NUWI begins demolition of old Escondido Country Club

Thursday with permission from the property owner New Urban West Inc. (NUWI) began the demolition of what remained of the Escondido Country Club which had been razed by a fire in November near Thanksgiving. The clubhouse – along with the adjoining golf course – was closed in 2013 due to poor financial performance. More recently, a fire gutted the structure. […]

Democrats welcome Senate hopeful de Leon, other candidates

Area Democrats turned out in force Saturday afternoon to welcome U.S. Senate hopeful Kevin de Leon, who is challenging longtime incumbent Dianne Feinstein. De Leon, the former State Senate President pro tempore, in turn endorsed several local candidates. They included Alan Geraci, running for the State Assembly’s 75th District against Marie Waldron; Ammar Campa, candidate for the 50th Congressional District; […]

Escondido’s unemployment rate below county average

Escondido’s unemployment rate has dropped below the county average to 3.1% this month. This and other regional economic indicators are included in the San Diego Regional EDC’s “Economic Pulse” for April. Every jurisdiction saw a decrease in the unemployment rate from the month prior. San Diego’s unemployment rate remains well below California’s rate, which was 4.2% and the U.S. rate […]

Grand Avenue facelift begins

The facelift of the Grand Avenue Median began on Monday with removal of eucalyptus trees, which will be done by the end of the week. The entire project will take about eight weeks to finish. For the past few months city staff have been working with private sector stakeholders and the Downtown Business Association to come up with a plan […]

Five historic homes on Mother’s Day tour

Five historic homes, each representing a different style and built between 1890 and 1928, will be open to the public on Sunday, May 13, during the 21st annual Old Escondido Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour. The homes will be open to tour from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The oldest home, a two-story Queen Anne farmhouse was built by […]

De Anza DAR to honor Sikes Adobe Historic Farmhouse

The De Anza Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will hold a dedication ceremony to place a commemorative plaque at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmhouse on Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. at 12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido. Restored to its period of historical significance, the adobe Farmhouse is a testimony to family farmers who settled and […]

Getting sensible about public safety

Recent changes in California’s criminal statutes resulting from passage of Propositions 47 and 57 have reclassified many serious crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. These changes have reduced the justice system’s ability to keep criminals off the street, impeded criminal investigations by restricting DNA collection, and redefined the definition of violent crimes for incarcerated criminals up for parole. While prisoners convicted […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Re: “County readies to disrespect the voters—big time” It’s not often I’m on the same page as David Ross on issues about land use, but this is one of them. I am impressed and grateful how Ross’s opinion column (May 1, 2018) accurately frames the dark side of Wardlaw’s view on legal authority for “bundling GPA’s,” to expedite […]

Water Tax Proposal Remains Poor Policy

Like a bad penny, a plan to tax water keeps turning up in Sacramento. That’s right: under two proposals circulating in the Capitol, California would start taxing the most fundamental resource on the planet. Such taxes would needlessly drive up costs for families already struggling to make ends meet and undermine the very goals that proponents profess. Senate Bill 623 […]

Golden Reunion Picnic May 19 at Grape Day Park

The Annual EHS 50+ Golden Reunion Picnic will be held on Saturday, May 19, at Grape Day Park. Honoring a tradition that began in 1946, this year the Hosting Class of 1966 will welcome the Class of 1968. The new class will gather with alumni of 50 years and more for an afternoon of shared memories. This is a unique […]