February 2019

Rain swamps San Diego, say hello to El Nino

Blame it on El Nino. After months of promises, infamous climate agitator El Niño finally formed this week, climate scientists announced Thursday.  “Weak El Niño conditions are present and are expected to continue through the spring,” the Climate Prediction Center said. El Niño is a periodic natural warming of sea water in the tropical Pacific. It is among the biggest influences on weather and climate in the United States and…


Missing student Skylar Tosic still unfound

Palomar College student, and Escondido resident, Skylar Peterson Tosic was last seen Aug 30, 2015. He’s still missing and unaccounted for with Escondido police saying nothing new to report. Anyone with information should contact Escondido Police with info: (760) -839-4722 Or his family at (760) 705-5901 @FindSkylarTosic. “The Skylar Peterson Tosic Missing Person case at the Escondido Police Department (EPD) remains open and the investigation is…


In this CSUSM ‘classroom’ there are no walls

Powerful mural resides in the heart of the library By Christine Vaughan, CSUSM News Center (Used by permission.) Staircases by their very nature are passageways. But one stairwell at Cal State San Marcos is causing passersby to pause. Spanning across two floors in the architectural center stairwell of Kellogg Library is a mural titled “In This Classroom, There Are No Walls.” Painted in subdued yet boldly contrasting earth…


Only track crews could get anywhere by rail

Coaster and Amtrak riders this weekend found they could ride all they wanted, but it best had been by plane or automobile, not train. That is, if they wanted to get there. Rail service along the 351-mile Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo, or LOSSAN, rail corridor, was suspended in both directions on Saturday through 5 a.m. Monday from Oceanside to San Diego for track and…


Think football season ended with Super Bowl. Think again.

(Spoiler alert: The results are in from the “big” game. However, they, along with a game highlights video, are at the end of the story…) You thought football was done for a while what with the Super Bowl and all last week. You were wrong. Get set for something called the Alliance of American Football, an eight-team league that kicks off (but without kickoffs, those have…


Escondido fish poop helping feed the world

Today, surrounded by freezing temperatures, thousands of heads of lettuce grow, nestled in a cozy greenhouse fed by nutrient-rich nitrates. Or you could call it what it is: fish poop. The process, called aquaponics, allows farmers to grow local, organic produce anywhere at any time of year. Aquaponics is a sustainable method of farming that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water)….


Chelsea Clinton talks child welfare, justice

The Strong Families, Thriving Communities Coalition, an ongoing partnership of the County of San Diego, the Clinton Foundation and the San Diego Foundation, hosted a roundtable discussion Thursday on improving child welfare and juvenile justice. The Balboa Park event featured Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, and was designed to foster a community conversation about equity in the child welfare and juvenile justice…


Meet the new mayor, same as the old mayor

Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara had his office this week announce a monthly meet-and-greet event called “Meet the Mayor.” Just don’t ask McNamara about whether it’s appropriate for Escondido Assistant Manager Jay Petrek also to hold a second job as a San Marcos city councilman. Apparently, that’s where McNamara draws the line. Just as former Mayor Sam Abed was renowned for not answering legitimate questions and shunning public…



‘Luann’ fans, musical theater lovers unite

Patio Playhouse Greg Evans Repertory “Quibbling Siblings” & “A Boy and a Girl” When: Runs in rotating repertory through Feb. 17. Showtimes, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 2 p.m. Sundays. Where: Patio Playhouse, 116 S. Kalmia St., Escondido Tickets: $20, adults. $17, seniors, military, students. $12 for youth 16 and under. Phone: (760) 746-6669 Online: patioplayhouse.com Lovers of the comic strip ‘Luann,’ musical theater aficionados…