Farm Bureau enjoys its new location

The San Diego County Farm Bureau  passed its first century mark a few years ago, and looks remarkably young for its age these days, thanks to a new building that brings it well into the 21st century.  The Farm Bureau, which for years too many to remember was headquartered in a rather dark and seedy building in East Valley Parkway, […]

Volunteers to join annual Creek to Bay Cleanup April 27

Escondido Shines, whose motto is “serve, salute, celebrate” is coordinating local efforts to once more be part of the countywide Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. The effort has the strong endorsement of Mayor Paul McNamara, who said in a statement: “As a community, the more aware we are of needs, the more likely we are to want […]

Volunteers help clean Eagle Peak

Two weeks ago, volunteers from the Allied Climbers of San Diego, Escondido Rangers, and the Escondido Fire Department helped clean up the Eagle Peak portion of Dixon Lake. Eagle Peak is now open to rock climbing. Permits are required, for more information visit: www.escondido.org/dixon-lake.aspx  

Fun run will help fight human trafficking

A teenage volunteer at Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), Samantha Snodgrass has put together a Fun-Run/Walk to help fight human sex-trafficking.  OUR. is dedicated to rescuing children who have fallen victim to human sex-trafficking and prosecutes their traffickers all around the world.  Once rescued, OUR finds a secure safehouse where they have the opportunity for rehabilitation and learn life-skills to help […]

Mother’s Day tour will feature five charming homes

Five charming historic homes will be open to the public and refreshments will be served in a lovely garden area during the Old Escondido Historic District’s 22nd Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tour the interiors and gardens of five historic homes and enjoy refreshments in a lovely garden area.        […]

Council appoints two to library board

At the April 10 meeting of the Escondido City Council, the council approved the recommendations of Mayor Paul McNamara to appoint John Schwab and Carolyn Clemens to fill two regular vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees, each for a three-year term, terms to expire March 31, 2022. There were 13 applications to the vacancies, something that the mayor remarked […]

The Days Following the First Easter…

   “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7, ESV)   Last week I asked the question, “Why did Jesus come?”  Most Americans have heard of Jesus, […]

I hate cable news!

BREAKING NEWS: cable news sucks. It’s the worst 6 plus hours of my day. I keep it on in my office, droning at low volume as I write. Generally CNN or MSNBC. Occasionally Fox, if there’s the slightest chance coverage will be unbiased — or if I’m planning on replacing my monitor soon anyway so it doesn’t matter that a […]

Mental health and addiction

Mental health and drug addiction are often co-occurring disorders, with a big impact. I have been working on commonsense, bi-partisan solutions to these problems since my days on the Escondido city council. As a member of the Mental Health Caucus, I serve on several committees that deal directly with these issues, including Assembly Health Committee and the Select Committee on […]

Playing the Game of Zones

To open a store front business, you must obtain a permit, which is administered by the City of Escondido. Many of the businesses that can open in Escondido do not have listed standards or guidelines which must be met in order to secure a permit. They are permitted by-right in certain zones, primarily Commercial General (CG). Permitted by-right means that […]