Escondido City Council limits self-storage businesses

At Wednesday’s Escondido City Council meeting the council unanimously approved of a staff recommendation to amend several ordinances to give the city more flexibility in regulating self-storage facilities, especially the number of them allowed in the city. This was the first reading of the amendments to existing ordinances. They add a process that will require the applicant to be subject […]

Ammar Campa-Najjar is challenging Duncan Hunter for Congress

Ammar Campa-Najjar likes to reach across party lines to connect with people who might not like him at first blush. Recently the Democratic contender for Congress ventured into the Turkey Inn in neighboring Ramona, which is arguably comparable to an ant visiting a bee hive— and made friends in that notoriously rightwing watering hole. When Trump was moving into the […]

Escondido’s McGee guilty of murdering mom with claw hammer

David Noel McGee Jr. 26, of Escondido was found guilty May 23 of first degree murder for beating his mother, 55-year old Rebecca “Becky” Apodaca to death with a claw hammer. The jury spent a day behind closed doors before finding McGee guilty. He will be sentenced on June 25 at the Vista Courthouse. He faces 26 years to life […]

DA Summer Stephan: fighting to keep George Soros from buying another election

  Summer Stephan inherited the District Attorney’s office last July from Bonnie Dumanis when she retired to run for the Board of Supervisors—and is running hard to keep it. All the while fending off Democratic party money bundler and all around Svengali George Soros, who is injecting national politics into the race by spending $1.5 million in PAC money to […]

$72,500 in Don Diego Scholarships will propel 30 exceptional area students to notable colleges

Don Diego Scholarship Foundation announced that it has awarded a record $72,500 in college scholarships to 30 students who reside throughout the San Diego area and have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Several Escondido students were included among the winners. The students will be feted at Don Diego’s Dinner […]

Fire Expo to be a sweet delight!

The 18th Annual Escondido Fire and Water Expo on Saturday, June 9, will be a fun and exciting event showcasing fire and life safety, disaster preparedness, water conservation, and quality of life issues for the whole family – and it’s free! The event will be held at Escondido Fire Station #4, Kit Carson Park, where visitors of all ages will […]

Palomar Club Gem & Mineral Show coming to Escondido June 9

A little known history of San Diego County is its mining history. In the gem and mineral world, San Diego is famous for its gem mines that produce tourmaline, garnets, morganite (a stone named after J.P. Morgan), kunzite (named after George Kunz, mineralogist and buyer for Tiffany and Co.), and other gems. The Palomar Gem and Mineral Club honors that […]

Is it as bad as Watergate?

In June 1972 a group of dirty-tricksters connected to the Nixon White House broke into the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel and attempted to plant telephone bugs, so they could spy on the Democrats in advance of the November election when Nixon was going to go head to head with George McGovern. The vital question always was, what did […]

Memorializing a hometown hero

Naming a portion of the I-15 freeway in Escondido as Cal Fire Firefighter Cory Iverson Memorial Highway is a step closer to reality with passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 205 last week. Memorializing the lives of first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice is a necessary, but sad duty for members of the State Assembly. But it is one which […]

Letter to the Editor: A TALE OF TWO STUDENTS

Editor, Times-Advocate: Why do illegal aliens receive resident tuition at California colleges and universities but those who hold legal visas must pay exorbitant international tuition? Angela came to this country with her mother when she was a little girl. So did Maria. They both attended the same middle school and 4 years of high school here in San Diego County. […]