City Manager: Emergencies bring out the best and worst

Message from the City Manager, JEFFREY EPP Emergency circumstances can bring out the best and the worst in our society. Here in the City of Escondido, I’ve seen the absolute best.  Escondido responded to this pandemic by firmly hitting the brakes of our bustling city and acknowledging the dramatic changes required to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As […]

Dance team captures two first place awards

The Ignite Dance advanced team captured two first place awards at the recent USA Regional dance competition. This was Ignite’s first ever competition. The team now moves up to the USA All Star Championships in Anaheim in March. Ignite’s advanced team includes nine students from Rose Elementary and Mission Middle. These driven dancers credit their achievements to their extraordinary dance […]

Library closed, but many services are accessible

To protect the health and safety of staff and community, Escondido Public Library is closed to the public until further notice. Due dates will be extended until the library reopens, and no overdue fees will be accrued during the closure. No returns will be accepted and book drops are closed.  Access Library Resources From Home Many of library services can […]

Escondido fire seeks volunteers

If you are at least 50 years old and looking for a unique volunteering challenge, the Escondido Fire Department Support Volunteer program currently has openings for qualified men and women to provide incident support and assist Escondido Fire in daily operational duties. Candidates must be able to commit a minimum of 16-20 hours per month; be able to lift 40 […]

The city gets by and the council will have its first remote meeting

“Our most important task was to keep all  critical City services full functional,” said Escondido City Manager Jeffrey R. Epp when interviewed earlier this week about how the city is carrying out its jobs during the COVID-19 lockdown ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom. This week will include an historical first for the city: a city council meeting held online using […]

The Coronavirus: Hearing God Through the Noise!

  “It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 1:19&20, ESV)   Sometimes the clutter of so many different voices screaming for attention can make it difficult to hear what God is saying to us.  I’ve experienced it.  […]

At least we have sanitized supermarkets now


OK, now this is getting serious. I’m talking about the impacts from the COVID-19 virus. Last week I was due for a haircut only to find out that the shop owned by the woman who has been cutting my hair for 25 years will “due to the COVID-19 we will be closed until further notice.” All of a sudden I […]

We’ve been here before

“For it is the doom of men that they forget.” The character Merlin from the film “Excalibur.” We’ve been this way before. Although it may strike many people that the coronavirus is a unique event in the history of the United States or of the world, it is not. It isn’t even uniquely trying. But we tend to forget the […]

Work of hospice continues under challenging conditions

The job of the Escondido-based Elizabeth Hospice continues unabated in the current coronavirus crisis—just under more challenging circumstances. The Times-Advocate Tuesday spoke to Sarah S. McSpadden, President/Chief Operating Officer of the Elizabeth Hospice, which, she said, has started to operate like a virtual business. “We have patients all over San Diego county. We’re not like a hospital” said McSpadden. The […]

Interfaith needs donations, volunteers

In times of crisis, organizations like Interfaith Community Services kick into high gear, but with fewer people to do all the necessary jobs. It’s informative to consider that half of the cities in the U.S. with the highest homeless populations are in California. That is Interfaith’s core constituency, but in the crisis it’s expanding its net. Greg Anglea, chief executive […]