Escondido News

Rotary honors firefighters

On Saturday, May 11, Escondido Fire Department Peer Support Team members Mike Mellon, Dom Polito, Craig Tebbe and Chaplain Miles DeBenedictis were honored by the Escondido East Rotary club for “Service Above Self” at their annual Deep Pit barbecue event at Kit Carson Park. The Peer Support Team is part of a trained regional group that provides peer counseling and […]

ECHS students donate to honor fallen firefighter

On May 8, members of CAL FIRE, Escondido Fire and Escondido Police were on hand at Escondido Charter High School when a check for $5,500 was presented to Ashley Iverson from the school’s criminal justice class. In March of this year, the Escondido Charter High School criminal justice class held a fundraiser at Blue Mug Coffee and Tea. Proceeds from […]

Keeping up with Jones: The senator opens a new office in Escondido


Recently, newly installed State Senator Brian Jones of the 28th District opened a small satellite office in the Escondido Chamber of Commerce building.  I dropped by to take a photo of him and his staff and to talk about the bills he is pushing—and the politics of the area and state. The new office is located at 720 N. Broadway, […]

City, Rincon water dispute could be long, litigious


A dispute over which agency should serve the sewer needs of the Valiano Project, which is outside of the Escondido city limits, but within its Sphere of Influence, but also within the boundaries of the Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District, appears as though it will go forward—and Rincon’s general manager is predicting that it could be a long and […]

Grand Avenue Festival will be a great time


  Well, if you haven’t heard that the spring Grand Avenue Festival is this Sunday, either you’ve been out of town, under a [potato chip] rock, or without cell service.  But you’re lucky to find out now because it is going to be one hidden valley of a great time! Taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on lovely […]

South Centre City Specific Plan wins APA excellence award

The city’s South Centre City Specific Plan recently won the San Diego Section American Planning Association’s (APA) Excellence Award in the “Advancing Diversity and Social Change” award category.  This is the second award for the planning team. Last year, the South Centre City Specific Plan won an Excellence Award for public outreach. The South Centre City neighborhood includes approximately 421 […]

Gaspar, Desmond say SANDAG offers “bait and switch” on NC highways


Three members of the Board of Supervisors have revolted against a proposal by the newly minted SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata to switch most of the ½ cent TransNet sales tax that was sold to the voters in 2004 as a way to fund highway improvements. Last week the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to […]

BIG man taken down by medium-sized dog? Yeah, we got that!


Have you ever seen a 225 pound man taken down by an 80 pound Belgian Malinois dog? Most of you probably have not witnessed something like that in person, and hopefully none of you have experienced it yourself.  However, if you come to the Grand Avenue Festival on Sunday, May 19 you’ll be able to witness the stunning agility and […]

SANDAG road funding isn’t an “either or proposition” says Mayor


Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara, who sits on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board, would like to see a more compromise, more give and take, on discussions of how to spend TransNet funding. See related story, this page. “It is a fallacy of argumentation — either this or that with no third option,”  the mayor said in an interview […]

Eagle Scout project renovates front of fire station

Bronson Arnold, a local Boy Scout, offered to help renovate the front landscape at Fire Station #1 (S. Quince St.) as part of his Eagle Scout project.  Bronson’s task includes planning a portion of the project, obtaining supplies, and supervising other scouts in coordination with Battalion Chief Paredes. On Saturday, April 27, scouts and parents spent several hours preparing the […]


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