News & Updates
October 14th, 2020
The Escondido Chamber of Commerce
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Chamber News and Updates
Have You Voted Already?
Last week's Poll Results: "Do You Think Escondido Has A Problem With Litter?"

YES = 78%
NO =22%
JR's Weekly Column
I want to share an article I gleaned from Tuesday's Union Tribune, which hit on a point as improtant as ever given the realities we all face.

Perhaps now more than ever, we could use a good laugh. Laughter is the glue that bonds us. Laughter can make the impossible seem achievable. What may be perceived as not going to happen can change with a laugh. Laughter is the body's way of self-adjusting, allowing us to move on. It's the greatest despair nullifier. Laughing is literally the cheapest form of therapy and by far the most pleasant one. It has the power to heal not only your soul, but also your body.

"With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die and you need this medicine as much as I do." Abraham Lincoln, speaking to his cabinet members, 1862.

"Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away." Benjamin Franklin.

"We don't laugh because we're happy; we are happy because we laugh." William James.

I don’t know about you but right now as much as anytime I’ve experienced a good laugh is just what I need.

On a more serious side, please join us this Thursday at 6pm as we host our 4th and final Candidate Forum. This series has proven to be very well received and we thank all of you who have particpated, watched live via Facebook, or watched the archived versions of the first 3 parts of our series. It’s been a proud partneship with your Chamber and the Escondido Times-Advocate sponsored by SDG&E, Grangetto’s and Shuster Oil.

On Thurday’s Forum we will have a panel discussion of the November 3rd election qualified ballot propositions. Our guests will include our Mayor Paul MacNamara, the Times Advocate Managing Editor David Ross, Faith Much of the Valley Center Business Association and myself. In additon to the discussions we will take questions from the audience. Please join us and here’s an easy link to register.

Additionally, as we all look to regain some normalcy to our lives or at least adapt to our current situation, the Chamber is hosting it’s 22nd annual Challenge Golf Tournament on November 2nd at the Woods Valley Golf Club. This is an opportunity to enjoy a day of commaraderie, fun and support not just your Chamber but, our Rising Stars scholarship program. This outing will help fund the scholarship program which is going into it’s 4th year and is definitely worthy of your suport. More information about opportunities to sposnsor this event can be found here or contact the Chamber. All of this of course will be done with socially responsible protocols in place.

Let’s all work together to begin to recover and build an even stronger business environment here in our corner of North County San Diego.

Support local businesses, it’s a choice we must make and the right thing to do.


James Rowten (JR)
Chamber Events & Programs
Election 2020 Propositions & Measures w/ Mayor Paul McNamara

Thursday, October 15th
@ 6:00pm
Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra
TOPIC: District Updates, Distance Learning, and
Re-Opening Plans
Monday, October 19th @ 3pm
Dr. Anne Staffieri
Rising Stars Scholarship Program 2020-21

October Meeting & Awards
Wednesday, October 21st
@ 9:00am
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
North County Food Bank's 2020 Peanut Butter Drive
Every day, 1 in 5 kids faces hunger in North County. The North County Food Bank needs your help providing nutritious food to households with children living in poverty in North County. The Food Bank is seeking donations of peanut butter because it is
an excellent source of protein for children in need...YOU can make a difference
The World Of Frida On View @ CCAE Museum
Currently, on view at the California Center for the Arts Museum, this exhibition celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo.

Frida’s work continues to inspire with her story of love, adventure, and pain. Featuring over 100 works across all media by contemporary artists, their works touch on Frida’s life and art, her love of animals, and her vibrant Mexican culture.
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. 
Scene In Escondido: Bates Nut Farm