Patio’s Brenda Townsend to be Jaycees Christmas Parade’s Grand Marshal

The Patio Playhouse Community and Youth Theater’s Director of Youth Theater Brenda Townsend has been named Grand Marshal of the 67th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade in Escondido. Besides directing the youth theater, Townsend is also vice president of Patio. Although a new face in the parade, Townsend is one fully integrated with the Escondido community. Her participation in part celebrates […]

Candidate for Sheriff differs strongly from Gore on many issues

Escondido residents may be excused if they don’t realize they can vote for Sheriff in the election next June. “Lots of people don’t know,” says Dave Myers, a commander in the Sheriff’s Dept. who is running against his boss, the three-time incumbent William Gore. Gore and Myers will be the only two candidates on the ballot next year for that […]

Winter Wonderland brings “snow” to Center Dec. 9

Ring in the holidays with the entire family at the California Center for the Arts’ Winter Wonderland Festival. The extremely popular annual holiday event is back and bigger than ever December 9 beginning at 6 p.m. The Winter Wonderland Festival has quickly become a tradition for North County families celebrating the holidays complete with reindeer, pictures with Santa, warm holiday […]

Librarian submits resignation: A Librarian’s resignation letter and plea for justice

~ Guest Opinion

Editor’s note:  John Donel is currently one of three senior librarians at the Escondido Public Library. He manages technology and circulation and the other two manage adult and youth services. Together with the deputy librarian, who used to be the principal librarian, they manage the library as a team.   Donel will be the second of two senior librarians to […]

Changing the culture in Sacramento

~ Guest Opinion

Last month 140 legislators, staffers, consultants and lobbyists signed a letter declaring that there is a “pervasive culture of sexual harassment” in Sacramento. Signatories include six current legislators, a Board of Equalization member; both Republicans and Democrats.  Allegations have been made against current and past legislators. Unfortunately, given the power and influence of some of the alleged perpetrators, the consequences […]

ECCHO will put community and city at risk by fighting recently-approved country club plan

~ Guest Opinion

After nearly five years of inaction, fighting, lawsuits and decay, the Escondido City Council on November 15 rightly voted to support The Villages plan to reinvigorate the former Escondido Country Club, following in the footsteps of the city’s professional planning staff and Planning Commission which also endorsed the plan. In casting his vote for The Villages, Planning Commission Chairman Jeff […]

Stop the Madness

~ Guest Opinion

This just has to stop. The residents and supporters of the Escondido Country Club Home Owner’s group (ECCHO) is threatening to file yet another lawsuit in their quixotic attempt to override the approval given to developer New Urban West by the City of Escondido to build 380 homes on the defunct golf course property. If they follow through on their […]

Chamber honors November “Rising Star” students

November the Escondido Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2nd  Rising Star Student of the Month breakfast where seven high school seniors were honored by their school principal, teacher and parents. Elected officials also presented certificates of achievement to each of the students. Rorie Johnston, Chamber chief executive officer, commented, “Though this event is meant to honor students, everyone in attendance […]

Bill Murray to make rare live appearance, joined by cellist Jan Vogler at CCAE Dec. 1

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will present legendary actor Bill Murray, and distinguished cellist Jan Vogler, as they perform an evening of music, poetry, and entertainment in a SOLD-OUT show. Beloved comedian and actor, Bill Murray, takes the stage in a rare live performance, as singer and narrator to this exquisite evening you’re not soon to forget. As […]

Firefighters teach public safety to students

The Escondido Fire Department recently conducted a Public Safety Event at Heritage Elementary School. Fire Prevention Staff (Sandy Bauer and Matthew Newberry), Engine 132 (Captain Portman, Engineer Terich and Firefighter Jones) and Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Manager, Jeff Murdock, provided home fire safety tips, demonstrations relating to smoke alarms, identification of fire personnel during an emergency, pre-planning for emergencies (people and animals) […]


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