When you think about it, our feet are pretty amazing. For most, they're an unfaltering foundation - two shock absorbers we rely on daily to hold our weight and propel us through life. Comprised of dozens of bones and hundreds of ligaments, muscles, and tendons, the average person's feet take a fair beating every day - on average, people stand for about four hours every day and take around 5K steps as well. Because your feet are smaller than most other parts of your body, they endure an enormous impact with each step, adding up to hundreds of tons of weight daily.
Strangely, when our feet, ankles, or toes begin to hurt, we do our best to ignore the pain and push through the day. We even give up sports and outdoor activities that we love. Unfortunately, ignoring pain and delaying treatment will further damage your feet and, by proxy, your whole body.
If you're living with foot and ankle pain or have given up on fun activities like hiking and jogging, it's time to change. Why sacrifice a life full of outdoor activities in our beautiful part of the world when you can visit an expert podiatrist in Fallbrook, CA?
Welcome to North County Foot and Ankle - where men and women just like you get new leases on life through some of the most advanced podiatric treatments available in California. With more than 50 years of combined experience treating a wide range of foot and ankle problems, our pioneering doctors have helped hundreds of people reclaim their love of walking, jogging, and life in general.
What makes North County Foot and Ankle stand out from other foot and ankle doctors in Fallbrook? Unlike some foot doctors, our podiatrists work with a client-first mentality. When you walk through our front doors, the time you spend in our office is all about you. We believe in a strong physician-patient relationship fortified by one-on-one attention and honest communication.
Before offering foot pain treatment options, we perform a thorough evaluation, taking into account your individual needs, goals, and preferences. Once that's done, we'll discuss your treatment options in detail and come to a mutual decision regarding the best treatment plan for you.
Whether you have a minor hangnail or need complex surgery, you will receive the same level of compassionate care from our medical team. As board-certified podiatrists in Fallbrook, our doctors are proud to treat you. You can rest easy knowing they will take the time to explain what's causing your foot pain, what treatments are best suited to your problem, and what steps you should take after treatment.
And while our podiatrists are uniquely qualified to perform surgery, we often recommend non-surgical options, using treatments like orthotics to relieve foot, arch, and heel pain. From sports injuries and bunions to gout and blisters, we're here to help you live life to the fullest without nagging, debilitating foot pain.
Patients visit our foot clinic in Fallbrook, CA, for many podiatric problems, including:
If you're dealing with chronic foot pain or are concerned about a long-lasting symptom that affects your daily life, we're here to help. Unsure if you need to call to make an appointment? These symptoms are often signs that you might need to visit our foot and ankle doctors:
Most people over 40 know that strange body aches and pains become more common with age. The same can be said with our feet. As we get older, our feet usually spread out and lose the fatty pads that help cushion our feet. If you're overweight, the ligaments and bones in your feet also take an extra beating. Also, with age, foot abnormalities that you were born with become more pronounced, as the joints in your feet lose flexibility and become rigid. To make matters worse, the skin covering your feet dries out, resulting in more cuts, scrapes, and infections.
It's clear that we endure more foot pain as we get older, but what kind of foot pain should we be most concerned about? It can be hard to tell - pain from what looks like normal bruising may actually be a sign that something more serious is occurring. That's why we're listing some of the most common symptoms of serious foot problems. That way, you're better educated and have a better shot at figuring out whether you need a simple bag of ice or a visit to your podiatrist in Fallbrook, CA.
When you sprain your foot or ankle or suffer an acute injury, it's normal for your foot to swell up. This type of swelling typically goes down after 48 hours have passed. However, if you hurt your foot and the swelling is severe and doesn't go away after a couple of days, it's cause for concern. Persistent swelling often indicates an ankle or foot injury that needs podiatric care.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: If you notice persistent swelling of any kind on your body, it's wise to see a doctor. Ankle swelling, in particular, could be a warning sign that a blood clot or heart issue is present.
It's normal for your foot or ankle to "smart" after you stub your toe or twist your ankle. However, if you're experiencing ongoing ankle and foot pain, it's probably not normal. The pain doesn't have to be sharp, either - if you have dull pain, tenderness, or weakness that lasts more than two days, a trip to the foot doctor may be in order.
