Council candidate Nicole Downey: not beholden to either party

Nicole Downey is running for Escondido council in District 2, against incumbent John Masson and fellow challenger Vanessa Valenzuela. This is her second time running for this seat. Downey is a school resource officer for a private school. In her non-working time she is a member of the Library Endowment Foundation, and Escondido CERT (Community Emergency Response Team,) and Escondido […]

There may be no Grape Day ‘festival’ October 6, but there WILL be tons of activities

Although the Escondido History Center has cancelled its annual Grape Day Festival, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty of activities taking its place. Visit Escondido is helping to promote all of the events on what would typically be the Grape Day Festival date, October 6 this year.  Katherine Zimmer, the City’s tourism manager, told The Times-Advocate,  “The community […]

Gateway Grand project will transform downtown

Work has begun on the Gateway Grand Project, a private development of 126 multi-story residential units in the old property once occupied by the Escondido Police Department HQ. According to Bill Martin, director of community development, the project “fits in with our whole plan for that area, densifying the core of the city and bringing in more people.” Besides the […]

Bates Nut Farm’s Pumpkin Patch to Open September 22

The Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center is scheduled to open on Saturday, September 22.  It will be open daily through Wednesday, October 31.   Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the farm.  As in years past, families and friends will enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral, Snow’s Pony […]

Scooter competition draws national crowd

On Saturday, September 1, the Escondido Sports Center hosted another successful scooter competition called the Escooter Pro/Am Competition.  Hundreds of spectators watched a total of 87 scooter riders compete in six different skill levels from Jr. Beginner up to the Professional Division.  Riders traveled from as far away as Indiana, Arizona, and Nevada, along with our local scooter riders, to […]

How about a new ACLU?


Maybe it’s time for a version of the American Civil Liberties Union that actually defends the entire Bill of Rights, instead of just the parts of it that the liberals like.  There are ten, count ‘em, ten articles in the Bill of Rights, which includes the 1st Amendment, which the ACLU was always strong in defending, and the 2nd Amendment, […]

Hello Colin!


I have been conflicted about Tiger Woods ever since he came out as a pro and was the subject of a controversial ad campaign by Nike. Remember “Hello World”?  There are still courses in the U.S. I am not allowed to play Because of the color of my skin. Hello world. I’ve heard I’m not ready for you. Are you […]

You can’t impeach a president doing a job this great!

- a leftie living among the righties

Trump certainly was onto something when he said in a recent White House interview, “I don’t think they can impeach somebody that’s doing a great job. You look at the economy, you look at jobs, you look at… what’s going on with other countries. You look at trade deals. I’m doing a great job.”   The implication is clear: Were […]

GOP caucus meets in Escondido

The 75th Assembly District’s GOP caucus meeting kicks off at Mike’s BBQ in Escondido earlier this week. Many local Republicans in Marie Waldron’s district showed up Monday night to talk about the upcoming election. Some who attended included Mark Meuser, San Marcos Mayor and Board of Supervisors candidate Jim Desmond, Craig Garcia and Gina Roberts. Of course, Assemblywoman Marie Waldron […]

Escondido’s Bob Martin to be first SD resident elected president of American Rose Society

The American Rose Society’s (ARS) National Convention and Rose Show will be hosted by the San Diego Rose Society October 26-29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley.  The convention, titled “Fiesta of Roses,” will include the installation of the new national ARS president Robert B. Martin, Jr. of Escondido for a three-year term. Martin is the first San […]