Thursday, January 29, 2015 • 10:25

Transient Occupancy Tax ordinance modified to clarify exemptions

The County of San Diego’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT,) basically a hotel tax, will remain at eight percent, but changes to the TOT ordinance will ensure that those whose exemption from payment ...more»

VC Art Association Class starring Barbara Graham

It’s funny how art works out sometimes. It’s fun. It’s interesting. It’s spiritual, deep, conceptual and so forth and so on. In the case of the Valley Center Art Association, Thursday ...more»

VC Chamber of Commerce stages installation and award show

Installations and award presentation are the name of the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce game on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Valley View Casino and Hotel. The evening also features a special dinner, concert ...more»

Lilac School FAVE Family Art Night taking shape

(Editor’s note: Amy Copeland, of Team Copeland, founded Fine Art Volunteer Educators, or FAVE, at Lilac School in 2010 while parenting a student there....more»

Day of the Horse parades into view

Last year may have been the most recent Chinese Year of the Horse, but that isn’t stopping the Valley Center Vaqueros from celebrating the Day of the Horse from 9 a....more»

VC Design Review Board looking for good, new board member

Want to have a say in how Valley Center’s village areas are landscaped and kept? Want to help decide about project architectural features, signage and lighting on local project sites? Have a background ...more»

Lilac Hills Ranch hits Shakespearean note at meet

Lilac Hills Ranch management went all Hamlet at the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce last week during its "Lunch and Learn" session. Which is to say, much like Osric’s call on the early swordplay ...more»

VCPUSD between sacred rock and a sports field place

A funny thing happened on the way to building the new soccer and lacrosse sports fields at the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District (VCPUSD) property off Cole Grade Road....more»

VC High School presents ‘Works in Progress’

An annual treat at Maxine Theater’s Black Box, Valley Center High School Dance presents "Works in Progress" at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 22, Jan. 23, and Jan....more»

Budget restraint and a history-making inauguration

On Jan. 5, Governor Brown was sworn into office for a fourth term. I join all Californians to congratulate the Governor on this historic occasion. Over my first term in office, Governor Brown demonstrated ...more»

Anthony Hernandez back for an all-new season of Welk Illusions

Welk Illusions, starring Anthony Hernandez, returned to the Welk Resort Theatre for a ninth season on Jan. 14 This family friendly show has grown and evolved over the past eight years into one of the ...more»

Lilac Hills Ranch developer goes into PR mode

Lilac Hills Ranch and its proposed 1,746 "dwelling units" in rural Valley Center has been nearly six years in the making and might take a lot more time judging from planning hurdles....more»

County funds $132,000 for Adams Park improvements

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the expenditure of $132,000 for improvements to Adams Park and the Valley Center Community Center. The supervisors’ 4-0 vote January 7, with Greg ...more»

San Diego County Board of Supervisors reorganizes

San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, of Valley Center, was unanimously voted chairman of the Board of Supervisors for 2015, just one day after being sworn-in to office....more»

Cub Scouts Pack 619 served up holiday cheer

Cub Scouts Pack 619 sponsored by the Valley Center Optimists Club generally meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month at Lilac School. It’s there they earn their merit badges and learn about ...more»

Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control...
Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died...
Passengers Smash Train Windows to Escape Smoke
Passengers on a Boston subway this morning panicked and smashed windows to escape a smoke-filled Red line train, according to witnesses.
Delta Air Lines pilot locked out of cockpit for Las Vegas landing
A Delta Air Lines Inc jet ended its flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas on Thursday with its captain locked out of his cockpit, the airline said. The pilot, who was not identified, left the cockpit prior to the final landing approach of Delta Flight 1651 but "was not able to re-enter the flight deck because of a door jam," the airline said in a statement explaining the mishap...
California eases prison crowding after years of trying
It is not yet clear whether the inmate count of 113,463 released Thursday, about 300 below the cap set by a panel of three federal judges, represents a permanent thinning of the prison population or is just a temporary reprieve for the state, which for years fought orders to bring the numbers down...
Most of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleaching
HONOLULU (AP) — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival.
Former soldier charged with stealing $250,000 in benefits
SEATTLE (AP) — A former Idaho National Guard soldier who is also an official in the Washington city of Snoqualmie has been indicted on charges that he lied his way to a Purple Heart and more than $250,000 in government benefits...
1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94
SEATTLE (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died...