||March 23, 2006
Candidates Forum Held
Eleven candidates showed
up for a candidates forum Monday, sponsored by The Escondido Republican Club and
held at Cocina del Charro in Escondido.
Local political observers
generally seemed to agree that the front running candidates are most likely
Brian Bilbray, Bill Morrow, Howard Kaloogian and Richard Earnest. They were
joined by other candidates, Alan Uke, Eric Roach, Bill Hauf, Victor Ramirez,
Scott Orren, Scott Turner and Delecia Holt. Of the four apparent front runners,
all argue their experience working at the federal, state, and or city level of
government gives them the training, the contacts, the ‘know-how’ of political
navigation within legislative assemblies. (Bilbray has served as a Congressman,
Morrow as a state senator, Kaloogian as an Assemblyman and Ernest as a Mayor and
Councilmember in Del Mar.)
Clearly, the number one
issue was Illegal Immigration and what to do about it. Ethics in government and
track records of accomplishments were also featured.
A number of the lesser
known candidates did not show. They included Bill Boyer, Milton Gale, and Jeff
Faster Than a
Feet flying, Tyrant, a
male rat terrier, competes in a Flyball relay race, which he—and his three
canine teammates—may complete in less than 20 seconds.
INXS, a local team, will
demonstrate this worldwide pastime at Paws in the Park, the Escondido Humane
Society’s annual fund raiser. The community-wide event, which features 1.5 and
2.5 mile walks for pet lovers, with or without a canine friend; breakfast
goodies; games for kids, and dozens of vendors displaying pet-related wares, is
Sunday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to noon in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. Watch INXS
demonstrate its incredible strategy and speed at 10 a.m. For information, call
888-2242 or visit the EHS web
The Escondido Chamber of
Commerce opened its board room doors on March 15 to its first-ever "5 Minute
Networking" program, an acclaimed way of networking with other business
professionals by describing your business, exchanging business cards, and
passing on referrals.
members attended the inaugural session and the after-the-event reviews were
excellent. Said one participant, John Murphy, a home loan specialist with First
Horizon Home Loans, "I met several people interested in my services. I have no
suggestions on how to improve it. It's a real terrific form and I looking
forward to the next one." The light supper, supplied by Samurai Sam's Teriyaki
Grill, got high reviews as well.
The next "5-Minute
Networking" program is set for Wednesday April 19 from 5 pm to 7:00 pm in the
Chamber Angelo Damante board room, with the one after that set for May 17th. For
more information, call Chamber Events Coordinator Georgia Simon at 745-2125.
San Marcos Offers
Carnival of Cultures
From 10am to 4pm on
Sunday, March 26th, the city of San Marcos will present a Carnival of Cultures
at the San Marcos Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Drive. Admission is free.
A variety of cultures
will be represented with singing, dancing, and even Tai Chi demonstrations.
Dancing will run the gamut from Hawaiian, Tahitian, Maori, Ballet Folklorico and
Middle Eastern dancing. Music will include Native American music, Disney songs,
as well as Caribbean music by Dillon’s Steel Band. For information, call
Rincon Agrees to Buy
Add the Rincon del Diablo
Municipal Water District to both Valley Center and Carlsbad as agencies that
have agreed to buy desalinated ocean water from a plant proposed for Carlsbad.
Rincon agreed to buy
4,000 acre-feet of desalinated ocean water a year over 30 years from Poseidon
Resources who plan to build $270 million plant, by 2009.
The district will pay no
more for the water than it would pay the San Diego County Water Authority,
according to district officials.
Poseidon proposes to
desalinate 56,000 acre-feet of ocean water a year at the plant, proposed for the
Encina Power Station at Cannon Road and Carlsbad Boulevard.
Rincon Municipal Water
District services about 28,000 people within 42 square miles that includes
portions of Escondido, San Marcos, San Diego and unincorporated San Diego
District Plans Purchase of Building
There’s a building near South Auto Park Way that the Escondido Elementary
District has its eyes on for administrative offices after its lease is up on its
After Dec. 31, 2007, the district will need new quarters unless, of course,
they’d be comfortable with absorbing about $350,000 over a two year period.
Plans were all set to move to a city-owned property but those plans fell apart
when Ralph’s store on East Valley Parkway turned thumbs down on a proposal for
Wal-Mart to come into where the present district offices are located. The city
had agreed to give the Escondido Union School District a 4.5-acre parcel at
Washington Avenue and Ash Street if the district agreed to move before its lease
was up to make room for Wal-Mart. When the Wal-Mart deal fell apart, so did the
city’s offer to the District.
building they are looking at is a commercial building on 11.5 acres at
Aldergrove Avenue in west Escondido. The property is listed at $13.5 million.
building offers adequate parking and space with 64,000 square foot building.
Presently, the district is renting 62,000 square feet.
Service for San Marcos?
ears of computer buffs in San Marcos are standing at attention, trying to glean
every bit of information available about discussions going on that may lead to
the city of San Marcos providing free wireless internet service to San Marcos
Some telecommunication providers aren’t too happy about it as it may well mean a
cut in their lucrative income stream . . . but computer buffs? They’re all for
Actually, the concept is growing rather rapidly nationwide. So much so that
Service Providers have begun to get involved as they fight to retain their share
of the market. A number of cities have already started providing wireless
Internet technology that allows residents to use the Web with their laptop
computers from anywhere in town.
San Marcos City Council will hire a consultant to study how it could provide
wireless Internet service throughout San Marcos.
More than 300 cities and counties across the country have started to develop
wireless networks. Originally, cities would create the wireless networks to
improve communications between public safety officials and employees.
Marcos already has private wireless networks at City Hall and there is wireless
access on many college campuses as well as Internet Cafes throughout much of
There are companies that specialize in building wireless networks and some even
provide the network at no charge to cities and their residents. They then sell
advertising that appears on the top of Web Pges on the Internet.
be on the Internet all you would need is a laptop with a wireless card. The
cards are available at a cost of around $50.