Rock Steady Boxing punches back against Parkinson’s disease

In its many forms and iterations, sports can be of enormous benefit and put to countless good uses. But one would be hard pressed to think of a more worthwhile and inspiring use of it than what goes on with Rock Steady Boxing San Diego. Operating out of a spacious gym on Escondido’s East Valley Parkway, this program incorporates highly […]

City council passes regs making accessory dwellings easier to build

They used to be called “granny flats,” but now the official name for them is “accessory dwelling units” or ADUs. They are the secondary housing that many people are adding to existing houses and renting them out to friends or family. At the July 19 meeting of the Escondido City Council they updated the current ordinance on ADUs and brought […]

Downtown Business Association gets grant to beautify Grand

Escondido’s Downtown Business Association recently received a community enhancement grant from the County to fund additional landscaping in the Grand Avenue medians. They will be working in partnership with Escondido’s Public Works Department and maintenance contractor to purchase, install, and maintain landscaping to enhance the beauty of the Downtown. Michelle Geller, economic development manager for the city, told The Times-Advocate: […]

Traffic signal coordination helps reduce traffic times

The coordination of traffic signals along Valley Parkway between Juniper and Centre City Parkway are reducing travel times and improving the flow of traffic, according to a study conducted by the city. According to Jule Procopio, the city engineer, “New signal timing plans were implemented and have reduced travel times by 12%-28%. This results in an average time savings of […]

Beat the press (at your own peril)

In a recent speech, Breitbart News political editor Matt Boyle said, “The goal eventually is the full destruction and elimination of the entire mainstream media. We envision a day when CNN is no longer in business. We envision a day when The New York Times closes its doors. I think that day is possible.” Well, that’s just wonderful. Do certain […]

Hold on to your wallet

As your Assemblywoman, I oppose tax increases, which is why I voted against extending cap-and-trade, a huge regressive tax on the working men and women of this state. Though cap-and-trade fees generate billions for California’s general fund, there is little evidence of any positive environmental impact. Under the program, caps are placed on greenhouse gas emissions by industries, such as […]

Creating library hell

Jorge Luis Borges is attributed with saying, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” If that is so, imagine the kind of hell that library activists might bring about. Have you ever seen librarians angry? You don’t want to. Like reporters, librarians are really good at one thing. Research. You don’t want to make enemies […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: In response to Michael Burke’s “Protest the car tax: stop driving.” Driving less certainly affects our carbon footprint in a positive way but realistically most people have to drive to get to work and take care of other appointments and this is very ineffective way to protest the gas and car tax. The tax on gas in California […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: It’s  Baaaaaack. Stonegate aka Merriam Mountains aka Newland Sierra. Third iteration of a huge, disastrous development at I-15 and Deer Springs Road, which would severely effect North County and the region. The number is 2,135 dwelling units, 81,000 square feet of commercial use. 20 times the planned residential density. 28,862 new car trips, 36 % cuts to existing […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Many public stakeholders in Escondido observe a number of “myths” are contained in City of Escondido’s online website.   For example, the “Myth de jour” special for today features a description among City Manager duties: “Ensure City services are performed to highest standard, in accordance with Council goals and policies.” Despite online assurance contained in the City of […]