Escondido News

Subjects arrested in tent with drugs and firearms

On November 22, police officers from the Escondido Police Department responded to an anonymous tip of a subject selling drugs who was also in possession of a firearm.  The subject was reported to be living in a tent on California Transportation (Cal Trans) property on the side of Highway 78 in the area of the 800 block of Metcalf Street […]

Yes, the fishing is great, but Lake Wohlford’s real value is key part of local water system


Introduction Sometimes the best way to preserve history is to build something new.  The replacement of Lake Wohlford dam may be an “expensive dam project” but the value of the Lake’s water supply will preserve this meaningful investment for many more years.   With a need to improve the current dam at Lake Wohlford, the City of Escondido has done […]

A drop of solution in an ocean of problems


Hoping to make a difference a small Escondido group of passionate advocates are making waves to soothe some very troubled waters.  Hidden in those waters are phantom islands where vacationers would likely never want to venture.  The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is reported to be one of those massive islands of plastic refuse, measuring hundreds of meters in width, […]

Brown Act lawsuit dropped against Palomar Health

The lawsuit filed several months ago by “Citizens to Save Palomar Health” against Palomar Health is being dropped by the group, according to a press release from the hospital district. That the lawsuit was dropped was confirmed in a phone call by The Times-Advocate to a member of “Citizens.”  Wednesday’s press release by Palomar Health stated, “The baseless lawsuit lacked […]

Hospital board sanctions trustee Clark


Friday at a special meeting the Palomar Health board of directors  voted 4-2 (with John Clark and Laurie Edwards-Tate voting no) to sanction Clark for allegedly violating board policy. The board normally has seven members, but Director Rick Engel resigned at the last meeting.  Clark was accused of violating board policy, and the 4-2 vote stripped him of his committee […]

DUI checkpoint Friday

The Escondido Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint Friday, November 19 at an undisclosed location within the Escondido city limits. Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. During the checkpoint, officers will […]

Man stabbed outside home dies

On November 9, at 9:28 p.m., Escondido Police and Fire Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of a stabbing that occurred in the 1300 block of Magnolia Avenue in the City of Escondido.  When officers arrived, Juan Reynoso, a 33-year-old Escondido resident, was located with a stab wound to his chest.  Escondido Fire Paramedics transported him to Palomar Medical Center where […]

VC, Escondido residents object to redistricting commission lumping them in with bigger cities

CORRECTION The original version of this story included information about the San Diego County redistricting process for the five Board of Supervisors, which is an entirely separate process from the process reported on here, which is to redraw the boundaries for the Congressional, state senate and assembly districts that includes Escondido. It also a referred to a meeting Monday, November […]

BIA sues city over Mello-Roos ordinance


The Building Industry Association of San Diego County (BIA) earlier this year sued the City of Escondido and City Council of Escondido for what it says are unlawful acts.  It asks for relief from the court. Not surprisingly, the city disputes the lawsuit and asks the court to dismiss the case. The council on September 23, 2020 passed an ordinance […]

Hospital board gets EMA progress report: ‘we have a capacity crisis’


Sixty days after new contractors took over at both Palomar Health hospitals, the hospital board got a progress report, analysis and performance improvement plan from the new executive team. The decision to bring Emergent Medical Associates (EMA) and Benchmark Hospitalists & Intensivists “in house” at Palomar Medical Center Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Poway, and replace Vituity that had performed […]


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