Escondido Appoints Bill Martin Director of Community Development

City Manager Graham Mitchell an­nounced today that Bill Martin has been appointed Director of Commu­nity Development for the City of Es­condido, effective June 5, 2016. Martin started in the Communi­ty Development Department as an entry-level planner in 1990 and has steadily advanced through the ranks of the Planning Division, serving most recently as Interim Director of Com­munity Development. Prior to […]

Westfield North County Mall revitalization nears completion

~ A cinema is in the works, too!

With the new 24 Hour Fitness com­ing to full completion this month, the long anticipated facelift of the West­field North County Mall will finally be complete. Escondido’s City Council approved the revitalization plans and made the public announcement in January of 2012. Since then, various new stores have been added to the complex and the interior shines once more. The […]

Fire Chief Mike Lowry says goodbye after 34 years on the force

Mike Lowry remembers his first call, a medical emergency, as if it were yesterday. It just so happens that it was also his most memorable call. “I was still in the academy,” he re­calls. He was doing a ride along as a cadet when they answered a vehicle versus a pedestrian incident. He was assigned to bring along the oxygen […]

Living natural history museum to open downtown on July 15

A new “living museum” soon will be opening in Downtown Escondido, bringing yet another family- friendly attraction to Escondido. On July 15, Eco­Vivarium, located at 136 S. Juniper Street, will hold its Grand Opening. EcoVivarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Living Nat­ural History Museum and educational outreach fo­cusing on reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. Eco Vivarium was founded in 2009 with the […]

Palomar Health ranked among top 20 percent of health systems in U.S.

Palomar Health ranks in the top 20% of small health systems in the U.S., according to a study by Truven Health Analytics in Modern Health­care magazine. The Truven study is “uniquely fo­cused on measuring the impact of managerial excellence” and includes “top performing health systems.” In addition to selecting the top 15 health systems, Truven divides all health sys­tems it […]

Escondido Chamber to install officers June 10

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 106th annual Installation June 10, at Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook, beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will be an evening of cocktails and dinner as the Chamber celebrates the 106th Annual Installation and Awards banquet. The evening includes honoring volunteers, community leaders and the Chamber’s outgoing/incoming Board of Directors. The band “Too […]

Is there a drought?


When Donald Trump during his visit to San Diego two weeks ago ex­pressed the heretical thought that “there is no drought” he brought down the scorn of the intelligentsia for being such an airhead. It is a not uncommon thing for the GOP presumptive nominee to say things that are disconnected from reality, so no one was particularly startled by […]

Holding public office is a public trust

Holding public office is a public trust. Public officials, whether elected or appointed, are given considerable authority over the lives of their con­stituents. One would hope and expect that the authority is not abused when the mindset of some of those officials is: “Trust me; I know what is best.” That trust is earned when those officials conduct their deliberations […]

Escondido residents earn honors from SDSU

Five residents from Escondido grad­uated cum laude from San Diego State University last week. Of the nearly 9,900 graduates who walked across the stage during San Di­ego State University’s Commencement Ceremonies, only a select group earned recognition as honors graduates. Shaeden Gallegos from Escondido received a degree in Television, Film and New Media and graduated summa cum laude. Hannah Elliott […]

Two named to dean’s lists

Two Escondido residents have been named to the Dean’s lists in their respective colleges. Bailey McDonald, of Escondido, was named to the Dean’s List at Lehigh University in the Spring 2016 semester. Dean’s List status is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses. For 150 […]