Escondido News

Pioneering skateboard company moves to Escondido

By David Ross | March 24, 2017

Last month Gravity Skateboards moved its operations to Escondido’s industrial sector, on Andreasen Drive.  Gravity is a designer, manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of longboards. Gravity Skateboards is a privately-owned company that has been building skateboards since 1994 when founder Michael Bream created the 47 inch Hyper-Carve board, which became the flagship model and, in the words of sales manager Kevin … Continue reading “Pioneering skateboard company moves to Escondido”

Arrests made in Kennedy death

By News Desk | March 24, 2017

Thursday the Escondido Police Department held a press conference to announce that two suspects in the death of Escondido resident Catherine Kennedy had been arrested the day before. The suspects are a 16-year old minor and a 24-year old man, who is suspected of being the shooter who fired the fatal bullet that struck Mrs. Kennedy in the head as … Continue reading “Arrests made in Kennedy death”

City moves to make things easier for developers

By News Desk | March 24, 2017

The city council last week continued down the path of making the city more business and developer friendly, a strategy that it calls “Working together to get to yes!” This strategy was adopted during several sessions in 2015-2016. The Escondido City Council Wednesday voted unanimously to accept the staff’s recommendation and the unanimous recommendation of the Planning Commission to amend … Continue reading “City moves to make things easier for developers”

700 cars expected first night of Cruisin’ Grand March 31

By David Ross | March 24, 2017

Steve Waldron, impresario of Escondido’s iconic 27-week celebration of America’s most popular art form, the car, expects 700 plus members of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association to Grand Avenue to inaugurate the first Friday of the 18th annual Cruisin’ Grand.  “We’re going to have a big opening night for our 18th year—Eighteen years of hot rod bliss,” said Waldron. … Continue reading “700 cars expected first night of Cruisin’ Grand March 31”

Escondido to install new LED streetlights

By News Desk | March 24, 2017

Residents of the neighborhoods “The Elms,” “Rustic Village,” “Rose to Foxdale,” “Mission Grove” and “Cedar Grove” can expect to see a total of 44 new street lights installed this fall. This project will add new streetlights to meet current lighting standards and retrofit existing streetlights with LED fixtures at the five established communities. The project plans and specifications are currently … Continue reading “Escondido to install new LED streetlights”

Cruisin’ Grand begins in three weeks

By News Desk | March 19, 2017

On Friday, April 7, hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another season of Cruisin’ Grand!  Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from April 7 to September 29 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido. In his weekly message Mayor Sam Abed sang the praises of the iconic … Continue reading “Cruisin’ Grand begins in three weeks”

City Council says goodbye to Graham Mitchell

By David Ross | March 19, 2017

The Escondido city council and various city employees and department heads Wednesday evening said goodbye to Graham Mitchell, who only worked as city manager for 18 months but made a big impact and lots of friends during that short time. Jeffrey Epp, city attorney and interim city manager, told the group, “We do want to honor our city manager tonight. … Continue reading “City Council says goodbye to Graham Mitchell”

Suspect in mother’s death shot by police

By News Desk | March 19, 2017

Friday morning a man who is a suspect in the death of his mother was shot by an officer who was responding to investigate the death of 70-year old Elizabeth “Betty Seitz.” On Friday at 7:06 a.m. officers from the Escondido Police Department arrived at the residence of 330 James St. to investigate the death of Mrs. Seitz.  Her son, … Continue reading “Suspect in mother’s death shot by police”

Marie Waldron names Escondido’s Marty Tiedeman “Woman of the Year”

By News Desk | March 16, 2017

I am honored to name Martha “Marty” Tiedeman my Woman of the Year for 2017. California’s Woman of the Year program was founded 30 years ago to celebrate contributions to society made by our state’s remarkable women.  With her long history of dedicated public service, Marty Tiedeman is well-deserving of this recognition. Marty’s public service to our region includes her … Continue reading “Marie Waldron names Escondido’s Marty Tiedeman “Woman of the Year””

Woman caught in gang crossfire, shot and killed

By News Desk | March 16, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, was 55-year old Catherine Kennedy’s final day of life. She lost her life around 9:09 p.m. that evening when the Escondido woman was driving on the 1800 block of East Grand Avenue. She was returning home from a Tuesday night Bible study. Mrs. Kennedy inadvertently drove through what seems to have been a gang shoot out and … Continue reading “Woman caught in gang crossfire, shot and killed”