The Center Celebrates 25 Years of “Sparking Creativity + Igniting Connection”

A milestone is fast approaching for the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center), as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary (XXV Season kick-off) on Friday, June 7, 2019.  The Center is dedicating an entire season to celebrating years of Sparking Creativity + Igniting Connection across North San Diego County. The XXV Season kick-off is free to the public and […]

Body of Escondido man found near Oceanside Pier

A man, who, according to police, slipped over the railing on the Oceanside Pier while trying to take a selfie, has been identified as 20-year old Paul Ventura of Escondido. He fell from the pier on May 25, about 3:30 a.m. but then slipped underwater before lifeguards could get to him. According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner: “It […]

The “Wall Speaks” mural to be dedicated June 18

A ribbon-cutting for the “Wall Speaks” mural, “A walk through the Culture and History of Escondido” will be held Tuesday, June 18, 9 a.m. at Escondido Community Child Development Center, 819 W. 9th Ave. The project has been going on since last October and it is nearly finished.  Jim Wiese, executive director Escondido Community Child Development Center, told The Times-Advocate: […]

EUHSD to host free summer meals for youth

In an effort to provide nutritious meals to students during the summer months, the Escondido Union High School District’s Nutrition Services program this week announced a program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.   All kids will be served. There is no enrollment and no charge. Beginning in June, ANY child 18 or under […]

High schools turn tassels for 1,660 grads

Friday night at commencement ceremonies held at four of Escondido Union High School District’s campuses celebrated the Class of 2019.  The 1,660 grads came from Escondido (480 graduates), Orange Glen (400 graduates), San Pasqual (501 graduates) and Del Lago Academy – Campus of Applied Science (174 graduates). Graduation was held May 29 for Valley High School, a Model Continuation High […]

Lakes offer four hikes and activities in June

Hikes begin at the Daley Ranch La Honda Drive entrance unless otherwise noted. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, and treaded footwear. All trails include steep and/or slippery sections. Don’t leave valuables in your car. Steady rain cancels a hike. The hike schedule is also available at and Please note that drinking water is not available in many areas so […]

Catfish planting coming up June 14

Lake Wohlford Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (open seven days a week) dock closes: 7 p.m. Last Plant:  750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday May 24. Next Plant:  750 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday June 14. Water temperature: At surface 66.56 f., 9.35 D.O. @ 10’ 66.02 f., 7.95 D.O. Water level:  Low level, private water craft are […]

Read, Act, Play at Escondido Public Library

Escondido Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to “Read, Act, Play.” The Challenge encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages and runs from June 8, to July 27. Educational, recreational, and cultural events are offered throughout the Challenge. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or […]

When the ‘wrong people’ win elections: A tale of two nations (and maybe more)

Someday I would like to see the origins and results of “Russiagate” covered with the same hagiographic devotion as the origins and results of Watergate were in the celebrated 1970s movie “All the President’s Men;” which was the mother’s milk on which many infant journalists suckled in the years following the 1970s. Of course, Watergate became the touchstone upon which […]

Sacramento Update

This year over 2,900 bills were introduced in the State Legislature, an excessive number in my opinion. All those bills had to pass by the “house of origin” deadline on May 31. Any bills that failed to pass are held for now, though some will become two-year bills to be considered again next year.  Several of my bills beat the […]