Community News

Volunteer van goes into service

On Wednesday, June 5, the new Escondido Fire Department Support Volunteer van went in service. The volunteer group, who provide logistical support for the fire department on a daily basis and during emergency incidents, all received orientation and training on the new vehicle. The new van replaced their 12-year-old van that was at the end of its useful lifespan.

K-5 students learn about fire safety

On Monday, June 3, the fire engine crew at Station 7 (Captain Tebbe, Engineer Jones and Firefighter Paramedic Beauchamps) collaborated with the Burn Institute to give a fire safety presentation to the K-5 students at Lincoln Elementary. The students learned valuable safety lessons and hopefully sparked and interest in becoming a first responder in the future.

Escondido firefighters train in rope rescue

Escondido Firefighters completed an advanced Rope Rescue Technician course at the Carlsbad Training Center during the week of May 27 along with students from Carlsbad Fire, San Marcos Fire and Cal Fire-San Diego County. This hands on certified training involved skills such as patient packaging in a stokes basket, knots/anchoring, rope system/pulley overview, and ascending/descending. This course better prepared our […]

Saluting REINS, the 75th Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year


On June 5, I joined 119 State Senators and Assemblymembers on the South Lawn of the Capitol as we participated in the 4th annual California Nonprofits Day to recognize and honor the nonprofits that do so much to improve our communities and enhance the lives of thousands of Californians.  This year I was very pleased to recognize REINS Therapeutic Riding […]

Young man goes from the streets to his own apartment

Gus Kyriopoulos is a formerly homeless young man, who went from the streets of Escondido to his own apartment last week. He is, in his own words, “healthy and housed!” It was a community effort between the PERT (Psychiatric Emergency Response Team), Interfaith’s emergency shelter, Haven House where Kyriopoulos started after his hospitalization.  He was then moved to the long […]

Y baton twirling champions named

The Palomar Family YMCA recreational baton twirling teams recently competed in the Twirling USA Miss Y Majorette championships held in Oceanside recently.  The girls competed in twirling, strutting and modeling to come away with the titles. From left: Eight year old, Ada Porter, won Little Miss Y Majorette.  She is a student at Reidy Creek Elementary in Escondido. Vidhya Patel, […]

Notable bike event coming to Esco, Valley Center


If you happen to be out and about this coming June 15, don’t be surprised if you catch the sight of a host of cyclists whizzing by because the 8th Annual Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo is coming to both Escondido and Valley Center. This prestigious and charity-focused event will have a new base in Kit Carson Park this […]

Escondido woman, 89, publishes children’s book 60 years in the making

The children’s book “Tales from Squnch Valley” had its origin when current  Escondido resident and former Valley Center resident Barbara Morse was working as a dance and movement teacher in the 1960’s.  To perk the children’s interest, she would make up stories about sensitive little creatures, called Squnches, who emerged from their shells in a magical place called Squnch Valley. […]

San Pasqual Union School celebrates centennial anniversary

San Pasqual Union School turns 100 this year and the celebration being planned includes a special surprise for former students. The “Little School in the Valley” in Escondido has had many faculty and staff over the years, but only one staff member can say they served the school for over 70 years. Remarkably, that employee plans to attend the big […]

Skyline residents hold golf tourney to benefit hospice

Residents and guests of Skyline Ranch Country Club in Valley Center April 13 donated the proceeds from their Women and Men’s Golf Clubs Charity Tournament to the Elizabeth Hospice.  This is the seventh year that Skyline Ranch has chosen The Elizabeth Hospice as the beneficiary of their fundraising event, bringing the total amount raised to more than $45,000. “We are […]


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