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10,000 join San Marcos Women’s March

Ten thousand came when only 2,500 were expected. Women’s March North County San Diego quadrupled its expected number Saturday as an excited, and determined group marched from San Marcos Civic Center to Palomar College. A few early sprinkles and the unexpected numbers did nothing to dampen the mood at the free-wheeling people’s parade. Far exceeding expectations, the thousands of marchers overflowed Mission Avenue sidewalks spilling into…


Lilac Hills Ranch ‘Measure B’: ‘What a revoltin’ development this is…’

 It was a classic and pretty much forgotten today radio-then-TV show, “Life of Riley,” starring William Bendix as wing riveter Chester A. Riley, who tag-lined in outrage  “What a revoltin’ development this is,” when life, as it always seemed to on that venerable show, went wrong. It happened every week back then and it’s happening again around North County. Nobody in North County wants the…


Vote for ‘Health’ at the 14th Annual Because I Care Community Fair

California State University San Marcos is pleased to partner with the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Fire Department to offer the 14th Annual Because I Care Community Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Ave. The purpose of the Because I Care Community Fair is to raise awareness of and garner support for individuals who provide…


Local crime rates fall, county rates rise

People may have behaved badly this year, but they’re behaving a lot less badly around San Marcos, about the same around Escondido and somewhat greater around Valley Center than last year. Overall, crime rates in these three communities combined dropped this year compared to last year, bucking a trend that found overall countywide rates rising. This, according to mid-year 2016 crime statistics compiled by SANDAG and…


NCTD: Don’t tread on Sprinter tracks

The luckiest man in San Marcos spooked North County Transit District officials so much they tightened pedestrian trespassing enforcement this week. Meanwhile, the man who got struck by a Sprinter train traveling at 40 mph at the Palomar College Station is still at large after casually dusting himself off and walking eastbound on the NCTD tracks, presumably towards home.  “There’s an increasing problem we are…


People behaving badly, and strangely

Luckiest guy at San Marcos It’s one thing to get hit by a speeding commuter train. Safe to say, it’s a whole ‘nother thing to get hit by the train, get up, walk away and still be at large. Such was the case, and fate, of an unidentified man who was struck by a train Thursday night near Palomar College in San Marcos. Like the…


Total $1 million pay package for Escondido city attorney-manager tops state money list

Today, Transparent California released previously-unseen 2015 public employee compensation data — complete with names, pay, and benefits — for 379 cities and 42 counties statewide on TransparentCalifornia.com, the state’s largest public sector compensation database. Escondido city attorney Jeffrey Epp’s $521,204 and city manager Clayton Phillips’ $518,749 total compensation packages made them the state’s highest-compensated city attorney and manager, respectively, and the 2nd and 3rd highest-compensated city workers of the more than 245,000 employees surveyed….


Luann goes to college

What: Summer 2016 Library Exhibit: Luann’s Journey to College by Greg Evans When: Friday, June 17 through Wednesday, August 17 Where: CSUSM University Library, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, Ca 92078. An exhibition at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), titled Luann’s Journey to College, showcases a selection of Sunday strips by renowned local cartoonist Greg Evans. This limited, special exhibition features cartoons highlighting Luann’s struggles…


Alleged I-15 freeway on-ramp killer arrested

The freeway on-ramp killer, alleged, has been found and arrested. A seemingly routine Las Vegas traffic stop one week ago yielded the alleged killer of a woman found dead around 1 p.m. June 13 in a car to the side of the El Norte Parkway I-15 north entrance lane, Escondido police said Tuesday. Elizabeth Antoinette Perez, 38, of Fontana was found slumped over her black…


‘Operation Hotel Tango’ — San Marcos human trafficking ring trio faces trial

A San Marcos man, San Marcos woman and Carlsbad woman are set to begin facing the music 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, charged with suspicion of human trafficking, pimping and pandering following a  yearlong investigation by the multi-agency Human Trafficking Task Force. The three suspects will be subject to a status conference at that time pertaining to their cases at Department 12 of San Diego…