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Pat Archer will lead the 68th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade

By David Ross | December 05, 2019

Pat Archer, a beloved Escondido institution who taught history at Palomar College for decades and was a Boy Scout leader for over 40 years, will be the grand marshal of the 68th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade The theme of the parade, which will begin at Escondido High School and go down Broadway to Grape Day Park, is “A Quest for […]

Police Chief Carter to retire

By David Ross | December 05, 2019

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter, who took over a beleaguered department six years ago and transformed it into an almost universally praised organization with high morale and great public relations, is being showered with encomiums upon the announcement that he will retire at the end of the month. Chief Carter is considered by many to be the best police chief […]

Jags rousing effort subdues Escondido Charter

By David Ross | December 05, 2019

There was an interesting dynamic involving Tuesday night’s boys basketball game between Escondido Charter and host Valley Center High. Coming into the contest, the White Tigers had already gotten a successful jump on the new season, having won four of five outings, including impressive victories over Liberty Charter and Maranatha Christian in which EC scored 82 points or more.  As […]

Foodie favorite Wooden Spoon closes

By David Ross | November 27, 2019

The Wooden Spoon, which opened in February 2015 and immediately began making a splash among foodies everywhere for its “comfort food redefined” as in made with a gourmet flair, has closed at its 805 E. Valley Parkway location next to the now defunct Wedeking’s Bakery. The Wooden Spoon was owned by Jesse Paul and his wife Catherine. It specialized in […]

Carols by Candlelight celebrates 30th year at the Center

By David Ross | November 27, 2019

Steve Vaus has lots of stuff to keep him busy this time of year, like being the mayor of Poway and running for the County board of supervisors. But he’s not letting any of that get in the way of putting on something that has become an important family tradition for him, for residents of San Diego County, and especially […]

OGHS’s Patriot Café serves city VIPs

By David Ross | November 27, 2019

The top culinary students at Orange Glen High School put on the Patriot Café last week for some of Escondido’s movers and shakers, including the mayor, city manager, city attorney , and top elementary and high school district administrators. The “Café” took place at the high school’s commercial kitchen classroom, which has a facility that would make any restaurant owner […]

Residents open to one cent sales tax hike

By David Ross | November 21, 2019

A survey commissioned by the city indicates that residents of Escondido view a possible sales tax increase to maintain services as a viable option. Nearly two-thirds indicate support for a one cent sales tax increase if it would maintain city services. “It could be a game changer,” City Manager Jeff Epp told The Times-Advocate this week. He said such a […]

Comedy Club opens with a bang

By David Ross | November 21, 2019

The Grand Comedy Club opened over the weekend with a bang and a beer and wine license.  Comedy Club owner Adam Wasserman learned that his beer and wine license was active at 2 a.m. on Friday and rushed around that day loading up on brews and vintages to lubricate the laughs for the opening weekend of the only comedy club […]

Renovated Ritz Theater looking at opening early next year: not your typical construction job

By David Ross | November 14, 2019

At the old Ritz Theater, which will be reborn sometime next spring as one of Escondido’s crown jewels, even the graffiti are positive and inspirational. On a recent Sunday, members of the New Vintage Church—which is paying for the complete renovation of the Ritz Theater—made a pilgrimage to the archetypal Grand Avenue landmark and began penning graffiti on the interior […]

North County’s first comedy club opens this week on Grand Avenue

By David Ross | November 14, 2019

The first comedy club in North County, the Grand Comedy Club, is set to open this weekend at 340 E. Grand Ave., formerly the old Il Forno pizza restaurant. Oh yes, they also serve pizza. And the following weekend, if the fates (and  bureaucrats) smile, they may also serve beer and wine along with the laughs.  “We are waiting for […]