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Wine & A Bite Art Walks begin B-1 Summer is for swimming C-1 Wildlife that is garden-friendly D-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 July 3, 2014 50¢ Sales tax included at news stand Volume 18, Issue 27 Local efforts, groups allocated TOT funds Eleven hospital operators sent RFPs by district Joe Naiman Village News Correspondent Debbie Ramsey Managing Editor The June 24 passage of the County of San Diego’s 2014-15 budget included the allocation of Community Enhancement funds from the County of San Diego’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue, and several Greater Fallbrook organizations will receive grants from the Community Enhancement program. Each county supervisor was given a $599,393 Community Enhancement budget and made recommendations on how much of his or her budget would be given to each group requesting funds. The recommendations were then ratified by the entire San Diego County Board of Supervisors during the approval of the budget. Although the revenue is derived only from TOT money collected from lodging facilities in the unincorporated portion of the county, organizations in incorporated cities are also eligible for funding. Each county supervisor also has a $1 million discretionary Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget, Fallbrook Healthcare District (FHD) sent out Request for Proposal (RFP) guidelines to 11 hospital management organizations on June 24 in hopes of receiving interest from those who may be interested in operating Fallbrook Hospital or providing some level of service to the community. “The district anticipates response to the Requests for Proposal that will yield strong interest and submissions that see TOT, page A-8 see OPERATOR, page A-10 $66,000 grant sought for airpark runway design Shane Gibson photo REINS therapeutic riding volunteer, Jonathan Forrester, left, makes sure Bailey Benton is settled into a saddle to ride Cassie at the local therapeutic horsemanship program facility. REINS just received a $10,000 TOT funding grant. Vallecitos to seek $2 FCPG submits for million bond in Nov. priorities local road projects Debbie Ramsey Managing Editor Shane Gibson photo Wood rot is seen on posts at Vallecitos Elementary School in Rainbow. The Vallecitos School District will seek an approx. $2 million bond in November for improvements to the facility. Andrea Verdin Special to The Village News The Vallecitos School District (VSD) board of trustees approved specifications for a bond measure to be put on the Nov. 4 ballot at their June board meeting. Funds from the bond would be used for various improvements at the school facility. According to VSD superintendent and principal David Jones, the district board has created a facilities improvement priority list that details various projects and renovations needed for the school building and grounds. “There are some health and safety issues with facilities,” explained Jones, who said the budget for facilities maintenance is “nowhere near” where it should be in order to improve all of the renovations and upgrades required. “These are very much needed improvements,” he said. “We are not asking for a new football field or a swimming pool, or any Board of trustees approve resolution for bond to improve facilities whistles and bells. We need to take care of our facilities, because our campus does not look appealing. In some areas, it has been 20 to 30 years since replacements or improvements have been made.” Some of the improvements listed include new asphalt for the playground area, new drainage for the school field, a septic system, and removal of a large tree with invasive roots that are lifting up parts of the school building. “Tree removal alone would be a $10,000 decision,” said Jones. The district would also include the installation of a fence alongside the front of the school property for added security and solar panels to be placed on the roof. “A lot is related to the roof, which needs repair, and will be looked at,” said Jones. “Since we are making improvements to the roof, we may use the solar as a way to bring down our energy bills.” Funds from the bond would also be used for technological infrastructure within the school, allowing teachers to meet new state standards for technology. Jones explained that the resolution was passed by the board, and that a taxpayer survey showed community members would be in favor of the bond measure. Currently, there are no bond measures on the Vallecitos School District community. see VALLECITOS, page A-9 The Fallbrook Community Planning Group (FCPG) submitted a list of capital improvement priorities for local roadways to the County of San Diego Public Works Department following its June 16 meeting. Anne Burdick, chair of the FCPG circulation committee, presented the list of priorities her group had formulated and made a motion for approval, which passed unanimously. “We have long advocated improving intersections before widening roads, and these lists reflect that principle,” said Burdick. “We also felt that the roads with high traffic volumes and safety concerns should be a primary focus.” Burdick said that seven of 14 proposed intersection improvements are related to the “Fallbrook community’s desire to avoid constructing fourlane roadways on East Mission Road and South Stage Coach Lane, believing that intersection improvements can eliminate much of the “friction” on the road, improve the flow of traffic, and postpone as long as possible the need for a major four-lane construction project.” The capital improvement priority list was set as follows: 1.East Mission Rd. & Santa Margarita Dr.: Traffic signal and intersection improvements 2.Stage Coach Ln. & Reche Rd.: Intersection improvements 3. East Mission Rd. & Ranger Rd.: Road and intersection improvements East Mission/Yucca (Live Oak Park Rd.) East Mission/Old 395/I-15 see FCPG, page A-6 Joe Naiman Village News Correspondent The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 June 18 to authorize three grant applications to the Federal Aviation Administration and the State Division of Aeronautics, including one for design of runway safety improvements at Fallbrook Community Airpark. “This is a typical authority granted by the board for applying and accepting federal and state funding for qualified projects that see AIRPARK, page A-10 Board of Supervisors approve general plan cleanup Joe Naiman Village News Correspondent The 2011 update to the county’s general plan included direction from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for periodic updates to reflect corrections, changes of ownership, and new circumstances. On June 18, 2014, the county supervisors voted 4-0, with Ron Roberts absent, to approve the first series of updates. “It’s definitely a cleanup,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. The Board of Supervisors see CLEANUP, page A-11 thisweek Announcements ������������������������A-2 Business ��������������������������������������C-6 Classifieds �������������������������������� A-12 Dining �������������������������������������������B-4 Education �������������������������������������C-4 Entertainment �����������������������������B-6 Health & Fitness ������������������������B-2 Home & Garden ������������������������D-2 Legals .........................................C-12 Motor ..........................................C-10 Obituaries ������������������������������������C-8 Opinion ����������������������������������������A-5 Real Estate ����������������������������������D-2 Sports �������������������������������������������C-2

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