Senator Jones supports Newsom’s reaction To COVID-19 outbreak


I caught up with State Senator Brian Jones of the 38th District as he was heading to the blood drive that he held Thursday at the Mossy Nissan dealership. We had a wide-ranging discussion that centered on the state government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Philosophically, I want to keep our government’s response measured and caring about our constituents,” said […]

Escondido is doing an incredible job


Congratulations Escondido! I like to give you all a hand shake or fist pump or high five but alas no can do now. So, elbow bump it is to each of you for doing an incredible job of containing the spread of the COVID-19. And kudos to City Manager Jeff Epp for his quick decisive response in doing what is […]

Info for Workers and Businesses


The COVID-19 outbreak is drastically affecting the lives of millions.  My offices have received calls from workers, employers, healthcare professionals and many more seeking information and guidance during this tumultuous time. As a result, I asked my leadership team to compile a list of resources available to workers, employers and others to help get us through this unexpected public health […]

Rebuilding the Franchise

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Anyone that has read my op-eds or any of my books knows I often use the “Team America” analogy to illustrate why I think Americans have more in common than we give ourselves credit for. And if we think in terms of working as a franchise, we should be able to minimize our social divisiveness.  For example, during the “Kneeling […]

How our lives will change: I shake my crystal ball


Our lives change after every traumatizing national or international event. Our lives changed when the Berlin Wall Fell. They changed after 911 and after the 2016 election. And our lives WILL change after the Coronavirus has had its way with us. But how will it change? I’m going to get out my crystal ball (the one with the numeral 8 […]

Our “On the Menu” author gives tips on “Cooking during COVID-19”


Our On the Menu cooking maven talks to those who are forced to stay home and never learned how to make a meal! Yes, she’s looking at you! The COVID-19 pandemic is something none of us will ever forget. These moments in time are ones that will change our society for many years to come. Think about where you were […]

Doctor arrested for sexual assault

A Poway doctor has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman patient while she was unconscious on Saturday. On Saturday, March 28 a woman reported to the Escondido Police Department she had been sexually assaulted by her physician, Dr. Leng Thai Ky, a 40 year old anesthesiologist from Poway, while she was unconscious.   EPD detectives investigated the […]

John Deaver, 97

John V. Deaver died on March 22, 2020, in his home at Henry Ford Village, Dearborn, Michigan. He was born on June 16, 1922, in Tustin, California, the son of Virgil & Louise (Utt) Deaver.  He had been a resident of St. Clair County, Michigan, from 1983 until 2016 at which time he moved to the Henry Ford Village, a […]

Escondido School districts partner to feed children during closure

In the first 13 days of school closures mandated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 46,000 meals have been distributed to children by the city’s two public school districts.  The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) and Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) are collaborating during this unprecedented public health crisis to ensure that the community’s most vulnerable children continue […]

Dr. Nick Yphantides: a man on a “very passionate mission”


Dr. Nick Yphantides, San Diego County’s Chief Medical Officer, is one of the most recognizable faces of the County’s response against COVID-19. Residents see him at the County’s daily updates on the progress of the disease, and know him as “Doctor Nick.” Dr. Nick describes himself as a “man on a very passionate mission and I feel extremely blessed to […]


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