Articles by dweisman

‘It’s all about the dream’ at Cute Cakes during The Wedge, Escondido

Wedge was the deal. Cute Cakes Escondido Bakery & Cafe was the place. It was a match made in marketing heaven, not to mention the tastiest venue in all the land. A family affair, Cute Cakes has been known for years around the Hidden Valley. Jill and David Reilly started small, but exceedingly sweet, in a tiny space in a nondescript outdoor shopping center populated…


San Elijo Hills Business Expo shares a fine day of early holiday shopping

It was all about sharing as San Elijo Hills was alive withe sound of neighborhood networking recently. The San Elijo Hills foundation and its neighborhood Share Magazine hosted a grand gathering on the big lawn featuring 80 vendors with local community ties. Free to attend, the Saturday Business Expo made for a fun afternoon of connection and community building at the Town Square. The aim…


Solutions for Change affordable housing project gets $2.1 million Escondido boost

Escondido City Council members approved with extreme enthusiasm $2.1 million toward an affordable housing solution for Solutions for Change. It’s part of the non-profit group’s plan to provide housing for battered, abused women and children next year.   It was a Wednesday love fest of sorts for the Vista-based non-profit started in 1999 by “social entrepreneurs” Chris and Tammy Megison, who attended the council meeting…


TEN Tenors come home for the holidays at California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Seven, eight nine, but 10, count ’em, The Ten Tenors at the California Center for the Arts (CCAE) , 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3? Sure, why not. The more the merrier the holiday season. What’s a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with international singing sensation The TEN Tenors? “I’m excited about the TEN Tenors,” enthused CCAE executive director Jerry Van Leeuwen said when…


Big Escondido city manager salary reveal and more came Wednesday (spoiler alert)

Time for the big reveal on Wednesday, Nov. 18. That’s when the Escondido City Council members unanimously approved, with no practical discussion, the new $234,719 annual base salary with an additional, and lucrative, benefits package and contract for newly hired city manager Graham Mitchell who assumes office Dec. 18. It’s the same as outgoing city manager Clay Phillips got in his last three-year contract although Mitchell…


Thanksgiving Escondido is about to pop

  Thanksgiving in the U.S. brought together families from near and far to celebrate a day of turkey, football, parades and possibly, this year, shopping. It’s one of the major American holidays laden with traditions and sometimes misconceptions about its origins. The holiday is mythologized as beginning in 1621 when the Pilgrims invited the native Wampanoag Indians to their colony to celebrate the first harvest…


Lake Wohlford where the catfish are biting

You know what they say, a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. And then some. That’s what brought three diverse generations of the Brinneman clan to the shore of Lake Wohlford last week where they found the catfish fishing and it was good. “We’ve got three catfish in there,” Roy Brinneman said, pointing to a cooler. “They just stocked…


Mall movies, Haggen, TOT, Hager Pacific, NAPP, Nordahl Marketplace, say what?

Movie madness at Westfield North County With cable, satellite, Netflix, Youtube and and Apple TV, among other outlets, who said going to the movies was out of style? Not Westfield North County. Even as the Westfield Corporation said it was selling fellow regional Westfield Carlsbad mall to Rouse Properties, it announce3d a new 10-screen theater headed to its Escondido mall. The theater will be built…


Melissa Etheridge provides fine time at California Center for the Arts, Escondido

For its 2014-15 season, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido featured 26 shows with 10 sellouts and a total of 285,000 visits to Escondido’s cultural hub. Revenue was up about $35,000 as a result. “We re-established our performing arts season,” — California Center for the Arts, Escondido executive director Jerry Van Leeuwen Melissa Etheridge came to town on Nov. 6, playing the only North County…


Casey Anthony legal team member, and RSF resident, Todd Macaluso sentenced

Casey Anthony attorney, and Rancho Santa Fe resident, Todd Edward Macaluso, Sr., is going to prison, sentenced in federal court to five months for fraud. Guess who’s not going to sue me over this story. I’m not surprised Macaluso was sentenced for his role in defrauding clients by forging their signatures to obtain millions of dollars from investors. I’m just surprised it took this long…