‘Escondido Shines’ cleans up the city

The culmination of a year’s effort in creating community pride and esteem was rewarded last Saturday in 10 of Escondido’s civic parks. According to president and founder of the Escondido Shines movement, Vaughn North, “It exceeded my expec­tations. We had about 600 volunteers throughout the community. We covered the city’s parks. There were 24 projects and we had a great […]

Fewer Welk public rentals cause unincorporated Escondido decline

The county’s Transient Occupancy Tax revenue collected during Fiscal Year 2014-15 set a record for at least the 21st century and likely for all time. “It looks very positive and of course we’re elated because it means more rev­enues are coming forward to the county,” said county treasurer-tax collector Dan McAllister. The county had $4,166,354.90 of TOT collections during 2014-15. […]

Tamale fest brings together community

“In creating modern maize from this unpromising plant (teosinte), In­dians performed a feat so improb­able that archeologists and biologists argued for decades over how it was achieved.” from Charles Mann’s book “1491” The First Annual Escondido Ta­male Festival at Grape Day Park was a smashing success by all accounts. It must have something to do with the power of what […]

Supporting California Students

Supporting California Students —GUEST OPINION

Education is one of my top priorities in Sacramento. As the mother of a high school student, I am keenly interested in improving California’s schools and test scores. In response, I joined my Assembly colleagues to support a legislative pack­age designed to reform California’s de­clining education system. The package included the following bills: I co-authored AB 1048, which sup­ported our […]

Young Valley Center dancer wins a princely role

Valley Center resident Ronan Torrence has been cast as the Nutcracker Prince in two local productions of The Nutcracker ballet. Ronan will dance at the New West Ballet Theater’s production on Thanksgiv­ing weekend at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts and at the North County Academy of Dance’s production the fol­lowing weekend at the Bob Burton Center for the […]

So I Was Thinking…


Years ago, when I was a young teenage girl, I got my feelings hurt over something. (Imagine that!) As I was sharing my angst with my mom, in an effort to encourage me, she meant to say, “Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve.” Instead, she inadvertently said, “Don’t wear your sleeves on your shoulders.” Of course, that was far […]

VC Art Association holds 2015 art show

The Valley Center Art Association is holding its 2015 Open Art Show Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, in the Commu­nity Room at the Valley Center Library. Artists have been invited to enter their original art, no previous entries will be shown. There is no limit to the number of entries. Artists invited to apply for VCAA will invite members to […]

Legal dispute causes friction between Homeowners Association, city officials

Friction continues to grow be­tween the Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization (EC­CHO) and city officials over a deci­sion to settle a legal dispute between the city of Escondido and the Beverly Hills developer Stuck in the Rough, LLC, which purchased the Escondi­do Country Club and plans to replace its golf course with homes. Escondido Mayor Sam Abed be­lieves settling the […]

County approves sidewalk, curb and gutter rehabilitation contract

The San Diego County Board of Su­pervisors authorized the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a con­tract to remove and replace damaged concrete road infrastructure including sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and surface damage and to install curb ramps that­meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The supervisors’ 4-0 vote October 28, with Ron Roberts at a meeting with San Diego Association […]

J & M’s Restaurant anniversary event benefits local charity

In order to celebrate their second an­niversary, the proprietors of J&M’s res­taurant is hosting a charity even and offering special deals on meals for its anniversary week from Dec. 7 to 13. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, J&M’s will donate 50 percent of all proceeds to Interfaith Community Services, which provides a variety of social service programs for individuals and families […]