Snowy greetings from Warren, RI

house with snow

Here’s is a picture of the house we bought in Warren, RI.  I write this post from a few blocks away where we (and our 3 cats) are ensconced in a cozy apartment on the top floor of our friends’ lovely house also in Warren.  We flew in one week ago, beating a winter storm. Since then we have been catching up with old friends and making new ones while doing what is necessary to move into our new old house — built 1760ish.  It was a foreclosure we purchased through an online auction so it has been winterized meaning all utilities are off and water drained from the pipes.  Getting electricity was easy, but the plumber needed to consolidate the two water systems in the cellar (it is a two family we are returning to single family) so the water company will come tomorrow to install new meter and turn on water — if the predicted storm doesn’t cause a problem.  Same for the gas turn on which is also scheduled for tomorrow.  We were very lucky to have our belongings delivered yesterday ahead of the storm and cars are also here.  If all goes well, we will move in Tuesday and live in the 2nd floor apartment while renovating the first floor.

Obviously, my days of blogging about Escondido politics and governance have come to an end.  But I will begin a new blog on the joys and travails of renovating a very old house that has been butchered over the years.  I will be setting that up in the next week and will post here when I launch that blog.  Until then, snow has begun to fall again and it’s time to begin prepping for a Portuguese dinner of bacalhau followed by kale, white bean and linguica stew.  Até logo

Our last Christmas in Escondido.

If all goes according to plan, we will be moving to Warren, RI early in the new year. These last few years in Escondido have certainly been interesting and I will always be glad of the many friends we’ve made.  To everyone who has followed my blog, I want to say how much I have enjoyed the chance to discuss the issues facing our city and wish everyone the best for the future.  I will continue to post periodically at ESCONDIDO2014.COM and will let you all know when I leave.

Until then, click on the link below to see a holiday video created by a friend in Warren. aawarrenwaterfront

Mid-century modern now on the market.

If you or someone you know is interested in living in the heart of downtown Escondido, my house is now for sale.  It’s a single-story home that’s just a few blocks from the library, Farmers’ Market and Grand Avenue.  That means you can walk to shops, restaurants, movies, California Center for the Arts and yes, City Hall.  From the friendly front porch to the private brick courtyard it’s a sunny indoor/outdoor house with three bedrooms and two full baths.  The eat-in kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances as well as a two-sided gas fireplace that makes the whole house cozy on a chilly winter morning like today.

There will be an open house this Sunday from 10 until 4.  Complete information is available at, but here’s a short preview:


Turnout, turnout, turnout.

In yesterday’s election, only 34% of Registered Voters cast their ballots.  In 2012, that number was more than double at 75%.  Mayor Abed’s voters — about 12,000 this year and the same when he was elected as Mayor in 2010 — turned out to give him the win. If every voter who had supported Olga Diaz in 2012 had cast their vote for her yesterday, she would have become the new Mayor of Escondido with a margin of about 3,000 votes.


After two years of daily blogging, adding up to 833 posts, ESCONDIDO2014.COM has come to an end. Though the blog will remain open for comments, I will not be posting there.  In its place is ESCONDIDO2016.COM. I’ll begin blogging once I’ve had a chance to rest up and recharge.  If you would like to notified when 2016 begins posting, please go to the new blog and FOLLOW it; you will get an email when I post. Otherwise, please check back at ESCONDIDO2016.COM.  Thank you to all who have followed 2014, I hope you’ll get to know 2016.

It’s a little after 11 pm on the 4th.

With less than a third of the votes counted in the Mayoral and District 1 races, the results won’t be known until the 5th.  In District 2, it is no surprise to see appointed Councilman Masson way ahead in his race with almost half the votes counted — with three competitors and the advantage of incumbency in a Republican district that’s hard to beat.  Proposition E, the school bond issue, is at 55.7%, which would look like a win except it needs 55% to pass so will have to wait and see what happens with the 65% of the votes not yet counted.  As the UT reported, it appears Propostions G and H have both gone down to defeat.

For Prop G — the Charter City proposal — this will be the second time that the voters have rejected the Council majority’s attempt to turn Escondido into a Charter City — in spite of the deletion of the districting language that the Council majority said lead to its defeat the first time around.  As the UT put it: Meanwhile, the apparent rejection of the charter city proposal is a blow to the city Council majority that supported it.  Mayor Sam Abed said he thought the vote would be closer.  I hope this is the last we hear about becoming a Charter City without a citizen-based discussion, but we shall see if it comes back in 2016 under the theory of “third times a charm.”

For Prop H — the Country Club/Lake initiative — this will leave the property in legal limbo. The lawsuit against the City will continue through the courts unless folks decide to sit down for some serious discussion.  I am curious to see how each side reacts to the vote and will revisit this at a later date.

As to the two big races — Mayor and District 1 — less than a third of the vote has been counted at the time I am writing.  Those that have been reported are basically all the mail-in ballots which traditionally skew Republican. (That certainly is true among my little group of close neighbors in District 3.  Six of us, all Democrats, voted at the polls on November 4 and all of us voted for Olga Diaz.)

Stay tuned.