Caltrans activates meters along Hwy 78 to relieve congestion



Caltrans began activating meters on eastbound Hwy 78 last week for the morning commute. Affected locations are Civic Center Drive, Mar Vista Drive and Sycamore Avenue in Vista. A total of 22 on-ramps will be activated in groups of three through August to help reduce the duration and extent of congestion on the freeway. Ramp metering at the new locations […]

Vallecitos district ends outdoor watering restrictions



The Vallecitos Water District’s Board of Directors Thursday voted to rescind the mandatory drought restrictions under its “Level 2 Drought Alert” and move to voluntary conservation measures under its “Level 1 Drought Watch,” thereby ending restrictions on outdoor watering. Vallecitos Water District provides water, wastewater, and reclamation services to San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; parts of Carlsbad, […]

Grape Day Park Playground



City workers are busy putting in the Grape Day Park playground, which is next to the Escondido History Center. The project is under construction with landscaping continuing. The remainder of the new playground equipment is expected to be delivered this week, according to the city’s website.

New director of Escondido History Center has a mission: modernize



“As time evolves and our understanding of history evolves it is incumbent on us to do history better,” says Stacey Ellison, executive director of the Escondido History Center. Ellison has been on the job since last fall. Born in New York, she moved at an early age to England, due to the fact that her father was an engineer who […]

SANDAG board puts ½ cent sales tax on November ballot



Last Friday 13 of the 21 members of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board voted to put a ½ cent sales tax on the November ballot for San Diego County residents to vote on. Escondido’s representative on the board, Mayor Sam Abed, voted no. Two thirds of those voting would be required to vote yes to pass the […]

Vector control assessment unchanged




The county’s vector control benefit assessment will remain at the same level as it was during Fiscal Year 2015-16. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, who serve as the board of the county’s Vector Control District, voted 4-0 June 22 with Greg Cox in Sacramento to maintain the annual assessment of $5 per equivalent dwelling unit. The vector control […]

Yes, developers have rights

~ Editorial

This is the year of one set of rules for the powerful and one set of rules for the little guy. Well, actually, every year is that year, and always has been, but for some reason it’s a little more in your face THIS year. Over the past few years the Accretive Group (YOU thought I was doing an article […]

People are leaving




I always look forward to returning home, even when it’s only for a short break in the legislative session. Sadly, I’m often greeted by people I’ve known for years who tell me they are `fed up,’ and are leaving California for greener pastures elsewhere. California’s, high housing costs, the cost of commercial real estate, of electricity and gasoline, our excessive […]

~ ESCONDIDO REFLECTIONS



Before its demise, the former Daily Times-Advocate, with which I was affiliated for 27 years, was located in three different sites in downtown Escondido – from 237 E. Grand Avenue to 226 E. Ohio Avenue (now Valley Parkway), to 207 E. Pennsylvania Avenue. It all started out for me August 1952 at the Grand avenue location between Juniper and Kalmia […]

Risk of fire rising, warns Escondido Fire Department



The risk of fire increases as temperatures rise and vegetation dries out. With more hot, dry weather still to come, Escondido fire officials are asking residents to look for potential fire hazards on or around your property. Here are some items to check for: • Clear any combustible material, weeds, brush, trees or other vegetation (including mulch) that is, or […]


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