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Center helps children grieve for lost loved ones

By David Ross | August 10, 2018

A little boy who lost his mother visits a place, the “Volcano Room” where the walls and floors and everything contained within it are padded.  Every time he visits, he hits the wall repeatedly, relentlessly. One day someone asks: “Why do you hit the wall?” “I just miss my mom so much!” he wails and, for the first time, breaks […]

OGHS Alumni Assn. forms, recruits members

By David Ross | July 31, 2018

Those who have attended Orange Glen High School are legion. Now there is an organization they can join to show their affection for their old alma mater. The Orange Glen High School Alumni Association has formed, begun meeting and is taking steps to become an official non-profit 501(c) 3 with the state of California and the IRS. Members hope to […]

Developer drops lawsuit against ECCHO, agrees to pay court costs

By David Ross | July 27, 2018

Michael Schlesinger of Stuck in the Rough (SITR) has agreed to drop a $100 million lawsuit against the Escondido Country Club Homeowners (ECCHO) after he was presented with an anti- SLAPP motion. SLAPP is an acronym for “strategic lawsuit against public participation.” It is a California statute that provides for a special motion to strike a complaint that arises from […]

City Council updates action plan: improved homelessness and graffiti eradication

By David Ross | July 21, 2018

The Action Plan Update at Wednesday’s (July 11) City Council meeting was a chance for the city to give itself a report card on the initiatives that it has set itself for 2018.  In the update Deputy City Manager William Wolfe reported significant success in several areas, including the removal from Grape Day Park of the oppressive homeless presence that […]

Our “steady genius”: or getting that Helsinki feeling

By David Ross | July 21, 2018

President Trump in January described himself: “as a VERY profitable businessman and TV star who won the presidency on his 1st try. I believe that would qualify as not wise, but genius . . . and a really steady genius at that!” Earlier this week the president, who had arrived for his summit in Finland with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, had […]

Rep’s “Forum” is pure vaudeville, pure brilliant fun

By David Ross | July 19, 2018

Nobody will ever accuse “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” now playing at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, of addressing great themes or social questions. But it is a heck of a fun and entertaining show with plenty of belly laughs.  It’s a musical comedy, by the genius Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics), then at the […]

District 1 candidate Consuelo Martinez: “I’m literally listening block by block”

By David Ross | July 03, 2018

Activist and former community organizer Consuelo Martinez is taking a second run for the District 1 city council seat she came within 69 votes of winning four years ago when she first challenged longtime councilman Ed Gallo. She hasn’t filed yet: The official filing date is in August. But she has already begun her “listening tour,” with members of her […]

Envisioning a business park: Council approves policy for selling city property

By David Ross | June 28, 2018

The Escondido City Council at its June 20 meeting approved draft policies to govern acceptable use and development of land sold by the City in the Downtown Transit Station Target Area—with a dream of a business park hovering near. Many cities of similar size have a business park. Escondido doesn’t, and Mayor Sam Abed would like to see one. A […]

Just you wait

By David Ross | June 21, 2018

Last week the County of San Diego showed that if you wait long enough and throw enough money at the County you will get what you want. The Planning Commission unanimously approved moving the Lilac Hills Ranch forward to the Board of Supervisors, who are probably going to pass it—at least that’s the way the smart money is betting. Next […]

The collapse of the climate-crisis house of cards

By David Ross | June 15, 2018

Largely unnoticed by the major networks and news sources was the announcement by company called Carbon Engineering of a relatively cheap process, that IF it functions as advertised—admittedly a big if—can scrub the air in factory-level efficiency, removing carbon dioxide from the air in large quantities and turning it into fuel that can be burned in cars. Remember these names:  […]