CA Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all California residents to “stay home” except for essential reasons such as grocery shopping and other essential tasks. The lock down is necessary to fight the spread of the coronavirus, said the governor. The governor said he hoped people would voluntarily obey the order. “There’s a social contract here,” he said.  The order is effective […]

Coronavirus and the Center: The show must not go on

  We’ve all seen the tale of the beleaguered theater company on the verge of disaster. Just when things look their darkest, one of the actors declares, “The show must go on!”  For the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, things  appear to be getting darkest right before they go totally charcoal. The two big theaters are going to be […]

“Abundance of Caution”: many cancellations, postponements announced

 “Abundance of caution,” is the catchphrase of the hour, with many institutions and organizations announcing that they will be cancelling or postponing events due to “an abundance of caution” regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.  We have gathered as comprehensive a list as possible of such announcements in this rapidly changing environment. Be sure to check our website times-advocate.com for even more […]

How do we conduct ‘business as usual’?

Daniel Defoe wrote his “A Journal of the Plague Year” about the 1660’s in London and Gabriel Garcia Marquez chronicled, “Love in the Time of Cholera” which is set in Columbia in the 1890s. All of which points to the fact that, eventually, this too shall pass, although as far as we know, no one has yet published the “Coronavirus […]

Census 2020: You can answer online

For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau is accepting responses online starting March 12.  The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. You’ll still be able to respond by mail. To learn more about what to expect, visit www.2020census.gov

County orders bars closed, restaurants closed social distancing; seniors to self-isolate

Note:  Things are changing by the hour.  This article was written Wednesday morning with a few updates since.    The County of San Diego Monday afternoon issued sweeping orders designed to limit the numbers of people congregating almost anywhere. While public meetings of 50 or more are prohibited, the public is being strongly advised not to hold any kind of […]

Like generations before we can overcome this challenge

By PAUL “MAC” MCNAMARA Mayor of Escondido The Editor of The Times-Advocate has graciously offered me the opportunity to write a column regarding the current crisis we are facing, namely, the Covid 19 virus.   So I would like to share a few thoughts on what we are doing and how we might proceed.    First, I want to say […]

The upside of the pandemic: diversify


It seems to me that the pandemic identified as the COVID19 or Coronavirus has an upside along with many downsides. I’m sure most of us have heard the expression from people involved in financing and investing, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Diversification is the optimum word here. So how does this play into our current worldwide situation? […]

Coronavirus Response

  As Minority Leader, I have been working with the Governor to coordinate the state’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. A number of important steps are underway.   Last week we passed bipartisan legislation to provide $500 million in initial emergency funding expandable to $1 billion, to activate closed hospitals, increase equipment capacity for existing hospitals, provide hotel beds for […]