday, April 9, with two seats vacant at the time of the vote, to approve the salary schedules for fiscal year 2023‑2024. The 5% increase matches that given to the certificated employees. “We felt comfortable with that raise,” Meliton Sanchez, superintendent of Vallecitos School District and the district’s chief business officer, said. The pay for specific groups of classified employees is based on steps. The district has 22 steps. “The board voted to increase that schedule by 5 percent r...

  • County Chief Administrative Officer interviews begin

    Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 9, 2024

    The Board of Supervisors continued its process to hire a new Chief Administrative Officer by conducting interviews with semifinalist candidates May 3. The County of San Diego is conducting a comprehensive nationwide search for its next Chief Administrative Officer, a position appointed by the Board of Supervisors to implement the Board’s vision and policies and direct the County’s daily operations. The County of San Diego is the fifth largest county in the nation, with more than 20,000 employees and an $8 billion budget tha...

  • Hazen & Sawyer receives design contract for Moosa Canyon pipeline replacement

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

    A unanimous SDCWA board vote Thursday, April 25, approved a $5,644,936 contract with Hazen & Sawyer, which is headquartered in New York but has a regional headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in Irvine and San Diego, to provide the design and engineering support services for the replacement of the CWA pipelines in Moosa Canyon. The contract scope of work will include subsurface investigation and engineering support during construction as well as preliminary and final design. The CWA’s Second Aqueduct crosses Moosa Canyon n...

  • Worker of the Week installs power

    Updated May 9, 2024

  • Elder fraud reports to FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center rose by 14% in 2023

    Updated May 9, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center released the 2023 edition of its annual Elder Fraud Report Tuesday, April 30. Elder fraud complaints to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center increased by 14% in 2023, and associated losses increased by about 11%, according to IC3’s 2023 Elder Fraud Report, released April 30. The annual publication provides statistics about incidents of elder fraud – or fraud that explicitly targets older Americans’ money or cryptocurrency – that are reported to IC3. The report ai...

  • County Assessor reminds business, aircraft, & vessel owners May 7 is the business personal property tax filing deadline

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Jordan Z. Marks reminds all business, aircraft, and vessel owners that Tuesday, May 7 is the State of California-mandated deadline for filing unsecured business personal property statements. Filings must be postmarked on or before May 7 to avoid a 10% late filing penalty. The unsecured property tax bills are issued based on the statements filed by May 7 and must be paid before Aug. 31. Marks said, “As an advocate for San Diegans, my office and I try to reach eve...

  • Apostille event to deliver Sacramento services in San Diego May 13-14

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Jordan Z. Marks will host a two-day Apostille Pop-Up Shop event, in partnership with the California Secretary of State, Monday, May 13, and Tuesday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the San Diego County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 273, with free parking on-site. This event brings Sacramento representatives from the California Secretary of State office to provide apostille, an authentication service, on-site in San Diego. Currently, the California S...

  • The county's multibillion-dollar budget – How it works

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    Imagine trying to put together a budget for nearly 3.3 million people in a region about the size of Connecticut. It's a big project and county staff has been working on it for months. They're now putting the final touches on a balanced, recommended budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1. The numbers will be released May 2. Last year, the overall budget was $8.17 billion. How does this affect you? If you go out to eat, visit the beach, own a home or vote then the...

  • Worker of the Week is a paramedic

    Updated May 2, 2024

  • Chamber annual awards luncheon set for June 5

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is presenting its Annual Awards and Installation Luncheon Wednesday, June 5, at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way, in Fallbrook. Located inside the magnificent Arbor Terrace, seating for this special event begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon program begins at noon. This event will recognize citizens who give so much and make Fallbrook the extraordinary community that it is. Another aspect of the program is the installation of the incoming board of d...

  • Worker of the Week shares good news

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

  • Children & Money: The Essentials

    Elena Czarnowski, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    In the whirlwind of parenting, managing money conversations with children can feel like navigating uncharted waters. Yet, it’s a crucial aspect of their development that sets the stage for their financial future. Let’s break down the essentials. Parents are the frontline educators in the realm of money matters; however, it’s essential to approach these conversations with empathy and understanding, considering each family’s unique dynamics. Start teaching children about money early, involving them in simple tasks like countin...

  • Mary Fay Pendleton students dive into real-world business experience

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Students from Mary Fay Pendleton School of Fallbrook Union Elementary School District embarked on an enriching and educational field trip Monday, April 1, to BizTown, a dynamic mini-city experience located in San Diego. The 10,000-square-foot facility is designed to provide students with hands-on exposure to real-world business operations, bridging the gap between classroom learning and practical application. BizTown offers a unique opportunity for students to i...

  • Discover Fallbrook Community Expo set for May 17

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Discover Fallbrook Community Expo Friday, May 17, at The Vineyard at 1924 from 3-6 p.m. The community is invited to "Discover Fallbrook!" as Chamber member businesses will be showcased. Come learning about their products and services plus enjoy some networking opportunities. Attendees can learn about member businesses, ask questions, collect information and make some new contacts. Bring those business cards a...

  • Social Security eliminates overpayment burden for social security beneficiaries

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration announced it will decrease the default overpayment withholding rate for Social Security beneficiaries to 10% or $10, whichever is greater, from 100%, significantly reducing financial hardship on people with overpayments. “Social Security is taking a critically important step towards our goal of ensuring our overpayment policies are fair, equitable and do not unduly harm anyone,” Martin O’Malley, commissioner of Social Security, said. “It’s unconscionable that someone wou...

  • San Diego County investment pool reaches record $18 billion

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County investment pool has reached an all-time high of $18 billion while maintaining a “AAA” rating, County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced April 12.   The pool, managed by the County Treasury, is a local government fund of voluntary and mandatory monies from more than 200 public agencies. Mandatory participants include the county, all 42 local public-school districts, five community college districts and water and fire districts. Voluntary participants include the San Diego Reg...

  • Worker of the Week specializes in tax returns

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

  • The Scholarship Phenomena

    Jean Larsen, Legacy Endowment Community Foundation|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Each year, I have the honor and privilege of interviewing Fallbrook and Mission Vista high school seniors who apply for a college or trade school scholarship from one or more of our endowed scholarship funds. I am not alone, for there are about 15 other organizations in the region who offer scholarships and also interview applicants. Honestly, I think I’m speaking for everyone who has participated in these interviews, nothing compares to hearing first-hand about the lives and career plans of such amazing, bright, dedicated an...

  • Social Security to remove barriers to accessing SSI payments

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration published a final rule, “Omitting Food from In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) Calculations,” March 27. The final rule announces the first of several updates to the agency’s Supplemental Security Income regulations that will help people receiving and applying for SSI. “A vital part of our mission is helping people access crucial benefits, including SSI,” said Martin O’Malley, Commissioner of Social Security. “Simplifying our policies is a common-sense solution that r...

  • Worker of the Week handles the counter at Mickey-D's

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

  • Vallecitos school board approves design contract for new portable classroom building

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

    The Vallecitos School District will be adding a new portable classroom building to Vallecitos Elementary School, and the Tuesday, March 12, Vallecitos board meeting approved a design contract for the new classroom. A 3-0 vote, with two vacant seats, approved a contract for architectural and engineering services with MGPA Architecture. The Carlsbad company will be paid $26,200 for the work. “We’re excited to see that one through,” Meliton Sanchez, superintendent of Vallecitos School District and the district’s chief busines...

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