Articles by dweisman

Briefly Speaking: Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, CSUSM business, El Nino preps

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle open two days in December Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, will be open to the public on two days in December: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 27. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American…


Iconic Major Market has gone to the Stumps

Escondido’s iconic upscale supermarket, Major Market, has gone to the Stumps. That’s Stump’s Family Marketplace with an upscale market at Ocean Beach Stump’s wasted no time taking over the Major Market brand either, quickly rebranding the store’s Facebook sites. Actually, it was a week of coming and going for Stump’s, which had its 10,000-square-foot Rancho Santa Fe outlet closed after landlord Susan Wooley raised the…


Wild times in world of people behaving badly (Updated Dec. 10)

People were behaving exceedingly badly this month and it wasn’t due to the full moon, was there a full moon? North Escondido woman dead, husband flees scene, later discovered dead by suicide (Editor’s Note: Juan Garcia was found dead by police at his North Broadway home late Wednesday, Dec. 10. San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies entering the home to clear it of clues in order…


Go2Grow giving it a mentoring go for Escondido teens; ribbons cut Dec. 10

Millennial mortgage lender Elana Karoly wanted to give back. Now she hopes the community will help her and Escondido’s new teen center to grow. A 501©3 tax-deductible non-profit, Go2Grow needs $2,000 a month to survive past March. After fundraising benefits and drives, the group has about 15 percent of the funds it needs to survive. The goal is to enroll 100 kids in the mentoring…


SoCal Pro Wrestling living the dream at E Lincoln Avenue on Friday (Video)

Aside from being a different type of intensive workout, a nondescript looking facility in a strip mall section of E. Lincoln Avenue also offers access to a dream. A dream that is, if someone wants to try a hand, along with leg, body and all kinds of slams, in the wonderfully wacky, and somewhat mind-boggling, wild world of pro wrestling. The dream takes a holiday…


‘Price is Right’ goes wrong for controversial Southwest Sewer Realignment Project

Toxic waste below didn’t stop this project. Bids straight out of a “Price is Right” show gone wrong sure did. Based on the recommendation of Escondido Director of Utilities Chris McKinney, the Southwest Sewer Realignment project along Felicita Road, slated to begin this month, has gone back to the old fiscal drawing board. Bids were wildly divergent, ranging from $6.4 million to nearly $17 million….


Briefly Speaking: News and notes from Escondido and Valley Center (Video)

Sponsored by Oakwood Escrow. Preparing for the winter worst Back by popular demand and the demand of an El Nino season, a disaster readiness/winter weather workshop comes Escondido way from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. Get over to Police-Fire Headquarters community room at 1163 N. Centre City Parkway for the free, but limited seating, event. “The workshop will provide valuable information related…


New2U Consignment and Gifts combines community with value

Tim McClintic knows a good deal. So, too, do his customers at New2U Consignment and Gifts, 115 W. Grand Ave., between Champions Family Restaurant and Vincent’s. McClintic is a retail entrepreneur always looking for the next, best deal. The 2007-08 Great Recession provided the impetus to get this guy on the go, on the go. Involved in the motorcycle industry for a long time, he…


Ultimate coffee experience: CULTURE Craft Coffee & Espresso comes to The Centre

They always do it up right at The Centre, Escondido with top quality shops, a luxury Lexus of Escondido dealership, Vintana fine dining and now this, CULTURE Craft Coffee & Espresso. CULTURE held its grand opening celebration last week during which coffee and company took over the ground floor of The Centre and a good time was had by all. “This is a very good…


Sustainable Heroes transform Aster Street transitional housing into Aster Gardens

At a frenzied, yet fruitful, pace Saturday, and Sunday, Sustainable Heroes volunteers from across the nation transformed a parched piece of transitional housing dirt into Aster Street Gardens, a landscaping delight. Beginning shortly after sunrise, celebrity TV host Ahmed Hassan of DIY Network/HGTV “Yard Crashers” fame, along with outdoor living designer Duane Draughon of Columbus, Ohio and about 30 volunteers got down to work, and…