Local ownership makes the difference between Fallbrook newspaper and Chargers football team

In December the National Football League’s Chargers football team will be concluding their first season since leaving San Diego for Los Angeles. On Dec. 18, the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News will be celebrating 20 years as Fallbrook’s community weekly paper. The contrast demonstrates the commitment local ownership has in maintaining a local asset. Fallbrook’s previous weekly […]

In the aftermath of the Lilac Fire

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for San Diego County, Dec. 7. His proclamation directs the Office of Emergency Services and all agencies of state government, including the National Guard, to provide state assistance such as personnel, equipment and facilities that may be required to combat the Lilac Fire. The action also prompted President […]

Village News’ 20-year anniversary starts with Lilac Fire

It’s been another one of those weeks. As we were making plans to celebrate our 20-year anniversary, the Lilac Fire broke out. The Lilac Fire, like the Gavilan Fire of 2002 and the Rice Fire of 2007, started the adrenaline rushing in the Village News office the minute we got the call from my son […]

Movie theaters fail to show Oscar contenders

Editor, The most highly praised current movies are being kept from almost 700,000 people. Residents of southwest Riverside County can check their local listings for these Oscar contending titles: “Lady Bird,” “Wonderstruck,” “Last Flag Flying,” “The Breadwinner,” “Mudbound,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “LBJ,” “The Florida Project,” and “Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri.” Time […]

Menifee is not afraid of the homeless

In response to the Rev. Bill Freeman’s editorial of Nov. 10, regarding Menifee’s “Homelessophobia,” grass root organizations, municipalities, counties, states and the federal government offer any number of assistance programs for both the temporarily displaced and the monetarily challenged population. Causes of such turmoil range from uncontrolled natural disasters, such as flood, drought, fire and […]

REAL ID is coming

Get ready to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles. Under the federal REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, the DMV must meet requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by adding new enhancements to California driver’s licenses and identification cards. The DMV will begin offering REAL IDs on Jan. 22, 2018, in order to meet the Oct. 1, […]

If you can’t stand the heat …

If you can’t stand the heat …

Rosie O’Conner Special to Valley News Traveling entices my curiosity, and I’m adventurous enough to try new things. Therefore, when I heard about the healing ceremony of a temazcal, I was interested in trying it. A temazcal is a sweat lodge which originated in Mesoamerica, and the rituals are still practiced today in Mexico. It’s […]

Noted journalist Charles Wiley speaks at the Temecula Valley Republican Women’s Federated

Noted journalist Charles Wiley speaks at the Temecula Valley Republican Women’s Federated

Charles Wiley, conservative globe-trotting journalist appeared in a rare appearance before the Temecula Valley Republican Women’s Federated Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula. Wiley, now 91, who has lectured on five continents in almost every state in America as a reporter and lecturer, brought his wit and wisdom to the Republican women […]

Hacking public infrastructure

Last week, cyber-criminal hackers attacked the Sacramento Regional Transit system, erasing computer programs that affected internal operations, including computers that assign bus routes throughout the Sacramento region. More harm was threatened if SacRT failed to meet a ransom demand. The ransom message was sent via Facebook demanding a bitcoin payment, with a value above $8,000 immediately. SacRT […]

Changing the culture in Sacramento

Last month 140 legislators, staffers, consultants and lobbyists signed a letter declaring that there is a “pervasive culture of sexual harassment” in Sacramento. Signatories include six current legislators, a Board of Equalization member and both Republicans and Democrats. Allegations have been made against current and past legislators. Unfortunately, given the power and influence of some […]