Restaurants winterize to stay open


Now that the County has moved into the Purple Tier’s updated COVID-19 restrictions as of Saturday, November 14, restaurants along Grand Avenue and elsewhere in town are scrambling to come up with ways to serve out-of-doors in the upcoming winter months and their cold and wet days. According to Amber V. Tarrac, deputy director of economic development for the City […]

An event to put a smile on our faces


How about this week a column that just might put a smile on your face. This past Saturday I attended the monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk on Grand Avenue. This year the event was especially “artistic” with most of the k-rails having been decorated and a few in the process of being decorated. With the new dining and parking configuration […]

Look out, Fox . . . TrNN planning to hijack your audience

Leaning left

While Trump has not yet officially conceded the 2020 election, he seems to have privately embraced the inevitable. And he’s said to be planning a new foray into reality TV . . . and non-reality news. Sources says that before his expected 2024 presidential run, he’ll lay a foundation for that effort with his own TV channel – dubbed TrNN […]

Without even trying


Isn’t it amazing how some people can do the most difficult things and make it look so easy?  I hate people like that.  You have to have enough knowledge about the difficulty of the feat to really appreciate it. Like watching Bryson DeChambeau accurately hit a golf ball 425 yards. He is one of only maybe three people on the […]

Escondido police to host drive-thru Children’s Christmas Party

Every year the Escondido Police Department hosts an annual Children’s Christmas party to give kids who have been the victims of abuse, neglect, and violent crime a Christmas they might not otherwise get to experience.  This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in our community have faced some extremely difficult hardships and challenges, making this year’s Children’s Christmas […]

New legislative session


The Legislature will open on December 7 with the swearing in of all members and start the 2021-2022 session. Though a few bills are likely to introduced, the day is largely ceremonial, and the new session will begin in earnest on January 6. Next year my priorities will continue to be on the needs of this region. We must ensure […]

It is the time for choosing and action

Note: This Op-Ed originally ran in the Union-Tribune. As regional leaders, we face unprecedented challenges. The decisions we make today to address those challenges will be felt by those we serve long after we leave office. This moment of crisis presents us with a choice: what kind of region, state and country do we want to be? The choice begins […]

Garcia issues statement over District 3 victory

On Monday Joe Garcia issued the following statement on his apparent win of the District 3 Escondido city council seat, which, with 83.3% of the vote counted stood at 39.08% (4,977 votes) for him, 26.42% (3,365) for Donald “Don” Greene; 25.49% (3,247) for  Dara Czerwonka and 9.01% (1,148) for Susan Reveles: “As a resident of Escondido for over 20 years, […]

Cork & Knife to open in Escondido in Late November

Slated to open in Escondido in late November, Cork & Knife is a small production wine store that will offer close to 100 varieties of vino. Customers will be invited to browse the selections of wine either in person, or on Cork & Knife’s website, where they can purchase bottles directly.  Cork & Knife will also specialize in artisan meats […]

Lowe’s surprises police with a gift of appreciation

The Escondido Police Department has forged partnerships with many businesses. One relationships that has been with the Lowe’s Home Improvement store at 620 W. Mission Ave. The department worked together with both local employees and corporate officials to address criminal behavior targeting the store and the surrounding property. As a gesture of the appreciation of this partnership, Lowe’s recently donated […]