Treating people in a positive manner that acknowledges them for who they are and/or what they are doing. Being treated or treating an individual in a dignified manner. Respect is earned and is never just given. BUT, you must give respect to receive respect. Meaning when you interact with an individual you treat them with dignity and in a respectful […]

Keeping an eye on SANDAG


Whenever I think about what subject matter to select for this column along comes the San Diego Association of Governments. My new slogan is, “Have no fear SANDAG is here” and they come through once again. September 27 at 9 a.m. in the Wells Fargo building, 7th floor, at 4th & B in San Diego will be a very important […]

Everyone wants better, faster, more reliable coverage


“Hi Jack. Just wanted to follow up on what we discussed yesterday. Jack you there? Jack?” Darn it. Second call… “Sorry about the drop Jack. I don’t know if it was you or me. Anyway. Jack?” Geez, another dropped cell call. Has this ever happened to you? September 19 at 3 p.m. the Escondido City Zoning Administrator will hold a […]

Taliban at Camp David? Really?


Some great TV! —Yes, really!


It’s Labor Day and I’m toiling feverishly over this hot keyboard. What I want to talk about is some great TV the past few weeks. Yeah, the oxymoron great TV. If you didn’t watch any of the Little League World Series games you missed out on something special. I watched parts of probably six games including the last five innings […]

Help for loved ones

Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is one of the most effective tools available for treating severely mentally ill persons. Legislation known as Laura’s Law was introduced in 2001 by Assemblymember Helen Thomson (D – Davis) in an effort to make AOT available throughout California.   My subsequent legislation, AB 59, extended the sunset date an additional 5 years.  Laura’s Law allows […]


Ahhh, August. Only a few more weeks until the Santa Ana comes whipping through Escondido at 105 degrees F and 15 % humidity. Can’t wait. Then we hear comments like, “wow it’s so hot but it’s a dry heat.”  Folks, let me tell you that hot is hot no matter. I spent a lifetime one year at Ft. Bliss, Texas […]

A Pedestrian Question

~EsoteRick Observations

Just as I stepped off the curb, I was struck by the obvious injustice right before my eyes! The flashing pedestrian control sign was a symbolic white male, in stride, to indicate it is OK to walk now … I could not believe my eyes! Just how pervasive is this sickness we are all suffering? Why is that sign so […]

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 […]

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