Mayor asks “Find your passion,” drums up support for sales tax hike at annual address


Mayor Paul “Mac” McNamara called on Escondidans to “find your passion whether it is art, homelessness, health, education or whatever it may be and become part of the solution” at the annual State of the City address Wednesday morning at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The address was held after a brief meet and greet that included pastries […]

Frank Huston joins EUSD board

Escondido Police Officer Frank Huston (right) was unanimously selected to fill the vacant seat for Trustee Area 5 in the Escondido Union School District board. Huston has lived and worked in Escondido for nearly 30 years. He has extensive experience cultivating positive interactions between students and law enforcement, from his volunteer work as a Police Athletic League coach to his […]

“I’m the best candidate for the seat” says judge candidate Paul Starita


Paul Starita is a candidate for superior court judge for Seat 30.  This is an unusual year in that there are 12 candidates for four judicial seats. There’s no great mystery as to why. All four incumbent judges waited to announce their retirement to deprive Governor Gavin Newsom of the right to appoint their successors—and to trigger elections.  The result […]

Judge candidate Skeels has wide spectrum of endorsements


Mark Skeels is a candidate for Superior Court Judge Seat No. 22. As with all  Superior Court spots on the March 3 ballot, this is a countywide job. Anyone can vote for any of the four judges’ seats. The 50-year-old is a prosecutor, teacher, father, and coach.  He has three children. His oldest daughter is a freshman at UC Santa […]

CJ Mody, candidate for superior judge: “Our primary goal is to do justice”


C.J. Mody is a candidate for superior court judge. He is Supervising Deputy District Attorney for the Family Protection Division of the County District Attorney’s Office, a position he has held since 2005. Mody was born in Bombay, India and moved here in 1987. “My father wanted a better education for us,” said Mody. “He loved this country. He is […]


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