Local Republicans host Waldron for last meeting before election

The Escondido Republican Club (TERC) Monday held their last meeting before the election— their monthly luncheon at Cocina del Charro —and hosted Assemblywoman Mary Waldron, of the 75th District. She talked about what it’s like to be the second ranking Republican in the Assembly. Waldron is an old friend of the club, having been a member since her days on […]

Randy Eldred is the write in candidate for mayor

Randy Eldred last week qualified as a write-in candidate for mayor of Escondido. Eldred wasn’t able to be on the regular ballot because some of the names he submitted to the City Clerk by the August deadline were for residents who live in “Escondido” but the unincorporated part, rather than within city limits. He was forced to go through the […]

Zesty Harper wants to bring her common sense approach to a second term

Zesty Harper is running for a second term on the Escondido Union School District board in District 4, which serves northeast Escondido. She was board president last year. Mrs. Harper has lived in Escondido her entire life. She met her husband John when they were both attending Escondido Charter High School. They were members of the first graduating class. She […]

John Clark would bring decades of medical equipment experience to hospital board

John Clark is a candidate for the Palomar Health board. He is currently serving on the Palomar Hospital Foundation Board,  where he has been for nine years. Educated in college in premed studies, he moved to California 40 years ago and started the first of what would be several medical businesses in the area of expensive surgical and medical equipment.  […]

Work will restore City Hall landscaping to original appearance

The City Hall is getting a major landscaping facelift for the first time since the iconic rotunda and its award-winning design opened three decades ago. Something of a minor public furor has resulted. This year the city of Escondido celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of the City Hall. This week the city is beginning an eight week effort […]

Abed calls McNamara’s claims “lies”

Calling many of the claims of his opponent Paul McNamara “lies” and accusing him of running down the city,  Mayor Sam Abed sat down with this reporter after Tuesday’s candidate forum for a no-holds barred take-down.  And if what he had to say during that forum (see our complete report on that meeting later this week online and in next […]

Replacing City Hall trees is mulch ado about nothing


No, replacing the 30-yeara old trees around City Hall isn’t a despicable plot.  You may be a Truther or believe in UFOs and suspect all public officials of hiding the facts about the Kennedy assassination, or even think the world is flat, but please don’t employ your conspiracy theories about the sudden disappearance of trees at the venerable city headquarters. […]

Healthcare access matters

Access to affordable healthcare, keeping your own doctor, covering pre-existing conditions, expanding mental health/substance use disorder treatments and children’s healthcare are important parts of my healthcare advocacy in Sacramento.   As a member of Assembly Health Committee, the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery & Universal Coverage, the Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, I’m also “Vice Chair” of […]

Costume contests for kids, families and dogs at Bates Nut Farm

Bates Nut Farm will hold its annual costume contests for kids, families, and dogs this Saturday, October 20.  Prizes will be awarded in four age group categories so that everyone has a chance to win.  On Sunday, October 21, proud dog owners can compete for prizes and bragging rights in the annual Howl-o-ween Doggie Costume Contest and Parade.  Registration for […]