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Flag ceremony honors officer Laura

On July 23, Police Chief Ed Varso presided over a ceremony at the flagpole in front of Escondido Police & Fire Headquarters to remember Officer Laura. Officer Laura was tragically murdered by her husband in 2014 cutting short a career she’d always admired. Six years later, officers and family gathered to remember the service she provided to this community. Her […]

Escondido History Center celebrates 2020 ‘Forever Legend’ George Cordry

The story of George Cordry (1934-2009), “Mr. Escondido,” is the first of six biographies of the 2020 Escondido Forever Legends. The 2020 honorariums in the name of the six Escondido Forever Legends and the two Escondido Founding Legends are funded by Jack Raymond.  The Escondido Legends Committee is exploring ways, though this pandemic, to work with the high schools in […]

Escondido completes Sports Center Turf Project

The City’s Community Services Department last week announced the installation of two new turf arenas. This improvement will allow for expanded use of the facility and improve the comfort and playability for all users.  Staff are working on adapting programs and services to utilize these spaces in creative ways until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and regular programming can resume. […]

The day the judges met at a Valley Center home


When competing architects met to present their designs for the new Mediterranean-style Escondido City Hall-Civic Center complex in 1984, they and the judges gathered not in Escondido but at a private residence in Valley Center that had been described as stunning, majestic and a visual feast.  It had been named “House of the Year” by a regional magazine and was […]

Escondido History Center to celebrate a legend: Juan Bautista Alvarado

The Escondido History Center is in the second year of the Escondido Legends honorariums.  The 2019 awards program, which culminated with an October ceremony, honored nine outstanding seniors from high schools in Escondido at the Santa Fe Train Depot in Grape Day Park.   The 2020 honorarium has been funded by Jack Raymond. The Escondido Legends Committee is exploring ways, […]

Gun owners PAC hire Escondido woman to help women protect themselves

San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a local political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has announced the hiring of Escondido resident Desiree Bergman as project manager of SDCGO’s #NotMeSD initiative. The announcement was made by Michael Schwartz, SDCGO executive director. Launched last year, #NotMeSD,  is a first-of-its-kind, non-partisan movement to promote self-protection and prevent sexual assault and domestic violence […]

Escondido FFA member given scholarship


Lariece Reyna lived in Pala until she was 12 and attended Vivian Banks Charter School and Sullivan Middle School before her family moved to Escondido. She then attended Hidden Valley Middle School and Escondido High School, and she was a member of Escondido High School’s Future Farmers of America chapter.  This year the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation associated with the […]

SPHS grad finishes training as army psychiatrist

Major Daniel C. Hart, Medical Corps, US Army, San Pasqual High School, Class of ‘93, Brigade Commander of the Corps of Cadets at West Point, Class of ’97, graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2016 and on June 19th, 2020, finished training as an Army Psychiatrist at the National Capital Consortium Psychiatry Residency.   Major […]

What San Diegans need to do for county to get off state watchlist


On July 3, the County was placed on the state’s Monitoring List after the region’s case rate went above 100 positive cases per every 100,000 people three days in a row. The County has not met that metric since then, and the case rate stands now at 145.3. What does San Diego County need to do to get off the […]

Food distributed to military families

Saturday, June 27, Escondido’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers assisted the organization “Courage to Call” with food distribution to military families and veterans. CERT volunteers assisted with setup, bagging produce and dry goods, and distributing food to our service men and women as they drove up. CERT member are citizens who volunteer their time and skills to help their […]


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