Escondido News

Desmond, McNamara urge accountability for dangerous criminals


California’s Propositions 47 and 57 and AB 109, say critics, favor criminals so decisively that felons who commit multiple crimes are getting away virtually scot-free. Several local officials this week highlighted the danger to public safety of repeat offenders not being punished. They held up as a perfect “poster boy” for getting away with it: Craig Blas. Fifth District Supervisor […]

Palomar Health, unions reach tentative agreement: avert strike

Palomar Health and its unions this afternoon have reached a tentative agreement and averted a strike that was due to begin this week. The membership will vote on the agreement Thursday and Friday.

Capt. David Cramer named EPD Interim Chief


Escondido City Manager Sean McGlynn Tuesday afternoon appointed Captain David Cramer to the position of Interim Chief of Police effective 6/29/2022. This appointment comes a week after Chief Ed Varso announced that he was selected to be the next Chief of Police for the City of Menifee, California. Interim Chief of Police David Cramer was hired by the Escondido Police […]

Integral makes $20.5 M on old hospital land sale


Integral Communities sold the 14-acre Palomar Heights property to Greystar Property Management for $55 million, according to an SEC filing— which showed that the sale occurred in May.  Integral Communities originally bought the land from the Palomar Health district for about $18 million, and including the purchase price, put a total investment of about $34.5 million, including demolition, debt service […]

Hospital unions call strike for June 23

The California Nurses Association and Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union have called for an “unfair labor practice strike” against Palomar Health. Monday the unions gave Palomar Health CEO Diane Hansen a 10-day Unfair Labor Practice Strike notice of intent to strike on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Last week, on Tuesday and Wednesday union members voted 96% to authorize the union […]

City wrestles with painful budget choices


For readers who protest “I was told there would be no math!” be warned that the following contains lots of math. Unlike my days in high school I’m not going to show my work. If my numbers are off, well that’s what corrections are for.  Escondido city staff presented a 2022-2023 budget report and hearing June 8 with stark choices. […]

Young artists recognized in water poster contest

For decades, 4th graders in Escondido have participated in the city of Escondido’s annual poster contest with other North County water agencies.  The contest theme is “Love Water, Save Water,” allowing local students to illustrate the value of our water through creative, hand-drawn art. At the May 25 Council meeting, the top 12 students were celebrated. They were presented with […]

New hydration stations installed at six locations

The City of Escondido’s Community Services Department and the Environmental Programs team partnered up to encourage water conservation and installed six new hydration stations throughout the City at local parks and community centers. • Jesmond Dene Park • Kit Carson Sports Center • Kit Carson Softball Fields • Park Avenue Community Center • Washington Park • East Valley Community Center […]

Hospital unions call strike for June 23

The California Nurses Association and Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union have called for an “unfair labor practice strike” against Palomar Health. Monday the unions gave Palomar Health CEO Diane Hansen a 10-day Unfair Labor Practice Strike notice of intent to strike on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Last week, on Tuesday and Wednesday union members voted 96% to authorize the union […]

Escondido loses Police Chief Varso to Menifee

Escondido Chief of Police Ed Varso has been selected to be the next Chief of Police for the City of Menifee, California. Chief Varso’s last day with the City of Escondido will be Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The City will appoint an internal Interim Chief from the Department’s command staff to ensure that community safety and internal operations remain unimpacted. […]


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