About David Ross

Costs for animal control keeps rising

By David Ross | July 02, 2020

The Escondido City Council at its June 24 meeting by a vote of 4-0 approved of a three-year agreement with the San Diego Humane Society to continue to provide animal services for the city through FY 2023.  The costs are below: Year 1 = $1,047,306 (No increase from current agreement) Year 2 = $1,204,402 Year 3 = $1,385,062 The item […]

Palomar doctor urges those with serious conditions: Don’t wait to seek care

By David Ross | July 02, 2020

When you have a sudden serious medical condition, don’t put off getting medical attention because you are afraid of catching the Coronavirus  or because you don’t want to fill up the hospital.  Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic there is much anecdotal and statistical evidence to suggest that many people are delaying seeking care for conditions like heart attack and stroke because […]

It’s our history too; you can’t destroy it

By David Ross | June 25, 2020

It’s a cliché I hesitate to repeat, but clichés are, after all, based on truth. So here’s George Santayana’s aphorism “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” When I was going to college, a professor advised, “Those who fail History are doomed to repeat it!” The character Merlin in the film “Excalibur” warned, “For it is […]

The highest mountain in Kansas

By David Ross | June 25, 2020

The highest “mountain” in Kansas is called Mount Sunflower. Not really a mountain, it is the highest natural point in Kansas at about 4,000 feet above sea level. It is more like a rolling hill than a peak. You could fall off it and maybe sprain your ankle. Tourists  frequently stop to take selfies next to the modest metal marker.  […]

University forced to do online classes

By David Ross | June 25, 2020

‘What was true isn’t true anymore’ John Paul the Great Catholic University, the Escondido-based university that was prepared to offer in-person classes as the new semester commences, this week quickly had to retool and retreat in the face of a changing County policy.  Derry Connolly PhD, president & professor of business at JPCatholic, told The Times-Advocate, “The County had OK’d […]

City manager to retire but stay on to help find his replacement

By David Ross | June 25, 2020

The rumors have been flying for weeks that a change was in the air at City Hall. Now, the news is out.  Jeff Epp, who was working for the city when the City Hall building opened 30 years ago, spent many years as the city attorney and capped his career as city manager—a position he has held since May 10, […]

City manager to retire but stay on to help find his replacement

By David Ross | June 24, 2020

The rumors have been flying for weeks that a change was in the air at City Hall. Now, in a semi-official way, the news is out.  Jeff Epp, who was working for the city when the City Hall building opened 30 years ago, spent many years as the city attorney and has capped his career for the last  the last few […]

Bringing police closer to those they serve

By David Ross | June 12, 2020

The idiots who demand that police departments should be abolished are not serious people and shouldn’t be taken seriously—although, unfortunately, some of them are in charge of cities such as Minneapolis and Seattle. You have to feel sorry for the citizens of such benighted cities, but one must acknowledge that voters get the kind of government they deserve. Such nonsense […]

Chief demonstrates by word and deed the difference of Escondido’s police culture

By David Ross | June 04, 2020

Monday Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso sat down to an interview about the department’s “culture” and why an incident like that which caused the death of George Floyd would never happen here. Several hours later the chief personally demonstrated his commitment to peaceful community relations by crossing the street from the police and fire headquarters to meet with leaders of […]

How did we suppose it would all pan out?

By David Ross | June 04, 2020

Did we really think the volatile mix of young men and women deprived of making a living for more than two months—with all physical forms of recreation and entertainment snatched away, except for  alcohol and pot and, of course no church or youth meetings. Did we think that wouldn’t eventually fly to pieces? Back in the 1960s they used to […]