Town hall meeting May 17: engage the mayor

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 17, at 4 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government. The event is free and no reservations […]

Escondido city council appoints city manager and city attorney

Jeffrey Epp, who has been the interim City Manager of Escondido for several weeks, and Michael McGuiness, who has been interim City Attorney for the same period, have both been confirmed in those jobs permanently. During a closed session of the Escondido City Council last week it unanimously voted to appoint Jeffrey Epp as the Escondido City Manager and Michael […]

Escondido man celebrates 100 years

Escondido’s Bill Burgreen celebrated his 100th birthday on April 29 at a board and care facility surrounded by more than 50 guests and well-wishers, including children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. Mr. Burgreen had five children, including Robert Burgreen, who was San Diego chief of police from 1988-1993 and who is now deceased. Others still living are Charlotte, Jerry, Janet […]

20th annual Home Tour this Mother’s Day

The Old Escondido Historic District will host its 20th annual Mother’s Day Home Tour this Sunday, May 14, with five historic homes that will be open for touring from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Old Escondido Historic District, the only residential Historic District in North San Diego County and the home tour is its […]

She had no chance


In the recent Presidential election, Hillary Clinton was upset by a man Democrats, and many establishment Republicans, labeled as a bigot, a xenophobe and a misogynist. She spent millions on television ads, and she toured the country, pointing out how Donald Trump “abused women” and was supported by “Nazi sympathizers.” She asked voters if they could trust such a “woman […]

Repeal the gas tax!

I love a good revolution! When the politicians are shivering in their boots instead of the people being apprehensive about government, democracy is working. This quote has been erroneously attributed to Jefferson: “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Too bad he didn’t say it. If he had, you would […]

Live WaterSmart


Editor: The following was Mayor Sam Abed’s weekly message published on the city website. Though Governor Brown has declared the drought officially over, you won’t see much change in the way Escondido residents use water.  We know that California will have more years of drought in the future, we just don’t know when.  Making smart decisions today helps us prepare […]

Transparency in government is not optional


Recently, the California State Auditor revealed that the Office of the President of the University of California did not disclose to the UC Board of Regents, to the Legislature or the public that it was holding $175 million in reserve funds for fiscal year 2015-16. The report reveals that the Office of the President asked the Board of Regents for […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

Escondido Republican Club (TERC) to meet Monday, May 15 Kristin Gaspar, San Diego County Supervisor for District 3, will be the guest speaker for ‘The Escondido Republican Club’s’ (TERC) monthly lunchtime meeting on Monday, May 15. Supervisor Gaspar is currently serving as the vice chairman of the board. The meeting will be held at the Cocina del Charro Restaurant located […]

Metropolitan Water GM defends agency from accusations

Part I of 2 parts The first part of this article, about the current water situation in the state, will run this week. Part II will talk about the Metropolitan Water District’s general manager, Jeffrey Kightlinger, defending his agency from accusations made by one of its member agencies, the San Diego County Water Authority. Although this article was written for […]


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