News & Updates
December 16th, 2020
The Escondido Chamber of Commerce
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Chamber News and Updates
If The Vaccine Was Available Today, Would You Take It?
Last Week's Poll Results: "What Is Your Favorite Holiday Movie?"

It's A Wonderful Life = 25%
Miracle On 34th Street = 24%
CharlieBrownChristmas = 18%
Christmas Vacation = 18%
The Grinch... = 5%
Die Hard = 5%
Elf = 5%
JR's Weekly Column
Local businesses are hurting. We know this and we’ve got to help. Many local businesses are owned, operated or run by neighbors, friends and family. Many of them are as close as ever to being without their jobs and businesses. Yet, we continue to see the parade of delivery trucks marching up and down the streets dropping off brown boxed packages, sometimes as many 3 or 4 times a day to the same address! And they’re not all neighbors. Go ahead and admit you too are ordering online. It’s easier and quicker than ordering locally. Really?

Maybe it’s time to do something. Maybe it’s not all about convenience it’s about doing the right thing. Ok, maybe some local businesses should not be in business, after all you being a titan of industry know better. Really?

Local businesses create jobs, many of which are filled by locals, maybe even your neighbor. These jobs help fuel the economy, they create a tax base from which we all rely. Do you like nice parks, safe streets, lighted roadways, and quick response rate to emergencies? Those taxes generated help pay for those services. Without the ability to generate tax revenue from that last fill-up at the local gas station, or the sales tax paid when you buy your Starbucks those services we’ve come to expect can’t exist.

Just think about it and maybe the next time you’re ready to click checkout and you hit complete on your transaction you could take another minute to consider this.

Most all of us want a better place to live and raise our children or just enjoy life. It’s natural to also want something better for our children, to find a little happiness. If this pandemic has taught us anything it’s that we must be considerate of each other. We must care enough to be mindful of our actions and to take steps to consider the effect of our online actions. Many local merchants have excellent online presence and make it easy to go online and buy local. Please consider this the next time you feel the need to buy online. Support your local businesses any way possible.

Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to respond to the Chamber’s newsletters, social media posts, email blasts, polls and published stories. We are listening and we are committed to representing and building our business community.

The New Year is close and with this comes hope for more. More good news than bad, more friends than enemies, more family, laughs, naps, reading for fun, appreciation of the arts, good podcasts, day dreams and you fill in the blank...

We here at the Chamber wish you all good health, happiness and love during the Holidays and throughout all of next year. Get ready for 2021, it’s going to be better.


James Rowten (JR)
Real Time Hospital Capacity Data
The federal government on Monday released detailed hospital-level data showing the toll COVID-19 is taking on health care facilities, including how many inpatient and ICU beds are available on a weekly basis. Using an analysis from the University of Minnesota's...
Innovate 78 Launches Survey
Innovate78 (the cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista) is conducting a survey to get a comprehensive understanding of the manufacturing industry along the 78 Corridor. If you’re willing, we would appreciate if you could answer a few questions regarding employment numbers, revenue, and changes in space utilization.
Chamber Events & Programs
10th Annual Community In Unity
Thursday, December 17th
5:00pm - 9:00pm
California Center for the Arts - Northern Lights
  • Pajama Drive
  • Toy Drive
  • Blanket Drive
Holiday Blood Drive w/ Senator Brian Jones
@ Escondido Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, 12/23
Business Resources
Escondido News & Happenings
City News & Updates
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.
Member News & More
It's Way Past Time To Fix EDD
The Employment Development Department (EDD) has clearly not been up to the task of providing unemployment benefits to the millions of Californians thrown out of work when the COVID-19 pandemic struck
That’s why I joined several of my Republican colleagues on December 7 th , the first day of the new session, to introduce a package of bills aimed at making EDD more efficient and more secure.

My bill...
Socially Distanced Santa to Visit The Super Dentists - Escondido on 12/21, 12/22, & 12/23
Palomar Family Counseling Partners With AmazonSmile For The Holiday Season
Your generosity makes all the difference this holiday season. Your donation supports critical mental health services for those without resources, and together we can create a world where everyone looks forward to tomorrow.
Scene In Escondido: CCAE Northern Lights