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Good-bye to 2020 . . . but not to the indelible memories

By admin | December 31, 2020

After a certain age, it all kinda runs together, doesn’t it?  We remember birthday dates, weddings and graduations, the years we moved, when we started (or lost) a job . . . those events that marked the major ups and downs of our lives. Attached to these may be a few historical happenings and some other random images.  But for […]

The difficult goodbye

By admin | December 31, 2020

Some good-byes are difficult to speak especially when wishing loved ones a safe trip back—like when a granddaughter who I have not seen in a year departed from a Christmas visit. Then there are those sayonaras that we can’t wait to sometimes yell. Saying so-long to year 2020, which by the way was also a Leap Year, is one of […]

Kids need to get back to school, sports, as soon as possible

By admin | December 31, 2020

I am a retired Escondido Police lieutenant and currently I oversee the Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) I have also taught Criminal Justice at Orange Glen High School and Escondido Charter High School.  The Escondido Police Athletic League provides athletic and educational opportunities for youth in the community.  I work with children of all races, but due to the demographics […]


By admin | December 31, 2020

We asked our readers to describe 2020 in four words or less.  Here are some of the responses we received.  Comment below if you would like to add to the list.   STINK, STANK, STUNK! WHAT A TRIP!! LOCK DOWN TWICE WITHOUT BOWLING WITH FRIENDS HOUSE ARREST PRACTICE WE GOT A NEW PRESIDENT. ALCOHOL SALES ARE UP I HATE ROLLER COASTERS […]

Retail sale of pets ends with New Year

By admin | December 31, 2020

Bella’s Act, AB 2152, which completely prohibits the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in California, takes effect on January 1, 2021. The legislation aims to end the practice of selling animals who have been bred and raised in unhealthy, inhumane conditions in out-of-state puppy mills. San Diego Humane Society sponsored AB 2152, written by California State Assemblyman Todd […]

Escondido small businesses can apply for relief program

By admin | December 30, 2020

The State of California has launched the website for the CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The first round of applications will be accepted from December 30, 2020 – January 8, 2021. The city of Escondido is encouraging as many local businesses as possible to apply. Amber V. Tarrac, deputy director of economic development for the City of Escondido, […]

Senator Jones’s blood drive collects 29 units

By admin | December 30, 2020

Senator Brian Jones of the 38th District and the Red Cross joined forces Wednesday, December 23 for a blood drive in the parking lot of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. A spokesman from the senator’s office told The Times-Advocate, “This blood drive was very successful with 29 units collected from 25 blood donors.” Jennifer Andrews, one of the donors, who […]

Man wanted for inappropriately touching women in the North County

By admin | December 29, 2020

Do you recognize this man or his clothing? He is wanted for inappropriately touching women in the North County. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is investigating three incidents: December 18th around 8:30 p.m. at the Target in the 1700 block of University Drive, Vista December 24th around 4:30 p.m. at the Michael’s in the 1800 block of University Drive, […]

Escondido nursing facility has highest number of COVID cases in County

By admin | December 29, 2020

A skilled nursing facility in Escondido this week has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County. It was a “distinction” that the facility has achieved for two weeks in a row.  As of Monday, the nursing facility had 150 resident cases so far. Fewer than 11 residents and no healthcare workers had died from the virus, according […]


By admin | December 27, 2020

Editor, Times-Advocate: De-escalation is a big part of being a police officer. If you got a job as an EMT, for instance, it would be inappropriate to insist on only driving the ambulance while refusing to administer CPR as needed. Any functioning adult understands that a job requires you to perform every applicable duty and responsibility. So how come this […]