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  • Senate Minority Leader Jones's Sexually Violent Predator Accountability, Fairness, and Enforcement Act passes Assembly Public Safety Committee

    Updated Jul 11, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Last night, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee unanimously approved Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones’s (R-San Diego) bipartisan Senate Bill 1074, called the “Sexually Violent Predator Accountability, Fairness, and Enforcement Act” (SAFE Act). “We are thankful that the Assembly Public Safety Committee understands the need to protect our communities from dangerous sexually violent predators,” said Leader Jones. “SVPs have committed such heinous and violent sex crimes that I argue they should n...

  • Honoring special North County residents

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    I wanted to take a moment to recognize some exceptional residents in North County whose dedication, resilience, and service have enriched our community. These individuals and groups have made North County an extraordinary place to live, and we are proud to present the 2024 State of North County award winners. Eric Weirather, the band director for Rancho Buena Vista High School, has been a guiding force in music education for 28 years. Eric’s unwavering commitment continues to...

  • Re: 'Trump committed serious crimes and should not be president again' and 'Trump must be held accountable for his crimes against our country' [Village News, Letters, 6/27/24]

    Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Two letters in the June 27 issue of the Village News opinion section were remarkable for their similarities. Both rehashed the usual theme of Donald Trump being a convicted felon who will end "our democracy" and take away our freedom to vote – nothing new there. One letter is authored by "Todd Musto," the second letter's author is "Maria Goodrich." These two letters are so alike in length, verbiage, and left-wing cliches that if I didn't know better, one could be the rough draft of the other. Some examples of the coincidences...

  • Defending the Second Amendment – An essential fight

    Updated Jul 10, 2024

    In a significant legal move, the National Rifle Association has chosen to challenge the state of California's newly imposed excise tax on guns and ammunition. This action, led by the NRA, is not just a matter of contesting a financial imposition but a vital stand for upholding our Second Amendment rights. The excise tax in question places an undue financial burden on law-abiding gun owners and enthusiasts, effectively penalizing responsible citizens who are exercising their constitutional freedoms. These financial strains...

  • The misguided notion of reparations in California

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Jul 10, 2024
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    California is a state that never legalized slavery. Gov. Newsom and his supermajority have approved $12 million in a budget with a $50 Billion deficit for reparations. I may be wrong, but this seems to me to be a decision that is not only historically misplaced but also financially irresponsible, considering the state’s dire economic situation. First, I think it’s important to acknowledge that California never practiced slavery. While there has been injustice in the past every...

  • Beagle Freedom Project

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Recently, at a ceremony in the Capitol, I was honored to recognize Shannon Keith, President and Founder of the Beagle Freedom Project, along with volunteer Melina Shirley, to recognize their tireless efforts to save the lives of countless dogs, cats and other animals in laboratories. This extraordinary organization is the world’s leading advocate for rescuing and rehoming animals used in experimental research. Because of their gentle dispositions and submissive natures, n...

  • Kickin it: In my lifetime, I've witnessed…

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    I keep thinking of Kipling’s poem “If” and have come to admire it more each year. Because in my lifetime I’ve witnessed some things that are amazing and others that are downright immoral. And every time I think I’ve seen it all, something proves me wrong. It seems corruption has become the new normal. I’ve lived through tragedies like the death of my son, watched the execution of JFK followed by his brother Robert, and then Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve watched in horror whi...

  • 'Liberty and Justice for all' (or just some)?

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    July the Fourth: certainly a day to celebrate. But it also is a day that warrants some contemplation of our rights and responsibilities. And in that regard I've been thinking about our Pledge of Allegiance. When we are called to military duty or military support duty, we are contractually bound to obey. That is the price of the safety, security, and rights we receive in return. But I'm also looking at the part that says: "with liberty and justice for all". That is still only an ideal: we have plenty left to do. For some time...

  • Senate Minority Leader Jones lauds U.S. Supreme Court on its Grants Pass ruling

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones (R-San Diego) issued the following statement, June 28, applauding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on City of Grants Pass v. Johnson (Grants Pass), which found that the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, may enforce its ordinances prohibiting camping on public property and fining violators: "Today’s decision rightly empowers state and local officials to compassionately clear encampments. Californians should not have to tolerate the encampments that have taken over our com...

  • Not so friendly village business

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    Last week our tractor got stuck while mowing weeds. My husband took our truck down to pull it out. The truck got stuck in an animal burrow, about 150 feet down our side yard from the street. We called AAA as we have a Premier membership; Fallbrook Quality Towing arrived. We were told AAA only pays for off-roadway towing up to 100 feet. We were shocked when the price quoted to pull the truck up 150 feet was $450. We paid the amount as we needed the truck out. Of course we expected to pay for the service, no one works for...

  • Re: 'Surprise, surprise, the government used 'Russian Disinformation' laptop as evidence' [Village News, Reeder letter, 6/20/24]

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    With our modern-day 24/7 news cycle, with one story after another usurping the headlines every month, week, day, and even hour, coupled with our massive societal “Attention Deficit Disorder,” the sleight-of-hand maneuvers the media plays upon us are simply too easy to perform. As a society, we are overwhelmed with news and our attention span is horrifically weak – and so we get played, over and over and over again. Julie Reeder’s article on how information within the news often goes unvetted, and how it plays into the han...

  • Supreme Court ruling is a good start to 40 years of bureaucratic overreach

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The recent Supreme Court decision to strike down the "Chevron deference" doctrine marks another pivotal shift towards restoring democratic rulemaking. Most people will be unaware of how important this decision is for America. When people complain about the “permanent Washington class” ruling us instead of the representatives we vote for, this is part of what they are referring to. This Supreme Court 6 to 3 ruling turns around the way that agencies, who may be politically or...

