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  • Border Update

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    The chaos at our border has reached alarming levels, with over 90,000 border encounters in San Diego alone in the past five months. This surge is not just a matter of numbers; it's a symptom of a system failing to enforce the laws designed to protect our nation's borders. The Federal Government's failure to effectively enforce immigration laws has tied the hands of Border Patrol agents, exacerbating the crisis we are witnessing. Despite having clear laws in place, we are...

  • Missing and murdered people

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    San Diego County’s tribal communities are all located within the 75th Assembly District – we have more sovereign tribal governments than any county in the nation. Their safety, security and prosperity are very important to me, and for our region. That’s why the second annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) summit, which took place in Sacramento Feb. 12 and 13, was so important. The event was sponsored by the Yurok Tribe and the Wilton Rancheria from...

  • AFS seeks host families

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    AFS has been a leader in the field of student exchange for more than 60 years. Each year we like to place one or more students in Fallbrook who will attend Fallbrook High. We are receiving applications now for students who will be arriving in mid-August for the either fall semester or for the next school year. We have some outstanding candidates with varied interests and many countries of origin. I would like to talk to any families that might be interested in hosting them. We are also interested in talking to high school...

  • Novel legal arguments will likely need Supreme Court decisions

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    I have not written a lot about former President Trump or his legal troubles. It’s a bit overwhelming, but I believe, like Vivek Ramaswamy said during a CNN interview on Aug. 8, 2023, that it’s all political to keep Trump off the ballot. I believe his opponents view him as so evil that the end justifies the means. Ramaswamy said regarding the Trump indictments, “On principle, we should not be a country where the party in power uses police force to indict their political...

  • Our supply chains are at risk

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Trump recently made this statement: “Look at even, things like supply change, things we never even heard about. You never heard that term. Everything worked under me.” He was actually referring to supply chains. But his claims he never heard of supply chains and that everything worked under him are provably false. For source, search on: “MTN Confused Trump: Supply Change. You Never Heard That Term.” It’s true that not everybody is familiar with supply chains, but everybody should know this: every commodity, and...

  • A modest proposal

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    I am sure many residents of Fallbrook and the North County have been inundated by numerous advertising flyers from at least three of the candidates running for the 75th Assembly district. To be frank, all of these three candidate's advertisements are poorly worded, lack basic common decency, seem to be void of any content that relate to the duties required for an elected member of the state assembly. Primaries used to serve the function of giving political parties the opportunity to find out who in their respective groups...

  • Re: 'The Compromised Plate: A call for real food over drugs' [Village News, Letter, 2/8/24]

    Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Julie Reeder yet again proliferates her insightful research and knowledge to help guide us through our healthcare decisions. She is simply indefatigable. For a “local-yokel” newspaper, Village News is truly a treasure trove of information. We all must take calculated risks, every day, as every decision entails a front and a back side to it. I'm afraid though some may have placed their bet on the wrong horse when it comes to their Covid vaccine and its boosters. There is now growing evidence of a rise in cancers resulting...

  • Calling all FUHS grads of '74

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    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. Discounted tickets are available until March 31, so if you have not already registered, now is the time! Contact the Reunion Committee for more information at [email protected]. Linda Giannelli (formerly from Bonsall)...

  • Stopping the fixed rate electricity proposal

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    A few months ago, I brought to your attention the concerning proposal in California regarding a socialistic approach to electricity pricing based on income. This plan aimed to charge households fixed rates for electricity, irrespective of their actual consumption, with charges varying according to income levels. It was met with understandable outrage from many. I want to provide an update on the plan and your collective efforts for speaking out. Your pushback has not gone...

  • Humane help for homeless

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Surveys indicate that 70% of Californians see homelessness as a big problem. That’s understandable since almost one half of all unsheltered homeless persons live in California, though we have only about 12% of the nation’s total population. Over the past three years, our homeless population increased by over 22,000 persons, to almost 174,000. In San Diego County, the homeless population increased by 10% in the last year alone. California spent $20 billion on the problem...

  • It would be ok… only if…

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    It would be ok to have a highly active park (four soccer fields, skateboarding park, baseball, basketball, etc.) at the Bonsall Community Park…only if… 1. All the residents and businesses of Bonsall receive written notice of the complete, proposed Park Plan; and 2. All residents and businesses of Bonsall receive written notice of planned Park discussion meetings to be held only in Bonsall with a majority approval thereof by Bonsall residents and businesses only. The big beef: San Diego County obtained “approval” for a...

  • Issa announces new mobile office hours for offices in Lakeside, Warner Springs, and Rainbow

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    ESCONDIDO – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) announced Feb. 12 new staff mobile office hours in the communities of Lakeside, Warner Springs, and Rainbow. Mobile office hours are available to provide any resident of California’s 48th Congressional District the opportunity to meet with a member of Congressman Issa’s staff and receive assistance with casework needs such as passports, veterans’ benefits, social security and Medicare recipients, IRS and tax returns, and other questions or concerns related to federal...

  • Disappointing vote

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    A few weeks ago, I shared the unfortunate news that a judge deemed a Sexually Violent Predator, Alvin Quarles, for placement back into San Diego County. For over three years, Mr. Quarles terrorized our communities, committing heinous acts of rape against a dozen women. Last week, we had a Board meeting and I brought forward an item to support Congressman Darrell Issa's federal legislation, "Stopping Sexually Violent Predators Act." This bill would prevent Sexually Violent...

