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Five cities along Hwy 78 unite to promote job creation with Innovate78

Last week the mayors of the five cities that straddle Hwy 78 gathered at Cal State San Marcos to announce the Innovate78 initiative to fuel job creation along that highway corridor that stretches from Escondido to the coast. The mayors of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista April 7 announced the launch of “a branding and economic development initiative […]

Local minister honored for her commitment to preventing violence

The 14th annual Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Awards were presented last week by the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) at the County Administration Center. Among those honored was Dr. Faith Conklin, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Escondido. Rev. Conklin has been a champion for violence prevention in Escondido for almost 16 years. […]

Cruin’ Grand so far: ‘Stellar and Awesome’

“Stellar and awesome!” are the words that Cruisin’ Grand organizer Steve Waldron is using for the first few Fridays so far in this six month-long celebration of the American automobile. On April 10 the festival welcomed the Willys Americar. “We had a huge amount of spectators and cars that I’ve never seen before,” said Waldron. The festival also welcomed a […]

Valley Center’s biggest charity fundraiser is happening this weekend: Jag Auction

The 17th Annual VCHS Jaguar Auction will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the VCHS Gymnasium at 31322 Cole Grade Rd. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Valley Center High School (VCHS) Foundation, along with its many helpers, are preparing for the annual tradition of opening the VCHS Gym to the public for Valley Center’s largest fundraiser. Tables are […]

Calvin Christian High Junior is among track and field elite

Calvin Christian High School’s Ryan Thomsen, a current junior, was invited to participate in the very prominent Arcadia Invitational recently. Ryan finished in the top ten taking 7th overall, was the top junior in the meet, and was also the top California finisher, which is awarded the “California Greatest Athlete Award.” Over the two days of the meet, Ryan scored […]

State to County farmers: drop dead

What is the difference between a farmer who grows avocados or citrus in San Diego County and rice or cotton farmer in the San Joaquin or Imperial Valleys? Answer: according to the state government of Governor Jerry Brown, a San Diego farmer is NOT actually a farmer, and therefore is not worthy of consideration when it comes to cutting our […]

Letters to the editor

MALE STRESS—NO MAIL STRESS Editor, Times Advocate: Recently I mailed a package of valuable materials at our local Post Office in Valley Center. I have faith in our system that delivers millions of letter a day, so I did NOT insure the package nor did I make a photocopy of its contents. MISTAKE. I sent it CERTIFIED MAIL with a […]

Political Cartoon

Around Valley Center

LITTLE COWGIRL, COWBOY CONTEST—One of the first activities of Western Days will be the Best Little Cowboy, Cowgirl contest at the Vaqueros kick-off May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at 28210 Lilac Rd., next to the Lilac fire station. The contest is jointly sponsored by the Republican Women Federated and the Vaqueros. Buy tickets in advance at and FREE […]