Super Ibarra showcases district’s progress in annual address

Declaring “The state of the district is strong,” and emphasizing his brief but potent goal for success, “all means all,’ Supt. Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra’s 3rd annual State of the District Address Monday morning was a celebration of the progress the district’s schools and students have made in the past year.  The morning’s festivities were introduced by the high energy of […]

Gaspar breaks with other supers on asylum seekers

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 today in closed session to sue the federal government for changing its practice of how it deals with asylum seekers.  The single no vote was Supervisor Kristin Gaspar of the 4th District, which includes Escondido. Gaspar explained her vote: “In an unprecedented maneuver today, my colleagues voted to hastily sue the […]

“Mac” begins “Meet the Mayor” meetings this month

Beginning this month, Escondido’s new mayor, Paul “Mac” McNamara, will hold a series of monthly community meetings in different locations throughout Escondido. The meetings are an opportunity for residents, business owners and other members of the Escondido community to meet the new mayor in an informal setting.  “I really look forward to meeting the residents of the city and hearing […]

The mayor gives a teaser on the State of the City


“We want to change the narrative to be less negative and more positive—to put out a vision for the city,” commented Paul McNamara Monday morning as he was chatting in the lobby of the California Center for the Arts, Center Theater with several of the city’s influential people after the State of the School District address by Supt. Luis Rankins-Ibarra. […]

Human trafficking in California

Last month I introduced House Resolution 7 (HR 7), which is jointly authored with Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D – San Bernardino). HR 7 declares January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California, part of a nationwide effort to combat this growing menace. A form of modern slavery, human trafficking has grown 842% in the United States since 2007. Unfortunately, California […]

The Mean New Deal

Whenever the Democrats feel a disconnect with voters, or when one of their initiatives fails to gain traction (i.e., the election of Queen Hillary or the destruction of Brett Kavanagh) they always come back with some gargantuan new social justice proposal, designed to steal any sunlight the Republicans may have garnered.  With Donald Trump in the White House, Democrats have […]

Possessing Your Mountain, Pt1

  “And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old.  I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.  So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you […]

Interfaith’s Anglea praises board vote for homeless

The County Board of Supervisors this week voted to allow the Health and Human Services Agency to apply for and receive about $125 million to help people with serious mental illness and who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. The action is winning praise from an Escondido-based program that assists the homeless, Interfaith Community Services. The state […]

Half price admission at 40 area museums

Escondido Public Library is partnering with the San Diego Museum Council this February for San Diego Museum Month by offering half price admission passes to 40 plus San Diego Museums. Passes are good for up to four people and will work at all participating museums. Pick up your pass from one of Escondido Public Library’s public service desks until February […]

Romantic California rain doesn’t dampen Chocolate Festival

The rains last Saturday did nothing to dampen the For Love of Chocolate Festival put on by the Downtown Business Association. “No not at all,” said DBA President Alex MachLachlan,  who puts on the festival each year. California rain is romantic.” The festival, he said, was sold-out the day before the event, including two sold- out chocolate making classes held […]