Veterans Stand Down returns to North County

The second annual North County Veterans Stand Down is set to begin this week at the Green Oak Ranch in Vista.  The four-day event will take place January 25-28 with the goal of helping homeless veterans and their families from across San Diego County receive services that could help get them off the streets, and in permanent housing. “The stand […]

City dramatically increases developer fees

The Escondido city council recently voted to sharply increase developer fees.  The fees begin taking effect in February. The council held discussions over two meetings in December before agreeing to a fee structure, including delaying some fees for existing projects already in the pipeline. The city is playing catch up for ten years of stagnant fee increases, except for a […]

Upsizing a water main

The Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District, which serves part of the city of Escondido, is replacing and upsizing the water line between the district’s Rockhoff Pump Station and its connection with the Vista Irrigation District Flume. According to Rincon del Diablo water district Gen. Mgr. Greg Thomas, “This pipeline replacement has required the closure of Nutmeg Street between Gary […]

Foundation offers grants for elevating city’s image

For 12 years the members of the Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF) have put their money where their hearts are. Each year they pick a theme. This year’s theme is elevating the image of Escondido through arts and culture— and last week the foundation issued its annual call for grant applications, in which nonprofits organizations and agencies are invited to submit […]

Rising from the ashes

~ Guest Opinion

The Lilac fire burned 4,100 acres and destroyed 157 structures in the Bonsall and Fallbrook areas. Among these were 75 homes located in Rancho Monserate, a close-knit community that saw almost one-third of its homes destroyed. As a result of the Lilac, Thomas and other recent fires, new legislation is being introduced in Sacramento to assist the rebuilding process. For […]

There’s a wakeup call on your smartphone

~ Guest Opinion
- a leftie living among the righties

Let’s take a little break from politics and talk about something arguably even more important to our eventual success in the always-connected age: the rampant and worsening abuse of social networking. Social networking sites present themselves as, essentially, candy for the eye and mind. Everyone you like is there (and none of the ones you don’t like) and you only […]

Escondido Public Library celebrates Lunar New Year

Escondido Public Library will celebrate the Lunar New Year with special programs planned during the month of February. All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled to take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room. • Panda Express Pawsibilities Reading Program for children ages 4 to 12 starting Thursday, February 1, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28. Children read five […]

Streets being resurfaced to connect Escondido Bike Path

This week, Broadway between Valley Parkway and Washington is being resurfaced by the city. After paving is complete, the striping will be re-aligned to accommodate for the future Missing Link bicycle path, including changing the diagonal parking along Grape Day Park to parallel parking. The Missing Link project, scheduled to begin construction this spring, will add a two- way bicycle […]

Lake resort café damaged by fire

On Friday morning, January 19 at 12:23 a.m. a 911 caller reported a commercial fire alarm sounding at Smokey’s Lake Wohlford Café, which overlooks Lake Wohlford. A full first alarm was dispatched by NorthComm for Valley Center Fire, San Pasqual Reservation Fire, Escondido Fire, and Rincon Reservation Fire Units. Fire units found smoke issuing from the structure. Firefighters were able […]

Participating In God’s Plan Of Grace

“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)” (Romans 5:17, NKJV). This is a powerful passage of Scripture. There has long been the idea that there must be consequences for either the good […]