Rincon Water approved to become a sewer district

Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District (District) received unanimous approval earlier this week from the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) which allows the district to activate its latent powers as a sewer district.   LAFCO’s action clears the way for the district to take ownership and control from the San Diego County Sanitation District, who is currently slated […]

1,700 graduate from Escondido’s high schools

Escondido’s high schools celebrated graduation for 1,700 plus seniors Friday June 1. The 1704 graduates included Escondido High School (548 graduates,) Orange Glen (393 graduates,) San Pasqual (512 graduates) and Del Lago Academy – Campus of Applied Science (161 graduates.) Graduation was held Thursday night for Valley High School, a Model Continuation High School, with 90 graduates. Special recognition honors […]

Fire and Water expo Saturday

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 […]

Popular teacher wants to move on after firing

Darwin Bree says he has lost 20 pounds since he heard the news, which was sent in the form of an impersonal letter. “It’s like a knife in my heart,” he says. The letter from the high school district informed him that he had been let go from his substitute teaching job with Orange Glen High School, where he has […]

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

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

Gathering data on us journos makes me jittery

In April the Department of Homeland Security solicited bids to private contractors to “create a searchable database of information about journalists, social media ‘influencers,’ and media outlets” and be able to track about 250,000 news outlets all over the world. DHS wrote: “Services shall enable [the DHS’s National Protection and Program’s Directorate] to monitor traditional news sources as well as […]

Public Safety – Job #1

Loopholes that allow convicted rapists and human traffickers to walk free before completing their sentences must be closed; criminal use and possession of firearms must be reined in.  Thousands of cases of sex trafficking are reported in the U.S. each year. Unfortunately, San Diego County has been identified as a major hub for this despicable criminal enterprise. That’s why I’m […]

Don’t Make California’s Mistake and Become a Sanctuary State

Note: This article originally appeared in The Washington Times as an op-ed. It is reprinted in the Times-Advocate with the permission of Mayor Sam Abed. As an immigrant to the United States, I am proud to call myself an American.  I felt strongly about integrating into the community and giving back to the place I call home. Unfortunately, open border […]

Building Frankenstein: The city council and the former Escondido Country Club development

The former Escondido Country Club is comatose. The scientists are trying to figure out how to reanimate it. Everyone wants something to happen. The question is, what kind of THING will we get? The Escondido City Council adopted The Villages, the Special Planning Area initiative by New Urban West Inc (NUWI). It allows for 383 homes in a variety of […]

Gaspar will stay on Board of Supervisors, Waldron, Geraci will face off

Following Tuesday night’s primary vote Assemblywoman Marie Waldron of the 75th Assembly District and challenger Alan Geraci are set to face each other in November. No surprise there since they were the only ones on the ballet and, according to California’s peculiar “Jungle” primary the top two candidates must fight it out in November, even if there are only two […]