Community In Unity event complicated but not conquered by downpour

This year’s festive Community In Unity event took place at City Hall on Thursday, November 29, but not without Mother Nature complicating things a bit. Normally the event is held under the stars and under the Dome at City Hall, but few stars could be found as clouds and rain were much more plentiful in the November sky. However, with […]

Sunny Side Kitchen offers something that gets national attention: personalized service

  Bob & Kate Carpenter have been the proud winners of Yelp’s “Top 100 Places to Eat” for two years running. Once, you might say it was good fortune. Twice and the Carpenters, owners of Sun Side Kitchen must be doing something very, very right. In 2017 they were 51st in the list of eateries to visit and the following […]

Wine makes a wonderful purchase for the holidays: SIP offers some recommendations

Thanksgiving is that most American of holidays, and one that brings together family and friends like no other festival. Few things go better with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s as an accompaniment to good times. We decided to drop by Sip Wine and Beer located in the heart of the Grand Avenue downtown on Orange Avenue for our annual recommendations […]

City opens new bioenergy facility

The Escondido Utilities Department and Anaergia have unveiled the new Escondido Bioenergy Facility at the HARRF (Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility.) Biogas is produced in the sludge digesters and is composed of mostly methane and carbon dioxide. The Escondido Bioenergy Facility uses biogas as fuel for two natural gas engines. These engines drive electrical generators which produce 1.2 megawatts of […]

Aquaponics Innovation Center celebrates opening

ECOLIFE Conservation, an NGO headquartered in Downtown Escondido, unveiled its new Aquaponics Innovation Center in rural North Escondido.  The center produces organic lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers using 90% less water than traditional “dirt” farming. In addition to providing a sustainable source of healthy produce to local non-profits, the Innovation Center also provides opportunities to educate school children and the greater […]

Palomar Health physician receives philanthropic award

Long-time Escondido resident, Palomar Health cardiologist and philanthropist Douglas Moir, MD, is being honored this Friday with the “Robert Krejci Standard of Excellence Award” by the North County Philanthropy Council at its 31st Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon. Dr. Moir and his wife Margaret have been active volunteers and givers to causes that promote the health and well-being of North County […]

Changes coming to employment laws

The new year is approaching quickly. And with it, new employment wage laws.  Two classifications were recently announced by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) affecting rate changes for computer software employee exemption (from $43.58 to $45.41) and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption (from 82.72 from $79.39). The new rates take effect January 1, 2019.  Rates are determined […]

TA writers wins seven Press Club awards

The publishing company that produces the Times-Advocate, Roadrunner Publications, won a total of seven awards at the recent 45th annual Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards in San Diego. Most of the articles were entered by David Ross, editor of the Escondido Times-Advocate for The Valley Roadrunner, although in most cases the articles also ran in The Times-Advocate. In addition, […]

California Taco Challenge at Kennedy’s Meat Market

Sunday Kennedy’s Market was the location for a California Taco Challenge with mega YouTubers Erik Lamkin, Randy Santel and MagicMikey seeing who could eat the fastest. We’ll have the full story next week, but to keep you interested here are some photos from the event.  You can also watch the entire event on our facebook page: or here (challenge […]

PALA completes casino expansion, renovation

With the completion on Friday, October 26, of the interior décor of its casino, officials of Pala Casino Spa & Resort today announced the expansion and renovation of its gaming, entertainment and dining facilities are complete. Painters and plasterers put the finishing touches on wall coverings and the building columns, placed new furniture in the slot floor and table games […]

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