Minor ankle and foot injuries, like sprains, are quite common. When a sprain happens, it's normal to experience some instability or weakness afterward. Chronic instability, however, is a more serious problem. Long-term instability or weakness may signify torn ligaments or something worse. If you've had trouble standing or walking for a long time, it's best to make an appointment at a foot clinic in Fallbrook.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: Podiatric experts like those at North County Foot and Ankle may have a long-term solution to help reclaim your mobility without surgery. Give our office call today to learn more!
Stiffness is a normal symptom that should be expected with sprains, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis. Often, you can alleviate such stiffness with rest, weight loss, stretching, or even new shoes. With that said, if you're experiencing ongoing stiffness, it could be a red flag that something more serious is going on.
When you've been sitting for a long time, you may have noticed a popping sound from your feet when you stand. That sound is perfectly normal. So long as it's painless, you've got nothing to worry about. However, if you feel pain when you hear a popping noise, it could indicate a subluxation or dislocation, which are conditions that require a podiatrist's attention.
If you're not sure whether you should be concerned about a painful foot or ankle symptom, give our clinic in Fallbrook a call ASAP. Our helpful technicians can help answer your questions and set up a time for you to speak with one of our friendly podiatrists.
Here are just a few of the typical foot problems we treat daily.
Do you have intense heel pain that appears when you first stand up, only for it to disappear after a few steps? If so, you could be one of the millions of people in the U.S. suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is most often caused by an inflamed ligament covering bones on the bottom of your feet. Also called "Policeman's Heel," this painful condition is a common reason for heel pain, but it won't go away on its own.
Almost all cases of plantar fasciitis will get better with easy, non-surgical treatments and lifestyle changes. A good place to start is by refraining from activities or sports that cause pain, like jogging, hiking, running, or aerobic exercises.
Common treatment options at North County Foot and Ankle include:
Orthotic shoe inserts provide you with the arch support that your feet need, especially with shoes like women's flats that don't have much foot support. We also recommend wearing shoes that are appropriate for the activity you're enjoying, like hiking boots on your favorite trail and running shoes on the street or track.
Stretching regularly with gentle exercises can help prevent plantar fasciitis and stop flare-ups. Stretching your calves, specifically, reduces heel pain effectively. After you schedule an appointment at our foot clinic in Fallbrook, one of our doctors can explain the proper exercises in more detail.
Wearing a brace or splint while you sleep will keep your plantar fascia stretched. That way, when you wake up and take your first steps of the day, you shouldn't have as much pain because your plantar fascia won't have a chance to tighten up overnight.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: If you're still struggling with plantar fasciitis after using orthotics, treatments like orthobiologics, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) may be more effective.
Ingrown toenails are among the most common foot maladies in the United States. Though common, ingrown toenails can be painful, resulting in swelling, bleeding, pus, and more. Various factors cause ingrown toenails, such as heredity, trauma, hygiene, nail conditions, and improper trimming. Thankfully, with the help of an expert, most ingrown toenails can be treated at home or in a podiatrist's office.
Ingrown toenails happen when the corners and sides of your toenails grow and eventually dig into the flesh around your nail. Most often occurring on the big toe, ingrown toenails become a serious concern when they are left untreated or when an infection is involved. To determine whether your ingrown toenail needs an evaluation by a foot doctor in Fallbrook, CA, keep an eye out for initial symptoms and infection symptoms:
To help prevent infection, try cutting your nails in a straight line, and don't cut them too short. Do not cut your nails to match the shape of your toe.
When your toenail becomes ingrown, you need doctors with real expertise in diagnosing and treating foot problems. At North County Foot and Ankle, our doctors are highly qualified to treat the underlying conditions causing your ingrown toenail. That way, you can enjoy long-term relief and also learn the ways to prevent ingrown toenails in the future.
