Art Association invites submissions to “Celebrate Grand Escondido” show

The Escondido Art Association, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote the arts in North County San Diego, invites artists of all ages, members and non-members alike, to participate in its 2nd annual “Celebrate Grand Escondido” open judged 2-D art show. A total of $1,075 in prize money, as well as free entries to future shows, will be […]

‘The Secret Life of Pets’: Not a bad summer movie

“The Secret Life of Pets” is an animated kids’ movie where two dogs don’t like each other, but they find themselves stranded and in danger, so they have to work together if they ever want to get home. Just like in “Toy Story.” And “Inside Out.” And “The Good Dinosaur.” And “Finding Nemo.” And “Finding Dory.” But this one is […]

Call to artists:

“Remembering 9/11” art competition

The first annual exhibition and competition, “Remembering 9/11” art competition invites artists “to share their reflections of September 11, 2001.” The art competition is in conjunction with the “9/11 Remembrance Ceremony” in Fallbrook. The exhibition will be held at Brandon Gallery in Fallbrook from September 2 – 30. The community will judge the artwork. The “People’s Choice Award” can be […]

Harper hype is laughingly excessive

For some time now, a storyline that has been circulated by lemming-like reporters and fans across the country is that Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is destined to become an all-time great and a surefire Hall of Famer. To these Harper honks, it’s already a done deal and a virtual lock that the bearded 23-year-old, who once graced the cover […]

Caltrans activates meters along Hwy 78 to relieve congestion

Caltrans began activating meters on eastbound Hwy 78 last week for the morning commute. Affected locations are Civic Center Drive, Mar Vista Drive and Sycamore Avenue in Vista. A total of 22 on-ramps will be activated in groups of three through August to help reduce the duration and extent of congestion on the freeway. Ramp metering at the new locations […]

Fed ain’t dead but Slam hopes probably are!

With both age and time hanging over him like a hovering fog, no one has to tell the incomparable Roger Federer that his best days are clearly behind him. In fact, they are so far in the past, they aren’t even in the rearview mirror anymore. The dominance and consistent magnificence that were once calling cards of his game are […]

Vallecitos district ends outdoor watering restrictions

The Vallecitos Water District’s Board of Directors Thursday voted to rescind the mandatory drought restrictions under its “Level 2 Drought Alert” and move to voluntary conservation measures under its “Level 1 Drought Watch,” thereby ending restrictions on outdoor watering. Vallecitos Water District provides water, wastewater, and reclamation services to San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; parts of Carlsbad, […]


I was born in Cleveland. I grew up in the western suburbs of Cleveland. I witnessed the mayor of Cleveland setting his hair on fire. I watched flames dancing on the largest river in Cleveland. And I watched as a city slowly decayed. Nothing it seemed could pull Cleveland out of its doldrums. That was especially true of our sports […]

Grape Day Park Playground

City workers are busy putting in the Grape Day Park playground, which is next to the Escondido History Center. The project is under construction with landscaping continuing. The remainder of the new playground equipment is expected to be delivered this week, according to the city’s website.

Triple Crown World Series fast pitch girls comes to Escondido this week

The Triple Crown World Series has arrived in Escondido as of Tuesday July 12 and will play until Saturday, July 16. This year’s annual Triple Crown World Series will host the 10u girls fast pitch division. They will have 43 teams from all over California, Arizona, and Texas. All games will be played at Kit Carson Park on the youth […]