News & Updates
August 26th, 2020
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Last week's Poll Results: "If Allowed, Do You Think Schools Should Open For In-Person Classes In 2 Weeks?"

NO = 64%
YES = 36%

JR's Weekly Column
Five months and counting, that’s how long we’ve been enduring through and working to silence this pandemic. Although we’re not out of the grip of fear associated with this hideous virus, it’s good to know that according to the latest data released by the County, Escondido has done a really good job of following the guidelines for social distancing, wearing a mask when outdoors and our numbers reflect this. Our overall percentage of positives to the number of tests administered is below the County
median average.

68 days and counting until the November elections. How do I know? I follow the election countdown clock timer featured prominently on the Chamber’s website home page. Check it out.

Along those lines, I just got through with a call finalizing the details of the Chamber joining with the Times-Advocate to hold a series of election Candidate Forums jointly. The plan is to bring candidates together in a
3-week series of Thursday evening forums, allowing you the voters to hear first hand from the candidates. We're keeping it local. Stay tuned for details as they unfold.

I also want to congratulate the City for some well-earned kudos as reported in last Sunday’s Union Tribune, recognizing the efforts made by the City to help businesses in Escondido during this pandemic. If you
missed it, a link to the article is here.

And, see if you can add to this list of retail name brands from the past: Fedco, Gemco, Roos Atkins, Rhodes, White Front, Alpha Beta, and Walker Scott. Send in your list of names, and we’ll add them to the list of all but forgotten retailers from the past.

The Chamber is here to help assure that your retail brand does not end up on this list. Join the Chamber and help make a difference. For more info on Chamber membership, go to this link.

And, finally, I want to thank Pastor Tim Spivey for his taking us on a behind the scenes look at the renovation his New Vintage Church has sparked along Grand Avenue. The Grand Project is very near
completion, and it was a fantastic opportunity we had to take a peek at what is in store for us all.


James Rowten (JR)
Chamber Events & Programs
September Business
After 5 Mixer w/ North County Chambers

~ Special Day ~

Wednesday, September 9th
5:00pm - 7:00pm
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The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. The City of Escondido is actively taking measures to keep our community safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We are committed to following the Governor’s and the County Public Health Officer’s orders in a combined effort to keep our population healthy and safe while providing essential services to our residents.
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Ambassador of the Month
Cheryl has a passion for real estate and helping clients achieve their real estate goals whether buying or selling a home or commercial property. She has been a licensed realtor for over 18 years and has extensive knowledge and experience in the North San Diego County market. Cheryl is currently with Covington & Associates here in Escondido.
In her free time, Cheryl participates in The Escondido Chamber of Commerce, volunteers for her children’s schools, drives for meals on wheels, enjoys taking walks in the park, spending time with friends, reading books, and studying the Bible.
Cheryl Engdahl
California Center for the Arts Creates Retro Drive-In @ Mall
As cinemas remain closed because of COVID, arts organizations and businesses are trying to find new options for events. The answer for California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) is to create a drive-in at the Westfield North County mall.
Neighborhood Healthcare to Host Virtual Speakeasy Soiree
This year's annual Pace Setter Fundraising Gala will be a virtual affair held on Saturday, September 26th from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Join in the fun and support a wonderful cause!
Escondido Sunrise Rotary presents 2020 Grape Day 5K
The Grape Day 5K is a fun run for everyone from elite runners to casual walkers, this years event is Virtual. Sign up and join others around the country walking, running, and strolling to raise money for Escondido Sunrise Rotary and the MS Society. 
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