State of the City – ‘Escondido is leading in economic growth’ says mayor Sam Abed

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed gave another of his ebullient, upbeat “State of the City” addresses on Wednesday, talking about the city’s economic achievements without downplaying its significant challenges. As he always likes to do, the mayor started off with his signature, “Is this a great city, or what?” It was the mayor’s seventh State of the City Address, and if […]

Supt. Luis Ibarra gives first ‘State of the District’ address

Escondido Union School District Supt. Luis-Rankins-Ibarra Monday gave the district’s first ever “State of the District” address since taking the district’s reins in 2014. It was upbeat and optimistic while recognizing the many challenges that the district faces, chief among them declining enrollment, aging facilities, poverty among the great majority of its students, and less than stellar test scores. The […]

City council appoints interim city manager

During a closed session meeting last week, the Escondido City Council received notification from current City Manager Graham Mitchell of his resignation, effective at the conclusion of the City Council meeting scheduled for March 8, 2017. The Escondido City Council appointed City Attorney Jeffrey Epp to serve as Interim City Manager while their recruitment process continues. Assistant City Attorney Michael […]

Rebuilding our transportation infrastructure

Last week I joined my Assembly Republican colleagues to announce introduction of the Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Act (TRRIP). Unlike other proposals you may have heard about, our plan will restore and enhance California’s transportation infrastructure, without raising taxes! Since the 1970s our population has almost doubled, but our highway system has not kept pace. Californians pay the second […]

A Trump bump on 2017 housing market?

2017 President North San Diego County Association of Realtors In a nation in which homeownership is largely seen as synonymous with the American dream, it’s a question that real estate professionals are now asking: How will President Trump impact the U.S. housing market in 2017? Will a Trump presidency launch a sustained upward trend in homeownership rates? Mr. Trump is […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: I am hoping you can help get the news out to the community that a petition has been started to stop the Request for Proposals and reject any future proposals for the construction of a BMX track in Kit Carson Park, one of the “Jewels of Escondido.” A similar proposal was brought to the City Council in 2013, […]

Library Concert Series

gy bluegrass to Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series, March 11, at 3 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Virtual Strangers will play their award-winning music in the tradition of bluegrass legends such as Earl Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs. Virtual Strangers is a highly talented bluegrass band made up of Mike Tatar, Sr. on banjo; Yvonne Tatar on bass; […]

Auditions for “Annie”

Community Players Theatre is holding auditions its upcoming production of “Annie,” the Broadway musical about an orphan’s lifelong dream of finding her parents and the people who love her.  This show includes such favorites as “Tomorrow,” “Little Girls” and “Hard Knock Life.” Auditions will be held Tuesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 9, 7–9 p.m. Auditions are open to anyone […]

Thursday, car vs. motorcycle leaves one injured

Lt. Mike Kearney of the Escondido Police Department reported that on Thursday, February 23, 9:17 p.m. the police dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding a vehicle vs. motorcycle collision at Broadway & Leslie Lane. Police and firefighters arrived 4 minutes later and began rendering aid to the injured motorcyclist. According to witness and involved parties, a 2002 Honda CBR motorcycle […]

Former Escondido police officer’s book details his battle with cancer

Glen D. Kirkpatrick, Jr., who served in the Escondido Police Department until cancer forced him to retire, and his wife, Debbie, have written “Overcome: A Story of Intervention, Rescue, and Redemption,” in which they share with heart-wrenching openness how their trials of long-term cancer survivorship led them to God, who intervened, rescued, and redeemed their lives. In this combination of […]