Escondido News

CA Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all California residents to “stay home” except for essential reasons such as grocery shopping and other essential tasks. The lock down is necessary to fight the spread of the coronavirus, said the governor. The governor said he hoped people would voluntarily obey the order. “There’s a social contract here,” he said.  The order is effective […]

“Abundance of Caution”: many cancellations, postponements announced

 “Abundance of caution,” is the catchphrase of the hour, with many institutions and organizations announcing that they will be cancelling or postponing events due to “an abundance of caution” regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.  We have gathered as comprehensive a list as possible of such announcements in this rapidly changing environment. Be sure to check our website for even more […]

County orders bars closed, restaurants closed social distancing; seniors to self-isolate

Note:  Things are changing by the hour.  This article was written Wednesday morning with a few updates since.    The County of San Diego Monday afternoon issued sweeping orders designed to limit the numbers of people congregating almost anywhere. While public meetings of 50 or more are prohibited, the public is being strongly advised not to hold any kind of […]

Farm Bureau fights for growers to be considered “essential”

As new emergency coronavirus regulations were falling from on high like citrus blossoms in the spring, farm advocates, such as Hannah Gbeh, of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, were battling to earn farmers some respect for the essential work they do feeding people. With the Farm Bureau office in Escondido closed and employees working from home, Gbeh has been […]

Escondido bans smoking at outdoor dining areas, sidewalks

The Escondido City Council voted unanimously to move forward with an ordinance prohibiting smoking and vaping in outdoor dining areas, public places including sidewalks, and public events such as parades. The way the policy is written, the areas where smoking is permitted include 80 feet outside of a city-owned building, including the parking lot, as well as one’s home (unless […]

Escondido Fire Department Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

On March 15, 2020, the Escondido Fire Department was made aware that a Firefighter Paramedic tested positive for COVID-19. Several days earlier, while off-duty, the employee was in contact with other people who subsequently tested positive.  The Escondido Firefighter Paramedic had recently been at work, but was asymptomatic during that time. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this […]

City of Escondido COVID-19 Action Plan  

City councilmember John Masson dies

Flags are at half-staff over city facilities this week as the City of Escondido mourns the passing of city councilmember John Masson, who died Tuesday night of cancer.  They will remain at half-staff until Mr. Masson is interred. The city released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:  “The Escondido City Council is saddened to announce the passing of Councilmember John Masson. […]

CCAE acquires The Barn Stage Co. to produce theatrical productions locally

On the heels of the closing of the 25th Anniversary season, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) this week announced the acquisition of The Barn Stage company, a professional theatre company  in Temecula, that produces musical theater and plays. Jordan Beck, executive director and J. Scott Lapp, artistic director for The Barn Stage Company, will oversee the […]

Arch lighting event March 12

The community is invited to a dedication of Escondido’s newest landmark and gateway, the “Giving Arch” on March 12. The Escondido Community Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, has announced that it will dedicate the 40-foot by 108-foot welcome arch over Grand Avenue at Centre City Parkway on March 12 at 6 p.m.  The arch—named “The Giving […]

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