Inadequate housing objectives in North County


Recently, I offered policy plans for North County to meet affordable housing goals (see Affordable Housing Challenges, January 10, 2019).  I am pleased to update you about how Sacramento has responded to these efforts.  Most responsive to the immediate and intermediate needs for affordable housing in San Diego County, Assemblymember Todd Gloria has introduced a series of bills to address […]

BIZstory: Distinction Gallery: known internationally

The Distinction Gallery at 317 East Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido is known for showing highly skilled artists from around the world. The Gallery represents 16 painters who have regularly scheduled exhibitions.  The Gallery also houses ArtHatch a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that provides artists working in all media a place to create, exhibit and blossom. Studios are available […]


“Dancing With Our Stars” raises $135,000 for Center

“Dancing With Our Stars” a charity dance competition Saturday at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, wowed the audience of over 800 and raised $135,000 (and still counting) for the Center’s Education Programs and Community Events Outreach programs.  People’s choice award went to Pauline Gourdie. Co-MC’s were Elizabeth Alvarez from KUSI and Hula Ramos from Sunny 98.1.     […]

Rincon water says city invading its territory with sewer proposal

At the April 10 City Council meeting the Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District complained that the city was contemplating doing a sewer project with a developer within Rincon’s water district without bothering to check with it first.  The development is the 326 single-family residential development Valiano Project that the Board of Supervisors approved last July, but which is now […]

New baseball field dedicated in Escondido

On March 10, the efforts of many civic minded individuals came to fruition with the grand opening and dedication of the new Hidden Valley Middle School and Escondido Charter High School baseball field located at 2700 Reed Rd. in Escondido. It will be simply known as the Hidden Valley Ball Field. About a year in the making and at a […]

Authorities offer $10,000 reward for mosque arsonist

The FBI and the ATF are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism and arson of the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque, also known as the Islamic Center of Escondido, on March 24. The agencies held a press conference Thursday afternoon, at which time they offered the reward.  […]

Preventing wildfires

 Over the past few years, the Ceder, Witch, Cocos, Guejito, Paradise and Lilac fires have taught us a lot.  The need to be proactive is critical. That’s why I introduced Assembly Bill 19, for fire prevention and roadway vegetation management. Auto-related wildfires are a major problem in California. In 2016 and 2017, almost 25% of local wildfires were vehicle-related. The […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: So many of us want to imagine that we will live forever and nothing difficult or sad will ever happen to us or our loved ones. Unfortunately, that is impossible, and we have to help prepare ourselves and our families to weather the storms that will eventually come. When we think seriously about it, many of us find […]

HVCCA sponsors Folk Collection concert May 5

The Folk Collection will be singing classic folk songs from the 60’s  Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m. at the California Center of the Arts, Escondido.  The concert is sponsored by Hidden Valley Community Concert Association (HVCCA.) Hear the music made famous by artists and groups including The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, and The Limeliters.  This is […]