If you have a bony bump near the bottom joint of your big toe, chances are it's a bunion. Bunions are deformities on your feet that are formed when your front foot bones become misaligned. When this happens, the misaligned bones cause the top half of your big toe to point inward toward your second toe. From there, your tendons will tighten, which pulls your toe even further inward. Once your toe is pulled more inward, the bottom joint of your big toe will bulge outward. The bulge you see is actually what we refer to as a bunion.
Without treatment, your toe pain can worsen, and the bunion can grow. Painful swelling in the balls of your feet can also cause hammertoe. Hammertoe happens your second toe is bent out of shape by your misaligned big toe.
Luckily, North County Foot and Ankle is California's go-to clinic for bunion treatment in Fallbrook, CA. Our highly-trained doctors can stop these uncomfortable conditions from happening and help prevent worse conditions from developing.
Jason Morris, a board-certified podiatric foot surgeon in Fallbrook, CA, is one of the top podiatrists in the greater San Diego area and has successfully treated patients with bunions for over ten years. He offers advanced treatments for bunion pain, such as:
Our hand-made orthotics, which are worn in your shoes, are molded to fit your foot exactly, correcting bone misalignments and relieving pain much better than cookie-cutter, store-bought options.
Drs. Morris and Redkar performs state-of-the-art triplanar correction surgery using 3-D digital imaging and a minimal incision approach. This procedure is very effective and works by rotating misaligned big toe bones back to the proper position. Once your toe bones are back in position, a metal plate is attached to your bones so that they remain aligned over long-term use.
Drs. Morris and Redkar may recommend both surgery and custom orthotics to keep your foot pain-free and your bunion from growing back.
If you’ve been enduring foot or ankle pain that affects your mobility and quality of life, why not make a change for the better? At North County Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists in Escondido help patients of all ages. Drs. Morris and Redkar take a patient-first approach with all of our podiatry services. Both are highly qualified and recipients of prestigious awards.
Featured in Los Angeles Magazine’s prestigious Top Doctors list of 2021, Dr. Avanti Redkar is a board-certified podiatrist that specializes in foot and ankle pathology. Dr. Redkar earned her undergrad degree in biology at the University of Scranton and her master’s degree in nutrition at SUNY Buffalo. She attended podiatry school at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Her three-year surgical residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York, included foot and rearfoot surgery, wound care, and hyperbaric medicine training. Dr. Redkar also completed a one-year fellowship in sports medicine and ankle reconstruction.
After a rigorous three-year residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Jason Morris, DPM, moved to sunny California to practice podiatric medicine. Once there, Dr. Morris worked as an attending physician at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Since relocating to the Escondido area, he has been a staff physician at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Poway. Dr. Morris is a podiatric foot and ankle specialist with board certification in rearfoot and forefoot reconstructive surgery. Dr. Morris has undergone extensive training in sports medicine, ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage, and reconstructive surgery.
If you've been enduring foot or ankle pain that affects your mobility and quality of life, why not make a change for the better? At North County Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists in Fallbrook help patients of all ages. Drs. Morris and Redkar take a patient-first approach with all of our podiatry services. From minor bunion treatments to complex issues like foot fractures, every treatment option we consider is chosen with your best interest in mind.
Our podiatrists are members of several professional organizations, including:
If more conservative treatments are better for your condition, non-surgical solutions like custom orthotics may be the best route. If you need ankle or foot surgery, our podiatrists will complete your procedure with time-tested skill and precision. Because, at the end of the day, our goal is to provide you with the most effective foot and ankle pain solutions with the quickest recovery options available.
Contact us online or via phone today to schedule an appointment at our Fallbrook office. By tomorrow, you'll be one step closer to loving life without foot or ankle pain.
Dave Baxter and Hayden HamiltonAs you have probably heard, our two water agencies – the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District – are seeking to switch water suppliers in the wake of price increases from the San Diego County Water Authority that have averaged 8% per year over the past decade. Not surprisingly, this effort is opposed by the Water Authority.As your local water representatives, we are charged with providing you – the people of Fallbrook, Bonsall...
Dave Baxter and Hayden Hamilton
As you have probably heard, our two water agencies – the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District – are seeking to switch water suppliers in the wake of price increases from the San Diego County Water Authority that have averaged 8% per year over the past decade. Not surprisingly, this effort is opposed by the Water Authority.
