Escondido Appoints New Director of Community Development

City Manager Graham Mitchell announced today that Bill Martin has been appointed Director of Community Development for the City of Escondido, effective June 5, 2016.    Mr. Martin started in the Community Development Department as an entry-level planner in 1990 and has steadily advanced through the ranks of the Planning Division, serving most recently as Interim Director of Community Development. […]

Patriots prepare for graduation

This week seniors of Orange Glen High School are rehearsing their graduation moves in the gym. Graduation is June 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Protecting the people’s right to know

It has been said that “the people have a right to know.” But not all politicians and political agencies be­lieve that. There unquestionably are reasons that public agencies should meet in private, away from the pry­ing eyes of the public and the media. However, those reasons should be and are limited. Actions and deliverations of legislative (public) agencies gener­ally should […]

More water for farms

My Assembly Bill 2438, joint au­thored with Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D – Sherman Oaks), will simplify the CEQA process gov­erning installation of new recycled water pipelines in urban areas, within existing public streets, highways or rights-of-way for the distribution of reclaimed water. I am pleased to report the bill passed the Assembly. By streamlining new pipeline con­struction, AB 2438 will […]

Covering the big fish


Once every four years the little fish (that would be us) get to mix it up with the big fish (you know, the “mainstream media”) in the covering of the national elections. This election season is the first one I can remember in a long time where California actually has had a say in who might become president. For awhile, […]

Police Explorers compete in countywide event

The Escondido Police Cadet pro­gram hosted its 3rd annual Police Ex­plorer Competition May 22 & 23. Police Explorer teams from law en­forcement agencies throughout the county competed in various simulated police events, as well as an obstacle course and firearms competition. Events included a simulated high- risk vehicle stop, DUI investigation, domestic violence investigation, and building search. Each of the […]

Escondido Chamber to install officers June 10

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 106th annual Installation June 10, at Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook, beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will be an evening of cocktails and dinner as the Chamber celebrates the 106th Annual Installation and Awards banquet. The evening includes honoring volun­teers, community leaders and the Chamber’s outgoing/ incoming Board of Directors. The band […]

Olga Diaz to run for reelection

Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz has announced that she will seek a third term on the council from District 3. Two years ago Diaz tried to unseat Mayor Sam Abed but lost to him in a landslide. At that time political observ­ers interpreted some remarks that she made as indicative that she might not stay in city politics. However, with […]

County school board candidates discuss their visions for District 4

The local election cycle has been overshadowed by the presidential campaign. In North County one local race that hasn’t received a lot press coverage is the San Diego County’s District 4 school board race between incumbent Mark Anderson and Escon­dido Union School District Board of Education trustee Paulette Donnellon. The Times-Advocate sat down with both candidates to talk about their […]

Escondido police lieutenant saves a life

On any ordinary day, Escondido Po­lice Lt. Al Owens can be seen working as a day shift Watch Commander. He manages the activities of his team of patrol sergeants and officers, manages significant events in the city, and talks to community members about the trou­bles that they are experiencing. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 ended up being no “ordinary day.” At […]

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