Opinion

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

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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

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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

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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, […]


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