Gaspar wants to lift recreational restrictions

As San Diegans remain under a stay at home order, 3rd District Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, whose district includes Escondido,  is requesting that the County Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Helen N. Robbins-Meyer remove the restriction on swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, and recreational boating. This change would restore local control and allow cities to make their own decision on these forms of […]

CCAE’s kitchen still in operation, while remainder closed

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s kitchen is still in operation while the rest of the Center’s campus remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chef Eric Ibarra is busy putting together over 100 boxed lunches per day during the week for seniors in the local community. Monday-Friday the lunches are picked up at 10:30 a.m. and delivered to […]

Thousands of face mask donations distributed

The outpouring of donations of cloth facial coverings to Palomar Hospital Escondido was “amazing,” according to a spokesman for the City of Escondido “and they received an overwhelming amount.” The City Manager’s Office received about 3,000 facial coverings from Palomar Medical Group Inc. for distribution throughout the community. About a quarter of the facial coverings were donated to Interfaith Community […]

We need to be open for business

Let’s see, what should I discuss today? Oh, I know! How about COVID-19 as if we haven’t heard enough about the scourge of the planet. But I do want to mention some of my recent observations. Last week when I went shopping at Vons for some grocery items I noticed the entire four shelves reserved for dishwasher detergent were empty. […]

“Californians must ensure infringements on liberties during pandemic are only temporary”

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune. In his 1987 State of the Union address, President Ronald Reagan clarified the difference between the U.S. Constitution and those of other countries: “Many countries have written into their constitution provisions for freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Well, if this is true, why is the Constitution of […]

Fire prevention project awarded funding

The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) has won a grant for $552,097 to reduce weeds and prevent fires in the heart of the Escondido Creek watershed. The funding was awarded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Grant Program and was the only implementation grant funded south of Ventura County. The work is set to begin […]

Dropping off masks at Palomar Medical Center

Lance Waite, principal of Integral Communities (right) dropping off the next supply of donated masks to Palomar Hospital along with Paul Sas, VP of Supply Chain, Purchasing and Construction Management at Palomar Health (left). Integral, which is purchasing the old hospital campus, has partnered with Rais Case a homemade goods artisan shop in Oceanside to make 500 masks for the […]

Delight of France plants a garden of hope

Escondido’s Delight of France Bakery & Bistro on Grand Avenue has planted a garden of Faith, Hope and Love in the patio out front of the restaurant. The leg kit garden box was provided by Grangetto’s Farm & Garden, also Escondido-based. Alberta Agyan, owner, shown in the back making the heart with her hands, with her daughter, Grace Agyan in […]

No bar, no problem: COVID cocktails to get us through quarantine

Lockdowns. Face masks. No toilet paper. No bars! It’s been over a month since that fateful Sunday on which California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the shutdown of all bars in the state, forcing owners to lock their doors, employees scrambling to find ways to pay their bills and patrons left in the dark wondering when, or if, their favorite spots […]

COVID-19: An Opportunity to Connect with God!

  “But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth…The hail struck down everything that was in the field in all the land of Egypt, both man and beast. […]