Council orders sale of old police station: development planned

The Escondido City Council Wednesday voted to sell city property across the street from the transit station— land that has lain unused for years—to a developer, Integral Partners Funding, which plans to build a mixed commercial and residential cen- ter. The sale price is $2.5 million. A transfer of property will not occur right away. Instead, the developer will make […]

‘Chip in for Jim’ seeks to help longtime area resident afflicted with ALS

McFarland, a 20-year resident of VC, said he was “awed” and “amazed” by the support given to him at this sell-out event. It’s difficult to estimate exactly how many people attended, but according to an organizer, there were 148 golfers, and 110 who purchased dinner alone. The Valley Center Community Aid Group provided 250 dinners before they ran out. There […]

News of Local Churches

ST. STEPHEN CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Stephen 2015 Women’s Retreat will be Sept. 4, 5 and 6 at Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center in Temecula. Deacon Ralph Poyo will be the 2015 Retreat facilitator. His passion is about helping people experience the person of Christ in everyday life. Brochures are available for registration in the Church Narthex. Stop by the table […]

Lilac Hills Ranch hearing brings out more than 90 speakers

Public comment Friday’s Planning Commission hearing on Accretive Investments’ proposed Lilac Hills Ranch development concluded at 4:53 p.m., so rather than have commissioner discussion and a decision that day the commission’s 7-0 vote closed public testimony and continued the item to an August 12 field trip to the site before a September 11 return to the Planning Commission hearing room […]

Ron Roberts uses Neighborhood Reinvestment funds for county study of football stadium

The County of San Diego did not use any additional general fund money for its most recent funding to investigate the possibility of a new football stadium for the San Diego Chargers and for college football games. Each county supervisor has an annual $2 million discretionary Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget, and Supervisor Ron Roberts utilized $500,000 of his 2015-16 budget […]

So I was Thinking…

‘The King and I’

I grew up with Elvis Presley. Well, not literally. I mean, he wasn’t a relative or a next door neighbor or anything, but, as a young girl and then teenager, I certainly was influenced by his music, his movies… and his moves. Yes, I definitely had a long-distance relationship with “The King” and I can remember when he died in […]

Continue to get the paper

A free paper is nice, but from the perspective of the bottom line, getting paid to send papers to our readers is even nicer. We enjoy our relationship with the readers of Valley Center and Escondido. They tell us that one-year after we began publishing a print edition they never miss reading it and don’t want to stop getting it. […]

‘A Step Beyond’ uses dance, rigorous academics to help at risk children succeed in school—and beyond

At Wednesday’s Escondido City Council meeting Frank Foster, executive director of “A Step Beyond,” gave an update on this program for at risk children. The program is based in offices at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. “A Step Beyond” is just finishing its first year in Escondido. Foster formerly a banker and homebuilder with two decades of working […]

Longtime Community Lutheran pastor Bill Vogelsang prepares to retire

Pastor Bill Vogelsang of Community Lutheran Church is retiring after 26 years at the church he helped to grow into such a vital force that it recently birthed a satellite congregation in San Marcos. Community Lutheran was Vogelsang’s third church. He and his wife, Christine and their family came to Southern California from Arkansas in response to a call to […]

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