Mayor Sam Abed endorses Kristin Gaspar for supervisor

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed an­nounced his support today for Encini­tas Mayor Kristin Gaspar for San Di­ego County’s 3rd District Supervisor contest. “I ran for the Board of Supervisors because Dave Roberts violated the public trust and this disqualifies him from serving in public office,” said Abed last week. “Roberts abused the taxpayers, used his office to advance himself politically, and […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

“Chip in for Jim” to be held August 19 A fundraiser to help a local man af­flicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease) will be held August 19 at Woods Valley Golf Course in Valley Center. The 2nd annual “Chip in for Jim” golf tournament will benefit Jim Mc­Farland a longtime area resident. Last year’s fundraiser, which was also held in […]

800 Escondido students among beneficiaries of San Diego Foundation grant

About 800 Escondido students will be among the beneficiaries of a San Diego Foun­dation grant of $400,300 that will be used to connect, protect and increase access to green space and nature throughout the region for area youths through field trips. San Diego Zoo Backyard Biodiversity Hotspot – $35,577 In collaboration with the Escondido Creek Conservancy and Escondido Union School […]

Beware of phone scams!

This warning comes from 3rd Dis­trict Supervisor Dave Roberts’ office: The voice on the phone sounded ur­gent and serious: “A warrant for your arrest has been issued by the IRS!” What a bunch of boloney. Almost anyone who owns a tele­phone has been called at least once by some kind of scam artist. That was the case for a constituent […]

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Rise of the end justifies the means voter

My cronies and I were sitting in a local cigar bar, posing inappropriate questions to Siri on our iPhones when the topic switched over to the presi­dential election. “How can you possibly vote for Hillary when she can sit there on national television and tell a bald faced lie about what the FBI said about her?” de­manded a voice. “Well, […]

Daley Ranch offers three hikes in August

Hike Schedule – August All hikes begin at the Daley Ranch entrance on La Honda Drive unless otherwise noted. Bring water, sun hat, sunscreen, and proper hiking boots or tread­ed footwear. All trails include steep and/or slippery sections. Please do not leave valuables in your car. Steady rain cancels a hike. The hike schedule is also available at www.escondido.org and […]

Enjoying our local State Parks

It’s summer, time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. There’s no better way to do that than by visiting one of our lo­cal State Parks. Though several of these gems are just an hour or so from home, a visit transports you to another world. The State Parks System has over 280 parks covering about 1.4 million acres. […]

Hospice volunteer Clyde Maulding celebrates 102nd birthday

The Elizabeth Hospice last week celebrated the 102nd birthday of Clyde Maulding, a volunteer at The Elizabeth Hospice and Valley Center resident. Maulding turned 102 on July 22, and Elizabeth Hospice staff and volunteers threw him a birthday party. Maulding has volunteered more than 300 hours the last six years. “At The Elizabeth Hospice, we are appreciative that at the […]


The Prowler was one of the best read columns of the old TA

To “prowl”: The dictionary definition of that word is “to roam through stealth­ily, as in search of prey;” “to rove fur­tively, or with predatory intent.” That calls to mind The Prowler col­umn, a feature of the former Escondi­do Daily Times-Advocate that debuted some 60-plus years ago. It was a fea­ture that helped spike interest in a small town daily of […]


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