Ed Gallo Speaks

Editor—Even since Ed Gallo “retired” from the city council I have been working on him to get him to write us a column. I finally broke him down, and here is the first example: You are correct.  This is a new column premier edition.  Hopefully it won’t be a one and done.  Today’s topic in the historic Escondido Times Advocate, […]

When the ‘wrong people’ win elections: A tale of two nations (and maybe more)

Someday I would like to see the origins and results of “Russiagate” covered with the same hagiographic devotion as the origins and results of Watergate were in the celebrated 1970s movie “All the President’s Men;” which was the mother’s milk on which many infant journalists suckled in the years following the 1970s. Of course, Watergate became the touchstone upon which […]

Sacramento Update

This year over 2,900 bills were introduced in the State Legislature, an excessive number in my opinion. All those bills had to pass by the “house of origin” deadline on May 31. Any bills that failed to pass are held for now, though some will become two-year bills to be considered again next year.  Several of my bills beat the […]

Stalking the wild punctuation error

Welcome to Dave Ross’s Wild Punctuation Planet, where we travel the seven continents—but mainly in North County—looking for strange and exotic forms of punctuation that seem to spring fully formed out of some weird dimension where normal rules of grammar do not apply.  It is unknown whether these peculiar forms of punctuation are caused by exposure to radiation or merely […]

Trading up the chain: San Pasqual High School’s unfortunate journey to virality

Wednesday was a drama-filled morning for Escondido. San Pasqual High School had made headlines for a relatively uncommon reason—a series of staff yearbook photos featuring the world language faculty wearing ponchos and sombreros with one teacher wearing Parisian garb. The article, titled “Yearbook Reveals San Pasqual Language Teachers’ ‘Insensitive’ Photos,” has quickly become a talking point for everyone in the […]

Enjoying our bounty

This region plays a big part in making California the nation’s leading agricultural state. Locally grown crops that include avocados, citrus, strawberries, grapes and cut flowers have put San Diego in the top tier of the nation’s agricultural counties. According to the San Diego County Farm Bureau, San Diego is the 19th largest farm economy out of more than 3,000 […]

The Common Good: Transportation for a New Age


Supervisor Jim Desmond is out of touch with the scope and complexity of our climate and housing issues.  While he is out there peddling the need for more roads or more space on existing roads, he ignores the common good and basic human factor engineering.  We need bold leadership to take on the crisis of our lifetime, not sad, regressive […]

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