Making Escondido Shine award winner

Two weeks ago, The Times-Advocate invited submissions of photos taken during the April 22 15th annual Creek to Bay Clean-up, a partnership of Escondido Shines and I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD.) We promised to put the best one on the front page. Here it is: Angel Ramirez, with two brimming bags of trash. Escondido Shines provided $100 to […]

Wine, beer tasting at Cruisin’ Grand May 19

The City of Escondido will host its annual Wine & Craft Beer Tasting at Cruisin’ Grand on Friday, May 19 from 5-9 p.m. on Maple Street Plaza in Downtown Escondido. The wine industry in Escondido has grown tremendously over the last several years, and this event is a great way to sample vintages from a variety of wineries in one […]

City confirms end of hotel negotiations for Civic Center campus

The city of Escondido Monday confirmed an earlier report that the plans for a Courtyard by Marriott hotel on land in the Civic Center campus—which includes City Hall and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, were deeps-sixed by the City Council in closed session last Wednesday. The city had been in negotiations with developer Craig Clark of C.W. Clark […]

City to invest in multi-million dollar emergency radio system

Assistant City Mgr. Jay Petrek and newly installed Fire Chief Rick Vogt got a pretty thorough grilling at Wednesday’s city council meeting about a new emergency radio system that the city will be investing about $6.8 million in so it can communicate with local emergency agencies. The expense would be the city’s share of a regional radio infrastructure for a […]

Grand Avenue Festival coming Sunday May 21

The Spring Grand Ave Festival on Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, will be brimming with local entertainment on two stages featuring talent from professional and not for profit studios as well as high school and elementary performing arts students. Some of the acts include Farr Elementary Folklorica, Off Broadway […]

Bike To Work Day – Visit Escondido is a pit stop

Visit Escondido is an official Pit Stop location for Bike to Work Day hosted by iCommute San Diego. The City’s Tourism Manager, Katherine Zimmer,  told The Times-Advocate: “We’re really excited to partner with iCommute and the national Bike To Work Day events all around San Diego. Our Pit Stop at the Visitors Center, in historic downtown Escondido, will be a […]

Have an ‘endangered species’ encounter at Wild Wonders May 19

Most people have never heard of a Binturong, but you can have an “animal encounter” with one at Wild Wonders on May 19, World Endangered Species Day.  Also called a “bearcat,” it is a native of Southeast Asia, and listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN’s Red List of endangered species. At this event at Wild Wonders in Bonsall, several of […]

Town hall meeting gives public chance to meet mayor

Mayor Sam Abed will meet his constituents on Wednesday, May 17, 4 p.m. when the city hosts its next Town Hall meeting. Such meetings give residents an opportunity to express their opinions and discuss their concerns in a less formal environment than regular council meetings. Holding regular town hall meetings was one of the mayor’s campaign promises and he has […]

What’s wrong with cutting federal funds to the arts?

I’m a great lover of the arts. I love movies, adore plays (being in them too occasionally) and I’m a sucker for writing profiles of artists, but I think that federal funds for the arts should be cut by budgeteers of the Trump administration—perhaps even eliminated altogether. Obviously, Escondido is a great home to the arts, what with its fabulous […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Let’s see if I understand this. The Escondido City Council is considering spending $100K to $200K of public funds to promote a dangerous activity known as British Motor Cross (BMX) to Escondido’s youth. That description alone should be enough to drop the idea immediately! BMX is labeled as an extreme sport because of the integral danger associated with […]