A very logical, simple street matrix

This week I thought I would lighten the load a bit with some easy reading and interesting information.   The past week or so Jim O‘Neill, whom I do not know, has posted on FB photos of articles and ads from the 1920‘s to the 1970‘s Escondido Daily Times Advocate. Amazing how many businesses have come and gone over the […]

SoCal’s water portfolio

This region has made tremendous strides toward diversifying its water portfolio.  In Riverside County, groundwater desalination is moving forward to take full advantage of all available sources of water. Plans for Water Banking, which will take Northern California water imported during wet years to restore local aquifers for use during dry years, are also progressing. Since the droughts of the […]

Who Is Being Gamed?

Observations by RICK ELKIN

Have investigators looked into the daily activities of these rogue gunman that ruthlessly shoot innocent people and then commit suicide? We always hear about their manifestos on how the world is against them and they cannot control their rage. Politicians then postulate that if we confiscated more guns this wouldn’t happen. There may be a bunch of ways we could […]

The most critical need to our transportation system


Well.  It happened again.  Another bluff collapse in San Diego County.  This time it was not in La Jolla or Del Mar but a fatal collapse in Encinitas.  I say this time because more collapses will occur.  We just don’t know when but with some assurance we can expect the Del Mar bluffs to be a victim again.  Anyone living […]

Helping Wildlife

Caring for animals, including California’s native wildlife, is one of my passions. Last session my legislation setting up the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund was signed into law, allowing voluntary contributions when you file your tax return to support injured, orphaned or sick wildlife. Helping finance organizations that support native wildlife is important. If you’ve found an injured animal and […]

National sports figures Escondido has produced


Two weeks ago I commented on a story about Escondido resident Pete Coscarart who played Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Today I want to write about another Escondidan who also played major league baseball about 100 years ago, 20 years before Coscarart. I find it unique that two people from as small a town as Escondido was back […]

Relief is on the Way

People who drive I-15 in southwest Riverside or northern San Diego Counties are no strangers to traffic jams. In fact, with 205,000 cars daily, the section through Temecula is considered the 10th worst congested freeway segment in the country.  Fortunately, help is on the way. The City of Temecula has just been awarded a $50 million U.S. Department of Transportation […]

Memorabilia and whatever


Thank you for reading your Times-Advocate. Every week I have a theme in mind then an event occurs and I change course.  Last week I was saddened to read an obituary about a man I first met in 1976. Harry Hodges was one of the leaders of the Escondido Amateur Radio Society an organization I asked to offer beginning to […]

Arts and culture in California

The California Arts Council has established 14 state-designated Cultural Districts, including three in San Diego County. These Cultural Districts are a direct result of passage of Assembly Bill 189 in 2016, a bill I co-authored with Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica). San Diego’s three Cultural Districts include Balboa Park, home to 17 museums and the San Diego Zoo, […]

Atrocious dining experiences


As a cultural observer I think it my duty to comment on the restaurant industry and how much of it has gone off the rails. Going out to dinner has always been a pleasurable and available source of entertainment. When done properly it still offers a couple of hours of relaxation, dining and social lubrication. I guess we need to […]

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