Chamber installs Linda Bailey as new chairwoman, recognizes Cocina Del Charro as business of the year



“California Dreamin’ ” was the theme for Friday night’s Escondido Chamber of Commerce’s 106th annual Installation and Awards Dinner, held at Pala Mesa Resort, at the resort’s out­door wedding venue. MC’s for the evening were Rorie Johnston, president and CEO of the Chamber and longtime Chamber board member Kevin Svetich, who traded quips throughout the evening. Special guests were Escondido […]

Defiant in defeat, Mayor Abed announces re-election bid



Although he came in third in the con­test for Dave Roberts’s Third District Supervisor’s seat in last week’s primary election, Mayor Sam Abed announced on Friday night that he will be running for a third term two years from now. The mayor chose a venue for the an­nouncement where he was definitely among friends, the annual Escondido Chamber of Commerce. […]

Super patriotic July 4 planned at Grape Day Park



The City of Escondido will sponsor the 53rd annual July 4th celebration and fireworks display in Grape Day Park. According to Mayor Sam Abed, “This exciting event celebrates our community’s patriotic heritage and shares the love of our great nation with all of Escondido.” There will be a cornucopia of free entertainment be­ginning at 4 p.m. on that Monday with […]

Torch bearers at Special Olympics



Members of the Escondido Police Department recently carried the Special Olympics torch in Carlsbad during the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The officer holding the torch is Officer Rob Bellamy. To his immediate left is Sgt. Paul Woodward.

Escondido woman to compete in International Piano Competition



Pianist Edna Nerona of Escondido will compete in the San Diego Inter­national Piano Competition for Out­standing Amateurs taking place at Crill Performance Hall, Point Loma Nazarene University on July 15 – 17. Edna, a resident of Escondido, is one of 30 pianists in the competition. Many of the other pianists are visit­ing from all over the United States, as well […]

Cal Fire suspends burn permits



While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions con­tinue to increase fire danger in the region prompting Cal Fire to sus­pend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Cal Fire is responsible for wild­land areas that are outside of city limits. […]

Working together to address North County golf course closures

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The beauty of a well-maintained golf course is something we all can appreciate. Golfers see it as a playground, while others simply enjoy the scenic vistas, the trees and the fields of green. But do we ever stop to think that these amenities exist because they are part of a business enterprise? Yes, a golf course is there to provide […]

The calendar is in charge




The Legislature operates according to strict calendar deadlines, some of which are mandated by the State Constitution. Some of these have passed, and others are fast approaching. With few exceptions, bills had to be voted out of their house of origin by June 3. Since most bills are subject to review by multiple committees, meet­ing the June 3 deadline often […]

Show, don’t tell us, you have integrity



Tis that time of year: the season of politics; petty partisan politics; down and dirty politics; the time for hyper­bole and demagoguery; the time for invective and verbal savagery of one’s opponent; an odious exercise that has permeated every level of government — federal, state, county and city. Why does it have to be thus? Why is it necessary to […]

Green Boot Camp will teach sustainability to educators



Hands-on workshop in San Diego and Escondido provides middle school educators with tools to teach energy, sustainability and environmental concepts June 19-23 Honeywell last week awarded 50 middle school teachers from 13 coun­tries scholarships to attend its eighth annual Green Boot Camp, a four-day interactive sustainability workshop that provides educators with the in­formation, experience and resources to bring lessons on […]


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