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Palomar’s top doctor says system not ‘overwhelmed’ but resources are ‘stretched’

By David Ross | November 23, 2020

In an interview this week with Palomar Health’s Chief Medical Doctor Omar Khawaja he called on the public to “follow health mandates” because the system is not “overwhelmed” but “if we continue on the path we are on, we are going to stretch hospital resources.” Dr. Khawaja is responsible for Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Poway […]

Restaurants winterize to stay open

By David Ross | November 22, 2020

Now that the County has moved into the Purple Tier’s updated COVID-19 restrictions as of Saturday, November 14, restaurants along Grand Avenue and elsewhere in town are scrambling to come up with ways to serve out-of-doors in the upcoming winter months and their cold and wet days. According to Amber V. Tarrac, deputy director of economic development for the City […]

Escondido writer’s new book explores challenges of women being alone again

By David Ross | November 22, 2020

Arlene Cook Shuster may be the Grandma Moses of Christian self-improvement writing, with perhaps her best work ahead, even though she is in her 80s. Mrs. Shuster recently published “Living Alone: Joy for Women Who are Single Again.” She says of it: “This is my eighth book and the most important one.  It is, without a doubt, my best effort.” […]

No longer destiny

By David Ross | November 13, 2020

Pay attention. This may not happen again for a long time: I’m going to praise something President-elect Biden said during his victory speech.  “Let’s give each other a chance,” He said. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop […]

Council will have conservative majority

By David Ross | November 12, 2020

It’s time to put on our big boy pants and declare the results of the local elections. This is, of course, why you pick up The Times-Advocate, right? For us to “call it.” On Wednesday, with about 85% of the votes tabulated, it can be said with near certainty that the three elected members of the Escondido City Council will […]

Interfaith faces many holiday challenges

By David Ross | November 05, 2020

This year Interfaith Community Services will be helping more people than ever during the holidays—with fewer resources than they usually have. Needless to say, they can use your help, both financial and volunteer. The Times-Advocate spoke to Interfaith CEO Greg Anglea, who said, “There are more people who need our help this holiday season than in many, many years. The […]

How boring is it to only publish ‘mainstream’?

By David Ross | October 24, 2020

Around this time of month during a national election or state election it is not uncommon for me to get letters (anonymous of course, because nothing says “courage” like not signing your name to a strong opinion) that say something like this: “You are not to be commended for publishing the likes of __________ (fill in the blanks) and __________, […]

“The Grand” is alive again

By David Ross | October 14, 2020

  A couple of years ago Pastor Tim Spivey of the New Vintage Church speaking at the groundbreaking of The Grand said he hoped the restored Ritz Theater was “defibrillated to once again pulsate with life.” “The Grand” will be, of course, a church. But it will also be a gathering place for Grand Avenue’s rich cultural life and will […]

Candidate Susan Reveles: ‘I believe in community and I believe in progress’

By David Ross | October 11, 2020

Susan Reveles is running for the District 3 Escondido city council seat. “I believe in community and I believe in progress. I’m here to serve Escondido and to listen and be your voice,” she said. A Starbucks store manager, she describes herself as “a leader of people. I have managed and led teams in many different capacities.” She added, “I […]

Candidate Grove wants to provide access to safe, quality health care

By David Ross | October 11, 2020

Vicki F. Grove is a candidate for Zone 2 of the Palomar Health hospital board. Zone 2 includes some parts of Escondido. Note: In the original version of this article we stated that it included most of Escondido. That was incorrect. A resident of North County for 20 years and of Escondido for five years, Grove is a licensed marriage […]