About David Ross

Escondido Chamber open house, July 22, will combine three events

By David Ross | July 14, 2021

Escondido Chamber of Commerce Open House July 22 will combine three events in a free, casual, fun affair that celebrates the return of commerce and life to the city. Besides the open house, the happenings will include the award of seven Rising Star Scholarships, and the installation of the Chamber board of directors, including Don Romo of Erickson-Hall Construction for […]

Escondido’s Joseph Rocha announces challenge of Issa

By David Ross | July 14, 2021

Escondido resident Joseph C. Rocha’s decision to run for office against Congressman Darrell Issa was a very personal thing. “I think for sure the catalyst was the January 6 insurrection,” he told The Times-Advocate. At that time he was still in uniform as a Marine Corps captain. “I watched Issa vote against the certification of the election,” he said. “We […]

Caltrans plans to close two I-15 HOV lanes this weekend

By David Ross | July 08, 2021

The afternoon of Saturday, June 19, during the weekend following Governor Gavin Newsom’s lifting of most restrictions on Californians, motorists took to the freeways. At the same time Caltrans began to shut off the two left HOV lanes on Interstate 15 between Escondido and Carmel Mountain Road. Gridlock resulted. Motorists were delayed an average of 25 minutes. Although Caltrans had […]

Local agencies want your input on North County transportation

By David Ross | July 01, 2021

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Caltrans (the state transportation department) want your input on how these agencies can create a “comprehensive set of safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation solutions that will make it faster, safer, and easier to travel through North County.” This effort is called the Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (CMCP.) The North County study area is […]

City manager says goodbye Monday, after 36 years

By David Ross | June 27, 2021

Escondido City Manager Jeff Epp, who held the reins of  city government for four years, after 32 years during which he served as a city attorney—and who once argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, will say goodbye to all that on Monday.  He will trade it for retirement that will include spending time in his home state of […]

Palomar doctors protest contracting change

By David Ross | June 24, 2021

Palomar Health doctors and supporters marched on the sidewalks at Palomar Medical Center Monday morning protesting a contract change the hospital district announced as a cost saving move. They carried signs with slogans such as “Our docs deserve better” and “Doctors care and so do we.” Dr. Sabiha Pasha, chief of staff at Palomar Medical Center warned that hospital doctors […]

The phones are ringing for Steve Waldron: Cruisin’ is coming!

By David Ross | June 10, 2021

About as much as the Wicked Witch of the West liked water, Steve Waldron, founder of Cruisin’ Grand, likes telephone calls.  But this week, a bit more than a week away from the long anticipated reopening of Cruisin’, Waldron almost giggles with glee when he hears the phone ringing. “That’s another one!” he chuckled as he was being interviewed for […]

City ‘committed’ to Cruisin’ Grand starting on June 18

By David Ross | June 02, 2021

The city of Escondido held an informational meeting on Cruisin’ Grand Tuesday night, with Teresa Collins, deputy director of communications, telling those “attending” the virtual meeting:  “We are committed to Cruisin’ starting on the 18th, just days after the governor’s announcement. It’s more than a definite maybe.” The “meeting” included an appearance by an enthusiastic Steve Waldron, founder of the two-decade-long […]

Caltrans Hwy 78 rehabilitation: it’s going to start getting noisy

By David Ross | May 23, 2021

The Caltrans Hwy 78 pavement rehabilitation that began several months ago in Escondido is going to start getting noisy at night along the five miles of the project that runs through the city, beginning June 1. The Times-Advocate spoke to Kareem Scarlett, project manager for the North County Corridors SR-78 and SR 74 projects about his desire to get the […]

Homeless funds a ‘gamechanger’ Anglea tells council

By David Ross | May 20, 2021

Interfaith Community Services CEO Greg Anglea took a moment at last week’s city council meeting to give members “good news.” “Good news has been brought by the governor [Gavin Newsom,]” he said during public comments. “to spend $12 billion to help address homelessness.” He said $7 billion of that will go to Project Homekey, “Last year it was a tenth […]