Last week's Poll Results: It was a landslide in response to the question "Do You Think Escondido Is Ready To Begin Opening Back Up
YES = 86%
NO = 14%
JR's Weekly Column
Nights turn into day, days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months. Many of us are asking when will it end? When can we return to our lives pre-C19? Do you remember those days when you could shake hands with a friend, hug a grandchild, high five an unknown stranger for whatever reason and go outside without fear of receiving or passing on this virus?
Our lives are different, and we know changes are just beginning. Still, last week’s announced bankruptcy filing of The Soup Plantation restaurants followed by this week’s news that Nordstrom’s is closing their North County Mall store is a reality check for those of you who haven’t ventured beyond your homes. To others who are venturing out, it is just another brick in the wall. Look around us, and you’ll see plenty of "for lease" signs hanging in windows of not only the long-ago shuttered businesses but, new buildings, strip mall storefronts, and offices throughout Escondido. And, we hear it is just the beginning?
It feels like this “just beginning” has been going on for quite some time already. Is it time to see this as an opportunity to come out even stronger once this is behind us? Yes, many businesses will not survive this pandemic, and each closed business or laid off worker has a fiscal impact on Escondido. Our City was working to keep up with the challenges of a robust economy and now must pivot to the realities of 25%+ unemployment, and significant sales tax revenue losses. The omnipresent challenge of meeting mandated share of pension funding is not the only concern for our City as State legislators are right now up in Sacramento scrambling to submit a budget rife with shortfalls.
Our restaurants are hurting as we all are aware of but, they’re not the only ones. The impact may not be as evident right now, but the effect on the auto industry, our schools, and so many other businesses we depend on daily to meet our needs are suffering.
Of course, this pales in comparison to the pain felt by families and friends across the nation who have lost parents, children, sisters, brothers, neighbors, and friends to this insidious virus. Our hearts pour out to them.
But, we can’t live in fear, and we can’t give up on the foundational values which this country was built. We must begin the process of picking up the pieces and cleaning up the debris left in the wake of this mess, responsibly of course. Let’s unite in our rights by which this country was built. Let’s stand up for each other and collectively pull each other up. Let’s work to set aside our differences for the overall good of the many. And let’s begin to rebuild and reshape the Escondido business community.
Please now more than ever consider joining the Chamber as we work to help rebuild and reshape our vital business community.
James Rowten (JR)
Chamber Events & Business Resources
~ TOMORROW MORNING ~
Special Economic Development Meeting w/ Jeff Rossman, President SD chapter of the CA Restaurant Association & Amber Tarrac, City of Escondido
Topic: Next Steps For Escondido's Food & Beverage Industry
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.
We all miss going out to eat, seeing our family dentist and sporting events. Small businesses have taken a huge hit, and we must ensure they recover. The Governor just released Phase 2 reopening, based on
successes with social distancing and smoothing the curve.
California’s economy should reopen quickly. By using social distancing and other protections, most businesses can reopen while keeping customers safe. As a member of the Joint Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery...
Escondido Sunrise Rotary & Cocina del Charro Partner To Help
Escondido Sunrise Rotary is working with Cocina del Charro restaurant in Escondido to provide meals to first responders and hospital workers. Meals will be delivered to hospital workers, firefighters, and police to support our local heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Support Our Local Farmers...NOW And More In The Future!
Supporting our local farmers and ranchers continues to be critical. Below is a directory of San Diego County Farmers and Ranchers that are selling their products directly to consumers. To purchase products, please coordinate directly with the farm via the information provided below, as inventory may change on a daily basis.