As your local water representatives, we are charged with providing you – the people of Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow – a reliable supply of water at the lowest cost possible, whether you’re a residential, business or agricultural customer. We are accountable to you and only you.
The SDCWA, on the other hand, provides water to, and thus answers to, 24 member agencies throughout the county. The Water Authority’s top priority is not Fallbrook and Rainbow ratepayers – it’s the Water Authority and its members.
Unfortunately, the Water Authority’s lawyers and lobbyists have been working hard to prevent us from leaving and buying our water from the Eastern Municipal Water District. By switching to Eastern, our customers would save approximately $7.6 million a year on water costs, according to an independent analysis.
Why doesn’t the Water Authority want us to leave? It’s simple: they want your money. They want your money so they can continue funding projects that largely benefit customers down south.
Unfortunately, ever since we announced our plans to change water suppliers, the Water Authority has been throwing up roadblocks at every turn and making false and misleading statements.
Among other things, the Water Authority contends that our two water districts’ customers have racked up obligations of $1.2 billion that should be paid to the Authority before we can leave, $1.2 billion! This so-called “exit fee” would equate to about $45,000 for each and every Fallbrook and Rainbow ratepayer. Not only is such a fee preposterous, imposing it on us would violate California law. The law is clear as to what our on-going obligations would be to leave, but the Water Authority is seeking to punish us for finding a better deal for our customers.
In addition, the Water Authority continues to make unfounded claims. Despite a San Diego newspaper’s report that suggests otherwise, the Water Authority contends that its water would eventually become less expensive than water provided by the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies the Eastern Municipal Water District. This, however, is not accurate. The Water Authority conjured up its rate comparison by factoring in additional cost impacts for Metropolitan, but conveniently forgot to apply these same impacts to its own rate projections.
When it comes to forecasting the future, the Water Authority doesn’t exactly have a strong track record. They failed miserably to predict the amount of water our region would need in future years and, as a result, financed billions of dollars for projects meant to increase the local water supply. However, our regional demand for water has actually plummeted over the years because San Diego County residents have answered the call to conserve.
Whether we can switch suppliers will be up to an organization known as the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission, which is governed by local appointed and elected officials. If LAFCO approves our applications, then Fallbrook and Rainbow voters would have the final say in an election held in each of the two districts’ service areas.
Our proposal has received the support of the Fallbrook and Rainbow community planning groups and the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, who voted overwhelmingly to endorse the move after carefully considering the facts.
Facts are important and you can continue to count on our two water districts to provide you with nothing but the facts. And you can be sure that, as your locally-elected water representatives, we are looking out for you and your interests as we engage in this “David vs. Goliath” effort.
The bottom line is escalating water rates in San Diego County, which today are among the highest in America, have taken a huge toll on the people of Bonsall, Fallbrook and Rainbow, as well as our local economy. We firmly believe that switching water suppliers will bring much needed relief to you, our ratepayers, while ensuring a safe, reliable supply of water for many years to come.
If you’d like to learn more about our effort, please join us at a town hall meeting on Monday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at the offices of the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 900 East Mission Road. Supervisor Jim Desmond, who also serves as chairman of LAFCO, will attend to hear directly from the community.
We hope to see you there.
Dave Baxter is president of the Fallbrook Public Utility District Board of Directors.
Hayden Hamilton is president of the Rainbow Municipal Water District.
FPUD reports that switching water suppliers would save Fallbrook and Rainbow customers $7.6M a yearJulie ReederPublisherLocal residents spoke out at a packed standing room only town hall meeting last week about a proposal by the Fallbrook Public Utility District and Rainbow Municipal Water District to switch water suppliers, a change that they are reportng would save ratepayers millions of dollars.Following years of escalating water costs from the San Diego County Water Authority, averaging...
FPUD reports that switching water suppliers would save Fallbrook and Rainbow customers $7.6M a year
Local residents spoke out at a packed standing room only town hall meeting last week about a proposal by the Fallbrook Public Utility District and Rainbow Municipal Water District to switch water suppliers, a change that they are reportng would save ratepayers millions of dollars.
