Local Republicans host Waldron for last meeting before election

The Escondido Republican Club (TERC) Monday held their last meeting before the election— their monthly luncheon at Cocina del Charro —and hosted Assemblywoman Mary Waldron, of the 75th District. She talked about what it’s like to be the second ranking Republican in the Assembly. Waldron is an old friend of the club, having been a member since her days on […]

Randy Eldred is the write in candidate for mayor

Randy Eldred last week qualified as a write-in candidate for mayor of Escondido. Eldred wasn’t able to be on the regular ballot because some of the names he submitted to the City Clerk by the August deadline were for residents who live in “Escondido” but the unincorporated part, rather than within city limits. He was forced to go through the […]

Zesty Harper wants to bring her common sense approach to a second term

Zesty Harper is running for a second term on the Escondido Union School District board in District 4, which serves northeast Escondido. She was board president last year. Mrs. Harper has lived in Escondido her entire life. She met her husband John when they were both attending Escondido Charter High School. They were members of the first graduating class. She […]

John Clark would bring decades of medical equipment experience to hospital board

John Clark is a candidate for the Palomar Health board. He is currently serving on the Palomar Hospital Foundation Board,  where he has been for nine years. Educated in college in premed studies, he moved to California 40 years ago and started the first of what would be several medical businesses in the area of expensive surgical and medical equipment.  […]

Abed calls McNamara’s claims “lies”

Calling many of the claims of his opponent Paul McNamara “lies” and accusing him of running down the city,  Mayor Sam Abed sat down with this reporter after Tuesday’s candidate forum for a no-holds barred take-down.  And if what he had to say during that forum (see our complete report on that meeting later this week online and in next […]

Write in candidate objects to being excluded from tomorrow’s forum

Write-in mayor candidate Randy Eldred, who recently qualified to have votes counted for his candidacy on the November ballot, is protesting because he will not be allowed to speak at the last scheduled public forum, the one being sponsored tomorrow by the Chamber of Commerce at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Eldred wasn’t able to be on the […]

Mayor candidate McNamara challenges Abed’s claims

“My donors are small and live in the city” Mayoral candidate Paul McNamara challenges some of the claims that incumbent Mayor Sam Abed is making on the campaign trail and in forums they are jointly attending. It’s about a month until the city election. The challenger starts with Abed’s claim that the city has created 2,000 new businesses and 1,500 […]

Candidate Frank Huston seeks better communication on school board

Frank Huston, a longtime officer on the Escondido Police Department, is running as a challenger to school board member Dr. Gary M. Altenburg of District 5.  Huston is a senior traffic investigator and motor officer with the department. Born and raised in San Diego County, he moved to Escondido in 1990. He has worked for the department since that time, […]

Mayor gets mild questions at last Town Hall meeting before election

Mayor Sam Abed held his 15th Town Hall Meeting on October 3 at the city hall chambers. It was a pretty mild session, during which the mayor addressed questions about parking on Grand Avenue, housing developments and the city’s policy against marijuana sales within its limits.  Town hall meetings are held quarterly. Abed introduced them in 2010, shortly after he […]

McNamara says Sanctuary City law not to blame for murder

Candidate for mayor Paul McNamara has responded to comments by Mayor Sam Abed which held the Sanctuary City Law up for criticism as it relates to the murder on September 15 allegedly carried out by a man who had been deported six times previously. McNamara told The Times-Advocate: “The recent tragic murder of a brother by his brother by an […]

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