Mr. Abed goes to Washington: To start anti-sanctuary state PAC

Last week Escondido Mayor Sam Abed got some facetime with the President of the United States, Donald Trump. The mayor was so inspired that he has announced he is forming a PAC to put an initiative on the ballot in California to repeal the “Sanctuary State” law (Senate Bill 54.) Abed and Kristin Gaspar of the 4th District (which includes […]

Assembly challenger Geraci claims incumbent is hard to find

Asked why he is running for the 75th Assembly District currently represented by Marie Waldron, Alan Geraci began, “I’m running because in my view the district has been unrepresented by the current representative. She has been nonresponsive to the community’s needs. She doesn’t have town hall meetings. The one thing I have heard in the five larger community areas is […]

County homeless figures down: Escondido up slightly

The number of homeless people in San Diego County dropped by 6 percent from the previous year, according to the 2018 Point-in-Time Count. The figure for Escondido was 411. Of these, 263 were unsheltered, which was a 4% increase over last year. Conducted every year by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the count this past January showed that […]

MAGEC in the Park coming to Kit Carson Park June 9

MAGEC (Museums & Arts Growing Escondido Culture), Visit Escondido, and Patio Playhouse Plays in the Park will present the inaugural MAGEC in the Park Family Event and Preview Show on Saturday, June 9 at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheater. This family festival, running from 6:30 – 9 p.m. is designed to bring youth teams together to create cool art and […]

Fire communities work together

I have been appointed to a new Select Committee on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery and Rebuilding, co-chaired by Assemblymembers Marc Levine, D –Marin, (Santa Rosa Fire), and Monique Limón, D – Santa Barbara (Thomas Fire). Most members represent districts severely impacted by CA wildfires, including Cecilia Aguilar-Curry, D-Winters, (Napa Fire), Dr. Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg (Santa Rosa Fire), and myself (Lilac […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Newland Sierra is a (2,135 homes) proposed development at the old Merriam Mountains site at Deer Springs road and I-15. It is interesting why the County Planning Commission has allowed the use of “bundling” project meetings to possibly approve 10 developments into one meeting, when only 4 meetings per yr (1 project per mtg) are county policy. Could […]

Why Dems will win the midterms

Democrats will win back at least the House of Representatives in the November midterms. Here’s why: Don’t believe me; believe history. The president’s party nearly always loses seats in the midterms. Since 1862 it has lost 32 seats on average in the House (Dems only need 24) and at least two in the Senate (that would do nicely). Only twice […]

Transitions happening this week on road widening project

Observant motorists will have noticed this week that some changes are taking place in the Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project which is passing the day 200 mark since work began on the less than a mile long strip of land that begins where Valley Parkway intersects Lake Wohlford Road. For one thing, the permanent northbound lane has opened up. […]

Home firearm safety/ basic handgun class offered

A monthly three hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already own, a handgun. The class is offered Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range east of Lake Wohlford. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety and responsibility of […]


EDCO to observe Memorial Day holiday In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 28, EDCO will not be performing residential collection services and all buyback centers and customer service offices will be closed. As a result, collection will be delayed by one day all week following the holiday in Coronado, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Imperial Beach, La […]