City adopts $190 million operating budget

Wednesday the City Council adopted the City of Escondido’s Annual Operating Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. At approximately $190 million for all operating funds, this budget is balanced without using reserves, and provides for full City operations, including a fully staffed and equipped Police and Fire Department. City Manager Jeff Epp declared that, “Since 2010, and for seven consecutive […]

July 4 festival planned for Center

Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for a day of rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and Fourth of July fun and games for all as Escondido turns out for the 54th annual Independence Day Festival and Fireworks at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and nearby Grape Day Park. After dark, turn your gaze to the sky for a dazzling fireworks […]

VFW post celebrates 90th birthday

Escondido’s VFW Post 1513 celebrated its 90th birthday in grand style on Saturday night with a barbecue bash that included an uplifting, patriotic address by a retired Marine and a celebratory cake. The post has about 120 members, and many of them were in attendance. The John R. Simpson post was established June 10, 1927 and was based in several […]

CCAE unveils new season: eclectic blend with wide appeal

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido this week released its season for 2017-2018 and it is a box of chocolates with something for just about every taste. I talked to the Center’s executive director Jerry Van Leeuwen, who is beginning his fifth year at that job. He operates on the so far successful theory of booking a very eclectic […]

Visitors Center: yes Escondido is a destination

Katherine Zimmer is dedicated to promoting Escondido as a destination. Yes, a destination. Escondido is not just a great place to live and operate a business, it’s a destination, with the California Center for the Arts, the Safari Park, dozens of top notch galleries, great restaurants, wonderful places for outdoors activities like hiking and fishing and, of course wineries. “We […]

The People’s right to recall


The two-thirds super-majority held by Democrats in Sacramento has allowed them to pass the largest gasoline tax increase in state history. This huge tax and fee increase has proven to be extremely unpopular. Recent polls suggest that 58% of registered voters disapprove. In fact, 72% of the Inland Empire, which is part of my district, oppose it. Efforts are now […]

Having each other’s backs


Abstaining from our Pledge of Allegiance and our National Anthem has become all the rage in the morally confused culture of globalism and leftist anger at Americanism. ESPN “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman said that the NFL injects politics “by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it.” — Kent Strobel at The Daily Caller […]

Letter to the Editor: APPLY MORE REALISTIC FINANCIAL PROJECTION

Editor, Times-Advocate: This letter was originally intended to be delivered to the June 14 meeting of the Escondido City Council. Mayor Sam Abed, and all Escondido City Council members – (and my District 2 representative – Mike Morosco.) My attention was first drawn to Attachment “A” of the Staff Report sections under “Assumptions,” and “Conclusion.”  The following sentence, under Conclusion […]

City Rec to host summer kick-off party Saturday

The community is invited to participate in the 2nd annual Summer Kick-Off Party sponsored by the City of Escondido Recreation department on Saturday, June 24,  from noon. to 3 p.m. at Washington Park. Escondido residents of all ages will learn about all the exciting programs being offered through the City’s Community Services departments as well as enjoy their first summer […]

News from Clarkson University – Sierra LaVon Rhoades

Sierra LaVon Rhoades of Escondido received a bachelor of science degree in global supply chain management, project management minor from Clarkson University on May 13. Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., […]


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