The invisible white privileges

Americans, in particular white Americans, should be getting the message, the message that a large and significant number of people in this country cannot be certain about the day-to-day safety of their children, their friends, their family. That when going off to school, or on an errand around the corner, or out jogging, or just driving around, being a person […]

Minerva Scholarship: Helping Young Women Achieve Their Goals

One of my passions in public service is encouraging young women to fulfill their life’s potential by taking full advantage of available educational opportunities.  As Minority Leader and a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I am happy to spread the word about the Minerva Scholarship program, established by the Women in California Leadership Foundation to educate, support and empower […]

It’s our history too; you can’t destroy it

It’s a cliché I hesitate to repeat, but clichés are, after all, based on truth. So here’s George Santayana’s aphorism “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” When I was going to college, a professor advised, “Those who fail History are doomed to repeat it!” The character Merlin in the film “Excalibur” warned, “For it is […]

The highest mountain in Kansas

The highest “mountain” in Kansas is called Mount Sunflower. Not really a mountain, it is the highest natural point in Kansas at about 4,000 feet above sea level. It is more like a rolling hill than a peak. You could fall off it and maybe sprain your ankle. Tourists  frequently stop to take selfies next to the modest metal marker.  […]

Our Foundling Fathers


I have some experience with neighborhood bullies.  Recently, a rich property flipper decided to remodel our entire community without consulting his neighbors, so we called him out. He used his wealth to hire a team of lawyers to push us around. He was a bully in a three-piece suit. He won the long legal battle, but we stood up to […]

Lost your insurance? Not sure what to do?

COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented impacts on each of us. I know, I know – another Coronavirus story – right?  If you’re one of the fortunate whose work and health insurance coverage are not impacted share this with a friend who may not be as fortunate and skip this story to look at the nice photos and advertisements. But many […]

Local restaurants working hard to keep employees, customers virus-free

Last week on June 18, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the mandatory requirement for all Californians to wear a mask, when out in public or in high-risk settings.  A good idea, and Escondido’s local restaurants have been way ahead of him, implementing a whole variety of additional measures for protecting against the virus.  Several that we recently visited or talked […]

Residents show staff appreciation at senior living community

The last few months have been trying for all of us. People are adjusting to new ways of living amid the coronavirus pandemic. For many older adults and senior living communities nationwide, these challenges have been compounded by a necessary need to restrict visitors and curtail all social programs and activities. But at Redwood Terrace in Escondido, about 175 team […]

Proposed sales tax increase subject of Zoom meeting

City of Escondido is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting by the Revenue Measure Citizen’s Group. The time is July 7, 2 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 966 6543 5029     Password: 233178 The City of Escondido over the past decade  has made cuts to staff and services. The cost of public safety and providing essential […]

Officer Vea graduates from Regional Police Academy

On June 9, Officer Jesus Vea graduated from the 122nd San Diego Regional Police Academy.  Officer Vea will now complete his Field Training Phase, which lasts approximately 4 months.  He is presented his certificate by EPD Chief Ed Varso (right.)