FPUD expenses continue to rise

FPUD’s press release (1/06/05) is incorrect. FPUD’s budget for the years 2003-04 and 2004-05 do not verify that FPUD received or spent $700,000 of federal money on a feasibility study for the Santa Ana Margarita River conjunctive use project as claimed. However, a Riverside county publication identifies this as deliberate misinformation. The Federal Bureau of […]

They protest too much

The most interesting proposals in last week’s state of the State speech by Governor Schwarzenegger were the merit pay for teachers and the idea for changing how public employee pensions are handled. Both ideas have raised the ire of the public employee unions, and neither is likely to move very far in the California Legislature. […]

Hollingsworth supports military bases

OCEANSIDE — Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (R-El Cajon) released a statement to the California Council on Base Support and Retention today during the committee’s meeting, where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointees solicited ideas to help protect more than a dozen military installments in San Diego County from closure or realignment. “Of the more than 180,000 Department of […]

Why do we get a fire engine and an ambulance?

“What’s with the fire engine when all I needed was an ambulance?” Time matters a great deal in the achievement of an effective outcome to an emergency medical incident. Thus, for a medical emergency the real test of performance is the time it takes to deliver trained personnel and equipment needed. North County Fire Protection […]

Open letter to Fallbrook’s businesses and residents:

This spring, Kelley Bell, Fallbrook High School’s choir director, will be taking thirty students from Fallbrook High School to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. They will join choirs from across the nation to perform Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes. V.O.I.C.E. is sponsoring a Bowl-A-Thon on January 15 to raise money for the trip. V.O.I.C.E., […]

RMWD hypocrisy lingers on

The January 5 meeting of the Rainbow Municipal Water District was a welcome change from business as usual. Two new directors were sworn in. Public input was allowed on all issues. Agenda items were actually discussed before being voted on. I don’t mean the usual superficial and cursory procedures; probing and intelligent questions were asked, […]

Toys for Tots thank you

A great big thank you to our wonderful village of Fallbrook; your support for Toys for Tots program was outstanding! Thanks to you, our drop off merchants and organizations, and our Coldwell Banker Landmark Committee, we had a banner year. From the lady who delivered the special red wagon, to all of the local organizations […]

Governor delivers promising budget

This week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered a promising budget proposal to the Legislature, which doesn’t raise taxes and protects the future of California by continuing on the path toward closing the spending gap. It balances with little of the “funny business” of past budgets and gives education a seven percent boost in spending, yet it […]

We need Rummy

As the critics hit Secretary Donald Rumsfeld from every direction, I can’t let a good man go down without a fight. Rumsfeld has been a master of the Bush doctrine, stopping terrorists around the world before they terrorize us here. The pundits blame Rummy for problems in Iraq. They say we should have had more […]

Regarding Abuata’s letter

I sympathize with Mr. Abuata but do not feel that anything can or will be done so long as politicians continue to be bought by special interests and there are no overall term limits in place. We are unable to vote them out of office. They will not listen to the lowly peasant but only […]