Escondido News

Shakey’s returns to Escondido after 40 years


It’s been 40 years since Shakey’s Pizza Parlor closed its doors in Escondido, where it served pies during the late 60s and 70s.  Monday morning the national pizza chain returned to the Hidden City in one of the most visible locations in town: across the street from the Center for the Arts. An Escondido resident waiting out front of the […]

City to issue RFP for Community Choice Aggregation energy study


“I’m so excited that this is finally before us!” exclaimed a delighted Escondido councilmember Olga Diaz at the July 17 council meeting, when the council voted unanimously to pursue a feasibility study for the city joining with several other North County cities in procuring power for local residents. This type of arrangement is known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) or […]

Volunteers refurbish ADA cabin at Dixon Lake

On Sunday, July 14 volunteers from the Escondido Sunrise Rotary worked to paint the exterior and interior of the ADA accessible cabin, located in the Dixon Lake camping area. In addition to paint improvements, the group provided all new furniture for the unit. 

County to share lease cost for second firefighting helicopter


The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to share a Black Hawk helitanker lease with San Diego Gas & Electric, giving an additional boost to the region’s aerial firefighting options during peak fire season. The agreement for the UH-60 will be effective when the amendment is official and will be in place until next June. During red flag weather […]

Escondido water employee wins award for invention

Escondido Water employee Joseph Lucero won an award from the California Water Environmental Association for his innovative device that  improved efficiencies and safety at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility. City of Escondido Plant Maintenance Technician Joseph Lucero won third place in the “Gimmicks/Gadgets” category in the 2019 California Water Environmental Association Awards competition. His innovative safety […]

U.S. Ag Secretary tours Rancho Guejito avo farm

Last week the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited the area to tour local farms and meet with growers and to take part in a signing ceremony for the Trump administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers Initiative. The Secretary was accompanied by California Avocado Commission (CAC) Chairman John Lamb, CAC President Tom Bellamore and other representatives of the Commission.  “On […]

Conservancy takes ownership of 282 acres near Lake Wohlford

The Escondido Creek Conservancy has secured $4.2 million in grant funds from the State of California to protect the 282-acre John Henry property near Lake Wohlford—now known as George Sardina, MD Preserve.  The Conservancy took ownership of the property on July 2 and is already making plans to restore areas damaged by past uses. Between the George Sardina, MD Preserve […]

Man stabbed in Escondido park

A man was stabbed at Mountain View Park In Escondido on Sunday afternoon, about 3:30 p.m., Escondido Police Department reported. He was taken to the hospital, where police attempted to interview him but he refused to cooperate.  According to EPD spokesman  Lt. Mike Kearney the victim “provided very little information. There was one witness but we only had a description […]

North County mayors, supervisors vs. SANDAG’s new proposed tax on driving


With I-15 traffic moving at a crawl in the background, North County leaders Wednesday morning gathered in the patio outside of the Ventana restaurant atop Escondido’s Lexus dealership to condemn a proposal that surfaced last Friday at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG): to adopt a new form of taxation  that would charge drivers for using busy streets and […]

Renovation begins on new Ritz Theater

Renovation has begun on the corner building of the Ritz theater on Grand Avenue, and scaffolding is up throughout the interior of the Ritz. Demolition and construction is being done by Erickson-Hall Construction Co,, which is based in Escondido.  According to Pastor Tim Spivey of the New Vintage Church, which owns the property and is renovating and repurposing the 80-year-old […]


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