Voter registration deadline approaching

(Register at Escondido City Hall until midnight on Monday, May 23) Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, May 23 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 7, 2016. City Hall will remain open until midnight May 23 to accept voter registration cards.  During regular business hours, you […]

John Paul the Great Catholic University to double size of campus

John Paul the Great Catholic Uni­versity, which opened two and a half years ago in the heart of downtown Escondido, late last year completed a purchase that will allow it to double the size of its campus, adding 30,000 square feet on 1.5 acres. It purchased the old Johnson furni­ture building located at 131 S. Broad­way and the old Center […]

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”

When I see an unnecessary sequel, I’ll often wonder what the studio was thinking. I’m not talking about the huge franchises where any kind of new installment is basically a license to print money. I’m talking about unwanted se­quels to movies that don’t have a fan base clamoring for more. Obviously I can think of a few motivating factors – […]

Expect Delays Tomorrow at SR 76 and Old Highway 395

Expect Delays Tomorrow at SR 76 and Old Highway 395 On Wednesday, May 4th, Caltrans will close SR 76 at the intersection of Old Highway 395 at 1:00 p.m. for approximately one hour, so crews can conduct minor rock blasting work to improve the highway. During the blasting activity, Caltrans will establish a safety perimeter at Old Highway 395.  The blasting will create a […]

Grand Avenue Festival will feature celebrity landscaper Ahmed Hassan

Come to the Grand Avenue Festival and Street Fair on Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Escondido and meet celebrity landscape professional and green industry expert Ahmed Hassan, the original “Yard Crasher” for HGTV and the DIY network. Since 2007, Ahmed has appeared on DIY Network and HGTV in “Land­scape Smart,” “Yard Crashers” and “Turf War.” He has co-hosted […]

First Wingstop restaurant opens in Escondido

New restaurant makes a Wingstop at T-A

A new Wingstop has landed in Es­condido. The restaurant, which spe­cializes in chicken wings and has 845 locations worldwide recently opened at 1815 E. Valley Pkwy., operated under the ownership of Golden West Wings, LLC. This will be the tenth location in the San Diego area, as well as the first Wingstop in Escondido. “We are thrilled to be expanding […]

California Raises Legal Age to buy Tobacco from 18 to 21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governor of California on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown said he signed the measure along with four others restricting tobacco use in various ways. Supporters of the law regarding age aimed to deter adolescents from the harmful, […]

Patio Theatre Youth Director probes for hidden talent

‘American Idiot,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming soon to a Kit Carson Park near you

For Brenda Townsend building a sense of community often involves bringing forth the hidden talents of people, young and old. She is the director of the Youth Theater Program of the Patio Playhouse. The program is gearing up for mid-May au­ditions for “Beauty and the Beast,” which will be performed in August and for a youthful per­formance of “American Idiot” […]


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Real estate climate poses challenges

The dream of homeownership may still be but a dream

Searching for a new home or business location in North County San Diego has proven to be a challenging endeavor for consumers on the purchasing end of the real estate transactions this year. Se­lecting real estate is hard enough when trying to find a location that has all the amenities that suit an individual’s needs at a reasonable price in […]