21-acre nursery in Escondido restores California wildlife one plant at a time

Giant sycamores hover over Las Pil­itas Nursery in Esocndido, creating a canopy of sun-spotted shade. A worker in turquoise blue socks moves from one plot of small plants to another, tending to their needs. Customers walk around looking bewildered. “Don’t be alarmed at the size of the plants and lack of bloom” Valerie Phil­lips tells one of them. “We don’t […]

Fiery Escondido artist will speak with speed at Ignite San Diego

Inspirational speaker Edna Nerona of Escondido will share her sparkling style at Ignite San Diego on October 22 in San Diego. “My talk, ‘Being Connie Chung,’ is about being the daughter who couldn’t disappoint her father; being lost and in­secure; and finally embracing the gifts that come from being raised in a strict Asian family,” she said. The event brings […]

Scientist’s project aims at GMO’s unruly DNA

Beware genetically modified organ­isms! Escondido teen Jacob Lloyd is threat­ening to make the sometimes dangerous transmission of genetically modified or­ganisms’ DNA a thing of the past. Lloyd, who is entering his senior year at San Pasqual High School, is launch­ing a project to change how GMOs are made, and incorporate new safeguards. “One of the problems facing GMO crops is […]

Escondido Crime BlotterUPSCALE

• On Sept. 30, the Escondido Police Department teamed up with local law enforcement and government entities to conduct a large-scale Neighbor­hood Transformation Project, a “com­munity policing initiative with the strategic goal of promoting environ­mental change in our neighborhoods,” according to a press release. During the operation, 16 arrets, 12 misdemeanor citations, 16 traffic cita­tions and three parking citations were […]

Halloween lovers float on flights of fantasy at Escondido Grape Day Park

Friends and family of Christina King, of The Fairy Godmother costume shop showed up for a photo shoot in Grape Day Park last week. King recently purchased the home-based business from Nancy Benson, who started it 14 years ago. Benson, who worked in Escondido school administration, started making cos­tumes for fun, but soon demand had her turning the hobby into […]

San Diego County Water Authority approves expansion of Twin Oaks water treament plant

The San Diego County Water Au­thority board approved change orders to the SDCWA’s contract with NEW­est Construction Company, Inc., for the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant Expanded Service Area project. The September 24 CWA board vote accepted three change orders totaling $315,145 which had been authorized by CWA staff under the authority of CWA general manager Maureen Sta­pleton while […]

North County high schooler auditions for ‘The Voice’

North County local Dawson Daugh­erty will audition on NBC’s “The Voice” sometime this week. The 17-year-old senior at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos will be performing for the blind audition of “The Voice.” Dawson has been singing, playing guitar and writing songs since he was 11 years old. He wrote and recorded his first CD at 13. Dawson’s […]

Step into a costume

• Party City, 1270 Auto Parkway• X’s & O’s Lingerie Halloween• Halloween Express 204 E. Via Rancho Parkway• Spencers at North County Fair

Transportation plan is expected to pass tomorrow

The update of the county’s Regional Transportation Plan is expected to be ap­proved by the San Diego Association of Governments board at the October 9 SAN­DAG meeting. The 2015 RTP update anticipates spend­ing of more than $200 billion for highway, transit, rail, and bicycle projects. The rev­enue includes projections of anticipated federal, state, local and private funds from existing and […]

Safari Park to feature many hand-carved jack o’lanterns

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park parking is glowing Orange on the road to Halloween as it presents “RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns.” This the first year the Safari Park is hosting this event, which features more than 5,000 jack o’lanterns that have been intricately hand-carved and crafted by artists into striking displays, along a winding trail that spans nearly […]