Next week is an important week for the Chamber. As we continue to march toward year’s end next week’s three Chamber sponsored events are one of the last opportunities to learn and celebrate together until 2022!
On Tuesday 12/7 Police Chief Ed Varso will present updates from local law enforcement, specifically the Escondido Police Department. The Chief will give a briefing and then take questions from attendees. Here’s your chance to hear directly from our Police Chief and to ask questions as Chief Varso will be taking questions. The meeting will be held here at the Chamber at 4p and we’re opening this for anyone to attend and there is no charge. We just ask for attendees to register, and you can register HERE
Then on Wednesday 12/8 at Jennifer Schoeneck the City’s Deputy Director of Economic Development will present and hold a workshop on applying for two new City grants to support local businesses
recover from the pandemic. We encourage all businesses in Escondido to be informed and attend. The meeting will be held here at the Chamber at 4p and we’re opening this for anyone to attend. There is no charge. We just ask for attendees to register, and you can register HERE
Finally, on Thursday 12/9 under the rotunda at City Hall the Chamber will host the 11th Community-In-Unity
event. This is truly a must-attend event, and gives you a chance to give back by bringing toys or pajamas to donate. It also gives you an opportunity to mix and mingle with your elected officials and business leaders...and Santa. Oh, the event is also all about the food and drink --- this all inclusive event let's you sample culinary treats from a variety of Escondido's leading restaurants! Register HERE
The Chamber has been vigilant in presenting and encouraging everyone to participate in the redistricting process which is coming to a close in early this month for Federal, State and County boundary adjustments. Escondido redistricting process timeline extends into April.
To sum up what adjustments might look like we’re sharing an excerpt from a column written by Sameea Kamal and Jeremiah Kimelman just today and published by CalMatters.
Redistricting won’t change that California is a blue state. But it could decide just how blue it is. For the second time, the once-in-a-decade process of drawing the state’s new congressional and legislative districts is in the hands of an independent commission — officially without concern about the impact on the partisan balance of power.
And how it draws the final districts will nonetheless impact partisan dynamics — including whether Democrats are able to keep the supermajority in the Legislature they won in 2018 and retained in 2020.
Fredy Ceja, communications director for the commission, said that when seeking public comment, it didn’t ask for political affiliation. And he noted that the state constitution says that “districts may not be drawn for the purpose of favoring or discriminating against an incumbent, political candidate, or political party.”
James Rowten (JR)