Escondido News

Progress continues on SDG&E’s Midway Drive replacement project

A lot of progress has been made on the Midway Drive Replacement Project pipeline safety project over the summer. SDG&E crews have been able to complete the installation of more than two miles of new pipe along with advanced safety features. This brings the project to approximately 75% completion. Since February, construction work has moved from Midway Drive and Lincoln […]

City issues temporary business recovery permits

The City has received and approved 24 Business Recovery Temporary Use Permits for the following industries throughout the City, with more in process.  Nail/Hair Salons and Barbershops – 4 • Restaurants – 12 Breweries – 2 Gyms–3 Art, Museums, and Retail – 3 Additionally, 26 of the City’s fitness related recreation classes have been moved to outdoor locations, utilizing the […]

14 arrested in fentanyl ring

Fourteen suspects have been arrested by Sheriff’s deputies and the Narcotics Task Force as part of an investigation into overdoses of fentanyl. Earlier this summer, San Diego Sheriff’s deputies responded to about ten calls for service regarding suspected fentanyl overdoses in North County tribal communities. Sheriff’s Narcotic Division detectives responded and conducted an extensive investigation into the origin of the […]

Bear Valley Parkway motorcycle fatality

A fatal collision between an SUV and a motorcycle occurred on Bear Valley Parkway in the unincorporated portion of Escondido. On August 1, 2020 at approximately 3:55 PM a Yamaha motorcycle was traveling southbound on Bear Valley Parkway approaching Birch Avenue within the left lane.  An Acura SUV was traveling eastbound on Birch Avenue.  The Acura stopped at the stop […]

Graffiti eradication program earns awards

Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, the City of Escondido received the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award from ESRI, the global leader in location intelligence, for its innovative application of mapping and analytics technology for the city’s Graffiti Eradication Program. ESRI, which gave the award, is the “builder” of ArcGIS, the world’s most powerful mapping & spatial analytics software. […]

Some Westfield North County mall stores remain open

Westfield North County has suspended indoor operations but its stores with exterior entrances, such as Macy’s, JC Penny, and Target continue to operate. According to a spokesman for Westfield San Diego Operations, “a select number of the center’s restaurant collection also remains open for guests to enjoy outdoor seating and dining including California Pizza Kitchen, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, and […]

Chamber’s virtual installation will celebrate 110 years


The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 110th anniversary installation on Thursday, July 30, 6-7 p.m. This is the Chamber’s annual installation celebration, which has traditionally been celebrated with a gala banquet—curtailed this year by COVID-19. The celebration is real, but the location will be “virtual.” The Times-Advocate spoke to Escondido Chamber CEO James Rowten, who described the virtual […]

“Overwhelming” support for street side dining

The reaction to the city’s action making it easier for restaurants to offer street side dining and stay operating during the County’s latest lockdown of services has been totally positive. Amber Tarrac, the city’s deputy economic development officer, told The Times-Advocate that the first weekend was a success: “Yes indeed – overwhelming community, operator, and DBA (Downtown Business Association) support!” […]

Fire season is here; time to have a plan and be ready to use it


Escondido Fire Chief Rick Vogt has some words for residents: It’s fire season! “It’s again that time of year when the weather is obviously a lot warmer, humidity is getting dryer and we annually face east Santa Ana winds. Everyone who is from this area knows we need to pay attention to wildfire safety.” The fire season is definitely heating […]

There is still time to complete the 2020 Census

There is still time to complete the #2020Census. Self- responding to the Census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted amid the COVID-19 situation. You can complete the Census using any of the following methods: • Online: my2020census.gov/ • By phone: 1-844-330-2020 • By mail if you received the paper form


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