Candidate list shape up for Escondido city elections

With an August 7 deadline for city elections, the candidate list is starting to build and firm up, according to City Clerk Zack Beck. The candidates who have pulled nomination papers to run for office in Escondido during the November 3, 2020 General Election: City Council District 2 Tina Ostrem Inscoe Rick Paul Vanessa Valenzuela City Council District 3 Dara […]

SPHS grad finishes training as army psychiatrist

Major Daniel C. Hart, Medical Corps, US Army, San Pasqual High School, Class of ‘93, Brigade Commander of the Corps of Cadets at West Point, Class of ’97, graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2016 and on June 19th, 2020, finished training as an Army Psychiatrist at the National Capital Consortium Psychiatry Residency.   Major […]

Graffiti eradication program earns awards

Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, the City of Escondido received the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award from ESRI, the global leader in location intelligence, for its innovative application of mapping and analytics technology for the city’s Graffiti Eradication Program. ESRI, which gave the award, is the “builder” of ArcGIS, the world’s most powerful mapping & spatial analytics software. […]

Information offered on CA Competes Tax Credits

On Wednesday, July 29, the City is partnering with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association to produce two CA Competes Tax Credit Program Zoom information sessions. Businesses are invited to tune in on July 29 at either 9:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. to hear from Todd Walters, CA Competes Tax Credit Committee member, to learn about this […]

What San Diegans need to do for county to get off state watchlist

On July 3, the County was placed on the state’s Monitoring List after the region’s case rate went above 100 positive cases per every 100,000 people three days in a row. The County has not met that metric since then, and the case rate stands now at 145.3. What does San Diego County need to do to get off the […]

We may have a baseball season


Welcome to week 17 of the latest pandemic known as COVID19. It is however heartening to know that professional baseball will in fact be happening this summer with first pitch today July 23 contrary to my previous comment that baseball would be another event missing this year. With any luck we may even have the fall classic we know as […]

Going to pick a name? First do some research

Leaning left

First the Washington “Redskins” . . . and now the Capital “Crusaders.” Yep, my very own alma mater, Capital University, recently decided to scrap “Crusaders” and adopt another name for its teams.  Capital U is located in the Columbus, Ohio, suburb of Bexley – way, way on the other side of town from that mega-institution “The” OSU and about 1% […]

80 years ago civilization fought to survive

In early July 1940, eighty years ago, the future of civilization balanced on a knife’s edge as the Battle of Britain began in the skies over the British Isles as Hitler’s Luftwaffe began its drive to dominate the air and bring the last remaining impediment to his power to their knees. In June, Germany’s tanks, infantry and aircraft had cut […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Escondido City Councilman Mike Morasco’s vote against placing a sales tax increase on the ballot isn’t a “… stand against raising taxes” as Councilman Morasco touts. It was instead an egotistical move to decide unilaterally what the voters need. While Councilman Morasco is steadfast in his belief that he speaks for, and knows the needs and desires, of […]

The future of solar energy is bright

Progress is inevitable. There were those that tried to hang on to the horse and buggy, but the main motives for change are economics, maintenance, convenience, and improvement of the quality of life. Let’s take the electric car which is in so much demand these days. The choice of stopping at the gas station or driving straight home and plugging […]