Escondido: Ed Gallo and John Masson (Sam Abed was endorsed earlier)
Small Business Owner Takes Vacant Escondido Council Seat, Masson Picked for Vacant Council Seat David Garrick | UT San Diego
Escondido’s vacant City Council seat has been filled by John Masson, a longtime resident and small-business owner who has been active with the Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups.
Masson shares many of the conservative views of the council majority of Mayor Sam Abed and Councilmen Ed Gallo and Mike Morasco.
On an application for the opening, Masson said his top three priorities for Escondido are economic development, public safety and improving the city’s infrastructure. He also included a 10-point plan for attracting more jobs to the city. …read more…
Escondido council shake-up? David Garrick | UT San Diego
Like several other cities across the state, Escondido was essentially forced into creating election districts when it was sued under California’s Voting Rights Act, a 2002 law designed to give minorities a greater voice in government — particularly in communities where they make up a large percentage of the population.
Escondido has roughly 144,000 residents — 49 percent of whom are Latino — but only two Latinos have ever been elected to the City Council. Rather than fight the costly lawsuit, the city reluctantly agreed this spring to create four districts that would each elect their own council representative. The mayor will still be elected citywide. …read more…
Community rebuilds disabled boy’s home Pam Kragen | UT San Diego
What started out last spring as an aunt’s plea to help her disabled 12-year-old nephew has grown into a huge community outreach project with city leaders, commercial businesses and private donors stepping up this summer to remodel the boy’s family home in north Escondido.
The small house on Camellia Street has become a beehive of activity as volunteers work to adapt the 1960s-era home to better suit the needs of Logan San Miguel, a Bear Valley Middle School seventh-grader who has muscular dystrophy.
Many of the services, construction work and materials have been donated for the $65,000 project that the family could never have afforded on their own. For Logan’s mother Tisha San Miguel, the community’s generosity has been like a miracle. …read more…