Chamber’s virtual installation will celebrate 110 years


The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 110th anniversary installation on Thursday, July 30, 6-7 p.m. This is the Chamber’s annual installation celebration, which has traditionally been celebrated with a gala banquet—curtailed this year by COVID-19. The celebration is real, but the location will be “virtual.” The Times-Advocate spoke to Escondido Chamber CEO James Rowten, who described the virtual […]

Dara Czerwonka is running for District 3 seat


Dara Czerwonka, former Palomar Health board member, current member of the San Pasqual Union School District board, is running for the 3rd District City Council seat held by Olga Diaz, who is retiring at the end of the year. She told The Times-Advocate: “I’m running because there is a vacancy and I want it filled with a reasonable, moderate voice. […]

“Overwhelming” support for street side dining

The reaction to the city’s action making it easier for restaurants to offer street side dining and stay operating during the County’s latest lockdown of services has been totally positive. Amber Tarrac, the city’s deputy economic development officer, told The Times-Advocate that the first weekend was a success: “Yes indeed – overwhelming community, operator, and DBA (Downtown Business Association) support!” […]

Fire season is here; time to have a plan and be ready to use it


Escondido Fire Chief Rick Vogt has some words for residents: It’s fire season! “It’s again that time of year when the weather is obviously a lot warmer, humidity is getting dryer and we annually face east Santa Ana winds. Everyone who is from this area knows we need to pay attention to wildfire safety.” The fire season is definitely heating […]

There is still time to complete the 2020 Census

There is still time to complete the #2020Census. Self- responding to the Census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted amid the COVID-19 situation. You can complete the Census using any of the following methods: • Online: my2020census.gov/ • By phone: 1-844-330-2020 • By mail if you received the paper form

Faith of Our Fathers: William J. Seymour


  “Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Acts 4:30-31, NIV).   William J. Seymour is known as the “Catalyst” of […]

Find crime stats for your neighborhood

Know what’s happening in your neighborhood. There are two great ways to find out information about crimes and police activity in your neighborhood.  The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) established the Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS), which offers tools to the public regarding crime data and other information in the county. You can search by city and there […]

Wastewater treatment operator Featured as ‘Water Utility Hero’

Last week Escondido’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Carrie Selby was featured as the Water Utility Hero of the Week by the San Diego County Water Authority SDCWA. Shelby was interviewed for the Water News Network and talked about her career and work life during the pandemic.  Selby became interested in the water industry while she was working security at Lake […]

Long list of projects completed at Lake Dixon

Over the past few months, the city has  completed a lot of work at Lake Dixon. These projects were made possible by the Lake Division in collaboration with many different departments and organizations: A playground donated by the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club was installed at Dixon Lake. The Dixon Lake road from the entrance to the ranger station was repaved. […]

Tired of the ‘new normal’


If you’re growing tired of the “new normal,” I understand entirely. I don’t know about you, but this 2nd wave notice has all but sealed the deal, and now I do feel sick. It’s not the virus; it’s this pit in my stomach that won’t go away. Kind of like that feeling I had right before taking my SAT exam. […]


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