No cause determined for Lake Dixon fire

Thursday, November 24, at about 2:30 p.m. Escondido Police and Fire Dispatch center dispatched fire units to a reported vegetation fire on La Honda Drive near Dixon Lake. Dispatch reported multiple callers saying a fire was burning near the parking lot at Dixon Lake. As fire units were responding to the incident a fairly large smoke column could be seen […]

A holiday tradition: the Jaycees Christmas Parade returns Dec. 10

The 66th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade December 10 is a holiday tradition that typifies the joys of small town America — including hosts of walking Boy and Cub Scouts, sports teams, equestrian units, high school bands, and lots of fire engines. About 10,000- 15,000 spectators are expected. Because it’s the 66th Christmas parade along Broadway, the theme this year is […]

Community in Unity will benefit deserving kids

The 6th annual Community in Unity event will happen Thursday, December 1, 5:31 p.m.-8 p.m. at Escondido City Hall under the dome. The event combines local food and beverages from some of Escondido’s premier chefs and businesses along with collecting toys and pajamas for deserving children. Note: that time for event’s beginning is correct. Everything begins one minute after City […]

University opens new Student Life Center in downtown

Grand opening of University Student Center is latest in series of revitalization projects

On Monday, November 28, John Paul the Great Catholic University opened its new Student Life Center with Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, city council members Ed Gallo and John Masson and Craig Carter, Chief of the Escondido Police Department in attendance. The new Student Life Center is located at 200 W. Grand Ave., Escondido 92025 and was blessed by Father Andy, […]

California Pizza Kitchen opens at Westfield mall

California Pizza Kitchen had its official ribbon cutting and ceremonial pizza slicing on Monday morning, November 28 at their new location in the Westfield North County Mall in Escondido. This is the first California Pizza Kitchen opened in North County in the past 10 years. Mayor Sam Abed, Assistant City Manager Jay Pertek, City Attorney Jeff Epp, and Chamber of […]


A rare transition

It’s pretty rare for a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors not to be reelected. So, the fact that Dave Roberts will NOT be returned for a second term in the 3rd District is going to create an interesting situation. I have to say that Roberts is the most dedicated supervisor I have encountered. I have seen […]


The year Escondido hosted a bowl game

There is a certain amount of excitement surrounding college football bowl games, even the Podunk kind that surfaces maybe for one short-lived year and then sinks into oblivion, leaving only memories. And that brings back a memory from almost 60 years ago to the day – December 1, 1956. That was the day that Escondido was host to its only […]

Reflecting on Our Many Blessings

~ Guest Opinion

In this season of Thanksgiving, we Americans have a great deal to be thankful for. God’s blessings and gifts are all around us, even when we may not notice them. Our nation is founded on the rule of law, with checks and balances that guarantee our God-given freedoms are protected. Our peaceful elections and lawful transfer of power remain the […]

Roberts concedes 3rd District Election

San Diego Supervisor Dave Roberts on Monday conceded the closely fought race for County Supervisor. Roberts led on Election Night with close to 2,300 votes. With more than 226,000 ballots counted in the District 3 race, Kristin Gaspar has gained enough votes over the past 20 days to now lead by 1,242 votes. 50.27% Gaspar 49.73% Roberts, which is less […]

On the Menu

Ham Corn and Cheddar Chowder

Soup is my friend. Soup is comforting, filling and so amazing on a cold day. I even have Soup Weeks like this week that are a variety of whatever soups I come up with. I enjoy soups that have protein in them so it is a complete meal. My Mom always says meals need protein! My Mom is a very […]