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Cruisin’ Grand could begin June 18

By David Ross | May 13, 2021

This is about as “definite maybe” an answer as I’ve gotten in some time. According to the city of Escondido, Cruisin’ Grand, aka “Hot Rod Heaven” could begin Friday, June 18, 4-9 p.m.  Put the “could” in the sentence because Governor Gavin Newsom is scheduled to make a major announcement about COVID-19 on June 15. The city doesn’t want to […]

California loses it

By David Ross | May 04, 2021

The twin facts of the month: that the recall against Governor Brylcreem has qualified to go to a vote, and that California—for the first time in the state’s history—will lose a congressional seat cannot, in my mind, be unrelated.  California has lost a seat in the House of Representatives, based on new numbers from the 2020 Census. So did Illinois […]

Escondido welcomes Barrel Republic to Grand Avenue

By David Ross | April 28, 2021

Tuesday afternoon the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and other dignitaries welcomed the new Barrel Republic to the businesses along Grand Avenue. The opening of the restaurant has been a long time coming; more than two years. It was delayed from happening last year by the advent of COVID, which affected the brew industry in a big way. On the flip […]

Company teaches youngsters how to appreciate opera

By David Ross | April 23, 2021

The most that many people know about opera is that the performance is over “when the fat lady sings.” That’s a shame because opera is one of the transcendent achievements of Western culture, combining music, song, dance, costume, and stagecraft. Did I miss anything?  It is an art that is a feast for almost all of the senses, except, perhaps […]

Desmond teams with Lawson-Remer on homeless relief

By David Ross | April 20, 2021

Fifth District Supervisor Jim Desmond recently teamed up with 3rd District Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer on a proposal they hope will successfully address the homeless problem in North County.  The County has an estimated 22,000 men and women who experience homelessness at some point during the year, with about 8,000 who were counted on one during in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

Addiction to anxiety: hell is other people

By David Ross | April 15, 2021

Many people just can’t let go of the COVID-19 crisis, no matter how much good news there is. And that, unfortunately, includes many health officials, from Dr. Anthony Fauci on down to those at the state and county levels. Not to mention loads of just folks who really want COVID to never end.  Despite the fact that we are now […]

Survey may identify N.C. traffic solutions for 660K people

By David Ross | April 15, 2021

A joint survey by SANDAG and Caltrans will help those regional agencies identify integrated transportation solutions that enhance the way people travel throughout North County. It might also help them come up with ways to spend Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill funds, i.e. your tax money. The more people who participate and the more diverse groups participate the more likely that […]

N.C. Veterans Stand Down postponed until September

By David Ross | April 08, 2021

Not enough guests were signing up for the North County Veterans Stand Down that had been scheduled for the weekend of April 15— so organizers have postponed it until September. The reason? Fear of COVID. Matt Foster, president of the event, told The Times-Advocate that it will be held September 16-19. “We did it because of feedback from our guests. […]

Council kicks cannabis can down the road

By David Ross | April 08, 2021

The Escondido city council majority kicked down the road the question of whether to allow commercial cannabis sales within city limits and tax the proceeds—perhaps indefinitely. At the council’s March 24 meeting, Deputy Mayor Mike Morasco, and councilmembers Joe Garcia and Tina Inscoe voted to postpone until some indefinite time further discussion. About 120 members of the public weighed in […]

City council reaches to Santa Rosa for new city manager

By David Ross | March 30, 2021

The Escondido City Council has named Sean McGlynn as city manager. He will replace Jeff Epp, who retired last summer but stayed on as interim city manager.  McGlynn has been city manager of the Northern California city of Santa Rosa for six years and 7 months, where he has been praised for his leadership during the wildfires that ravaged Northern California […]