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  • County leaders report progress fighting wage theft

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Local workers who fall victim to wage theft now have a better chance of getting the pay that is due them. County and state leaders reported advances on addressing wage theft within the region last month outside the County Administration Center. The event was part of a Week of Action honoring labor rights activist César Chávez. The County cited the Workplace Justice Fund as one of its most successful programs. The fund helps workers who won legal judgments for lost wages but are still waiting for the money from their e...

  • San Diego County Library named finalist for prestigious national medal

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    The San Diego County Library has been named one of the 30 finalists for the prestigious 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This honor is the highest in the United States for libraries and a major recognition of unwavering commitment to excellence and service to communities. The county library is the only finalist from California’s library institutions this year. “This recognition is a direct result of our collective efforts and the innovative spirit that per...

  • Soroptimists help 5 women live their dreams

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    VISTA – Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland presented $14,000 in Live Your Dream Education and Training Awards to five local women to invest in their education and help create a better life for themselves and their families. Criselda Martinez-Jimenez of Vista received the top award of $5,000. Speaking at the club's annual "Live Your Dream" Awards Luncheon on March 16, Martinez-Jimenez spoke eloquently of her struggles growing up of becoming a widow w...

  • FCC to move ahead with rural wireless broadband plan

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    WASHINGTON – Jessica Rosenworcel, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, called on the agency to move ahead with plans to make targeted investments in the deployment of wireless broadband services in rural communities, Wednesday, March 20. The proposed rules shared with her fellow commissioners would, if adopted by a vote of the full commission, relaunch the 5G Fund for Rural America. The FCC’s new and improved broadband coverage map, which the 5G Fund will use, shows that over 14 million homes and businesses lack mo...

  • California agrees to lasting cuts to Colorado River use

    Caleb Hampton, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    California has agreed to make long-term cuts to the amount of water the state uses from the Colorado River, according to a proposed plan for managing the river released earlier this month by California, Nevada and Arizona. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the seven states in the Colorado River Basin, as well as 30 tribes and Mexico, are negotiating a plan to protect the river after a decades-long megadrought depleted flows and left key reservoirs Lake Mead and Lake Powell...

  • County opens new online Public Records Request Center

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    The county has unveiled a new, easy, do-it-yourself website to help people submit public record requests, track their progress and even see if those records are already available because somebody else asked for them. Have you ever wanted to review county documents – maybe you were curious about a government function, or you were doing research for a project – but you didn’t know where to start? Now you can do it right online at the county’s Public Records Request Center website, https://www.sandiegocounty....

  • North County Philanthropy Council takes administrative helm of 'San Diego Gives' initiative

    Updated Mar 28, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – North County Philanthropy Council, the regional association that convenes nonprofit professionals, board members, volunteers and corporate philanthropists in San Diego County, announces the addition of the San Diego Gives project to its administrative purview. The yearly San Diego Gives initiative includes an online Day of Giving followed by a Day of Service throughout the region. This year’s events will take place Thursday, Sept. 5, and Friday, Sept. 6. Launched in 2021 by a small, dedicated group of vol...

  • New documentary to highlight the return to Vietnam 50 years later

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine – In November 2023, ten Vietnam veterans embarked on a journey they never thought possible, returning to Vietnam, and exploring the locations and memories that for 50 years have held deep significance for each of them. Mission Veteran Expedition, a collaborative venture between CDLLife, FASTPORT, and nonprofits Waypoint Vets and Wreaths Across America, made this journey possible and, together, they announce the upcoming release of a new documentary of the trip, “Mission Veteran Expedition: Honoring Vie...

  • DAR remembers a patriot in the Carolinas

    Updated Mar 21, 2024

    TEMECULA – Have you ever thought: if this event had not happened, what would this now be like? Historian Edward Channing ponders this question regarding the American Revolution. “Had the South been conquered in the first half of 1776, it is entirely conceivable that rebellion would never have turned into revolution. At Moore’s Creek and Sullivan’s Island, the Carolinians turned aside the one combination of circumstances that might have made British conquest possible.” (National Park Service, Moore’s Creek Park) This month...

  • GI Film Festival San Diego announces 2024 selections

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    SAN DIEGO –The GI Film Festival San Diego, the largest military film festival in the U.S., has selected the 21 films that will screen at the Museum of Photographic Arts at the San Diego Museum of Art (MOPA @ SDMA) in Balboa Park from May 6-11. After reviewing about 100 submissions, festival organizers, with the assistance of a community advisory committee, selected this year’s film lineup which includes full-length documentaries, student films, comedies, and more that are for, by, and about the military. A complete list of...

  • FCC Commissioner Starks calls on online marketplaces to stop the sale of insecure and unauthorized IoT devices

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    WASHINGTON – FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks sent letters to five online marketplaces to identify ways to stop the unlawful sale of insecure IoT devices that violate FCC equipment authorization requirements, March 8. The letters raise concerns about recent reports (Consumer Reports, Washington Post) indicating that these websites sold and continue to sell easily hacked video doorbells, some of which lack a visible FCC ID, and in some cases appeared to promote listings for such products and otherwise engage in their sale, s...

  • Board of Supervisors unanimously approves American Rescue Plan Act Spending Plan

    Updated Mar 6, 2024

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today on how to spend the final $102 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds. In 2021, the county got $650 million in ARPA funds from the federal government and adopted a framework for spending it. ARPA is a stimulus bill meant to help the country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and social impacts. The projected remaining $102 million in AR...

