Escondido News

Survey may identify N.C. traffic solutions for 660K people

A joint survey by SANDAG and Caltrans will help those regional agencies identify integrated transportation solutions that enhance the way people travel throughout North County. It might also help them come up with ways to spend Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill funds, i.e. your tax money. The more people who participate and the more diverse groups participate the more likely that […]

Take a guided tour of barrier painting project

As a response to the social restrictions put in place in connection with the pandemic in 2020, the City of Escondido narrowed Grand Avenue to two traffic lanes in August 2020 and made the former parking lane available to businesses.  This was accomplished by placing almost 100 gray, dull looking concrete barriers (K-rails) to mark the boundary to the new […]

Former councilwoman Diaz named UW-Eau Claire vice chancellor

Former Escondido city councilmember Olga Diaz has been named the next vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Diaz has been director of student success and equity at Palomar College since 2015. She will begin work at UW-Eau Claire on June 14. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and a […]

Issa secures blocked FEMA reimbursement to Palomar Health

Congressman Darrell Issa of the 50th District Monday announced the finalization of Palomar Health Escondido’s reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA) for the formation and implementation of its COVID-19 alternate care site, which provides critical capacity for the region.  After initial reimbursement challenges, Issa worked directly with state and federal offices to comprehensively review and quickly secure reimbursement. […]

Council kicks cannabis can down the road

The Escondido city council majority kicked down the road the question of whether to allow commercial cannabis sales within city limits and tax the proceeds—perhaps indefinitely. At the council’s March 24 meeting, Deputy Mayor Mike Morasco, and councilmembers Joe Garcia and Tina Inscoe voted to postpone until some indefinite time further discussion. About 120 members of the public weighed in […]

Reduced traffic lanes on Bear Valley Pkwy as part of SDG&E pipeline replacement

On November 9, 2020, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) began construction on the Bear Valley Parkway Replacement Project along Bear Valley Parkway between San Pasqual Valley Road/Hwy 78 and Beethoven Drive and through a portion of Mule Hill Trail in the San Dieguito River Park. The natural gas pipeline safety project will replace 3.6 miles of 1949-vintage pipe […]

City council reaches to Santa Rosa for new city manager

The Escondido City Council has named Sean McGlynn as city manager. He will replace Jeff Epp, who retired last summer but stayed on as interim city manager.  McGlynn has been city manager of the Northern California city of Santa Rosa for six years and 7 months, where he has been praised for his leadership during the wildfires that ravaged Northern California […]

New Goodwill opens in Escondido

Photos by David Zumaya, My San Diego North County

The new Goodwill Escondido Retail Store, Donation Center, and Community Employment Center held a grand opening Wednesday morning at its new location at 315 West Washington Ave. Goodwill San Diego took advantage of New Market Tax Credits to build a new 17,000 sq. ft. location. The new site includes a Donation Center, Retail Store, and Community Employment Center.  Residents can […]

Escondido police arrest 13-year-old driver in traffic fatality

On February 12, 2021, a white Ford Explorer driven by a 13 year-old girl and her juvenile companion fled from the police after a traffic stop. The girl lost control of her vehicle while making a left turn from eastbound Mission Ave to northbound Ash St. The Explorer slid into the bushes killing two men who were sleeping next to […]

City negotiating to buy YMCA land

The City of Escondido is negotiating with the representatives of the YMCA to buy or possibly lease the seven-acre property on 1050 North Broadway where the current Palomar Family YMCA is located. This information comes from the council meeting agenda for March 24 and is part of the closed session part of the agenda. Last week the Times-Advocate reported that […]

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