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Illegal fireworks ignite Daley Ranch blaze

Monday night near midnight The Times-Advocate covered an incident where a fire started on the hillside of Daley Ranch – near Rincon Avenue and Fawn Creek Lane. Reportedly three boys were firing off fireworks. One of them was a minor. According to the report by Cal Fire Captain Issac Sanchez on July 9 at approximately 11:24 p.m. the Escondido Police […]

Visit Escondido’s Katherine Zimmer wins Leadership Award

Katherine Zimmer of Visit Escondido was honored at the North San Diego Business Chamber’s 2018 Leadership Awards, held June 27 at the Bernardo Winery. Katherine Zimmer, who operates Escondido’s Visitor’s Center was presented with the award at the North San Diego Business Chamber’s annual Celebration of Business. The North San Diego Business Chamber Leadership Awards honor individuals who have positively […]

A visit to the MCRD Museum: Get into the gung ho spirit


Recently I visited the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum, which is set between Old Town and Lindbergh Field. The MCRD Command Museum is one of three such museums in the country; the others being Quantico—the headquarters of the USMC—and Perris Island. MCRD San Diego recruits and trains men that enlist in recruiting districts west of the Mississippi River. It is […]

Mr. Abed goes to Washington: To start anti-sanctuary state PAC


Last week Escondido Mayor Sam Abed got some facetime with the President of the United States, Donald Trump. The mayor was so inspired that he has announced he is forming a PAC to put an initiative on the ballot in California to repeal the “Sanctuary State” law (Senate Bill 54.) Abed and Kristin Gaspar of the 4th District (which includes […]

Assembly challenger Geraci claims incumbent is hard to find


Asked why he is running for the 75th Assembly District currently represented by Marie Waldron, Alan Geraci began, “I’m running because in my view the district has been unrepresented by the current representative. She has been nonresponsive to the community’s needs. She doesn’t have town hall meetings. The one thing I have heard in the five larger community areas is […]

Spring Grand Avenue Festival will honor local high school students

Fourteen local “Rising Stars” from area high schools will be recognized at Sunday’s Spring Grand Avenue Festival at 10 a.m. at Maple Street Plaza. The high achieving students are Jorge Soberanis of Escondido High School; Elba Morales, Escondido High School; Karely Amaya Rios, Orange Glen High School; Erik Cisneros Arellano, Orange Glen High School, Sarah Reyes Luna, San Pasqual High […]

Council recognizes historical ag families

The city council Wednesday honored several Escondido families who have over more than hundred years made the community a center for agriculture. In honor of Historic Preservation Month, the council in association with the Historic Preservation Commission honored the Hillebrecht, Grangetto, and Henry families and the Tom Bandy Blacksmith Shop at Grape Day Park. Carol Rea, chairman of the commission […]

Interim hospital CEO given two-year contract; board chair steps down

In two unrelated developments, the Palomar Health Board’s chairman Joe Gorzeman has stepped down for personal reasons and the board voted to make the previous appointment of Diane Hansen as interim CEO more long-term with a two-year contract. Dara Czerwonka, the new Palomar Health Board chairman, made the following announcement Wednesday morning: “After serving on the Palomar Health Board since […]


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