School board member wins court fight

Jose Fragozo, the embattled board member of the Escondido Union School District was freed from a Tem­porary Restraining Order on March 25 by Judge Richard Whitney in Vista Su­perior Court. Fragozo, who has had a running battle with other board members, is still facing charges of election fraud, involving whether he resides in the district he represents. Carlsbad-based employment attor­ney […]

Councilman Masson pitches plans for brand new library

Councilman John Masson outlined a proposal for a new library in Grape Day Park for the Escondido Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Develop­ment Committee last week. “A library informs and educates our citizens,” he told members, “It’s a des­tination experience for all the people who live here. It’s a civic gathering space. It’s an economic engine and it’s the cornerstone of […]

Escondido Charter High School celebrates 20 years

Escondido Charter High School (ECHS), known to Escondido resi­dents for its iconic bronze statues of children raising the American flag that greet motorists along Valley Parkway—and for its back-to-basics approach to education—will cele­brate its 20th anniversary this Friday. Twenty years ago Coach Denny Snyder was at the point in his 30-year career in education where he could take one of […]

Chargers thank police lieutenant

On April 7 Lieutenant Owens and his wife Kristina attended a ceremony at the Chargers’ Practice Facility. The Chargers thanked several law enforcement officers who helped with the Chargers’ Play 60 camps throughout the year. Lieu­tenant Owens received a certificate of appreciation from the Chargers and won a jersey signed by Danny Woodhead.

Escondido woman named Kitchen and Bath Designer of the Year

FINE Magazine has selected Barbara Preston of Escondido as Kitchen and Bath Designer of the Year for 2016. FINE Magazine is published locally in San Diego. It taps into luxury lifestyles and what is trending in the finer pleasures in life. For the past seven years, FINE has covered San Diego’s dining and fine wine; the art scene, travel, fashion, […]

Creating new sources of water

~ Guest Opinion

Since agriculture in our region de­pends largely on imported water, I have long supported initiatives to in­crease local supplies, including the use of recycled water. As many of you know, as a mem­ber of the Escondido City Council, I was an early supporter of a plan to use treated wastewater to irrigate cit­rus and avocado groves on the city’s outskirts. […]


In our story last week entitled “Now is the time to defend your hometown from live oak killers” we incorrectly identified Tom Stephan as an “arbor­ist.” He is a former certified arborist. As Stephan informed The Times- Advocate: “I must mention that I mentioned to the writer during the interview that I am a FORMER certi­fied arborist. The ISA www.isa- […]



Editor, Times-Advocate A walk down memory lane. But I was a little confused by the opening paragraph. “I’m going to try to paint a mental image of “what was where” that year of 1992 (and right around the turn of the decade) when I first began work as a reporter with the Daily Times-Advocate.” If I remember correctly shouldn’t have […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

CERT GRADUATION— The Escondido Fire Department recently graduated 14 residents from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) acad­emy held in March. The CERT Academy consisted of 24 hours of training over three weeks (Tuesday and Thursday evenings and one Saturday). The training included: Disas­ter Preparedness, Small Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, Unit Organization – ICS, Disas­ter […]

San Marcos Community Foundation Awards $7,500 Grant to The Elizabeth Hospice

The San Marcos Community Foun­dation recently awarded the Escondi­do based Elizabeth Hospice with a $7,500 grant to provide hospice care to uninsured patients and bereavement support to individuals and families that reside in San Marcos. “At some point in time, we all will face the loss of a loved one. We ap­preciate that The Elizabeth Hospice provides confidential, caring help […]