Escondido News

Keep paramedics and ambulances available for life threatening emergencies

San Diego County is experiencing a large spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.  Many people are contracting the latest variant—including those who are vaccinated and boosted. Wait times our local hospital ERs, especially for conditions that are not immediately life-threatening, are very long. Hospitals are often diverting ambulances to other hospitals because they are overwhelmed with patients.  Escondido Fire […]

Long waits likely for non-emergencies at PMC

With the spike in new coronavirus cases over the weekend, expect long delays for non-life-threatening cases at Escondido’s Palomar Medical Center. San Diego County was breaking previous records on new coronavirus cases earlier this week. On Saturday, 17,507 new cases were reported according to the County Health Department, and 19,009 on Friday. According to Palomar Health spokesman Derryl Acosta, “We […]

Hundreds of new laws will make our lives easier in 2022 (or maybe not)


In 2021 Governor Gavin Newsom signed a slew (that’s a technical term meaning 770) of new laws that will take effect in 2022. Many of them will affect the daily lives of readers of The Times-Advocate.  Here are a few of the new laws. Proposition 12—one actually not signed by the governor, but an initiative of the voters—bans metal enclosures […]

3 apartment properties will be lower rent communities

At a time when apartment rents are on the rise – Waterford Property Company and CSCDA have added three Escondido apartment communities, totaling 314 units, to their “essential housing program,” immediately lowering rents for qualified residents in the “middle income” demographic.  These properties represent the first San Diego area acquisitions for Waterford who now, as property administrator, has a portfolio […]

Fire Captain Bill Atkins retires after 41 years

 Escondido Fire Department’s Captain Bill Atkins, a longtime resident of Valley Center, retired December 30, 2021 after finishing his last tour of duty on shift at Fire Station #6.  Captain Atkins served our community for 41 years. He began his career with the Escondido Fire Department as a Firefighter in July 1980.  He was promoted to fire engineer in February […]

Motorist kills pedestrian, 82

On December 27, 2021, at 6:49 p.m., the Escondido Police Department received a report of a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian on Midway Drive north of Valley Parkway. The preliminary investigation indicated a silver Kia Optima was driving north on Midway Drive and struck a pedestrian who was crossing east on Midway Drive between Valley Parkway and Washington Avenue. […]

Lengthy pursuit ends in shooting death


An extended pursuit that led police up and down Hwy 78 and along I-5, ended early Monday morning in Escondido, where a murder suspect was shot and killed by police after he wounded one officer in the chest. The pursuit began with a homicide Sunday afternoon  in Vista where Sheriff’s deputies found Florencio Rodriguez, 42 the 1300 block of Teelin Avenue […]

There’s new deputy mayor in town


Tina Inscoe, city councilmember from District 2, was installed as Deputy Mayor of Escondido at the December 15 meeting of the council. The post is largely ceremonial, and predetermined by city ordinance, explained City Clerk Zack Beck in a short presentation to the council. He noted that the ordinance mandating the procedure was adopted in 2020.  The honor is for […]

Off-road motorcyclist hits vehicle, dies

On December 23, 2021, at 12:34 p.m., the Escondido Police Department received a report of a crash involving a motorcycle at the intersection of Bear Valley Parkway and Hayden Dr. The caller also advised that it appeared CPR was being performed on the motorcycle rider. According to witness statements and evidence at the scene, a white 2018 Lexus NX300 had […]

Escondido to be split into two congressional districts


Redistricting has split Escondido between two congressional districts. Darrell Issa of the 50th District, will continue to represent parts of Escondido in Washington, however Rep. Scott Peters of the current 52nd District, will represent the other half. Issa will continue to be the representative of the residents of the 50th until the end of next year, although voters of the […]


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