Local news returns!

New owners, operators at Times-Advocate plan Escondido focus

You hold in your hand the first issue of the new Escondido Times-Advocate under new ownership and manage­ment. Roadrunner Publications, Inc. an­nounced Jan. 5 that it had purchased the Times–Advocate, headquartered in San Marcos, California for an un­disclosed amount. The acquisition in­cludes the Escondido Times–Advocate and Valley Center Times–Advocate. Back in September Roadrunner Publications, Inc. purchased the Valley Roadrunner newspaper, […]

Supervisors approve grant application for rubberized roads

Times-Advocate Correspondent San Diego County has applied for a state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery grant to fund rubberized paving on county roads. A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Su­pervisors vote Jan. 6 approved the grant to the department known as CalRecycle, while also approving acceptance of the grant that would fund $4 per ton of rubber­ized asphalt […]

Review: “Ride Along 2, ” an inevitable, useless sequel

Back in 2014, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart made the idiotic comedy “Ride Along.” The film followed a familiar “hardboiled cop and pesky sidekick” formula that’s been done to death, with the only variation being that it starred the constantly-yapping Hart. Hart’s appeal was, and still is, lost on me, but the man’s fan base turned out in droves, giving […]

Case against students caught with knives blows over

The story of two San Pasqual High School students suspended and facing expulsion for bringing weapons onto school grounds on Jan. 27 blew over last week. Local news media had broadcast the stormy Escondido Union High School District board session Feb. 9 and covered last Friday’s emergency meeting that promised the students would not be punished for having knives in […]

Escondido shuts down medical marijuana

The Escondido Council Chamber became a forum for a discussion of medical marijuana on the first meeting of the new year. Council members passed an ordi­nance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation and delivery of the substance at the Jan. 14 meet­ing. The city had already banned dis­pensaries, but followed the lead of the California League of Cities, which ad­vised municipalities […]

Harrah’s adopts Lake Wohlford

Escondido officials joined John Se­bastian, director of casino operations for Harrah’s Resort Southern Califor­nia, to celebrate the adoption of Lake Wohlford by the resort owned by the Rincon Band of Mission Indians. Sebastian told the Times-Advocate, “Harrah’s Resort is really proud and excited to clean up the lake and the property at Lake Wohlford. We’re just a proud supporter of […]

Sports will have a prominent place in the new T-A

Admittedly, this is not coming from an impartial party, but as far as I’m concerned, sports are an indis­pensable part of any viable newspa­per. My experience has shown that readers are just as likely to seek out the sports pages as they are any other section of the paper. Don’t believe me? Next time you’re at a Starbucks, Barnes & […]

Escondido institution, Champions, closes its doors

On its last day as an Escondido land­mark, Champions Family Restaurant was packed last Friday and Annette Champion, owner, was in the kitchen putting together orders, dealing with platters of corned beef and chewing out members of her staff, in­cluding her husband Dan Hannegan, who had been pressed into service as a bus boy. Times-Advocate: How does the family feel […]

East Valley Parkway goes wide

East Valley Parkway between Beven Drive and Lake Wohlford Road will be widened and improved starting next fall. The project is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete, and will widen East Valley Parkway to three lanes each way, according to Julie Procopio, assistant di­rector of Escondido’s Public Works De­partment. “It will be three lanes in each direction […]

Pasqual and Eloise Paredes celebrate 70 years of marriage through toil, war, duty and old age

Their love story starts in early 1943, Pasqual, was asked to drive his mom to a friend’s baby baptism cele­bration. Being 16 years old, he wasn’t too excited about spending the after­noon with a group of his mother’s friends. After greeting others at the party, Pasqual found a corner to sit back and watch the festivities. Then he noticed a […]