Two honored for saving abandoned pups

Two Escondido residents were honored at the March 20 city council meeting for their quick action in saving nine puppies that had been abandoned in a trash can in a sealed bag at Kit Carson Park. In the photo Mayor Paul McNamara (center) gives certificates to Bill Dixon and Merrillyn Carpenter recognizing them for their Good Samaritan act on Thursday, […]

Escondido motorcycle rider dies in collision

An Escondido man died in a motorcycle accident Monday night on 9127 West Lilac Rd. in Valley Center. The San Diego Medical Examiner has identified the man as Michael Smith. According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Mark Latulippe: Monday at about 6:18 p.m. a 28 year old man from Escondido was riding a 2001 Kawasaki Ninja eastbound on West Lilac […]

Why did you decide to run for public office?

I’ve had an opportunity to ask this question often when speaking with a number of our elected officials. The answers vary, but there is a common theme: They could accept things as they are, complain about it, or get involved! That’s right . . . they were not happy about something or other. Simply running for office is an arduous […]

Owed Money?

California could be holding some of your money. According to State Controller Betty Yee, California is sitting on unclaimed properties valued at $9.3 billion! But there’s great news —you can get it back. I encourage you to visit claimit.ca.gov to see if any of these unclaimed funds belong to you. How did this huge pot accumulate? Under California’s Unclaimed Property […]

The Winding road toward affordable college education


Remember two years ago when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave themselves a $19,000 raise despite community opposition and testimony? After two dozen people from groups representing labor, faith organizations and families addressed the supervisors, opposing the raise, with many saying the money could be better spent on services to help the needy in the county, the supervisors […]

Faith That Pleases God, Pt2

“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10, ESV) When we hear the word repent, it may have a negative tone; in other words, it must be assumed someone is doing something wrong. The word repent actually means to change course, or, turn around and go the other […]

Trump Wins Again


A group calling themselves “New Way California Republicans” recently released a plan to build a new Republican coalition in California by attracting moderates and independents. Their message for California Republicans? “You don’t have to be like President Trump.” Presumably that means you just have to be more pragmatic, like John Kasich (who captured less than 6% of the total Republican […]

I was SO wrong!

I KNEW there was something funny about that soup at the Hobbit “Magic Mushroom” costume party I attended last week. So dizzy… So many colors and swirly-thingies. Fell asleep in a bedroom with Fox News playing on the TV and Rush Limbaugh on the radio. When I awoke, everything had changed — for the BETTER! For starters, how can our […]

Sabers’ season ends with playoff loss to Fresno

The San Diego Sabers were hoping to shock the experts in their Western Division Semifinal series with the host Fresno Monsters. The simple truth was that very few prognosticators were giving the Sabers much of a chance to spring what would have amounted to a monumental upset.  And despite SD’s best efforts to prove the aficionados wrong, form indeed held […]