Let’s learn from the many stories Escondido has to tell

Some years ago, I read a book called The Girl with the White Flag by Tomiko Higa. It is the autobiography of a five-year-old Okinawan girl who, in April of 1945, becomes separated from her family during the Battle for Okinawa. After reading this book, it occurred to me that I had never asked my Okinawan mother-in-law about her own […]

Reaching out to the homeless

~ Guest Opinion

As you know, Escondido has a large homeless population and Grape Day Park is a favorite amongst their community. Here at the EHC, we notice a number of kindhearted citizens visit the park with bags of clothes, blankets, food, and more, especially during the holiday season. Last year we even noticed a trend that included wrapping jackets around lampposts in […]

EPD processes 1,347 cars through DUI checkpoint Saturday

On Saturday, December 17, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Driver’s License Checkpoint in the area of Valley Parkway and Juniper Street. According to Lt. Mike Kearney of the EPD, checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. […]

The legislative process

~ Guest Opinion

The California Legislature will begin its work for the new session in January, and since over 2,000 bills are likely to be introduced in the next few weeks, it is helpful to describe how the legislative process works. Based on the committee system, newly introduced bills first go before the Rules Committee, which assigns bills to policy committees based on […]


ATTEMPTED ROBBERY — On December 4 at about 8:35 p.m. an unknown suspect entered the Chevron gas station at 215 E. Via Rancho Pkwy. The suspect was described as a white male, about 20-30 years old, 5’6” tall, black hair, wearing a camouflage jacket, black pants, and a blue bandana over the lower half of his face. The suspect approached the […]


My experience as a juror

Jury duty, while sometimes an inconvenience, is a civic responsibility that should be experienced by every U.S. citizen at least once. Over the years, I have received five jury summons, of which I was excused from one because of a medical problem. Of the other four, I was selected for the jury three times, which came as a huge surprise, […]

Former meat market

The former Talone’s Meat Market was demolished recently. The market burned down in July, in one of the most visible commercial fires in city history.

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Feed by M. T. Anderson

Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13- 18, meets on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Feed, by M. T. Anderson, is the selected title and copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library. escondido.org. […]

Where to get sand bags

The City of Escondido provides sand and empty bags for filling at the Escondido Sports Center in Kit Carson Park, located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway. Sand bags and sand will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by checking in at the Sports Center Customer Counter. Escondido residents will need to bring identification, as well […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

Feldenkrais – discover natural pain relief at Library Escondido Public Library offers Feldenkrais – Discover Natural Pain Relief, a series of two consecutive programs held on Fridays, January 6, and January 13 from 10:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m., in the Turrentine Room. The classes are part of the Library’s New Year, New You 2017 theme. While classes are free, pre-registration is […]