Following years of escalating water costs from the San Diego County Water Authority, averaging 8% per year, FPUD and Rainbow are seeking to change water suppliers – through a process known as detachment – from the Water Authority. They would form a new attachment to the Eastern Municipal Water District.
According to an independent analysis, FPUD and Rainbow ratepayers would save a combined $7.6 million a year by switching to Eastern.
The town hall, held May 2 at the Fallbrook Public Utility District offices, included opening remarks by County Supervisor Jim Desmond, FPUD Board President Dave Baxter, and Rainbow Board President Hayden Hamilton, as well as a presentation by FPUD General Manager Jack Bebee and Rainbow General
Manager Tom Kennedy.
Keene Simonds, the executive officer of the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission, and Adam Wilson, a consultant to LAFCO, were invited to brief
attendees about the LAFCO review and approval process.
"We're very grateful to everyone, especially Supervisor Desmond and Mr. Simonds, for coming out and taking part in this town hall," said Bebee. "This is a very important issue for the people of Fallbrook and Rainbow and we want to make sure that everyone has all the facts and are able to ask their questions and express their opinions."
"The rising cost of water is impacting all of us here in Rainbow and Fallbrook, especially our agricultural community, which is the backbone of our economy," said Kennedy. Our goal here is simple – save our customers money while continuing to deliver a reliable supply of water."
The meeting was attended by nearly 150 local residents. Attendees spoke out on issues that ranged from the time it is taking LAFCO to decide the matter to the suggestion by the Water Authority that FPUD and Rainbow should pay a hefty exit fee.
Among the public speakers was Eileen Delaney, chair of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group, who expressed the group's strong support for the switch as well as its opposition to the districts paying any exit fee. The planning group joins the Rainbow Community Planning Group and the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce in supporting the switch to Eastern.
Supervisor Desmond, who also serves as chair of LAFCO, told attendees that he can't take a position at this time because doing so would preclude him from voting on the issue. After addressing the audience at the start of the meeting, Desmond stayed and listened to all the public speakers and remained afterwards to meet with attendees one-on-one.
The town hall also included a discussion of a report conducted for LAFCO by Dr. Michael Hanemann, who reviewed three key areas: water reliability, financial impacts to the involved parties, and a potential exit fee.
Regarding water reliability, Wilson said: "Dr. Hanemann concluded that both Eastern and the County Water Authority are both reliable wholesale water suppliers."
On the financial impacts, Hanemann's report concluded that Fallbrook and Rainbow ratepayers would save approximately $7.6 million a year by purchasing their water from Eastern instead of the Water Authority.
Simonds explained that Hanemann also concluded that Fallbrook and Rainbow should pay an exit fee to the Water Authority of at least $13 million a year, but only for a defined period of time.
However, both Fallbrook and Rainbow dispute Hanemann's suggested exit fee.
FPUD and Rainbow leaders agree that some level of compensation should be provided through ongoing property tax payments as described in the act that created the Water Authority, but that the proposed exit fee does not comply with the law. They have asked LAFCO and their attorneys to thoroughly review
In addition, it was reported that local ratepayers have paid millions of dollars to the California Water Authority for future projects that have not been started.
LAFCO, which is governed by local appointed and elected officials and is responsible for overseeing the establishment, expansion and boundary changes of cities and special districts, is expected to decide later this year if the districts can change suppliers. If approved, Fallbrook and Rainbow voters would have the
final say in an election held in each of the two districts' service areas.
The escalating cost of water in San Diego County has been a hot topic in recent years. A study conducted last year by statista.com concluded that San Diego's water rates are among the highest in the nation. Further, a 2017 report by the American Water Works Association found that San Diego area households pay more than twice the national average for water.
According to the Authority's recently adopted Long-Range Financing Plan, water costs could jump another 50% over the next five years.