  • Kicking It – Valentines 2024

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    It’s Valentine’s Day! Again, this year, I am amongst the lucky ones. I have a sweetheart. That was not always the case. No one knows better than I because for more than 25 years I dated lots and lots and lots of guys until finally at 59 I decided it was time to remarry. That’s when on that fine day I looked squarely in the mirror and had a one-on-one conversation with myself. With my experience in sales, I knew if I wanted a different result, I had to change what I was...

  • Re: 'Echoes from the past: today's 'Know Nothing Party' [Village News, Letter, 2/1/24]

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    In response to Mr. Popovich’s letter, he likes history. So let’s delve into history. We get into the wayback machine…cue the organ, and bingo! Here we are in 1854. The Republican party was formed specifically to stop the spread, and eventually abolish, slavery. Read it, again, fact. Those rascally Republicans had the nerve to want to free blacks that could be called unwilling immigrants. They ran a guy for president, Abe Lincoln, later killed by a saintly Democrat. The saintly Democrats vehemently opposed abolition,...

  • The Compromised Plate: A call for real food over drugs

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    As a person who has struggled for decades with my weight, I have been researching the latest wonder drug for weight loss: Ozempic (semaglutide). I have seen doctors support it and say it is the way of the future. I have seen endorsements explaining that excess weight is not “your fault.” Of course, that resonates with me, because I certainly don’t want it to be my fault. But somehow I don’t believe that, and I know that the healthier I eat and the more I walk and...

  • Iowa caucus shows integrity of in-person voting

    Joe Naiman, Writer|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    The fact that none of the losing candidates complained about the legitimacy of the voting in Iowa’s presidential caucus shows the merits of maximizing in-person voting. Because a caucus requires electors to be present in person, there was no mail-in balloting. It eliminated any possibility of voter fraud, ballot harvesting or any other compromise to the integrity of the election system. The first controversy over absentee ballots involved an incumbent president running for re-election and being challenged by a former...

  • Wear red for women's heart health

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    February is American Heart Month, and this year Feb. 2 was National Wear Red for Women Day, which encourages people to wear red to help raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases. This year the Legislative Women’s Caucus has again supported a Senate Concurrent Resolution to recognize women’s heart health in the month of February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports that cardiovascular diseases are the nation’s leading cause of death for men and...

  • There is still a pay gap between women and men

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Today is the 15th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Jan. 29. Women in Assembly District 75 have the lived experience of pay that is unequal to their male counterparts. The Biden administration is taking steps to close the wage gap for federal employees by eliminating the use of salary history for new federal employees. Relying on salary history assumes that prior salaries were fairly established in the first place. As a result of the federal government’s pay equity practices the gender wage gap is already...

  • Preparing for wet weather

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    It has already been a wet winter, with more rain expected. Witnessing the impact of the recent storm on our region, we are determined to minimize potential damage. I wanted to give you information to help prepare you for the next time a storm arrives. The County Office of Emergency Services urges everyone to take proactive steps by devising a plan, assembling an emergency go-kit, and staying informed through alerts. Here’s what you can do. · Have a go-kit to keep necessary...

  • When did bipartisanship become illegal?

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    I considered debunking Mr. Maynard’s stroll down memory lane (rising tide of Marxism) then I realized I needed only two words: total irrelevance. Done. Instead, here are some news items that caught my eye. The House just recently sent a bipartisan-supported bill to the Senate (yes, bipartisan). The bill, H.R. 7024 Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, does provide some tax breaks for the wealthy, but it also provides a substantial increase in the child tax credit amount as well as an extension of eligibi...

  • Mental health priorities

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    In 1967, many state hospitals serving persons with mental illnesses were closed, but local programs to address their needs were inadequate. In 1991, oversight of mental healthcare was placed under county control, but by 2004 it was evident that this realignment hadn’t improved the situation. In 2004, voters approved Proposition 63, the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The MHSA focuses on developing programs aimed at prevention and early intervention, housing, su...

  • Echos from the past: today's "Know Nothing Party"

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    The recent vitriolic editorials by Joe Schembri and David Felker clearly reflect the distorted views of today’s Trumpian Republican Party. Their diatribes remind me of the outcries of the fear mongering ideological nativist party of the mid-1850s, the “Know Nothings.” The Know Nothing Party was a nativist political movement which emerged in this country in the early 1850s. Officially it was first known as the Nativist American Party before 1855 and later became known as the “American Party” – echoes of the...

  • The rising tide of Marxism in America

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    It was a balmy morning, not unlike most summer days in the Windy City, with light winds blowing off Lake Michigan. The year was 1968; the Beatles had just released their White Album. The DNC was poised to select their presidential candidate at their national convention, and our nation was embroiled in an embittered war in the jungles of Indochina, nearly nine thousand miles away. Outside the convention doors were militant factions from the Students for a Democratic Society, the Chicago Seven, and other loosely affiliated...

  • Jacarandas are not native

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    This is an open letter to Save our Forest. Please stop planting jacaranda trees in Fallbrook. They are not native to California. They are dirty trees. The leaf shed is astronomical. Who is going to clean that up? SOF has planted jacaranda trees by Fallbrook Cafe on Brandon which has a creek next to it. That leaf shed will clog the waterway. The new bus stop is located there. I cannot imagine the messy disaster of waiting at that bus stop. Now I'm reading that Save our Forest has planted jacaranda trees on Pico Promenade,...

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