Escondido News

Escondido police arrest 13-year-old driver in traffic fatality

On February 12, 2021, a white Ford Explorer driven by a 13 year-old girl and her juvenile companion fled from the police after a traffic stop. The girl lost control of her vehicle while making a left turn from eastbound Mission Ave to northbound Ash St. The Explorer slid into the bushes killing two men who were sleeping next to […]

City negotiating to buy YMCA land

The City of Escondido is negotiating with the representatives of the YMCA to buy or possibly lease the seven-acre property on 1050 North Broadway where the current Palomar Family YMCA is located. This information comes from the council meeting agenda for March 24 and is part of the closed session part of the agenda. Last week the Times-Advocate reported that […]

Rumor says decision on city manager may be near


Rumors are flying that a decision on a new city manager may be near at City Hall. The city council members have reportedly been interviewing possible successors to the current city manager, Jeff Epp, and could be close to narrowing that down to one person. Epp, who was working for the city when the City Hall building opened 30 years […]

Construction begins on MFRO facility that will provide sustainable ag water

Construction of Escondido’s $65 million Membrane Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility for Agriculture (MFRO Facility) commenced recently, marking a milestone in the City of Escondido’s goal of providing agriculture growers a high-quality irrigation supply and easing the burden on its wastewater infrastructure. The groundbreaking marks milestone in creating a sustainable water source for agriculture growers. The MFRO Facility will treat a […]

City hopeful of 2021 Cruisin’ Grand

The City of Escondido is working under the assumption that there will be a Cruisin’ Grand this year, although it might be a truncated one. The Times-Advocate reached out to Teresa Collins, deputy director of communications for the city, who said she and Cruisin’ Grand founder Steve Waldron have been meeting regularly on the street festival that normally runs from […]

City to get $45M from COVID relief

The City of Escondido will get $45 million from the COVID relief bill just passed by Congress and signed by President Biden.  According to City Manager Jeff Epp, “”My preliminary understanding is that it is made available in two equal parts, one this year and one next.  We will definitely involve the Council, as I expect they may want to […]

City completes channel improvement project

Recently the city of Escondido completed the Spruce Street Channel Improvement and Escondido Transit Center Active Transportation Connections Project The city council authorized the project in February, 2019 through a Public Improvement Agreement with Palm Engineering Construction Company, Inc., for $3,523,810 to build the project. The Spruce Project was funded in part by a grant from 2016 Proposition One Integrated […]

Chief Ed Varso commits to a new kind of policing


“I attended most of those events and did something I thought was important. I joined the crowd and I took the time to listen.” Monday afternoon Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso was joined by three area activists to roll-out the department’s new de-escalation policy during a press conference.  They included Yusef Miller, co-Founder of the North County Equity and Justice […]

Escondido to get $1.75 M rebate

The city of Escondido is being sent a rebate of $1,754,023 by the San Diego County Water Authority, of which Escondido is a member agency.  The Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District, which also serves parts of Escondido, was sent a rebate of $630,781. This week the Water Authority’s Board of Directors voted to distribute a rebate of $44.4 million […]

State of the City: Mayor cautiously optimistic about leaving COVID behind

This year’s State of the City address, usually given to a packed hall of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, was instead delivered remotely at the beginning of Wednesday’s night’s city council meeting. It was an introduction to a short video chronicling the year in Escondido produced by the city’s staff and which is posted to the City’s YouTube […]


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