SANDAG board puts ½ cent sales tax on November ballot

Last Friday 13 of the 21 members of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board voted to put a ½ cent sales tax on the November ballot for San Diego County residents to vote on. Escondido’s representative on the board, Mayor Sam Abed, voted no. Two thirds of those voting would be required to vote yes to pass the […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

Summer Sing Singers of the community are invited to join The Center Chorale for a fun Summer Sing at the California Center for Arts, Escondido Studio One Theater. The Escondido Choral Arts Summer Sing will be Monday, August 22, 7 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door. Read through some unusual and wonderful music, meet fellow musicians, and catch up […]

Vector control assessment unchanged

The county’s vector control benefit assessment will remain at the same level as it was during Fiscal Year 2015-16. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, who serve as the board of the county’s Vector Control District, voted 4-0 June 22 with Greg Cox in Sacramento to maintain the annual assessment of $5 per equivalent dwelling unit. The vector control […]

‘Setting the record straight’

Assuming that you believe in the after-life, if someone were to ask you the question, “How do you get to heaven?” what would you say? I would like to invite you to take a moment to answer that question. (The game show Jeopardy’s 30-second timer background music just started playing in my head.) Because God has “set eternity in the […]

Yes, developers have rights

~ Editorial

This is the year of one set of rules for the powerful and one set of rules for the little guy. Well, actually, every year is that year, and always has been, but for some reason it’s a little more in your face THIS year. Over the past few years the Accretive Group (YOU thought I was doing an article […]

Escondido residents honored by colleges

Madison Lerma, of Escondido a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, New Jersey has been named to the Honors List for the Spring 2016 semester. To qualify for the Honor’s List, a student must carry a 3.5 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours […]

People are leaving

I always look forward to returning home, even when it’s only for a short break in the legislative session. Sadly, I’m often greeted by people I’ve known for years who tell me they are `fed up,’ and are leaving California for greener pastures elsewhere. California’s, high housing costs, the cost of commercial real estate, of electricity and gasoline, our excessive […]


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Before its demise, the former Daily Times-Advocate, with which I was affiliated for 27 years, was located in three different sites in downtown Escondido – from 237 E. Grand Avenue to 226 E. Ohio Avenue (now Valley Parkway), to 207 E. Pennsylvania Avenue. It all started out for me August 1952 at the Grand avenue location between Juniper and Kalmia […]

Mercedes Benz of Escondido donates 2016 Mercedes to volunteer

In a surprise announcement, Mercedes Benz of Escondido recently granted a six-month lease of a 2016 Mercedes-Benz to Judy Corasaniti, who was honored at the North San Diego Business Chamber’s annual awards dinner, Celebration of Business, on June 11. Mercedes-Benz General Manager Jason Cestaro also auctioned a 2-year lease on a Mercedes-Benz during the fundraiser, and talked of the importance […]