Meet the mayor at town hall meeting

Talk to the mayor of Escondido, Sam Abed, in a less formal setting than regular city council meetings, when he holds the 12th of his Town Hall meetings Wednes­day, September 21, 4:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. The purpose of the meetings is to al­low residents and businesses a chance to engage in […]

Chamber to host candidate forum for city elections

The Escondido Chamber of Com­merce will sponsor a candidate forum for city council and the Board of Su­pervisors Thursday, October 6, 7:15 a.m.– 9:30 a.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The candidates for Council District #3, including incumbent Olga Diaz and challenger Joe Garcia; for Council Dis­trict #4 incumbent Michael Morasco is faced by challenger Ingrid Rainey. […]

Measure B supporters go to court to quash opponents’ ballot statement

In a gutsy, high-risk throw of the dice the proponents of Measure B have gone to court — a move with potential for considerable blowback if they don’t prevail. You’d think that if you were the opponents of Measure B, the county- wide initiative that would authorize the 1,746 unit Lilac Hills Ranch along the I-15 Corridor — in effect […]

History Center to host Grape Day Festival

Note: We will have a more extensive article about the Grape Day Discovery Festival in next week’s issue, including an interview with Escondido History Center director Stacey Ellison. * * * The Escondido History Center is gearing up for its big event of the year, the Grape Day Discovery Fes­tival on October 1, 2–8 p.m. at the center, located at […]

Nightime road work scheduled for Sept. 7-15

In order to minimize traffic delays and road closures during daytime hours, the City of Escondido has is­sued a variance to allow PAL Engi­neering to perform asphalt work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from September 7,–15 on the following streets throughout Escondido: • East Valley Parkway between Harding Street and North Midway Drive • West El Norte Parkway between […]

Public input on the arts sought Oct. 3

Public input on “state-designated cultural districts” will be sought at a free public forum for the San Diego re­gion of the California Arts Council on October 3, 4–6 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Assemblywoman Marie Waldron of Escondido co-authored AB 189, which has empowered the California Arts Council to designate areas as state cultural districts. The […]

No one cited during impromptu car show

Contrary to a news report last week the gathering last Tuesday, August 30, of 2,500 car enthusiasts for Krispy Kreme Tuesday on Westfield North County Mall in Escondido was not an illegal gathering, and the Escondido po­lice did not issue any citations. The location of each such event is announced on Facebook 30 minutes before it happens, and then the […]

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911: Fifteen Years Later

This weekend Americans commemorate the 15th anniversary of Sep­tember 11, 2001. Over the past decade and a half, we have endured major changes to our lives and our psychology. For a long time after the attack, we were in mourning, and in many cases, denial. Americans were suffering like a family that had lost a child. Americans rebuilt the entire […]


VOTERS SHOULD BE INFORMED ABOUT PROP. B Editor, Times-Advocate: On August 23, 2016, San Diego Coun­ty Democratic Party Central Committee formally opposed Proposition B – Lilac Hills Ranch Specific Plan (Ballot mea­sure). This strong opposition gets deliv­ered to over 500,000 Democrats in San Diego county. The message should sim­plify decisions confronting confused vot­ers on the 2016 Ballot, which containing an […]


Remembering Assemblyman Bill Craven

I have said previously that I don’t hold much for politicians, but there were a couple who I admired. One of them was the late Bill Craven. Bill, a moderate Republican, had been a state senator for 20 years when term limits forced his retire­ment in 1998. He had been in the state Assembly for five years be­fore being elected […]