  • Time to enforce common sense solutions for homelessness

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    Last week's Supreme Court decision affirming cities' authority to ban camping on public sidewalks marks a significant victory for common sense. This ruling is paramount for the safety and well-being of our community and for restoring the lives of those suffering. It's time for the city and county to restrict all sleeping on sidewalks. Enabling addicts to continue using is not compassionate. We wouldn't allow our friends or family members to spiral into addiction without...

  • San Diego's Affordable Party

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    San Diegans know how expensive life has become. Whether you live in Coastal San Diego or North County, prices seem to rise daily. News reports describe our county as “impossibly unaffordable.” While San Diegans do our best to fight against inflation and provide for our families, we could use some more help from our politicians to cut irresponsible spending and the inflationary consequences that follow. It simply does not have to be this way. Better policies and San Diego’s proud history show a brighter future can and must...

  • Welcome to the Grand New Party

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    For years, the two political parties were practically indistinguishable from one another, except for eight glorious years when the expansion of government came to a grinding halt. But when Reagan's second term ended, the administrative state found its footing and slowly slithered back into our lives. Seven years later, despite Clinton's predictions and prognostications, the era of big government was far from over. In the ensuing years, the administrative state's tentacles would encroach on our lives in unimaginable ways that...

  • Budget trailer bills

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The main state budget bill passed prior to the June 15 constitutional deadline, and the Governor had until June 30 to sign it into law (and use his line item veto pen). But many trailer bills that fund specific state programs were still being voted on last week. Trailers that passed last week included a bill that will establish a permanent foster care provider rate structure based on the needs of the child. Rates will follow the child, not the placement location. Legislation...

  • Deadline for 50th FUHS reunion is July 15

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    In the past 50 years, have you gained some weight, lost some hair, added some wrinkles, lost some agility, and graduated from the FUHS Class of 74? We know exactly where you can go and be with people just like you. The FUHS 50th Reunion for the Class of ’74 is happening on Aug. 3, with some special pre- and post-events in the works. Let’s get together and reconnect with old friends, share our stories, have dinner together, listen to our music and dance the night away at the Pala Mesa Resort. The last day to register is Jul...

  • Trump must be held accountable for his crimes against our country

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    It’s official: After making secret hush money payments to an adult film star 11 days before the 2016 election and falsifying official filings to hide the truth from the public, Donald Trump has been found guilty by a New York jury. Trump’s conviction in New York should remind us all that no one – including a former president – is above the law. It should also remind us of the danger that Trump still poses to our democracy. In the final weeks of the 2016 election, Trump covered up his affair with Stormy Daniels to dupe vo...

  • Trump committed serious crimes and should not be president again

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Donald Trump was found guilty by a jury of everyday Americans on 34 felony counts. He is finally being held accountable for one of his many illegal schemes to gain and hold onto power. His conviction is a reminder that no one – including a former president – is above the law. And it’s another reminder that Trump still poses a major threat to our democracy. When he was President, Trump attacked our fundamental freedoms, from our freedom to vote in 2020 when he attempted to overturn the will of the people, to appointing three...

  • Payόmkawish Highway

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    For over 10,000 years, the Luiseño people have lived in the San Luis Rey Valley. Historically, their villages extended along the coastline, and inland along the San Luis Rey River. The largest recorded village was known as Topomai, located in what is now U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Other historic villages to the east included Páume (Pauma) and Palé (Pala). The current route of Highway 76 was the main path the Luiseños used during their seasonal migrations back and f...

  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange reaches plea agreement with US

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks and an Australian journalist, has entered into a plea agreement with the United States, according to court filings. It's a deal that allows him to sidestep additional prison time, after fighting extradition to the U.S. and living for seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He then spent five years in a UK prison, HMP Belmarsh, described by some as "the Guantanamo Bay of Britain." Under the terms of the agreement disclosed...

  • National Police Association scam

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    You have to laugh when a scam organization is so dumb (or brazen) as to send a mailed request for money and say that “the Fallbrook City Council Members need to hear from you." Obviously it’s the same scam organization that pollutes the phone lines with fake requests for money. I couldn't resist using their prepaid envelope to send an appropriate reply. Perhaps others in our Friendly Village have received the same solicitation and I hope that they also use the opportunity to send a little note that highlights the fact tha...

  • Join me in stopping the gas tax increase

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    A few weeks ago, I stood shoulder to shoulder with small business leaders and parents, united with the same message: the gas tax must be stopped. On July 1, the gas tax is set to increase by an additional 2 cents per gallon, bringing the total tax burden to a staggering 59.6 cents per gallon. We are already grappling with the highest gas prices in the nation, rising utility costs, skyrocketing housing expenses and an overall escalating cost of living. Government should be...

  • State of North County

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Last week, we held our State of the North County event, and it was great to see so many people who make our region unique. For those who couldn't attend, I'd like to share the key points from my address, which outlined our shared vision for a prosperous and thriving North County. This vision isn't just an aspiration; it's a collective mission that requires each of us to contribute our unique talents. Together, we are a powerful force for positive change. Our potential is...

  • California's new budget

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Last week, the Legislature passed the Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 -2025. The Governor will have until June 30 to sign the budget, which goes into effect July 1. Over the coming weeks/months, a series of trailer bills to fund specific programs must be passed, and since the Governor has line-item veto powers, additional programs may still be cut. The state’s constitution mandates a balanced budget. This budget eliminates the $45 billion deficit for FY 2024-2025, along w...

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