Paper boy, collecting!


“Paper boy, collecting”. Ever hear that on a late Saturday morning or afternoon? It was a minor miracle if I collected the entire route in one day.  What was more Norman Rockwell Americana than watching a paper boy or girl on Sunday morning trying to steady the bike with that heavy Sunday edition in an overfull canvas bag wrapped across […]

Escondido’s Bosko Hrnjak teams up with Val Kilmer in LA art exhibit

Escondido artist Bosko Hrnjak’s works will be highlighted in an exhibit in Los Angeles at HelMel Studios, which is owned by film star Val Kilmer. Times-Advocate readers last read about Hrnjak in July 2018 in the feature: “Film opens about Escondido man, Bosko Hrnjak and ‘Rebirth of Tiki.’ ” They learned of the documentary film “Bosko and the Rebirth of […]

Michael McDonald: An icon with staying power

It’s hard enough to become a music icon. But you’ve reached an entirely different stratosphere when your talent and voice remain relevant for decades on end with nary a sign of deterioration. When, in baseball parlance, you haven’t lost anything off your fastball and you can still bring the heat. When your staying power and ability to sound forceful yet […]


Tribal gift to Escondido Chamber

Hellyaachwehay Quisquis, San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation (SPEDC) president/principal executive officer (center) presents a check of $2,500 to Joe Coyle (left) and James Rowten, chief executive officer of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. The gift was used to help sponsor the 21st annual Chamber golf tournament. 

Orange Glen comes alive in needed win over Classical

It may not have been an absolute must-win scenario for the Orange Glen football team but if it wasn’t, it was damn close! In real need of a victory after having lost three out their last four games and coming off a lopsided 73-32 defeat to powerhouse Bishop’s the week before, the Patriots were fully aware that a turnaround was […]

ECF awards $202,500 in grants to seven nonprofits

Escondido Charitable Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation awarded $202,500 in funding at its 13th Annual Grants Celebration on September 27 to seven nonprofit programs that will enhance Escondido by creating connections to bring people together and build a stronger community.  “Since 2006, the Escondido Charitable Foundation has served as a catalyst of community impact for those […]

Council turns down Aspire project

By a vote of 2-3 the Escondido City Council October 9 turned down the proposed Touchstone Communities Aspire project on the city-owned Parking Lot No. 1, which is across the street from City Hall and adjacent to Maple Street Plaza. The vote came at the end of a long hearing Wednesday night where residents spoke for and against (but mainly […]

New assistant chief of police named

Edward Varso was promoted from Captain to Assistant Chief of Police last week. Assistant Chief Varso has been part of the Escondido Police Department since May of 2001. Chief Carter said, “I am proud to have Assistant Chief Varso by my side and have every confidence in his ability to lead this organization.”  The Times-Advocate spoke with the new assistant […]

EPD awarded $454,000 grant for traffic ed/enforcement

The Escondido Police Department received a $454,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year enforcement and education program as well as a $25,000 grant to fund a year-long program aimed at improving the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads. “Keeping our […]