Escondido News

4 Pedestrians Struck and Killed by Vehicle Tuesday Night

On May 5, 2020 at 8:28 PM, Escondido Police and Fire responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision on San Pasqual Valley Road (SR-78) at Oak Hill Drive. Upon arrival, officers found four pedestrians who had been struck by a northbound 2014 Mazda 3. Two of the pedestrians, a 33-year-old male and an 11-year-old male had died at the scene. […]

Escondidians rally against Newsom, lockdown orders on Friday

Dozens of protestors gathered in Downtown Escondido last Friday evening to rally against ongoing lockdown orders, dating back to March, imposed by California Governor Gavin Newsom.  Waving flags and displaying signs, some reading “0.013% is not a Pandemic,” “Open CA Now” and “Esco is not NYC,” demonstrators standing on the corner of Broadway and Grand called for the state to […]

Mayors ask for a different approach to shut down

The U.S. is experiencing the worst quarter since the Great Recession. San Diego unemployment jumped from 3.3% on March 7 to 20.6% on April 11, says SANDAG and more than 300,000 in the county filed for unemployment. In this atmosphere North County mayors seek a way out of the coronavirus lockdown that is somewhere between “Let my people go!” and […]

Federal medical station at PMC ready to be occupied

On Thursday, April 23, San Diego County public health and elected officials, joined by leadership of Palomar Health, announced the installation and provided a tour of a 202-bed Federal Medical Station loaned to the county and now occupying two formerly vacant floors of Palomar Medical Center Escondido.  Participating in the press conference and tour were: Kristin Gaspar, Supervisor, County Board […]

Gaspar helps deliver 1,000 bottles of sanitizer to vulnerable San Diegans

Recently 3rd District Supervisor Kristin Gaspar assisted in the delivery of 250 gallons of hand sanitizer donated by RPP Products to the 800 San Diegans being sheltered at the convention center during the COVID-19 crisis.       Hand sanitizer is a crucial component in guarding against the COVID19 virus. However, large quantities are difficult to find as the demand […]

Join the Spring Virtual Activity Challenge

April 20 – May 31, 2020 Participate in Escondido Public Library’s Spring Virtual Activity Challenge by signing up online at or via the Read Squared app, available through the app store or Google Play store.  For each activity you complete, you will be entered into a weekly drawing for digital gift cards! Each activity can be completed multiple times, […]

Face coverings required to ride NCTD buses and trains beginning May 1

To comply with the County of San Diego public health order related to COVID-19, the North County Transit District (NCTD) will require all passengers to wear face coverings while using the transit system beginning Friday, May 1, 2020. This requirement will be in effect for all passengers riding buses and trains, while on transit property, or in transit facilities.   […]

SDG&E’s Midway Drive Replacement Project is nearly 25% complete

Since the start of construction on February 18, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) crews have trenched more than 3,600 feet along Midway Drive between Lincoln Avenue and the Escondido Creek crossing and installed 3,200 feet of new pipe. Crews are also potholing along Midway Drive from Grand Avenue south to Oak Hill Drive to prepare for trenching.  To […]

PAL goes into emergency relief mode

The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) has gone into “emergency relief mode” according to PAL Director and retired EPD office Al Owens. “I am getting asked a few questions about PAL, since we have been shut down on activities due to COVID-19,” Owens said this week. “We knew a lot of our families were in bad shape financially so we […]

Covid-19 patient decline leads Palomar health to cut 317 positions

Due to the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Palomar Health, the largest health care system in the state by area, announced Tuesday it will eliminate 317 positions effective April 29, to ensure the organization can continue providing healthcare to North San Diego County residents now and in the future.  Employees who are affected will receive a severance package […]

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