The eclipse: the greatest event you shouldn’t look at (with the naked eye)

Millions of people in North America will be making the trek north to one of the states with optimal viewing of the August 21 total solar eclipse that will take place in in the midmorning. Just because you won’t be able to see a total eclipse here in San Diego county doesn’t mean you can’t join billions of people in […]

Met chief updates Rincon del Diablo board

The Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District Wednesday hosted Jeff Kightlinger the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, an entity almost big enough to be a country in its own right, but whose boss is not above making presentations to the member agencies of the large supplier of much of the water we drink. In San […]

City manager: ‘It’s time to climb out of our old cardboard box’

Saying, “it’s time to climb out of our old cardboard box,” City Manager Jeffrey Epp last week fired back at critics of his proposal to privatize the Escondido Public Library by contracting to Library Systems and Services (LS&S.) In answer to a critic, Virginia Abushanab, a library volunteer who cited a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors […]

Library trustees vote to oppose privatization

The Escondido Library Board of Trustees Wednesday voted unanimously to oppose privatization of the facility. Normally a lightly attended event, the board of trustees meeting was a full house, which the Save Our Library Coalition estimated was more than 150. Many had signs with messages such as “Libraries are sacred,” and “Don’t Export our Tax $$$ Out of State.”  Organizers […]

Who will teach us… then?

~ Guest Opinion

When I first read a “Guest Opinion” by Rick Elkins, I immediately thought that this was something that I had written.  It resonated with reason and perspective that I really feel is missing in today’s national discussion that pretends towards a balanced and spirited dialogue but, in fact, at the national level is little more than opposing artillery trying to […]

Whose Quality of Life Are They Protecting?

~ Guest Opinion

The media has been increasingly attentive to the very real and growing housing crisis in California and especially right here in our San Diego backyard. Accordingly, politicians, especially at the local level, have taken notice, to which I say, “It’s about time.” The irony, of course, is that much of what has conspired to create the mess we now find […]

If library is privatized, say goodbye to bond approval


John Wayne is quoted as saying that “Life is tough. It’s even tougher if you are stupid.” It’s one of the great ironies of history that highly intelligent people can do stupid things. The difference between the stupid things that not so intelligent people do and the stupid things that highly intelligent people do is that intelligent people have reams […]

The Legislature should join the 21st century

Processes in the State Capitol are way out of date. During the 7-8 months I spend in Sacramento annually, I use much of my time working and voting on legislation, and meeting with advocacy groups and constituents to discuss legislation. Even so, keeping up with constituent and district concerns isn’t easy when you’re over 500 miles away. Shortening the legislative […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Mr. Ross’s August 10, 2017 “Rush to judgment on library privatization?” makes one great point.  The Council would be well-served to take a breath, take a big step back, get a plan, and execute a true, inclusive public process prior to making this historically significant, and as was pointed out, probably irreversible decision about our only library. However, […]

From Dream To Destiny, Part 1

“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So, he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed, your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my […]