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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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What Type Of Mask Do You Prefer To Wear?
Traditional Hospital-Style
Last week's Poll Results: "Has Your Job Been Affected By The COVID-19 Pandemic?"

YES = 100%

JR's Weekly Column
To wear a mask or not, that’s the question. OK, I get it wearing a mask is not the way I want to live my life 24/7. I feel slowed and can’t breathe so easily. Additionally, I wear glasses, and face masks are doubling troubling while wearing glasses. I’m continually fogging up my glasses, and my already challenged eyesight is stressed further with a mask on. But, I get it and do wear one whenever I’m out in public or whenever I can clearly see others whom I interact with are wearing theirs. It’s a respect thing.

I recently had the privilege of attending my granddaughter’s first birthday in Denver, and we flew direct San Diego to Denver. It was an eye-opening experience. The Denver Airport, which I’ve flown in and out all my life, was an eerie experience. What would generally be a hustling, get-out-of my way bustling collection of travelers from all over the world was all but a ghost town. Shops closed, restaurants closed sans a couple of strategically placed McDonald's and one Starbucks. The full impact of the virus beyond my limited view was apparent and felt. A sadness prevailed but, we soon were beyond this and relished
our time with our newest member of the family.

But, I can’t shake the feeling of sadness even two-weeks later over the reality of what we are experiencing. I have to remind myself that we’re better off than we were March 18th when we were given the orders to shut-down and hunker at home.

And one more thing, I’m willing to wear a mask if that’s what it takes to move this virus along and get back to business. Our restaurant industry here in Escondido is made up of a lot of fine people who are doing their best to survive through this time. Please understand that your server is not the one who is setting the rules regarding masks but merely trying to comply with the protocols in place to allow them to open and serve.

I do see signs of resurgence and do believe that we will get beyond this but, it definitely is getting old.

My goal is to be considerate of others, work together whenever possible, and look for the positive in everyone and everything regularly. Pollyannaish as it may be, I believe it’s what’s best for me.

Next week be sure to circle back here as I will be updating our Board make-up and announcements regarding our Ambassadors.

With Respect,

James Rowten (JR)
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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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Assistance League of Inland North County to Open July 14th
Assistance League of Inland North County is reopening their Thrift Shop on July 14th. After a successful Donation Event, the Thrift Shop will be full of great bargains with many items marked down 50%! The new temporary hours will be 10am-1:30 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and the last Saturdays of the month. We will accept donations only during those business hours.

The health and safety of our customers and volunteers is our priority...
California Budget Update
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, state revenues began to plummet, while spending on unemployment insurance and social programs increased exponentially. The result --- our $21 billion surplus suddenly transformed into a $54.3 billion deficit.
The budget that passed on June 15th was the beginning of...
NSDCAR to Host Forbearance Update & Credit Webinar

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