VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING

Please be aware that Monday, May 19 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 3, 2014.

Voter registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  On May 19, the City Clerk’s staff will remain on duty until midnight accepting voter registration cards in the City Council Chambers lobby at City Hall. You also may register at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters at 5600 Overland Avenue in San Diego or online at www.sdvote.org.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, May 19.

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.

On June 8 the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) ...

On June 8  the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will launch a new Bus Rapid Transit service called Rapid along the I-15 corridor. This new transit service will provide high frequency, limited-stop, all-day bus service seven days a week for riders to travel to work, school, and leisure destinations between Escondido and Downtown San Diego. In addition to providing faster service and increased routes, the I-15 Rapid service includes 29 new buses with improvements designed to make the ride more comfortable, accessible, and convenient for passengers. Additional design features, such as comfortable seating and larger windows, improve ride quality. Automated systems provide announcements of station stops and other transit information.

To celebrate, there will be a community event with MTS and SANDAG on Sunday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Escondido Transit Center. There will be free rides on Rapid as well as Rapid vehicles on display, food vendors, and a partner radio station will provide music and promotions.

For Rapid route and service information, visit RapidMTS.com

TOWN HALL MEETING

Town Hall meetings are a good way to give residents an opportunity to express their opinions and discuss their concerns in a less formal environment than regular council meetings. In fulfillment of one of my campaign promises, I have held six Town Hall meetings since 2011. My next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. The meeting format will start with a brief city update, followed by an open question and answer period on any topic relating to local government. This is your opportunity to share your views on the issues facing our community and to discuss any subject that matters to you or your business. Our staff will follow up on issues not addressed during the meeting. The meeting will also be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch.19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99.

I encourage you to attend and participate in the discussion, or even just say hello and introduce yourself. Working together we can help Escondido become a better city.

8th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

I encourage you to take a few moments to check your home for unused or expired prescription medication. You can then bring them on April 26, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters (1163 N. Centre City Parkway) to have them properly disposed of for free and with no questions asked.  Please note:  liquids, needles or other sharp objects cannot be accepted.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential of abuse of medications. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from the medicine cabinets of family and friends.  Please be aware that medications should not be flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash due to potential environmental hazards.

Last October, Americans turned in more than 324 tons of medication at the 7th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. I am proud that Escondido Police Department and the Palomar Health Communities Coalition will host a site again this year.