Nancy Skuba, 81

Beloved wife and mother Nancy Ruth Skuba, 81, of Palm Desert, California, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2021.  As an only child, Nancy was born to parents Bill and Lela Michl on July 14, 1939 in Huntington Park, CA.  She attended St. Matthias Catholic Elementary School and Huntington Park High School where she met her husband, Alan Skuba, during […]

Lloyd J Holt, Jr., 86

Lloyd J. Holt Jr. passed away peacefully on February 21, 2021.  He was 86.  He was a loving husband, father, and community fixture.  He will be missed by all. Born in San Diego, Mr. Holt spent his whole life in San Diego County.  He loved telling of the times as a kid of riding his horse to downtown San Diego […]

What America needs . . . a whole lot more than luck

Leaning Left

I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the planet. Far more lucky than ambitious or knowledgeable. Far, far, far more lucky than smart. This is likely the result of being white, of male gender, a tad over-educated — all allowing me to skate past or around my several character flaws and numerous not-so-intelligent life choices. And being an […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: TA columnist Rick Elkin has disingenuously chosen Black History Month to attempt to compare a deadly insurrection against our democracy to the civil rights demonstrations of Martin Luther King and others. Mr. Elkin pointedly dares to compare the marchers attack on Congress where the “demonstrators” left behind 50 seriously injured police and two officers later committing suicide, with […]

White Tigers back on the sporting trail

For nearly a year, Escondido Charter High School, like the rest of its prep brethren throughout California was forced to halt its athletic pursuits thanks to the impact of the coronavirus. In March of 2020 as elsewhere, sports came to an immediate, all-encompassing and depressing stop on the campus off East Valley Parkway. But now the White Tigers are back […]

Senator Jones, Chamber, host successful blood drive

Senator Brian Jones of the 39th District held his eighth blood drive in ten months on Wednesday, February 24, this time in association with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. According to Aaron Andrews of Jones’s office, here are the statistics.  19 donors, 6 First time donors, 19 units collected, 57 lives saved Photos by David Zumaya, My San Diego North County

One thing we can be sure of

The one thing we can all be sure of is change. This could not be more evident than what we’ve witnessed over these last 12 months. Businesses have closed and some have opened. Loved ones have passed and new babies have been born. We have new City Council and soon we will have a new City Manager. Businesses have adapted […]

State of the City: Mayor cautiously optimistic about leaving COVID behind

This year’s State of the City address, usually given to a packed hall of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, was instead delivered remotely at the beginning of Wednesday’s night’s city council meeting. It was an introduction to a short video chronicling the year in Escondido produced by the city’s staff and which is posted to the City’s YouTube […]

San Pasqual Academy to close

The California Dept. of Social Services has informed the County of San Diego’s child welfare department that it must close the San Pasqual Academy, which is a residential home for dependents of the Juvenile Court system. The school for foster children must close by October, according to the letter.  The school is located in the San Pasqual Valley on Hwy […]