August 2016

Krispy Kreme Tuesdays bites off more than it can chew at North County mall

 Krispy Kreme Tuesdays Burbank apparently bit off more than it could chew at Escondido’s Westfield North County regional mall last night. When the police and fumes cleared the vast parking lot and its environs, namely freeway feeder lanes and nearby exit/entrances, an estimated 1,500 to 2,500 Southern California vehicular flash mob enthusiasts were gone, if not forgotten. Not so coincidentally, the car show flash mob…


Undaunted, Cole Preston rebounds

Editor’s Note: Escondido’s Cole Preston was a point guard, and 4-year starter for the San Marcos High School basketball squad. His day, Rob Preston, was a standout quarterback at Vista High, leading the Panthers to a San Diego Section 3A championship in 1973. Rob went on to play at USC, then served as a backup to Dan Fouts on the Kansas City Chiefs. By a…


Supe race limbo: How low can it go?

How desperate are Republicans to regain the District 3 Supervisor’s seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors? VERY DESPERATE.  But the hand it has been dealt with Kristin Gaspar as its standard bearer is really pretty poor. Gaspar’s performance as Encinitas mayor has been undistinguished. The only issues she personally has initiated have gone pretty badly. Gaspar proposed to address homelessness by sending…


Nerd was the word at Nerd Con 2016

Nerd Con 2016 has come and gone from the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and its immediate environs. Gone, but not forgotten, as evidenced by memories, and when those memories fade, Vblog accounts. Over 3,000 nerds and fellow travelers descended over, under, around and about the California Center doing what nerds do and heaven can wait. Major emphasis of the big show that ran…


Malloy to Hunter in 50th Dist: It’s on!

“Hunter has only praise for Trump and silence about Trump’s disgraceful statements. Silence is compliance.” — Patrick Malloy, Democrat for 50th Congressional District While challenging 50th Congressional District opponent Duncan Hunter for his very vocal surrogate support of Donald Trump, political newcomer Patrick Malloy also challenged Hunter to a debate. “Duncan Hunter, a a surrogate and prominent member of Donald Trump’s campaign, has repeatedly slammed…


Border Patrol seizes $3M in Escondido

The Border Patrol says it has arrested two men they believe tried to smuggle $3 million in cash into Mexico from California. The agency says its agents tracked and stopped a Kia Forte in Escondido on Tuesday and found nearly $34,000 stashed in the car’s center console Authorities say another car sped off as the first vehicle was stopped but it was later found abandoned…


The Tale of the Toppled Hurler (Part 3)

(We pick up the action now as the town wails and mourns the death of hometown hero and star Red Sox pitcher Willie Gillante, whose untimely collapse cost the team a World Series bid…) The Tale of the Toppled Hurler                                   by Bruce A. Kauffman         …


Escondido rejects county Grand Jury call for citizen’s police review board

Think Escondido should have a citizen’s review board for its police department. Think again. Escondido officials this week rejected the recommendation of the San Diego Grand Jury to establish a citizen’s police review board. Following investigation into “several citizen complaints regarding police behavior in local jurisdictions,” the Grand Jury called on Escondido along with El Cajon, La Mesa, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Chula Vista and Coronado to…


Fact Check: Will a sales tax hike relieve traffic congestion?

The Gist The San Diego Association of Governments hasn’t been shy about touting the benefits county residents will feel if they pass its proposed ballot measure in November. One of the proposal’s major selling points is that the projects the measure would fund will relieve traffic congestion. We found SANDAG thinks of traffic relief differently than a typical commuter might. Statement: “SAN DIEGO COUNTY ROAD REPAIR,…


Keeping up with the Joneses

Seventh Annual North County Farm Tour Farmers will open their gates and give tours of their farms, showcasing San Diego County’s diverse agriculture during the seventh annual Farm Tour Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, ept. 17 Hosted by the San Diego County Farm Bureau, this event is an opportunity for locals to spend a day in the country, in their own backyard. The…