Escondido News

10th annual Community in Unity drive at CCAE Thursday

Thursday afternoon’s 10th annual Community in United drive, in spite of having to take place with strict social distancing rules, was a marked success, according to Chris Cochran of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce: “I know that we brought in WAY over $2,000 in blankets, toys, and pajamas…and the benefiting charities were the Escondido Police Athletic League (toys), The Elizabeth […]

Restaurants whipsawed by judge’s order— quickly appealed


Restaurant owners were momentarily buoyed Thursday by a judge’s order that appeared to release them from Sacramento’s restrictions that had limited their activities to selling food on the curb—and just as quickly were dashed to despair by an Appeals Court that temporarily overturned the judge’s order. Such are the challenges of trying to conduct a business in the days of […]

Double-fatality traffic collision at Broadway and Country Club Drive


On December 20 at approximately 9:51 p.m., Escondido Police and Fire units responded to a traffic collision that occurred at the intersection of Broadway and Country Club Drive in the City of Escondido. Country Club Drive becomes Rincon Ave on the east side of the intersection with Broadway. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that two vehicles had […]

Centre City Parkway on-ramp to I-15 motorcycle fatality


A fatal collision involving a motorcyclist occurred on December 20, 2020 at approximately 9:55 PM.  A 48-year-old male from Chula Vista was riding a Harley Davidson Softail on the Centre City Parkway on-ramp to I-15 Southbound at a high rate of speed.  For reasons that are still under investigation, as the Harley Davidson transitioned from the ramp to the mainline […]

Escondido has 3rd largest number of COVID cases

Escondido this week became the city with the third largest number of COVID-19 cases. Below are the comparisons: City of San Diego 49,851 Chula Vista  15,155 Escondido  6,508 It is now possible to get figures for actual locations in Escondido that have had outbreaks. The Times-Advocate found figures for November from the KPBS website: kpbs.org. Several city senior living homes […]

Two sheds destroyed in Fern fire

On Thursday, December 17, at about 6:51 a.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a residential structure fire at 610 Fern St.  Responding units reported heavy smoke from a distance in the area of the reported location and requested a working fire upgrade response. The first arriving firefighters found several large storage sheds fully involved […]

State COVID rules handcuff local police


State and County decisions that are designed to minimize COVID-19 impacts in the jails are handcuffing local police whenever they face the decision of whether to arrest someone or just issue a citation. The state has, for all practical purposes, placed arresting the spread of COVID above arresting some violators, such as those accused of drug possession, theft and fraud. […]

Applicants needed for bond oversight committee

The Escondido Union School District is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Proposition E Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.  Voters in the Escondido Union School District approved Proposition E, a $182.1 million bond measure, in 2014 to modernize facilities. California Education Code requires an oversight committee for such bonds.  The ICOC has one vacancy, for the member representing the […]

Palomar Health rejects unions’ allegations of unsafe working conditions

Palomar Health this week rejected allegations by the California Nurses Association (CNA) and Caregivers & Healthcare Employees Union (CHEU) of “critical low staffing and dangerous co-mingling of COVID-19 patients and non-COVID-19 patients” assigned to nurses and caregivers. The Health System’s hospital in Poway has a 12 unit ICU for which it applied for a nursing ratio waiver from the California […]

New city council seated


  Two new city council members were installed in a special meeting of the Escondido City Council on Wednesday, December 9. Tina Inscoe, representing District Two and Joe Garcia, representing District Three took part in the installation ceremony, where both were sworn in along with re-elected Council Member Mike Morasco, representing District 4—and City Treasurer Douglas Shultz. Mayor Paul McNamara […]


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