Uber / Lyft Driver Arrested for Multiple Sexual Assaults

On September 16, 2016 the Escondido Police Department arrested 37-year-old San Marcos resident Jeremy Vague for sexually assaulting multiple females while driving for Uber and/or Lyft.  Several victims known to the Escondido Police Department were picked up by Jeremy Vague in the North County area. Investigators believe there may be additional victims in San Diego County. The Escondido Police Department […]

Water district seeks public comment on master plan EIR for sewer service

The Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District (District) will prepare an environmental impact report for the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District Master Plan (Project). The project proposes that the district expand its services to become a sewer agency, acquire the existing Harmony Grove Village Water Reclamation Facility and increase its capacity, and eliminate the need to construct two additional […]


Escondido businesses that have faded away

A vibrant city has to evolve to remain so. Change is inevitable; especially in the Southern California Sun Belt, of which Escondido is an integral part in a bursting San Diego County. As a city grows, businesses come and go; here today, gone tomorrow. It’s called progress. For the good? That sometimes is debatable. In previous essays, I’ve talked about […]

Consumer protections in healthcare

We are all deeply concerned about the welfare of our families. As a wife and mother, these concerns naturally influence my legislation, as well as the bills I support. As a result, this session I was proud to lend my support to an important package of health care bills that will benefit millions of Californians. Under these new laws, patients […]

Raising awareness about suicide

~ Guest Opinion

The Suicide Prevention Council on Wednesday issued its annual report, which shows the suicide rate in San Diego County held steady in 2015 while calls for help went up. This is encouraging news, and I am pleased to join the council in raising awareness about suicide prevention and the help that is available for anyone who needs it. As chairman […]

Local business leaders hear implications of Prop. 64

Local business leaders gathered Thursday (September 9) at an Escondido Chamber of Commerce forum to discuss the implications if statewide Proposition 64 (“Adult Use of Marijuana Act”) passes this November. This comes after Washington and Colorado legalized Marijuana use. The Chamber’s guest speaker was Special Investigations Division and Public Information Office (PIO) Lt. Ed Varso of the Escondido Police Department. […]

Grape Day Discovery Festival will have something for everyone

The annual Grape Day Discovery Festival on October 1, 2-8 p.m. at Grape Day Park will continue a longstanding Escondido tradition— with a few twists and changes. For one thing, the festival, which is free, and dates back more than 100 years to the days when a large part of Escondido’s economy was based on grape cultivation, will be happening […]

1st annual Herencia Mexicana Festival celebrated

USA Multicultural sponsored the first annual Herencia Mexicana Festival on Saturday at Grape Day Park. Herencia is Spanish for “heritage” and the day long event featured food, mariachis, folk dance groups and more. Several hundred people attended. See more photos page 5.

Treasurer candidate Shultz calls for conservative, transparent policies

Douglas Shultz is one of five candidates for the office of city treasurer. This is the first time in about 30 years that the office has been contested since longtime Treasurer Ken Hugins is stepping down. Of the five candidates, Hugins is endorsing Douglas Shultz to succeed him. Douglas Shultz describes himself as a fiscal conservative for transparent government. He […]

9-11 firefighters honored in ‘Grand’ style

The Escondido Firefighters’ Association and Escondido Police Officers Association Friday night sponsored the 16th Annual Fire Truck/Public Safety Night and September 11th Tribute at Cruisin’ Grand. One of the most popular vehicles at the event was the 1902 American Fire Engine Company horse-drawn steam fire engine of the California State Firefighters’ Association. Another favorite was the Hubert Family Hose Wagon. […]