Police, schools, collaborate to keep kids safe on campus

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, police and school officials Monday afternoon announced a collaborative effort to ensure the safety of Escondido campuses. School administrators from Escondido public, private, and faith-based schools attended the news conference. Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter led off the 21-minute press conference held at the […]

Archaeological Center membership gets admission to other museums

For a couple of weeks in May, members of the San Diego Archeological Center can use their membership to visit museums, historic sites and all sorts of fun places around the county for free. The BIG Exchange Reciprocal Membership Program runs from May 1 – 18. The BIG Exchange gives members of the San Diego Archaeological Center reciprocal admission at […]

Hearing on “sanctuary state” lawsuit was great political theater


Sam Abed might have just gotten himself reelected mayor by virtue of last week’s action by the Escondido City Council filing a friend of the court brief supporting the lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department challenging California’s “sanctuary state” law—a law that hamstrings local police from cooperating with the federal immigration authorities.  The only thing that might prevent that from […]

Act Now… “Water Tax” Still Alive In Sacramento

Despite almost uniform opposition from California Water Agencies, major Water Associations and 73% of Californians, Governor Brown and the State Legislature is pushing forward with a new Water Tax.  Formerly in SB 623, the enacting language is now contained in a Budget Trailer Bill which will be considered sometime before June 15, 2018, when the state budget will be adopted. […]

Interfaith helps the homeless get over the hump

Walk into the Escondido headquarters of Interfaith Community Services on just about any weekday and you will see the true meaning of multi-tasking.  The Inland Service Center, located at the corner of Quince and Washington, one of the city’s busiest intersections, offers walk-in services. This makes sense: homeless people rarely have access to phones or the ability to make and […]

Escondido students turn trash into art

Look closely – nearly all of the materials used to create these art pieces were headed for the trash or recycle bin. Kindergarten through 8th-grade students throughout Escondido participated in the 26th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest —there are 30 finalists. The City- sponsored contest culminates in a City Council ceremony on April 18, where students, their families and teachers […]

Help clean up Escondido parks April 21

Escondido Shines is partnering with I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD) for the 16th annual Creek to Bay Clean-up on Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.–noon.  Of course, the clean-up effort takes place from Escondido to the coast, but Escondido Shines and local volunteers will be concentrating their efforts at eight parks, including Escondido Reidy Creek, Escondido Mountain View Park, […]

City Of Escondido offers spring into summer kickoff event

The City of Escondido Community Services Department is offering a Spring into Summer Kick Off event on Saturday, April 21, at the El Arroyo Picnic Area of Kit Carson Park from 9– 11 a.m.  The Spring into Summer Kick Off event will offer a variety of activities, trail exploration, and fun for all ages. The first 200 participants are guaranteed […]

Fire Falls On Sacrifice! Pt2

 “So, Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22, NKJV).    Sacrifice is a powerful word.  Sacrifice is costly; it can hurt.  A sacrifice is something of great value […]

Michael Burke, 71

The world lost a friend on Mar 9, 2018 – Michael Elmer Burke – and is a sadder place because of that loss. Many called Michael their friend, since he touched so many lives in so many ways. He will be sorely missed by family, friends and loved ones – particularly by his wife Gina. He was born on September […]