A Man on Fire, Pt3

~Words of Faith

As I sat and considered the title of this and the two previous columns, I thought perhaps I should have entitled them, “There’s So Much More.” I have chosen to keep the current title, “A Man On Fire,” not as some inference to the Lord, Himself, but as a description of my own personal experience with the Lord; the evidence […]

City to host 55th annual Independence Day Festival and Fireworks

Escondido’s annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks has become a North County tradition, and for good reason. Each year, 25,000 festival-goers converge on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) at Grape Day Park for the holiday festivities. The event is back for its 55th year on Wednesday, July 4, with rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and games […]

Man honored for making neighborhood livable

At the June 20 meeting of the Escondido Council “Robert Barrientos Day” was proclaimed. He was honored for helping to create the Lansing Circle Neighborhood Group “This guy is a hero in our eyes as a city, for what he did in this neighborhood,” declared Mayor Sam Abed. “He made Lansing Circle safe for his neighbors and his family. A […]

Democrats hold rally

Democratic activists held a rally Saturday in front of the Macaroni Grill at the Westfield mall. According to an organizer, “Nearly 300 protesters showed up this morning at the Escondido Families Belong Together Rally to protest Donald Trump’s policy of arresting and separating families at the border. Participants included everyone from senior citizens to mothers with babies and children, and […]

Learn how fostering animals saves lives

This Saturday Lazy Dog Rescue and the Petco Foundation are inviting the public to learn more about the lifesaving impact of fostering animals. The summer months are a busy time for animal welfare organizations. There is often an increase in animal intake and demand for services. Many of these animals are simply in need of a place to stay while […]

Kids & the Great Outdoors


Electronic devices and virtual reality can be great, but there’s nothing like experiencing nature first hand. Unfortunately, many youths living in inner cities and underserved communities never have the opportunity to really experience the outdoors. The benefits of recreating are many, including healthy exercise, learning about nature, acquiring new skills and making friends. To help make that happen, I voted […]

The difference between liberals and conservatives

One of Ronald Reagan’s favorite jokes went something like this: Two hikers are surprised when a bear jumps out of a bush and starts chasing them. They have a pretty good head start until one of the hikers suddenly stops, takes off his boots, and begins putting on a pair of running shoes. The other hiker shouts, “What do you […]

Gas repeal qualifies for November ballot

It is official. The gas tax repeal has qualified for the November ballot. A County-by-County random sample certifies more than 730,000 valid signatures were collected. A statement by the proponents of the repeal Tuesday said, “The Gas Tax Repeal Campaign is pleased to announce that the county-by-county signature certification process on its initiative petition has been successful and California voters […]

TA SHORTS

Democratic Club to hear about climate change Come find out about the most important local and state-wide environmental legislative issues facing us today, as the Escondido Democratic Club hosts Stephanie Corkran from SanDiego350 at itsJuly 14 EDC Membership Meeting. SanDiego350 is a diverse group of volunteers representing 10,000 contacts in the San Diego region who are working to prevent the […]

Escondido wineries do well at RVVA Awards

Escondido wineries picked up three ribbons and San Diego County winemakers picked up a record number of medals for outstanding wine at the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) Awards Dinner for the ninth San Diego County Lum Eisenman Wine Competition on June 20 at the San Vicente Resort. An expanded group of judges of three panels-of-four rated an all-time high […]