Hospital, Public Safety Bond Issues Facing Opposition
Hospital, Public Safety Bond Issues Facing Opposition
City Council in Escondido are divided 3-2
over support for two bond issues, both of which require a 2/3rds plurality in
candidate Ed Gallo supports both issues while incumbent candidate Tom D’Agosta opposes both.New candidate Sam Abed also supports both issues while former
councilmember Wil Mason and first time candidate
Tania Bowman also oppose both bills.
The public safety
bond issue, known as Proposition P, seeks $84 million and the hospital bond
measure, known as Proposition BB, seeks $496 million.Opponents to the public safety bond issue
said they agreed the facilities were needed but the money should have been
raised by increasing development fees, not placed on the taxpayer’s back.Most candidates expressed great concern as to
whether the hospital would remain in downtown Escondido, pointing out
there were no guarantees in the bond issue, as written, that the hospital would
remain in Escondido.
expressly provided for in the bond issue, CEO Michael Covert has said the
district is committed to building the new PalomarMedicalCenter “somewhere in Escondido.”While that might be the intent, critics point
out, nowhere in the bond language is that a mandate.
If both bond
issues pass, Escondido taxpayers would
see an increase of $51.92 per $100,000 assessed valuation, or, on property with
assessed valuation, the tax increase would be $103.84 for the next 30 years.
Both bond issues
have been seeking, and receiving, endorsements from civic and service clubs and
associations.While the three candidates
for Escondido’s city council
race have expressed oposition, there is no known
organized opposition against either bond issue thus far.
Insurance Executive Writes Kid's Book To Tell 'Em
"It's Just An Itty-Bitty Part
When not pursuing
his regular day job as an insurance executive for Driver Alliant
Insurance Services-or serving the community through his associations with
Escondido Rotary, Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego, and Escondido
Humane Society, long-time Escondido resident Tom Knight pursues his avocation
as a musician.
group, Too Much Fun, consisting of himself and Escondido educator Steve on
guitar and veterinarian Dave Zanders on banjo, have
performed at several North County venues, singing and playing songs in a highly
listenable bluegrass style, including songs that Tom has written over the
One such number, a
catchy ditty called: It's An Itty-Bitty Part of Life," has just made its
way into a children's book, the first of three efforts, according to Knight.
actually just welled up from a song I had written a couple of years ago."
He recalls Jane, his wife of 32 years, and he were
expecting the birth of their first grandchild. "I wanted to come up with
something special that, as he or she grows older, would help in understanding
life a little bit." Little Mason Thomas is now a year and a half, and
"It's An Itty-Bitty Part of Life" is now a children's book.
local Escondido artist, Kristina Sklar, the book essentially advises youngsters not to sweat
the small stuff.
Chamber Endorses Proposition U
The San Marcos
Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Proposition U, known as the San Marcos
Ratepayer Protection Act, which will appear on November’s general election
the best and brightest companies to San Marcos requires the
public and private sectors to work cooperatively to create a healthy business
climate,” said Cynthia Cosper, Chairwoman of the San
Marcos Chamber of Commerce.“Prop U
ensures San Marcos will continue to
be a regional leader on energy issues and creates millions of dollars worth of
new programs to help our members reduce energy costs and improve their bottom
line.The Chamber is proud to support PropositionU.”
U is the final piece of a multi-million dollar agreement between San Diego Gas
& Electric and the City of San Marcos that has ended a four year dispute
over the future of energy distribution in San Marcos and helps to forge a
long-term partnership to develop clean, renewable energy and innovative energy
efficiency programs designed to lower power bills for San Marcos businesses.
Prop U also
guarantees San Marcos residents will
have the right to vote on any plan for the City to get into the power
distribution business.Prop U also calls
for an independent audit to certify that no general fund monies would be used
and to guarantee that rates would be equal to or lower than SDG&E’s.
also voted to oppose Proposition X, a competing energy measure that will also
appear on the November ballot.
Council ToursDel Mar
special meeting, open to the public, the Escondido City Council journed from their Council Chambers to Del Mar where they
inspected the Del Mar Marriott Hotel.The purposes was to solidify their thinking as
to the layout and design of a similar hotel planned for Escondido.This was merely part of the ongoing research
the Council and its staff has pursued during ongoing discussions of the
A 200 room,
seven-story Marriott is in the planning stages for Escondido, to be located in
a present parking lot between the CaliforniaCenter for the Arts, Escondido and City
Hall.It’s pretty much an open secret
that negotiations have been going on with a developer for such a hotel, but, to
date, negotiations have been of the closed door variety.
developer is C. W Clark of La Jolla, and his partner,
Phelps Program Management of Greely, Colorado.
has centered on whether the hotel would operate, or partner with the city, in
supervising the conference center at the CalliforniaCenter for the Arts, Escondido.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The City of
San Marcos, will be
presenting the Poor Players in excerpts from Shakespear's,
"A Midsummer Night's Dream," on October 8, 9, & 10 (Friday and
Saturday at and Sunday at ).
Tickets are $10 for adults/youth/seniors.The production will take place at the San MarcosCommunity Center, Hearth Theater, 3 Civic Center
Drive, San Marcos.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers Introduction to Coastal
A six week
course is being offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary beginning November 4th,
from to , on
Thursdays.Classes will be held at the PalomarCollege, Escondido location, 1951 East Valley
Parkway at Midway, Room 401.
include weather and boating, use and understanding nautical charts,
radio/navigation and introduction to GPS/navigation.
A $35 fee
for the text book and nautical chart will be assessed.Students will need to purchase some
additional navigation tools.Those tools
can be used in the Advanced Navigation Course beginning in January of 2005.
students may also have additional family members attend with them without an
additional course fee.
Jewish Big Pals Program Celebrating 7th Year!
past seven years, more than 50 children from single parent homes have been
matched with caring adults, who serve as positive role models.The Big Pals and Little Pals get together
every other weekend for several hours to have fun and participate in
esteem-building activities. Currently the program is seeking volunteers -
especially males - who would like to participate in making a difference in a
young boy's life.
Pals is a program of Jewish Family Service.For additional information on becoming a Big Pal Volunteer or getting a
mentor for your child, contact Sherri Wexler at (619) 291-0473.
"Chip In" for Charity
The CollegeAvenueSeniorCenter, a program of
Jewish Family Service, is selling tickets for the Buick Invitational Golf
Tournament.The Tournament will take
place on January 17-23,
with Defending Champion, John Daly, expected to attend, along with Tiger Woods
and many others.Tickets are available
now for only $14 and Jewish Family Service will receive 100% of the revenue! Contact Brenda Bothel at
(619) 583-3300 to purchase tickets.