80K COVID-19 vaccine doses arriving in region

Nearly 80,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped to San Diego County have begun arriving in the region, allowing for the rescheduling of all missed second doses and the widespread resumption of first dose appointments. The vaccines represent the doses expected this week and those delayed last week by severe winter storms elsewhere in the United States. To date, over 828,000 COVID-19 […]

Path to renewals for charter school operation strewn with variety of hurdles

“These are challenging times for charter schools,” says Cameron Curry, chief executive officer of Classical Academies (Escondido). Curry was recently able to report renewal of Classical’s five-year charter for one of its seven campuses, Classical Academies Vista (Oceanside), but it was a circuitous, ten-year long journey. And just this month, Epiphany Prep, an Escondido charter school that has had enrollment […]

CCAE ed programs don’t slow down during COVID

During COVID-19 most people think the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is shut down with not much happening. However, one program continues to function at full speed and has even accelerated to meet the challenges caused for children by the pandemic. That is the Center’s educational program.  The Center’s Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen told The Times-Advocate, “The general […]

Don’t get duped by unsolicited unemployment payments

The figure is astounding – more than $11 billion in unemployment funds bilked from the state’s Employment Development Department. Greedy cheaters and prisoners lied about who they were to receive benefits as claims soared amid the pandemic.  At the same time, we saw deserving recipients of EDD struggle to get their much-needed payments. My office is working hard to bring […]

The best professor I ever had


It was shocking to hear of the passing of one of my best friends. A person who could have been my twin brother, except that he was a giant among men. I recently turned 70, as did he, and I started out wanting to be a DJ, as did he. But that is about the end of the similarities. I […]

An invitation . . . to get those great GOP proposals

Republicans, greetings. I know you’re out there . . . and getting irritated by my constantly providing, you might say, “the other side of the story.” So I’m offering you an opportunity. I’d like to hear from you. Specifically, I’d like to hear what you believe your party has recently offered by way of cool new policies or programs that […]


Caveat Emptor, which you may know better as “let the buyer beware.” This is a public service announcement for everyone who uses the internet. Have you received this notice in your email: “Your account locked due security reason. To restore your account you need to verify your identity by clicking the link below”? Well now I certainly don’t want my […]

Living in Revival!

  “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  But while the […]

Rebuilding Lake Wohlford Dam

Lake Wohlford Dam is an important water storage, flood control and recreational facility that has served Escondido for generations. Restoring storage capacity and making it earthquake-safe is critically important, which is why I introduced AB 692.  The dam was originally constructed in 1895 to store water transported via a wooden flume from the San Luis Rey River to Escondido. One […]

Hawthorne Country Store celebrates Chicktopia with peep show

Hawthorne Country Store hosts its annual spring Chicktopia Peep Show on Saturday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Escondido, Fallbrook and Santee. This annual celebration will host more than 115 varieties of baby poultry and will practice all necessary COVID safety and social distancing measures.   As the slow food movement continues to gain ground in Southern […]