Three Escondidans honored on National Philanthropy Day

Three Escondido residents were among those honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter at the annual National Philanthropy Day event on Monday, November 4 at the Town and Country Hotel, Golden Pacific Ballroom.  They were Bob & Marion Wilson and Jack Raymond. The annual celebration honors the dedication, leadership, and community contributions of San Diego County’s philanthropists, […]

Residents open to one cent sales tax hike

A survey commissioned by the city indicates that residents of Escondido view a possible sales tax increase to maintain services as a viable option. Nearly two-thirds indicate support for a one cent sales tax increase if it would maintain city services. “It could be a game changer,” City Manager Jeff Epp told The Times-Advocate this week. He said such a […]

Del Lago Academy seeks mentors

Want to make an impact on the life and career of an aspiring high school junior? Del Lago Academy is actively seeking mentors from a variety of different careers, fields and occupations.  As a partner, you will have the opportunity to mentor, work with work, and share personal experiences, challenges and knowledge with DLA scholars. The Del Lago junior internship […]

EPD to host children’s Christmas party

Every year the Escondido Police Department hosts an annual Children’s Christmas party to give kids who have been the victims of abuse, neglect, and violent crime a Christmas they might not otherwise get to experience.  The party will take place in early December.  The event will include food, a magic show, arts and crafts, face painting, a visit with Santa […]

T-A Shorts

Tree planting at Kit Carson Park Saturday, November 23: 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in helping beautify your community, the City of Escondido is inviting you to join other volunteers for a tree planting event at Kit Carson Park. You don’t need to register for this volunteer opportunity, just check in at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheater no later […]

The Next Tom Brady

I have never been a fan of the Prevent Defense Theory in football.  It seems counter intuitive to me to suddenly change all of the things that had been working to get a big lead, then put your players into an entirely different mindset to protect that lead. My idea is to just keep running up the score, play straight […]

The Value of Volunteers


Volunteers. No, I am not talking about the University of Tennessee. Last week, The North County Philanthropy Council honored community volunteers for 2019 and that got me thinking about the value of volunteers at many different levels.  Charities, non-profits, civic groups and government agencies depend on volunteers who give their time, talent and treasure for their very existence. Escondido’s Trudy […]

Supporting people and jobs

My husband and I have owned our small retail business for over 25 years. The problems we encountered running that business were some of the primary reasons I first ran for public office. Since joining the Legislature, I have supported a wide range of legislation that would stimulate business formation and provide greater employment opportunities, more work-force training and greater […]

Patriots romp, Cougars fall in playoff action

Last Friday night while the Orange Glen Patriots continued to demonstrate their postseason chops, the Cougars of Escondido weren’t able to follow suit. For these two locally based squads, it was a case of one of them advancing and keeping their title hopes alive while the other saw its building-block season come to an end. Now for the details, starting […]

Playoff loss ends stellar season for San Pasqual

Renowned English novelist Charles Dickens greatly enhanced his reputation when he wrote an exceedingly popular work of historical fiction entitled “A Tale of Two Cities.” For the San Pasqual Golden Eagles, their San Diego Section Division II quarterfinal playoff game versus visiting El Camino last Friday night turned out to be a tale of two halves. And because the second […]