State of city address set for Feb 22 at CCAE

Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address by Mayor Sam Abed will be held in the Conference Center at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, February 22. There is an optional $20 breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. To reserve and purchase tickets for the breakfast, or for more information click […]

SANDAG to survey 200k on the traveling habits

This week SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) will launch phase two of the San Diego Regional Transportation Study, inviting about 200,000 households in San Diego County to participate in a survey of their travel behavior. Postcard invitations will begin to arrive in mailboxes this week. SANDAG is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing […]

Expect higher prices at local restaurants

One restaurant owner explains why

You know how we are told that there is no inflation to speak of? Tell that to your local restaurant owner. “Restaurants must increase revenue or fail,” says the Food & Beverage Association of San Diego. According to a statement put out by the association, “Operators are experiencing increased costs beyond their control and must find new ways to gain […]

Nominations sought for Escondido city council awards

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards. The city is encouraging the general public to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms […]

Escondido artist named Star of San Diego

Escondido art glass and mixed media artist James Stone of Stone & Glass has been chosen as one of this year’s 2017 Star of San Diego artists in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles January issue, which hits newsstands Dec. 29. Stone, along with ten other artists, were selected by the publication’s editorial team. “After 30 years as a glassblowing artist, I […]

Escondido Police Department recruiting cadets

The Escondido Police Department and Explorer Post 2600 is currently recruiting for the position of Police Cadet. This is a volunteer position which is dedicated to teaching young men and women about law enforcement and a potential career in that field. Escondido Police Cadets participate in community events, provide traffic control, ride along as an observer with police officers, assist […]

Sad decline of ag


The man-made drought in California, combined with actual drought, is slowly drawing its coils around the most productive agricultural region in the world. And it is causing what remains a great and vital industry in San Diego County to shrink a little bit each year. It would be a shame if the Avocado Highway that wends its way north to […]

Thanks to a great newspaperman

Last week Ron Kenney, formerly the long time editor of the Daily Times Advocate, which ended its life in 1995, wrote me to say that he had written his last column. He noted that he is now 85 and that the issues associated with aging make it more and more difficult for him to write. So, we bid a sad […]

As baby names go, Noah floats their boat

By JOSÉ A. ÁLVAREZ, County of San Diego Communications Office Jan. 5, 2017 | 8:30 AM Noah was the most popular male baby name in San Diego County for the second year in a row. Oliver and David toddled out of the top 10 boy names in 2016, being replaced by Mateo and James. On the girls’ side, the top […]

California’s Capitol; A State Treasure

~ Guest Opinion

Working in the Capitol building is a wonderful privilege. The building is much more than just a seat of government; it’s a living museum of California history. California’s state capital was permanently moved to Sacramento in 1854, after temporarily locating in other cities including Vallejo, San Jose and Benicia. The current capitol building was completed between 1860 and 1874. Minor […]