Human trafficking: A San Diego County scourge


I am pleased to coauthor Senate Concurrent Resolution 88 (SCR 88), which proclaims January 2016 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, has become increasingly prevalent, placing the United States in the top three world trafficking destinations. Un­fortunately, San Diego’s involve­ment in this repugnant crime wave is significant. A recent joint study by the […]

Escondido’s enduring, iconic Chef Vincent Grumel is dead

Vincent Grumel, whose French cuisine set the culinary tone on Grand Avenue for nearly a quarter century died suddenly on January 27. His wife, Lisa, has promised to keep the restaurant that Vincent created open for business. For 16 years Grumel’s restau­rant, Vincent’s won rave reviews and created a special place in the heart of diners in downtown Es­condido. In […]

Lake Wohlford sees best trout fishing this season

The January 27 trout plant kicked the bite into overdrive and the last couple of days have seen the best fishing so far this season. Early morning limits have been reported in Boat Dock Cove and West of Se­nior Shoreline. Results in Willow Cove and Oakvale Cove have been more sporadic. The top baits are salmon eggs, inflated nightcrawl­ers, or […]

Around Escondido

Town hall meeting with Congressman Hunter— Congressman Duncan Hunter, Escondido’s representative in the House, will be hosting an “informal public” town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8 at the Escondi­do City Hall. A meet and greet will begin 30 minutes prior to the town hall. The event is free, but a RSVP is required. To register for […]

Scrabble-Thon will gather word whizzes

The Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in the audi­torium of the Park Avenue Community Center at 210 Park Ave., Escondido. Doors open for player check-in at 8:30 a.m. and tournament play begins […]

Escondido Crime Blotter

• Police officers responded to reports of gunshots on Jan. 26 near Daybreak Grove Apartments. When officers arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound lying down near a driveway, police said. The man was transported to Palomar Medical Center, where he later died. Detectives have not found a motive behind the shooting. Police are encour­aging anyone with information […]

Supervisors approve grant application for rubberized roads

Times-Advocate Correspondent San Diego County has applied for a state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery grant to fund rubberized paving on county roads. A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Su­pervisors vote Jan. 6 approved the grant to the department known as CalRecycle, while also approving acceptance of the grant that would fund $4 per ton of rubber­ized asphalt […]

Harrah’s adopts Lake Wohlford

Escondido officials joined John Se­bastian, director of casino operations for Harrah’s Resort Southern Califor­nia, to celebrate the adoption of Lake Wohlford by the resort owned by the Rincon Band of Mission Indians. Sebastian told the Times-Advocate, “Harrah’s Resort is really proud and excited to clean up the lake and the property at Lake Wohlford. We’re just a proud supporter of […]

East Valley Parkway goes wide

East Valley Parkway between Beven Drive and Lake Wohlford Road will be widened and improved starting next fall. The project is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete, and will widen East Valley Parkway to three lanes each way, according to Julie Procopio, assistant di­rector of Escondido’s Public Works De­partment. “It will be three lanes in each direction […]


Was it really just yesterday? Or does it just seem that way? The years! All those years! Where did they go? Sixty years ago — or to be more spe­cific, it was 63 years ago that I went to work at the Daily Times-Advocate; the rawest of raw rookies. And it was 36 years ago that my relationship with that […]