Escondido, CA


Editor, Times-Advocate:

It’s one thing having 18-year old teenagers riot while promoting the idea of defunding the police, it’s another when two members of our own City Council have fallen for the illogical, dangerous trickery that these fringe groups support. One would expect our elected officials to know better, and act like educated adults; however, it looks like Olga Diaz and Consuelo Martinez have given in to the fad of “police defunding” by not approving $515,000 in traffic safety grant money which the city has accepted for longer than a lot of people have lived in Escondido.

Councilmember Diaz wants to get to the root cause of DUI in our community, where are the people drinking? Do we have too many bars?  Well, the answer is people drink everywhere: homes, friend’s homes, casinos, beaches, parks, cars, the list is endless. Have you ever been to the grocery store and noticed the amount of alcohol people are buying in the checkout line in front of you? Are we going to make it illegal for people to drink in their homes? Are we going to enact Prohibition again? 

Our only hope is an attempt to have some kind of proactive law enforcement to stop people after they are in their 2 ton killing machines and arrest them before they hurt themselves and other people. Councilmember Diaz is concerned with the “bad feelings” DUI checkpoints create. What about the “bad feelings” and the excruciating pain people feel after a loved one has been killed by a reckless or DUI driver? DUI checkpoints are not concentrated in certain parts of the city, they are all over town, otherwise people would not need to go on social media platforms alerting others where the checkpoint is at a certain time.

Thankfully, with Councilmember Diaz retiring, we have an excellent choice replacing her seat with Council Candidate Joe Garcia, who will fight for the safety of our community and support our police.

LORI HATLEY, Escondido

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