Mayor Sam Abed connects with residents at 12th town hall forum

About 50 people, including key city administrators, attended Sam Abed’s 12th Town Hall meeting Wednesday evening at City Hall in the council chambers. The mayor answered questions about improvements to city streets, protecting the city’s trees from ravishment by city employees, climate change, and the siting of a controversial desalination plant. These meetings provide a way for the mayor and […]

Friday/Saturday High School Scoreboard

Calvin Christian 51 – Borrego Springs 6 – The Crusaders continue to roll as they run their record to a perfect 4-0. A huge 44-point first half showcases CC’s dominance. The offense features a myriad of key contributors including quarterback Matt Lafler, who tosses a pair of TD passes and runs for another. Daniel Esguerra paces the ground game with […]

Treasurer candidate Fawcett emphasizes openness and transparency

Robroy Fawcett is one of five candidates for the office of Escondido treasurer. His motto is “Elect Robroy ‘open’ Fawcett and the information will pour out of City Hall!” With a slogan like that, it’s obvious that transparency is one of Fawcett’s ideals. Fawcett grew up in Highland, California, an orange growing community like Escondido once was. He graduated from […]

‘Setting the record straight’

I’m typing this week’s issue on Monday September 26, the big day of the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. Since this is among the most highly anticipated debates in American history, I thought it worthy of comment. “The spectacle of it alone is alluring: one of the world’s most famous women onstage for 90 commercial-free […]

City council candidate Joe Garcia wants to “bring the community together”

Jose “Joe” Garcia is running for city council in District 3, where the incumbent in Olga Diaz. A minister for 28 years, Garcia sees his mission in Escondido being to bring the disparate interests in the community together in unity. A native of Southern California, Joe Garcia was born in Santa Ana, but because of a tragic accident that disabled […]

Abelardo J. Barroso was longtime resident of Escondido

Abelardo J. Barroso5/10/1976 – 9/17/2016 Mr. Barroso was born in Mexico and was a resident of Escondido. Mr. Abelardo is survived by his loving family: Wife-Gisela Barroso, and daughters, Karen Barroso and Monika Barroso. Mr. Abelardo was a foreman at O.J. Insulation Co. He enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his family. Services were held on September 23, at […]

Grand Avenue Festival will celebrate the fall

Celebrating the fall season will be the theme of this year’s Grand Avenue Festival, Escondido on Sunday October 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. For 27 years, thousands of people from all over the county have come to enjoy the historic Grand Avenue during the street fair where over 400 vendors, local entertainment, kid’s rides and international cuisine fill […]

Vera Wilson, 81, taught 34 years in Escondido schools

Vera Aileene Wilson, 81, of Valley Center, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 14, 2016, from complications of an auto accident. Mrs. Wilson was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma, to Irven H. Crow and Clara M. Hanlon Crow during the Great Depression and in the heart of the Dust Bowl. She was raised on the family farm with her […]

Arts Districts: Enriching Lives, Creating Jobs

Arts and cultural districts have spurred new businesses, attracted more tourism, and established vibrant, creative cultural economies across the nation. Now California will have the opportunity to celebrate our communities and the arts by clustering existing arts and cultural amenities in officially designated cultural districts. As a result of Assembly Bill 189 (AB 189), new legislation I co-authored earlier this […]


In last week’s article about the The Escondido Republic Club (TERC) forum at Cocina Del Charro, we inaccurately quoted treasurer candidate Robroy Fawcett. In one instance we quoted him as saying, “Elect ‘Open Fawcett’ and the money will flow!” when what he actually said was, “Elect Robroy ‘open’ Fawcett, and the information will pour out of City Hall.” In the […]