EIR released for 2,135 home project near Escondido

The next big county development gunfight is shaping up just north of Escondido. On June 15 the EIR (environmental impact report,) all 8,000 pages of it, was released for the Newland Sierra Project, known in a former iteration as the Merriam Mountain development—which was rejected several years ago by the Board of Supervisors. Written comments are due by August 14 […]

East End Club to celebrate 100th anniversary July 25

On July 25, 2017 the East End Club of Escondido will celebrate its 110th birthday.  It is the oldest social organization in Escondido, formed by women living in the east end of the valley who wanted closer friendships with neighbors. At the first meeting on July 25, 1907 officers were elected, a committee was appointed to create a constitution and […]

City Council approves action plan to take city to end of 2018

At the June 28 meeting the Escondido City Council approved of the 2017-2018 action plan— which focuses on four priorities: • Economic development • Fiscal management • Community improvement • Public safety Editor’s note: The plan can be found in its entirety at www.escondido.org/council-action-plan.aspx Assistant City Manager Jay Petrek gave an update on the plan, whose main points resulted from […]

‘Escondido’s got talent’ auditions to be held July 21

“Escondido’s Got Talent” auditions will be held July 21, 6– 8 p.m. at Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave. This fun community event showcasing local talent is being co-sponsored by Escondido Shines and Patio Playhouse. Auditions are open to all ages. Please note: – Auditions are open to all ages. – At least 50% of a group’s participants must […]

EDCO’s new recycling facility to begin operations this week

On Friday, June 30, EDCO, in partnership with the City of Escondido, unveiled its new comingling recycling facility located at 1021 Mission Avenue in Escondido. The 70,000-square foot facility is the newest in the country, and can process 100,000 pounds of commingled recycling every hour. Up to 520 billion pounds of material can be diverted from landfills thanks to this […]

Keep the Escondido Public Library public

The City of Escondido has operated a professionally staffed public library since 1898 but suddenly it is at risk of substantial change. You should be concerned and even a little mad.  The council majority gave direction in a non-public forum, to explore outsourcing the library to a private company.  Although I insisted on an open public process, staff has already […]

Protest the car tax: stop driving

One eighth of a dollar.  $.12.  Two nickels or one dime and two pennies.  Chump change.  What rattles around in your pockets until you reach in, grab it, and put it in the jar.  Take note … you’ll need it, finally, because you are being asked AGAIN to tighten your already fully cinched-in belt. The politicians who did this have […]

Getting on the right side of America’s renewable energy future

Last time I noted that renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.) are FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY cheaper than fossil fuels. Business Insider’s Graham Rapier notes that we’re at an inflection point: “Renewables will be the cheapest form of new power generation by 2020… solar and wind are quickly becoming as cheap — even cheaper — than […]

The cuckoo “Calexit” movement

I’m not going to mince words. The “Calexit” movement to make California an independent nation is cuckoo for cocoa puffs. I get it that a good percentage of the state thinks that the rest of the voters were crazy for electing Donald Trump president. The Calexiters think that California would be better off as its own nation, and, taking a […]

Chamber appoints committee chairmen

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce has announced new committee chairmen. Tom Stamos has been appointed to chair the Government Affairs Committee. This committee works to create and sustain a favorable business environment in which all businesses can grow and prosper through the monitoring of legislation and influencing of governmental decisions on behalf of the interests of our members. This committee […]