News & Updates
September 30th, 2020
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Chamber News and Updates
Did The Presidential Debate Change Your Mind About A Candidate?
Last week's Poll Results: "Will You Be Getting A Flu Shot This Year?"

YES = 84%
NO = 16%
JR's Weekly Column
Whenever I get really confused I turn to people I know and seek their help. And, I also do my due diligence online but, that often leads me down a rabbit hole and I come out a couple hours later as unsure as I was when I first typed in my search. This is my process. All seems pretty simple and clear doesn’t it? Online and personal resources checked and my confusion is cleared, I’ve found the remedy to my malaise. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. Not.

These are challenging times to us all and what seems clear isn’t and that’s just the way it is. That sorta worked but then came along 2020 and everything changed. The first of the year came and the expectations were high for another robust year topped by an ever-expanding economy rich with opportunity and jobs. Then it all flopped. March came and by the end of the month our world stopped as we knew it. The pandemic hit and we shut down. We all felt we had to listen to our leadership and take this serious. We basically did as told and accepted the new normal. We held the belief that this too would pass, and sooner rather than later normalcy would return, certainly by summer’s end we’d go back to business as usual.

Now it’s early October, Fall is here and we’re still dealing with this insidious pandemic. The November 3rd elections are 33 days away. Our City Council will have at least 2 new faces to get used too. A possibility that the White House could have new tenants is real. We could have new representation from our District in Washington, our District incumbent County Board of Supervisor is facing a real challenge and a slew of possible new legislation will be voted on in the form of ballot measures (which are anything but easy to understand as written). And, we’ve got a full quarter of 2020 remaining. With the way things are going it might be prudent to keep your seat belt on, we’re not through yet!

It’s not too late to join the Chamber as we kick off the 1st of our 4-part Candidate Forum this evening at 6pm. First up is our two candidate’s vying for the 50th District representation in Congress as Ammar Campa-Najjar and Darrell Issa will be live via Zoom answering questions and letting us know why they should be your choice on November 3rd. Here’s a link to register or go to the Chamber website and register now.

Tomorrow night we’ll conduct our Escondido City Council Candidate Forum at the same time, 6pm, and while you’re registering for tonight please go ahead and register for all of the Forums.

It’s crunch time for the candidates and it’s our obligation to vote. 


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
October Economic Development Meeting
Topic: Agricultural Economics & Impacts w/ Special Guests Hannah Gbeh, SD Farm Bureau, Kevin Grangetto, Grangetto's Farm & Garden Supply, Katie Stokes, Publisher & Editor-In-Chief Edible San Diego, and Mayor Paul McNamara!
Thursday, October 8th
9:00am - 10:00am
Business Resources
Accion’s 1% COVID-19 Relief Loan
Product for San Diego County
Accion serving Southern California is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on small businesses by offering relief loans to businesses in San Diego County.
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
Member Spotlight:
Cheryl Engdahl

Since moving to Escondido 18 years ago, Cheryl has enjoyed a successful career in local real estate and is very active in giving back to the community. Over the years she has been involved with the Escondido
Youth Baseball League, the San Pasqual Parents Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Meals on Wheels, Interfaith, and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.

Cheryl is a member of the Covington and Associates Real Estate team, specializing in residential and commercial real estate. At Covington, they focus their efforts on providing quality customer service, utilizing
their 40+ years of knowledge and experience to achieve the best outcome for their clients.

Their style, creativity and tenacity set them apart from their competition. They love to work with anyone wanting to buy or sell a
home or lease, purchase or sell a commercial property. The most fulfilling part of Cheryl’s job is handing a buyer the keys to their new
home or congratulating a seller.

As a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Cheryl enjoys networking with Chamber members, realizing that it’s wonderful to have the Chamber as a mutual interest when meeting a potential new client. Her motto: Show up and never give up!
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
Escondido Clean Air Day Poster Contest Sept. 23rd - Oct. 1st
Did you know that tailpipe emissions are the source of significant air pollution? To honor California's Clean Air Day (10/7), a poster contest is open to all Escondido students.

Create Artwork and/or a Slogan about Electric Vehicles and Clean Air in Escondido to win $25 & $50 gift cards from Escondido Restaurants and Businesses.
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: Lake Wolhford