Last week's Poll Results: "Do You Agree The Recent Second COVID-19 Shutdown Was Necessary"
NO = 67%
YES = 33%
JR's Weekly Column
I’ve been on hold quite a bit lately. Let me explain. In this new normal, I have to keep in mind that there are not colossal call centers full of waste-high cubicles where thousands of operators sit staring into a computer monitor while speaking to you through their headsets. I’ve envisioned group managers
wandering the floor at the ready to handle any problem escalated up to them in a moment’s notice. “Sorry, sir, we can’t do that” is the canned response I usually get. But. I’ve now come to the realization that the new normal necessitates a different scenario. Instead of massive call centers bustling with the activity, you’re connecting with Joe from Boise sitting in their dining room on their laptop.
And, god forbid they have to transfer you to another department. Trust me; I’ve spent 2.5 documented hours on just one false fraud credit card issue! I finally persevered and got the problem straightened out after 3+ hours of wasted time on hold. Or was it? I came away thinking yes, it was a frustration and did
not need to happen, but it got done, and I moved on. That’s what I see going on here in Escondido. So far, somehow, we’re still here. The point I’m trying to make is that somehow, I survived this calamity.
I do believe that we, too, as a business community, will survive this economic shift. We’re feeling the pain and witnessing the losses, but generally, we will come back.
We can do this by helping each other, remembering to support each other and be kind to each other. Let’s work to resolve our differences and work for the benefit of all our local businesses.
With your support, the Escondido Chamber of Commerce can be a catalyst for change that is permanent and lasting in Escondido.
James Rowten (JR)
Chamber Events & Programs
After 5 Mixer w/ Poway Chamber
Thursday, July 23rd
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Topic: Virtual Happy Hour...Get To Know Your Neighbors
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is disseminating a survey that looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), how these SMEs are adapting to the current circumstances, and how this may or may not be connected to broader weather-related stressors they may face.
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.
The world may look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed: our commitment to ending Alzheimer’s. This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail.
The DMV has extended the time for drivers license renewals that had expired during the period of March 2020 on. All drivers under age 69 were extended until July 31 with expanded online renewal available.
Commercial license renewal extended until Sept. 30, 2020. Learners permits from March 2020 also extended 6 months. This is...