Plans submitted for 392 homes at former Escondido Country Club

New Urban West and ECCHO (Escondido Country Club Homeowners) are squaring off for a battle that will be played out in the chambers of the Escondido City Council in future months. Several weeks ago NUW submitted a plan to the council for the former Escondido Country Club area for 392 new homes on the property owned by Michael Schlesinger of […]

City seeks volunteers for boards, commissions

The Escondido City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on the City’s boards and commissions. Terms for the unscheduled vacancies listed below will all expire on March 31, 2018, except for the Community Services youth member, which is a one-year term. The qualifications to serve are that you work or reside within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan. All […]

Conservancy seeks to preserve 1,000 acres next to Escondido

Escondido residents who are interested in conserving area habitat have the chance to multiply their dollars by several factors when they donate to the Escondido Creek Conservancy’s efforts to “Help Save 1,000 Acres.” The conservancy is attempting to raise funds to support options and ultimately the purchase of two properties that together total about 1,000 acres. They need to raise […]

Crusaders on the verge of consecutive CIF championships

The Calvin Christian football team is right there, just one final step away from something quite significant. Clearly, history is beckoning. Should it run the table and defeat Foothills Christian (El Cajon) in tomorrow night’s Division VI finals to be played at Mission Bay High School, then the Crusaders (9-0) will have created for themselves an undeniable place in prep […]

TA to give some awards this year

Dos Equis celebrates the Most Interesting Man in the World; the Nobel Committee awards the Peace Prize; Football has the Heisman Trophy and People hands out the Sexiest Man Alive. In between there are the Academy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. Not to be outdone, the Times-Advocate will bestow the first ever Newsmaker of the Year award for 2016 shortly […]

Preventing drug addiction and abuse

We can all agree about the importance of keeping kids away from illegal drugs. During October, I again participated in Red Ribbon Week, a campaign that seeks to mobilize communities and to educate millions of children nationwide about the dangers posed by illicit drug use. Since the Red Ribbon campaign began in the late 1980s, millions of students have benefited […]

County to examine Yellow Dot program

The Yellow Dot program is a public safety tool that saves lives. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to investigate the potential and cost of launching the program in San Diego County. The Yellow Dot program provides first responders with information critical to treating a person who is found incoherent or unresponsive following an automobile accident or medical […]

The Last of the Patuxets: a Thanksgiving story

~ Guest Opinion

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has underscored the deep divisions between Americans, with much hatred spewing back and forth. As we approach this Thanksgiving season, it seems appropriate to recall a little-known tale from American history, where love and forgiveness overcame injustice. It is the true story of a man who knew both deep […]



Editor, Times-Advocate: To Randy Goodson, Your post-election comment that you must educate the public about the need for housing in San Diego county, is as supercilious and arrogant as the pundits who are misinterpreting the result of the presidential election. Neither you nor they care about the will of the people. Your measure was soundly thrashed at the ballot box. […]


All about the library, past and future

I’m reflecting today on a long-time city librarian; on the proposed site for a new library; a couple of comments about the elections on the local level; and then a little change of pace and what I hope will be some fun in the last item. Librarian Graham Humphrey All five members of the Escondido City Council recently expressed enthusiasm […]