Library trustees ask city to seek County proposal; or let them run it

Escondido’s Library Board of Trustees, apparently appalled at the notion of letting the city’s most used facility fall into the hands of a private contractor, has sent a letter to the mayor and city council asking them to explore folding the city library into the San Diego County system or—to let the trustees take over the running of it. In […]

Outsource the Escondido Public Library, is your public library next?

~ Guest Opinion

Around August 1 I suddenly learned that the Escondido city council was planning to privatize the operation of our Escondido Public Library. After learning more of the details, I created a petition designed to send a message to Mayor Sam Abed and the Escondido city council that the community was staunchly opposed to outsourcing our Escondido Public Library. Since then […]

Where are the affordable homes?

~ Guest Opinion

Is Escondido’s City Council committed to providing a full range of housing options for the residents and would-be residents of the city? I am a resident, homeowner, and citizen of Escondido. I am also a Realtor, and a passionate advocate for housing of all types within our community. Lately, I have been disturbed by the increasing number of new and […]

Careful what you wish for when it comes to libraries


Some opponents of the outsourcing of the Escondido Public Library to a private company appear to think that inviting the County Library System to take over the city library would be a preferable choice. While it COULD be a better choice for the city, let me point out that the County library has undergone changes in the last few years […]

NFL— not fundamentally legitimate

~ Guest Opinion

I am no more a prude about sports than I am about profanity.  I have engaged in both abundantly in my long life.  But when I saw a photo of that defunct 49er’s quarterback sporting an arcane, “culturally misappropriated” Afro and sitting on the bench during the National Anthem, I decided right then to boycott all things NFL— stats, game […]

Sharing the road with school buses

October 16-20 is School Bus Safety (Awareness) Month! School days bring congestion: Yellow school buses are picking up their charges, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are […]

EUSD’s Maria Osborn honored

EUSD’s Attendance Intervention Project Specialist Maria Osborn was honored with the Life Changer Award at the San Diego County Office of Education’s Annual Summit on Student Achievement and Attendance, held at the Marina Village Conference Center on Friday, September 15. She was recognized 25 years of unwavering support to students and families as a school social worker, for her integration […]

Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club reads “A Monster Calls”

Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, October 21, from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is “Un monstruo viene a verme/A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.” Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including […]

Help your loved one hear for the holidays

Hearing the sound of your loved one’s voice or a favorite song on your iPod is something many take for granted but millions of Americans can’t enjoy due to hearing loss. This holiday season Palomar Health Chief Audiologist David Illich, Au.D. and hearing device manufacturer Oticon will reward one deserving hearing-impaired individual with a new pair of Oticon digital hearing […]

Alternatives Women’s Center to hold annual banquet Oct. 26

The non-profit, Alternatives Women’s Center, will host its annual Fall Giving Banquet—An Evening of Alternatives—showcasing their medical services and educational programs that empower women and men to make life-affirming choices concerning unplanned pregnancies and sexual health. The banquet, which will be held Thursday October 26, 7 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, will feature keynote speaker Abby […]