||January 21st, 2010|
I’m Alabamy Bound!
Editor’s Note: Kris Murphy is a former long time Escondido resident and Escondido City Council member. We recently discovered he had moved to Alabama and we suggested he read the cover story we wrote on Alabama.
WOW LYLE! What an article! Half the article I knew about, the other half is now a guide for my wife & I!
We love Highlands (Restaurant) and the Beef Carpaccio is my favorite. The guy who owned the Devil sign just passed away last month. You have a knack for the pen ... I love your smooth style of writing. What a tough job to travel around and then write about it!
Alabama was the last place I would have thought about spending the rest of my life, but TRUE LOVE brought me to the South. I met my now wife on the Internet in 1996. We were married the next summer. She is now an emergency doctor and we have three lovely girls (if you read my Facebook page you have the short story/summary & pics.)
I wished I had known you were coming down ... Could have given you & Evelyn a tour of our piece of heaven (The Farm). We have just over 100 acres of trees surrounding our house. Great place to raise kids and for Monica to unwind after a shift in the ER. Today the girls went outside to play, ride bikes and watch the birds (chickens & guineas) ... didn't have to check on them once ... we have total privacy and seclusion and security. (And we paid $800 an acre 5 years ago for most of it!)
I read the NC Times every day or so. I make comments on "my issues" under the name "Heart in Escondido."
Thanks for contacting me. Tell the people back in Escondido "HI" for me. My heart is truly in Escondido.
Thanks to your paper, Roxanne got adopted today. Jack was adopted a few weeks ago by one of your paper’s readers.
Thank you so much.
San Marcos, CA.
(Editor’s Note: Dr. Rika Yoshi is a professor at Cal State San Marcos and is very active in Animal Rescue. She supplies us with animals that need new homes. Her column is found on Page 10. We are happy to help animals find loving “parents” and a permanent home.)
Doesn’t Like The Paper
I just read the latest version of the paper. I had read articles a few times before and thought your paper had potential. I was extremely disappointed to realize how politically biased your paper is. After reading your attempt at humor at the expense of everything Democratic (the worlds shortest books) I could not help but feel your editorial staff is making a big gamble when they print those insults.
When a papers editor insults an entire segment of the population in an attempt to push their own agenda, that paper will soon fail. If you think you will get noticed by offering only right wing hatred, I am afraid you will disappointed.
I will never read your paper again and I will tell everyone I can to do the same. A public newspaper is nowhere to make political jokes about any political party.
Crowded Migrant Housing
When I purchased my first home, I chose a home in a quiet cul-de-sac in a well-established neighborhood in the Oak Hill area of Escondido. Eight years later, one of the single-family homes was sold to an investor as a rental property.
Overnight, my neighbors and I were dealing with 12, not five, additional trucks and SUVs crammed into the property's driveway and spilling into the cul-de-sac. At least one of the eight adult males (with partners and children) living in the 2,300-square-foot house was inhabiting the garage.
All neighbors filed a formal complaint with Code Enforcement (what a tremendous misnomer!). Nothing could be done.
For almost two years, we suffered the noise of 12 large vehicles with earth-shaking sound systems coming and going at all hours. We suffered the yelling and honking at midnight that would occur when someone with "seniority" wanted to park in the driveway!
You can imagine how I felt arriving home on a late Saturday afternoon to 20-plus males drinking in their front yard. One passed out on the dead lawn and another passed out across the sidewalk as I made my way to the mailbox. I called the police. Nothing.
A few hours later, the party escalated, with bonfires in the backyard igniting the trellis. I called the police. They dispatched a fire unit. At midnight, cars began arriving in the cul-de-sac dropping off teenage girls. I counted 15 while on the phone with the police for the third time that evening.
Is this the rich cultural diversity I'm supposed to enjoy?
Please, do not call this antisocial behavior Hispanic. Call it what it is: ghetto. And ghetto comes in all the colors of the rainbow. In Escondido, with its 40 percent Hispanic population, ghetto is more than likely brown.
I know from personal experience that the so-called "witch-hunting" of illegals is the byproduct of very frustrated and desperate homeowners trying to maintain a standard of living that they have earned and a City Council unwilling to act.
The inaction of our lawmakers causes the divisiveness we see in our neighborhoods. After almost two years of tyranny, I began to look on the inhabitants of that rental property as compassionately as I would a nest of cockroaches keeping house in my kitchen.
If you are reading this and are currently living under the tyranny I have described, please do not pack up and leave, as some have suggested. Stand and fight for your lifestyle and property. Oceanside has adopted an occupant limit, and Escondido shall have its own. Write those letters to your legislators.
/s/Dr. Teresa Ann Garcia
More on Overcrowded Migrant Housing
There is a way to end this problem, without the city do-nothing council and law enforcement: We had a similar situation, which was a drug house in our neighborhood, in La Jolla, about six years ago. We called an organization called SAFE STREETS. They have the solution: You get as many neighbors as you can, who are each willing to file a small claims court action against the owner of the property, where the cockroaches are occupying. Each files for a $5,000 damage in small claims. We had ten neighbors willing to do just that. Safe Streets got the police involved, as well. We broke the owner down, and he had those druggers out of that house in one week, because he did not want to face the collective $50,000 law suits against him.
Safe streets had the undercover narcotics folks infiltrating the cockroach drug house, and some arrests were made, as well.
A funny note: One night, at about 10 P.M., a small gang of motorcycles came into our cul-de-sac and revved-up their motors. They had the pig tail and all the Hells Angel dress-look. We called the police contact for this case. Their answer was: "Keep quiet, that is our undercover unit, trying to make a buy at the house next door to you. Shhhhhhh."
An angry community can make the wheels of the city and the trouble-makers roll.
La Jolla, CA.
Send Them the CCC!
There are many people, like me, who are disenchanted with politicians. Both parties have been greedy, immoral, and stupid, but Republicans are the lesser of the two.
Many of us are so frustrated and concerned about the future of our country we are ready to become active. The most effective way may be to join an established party, The Republican Party. The Republican Party needs a new image.
The new platform should support our constitution and most people want honest truthful politicians with less government and wise spending to lower our debt. Many other issues need to be attacked and our present Republican leadership seems to be more involved in complaining about Democrats than leading others. Our leadership needs to take creative leadership roles in actively solving problems. This is an opportune time for a membership drive for the The New Republican Party. I've attended as a new member the last three meetings, they were excellent programs. Speakers covered the Constitution, Tort Reform, and a political speech. Those programs should be publicized to inform the public about the good things the Republican Club is interested in and are doing to educate the citizens of what our country is all about and what we can do to help and get involved.
1436 E. Idaho Avenue
Escondido, CA 92027
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