Vallecitos district begins water waste patrols

Faced with mounting statewide water conservation mandates, theVallecitos Water District is stepping up public education and enforcement of their drought ordinance by implementing water waste patrols. District employees will be on duty in the pre-dawn hours as well as during the day. Staff will be in marked Vallecitos Water District vehicles and will carry District identification. Staff will be on […]

Ordinary to extraordinary: Classical Academy High School’s first annual art festival

Despite the heavy rainfall on Saturday evening, April 27, Classical Academy High School buzzed with activity during its first annual art festival. Students from CAHS and its sister schools —The Classical Academy (TCA) and the Classical Academy Middle School (CAMS) — put on multiple performances, that included singing from TCA’s intermediate and advanced choir, dance routines from the Dance Troupe, […]

Rattlers on the prowl

The recent warm days in Valley Center and all around San Diego County area is a sure sign that summer is at our doorstep. There may be a few other things at our doorsteps. The warm weather has awakened our snake community and as they explore their surroundings, the local human population’s concerns for safety have started “snake sightings” and […]

-30- An Editor’s Notebook

GETTING BETTER—One of my favorite places to eat in Escondido, the Wooden Spoon, is getting set to become better. After two-and-a half months serving dinners only at 805 E Valley Pkwy., owners Jesse & Catherine Paul say they are ready to open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. They will have some kind of burger, and hot dogs, and are […]

Escondido appoints new assistant manager

Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Graham Mitchell, current City Manager of Lemon Grove, has been appointed as the Assistant City Manager. He is expected to begin his duties on July 1, 2015. Mr. Mitchell has been the City Manager in Lemon Grove since 2003. Prior to that he was City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA. […]

Local Rotary Club hosts countywide speech contest

On Tuesday, April 28th, the Rotary clubs of San Diego County (District 5340) attended the annual 4-Way Speech Contest at the Center for Performing Arts in Escondido. The 4-Way Speech Contest is an annual competition where high school seniors, who have previously won their local Rotary Club competition, compete at the regional level. High School students compete at a regional […]

Repealing the Fire Tax

Guest Opinion—

As you know, residents living in unincorporated areas are receiving a tax bill incorrectly labeled the “California Fire Prevention Fee.” Unfortunately, this tax has much more to do with budgeting than it does with fighting fires. Article 13A, section 3(a) of the California Constitution, as amended by Proposition 26, reads: “Any change in state statute which results in any taxpayer […]

Escondido East Rotary Club salutes the military

The Escondido East Rotary Club honored active military personnel and their families at the 15th Annual Military Appreciation Barbecue May 9 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. Over 500 community residents and military personnel attended the annual deep pit barbecue. The barbecue was free to all active military and their families. Games, prizes, auctions and entertainment were provided by Calico […]

Letters to the editor

BRUTALITY AGAINST POLICE IS THE NEW POLICE BRUTALITY Editor, Times Advocate: I am saddened by the reoccurring news of police officers being killed across the country. The media coverage of these shootings in some instances has been deceptive and designed to inflame people. It is appalling that the funeral of the NYPD Officer Moore required snipers on rooftops and a […]

Prestigious fellowship awarded to Escondido woman

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Marquel S.M. Ramirez, a firstyear student at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, and a resident of Escondido. She will spend the fellowship working at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco. Ramirez is a Filipina-American who attended St. Mary Catholic School […]

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