The 2019 – 2020 Session is History

The 2019-2020 legislative session ended on August 31. During this two-year period, 5,423 bills of all types were introduced. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we had two unexpected shutdowns, and in the last weeks some members were absent and Senators were forced to vote remotely. At one point, there was an unsuccessful attempt to limit Senate debate to save time. […]

American ‘liberty’ – meaning, get out of my #@*& way

I’ve recently been cogitating a bit about “liberty” – you know, that word between “Life” and “the pursuit of Happiness.” It’s both central to those three goals and foundational to the American way of life — and how a lot of the people in this country actually behave. And like a lot of words in our language, or anybody’s language, […]

Sugar Villain gives away free ice cream on National Ice Cream Cone Day, September 19

Cavitar is his name; sugar is his game! The Super Dentists opened a new office in Escondido – 390 West Valley Parkway – and to work against the superhero dentists and hygienists, like Dr. HaveOneSuperSmile and Dr. Tooth Keri, he is giving away *FREE ICE CREAM* on National Ice Cream Cone Day, Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. […]

75th Anniversary celebration: Escondido veteran has vivid memories of war . . . and its end

Escondido resident Andre Chappaz has an especially detailed memory about the moment that he and his fellow soldiers got word that the Second World War had come to an end. When the news swept through the encampment on the island of Okinawa that the Japanese had surrendered, the celebrating began. Suddenly, he says, the air was filled with fireworks . […]

Escondido youth among San Diego’s 25 Most Remarkable Teens

Despite the pandemic’s interruption to schools this spring, the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office sought to recognize 25 students who excelled in a broad field of endeavors, including community, public safety and active citizenship. One of them was Escondido’s Matthew Tillyer, a recent graduate of the Classical Academy High School. He won in the category of “Personal Determination.” “It […]

Stone Brewing announces Maria Stipp as CEO

Wednesday Escondido-based Stone Brewing, the country’s 9th largest craft brewery, announced the hire of Maria Stipp to the position of Stone Brewing CEO. Stipp will join Stone beginning September 14.   “Maria has all the qualities we were looking for in a CEO,” said Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing co-founder & interim CEO. “She brings experience from a very well-respected brewery, […]

Krishna Kabra takes helm of children’s museum

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, has appointed Krishna Kabra as its new executive director.  Kabra replaces Wendy Taylor— the museum’s outgoing executive director— who has accepted a position in her home state of Texas as executive director of the Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo.  The museum is based at  320 N Broadway, across the street from Grape Day Park. […]

Escondido home wins landscape contest

This home won the Escondido 2020 WaterSmart Landscape Contest! Their new design is low on water, but not on style. For resources on how to make your landscaping “WaterSmart” and contest information, visit:

Norma Ann Sultany, 75

Norma Ann Sultany died Friday, August 14, 2020. She was 75. She had a big heart and touched many lives – especially her loving husband, Steve; son, Ken (Cara) Sultany and daughter Stephanie Taylor (Robbie Coulter); her undying love and affection for her two grandsons, Andrew Sultany and Jack Taylor; her sister Beth (Terry) Ryan and brothers Aaron (Kathy) Hagen, […]

Walking the (virtual) trade show floor with Left Coast Engineering

The year 2020 was one of firsts on so many fronts.  Like so many businesses, Left Coast Engineering, a custom electronics product design company located in Escondido, has had to learn new ways of doing business.  The watchword seems to be “pivot” as COVID-19 has taken away so many opportunities for the personal touch.  In some ways, business has become […]