School board votes to replace Jaguar field turf

The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District board recently voted to replace the artificial turf at Jaguar field at a cost of $150,000. The Valley Center High School football field is in the seventh year of an eight-year warranty, however it is wearing out faster than anticipated. The fibers are not holding up as well as they should. The vendor who […]

Developer Schesinger tries new tack for country club development: fewer units

After his failed attempt to pass Prop H (which lost 61–39%), which would have allowed him to build a project of more than 400 units on the 110-acre former golf course of the Escondido Country Club, developer Michael Schlesinger has returned with a considerably smaller proposal that he wants the Escondido City Council to support. He now proposes a 270-unit […]

The Wooden Spoon: where comfort food is king

Comfort food is not exclusive to the American South, although that may have been where the term originated. Every culture where there is a grandmother waiting in the kitchen making something like chicken soup has comfort food. “Comfort food just makes you feel good,” says Jesse Paul, who opened his first restaurant Tuesday in Escondido at 805 E Valley Pkwy […]

Rincon Del Diablo’s Thomas appointed to LAFCO committee

Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District general manager Greg Thomas was appointed as a member of the Special Districts Advisory Committee of San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission. Thomas and two other new Special Districts Advisory Committee members were appointed by a unanimous vote February 20. “I’m excited about it,” Thomas said. LAFCO handles jurisdictional boundary changes including city […]

City receives award for street maintenance

The City of Escondido received the “2014 Scrub Seal Project of the Year” award from the California Chip Seal Association (CCSA) for the FY 13/14 Street Maintenance project. The project was chosen by the Association for City staff’s teamwork with the contractor and material suppliers, and the quality of the finished product. As part of the City’s ongoing efforts to […]

Cal Fire Chief honors Deer Springs Fire Safe Council

The Deer Springs Fire Safe Council has been honored with a prestigious Cal Fire Director’s Annual Recognition Award for 2014 for its service to firefighters, the Deer Springs Fire Protection District and San Diego County. The award was presented to Craig Cook, president of the Deer Springs Fire Safe Council, at Cal Fire’s San Diego Unit headquarters in El Cajon […]

Family History Fair will be held March 7

Come find your story at the annual Family History Fair on March 7, located in the Escondido Family History Center, 2255 Felicita Road in Escondido (just off I-15). Doors open at 8 a.m. for class registration. Keynote speaker is at 9 a.m. Classes are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preregister at http:// escondidofhc.com. Activities will include classes, displays and […]

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Plein-air exhibition planned for California Center for the Arts

The Art in Nature Alliance (ANA), a partnership of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center), Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA), and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC), announce the 2015 Plein-Air exhibition and sale in San Diego County—“Art in Nature: Legacy of the Land,” featuring an exhibition and sale of work by the Plein-air Painters of […]

Cal Fire’s Cristina Williamson honored for her dedication to student safety

Cristina Williamson, Cal Fire battalion chief, was honored at February’s meeting of the Valley Center–Pauma Unified School District board for her many contributions to school safety. Director of Special Projects Olivia Leschick noted that Williamson has “provided great support, from practicing safety drills with students to providing education for student safety.” Chief Williamson told the board that she was “honored […]