Sept. 12 Grape Day festival continues century-old tradition

• 500 plus runners expected for 10-K run

Learn about the history of the city you live in by participating in the Grape Day festival, which includes the city’s five Rotary clubs, a 5K walk/run, and an old-fashioned downtown parade straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The celebration happens on Saturday, September 12 in downtown Escondido and Grape Day Park. You can expect to see several thousand […]

Developer of Latitude 33 plans similar condos across the street



Lyon Communities, which built the upscale Latitude 33 condos and apartments that are so visible along Centre City Parkway, plans to build something similar across the street and adjacent to the 16-room Escondido Inn a gateway to the center part of town. Bill Martine of the city’s building department Wednesday described the new project to the city council. The project, […]

Valley Center’s original firefighters celebrate 40 years of the department



Thursday night the veterans of Valley Center’s very first volunteer fire department held a reunion at Fire Station No. 1 while they remembered the old days. Bob Tousley, one of the band, said, “We told a lot of what we in the navy used to call ‘sea stories.” It has been 40 years since the department was created. It evolved […]

Home firearm safety, basic handgun class offered



A monthly three hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already own, a handgun. The class is offered Sunday, September 13 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range east of Lake Wohlford. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety and responsibility of firearm ownership. […]

Schools gain more budget flexibility



In 2014 voters passed Proposition 2, a measure creating a `rainy day fund’ to provide a financial reserve that would help stabilize state finances and avoid future multi-billion dollar deficits that plagued California in recent years. The proposition had wide, bi-partisan support and was widely hailed as a small, prudent step toward financial stability in state government. Unfortunately, the need […]

Back to school safe and sound



It has been a summer filled with vacations, working new jobs and making new friends as our neighborhoods grow. It has also been a summer where as a community we have experienced sad and tragic events— some of which hit close to home. The time approaches now for our children to return to school and continue their growth toward good […]

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Letters to the editor



WE ARE NOT AGAINST MANAGED GROWTH Editor, Times Advocate: Excerpt from the Fire Evacuation Plan for Lilac Hills Development Revised June 1, 2015 …”Further, and of extreme importance, it is imperative that all of the residents make the decision to evacuate as soon as possible as the roadway limitations within and adjacent to the development could require more than two […]

Woofstock pet festival to be held Sept. 26 at Grape Day Park



The Grand Woofstock Pet Festival is a free, fun play-date for groovy dogs and their owners, held on September 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Grape Day Park. The 70s-themed event features a Blessing of the Animals, pet parades, best costume, trick, howler, and lookalike contests. There is also a Poochie fashion show, photo booth, cool-pools at Dog Beach, food trucks […]

Around Escondido



Escondido SATURDAY Market, Held every Saturday from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. on Kalmia between Grand Ave and Second. North County’s newest artisan market in historic Downtown Escondido. Come for unique products and fresh produce in a hip urban market. Escondido Farmers Market, Tuesdays 2:30-6 p.m., Year-Round, event is held on Grand Avenue between Juniper and Kalmia Street downtown. Local, farm […]


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