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  • Worker of the Week

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Lovell Richardson, right, works with his son, Kwame Richardson, as they get ready for the shift change at the Shell station located at 936 East Mission Road. Lovell is the night supervisor working full time and his son is the store clerk. Lovell joined the USMC Camp Pendleton right after the Beirut barracks bombing in August 1983. He served 14 years as a drill instructor, chemical technician, aviation ordnance tech and then separated from the USMC with an honorable discharge....

  • FHS's Palmer awarded the Patti-Elson Becknell Memorial Award for Excellence in Related Services

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Melissa Palmer, Adaptive Physical Education teacher at Fallbrook High School, was awarded the Patti-Elson Becknell Memorial Award for Excellence in Related Services by the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education and the Community Advisory Committee this past May 22. The Excellence in Special Education Awards recognize individuals who have made a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Awardees foster inclusion, both academic and social, so t...

  • Worker of the Week: Mason Mathieu joins The Jewelry Connection

    Updated May 30, 2024

  • BUSD approves bargaining agreement with classified employees

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

    The Bonsall Unified School District approved a collective bargaining agreement with the district's classified employees. A 5-0 BUSD board vote March 14 approved the agreement between the school district and the California School Employees Association chapter for Bonsall. The new agreement includes an additional 2 percent salary increase and also amends sections on new member orientation, paraprofessional compensation, summer assistance, and unused medical benefits. “We appreciate their contributions each and every day. T...

  • Apostille Pop-Up Shop serves more than 650 in two days

    Updated May 30, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Jordan Marks hosted the first ever California Secretary of State Apostille Pop-Up Shop event in San Diego on May 13 and 14 at his downtown waterfront office. This service offered by the California Secretary of State office helped over 650 San Diegans avoid the costly time and money of traveling to Sacramento or Los Angeles for the apostille services. Currently, the California Secretary of State provides apostille services only at offices in Sacramento and Los A...

  • Chamber of Commerce posts event schedule

    Updated May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in May. Friday, May 24 – After Hours Networking at Village Roots Taproom, 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 – Wine Down Wednesday at Romiglio Ridge Winery, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 – Awards & Installation Luncheon at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 11:30 a.m. seating begins Friday, June 21 – Business Breakfast Club at Nessy Burgers, 9 a.m. Friday, June 28 – After Hours Networking at 127 West Social House, 4-6:30 p.m. For more details on...

  • 90th Worker of the Week – Lori Cook

    Updated May 23, 2024

  • 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...

  • Worker of the Week specializes in tax returns

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

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