Escondido man featured in new book about fighting in Afghanistan

Escondido resident Anthony Reynoso is featured in a new book about fighting in Afghanistan called “First Platoon.” Army Specialist Anthony Reynoso, who served in Afghanistan in a platoon whose tragic and deeply important story is being fully told for the first time, is written in  Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen’s “First Platoon: A Story of Modern War in the Age […]

Zoo and Safari Park to reopen

In keeping with the latest guidance set forth from the Governor’s Office, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, January 30, ending an almost two-month-long closure that began December 7, 2020.  Guests will have the opportunity to once again experience amazing wildlife with their families, stroll among diverse habitats […]

Board expands COVID-19 rental assistance program

The County Board of Supervisors voted January 26 to expand the emergency rental assistance program for San Diegans who have suffered economic hardships due to COVID-19. The County’s program allows San Diegans facing eviction or who are unable to pay their rent to apply for financial assistance. Funds can be used to cover rent, utilities and other household expenses. The […]

Budgeting in time of crisis

California’s high cost of living, crumbling infrastructure, rising crime and constant threat of natural disasters always present challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has made matters worse by stressing ICU (intensive care unit) capacity, causing tragic loss of life, damaging our economy and robbing many students of a year’s education. During the upcoming budget discussions, I am urging the Governor to follow […]

What the GOP ‘owns’. . . and not likely returnable

One of the news reports following the attempted January 6 coup – not just to overthrow the presidency but to undermine American democracy altogether – is that then-President Trump (how sweet that “then” is) was considering issuing pre-emptive pardons to all of the Capitol rioters. He was apparently dissuaded from this, advisors arguing that he would then have to “own” […]

The Party Of Lincoln


Americans who feel abandoned by the traditional Democrat Party and betrayed by the GOP’s cabal of Never-Trump traitors should turn their attention to demolishing the Old Guard Republican Party and all of its remnants.  We need to bulldoze the whole decrepit mess and start all over again.  Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Chris Christie, and every Republican that voted to ignore […]

Consider how we shop


Our activities over the past year have been so altered. One of the biggest change in our lives has been shopping habits by a very large portion of our population. Consider how millions of us now shop for food, clothing and even toys and other items some consider necessities. The many vans and trucks from Amazon, UPS, FedEx, GrubHub, Uber […]

Grace: Free, Not Cheap, But Complete!

  “Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He […]

The Manzanita Roasting Co.: They know beans

You might call the story of the Manzanita Roasting Co. a romance. Girl from San Diego wine growing family meets chef/ sommelier from Canada. They fall in love; together they start a high-end coffee roasting company. And, of course, brew happily ever after.  The company is owned by Samantha and Weston Nawrocki and operates at the floor level of The […]

Local expert shares hair care tips during salon shut-downs

We all know how long the pandemic-related salon shutdowns have been going on.  They’re measured by the state of our hairstyle.  “No one knows the time elapsed between haircuts more than people who are used to regularly going to their hair stylist,” said Cindy Adra, former Valley Center resident and founder of The HairShare,, continuing education for the hair […]