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  • 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....

  • Worker of the Week specializes in flavored coffee

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Blanca Barrientos is a barista (a person who prepares and serves different types of coffee) who has been working for Java Time Drive Though Espresso Bar since 2013 at the corner of Mission and Ammunition roads. Her goal is to own her own mobile coffee business someday. She learned on the job making different types of flavored coffee and meeting new friends. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • 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...

  • The year in review for North County Fire

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Keith McReynolds Fire Chief North County Fire Protection District On behalf of the members of the North County Fire Protection District, greetings! The year 2023 brought service expansion opportunities and progress to our fire district. We completed the renovation at Fire Station #2 on Winterwarm Drive, began designing the renovation of our Fire Station #3 on Rainbow Valley Boulevard, and began the planning for a full replacement of our Fire Station #4 on Pala Mesa Drive. We...

  • FPUD approves SDG&E grant for EV supply equipment

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter San Diego Gas & Electric has a Power Your Drive for Fleets program which reimburses 80% of the cost to install fleet charging infrastructure for conversion to lower-emission vehicles. The Fallbrook Public Utility District received a $70,668 grant from the program, and a 5-0 FPUD board vote Monday, Dec. 4, accepted the grant and approved the grant agreement. The grant will allow FPUD to install three high-speed Level 3 chargers and six Level 2 charging stations. A Level 3 charging station can p...

  • Fallbrook Chamber announces January events

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce has several upcoming events planned. They include: Thursday, Jan. 11 – SunUpper at Boys & Girls Club, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Nonprofit Connector Meet the Funders Event at Fallbrook Regional Health District Health & Wellness Center, 10 a.m. to noon; register online at http://www.fallbrooknonprofitconnector.org Wednesday, Jan. 17 – SunDowner at Red Eye Saloon, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 – Business Breakfast Club for members only: Goal Setting Workshop by Karen Trapane...

  • Workers of the Week plan to be managers

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Lorena Ortiz, left, is a cook for Carl's Jr. and has been there for more than 18 years in Fallbrook. She's dedicated to the restaurant chain and her goal is to someday become the district manager for the franchise. Ana Paredes, right, is a shift leader who has been with the restaurant for 11 years, and she too wants to become the next future manager for Carl's Jr. located at 1137 South Mission Road. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • Shop safely on last-minute holiday gifts online

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    FALLBROOK – With $8.8 billion lost to fraud in 2022, it is more important than ever to stay safe when last-minute online shopping this holiday season. And according to a recent survey conducted by TopCashback.com, exactly one-third of Americans, or 33%, are last-minute holiday shoppers. Whether people are starting their holiday shopping, or just picking up a few last-minute gifts, here are four tips for safe last-minute shopping from Samantha Landau, consumer expert at TopCashback. Go digital. “With only days left until C...

  • Worker of the Week runs his own repair shop

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Chris Bevan works on a car at his general automotive repair shop which he just opened on Nov. 1. Bevan Family Auto is located at 312 South Main Ave. With 15 years of experience, he services cars and trucks, foreign and domestic, operated by gas or diesel. At this time, Bevan Family Auto is taking appointments only at 760-782-5700. Bevan's goal is to have a successful business and be a great role model for his children. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • Don't give your information away during the holidays

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public of a widespread fraud scheme in which scammers impersonate DEA agents in an attempt to extort money or steal personal identifiable information. DEA personnel will never contact members of the public or medical practitioners to demand money or any other form of payment, will never request personal or sensitive information, and will only notify people of a legitimate investigation or legal action in person or by official letter. In fact, no legitimate...

  • Out of the Ashes Fund benefits from golf tournament

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce presents a check in the amount of $4,500 to representatives of Legacy Endowment Community Foundation for the benefit of the Out of the Ashes Fund. The amount represents a portion of the proceeds from our Sept. 29 Annual Charity Golf Tournament; from left, Joan Eberle, Honorary Mayor; Anne Klentz, golf committee member; Rachel Mason, board president for Legacy Endowment Community Foundation; Lila MacDonald, CEO, Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce;...

  • CCL receives FPUD contract for Via Arroyo Pipeline replacement

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter CCL Contracting Inc. was awarded the Fallbrook Public Utility District contract to replace the Via Arroyo Pipeline. FPUD’s board voted 5-0 Monday, Dec. 4, to award the contract to CCL, which is based in Escondido. The contract is for $2,635,000. “This is one of the big pipeline projects that we have had,” FPUD senior engineer Aaron Cook said. “It was in the budget. It was planned.” FPUD staff has created a priority list of replacement projects based on the age of the facilities and...

  • Worker of the Week takes care of teeth

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Dr. Ryan Bramhall, a general practitioner in dentistry, discusses with his client the work needing to be performed in this dental session. Bramhall has been in business at 1108 South Main Ave, for over two years. His goal is to progress more into aesthetics and into family practice. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • FPUD awards SCADA support contract to Arcadis

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The previous Fallbrook Public Utility District contract to support the district’s supervisory control and data acquisition systems has expired, and Arcadis was awarded the new contract. FPUD’s board voted 5-0 Monday, Dec. 4, to approve a contract with Arcadis to assist with instrumentation, controls and SCADA support. The contract will be for three years with a maximum value of $125,000 for the first year and $100,000 for the second and third years. “There is some specialized work that n...

  • Rainbow Municipal Water District awarded Top Workplace for the third year

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) was awarded 2023 Top Workplace in San Diego County by the San Diego Union-Tribune in partnership with Energage, LLC. The accolade is the third consecutive year RMWD has earned the honor as an organization recognized for top performance from an anonymous employee survey conducted by Energage Workplace Survey. “We are proud to receive the Top Workplaces award for 2023,” said Jake Wiley, RMWD general manager. “This achievement reflects the dedication and commitment...

  • Wrapping up charitable giving for the year

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Jean Larsen Legacy Endowment Community Foundation On the cusp of finishing out the 2023 year, what a year it’s been. Gladly, many people have figured out what to buy family and friends for holiday gift giving, so they can put their minds to work on making other people’s lives filled with joy, merriment and surprises during the year-end festivities. On this topic, I extend a few thoughts for wrapping up year-end donations, not only from the heart, but also for the taxman. If you are over that 70+ year-old threshold and...

  • BUSD approves two videography contracts with Simon Michael

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Nov. 15 meeting of the Bonsall Unified School District board included two actions to approve videography contracts with Simon Michael. One action approved a $1,250 contract with Michael for the “Belong in BUSD” video project. The other approval is for BUSD website pages and will pay Michael $4,000. Both actions passed on 4-0 votes with Pascal Lapoirie absent. “I’m really excited about the product,” said BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger. The “Belong in Bonsall” video will...

  • Worker of the Week personalizes products

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Abraham Gonzalez displays a plaque he made on the job at Borst Designs, 447 Ammunition Road, where he's worked for 15 years. The finished plaque is ready to be shipped out of state. Gonzalez receives assignments from Salome Corona, the company's graphics designer, and he etches the designs on grave markers, monuments, plaques and pet markers. The company distributes its products all over the world on special request. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • County Assessor Marks recognized with Emerging Professional Award from international trade group

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – Jordan Marks, assessor, recorder and county clerk of San Diego County, has been named as the recipient of the International Association of Assessing Officers’ 2023 Emerging Professional award. The award is presented to an IAAO member who, comparatively early in their career, has made a significant contribution to the IAAO by demonstrating leadership in the organization, participating in various IAAO activities, assisting other members and working toward IAAO’s mission. IAAO said that Marks is one of the...

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