DUI Checkpoint Planned for This Weekend

The Escondido Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits. In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. Your PD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you […]

City Council votes to seek grant for Grand Ave. Vision Plan

The Escondido City Council voted February 14 to seek grants for a $15 million Grand Avenue Vision Plan that would include some basic changes to the downtown. They include: • Diagonal parking on one side of the street • Widen sidewalks on both sides of the street • Roundabouts at Broadway, Maple and Kalmia • Eliminate median and turn lanes […]

Candidates clash over “Climate Action Plan”

Mayor Sam Abed and his challenger Paul McNamara clashed this week in statements over the significance of the local Second Edition Climate Action Plan Report Card as it relates to the City of Escondido. The “action plan” was issued by Climate Action Campaign, a non-profit advocacy and political organization that states that its mission is to “stop climate change.” Reacting […]

Councilman Ed Gallo: ‘We are going in the right direction’

Part of a series. The Times-Advocate plans to interview all candidates for mayor and council. We invite candidates to contact us to set up an interview. When you sit down with longtime city councilman Ed Gallo, you are struck by the fact that he still has his New Jersey accent, even though he has been living in Escondido for so […]

HomeGoods to open Escondido store March 4

Off-price home décor retailer, HomeGoods, will open a new store in Escondido on Sunday, March 4th at 8:00 a.m. The 23,907 square-foot store is located in Escondido Valley Center at 1352A West Valley Parkway. The new Escondido location will be the eighth in the San Diego market. HomeGoods offers high-quality merchandise at unbelievable values—with prices significantly less than department and […]

Time to join the 21st century

Many California state agencies are burdened with archaic procedures that often get in the way of efficient public service. That’s why I have introduced Assembly Bill 2087 (AB 2087), which will require all state agencies to establish modernization goals with specified objectives no later than January 1, 2020. The bill seeks to establish flexible, family friendly flexible workplaces and efficient, […]


Escondido Choral Arts Foundation will host Alec Roth’s “A Time to Dance February 25 at 3 p.m. Concert Hall at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Two works will be performed: J. S. Bach’s Magnificat and Alec Roth’s “A Time to Dance.”  The Magnificat is from standard choral repertoire in Bach’s timeless style. Roth’s work is relatively new, having […]

Escondido Adventist girls cap banner regular season

You’d be hard pressed to find a more compelling local basketball story than the one surrounding the Escondido Adventist Academy girls’ varsity basketball team. Just how good are these high flying Hawks? Well, under the steady stewardship of youthful-looking head coach Mario Perez, Esco Adventist has been darn near perfect. The Hawks concluded the regular season with an 11-game winning […]

Cougars enter postseason as Valley League champs

On Wednesday, February 14, the Escondido High boys’ basketball team lost a battle. But two nights later, they won the war. After coming up short against Valley Center in a marquee matchup that saw the Cougars’ hopes for an undefeated Valley League season go up in smoke, head coach Paul Baldwin’s team put the hammer down as expected by dispatching […]

Grace: Free, But Not Cheap!

~Words of Faith

“Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not […]