Nerd-Con brings 9,000 to Center over weekend

You could call it Comicon the Little, except that this baby is already growing at a tremendous pace and may not be in diapers much longer. As many as 9,000 fans and fellow nerds showed up for the 2nd annual Nerd-Con at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All four of the Center’s facilities […]

Border Patrol seizes $3 million in Escondido

Largest cash seizure ever for San Diego Sector

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two men on the afternoon of Tuesday afternoon for smuggling more than $3 million dollars that was being transported in separate vehicles traveling in North County. At about 1:45 p.m. an agent conducted a vehicle stop on a Kia Forte on West Country Club Lane after following the vehicle on I-15. The agent suspected that […]

Mark Ippolito, 80

Big part of Escondido PD’s history

Mark Ippolito, longtime Escondido police captain Mark T. Ippolito April 11, 1936 – August 12, 2016 Retired Escondido Police Captain Mark Ippolito died on Friday, August 12, from a prolonged illness. He was a big part of the Escondido Police Department history, serving for 30 years. Capt. Ippolito, 80 was at the Murrieta Health and Rehabilitation Center in Murrieta, and […]

ECCHO, NUWI nowhere near agreement on future of Country Club land

New Urban West Inc. (NUWI) the developer of the old Escondido Country Club property and the owners represented by Escondido Country Club Home Owners (ECCHO) seem to be far away from a meeting of the minds as to how large the development should be as well as whether residents should be assessed in order to pay for amenities. NUWI issued […]

EDCO won’t deliver on Labor Day

In observance of the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 5, EDCO will not be performing residential curbside collection services and customer service offices and buyback centers will be closed. As a result, residential collection will be delayed all week following the holiday in Coronado, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Poway, Ramona, San […]

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Taking a shower with Governor Brown

Showering with Governor Brown; now there’s an interesting idea. Of course I don’t mean that literally (unless it’s Mrs. Brown). What I am talking about is that the Governor, the State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Water Resources, and their helpers in the environmental community are developing Long-term Water Use Efficiency Standards for how much water should be used […]


AN ACCURATE PICTURE OF LILAC HILLS RANCH PROJECT Editor, Times-Advocate: Re: Times-Advocate August 18, 2016 picture and article on Lilac Hills Ranch: I am happy to see at last a picture that accurately shows the land involved in this project. Most people have no idea most of the land is a producing, agricultural property growing avocados, flowers, vegetables and other […]


Venturing ‘Off-Grand’ in the 1950s to Rube Nelson’s and beyond

In last week’s essay, I had you spend the entire day back in 1952 without leaving Escondido’s Grand Avenue and being able to buy virtually anything needed or finding some form of entertainment. I didn’t intend to mislead you, because our fair city was pretty darn self-sufficient. So, let’s return to those early years of the 1950s – and venture […]

Improving patient access to medical care

Many people have allergies in one form or another. When we need medical help for our allergies we need it immediately, not after months of unnecessary delay because of antiquated regulations. That’s why I introduced Assembly Bill 1739, which passed the Assembly with a unanimous vote this week. AB 1739 speeds access to allergy care for Medi-Cal patients by allowing […]

SANDAG hopes to survey 200 K households about transportation

Data will be used to enhance regional planning

Starting this week, SANDAG will invite about 200,000 households in San Diego County to participate in a study to help transportation planners better understand how, when, and why residents travel in the region. The results of the study will be used to help develop infrastructure projects and programs to better meet regional transportation needs. One in five households in the […]