Candidate answers critics who accuse him of exaggerating his experience

Accused of exaggerating his role as a volunteer at the City Treasurer’s office, Doug Shultz, who is running to replace longtime incumbent Ken Hugins, has put out two statements clarifying what his job as a volunteer was for the city treasurer. On his website Shultz has posted the following: Official Statement about “Volunteering as Assistant City Treasurer “When Doug Shultz […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

Unveiling of sign at Kit Carson Park The official unveiling of “A Chimney in the Park” Interpretive Sign will be held at Kit Carson Park on Friday, October 28 at 10 a.m. at the flagpole at the entrance to the Skate Park. The Escondido History Center and the City of Escondido have collaborated to raise awareness as well as to […]


The voter bill of rights

Something in which I have taken great personal pride over the years is never having failed to vote in any election of any kind in my community. I know I am not alone. I’m sure there are many others who feel as I do: Voting is a civic obligation not to be taken lightly. Come November 8, I will be […]


RACE BETWEEN A NEOPHYTE AND A WELL EXPERIENCED WOMAN Editor, Times-Advocate: The current political race between a well-qualified, experienced female against a neophyte, non politically-experienced male is a classic example of raw politics. No, I’m not referring to the U.S. presidential race but rather to the one in Escondido where Olga Diaz, a talented, experienced female is running for City […]

No thank you, mayors: In Measure B, it’s the process that stinks


One of the great early founding fathers, John Randolph, described a rival politician this way: “He is a man of splendid abilities, but utterly corrupt. He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight.” I think of that line when I consider the process that has given us Lilac Hills Ranch, and Measure B. We see the image of the […]

Fighting for California’s schools

As the mother of a high school student, education has always been one of my top concerns. Last session, I supported a number of bills that will reform California’s education system through increased local control, improved transparency, expanded educational opportunities and accelerated learning for all California students. This legislation included a bill to increase exposure to college coursework for high […]

Hospital Board candidate Doug Moir sees need for strategic planning

Doug Moir is running for the Palomar Health board because he thinks that the board should spend significantly more on “strategic planning” than it currently does. Dr. Moir has been a practicing physician at Palomar Hospital for 21 years, which, he says, “gives me some time in grade. But obviously I care about Palomar, and my community. My wife and […]

Treasurer candidate Blaise Jackson wants to give back

Blaise Jackson is one of five candidates for the office of Escondido Treasurer. A native Southern Californian, born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Jackson was the sixth of seven kids. Both of his parents were teachers. He attended Rio Hondo Junior College, and later UCLA, where he met his wife Theresa. They have been married 31 years. The […]

Escondido Tamale Festival coming to Grape Day Park

The 2nd annual Escondido Tamale Festival will come to Grape Day Park November 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This free event is being sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. According to Alex MacLachlan, the president and CEO of the DBA as well as the top enchilada of the Tamale Festival, some recent news could rocket the festival into the […]

Grand Avenue Festival is a kick

Lotsa shakin’ going on at Grand Avenue Street Festival

Sunday an estimated 50,000 visited the Grand Avenue Street Festival.