Editor, Times-Advocate: I applaud you for giving space in your publication to those with differing positions regarding the current political state of the country. However, the space taken up by Don Long’s “Leaning Left” column could be used for something positive, instead of the constantly negative tripe he puts forth.  His latest rant in the May 27 edition of the […]

Heading back to the office? 4 ways to prep your pets for post-pandemic life.

While not everyone was pleased with work-from-home mandates during the pandemic, pets have likely enjoyed the company, frequent play breaks and extra time outdoors. However, as mask mandates loosen and California prepares to fully reopen its economy, many owners will soon return to work — but not in the next room, on the couch or at the kitchen table.  The […]

Former mayor named CEO of Building Industry Association

Lori Holt Pfeiler, 63, a former mayor of Escondido, and longtime city council member, and who just completed nine years as CEO of the San Diego affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, was named last week as CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County. Pfeiler will take the helm of the BIA in July, according to an announcement […]

Plenty of doings on the local sports scene

With so much activity and action taking place with local athletes and teams, this seems a fitting time to catch up on  the latest happenings.  Hoops Roundup – A hefty six Escondido-based teams qualified for the CIF San Diego Section Basketball playoffs. Of those, Orange Glen and Calvin Christian seem the most advantageously positioned to make the deepest runs. Given […]

Humane Society waives licensing fees in June

  San Diego Humane Society is waiving all fees, including late fees, for dog licenses throughout June, 2021, during its A License to Love campaign.  Dog owners who live within San Diego Humane Society’s jurisdiction (Carlsbad, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista) can receive a free one-year […]

Learn to integrate landscapes, nature

As part of its new Next to Nature (N2N) program, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC), partnering with the Green Infrastructure Consortium and Condor Visual Media, a local, family-owned production company, is creating a series of webinars that focus on landscape site design, urban green infrastructure, wildfire risk-reduction, water management and conservation, sustainable gardening, and landscape material and energy […]


Palomar College hosts drive-through commencement ceremony

More than 400 vehicles filled with graduates and their cheering families rolled through the main Palomar College campus Friday evening, May 28, in an upbeat drive-through commencement ceremony. Cars began to line up around 4:30 p.m. In Parking Lot 12, college leaders gathered at a “finish line” of sorts to congratulate the graduates and hand off diploma covers. Earlier on […]

Esco Alley Art – An unusual outdoor community art gallery

A historic wall in downtown Escondido is going through a remarkable metamorphosis that gives the term “hanging out in the alley” a whole new meaning.  At 11 a.m., June 12 the alley south of Grand Avenue between Broadway and Maple will come alive as Esco Alley Art unveils their novel outdoor gallery.  Eleven murals painted by various talented local artists […]