Election time

Spicy city elections keep everyone awake at night (well maybe not)

It’s about a week from election day, which means that it’s time to play “How much can I slime my opponent?” with the expectation there won’t be enough time to answer the accusation. Most people are probably not following this stuff, but for you aficionados of innuendo, here’s the latest. Opponents of incumbent Mike Morasco (but NOT his opponent for […]

History buffs celebrate new Kit Carson Park interpretive sign

For many years a stately adobe in what is now Kit Carson Park was a landmark in what was then the small town of Escondido. In time the adobe was abandoned, and eventually all that was left was a chimney. Today what remains is a monument of stones from that chimney at the base of the park’s flagpole. On Friday […]

Escondido Shines encourages all: ’Serve, Salute and Celebrate’

PART 2 OF 2 PARTS This is the second part in a series about Escondido Shines and its founder Vaughn North, who came to Escondido a few years ago with an idea for building up the hometown pride of the city. He helped to spark interest in an organization that covers four broad categories (this can all be found on […]

Yes on A falsely claims “Fire Chiefs Say Yes” Supporters of 1/2 cent sales tax wrongly advertise it as preventing wildfires

Some supporters are posting signs around Escondido and other North County and backcountry communities that claim that the 1/2 sales tax proposed by SANDAG, Measure A, will help prevent wildfires. The signs read “Fire Chiefs Say Yes on A to Prevent Wildfires.” The Times-Advocate spoke to Don Butz, current president of the San Diego County Fire Chief’s Association, who confirmed […]

Vacant home burns down Monday morning

Vacant house destroyed by fire in Escondido Early Monday morning a vacant house with a “for sale” sign on North Escondido Boulevard near Hwy 78 burned down. The $335,000 house was a complete loss. The fire began shortly after 3 a.m. and sometime after that a security guard from a nearby business saw the smoke and flames and called 911, […]


C’mon, leave political signs alone!

I get that some opponents of Measure B (the Lilac Hills Ranch initiative) feel put upon by the system, and think it’s unfair for “big developers” to have put up a countywide initiative and to outspend their opponents something on a factor of 28 to one. I get that, but c’mon, quit taking down or defacing other peoples’ political signs! […]


Profiles of two distinct personalities

My reflections today are about two distinct personalities, both of whom knew each other, but were in different modes of professional life. Each left his mark on Escondido starting more than 50 years ago. They were not unique among the city’s “movers and shakers,” but what made them different from other well-known Escondidans was the fact that they were “local […]

Book club to discuss Inside Out & Back Again

Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, December 2 in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Thanhha Lai’s novel, “Inside Out & Back Again.” Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and […]

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 […]

Daley Ranch offers seven hikes in November

Daley Ranch will offer seven hikes in November. All hikes begin at the Daley Ranch entrance on La Honda Drive unless otherwise noted. Bring water, sun hat, sunscreen, and proper hiking boots or treaded footwear. All trails include steep and/or slippery sections. Please do not leave valuables in your car. Steady rain cancels a hike. The hike schedule is also […]