Escondido News

Group files to recall supervisor

A group of 20 residents this week filed their intent to begin gathering signatures to recall 3rd District Supervisor Terry Lawson-Remer, who represents the city of Escondido among other North County communities. The is one of five members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. According to the proponents of the recall: “Since taking the Oath of Office, Terra […]

Bear Valley Pkwy vehicle collision fatality

On August 31, at approximately 3:45 a.m., a single vehicle collision occurred on Bear Valley Parkway, north of El Dorado Drive. A 47-year-old woman from Escondido was driving a 2004 Nissan Maxima northbound on Bear Valley Parkway. For reasons that are still under investigation by the CHP, the driver veered her vehicle to the left, traveled off the roadway, and collided […]

Palomar Health retains outside law firm to probe Brown Act violation accusation

A group alleging that the Palomar Health board of directors violated the Brown Act when it voted to contract with a new group to provide emergency medical personnel—and filed a lawsuit to back up their claim—has prompted Palomar CEO Diane Hansen to answer the accusation and to hire an independent law firm to investigate the claim. The CEO issued this […]

New City Manager Sean McGlynn is out building relationships

Part I of a multi-part series Recently I sat down with Escondido’s newly ensconced city manager, Sean McGlynn for a wide-ranging discussion of his first weeks on the job and where he sees the future of the city. McGlynn has been on the job about two months, replacing Jeff Epp, who capped his decades of service with three years as […]

SANDAG’S proposed tax on vehicle miles will be discussed at Aug. 24 town hall

Fifth District Supervisor Jim Desmond will host a “SANDAG Virtual Town Hall, August 24 at 6 p.m. to alert constituents about proposals at the state local level  at SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) to tax motorists depending on how much they drive. He will be joined by other area officials including Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey. This  proposed tax is projected as […]

Lawsuit claims Palomar board violated Brown Act when it awarded contract

A lawsuit filed August 13 seeks to overturn a June decision by the seven-member Palomar Health board that changed contracts for emergency medical personnel from the old company, Vituity to Emergent Medical Associates (EMA.) The lawsuit filed by Citizens to Save Palomar Health, alleges the board violated the Brown Act when it voted during a June 16, 2021 closed session […]

Palomar Health hosts blood donation events

Palomar Health is partnering with the San Diego Blood Bank to host three bloodmobiles on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Appointments to donate whole blood or double red cells are open to the public and may be made online now (walk-ins accepted).  Palomar Medical Center Poway 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway 92064 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Palomar Medical Center […]

Escondido man pleads guilty in art forgery case

An Escondido man, Jason Alan Harrington, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of wire fraud and to defrauding 15 art galleries and collectors out of more than $1.1 million by selling them forgeries, mainly of the famed “street artist” artist Richard Hambleton. A story in the Union-Tribune described the Escondido man as “a native San Diegan with a graphic […]

Integral begins tearing down old hospital

Friday morning under gray skies Integral Communities celebrated the official groundbreaking for Palomar Heights, a 510-unit urban lifestyle community located at the eastern gateway of Escondido’s downtown.  It also began tearing down the decommissioned Palomar Health Hospital downtown campus. Palomar Heights will include 258 multifamily rental residences, 162 for-sale townhomes and 90 age-targeted apartments. It will be anchored by a […]

DBA members learn schedule for Grand Avenue work

Escondido Downtown Business Association members packed a lot of information into Thursday evening’s meeting—the first one since the pandemic. It happened in a tent adjacent to John Paul the Great University offices. A face to a name First off, DBA President Alex MacLachlan introduced Escondido’s new city manager, Sean McGlynn, who “wanted to put a face to the name.” He […]

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