November 2015

Food for fines at the library, city budget surplus, golf club property stink continues

Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program Begins Maybe you’re not quite like Jerry Seinfeld who faced 20 years of library fines for not having returned Tropic of Cancer to the New York Public Library. However, you got this overdue book fine and got to make good….So? If it’s less than $20, you can dismiss the fine and maybe do some good by way…


Sandbagging it at San Marcos and crossing a soon-to-be-finished Armorlite Drive

Prepare for forecasted El Niño season with free sandbags San Marcos officials made two announcements this week, the first being of the sandbagging kind. Sort of like bagging one’s own groceries, those seeking a barrier to rising El Nino street tides, should those ensue, are cordially invited by the city of San Marcos to bag their own sand. Sandbags and sand will be provided free…


Alice in Wonderland scenario continues for former Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher

Former Escondido Police Chief’s Jim Maher’s contentious employment end game finished in a swirl of controversy in 2012 that just got curiouser and curiouser on Monday. Maher had filed a breach-of-contract suit last year contending he was owed $75,000 of a negotiated $150,000 job buyout. On Monday, his attorney told a reporter that the suit had been dropped. Rick Pinckard, Maher’s current attorney — Robert…


CSUSM-curated California Center for the Arts exhibit celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Re-membering our Ancestors: Discovering Ourselves, an exhibit curated by California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Professor David Avalos, proclaims, with vivid colors and creative displays, the sense of loyalty people have to one another in life and in death. The exhibit is open now through Sunday, Nov. 22 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Re-membering is influenced by the Mexican holiday commonly referred to as…


 Dining Out On A Budget

Dining out on a budget can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes, it may even feel like it’s a completely impossible task. Use some of these very simple strategies to lessen that burden: 1. Dining with children: Eat at places where kids can eat for free. Restaurants often times set certain “Kids Eat Free Days” so be sure to visit on these days only. 2. There are literally millions of  restaurant coupon offers available online to print…


The Joys and Financial Challenges of Parenthood

The Joys and Financial Challenges of Parenthood Children are special. There’s nothing like them. They can be our sweetest blessing, as well as our biggest frustration. Most of all, however, they are our greatest responsibility, as well as our most important–and expensive–commitment. Whether you are a first-time parent or a veteran of refereeing sibling squabbles and who-put-the-empty-milk-carton-back-in-the-fridge inquisitions, parenthood can be both wonderfully rewarding and…


11 Ways to Help Yourself Stay Sane in a Crazy Market

11 Ways to Help Yourself Stay Sane in a Crazy Market Words to ponder “Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” –Warren Buffett “Most of the time common stocks are subject to irrational and…