Escondido News

Rosie’s Café owner is awake after life-threatening hit and run

Kaitlyn Rose “Rosie” Pilsbury, who has been unconscious since the hit and run accident that put in her the hospital December 21 is awake—and facing a long recovery. The Times-Advocate Monday spoke to Sandy Nalborski, manager of Rosie’s Café, the popular breakfast and lunch eatery on Grand Avenue that was founded by the 33-year-old Pillsbury aka “Rosie.” “She’s awakened and […]

Teenager overturns pickup with five other teens in the bed results in fatality


On January 4, 2020 at approximately 2:35 AM, the California Highway Patrol Border Communications Center received calls of an overturned pickup truck on Summit Drive and Old Pasqual Road. Upon CHP Officer’s arriving on-scene, it was determined that a 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup truck was being driven by an 18-year-old male from Escondido, CA, northbound on Summit Drive turning left […]

First baby of the decade born in San Diego County at Palomar

The first baby of the new year was born at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2020 at Palomar Medical Center Escondido. The healthy baby girl and mother are doing well.  

The evil that men do, tamales, business, rebirth and dinosaurs kept our readers reading


Once a year The Times-Advocate does a survey of our online articles to see which ones tickled the most fancies and caused our readers to keep reading. To no one’s surprise, many of the top stories focused on the evil that men do, whether child abuse, fatal hit and runs, or online prostitution. But our readers have eclectic interests, and […]

Nonpartisan voters wanting to vote for president: what you need to know


Calling all Nonpartisan registered voters! If you vote by mail and want to vote for president, you need to inform the Registrar of Voters which mail ballot you want by January 6. Otherwise, your nonpartisan mail ballot will not show any presidential candidates. Several weeks ago, the Registrar sent the County’s nearly 350,000 Nonpartisan mail ballot voters a pre-paid return […]

Urban Ag Incentive Zone draft ordinance available for public review

The Count of San Diego’s Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones (UAIZ) Draft Ordinance is available for public review December 20, 2019 to January 31, 2020.  The draft ordinance can be found at:  www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/pds/advance/UAIZ/UAIZ%20Draft%20Ordinance.pdf On November 14, 2018, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to establish an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone ordinance within the unincorporated areas of the County.  California Assembly Bill […]

One arrested during DUI checkpoint

The Escondido Police Department arrested one individual for driving under the influence while conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on December 21, 2019. The checkpoint was located at 2nd Avenue and Broadway, Escondido.  Following are additional results from this event: 1686 vehicles drove through the checkpoint. 983 vehicles were screened in primary. 60 vehicles were sent to secondary screening (drivers who […]

Ed Varso named police chief


Assistant Police Chief Ed Varso has been named to succeed retiring Chief Craig Carter, who left the force Thursday.  On Friday morning, City Manager Jeffrey Epp sent this note out to city employees announcing the appointment: “I am honored to let all of you know that I have appointed Ed Varso to serve as the next Escondido Chief of Police, […]

Residential developer to preserve Escondido’s tree lighting tradition

Palomar Heights will continue decades-old practice of heralding in the holiday season with a rooftop holiday tree of lights, keeping the ritual alive in Escondido on the apartment complex that will replace the old hospital.  Integral Communities and Palomar Health this week announced plans to continue the decades-long tradition of featuring a holiday tree of lights on the roof of […]

Mayor Paul “Mac” McNamara reflects on his first year in office


Introduction:  I had the opportunity to sit down with Mayor Mac at the first-year anniversary of his taking over from the former and perceived unbeatable two-time incumbent Sam Abed.  We had a candid and open conversation.    Q: So, let’s begin with an open question, describe in general terms your first year? A: Well, aside from being very busy, it’s […]


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