Dixon Lake Closed to Anglers on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Dixon Lake will be closed to anglers on Wednesday and Thursday, November 30 and December 1 to maintain the trout stock prior to the 38th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby.  There will be no fishing from either the shore, the piers or from boats.   Day use areas and the campground will remain open, and the concession stand will continue to […]

Pet of the Week

Name: LillianAge: 8 years oldGender: Spayed femaleBreed: AmericanStaffordshire TerrierID #: 221540Adoption Fee: $25 Lillian, an 8-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, is looking for a loving home to call her own. At just under 40-lbs, this little girl is the perfect size for just about any family. After she was found as a stray, Lillian has impressed her caregivers will her perfect […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

Queen Califia’s magical circle open this Saturday Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major […]

On the Menu

Italian Arancini Balls

Growing up in an Italian and Dutch home, my family ate a ton of pasta, bread and rice. I love rice. I have experimented with cauliflower rice a lot lately in fact. It has great texture that mimics rice and takes on flavors you add. This recipe uses a special rice called Arborio and is used because it sticks together […]


My visits to Washington D.C.

Through the courtesy of my boss, Carl Appleby, publisher of the former Daily Times-Advocate, I attained membership in the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1971. As such, I was privileged to attend its annual conferences, most of which were in Washington, D.C. What follows are some of the incidents that occurred during my visits to Washington. ***** In 1975, […]

~ Guest Opinion

Modern Christian thriller is a wake-up call for our times

About seven years ago I wrote a play entitled “Through Fear and Trembling,” inspired from my reading of the book “In God’s Underground” by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. Pastor Wurmbrand dared to speak out against the Communist takeover of his Rumania in the aftermath of World War Two. He was rewarded with fourteen years in prison, where he was brutally tortured […]


Accretive and Lilac Hills Ranch are not going away

Although the residents of North County and really the entire county who fought off the attempt by the Accretive Group to shatter the General Plan with its 1,746-unit Lilac Hills Ranch are rightly celebrating their stunning victory, they had better keep their powder dry. I almost said, buy more ammunition, but I forgot, we can’t do that anymore. Czarist Russia […]

Support for Working Families

Working families in California face a daily struggle to make ends meet and provide their children with a home, education, food and recreational opportunities. I have championed a long list of bills to assist working families, including legislation to eliminate the sales tax for the purchase of water efficient home appliances by low income people, to expand the renter’s tax […]

2nd Tamale Festival attracts 12K

The 2nd annual Escondido Tamale Festival Saturday attracted as many as 12,000 attendees to eat lots of Mexican food, although a lot of that was tamales, drink, enjoy local performers and watch Mexican style professional wrestling. “The festival did great,” Alex MacLachlan, president of the Downtown Business Association (which put on the event) told the Times-Advocate. There were over 100 […]

City Council looks at new Grape Day Park concept

The Escondido City Council October 19 directed Manager Graham Mitchell and city staff to further explore the feasibility of relocating and expanding the Escondido Public Library within an envisioned expansion of Grape Day Park and to issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to public/private partnership companies with New Market Credit experience. Note: The New Markets Tax Credit Program was created […]