Pat Archer will lead the 68th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade

Pat Archer, a beloved Escondido institution who taught history at Palomar College for decades and was a Boy Scout leader for over 40 years, will be the grand marshal of the 68th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade The theme of the parade, which will begin at Escondido High School and go down Broadway to Grape Day Park, is “A Quest for […]

Police Chief Carter to retire

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter, who took over a beleaguered department six years ago and transformed it into an almost universally praised organization with high morale and great public relations, is being showered with encomiums upon the announcement that he will retire at the end of the month. Chief Carter is considered by many to be the best police chief […]

Hunter changes plea to guilty; 50th race now wide open

Rep. Duncan Hunter’s announcement Monday that he would be changing his plea from innocent to guilty in his campaign finance case has suddenly overturned the dynamic of the race for the 50th congressional district, which he represents, but which he indicated he was no longer a candidate for. The 11-year congressman appeared in court on Tuesday to change his plea […]

CCAE and Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts presents “¡Vívelo!”

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts present “¡Vívelo!” By Son Luna y Jovenes Zapateadores on Friday, December 6,  at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.  “¡Vívelo!” merges different rhythms and dance styles such as folkloric dance, contemporary, Spanish dance, and African-inspired movements. Mexican musical ensemble, Son Luna provides the traditional music of Veracruz, […]

Mayor “Mac” switches supervisor endorsement from Diaz to Lawson Remer

Paul “Mac” McNamara, Mayor of Escondido, announced this week that he is withdrawing his endorsement of Olga Diaz and endorsing Terra Lawson-Remer for county supervisor.   In his prepared statement, McNamara said, “After careful consideration, I’ve come to the conclusion that Terra is the better candidate for the position.  When one reviews the challenges facing the region, it became clear […]

Jags rousing effort subdues Escondido Charter

There was an interesting dynamic involving Tuesday night’s boys basketball game between Escondido Charter and host Valley Center High. Coming into the contest, the White Tigers had already gotten a successful jump on the new season, having won four of five outings, including impressive victories over Liberty Charter and Maranatha Christian in which EC scored 82 points or more.  As […]

A trio of Esco-based hoopsters make U-T list

There is no doubt that it is a point of distinction to be named to the San Diego Union Tribune’s Players to Watch preseason basketball list, complied by the venerable and highly respected prep writer John Maffei. And three local hoopsters were deemed worthy of such recognition. To reiterate, you don’t qualify for that list without having demonstrated bona fide […]

Jack Raymond funds second year of Escondido Legends scholarships

The Escondido History Center announced this week that Jack Raymond has fully funded the 2020 Escondido Legends community awards program. His $10,000 donation ensures a $1,000 honorarium and other awards presented in an October 2020 ceremony to eight selected outstanding Seniors from Escondido High Schools.   In  its announcement the History Center said “Each Escondido Legends Award will be presented […]

A bit of history, a bit of commentary

A little bit of history, a little bit of commentary and a few other thoughts are on the agenda this week. Again, SANDAG offers fodder for my keyboard. Just to get you more informed about our Regional Planning Organization, the RPO was first assembled in 1966 as the twelve incorporated cities in the county along with the Board of Supervisors […]

Does the State owe you money?

We’re entering the holiday season, and many people could use a little extra cash. You might be interested to know that California is sitting on unclaimed properties valued at over $9 billion. Please visit claimit.ca.gov to see if any of that money belongs to you. Why does California have so much unclaimed property? Under our Unclaimed Property Law, businesses like […]