Escondido News

Circus Vargas returns to Escondido in March

The Big One is Back with “The Greatest of Ease” bringing acrobats, daredevils and the flying trapeze. Circus Vargas’s 50th anniversary extravaganza is an homage to the golden era of circus in America, debuting in San Diego County February 7 through March 18, with performance in Escondido beginning March 8. All aboard our spectacular circus steam engine as we ride […]

Barricaded fugitive arrested after peaceful negotiation

During the morning of February 2, the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force located as James Golden, 39 year old, in the City of Escondido.  Golden had felony warrants for assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a police officer, and burglary. Escondido police personnel began coordinating with the Task Force to stop the vehicle Golden was driving. Before Officers could […]

Barricaded Fugitive Arrested After Peaceful Negotiation

During the morning of February 2nd, 2019, the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force located as James Golden, 39 year old, in the City of Escondido.  Golden had felony warrants for assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a police officer, and burglary.  Escondido police personnel began coordinating with the Task Force to stop the vehicle Golden was driving.  Before Officers […]

Former Mayor Abed calls ECCHO’s comments about him  “absurd”

Former Mayor Sam Abed Friday responded to The Times-Advocate’s request for comments about a claim made by ECCHO’s board of directors earlier this week implying that he gave “back room” support for a Country Club development by Michael Schlesinger by declaring the charge “absurd.” Abed was responding to this comment made by ECCHO: “Now, with the back room encouragement of […]

Nine Puppies Abandoned in Sealed Plastic Bag in Escondido

SDHS Asks the Community for Information in Animal Cruelty Case San Diego Humane Society is looking for information to identify the person responsible for abandoning nine puppies in an emptied dog food bag, sealed with duct tape, in Escondido. A good Samaritan discovered the puppies at Kit Carson Park early on Jan. 31, 2019 and immediately brought them to San Diego […]

Charity Arch will give Grand Avenue a new gateway


Someday soon Grand Avenue will have a new gateway, courtesy of the Escondido Charitable Foundation and an anonymous donor. The lighted arch will celebrate the spirit of charitable giving in the Hidden Valley and provide an opportunity to acknowledge donors by having places on the monument to place plaques. The arch, which will be 40 feet high and 180 ft. […]

NUWI offers to buy out ECCHO members; ECCHO says, ‘cut the density’


New Urban West (NUWI) is offering to reimburse those who have donated to Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization (ECCHO) if ECCHO drops its appeal of a recent Vista Superior Court decision by Judge Roland Frazier that struck down their challenge to the 380 unit “The Villages” project. The Escondido City Council approved of the development in November 2017. However, ECHHO […]

Mayor pitches his message over coffee: ‘We didn’t have a revolution, we had an election’


Mayor Paul McNamara took his message of inclusion to one of the Chamber’s early morning roundtables called “Coffee with the Mayor” Tuesday, and it was a full table of movers and shakers from the Escondido business world—interested in listening and being listened to. McNamara sat at the end of a long table. He said it reminded him of his days […]

Escondido man arrested for child abuse: lewd acts

On January 29, detectives from the Sheriff’s Child Abuse Unit were notified of possible sexual abuse allegations made against thirty-three year old Travis Putnam of Escondido. The victims in this case were juveniles at the time of the incidents and their names and any identifying information will not be released. The incidents occurred in unincorporated Escondido. Putnam is a staff […]

Mayor urges “be bold” on climate action “revolution”


The weather has changed at City Hall. One might even call it a climate change that was evidenced rather early in the first meeting of the year where the new majority was in charge. The council moved quickly to address a call by Mayor Paul McNamara: “Some people think economic growth is somehow in conflict with environmental awareness…and I think […]


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