Rain thins crowds for street fair, but doesn’t dampen fun

This past Sunday the Escondido Chamber of Commerce put on the semi-annual Grand Avenue Festival. Although the weather was much more akin to being Seattle Chamber of Commerce weather, the rain and blustery conditions did not dampen the spirits of vendors, performers, and attendees alike…smiles and comments of “it is what it is” were as common as umbrellas.  Both community […]

City seeks input on high density development to replace hospital

The city is seeking input from community members on what they would like to see on the Palomar Heights development, a multi-story project of about 510 units that is slated to replace the old Palomar Hospital. Integral Communities seeks to redevelop the Palomar Hospital site and surrounding properties in downtown Escondido. The application to the city includes a request for […]

Former KPBS corporate development manager named CEO of Escondido Chamber

James Rowten has been selected as the new CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, named to replace Rorie Johnston, who is moving to Arizona in June.  Rowten is an executive with extensive experience in broadcast marketing.  Rowten’s second day on the job was Wednesday. In the weekly Chamber newsletter, Rowten wrote, “. . . I am fortunate to have […]

Council approves controversial sewer flow agreement


The Escondido City Council, over the protests of the Rincon water district and several residents of neighboring Eden Valley, May 15 approved a sewer flow agreement to serve the Valiano project in the unincorporated area adjacent to the city. The city has its eye on a bright glistening plum: a multi-million dollar 5.5 MG (million-gallon) emergency wet weather recycled water […]

Rock Springs Elementary hosts book giveaway

Who doesn’t love to pick out a new book?  Rock Springs Elementary School in Escondido hosted its first annual Oasis Tutoring Book Giveaway and each student got to choose three books to keep.  For almost 30 years, San Diego Oasis has trained older adults to serve as one-on-one tutors for elementary school children who are struggling with reading.  “The connection […]

Democratic Club to hold candidate forum

The Escondido Democratic Club’s June 8 membership meeting will include a candidate forum and endorsement vote. The meeting location is to be announced at a later date, but check escondidodems.org. The club will have a forum (facilitated by the League of Women Voters) with the Democratic candidates for the District 3 County Board of Supervisor’s seat: Olga Diaz, Jeff Griffith, […]

Calvin’s Salzman is the merchant of fast


For just about as long as he can remember, speed has been a constant companion and ally of Calvin Christian’s gifted runner Wesley Salzman. At first he put it to good use as a youngster while cleaning up at playground races. And in the intervening years since then, speed has taken on an even more pronounced role in his athletic […]

San Dieguito Synchro does well at Nationals

San Dieguito Synchro congratulates its graduating seniors who will be attending the following colleges in the fall; Tania Ramierez (Carmel Valley) UC Davis; Samantha Whitley (Poway) Point Loma Nazarene; Sofia Christensen (Escondido) UC Berkeley; Joanne Wang (Carmel Valley) UC Berkeley; Ruby Diamond Peacock (Carlsbad) University of Texas. Sofia Christensen  has been swimming synchronized swimming with San Dieguito Synchro for 7 […]

Palomar Heath honors Nurses and Physician of the Year

National Nurses Week is a time to honor professionals that take care of loved ones when they are sick, injured or otherwise afflicted. During the week of May 6-12, staff at Palomar Medical Center Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido selected 23 of their peers as unit nurses of the year and two as the Roz and Len Kolins […]

PB&J Club makes sandwiches for the homeless each week

The PB&J Club at Valley Center High School gathers every Wednesday after school to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless of Interfaith in Escondido.   Recently they took a field trip to Interfaith and toured the shelter, and even met some of the clients they’ve been providing for.  The tour gave the students a glimpse of what […]


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