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The San Diego County Registrar of Voters is committed to ensuring that voters can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure and accessible manner during the 2020 Presidential General Election. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, every registered voter in California will receive a ballot in the mail for the upcoming election. Mail-in ballots give voters the option to vote from the safety of their homes.

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County Supervisor Candidate Endorses Dara Czerwonka

remerEconomist, environmental attorney, community organizer, and candidate for San Diego County Supervisor has endorsed Dara Czerwonka for the District 3 council seat this November. Terra teaches public policy at UCSD, and served as Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration, developing strict environmental regulations to cut pollution from mining, oil drilling, and other extractive industries.

Escondido Offers COVID Business Grants

Escondido plans to distribute $1 million in grants to help small businesses struggling in the COVID-19 pandemic pay their bills and their workers, with up to $15,000 available for each business that qualifies, the city announced Friday.

Grants will be provided with part of the city’s portion of federal CARES Act funding, and administered by the San Diego North Economic Development Council, said Amber Tarrac, deputy director of economic development.

“The city’s goal is to really support our small business community, and to demonstrate as a city that we are here for them, and we hear them,” she said.

The funds can be used for equipment and supplies needed for commercial rent payments, payroll, and equipment needed for the company’s COVID-19 response, such as cleaning supplies, personal protective gear and social-distancing shields. To qualify, businesses must be located within Escondido, hold valid business licenses, and have annual revenue of less than $1 million. Home-based and sole proprietorships are eligible to apply.

City of EscondidoTarrac said the city expects that many applicants will be businesses within the personal care sector, including barbershops and nail and hair salons, as well as those in the restaurant and beverage industry.

Grant applications will be accepted through Aug. 28, or until the funds are expended, but applications will be accepted and reviewed each week, she said. The San Diego North Economic Development Council will rate and rank applications, and make recommendations to the city each week, Tarrac said.

The city manager and finance department will have final authority over the awards, and issue checks directly to businesses, she said. They expect about a two-week turnaround time from application submission to receipt of the checks, she said.

“We want to get these checks out as quickly as possible, since we know businesses are really struggling out there.”

Tarrac and other city officials are also available to help businesses interested in establishing outdoor operations, and can provide information on setup and equipment options, and the permitting process.

Read more: Escondido Offers COVID Business Grants

Dara Czerwonka Endorsed By Former Escondido Council Member

danielsDick Daniels, Escondido business person and former Council Member, has endorsed ara Czerwonka for the District 3 council seat this November. Mr. Daniels is a Public Relations consultant and REALTOR®, and is active in Escondido community service through the Escondido Rotary Club.

Dara Czerwonka Endorsed By Former Escondido Mayor

harmonFormer Mayor of Escondido Jerry Harmon has endorsed Dara Czerwonka for the District 3 council seat this November. Besides being Escondido's former mayor, Mr. Harmon is a member of the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club, a Director of the Escondido Citizens Ecology Committee, The Escondido Creek Conservancy, Friends of Daley Ranch Conservancy, and the League of Conservation Voters-San Diego.

Times-Advocate Profiles Dara Czerwonka

Dara CzerwonkaThe Escondido Times-Advocate profiled Dara's candidacy on July 18th, 2020, read the whole article here.

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She told The Times-Advocate: “I’m running because there is a vacancy and I want it filled with a reasonable, moderate voice. I have the experience to help our city move forward. I’m interested in smart growth and I would like to continue down a better path of inclusiveness in our city, so that everyone in the city feels welcome.” She added, “I would like to promote business growth because I think it is important. I’m unique in the expertise in that area. We need better coordination of services and our efforts between the city, county and health district. That will make us far more effective in meeting the needs of city residents.”

Czerwonka emphasizes that being a nonprofit executive director is like running a business. “I’ve got twenty years’ experience doing that with P&L (profit and loss) responsibility,” she said. “I’m the only candidate with extensive experience with employees. I’ve met with the Palomar CEO weekly and was an active voice.”

Read more: Times-Advocate Profiles Dara Czerwonka