63rd annual gem show coming to CCAE

The 63rd annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be held at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido June 3-4. Both days the show opens at 10 a.m., and on Saturday runs until 5 p.m. and on Sunday until 4 p.m. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, is located at 340 N Escondido Blvd. A little-known history of San […]

Escondido unemployment lowest in 10 years

Mirroring much of the unincorporated area of San Diego County, unemployment in the city of Escondido reached its lowest levels in ten years in April: 3.8% This compares favorably to several other cities in the region, which saw unemployment fall 0.8% over the same month last year, making it the lowest since December 2016. The figures come from The San […]

Agriculture is vital

This week at the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s annual installation/awards celebration in Fallbrook, I was proud to recognize Gary Crouch with an Assembly Resolution honoring him as “Farmer of the Year”.  As the owner of Mountain Meadow Mushrooms, Gary has been active in the Farm Bureau for decades and was one of the first to use the San Diego […]


Editor, Times-Advocate The mayor, the city council, and the city manager often refer to the web app to report graffiti and road issues.  I have use it several times and I have found a great response to graffiti.  On the other hand, I have found a totally unacceptable response to road hazard issues like potholes.  I reported one area, followed […]

Letter to the Editor: MR. MAYOR, HOW ABOUT DEEDS, NOT WORDS?

Editor, Times-Advocate: Re: “Country Club concerns dominate town hall meeting” Mr. Mayor, you make many statements that sound good, however you provide no information how this will take place.  I have lived in Escondido 50 years. I have seen the town go from a safe and clean community, to just the opposite.  I see trash along the sides of the […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: So, let me see if I have this right: Mayor Abed uses his Town Hall meeting to render an opinion on a project proposal that hasn’t yet gone before the city Planning Commission, let alone the City Council. This is the same thing … without the xenophobic undertones…hizzoner did a few years back, which resulted in Escondido taxpayers […]

Are you being “overserved?”

Is it possible to be overserved? I’m not talking about drinking alcohol, where one can most assuredly be “overserved” by the tavern keeper. Instead, I’m talking about the management of a restaurant being too effusive, too hovering, too attentive. I had that happen to me over the weekend when a friend of mine and I went in search of a […]

Escondido Arts Partnership scores new intern

The Escondido Arts Partnership/Escondido Municipal Gallery has brought onboard a new summer intern, Cole Preston. Born and raised in Escondido, Preston is excited to be home for the summer after spending the last two years in Washington securing his BA in communications at St. Martin’s University. As social media director, Preston will work with Executive Director Chris Moates to expand […]

3 Escondido students among 26 Don Diego Scholarship winners

Three Escondido students were among 26 exceptional 2017 Don Diego Scholarship Foundation recipients who come from north, south, east and west around San Diego County and are headed to educational institutions across the country. Some will attend agriculture-centric universities such as Cal Poly SLO, UC Davis and Oklahoma State. Others will matriculate at prestigious schools like Stanford, Wellesley and MIT. […]

Daley Ranch & Dixon Lake offer activities in June

All hikes begin at the Daley Ranch entrance on La Honda Drive unless otherwise noted. Bring water, sun hat, sunscreen, and proper hiking boots or treaded footwear. All trails include steep and/or slippery sections. Please do not leave valuables in your car. Steady rain cancels a hike. The hike schedule is also available at www.escondido.org and www.visitescondido.com. Please note that […]