Where to get sand bags, and free sand

With more rain in the forecast for the coming week, it’s good to know where you can get sandbags if you need them. The City of Escondido provides sand and empty bags for filling at the Escondido Sports Center in Kit Carson Park, located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway. Sand bags and sand will be available Monday through Friday from […]

Escondido Public Library presents New Year, New Finances!

Escondido Public Library, in collaboration with Operation Hope in Escondido, will host a credit and money management workshop on Tuesday, January 24, from 6– 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Learn the basics of creating a budget, how to understand your credit report and what you can do to correct errors that may negatively affect your credit rating, and […]

Cuba and Beyond: An American visits the formerly forbidden island


The mystery of Cuba began to fascinate me when I was pregnant with my first child during a cruise sailing between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. The captain announced that if we looked starboard, we would see what seemed to me a dark, forbidden land rising from the sea. Would I ever be able to set foot in this communist […]

Pet of the Week

Name: DandyAge: 6 years oldGender: Neutered maleBreed: Labrador RetrieverID #: 190301Adoption Fee: $95 Dandy, a 6-year-old Labrador Retriever, is looking for a new best friend. He’s a very sweet boy but a bit shy at first, and would love a home where he can stretch out in the sun and enjoy a nice comfy bed while spending time with his […]

Survivors seek forever homes!

Once again the Hawthorne’s rescued another litter of kittens! This time from a trash can, how they got there nobody knows! The kittens were immediately taken to A Cat’s View Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Nancy Matthews examined them and they were all ok. They were given a bath, nail trims, vaccines, spayed and neutered, and given all of their health care. […]

Several developments on tap in 2017

The Escondido planning department is currently processing several developments that could come to fruition in this New Year. Repurposing old police H.Q. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities). This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/ […]

If Chargers leave, it may feel like Armageddon but it isn’t

Yes, if the Chargers dump on the city of San Diego and its fans and burn the bridge to a 56-year relationship it will certainly be painful. It will more than sting, it will cut like a knife. And admittedly, the void created by their absence will be next to impossible to fill. Sad to say but if the Bolts […]

City Council to hear appeal of water processing plant decision

The Escondido City Council January 11 will hear an appeal of the December 13 decision by the Planning Commission to approve of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to the city’s Utilities Department for a Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street. The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of […]

Skate park rally to be held Jan. 14 at Washington Park

The City of Escondido’s Community Services Department is hosting a community Skate Park Rally at Washington Park on Saturday, January 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The purpose of the event is to generate interest in and gather community input on a proposed skate plaza in the Park. In addition to providing skate ramps for local skaters, at 11 […]

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Serving the 75th Assembly District

Assisting district residents with problems trying to navigate California’s massive bureaucracy is one of my primary responsibilities as your representative in Sacramento. Here’s a review of some of the ways my office has assisted residents over the past year. While my Capitol Office deals largely with legislation and policy issues, my District Office (DO) assists constituents at the local level. […]