Escondido News

First annual Esco Vet Fest and Parade a “success” say organizers

Nina Deerfield, one of the co-chairmen of Monday’s Esco Vet Fest and the first annual Veterans Day parade told The Times-Advocate after the event: “My goodness, I’m thrilled and surprised and happy!” The parade, which someone counted as taking 4,000 steps from beginning to end, brought out about 1,000 people to the sidewalks lining Grand Avenue. Among the units were […]

Renovated Ritz Theater looking at opening early next year: not your typical construction job


At the old Ritz Theater, which will be reborn sometime next spring as one of Escondido’s crown jewels, even the graffiti are positive and inspirational. On a recent Sunday, members of the New Vintage Church—which is paying for the complete renovation of the Ritz Theater—made a pilgrimage to the archetypal Grand Avenue landmark and began penning graffiti on the interior […]

City to make special effort that all are counted in 2020 census


More than half of the residents of the City of Escondido are estimated to be part of a population that will be less likely to answer questions from next year’s U.S. Census than the average resident. They are, in short, hard to count. This week the city is taking the first of a number of steps designed to make that […]

Grand Avenue Festival happens on an ideal fall day


Another iteration of the Grand Avenue Festival has come and gone, and it was held on an ideal fall day in historic downtown Escondido.  Unlike the weather for the May version, this past Sunday was near perfect with classic blue skies and warm temperatures—very much akin to what you’d call Chamber of Commerce weather. Which makes sense since the semi-annual […]

American Legion to inaugurate first Escondido VetFest November 11

American Legion Post 149 has announced its inaugural Escondido VetFest to take place on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11.  The day’s activities will include a parade along Grand Avenue in Historic Downtown Escondido. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. To date organizers have 40 entries for the parade, including veterans from every major war, from World War II to […]

City loses Economic Development Manager to Oceanside

For 13 years Michelle Geller has been the city of Escondido’s Economic Development Manager. It has occasionally been noted that she does the job largely by herself. Next week she will take the same job, but working for the City of Oceanside.   She sent out an email to her colleagues in the city declaring, “”It’s been awesome working with […]

City surveying residents to see if a sales tax might fly


The City of Escondido this week is completing a survey of about 800 registered city voters, asking them a variety of consumer-related questions, including quality of life questions, and to gauge how much public support might exist for a sales tax that would help the city address its current fiscal difficulties. Assistant City Manager Jay Petrek told The Times-Advocate that […]

Escondido among cities hit by power shut-offs

Escondido is among the cities where residents could be the subject to public safety power shut-offs by San Diego Gas & Electric due to high winds. On Wednesday morning SDG&E issued this bulletin: “Due to high winds and dangerous weather conditions we have turned off power to 16,162 customers in the communities of Alpine, Boulevard, Campo, Descanso, El Cajon (portions […]

City seeks grant funding to expand Escondido Creek Trail

Some look at the Escondido Creek and see a cement culvert bisecting the city from east to west. Others see a nature trail run next to a running creek. Both are looking at the same creek, just along different sections.  Last week Escondido applied for a $2,612,290 grant from the State of California Natural Resources Agency to fund a pilot […]

Missing “at risk” Person: Antonio Lemus, 76

UPDATE: 11PM ****ANTONIO HAS BEEN LOCATED****   Escondido Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing “at risk” person: Missing Person: Antonio Lemus (AKA Antonio Lemus Talavera), 76 year old Hispanic Male, 5’7″ 145 lbs, brown eyes, grey hair, balding, mustache, glasses, and has a noticeable limp. Last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black denim jacket with white […]


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