Food Distribution August 29th at Palomar College

Saturday August, 29th, at Palomar College on W. Mission Road, San Marcos, Lot 12 (enter at Comet Circle), 8:30 - 10:30 am

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As you know, people are hurting here in North County. San Diego County’s unemployment rate was 13.9% in June. This is down from 15.2% in May, but way higher than last year’s rate of 3.3%. This means many of our students and community members are without work. Palomar Faculty Federation, in association with Council of Classified Educators, North County Labor Alliance, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, and Feeding San Diego, are doing our part to help our community by distributing food every other Saturday on our main campus. The food distributions follow strict COVID-19 guidelines and are contact-free.

  • At each food distribution Feeding San Diego provides a box of produce and a box of non-perishable food for each family.

  • We’ve hosted three food distributions so far (on 6/27, 7/18, and 8/1) where we distributed food to over 1300 families.

  • In the last two food distributions we added children’s books to the distribution thanks to generous donations from the San Diego Council on Literacy.

  • Our next food distribution is Saturday August, 29th, at Palomar College on W. Mission Road, San Marcos, Lot 12 (enter at Comet Circle).

  • The food distributions are open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.  There is no reservation needed, just drive up!


Real, empowering change for veterans in Escondido

Craig and BrianWhen I began campaigning for the District 3 seat on the City Council, I believed, and still do, that what Escondido desperately needs is a reasonable voice on Council. Someone who — without over-identifying with any singular special interest group to the detriment of others — would be an advocate for all residents of this great city. Among those who’d I be most proud to work for, and who need better representation by Escondido – are the veterans of our great country.

I have known many veterans in my life, including my brothers, and my own dad; I’ve had veterans among my friends, and within the clients and patients I have served professionally as a nonprofit CEO. I have lived on military bases in Europe and went to DOD middle schools. I am supported by career-military veteran, Escondido Mayor, Paul McNamara, someone whose background I deeply respect. To every veteran, I feel deep gratitude for your service to our country. As corny as it is, I truly believe that freedom isn’t free, and I am so thankful that there are so many individuals from all walks of life that are brave enough to make this life-altering commitment to others. The sacrifices veterans make both during their time of active service, and throughout the rest of their lives, should be honored with respect, opportunity, and dignity. 

That means that no veteran should ever be forced into homelessness. No veteran should ever wonder where to go for help.

I know there are many issues affecting veterans —  you are a very diverse group.  That’s why it’s important that you know my plans for helping veterans, as a Council member. 

I accept responsibility for looking at issues broadly, but also through a veteran’s lens. I will work to increase the opportunities for expanded health, human services, and housing resources for veterans including adding a veterans’ liaison function in City Hall to help veterans get connected to the organizations dedicated to supporting them. I will work to make small business opportunities more available because veteran-owned businesses are an asset to our community. I will also offer you an open ear and open-door always — please work with me to improve the quality of your lives, and experiences as residents of Escondido. I will work tirelessly for you to make sure your quality of life is one that reflects the honor and respect you so deeply deserve. 

Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Vote Safely, Vote With Confidence

Mail BallotsEvents of the past few weeks have left many voters asking about alternatives to the US Postal Service to ensure their vote counts this November. Absentee ballot rejection rate varies, however this election cycle, many areas of the country it is reaching as high as 8-10%. And that is why how we cast our ballots this year matters more than ever.

In California, every registered CA voter will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot, and 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. Nearly 75% of the county’s registered voters are already signed up to permanently receive their ballot by mail so the San Diego County Registrar of Voters is well positioned to manage this increase. If you need to vote in-person, polling places will be open for four days, Oct. 31 through Election Day on Nov. 3.

Make Sure You Are Ready To Vote

You can track your San Diego County ballot every step of the way by signing up for “Where’s My Ballot?” Sign up now to receive notifications. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters starting the week of October 5. If you haven’t received yours by October 19, call the Registrar of Voters at (858) 565-5800. (Source)

Where To Vote Or Drop Off Your Ballot

Polling places will be open for four days. There will be fewer locations than in prior elections, so your polling place has most likely changed. If you need to vote in person, we urge you to take advantage of early voting:

  • At the Registrar’s office beginning Oct. 5, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • It is likely there will be drop-off locations for ballots, as there have been in the past. Those sites have yet to be determined, but we will update you as soon as they are released.
  • At your assigned polling place or the Registrar’s office Saturday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • All will again be open on Election Day, Nov. 3, when the voting hours change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Source)
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Vote Safer San Diego!

We urge you to vote safer at home and we are making it easy for you. Ballots will start going out in the mail nearly a month before Election Day, giving you plenty of time to mark your ballot and return by mail. More

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.

Check your registration status at and track your ballot at

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

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

Dara Czerwonka

Escondido City Council, District 3
Escondido, California
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