New supervisors to be sworn in Jan. 4

The new 3rd District Supervisor, Terra Lawson-Remer will be sworn in along with Supervisor-Elect Nora Vargas, District 1 and Supervisor-Elect Joel Anderson, District 2 on Monday, January 4, 2021. The virtual swearing-in will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Below is the schedule: Supervisor-Elect Nora Vargas, District One, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Supervisor-Elect Joel Anderson, District […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: I would like to say how much I enjoy Don Long’s column (I especially enjoyed the column of December 17). It’s like a breath of fresh air instead of having to read the columns of all the sycophants of Trump. I hope you keep up the good work. I look forward to your next columns. KATHY STECH, Valley […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Like tasting something that doesn’t agree with your palate, I had to pinch my nose shut to swallow the smelling diatribe of yet another distasteful, inaccurate, liberal Don Long column (Times-Advocate December 23), as I know so much of the TA’s readership must do. The Democrats must come into office to clean up what the Republicans did? This […]

Good-bye to 2020 . . . but not to the indelible memories

Leaning left

After a certain age, it all kinda runs together, doesn’t it?  We remember birthday dates, weddings and graduations, the years we moved, when we started (or lost) a job . . . those events that marked the major ups and downs of our lives. Attached to these may be a few historical happenings and some other random images.  But for […]

The difficult goodbye

Ed Gallo Speaks

Some good-byes are difficult to speak especially when wishing loved ones a safe trip back—like when a granddaughter who I have not seen in a year departed from a Christmas visit. Then there are those sayonaras that we can’t wait to sometimes yell. Saying so-long to year 2020, which by the way was also a Leap Year, is one of […]

Kids need to get back to school, sports, as soon as possible

I am a retired Escondido Police lieutenant and currently I oversee the Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) I have also taught Criminal Justice at Orange Glen High School and Escondido Charter High School.  The Escondido Police Athletic League provides athletic and educational opportunities for youth in the community.  I work with children of all races, but due to the demographics […]


We asked our readers to describe 2020 in four words or less.  Here are some of the responses we received.  Comment below if you would like to add to the list.   STINK, STANK, STUNK! WHAT A TRIP!! LOCK DOWN TWICE WITHOUT BOWLING WITH FRIENDS HOUSE ARREST PRACTICE WE GOT A NEW PRESIDENT. ALCOHOL SALES ARE UP I HATE ROLLER COASTERS […]

Lori Lyons’s ties to the Sabers were invaluable

When it comes to local hockey and more specifically the San Diego Sabers, it’s been a year of heartbreaking happenings.  Because of the demise of the iconic Iceoplex, that meant that the Sabers would be forced to leave the Escondido area in search of a new home which eventually proved to be a rink in Carlsbad. But with their departure, […]

Retail sale of pets ends with New Year

Bella’s Act, AB 2152, which completely prohibits the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in California, takes effect on January 1, 2021. The legislation aims to end the practice of selling animals who have been bred and raised in unhealthy, inhumane conditions in out-of-state puppy mills. San Diego Humane Society sponsored AB 2152, written by California State Assemblyman Todd […]