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Timing is everything

ED GALLO SPEAKS

We’ve probably all heard the expression that “timing is everything.” Some examples would be the timing that Hall of Fame baseball professionals Tony Gwynn and Ted Williams had in using a round object to hit another round object successfully. Or the timing in football of the Rivers to Gates combo or the Fouts to Winslow tandem. They all had good timing. This can also be classified as being in the right place at the right time.

Jimmy Jones recorded a hit record “Good Timin’ ” in 1960 where he referenced the timing of David finding that stone when meeting Goliath. What if that stone had not been there in that time and place? We in Escondido have been, I’m sure, the benefactors of good timing and one notable not so good timing.

Think about this. Currently, due to the pandemic, the slow demise of brick and mortar retailers has been accelerated due to the physical distancing, temporary store closings and the huge increase in on-line shopping. Amazon, Fed Ex and UPS trucks are zigzagging around town 10 hours a day or more making deliveries. Major retailers are closing shop as did Nordstrom’s with I fear Sears and JC Penney being not far behind. North County Fair opened in 1985 with six major anchors—the first time ever that a regional mall opened with more than four. With many recent store closures I hope Macy’s keeps its Escondido store open.

What if this current situation had occurred four or five years ago? I thought about the possibilities and the timing that could have been so beneficial to Escondido. Now called Westfield North County, our mall is in jeopardy as a viable entity. Five years ago the San Diego Chargers could have purchased the mall property and we would have the Chargers playing in Escondido; rekindling the association the Chargers had with Escondido when they held their preseason training in an open field across from the Chamber of Commerce on Broadway. 

Whatever the future of WNC, a sports complex would be a good neighbor for Kit Carson Park. Hotel, Olympic-sized competition pool, oh the possibilities are endless.

The other day I went to the Mall and noticed how open the walkways are without all the kiosks. Although the Mall looked absolutely stunning there were many stores displaying “temporary closing” signs. Obviously the boarded up Nordstrom’s was the most glaring closure. 

The Mall is the second highest sales tax producing property in Escondido and this does not bode well for providing revenue to fund our necessary services. When I made a purchase at Macy’s I was asked if I wanted to “round up” the total with the difference going to the Jacobs-Cushman Food Drive. Great idea.

If any of you has the calendar from the Pioneer Room, take note of the photo for June. The original owners of Golfcraft are pictured after moving the operation to W. Mission Avenue in Escondido—although the street may have still been named Grant Avenue before the name was changed. The business was acquired by Titleist in 1968 and continued making premium golf balls into the late 1990’s. Today the site is occupied by Escondido Disposal Inc. and houses the world’s largest and most technologically advanced recycling operation. Their goal is zero waste. If you haven’t seen this facility contact EDI for a tour and prepare to be very impressed. Thank you Ed Burr and Steve South for your vision.

Here is a noteworthy quote from the United States Supreme Court. “The proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express the thought that we hate”.

KA IPU is a plate I saw the other day and wonder if this references Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows, a Maui community based non-profit to develop young leaders. Thank you Google.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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