Residents learn about grassroots effort to create a ‘Convention of the States’

What do the people do if the political classes ignore their concerns? Usually nothing. But sometimes they do a little more . . . Sometimes Popeye says, “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!” and Howard Beale bellows, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” But those are fictional char­acters. Once […]

Country Club residents say they need more details on proposal

How does one reconcile a survey that says residents support a proposed development by 4-1 versus 100 emails that say don’t have enough information to form an opinion? Two weeks after the developer New Urban West Inc. (NUWI) held an open house for resi­dents of the former Escondido Country Club to present a vision for the land once occupied by […]

School trustee Fragozo ousted after pleading guilty to voter fraud

Controversial Escondido Union School District trustee Jose Fragozo, 51, pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of voter fraud just minutes before his trial on 13 felony counts was set to begin. He had been charged with fraud for allegedly living in one region of the school district but running for a different re­gion four years ago. Other charges were […]

August 12 is deadline to run for city offices

Escondido’s next Gener­al Municipal Election will be consolidated with the statewide general election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The election is for the purpose of selecting two City Council members: one to represent District Three and one to represent Dis­trict Four; as well as the election of one City Trea­surer. The nomination period for the election is now until 5 […]

Herencia Charra of Escondido crowns first queen: Kassandra Trujillo

The Charro association Herencia Charra of Escondido held its first cor­onation dance Saturday July 23 at Cal State University San Marcos in the ball­room, USU Hall. The event (Baile de coronacion de reina ) was the crowning of its very first queen Kassandra Trujillo. Guests of honor included Escondido city councilwoman Olga Diaz, Juan Luis Robles Delegado De FMCH Fed­eracion […]

EPD makes arrest for March homicide

Escondido police have made an ar­rest in a four-month old homicide. On March 16 of this year at about 12:30 a.m. Escondido police officers responded to a reported shooting in the area of Escondido Boulevard and 9th Ave. When officers arrived, they found that 27-year-old Escondido resi­dent Fabian Arellano was the victim of a shooting. Arellano was transported to Palomar […]

Mayor Sam Abed endorses Kristin Gaspar for supervisor

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed an­nounced his support today for Encini­tas Mayor Kristin Gaspar for San Di­ego County’s 3rd District Supervisor contest. “I ran for the Board of Supervisors because Dave Roberts violated the public trust and this disqualifies him from serving in public office,” said Abed last week. “Roberts abused the taxpayers, used his office to advance himself politically, and […]

800 Escondido students among beneficiaries of San Diego Foundation grant

About 800 Escondido students will be among the beneficiaries of a San Diego Foun­dation grant of $400,300 that will be used to connect, protect and increase access to green space and nature throughout the region for area youths through field trips. San Diego Zoo Backyard Biodiversity Hotspot – $35,577 In collaboration with the Escondido Creek Conservancy and Escondido Union School […]

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Rise of the end justifies the means voter

My cronies and I were sitting in a local cigar bar, posing inappropriate questions to Siri on our iPhones when the topic switched over to the presi­dential election. “How can you possibly vote for Hillary when she can sit there on national television and tell a bald faced lie about what the FBI said about her?” de­manded a voice. “Well, […]

Enjoying our local State Parks

It’s summer, time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. There’s no better way to do that than by visiting one of our lo­cal State Parks. Though several of these gems are just an hour or so from home, a visit transports you to another world. The State Parks System has over 280 parks covering about 1.4 million acres. […]