Escondido News

The phones are ringing for Steve Waldron: Cruisin’ is coming!


About as much as the Wicked Witch of the West liked water, Steve Waldron, founder of Cruisin’ Grand, likes telephone calls.  But this week, a bit more than a week away from the long anticipated reopening of Cruisin’, Waldron almost giggles with glee when he hears the phone ringing. “That’s another one!” he chuckled as he was being interviewed for […]

Local firefighters to ask residents to ‘Fill the Boot’

The annual San Diego Burn Institute “Fill the Boot” fund drive will take place throughout the county on Thursday, June 17 from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Escondido firefighters will volunteer collecting donations at the intersections at Broadway & Hwy 78 and at Via Rancho Parkway & I-15.  Escondido Fire Chief Rick Vogt told The Times-Advocate: “Escondido residents have always […]

Escondido area veterans observe Memorial Day

In Escondido Memorial Day was observed with traditional somber reflection and celebration of those who gave their all defending the country. The observance took place at American Legion Post 149.  

City ‘committed’ to Cruisin’ Grand starting on June 18


The city of Escondido held an informational meeting on Cruisin’ Grand Tuesday night, with Teresa Collins, deputy director of communications, telling those “attending” the virtual meeting:  “We are committed to Cruisin’ starting on the 18th, just days after the governor’s announcement. It’s more than a definite maybe.” The “meeting” included an appearance by an enthusiastic Steve Waldron, founder of the two-decade-long […]

Suspect arrested for robbing Escondido bank with toy gun

A man who allegedly robbed a bank on West Felicita Avenue Monday morning was later caught and booked into Vista Jail. The gun turned out to be a toy. Lt. Kevin Toth of the Escondido Police Department described what happened: “On May 24, at 11:27 a.m., a male suspect entered the Chase Bank at 325 W. Felicita Ave.  He passed one […]

Multiple stabbing Monday morning

Four Escondido people sustained stab wounds, none of them life-threatening, Monday morning when a man became upset with his family and began stabbing them. According to Escondido Police Department spokesman Lt. Kevin Toth, “We received a 911 call at 10:46 a.m. about a family violence incident involving Abdiel Sarabia (DOB 04/01/1987) at a home in the 800 block of W. […]

Homeless funds a ‘gamechanger’ Anglea tells council


Interfaith Community Services CEO Greg Anglea took a moment at last week’s city council meeting to give members “good news.” “Good news has been brought by the governor [Gavin Newsom,]” he said during public comments. “to spend $12 billion to help address homelessness.” He said $7 billion of that will go to Project Homekey, “Last year it was a tenth […]

City council holds first in-person meeting in more than a year


The Escondido City Council May 12 returned to its labors in the council chambers at City Hall, with members look each other in the eyes, after more than a year of virtual meetings. The meeting was held with masking and social distancing. It started off with several residents unhappy with the council over how it runs its police department, and […]

SG&E’s Bear Valley Parkway pipeline project 75% done

Much progress has been made in recent weeks on the SDG&E’s Bear Valley Parkway Replacement Project – Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP) To date, it is about 75% complete. After starting construction in November 2020, San Diego Gas and Electric Company crews have trenched more than two miles along Bear Valley Parkway between San Pasqual Valley Road and Beethoven Drive […]

Chamber to host job fairs for businesses trying to hire


The anemic federal jobs report announced earlier this week was brought close to home by Escondido restaurateurs who say they can’t get hire workers as the world opens up and people start going out to eat again. They find that they are competing with the federal and state governments’ continuing payments for employees. A restaurateur who owns many restaurants in […]


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