2016-12-01 E-Edition

‘Moana’: The best Disney movie this year

Much has been made of Disney’s hot streak in 2016. They’ve already had hits with “Zootopia;” “The Jungle Book;” “Captain America: Civil War;” “Finding Dory;” and “Doctor Strange,” plus “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is set to dominate the Christmas box office. Now here comes “Moana,” and it’s the best one yet. What puts the film over the top […]

No cause determined for Lake Dixon fire

Thursday, November 24, at about 2:30 p.m. Escondido Police and Fire Dispatch center dispatched fire units to a reported vegetation fire on La Honda Drive near Dixon Lake. Dispatch reported multiple callers saying a fire was burning near the parking lot at Dixon Lake. As fire units were responding to the incident a fairly large smoke column could be seen […]

Of Notre Dame, a father, a war and an unfulfilled dream

It was a blessing that my Dad wasn’t around to see Notre Dame’s deflating 45-27 season-ending loss to USC that put the Irish out of their agony, at least for this forgettable season. It would have made him wince and shake his head in utter disappointment. The setback to the Trojans dropped ND’s overall record to a disgraceful 4-8 and […]

A holiday tradition: the Jaycees Christmas Parade returns Dec. 10

The 66th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade December 10 is a holiday tradition that typifies the joys of small town America — including hosts of walking Boy and Cub Scouts, sports teams, equestrian units, high school bands, and lots of fire engines. About 10,000- 15,000 spectators are expected. Because it’s the 66th Christmas parade along Broadway, the theme this year is […]


December Events at Sip, Wine and Beer Sip, Wine and Beer at 131 S. Orange Street, will be hosting the following events during December: December 1, 7-10 p.m. Start December off with soulful sounds from Jimmy & Enrique! Bring your friends, SIP a bottle of wine, and enjoy the atmosphere! December 7, 7-9 p.m. Bill Powell, wine maker from Paso […]

Community in Unity will benefit deserving kids

The 6th annual Community in Unity event will happen Thursday, December 1, 5:31 p.m.-8 p.m. at Escondido City Hall under the dome. The event combines local food and beverages from some of Escondido’s premier chefs and businesses along with collecting toys and pajamas for deserving children. Note: that time for event’s beginning is correct. Everything begins one minute after City […]


RESISTING AN OFFICER — On November 15 at about 4 p.m., officers were on routine patrol in the area of 8th Street and Spruce Street when they attempted to stop a male pedestrian for walking in the roadway. The man immediately fled while simultaneously keeping one hand in his waistband, leading the officers to believe the subject was possibly armed with […]

University opens new Student Life Center in downtown

Grand opening of University Student Center is latest in series of revitalization projects

On Monday, November 28, John Paul the Great Catholic University opened its new Student Life Center with Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, city council members Ed Gallo and John Masson and Craig Carter, Chief of the Escondido Police Department in attendance. The new Student Life Center is located at 200 W. Grand Ave., Escondido 92025 and was blessed by Father Andy, […]

‘Setting the record straight’

It happened a year ago last month. The envelope was thrown in the “not-urgent-yet-should-be-opened-soon” pile of mail on our dining room table. After a few days I picked it up and opened it, not knowing that my life would be forever changed. The envelope contained a family portrait and a letter from someone who claimed to be my half-sister! She […]