Letter to the Editor: I DARE YA!

Editor, Times-Advocate: Alex MacLachlan, president of the Downtown Business Association, wants to reopen businesses in the middle of a pandemic, because — duh — a pandemic has hurt the economy. So it makes perfect sense to reopen businesses that have no ability to provide safe social distancing — hair salons, for example. (When was the last time someone could color […]

COVID-19: Where Do We Go From Here?

  “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:40-42, ESV).   […]

Businesses begin recovering

Thursday, May 14; Special Economic Development meeting; The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will be joined by Jeff Rossman, president of the San Diego chapter of the California Restaurant Association, Amber Tarrac, deputy director of Economic Development for the City of Escondido, and Louisa Magoon, Owner of the Grand Tea Room. Topic: Together they will be giving an overview and discussing […]

Graybill, Palomar Health moving toward merger

Graybill Medical Group and Palomar Health Foundation are moving forward on their planned merger, but there was a major pothole in the road caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting losses in revenue. Floyd Farley, CEO told The Times-Advocate this week that the merger plans should be completed within about two months. Farley last week sent a letter to Graybill […]

Donation of hand sanitizer

Firmenich Inc. one of the largest scent product manufacturers, recently donated 110 gallons of hand sanitizer to the City of Escondido. A spokesman for the city said, “As we slowly start to re-open the City, this will go a long way to ensuring our staff, first responders and community are safe and healthy.” Pictured are Escondido Fire Chief Rick Vogt, […]

City working On Washington Park Skate Spot

The City of Escondido is continuing to work on the Washington Park Skate Spot and Parking Lot Expansion. The two part project includes a 7,000 square foot skate spot and new parking lot located on the corner of Washington Avenue & Rose Street.  The design of the skate spot resulted from three design workshops hosted by the city over several […]

Conservancy adapting programs during pandemic

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) is adapting its programs to online formats for the duration of the pandemic. Executive Director Trish Boaz said, “We want to inform people so they will stay connected to each other through the outdoors and through the work the conservancy does, while respecting the stay-at-home and social distancing orders.” In Schools: Education Manager […]

Senator calls on governor to reopen churches

Senator Brian Jones of the 38th District is calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen churches, synagogues, mosques and temples from the COVID-19 lockdown. “Houses of worship are more than capable of observing CDC guidelines on social distancing and cleanliness,” said the senator. This week he sent a letter that began, “I am requesting that you take immediate steps to […]


Thomas A. Hogarty, 82

A celebration of what his many friends and family members agree was a “life well lived” will be held this fall for Thomas A. Hogarty, a highly visible and warm-hearted Escondido business and community leader who passed away unexpectedly.  Tom Hogarty, 82, died April 15 of complications following a heart attack at his Scottsdale, Arizona home where he and his […]