First Escondido newborn of 2018

Shown is the first baby born in Escondido at 12:54 a.m. New Year’s Day at Palomar Medical Center. Her name is Emma. Her mother’s name is Vanessa (in photo) and father’s name is Sergio. They are from Vista. They also have a son named Noah.  Their last names are withheld at their request.

Nominations sought for city council awards

Each year at the annual State of the City event, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Escondido City Council awards. Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for service to the community? If so, […]

Proposed Daley Ranch Resort seriously flawed

~ Guest Opinion

The rural serenity of the Daley Ranch preserve, located between Escondido and Valley Center, could be shattered if a proposed resort and residential development is approved. The so-called Daley Ranch resort would border the protected native habitat, disrupting its wildlife and migration patterns. Of major concern to residents, the development would install a traffic signal halfway down Valley Center grade, […]

Trump’s one-fingered salute

~ Guest Opinion
- a leftie living among the righties

The president’s response to Robert Wolff’s new political tell-all, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is an obscene gesture made to a nation which reveres a free and independent press and diversity of opinion. Yes, “Fire and Fury” paints a damning portrait of profound dysfunction within the Trump White House and a president with crippling insecurities, diminished mental […]

Three cheers for federalism

On New Year’s Day California became the largest state so far to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A few days later, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he was rescinding the Obama administration’s policy of not enforcing federal drug laws related to marijuana, a policy that kicked away one of the underpinnings of the endless War on Drugs. That […]

No drugged driving allowed

~ Guest Opinion

California’s new law legalizing the use of recreational marijuana went into effect January 1st. Hopefully, the negative impacts on highway safety experienced in some other states with similar laws will not be repeated here. Using marijuana while driving remains strictly prohibited in California. The law prohibits smoking or ingesting marijuana or marijuana products while driving or riding as a passenger […]

“Dine Out Escondido!” Restaurant Week benefits the North County Food Bank January 28 – February 3

For a second year in a row, “Dine Out Escondido!” restaurants are donating $1 to the North County Food Bank’s FOOD 4 KIDS Backpack Program for every DOE special they sell during Restaurant Week. “Our 32 amazing restaurant participants are thrilled to give back to their community through this donation to the North County Food Bank,” said Katherine Zimmer, tourism […]

San Diego Oasis expands North County program sites

San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit organization with office locations in La Mesa and Escondido, has expanded its class offerings throughout North County. “We continue to makes strides towards our goal of bringing Oasis classes to more local communities throughout San Diego County,” states Simona Valanciute, president and CEO of San Diego Oasis.  Additional North County class locations for the spring […]

Escondido welcomes new city librarian

The city is scheduled to hand over day to day operation of the Escondido City Library to Library Systems & Services, which has announced that Patricia Crosby will be the new city librarian. According to the press release from the city: “Patricia Crosby strives for excellent customer service, community engagement, and “getting to yes” with extensive experience partnering with local […]

Jesus, Full of the Holy Spirit

In any New Year, I typically resist making New Year’s resolutions, because, despite my best intentions, they have a shelf-life of about 30 days.  Each year, however, I participate in a 21 day fast; fasting one meal per day and spending that time seeking God for renewed vision and focus for the year. The desire of my heart for 2018 […]