Valley News

Valley Center’s biggest weekend is here

The moment thousands of VC residents have been waiting for is here.  Valley Center’s biggest week, Western Days, has arrived. Events began on Wednesday at the Valley Center Library, where they had the Bee & Butterfly Festival, and will continue Friday with the Guns & Hoses chili cook-off at Fire Station No. 1, then festival across the street. The festivities […]

CAL FIRE Suspends burning permits and other uses of open fire

As the state and region move closer to critical burning conditions, CAL FIRE San Diego is suspending all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State st Responsibility Area of San Diego and Imperial Counties. This suspension takes effect June 1 , 2022 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. Since January […]

Honors for service given at VCBA banquet


The highlight of Tuesday’s Valley Center Business Association’s Partners in Excellence – Annual Partners Meeting at Bates Nut Farm came when four members of the public were recognized for their contributions: Person of the Year: Jim Desmond, fifth District Supervisor.  (Watch video) Emerging Youth: Riley Carlton, 16. Spirit of the Community:  Craig Adams. Volunteer of the Year: the late Jim Weaver. […]

Booze wagon stolen in Mayor’s Race


It’s sunk to this! A candidate for Valley Center Honorary Mayor stealing another candidate’s Booze Wagon! Earlier this week the Valley Center Republicans “stole” the Booze Wagon from candidate LaVonne Norwood of  Promote Valley Center.  A spokesman for the Republicans told The Roadrunner, “I plan to move it around town the rest of the week … hopefully I can hide […]

VC’s first car wash will be state of the art


  For just about ever, VC motorists who wanted really clean cars have had to drive south to Escondido or east to Rincon. That’s about to change. Members of the Valley Center Community Planning Group Monday night learned some details of what VC’s first car wash will be like. The 3,500 square foot carwash will be both state-of-the-art and eco-friendly.  […]

—Firefighters Gala— Chief Joe Napier: firefighters are ‘tender but tough’


The Valley Center Fire Foundation Saturday Firefighters Gala at California Center for the Arts, Escondido, was attended by about 250 firefighters and members of the community. It raised more than $21,000 according to Foundation President Jim Bernet. “It may take a few weeks to collect all our revenue, but the budgeted or expected net proceeds total approximately $21,439.00,” he told […]

School enrollment continues decline but slower


This year, school enrollment in California is at its lowest in 20 years. Our own Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District reflects those numbers to a degree.  The 2021-22 school year enrollment continued its two decade decline, but the decline does appear to be slowing.  The enrollment was 3,826. In 2000-2001, enrolment was 4,661 and reached a peak of 4,770 the […]

Miller Plaza with Taco Bell, Circle K, to open by end of year


The Miller Plaza project has been around so long that children have started kindergarten and graduated from high school since work began on it. So it’s a bit of a shock to hear that it will actually be completed and be ready to open sometime before the end of the year. Motorists along Valley Center Road have noticed that wooden […]

Impacts of suicide discussion May 10

Valley Center has experienced two teenage suicides within the space of a few weeks. This has caused uncalculatable heart ache and pain among local parents, their children, their friends and relatives.  To address this hurt, there will be a talk about the impacts of suicide on May 10, 6-8 p.m. at the Maxine Theater, 31322 Cole Grade Rd. According to […]

Fire board postpones action on new station contract


  Two directors want more information on the actual cost of the temporary building for the 3rd fire station and remodeling of the two existing stations. So the Valley Center Fire Board Thursday postponed action on Design Build Contract with Biglione Construction and Erickson Hall Construction. The special meeting combined an in-person meeting with directors Phil Bell, Charlotte Seaborne, Steve […]


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