2016-06-23 E-Edition

~ Guest Opinion

Words? Actions? Oh, the utter ambiguity!

“I think what he says and what he’ll do are two different things.” That was what our current Congressman, Duncan Hunter, recently said about Donald Trump as reported in The Washington Post last Friday. And doesn’t that just say it all? Now, I’m no Duncan Hunter fan, and normally I don’t pay a whole lot of attention, but I think, […]


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Now the Senate decides

This year, 12 of my bills made it through the Assembly. Their fate will now be decided in the Senate, which has until the end of August for up or down votes. At this point, having received bi-partisan support for most of my legislative package in the Assembly, I am optimistic about the prognosis. My legislation this year includes a […]

Young gardeners find their groove at the fair

Thirty minutes before the San Di­ego County Fair opened at 10 a.m. on June 17, hundreds of elementa­ry school students descended from buses, accompanied by teachers and parents. Laden with lovingly tended lettuces, radishes, beets and other edibles grown from seed, they entered the Fairgrounds through a special gate and marched merrily to the infield where enthusiastic judges awaited. Not […]

The mall that almost was

A shopping mall complex at the west end of downtown’s Grand Av­enue? Was it a possibility? Could it have been? Maybe. Maybe not. Yes, such a project was proposed. It was the proposed precursor to what is now the Westfield North County Mall on city-leased land at the south end of Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. But it never materialized. Could […]

Shish Kabobs

It is sweltering hot here in California this week! Summer is officially here and that means barbecue time! There are so many things you can cook up outside on the grille. One of my go to’s when I want something fast and good are shish kabobs. I made beef, chicken and vegetable kabobs marinated in garlic, olive oil and salt/pepper. […]

‘Finding Dory’: a heartfelt movie

Pixar has an excellent track record when it comes to sequels, but for a min­ute there it looked like “Finding Dory” wasn’t going to work. The aquatic ad­venture “Finding Nemo” came out all the way back in 2003; kids who grew up with it aren’t kids anymore. Maybe they had… forgotten about it? Aside from that, blue tang Dory (Ellen […]

Patio Playhouse celebrates 50th anniversary

Last week on Friday, June 17, the Escondido theater company Patio Playhouse celebrated its 50th anniver­sary of serving the community with a commemorative, official ribbon-cut­ting ceremony. The Escondido Chamber of Com­merce presided over the cutting, with City Councilman Ed Gallo in atten­dance. Around 75 people celebrated at the open-house affair at the Playhouse itself, which is located at 201 E […]

Koji gives Escondido FD car to Chumbley in Firefighters Destruction Derby finale

The current format for the Firefight­ers Destruction Derby, which is part of the Fire and Safety Exposition at the San Diego County Fair involves three early afternoon heats with the last two running cars in each heat qualifying for the final, two last chance heats in the late afternoon to allow the last remaining cars in each of those heats […]