Escondido, CA

– 30 – An Editor’s Notebook

I met some MAGEC people last week. I was invited to attend the local group MAGEC (Museum & Arts, Growing Escondido Culture), which includes representatives of Escondido’s various museums. They get together once a month and plan events, like the upcoming Second Saturday Escondido Walk, which will include a plethora of activities all over the city on October 8. For more information go to They are a nice bunch of people and were genuinely welcoming about the Times-Advocate’s mission to provide a healthy mix of good, positive community journalism to the normal reporting of crime and city hall activities.

ADD TO DONATION — Last week we reported that recently the Escondido Police Officers purchased a $50 Home Depot gift card to assist Conway Elementary school after an unknown suspect(s) vandalized the schools children’s garden. Someone read about that donation and decided to add to it! That help came in the form of a $200 Home Depot gift card, which EPD officers delivered to staff at Conway Elementary school yesterday. Along with the gift card was a letter that read in part, “It made me sad to think that any one, or any group, could be so heartless and cold. I am very proud of your officers for outstanding kindness. I have included a gift card from Home Depot for $200.00.” The EPD says they hope that these donations will result in a children’s garden that is even nicer than before. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call their Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477), or visit our department website at http://

AVOID A SUPERMAJORITY — At Monday’s The Escondido Republican Club (TERC) luncheon Marie Waldron, our 75th Assembly District said that she has been back from Sacramento for a week and couldn’t be happier. She noted that “Republicans are getting some bills signed by the governor even though the Assembly has 52 Democrats to 28 Republicans. “We are trying to preserve the seats we have,” she said. “If we lose two more seats the Democrats would have a super-majority again.” That would allow them to pass most financial bills without having to make any deals with the minority party, she said.

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