Resident petition seeks to block proposed Mesa Rock recycling operation

Living near a retail nursery or other “green” facility – maybe not a big deal. But next to a facility crushing and recycling all sorts of “inert” materials – that’s a problem, according to a petition being prepared for delivery to the head of Planning & Development Services (PDS) for San Diego County. The petition, now with more than 900 […]

Council moves towards reforming police and campaign finance

The August 12 virtual meeting of the Escondido City Council included a discussion for reforming the police department, a 4-0 vote to extend the temporary eviction moratorium to the end of September, and a discussion for reining in the city’s high campaign limits, which are among the highest in the county. Police Reform Police Chief Ed Varso presented a report […]

El Norte Parkway Improvement Project completed

On August 12, the El Norte Parkway Improvement project was accepted as complete by the Escondido City Council.  This project removed a bottleneck over the Escondido Creek to provide two lanes of traffic in each direction, added bike lanes, and installed a pedestrian signal at the bridge.  Key features of this project include construction of a new bridge, stamped medians […]

High speed pursuit from Valley Center to Escondido

Two people are in custody after leading Sheriff’s Deputies on a high-speed pursuit from Valley Center to unincorporated Escondido on Tuesday night, just after 9 p.m. near Hwy 76 and Pala Mission Road.  That’s when a deputy from the Valley Center Sheriff’s Substation spotted a stolen truck in the area. When he tried to pull over the driver near SR-76 […]

Escondido family donates Starbucks cards

A local Escondido family stopped by the Escondido police headquarters recently to show their appreciation for officers. They dropped off Starbucks cards so Escondido officers can fill up on one of their favorite treats…coffee (donuts being the other one, of course.) 

History Center celebrates Robert Freeman as an Escondido Forever Legend

The Escondido History Center will award eight outstanding seniors from a high school in Escondido an honorarium in the name of one of the eight Escondido Legends.   Through the generosity of Jack Raymond, the Escondido Legends Committee has honored six 2020 Forever Legends and two 2020 Founding Legends for these awards.  The needs of outstanding high school students, with […]

County off state monitoring list, businesses still on hold

San Diego County was removed Tuesday from the state’s County Monitoring List, but local businesses are still under restrictions. The County met a state metric for fewer than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for a third consecutive day on Monday. The case rate must remain under 100 for an additional 14 days, until August 31, before K through 12 […]

Rotary Club presents remote work webinar

  The Escondido Rotary Club will present an exclusive online webinar Tuesday, August 25, 12 p.m. to 12:45 pm, entitled “How to Set Up Your Home Office & Effectively Conduct Online Meetings.” The webinar is presented by Work Shift Happens CEO, and remote office guru Deborah Roth, MS, PMP, MCP.   ( Work Shifts are Happening If you’re asking yourself […]

Letter to the Editor: LETTER MADE MY MORNING

Editor, Times-Advocate: The letter from Mr. Morris about including a column from an identified political “lefty” but none from any political “rightys” made my morning. Quite frankly your editorial decisions that I consider extremely right wing are why I subscribe to your paper. We all need to get out of our bubbles and explore opinions that are not our own. […]

What we have lost

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”—Thomas Paine We have lost much to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most enduring are our freedoms, which we may never fully recover.  Every great crisis erodes freedoms. The tendency toward individual and collective freedom among Americans—who once forcibly tore our liberty away […]