City Hall stunned by city manager’s resignation after less than a year in office

Escondido City Hall employees were stunned Friday to learn of the totally unexpected resignation of City Manager Graham Mitchell for “personal reasons.” His resignation takes effect no later than the end of the year. Councilman Ed Gallo seemed to capture the mood when he told the Times-Advocate “I’ve been on the council fourteen years and this is my worst day. […]

Escondido Police chief named Law Enforcement Official of the Year

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter has been named “Law Enforcement Official of the Year” by the San Diego Crime Commission. The award was presented on October 14, at the Commission’s 31st annual Blue Knight Award ceremony. Chief Carter was recognized for his commitment to making San Diego County a model example for the country. Chief Carter has served as the […]

Candidate answers critics who accuse him of exaggerating his experience

~ Election 2016

City treasurer candidate Doug Shultz is fending off a series of attacks from a rival in the race to replace longtime incumbent Ken Hugins. Ryan Clark is accusing Shultz of inflating his resume by claiming he was “assistant city treasurer,” when no such city position exists. Clark also filed a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Com mission (FPPC) […]

Mike Morasco wants to stay the course on city council

~ Election 2016

Mike Morasco, a tireless booster of Escondido’s businesses, bullish on growth as much as a balanced budget, seeks reelection to the city council in District 4. His opponent is Ingrid Rainey. Morasco has served for six years on the council. He was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Sam Abed’s election as mayor six years ago; ran for reelection […]

Escondido Shines encourages all: ‘serve, salute and celebrate’

PART 1 OF 2 PARTS It’s a bright yellow plastic bag bigger than a grocery bag, but smaller than your typical trash bag. It’s a well-traveled bag — at least within the confines of the Hidden Valley. It’s a bag whose highest purpose is community service. It’s the Escondido Shines bag. A patent attorney for many years, with several patents […]



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Why a countywide vote?

Is it fair to go up against somebody with one hand tied behind your back? Both hands tied behind your back? Talk about fair! That’s how those Valley Center-area residents must feel about the deep-pocket, money-bags developer who wants to develop the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch. It’s an unfair fight. It’s all about Measure B on the November 8 General […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

Poets INC Literary Series Nov. 6 POETS, INC (Inland North County) and the Escondido Arts Partnership will host a free monthly Literary Series Sunday, November 6, 1–3 p.m. Reception is at 12:30 p.m., with light refreshments. Open mic reading begins at 1 p.m. The program, entitled “Voices of Dissent: protest poetry, then and now,” is a fun look at past […]

Tamale Festival returns to Grape Day park Nov. 5

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. Cricket Wireless and Creative Artists Agency are working together to bring Lucia Libre Mexican Style wrestling to Grape Day Park and the Tamale Festival. Alex MacLachlan, chairman of the event noted […]

Cutting the ribbon for a new business

Friday the Escondido Chamber of Commerce celebrated the ribbon cutting of one of the city’s newest businesses, Sip, Wine & Beer at S. Orange St. Escondido The City of Escondido AV department was on hand to video tape the event for the upcoming State of the City address early next year. Mayor Sam Abed joins Sip owner Jeremy Schaeg, Chamber […]