County Water Authority chief calls local drought manmade

In a statement that raised eyebrows but made the obvious point that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes, San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) General Manager Maureen Stapleton declared last week “In San Diego, there is no water drought. There is a regulatory drought.” Stapleton was speaking at the first North County Water Summit, held at the Vista Civic Center. […]

Stabbing suspect sought by EPD

Escondido police are seeking a suspect in a stabbing that happened July 20. At about 12:35 p.m., Monday, July 20 Escondido Police officers responded to 131 North Beech St. after receiving a call of a family disturbance. Officers arrived on scene and learned that Travis Thomas, 28, of Escondido, had become involved in an argument with his stepfather. The argument […]

Fire on Palomar Mountain expected to be contained soon

A fire, dubbed the Cutca Fire, that started Friday afternoon on the north side of Palomar Mountain was expected to be contained by Wednesday July 29 at press time. This incident was managed by U.S. Forestry, rather than Cal Fire because all of the blaze was confined to the Cleveland National Forest. More than 400 firefighters were assigned to the […]

News from City of Escondido

El Norte Pkwy Bridge Widening and Median Improvements On July 24 SANDAG’s Transportation Committee recommended that the SANDAG Board of Directors approve $335,000 in active transportation funding to install a pedestrian signal at the Escondido Creek Trail Crossing. After coordinating with staff, SDG&E design services for gas main and future undergrounding of existing overhead cabling, is now underway. * * […]


Escondido Recreation Guide now available

As summer comes to a close, new adventures await. In early August, the Fall 2015 Escondido Recreation Guide will be available to our community. In his weekly message Mayor Sam Abed said, “I encourage youth and adults to participate in recreation programs that develop and strengthen leadership skills, enhance teamwork, support academics, foster confidence, and instill a sense of well-being […]

Publisher’s Note on Lilac Hills Ranch

Subsequent to receipt of Mr. Gordon’s letter, the County of San Diego published the official Lilac Hills Ranch Staff Report, which can be found at www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/regulatory/docs/LILAC_ HILLS_ RANCH/LILAC-HILLS-RANCH/draft-FEIR.html The following is a summary of key points made in the County Staff Report: 1. LHR has legal rights to public roads, in the form of public right-ofway, easements and irrevocable offers […]

Names released of Escondido men killed in head on collision

The Medical Examiner’s office last week released the names of two Escondido men killed in a head-on collision July 27 on Hwy 76 in Pauma Valley near Pauma Valley Country Club. The men are Andrew Parks, 24, and his 27-year-old sibling, Alexander, who were heading east on state Hwy 76 when the 2002 Mazda Miata they were in crossed into […]

Letters to the editor

A READER RESPONDS TO PHYLLIS KNIGHT’S COLUMN Editor, Times Advocate: I am a resident of Escondido (Hidden Meadows), and I would like to comment on the article written by Phyllis Knight. I saw that you wrote an opinionated article in The Times Advocate. Now, of course this is opinionated and you as A Christian believer have every right to write […]

Writing with Pictures exhibition at the Center until September 13

On July 11 the Center museum at California Center for the Arts, Escondido opened its first exhibition of the season. “Writing with Pictures” is a vibrant art exhibition that tells the elaborate story behind the creation of picture books and prompts exploration of their role in the 21st century. View original storybook illustrations from popular works such as A Boy […]