City opens new bioenergy facility

The Escondido Utilities Department and Anaergia have unveiled the new Escondido Bioenergy Facility at the HARRF (Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility.) Biogas is produced in the sludge digesters and is composed of mostly methane and carbon dioxide. The Escondido Bioenergy Facility uses biogas as fuel for two natural gas engines. These engines drive electrical generators which produce 1.2 megawatts of […]

Aquaponics Innovation Center celebrates opening

ECOLIFE Conservation, an NGO headquartered in Downtown Escondido, unveiled its new Aquaponics Innovation Center in rural North Escondido.  The center produces organic lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers using 90% less water than traditional “dirt” farming. In addition to providing a sustainable source of healthy produce to local non-profits, the Innovation Center also provides opportunities to educate school children and the greater […]

Chamber honors “Rising Stars” students

Escondido Chamber of Commerce Wednesday honored its “Rising Stars” students for November.  Chamber CEO Rorie Johnston told the gathering, “As we endure the high winds and perhaps the loss of electricity this week, we are still grateful for what we have and who we meet along the way. Today, I am most grateful to have met seven more of Escondido’s […]

Escondido Charitable Foundation announces 2019 grants

Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today announced a call for Letters of Intent for its 13th annual grant cycle. Every year, ECF invites nonprofit organizations and agencies to submit proposals for initiatives that enhance Escondido through programs, activities and/or events that create connections, increasing civic engagement to build a stronger community. Research shows that […]

First Reach Up, Then Reach In Pt.2

~Words of Faith

 “Yet hear now, O Jacob My servant, and Israel whom I have chosen.  Thus, says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.   For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; […]

End of Innocence


As I have related this innocent and yet sardonic story many times, I am sometimes ashamed of myself. It was a Friday, a parent/teacher conference day at my school. I was thirteen, and since students were excused from classes, my friend and I decided to play golf. I can’t for the life of me remember how we got onto one […]

Honoring Service and Leadership

Over the past year I have been honored to recognize dozens of organizations and individuals that protect and serve the public, assist those in need, educate our youth and help keep our local economy humming. Here are just a few examples that make this such a special place.  Charity for Charity in Temecula, my “Nonprofit of the Year,” reaches out […]

“Mark Twain’s A Christmas Carol” comes to the California Center for the Arts

This December, for the first time ever, the world’s most beloved Christmas tale will be told by America’s most famous storyteller, Mark Twain, as the award-winning North County Players brings “Mark Twain’s A Christmas Carol” to the California Center for the Arts Escondido’s Studio 1 Theatre. “Mark Twain’s A Christmas Carol” recounts the classic holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a […]

Tsunami Rec Soccer finishes season undefeated

The Tsunami rec Soccer girls under 16 team just finished its season undefeated, 12-0. All but two of those games were away contests. The remainder were in Del Mar, Oceanside, Encinitas and Scripps Ranch.  The is the second season the team has been undefeated in the Presidio Soccer League. The team of 15 girls from Escondido, Valley Center and San […]

Pats ride Patterson to convincing 48-7 playoff win

Coming into last Friday night’s Division V quarterfinal postseason contest between Maranatha Christian and No. 1 seed Orange Glen, one central question loomed. Simply stated, could the Eagles come up with a game plan to at least contain if not stop the Patriots’ Cael Patterson, one of San Diego County’s most prolific and dynamite running backs? In a nutshell, the […]