Escondido News

North County mayors, supervisors vs. SANDAG’s new proposed tax on driving


With I-15 traffic moving at a crawl in the background, North County leaders Wednesday morning gathered in the patio outside of the Ventana restaurant atop Escondido’s Lexus dealership to condemn a proposal that surfaced last Friday at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG): to adopt a new form of taxation  that would charge drivers for using busy streets and […]

Renovation begins on new Ritz Theater

Renovation has begun on the corner building of the Ritz theater on Grand Avenue, and scaffolding is up throughout the interior of the Ritz. Demolition and construction is being done by Erickson-Hall Construction Co,, which is based in Escondido.  According to Pastor Tim Spivey of the New Vintage Church, which owns the property and is renovating and repurposing the 80-year-old […]

Serious Injury Collision – Maple St.

On 07/16/2019 at 5:06 PM, Escondido Police and Escondido Fire responded to a vehicle collision into a residence in the 1700 block of South Maple Street, Escondido. Based on the driver and witness statements as well evidence at the scene, a gray 2006 Toyota Tundra was being driven by a 15-year-old unlicensed male juvenile down the driveway of the residence. […]

ECCHO, NUWI reach settlement on Country Club project


The Great War only lasted four years. World War II clocked in at six years. The war between the residents of the Escondido Country Club and developer Michael Schlesinger —and then New Urban West Inc., which took over development of that property from Beverly Hills based developer—also lasted about six years. It ended this week with an announced settlement. New […]

Palomar Health and Graybill Medical Group to negotiate integration agreement

The boards of directors at Palomar Health and Graybill Medical Group have agreed to execute a letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation agreement between the two entities that would integrate Graybill Medical Group into Palomar Health.  Palomar Health has provided medical care to the residents of North San Diego County since 1950. “The level of care combined with the […]

Regal Theater Shooting Suspect Arrested

On Friday, June 28, 2019, at about 8:45 PM, a Hispanic male juvenile was shot once in the left calf while standing in front of the Regal Escondido Stadium 16 theater at 350 W. Valley Pkwy. in Escondido. The suspects included three Hispanic males who fled the scene in a purple Scion Xb. On Friday, July 5, 2019, at about […]

Last minute effort to save Roynon museum fizzles: but may not be dead


Sometimes we don’t appreciate something precious until it is gone—or nearly gone. That appears to be the case with the Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology on Grand Avenue. When the museum announced in May it would be closing at the end of June suddenly people began turning out in their hundreds to get one last look at what […]

Center’s 25th year will be special: an interview with the executive director


This is the beginning of a magical year at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The 25th year since the Center opened, and immediately leaped onto the “A” list of top performing venues in San Diego County, if not Southern California.  As I have done for several years now, last week I sat down with Executive Director Jerry Van […]

Driver rolls car at Bear Valley & Boyle

A car driven by a solo man who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt was involved in a rollover accident early Saturday morning. According to Escondido Police Lt. Mike Kearney, on June 29, about 1:35 a.m. Escondido Police and Fire responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on Bear Valley Parkway north of Boyle. Officers arrived and found a single […]

Serious Injury Collision Bear Valley and Boyle


On 06/29/19 at about 01:35 AM, Escondido Police and Fire responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on Bear Valley Parkway north of Boyle. Officers arrived and found a single vehicle rollover. The solo male driver was likely not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle The driver was transported to PMC where he is listed […]


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