Cruisin’ Grand 2016 opens Friday for 27 weeks

CRUISIN’ GRAND CANCELLED TODAY – April 8, 2016 The organizers of Cruisin’ Grand have decided to cancel today’s event due to weather. It’s gonna be huge! No foolin’! The 17th annual Cruisin’ Grand Escondi­do will open Friday night, April 1 with 700 plus cars and Heaven knows how many thousands of people crowding the streets of the downtown area. They […]

Interfaith ‘uncloses’ its first year-round homeless shelter

Interfaith Community Services has been taking in homeless people for 35 years, but, up until now the shelter op­erated only during four winter months, December through March. On Wednesday, March 30 the commu­nity services agency held a “Grand Un­closing Event” for Haven House, which will stay open throughout the year. The shelter opened as the first one in North San […]

City council: go for the “big vision” for library

Escondido has one of the most expansive and glorious civic centers and city halls of any com­munity its size. If city council members have their way, a new “big vision” library might join those civic buildings in Grape Day park, rather than just apply a Band-aid to the existing library on Kalmia. On Wednesday, March 23 things took a turn […]

Incumbent Supervisor Dave Roberts is a coalition builder

Dave Roberts, 3rd District Supervi­sor, has been called the energizer who gives the Energizer Bunny lessons. If you look at his schedule you might be convinced that he has an identical twin. Look at his Fitbit and you’ll find a man who logs in sometimes 12,000 steps a day, possibly leaving the Ener­gizer Bunny in his dust. He gets up […]

OCEANSIDE ~ A mother’s story: How to survive premature birth

March of Dimes Walk for Babies comes to North County Saturday

Imagine a young woman who has a baby growing in her womb. She is see­ing her doctor regularly and heeding the doctor’s advice, taking pre-natal vi­tamins, exercising, following a recom­mended diet. She may have even undergone ge­netic screening that may indicate the possibility of birth defects for the child she is carrying. She passes the early tests, no indications of […]

Escondido City Council: What a bunch of visionaries!

~ Editorial

You got to hand it to the Escondido city council: they know how to dream big. Confronted with the idea of just expanding the aging library, they seemed to have reached the consensus that they want to go big or go home! (see our story, Page 1) If you’ve ever attended a city council meeting in person or on TV […]

Political Cartoon

Learning the Arts is Academic

School districts in North County re­cently hit a high note when they were recognized by the California Alliance for Arts Education for enhancing stu­dent scholastic experience through robust arts education programs. The results were ‘music to the ears’ of San Marcos, San Pasqual and Vista Uni­fied School Districts when students recently performed at the San Diego Museum of Art during […]


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Home firearm safety, basic handgun classes will be offered on April 10

A monthly 3-hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone antici­pating the purchase of, or who already own, a handgun. The class is offered Sunday, April 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 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 […]