City processes most building permits since 2000



The City of Escondido has this year become the city of industry when it comes to new construction. As 2016 draws to a close, last week the Building Division issued 54 permits with a total valuation of $616,865. So far this year the Building Division has processed 3,818 permits, compared to 3,618 permits last year to date. The 3,818 permits […]

Permitting continues for East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center road widening project



Several months ago the City of Escondido received approval from the City Council on the requested Authorization to Construct for the $9.7 million East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project. City staff are submitting signed agreements to CalTrans for the Authorization to Construct this week. The last environmental permit has been acquired. Staff continues working with Utilities to finalize their […]

Want to donate to a non-profit? Here is your Escondido list

Part II of two parts.

One-fifth of all charitable donations are made in the final 48 hours of the year. So this list of charities that are based in Escondido will be doubly timely for our readers, many of who may make decisions about tax-related donations at the last minute. We presented some of the most prominent non-profits in Part I. Part II is a […]

The biggest stories of 2016



This is our annual “year in review,” when we pick the ten biggest stories of the year. Next week, we will announce the first annual Newsmaker of the Year Award. Everybody loves a “top ten” list as David Letterman demonstrated year after year. We make no effort to intermarry our “top ten” with top stories of the day nationally or […]

City to renovate Jim Stone Pool



The City Council at its January 11 meeting will be asked to authorize the renovation of the James A. Stone municipal pool, aka Jim Stone Pool, which is located at 131 West Woodward Ave. The city opened bids on the project December 22, but the name of the qualifying contractor hasn’t been made public yet. This project will renovate both […]

Two ways to recycle your Christmas tree



If a fresh, green Christmas tree is part of your holiday tradition, the City of Escondido provides two free, convenient ways to recycle. After removing its decorations, cut the tree into 4-foot lengths and place it in your green-waste recycling cart one day after your regular collection day. (Due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Sundays, […]

Dave Roberts participates in final Board of Supervisors meeting

~ Guest Opinion


During the past four years, it has been a great privilege to serve as your Third District Supervisor. Every Friday, I have enjoyed sharing all aspects of the job in this electronic scroll. Today’s blast is Issue No. 204. Another vast record of my time at the county is my Flickr site, which is home to more than 2,500 photographs. […]

Library awarded literacy grant



The Escondido Public Library recently was awarded $46,080 this fiscal year by the California State Library to continue to provide adult literacy services to Escondido’s community. According to a spokesman for the city, “This award reflects an increase in funding which can be attributed to the Library’s exceptional maintenance of effort and success in adding new learners, and volunteer tutors […]

Making my writing fit the regulations

~ EDITORIAL

“Congress shall make no law regarding Freedom of the Press — except for regulations.” —The First Amendment, amended. I started my editorial way ahead of the game when I applied for my initial permit to write “an opinion.” The rationale for the permitting process from the Department of Housing and Verbal Development is that there are only so many opinions […]

~ ESCONDIDO REFLECTIONS

Free and unfettered press: What it means to our liberties

How many times have you felt that somebody with whom you disagree or somebody you just don’t like should be silenced? That they should not be allowed to say those things; that they have no right to say those things? That they don’t think the way I do? I’m sure you’ve had similar thoughts if you’ll be honest with yourself. […]


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