Why is housing so costly? Preaching the gospel of deregulation

Michael McSweeney was preaching the gospel of deregulation to members of the Escondido Chamber’s Economic Development Committee last week. He is the senior public policy advisor to the Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego County and a former contractor. McSweeney told the committee that he moved to San Diego from Cleveland in 1984 and spent 20 years doing large-scale […]


EDCO won’t pick up on day after holiday In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 30, EDCO will not be performing any residential collection services and customer service offices will be closed. As a result, there will be a one-day delay during the week of May 30 for residential waste and recycling collection service for customers […]

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Palomar awards excellent nurses, doctors

In honor of the hard work and dedication of all health care workers, Palomar Health this week announced its 2016 Doctors and Nurses of the Year. During National Nurses Week, the first week of May, one nurse was named the 2016 Roz & Len Kolins Nurse of the Year at each of Palomar Health’s three hospitals: Palomar Medical Center, Pomerado […]

City council to consider sewage treatment plant near residential area

Escondido city council May 25 will consider overturning an April decision by the Planning Commission that denied a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to the city to develop a facility to provide advanced treatment of recycled water that the city’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) produces for agricultural use. This Micro Filtration and Reverse Osmosis (MFRO) would take first stage […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

Free Smoke Alarm Testing The Escondido Fire Department, in conjunction with the San Diego Burn Institute, offers testing of smoke alarms free of charge to Seniors, age 62 and over, in owner-occupied households. Have your smoke alarms tested at no charge! If you need a new battery or even a new or additional alarms, replacements will be provided FREE! There […]

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‘Setting the record straight’

Ever since we first laid eyes on that special someone in a 3rd grade classroom, we became familiar with the phrase, “a broken heart,” right? The very first time your heart “fluttered” for someone, the opportunity was afforded for it to be broken. Of course, our hearts can be broken in many ways. The high school sweetheart who went away […]

Regulations worsen California’s housing crisis

~ Guest Opinion

California is the nation’s largest state, with a population estimated at just over 39 million. The availability of housing has not kept up with population growth. As is so often the case in California, government intervention has been counterproductive, resulting in an inadequate supply and skyrocketing housing costs, along with a lack of sustainable water and energy reliability. Programs that […]

Evelyn Schafer, 92, of Escondido was a tireless volunteer into her 80s

Evelyn Schafer, age 92 of Escondido, California died Saturday, May 14, 2016. She was born in Glen Cove, NY, to the late John and Jennie Bergano on February 24, 1924. Mother, homemaker, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Pink Lady at local hospital, volunteer as a Presidential Election Poll Coordinator, she worked for 40 years into her 80’s at women’s clothing […]