Candidate Susan Reveles: ‘I believe in community and I believe in progress’

Susan Reveles is running for the District 3 Escondido city council seat. “I believe in community and I believe in progress. I’m here to serve Escondido and to listen and be your voice,” she said. A Starbucks store manager, she describes herself as “a leader of people. I have managed and led teams in many different capacities.” She added, “I […]

Christian Garcia’s goal: keep college district, ‘fiscally safe’

Christian Garcia is a candidate for the Palomar College board from Trustee Area 2, which includes Escondido and San Marcos. This is the first time the college district has held elections for trustee areas. Previously all trustees were elected at-large. He is running against incumbent Nina Deerfield. Garcia describes himself as a “California and San Diego native, raised in North […]

Candidate Grove wants to provide access to safe, quality health care

Vicki F. Grove is a candidate for Zone 2 of the Palomar Health hospital board. Zone 2 includes some parts of Escondido. Note: In the original version of this article we stated that it included most of Escondido. That was incorrect. A resident of North County for 20 years and of Escondido for five years, Grove is a licensed marriage […]

Rincon’s Towne defends her water board seat

Diana Towne has many accomplishments she is proud of: volunteer with the Assistance League of Inland North County and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and at Palomar Hospital. But one of her proudest boasts is that she was the first woman ever elected to the board of the Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District. She represents Division 5. […]

Inki Kim Welch wants to do something about water rates

Inki Kim Welch is running for Division 5 of the Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District. She is running against incumbent Diana Towne. Her issues include: affordable safe, efficient and reliable water delivery, transparency and thoughtful planning for future generations. Welch has lived in San Diego since the fall of 1976. She attended Point Loma Nazarene University and majored in […]

City accepts traffic safety grant, after all

Two weeks ago The Times-Advocate reported that the city council had deadlocked 2-2 on accepting a traffic safety grant of $515,000 (“Council rejects $515K in traffic safety funding.”) Two council members, Olga Diaz and Consuelo Martinez voted to oppose accepting the grant. Both expressed concerns that such traffic stops target certain ethnicities and neighborhoods and don’t address root causes of […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: OK, y’all know I am not happy with the State of California, but things are getting ridiculous. Two day ago I was stopped at eastbound Grand at Ash in Escondido on my motorcycle.  This is a state highway intersection as Ash is SR78.  I put my foot down in a major pothole.  Not good.  But then I look […]

Saluting Assistance League of Inland North County, Nonprofit of the Year

I recently joined my legislative colleagues to recognize over 100 nonprofits that work tirelessly to enhance our communities and the lives of our citizens. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to have the usual ceremony at the Capitol, but the lack of a formal celebration cannot diminish the important contributions made by California’s nonprofits.  This year I am very […]

An abbreviated column this week


Do you think we will ever get back to using whole words again? We are using more and more acronyms and abbreviations especially since the appearance of the so-called “social media,” which in my opinion is more anti-social.  As is true all the time, the more conveniences we desire or are shoved down our throats the more personal freedom we […]

The Disruptor


Do you remember the 70’s film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”? It starred Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher and won five academy awards. I loved that movie but at the time I didn’t fully appreciate the message writer Ken Kesey was sending.  In recent years, however, it has become crystal clear to me. Let me explain… The story is […]