Chief demonstrates by word and deed the difference of Escondido’s police culture

Monday Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso sat down to an interview about the department’s “culture” and why an incident like that which caused the death of George Floyd would never happen here. Several hours later the chief personally demonstrated his commitment to peaceful community relations by crossing the street from the police and fire headquarters to meet with leaders of […]

Deputy mayor to serve on San Diego County Water Authority

On Wednesday, May 27 the San Diego County Water Authority welcomed Escondido Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez as its newest board member. The deputy mayor was sworn into the role via a Zoom call from her office.

Boarding up with a message

On Monday the management of Cute Cakes, a bakery on Grand Avenue, decided to board up the business just in case the demonstrations got out of hand. But they took the opportunity to make some social art that would make plain that they supported the sentiments of the demonstrations. “We decided to make the best out of the situation,” said […]

How did we suppose it would all pan out?

Did we really think the volatile mix of young men and women deprived of making a living for more than two months—with all physical forms of recreation and entertainment snatched away, except for  alcohol and pot and, of course no church or youth meetings. Did we think that wouldn’t eventually fly to pieces? Back in the 1960s they used to […]

So which way is it?


As much as I would prefer writing about something other than the current, not unprecedented, pandemic there are still comments to made. Previously I reported some issues that are a bit confusing to us all. The other day, for the first time, I did some shopping at the Walmart supermarket. When approaching the checkout observing the six foot spacing I […]

Committee of the Whole?

This week the California Assembly convened a historic meeting; one that has not happened in 25 years.  Called the “Committee of the Whole,” it is when the entire Assembly comes together to serve as an 80-member budget committee to address this deficit budget cycle. Committee of the Whole meetings are rare and only occur during a crisis. In 1995, the […]

One Pastor’s Heartfelt Response to Racial Injustice

   “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So, God created man in his own image… (Genesis […]

Escondido woman recognized for business, leadership skills

Melissa Loucas was recently recognized for her business and leadership skills by Elevacity, a leading producer and distributor of nootropic, functional beverage products with a focus on health and wellness.  Her new rank of Royal Crown Ambassador was announced at the company’s annual convention, which was held virtually to encourage connectivity among its salesforce while keeping the community safe. Elevacity, […]


SANDAG grant helps city accommodate street businesses

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has given the City of Escondido a $8,636 grant from the Shared Streets Pilot Program that will help some businesses, especially restaurants, expand out onto sidewalks and parking lots so they can practice social distancing.  The purpose is to help the city’s businesses recover from the deep wounds that have been inflicted by the […]