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Will Escondido Mayor’s Race ‘Make History?’

October 10, 2014

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By Mark R. Day As Election Day nears, many North County residents are asking themselves if the Escondido mayor’s race will alter the course of that city’s history by electing Olga Diaz its first Latina mayor. Traditionally, Escondido is a staunchly Republican town, and Latinos have never had a political voice until recently. They now […]

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La Santa Cecilia will sing in Escondido

October 3, 2014

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By Pablo J. Sáinz When they sing about the daily struggle of immigrants in the United States, it is because the members of La Santa Cecilia know very well what they are talking about. The mother of the singer, La Marisoul, lives in Tijuana and crosses the border daily to go clean houses in San […]

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Olga Diaz is the only logical choice for Mayor of Escondido!

October 3, 2014

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Editorial: For the Hispanic community of Escondido there is only one choice for Mayor of Escondido and that is Olga Diaz. For the rest of the community Olga Diaz is the only logical choice when it comes to the future of Escondido. For the Hispanic community that has had to live under the xenophobic leadership […]

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Escondido’s Open Space Plan, Measure H, Makes Good Sense

October 3, 2014

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Editorial: Measure H is pretty simple in its essence. Don’t get us wrong, it is a complicated issue which has taken years to get to this point and involves money, the affluent, and some good old politics, but once you cut through it all that stuff it is not that hard to understand. The basics […]

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Escondido Planning Commission Denies Children’s Shelter Permit

July 25, 2014

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By Mark R. Day Escondido’s Latino and Anglo ethnic communities clashed on July 22 when the city’s all white male planning commission denied a conditional use permit for the second time to allow a federal contractor to open a 96 bed shelter to refugee children from Central America. The city’s s 52 per cent Latino […]

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Escondido City Councilwoman: ‘What is Good for Latinos is Good For Everyone’

January 17, 2014

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By Mark Day When Escondido residents go to the polls next Nov. 4, they will choose between two mayoral candidates, both from immigrant backgrounds, with radically different philosophies. Sam Abed, the incumbent mayor, is a conservative Republican, born in Lebanon. Councilwoman Olga Diaz, a Democrat, born in Salinas, Calif., is the daughter of a Mexican […]

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North County Dems raise $23K for Diaz

August 30, 2013

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By Mark Skok North County Democrats – and at least one Republican – demonstrated their support for Olga Diaz Aug. 24 when they gathered for a fundraiser in Oceanside. The Republican, former County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, simply said, “We need to get her elected Mayor of Escondido.” The fundraiser, which pulled in about $23,000, drew […]

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Route 78 Rotary Club Unites North County Latinos For Service

August 9, 2013

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By Mark R. Day It’s not that often that a group of Latinos in North County unite in service to the community, so to many, the new Route 78 Rotary Club comes as a breath of fresh air. Their first major fundraiser recently at the Cocina del Charro restaurant in Escondido attracted a large crowd, […]

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Nominations Sought for Escondido Independent Districting Commission

May 17, 2013

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The City of Escondido will be accepting nominations for appointment to the Independent Districting Commission as required under the Voting Districts Settlement Agreement. Applications will be accepted in the City Clerk’s Office, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, during office hours from Monday, June 3, 2013 through Friday, June 28, 2013. The term of the Commission will […]

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Immigration Reform session draws 800 participants

April 26, 2013

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By Mark Skok At perhaps the largest immigration forum ever in North County, some 800 area residents repeatedly shouted “Sí, se puede!” – Yes, we can! – when asked if they could drive reform through Congress. The April 22 program was sponsored by the ACLU’s Nuestro Voto Nuestro Futuro, Justice Overcoming Boundaries, San Diego Day […]

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Engaging the Community Through Education

April 26, 2013

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By Carmen Miranda Due to State budget cuts in education, Escondido Union School District has created Escondido Education Foundation. Founder, Dr. Michael Caston developed the foundation where parents, business community, and community members can come together to support our elementary and middle schools creating a new source of funds each year to support our students. […]

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Change is coming to Escondido

March 22, 2013

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Editorial: For the Hispanic community the City of Escondido is considered one of the most anti-Hispanic, racist cities, in the nation. Escondido is more closely associated with their driver’s license checkpoints with immigration officials on hand, the law that penalized landlords for renting to undocumented immigrants, city council voting to evict the Charros de Escondido […]

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Celebrating the Latino Vote in Escondido

November 9, 2012

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By Mark R. Day How did a group of Latino activists celebrate on Nov. 6 after working for nearly two months to get out the Latino vote in Escondido? For one thing, they danced La Macarena and enjoyed a buffet meal at La Cocina del Charro restaurant. The youths volunteered for Nuestro Voto, Nuestro Futuro. […]

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Nuestro Voto Nuestro Futuro Reaches Out to Escondido Latinos

October 5, 2012

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By Mark R. Day When you examine how political power is distributed in Escondido, Calif., the picture is not rosy for Latinos. They constitute only 12,000 registered voters out of a total of 55,000 in a total population of 160,000. In the last election, only 10 per cent of these voters made it to the […]

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Getting out the vote in Escondido

September 21, 2012

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By Mark R. Day Latinos make up half the population in the city of Escondido. But many wonder what they can do to make the city a safer, more hospitable place for themselves and their families. Some activists believe a better Latino voter turnout might be the answer. They say that a growing number of […]

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Setting the record straight on DUI stops in Escondido

May 4, 2012

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Commentary: By Bill Flores While there appears to be plenty of support in the white community for continuing the program of DUI checkpoints by the Escondido Police, there should be a clarification of facts regarding these suspicionless stops by police in search of drunk and/or unlicensed drivers. First, there is no evidence that checkpoints do […]

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Time to Demand Change

April 13, 2012

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Commentary: By Carmen Miranda The City of Escondido has demonstrated once again how NOT to run a city government. With the evidence presented by the ACLU and documentary filmmaker John Carlos Frey that Escondido has been profiting on the backs of immigrants and the poor with towed vehicles from driver license checkpoints, City Manager Clay […]

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