Knowing the election is days away, turmoil has grown in my spirit over candidates misrepresenting their positions to voters. Regardless of what position you support, transparent truth is vital in making decisions, which ultimately affect the community we have chosen to call home. Years ago I learned, getting upset, frustrated and disappointed over a result where I didn’t try to support factual truths was a disservice.For those who know me, then you know how much Steph and I respect genuine transparency in our lives and those we ...
Knowing the election is days away, turmoil has grown in my spirit over candidates misrepresenting their positions to voters. Regardless of what position you support, transparent truth is vital in making decisions, which ultimately affect the community we have chosen to call home. Years ago I learned, getting upset, frustrated and disappointed over a result where I didn’t try to support factual truths was a disservice.
For those who know me, then you know how much Steph and I respect genuine transparency in our lives and those we do life with. Hence it became important to share facts about those who make up the Fallbrook First campaign team. Please note – my comments are from a personal perspective having nothing to do with any organization I represent or Board positions I am currently elected to serve.
Know who you are voting for…very important. With a little research, you will quickly learn some facts and can be better prepared to cast your vote for the group who best represents your core values. As Jackie Heyneman mentioned in her letter last week, there was a shift with the newly elected 2020 members. One such member and current endorser of the Fallbrook First team stepped down from their administrative duties moments before being relieved of them by the Board.
Factual truths supported in minutes and for those attending meetings in person and via Zoom reveal poor information access for Board Members, a gross misrepresentation of the Fallbrook Planning Group on social media along with routinely missed deadlines articulated by existing Planning Group by-laws. Once the individual’s administrative role was replaced, the Planning Group immediately realigned, eliminating the distracting noise and divisive confusion.
Know who you are voting for… another incumbent member of the Planning Group running with the Fallbrook First team has been in gross violation of County rules regarding Ethics Training, Policy I-1, Brown Act Trainings and Form 700 for four years. These are annual requirements specific to all who hold elected office. When asked during a public meeting, the member quickly denied the claim. The issue was later resolved as it was brought to light publicly yet the member maintained the filings had been completed and the County was to blame. This same member made false legal accusations against another member regarding Brown Act violations which was later found to be unsupported.
Know who you are voting for… at least three candidates of the Fallbrook First team support leniency regarding cannabis grows and dispensaries in Fallbrook. Progress is their platform. One incumbent cited their desire to open the first legal dispensary in town and that they should be conveniently located in the village zone.
Know who you are voting for… is it really necessary for any candidate to bully residents and neighbors on various social media forums with vulgar language and demeaning insults?
Know who you are voting for…campaign sign placement requires a paid county permit or private property permission. The County permit stickers are affixed to the signs. Public record – only one of the six candidates running with Fallbrook First filed a sign permit. The other five did not. All members of the Fallbrook 7 filed and obtained their permits. Facts via public county records. Know these are the very folks you would depend upon reviewing, approving and making recommendations in your permitting process for business signage, development, design review and land use.
The Planning Group is non-partisan. Partisanship has not been an issue until 2020. Politics and political stepping-stones are not in the purview or interest of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group. The Fallbrook First team offers candidate statements committing to put Fallbrook First. Unless I have missed something, this is what the Fallbrook Community Planning Group has been doing for decades. They have established years of working relationships with residents, business owners, County Staff and elected officials.
I do not appreciate the Fallbrook First team telling community members that they will change the way the Planning Group represents them. The County has strict policies on how Planning Groups are to function. The Planning Group members today and of the past have been properly representing Fallbrook within the boundaries of County policy – as an advisory group. This election rhetoric is a conscious overstating of commitments unattainable by any Planning Group member.
Fallbrook First states the Planning Group is not transparent and not inclusive. Until 2020 this was also not an issue. The Fallbrook Planning Group by-laws exceed County requirements for public engagement and from my perspective are strictly adhered to. Fallbrook First appears to create a problem to solve when no problem actually exists.
The Fallbrook 7’s philosophy is simple: Keeping it friendly, Keeping it focused and Keeping it Fallbrook.
The candidates of The Fallbrook 7 have our endorsement. These individuals collectively offer decades of planning and land use experience along with established understanding of zoning and strong family values.
