Tribal gift to Escondido Chamber

Hellyaachwehay Quisquis, San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation (SPEDC) president/principal executive officer (center) presents a check of $2,500 to Joe Coyle (left) and James Rowten, chief executive officer of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. The gift was used to help sponsor the 21st annual Chamber golf tournament. 

Orange Glen comes alive in needed win over Classical

It may not have been an absolute must-win scenario for the Orange Glen football team but if it wasn’t, it was damn close! In real need of a victory after having lost three out their last four games and coming off a lopsided 73-32 defeat to powerhouse Bishop’s the week before, the Patriots were fully aware that a turnaround was […]

ECF awards $202,500 in grants to seven nonprofits

Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation awarded $202,500 in funding at its 13th Annual Grants Celebration on September 27 to seven nonprofit programs that will enhance Escondido by creating connections to bring people together and build a stronger community.  “Since 2006, the Escondido Charitable Foundation has served as a catalyst of community impact for those […]

Council turns down Aspire project

By a vote of 2-3 the Escondido City Council October 9 turned down the proposed Touchstone Communities Aspire project on the city-owned Parking Lot No. 1, which is across the street from City Hall and adjacent to Maple Street Plaza. The vote came at the end of a long hearing Wednesday night where residents spoke for and against (but mainly […]

New assistant chief of police named

Edward Varso was promoted from Captain to Assistant Chief of Police last week. Assistant Chief Varso has been part of the Escondido Police Department since May of 2001. Chief Carter said, “I am proud to have Assistant Chief Varso by my side and have every confidence in his ability to lead this organization.”  The Times-Advocate spoke with the new assistant […]

EPD awarded $454,000 grant for traffic ed/enforcement

The Escondido Police Department received a $454,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year enforcement and education program as well as a $25,000 grant to fund a year-long program aimed at improving the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads. “Keeping our […]

Grand Avenue Festival coming Sunday

Each fall when the weather in most parts of the country starts to turn cold, here in Escondido it can start to slightly, ever so slightly, get a little chilly, maybe…in the mornings. However, it could also just as easily start to get warmer and we could end up with a nice, hot Halloween. You never know. Although the weather […]

New clothing for children in need

Diana Chambers, president of Assistance League of Inland North County, Mayor Paul McNamara and a family that attended the Operation School Bell event at Kohl’s in San Marcos October 8. Operation School Bell provides new school clothing and shoes to children in need for the new school year during September and October at the San Marcos Kohl’s and at Camp […]

Broken Promises

The Senate Bill 1 gas tax increase promised to fix our crumbling highways and roads.  That promise was short-lived. Last month, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order redirecting the state’s $5 billion annual transportation funds from highway/road repairs toward reducing congestion via “strategies designed to encourage people to shift from cars to other modes of transportation” including mass transit, walking […]

Being Alone with God – A Time of Personal Calibration

  “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” (Matthew 6:6, MSG).   Last Sunday, I preached a message about […]