Third fire along Hwy 78 was accidental, say authorities

A fire that started Monday and closed Hwy 78 for two nights was not, as was initially reported, an arson fire. Instead, the Cloverdale Fire in Escondido “was caused by a tire rim that sparked brush on the side of the road.” It’s no longer being investigated as arson. Firefighters from San Diego City, Escondido and CalFire and Rancho Santa […]

Mayor’s election kicks off

Opponents of Mayor Sam Abed, who support his challenger Paul McNamara, rallied in front of City Hall for two consecutive Wednesdays as the city council returned after being off for July. The filing period for candidates ended on Friday, and so all the candidates are known now. See our front page story on all the candidates. See more photos inside. […]

Some Escondido schools do very well in ranking of high schools

A ranking by “2019 Best Public High Schools in California” survey put two Escondido high schools in rarified heights. The highest scoring of Escondido’s high schools, and one of the highest scoring in the County was Classical Academy High School in Escondido, which ranked 15th in the County and 112th Next came Escondido Charter High School. It ranked 17th in […]

Race begins for city, school elections

And, they’re off and running! The official list of candidates for citywide office became known on Friday, the last day of filing. There were few surprises. Mayor Abed, 66, is facing Paul “Mac” McNamara, 65 as Abed runs for his third term. In City Council District One Incumbent Ed Gallo, who is in real estate sales, is being challenged by […]

Fire guts house on Foxley Drive

Tuesday at 8:24 a.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a fire in a single-family home located at 3900 Foxley Dr. The house belonged to the Petersen family, which had lived there for many years. The first arriving fire engine reported the garage of the home was fully involved with visible smoke and flames. Due […]

No, newspapers aren’t the “enemy of the people”

Donald Trump’s infantile (but often effective) methods for responding to the bear-baiting media attacks against anything he does and their increasingly pathetic attempts to link him to the Russian hacking attacks on our elections have led him to occasionally call the media “The enemy of the people.” This toxic term has a truly awful historical pedigree that includes its usage […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Many public stakeholders in Escondido observe a number of ‘myths’ are contained in City of Escondido’s online website. For example, the “Myth de jour” special for today features a description among City Manager duties : “Ensure City services are performed to highest standard, in accordance with Council goals and policies”. Despite online assurance contained in City of Escondido’s […]

Sacramento is at it again: The new water tax con job

You have to hand it to Sacramento; they are very creative in figuring out how to take more of your money. You may or may not have heard about the proposed “Water Tax.” It is intended to place a monthly tax on your water bill, from $1.00 to $10.00, depending on your meter size or having multiple meters. The money […]


R.E.S.P.E.C.T: Responsibility, Ethics, Strength, Perseverance, Education, Courage and Trustworthiness. Those are the qualities the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, through a collaborative effort that involves community groups, faith-based organizations, business and community leaders, is trying to instill in North County’s at-risk teens. A character building and mentoring program serving North County, the RESPECT Project began in 2014 and is headquartered […]

Palomar Energy Center recognized for exemplary safety record

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the Palomar Energy Center were recognized by Cal/OSHA today as a California Voluntary Protection Program (Cal/VPP) Star Site, the most prominent safety distinction bestowed by the worker protection agency. The utility was recognized for an energy center in Escondido. SDG&E is the first public gas and electric utility to obtain the Cal/VPP Star […]