SB 567 would harm family owned businesses and corporations

By News Desk | May 25, 2017

Today, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee considered SB 567 (Lara: D-Bell Gardens), proposing multiple tax hikes on California businesses, who already have one of the highest tax burdens in the country, subsequently making California even less competitive. The California Chamber of Commerce is opposing this bill. Here is a snippet how this bill will affect both family-owned businesses and … Continue reading “SB 567 would harm family owned businesses and corporations”


By News Desk | May 25, 2017

Editor, Times-Advocate: Yesterday I was sitting at a stoplight behind a police car. The exhaust system of the car was so new that the metal had not yet been changed by the heat. I don’t disparage the police and their new cars but on the other hand I feel like Phil Mahre when he won the slalom in the 1984 … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: ESCONDIDO IS POTHOLE CITY”

Honoring California’s peace officers

By News Desk | May 25, 2017

The annual ceremony at the California Peace Officer’s Memorial honoring officers killed in the line of duty was held in Capitol Park in Sacramento last week.  Over 3,000 men and women in uniform traveled to Sacramento to attend, including Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials. The ceremony which includes a mounted police contingent accompanied by … Continue reading “Honoring California’s peace officers”

The costs of war

By News Desk | May 25, 2017

It is unsettling when I hear the phrase, “The Costs of War”. And every year around Memorial Day, discussions inevitably turn to whether or not wars are worth the costs. What bothers me is the misuse of the language. We should never suggest that war has a cost; in America, war is the cost of freedom. Yes, it is very … Continue reading “The costs of war”

She had no chance

By News Desk | May 11, 2017

In the recent Presidential election, Hillary Clinton was upset by a man Democrats, and many establishment Republicans, labeled as a bigot, a xenophobe and a misogynist. She spent millions on television ads, and she toured the country, pointing out how Donald Trump “abused women” and was supported by “Nazi sympathizers.” She asked voters if they could trust such a “woman … Continue reading “She had no chance”

Repeal the gas tax!

By David Ross | May 11, 2017

I love a good revolution! When the politicians are shivering in their boots instead of the people being apprehensive about government, democracy is working. This quote has been erroneously attributed to Jefferson: “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Too bad he didn’t say it. If he had, you would … Continue reading “Repeal the gas tax!”

Live WaterSmart

By News Desk | May 11, 2017

Editor: The following was Mayor Sam Abed’s weekly message published on the city website. Though Governor Brown has declared the drought officially over, you won’t see much change in the way Escondido residents use water.  We know that California will have more years of drought in the future, we just don’t know when.  Making smart decisions today helps us prepare … Continue reading “Live WaterSmart”

Transparency in government is not optional

By News Desk | May 11, 2017

Recently, the California State Auditor revealed that the Office of the President of the University of California did not disclose to the UC Board of Regents, to the Legislature or the public that it was holding $175 million in reserve funds for fiscal year 2015-16. The report reveals that the Office of the President asked the Board of Regents for … Continue reading “Transparency in government is not optional”

Ask the Vet: Pain Control

By News Desk | May 11, 2017

If you’ve ever been in pain, whether acute or chronic, you know one thing. It’s not fun and you want to get rid of it if at all possible. The same is true for our pets. If pain goes untreated for too long it can change from physical to neurological pain, which is a different animal all together (sorry about … Continue reading “Ask the Vet: Pain Control”

What’s wrong with cutting federal funds to the arts?

By David Ross | May 03, 2017

I’m a great lover of the arts. I love movies, adore plays (being in them too occasionally) and I’m a sucker for writing profiles of artists, but I think that federal funds for the arts should be cut by budgeteers of the Trump administration—perhaps even eliminated altogether. Obviously, Escondido is a great home to the arts, what with its fabulous … Continue reading “What’s wrong with cutting federal funds to the arts?”