State COVID rules handcuff local police

State and County decisions that are designed to minimize COVID-19 impacts in the jails are handcuffing local police whenever they face the decision of whether to arrest someone or just issue a citation. The state has, for all practical purposes, placed arresting the spread of COVID above arresting some violators, such as those accused of drug possession, theft and fraud. […]

Applicants needed for bond oversight committee

The Escondido Union School District is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Proposition E Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.  Voters in the Escondido Union School District approved Proposition E, a $182.1 million bond measure, in 2014 to modernize facilities. California Education Code requires an oversight committee for such bonds.  The ICOC has one vacancy, for the member representing the […]

No facts, no evidence . . . yep, a new religion

Are you at all concerned, at all worried that the State of Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of voting in four other states, so to create a path for overturning the presidential election. The lawsuit claimed fraud in those states, offering no common or required legal thinking or supporting evidence . . . nada, zero, […]

Time For An Exam


The chaotic non-results of the 2020 presidential election were not surprising. Election observers have warned that making so many fundamental changes to the election rules would lead to delays and unreliable results.  Trying to bring more people into the system may have the best intentions, but watch out for the Law of Unintended Consequences. Going forward, our nation has to […]

Christmases of years past

Ed Gallo Speaks

Last week I mentioned some of the music and sights associated with Christmas and want now to discuss some of the performing arts, TV programs and movies to continue raising our holiday spirits.  It’s been a few years since The Nutcracker, performed by the Moscow Ballet, appeared at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Just a magnificent and colorful […]

‘Operational crisis’ forced EUSD to suspend in-school instruction; board hears Epiphany Prep renewal request

The word “crisis” is rather common these days. And Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra, superintendent of the Escondido Union School District (EUSD), employed it to bolster the district’s recent move from in-class instruction to distance learning at all of its schools (Times-Advocate, December 10). At the school board’s regular meeting on Thursday, December 11, he described “an operational crisis late (the previous) […]

Police host annual “Shop with a Cop”

On December 5, the Escondido Police hosted their annual “Shop with a Cop” with modifications to comply with the COVID-19 restrictions. Typically, cops are paired up with kids from the community who then shop together at local stores for holiday gifts. The cops, who are “armed” with gift cards, provide kids with a positive experience with a police officer in […]

Palomar Health rejects unions’ allegations of unsafe working conditions

Palomar Health this week rejected allegations by the California Nurses Association (CNA) and Caregivers & Healthcare Employees Union (CHEU) of “critical low staffing and dangerous co-mingling of COVID-19 patients and non-COVID-19 patients” assigned to nurses and caregivers. The Health System’s hospital in Poway has a 12 unit ICU for which it applied for a nursing ratio waiver from the California […]

The house that gingerbread built

If you are looking for a life-sized gingerbread house to help you celebrate the season (and why wouldn’t you be?) you need look no further than the gingerbread house built by Deanna’s Gluten Free Bakery. The bakery itself is located on Centre City Parkway at 2250 S. Escondido Blvd Suite 110 but the gingerbread house was built at Farm Stand […]

Non-profit holds drive-by with Santa, elves

On Saturday, December 12, the non-profit organization Arise To Serve celebrated the “Spirit of Christmas with Gratitude, Hope and Love” with a drive-by Santa & Elves visit.  Families drove up with children who were able to talk with Santa as Christmas stockings, gift bags and pies were given to each family through the car window.  This is the 6th year […]