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Neighborhood Healthcare’s Sept. 26 online gala, to honor long-time supporter

A “virtual gala” – seems a contradiction in terms, right — no drinks, no hors d-oeuvres? Of course, going online is what the pandemic has meant for many these days.  But Neighborhood Healthcare is using that strategy already with early success. On September 26, 5-6 p.m. Neighborhood Healthcare will hold its annual fund-raising gala by means of distance participation, calling […]

Clifford Cravath honored as “Escondido Legend” by History Center

Over the years, Escondido high schools have produced numerous outstanding baseball players.  The Escondido History Center this week is honoring the first, Clifford C. Cravath, as a 2020 Escondido Founding Legend.   Clifford Cravath was born in Escondido in March, 1881. His father, Augustus (A.K.) Cravath, was the first mayor of Escondido, and his mother, Kate Isabella Sikes, was raised […]

2020 Annual Report: Interfaith to repurpose closed motel, launches anti-racist initiative

Highlighting its ongoing effort to address homelessness, Interfaith Community Services last week reported plans to buy a closed motel in Escondido and convert it to a recuperative care center and temporary housing. Announcement of the proposal — and a new program for combating racism — was made last week by Interfaith during a Zoom presentation of its 2020 Annual Report, […]

Escondido had most TOT revenues last year

The coronavirus shutdown included the entire fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2019-20, and the loss of Transient Occupancy Tax revenue for the April through June period contributed to a full-year decline from 2018-19 of $1,611,590.45, or 27.9%. The County collected $5,784,173.63 of TOT revenue for 2018-19 and $4,172,583.18 for 2019-20. The county’s 2017-18 annual revenue was $5,105,749.14. The fourth-quarter decrease […]

75th Anniversary celebration: Escondido veteran has vivid memories of war . . . and its end

Escondido resident Andre Chappaz has an especially detailed memory about the moment that he and his fellow soldiers got word that the Second World War had come to an end. When the news swept through the encampment on the island of Okinawa that the Japanese had surrendered, the celebrating began. Suddenly, he says, the air was filled with fireworks . […]

Escondido youth among San Diego’s 25 Most Remarkable Teens

Despite the pandemic’s interruption to schools this spring, the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office sought to recognize 25 students who excelled in a broad field of endeavors, including community, public safety and active citizenship. One of them was Escondido’s Matthew Tillyer, a recent graduate of the Classical Academy High School. He won in the category of “Personal Determination.” “It […]

Krishna Kabra takes helm of children’s museum

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, has appointed Krishna Kabra as its new executive director.  Kabra replaces Wendy Taylor— the museum’s outgoing executive director— who has accepted a position in her home state of Texas as executive director of the Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo.  The museum is based at  320 N Broadway, across the street from Grape Day Park. […]

Escondido home wins landscape contest

This home won the Escondido 2020 WaterSmart Landscape Contest! Their new design is low on water, but not on style. For resources on how to make your landscaping “WaterSmart” and contest information, visit:

Community advisory groups to begin meeting this fall

Escondido Director of Community Development this week sent out an advisory to members of the city’s City of Escondido’s community advisory groups (ECAG) that the groups will probably begin to meet again this fall. In his letter to the group members, Strong said, “More information will come in the next month about meeting date, time, and format (likely still virtual).  […]

Recycle Right: County and I Love A Clean San Diego offer tips

Recycle Right by getting “Back to Basics,” and Refuse, Reuse and Recycle the right material to help ensure what goes in the blue bin gets remade into new products. and the County of San Diego’s new Recycle Right webpage are countywide resources for all residents. Most people want to do the right thing when it comes to recycling, but […]

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