Escondido News

House damaged by two fires

Friday, October 16, at 2:39 a.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a structure fire in the area of Via Rancho Pkwy and Bernardo Ln.  Seven hours later a second fire did further damage. Multiple 911 calls early Friday morning reported that flames were seen from a distance. A structure fire response was dispatched and the […]

EFD team helps fight fires in Northern California

On Monday, September 28, the OES Brush Engine crew from Station 6 (Del Dios) returned home from a long deployment to several fires in Northern California. The rush Engine, which had been out on deployment for over six weeks with several crew rotations, received much needed maintenance work to make sure it is ready for its next assignment. On Thursday, […]

“The Grand” is alive again

  A couple of years ago Pastor Tim Spivey of the New Vintage Church speaking at the groundbreaking of The Grand said he hoped the restored Ritz Theater was “defibrillated to once again pulsate with life.” “The Grand” will be, of course, a church. But it will also be a gathering place for Grand Avenue’s rich cultural life and will […]

City accepts traffic safety grant, after all

Two weeks ago The Times-Advocate reported that the city council had deadlocked 2-2 on accepting a traffic safety grant of $515,000 (“Council rejects $515K in traffic safety funding.”) Two council members, Olga Diaz and Consuelo Martinez voted to oppose accepting the grant. Both expressed concerns that such traffic stops target certain ethnicities and neighborhoods and don’t address root causes of […]

Escondido Fire Department urges fire safety in the kitchen

As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Escondido Fire Department reminds residents: Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen! The Escondido Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” […]

ECAG to resume meeting soon

Mike Strong, director of community development for the City of Escondido, is hoping to resume meetings of the Environmental Community Advisory Group (ECAG).  He recently wrote members of ECAG: “I recently received announcement that the City of Escondido’s community advisory groups will begin reconvening this fall.  Through this email I wanted to share this good news with you.  More information […]

City welcomes three deputy city managers

Last week, the City of Escondido welcomed three familiar faces to new roles within the City’s leadership team. With the recent departure of the Deputy City Manager and the upcoming retirement of Assistant City Manager Jay Petrek, it was necessary to revitalize the leadership in the City Manager’s office.  Fortunately, the City has a very strong management team, and City […]

DUI Checkpoint October 11

The Escondido Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Sunday, October 11, 2020 beginning at 6:00 PM at an undisclosed location within the Escondido city limits. Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving […]

Escondido’s Jose Romero arrested for alleged murder and arson

On October 4 at approximately 11:21 a.m., 911 dispatch received a call of a residential structure fire on Waverly Place off Washington Ave. Police and fire units were dispatched to the scene. When the first police officer arrived on scene, they reported heavy smoke and visible flames coming from the residence. Fire personnel entered the structure to extinguish the fire […]

Eyesore to become icon; Carvana comes to town

A burnt out eyesore in the industrial section of the city is to be transformed into an automobile vending machine with a visually striking iconic tower. At their September 24 meeting city council members enthusiastically made the zoning changes that will allow Carvana to bring the first of their “vending machine” automobile dealerships to San Diego County. The zoning change […]

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