Palomar Health breaks ground on outpatient center

Palomar Health CEO Robert Hemker, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, and Palomar Health Board of Directors Treasurer Jerry Kaufman broke ground April 12 on a three story, 75,000 square foot outpatient center that continues Palomar Health’s commitment to provide high-quality health care to North County residents. The Palomar Health Outpatient Center – Escondido will be home to the only radiation oncology […]

City to begin pilot parking district for Rose to Foxdale neighborhood June 1

Residents of the Rose to Foxdale neighborhood who requested relief from non-residents using their parking spaces will soon be able to obtain parking permits. Enforcement of a pilot parking district will begin June 1 for a one-year trial, according to Jay Petrek, Escondido’s assistant city manager. Signage is already going up in the area where the permits will be enforced. […]

20th annual Mother’s Day Home Tour to be held May 14

The Old Escondido Historic District will hold its 20th Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour on Sunday, May 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. when you will be able to tour the interiors and gardens of a variety of houses including a Queen Ann Victorian built in 1896, a Colonial Revival built in 1904, a Craftsman style built in 1924, a […]

Two Escondido campuses named ‘Gold Ribbon Schools’

When State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson announced 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools last week, two Escondido schools were included in the 275 middle schools and high schools honored. They are the Classical Academy High School and Del Lago Academy Campus of Applied Science, both part of the Escondido Union High School District. “These terrific schools are leading the way in […]

A Pothole in the Wallet

Special interests and bought-off legislators recently passed the largest gasoline tax increase in California history, probably in American history! And not one new highway mile will be built to help reduce congestion . . . not one! Last session, I introduced AB X1-14 during the transportation special session called by the Governor. My bill required a formal commitment in the […]

If you oppose things that come out of Sacramento, you aren’t helpless

My Democrat friends (and yes, I have them, although generally they will only be seen with me in darkened rooms) like to wax indignant and super-alarmed about the fact that Washington is controlled right now by one party. However, most of them don’t see anything wrong with Sacramento so dominated by one party that it effectively has a “super-majority” of […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: The April 20th Times-Advocate explains to us that the city of Escondido will get almost $900,000 extra to use for road repairs. This desperately needed money might fix some of the pot holes around the city. A hearty thanks to our legislature for voting to approve these funds. I did a quick search for how our local legislator […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Re: City’s pending RFP for building BMX in Kit Carson Park. How ridiculous is building any version of the extreme sport known as BMX anywhere in Escondido – and with public funds? Let me count the ways! Already so much time & energy spent by the City getting to this point. Personally, I find it absolutely amazing that […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

Home firearm safety/ basic handgun class offered May 14 A monthly 3-hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already own, a handgun. The class is offered Sunday, May 14 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range east of Lake Wohlford. Participants learn the basics […]

Rick Vogt named new Fire Chief

Following the recent retirement of Chief Russ Knowles, Interim City Manager Jeffrey Epp has named Rick Vogt as the new Fire Chief for the City of Escondido. Chief Vogt started with the City of Escondido in 2015 as the Division Chief for Training and EMS, and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in 2016. Chief Vogt’s career in fire […]