October 2016

Gas, housing and the Golden Door Spa

Escondido gasoline prices rise for seven straight days  Up and down, ye olde gasoline price merry-go-round is going up, up and away again. The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose two-tenths of a cent Tuesday to $2.824, the seventh consecutive daily increase. The average price is 1.5 cents more than one week ago and 6.1 cents higher…


Ghosts are in the house, but have no fear

Editor’s Note: As Halloween approaches, scary clowns are everywhere. And that’s just Donald Trump and his minions. In more ghostly news, consider this… October is the greatest month to explore all things ghostly. I’ve talked about poltergeists before and we learned that if you don’t actually see what threw the plate at you then it was, most likely, a poltergeist instead of a ghost. Ghosts…


JetSuite: Getting there from here

Next up out of Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport… “If you’re looking to link up with other airlines, JetSuite is not for you.” Another new airline took flight out of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad on Oct. 17. It is the fourth such airline to try doing business out of the North County airport since United Express pulled out in April of 2015. The other three have failed,…


Keeping up with the region, dam it

Dam it, Lake Hodges ESCONDIDO, CA. — San Diego County has 54 dams, including the venerable Lake Hodges Dam at Del Dios. State officials judge them all to be safe — an impressive feat considering that the average dam is 62 years old Inewsource filed Public Records Act requests with the California Division of Safety of Dams and 19 dam-owning public agencies, such as water districts, requesting the…


Cruising Grand, Escondido and other antique car tales from Menifee

Antique cars, hot rods, luxury sedans and eyefuls of chrome as far as the lens can see. ESCONDIDO, CA. — “Filming at Menifee’s Motte Historical Museum was like filming at Knott’s Berry Farm because it looked very western.  Mr and Mrs. Motte were very lovely people,” Sara explained. “They let me film at the museum and they were very kind to me.” “It was very hot that day…


So, you want to work for Stone Brewing

A funny thing happened to Stone Brewing Co. on its way to global expansion and hotel entrepreneurship: 5 percent of its work force got laid off Thursday. ESCONDIDO, CA. — We don’t know how many employees were affected by this. Stone didn’t say.  However, the company website said it employs 1,100 people, and industry websites put the number of jobs eliminated at 50 to 75….


Tale of the Toppled Hurler: A Peter Hartwell Story (Part 6)

Tale of the Toppled Hurler: A Peter Hartwell Story by Bruce A. Kauffman c 2016  All rights reserved. For full story to date, visit: http://escondidograpevine.com/a-the-tale-of-the-toppled-hurler-a-peter-hartwell-story/. So far, the Boston Red Sox have lost a serious bid to be the World Champions of baseball for the first time in eighty-six years because their ace, on cruise control, keeping the New York Yankees scoreless through six innings; stronger,…


November to remember: Hospice volunteers, pet benefit, adult student art

The Elizabeth Hospice seeks volunteers Want to give back to the community and help those who are seriously ill? The Elizabeth Hospice is scheduled to host its next volunteer training from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 9  at The Elizabeth Hospice administrative building, 500 La Terraza Blvd, Suite 130, Escondido. Volunteer training is free and open to the public,…


Roberts, Gaspar focus on homelessness

Both candidates in the District 3 race for the County Board of Supervisors say they’ll make it a priority to address homelessness. Supervisor Dave Roberts, the Democratic incumbent, points to the progress he’s made at the county, devoting more resources to mental health services, veterans and homelessness and to opening the Live Well crisis center in Escondido. His Republican challenger, Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, touts…


Escondido Art Walk Saturday Night

Escondido Art Walk Saturday Night toasting the town with sights and sounds, gratis Hors d’Oeuvres and a splash of craft beer or wine. Ground Zero, Grand Central Station, stage right is Escondido Partnership for the Arts, sponsor and exhibitor of the finest in local art. Across the Street Person Pocket Park, stage left, a long lanky fellow with a bass and percussionist scores the hit of…