56th annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks at the Center

Escondido’s annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks has become a North County tradition, and for good reason. Each year, 25,000 festival-goers converge on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) at Grape Day Park for the holiday festivities. The event is back for its 56th year on Thursday, July 4, 2019 with rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and […]

Departing Chamber CEO Johnston made her mark

Friday night the Escondido Chamber of Commerce said goodbye to Rorie Johnston, who as CEO led the business organization through an eventful six and a half years. An era where the Chamber modernized its procedures and smoothed out some of its operations. For someone who has been as effective a leader as Johnston, it is remarkable that this job was […]

Escondido Chamber installs new chairman, Matt Pound, bids farewell to CEO Rorie Johnston

The theme of Friday night’s 109th installation of officers of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce was a “Starlit Gala,” included a stirring speech by incoming chairman Matt Pound, and an emotional farewell to the Chamber’s CEO, Rorie Johnston. Pound told the group gathered in the museum of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido:  “The largest challenge I believe we […]

Volunteer van goes into service

On Wednesday, June 5, the new Escondido Fire Department Support Volunteer van went in service. The volunteer group, who provide logistical support for the fire department on a daily basis and during emergency incidents, all received orientation and training on the new vehicle. The new van replaced their 12-year-old van that was at the end of its useful lifespan.

K-5 students learn about fire safety

On Monday, June 3, the fire engine crew at Station 7 (Captain Tebbe, Engineer Jones and Firefighter Paramedic Beauchamps) collaborated with the Burn Institute to give a fire safety presentation to the K-5 students at Lincoln Elementary. The students learned valuable safety lessons and hopefully sparked and interest in becoming a first responder in the future.

Escondido firefighters train in rope rescue

Escondido Firefighters completed an advanced Rope Rescue Technician course at the Carlsbad Training Center during the week of May 27 along with students from Carlsbad Fire, San Marcos Fire and Cal Fire-San Diego County. This hands on certified training involved skills such as patient packaging in a stokes basket, knots/anchoring, rope system/pulley overview, and ascending/descending. This course better prepared our […]

Saluting REINS, the 75th Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year

On June 5, I joined 119 State Senators and Assemblymembers on the South Lawn of the Capitol as we participated in the 4th annual California Nonprofits Day to recognize and honor the nonprofits that do so much to improve our communities and enhance the lives of thousands of Californians.  This year I was very pleased to recognize REINS Therapeutic Riding […]

City staff suggests ½ cent sales tax hike to stop “budget gap”

At the June 12 Escondido city council meeting a report by the staff on the proposed operating budget for FY 2019-2020 pointed out that over the next 18 years the city faces a $176 million budget gap. The much more detailed staff report than in previous years reflected the desire of the new city council that took office in January, […]

Yes! God Loves You; He Likes You Too!

  “Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children… Beloved, we are God’s children right now… when it is finally made visible, we will be just like him, for we will see him as he truly is.” (1 John […]

Keeping the city’s “eye appeal”


  Good morning or afternoon or evening whatever time of day you are reading our local newspaper.  Last week I made reference to “eye appeal is buy appeal” and I wanted to add a bit more commentary  regarding the importance of this statement as it relates to our community.  A community I refer to as a big small town.  I […]