District 1 candidate Consuelo Martinez: “I’m literally listening block by block”

Activist and former community organizer Consuelo Martinez is taking a second run for the District 1 city council seat she came within 69 votes of winning four years ago when she first challenged longtime councilman Ed Gallo. She hasn’t filed yet: The official filing date is in August. But she has already begun her “listening tour,” with members of her […]

Escondido Toys R Us employees say goodbye

Employees of the local Toys R Us store bid a fond and sad farewell to their store. The once ubiquitous toy store is closing retail outlets all over the country. Shown in both photos is the iconic Geoffrey the Giraffe, the longtime mascot of the toy chain. Last Friday was the last day for the stores, which filed for bankruptcy […]

Escondido kids do well at County Fair

As usual, Escondido FFA and 4-H’s did well at the San Diego County Fair.Jonathan Pasch of Escondido FFA won the FFA Reserve Champion Swine ribbon. In the Rabbit Meat Pen category, Kiara Konyn of 56 Ranchers 4-H won a 4-H Champion Rabbit Meat Pen ribbon, Teo Konyn, also of 56 Ranchers 4-H, won the 4-H Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen […]

PMC Escondido awarded for superior treatment of heart attack patients

  Palomar Medical Center Escondido is one of the top hospitals in the nation for treating heart attack patients. The American College of Cardiology bestowed the ACTION Registry Platinum Achievement Award to PMC Escondido for the second consecutive year for achieving the highest standards of patient care as outlined by the College. “As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Palomar Medical […]

225 participate in city recycling event

The City’s Recycling Division co-hosted a free e-waste and shred event at Escondido High School on Saturday, June 23. Citizens brought e-waste (TVs, computer monitors, laptops, radios, phones, electronic accessories, etc.) and up to two bankers’ boxes of documents to be shredded on-site. Escondido Disposal collected the e-waste, while certified shredding trucks did their work. 225 people participated; that’s 65 […]

Community leader honored

The Larry Himmel Foundation and Neighborhood services celebrated Robert Barrientos Day in Escondido on Saturday, June 23. In 12 years, Barrientos has transformed one of Escondido’s toughest neighborhoods and made it a peaceful place to live. City Councilmember Ed Gallo presented Barrientos with a proclamation announcing June 23, Robert Barrientos Day. The foundation also presented Barrientos with the Good Neighbor […]

Local Hams practice radio skills

Many Escondido Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are amateur radio operators (also called “hams”) ready to provide emergency communications to support the City of Escondido in the event of an emergency.  Over the June 23-24 weekend, Escondido CERT members participated and practiced their emergency communications skills at Dixon Lake with the Escondido Amateur Radio Society (EARS) at the annual […]

Hunter introduces legislation benefiting military families

Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50,) who represents Escondido in Washington, June 28 introduced the Fulfilling Obligations to Families of the Fallen Act, ensuring military families are aware when changes are made to their coverage involving Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI).  Currently, military members are enrolled in SGLI automatically, however, there exists very weak notification requirements when changes are made to the […]


DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT A DICTIONARY IS? Editor, Times-Advocate: I’ll not copy and paste the dictionary definition of liberalism, you can look that up yourself and you should because your editorial definition is foreign to Webster’s and Cambridge. And it just gets worse from there. Do you even know what a dictionary is? You write, “(t)here is no longer […]

Enjoy Endless Exploration in Library’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Escondido Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to enjoy “Endless Exploration.” The Challenge encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages and runs from June 9-July 2. Educational, recreational, and cultural events are offered throughout the Challenge. Participants log reading and event participation online at www.escondidolibrary.org/summer. Summer readers of all ages record their […]