2016-12-29 E-Edition

Library awarded literacy grant

The Escondido Public Library recently was awarded $46,080 this fiscal year by the California State Library to continue to provide adult literacy services to Escondido’s community. According to a spokesman for the city, “This award reflects an increase in funding which can be attributed to the Library’s exceptional maintenance of effort and success in adding new learners, and volunteer tutors […]


Local business beautifies exterior with custom mural Kings Pawn, a family owned and operated business located at 1010 East Valley Parkway since 1991, recently invested in an exterior renovation that included new landscaping, new awnings, new paint and a custom mural by local artist Zane Kingkaid. The owner, Heidi Hancox, received a façade improvement grant from the City in the […]

Making my writing fit the regulations


“Congress shall make no law regarding Freedom of the Press — except for regulations.” —The First Amendment, amended. I started my editorial way ahead of the game when I applied for my initial permit to write “an opinion.” The rationale for the permitting process from the Department of Housing and Verbal Development is that there are only so many opinions […]

Concert pianist Tina Chong to perform in January

Tina Chong, concert pianist, with guest trombonist Brian Hecht, of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will perform in a concert sponsored by the Hidden Valley Community Concert Association of Escondido — which is celebrating its 71st season. The concert will be January 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Tickets are available by calling 800- […]


Free and unfettered press: What it means to our liberties

How many times have you felt that somebody with whom you disagree or somebody you just don’t like should be silenced? That they should not be allowed to say those things; that they have no right to say those things? That they don’t think the way I do? I’m sure you’ve had similar thoughts if you’ll be honest with yourself. […]

Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week – January 22-28

The city’s tourism organization, ‘Visit Escondido,’ will once again sponsor Dine Out Escondido Restaurant Week January 22 – 28, at 30 restaurants in historic downtown and all around town. Escondido’s Dine Out Escondido!” restaurant week is better than ever with thirty local restaurant participants, a new partnership in support of the North County Food Bank and a special ride discount […]

Notes from an Election Worker: joining the largest local election ever

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters needed temporary/seasonal workers for the 2016 Presidential Election. I was contacted by a recruiting agency, under license to the Registrar, and, having passed the background check and drug test, was hired. The job was quite routine, and a robot could surely be developed to do most of it. Over the two weeks prior […]

Sing: a movie for when you’re tired of Moana

“Sing” is an animated kids’ movie for kids who are tired of “Moana.” At least, I hope its audience is kids who are tired of “Moana.” Otherwise, it’s getting business that “Moana” should be getting. Parents, if your kids want to see “Sing” and they haven’t seen “Moana” at least twice already, try to steer them to that. Matthew McConaughey […]

Times-Advocate Shorts

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring several activities in January. Many are limited to members of the Chamber, while others are open to non-members as well. To make sure, call the Chamber office, or visit 720 N Broadway, Escondido 92025. Economic Development Committee Thursday, January 12 at noon., at the Conference Room of the Chamber. The committee works […]

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