About David Ross

Mr. Jelly Bear, a passion for food and helping others

By David Ross | February 11, 2021

“I have a passion for jelly, more so for food,” Matthew Weathersby, proprietor of the Jelly Bear Jelly Co. in Escondido told me. He might as well say he also has a passion for helping other people. Take the giant peanut butter and jelly sandwich that in 2014 Weathersby helped create  with students of  Coach Denny Snyder’s Escondido Charter High […]

On-Board Gaming: Where everybody knows your name

By David Ross | February 11, 2021

Want to play big board games, or roll-playing tactical games, but don’t have room in your home?  On-Board Gaming in Escondido has the room. And the equipment. And the know-how to set you up—even if you are a newbie. Their motto is, “Everything that you need to game your heart out.” They are located at 316 W Mission Ave Suite […]

Caltrans Hwy 78 project in Esc. to include extensive upgrade

By David Ross | February 11, 2021

It’s been 15 years since Caltrans has been back to repave the five miles of Hwy 78 that run through the city of Escondido. The newest improvement, which has already begun, is expected to last for 20 years. The goal is a better, smoother drive. When the project is complete, drivers with “smart” cars like Teslas will be able to […]

Council approves Integral project for old hospital site

By David Ross | February 04, 2021

The Escondido City Council January 27 voted to approve of the Integral Communities’ project Palomar Heights. The vote was 3-2, with Mike Morasco, Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia voting for and Consuelo Martinez and Mayor Paul McNamara voting no. It also approved of an option that exempts the developer from paying for municipal services. At the end of the vote, […]

SD County Farm Bureau: ‘pivoting the best we can’

By David Ross | February 04, 2021

San Diego County’s farming community has endured a rain of body blows and attempts to hurt it with legislation during the year of COVID-19 but has proven to be remarkably resilient.  “We are pivoting the best we can,” said Hannah Gbeh, executive director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau. She is speaking of both area growers and the organization […]

Satire, humor are vital to freedom

By David Ross | February 04, 2021

I got an email today from the harmless but delightfully stinging satire site Babylon Bee. It is a rarity in today’s political world of viciousness and vengeance, a satire site with a whimsical bent and a Christian and right of center perspective. You can find it (until you can’t—which is the point of today’s screed) at: babylonbee.com You may be […]

What the GOP ‘owns’. . . and not likely returnable

By David Ross | January 28, 2021

One of the news reports following the attempted January 6 coup – not just to overthrow the presidency but to undermine American democracy altogether – is that then-President Trump (how sweet that “then” is) was considering issuing pre-emptive pardons to all of the Capitol rioters. He was apparently dissuaded from this, advisors arguing that he would then have to “own” […]

The Manzanita Roasting Co.: They know beans

By David Ross | January 28, 2021

You might call the story of the Manzanita Roasting Co. a romance. Girl from San Diego wine growing family meets chef/ sommelier from Canada. They fall in love; together they start a high-end coffee roasting company. And, of course, brew happily ever after.  The company is owned by Samantha and Weston Nawrocki and operates at the floor level of The […]

Supervisors move toward legalizing retail pot dispensaries in unincorporated area

By David Ross | January 28, 2021

Wednesday, January 27 the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 (with Supervisor Jim Desmond voting no) to instruct staff to write an ordinance that will legalize the sale, distribution, and growing of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes. And to put persons with pot-related arrests and convictions at the top of the list for getting licenses to sell pot.  Staff will […]

Palomar Health gives briefing on ‘The State of Your Healthcare’

By David Ross | January 20, 2021

Tuesday evening Palomar Health hosted a “Community Briefing: Palomar Health in 2021” led by Palomar Health President and CEO Diane Hansen. She discussed the healthcare system’s strategy and growth plans for 2021. Perhaps of more immediate interest to those awaiting vaccinations for COVID-19, Dr. Sandeep Soni, Palomar’s medical director of infectious diseases, spoke about the district’s COVID response, which he […]