Rotary and Chamber collect PJ’s for kids battling cancer

The Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce collected over 140 pairs of pajamas for kids battling cancer. The Friends of Scott Foundation – Friends to Children with Cancer works with donors like the Chamber and Rotary Club to gives kids in the hospital an opportunity to have a sense of peace and comfort during their hospital […]

Open house to welcome new volunteers

The New Year is bringing new opportunities to join a community of fellow nature lovers. Choose from hiking and monitoring Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve’s extensive trail system, assisting with outdoor field trips, or guiding visitors through the Hubbell-designed Interpretive Center.  A Volunteer Open House will take place Saturday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elfin Forest Interpretive […]

My favorite time of year

Christmas time is no doubt my most favorite time of year. I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating the birth of the most influential person to ever walk the face of the Earth. The season just lightens the heart and spirit of everyone regardless of whatever religious persuasion to which you aspire or not. […]

Stopping wild horse slaughter

This year I was principal co-author of AB 128 (Gloria), which requires any person purchasing a horse at auction, many of which are rounded up on public lands, to sign a sworn statement that the animal won’t be sold for slaughter.  Since 1971, federal law has required the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to manage wild horses. While […]

Constitutional understanding requirement allows self-enforcement of independent contractor arguments

This commentary is intended to address only the issue of willing creative services professionals being able to remain independent contractors; so I will not note specific laws which have been struck down as unconstitutionally vague, but I will state that courts have nullified legislation deemed not specific enough to determine whether a citizen is in compliance. In 2018 the California […]

Nonpartisan voters wanting to vote for president: what you need to know

Calling all Nonpartisan registered voters! If you vote by mail and want to vote for president, you need to inform the Registrar of Voters which mail ballot you want by January 6. Otherwise, your nonpartisan mail ballot will not show any presidential candidates. Several weeks ago, the Registrar sent the County’s nearly 350,000 Nonpartisan mail ballot voters a pre-paid return […]

Trout fishing is excellent at Lake Wohlford

Park hours: 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (open seven days a week, closed x-mas)  dock closes: 4:30 p.m. Last Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Wednesday December 18. Next Plant:  1,500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout Thursday January 2. Water temperature: At surface 51.62 f., 9.93 D.O. @ 10’ 52.52 f., 9.65 D.O. Water level:  Low level, private water craft are […]

Urban Ag Incentive Zone draft ordinance available for public review

The Count of San Diego’s Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones (UAIZ) Draft Ordinance is available for public review December 20, 2019 to January 31, 2020.  The draft ordinance can be found at:  www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/pds/advance/UAIZ/UAIZ%20Draft%20Ordinance.pdf On November 14, 2018, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to establish an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone ordinance within the unincorporated areas of the County.  California Assembly Bill […]

Restaurant owners recognized for feeding the homeless

Thursday, December 12, “Mission to Our Escondido Neighbors”  presented an award to José and Erik Monforte, owners of Cocina del Charro restaurant, at their Escondido location of 890 W. Valley Parkway. Lonny Beamer of  “Mission to Our Escondido Neighbors” presented the award for many years of feeding the homeless each Saturday in Escondido from 2008 to 2019. For over a […]