Daley Ranch offers three hikes in September

Daley Ranch will offer three hikes this month. 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 […]

City to begin road widening this month

The City of Escondido will begin widening a segment less than a mile long on East Valley Parkway leading into Valley Center later this month. The website telling residents much information about the project is now available: www.escondido.org/east-valley.aspx The $9.7 million East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, […]

New deputy city manager begins job

William L. Wolfe, a former homicide detective with the city and former county deputy district attorney who went off to labor in the private sector as a criminal defense attorney for many years has returned to be deputy city manager of Escondido, which is a position directly under that of assistant city manager. The position had not been filled for […]

Learn about Serbian culture, food at annual Serb Fest Sept. 16-17

You’ve seen the beautiful church from Nordahl Road, on the edge between San Marcos and Escondido, and maybe thought of taking a closer look at the architecture and—or wondered about the Serbian culture. On the weekend of September 16-17, listen to your curiosity and stop by for the 6th annual Serb Fest at St. Petka’s Serbian Orthodox Church, which will […]

Learn emergency preparedness Saturday

The Ready, Prep Go safety fair will be held this Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. at Palomar Medical Center Escondido, North Lawn. The event is free. Take steps NOW to prepare for a future disaster. Join Palomar Health at the 2nd Annual Disaster Preparedness Fair and be one step ahead of an emergency or disaster. • Feel […]

Native American Day

~ Guest Opinion

I am pleased to be a capitol sponsor of the upcoming 50th Native American Day celebration scheduled for September 22 on the South Steps of the State Capitol. This year’s event will celebrate Tribal Sovereignty to recognize the authority of indigenous tribes to govern themselves within our nation’s borders. Eighteen reservations lie within San Diego County, more than any other […]

The drums of war then, now, and then — and a FREE offer for Southpaw readers

~ Guest Opinion
~ a leftie living in a ‘rightie’ world

THEN: Most of us remember the run-up to the Bush administration’s 2003 foray into the Middle East. The 9/11 attacks had taken place less than two years earlier and America was rightly looking for retribution. But inexplicably, the Bush administration chose to mount an immense attack on Iraq — a nation that, although admittedly ruled by a despot, had nothing […]

The “Party” is Over

~ Guest Opinion

I am a registered Independent. Like many of us, the political party I identified with for nearly my entire adult life no longer exemplifies my values as a voter. So, given little other choice, I left. According to recent polling, the majority of registered voters in this country do not identify with either the Republican nor the Democrat party. Sure, […]

How to alienate potential supporters


At the Escondido City Council meeting of August 23, we got a lesson in how to alienate, or, to use a more mod term, to “unfriend” a potential supporter. People who have passionate causes—in this case it’s the library outsourcing controversy—but it might be any cause, sometimes take it too far in the unfortunate belief that if you are fighting […]

Library card provides discounts at local businesses

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. To celebrate, Escondido Public Library is promoting the advantages of owning a free Library card by launching Read Local, Shop Local!, a discount program that provides exclusive offers to customers who present their library card at participating businesses in Escondido. The program is a partnership with Visit Escondido!, Escondido’s visitors center, and runs […]