Fire Chief Joe, horse trainer Julie are VC citizens of the year

The 2015 Male Citizen of the Year is Valley Center Fire Chief, Joe Napier, ac­cording to the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce. Chief Napier and his wife, Martie, have been residents of Valley Center for more than 20 years and raised both their children, Meghan Napier Fletcher and Jeremy Napier in Valley Center. Napier began his fire service career in […]

Professional baseball players teach clinic in VC

The Valley Center Baseball Club is offering a Pro Baseball Clinic at the Valley Center Little League fields, 28246 Lilac Road on Sun­day, Jan. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Former Major League catcher Jeremy Rodriguez and pros from the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays will work with kids on pitching, catching and field­ing. The […]

Valley Center

Valley Center Museum offers ‘one-of-a-kind’ holiday gifts— The all-volunteer staff at the Val­ley Center History Museum has is­sued its annual reminder that the mu­seum’s gift shop features a number of one-of-a-kind items and souvenirs that are welcome holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Shoppers will find books on local history, T-shirts featuring the town’s iconic Grizzly Bear, coloring books, note cards, […]

The beat goes on, either in Sacramento or at home


The Legislature adjourned for the first half of the 2015-2016 ses­sion in September, allowing mem­bers to return home to work on is­sues vital to their districts. Specifically, the fall break is a time I use to reconnect with the real world outside of Sacramento, including family, friends, and the needs of my small business. Being home gives me the opportunity […]

Hey! No opinions/on Opinion page?


Dear Editor: I appreciate reading Assemblywoman (Marie) Waldron’s weekly report on what she is doing for us in Sacramento. In fact, I would like to be reading what legisla­tion all our local, state and congressional elected officials are supporting or oppos­ing. These types of articles are informative and helpful to the electorate and a better tool with which to judge […]

Supervisor selected VP for counties’ association

The County of San Diego gained ad­ditional statewide clout on Dec. 3 with the election of Supervisor Dave Rob­erts to the position of First Vice Presi­dent of the California State Associa­tion of Counties. The vote in Monterey was part of the association’s 121st an­nual meeting. “California’s counties play a ma­jor role in the issues that are most critical to the […]

Celebrated comic jokes at the Center in Esco

“Only in America, you walk into a bank, and you see a vault door open, and they chain down a pen.” Yakov Smirnoff Yakov Smirnoff, the beloved American/Russian comedian, will perform at the California Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 9. His show, “Happily Ever Laughter” will be videotaped for presentation early next year on PBS. Smirnoff, who is […]

A Dickens classic with a clever twist

The North County Players will perform “Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens” starting today at the San Marcos Civic Center. The play, which brings Scrooge and his creator, Charles Dickens, into dialogue together, runs through Sunday. “After nearly ten years, we’ll be putting Scrooge on the shelf,” noted the play’s writer/director, Charles Carr, a writer for the Union-Tribune and many other […]

Parade brings festivities to Escondido

Last Saturday’s Jaycee Christmas Parade brought mounted units, drill teams, flag twirlers, antique fire engines, politicians such as Mayor Sam Abed, Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, Councilmen Ed Gallo and John Masson, a Salvation Army Band on a trailer, guys in fezes driving vintage roadsters around, and at least one trailer-float that employed the theme of the parade: “A Superhero Christmas.” That […]

‘The Nutcracker’ invades Center for the Arts

A horde of ballerinas will descend on California Center for the Arts, Escondido this weekend in a frenzy of holiday dance celebration of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” Two full companies, accompanied by dancing school proteges, will take the stage five times over the weekend. The West Coast Ballet Theatre in association with San Elijo Dance and Music Academy will bring more […]