Escondido News

Grape Day fest October 7 will celebrate Escondido’s heritage

Grape Day fest October 7 will celebrate Escondido’s heritage The Escondido History Center is gearing up for its big event of the year, the Grape Day Discovery Festival on October 7, 2–8 p.m. at the center, located at Grape Day Park. If entertainment, rather than shopping is your game, this is the event for you. This year’s theme is “Party […]

City part of bid to host 2nd Amazon HQ in SD region

Amazon has announced what amounts to a nationwide “bidding war” to site a second Amazon headquarters on par with its Seattle campus (see photo). Yes, the company is so big, it needs two headquarters. Last week, Amazon released a Request for Proposals (RFP). Only one submittal per metropolitan area will be accepted. Escondido is partnering with the SD Regional EDC […]

150 rally against library outsourcing

About 150 opponents of outsourcing the Escondido Public Library to the private contractor Maryland-based Library Systems & Services (LS&S) Saturday morning continued their campaign to keep this issue in the public eye as the city negotiates a contract with the company. They unrolled a 70-foot-long “UnWelcome” mat at the entrance to the library. The paper “mat” bore a variety of […]

Escondido is becoming a “solar” city: Ranks 2nd after San Diego

Escondido is fast becoming a “solar city,” one that, according to San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) ranks second only to San Diego in the number of Net Energy Metering solar customers. As Escondido prepares to make an ambitious bid to be part of a consortium of cities that would welcome a second Amazon headquarters (see story this page) […]

Driver Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries In Fiery Escondido Crash


ESCONDIDO, CA – A driver suffered life-threatening injuries and burns to about 80 percent of his body in a single-vehicle crash that police initially believed killed him early Wednesday morning. The victim, identified only as a 22-year-old man and likely a current or former Marine, was the sole occupant of a Honda Civic that crashed about 2:45 a.m. on Bear […]

Fall Grand Avenue Festival coming in October

From one end of Grand to the other, there is something for everyone! The Fall Grand Ave Festival on Sunday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, will be brimming with local entertainment on two stages featuring talent from professional and not for profit studios as well as high school and elementary […]

Oregon county library report critical of LS&S

‘We are watching’ how LS&S handles situation, says Epp

A report on a county library system in Oregon run by the same company the city plans to hire to run its library has surfaced. The report is not complimentary. At the August 23 city council meeting when the decision was made to negotiate a contract with Maryland-based Library Systems & Services (LS&S) to operate the Escondido Public Library, much […]

3rd annual Tamale Festival to be held Nov. 11

Escondido Downtown Business Association will be sponsoring the 3rd Annual, Escondido Tamale Festival November 11, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at Grape Day Park. “The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture.  It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have […]

Traveling 9/11 Memorial the centerpiece of Monday’s ceremony

Senior citizens from across Escondido gathered at the police and fire headquarters on Monday afternoon to pay tribute to First Responders on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Local real estate agent Wendy Moldow, along with Police Chief Craig Carter and Fire Chief Rick Vogt, were on hand to talk about […]

Annual Serb Fest this weekend

Learn about Serbian culture through its food, music and religion at the 6th annual Serb Fest at St. Petka’s Serbian Orthodox Church Saturday and Sunday afternoons, which will include several tours of the beautiful church interior. About 2,500 visitors are expected to attend the popular event . Cost for adults is $3, with children, active military and first responders attending […]