First baby of the decade born in San Diego County at Palomar

The first baby of the new year was born at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2020 at Palomar Medical Center Escondido. The healthy baby girl and mother are doing well.  

The evil that men do, tamales, business, rebirth and dinosaurs kept our readers reading

Once a year The Times-Advocate does a survey of our online articles to see which ones tickled the most fancies and caused our readers to keep reading. To no one’s surprise, many of the top stories focused on the evil that men do, whether child abuse, fatal hit and runs, or online prostitution. But our readers have eclectic interests, and […]

Olga Diaz candidacy focuses on climate change, homelessness and housing

“I don’t like to rile people up or scare people” —Olga Diaz Olga Diaz, longtime Escondido city council member, is running for Board of Supervisors in the 3rd District, against incumbent Kristin Gaspar, who wants a second term.   The election will be March 3. The two top vote getters will meet again in November for the title. I recently […]

EARS ham radio group to hold first meeting of 2020

On Thursday, January 9, 2020, 7 p.m. the Escondido Amateur Radios Society (EARS) will be holding its first monthly membership meeting of the year  at the Pacific Western Bank, 900 Canterbury Pl., Escondido. EARS is an IRS 501 (c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization of educational benefit to amateur radio operators, and others interested amateur radio within Escondido and surrounding areas.  Each […]

Senior Anglers Review 2019

The Senior Anglers of Escondido will present, at their January 10 meeting, the club’s annual Year in Review Show. The program will highlight photos of the club’s Trout challenges, Catfish derby, Surf fishing tournaments, saltwater charters, picnics, and RV camping trips around the state.  SAE member and past president, Ron Parker, produces the show, highlighted with special “fishing” music. Carole […]

Reflections upon a strange couple of decades


  “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.”  — T.S. Eliot The 21st Century is only a couple of decades old, but already it’s acting middle-aged and cranky. Although, on reflection, that could just be me. Recently someone reminded me that walking is an act of controlled falling, which could just […]

Welcoming the New Year


Hello 2020. I hope you behaved yourself on New Year’s Eve. In welcoming in the New Year I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Ed Varso on being named Escondido’s new Chief of Police. A good choice of a good man for a tough job. In addition to Chief Varso being chosen to replace Craig Carter I want to […]

New Year Promises


Most people feel compelled to make New Year’s resolutions. It can cause a lot of anxiety as we think about what we want to accomplish versus what we think we will accomplish.  Year after year, most people make quiet resolutions to themselves or to friends right at the moment they gulp a glass of champagne to celebrate the midnight hour. […]

New laws for the New Year

Effective January 1, hundreds of new laws went into effect. Some you may have heard about, but others possibly not. Several of the new laws impact veterans. Among these are legislation that makes honorably discharged veterans exempt from paying state or local business license fees for selling or providing services, if the veteran is sole proprietor. Another law exempts automotive […]