Sunday, October 04, 2015 • 02:19

Do you Remember?

5 years ago This week in 2010, the water district goes on alert over high temperatures. Increased wind speed and the heat wave triggered the preparation of the districts emergency generators should the electricity was to be shut off in an emergency....more»

Without action, El Niño won't solve the drought

We've all seen reports predicting a wet winter with a strong El Niño, though it's still unlikely that the end of the drought may be at hand. Unfortunately, massive rains in Southern California may not add to the Sierra snowpack, California's main water supply....more»


WE DON'T LIKE CHANGE Editor, Roadrunner: Please do not change the name from "Western Days" to "The Valley Center Stampede." There is no need for the change and the locals will not like it....more»

Why Lilac Hills Ranch should be approved

On September 11, 2015, the County Planning Commission voted to approve Lilac Hills Ranch by a 4-3 vote. During Planning Commission deliberations, Lilac Hills Ranch was praised for its forward-looking design and community character....more»

Why Lilac Hills Ranch should not be approved

Valley Center is a very special rural community in San Diego County. The members of the Valley Center Community Planning Group volunteer their time and efforts to work towards making our fair community a place that they and their neighbors want to live....more»

The running of the bull

So, after two years of wandering in the wilderness, putting out first the Valley Center Press and then the Times Advocate, I have arrived back where I started—my old home at The Roadrunner just in time to be dropped smack dab into a controversy....more»

Some Good News from Sacramento

Your legislature was able to do some positive work for the taxpayers this session. For starters a number of tax hike proposals were blocked, including $1 billion in new gas taxes, $2 billion from a $65 per-vehicle `highway-user fee' and $1....more»

Accretive's political gamble on Lilac Hills Ranch

Just because Accretive Investments optioned cheap farmland, with a price that reflects its lack of infrastructure and limited access to County roads, cannot make Lilac Hills Ranch into a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and fill that silk purse with millions in profits....more»

We try to be fair

One of the biggest controversies of recent years in Valley Center, almost as big as the sewer wars of thirty years ago, is the controversy surrounding the Lilac Hills Ranch project....more»


"There's not enough collateral for this development" Editor, Roadrunner: As a former County Planning Commissioner, my viewpoint has always been that Accretive's land is not sufficient collateral to support the bond financing needed to build the required roads, school, fire station, sewer system and other infrastructure essential to the project....more»