The Fall Grand Avenue Festival is this Sunday

From one end of Grand to the other, there is something for everyone! The Fall Grand Ave Festival on Sunday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, will be brimming with local entertainment on two stages featuring talent from professional and not for profit studios as well as high school and elementary […]

Cruisin’ Grand ends another successful summer run

Photos By Lenny Kerbs

The six-month long celebration of summer and classic cars ended with the long-awaited “Nitro Night,” the one Friday when Grand Avenue is blocked off so that nitrogen powered race cars can take it over. Cruisin’ Grand is the largest car celebration of its type west of the Mississippi. It attracts several hundred thousand visitors to the city each year, and […]

Mayor hears concerns about library, Country Club development

In his most recent quarterly “town hall meetings,” Wednesday, Mayor Sam Abed fielded questions about the proposed 392-unit development for the Escondido Country Club area and comments from residents unhappy with the proposal to outsource the Escondido Public Library to a private company. Before the Q&A began, the mayor showed the city-produced video about the community, its economy, business, prospects […]

Diners between guac and a hard place – In the heart of avocado country, a shortage

Recently a rider in a local taxi was heard to remark that he had gone to an Escondido restaurant, ordered guacamole, and had been told it wasn’t on the menu. This was a Mexican restaurant. The rider told the restaurant server that he would come back to eat there when they started serving guacamole again. Some Escondido restaurants are finding […]

City has trouble getting details on hepatitis outbreak from County

Imagine being told that there are several fires in the city, but not the location of the fires.  That’s the situation that the City of Escondido faces in finding out details about the Hepatitis A outbreak that includes 12 local cases. William Wolfe, the city’s deputy city manager, has been put in charge of the city’s response to the outbreak. […]

City looked at outsourcing library to county in 2010

Editor’s Note: The draft contract between the city of Escondido and Library Systems & Services is now available for public viewing on the city’s website: Critics of the city’s move toward outsourcing the operation of the Escondido Public Library often ask why the city never asked the County of San Diego to make a proposal for running the facility. […]

Help is Only an App Away!

~ Guest Opinion

Getting help or information from government agencies can often be time-consuming and frustrating. Figuring out what agency to call, and suffering through busy signals and multi-layered automated phone directories can make you forget the reason you called in the first place! But now you can get help by simply downloading an App through App Store on your smart-phone. Yes, the […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Despite the recent admonishment by a San Diego newspaper editorial to conduct itself in an aboveboard manner, Escondido Mayor Abed and his henchman Jeff Epp used the occasion of an October 4 town hall meeting to broadcast statements bordering on unmitigated blarney. By arguing that a proposed contract with an outsourcing vendor “protects the city’s control and public […]

Three hikes at Daley Ranch in October

Daley Ranch will offer three hikes in October. 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 […]

Escondido Charitable Foundation celebrates $231,016 in grants and $1 million anonymous gift

Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $231,016 in funding at its 11th Annual Grants Celebration on September 28 to eight nonprofit organizations supporting youth education and development. At the event, more than 200 members and guests were also surprised with a special announcement that an anonymous donor contributed $1 million to ECF for future […]