Police arrest Uber, Lyft driver on suspicion of kidnapping forcible assault

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man, Jeremy George Vague and charged him with suspicion of kidnapping with intent to commit robbery or rape, forcible sexual penetration and assault with intent to commit a felony. He was arraigned at the Vista Court House this past Wednesday (September 21) following his arrest two weekends back. He is being held at the Vista […]

Mayor Sam Abed connects with residents at 12th town hall forum

About 50 people, including key city administrators, attended Sam Abed’s 12th Town Hall meeting Wednesday evening at City Hall in the council chambers. The mayor answered questions about improvements to city streets, protecting the city’s trees from ravishment by city employees, climate change, and the siting of a controversial desalination plant. These meetings provide a way for the mayor and […]

Treasurer candidate Fawcett emphasizes openness and transparency

Robroy Fawcett is one of five candidates for the office of Escondido treasurer. His motto is “Elect Robroy ‘open’ Fawcett and the information will pour out of City Hall!” With a slogan like that, it’s obvious that transparency is one of Fawcett’s ideals. Fawcett grew up in Highland, California, an orange growing community like Escondido once was. He graduated from […]

City council candidate Joe Garcia wants to “bring the community together”

Jose “Joe” Garcia is running for city council in District 3, where the incumbent in Olga Diaz. A minister for 28 years, Garcia sees his mission in Escondido being to bring the disparate interests in the community together in unity. A native of Southern California, Joe Garcia was born in Santa Ana, but because of a tragic accident that disabled […]

Grand Avenue Festival will celebrate the fall

Celebrating the fall season will be the theme of this year’s Grand Avenue Festival, Escondido on Sunday October 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. For 27 years, thousands of people from all over the county have come to enjoy the historic Grand Avenue during the street fair where over 400 vendors, local entertainment, kid’s rides and international cuisine fill […]

Arts Districts: Enriching Lives, Creating Jobs

Arts and cultural districts have spurred new businesses, attracted more tourism, and established vibrant, creative cultural economies across the nation. Now California will have the opportunity to celebrate our communities and the arts by clustering existing arts and cultural amenities in officially designated cultural districts. As a result of Assembly Bill 189 (AB 189), new legislation I co-authored earlier this […]



Editor, Times-Advocate: First, I wanted to thank you for covering a topic that is very important to members of our community, particularly, Rincon ratepayers in Eden Valley and Harmony Grove. Nonetheless, the article you published last week entitled, “Rincon expecting big crowd Thursday for sewer expansion meeting” includes several inaccuracies we would like to address. Our main concern is that […]


The U.S. Constitution: something you ought to read

Have you read the U.S. Constitution? Chances are you are among the 72% of Americans who have NOT read one of the two most remarkable documents in this nation’s history. (The Declaration of Independence is the other document.) Seventy-two percent! Unbelievable! That was the result of a survey taken in 2015 by a group called the American Council of Trustees […]

College and career fair coming to Westfield Mall October 1

A free College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 1, from Noon to 4 p.m. on levels 2 and 3 of the Westfield North County mall located at 272 East Via Rancho Parkway. Representatives from over 100 colleges, universities, trade schools, certification programs and military recruitment offices will be on hand to provide information to students and […]

Meet OGHS’s new academic dean, Nathan Reinking

Your palms become sweaty, your heart starts beating faster and you immediately look back on the past few days and wonder what you did wrong. As you approach the door you start imagining calls to your parents, expulsions and suspensions and the question of how is this meeting going to go. But then you’re surprised when you walk in and […]