San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy awarded $10,000 grant

May 6, REI Co-op awarded the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) a $10,000 grant to promote and grow the Next to Nature (N2N) Program.    SDRVC is working with a local, family-owned production company, Condor Visual Media, to create six webinars to focus on Landscape Site Design, Urban Green Infrastructure, Wildfire Risk Reduction, Water Management and Conservation, Sustainable Gardening, […]


Cruisin’ Grand could begin June 18

This is about as “definite maybe” an answer as I’ve gotten in some time. According to the city of Escondido, Cruisin’ Grand, aka “Hot Rod Heaven” could begin Friday, June 18, 4-9 p.m.  Put the “could” in the sentence because Governor Gavin Newsom is scheduled to make a major announcement about COVID-19 on June 15. The city doesn’t want to […]

We’ve got a problem, folks

It’s been a while since we last connected via this newsletter. So, with that being said I’m going to dive right in. We have got a problem folks and the problem isn’t going away until we address it. The marketplace is revved up and ready to open, the issue is staffing. There are plenty of jobs but not enough workers. […]

Expanding economic opportunities

This week Escondido Chamber of Commerce CEO J.R. Rowten invited one of the Chamber’s newest board members to write his column as a guest column.    First of all, let me say “hello” in my native language “Howka”. My name is Hellyaachwehay Quisquis I am the President/CEO of the San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation (SPEDC). I am also a member […]

The 3-legged golden goose

You may have heard the story of the 3-legged pig. A reporter visits a celebrated three-legged pig’s farm where the porker is wandering in a pen—he looks up the farmer who owns him. “What’s the story on the pig?” asks the reporter, who—like most of my breed—avoids small talk and rudely cuts to the chase. “That’s a remarkable pig,” begins […]

Used to be the GOP . . . now, just a constant ‘NOPE!’

It was late 2020 when leaders of the Grand Old Party announced that they could offer no new ideas for the country and would simply do whatever Donald Trump instructed them to do. That announcement came in the form of a press statement during the Republican National Convention. Its substance:  that in contradiction to the long-standing convention tradition of providing […]

One of the greatest players

Last week Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays celebrated his 90th birthday. “The Say Hey Kid” was unquestionably one of the greatest players to hit and catch a baseball and as a youngster I had the privilege of watching him play in the worst baseball park in major league baseball.  The Polo Grounds in New York City was […]