Arnie and Vinnie: Icons in every sense of the word

Whenever men that I have long admired, respected and yes revered, vacate the scene, I truly feel a sense of loss and wistfulness. It makes no matter that I may never have met them personally. Through their actions, deeds and winning personalities, they created within me a feeling that I knew them intimately. They became trusted friends that I looked […]

City Hall stunned by city manager’s resignation after less than a year in office

Escondido City Hall employees were stunned Friday to learn of the totally unexpected resignation of City Manager Graham Mitchell for “personal reasons.” His resignation takes effect no later than the end of the year. Councilman Ed Gallo seemed to capture the mood when he told the Times-Advocate “I’ve been on the council fourteen years and this is my worst day. […]

Local high school football scoreboard

Calvin Christian 47 – Rock Academy 17 – It’s a seventh straight win for the host Crusaders as they continue their quest for an undefeated regular season. QB Matt Lafler has perhaps his best passing effort, hitting on eight of 10 throws, good for 172 yards and a touchdown. CC’s vaunted running game continues to percolate at a very high […]

Escondido Police chief named Law Enforcement Official of the Year

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter has been named “Law Enforcement Official of the Year” by the San Diego Crime Commission. The award was presented on October 14, at the Commission’s 31st annual Blue Knight Award ceremony. Chief Carter was recognized for his commitment to making San Diego County a model example for the country. Chief Carter has served as the […]

Esco’s top runner proves the importance of mind over matter

Unstoppable, determined, AND easygoing? Escondido High School’s Dionicio (Dennis) Miguel is all of the above. Star athlete and captain of EHS’s Cross Country team, Miguel repeatedly refuses to let anything get in the way of his success, including himself. After numerous injuries along with a physique he describes as “not built for running,” this young Cougar remains not only dedicated […]

Candidate answers critics who accuse him of exaggerating his experience

~ Election 2016

City treasurer candidate Doug Shultz is fending off a series of attacks from a rival in the race to replace longtime incumbent Ken Hugins. Ryan Clark is accusing Shultz of inflating his resume by claiming he was “assistant city treasurer,” when no such city position exists. Clark also filed a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Com mission (FPPC) […]

First, look in your closet

The art of dressing up for Halloween

The Times-Advocate asked Jodie Garcia, a professional make-up artist based in Valley Center, to give our readers some advice on dressing up for Halloween. Garcia was nominated for the Ron Hamm Award for Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design for the theatrical production of “The Addams Family” at Palm Canyon Theatre and under the technical category for best professional makeup for […]

Mike Morasco wants to stay the course on city council

~ Election 2016

Mike Morasco, a tireless booster of Escondido’s businesses, bullish on growth as much as a balanced budget, seeks reelection to the city council in District 4. His opponent is Ingrid Rainey. Morasco has served for six years on the council. He was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Sam Abed’s election as mayor six years ago; ran for reelection […]

‘Setting the record straight’

Singing, “Don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh! Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry!” … Singing sweet song of melodies pure and true, saying, “This is my message to you-ou-ou.” Meditating on this whimsical song by Bob Marley makes for a nice reprieve from the hand-wringing that is so prevalent these days. Oh, we […]

Escondido Shines encourages all: ‘serve, salute and celebrate’

PART 1 OF 2 PARTS It’s a bright yellow plastic bag bigger than a grocery bag, but smaller than your typical trash bag. It’s a well-traveled bag — at least within the confines of the Hidden Valley. It’s a bag whose highest purpose is community service. It’s the Escondido Shines bag. A patent attorney for many years, with several patents […]