Escondido News

Two dozen water customers lose service due to pipe break

Water service to a small neighborhood of about 26 customers remains off on Tuesday afternoon, as of about 2 p.m.  At the same time roads are closed in the vicinity of the break, according to Chris McKinney, utilities director for the City of Escondido. A 12 inch water main break occurred Tuesday morning about 3:10 a.m. near the intersection of Pine […]

New executive director takes helm at SD Farm Bureau

Hannah Gbeh has taken over at San Diego County Farm Bureau as the new executive director. “This is a dream come true for me. I sat on the Farm Bureau board of directors for three years and often thought how much I would love this job. So when it became available I immediately applied.” Gbeh (pronounced “bay”) took over in […]

EPD receives grant to fight alcohol-related crime

Escondido Police Chief, Craig Carter announced this week that the Escondido Police Department has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime. “This is important to the City of Escondido and the San Diego Region in order to increase protection for youth and to shut down problem locations that have contributed to […]

EPD welcomes eight new employees

On September 3, the Escondido Police Department welcomed 8 new employees to our ranks (6 shown in the photo). They are (from left): Elizabeth Acevedo (Communications), Emily Baeza (Police Administration), Iliana Pena (Criminal Intelligence Unit), Paul Azzam (Police Officer), Daniel Belec (Police Officer), and Chandler Hoppal (Police Officer). Holly Hawkins and Dannielah Pimentel, both communications dispatchers, were not able to […]

EFD puts out Harmony Grove fire

On Saturday, September 14 at 5:29 p.m., the Escondido Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire at Harmony Grove Road and Hale Avenue. The first arriving engine reported approximately one half acre of heavy fuels burning at a slow rate of spread. Due to the location in the Escondido Creek and the potential for the fire to spread, […]

Escondido woman crowned Mrs. California

On the weekend of September 6–9 Escondido’s Erica Champagne competed in the Woman of Achievement, Mrs. California Pageant and was crowned Mrs. California. She told The Times-Advocate, “I was extremely honored to be the very first contestant to compete from Escondido, and to be the first person to hold the Mrs. Escondido title. There were so many wonderful contestants from […]

Supervisors vote to go forward on Community Choice Energy; Gaspar votes no

The County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to continue exploring the idea of getting into the business of buying and selling electricity. Supervisors Kristin Gaspar and Jim Desmond opposed the motion. The action came after a feasibility study/business plan was presented to the Board on the pros and cons of community choice energy also known as community choice aggregation. […]

Third Ross store going in old CVS pharmacy building


It’s a sign of Escondido’s status as a growing, vibrant city that a third Ross Dress for Less store will be opening soon, this one in the eastern part of town, in the 69,780 square foot Escondido Town & Country shopping mall on East Valley Parkway that includes Big Lots and Del Taco.  The address of the shopping center is […]

California Bank & Trust celebrates New Escondido branch

California Bank & Trust Friday morning opened the doors of its newly built Escondido Branch at 150 N. Quince St. The grand opening, attended by city dignitaries and Chamber of Commerce officials, included a ribbon-cutting, a check presentation to a local charity, speeches from CB&T President Eric Ellingsen and Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara, and an open house. Ellingsen quipped, “I […]

Cruisin’ Grand Tribute honors first responders

On September 6, Captain Skaja and Fire Chief Vogt spoke at the tribute at First Responders Night and remembrance of 9/11 at Cruisin’ Grand. A traveling 9/11 monument also made an appearance at the car show. Representatives from the La Mesa and Oceanside Police Departments and neighboring fire departments attended to show support.   Event highlights included police and fire […]


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