Escondido News

“Wild about Christmas” is theme of 68th annual Jaycees parade

The 68th annual Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade which has a jungle theme: “Wild About Christmas,” will be held Saturday, December 8. Step off is at 9:30 a.m. The parade goes south on Broadway from Escondido High School to Grape Day Park. There will be an awards ceremony at the Train Depot at Grape Day Park following the concusion of the […]

Shop Small At Businesses In Historic Downtown Escondido On November 24th

Escondido has come together for Shop Small Saturday to promote the wonderful historic downtown district. MAGEC (Museums & Arts Growing Escondido Culture), the Escondido Downtown Business Association, the City of Escondido, and Visit Escondido are working together to provide a full day of shopping with discounts, special offers and prizes. This is the second year for the effort to encourage […]

Veterans monument moved to new location

Palomar Health unveiled a familiar monument in a new location on Veteran’s Day. Palomar Memorial Hospital was erected in downtown Escondido in 1950 but now that the hospital has been sold, the original monument dedicated in honor of wartime veterans has been moved to the rear of Palomar Medical Center Escondido on Citracado Parkway. In this photo, Palomar Health staff […]

Chamber honors “Rising Stars” students

Escondido Chamber of Commerce Wednesday honored its “Rising Stars” students for November.  Chamber CEO Rorie Johnston told the gathering, “As we endure the high winds and perhaps the loss of electricity this week, we are still grateful for what we have and who we meet along the way. Today, I am most grateful to have met seven more of Escondido’s […]

New optimism in McNamara mayoral campaign

Yesterday, for the first time, the vote counting in the Sam Abed-Paul McNamara election for mayor of Escondido  thrust McNamara into the lead. At 5 p.m. the Registrar of Voters updated their count to show McNamara with 16,064 (50.37%) to Abed’s 15,827 (49.63%.) Paul McNamara told the Times-Advocate this morning: “We were told there are 1800 provisionals left to count […]

Wedekings, a city “landmark” closes for good

Wedekings Bakery and Deli, known as much for its iconic gingerbread style building as for its bakery—and which produced sweets that were considered by many to be the best in Escondido, closed its doors Saturday night.  It was one of the most recognizable buildings along Valley Parkway.  The family was in the baking business a total of 83 years that […]

Mayor’s race up in the air, although Abed leads slightly


This article is as of press time, Wednesday evening.  Politics on the Escondido city council just got a whole lot more interesting, with the likelihood of many 3-2 votes in the future. At the very least, Olga Diaz, long a lone voice against a 4-1 majority, won’t feel quite so lonely. By a narrow margin after a bitter campaign, Escondido […]

Tamale Festival puts Escondido “on the gastro map” says organizer

Alex MacLachlan, president  of the Escondido Downtown Business Association pronounced this Saturday’s Escondido Tamale Festival “the best yet!” MacLachlan told The Times-Advocate, “We introduced live music and fun activities inside the Beer, Wine, and Spirits Garden this year and it was a huge success, with local belly dance group Sohaila and The Shining Stars, Flamenco guitarist Warren La Plante, and […]

Former Labor Secretary Reich to be speaker at CCAE

Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor who served in three presidential administrations and is currently a professor at U.C. Berkeley, political commentator and author will give a keynote address as part of the Palomar College Student Equity Speaker Series. The event will be Friday, November 16, 5:30 p.m. at California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Palomar College is presenting […]

Installation of green bollards signal progress in bike path

  The city is moving forward with its Missing Link Bike Path that winds through the city. The progress can be seen with the installation of peculiar-looking green “bollards” along Valley Parkway, signaling areas where bikers can ride with a feeling of safety and peace of mind.  Bollards look unusual. It’s a unique traffic feature that separates vehicle traffic from […]


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