Stone plans $26 million hotel next to brewery

Will attract national attention says mayor

Escondido is poised to get its first full- fledged hotel after decades without one. Stone Brewing and Untitled Hospital­ity Friday announced that the $26 mil­lion Stone Hotel would break ground across the street from the brewery with an opening date of early 2018. Stone Brewing, the 10th largest craft brewery in the United States, and San Diego-based hospitality collective, Un­titled […]

Construction to begin on Vista Verde Reservoir replacement project

Construction will soon begin on the city’s Vista Verde Reservoir replacement project. The Notice to Proceed was given on August 10, 2016 and construction is anticipated to be completed by August 10, 2018 (730 Cal­endar Days). The project will cost $9.4 million. This project is part of the City of Escon­dido’s Capital Improvements Program. Two new reservoirs will be constructed […]

Archaeological Center opens exhibit on San Diego’s Fort Guijarros

Recently the San Diego Archaeological Center in the San Pasqual Valley opened an exhibit on San Diego’s Fort Guijarros. The exhibit is entitled: Fort Guijarros: soldiers, Yankee whalers and fisherfolk. At the August 5 recep­tion Ad Munoz, curator for the exhibit, described how the Fort Guijarros exhibit was in the planning stages for over a year. The origi­nal concept included […]

Candidates’ list almost firmed up for city

~ Still waiting on treasurer’s election

With the exception of the city trea­surer’s office, we now know who all of the candidates for city offices will be in November. Because incumbent City Treasurer Kenneth Hugins decided not to run for another term, the period to file for the City Treasurer was extended five days, to August 17, 5 p.m. In District 3, Incumbent Olga Diaz will […]

Temporary road closure may affect your drive

Due to the installation of new infra­structure and surface improvements, the City of Escondido advises motor­ists of the following road closure: • South bound N. Ash Street from Lehner Avenue to Vista Avenue and west bound Vista Avenue from Ash Street to Lehner Avenue will be closed from August 10 through August 22. Detour signs will be posted and all […]

Don’t try to board this train

North County Transit District cus­tomers may be surprised to see a short, two passenger — versus the typical five passenger — car set COASTER train pass through or stop at their station. This train, consisting of a NCTD lo­comotive and two empty passenger cars, is part of the Positive Train Con­trol safety system testing and is not a passenger-carrying train. […]

~ Editorial

Olympics needs a permanent location

I was reading about the rioting in Milwaukee and realized I could barely differentiate from what is going on in Rio at the Olympic Games. With the exception of the occasional gold medal, it’s hard to tell the difference. Attacking people just because they are white. Check. Armed robbery. Check. Brazil is a Third World cesspool where the world’s top […]

Healthcare: Sacramento concerns; local impacts

As a member of the Assembly Com­mittee on Health, I understand that de­cisions made in that committee have a deep impact on the lives of the people I serve at home. The cost of care, health insurance issues, formularies, access to new treatments and astounding innova­tions and even cures are major debates in our committee each week. AB 59, a […]


Some ripples to go with the Reflections this week

This week, the reflections, some brief, are on a variety of mostly unre­lated topics. *** Can there ever be humor in a politi­cal contest? That’s one way to take the contest of 42 years ago, in 1974, for the California Senate seat in the 38th District, which included Escondido. Another way to take it is deviousness. So, who was the […]

New Neighborhood Transformation project to focus on West Side

Last week the city launched its third Neighborhood Transformation Project, this one to focus on the West Side of the city. A community meeting was held at West Side Park to kick off the start of the new NTP area. About 50 neighbors attended and heard presentations from Chief Craig Carter and other police department representatives about their plans for […]