Public invited to 2020 State of the City Address

On Wednesday, February 26 the City of Escondido and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the 2020 State of the City Address.  Mayor Paul McNamara, in partnership with the City Council, will give his annual assessment and review of the City’s accomplishments and his future vision for Escondido. The Mayor and City Council will also be giving […]

Charity Arch arrives

The Escondido charity arch arrived Tuesday at the corner of Centre City Parkway & Grand Ave. The arch is a gift of the Escondido Charitable Foundation. The community is invited to the lighting of the arch on March 12, 6 p.m. The event is free. Traffic will be closed on Grand Avenue between Centre City & Orange. The public is […]

Welcome back, Swami’s: Chamber celebrates popular Café reopening in Escondido

On Thursday evening, Swami’s Café celebrated the opening of its new location in Escondido, just a few blocks west of the previous downtown site it had called home for over 5 years.  Along with over 40 members of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce in attendance to mark the occasion as part of its monthly Business After 5 Mixer, Swami’s owner […]

Tiny mobile home park sees Newland Sierra as existential threat

Editor—Please see our related interview this issue with the proponents of Measure B. The two articles can be read as bookends to the issue of Measure B, which, if approved, would authorize the Newland Sierra development. Read them both and you decide. Tony Eason and Georgeann Higgins of the Deer Springs Oaks mobile home park have more than just the […]

Proponents of Measure B address the issues

Editor—Please see our related interview this issue with opponents of Measure B. The two articles can be read as bookends to the issue of Measure B, which, if approved, would authorize the Newland Sierra development. Read them both and you decide. The campaign leading up to the March 3 primary election in which Measure B is on the ballot is […]

Protecting our data privacy


Our personal data is valuable, needing secure protection in this digital age.  In 2018, Governor Brown signed California’s Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), the toughest, most far-reaching data protection law ever passed in the United States. Though the law was passed in 2018, its provisions became effective January 1 of this year. The CCPA grants Californians the right to request that […]

The pros and cons of Measure A


Here are some random thoughts on Measure A, which would require a vote of the entire county when an amendment is proposed to the General Plan. Both major political parties in San Diego County have come out against this one. When the Republicans and Democrats get together to agree on anything, I am reminded of Adam Smith who wrote: “People […]

No on Measure B – The Best Choice!


“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”  ― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale As a parent, I have tried to teach my son the benefit of being the best and not just settle as being better.   I will vote No on Measure B, as the best choice. To a starving person, even rotten food […]

It’s time to clean up local government: Vote Yes on A


San Diego County voters have an opportunity in this March primary to make our government work for the people, not just for special interests, by voting yes on Measure A.  Measure A, the Save Our San Diego Countryside Initiative, is a grassroots effort run by community volunteers. It was drafted out of concern that the Board of Supervisors has repeatedly […]

Vote50 Forum gets into the weeds with congressional candidates

Last week, Vote50 – California’s 50th Congressional District Forum, did something rare. It brought big time politics to North County, which is often the forgotten stepchild when it comes to candidates making an effort to appear here and sell the voters. Vote50 was a joint effort of the Escondido Times-Advocate/Valley Roadrunner and newly formed Valley Center Business Association (VCBA.) The […]