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Chairman Smith returns to sponsor group B-10 Time for corned beef and cabbage A-8 Fallbrook Youth Baseball plays ball B-1 Village News Fallbrook & Bonsall a l s o se rv i n g t h e c o m m u n i t i e s o f D e L u z , R a i n b ow , C a m p P e ndl e t o n , Pa l a , a nd Pau m a March 13, 2014 Volume 18, Issue 19 Boys soccer grabs first CIF championship Joe Naiman Village News Correspondent F a l l b r o o k H i g h S c h o o l ’s boys soccer team won a CIF championship for the first time in the program’s history. The Warriors concluded their 2013-14 season with a 2-1 victory over Patrick Henry High School in the CIF Division III final March 8 at Mesa College. “It’s great emotion experiencing something like this,” said Fallbrook junior forward Luis Velasquez, whose goal provided the Warriors with the margin of victory. “It’s always hard to come this far and lose, but they’re a good team,” Patrick Henry coach Cody Clark said of the Warriors. “We just prepared and hoped for the best because we knew it was going to be a tough fight,” said Fallbrook coach Jorge Rojas. The Warriors and Patriots both placed third in their final league standings. Fallbrook posted a regular-season record of 8-10-4, including a 3-4-3 Avocado West 50¢ Sales tax included at news stand Team makes Warrior history by beating Patrick Henry High School in final playoff Water districts at war? Rainbow backs out of JPA; FPUD asks LAFCO to dissolve RMWD Joe Naiman Village News Correspondent The North County Joint Powers Authority consisting of the Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) and the Rainbow Municipal Water District will be dissolved effective April 5. A 4-1 Rainbow vote March 5, with Dennis Sanford in opposition, approved the termination of the joint powers agreement with FPUD. “We voted to give them the 30-day notice to end the joint powers,” said Rainbow board president George McManigle. McManigle delivered the notice of termination to FPUD on March 6. see WATER, page A-12 The 2013/2014 Fallbrook High School varsity boys soccer team won the first-ever see SOCCER, page B-3 CIF championship for the program on March 8. Ken Seals photo REAL ESTATE Special Wounded soldier, family get new home in Fallbrook tax district Homes for Our Troops to build custom home for double amputee formed for I-15 housing project Debbie Ramsey Managing Editor drivers in the speed survey were at 41 mph or above, seven drove at 40 mph, and the other 203 were below 40 mph. Gum Tree Lane between Stage Coach Lane and Hamilton Lane also includes a school zone associated with Frazier Elementary School. The 25 mph speed limit in the school zone when children are Sgt. Julian Torres may be a double amputee, but that doesn’t slow him down in “giving back” to other combat veterans experiencing the same plight. That’s what makes Torres the perfect recipient of a Homes for Our Troops project off Gird Road in Fallbrook. “This is our dream location; a little slice of country but not too far from city; it’s 100 percent perfect,” enthused Torres. “When we saw the location [where our new home would be built], we fell in love with it.” When completed late this year, Torres will reside in the home with his high school sweetheart-wife Ashley, son JJ, 3, and daughter Analicia, 1. At a groundbreaking ceremony held Sunday, March 9, Carlo Gaita of Homes for Our Troops presided over the event, explaining how the organization provides homes for America’s wounded soldiers. Additional speakers in support of the project included USMC Sgt. Major (Ret.) Larock Benford, San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, and Fallbrook Honorary Mayor Martin Quiroz. Torres said Homes for Our Troops made his and his wife’s dream come true. On July 15, 2010, one short month after being deployed to Afghanistan, Torres lost his left leg below the knee and his right leg above the knee after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) while crossing a canal in Marjah. Medically evacuated out of the country, Torres said, “I had to be taken to major hospitals all along the way so they could keep me stabilized until I got stateside.” Once in the United States, Torres was treated at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md., where he received his initial rehabilitation surgeries and therapies before coming to San Diego. “In my opinion, San Diego Balboa Naval Medical Center is the top of the sphere; that’s where I went for rehab,” he said. Torres explained that he and his wife, each 26 years old, had been looking for a home to buy in recent years, but it would have to contain many special features. “To find a house that fit this size of family with my type of injury was nearly impossible,” explained Torres. “The houses we looked at would have had to have been gutted and changed.” Or, if a suitable one was found, it was financially out of reach for the see RADAR, page A-8 see SOLDIER, page A-4 Christine Rinaldi photo Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for Sgt. Julian Torres and his family’s new Fallbrook home provided by Homes for Our Troops are, from left, Carlo Gaita, Homes for Our Troops; Martin Quiroz, Fallbrook Honorary Mayor; Sgt. Julian Torres and his wife Ashley with son JJ and daughter Analicia, Joe Lee, field rep for Armstrong World Industries; Supervisor Bill Horn; and USMC Sgt. Major (Ret.) Larock Benford. Supervisors recertify Gum Tree Lane speed limit for radar enforcement Joe Naiman Village News Correspondent The 35 mph speed limit on Gum Tree Lane between Stage Coach Lane and Hamilton Lane has been recertified for radar enforcement. A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote February 26 approved the radar recertification for the 0.76-mile segment. “We need to make sure that law enforcement has all the necessary tools available to them in order to keep our roads safe,” said Supervisor Bill Horn. “Recertifying Gum Tree Lane’s 35 mph speed limit for radar enforcement will allow officers to continue to use radar guns to measure the speed of vehicles and take action as necessary.” In order for a speed limit to be enforceable by radar, a speed survey must show that the speed limit is within an adjacent 5 mph increment to the 85th percentile speed. The speed limit can be reduced by an additional 5 mph if findings of special circumstances not apparent to a typical motorist are made. Periodic recertification, along with a supporting speed survey, is required for continued radar enforcement. The county’s Shane Gibson photo Traffic accumulates in front of William H. Frazier Elementary School on Gum Tree Lane where the re-authorization of radar enforcement will be put in place to help monitor motorists from using excessive speed. Department of Public Works or DPW contractors perform speed surveys every seven years on road segments which have been certified for radar enforcement. No special findings were made to maintain the 35 mph speed limit, although rounding issues led to a statistical 85th percentile speed of 40 mph with the speed limit being rounded down from just under 40 mph. Thirty-seven of the 247 Supervisors finalize arrangement for Horse Creek Ridge Joe Naiman Village News Correspondent The Community Facilities District (CFD) for the Horse Creek Ridge development now officially exists. Horse Creek Ridge is a proposed development in the Interstate 15 corner near the intersection of State Route 76. see SPECIAL, page B-10 EDUCATION Students of the Month honored Herrera, Cunningham, Kyle, Tucker recognized Debbie Ramsey Managing Editor Jasmine Herrera of Ivy High School and Amanda Cunningham, James Kyle, and Hailey Tucker of Fallbrook High School were honored as Students of the Month for the Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) at a special celebratory breakfast see STUDENTS, page B-13 thisweek Announcements ������������������������A-2 Business ����������������������������������� A-10 Classifieds �������������������������������� B-11 Coupons ����������������������������������� A-14 Dining �������������������������������������������A-8 Education ���������������������������������� B-12 Entertainment �������������������������� B-14 Health & Fitness ��������������������� A-12 Home & Garden ������������������������B-4 Legals ......................................... 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