The Fallbrook 7 are endorsed by over 50 County and community leaders and volunteers. By comparison the Fallbrook First team are endorsed by six people at the time of this letter submittal – noting three of the six endorsements are from existing Planning Group Members endorsing themselves! The other three are existing Planning Group Members elected in 2020.
The Fallbrook 7 team: Jeniene Domercq, Eileen Delaney, Steve Brown, JJ Neese, Kari Hoyer, Keely Hansen and Debbie Williams.
Know who you are voting for…
Five local K-12 superintendents pocketed more than $400,000 each in pay and benefits in 2021, according to the most recent school district pay data published by government accountability website Transparent California.The same three people were the highest-paid superintendents in San Diego County in both 2020 and 2021: County Superintendent Paul Gothold, Cajon Valley Union’s David Miyashiro and Fallbrook Union Elementary’s Candace Singh....
Five local K-12 superintendents pocketed more than $400,000 each in pay and benefits in 2021, according to the most recent school district pay data published by government accountability website Transparent California.
The same three people were the highest-paid superintendents in San Diego County in both 2020 and 2021: County Superintendent Paul Gothold, Cajon Valley Union’s David Miyashiro and Fallbrook Union Elementary’s Candace Singh.
County Superintendent Gothold, who was paid $471,235 including benefits, leads the San Diego County Office of Education. The county office oversees and provides support and services to the county’s 42 school districts and more than 130 charter schools; it also operates school programs that serve about 1,000 students in special populations on any given day, including homeless and juvenile court students. Gothold has served in the position since 2017.
Miyashiro, who totaled $470,889 in pay and benefits, has for 10 years led Cajon Valley, an East County district with about 14,800 students that recently became embroiled in a debate over a perceived conflict of interest regarding one of its former board members.
Singh, who saw $447,963 in pay and benefits in 2021, retired from the district last fall after serving in the position for 12 years. Fallbrook Elementary is one of the county’s smaller districts, serving about 4,900 students.
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San Diego Unified’s Lamont Jackson — who leads the state’s second-largest school district with about 95,000 students — was paid a total of $325,223 in 2021, when he served most of the year as interim superintendent for the outgoing Cindy Marten.
Superintendent pay often includes more than just salary. Superintendents can cash out unused vacation or sick days and receive overtime pay, stipends, monthly car and phone allowances and more.
Benefits consist of more than just health insurance, often also including life insurance and retirement contributions.
The average California K-12 superintendent made $297,815 in pay and benefits in 2021, according to an analysis by Transparent California. That’s more than Gov. Gavin Newsom collected in pay and benefits in 2021, which totaled $261,921.
The state’s highest-paid superintendent was James Hammond of Ontario-Montclair School District in San Bernardino County. He collected $743,596 in pay and benefits, partly thanks to generous vacation and sick time payout policies and other benefits.
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There’s nothing wrong with superintendents making more than the governor, said Todd Maddison, research director for Transparent California — as long as they can show that they deserve it.
But that’s the problem, Maddison said. Superintendent pay raises are usually not tied to improvements in performance on state measures like the state school dashboard, a district’s enrollment size, or other concrete factors.
“There’s no connection between increasing the pay of the superintendent and actually providing a better education,” Maddison said.
Instead, superintendents are often given raises based on how satisfied the board is with them, or to match those that were bargained with unions representing other employees.
“I would love to see a superintendent pay scheme that had a large bonus based on actual improvement,” Maddison said. “Without more money tied to improvement, you’re not going to get improvement with more money.”
Some superintendents have received significant pay raises since that 2021 data was collected.
After taking over as San Diego Unified superintendent on an interim basis in 2021, Jackson officially became superintendent last year. In the new role, he was paid a $375,000 annual salary, not including benefits or other pay.
In mid-November, the Cajon Valley school board approved a 7 percent cost-of-living salary increase for Miyashiro, on par with raises given to union-represented employees. His salary is now $381,236 a year.
Miyashiro’s leadership has recently come under criticism after he suggested hiring as a consultant a school board member who had just been voted out of office. When the contract for her company came up for a vote, Miyashiro did not disclose that the firm belonged to her.
