Bonsall Stories

SDSU and the big-money politics behind Lilac Hills Ranch

Tax-funded university tied to developer with secrecy-shrouded $3.5 million war chest

A San Diego State University-affiliated website has weighed into the big-money controversy over North County's proposed Lilac Hills Ranch housing development, going after what it says are undisclosed campaign contributions from an alleged "dark money" ...

Lilac Hills opponents mum on money source

Well-funded Measure B proponents file lawsuit to force transparency

Lilac Hills Ranch is a <a href="http://proposed master-planned community that developer Accretive Investments hopes to build east of Bonsall in northeastern San Diego County. Yesterday (November 2), proponents of the development filed a formal legal ...

Fallbrook Golf Course headed for the rough?

Nearby residents fear potential sale will lead to abysmal conditions

“Look at these pictures. It’s shocking. Does that look like rehabilitated wetlands to you?” Retired Fallbrook elementary school teacher Joan McConnell had just returned on Sunday (January 24) from the site of the former San ...

Vista goes easy on the tat shops

"The whole reason we limited it to one is so we can have some control."

Vista is about to get its third tattoo establishment — after a careful vetting process by a panel of city-council members, economic development folks, and the chamber of commerce. With downtown redevelopment underway, the city ...

Hwy 76: Pave it, stripe it, and let's drive it already!

At last, four lanes all the way from I-5 to I-15

Motorists driving the curvy, two-lane Highway 76 from Bonsall to I-15, with 20,000 fellow travelers per day, will soon see a light at the end of a traffic-nightmare tunnel. The old road, built in the ...

Back away from the water, Fallbrook

Rainbow water district survives takeover attempt

Water users in Rainbow and Bonsall finally feel like they’ve defeated a Goliath. A yearlong battle has ended, thwarting a takeover by the Fallbrook Public Utility District of the mostly agricultural Rainbow Municipal Water District. ...

If it's about water, it's about a fight

Fallbrook district tries to gobble Rainbow's

Residents of Rainbow and Bonsall feel threatened by what they say is a hostile takeover attempt of their water district by the Fallbrook Public Utility District. The mostly agricultural community of Rainbow, east of Fallbrook ...

The Indian hemp defense?

Humboldt man popped for pot near Pauma reservation

A Humboldt County man was arrested in Bonsall on Tuesday afternoon, March 24, after sheriff's deputies found a large amount of marijuana and cannabis concentrates in his car. The suspect, identified by Sgt. Patrick Yates ...

Appeal to "illegal tax" every year

Hope lives to overturn Cal Fire's semi-rural "Fire Prevention Fee"

This month, property owners in the county’s semi-rural areas are receiving their annual $150 bill for the state’s “Fire Prevention Fee.” Since the per-parcel fee was enacted in 2011, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association has ...

Hold on to that Fallbrook Hospital toe tag

Struggling facility to rely on Tri-City and Palomar Health for ER

With the Fallbrook Hospital facing a loss of $6 million that is growing at a clip of $500,000 a month, the directors of Fallbrook Healthcare District voted on Wednesday, October 8, to pull the plug ...

Five Reasons to Love Bonsall

Pick your pleasure

You won't see big box retailers here. As you gaze the horizon, you see mountains and trees.

Shark apprehends carjacker

Deputy Cruz responded immediately to scanner reports of a carjacking in progress in Bonsall. It was about 3 o’clock when he left the Valley Center sheriff’s station, 20 miles away, on Wednesday afternoon, January 29. ...

The highest-priced estate in San Diego

Not interested in a horse-breeding facility? Develop it

Current Owner: Frank Vessels Family Trust Listing Price: $55,600,000 Beds (main house): 3 Baths (main house): 5 Vessels Ranch, tucked away in the rural North County community of Bonsall, could set a new record for ...

Bonsall’s length of Highway 76 to become four lanes

Widening to I-15 (promised decades ago) to take three years

Motorists along Highway 76 between Bonsall and I-15 are happy to see that the final six-mile phase of the Highway 76 widening project has begun. Last week, crews started clearing out heavy brush and trees ...

San Diego Natural History Museum shows off a new fossil

Extinct bison bones found during highway construction last month

During construction of a highway ramp in San Diego’s North County last month, a paleontologist working for a local museum spotted some ancient bones in the dirt. Brad Riney, who is described as a “paleontological ...

The Green Gathering: an Earth Day event in Bonsall

4/20 festival pays tribute to Jah herb with music, yoga, tattoos, and sweet, sweet medication

While Colorado figures out how to cash in on legal weed with 420-friendly tours and potentially hefty taxation, lawmakers are writing legislation aimed at protecting pro-marijuana states from federal prosecution. In the meantime, Oregon has ...

Digiplex agrees to purchase 5 local UltraStar Cinemas

Poway, Bonsall, Temecula, Oceanside, and Mission Valley cinemas soon to be under new ownership

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center. Has there ever been a less appealing name for a theatre? Wasn't this digital transformation supposed to make it easier on all of us? The birthplace of "Pure Digital ...

Pot Farming Probationer Will Get Another 16 Months

John Alan Paul, the Bonsall man who was caught growing $200,000 of marijuana while San Diego Sheriff’s deputies were conducting a probation sweep, has pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for sale, the North County ...

Probation Sweep Leads to Bonsall Pot Farm

San Diego Sheriff’s deputies on a probation search at a Bonsall residence yesterday busted a large-scale marijuana growing operation. Forty-three year-old John Paul, who had forfeit his fourth amendment right of protection from unreasonable search ...

Peeping Tom Taken Into Custody

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department has identified a man suspected of peeping into windows at the Gala Apartment complex in the small northern San Diego community of Bonsall. Noah Delapena, 38, was arrested and booked ...

Moth Captured

The California Department of Food and Agriculture says the first “light brown apple moth” (Epiphyas postvittana) to appear in San Diego has been trapped in a Bonsall lemon grove. According to a press release, residents ...

Play the Sneaky Development Game

An Orange County developer who led the effort to delay San Diego’s general plan update until his own project could be approved is one step away from his goal. On October 23, the San Diego ...

Los Angeles-Type Traffic on the 76

My Dad works at JCPenney in Carlsbad. The drive from his house in Bonsall is approximately 12 miles. Normal drive time to work with no traffic is approximately 20 minutes. My Dad's current drive time ...

Catch the cool evening breeze from a hilltop in Heller's Bend Preserve near Fallbrook.

Once rich in rural landscapes, the area between Fallbrook and Bonsall has experienced a lot of suburban growth -- everything from full-blown subdivisions to large-acreage lots with mini-mansions placed on them. Fallbrook remains the "avocado ...

With the Help Of Horses

'We use Norwegian fjords the most," says Deborah Shinner, executive director of Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs and Strengths, or REINS, an organization that offers assisted horseback riding for the disabled. "The fjords can take a ...

The Hank Show

'He made me a replica of Hank's suit, the white suit with black musical notes.'

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