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‘The youth are our future and if we can give them a second chance, I think it’s important,” says Chief Craig Carter

By David Ross | April 11, 2019

Last week I sat with Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter and caught up with some initiatives he has pursued during his five years of running the department. He will celebrate his sixth anniversary in August. Although no critically pressing issues demand his time right now, the chief is continuing on a steady-as-you-go approach.  “We’re going to continue to be as […]

“Twenty years, believe it or not!” says Cruisin’ Grand founder

By David Ross | April 05, 2019

In what may be a first, Tuesday Steve Waldron gave an interview over a cell phone about the upcoming Cruisin’ Grand, which is celebrating its 20th birthday this Friday.  “It’s twenty years, believe it or not, bringing in some special cars throughout the year,” Waldron told The Times-Advocate just three days from the opening of Escondido’s iconic affair with the […]

The Puritan ideal lives

By David Ross | April 05, 2019

The Puritan ideal lives strong in our society. The idea that “I don’t enjoy it, so nobody else can be allowed to enjoy it.” All it takes is for regular folks to lie back and take it for the Puritans to win. The old joke is that a Puritan is someone “who suspects that somewhere, someone is having a good […]

EPD to test sobriety education program at Cruisin’ Grand

By David Ross | April 05, 2019

As opening Friday crowds of Cruisin’ Grand congregate along Grand Avenue, customers at bars will be asked if they “Know Your Limits.”  Although it might sound like a TV game show, this “game” has some deadly serious implications.  Because people don’t always know whether they have had too much to drink and whether it affects their ability to drive. Lt. […]

Local businesses looking forward to another Cruisin’ Grand

By David Ross | March 28, 2019

The 20th annual Cruisin’ Grand is ready to come rumbling and barreling down the boulevard on April 5 for another six months of warm Friday evenings celebrating America’s enduring romance with the muscle car. The festival will begin 5 p.m.–9 p.m. (although the streets are closed off by 4 p.m.) with the side streets blocked between Ivy and Orange, and […]

City council changes meeting time; cops get a robot

By David Ross | March 28, 2019

The Escondido City Council voted 3-1 (Mike Morasco voting no and John Masson absent) to change the meeting time for the council from 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for the open session to 6 p.m. The change, done at the behest of new councilmember Consuelo Martinez, and supported by Mayor Paul McNamara and councilmember Olga Diaz, was adopted with the hopes […]

Puttin’ on the Ritz: Groundbreaking Saturday for classic theater restoration

By David Ross | March 28, 2019

The old Bijou/Ritz Theater that has lain unused for several decades is about to get a revival that could make it the crown jewel of the Grand Avenue renewal, a transformation into a church, arts and entertainment center. Quite a journey for a 80-year old building that was once the only theater in Escondido, and for a while was the […]

Escondido-based Henry Avocado issues recall; fruit may have been contaminated

By David Ross | March 24, 2019

By DAVID ROSS Escondido-based Henry Avocado has issued a recall of whole fruit sold in retail stores in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin because of the risk of contamination by Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. The possibly tainted fruit came from […]

Calif’s 2nd largest orthopedic unit maintains high customer satisfaction

By David Ross | March 22, 2019

Steve McCoy, an active 69-year old, for many years lived with the pain of a knee injury incurred while playing high school football in the 1960s. Until finally he couldn’t take it anymore. He made an appointment with one of the most highly regarded orthopedic surgeons in the state, Dr. Thomas Knutson. Four months after that surgery McCoy says, “My […]

Local man wants to become the “digital mayor” of North County

By David Ross | March 15, 2019

David Zumaya has started My San Diego North County with the goal of supporting the chambers of commerce of North County, business members and nonprofits.  To do that he has come up with a fun idea. He wants to start a “digital mayor of North County,” and, just for fun, proposes himself as the first “mayor.” This honor would have […]