Escondido News

Two honored for saving abandoned pups

Two Escondido residents were honored at the March 20 city council meeting for their quick action in saving nine puppies that had been abandoned in a trash can in a sealed bag at Kit Carson Park. In the photo Mayor Paul McNamara (center) gives certificates to Bill Dixon and Merrillyn Carpenter recognizing them for their Good Samaritan act on Thursday, […]

Escondido motorcycle rider dies in collision

An Escondido man died in a motorcycle accident Monday night on 9127 West Lilac Rd. in Valley Center. The San Diego Medical Examiner has identified the man as Michael Smith. According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Mark Latulippe: Monday at about 6:18 p.m. a 28 year old man from Escondido was riding a 2001 Kawasaki Ninja eastbound on West Lilac […]

Local businesses looking forward to another Cruisin’ Grand


The 20th annual Cruisin’ Grand is ready to come rumbling and barreling down the boulevard on April 5 for another six months of warm Friday evenings celebrating America’s enduring romance with the muscle car. The festival will begin 5 p.m.–9 p.m. (although the streets are closed off by 4 p.m.) with the side streets blocked between Ivy and Orange, and […]

City council changes meeting time; cops get a robot


The Escondido City Council voted 3-1 (Mike Morasco voting no and John Masson absent) to change the meeting time for the council from 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for the open session to 6 p.m. The change, done at the behest of new councilmember Consuelo Martinez, and supported by Mayor Paul McNamara and councilmember Olga Diaz, was adopted with the hopes […]

Puttin’ on the Ritz: Groundbreaking Saturday for classic theater restoration


The old Bijou/Ritz Theater that has lain unused for several decades is about to get a revival that could make it the crown jewel of the Grand Avenue renewal, a transformation into a church, arts and entertainment center. Quite a journey for a 80-year old building that was once the only theater in Escondido, and for a while was the […]

Seven men arrested during online prostitution


On 03/26/2019, the Escondido Police Department partnered with the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, and Detectives from San Diego Sheriff Department, National City Police Department, San Diego County Probation, San Diego Police Department, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service conducted an operation targeting individuals seeking prostitution via the internet. […]

Residents can now shoot hoops at Washington Park

The resurfacing of the basketball courts, the first of many projects to take place at Washington Park is complete. The first stage of the ball field and tennis court renovations have begun with the removal and replacement of fencing, and repairs and improvements to the pool house and recreation buildings are ongoing. All projects are expected to be complete by […]

EFD welcomes new paramedic

The Escondido Fire Department recently welcomed Randell Reiner, its newest paramedic. Randell completed his orientation academy last week and has joined his fellow crew members staffing EFD ambulances. Randell is assigned to Station 7 on C shift. Shown are Division Chief Art Holcomb (left), Paramedic Randall Reiner (center) and Division Chief John Tenger (right.) Photo courtesy of the Escondido Fire […]

Mountain Lion Seen Along Escondido Creek


Submitted by Escondido Creek Conservancy Earlier this month, fresh mountain lion tracks were seen by our land managers and a sighting was reported by a local volunteer, all within a 2-mile stretch of the Escondido Creek near Elfin Forest. These sightings have raised excitement at the possibility that such a majestic creature is visiting our watershed, but there are also […]

Escondido-based Henry Avocado issues recall; fruit may have been contaminated


By DAVID ROSS Escondido-based Henry Avocado has issued a recall of whole fruit sold in retail stores in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin because of the risk of contamination by Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. The possibly tainted fruit came from […]


Category Pages are limited to 90 days. Please use the archive page or the search box to find older articles.