Organ donors and recipients celebrate Donate Life Month

Palomar Health workers Tuesday celebrated the beginning of National Donate Life Month, established to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.  The event happened at Palomar Medical Center Escondido at the flagpole on the back lawn. Palomar Health Nurse Lisa Hernandez knows the life-saving impact an organ donation can have but from opposite perspectives. Her godson received […]

“Twenty years, believe it or not!” says Cruisin’ Grand founder

In what may be a first, Tuesday Steve Waldron gave an interview over a cell phone about the upcoming Cruisin’ Grand, which is celebrating its 20th birthday this Friday.  “It’s twenty years, believe it or not, bringing in some special cars throughout the year,” Waldron told The Times-Advocate just three days from the opening of Escondido’s iconic affair with the […]

City, church celebrate groundbreaking of “The Grand”

About 150 city residents, officials  and members of the New Vintage Church gathered Saturday morning at the Heritage Garden gazebo across Grand Avenue from the old Ritz Theater to celebrate a new beginning for that corner, and possibly for Grand Avenue itself.  That end of Grand Avenue was once, in bygone days, known as the “black sheep” of the downtown […]

City to consider “transfer of density” program April 9

The Planning Commission will vote on Tuesday, April 9, on a Density Transfer Program. The meeting begins 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.   This is a controversial program that has some residents worried it might unalterably change the atmosphere of the downtown.  To address the housing shortage, affordable and otherwise, the City of Escondido is seeking […]

BIZstory: Lounsbery, Ferguson, Altona & Peak

“A lawyer’s time and advice are his (her) stock in trade” – Abraham Lincoln It was March 15, 1996 – the Ides of March – when a new law firm was formed from the roots of a larger regional firm. After working together for many years at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, Ken Lounsbery, Dave Ferguson, Erick Altona and Helen Peak […]

Mayor tours Stone Brewing

Recently Mayor Paul McNamara visited Stone Brewing. CEO Dominic Engels and VP of Brewing Operations, Joel Grosser showed him around the bistro, brewery and packaging hall. Stone Brewing remains the largest craft beer employer in the US with about 1,400 team members internationally. 

Bimbo Bakeries USA recognized by EPA at Escondido bakery

On Thursday, March 28, at its Escondido bakery, Bimbo Bakeries USA was presented with a certificate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star Program after earning Energy Star certification at 14 of its facilities in 2018. This marks a record for the most facilities receiving Energy Star certification in one year across all industries. The certification signifies that […]

The Puritan ideal lives


The Puritan ideal lives strong in our society. The idea that “I don’t enjoy it, so nobody else can be allowed to enjoy it.” All it takes is for regular folks to lie back and take it for the Puritans to win. The old joke is that a Puritan is someone “who suspects that somewhere, someone is having a good […]

“Friends” offer priorities for Daley Ranch

Recently, when visiting with board members of the Friends of Daley Ranch (FODR), Mayor Paul McNamara asked the group to send him their “goals and hopes.” Shortly after, the FODR board met and developed a strategic plan for the property for this year and beyond. They sent a letter to McNamara signed by Colleen Mackinnon, board president. Their priorities, in […]

Be Fruitful and Multiply

  “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the […]