Deadline nears for 2018-19 Palomar Promise

With more than 600 freshmen in their second semester of free college under the Palomar Promise, high school seniors in the Palomar Community College District have until March 2 to apply for the 2018-19 Promise. The Palomar Promise offers one year of free course enrollment and related registration fees, textbook assistance, and access to specialized planning and support services to […]

Mary Alice Long, 92

Mary Alice Long, 92, died Saturday, January 6, 2018. Born September 19, 1925 in Hammond, Louisiana, Mary Alice lived in Escondido for 25 years. She graduated from Dominican High School in New Orleans, and later worked in an office, as well as being a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading, listening to music, cooking, and […]

Super gives upbeat State of the School District address

Supt. Luis Rankins-Ibarra gave an upbeat State of the School District address Monday morning at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. This was Dr. Ibarra’s second such annual address. It was a joyful celebration of the progress the district has made in the previous year and a look ahead towards achieving other goals. Welcoming the audience Monday was Leila […]

Abed leads challenger McNamara in fundraising

Mayor Sam Abed leads his challenger Paul McNamara in fund-raising as the campaign leaves the starting gate. The city election is in November and will not be affected in any way by the June Primary. Abed says his fund-raising abilities shows he is the peoples’ choice. McNamara counters that Abed is spending more time with fund-raisers than with listening to […]

Chocolate Festival this Saturday downtown

The Escondido Chocolate Festival’s “A Tasting Affair” will be held in Historic Downtown Escondido Saturday, February 10, 1 – 5. p.m. Bring your sweetheart or just your sweet tooth to Downtown Escondido to enjoy the “For The Love of Chocolate” Escondido Chocolate Festival.  Stroll through Downtown Escondido to 24 participating restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local […]

Scripps exec and former NBC 7 San Diego anchor coming to Escondido

San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit organization with office locations in La Mesa and Escondido, will be hosting Susan Taylor at the Escondido Senior Center in March.  After more than 15 years as an award-winning San Diego news anchor for NBC, Susan joined Scripps in 2011 and raises awareness and understanding of Scripps’ programs, facilities, and services. On Tuesday, March 27 […]

Sure, let’s protect journalists


A California congressman, Eric Swalwell, has introduced the Journalist Protection Act to make it a federal crime to attack people who report the news. I’m all for that, since I think journalists should be protected from being assaulted in the course of carrying out their jobs. However, the media campaign that has accompanied the introduction of this bill makes it […]

Tackling Valley Fever

~ Guest Opinion

Valley Fever is in our soil and the very air we breathe. Since 2011, confirmed cases of Valley Fever have been reported in 50 of California’s 58 counties, reaching a record of 5,372 confirmed cases in 2016. And the problem is growing, with 7,471 provisional cases reported in 2017. This region is also impacted by Valley Fever, with 63 cases […]


Editor, Times-Advocate Except for the adjective, Readers generally agree w/article titled “Developer Fees in Escondido Rise Dramatically” (January 27, 2018).   Despite blunt facts, readers always prefer truth over pretense.   That is why Escondido’s “informed readers” can appreciate how this article accurately described facts by Jay Petrek (Assistant City Manager) to indicate even with development fee increases, additional revenue […]

Letter to the Editor: WHAT AN OUTRAGE!

Editor, Times-Advocate Is it really true that The Times-Advocate just gave Councilman John Masson a front page photo, a three-column headline right beneath the banner, and 71 inches of column space to announce that he is running for re-election next November?!  Is it really news-worthy that an incumbent is seeking re-election?  I expect that you will, in fairness, give his […]