Escondido News

Dr. Nick Yphantides: a man on a “very passionate mission”

Dr. Nick Yphantides, San Diego County’s Chief Medical Officer, is one of the most recognizable faces of the County’s response against COVID-19. Residents see him at the County’s daily updates on the progress of the disease, and know him as “Doctor Nick.” Dr. Nick describes himself as a “man on a very passionate mission and I feel extremely blessed to […]

Palomar Hospital is prepared for the coming viral storm

In TV’s “Game of Thrones,” characters bleakly observe: “Winter is coming.” In this county a viral storm is coming that has only just begun to materialize—even though for two weeks we have been sheltering-in-place awaiting its arrival. President Trump solemnly declared Tuesday afternoon, “I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. This is going […]

Doctor arrested for sexual assault

On Saturday, March 28th, 2020, a female victim reported to the Escondido Police Department she had been sexually assaulted by her physician, Dr. Leng Thai Ky, a 40 year old anesthesiologist from Poway, while she was unconscious. EPD detectives investigated the case throughout the weekend, gathering further evidence of the assault, and developed probable cause to arrest Ky.  On Monday morning, […]

City Manager: Emergencies bring out the best and worst

Message from the City Manager, JEFFREY EPP Emergency circumstances can bring out the best and the worst in our society. Here in the City of Escondido, I’ve seen the absolute best.  Escondido responded to this pandemic by firmly hitting the brakes of our bustling city and acknowledging the dramatic changes required to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As […]

Library closed, but many services are accessible

To protect the health and safety of staff and community, Escondido Public Library is closed to the public until further notice. Due dates will be extended until the library reopens, and no overdue fees will be accrued during the closure. No returns will be accepted and book drops are closed.  Access Library Resources From Home Many of library services can […]

Escondido fire seeks volunteers

If you are at least 50 years old and looking for a unique volunteering challenge, the Escondido Fire Department Support Volunteer program currently has openings for qualified men and women to provide incident support and assist Escondido Fire in daily operational duties. Candidates must be able to commit a minimum of 16-20 hours per month; be able to lift 40 […]

The city gets by and the council will have its first remote meeting

“Our most important task was to keep all  critical City services full functional,” said Escondido City Manager Jeffrey R. Epp when interviewed earlier this week about how the city is carrying out its jobs during the COVID-19 lockdown ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom. This week will include an historical first for the city: a city council meeting held online using […]

Sheriff Bill Gore answers questions about firearm retailers

Earlier this week San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore answered questions about whether firearms dealers would be allowed to stay open by issuing this statement: On March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 with the goal of protecting public health through staying home and social distancing. The Governor’s order recognizes that people will have to venture into […]

New economic development director joins city

Amber Tarrac has joined the staff of the City of Escondido as the new Deputy Director of Economic Development.  Tarrac is a second generation San Diegan who can regularly be found riding horses on Escondido trails and enjoying Escondido’s open space, shopping, music, and dining.  You may also catch her salsa dancing to live music around town.  With a Master’s […]

5 COVID-19 cases in Escondido

According to a new data source available from the County of San Diego, it is now possible to see how many cases of the COVID-19 are in each community. As of Monday evening, there were five cases of the outbreak in Escondido. That compares to the overall total of 230 confirmed cases in San Diego County since February 14. Of […]

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