‘Forgotten Barrel Winery’ restores property from Escondido’s history

This is a story about a collector of fine wines who dreamed of starting a small winery and selling his vintage wholesale, but who soon decided to open his own tasting room: in what may be the most historic winery in San Diego county. If you hear about the new winery called “The Forgotten Barrel,” and go looking for it—using […]

Council amends master plans for two city parks

At the July 19 meeting of the Escondido City Council, members voted 5-0 to follow the recommendations of city staff and amend the approved master plans for Jesmond Dene and Mountain View parks—with a BMX facility envisioned for Jesmond Dene and an additional Little League field for Mountain View. Staff presentations on the proposals were made by Assistant City Mgr. […]

San Diego’s Life Sciences


San Diego County ranks fourth in the nation as a center for the Life Science industry after Boston, North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham region, and the San Francisco Bay Area.  As a member of Assembly Health Committee, I advocate for affordable and accessible life science innovations for patients’ quality of life. The importance of the industry locally was highlighted during a recent […]

Letter to the Editor: OUR CITY MANAGER IS THE HIGHEST PAID IN THE COUNTY

Editor, Times-Advocate: Escondido residents are tired of hearing our politicians publicly cry poor while simultaneously raising salaries of executive management. During the City’s June budget hearing, I requested Council consider implementation of a budget committee to assist in finding solutions to Escondido’s financial woes. Mayor Abed deemed it unnecessary, refused to make it an agenda item, and his councilmen fell […]

Letter to the Editor: BMX AND THE ESCONDIDO CITY COUNCIL

Editor, Times-Advocate It’s Deja Vu all over again. Seems the Escondido City Council could not bully several dozen home owners living directly across the street for the City’s proposed BMX race track in Kit Carson Park, so what do they do? They quickly change the Master Plan at Jesmond Dene Park to allow zoning for one of these monsters. And […]

Letter to the Editor: WILL THE SMALL TOWN WELCOMING FEEL CONTINUE?

Editor, Times-Advocate: I am a voracious reader and a book lover, so I read the article “Save our library group forms vows resistance” with great interest. Having been a patron of the Escondido Library for many years and a literacy volunteer, I view this institution as more than just a place of business. It is a place where folks come […]

Letter to the Editor: PRIVATIZATION IS AN OXYMORON

Editor, Times-Advocate: Privatization of a Public library is an oxymoron.  The Escondido Public Library must be saved from the fate, now being considered by the City Council. Webster’s defines “public” as “of and by the community at large.”  The Escondido Public Library has been a cultural institution and service to the residents of Escondido for more than 100 years.  In […]

The True Nature of God, Pt.4

By PASTOR ROB GRANGER  Many Christians today; that is, people who have confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord and are trying to live to please Him, know who God is, but may not really know Him.  God desires that we know Him, that He may have an open door to work in our lives.  The Bible tells us plainly, “For […]

Escondido teacher Darwin Bree reflects on 50 years in education

When former students of a certain age in Escondido—i.e. who graduated in the last thirty or forty years—are asked who was the most memorable teacher they ever had, often they will say, “Mister Bree.” They are talking about Darwin Bree, a teacher who has devoted most of his 81 years to education. He has been a teacher and substitute teacher […]

Retired teachers award scholarships

The CalRTA Scholarship Foundation of North San Diego County gives scholarships to deserving high school seniors who would like to be teachers and to those entering the teacher credentialing program. One Escondido resident was among the honorees. Its recipients were honored at a Scholarship Luncheon on May 24 at the Golf Club of California, Fallbrook. High school recipients were: Evelyn […]


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