TV’s Ahmed Hassan is headliner for May 15 Grand Avenue Festival

“I’m planning on having a lot of fun and sharing a lot of information,” says self-proclaimed “green industry advo­cate” Ahmed Hassan, known to millions of DIY Network and HGTV fans of “Yard Crashers.” Hassan will give two hands-on demonstrations at Sunday’s Grand Avenue Festival and Street Fair. The Heritage Garden Park, at the cor­ner of Grand & Juniper, will be […]

North County reps don’t see much to like about SANDAG sales tax increase measure

A countywide ½ cent sales tax that appears to be headed to the voters in November doesn’t have much to ap­peal to North County leaders, sever­al of whom voted against it when it came before the San Diego Associa­tion of Governments board last week. However, 13 of the 21 voting on the board supported it, which adds up to 61% […]

Teenager arrested for bomb at school

A 15-year-old youth was arrested for making a homemade bomb at the campus of San Pasqual Academy on May 5. He was booked into Juvenile Hall in San Diego. The bomb was made of a cleaning chemical and aluminum foil in a plas­tic soda bottle. At 9:15 a.m. that Thursday a staff member retrieved the bottle-bomb from a rest­room toilet. […]

Faith pulls injured Charro’s family together

On May 21, Tony & Marisol Muñoz will celebrate their 25th wedding an­niversary with a renewal of their vows on Saturday, May 21 at Church of the Resurrection in Escondido, Father Ken Del Priori presiding. Their anni­versary falls on May 18. Tony, a born-and-raised Escondido resident and famed trick roper and horse trainer will be wearing a new Charro suit […]

Local citizens crowd GOP meeting in San Diego

It was standing room only at the Town and County convention center Monday night (May 9) where the Re­publican Party members of San Diego held their monthly meeting. Local officials in attendance includ­ed Gina Roberts, Valley Center’s hon­orary mayor, Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed who is also running for Board of Supervisors Seat in District […]

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle open this Saturday

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday May 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist […]

SANDAG seems to be swinging at air


The City of San Diego, minus its mayor, and a lot other cities in the southern part of the county would like to see an additional ½ cent sales tax added onto the 8 ½ that county residents already pay, and which is close to being the highest sales tax in the state. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) […]


In last week’s article “Calvin Christian begins longtime dream expansion,” we incorrectly wrote the name of the superintendent of Calvin Christian schools. The name is Terry Kok, not Terry Cox as we incorrectly reported. We also said that the school is K-12. It is actually pre-school through 12th grade. We regret the errors.

Movin’ on up to new digs:

the (1950s) newspaper gets a roomier home

Movin’ on up! Actually, we were moving just a block away; to the next street over, off the main street. But, any move was apt to be an improve­ment. It was the mid-1950s and the Daily Times-Advocate, which long since had outgrown a space that al­lowed for absolutely no expansion, was vacating its 237 East Grand Ave. location for a […]

Gunman causes 5-school lockdown

Escondido Police were alerted to a man carrying a rifle near Kit Carson Park at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. At about 1 p.m. a witness told police that a man had shot out a window in the 2200 block of Conway Drive, a short distance away from Rincon Middle School at 925 Lehner Ave. Police later obtained a photo of […]