Palomar Health Foundation seeks donations to fight COVID-19

The Palomar Health Foundation recently made a large donation to Palomar Health to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak. But it is not alone. Hundreds if not thousands are stepping up to help in one of the most significant battles of our lifetime. Dr. Jaime Rivas, a board member of the Palomar Health Foundation, is also an emergency medicine physician at […]

Doing the most good: Salvation Army triples efforts during pandemic

The Salvation Army Escondido Corps has more than redoubled its efforts in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. The Times-Advocate reached out to Lt. Denise Litreal, who with her husband Mark operates the Escondido Salvation Army “corps” at 1301 Las Villas Way.  The Litreals arrived in Escondido June 26 of last year. They have two other full time employees at […]

Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery: a jewel of a gallery


Art enables us to find ourselves  and lose ourselves at the same time  —Thomas Merton Escondido is the heart of North County San Diego’s rich history and culture and home to one of the few remaining authentic downtown historic districts. A downtown complete with vintage buildings with eclectic shops, appealing restaurants and a great mix of art galleries and museums. […]

Rincon tribe extends closure through mid-April

Due to the rapidly changing situation of COVID-19, the Rincon Tribal Council this announced the extension of its temporary closure of both their tribal government center and Harrah’s Resort SoCal through mid-April.  During this time, all employees will continue to be paid and receive their full benefits.  “The health and safety of our tribal members, tribal government and Harrah’s employees […]

My day out in the world

Courtesy of “Pala Rez Radio 91.3 – KPRI.” Normally, this wouldn’t be considered investigative reporting.  But these are extraordinary times.  So I’m sharing my first experience with curbside grocery pickup.  Think of it as a throwback to the days before A&P, Piggly Wiggly and Southern California’s oldest grocery company, Ralph’s introduced self-serve supermarkets.  Ralphs has been around a long time. […]

Are We Living in A New Normal?

Words of Faith

 “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’  Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18-20, ESV)   The disciples spent […]

250 Bed Federal Medical Station to be Installed at Palomar Medical Center

On Sunday, April 5, 2020, San Diego County public health and elected officials, joined by leadership of Palomar Health, announced that a 250 bed Federal Medical Station was being loaned to the county and would be installed in two vacant floors of Palomar Medical Center Escondido. The equipment is expected to arrive in the next 10 days and will be […]