May 2016

Controversial Southwest Sewer Realignment project to flow soon

Environmentally challenged and beset by a bizarre bidding process, the Southwest Sewer Realignment project along Felicita Road “will begin soon,” Escondido officials said this week. “Construction on Escondido’s Southwest Sewer Replacement project will begin soon with completion expected by March 24, 2017,” Escondido spokesman Randy Manns said. “Motorists and cyclists should expect heavy delays – due to single lane travel – along Felicita Road between…


Hunter’s ‘sarcastic’ bill to draft women passes House Armed Services Committee

Congratulations and kudos to Escondido Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. (Insert sarcastic label here.) Or rather ‘Gotcha’ as Politico proclaimed in a headline last week about his efforts. Last week, the House Armed Services committee passed a groundbreaking bill he proposed. It’s a measure that would change America as we know it should the full House pass it into law on the back of the…


I-15 turns into highway to commuter hell

How did the brand spanking-new, 10-day-old, $10 million I-15 “Integrated Corridor Management System” work Tuesday in its first true test dealing with massive freeway traffic due to an unforeseen traffic event? Failed. Miserably. Escondido and North County commuters encountered a traffic jam-up of Biblical proportions following a series of collisions near Lake Hodges shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday. Most of the congestion didn’t clear until…


Stone Brewing $100 million ‘True Craft’ investing fund takes aims at ‘Big Beer’

“There is a squeeze coming in the craft beer world. True Craft’s goal is simple: Give craft brewers another option than selling a majority interest to private equity or selling out to big beer.” — Greg Koch, Stone Brewing co-founder on new $100 million True Craft fund. Greg Koch’s talk at EG 2016 where he announced, True Craft, an “alternative to being pushed out or…


Butterfly releases to plants and farm fresh

Elizabeth Hospice takes wings More than 200 supporters joined The Elizabeth Hospice for the 7th Annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release on from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at the Salon Room of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Community members of all ages were invited to attend and sponsor butterflies in memory or in honor of…


Local LGBTQ students receive scholarships

San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) is partnering with PFLAG San Diego County to recognize nine deserving LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Asexual) students from around San Diego County for their exemplary academic achievements and leadership vision at the 2016 Launching Leaders Scholarship Awards Luncheon, 1:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Corky McMillin Companies Event Center at Liberty Station….


Mother’s Day dining options abound

What better way to thank mom for all she does than to take her out to a nice meal on Mother’s Day? Choices abound, but let’s consider a few. Vintana hosts a 3-course menu with champagne from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8. It costs $59.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids under age 12. Chef Deborah Scott — you know her, you love…


San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum celebrates Brazil at its 2016 Spring Gala

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum put the fun into fundraising at its Brazil 2016 Spring Gala Saturday, raising nearly $200,000 while raising the patio performance roof for good measure. The Museum, now at its appointed place, 320 North Broadway, across from Grape Day Park, has proven to be an Escondido success story with 140,000 visitors in the last year, an 100 percent increase over two…