  • Man who tortured and killed 10 cats sentenced to 8 years in state prison

    Updated Mar 6, 2024

    ESCONDIDO – A man who pled guilty to torturing and killing at least 10 cats in Escondido was sentenced in North County Superior Court on Friday, March 1. Joshua Tyler Boyer, the defendant, was sentenced to 8 years in state prison after pleading guilty to 10 felony counts of crimes against animals. After hearing victim impact statements in a packed courtroom, Judge Robert J. Kearney denied the defendant’s request for probation and cited Boyer’s sadistic nature and pronounced him a serious danger to society before deliv...

  • Giant pandas set to return to California

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – California could become the first state in the U.S. to welcome a new pair of giant pandas in the latest round of a collaborative conservation effort with China. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance announced that it has signed a cooperative agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association and filed a permit application with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to reports, two pandas could arrive by the end of the summer. "California and China sha...

  • Chairwoman delivers her second State of the County address

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas gave her second State of the County address during an evening presentation Wednesday, Feb. 21. The chairwoman talked about the county’s many accomplishments over the last year, but said she was particularly proud of the community for rallying together to help flood victims from the devastating Jan. 22 storms. She postponed her original date for the State of the County address to host a Day of Service. The chairwoman said 1,000 volunteers responded to help more than 1,000 fami...

  • Vista Fire Chief to speak at Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    VISTA – Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting Thursday, March 14, at 9 a.m., at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave., in Vista. The event is free to the public, and complimentary coffee and pastries will be provided. The guest speaker will be Vista Fire Department Chief Gerard Washington. He will speak about how firefighters are now being trained to spot and assist h...

  • Help county set budget priorities

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    It is not released until May, but the county is already working on the budget for the next fiscal year. And thinking about what to prioritize in a volatile economy. That’s where you come in. The county wants your help. You’re invited to fill out a survey on Engage San Diego County to tell us which services are most important to you, https://engage.sandiegocounty.gov/countybudget24-26. Your responses will be considered in balance with other critical factors to set budget priorities for this and future budget cycles. And you...

  • New county report to address inequity in the region

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Jobs and finances, food systems, health, and housing – data shows these areas have some of the largest equity gaps in the San Diego region. The Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) released the County's first Equity Indicators Report on Wednesday. The report comes in the wake of the county's declaration of racism as a public health crisis in January 2021. Many residents in San Diego County face oppression due to their race and ethnicity, gender, immigration status, d...

  • County Supervisors approve Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors approved a work plan to reduce gun violence activities in San Diego County. The Board voted to receive the Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan, using recommendations from the Gun Violence Community Needs Assessment Final Report authored by Health Assessment and Research for Communities. The plan includes 17 actions for the County to take to protect against and prevent firearm-related violence. The Board also approved a staff position to...

  • San Diego Weekly Gas Price Update

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    DALLAS – Average gasoline prices in San Diego have risen 6.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.78/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 784 stations in San Diego. Prices in San Diego are 22.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 6.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has risen 10.0 cents in the last week and stands at $4.09 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, on Feb. 19, the cheapest station in San Diego was priced at $3.99/g yesterday w...

  • Marine Corps identifies troops lost in California helicopter crash

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Micaela Burrow Investigative Reporter, Defense Daily Caller News Foundation The Marine Corps identified the five crew members declared dead after a helicopter crash in a statement Friday, Feb. 9. The five Marines – three captains, a sergeant and a lance corporal – were flying a CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter from Creech Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, to California when the aircraft went down near Pine Valley, California. While an investigation is ongoing into the crash, the unit, known as the Flying Tiger...

  • Goat crisis spurs search

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Valley News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Hello again, friends and fellow travelers. I come before you today with an announcement and an alert. First the announcement: a stellar column written by your humble narrator last July – which ran under the headline "Writer reports his foray into farming" – has won me a prestigious promotion. I am now the official goat and chicken reporter for a media juggernaut that has become, by default, the lone surviving voice in a vast area that stretches from Bonsall to Lake Els...

  • New Year, New Baby: First Little Blue Penguin hatches at Birch Aquarium

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    LA JOLLA – For the first time, a Little Blue Penguin hatched at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego. The chick made its debut on New Year's Day in the aquarium's Penguin Care and Conservation Center in Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins. "Our team is beyond excited to welcome this adorable new addition to the Birch Aquarium family. Our penguin colony is truly a diverse group, comprised of individuals from five d...

  • County, San Diego Foundation launch Flood Response Fund

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    San Diegans who want to help local victims recover from this week’s severe storm can now make financial donations to a new Flood Response Fund. The county worked with the San Diego Foundation to set up the online fund. The San Diego Foundation will match donations up to $100,000. Money from the fund will only be directed to non-profits helping flood victims. The fund is not accepting any non-monetary donations at this time. Monday’s storm was the fourth wettest day recorded since 1850. The torrential downpours caused mil...

  • Poll workers still needed for March Presidential Primary

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

    The Registrar’s office is seeking additional poll workers throughout the county for the March 2024 presidential primary election. Poll workers play an essential role in elections and can serve their community while earning a stipend. There is a particular need for poll workers who are bilingual in Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino to work at vote centers located around North County, South Bay and East County. In addition, the Registrar’s office needs poll workers who are bilingual in Somali for vote centers in Oak Park, and...

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