News & Updates
September 16th, 2020
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Chamber News and Updates
Should The County Board of Supervisors Defy State Mandates & Move To Open Up All Businesses?
Last week's Poll Results: "Do You Think We Should Finally Forego Daylight Savings Time?"

YES = 82%
NO = 18%
JR's Weekly Column
Just when you think you have a tough job, you look around and see that maybe others have it even tougher. Yesterday while toiling away in the office, I tuned in to our County Board of Supervisor’s monthly meeting, which is available live online. I was aware of some critical agenda items slated for discussion and vote. I was very interested in following along the debate and vote on several things but, particularly, the motion proffered up by County Supervisor Jim Desmond regarding opening up of all businesses in San Diego County. The meeting went all day, including the discussions as well as public comments which were both read and carried live via phone. And I mean literally all day. Supervisor Desmond’s motion received no support and was DOA. But, the process was fascinating to listen too, and although held virtually sans those that were in the County Board’s Chambers, it was well run and there were no great technical glitches or hacks. Now back to my point, the Board of Supervisors have a tough job. Representing their collective districts and answering to their constituencies all the while, knowing they are one-election away from possibly being out of office, must be stressful. Add to this the bipartisan bickering plus dealing with this pandemic, and its effect on everyone well, my day job is a piece of cake. Besides, I get to meet plenty of good people like you.

This is why no matter what party or views you represent, running for and being elected to public office takes a lot, and I, for one, am thankful to those that choose this path in life. They may not be the candidate I support, but I’m grateful for those who put themselves out there and run. Without candidates, there would be no democracy.

Speaking of candidates, the Escondido Chamber/Times-Advocate Candidate Forums are firming up. This is a 4-part series we are hosting in conjunction with the talented people at the Times-Advocate, bringing forward the most relevant local candidates running to represent us. We finish the series with a roundtable discussion of the Statewide Ballot Measures. The forums are virtual and open for all to attend from the comfort of their home. See the schedule below, and in this week’s edition of the TA and on the Chamber’s website.

47 days left until election Tuesday…Please make sure you register and vote this November 3rd. 


James Rowten (JR)
Chamber Events & Programs
Darrell Issa
CA 50th District Candidate Forum

Wednesday, September 30th
@ 6:00pm
Ammar Campa-Najjar
Escondido City Council - ALL Districts Candidate Forum

Thursday, October 1st
@ 6:00pm
Terra Lawsen-Remer
SD Supervisor District 3 Candidate Forum

Thursday, October 8th
@ 6:00pm
Kristin Gaspar
22nd Annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament

Monday, November 2nd
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
Many businesses, especially small businesses, are facing new challenges due to
COVID-19 and still have ongoing expenses during the pandemic. SDG&E wants to
help during these difficult times and offers these solutions and resources...
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. 
Congratulations to Diana Chambers and her amazing team at the Assistance League of Inland North County for celebrating 35 years!
Scene In Escondido: Felicita Park