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 […]

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