Escondido News

The Center Celebrates 25 Years of “Sparking Creativity + Igniting Connection”

A milestone is fast approaching for the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center), as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary (XXV Season kick-off) on Friday, June 7, 2019.  The Center is dedicating an entire season to celebrating years of Sparking Creativity + Igniting Connection across North San Diego County. The XXV Season kick-off is free to the public and […]

Body of Escondido man found near Oceanside Pier

A man, who, according to police, slipped over the railing on the Oceanside Pier while trying to take a selfie, has been identified as 20-year old Paul Ventura of Escondido. He fell from the pier on May 25, about 3:30 a.m. but then slipped underwater before lifeguards could get to him. According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner: “It […]

The “Wall Speaks” mural to be dedicated June 18

A ribbon-cutting for the “Wall Speaks” mural, “A walk through the Culture and History of Escondido” will be held Tuesday, June 18, 9 a.m. at Escondido Community Child Development Center, 819 W. 9th Ave. The project has been going on since last October and it is nearly finished.  Jim Wiese, executive director Escondido Community Child Development Center, told The Times-Advocate: […]

DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned for This Weekend


The Escondido Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend, at an undisclosed location within the city limits. DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing. The Escondido Police […]

Public urged to submit tips in Escondido bank robbery

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Escondido Police Department (EPD) are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the individuals responsible for a takeover style robbery in Escondido, California. On Thursday, May 23, at about 9:50 a.m., three armed males committed a takeover-style robbery at the San Diego County Credit Union located at 1875 S. Center City Parkway, Escondido, […]

Fed official praises city for ‘no graffiti’

Last week at the city council meeting when Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara was reading the proclamation of National Public Works Week, he noted: “I think it’s important that a few facts are mentioned. Most people don’t know that last week the director of the Federal Housing and Urban Development visited Escondido. When the director was in Escondido he told the […]

Rain thins crowds for street fair, but doesn’t dampen fun

This past Sunday the Escondido Chamber of Commerce put on the semi-annual Grand Avenue Festival. Although the weather was much more akin to being Seattle Chamber of Commerce weather, the rain and blustery conditions did not dampen the spirits of vendors, performers, and attendees alike…smiles and comments of “it is what it is” were as common as umbrellas.  Both community […]

City seeks input on high density development to replace hospital

The city is seeking input from community members on what they would like to see on the Palomar Heights development, a multi-story project of about 510 units that is slated to replace the old Palomar Hospital. Integral Communities seeks to redevelop the Palomar Hospital site and surrounding properties in downtown Escondido. The application to the city includes a request for […]

Council approves controversial sewer flow agreement


The Escondido City Council, over the protests of the Rincon water district and several residents of neighboring Eden Valley, May 15 approved a sewer flow agreement to serve the Valiano project in the unincorporated area adjacent to the city. The city has its eye on a bright glistening plum: a multi-million dollar 5.5 MG (million-gallon) emergency wet weather recycled water […]

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 […]


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