Overbearing and over-regulating


  In last week’s T-A Assemblymember Waldron wrote about the 55 gallons of water allocation that the State was mandating. This is just another instance of the overbearing and over-regulating California government. I will show you how out of touch the folks in the Sacramento Capitol are with the rest of the state. She did explain that the mandate was […]

Sorry to lose you to Napa, Katherine


Katherine Zimmer, who for seven years has been the face and the heart of Visit Escondido, is leaving the city and moving to Napa.  During her time on the job Zimmer has done a great job help to beat the drum for the “hidden” virtues of Escondido—virtues that are sometimes not all that well known to the people who live […]

Reducing Backcountry fire hazards

It’s easier to prevent wildfires than to control them once they’ve started. That’s why I introduced Assembly Bill 19, which will provide $25 million for vegetation management along county-maintained roads.  Auto-related wildfires are a major problem in California. In 2016 and 2017, almost 25% of local wildfires were vehicle-related. The Carr Fire, the state’s seventh largest, began when sparks from […]

January is a great month for Capitol excess

It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the month of January. This is a great month which has New Year’s Day a great day of celebrating the end of a decade. Yes, the next decade doesn’t actually begin until Jan 1, 2021 even though many have proclaimed 2020 as the next decade. Now break into small […]

2020 will be an important year for California

The State Legislature returns January 6 to complete the 2019-2020 session. Eighty Assemblymembers and 40 Senators will gather in the State Capitol to begin work on some of the most consequential issues that have ever faced California.   It’s likely that around 3,000 bills will be introduced over the next few weeks. All legislation must be submitted to the Office […]

Reflections upon a strange couple of decades


  “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.”  — T.S. Eliot The 21st Century is only a couple of decades old, but already it’s acting middle-aged and cranky. Although, on reflection, that could just be me. Recently someone reminded me that walking is an act of controlled falling, which could just […]

Welcoming the New Year


Hello 2020. I hope you behaved yourself on New Year’s Eve. In welcoming in the New Year I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Ed Varso on being named Escondido’s new Chief of Police. A good choice of a good man for a tough job. In addition to Chief Varso being chosen to replace Craig Carter I want to […]

New Year Promises


Most people feel compelled to make New Year’s resolutions. It can cause a lot of anxiety as we think about what we want to accomplish versus what we think we will accomplish.  Year after year, most people make quiet resolutions to themselves or to friends right at the moment they gulp a glass of champagne to celebrate the midnight hour. […]

New laws for the New Year

Effective January 1, hundreds of new laws went into effect. Some you may have heard about, but others possibly not. Several of the new laws impact veterans. Among these are legislation that makes honorably discharged veterans exempt from paying state or local business license fees for selling or providing services, if the veteran is sole proprietor. Another law exempts automotive […]

My favorite time of year

Christmas time is no doubt my most favorite time of year. I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating the birth of the most influential person to ever walk the face of the Earth. The season just lightens the heart and spirit of everyone regardless of whatever religious persuasion to which you aspire or not. […]

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