Escondido News

Supervisors vote to go forward on Community Choice Energy; Gaspar votes no

The County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to continue exploring the idea of getting into the business of buying and selling electricity. Supervisors Kristin Gaspar and Jim Desmond opposed the motion. The action came after a feasibility study/business plan was presented to the Board on the pros and cons of community choice energy also known as community choice aggregation. […]

Third Ross store going in old CVS pharmacy building


It’s a sign of Escondido’s status as a growing, vibrant city that a third Ross Dress for Less store will be opening soon, this one in the eastern part of town, in the 69,780 square foot Escondido Town & Country shopping mall on East Valley Parkway that includes Big Lots and Del Taco.  The address of the shopping center is […]

California Bank & Trust celebrates New Escondido branch

California Bank & Trust Friday morning opened the doors of its newly built Escondido Branch at 150 N. Quince St. The grand opening, attended by city dignitaries and Chamber of Commerce officials, included a ribbon-cutting, a check presentation to a local charity, speeches from CB&T President Eric Ellingsen and Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara, and an open house. Ellingsen quipped, “I […]

Demolition to begin soon of old Escondido Country Club

The Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization (ECCHO) were informed earlier this week that demolition will begin within days to make room for New Urban West Inc.’s “The Villages Project.” According to the letter by Project Manager Jonathan Frankel, sent to all impacted residents (i.e. homeowners within 500 feet of the project,) the demolition will take about four weeks to complete. […]

Labor Day fatal traffic collision

On Monday, September 2, at 3:30 p.m., Escondido Police and Escondido Fire responded to a vehicle collision on Del Lago Blvd. over I-15, in Escondido. The following information, provided by EPD Lt. Scott Walters, is based on witness statements as well evidence at the scene. An 81-year-old male was driving a black 1998 Jaguar XK6 south on Interstate 15 in […]

One escaped monitor lizard grabbed, one to go

Two monitor lizards who have been on the lam in Escondido for about a year have been reduced to just one after Susan Nowicke of the EcoVivarium reptile museum and her crew captured the smaller  of the two several days ago. The larger specimen remains at large.  “We’re assuming they were somebody’s pets and they turned them loose,” said Nowicke, […]

Partners break ground on Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute

Leaders from Palomar Health and Kindred Healthcare broke ground August 16 to start construction on a new 52-bed acute rehabilitation hospital, the Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute, on the campus of Palomar Medical Center Escondido.  The joint-venture realizes a commitment Palomar Health has made to provide leading health care services in North San Diego County. Once completed near the end of […]

Assembly adjourns in memory of Escondido CAL FIRE firefighter

This week, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron led the State Assembly in adjourning in memory of Cal Fire Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov of Escondido.  Katkov passed away July 29 after experiencing a medical emergency while on a training hike near the De Luz Fire Station to prepare for the upcoming fire season. Katkov was a graduate of Scripps Ranch High School […]

Serious Injury Collision – Valley Pwky and Midway Dr Wednesday morning


On August 21, 2019 at 6:48 AM, Escondido Police and Escondido Fire responded to a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian, near the intersection of Valley Parkway and Midway Drive, in Escondido. The following information is based on the driver and witness statements as well evidence at the scene. A 25-year-old male was driving a white 2006 Nissan Titan pick-up east […]

DUI Checkpoint Results – August 16, 2019


The Escondido Police Department arrested one individual while conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on August 16, 2019. The subject was arrested for driving under the influence. The checkpoint was located at El Norte Parkway and Washington Av. Following are additional results from this event: 1619 vehicles drove through the checkpoint. 915 vehicles were screened in primary. 54 vehicles were sent […]


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