Escondido woman named Kitchen and Bath Designer of the Year

FINE Magazine has selected Barbara Preston of Escondido as Kitchen and Bath Designer of the Year for 2016. FINE Magazine is published locally in San Diego. It taps into luxury lifestyles and what is trending in the finer pleasures in life. For the past seven years, FINE has covered San Diego’s dining and fine wine; the art scene, travel, fashion, […]

Escondido and region dodges water hike bullet—for now

Last week the Metropolitan Wa­ter District (MWD) board DID NOT take the action that many local water agencies, including Escondido’s had feared, i.e. adopting a Fixed Treatment Charge. On April 12 the MWD board voted not to implement the fixed treatment charge at least for a 2-year period. MWD rates are going up, effective January 1, 2017, but not to […]

Creating new sources of water

~ Guest Opinion

Since agriculture in our region de­pends largely on imported water, I have long supported initiatives to in­crease local supplies, including the use of recycled water. As many of you know, as a mem­ber of the Escondido City Council, I was an early supporter of a plan to use treated wastewater to irrigate cit­rus and avocado groves on the city’s outskirts. […]

I go back to rehab … 36 years later

They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no! … I ain’t got the time and my daddy thinks I’m fine ~ Amy Winehouse Because of the impact of alcohol­ism on my life I got a job as a Psychi­atric Aide at Care Manor Hospital, a drug and alcohol rehab, in 1979. Little did I know […]


In our story last week entitled “Now is the time to defend your hometown from live oak killers” we incorrectly identified Tom Stephan as an “arbor­ist.” He is a former certified arborist. As Stephan informed The Times- Advocate: “I must mention that I mentioned to the writer during the interview that I am a FORMER certi­fied arborist. The ISA www.isa- […]

American Heritage Car Show comes to Grape Day Park

The American Heritage Car Show will bring more than 200 classic cars to green sward in downtown Escon­dido’s Grape Day Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday May 28. The American Heritage Car Show is now in its 19th year. This year Jordan Quintal will be honored for his con­tributions to local car culture. Quin­tal of Super Rides in […]



Editor, Times-Advocate A walk down memory lane. But I was a little confused by the opening paragraph. “I’m going to try to paint a mental image of “what was where” that year of 1992 (and right around the turn of the decade) when I first began work as a reporter with the Daily Times-Advocate.” If I remember correctly shouldn’t have […]

Escondido Reflections

When the decade of the 1950’s emerged those 60-plus years ago, I was a beginning reporter for the then Daily Times-Advocate and Escondido operated under a city administrator- type government. We were still a rela­tively quiet, little sleepy town of few­er than 10,000 population, but only a few years away from about to blos­som. Felony crime was almost non- existent. […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

CERT GRADUATION— The Escondido Fire Department recently graduated 14 residents from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) acad­emy held in March. The CERT Academy consisted of 24 hours of training over three weeks (Tuesday and Thursday evenings and one Saturday). The training included: Disas­ter Preparedness, Small Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, Unit Organization – ICS, Disas­ter […]

Civic Youth Orchestra to celebrate 60th anniversary with concert

San Diego County’s Civic Youth Orchestra celebrates its 60th anniversary with a special concert performance at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm., The CYO of rising young musical stars will take to the Center Theater stage to perform a selection of uplifting classical works. You’ll hear Dvorak’s cheery Bohemian-inspired Symphony No. 8 and […]