A few good bills

There are good bills amidst the hundreds of bills awaiting the Governor’s signature. Helping local school districts save for special projects or financial emergencies was impacted by a cap that was placed on school reserves in 2014. This year, I supported SB 751, by Senators J Hill, (D – San Mateo), and Steve Glazer (D – Orinda), simplifying restrictions and […]

San Luis Rey Water Settlement: tribes, cities are now ‘joined at the hip’

On Monday, one time antagonists of a 50-year battle in the courts over water rights, who eventually became friends and allies, celebrated the San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement. They included representatives of the Rincon, Pala, Pauma, San Pasqual and La Jolla tribes, the City of Escondido, Vista Irrigation District and the San Luis Rey Indian Water Authority, whose […]

Council gets positive report on arts center: ‘We are memory makers’

Staff members, board members and supporters of the California Center for the Arts, led by board Chairman Cynthia Weir and Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen Wednesday celebrated the Center’s message in a report to the city council that carried this message: “We are memory makers.” They gave an upbeat and inspirational update on the Center’s progress—and profitability, something that didn’t […]

Photography Expanded: Distinct Approaches opens at the Center

The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido will open Photography Expanded: Distinct Approaches, on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. The exhibition features a select group of contemporary Southern California artists who are taking the manipulation of light to a new level. Thought-provoking imagery as well as an appreciation for more traditional work from the original masters is […]

Rotary 5K to benefit MS Society

Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club’s 2017 Grape Day 5k will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Pacific South Coast Chapter. The Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club has announced that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s San Diego-based Pacific South Coast Chapter will be the charity recipient for the 2017 Grape Day 5k, a fundraising fun run-walk-stroll event through historic Downtown Escondido, on Saturday […]

Trump’s next Tweet

~ Guest Opinion

I write about Team Mentality a lot. I believe learning how to work together as a Team is a very critical skill we all need to master in order to be successful in family management and business organizations. The concept of supporting a common goal, using the variety of skill sets each teammate brings to the table, and understanding why […]

“Thrilled and Inspired”: We are memory makers

~ Guest Opinion

ADDRESS TO CITY COUNCIL  September 20, 2017 By CYNTHIA WEIR, Chair, Board of Trustees California Center for the Arts, Escondido On the evening of February 2, I was mingling with patrons in the Concert Hall lobby before our show, when a lovely, charismatic woman caught my eye. I noticed Felicia because she had about a half-dozen excited young ladies in […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Help me understand how the Republicans feel they are doing the will of the people.  Recent history denies that.  When Bush Jr. became president, he received less votes than Gore yet the Republican-leaning Supreme Court gave the election to Bush and we get a war! The people wanted health care so Obama had to do an end-run in […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: In a recent article of the Times-Advocate, “Oregon county library report critical of LS&S,” Escondido City Manager Jeff Epp is quoted as saying that “Jackson County is the only government entity that has expressed any concerns with LS&S.” Since when is the voice of a governmental entity the only acceptable voice when weighing the merits of a case? […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

Home firearm safety/ basic handgun class A monthly 3-hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already own, a handgun. The class is offered Sunday, October 8, from 2 ¬– 5 p.m. at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range east of Lake Wohlford. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm […]