Escondido News

Construction on Grand Project moves forward despite pandemic

Despite the lockdown on many activities due to the pandemic, new construction is considered an essential activity, so construction has continued unabated on the corner of Juniper and Grand has continued without interruption and is on schedule to open late summer 2020.   If you drive by the iconic “Ritz” theater, it’s easy to see that most of the building’s […]

Residents “Rally to Reopen” for 5th straight week in Escondido

Demonstrators gathered once again in Downtown Escondido to rally against sustained shutdown orders from the Governor’s office, even after Governor Newsom approved San Diego County two days prior to advance further into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, which allows for in-restaurant dining and in-store retail shopping, with certain modifications.  Convening for the 5th straight Friday, several residents of […]

San Diego Humane Society cites Escondido pet store for illegal puppy sales

San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement this week issued a citation to Broadway Puppies in Escondido, for eight violations of failing to partner with a rescue that has a valid cooperative agreement with at least one public or private shelter.  The Humane Society has ordered Broadway Puppies to suspend all sales of pets until they are sourcing animals from […]

Library to offer curbside pickup beginning June 1

To protect the health and safety of staff and community, Escondido Public Library will be closed to the public until further notice. Due dates will be extended and no overdue fees will be accrued until July 1. Book drops will be reopened to accept returns on June 1. Have a question? please call or text the library at 442-777-3799 or […]

Counterfeit OxyContin causes overdoses in VC, Escondido

In neighboring Valley Center, Sheriff’s deputies this week were warning people to be on the lookout for OxyContin pills that are actually fentanyl and where four overdoses happened this week, two of them fatal. Lt. Pat Shannon commented, “We’ve had in the last week four overdoses and two were fatalities,” he said. “It seems to be related to counterfeit OxyContin. […]

July 4 fireworks falls victim to COVID-19

The City of Escondido has announced that one of the largest community celebrations, the 4th of July fireworks and festival, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a statement the city said, “We were really hoping to be able to continue that tradition this year on July 4th, but after many thoughtful and some very difficult discussions we […]

SD County gives Lilac Hills Ranch fire safety ultimatum

The County of San Diego has given the longstanding proposed Lilac Hills Ranch development an ultimatum: come up with a viable plan for guaranteeing that fire clearing will happen along West Lilac Road without the acquisition of easements or risk having the County recommend that the Board of Supervisors vote to deny the project. It has given the project until […]

Thunderbirds salute health workers

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” fly over Palomar Medical Center shortly after noon on Friday. The precision flying squadron flew over major cities and hospitals in Southern California, saluting medical professionals and other essential workers risking themselves to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It was part of the America Strong national salute. 

Businesses that have been closed should flush out water systems

The Escondido Utilities Department worked with the Communications Department and Economic Development to develop business outreach to commercial, industrial, dining, and retail operators that have been completely closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Escondido’s Utilities Department has provided clean and safe drinking water throughout the pandemic, but water sitting in the internal plumbing of a closed building could be unsafe […]

Westfield Shopping Centers in San Diego to welcome back guests May 29

Westfield shopping centers in San Diego, which include Westfield UTC, Mission Valley, North County, and Plaza Bonita, announced today that they will re-open for the community starting Friday, May 29.  The centers will welcome back customers with modified hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, although individual retailer hours may vary and it is recommended to visit each center’s website for the most up-to-date information. Each center will implement relevant government-mandated […]

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