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In response to questions this week about his pay, Miyashiro cited his creation of the district’s World of Work program, which exposes students to potential careers early on based on their personality, strengths and skills. He touted recognition the district has drawn from education leaders, think tanks and national media.
Cajon Valley Board President Jim Miller said he has never seen Miyashiro turn down a meeting with a parent and that he returns emails, texts and calls at all hours of the day and during his time off. He credited Miyashiro with reopening the district’s schools far earlier than most districts during the pandemic and for already having laptops deployed to students before COVID-19.
“You can almost reverse the question when addressing other districts and their superintendents by asking why do any of those that remained closed and (hoarding) their COVID relief funds still have jobs or hold their trustee positions?” Miller wrote in an email.
Officials with the San Diego County Office of Education and Fallbrook Elementary did not immediately respond to questions for this story. Singh, who left Fallbrook last fall, also did not respond.
Singh has previously said that her pay is commensurate with her years in the position, experience and skills and that the district has benefited from the stability she has brought.
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SAN DIEGO – A sluggish first half doomed the Imperial High School girls basketball team as the second-seeded Tigers fell, 58-43, to top-seeded Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista in the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship game at St. Augustine High School here on Friday, February 24.Trailing 7-5 in the opening quarter, the Tigers (26-5 overall) gave up nine straight points and found themselves down 16-5 with 2:20 left in the first period, after the Crusaders’ Kaylee Muckerman hit three consecutive three-pointers....
SAN DIEGO – A sluggish first half doomed the Imperial High School girls basketball team as the second-seeded Tigers fell, 58-43, to top-seeded Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista in the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship game at St. Augustine High School here on Friday, February 24.
Trailing 7-5 in the opening quarter, the Tigers (26-5 overall) gave up nine straight points and found themselves down 16-5 with 2:20 left in the first period, after the Crusaders’ Kaylee Muckerman hit three consecutive three-pointers.
“They (Crusaders) beat us to everything and we were just slow to open the game,” said Rich Ponchione, Imperial’s longtime head coach. “We had the right game plan but I think the girls were too amped up and just couldn’t calm down early in the game.”
Mater Dei closed out the first quarter up 18-9, then opened the second quarter on a 10-3 run to build a 28-12 lead with 2:25 left in the first half. The Crusaders took a 34-18 lead into the halftime locker room.
“We didn’t have very good communication early in the game,” said 18-year-old Amy Riley, the Tigers’ senior center. “(The Crusaders) are a really good team and they had great shooters but we didn’t get out and contest those early shots like we should have.”
Imperial, the undefeated (8-0) Imperial Valley League champions, mounted a brief rally early in the third quarter, opening the second half on a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 38-27 with 5:13 left in the quarter. The Crusaders responded and bumped the lead back to 15 at 43-28 over the next two minutes.
“They spread the floor well and moved the ball better than teams we normally play, and obviously they were big and long and athletic,” said 17-year-old senior Sierra Morris, who led the Tigers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. “We hurt ourselves with a lack of communication on the defensive end tonight.”
Riley finished with 10 points for Imperial, while senior Xiomara Cardona had seven points and sophomore Nayeli Cardona chipped in with six points.
The Tigers found themselves in the same predicament last season, losing in the CIF SDS Division II championship game to Fallbrook, then going on to win the CIF Southern California Regional title before losing in the CIF-State Division IV championship game in Sacramento.
“This is going to be tough to get over. Us seniors really wanted that CIF banner,” Morris said. “This one is going to sting for a while, but come Monday we will get back into it at practice and focus on the bigger picture and try to make another run to state.”
The top four teams from CIF SDS Division I automatically qualify for the Southern California Regional playoffs, so Imperial will find out on Sunday what division it will compete in and what seed and opponent the Tigers will get when the regionals open on Tuesday, February 28.
“I think it’s going to be tough because we won’t be back in Division IV, we’ll probably be in Division III,” Ponchione said. “But prior to tonight we’d been playing at a really high level, and if we can get back to that level, hopefully we can make some things happen again like last year,” the coach said.
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