New mayor to strive for transparency, inclusion

Mayor-elect Paul McNamara (mayor by the time you read this) got a phone call the other day from a friend who joshed with him. “I hope you don’t screw it up!”  McNamara grinned and told him, “I hope I don’t screw it up either!” A lot of people are cheering on the new mayor with best wishes, and advice, as […]

The Mary Miracle

“Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of […]

Back at it

Last week we returned to the Capitol where I joined Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to welcome our colleagues for a brief and mostly ceremonial session to begin the 2019-2020 legislative session. We have now adjourned for the holidays, but will return January 7 when the new session really begins. The previous day, Governor Brown held a reception at the old […]

Community Matters – Goodbye to  “for profit” charter schools

Nothing exemplifies the slippery slope of privatization of public commons like charter schools, especially where public funds are taken from public schools. A series of court decisions and ballot initiatives have limited the ability of local school districts to raise taxes to pay for public education. That has left the funding of schools largely up to the state, but the […]

Escondido attorney Ingrid Rainey wins “Super Lawyers” designation

Escondido attorney Ingrid Rainey has been named by the organization “Super Lawyers” as a “Rising Star” in the San Diego legal community.  About 2.5% of lawyers in the state are given this designation, while 5% are given the designation “Rising Star.” Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a […]

Horn honored for three decades by SDNEDC

Retiring Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn was honored Friday afternoon by the organization he helped found decades ago at the “Excellence in Economic Development Awards Luncheon,” hosted by the San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC.) North County Interfaith’s CEO Greg Anglea was awarded the Leadership North County’s Fran Aleshire Award and One Stop Systems, Inc., based in Escondido, was […]

Escondido racer wins 2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Paul Quattrocchi of Escondido, captured the E2 class win at the National Auto Sport Association (NASA’s) 25 Hours of Thunderhill in December. The endurance race at Thunderhill Raceway Park had nearly 50 amateur and professional race teams from throughout the United States competing. The race started on December 1 at 11 a.m. Saturday and ran continuously until noon on Dec. […]

Interfaith Community Services helps victims of domestic violence through new innovative program

Escondido-based Interfaith Community Services has begun a new program to combat homelessness. With the recent opening of its new “Path to Permanence” program, Interfaith offers a safe temporary place to stay for homeless families with children and families fleeing domestic violence, while offering supportive services aimed at securing permanent housing as quickly as possible. Path to Permanence offers two locations […]

“No On Newland Sierra” referendum set for March 2020 ballot

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week voted to put the “No on Newland Sierra” referendum on the March 2020 ballot, giving San Diego voters the final say on whether to amend the County’s General Plan to allow the Newland Sierra project that the board previously approved.  Supervisors had the option of rescinding the General Plan Amendment which […]

Several hundred children learn how to fish at annual Kiwanis derby

The Hidden Valley Kiwanis held their 5th annual Trout Derby on December 1 & 2 at Lake Dixon. James J. Mac Isaac of the Kiwanis commented, “We at Kiwanis measure success in smiles received, and the families pleased.  We noted quite a few families that weekend despite the weather.” He added,  “Sunday was busier than Saturday.  We only served about […]