Private use of fireworks prohibited in Escondido

As the 4th of July holiday approaches, residents and visitors are reminded that all fireworks are illegal to purchase, possess or use in Escondido and throughout San Diego County. That includes firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets and even sparklers. “It is unfortunate that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the County prohibition against gatherings, most professional public fireworks shows in […]

Council fills vacancies on boards

At the June 24 meeting of the Escondido City Council, it acted on recommendations by Mayor Paul McNamara to fill vacancies on various city boards and commissions. The following appointments were made: Building Advisory and Appeals Board  Mirek Gorny Although there were two vacancies on the board, there was only one application. Gorny is a real estate broker who has […]

Costs for animal control keeps rising

The Escondido City Council at its June 24 meeting by a vote of 4-0 approved of a three-year agreement with the San Diego Humane Society to continue to provide animal services for the city through FY 2023.  The costs are below: Year 1 = $1,047,306 (No increase from current agreement) Year 2 = $1,204,402 Year 3 = $1,385,062 The item […]

Palomar doctor urges those with serious conditions: Don’t wait to seek care

When you have a sudden serious medical condition, don’t put off getting medical attention because you are afraid of catching the Coronavirus  or because you don’t want to fill up the hospital.  Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic there is much anecdotal and statistical evidence to suggest that many people are delaying seeking care for conditions like heart attack and stroke because […]

Budget update

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, state revenues began to plummet, while spending on unemployment insurance and social programs increased exponentially. The result — our $21 billion surplus suddenly transformed into a $54.3 billion deficit.  The budget that passed on June 15th was the beginning of discussions between the Governor and the Legislature over a series of trailer bills that implement […]

Time for another look

How long has it been since you heard anything about CV-19? Yeah, I know it’s like very fifteen minutes but then it is no doubt the most important event happening in our lives. Many new cases are being reported nationwide but I believe that to be the result of more testing being done.  Now California is perilously close to having […]

COVID-19 can’t stop our community

The year 2020 isn’t the year any of us dreamed of. The one-two punch of coronavirus and the bruising economic recession it left behind have been devastating to so many families. No one knows when we’ll return to “normal” or what that will even look like. Despite the many troubles we’ve encountered this year, I’ve never felt prouder to be […]

‘A few bad apples’ . . . really?

Leaning left . . .

Currently, we are getting two starkly opposed views explaining the unlawful, often violent behavior in American policing that we are seeing these days, nearly every week:  one explanation — that it’s simply the presence of “a few bad apples” and that the majority of police actually work to serve and protect and aren’t representative of all policing; the other explanation […]

Freedom: A Gift, Not An Entitlement

    “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:16, ESV)   One Sunday morning, I had the privilege of hearing Travis Osborn, the Green Beret who was the first to make contact with Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell, during his rescue in Afghanistan, whose […]

Public Works coordinates donations for Rose Elementary

The past few months have presented new challenges to many, including the families of students at Rose Elementary. When the school closed on March 13, continued support for the families was provided through meal programs and donations from local companies in the form of gift cards, breakfast and lunch “to-go bags” and free internet access. The City of Escondido’s Public […]