Shakey’s returns to Escondido after 40 years

It’s been 40 years since Shakey’s Pizza Parlor closed its doors in Escondido, where it served pies during the late 60s and 70s.  Monday morning the national pizza chain returned to the Hidden City in one of the most visible locations in town: across the street from the Center for the Arts. An Escondido resident waiting out front of the […]

City to issue RFP for Community Choice Aggregation energy study

“I’m so excited that this is finally before us!” exclaimed a delighted Escondido councilmember Olga Diaz at the July 17 council meeting, when the council voted unanimously to pursue a feasibility study for the city joining with several other North County cities in procuring power for local residents. This type of arrangement is known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) or […]

Escondido PD to observe 36th annual National Night event

The Escondido Police Department will celebrate the 36th Annual Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 6 at East Valley Community Center from 5–8 p.m. National Night Out is an opportunity for citizens across America to send a powerful message about the importance of neighborhood unity, awareness, safety and police-community partnerships.  The police department is inviting your family and friends […]

Volunteers refurbish ADA cabin at Dixon Lake

On Sunday, July 14 volunteers from the Escondido Sunrise Rotary worked to paint the exterior and interior of the ADA accessible cabin, located in the Dixon Lake camping area. In addition to paint improvements, the group provided all new furniture for the unit. 

Shannon Mac Millan named an Escondido 2019 “Forever Legend”

Shannon MacMillan has been selected as one of nine 2019 Escondido Forever Legends by the Escondido History Center.  A Senior from a High School in Escondido will receive the FLAG (Future Legends Award Group) Award in her name and be presented a $1,000 honorarium. This award, presented in an October 2019 ceremony, is made possible by the sponsorship of the […]

County to share lease cost for second firefighting helicopter

The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to share a Black Hawk helitanker lease with San Diego Gas & Electric, giving an additional boost to the region’s aerial firefighting options during peak fire season. The agreement for the UH-60 will be effective when the amendment is official and will be in place until next June. During red flag weather […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: I love reading The Times-Advocate and the wonderful things happening for Escondido. I have resided in Escondido since 1995. I am a great fan for solving crossword puzzles. In your paper dated June 27 the “Super Crossword” 52 across “New Zealand Aborigine.” The native people of New Zealand are not “aborigines.” They are called “Maoris.” I am a […]


ABED ARTICLE THROWS SLURS AT CAMPA NAJJAR Editor, Times-Advocate I appreciate Mr. Ross’s disclaimer article in this week’s paper regarding the candidate profiles he is writing between now and the elections. Such in depth pieces are critical to give voters a comprehensive picture of the women and men who hope to represent us in government. That said, I must write […]

Memorabilia and whatever


Thank you for reading your Times-Advocate. Every week I have a theme in mind then an event occurs and I change course.  Last week I was saddened to read an obituary about a man I first met in 1976. Harry Hodges was one of the leaders of the Escondido Amateur Radio Society an organization I asked to offer beginning to […]

Arts and culture in California

The California Arts Council has established 14 state-designated Cultural Districts, including three in San Diego County. These Cultural Districts are a direct result of passage of Assembly Bill 189 in 2016, a bill I co-authored with Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica). San Diego’s three Cultural Districts include Balboa Park, home to 17 museums and the San Diego Zoo, […]