Spring Grand Avenue Festival will honor local high school students

Fourteen local “Rising Stars” from area high schools will be recognized at Sunday’s Spring Grand Avenue Festival at 10 a.m. at Maple Street Plaza. The high achieving students are Jorge Soberanis of Escondido High School; Elba Morales, Escondido High School; Karely Amaya Rios, Orange Glen High School; Erik Cisneros Arellano, Orange Glen High School, Sarah Reyes Luna, San Pasqual High […]

Council recognizes historical ag families

The city council Wednesday honored several Escondido families who have over more than hundred years made the community a center for agriculture. In honor of Historic Preservation Month, the council in association with the Historic Preservation Commission honored the Hillebrecht, Grangetto, and Henry families and the Tom Bandy Blacksmith Shop at Grape Day Park. Carol Rea, chairman of the commission […]

Interim hospital CEO given two-year contract; board chair steps down

In two unrelated developments, the Palomar Health Board’s chairman Joe Gorzeman has stepped down for personal reasons and the board voted to make the previous appointment of Diane Hansen as interim CEO more long-term with a two-year contract. Dara Czerwonka, the new Palomar Health Board chairman, made the following announcement Wednesday morning: “After serving on the Palomar Health Board since […]

Escondido man wants to take his fire, medical expertise to Sacramento as senator


Escondido resident Jeff Griffith is running for the open 38th District senate seat vacated by Joel Anderson, who is being term-limited. Griffith is a 30-year veteran of Cal Fire who has reached the rank of captain, and a board member of the Palomar Health since 2012. He is a second-generation Cal Fire officer whose father drove a fire dozer. “It […]

Marie Waldron points to many legislative achievements


Marie Waldron, Minority Floor Leader, and second ranking Republican in the Assembly, is running for reelection in the 75th Assembly District. Despite being in a minority party that sometimes looks like it is going under for the third time, Waldron has been effective in forging bipartisan cooperation with the majority party—such that she can point to a list of solid […]

Hey Dems and GOP: Butt out!


I have some advice for the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, please butt out of the Board of Supervisors races and the slew of other local elections that are supposed to be non-partisan. I know the process where candidates for non-partisan offices go hat in hand to beseech the endorsement of the county central committees, and it’s a rather […]

Animals need our advocacy too


Most of us love animals and want to see that they are treated humanely. That’s why I’m supporting several bills this session that will help ensure the safety and well-being of pets and wildlife. It often falls to first responders to provide life-saving first aid to animals during emergency situations. This is not infrequent, as thousands of pets are rescued […]

Brush fire at Kit Carson Park

On Sunday, May 6 at about 2:02 a.m. the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a brush fire in Kit Carson Park. The first arriving engine confirmed a fire and attempted to gain access, which proved to be difficult due to the location. A second alarm was requested due to the access issue. Crews were able […]

Remaining lights for Centre City Parkway will be energized by end of May

The remaining lights for the Centre City Parkway corridor portion of the bike path between Valley Parkway and Washington Avenue have been delivered and installed, with the final energization to be completed by the end of the month. The Neighborhood Street light project is nearing completion with street lights energized in four of the five neighborhoods on February 14, according […]

Man survives multiple gunshot wounds

Escondido police Wednesday morning were investigating a shooting that happened Tuesday night on Hubbard Avenue. On Tuesday, May 15, at 8:53 p.m. Escondido police officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 600 block of Hubbard Avenue. Officers arrived within minutes to discover a 20-year-old male victim with multiple gunshot wounds. Escondido Fire Department personnel transported the victim to […]


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