City Council opposes change in SANDAG structure

The Escondido City Council voted 4-1 (with Diaz voting no) to oppose Assembly Bill 805 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales-Fletcher, a bill which would restructure the San Diego County Association of Governments (SANDAG) giving more decision-making “weight” to the city of San Diego and Chula Vista. Gonzales-Fletcher represents the South Bay in the legislature. SANDAG is responsible for regional planning. It […]

New ordinance affects local breweries, wineries

Recently the County’s new Host Facility Permit for Breweries ordinance went into effect that affects breweries, wineries and other locations where there is direct sales catering. The new ordinance does not apply to street fairs, food trucks or farmer’s markets. According to the City of Escondido, the goal of the ordinance is to regulate food safety in tasting rooms where […]

High school district launches program to enhance lunches

Last week, in an effort to optimize the students’ lunch experience Escondido Union High School District launched California Thursday at Del Lago Academy. The point was to serve the students fresh meals from foods grown locally that will enhance students’ health and academic achievement. As the program continues to grow the foods items served on California Thursday will become regular […]

Get ready for massive gas tax hike from state

Just when you were getting used to paying lower gas prices, the California legislature has approved a $52 billion infrastructure plan that is meant to address thousands of miles of roads and maintenance projects in the state. This is the first hike in state gas taxes in 23 years. The cost for this massive project will be shouldered almost exclusively […]

Two Escondido police officers to take part in 1,700-mile memorial bike ride

On May 6, two Escondido police officers and one officer from San Diego will join a group of cyclists on a seven-day 1,700-mile journey to honor and remember the victims of the ambushes in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Escondido Police Department Sgt. Craig Miller, Family Protection Unit Detective Damian Jackson, and San Diego Police Department Helicopter Pilot Officer […]

Judy Tillyer appointed to CCAE board

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) appointed a new member to their Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 23.  Judy Tillyer accepted a three-year term, joining board Chairman Cynthia Weir, Vice Chairman Robert Dudley, Treasurer Andrew Washburn, Secretary Karen Jobe, Chris Cochran, Barbara Fischer, Judith Hamilton, Rorie Johnston, Steve Nelson, and Halicia Perkins. […]

United Airlines: Coffee, tea or waterboarding?

After seeing the horrific videos of a man (who claimed to be a medical doctor) dragged, beaten and bloody from a United Airlines flight Sunday night because he refused to voluntarily give up his seat so that four employees of the airline could fly, I’m hoping that Trump saved a few cruise missiles for this despicable carrier. I mean for […]

Bird Club Meeting

North County Aviculturists Pet Bird Owners and Breeders will meet Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. Vista Masonic Lodge 761 Eucalyptus, Vista Topic: Avian Genetics or Why is the chick Green? What to expect and what not to do when breeding birds. Speaker will be Johan Otter. Refreshments are free, admission is free. Questions? Visit

Escondido Public Library’s Rincón Literario Book Club

Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, April 22, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room to discuss this month’s selection, “El océano al final del camino/The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman in both English and Spanish. The book is available for check-out in English […]

Saturday Series at Sikes Adobe Farmstead April 15

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead is the location for the monthly Sikes Saturday Series. This is a  fun educational series for kids and adults, held at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead (12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido) adjacent to the park and trails of the San Dieguito River Park. Offered each Saturday beginning January 7 and continuing every Saturday through the end of […]