Kick up your heels at Grand Avenue Festival Oct. 21

The Grand Ave Festival and Street Fair will be Sunday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a day of entertainment, international food and shopping…just in time to fill that holiday gift list. It’s also a great venue to showcase your business or to take the family for a day of fun. What’s New? MAGEC is hosting Art […]

Mayor candidate McNamara challenges Abed’s claims

“My donors are small and live in the city” Mayoral candidate Paul McNamara challenges some of the claims that incumbent Mayor Sam Abed is making on the campaign trail and in forums they are jointly attending. It’s about a month until the city election. The challenger starts with Abed’s claim that the city has created 2,000 new businesses and 1,500 […]

Candidate Frank Huston seeks better communication on school board

Frank Huston, a longtime officer on the Escondido Police Department, is running as a challenger to school board member Dr. Gary M. Altenburg of District 5.  Huston is a senior traffic investigator and motor officer with the department. Born and raised in San Diego County, he moved to Escondido in 1990. He has worked for the department since that time, […]

Mayor gets mild questions at last Town Hall meeting before election

Mayor Sam Abed held his 15th Town Hall Meeting on October 3 at the city hall chambers. It was a pretty mild session, during which the mayor addressed questions about parking on Grand Avenue, housing developments and the city’s policy against marijuana sales within its limits.  Town hall meetings are held quarterly. Abed introduced them in 2010, shortly after he […]

Restaurant collects signatures opposing sale

  Filippi’s Pizza Grotto on Grand Avenue is inviting residents to come inside and sign a petition opposing the city’s plans to sell Parking Lot #1, where most of the patrons of the popular Italian eatery park when they dine there.  The owner of the restaurant recently told the city council that he will have to close if the parking […]

8th Annual Tots ‘N Trucks October 13 at Kit Carson

The 8th Annual Tots ‘N Trucks event will take place on Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.  Children of all ages will have a chance to explore trucks of all shapes and sizes including fire trucks, police cars, military vehicle, dump trucks, garbage trucks, paving trucks, cement trucks and much more.   Admission is […]

The voters aren’t dummies about marijuana


In his most recent Town Hall meeting the mayor was engaged closely by an attorney who said he wanted to “open a dialogue” with the city about allowing medical marijuana dispensaries. Of course, often when you “open a dialogue,” you end up getting rolled over by an 18-wheeler. However, it might be approaching time when Escondido considers adopting a more […]


Home firearm safety/basic handgun class  A monthly 3 hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already own, a handgun. The class is offered Sunday, November 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range east of Lake Wohlford. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm […]

Early voting begins for Nov. 6 election

Voters interested in casting their ballots early for the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial General Election can now do so at the County Registrar of Voters office, located at 5600 Overland Ave. on the County Operations Center campus in Kearny Mesa. Early voting began Monday and will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until the polls close […]

Adult Student Art Show planned for November

The Escondido Art Association will host an Adult Student Art Show during November at the Artists Gallery on 121 W. Grand Ave., Escondido.   This is an opportunity for adult students in the North County San Diego to show their artwork and participate in the monthly competition on equal terms with members of the EAA.  A call to artists is […]